CBC's Mary-Catherine Macintosh gives her top arts and entertainment picks for this week, including a visit by a Game of Thrones star, a romantic Italian opera and a performance of Anne of Green Gables.
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Fans of comics, gaming and animation have been waiting all year for this weekend. Roughly 60,000 people are set to gather at Stampede Park Friday, Saturday and Sunday for the Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo.
Some big stars will be making appearances this year, including Carrie Fisher (of Star Wars' Princess Leia fame), Peter Dinklage (Tyrion Lannister from Game of Thrones) and Gillian Anderson (X-Files).
Tickets for the convention are entirely sold out but there are still some up for grabs for the expo's Weird Al concert at Stampede Corral Friday night.
BMO Center, 20 Roundup Way S.E.
Verdi's La Traviata is one of the most beloved and frequently performed works in the world of opera. Friday's performance at the Jubilee tells the story of a fallen woman who decides to leave her glamorous lifestyle for love.
The performance will wrap up Calgary Opera's VIVA Verdi season.
Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14th Ave. N.W., (403)-297-8000
Friday, April 26, 8 p.m. MT.
Anne of Green Gables
In the theatre world, Anne of Green Gables: The Musical is on now at the Max Bell Theatre. The production, put on by Theatre Calgary, is based on the classic Lucy Maud Montgomery novel.
Set in P.E.I., Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert decide to adopt an orphan. But to their surprise, the child who arrives isn't a boy but a red-headed little girl. The show runs until June 2.
Max Bell Theatre, 220 Ninth Ave S.E., (403)-294-7441
April 23-June 2, call for times.