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Top picks for getting out Sept. 20 – 26 including Measha Brueggergosman, Calgary Film and Equinox Vigil

OK, OK. I know that I’m always going on about there being a million things to do in this fair city of ours, but honestly, I’m not kidding (although I may be exaggerating – we may be looking more at 900,000 things to do. My apologies). Beakerhead continues with Beakernight happening on Saturday down at Fort Calgary, and the Calgary International Film Festival is now in full swing, so make sure you check both of those out. What else is coming up? All of this:

Thursday: Rise Against with AFI & Anti-Flag will be at Grey Eagle, while over at the Jubilee Auditorium Alberta Ballet presents BJM’s Dance Me featuring the music of Leonard Cohen until Sept. 22. You can take in some great local music with S.K. Wellington’s album release party for Where The Earth Meets the Sea at the Ironwood, and get your literary fix over at the Memorial Park Library where Wordfest presents Lorna Crozier. At the Bella Concert Hall you can take part in A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler, and down at the Blues Can you can support local music and The Music Mile at a fundraiser featuring Alex Zayas.

Friday: If you love the beer, and most of you do from what I understand, head down to Stampede Park and take in The Mashing presented by Alberta Beer Festivals. Theatre? Sure! The Thin Man presented by Vertigo Theatre runs until Oct. 14. Art? Got that, too. Lisa Brawn’s MUMSHO opens up at Ruberto Ostberg Gallery.

Saturday: Doors Open YYC is a great opportunity to go into buildings and venues that you never thought you’d be able to, and it’s happening this weekend! Check out their list of participating buildings and go be nosy. The Wild — 37th Annual Alberta Dance Festival presented by DSW will be taking place at Pumphouse Theatres, or maybe you head to the Gateway for Fever Feel with 36? and Windigo. The Equinox Vigil will be taking place this evening at Union Cemetery and is a lovely, respectful way to celebrate the living and the departed through music, art and community. If you are so inclined, I will see you there.

Sunday: The Calgary YYC Music Awards take place at The Palace, and for a bit o’ culture, check out An Evening with Measha Brueggergosman over at Studio Bell.

Monday: Gotta Minute Film Festival takes place until Sept. 30 and will light up CTrain digital screens with a program of one-minute silent short films every five minutes — keep an eye out for that, commuters! Take that train straight downtown to the Martha Cohen Theatre for PechaKucha #34: Trial. They’re doing this one on the set of The Virgin Trial presented by ATP, so it should be interesting! Get tickets beforehand.

Tuesday: The Coronas play The Gateway, and across the LRT tracks you can take in the opening of Unpacking IKG: 60 Years a Gallery.

Wednesday: Bill Callahan with guests will be at the Bella Concert Hall, and over at the Jubilee you can catch Steve Earle & the Dukes 30th Anniversary of Copperhead Road. Over at Truck Gallery you can take in Life of a Craphead: Entertaining Every Second presented by M:ST Performance Festival.

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