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Brian Webb Dance Company annual auction: An amazing gallery show in its own right, over 60 pieces of art have been donated to help this Edmonton dance institution keep up and running after this rough year — including by artists Lyndal Osborne, John Freeman, Gary James Joynes, Graham Peacock, Marilene Oliver, Scott Cumberland, Lori Sokoluk and many others including Group of Seven painter Arthur Lismer. Working like eBay, you can bid up each beautiful object or just hit the “buy now” price. After April 2, info on how to see the works in person downtown on April 17 and 18 will be up on the website, but for now, have a peek at the art online.
Details: online at bwdc.ca through April 25, no charge to look
Starlite: Calgary experimental pop musician Chad VanGaalen is also one of the best illustrators in the country, which naturally led to him being one of our most amazing animators. Following the absolutely amazing video he put out in January for Samurai Sword — sort of a straight Dungeons & Dragons quest made in honour of his painter father — Starlight is decidedly more trippy, shades of the Frank Zappa-sponsored The Amazing Mr. Bickford. It’s a thing of dizzying, constant innovation and motion worth watching a few times to catch everything, including twisted versions of Garfield, Batman and a Predator. His new album World’s Most Stressed Out Gardener is also just out, find that at chadvangaalen.bandcamp.com.
Details: Any time at Chad VanGaalen’s YouTube channel, no charge
L’état sauvage (2020): This French/Belgian/Canadian co-production, directed by David Perrault, follows the exploits of a family of French settlers displaced by the American Civil War in 1861 back to Paris, escorted by a former merc with a troubled past. 118 minutes, French with subtitles, this female-led western is part of Metro’s online French Film Festival.