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40+ Things to Do in Calgary this April

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From naked magicians to stubborn politicians, here’s more than 40 events to keep you busy this April.

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♦ ♦ ♦ ART EXHIBITS ♦ ♦ ♦

A Journey into Our True Nature
Apr 8 – May 6
This show is about nature as the centre of life where the spirit could manifest itself in the physical world. New works by Réal Fournier will be featured.
Webster Galleries, 812 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-6500, www.webstergalleries.com

Canadian Stories: The View From Here
Through May 22
In response to Canada’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition uses historical, modern and contemporary art from Glenbow’s collection to explore iconic Canadian themes from a western perspective.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Cathy Daley, Untitled, 2016. Oil pastel on vellum. 42 x 75 in. (Photo: by John Dean, courtesy Newzones)

Cathy Daley, Untitled, 2016. Oil pastel on vellum. 42 x 75 in. (Photo: courtesy Newzones)

Cathy Daley
Through May 6
Daley is known for her oil-pastel silhouettes of the female form, inspired by the world of high fashion and images of dance. Her work arose from a critique of the fashion industry and its limitations in representing women.
Newzones, 730 – 11 Ave SW, 403-266-1972, www.newzones.com

Corri-Lynn Tetz: Diviners
Through Apr 13
Tetz’ semi-abstract paintings show the close proximity between memory, subjective experience and larger, social phenomena.
Jarvis Hall Fine Art, 617 – 11 Ave SW, 403-206-9942, www.jarvishallfineart.ca

David Altmejd: The Vessel
Through May 22
An enormous crystalline sculpture seems to depict an elaborate act of creation caught in a suspended animation of simultaneous formation and disintegration.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Dennis Ekstedt: Shell of Light
Apr 6 – May 6
Ekstedt explores the luminosity and ethereality of illuminated landscapes and light phenomena by depicting atmospheres, cityscapes and architectures that are composed of many small lights and luminous forms.
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889, www.herringerkissgallery.com

Installation view of Earthlings, 2017. (Photo: by John Dean, courtesy Esker Foundation)

Installation view of Earthlings, 2017. (Photo: by John Dean, courtesy Esker Foundation)

Earthlings
Through May 7
A group exhibition of otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative ceramic sculpture and works on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively, by seven contemporary artists.
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, 403-930-2490, www.eskerfoundation.com

Julie Beugin
Through Apr 22
Beugin records non-specific elements of cities with her own photographs. Through an instinctual process of layered abstraction, she transforms any physical likeness of these spaces into transparent areas of luminous colour on canvas.
VivianeArt, 1114 – 11 St SW, 587-349-2014, www.vivianeart.gallery.com

Mark Dicey: Traffic
Apr 21 – Jun 3
Dicey’s paintings examine a narrative of abstract shapes, forms, colours, patterns and textures.
Jarvis Hall Fine Art, 617 – 11 Ave SW, 403-206-9942, www.jarvishallfineart.ca

North of Ordinary: the Arctic Photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie
Through Sep 10
This exhibition celebrates the work of Canada’s first professional woman photographer, Geraldine Moodie. Beginning in 1903, Moodie accompanied her husband, a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police, on Northern expeditions. She took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community while he documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Pilar Mehlis: Current Interloper
Apr 6 – May 6
Mehlis explores the transformative effect of immigration on an individual by juxtaposing elements of natural and human migrations, featuring a fish/human hybrid figure.
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889, www.herringerkissgallery.com

♦ ♦ ♦ COMEDY ♦ ♦ ♦

Bert Kreischer
Apr 27 – 29
Stand-up comedian Bert Kreischer brings his outrageous stories to the stage. Kreischer’s time in a fraternity at Florida State University was inspiration for the movie National Lampoon’s Van Wilder.
Yuk Yuk’s, 218 – 18 Ave SE, 403-258-2028, www.yukyuks.com

Terry Fator
Apr 21
America’s Got Talent winner and Las Vegas headliner Terry Fator is known for his unique blend of ventriloquism and celebrity impersonations including Garth Brooks, Dean Martin, Lady Gaga, and more.
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, 1-866-943-8849, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

The Naked Magicians
Apr 20
For raunchy magic fans, The Naked Magicians is exactly what it sounds like: two magicians strip down to their birthday suits while performing magic.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ DANCE ♦ ♦ ♦

Modern Vaudevillians (Photo: courtesy Decidedly Jazz Danceworks)

Modern Vaudevillians (Photo: courtesy Decidedly Jazz Danceworks)

Modern Vaudevillians
Apr 20 – May 6
Hugely popular in the early 20th century, vaudeville is a form of entertainment rooted in circus, burlesque, minstrel, and medicine shows. Decidedly Jazz Danceworks has put their own twist on it to create what artistic director Kimberley Cooper called “a boisterous, disorderly, exceptionally fun evening.”
DJD Dance Centre, 111 – 12 Ave SE, 403-245-3533, decidedlyjazz.com

♦ ♦ ♦ FAMILY ♦ ♦ ♦

Peppa Pig Live: Peppa’s Big Splash
Apr 9
Peppa Pig and friends are live on stage in this interactive theatre experience that’s a guaranteed oinktastic blast for the whole family.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Easter Eggstravaganza (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

Easter Eggstravaganza (Photo: courtesy Calgary Zoo)

Easter Eggstravaganza
Apr 14 – 15
Hop into springtime fun at the Calgary Zoo with an Easter celebration full of family activities like face painting, bunny races, and cookie decorating. Visitors can also learn about the zoo’s conservation efforts and green initiatives.
Calgary Zoo, 1300 Zoo Rd NE, 403-232-9300. Map 1 L5 www.calgaryzoo.com

Hana’s Suitcase
Apr 21 – May 6
When a curator at the Holocaust Education Centre in Tokyo receives a child’s suitcase from Auschwitz, she becomes determined to uncover the story of its owner.
StoryBook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Dr NW, 403-216-0808, www.storybooktheatre.org

Raffi
Apr 23
The majority of Canadian children grow up singing along to much-loved tunes like “Baby Beluga” and “Bananaphone,” the work of singer-songwriter and activist Raffi. He is touring his latest album, Best of Raffi, which includes (along with the aforementioned songs) “Down By the Bay,” “Wheels On the Bus” and many others.
Jack Singer Concert Hall, Arts Commons, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ FESTIVALS ♦ ♦ ♦

Calgary Spoken Word Festival
Apr 22 – 25
Celebrate poetry month by listening to spoken word and slam poets present engaging work, or try something new and participate in a poetry workshop.
Various venues, www.calgaryspokenwordfestival.com

Calgary Underground Film Festival
Apr 17 – 23
From features to documentaries to animation and shorts, the films at this festival all defy convention. Prices vary by event.
Various venues, www.calgaryundergroundfilm.org

♦ ♦ ♦ MUSIC ♦ ♦ ♦

Kaleo
Apr 1
Influenced by folk and blues, this Icelandic rock band is known for their distinctive sound.
University of Calgary, MacEwan Hall, 2500 University Dr NW, macewanhall.ticketfly.com

 Brian Wilson (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Brian Wilson (Photo: courtesy LiveNation)

Brian Wilson
Apr 13
The former leader of the Beach Boys and part of the cultural canon performs Pet Sounds in its entirety.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Changes: A Tribute to David Bowie
Apr 22
A symphonic rock tribute explores David Bowie’s illustrious career, including hits like “Rebel Rebel.”
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, www.calgaryphil.com

Jack Broadbent
Apr 7 – 8
This blues musician’s unique slide guitar stylings brought him millions of views online, making him a viral sensation.
Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

Jackson Browne
Apr 25
The musician, songwriter, and activist has written many enormously popular songs such as “Take It Easy.”
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

Little Scream
Apr 14
The singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist is touring her second album, Cult Following.
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 – 10 Ave SW, 888-732-1682, www.ticketfly.com

Prozzak (Image: courtesy What's the Story PR)

Prozzak (Image: courtesy What’s the Story PR)

Prozzak
Apr 8
The animated pop band best known for their huge hit “Strange Disease” has reunited and released a new album and a new single called “Love Me Tinder.”
The Palace Theatre, 219 – 8 Ave SW, www.thepalacetheatre.ca

Sugar Ray
Apr 8
Famous for their 1997 hit “Fly,” this American skater rock band is still going strong.
Deerfoot Inn and Casino, 11500 – 35 St SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Weezer
Apr 5
With over 17 million albums sold, this rock group has managed to achieve both cult status and commercial success.
Grey Eagle Resort and Casino, 3777 Grey Eagle Dr, 1-866-943-8849, www.greyeagleresortandcasino.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ SPECIAL EVENTS ♦ ♦ ♦

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo
Apr 27 – 30
Western Canada’s largest pop culture convention regularly draws hordes of science fiction, comic book, film, television, and cosplay fans who visit to shop for nerdy memorabilia and artwork, meet their favourite comic book artists and film and television actors, and watch panels and discussion on a variety of pop culture topics. Passes and single-day tickets are available. Tickets are not available at the door.
Stampede Park, 1410 Olympic Way SE, www.calgaryexpo.com

Dave Kelly Live (Photo: courtesy Kelly Brothers Productions)

Dave Kelly Live (Photo: courtesy Kelly Brothers Productions)

Dave Kelly Live
Apr 12
This late-night talk show features performances, interviews, videos, interactive games, and more.
Theatre Junction Grand, 608 – 1 St SW, davekellylive.com

Dinner and a Movie
Apr 4, 19
Enjoy a themed, three-course meal in the Selkirk Grille, then head next door to Gasoline Alley for popcorn and a movie on the big screen: Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory is on April 4, and vote for the Canadian film fan favourite that will be shown April 19.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience
Through Jun 4
Set phasers to stun! View a collection of original costumes and props from the Star Trek series while also trying interactive quizzes and activities based on the STEAM science of the Star Trek universe. You can even sit and take a photo in the Captain’s chair! Life-long and new Star Trek fans of all ages will have a blast discovering the science that shaped the final frontier. Admission includes access to all of the exhibits at Telus Spark.
Telus Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE, 403-817-6800, www.sparkscience.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ SPORTS ♦ ♦ ♦

Calgary Flames
Calgary’s NHL hockey team. Home games: Apr 2 vs Anaheim Ducks.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-866-448-7849, www.calgaryflames.com

Calgary Roughnecks
Calgary’s champion lacrosse team. Home games: Apr 8 vs Buffalo Bandits; Apr 29 vs Saskatchewan Rush.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-866-448-7849, www.calgaryroughnecks.com

♦ ♦ ♦ THEATRE ♦ ♦ ♦

Drinking Habits
Through Apr 16
Accusations, mistaken identities, and mysterious relationships run wild in this traditional, laugh-out-loud farce. What will happen when two reporters go undercover at a convent to catch wine-making nuns in the act? Enjoy a dinner buffet with the show.
Stage West Theatre Restaurant, 727 – 42 Ave SE, stagewestcalgary.com

Night at the Museum of Country Music
Through Apr 16
The locals claim that if you happen to be passing the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame in the wee hours, you can hear the faint sounds of country stars past and present coming to life! Featuring hit songs from legends like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, and modern country stars like Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood. A four course meal is served during the performance.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 1002 – 37 St SW, 403-249-7799, www.jubilations.ca

1979 (Image: courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects)

1979 (Image: courtesy Alberta Theatre Projects)

1979
Apr 4 – 22
In 1979, the young, idealistic, and very stubborn Prime Minster Joe Clark is deciding whether he should put his first budget before Parliament, against the advice of, well, pretty much everyone. Though it takes place nearly 40 years ago, this hilarious stage comedy (which is based on true events) is a highly relevant look at leadership and power in politics.
Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

Our Man in Havana
Through Apr 9
Thanks to his daughter’s extravagant spending, a British expat living in 1950s Cuba literally can’t afford to say no when the Secret Service offers him a plum position as their “man in Havana.” His utter cluelessness kicks off this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of espionage.
Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708, www.vertigotheatre.com

Rodgers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella
Apr 25 – 30
The Broadway Across Canada makeover breathes fresh life into the classic tale of Cinderella and her evil stepmother and stepsisters, while keeping all the traditional elements of the story fans love. While there are a few new twists, you’ll still hear the beloved music from the original television special, including “In My Own Little Corner” and “Ten Minutes Ago.”
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 866-532-7469, calgary.broadway.com

Crazy For You (Image: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Crazy For You (Image: courtesy Theatre Calgary)

Crazy For You
Apr 18 – May 20
This hilarious song-and-dance extravaganza features the classics “I Got Rhythm,” “Someone to Watch Over Me,” and “Nice Work If You Can Get It.”
Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-7447, www.theatrecalgary.com

The Three Musketeers
Through Apr 8
The classic tale of the swashbuckling musketeers is brought to life on stage. When the favour for the queen’s handmaiden brings d’Artagnan afoul of the powerful Cardinal, the daring youth befriends three Musketeers. Together, they fight to defend the queen’s honour and save the lady that d’Artagnan loves.
Studio Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708, www.shakespearecompany.com

What Did You Forget?

You know the feeling. You open your bag and realize you forgot to pack an essential item that you just can’t live without — not even for a few days. Don’t worry though — Edmonton’s local shops have you covered!

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Courtesy Kent of Inglewood

FORGOT YOUR RAZOR OR BEARD TRIMMER ON THE BATHROOM SINK?
Grab a new and improved version from the gents at Kent of Inglewood, or head down the street to Whyte (82) Ave. where Barber Ha will be waiting to give you a cut and a shave or beard clean up.

DID YOU LEAVE YOUR MUST-HAVE BEAUTY PRODUCT AT HOME?
Head to Lux Beauty Boutique! Conveniently located on High Street, this local boutique contains the best beauty brands for skin, makeup, and hair!

UH OH! YOU FORGOT YOUR LITTLE BLACK DRESS FOR THE CONFERENCE COCKTAIL PARTY.
Don’t worry — Bamboo Ballroom has got you covered! This fantastic local boutique always has a great selection of dresses for all occasions by local, national, and international designers.

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios

DID YOU LEAVE YOUR PERFECTLY PRESSED DRESS SHIRT FOR UNDER YOUR SUIT HANGING IN THE LAUNDRY ROOM?
Head to Henry Singer in Manulife Place where the expert staff will help you find exactly what you need to look your best.

THAT PERFECT HOSTESS GIFT YOU BOUGHT? YOU LEFT IT SITTING ON THE KITCHEN COUNTER.
Make your way to 104 Street just north of Jasper Ave. for a plethora of great options that will dazzle any hostess! A gift of gourmet, infused olive oil and vinegar from Evoolution will thrill the foodie, while couture chocolate from local Jacek Chocolate will satisfy any sweet tooth. You can also get a fantastic bottle of wine from deVine Wines and Spirits too!

– Lindsay Shapka

Chef Spotlight: Steven Furgiuele

Steven-FurgiueleHaving always worked in a creative industry — from photography to music — creativity is an essential part of the man behind Fuge Fine Meat, Steven Furgiuele’s, process. To create his artisan cured salumi and unique sausages, he draws inspiration from the people in his life. “My wife is Brazilian, so I’ve been to Brazil a few times and I love their use of cilantro, coriander, coconut — all that kind of stuff,” Furgiuele says. “So I have a Brazilian salami I’m developing right now.”

Most of his offerings are available at the new OTTO Food & Drink, and its signature OTTO Dog was inspired by the owner, Ed Donszelmann. “I asked him about his cultural background, where his family was from, and I researched the towns to find spices and things that they used in those regions,” Furgiuele explains. “And I created the OTTO dog: smoked Sylvan Star Gouda bratwurst with a lot of caraway.”

Furgiuele made the jump from music to cooking after being inspired while watching Hell’s Kitchen. “I really appreciated Gordon Ramsay’s standards, his uncompromising nature when he was doing his show, and his extreme attention to detail.” Those characteristics transfer into his food at Fuge, but they’ve been ingrained in Furgiuele since he was a kid. “My dad is one of the hardest-working dudes I’ve ever known in my life, an unbelievably hard-working immigrant guy,” he says. “He would work straight 12-hour days, and then go home to this massive garden, which was half the size of our backyard, and maintain it.” His father would also pickle vegetables, make tomato sauce, and — of course — cure salami, which the young Furgiuele helped with. When he started curing his own meats while at Culina, he says, “I realized I’d done this thing my entire life: I was going back to my roots.”

When not enjoying his own food, Furgiuele’s a fan of the ramen at Nudoru. He also admires the work done at Chartier. “The bread is phenomenal!” he raves. “And their smoked meat sandwich — I wish I lived next door.”

– Matthew Stepanic

Night Owls: Insider Tips on Calgary Nightlife

Sub Rosa (Photo: courtesy Anstice Communications)

Sub Rosa (Photo: courtesy Anstice Communications)

By RYAN MASSEL

There are endless spaces and places in Calgary to enjoy until the wee hours of the morning. From late night eats to one-of-a-kind nightlife experiences, these are some of our city’s finest!

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Alberta Ballet’s Alice in Wonderland

Alberta-Ballet-Alice-Photo-courtesy-Alberta-Ballet

Courtesy Alberta Ballet

Nothing is impossible in Alberta Ballet’s fantastical presentation of Alice in Wonderland! This delightfully fun performance follows Lewis Carroll’s timeless heroine into a world where flowers come to life, rabbits are always late, and the Mad Hatter loves to throw tea parties. The stage is brought to life thanks to colourful sets and costumes, an opulent score, the magic of innovative technology, and English-style choreography.
– Lindsay Shapka

Alice in Wonderland | March 24 & 25
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-429-1000

ESO’s Tribute to the Music of Prince

Prince-BannerHailed as “a master architect of fun, rock, R&B, and pop,” Prince was a pop star who defied categories of genre and gender. The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra will honour his eclectic and legendary music at A Tribute to the Music of Prince. Conductor Raymond Baril will lead vocalist Mackenzie Green and the ESO in this evening that will highlight the artist’s flamboyant style and showmanship. From “Purple Rain” to “Little Red Corvette,” take in all the colours of this diverse artist’s repertoire!

A Tribute to the Music of Prince | March 20 & 21
Winspear Centre | 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square. | 780-428-1414

Ask the Expert: Les Clefs d’Or Corner (March/April 2017)

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Photo by Jamie Tweedy of Tweedy Studios.

We asked Edmonton expert and Les Clefs d’Or Nella Mirante at The Fairmont Hotel Macdonald for her advice about spring activities and shopping in the city!

1. Where would you send a guest if they need to buy a cocktail dress for a last-minute event? Or a new dress shirt and tie?
I like to send our female guests to Holts when they need a cocktail dress for that last-minute event. And for men, my go-to is The Helm — great service and attire for all occasions.

2. Where can visitors pick up unique Easter treats for their family?
My fave local chocolate place is Jacek! You can get some creative tasty ideas for Easter and maybe even sample a few of their handcrafted chocolates.

3. Where is the best spot in the city to have a pint on St. Patrick’s Day?
The best place to have a Guinness on St. Patty’s Day is at Edmonton’s oldest and most authentic Irish Pub — O’Byrnes on Whyte Avenue!

4. It’s Earth Day on April 22. Where should visitors go to embrace Edmonton’s great outdoors?
Unplug everything electronic and head to our river valley with snowshoes or bikes and explore the great outdoors!

Les Clefs d’Or Concierges have been opening doors for hotel guests in Canada since 1976, and today there are more than 150 members from coast to coast and more than 3,500 members worldwide! You can find Nella at the Fairmont Hotel Macdonald.

Popping the Cap on Calgary’s Beer Scene

(Photo: Jason Dziver)

(Photo: Jason Dziver)

By DON TSE

There’s no better time to love beer in Calgary, which now boasts 17 breweries making flavourful craft beer. With most using Alberta-grown barley, drinking local beer celebrates terroir as much as drinking wine in Bordeaux. You can find local beers on tap at most local restaurants; it’s part of cowboy culture that Calgarians support Calgarians.

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Edmonton Opera’s Elektra

Elektra-Courtesy-Edmonton-OperaAfter her father Agamemnon is murdered in cold blood, Elektra falls into psychological turmoil and becomes disturbingly obsessed with revenge in Edmonton Opera’s dark season closer, Elektra. As the music follows and marks the fury that unravels her sinister mind, Elektra slowly inches closer to her target: her mother Klytämnestra. The production is sung in German with projected English surtitles, and ESO’s new chief conductor, Alexander Prior, will conduct Richard Strauss’s spine-chilling score. Though revenge is best served cold, you can expect nothing but heat from these powerhouse singers as they retell this tragic tale. —Matthew Stepanic

Elektra | March 11, 14 & 16
Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium
 | 11455-87 Ave. | 780-429-1000

Making Prints in Edmonton

Making-Prints

Image by Liz Ingram

In collaboration with the SNAP Gallery and print artist Liz Ingram, the University of Alberta Museums is hosting the International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan, which is organized by the Kyoto Print Exhibition Executive Committee. For the first time in Canada (it was first displayed in Japan in October of 2016), this exhibition will display more than 150 contemporary prints by Canadian and Japanese artists that show the trends and innovations being made in printmaking in both countries. —Lindsay Shapka

International Print Exhibition: Canada and Japan | Through March 25
University of Alberta Museums Galleries at Enterprise Square | 10230 Jasper Ave. | 780-492-5834.

7 Spots for Downtown Dining Week in Edmonton

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A steak at Atlas Steak + Fish.

From March 10 to 19 this year, downtown will become a dining paradise as local restaurants in the city centre show off their culinary creativity and offer multi-course meals at discount prices. Many of the spots listed here will have a steal of a meal deal at special prices of $15, $28, and $45. Visit the Downtown Business Association’s website for sample menus and a full list of participating restaurants.

1. Indulge in the rotisserie-style meats at Mexican hot spot Rostizado. Besides the flavourful pork and chicken, the cauliflower pan-roasted in pork fat and the smoked russet potatoes whipped with manchego cheese are divine sides.

2. Dine surrounded by stunning art with the innovative menu at Zinc Restaurant in the Art Gallery of Alberta. Each dish is plated creatively, such as the Arctic Char with amarosa potato, wild boar bacon, and confit tomatoes — you may feel a slight guilt wrecking the plating with your fork, but all regrets will be gone once you taste it!

3. The elegant Hardware Grill features regional cuisine paired well with their award-winning (but still approachable) wine list. You’ll be satisfied by a perfect pairing for their Lacquered Duck Breast and House Duck Sausage — with mascarpone potatoes, roasted Brussels sprouts and butternut squash — and all of their fine entrées.

4. Hankering for a quality cut of meat? Visit Atlas Steak + Fish in the Grand Villa Casino, where steaks are slow-grilled in a Josper oven — which is a combined charcoal grill and oven — including the 48 oz. Tomahawk steak. You’ll need to bring someone to share it with!

5. A contemporary Italian restaurant, The Parlour offers signature wood-fired pizzas and the option to craft our own with a list of artisan ingredients. Their balanced wine list is served on tap and is half-off on Wednesdays.

6. Located in the Union Bank Inn, Madison’s Grill provides an elegant space and dining experience. Find a solid wine list that’s ready to pair with entrées such as Roast Duck Breast with a crisp skin, complimented by orange braise anise and a pomegranate reduction.

7. The must-try dish at De Dutch is the Pannekoeken: a large Dutch pancake served in a dozen varieties, from the savoury Canadian with bacon, tomatoes, and eggs to sweet Peach Melba with fruit topping and whipped cream. Lunchtime offers more traditional Dutch dishes with quality, nutritious ingredients.

50+ Things to Do in Calgary This March

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In Calgary, March tends to come in like a lion and go out like… another lion. It might not quite be spring yet, but there’s still plenty going on around the city to help you shake off the winter doldrums.

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♦ ♦ ♦ ART EXHIBITS ♦ ♦ ♦

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Samantha Williams-Chapelsky (I am, because of you, 2016. Acrylic on canvas, 48″ diameter, courtesy Gibson Fine Art.)

Samantha Williams-Chapelsky
Through Mar 11
See new works from Edmonton acrylic artist Samantha Williams-Chapelsky. Her vibrant artwork is influenced by the Western landscape and features abstract cloudscapes with vivid colours, and some are painted on circular canvases.
Gibson Fine Art, 628 – 11 Ave SW, 403-244-2000, www.gibsonfineart.ca

Sarah Fuller : Camouflage (Hulinhjálmsteinn)
Through Mar 18
Fuller explores layers of history and narrative through the use of the photographic object. An underlying feature in her work is displacement, be it physical, psychological or constructed.
Christine Klassen Gallery, 321 – 50 Ave SE, 403-262-1880, www.christineklassengallery.com

7 Cameras
Through Mar 18
A group exhibition featuring new and recent photography by Kevin Boyle, Gary Campbell, Ben Cope, Michael Levin, Colin Smith, Leesa Streifler, and Diana Thorneycroft.
Christine Klassen Gallery, 321 – 50 Ave SE, 403-262-1880, www.christineklassengallery.com

Collectible Inuit Fine Art
Through Mar 18
Featuring Works by: Osuitok Ipeelee, RCA Kiawak Ashoona, OC, RCA Axangayu Shaa, RCA Manasie Maniapik Lucassie Ikkidluak Johnny Inukpuk, and many more.
Webster Galleries, 812 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-6500, www.webstergalleries.com

Power in Pictures: The Outside Circle and the Impact of the Graphic Novel
Through Spring 2017
This exhibit is the culmination of a series of workshops that connected young individuals from the Urban Society of Aboriginal Youth with illustrator Kelly Mellings. The result is a series of graphic art that explores complex feelings and experiences.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Earthlings
Through May 7
A group exhibition of otherworldly, surreal, magically figurative ceramic sculpture and works on paper, produced both individually and collaboratively, by seven contemporary artists.
Esker Foundation, 444, 1011 – 9 Ave SE, 403-930-2490, www.eskerfoundation.com

North of Ordinary: the Arctic photographs of Geraldine and Douglas Moodie
Through Sep 10
This exhibition celebrates the work of Canada’s first professional woman photographer, Geraldine Moodie. Beginning in 1903, Moodie accompanied her husband, a senior officer of the North-West Mounted Police, on Northern expeditions. She took intimate portraits of the local Inuit community while he documented the landscape and his work with the Mounted Police.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Corri-Lynn Tetz: Diviners
Mar 3 – Apr 13
Tetz’ semi-abstract paintings show the close proximity between memory, subjective experience and larger, social phenomena.
Jarvis Hall Fine Art, 617 – 11 Ave SW, 403-206-9942, www.jarvishallfineart.ca

Perfect Memory: Authentic Gift Shop
Mar 3 – Apr 1
A store where you buy Asian guilt with your forgiveness. The shop is open for cultural clarity and conversations, and we ask that visitors take insecurities, failings, traumas and sufferings with kindness and give back understanding and acceptance. Products come in the form of DVDs, books, keychains, lucky charms, clothing, lapel pins, various food cans, and more. Items in the store cater to and carry different styles, varying based on what someone is capable of giving.
The New Gallery, 208 Centre St S, 403-233-2399, www.thenewgallery.org

David Altmejd: The Vessel
Mar 4 – May 22
An enormous crystalline sculpture seems to depict an elaborate act of creation caught in a suspended animation of simultaneous formation and disintegration.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Canadian Stories: The View From Here
Mar 4 – May 22
In response to Canada’s 150th anniversary, this exhibition uses historical, modern and contemporary art from Glenbow’s collection to explore iconic Canadian themes from a western perspective.
Glenbow, 130 – 9 Ave SE, 403-268-4100, www.glenbow.org

Martin Pearce: Traces/Tracing
Mar 4 – Apr 1
The lines in the paintings were made with a china marker or grease pencil and they were systematically applied and partially erased several times in order to “complicate” the network of marks; the various iterations of superimposed grid-like lines building a set of “traces” on the surface.
Paul Kuhn Fine Arts, 724 – 11 Ave SW, 403-263-1162, www.paulkuhngallery.com

Modus Operandi
Mar 9 – Apr 1
Look into the process by three artists (Nate McLeod, Tia Halliday and Fiona Ackerman) to whom process is as important, a most vital component, to the end result.
Herringer Kiss Gallery, 709A – 11 Ave SW, 403-228-4889, www.herringerkissgallery.com

Julie Beugin
Mar 10 – Apr 22
Beugin records non-specific elements of the city with her own photographs. Through an instinctual process of layered abstraction, she transforms any physical likeness of these spaces into transparent areas of luminous color on canvas.
VivianeArt, 1114 – 11 St SW, 587-349-2014, www.vivianeart.gallery.com

Cathy Daley
Mar 18 – May 6
Daley is known for her oil-pastel silhouettes of the female form, inspired by the world of high fashion and images of dance. Her work arose from a critique of the fashion industry and its limitations in representing women.
Newzones, 730 – 11 Ave SW, 403-266-1972, www.newzones.com

Chris Langstroth
Mar 18 – Apr 1
Building and scraping layers of paint, Langstroth plays with the balance of abtstract and figurative to create intrigue in his work allowing room for interpretation.
Gibson Fine Art, 628 – 11 Ave SW, 403-244-2000, www.gibsonfineart.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ COMEDY ♦ ♦ ♦

Jim Jefferies
Mar 4
The Australian stand-up comedian, actor, and writer is known for his observational and dark humour. He’s currently travelling North America on his Unusual Punishment tour.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Sarah Tiana
Mar 23 – 25
Comedian Sarah Tiana’s act focuses on her Southern childhood and experiences with dating in Los Angeles.
Yuk Yuk’s, 218 – 18 Ave SE, 403-258-2028, www.yukyuks.com

♦ ♦ ♦ CHILDREN ♦ ♦ ♦

Urban Jungle Book
Mar 3 – 18
This modern take on the Rudyard Kipling stories uses pop, rock and rap music to tell them in a way you’ve never heard (or seen) before. It is the world premiere of an original musical, recommended for ages six and up.
StoryBook Theatre, 375 Bermuda Drive NW, 403-216-0808, www.storybooktheatre.org

(Image: courtesy Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

Symphonic Sorcery: The Music of Harry Potter (Image: courtesy Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra)

Symphonic Sorcery: The Music of Harry Potter
Mar 19
The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents a child-focused show that includes musical highlights from the films, and a narrator to take kids through the wonderful world of witches, wizards, and broomstick sports.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com

♦ ♦ ♦ DANCE ♦ ♦ ♦

Alice in Wonderland
Mar 16 – 18
Tumble down the rabbit hole with Alberta Ballet’s production, which reintroduces audiences to memorable characters from the Lewis Carroll story including the Red Queen, the Caterpillar, the Cheshire Cat, and the Mad Hatter. Filled with lush sets, costumes, and choreography, Alice in Wonderland captures the magic of the much-loved story about spunky heroine Alice trying to make her way home through a strange and fantastical world.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ FESTIVALS ♦ ♦ ♦

The Big Taste (Photo: courtesy Downtown Calgary)

The Big Taste (Photo: courtesy Downtown Calgary)

The Big Taste
Mar 3 – 12
Sample tempting prix fixe menus from Calgary’s diverse restaurants during this 10-day foodie festival.
Various venues, see event website for more information: calgarydowntown.com

Calgary Maple Festival des Sucres
Mar 4 – 5
Celebrate French Canadian culture, history, and traditions at this two-day festival featuring French Canadian, Metis and First Nations Folkloric music and dances, demonstrations, workshops, story-telling, and exhibits; a traditional Sugar Shack meal; and a Sugar Market with a variety of merchants and maple products for sale. Guests can enjoy a live play, circus and magic shows, plus numerous outdoor activities, games, wagon rides, and maple taffy on snow.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Calgary International Beerfest
May 5 – 6
Sample more than 500 types of beer on site, as well as food from over 40 of Calgary’s best pubs and restaurants.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, 1-844-438-7352, albertabeerfestivals.com

Festival of Animated Objects
Mar 16 – 19
From puppet shows to film screenings, gallery exhibitions to workshops, this festival showcases animated objects (also known as puppets). Mythical creatures, curious beasts, and oddball characters come to life on stage, compelled by puppet-masters and artists.
Various venues, see event website for more information: www.puppetfestival.ca

Prana Yoga Festival
Mar 17 – 19
This festival features themed yoga, dance, wellness, and meditation classes for yogis of all skill levels. Customize your own schedule with classes like Music-Assisted Mindfulness, Ayurvedic Cooking Class, and Chocolate Yoga.
Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW, pranayogafest.com

♦ ♦ ♦ MARKETS ♦ ♦ ♦

Curated Market
Mar 17 – 18
Local artisan vendors feature everything from jewellery and clothing to furniture and home decor.
Bowness Community Association, 7904 – 43 Ave NW, www.bycurated.com

Market Collective
Mar 24 – 26
An independent market where hundreds of local artists, artisans, and designers sell handmade creations and local musicians entertain. Sustain your shopping energy with delicious local food vendors.
Chinese Cultural Centre, 197 – 1 St SW, www.marketcollective.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ MUSIC ♦ ♦ ♦

An Evening With Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt
Mar 2
These two iconic country and blues musicians first sang together in the 1990s. They perform alternately in this duet concert, occasionally joining in on the other’s songs.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Colin James
Mar 3
Blues and rock singer-songwriter Colin James is touring his latest album, Blue Highways.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Wayne Newton
Mar 4
The Midnight Idol is well known for ‘70s hits like “Daddy, Don’t You Walk So Fast” and his signature song “Danke Schoen.”
Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 11500 – 35 St SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Photo: courtesy Livenation)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings (Photo: courtesy Livenation)

Blackie and the Rodeo Kings
Mar 7
The folk rock group is touring Kings and Kings, a collaboration with fellow male roots, blues, and country musicians.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

Chris Botti
Mar 8
With four albums that reached No. 1 on the Billboard jazz albums chart, trumpeter and composer Chris Botti has a reputation for fusing jazz and pop music styles.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Engelbert Humperdinck
Mar 9
Best known for hits such as “Release Me” and “After the Lovin,’” balladeer Engelbert Humperdinck has sold over 150 million records worldwide.
Deerfoot Inn & Casino, 11500 – 35 St SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Jake Shimabukuro
Mar 9
The American ukulele virtuoso and composer became internationally famous when a video of him playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” was posted on YouTube without his knowledge and went viral.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 1-855-985-5000, www.ticketmaster.ca

Borgeous
Mar 10
The American recording artist and DJ/producer is on tour with his first album, 13.
Marquee Beer Market, 4630 Macleod Trail S, 403-287-2500, marqueecalgary.com

Eric Church
Mar 11
The southern country singer and songwriter is known for songs like “Drink in My Hand.”
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

The Second City Guide to the Symphony (Photo: courtesy Columbia Artists Management Inc.)

The Second City Guide to the Symphony (Photo: courtesy Columbia Artists Management Inc.)

The Second City Guide to the Symphony
Mar 11
Orchestral music meets comedy revue in this one-of-a-kind performance with Toronto’s legendary improve troupe.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-571-0849, calgaryphil.com

Datsik
Mar 17
The music producer and DJ hits Calgary on his Ninja Nation tour.
The Palace Theatre, 219 – 8 Ave SW, www.thepalacetheatre.ca

Mother Mother
Mar 20
The Canadian indie rockers are fresh off the February release of their new album No Culture.
Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 – 14 Ave NW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Chris Stapleton
Mar 24
The Grammy and CMA winning musician and songwriter is touring his No. 1 solo album.
Scotiabank Saddledome, 555 Saddledome Rise SE, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

The Tea Party
Mar 25
This Canadian rock band, which boasts a sound described as “Moroccan roll,” is touring in celebration of the 20th anniversary of their album Transmission.
The Palace Theatre, 219 – 8 Ave SW, 1-855-985-5500, www.ticketmaster.ca

Delhi 2 Dublin
Mar 30
Known for their highly energetic stage shows, this band’s sound started as an electronic fusion between bhangra beats and Celtic fiddle and has since grown into anything from dub reggae to breakbeats to dance music.
Commonwealth Bar & Stage, 731 – 10 Ave SW, 888-732-1682, www.ticketfly.com

♦ ♦ ♦ SPECIAL EVENTS ♦ ♦ ♦

Star Trek: The Starfleet Academy Experience
Through Jun 4
Set phasers to stun! Calgary’s science centre is recruiting Starfleet Academy cadets. “Career Day” at the academy tests your knowledge and skills — you’ll undergo a series of simulated science, engineering, medical, and command evaluations in nine different zones. Life-long and new Star Trek fans alike will have a blast discovering the science that shaped the final frontier.
Telus Spark, 220 St George’s Dr NE, 403-817-6800, www.sparkscience.ca

Heritage Park Ghost Tours
Mar 1 – 8
Visit Heritage Park after dark for a guided ghost tour through the streets and alley ways of the Historical Village. Behind the Park’s old-fashioned charm lie stories of otherworldly encounters, spine-tingling history and some memorable manifestations! The 90-minute outdoor walking tour includes one free coffee or hot chocolate, and a cash bar is available in the Selkirk Grille following the tour.
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

Calgary Home & Garden Show
Mar 2 – 5
Thinking about a home improvement project? Get advice and tips from Canada’s most popular designers, gardeners and home improvement specialists at this weekend expo.
BMO Centre, 20 Roundup Way, 403-253-1177, www.calgaryhgs.com

Dinner and a Movie
Mar 7, 21
Enjoy a themed, three-course meal in the Selkirk Grille, then head next door to Gasoline Alley for popcorn and a movie on the big screen: Singin’ In the Rain (Mar 7) and Chicago (Mar 21).
Heritage Park Historical Village, 1900 Heritage Dr SW, 403-268-8500, www.heritagepark.ca

National Geographic Live: Beauty and the Bizarre
Mar 12 – 13
Photographer Anand Varma devoted years of his life to perfecting his techniques to create dramatic, bizarre and beautiful images of the miniature world around us. Through these truly unique images, he reveals the secret life cycle of the honeybee, captures the lightning-fast behaviours of hummingbirds, and offers a rare glimpse at our world’s small wonders.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

♦ ♦ ♦ THEATRE ♦ ♦ ♦

Gracie
Through Mar 18
This one-actress performance that explores the world through the eyes of a 15-year-old girl born into a polygamous community.
Arts Commons, Martha Cohen Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, www.atplive.ca

Crime Does Not Pay (Image: by Tyler Jenkins, courtesy Vertigo Theatre)

Crime Does Not Pay (Image: by Tyler Jenkins, courtesy Vertigo Theatre)

Crime Does Not Pay
Mar 2 – 11
When down-and-out comic book artist Bob meets lounge singer Violet, inspiration strikes and he begins writing dark, racy true crime stories where the criminal is the hero — but the trappings of success, the threat of censorship, and Bob’s possessive love of Violet create an explosive combination. Based on a true story, this new musical is written by Calgarians David Rhymer and Kris Demeanor.
Arts Commons, Engineered Air Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

A Thousand Splendid Suns
Mar 7 – Apr 1
Based on the bestselling novel, this haunting play reveals the strength of the human spirit.
Arts Commons, Max Bell Theatre, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-7447, www.theatrecalgary.com

Derek Selinger
Mar 10
Magic and illusion are explored in a two-hour feature-length theatrical performance featuring the talents of award-winning illusionist Derek Selinger.
Arts Commons, Jack Singer Concert Hall, 205 – 8 Ave SE, 403-294-9494, www.artscommons.ca

 Our Man in Havana (Image: by Erica Dufour, courtesy Annerin Productions)

Our Man in Havana (Image: by Erica Dufour, courtesy Annerin Productions)

Our Man in Havana
Mar 11 – Apr 9
Thanks to his daughter’s extravagant spending, a British expat in 1950s Cuba can’t afford to say no when the Secret Service offers him a plum position as their “man in Havana.” His utter cluelessness kicks off this hilarious, fast-paced romp through the world of espionage.
Vertigo Theatre, 161, 115 – 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708 , vertigotheatre.com

The Three Musketeers
Mar 24 – Apr 8
The classic tale of the swashbuckling musketeers is brought to life on stage. When the favour for the Queen’s handmaiden brings d’Artagnan afoul of the powerful Cardinal, the daring youth befriends three Musketeers. Together, they fight to defend the Queens honour and save the lady that d’Artagnan loves.
Studio Theatre, 115 9 Ave SE, 403-221-3708, www.shakespearecompany.com