Don’t miss an art-filled weekend in Calgary on the stage, the big screen and in the galleries.
Friday, September 10
The 18th annual Artcity Festival launches with an opening gala at the Marquee Room, with artists in attendance, DJs and Calgary’s own new-wavers Key to the City. Best of all, admission is free. The Artcity Festival is Calgary’s annual celebration of visual art, architecture, and design. For 10 days each year, new artworks, installations, and projects are temporarily inserted into the urban landscape for discovery and engagement by ordinary citizens and interested parties. Artcity produces an extensive amount of interpretive content as well, with lectures, podcasts, and educational tours dispersed throughout the exhibition schedule. All Artcity events are open to the public with free admission. The festival runs until September 19.
At Stage West, James Farr (Klinger, of M*A*S*H* fame) stars in the stage adaption of Mitch Albom’s consistent bestseller Tuesdays With Morrie. The autobiographical story follows Albom, a journalist, who is reunited with his old professor Morrie Schwartz who suffers from Lou Gehrig’s disease. What starts as a simple visit turns into a weekly pilgrimage and a last class in the meaning of life. Until November 7.
Saturday, September 11
Saturday Night Live alumnus Jon Lovtiz comes to the Laugh Shop at the Blackfoot Inn, while Encino Man and Bio-Dome star Pauly Shore brings his stand-up act for the Century Casino for one night only.
At the Vertigo Theatre, a stage adaption of the 1957 film 12 Angry Men launches its month long run. Told over the course of a single day, the story follows 12 jurors in a murder trial, as one dissenting juror slowly manages to convince the others that the case is not as obviously clear as it seemed in court.
Italian director Federico Fellini’s masterpiece 8½ is remastered and on the big screen at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington, showing until September 22.
Sunday, September 12
Slow Food Calgary’s 9th annual Field of Feasts invades the back garden at Rouge in Inglewood for a food-fuelled afternoon. Enjoy plenty of local fare to eat and drink, meet the people who grow your food and the chefs who create delicious dishes with our wonderful Alberta harvest. Visit the Slow Food Calgary website for ticket details.