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Top picks for getting out Oct. 3 – 9 including The Torchettes, Cowtown Opera, and Remembering Ghostbusters with CUFF

Oh, October. I love you not only because I get to reference you when I sing Van Morrison’s Moondance while wearing a cozy sweater, but also because all things Halloweenie start happening and that makes my dark, shrivelled little heart happy. Oh sure, the freaky fun stuff doesn’t really kick in until a bit later in the month, but still, I know it’s coming, and that brings me joy. Random thoughts! Now, on to what’s, uh … on.

Thursday: Take in Singer Songwriter Night with Bob Chartier over at Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar on the Music Mile, or maybe check out Bluegrass & Bourbon with the Blue Stones at Booker’s BBQ Grill? Strangers on a Train continues at Vertigo Theatre, comedian Sugar Sammy will be a the Bella Concert Hall, The Torchettes with Old Soul Rebel will be the Palomino and Fully Committed by Birnton Theatricals is still happening (until Saturday!) over at Lunchbox Theatre.

Friday: The New Earth Expo takes place at the Big Four Building, so if you’re a not-so-closetted hippie like myself, you’ll be heading there to check out all of the wing-dingy stuff that helps us make sense of it all in this mixed-up world. Cheech & Chong’s Oh Cannabis Tour hits the Jubilee tonight, Jontavious Willis plays the Engineered Air Theatre, The Carbons with A Day as Wolves and Poke the Bear will play The Gateway, and Cowtown Opera’s presentation of Who Killed Don Giovanni? runs over at cSpace King Edward.

Saturday: NEBrewHood DJ Chill Room featuring Petroleum Social Club can be enjoyed over at Sunnycider Cider House, Abraham Alexander will play The Palomino, and Modern Masters with Jan Lisiecki is presented by the CPO over at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Sunday: The NMC AiR Workshop features Hermitess at Studio Bell.

Monday: CAMP Festival celebrates the art and technology of creative storytelling and it’s all happening at the Bella Concert Hall this week. Off the CUFF: Cleanin’ Up the Town – Remembering Ghostbusters is presented by the Calgary Underground Film Festival over at the Globe Cinema tonight.

Tuesday: It’s $10 Date Night over at Studio Bell, and at Shelf Life Books you can take in The Cowichan Series with guests Miranda Krogstad, Weyman Chan, Julie Sedivy and more from 7 – 9pm.

Wednesday: The World of Dance Live Tour takes place at the Jubilee, and Fire Exit Theatre presents their latest production, Say Yes, over at the Engineered Air Theatre.

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!

(Photo of The Torchettes courtesy Damien Craig Taylor.)

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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