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Weekend Roundup: March 30 to April 1

Friday: The Tao Japanese Drummings pound out a beat

Friday, March 30
Give your evening a bit (err… a lot) of rhythm at an explosive performance by the Tao Japanese Drummers, a 13-piece ensemble that fuses Japanese-style drumming with influences from Korea, Indonesia, New Zealand, and elsewhere in the Far East to create a  spectacle of modern and traditional sound.

Operatic tenor Michael Schade returns to his hometown for a recital with Italian bass-baritone Luca Pisaroni—making his Canadian debut—and Justus Zeyen on piano. On the program are the expressive words and music of German lieders by the likes of Schumann, Brahms, and Schubert, Mozart, Mendelssohn and Greer.

Vanguard indie-pop band The Magnetic Fields take the stage at the Sound Academy to promote their 10th album, Love at the Bottom of the Sea. As always, the band, formed by musician/songwriter/producer Stephin Merritt, promises a unique mix of tongue-in-cheek lyrics and synth-pop-meets-alt-folk sonics that really are not to be missed! (more…)

Calgary Holiday Gift Ideas: $25 and under

A holiday gift guide from shops around Calgary, when you’re on a budget, part I.

By Laura Pellerine

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1. The Mighty Wallet by Dynomighty Designs
Made from 100% recycled polyethylene fibres, the material is tear- and water-resistant. $16 at iAppeal (1109B Kensington Rd NW).

2. Copper Pendant
Handmade with etchings by local artist Marbella Carlos. $19 at Eleven:Eleven (233 – 10 St NW).

3. Make It Yourself Jump Rope by The Pencil Grip, Inc.
Kit contains rubber bands to weave into a skipping rope. $10.95 at InGear.

4. Eclecto Notebooks
Handcrafted notebooks with pages from vintage magazines and books by Calgary designer Janine Vangool. $24 at Uppercase Gallery.

5. Honey Herbal Dog Shampoo Bar
Locally made with honey, beeswax, and pure essential oils. $4 at The BeeHive (311 – 10 St NW).

6. Vintage Garage Signs
Made from tin, with witty sayings and antique auto pics. $24.99 at Lift King’s Dream Garage, CrossIron Mills.

7. The Beatles’ Abbey Road Record
Ranked the 14th greatest album of all time by Rolling Stone Magazine. On this 1969 record you’ll find hits like “Come Together.” Price varies typically between $5 – $25 at Recordland (1208 – 9 Ave SE).

8. Polaroid Pins
Shrunken down Polaroid photographs of regional scenes by Calgary artist Stephen Murphy. $20 at Arts on Atlantic.

Reclaimed Wood

Spice Box from Two Day Designs

Spice Box from Two Day Designs

What’s old is new again. Unique furniture by Two Day Designs is created from antique lumber, most notably from old wine barrels. Heritage Artisan Furniture (hailing from Olds, Alberta) creates distinctively handcrafted furnishings from salvaged prairie barnwood. These one-of-a-kind pieces have been etched by nature’s elements and the passage of time. Drop by Castle Mountain Home Furnishings to pick out a rustically elegant treasure.—LS