Salsa, $100 films and Jane Austen improv: What to do in Calgary this weekend

The last weekend of March is fast approaching and it's time to start planning the cool and one-of-a-kind events that will get you out of the house.

The Homestretch's Tracy Fuller has some great options.

Studio Bell After Hours

It's in the grand tradition of partying in galleries and museums. Studio Bell wants you to kick off your weekend in a whole new way starting Friday night. It's called Studio Bell After Hours. It's part dance party, part exhibition and it's fully licensed.

Live DJs will be orchestrating it all, including selections from Overland. There will also be opportunities to try out a few of the instruments and play a few games.

So you get all the awesome that is the National Music Centre but you can also shake off the stress of the week with some great food, tunes and friends. The doors open at 6 p.m. and it runs until 10 p.m. But it's for adults only so I.D. will be checked at the door.

You can find all the details right here.

$100 film festival

The Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers is celebrating 25 years of celluloid with their annual $100 Film Festival. When it started way back in 1992, the festival featured just eight short films, all shot on Super 8.

At that time, four rolls of Super 8 film cost about $100 so the challenge was to see if you could make a short in just four rolls of film. As the years rolled on, the budget was dropped and 16-mm film was included, shifting the focus from low budget to quality small-format films.

Now Calgary's $100 film fest is an international celebration of creative story telling on celluloid, drawing fans from across the country.

It's already underway at the Engineered Air Theatre in Arts commons. Head over to the festival's website for more information.

Hidden Gems

International films more your style? Then we need to talk about one of the most acclaimed Indian film directors of all time, Bimal Roy. Noted for his realistic and socialistic films, like Do Bigha Zamin, a Hindi film about displaced peasants in a drought and famine-ridden village in Bengal.

The Hidden Gems Film Festival starts Friday night and continues through the weekend.

You can catch four of Roy's seminal black-and-white films at ACAD. Critics say Roy ushered in the golden age of Indian Cinema in the 1940s and 50s. He's considered a master of the genre.

Times and tickets are online at the festival's website.

Salsa Congress

The 10th annual Calgary Salsa Congress is taking over the Hyatt Regency this weekend. Some of the best salsa dancers in the world will be dancing up a storm, along with local professionals and troupes from all over North America.

The congress is part competition, part conference and all about the social dance, with amazing showcases scheduled for Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights. There's also after parties for everyone to mix, mingle and merengue.

All the info you need can be found right here.

Something for theatre lovers

Inglewood's The Alexandra Centre is presenting Nonsense & Sensibility: An Improvised Jane Austen Saturday night. It's an evening of improv entirely inspired by the works of Jane Austen. It starts at 8 p.m. in the Rose Room.

Head here for what you need to know.

One-Act Play Festival

If Miss Austen doesn't float your boat how about a good old fashioned One Act Play Festival? This is the 34th year the the Pumphouse Theatre and Alberta Drama Festival Association have teamed up to bring you two original dramas from right here in Calgary.

The first is Red String Theatre's DIRECTION/less, a creation piece where four performers explore the things that can hold you back in life and the things that drive your forward.

The second show is Moot Entertainment's Come Home. It's the story of a young man without a home, family, or friends who ends up on a dark path of crime and drug abuse. It's all happening at the Pumphouse Theatre on Friday night at 7:30 p.m.

Need more info? Check this out.