Calgary Weekender: September 6 through 8, 2013

Friday, September 6
Ah, September! Back to school shudders still remain, but September also signals the end of the hiatus for art exhibits and the like. The Art Gallery of Calgary has their new exhibit opening on Friday, Where the Heart Is. The show presents views of what “home” is and features M. Eileen Murray, Kirstin Lamb, Aron Hill, Viviane Mehr and Sara Robichaud.

In conjunction with this show, check out the solo exhibition Artificial Turf featuring Winnipeg-based Erika Lincoln’s sculptures, which explore the evolving habitat of birds.

The super secret flick Salinger is set to be released on September 6. The movie began production over nine years ago and contains unseen footage and photos of the reclusive ‘Catcher in the Rye’ author. The secret is reminiscent of ‘The Crying Game’ where moviegoers are asked not to give up the goods to their friends. We love a good mystery, and the book by the same name written by the director came out on September 3 for the speed readers in the crowd.

Saturday, September 7
The Tragically Hip with Stars, Arkells and more are playing at Shaw Millennium Park (1220 – 9 Avenue SW) on Saturday. Tickets are $64.50 at There’s a VIP option for $125, which gets you access to an exclusive priority entrance and VIP area. The VIP area has premium bar service, fancy food options, and you get a fancy pass and a poster. Gord Downie and crew have sold over 8 million albums worldwide and are as great as ever. Sing along to New Orleans is Sinking and think fondly back to when Calgary almost sunk! Gates are at 4pm.

If you’re hankering for a nice dinner out, head to Candela Lounge (1919 4 St SW). The fusion tapas-style resto has great cocktails and even more delectable plates to share. Cocktails include everything from a rhubarb mojito to whisky tears. The menu is as fun to read as the cocktails are fun to drink. Try the pork belly lettuce wrap, absolutely get the calamari with coconut, ancho chili and lime salt, and you can’t go wrong with the shrimp taco. Mmm.

Sunday, September 8
The River Cafe (25 Prince’s Island Park) reopened last month to much fanfare. There’s no better place for weekend brunch; it’s so peaceful and relaxing in the beautiful riverside setting on Prince’s Island Park. Order a cup of Kicking Horse organic fair trade coffee and the Brioche French Toast with caramelized peaches, Brandy, St. André cheese and Quebec maple syrup. 

If you’re lazing about on Sunday, surf on over here to pre-order Into the Mind, the latest snow flick from the Sherpas. From the creators of the award-winning film “All.I.Can”, Sherpas Cinema has Calgary roots and we’re all over supporting our hometown kids. It’ll play at the Freshtival at the Globe Cinema on October 17, but you can get it September 28 on iTunes.

Top photo courtesy River Cafe