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An exhibit brimming with contradictions

You can turn a blind eye to scruffy back alleys or industrial subdivisions — or you can see some artiness in their deterioration.

Vanessa Mastronardi, who has a fine arts degree from the University of Alberta, has chosen to do the latter. READ

Handel speaks in symphony and song

The full range of George Frideric Handel’s genius was dramatically showcased at a choral chamber concert, Saturday, co-produced by the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra and Early Music Voices. READ

Light hearts at work on heavy issues

When Father Tim Farley takes the pulpit, he’s used to feeling the love of his Catholic congregation — so nothing prepares him for being heckled from the pews by Mark Dolson. READ

Two local bands earn top honours

A couple of Central Alberta country bands scored big wins at the recent Alberta Country Music Awards. READ

Artist introduces local heroes into fantasy world

Red Deer artist Mike Villasana unveils real-life “superheroes” in his first solo exhibit at The Hub on Ross. READ

The Trews still electric, just unplugged

So far, 2016 is shaping up to be the year of the acoustic show in Red Deer. The Trews are the latest rockers to unplug their instruments for a Valentine’s Day concert at the Memorial Centre on Feb, 14. READ

Local singer regains voice — and a new album

Alecia Aichelle’s soon-to-be-released debut country album is very appropriately called Golden. READ

Native spirit takes flight

Painted in the verdant greens of B.C.’s West Coast, with screens suggesting mist and fog, Red Deer College’s The Tempest is truly a “brave new world.” READ

Iconic band gets crowd dancing

If the live music scene is under threat, as 54-40 frontman Neil Osborne suggests, then a small but devoted fan base managed to keep it thriving for another night in Red Deer. READ

Red Deer Players dramedy pits idealism against convention

Easy-going Catholic priest Father Tim Farley is popular with parishioners because of his entertaining, but unchallenging, sermons. READ

Shakespeare lands in Haida Gwaii

In a bold move, Red Deer College students are absorbing some of the spiritual beliefs and wood carvings of West Coast Haida culture into their upcoming production of Shakespeare’s The Tempest. READ

If you've got the talent, you'd better win

U.S. comedian Steve Byrne says: “No more No. 1 draft picks for the Edmonton Oilers.” And he’s not joking. READ

The band survives because the music survives

There are bands with bombastic personalities that outshine their music — and then there’s 54-40. READ

Roger Roger channel real togetherness

There was a time when the Roger twins of Winnipeg led entirely separate lives. Madeleine Roger was studying theatre and going on regular canoeing trips, while her brother, Lucas Roger, was learning guitar-making and restoring a hot rod. READ

A toe-tapping good time

If you already love the sound of wailing bagpipes, wait until piper Bill O’Neil of St. James’ Gate goes medieval on them. READ

Unplugged is good in Theory

Theory of a Deadman musicians are looking at boning up on their piano-playing skills for their first acoustic tour that stops on Jan. 24, at Red Deer’s Memorial Centre. READ

The Good Lovelies have a new plan

They might be good and they might be lovely, but the Juno Award-winning Good Lovelies are no longer retro. READ

Advocate’s Michelin speaking at Let’s Talk About the Arts

Lana Michelin, the Red Deer Advocate’s entertainment reporter, will be guest speaker at the lecture series Let’s Talk About the Arts on Feb. 2. Michelin’s topic “Scrambling for an Audience in a Hockey Town” is about the difficulty that artists, musicians and actors have finding appropriate and affordable venues, and a sizeable audience, in a city geared towards sports. READ

Local talent shines with RDSO

If there was an applause-o-meter at the Red Deer College Arts Centre, it would have gone off the dial as three local soloists performed during the RDSO’s Red Deer’s Got Talent concert. READ

CAT play is a trip down the rabbit hole

You’d think eating cream doughnuts for breakfast would be allowed when you’re 87 years old. Unfortunately, a morning pastry-chomping habit helps undo the title character of Gladys in Wonderland. The subversive comedy about aging by Rosemary Frisino Toohey is being staged as dinner theatre at the Quality Inn North Hill in Red Deer. READ

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