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35th anniversary to be marked with shows of Blood Brothers

For 35 years, the Innisfail Town Theater has delighted audiences and to celebrate, they plan 10 shows of Blood Brothers, a play by Willie Russell.

The play tells the story of twins separated at birth. It compares their growth and life paths through nature versus nurture. READ

The Magik Spells return home

They cast a musical spell over Red Deer — then moved on to wider pastures in Calgary and Vancouver. READ

Tom Petty reflects on 40 years of songwriting as he receives ASCAP’s Founders Award

Forty years of practice has made songwriting harder, not easier, for Tom Petty. READ

Transcendence is a techno tale both visionary and myopic

Wally Pfister’s Transcendence isn’t the alarm-ringing saga of mechanical mayhem it aspires to be, having come late to the notion of silicon slavery. READ

The Motorleague set to rock Red Deer Thursday

The Motorleague is hitting the road for a cross-Canada tour that stops on Thursday in Red Deer. READ

Heaven is for Real elevated above its very modest ambitions

The good news is this: in heaven, everybody’s young. The bad news: you have to take a four-year-old’s word for it. READ

Mozart, Salieri rivalry takes centre stage

The legendary rivalry between Mozart and Salieri will be revived in the next Red Deer Symphony Orchestra concert, which features works by both composers. READ

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Colombian Nobel laureate, dies at 87

Gabriel Garcia Marquez, the Nobel laureate whose novels and short stories exposed tens of millions of readers to Latin America’s passion, superstition, violence and inequality, died at home in Mexico City around midday, according to people close to his family. He was 87. READ

Fascinating play like opening a history book and watching real people step out from the past

There was a time when armies of rootless young men camped outside of cities after failing to find work that paid a dollar a day. READ

Festival names headliners

Filling the hard rock/heavy metal gap left by the departure of Boonstock to B.C., the Tail Creek Mud and Music Festival announced its presence in a big way with headliners Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Theory of a Deadman. READ

Journalist Paul Wells wins $10,000 Dafoe prize

WINNIPEG — Paul Wells has won the $10,000 Dafoe Book Prize. The Maclean’s magazine columnist picks up the award for The Longer I’m Prime Minister: Stephen Harper and Canada 2006-, published by Random House Canada. READ

Winnipeg’s Sweet Alibi makes the best of difficulties

Just as some people find it helps to laugh when they’re feeling down, Sweet Alibi tends to writes cathartic, uplifting songs about difficult experiences. READ

Folksinger Jesse Winchester dies at age 69

TORONTO — Folksinger Jesse Winchester, an American-born songwriter who established himself in Montreal after dodging the Vietnam War draft, has died of cancer. He was 69. His death was announced on his official Facebook page Friday. “Friends, our sweet Jesse died peacefully in his sleep this morning,” read the update. “Bless his loving heart.” READ

The Grandmaster sets record with 12 honours at Hong Kong Film Awards

Wong Kar Wai’s much lauded kung fu epic The Grandmaster won a record dozen honours at the Hong Kong Film Awards. READ

CBC pins hopes on upcoming Eugene Levy family comedy

TORONTO — Amid the dark clouds hovering over the beleaguered CBC, at least one bright light shines for English Services boss Heather Conway: the provocatively titled new comedy Schitt’s Creek. READ

In life as in music: Peter Karp and Sue Foley share their music and lives

Being a solo singer/songwriter can sometimes feel like “you’re drowning in a soup” of your own making, admitted blues artist Peter Karp. Luckily, Sue Foley has been around to rescue Karp from any kind of sinking self-involvement since the two officially became a duo four years ago. READ

RDC play tells stories from the Great Depression

A greedy landlord is tarred and gravelled by his Maritime neighbours for trying to raise the rent on an impoverished widow during the Great Depression. Members of a Prairie farm family, devastated by drought, move into an igloo they built in their front yard one winter because it’s warmer than their drafty house. READ

Collective love-in

It didn’t take long for Collective Soul’s scorching concert this week at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre to become a virtual love-in for the full-house crowd. READ

Colbert to replace Letterman on CBS late show

BS moved swiftly Thursday to replace the retiring David Letterman with Comedy Central’s Stephen Colbert, who will take over the Late Show next year and do battle with Jimmy Fallon and Jimmy Kimmel for late-night television supremacy. Colbert, 49, has been hosting The Colbert Report since 2005, in character as a fictional conservative talk-show host. The character will retire with The Colbert Report. READ

Rio 2: Feather-flying jungle fun

Blu is back and he’s still, to use a metaphor with an animal theme, a fish out of water. Rio 2 picks up where the first one left off and, despite an opening scene that takes place during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Brazil’s party-hearty capital, most of the action takes place in the Amazon jungle to the north. READ

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