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Top picks for getting out Feb. 27 – March 4 including Midwinter Bluesfest, To The AWE, Downtstage Theatre and Andy Shauf

So many things happening this week! You’d think we were preparing for spring or something. Here’s a snippet of all of the everything that you can get up to around town!

Thursday: It’s the Indigenous Knowledge Public Lecture Series featuring Dr. Esther Tailfeathers at the U of C, Sydney Zadravec plays the Off Cut Bar on the Music Mile, We Shall Overcome – A Celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. is presented by Arts Commons over at the Jack Singer Concert Hall, To the AWE #7 features artists Louise Casemore, Jason Galeos, Pam Tzeng and more over at the New Gallery, and the Calgary Midwinter Blues Fest features Romi Mayes at the King Eddy.

Friday: Downstage Theatre presents Men Express Their Feelings at the Big Secret Theatre, Alan Doyle’s Rough Side Out Tour is at the Jubilee Auditorium, and there’s a 26 Hour Improv Marathon taking place at the Alexandra Centre presented by The Kinkonauts! Andy Shauf with Molly Sarlé play the Bella Concert Hall, and Reuben and the Dark are at The Palace Theatre!

Saturday: The Mocking Shadows play the Ironwood, and over at the King Eddy you can take part in a Leap Year Party with Cabot’s Crossing. Oh, and the Delvon Lamarr Organ Trio? They’re playing at the Engineered Air Theatre! Between us by Handsome Alice Theatre is at Vertigo Theatre, and over at the Jack Singer Concert Hall you can catch the CPO’s presentation of Bartok + Stravinsky.

Tuesday: Head to MacEwan Hall for Eric Nam — Before We Begin World Tour with Frenship! Wordfest presents Lauren McKeon, author of No More Nice Girls at the Memorial Park Library, this week’s Off the CUFF screening is Blow the Man Down at the Globe Cinema. If you’re looking for some theatre on Tuesday, head to the Martha Cohen theatre where ATP presents their latest, Actually.

Wednesday: Doc Soup features the film Oliver Sacks: His Own Life at Cineplex Eau Claire, and The East Village presents Happy Hour with Howlin’ Pete over at the King Eddy. If you’re in Bridgeland, they’ve got a great festival happening over at Theatre 1308 this week — the Bright Side Festival features music, philosophical discussions and more! 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!

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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