Calgary Weekender: November 8 through 10, 2013

Here Now As I Reminisce
Have you been to the Stride +15 space lately? Right now Andy Van Dinh’s exhibit ‘Here Now As I Reminisce’ is on display. The exhibit will take you back to high school when you have one look at the lined Hilroy paper that has been incorporated into Andy’s work. Oh, the good old days of passing notes in class and braces! The Stride +15 space can be found at 205 8th Avenue SE. When you’re done with your stroll down memory lane, we recommend Wine-Ohs for a drink and appetizer. 811 1st Street SW.

Canadian Folk Music Awards
The best in folk music is being celebrated this weekend with the Canadian Folk Music awards taking place at the University of Calgary. Over the weekend, there will be great workshops and a gala on Sunday where musicians will be recognized and awarded for their contributions to the Canadian folk scene. The gala will include performances by Amelia Curran, James Keelaghan & Oscar Lopez, Oh My Darling, The Fretless, Lorne Elliott and duo Christina Smith & Jean Hewson. Visit the CMFA website to purchase your ticket and to view the schedule for the weekend. 

Saturday and Sunday
Now that winter is here you should consider trying hobbies that will keep you warm. How about glassblowing? On Saturday and Sunday, the Bee Kingdom Glassblowing Collective will be holding demonstrations from noon onwards. Come and learn how to make drinking glasses, vases and all sorts of other original glasswork. Bee Kingdom is located at 427 22 Avenue NW. If you haven’t been to Diner Deluxe lately, this is a great place to stop for breakfast beforehand. 804 Edmonton Trail NE.   

The Balconies
Led by front woman Jacquie Neville, The Balconies possess major stage presence. Their raw energy has earned them opening spots on international tours with the likes of Rival Sons, Big Sugar, Bedouin Soundclash, Cold War Kids, USS, and more. Often compared as a hybrid of Joan Jett and Tina Turner, Jacquie and the band have turned heads of music fans. They’re at the Ship and Anchor on November 9th and the girls are ready to rip it up. You can’t go wrong with the Ship; this pub has some of the best pub food in town. Make sure you get there early to get a game of darts in before the show.  534 17th Ave SW.

July Talk
This duo is comprised of Leah Fay and Peter Dreimanis and they are so much fun to see live. Watching these two makes you feel like you’ve stepped back in time. July Talk is a little bit Roots mixed with Americana, and Dreimanis’ voice has the same low-pitch growl that Tom Waits fans will appreciate. July Talk will be at Gateway Theatre on SAIT’s campus on Saturday. Tickets can be purchased online in advance. Doors are at 8pm. You can always grab the C-train from downtown to SAIT if you don’t feel like driving; this way you can have dinner downtown before heading to the show. Palomino Smokehouse is right on the C-train line if you’re looking for something notable. 109 7th Avenue SW.

Vertigo Theatre brings you three of Alfred Hitchcock’s early plays (The Lodger, Sabotage and 39 Steps) that are being performed in the vintage format of radio. All the actors will play a number of characters and you’ll be offered an insight into radio theatre from the good old days. Get ready for spectacular sound effects complete with classic commercial breaks. You can purchase tickets for $35 in advance. The show begins at 7:30pm. What pairs perfectly with an evening of theatre? Sunday dinner at Brava Bistro (723 17th Avenue SW) 403-228-1854.

Top photo: Alexandre De Grosbois-Garand and Mike Stevens.