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Harris sketch nets $175,000 at auction
A Lawren Harris sketch bought for just $70 back in the 1950s fetched $175,000 Monday to become the biggest seller at the Sotheby’s Canada spring auction.
TV antennas making a comeback in Canada
A spiny pack of near-extinct, multi-limbed creatures are turning up in cities across Canada, creeping up the sides of buildings and settling on urban rooftops. TV antennas are making a tentative comeback in this country.
Trews to rock Red Deer
Westerner Park officials plan to have a more environmentally and family-friendly Westerner Days this year.
Sam Raimi has demonic relapse with Drag Me to Hell at Cannes fest
Sam Raimi has gone from superheroes back to the supernatural. The director of the Spider-Man blockbusters returns to his “Evil Dead” horror roots with Drag Me to Hell, a Cannes Film Festival entry starring Alison Lohman as a woman fighting a curse that will damn her soul.
Edges intimate, to the point
Ignition Theatre is offering a clever if slightly impassive antidote to the overblown, style-over-substance musicals of Andrew Lloyd Webber.
American Idol finale between Lambert and Allen sings loud in the ratings
Nielsen ratings give “American Idol” a huge win as Kris Allen beat Adam Lambert to become the show’s singing champ.
Club dates – May 22
Central Music Festival to be held Aug. 14 and 15 includes Amos Garrett, Steve Coffey and the Lokels, Donna Durand, Ndidi Onikwulu, Dick Damron and many others. Details at www.centralmusicfest.com with tickets at Black Knight Inn and Valhalla Pure.
Elton John working on Romeo and Juliet spoof
Elton John is teaming up with one of Canada’s largest 3D animation studios for his latest project — an animated spoof on Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet.
Slim Shady gets thin on relevance
Every summer, some character from a past blockbuster comes back to entertain yet again.
Even rock stars are working on a budget these days
The summer concert season is typically marked by extravagance: heavyweight bands, elaborate stage shows and packed festivals with extensive lineups of bands and even longer lineups for beer.
Switch to digital TV may close smaller network stations
The CTV signal is so clear in the rural Ontario township of South Glengarry that all you need is a pair of rabbit ears to pick up Lloyd Robertson reading the news at 11 p.m.
Why Terminator is immortal
Plot out the box-office numbers for the first three Terminator movies and it looks like a mountain peak, with the biggest spike in the middle. But the fourth film, now opening, should change the trajectory.
Quentin Tarantino and Brad Pitt have spun some revisionist history on how Second World War ended.
Entertainment briefs – May 21
The secluded island home where Swedish filmmaker Ingmar Bergman spent his final years is up for sale.
Kris Allen takes the ‘American Idol’ title
LOS ANGELES — Kris Allen’s smooth vocals and boy-next-door image propelled him to “American Idol” victory Wednesday, turning the theatrical powerhouse Adam Lambert into the most unlikely of also-rans.
Sadie and Friends recital on June 7
Call it entertaining for a higher cause. Instead of singing for their suppers, a diverse array of local performers will raise money to support a music scholarship at Red Deer College through the Sadie and Friends recital on Sunday, June 7.
Asia in the ascendant
Amid the economic gloom, Asian movies are lighting up the Cannes Film Festival.
Arrest in rapper death
Up-and-coming rapper Dolla was killed in a shooting at an upscale shopping mall, and a man was arrested for investigation of murder, police said Tuesday.
King’s children balk at biopic
DreamWorks Studios plans to tell Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.’s story on the big screen in a film to be co-produced by Steven Spielberg, the studio announced Tuesday.
Sarah Jessica Parker concerned for safety of surrogate mother
LOS ANGELES — Sarah Jessica Parker says she’s concerned for the safety and well-being of the surrogate through whom she and husband Matthew Broderick are expecting twins.