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A kooky spin on a classic

A singing Snow White will be rescued from the Nordegg wilderness by seven mining Nobbits in this year’s Red Deer Christmas pantomime.

After presenting a dancing Cinderella last December, a group of city thespians is preparing to introduce a wacky original panto for the entire family called Snow White and the Seven Nobbits. READ

Bull Skit offers its take on a seasonal classic

In Bull Skit’s A Christmas Carol, the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge gets transformed into a kinder, more generous soul. Or not. READ

Kandle wants to light the way

Many girls are bending under the weight of sexual pressure and verbal and physical abuse, says Canadian singer Kandle. She wrote the song Not Up To Me after a good friend came close to ending her life over some toxic relationships. READ

Frank Mills brings back the good ol' days to Red Deer, Dec. 11

Back before computers and television, the entertainment devices in many homes were pianos. READ

Mother Mother concert shapes up ‘just lovely’

Something pretty zen was in the air Friday night. Or as Mother Mother frontman Ryan Guldemond put it: “Tonight’s got the right stuff . . .You never can tell how the voodoo’s going to shape up, but it’s taking shape just lovely . . . ” READ

Finding shelter from the hustle and bustle of Christmas

A beautiful and peaceful antidote to the busy clamour of the holiday season was delivered Saturday night by the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra. READ

Wet Secrets marching to a different beat

It’s a scary, wonderful, crazy time for The Wet Secrets — the Edmonton band that performs in old Red Deer Royals uniforms and was co-founded by award-winning filmmaker, musician and Red Deer native Trevor Anderson. 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

Melodies still rule for Edmonton's A/B Trio

A conversation about “bad jazz” with members of the A/B Trio of Edmonton veers into the abstract and philosophical. Two rather intriguing questions emerge: Can any creative form be disparaged in a world that’s relaxed the term ‘artistic’ to include such modern art installments as twine pinned to a wall? READ

Treehouse presents unconventional Christmas show

Ho, Ho ... Huh? is Tree House Youth Theatre’s unconventional Christmas show that starts on Thursday, Dec. 4, at Red Deer’s Scott Block Theatre. It draws on some colourful and bizarre yuletide traditions to help shed some light on our world. READ

Three local acts to play Food Bank fundraiser at the Hub on Friday

Ol’ Boots and the Hoots, The Doll Sisters and Jake Peters will raise their voices in song to benefit the Red Deer Food Bank next week. The multi-talented Central Alberta musicians will perform at a triple-bill seasonal concert, hosted by CKUA Radio’s David Ward, on Friday, Dec. 5, at The Hub on Ross Street. READ

Strings of peace

Peace is the one thing Claude Lapalme hopes listeners will take away from the Seasonal Strings concert at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra music director usually struggles to come up with a different theme for the annual Christmas concert. But Lapalme found this year’s motif to be a fairly obvious choice. READ

Mother Mother slowly seeping into people’s consciousness

Alternative pop band Mother Mother can be called lot of things — including innovative, cerebral and artsy. But easy listening it’s not. READ

A call to consciousness

At a time when some entertainers are mocked for taking political stances, Tom Jackson continues to unabashedly advocate for an end to hunger and the need for peace. 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

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

Cello takes centre stage for RDSO

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra will starts its new season with three memorable works that look back at the past in grandiose, anxious and whimsical ways. READ

First Friday offers great art variety

Performance art, fibre art, ceramic art, literary art, acrylic art — and just about every other kind of art — will be in the offing for the First Friday in October. READ

Jim Brenan Quartet at Fratters

The Jim Brenan Quartet will bring some groovy jazz sounds to Red Deer this week. READ

Durand, Spearn play at The Hub

Canadiana folk artists Donna Durand and John Spearn will play some heartfelt roots music at The Hub on Ross in Red Deer. READ

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