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Top picks for getting out Feb. 7 – 13 including Alberta Ballet’s de.Vi.ate, Dior at the Glenbow, and Black History Month Film Fest

Cold enough for ya? Yeah, it’s kind of gross, but there are so many indoor things to keep us busy that it really doesn’t matter, does it? The world is your oyster this week, see what you have to choose from here …

Thursday: Single Onion #156 Lecture Series celebrates Black History Month featuring Tola Dee, Phree Boy, Wakefield Brewster and Bethel Afework at Shelf Life Books; Sean Hamilton & the Judas Brothers will be at Ironwood, and hey! Science lovers! Head on over to the Science Slam at WURST Beer Hall, where scientists, researchers, students and nerds battle to communicate science. Nerdy fun!

Friday: I’m Going to Break Your Heart – Chantal Kreviazuk & Raine Maida, presented by NMC at Studio Bell. Canada’s pop power couple! Or take in Mother Mother’s Dance and Cry Tour over at the Grey Eagle. The SCPA presents Machinal at the Reeve Theatre, U of C and Mean Jeans with The Mandates, The Hockey Fight & Julius Sumner Miller will be over at Broken City.

Saturday: Head over to the Glenbow for the Dior exhibit! Later, take in Dan Mangan at the Palace, or Soul Legends: From Isaac Hayes to Marvin Gaye presented by the CPO at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. You could also check out some improv, with Love! The Improvised Musical presented by the Kinkonauts at the Rose Room, Alexandra Centre. Just sayin’.

Sunday: The Calgary Jazz Orchestra presents Art of Romance, Art of Soul featuring Johnny Summers over at River Park Church.

Monday: Lunchbox Theatre opens Assassinating Thomson featuring Bruce Horak.

Tuesday: It’s $10 Date Night at Studio Bell, and over at MRU it’s the Black History Month Film Festival featuring work by black filmmakers from Calgary and across the globe.

Wednesday: Downstage Theatre presents Smoke at the Big Secret Theatre until Feb. 23, over at the Eric Harvie Theatre in Banff it’s Kidd Pivot presents Revisor, and the Alberta Ballet presents de.Vi.ate at the Jubilee. To the Awe is a series of live performance taking place at the New Gallery, and Wednesday is your chance to check it out.

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