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Top picks for getting out May 16 – 22 including The Lord of the Rings with orchestra, YYComedy Festival and a YOUth Riot

Hey hey! We all know that you’re already thinking towards the weekend, so why not get a head start and figure out what you’re going to do for fun? I plan my weekends well in advance, and so should you! Here are some suggestions:

Thursday: Head to Vertigo theatre! Why? Well you can catch Hamlet Frequency, a reimagining of Shakespeare’s story choreographed and staged by Denise Clarke tonight! Or maybe you head to Studio Bell to take in the Alberta Spotlight featuring Karl Hirzer with Allyson Hop? Perchance you’ll hit the Blues Can for The Flat Whites. Your call!

Friday: LOTR! Unquestionably (to me) the best film of the LOTR trilogy, The Two Towers, will be shown this weekend with live accompaniment by the CPO over at the Jubilee Auditorium. Helms Deep! GAAAAH! Sorry – nerd alert. If you’re just looking for laughs, Zach Martina will be hanging out at the Laugh Shop tonight and into the weekend.

Saturday: For afternoon fun, head to Studio Bell for the NMC AiR Workshop featuring nêhiyawak, then in the evening take your pick of Concrete Funeral at Dickens, or the Mike Clark Band at the Blues Can.

Monday: Needtobreathe — Acoustic Live Tour with Trent Dabbs will be at the Jubilee, and the YYComedy Festival starts today! So many great comedians to take in over the next five days, check out their schedule and get your tickets! Over at Lunchbox Theatre you can catch YOUth Riot Performance Showcase – it’s an opportunity for Calgary’s Queer youth to raise their voices and share their stories! Go and support these amazing youths. Youts.

Tuesday/Wednesday: The Invisible: Age of Ungentlemanly Warfare takes place at Vertigo Theatre on Tuesday, and on Wednesday head to Memorial Park Library for We’ve Read This Book Club featuring French Exit by Patrick deWitt.

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