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Playgoers of Lethbridge holding auditions for February production of “Daisy.”

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Playgoers of Lethbridge is making an ambitious departure from the usual for their Spring production.
 While  cast and crew are busy getting their October  22-26 dinner theatre of the dark comedy of Exit Laughing, Playgoers of Lethbridge are also preparing for an ambitious Spring production of Sean Devine’s “Daisy,”  and possibly longer, which will take place in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Feb. 19-22.

 But auditions for Daisy are in the casa community room, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m.
Director Rita Peterson is excited to put on the play, which explores media and advertising’s role in the 1964 Johnson/ Goldwater election, particularly the role the controversial “ Daisy” ad played in the election and on public perception.

“ I read the play and something just resonated for me. It’s so timely with the American election coming up,” enthused Peterson.
“This is the most excited I’ve been about a play in quite a while,” she said.

 In addition to exploring the world of advertising in the 1960s, it explores issues of racism and women in the workplace. "Daisy" is an exciting new play that "launched the age of negative advertising and forever changed how we elect our leaders."  Serious, but not without humour, this is a timely play that will resonate with any eligible voter.

 The cast requires six men and one women ideally in their 40s or 50s, though adjustments can be made for a younger cast.
One important character, lawyer and White House liaison Clifford Lewis needs to be a person of colour.
“So we’ve reached out to Josh Williams who was in ‘Where‘s Oscar,” Peterson said.


Fill your heart with art during ArtsDays

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The Allied Arts Council kicks off the sixteenth annual Arts Days celebration with Word On The Street, Saturday, Sept. 21.
 ArtsDays  continues with a variety of  events happening the following week.

Megan Wittig is one of the performers at the ArtsDays SOAR cabarets. By Richard Amery
“We’re sponsoring a tent this year,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine, adding it won’t be the music tent, which begins at 11:30 a.m. with Calgary blues rock band the Eric Braun Band followed by local country musician Tyra Whitson, more blues with the Steve Keenan Band at 1:35, local folk/ blues band In Cahoots, Willy Big Bull and winding up with Fred Penner at 4 p.m.

“We’re sponsoring the cartoon and comic stage with Eric Dyck and Carson Morton,” Devine continued.
 Word On The Street features a variety of authors writing teen fiction, non-fiction like cook books,  science fiction, Canadian authors and much more.

 “But the next day, I’m really looking forward to  Mimosas, Muffins and and  Movies in Casa. We’ll be showing the Double Take: The Art of Elizabeth King. You’ll really enjoy it if you like stop motion animation,” Devine continued. It begins at 10 a.m.. There will be coffee , food and mimosas for $5. Admission is by donation.

The ArtWalk quilt show begins at City Hall on Monday, which also features Dawn Leite’s walking theatre tour of downtown Lethbridge.
“It’s hard to believe there used to be 30 theatres in Lethbridge,” Devine said.
 there are plenty of exhibitions opening throughout the week at the Trianon, Mortar and Brick and the SAAG. The seven new exhibits at casa continue for ArtsDays as well. You can see them all during th Gallery Stroll, Sept. 29.

There are a couple of changes this year.
“ We’ve moved  the SOAR Emerging Artist Cabarets from May to September because we found most of the students  had left in May,” Devine  observed, noting they will be at Casa on Sept. 25 and 26 featuring  works by Ashley Thomson, Austin Culler, David Gabert, Garrett Mallory Scott, Integra Contemporary and Electro Acoustics (ICE). There will also be performances by Megan Wittig, Marigold, Michael Bartz, Sydney Murdoch and Zach Pollis. There will be a different lineup both nights. The cabarets run from 7-9 p.m.


Word On The Street and jazz this week

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Arts Days kicks off  this week with the Word On the Street Festival, Sept. 21. The annual celebration of all things reading and writing features  a lot of authors, First Nations  history, fun for the family, poetry, comics and more.
 It also features an excellent line-up of music performing throughout the day.Fred Penner returns to Lethbridge for Word on the Street this week. Photo by Richard Amery

Fred  Penner , known for his big hit “the Cat Came Back,” finishes off an excellent afternoon of music beginning at 11 a.m. with Calgary blues band the Eric Braun Band.
 Local country musician Tyra Whitson follows them. There will be more blues with the Steve Keenan Band at 1:35. Then local folk/ roots/ blues band In Cahoots take the stage. Willy Big Bull will tell stories and sing songs inspired by the Blackfoot people. And Fred Penner will entertain kids and adults alike at  4 p.m. Admission is free to attend the vent, outside the Lethbridge Public library.

 But that isn’t all.
 The week starts with laughs as a Tina Randell’s “Oh Me Nerves’” Newfoundland comedy show rolls into town at the Lethbridge Legion, Sept. 18. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $30.
And Kingston’s Tom Savage returns to Lethbridge in support of his new solos CD “Great Beyond.”

 The Slice continues to rock the rest of the week.
 Instead of their usual open mic on Thursday, The Slice has a big rock show, Sept. 19. Kelowna based rock band The Carbons , fresh off recording their new CD with the Trews, play the Slice with Regina based blues rockers Dead Levee and new local alternative rock band the Cayley.


Lethbridge Folk Club opens fortieth season this week with Winter Wilson

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The Lethbridge Folk Club opens their fortieth season with a new president and a big new line up.Old Man Luedecke Plays the Lethbridge Folk Club, Nov. 23. Photo by Richard Amery
 Long time volunteer Tom Moffatt takes the helm of the Folk Club and has a planned a season with a few bigger names.
 They open their season, Sept. 14 with Winter Wilson and Celtic Routes at the Lethbridge College Cave beginning at 8 p.m.
“ They’re from England. Celtic Routes will be opening. So there will be lots of  Celtic rhythm and fiddle playing,” Moffatt said.
 In addition to their first show of the season this week, the first open mic of the season in Friday, Sept. 13. Open mics are at Casa at  7 p.m. on the second Friday of every month.

While that is the first show of the season, the real launch is Oct. 4. at Casa.
“ It’s a free event. We’ll be officially launching our new website. And we’ll be featuring performers who play at our open mics,” Moffatt continued.

 “The Folk club started in 1979, so they’ve been at it for a while,” he continued, adding outgoing president Morris Soenen already had most of the shows booked before  Moffatt was elected.
The next big act is Oct. 19 When four time Juno award winning cross cultural roots and blues trio Tri-Continental return to town.
 They feature the talents of Edmonton’s Bill Bourne, Australian Lester Quitzau and Malagasy musician Madagascar Slim, who brings a variety of exotic African sounds to a mix of Latin, folk, blues and traditional African music.

 Local blues musician Steve Keenan will be opening the show.

 The Folk Club has another big show on Nov. 23 with Old Man Luedecke, who is touring in support of his new CD “ Easy Money.” Reed and Writes will be opening the show.
January opens with Celtara, a Celtic group Moffatt discovered at the  Water Valley Music Festival. Local folk duo Kavanagh and Hepher will be opening the show, Jan. 18.
 And Cara Luft and JD Edwards aka Small Glories  will be performing at the Cave, Feb. 9.


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