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Top picks for getting out May 30 – June 5 including Death From Above, the Old Trouts’ Ghost Opera, art openings at the Esker, and Panel One Comic Creator Festival

And here we are, pretty much June already. How did that happen? (Figuratively, people. I know how it happened technically). It doesn’t matter, all I know is that there are things to do! Like what? I’ll tell you what.

Thursday: The Old Trouts Puppet Workshop’s highly anticipated production, Ghost Opera opens tonight! Go and hear the dead tell their side of the story (what story? go and find out. that’s the point) at the Grand Theatre. For some comedy you can head to The Laugh Shop to check out Ben Gleib this weekend, or maybe you’re feeling like some live music? Tim Baker with guest Charlotte Cornfield will be at the Commonwealth.

Friday: Tons. Of. Stuff. Scorpio Theatre presents their production of Moby Dick over at the Pumphouse Theatres, running until June 8, and over at Lunchbox Theatre you can catch the Stage One Festival of New Canadian Work tonight. Death From Above will be at the Palace (with guests! also, didn’t they used to have a ‘1979’ in their name? Am I dating myself?), or head to the Esker Foundation for a night of exhibit openings including Among All These Tundras and Channel 51: Igloolik – Celebrating 30 Years of Inuit Video Art. If classical music is more your thing, head to the Jack Singer Concert Hall for the CPO’s presentation of Prokofiev + Mahler with Yefim Bronfman.

Saturday: The Panel One Comic Creator Festival will be taking over the Hillhurst-Sunnyside Community Association from 11a.m. – 7p.m., so head down there to check out some great local (and not so local) artists, creators, and comics! In the evening, you can either head to Dickens Pub to see Carter & the Capitals with Klusterfunk & B*les and The Suede, or maybe you head to the Jubilee to catch Ru Paul’s Drag Race Season 11 Tour featuring all of your faves from this last season of Drag Race! Come for Miss Vanjie, stay for … Miss Vanjie! And Nina West. Those two brought me much joy this season. But I digress …

Sunday: It’s Lilac Festival time! Head down to 4th Street S.W. between 10 a.m, and 6 p.m. to check out the best on offer from the businesses that call Mission home.. There will be music and entertainment galore, check it out!

Tuesday/Wednesday: Check out Doomsquad over at the Commonwealth on Tuesday, and then on Wednesday you can catch Ocean Alley at The Gateway. Both great options!

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