Three to See Friday: dandelion art, Aviary jazz and NorthwestFest punk


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Context Is Everything: This multi-venue art show presented by The Works totally fooled me earlier this month as I thought, are all those dandelions actually growing inside the dead Royal Bank building on Jasper?

Monique Martin’s Context Is Everything statement notes, “Never bitter for being called a weed, the dandelion offers roots and leaves for nutrition and medicine, and, as a parting gift, seeds to carry on the wind our wishes for brighter futures. When emergent in impeding snow and dark days, does a weed glow more gold? How will we grow with one another? Context is everything.”

Look for this peacefully dystopian art installation around the core — but I’ll give you a hint where two are: 10121 Jasper Avenue (you can see it from outside) and Royal Alberta Museum.

Monique Martin’s Context Is Everything is in various locations downtown through Nov. 10. Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Details: Runs through Nov. 10 downtown, no charge

Good Information: Mixing hip hop and small-combo jazz, this local four-piece electro-acoustic outfit is set to warm and delight at everyone’s favourite box in the Mice District.

Their unique brand of “jazz with a beat-aesthetic” shines through improvisational interplay woven over minimalist structures, and overall promises to be a sweet night at close-eyed head swinging with your favourite pandemic covert.

Good Information plays The Aviary Friday night. Photo by supplied

Details: 8 p.m. at The Aviary (9314 111 Ave.), $12 in advance at, $15 at the door

Open Your Mouth and Say … Mr. Chi Pig (2009): This gripping biopic of local hero Chi Pig (aka Ken Chinn), looks at the life of the lead singer of SNFU, world famous in the punk scene but one of Edmonton’s own. When he died this year it felt like another case of the 2020s, and yet this celebration featuring interviews with Corb Lund, Matthow Good, Moe Berg and many more — including Mr. Chi Pig himself — shows how his drug addiction was all part of the package of growing up gay and schizophrenic in Edmonton.

A must-see for Edmonton music fans, and in Day 2 of NorthwestFest/Rainbow Visions is a nice crossover for each festival’s mandates of promoting innovative documentary and queer realities. Directed by Sean Patrick Shaul, 97 mins.

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