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Unusual Suspects art show among Think Tank Events’ fifth year

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 It has been a long haul for Todd Lacharite, the mind behind Think Tank Events which celebrates five years of putting on unusual events in Lethbridge.Mayor Rajko Dodic plays with Hollerado at a Think Tank Event show in 2013. Photo by Richard Amery

Their events have included several visits by Vancouver, Celtic punk band this Real McKenzies, established acts like successfuls show with Vancouver punk pop band Gob, 54 40, Matt Mays and up and coming bands starting to gain larger audiences like Monster Truck, who he had open for FUBAR’s the Deaner and his band Nightseeker plus  the Glorious Sons who played Whoop Up Days this year and One Bad Son, who opened for Def Leppard in April. They have also put on events with rappers like Tech9  and Madchild, unusual acts like Hank and Lily as well as art shows and more off the wall events, which haven’t worked as well as Lacharite would have hoped, like Pac Man tag.

“ I guess it really started when I was at Henotic helping promote their events,” Lacharite said.
“ Then I teamed up with DJ Booda for about a year to do some bigger events and then decided to put on my own,” Lacharite said.

As with a lot of promoters, it can be a challenge to get people to come out to shows, so he lost money on a lot of events.
“I’ve tried to put on some events that are outside the box like Pac Man Tag and art shows and the Lebowski bash, which  have been successful, though they haven’t been with the money and time I put into promoting them,” he said.
 He will be taking a break from art shows after his cult film inspired art show “The Unusual Suspects,” which will run at the Owl Acoustic Lounge Sept. 18-Nov. 10.

“It will feature the art of Len Komenac, Will Woods, Russell Jensen, Leila Armstrong and Mockrabbit, but it will be open to all artists,” he said.
“They’re a great group who have opened the doors and have tried to support my ideas,” he said.


SAAG exhibits explore movement and surveillance

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Two exhibits examining  both movement and surveillance draw to a close at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery. They run until Sept. 6.Nicole Hembroff  with Scot Rogers’ Where Is OuR Twentieth Century Promised. photo by Richard Amery

Toronto/ New York City based artist Brendan Fernandes digs into his dance background for his new exhibit ‘Still Move.’

 If features an array of photographs , videos and rubber balls scattered all over the floor of the South side of the main gallery.
“There's a lot of synergy between the  pieces,” observed SAAG communications specialist Nicole Hembroff.
 The black and white photographs feature the dancers posed on plinths.

“They explore the theme of control. There are some pretty intense poses in these photographs,” Hembroff continued.
The exhibit is s heavily influenced by  the movement of ballet dancers.

The SAAG presents  “Still Move” in conjunction with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Rodman Hall, Brock University, Varley Art Gallery, St. Mary’s university  Art Gallery, and the Contemporary art Gallery in Vancouver.


Lethbridge Heritage Festival brings the world to Galt Gardens

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 Go around the world in five hours when you celebrate Heritage Day, Aug. 3 in Galt Gardens.
The Southern Alberta Ethnic Association has been holding the event on the first Monday of the month which pretty much since Heritage Days was first decreed in Alberta by then Minister of Culture Dr. Horst  Schmid. The event has been moved to Galt Gardens this year.

John Pogorzelski is excited abtu Heritage Days celebrations. Photo by Richard Amery
“This year, we wanted to expand it to two days, unfortunately the roof of exhibition pavilion where we usually host it, broke,” said Southern Alberta Ethnic Association program co-ordinator John Pogorzelski.

“So rather than moving it to the South Pavilion which could seat 700 people, we decided to move it to Galt Gardens, where we can comfortably seat the 1,000 people we usually get at the event so we’re hoping for good weather,” he continued, adding it is difficult to say exactly how many people attended as they don’t charge children.

“We sold 1,100 tickets last year,” he said.
 Because the event is in Galt Gardens this year, it will be free event with plenty of food and entertainment from all over the world.

“There will be a plethora of food. We have food from all five continents — including South America, Asia, Europe and Africa,” he said, noting numerous ethnic communities are taking part in this year’s Heritage Fair including Polish, Hungarian, Columbian, Filipino, East Indian and Blackfoot plus Argentinian, Sudanese, Bhutanese.

“There are also beverages, but not like Pil or Coors that you can get anywhere.There will be beverages from all over the world for you to test your palate,” he added.
He said the many different ethnic communities enjoy participating in  Heritage Days.


CASA exhibits include clay and Queeriosities

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Two new exhibits opening at CASA tonight feature clay and queeriosities.

“Transmissions features new works by Southern Alberta artists Jamie Hume, Giselle Peters and Mark Porcina.
“ The three artists all have  put their unique interpretations using the medium of clay,” described curator Darcy Logan. There are 20pieces in the exhibit which runs  June 27-Sept. 10.

Artist Jamie Hume and her sculpture of her grandmother. Photo by Richard AmeryThey are exploring their personal history as well as the mythological world,” he continued.
 Artist Jamie Hume explored her family history through her pieces.
“I’ve been exploring my family history,“ she said, noting  finding an old photograph of her grandmother, Jessie Martin Hume.

Hume is a first and second generation Canadian as her mother was born in England and her dad’s mom and dad were both born in Scotland but met and married in Canada. 

“ I love history and I never got to talk a lot with my grandmother before she passed on. Her family claimed to be Pictish descendents. They had darker skin and darker hair. they weren’t the stereotypical red haired, fair haired Scottish,” she continued.
 She created a clay sculpture of her grandmother, but while exploring the history of Pictish mythology, was inspired to create a couple of larger, more fantastical sculpture.
“ They’re a little more mysterious,” she said.

 The second exhibit is  Cabinet of Queeriosities III, which has expanded from old cabinets at the old Bowman  Arts Centre to an entire room.

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