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Top picks for getting out for Jan. 16 – 22 including High Performance Rodeo, Calgary Women’s March and Beaver Squadron

Let’s hear it for indoor parking! It’s been a rough go with the cold, I know, but that should make us all a bit more excited to get out and do all the things this week! So here are some ways to take your mind off of your freezing pipes …

Thursday: It’s An Evening with Choir! Choir! Choir! at The Place Theatre! Go and sing yer heart out! Calgary Cinematheque presents Cruising (1980) at the Globe Cinema, Single Onion kicks off their 2020 season with poets James Arthur, Ian Kinney and more at Shelf Life Books, and Steel & Timber will be performing at the Off Cut Bar on the Music Mile. Alberta Ballet presents Diavolo at the Jubilee Auditorium, and High Performance Rodeo action continues! On top of all of the great theatre on deck, you can also check out Juliet & Romeo presented by DJD over at the DJD Dance Centre as part of the festival.

Friday: Fort Calgary presents their newest Murder Mystery Dinner: Double Diamond Death, John Gorka and Annette Campagne will perform at the Dalhousie Community Centre, Half Moon Run with guest Taylor Janzen will be at Mac Hall at the U of C, and Tanika Charles’ Artist in Residence Performance (which is FREE!) will take place at the King Eddy.

Saturday: Its the Calgary Women’s March taking place at 11 a.m. at Banker’s Hall, heading down Stephen Ave. towards City Hall. After the march head over to the Central Library for Calgary Womyn: Taking Strides, a full afternoon of community conversation, art, performance, as well as a resource fair. Over at the Genesis Centre it’s the Miskanawah Friendship Round Dance in the afternoon, then check out Transformation: A History of Calgary’s Transgender Community over at the Central Library. You will definitely catch me down at the King Eddy on Saturday to take in Beaver Squadron with Forbidden Dimension and Salt Horse, celebrating Beaver Squadron’s EP Release! All of my favourite local bands on one bill? YES PLEASE.

Sunday: Phil Hansen holds a solo cello recital at St. Stephen’s Anglican Church, and over at Mikey’s on 12th you can catch the Sin & Gin Soiree Cabaret – Snowflakes & Cheesecakes, featuring music, burlesque, cabaret, drag and so much more! If you’re a performer then you might want to take in the In Focus Workshop on Touring in Canada and Abroad as part of the HPR. It should be interesting and informative!

Tuesday: Cirque Flip Fabrique: Blizzard is presented by ArtsCommons and takes place at the Jack Singer Concert Hall — it’s a poetic adventure set in the depths of winter, something we are all painfully familiar with currently, amirite? (*crickets*) Deb Power hosts the Memphis Blues Fundraiser at Ironwood, and for your HPR fix tonight you can check out Certified with JD Derbyshire at Motel Theatre and Queer Blind Date at The Studio in Vertigo Theatre.

Wednesday: Yet! More! H!P!R! Vivek Shraya’s How to Fail as a Pop Star will be at the Engineered Air Theatre, and Let’s Run Away will take place at the Big Secret Theatre. Most of these venues have indoor parking or indoor parking very close. I’m here for you, friends.

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