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Ponoka native Shaun Johnston portrays patriarch Jack Bartlett on Heartland, but has played some far less amiable characters over the years.

Bad guys actually used to be his specialty: “I used to make my living killing people and beating my women,” joked Johnston — before more heroic parts came his way. READ

Romance revealed in music

Romance was revealed as a spectrum of emotions at the impassioned Red Deer Symphony Orchestra concert Saturday night at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. READ

Lessons from Hollywood

Hollywood is a complicated place, but Calgary-based actor Peter Skagen is happy to decipher some of its unwritten rules for film students at Red Deer College. Skagen, who’s written How to Succeed in Hollywood Without Really Acting, is guest teaching this month at Red Deer College’s Motion Picture Arts program. READ

Two generations of Pritchetts on Red Deer stage

Canadian country singer Aaron Pritchett is pleased as punch to perform with his son, musician Jason Pritchett, in the Outlaws and Outsiders Tour of Alberta. But Pa Pritchett is either too modest or too honest to take credit for passing musical talent down a generation. READ

Murder mystery delivers

With less than two weeks to learn his lines, local actor Jason Steele proved to be a quick study. He handily stepped into a lead role in Deadly Murder, which opened Thursday night at the Quality Inn North Hill dinner theatre, and delivered what was ultimately a riveting performance. READ

Sketch comedy team diversifying act

They say you can’t please all of the people all of the time, but Bull Skit’s taking a good run at doing just that. Red Deer’s improvisation/sketch comedy team is diversifying its act to widen its audience appeal and give the public more yuks for their bucks. “We’re passionate about making people laugh,” said Against the Wall Theatre’s artistic director Jenna Goldade. “And we work hard to think of new, creative ways to do it.” READ

The Northern Four — four local artists offer strikingly different perspectives on Alberta landscapes

Ask four artists to paint the same four landscapes and you get 16 widely different interpretations. READ

Romance in symphony

Some musical hearts and flowers will be sent out to the audience, courtesy of the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. The Romance of Chopin concert, on Saturday, Jan. 17, at the Red Deer College Arts Centre, can be thought of as an early valentine to listeners. The program consists of the passionate Piano Concerto No. 2 in F Minor by Frédéric Chopin, the beautiful and melancholy Valse Triste by Jean Sibelius, and the ear-candy-ish Sinfonia Concertante in E-Flat Major, by Johann Christian Bach. READ

Mystery keeps the audience guessing

When a wealthy older woman invites a social-climbing young waiter back to her Manhattan loft for a fling, the result is Deadly Murder. But the question is who gets killed in this mystery/thriller by U.S. playwright David Foley? READ

Pianist pays tribute to ‘Mr. Showmanship’

Pianist Curtis Labelle will be decked out in an elaborate wig, spangled tuxedo — and, quite possibly, a feathered cape — when he next visits his former hometown. READ

Fired CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi faces three new sex assault charges

A grim-faced Jian Ghomeshi found himself once again in a crush of police and media Thursday following a brief court appearance in which three new charges of sexual assault were laid against the fired CBC radio host. READ

The Interview to open in 27 Canadian theatres on Friday, Sony says

After Americans had a chance to see “The Interview” in theatres, Canadians in some locations will also be able to watch the controversial movie on the big screen starting Friday. READ

Born to sing the blues

Tracy Wells is a natural blues singer — she just didn’t know it for a long while. READ

Panto as silly as they come

Snow White seemingly walks off Disney’s animated movie screen and becomes a real person in the pantomime Snow White and the Seven Nobbits, opening tonight at the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer. With skin as white as Central Alberta frost, hair “as black as the tar sands,” and a knockout singing voice, Olds actor Ashley Newman is such a ringer for the Walt Disney Snow White that you could almost see the cartoon birdies twittering around her head. READ

Scripts at Work coming to an end

A playwriting hothouse that germinated new works in Red Deer and primed local playwrights for success in other parts Canada will not survive into the new year. READ

December First Friday draws inspiration from nature and the night

Art that’s inspired by nature and nighttime will be showing at Red Deer’s First Friday’s gallery openings for December. READ

Internal Ghomeshi probe didn’t include Q employees

A new episode of “The Fifth Estate” takes aim at the internal CBC probe of Jian Ghomeshi, with one “Q” employee saying his faith in the broadcaster has been shaken due to lingering questions about the investigation. READ

Innisfail Town Theatre producing Bedtime Stories

Take a peek at what goes on behind the bedroom door in Innisfail Town Theatre’s next production. READ

Trews capture true Canadiana at Thursday concert

Stage lights at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre dimmed as The Trews began playing the familiar intro of a song that’s come to epitomize Canadian duty and sacrifice. READ

A shrug of thanks to the people who believed

After many years of “yearning” to be an artist, 57-year-old Glynis Wilson Boultbee is finally studying visual arts at Red Deer College. It was a case of mind over matter for the Red Deer resident, who’s done other artistic things, such as written poetry, but never thought she could ever create recognizable images on paper. “I just got it in my head that I could not draw, that it was closed off for me,” she said. READ

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