The poster for Single Onion #157
The Single Onion wraps up its 2019 Lecture Series with this special reading | Image: Courtesy of Shelf Life Books

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Put some spring into your step with these awesome events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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From storytellers to openings to the YYC Free Market, the first week of spring brings a ton of fresh opportunities to expand your circle and your mind. Get out of the house and checkout these awesome—and free—events.

ProArts Presents Allan Merovitz

March 20, 2019, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)
Free admission

Having told stories nationally and internationally for over 40 years, Allan Merovitz has won many fans and supporters and is recognized as a keeper of memories in communities that have experienced his in-depth knowledge of Jewish stories. Original poems, songs, and music make up this stirring, educational, and heartfelt show.

Polish War Veterans in Alberta: The Last Four Stories

March 20, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

An intimate look at displaced Polish soldiers who built new lives in postwar Alberta, swing by Shelf Life Books for the launch of Polish War Veterans in Alberta: The Last Four Stories. This compelling work of social history is brought to life through the words and stories of four veterans, whose remembrances provide an intimate first-hand look at a moment of Canada’s past that is at risk of being forgotten.

Latin American Visual Artist Collective

March 21, 2019, 6:00 – 10:00pm
INTI Designs Studios & Gallery (101, 1289 Highfield Cres. SE)
Free admission, registration required

As a celebration of the Spring Solstice, INTI Designs Studios & Gallery hosts this new exhibition. Raíces (rrah-ee-ses) (Roots) features 10 talented Latin American visual artists. Meet the artists and engage with the Latin artistic community.

Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art Featuring Craig Fahner

March 21, 2019, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Esker Foundation continues this informal lecture series with Craig Fahner, an artist and musician currently based in Toronto, Ontario. His electronic, video, and sound-based works reimagine electronic systems, generating experiences that reflect on the role of technology in our culture.

Single Onion #157

March 21, 2019, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free admission

The Single Onion wraps up its 2019 Lecture Series with a special reading, All Genders Supporting Women & Women Supporting All Genders: A Women’s History Month Event. Feature performers include Miranda Krogstad, Josephine LoRe, Paul Finkleman, Uma Samari, and Emma Kidd.

Let’s Stay in Touch

March 22, 2019, 7:00 – 10:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

TRUCK’s annual postcard fundraiser, this silent-auction includes postcard-sized artwork donated by local and national artists. Let’s Stay in Touch develops crucial funds for the gallery’s programming budget with revenue going directly towards its capacity to support contemporary artists for exhibitions and public programs.

Calgary Retired Teacher’s Association Art Show & Sale

March, 23, 2019, 10:00am – 4:00pm
St. Peter’s Anglican Church (903 75th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Come out for a day of art and crafts as the Calgary Retired Teacher’s Association presents original art work in a variety of styles and mediums. Enter to win a door prize and meet the artists.

Hide and Seek Opening

March 23, 2019, 1:00 – 4:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)
Free admission

At once playful and serious, Robert Pierce’s charcoal drawings are the result of a ritual spanning 25 years. Every night, he turns to his sketch book and connects to his subconscious using the surrealist technique of automatism or automatic drawing. Just like his drawings, this exhibition continually evolves, as works sold will be replaced. Explore it at the opening reception and check out his artist talk at 2:00pm.

Speculative Science Fiction Poetry and Collage with Craig Fahner

March 23, 2019, 1:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free admission, registration required

Create collaged vignettes that meld the imagery of the past with contemporary text, creating snapshots of potential futures. This workshop begins with a presentation on remix and collage techniques, with a focus on the practices of the Dadaist art movement. All materials will be provided, 16+ only.

YYC Free Market

March 25, 2019, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Crescent Heights Community Association (1101 2nd St. NW)
Free admission

Imagine a marketplace where you no longer need money in order to take home an experience or a new treasure—you do not even have to barter. And, if you are able to, give whatever you can—but not money—so, you got to be creative. The YYC Free Market returns this March.