Get cultured this summer
by Bri Turner
This summer Calgary will be busting at the borders with culture and beautiful sights to take in. When winter gives way to Calgary’s festival season, don’t let these arts events pass you by.
Angels in the Lava: exclusive works by Lisa Heinricks and Tobias Luttmer
April 7-May 30
Exhibit at Art Central, Heinricks will be showing her Lava series, a beautiful set of abstract acrylic paintings. Luttmer will be showing his Angels, a series of metal works that may take your breath away. Opening receptions are at Art Central on April 7 and May 5 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Stoneworx Gallery.
Performance in Which Hopefully Nothing Happens Martha Cohen Theatre
While it has been described by creators as Monty Python for children, this show should not be overlooked by older audiences. A charmingly absurd performance, this is a must-see for those with a penchant for nonsense.
The Hate Show
Big Secret Theatre
May 24-May 28
This is a stirring interactive performance intended to promote dialogue about hate crimes in Calgary. If your thoughts are in need of provoking, look no further; it forces you to acknowledge ugly truths and examine yourself.
Canada Olympic Park
May 25-June 5
Presented under the largest touring big top in Canada, Cavalia is a dramatic blend of live music, visual effects, dance, and acrobatics that celebrates the bond between humans and horses. Featuring 33 acrobats, artists, dancers, and riders in combination with 49 horses of 10 different breeds, it’s is certain to transport audiences to a dreamlike and bizarre world.
Jack Singer Concert Hall
Led by internationally sought-after conductor Yoav Talmi, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra performs perennial favourite Carmina Burana in June. CPO describes it as “a performance that will excite your senses and stir your soul.” Who can resist that?
The Optimism of Colour: William Perehudoff
July 1-September 18
This exhibit is a retrospective look at the works of Canadian abstract painter William Perehudoff, tracing the evolution of Perehudoff’s work in an exhibition of 60 works. The works are lively and engaging, making this a perfect exhibit to explore on a lazy summer day.
CUT! Costume and the Cinema
August 20-September 28
Closing off the summer, CUT! Costume and the Cinema comes to the Glenbow to bring Calgary a piece of cinematic history.
Representing 27 blockbuster films, this exhibition of extraordinary original costumes allows visitors to get up close with remarkable costumes from movies such as Pirates of the Caribbean.