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Top picks for getting out Sept. 13 – 19 including Crystal Shawanda, M:ST Festival and Calgary ArtWalk

Ha. It’s cold out there. We don’t care though, do we? We know there’s enough to do in this town to keep us busy and out of the evil that is about to befall us. “Like what,” you ask? Like this:

Thursday: M:ST 9 Performative Art Biennial, the only comprehensive gathering of performative arts in the Treaty 7 region is on right now and runs until Oct. 7. d.talks presents Let’s Talk About… Parking at Centennial Parkade on 9th Ave. Why NOT talk about parking? Or check out The Wild – the 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival presented by DSW at the Pumphouse Theatres until Sept. 22.

Friday: The CPO presents Classical Mystery Tour: A Symphonic Evening of The Beatles at Jack Singer Concert Hall. Over at MacEwan Hall, Anthony Jeselnik brings his Funny Games Tour to you (yes, you). Feeling arty? Lisa Brawn’s new show MUMSHO is opening over at Ruberto Ostberg Gallery, and Crystal Shawanda is at the King Eddy.

Saturday: Calgary ArtWalk turns 35! So much going on for this including the East Side Studio Crawl and a great exhibition over at Newzones by Bradley Harms called Countdown to Infinity. His stuff is amazing, you should really check it out. Over at MacEwan Hall you can catch Coheed and Cambria with Protest the Hero and Crown Lands, walk 500 miles (not really) to see The Proclaimers at Deerfoot Inn & Casino, or drive out of town to the ‘Universe in Waves’ Open House at the Rothney Astrophysical Observatory. Fun!

Sunday: Why not take in some theatre this afternoon? Theatre Calgary’s Honour Beat and ATP’s The Virgin Trial both have matinees today. Go. Treat yourself.

Wednesday: All of the things, people! Everything is opening tonight, well, Beakerhead and the Calgary International Film Festival, which is a lot! Check out the schedules for both of these festivals and plan your week accordingly. So much to see and do that is amazing, trust me. What’s not to love? Science meets art and great film. Boom.

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