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Top picks for getting out Nov. 7 – 13 including Femme Wave, JazzYYC festival, La Boheme and John Cleese

I don’t know how to break this to you, but you’re not going to get any rest this week. Why? So much to do, obviously! There is truly something for everyone happening all day, every day, so let’s just cut to the chase and see what’s what.

Thursday: Femme Wave 2019! Into its 5th year, this inclusive festival highlights new art forms and local artists headlining alongside Canada-wide talent. Check out their site for full schedule deets! The Vagina Monologues by Eve Ensler will be performed at the University Theatre, and it’s Broken City’s 15th Anniversary! They’ll be celebrating with bands The Wild and Crooked Spies, As Above and Mademoiselle, so head down for the celebrations. Over at Village Brewery, Kensington Sinfonia presents Samantha Savage Smith.

Friday: Head to Telus SPARK for Planet Trichome series: Destination Alberta – an immersive and educational evening of multi-room exploration and interaction with a live scored set and DJs. Jeremy Dutcher in Concert will be at the Jack Singer Concert Hall courtesy the CPO, A Night of Seduction featuring Quincy Troupe, Sheri-D Wilson & The Redline Trio will be at the Ironwood Stage & Grill, and the Canadian Jazz Festival takes place around town until Nov. 10.

Saturday: The Bowness Holiday Craft Fair takes place at the Bowness Community Association in the afternoon, and then later on you can catch the NMC AiR Workshop: Too Attached with Shamik Bilgi and Vivek Shraya at Studio Bell. Calgary Opera presents La Boheme at the Jubilee Auditorium, and Vertigo Theatre presents Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse at, of course, Vertigo Theatre.

Sunday: It’s Cinematic Sunday at the Glenbow featuring the film That Never Happened, and over at Scarboro United Church it’s Music of the ’40s with Foothills Brass. Fleetwood Mac will be at the Saddledome, and the Andrea Petrity Trio CD Release will take place at the King Eddy. John Cleese! John Cleese beings his Why There Is No Hope tour to the Jack Singer Concert Hall on Sunday. Good times.

Tuesday: It’s $10 Date Night at Studio Bell where you can check out five floors of exhibitions, interactive activities, memorabilia and more for cheap! The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival kicks off, check out their website for a complete schedule. City and Colour? Well they’re playing the Saddledome, thanks for asking.

Wednesday: The Alberta Electronic Music Conference is taking place until Nov. 17 at various venues around town, CIFF presents their Global Perspectives, Contemporary World Cinema series at the Globe featuring the film Atlantics, and head over to the National Music Centre for NMC ON — a new multi-day conference taking place until Nov. 17. Yep. That’s lots.

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