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Shakespeare in the Park makes something out of Much Ado About Nothing

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Shakespeare in The Park is making something out of Much Ado About Nothing, their annual summer production which begins July 3 in Galt Gardens on July 3. The production will run most Thursday and Fridays at 7 p.m. each night.

“It’s essentially two love stoCamille Pavlenko and DJ Gellatly are excited about Much Ado About Nothing this summer. Photo by Richard Ameryries. One comes easily and the other one that takes a lot more work on the part of others,” said Erinn Watson, who is co-directing the production with U of L professor Doug MacArthur.

 The love story that works easily involves Claudio, who has just returned from war and falls instantly in love with Leonato’s daughter Hero. So Claudio, Leonato and Don Pedro work together to make Claudio’s relationship with Hero work.

 The other couple, Beatrice and Benedict takes a little more work.
“They are both equal wits to each other. And they both have similar attitudes towards marriage,” Watson added, noting both are staunchly against marriage.

“But Hero, Claudio, Don Pedro and Leonato plot to bring them together with some trickery,” she said.
Complications arise from Don Pedro’s bastard brother Don John.
“Don John and his minions will do anything to make Don Pedro fall,” she continued.

 Watson is very pleased with how well the production has gone.
“Everything has gone really well according to the schedule,” she said.
“ It’s gone exactly as we hoped it would be,” she continued.
The cast features Shakespeare in the Park veterans from their first production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream back in 2012,  community members, university students, recent graduates and a lot of new faces.
“There's not a person in this cast I don’t know. I’ve either performed with them, directed them or took a class with them,” Watson said.


Tom Delbello joins New West for Fire & Rain

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New West Theatre welcomes some new blood this summer.

Tom Delbello is glad to be back home with New West this summer for their two summer shows beginning tonight, June 29 with the first day fir Fire & Rain: Folk Rock classics.

Tom Delbello make shis NewmWest Theatre debut this summer. Photo by Richard Amery
Delbello grew up watching New West Theatre’s shows, earned his BFA and carved out a career of his own including spending 10 years working in New York as well as lead singer for Princess Cruise Lines.

“I remember seeing New West when I was younger. I used to go see Kelly (Roberts), Scott (Carpenter ) and Erica (Hunt) all the time,” he said.

 But he returned to work on his MFA at the University of Lethbridge and  became part of the New West cast for both of the summer shows, beginning with Fire & Rain: Folk Classics beginning tonight June 29 at the Yates Theatre.

“I love folk rock like CCR,  and Simon and Garfunkel,” he said.


Canada Day and the Perpetrators highlight this week

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Happy Canada Day everyone. Most of the entertainment this week takes place in conjunction with Canada Day.  Just before that, though Canadian classic rock icons Kenny Shields and Streetheart, who have numerous ’80s hits including “Hollywood,” “ Action” and popular covers of “Here Comes the Night,”  the Small Faces’ “Tin Soldier”  and “Under My Thumb” return to Average Joes, June 30 with Band of Brothers. Tickets cost $25.

 There are two big city Canada Day parties.

Jay Nowicki of the Perpetrators who play the Slice, July 3. photo by Richard Amery
 There is an electronica/ dance party in Galt Gardens beginning at noon as from 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Bassworks presents DJ Rabbyt, Marty Funkhauser, Steve Samurai, Phunky Le Freq and Verboze performing in the afternoon. There is no cover to attend.

The big party is at Henderson Lake where a lot of familiar faces in music and dance will be performing.

 The Lethbridge Taiko Association gets things started  at 10 a.m. by the Japanese Gardens. The Lethbridge Community band Society perform at noon.

The Karen Romanchuk band follows at 12:40 p.m.

She will be followed by the Troyanda Dancers (1:20-1:50 p.m.); classic rock band Fast Times (1:50-2:30 p.m); Dance Images (2:30-3 p.m.); folk singer Stan Ashbee (3-3:30 p.m.); Urban Beat (3:30-4 p.m.). Opening ceremonies begin at  4 p.m. with  O Canada, dignitaries and a piper. The entertainment begins again at 4:30 p.m with mentalist Jeff Newman. He will be followed by Exisdance at 5-5:30 p.m., local rock band Dory and the Weatherman (5:30-6:10 p.m.); the Lethbridge Highland Dancers (6:10-6:40 p.m.); rockabilly band Bent 8 (6:40-7:20 pm); The Canadian Rocky Mountain Cloggers (7:20-7:50 p.m.); local country band the Oldman River Band (7:50-8:30 p.m.); Ammena Dance (8:30-8:50 p.m.); Calgary blues/ country/ rock singer Eric Braun (8:50-9:30 p.m.); Japanese drum group Hibikaya (9:30-10 p.m.) and local hard rock/ metal band Unzipped who play at 10 p.m. until the fireworks at 11 p.m.

 For a something a little less mainstream, there is a Canada Day punk show at Inferno with Vancouver punk band the Spree Killers, and Calgary’s Copsickle and the Motherfuckers plus local punks the Scallywags. So come out and celebrate Lethbridge punk promoter Alex Currie’s birthday. There is a $10 cover for the show.


SC Mira’s music inspired by recovery

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SC Mira never intended to be a band.
 Instead the Winnipeg collective started out as a songwriting outlet for bored lead singer Sadye Cage while she was recovering from a serious illness.

SC Mira visits Lethbridge, July 4. Photo by Travis Ross
 They come to the Owl Acoustic Lounge, July 4.
“ It started exactly as you said. I was recovering from health issues and started writing,” Cage said from the band’s tour stop at Summerfest in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

 Guitarist / keyboardist Ty Vega decided to help her record the songs.

Through friends and friends of friends they added bassist Mario Lagasse and drummer Jed Desilet and more recently Caro La Flamme to the line up.

 But because they weren't actually a band and because they were recording in an old bank vault turned studio of another friend, they had the luxury of time to record their debut EP “ Waiting Room Baby,” which was released June 9.


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