5 Things To Do This Week in Calgary: YYComedy, The Shakespeare Company’s Othello and more


Warning: NSFW language YYComedy Festival (Opening Monday, Sept. 29) The third edition of the fest features a week of comedy headlined by Brian Posehn, DeAnne Smith and Harland Williams, who closes out the gala on Saturday night. Posehn’s at The Nerd Show at the University Theatre on Thursday ($20); Smith (the 2014 Canadian Comedy Award [...]

Sep 29th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary: Alberta Culture Days, Oktoberfest and more

Dianne Bos, Carousel (Rides, Rides, Rides), 2004, Collection of Glenbow

Doppelsingers at Festival Hall (Friday, Sept. 26) Alberta Culture Days kicks off a weekend full of free events with a free block party from 5-10 p.m. on Stephen Avenue Walk, but you’re going to want to hustle to this event in Inglewood at Calgary Folk Music Festival’s Festival Hall. There, 10 Alberta musicians try their [...]

Sep 25th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Week in Calgary: Calgary International Film Festival, Vertigo’s Farewell, My Lovely and more


Calgary International Film Festival (Ongoing) We waste a lot of food. Just Eat It, which screens Monday, Sept. 22 at the Calgary International Film Festival’s green carpet gala, pulls up some sad numbers: 40 percent of everything raised or grown is thrown away as waste. Other highlights of the upcoming week of films: Jean-Luc Godard’s [...]

Sep 22nd, 2014

5 Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary: Calgary International Film Festival, Circle the Wagons, Artwalk and more


Calgary Artwalk (Saturday, Sept. 20) The forecast says it’s a fine day for a walk amongst the galleries. The annual artwalk runs Saturday with over two dozen participating galleries in the Beltline, Inglewood and downtown (see the map at calgaryartwalk.com). The galleries will be welcoming visitors with special events, including a wine and pastry tasting [...]

Sep 18th, 2014

5 Family-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary


Sept. 19 – 21 1. Happiness; Saturday, Sept. 20, 5 p.m. At Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire This documentary about the arrival of television in the Himalayan Kingdom of Bhutan screens as part of the Calgary International Film Festival. In itself, the film is a fascinating look at a once isolated country that is opening up [...]

Sep 17th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Week in Calgary: Third Street’s X, the Calgary International Film Festival and more

Photo by Leesa Connelly

X at Motel, Epcor Centre (Opening Tuesday, Sept. 16) Third Street opens its season with Sunny Drake’s X, a one-man show about addiction and vines featuring puppets. He conducted 40 interviews with members of the LGBTQ community to help inform the show. Tickets are $20 for students and seniors and $25 for everyone else. Grab [...]

Sep 15th, 2014

Five films to see at the Calgary International Film Festival


Who is Big Bird? What happens when you give an 83-year-old a 3-D camera? Here are five films that answer these and more questions at the Calgary International Film Festival. The Young and Prodigious T.S. Spivet The fest has a perfect launcher: The newest flick by Jean-Pierre Jeunet (director of Amélie) is about a 10-year-old [...]

Sep 15th, 2014

5 Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary: ATP’s Venus in Fur, Beakerhead at Inglewood Night Market, a Taste of the CPO and more

Amanda Lisman, who plays Wanda, and Tim Campbell, who plays Thomas, star in Venus in Fur. Photo by Trudie Lee.

Venus in Fur at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Opening Friday, Sept. 12) It’s a sexy start to the season for Alberta Theatre Projects. They begin with the charged 2010 Tony-award winner Venus in Fur, which is the story of an actress auditioning for the role of the dominatrix Vanda in the stage adaption of [...]

Sep 11th, 2014

Q&A with pop musician Rich Aucoin


If you’re going to a Rich Aucoin show, chances are you’re going to get up close and personal with the Haligonian pop musician. He’s in and out of the crowd so much, one time a security guard tackled him because he thought Aucoin was an audience member jumping up on stage. He sat down to [...]

Sep 11th, 2014

Five Family-Friendly Things To Do This Weekend in Calgary


Sept. 12 – 14 1. Beakerhead; Until Sunday, Sept. 14 at various locations When art meets science and engineering, the sparks really fly. Those with a literal bent will want to attend Beakernight (Olympic Way and 12th Ave. S.E.), which, weather permitting, includes El Pulpo Mecanico, a two-storey-tall fire-breathing robotic octopus. (That creature will also [...]

Sep 10th, 2014