5 things to do in Calgary today: Thursday, April 25 – Daily Hive

5 things to do in Calgary today: Thursday, April 25 - Daily Hive
Pop-culture fans primed for annual comic expo at Stampede Park
It's basically Christmas for nerds and superfans of all ages and all stripes this weekend. That's because Calgary Expo and the Calgary Underground Film Festival are both underway, along with a tantalizing dance pairing, and a trio of outstanding female vocalists. Homestretch director Tracy Fuller spoke to host Doug Dirks about what's on in Calgary this weekend.

If you hurry, you can have a Wonder Woman moment Thursday night at the Calgary Comic Expo, where Lynda Carter is appearing. Carter is performing her solo show This Life: My Music, My Story at the Corral tonight. If you're not a Wonder Woman fan, there's plenty of other heroes at Comic Expo including Michael J Fox and the cast of Back to the Future, as well as Zachary Levi, the star of Shazam! There's also geek speed-dating sessions, anime name that tune competitions, sketch dues, screenings, panels, all-day Dungeons and Dragons play and don't forget the Parade of Wonders, which is tomorrow.

CUFF kicked off Monday with a horror film called Little Monsters, starring Lupita Nyong'o and Josh Gadd and it runs all week, right through to Sunday, when the number one pick of the fest happens: Ask Dr Ruth. There's also a Found Footage Festival screening, the annual Saturday morning all-you-can-eat-cereal cartoon party, and a variety of different shorts competitions.

What: The world premiere of Found Footage Festival: Volume 9. Joe Pickett (The Onion) and Nick Prueher (The Colbert Report) are back with an all-new guided tour through their latest VHS finds, including the 1987 Miss Junior America Wisconsin pageant, a mysterious tape labeled bonion sergery, home movies taken at a Canadian hose factory, and a fitness video called Jugglercise.

Montreal's dynamic dance scene meets one of Calgary's most vibrant dance companies, Decidedly Jazz Danceworks. La Otra Orilla presents Magnetikae, a piece that sets a flamenco dance on an ice floe. There's also Lovestruck, choreographed by DJD's Kimberly Cooper and set in New Orleans. All of it unfolds in the spectacular DJD Dance Centre, with a live band accompanying the dancers. Going to DJD is the closest thing you can get to a night out in an old New York that doesn't really exist anymore — except here.

When: Thursday, April 25 to Sunday, April 28, 2019 Time: Thursday: 4 to 9 pm, Friday: Noon to 8 pm, Saturday: 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday, 10 am to 5 pm Where: Stampede Corral — Saddledome Rise SE, Calgary Tickets: Available online, $20 to $50 for single day tickets, or $110 for a four-day pass. VIP packages are also available

The Bow Valley Music Club shines a light on some of legendary women of country, including the music of Loretta Lynn, Tammy Wynette, Barbara Mandrell, Emmylou Harris and more, performed by Lisa Brokop. It's at the Strathcona Christie Aspen Community Centre, 277 Strathcona Drive SW on Saturday night.

What: Join Wordfest for an evening with Sharanpal Ruprai, author of Seva for a sizzling event featuring their second book of poetry, Pressure Cooker Love Bomb. This event includes an on-stage interview, followed by an audience Q&A and book signing.

The Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra opens what it has described as one of its most boundary-pushing musical festivals ever tonight, combining Tchaikovsky, Frank Zappa, Tany Tagaq, John Corigliano and more. Tonight the Under the Influence Festival kicks off with a performance by CPO's principal percussionist Josh Jones, and Saturday night, there's a special concert featuring Juno-Award winner Tanya Tagaq.

Grammy-nominee Shankar has some pretty illustrious musical bloodlines: she's sitar legend Ravi's daughter and Grammy winner Norah Jones' half-sister. Her new album, Land of Gold was inspired by the Syrian humanitarian crisis. She's performing Friday night at Jack Singer Hall, at 7:30 p.m.

If you ever secretly hoped to introduce your video game addicted son to performing arts, you might give 8 Bit: The Video Game Dance Show a try. It's a hugely fun show, created by Mark Kunji Ikeda and Richard Lee Hsi, which tells the story of a pair of brothers who get sucked into a killer video game and have to dance their way out of it. Combining games such as Super Mario, Skyrim and Super Mario, 8 Bit was a huge hit when it debuted at the Calgary Fringe Festival a few years back. The creators have brought it back, updated the game references — and it couldn't be more topical. At the West Village Theatre through Sunday afternoon.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 6:30 pm Where: Masters Academy & College – 4414 Crowchild Trail Southwest Calgary Tickets: Online

The four-day event celebrates science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation and pop culture.

The annual Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo starts on Thursday afternoon at Stampede Park and thousands of fans in cosplay are expected to attend this years event.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 7 to 8:30 pm Where: Memorial Park Library, 2nd Floor – 1221 2nd Street SW, Calgary Tickets: Online

The four-day event caters to fans of science fiction, comic books, film, television, horror, fantasy, animation and pop culture.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 7 to 8:30 pm Where: Globe Cinema – 617 8 Ave SW, Calgary Tickets: Online

Dozens of vendors and exhibitors are set up at the BMO Centre and Big Four Building and guests can also check out panels and workshops and mingle with celebrities, writers, artists and creators.

When: Thursday, April 25, 2019 Time: 8 pm Where: Rogers Place – 10220 104 Ave NW, Edmonton Tickets: Online

Cosplay is a big part of the expo and thousands of costume clad fans are invited to take part in the POW! Parade of Wonders in downtown Calgary on Friday.

The parade is the official kick off to Calgary Expo and is free but participants must be in cosplay and are encouraged to pre-register to take part.

About 4000 cosplayers are expected to join the procession down Stephen Avenue Mall, which starts at 8th Street S.W. at 10:30 a.m.

Calgary Comic and Entertainment Expo gets underway at Stampede Park on Thursday at 4 p.m. and runs through to Sunday.

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