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Top picks for getting out Nov. 14 – Nov. 20 including Joshua Redman, Alberta Electronic Music Conference and d.talks

November is half-way done! How? Why? Yes, I understand the concept of why and how, I’m just making a point here. Anyhow, here’s some stuff that you can do in order to cushion the blow of knowing that Christmas is mere weeks away. You’re welcome.

Thursday: Get into the holiday spirit (ugh, sorry) by taking in a Murder Mystery Dinner at Fort Calgary tonight, featuring Murder Under the Mistletoe presented by Pegasus Performances. The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival takes place at various venues and runs until Nov. 17, so check it out. The Alberta Electronic Music Conference happens in our fine city this weekend, check their site for a complete schedule. Laid/e: The Toulouse-Lautrec Project will be presented over at cSpace King Edward.

Friday: Part of the NMC ON festival includes a conversation with Nick Middleton of The Funk Hunters at 3:15 p.m., while Daedelus will be featured tonight at Studio Bell. Ghost River Theatre offers you The Gin Experience over at Last Best Brewing and Distillery, Alex Cuba plays Festival Hall, Eliza Gilkyson & T. Buckley perform at the Dalhousie Community Centre and Wannabe, the Spice Girls tribute band play the Gateway.

Saturday: Markets! Take in a Tibetan Bazaar over at the Westgate Community Hall, and at the Triwood Community Hall you can explore the Handmade Here Market. Ian Kinney launches his book Air Salt at Shelf Life Books, and Thorgy and the Thorchestra will be playing the Jack Singer Concert Hall presented by the good folks at the CPO. I’ll be there! Look at me go. If Thorgy isn’t your thing, maybe you head to the King Eddy to check out Truck with PDS and my fave metal band, Greybeard. Or you could head to Vertigo Theatre for their latest production Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Club — mystery!

Sunday: Trio De Moda is presented by the Instrumental Society of Calgary over at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, while the Calgary Bach Choir presents Bach & Sons in Leipzig, London & Dresden over at Knox United Church. Bill Nye the Science Guy will be at the Jubilee – fun!

Tuesday: It’s Red Dress Day at the Central Library, raising awareness of the ongoing national crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG). d.talks presents Let’s Talk About … Togetherness, focussing on the importance of storytelling and inclusion for community building. Also, the Joshua Redman Quartet will be at the Jack Singer Concert Hall.

Wednesday: To the AWE #6 will feature artists from Calgary, Edmonton and Vancouver joining in new ideas, experimental performance and raising the roof at various venues around town — check it out!

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 Joshua Redman courtesy Jay Blakesberg.)

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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 kari@theyyscene.com.

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