Three to See Saturday: MacEwan art grad show, and an incredible comic crossover

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Fine Art Grad Show: MacEwan’s visual arts grads take to the screens in their annual show with an interesting public twist: you can check it out from outside. “Being an artist is about more than making work,” notes Mitchell Art Gallery curator Carolyn Jervis. “It’s also about bringing your work into conversation with others.” This year’s show is a multimedia exhibition featuring sculpture, performance and mixed media, such as digital art, video and other emerging forms. 51 works by five students will be on display, and you can also see the show online at  “These students have worked so hard in the privacy of their homes and classes and we’re happy to support the public sharing of their work with the care and attention it very much deserves.”

Ana Smith’s Untitled Self Portrait, acrylic on canvas, is in the MacEwan fine arts grad show.
Ana Smith’s Untitled Self Portrait, acrylic on canvas, is in the MacEwan fine arts grad show. Photo by Steven Stefaniuk /supplied

Details: From dusk till dawn through May 31 on the east side of Allard Hall (11110 104 Ave.), no charge

Hell & Gone: If you’ve ever read Neil Gaiman’s Sandman or Joe Hill’s Locke & Key is this ever the no-one-saw-this-coming crossover comic for you. But if not, as a prequel to both set in 1927, this might be a great place to start. Set in the ever-expanding Sandman universe (soon to be a TV show) Mary Locke lives in a house filled with magical keys that can do just about anything, but often with great cost (as depicted in a bad TV show; just ignore). After her brother literally drowned himself in the already-sunk Titanic a decade earlier having played with forbidden fire, she’s discovered he’s now suffering in hell … which brings us to the Sandman arc. Because another of Gaiman’s great characters is Lucifer (also a bad TV show; ignore), who often as not looks staggering like David Bowie. Anyway, the comics are where it’s at and this one, by dream team Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriguez, is absolutely worth jumping into.

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Details: Now available at local comic stores, $6.99

Center Stage (1991): International superstar Maggie Cheung (In the Mood for Love) embodies tragic silent screen siren Ruan Lingyu, known as the “Greta Garbo of China,” in this unconventional biopic by Hong Kong New Wave master Stanley Kwan. Cantonese, Mandarin and English with subtitles.

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