Three to See Thursday: The Melting Queen, Deltra Powney and PKN34

Bruce Cinnamon reads from his novel The Melting Queen Thursday at Audreys. supplied

The Melting Queen at Read & Write with Pride: Every year since 1904, when the ice breaks up on the North Saskatchewan River, Edmonton has crowned a Melting Queen — a woman who presides over the Melting Day spring carnival and who must keep the city’s spirits up over the following winter. But this year, something has changed: a genderfluid ex-frat brother called River Runson is named as Melting Queen. As Runson’s reign upends the city’s century-old traditions, Edmonton tears itself in two, with progressive and reactionary factions fighting a war for Edmonton’s soul. Balancing satire with compassion, Bruce Cinnamon’s debut novel combines history and magic to weave a splendid future-looking tale. As well as the Pride event Thursday, the book is having an official launch at 7 p.m. Tuesday at Yellowhead Brewery, 10229 105 St.


Bruce Cinnamon’s The Melting Queen.

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Details: 7 p.m. at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Ave.), no charge

Deltra Powney artist talk: Community Gallery exhibiting artist Deltra Powney will discuss her painting exhibition In the Absence of Knowing, which was influenced by her 2018 Canadian Wilderness Artist Residency. This exhibition explores the theme of sensed tension within liminal space. Memory, story, object, natural, and manmade environments inform narrative within the work, considering the ways in which experience poses juxtapositions. Powney holds a visual communications diploma from Medicine Hat College and a BFA from the University of Alberta. The exhibition runs through June 22.


Deltra Powney discusses her show In the Absence of Knowing at SNAP Gallery Thursday.

Delta Powney

Details: 6 p.m at SNAP Gallery (10123 121 St.), no charge

PechaKucha Night: PKN 34 will feature 10 presentations on local ideas, projects, and musings in the 20 slides at 20 seconds per slide format made popular worldwide by Klein Dytham Architecture. Topics this time include not running for office, talking to strangers and infill housing design.


PKN34 is happening Thursday.

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Details: 7 p.m. at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $20 at edmontonnextgen.ca

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