Fleetwood Mac, Sherlock Holmes & Rick Mercer: Calgary entertainment weekend

If you still have gaps in your weekend planning calendar, here’s our weekly roundup of Calgary entertainment ideas.

In Flanders Fields, the musical, is at Lunchbox Theatre ahead of Remembrance Day

This file photo shows Stevie Nicks, centre, posing with other members of Fleetwood Mac, from left, Mike Campbell, John McVie, Christine McVie and Mick Fleetwood. They're performing Sunday night in Calgary at the Saddledome. (The Associated Press)

If you still have gaps in your weekend planning calendar, here's our weekly roundup and Calgary entertainment ideas.

Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse

Vertigo Theatre is presenting the world premiere of a new and diverse Sherlock Holmes story written by R. Hamilton Wright. It's called Sherlock Holmes and the Raven's Curse.

Over at Rosebud Theatre, they are already thinking about Christmas. They have a production of A Christmas Story, based on the classic book inspired by the popular holiday film.

Remembrance Day

This is the last weekend to catch the musical In Flanders Fields performed by Lunchbox Theatre, ahead of Remembrance Day on Monday. This production is based on the life of Lt..-Col. John McCrae, the Canadian who wrote the famous poem.

The 10th annual Canadian Forces Memorial Film Festival starts Friday and runs until Sunday in Fort Macleod.

It's a festival devoted to honouring those who served in times of war and military conflict. This year, the films will be shown alongside a lecture from Calgary military historian Stephane Guevremont.

The film festival takes place at the Empress Theatre today through Sunday.

More festivals

Femme Wave 2019, a feminist arts festival, is underway in Calgary. It's grown a lot since it started five years ago, and includes an extensive lineup of music, comedy, visual arts and film.

There's a comic short from Calgary director Kaytlyn Turner called Lonely People Exercising to Sad Music and local bands like the all-girl teen band, Hunter and the Kill. Local Singer songwriter Amy Hef will be there along with Indigenous two-spirit comedian Issa Kixen from Winnipeg, and a lot more.

Craft festivals

You can start your Christmas shopping this weekend if you are in the mood, at the annual Festival of Crafts at the BMO Centre.

The Millarville Christmas Market continues through Sunday. There's food, artisan crafts, hay rides, glass blowing demos and lots more.

Over in Okotoks another Christmas Market starts Friday and you can get your picture taken with Santa Claus.

More shows

Comedian and former CBC personality Rick Mercer is in Calgary this Saturday evening, hosting a Just for Laughs event with Ivan Decker, Debra DiGiovanni, Sophie Buddle and Ali Hassan. That's at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

John Cleese of Monty Python fame takes over the Jack Singer the following evening, Sunday, with his show Why There is No Hope. It's about global politics and his life.

Fleetwood Mac is playing the Scotiabank Saddledome on Sunday night, after cancelling last spring.

With files from The Homestretch


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