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Top picks for getting out March 15 – 21 including King Lear, Pennywise and Mainstage Dance

We’re half-way through March, people. We can do this! Not long now! Forget that it’s supposed to snow – a lot – again this weekend, we can handle it! One of the best ways to deal with the abomination that is happening outside is to find entertaining things to do inside …

Thursday: Alberta Spotlight at Studio Bell features Rae Spoon with F&M, while over at the University Theatre you can take in their annual Mainstage Dance performance presented by the School of Creative & Performing Arts. Then, hey, there are still some tickets left for Reverend Horton Heat at Dickens tonight — go and relive your university days (if you’re me)!

Friday: Here are some thoughts, how about Pennywise over at MacEwan Hall? Not your musical bag? Then Kenny “Blues Boss” Wayne is performing at The Blues Can both Friday and Saturday, actually. And for theatre you really can’t go wrong with The Shakespeare Company’s performance of King Lear, which runs tonight until March 31.

Saturday: Apparently I’m all about the blues this week — Samantha Martin & Delta Sugar perform at the Bow Valley Music Club. The Black & White Ball presented by Decidedly Jazz Danceworks takes place at, well, DJD (have you been to their beautiful new space? Here’s your chance to check it out!) and, not forgetting that it’s St. Patrick’s Day, if you get in line early enough you can celebrate at The Ship & Anchor Pub with Nova Scotiables, Morrisey’s Private Stock, Rotary Park, The Shillelaghs, River Jacks, Bitterweed Draw & Fire Next Time.

Monday: The Arrogant Worms (remember them?) will perform at Festival Hall. Sure!

Tuesday: Motionless in White with Every Time I Die, Chelsea Grin & Ice Nine Kills will perform at The Palace. I typed ‘Nine Inch Nails’ three times there, because typing Ice Nine Kills feels wrong.

Wednesday: Head back to the Ship & Anchor this evening for Woodhawk with Denim Machine & Layden and the Lion. Boom. Week planned.

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