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Top picks for getting out April 18 – 24 including Metric, Northern Beauties and Taking Back Sunday

How about that Morrissey show on Wednesday, huh? Greatest thing ev … oh wait. Right. #thatjokeisntfunnyanymore. However! We have so many great things coming up this week, so let’s get to it!

Thursday: Single Onion will celebrate National Poetry Month with readings from Vivian Hansen, Lori D Roadhouse, Anne Sorbie and Sheri-D Wilson at Shelf Life Books. Also tonight if you can snag a ticket from a friend (it is now officially sold out) check out The Shiverettes releasing their newest album Real Shrill Bitches at The King Eddy, with guests Wares and Mademoiselle. And on a rootsier note, Northern Beauties will be at Ironwood tonight, so maybe check that out if it’s more your thing.

Friday: The Reactor Improv Festival continues with headliners The Bloody Marys and Beauty Love Truth featuring Ann Taylor at Festival Hall, and the New Craft Coalition Spring Show + Sale will be a The Commons. Feeling music-y? Audio/Rocketry with Detractions and Bayonet will be at Broken City, and hey, why don’t you support some local theatre by attending Scorpio Theatre’s Inconceivable Live Read and Season Launch at Tool Shed Brewing Company? There’s a Princess Bride theme happening, so go and recite all of your favourite lines to fellow nerds and possibly six-fingered men. It’ll be fun.

Saturday: The NMC Air Workshop features Jae Sterling at Studio Bell, and Shelf Life Books presents a book launch for 1st Legion of Utopia by comic creators James Davidge, Nick Johnson and Ryan Ferrier. Dan + Shay The Tour with guest Chris Lane will be at MacEwan Hall, and Metric with July Talk will be at the Corral (Emily Haines! Girl crush!).

Tuesday: Billy Elliot the Musical continues at Theatre Calgary, as does Spit Fire Theatre’s production of Wolf on the Ringstrasse at the Pumphouse Theatres. Or you could also take in 8 Bit: The Video Game Dance Show over at West Village Theatre (lots of theatre this week, clearly).

Wednesday: Head over to the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer for ProArts@Noon featuring the jazz piano stylings of Tricia Edwards, and then in the evening you have a choice of heading to Shelf Life Books for TALES Calgary’s On The Road: A Storycafe hosted by Mindy Woolcott, comedian Vlad Caamano at The Rec Room, or Taking Back Sunday at MacEwan Hall.

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!

(Photo of Metric courtesy Justin Broadbent.)

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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