Three to See: Elsa Robinson, RoboCop and Father's Day on 72 Avenue

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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.

Elsa Robinson’s show Sankofa is up at Latitude 53 through Sept. 25.
Elsa Robinson’s show Sankofa is up at Latitude 53 through Sept. 25. Photo by supplied

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.

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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.

Former Empress patrons will recognize this bar, now at Longroof Brewing.
Former Empress patrons will recognize this bar, now at Longroof Brewing. Photo by supplied

Details: noon – 3 p.m. Sunday on 72 Avenue west off 99 Street, no charge

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