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Notable Now Calgary: October 17, 2014

Notable Now this week in Calgary: Farewell My Lovely at Vertigo Theatre, the must-attend Wordfest, Cocktail Classes at the Bourbon Room, Fluid Fest, a reason to check out Goro + Gun, and the Northwest Passage exhibit at Glenbow

Farewell My Lovely
Until October 19th you can catch Farewell My Lovely at Vertigo Theatre. The theatre that resides at the base of the Calgary Tower has partnered with the Vancouver Arts Club Theatre to present a thrilling performance about a detective who becomes wrapped up in a series of mysterious murders. A chain of events leads Detective Marlowe to find himself immersed in a dark world involving jewel thieves, a fortune-teller and foul play. Catch matinees at 2pm or evening shows at 7:30pm. 

What happens when you invite close to 100 writers to come hang out in Calgary for a week? You get Wordfest, a literary event that celebrates the creative minds and literary heroes on both a regional, national and global level. Throughout the weekend you’ll have a chance to attend workshops, presentations, book launches, impromptu signings and something called a Literary Death Match. If this sort of thing is your jam, then look out for the presentation by Naomi Klein on October 21st at Knox United Church (starts at 6:30pm). Tickets are $25.

Cocktail Classes
The Bourbon Room presents a custom cocktail class on October 21st, which means you get to learn how to make drinks like a pro. Resident bar ninja Stephen Phipps will show you how to mix, muddle and pour three signature cocktails, and by the end of the night you’ll probably feel like Tom Cruise from the movie Cocktail. Even if you don’t feel like Tom after a few hours of class, you’ll at the very least get to hang out in a cool spot, and enjoy some snacks and a few libations. This is a smart way to spend $75. Trust us. 

Fluid Fest
From now until October 26tg you can catch Springboard Performance’s Fluid Festival, a dance affair that’s described as a celebration of F-words (like ferocious, fantastic and force). If you’re looking for ideas on what to attend, then maybe you should consider seeing L-E-V featuring a wild 10-person performance that’s choreographed to a creative techno soundtrack. Based out of Israel, this is theatre that will be like nothing else you’ve ever experienced. You can catch this spectacular show from October 23-25th at Theatre Junction GRAND. 

Goro + Gun
Despite the city dealing with massive power outages in downtown Calgary this week, you can still count on Goro + Gun when hunger calls. If you’re new to the menu here, then you have to start with the Okonomiyaki (green cabbage and pork belly) before diving into one of the savoury and delicious ramen dishes. If you still have room left for something sweet, the green tea ice cream will hit the spot. For those of you who are off work this week, you can also take advantage of the 3 to 6pm happy hour Monday through Friday. 

The Glenbow
Word on the street is that Brad Pitt and Tom Hanks have been in the province looking for actors and locations for their production of Lewis and Clark. Chances are good we’ll have to wait a few more years to see that film come to fruition, but in the meantime you can get inspired by visiting the Glenbow. From now until the end of year, the Northwest Passage exhibit is on display and heralds all the trials and tribulations associated with being an explorer in the Great White North.


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