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A Midsummer Night’s delight

Get thee hence — forthwith! — to Bard on Bower’s delightfully over-the-top presentation of A Midsummer Night’s Dream and you will absolutely laugh yourself silly.

From a chaste kiss that’s delivered squarely on someone’s bottom, to a girl fight and Zen fairies speaking like trippy hippies, this Prime Stock Theatre production that opened on Thursday on the outdoor stage at Red Deer’s Bower Ponds is a must-see for anyone who doubts that a play by William Shakespeare can be side-splittingly funny. READ

First Friday offers variety

An intriguing mix of visual, literary and musical arts will be offered at Red Deer’s First Friday gallery openings for August. READ

Persistence, talent key to Jacobson’s success

Anyone who sees local guitarist Charlie Jacobson playing with blues heavyweights Kenny Wayne, Donald Ray Johnson and Russell Jackson will have one question in mind. READ

Punk rock quartet part of Slumland bill

Calgary punk rockers Streetlight Saints will be bringing their “Joe Doe revolution” to Red Deer. READ

Sylvan art on display on three Wednesdays

Sylvan Lake’s Centennial Park will be turned into a beautiful “outdoor gallery” when a variety of artists sell their wares. READ

Boom Chucka Boys have shot at country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. READ

Mortality: Hitchens’ journey with cancer

The bookshelves are crowded these days with stories of near-death experience, or battles with cancer, bravely fought. They are usually inspiring, the former life changing and the latter descriptions of believing and peace. This book is of a different sort. READ

Free concerts at MusiCamp

Music lovers can enjoy free concerts at the Red Deer College Arts Centre main stage starting on Monday. READ

Diamond Forever show at Sylvan

The timeless music of Neil Diamond will be performed in the Diamond Forever show on Saturday in Sylvan Lake. READ

Boom Chucka Boys nab nod for country music group of year

Sylvan Lake’s The Boom Chucka Boys are joining Gord Bamford to make up a solid Central Alberta contingent of nominees for the Canadian Country Music Association Awards. READ

Sheepdogs performance: Undeniably optimistic

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

Hamlet on the prowl

The very heavens opened up and doused Bard on Bower’s opening night of Hamlet with a steady drizzle. READ

Science funk-tion

Shirtless Tayo Branston really stands out in a crowd — even when his crowd is a funkadelic nine-member band that performs songs about a giant robot destroying the earth. READ

Underside Pattern coming to the patio

Upbeat pop group Underside Pattern performs this week on Red Deer’s Ross Street Patio. READ

Matt Blais to rock Red Deer

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

Violinist who fuses several genres in city on Thursday

Jaron Freeman-Fox redefines what the violin can do with a fiddling fusion of bluegrass, Celtic, jazz and Indian music. READ

Diamond Rio to shine at Westerner

It’s been nearly a quarter century since Diamond Rio made a huge splash on the country music scene with the group’s first self-titled album. And the Tennessee band that performs at Red Deer’s Westerner Days on Thursday maintains a loyal following of fans, who can pretty much chart their coming-of-age years with Diamond Rio tunes. READ

Kissel enjoying breakthrough success

Brett Kissel reveals he wrote his searing love song 3-2-1 for his wife of three years, Cecilia. READ

Poet is inspiration for Edmonton songwriter

What does Victorian poet Lord Alfred Tennyson have in common with a contemporary Edmonton songwriter? A romantic sensibility, as it turns out. READ

Making music without boundaries

Yes, Marco Calliari is one of the guys behind the quirky, feel-good club hit We No Speak Americano. READ

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