Top picks for getting out May 2 – 8 including 36?, Thornetta Davis, Calgary Music Collector’s Show and Neko Case

Does the art and culture in this town ever stop? Short answer: no! You want to know what’s up for the week ahead? I’ll tell you what’s up for the week ahead, starting with …

Thursday: The CPO’s Under the Influence Festival continues with a co-presentation with NMC featuring John Corigliano’s Mr. Tambourine Man at Studio Bell. Comedian Pete Zedlacher will be at the Laugh Shop this weekend, and Alberta Ballet presents Joni Mitchell’s The Fiddle and The Drum at the Jubilee. You may also want to check out 36? with Laura Hickli & ;P at Broken City.

Friday: Most Imaginary Worlds, created by Inside Out Theatre’s Point of View Ensemble and inspired by stories from local children with disabilities will be performed at cSpace King Edward and presented by Quest Theatre. The Queen of Detroit’s Blues, Thornetta Davis, will perform at the Engineered Air Theatre, and the Under the Influence Festival continues with Controversial Classics: The Rite of Spring + The Red Violin at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Saturday: The Calgary Bike Swap takes place at the City Centre Parkade — head down and pick up a bike for cheap! Then ride that bike over to Studio Bell for the NMC AiR Workshop featuring Wish Lash in the afternoon. Handsome Alice Theatre presents A Love Letter to Emily C by Calgary’s poet laureate Sheri-D Wilson in the evening. Or perhaps you want to check out David Wilcox at the Deerfoot Inn, laying … down his sweet tunes of yesteryear.

Sunday: The Calgary Music Collector’s Show hits the Acadia Recreation Centre, and over at the Jack Singer Concert Hall you can catch NatGeo Live with Adventures Among Orangutans featuring photographer Tim Laman and anthropologist Cheryl Knott. Over at the Bella Concert Hall you’ll want to check out the GuitarBorn Showcase — it’s a classic journey, but with a musical twist.

Monday: Lunchbox Theatre’s RBC Emerging Director’s Showcase opens, featuring Kathryn Smith directing Care Takers which runs until May 11. And a personal favourite, Neko Case will be performing at MacEwan Hall this evening. I’ll be out of town, please go and sing your hearts out with her for me.

Wednesday: Thomas Rhett — Life Changes Tour with Dustin Lynch at the Saddledome, or head to the King Eddy for Yves Jarvis with Foonyap for something different. Feeling theatrical-ish? Black Radish Theatre’s Waiting for Godot is running at the Grand — go check it out, I hear it’s amazing.

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