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U of L re-examines medieval mysteries in A Barne in Bedlam

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The University of Lethbridge is exploring a pair of medieval “mysteries” but that doesn’t mean the actors are discovering ‘whodunnit” in “A Barne In Bedlam: Two Approaches to Medieval plays,” running in the David Spinks Theatre, March 20-24.Olusryi Dada, Kaitlyn Olfert and Jordan Payne, rehearse the Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve. photo by Richard Amery
“It’s not a mystery, it’s a retelling of Biblical tales,” said Mia Van Leeuwen, who is directing “ The Rise and Fall of Adam and Eve.”

 There are two different interpretations of the plays by two different directors, working with the same cast for both of them.

“The Rise and Fall of Adam And Eve” is similar to what might have been seen 500 years ago when it debuted.

 On the other hand, “Second Shepherd’s Play” is a satirical and contemporized interpretation of the nativity, where a couple pretend a lamb is their baby. It includes multi-media components of a video montage and soundscapes.

“It‘s the same cast in both,” said Jordan Payne, who is joined on stage by Kaitlyn Olfert and Olusryi Dada.
“The second play, Three Shepherds (directed by Gabrielle Houle,)  is about three shepherds talking about who stole a sheep when the angel Gabriel comes downs and tells them Jesus is being born  in Bethlehem, they decide ‘we’d better go to see that,’” Payne summarized.    
Van Leeuwen noted creating the Rise and Fall  of Adam and Eve was a collaborative process with the cast, which they appreciated being able to do.
“ Collaborating with the students was really important. We started with the themes form the play and started creating,” Van Leeuwen said.


Bring in Spring with the Home and Garden show this week

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Bring in spring by improving your home, perhaps with a little help from the 2018 Home and Garden Show, taking place at Exhibition Park, March 21-24.

Doug Kryzanowski is ready for Home and Garden show 2018., March 21-24. Photo by Richard Amery
 “With the dollar being down, more people are staying at home and want a comfortable space perhaps adding a pool or hot tub or changing their back yards,” noted Doug  Kryzanowski, Exhibition Park manager of corporate relations and marketing.

“If the Ag Expo is the grandpa at over 60 years, then the home and garden show is the grandma at 42,” he said.
Exhibition Park has played host to the Home and Garden show for the past 42 years. Kryzanowski observed the event attracts an average of 20,000 people throughout the week checking out some 300 exhibitors.

 “We don’t have a waiting list this year,” he said.

“ But that (attendance) depends on the weather. Most of our audience are urban,” he said.

 There will be a cornucopia of vendors offering services and ideas for anything you can imagine.

“There are booths  for landscapers, home renovation, kitchen and cooking, accessories, clothing  and hair and spa items,” summarized event co-ordinator Lisa Ludwig, noting there will be no tiny houses this year, which have been a favourite of past Home and Garden Shows.

“Everything you want to  know about renovations and building and going camping is going to be available,” she added.


CKXU FUNDrive and laughter this week

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If you want to fight off that St. Patrick’s Day weekend hangover with live music then come on over to downtown, where there is still a lot happening.
 CKXU Fundrive events dominate the week.
 the University of Lethbridge based community radio station is  planning on reaching their $30,000 FUNDrive goal for a new website.
 So in addition to on air giveaways, there are several big shows downtown.Kimberley MacGregor returns to Lethbridge with Curtis Glas and Makiisma. Photo by Richard Amery
Catch a diverse cross section of music at the Slice which hosts CKXU and University of Lethbridge Gutsy Club’s band wars. Local country pop band Alyssa McQuaid and Coyote Junction, GreenBones, Orangeman, alternative rock duo Cope, Jane Doe, Sydeshow and alternative rock trio Mombod go head to head for big prizes including recording time and much more beginning at 5 p.m. There is a $10 cover to attend.
The other big CKXU Cosmic Frequencies themed FUNDrive event is the “landing party” at the Slice, Friday, March 23. The event features a variety of local bands put together for the occasion to play space themed music. Performers include  Space Band, NASA Camp Dropout, Cartwheel Galaxy, Vandendool and the Quasar Quartet and HD80606. Admission is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

But there is a  lot more going on this week.The Owl Acoustic Lounge features their jazz jam with HBO3 and  Josh Davies on Wednesday, March 21.
 Thursday, March 22 is the night for laughter.
 There is a comedy open mic at the Zoo in the University of Lethbridge Student’s union featuring Solly  KP. There is no admission to attend.

 And Joker’s Gone Wild return to Casino Lethbridge, March 22 with Todd Ness, Shawn Gramiak and William Hannigan. The comedy begins at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

The Geomatic Attic welcomes Grammy award winning bluegrass musician Laurie Lewis and the Right hands performing at 8 p.m. She is  touring in support of her new CD Blossoms (Spruce and Maple Music) Tickets range from $37.59 or $40.The Geomatic Attic has a busy weekend as the next night they welcome  Nanton/ Vulcan country band Tin and the Toad at 8 p.m. Tickets are $27.50 in advance and $30 at the door.


Todd Stewart records solo album in between new Northern Beauties album

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Calgary musician Todd Stewart is known for being part of roots duo The Northern Beauties and roots rock act Brocade, but he returns to Lethbridge, March 23 to play the Owl Acoustic Lounge with The Dudes’ Danny Vacon in support of his debut Solo Ep“ Everything you Want.”Todd Stewart plays a solo show with Danny Vacon this week. Photo submitted
““These songs are a little more personal and they didn’t quite fit in with the Northern Beauties,” Stewart said, noting he recorded it almost simultaneously with the new Northern Beauties long awaited new Cd, which they plan to release in September.

“It’s been two years sing the Northern Beauties first album. so I hope people will respond to it,” he said.
“The new Northern Beauties album is done, it’s in the can, but then we started writing more songs,” he said, adding while waiting for the release, booking tours and planning PR, he decided to work on his own project including playing a few Southern Alberta dates including at the Twin Butte Store, March 24 in addition to the Lethbridge show and in Calgary at the Ironwood on March 31.

Stewart’s solo CD features a lot of  steel guitar.
“That was a a lot of fun. I felt this style of writing required  some pedal steel guitar. It’s something I always wanted to learn how to play, with all of those long sustaining notes. It’s such a beautiful instrument. but I haven’t had the time to learn how to play it yet ,“ he said, adding he got old friend Matt Kelly to play steel guitar on it. He has known Kelly going all the way back to his days with Brocade.
“There’s still not a lot of pedal steel guitar players in Calgary. Back in 2013 Charlie Hase was the guy to go to ,” he observed, adding there is more interest in steel guitar.


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