Three to See Friday: Harder clouds, Cargo Shorts and four French films

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ILL Winds: Keith Harder’s new show at Art Gallery of St. Albert references the proverb, “It’s an ill wind that blows nobody any good,” and features gargantuan, ominous works — including one nine feet high. The massive paintings depict ferocious-looking cumulonimbus clouds in a night-time setting. They may be interpreted as warning of climate change, global crisis and impending doom, but also elicit wonder and awe. Each work took Harder over four months to complete, a demanding and, at times, “tedious quest” that requires attention to detail to create the effect of deep mysterious darkness, as well as iridescent light and colour. Until we regular people all hit Stage 2, viewing is virtual.

Keith Harder’s ILL Winds: South is at Art Gallery of St. Albert.
Keith Harder’s ILL Winds: South is at Art Gallery of St. Albert. Photo by supplied

Details: Through July 30 at Art Gallery of St. Albert (artgalleryofstalbert.ca), no charge

Patio Mix Tape: Speaking of patios, DJ Cargo Shorts is spinning funk, rock, soul, garage and dad rock downtown tomorrow afternoon for about four hours — so pop on by with your cohort and enjoy some suds in the sun!

DJ Cargo Shorts spins the afternoon away at Cask & Barrel downtown.
DJ Cargo Shorts spins the afternoon away at Cask & Barrel downtown. Photo by supplied

Details: 3 p.m. – 7 p.m. at Cask & Barrel (10041 104 St.), no charge

A Tale of Springtime (1990): Eric Rohmer’s ambitious, four-film saga Tales of the Four seasons begins with the story of a burgeoning friendship between philosophy teacher Jeanne (Anne Teyssèdre) and pianist Natacha (Florence Darel), strained by jealousy, suspicion, and intrigue. Natacha encourages Jeanne to pursue the former’s father, Igor (Hugues Quester), in order to supplant Eve (Eloïse Bennett), the young girlfriend Natacha loathes. Natacha’s scheme, however, risks alienating those closest to her as well as entangling Jeanne in a romantic drama she has vowed to avoid. It’s not exactly the Marvel Cinematic Universe in complexity, but perhaps that’s a good thing, right — and we all need a little philosophical love story in our lives now and then, so here’s the place to begin. 112 mins, French with subtitles.

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