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Festival names headliners

Filling the hard rock/heavy metal gap left by the departure of Boonstock to B.C., the Tail Creek Mud and Music Festival announced its presence in a big way with headliners Korn, Five Finger Death Punch and Theory of a Deadman.

The festival scheduled for June 27 to 29 features a mix of heavy metal, hard rock and some well known DJs set to take the stage west of Alix. READ

Ten Lost Years: History unfolds on stage

There was a time when armies of rootless young men camped outside of cities after failing to find work that paid a dollar a day. Some women, meanwhile, worked too many hours for too little wages in downtown sweatshops. READ

Fascinating play like opening a history book and watching real people step out from the past

There was a time when armies of rootless young men camped outside of cities after failing to find work that paid a dollar a day. READ

Winnipeg’s Sweet Alibi makes the best of difficulties

Just as some people find it helps to laugh when they’re feeling down, Sweet Alibi tends to writes cathartic, uplifting songs about difficult experiences. READ

In life as in music: Peter Karp and Sue Foley share their music and lives

Being a solo singer/songwriter can sometimes feel like “you’re drowning in a soup” of your own making, admitted blues artist Peter Karp. Luckily, Sue Foley has been around to rescue Karp from any kind of sinking self-involvement since the two officially became a duo four years ago. READ

RDC play tells stories from the Great Depression

A greedy landlord is tarred and gravelled by his Maritime neighbours for trying to raise the rent on an impoverished widow during the Great Depression. Members of a Prairie farm family, devastated by drought, move into an igloo they built in their front yard one winter because it’s warmer than their drafty house. READ

Collective love-in

It didn’t take long for Collective Soul’s scorching concert this week at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre to become a virtual love-in for the full-house crowd. READ

A puppet show for adults

Some unruly and un-Muppet-like puppets will soon be taking over the Centrium stage — including Achmed the Dead Terrorist, Walter the disgruntled senior, José Jalapeño on a stick, and Bubba J. the beer-fuelled redneck. Oh yeah ... their straight man, Jeff Dunham, will be there too. READ

Hedley rocks Red Deer

One moment he’s crooning poignant lyrics at the piano while bathed in white light, the next he’s battling a cranky old lady (really a bearded roadie in a wig and flowered dress). READ

Celebrity Dance Off Gala waltzes away with $400,000

Red Deer’s Celebrity Dance Off Gala really cut up the rug on Friday. Donations are still coming in and being tallied but have so far totalled around $400,000, said John Johnston, fund development managers with Big Brothers, Big Sisters of Red Deer and District. READ

Pipe organ concert April 13

The sonorous sounds of the pipe organ will fill College Heights Church in Lacombe this month. READ

Performing arts festival coming

Central Alberta’s youth will display an array of musical talent during the 51st annual Red Deer Festival of Performing Arts. READ

Musicians can win big money

Central Alberta musicians and bands can apply for the chance to win up to $100,900 in career development cash, as well as professional mentoring opportunities. READ

Batteries Not Included exhibit at museum

Diverse artworks created by the newest generation of artists are featured in Batteries Not Included. READ

Vancouver-based Ninjaspy bringing show to The Vat

A band of brothers is using crowd-sourcing to raise money for an upcoming album in conjunction with their Jump Ya Bones tour. READ

Innisfail Town Theatre marking 35th anniversary

Innisfail Town Theatre will present a well-known musical in celebration of its 35th anniversary. READ

Hedley brings Canadian tour to Centrium on Sunday

Hedley’s bassist Tommy Mac is still riding an adrenaline high in the wake of performing for 10,000 screaming, cellphone-waving fans in Toronto. READ

McDermott bringing great melodies to Red Deer

You have to hand it to those 16th-century monks — they sure knew how to churn out some durable tunes. READ

Tribune at Blarney Stone on national tour April 5

Vancouver-based progressive heavy metal band Tribune’s Canada Slays tour will land them in Red Deer on April 5. Slated to begin on April 3, Tribune’s month-long across Canada tour is set to promote their recent album, Tales. READ

Art Battle readies for war

Professional and emerging artists will take to their canvases on May 9 to compete in Red Deer Art Battle in the hopes of advancing to the 2014 Art Battle Canada in July. READ

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