Aug 29

Be a Beakerhead downtown

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Art + Science + Engineering = BEAKERHEAD!

For decades, arts, science and engineering have been streamlined in opposing directions. Thanks to the annual programming from Beakerhead, the three disciplines converge to build, engage, compete and exhibit works of art, engineered creativity and entertainment for all those willing to experience it. 

Beakerhead 2017 is taking over Calgary September 13 through 17 with free and ticketed exhibits and activities taking place both indoors and outdoors! Below are some of the highlights coming up in downtown Calgary.

Engineered Eats

Sweet, salty, savoury, sour and sudsy, your dining experience will be changed when chef and/or bartender becomes a scientist! Explore molecular cocktails and engineered temptations at five downtown locations participating in Engineered Eats September 9 through 17, 2017.

Bank and Baron 125 8th Ave SW
Bank and Baron will be offering a seasonal sprouted barley salad available during kitchen hours for $10.

Paper St -  #102, 630 8 Ave SW
September 9 through 16th, Paper St will be sharing a barley risotto ball (think a modified arancini and delicious!) for $12 during kitchen hours.

Klein/Harris - Main Floor 110 - 8 Avenue SW

River Café25 Prince’s Island Park
River Café will be offering a dinner entree service for $44 anytime after 5pm starting September 9 through 17, 2017.

WorkShop - Theatre Junction Grand, 608 1 Street SW

To see the full list of participating restaurants, visit Beakerhead’s Engineered Eats page.


Image Source: Nick Taylor,

Four to Six*

Tired of the rat race? Downtown Calgary wants you to bring your friends, family or coworkers to stretch your legs in a human-sized hamster wheel while checking out big-time science buskers and exploring the chaotic fun of artists and performers - both human and machine!

Location: Stephen Avenue, 8 Avenue and 1 Street SE
Dates: September 13 - 15, 2017


Image credit: Steve Seeley

Calgary Municipal Space Station

It was only a matter of time until public transport took to the stars!

The year is 2047 and you are invited to the grand opening of the world’s first municipal space station! Calgary’s public transit system now features direct service to space – and you don’t need to be a rocket scientist to know that one space station is useless unless there’s a network of other space stations to reach.

More more information on the installation or to purchase tickets, visit the Eventbrite: Calgary Municipal Space Station Launch Tickets.

Location: Calgary Tower, 101 9 Ave SW,
Dates: September 13 - 17, 2017
Times: Check ticket details for availability.


Image Source: Beakerhead, 2017


5,000 white balloons are spilling out of the building as if some sort of cartoonish experiment went awry inside. No lab coats or goggles required, though. Word has it there may be bubbles for the taking every day when the clock strikes three.

Location: Legion No. 1, 116 - 7 Avenue SE, Calgary, AB
Dates: September 13- 17, 2017

Time: 3:00 pm


Image Source: Beakerhead, 2017

The Ape in You

Led by an expert primatologist Dr. Hugh Notman and a gaggle of Calgary’s best improv actors - learn about and witness the behavioural norms of our primate brethren. Prepare for one of those existential crisis moments where you realize you’re not so different from a gorilla, except maybe you have less body hair. Maybe…

This event is for individuals 18 years of age and up and require a ticket. Tickets are available for purchase for $25 at Arts Commons: The Ape in You.

Location: Engineered Air Theatre, Arts Commons, 205 - 8 Avenue SE
Date: September 13, 2021
Time: 7:30 pm to 9:00 pm


Image Source: Beakerhead, 2017

Scent Bar

Induldge in a blindfolded sensory performance based on our sense of smell. A dash of clove, a splash of campfire and a light misting of your Grandmother’s perfume. Which scent cocktail will stir your memory?

Scent Bar is the next chapter in an annual release of theatrical sensory experiences produced by Ghost River Theatre. Space is limited and tickets are required in advance. They can be purchased for $50 at Ghost River Theatre: Scent Bar.

Location: 604-8 Avenue SW (Former Chicago Chophouse)
Dates: September 13-17, 2017
Times: Wednesday - Friday from 8:00 pm - 9:00 pm
              Saturday - 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
              Sunday - 2:00 pm to 3:00pm & 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm



Mesmerized by the powerful, crushing grip of the claw in the metal scrap yard? Slide into the driver’s seat of this industrial-sized claw game made by Geoff Kallweit at Read Jones Christoffersen and Laird Hill of Crystal Services.

In this claw game you get to hear the crunch as you try your luck at big-time recycling. Pay to play, with real prizes!

Location: Eau Claire Market, 200 Barclay Parade SW
Dates and times: Wednesday, September 13 - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                                Thursday, September 14 - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                                Friday, September 15 - 12:00 pm - 8:00 pm
                                Saturday, September 16 - 10:00 am - 8:00 pm
                                Sunday, September 17 - 10:00 am - 6:00 pm


Image Source: Beakerhead, 2017

Up Against All Odds*

Option 1: Start near the top – stair #7 to be exact.
If you roll a 1 or 2, and you can move one step upward. Roll any other number, and you take one step back.

Option 2: Start near the bottom – stair #3 to be exact. If you roll a 1, 2, or 3, take one step up. If it’s a 4, 5, or 6, take one step back.

If you reach the top step first—you win. If you reach the bottom step first—you lose.

Location: McDougall Centre, 455 - 6 Street SW
Dates: September 13 - 17, 2017
Times: Wednesday - Friday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
              Saturday from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm
              Sunday from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm


Image Source: Beakerhead, 2017


Long, long ago, travellers found their way home by the stars. Can you find your way home by following the stars? Come to experience a multimedia installation merging three elements: a First Nations star legend, modern engineering, and new media based art.

Engage in a sensory experience that tells the story of the Big Dipper (ihkitsíkammiksi) and the legend of the seven brothers and their little sister who escaped conflict by becoming stars.

Location: Eighth Avenue Place, 525 - 8 Avenue SW
Dates: September 13 - 17, 2017
Times: Wednesday - Saturday from 12:00 pm to 8:00 pm
              Sunday from 10:00 am - 6:00 pm

For a full list of activities and events happening during Beakerhead 2017, visit their website at

*Event is free to the public and does not require a ticket in advance.

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