Poster for Creating Science Fiction Objects
Moderated by the artist, the outcomes of this 90-minute workshop will be included in the exhibition | Image: Courtesy of TRUCK

Free This Week

Jam-packed with great offerings, check out these free events

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

Another great week to get out and about, these amazing free offerings are sure to help you enjoy Calgary’s arts and culture scene without breaking the bank. Here’s what we’re checking out:

Riverview Artists March Show & Sale

Until March 24, 2017, 9:00am – 4:00pm
Sun Life Plaza (114 4th Ave. SW)

Downtown? Make sure you swing by Sun Life Plaza to see original artwork by 12 local artists. Varied in style and technique, an artist will be in attendance each day.

Art of Our Times

March 22, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)

Held over the lunch hour, this new weekly series invites Calgarians working in the downtown core to enjoy lunch while participating in thought-provoking talks and tours.

ProArts Presents Apples from Heaven

March 22, 2017, 12:00 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Storytellers Calum Lykan and Karen Gummo collaborate and improvise with composer and pianist Cheryl Cooney at this free lunch hour concert presented by TALES Calgary.

Experiments in Public Art Opening Reception

March 22, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)

This group exhibition features socially engaged ideas for public art developed over a five-month period in workshops led by internationally renowned artists. As a result, each participant developed an original proposal for public art in Calgary which will be presented publicly for the first time in this group exhibition. The attendees can even vote and express their opinion on the projects.

Bénédicte Dussère & ckuzmanovich Opening Reception

March 23, 2017, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Christine Klassen Gallery (200, 321 50th Ave. SE)

With two new shows make sure you swing by Christine Klassen Gallery to see pieces from French artist Bénédicte Dussère as well as Calgary-based artist Chris Kuzmanovich.

Hieronymus Bosch: Touched by the Devil

March 23, 2017, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

In 2016, the Noordbrabants Museum in the Dutch city of Den Bosch held a special exhibition devoted to the work of Hieronymus Bosch. In preparation for the exhibition, a team of art historians crisscross the globe to unravel the secrets of his art in the hope of discovering more about the artist’s process. Follow their journey in this documentary film. Shown in Dutch, English, Italian, and Spanish with English subtitles.

Assdeep in Wonder

March 23, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Head to Shelf Life books and celebrate the launch of Chris Gudgeon’s debut collection of poetry, Assdeep in Wonder. A collection of heartbreaking and hilarious poems, his work been described as raw and immediate, exploring themes of addiction, sexuality, loss, love, and wonder.

Process Cinema

March 24, 2017, 2:30pm
Social Science 203, University of Calgary (2500 University Dr. NW)

Join The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers and the University of Calgary Faculty of Arts Department of Communication, Media and Film for an artist talk with prolific Canadian filmmaker, Philip Hoffman. Part of the $100 Film Festival, the talk is free and all are welcome.

The Future Behind Us & TimeTraveller™ Opening Reception

March 24, 2017, 8:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)

With two new shows, head to TRUCK for the opening reception for Romeo Gongora’s The Future Behind Us and Skawennati’s TimeTraveller™.

People’s Portrait Prize Closing Reception

March 25, 2017
cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Local Calgary artists of all abilities have entered portraits for the first ever People’s Portrait Prize and you can see all of them at the closing reception. People’s Choice Award voting takes place between 12:00 and 5:00pm with an award distribution slated for 7:00pm.

Gender Gear Pop-Up Shop!

March 25, 2017, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Having the gender sweats? Need a binder or a gaff? Don’t have a credit card, safe mailing address, or enough money on hand to buy one outright? Calgary Sexual Health and Shelf Life Books have teamed up to offer this special pop-up shop. A safer space for trans, non-binary, agender, genderqueer, two-spirit, gender non-conforming, and questioning folks, come down to try on gender gear, purchase low-cost gear with cash or debit, or put a deposit down for an item you need but maybe can’t afford all at once.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

March 25, 2017, 1:00 – 6:00pm
Stride Gallery (1006 Macleod Tr. SE)
Free, RSVP required

In a 2011 survey, the Wikimedia Foundation found that less than 10% of its contributors identify as female. This represents an huge absence in an important repository of shared knowledge. Let’s change that. Join Stride Gallery and Art+Feminism for an all day communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism.

Creating Science Fiction Objects

March 25, 2017, 2:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art Main Space (2009 10th Ave. SW)

Join TRUCK Contemporary Art for this special workshop with Romeo Gongora. Complementing his exhibition The Future Behind Us, this discussion-led workshop invites participants of all ages to collectively create objects that explore the show’s themes. Participants are invited to bring used objects (plastic bottles, clothes, shoes, etc.) to be transformed over the course of the workshop. Moderated by the artist, the outcomes of this 90-minute workshop will be included in the exhibition.

Riot Grrrl Feminist Book Club: Bad Feminist

March 26, 2017, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Literature is a powerful tool and on the last Sunday of every month you can take part in this awesome feminist book club. This month the book of focus is Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist. Open to everyone regardless of gender, gender identity/expression, sexual orientation, disability, physical appearance, body size, race or religion, the event is a safe space for everyone who wishes to attend. Please bring a donation of sanitary products (tampons, pads, etc.) for the Calgary Women’s Shelter.