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Top picks for getting out Oct. 18 – 24 including Colter Wall, The Secret Path and The Forbidden Dimension

Another Thursday, another schwack of things to do around town this weekend and into next week. Get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts, but make sure you take in some of the fine entertainment that this city has to offer (see where I’m going with this?):

Thursday: It’s An Evening with They Might Be Giants over at the Bella Concert Hall. Do you remember their show at In-Fest back in the early ’90s? They sure do. Check out Mike Bell’s preview of their show here. Single Onion #153 featuring Claire Kelly, Monica Kidd, Amy LeBlanc and Paul Zits will take place at Shelf Life Books, and over at the Globe Cinema you can catch CUFF and Spirit Fund’s presentation of The Secret Path, an animated film adaptation of Gord Downie’s album and Jeff Lemire’s graphic novel.

Friday: It’s the People’s Poetry Festival happening over at Lot 112, so get over there and get, uh, your poem on? That really didn’t work. Colter Wall will be hitting the stage over at MacEwan Hall, T. Buckley’s Album Release Show will be happening at Festival Hall, and at the Palomino you won’t want to miss The Mandates album release with Rum Runner, Dead Cells & Sister Suzie.

Saturday: It’s the Brothers Osborne with guests over at MacEwan Hall, or you could stick downtown and catch Jesse Roper with Band of Rascals at the King Eddy. Theatre Calgary presents Mary & Max over at the Max Bell Theatre (world premiere!), the Swollen Members will be at the Marquee (remember them?) and, yes, my favourite local band Forbidden Dimension will be celebrating their 30th Anniversary over at the Palomino. Thirty years of Martian Death Saucer and Crawling Eye! (*Swoon*)

Sunday: It’s the Calgary Music Collector’s Show at the Acadia Rec Centre from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., and at the Ironwood you can take in the Midnight Blue Jazz Society in the afternoon, then stick around in the evening for Coco Love.

Tuesday: It’s the Foo Fighters over at the Saddledome! This show was rescheduled, so don’t forget that you bought tickets! … Like I did.

Wednesday: Fred Penner’s Grown Up Sing-a-Long will rock the Gateway (will it, though?) and Alberta Ballet presents The Sleeping Beauty over at the Jubilee. Yep. That’s 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!

(Colter Wall photo courtesy Little Jack Films.)

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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