Each month, Calgary’s Cultural District (the downtown core between City Hall, Stephen Avenue and 6 Ave SW) celebrates First Thursday, a culture crawl that aims to create greater exposure for the city’s arts community. Below are our picks for what to check out today!
The Glenbow Museum is hosting an Out For Lunch Tour, this time focusing on its current exhibit, Charlie Russell and the First Stampede. Starting at noon and lasting 40 minutes, the guided tour is led by the exhibit’s curator. The tour costs $5 for the public and is free for Glenbow members.
The museum has partnered with The Walrus magazine to host the Calgary edition of the magazine’s national debate series. The discussion, Calgary’s Cowboy Culture: Living Legacy or Just History? will be held at 6:30 pm at the Max Bell Theatre at the EPCOR CENTRE for the Performing Arts. Tickets are $20 and are available at the EPCOR CENTRE.
The National Music Centre plays host to a performance by local musicians AJ Benoit, Kenna Burima, Simon Fisk and others. The artists will perform their own versions of Joni Mitchell songs from The Blue Album at 8 pm. Tickets are $10 and available at the door. Arrive early and view the venue’s extensive keyboard collection for free starting at 6 pm.
Art Central is Calgary’s downtown art hub and home to 50 galleries, studios and a café. This Thursday, Art Central’s galleries are open for free, with exhibits including Monsantra at The New Gallery and Bloodhoney at the Stoneworx Gallery. The space will also feature a pop-up photo booth and an artist trading card workshop.
Several restaurants and bars along Stephen Avenue are offering deals for anyone mentioning First Thursday. For more information and exhibit listings visit First Thursdays.