Calgary entertainment: 5 things to do this weekend

There are plenty of indoor events going on around the city to keep you warm, entertained and even educated.

Musical concerts, film festival and even a freakishly cool science exhibit

The High Performance Rodeo's 30th anniversary lineup brings even more entertainment in its second week, including Life, Death and the Blues with Gemini-nominated actor and Maple Blues Award-winner Raoul Bhaneja. (Supplied)

The mercury may be dropping this weekend, but that's no reason to stay at home. There are plenty of indoor events going on around the city to keep you entertained and even educated.

Here are five recommendations from the Homestretch's Tracy Fuller.

1. Body Worlds Vital

Part art exhibition, part science fair and part freak show wrapped up in one, Body Worlds returns to Calgary for the first time in six years. People donate their bodies when they die to this show, and these so-called plastinates travel all over the world for millions of people to see.​ 

The show is entirely science-based, but if your kids are easily freaked out, this might not be the right fit for them.

When: Body Worlds Vital opens at noon on Saturday at Telus Spark and runs until the end of May.

2.  Musicians 4 Refugees YYC

Calgary's music community comes together in a musical series to support Syrian refugees in the city.

Musicians 4 Refugees YYC's first concert, Songs for Syria, features several of Calgary's biggest classical music ensembles and soloists. All proceeds raised by the musical talents of Charles Foreman, Spiritus Chamber Choir, the University of Calgary String Quartet and Cum Vino Cantus — as well as the silent auction — will go toward supporting Calgary's Syrian refugees.

When: The event happens at the Rozsa Centre at the University of Calgary on Friday at 7 p.m. 

The University of Calgary String Quartet was formed in 1994 with Canadian string artists Amanda Forsyth, Edmond Agopian, Olga Kotova and Christopher Sandvoss. (University of Calgary)

3. High Performance Rodeo

The 30th annual HPR heads into its second week with a bunch of brand new shows lined up. One in particular to note is "Porno Death Cult," a new show by Vancouver's Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg.

The quirky, idiosyncratic fusion of text, dance, character and prayer is filled with tons of laughs and no shortage of soul.

When: Friday through Saturday at the West Village Theater. See the full High Peformance Rodeo schedule here.

4. Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour

If you're not already going to see all the Golden Globe winners or the Oscar Nominees, starting next Tuesday the best of the Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour comes to Calgary. 

There are two programs on offer, featuring a mix of short and long films. One highlight is the winner of the People's Choice Award: a film called "Unbranded." It tells the story of four men and 16 wild mustangs who set off on an amazing journey across the American West.

When: The festival tour runs Jan. 19-24 at the Rozsa Centre

5. Vance Joy and Reuben and the Dark

Vance Joy is making a tour stop in Calgary this weekend, and local alternative rock band Reuben and the Dark will be the opening act.

When: Sunday night at 8 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Calgary's Reuben and the Dark is a collection of five multi-instrumentalists and vocalists led by Reuben Bullock. (Supplied)


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