Three to See Thursday: Arthurson launch, Rainbow Visions opens and Hideout dance party

Edmonton author Wayne Arthurson. Ed Kaiser / Postmedia

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The Red Chesterfield book launch: Prolific Edmonton author Wayne Arthurson launches his latest, a crime novel, family drama and fable all at once. The elevator pitch goes: “M is a bylaw officer who lives with two brothers in their parents’ old house. Their family life is complicated. Their work life is hectic. And a suspicious yard sale is about to send M into a world of Russian gangsters, neglected wives, suspicious coincidences … and severed feet.” Actor Trevor Duplessis sits in as a special guest reader, and the author will be present in this fine setting.

Wayne Arthurson’s new book The Red Chesterfield. supplied

Details: 7 p.m. – 8:45 p.m. at Audreys Books (10702 Jasper Ave.), no charge


You Don’t Nomi (2019): Rainbow Visions’ fifth anniversary edition kicks off with a Showgirls-themed evening, starting with Jeffrey McHale’s documentary about Paul Verhoeven’s 1995 flop Showgirls, met by critics and audiences with near-universal derision. You Don’t Nomi traces the film’s redemptive journey from notorious flop to cult classic, and maybe even masterpiece. Live performance after the show, and Showgirls itself follows at 9:15 p.m., double feature costs $20.


Details: 6 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. film at Metro Cinema (8712 109 St.), $15 at


Hideout Vintage Pop-up Party: Normally we wouldn’t promote a shopping event in an entertainment/arts event listing, but Hideout Distro’s weird and wild stock actually supports so many local artists and creative mutants they’re well worth the love — and nonstop party machine DJ Ily Barnes will be bringing on the boogie all night, which more than counts as music. The entire night is also a by-donation fundraiser for Pepper’d, who in turn encourage and help create a common community for black artists in the city, so win-win all around. If you’ve never seen this shop before it’d be hard to think of a better moment.

Ily Barnes will be DJing at Hideout Distro’s Pop-up Party Thursday. Postmedia

Details: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m. at Hideout Distro (12407 108 Ave.), no cover