Three to See Friday: Blu Smith, The Look and Fallen Angels

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Blu Smith: This Victoria artist started out as a commercial sign painter, which explains his precise and dynamic use of line and colour in his striking, impressionistic landscapes — which he envisions as part of a sort of ecosystem. “I look at my paintings not as individual pieces but rather as a living, breathing and constantly changing body of work. It really does take on a life of its own.” One of the E’s blew off the gallery’s sign during that crazy wind last week — they found it, luckily — but this excellent and engaging show (featuring many of the gallery’s artists, too) has made up for that. Call 780-488-4892 and book a masked, in-person appointment!

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Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Tues. – Sat. through at least Feb. 4 at West End Gallery (10337 124 St.), no charge

The Look: Basically the last production allowed by pandemic law — with special permission from the government to rehearse — this Alexa Wyatt play presented by Northern Light Theatre tells the tale of aged-out supermodel (Linda Grass) confronting her true self as she tries on various looks. As the Journal’s Jenny Feniak noted in her review, “Her face is an ever-growing disaster of shimmery slicks and weepy, racooned eyes — attempts to fulfill her duty and prove her worth to Estelle while mental and emotional foundations slowly crumble.” Just book and click and you have 24 hours to watch, no download necessary — approximately 55 minutes.

Linda Grass stars in the North American premiere of The Look, presented virtually by Northern Light Theatre.

Details: runs through Jan 31 at northernlightstheatre.com, $31.50

Fallen Angels (1995): This movie! Originally conceived as a segment of Chungking Express only to spin off on its own woozy axis, this hyper-cool head rush plays like the dark, moody flip side to Wong’s breakout feature as it charts the subtly interlacing fates of a handful of urban loners — including a coolly detached hitman (Leon Lai) looking to go straight, his business partner (Michelle Reis) who secretly yearns for him, and a mute delinquent (Takeshi Kaneshiro). New 4K restoration in collaboration with Criterion, 99 mins. PS, as well as individual shows, you can also buy a pass to see all seven World of Wong Kar Wai for $53.50 USD.

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