Chinese New Year, Craigslist Cantata among weekend events

As the year of the horse gallops into Calgary, people who want to get out and enjoy a cultural or artistic event are in luck. There's lots going on in the city this weekend.

Looking for something to do this weekend? Check out our list or add an event of your own

Calgarians celebrated Chinese New Year last weekend with a dragon dance in front of the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre. 1:05

As the year of the horse gallops into Calgary, people who want to get out of the house and enjoy a cultural or artistic event are in luck.

There's lots going on in the city this weekend.

As always, our list isn't exhaustive so please feel free to add a seventh or eighth option in the comments section below.

Gong Xi Fa Cai!

Performers with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Society ring in the new year with traditional music. (CBC)

While most of the big celebrations at the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre (CCCC) took place last weekend, there are still a few ways to mark the year of the horse.

There's a children and youth art exhibition continuing at the CCCC until Feb. 15.

The Calgary Chinese Merchants Association is also hosting a Chinese New Year Dinner Gala coming up on Feb. 8 at the Silver Dragon Restaurant.

For Chinese families, this weekend is more about being with family, enjoying great food and celebrating the holiday at home than it is about going out and partying. 

The Flying Dutchman

Calgary Opera is premiering its second show of the season Saturday night. 

The Flying Dutchman is about a phantom captain who is doomed to roam the ocean endlessly, unless a woman can break his curse by falling in love with him.

Part ghost-story, part love-story, the show is brought to life by Richard Wagner's powerful music. 

Feb. 1, 5 and 7

Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium

Big Winter Classic

No, this isn't a hockey game. It's a brand new cure for the winter blues — Calgary style. 

The Ship and Anchor pub on 17th Avenue is hosting its inaugural Big Winter Classic on Saturday.

It's is an all-day, free indoor-outdoor party and concert, including live music on the patio.

The show will feature music from Savk, Eamon McGrath, the Mandates and more.

Be sure to dress appropriately, Enviroment Canada says it will be -8 C in the city Saturday.

Feb. 1 starting at 1 p.m. MT

Ship and Anchor

HPR: A Craigslist Cantata

The 2014 edition of Calgary's High Performance Rodeo wraps up in this weekend.

One of the shows that's been getting lots of buzz is the Craigslist musical Do you want what I have got?

The show brings to life stories behind the trash and treasures offered on Craigslist. 

Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 at 7:30 p.m. MT

Martha Cohen Threatre

Bowtown Community Music Festival

The Bowness Community Association is pulling out all the stops on Saturday to put on this fun event for the whole family.

The Bowtown Music Festival takes over the Bowness Community Centre from 3 to 11 p.m. on February 1st. (Bowness Community Association)

This is the first time Bowtown Music's instructors and their bands are hosting a festival and instrument drive, and they're hoping to make it an annual event.

The Instrument Drive supports the Legacy Children's Foundation's "Gift of Music" program.  It provides funding for instruments and music lessons for children from low income families and high risk youth.

If you have any gently used instruments, bring them along to donate to the program.

Feb. 1 from 3-11 p.m. MT

Bowness Community Hall

Doc Soup: The Armstrong Lie

The Calgary International Film Festival's Doc Soup Series is featuring a documentary about Lance Armstrong and his fall from grace in the world of international cycling.

The film is called The Armstrong Lie and it began as a comeback film chronicling Armstrong's athleticism and conviction in the wake of his testicular cancer diagnosis and treatment.  

When the doping scandal hits the news, the film suddenly swerves in a different direction, forcing director Alex Gibney to switch tracks and tell a very different story about Armstrong

Feb. 5 at 7 p.m. MT

Eau Claire Cinemas


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