Friday, August 31 After a stellar opening last weekend, the international Hidden Gems Film Festival continues this weekend at the Cardel Theatre with three film screenings. On Friday at 7 pm, the award-winning Bengali film Ranjana, Ami Aar Asbo Na tells the story of an unconventional relationship between an arrogant, aging celebrity singer and an aspiring small-town songstress. On Saturday, Graamam tells the story of a widow challenging the patriarchal system in India in the mid 1900s, and in the Bangladeshi MeherJaan, a girl who fell in love with an enemy soldier reunites with her daughter almost four decades later. Tickets $12 per film, call 403-457-3036 for more information.
Friday also marks the grand opening of Canada’s second Free People clothing boutique at Chinook Centre. The American label is known for it’s bohemian California-chic apparel and accessories.
Saturday, September 1 The annual X-Fest Music Festival returns to Fort Calgary with a star-studded lineup including Linkin Park, Incubus, Silversun Pickups and more. Ticket $90, call Prime Box Office at 403-265-3348.
The Calgary Hitmen junior hockey team kicks off the 2012-2013 season with a run at the Medicine Hat Tigers. The game begins at 3 pm at the Scotiabank Saddledome. For tickets, call 403-777-4646.
In the evening, the Calgary Folk Music Festival presents emerging bluegrass rockers Trampled by Turtles at Republik. Call 403-233-0904 for tickets.
Sunday, September 2 From 9:30 am until 5:30 pm, talented chefs from across North America compete at the annual BBQ on the Bow competition and festival at Eau Claire Festival Plaza. As chefs face off in the barbecuing contest, spectators can enjoy live music performances and browse merchant booths.
The annual Pride Parade in support of the local LGBTQ community begins at 12:30 pm at Olympic Plaza, with participants parading down Stephen Avenue towards Shaw Millennium Park.
Monday , September 3 Monday is the last day to view the Glenbow Museum’s summer exhibits. The West features contemporary artwork depicting various representations of western Canadian culture, Canada on Canvas features historical Canadian paintings by renowned artists and Critical Mass features an installation of seven thought-provoking sculptures by Ontario-based Shayne Dark.
In the evening, the Ironwood Stage and Grill presents an intimate blues show featuring western Canadian bluesmen Harpdog Brown and Yukon Slim as well as slap-bass artist Keith Picot. The show begins at 8 pm, call 403-269-5581 for more information. – Sarah Sussman