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Top picks for getting out May 3 – 9 including Alberta Ballet, Calgary International Beerfest and Preoccupations

What a great weekend we have ahead of us! A little something for everyone in this mixed bag of goodness, so let’s get right to the point: You need ideas. I have ideas. Let’s collaborate here.

Thursday: Dancing Monkey Laboratories presents Karl Nimeni is Not Dead – I Killed Karl Nimeni at Theatre Junction tonight until May 6. Alberta Ballet presents All of Us featuring the Music of The Tragically Hip until May 5 at the Jubilee, and tonight you can also head to Nite Owl to check out Weaves with 36?

Friday: Calgary International Beerfest takes place at the BMO Centre May 4-5, which is great if you love beer, I suppose? Get down to Festival Hall afterwards to take in Mariel Buckley’s Official Album Release with Lucky Sonne, or down to the Palomino for the first of Preoccupations‘ two-night stint, tonight with guests Freak Heat Waves.

Saturday: Take in a little visual art with the Art Dealers Association of Canada Gallery Hop throughout downtown and venturing a bit beyond. In the evening, you have no end to the options that await you: Deanne Matley’s Because I Loved Album Celebration will take place at Knox United Church, or trek to Bragg Creek Community Centre for Matthew and Jill Barber with Martin Kerr. You may head over to the Palomino early to catch Chris Reimer’s Posthumous LP Release of Hello People, or check out the second Preoccupations show with Melted Mirror. Much to do!

Sunday: There’s only one place for you to be, and that’s the 2018 Calgary Music Collector’s Show at Acadia Rec Centre. Yup.

Tuesday: Lunchbox Theatre presents 52 Pick Up running until May 12, and Hollywood Babble-On: Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman at MacEwan Hall both start off your week.

Wednesday: MGMT will be at the Big Four Building, Stampede Park. Now that’s a week!

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