A thoroughly contemporary company, Theatre Junction Grand provides a platform for eclectic performers and visionaries to converge and unleash their bold ideas and art forms. With L'Effet de Serge, Vivarium Studio's acclaimed Parisian play imparts the tale of Serge, an eccentric who stages weekly performances for his chums centred on homemade special effects. Lead by Gaetan Vourc'h as Serge, the remainder of the cast is rounded out by uncoached local actors to lend performances a sense of realism. Supported by the Consulate of France in Calgary and Institute Français, the show is further enriched by the whimsical stage design, providing audience members with a pleasurable visual experience. Seating is first come, first serve, so arrive early to avoid sitting chained to Jabba the Hut for the duration of the production.
TELUS World or Science is Calgary's premier destination for truly interactive science and arts learning. As we prepare to move to a new location in fall 2011, we are presentingthe world renowned exhibitions, Einstein & Darwin. This is the 2nd of 3 major exhibitions experiences we are hosting before we move.
Bird Dog boasts an abundant stock of rare, hard-to-find, and all-around entertaining DVDs and video games, with vintage classics sharing shelf-space with high-demand new releases and sharp Blu-ray boxes. Peruse the offerings of stomach-churning foreign horror, rare animation features, cyborg-filled sci-fi, and melodious music features, or seek out a hard-to-find documentary on the history of Canada's quilt-knitting subculture. Full television series are stocked at the shop, which makes it an excellent place for two X-Files fanatics to mutually uncover the truth of a friendship turned into an awkwardly budding romance or for a Degrassi-phile to find a reason to call in sick to work for another day. New releases start at $5.25, while old stock films cost $3.50 for two nights; video games are available by the week ($7 for older games, $9 for new releases).
Under the graceful baton of music director and conductor Roberto Minczuk, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra delights audiences of all ages with a broad repertoire of classical and contemporary orchestral works. A series of casual Rush Hour performances hosted by the CBC’s Katherine Duncan helps patrons scrub ears clear of workaday sounds such as clicking keyboards and gossiping water coolers with mellifluous one-hour concerts. Tchaikovsky on the Edge treats cochleae to a hearty slice of the composer’s moving Symphony no. 6 ("Pathétique"); February’s The Red Violin performance drives away winter’s gray atmosphere with a quartet of colourful stringed pieces including Aaron Copland’s "Fanfare for the Common Man" and Leonard Bernstein’s "Three Dance Episodes from On the Town" bolstered by Donovan Seidle’s fleet-fingered fiddling. Ready hips and shoulders for unfettered shimmying during May’s ¡Viva España! concert featuring a trio of animated Iberian melodies including Rimsky-Korsakov’s Capriccio espagnol, op. 34; Maurice Ravel’s sultry Boléro; and Manuel de Falla’s "Ritual Fire Dance" accompanied by Fred Astaire–shaped flames. To keep audience members in tune with what they’re hearing, the host and the musical director dole a bevy of interesting insights about the evening’s program.
Olympic gold medalist Mark Tewksbury and three-time Olympic bronze medalist Curtis Myden can both list Cascade Swim Club on their resumes. They're just two of the swimmers taught during the club's history, which stretches back more than 40 years, or the entire time water has existed. Former National Swim Team head coach Dave Johnson heads the club's current faculty, which teaches amateur swim programs at four local Calgary pools.