Three to See Friday: Joe Nolan, Steve Coffey and a Hungarian mystery

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Lowlights: One of Edmonton’s most level songwriters has a new song and lyric video, a mournful but energized song recorded on four-track cassette called Lowlights, wherein he notes he thought he’d be living out east rolling along with a Six Shooter records crowd by now, and, perhaps even more interesting, how cop cars remind him of sharks. “Curtains don’t match the drapes,” he sings and talks in a world-weary Dylan-ish way. “Yeah, this guitar don’t match the sound. And I still get these nervous shakes every time you come around.” It’s a great song, and Nolan’s got another one coming called Riverbends on April 14, so we’ll keep you posted.

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Details: Any time on Joe Nolan’s YouTube channel, no charge

On the Horizon: Over at West End Gallery, Steve R. Coffey is the feature painter with his new show of impressionistic land — and train — scapes. The onetime metal sculptor started painting full time in 1995, and you can feel how texture is important in the work, his large strokes almost like the pounding of a hammer. But more notable is Coffey’s use of colour, which turns the familiar into something unreal and dreamlike. A big fan of shifting environment, he notes, “I’m drawn to patterned intricacies of land and atmospheric abstractions of sky. I’m drawn to the mystery of our own existence somewhere in between.”

Steve Coffee’s Winter Rumble, oil on canvas, at West End Gallery.
Steve Coffee’s Winter Rumble, oil on canvas, at West End Gallery. Photo by supplied

Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m at West End Gallery (10337 124 St.), no charge

Preparations to Be Together for an Unknown Period of Time (2020): Lili Horvát’s drama follows Márta, a 40-year-old neurosurgeon, who falls in love with a man who she abandons her life in America for, but who doesn’t show up at their appointed rendezvous. When she finally finds him, he claims they’ve never met before. Whoopsie! Official TIFF selection, Hungarian with subtitles, 92 minutes.

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