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Top picks for getting out Sept. 19 – 25 including the Calgary International Film Festival, Beakerhead, The Tempest and the YYC Music Awards

Ho. Lee. Crap. This week is insane, and I don’t say that every week. This is off-the-charts nuts. Don’t believe me? Have I ever led you astray? Trust me, this one is a doozer (spoiler alert: next week is crazier, so, bear that in mind).

Thursday: A little thing called The Calgary International Film Festival has kicked off and will be screening hundreds (yes!) of films over the next week and a half. Check out their schedule and plan accordingly. The Single Onion kicks off its season with four great poets — Clara Joseph, Stuart Ian McKay, Peter Midgley and Josh Smith — over at Shelf Life Books, and The Confusionaires play The King Eddy.

Friday: The Shakespeare Company‘s production of The Tempest opens tonight at The Studio at Vertigo Theatre — I’ll be the one there who’s pep talking her bestie into succumbing to the rapture of The Bard. Or something. Down the street at the Central Library it’s another edition of Locked Library! Go and get locked up in the Library and figure your way out! Sounds like a panic attack for me, but hey! You do you! Beakerhead continues with Spectral Illuminations IV: A Project Mapping Exhibition from 8 – 11 p.m. at Memorial Park Library, and in the Alberta Spotlight at Studio Bell you can catch Beach Season in performance.

Saturday: Head to Enmax Park for the Calgary Stampede Community Fall Fair, then wander a few blocks to Inglewood/Ramsay for the East Side Studio Crawl — over 50 artists will be opening their studios to the public, so check it out. Beakerhead’s big event, Spectacle, will take place down at Prince’s Island Park (I believe it’s sold out, hope you got your ticket!), Heritage park hosts a Shindig, where the spirit of the “wild west” comes alive with entertainment, food and more. Aaaaand there’s a Clown Festival happening down at Pumphouse Theatres. Yes. It’s true.

Sunday: The 4th Annual YYC Music Awards take place tonight at The Palace. Go and support all of the awesome local talent in this city!

Tuesday: It’s Climate Action Week and Kris Demeanor will be performing as part of the Calgary Climate Hub Fundraiser over at Sunnycider Cider House; Ghost — The Ultimate Tour Named Death with guests Nothing More will be at the Corral, Front Row Centre Players presents The Addams Family at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre, and d. Talks presents Let’s talk about … Waste over at the Central Library.

Wednesday: Catch Beyond Creation at Dickens Pub, Dice Deluxe over at the Blues Can or maybe you catch Taj Express presented by Alberta Ballet at the Jubilee? The Calgary International Film Festival is also still on, so there’s that …

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