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Top picks for getting out Dec. 20 – 26 including HighKicksMas, Duck Soup, Reuben and the Dark and Storytime with the Mayor

We’re coming into the homestretch, my friends! You might think that things are slowing down before Christmas, but you’d be wrong! Oh sure, there’s not much happening on Christmas aside from eating, napping and maybe walking around to wear off all of the crap that you’re going to eat, but leading up to the actual day? So much stuff.

Thursday: It’s the HighKicksMas holiday show featuring the HighKicks at Festival Hall! Who doesn’t love the HighKicks? Alberta Ballet’s Nutcracker is still running tonight, and if you feel like some international film then hit The Roasterie in Kensington for Espresso Kino, featuring Det sjunde inseglet (aka The Seventh Seal, Sweden 1957). The Oak Tree Tavern will feature Howlin’ Pete’s Honky Tonk Stomp as well, so there’s that. And if you want to see a classic film on the big screen, Calgary Cinematheque are screening the brilliant 1933 Marx Brothers’ satire Duck Soup tonight at the Globe.

Friday: It’s the Making Spirits Bright Comedy Night at Festival featuring Ophira Eisenberg and Cory Mack. Naughty … But Nice: The Big V presented by Forte Musical Theatre Guild runs at the Lunchbox Theatre, and Double Fuzz with the Northern Coast & Timber Fang will be at Broken City.

Saturday: Head down to Studio Bell this afternoon for the NMC AiR Workshop featuring Reuben and the Dark. Mountainview Connection presents: Vanishing Empires at the Southern Alberta Pioneers Hall, Early Music Voices presents Handel’s Messiah at Christ Church Elbow Park, and then, THEN! There’s Twisted Sisters — a show where comics do standup AND drag, and that all happens at Twisted Element. Saturday looks awesome.

Sunday: Grab the kiddos and head to the new Central Library for The Mayor’s Holiday Storytime from 1-3 p.m. Later, take in A Perfectly Frank Christmas with Johnny Summers and the Calgary Jazz Orchestra at River Park Church, or The Heebee-Jeebees’ 25th Anniversary show at Bella Concert Hall.

Monday: It’s last-minute shopping for you! Good luck with that.

Have a great holiday, everyone!

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