The Ghosts of the Mink Make a Big Spirit : I was checking out the 2020 Biennial this week at Art Gallery of Alberta and stopped to look at Halie Finney’s remarkable painting in Manning Hall on the main floor — seriously, make the time to do the same.
This giant, rolling cloud of smoke and hovering minks is one of the most striking images ever to adorn the gallery’s “lobby” space, and while she’s using it as a metaphor for grieving and celebrating someone’s life, there’s a larger environmental tension at work that’s also strikingly beautiful from a simple design point of view that asks, what’s on fire, what are we burning, what will remain? It’s great.
Details : Thursdays-Sundays at AGA, no charge for Manning Hall
Christine Hanson : Known for her version of The Creation of Sam McGee, this dynamic cellist, composer and sound designer has toured the high arctic with a tango trio, played traditional music in the Outer Hebrides in Scotland and taught master classes and workshops on both sides of the Atlantic.
She was also nominated for Instrumentalist of the Year at the 2020 Western Canadian Music Awards. If you want to experience an instrumental Celtic show, this Café Series show is the place to be. Also, just look at that goth cello!
Details : 7:30 p.m. at Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park), $25 at festivalplace.ab.ca
Happy Place (2020) : Helen Shaver’s Edmonton International Film Festival closer explores a group of women spending together in an in-patient care facility, all of whom have tried to commit suicide.
Samira’s (Backo) attempt stems from PTSD after a violent sexual assault several years earlier, and her fellow residents — sophisticated Celine (Marie-Ève Perron), ribald Mildred (Mary Walsh), guarded Rosemary (Pamela Mala Sinha), vulnerable Nina (Lisa Repo-Martell), and competitive Joyce (Sheila McCarthy) — have personal stories that intersect with her own. Based on Pamela Mala Sinha’s play. Following the first showing is a Facebook Live Q&A at 8:20 p.m., see edmontonfilmfest.com for details.
Details : 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. at Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre, $10 at the door or landmarkcinemas.com