Remember that guy you kept seeing pop up in such films as Zoolander, Johnson Family Vacation, and Soul Plane? Why, that was Godfrey C. Danchimah, Jr., and not only is he a presence in many American comedies, he’s also a road-tested comedian with quite the resume of television guest slots under his belt. Going under the mononym Godfrey, the Nebraska-raised standup has a 2016 special (Godfrey: Regular Black) and an armload of appearances on such shows as Louie, 30 Rock, SpongeBob SquarePants, and Black to the Future.
When: Thursday, Jan. 3 at 7:30 p.m.; Friday, Jan. 4 at 7:30 p.m. and 9:45 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 5 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 6 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Comic Strip, entrance number 6, West Edmonton Mall
Admission: $25.95 and up, available at the Comic Strip box office or website
It’s up for several Golden Globes and one Academy Award nomination, but regardless of how the awards season shakes down in 2019 Alfonso Cuarón’s Roma has already won the hearts of both theatre critics and audiences. Set in the Colonia Roma neighborhood of Mexico City in the early ’70s, Roma follows the lives of a middle class family and their live-in housekeeper, Cleo. Now streaming on Netflix, this is a film that is best seen on widescreen in the theatre.
When: Until Jan. 10. Jan. 3 at 9:15 p.m.; Jan. 4 at 3:30 p.m.; Jan. 6 at 12:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Jan. 8 at 9:15 p.m.; Jan. 9 and 10 at 9:30 p.m.
Where: Metro Cinema, 8712 109 St.
Admission: $13, adults; $10, students and senior citizens; $8, children
FAB Gallery at the Fine Arts Building in the U of A has reopened after the holiday season, and with it the continuation of Phoebe Todd-Parrish’s Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking exhibit Like New. In it, Todd-Parrish explores the idea that “objects embody our deepest emotional and psychological reserves, acting as receptacles and markers of time and in space.” The closing reception will be held on Thursday, Jan. 10, from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.
When: Until Saturday, Jan. 12. Gallery hours are Tuesday to Friday, noon to 5 p.m., and Saturday, 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Where: FAB Gallery, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta
The end of 2018 was a significant time for Edmonton’s own Rebecca Lappa, who teamed up with producer Michael Hanson (of Glass Tiger fame) for her first single on Hanson’s indie label, Radar Love Records. Poison Rose shows Lappa tweaking her folk-rock roots with a gloss of pop-rock and dance beats. The 21-year-old singer-songwriter has been a fixture in town since her early teens, picking up five Canadian Folk Music Award nominations and winning one, for her 2015 album Tattered Rose.
When: Friday, Jan. 4 at 7 p.m.
Where: The Art of Cake, 11811 105 Ave.
Turn back the clock on Friday with some satisfying musical jams by Edmonton’s own The Chickadeez. With a background in choral roots plus a love of classical and modern tunes, The Chickadeez have been playing around town for a number or years now, giving us renditions of such classics as Don’t Sit Under that Apple Tree and My Boyfriend’s Back. The vocal trio have been pulled away from hiatus for this show; make sure not to miss it.
When: Friday, Jan. 4 at 8 p.m.
Where: Cafe Blackbird, 9640 142 St.
Admission: $12, available in advance from Eventbrite
Hockey Circus Show
It’s officially winter, so might as well embrace the season. Strathcona County is doing just that with their Winter Freeze Fest, which includes such free activities as the Hockey Circus Show, a comedic tribute to Canada’s beloved sport with award-winning acrobat Paz. The show will be moving around during a three-day period, starting off on Friday at Millennium Place, and then moving Saturday and Sunday to Sherwood Park Arena.
When: Friday, Jan. 4 at 3:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 5 at 1 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.; Sunday, Jan. 6 at 12:45 p.m. and 3:45 p.m.
Where: Millennium Place (Friday), 2000 Premier Way, Sherwood Park; Sherwood Park Arena (Saturday and Sunday), 2015 Oak St., Sherwood Park
Mystery Science Salon
Science and math can be much more fun if presented in the right way. Such as the Mystery Science Salon, a series of lectures at the Aviary on various topics, with free Rogue Wave coffee included. This month they’ll be tackling prime numbers, a subject of great importance in the world of math, especially for those interested in internet security.
When: Saturday, Jan. 5, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Where: The Aviary, 9314 111 Ave.
Just how loaded with musical talent are we as a city? Find out for yourself at the Wild Aces Songwriters Round at the Almanac this Saturday night. Five of our best young songwriters will strut their stuff on a tiny, tiny stage; performers for the evening are Mariya Stokes, Michela Sheedy, Julianna Laine, Shaela Miller, and Olivia Rose.
When: Saturday, Jan. 5 at 8 p.m.
Where: The Almanac, 10351 Whyte Ave.
Admission: $12 to $15, available at the door or in advance from Ticketfly
Michaels and Eureka
Celebrate the beginning of 2019 with two of the more popular contestants on season 10 of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Kameron Michaels and Eureka O’Hara will be in town for a performance at Anthem; buy VIP meet and greet tickets and you’ll also have an opportunity to meet the two at their very first Edmonton appearance. Also featuring Argintina Haley, Jon Benet Ramsme, the Pure Pride Boys, DJ Showboy, and more.
When: Saturday, Jan. 5 at 9 p.m.
Where: Anthem, 10736 Jasper Ave.
Admission: $20 to $60, available in advance from Eventbrite
Oil Kings vs. Hurricanes
Let’s stop talking about the NHL and switch to the WHL for a moment, shall we? As of this writing it’s quite the pileup in the Central Division of the major junior hockey league, as the Edmonton Oil Kings are all tied up with rivals Red Deer and Lethbridge in a neck-and-neck battle for divisional dominance. The Oil Kings have been treading .500 the last few games, but hopefully they’ll be a few points ahead when they tackle the Lethbridge Hurricanes this Sunday at Rogers Place.
When: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.
Where: Rogers Place
Admission: $23 to $40, available in advance from Ticketmaster
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