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Notable Now Calgary: October 3, 2014

Notable Now this week in Calgary: Something a lot funnier than watching re-runs of Seinfeld all weekend, PARKLUXE, a live performance of Othello, Oktoberfest celebrations, a visit to new hot spot Cleaver, and the Phantom of the Opera

YYC Comedy
This is your last chance to check out YYC Comedy, which ends October 4th. If you need your funny bone tickledm then clear your schedule and plan to attend on Friday and Saturday night. On Friday night you can catch the best of Calgary Stand Up All Stars, and on Saturday don’t miss the YYC Comedy Festival Gala at the Jubilee Auditorium featuring award-winning acts that will have you doubled over in tears. This will be so much more rewarding than watching re-runs of Seinfeld. 

One of the best things happening in October is the PARKLUXE fashion show. This year, the fun and fashion goes down at the Riverwalk Plaza in East Village on October 4th with designers like Caitlin Power, Laura Siegel, Malorie Urabnovitch, Workhall Boutique and Paul Hardy design. The opening reception starts at 7pm followed by two seated runway shows and a pop-up shop to follow. Tickets are still available and selling fast as this is a hot pick for many Calgary YPs, trendsetters and people about town.

There are few things more entertaining than Shakespeare – you can always count on drama, revenge, star crossed lovers and some serious betrayal. Until October 11th you can catch the classic play Othello that tells the story of a Moor in Venice who is unravelled by the traitorous villain Iago. Often credited for being a play that examines the politics of race, you won’ t forget attending this play anytime soon. For show times, click here.      

If there’s one thing that all Calgarians love, it’s a beer hall. And lucky for you, from now until October 13th Wurst is doing Oktoberfest with more events than your social calendar can handle. There will be live Oompa bands, Jägermeister parties and Red Bull DJs to put a spin on the traditional festivities. For all the details, visit the website and get ready to party Munich-style. Lederhosen aren’t required, but it might make the whole experience more fun. 

As of last month, Cleaver became the new kid on the block on 17 Avenue – and so far this little spot is making waves. With only 46 seats, you can expect classic Irish cuisine with a modern take. If sharing plates are your thing, then you’ll love this place. Next time you need a cool place to impress friends of family, definitely take them here. Just remember: there’s no sign, so look for the giant cleaver posted outside the main doors (524 17th Avenue SW) 

Phantom of the Opera
It’s hard to believe October is here, but for those of you already thinking about Halloween, this one’s for you. What better way to start Hallows’ Eve than by watching the classic 1925 film Phantom of the Opera? Presented at Knox United Church with an organist improvising the background music, it’s possible you’ll be too terrified to enjoy your movie snacks. Tickets are $15 and the screening will start at 9pm on the 31st. All we can say is that you’re super fortunate there’s an organ festival going on this week.


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