Despite the forecasted continuation of rain, this coming weekend is bound to keep you busy. We suggest packing an umbrella, as you will be hopping from locale to locale to take part in a variety of the city’s events.
We’re not sure who should be more excited – ballet fans or Elton John fans – as this Friday is the final showing of The Alberta Ballet’s Love Lies Bleeding, featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin. The show is taking place at the Jubilee Auditorium from May 2-5.
Friday evening also brings True Lounge at the Gerry Thomas Art Gallery (602 11 Ave SW.) Head down for 8pm to catch the Poetry Open Mic. Enjoy food, beverages, inspirational poetry, breathtaking art, soul, funk, jazz, and R&B. Joanna & the Acrobatiks will be performing throughout the evening and DJ Rico will be spinning tracks from 11pm to 2am.
You also have the option of checking out Haight Gallery (2018 24th Avenue NW). From 7pm until 11pm on Friday, Haight will be exhibiting 539 Days, a group show featuring a variety of artists that Haight have had the pleasure to work with since the gallery first opened its doors 539 days ago.
Saturday afternoon we know you are going to be hungry so we suggest checking out the recently-opened Clive Burger located on 17 Avenue (736 17th Ave SW) for a classic burger with your choice of fixings. Don’t forget to wash it down with a delicious milkshake or a cold beer (they are licensed).
For those who enjoy cycling, the Calgary Bike Swap is taking place from 12pm to 4pm at Shouldice Arenaâ€¨(1515 Home Rd. N.W.).
Saturday evening brings The Underground Gala at DaDe Art & Design Lab (1327 9 Avenue SE). This annual fundraising event in support of Sage Theatre is bound to delight. The theme is 1920s speakeasy club, so dress up in your favourite cocktail attire. While there, bid on live and silent auction items and take in some titillating burlesque performances by members of The Garter Girls Burly-Q Review.
Interested in some chamber music? Then head over to St. Mary’s Catholic Cathedral (219 18 Ave SW) at 7:30pm to catch Edmonton’s Da Camera Singers and Calgary’s international award-winning Spiritus Chamber Choir present Rachmaninov’s “Vespers.” Rachmaninov’s soaring melodies and rich harmonic colours are perfectly wedded with the ancient chant and vocal tradition of the Russian Orthodox Church.
Sunday brunch sounds about right. Head to Inglewood to check out the newly-opened Fine Diner (1410 9 Ave SE ); we suggest trying the Duck Benny
Since you’re in the neighborhood, do a little Sunday shopping. Inglewood is known for its shops and boutiques. Pop into Ironwood Bar and Grill to hear a performance by Tom Phillips & the Men of Constant Sorrow.