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Calgary Theatre

20 Things To Do in Calgary in November

By MICHAELA RITCHIE and SILVIA PIKAL

Corb Lund comes to Calgary on Nov. 2. (Photo courtesy of Corb Lund.)

Just because the weather is quickly taking a turn for the worst here in Calgary, doesn’t mean you and yours have to be stuck inside this month! Here’s our recommendations for getting out around town and making the most of what Calgary has to offer in November: (more…)

Review: Dangerous Corner at Vertigo Mystery Theatre

Image courtesy of VertigoTheatre.com

Last night’s performance of J.B. Priestley’s “Dangerous Corner” kicked off the 35th season of Vertigo Mystery Theatre. The audience plays detective as characters reveal key points about themselves, slowly unfolding the tale of what really happened a year ago when their friend Martin allegedly committed suicide.

Each of the characters delivered a few good one-liners to give the audience a moment to breathe (and laugh!) before diving back into the sustained tension of the plot. The intimate space combined with the sense that everyone there was in on the joke, made it feel more like watching a performance in the living room of a good friend.

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Hot Date: Wicked

To July 17

Get a new take on the merry old Land of Oz with Broadway Across Canada’s Wicked, winner of 35 awards, including three Tonys and a Grammy. Based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire, this magic-filled musical tells the story of two unlikely friends—one smart and inquisitive with green skin, the other beautiful and materialistic, and how they became the famous Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good. Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, call Ticketmaster, 1-855-985-5000.

Calgary Kids: Cultural Activities

How to get your kids away from the TV with fun and educational programs around Calgary

By Elena Redd

If your children watch television, play video games, surf the ‘Net or use cell phones, they’re immersed in what industry insiders call 360-degree marketing. According to the Media Awareness Network, children in Canada see 3,000 commercial messages every day—stamped on toys, slipped into movies, even plastered in school hallways. The idea these commercials send is simple: you are what you buy.

While you can’t remove your children from the modern age, you can enroll them in programs that sell a very different idea: you are what you know. We’ve scoured the city and found six programs that give children hands-on experience with art, music, literature, theatre and nature—with no commercial messages. (more…)