Entertainment briefs – April 23

The Best of Bull Skit! Comedy Festival is running Thursday to Saturday (April 21-23) to close the sketch comedy season at the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer.

Bull Skit! closes out comedy season

The Best of Bull Skit! Comedy Festival is running Thursday to Saturday (April 21-23) to close the sketch comedy season at the Scott Block in downtown Red Deer.

A new show will be performed each night featuring some favorite skits from the past season of Bull Skits! The cast gets to pick Thursday’s sketches, the audience picks on Friday, and it’s a combination of both on Saturday.

Jeff Woodward hosts for the weekend, while musical acts are Oldbury for Thursday, and the Blues Brothers (Matt Dale and Blaine Newton) on Friday and Saturday.

The live sketch and improvisation show features cast members Newton, Dale, Jenna Goldade, Amy Erlandson, Jeremy Robinson, Paul Sutherland, and Serge Belliveau.

Tickets are $19 ($16 students/seniors) at Sunworks (403-341-3455), or at the door (cash only). Doors open at 7 p.m. for “happy half-hour” at the cash bar. Show is at 8 p.m. at 4816-50th Ave.

Calligraphy display at College Library

Hand lettering becomes art in an eclectic exhibit that opens next week at the Red Deer College library.

Traditional and contemporary calligraphy by the Red Deer Lettering Arts Guild is being displayed, along with some painting, photography, bound books, and sculpture.

The lettering arts guild, formed in 1985, promotes and encourages the calligraphic arts through workshops, exhibits and socials. For more information, visit silkconcepts@shaw.ca.

The Passage of Time exhibit runs from Tuesday (April 19) until May 24.

Ben Plotnick brings strings to city

Award-winning musician Ben Plotnick will perform a lively concert with The Homebound Runaways in downtown Red Deer next week.

The Calgary-based violin/fiddle/viola player, who plays bluegrass, country, jazz and world music — including Irish and klezmer folk music, will perform Friday, April 29 at The Hub on Ross Street.

While only 20 years old, Plotnick was named a Grant North American Fiddle Finalist seven times, and has won numerous awards as a classical violinist and violist.

During his adolescence, he played with the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Calgary Fiddlers and has toured four continents with his music.

Plotnick also formed a rock string quartet that was chosen to represent Calgary at a Toronto festival.

Now a jazz violin student at Humber College in Toronto, he has also released three indie albums.

The Homebound Runaways are a bluegrass group Plotnick plays in with bassist Brendan McGuigan, Sean Softley on the cajon and fiddle, Jarred Albright on the mandolin, and Spencer Taubner on the guitar.

Admission to the 7 p.m. concert is $15 ($30 per family) from The Hub, 4936 Ross St. For more information, please call 403-340-4869.

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