Calgary Weekender January 8 through to 11, 2015

After an extended break, it’s time to start 2015 off with a bang – and this is how you’re going to do it:

Between working off that turkey and booze at some of the city’s best fitness studios, you can take in High Performance Rodeo shows, sample the flavours of molecular gastronomy, or check out the newest – and smallest – coffee shop to open in town.

Whoever thinks January is a slow month is in for a big surprise.

THURSDAY

If you need to shake up date night then try out Telus Spark’s Adult Night Only. This session focuses on eats, drinks, and chemistry, so try your hand at mixology and molecular gastronomy. Whether you’re on your first or fiftieth date, this is sure to be fun.

When hunger calls, think about checking out the Pampa Brazilian Steakhouse that opens tonight. You might turn your nose up at some of the menu items but it’s definitely worth getting adventurous with your palate.

For the environmentalist out there, you can see the play Sea Sick; a production   based on Alanna Mitchell’s award winning book. Vertigo Theatre will be hosting this one-woman show that tells a tale of the perils associated with our depleted oceans. While this play isn’t anything close to being ‘The Little Mermaid”, rumour has it there’s a happy ending.  

FRIDAY

It’s Friday, so why not take the time to sip on a nice gourmet cup of coffee? KaffeeKlatsch claims the prize for being the city’s smallest coffee shop but as the saying goes, good things come in small packages.” Definitely the case here.

At lunchtime, sneak away from work to catch the Carillon Celebration with Kenna Burima.

Calling all artists: If you love wine and painting, then you’ll be happy to learn there’s a new way to spend Friday night. Vin Gogh is Calgary’s new paint studio. Here, you can sip on some vino while creating your next masterpiece. Genius.

SATURDAY

Start your morning off with a hard pedal at YYC Cycle. Right now, you can also take advantage of two weeks for $50 if you’re new to spin.

After getting a good sweat on you can treat yourself to a superfood smoothie at Wild and Raw on the same block. Now that feels like a healthy Saturday.

Looking for a little drama in your life?  You can catch the modern day story of Romeo and Juliet in the University of Calgary’s West Side Story.

And later on in the day, anyone taking in High Performance Rodeo this weekend will find Workshop in the Grand Theatre a convenient place to dine before show time.

SUNDAY

For the New Year, Ballet Barre Works is offering new clients one free class. Anyone wanting to take advantage of this deal can sign up on Sundays between 12:30pm and 1:30pm. Alternatively, a good stretch at Yoga Passage will be equally gratifying. Aspiring yogis will love the sweet deals on classes right now.

This weekend One Yellow Rabbit and Theatre Calgary will present a tribute to Leonard Cohen in Chelsea Hotel. With 6 musicians and 17 instruments, this promises to be one pleasing performance and there’s a matinee show Sunday afternoon. We think Leonard would approve.

Last but not least, people seeking out a lazy Sunday activity will find satisfaction in bowling at the National. It’s not yoga, but it’s still active. Especially when you involve beer. 

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Cover photo courtesy KaffeeKlatsch