1. Mary Poppins at Theatre Calgary (Friday, May 9 to Sunday, June 22)


Everyone’s favourite fictional nanny gracefully descends onto the stage of the Max Bell Theatre. But you need to get visions of Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke out of your head. The above clip should get you started. A seat at Theatre Calgary should suffice to implant a new vision.

2. The Masters Mozart, Mendelssohn & Mahler at the CPO (Friday, May 9 and Saturday, May 10)


The CPO welcomes violinist Karen Gomyo for an evening of classic classical, including the overture to The Marriage of Figaro (Mozart), the Violin Concerto in E Minor (Mendelssohn) and Symphony No. 5 (no points for guessing Mahler on this one).

Tickets are still available online. Click here for Friday’s performance and here for Saturday’s.

3. Unity Sound Reggae Jam at Broken City (Saturday, May 10, 3-7 p.m.)

Every Saturday, Broken City turns over the stage to DJs  from Unity Sound and the kitchen to Chef Ouda Ouda. The former crank out reggae tunes (the Jimmy Cliff video above should get you in the mood); the latter cranks out Jamaican food (mango chicken and chicken curry were recent offerings). For its part, Broken City puts on a few drink specials, including bottle of Red Stripe for $5.25.

4. Astrophysics on the Cutting Edge, at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory (Saturday May 10)

In his song “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Bruce Springsteen (that’d be him in the video above) uses the phrase in a metaphorical sense. Out at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory, however, they like to think of it literally. The Rothney sits past the edge of town (directions are here) and comes to life when the sky grows dark.

On Saturday night (8-11 p.m.) students at the U of C give talks about the latest discoveries in physics. It’s $20 a car or $10 a person, and that’s just the first of many mathematical challenges the evening holds for you.

5. Mother’s Day, Sunday May 11

If you didn’t see this one coming, you might be in a bit of trouble as far as landing a brunch reservation goes. But take heart; you still have a few entertainment options. The Calgary Zoo’s brunch is sold out, but there is plenty of room for those who want to see the animals.

This weekend also sees the second annual Bare Bottoms Diaper Drive. Bring a donation (disposable diapers or cash) and the zoo will give you a two-for-one admission coupon to use on a return visit.

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If you’re looking for more family-friendly activities, we’ve got you covered in our Family-Friendly Five.

—Bruce Weir

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