Calgary Weekender: February 24 through 26, 2012

This weekend brings one of the city’s most anticipated events: the third annual motionball Gala. Join fellow young professionals Friday evening at Flames Central and help raise money for the Special Olympics as you party the night away. This year’s theme is 1940s Hollywood Glam, so be sure to get the right ensemble for the event. Hosted by ET Canada’s Rick Campanelli and CTV’s Camilla Di Giuseppe, guests will enjoy an Under Armour fashion show, complimentary drinks, midnight dessert buffet and a fantastic silent auction. Be sure to pre-purchase your tickets because there will be no sales at the door.

Saturday morning we suggest getting up bright and early and heading to Red’s Diner (1415 4th St. SW) for some breaky. This spot is popular so expect a wait; enjoy a cup of complimentary coffee and some casual conversation with others in line.

After breakfast it’s a short walk to the BMO Center (20 Roundup Way SE) for the Calgary Home and Garden Show. As YPs, we know that making your home a reflection of you is important. Why not peruse the over 650 exhibitor booths for all kinds of home and garden ideas? While there, be sure to check out the Main Stage presented by HGTV and catch the insights and advice of HGTV celebs Bryan Baeumler and Corbin Tomaszeski.

Winefest is fast approaching with Calgary wino veterans and vin newbies alike looking forward indulging in a glass or two. If you’re tired of your same Malbec or Cabernet, Winefest is the time to be adventurous with your palate and find a new favorite. Not sure what wine you like? Overwhelmed by the regions, grape varietals and tasting techniques? Take in the expertise of the sommeliers and exhibitors where they’ll guide you through the basics and off to the tasting races. In addition to the celebrated and award-winning local and international wine, taste port, sparkling and dessert wines. Cheers!

Sunday is a great day to partake in the Enbridge playRites Festival. We know we talked about it last week, but the festival is still going strong and if you haven’t made it to one of the performances, you need to. Sunday there are performances for two of the shows in the Festival.

Good Fences will be showing at 2pm, which is all about energy; it heats our homes and cooks our food, but how do we feel about this necessity of modern living when it’s extracted, processed and shipped right through our neighbourhoods? The longstanding relationship between a rural community and an energy company is put to the test as plans for a new sour gas pipeline unfold, in a work developed by the Downstage Creation Ensemble, winner of the 2010 EPCOR Centre Founder’s Award.

Drama will also be showing at 2pm. This show brings you forensic psychiatrist Penelope Douglas who investigates an epidemic of soullessness, with lipstick intact. Drawing from genres such as neo-noir, television procedurals and the graphic novel, Drama is an edgy, darkly funny ensemble piece set in a city not unlike Calgary. Hines’ multi-genre black comedies have traveled the globe, winning a loyal following for what the Montreal Gazette pronounced “Greek Tragedy by Betty Boop.”