5 things to do in Calgary this weekend

Calgary's entertainment scene is starting 2014 with more of a whisper than a bang. Although many shows open later this month, there's still enough going on to keep you and your family busy over the first weekend of the new year.

The Betrayers, Doc Soup screens The Summit, Nature Unleashed, H20 at MOCA and The Music Man

Calgary welcomed 2014 with a beautiful, snow-covered day of sunshine. (Flickr/DaveBloggs007)

After the rush of events focused on or around New Year's Eve, Calgary's entertainment scene is suffering a bit of a hangover.

2014 is starting with more of a whisper than a bang, with many shows opening later this month. Still, there's enough going on to keep you and your family busy over the first weekend of the new year.

As always, our list of events is not exhaustive, so feel free to add your own weekend arts and entertainment suggestions in our comments section below.

The Betrayers 

The Betrayers' second album, "Let the good times die," includes 13 tracks with backing vocals by The Lad Mags and Emily Rault. (The Betrayers)

Edmonton rock group The Betrayers are kicking off the new year with a brand new full-length album. Let the good times die is now available on the band's website, but they're in Calgary on Saturday night to launch the album in person.

The Betrayers have invited some friends along to celebrate, the Let the good times die show also features performances by The Mandates, The Nancees and PMMA.

Saturday, Jan. 4 at 9 p.m.; Tickets are $10 at the door

The Palomino

The Summit

The Calgary International Film Festival launches it's 2014 Doc Soup series on Wednesday with a screening of The Summit. 

The film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2012 chronicles the tragic story of a deadly day on Pakistan's K2, often called the most dangerous mountain on earth.

Twenty-four climbers started the trek from High Camp that day, but 48 hours later almost half of them were dead or missing.  It's a tragic, harrowing and haunting story with breathtaking footage.

Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 7 p.m.

The Globe Cinema

The Music Man

Con man Harold Hill has every intention of taking a small Iowa town for a ride, posing as a band leader and music teacher, but his plans are foiled when he falls for the local librarian, Marian Paroo. (University of Calgary Operetta Company)

The University of Calgary Operetta Company presents its first show of the new year with The Music Man.

This musical theatre classic by Meredith Wilson premiered on Broadway back in 1957. It won five Tony Awards the next year, including Best Musical.

The U of C's Operetta Company isn't posting much footage of their current production except for a sneak peak, filmed last month at a rehearsal, featuring Mike Sornberger and Calvin Seaman singing "The Sadder But Wiser Girl." 

January 9-11 and 15-17 at 7 p.m.

​Craigie Hall, University of Calgary

Nature Unleashed: Inside Natural Disasters

An aerial view of Anak Krakatau volcano spewing ash and smoke in the Sundas Strait in Indonesia on Feb. 24, 2013. Anak Kakatau is a second-generation formation of the famous Krakatoa volcano, best known for its catastrophic 1883 eruption that resulted in at least 36,000 deaths. (Beawiharta/Reuters)

After a year of unforgettable natural disasters, including the Alberta floods, Typhoon Haiyan and the Toronto ice storm, Calgary's Telus Spark science centre is taking a closer look at the extraordinary weather patterns that unleash these events on the planet.

Looking at everything from volcanic eruptions to tornadoes, Nature Unleashed looks what causes natural disasters, how geography can help or hinder the havoc they wreak and how we as human beings react to them.

Until May 4, 2014

Telus Spark

H2O: An Exhibition of International Contemporary Art

The new exhibition at the Museum of Contemporary Art Calgary looks at expressions of water in all of its states and sizes. (MOCA)

The Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) at Calgary's City Hall is sometimes overlooked, but the small space often puts on fantastically nuanced exhibitions, including the current show H20. 

This thoughtfully curated collection looks at the many expressions of water through art, featuring the work of Julius Popp, Max Streicher and other international contemporary artists.

Until Feb. 2; Admission is free.

Museum of Contemporary Art, 104-800 Macleod Trail S.E.


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