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Weekend Roundup: Aug 3 – 6

On Friday night, the Calgary Fringe Festival kicks off with uncensored, non-juried performances featuring both local and international playwrights and actors. Where recommends Push in Case of Emergency by local playwrights Kyle Schulte, Brett Gartley and Talore Peterson. This comedy-drama explores the interactions of group of strangers unexpectedly trapped in an elevator. The show begins at 6:30 pm at Lolita’s Lounge, tickets $12.

After opening with a stellar concert lineup at Shaw Millennium Park on Thursday night, the Calgary International Blues Festivalcontinues through Sunday with featured performers blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Sheperd and the jazz-blues ensemble Gunn Blues Band. Gates open Friday at 4 pm, Saturday at 11 am and Sunday at 10 am. Day passes, $30 – $50, available at the gate.

Catch Mary Poppins at the Jubilee.

In celebration of national Food Day Canada, chef Andrew Winfield of the upscale River Café has crafted a special locally sourced menu for Saturday evening. Call 403-261-7670 to make reservations.

This is also the last weekend to catch Broadway Across Canada’s production of Mary Poppins This stage musical featuring beloved songs from the Disney classic with musical accompaniment by members from the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Tickets $35 – $82, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000. – Sarah Sussman

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