Bluesfest, home and garden show and dance parties this weekend in Calgary

It's that time again — time to put the worries and troubles of your week aside and start planning your weekend.

For those of you who won't be watching the Oscars, try the indie $100 Film Festival instead

Montreal novelist Rawi Hage's play Cockroach makes its world premier next week and runs through March 19. (Getty Images)

It's that time again — time to put the worries and troubles of your week aside and start planning your weekend.

These are five things you won't want to miss, as highlighted by the Homestretch's Tracy Fuller.

1. Midwinter Bluesfest

The final festival shows are both dance parties happening this weekend. 

The festival closer is a taste of the old and the new, with Calgary's "The Delux" — a group of 17-year-old high school students who won the Youth Blues Challenge during January's High Performance Rodeo — and blues legend Savoy Brown, who are celebrating their 50th year in the music business on tour.

When: Friday and Saturday, doors open at 7 p.m., show starts at 8 p.m. at The Kerby Centre.

2. Calgary Home and Garden Show

The Calgary Home and Garden Show will feature more than 650 exhibitors.

For people who are already planning their spring renovation projects, gardens and more, this is the only place to be this weekend.

More than 650 exhibitors will be there, including HGTV's Carson Arthur and Andre Chevigny, along with lifestyle Expert Leigh-Ann Allaire Perrault and designer Amanda Forrest.

When: Now through Sunday at BMO Centre at Stampede Park.

3.  $100 Film Festival

All of the featured independent and experimental films were shot exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film. (Getty Images)

For those who won't be spending their evening on the couch watching the Academy Awards this Sunday, head on over to Calgary's $100 Film Festival which kicks off tonight at 7-o'clock

This is the 24th year the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers has hosted this showcase of independent and experimental films, shot exclusively on Super 8 and 16mm film.

When: Thursday through Saturday. See the full schedule and location details here.

4.  Cockroach

Here's a perfect pick for lovers of Canadian Literature. Rawi Hage, the author behind De Niro's Game, will be in Calgary next week to promote the World Premier of Cockroach the play.

Cockroach is Hage's second novel and one of CBC's Canada Reads contenders back in 2014.

The darkly humorous story is set in Montreal's restless immigrant community and features a protagonist who steals, lusts voraciously and lives in the cracks of the city. 

When: At the Martha Cohen Theatre. See all showtimes here.

5. THUGWork Apartment Show

Catch one of three 20-minute performances that will be happen at THUGWork Theatre‘s founders apartments in northeast Calgary. (THUGWork Theatre)

The newest project by THUGWork Theatre involves the three founders who open up their own homes, and sometimes the homes of their better-off friends, to stage short plays, concerts and performances of all sorts for a limited crowd.

The Apartment Show is only open to 12 people per show, so make sure to reserve your spot online.

When:See here for details.


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