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Top picks for getting out March 1 – 7 including Jim Cuddy, Oscar Party and Patrick Lane

Oh, hello March. March is great because there are only five weeks until we can all pretend it’s spring, when really we have to wait until May. But thanks for the optimism, March! *sigh* What can we do this week to distract us? Tons.

Thursday: Get to Nite Owl to check out the Ramblin’ Ambassadors with Los Greasy Bombers, ‘cuz they’re fun and great. If you’re more a fan of Jim Cuddy, then go catch his Constellation Tour with guests Barney Bentall and Devin Cuddy and Sam Polley over at the Jubilee. Cancon galore.

Friday: Art! Bee Kingdom Glass Collective is opening their latest show at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery entitled TUPONIA. Blown, coloured glass. Beeeeeautiful (hah! I typed that without even thinking. Bee). After that, head down to The Palace to check out Five Alarm Funk, or even down to the Ironwood to see the legendary Ian Tyson. Lots to do!

Saturday: Oh. Yes. The lovely Ellen Doty will celebrate her Come Fall Album Release with a performance at the Bella Concert Hall, MRU. If you’re more into hanging around downtown, The Too Attached Album Release with Cartel Madras + HYMN will take place over at Nite Owl. Both great options!

Sunday: Take in the 2:30 p.m. Nat Geo Live! A Wild Life with photographer Bertie Gregory at the Jack Singer — if you’ve never gone to on of these presentations then you’re missing out, because they are totally great. Later in the evening head to The Palace (just down the street from the Jack Singer! Barely any effort on your part!) for A Red Carpet Affair: Celebrating Hollywood’s Best Oscar Party hosted by the Calgary International Film Festival. Dress fancy, act fancy, BE FANCY.

Tuesday: OK, hear me out here. Have you ever wanted to climb the Calgary Tower staircase without the pressure of it being “an event?” Here’s your chance! The Second Annual 802 Challenge takes place each Tuesday in March from 4-7 p.m. and for a small admission fee, you can climb those stairs with gay abandon. Or, OR you can go and sit in the Max Bell Theatre and see Theatre Calgary’s production of The Humans. Maybe you head to Memorial Park Library for Patrick Lane presented by Wordfest. Your call (mix & match?).

Wednesday: Jake and Amir presented by Just For Laughs at MacEwan Hall.

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!

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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