Calgary’s arts and entertainment scene has lots of good offerings this weekend, including a glitzy cocktail fundraiser, one of Verdi’s best-loved operas and even something for cat lovers.

Feel free to add your own suggestions in the comment section.


Stage West is mounting a production of the Tony-winning musical Chicago.

The story line for this show is loosely based on a murder case from the 1920s and takes a satirical look at the way society turns criminals into celebrities.

Opens April 18

Stage West, 727 42nd Ave. S.E. 

Celebrity Hors d'Oeuvres

Alberta Theatre Projects is putting on its 20th Annual Lawson Lundell Celebrity Hors d'Oeuvres.

ATP’s major fundraiser is in the grand lobby of the Jubilee Auditorium with its great collection of Canart.

Party-goers buy a bag of tokens and spend them at the local restaurants that have food tables. The restaurants have celebrities whose job it is to lure people to their eateries. The restaurant that gets the most tokens wins. 

Friday, April 19, at 6:30 p.m.

Southern Jubilee Auditorium Lobby, 1415 14th Ave. N.W. 

Verdi's La Traviata

Calgary Opera is presenting La Traviata. It opens Saturday night at the Jubilee.

La Traviata, one of Giuseppe Verdi's most loved works, tells the tragic story of Violetta, a Parisian courtesan who gives up the man she loves to save his family’s reputation.

April 20, 24 and 26

Southern Jubilee Auditorium, 1415 14th Ave. N.W. 

The Calgary Cat Show

For the feline fanciers out there, check out the Calgary Cat Show this weekend at the Shouldice Arena.

The show and trade fair will have 14 rings featuring many of the 55 breeds recognized by the International Cat Association.

April 20-21 from 9 a.m.

Shouldice Arena, 1515 Home Rd. N.W.

Cowboy Junkies

And if you’re up for a road trip, you can catch Canadian alt-country pioneers Cowboy Junkies at the Banff Centre on Sunday.

The band made it big in 1987 with the record The Trinity Sessions, which included a cover of the Velvet Underground’s classic Sweet Jane

Cowboy junkies are still making music. The band's latest album is called The Wilderness.

April 21 at 7:30 p.m.

The Banff Centre, Eric Harvie Theatre, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr.