Entertainment briefs – September 23

Canadian hip-hop group Swollen Members performs Saturday at Red Deer’s Urban Rodeo club.

Swollen Members to play Red Deer

Canadian hip-hop group Swollen Members performs Saturday at Red Deer’s Urban Rodeo club.

The duo made up of MCs Mad Child and Prevail has chalked up numerous awards and played with some of hip-hop’s biggest names, including Nelly Furtado, Ghostface and Everlast — before nearly imploded during the creation of the 2009 album, Armed to the Teeth.

Mad Child has since spoken publicly about his struggle to overcome the drug addiction that led to financial losses for the group.

Swollen Members have paid their dues and are now back in the spotlight, ready to entertain. For more information, call Urban Rodeo, 4720 50th Ave., at 403-309-2011.

Wonderful Life auditions begin next week

Actors of all ages are needed for Ignition Theatre’s Christmas production of It’s a Wonderful Life: The Live Radio Drama.

Male and female actors of all levels of experience are invited to audition between 6:30 and 10 p.m. on Tuesday at The Matchbox theatre in Red Deer. No prepared material is required — actors will be asked to read from a script.

Anyone wanting to book an audition time should call 403-341-6500.

Rehearsals for the production directed by Jeremy Robinson, which opens for a two-week run on Dec. 9, will take place on Wednesday evenings and Sunday afternoons beginning in November. For more information, email ignitiontheatre@telus.net.

Documentary on human smuggling screened

Young girls lured into prostitution in a Montreal subway station. Boys recruited to sell drugs by Vancouver gangs.

These are some of the human trafficking stories depicted in Avenue Zero, a documentary film that will be shown at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at The Matchbox theatre in Red Deer by Act Alberta. The local chapter of the non-profit group seeks to boost public awareness of a dark and sinister trade, which is happening closer to home than people think.

Avenue Zero will feature candid interviews with victims, witnesses, and perpetrators of human trafficking.

Admission is by donation.