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Top picks for getting out March 28 – April 3 including Cinematheque’s screening of An Elephant Still Sitting, author Jennifer Robson, and Dermot Kennedy

Friends! Can you believe it’s almost April already? How about we all celebrate spring(ish) by getting out and making the most of all of the arts and culture that this town has to offer? Sounds good to me …

Thursday: Head to the Globe Cinema to take in Calgary Cinematheque‘s screening of An Elephant Sitting Still (2018), or make your way over to Commonwealth Bar to check out Real Estate.

Friday: The AUArts Show + Sale is happening this weekend, so get yourself up there and support the designers, craftspeople and artists that you may not be able to afford in a few years because they’re famous. Just sayin’. Front Row Centre Players present Avenue Q up at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre — part flesh, part felt and packed with inappropriateness, from what I can tell. Right up my street! If that’s not your thing then Grimskunk with Ninjaspy and guests will be at Broken City.

Saturday: Theatre Calgary’s Encore Gala takes place at the Big Four Roadhouse – dine, drink and dance with a night of exclusive programming curated by Theatre Calgary’s Artistic Director, Stafford Arima. Banner — a Project by Kyle Marks is a one-night art event featuring artist Ryan Seitz over at the Eagle Block (the old Night Gallery space, for you oldies like me). You could also head over to the Gateway for Virginia to Vegas, your call.

Tuesday: Wordfest presents Jennifer Robson presenting with her novel about one of the most famous dresses of the 20th Century — Queen Elizabeth’s wedding gown — and the fascinating women who made it. Dermot Kennedy will perform at The Palace, and Thomas Anders & Bad Boys Blue Live will be at MacEwan Hall.

Wednesday: If you’re downtown during the afternoon, you can head to the Performance Hall at the new Central Library to take part in Luminous Voices Community Sing III — they’ll teach you some excerpts of songs, sing along! Then wander over a few blocks to Vertigo Theatre to see Hamlet: A Ghost Story presented by The Shakespeare Company. It’s a cracker, trust me.

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