Three to See Friday: U of A SNAP show and the mighty Vachons

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Unreality Now: It’s never a burden to remind readers Edmonton is actually a major printmaking centre with a long, impressive history in the world of this artform. This honour continues only if we keep adding new artists to the local tradition, and so a show like the latest from the University of Alberta senior printmaking class — online like so much right now — is a real thing to value as we get a chance to see what’s new. Impressively, there’s actually a lot of video content in the show, in some cases pairing prints with footage, in other cases animation, and I’m especially fond of Kayla Bleoo’s Daily Life As a Ghost, the pandemic metaphor being obvious. Have a look, it’s way more compelling than influencer selfies!

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Details: Through June 5 at snapartists.com, no charge

Collider Festival: The Citadel’s play development festival continues this weekend through Sunday with play readings of Erin Shields’ Jane Eyre Friday, on Saturday Mieko Ouchi’s Burning Mom and Holly Lewis’ the Fianceé, and on Sunday, Readings from the Punctuate! Playwrights’ Unit and Kenneth T. Williams’ Paris, SK. The Saturday workshop by Shields is already on a waiting list, but don’t miss out on the Developing New Canadian Musicals workshop Sunday with Michael Rubinoff. Liane Faulder broke the whole fest down, so check for her article online, and even more details are at the Citadel’s site. Bonus: all the sessions will be captioned live by Otter.

Montreal-based playwright Erin Shields has adapted Jane Eyre for the Citadel’s next season.
Montreal-based playwright Erin Shields has adapted Jane Eyre for the Citadel’s next season. supplied

Details: Register through Sunday at citadeltheatre.com, no charge

The Last Villains: Mad Dog and the Butcher (2019): The 80 films showing at NorthwestFest continues with this documentary about the larger-than-life, legendary Vachon family of pro wrestlers. The only surviving member is Paul (The Butcher) and draws a touching parallel between the 80-year-old’s, oddly nomadic present day lifestyle — crisscrossing North America with his third wife to peddle his autobiographies to his ever-devoted fans — and the glory years when he and his brother Maurice “Mad Dog” were the kings of the ring.

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