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Check out readings, neighbourhood parties, and so much more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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After a busy few in the visual arts, mid-September brings lots of literary and community celebrations to check out including the launch of Single Onion #143. Here’s what we’re hitting up this week:

Riverview Artists September Show & Sale

Until September 22, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Tenants Lounge, Centennial Place (Plus 15 Level, 250 3rd Ave. SW)

See original artwork by 12 local artists and enter to win an original painting created at one of the group’s shared vision events. An artist will be in attendance each day.

The Writing on the Wall Opening Reception

September 21, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Nickle Galleries, University of Calgary (410 University Ct. NW)

Organized by Nickle Galleries and curated by Lindsey V. Sharman, don’t miss this long overdue examination of Dr. Joane Cardinal-Schubert’s artwork. Featuring 60 pivotal pieces, the exhibition reflects the cyclical nature of Cardinal-Schubert’s work and includes pieces in painting, drawing, printmaking, collage, ceramic, and installation.

Single Onion #143 – Writing Menopause

September 21, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

The Single Onion kicks off its fall season with a reading from several contributors to Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Creative Non-fiction including Lori D. Roadhouse, E.D. Morin, Rona Altrows, Susan Calder, Carolyn Pogue, Rea Tarvydas, and more.

EV Junction Pop-Up Retail Park

September 21 – 24, 2017
EV Junction (4th St. & 8th Ave. SE)

Head to the East Village and hit up the food trucks, live music, performances, pop-up art, and much more. This Thursday check out a performance from the Hippocratic Oath Band, part of the Creative Living Room Series, and explore a traditional photography pop-up from SEITIES.

September Literary Lunch

September 22, 2017, 12:00 – 2:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)
Free, pre-order lunch for $10

Come when you can and stay as long or little as you are able, this literary lunch is the perfect treat. September’s chapbook is The lens of love by Laurie Fuhr.

September’s Inner City Story

September 22, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

Enjoy a literary after-work story time for grown ups with Loft 112’s resident Igpy Kin writer, editor, and host of Night Writer. Stay for the story and Q&A, and leave with a beautiful chapbook.

The Backyard Alley Party

September 22 – 24, 2017
Behind 17th Ave. (Between 4th & 5th St. SW)

Come hang out in The Backyard. 17th Ave. has partnered with local businesses, the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association, and The City of Calgary to throw an end of summer alley party where you can catch an outdoor movie with Quickdraw Animation Society, see local art from Blank Page Studio, or simply relax on a patio.

Doors Open Calgary

September 23, 2017
Throughout Calgary

Ready to get a peek behind the doors of Calgary institutions? Doors Open invites buildings in all quadrants to let Calgarians in for free and many offer tours, special activities, and behind-the-scenes experiences. And with free access to 40 sites, there’s something for everyone.

VegFest Calgary

September 23, 2017, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Shaw Millennium Park (1220 9th Ave. SW)

Calgary has a new festival and its first one based around vegan food and lifestyle. VegFest Calgary is a grassroots volunteer-run organization with a focus on positive community engagement and sustainable living. Check out local vegan products, food samples and sales, nationally recognized speakers, local musicians, and more.

Equinox Vigil

September 23, 2017, 6:30 – 9:30pm
Union Cemetery (enter from Spiller Road)

A graveyard might be the last place you’d expect to find live music and performances, contemporary art installations, but that’s what the Equinox Vigil is. Back for its sixth year, this unique evening creates an atmosphere of community camaraderie.

BNA Neighbourhood Block Party

September 24, 2017, 11:00am – 2:00pm
Thomson Family Park (1220 16th Ave. SW)

Join the Beltline Neighbourhoods Association for this a kid-friendly block party at Thomson Family Park. Young and old are invited to enjoy live DJs from CJSW 90.9 FM, tasty locally-sourced snacks, bocce on the bowling green, bouncy castles, games courtesy of Home & Away, face-painting, and Zumba classes.

Decade of Discovery

September 26, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life books to catch Shahla and Peter Nygaard reading from their book, Decade of Discovery. Spending months walking and years on bicycles, the pair made their way through seventy-seven countries on six continents. Experience a taste of adventure as they share their amazing tale.