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New Years Eve and much more coming up

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Most things are closed for Christmas, so take some time and celebrate with your families. Then get ready to ring in 2020.Sean Brewer shares the stage with Rancho Deluxe, Dec. 28. Photo by Richard Amery
 If you want to do something with  your family or just get away from them, there are a lot of options.
 Tyler Bird’s local alternative rock/alt country band Queen of the Worms play their annual winter show, Dec. 27 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge
 This time they are releasing a new CD, Dec. 27. Dark Wrangler will be opening. Admission is by donation.

Fawns plays the Slice in a big local show, Dec. 27 . The Cayley and Biloxi Parish are also on the bill. So don’t miss three of Lethbridge’s most exciting new bands.
Local rock band The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Dec. 27 and 28. Unfortunately Mombod cancelled their pre new-year’s eve  party, Dec. 28 at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. Instead, The Owl Acoustic Lounge features Facecut, Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset and Ghost Woman performing, Dec. 28. Admission is by donation.

However Rancho Deluxe play the Slice, Dec. 28 with Sean Brewer from The Uncas and Tallest to Shortest.

Just down the road at McLennans in Coaldale, local rock band Good Time Charlie  will be playing for the Kinsman Harley raffle announcement, Dec. 28.
The Trippy Hippys play the Bavura Brunch  at the old Firehall, Dec. 29.

New years is in the middle of the week, so Teri Petz’s monthly poetry open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge has been moved to Monday, Dec. 30.
 That sets the stage for New Year’s Eve parties. There is music for everyone on Tuesday.

Dale Ketcheson will be playing the Mocha Cabana, on new year’s Eve from 5:30-8:30 p.m.

Band of Brothers will be playing the 1010 Pub for New year‘s Eve. The band begins at 9 p.m. There is a  $10 cover for the show. A little later The 1010 features  Balkan Party 4, Jan. 4 featuring  Jalina Marinkov, Ivan Filipovic and Renato Henc performing beginning at  8 p.m. Tickets are $30 for that show.

 Adequate brings the funk and the noise for their annual New Year’s Eve party at the Owl, Dec. 31. So get ready to get funky. There is no cover for that show. The Slice celebrates their inner ’80s child with numerous local musicians including Bridgette Yarwood, Candee Burke,James Swinney, Raz Bruce, Mark Hall, Braeden Rouse, Keilan Hakstol, Sarah Wright, Ian Morrice, Tyler Vanden Dool revisiting their favourite ’80s hits.

Pop’s Pub west has a surprise. Ali Hawkins returns to play New Year’s Eve with 90s rock and pop quartet Uncovered. There is no cover for that show either.

Last Updated ( Monday, 23 December 2019 17:24 ) Read more...

AC Vocals wind up sounds of seasson at city hall

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Local vocal instructor Andi Roberts’s students got into the spirit of the season at city hall, Dec. 20 as they wound up this year‘s Sounds of the season performances from local musicians from all over the city  performing throughout December.Andrea Roberts introducing her students at city hall, Dec. 20. Photo bY Richard Amery
Taylor Wichers  performing at city hall. Photo by Richard Amery

A handful of AC Vocals students sang their favourite Christmas carols, Christmas themed songs and a few more religious songs ranging from “Rocking Around the Christmas Tree,” to “I’ll Be Home for Christmas and several others. 

One student,Sam , sang a beautiful rendition of John Lennon’s “Imagine,” even though she was fairly ill.

 Most of them sang with a pre-recorded accompaniment, though one student, Maria Pickering played piano for her second song.

 Another student welcomed Hippodrome’s Don Ponech to provide piano accompaniment.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat EditorMaria Pickering performing at city hall. Photo by Richard AmeryJenna Chomiak performing at city hall. Photo by Richard Amery
Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 December 2019 14:28 )

Shakespeare Meets Dickens get the Christmas spirit

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The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society got into the Christmas spirit, Friday, Dec. 20 at casa with the fourth annual Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Keith Miller and Megan Fennell perform in Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard AmeryJeff Graham and Keith Miller revisit  MacBeth's Porter's scene during Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard Amery

The Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society board members, as well  as  familiar faces from this summer’s production of MacBeth, plus John Poulsen, who will be directing the Merry Wives of Windsor  next summer, performed a thrilling reader’s theatre version of Charles Dickens’ classic  “A Christmas Carol.

The cast in including  Bryson Brown, Linde Bruce Brown, Shelly David, Cole Fetting, Megan Fennell, Kaylee Johnson, Trevor Loman, Keith Miller, Shelly Scott John Poulsen and Ashley Thomson were dressed in period costumes as they played a variety of characters, standing up to read their parts.

 After a Christmas Carol, amongst colourfully decorated  tables  filled with Christmas treats and a candy bar, there was plenty of singing as performers including Newsies star Nicole Furlan, and familiar faces like Megan Wittig, Monica Baczuk, Brenton Taylor, Stephanie Savage and Chris Kyle Taylor all sang their favourite Christmas themed songs.

There were a couple of great dramatic scenes interspersed between the songs.

Jeff Graham and Keith miller revisited their popular Porter’s scene from the summer production of Macbeth.

 And Andrew Legg returned to the stage with Mark Leiren-Young’s  hilarious monologue called  “Stage Manager’s Nightmare,” in which he had fun with all of the fatalities in Shakespeare’s tragedies, particularly Titus AndronAndrew Legg performing Stage Manager's Nightmare in Shakespeare Meets Dickens. Photo by Richard Ameryicus.

I left midway through the second half to catch a few other gigs, so missed Lyle and Friends performing Hey Mr. Snowman.

— by Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Saturday, 21 December 2019 15:09 )

Quick Draw and Vessel bring ’90s sounds back around

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 I haven’t seen local hard rock/ punk band Quick Draw for a while. They played several times this year, but I missed them every tome, so I was pleased to catch them at the Slice, Dec. 20, where they were Quick Draw at the Slice, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Ameryplaying for a good sized and really enthusiastic audience.

Vessel making their debut at the Slice, Dec. 20. Photo by Richard Amery
 Vocalist Rory Freeman, drummer Ben Lamb, guitarist Keith Lamb and bassist Rod Cahoon drew heavily from ’90s alternative rock and grunge  along the lines of Soundgarden and Pearl  Jam, but they also dabbled in horror punk by covering  the Misfits “Dig up Her Bones”  and Danzig’s “Mother.”

 They also put a punkish stamp on Dead Or Alive’s  ’80s one hit wonder “ You Spin me Round.”

 Most of their set was  grunge styled originals showcasing slightly detuned riffs and Rory Freeman’s tenor range vocals.

 Local alternative band Vessel made their debut by drawing heavily from the musical tool box of ’’90s progressive rock/alternative rock band Tool. So their were slow, sludgy heavy soundscapes and ethereal vocals which really reflected the Tool influence.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Sunday, 22 December 2019 11:41 )

New West Theatre finds adventure with The Legend of the Lost Tooth

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New West Theatre  welcomes back some familiar face  for their new winter theatre for young audiences production of Nicola Elson’s original production of “ The Legend of the Lost Tooth,” but you may not recognize them under the masks.

Erica Barr, Ryan Reese and Kelly Malcolm rehearse The Legend of the Lost Tooth. Photo by Richard Amery
Legends of the Lost Tooth runs in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Dec. 21-Jan. 4.
 “ The masks are a lot lighter than they look. But they really add a lot to the story,” observed Ryan Reese, who is a familiar face in New West ’s December/ January shows.

 The devised theatre piece has a lot of action and very little dialogue, compared to New West’s usual  Munsch productions, which have been dialogue heavy, though there is still a lot of action.
“Nicola Elson wrote the script and we created the play together,” Reese continued.

“It’s about a little girl who loses a tooth and makes friends with people in a cafe who take her on an adventure in her imagination as they help her try to find her tooth,” described Reese who plays several different characters.

 A couple of other familiar faces join Reese in the show including New West mainstay Kelly Malcolm who has performed with Reese in several of the previous Munsch productions and Erica Barr, who was last on stage in September with Theatre Outré’s production of “A Streetcar Named Desire. ”

New West Theatre veteran Kathy Zaborsky compose an original score for the production.
“ It’s an energetic show. There aren’t a lot of lines, so we have to tell the story though body movement and gestures,” said Reese, adding they also get to play with puppetry to tell the story. He plays Bernard, the café’s Maitre -De, a puppeteer and several other minor characters.

“We use the puppets to tell the story from different, more distant angles,” he added, noting this is the first time he has  been part of a devised theatre piece.

Last Updated ( Wednesday, 18 December 2019 18:38 ) Read more...
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