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New CASA exhibits explore happiness and the end of the World with Sonis McAllister and Catherine Ross

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CASA curator Darcy Logan is pleased to welcome back old friends with two new art exhibits opening at CASA this weekend.

CASA curator Darcy Logan examines Catherine Ross' exhibit Impossible-Really. Photo by Richard Amery
Lethbridge artist Catherine Ross combines her love for her  daschund with her love for Mexico in her exhibit “Impossible-really.”

 It features 21 bronze castings of a daschund in various poses, frolicking in front of a looped film of Mazatlán waves.

“It’s a statement about her commitment to place. So  the ocean scenery is from Mazatlán, where she has a property and the dog is based on her dog who she used to take down there with her,” Logan said.

“ The dog has various expressions, so it is barking at the waves or running in to them,” Logan observed.

Matthew Holden aka Sonis McAllister returns to Lethbridge after extensively traveling the United States.

 He interviewed people from all walks of life about the end of the world and brings back fascinating relics of a country in turmoil.

“ The Survivors: An Archaeological Journey of People and Their Prosthetic Extensions of Joy From a Dying America” features video, photographs, printed dialogue and found items from all over the United States including an old gas pump, a pair of giant chicken legs and a confederate flag.

“I did a lot of trips to the United States from 2008-2010 when everybody was talking about the end of the world in 2010,” he said.

“ You probably won’t believe this, but I met a dwarf who dressed as a Viking who became my spiritual guru and advisor. He told me to go to America and talk to people about their thoughts about the end of the world,” he said.

  He talked to members of the Aryan Nation, Black Panthers and everybody in between including gang members and ordinary people.

“I wanted to find out why they thought the world was gong to end,” he said.
 In addition to  video, some including  McAllister’s  guru, there are photographs of his subjects accompanied by  transcriptions of his interviews with them.


Jane Harris writes honest account of poverty and homelessness

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Lethbridge author Jane Harris is at Chapters in Lethbridge, from noon until 6  p.m. today (Saturday, Nov. 7,2015)  promoting her new book “ Finding Home In the Promised Land.Jane Harris is at Chapters talking about her new book. Photo by Richard Amery

 Harris combines her own harrowing tale of homelessness and abuse at the hands of her ex husband while exploring  how Canada has historically helped the poor in her new book “Finding Home in the promised land: A Personal History of Homelessness and Social Exile. On her journey, she also explores  the life of her great great grandmother and her family immigrating to Canada from Scotland in pre-Confederation Canada.

She covers a l9t of ground  in the 140 page book, plus extensive footnotes and bibliography, touching on her own family history, the history of poor houses and workhouses which gave  those down on their luck shelter  and work and helped them get back on  their feet and her first hand experience navigating the “ poverty industry” bureaucracy.

“I probably have enough information for four books,” she said, adding her publisher helped her trim down the manuscript to the 140 pages.
“I hope this book will open up a discussion about homelessness and  poverty,” she said.


Lethbridge Fashion weekend to draw southern Alberta's fashionistas to the Galt

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Lethbridge designers, vendors and restauranteurs strut their stuff this weekend as  The Lethbridge Fashion Weekend  returns to the Galt Museum, Nov. 6.

Shelly Court always looks forward to the Lethbridge Fashion Weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
The ever expanding annual event, modelled after fashion weeks in major centres like new York City,  attracted a capacity crowd last year during their first year at the Galt Museum.
 Lethbridge Fashion Weekend began in 2007. While the sale used to be the day after, the sale and show will all be on one day this year.

 “ It’s going to be  pure fun,” said Shelly Court who organizes the event with her husband and a dedicated core of volunteers.

 Six is the magic number this year with six different designers participating including “Of A Feather” from Lethbridge College Fashion design program alumni and Airdrie based  Sarah Auston, Lethbridge designers “Penny Lane” by Stephanie Hogan, “Troy Anthony Designs” from Troy Anthony,  “donell” by Donell Kollias, “Veena ” by Jena Murray, “Aniimiism” by Vancouverite Cassie Dee and “Shelly Kanyo Studios” from Court herself. Beautiful models from Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge and Winnipeg will be modelling the new designs.

 The event also features six vendors selling clothing, skin care products and jewelry. There will also be plenty of free food from Umani, Crazy Cakes and Cora's.
“For $20 you get free food, cheap drinks, the first 80 people get a gift bag, you get to see the clothing, the models and you get to shop,” Court enthused adding while they used to hold the sale the day after, this year the sale is right after the show tog et people while they’re inspired by the designs.

“There are also two DJs coming from Edmonton and there is an after-party at the Rogue Restaurant (in the watertower),” she added.
“It’s something different for Lethbridge and you get to dress up without being looked at funny. Though it isn’t mandatory though most people do,” she continued, noting there will be a red carpet and a professional photographer  Jayson Domingo photographing the runway action.
“People are getting excited about it,” Court continued.


Lethbridge Comicon 3 features fun for the whole family

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An expanded Lethbridge Comicon celebrates all things comics and geek culture, Oct. 16-18 in the West Pavilion of Exhibition Park.

E-Town Spidey signs autographs at Comicon,Oct. 17. Photo by Richard Amery
“We have TV stars, comic book creators and even more local artists and craftsmen,” said Lethbridge Comicon organizer Adam Essex, who is anticipating  between 1,500 to 2,000 people to attend the third annual event.

“And we’re doing even more for kids. So there will be more kids crafts and family entertainment,” he said noting kids 12 and under get in for free.

“There’s lots of kid’s stuff. We’re building a full scale Angry Birds slingshot and lots of crafts. There will be a guy doing 3D printing, so that will be cool for people to see,” he said.

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