Trains, jazz and all-you-can-eat cereal: What to do this weekend in Calgary

With Calgary out of the NHL playoffs, that may leave some people with some extra time to fill this weekend and The Homestretch's Tracy Fuller has a bunch of great ideas to make that happen.

Law Day

It's a national event that happens every April to honour the signing of Canada's Charter of Rights and Freedoms. It's called Law Day. Locally, the Calgary Courts Centre is open to the public with lots of activities and info sessions to help people learn about the law and the legal institutions that form the cornerstones of Canadian democracy, plus the event is completely free.

Activities include mock trials, courthouse tours, open citizenship courts, and more.

Law Day runs Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Calgary Courts Centre downtown.

For more information have a look right here.

Jazz lovers rejoice

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks has a brand new show opening Thursday. It's called Modern Vaudevillians and there is a little bit of everything in this one. Vaudeville has quite the sordid roots, and it's really the mish-mash of content with clowning, burlesque, acrobats and music, and don't forget the tap dancing.

This new show includes a live three-piece band and guest artists along with the talented DJD company members. Modern Vaudevillians opens Thursday and runs through May 6 at the beautiful DJD Dance Centre on 12th Avenue.

You can find everything you need to know, including ticket information right here.

Swing music lovers not neglected

But if swing is more your thing, the Calgary Jazz Orchestra is celebrating the wonderful works of Benny Goodman this weekend. Goodman was known as the "King of Swing." He was a triple threat as a performer, band leader and composer. He was only 10 years old when he picked up his first clarinet.

Jeremy Brown will be performing at the Sunday show, but the concert also features an original work by director and founder of the orchestra Johnny Summers called "Suite Jubilation" which is a mix of gospel music, jazz, soul and a little New Orleans thrown in there.

The show starts at the River Park Church in southwest Calgary at 7 p.m.

Here is some more info on the event.

Kid friendly

Canada's largest model trail show, Supertrain, rolls into town this weekend, presented by the 400-member strong Calgary Model Railway Society.

Supertrain features over 100 exhibits, displays, and commercial vendors, along with live clinics, demonstrations, and trains to ride. It's taking over the Genesis Centre in northeast Calgary on Saturday and Sunday and anyone under 16 gets in for free.

Adults are $15 at the door but you can get a discount with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

All the details are right here.

Thomas the Tank Engine

Also in train-themed fun, Thomas the Tank Engine arrives at Heritage Park early next month. While it's not a "this weekend" thing, the event always sells out so here's your early warning. Thomas will be at the park May 6 and 7, and then back May 12, 13 and 14.

More information can be found right here.

Calgary Underground Film Festival

While there's still so much good stuff happening at the festival, it all comes to an end on Sunday.

The Canadian premiere of the David Lynch's documentary, The Art Life, goes Saturday at 4 p.m. at the Globe. The director set out to answer one question: How did David Lynch become David Lynch? He gets the director and artist to guide us through that story himself.

Here's more on that doc.

Earlier in the day, you can put on your best pajamas and watch non-stop retro cartoons also at the Globe.

For the cost of admission it's all the cereal you can eat, buffet-style, while you chow down on cartoons from the 1960s to the 1980s. The lineup is a mystery but that's half of the fun.

You can find everything you need to know right here.