Shakespeare, Mini Pops & Motorcycles: Calgary entertainment this weekend

If adding more arts and culture to your life in 2019 is on your resolution list, here’s our weekly roundup to give you some options.

Shakespeare remixed

The Kinkonauts are working their magic Saturday, turning the best of William Shakespeare into a hilarious show called Much Ado from Nothing: An Improvised Shakespeare.

There will be costumes, comedy and soliloquies, improvised on the spot based on audience suggestions.

That starts at 8pm at Inglewood’s Rose Room.

Here’s some more details for you.

Mini Pops, the next generation

If you were a child of the ’80s you probably remember the Mini Pops. A musical sensation at a time of Spandex and jelly shoes.

Mini Pop Kids of today are kind of a hot take on Maroon 5, Calvin Harris and Alessia Cara and they’re touring Alberta right now with a stop in Calgary on Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Southern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium.

Here’s what you need to know.

Free movement

If moving more is one of your resolutions, Free Spirit Dance in northwest Calgary is opening all of its classes for free this Saturday.

They’ve got everything from Bollywood Fusion to Zumba, Barre, Reggaeton Fusion, contemporary, Dancehall and salsa, and that’s just a start.

Doors open at 8:30 a.m. and the first class gets underway at 9 a.m.

This is adults only, no kids or audiences. Be sure to arrive early.

Here’s more details.

Something outdoors

It may cool off but the temperature outdoors this weekend should be manageable, so one option is to head south for the Southwood Winter Festival on Saturday from  2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

It’s totally free with a donation to the Calgary Food Bank.

There will be skating, shinny, sleigh rides, a petting zoo, facepainting, games, arts and crafts and a lot more.

There’s even a community jam session happening for anyone musical, so just bring an instrument and join in.

Here are the details on Facebook.

There’s also a community skate party at the Haysboro Community Centre on Sunday starting at 2 p.m.

It’s called Light Up Haysboro Skate Party and here are the details from Facebook.

Motorcycle show

The Calgary Motorcycle Show is back at the BMO Centre this weekend. They are packing Hall B with bikes, gear, customs, demos and more.

The three-day show starts Friday at noon and here are the details.

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Sherwood Park is a large hamlet in Alberta, Canada within Strathcona County that is recognized as an urban service area.[7] It is located adjacent to the City of Edmonton’s eastern boundary,[8] generally south of Highway 16 (Yellowhead Trail), west of Highway 21 and north of Highway 630 (Wye Road).[9] Other portions of Sherwood Park extend beyond Yellowhead Trail and Wye Road, while Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) separates Refinery Row to the west from the balance of the hamlet to the east.[9]

Sherwood Park was established in 1955 on farmland of the Smeltzer family, east of Edmonton. With a population of 70,618 in 2016,[6] Sherwood Park has enough people to be Alberta’s seventh largest city, but technically retains the status of a hamlet. The Government of Alberta recognizes the Sherwood Park Urban Service Area as equivalent to a city.


Sherwood Park, originally named Campbelltown, was founded by John Hook Campbell and John Mitchell in 1953 when the Municipal District of Strathcona No. 83 approved their proposed development of a bedroom community east of Edmonton. The first homes within the community were marketed to the public in 1955. Canada Post intervened on the name of Campbelltown due to the existence of several other communities in Canada within the same name, so the community’s name was changed to Sherwood Park in 1956.

The Sherwood Park Urban Service Area is located in the Edmonton Capital Region along the western edge of central Strathcona County adjacent to the City of Edmonton.[8] The majority of the community is bound by Highway 16 (Yellowhead Highway) to the north, Highway 21 to the east, Highway 630 (Wye Road) to the south, and Anthony Henday Drive (Highway 216) to the west. The Refinery Row portion of Sherwood Park is located across Anthony Henday Drive to the west, between Sherwood Park Freeway and Highway 16. Numerous developments fronting the south side of Wye Road, including Wye Gardens, Wye Crossing, Salisbury Village and the Estates of Sherwood Park, are also within the community. Lands north of Highway 16 and south of Township Road 534/Oldman Creek between Range Road 232 (Sherwood Drive) to the west and Highway 21 to the east are also within the Sherwood Park urban service area.

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