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Top picks for getting out Jan. 3 – 9 including Chris Powell, Free First Thursdays at the Glenbow, and the High Performance Rodeo

Happy New Year, my friends! 2019 looks pretty great, if the first week is any indication – I predict lots of art, music, comedy, theatre and film in your future. I’m channelling all of my hippie energy into this, let’s zen* this year! (*Yes, I used that as a verb. I have an English degree, I can do that.)

Thursday: It’s Free First Thursdays at the Glenbow – check out all of their current, great exhibitions for free between 5 and 9 p.m. before they finish on Jan. 6, including Cosmos by Falk, Nazon & Olson, The Arctic: Real and Imagined Views from the Nineteenth Century, and Feet on the Ground by Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal. If you’re feeling a bit more like hearing some music, head to the Oak Tree Tavern for Howlin’ Pete’s Honky Tonk Stomp at 8 p.m.

Friday: It’s Rasmussen, Day and Fist at Lolita’s Lounge at 9 p.m., and over at The Palomino it’s Crack the Lens with The Frontiers, Dane and guests. Comedian Chris Powell will be at the Laugh Shop in Hotel Blackfoot (he was on Comedy Central’s series Detroiters, you know) all weekend, Thurs. – Sat.

Saturday: More art! This+That+The Other is a group show featuring works by Carl White, Ulrich Panzer, Madeleine Lamont and more over at the Christine Klassen Gallery. In the evening head back over to The Palomino for the Locutus LP Release with Monolith AB, GEOFF and Bear Horse.

Tuesday: Head to Inglewood’s The Blues Can for Tom Phillips & the DTs’ Honky Tonk Tuesdays. This town loves it’s honky tonk, amirite?

Wednesday: This month’s TALES Tellaround happens at Loft 112 at 7 p.m., where host Doreen Vanderstoop invites you to join her in a Tellaround, a sharing of stories about the Call of the Wild: real or imaginary. Also, what else happens today? Hmmm … oh yes, a little thing called the 33rd Annual High Performance Rodeo! The Rodeo starts tonight, so make sure you head to their website to check out the amazing lineup and get your tickets for the next three weeks! And if you need a good rundown of what to expect, I chatted with festival producer Laurel Green!

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