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Top picks for getting out Sept. 27 – Oct. 3 including Cowtown Opera, Comeback Kid and Alberta Culture Days

It’s Thursday and you know that you’re looking forward to the weekend already. You’re only fooling yourself if you think that you aren’t — but guess what? Thursday is the new Friday (sure?) so you’re already there! Just go with me on this one.

Thursday: The Gotta Minute Film Festival is still going strong — have you noticed any awesome, short films being displayed on your LRT commute lately? If yes, then you, my friend, are taking in some culture. Maybe you’re taking the LRT downtown to check out Sage Theatre’s latest production, The Year of Magical Thinking by Joan Didion? It opens tonight and runs until Oct. 6 at Motel Theatre in Arts Commons. If you’re feeling feisty (and who isn’t, really?) run over to the Commonwealth after to check out Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears with guests. Who needs sleep?

Friday: Tonight see Comeback Kid with Higher Power at the Commonwealth, and over at McHugh House on 17th Ave. S.W. you can take in the Studio M Open House and Art Installation by Barbara Bickel and R. Michael Fisher entitled Stepping Out, which runs until Sunday and features artist talks, film screenings, discussions, spontaneous art-making … you name it. Over at the Plaza Theatre you can take in AlterNATIVE – A Celebration of Indigenous films & performances, or check out Cowtown Opera’s production of The Bat over at cSpace King Edward (runs until Sunday).

Saturday: Alberta Culture Days run Sept 28-30 and feature, you guessed it, arts and culture at various galleries and venues around Calgary, including events such as artist talks and displays up at the Alberta Craft Council at cSpace King Edward, and a bunch of festivities happening at Studio Bell. Over at Emilio’s Bistro & Bar you will find sheTALKS, a premier networking event dedicated to connecting and empowering women of colour as well as individuals who identify with diverse backgrounds. sheTALKS is presented by Afros In Tha City and Femme Wave. And CIFF! The Calgary International Film Festival Closing Gala takes place tonight at Cineplex Eau Claire featuring the Grant Fuhr documentary Making Coco.

Monday: Take in the Youth-Only jam hosted by Marcus Trummer over at the Blues Can from 6-9 p.m., and then The Devil Wears Prada with Fit For a King & ’68 over at the Gateway.

Tuesday: The BD&P World Music Series kicks off with I’m With Her featuring Sarah Watkins, Sarah Jorsz and Alfe O’Donovan at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Morpheus Theatre’s Unnecessary Farce runs at the Pmphouse Theatres until Oct. 6.

Wednesday: Wordfest presents Gary Shteyngart at the DJD Studio, and Jon Creeden and the Flying Hellfish with One Shot Left will be at the Ship & Anchor. That there is a good week.

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!

(Photo: Cowtown Opera’s The Bat.)

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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