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Good Times bringing back the funny with live comedy Tuesdays through Saturdays

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If there was ever a time to laugh it is during  a pandemic. So with that in mind, Good Times has re-opened  their venue and stage to showcase local comics and to provide a few yuks.Good Times has re-opened. Photo  by Richard Amery
 “It‘s not about making a lot of money right now, it’s about getting our name back out there. So We’re excited to bring the funny,” said Good Times co owner John Pogorzelzki.

 Good Times had their grand re-opening last night, May 26.

 They will be having nightly shows  for the rest of the week in up to and including Saturday at 7 p.m. each night and are planning for next week as well. There are also 9:30 shows on Friday and Saturday.
“ Last night was  the grand re-opening and we had about 20 people, which wasn’t the sell out we expected. Hopefully it will get better,” said Pogorzelski, who was one of the featured comics performing.

“It was great to be back on stage again. It felt like the first time I got on stage, but better,” he said, adding they are fortunate to have a strong stable of local comedians to draw from.

“It will be similar, but it won’t be exactly the same show each night,” he continued, noting they aren’t ready to bring in out of town comedians yet. So  ticket prices are five dollars a show. So we’re not charging top dollar for comedians you can see any day of the week,” he said.
“Usually tickets are $10 or $15 but that’s for out of town comedians.


Farmer's market returns to Exhibition park this weekend

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Farmer’s Markets return to Exhibition Park this  Saturday, May 23. But there are a lot of rules that need to be followed to ensure patrons’ safety from Covid.
The Market will run in the North Pavilion 9 a.m. to  2 p.m. every Saturday. It will expand to the main pavilion
 Priority access is offered to seniors and people with disabilities from 9 -9:30 a.m.

“As we continue to navigate and adjust to the new normal, we are excited to be able to serve our community, while supporting local producers and exhibitors through the 50th anniversary of the Farmers’ Market at Exhibition Park.

We know that many people are concerned about food availability and accessing it in a safe manner. As such, we are making every effort to be adaptive and responsive during this time. As always, our top priority is creating an environment in which our guests, exhibitors and employees are safe. We continue to work closely with our local contacts at Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Farmers Market Association, Lethbridge Fire and Emergency Response and are committed to remaining up to date on any COVID 19 announcements from the Government of Alberta as they relate to any aspect of the delivery of the Farmers’ Market.


Galt Museum ready to re-open June 2 with new safety procedures in place

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The Galt Museum has held over their previous exhibits as they prepare to  re-open, June 2.
 Of course there are changes.

Graham Ruttan and new CEO Darrin Martens with “ A Painters paradise.” Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s not a grand re-opening. It’s a reopening. We’re being very careful. We’re following  Alberta Health guidelines,” said new CEO and Executive Director Darrin Martens, who moved here from the Peel Museum in Brampton in Southern Ontario to take over the position on April 9 just as Covid was starting to take off.
“We’re taking a very careful approach to reopening. The safety of our staff and visitors is paramount,” he continued.

The museum’s closure during this Covid 19 outbreak has meant a lot of work for Galt Museum communications co-ordinator Graham Ruttan, who has been busy revitalizing Galt Museum exhibits on the North West Mounted Police and the Nikkei Tapestry exhibits online which are now available on a multitude of social media platforms including Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and instagram. The Galt Museum also offers online access to over one hundred thousand records of objects from our collection of over a million items, including 85,589 photographs and 13,500 artifacts.

The museum is implementing several changes for the reopening.
 Visitors must go online to and buy tickets for a specific time and day, plus agree to a code of  conduct.
“We’ve brought back QR codes,” said Ruttan, adding visitors can  download an app so they can hear the audio portion of the exhibits on their own personal devices. They have also modified the permanent exhibits to remove  any tactile features and staff will be keeping a close eye on visitors to enforce the no touching rule.

Martens said the code of conduct follows Alberta Health  guidelines including proper social distancing,  hand washing and sanitization stations and limiting the number of visitors.
 The gift shop also has new procedures in place. If you touch an item and decide not to buy it, you put it in a box where it will be taken away and sterilized for 24 hours before being returned to the shelves. Masks are not mandatory for the Galt Museum.
“We had an opportunity to test things with a mock opening with staff and volunteers,” Ruttan said, adding staff have also cleaned and sanitized the exhibits.
“We’ve even cleaned the (permanent exhibit in the main room)  buffalo,” he said.
“We’re being very responsible in our approach to the re-opening,” he continued.

 Hours have also been changed.
 Galt Museum members have priority from 10 a.m.-noon, Monday through Friday. The museum will be open from noon to five p.m for the general public. And from 1-5 p.m. on Sundays for everybody.
“ We’re closed Mondays so we’ll do a  deep clean of everything every week,” Ruttan enthused.

“Come learn safely,” Martens summarized.
“I’m excited to be here. I’m a storyteller. So I’m excited to be able to tell the stories of Lethbridge,” Martens continued, noting he is originally from Swift Current, Saskatchewan and his sister has operated a veterinary practice in Fort Macleod for many years, so he is very familiar with Southern Alberta.
“I’m extremely excited to take on this position,” he continued.
“I was able to ask a lot of questions about how things are done  here and why we do them,” he added.


Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset release first full length CD,“ Perfect Vision”

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Taylor Ackerman isn’t letting a pandemic stop him from releasing new music.Taylor Ackerman has released a new Global Acid Reset CD. Photo by Richard Amery
 The local blues and roots musician just released his first full length CD “Perfect Vision” under the sobriquet “Taylor Ackerman’s Global Acid Reset.”
“I had a couple big shows coming up and I was going to release it anyway,” said Ackerman.

“I was was going to play the Slice with The Perpetrators on May 1, which seemed like a long ways away then, now it’s only four days away. And I was booked to play the South Country Fair, so I was going to release the CD to have them available for them. But the shows got cancelled,” he said.
 “With kids and family and the band’s schedule, I don’t have the capacity to travel a lot,” he continued, noting he played most of the instruments and  sang most of the vocals himself.

‘That’s how I usually work anyway. I make demos and if they are any good, I bring them to the band to work out,” he continued, adding he worked with drummer Devin Gergel on some of the nine songs on “Perfect Vision,” and got him to play on “One Day,” which also features Tyler Bird on bass and extra keyboards from James Phelan.


Owl Acoustic Lounge featuring live show broadcasts

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 Owl Acoustic Lounge Steve Foord has been learning new technology while the popular live music  venue is closed due to Covid 19.
 He featured a live broadcast of Shaela Miller and Skinny Dyck last week, April 4.Shaela Miller played the Steve Foord’s first live broadcast. Photo by Richard Amery

 “I recorded it at my  house. It’s set up with different rooms so we can still social distance. I just tried it on a trial basis,” he said, adding the concert is available on the Owl Acoustic Lounge’s Facebook pages and has drawn close to 4,500 viewers since.

“ It took some time to teach myself the technology. I wanted to ensure we have the best sound quality as possible,” he said.
“It turned out great,” he said.

“We had 150 tuned in for the live broadcast,” he said adding he’d like to do live broadcasts every 14 days, though that depends on circumstances.
“Things change so fast. It depends on who is available to play,” he said.

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