Calgary Weekender: February 10 through 12, 2012

This weekend is brimming with amazing events to satisfy even the most eclectic young professional.

Friday evening, the Alberta Ballet is pleased to bring Cinderella to the Jubilee Auditorium Stage (1415 – 14th Ave. NW). Choreographed by Alberta Ballet’s own Jean Grand-Maître, this internationally-renowned score makes its triumphant return to Alberta stages with stunning scenery, lighting and costumes. Be swept away in the magic of it all as the show takes you from a shadowy cellar to the Prince’s glittering ball with awe and enchantment. Audiences will be transformed alongside Cinderella and a host of beloved characters in this grandiose, family-friendly production. Click here to purchase tickets.

Looking for something a little more edgy? Then head to Broken City for the CD release of Calgary’s ownDouble Fuzz. Come join the party and see what all the fuzz is about. The night will be full of two-piece bands, also featuring High Kicks and Catholic Post Office, so this is the place to be if you like it loud.

Saturday morning will be an early start for some as the much-anticipated Annual Hypothermic Half Marathonkicks off. Hosted by the Running Room, this race will start and end at Eau Claire. Why not cheer on some runners as you sip your morning coffee?

Saturday evening, there are some amazing options. First, we have Schmancy, the Glenbow Museum fundraising gala, an evening where YPs and Calgary’s leaders can come together to support the Glenbow; it’s meant to be “still fancy but more fun,” hence Schmancy.

Jian Ghomeshi will host the feature presentation, called “Why Pop Culture Matters,” before the festivities get underway, which include entertainment, exhibits, cuisine and cocktails. The night is capped off with drinks and dancing in the Club Pivot Lounge on the fourth floor of the Glenbow Museum.

For those who would rather sit back and enjoy some entertainment, Alberta Theatre Projects is excited to bring you Ash Rizin as part of the Enbridge playRites Festival. This festival of new Canadian plays gathers theatre artists from across the nation to create and share four new world premieres with audiences. It’s a risky, rigorous and totally raucous five weeks of invention showcasing the awesome creativity of Canadian artists.

Ash Rizin a new musical (the songs have been written by Vancouver sensation Kyprios) about young graffiti artist Ash Rizin, who is pulled from the shadows and shoved into the hip-hop spotlight, only to be discovered by old friends who are part of a gang. This new hip-hop musical is set to an irrepressible beat; it’s a high-energy musical journey from the creators of the West Coast hit show Cranked, which was “part of a vanguard of boundary-breaking acts moving hip-hop theatre into the mainstream.” The show starts at 7:30pm at the Martha Cohen Theatre (215 8th Ave. SE).

Looking for a late dinner after the show? Why not head to The Living Room Restaurant, located at 514 17 Ave SW. They have coined the term “Contemporary Interactive Cuisine” and defined this concept as an expanded twist on classic French and Italian cuisine with a distinctive Canadian touch. We suggest sharing the fondue with your cohorts.

Sunday is the Danone SuperSkills, the Calgary Flames’ official skills competition at the Scotiabank Saddledome. Watch Flames players and local minor hockey players go head-to-head to compete for five different skill prizes including hardest shot, puck control relay, fastest skater, breakaway relay and shooting accuracy. Doors open at 10am, with the skills starting at 11am. Proceeds from the event are directed to the Flames Foundation for Life and the NHLPA Goals and Dreams Fund.

Photo courtesy The Living Room Restaurant