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Calgary entertainment: 5 things to do this weekend

From Tahitian tattoos to stargazing in nerdy costumes, the Homestretch's Tracy Fuller has compiled an eclectic list of things to do in the city this weekend.

Burlesque, boozing and sci-fi stargazing

Faye Havoc is also a corsetiere, dressmaker and costumer for the Vancouver burlesque community. She's performing in the Friday night showcase at the Calgary International Burlesque Festival. (ninedoorsphotography/tumblr)

From Tahitian tattoos to stargazing in nerdy costumes, the Homestretch's Tracy Fuller has compiled an eclectic list of things to do in the city this weekend.

1. Burlesque Festival

Dance, comedy and striptease collide at the 2nd annual Calgary International Burlesque Festival Oct. 16 to 18. There's also a burlesque brunch and workshops with fabulous titles such as "Rhinestone 101" and "Drag Makeup for Burley Gals."

2. Sci-fi stargazing 

Bundle up (in costume!) for stargazing Saturday night at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. (Parks Canada)

The Rothney Astrophysical Observatory is going sci-fi. Costumes are encouraged — especially nerdy outfits. The evening features live music, expert speakers and a chance to see the night sky through telescopes. All that happens outside, so dress warmly. Tickets $10 each or $20/car. Oct. 17 from 8 to 11 p.m.

3. The Crucible

( Trudie Lee)

Theatre Calgary presents The Crucible by Arthur Miller about the Salem witch trials. Miller wrote the play during the Red Scare in the States, when Senator Joseph McCarthy tried to root-out communism across that nation. The play runs until Nov. 8 at the Max Bell Theatre.

4. Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival

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This year's festival offers 140 wineries from 16 countries, 150 premium spirits, single malt and blended scotches, port, liqueurs and craft beers. They are paired with gourmet food samples from local restaurants and hotels. The 18+ festival runs until Oct. 19 at the BMO Centre. 

5. Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival

And here's another event happening at the BMO Centre this weekend. Featuring almost 200 exhibitors — including a group of Tahitian and Japanese tattoo artists — it's the biggest tattoo festival in Canada. 

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