Christmas concerts and folk coming up this week


I hate to drop a C bomb so early into December but Christmas is coming.
 So with that in mind Lethbridge is inundated with all manner of Christmas pageants and presentations, including several different versions of a Christmas Carol.
The  Church Of Latter-Day Saints, brings a musical version of a Christmas Carol to their church across from the hospital at 1912 10 Ave. The family friendly free show  begins at 7:30 p.m., Dec. 5-8.
 A little later, the Lethbridge Shakespeare Performance Society brings back their popular Shakespeare meets Dickens night to Casa, Dec. 14 including a reader’s theatre version of  a Christmas Carol, plus plenty of Christmas carols, food, drink and plenty of Yuletide fun.The mayhemingways return to Lethbridge to play the Slice on Saturday, Dec. 8. Photo by Richard Amery
 But this week, Fran Rude and company are tackling another Christmas Classic— Joe Landry’s radio play version of A Wonderful Life. They are presenting it as a live radio play at the Immanuel  Lutheran Church, Dec 6 and 7  featuring the talents of Tony Deys, Morgan Day, Mark Campbell, Stephen Graham, McKade Hogg, Jordana Kohn  and Sheila Matson. The event is a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Sunrise Rotary Club to produce projects in the Lethbridge. It’s A Wonderful life  runs at 7:30 p.m. , Dec. 6 and 7 and at 2 p.m. on Dec. 8. Tickets are $20 from the Enmax ticket centre.

 Thankfully Christmas isn’t all there is this week.
 There is live music every Friday and Saturday night at the newly refurbished Watertower Grill Friday and Saturday nights.
Local musician Nick Bohl is starting a regular Sunday night singer songwriter showcase at the 1010Pub every Sunday night, which opened, Dec. 2 with Bohl and Tyson Ray Borsboom performing. E-mail Nick at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it to submit an example of your work to get involved. He is looking for people with an hour‘s worth of material to showcase. It begins at 8 p.m.
It’s the beginning of the month, which means HBO3  hosts a jazz jam on Wednesday,  Dec. 5 as they usually do on the first and third Wednesdays of the month.
It’s great to have Taylor Ackerman back in town and playing often with his new band Global Acid Reset. He hosts the Slice’s open mic this Thursday, Dec. 6.
 It will be a lot of fun on the weekend.

 We got a preview of Vernon based songwriter Eryn Kleyth’s talents a couple of times in the past month at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. But she brings her indie rock band She Hangs Brightly to the Slice on Friday, Dec. 7 with local progressive rock band  the New Weather Machine. Doors open at 8:30 p.m. Sarah Christensen will have her art on display as well.
Down the street the Owl features an eclectic show with experimental local rock band Ghost Woman and rapper Pyke. Admission is by donation.

 If you want to laugh on a Friday night, join host Randy Webb at Yuk Yuks Comedy at Average joes, where Brittnany Lyseng and  Serana Shane  bring the yuks. Tickets are $15 in advance for the show, which begins at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 8,  features a pretty cool contrast of shows. But first, there’s that C bomb again, take care of Christmas shopping by supporting local artisans at the Handmade market at Exhibition Park from 9-4 p.m. featuring the works of 170  artists from Southern Alberta and B.C. Admission is four dollars. Children 14 and under get in for free. After that, stop by the Galt museum for the Hawk and harvest Holiday market from 6-8 p.m. Admission is three dollars with  kids 12 and under getting in for free. There will even be live music.

 There is a variety of live music happening that night. Global Drums perform everything  from  samba, steel band, Brazilian, Taiko, African, Chinese and Chamber percussion music at the University  of Lethbridge Recital Hall at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors and alumni and $12 for students.

If you are in the mood for jazz music, over at the Southminster United Church, the always popular Mayor’s Christmas concert features the works of the Silver and Gold Bands will be performing an important fundraiser for  the Christmas Hope Campaign Lethbridge food banks , so bring a non-perishable food item to donate along with $15  for the ticket.  The concert begins at 7 p.m. The Magrath Elementary School Choir will also be performing.
Later in the night. the Slice features an excellent roots, folk and country show with Peterborough duo the Mayhemingways and local roots band  Tin and the Toad.

 Down the block the Owl Acoustic Lounge has something completely different as they host a synth pop night with Calgary’s Hello Moth and local musician Vandendool. Admission is a suggested $10 donation.
If that isn’t enough, relax on a Sunday afternoon with a couple of afternoon shows.

 The Smokehouse matinee series features the Redliners  from 2-4 p.m. And if you like ukulele music, stop bay Casa for the December ukulele jam from 2-3 pm.
 But first, tonight, Club Didi hosts an open mic 8-11 p.m. Jeff and Rylan host the night. Admission is by donation.

 The following week doesn’t slow down or get any quieter.
 ’90s alternative rockers Three Days Grace visit the Enmax Centre, Tuesday , Dec. 11  with special guests, San Antonio based alternative rock band Nothing More and Bad Wolves, who are known for their cover of the Cranberries’ song “Zombie.”
Tickets are $64 and $76 the show begins at 7:30 p.m.
 The Windy City Opry  celebrates their second anniversary on Wednesday, Dec. 12 by bringing back Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves. Admission is $10 and, as usual, the show starts at 8 p.m. sharp.

— By Richard Amery, L.a. Beat Editor
Last Updated ( Tuesday, 04 December 2018 15:54 )