Happy New Year, Dandelion readers! It’s not yet a week in to 2012, and already Calgary is off to a great start as the cultural capital of Canada is off to a great start. Check out these events taking place January 5:

Full details at http://www.firstthursdays.ca.

Join Mark’s free Calgary ArtWalk tour at the Auburn Saloon at 5 or choose your own route.

HIGH PERFORMANCE RODEO EVENTS (free or pay-what-you-can)

Roving Launch Party of This Is My City Festival starts at MOCA-Calgary at 5:30. free.
Backstage at Lunchbox’s Rodeo show The Ugly One – ltg & set designers chat, 6pm, free.
The Eviction of the Stuart Block, a new live radio play, John Dutton Theatre, 7-7:30, pwyc.
Rodeo FT Sneak-a-Peek, Laycraft Lounge near Big Secret Th, EPCOR CTR, 8:15pm, free.
ART (all free)

Opening night: Art Central galleries (incl. The New Gallery) 5-9pm, MOCA-Calgary’s Out of the Shadows 5:30-8:30pm, Endeavor Arts’ Illuminate 2012 5-8pm.
Art educator on hand to talk about the show Calgary Collects at AGC 5-8.
Calgary Woodturners Guild demos and show in the lower level of Art Central 5-9pm.
die Steppe alt by Shawn Dicey, Ledge Gallery, EPCOR CENTRE, artist present 11-6pm.

Film Screening: The Delian Mode (Soundasaurus Festival of Multimedia Sound), free, 7:30
Auburn Saloon features blues guitarist Erin Ross at noon, Latin Night DJ at night
Good Ol’ Boys at Original Joe’s (if the gold medal game isn’t on the TV!)
Live Jazz at the Oak Room, Palliser Hotel, 5:30-8:30pm, no cover
DJ Jon Delirious jams with CK SAX, UBU Lounge, The GRAND (+1/2 price sushi), 6:30-10
FOOD & DRINK SPECIALS, great skating in Olympic Plaza (bring your skates), Twigs’ extended holiday clearance event, lots of free workshops and a movie at the library, and MORE!

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