Bruno Mars at Scotiabank Saddledome (Tuesday, Aug. 5)
It’s kind of fascinating that Bruno Mars’ hit song “Locked Out of Heaven” is censored for the radio (the word “sex” is dropped in the lines “Cause your sex takes me to paradise / yeah your sex takes me to paradise” is dropped). It’s a pretty tame reference, all things considered. You can still get in to hear the unbleached version at the Scotiabank Saddledome; tickets are between $50.75 and $98.25.
Drive-In Movie Series: Jaws at Deerfoot Mall (Wednesday, Aug. 6)
Jaws is great summer drive-in fare to kick off the Deerfoot Mall’s annual pop-up drive-in theatre. The movie’s release coincided with a decline in the U.S. shark population because people set out to catch trophy sharks, according to National Geographic. No need to fear a shark: you’re 100 times more likely to be killed by lightning than by a shark. There are family activities starting at 6 p.m. and the movies start around 9:30 p.m., depending on when the sun sets. Visit deerfootmall.com for more info.
Afrikadey (Opening Wednesday, Aug. 6)
The big day for the world music festival is Saturday at Prince’s Island Park featuring Arrested Development and Diblo Dibala, but you can get an early and thrifty peek at the offerings with three pay-what-you-can shows downtown. Wednesday at noon Saliha Sami drops by ProArts Society’s regular lunchtime spot at Cathedral Church of the Redeemer to play music of Ethiopia’s Oromo culture while Sango of Africa and the PowerHouse Band play Stephen Avenue Mall at noon Thursday and Friday, respectively. Advance tickets for the Saturday full-day festival run $20 to $30; see afrikadey.com for more info.
filling Station issue no. 59 launch at Shelf Life Books (Thursday, Aug. 7)
The local lit mag launches with readings by Nikki Sheppy, Emily Ursuliak on behalf of Yulia Aleynikova and Helen Hajnoczky. The latest issue also features an interview with Neil Gaiman, and you can grab your copy at the reading, obviously. Facebook has some more info.
Calgary Fringe Festival in Inglewood (Until Saturday, Aug. 9)
There are three more performances of Shana Cordon’s one-woman play, Dancing with Demons: A Fractured Fairytale, before it wraps up its Fringe run: Tuesday at 5 p.m., Thursday at 8 p.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Stephen Hunt gave it four stars and describes it as a “delightfully demented solo show about what happens when the characters of a fairy tale kick back against their writer and create their own version instead.” Other highlights of the fest so far, according to the Calgary Herald reviewers: Butt Kapinski (Wednesday at 6 p.m.; Friday at 10 p.m.; five stars from Ruth Myles), The Hudson Bay Epic (Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.; Thursday at 9:30 p.m.; Saturday at 3:30 p.m.; four-and-a-half stars from Hunt), Promise and Promiscuity (Tuesday at 7 p.m.; Wednesday at 7 p.m.; Thursday at 7 p.m.; Saturday at 6 p.m.; four stars from Myles), The Balding (Tuesday, Aug. 5 at 8 p.m.; Friday, Aug. 8 at 6 p.m.; Saturday, Aug. 9 at 8 p.m.; five stars from Hunt) and The Sama Kutra (Thursday at 9 p.m.; Friday at 9 p.m.; four stars from Hunt). Check out the full schedule at calgaryfringe.ca. —Jon Roe