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Top picks for getting out March 8 – 14 including Sandro Dominelli, International Women’s Day and Alberta Ballet

The snow is melting which means a few things: a) things are going to get messy; b) your basement might flood; c) finally I can get my car out of the garage and get to various events around town, of which there is no shortage this weekend! I want to say it’s too much, but really … is it ever? (Answer: No. Go do stuff.)

Just announced: The legend that is Ry Cooder will be playing the Jack Singer Concert Hall on August 10, Collective Soul with local greats Static Shift will be at the Jubilee on June 25, and The Beaches with Taylor Knox will play the Commonwealth on April 27. Check links for ticket info.

Thursday: It’s International Women’s Day, as if you didn’t know! There are some really great events with which to celebrate, including Femme for All over at the Memorial Park Library, with programming from Femme Wave & Wordfest, including Erin Wunker, author of Notes from a Feminist Killjoy. Over at the Ironwood you can take in the Women Changing Lives Celebration with guest Colleen Shepherd. Afterwards, head to the Marquee to see Matthew Barber. Or go home and listen to PJ Harvey on heavy rotation … Rid of Me? Don’t mind if I do!

Friday: Such great art in this city, including the latest exhibition from Bee Kingdom Glass Collective, TUPONIA opening tonight over at the Ruberto Ostberg Gallery. Blown glass is one of the most beautiful things to look at, so go and get an eyeful. For your music fix this evening, Hearing Trees will be at the Nite Owl, and Atmosphere with Evidence will play MacEwan Hall.

Saturday: Afternoon plans? Of course it would have to be the Ship & Anchor for their Open Stage featuring The Confusionaires and The 427s from 2-6 p.m. That evening you could either keep with the musical theme of the day by heading to the Nite Owl for Taking It To Heart, Vol. 2 featuring The Wet Secrets, Marlaena Moore and All Hands on Jane, cheking out the Sandro Dominelli Trio featuring Chris Tarry & Rez Abbasi at the DJD Studio Theatre, or maybe you need a laugh or two so you head to MacEwan Hall for Mike Birbiglia. All great options!

Monday: PechaKucha Night #32 takes place at the Martha Cohen Theatre, with the theme this time being Fate. These tickets go pretty quick, so check in advance!

Tuesday, The Dears perform at The Gateway and on Wednesday you can culture it right up by seeing Alberta Ballet’s Cinderella at the Jubilee. Sorted!

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