It’s another busy weekend here in Calgary! While the weather may not be awesome, it doesn’t mean you can’t fill your days with Caribbean Dancing, dramatic theatre, oh and of course some burlesque dancers. Here are the weekend’s top picks, via Mark Hopkins. (Fun fact: Mark was just named Calgary’s THIRD hardest working Calgarian by FFWD Magazine. Not bad Mark, not bad at all.)

Carifest Calgary
June 4-11, 2011

The Caribbean comes to Calgary! Carifest is an exuberant celebration of Caribbean culture, culminating this weekend with an arts & culture showcase, a street parade, an outdoor Sunshine Fest and, of course, a massive afterparty. Learn what it means to “play mas” while enjoying the splendor and revelry of Caribbean masquerade!

The Hurly Burly Gurly Show
Saturday, June 11, 9:00 pm
Uptown Stage & Screen
612 8th Ave SW

Did you know that Calgary has a thriving burlesque scene? It’s true – and the Alberta Gaming & Liquor Commission is none too happy about it. They’ve classified burlesque as “nude entertainment”, lumping burlesque performers in with exotic dancers and subjecting them to an array of suffocating rules.

Calgary’s burlesque community is banding together this Saturday night, to show their solidarity in a sparkly, feathery, shimmyin’, shakin’ gala event. Come see The Garter Girls Burly-Q Revue, The Rhinestone Affair, The Knox, The Corrupt Creatures, Fake Mustache, Burlesque Burn,, Jewel Box Burlesque and more!

(photo via Swerve)
IGNITE!: Calgary’s Festival for Emerging Artists

June 9-11, 2011
Pumphouse Theatres
2140 Pumphouse Ave SW

The actors you see on stage at Theatre Calgary, the musicians you see with the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra… they’ve gotta come from somewhere. If you want to experience Calgary’s next generation of artists, look no further than IGNITE!

This year’s festival features ten new plays, a dance cabaret, a music series, an art exhibition and a community-based project called I Love Love. In one evening, you could catch a slick-talking Bible salesman, a tale of post-apocalypse, a Disembodied Lady, shadow puppetry, a real-life story of murder and more!

Mike Morrison


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