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Lights brings imagination, inspiration at Red Deer show

Electro-pop singer Lights urged her mostly young and female fans at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre to stay youthful by remaining imaginative.

“One of the things that inspired me — and which is the antithesis of bills and taxes and egos and all the other struggles of adult life — is being a kid again,” she said, to whoops and cheers from about 600 Central Albertans on Saturday night. READ

Revivalist folk ’n’ roll on local stage

It’ll be 1980s folk-rock revival night in Red Deer next week, when The Grapes of Wrath and Bryan Potvin of Northern Pikes play a melodic, nostalgia-tinged show at Fratters Speakeasy. READ

Luke Dowler at Fratters Speakeasy

Luke Dowler will perform tunes from his diverse catalogue of music on Wednesday at Fratters Speakeasy in Red Deer. The Montana-based singer/songwriter/producer demonstrated his knack for creating memorable hooks in the jangly pop single Heart Attack, and his social conscience in the 2011 single Silence Is Shameful, a moving look at human trafficking. READ

RDC production of The Mystery of Edwin Drood brings Broadway to local stage

If Dr. Frank-N-Furter from The Rocky Horror Picture Show married Sally Bowles from Cabaret in a garishly ornate Victorian music hall, you’d get something approximating The Mystery of Edwin Drood. READ

Teenage Kicks bares heart and soul on new album

Jeff van Helvoort of Teenage Kicks considers being in a rock band a selfish endeavour. “Sometimes I think I could be doing something to help or better the world,” said the 26-year-old bassist, who performs with Teenage Kicks in a long lineup of bands Friday, Nov. 28, at The Vat in Red Deer. For one thing, the environmentally conscious van Helvoort questions driving 10 hours between cities to sometimes play for as few as 15 people. READ

Gallery IS reopening with artwork from four Red Deer-area artists

Gallery IS is reopening to the public for an exhibit of new artworks from four Red Deer-area artists. READ

Bull Skit show to feature musical artist Jesse Roads

Bull Skit is back with more comedy and music this month at the Scott Block in Red Deer. READ

Big John Bates Band brings Southern Gothic sounds to The Vat on Saturday

The genre-bending Big John Bates Band will bring some Southern Gothic sounds to Red Deer’s The Vat on Saturday. Bates is an unlikely purveyor of acoustic music, as he founded and fronted the metal band Annihilator. READ

Deadman rockin’

Theory of a Deadman got a big, boisterous welcome from a full-house crowd of Central Alberta rockers at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre Saturday. Local fans embraced the Vancouver-based rockers with whistles, cheers and raised rock ’n’ roll fingers. READ

Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five to play at Fratters Speakeasy

Little Miss Higgins & The Winnipeg Five will perform some indelible country-blues county music on Thursday night at Fratters Speakeasy in Red Deer. READ

Open Season fundraiser begins Friday

Open Season, the 11th-annual fundraiser for the Harris-Warke Gallery in Red Deer gets underway on Friday. This year’s benefit offers more fun options, including a three-course dinner, as well as live and silent art auctions. 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

Juno-nominated hip-hop artist performs Saturday

Juno-nominated hip-hop artist SonReal brings his innovative, feel-good rhyme schemes to Red Deer this weekend. The Vancouver-based rapper, best known for his video for Up Up Up, which was a smash hit on MuchMusic, performs Saturday at the International Beer Haus and Stage. READ

Lights rediscovers her creativity

To go forward, you sometimes need to go back. It seems like something the Red Queen would say to Alice in the book Through the Looking Glass, but Canadian electro-pop singer Lights came to this realization while trying to write new songs for her latest release Little Machines. READ

Choose your own mystery

The Mystery of Edwin Drood might as well be called Who Isn’t in Love with Rosa Budd? READ

Commercial gallery launched downtown

Paul Harris often pondered how a city of nearly 100,000 people could not have a commercial art gallery. Well now Red Deer does. READ

Storm clouds on the horizon

Central Alberta artist David More often has his eyes to the skies — and he’s been troubled by changes he’s noticing. Extreme weather patterns, due to global warming, are causing more turmoil above us, said More, whose latest paintings on this theme are showing in the Vanishing Point exhibit at The Coconut Room, upstairs at Sunworks in Red Deer. READ

Plamondon to spice up Mardi Gras Music Night

It’s not too far to Louisiana —­ just ask Alberta’s Cajun queen Crystal Plamondon. The singer now based in the Rocky Mountain House area is gearing up to perform Diggy Liggy Lo and other Creole favourites with her band at a Mardi Gras Music Night on Saturday, Nov. 15, at Red Deer Elks Lodge. READ

Alberta-made films to be shown at RDC

Eleven short films featuring everything from Count Floyd to puppets and mounting garbage will shown at the Prairie Tales Film Festival next week in Red Deer. 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

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