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Some excellent shows coming up in early 2018

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Richard Amery

To borrow a line from The New Odds’ theme for hit TV show “Corner Gas,” “There’s not a lot going on” to open 2018, but there are excellent shows already planned, “so that’s why you can stay so long.”
If you enjoyed the Crooked Creek Warblers at the Slice this past weekend, get a second helping of the local roots duo at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan. 6.
Hippodrome play their usual early-year show at the Slice on Jan. 6 with special guests, Calgary Celtic rock trio Three Finger Shot.
Open 2018 with laughs as Yuk Yuks Comedy returns to Average Joe’s, Friday, Jan. 5 with Garrett Clark, Matt Foster and hist Randy Webb. Tickets are $20 on the day of the show and $15 in advance.
Earlier in the day, Casa features “Lunch and Listen” featuring Lisa Mulgrew and pianist Zain Solinski.
The following week, the Windy City Opry opens their second year at the Slice with Kory Istace and Aryn El Hefe. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.
The Lethbridge Folk Club opens the new year with Calgary rockabilly trio Peter and the Wolves, Saturday, Jan. 13. And the first ukulele jam of the year is at Casa, Jan. 14 from 2-3 p.m.
Later there are a couple of bigger shows coming up. FLIPfest presents Duchess Says, Partner and WITS on Jan. 17.
The Slice also welcomes back Celtic rock band The Derina Harvey Band on Jan. 19.
The Snowed In Comedy Tour returns to Lethbridge at the end of January, with Craig Campbell, Pete Zedlacher, Paul Myrehaug and Dan Quinn making you laugh at Average Joe’s, Jan 26. Tickets are $35 in advance.
So far February looks like it is going to rock. Stone Sour, Halestorm and the Dead Deads play the Enmax Centre, Feb. 1. Tickets are $58.
February also looks like a good month for country music.
The James Barker band and Meghan Patrick plus Jo Jo Mason play Average Joe’s, Feb. 3. Tickets are $31 in advance.
The Enmax Centre hosts a big country show on Feb. 7 as Washboard Union, who were a highlight of the Shine On Music Festival in September, return to Lethbridge with Cold Creek County and Old Dominion. Tickets for that show are $54.65, $74.65 and $84.65.
One of my favourites, Shred Kelly, return to Lethbridge for a special ticketed event at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Feb. 20 in support of their new CD “Archipaglo.” Tickets are $20 for the show.
The Irish Descendants return to Average Joe’s, Feb. 22.
Even Bully’s has a big country show Feb. 23 as they host Gord Bamford and Aaron Goodvin. Tickets are $48.
The other big roots show features roots duo the Mayhemingways returning to the Slice with Skinny Dyck and the Chicken Catchers, Feb. 24.
There are already a couple of key shows booked for March. Country Icon Dwight Yoakam plays the Enmax Centre, March 7 with Brandi Clark. Tickets range from $39.99 to $99.99.
Petunia and the Vipers celebrate St.Patrick’s Day at the Slice, March 17.
The other big country show of the year is Johnny Reid, who will be playing the Enmax Centre with ’80s pop band Glass Tiger
So far rock is the word for April and May.
Shinedown return to the Enmax Centre, April 4 with in This moment and one bad Son.
And blues rock legend George Thorogood and the Destroyers play the Enmax Centre, May 5.

Year in Review
As always, I went to a lot of shows this year, yet not as many as I would have liked due to other commitments like family and theatre. Here are some of my favourites by the month.
January
Jan. 6 — One of last shows at all-ages venue Attainable Records and the last show for local punk/alternative rock trio Advertisement raising money for Lethbridge Shelter.
Jan. 14 — The Lethbridge Folk Club always brings in some excellent acts. It is always great to see Canadiana troubadour Tim Hus as we did when he played the Lethbridge College Cave for the Lethbridge Folk Club.
Jan 20 — Calgary country singer Tom Phillips played a sold-out show at the Slice country music at a sold-out Slice
Jan 21— One of my new favourites, Edmonton musician Kimberley MacGregor played several shows this year including one of several songwriters in the round. She played the Owl Acoustic Lounge with the Silkstones, Elliott Thomas and Burning Bridge.
Jan. 21 — Local metal band Tyrants of Chaos, who would sell out the Slice in December, almost sold out the Slice along with Outrun the Arrow and Extrados
Jan. 26 — Michael Bernard Fitzgerald played sold out solo show at Geomatic Attic. he’d return later in the year for a sold out show at the Slice with a full band.
Jan. 28 — Edmonton-based, Newfoundland-born celtic rock band the Derina Harvey band rocked the Slice Celtic style with upbeat Celtic rock music. They return to the Slice this January.
February
Feb. 4 — Scott Cook played one of many excellent Lethbridge Folk Club shows in support of his new CD.
Feb. 8 — Boots and the Hoots played one of many excellent Windy City Opry shows at the Slice.
Feb. 10 — The Owl Acoustic Lounge started adding spice to their Monday open mics with touring hosts, this time with Kayla Luky and Rotary Park hosting.
Feb. 11 — Local rock band Outrun the Arrow took over the Slice for a video shoot for their song “The Middle.”
Feb. 18 —There were lots of laughs with comedian Tom Green at Studio 54.
Feb. 19 — As usual, this year featured lots of classic rock. Loverboy was to play the Enmax later in the year, but Honeymoon Suite rocked Average Joe’s on a Sunday night.
Feb. 20 — Elkford blues rock band The Burn Ins rocked the Owl Acoustic Lounge in support of their new CD.
Feb. 21 — Moose Jaw singer-songwriter Megan Nash made the first of several visits to Lethbridge at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Feb. 25 — Folk punk band Audio/Rocketry returned to the Slice. Joe Vickers from the band would later play a solo show at the Slice later in the year.
Feb. 26 — Austin via Halifax and Austin blues band The 24th Street Wailers made their Lethbridge debut at the Geomatic Attic, playing one of three great southern Alberta shows.
March
March 7 — There was a great rock show with Montreal’s Dany Laj and the Looks with the Dirti Speshuls at the Slice.
March 8 — Old Man Luedecke, brandishing his banjo, gave Lethbridge another chance as he returned to the Slice to play for an attentive audience.
March 16 — The Andrea Superstein Trio played beautiful jazz at Geomatic Attic.
March 16 — The annual pre-St. Patrick’s Day party with the Real McKenzies is always a highlight of the year and definitely March. This year they brought baseball punk band the Isotopes to Average Joe’s.
March 21 — Multi-instrumentalist Ben Caplan visited the Geomatic Attic for a sold-out show.
March 23 — Central B.C blues rock trio Devon Coyote made a long-awaited return to the Owl with a new CD.
March 30 — Winnipeg grunge/metal band Solhouds featuring Elise Roller of Go For the Eyes rocked The Owl Acoustic Lounge.
April
April 6 — Vancouver-based indie rock band Yukon Blonde played a sold-out show at Average Joe’s.
April 13 — Calgary rock band Cowpuncher played one of their last shows at the Slice.
April 18 — Hamilton funnyman BA Johnston played one of three great shows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge in support of his new CD “Gremlins 3.”
April 21 — Locomotive Ghost played one of several excellent modern indies rock shows at the Slice.
April 25 — A great candidate for best pop show nobody saw, Matinee and Fast Romantics at the Slice.
April 25 — Juno award-winning bluesman and harp master Paul Redidck finally got a sold-out crowd in Lethbridge with a show at the Geomatic Attic, April 25 with MonkeyJunk’s Steve Marriner.
April 28 — The Best roots/folk show of the year in a year full of them was the long-awaited return/reunion of Winnipeg Bluegrass/punk band the D-Rangers who I’ve been following since they formed in Winnipeg/Kenora back in the day and who took a seven-year break. They tore up the Slice with uptempo punk-tinged bluegrass music.
April 29 — Petunia played one of many great shows in Lethbridge including New Year’s Eve at the Slice and again on April 29, this time as a duo with Nathan Godfrey.
May
May 3 — Calgary Celtic punk band the River Jacks played one of several excellent punk shows at the Moose Hall.
May 4 — Elliott Brood returned for a packed show at Average Joes.
May 5 — Another Great show nobody saw was Vancouver rock/folk musician with Rodney DeCroo and his band at the Slice.
May 6 — The best blues show everyone missed was Danny Brooks at Slice.
May 7 — South Country Fair songwriting competition was back this year and proved to be a tough decision for the judges who decided on winner Carter Felker, who played a number of excellent local shows.
May 11 — Another great show from Edmonton’s Kimberley MacGregor and Elliott Thomas at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
May 11 — New Jersey punk rock veterans Hudson Falcons played an excellent show at the Moose Hall with Streetlight Saints.
May 12 — Edmonton blues rock band the Boogie Patrol always entertain as they did at the Slice in support of CD “Man on Fire.”
May 13 — Eamon McGrath and his band played an intense show of folk punk at Owl Acoustic Lounge.
May 14 — Average Joe’s continued a successful run of Sunday night shows with country star George Canyon Average Joe’s.
May 17 — Canadian Celtic punk veterans Mahones made a long-awaited return to the Slice in support of their anniversary CDs “The Hunger and the Fight (part One and Two).”
June
June 3 — Lethbridge said farewell to talented local singer Mwansa Mwansa who left for Toronto.
June 3 — Megan Nash returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge with Bears in Hazenmore. It was great to hear her backed by a band.
June 3 — Calgary pop punk veterans Downway returned to Lethbridge to play the Moose Hall.
June 8 — Calgary surf rock band the 427s played a trippy show at the Slice backed by a multi-media show as the background to their addictive surf rock
June 9 — Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp band swap is always a fun event as local musicians mirror Lethbridge the Girls Rock Camp milieu by forming a band, writing a song and playing their first gig in a week.
June 14 — Northern Ontario, ukulele-powered duo Twin Peaks returned to the Owl for another excellent show.
June 16 — Kimberley MacGregor played another outstanding shows at the Owl, June 16 with John Guliak, Levi Cuss and Curtis Phagoo.
June 16 — It was great to hear Manotick-based rock band Hollerado play a smaller venue again as they played a close to sold-out show at the Slice.
June 17 — Jazzfest is always a highlight of June. While I missed Colin James at the Enmax Centre, I caught Rooster Davis and Ann Vriend at the Owl, June 17.
June 21 — The Owl Acoustic Lounge hosted several Pride week events including an excellent show with pop punk band Jock Tears and Supermoon.
June 24 — Prism played the hits at Average Joe’s in another excellent regular classic rock show.
June 23-25 — Rotary Dragon Boat Races featured plenty of local musicians playing in sweltering heat.
June 28 — The always fun Matadors played their usual entertaining psychobilly show at the Moose Hall. To add to their devil rock mystique, they added a red-clad devil figure overseeing the show in the background.
June 28 — The Way Down Wanderers, an amazing young bluegrass band from Chicago, tore up the Slice in one of several fantastic roots shows at the Slice this year.
Twinning celebrations Nikka Yuko Japanese Gardens but I unfortunately missed it and the Amanda Marshall concert at the Enmax which they sponsored.
June 30 — Taylor Ackerman returned for a visit with new music with Global Acid Reset, June. 30 at the Slice
July
Shakespeare in the park presented a fun western version of a Comedy of Errors throughout July and August.
July 5 — Eileen and the In Betweens played feminist folk at the Owl Acoustic Lounge
July 7 — Peter and the Wolves showed their boogie woogie, piano-powered side at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
July 7 — several groups held fundraisers for Youth One. Alyssa McQuade and Coyote Junction played an excellent one with the Cody Hall band at Galt Gardens
July 9 — Youth One also benefited from an outdoor concert behind Owl with Bent 8 and other local performers.
As usual, the two main live music venues closed for South Country Fair in Fort Macleod. I only caught one of the days, but enjoyed the Johnny McCuaig band and 24th Street Wailers on the Saturday night.
July 26-27 —The Geomatic Attic hosted a big outdoor festival by Southminster United Church. The Wide Skies Music Festival featured a big outdoor festival, July 26 with 24th Street Wailers, Deep Dark Woods and a lot of local talent. I only caught 24th Street Wailers and sets by Shaela Miller and Ryland Moranz.
July 27 — Phil and Dave Alvin and Lindi Ortega played exceptional shows at the indoor portion of thew Wide Skies Music Festival. Especially Dave and Phil Alvin, who played blues, roots and songs from their old band, the Blasters.
July 28 — Bobby Dove and Joey Only played a sparsely attended, but excellent show at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
August
Aug. 4 — Puttin On The Foil put on a fun punk/country party at the Slice.
Aug 12 — Hamilton folk singer Pat Maloney lit up the Owl with a solid set of folk music and a folk version of the Cars’ “Just What I Needed.”
Aug. 18 — The Multi-venue FLIPfest fem positive festival opened at Owl Acoustic Lounge. Shiverettes were a highlight of this show.
Aug. 18 — There were several fun local hard rock shows this month including Outrun the Arrow at the Slice and Scotch Whiskey Limousine.
Aug. 23 — Whoop-Up Days expanded their lineup and venues, holding a couple of their bigger shows on a stage by the grandstand. .38 Special and April Wine played all of their big ’70s and ’80s hits for an enthusiastic crowd.
Aug. 25 — B.C. Folk duo Clayton and Joelle sang lovely harmonies and would return to the Owl in November.
Aug. 25 — The most eclectic folk and roots show of the year featured one of my favourites, Erin Ross and Columbia Jones who incorporated a didgeridoo into their show at the Slice.
Aug. 25 — One of several Whoop-Up Days highlights was a big show with the Glorious Sons and Steve Keenan Band.
Aug. 28 — Whole there were lots of great punk shows, a low light featured peeved touring bands S—t Talkers and Perception of Pain who had to be relocated to the Onion at the last minute, but played great shows anyway.
Aug. 31 — There were a lot of big fundraising concerts for community members in need this year. One of the was the Busted Up fundraiser for Derek Hoyle at Owl, featuring lots of local bands including Jon Martin, New roots band Crooked Creek Warblers, with special guest Dave McCann Don Cassell and Dil Jopp.
September
Sept. 2 — September opened with an Impressive show of technical playing with Moon Runners at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Sept. 2-3 — September meant there was pretty much a big outdoor festival happening every week. The University of Lethbridge celebrated their 60th anniversary with the Shine On Music Festival. I caught a great show from Washboard Union, Mother Mother, but missed a rare local show from Corb Lund. I did catch a big band wars featuring an eclectic array of local bands which was won by rappers the AWD Fellows and Adequate.
Sept. 4 — Country star Aaron Pritchett’s annual show at Average Joes was a highlight of the year as always.
Sept. 6 — Blueprint Records celebrated 10 years with a big show at the Slice with Jay Arner ’s band.
Sept. 8 — Big rock show Cope played a lot of excellent local shows including a fun one with Calgary’s Woodhawk at the Slice.
Sept. 9 — Freshfest at the U of L featured Said the Whale who made it to the big stage. I remember seeing them at the Slice when they were just starting.
Sept. 11 — Due to being in Calgary, the show I was most devastated to miss was the return of The Weber Brothers at the Slice. I only caught the last big jam at the end of the show.
Sept. 11 — Winnipeg folk punk Greg Rekus returned to the Owl.
Sept. 13 — Folk duo the Mayhemingways played a couple of excellent shows this year they were at the Slice for the Windy City Opry.
Sept. 15 — Kingston’s Tom Savage finally got a good crowd at the Slice.
Sept. 16 — Love and Records was amazing at Galt Gardens with rockabilly band Peter and the Wolves focusing on their piano-based rock and roll, Weaves and Cold Specks played experimental pop for an enthusiastic crowd.
Sept. 17— I had my favourite interview of the year with a musician/author Garnet Rogers, the younger brother of folk legend Stan Rogers, who played a sold-out folk club show.
Sept. 19 — the Sadies played a great psychedelic rock show at Geomatic Atic.
Sept. 19 — BA Johnson played several crazy shows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge this year including Sept. 19.
Sept. 23 — Couleefest at Lethbridge College, Sept. 23
Sept. 24 — Emerson Drive played a great country show on a Sunday at Average Joe’s.
Sept. 29 — Local classic rockers The Chevelles played fundraiser at Average Joe’s for Lethbridge Girls Rock Camp who had their equipment stolen.
Sept. 29-30 — Oktoberfest Galt Gardens featured a touch of German culture with German bands, food and beer.
Sept. 30 — Jay Bowcott played one of many local shows at the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Sept. 30 — Five Alarm Funk played Canada Day this year in Henderson Lake park, which I unfortunately missed. However, Edmonton’s Klusterfunk were heavily influenced by them, so it was good to catch their show at the Slice.
Sept. 30 — Local bands supported a good cause by playing a big fundraiser at Honker’s Pub for victims of the September wildfires in Waterton.
October
I had a couple of my favourite interviews with bands playing the Enmax Centre in October, though I missed their shows, but at least I got to chat with the Nitty Gritty Dirt Band and Foreigner. October was marked by a lot of pop music and Edmonton bands coming to play.
Oct. 7 — Ivory Hours played the Slice for barely a dozen people.
Oct. 4 — On the other Hand, Scenic Route to Alaska returned to Lethbridge to play a packed Slice.
Oct. 7— Edmonton blues/jazz musician Vissia returned to the Owl Acoustic Lounge.
Oct. 10 — Edmonton’s Royal Foundry brought an array of instruments to the Slice including a keytar, digitized percussion and lots of manic energy.
Oct. 13 — I had to cut Dethfest short at the Smokehouse had to cut short to see Tallest to Shortest at Slice with barely anybody in audience.
Dirti Speshuls played one of several excellent shows opening forTallest to Shortest.
Oct. 15 — The Lethbridge Folk Club had another sold-out show at the Lethbridge College Cave with Cave Connie Kaldor and her family.
Oct. 15 — The Moulettes put a unique twist on British pop music by incorporating a lead cello at the Geomatic Attic.
Out of control wildfires continued through October including including one in the coulees luckily there was live music to take our minds off it.
Oct. 17 —The best surprise opening act of the year was Terra Lightfoot and her band who opened for Whitehorse for the Geomatic Attic and almost stole the show.
Oct. 18 — Bend Sinister returned to the Slice and reliving past 10 years making ’70s-style, organ-powered rock and roll.
Oct. 20 — local jazz/ folk band the Junkman’s Quire had a busy year, playing throughout the year including a CD release party for their self titled debut at the Owl Acoustic Lounge and a successful show at the Lethbridge Folk Club in November.
Oct. 20 —Scotchtoberfest at Average Joes featured Cal Toth with a keytar plus Adequate and numerous others including members of the Lethbridge Fire pipes and Drums stepping up to join the band and on their own.
Oct. 21 — Local bands played a fundraiser at Legends for Angela Entz who was severely injured in a workplace accident.
Oct. 25 — One of the highlights of the year was Matt Patershuk and Steve Dawson who played the Slice, Oct. 25, but unfortunately nobody there to see it.
Oct. 29 — One Bad Son played another great Sunday night show at Average Joe’s.
November
November was marked by a lot of theatrical productions including two from Hatrix Theatre, “Little Shop of Horrors” and “12 Angry Jurors,” New West’s production of the dark comedy “Vigil” and Playgoers of Lethbridge’s successful dinner theatre “The Savannah Sipping Society.”
Nov. 1 — Barney Bentall and the Cariboo Express played Southminster United Church with Leeroy Stagger and others to raise money for Youth One.
Nov. 11 — Jon Martin released the new The New Weather Machine “Seas of Dawn” with a successful show at the owl Acoustic Lounge which he recorded with Drummer Kenny Aranoff.
Nov. 17 — FemeWave, Del Barber at the Geomatic Attic.
Nov. 22 — Joe Vickers
Nov. 30 — AES fundraiser Fei Fei Du and Sydeshow.
December
December was all about Christmas. There were lots of sold-out shows this month including the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra’s presentation of “The Nutcracker” at the University Theatre.
Dec. 1 — Leeroy stagger, Dave McCann and john Wort Hannam sold out Highway 3 roots revue show at the Geomatic Attic.
Dec. 4 — The Geomatic Attic had a lot of great shows this year, winding things down with a great blues and roots show featuring Suzie Vinnick and Tony D of MonkeyJunk.
Dec. 13 — The Slice featured a sold-out show from Michael Bernard Fitzgerald and his band at the Slice.
Dec. 15 — Joey Only at the Owl
Dec. 16 — Sold-out Tyrants of Chaos, Caste of Shadows and Bring Your Own Bodies at Very Metal Christmas

Reviews
New West Theatre, “Starlight”
New West Theatre is on the road — to the westside at Chinook High School, as they visit some of their greatest hits while adding a few new numbers courtesy of a multi-talented cast with their revue show “Starlight,” which runs until Jan. 6.
The talented cast embraced a strange and new space and made full use of a multi-level stage set up featuring numerous stars and outcroppings. Throughout, they dashed all over the set for various comedy bits as well as dance choreography.
The show starts strong with a group number, “Heart of Rock and Roll,” featuring cast member Rylan Kunkel playing a hot saxophone solo that would do Huey Lewis and the News proud. An up-tempo treat was getting to hear AJ Baragar play his original band “Cool It,” backed by the cast and New west Theatre’s crack band.
Rylan Kunkel got to take centre stage with his ukulele to perform “Love Like You,” from Rebecca Sugar’s cartoon “Steven Universe.”
Newcomer Ashley Thomson (though she performed years ago with New West) did her best Grace Slick impersonation for a powerful version of “White Rabbit,” as the cast strutted/marched behind her.
Because the show is named “Starlight,” there were special guest performers. Kathy Zaborsky, dressed in leather pants and a big, black Joan Jett wig, belted out “I Love Rock and Roll” and because long-time cast member Scott Carpenter directed this production, there was plenty of goofy humour.
They brought back one of my favourite comedy bits where Scott Carpenter and Ashley Thomson mix up the instructional CDs for yoga and for building a chair, which gave Carpenter a chance to shine, showing his expressive visage as he did yoga to the wrong instructions.
They also had some fun with their celebrity impressions. Kyle Gruninger made a striking Cher, performing “I Got You Babe,” with a barely recognizable Erica Hunt dressed as Sonny, in mirrored sunglasses, ’70s clothing and wig, who he kept pushing away.
They also had fun with the Proclaimers’ “I Would Walk 500 Miles,” featuring the guys dressed in tartan pants and kilts.
They wound down the first half of the show on a beautiful note with Erica Hunt, Ashley Thompson and Kathy Zaborsky singing ABBA’s “Fernando.”
The rest of the cast joined them for the Doobie Brothers’ laidback ’70s hit “Listen to the Music.”
If the first half showcased the cast’s goofy, humourous side, the second half was all about showcasing their voices. They opened on a weird ’80s note as Kyle Gruninger belted out Styx’s “Mr Roboto,” while the cast performed various iterations of the robot dance behind them. And while I’m not a Bee Gees fan, I was justifiably impressed by the cast’s stunning a cappella medley of Bee Gees hits.
Ashley Thompson stole the second half with an operatic duet with Rylan Kunkel of “The Prayer.” She stood out again as she belted out “You Don’t Own Me,” from Grace.
There was still a lot of humour in the second half of the show as the guys dressed as girls for a hilarious version of “My Boyfriend‘s Back.”
And Erica Hunt stood out, as always, not only with her affable humour, but her powerhouse version of Jefferson Airplane’s “Don’t You Want Somebody to Love.”
AJ Baragar wound things down by strutting around the stage like Mick Jagger during a Rolling Stones medley.
New West’s “Hansel and Gretel”
Baby, it’s cold outside. So if your kids are getting antsy, or maybe you just want to get out and do something frantic and fun, check out the matinee of New West Theatre’s Theatre for Young People’s production of “Hansel and Gretel” running at Casa at 1 p.m. until Jan. 6.
Director Sharon Peat penned the hour-long adaptation of popular children’s tale Hansel and Gretel.
It features energetic cast members Kelly Malcolm, Ryan Reese and Camille Pavlenko playing an array of different characters using a variety of different accents as the kids (Ryan Reese and Camille Pavlenko) act out the story with their babysitter (Kelly Malcolm).
As always there is crowd participation as the audience is asked to “act like water” to scare away trolls chasing the Hansel and Gretel, a fun device that could be used a little more often.
They tell the story well. They have a lot of fun with their characters and their audience as an audience member is asked to help free them from the clutches of the witch, played gleefully by a cackling Kelly Malcolm. Malcolm is delightful as “the big tree” cracking tree-related puns.They also break the fourth wall a couple of times, as Reese nods knowingly at the audience, stating while they may know the story, Hansel and Gretel don’t.
Pavlenko is always a pleasure to watch, grinning, joking and mugging throughout the show. And Reese almost has too much fun with his giant cowboy hat, which the sitter banned from using in the story, during the big chase scene between the witch and the kids.
In addition to the laughs and the frantic action, Peat’s interpretation also carries a good message about working together and looking out for each other.
Hansel and Gretel takes a break Jan. 1-4 but continued at 3:30 p.m., Jan. 5 and 1 p.m. Jan. 6.
January 4
Slice — Open Mic
January 5
Casa noon — Lunch and Listen with Lisa Mulgrew and Zain Solinski
Average Joe’s — Yuk Yuks Comedy with Garrett Clark and Friends with Matt Foster, and host Randy Webb $20 day of show, $15 in advance
Honker’s Pub — open mic
January 6
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Crooked Creek Warblers
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Slice — Hippodrome with Three Finger Shot $25 in advance
January 10
Slice — Windy City Opry with Kory Istace and Aryn El Hefe
January 13
Lethbridge College — Lethbridge Folk Club Peter And the Wolves
The Slice — King of Foxes with Biloxi parish

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