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Dan Mangan: experimental, universal

Two-time Juno Award-winning musician Dan Mangan just released a new album about the importance of fighting through sedation to achieve awareness.

He’s also a new father. READ

Scapes, Stills and Martha

A vase of lavender floats mysteriously over an open suitcase. A anxious bride arrives in unfamiliar rural surroundings. A birdbath stands abandoned in a wintry garden. These are some of the intriguing subjects in Scapes, Stills and Martha, a joint art exhibit at the white gallery, adjoining Sunworks in downtown Red Deer. READ

Derek Edwards ready for Red Deer show

With so many loopy topics to choose from on the Canadian news front, comedian Derek Edwards maintains he’s never at a loss for material. READ

Alpha Omega a family affair

Not that Prevail’s planning to flame out anytime soon, but Alpha Omega is the name of the new hip-hop group he formed with his sister’s son. The Vancouver-based MC feels the Greek words for ‘the beginning’ and ‘the end’ aptly describe the partnership between himself (Prevail is a veteran rapper and half of Swollen Members), and his real-life nephew, an MC who’s relatively new to the hip-hop scene. READ

Breaking up is hard to do

Marital breakup is a “rocky” experience, but Towers and Trees frontman Adrian Chalifour feels there’s an upside if you seek it. 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

Big Sugar to rock Bo's Bar and Grill

Big Sugar likes Red Deer. And it goes both ways, with Red Deer fans happy to keep welcoming Big Sugar back to town. For the third time this year, the blues-rock-reggae band fronted by Gordie Johnson is set to play a local gig — this time on Monday, Nov. 16, at Bo’s Bar and Grill. READ

37 postcards: dysfunction junction

All families are arguably dysfunctional — it’s just a matter of degree, says Glorene Ellis, director of Central Alberta Theatre’s 37 Postcards. High on the nuttiness scale is the kooky Sutton clan in the dinner theatre production that opens Friday, Nov. 13, at the North Hill Inn. READ

Barenaked Ladies entertain with silliness, pop culture, classic tunes

The Barenaked Ladies entertained 2,000 Central Alberta fans Monday night with jokes about mall food outlet “Manchu Rock.” Songs from Taylor Swift, Queen and Disney’s Frozen were wrapped into a diverse medley, and a bear stuffie was batted out into the stands with a guitar neck. READ

Boyden to take residential school film on road in conjunction with new novel

When the frozen body of 12-year-old Charlie Wenjack was found on a lonely stretch of railway tracks in northern Ontario nearly 50 years ago, it sparked the first inquest into the treatment of aboriginal children in Canadian residential schools. READ

Acclaimed folk-rock band headed to Bo’s

When it comes to getting your parents’ blessing for a music career, it helps to keep winning accolades and getting your songs on the radio. Those are the happy circumstances surrounding Daniel McBurnie and other members of Good for Grapes, the B.C. band that performs on Thursday at Bo’s Bar and Grill in Red Deer. READ

Cast, Crew overcome challenges to bring Wild Dust to stage

In stepping up to direct Central Alberta Theatre’s season-opening comedy Wild Dust, Craig Scott had to do some unusual problem solving READ

RDSO opens season with passion

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra’s Una Noche En Espana concert provided a sizzling contrast to cooler fall weather by delivering some passionate music from more temperate climes. READ

Brock Zeman: More than radio-friendly

Brock Zeman believes he writes radio-friendly songs — they just don’t happen to fit the format of mainstream radio stations. Today’s commercial radio is all about beer-party music, said the Ottawa-area troubadour, who performs Wednesday, July 22, at Gilmore’s Guitars in Red Deer. READ

Absorb the unfamiliar

John Stowell wants to take Central Albertans on a musical journey into less-travelled territory. To appreciate the open jazz tunes played by his trio, Scenes, Stowell advises listeners to sit back and absorb the “unfamiliar” sounds with an open mind. READ

The Gay Nineties set to shake things up at Bo’s

The Gay Nineties refers to the 1890s, with its decadent and ground-breaking art, witty plays, society scandals and the beginning of the suffragette movement. READ

Gilmore and Giebelhaus to play Golden Circle

From making guitars to playing them in front of an audience, Dave Gilmore is going the whole nine yards. The duo of Gilmore and Kelly Giebelhaus will entertain on Saturday, May 23, as part of the In Concert at the Golden Circle series. READ

Treat your ears for a good cause

Playing for audiences is fulfilling. Performing music to help others is life changing. Naomi Delafield, director of the Rosedale Valley Strings, has seen young musicians grow as artists and as people every time they put on a Music With a Mission concert to fundraise for global projects. “It changes who they are and who they grow up to be,” said Delafield, who has seen youngsters go on to volunteer with non-profits, “empowered” by the idea of helping others. READ

Can’t beat original art

More people are eating local produce and shopping at local stores — so how about buying local art? 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

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