Performers on stage in Momo Movement's The Mind Palace
Momo Movement's The Mind Palace | Photo: Courtesy of the High Performance Rodeo

Free This Week

Take advantage of the better weather and get out of the house

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Location Various Venues 
  • Price Free

From exhibition launches and performances to workshops and festivals, this week has plenty of fun—and free—chances to get out and about. Make the most of the last full week of the month and check out these happenings.

The Mind Palace

January 22, 2020, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Momo Movement presents a fantastical performance that will take you on a journey through the landscapes, emotions, and visions of each individual performer in the ensemble. Join the High Performance Rodeo and ProArts for this accessible theatre experience for every body.

Planetary & Museum of the Moon Opening Reception

January 23, 2020, 6:30 – 10:00pm
Centennial Planetarium, Contemporary Calgary (701 11th St. SW)
Free admission, registration required

From stars and planets to nebulae and blackholes, to the highly personal and nostalgic relationships we share with this iconic city landmark, the Centennial Planetarium is an endless expanse of inspiration in Planetary. Combined with Luke Jerram’s Museum of the Moon, be sure to check out these shows at this opening reception.

Winter Exhibition Opening

January 24, 2020, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission

An in-depth look at Katie Ohe’s sculptural practice and her unparalleled approach to material, form, space, and movement, this exhibition brings together work spanning six decades of Ohe’s remarkable career. Celebrate the show and her impressive body of work at this not-to-be-missed opening reception.

Print(ed) Word Documentary

January 24, 2020, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Patricia A. Whelan Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Join Loft 112, the Calgary Public Library, and Alberta Printmakers for the premiere of the Print(ed) Word Documentary, a film that highlights last year’s project that explored book-inspired relationships and the creative partnership between 12 authors and 12 printmakers.

Chinese Lunar New Year Festival

January 24 – 26, 2020
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

Featuring an art exhibition, marketplace, food stalls, costume photo booth, multicultural performances, a firecracker display, dragon and lion dances, and much more, everyone is welcome to swing by and check it out.

How Can You Think That

January 25, 2020, 10:00am – 12:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their echo chambers and bridge the great divide, buy the book, read it, and join in a lively discussion. This month looks at The Right to Be Cold by Sheila Watt-Cloutier.

LEGO Competition

January 25, 2020, 12:00 – 3:00pm
Silver Springs Community Association (5720 Silver Ridge Dr. NW)
Free admission

Join the Silver Springs Community Association for its 14th annual LEGO event! There’s a free public viewing where you can vote for your favourite adult entry! It’s sure to be a fun, family-friendly day.

Identity, Music and Dance

January 25, 2020, 2:00pm
Arts Learning Centre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

The artists of Tlakentli invite participants to explore with movement, natural objects, and music, guiding across a migratory journey supported by the energy that unites Indigenous nations. Don’t miss this In Focus Workshop at the High Performance Rodeo.

Brave Space

January 26, 2020, 1:00pm
Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

How do you create space for you to both be heard and give space for others to be heard? This is an In Focus Workshops for all of us to be together—talking, reflecting, connecting, making agreements, and taking risks to make the change. Join JD Derbyshire and co-host Adrienne Wong to delve into some serious play.

Master Class

January 26, 2020, 2:00 – 5:00pm
Mamdani Opera Centre (1315 7th St. SW)
Free admission

Unlock your passion for classical singing through exclusive learning sessions from vocal coaches and experts as they work with Calgary Opera’s Emerging Artists and novice singers from the community. Everyone is welcome—students, teachers, and the general public.

Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in Conversation

January 28, 2020, 6:00 – 7:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration recommended

Art Gallery of Alberta Curator Lindsey Sharman moderates a series of conversations with artists featured in the current AGA exhibition Rebellious: Alberta Women Artists in the 1980s. Speakers include Vera Gartley, Toyo Kawamura, Lylian Klimek, Katie Ohe, and Teresa Posyniak.