Calgary Weekender: June 7 through 9, 2013

Stride Gallery is one of those spaces that you drive past and don’t really know is there. However, Stride always has art shows that are worth seeking out. ‘Three Women’ by Serena McCarroll is the new series on display in the main space this Friday. ‘Three Women’ is a series of photographs that pays homage to women who have lived in rural Saskatchewan. The Reception begins at 8pm. Stride is located at 1004 Macleod Trail SE. For information on the gallery, click here.

Afterwards, consider grabbing a quick cab over to Milk Tiger Bar for a Moscow Mule. 

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra offers a handful of special concerts throughout the year that are geared towards making the Orchestra more accessible and affordable to people who may not generally attend these sorts of events. On Friday night, the CPO will be performing its version of iconic Vegas songs in ‘Viva Las Vegas’ at the Jack Singer Hall. This show is sure to be a spectacle with neon lights and Liberace. Tickets here

Make sure to wear lots of sequins and treat yourself to a glass of wine at Blink on Stephen Avenue after the show.

Cuisine and Chateau in Kensington is hosting ‘Parisian Night Out’, a French bistro demonstration dinner complete with all the ambiance of Paris. The four-course menu will feature smoked salmon tartar, blue cheese salad, roast lamb leg and a caramelized apple tart to finish. J. Webb Wine Merchants will be supplying a lovely assortment of wines to pair with the meal. Accordion and French accent are free of charge. Space is limited, so make a reservation soon. Click here for more information on this event and others. 

There are several bars and pubs to head to within walking distance if you feel like heading out after the dinner. Kensington Pub is always a great stop for a pint and Kensington Wine Bar is another great watering hole. 

Ever thought about running away to join the circus? Before you pack your lunch and hobo sack, perhaps you should try a class or two at the circus school in Calgary. The Calgary Circus Studio Year End Show allows circus students to show off their newfound talents of contortionism, aerial moves and prop manipulation. This year the theme is “Urban Cowtown,” and the show takes place at the Jewish Community Centre. Doors open at 6pm and you should plan to arrive a bit early to grab a good seat. For tickets or classes, click here

Axe Capoeira is an association in Calgary devoted to celebrating Brazil’s vibrant culture through promoting the Afro-Brazilian dance and music of Capoeira. As part of the Capoeira and Brazilian Arts Festival, Axe will be putting on a Capoeria show at the Vertigo theatre on June 9th (between 2 and 4:30pm). The event will showcase the agile moves and acrobatic talent of several international Capoeira champions. For tickets, click here or call 403-221-3708.

If all the dancing makes you work up an appetite, then we suggest heading to Gaucho to try some of their Brazilian BBQ. Make sure to try the Caipirinhas. 

Farm is such a culinary treat in this city with its harvest table, wide artisanal assortment of cheeses and wonderful food sourced from local Alberta farmers and growers.

If you’re feeling lazy Sunday night, and don’t want to cook, then head on over to Farm for Swiss fondue night ($28 for two). Make sure to order a few charcuterie items and a bottle of wine to go with the cheese and bread. We guarantee you will sleep like a baby after this meal.

Top photo courtesy Cuisine et Chateau