Downtown Calgary Blog http://www.getdown.ca Your Downtown Calgary Blog Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:00:18 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.9 33923307 Downtown Weekly Events | Week of December 17, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/17/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-17-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/17/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-17-2018/#respond Mon, 17 Dec 2018 16:00:18 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29296

This week The Dudes are celebrating Christmas at the Palace,The Palomino is hosting a queerly festive dinner show, and Lunchbox Theatre is being naughty…but also nice. Keep reading for more!

FREE SANTA PHOTOS AT THE CORE!
November 22 – December 23, 2018

Join the CORE this holidays season as we welcome Santa downtown every Thursday – Sunday starting November 22 – December 23!

Santa will be sitting with children on a giant red chair amongst a forest of Christmas Trees on level 2 of the CORE (glass bridge near Holt Renfrew).

Photos with Santa are complimentary and are to be taken with your smartphone so you can easily share them with friends and family! If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use #FindChristmasDowntown your photo will automatically print out at our hashtag printer!

Photos will also be available for download on the CORE’s Facebook page every Monday following weekend visits.

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NAUGHTY…BUT NICE! THE BIG V
December 11 – 21, 2018

Five Fabulous Years of saucy holiday tunes calls for a Roman numeral, so Forte is proud to present Naughty… but Nice: The Big V! Come join us for everyone’s favourite sweet but risqué holiday celebration. A hit parade of favourites from the past and a smattering of new tunes will remind you why, every year, Naughty… but Nice is on your must-see list.

Winner of three Calgary Critics’ Awards and the Betty Mitchell Award for Outstanding Production of a Musical, we look forward to celebrating our Vth Anniversary with you this holiday season!

Recommended For Ages: 15 & Up

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QUEERLY FESTIVE DINNER & SHOW
December 19, 2018

An ALL AGES winter celebration!!

As winter settles itself in, and the holiday season comes into full swing, we understand that it can become an incredibly difficult time for some. Many members of our community find themselves displaced and without family, which is further exacerbated during Christmas.

To combat this, local non profit and charitable organizations have come together to curate a holiday dinner and show hosted by the Palomino Smokehouse, which is BY DONATION. We want to ensure that each and every person within our community has an opportunity to take part, connect with friends, meet new ones and celebrate our diversity!

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THE DUDES ANNUAL CHRISTMAS SPECIAL
December 21, 2018

Presented by The Palace Theatre & X92.9

This celebration happens once a year. It’s festive, amazing and fills the holiday with joy. Family and friends ’tis the season…

The Dudes are legit. They make rock songs that come from the most closely guarded vaults of the emotional banks. They sing about the triumph of good over no good. They trumpet the march of the working class lady. They tell stories of love gained and lost, knife fights, cops and kindness. The dudes want you to see them play live. They would like you to laugh and dance. After the show, they want to give you a high five.

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CONTINUING EVENTS
December, 2018

CORE Mall Holiday Hours

Monday – Saturday (ending December 22)
10:00AM until 8:00PM

Bankers Hall Holiday Hours

Monday – Friday (ending December 21)
10:00AM until 6:00PM

Ice Skating at Olympic Plaza

Open mid November to mid March
Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Skating is free of charge

Northern Reflections

Buds Collective is hosting their second annual Northern Reflections urban art gallery through a series of painted windows that uses Augmented Reality (ending December 31)

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of December 10, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/10/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-10-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/10/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-10-2018/#respond Mon, 10 Dec 2018 16:00:39 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29284

Ice skating on Olympic Plaza is back, The CORE Mall is starting their extended hours, and It’s a Wonderful Life is back at the theatre. It must be the holiday season!

ICE SKATING AT OLYMPIC PLAZA
Mid November 2018 – Mid March 2019

Hours of operation: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. daily
Skating is free of charge. Hockey sticks, toboggans, sleds & strollers are not permitted on the ice. Helmets are strongly encouraged

Rentals available:

Monday: CLOSED
​Tuesday: CLOSED
Wednesday: CLOSED
Thursday: 4 – 9pm
Friday: 4 – 9pm
Saturday: 2 – 9pm
Sunday: 12 – 5pm

*Holiday rental schedule: December 22, 2018 – January 6, 2019
Open daily from 2-9pm (including all statutory holidays)

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IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE: A LIVE RADIO PLAY
November 26 – December 22, 2018

Back by popular demand, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play returns to the Lunchbox Theatre stage this holiday season!

Conceived as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with on-the-fly Foley sound effects, this classic holiday story of love and redemption will be brought to life on stage by our Betty Mitchell Award-winning ensemble. Join us for one of the most iconic Christmas stories ever told from November 26 to December 22.

Monday – Saturday at 12:00 PM
Thursday – Friday at 6:00 PM

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CORE MALL HOLIDAY HOURS
December 10 – 31, 2018

Monday – Saturday (ending December 22)
10:00AM until 8:00PM

Sundays (ending December 23)
12:00PM until 6:00PM

Christmas Eve
10:00AM until 6:00PM

Christmas Day
Closed

Boxing Day
10:00AM until 6:00PM

New Years Eve
10:00AM until 6:00PM

New Years Day
Closed

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SLED ISLAND GONG SHOW
December 15, 2018

Sled Island is hosting a super fun, super weird talent show! If you have a bizarre or surprising talent, we want to see it at the Sled Island Gong Show at the Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club. Bonus: it’s a Sled Island fundraiser!

Participants will compete in front of our panel of completely unqualified judges for one of several great prizes, including Sled Island 2019 Discovery Plus Passes. Hosted by John Frosst.

Anyone can enter! All you need to do is complete a short submission form to be considered. Successful submissions will be notified ahead of the event date.

Tickets are $10 advance.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

A Bright Magical Christmas
December 18, 2018

ABM College will be spreading Christmas cheer by providing Calgarians with free hot chocolate, sweet snacks, and the joyous carolling of the staff and students who are organizing the event.

The Dudes Annual Christmas Special
December 21, 2018

This celebration happens once a year. The dudes want you to see them play live. They would like you to laugh and dance. After the show, they want to give you a high five.

Season to Sleigh with Manila Luzon
December 28, 2018

WERK is bringing you a Season to Sleigh! With none other than the Pineapple Queen of RuPaul’s Drag Race All Stars – Manila Luzon!

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of December 3, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/03/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-3-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/12/03/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-december-3-2018/#respond Mon, 03 Dec 2018 16:00:50 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29275

December has arrived and all your favourite holiday events have arrived with it. Santa photos, menorah lighting, and winter murals are all showing up for downtown visitors this week, keep reading to find out more!

NORTHERN REFLECTIONS
November 13 – December 31, 2018

Between November 13 – December 31st, Calgarians will have the unique opportunity to participate in and engage with an immersive art experience unlike any other. Buds of Buds Collective will be hosting their second annual Northern Reflections urban art gallery through a series of painted windows that uses Augmented Reality (AR) technology to animate each window through smartphone devices. The series will be
created by a variety of local artists and will stretch throughout Calgary’s downtown core, showcasing many participating local businesses and transforming the city streets into a grand urban art-walk.

Augmented Reality (AR) adds graphics, sounds, touch and feedback into what we already see in front of us, through a device like an app on your phone. AR uses an existing display and overlays virtual information on top of it. You’ve probably already encountered AR without even realizing it – think Snapchat filters and Pokémon GO. Unlike Virtual Reality (VR) which transports you to a different world, AR transforms your own personal reality and perspective.

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FREE SANTA PHOTOS AT THE CORE!
November 22 – December 23, 2018

Join the CORE this holidays season as we welcome Santa downtown every Thursday – Sunday starting November 22 – December 23!

Santa will be sitting with children on a giant red chair amongst a forest of Christmas Trees on level 2 of the CORE (glass bridge near Holt Renfrew).

Photos with Santa are complimentary and are to be taken with your smartphone so you can easily share them with friends and family! If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use #FindChristmasDowntown your photo will automatically print out at our hashtag printer!

Photos will also be available for download on the CORE’s Facebook page every Monday following weekend visits.

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30TH ANNUAL CALGARY COMMUNITY MENORAH LIGHT
December 3, 2018

With sharing and gifts of warm clothing for those in need, Calgary’s Jewish community invites the public to join us as we celebrate the 30th Annual Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony at City Hall’s Atrium Monday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm.

Members of Calgary City Council will be participating in this year’s ceremony. Throughout this year’s program, we will be showing highlights of the past 30 years of celebrations.

Each year hundreds of Calgarians come to join community leaders and dignitaries as they celebrate with the lighting ceremony, traditional Klezmer music, dancing, and eating traditional potato pancakes called “latkes”.

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5TH ANNUAL ACAD FILM FEST
December 5, 2018

HORSE CLUB is very excited to present the 5th Annual ACAD Film Fest!

The evening will include a screening showcasing various short films and animations created by ACAD students, staff and alumni!!!!!!

Doors open at 6:30pm and the event will begin at 7pm. Admission is free and all are welcome! Popcorn and beverages will be available at the Globe Cinema bar and concessions for purchase.

Bring friends and family 🙂

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UPCOMING EVENTS

It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
November 26 – December 22, 2018

Conceived as a live 1940s radio broadcast, complete with on-the-fly Foley sound effects, this classic holiday story of love and redemption will be brought to life on stage by our Betty Mitchell Award-winning ensemble.

The Sled Island Gong Show
December 16, 2018

Sled Island is hosting a super fun, super weird talent show! If you have a bizarre or surprising talent, we want to see it at the Sled Island Gong Show at the Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club.

A Bright Magical Christmas
December 18, 2018

ABM College will be spreading Christmas cheer by providing Calgarians with free hot chocolate, sweet snacks, and the joyous carolling of the staff and students who are organizing the event.

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of November 26, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/26/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-26-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/26/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-26-2018/#respond Mon, 26 Nov 2018 16:54:34 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29267

This week downtown Calgary is showing you real life worth watching at CUFF.Docs, daily music at the mall, and family comedy with Zorro: Family Code!

DAILY HOLIDAY PERFORMANCES AT THE CORE
November 22 – December 24, 2018

The CORE is excited to open our doors to the Calgary arts community this holiday season! We will be welcoming performance groups of all ages from all over the city. All performances will take place over the lunch hour from 12 PM -1 PM in front of our 45ft. Christmas Tree.

Full Performance Schedule can be found on the CORE website

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ZORRO: FAMILY CODE
November 27 – December 29, 2018

The legend lives on…

In 19th century Spanish California, a heroic (but aging) masked outlaw known as el Zorro gets some unexpected help defending the small village of Los Angeles against his arch nemesis, Sergeant Pablo Gonzales.

A swashbuckling, adventure-filled comedy about family, honour and choosing the mark you want to leave on the world.

IF YOU LIKE: The Legend of Zorro, Pixar’s The Incredibles, Princess of Thieves

Audience Considerations: Suggested for ages 5+

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CUFF.DOCS
November 28 – December 2, 2018

We’re heading into our 6th year of CUFF.Docs, showcasing the best in non-fiction films during the Calgary Underground Film Festival’s five-day documentary festival. The festival screens 12 full-length features, as well as shorts, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form.

At CUFF.Docs, the quality of the film is what matters most; we don’t book films to make political statements or advocate for particular issues. Instead, we hope to present a range of films that both confirm and challenge beliefs, promoting a sense of wonder and a healthy skepticism, and above all, that continue to advance the medium of documentary filmmaking.

Tickets to the festival cost $10 ($8 for members, students and seniors).

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CALGARY NIGHT MARKET
November 30, 2018

Location: Eau Claire Market Centre Court

Calgary Night Market is excited to bring you authentic, night market festivities throughout the year. Featuring cultural street foods, local entertainment and a diverse range of vendors, you’ll be looking forward to sundown!

Location: Eau Claire Market Centre Court
Time: 5pm – 11pm

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UPCOMING EVENTS

30th Annual Calgary Community Menorah Light
December 3, 2018

With sharing and gifts of warm clothing for those in need, Calgary’s Jewish community invites the public to join us as we celebrate the 30th Annual Community Chanukah Menorah Lighting Ceremony

The Sled Island Gong Show
December 16, 2018

Sled Island is hosting a super fun, super weird talent show! If you have a bizarre or surprising talent, we want to see it at the Sled Island Gong Show at the Palomino Smokehouse & Social Club.

A Traditional Christmas
December 7, 2018

Presented by the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Celebrate the spirit of the Season with a selection of holiday favourites.

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Giant Incandescent What Festival?! http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/21/giant-incandescent-what-festival/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/21/giant-incandescent-what-festival/#respond Wed, 21 Nov 2018 16:12:38 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29254

If you’re like most people, you probably think about animation as—actually, scratch that. If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think about animation much at all. Which is totally reasonable. But there are some of us who think about it a lot. Calgary’s Quickdraw Animation Society has been obsessing over it for almost 35 years now. And every November, we put together our best argument for why you should be obsessed, too.

 

For 14 years, we’ve been hosting our annual festival, GIRAF (it stands for the Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival, not that spelling it out really clears anything up), and making our case for animation as one of the most vibrant, imaginative, and moving art forms today. We do that by showing off the best of what’s out there: feature films from independent studios around the world, that defy expectations in their subjects and their structure. Hand-drawn shorts that fill the screen with striking colours and hypnotic movement. Puppet films crafted with impossible care. They’re films that make us laugh or shudder. Films that inspire us.

What can you expect to see when you make the journey to the Globe Cinema—our favourite theatre, in the heart of Calgary’s downtown? Like so much of what’s shown at the Globe, it’s a lineup designed to defy expectations and expand horizons.

 

Take The Last Fiction, a feature showing on Saturday, Nov. 24.Made by an independent team of animators in Tehran, Iran, it blends ancient Persian storytelling with contemporary anime influences. It’s an action-packed ride in its own right, but more than that, it’s a glimpse at a side of Iranian popular culture that we rarely get to see here in Canada.

The festival is also shining a spotlight on Canadian stop-motion animator Amanda Strong, sharing her films at a screening and artist talk on Nov. 25at Quickdraw’s studios at 2011 10 Ave SW, and hosting an installation at the TRUCK Gallery next door where you can see her puppets up close and personal. Strong is an award-winning indigenous artist using animation to explore issues around identity and culture.

 

GIRAF’s centrepiece, though, is the Indie Animation Mixtape, a two-part survey of the best independent animated shorts from around the world. Remember when I mentioned we obsess over animation? This is where it shows through. There are as many ways to make an animated film as there are to draw a picture, and these films show off the diversity of the form, from digital art to charcoal and paint, to movies drawn directly on film, to the provocative (and self-explanatory) Petroleum and Blood. Start to think of these programs as somewhere between an art gallery visit and a movie screening, and you’ll see why we get so excited.

This November has been a fantastic one for arts and culture in Calgary’s core—we’re especially big fans of the animated window displays that have been popping up throughout the downtown, but we’re maybe biased. There’s a whole lot to choose from. Still, if you’re looking for a unique artistic experience, remember—life’s more lively when it’s animated.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of November 19, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/19/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-19-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/19/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-19-2018/#respond Mon, 19 Nov 2018 20:11:50 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29246

The holiday season is officially upon us and the CORE is celebrating with free Santa photos! We also have the Globe keeping busy with GIRAF, and the Devonian Gardens are giving your kids a nature lesson!

ROCKY MOUNTAIN HIGH – AN EVENING OF JOHN DENVER
November 19, 2018

Celebrating the Music of John Denver!

Featuring John Denver’s original conductor/arranger, Lee Holdridge, and the Rocky Mountain Symphony Orchestra.

Together with Canadian recording artists Rick and Steve Worrall, an all-star Canadian band, and guest artists soprano Kathleen Morrison and tenor Matthew Johnson, this amazing production will take you back and have you reliving the songs as they were originally heard at the height of John’s career.

To John Denver fans, Lee Holdridge is best known for his arrangements of all of John’s songs.

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DEVONIAN GARDENS FOR KIDS
November 21 & 28, 2018

Bring the kids for an exciting session of learning and exploration at our free, drop-in nature program. Each week we will highlight a different theme using games, crafts and stories. Topics include Fancy Fish, Plant Power, Secret Lives of Insects, and Shapes in Nature.

Wed, Nov 21 & 28, 10am – Noon

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GIRAF ANIMATION FESTIVAL
November 22 – 24, 2018

GIANT
INCANDESCENT
RESONATING
ANIMATION
FESTIVAL

An annual animation festival that runs each November at the Globe Cinema in Calgary, GIRAF celebrates the spirit of independent, underground, and experimental animation, showcasing Canadian animators and presenting diverse animations from around the globe.

GIRAF is committed to creating greater awareness for animation as an art form, through interactive activities including workshops, artist talks, visiting artists, and animation screenings. We focus on presenting works that push boundaries through the development of new techniques, hybrid forms of creation, and challenging subject matter, and thus animation that is rarely seen at other festivals. GIRAF is run by the Quickdraw Animation Society, a non-profit, artist-run centre in Calgary Alberta.

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FREE SANTA PHOTOS AT THE CORE!
November 22 – December 22, 2018

Join the CORE this holidays season as we welcome Santa downtown every Thursday – Sunday starting November 22 – December 23!

Santa will be sitting with children on a giant red chair amongst a forest of Christmas Trees on level 2 of the CORE (glass bridge near Holt Renfrew).

Photos with Santa are complimentary and are to be taken with your smartphone so you can easily share them with friends and family! If you post the photo of your child with Santa and use #FindChristmasDowntown your photo will automatically print out at our hashtag printer!

Photos will also be available for download on the CORE’s Facebook page every Monday following weekend visits.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Daily Holiday Performances at the CORE!
November 22 – December 24, 2018

All performances will take place over the lunch hour from 12 PM -1 PM in front of our 45ft. Christmas Tree.

CUFF.Docs
November 28 – December 2, 2018

Showcasing the best in non-fiction films during CUFF’s five-day documentary festival. The festival screens 12 full-length features, as well as shorts, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form.

Zorro: The Family Code
November 27 – December 29, 2018

A swashbuckling, adventure-filled comedy about family, honour and choosing the mark you want to leave on the world.

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If you want to see more events happening this week and the weeks to come, visit our Event Calendar.

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Serving Cinematic Pairings with CUFF.Docs http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/14/serving-cinematic-pairings-with-cuff-docs/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/14/serving-cinematic-pairings-with-cuff-docs/#respond Wed, 14 Nov 2018 18:58:16 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29231

Whether you’re reading this before or after having had your minds rocked by CUFF.Docs 2018 (Nov. 28 – Dec 2 at Globe Cinema) one thing is for certain, documentary films are one of the most effective artforms for inspiring empathy and have the power to stay with the viewer long after being seen. With that in mind, your friends at the Calgary Underground Film Festival have assembled a list of a few perfect cinematic pairings for some of our 2018 documentary selections.

Mr. Fish: Cartooning Off the Deep End (CUFF.Docs 2018) / Crumb (1994)

Our opening night film, Mr. Fish: Cartooning Off the Deep End follows the title character, a controversial political cartoonist, as he tries to provide for his family while remaining true to his unique and sometimes offensive voice in a world where the commercial value of satiric humor is waning.Similar to the great-grandfather of Underground Comix Robert Crumb, Mr. Fish’s cartoonsbites his thumb at the mediocrity and hypocrisy of our modern age.

Terry Zwigoff’s 1994 film Crumbis a portrait of notorious curmudgeon/infamous cartoonist Robert Crumb and his extremely bizarre family and even stranger way of life. A word of warning to potential viewers, Mr. Crumb’s cartoons are extremely offensive and some of the disturbing stories contained within this film will sear themselves into your brain.

Mr. Fish: Cartooning Off the Deep End opens CUFF.Docs 2018 with a screening on Wed, Nov 28 at 7pm

Crumb is now available on DVD/Blu-ray from the Criterion Collection

Minding the Gap (CUFF.Docs 2018) / Skate Kitchen (2018)

Skateboarding is back in style and we couldn’t be happier! As a skate brat myself, Minding the Gap honestly spoke to skateboarding as a creative way of life that helps form strong bonds and an escape from the bullshit of everyday life. Be prepared, Minding the Gapwill certainly make you cry (but who doesn’t love a good cry?).

From Crystal Moselle, the director of the 2015 Sundance award-winning documentary The Wolfpack, comes the Skate Kitchen, a work of fiction that follows a lonely suburban teen as she enters the subculture of girl skateboarders. CUFF was pleased to present a one-off screening of this film earlier this year and cannot wait for it to find an audience.

Minding the Gap screens at CUFF.Docs 2018 on Fri, Nov. 30that 9:45pm

Skate Kitchen will be available digitally before the end of the year. Look for it in CUFF’S iTunes store.

The Insufferable Groo (CUFF.Docs 2018) / Giuseppe Makes a Movie (2014)

Making movies is extremely difficult, it’s even more difficult with no money but that doesn’t stop independent Sci-fi/Fantasy director Stephen Groo from making wild adventure films that would normally require 1000x times the budget. For his newest film about the romantic relationship between a human and Elf, Groo attempts to recruit Hollywood actor Jack Black for a starring role. Watch the hilarious journey unfold in The Insufferable Groo.

2014 CUFF.Docs selection, Giuseppe Makes a Movie follows renegade filmmaker and former childstar Giuseppe Andrews as he attempts to make a no-budget movie in two days starring his strange trailer park friends and drug addicts from the community. Director Adam Rifkin (who directed Giuseppe in Detroit Rock City) has created a documentary that is the perfect balance of compassion, heart and hilarity.

The Insufferable Groo screens at CUFF.Docs 2018 on Sat, Dec 1 at 7pm

Giuseppe Makes a Movie is now available digitally from the CUFF iTunes store.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of November 12, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/12/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-12-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/12/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-12-2018/#respond Mon, 12 Nov 2018 16:00:40 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29220

The 32nd Art Market art and craft sale is making its way downtown for this weekend, Teatro is celebrating 25 years with a boozy brunch, and OK Go is lighting up the Arts Commons!

RIVERVIEW ARTISTS NOVEMBER SHOW & SALE
November 12 – 16, 2018

Location: Jamieson Place

The artists who make up the Riverview Artists Group invite you to view their largest show of the year with over 240 pieces of original art work plus Artisans in glass, wood, pottery and more. Finding inspiration in a wide range of subjects, they express their ideas in a variety of styles and techniques. There will be a chance to win a unique painting created at one of our Shared Vision events.

Artists are in attendance from 10am till 4pm.

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ART MARKET: ART & CRAFT SALE
November 15 – 18, 2018

The holiday season is coming here once again and that means it’s time for selecting that perfect gift or event and we’re here to help everyone make that perfect choice.

We are cordially inviting all to attend this year’s 32nd Art Market at the Telus Convention Centre from November 15th to 18th, 2018. We have brought together over 200 amazing artists from across Canada and are sharing the gift of creativity and one of a kind originality that will be cherished for a lifetime.

The Art Market showcases an endless selection of top quality, hand crafted pieces from artisans working across a variety of mediums. These gifted artists have created unique original works ranging from pottery, jewelry, paintings, glasswork, photography, woodwork, leather, and so much more, all original and all Canadian.

Thursday, November 15th, 10am – 9pm
Friday, November 16th, 10am – 9pm
Saturday, November 17th, 10am – 7pm
Sunday, November 18th, 10am – 5pm

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OK GO – THE LIVE VIDEO TOUR
November 17, 2018

An engineering and artistic mind meld – OK Go is coming to Calgary!

More than a decade after breaking the internet by dancing on treadmills, OK GO’s zany, impeccably choreographed act has only grown in complexity – and fun. The experimental rockers have used video to capture their innovative adventures, such as when they turned a car into an instrument or when they built a giant Rube Goldberg machine. They even shot a video in zero-gravity! These adventures and more will be incorporated into their live show for an energetic, multi-media experience.

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BATEY’S BOOZY BRUNCH
November 18, 2018

WE BRUNCH SO HARD! JOIN US ON SUNDAY NOVEMBER 18TH AT TEATRO AS WE HOST ‘BATEY’S BOOZY BRUNCH’

Spend your Sunday with Teatro Corporate Executive Chef Matthew Batey as he creates a decadent 5-course brunch menu that is sure to WOW your tastes buds. Enjoy pairings from Veuve Cliquot and a few other special surprises. Say no to FOMO and don’t miss out!

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UPCOMING EVENTS

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Event
November 22, 2018

Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE November 22nd from 4pm – 7pm for a special night of live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, and of course, Santa.

CUFF.Docs
November 28 – December 2, 2018

Showcasing the best in non-fiction films during CUFF’s five-day documentary festival. The festival screens 12 full-length features, as well as shorts, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form.

Zorro: The Family Code
November 27 – December 29, 2018

A swashbuckling, adventure-filled comedy about family, honour and choosing the mark you want to leave on the world.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of November 5, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/05/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-5-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/11/05/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-november-5-2018/#respond Mon, 05 Nov 2018 16:00:19 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29211

The movies are going to be busy this week with November Doc Soup and The Calgary European Film Festival filling up the cinemas. More of a theatre fan? Head over to Vertigo to watch the premier of Dracula: the Bloody Truth.

CALGARY EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
November 3 – November 11, 2018

The Calgary European Film Festival invites movie lovers to the best of European cinema! The festival is the primary event organized by not-for-profit multicultural organization, the European Cultural Society of Calgary (ECSC). CEFF is in its seventh edition this year, with more presenting partners than ever. CEFF is made possible through the efforts of a group of enthusiastic people, and is now sponsored by 19 European societies and a cultural program through the City of Calgary.

The festival has grown significantly, now running for nine days from November 3 – 11, 2018. Since inception in 2012, its became one of Calgary’s most popular events in November. All productions have been nominated for, or have won, international awards. The movies are screened in their respective languages with English subtitles. Films are presented at The Globe Cinema theaters in downtown Calgary. Follow us on social media for updates and information on European movies!

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DOC SOUP: THE PRICE OF EVRYTHING
November 7, 2018

Doc Soup Calgary is a monthly feature-length documentary series presented in partnership with the Calgary International Film Festival and Hot Docs.

Basquiat paintings regularly fetch tens of millions of dollars, and the recent sale of a little-known Da Vinci topped $450 million—but what forces are driving the white-hot art market? Who assigns and who pays these astronomical sums? What currency adequately measures art’s value? THE PRICE OF EVERYTHING leads us into a rarefied labyrinth of galleries, studios, and auction houses to wrestle with these questions and explore what society loses and gains when art becomes a rich person’s commodity.

With unprecedented access to in-demand artists like Jeff Koons, Gerhard Richter, and Njideka Akunyili Crosby, and to prominent collectors and dealers, Academy Award nominee Nathaniel Kahn coaxes out the dynamics at play in pricing the priceless. Intimate interviews with a mega-collector reveal a surprising mix of altruism and business acumen as he determines the fate of his collection. Candid moments with ’60s art star Larry Poons probe why he fell out of fashion while his contemporaries’ cultural and monetary stock went sky-high. Rather than prescribe answers, Kahn’s juicy systemic portrait teases out tensions, holding a fun-house mirror to our feverish times.

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CHEF TO BE
November 8, 2018

Welcome to Chef To Be, Calgary’s most thrilling blackbox cooking competition where the head chefs of six well known
Calgary restaurants team up with their ambitious pupils to compete and raise money for a $5,000 SAIT Culinary Scholarship.

The blackbox competition means that students and their associated head chefs will get six specifically chosen ingredients to prepare for an audience of 130 with no prior preparation.

There are other fundraisers, other cooking competitions and the Food Network, but Calgary’s Chef To Be competition is unique in its delivery and message. We want more for you and more for our food industry. With only four hours to cook, the head chefs battle for respect, while SAIT Culinary students compete for the glory of being named Calgary’s ultimate Chef To Be.

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DRACULA: THE BLOODY TRUTH
November 10 – December 11, 2018

By Le Navet Bete & John Nicholson

Professor Abraham Van Helsing leaps off the pages of Dracula and onto the stage to tell you, dear theatre-goer: Bram Stoker’s novel had it all wrong! At last, Van Helsing hopes to set the record straight and bring the ‘truth’ of the legendary vampire and his terrifying story to light…even if he only has three amateur actor’s to help him do it! Van Helsing and his troupe leap into 40 different characters on a breakneck journey from the Transylvanian mountains to the seaside town of Whitby. This North American Premiere will be a farcical side-splitter for family audiences and vampire lovers alike.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Art Market: Art and Craft Sale
November 15 – 18, 2018

The Art Market showcases an endless selection of top quality, hand crafted pieces from artisans working across a variety of mediums.

OK GO – The Live Video Tour
November 17, 2018

More than a decade after breaking the internet by dancing on treadmills, OK GO’s zany, impeccably choreographed act has only grown in complexity – and fun.

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Event
November 22, 2018

Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE November 22nd from 4pm – 7pm for a special night of live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, and of course, Santa.

CUFF.Docs
November 28 – December 2, 2018

Showcasing the best in non-fiction films during CUFF’s five-day documentary festival. The festival screens 12 full-length features, as well as shorts, varying in subject, style and genres within the art form.

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Downtown Weekly Events | Week of October 29, 2018 http://www.getdown.ca/2018/10/29/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-october-29-2018/ http://www.getdown.ca/2018/10/29/downtown-weekly-events-week-of-october-29-2018/#respond Mon, 29 Oct 2018 15:00:33 +0000 http://www.getdown.ca/?p=29203

Books, movies, and a whole lot of spook! The New Central Library and the Calgary European Film Festival are both opening their doors this week, and take a look at our Halloween night events!

WEDNESDAY ROOM HALLOWEEN PARTY
October 31, 2018

Every week we celebrate Wednesdays, but next week the party will take on a scary new twist. Join us at The Wednesday Room on Oct 31 for a Shining themed Halloween Party featuring DJ Pump.

Doors open at 9pm. Costumes encouraged.

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THE GREAT HALLOWEEN ORGAN SPOOKTACULAR
October 31, 2018

The Great Halloween Organ SpookTacular (also known as G.H.O.S.T.) is returning to Knox for another spooky evening of fun. We are featuring the SILENT MOVIE, The Phantom of the Opera, with Calgary’s own Carlos Foggin playing the mighty Knox organ. Mark your calendars for Wednesday, October 31, 7:30 PM. Bring out your costumes, your ghoulish friends and your zombies. Tickets are $20/adults, and $5/child (12 and under). Tickets sold at the door.Co-presented by Knox United Church and the Royal Canadian College of Organists.

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NEW CENTRAL LIBRARY GRAND OPENING
November 1, 2018

Be part of the historical opening celebration. Join us for the grand opening of the new Central Library on November 1! The celebrations get under way at 10:00 a.m. and go until 8:00 p.m. Bring the whole family for the opening ceremony and enjoy live music, free tours and hear from special guests.

Did you know a Library membership is free to all Calgarians? Visit calgarylibrary.ca or sign-up in person.

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CALGARY EUROPEAN FILM FESTIVAL
November 3 – 9, 2018

The Calgary European Film Festival invites movie lovers to the best of European cinema! The festival is the primary event organized by not-for-profit multicultural organization, the European Cultural Society of Calgary (ECSC). CEFF is in its seventh edition this year, with more presenting partners than ever. CEFF is made possible through the efforts of a group of enthusiastic people, and is now sponsored by 19 European societies and a cultural program through the City of Calgary.

The festival has grown significantly, now running for nine days from November 3 – 11, 2018. Since inception in 2012, its became one of Calgary’s most popular events in November. All productions have been nominated for, or have won, international awards. The movies are screened in their respective languages with English subtitles. Films are presented at The Globe Cinema Theatre in downtown Calgary.

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UPCOMING EVENTS

Dracula: The Bloody Truth
November 10 – December 9, 2018

Professor Abraham Van Helsing leaps off the pages of Dracula and onto the stage to tell you, dear theatre-goer: Bram Stoker’s novel had it all wrong!

Art Market: Art and Craft Sale
November 15 – 18, 2018

The Art Market showcases an endless selection of top quality, hand crafted pieces from artisans working across a variety of mediums.

OK GO – The Live Video Tour
November 17, 2018

More than a decade after breaking the internet by dancing on treadmills, OK GO’s zany, impeccably choreographed act has only grown in complexity – and fun.

3rd Annual Christmas Tree Decorating Event
November 22, 2018

Get into the holiday spirit with The CORE November 22nd from 4pm – 7pm for a special night of live entertainment, Christmas tree lighting, fireworks, and of course, Santa.

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