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Top picks for getting out May 23 – 29 including John Cleese, Guy Gavriel Kay, Market Collective, D.O.A. and East Town Get Down

Hey there friends! How’s your week? I know it’s a short one, but if you’re as ready for the weekend as I am then you’ll want to start planning your events extravaganza now. Guess what? I have some ideas for you.

Thursday: Wordfest presents Guy Gavriel Kay with his new novel, A Brightness Long Ago over at the new Central Library. Also at the Central Library, you can catch the first of d. talks‘ presentation of Movement: An Exhibition. What does it mean to have human connection to a place?What’s the future of transportation in Calgary? Head over and discuss! Also, the YYComedy Festival continues until Saturday, so check that out, and Orville Peck will be at the Commonwealth.

Friday: Ummm … I’m not sure if you know this, which is why I’m telling you now, but there is a Medieval Faire & Artisan Market happening this weekend! Head to the Crossroads Market Grounds to experience costumes, sword play and more! Steven Page with Port Cities will be at Studio Bell, and D.O.A.s 40th Anniversary Tour takes place at Border Crossing with guests Forbidden Dimension, the Hockey Fight & 5 Cent Freakshow.

Saturday: Head to International Avenue for East Town Get Down, featuring bands such as Chad VanGaalen, Astronautalis, Four Fists, Anvil, Striker, Drezus, Astral Swans, Windigo, Napalmpom and Cartel Madras, Rae Spoon, Transit22, Wax Mannequin, Respectfulchild and more. If you’re into markets, Market Collective will be at BMO Centre this weekend, and Vintage Redefined Market will be at the Acadia Rec Centre; Tariq will perform (hopefully Chevrolet Way) over at The King Eddy.

Tuesday: Wordfest presents all the things on Tuesday, including Marilyn Smith with Peace, Love & Fibre at the Memorial Park Library, and Bruce & Vicki Heyman with The Art of Diplomacy over at the DJD Dance Centre. Cher! Cher will be in town with Nile Rogers and Chic on Tuesday — go! Believe in life after love! Are you strong enough? Sorry, I’m done now.

Wednesday: John Cleese! John Cleese brings his Why There is No Hope Tour to the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Wednesday. Go.

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