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Paula in the park: In case you’re missing Paula Simons’ sharp and curious mind here at the Journal, the senator’s brand-new, online Jane’s Walk is a simply fantastic way to catch up, and also learn all about one of Edmonton’s underrated, north-side treasures: Coronation Park — which contains three of our best buildings, two of them planetariums, hilariously. In her precise and enthusiastic way, Simons circles the gorgeous peaks of Hemingway Pool, shakes loose the history of the imported Ross Shep totem pole, and even points out little-known Long Burrow 6, a rare example of conceptual land art around here. The jewel in the park’s path-drawn Royal Scepter (check out the overhead map) is the old Queen Elizabeth Planetarium, which as a temple of science is rather coyly surrounded by the 12 Greek astrological symbols in sidewalk mosaic by Edith and Heinrich Eichner. South of Douglas Cardinal’s planetarium, keep an eye out for the old bricks representing distances within the solar system. The next step is to head to the park — but start here.
Details: On Senator Paula Simons’ YouTube channel, no charge
Under the dome: Speaking of space, part of the ongoing, online NorthwestFest documentary film fest, Red Heaven (2020) is the story of six volunteers who take part in the ultimate dress rehearsal, living inside a year-long NASA simulation to understand the effects of isolation on the human mind. Filmed by the crew, sealed within a 1000-square foot dome on the red, rocky slope of a Hawaiian volcano, Red Heaven captures the mounting tension, blossoming romance, and intense feelings of isolation that the six strangers must face in the name of future space exploration. Directed by Lauren Defilippo and Katherine Gorringe, 84 mins.
Details: Playing through May 16 at northwestfest.ca, $12.95
Street eats: And just a quick reminder, Downtown Spark’s Root 107, the pallet-walled pop-up park in the core, is ongoing. Basically, a spread-out place to sit and eat food truck grub while looking at tiny murals, a cappella’s Curbside will be serving this weekend, and the whole affair is very kid friendly. Chances are good you’ll run into one of our many grubber downtown hares (not for consumption).
Details: 107 Street and 101 Avenue, no charge