Calgary entertainment: 5 things to do this weekend

It's the first weekend of Calgary's major theatre festival, but there's much more to see and do. Here's some entertainment suggestions from CBC's Tracy Fuller.

It's a new year, so here's a new list of all things entertainment in our city

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It's the first weekend of Calgary's major theatre festival, but there's so much more to see and do.

The CBC's Tracy Fuller has the first Calgary entertainment list of the new year.

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1) High Performance Rodeo

Calgary's One Yellow Rabbit theatre company is looking to outdo itself and break boundaries with its 30th anniversary Rodeo, which featuring 24 shows and performers from around the globe. This year's lineup has something for everyone — con men, canoes, vintage sci-fi, bicycles and even a dance club in an elevator — and that's just in the first week alone. It runs through Jan. 31.

Torquil Campbell, Stars frontman and actor-playwright, stars in a one-man show called the The Rockefeller Project at One Yellow Rabbit's High Performance Rodeo in Calgary. (Norman Wong)

2) Glenbow Museum

If you find it's still a little chilly out, consider staying in and revisiting the hub of southern Alberta history. Can't get there this weekend? On Thursday admission is free! Free First Thursday Night's is a program that runs for 12 weeks for the first Thursday of every month from 5-9 p.m. More info at

3) I'll Crane for You

Two major names in Canadian modern dance, Christopher House and Deborah Hay, have come together to bring a unique performance to the Calgary stage. House performs in a solo piece I'll Crane for You without any music backup. It's meant to challenge the way we think about and experience the body on stage. Performances run Saturday through Sunday with a matinee and an evening show. It takes place at the Matthews Theatre at the University of Calgary.  

Toronto Dance Theatre’s Christopher House performs I’ll Crane for You, a piece created with Deborah Hay. (

4) The Motorcycle Show 

Longing for summer already? This weekend the Motorcycle Show is taking over the BMO Center. It's for lovers of fuel-powered fun on two wheels but also something the whole family can enjoy. The show goes through until Sunday afternoon. Admission and schedule information can be found at

5) Music Mile

Ninth Avenue S.E. has been dubbed the Music Mile of Calgary. The stretch spans between the Blues Can in Inglewood to the new Studio Bell that's under construction in East Village. Popular clubs and stages — such as the Ironwood, Fort Calgary, Lolita's Lounge and Festival Hall — will feature live music in many genres starting at 6 p.m. through to last call.


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