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February rolls in with tons of events to check out

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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It has been a busy start to the year and there’s no signs of it slowing down as the calendar flips to February. Make the most of it and get out of the house—there’s always awesome stuff to do.

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

ProArts Presents Calgary Opera Emerging Artist Program Ensemble

January 30, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

For its last concert of January, join ProArts@Noon as it presents Calgary Opera’s young and vibrant emerging artists as they scale the artistic heights with a program of stirring arias and inspiring ensembles.

Luminous Voices Community Sing II

January 30, 2019, 3:30 – 5:30pm
Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SW)
Free admission

Did you miss the last Luminous Voices Community Sing? Don’t worry because the next one is this week! Generously supported by the Rozsa Foundation, this free singing workshop is open to general public. It’s your chance to learn few excerpts from Luminous Voices’ next program and sing along. No experience required. RSVP to info@luminousvoices.ca.

Shaniqua and the Space Queen

January 30, 2019, 8:00 – 10:00pm
Koi (100, 1011 1st St. SE)
Free admission, donations accepted

Join Dancing Monkey for the third installment of Le Salon des Refusés, a staged reading of ridiculous plays and screenplays by Mike Czuba. This time its Shaniqua and the Space Queen, a lost gem from the early 2000s.

Barre Belle UCalgary

January 31, 2019, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Kinesiology B, University of Calgary (Room 70, 402 Collegiate Blvd. NW)
Free admission

Meet Barre Belle co-founder Kristi Stuart as well as instructors as the University of Calgary’s Hunter Hub for Entrepreneurial Thinking hosts this complimentary class. Experience a new workout and learn about starting a boutique fitness business in Calgary.

Nickle Galleries Opening Reception

January 31, 2019, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)
Free admission

With three new shows to check out including Mireille Perron: The Anatomy of a Glass Menagerie, Breaking Tradition: Landscape (Im)possibilities, and Revolutionaries and Ghosts: Memory, Witness and Justice in a Global Canadian Context, it’s a great time to go explore this fantastic gallery at the University of Calgary.

PARTICLE + WAVE: Screening Program

January 31, 2019, 7:30pm
Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers Flex Space (100, 1725 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Featuring works by APOTROPIA, Alex Ateah, T. Becker, FOONYAP, Patrick Jenkins, Marianna Mihorat, Carol Nguyen, Eileen O’Meara, and Hiroya Sakurai, these 10 short films explore the human connection through visual poetry, archive footage, personal memories, and a sex hotline. You won’t want to miss this evening with the PARTICLE + WAVE Media Arts Festival.

A still from Carol Nguyen’s Facade, a person sits at a dimly lit desk with piles of paperwork

See Carol Nguyen’s Facade as part of the PARTICLE + WAVE Screening Program | Still: Courtesy of EMMEDIA

Bring the Baby Art Tour & Tummy Time

February 1, 2019, 12:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

A relaxed, social tour, bring your baby to the Esker Foundation and have tot-friendly fun while discussing the exhibitions. This program starts with a casual half-hour tour of the current exhibitions, followed by a half-hour of tummy time social fun for both baby and guardian!

INFERNO – A Celebration of Strength

February 1, 2019, 5:00 – 9:00pm
ArtPoint Gallery & Studios Society (1139 11th St. SE)
Free admission, donations accepted

Professional photographer Scott Campbell and artist, designer, and stylist Karen Crocker have teamed up to present this curated collection of photographs from their latest project. Elevating the subjects to a place of power and dignity, the exhibit features women from all walks of life in red dresses, celebrating their strength, courage, and individuality. A fundraiser for the Heart and Stroke Foundation, the show is also part of the Exposure Photography Festival.

a quiet flamenco Opening Reception

February 1, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
EMMEDIA Gallery (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Rosanna Terracciano’s a quiet flamenco exposes the introverted and vulnerable aspects of flamenco dance through interlapping, contrasting, complementing, and experimenting works in sound and film. An immersive sensory experience, explore it at this opening reception that includes a durational performance at 8:00pm.

Pillar to Post Opening Reception

February 1, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
EMMEDIA Gallery (2005 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

An installation exploring the insidious corruptibility of our material and personal relationships through the internet, Nick Heer and Alex Moon explore how the desire of connecting to each other is driving us apart.

Sprawlcast Live: What’s Next for Calgary?

February 2, 2019, 7:00 – 8:15pm
Performance Hall, Central Library (800 3rd St. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Calgary is once again wrestling with the question of what kind of city we want to become. What do we want Calgary to be in 2044? Join The Sprawl for a lively conversation on where the city is headed featuring Sprawl founder/editor Jeremy Klaszus, author Shaun Hunter, and urban planner Francisco Alaniz Uribe.

Lunar New Year Festival

February 2 & 3, 2019
Chinese Cultural Centre (197 1st St. SW)
Free admission

Celebrate with the Calgary Chinese Cultural Centre at its annual Lunar New Year Festival celebration! With its final weekend of programming, this is your chance to explore an exciting marketplace, see live performances, and enjoy lantern and firecracker displays.