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Top picks for getting out Sept. 14-Sept. 20, including Beakerhead, Fiver and the Calgary International Film Festival

Welcome to winter/fall! (Winterfell?), and there is much to do in Calgary this weekend and beyond to keep you warm and a productive member of society, for the most part. Grab your scarf and gloves — there’s a lot to take in.

Just announced: The Jesus and Mary Chain (yes!) will be coming to MacEwan Ballroom on Oct. 28, with tickets on sale Friday at Ticketfly. Little known fact: their favourite colour is gold. Go see them.

Thursday: Beakerhead! Calgary’s annual festival of art, science and engineering is back and runs until Sunday, featuring so many interesting, educational, creative and cool things to see and do that it’s almost criminal. Check out for a full schedule of events, or if you want more guidance, check out my top picks for Beakerhead here. On Thursday night, warm up at The Palomino with The Ballantynes, Hard Pressed, Letters to Lions and guests.

Friday: Market Collective turns nine — nine! Hard to believe that it’s been around that long, or that we ever knew a time without it. It runs until Sunday at the Inglewood Warehouse, so go and support local artisans. After Market Collective, head west and catch Sage Theatre’s latest production, Apple by Vern Thiessen at West Village Theatre, running until Sept. 23. I did a little preview on it with Sage’s Artistic Director, Jason Mehmel here. Or head over to Hillhurst United Church for Fiver with Saltwater Hank. All great options!

Saturday: The annual East Side Studio Crawl takes place throughout Inglewood/Ramsay from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., and the Big Rock Barn Burner featuring The Sheepdogs, Scenic Route from Alaska and The Silkstones takes place at the Big Rock Brewery from 3-10 p.m. If you’re feeling a bit more low-key, folk duo The Fortunate Ones are at the Bow Valley Music Club — head to our Facebook page to win a pair of tickets.

Sunday: How about some theatre? How about a matinee? Vertigo Theatre’s world premiere of Nine Dragons is running until Oct. 15 — check it out, it looks fantastic!

Tuesday: Why yes, it is theatre season why do you ask? Lunchbox Theatre opens their season with Book Club II: The Next Chapter, which runs until Oct. 7. A nice way to spend your lunch hour!

Wednesday: Get ready … Calgary International Film Festival begins! Start your planning, because there are a lot – A LOT – of films to see. If you’re more of a literary type, Wordfest presents Kate Hilton at the Memorial Park Library.

There is so much more going on in this city than you can imagine. Check out all of the listings to plan your week ahead!

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and has continued to bring event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE and her event listings page, The Culture Cycle. Contact her at