Three to See Friday: Dana Holst art, Rest for the Wicked podcast and a Jia Zhang-ke doc


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A Drawing a day … until Christmas: One of the city’s sweetest traditions returns as AGA/dc3 Art Projects vet Dana Holst holds her annual, first-come, first-serve Christmas art parade, which also serves as a sort of serial advent calendar.

This feast for the eyes shows off the local artist’s talent, monochrome-ish experimental style and charming sense of humour, especially in the drawing titles. They tend to vanish quickly, but give her a follow on Instagram at @thedanaholst or get on her list at, where she also has other work available. Good luck if you’re on the hunt, you’re bound to enjoy the images either way.

Studio Angel, oil on prepared paper, by Dana Holst. Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Details: new art at 10 a.m. daily at @thedanaholst until Dec. 25.

Failure and Participatory Art Practices podcast: The things we suggest to do on Friday nights now during a pandemic! But that’s actually perfectly in line with this compelling new podcast by Edmonton ex-pat artist Tandie Mcleod and her partner Ewout D’hoore of collective Rest for the Wicked, who discuss failure with a number of interesting artists, individuals and organizations around the world.

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Based in Belgium, these stories and experiences help others to share and further develop their ambitions and practices and, frankly, it’s a hoot hearing about people’s swings and misses, and how they grew from best-laid plans hitting the back wall hard.

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Details: episodes available at and on Spotify, no charge.

Swimming Out Till the Sea Turns Blue (2020): A new release in Metro’s virtual cinema, Jia Zhang-ke’s latest documentary traces the history of contemporary China through the lives and writings of four of the country’s prolific literary figures.

In early 2019, a large number of prominent Chinese writers and scholars gathered in a village in China’s Shanxi Province. Images from this literary event open an 18-chapter “symphony” which spans the history of Chinese society since 1949. 112 mins, Mandarin with subtitles.

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