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Top picks for getting out March 5 – 11 including Backseat Cinema, International Women’s Day and The Jerry Cans

Is spring here yet? Feels like it with all of the activity and brouhaha and exciting things coming down the pipe *wink, wink*, doesn’t it? Here are a few thoughts on all of the fabulous ways you can entertain yourself in the coming week!

Thursday: The Bright Side Art Show Opening Reception will happen over at Theatre 1308, and Village Session 2: Nia Devetzis is presented by Kensington Sinfonia at the Village Brewery Taproom. Project in Tandem, a contemporary dance extravaganza will take place at the Grand Theatre, and Holy Tokes with Silver Moss and Little Lamb will be at Broken City.

Friday: Men Express Their Feelings presented by Downstage Theatre happens over at the Big Secret Theatre in Arts Commons, Martyn Joseph and Greenbank will play the Dalhousie Community Centre, S.K. Wellington will play the King Eddy, Backseat Cinema features a screening of Drive (2011) at the Globe Cinema, and at the Glenbow it’s First Glance at Metamorphosis Contemporary Canadian Portraits with curator Madeline Trudeau!

Saturday: XX – a show celebrating International Women’s Day takes place at Herringer Kiss Gallery with an all-women show of top Canadian artists. Holi Hungama! Celebrate a new decade of life and love with a colourful party at the Magnolia Banquet Hall! The Black Label Society with Obituary and Lord Dying will play MacEwan Hall, and the Twinbat Sticker Co. Grand Opening & Band Tee Garage Sale will be dominating, yes, DOMINATING the Forest Lawn Community Centre.

Sunday: Calgary Pro Musica presents Arod Quartet at the Rozsa Centre, and the Elmer Iseler Singers play the Bella Concert Hall.

Tuesday: It’s Happy Hour at the King Eddy with Jory Kinjo, and The Jerry Cans play the Commonwealth Bar. JustREEL Film Series presents Green Tales of the City at River Park Church, and you can catch Simply Theatre’s California Suite by Neil Simon at the Pumphouse Theatres.

Wednesday: The Global Perspectives film series presents The Burnt Orange Heresy at the Globe Cinema, and do you have a story or poem that you’ve been hiding under the bed? This is the time to let it shine in the sun, with Stories From Under The Bed over at Sunnycider Cider House! And Wordfest presents Alberta Views Live: Budget 2020 Dig In over at the Memorial Park Library.

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