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Top picks for getting out Jan. 31 – Feb. 6 including Chinese New Year Concert, Locked Library and Halloween in January

Hey! It’s time to start thinking about all of the fun things that you can and should be doing this weekend and next week! I have suggestions! They’re good! You can trust me, I’ve been doing this for a while.

Thursday: The Particle + Wave Media Arts Festival runs until Feb. 2 and is a unique three-day event that will celebrate the critical innovation and creativity present in the media arts community. Paul Brandt’s The Journey Tour with High Valley, Jess Moskaluke and Hunter Brothers will be at the Saddledome, and Amy Hef will be at the Blues Can.

Friday: Vertigo Theatre presents Deathtrap, running until Feb. 24, and whaaa? Locked Library?!? Yes! Locked Library! It’s a massive one-night escape event taking place at the new Central Library after hours! Proceeds to a good cause, so if this is your thing, it should totally be… uh… your thing. Also! Morpheus Theatre presents Shakespeare in Love at the Pumphouse until Feb. 9, and the Tafelmusik Baroque Orchestra will perform J.S. Bach: The Circle of Creation at the Rozsa Centre. It’s also Halloween in January don’tcha know – an all-ages event featuring Calgary legends Forbidden Dimension, the Ativans, Ghost Factory, 5 cent Freakshow, Outlaws of Ravenhurst, Conniving Cadavers, Dead Pixel, Harsh, Undead Sex Ring and more. This is happening at Monster Mini Golf in the N.E.

Saturday: The Female Lens, a group exhibition featuring nine female photo-based artists opens at the Christine Klassen Gallery as part of the Exposure Photography Festival, and over at Studio Bell there’s an air guitar workshop at 1 p.m. with the man, the myth, the legend Jett Thunders. Aaron Pritchett will be at the Deerfoot Inn and Casino as well, so there’s that. And you can also celebrate Chinese New Year (Year of the Pig!) with a special concert at the Bella Concert Hall in Mount Royal University’s Taylor Centre for the Performing Arts featuring “wang-style pipa master Hao Yi-Fan from China, award-winning flutist Jiajia Li, cutting-edge performance artist Barbara England, Calgary’s own Kensington Sinfonia, and the experimental youth choir, Artio.”

Sunday: New Works Calgary presents Territoires Sonores with Quasar Quatuor de saxophones at Festival Hall at 1 p.m., and Craig Cardiff will be a stone’s throw away at the Ironwood from 2-5 p.m.

Tuesday: CUFF presents Border over at The Globe, and Potted Potter: the Unauthorized Harry Experience – A Parody by Dan and Jeff will be at the Martha Cohen Theatre, Arts Commons. Corrosion of Conformity plays the Marquee with Crowbar, Weedeater & Mothership, if that’s more your jam.

Wednesday: Calgary Opera presents Everest at the Jubilee, and home: a group exhibition celebrating Medalta, the diverse and contemporary impact of the Medicine Hat Clay District will be at the Alberta Craft Gallery, cSpace King Edward. And that’s the 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