This week’s list takes a breather from Christmas-themed fare (almost), with sports and stories, music and mini-golf.
Cheer on an age-old rivalry
What: The Edmonton Oilers are taking on the Calgary Flames Saturday night at Rexall Place. Unfortunately, tickets are scarce and the weather forecast is grim, so this might be the perfect opportunity to find a well-heated pub closer to home to settle into for game-viewing purposes. Or better yet — light up your own fireplace (or find a friend who has one), pick up some brewskies and host your own mini-hockey night in Canada.
When: Puck drops at 8 p.m. Dec. 7
Hit the Green
What: Mark Twain once said “golf is a good walk spoiled.” Well, I say Mark Twain has never been to Monster Mini Golf in south Edmonton. If you’re pining for a relaxing trip to the putting green, this is not the place for you. However, if you are in the mood for a hyper-colourful neon walk through gothic Canadiana, hosted by mad scientists and interrupted by trivia questions and putting challenges, this is the place for you. There’s also some old-school arcade games. Skee-ball, anyone?
When? Anytime! Hours are listed here.
Jazz it up
What: The Yardbird Suite All-Stars will meet up this weekend to play the music of the legendary Joe Henderson as part of the Best of Alberta Jazz Series. Henderson, one of the unsung heroes of 60s jazz music, first picked up a saxophone at the age of nine. During his decades-long career, he performed with Blood, Sweat & Tears, Miles Davis and others, but sadly never gained a great deal of fame. Tickets cost $22 and are available here.
When? Dec. 6 and 7, doors open at 8 p.m.
Listen to a heart-warming story
What: One of my all-time favourite storytellers — Stuart McLean of CBC’s Vinyl Cafe — is in town on Sunday. McLean’s voice is one of the most recognizable across Canada and his stories about Dave and Morley, their children, friends and neighbours are, in turn, hilarious, absurdist, nostalgic, heart-breaking and heart-melting. I personally am hoping to hear a rendition of Polly Anderson’s Christmas Party, but the night is guaranteed to send you home with a full heart regardless. But buy your tickets soon — they’re almost sold out.
When? Shows are at 2:30 and 8:00 p.m. Dec. 8
And if you simply must be Christmassy…
The Butterdome Craft Sale is on through to Sunday at the University of Alberta. More than 240 crafters and builders will be on-site, hawking their wares as part of the pre-Christmas market tradition.
Head on over to the Devonian Botanic Garden on Saturday or Sunday night for Luminaria, a twinkling and breath-taking display of light as thousands of candles will be lit along the paths of the Kurimoto Japanese Garden. Carollers and apple cider will be on hand as well.