Three to See Saturday: Krampusnacht, the Pleading Hearts and a walk down 124th

Krampusnacht: “What happens to all the bad children at Xmas? Why Krampus, of course!” So reads the promotional material for Krampusnacht, Edmonton’s annual hissing and bearer of sharp teeth aimed at all the warm and fuzzy Christmas cheer — but make no mistake, this event is meant to be a lot of fun, too. Dressed as all sorts of terrifying monsters you might catch on the sidelines of a Lord of the Rings movie, the action starts with a 7 p.m. photo shoot where we’re reminded to give the cultural cosplayers enough room to move, especially those wearing heavy masks. The “lauf” itself starts at 8. Bring plenty to drink, those tears have to come from somewhere!

A Krampus demon walks past the Strathcona Presbyterian Church during Krampusnacht festivities.

Details: 7 p.m. at Dr. Wilbert McIntyre Park  (8331 104 St.), no charge

 

The Pleading Hearts: One of the sweetest honky tonk acts imaginable, the Pleading Hearts boast singers Terry Morison and John Gorham, and they’re back for their annual Christmas Concert at the Empress, where glasses will be raised, old friends remembered and there will in general be a lot of happy yelling and carrying on. And if all this sounds scary to you, our own Roger Levesque describes Morrison as “one of the most intellectually compelling songwriters in town,” which I’ll double down on. This just attracts a lot of fun people, is all.

The Pleading Hearts play Empress Ale House Saturday afternoon.

Details: 3:30 p.m – 6:30 p.m. at Empress Ale House (9912 82 Ave.), no charge

 

Walking in a Winter Wonderland: Bearclaw Gallery, Bugera Matheson Gallery, The Front Gallery and Scott Gallery are coming together for the holiday season with festivities and extended shopping hours down 124 Street. The four galleries are exhibiting beautiful works throughout each space, perfect for gift giving. The galleries are keeping their regular Saturday hours, but extending them noon – 4 p.m. Sunday, artists including Jim Logan, Ernestine Tahedl, Verna Vogel and Michael Matthews. Definitely worth a stroll.

Ernestine Tahedl’s stunning work is at Bugera Matheson Gallery.

Details: all weekend on 124 Street around 104 Avenue, never a charge to peruse

 

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