Calgary Weekender: December 14 through 16, 2012

Looking for things to do this weekend? Many of you will probably be celebrating the festive season with friends, clients and family alike, and we have all sorts of things you can check out.

Friday night, all you music lovers should head to the National Music Centre (134 11 Ave SE) for Kid Koala, Money Mark and the Space Cadet Headphone Experience. As part of the NMC Astral Radio artist-in-residence program, world renowned scratch DJ Kid Koala will perform his highly praised and much anticipated Space Cadet Headphone immersive concert experience at the National Music Centre.

Saturday morning, get your shoes and jolly red suits out for Calgary’s only All Santa Run & Walk, which features a 5/10km run and 3km walk. Starting and finishing Saturday morning at Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW), this run is not only fun, but also supports The Third Academy, the largest designated special education private school fully accredited by Alberta Education, serving grade 1 to 12. 

Saturday afternoon get your popcorn fix and warm up your winter weekend at Cinematheque’s Christmas Family Film’s presentation of Charlie Chaplin’s “The Gold Rush.” This silent feel-good comedy is playing at Plaza Theatre?(1133 Kensington Rd NW) at 12pm. This classic film tells the story of The Tramp (played by Chaplin) who travels to Yokon to take part in the Klondike Gold Rush. In his search for wealth he ends up finding much more than just gold.

Saturday evening head to the Jubilee Auditorium for The Mount Royal University Conservatory’s Christmas in Song concert. A treasured part of the city’s holiday festivities, this program of holiday favourites and traditional carols will feature Mount Royal Children’s Choir, Mount Royal Youth Choir, Calgary Boys’ Choir and Mount Royal Kantorei, as well as Mount Royal’s Calgary Youth Orchestra. Special guests the Heebee-jeebies, and Mount Royal Conservatory alumni, will emcee.

Sunday morning, get up bright and early to start the day right with the Jingle Bell Brunch. Taking place at The Rimrock in the Fairmont Palliser (133 9 Ave SW), you can enjoy a traditional feast with all sorts of holiday favourites from 11am to 1:30pm at this Sunday brunch with a Christmas twist.  

Sunday afternoon, why not check out Market Collective at its new location (1720 Radisson Drive SE). Pick up some unique and one-of-a-kind gifts at this not so typical ‘market’. This community space showcases the work of local artists, artisans and musicians. 

Finish off your weekend with We Should Know Each Other, Sunday evening. A crossroad of communities, We Should Know Each Other invites people to stretch the limits of their social circles and enhance their thinking with a diversity of new ideas and perspectives. Take this opportunity to step outside of your social circle and meet the fantastic diversity of people that surround you.

Photo courtesy National Music Centre