For Arts’ Sake: A Stage for One and All

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by Aaron Chatha

It’s chilly outside, but November is filled with shows to warm your heart.

On November 4, National Geographic wildlife photographer Ronan Donovan stops by the Jack Singer Concert Hall to share tales about the social lives of wolves, chimps, bears and gorillas in Social By Nature. Donovan has travelled from Yellowstone to Uganda, taking fascinating photos along the way.

Running this month in the Engineered Air Theatre, Chromatic Theatre presents Winners and Losers. Two local, powerhouse performances debate whether people, places or things – from Robin Williams to camping and private schools – are winners or losers. The further it goes – the more personal the conversation becomes.

For a show with over-the-top production value and choreography, check out the Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. Gloriously hand-crafted costumes and puppets bring this classic story to life at the Jack Singer. They’re only here for one night – Nov. 16 – before the twirl over to the next stop in their global tour.

Speaking of classics, Sharon, Bram and Friends are making their final appearance in Calgary on November 18. The farewell tour will cover family favourites like She’ll Be Coming ‘Round The Mountain, One Elephant and – of course – Skinnamarink. Relive your childhood and use this chance to introduce a new generation of little ones to Sharon, Lois & Bram’s iconic music.

Finally, join OK Go on November 17 to experience the band’s innovative and experimental videos in a whole new way. The band will perform their songs live and in sync with 20 of their iconic videos, pausing for question/answer sessions with the crowd and special performances. See them perform on handbells and join in the high-tech interactive piece performed by the audience. Like the band, the show defies categorization, but bring your family and expect dancing, joy, and wonder.

Have a nifty November, Calgary!