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Performers of the street: Where are the clowns? There ought to be clowns, right? Oh, here they are, at Root 107 — the anticipatory Jane Jacobs common space which will one day be a proper downtown park! Supported by the Downtown Business Association and organized by the Edmonton Street Performers Festival, a morning of performative magic, whirling hula hoops and other colourful and attention-grabbing entertainment is planned for all human ages. If you can’t make this one, the roving circus be back in the same space on Sept. 11 (if you’re not spending the day doom-watching all the 20th anniversary commentary).
Details: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. at Root 107 (101 Street and 107 Avenue), pay what you like
New AJA Louden mural: Summoning that Big Carp Energy he’s so famous for, AJA Louden has dropped yet another beautiful mural onto our streets, this time on the south-facing exterior of the old Avenue Theatre on 118 Avenue. Combining a wicked mix of horticulture and industry that feels so very Edmonton with a beautiful Afrofuturism space archer, this one’s almost magically energizing and inspiring. And don’t miss Piney P around the corner, AJA’s thick-skinned, attitude-filled mascot who always sports the most amazing reflectors.
Details: Any time at Avenue Theatre (9030 118 Ave.), no charge
Respect (2021): Liesl Tommy’s feature directorial debut, Jennifer Hudson plays Aretha Franklin in this new bio-pic with a cast including Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans and Mry J. Blige. The film follows the rise of Franklin’s career, from a child singing in her father’s church choir to international stardom that resonates to this day. Like any musical biopic it’s going to be a bit mythologized and paint-by-numbers, but was well received by critics, Hudson truly stepping up to the titanic role.