Top Picks

Top picks for getting out May 24 – 30 including Bon Iver, Panel One Comic Creator Festival and East Town Get Down

How is this coming week going to top the last one? It was pretty stellar and I’m still recovering from David Byrne, but something tells me that we’re all going to be pleased with what’s in store for us this weekend. Take your vitamins folks, you’re gonna need ’em.

Thursday: The Shakespeare Company’s production of Much Ado About Nothing is getting rave reviews — check it out at Vertigo Theatre until June 2! Over at Junction on 8th Ave you’ll find Johanna Sillanpaa & Sheldon Zandboer from 6-9 p.m., and you can take in Bob Dylan’s 11th Annual Birthday Bash both Friday & Saturday at the Ironwood.

Friday: Audien with guests will be at The Palace for all of you EDM fans, and Peter & The Wolves will be releasing their new album at Nite Owl with guests the Dice Cubes. Feel a bit more graphic novel-y? Scott A. Ford’s Ark Land graphic novel launch happens at Zero Issue Brewing from 6-10 p.m. Or do you just like beer and tunes? Head to Caravel Brewery’s taproom (#12, 10221 15 St. N.E.) and help them celebrate their one-year anniversary withDanny Vacon, Todd Stewart, Kirby Sewell, Twin Voices, and Seth Anderson. Choices!

Saturday: Hooboy, so much! The Panel One Comic Creator Festival happens from 11 a.m.-7 p.m. at the Hillhurst Sunnyside Community Association – if you have an interest in comic creation, illustration and all things great and local, this is where you should be. After Panel One, you will definitely want to be over on International Avenue for the East Town Get Down indie music festival featuring so many bands (70 at last count? 1000?) that your mind will be blown. Looks to be a great time, so check it out! If you’re looking for something a little more intimate, help local rock act Des Arcs celebrate the release of their new album at the Palomino.

Monday: Head to MacEwan Ballroom for The Wonder Years with Tigers Jaw, Tiny Moving Parts & Worriers, or for the literary crowd, Wordfest presents Dr. Brian Goldman over at the John Dutton Theatre.

Tuesday: It’s An Evening with Bon Iver over at the Corral. Go emo your hearts out.

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