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The show can't go on

Red Deer’s theatre scene is drying up because local venues are either too expensive, too big, or too booked up for smaller-budget productions, say some directors.

“I’ve been at this a decade and it’s never been worse than it is now,” said Matt Grue, artistic director of Ignition Theatre, who cancelled last year’s season because of a lack of affordable, accessible venue space. READ

A new form of artistic drive

A downtown Red Deer intersection could become a blank canvas for creativity as part of this summer’s Art Alley project. READ

Local finalists for a Wild prize

Four Central Alberta country artists are among 12 finalists in a provincial contest for a $100,000 grand prize. READ

Promise kept, at a cost

Ontario band Hollerado promised to create an original, “custom” tune for every fan who bought a pre-sale package to help fund the group’s White Paint album. Two years and 111 new songs later, the exhausted musicians finally lived up to their rather ill-conceived commitment. READ

Sculpture park in search for a good home

Nineteen monumental stone carvings could be gifted to a Central Alberta community that commits to creating a sculpture park. READ

Artist moved by Alberta trucks

That mobile staple of Alberta highways, the pickup truck, becomes a spiritual metaphor in the latest art exhibit at Red Deer’s Kiwanis Gallery. READ

Singer Scott Cook is the travelling man....

One week, it’s a Vancouver Island music festival, the next, it’s a gig in the scenic Kootenays … There are advantages to living out of your van and making your own concert bookings, said roots balladeer Scott Cook, with a chuckle. READ

Musical fundraiser planned for Centrefest

A bridge bash to benefit Centrefest is now happening on June 25. READ

Clint Black killin' time at Ponoka Stampede

Country hit-maker Clint Black will perform Killin’ Time and other signature tunes at the Ponoka Stampede. READ

The Red Deer Mutant Butterfly Incident

The following is a product of the Central Middle School Writer’s Workshop run by teacher Guy Campeau and former Red Deer Author Gerry Bast. The workshop combined 30 students from Grade 6 through 8 as they came up with the following original story called “The Red Deer Mutant Butterfly Incident.” Enjoy. ^ Katherine, the Grade 7 student swam over to the edge of the pool, “Hey my dudes what did you think of that math test?” Carly scratched her head, “It was super difficult.” READ

Creativity on display during open studio tour in Red Deer

Visual artists at work will welcome the public into their creative spaces during Red Deer’s first Open Studio Tour. READ

A spoonful of Big Sugar

Performing at the Ponoka Stampede carries a certain allure for “city slicker” musician Kelly Hoppe of Big Sugar. READ

Daines proud of Fort McMurray tribute

Innisfail cowboy singer Ivan Daines was so moved by the emergency evacuation of 90,000 Fort McMurray residents that he wrote a song about their plight. READ

Kung Fu Vampire: Scary sounds with lyricism

Just call him Kung Fu. California rapper Kung Fu Vampire won’t disclose his real name. As soon as people know your name, they judge you, he said. “Once they know your name, they know your nationality, your religion … If you look at me, you can’t tell if I’m Caucasian, Mexican or Middle Eastern. You can’t tell if I’m 21 or 31 … “And I don’t know that you need to know.” READ

Candy creates ceramic fairy tales

Wily animals, stone cottages and mysterious forests decorate Dawn Candy’s latest ceramic creations. The richly painted vessels and plates in her Stone, Mountain and Lion exhibit at the white gallery in Red Deer, were inspired by her family’s storytelling tradition. READ

Hoyt's art is provocative, not pretty

With Gothic imagery of severed heads, bleeding torsos, mannequins and drug paraphernalia, John Hoyt’s art has been called “ugly.” But whoever said art is supposed to be pretty, asks the Lacombe-based artist, whose provocative pieces — rife with allusions to the Bible, Greek mythology and Alice in Wonderland — have been displayed in Calgary, Edmonton and Toronto galleries. READ

Words, music tranfix crowd at City and Colour concert

Dallas Green’s songs of love and death cast a trance-like spell on 2,500 fans at his City and Colour concert at Red Deer’s Centrium. READ

New documentaries being made on Red Deer's history

With French farmers north of the river and English settlers south of it, Canada’s ‘two solitudes’ were once all-too evident in Red Deer. While it’s not widely known today, Red Deer was once a microcosm of this country’s cultural and linguistic divide, said local resident Mark Collings, who’s producing a documentary on the city’s history. READ

Chad Brownlee helps celebrate 125th-anniversary of Westerner Days

Chad Brownlee, Prism and nightly fireworks shows will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Red Deer’s Westerner Days fair on July 20-24. READ

Heroes and villains coming to Red Deer's first comic-con

The heroine from Deadpool, a world-renowned Star Wars artist, and Jason from Friday the 13th will join other pop-culture celebrities at Red Deer’s first-ever comic-con on June 11 and 12. READ

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