Rodeo wraps, Gregorian chants & Indian Summers: Calgary entertainment this weekend
Dublin Oldschool is a high-intensity show and just one of many options this weekend
It may be hard to believe, but we're coming up to the last weekend in January and if you resolved to take in more arts and culture this year, it's not too late to get started.
There's lots going on in Calgary, and here is our weekly roundup.
Rodeo winds down
High Performance Rodeo wraps this weekend, but there's still some time left.
Dublin Oldschool is one of the new shows this week, about a wannabe DJ, Jason, who stumbles high through the streets of Dublin, from rave to rave, and happens upon his long-lost brother. It's a high-intensity show, with intense language and intense emotion and they're turning it into a movie.
You can catch the original Dublin Oldschool at the Pumphouse Theatre through Friday.
Another new show is called Black Boys, and it was developed in Toronto at the Buddies in Bad Times theatre. This performance packs a punch, you might be thinking about this show for weeks, if not years.
Basically you're going on an emotional and sometimes hilarious journey with these three young, queer men, as they question their identity, their history, what's seen as "acceptable" forms of expression, what safe spaces mean, what racism looks like and where all their different perspectives collide and diverge.
It's not an easy show, and there's no neat and tidy resolution, but it's an important show and a challenging show. There's swearing and nudity, but don't let that scare you off.
Black Boys' run at the DJD studios concludes Friday, Jan. 26.
Last but not least, MDLSX opens Thursday at Theatre Junction GRAND. It's part performance and part DJ set from Italy, where gender is as fluid as mercury and all the borders we think we know, of the body, of skin colour, of sexuality are tested, flexed, caressed and exposed.
MDLSX calls itself scandalous, and it is. It runs through Saturday.
You can find all the details on these shows right here.
If you need a stress reliever, or something restorative, may we suggest Gregorian chanting?
Traces: The Many Colours of Medieval Song comes to the Christ Church Elbow Park on Saturday night.
They've brought soprano Katherine Hill all the way from Toronto to be a part of this performance, which brings back the traditions of the middle ages.
It all starts with a pre-concert talk at 7:30 p.m. and then the show starts at 8 p.m.
Head right here for the details.
If you are a fan of British television dramas, there's a 10-part series called Indian Summers.
Set in 1932, it's all about a group of British governors, their families and members of the trading community, who spend their summers at an exclusive club in the foothills of the Himalayas, during the time when the British crown ruled the Indian subcontinent.
What does all this have to do with Calgary, you ask? Well, the Hidden Gems Film Festival, which you'll recall is all about bringing cutting edge, independent Indian films to Calgary, is celebrating its 10th anniversary.
The first two episodes are screening at ACAD this Sunday starting at 2 p.m. with follow-up screenings on Feb. 25, March 25, and two more dates yet to be determined.
Here's everything you need to know.
Enjoy nature, but from indoors?
The Banff Mountain Film Festival World Tour wraps up in Calgary this weekend.
This tour features only the winners from their fall film and book festival.
These are stunning stories of humans versus the environment: from the Arctic to Mount Everest; to the bedrock gorges of Iceland; to the migration of raptors, hawks, eagles, buzzards, harriers, kites, and Old World vultures.
There are two programs, a red program and a blue program, and each features approximately a dozen short films that take you to the ends of the earth.
Tickets are going fast, so if you're going to go, you need to get your tickets soon. Remaining shows are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. It all happens at the University of Calgary's Rozsa Centre and for all the details, have a look right here.