Three to See Friday: owls, RAM conservation and There Is No Evil

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Owls: OK, this is a weird one. No guarantees you’ll spot it but for the last couple weeks there’s been a fast-growing great horned owlet hanging out in Whitemud Ravine, often accompanied by one or both of its parents. It moves around a fair bit — it is a bird that can fly after all — but if you start near the Alfred H. Savage Centre south of Fox Drive, head south across the two footbridges (where there’s often a marmot swimming below) and walk about 10 minutes south along the twisting paths into the deeper forest, you might spot the critters. Even if you don’t, it’s one of the most gorgeous parks in the city, so win-win, right? Hoo-ray!

A great horned owlet hangs out in Whitemud Ravine. Fish Griwkowsky/Postmedia
A great horned owlet hangs out in Whitemud Ravine. Fish Griwkowsky/Postmedia Photo by Fish Griwkowsky /Postmedia

Details: Whitemud Ravine, no charge

Rainbow Bright: From quilled rifle cases to handmade protest signs, the Royal Alberta Museum has plenty of colourful objects under its curatorial care. But how does the museum preserve the colour of objects so they last for generations? It’s a balance of light, material and a number of very careful calculations. This virtual free talk hosted by head of conservation Carmen Li takes a deep-dive look at museum objects from a behind-the-scenes, preserver’s perspective as part of the museum’s Up Close series. Learn how light and colour affect each other and get a virtual look at the analytical techniques they use on their wide range of historical objects. And don’t miss the first Up Close talk, Mysteries Melting from the Ice, now on YouTube.

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There Is No Evil (2020): Shot in secret and smuggled out of Iran, Mohammad Rasoulof’s anthology film delivers four moral tales about men faced with a simple yet unthinkable choice — to follow orders to enforce the death penalty, or resist and risk everything. Suspenseful, mysterious, and shot through with a sense of urgency, Rasoulof’s film is an incisive look at the moral strength and inner humanity of its protagonists. Golden Bear winner at Berlinale. Persian and German with subtitles, 150 mins.

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