Poster for Inner City Stories Presents Aritha van Herk’s Deep Cold on 11A
Inner City Stories Presents Aritha van Herk’s Deep Cold on 11A | Image: Courtesy of Loft 112

Free This Week

Save a buck and check out these free screenings, concerts, readings, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

It might be frightful outside but trust us when we say you’ll want to fight the urge to hibernate. With free offerings from The City of Calgary, Timepoint Ensemble, and many more, there’s plenty to do.

Here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts Presents Bethany Yon Trio

February 8, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Mezzo Soprano Bethany Yon and cellist Tyler Stewart present this free lunch hour concert. Hear a mix of voice and cello based Romantic and contemporary selections performed with pianist/violinist Eileen Kosasih and a guest string quartet.

Baconfest 4

February 8, 2017, 5:30 – 8:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)

Now in its second week, Calgary’s favourite Urban Planning Film Festival presents Julia Kwan’s Everything Will Be—a 2014 documentary film about the changing face of Vancouver’s Chinatown.

Circle of Philosophical Aesthetics

February 9, 2017, 6:30pm
The New Gallery’s Resource Centre, Ng Tower (115, 115 2nd Ave. SW)

Join The New Gallery for the fifth meeting of a new monthly reading group on philosophical aesthetics. This month On the Aesthetic Education of Man by Friedrich Schiller will be discussed.

Kinngait: Riding Light into the World

February 9, 2017, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Cape Dorset is world-renowned for the art produced at the Inuit owned and operated Kinngait Studios. This film brings together artworks of successive generations that illustrate the immense changes experienced by Inuit. The film is in English and Inuktitut with English subtitles.

Voice in the Wild

February 9, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books as award-winning writer Laurie Sarkadi launches her memoir Voice in the Wild. After plans to live in Africa shatter, Sarkadi moves to Yellowknife seeking wilderness and adventure as a young journalist. This memoir explores a more than two-decade long physical and spiritual journey into the wild spaces of northern Canada, around the globe, and deep within.

Ghost Noise

February 9, 2017, 8:15 – 8:40pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Esker Foundation presents its second film of the night, Ghost Noise—a look at the world of third generation Inuit artist Shuvinai Ashoona.

Inner City Stories Presents Deep Cold on 11A

February 10, 2017, 5:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Happy hour gets even happier with one of Calgary’s most prolific and award-winning storytellers—Aritha van Herk. Deep Cold on 11A is a story about Kensington/Hillhurst and its role as an inner city, although somewhat peripheral, neighbourhood. The evening includes snacks, Village Brewery beer, and beautiful chapbooks, all for free thanks to sponsor Ink by Battistella.

Calgary Night Market February

February 10, 2017, 5:00 – 11:00pm
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)

Want a Friday night of shopping and entertainment? Then head to Eau Claire as the Calgary Night Market returns with live music, artisan vendors, and so much more.

North of 49

February 11, 2017, 8:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library (616 Macleod Trail SE)
Free, registration encouraged

Timepoint Ensemble presents this concert of exclusively Canadian music with a focus on the remarkable works of Barbara Croall and is the second concert of its series based around culture, music, and modern society.

Bearspaw St. Valentine’s Artisan Market

February 12, 2017, 10:30am – 3:30pm
Bearspaw Lions Hall (25240 Nagway Rd. NW)
Free entry and parking

Need a gift for that special someone? Head to the Bearspaw St. Valentine’s Artisan Market to check out work from 25 vendors. Explore fine art photography, up-cycled art, hand thrown pottery, essential oils, natural bath and body care, home-made foods, and more.

Cooked Earth and Ghost Noise with Shauna Thompson

February 12, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Go on a conversational walking tour of Earthlings that explores some of the individual myths, narratives, and creative cosmologies in the ceramics and works on paper.

The Dark & Other Love Stories

February 14, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Celebrate your Valentine’s Day at Shelf Life Books with energized, irreverent, novelistic stories full of longing, strange humour, and the complications of human entanglement from Governor General’s Award-nominee Deborah Willis.