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Top Picks for getting out Oct. 11 – 17 including Pharis and Jason Romero, Wordfest’s Imaginarium and Wide Cut Weekend

We’re coming up on another action-packed week my friends, and there is nothing stopping you from going gangbusters on the city’s arts & culture! Unless there is, in which case… good luck with that?

Thursday: Wordfest’s Imaginarium continues! This evening it’s An Evening with the Scotiabank Giller Prize Finalists hosted by Shelagh Rogers at Bella Concert Hall. Over at the King Eddy you can catch Halifax hip hop singer-songwriter Aquakulture, who also happens to be the NMC Artist in Residence. And down the road at Festival Hall you can catch a great show by Pharis and Jason Romero.

Friday: The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival takes place Friday & Saturday at the BMO Centre, so get down there and try some new wines, eat all of the food, go home and sleep. Or, OR! Take your well-fed and (de)hydrated self to one of the many gigs going on this weekend for Wide Cut Weekend, a roots music festival taking place at numerous venues around town, featuring Romi Mayes at Junction, Sam Baker at Ironwood, Bryson Waind & the CB at the King Eddy and much more. If you’re more into taking in the greatest play ever written (according to moi), head to the Martha Cohen Theatre to check out ATP’s production of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead.

Saturday: More Imaginarium with A Tribute to Richard Wagamese at the DJD Centre, Bionic Women Writers and Dick Lit’s Festival Edition at Memorial Park Library … plus so much more! More Wide Cut Weekend with Emily Triggs at Junction or The Georgia Fats at the downtown Legion, or over at Commonwealth you can check out Wolf Parade, and at The Gateway it’s The Royal Foundry. Feeling a bit more EDM? Hydraulix is at the Marquee.

Sunday: Catch theYYSCENE’s own Mike Bell as he and author Patrick DeWitt discuss French Exit at the DJD Centre at 3 p.m. for Imaginarium. You could actually make a literary day of it at the DJD Centre and also take in the International Writers Showcase and the Indigenous Voices Showcase as well. Head down to Festival Hall later to see The Weather Station.

Tuesday: Springboard Performance presents Fluid Fest 2018, celebrating the vast spectrum of what dance can be. It takes place at various venues around town, so check it out. For some more great theatre, head up to the Reeve Theatre at U of C and catch the SCPA’s production of antigone lives, described as “more rave than play,” combining techno, despair and family politics.

Wednesday: Alberta Spotlight at Studio Bell features Cartel Madras, and Cub Sport will be at Commonwealth. Yep – this week is not too shabby.

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 of Pharis and Jason Romero courtesy Rick Magnell.)

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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