Calgary Weekender: October 25 through 27, 2013


La Bohème
Cowtown Opera’s latest show is based on the 19th century Italian opera La Bohème. While the name of the opera remains the same, the Cowtown Opera’s adaptation of La Bohème takes places in modern-day Calgary to help the audience relate a little better. Get ready for an operatic tale of friendship and heartache complete with iPhones and the Ship and Anchor as the backdrop for the story. There may also be mention of a few other iconic Calgary establishments, like Beano and the French Maid. La Bohème runs until October 27hth at Lantern Community Church. Tickets can be purchased on Eventbrite.


Apocalypse Party
The Fifth Reel, Zombie Walk and the U of C Film Society are excited to bring you the Zombie Apocalypse Party at the Plaza Theatre on the 26th. Get out the fake blood and come dressed up as a zombie to celebrate the end of civilization. Apparently Peter Jackson made some pretty crazy zombie films before he hit it big with Lord of the Rings. His film Dead Alive will be shown at the party, which has been described as equal parts horror/romance and comedy. The Weir will also be performing at the party. Doors are at 10pm.

Witch CRAFT and Beer?
There is nothing wrong with keeping it simple for Halloween. After all, having to find a costume, dab on fake eyelashes or a bald cap is already so much work. If you are looking for something easy, then you should head to the Witch CRAFT party at CRAFT Beer Market on Saturday night. You can pre-buy tickets for $10, which allows you to happily snack, sample over one hundred different beers, and still have the chance to win costume prizes.

 A Night of Stargazing

If you’re not quite ready for a Halloween party, there are lots of other great ways to spend your Saturday night. The University of Calgary’s Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is throwing a tribute to sci-fi on Saturday evening. There will be local sci-fi writes with readings and there will also be a presentation from the university’s film studies department. Snacks, trivia, music and stargazing will follow. Costumes are still welcome. For tickets:
Please note the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is located in Priddis. 



Monster Mash-up
Join TELUS Spark for the Monster Mash-Up. You can jazz up your Halloween costume with LED lights, create new toys, decorate pumpkins and check out the Thriller dance that will be organized by Pulse Studios. There will also be a scavenger hunt and a Monster Party for the kids starting at 10:15am, which will include a costume parade. Don’t miss out on all the great prizes that are being given away. You could win a two-night stay in one of the High Country Properties vacation rentals in Fairmont, Invermere, Radium, Kimberley or Panorama. This event is free with a membership, or the regular cost of admission.

YYC Plaid Ride
Bundle up and get ready to take your bike for one last spin this season. On Sunday you can join other cycle enthusiasts at the Calgary Curling Club (720 -3rd Street NW). The ride begins at 2pm, whether there is sun, rain or snow. Come dressed in plaid attire and enjoy a brisk fall bike ride, an experience that is quintessentially Canadian. The ride will end at the new National located at 341 10th Avenue SW. Bowling will follow the ride. For more details on the ride, click here