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Top picks for getting out Nov. 23 – 29 including Death From Above, GIRAF 13, Dance Montage and a nerdy Xmas market

How’s that chinook treating you? Things are warming up, snow is melting, and you know darn well that I’m going to tell you to take advantage of it by getting out and seeing what’s on offer in town this weekend and into next week. I’m so predictable.

In “just announced” news, comedian Jimmy Carr will hit the Jack Singer Concert Hall stage May 18, with tickets going on sale this Friday. Heads-up, Jimmy Carr fans. I saw him the last time he was here and remember laughing at one joke for about, oh, five minutes. So there’s that.

Thursday: The CPO’s Rush Hour Series takes off with Blockbusters You Know & Love at the Jack Singer from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. I’ll be there. Blockbustin’. GIRAF 13 Festival of Independent Animation runs Nov. 23-26 at various venues downtown. Get out and support local and indie animation! Do. It. Up at the U of C, the SCPA presents Dance Montage from Nov. 23 – 25 in the University Theatre. Culture! Dance! I’m on a roll here. Kid Koala will be at the Commonwealth, and Swallow-a-Bicycle Theatre’s Discomfort Lab runs Nov. 23-26 at Warehouse 534 (cool space along 9th Ave SE!). Go and get uncomfy, you might really like it!

Friday: Studio Bell is hosting it’s final After Hours of the season, featuring CanCon karaoke with local legend, Jett Thunders. I wonder if they’ll have any Images in Vogue … Or head over to the Commonwealth for an early show to catch Gary Numan. In your … Cars. Or go to the Grey Eagle to see Death From Above with Beaches. Your call!

Saturday: The Expo Holiday Market takes place Sat & Sun at the BMO Centre — get nerdy stuff for yourself, because you know damn well that’s gonna happen. Have you heard of Project Wild? If you follow this site, you certainly have, and the Finalists show happens tonight at The Palace, featuring Nice Horse, Tanya Ryan and Brad Saunders. Go and support! If you’re less country and more East-Coasty, The Barra MacNeils — An East Coast Christmas takes place at the Banff Centre. It’s a drive, but there’s a chinook. Should be lovely.

Monday: Lunchbox Theatre presents The Santaland Diaries by David Sedaris, opening today and running until Dec. 23. Lunchtime fun. With bells. And hats. Monday night head to the Ironwood for Northern Beauties. Start the week off right.

Wednesday: Movies that Matter presents Fattitude at the Taylor Family Digital Library, U of C, and The Commonwealth will host their 6 Year Anniversary Party with a multitude of bands. Yes, a veritable multitude.

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!

(Photo of Death From Above courtesy Lyndsey Byrnes.)

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