Notable Now Calgary: October 26, 2012

Calgary Brief Festival: October 26 + 27/ November 2 + 3
Curious about short-form experimental theatre and film? Check out Old Trout Puppet Workshop’s Calgary Brief Festival, a new annual performance festival. Aimed towards uniting Calgary’s puppet and animation community, the festival will debut in site-specific locations in the lobby of the Pumphouse Theatre (2140 Pumphouse Ave SW), in conjunction with the Calgary run of “Ignorance.”

Fantastic Music from Other Times and Places: October 28
Calgary Wind Symphony presents: “Fantastic Music from Other Times and Places” at Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall
(206 University Court NW). Euphonium virtuoso Casey Smith soars in the Fantasia of Gordon Jacob, while Aaron Copland’s “An Outdoor Overture” shows the American composer at the height of his compositional powers. 

REAP and Vine and Dine Present – Corks and Talks: October 28
Want to take the opportunity to ‘Meet The Maker’? REAP (Respect For The Earth and All People) and Vine and Dine are bringing together local producers that endorse the REAP philosophy to tell you about their experiences and passions. Taking place at Boxwood (340 13 Ave SW), the evening will feature Mary Ellen and Andreas Grueneberg of Greens, Eggs and Ham, a six-course meal of local, sustainable and wholesome food that will be paired with six delicious Canadian wines that complement it. 

Speaking of War and Peace: October 29
Take an evening to enjoy a thought-provoking discussion that will explore how war and peace have shaped artistic expression throughout history at The Plaza Theatre (1133 Kensington Rd NW). Brought to you by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra (CPO), the guest speakers will include CPO music director Jeffrey Ryan, composer Suzanne Steele, and war poet Kenneth DeLong. 

Dinner and Auction – Whisky Fest: October 31
We know it’s Halloween, but if you are looking for something a little different, why not partake in Whisky Fest? Taking place at Willow Park Wines & Spirits
(10801 Bonaventure Dr SE),
there will be over 100 whiskies available. Taste old favourites and discover exclusive new arrivals. In addition there will be great Scottish food, pipers and highland dancers. 

Looking for a fun, contemporary room offering a lounge experience that’s informal and energetic? Bar C, located at 340 17 Ave SW, features a cold bar for charcuterie, cheeses and preserves, and draft sparkling wine. This is definitely the new hot spot to unwind after work or to spend the night with old and new friends.

Photo courtesy Bar C