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Top picks for getting out Feb. 6 – 12 including Sheila Jordan, The Fairy Queen, Bowness Winterfest and d.talks

Remember when February used to be a pretty boring month? Like, many years ago? That really isn’t the case anymore, because there are festivals and events and so many things going on that maybe we should say February is the new April? I don’t know, I’m just riffin’ here…

Thursday: The East Village presents Happy Hour with Howlin’ Pete at the King Eddy from 4-7 p.m., Peter Stone plays the Off Cut Bar at the Nash on the Music Mile, and Reverse Racism plays Dickens Pub.

Friday: Check out the School of Creative and Performing Arts‘ production of The Fairy Queen at the University Theatre. There’s also Our Inner Potential: Art Show & Silent Auction happening over at Venue 308, or Photo Inspiration Night – Powered by Pechakucha at the Central Library. Sheila Jordan plays the Lantern Community Church, The Hot Sardines are at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, and Rosina Cove & The Brooke Wylie Band will play the King Eddy. Lots!

Saturday: Bowness Winterfest is happening Saturday! It’s a carnival-style event with games, prizes, zorb bowling, a bouncy castle, photobooth, concession … you name it, they got it! Wordfest presents Cheryl Foggo with Pourin’ Down Rain at the Memorial Park Library Saturday afternoon, and at Studio Bell it’s Khari Wendell McClelland‘s Freedom Singer at 1 p.m. Comedy Meets Orchestra presented by the CPO over at the Jack Singer Concert Hall with comic maestro Rainer Hersch, and over at the Glenbow you can take in their launch party — be the first to see the new art exhibitions of Vivian Maier, Maxwell Bates, Ron Moppett and more!

Sunday: New Works Calgary presents Sor Juana and the Silences at Festival Hall, and over at The Grand you can take part in the Calgary International Film Festival’s A Red Carpet Affair to watch the Oscars.

Tuesday: d.talks presents Let’s Talk About … Togetherness, a discussion focusing on the importance of storytelling and inclusion for community building, with panelists Avnish Nanda, Michelle Robinson and Despina Stratigakos. The Beaches will perform at the Palace Theatre, and ATP’s Old Stock: A Refugee Love Story will be taking place at the Martha Cohen Theatre.

Wednesday: You can head to the Jubilee Auditorium to catch Alberta Ballet‘s latest production, Unleashed, and after head across the road to The Gateway to see Bedouin Soundclash. Comedy? Mo Mandel will be at the Laugh Shop.

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 Sheila Jordan courtesy Ed Ianni.)

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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