Every week my calendar fills up with awesome things to do in this great city. Last week I got to check out Splendid Isolation at the Esker Foundation (story to come later this week), see Ponydance take over the Village Brewery as a hump day treat and wandered though Inglewood on the hunt for great community art. And although it’s just past noon on Monday I’ve already heard amazing music coming from the Calgary Tower thanks to the High Performance Rodeo’s Calgary Carillon Celebration. I can’t wait to see what’s next. Here’s your Arts Round Up for this week.

PONYDANCE POPPING UP EVERYWHERE: There was something strange dancing its way through the city last week, popping up where you’d least expect it – the Mayor’s office, The CORE, Art Central and, as seen here, at the Village Brewery. Irish-based comedy dance theatre company, Ponydance, appeared in spaces throughout the city as part of the High Performance Rodeo. Although the Ponies have returned home, awesome rodeo programming continues throughout this week including Blanche: The Bittersweet Life of a Wild Prairie Dame at the Lunchbox Theatre and This Is What Happens Next at Alberta Theatre Projects.
Photos by Amy Jo Espetveidt, Quadrophonic Image

Happening 2013 New Music and Media
Five days of sonic discovery, that’s what the Happening Festival of New Music and Media 2013 is all about.
Join the University of Calgary this week for the festival’s 10th anniversary – a rich spectrum of new music created and interpreted by Calgary and international composers and musicians.
Each night will feature an awesome concert encompassing new chamber music, chamber opera, music for large ensemble and orchestra, choral music, interactive electroacoustic music and sonic arts.
The festival opens tonight with the Thin Edge New Music Collective from the Banff Centre, a unique ensemble comprising flute, violin, cello and accordion.
The celebration continues with faculty and student solo performers, chamber ensembles and large ensembles.
The Happening Festival of New Music and Media 2013 runs January 21 to 26 at the Rosza Centre, UC Campus. For the complete festival schedule visit music.ucalgary.ca.

Contemporary Cowboy at AVALANCHE!
With Exposure 2013 just around the corner, many galleries are gearing up for great photographic exhibits including those great folks at AVALANCHE!
Contemporary Cowboy, featuring new works by Jeremy Pavka and Karly Mortimer, opens this Friday, January 25 at 8pm.
It’ll give you a whole new view of “the West” and our interactions with it.
Admission is free, it’s open to the public and the artists will be in attendance. An artist talk is also scheduled for February 2 at 8pm.
Contemporary Cowboy runs until February 20 and is open Saturdays from 12pm to 4pm or by appointment.

Limelighter’s Spoken Word and Song
Expanding on their monthly art show, Limelighter’s holding their second spoken word night this Wednesday at Pages in Kensington.
Erin Dingle, Christina Helen Marie, Honey Kebede, Laura Schoenberg and Big Daddy of the Water Rats will be performing, there’ll be free hot chocolate (bring your own mug to save on garbage) and it all kicks off at 7:30pm. Tickets are just $7 at the door and make sure you bring cash.
For more information, head over to the event’s Facebook page here.

Great Music at the UofC
The University of Calgary continues its great music programming with two more great concerts taking place this week.
The first happens tonight with the Monday Night Jazz Series with saxophonist Michael Blake’s Variety Hour featuring the UofC Jazz Orchestra. It takes place Monday night at 8pm at the University Theatre.
Michael is a well-known New York tenor and soprano saxophonist and an engaging improviser who will be joined by J. P. Carter on trumpet, Chris Gestrin on keyboard and Dylan Van der Schyff on the drums.
Then come back tomorrow, January 22 at 8pm, for the RBC Concerto Competition as part of their annual Celebration Series. The Rozsa Centre’s Eckhardt-Gramatté Hall will be filled with great music performed by the most outstanding performance majors in the Department of Music along with members of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tickets are available through Campus Ticket Centre at (403) 220-7202 or at the door and for more information visit performingarts.ucalgary.ca.

Garden Variety: It’s Like Everything you’ve Ever Seen
For the past four years the Garden Variety Show has been showcasing the best of the best in this vaudeville style variety revue. And their new season kicks off this Thursday, January 24, at the Loose Moose Theatre (1235 26th Ave SE).
And this one is a bit more special with a sneak peak at the upcoming WowFest, a magic arts festival set for February. Join Carisa Hendrix, Tad Hargrave (the Magicians Magician) and legendary busker band Rotary Park for an evening of awesome variety.
Tickets are just $10 and the doors open at 7:15pm. Go, you’ll be amazed.

Keep up the awesome Calgary and don’t forget to keep sending in your community arts pictures, suggestions and favourites as the Community Outdoor Art Challenge is still ongoing and I need more. More. MORE. I know it’s out there so let me know!

Do you have something awesome coming up and want to be part of the Calgary Arts Round Up? Drop me a line at amy@calgaryisawesome.com!