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Leonard Nimoy, world famous as Mr. Spock on Star Trek TV series and films, dies at 83

LOS ANGELES — In 1975, Leonard Nimoy published an autobiography with the defiant title, “I Am Not Spock.” Two decades later, he bowed to fate with “I Am Spock,” a revisionist sequel.

But for Trekkies and even casual “Star Trek” viewers, Nimoy was always the coolly composed science officer with the pointed ears and an unwavering belief in logic. READ

Ron James unshackled

Finding himself “unshackled by network constraints” since his weekly CBC-TV show was cancelled, Canadian comedian Ron James did the “most expensive drunk dial I’ve ever done in my life.” He signed up for an epic National Geographic hiking trip through Patagonia. READ

Interesting performances salvage weak plot in Wrong Turn at Lungfish

When dying hospital patient Peter Ravenswaal seeks solace in the play Wrong Turn at Lungfish, he turns to the words of poets T.S. Eliot and Charles Beaudelaire for comfort. READ

Straight for the funny bone

All heck is breaking loose at the Lacombe Golf and Country Club in the off season. Men are swinging from bed sheets and running around in bunny underwear. Women are hiding from their husbands and engaging in the sort of harebrained schemes that bring Lucille Ball and Vivian Vance to mind. READ

Artist mixes created, natural worlds

When the weather’s right, the light is interesting, and if there’s a spot of shade to stand under, an entire morning can slip away for Red Deer artist Carol Lynn Gilchrist. READ

Actor proud of work as Neanderthal

Wait a minute, that Neanderthal looks familiar. ... Under the sloped forehead and shaggy hair of a Neanderthal in the CBC documentary series The Great Human Odyssey is Central Alberta actor Brett Manyluk. READ

A different side of Big Sugar

Fans used to the big, booming Big Sugar sound are in for something richer and mellower when frontman Gordie Johnson brings his blues-rock band — plus additional “Rasta elders” — to Red Deer this month. READ

Bourne brings his soulful style to the Golden Circle

Some old songs, new songs, dance songs and spur-of-the-moment songs are in the lineup when Bill Bourne performs in Red Deer. The Central Alberta troubadour is returning to familiar turf to entertain at the Golden Circle on Saturday, Feb. 21. READ

A chance to see the artistic side of RDC Creative Arts faculty and staff

A cyclone, cattle and cubic designs are all part of a Red Deer College art show being held in downtown Red Deer. READ

A battle between brain and heart

Craig Scott was feeling conflicted after reading the script for the latest Central Alberta Theatre play Wrong Turn at Lungfish. “My brain was telling me ‘I can’t direct this, I don’t have time,’” he recalled. “But my heart was telling me ‘I have to make time, because someone has to do this.’” READ

Blues musicians flocking to Fratters

Two Maple Blues Award-winning musicians will provide consecutive evenings of blues-tinged entertainment in Red Deer. Guitarist David Gogo and piano player David Vest have performed together before, but are scheduled for separate shows next week at Fratters Speakeasy. READ

Doty keeping it real

There are almost as many kinds of love songs as people falling in love — and Ellen Doty ought to know. READ

In search of chemistry

Red Deer College’s Pride and Prejudice boasts a spectacular set, lavish costumes, a sparkling supporting cast and all the witty dialogue of Jane Austen’s beloved novel. READ

A way out of a dark place

Getting sober is one thing. Writing songs about the experience is quite another. Although Ottawa roots singer Lynne Hanson quit drinking in 2011 after deciding “I was a disaster as a human being,” she didn’t put out the first album she’d ever written and recorded without the dubious benefit of alcohol until 2014’s River of Sand. 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

Big Wreck's Ian Thornley is a man of few words; lets guitars do the talking

When he isn’t singing, Big Wreck’s Ian Thornley is a man of few words. Perhaps wisely, he let his guitars do most of the talking at Monday night’s near sellout rock concert at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre. And it turned out the six-stringers the frontman regularly traded off (one per song, in every colour, as if guitar-making elves were busy backstage) had a lot of fascinating things to say. READ

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