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Top picks for getting out Oct. 4 – 10 including Jonathan Richman, Jr. Gone Wild and Wordfest’s Imaginarium

Okay, you could be forgiven for staying in a couple of days ago, even yesterday, what with the crazy snow making getting around a bit touchy — but it’s melting! And it’s a long weekend! Get out there and make up for lost time, because what I’ve got for you is nothing short of mind-boggling. To me.

Thursday: It’s all happening today. NMC & Sled Island present Jean-Michel Blais at Studio Bell, Ron Sexsmith will perform in Banff at the Margaret Greenham Theatre, and Jonathan Richman will grace our presence over at the Leacock Theatre at Mount Royal University! I’ll be there somewhere, grinning like an idiot. Eddy Fest runs until Sunday and is a celebration of the official opening of the new King Eddy, with great music happening all weekend including Amos Garret and the Eh! Team, Nice Horse, Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, Astral Swans and more. Check the schedule for deatils.

Friday: Antibalas is at MacEwan Ballroom, Fortunate Ones are at Festival Hall and Shred Kelly with the Ashley Hundred are at the Gateway.

Saturday: M:ST 9 Performance Week is underway, Craft Beer Market hosts Calgary Oktoberfest, the Velveteins will be at the Gateway, and Jr. Gone Wild’s Too Dumb to Quit Tour 2018 hits the Ship & Anchor from 3-6 p.m. and later in the evening at the Ironwood.

Monday: Wordfest’s 2018 Imaginarium! All things wonderful and literary are happening Oct. 8-15, kicking off today with A Celebration of Calvin & Hobbes from 10 a.m.-2:30 p.m. with indoor and outdoor activities for the whole family (Transmogrifiers! Snow Goons!), a drawing workshop by Michael Grills and storytime with Michael Hingston. Monday night head to the Palace to see Machine Head, if that’s your thing.

Tuesday: Theatre! The Wolves presented by Verb Theatre, The Thin Man at Vertigo Theatre, Women Playing Hamlet at the Pumphouse … so much! If you’re into the honky tonk, Tom Phillips and the DTs host Honky Tonk Tuesdays over at the Blues Can.

Wednesday: More Imaginarium coming at you with their Literary Death Match, featuring Dave Bidini, Ali Bryan, Benjamin Hertwig, Alice Kuipers and more at the DJD Centre. Peter & the Wolves will be over at the Blues Can, and Jupiter Comedy happens over at the Oak Tree Tavern. That’s your week right there.

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 The Culture Cycle event listings to Calgary through theYYSCENE. Contact her at