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Free This Week

Rodeo offerings and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

With the High Performance Rodeo on top of awesome, every day programming, January has been a super busy month and this week is no exception.

But, as you can only fit so much into a day, might we make a few suggestions?


Until January 28, 2017, 12:00pm
Various locations in the +15


Using clear packing tape and a shared sense of labour, hospitality and dance, join L’Equipe Boxtape to build a sculpture with tape in a performance environment. This free lunch hour event is part of the High Performance Rodeo. Audience participation is a must.

ProArts Presents Allison Lynch

January 25, 2017, 12:10pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Since graduating from the University of Calgary’s vocal performance/composition program, Allison Lynch has appeared onstage as a singer with several bands, orchestral groups, and as an actor with many of Calgary’s professional theatre. Hear her perform at this free lunch hour concert part of the High Performance Rodeo.

Movies That Matter Presents In the Shadow of the Hill

January 25, 2017, 7:00pm
Gallery Hall Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free for students with ID, and for community members with food bank donation

Opening its Winter 2017 season, join Movies That Matter as it screens the fascinating documentary In the Shadow of the Hill. The film offers insight into life inside Brazil’s largest slum Rocinha. First time director Dan Jackson offers a stunning portrait of a community that is as vibrant and inspiring as it is violent and barbaric. A 30 minute Q&A will follow the screening.

Four Years – Closing Show

January 26, 2017, 7:00pm
Village Brewery (5000 12A St. SE)

Neil Zeller’s photographic show closes on January 26 and you are all invited to swing by, celebrate a great show, and have a beer. Come see the photos, and maybe hear a story or two.

Art House

January 26, 2017, 7:00pm
Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters (23, 2701 16th St. SE)

Each month Phil & Sebastian Coffee Roasters in Mission transforms into an art gallery that features local artists. This month get to know Elysia Rose—a self-taught artist who has cultivated her passion into a true talent and form of expression. Swing by to meet her and purchase original work.

FreeFall Magazine Launch & Reading

January 26, 2017, 7:00pm
Shelf Life Books (100, 1302 4th St. SW)

Join FreeFall Magazine and Shelf Life Books for a night of prose, poetry, and music at the launch of its newest issue. Readers include Alec Whitford, Vivian Marple, and Angela Waldie.

ACAD Film Festival

January 26, 2017, 7:00pm
Globe Cinema (617 8th Ave. SW)
Free, 18+

As the Alberta College of Art + Design’s annual film festival enters its third year, this screening features an array of powerful, bizarre, curious, and hilarious performances, video art, and animation created by students, alumni, and technicians.

5-Minute Therapy

January 27 & 28, 2017
Multiple locations

Don’t dish out hundreds of dollars to get to the root cause of your fears and your anxieties. 5-Minute Therapy with Emelia Symington Fedy is part of High Performance Rodeo and the professional advice-giver will offer her thoughts on your problems for free. But there’s a catch—each session only lasts five minutes.

The Plainclothes: Tapping the Audience

January 28, 2017, 9:45pm
Laycraft Lounge, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave SE.)

The High Performance Rodeo is bugged—The Deep Field has been listening in on your night out and they will be sharing what they’ve heard. Part non-fiction storytelling and part a remix of audience sounds, come hear what has been overheard.

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary Preview Concert

January 29, 2017, 2:00pm
Shelf Life Books (100, 1302 4th St. SW)

Swing by Shelf Life Books for an afternoon of classical guitar performances featuring Luke Sherban, Dylan Cooney, Eric Scott, Stephen Demaer, and Steven Dorscher.

Calgary Urban Affairs Book Club #3

January 31, 2017, 6:30pm
Shelf Life Books (100, 1302 4th St. SW)

The Calgary Urban Affairs Book Club is back for edition number three with Subdivided: City-Building in an Age of Hyper-Diversity, edited by Jay Pitter and John Lornic. Buy or borrow a copy of the book, read it, then come to an evening discussion with fellow Calgarians interested in urban issues.