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Doobie Brothers show fans a good, old funkedelic time

Wanna hear some funky Dixieland? The Doobie Brothers took nearly 3,000 Central Alberta fans by the hand and showed them a good, old funkedelic time this week.

No splashy video show was played, or needed, at Tuesday night’s concert at the Centrium. The only special effect was the kind of low-tech pinwheel lighting that brought The Monkees TV series to mind. READ

Kissed by public support

Sending little “kisses” home with gallery visitors landed Red Deer’s Robin Lambert a $10,000 national emerging artist prize. READ

Michael Godard appearing at Editions Gallery

“The rock star of art,” Michael Godard will be appearing at Editions Gallery in Red Deer this week. READ

Steve Bell performing at Shalom Counselling FriendRaiser

The Shalom Counselling Centre’s annual fall FriendRaiser features the musical stylings of singer songwriter Steve Bell. On Oct. 24 at the First Christian Reformed Church, 16 McVicar St., the organization holds its fundraiser and 15th anniversary celebration. READ

Steve Bell to perform ballads about faith, hope and love at First Christian Reformed Church

Inspirational singer/songwriter Steve Bell will perform ballads about faith, hope and love in Red Deer this week. The Juno Award-winning Christian artist performs on Friday at the First Christian Reformed Church at 16 McVicar St. READ

Violin-piano sonata to have world premiere at Gaetz United Church

The world premiere of a violin-piano sonata by local composer Ruston Vuori will be performed at Sunday’s worship service at Gaetz United Church. READ

Cornerstone Youth Theatre to present Tom Sawyer

The classic story of courage in the face of danger — epitomized in one particular Mark Twain novel — will come alive on stage in Red Deer. With a cast of no less than 63, Cornerstone Youth Theatre is presenting the Broadway musical The Adventures of Tom Sawyer from Oct. 31 to Nov. 8 in Red Deer. READ

Still Takin’ It To The Streets

The Doobie Brothers, who counted the Hell’s Angels among their biggest fans in their early days, have long been drawing more mainstream devotees from around the world. READ

Blair is riding high

Central Alberta actor Jacob Blair knows his way around a horse, but wasn’t too proud to take riding lessons for a starring role in the new Western TV series The Pinkertons. READ

Ready to Fly: Amy Metcalfe

Amy Metcalfe, who was once bullied into silence about her singing talent, is now letting it soar. READ

Plenty to feast on in Oral Fixations

Anyone who’s ever fought to get a spoonful of mashed vegetables into a toddler’s mouth knows food can set the battleground for an obstinate clash of wills. READ

Alumni film fest opens Friday

The international film-festival favourite, Stories of Alyx and Anton, is just one of the shorts made by Red Deer College alumni that will be screened a local festival in Red Deer next weekend. READ

Tickets on sale Friday for Chad Brownlee concert

Tickets go on sale Friday for a Chad Brownlee concert in Red Deer next spring. READ

Plenty of live music on this weekend

A plethora of musical choices awaits Red Deer residents on the weekend — from poignant folk ballads to mind-melting metal. On Friday, Morgan Davis will perform his country/blues music in a fundraiser for the Central Music Festival Society at Fratters Speakeasy. For more information about the show, call 403-356-0033. READ

Southern comfortable

It seemed like a Duck Dynasty evening from the get-go. With songs about moonshine, NASCAR and fishin’ holes, U.S. country music star Brad Paisley brought his popular, flag-waving brand of Southern comfort to a northern arena on Thursday night. READ

Juggling act: Reid balances music, school

Somewhere in a packed, 800-student University of Toronto lecture hall, chart-topping pop singer Alyssa Reid is studiously taking psychology notes. Yes, we’re talking about the same Alberta artist who toured internationally with celebrity boy band One Direction. READ

Wilson at peace with adoption revelation

Singer/songwriter Tom Wilson recently found out from a stranger that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. He also discovered that the person he’s always thought of as a cousin is really his birth mother. READ

RDSO season opens with an emotional roller-coaster

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra started the season with an electrifying jolt of tension by sandwiching a provocative Stalinist-era cello concerto between two more palatable confections. READ

The Gay Nineties play on Sunday at the International Beer Haus

The Gay Nineties will strike up some indie pop/rock tunes in Red Deer this weekend. READ

Kissel’s big year continues with stop in Red Deer

Brett Kissel’s had quite the summer — from kissing a cod fish in Newfoundland to having Steven Tyler of Aerosmith chiming in on his 3-2-1 song at a Calgary fundraiser. The last few months were “pretty incredible,” said the Alberta country singer, who will perform with Brad Paisley on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Red Deer’s Centrium. READ

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