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Different roads lead to love

Fifty-ish Andy goes looking for love in the standard 21st-century way: he advertises.

Val, a nurse in her mid-40s, answers Andy’s dating ad and agrees to meet him in person — only she brings her friend Nina along for moral support. Likewise, Andy shores up his nerve by asking his friend Matthew to accompany him in Central Alberta Theatre’s next production, the romantic comedy, Looking. READ

Hollywood bets big again with summer blockbusters

Like jumbo jets on the runway, Hollywood’s summer movies are lined up, ready for takeoff. Will they hit any turbulence? READ

Trailer Park Boys 3 has an idea in its stoned noggin

All right boys (and girls), this is the way it’s supposed to be. The Trailer Park Boys are back with a third movie, an astonishment unto itself, and you’re just going to have to like it. Or not. READ

Too early to tell if The Boondocks has jumped the shark

When it was first announced that the long-awaited Season 4 of The Boondocks would not involve the show’s creator, Aaron McGruder, it was natural to worry that the new episodes would be as disappointing as Community’s Season 4, which lacked showrunner Dan Harmon. READ

Hamiltone Trio to perform at The Hub

A trio of professional musicians will perform at The Hub on Ross on May 2. READ

Alysha Brilla bringing her eclectic mix to Fratters Speakeasy

A Tanzanian-Canadian singer/songwriter who is nominated for a Juno award will perform in Red Deer on May 8. READ

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. 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

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