Three to See Friday: EIFF, Metro Dracula and Simon Gorsak comedy


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Lunchbox Shorts: Those of you lucky enough to still work in our emptied downtown would do well to take advantage of one of the coolest things Edmonton International Film Festival has going: its Lunchbox Shorts program — and Friday’s is its last iteration this year.

Playing twice to accommodate different schedules, the 50-minute Friday program includes three animations (one each from Canada, the U.S. and France), as well as squatter drama Lost Kings and American Jim Jenkins’ comedy I Can Change, a film about an underachiever who gains the power to stop time. Looks like a sweet program, and, yes, you are allowed to bring your own lunch in!

Roy Stein’s Too Late is at EIFF’s Lunchbox Shorts Friday. Photo by supplied /jpg

Details: 12:10 p.m. and 1:10 p.m. at Landmark Cinemas 9 City Centre, $5 at the door.

Dracula (1931): Forgive two film items in the listings, but being able to see Tod Browning’s 1931 Dracula starring Bela Lugosi on the big screen does not happen every day, and, while we may not need extra things to be scared about these days, there’s something to be said for distraction.

British art critic Andrew Graham-Dixon in his Gothic art series noted that Dracula — especially the book — contains quite a lot of cutting edge technology, so watch for the subtext that Dracula is also a Frankenstein story, in fear of the repercussions of tech including phonographs, telegraphs and blood transfusions. I won’t go so far as to say social media is a vampire … wait a minute, that’s exactly what it is! Pull yourself away from the small screen and head to the big.

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Details: 7 p.m. at Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St., $13 at and the wicket.

The Stand Up Show: Beardy local comedian Simon Gorsak is a Fringe veteran and storytelling comedian you may have heard making the funnies on Sirius XM Canada.

The Stand Up Show is as advertised, running every Friday at Grindstone, and this week also features Siobhan Theobald (the f.ART Show), with emcee Adam Dyck. If you want a little joy, head here. It’s $2 if you forget your mask, so please don’t.

Doors are at 8:30 p.m. for The Stand Up Show at Grindstone. Photo by supplied

Details: 8:30 p.m. at Grindstone Theatre, 10019 81 Ave., $10-$17 at


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