For Arts’ Sake – November

by Hilary Angrove

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November: the month where there’s too much snow for hiking but not enough for skiing, when the snowbirds go south and potential tourists stay south. Not a snowbird and don’t have a November vacation lined up? Luckily, November in Calgary offers many opportunities to get cultured, from just a stone’s throw away.

The Calgary Underground Film Festival elevates Calgary’s cultural landscape with the best in local and international independent cinema. Recently, they noticed Calgarian’s growing desire for non-fiction films so from November 16th – 19th they will be presenting a unique roster of never before screened in Calgary documentaries.

Without a doubt, Calgarians have an appetite for engaging, educational, cinematic output. From November 16-19, The Marda Loop Justice Film Festival will be screening films on issues important to us as individuals, Canadians, global citizens, and humans. Improve your dinner table discussion and hang out for post-show discussions with local and international cinematographers, and take advantage of the Festival’s different opportunities to interact with experts.

Not a cinephile? Explore the untold stories of lemurs in Madagascar with Mireya Mayor during the National Geographic Live presentation at Arts Commons on November 5th and 6th. The talk includes a post-show Q & A – a chance for you to fully engage with this inspiring explorer.

Calgary is a wonderful place with much to offer – and there are a multitude of places to get cultured, beyond this list.