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Top picks for getting out April 25 – May 1 including Calgary Expo, CUFF, CPO’s Under the Influence Festival, and Anoushka Shankar

OK, OK, are you all ready for this? Because I think I’m ready for this, but it’s JUST! SO! MUCH! The things that we get to do this week … our cups runneth over, my friends. Here, I’m talking about this stuff:

Thursday: Calgary Expo 2019 begins! The 14th Annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo will feature four days of fun with headliners including the cast of Back to the Future, Lynda Carter (Wonder Woman!) presenting This Life: My Music, My Story, Zachary Levi, Catherine Tate, Christina Ricci, Sean Astin, Corey Feldman, Peter Weller and so many more. If you’re into something more literary, head to Memorial Park Library where Wordfest presents Sharanpal Ruprai with her book of poetry Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. The CPO’s Under the Influence Festival begins with Proactive: Percussion + Tchaikovsky with Josh Jones at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and the Calgary Underground Film Festival continues over at the Globe Cinema (Found Footage Festival! Yes!).

Friday: POW! Parade of Wonders (part of Calgary Expo) takes place along Stephen Avenue starting at 10:30am. After you’ve changed out of your cosplay outfit, head to the old Central Library this evening for Swallow-a-Bicycle’s Discomfort Lab — be prepared to feel uncomfortable, they’re not kidding. Anoushka Shankar brings her amazing sitar playing to the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Bad Animal with The Ashley Hundred and Hotel Mira will be at Broken City.

Saturday: DJD’s Double Bill of Magnetikae and Lovestruck will be at the DJD Centre, the Bow Valley Music Club presents Legendary Ladies of Country featuring Lisa Brokop at the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Centre, and over at the Jack Singer it’s more Under the Influence Festival, tonight featuring Late Night: Sensory Overload with Tanya Tagaq.

Sunday: Check out the Calgary Jazz Orchestra’s The Music of Louis Armstrong & Maria Schneider at River Park Church, or maybe take in Morpheus Theatre’s production of Princess Ida at the Pumphouse Theatres.

Monday: Chris Hadfield will present Exploration: Where We’re Going Next at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and the Tetzlaff-Tetzlaff Vogt Trio will perform at the Bella Concert Hall.

Wednesday: Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle & the Drum is presented by Alberta Ballet and will be performed tonight and into the weekend at the Jubilee Auditorium.

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 continues to work within the Calgary arts & culture scene to promote the city’s numerous and varied events. Contact her at