Morrissey: Love him or say anyone who sticks by him deserves to be shamed on the internet, serial canceller Morrissey is in theory playing Edmonton for the first time Thursday. Recently insisting protesters at his Portland show were “paid for and planted by the British press,” the Smiths’ former singer’s posted opinions are often guilt-by-association logical fallacies and/or uncomfortably racially generalizing, a seemingly strange place for such a champion of an elder progressiveness to end up. But times change and Moz ended up in many ways sprinting in the opposite direction, including embracing far-right nationalism, even as his unforgiving tone never much shifted. Considering Morrissey, Nick Cave put it this way: “Whatever inanities he may postulate, we cannot overlook the fact that he has written a vast and extraordinary catalogue, which has enhanced the lives of his many fans beyond recognition. This is no small thing. He has created original and distinctive works of unparalleled beauty, that will long outlast his offending political alliances.” It is, of course, a fine act of democracy for you to vote with your dollars here, so I’ll leave you to that in peace.
Details: 8 p.m. at Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium (11455 87 Ave.), $38.30 and up at ticketmaster.ca
“Weird Al” Scary-oke: Booty Goose Comedy presents a twist on its swingin’, singin’ show where comedians, improvisors and musicians perform hand-written lyrical parodies over karaoke tracks. This week’s version is Halloween based, which should mean a good mix of biting political commentary and dumb jokes using the word “boo-nanas.” Afterwards, regular karaoke continues in the Grindstone Bistro. Featuring the return of hosts Mike and Chrissy, the show starts at 9 p.m. sharp! And, as always out there, no meta Justin Trudeau costumes, please, the first, second and third times were enough. Try something else super original, like, oh I don’t know, Joker. Yeah, bet we won’t be seeing many of those this year …
Details: 9 p.m at Grindstone Theatre (10019 81 Ave.), $12 at grindstonetheatre.com and/or at the door
First Love (2019): Takashi Miike’s noir-tinged yakuza film blending genres in the story of a young boxer and a call girl, who fall passionately in love while getting innocently caught up in a drug-smuggling scheme over the course of one night in Tokyo. Japanese with subtitles.
Details: 9:30 p.m. at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13 at metrocinema.org