Calgary Weekender: November 6 through 9, 2014

All Weekend

Year Of The Horse
If you didn’t think dance was exciting, then you need to see Year Of The Horse at Theatre Junction Grand this weekend. Inspired by the life of famed exotic dancer Josephine Baker, learn about the American in Paris who was well known in the 20s for her own brand of entertaining. If you plan on showing up early, consider dining at new restaurant Workshop located in the same building as the theatre. Psst, don’t bring the kids to this one. 

Drink to Forget
Now, we don’t like to promote overdoing it, but if you’re still down in the dumps about Calgary being on the verge of winter, then we have something that will make you think about summer gardens and veggies. Village Brewery has just released their Gardener beer this week and it’s in limited supply (meaning you should probably pick some up this weekend). Made with hops, honey and lavender found in neighbourhoods close to you, think of it as the 0-mile diet as opposed to the 100-mile diet. To find out where you can pick up this delicious beer, visit the Village online. 

Take In The Mountains
This weekend you can feel like a serious adventurer from the safety of your theatre seat. The annual Banff Mountain Film Festival is taking place right now, and during the weekend you can catch films about wild adventure and inspiring people. Beyond the 840 opportunities to catch stunning cinema during the festival, guests will also have the chance to sit in on guest lectures, cruise the mountain market, and marvel at some of the incredible photography that will be on display in various galleries and venues. If you need recommendations, Ian McAllister’s Great Bear Wild is something everyone should see.

Friday

Je T’aime Paris in YYC
Ah, Paris, the most romantic place on earth. Or is it? YYC might give Paris a run for its money on Friday night during the Lock In Paris event that’s taking place in the Devonian Gardens. Thanks to the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra, guests will get to hear a French-inspired soundtrack while taking in a stunning Holt Renfrew fashion show and other elements that will make you feel like you’re spending the night in the city of love. Rumour has it there will even be French poodles in attendance. If you can’t figure out what to wear, we recommend making a quick stop by Holt’s for ideas. 


The Sadies
If high-end fashion isn’t really your thing, then maybe you’d be more at home at the Republik on Friday night. The Sadies will be bringing an authentic cowboy experience, so if country and western is what you have playing on Songza these days you’ll love these guys. The Sadies are well known for performing decked out in the most showy of Western gear and you might feel like you’ve just stumbled into a Clint Eastwood film. We just can’t get over the fact these guys are from Toronto. 

Sunday

Get Ready For Bjork
Lovers of this oddball Icelandic musician will rejoice because this Sunday fans can relive the magic of her live performance at the Telus Spark Science Centre. Biophilia Live was created during her Biophilia concert in London last year. And in true Bjork weirdness, it features every instrument, costume and sound known to man. As writer Lucy Siegle explains: “There are not many artists who can combine the life cycle of a jellyfish with a breakbeat and make it work.” That pretty much sums it up. Sunday is about to get real strange – but we mean that in the best way possible.

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Top photo courtesy Village Brewery