Three to See Edmonton Events: ESO James Horner, I Used to Be Funny and Sam Singer sings

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A Voyage of Immersive Film: One of the great cinema composers of the late 20th century, the late James Horner specialized in memorable, swooping melodies and nail-gnawing action scores.

Though the program skips the sinister Sneakers OST (check it out online), they did a great job programming must-hears from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Aliens, The Rocketeer and Apollo 13, as well as giant selections from Avatar, Braveheart and Titanic.

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John Williams’ cheerful pal Bob Bernhardt conducts, with Celtic harp, pipes and vocal assists from soprano dawn Bailer, Greenwood Singers and All Points West Chamber Choir for you to sing along with.

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Details: 7:30 p.m. Friday/Saturday at Winspear Centre (4 Sir Winston Churchill Sq.), $62.50 and up at winspearcentre.com.


I Used to Be Funny (2023): Written and directed by Edmonton expat Ally Pankiw (Black Mirror, The Great), this mystery-thriller dramedy stars Rachel Sennott as Sam, a standup comedian living in Toronto, struggling with career-impacting depression after a young girl for whom she previously served as a nanny, Brooke (Olga Petsa), goes missing. 105 mins.

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Details: 6:30 p.m. Friday, 3:30 p.m. Saturday, runs through June 13 at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $14.


Sam Singer: So much going on Saturday (never mind Game 1), so here’s a Sunday show to consider in advance.

Touring his just-out album Where the Rivers Do across western Canada with a full band, folk crooner Singer has a slightly melty way of delivering his smartly written, magically ancient songs, where you almost wonder if the scratched record might skip to the next watering hole. The poetic album title comes from him dreaming up how Leonard Cohen might invite someone to The Forks where the Red and Assiniboine rivers junction.

Hardworking Smokey and Sam the Living open this one up like a can of your dad’s tears.

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Details: 6:30 p.m. at The Aviary (9314 111 Ave.), $15/advance, $20/door.

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