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Top picks for getting out Oct. 18 – 23 including Wordfest’s Imaginairium, Fluid Fest and Martin Sexton

Oh hey there, fellow goer-outers! There’s a bunch of things going on this weekend and into next week, namely booze, books, dance and music. Oh, with a little bit of Hallowe’eny stuff thrown in. Don’t believe me? Pffft. Read on.

Friday: Wordfest’s Imaginairium continues, tonight featuring Dick Lit’s Trivia: Emily Nussbaum at Memorial Park Library, as well as their Friday Night showcase and so much more. The Rocky Mountain Wine & Food Festival takes place at the BMO Centre this weekend, as does the Calgary Tattoo & Arts Festival, and Springboard Performance’s Fluid Fest is taking place as we speak (type?)! Check out their schedule for all of the amazing movement-based performances you can possibly handle. Haunted Calgary takes place at the New Horizon Mall in Balzac, and Grim Manor takes over Winsport until Halloween.

Saturday: Attend the launch party for all of the latest exhibitions over at Glenbow tonight, or check out Sage Theatre‘s 20th Anniversary production of AIAM at the Pumphouse Theatres. Martin Sexton will be at Festival Hall, and you can catch Shred Kelly at The King Eddy (after you attend the Wine Fest, some Imaginairium, and Fluid Fest, of course).

Sunday: National Geographic Live: Damien Mander & Vimbai Kumire with Akashinga – The Brave Ones at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. The Calgary Jazz Orchestra performs the music of Nat King Cole and Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers over at River Park Church, and at Mikey’s on 12th it’s the Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret.

Monday: Lunchbox Theatre’s In Flanders Fields will be performed at lunchtime, and in the evening checkout Dirty Laundry: The First Generation also at Lunchbox. This Is War presented by the SCPA takes place at University Theatre. Theatre galore!

Wednesday: The ProArts Society presents Perfect Cadence Woodwind Quartet at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer at noon. Alberta Ballet presents Frankenstein over at the Jubilee (looks amazing, btw), The Interrupters – Fight the Good Fight Tour with guests will be at MacEwan Hall. Phew. Lots. O’ Stuff.

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