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Top picks for getting out Jan. 4-10 including the High Performance Rodeo, Manaray, Rotary Park and Black Mastiff

Okay, January is generally sleepy. I KNOW. But do you know that there is still lots of things happening around town to keep you and your New Year’s resolution to get out more on track! Such as…

Thursday: The 32nd Annual High Performance Rodeo is on FIRE this year, with such an amazing array of performances for your theatrical viewing pleasure! Tonight, try to get into Hot Brown Honey at Theatre Junction GRAND. If you’re feeling more musical sit-down-y, head to the Ironwood for Rotary Park with Dan Kosub.

Friday: Manaray with Young Neighbours, N20 at Nite Owl is an option, or over at the Palomino you could catch The North Sound with Septembryo and Bebe Buckskin & The Dirty North. Dart back and forth from one venue to the other and catch a bit of every band … they’re only really four blocks away from each other. Try it and let me know how that works for you! Your High Performance Rodeo pick for the evening would be Onegin over at Theatre Calgary. Yep.

Saturday: Black Mastiff with Woodhawk & Denim Machine at the Palomino, or HPR pick Reassembled, Slightly Askew at the St. Louis Hotel.

Sunday: It’s a day for folk — both people and musical genre. From 3-5 p.m. you can take in the Ellestad Wiik Duo at the Scandinavian Centre, then from 4 – 7 p.m. head to the Oak Tree Tavern for their weekly Traditional Irish Music Session. You’ll be home in time to prep for your week and get to bed at a reasonable hour.

Monday: Comedy Monday Night features Toby Muresianu with Bryan O’Gorman at Broken City, and if you’re an Elvis fan then get over to the Ironwood to catch Steve Pineo celebrating Presley’s birthday.

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