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Playgoers of Lethbridge’s Savannah Sipping Society is all about friendship

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Director Lee Prindle is excited to present his third Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten penned dinner theatre for Playgoers of Lethbridge. The Savannnah Sipping Society runs at the Country Kitchen, underneath the Keg, Oct. 17-21. The $55 tickets are already selling quickly.

Linda Johnson  returns to the stage with the Savannah Sipping Society, running Oct. 17-21 at Country Kitchen. Photo by Richard Amery
“I didn’t even know it was out yet,” Prindle said noting as soon as he learned the 2016 play was out, he leaped at the chance to direct it for Playgoers of Lethbridge.
 The show features an experienced cast of four talented ladies— Linda Johnson, Shelly David, Elaine Jagielski and Jane Meaker.
“I’m very pleased with how it has gone. I’ve worked with them all before, so I know what they can do,” he said adding having the talented cast and an experienced crew, makes his job as director an easy one.


“They’re all really talented and accomplished,” he continued.


 The play takes place over a six month period during which three women undergoing their own life challenges meet after a hot yoga class and decide to have a glass of wine together.


“It is a comedy. Three women decide to go for a glass of wine after an hot yoga class on Miranda’s Veranda. One woman’s husband just died, one’s husband ran off with another woman and another woman just lost her job, so they all meet and a fourth woman joins them and becomes their life coach. So it’s all about friendship,” Prindle summarized adding because it only takes place over six months, costume changes and set design is really simple.


“But each of them does a monologue, and we have a pin light on them while they are doing it. The others are changing costumes then. So that’s different. So there are a lot of complicated light cues,” he said.


Shelly David is excited to have been in all three of Prindle’s Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten penned productions.


“I play Jinx Jenkins. That’s a humdinger of a name for a humdinger of a gal,” David described, quoting one of the lines from the play.


“All of the women are going through big life changes. My character is investigating a side business,” she noted, adding she ends up befriending the other three women and becoming their life coach.
“And in helping these women, she realizes she’s fragile and really wants to help herself,” she said.
“It’s the third show I’ve done written by these three playwrights,” she said adding she enjoys their dialogue.

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Trevor Panczak pleased with new CD

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 Local country musician Trevor Panczak is excited about his new CD “Where I Go To Come Back To” which was officially released on Sept. 15.Trevor Panczak is proud of his new CD Where I Go To Come Back To. Photo submitted
 It contains all of the singles he has released over the past couple years including “ I Can Be The Lover,” “For a Girl,” “Tan Line” and his most recent single “ Blame It On the Whiskey” which is getting played on local country music radio station 95.5.


 Panczak recorded the CD in Nashville with some high powered talent including Saskatchewan born/ Nashville raised guitarist and producer Bob Funk who has worked with some big names like Mark wills, Rodney Atkins, Ozzy Osbourne, Mackenzie Porter with Patricia Conroy and Beverley Mahood to name a few.


 He has been spending the last couple of months close to home, performing several Calgary Stampede gigs including headlining Nashville North,  performing for a week with New West Theatre, playing a variety of Canadian radio stations and lately playing for  a variety of charities including the Lethbridge Therapeutic Riding Association, the Lethbridge Law Enforcement Torch Run for Special Olympics  Black Tie Gala and the Lethbridge Interfaith Food bank.


“Lethbridge is always where I Go To Come Back,” quipped Panczak, who has had the honour of opening for a variety of big names like Don Williams, the Zac Brown Band, Michelle Wright, Ian Tyson, Keith Urban Clint Black and Tim McGraw to name just a few.


He is a familiar face on the Average Joes stage as well.
He enjoys his long relationship with Bob Funk.
“I started working with him in 2011, so its been about six years now. He introduced me around to people in Nashville and made a real impact on my career.  And I can still call him for advice about writing and the music business,” he said.

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CD release parties and fundraisers this week

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This is the week for CD release parties, with several on deck.

The Junkman’s Quire have their CD release party this week. Photo by Richard Amery
Local folk/ jazz/ /Celtic group the Junkman’s Quire has their EP release party at the Owl Acoustic Lounge,Oct. 20. While local country group the Cody Hall Band release their CD the next night, Oct. 21 at the Slice.


But things start early with  several shows early in the week.

 The Owl Acoustic Lounge features their monthly jazz jam with HBO3 and Josh Davies, Wednesday Oct. 18.

Vancouver based, organ powered classic rock style band Bend Sinister Return to the Slice, Oct, 18 with Band of Rascals, who both have new albums out. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.


 For classic rock fans, Burton Cummings plays the Enmax Centre, Oct. 19 at 7:30 p.m.  He has a variety of solo hits including “My Own Way To Rock,”  “I Will Play a Rhapsody “Break It To Them Gently,” as well as was part of the Guess Who. Tickets are $93.95.


 For the complete opposite to that, Blueprint hosts an all ages show, Oct. 19 featuring Calgary’s Soft Cure aka Seth Cardinal, Cassia Hardy’s Edmonton based project Wares and local  synth pop band  Wits.  Admission is $10. Capacity is  limited, so contact the Terrific Kids Collective to get on the list.


There is also laughter on Oct, 19 as Joker’s Gone Wild returns to Casino Lethbridge with comedians,  Todd Ness, Alex Fortin and  Drew Behm. Admission is $10 for the show which begins at 8:30p.m.

 

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Matt Patershuk expands his muse on new music

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There is no dust on Edmonton singer songwriter Matt Patershuk, who returns to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Oct. 25 in support of his third CD “Same As I’ve Ever Been.”
 

The CD is anything but as producer Steve Dawson encouraged Patershuk to spread his wings and explore a few of his other musical interests.

Matt Patershuk returns to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
“It”s a little different. There’s a lot of different things on it. It’s not just country. There’s blues music and Celtic music and Tex Mex music,” said Patershuk on his way to work.
 He has been enjoying spending time at home with his wife and kids, but is excited to return to Lethbridge.


“ I really like playing Lethbridge. I get better response there than I do up north so I love getting back on the road and coming back,” Patershuk said.
 he will be bringing a rejigged line up of his band, the straight  Arrows including drummer  Liam MacDonald, bassist Curtis Ebner and Steve Dawson on lead guitar.
“ And, of course, me,” he chuckled.


“This will be the first time this configuration has played together , but I have no doubt that it will be golden. I’ve played with Steve for years. he’s on all three albums and I’ve played with Curtis for years,” he said.


He always enjoys playing with Steve Dawson.
“He’s been on all three of my albums. We started working on the first one in 2012 and that came out in 2013. So it’s been about five years.  It helps that we really get along well together and that he’s incredibly technically proficient on his instruments. But he’s also very honest which is unusual, because often in Nashville people tend to blow smoke,” he observed.
He noted Dawson encouraged him to experiment with blues music.

 

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