Thursday, August 25, 2011

What to do in Calgary: Weekend of August 23 - 31 2011

On Friday night dark skies will allow viewing of the Milky Way. The public is invited to the RAO to observe next to University of Calgary research scientists. In the sky star clusters, nebulas and the Andromeda Galaxy will be visible and very late in the night Jupiter will rise in the east.

Expect a weekend of feverish dancing, spicy food and upbeat Latin music. Look for Wil Campa and Michael Stuart to get the crowd grooving. Dance-wise, Rumba Caliente and SalsaRica Dancers will show you how to move.

The enduring charm of Scotland is on full display with pipe bands, Celtic dancers and a kilted run. You can also expect a re-enactment featuring cannoneers, a pancake breakfast, a sheepdog demo and whiskey tastings.

Celebrate fresh culture in Calgary. FUSE Fresh Local Culture Festival will showcase amazing emerging artists, musicians, dancers, skaters and extreme parkour performers. Musical performances by Transit, Samantha Savage Smith, Bring Fire, Jocelyn Alice, Francis Cheer, Forest Tate, Sons of Boey, DJ C-Sik and more.

Japanese crafts, fusion foods, traditional Obon dancing and other activities. Performances by Calgary Midnight Taiko Drummers, CJCA Renshikan Karate Club, Hiro's Judo Club, Calgary Kendo Club, Kaede Cultural Society of Calgary Dance Group and more

This free outdoor festival will include live music and dance performances, south Asian food stalls, clothing and jewelry vendors, Bollywood dance lessons, henna artists, yoga instruction and more.

It's not that often that you get one of the world's greatest guitarists and a headline of last year's Calgary Folk Music Festival under the same roof. But on Monday legend Carlos Santana and Michael Franti will be gracing Calgary with their high-quality groove. Tickets are still available for what will be an amazing show

Ray LaMontange, a Grammy-nominated artist brings his beautiful ballads to the stage and is joined for the first time on tour by his backing band The Pariah Dogs.

Blind dates. We've all had them; some were horrific, and if you were lucky, some were enthralling. But watch what happens when Mimi is stood up and plucks a lucky — or unlucky — man from the audience at the improvised comedy play Blind Date. Created and performed by Rebecca Northan, she is bringing her two sexy understudy females to alternate performances and triple the fun

All Week Long

True West

Date(s): August 17 - 28
Venue: Arrata Opera Centre, 1315 7th St. SW
Tickets: $25 adults, $20 students/seniors
Austin, a budding screenwriter, awaits the arrival of a Hollywood producer interested in his latest script. A rivalry is born when his older brother Lee, a drifter who commits petty larcenies, returns home. Austin’s attempt to sell his modern western is interrupted when Lee spins a more attractive version to the producer. Tension boils in this dark comedy that cleverly explores the California landscape and the fervent nature of sibling rivalry.



Dates: August 19 - 27
Venue: Elliston Park, 17th Ave. & 60th Street SE
Tickets: General admission $15, GlobalPasses $62.50
GlobalFest is proud to return for its ninth year as one of Calgary's preeminent multicultural festivals and Canada's premier fireworks festival! Experience sights, sounds, smells and tastes from around the world and witness breathtaking pyromusical presentations. End your summer with a bang at Alberta's most explosive festival!

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