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SAAG exhibits explore movement and surveillance

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Two exhibits examining  both movement and surveillance draw to a close at The Southern Alberta Art Gallery. They run until Sept. 6.Nicole Hembroff  with Scot Rogers’ Where Is OuR Twentieth Century Promised. photo by Richard Amery

Toronto/ New York City based artist Brendan Fernandes digs into his dance background for his new exhibit ‘Still Move.’

 If features an array of photographs , videos and rubber balls scattered all over the floor of the South side of the main gallery.
“There's a lot of synergy between the  pieces,” observed SAAG communications specialist Nicole Hembroff.
 The black and white photographs feature the dancers posed on plinths.

“They explore the theme of control. There are some pretty intense poses in these photographs,” Hembroff continued.
The exhibit is s heavily influenced by  the movement of ballet dancers.

The SAAG presents  “Still Move” in conjunction with the Kitchener-Waterloo Art Gallery, Rodman Hall, Brock University, Varley Art Gallery, St. Mary’s university  Art Gallery, and the Contemporary art Gallery in Vancouver.


Get Down with New West Theatre one last time before summer’s end

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This is the last week to catch New West Theatre's exciting production of Get Down, which runs at the Yates Theatre until Aug. 29.

The show has changed somewhat since opening. I didn’t catch the ABBA  medley and I missed Jocelyn Haub’s deadpan humour and big voice, but there is a lot to love about this talented cast and crew, which has had a challenging month.

Get Down with New West Theatre  one last time before summer ends. Photo by Richard Amery
 They get the audience to Get Down in the opening group number “Get Down On It,” and take off from there.

 Individual performers, Andrea Gedrasik, Tom Delbello, Kelly Roberts, Erica Hunt, Kathy Zaborsky and Kyle Gruninger get to shine in solo spots as do the band members.

 Guitarist Scott Mezei takes centre stage to solo on a couple of hot numbers including Van Halen’s “Jump” and is part of a triple Strat attack on BTO’s  “Taking Care of Business” with Kelly Roberts and band mate Greg Paskuwski, for which each of the three solo and each sing a verse.



Jr. Gone Wild have wild time since reforming

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Edmonton cowpunks Jr. Gone Wild are back together.

“We took about an 18 year hiatus and got back together two years ago,” said frontman Mike McDonald.

Jr. Gone Wild play Lethbridge, Sept. 5. Photo submitted
“It’s been a whirlwind two years,” he said, adding pressure from a persistent superfan encouraged him to reform the band.
“ A couple of years ago a guy asked me if I’d be interested in reforming the band. I said ‘No way, I’m not interested in doing that.’ A couple of months later he asked me if I’d given any thought to what I said and told him, ‘dude, I said no.’ He came back a few months later and asked again, so I quoted him an outrageous amount. Or what I thought was outrageous amount and he said  ‘no problem,’” he continued, so he contacted former band members, bassist  Dave ‘Dove’ Brown, drummer Larry Shelast and multi-instrumentalist and producer Steve Loree to play steel guitar and lead guitar.

“So we got together and rehearsed for like eight months for the reunion show, May 31, 2013, which we thought was going to be a one time thing. We played a three hour set,” he reminisced.

 He was pleasantly surprised with how many people remembered Jr. Gone Wild.
“When we started there was no social media or smart-phones or Facebook. If you wanted to do a newsletter, it would cost you like $300. You’d have to print it up, then buy envelopes and stamps and send it out. Now you can write a note and post it on Facebook and everyone knows about it in two seconds,” he continued.
A variety of well known artists have covered Jr. Gone Wild songs including folk musicians Carolyn Mark and NQ Arbuckle and going back a few years, ’90s rockers the Doughboys who recorded a Jr. Gone Wild song on  their first EP.
“ That was before they became a Much Music band and became famous,” he said.

More recently, Calgary rockers Napalmpom recorded their song “Cosmos.”
“ I actually like what they did with the song. There's guitar harmonies and vocal melodies we never thought of,” he said, adding he is honoured when other musicians record his songs.

“As someone who knows how much work it is to put out a record, I’m flattered. It’s like we’re part of folklore,” he said.
“As a songwriter probably the highest compliment you can get is for someone to cover your song,” he said.
Jr. Gone Wild got to cover a song by one of their idols/  friends — Edmonton born Canadian punk icons SNFU.
 They just released a video for SNFU's “ Cannibal Cafe.”


August winds down with classical, folk music and Taber Cornfest

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After a crazy week in Lethbridge marked by Whoop-Up days, this slower week may be somewhat of a relief for those who are a tad partied out.Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock play  Taber Cornfest this week. Photo by Richard Amery
  So the last week of August is pretty quiet in Lethbridge. However there is a heap of local talent performing just down the road at the Taber Cornfest.

Some of the highlights in Taber are Trevor Panczak and Rough Stock who close off Friday night, Aug. 28 at 10 p.m..
The next day, Southern Flyer play country music  at 8 p.m., while local classic rock juggernaut the Chevelles play their annual Taber Cornfest gig at  9:30 p.m.

Back at home, however, Soup of Flies rock Casino Lethbridge on the weekend.

 The Slice added a  late show,  for Friday, Aug. 28 before the Boarderline afterparty.

 Fort Worth based blues, folk and rock musician  Brent Johnson will be performing from 9-11  p.m. He has shared the stage with the likes of Buddy Guy, Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown, Texas blues luminary Lonnie Brooks, Hubert Sumlin, Kenny Wayne Sheppard and many others.

Over at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Calgary folk/bluegrass and alternative  duo Rye & Fairy Tales will be playing at 9 p .m., Aug. 28.
 Saskatoon acoustic rock /poetry trio  Bastard Poetry will return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Aug. 29.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge features their comedy open mic on Wednesday, Aug. 26.


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