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Pauly Shore has Lethbridge audience in an uproar

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Las Angeles comedian Pauly Shore had a full house at Average Joes howling through his set of “pornedy” — a term a just I
Pauly Shore entertains full Average Joes. Photo by Richard Amery made up to describe a set filled with sexual explicit, graphic and hilarious jokes about sex and sex acts which were definitely not meant for the prudish, oversensitive or otherwise closed minded audience.
 But before Shore came on stage to the tune of rock and roll blasting through the speakers, he let some of his other “Jewish comedian friends” shine.
 National Lampoon writer and Mad TV star and  “the result of John Belushi and Jack  Black getting together and having a fucked up baby (his joke, not mine) Sandy Danto started first with a  strong set of comedy  mostly  related to weed, laziness, sweatpants and his own personal weight issues, illustrated by him baring his bare belly to the crowd.
He joked  all of his family are doctors, so he fell a long way from the family tree.
 But he couldn’t resist doing his own impersonation of Pauly Shore while telling the story of how he came to be opening for Shore, drunk at an airport bar and showing him his “Chris Farley as a phone sex line operator” impersonation.
Pauly Shore came on stage to rousing cheers and announced he wanted to run for mayor of Lethbridge. He spoke about his popular ’90s movies did a couple of the more popular lines, did his “weasle”, which reappeared throughout the set, then joked “taking a 15 year hiatus from movies was long enough.” 
After a long set of jokes about being in the clubs and  hooking up with girls, he wondered aloud where he lost the crowd though he had a crowd of girls in the front row howling throughout. He observed the many camera flashes going off and said he was surprised when people ask him if it is all right to take his picture.

Max and Ruby take the stage at the Yates

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 Popular children’s television show Max and Ruby comes to life at the Yates Centre for two shows, Sept. 20.

 The popular animated rabbit siblings will be visiting Lethbridge for two fun and music filled live action shows — Max And Ruby: Bunny Party at 3:30 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.

Norman Foote.


“I wrote all of the music for it. I’m very proud of it,” said Juno Award winning children’s musician Norman Foote, who isn’t involved with the actual TV show, but who has a long history of  writing music for children including composing the music for numerous children’s TV  shows on CBC and for Disney, plus the theme for the Backyardigans and music for the Extra-ordinary Alien. He also wrote a dozen songs for Maurice Sendak’s Little Bear: Winter Tails.


“Max and Ruby is  very popular children’s show. They are a brother and sister and Ruby is the eldest. She is very domineering, so the plot of this show surrounds a birthday party and who to invite to it,” he described, adding the show features six or seven actors and costumes and a lot of energy plus a lot of singing. 


“It was hard to make this work for a live audience. It’s such a popular TV show and it’s based on really popular books so people really identify with the characters in it,” he continued adding  direct consultation with producer Patti Caplette kept the live show as close to the TV show as possible.


He didn’t know a lot about the TV show before he was hired to write the music for the production .

“I have a seven -year-old son and he knew more about it than I did. He was so excited when I got the job in April,” he said adding  after watching the show with his son, he began to appreciate the quality of the writing, which he tried to reflect in his songs.


“They’ve really defined the relationship between the sister and brother and that’s a key part of the show. A lot of the writing is amazing. They throw a lot of  different things into the stew,” he enthused.

“I wanted the songs to appeal to parents too. I wanted them to work on many different levels,” he said adding he writes songs for children the same way as he writes for other markets as the songs still feature the same structural building blocks including verses, choruses, riffs and hooks. 


Auditions this week for Playgoers of Lethbridge’s British farce “One for The Pot”

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Playgoers of Lethbridge is looking for a few good men and women for their next British farce to Elaine Jagielski directs “One For The Pot,” which runs in October. Photo by Richard Ameryrun in October.

The longstanding local theatre group is holding auditions this week for their October production of  Ray Cooney and Tony Hilton’s “One for The Pot,” which is scheduled to run at the Sandman Inn, Oct. 19-22.

 Auditions are Sept. 7-8 at the Bowman Arts Centre from 7-9 p.m.
 A cast of six men and three women are needed.
“It ( One for The  Pot) ran for 1,200 performances at the White Hall Theatre from 1961-64,” observed Playgoers  of Lethbridge president Ed Bayly.

“One For the Pot,” originally performed in 1959, is a farce set in the 1920’s  about a gormless Yorkshireman, Billy Hickory Wood, a wealthy northern mill owner who is looking for a beneficiary of a 10,000 pound inheritance. The only caveat is  they must be the only living relative. After Hickory Wood puts an ad in the newspaper, Billy Hickory Wood  is the first to arrive, followed by numerous others.


Creature Theatre explores creatures of the sky and night at Galt Gardens

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What’s the smartest bird in the forest? Is the the owl? Don’t be a wise acre. That’s not even close. It is the members of the corvid family — crows and ravens.

Bat (Chelsey Huber) discusses plans with Moth ( Jen Buit) during Creature Theatre. Photo by Richard Amery You can learn that and more interesting nature facts from Creature Theatre.

For the past 10 years the Helen Schuler Nature Centre staff and volunteers have been educating and entertaining  at Galt Garden’s every Thursday from 7-8 p.m.

“Creature Theatre is interactive and interpretive theatre. And it’s outdoors, which is unique for Lethbridge,” said Coreen Putman, Helen Schuler  Nature Centre  co-ordinator, who almost always brings her two children to Galt Gardens every Thursday during the summer.

This summer they are alternating between two shows, “Bird Brain,”  which takes place this week (Aug. 13) , examines which of the birds are the smartest of all through drama, costumes, action and a lot of humour, and  “Night Creatures,” which revamps a production they did in the first year,  examines Skunk’s plan to become ruler of the night over the Owl, with help of her friends, Moth, Cicada and Porcupine.

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