5 Calgary Arts Events to Check Out in May

This month, watch a movie at the Calgary Black Film Festival, check out an exhibition about women artists and more.

Performers Pam Tzeng and FOONYAP from SHED | knowing each other as different and the same. Photograph by Mike Tan.

Money Zoo: Fantastic Beasts in the History of Money

Running until July 29 at Nickle Galleries, this art exhibition explores the history of animals shown in past and present currencies while also examining the complex history of using animals as money. Curated by Marina Fischer and Carolyn Willekes, the exhibition takes a closer look at the current dependency on these fantastic creatures and their place in the modern world. The exhibition can also be experienced virtually here. 

2500 University Dr. N.W., 403-220-6098, nickle.ucalgary.ca 


Calgary Black Film Festival

Following a successful inaugural year, the Calgary Black Film Festival (CBFF) returns from May 26 to 29. The CBFF showcases local and global independent films that look at the reality of Black people around the world. Grab your favourite movie snacks, sit back and enjoy your film of choice in person or virtually.



SHED | knowing each other as different and the same 

Visit The New Gallery until May 14 to view SHED | knowing each other as different and the same, a collection of moving portraits choreographed by Pam Tzeng that highlight and explore the way bodies perceive, receive and relate. The show replaces the term “people of colour” with “bodies of culture” in a reclamation of values, memories and lived experiences. Tickets are available here.

208 Centre St. S., 403-233-2399, thenewgallery.org


Dora Maar: The Wicked One

High Performance Rodeo: Spring Edition continues this month with its last few productions. From May 5 to 14, don’t miss Dora Maar: The Wicked One, a romance about obsession, love and surrealism set in the 1930s when Dora meets the world famous artist, Pablo Picasso. Tickets are available here.  

Big Secret Theatre, hprodeo.ca


Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment

Until May 8, stop by Glenbow’s temporary satellite location to visit its first exhibition in the space. Uninvited: Canadian Women Artists in the Modern Moment features more than 200 works of art by women photographers, artists, sculptors and more from 100 years ago. Learn about the renovations happening at the Glenbow here.

150 9 Ave. S.W., 403‑268‑4100, glenbow.org

[Correction: A previous version of this story listed the wrong end date for Dora Maar: The Wicked One. It runs until May 14.]

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