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Week in Preview: Our critics' picks for your next seven days in culture

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EXHIBITION Gina suuda tl’l xasii – Came to tell something This weekend, the Haida Gwaii Museum at Kay Llnagaay, B.C., unveils an important exhibition: Gina suuda tl’l xasii – Came to tell something. It explores the vital social function of art in Haida life, and the information revealed by works that “tell something.” Curated with the guidance of Haida artists such as Robert Davidson, James Hart and Guujaaw, the exhibition features treasures from the early 1800s through to the time of Bill Reid, as well as contemporary works. Thanks to masters such as Reid and Charles Edenshaw, Haida art has thrived and is now celebrated far beyond this northwestern archipelago. But seeing it in context – well, that’s something. (June 28 to Dec. 31) Marsha Lederman

Trevor Mills

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FILM Tammy Call it a 2014 comic version of Thelma and Louise: Susan Sarandon hits the road again, this time playing grandmother to the godmother of modern LOLs, Melissa McCarthy. McCarthy plays Tammy, a down-on-her-luck woman whose life unravels in unexpected ways before she gets her footing right by way of a wacky road trip with her alcoholic, diabetic grandma (Sarandon). Co-written by McCarthy with her husband Ben Falcone (the air marshal in Bridesmaids, who also directs), the film promises to catapult the fearless and charismatic comedienne to even greater heights. (Opens in selected locations July 2) Maggie Wrobel

Michael Tackett

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MUSIC Stan Rogers Folk Festival This year’s Nova Scotia annual party doesn’t coincide with Canada Day, but it’s close enough. And while it may or may not be true that East Coasters hold folk music tighter to their particular proud-and-true culture than the rest of the country does (Quebeckers would, and should, disagree), their passion for it is colossal. Named for the late, great troubadour, the festival presents Alan Doyle, Dave Gunning, Eric Bibb, Ani DiFranco, Joel Plaskett and others, along with Garnet Rogers and Nathan Rogers, brother and son to Stan, respectively. Something about legacy. (July 4-July 6, Canso, N.S.) Brad Wheeler


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TELEVISION Under the Dome Summer’s here and the time is right for helpless people to cower beneath an invisible and impenetrable dome. Last summer’s surprise TV hit, the sci-fi series based on Stephen King’s novel launches season two with a gimmicky twist – King wrote the first new episode and makes a cameo – and the immediate deaths of two prominent residents of Chester’s Mill, the small New England town abruptly cut off from the rest of the world. Kill who you will, Mr. King, but leave us Big Jim Rennie, played by former Breaking Bad mainstay Dean Norris. We love you, Big Jim! (CBS, Global, 10 p.m., June 30) Andrew Ryan


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VISUAL ART Off the Grid: Abstract Painting in New Brunswick Orthodoxy has it that, in its heyday, abstract painting in Canada was practised primarily in Quebec (the Automatistes), Ontario (Painters Eleven) and the West (Regina Five, Emma Lake workshops). However, it seems it also enlisted a core of sophisticated adherents in New Brunswick, either from or associated with the province. The Beaverbrook Art Gallery in Fredericton has just opened an ambitious exhibition of some 70 abstract works by 20-plus artists, dead and living. The real revelation is probably the oils and watercolours, nine in all, by Rupert D. Turnbull (1899-1950). Born in New Jersey to Canadian parents, he spent his formative years in Rothesay, N.B., and by 1930 was fully (and expertly) committed to the non-representational aesthetic. (Through Sept. 14) James Adams

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