Three to See Friday: Punch Buggy, Democracy of Jewellery and Prisoners of the Ghostland

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Punch Buggy plus: Small-venue, outdoor concerts have been a wonderful psychological lifeline this summer as we continue to awkwardly navigate the pandemic, and the Edmonton Ski Club Patio Music Series has been a great part of bringing us to somewhat normal while supporting local musicians. Friday night ’90s-’00s rock anthem specialists Punch Buggy hits the bottom of the hill, while Saturday at 6 p.m. it’s Jack Mcdonald-Cockrall in the same spot. With that ugly combo of winter and cold-season/Fourth Wave looming ever-larger, jump in on one of these open-air shows while you can.

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Details: 6 p.m. at Edmonton Ski Club (9613 96 Ave.), $40/two seats at eventbrite.ca

Democracy of Jewellery: As ancient as humankind, jewellery is one of our earliest known expressions of creative endeavour beyond mere survival. But how does the ready availability of DIY jewellery kits affect artists who participate in and advocate for the handmade economy as skilled and trained makers? What happens to the independent maker when a niche skillset is subject to the generalization and globalisation of the marketplace? Curated by Kari Woo, this show goes beyond the beads to ask deeper questions through clever use of materials.

Devon Clark’s Breadwinner is up at Alberta Craft Council’s upstairs gallery.
Devon Clark’s Breadwinner is up at Alberta Craft Council’s upstairs gallery. Photo by supplied

Details: Through Oct. 2 at Alberta Craft Discovery Gallery (10186 106 St.),

Prisoners of the Ghostland (2021): A Japanese/American co-production directed by Sion Sono, in the treacherous frontier city of Samurai Town, a ruthless bank robber (Nicolas Cage) gets sprung from jail by a wealthy warlord whose adopted granddaughter has gone missing. He offers the prisoner his freedom in exchange for retrieving the runaway. Strapped into a leather suit that will self-destruct in five days, the bandit sets off on a journey to find the young woman — and his own path to redemption. Looks ferocious!

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