Three to See Friday: Ociciwan talk, ESO Brahms and Shaft at the Metro

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amiskwacîwâskahikan Artist Talks Panel 1: Featuring Jane Ash Poirtas, Lauren Crazybull, Dwayne Martineau and Lana Whiskeyjack, the first discussion panel for Ociciwan Contemporary Art Centre’s first show is happening online on Zoom Friday, the safest way to handle the crowd this gathering would surely summon.

The artists — painters, mixed media artists and a photographer — will talk about their experiences as artists making the work for this most excellent show, which you can still catch in the flesh at 10124 96 St. through Nov. 28. Head to to register for the Zoom artist talk and/or to visit the gallery show, “Rooted in family, land, and narrative, the artworks exhibited span across different mediums, time, and are anchored by generations of exploration, personal experiences and collective knowledge.”

Detail of Lauren Crazybull’s painting Autumn (2019), up at Ociciwan. Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Details: 6:30 p.m. – 8 p.m. on Zoom, register at

Brahms & McPherson: This program includes Johannes Brahms’ String Sextet in G Major, Op. 36 and John McPherson’s Concerto for 2 Horns.

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First performed in Zurich in 1866, the ESO’s D.T. Baker notes, “String sextets are a rarity in music, so the fact that Brahms wrote two speaks to a fondness he clearly had for the combination of two violins, two violas, and two cellos. But it also marked a period of personal hardship — Brahms wrote the work under a cloud of personal reminiscing for a woman (named Agathe) whose love he had not won. From a sanctuary in Baden-Baden, he allowed his feelings to come out in a set of lieder (Op. 32), and in this G Major Sextet.”

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Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday and 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. Saturday at Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.), $62 at

Shaft (1971): Part of Metro’s hilarious “mustache films” series, John Shaft is the ultimate in suave Black detectives.

He first finds himself up against Bumpy, the leader of the Black crime mob, then against Black nationals, and finally working both against the white mafia who are trying to blackmail Bumpy by kidnapping his daughter. 100 outta sight minutes!

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