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Top picks for getting out Oct. 31 – Nov. 6 including Forbidden Dimension, a Victorian Halloween, The Skydiggers and Doc Soup

As I sit here typing with my fingernails painted black, wearing my Forbidden Dimension T-shirt, I feel sad that my favourite spooky season is ending. Luckily for me, and those of you like me, there is so much to do this week that it will totally take our minds off of the fact that we won’t see skeletons and brains and bats on every corner for another year. Hopefully. ‘Cuz ordinarily that would be very disturbing.

Thursday: Forbidden Dimension and The Plaid Tongued Devils perform at the Ironwood! I’m not a fan of FD At. All. (Lies! Sarcasm!) And over at Lougheed House you can take in a Victorian All Hallows’ Eve – experience a Victorian Halloween in a Victorian mansion. Why not? Grim Manor‘s last hurrah will take place at Winsport, The Dudes play The Gateway, you can take in some Improvised Halloween Ghost Tours by Screamy Linguine over at the Alexandra Centre and Liquor Mountain plays Broken City.

Friday: It’s the New Craft Coalition Fall Show + Sale over at Festival Hall in the daytime! In the evening you can catch Barney Bentall & The Cariboo Express at the Bella Concert Hall, or Amos Garrett’s Modern Blues Quartet at the King Eddy. Bond and Beyond is presented by the CPO at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, The MJ de Waal Quintet is at Lolita’s Lounge, and the Unmanned Photo Exhibit Launch will take place at Divine Dream Factory on 17th Ave. SW.

Saturday: It’s #LoveYYC Day — go to their site, see all of the deals around town, special events including fun over at Studio Bell, and so much more I can’t even. Halloween Punk Rock Bowling takes place at Paradise Lanes with Downway, Wolfrik & the Shillelaghs, The Skydiggers will play the Bella Concert Hall and The New Gallery’s Scream/Annual Fundraiser takes place at their gallery space.

Sunday: The Mount Pleasant Potters’ Guild Fall Pottery Market takes place at the Triwood Community Hall, while David Peyto launches his book The Chicakdee Way over at Shelf Life Books. The Spiritus Chamber Choir‘s The Peace of Wild Things will be performed at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer, and there will be an all ages show at Broken City featuring Louise Burns with Alexandra Maillot and Killah Khills.

Monday: The Dia de Muertos Festival continues over at the Casa Mexico Foundation, cSPACE King Edward, while the Calgary European Film Festival takes place at the Globe Cinemas. For some improvised soap opera action, head to Lunchbox Theatre this evening for Dirty Laundry: The First Generation.

Wednesday: The Canadian Jazz Festival kicks off at numerous venues around town, so check that out if you’re a jazz fan (and even if you’re not, because you may be a closet jazz fan. Who’s to say?) and if you’re into some great documentary action you can head to Cineplex Eau Claire for Doc Soup’s screening of The Cave. Music? You got it! An Evening with Jason Mraz & Raining Jane will be all shakin’ down at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

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 Forbidden Dimension courtesy Kipling West.)

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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