Old Man Luedecke: Touring in support of his summer album Easy Money, banjo-picking Old Man Luedecke is one of Canada’s soothing and steadfast performers, a two-time Juno winner from Chester, Nova Scotia, with smart lyrics and legitimate philosophical curiosity. The album got its start at Banff Centre’s songwriter-in-residence program, eventually recorded in Montreal with folk musicians Howard Bilerman, Afie Jurvanen, Tim O’Brien and Fats Kaplin (Jack White, John Prine). Toronto singer-songwriter Charlotte Cornfield opens, and tickets are general admission. Head out the Park, these two are the real deal!
Details: 7:30 p.m. at Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park), $23.50 through ticketmaster.ca
Elzbieta Krawecka’s Aglow: Born in Krakow, Poland, Krawecka lived in Kuwait before moving to Canada and studying at Ontario College of Art and Design. Continuing the tradition of 17th century Dutch Old Masters landscape paintings — where the sky fills at least three-quarters of the picture space — Krawecka’s personal take on the landscape is further touched by the quality of her own contemporaneity and nostalgia for Turner’s subtle treatment of light and space, Caravaggio’s dramatic use of tenebresco, Monet’s organization of tone and pattern and the forceful energy of 19th century Polish painters like Chelmonski, Gierymski and Kotsis. Yet her paintings feel essentially Canadian, wide open spaces somehow dwarfed under the churning atmosphere above. Her exhibition runs through Nov. 30.
Details: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. at Bugera Matheson Gallery (10345 124 St.), free admission
The Irishman (2019): Opening night of Martin Scorcese’s biographical crime thriller follows Frank Sheeran as he recalls his past years working for the Bufalino crime family. Now older, the WWII veteran reflects on his most prolific hits and, in particular, considers his involvement with his good friend Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance in 1975. This one’s scored 94% on Metacritic, and shows multiple times through Dec. 5 if you can’t make it Thursday night.
Details: 9:15 p.m. at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $13 at metrocinema.org