Entertainment briefs – October 20

If you need a good laugh, the Bull Skit! gang is preparing to give it to you.

Bull Skit! sketch comedy this weekend

If you need a good laugh, the Bull Skit! gang is preparing to give it to you.

This month’s Bull Skit! sketch comedy nights will run on Friday and Saturday at the Scott Block at 103, 4816-50th Ave. in downtown Red Deer.

Special guests include: Randi Boulton and host Steven Charlton.

Going into its third and most exciting season, the second month of Bull Skit has a couple of new players in the mix. It features cast members Amy Erlandson, Matt Dale, Jeremy Robinson, Jenna Goldade and Serge Belliveau, as well as Paul Sutherland and Blaine Newton.

Come see characters such as the philosophical vampires, Batman and Robin, news reporters, a bumble bee, and returning favourites from last year.

Audience members can vote on their favourite sketches and give ideas for future ones.

From sketch to improv to live music, Bull Skit is an all-comedy show that’s filmed live for web-cast.

Tickets for the 8 p.m. shows (doors open at 7 p.m.) are $18 ($15 students/ seniors). They can be reserved by calling 403-999-9999 or at the door.

Pianist to perform Mozart, Chopin

Renowned pianist Angela Cheng will perform the music of Mozart and Chopin in Red Deer as a fundraiser for the Alberta Music Education Foundation.

Cheng, who has been praised for her tonal beauty and brilliant technique, will perform at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 4, at the Red Deer College Arts Centre. The Hong Kong-born pianist was raised in Edmonton, and studied at the University of Alberta, the Julliard School in New York and the University of Indiana.

The concert will be opened by the Rosedale Valley Strings, led by veteran Red Deer Symphony Orchestra violinist and concertmaster Naomi Delafield of Lacombe. Delafield also directs the College Heights Chamber Orchestra at Canadian University College.

Tickets are $36.50 ($19 students/seniors) from Ticketmaster.

The Alberta Music Education Foundation hosts education sessions from Nov. 4 to 6 at the Capri Centre featuring Cheng and other experts in music, musical theatre and voice. Registration information is available on www.amef.ca.

Plato tour to jazz up Red Deer

Juno-nominated singer Karin Plato will stop on her cross-country tour to perform some jazz standards next month at a Red Deer restaurant.

Plato will sing at La Casa Pergola at 4909 48th St. on Tuesday, Nov. 2, with accompaniment from pianist John Roney and cellist Bryan Holt.

The Vancouverite was nominated for a Juno Award in 2000 for her recording Beauty in the Rain and a West Coast Music Award for her State of Bliss CD in 2003. Plato also garnered three Canadian jazz vocalist of the year nominations from the National Jazz Awards and a jazz recording of the year nomination from the Western Canadian Music Awards.

Her latest Out of Town recording features jazzy arrangements of diverse standards, from Irving Berlin’s Blue Skies to Harold Arlen’s If I Only Had a Brain, from Wizard of Oz, to art songs by Stephen Sondheim.

Call La Casa Pergola at 403-342-2404.