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Top picks for getting out April 11 – 17, including Sarah Millican, Gone Cosmic, Hawksley Workman, Reactor Improv Festival

I know, I know. It’s overwhelming sometimes, thinking of all of the fun things that are available for us to do in this fair city of ours. Without some sort of guidance, how do you even begin to formulate a plan of attack for your upcoming week? Here. Let me be that guide.

Thursday: Head to the King Eddy for Steven Taetz’s vintage pop, swing and jazziness, or maybe you’re more into stuff that goes on at Commonwealth? If so, get yourself there to take in JD McPherson, why don’t you. There’s also Moon Vs Sun at the Bella Concert Hall, or if you feel like some comedy, get up to Zero Issue Brewing for the Canadian Comedy Brewery Tour.

Friday: Fort Calgary presents Black & White Movie Night featuring Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho tonight, and over at the Grey Eagle you can take in ’90s grunge rockers Alice In Chains if that’s your thing. You could also head to The Palomino for Gone Cosmic’s CD/Tour Kick Off, and then Wild T and the Spirit will be at the Blues Can. Options!

Saturday: Get yourself down to Lougheed House for Royal Tea Time: A Drag Tea Party where you can learn about the history of Calgary’s queer community with Drag royalty. Quest Theatre presents We Are All Treaty People at cSPACE King Edward, and over at Memorial Park Library Wordfest presents Timely Tasty Talks featuring Tia Powell’s discussion Dementia Reimagined. Hawksley Workman will perform with orchestra at the Jack Singer tonight, and comedienne Sarah Millican will be at the Bella Concert Hall for her second show (if you got tickets to the Friday show, i’ll see you there!).

Tuesday: Theatre Calgary presents Billy Elliot The Musical at the Max Bell Theatre.

Wednesday: The Reactor Improv Festival starts tonight and runs at various venues around downtown, with so many events you’re just going to have to check out their website for a schedule. I can only do so much. And also Wednesday, Morrissey! If you wear black on the outside because black is how you feel on the inside, you will most likely be at the Jubilee to (hopefully) see old Mozzer. I actually think the show is sold out, so hopefully you got a ticket, or if you didn’t then he may just cancel anyway so you won’t miss anything.

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!

Kari Watson is a writer and former Listings Editor of FFWD Weekly, and continues to work within the Calgary arts & culture scene to promote the city’s numerous and varied events. Contact her at