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From: 06/Jul/2019 - To: 06/Sep/2019 - Subject: Events - Author Readings, Events - Arts & Culture

Among Friends: The history of LGBTQ2+ Recreation and Sport in Calgary

Join local historian Kevin Allen in a discussion about the history of queer recreation and sport in Calgary. In partnership with the Calgary Gay History Project. A part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: All Ages

An Eclectic History of Readers and Reading at Calgary Public Library

From Pulitzer-Prize winners to bodice rippers, Calgary has always been a city of readers. Join librarian and author Rosemary Griebel as she explores Calgary’s history of reading tastes and asks the provocative question: Are we what we read? Presented by the Calgary Public Library. A part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: All Ages

Bill’s Book Cafe with Anne Logan

Local Book Columnist and Wordfest Book Club Host Anne Logan tackles the wildly popular and addictive novel Daisy Jones and the Six by Taylor Jenkins Reid.

Audience: Adults

Bill’s Book Cafe with Eric Hendry

Chef Eric Hendry of the popular café LUKES, explores the ancient wisdom and neuroscience behind yoga through One Simple Thing: A New Look at the Science of Yoga and How It Can Transform Your Life by Eddie Stern.

Audience: Adults

Blues Guitar Workshop

Learn to play the blues on guitar with one of Calgary’s top professional Blues guitarists: Tim Williams! Open to all ages and skill levels. Register for this free event at Calgarybluesfest.com.

Audience: All Ages - Ages 5 and up

Calgary Goes Skiing

Calgary is a skiing city today, but it wasn't always that way. Join historian David Mittelstadt for the story of the city's ski pioneers, from ski jumpers on the banks of the Elbow River to the weekend ski trains to Banff. A part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: All Ages

Discover ROULEAUVILLE

Discover Rouleauville, Calgary’s French-Canadian village (1899-1907) and “meet” the Significant Seven trailblazing pioneers who founded the Cradle of Calgary. Presented by Suzanne de Courville Nicol, president of the Bureau de Visibilité de Calgary (BVC) and the Society for the Francophone Heritage of Calgary.

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1920’s (Metropolis, 1927)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1920’s (Metropolis, 1927).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1930’s (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937) *Family Matinee*

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. This afternoon's family matinee: 1930’s (Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1940’s (His Girl Friday, 1940)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1940’s (His Girl Friday, 1940).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1950’s (Rear Window, 1954)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1950’s (Rear Window, 1954).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1960’s (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1960’s (Breakfast at Tiffany's, 1961)

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1970’s (Jaws, 1975)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1970’s (Jaws, 1975).

Audience: Adults & Teens

Film through the Decades: The 1980’s (Back to the Future, 1985) *OUTDOOR SCREENING*

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introduction provided. This event will be a special outdoor screening in Central Memorial Park. In the event of rain, the film will be screened inside the Memorial Park Library. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1980’s (Back to the Future, 1985).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 1990’s (Jurassic Park, 1993) *OUTDOOR SCREENING*

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introduction provided. This event will be a special outdoor screening in Central Memorial Park. In the event of rain, the film will be screened inside the Memorial Park Library. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's feature: The 1990’s (Jurassic Park, 1993).

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The 2000’s (Wall-E, 2008) *Family Matinee*

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. This afternoon's Family matinee: The 2000’s (Wall-E, 2008)

Audience: All Ages

Film through the Decades: The Early Days of Cinema (A Trip to the Moon, 1902 and Charlie Chaplin, 1910s)

Explore the history of cinema by enjoying feature films through the decades! Historical introductions and popcorn provided. In partnership with the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers. Tonight's Feature: A Trip to the Moon (1902) and an early Charlie Chaplin film (1910s).

Audience: All Ages

Great Blues North

Calgary has a great history and passion for the Blues. Kick back and listen to 20th Century Blues music from the Great Blues North. Featuring international award-winning bluesman Tim Williams. In partnership with the Calgary Blues Music Association. A Calgary Blues Fest event in honor of Historic Calgary Week. Register for this free event at Calgarybluesfest.com.

Audience: Adults - Ages 18 and up

Historic Calgary Week Family Storytime

Join us for a special storytime that celebrates the land and relationships on which our city was built.

Audience: All Ages

Historic Calgary Week: Are You a New Calgarian?

This event is designed especially for newcomers to Canada. In the Footsteps of Giants, a book by Chinook Country Historical Society written for young readers, celebrates the people who made our city great. Join some of the book’s authors for tales of the amazing characters of Calgary's past.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: Echoes of the Past: Parties of a Ghost Town

You are invited to join Shari Peyerl and take a peek at several festivities once held at Glenbow Village. Listen in on the 1910 New Year’s Eve party playlist and find out what it reveals about these early Alberta immigrants.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: Escape from Fire Hall Number 3

Join other budding historians to solve the mysterious haunting of Fire Hall Number 3 at this teen-only event.

Audience: Teens

Historic Calgary Week: Family Heritage Festival 2019

Join many of Calgary’s best-known heritage organizations for a fun filled afternoon of hands-on activities for everyone celebrating the heritage of Calgary and Alberta.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: Let Us Now Praise Ordinary People

Doug Coats' great-grandparents and grandparents left England to start new lives, first in Manitoba and then in Alberta. Join them for the sea voyage, the train trip, and the trials and tribulations of homesteading — four times — before settling in Calgary.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: The Calgary General Strike and the Canadian Labour Revolt of 1919

Explore the largest strike in Calgary’s early history when workers walked out in sympathy with the Winnipeg General Strike. Led by Dr. Kirk Niergarth, Mount Royal University, and the Alberta Labour History Institute.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: The History of the Calgary Herald

Enjoy an entertaining look at the history of the Calgary Herald with Deputy Editor, Monica Zurowski and retired Researcher Norma Marr.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: The New Central Library in Photographs

Enjoy a photographic essay chronicling the creation of Calgary’s new Central Library led by award-winning photographer George Webber, followed by a short walking tutorial led by architectural photographer Neil Zeller.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: Where Will All the Family Records Go? Succession-Proofing your Family History

Join Jim Benedict, Director of Alberta Family Histories Society, as he presents methods and resources to help preserve the research and documents that make up your family’s history.

Audience: Adults

Historic Calgary Week: Windows on History

Join Harry Sanders for an historic tour of the neighbourhood as seen from Central Library's windows, including extant buildings like the St. Louis Hotel as well as vanished landmarks.

Audience: Adults

One Big JAM – From the Heart of the City

Come together with some of Calgary's finest musicians, dancers, and music lovers to weave a mixture of styles into a one-of-a kind experience in this special outdoor edition of One Big JAM. Join in with the band or just come for the show. In partnership with One Big JAM, Victoria Park BIA, and the City of Calgary. No registration required. Absolutely free.

Audience: All Ages

Outliers: Calgary’s Queer History Screening (Directors Cut)

Join local historian Take a deep dive into the historical, social, and political forces that shaped the development of the queer community in Calgary from 1960 to the present. Featuring extensive footage and B-roll film from Calgary Pride in the 90’s. In partnership with Calgary Queer Arts Society. A part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: Adults & Teens

Printed Word: The Salon Series with Sylvia Arthur and Susan Calder

In 2017, Alberta Printmakers and Loft 112 initiated Print(ed) Word to explore book inspired relationships. The result was a collaboration between a selection of 12 Alberta printmakers and 12 writers. Print(ed) Word is a collection of 12 handmade artist books now on permanent display at Central Library. Join the authors and artists for a series of presentations on their writing, art, and the process of collaborating to make their book. Presented with the generous support of the J K L MacLachlan Family Fund.

Audience: Adults

Songwriting

Curious about how to write a song? Learn how to convey your message in your songwriting.

Audience: Adults - Ages 16 and up

The Evolution of the Library Through Buildings

Join a walking tour from Alberta’s first public library to the new Central Library, learning about historic community buildings along the way. Led by Sarah Meilleur, Director of Service Delivery and former Calgary Heritage Authority Vice-Chair. Meet on the front steps of the Memorial Park Library. This event is a part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: Adults

The Nerds of 1900: Science Fiction at the Turn of the Century

What did Calgary’s nerds enjoy at the turn of the 20th century? Join Cory Gross of the blog Voyages Extraordinaires for a look at the history of Science Fiction books, comics, movies, and art around the year 1900.

Audience: All Ages

The Play’s the Thing: 50 Years of great theatre in the Calgary Jewish community, presented by Zelda Dean

Zelda Dean was active in Calgary theatre for over 30 years, directing over 120 productions. In her talk, she will share some memories, including of her years with the Beth Israel Players, which she founded as the first Jewish theatre company in Western Canada. In partnership with the Jewish Historical Society of Southern Alberta. A part of the Historic Calgary Week event series.

Audience: All Ages

The Pursuit of Endurance with Jennifer Pharr Davis

National Geographic Adventurer and record-setting hiker Pharr Davis shares stories, slides, and excerpts from her newest book which reveals the secrets to unlocking the grit to achieve personal best in sports, work, and personal life.

Audience: Adults

Wall(s) with Cam Christiansen and Marcello Di Cintio

A screening of the highly acclaimed animated documentary Wall, followed by a discussion between the film director Christiansen and Walls author Di Cintio regarding the reality of the wall separating Israel and Palestine.

Audience: Adults

When Words Collide

Join us for readings by international bestselling authors Charles de Lint, Kat Flannery, Lisa Mangun, Jonas Saul and Leanne Shirtliffe, and a talk by Shadow Mountain Publishing editor Lisa Mangum. A question period and autograph session will follow.

Audience: Adults

Wordfest presents: We’ve Read This Book Club

Looking for the chance to chat about what you’ve read (or haven’t read yet) with an equally engaged group of book lovers? Sign up for Calgary’s most entertaining and friendly book club, hosted by Anne Logan. This July we’re reading The Western Alienation Merit Badge by Nancy Jo Cullen, and in August we’re delving into Aria by Nazanine Hozar.

Audience: Adults

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