Poster for Single Onion #153
Join the Single Onion for a night of great poetry | Image: Courtesy of Shelf Life Books

Free This Week

Inject some arts into your week with these great events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Can you believe it’s already the middle of October? Time might be flying by, but you can make the most of it by checking out these free events. Here’s what we’re hitting up this week:

ProArts Presents Alix Cowman & Caitlyn O’Connor

October 17, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Grab your lunch and enjoy a break with two singer/songwriters—Caitlyn O’Connor and Alixandra Cowman. This free lunch hour concert is sure to be full of lyrical storytelling.

The Chronic Art Show Reception & Art Sale

October 17, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Motion Gallery (2001 10th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Celebrate legalization with an exhibition of local canibis-themed artwork from talented Calgary artists. Participating artists include Janice Mather, Stephen Dolha, Viviana Pacheco, Angela Lee, Kim-Diane Berthelet, Parvin Ansari, Natalia Smith, Tayyaba Walayat, Mylene Lefebvre, Miguel Barros, Marissa Grondin, Kimberly Fergusson, and Alan Easton.

Visual Art, Colonial Legacies, & Contemporary Forms of Surveillant Policing

October 17, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Taylor Family Digital Library, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)
Free, registration required

Join the Calgary Institute for the Humanities for its third annual McCready Lecture. Independent filmmaker, curator, and Assistant Professor of Art History at the University of Calgary, Dr. Susan Cahill explores the racial and colonial inequalities of visibility within surveillance structures that seek to monitor and regulate bodies.

Poster for Visual Art, Colonial Legacies, & Contemporary Forms of Surveillant Policing

Opening Receptions at Nickle Galleries

October 18, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)

With two new shows to explore—Jude Griebel’s Illuminated Collapse and Shona Rae’s Re-Imagined Narratives—swing by this opening reception to get a closer look.

Crash Course: Discussions in Contemporary Art with Caitlind r.c. Brown

October 18, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Tickling the Underbelly is a conversation with Caitlind r.c. Brown that draws on her experiences as a public artist, collaborator, and DIY-curator. Audience members are invited to “choose their own adventure,” picking from a range of possible subjects, objects, and projects, for the presentation.

Single Onion #153

October 18, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Featuring four great Alberta-based poets—Claire Kelly, Monica Kidd, Amy LeBlanc, and Paul Zits—join the Single Onion for its next reading.

Peter Moller Drawings & Paintings Reception

October 18, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Hotbox Studio YYC (5 3628 15A St. SE)

Representing some dear friends, don’t miss this exhibition of drawings and paintings by Peter Moller and explore portraits of Michael Green, Richard McDowell, Doug Curtis, Anna Krysiak, and others.

Evidence of Paint Opening Reception

October 19, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Jubilee Gallery, Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (1415 14th Ave. NW)

A partnership between Visual Arts Alberta – CARFAC and the Friends of the Alberta Jubilee Auditoria Society, this Alberta-wide juried exhibition of artwork features a fresh perspective on art, celebrating diverse points of view, styles, and techniques. Check out the show at its Calgary stop with an opening reception on October 19.

Halloween Costume Sale

October 19 & 20, 2018
West Village Theatre (2007 10th Ave. SW)
Free admission

Need a costume for Halloween? Ghost River Theatre and Calgary Young People’s Theatre are clearing out the closets and have a huge selection of great costumes. All proceeds go to Ghost River Theatre and CYPT.

Poster for Ghost River Theatre's Halloween Costume Sale

Progressions Opening Reception

October 19 & 20, 2018
Ruberto Ostberg Gallery (2018 18th St. NW)

Featuring the work of Joanne MacDonald and Thai Le Ngo, don’t miss this joint exhibit showcasing their most recent works. Swing by one of two opening receptions—from 5:00 to 9:00pm on October 19 or 2:00 to 5:00pm on October 20—to see how the two ebb and flow.

The Bottle Picker Monologues

October 19 & 20, 2018, 7:30pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)
Free, registration recommended

Join Downstage and CalgaryCan for the world premiere of The Bottle Picker Monologues. A theatrical event created by current and past bottle pickers that gives insight into their diverse experiences, all you need is a library card to register for this free event.

Riverview Artists Fall Show & Sale

October 20, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Edgemont Community Association (33 Edgevalley Circle NW)
Free admission

The Riverview Artists Group’s largest show of the year, explore over 240 pieces of original art work plus creations in glass, wood, pottery, and more. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, group members express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques.

Avenue Pop-Up Market

October 20, 2018, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Inglewood Community Association Hall (1740 24th Ave. SE)
Free admission

Highlighting the best things to eat in Calgary, join Avenue Magazine for its very first pop-up market. Shop and sample its favourite local eats and share what you think should be included in its next list of the 25 Best Things to Eat in Calgary.

The Growth of Weeds with Alana Bartol & Mia Rushton + Eric Moschopedis

October 20, 2018, 4:00 – 5:00pm
Esker Foundation (1001 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

What is a weed? Why are they unwanted? What can we learn from them? Artists Alana Bartol, Eric Moschopedis, and Mia Ruston invite you to participate in a conversation about the plants we call weeds.

Master Class for Families

October 21, 2018, 1:00 – 2:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

Join the Esker Foundation for an afternoon of family fun at the gallery and delve into new mediums with art projects that relate to the current exhibitions. Don’t miss this educational, energetic, hands-on program for kids ages five to 10 (an adult is required to stay for the duration of the workshop).