Three to See Friday: Credo art, Cindy Rivers comedy and Black Swan

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Fine art and coffee: Credo on 104 has an exceptional, gallery-level show of prints and lithographs up right now, including works by Portuguese expressionist Paula Rego and American Jim Dine. Rego’s Death Goes Shopping stands out among them, originating from an Arts Council of England commission for 12 poets. Notes curator Rachel Bouchard of the portfolio available for purchase, “It comes with the book which is also signed and includes the poems and additional sequences of images reflecting on enslavement.” Dine’s work, meanwhile, is a reflection of his friendship with Aldo Crommelynck, legendary printer of Matisse and Picasso. It’s all really worth a look — and grab a blueberry muffin while you’re there, truly the best in the city.

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Print of Jim Dine’s I Have Found a Song, up at Credo 104.
Print of Jim Dine’s I Have Found a Song, up at Credo 104. Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Details: Through August at Credo (10304 104 St.), no charge

Grindstone comedy: Cindy Rivers kicks off a showcase of some of her new favourite Edmonton up-and-coming comics as they get some stage time to stretch their sets and show the comedy world what they have to offer. Hosted by Steven Darnell and headlined by the hilarious Elisia Snyder, also up against the wall are Jenna Winterburn and Matt Huot.

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Details: 7 p.m. at Grindstone Theatre (10019 81 Ave.), $10

Black Swan (2010): Oddly enough, I was at the world premiere of Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre, meaning I got to watch it with Natalie Portman and Wynona Ryder — so I’m a bit biased in favour of this creepy-beautiful psychological thriller set in the world of ballet and performance pressure, a strange companion piece to the also-awesome The Wrestler. The plot: Nina, a ballerina, gets the chance to play the White Swan, Princess Odette, in Tchaikovsky’s timeless Swan Lake. But, unfortunately, she finds herself slipping into madness when Thomas, the artistic director, decides that another ballerina might fit the role better. This one’s for sure worth watching on the big screen, the dance sequences are just dizzying.

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