Calgary Weekender: February 22 through 24, 2013

This weekend brings you a plethora of things to engage in for young professionals. Thursday evening may not technically be the weekend, but we think the following show is still worth hitting the town for….

Thursday evening, Bob Saget hits the stage at Jack Singer Concert Hall (8pm). We may remember him from starring in two of the most family-friendly shows network TV has ever produced (“Full House” and “Americas Funniest Home Videos”), but he’s also an out-of-his-mind, standup comedian for over thirty years. From his HBO special “That Ain’t Right” to his scene-stealing cameos in “Entourage” and “The Aristocrats,” it’s always effective as Saget embraces his dark side. 

Want to mix and mingle with local celebrities, athletes, and the young professional crowd as you support the Special Olympics? Friday evening, NEVER, the 4th Annual motionball Gala Calgary takes place at Flames Central, celebrating the challenges and triumphs of competition. Enjoy the sounds of world class DJ Skratch Bastid, silent auction, gourmet appetizers, and a complimentary bar brought to you by some delicious luxury brands.
Tickets must be purchased in advance.

Or head to the East Village because they’re breaking ground for the National Music Centre and celebrating in style with the Groundbreaker Shaker. Join the National Music Centre team, friends and ‘family’ to kick off the development of this much-anticipated centre in the East Village. The party will be taking place at The Golden Age Club (610 8 Ave SE), featuring The Bobby Kork Orchestra, The High Kicks, Matt Masters and The Gentlemen of the Rodeo & The King Eddy Blues All-Stars. Calgary food trucks will also be on site should you feel hunger strike. Doors open at 6:30pm. 

For the wine lovers, Winefest Calgary is back to spoil your senses. Sample a variety of wines from around the world and delicious hors d’oeuvres at this all-inclusive event happening Friday and Saturday. Taking place at the Stampede Park Big Four, meet wine experts who will share their knowledge and provide tasting notes while educating the palate and senses. Stop by the on-site Liquor Depot store to purchase your favourite finds to enjoy at home.

Tired of old man winter? Melt the winter blahs with a week of smokin’ hot blues at the Blues Can for the Midwinter Bluesfest (February 18 – 23). Featuring workshops, concerts, dance parties and special events, there’s something for everyone! Starring the world-class talents of Rocky Lawrence; Portland’s leading roots player and critically acclaimed Lloyd Jones; Vancouver-based Steve Kozak’s West Coast All-Stars; and Edmonton-based keyboard wizard Graham Guest.  

If you love dance, you need to catch a performance of About Anne: A Diary in Dance (February 21 – 23) inspired by Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl. Los Angeles-based Helios Dance Theater bring the highly acclaimed work of Laura Gorenstein Miller to life on the Alberta Ballet stage. This contextual exploration celebrates the will to live and serves as a testimony to the unique human potential in all of us.

Photo courtesy National Music Centre