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Folk-pop group having one heck of a 2014

There are bands that toil for years in obscurity, and then there’s The Strumbellas.

The success the Toronto folk-pop group is experiencing makes a case for good timing — occasionally a band’s music will line up almost exactly with popular taste and lightning will strike. READ

Comic of the absurd

In the absurdist world of Levi MacDougall, some Canadians will flop onto the sidewalk, gulping like fish, after crossing into the U.S. “I grew up in Celsius air ... (it’s) too Farenheity,” quipped the Calgary-raised comic, while fanning the air with his hands during a stand-up gig in Los Angeles. “Feels like I’m drowning.” READ

CBC offers counselling to employees in wake of Jian Ghomeshi affair

The CBC offered counselling to its employees Thursday as more women stepped forward to allege “abusive behaviour” by Jian Ghomeshi, and announced it is hiring a third-party company to conduct an investigation into accusations against the former “Q” radio host. READ

The Dirrty Show is headed Down Under

The Australians are in for a naughty, hard-core treat — The Dirrty Show is going Down Under. READ

Twice as nice

Listeners are in for a rare treat when two grand pianos share the stage with the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra at the next concert featuring the Bergmann Piano Duo. READ

Moose Chuckles take on Bull Skit in fundraiser

Two local improv groups are squaring off in a quick-witted theatre-sports challenge that’s designed to thrill while also fundraising for cash-strapped Red Deer College theatre students. READ

Red Deer dancer off to N.Y.C. for role

Red Deer’s Jenna lee Hay is set to make an off-Broadway debut, of sorts, in a modern dance by one of America’s most respected choreographers. READ

The Trews and nothing but The Trews

Canadian rockers The Trews initially had trouble explaining their name to the public (‘trews’ means tartan trousers for those who are still wondering). Now they have to explain their connection to Russell Brand. The British comedian effectively co-opted the band’s name by calling his own online “news” site The Trews. It’s Brand’s amalgam of “truth” and “news.” READ

A funkadelic good time

Wanna hear some funky Dixieland? The Doobie Brothers took nearly 3,000 Central Alberta fans by the hand and showed them a good, old funkadelic time this week. READ

Kissed by public support

Sending little “kisses” home with gallery visitors landed Red Deer’s Robin Lambert a $10,000 national emerging artist prize. READ

Michael Godard appearing at Editions Gallery

“The rock star of art,” Michael Godard will be appearing at Editions Gallery in Red Deer this week. READ

Steve Bell performing at Shalom Counselling FriendRaiser

The Shalom Counselling Centre’s annual fall FriendRaiser features the musical stylings of singer songwriter Steve Bell. On Oct. 24 at the First Christian Reformed Church, 16 McVicar St., the organization holds its fundraiser and 15th anniversary celebration. READ

Steve Bell to perform ballads about faith, hope and love at First Christian Reformed Church

Inspirational singer/songwriter Steve Bell will perform ballads about faith, hope and love in Red Deer this week. The Juno Award-winning Christian artist performs on Friday at the First Christian Reformed Church at 16 McVicar St. READ

Violin-piano sonata to have world premiere at Gaetz United Church

The world premiere of a violin-piano sonata by local composer Ruston Vuori will be performed at Sunday’s worship service at Gaetz United Church. READ

Cornerstone Youth Theatre to present Tom Sawyer

The classic story of courage in the face of danger — epitomized in one particular Mark Twain novel — will come alive on stage in Red Deer. With a cast of no less than 63, Cornerstone Youth Theatre is presenting the Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 in Red Deer. READ

Still Takin’ It To The Streets

The Doobie Brothers, who counted the Hell’s Angels among their biggest fans in their early days, have long been drawing more mainstream devotees from around the world. READ

Blair is riding high

Central Alberta actor Jacob Blair knows his way around a horse, but wasn’t too proud to take riding lessons for a starring role in the new Western TV series The Pinkertons. READ

Ready to Fly: Amy Metcalfe

Amy Metcalfe, who was once bullied into silence about her singing talent, is now letting it soar. READ

Plenty to feast on in Oral Fixations

Anyone who’s ever fought to get a spoonful of mashed vegetables into a toddler’s mouth knows food can set the battleground for an obstinate clash of wills. READ

Alumni film fest opens Friday

The international film-festival favourite, Stories of Alyx and Anton, is just one of the shorts made by Red Deer College alumni that will be screened a local festival in Red Deer next weekend. READ

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