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Top picks for getting out June 7 – 13 including Kevin Hart, Sheila Jordan and Social Distortion

Okay, I hate to bombard you with all of the everything, but seriously people, this weekend is nuts – in a good way, obvs. You’ve got theatre, informative talks, music galore, markets, film and dance. This city has it all! And here, I present it unto you.

Thursday: Ignite! Festival of Emerging Artists at West Village Theatre & Pumphouse Theatres, runs until June 9 and features so many great performances and experiences, you’ll kick yourself if you miss it. d. talks presents Let’s talk about… Public Art taking place at the Victoria Pavillion Stampede Grounds, The Starving Time presented by Theatre Junction GRAND’s Next Stage Series runs until June 10, and Sheila Jordan in concert shakes down at the Lantern Community Church. Wowza.

Friday: The Inglewood Night Markets are back, and the first one is tonight from 5-11 down in ol’ Inglewood, check it out! Are you a comedy fan? The Kevin Hart Irresponsible Tour hits the Saddledome tonight, or maybe you’re leaning towards seeing Michael Bernard Fitzgerald at the Bella Concert Hall? Mother Mother at The Gateway? Illenium with guests at the Marquee Beer Market and Stage? Only you can make that call.

Saturday: The Ship & Anchor Songwriting Contest Finals happen this weekend, starting Saturday afternoon and continuing Sunday afternoon, so get down and check out some of the great up & coming talent in this city! I’ll be there on Sunday, say hi! More markets! The Emerge Market on International Avenue and the Farmers & Makers Market at cSpaceE are both on today, go get some… food? Then in the evening head to the Globe Theatre for the 30th Anniversary screening of Akira. If ballet is more your thing, the School of Alberta Ballet presents Paquita & Other Works at the Jubilee. Wares with Feel Alright (album release), Lashes & Slut Prophet will all be at the Palomino, so that’s also a great option.

Tuesday: Yes, you’re taking a couple of days off in preparation for Social Distortion with guests at Mac Hall. I will happily take the ageing SoCal punk rocker with the eyeliner for $400, Alex …

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