7 things to do in Calgary this weekend

It's the first warm weekend of the new year, so don't spend it inside. If 2014 got off to a slow start for you and your family, fear not! Calgary's arts and entertainment scene is jam-packed with fun and unforgettable things to do this weekend. So get out of the house and enjoy!

Keith Urban, Romeo and Juliet, High Performance Rodeo, Beethoven's 5th and Unbridled photography

One Yellow Rabbit's one man show "BOOM" is generating a lot of buzz at the 2014 High Performance Rodeo. (HPRodeo.ca)

It's our first really warm weekend of the new year, so don't spend it inside.  If 2014 got off to a slow start for you and your family — fear not!

Calgary's arts and entertainment scene is jam-packed with fun and unforgettable things to do this weekend, so get out of the house and enjoy!

As always, this list is not exhaustive. If you want to add an idea or two, please feel free to include them in the comments section below. Your opinions and suggestions are important to us.

Romeo and Juliet

One of the world's most romantic and tragic tales is coming to life (and death) on stage at the Southern Jubilee Auditorium this weekend. 

The Royal Winnipeg Ballet presents Dutch choreographer Rudi van Dantzig's full-length production of Shakespeare's timeless tale. This version includes sword fights, drama and classical choreography. 

Jan. 17-19.  

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Beethoven's 5th Symphony

Beethoven week at the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra kicks off with Beethoven's Fifth Symphony Friday and Saturday night at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

With its ominous and iconic opening notes, the Fifth Symphony is one of the Viennese composer's most famous works. The performances will feature the Calgary Youth Orchestra alongside the CPO for part of the show.

Jan. 17-18 at 8 p.m.

Jack Singer Concert Hall

Keith Urban

Another great way to start your weekend is to check out Australian country music legend Keith Urban as he takes over the Saddledome.

This concert is part of his "Light The Fuse Tour." Urban has released eight studio albums, and numerous compilations throughout his career. He's also earned a number of country music awards and Grammys. 

Friday, Jan. 17 at 7 p.m.

Scotiabank Saddledome

High Performance Rodeo

Calgary's international festival of the arts continues this week with lots to offer from Canada, Europe and beyond.

One show that might interest CBC fans is former Kids in the Hall member Bruce McCulloch's one-man show Young Drunk Punk.

Boom is another one man show to watch for at the High Performance Rodeo.  

This Theatre Calgary co-production looks at the defining moments of the baby-boom generation. Using a variety of media, writer-director and performer Rick Miller highlights politicians, musicians and activists from the past 25 years.

Munich Now is also getting a lot of buzz at 2014's High Performance Rodeo.

One Yellow Rabbit's "Munich Now" is now on stage at Big Secret Theatre as part of the 2014 High Performance Rodeo. (HPRodeo.ca)

The play is performed in German with English subtitles on a board above the stage. Produced by One Yellow Rabbit, the show is set in the television studio of a weekly German talk show. 

Until Feb. 1 from noon to 10 p.m.

Various theatres, including the Martha Cohen Theatre and Max Bell Theatre

Unbridled equine photography

The title work for Cathy Simone's equine show at Lougheed House Gallery is "Unbridled." (Cathy Simone/LougheedHouse.com)

If live theatre isn't your cup of tea, there's a new show in town that will appeal to people interested in art, photography and horses.

Lougheed House Gallery presents a new exhibit calledUnbridled: The Equine Photography of Cathy Simone. 

These photographs demonstrates Simone's respect and passion for horses.

Until March 2

Lougheed House

Banff Mountain Film Festival Tour

If you missed the Banff Mountain Film Festival back in late October and early November, you now have a second chance to get your first impression.

The festival is on tour and it's screening this weekend at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre.

One of the touring films is Keeper of the Mountains: The Elizabth Hawley Story. It's about a woman who went to Kathmandu in the 1960s and began chronicling Himalayan expeditions.

Now, at the age of 90, she still updates the Himalayan database.

Jan. 14-19

Rozsa Theatre, University of Calgary

Life is a Highway

A brand new show by Calgary show choir Revv 52 featuring an all-Canadian set list. (Revv52.com/)

Calgary singers Revv 52 have a new show they're performing this weekend called Life is a Highway: A Celebration of Canadian Music.

The program includes songs from the Barenaked Ladies, The Guess Who, Gordon Lightfoot, Serena Ryder and Walk off the Earth  — to name a few.  

Jan. 16-18

River Park Church 


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