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Young artists SOAR with information and entertainment for SOAR Festival 3

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Young artists  have an excellent opportunity to learn new skills and show off their own during the third annual SOAR  Emerging Artists Festival, May 31-June 4.Muffy Mckay is excited about SOAR 3, May 31-June 4 at Casa. Photo by Richard Amery
Casa hosts a busy week of art, symposiums and local talent during the annual festival.
“ It will be so amazing,” summarized Allied Arts Council communications coordinator Kelaine Devine, who looks forward to the variety of events happening throughout the SOAR Festival.


SOAR 2017 opens with the first of three cabaret nights at Casa, May 31. Featured acts are Lethbridge circus act Gymfinity Aerials, plus short plays “My Daughter‘s Father” by Sydney Murdoch and “Severance Pay” by  Griffin Cook and Ben Price Magic.
Cabaret night 2, June 1, includes “My Daughter’s Father” by Sydney Murdoch “Follow me on Instagram” by Kristen Krein and “Come Home” from Moot Entertainment.
Cabaret 3, June 2, features Hannah Rud’s “ Awkward Girl” and Newman Mentalism performing “Letters to West 113th.”


SOAR passes are $50 which includes admission to all three of the cabarets and the symposiums June 3 and 4. Otherwise admission is $10 for each cabaret night.
 Admission to the seminars and to the cabarets is open to everybody, though participation is the cabarets is restricted to young artists 18-34.


 Project and Member Services director Muffy McKay noted different symposiums won’t conflict with each other this year.


“There’s no conflict. You will be able to attend all of them if you want to for $25,“ she said, noting there are a variety of symposiums on the nuts and bolts of making a living in entertainment, covering topics like taxes, applying for grants and other interesting topics.
 There are also a lot of fun symposiums including Nick Bohle’s seminar on preparing for interviews in front of video cameras.

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Festival of Quilts coming back to Lethbridge College

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Local quilters show their talents and passion for sewing, and quilting, June 2-3 at the Val Matteotti Gym at Lethbridge college as the The Lethbridge Centennial Quilters Guild present the fourth biannual Festival of Quilts.

Trudy Walker and Teresa Petriw hold up one of the two quilts to be raffled off  at the Lethbridge Festival of Quilts, June 2 and 3 in the Lethbridge College Val Matteotti gym. Photo by Richard Amery
“There are 203 quilts in this year‘s festival,” observed quilt show publicist Teresa Petriw, observing the participants were allowed to submit up to four quilts each for the show, which runs 10 a.m.- 8 p.m., Friday, June 2 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, June 3. She noted all of them were created in the two years since the last show — the Quilting Canada show in 2015. Contributions come from all over Alberta and B.C. as well as quite a few from the 60 some Centennial Quilt’s Guild members.

A lot of the members gave away quilts to friends and family which they borrowed back for this show.
 “We had a quilting bee to give 1,000 quilts to the Ronald McDonald House. It‘s a busy, active group,” observed Quilt Show Chairperson Trudy Walker.
The Lethbridge  Centennial Quilter‘s Guild formed in the spring  of 1984 when a group of Lethbridge quilters joined together to make a quilt commemorating Lethbridge's Centennial. The enthusiasm   generated by this project led to the formation of the Lethbridge   Centennial Quilter's Guild in 1985.


Trudy Walker and Teresa Petriw show one of Walker’s quilts to be on display at the Lethbridge Festival of Quilts, June 2 and 3 in the Lethbridge College Val Matteotti gym. Photo by Richard AmerySince then the guild meets monthly to share individual expertise and promoting quilting. The guild presently has 136 members.
 The quilts in this year’s show aren’t your grandma’s quilts, though some of them include family heirlooms.


“I’ve got four quilts in the show. One of them includes lace doilies my grandmother made,” Walker said.


“One of them is a challenging group line quilt for which each member added a row to it,” she continued.
“It’s really a great an opportunity for people to see these works and for anybody who enjoys fibre art,” Pettriw, noting the quilts weren’t juried, so anybody who wanted to participate was welcome to contribute a quilt or four.
“These are all modern quilts,” Walker added.
Some of the highlights of the event are two quilts which will be raffled off.
There will also be a “Bed Turning,” where the quilters will tell the stories behind their quilts.
“There are 18 quilts in the bed turning. As each quilt is revealed, the quilters will tell their stories.

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Amos Garrett among highlights of slower week

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Another slower week also features some very cool shows. Amos Garrett plays Lethbridge on Wednesday. Photo by Richard Amery
Blues legend Amos Garrett plays a special show at the Mocha Cabana, Wednesday, May 24 with Julian Kerr from 5:30-10:30 p.m. The $78.75 tickets also include at three course dinner.

That same night, Peterborough musician Kayla Howran returns to Lethbridge  to introduce the Slice to her new CD.


The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra features “Feel The Beat,” Thursday, May 25. They will be introducing young folks to children with four shows during the day and finish it up with a public performance at the Southminster United Church at7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, nine dollars for children.


 If you want to laugh, Rotary Mosaic  are hosting a fundraiser at Average Joes featuring Rotary members doing improv. The show begins at 6 p.m. There is a $20 cover.
It is a good week to rock out.

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Kaslo couple make beautiful music together

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The Eisenhauers are excited to present their new Cd “The Road We Once Knew” to Lethbridge at the Slice, Monday, May 29.The Eisenhauers play Lethbridge next week. Photo submitted


 The Kaslo, B.C. based duo of Sheree Plett and Jeremy Eisenhauer are visiting Lethbridge in the middle of a tour of B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba in support of their debut CD as a duo which they recorded in Nashville with renown producer Steve Dawson, who immediately released it on his record label Black Hen Records.


“We think it captures how we play live,” said Jeremy Eisenhauer, who has been playing with his wife, Sheree Platt for the past 12 years on their solo projects.


“It was great. Steve really just let us play. He didn’t multi-track us, it was really enjoyable,“ he said, adding Dawson added some steel guitar and  some Nashville session musicians also added a few extra flavours.
 They have no plans to tour  with Dawson.
“We’d love to, but he’s so busy,” he said.
“The Road We Once Knew” is the first time they have recorded a CD as a duo.
They did a Kickstarter crowdfunding  program to finance the CD and record with Dawson.

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