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Amy Jo Espetveidt

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Mid-March brings us another batch of sweet, free events to check out and this week you can even spend a whole day exploring Glenbow. There’s also concerts, readings, receptions, and more. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

ProArts@Noon Presents Penny Sanborn Trio

March 14, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Featuring Penny Sanborn on accordion, Darcy Stamp on violin, and Simon Fisk on bassetto, this trio’s chic European sound includes an attractive collection of French musette pieces, Italian folk songs, tango suites, and improvised jazz. Hear them at this free lunch hour concert.

Welcome to the Anthropocene

March 14, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for the launch of Alice Major’s upcoming book of poetry, Welcome to the Anthropocene. Published with the University of Alberta Press, Welcome to the Anthropocene is part of the Robert Kroetsch series.

Weaving and Wine

March 15, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Indo Designer Rugs (620 17th Ave. SW)
Free, registration required

Presented with Indo Designer Rugs, Contemporary Calgary’s Late Night series returns. Learn about the history and production of the hand knotted rug, its interpretation by contemporary artists and create your own woven piece with traditional materials. There’s even cash bar with complimentary UNA pizza.

Exhibition Tour: Architectures of Control and Resistance

March 15, 2018, 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join the Esker Foundation and curator Shauna Thompson for a walking tour through Kapwani Kiwanga’s exhibition A wall is just a wall (and nothing more at all). The evening allows for a discussion on the institutional legacies of colour, light, and design and how bodies in space might be controlled by or find ways to resist architectural influences.

Single Onion #148

March 15, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

The Single Onion welcomes everyone to its 2018 Lecture Series Part III: MANIFEST. A feminist poetry share and panel discussion—this evening explores feminism in a radicalized social context, accountability in the arts, reclamation, and methods to manifest. Curated by Audrey Lane, hear readings from Dwennimmen, Vila, and Harpreet M Dayal.

Poster for the Single Onion #148

Art Calgary

March 15 – 17, 2018
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

A commercial art fair for professional artists, see original artwork by 16 local artists who were juried into the show based on the quality and professionalism of their artwork and applications. The show is a curated, gallery style event where visitors can view the artwork and speak with the artists who create it. The event even features a keynote speech by Todd Hirsch, ATB Financial’s Chief Economist on March 16.

Difficult Terrain Opening Reception

March 16, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Jarvis Hall Gallery (333B 36th Ave. SE)

A solo exhibition by Patrick Dunford, Difficult Terrain focuses on the clearcuts of British Columbia where the artist treeplants during the summer, as well as the deserts of Southern California where he resides the rest of the calendar year. The physicality of each place is ever present in his rich surfaces built up and broken down through constant mark making, scraping, and layering of thick paint.

The Comedian

March 16, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Gravity Espresso & Wine Bar (909 10th St. SE)
Free, registration required

Join author Clem Martini and celebrate the launch of his deeply funny novel, The Comedian. The evening features remarks and reading, book sales and signing, great conversation, and more.

Shamrock ‘n’ Roll

March 17, 2018, 12:00 – 3:00pm
St. Patrick’s Island (1300 Zoo Rd. NE)

UPDATE This event has been cancelled due to inclement weather.

Pedlar Press Presents Jack Davis, Martha Baillie, and concetta principe

March 17, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Enjoy an afternoon with Jack Davis, Martha Baillie, and concetta principe as they read from their recently released books of poetry.

People’s Portrait Prize Closing Reception & Awards

March 17, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Promoting the genre and showcasing the vast amount of artistic talent that can be found in the Calgary arts community, the People’s Portrait Prize returns for its second year. Free and open to the public, check out the closing reception and award distribution.

People' s Portait Prize 2018

Community Day at Glenbow

March 18, 2018, 9:00 – 5:00pm
Glenbow (130 9th Ave. SE)

Presented by Chevron Canada, join Glenbow for a day of celebration. First launched in 2013 as the city recovered from the devastating flood, Community Day was created to offer a small respite during trying times. The response was overwhelming and this annual tradition was born.

antilang. Inaugural Issue Launch

March 18, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)
Free, donations recommended for food/drinks

Featuring work by Larissa Lai, Lisa Murphy-Lamb, Jess Nicol, Marc Herman Lynch, Ben Groh, Aritha van Herk, Paul Meunier, Erin Emily Ann Vance, Nikki Sheppy, Jaclyn Morken, Weyman Chan, and many others, celebrate the launch of antilang. Magazines are available for purchase at the event by donation (recommended $10).

Riverview Artists March Show & Sale

March 19 – 23, 2018, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sunlife Plaza (144 4th Ave. SW)

The 12 artists who make up the Riverview Artists Group invite you to view their latest exhibit of original paintings. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, see a variety of styles and techniques.

In Conversation: Oana Avasilichioaei and Richard Harrison

March 20, 2018, 7:30 – 9:30pm
Big Secret Theatre, Arts Commons (225 8th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

The Calgary Distinguished Writers Program presents a conversation with former CDWP Canadian Writers-in-Residence and 2017 Governor General’s Literary Award winners, Oana Avasilichioaei and Richard Harrison. Though tickets are free, space is limited. Email to register.