Gob Squad's Kitchen (You've Never Had It So Good)

Sat Jan 25 - Fri Jan 24

It’s 1965 and everything is just about to happen.

Pop, subculture, superstars, feminism, drugs, bright lights and sex are about to rock the world like never before. Gob Squad takes the hand of the King Of Pop himself, Andy Warhol, to go back to the underground cinemas of New York City, back to where it all began.

Gob Squad takes one of Warhol’s films, Kitchen, as the starting point for its quest for the original, the authentic, the here and now, the real me, the real you, the hidden depths beneath the shiny surfaces of modern life.

Gob Squad’s Kitchen (You’ve Never Had It So Good) won the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Unique Theatrical Experience.

Be prepared to seize this sublimely Warholian moment.

How iRan

Fri Jan 24 - Sat Feb 1

How iRan is an interactive, site-responsive, nonlinear installation-story using iPods and based on interviews with new Canadians and set in the Central Library.

Meet Emily the librarian, an American Quaker who protested the Vietnam War. Get inside the head of Ramin, the Persian security guard with an engineering degree. Follow the fate of Hossein, who used internet journalism to challenge authority in a brutal regime.

Three iPods, a million stories, one library.

This is a free event! However, you may reserve a listening/viewing time via the Event Link. There are also a number of performance times, which are listed via the Event Link as well.

Cigany & Gitana: An Evening of Jazz, Flamenco and Gypsy

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Sun Feb 2 - Sat Feb 1

Andrea Petrity (jazz pianist) and Holly Blazina (flamenco guitarist) present an exciting evening of jazz, flamenco and gypsy music. Guest artists include Jonathan Lewis on violin, Stefano Valdo on bass and Robin Tufts on percussion. Join us for an evening you won’t forget!

Chef Guided Tour of Calgary Farmer's Market

Sat May 11
Guests will join chef Judy Wood or Pierre Lamielle or our team of culinary instructors from SAIT Polytechnic's Culinary School on a guided tour of the backbone of the Calgary Farmer's Market: its farmers and ranchers. You'll learn the background of what it takes for each of these vendors to bring their produce to market each week and taste samples as you tour. At each stop your chef leader will see what's on offer and give you suggestions of how to pick the best and what to do with it once you get it home in the kitchen.You'll recieve a welcome gift, a coupon from the Calgary Farmer's Market, product samples and tastings as you tour and a small meal at the end of the tour as well as an e-booklet of Market recipe ideas from Calgary Food Tours owner, Karen Anderson.Tour meets at the information booth at the Calgary Farmer's Market (510 77 Ave SE)  

Old Time Ranch Rodeo

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Sun Aug 11

Rodeo competition demonstrating traditional ranching skills that are still used today on ranches throughout the country. Join us for an exciting afternoon of Broke Horse Racing, Team Sorting, Branding and Doctoring, and Wild Cow Milking, as teams of working cowboys from Alberta ranches compete for silver Bar U belt buckles, and bragging rights.

Aggie Days

Sat Apr 13 - Sun Apr 14

Come experience the farm and explore how food is made! Visit friendly farm animals and milk a cow. Watch rodeo demonstrations. Climb inside a teepee. Pretend to be a veterinarian. See dogs herd ducks. Meet Honey the Calgary Fire Department's investigator dog. Bring your whole family to appreciate life on a farm. Stock Dog Competition on Saturday. Extreme Cowboy Race on Sunday.

AMALUNA by Cirque du Soleil

Thu Apr 11 - Sun May 19
Amaluna invites the audience to a mysterious island governed by Goddesses and guided by the cycles of the moon. Their queen, Prospera, directs her daughter’s coming-of-age ceremony in a rite that honours femininity, renewal, rebirth and balance which marks the passing of these insights and values from one generation to the next. In the wake of a storm caused by Prospera, a group of young men lands on the island, triggering an epic, emotional story of love between Prospera’s daughter and a brave young suitor. But theirs is a love that will be put to the test. The couple must face numerous demanding trials and overcome daunting setbacks before they can achieve mutual trust, faith and harmony. Opens April 10 at Stampede Park Under the Big Top. Tickets on sale now at cirquedusoleil.com/amaluna

Dressing for a Winter Wonderland

Dressing for a Winter Wonderland

Written by: Malwina Gudowska (for Chinook Centre)

The weather rarely cooperates with retailers and since stores are usually ahead of the forecast when it comes to seasonal stock—spring attire when it’s still cool and fall wares when it’s hot—January is a great time to find deals on coats and jackets. 

If you’re in the market for new outerwear, consider a few of our favourite styles to spice up your cold-weather closet. 

The belted coat is a nice alternative to the shapeless, sleeping-bag-inspired thing you’ve been sporting so far. We’re all for staying warm but don’t sacrifice your figure in the process. And if you’re already a proud owner of such an item, switch up the belt for a quick and easy update. 

A Canadian winter essential, the parka has gone from utilitarian staple to a chic and sophisticated must-have in the past few seasons. Look for unexpected details like fur trims, pretty pockets or interesting colour combinations to set you apart from the parka crowd.

 For a polished and flattering take on winter, you can’t go wrong with a pea coat. The style looks great on every body type and if you’re talking practicality, wool is a winter warmer.

If your coat closet is packed to the max, there are other ways to update your winter wardrobe and get rid of those cold-weather blues. 

Winter accessories—hats, gloves and scarves—not only bring the heat but can also make cold weather chic.

 I say toque, you say beanie, they say hat—whatever you call the head-topper (another one!) toques (we’re Canadian, after all) are our favourite winter accessories. We’ve embraced the slouchy version seen on cool kids around town (it looks equally cool on older folk for the record). And don’t be afraid to brighten up your day with a colourful toque (red, green and orange are our picks) or, have fun with texture.

I say snood, you say cowl, they say infinity/circle/tube scarf—whatever you call those cozy and chunky scarves that you slip over your head and sometimes wrap once,Jacob fur snood or twice, they are the hottest winter accessory this season. With endless colours and style options, you’ll be warm and cool until spring arrives.

Shop the Look:

When it comes to stylish neckwear, the new Free People store has you covered with a selection of chunky scarves (snoods or in this case, “infinity scarves” included). We also love the cable-knit faux-fur version from Jacob. Do double trend duty with this belted pea coat from RW & Co or stay warm in Hollister’s cropped parka complete with a faux fur-trimmed hood and playful details. Pom-pom toques are not just for kids so have fun with your hats and opt for colourful and playful styles like this one from Aritzia.

 

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Calgary International Children's Festival

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Wed May 21 - Sat May 24

During the week after the May long weekend the Calgary International Children's Festival transforms the EPCOR Centre and Olympic Plaza site into an and exciting and vibrant, child-focused world of arts and education. Multi-lingual theatre, dance and music performances and creative open-air activities introduce children and families to the world of performing arts.