Here are some ideas for outings and fun things for the week of February 19 – March 3:
Leisure Centre Schedules: https://www.calgary.ca/CSPS/Recreation/Pages/Schedules.aspx
- Fresh Routes – a mobile grocery store that is bringing affordable and healthy food to you! Check this link for locations and schedules: https://yyc.rescuefood.ca/fresh-routes/
- Need some snuggles with a kitty or a cat? There are 45 minute kitty visits for $10 at the Regal Cat Cafe. https://www.regalcatcafe.com/ There’s also a new cat cafe in the Calgary NW called Cafe and Mi- if you make a $5 beverage purchase, you’ll be able to visit their cats – https://www.cafeandmi.com/rules
- February 19 – 22 (times vary – see link): The Louder We Get – at Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, destined for Broadway, this dazzling musical follows the compelling and inspirational true love story of Marc Hall as he navigates the Catholic school system to fight for his right to take his boyfriend to prom. With colourful pop-inspired songs and heart-warming unity, you won’t want to miss this electric love story. Admission: varies – see link. On Tuesday’s, Wednesday’s and Thursday’s – if you are under the age of 35, the ticket is $35. https://www.theatrecalgary.com/shows/2019-2020-the-louder-we-get?_ga=2.248950343.134298310.1580145392-1805235832.1565814106
- February 28 & 29 (2:00pm): Ethnik Festival of Arts and Culture – at Central Library, this free celebration of Black History Month takes place. There will be a wide array of performances from both contemporary and traditional musicians and dancers whose influences span from throughout Africa to the Caribbean and beyond. Admission – free but RSVP https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/ethnik-festival-of-arts-and-culturecelebrating-black-history-month-tickets-83546179873
- February 28 (8:00pm): Tom Phillips & The D.T.s Artist in Residence Performance – at the King Eddy, Tom Phillips and The D.T.s will play a free show to wrap up their residence at Studio Bell. This six-piece band plays a variety of music from country and contemporary folk to rock. Seats are first come, first serve – it’s recommended to show a bit early.
- February 29 (6:00pm-8:00pm): Black History Month: Celebrating the Heroes Among Us – at the Thorncliffe Greenview Community Association, The Caribbean Island Associations in Calgary are teaming up with MRU and TD Bank to celebrate Black History Month. Guests of honor include: Neville Wells and musician and ethnomusciologist Gary Martin.
- February 19 (7:00pm): Say Amen, Somebody – at Studio Bell, Calgary International Film Festival’s next MoS Docs screening will be Say Amen, Somebody. Presented in partnership with National Music Centre, this film (which has gone unseen for 30 years) showcases an emotional celebration of African-American culture and features performances by the Barrett Sisters and the O’Neal Twins. Admission: $13-15
- February 19, 20, 21 & 22 (times vary – see link): Andy Haynes – at The Laugh Shop at Hotel Blackfoot, Andy Haynes will be in the house. He has performed on many TV shows such as Conan, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and the New Faces showcase at the Just for Laughs festival. Admission: $14.95-21.95
- February 20 (7:00pm): Wordfest Presents: Desmond Cole (The Skin We’re In) – at Memorial Park Library (2nd Floor, 1221 2 St SW), author Desmond Cole will be in Calgary promoting his first book ‘The Skin We’re In.’ After his 2015 cover story in Toronto Life Magazine exposed the racist practices of the Toronto police department, Cole was placed into the public spotlight. Admission: $15
- February 21, 22, 23, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29 (7:00pm): Between Us – at Vertigo Theatre (161, 115 9 Ave SE), the latest production by Handsome Alice Theatre is Between Us. Created and performed by Meg Farhall and Michael Rolfe and directed by Vanessa Porteous, the two-hander explores the highs and severe lows of the relationship between Anna and William. Admission: ticket prices vary – see link http://www.handsomealice.com/
- February 21 (7:30pm): Krill Williams with Exit Division, Hunter and The Kill and The Toques – at NVRLND (1048 21 Ave SE), this showcase of four local, independent bands takes place. Organized by Jump Music Initiative, a local nonprofit dedicated to giving young musicians a platform, the show will feature performances by Krill Williams, Exit Division, Hunter and The Kill and The Toques. Admission: $10
- February 22 (2:00pm & 7:00pm): Ungasisha: Explore. Connect. Dance – Woezo Africa Music & Dance Theatre Inc. presents this dance program at The Grand (608 1 St SW). The all-Calgarian team of dancers will be tackling fiver very different styles of dance with connections to African as well as the rest of the globe: Afro-Carribean, Afro-Cuban, hip hop, step and tap. Admission: $20-40
- February 22 (7:00pm): Black History Gospel Extravaganza Concert – at Journey Church (10307 Eamon Rd. NW), The Caribbean Association of Adventist in Alberta presents its third annual Black History Gospel Extravaganza Concert. More than 10 of the top gospel choirs-groups will be performing in celebration of Black History Month. Refreshments will be available for purchase. Admission: $25-30 http://www.mycaaa.ca/
- February 22 (7:30pm): Quintetish – at Doherty Hall (623 13 Ave SE), join Timepoint Ensemble for the fourth show of its fifth season Quintetish, a show featuring performances by quintets and other small chamber music ensembles. The program will feature music by Carmen Barden, Dai Fujikura, Kyong Mee Choi and Serge Arcuri along with student performers as apart of the Open Score Program. Tickets are pay what you can in advance or $20 at the door. Admission: by donation – pay online, see link: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/clipping-tickets-91561836919
- February 23 (10:00am-4:00pm): National Aviation Day at The Hangar Flight Museum – the Hangar Flight Museum (4629 McCall Way NE), is celebrating the 111th anniversary of powered flight in Canada. This is the second time the museum is hosting the event and they are joined this year by partners YYC Calgary Airport Authority. Guests will enjoy two-for-one admission, free tours and the chance to sit inside the Bell 47 helicopter. Admission: $15
- February 23 (2:00pm-5:00pm): Devrai (Sacred Grove) – at Alberta University of the Arts (1407 14 Ave NW), Hidden Gems Film Festival is present a screening of Devrai (Sacred Grove). The film follows Shesh Desai, his obsession with a forest on the Konkan region of Maharashtra in India and later diagnosis with schizophrenia. Admission: $15-25
- February 23 (3:00pm-5:00pm): The Tudors – at Bella Concert Hall, the next concert from Luminous Voices, Calgary’s professional choir, is The Tudors. The program will focus on the Tudor era and English Renaissance masters with selections including “O Nata Lux” and Magnificat for Four Voices by Thomas Tallis, Mass for Five Voices by William Byrd, “The Lord’s Prayer” and “Hec Dies” by John Sheppard and more. Admission: $28-38
- February 23 (3:00pm): Blue Moon Marquee – at The Gallery House (119 Nottingham Rd NW), there will be a mix of early blues, jazz, country, and popular songs. Tickets are $25 in advance – they sell out quick! Admission: $25 http://galleryhouseconcerts.com/
- February 25 – 28: Respect The Technique Ramen Pop Up – at Shelter (1210 1 ST SW), Beltline cocktail bar Shelter is a hub for pop-up dining in Calgary. There will be 40 bowls of ramen served per day and a handful of snacks to choose from. See full menu here: https://shelteryyc.com/file/2020/02/shelter-pop-up-menu-ramen-redemption-by-respect-the-technique.pdf Admission: no cover, but charge for meal – prices on menu.
- February 26 (7:30pm): Test Drive – at Yuk Yuk’s (218 18 Ave SE), this comedy show taking place is a fundraiser for an upcoming charitable comedy tour called The Human Condition Spring Comedy Tour. Performers include: Scott Belford, Adam Mac and Scott Porteous. Admission: $19.95
- February 27 (12:00pm-9:00pm), 28, 29 (10:00am-9:00pm) & March 1 (10:00am-6:00pm) : Calgary Home and Garden Show 2020 – at the BMO Centre, the annual Calgary Home and Garden Show is a four-day event that features many experts and vendors for all of your home and gardening needs. Bryan Baemuler will be the special guest. Admission: $7-16 – save money by purchasing tickets online – https://calgaryhgs.com/
- February 27 (7:00pm): Trivia Night at Fort Calgary – there will be a trivia night – gather your favorite quiz loving friends and study up on current events, pop culture and Fort Calgary facts to take home the crown. Admission: by donation
- February 28 8:00pm to February 29 10:00pm: 26-Hour Improv Marathon – Yes, this event is 26 hours long! At The Alexandra Centre (922 9 Ave SE), improvisational comedy crew with Kinkonauts is holding it’s annual fundraiser. Admission: $10 donation is suggested for each show you stay for.
- February 29 (8:00pm): Leap Year Party with Cabot’s Crossing – the King Eddy will be celebrating Leap Year! Marking the occasion of Cabot’s Crossing, a Maritime kitchen party band with an East Coast-infuse repertoire of traditional Irish music. Admission: $15-20
- March 3 (7:00pm): Off the CUFF: Blow the Man Down – at Globe Cinema, if you love film noir and spooky seaside setting, this is the place to go! Blow the Man Down was an official selection at TIFF and the Tribeca Film Festival in 2019, telling the story of two sisters who conceal a crime and discover dark secrets about their town in the process. Admission: $10
Have a great week!