James Agrell Smith at the Lougheed House (Opening Friday, March 14)

The intricate prints of James Agrell Smith take over the gallery at the Lougheed House starting Friday. Smith, born in 1913 in Stettler, Alta., had no formal art education. Instead he honed his skills over years of practice, first while serving in the Canadian Navy in the Second World War and later as a post office worker in Red Deer. He worked primarily in prints, but this exhibition will showcase his paintings and drawings as well. The opening reception runs from 5-8 p.m. with a cash bar; curator Mary-Beth Laviolette will be in attendance. If you want to read more about Smith, the Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery put together a booklet for the exhibition.

Hang the DJ St. Paddy’s Weekend Edition at Dickens Pub (Saturday, March 15)

What better way to spend St. Patrick’s Day weekend than at a night named after a song written by a famous U.K. band? (Manchester, the home of the Smiths, is pretty close to Ireland—well, closer than here at least.) Hang the DJ typically goes once a month, but it is getting a second Saturday to mark St. Paddy’s Day. The playlist includes a mix of retro, new wave, classic alternative, industrial and indie. Last time I was there, the DJ mixed in recent industrial tracks with A.F.I. and a helping of the best new wave. There’s no cover before 10 p.m. and it’s only $5 after that. For more St. Patrick’s Day events this weekend, check out Swerve’s list of events.

The Kinkonauts present MixTape at The Birds and Stone Theatre (Saturday, March 15)

March show week continues for the long-form improv troupe. In the musical show, MixTape, the Kinkonauts focus on one musical genre (this month it’s boy bands, they’ve previously riffed on Bob Dylan and Dance Mix ’95). It should be a lot of fun, and tickets are only $10 ( you can buy online). There are other shows on offer this weekend; check out the Kinkonauts’ website for the complete schedule.

Well, Basil My Rathbone at Endeavor Arts (Sunday, March 16)

Zoe Klintberg shares her affinity for Hollywood’s Golden Age each month at Well, Basil My Rathbone. Each instalment features a classic movie and a bit of performance art. This month’s flick is How To Steal A Million starring Audrey Hepburn, “with laughter in her heart and larceny on her mind,” and “the world’s smoothest stealer of hearts,” Peter O’Toole, according to the trailer above. Find out more about Well, Basil My Rathbone in Swerve‘s Cheap Date from Friday’s magazine. Entry is free and you can grab food and drinks by donation.

Alberta Theatre Projects’ playRites at Martha Cohen Theatre, Epcor Centre (Ongoing)
It’s the premiere weekend for the final edition of playRites: Francois Archambault’s You Will Remember Me opens Thursday, the partially improvised fantasy Legend Has It by Rebecca Northan (Blind Date, Kung Fu Panties) opens Friday night and the technical Games by Linda Griffiths opens Saturday. (The fourth and final playRites play Same Same But Different by Anita Majumdar opens next Thursday.) Tickets to any of the three shows are $30 – $62 and you can grab them on the Epcor Centre’s website. If you want to find out more about Games, read Swerve‘s interview with Griffiths.

Bonus Video of Eddie Van Halen Shredding for the Weekend

If you haven’t heard one of these shred videos before, they’ve become a parody video genre on YouTube. StSanders does the best work and the rest of his are over on stsanders.com. —Jon Roe

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