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Sankofa: Local legend Elsa Robinson is back with an inviting new art show. Sankofa means “to go back and get something” in the Akan Twi and Fante languages of Ghana. A heartbeat with chiming nuances pulses in the first gallery (Ethan Bokma and Mustafa Rafiq contributed to the soundscape), where the viewer meets a figure in an elaborate costume — Robinson will actually wear this outfit, Death and Life, in a performance at a later date. Further in, We Are Here features five elemental figures in a circle, reflecting a ceremonial gathering. Over in the second gallery, Possibilities is a sculptural wall piece flowing down to meet an intricately crocheted sculpture on the floor, strewn with keys and small golden eggs.
Details: Pre-book or drop in (Saturdays only) through Sept. 25 at Latitude 53 (10242 106 St.), by donation
Robocop (1987): Here it is, the movie that’s going to get me back into a soft-seat theatre: Paul Verhoeven’s underrated Robocop, basically one of the greatest sunny-day-dystopian dramas ever made, terrifying closer to reality every year. It’s the story of one cyborg’s fight against the nastiest gangsters you’ve ever seen, from the mutant-covered streets all the into the OCP CEO’s office. Stellar, intentionally wooden performance by Peter Weller, this film is as dark as sci-fi comedy gets. I hope you’re coming with me, dead or alive! 102 mins.
Details: 7 p.m. at Garneau Theatre (8712 109 St.), $13 at the wicket or at metrocinema.org
Father’s Day on Block 72: A number of the 72 Avenue businesses are getting together Sunday for an outdoor block party, including a pottery sale at Studio 72, the Fox Burger food truck, Philippines-inspired ice cream from Sosyal Scoops and hand-crafter coffee and churros by Caffe Sole. If you want to let off some mountain-dwarven steam, Axe Monkeys will have weapons to throw — and you can even set some suds down on the old wood bar from the Empress at Longroof Brewing. DJ SVKVRA will also be playing music, hopefully at least a little appropriate dad-rock sports jams to get those belted shorts and socked sandals bumping in the breeze.
Details: noon – 3 p.m. Sunday on 72 Avenue west off 99 Street, no charge