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Top picks for getting out Jan. 17 – 23 including Risqué Cabaret, David Raitt and the Baja Boogie Band and more High Performance Rodeo

Wow. Just wow. Have you been taking in any of the High Performance Rodeo so far? And what about all of the music, art and film that is readily available at all times? What I’m saying here, people, is get out and experience what this city has to offer. It’s a lot.

Thursday: Head to Broken City for Detractions with As Above & the Night Terrors. Or, take in the Tiny Comedy Show with Adam Delorey and MC Paul Kuster at Scarpetta’s Italian Eatery. You know darn well there is HPR to take in, so check out How to Disappear Completely at the Engineered Air Theatre or Better Get Hit in Your Soul at the DJD Centre.

Friday: Handsome Alice Theatre presents The Risqué Cabaret at Saltlik Steakhouse, featuring Calgary’s own Garter Girls Burlesque Troupe and so much more. Go and support this great theatre company! David Raitt and the Baja Boogie Band will be at the Blues Can, and your High Performance Rodeo fix could involve Ballet BC at the Jubilee Auditorium, Café Daughter at the Martha Cohen Theatre, or bug at West Village Theatre.

Saturday: Afternoon HPR! Sansei: The Storyteller at noon at Lunchbox Theatre is a good bet, as is God’s Lake which plays at 2 p.m. at the Pumphouse Theatre. JJ Shiplett and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald are playing the Eric Harvie Theatre in Banff, Transit22 Album Release Party takes place at the Gateway, and Quartetto Gelato performs at the Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall, Rozsa Centre.

Sunday: The Jerry Cans will be at the Gateway, and you can check out Boom X at Theatre Calgary.

Tuesday: Big, big day. Shane Koyczan will be at the Jack Singer Concert Hall as part of the HPR, and Let’s Talk About … Movement presented by d.Talks at the new Central Library. Or, maybe you head to The Palace Theatre for Lanco’s Hallelujah Nights Tour. Your call.

Wednesday: We’ve Read This Book Club presented by Wordfest takes place at the Memorial Park Library and will feature the book Washington Black by Esi Edugyan. More HPR! Cow Love will be at the Pumphouse Theatres, Hammered Hamlet (yay! drunk Shakespeare!) at the Royal Canadian Legion downtown, and Scott Thompson brings Apres Le Deluge: The Buddy Cole Monologues to the Big Secret Theatre (runs until Saturday!). That is one heck of a 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!

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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