Irish dance with illusions, puppets and classical music with beer: What to do in Calgary this weekend

A new show at the Glenbow, an Irish dance with illusion and some lively Latin American music — it's all happening this weekend. 

The Homestretch's Ellis Choe has put together a wide array of options for your weekly entertainment roundup.

A magical Irish dance

An international show called Celtic Illusion kicked off a Canadian tour in Calgary and added another show this weekend. It's contemporary Irish dance mixed with illusion.

Anthony Street is the producer, director and choreographer of Celtic Illusion.

"I started doing magic when I was about eight years old ... I was always performing magic to my friends and family. And then as I grew older I had a big dream to have my own illusions, just like David Copperfield, who I still look up to to this day," Street said.

"Then I saw the dance on TV and I was instantly inspired by that. So I took up Irish dance classes and then as I got into Irish dancing, I started to have dreams of having my own Irish dancer, just like Michael Flatley, who again was my inspiration with our dance."

Street said he thought about combining his two passions, and Celtic Illusion was born.

"I just thought to myself, I may not get enough time in my life to get both of these productions made. So I just thought I'd just combine the two," he said. "That way I could achieve both dreams in one production and that is literally how the concept came about."

The event takes place this Saturday at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Classical music and beer

Kensington Sinfoni

Tonight, Kensington Sinfonia is collaborating with Village Brewery to showcase classical music in a non-traditional way. It's called the Kensington Sinfonia Village Session.

Nathan Schmidt is the president of Kensington Sinfonia.

Nia Devetzis

"[Guests] can expect a string quartet with a very talented percussionist named Nia Devetzis. She plays a lot of new experimental music," Schmidt said. "So it's going to be kind of a unique combination of an orchestra that was founded as a baroque string orchestra — in this case the string quartet — with an experimental percussionist.

"They can also expect a special cask of beer that was made just for the show, and they can sit in the taproom of Village Brewery and enjoy a relaxed and interactive classical music performance."

And in case you're wondering, that custom-made beer is a Village Lager with dried black lime and Darjeeling tea. It takes place tonight at 8 p.m. and tickets are $25.

Family-friendly theatre

Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra is hosting a family-friendly theatre and symphony concert on Sunday. The show,  called Presto Mambo with Platypus Theatre, involves puppets, Latin American music and a boy named Max.

"Max is a very exuberant 10-year-old who interrupts the symphony concert and then is accidentally swept out of the concert and back into another culture by the music, into Latin America where he meets all sorts of characters and has adventures with them," said Peter Duschenes, producing artistic director with Platypus Theatre.

Presto Mambo with Platypus Theatre is scheduled this Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m.

Go an hour early to explore and try out an instrument, and meet the musicians at the Instrument Discovery Zoo.

Comedian Josh Wolf

Popular comedian and New York Times bestselling author Josh Wolf is scheduled to perform at Yuk Yuk's.

He's heading stand-up comedy tours across the country and lands here for two shows on Friday and Saturday night.

Contemporary Canadian Artists

The Glenbow Museum has curated an exhibition called Metamorphosis Contemporary Canadian Portraits.

It's a collection of photography, printmaking, sculpture and mixed media, all by contemporary Canadian artists. They come from the collections of the Glenbow and from Library and Archives Canada. 

That takes place tomorrow evening at 7 p.m.

Kidz Bop Live and Blonde Diamond 

Kidz Bop Live is coming to the Jubilee Auditorium this Friday at 7 p.m. and Vancouver synth-pop group Blonde Diamond plays Palomino Smokehouse tomorrow night.