Three to See: Ralph sings, Tom Gale's fiery art and Wife of a Spy

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Ralph : Singer-songwriter Ralph grew up loving David Bowie, Prince and Fleetwood Mac and describes her musical genre as a mixture between synth-pop, disco and smooth soul. She’s mentioned Donna Summer, Cher, Stevie Nicks and Sade as her main influences and is here on her Gradience Tour. Born in Toronto and raised in the Annex, Ralph blends funky 1970s bass with 1980s-style pop keys, while staying contemporary through vocal melodies and fresh synth sounds. Her songwriting style is described as narrative, usually following themes of jealousy, lust, deception and strength. Prepare to party!

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Details : 8 p.m. Friday at Starlite Room (10030 102 St.), $20 at starliteroom.ca

Out of the Ashes : Medicine Hat-born Tom Gale likes to return to his places of inspiration to make his alluring art. One of these spots is Cherryville, B.C., where he was met with forest fires this year — which means some works in this show were inspired by that experience. Other works are landscapes set closer to home. The late, great Gilbert Bouchard once called him “probably Alberta’s finest landscape painter,” and if you’d like to meet Gale, he’ll be in attendance at the Saturday opening between 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., then you can stop in at the other galleries in the area, there’s lots of sweet stuff up right now over on 124 Street.

Tom Gale’s Forest Burn, oil on canvas, is up at Bugera Matheson Gallery through Nov. 27.
Tom Gale’s Forest Burn, oil on canvas, is up at Bugera Matheson Gallery through Nov. 27. Photo by supplied

Details : Runs though Nov. 27 at Bugera Matheson Gallery (10345 124 St.), no charge

Wife of a Spy : Kiyoshi Kurosawa’s new drama is set in 1940, and the population of Japan is divided over its entry into the Second World War. Satoko, the wife of a fabric merchant, is devoted to her husband but is beginning to suspect he’s up to something — look at the film’s title again. Soon she allows herself to be drawn into a game in which she enigmatically conceals her intentions. Japanese with subtitles, 115 mins

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