Sake Dinner at Goro + Gun (Tuesday, June 3)
Any food event that involves a ceremonial breaking of the barrel (kagami biraki in Japanese) is probably worth your time, provided you got the cash ($100, tickets online). Your ticket includes a five-course dinner by chef Tomo Mitsuno, a lesson on sake drinking, an introduction to Hakkaisan Sake, a taiko, or Japanese percussion, demonstration, and a display of authentic samurai swords.
Calgary MetalFest (Opening Wednesday, June 4)
The celebration of heavy music starts with a free show at The Ship & Anchor Pub featuring some of the best bands in Calgary’s thriving local scene including Wake (who you can hear above), Chron Goblin, Throne of Vengeance, Alkaline and more. Doors are at 8 p.m. The rest of the fest runs at Dickens Pub and Vern’s from Thursday to Saturday. You can grab a pass for $70 for the weekend if you act before Tuesday. See a full schedule at calgarymetalfest.com.
Garden State at The Bourbon Room (Wednesday, June 4)
The cult film Garden State pairs well with the cult drink bourbon. National on 10th’s Bourbon Room holds just 20 people; reserve your spot at firstname.lastname@example.org so you don’t miss out on the bourbon butter popcorn.
Grownups Read Things They Wrote as Kids at Broken City (Wednesday, June 4)
Laughing at children’s writing: usually not okay. Laughing at your childhood writing: perfectly acceptable. The CBC Radio Show of the same name has turned people’s childhood book reports, awful teenage poetry, diary entries and letters from camp into a travelling road show. Unfortunately, the event has enough readers and is sold out, but keep an eye on the Facebook event page in case someone needs to offload an extra ticket.
Craic the Lens album release party with Deluge and The Deepest Ocean at Broken City (Thursday, June 5)
The local Celtic rockers step out of the confines of a walk-in shower to the slightly larger stage at Broken City to release their album. Craic the Lens and supporting act Deluge are two of the final 10 local bands in the running for X92.9’s annual Xposure contest. Doors at 8 p.m.; cover is $10. —Jon Roe