Westerns, Comic Kids, Skydiggers and John Fogerty: what's on in Calgary this weekend

Westerns, Comic Kids, Skydiggers and John Fogerty: what's on in Calgary this weekend

It's the final weekend of Stampede, and that includes a Stampede recovery brunch hosted by Fort Calgary to help the Stampede-weary among us to feel whole again, after a whole lot of questionable food choices.

CBC producer Susan Holzman shared a few other Stampede recovery suggestions with listeners on The Homestretch.

Calaway Comic Fest for Kids 

Calaway Park is holding a comic fest for kids this weekend, which basically means it's a chance for kids to dress up in their favourite superhero costume and at the same time, enjoy the rides and games at the park — and mom and dad can take the opportunity to don a costume themselves. There's Lego figures and character and cosplay meet-and-greets, including Supergirl, Wonder Woman, Batman, Captain America and more. It's on July 13 to 15.

Candide and Orphee at Banff Centre

There are a couple of compelling shows being presented at Banff Centre. One is an outdoor production of Candide, an operetta composed by Leonard Bernstein based on Voltaire's story about a naive young man's journey and the unexpected life lessons he learns along the way. The show is being presented Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Shaw Ampitheatre.

The other  is a re-imagining of the legend of Orpheus and Eurydice, called Orphee. It's a co-creation created by Opera Columbus and Toronto's Against the Grain Theatre, one of the most innovative opera companies in the country. This one is described as an "electronic, baroque burlesque descent into hell". It's sung in French, with English subtitles, and features video projections. Orphee is on Thursday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at the Eric Harvie Theatre.

Inglewood Night Market

The Inglewood Night Market is another hidden gem. It happens every second Friday throughout the summer, and features over 50 vendors selling a variety of stuff, including vintage clothing, antiques and some night, cell phone covers. There are food trucks, bands, dancers — and don't forget the market is right next door to the Esker Foundation, which features some of the coolest contemporary art in the city.

Friday at 7 p.m., gallery curator Naomi Potter will lead a tour of the gallery's current exhibition, and there will be free lemonade and snacks from Bite, the hipster grocery underneath the gallery on ground level. The Inglewood Night Market is Friday from 5 to 10 p.m. and it's on 10th Avenue between 10th and 11th Street S.E. The Esker Foundation is on the top floor of 1011 9th Avenue S.E.

Western Skies in Film

The Globe cinema is screening spaghetti westerns and modern American westerns this weekend, including the original 1960 version of The Magnificent Seven, which has been remade starring Denzel Washington and Chris Pratt and a bunch of other A-list stars. Or how about Once Upon a Time in the West, a  great 1980s Dire Straits song that may have been inspired by the 1968 film starring Charles Bronson and Henry Fonda.. It tells the story of a mysterious stranger with a harmonica, who works with an outlaw to protect a beautiful widow. The films screen through Sunday.

Stampede swan song

If you're like The Homestretch's Jenny Howe, you've already tried the candy apple crickets and deep fried chicken hearts, you've done the zipline, and now it's time to recover — just in time to attend Fort Calgary's Stampede Recovery Brunch on Sunday. Tickets include a brunch buffet, admission to the museum, and there are some special activities lined up to help you wind down and chill. Things like playing with puppies, courtesy of Pawsitive Match and Furever Homes Rescue, or a virtual reality showcase, where you can virtually join a traditional buffalo hunt or face off with friends over a six shooter style showdown. For more on the Stampede Recovery Brunch, go here.


There are still plenty of awesome musical events planned, starting with the Oxford Stomp on Friday at Shaw Millennium Park, where Melissa Ethridge will perform along with John Fogerty, Barney Bentall and the Skydiggers.

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With files fromThe Homestretch