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Top picks for getting out Aug. 23 – 29 including Joe Rogan, RagTag Misfits and Calgary Pride

True story: when I was young(er) I thought that Loverboy was saying that everyone was essentially working during the weekend. “What are you up to this weekend?” “I’m working for the weekend.” Made sense at the time, so quit judging me. Where am I going with this? Who knows, but here’s some ideas of things you can do for the weekend instead of working …

Thursday: Memorial Park Library is the place to be, literature fans, ‘cuz Wordfest’s Dick Lit’s Trivia Night is happening! If you’re more into the music, over at the Ironwood you’ll find the RagTag Misfits Tour with Carolyn Mark, Shirley Gnome, Oil Seed & Kris Demeanor. Good music, good times people.

Friday: Calgary Pride week starts today and runs until Sept. 3! So many events to take in, you’d best just check their schedule for all of the fabulousness that will be happening in our amazingly diverse city! Film, food, celebrations, parades … you name it, we’ve got it going on this week. As far as music goes, you should check out Charlie Jacobson tonight and/or Saturday night over at The Blues Can, or get to The King Eddy where FOONYAP presents ba:zel with Hello Moth, Selci & Feverfew.

Saturday: Have you been to the Glenbow lately? You only have until Sept. 9 to catch Alex Janvier‘s amazing exhibit, so head on down. The 2nd Annual Killarney Record Fair takes place 11 a.m.-4 p.m. at St. Matthew’s United Church, and then in the evening catch Joe Rogan: Strange Times 2018 Tour at the Jubilee.

Tuesday: Halsey — Hopeless Fountain Kingdom World Tour The Final Instalment (deep breath, that was a long ‘un) takes place at Mac Hall.

Wednesday: Head to the Ship & Anchor for Swear by the Moon with Denim Daddies and Lucky Sonne, or maybe hit the Palace for Bishop Briggs — Church of Scars Tour. All great options!

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!

(Joe Rogan photo courtesy Paul Mobley.)

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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