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Christmas shows and then some this week

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It should be a fun week as the Christmas season kicks into high gear.TJ Waltho brings his Charlie Brown Christmas show back to The Stoketown Cafe this week. Photo by Richard Amery

But first, Keith Woodrow hosts the Slice of Blues jam on Tuesday, Dec. 10 at the Slice beginning at around 8:30 p.m.

 Also on Tuesday, Write For Rights at the Owl Acoustic lounge features performances by Stephanie Brave Rock & Olivia Tailfeathers, Will Big Bull
Mandy Fox, Katie Jo Rabbit and more. There will be a silent auction and more. Admission is free.  It begins at 6 p.m.

Next, the Geomatic Attic  finishes the year with southern Saskatchewan duo Kacy and Clayton, performing, Dec. 11 with Ellen Froese. They are touring in support of their latest CD “ Carrying On.”

Wednesday is a big night for roots music as local roots collective Dark Wrangler play the Slice. Dark Wrangler includes Don Cassell, Dil Jopp, Tyler Bird, Megan and Mel will be performing with Makiisma and Corduroy Brown. Megan Brown, Corduroy Brown plus Chris Drew and Wendy Cee will be playing the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Dec. 13.
 The Slice has a big week as they help the Windy City Opry celebrate their third anniversary with a big show on Friday, Dec. 13 featuring Lethbridge favourites Calgary rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves and Calgary country musician Amy Nelson. There are more prizes and giveaways for this show, so tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the door.
 The Decadent Phase play the Slice on Saturday.
 And Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice on Thursday.

Of course, there are a lot of Christmas shows coming up.
 Bridgette Yarwood’s vocal students will be performing “Voices of Winter” at a rescheduled show at Cité Des Prairies, Dec. 11. Another prominent vocal teacher, Andi Roberts, will feature some of her students performing at City Hall for “Sounds of the Season,” at 2:30 p.m. on Dec. 20.
But before that, TJ. Waltho brings back his Charlie Brown Christmas show to Stoketown on Dec. 12.  He plus bassist Paul Holden and drummer Brad Brouwer were also  performing it at the handmade market and at the Bavura Brunch at the old firehall on the weekend.

Another sign of Christmas is the CP Holiday Train, a cross country cavalcade of stories and song that raises money for  local food banks.
 The Holiday Train stops by Save On Foods at 7 p.m, Tuesday, Dec. 10. Country stars Terri Clark and Dallas Smith are the featured performers. Donations will be accepted for local food banks. The train arrives at 7 p.m., with the music happening from 7:15- 7:45 p.m.

 And you can’t have Christmas without Handel’s epic “The Messiah.”
 The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra brings back Handel’s famous oratio to Southminster United Church for two Performances  this week. The first is 3 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 15 and  the second is Monday night at 7:30 p.m. Tickets range from $25-$75.
If you like your Christmas a little bit country,  Gem of the West Museum in Coaldale features Alyssa McQuaid, Amy Allred, Cody Hall and Calgary bluesman Eric Braun performing Sunday, Dec. 15. Tickets are $15.
And the Lethbridge Community Band’s seventh annual Tuba Christmas happens at Casa, Saturday, Dec. 21. If you play tuba, baritone, sousaphone or euponium, come join the Christmas fun. Sign up is at 10 a.m. , with a rehearsal at 11, lunch at noon at the performance at 1 p.m .There  is no charge to participate or watch.
This weekend, Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer return to Casino Lethbridge for Dec. 13 and 14.

 If you want to laugh, Good Times features the final roast battle of 2019 on Dec. 13.
Johnny Pogo takes the mic against  Medicine Hat champ  Troy Patterson plus four other comics. The comedy begins at 9 p.m. Admission is $15.
 Calgary comedian Tommy Mellor delivers the yuks on Saturday for one show only at 9:30 p.m. Admission is $10.

The Owl Acoustic lounge has an unusual Saturday planned.
 In the afternoon, bring the kids of Classic Kids Rock with Karen, Lewis and Pam aka Gabe Thaine, Jillian Bracken and Ashley Thomson performing children’s classics  from Sharon, Lois and Bram, Raffi and a couple of holiday classics at  3 p.m.
 That night, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features female powered rock including Calgary rock/soul/punk band the Torchettes and Edmonton’s Bad Buddy (Emily Bachynski, Alex Vissia, Andrea Vissia and Geoffrey  O’Brien) helping release David Besplug’s  adult colouring book. Admission is by donation.
Early next week, local schools are helping out the Red Cross through music.
Students from  G.S. Lakie, Gilbert Paterson and Wilson middle School host Rockin for the Red Cross. The Concert is at G.S. Lakie school at  7 p.m.. Tickets are five dollars.

And , coming up, The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society presents Shakespeare Meets Dickens at Casa, Friday, Dec. 20 at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at casa for $20

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor

Last Updated ( Monday, 09 December 2019 15:54 )  
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