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Girls rock and good causes this week

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Girls rock this week, with several talented female duos performing in Lethbridge.Who MadE Who return to Lethbridge For Scotchtoberfest VII. Photo by Richard Amery
Toronto pop/ indie folk duo Scarlett Jane will be singing beautiful vocal harmonies at the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 15 in support of their new, self titled CD. Special guests the Silkstones will be joining them at 8 p.m. Tickets cost $22.50.

 If you like your rock dirty, nasty, loud and frenetic, Vancouver rock/ punk/ blues duo the Pack AD return to the Slice, Oct. 16. They were last in Lethbridge opening for Alice In Chains at the Enmax Centre last year. There is a $10 cover for the show which also features local funk rock band Cosmic Charley.

 For something a little more laid back the LSCO presents a special three day fundraiser at the Yates Centre, Oct. 16-18. From the Starlight Lounge features  a 17 piece big band and numerous local performers ( Mark Campbell, Morgan Day, Jessica Ens, George Gallant, Kade Hogg, Jordana Kohn, Sheena Lawson, Diane Llewelyn-Jones, Mike Richey and Mark Ward) including a reunion of Fran Rude and Ken Rogers performing the songs of Johnny Mercer popularized by luminaries like by Tony Bennett, Bing Crosby, Michael Bublé, Ella Fitzgerald and Frank Sinatra including classics like Moon River, Satin Doll, The Old Black Magic. Blues in The Night, Autumn Leaves and Skylark. Tickets cost $35. The performances begin at 8 p.m. each night as well as a 2 p.m. matinee, Oct. 17.


Hatrix Theatre’s Deathtrap is a thriller to die for

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Would you be willing to kill to write next season's hit? A play about writing plays has got to be boring right?

Not at all if the play is Ira Levin’s thriller Deathtrap, which Hatrix Theatre puts on Oct. 14-17 at the Moose Hall.
 It is about a renown but struggling playwright Sidney Bruhl who is living on his wife Myra’s money and his protégé Clifford Anderson who has a new idea Sidney is willing to kill for.

“It’s a murder mystery with some comedic elements,” explained director Karolyn Harker.

Stephen Graham and Preston Scholz rehearse Deathtrap. Photo by Richard AmeryIt has the feel of a great thriller, with everything happening in one room and five characters.

“It’s about a playwright who has been dry for the past 18 years when he hasn’t had a hit. Then suddenly he has an idea one of his students has submitted at one of his seminars. So he plots to steal the play and put his name on it. So he can be a success again,” she continued.

“However the only way to do that is to get rid of the young playwright,” she added.
As the title of the play, Deathtrap, suggests, there is a lot of bloodshed in pursuit of this goal as the title of the play being written is eerily reminiscent of earlier events which intrigues two other characters later in the play.

The play features a talented and experienced cast including Stephen Graham, Preston Scholz, Marcie Stork, Sheila Matson and Richard Amery.

“There are thunderstorms, gunshots, lightning, suspense and some pretty funny moments,” Harker said.

“Our cast is fabulously gifted and ready to show Lethbridge a really good time,” she enthused.
Hatrix veteran Preston Scholz is excited to play the young playwright Clifford Anderson.

“I think he starts off a little naïve about everything, but he is excited to learn from the master,” Scholz said.

“And he quickly discovers the business is not all it’s cracked up to be,” he continued.

“I always want to be involved in Hatrix productions especially when we have Karolyn directing,” Scholz said.
“It’s a fun night out,” he continued.

The cast has been hard at work for the past eight weeks learning a lot of lines and wrapping their minds around the intricate plotting of Deathtrap.
“Hatrix usually does rich comedies, so we’re excited to do something different,” Scholz said.


It’s good to be back for the Pack A.D.

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It’s good to be back home for the Pack AD.The Pack A.D. return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 “ We’ve been taking most of the year off to write new material,” said drummer Maya Miller/ who along with lead vocalist Becky Black return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Oct. 16 with Cosmic Charley.

“The Lethbridge show is  one of our rare road trips this year,” she said, noting they play Medicine Hat and Rossland, B.C. the same weekend.

“We’ve been playing more places closer to home,” she said adding they are taking a well deserved breather after a busy 2014 which included a tour with Alice In Chains, which was the last time the Vancouver based blues rock/ punk/ alternative rock duo stopped by Lethbridge to play the Enmax Centre.

“Last year we opened for Alice In Chains, which was great. It was our first arena show and then we toured with the Tokyo Police Club. So after last year, we thought it would be a good time to take a year to write new material,” she said.

She said adjusting to the bigger stage wasn’t  a problem for the duo.
“We were playing first for people who were there to see Alice In Chains.  But it wasn’t that much of a transition, she continued.


Scarlett Jane to make long awaited return to Lethbridge

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Toronto based indie folk and Canadiana duo Scarlett Jane are excited to make a long awaited  return to Lethbridge in support of their self titled second album when they play the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 15.
 “The tour’s going fantastic. There’s been a lot of long drives and we’ve becoming zombies  in the car. We’ve lost our minds a little,” said Andrea Ramolo, taking a lunch break in Golden, en route to a  a show in Cranbrook.Scarlett Jane play the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 15. Photo submitted

 They are hitting every “noon and cranny in Canada” including some unusual venues on the tour and play Lethbridge on the way home to Toronto.
“We’ve been playing for some big crowds,” she said adding they have sold out their shows in Calgary with Del Barber and in Swift Current.

“When we were indie, we always played every nook and cranny in Canada  because the country is so beautiful and we wanted to visit all of these beautiful little towns,” she said.
 She is pleased with the team behind the duo. Warner Canada is helping with distribution, and they have an excellent PR team making sure the album gets into as many hands and ears as possible.
“ And Jake Gold jumped on board as put manager earlier in our career,” she said.
 They changed direction slightly on the new CD.

“ We used two producers  on this album Because we’re a duo and we thought we should put our heads together. Two heads are better than own,” she continued.

 They recruited Colin Cripps and Chris Stringer to produce the CD and added James Robertson to add extra guitar.
“He’s one of the best guitarists in Canada,” she said adding his contribution resulted in a more guitar heavy album.


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