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Former lead singer of Creedence Clearwater Revival to perform in Red Deer this summer

John Fogarty will sing from the legendary song catalogue of Creedence Clearwater Revival in Red Deer this summer.

The former CCR lead singer and guitarist will be performing Proud Mary and other tunes on Tuesday, July 28, at the Centrium. READ

Sadie Flynn offers up a strong season finale

Husband killer Sadie Flynn stepped off the bus this week and into a pretty riotous Central Alberta Theatre production. Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak, which opened on Friday at Red Deer’s Quality Inn, North Hill, is the group’s last dinner theatre of the season and probably the strongest of this year’s CAT pickings. It boasts a dependably funny script by Canada’s go-to playwright Norm Foster, a veteran cast of talented community actors, and some solid direction by Erna Soderberg. READ

She Has a Name set to become a movie project

A locally-written play about human sex trafficking could soon become an independent movie that merges activism with commerce. Local investors are getting behind the She Has a Name film project, which will be based on a script by local playwright Andrew Kooman. Nearly $500,000 has been raised towards creating the movie, which would need about half of its budget of $2.6 million if filming is to go ahead this summer in Thailand, said executive-producer Lance Kadatz. Kadatz, who is a vice-president and chief financial officer of the Red Deer car finance company Rifco, believes the film stands to make a good return for investors READ

Nature’s palate on your plate

How does a cauliflower look like a snowflake? The answer can be gleaned from one of the close-up vegetable photos displayed at the Kiwanis Gallery in Red Deer’s downtown public library. Besides the snowflake comparison, viewers have also drawn parallels between the cauliflower photo and an undersea plant. READ

Powerful and poignant

From the moment middle-aged belle Amanda Wingfield appeared on stage in a ruffled cotillion dress from her youth, speaking obsessively of jonquil flowers, it was clear that a Southern Gothic treat was in store at Thursday’s opening of The Glass Menagerie. Boy, was it ever. This incredible professional co-production between Ignition Theatre and Prime Stock Theatre is a must-see at Red Deer’s Scott Block. READ

Kiesza, Weeknd, Arkells win multiple Junos, but Alanis Morissette steals show

HAMILTON — At the 2015 Juno Awards, Kiesza skipped into the spotlight, Arkells were hailed as hometown heroes, the Weeknd worked and an 80-year-old Leonard Cohen snagged the biggest Juno of his career — and then Alanis Morissette was here to remind us she still knows exactly how to steal a show. READ

A husband-killer in a sleepy town

In a sleepy town where nothing ever happens, it’s big news when husband-killer Sadie Flynn gets off the bus with her suitcases. Norm Foster’s comedy Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak is Central Alberta Theatre’s last dinner theatre production of the season. It opens on Thursday at Red Deer’s Quality Inn North Hill. READ

Levi Cuss letting it go

The older Levi Cuss gets, the more he’s attuned to the adage ‘live and let live.’ READ

As Canadian as it gets

There’s nothing better than hockey and country music for singer Chad Brownlee. Imagine his thrill at seeing his two great loves fused into the creation of an electric guitar made of 22 Sherwood-brand hockey sticks. READ

Play hits the rough on back nine

The Ladies Foursome golfing comedy made its Western Canadian premiere at Lacombe’s Cow Patti dinner theatre this week with a solid — and riotously entertaining — front nine holes. READ

Canadian rapper Shad to replace Jian Ghomeshi as host of CBC’s ’Q’

TORONTO — After contemplating hundreds of potential candidates, the CBC is convinced that new “Q” host Shad can succeed with flying colours. The 32-year-old rapper will soon take over the popular cultural affairs radio show, which was helmed by Jian Ghomeshi until he was fired last year. READ

Blackwood Quartet brings spirit of the king

The Blackwood Quartet will channel more than the Holy Spirit when the Southern group performs at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre. The quartet will be singing gospel songs popularized by Elvis Presley at the Thursday, March 12, concert. READ

Secrets, guilt, illusions

Obsessions surround The Glass Menagerie. Ignition Theatre’s staging of the Tennessee Williams play from Thursday, March 12, at the Scott Block Theatre in Red Deer will be the realization of a long-held dream for artistic director Matt Grue. 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

Tagaq wins Polaris prize

TORONTO — Nunavut-reared throat singer Tanya Tagaq claimed the $30,000 Polaris Music Prize on Monday night, then used her acceptance speech to support the wearing and eating of seal — and lob an expletive at People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals. READ

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