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Top picks for getting out Jan. 24 – 30 including more BIG Winter Classic, High Performance Rodeo and Bruce McCulloch

Isn’t January supposed to be quiet? Why am I so tired? Oh right, January is the new April, in that there is no end to the great theatre, music, visual arts and film to be had in ol’ YYC. And more! So! Much! More! Grab a latté with me and get ready for the week ahead, pals.

Thursday: We Ain’t Terrorists hit the stage at The Gateway, while Revv52 presents their concert Legends over at the Bella Concert Hall. The High Performance Rodeo continues with Broken Tailbone at Vertigo Theatre, Blood on the Dancefloor at DJD, and Macbeth Muet at the Pumphouse Theatres. And, AND we have the BIG Winter Classic to take in over the next few days, with a whole slew of bands at various venues around downtown, including The Faps, Surf Dads, Shannon & The Clams & Hockey Fight just to name a few! Check out their schedule for info.

Friday: So much going on for HPR still – Scott Thompson’s Buddy Cole Monologues, Cow Love, Café Daughter and more … you have two nights to catch everything you missed this week, so get out there! It’s also Robbie Burns’ Day, so maybe you head to the Ship & Anchor to eat some haggis and watch some highland dancers? The Esker Foundation is holding their exhibition launch from 6-10 p.m. featuring the work of Neil Campbell, Jeremy Shaw & Glenna Cardinal, and hey! The BIG Winter Classic! The Ramblin’ Ambassadors, Mason Jenkins, Lucky Sonne, Double Fuzz, Bad Buddy and many more bands to check out.

Saturday: Hillsburn will be at the Gateway, and the Dance ProSeries presented by the SCPA will be at the University Theatre. BIG Winter Classic? Sure, that’s still happening, with Blades of Steel, The Suede, Terra Lightfoot, The Utilities and more. Or, maybe you head to the Hifi Club and catch Spencer Brown and Dr. Dance?

Sunday: The Science of Sound with Evan Rothery looks good over at Studio Bell, and Bruce McCulloch with Cathy Jones will be over at the Bella Concert Hall, people. The BIG Winter Classic wraps up tonight with Shout Out Out Out Out (No, dude I feel electrical), Aruba, Amy Hef, The Denim Daddies and more … so good!

Wednesday: The Robber Bridegroom presented by Juniper Theatre starts over at Vertigo Theatre and runs until Feb 2, and TALES Calgary presents Fake News: Live! A Storycafe at Shelf Life Books. Phew. Better get two lattés.

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