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Join the Timepoint Ensemble for its annual free concert and silent auction | Image: Courtesy of Timepoint Ensemble

Free This Week

Check out readings, concerts, celebrations, receptions, and more

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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With a mix of festive, celebratory, and fun events, March continues its busy streak with tons of free offerings. From honouring International Women’s Day to a concert from Timepoint Ensemble, here’s what we’re checking out this week:

ProArts@Noon Presents Wild Rose Trio

March 7, 2018, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Featuring music about dancing and storytelling, join the Wild Rose Trio for a lunch hour full of classical music.

Lifelong Learners

March 7, 2018, 2:30 – 3:15pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Seniors are invited to join the Esker Foundation for a tour and discussion of the current exhibitions in a relaxed, social environment. Explore new ideas and engage creatively with arts and culture.

Faces of Eve

March 8, 2018, 4:00 – 8:00pm
Loft 112 (112, 535 8th Ave. SE)

A solo exhibition by Stacey Walyuchow, this series illustrates the many faces of managing life while dealing with anxiety and depression and the battles that come with it.

Under Restoration / Obras en Proceso de Restauración Reception

March 8, 2018, 4:30 – 8:30pm
Gallery 621, University of Calgary (6th floor of the Art Parkade, 2500 University Dr. NW)

A collaboration of images and text on paper by students and instructors from The Universidad de las Artes (ISA, formerly known as the Instituto Superior de Arte) in Havana, Cuba, this installation is curated by Debra Dedyluk and you can check it out at the reception.

Taygan Crapo

March 8, 2018, 5:00 – 8:00pm
Alberta Craft Gallery – Calgary, cSPACE King Edward (1721 29th Ave. SW)

Calgary’s Spotlight for the month of March presents the work of Alberta College of Art + Design Glass Student, Taygan Crapo. Check out the show at its artist reception.

The Conspiracy of NDN Joy

March 8, 2018, 6:00 – 8:30pm
Lincoln Park Room, J301, Mount Royal University (4825 Mount Royal Gate SW)
Free, registration required

In The Conspiracy of NDN Joy, Billy-Ray Belcourt examines a diverse range of texts—literary, filmic, archival, and artistic—to show that wherever NDNs are, so too is the feeling of utopia. Open to all, join Mount Royal University for this keynote presentation followed by book signing.

Femme for All

March 8, 2018, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Memorial Park Library (1221 2nd St. SW)

Kick off International Women’s Day with an evening of femme celebration through art, music, film, and literature. Presented in partnership between the Calgary Public Library, Femme Wave, and Wordfest, the evening includes a feminist zine fair and a screening of Ice Blue.

Femme For All Poster

The False Mirror

March 8, 2018, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join Shelf Life Books for the launch of Blaine Greenwood’s latest book of poetry, The False Mirror. The evening includes readings from Richard Stevenson and Micheline Maylor.

Citizen Jane: Battle for the City

March 9, 2018, 7:00 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration required

In 1960, Jane Jacobs’s book The Death and Life of Great American Cities sent shockwaves through the architecture and planning worlds. Join the Esker Foundation for a film screening that retraces the battles for the city as personified by Jacobs and Moses. This film sets out to examine the city of today though the lens of one of its greatest champions.


March 9, 2018, 8:00pm
John Dutton Theatre, Central Library (616 Macleod Tr. SE)

With its annual free concert and silent auction, join Timepoint Ensemble for an evening of music for winds with works by Jacques Hétu, Abagail Richardson, Rudolf Komorous, and Ted Dawson.

Spring into Art

March 9 & 10, 2018
Strathcona Community Hall (277 Strathcona Dr. SW)

A juried show from the Calgary chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists, join participating artists and bring a cash donation for the Calgary Food Bank to enter your name to win an original painting donated by a chapter member.

The Group Art Society of Calgary’s 50th Anniversary Show and Sale

March 10, 2018, 10:00am – 5:00pm
Haysboro Community Association (1204 89th Ave. SW)

Celebrating its 50th anniversary, join The Group Art Society of Calgary and enjoy a day of art. Paintings in a variety of mediums, sizes, and prices for all artistic tastes are available and you can meet the artists that created them. Donations for the Calgary Food Bank are gratefully accepted.

Art + Feminism Wikipedia Edit-A-Thon

March 10, 2018, 11:00am – 6:00pm
Untitled Art Society (343 11th Ave. SW)

Wikimedia’s gender trouble is well documented. While the reasons for the gender gap are up for debate, the practical effect of this disparity is not. Join Untitled Art Society for a communal updating of Wikipedia entries on subjects related to art and feminism. The day includes tutorials for the beginner Wikipedian, and refreshments and food. Bring your laptop, power cord, and ideas for entries that need updating or creation.

The Widow’s Fire

March 10, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Exploring the shadow side of Jane Austen’s final novel Persuasion, disrupting its happy ending and throwing moral certainties off balance, join Paul Butler as he reads from his latest novel, The Widow’s Fire.

Brazilian Carnaval

March 10, 2018, 6:00 – 11:00pm
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)

It might be the Brazilian Community Association of Alberta’s 15th annual Carnaval, but 2018 marks the first to be offered with free admission. Open to the public, the evening includes showcases of capoeira and samba as well as live music from Salviano Pessoa, José Neto, Júlio Siqueira, and Dandara Backen.

BCAAB's Brazilian Carnaval Poster

Let’s Stay in Touch

March 10, 2018, 7:00 – 11:00pm
TRUCK Contemporary Art in Calgary (2009 10th Ave. SW)

A silent-auction fundraiser featuring postcard-sized artwork donated by local, national, and international artists, join TRUCK as it develops crucial funds for its public programming budget with revenue going directly towards presenting contemporary artists.

Classical Guitar Society of Calgary’s Monthly Concert

March 11, 2018, 2:00 – 4:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A monthly concert series with the Classical Guitar Society of Calgary, head to Shelf Life Books for a Sunday afternoon of music featuring Robert French, Terry Molik and Jiri Bartek, Eri McAuley, and the Sherman Montgomery Mandolin Quartet.