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Top picks for getting out Jan. 25-31 including Chad VanGaalen, Robbie Burns Day and Twelfth Night

A lot happened this week in concert announcements. You may be very happy to know that Kaleo will be hitting the Jubilee Auditorium on June 26, or that The Maine with The Wrecks and The Technicolors will play The Den April 10. You may be ecstatic (as you should be) to hear (read?) that David Sedaris will be at the Jubilee Auditorium on May 15, or even more ecstatic (like me) that Robyn Hitchcock will play Festival Hall on March 23. But, if you are who I think you are, and I think you are (??) then I KNOW you are going to be getting tickets to see Slayer with Lamb of God, Behemoth & Testament on May 19 at the Big Four. It’s Slayer’s farewell tour — go bid them adieu in style!

Thursday: It’s the day of my people! Robbie Burns Day comes but once a year, and if you want to eat some haggis, you’ll head either to The Ship & Anchor for their annual festivities, or to the St. Louis Hotel for their Burns night thanks to The Alex. If haggis isn’t your thing (let’s be honest, it’s not) then head to the Memorial Park Library for Dick Lit’s Trivia Night presented by Wordfest. Prove you’re the smartest person in the library! But if music is more your thing, don’t miss Chad Vangaalen & The Bleach Wipes over at Commonwealth. You know, you can do all of these things, people! It’s all about timing.

Friday: CPO presents their Rush Hour Series with From Russia With Love: Tchaikovsky (it’s an hour — totally doable!) at the Jack Singer. Over at The Palace Theatre, you’ll see Matt Mays performing with guest Dustin Bentall. Fun either way!

Saturday: Daniel Romano’s Ancient Shapes with The Shiverettes and guests over at Nite Owl, Borgeous with guests at Marquee Beer Market & Stage, or take in the final days of the High Performance Rodeo with Empire of the Son over at ATP. I saw it. I loved it.

Tuesday: Theatre Calgary opens Twelfth Night, running until Feb. 24. There are puppets, people. Puppets. I have officially dubbed 2018 “The Year of the Puppet.” They’re everywhere and it’s great.

Wednesday: Jenn Grant with Slow Leaves over at Theatre Junction GRAND, and Fire Exit Theatre opens Marion Bridge at the Engineered Air Theatre — it’s a short run, so get to it while you can!

(Photo of Chad VanGaalen courtesy Marc Rimmer.)

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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