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Beethoven kicks off Red Deer Symphony's upcoming season

A blast of Beethoven will launch a bigger new Red Deer Symphony Orchestra season.

Ludwig van Beethoven’s Symphony No. 7 promises an euphoric start for the RDSO on Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. READ

Local musicians inspire local artist.

The sun plays as big a role in Robin Byrne’s portrait exhibit as do local musicians Randi Boulton, Charlie Jacobson, Paeton Cameron and others. READ

Brothers collaborate to produce award-winning sound

It’s been a whirlwind year for The Bros. Landreth, who perform Friday, Sept. 23, in Sylvan Lake. READ

Pete Seeger inspired punk founder of D.O.A

With Donald Trump making one offensive statement after another, D.O.A.’s Joe Keithley just couldn’t resist. The B.C. punker released a music video, as well as a 7-inch vinyl, of a song called F—-ed up Donald that’s getting thousands of online views and shares. READ

A bigger show, a bigger venue and amazing music

The Pinecone Opry has mosied over to a new corral. READ

Muse figures large in Geospaces

Susan Delaney’s bold, abstract paintings emerge from a tug o’war between the calculated and the spontaneous. READ

'Capturing the beauty of nature'

The tourist route between Calgary, Drumheller and Jasper is well worn. But how many visitors opt to drive through Alberta’s prairie landscape? READ

Taylor-made harmonies

“Don’t hide your light under a bushel” is something your grandmother might once have told you. Renowned singer/songwriter Chip Taylor (Wild Thing, Angel of the Morning) would heartily agree with this sentiment. READ

Ignition Films does Break On Through.

Desperate strangers flee to an isolated Central Alberta farmhouse, seeking refuge from a mysterious, cataclysmic force. The threat could come from zombies, aliens, atomic fallout, or a meteor hurtling through space — although none of the above are part of the apocalyptic scenario in Break On Through. The new 90-minute indie movie, being made by Ignition Films in association with Ridge Enterprises, is being shot over 19 days in a rented 1970s-era farmhouse, five minutes drive from Alix. READ

A mystery with promise

A mysterious woman walks into an opera box at the beginning of Central Alberta Theatre ’s Evelyn Strange and warns: “I don’t want to be rushed…” This line ends up foreshadowing the slow pacing of a production that could take itself less seriously. READ

Higgins gets real in new memoir

Red Deer’s Dwayne Higgins had everything — Hollywood success, a six-figure income and a loving family — and he lost it all to drug and alcohol addiction. READ

Johnny Reid brings crowd-pleasing routine to Red Deer

Coasting on his sheer, over-the-top niceness, Johnny Reid showed his tartan army of 4,500 Central Alberta fans some crazy kind of love Saturday night at Red Deer’s Centrium. Subtlety was not key to Juno Award-winning, multi-platinum-selling Reid’s behemoth What Love is All About concert. READ

Dreaming With My Great Mother: Bold and symbolic native art

Connections to ancestors and the spirit world imbue the captivating Dreaming With My Great Mother art exhibit at Lacombe’s Memorial Centre. READ

Light hearts at work on heavy issues

When Father Tim Farley takes the pulpit, he’s used to feeling the love of his Catholic congregation — so nothing prepares him for being heckled from the pews by Mark Dolson. READ

Hands-on art

There’s no stuffy “hands-off” rule when it comes to art by Trenton Leach. READ

Comedy hangs on people acting strangely: Review

“I just wish you all were a little more normal,” disoriented Avery tells his bizarre relatives in Central Alberta Theatre’s 37 Postcards. Whoa, Nelly! You can say that again. READ

Cast, Crew overcome challenges to bring Wild Dust to stage

In stepping up to direct Central Alberta Theatre’s season-opening comedy Wild Dust, Craig Scott had to do some unusual problem solving READ

RDSO opens season with passion

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s Una Noche En Espana concert provided a sizzling contrast to cooler fall weather by delivering some passionate music from more temperate climes. READ

Brock Zeman: More than radio-friendly

Brock Zeman believes he writes radio-friendly songs — they just don’t happen to fit the format of mainstream radio stations. Today’s commercial radio is all about beer-party music, said the Ottawa-area troubadour, who performs Wednesday, July 22, at Gilmore’s Guitars in Red Deer. READ

Absorb the unfamiliar

John Stowell wants to take Central Albertans on a musical journey into less-travelled territory. To appreciate the open jazz tunes played by his trio, Scenes, Stowell advises listeners to sit back and absorb the “unfamiliar” sounds with an open mind. READ

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