Calgary Weekender: September 14 through 16, 2012

The weather is clearly changing in the city, but the cooler temperatures are no reason to stay home. This weekend we have a full schedule of activities to keep you busy and continuing on the summer fun vibe. 

If you love electronic music, the Calgary Electronic Music Festival is taking place Friday and Saturday at Shaw Milennium Park. This two-day festival is an inner city celebration of electronic culture. Enjoy 3 DJ stages and great headliners performing various spectrums of electronic music. Don’t forget to check out the beat drop music classes and speakers corner while there. 

For those that love ballet, the Alberta Ballet season opener, Great Masterpieces of the 20th Century, is running this weekend at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
(1415 14 Ave NW). This show will take you from New York City through pieces choreographed during ballet’s golden age. Enjoy the music of Mozart and Philip Glass, and experience the genius that came from New York in the 20th century. This show features Divertimento No. 15 and The Four Temperaments, choreographed by George Balanchine and Emmy and Tony Award-winning choreographer Twyla Tharp.

We know we’ve suggested the following two events previously, but if you have yet to check them out, take advantage this weekend for their final showings. First we have the 31st Annual Alberta Dance Festival (2007 10 Ave SW), a yearly contemporary dance festival showcasing new dance works from artists living and practicing in Alberta, at Dancers’ Studio West. We know you’ll be inspired by the movement of the body at this year’s festival, which is featuring new work by nine choreographers in two programs.

Or are you looking for a little drama and perhaps some romance? The highly acclaimed ‘Blind Date’ is at Loose Moose Theatre (26 Ave SE) for its final weekend. A hilarious fusion of clown, improvisation, theatre, and social experiment, Mimi (a Parisian clown) chooses a date from the audience and explores the ups and downs of blind date, romance, commitment and more. Nothing is off limits on this Blind Date – and it’s never the same twice. 

Saturday evening we definitely think you should head down to Olympic Plaza to check out the first Nuit Blanche in Calgary. This late-night international contemporary arts festival appealing to diverse, adventurous audiences, is taking over with late-night conversation, debate and dialogue in downtown Calgary.  Held worldwide since 1997 in Toronto, Paris, Halifax and other cities, these festivals literally transform urban spaces into full-scale civic art galleries. All performances are inclusive, playful and geared toward a mass, all-ages audience.

For the foodies out there, Sunday we suggest partaking in the Annual Feast of Fields at Rouge (1240 8 Ave SE) from 1:00pm to 4:00pm. Support local food producers and processors by joining over 20 restaurants, 20 producers, and 10 beverage purveyors for this delicious afternoon of grazing, sipping and conviviality in Rouge’s beautiful, historic garden. Take this unique opportunity to meet the people who grow your food and the city’s chefs who create dynamic dishes. To purchase tickets, contact The Cookbook Company at 403-265-6066.

Photo courtesy Blind Date