Goings On – week of Nov. 28 2013

In case you haven’t heard from your friends who attend Broken City comedy night and/or someone who’s seen him out and about elsewhere the answer is yes Mr. Show co-founder and all-around comedy legend Bob Odenkirk lives here now. He along with Colin Hanks and Martin Freeman are in town to shoot the television spinoff of the Coen brothers’ beloved Fargo .

It’s tempting to try and hunt him down but other than some sweet sweet double-taps on your Instagram account what’s really the best case scenario? Do you think Bob Odenkirk’s going to be so enamoured with the way you yell “Better call Saul” in his face that he’ll decide you should be best friends? You think he’ll add you to the cast of the excellent Birthday Boys sketch comedy show he currently produces? You think he’ll invite you back to his place to prank call David Cross?

None of those things are likely to happen but if you want to potentially catch a glimpse of Mr. Odenkirk while he tries to enjoy a concert peacefully without being pestered by TV nerds there’s a really good chance he’ll be checking out Toronto-based indie folk songstress Basia Bulat when she performs at Festival Hall on Friday November 29. Earlier this month he tweeted her praises saying “My god this girl sings like an angel” adding that her recent Tall Tall Shadow LP was his favourite of the year. It’s high praise from an entertainment legend so go to the show and show some common decency by giving Mr. Odenkirk his personal space. That’ll give me the perfect opportunity to swoop in and chum it up with him. I think we’re meant to be best friends.

Saturday November 30 packs multiple star-studded lineups for your perusal. Local post-rock pun-lovers Jung People will release their brand new album at the Lantern Church with a deep lineup that also includes SAVK (the local folk pop project that released a new LP last week) Ghostkeeper and Pigeon Breeders .

Calgary’s best hardcore shitheads have some new releases of their own which they’ll celebrate with a release show at Tubby Dog on Saturday November 30. Intercoarse a local noisy punk project where PMMA members indulge their meaner sides will release a new cassette tape as will locals Putos . Add in Strangled a new Edmonton project featuring members of the now-defunct Geister and local garage-punk troupe Hag Face and you’ve got a nice diverse sampling of what’s going on in Alberta punk.

If you’d prefer shows that smell like cologne and perfume rather than hot dog water you’ll definitely want to catch some last-minute tickets for Saturday night at the Saddledome. Not only is Canada’s softest superstar Drake going to be there to regale us with selections from his breezy Nothing Was the Same LP but he’ll be joined by the impossibly great AutoTune rapper Future and the endlessly sexy adult-contempo R&B whiz Miguel . It’s going to be a great show but it’ll be even better afterwards when Drake and Bob Odenkirk come over to my house to check out some of my favourite YouTube vids. Best friends forever. You mean the world to me guys.