Join d.talks for an evening discussion that responds to Esker Foundation’s current shows

Free This Week

Seasonal offerings abound this week

Amy Jo Espetveidt

  • Price Free

‘Tis the season and it’s certainly apparent with this week’s offering of free events. With carolling, festive performances, and a couple of great art tours for good measure, it’s clear that the holidays are sneaking up on us.

Here’s what we’re checking off our list this week:

ProArts@Noon Presents Duo Polaris

November 23, 2016, 12:10 – 12:50pm
Cathedral Church of the Redeemer (604 1st St. SE)

Duo Polaris is made up of pianist Julia Haager and cellist Kirill Kalmykov—each with extensive performing careers and an interest in reaching out to diverse audiences. Both reside in Calgary and both are on the faculty at the Mount Royal University Conservatory and the Academy for Gifted Youth Program. Hear them play at this quick lunch hour performance.

Wordfest presents Bob Cole

November 23, 2016, 6:00pm
Owl’s Nest Books & Gifts (815A 49th Ave. SW)
Free, please RSVP

Bob Cole has done the play-by-play for some of hockey’s best-remembered games. Follow his career at this reading of his new memoir, Now I’m Catching On, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

A Taste of Christmas Under the Lights

November 23, 2016, 4:00 – 6:00pm
Stephen Avenue Walk (8th Ave. SW)

Join Downtown Calgary as they switch on the lights and get ready for the season. Santa’s helpful elves will be out on Stephen Avenue, along with carolling from Fresh Blend A Capella and Holiday Harmony. There’s even a life-sized ice sculpture in front of SportCheck.

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra Pop-Up

November 24, 2016, 12:00 – 1:00pm
Suncor Energy Centre (111 5th Ave. SW)

Join the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra for this free performance on the +15 of the Suncor Energy building. Bring your lunch and enjoy the performance that will feature holiday favourites.

Contemporary Calgary Fall Exhibition Openings

November 24, 2016, 5:00 –9:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SE)

This Thursday make sure you head to Contemporary Calgary for the opening reception of its two new shows—at the same time and NEXT2016. A number of artists will be in attendance including Calgary’s own Lindsay Sorell and Jayda Karsten.

Managing History, Manipulating Memory

November 24, 2016 7:00 – 8:00pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration recommended

Join Esker’s head of research, Elizabeth Diggon, on this conversational tour that discusses the artistic practices of Cedric and Jim Bomford, Jasmina Cibic, and Larissa Fassler. The tour focuses on how their works each comment on the intersection between public spaces and histories and the creation and projection of identity and nationhood.

After Hours: UAS Open Studios and Members Show

November 25, 2016, 6:00 – 11:00pm
United Art Society (319 10th Ave. SW)

Get to know United Art Society and the artists that use the space. This week meet Deepkit (Marie and Ryan from Sleepkit) starting at 9:00pm. Drop in for a drink and explore the production spaces alongside new works of some of Calgary’s emerging and mid-career contemporary artists.

PLACEHOLDER: An Unconventional Book Club Discussion with d.talks

November 25, 2016 6:30 – 8:30pm
Esker Foundation (1011 9th Ave. SE)
Free, registration essential

Join d.talks for an evening discussion that responds to the work of artists Cedric and Jim Bomford, Larissa Fassler, and Jasmina Cibic. This is an intimate discussion and an opportunity for Calgarians to identify how our city and citizens affect—and are impacted by—local and global themes. Receive a list of selected texts, or bring your own book, poem or object.

St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society 2016 Fall Art Show

November 26, 2016, 10:00am – 4:00pm
Holy Cross Anglican Church (2828 19th St. NW)

Local artists from the St. Andrews Heights Artists’ Society present new work at the society’s annual fall art show. Look for original works in varied mediums and styles, meet the artists, ask them questions, and find out their inspiration.

Christmas in Kensington

November 26, 2016, 12:00 – 4:00pm
Throughout Kensington

Christmas comes early in Kensington so head on down and enjoy a variety of free, family-friendly activities in the neighbourhood each Saturday until Christmas eve.

at the same time Curator Tour

November 26, 2016, 1:00pm
Contemporary Calgary (117 8th Ave. SE)

Check out Contemporary Calgary’s newest show, VSVSVS’s at the same time, with curator Nate McLeod. Touching the art will be encouraged.

MarketSpot’s Winter Market

November 26 & 27, 10:00am – 3:00 pm
Eau Claire Market (200 Barclay Parade SW)

MarketSpot’s Annual Winter Market returns and you can shop from over 70 vendors and enjoy live music, a kids’ zone area and more during this free, family-friendly event.