Calgary Weekender: December 21 through 23, 2012

Christmas is just around the corner, and although you probably have a host of holiday obligations, this weekend has all kinds of notable happenings for young professionals if you manage to find some free time. 

Friday night, check out the The End of the World Music Festival. This one-day event celebrates the diverse musical community of Calgary. Taking place at the Legion #1 (116 7 Ave SE), the premise is if Calgary’s musicians had only one last show on earth, what would they play? For one evening, Calgary’s musical community will come together and play “their last show.” Showcasing bands from multiple genres, the only curated aspect will be the band lineup. The rest is completely up to the artists themselves to determine how they would want to musically celebrate the end of the world.

Love ballet? The Nutcracker is playing at the Jubilee stage (1415 14 Ave NW) from December 20 – 24. This festive classic combines Edmund Stripe’s breathtaking choreography, Tchaikovsky’s perfect score and the brilliance of Emmy-winning designer Zack Brown to create a stunning, opulent world you will return to again and again. Even after a hundred years, this epic battle of mice, toy soldiers, a Russian princess and the Sugar Plum Fairy still draws rave reviews. 

Looking for some laughable holiday cheer? Funnyfest Christmas Comedy Show is taking place Saturday evening at The Libertine (221 8 Ave SW). The show features three Funnyfest favourite comics, as well as the always original and over-the-top Stu Hughes. Laugh, enjoy great food with friends and, of course, get your photo taken with Santa Clause. 

For those looking for a little irony and some old school fun, The Fifth Reel presents: GREMLINS (Ugly Christmas Sweater Party) at 10pm on Saturday night.

Not your average Christmas movie, Gremlins is a must see classic. Happening at The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Road NW), enjoy a rum and eggnog while you watch the movie. Show up early to enjoy a performance by local folk punk heroes JENNY. Don’t forget to don your best ugly Christmas sweater – you’ll receive an epic Christmas gift from Santa’s goodie bag.

Sunday evening, there are a couple different options for the music lovers. The Dudes are presenting The 3rd Annual Christmas Special at REPUBLIK (219 17th Ave SW), which features The Dudes with Cowpuncher and Falcon. This has become a beloved local holiday tradition. This year’s Christmas special brings festive ensembles, perhaps a Santa or two, glorious decorations and a night full of joyous rock n’ roll. 

The same night, Brent Tyler presents The 3rd Annual BT’S Christmas Ball at Ironwood (1229 9 Ave SE). Hear all the hearts beating in rhythm and giving thanks for another year of living! Ari Neufeld (all the way from BC) will open the show. Then the Big Love Family Band hits the stage for a jam with Brent Tyler (BT), Jory Kinjo sitting in on bass, and Aaron Young on guitar. 

Photo courtesy Ironwood Stage and Grill