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Hatrix Theatre keeps ahead of the “Rumors”

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Rumors fly in Hatrix Theatre’s upcoming production of the Neil Simon farce “Rumors” at McNally school, May 29-JunBrad Pace and Jocelyn Steinborn rehearse for Hatrix Theatre’s production of Rumours, May 29-June 1 at McNally school. Photo by Richard Amerye 1.
Hatrix welcomes aboard some new faces as well as some familiar faces.

“It’s about four couple who get together to celebrates a fifth couple’s tenth anniversary. The first couple arrive to find the host has been shot and his wife is missing, they try to keep it from the second couple and they try to keep that from the third couple until the police show up,” summarized director Karolyn Harker, noting the playwright passed away last year, though she had already chosen to do the play before then.

“And as they try to not let the cat out of the bag, the rumours start to fly. Who could have shot Charlie and who is having an affair at the club and who is having an affair on the democratic campaign trail,” she continued, adding Vittorio Oliverio, who plays Ken in the play, brought Harker the play, who was immediately drawn to the writing.
“I was in a production of Neil Simon’s Plaza Suite and really enjoyed the writing, It moves along quickly,” Harker said.

“We’ve got several new faces and some familiar faces. They’ve all been wonderful,” Harker said.
Vittorio Oliverio, who plays Ken in Rumors, is glad to be back with Hatrix. He was one of several actors in this play who were also in 12 Angry Jurors, including Vicki Gibson, who plays Officer Welch, Lisa Gearing, who plays Officer Pudney, Brad Pace, who plays Glenn and Elise Tiffany who plays Claire and Richard Amery, who plays Ernie.Vittorio Oliverio rehearses for Hatrix Theatre’s production of Rumours, May 29-June 1 at McNally school. Photo by Richard Amery

“I found this play because I love Neil Simon’s plays and I’ve never been in one, and wanted to do one, so I brought it to Karolyn,” he said.
“I’m excited about it,” he continued, he said, noting he is enjoying playing deaf for a large part of the play.
“He’s a fun character to play,” he said. Ken and his wife Chris are the first couple to discover their host Charlie has been shot and try to cover it up as the other couples arrive.

 “ But he screws it up,” he said.
“ Ken likes to be in control of everything, but he isn’t here,” he said.

Taber actor Jocelyn Steinborn has become a familiar face performing with Playgoers of Lethbridge and in the One Act Play Festival this year.
“It’s my first show with Hatrix. The story is hilarious and I just wanted to be part of it,” said Steinborn, who plays the crystal loving, somewhat paranoid Cassie, who is married to ambitions Poughkeepsie politician Glenn, played by Brad Pace. She is enjoying playing a more soap operatic role.
“She‘s definitely more insecure than any other character I’ve played,” Steinborn observed.
“She’s a bit of a gold digger and very concerned with outward appearances,” she said.
“I’ve really enjoyed it,” she said.


Lots of rock and pop plus Hacksaw Jim Duggan this week

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As usual, there are a lot things happening in Lethbridge this week.Amy Nelson brings her band to the Slice, May 25. Photo by Richard Amery
 There are a couple of excellent punk and metal shows, but just as many good folk and country shows and some weirder music on top of all that. And that’s just on Friday.
 The Slice features  an eclectic  show, Tuesday, May 21 as local country/ folk singer Songwriter Tyson Ray Borsboom starts  the night off at 9 followed by Victoria/Seattle based folk/ indie rock musician Mike Edel.
 They will be followed by a late show with Vancouver punk pioneers D.O.A. , who have just released a new CD of rarities and demos called 1978. Admission for the entire night is only $10 so don’t miss it.

 But the week rocks on with a whole lot of metal at the Slice with local metal bands Chernoff, Drearius plus Portage la Prairie metal band Dead Ringer will be rocking the roof off the Slice, Wednesday, May 22 beginning at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover for the show.
Gabe Thaine’s High Level Variety night is back at the Slice, on Thursday, May 23 with host magician Ben Price. Gabe Thaine’s country  roots band  the Rugged River Ramblers will also be performing beginning at 8:30 p.m.
Admission is by donation.

Friday cooks. Local bluesman Paul Kype hosts Honker’s pub’s Friday night open mic beginning around 8 p.m. also on the north side, at the Smokehouse, there will be a whole lot of punk and metal happening. Vancouver’s Russian Tim and Pavel Bures  will be playing punk versions of Russian pop and rock songs. They will share the stage with local punk band The Hockey Moms and ’90s style Riot Grrrl style alternative rock trio  Mombod. Admission is $10 at the door. The music begins at 9 p.m. with Bob Scallywag playing an acoustic set.
 Downtown, local roots/country band Rancho Deluxe will be releasing their debut CD “Lucky Stars” at the Slice beginning at 9 p.m. Steve Foord will be opening the show.


Lily Fawn explores pop side with Hush Hush Noise

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Victoria musician Lily Fawn explores her more experimental pop side with her new project Hush Hush Noise, which comes to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Friday, May 24.Hush Hush Noise visit Lethbridge, May 24. Photo by Rocktographers
 Hush Hush Noise evolved out of a collaboration with fellow Victoria musician Eric Hogg to recreate the music of the TV show Twin Peaks.
“And we enjoyed working together so much, we wondered what it would be like to collaborate on original music,” said Lily Fawn, who is best known as one half of  experimental/ swamp rock duo Hank and Lily.
“Eric is the nicest guy. And he’s so easygoing. He’s quite musical. He’s given me the license to be creative. There’s no idea too weird that he isn’t willing to try,” she continued.

“I’m so excited to bring it to Lethbridge (May 24 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge). It’s so different. It’s a lot more experimental and a lot more electronic pop,” she continued, noting the duo have been playing together and recently released their self titled debut CD on Rae Spoon’s record label Coax Records.
“It’s more like (English electronica band) Broadcast or Metric,” she described.
“ And it is a little like Bjork,” she said, agreeing her distinctive high pitched voice does draw the inevitable  comparisons to Hank and Lily. But she said it is also a lot different than the Twin Peaks project
“It’s more pop indie rock, but it isn’t Britney Spears,” she continued.


Rancho Deluxe expolores Southern Alberta people and places on new CD “Lucky Stars”

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Local musician George Arsene  has a lot of reasons to be excited about the process of releasing his first Cd, “Lucky Stars” from his country rock band Rancho Deluxe.
 Not only did he record it with renown Nanton based producer Steve Loree, but in the process of recording a cover of “ Come on Train,” by his musical idol Willie P Bennett, the long time mandolinist and vocalist for Fred Eaglesmith, who passed away in 2008, got to hang out with his sister Esther and hear stories about him.

George Arsene of Rancho Deluxe. Photo by Richard Amery
 But most importantly, he got to make music with friends, drummer Brad Brouwer, bassist Paul Holden, pedal steel guitarist Ryan “Skinny” Dyck and multi-instrumentalist Tyler Bird, who plays guitar, accordion, fiddle and adds background vocals to the CD.
“‘Lucky Stars’ was a great opportunity to make music with good friends,” said Arsene, who plays a lot solo as well as with Rancho Deluxe and is a frequent finalist in the South Country Fair Songwriting Competition.  Several of his South Country Fair songs are on the CD.

“I enter the competition every year, but never win,” he observed.
“We’re a hot country rock band and I just want people to hear the CD and then come out to a show and see that,” he said, noting there will be CD release parties, May 23 in Nanton at the Auditorium with  Lance Loree’s band the Pail Bunters, May 24 at the Slice and in Calgary, May 25 in the afternoon at the Ship and Anchor. They are also playing the Twin Butte General Store, June 8. And they have a good festival gig set at  South Country Fair, which is a fair dear to Arsene’s hear. They will be part of an excellent line up including Captain Tractor, Leeroy Stagger, Peter and the Wolves, Blue Moon Marquee, Curt Young, Tom Phillips, Tara Warburton, Petunia and the Vipers, Andrew Scott, Kris Demeanor and many more.

 Because of everyone’s busy schedules, he isn’t planning on doing a more extensive tour in support of  “Lucky Stars.”
Arsene enjoyed working with Steve Loree, a much in demand producer, though ran into some scheduling conflicts with band members, injuries and a few funding issues. He had to co-ordinated the busy schedules of Loree and his band mates.

“We were supposed to go up and record but Brad Brouwer got in a car accident.  Eventually Steve just brought all of his recording equipment here and set everything up and we recorded some bed tracks. I went up on my own to record some good vocals. But it was great to record it here in the garage where everything started,” said Arsene.
 Arsene’s garage is a popular hangout and home to many a late night jam session for local musicians and touring musicians alike when they play Lethbridge.
Arsene was especially excited to record “Come On Train.”


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