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Hot Dates

From music acts to festivals and theatre, here are May’s hot tickets

Stage West
April 8 – June 13
Two con men put on a Hitler-themed musical in The Producers.

The Ponderer, part of Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Brain exhibit.

Body Worlds & the Brain
April 30 – August 30
The mysteries of the human body are revealed in Dr. Gunther von Hagens’ Body Worlds & The Brain exhibit, on at the Telus World of Science. Over 200 authentic donated specimens make up the compelling exhibit that showcases the inner-workings of the human body preserved by plastination. Expect to see smokers’ lungs, organs, nerve tissue and whole body figures shaped in interesting poses, including a skateboarder, ballet dancer, and “The Ponderer.” For tickets visit calgaryscience.ca.

Eddie Izzard
May 14
This British comedian has used his talent for stream-of-consciousness comedy to find success on the stage, small screen and Hollywood. He has toured the world with his stand-up shows, was the male lead in the TV series The Riches, and appeared in the films Ocean’s Twelve, Ocean’s Thirteen, Across the Universe and Valkyrie. He is also known for his fondness for women’s clothing, which he often wears during his stand-up performances. Jubilee Auditorium, for tickets call Ticketmaster, 403-777-0000.

Lunchbox Theatre
May 17 – 29
Jo-Ann Waytowich presents Ivanka: Not Just Another Pretty Perogy.

George Thorogood
May 18
The blues rocker known for “Bad to the Bone” takes stage at the Jubilee.

Henry Rollins
May 22
The spoken word artist and former lead singer of Black Flag.

Théâtre Tout à Trac presents Alice in Wonderland.

Calgary International Children’s Festival
May 25 – 29
Every spring, Calgary’s youth converge for the Calgary International Children’s Festival to enjoy performances from singers, puppeteers, actors, dancers, martial artists and acrobats from all over the world. Highlights for 2010 include a production of Alice in Wonderland, a percussion performance from ScrapArtsMusic, the stunts of Gustavo the Impossibilist, the classical- hip-hop fusion of Black Violin, and a retelling of the ancient Greek tale Jason and the Argonauts with action figures. Epcor Centre for the Performing Arts, for tickets call the box office at 403-294-7482.

Calgary Ukrainian Festival
May 29 – 30
The first-ever Calgary Ukrainian Festival showcases Ukrainian culture, music and food. Traditional dance and folk music groups will perform, and visitors can browse vendors and taste locally made perogies, garlic sausage and cabbage rolls. There will be a zabava (a Ukrainian party) featuring polka bands on the evening of May 29.

Lilac Festival
May 30
Calgarians converge on 4th St for live music, shopping and food.

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