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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.

But what was considered intriguing art by some people was obviously unwanted graffiti to others. 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

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. 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

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

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