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Brewing up some magical art

Some artistic alchemy is brewing at the Harris-Warke Gallery.

Red Deer-based Matthew Boyd and Jennifer Kalika-Kivinen are each showing their solo ceramic projects in the Contemplation + Transformation exhibit. While each artist drew on different inspirations, they created organic art pieces that are complementary in design and also share a certain transformative quality. READ

Mr. Chi Pig of SNFU performs at International Beer Haus, Thursday

Mr. Chi Pig and his legendary punk band SNFU could play You Make Me Thick along with other hardcore anthems in Red Deer next week. READ

Improv Jelly providing comedy for everyone

The story starts with a bride walking down the aisle in slacks. As in a game of broken telephone, this wedding-themed narrative is pulled in unexpected directions by four story-telling improvisers (a Snickers melts in the pocket of the groom’s white pants, there’s impromptu dancing in the aisle), until it ends with a traditional kiss at the altar. READ

Gothic rockers Van Halst: Setting the real world to music

Gothic rocker Kami Van Halst released an album called World of Make Believe, but she definitely lives in the real world. READ

Tommy Banks: All jazzed up at Sylvan Lake

Tommy Banks is always happy to return to Sylvan Lake, where he will play at a Jazz on the Lake event on Saturday, Aug. 20. READ

Ms. Teaze: Pushing her way to respect in the world of rap

The best way of countering all the misogyny in hip-hop music is to become a strong, empowered female rapper. READ

Fratters Speakeasy closing day band — Blue Moon Marquee — robbed

It’s an extra sad ending for Fratters Speakeasy after $2,300 was stolen from the band that played the Red Deer venue’s last show. Blue Moon Marquee, a duo consisting of Rocky Mountain House native A.W. Cardinal and Red Deer-raised Jasmine Colette, entertained Thursday at the venue that’s now permanently closed and up for sale. READ

Lacy J. Dalton performs at Daines Pick-Nic

If any animal embodies the Western spirit, Lacy J. Dalton believes the wild horse does. For this reason, and others, the U.S. country singer believes “they should be preserved and protected, or soon there will be no wild horses left.” READ

Rex Allen Jr. keeping Country & Western music strong

The son of Hollywood’s last singing cowboy believes the so-called death of cowboy music has been greatly exaggerated. READ

First Friday offerings for August

Nature paintings, theatre games and a local film screening are part of Red Deer’s First Friday gallery receptions for August. READ

How I see myself

Local sculptor Dawn Detarando imagines thoughts buzzing around her head like honey bees. Wood-turning artist Andrew Glazebrook, of Innisfail, sees himself as a DNA-like strand, linked to his wife and children. Self-portraits are stretched in imaginative directions in the latest group show by eight local artists at the Viewpoint Gallery in the City of Red Deer’s Culture Services Centre. READ

Doors are opening for singer/songwriter

Everything’s falling into place for singer Sam Lundell and his band of Red Deer musicians. First Lundell won a $10,000 Telus Optik grant to make a new music video for his original rock song Everything. Now the video was selected best in Alberta in a Telus Storyhive competition. READ

Red Deer filmmaker is keeping it local

Red Deer-based filmmaker Rueben Tschetter is telling some uniquely Central Albertan stories with the help of a grant from Telus Optik. READ

Singer Cheryl Fisher drops a new jazz album

Creating her new Quietly There album was a magical experience for Red Deer jazz singer Cheryl Fisher. READ

Street performers will pass the hat in downtown Red Deer this weekend

Rock ‘n’ roll marionettes, rope walkers and fire-eating circus acrobats will showcase their unique skills today at Red Deer’s City Hall Park in preparation for this weekend’s Centrefest. READ

Pop-up radio station pays tribute to The Hip

As The Tragically Hip arrives in Alberta, a Red Deer man is paying tribute to Canada’s beloved band by launching an experimental pop-up radio station online that plays all Hip music, all the time. 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

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