Three to See Edmonton Events: SKATE WORLD, Springtime Smokey and NorthwestFest

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SKATE WORLD: Local photographer Lexi Pendzich has been fascinated with skateboard culture since she was a teen, from its fashion and esthetics to its sick moves. “Skate culture is an empowering space defined by people exploring the potential of the urban domain through their sport,” she explains, “through a sense of togetherness and elevating each other.”

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With help from her own board and Bronica film camera, this photo show documents various women and LGBTQ+ riders in Edmonton and St. Albert. In-person tour noon May 24.

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Lexi Pendzich’s show SKATE WORLD is up at Art Gallery of St. Albert’s Staircase gallery through Aug. 3. Photo by supplied photo /Lexi Pendzich

Details: Through Aug. 3 at Art Gallery of St. Albert’s Staircase (19 Perron St.), no charge.


Springtime: Little rascal Smokey Johnson is well known for both his visual art and music. Here, he presents a perfectly maudlin reaction to the unearthing of decaying objects and memories we call spring with a new single and video made by emerging director and The Last of Us location scout Ryan Leedu, with an assist by photographic wunderkind Laura La France.

“This song is a simple admission of what a changing season in a northern city feels like for me,” says Johnson. “If the listener can relate, I feel both pity and gratitude for them.

“If you can’t relate, rejoice! And go enjoy your life somewhere else.”

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Details: now streaming on Smokey Sings on youtube.com.


NorthwestFest: Canada’s longest-running documentary film festival is in the house! On Saturday it’s Cheerleading doc Eat/Sleep/Cheer/Repeat at noon, environmental film Rhino Man at 2 p.m., two docs on the unhoused at 4 p.m., The Cigarette Surfboard at 7 p.m., then video store film Kim’s Video at 9 p.m. Sunday is Mother’s Day (you’re welcome!), starting with the heartwarming Billy & Molly: An Otter Love Story at noon for a discounted $10, kids 12 and under in free, preceded by a short called The Bee.

Full sked is at northwestfest.ca — I bet there’s something you’d love here.

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Details: fest runs through Wednesday at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $15/film.

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