Harcourt House reopening: After four months locked up and virtual, Harcourt House is reopening Friday with two shows launching — Latent Monuments by Jill Ho-You and Catching Smoke by Deann Stein Hasinoff. Calgary’s Ho-You explores our species’ systematic failure to address human-driven climate change, while Edmonton abstract artist Stein Hasinoff explores the topic of anxiety. As she puts it, “In giving it a shape, I hoped to also better understand it. It is always present, a constant noise, yet when I focus my attention on it, it disperses like smoke.” There’s no opening, precisely, but an event is in the works Oct. 2. In the meantime, pop by the wide-open space.
Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Monday to Saturday (starting Friday) at Harcourt House (10215 112 St.)
Tokyo Godfathers (2003): While rummaging in the trash for food on Christmas Eve, three street misfits stumble upon an abandoned newborn baby. With only a handful of clues, they search Tokyo for help in returning the baby to its parents. Dir: Satoshi Kon; Japanese with subtitles.
Details: 6:30 p.m. at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13 at the wicket
Audrey Ochoa Big Parking Lot Concert: If you haven’t seen live music in a while, this trill whirl of a concert sounds especially enticing and worth a ride over. Edmonton trombonist and schoolteacher Audrey Ochoa is throwing a parking lot jazz party over on the west end in Britannia Youngstown Friday night. It’s bring your own chair, and donations are seriously appreciated — and even if it rains a little they’re still raring to go. Ochoa and the band will be playing music from her new album Frankenhorn, with classics by Stevie Wonder and others. And check this: she’ll be joined by Sandro Dominelli on drums, Dan Churchill on bass, Jim Cockell on violin, Ian Woodman on cello, Kate Svrcek on violin and Amy Nicholson on cello. Whoa, sounds like an actual Friday night! Upcoming shows planned for the same tarmac: marimba band Sticks and Stone Aug. 24; Melanie Gall’s Vera Lynn show Aug. 30; and Beth Portman’s retro roots Sept. 12.