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New exhibits at Casa and SAAG explore Alberta and cosplay

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Casa has a number of new art exhibits happening this month.Darcy Logan poses with Faces and Facades. photo by Richard Amery
 Artists Ed Bader and Peter Greendale explore  Alberta in their  exhibit “Northwest/Southwest” which opened at Casa, Nov. 4.
“Both of them are established artists who earned BFAs  at the University of Lethbridge before beginning their art careers,” said Casa curator Darcy Logan.
“It is an exploration of Alberta and two different geographic areas,’” Logan continued.


“ Ed Bader uses colours and collages to describe northwestern Alberta. While Peter Greendale uses photographs to describe southwestern Alberta,” Logan said.
The second half of the main gallery features something  completely different— Ethan Roth’ s “Faces and Facades, which includes full sized paper sculptures of familiar cosplay and pop culture uniforms and armour.
“They are large folded paper sculptures which reflects his love of cosplay,” Logan observed.
“There are five large paper sculptures.”


One familiar sculptures include a Star Wars storm trooper and Iron Man. The others come from Graphic novels and video games.
“ There are also  two completed ones inspired by the virtual reality game Skyrim he has taken to conventions across the country,” Logan said. To indicate how much work goes into each costumes, there is a breakdown of a seemingly simple cube, which includes several thousand individual components.
 There are three other exhibitions  at Casa.


Len Komenac, whose comic strip/ Roy Lichtenstein/Andy Warhol  inspired work is often on display at the Owl Acoustic lounge tries something a little different for his exhibit “Small Worlds,” which is on display in the Casa entrance hall.


“He’s forced alternate perception to create miniature worlds he has photographed,” Logan said.
There are also two exhibits upstairs.


Linda Hajash’s “Not to be Toyed With” explores how toys affect genre roles in children.
“So she’s altered Barbie dolls to deal with genre roles,” Logan said.


The last exhibit is Criss Wiebe’s exhibit “ The Nature of Transition.”
“He expresses himself through acrylic on painting paintings.”


This week, Dec. 9 the Southern Alberta Art Gallery opens  two new southern Alberta tied exhibits.The new exhibits, Tyler Los-Jones’ ‘a slow light’ and Quebec artists Richard  Ibghy and Marilou Lemmens‘ ‘The Golden USB’ run Dec. 9-Feb. 4. Lor -Jones was inspired by  bands of strata in the mountains of the Crowsnest Pass  reflecting how the  landscapes are in a constant state of flux during a 2015 residency  and how the people utilized  directional at the Gushal Studio in Blairmore.

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Celebrate Christmas with Shakespeare in The Park’s Shakespeare meets Dickens

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The second annual Shakespeare meets Dickens returns to  Casa, Dec. 12.Stephanie Savage is excited to sing with Bryson Brown, pianist Jillian Bracken, Lyle Boswall and Cole Fetting in Shakespeare meets Dickens, taking place at Casa, Dec. 12.. Photo by Richard Amery
“ It’s our second annual fundraiser for the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society,” said Shakespeare in the Park president Kate Connolly, noting this coming summer’s production of  the Tempest, directed by DJ Gellatly, will be the local Shakespeare  group’s seventh summer production in Galt Gardens.


“Shakespeare Meets Dickens was extremely successful last year, so we’re doing it for a second time,” Connolly said.


“It’s a combinations of Victorian era Shakespeare poems and Christmas pieces under the direction of our fabulous music director and pianist Jillian Bracken,” she enthused.
“ The first half of the of the evening is a reader’s theatre  of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol created by Richard Epp, a retired professor of the U of L theatre department,” she continued, noted there will be several familiar faces on stage including ShCole Fetting bones up on his Shakespeare with pianist Jillian Bracken during rehearsals for Shakespeare meets Dickens, taking place at Casa, Dec. 12.. Photo by Richard Ameryakespeare in the Park actors and directors,  and actors and board members of Playgoers of Lethbridge and Hatrix Theatre, plus university of Lethbridge students.

Some familiar faces include Cole Fetting, who was in this summer‘s production of A Comedy of Errors, Chris Peterson who was in last summer’s production of Romeo and Juliet, Shelly David, who was on stage with Hatrix Theatre’s  12 Angry Jurors as well as Playgoers of Lethbridge’s “Savannah Sipping Society,” Lyle Boswall who was in Hatrix’s  production of  “Spamalot”, Bryson Brown and many more.
“The second half will be Shakespeare songs and songs from Shakespeare inspired musicals like ‘West Side Story’ and ‘Kiss Me Kate.There will also be six or seven well known Christmas carols,” Connolly continued, adding there will also be Victorian and Tudor era inspired food and drink.


“The food and drink is free and Victorian and Tudor in flavour, so there will be Victorian sandwiches and shortbreads and mince pies. And we have a liquor license, so we will be selling wine and local beer,” she said.
Rita Peterson is a familiar face behind the scenes and on stage with Playgoers of Lethbridge.


 She is excited tobe part of her first Shakespeare Meets Dickens performance.
“Kate asked me to be part of it and I love working with her, so I said yes,” Peterson said.

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Christmas events and Michael Bernard Fitzgerald among week’s highlights

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December inevitably means Christmas and a cornucopia of Christmas related activities with a couple of them happening this week.


But first, Calgary based singer songwriter Michael Bernard Fitzgerald, who his known for his big hit ‘I Want to Make it With You,’ returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice on Wednesday, Dec. 6.
Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Brandon based ’70s inspired pop and rock band The Middle Coast are also on the bill.


 Local funk rock trio Adequate funk up the Slice on  Friday, Dec. 8. There will be a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 10 p.m.
 The next night, Dec. 9,  the Terrific Kids Collective, who put on great  alternative and indie rock shows throughout the year, are holding s karaoke fundraiser at the Slice to help them continue bringing in excellent shows. TMichael bernard Fitzgerald plays the Slice, Dec. 6. Photo by Richard Ameryhere will be youtube karaoke all night and Talking Heads set. There will also be a raffle for prizes donated by the Owl Acoustic Lounge and Blueprint and Round Table board games to name a few. Admission is five dollars.


Local blues/ folk duo Jenn and Paul  Kype return to Casino Lethbridge Dec. 8 and 9.
HBO3 and Josh Davies host two jazz jams at the owl Acoustic lounge, Dec. 6 and Dec. 20.
The Owl is closed for a Christmas party, Dec. 9, but feature the Griffins, Dec. 8.


One many Christmas events is at Exhibition Park, Dec. 9 with a special holiday edition of the Lethbridge Handmade Market beginning at 10 a.m.
 There will be a variety of activities including a bracelet workshop, kids crafts including making your own stocking, Christmas ornament weaving, plus food sampling and over 100 different vendors offering a variety of services including skincare, jewelry, tarot cards, wood toys and much more.

 Another Christmas  tradition happens at Southminster United Church, Dec. 9.

 The Lethbridge Community Silver and Gold  Band present the 26th annual Mayors Christmas concert beginning at 7 p.m. The Southern Accord Chorus and country musician Steve Newsome are also on the bill. Admission is $15 and free for 12 and under. They will also be accepting unwrapped gifts for the  Angel Tree Christmas campaign


The big Christmas event of the week is a visit by the CP Rail Holiday Train, which stops by on Sunday, Dec. 10 behind the old Save on Foods at 2nd Ave. North & 12th St.  Great Big Seas Alan Doyle and his Beautiful band will be performing a quick set at 7 p.m. The train rolls in at 6:45. Bring donations of cash or non-perishable food items, which will be donated to the Lethbridge Food bank.

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Holiday Train to bring holiday cheer and Alan Doyle for Lethbridge Food Bank

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The Holiday Train rumbles back in to Lethbridge, spreading a little Christmas cheer, the music of Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle and the beautiful band, and, most importantly, raising money and collecting donations for the Lethbridge FThe CP Holiday Train visits Lethbridge, Dec. 10. Photo submittedoodbank, Dec. 10 from 6:45-7:30 p.m.
 The holiday train has a lot of stops to make this season, so don’t be fashionably late.


“We‘re doing 172 stops this year,” said CP Rail media relations advisor Mallory McCredie, noting two Holiday trains are traveling all over Canada and the United States.
 The Lethbridge stop is behind the old Save on Foods at 2nd Ave. North & 12th St.


“The train will stop at 7 p.m. and the stage door will open at 7 p.m. And Alan will play one song. Then there will be a short ceremony with local dignitaries and we’ll make the presentation. We don’t want to take up too much time. Then Alan will play another 20 minutes. Because it’s Christmas, it will probably be traditional holiday music,” she observed, adding the band doesn’t include any other members of Great Big Sea. Doyle takes over from Colin James in Calgary and will be playing with James at the Calgary stop.

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