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'It's like we were never apart' — Moist plays at Westerner Days

Getting back together is extra sweet when there’s no nasty break-up to get over.

Like the good friends they are, members of Canadian band Moist immediately found common ground when they reunited in 2013 after spending years working on solo projects. READ

Meaningful art in Painting the Town Red

Their art challenge was: Choose subject matter that’s meaningful to them and incorporates the colour red. Painting the Town Red, an exhibit at the Harris-Warke Gallery, shows how many different creative paths seven Red Deer artists can go down when following the same instructions. READ

The kids are in school in Love's Labour's Lost

Buddy Holly tunes will provide a nostalgic musical soundtrack for Bard on Bower’s 1950s version of Love’s Labour’s Lost. READ

Julius Caesar comes to Bower Ponds

A lofty leader is betrayed by trusted companions and brought down by his own weakness during this month’s Bard on Bower presentation of Julius Caesar. The drama that opens on Thursday, July 14, on the outdoor stage at Bower Ponds will lend gravitas to a season that also includes the light-hearted comedy Love’s Labour’s Lost, opening July 21. READ

Inventors of horrorcore rap

The FBI suggests they are gangsters, while others call them Christians. According to rapper Shaggy 2 Dope, his Insane Clown Posse is really just misunderstood. READ

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. 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

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

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

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