Calgary Weekender: October 7th through 9th, 2011

Despite a long weekend and many of us falling victim to turkey brain – Hello, Thanksgiving – there is actually a bevy of greatness for YPs her in the good ol’ YYC. The city will play host to several amazing events, and considering the time of year, it may not be a bad time to catch up with friends before the end-of-year doldrums commence.

We all have nostalgic memories of watching our favourite cartoons as kids, but have you ever wondered about the cultural phenomenon that is animation? On October 8th, The Glenbow Museum unveils its latest exhibit “Watch Me Move: The Animation Show.” It is considered to be the most extensive exhibition ever presenting the full range of animated imagery produced in the last 150 years ranging from cut-out, collage, puppet, clay and stop-motion animators, auteur filmmakers, and contemporary artists, to works from major studios such as Walt Disney, Fleischer, and Pixar.

More in the mood to dance a little (you may want to if you plan on indulging in a Thanksgiving feast)? Every Saturday, the RiverWalk Plaza in the East Village will bring you Beats in the East. They are calling it the hottest way to spend a cool fall afternoon and we couldn’t agree more. Each Saturday, four different artists will fill RiverWalk Plaza with beats on a signature pK sound system aka the The BassBus – the brainchild of a group of Calgarians. It’s an ingenious go-anywhere stage that promotes art of all kinds, providing an artistic experience and community wherever the city streets can take them.

Of course you can’t let this weekend pass by without giving thanks. If you are like many YPs, your busy schedule may keep you in the city rendering you a “Thanksgiving orphan.” For those who can’t get back to mom and dad’s, why not invite your friends over and host your own Turkey Dinner. Prepared to dazzle with your cooking skills? Be sure to head to one of the various farmers markets in the city to pick up fresh and organic foods to create your feast. (Check out the Crossroads Market, Blackfoot Market, or Kingsland Farmers Market.)

More interested in taking full advantage enjoying the weekend instead of worrying about the bird? Have no fear, several food establishments are making it simple for young urbanites by offering a full take-out Thanksgiving meal.

Sunterra will have a special Thanksgiving ‘meal in a bag’, while River Cafe is offering a fully prepared and ready to roast turkey dinner complete with seasonal accompaniments, dessert and sweets. But you have to book soon, as quantities are limited. No matter what your fix this weekend, give thanks you live in one of Canada’s most notable cities, and gobble up all that makes Calgary, well, Calgary.