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Shimmer and Boom : Saskatoon painter Gregory Hardy is up at Peter Robertson, continuing a line of continuous exhibition since 1975. A Royal Academy of Arts member, Hardy’s giant cloud paintings glow with scale and personality, mountains of both sorts of atmosphere hanging high over the tiny, tree-filled world below. Hardy uses thick paint, sumptuous colour, and gestural brushwork to convey the stark simplicity of the landscape and the drama of its luminous sky, and his art is well worth seeing in person — and he’ll be at the opening Saturday.
Details : 2- 4 p.m., show runs through Nov. 27 at Peter Robertson Gallery (12323 104 Ave.), no charge
Paranormal Tours : A three hour-tour through Fort Edmonton Park to learn how to conduct paranormal investigations, wandering around in the river valley in the dark? That sounds amazing! PKE Meters optional — which would be a super crusty reference if the new Ghostbusters film wasn’t opening in two weeks. They had me at “Please note: There are no guarantees of paranormal activity and no scare gimmicks will be used.”
Details : 6:30 and 7 p.m. Sundays and Wednesdays through Dec. 1 at Fort Edmonton Park, $80 at showclix.com
Bergman Island (2021) : This truly fantastic film by director Mia Hansen-Løve is a master class in defying expectations, staggeringly rooted in the undramatic way real people work while at the same time doing some truly shocking story-structure leaps. Viccky Kreps and Tim Roth star as two American filmmakers on a writing retreat to Fårö island for the summer, looking for inspiration where Ingmar Bergman lived and shot some of his most celebrated films. It’s amazing how deftly the master filmmaker is discussed, and how this film both honours his art and leaps beyond it into the 21 st century. Gargantuan recommend. 105 mins.
Details : 3:30 p.m. Sunday, 6:45 p.m. Nov. 11 at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13