Evita, penguins & High Performance Rodeo: Calgary entertainment this weekend

Evita, penguins & High Performance Rodeo: Calgary entertainment this weekend

The holiday season might be behind us, but there's still lots of things to do on the arts and entertainment scene this weekend. Here's our weekly roundup for your consideration.


The High Performance Rodeo is now underway. It runs until Jan. 27, showcasing artists from around the world with 25 shows at 16 venues.

There's music, theatre, poetry and lots more.

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks' Better Get Hit in Your Soul is just one option of many.

The company premiered this production in 2013 and it's back due to popular demand. The show is inspired by the life and music of Charles Mingus, an American bassist and composer. He was known as the "angry man of jazz" for his ambition and creativity and his temper.

The show runs until Jan. 20 at the DJD venue.

Here's the details you need.

Front Row Centre Players Society

Someone is celebrating their 30th anniversary this year. It's the Front Row Centre Players Society, a not-for-profit organization that's volunteer-driven with a focus on musical theatre.

This season, audiences can look forward to Grease, Avenue Q and The Wedding Singer.

This week, there's Evita. The story follows Eva Peron's meteoric rise to fame between 1934 and 1952. She starts as an ambitious young actor who eventually becomes the first lady of Argentina when her husband becomes president.

The Front Row Centre Players Society has Selena Fisher in the lead role and the show includes a 26-piece orchestra.

It opens today and runs until Jan. 26 at the Beddington Theatre Arts Centre.

Here's some more information for you.

Shangku Shelter doc

An award-winning documentary by Calgary filmmakers shows what it takes to run a non-profit outdoor education school in the northwest Indian Himalaya.

The film is about a backcountry ski school that filmmakers Vera Neverkevich and Ben Stephenson established in 1998 for the benefit of the local community.

Shangku Shelter is screening for one night only, Jan. 11, at the Plaza Theatre in Kensington. Showtime is 7 p.m.

There will be a collection for used and new tuques, gloves and mitts at the theatre. The filmmakers will be taking those back to the school in India.

Here's what you need to know.

Outdoor family fun

As the weather is supposed to be fairly nice this weekend, it might be a good opportunity to take in the Penguin Walk at the Calgary Zoo.

The walk starts at 11 a.m. on Saturday at the Penguin Plunge. The penguins waddle to the Discovery Trail Bridge and then back home.

It all lasts about 15 minutes, so don't be late. The event is weather-dependent, so if it's too cool or too warm, it won't go ahead. Maybe check the weather in advance.

Here is some more information.