Notable Now Calgary: June 7, 2013

JoJo’s Food Truck
It appears the sun is out in Calgary once more, so it’s time to take advantage of the favourable outdoor conditions and grab lunch at one of YYC’s food trucks. If you haven’t tried JoJo’s BBQ yet, then put it on your lunch to-do list and go meet Jody Barned, the “BBQ Queen.” One of the best food trucks in Calgary, this truck offers up authentic Southern-style comfort food like the griddle mac ‘n cheese, the homemade coleslaw and, of course. the sensational pulled pork sandwich. Follow the food truck here.

On June 14, TEDxYYC is taking place at Jack Singer Concert Hall. There are nine speakers, including Maurice Strong, one of the leaders of the global sustainability movement; the founding CEO of Petro Canada; Rollin Stanley, General Manager of Planning for Calgary; and Kate McKenzie, a storytelling videographer/teacher. Doors open at noon and the event runs from 1:00–5:30pm with a closing reception in the Jack Singer Concert Hall lobby starting at 5:30pm.

Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary: The Athlete Series
On Friday June 7th starting at 7pm, the opening of the Olympian Heights Athlete Series is on at MOCA. The exhibit features 10 portraits of Canadian athletes by 10 Alberta artists. The auction starts at 8pm and the pieces feature athletes such as Simon Whitfield, Alexandre Bilodeau and Rick Hansen, with artists including Lisa Brawn, Chris Cran and Erik Olson. The gallery is open to the public from now until July 1, Tuesday – Friday: 11:00 am-5:00 pm, Saturday: 12:00 – 4:00 pm. 104 – 800 Macleod Trail SE (Main floor, Calgary Municipal Building).

Carifest Calgary
The annual festival showcasing the arts and culture of the Caribbean is being held on Saturday, June 8, at Shaw Millennium Park. The fest kicks off with a masquerade “mas” parade at 11am from Eau Claire, along 3rd Street SW and Stephen Ave. There will be music, arts and crafts, and Caribbean food. The festival runs from 11am to 7pm and admission is free. The after party is happening at Our Lady of Fatima Hall (4747 30 Street SE) and tickets to that are $30. 

Lunchbox Theatre presents the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival
With the help of Suncor, Lunchbox Theatre hosts the Suncor Energy Stage One Festival on June 7 and 8. This annual event showcases new scripts in the format of a public reading. All featured play submissions run for roughly one hour and are not limited to any genre, but you can be assured there is nothing too experimental or R-rated about any of the material. The twist? The audience is encouraged to give their feedback on the play during the hour, which will help with the development of the plays that are turned into future Lunchbox theatre productions. Buy Tickets in advance here

Bistro Rouge
Rouge restaurant in Inglewood is known locally and internationally for its use of superior ingredients and its wine list that has received numerous accolades from Wine Spectator Magazine. Rouge restaurant now has a sister restaurant known as the Bistro Rouge restaurant, which is located in SW Calgary. Bistro Rouge is a 120-seat establishment that offers a more casual dining atmosphere and prices that are a little more reasonable. The menu includes the traditional French fare known to Rouge diners, along with a few other options like their hamburger and homemade ketchup. Make reservations here.

Photo courtesy Bistro Rouge