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Theatre Outré involving audience in Confessional

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Theatre Outré is going one on one with  their audience for their new production “Confessional,” happening Oct. 2-11.

Anastasia Siceac, Mia van Leeuwen, Deonie Hudson and Lee Burckes perform Confessional, Oct. 2-11. Photo by Richard Amery
“ We’ve turned  Didi’s Playhaus into a funhouse of the subconscious. It’s half art, half play, ” said co director Kathy Zaborsky, being a little cagey on the actual details of the show, noting  it explores the seven deadly sins, but not wanting to spoil it and further.

Confessional includes elements of movement, choreography, improv, video and ASMR.

“There’s a lot of performance art,” added co-director Jay Whitehead, noting the immersive show is slightly different for each audience members, as they have the option of filling out a “fun” questionnaire, so the performers Anastasia Siceac, Mia van Leeuwen, Deonie Hudson and Lee Burckes can tailor the show to each individual.

The performers created the show together with Zaborsky and Whitehead.


ArtsDays 2020 adapting to Covid -19 by focusing on visual art

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Arts Days  has changed for 2020 due to Covid-19.
 The biggest change is most of the the live events are outside.

The popular celebration of the arts kicks off this week with a virtual Word on the Street, but  the usual bevy of activities has been somewhat limited due to Covid 19 health restrictions.Arianna Richardson will be part of Arts Days 2020. Photo by Richard Amery

The annual  Allied Arts Council cabaret featuring emerging artists is now going to be streamed online instead of live shows at Casa.

 However there will still be a variety of activities happening downtown,  Sept. 24-27.

“We really get to showcase this community over a week in the downtown. There’s a lot of visual art this year,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine.

There will be a pop up gallery: Unexpected Intersections, Sept. 26-Oct. 4 at 705-2 Ave South.
“ It’s salon style with a set entrance and exit,” she said.



Return of Owl open mics among this week’s music highlights

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Live music is back and then some this week. Though  musicians are performing behind plexiglass, giving the impression of watching them in some sort of alien terrarium, it’s just nice to be able to see live music again.
 Open mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge beginning tonight, Tuesday, Sept. 22.
 They have been moved from their previous Monday spot.

The Steve Keenan Band Play Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
They begin at 8:30 p.m. every Tuesday night, and inside as well. Bring your own instrument. Sanitized microphones will be provided, and due to Covid, only soloists and cohort duos can play.
Musicians are playing indoors instead of the outdoor patio beginning this week.
Local songstress Wendy Colby performs on Friday, Sept. 25. And Makiisma plus James Swinney return to the Owl stage on Saturday. Sept. 26.

Tomorrow, Wednesday Sept. 23, Juno and Covenant award winning country bluegrass band duo Tim and the Glory Boys, including Abbotsford based Christian musician Tim Neufeld bring their Small town hoedown tour to a special outdoor show outside the College Drive Community Church,  at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Sept.  23.
 Bring your own lawn chairs and face masks are mandatory. Tickets are $12.
 There is the usual open mic at Beaches with Devin Gergel on Wednesday and the Slice’s open mic on Thursday.
 The Steve Keenan band, who are just finishing recording a new CD  will be playing then hosting the Friday night jam at Honker’s Pub, Sept. 25 beginning at 7 p.m.
 Aaron Landry hosts Honkers’  the Saturday afternoon jam from 4 -8 p.m.

Sound Garden is now featuring regular live music on weekends.

Local funk/ ’70s R and B trio Adequate are performing Friday and Saturday beginning around 8 p.m.

Even Theoretically Brewing is dabbling in more live music as they welcome local surf rock band the Atomicos playing beginning at 7 p.m. on Sept. 25.

The Slice features  Calgary punk band Citizen Rage’s Citizen Rage’s EP release party on Sept. 25.
 They having a EP and video release part for  their latest EP  “Black”
 Citizen Rage frontman Mark Russell will be spinning  old school, punk, hardcore and thrash music in between sets by  the Oi Street Scoundrels and the Hockey Moms. Tickets are $10 in advance from the Slice and  the bands. There will be no ticket sales at the door.

 Local country rock band The Mark Hall band returns to the Slice on Saturday.


Word on the Street goes online for this year

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Arts Days usually kick off with Word on the Street— a  beautiful  get together held  literally on the street outside the downtown branch of the Lethbridge Public Library featuring tents full of authors, book sales, food trucks and live music.Jolene Draper playing Word on the Street in 2018. Photo by Richard Amery
 This year, due to Covid, everything is online.

“This year we’re worrying about wi-fi rather than  the weather,” said Word On the Street Festival festival director, Elisabeth Hegerat, Festival Director.
This year participating authors will be giving their presentations and readings online through Zoom.
 “Though they will be on video for people to watch afterwards,” Hegerat said, noting the events will be spread across two weeks  running Sept. 14-26 though the core of the events will be happening Sept. 18 and 19.

She observed the technical aspect of the Festival won’t be a problem.
“We’ve already been providing online programming for a few months,” she said.


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