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SENNA: Cadence Weapon –- aka Edmonton’s former poet laureate Rollie Pemberton — has teamed up with producer Jacques Greene for his haunting and beautiful new single, SENNA, a tribute to Brazilian F1 F1 racecar driver Ayrton Senna. Scott Pilgrim directs. In the video the rapper plays a driver, a mechanic and a fan in the stands, featuring a nice spoken word bit on the way out about not following anyone and just being yourself, which he’s indeed always done since his mixtape days in Edmonton. Slick and wicked, full of hot rides on a nighttime racetrack, it even ends on a wonderfully hilarious note I won’t spoil, just watch it! His new album Parallel World is out April 30.
Details: Cadence Weapon’s SENNA is on YouTube any time, no charge.
Ice and the City: If you feel the need to wander, the ice sculptures on Whyte and downtown have melted a bit, but are still worth a look — my favourite is the polar being at Sherlock Holmes Pub downtown by Mark Berge and Cliff Vacheresse. The Cask & Barrel and Rocky Mountain Icehouse ones are puddles now, but others remain, check iceonwhyte.ca for all the locations.
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Details: Downtown and in Old Strathcona, no charge.
Mandabi (1968): After jobless Ibrahima Dieng receives a money order for 25,000 francs from a nephew who works in Paris, news of his windfall quickly spreads among his neighbors, who flock to him for loans even as he finds his attempts to cash the order stymied in a maze of bureaucracy, and new troubles rain down on his head. This second feature by Ousmane Sembène was the first movie ever made in the Wolof language—a major step toward the realization of the trailblazing Senegalese filmmaker’s dream of creating a cinema by, about, and for Africans. 105 minutes, Wolof and French with subtitles.