Calgary Weekender: January 3 through 5, 2014

It’s the first weekend after New Year’s Eve, and yes, we’re sending you out and about in the city once more in our first Weekender edition of 2014. You’ll find all of Calgary’s notable happenings for your social calendar below…


High Performance Rodeo
Get your tickets! This is the best part about January in Calgary. High Performance Rodeo offers wildly creative and unique theatre, dance and musical performances from both local and international artists. This year guests are in for burlesque, video performances that channel Andy Warhol and the play ‘Antoine Feval’, which tells the story of a crime-fighting duo. Check out the full calendar of events to make sure you don’t miss out on any of the excitement. You can find a summary of all the plays and performances here. You can also call 403-294-7411 for more information.

Love Train
Love Train is now playing at Stage West and this play is all about paying tribute to the many hits of Soul and R&B. You can expect to hear a little something from artists like Aretha Franklin, Chuck Berry, The Drifters, Etta James, Ike and Tina Turner, and Percy Stedge. And what is a celebration of Soul without James Brown? This performance will most definitely feature some of the classics from the Father of Funk. If you’ve got soul and you’re super bad, then call Stage West to get your tickets: 403-243-6642. The ticket prices ranges from $69 – $105.


Blues Jam
Inglewood is always a great place to spend time on the weekend. On Saturday afternoon from 1 to 2pm, you can catch the Blues Jam at the Ironwood Bar. Besides being a great venue for live music, the Ironwood is also great place to eat lunch. Reservations are strongly recommended. Before you leave the neighbourhood, take a little stroll down General Avenue and check out some of the funky shops like Modern Century Dweller and Rivas Eco Store.

Saturday and Sunday 

Made in Calgary
The Made in Calgary exhibit at the Glenbow will be wrapping up soon and is worth a visit if you have some time this weekend. The exhibit showcases art made in Calgary in the 80s and makes you realize how much this city has changed in the last few decades. The Transformations exhibit is also up at the Glenbow featuring the works of wartime artists Otto Dix and A.Y. Jackson. The landscapes are incredibly eerie and their paintings are great examples of how artists express themselves in times of conflict. 

Belmont Diner
Everyone loves to grab breakfast on the weekends and the Belmont Diner is a great option. Located in Marda Loop, you can dine in one of their booths or you can grab a stool at the counter. Try the standard bacon and eggs, the pancakes, or the Montreal Smoked Meat Omelette that comes with lots of cheese and onions. Even though this diner is outside of downtown, you’ll still want to ensure you get to there early to avoid long lines that are customary here.

Nature Unleashed
You’re invited to explore the world of volcanoes, earthquakes and the immense force of nature. Learn about the science behind these natural phenomenon and the weather patterns that affect populations locally and internationally. The exhibit offers a multi-media experience and engaging displays that allow you to create your own volcano and earthquake. You’ll see jaw-dropping pictures that show the aftermath of large-scale earthquakes and have the chance to see how scientists are working to better predict these disasters in the future. Really interesting stuff. Find more info here.

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Top photo courtesy Glenbow Museum