Three to See Friday: Indigenous tattoo art, competitive Kyle Beal and a virtual Queen on screen

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Body Language: Reawakening Cultural Tattooing of the Northwest: A seriously exciting-looking show, the work of five Indigenous tattoo artists is up on the walls at St. Albert’s Musée Héritage Museum, straight from the Bill Reid Gallery of Northwest Coast Art.

The gallery’s curator Joanne White explains, “With the current popularity of tattooing, our staff members saw this exhibition as an opportunity to learn about, understand and remember the significance and origins of tattooing traditions in Canada and around the world.”

Since ancient times, both men and women of the Northwest Coast have marked their clan crests and symbols of personal identity onto their skin. After 1885, when the practices of tattooing and potlatches were banned, the display of personal crest designs was transferred to clothing and jewelry.

Details: Through May 2 at Musée Héritage Museum (St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert), admission by donation.

Kyle Beal Spectator Sports: And honestly, as we’re already in St. Albert, Kyle Beal’s show about our (sometimes) unconscious drive for social media celebrity looks great, too.

“In a world governed by rules and social and societal pressures, life is like a stage, and we are all performing,” says Art Gallery of St. Albert director/curator Jenny Willson. “It is a glaring truth that largely goes unaddressed, and which fascinates Kyle.”

Check this out — before someone else does before you!

Kyle Beal, Spectator Sports (detail), charcoal, pastel on cotton rag paper, 30 x 44″, 2019. Photo by supplied

Details: Through Jan. 30 at St. Albert Art Gallery (19 Perron St, St. Albert), admission by donation.

Queen of the Morning Calm (2020): Metro Cinema has voluntarily shut down Garneau Theatre screenings for now, what with the pandemic, but is still doing virtual screenings.

Glora Ui Young Kim’s Queen of the Morning Calm follows 29-year-old immigrant sex worker Debra and her self-aware 10-year-old daughter Mona as they embark on a journey of emancipation. Debra attempts to escape cycles of abuse and poverty while learning to become a more nurturing mother and discovering her own self-worth.

Your rental supports the filmmakers and the theatre, a noble cause!

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