1. Detropia at Cineplex Odeon Eau Claire (Wednesday, Dec. 5)

Detroit, the city hit the hardest by the collapse of the American auto industry, is going through a period of change. Doc Soup presents this documentary by the directors of Jesus Camp (a fantastic doc, if you haven’t seen it), which explores the upheaval of a city in transition.

2. Kaboom at Yuk Yuk’s (Wednesday, Dec. 5)

The monthly comedy night closes out its 2012 calendar with a show hosted by Jeff Toth and Ian Wallace. If you haven’t been, each Kaboom is a mix of standup and sketch, and sometimes they put screen pre-made videos like the one above. Check out their YouTube channel for more as well as highlights from previous shows (be warned there’s a bit of NSFW language).

3. Game of Skate at HiFi Club (Thursday, Dec. 6)

A reason to pull your skateboard from the back of your closet. HiFi Club plays host to a Game of Skate, where you can bypass the icy outdoor conditions to attempt to out-trick other boarders.

4. Phantom Limb by Shyra De Souza at Ledge Gallery, Epcor Centre (Opening Thursday, Dec. 6)

First Thursday sees the opening of Shyra De Souza’s Phantom Limb at the Ledge Gallery. Drop by on the first day to get a look at the sculpture’s initial state because as the exhibition goes along (it stays until February 22), De Souza will be adding to it.

5. Welcome to the West Three (Thursday, Dec. 6 to Saturday, Dec. 8)

Rachel Fannan (seen in one of Welcome to the West’s videos above) headlines the music video collective’s three-year anniversary celebration on Friday at the Arrata Opera, but the opening night on Thursday features local favourites Lung Puma Animal Skulls, Vi An and AM Static at Weeds Cafe (while you’re in the neighbourhood,   do yourself a favour and grab a donair from Jimmy’s A & A Deli, 1401 20th Ave. N.W., a couple of blocks down the road). WTW co-founder Brendan Kane gave Swerve the lowdown on why he selected the different artists in Friday’s magazine. —Jon Roe

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