From Beethoven to Macbeth: Calgary Entertainment picks for the Mother's Day weekend
Catch a performance of Macbeth or take mom to a South Asian festival just for her this weekend
It's Mother's Day this Sunday, and if a lunch or brunch outing just doesn't cut it for mom, then The Homestretch's Ellis Choe has a few arts and entertainment alternatives to check out instead.
Here are some ideas to keep moms, and the rest of the family, busy this weekend.
It's a little unusual for a theatre troupe to do Macbeth two years in a row — partly because it carries a reputation of being cursed — but the Shakespeare Company is doing just that after the show sold out last year. The saying goes that if anyone inside the theatre utters the word "Macbeth", bad luck will strike. To reverse the curse, one has to go outside, spin in a counterclockwise circle, three times, then spit over their shoulder.
The show kicks off Friday at Vertigo Theatre and runs until May 27.
Way Out West Festival
There's a brand new festival in town. Being held over two days, the event will serve as an intimate precursor to the Calgary Stampede, aimed at connecting city dwellers with cowboy culture. A sketching workshop goes Saturday, led by Tayte McRae and Sunday will feature a Cowboy Church Service at Lantern Church in Inglewood. There's also a showing of the Marlon Brando film One-Eyed Jacks at the Burns West Theatre at Fort Calgary on Sunday evening.
South Asian Mother's Day Festival
A number of South Asian communities in Calgary are putting on a Mother's Day Festival from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m at Olympic Plaza on Sunday. Entrance is free and there will be between 25 and 30 vendors selling South Asian foods like butter chicken, naan bread and rice. There will also be a market selling jewelry, clothing and trinkets for mom.
Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra will be busy with Beethoven this weekend.
On Friday, the Juno award winning Gryphon Trio is performing at Jack Singer Hall, then on Saturday, CPO presents the Best of Beethoven with pianist Roman Rabinovich. Then, as part of CPO's Symphony Sundays For Kids program at the Jubilee, there will be a production of Beethoven Lives Upstairs, about a boy who develops a friendship with a temperamental composer who lives on the upper floor of his house.
Calgary Stampeders Fanfest
The annual Calgary Stampeders Fanfest kicks off Saturday with a pancake breakfast at 8:30 a.m. in the east parking lot. Fans will get a chance to tour the team's locker room and meet Ralph the Dog and Quick Six, the team's touchdown horse, all while getting autographs from players and alumni, including Jon Cornish, who was named the CFL's most outstanding Canadian three times.
Andrew Buckley will also be there, along with the likes of Adam Thibault, Rob Cote, Bo Levi Mitchell, Charlie Power and head coach Dave Dickenson.
Fans can also see how they stack up against the pros at a football toss station and try some of the new food coming to McMahon Stadium this season, including jumbo crispy turkey wings and foot-long hotdogs with roasted corn salsa.
CBC Calgary Reads Book Sale
The annual CBC Calgary Reads Book Sale goes all weekend, with more than 100,000 gently used books waiting to be picked up at the Calgary Curling Club. It starts Friday and runs until Sunday. The Homestretch's Susan Holzman will be there Friday. Last year, the book sale raised more than $300,000 for Calgary Reads.
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With files from The Homestretch