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Playgoers of Lethbridge put on poignant production of the Dixie Swim Club

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 In a word, Playgoers of Lethbridge's dinner theatre presentation of  the Dixie SwimClub, Oct. 22-25 is “ poignant.”The cast of  the Dixie Swim Club Linda Johnson, Shelly David, Jane Meaker, Donna Galau and  Rita Peterson rehearse. Photo by Richard Amery


 They have a dedicated cast of five women who  play  five very different characters who grew up together as members of their college swim team and meet every year to catch up with each other.


“I think the audience will quite enjoy it,” said director  Lee Prindle who saw a dinner theatre of the Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jane Wooten penned play in Mesa, Arizona and who decided to bring the play to playgoers of lethbridge.
“There's five women in the play and there's no stars or starlet. They all play very different characters. There's one who’s very organized, one who is self centred, one who is accident prone and a nun who decides to get married,” Prindle described.


“ I think it is a lot like Steel Magnolias. But there's no Dolly Parton,” he continued.


“ There's very few plays that have an all women cast. We did the female version of the Odd Couple last year, but there's guys in that,” he added.
 “ It is very poignant. It’s so funny, but it has some serious moments,” he continued.
“I think it’s going to be a hit. I really do.”


The cast includes five very familiar faces with Playgoers of Lethbridge— Donna Galau, Rita Peterson, Jane Meaker, Shelley David and Playgoers President Linda Johnson who makes a rare appearance on stage, though she is a prominent figure backstage.


“It begins when they’re 22 years old at their graduation. Then we see them again at 44 and again at 77,” said Rita Peterson, adding they audience get s to watch women grow and evolve through the years as they cope with  all the tribulations of life.
“ It combines comedy with some serious moments,” Peterson described.

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Lethbridge born Flash star Chad Rook comes home for Lethbridge Comicon

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 Adam Essex is excited about the second edition of Lethbridge Comicon which takes place at the Lethbridge College Barn, Oct. 17-19.
 The event, which took place last year at the Italian Canadian club, but has grown enough to  warrant a bigger venue and bigger guests.Lethbridge Comicon organizer Adam Essex does his best Action Comics Superman pose. Photo by Richard Amery


 Dirk Benedict of the A-Team and Battlestar Galactica will be at the event as well as plenty of comic book artists, vendors and lots of special guests  professional Cosplayer Vegas PG, Spawn, Death Dealer and ‘68 artist Nat Jones and Kyle Charles and street artist Mark Oliver ‘Twist” and Eric Dyck, the Lethbridge creator of the comic Slaughterhouse Slough.


Eddie Spears of Hell on Wheels

is unable to attend as planned due to conflictingshooting schedules.

“ For me it’s been nice and easy planning it this year,” said organizer Adam Essex.


“This year it was so easy to find  guests and vendors,” he said.


 Picture Butte/ Lethbridge actor Chad Rook is excited to come back home for Lethbridge Comicon, just after his debut as the Weather Wizard— the primary villain in the the new TV series the Flash, which premiered on Oct. 7 on CW. It also stars Tom Cavanagh (Ed, Love Monkey, Eli Stone, Scrubs, The Following) , Grant Gustin (Arrow, Glee, 90210), Candice Patton (The Game, Young and Restless, Entourage) and Jesse L. Martin (Law and Order, Smash, Ally McBeal).


“I’ve been a professional actor for 15  years, so it’s good to finally be able to say I’m making a living as an actor,” said Rook who moved out to Tampa Bay Florida  to pursue a modelling career in 2001 shortly after graduating from Picture Butte High School.

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Lots of folk, country and metal music happening this week

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The Geomatic Attic is the place to be this month.
 While The Fred Eaglesmith Show was postponed last week, there is a lot going on.

Morgan Davis will be one of many highlights this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 This week the Geomatic Attic presents two big  country/ folk shows.
Ottawa songwriter Jeremy Fisher performs Oct. 22. he is a storyteller and folk singer who draws deeply  from the pop well for his new CD “The Lemon Squeeze.” Joe Nolan is also on the bill. Tickets cost $30.


The next day, on Oct. 23, the Geomatic Attic bring back Winnipeg based country singer Ridley Bent who has also just released a new CD.  Ridley Bent and guitarist  Chris Dunn will be performing as an acoustic duo at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $32.50.


The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their Fall season this week with the Wardens and Richard Burke at the Lethbridge College Cave, Oct. 25 at 8 p.m. sharp. Tickets cost $25 for non members including a membership or $20 at the door for members. They also hold monthly open mics on the second and fourth Fridays of every month and bluegrass jams on the first and third Fridays at  MJs Cycle (1502 -2nd Avenue South).  They have been redefined as a private members club, so you have to have a membership to attend and  have a drink with them during their open mics  and bluegrass jams. There is an open mic at the Folk Club this Friday at 8 p.m. There is a $2 admission fee to attend.


 There is a lot of rock and metal this week as well.
 The Slice goes metal with San Francisco doom metal band Castle who are touring in support of their new CD “ Under Siege.”
 Local progressive rock trio Lustre Creame and local metal band Obsidian Soul are also on the bill.


 Also on Oct. 23, there is a big metal show  at the Westminster Hall featuring Homewrecker from Ohio, Pharaoh from Baltimore, Calgary's Mortuary Rate and Lethbridge bands  Thought Crime and Dysfunction. Admission is five dollars for this all ages gig, which begins at 7 p.m.

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Ridley Bent duo returning to Lethbridge with new music

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Winnipeg based country singer Ridley Bent is excited about taking his long awaited latest CD “Wildcard” on the road and visiting the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 23.


“ It took about three years,” Ridley Bent returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Ameryhe said from Winnipeg, where he has been based out of for the past three years adding he wrote about 30 songs for the CD with the help of his producer and added a solid cover of Tom Petty’s “You Got Lucky.”


“ I’ve always loved the groove of that song. And my voice is different enough  so it sound different, but I didn’t want to lose that groove,” he said adding that will be the second single.


“The first time I heard it I didn’t realize it was a Tom Petty song until he started singing,” he said adding Barney Bentall encouraged him to cover the song while  touring with him in the Grand Caribou Opry.
“And I love the chorus ‘Good Love is hard to find.”

 The first single “ The Most Beautiful Woman in the world” has garnered the CD a lot of radio support.
 He drew from a lot of country, folk, rock and a touch of hip hop influences for the new CD from fiddle powered western swing to gospel like on “Good Ol’ Cowboy Angel band.”


“ It‘s not based on anyone I know, but there's this gospel song about a band of angels, so it got me thinking abut the idea of a band of cowboy angels. It’s something that came out of late nights of jamming” he said.


 The western swing influence is apparent on  “High Lonesome.”

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