Calgary Weekender: April 6 through 8, 2012

This coming weekend starts Thursday for many YPs, with Friday being Good Friday. This is great as there are several things you may want to check out Thursday evening.

Interested in art? The Roberto Ostberg Gallery located at 2108 18 St. NW, is hosting the opening reception for its latest exhibit, Personal, by artist Peter Ivens. Head over there any time between 5 and 9pm to check out the art and chat with some of the city’s culturally savvy.

The evening is also the always-anticipated First Thursday in the Cultural District. You know it’s going to be a rocking time since no one will be heading to the office early the next morning. After, we suggest heading over to Piq Niq for a libation – they are offering a complimentary glass of wine with a $20 food order. 

The Gerry Thomas Art Gallery will be hosting True Lounge Friday evening from 8pm onwards. Grab some friends to enjoy the inspirational poetry, breathtaking art, soul, funk, jazz and R&B including the intoxicating music by Joanna & and the Acrobatiks.

For those YPs heading to the mountains, why not catch a show at the world-renowned Banff Centre? Saturday brings two great performances for you to choose from… 

Take in a film screening of I AM with director Tom Shadyac. Tom Shadyac, one of Hollywood’s leading comedy practitioners and the creative force behind such blockbusters as Ace Ventura and The Nutty Professor, is behind this must-see. It’s a film that poses two practical and provocative questions: what’s wrong with our world, and what can we do to make it better?

More of a music buff? Mae Moore/Marc Atkinson Trio will also be performing at the Banff Centre. West coast favourites, songstress Mae Moore and guitarist Marc Atkinson and his trio, return for a special double-bill.

Mae Moore has been a vital strand in the fabric of the Canadian roots music scene for over three decades, and is blessed with an unmistakable voice.

Marc Atkinson, a daring, inventive and dazzling acoustic guitarist, is a force in the roots jazz movement and his trio has been universally praised for their captivating, fiery music. While Mae and Marc will have their individual segments, they will also support one and other throughout the concert. 

If Banff was your destination for the weekend, then we definitely think some well-made brunch is in order. Head to the Bison for their delicious brunch menu. How can you resist sipping fresh mimosas as you stare out the panoramic windows at the Rocky Mountains?