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Kissed by public support

Sending little “kisses” home with gallery visitors landed Red Deer’s Robin Lambert a $10,000 national emerging artist prize.

Lambert, a Red Deer College visual arts instructor, amassed the most viewer votes out of five finalists in a people’s choice art contest sponsored by the RBC and Gardiner Museum of ceramics in Toronto. READ

Still Takin’ It To The Streets

The Doobie Brothers, who counted the Hell’s Angels among their biggest fans in their early days, have long been drawing more mainstream devotees from around the world. READ

Blair is riding high

Central Alberta actor Jacob Blair knows his way around a horse, but wasn’t too proud to take riding lessons for a starring role in the new Western TV series The Pinkertons. READ

Calgary-based duo supports Keyboard for Kids

As a professional musician who’s spanned the gamut from opera to pop, Brandi Sidoryk said she owes everything to her school band classes in Rocky Mountain House. READ

Ready to Fly: Amy Metcalfe

Amy Metcalfe, who was once bullied into silence about her singing talent, is now letting it soar. READ

Alumni film fest opens Friday

The international film-festival favourite, Stories of Alyx and Anton, is just one of the shorts made by Red Deer College alumni that will be screened a local festival in Red Deer next weekend. READ

Plenty to feast on in Oral Fixations

Anyone who’s ever fought to get a spoonful of mashed vegetables into a toddler’s mouth knows food can set the battleground for an obstinate clash of wills. READ

Tickets on sale Friday for Chad Brownlee concert

Tickets go on sale Friday for a Chad Brownlee concert in Red Deer next spring. READ

Plenty of live music on this weekend

A plethora of musical choices awaits Red Deer residents on the weekend — from poignant folk ballads to mind-melting metal. On Friday, Morgan Davis will perform his country/blues music in a fundraiser for the Central Music Festival Society at Fratters Speakeasy. For more information about the show, call 403-356-0033. READ

Southern comfortable

It seemed like a Duck Dynasty evening from the get-go. With songs about moonshine, NASCAR and fishin’ holes, U.S. country music star Brad Paisley brought his popular, flag-waving brand of Southern comfort to a northern arena on Thursday night. READ

Juggling act: Reid balances music, school

Somewhere in a packed, 800-student University of Toronto lecture hall, chart-topping pop singer Alyssa Reid is studiously taking psychology notes. Yes, we’re talking about the same Alberta artist who toured internationally with celebrity boy band One Direction. READ

Paisley brings flag-waving brand of Southern comfort to a Centrium, Thursday

It seemed like a Duck Dynasty evening from the get-go. With songs about moonshine, NASCAR and fishin’ holes, U.S. country music star Brad Paisley brought his popular, flag-waving brand of Southern comfort to a northern arena on Thursday night. READ

Wilson at peace with adoption revelation

Singer/songwriter Tom Wilson recently found out from a stranger that the couple who raised him were not his biological parents. He also discovered that the person he’s always thought of as a cousin is really his birth mother. READ

RDC Theatre Studies presents thriller — Land of the Dead

Call it a “plague of maddening blood lust,” or blame it on afflicted “humours.” READ

RDSO season opens with an emotional roller-coaster

The Red Deer Symphony Orchestra started the season with an electrifying jolt of tension by sandwiching a provocative Stalinist-era cello concerto between two more palatable confections. READ

Kissel’s big year continues with stop in Red Deer

Brett Kissel’s had quite the summer — from kissing a cod fish in Newfoundland to having Steven Tyler of Aerosmith chiming in on his 3-2-1 song at a Calgary fundraiser. The last few months were “pretty incredible,” said the Alberta country singer, who will perform with Brad Paisley on Thursday, Oct. 9, at Red Deer’s Centrium. READ

Badlands duo Blue Moon Marquee to take the stage at Fratters

Some smoky, Alberta-style “gypsy blues” music will be strummed this weekend in Red Deer. READ

Baroque-pop trio performs at the Velvet Olive Saturday

The Edmonton folk band F&M promises to bring some art, noir, rock and Russian musical influences to the city. 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

Rounding the bases

While it doesn’t quite hit it out of the ball park, Central Alberta Theatre’s season-opening baseball comedy Rounding Third is a solid triple. The entertaining play that opened on Thursday night at the Nickle Studio, upstairs at the Memorial Centre, packs a lot of true-to-life moments as two Little League baseball coaches battle it out over how to deal with young players. READ

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