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Top picks for getting out Aug. 30 – Sept. 5 including The Rocky Horror Picture Show, Aimee-Jo Benoit and Calgary Pride

Happy Pride, everyone! Celebrating diversity and enjoying the last of the summer is the main order of business this week, so let’s get down to business!

Thursday: If I could clone myself, I would be checking out Eat North’s Sashay, Fillet! over at Hotel Arts, because watching drag queens and chefs battle it out through food-related challenges can be nothing less than amazing! Also, MCA DAY YYC will be taking place at Commonwealth – get down there and celebrate all things Beastie Boys and MCA with some great performances, karaoke, you name it. Go!

Friday: All-Star Pride Weekend kicks off at Twisted Element with Chad Michaels, and over at the Palace you’ll find RPDR Season 10 winner Aquaria alongside Asia O’Hara. So much fabulousness!

Saturday: Hitting the cSpace Farmer’s Market should be on your list of to-do’s, it takes place at cSpace King Edward from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. The evening will be busy, with Pure Pride starring Kameron Michaels, Miz Cracker & Eureka over at the Palace and All-Star Pride continues at Twisted Element with Shangela.

Sunday: Head downtown for the 11 a.m. start of the Calgary Pride Parade! Afterwards rest up and then take in The Rocky Horror Picture Show at the Globe, or finish off your Sunday with the final day of All-Stars Weekend with Trixie Mattel at Twisted Element.

Monday: Chromeo hits the Palace (the Palace – freakishly popular this week) with their brand of awesomeness. Go. Dance. Enjoy.

Tuesday: Black Pistol Fire with guests will be at the Marquee Beer Market & Stage, and Future Islands will perform at the Palace. Yes. The Palace.

Wednesday: Take in some great local talent at the Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Hall where Aimee-Jo Benoit performs with Trio Velocity. There. Now rest.

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