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Long Weekend Roundup October 5 to October 8

Patricia Piccinini. Still Life with Stem Cells, 2002. Courtesy of the Artist.

Friday, October 5  If you’re looking for activities the whole family can enjoy this weekend, check out Fairytales, Monsters and the Genetic Imagination at the Glenbow Museum. The exhibition is comprised of works by contemporary artists who are inspired by the fantastic stories and characters of myths, fairytales and science fiction in which the boundaries between human and animal are blurred. The exhibition includes approximately 60 paintings, photographs, sculptures and video works by contemporary artists from Canada and around the world. The exhibition will run until January 2nd. Tickets are $14 adults, $10 senior, $9 student and youth $9. 

Scared yet? Screamfest 2012 starts this weekend. Photo: Courtesy Screamfest.

Friday, October 5 and Saturday, October 6 This Friday and Saturday, check out the first weekend of Screamfest. During the month of October, Stampede Park transforms into a carnival of carnage. This Halloween festival includes six terrifying haunted houses, a renovated Bates Motel, indoor maze, rides, musical entertainment, food vendors and contortionists. Tickets are available at Ticketbud and range from $20 to $40. The event runs from 7 pm to midnight.

On Friday and Saturday, check out Soulocentric Festival 2012 at Vertigo Theatre. The festival showcases independent performing artists that are creating new and original solo works in dance, theatre, music and multi-media. Start times vary. To purchase tickets, call 403-221-3708 or visit the festival’s website.

Also on Friday and Saturday, check out The Doors Symphonic Experience at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. Tickets range from $35 to $75. The show will include rock band led by Zebra vocalist Randy Jackson and conducted by Brent Havens performing the music of The Doors alongside Windborne’s The Music of The Doors ensemble. You’ll hear hits like “Light My Fire” and “Riders on the Storm” accompanied by rare videos and photos of the legendary rock band in a multi-media spectacular created with the support of the Jim Morrison Estate. You’ll hear hits like “Light My Fire” and “Riders on the Storm” accompanied by rare videos and photos of the legendary rock band in a multi-media spectacular created with the support of the Jim Morrison Estate.

And don’t miss celebrating Thanksgiving at Heritage Park. Check out our post on this weekend’s family-friendly and free events at the Historical Village here.

Sunday, October 7 Comedy fans will want to catch the second performance of Hot Nuts & Popcorn 2.0 at the Loose Moose Theatre. The show reunites hosts Derek Flores, Comedy Central’s Eric Amber and Terry Cahill of cult Canadian indie movie FUBAR. The late-night live talk show ran weekly from 1999 to 2002 and featured hilarious improvised interviews with local celebrities. Show starts at 11 pm, tickets are $12 and can be purchased on the Loose Moose website. The Loose Moose Theatre Company is located at the Crossroads Market. For information on other anniversary shows, improv classes and events for kids, visit the company’s website.

Canadian performer Tom Jackson. Photo: Craig Koshyk.

Feel the love and compassion in global music. One Love: A Sacred Music Celebration will be held at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The evening will include performances by Canadian film and television star Tom Jackson (North of 60) and six Calgary female vocal soloists accompanied by a 100-member choir. The evening’s musical selections will reflect the Earth’s beauty and diversity. Tickets $7.50. For more information, visit Calgary 2012.

Monday, October 8 Finish your weekend with a laugh at Stage West. The dinner theatre venue present its concert series with Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers. The musical and comedy trio hails from Newfoundland and Labrador. One night only. Tickets range from $92 to $99. Visit Stage West for more information.

 – Chelsea Barclay

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