5 things to do in Calgary this weekend
Fortune cookie improv, Tim McGraw, War of the Worlds, The UpLife Project and art from the 1980s
Halloween may be over but there's still plenty to do in Calgary this weekend. Here’s a look at some of the entertainment picks from our CBC arts team.
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Fortune Cookie Improv
Every Friday until Nov. 15 you can catch fortune cookie improv at The Loose Moose. The idea here is that the two performers, Andrew Phung and Renne Amber, get inspiration for each skit by asking a member of the audience to crack open a fortune cookie. The message inside determines the direction of each performance. It's a quirky and hilarious twist on traditional theatre sports and tickets are just $10.
Runs Fridays until Nov. 15 at 10:30 p.m.
Second floor of the Crossroads Market, 1235 - 26th Ave. S.E.
The UpLife Project: Jen Unplugged
The UpLife Project: Jen Unplugged is a locally made film about living with Stage 4 cancer. Calgarian Jennifer Gardiner was diagnosed in 2011. Since then she's fought every day with strength, courage, a healthy dose of humour and her own unique style. Gardiner's cancer journey — the good, the bad, the peace found and the dress up — is chronicled in this film. It's an in-your-face inspiration to anyone dealing with a major life obstacle. The film's tagline is "Cancer be damned." Saturday's screening of The Uplife Project is also a fundraiser for the Tom Baker Cancer Centre.
Saturday at 7 p.m.
Theatre Junction GRAND
This is the show that was cancelled during Stampede because of flood damage at the Saddledome. But now Tim McGraw is finally here and all of those July tickets will be honoured. McGraw is, of course, a super star in the country music world. He has won three Grammys, 14 Academy of Country Music awards, 11 CMAs and the accolades go on and on. The show is sold-out, but if you're lucky enough to have tickets — have fun!
Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
War of the Worlds 75th anniversary
Oct. 30 was the 75th anniversary of the historic War of the Worlds radio broadcast that scared millions of people across North America. In 1938, director Orson Welles took the H.G. Wells story of a Martian invasion, weaving music and fake news reports throughout, and created the impression that the story was actually happening. To commemorate the anniversary, Workshop Theatre is presenting its own production of War of the Worlds. The production is staged as a radio play, including foley artists making sound effects and voice actors. The show gives audiences a glimpse of what went into staging radio plays.
Runs until Saturday at 7:30 p.m.
Made in Calgary: The 1980s
The Glenbow Museum is taking a look back Calgary's artistic community, decade by decade, and this month it's rolling through the 1980s. The exhibition features the works of painter Chris Cran, John Brocke and sculptor Mary Shannon. Made in Calgary: The 1980s is on until the New Year.
Runs until Dec. 31.