It’s finally the weekend and I’ve gotten Calgary’s Paris Hilton, Mark Hopkins, to do up a list of the Best of the Best when it comes to weekend activities.

Check them out and then check out Mark’s website!

Calgary Folk Music Festival Songwriting Competition
May 14-15, 2011
Noon-5:00 pm
Ship & Anchor Pub
534 17th Ave SW

As soon as springtime sun emerges in Calgary, the Ship & Anchor patio is the place to be. But the indoor action is just as sizzling this weekend, as the Folk Fest’s Songwriting Competition brings dozens of musicians to the Ship stage! This weekend’s incredible lineup includes T Buckley, Danielle French, SAVK, Amy Thiessen, Reuben Bullock, Christopher Austman, Brent Tyler and many, many more. Grab a pint and listen to some of Calgary’s best folk music!

Bloggity Bonus: I’ll be a judge and as always, I happily accept bribes.


Western Canadian Robot Games
Saturday, May 14, 2011
10:00 am-3:00 pm
Calgary Aerospace Museum
4629 McCall Way NE

I’m currently in a very robotic headspace, because my theatre company is developing a play called i-ROBOT Theatre. Even if I weren’t, though, I think I’d still be excited about the Robot freakin’ Olympics! This epic event pits robot against robot in a wide variety of fierce (er, friendly) competitions. Robot sumo wrestling! LEGO treasure hunts! Freestylin’ humanoid robots! $1 pizza slices! Plus, this is possibly the best excuse you’ll ever have to visit the Calgary Aerospace Museum. May the best machine win!

Black Gold: A Film About Coffee & Trade

Sunday, May 15, 2011 – 7:00 pm
Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association
2201 Cliff St SW

The Cliff Bungalow-Mission Community Association is one of Calgary’s hidden gems. It offers the kind of services and events that a community association should – jazz jams, movie nights, heritage preservation, potlucks, a community garden, and every MONday is “Meet Our Neighbours” Day, where you can wander through the neighbourhood and chat with strangers.

This Sunday’s movie night features Black Gold, a film that follows Tadesse Meskela’s globe-spanning efforts to save Ethiopia’s coffee farmers from bankruptcy by finding buyers willing to pay a fair price for coffee. From London to Seattle, Black Gold explores the $80 billion multinational coffee industry and the hidden story behind your morning cup ‘o joe.

Mike Morrison