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Top picks for getting out Jan. 23 – 29 including BIG Winter Classic, Calgary Cinematheque and Katie Ohe at the Esker

This town is teeming with activity, and it’s January! Yes! Way to go, Calgarians – we know how to get through winter AND celebrate a Chinook, amirite? Here are some suggestions for keeping up the good work this next week:

Thursday: BIG Winter Classic starts tonight! It’s taking place at a bunch of different venues, and you can catch bands such as Bully, No Age, Bodega, The Garrys, Too Soon Monsoon and many, many more over the next few days. Check out their schedule for full details. If you’re a film buff, you might want to head to The Globe Cinema for Calgary Cinematheque‘s screening of Tilda Swinton’s 1993 film Orlando. Feeling like a big rock show? Alexisonfire with The Distillers will be at the Saddledome, and An Evening with Joe Nolan takes place at the Ironwood on the Music Mile. High Performance Rodeo? It’s still on! Run over to the Big Secret Theatre tonight for Let’s Run Away. See what I did there.

Friday: Over at the Esker Foundation it’s their Winter Exhibitions Opening featuring Katie Ohe (heart!) and Anna Gustafson. BIG Winter Classic continues all over the place with everybody, the Timepoint Ensemble presents Genre Phasing over at Doherty Hall on the Stampede Grounds, and in the Alberta Spotlight at the King Eddy it’s Caleb Hart & Roca Roots with Infamous Ray.

Saturday: How Can You Think that? I’ve often wondered that, but this is different! It’s a book club for conservatives and liberals who want to break the great divide, and it happens at Shelf Life Books Saturday. There is a School of Rock concert over at the Webber Academy, and at the Jack Singer Concert Hall you can catch Nordic Greats presented by the CPO.

Sunday: It’s National Geographic Live! with Zoltan Takacs & Deadliest Lifesavers at the Jack Singer Concert Hall Sunday afternoon, and the High Performance Rodeo wraps up with so many shows, including The Shoe Project Steps Up over at the Central Library.

Tuesday: Over at the King Eddy you can catch Variations with The Sidewinders, and at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre you can see The Boy From Oz presented by Front Row Centre Players.

Wednesday: The Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program Ensemble performs at the Cathedral Church of the Redeemer at noon, and in the evening head to the Memorial Park Library where Wordfest presents the We’ve Read This Book Club featuring Lisa Taddeo’s book, Three Women. And that’s your week!

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!

(Bully photo courtesy Alysse Gafkjen.)

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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