Free This Week

A plethora of events is ready to fill your calendar

Amy Jo Espetveidt

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From family-friendly festivals to tons of literary events, this week is jam-packed with great and free things to check out. There’s even a free market at containR. Here’s what we’re hitting up:

Grad Show 2017

Until May 27, 2017
Illingworth Kerr Gallery, Alberta College of Art + Design (1407 14th Ave. NW)
Free and open to the public

Head to Alberta College of Art + Design and discover the work of nearly 200 graduating artists and designers.

Calgary International Children’s Festival

May 24 – 27, 2017
Arts Commons (205 8th Ave. SE) & Olympic Plaza (228 8th Ave. SE)
Free – $17

Explore, journey, and discover with the Calgary International Children’s Festival featuring the very best in performing arts for young audiences. Free outdoor concerts and activities are set to take over Olympic Plaza for four days.

ProArts@Noon Presents Vocal Latitudes World Music Choir

May 24, 2017, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

A mixed-voice, non auditioned, community choir, Vocal Latitudes has made several appearances for this series and is an audience favourite. The group’s repertoire includes gospel, jazz, world music, pop, and classical works and you can hear songs on the theme, For the Beauty of the Earth.

Alberta Literary Award Shortlist Reading & Celebration

May 24, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

Join the Writers’ Guild of Alberta to celebrate the 2017 Alberta Literary Shortlist with a series of short readings from nominees Lee Kvern, Paige Feureu, Lauralyn Chow, Gisèle Villeneuve, Mary Graham, Rona Altrows, Helen Hajnoczky, Georgia Graham, Laurie McFayden, Ellen Close, Braden Griffiths, Richard Harrison, Sydney Sharpe, Don Braid, and Shelley Youngblut.

Urban Utopia in Film

May 25, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SW)

Contemporary Calgary continues its Late Night Thursday programming with a screening of Urbanized—a feature-length documentary about the design of cities. Founding partner of Bioi Design + Build, Jordan Allen, will be on hand to discuss the challenges that face the city in terms of creating and sustaining the urban realm in Calgary.

FreeFall Vol XXVII Number II

May 25, 2017, 7:00pm
Pages on Kensington (1135 Kensington Rd. NW)

Join FreeFall Magazine for the launch of its next issue, the evening features poetry and fiction readings from Adrienne Adams, Alison Wattie, Laurie Fuhr, and Sarah Frayn along with a live music performance by Other Daughters.

Writing Menopause: An Anthology of Fiction, Poetry and Non-Fiction

May 25, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

An engaging affair with 14 Alberta writers, this new literary anthology features Calgary’s Rea Tarvydas, Rona Altrows, Roberta Rees, Susan Calder, and JoAnn McCaig.

Absolutely Art

May 26 & 27, 2017
Earl Grey Golf Course (6540 20th St. SW)

Join the Calgary Chapter of the Federation of Canadian Artists for this exhibition and sale featuring original work in a variety of mediums, styles, and sizes.

Painting En Pointe

May 26 – 28, 2017
Alberta Ballet Studios, Nat Christie Centre (141 18th Ave. SW)

A unique celebration where visual art meets performing art—don’t miss this celebration of Alberta Ballet’s 50th anniversary and see the Alberta Ballet Studios transformed into a gallery featuring Artist Gordon Milne’s collection of dancer paintings.

It’s Not a Bluff… Bow to Bluff Community Event

May 27, 2017, 10:00am – 5:00pm
containR (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Calgary placemakers, community builders, music, and poetry lovers should check out this free community event. Businesses and residents of Hillhurst and Sunnyside neighbourhoods are building on a City of Calgary event to celebrate the next phase of the Bow to Bluff project. Check out live music, performers, workshops and have your say on the current design framework.

BeCubed Ribbon Cutting

May 27, 2017, 5:00 – 5:45pm
Bucci, Radius Parking Lot (102 4th St. NE)

Check out this new mural in Bridgeland at its official ribbon cutting. Michelle Hoogveld and collaborating artists Ivan Ostapenko, Tanner Hamilton, and Chris Casso will be on hand to share the process along with the ups and downs of creating the giant mural.

Summer Exhibitions Opening Reception

May 27, 2017, 6:00 – 10:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)

Celebrate three shows at the Esker Foundation—Jason de Haan’s Oh for eyes! At night we dream of eyes!, Anton Vidokle’s The Communist Revolution Was Caused By The Sun, and Laura Dutton’s Night Comes On. Admission is free and all are welcome.

How can you think that?!? A Political Bookclub

May 27, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

A book club for conservatives and liberals who want to get out of their bubbles and bridge the great divide. Buy the book, read it, and join in this lively discussion.

Adagio in G Minor: A Lullaby Opening Reception

May 27, 2017, 8:00pm
The New Gallery (208 Centre St. SE)

Holding a BFA in Painting from the Alberta College of Art and Design and an MFA in Intermedia from the University of Regina, here’s a great chance to check out the work of Tammy McGrath.  Admission is free and all are welcome.

Looking Into Windows: Artist Talk with Laura Dutton

May 28, 2017, 1:00 – 2:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)

In conjunction with the exhibition Night Comes On, join Laura Dutton to hear about her work and its relationship to notions of urban voyeurism.

Open Studio: Megan Dyck

May 29, 2017, 5:00 – 7:00pm
Calgary Allied Arts Foundation (503, 319 10th Ave. SW)

Head to the CAAF studio to experience an installation created by current artist in residence Megan Dyck. Dyck has used her residency to construct a new body of sculptural works to create a composite exhibition.

YYC Free Market

May 30, 2017, 6:00 – 9:00pm
containR (1020 2nd Ave. NW)

Give what you can and take what you need. Just don’t bring anything that you do not want taken to this yard sale with no money.

Wishless: A Graphic Anthology

May 30, 2017, 7:00 – 9:00pm
Shelf Life Books (1302 4th St. SW)

This group of Calgarian artists self-published their own comic book anthology and you can join them in celebrating its release with a book launch and artist talk. Contributing artists include Nicole Brunel, Jillian Fleck, Jackson Gee, Joanne Leung, Lyndon Navalta, Nick Johnson, Jarett Sitter, and Sho Uehara.