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Hot Date: Our Picks for CIFF This Weekend

The Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF) kicks off tonight with a gala screening of Deepa Mehta’s film Midnight’s Children at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. The festival runs September 20 to 30 and includes a curated collection of Canadian and international features, a variety of shorts programs, a youth cinema competition and much more. With every genre covered and several gala events, there’s a lot to see. This weekend, Where recommends: 

Friday, September 21 This is the first year that CIFF will feature 3D films. The Battle of Warsaw: 1920 is both a military epic and Poland’s first 3D film. The story follows a couple torn apart by the war to keep the Soviet Army at bay. 7:15 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex, 200 Barclay Parade.

Meet The Fokkens. Photo: Courtesy of CIFF.

Meet the Fokkens (Ouwehoeren) might sound like a Dutch version of a Ben Stiller comedy, but it’s actually a documentary about two elderly twins who have been working in Amsterdam’s red light district for over 50 years. See it to believe it! 9 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex.

Saturday, September 22 The Youth by Youth Cinema competition includes shorts by student filmmakers. This year’s roster is a long one, but it’s big on emerging talent. An awards ceremony will be held at the Old Spaghetti Factory following the screening. 12 pm at Eau Claire Market Cineplex. (more…)

Hot Date: Taste of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

On Friday, September 7 the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents a glimpse of its 2012 – 2013 season with Taste of the CPO. The concert will include a variety of performances, from Beethoven and Handel to the Hockey Night In Canada theme and the “Imperial March” from Star Wars. Guests will have the opportunity to meet CPO musicians before the show as well as to find special ticket offers. The show begins at 8 pm at the Jack Singer Concert Hall (205 – Eight Avenue SE).

Music Director Maestro Roberto Minczuk. Photo: Courtesy CPO.

The CPO’s season will be diverse. Featured performances will include its Scandanavian Masters concert and November’s War and Peace Festival. Several tribute performances will feature the music of Paul Simon and Nat King Cole as well as classic rock legends and the sounds of Motown. Music from The Fellowship of The Ring is sure to be hit for the family, as will the Symphony Sunday’s For Kids program.

Tickets for Taste of the CPO are available on the CPO’s website– Adele Brunnhofer

Hot Date: Fellini In The Tennis Courts

Catch this Italian classic at the Calgary Cinematheque’s outdoor screening.

The Calgary Cinematheque kicks its 2012-2013 season off with a free outdoor screening of Frederico Fellini’s 1963 classic . The film will be screened in the tennis courts at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Centre (1320 5 Ave NW) at 9 pm on Wednesday, September 5.

Marcello Mastroianni stars as a director balancing a tumultuous science fiction production and his equally disastrous relationships with the women in his life. The plot is as chaotic as it is comedic, with deeply introspective moments. Shot in black and white and presented in Italian with English subtitles, the film is widely regarded as a masterpiece.

The Cinematheque’s 2012-2013 program focuses on post-war Italian cinema and world critics’ top Italian picks. Films will be screened bi-monthly at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington. For scheduled screenings, visit calgarycinema.org.

Before the screening, check out the Hillhurst Sunnyside Farmers’ Market, 3 pm – 7 pm. The farmers’ market runs every Wednesday until October 3.   – Adele Brunnhofer

Pride Week in Calgary

Plenty of events to celebrate this week in Calgary. Photo: Courtesy Pride Calgary.

On Thursday, Calgary’s annual Pride Week kicks off seven days of celebrations, parties and family fun with film screenings, dances, street festivals and the popular Pride Parade along Stephen Avenue.

Thursday Pride Week starts with a stellar screening of the film Leave it on the Floor presented by the Fairy Tales Queer Film Festival at the Quickdraw Animation Society (351 – 11th Avenue SW). The film tells the story of a young gay man who moves away from his dysfunctional mother and finds a new family amongst a group of vogue dancers in Los Angeles. Admission is pay what you can. This is an all ages event.

The official Pride Week launch party takes (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Gotye

Gotye performs Aug 29 at the Stampede Corral. Photo: Courtesy Ticketmaster.

2012 might just be remembered for NASA sending the Curiosity rover to Mars or Queen Elizabeth’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations or for Michael Phelps becoming the most decorated Olympian of all time. But it will definitely be remembered as the year Gotye’s “Somebody I Used To Know” wormed its way into our collective consciousness, causing us all to emotionally belt out the breakup anthem’s complete lyrics at its mere mention. (more…)

Hot Date: GlobalFest at Elliston Park

The tenth annual GlobalFest fireworks competition is on now, taking place at Elliston Park in the city’s southeast. Nightly presentations include a spectacular fireworks display set against a backdrop of powerful music.

Beginning at 6 pm nightly, the festival includes the OneWorld night market, showcasing numerous global food and artisan vendors as well as four performance stages with music and dance performances. Fireworks commence at sundown, between 9:30 pm and 10:30 pm. Tickets $15, children under five free. Parking available along 17th Avenue SE. Shuttle buses run between Marlborough Mall and Elliston Park each night, $6 for a round-trip ticket.

The finale at last year’s GlobalFest. Photo: Courtesy J&J Photography Ltd.

Don’t miss this week’s presentations from: China, tonight, Brazil Wednesday, August 22 and The United States, Friday, August 24.

Where Recommends: The Eclipse finale show (Sunday, August 26), designed by Canadian Patrick Brault. The show features a stellar playlist including songs by indie-pop rockers Modest Mouse and Icelandic vocalist-guitarist Jonsi.


Hot Date: Taste of Calgary

Aug 16 – 19 Savour the flavours of Calgary’s delicious and diverse cuisine at this weekend’s annual Taste of Calgary event at the Eau Claire Festival Plaza.

Over 35 restaurants and beverage vendors from across the city serve up bite-sized versions of signature menu items. Sampling tickets are $1 each, and menu items range in price from one to five tickets.

Menu items include sumptuous sliders from the recently opened Black Betty Burgers & Wine Bar, regionally sourced fusion creations from the new upscale Downtownfood, New York strip loin from Ric’s Grill, pub classics from Jameson’s Irish Pub and numerous other delights from Calgary’s best eateries. (more…)

Hot Entertainment: Twin Shadow at The Gateway

Twin Shadow

Brooklyn-based musician Twin Shadow (George Lewis Jr.) brings his magnetic combination of synth, R&B and ‘80s pop to Calgary on Friday, August 10.

A regular star on the music festival circuit of the past two years, Twin Shadow released his first album, the critically praised Forget in 2010. This year he released the equally successful Confess, an album featuring the instant classic “Five Seconds.” Where Calgary recommends this show for fans of groups such as Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear and The Smiths.

Twin Shadow with guests at The Gateway 1301 16 Ave SW on the SAIT campus, Friday, August 10. Doors are at 8 pm, tickets are $22.75 and can be purchased at Prime Box Office.

Hot Date: First Thursday Art Events in the Cultural District

Tonight is the Cultural District’s monthly First Thursday event, wherein galleries in the downtown core open their doors for complimentary artist talks and receptions.

Tonight, don’t miss these events:

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) hosts the opening reception for its new exhibit, A Night of Music & Art, featuring first nations multimedia works by Carl Beam and live music by Matt Masters. (more…)