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Cooking up something lovely

Having three chefs in the kitchen is never a good idea — unless the Good Lovelies are cooking up a brand-new album.

Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough and Sue Passmore are in the midst of a recording session for a yet-unnamed new CD, to be released in February. READ

Ol’ Boots & The Hoots embrace crooners of old

From their embellished jackets and pompadour-ed hair to their heartfelt music, Mark “Boots” Graham loves everything about singers Hank Williams, Conway Twitty and Buck Owens. READ

Keep on truckin’

Its name alone would bring Hamilton hard-rock group Monster Truck to the attention of some (mostly young, male and pickup-driving) Central Albertans. READ

Two local ceramicists nominated for provincial awards

Two Central Alberta ceramicists are in the running for a 2014 Alberta Crafts Award. READ

Not just a flight of fancy

In this hyper-kinetic age, two Red Deer artists are using stillness to try to capture children’s attention and help foster an appreciation of nature. Dawn Detarando and Brian McArthur have created a series of bird friezes and sculptures in white porcelain as a travelling art/education exhibit commissioned by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts TREX program. READ

Street art situation: art or vandalism?

Bronson Wilson’s supporters say he provided beautiful, thought-provoking street art free-of-charge to anyone passing through the streets and alleys of Red Deer. READ

Blackfalds rock band the Frank stay close to its roots

There’s no place like home for making music, according to The Frank. The Blackfalds rock group that started out as a high school band in 1997 has become something of a local institution with its live shows at Red Deer’s The Vat regularly drawing a loyal horde of followers. READ

Dinner theatre back in city

Two dueling baseball coaches, a potential jewel thief and a hapless CIA agent with a penchant for self-destruction all figure into Central Alberta Theatre’s 2014-15 season. READ

Duo a melding of musical minds

When guitarist Tuck Andress first encountered singer Patti Cathcart at a band audition, it wasn’t just a case of boy meets girl. It was a melding of musical minds. READ

Then, now and tomorrow: Ivan Daines Friends and Heroes Country Music Pick-nic

Ivan Daines bills his Country Music Pick-nic as “featuring the stars of yesterday, today and tomorrow” — and he’s not kidding. READ

Jack Semple: Beckoned by the blues

The blues is a language Jack Semple is fluent in. The Regina-based guitar virtuoso has played country, jazz, folk and rock ’n’ roll over the years. But the blues keeps beckoning him back. “It’s the ultimate guitar music because it’s simple and basic, but contains this whole range of emotions and great passion,” said Semple, who headlines at the 12th annual Jazz at the Lake Festival in Sylvan Lake on Saturday, Aug. 16. READ

Juno nominee not afraid to experiment

Danny Michel has lived the ultimate fan fantasy. The singer/songwriter was such a dedicated follower of The Garifuna Collective that he decided to approach the Afro-Amerindian cultural group from Belize to see if they could make a collaborative album together. READ

Sheepdogs performance: Undeniably optimistic

It was a grand — some might even say heroic — return to Red Deer for The Sheepdogs. READ

Matt Blais to rock Red Deer

Calgary’s passionate blues-rocker Matt Blais will perform next week in Red Deer. READ

Big Wreck coming in September

The rock band Big Wreck promises to put on a big, hit-heavy concert at the Memorial Centre in Red Deer on Sept. 22. READ

Exhibit by Erin Boake to open at Gallery on Main

Voyagers, a new exhibit by Red Deer artist Erin Boake, is opening on Saturday at the Gallery on Main in Lacombe. READ

Klamdaggers take Beatles tribute to Fratters next week

Local musicians in the Klamdaggers will reprise their popular Beatles tribute show at Fratters Speakeasy next week. READ

Ross St. patio brings the summer groove

Everyone’s invited to catch the celebratory summer groove at the grand opening of downtown Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio this week. READ

Eagles tribute band to take the stage at Fratters Speakeasy

Take a trip down a dark desert highway and feel the cool wind in your hair ... READ

Montgomery happy to sing ‘timeless’ tunes

Country singer John Michael Montgomery never went to college — and neither did his father, who also sang with a country band. But sure as shooting, the Kentucky-based Montgomery, known for such enduring hits as I Swear and Sold, wants his own teenage son and daughter to go — regardless of whether they later follow him into the music business READ

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