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Arts Days and more on local schedule

Posted on September 25, 2019 by Richard Amery

Arts Days provides most of the live entertainment this week. It kicked off, as always, with the Word On The Street festival on Saturday, Sept, 21. But there is a lot more happening.
The always-popular SOAR Cabarets have been moved from May to coincide with Arts Days and to accommodate students, who have usually left by May. The cabarets take place Sept. 25 and Sept. 26 at Casa.
There is no cover charge this year to enjoy performances from up-and-coming artists Ashley Thomson, Austin Culler, David Gabert, Garrett Mallory Scott, Integra Contemporary and Electro Acoustics (ICE). There will also be performances by Megan Wittig, Marigold, Michael Bartz, Sydney Murdoch and Zach Pollis. There will be a different lineup both nights. The cabarets run from 7-9 p.m. It’s hard to believe how fast September has flown by. That means there are a lot of end of the month events including The Owl Acoustic Lounge’s standup comedy open mic, Wednesday, Sept. 25.
The Owl’s monthly poetry open mic with Terri Petz is Thursday, Sept. 26.
And Devin Gergel hosts the Slice’s open mic on Thursday. And get in the mood for Oktoberfest at Good Times, where Polkaholix play a pre-Oktoberfest party beginning at 8 p.m.
Gabe Thaine has a busy week. He is playing with his folk/country trio Prairie Huckster Sept. 24 at Theoretically Brewing with alt folk musician Rory Taillon. On the weekend, Thaine releases his latest CD, “Monster,” at the Slice, Sept. 28 with Fredericton musician Colin Fowlie. Admission to that show is $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
Friday features an eclectic array of entertainment. The Nikka Yuko Japanese Garden and Little Lethbridge Opera Company bring a performance of Madame Butterfly to the stage. The event will be outside, but will be moved to the Galt Museum if the weather is bad. Tickets are $30. Dr. Carly Adams will speak about Nikka Yuko’s current exhibit at 6 p.m. followed by Madame Butterfly.
Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer will be playing country and pop music at Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Rydell will be at the Watertower Grill for the weekend as well.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge is buzzing this weekend. They have a big rock show on Sept. 27 with Winnipeg rock band Alone I Walk opening the night at 9:30 p.m., Calgary‘s Homeless In Hawaii following and local rock band the Cayley at 11:15. Admission is by donation.
Things get started early at the Owl on Saturday, Sept. 28 as Lethbridge Musical Theatre brings back their Broadway open mic. Later on local psychedelic rock band The Decadent Phase will entertain.
The Slice has a fun weekend planned as well as local ’50s sock hop band Frankie and the Bridge Mix will be performing.
Good Times is usually the source for comedy for Lethbridge, but they open up their stage to the local hip hop community Saturday with Atlanta rapper Muggshot and guests. Local rappers Pyke, Urban Voice, Dustin Nelson, JPB, UKS a.k.a. UnkownS, Ty The Aboriginal and Bomb Hugg are also on the bill. Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.
However, there will be comedy at Hudson’s Pub as the Human Condition tour winds down in Lethbridge with comedy from Shawn Gramiak, Frank Russo and Scott Porteous performing a fundraiser for the Lethbridge Food Bank. The show begins at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20. It is one of several fundraisers happening in southern Alberta this week.
Over in Fort Macleod at The Empress Theatre, Sept. 26, John Wort Hannam hosts his annual ALS fundraiser, Songs For Ken, featuring performances by T Buckley, Emily Triggs, Mike Stack and Jesse Dollimont.
The show begins at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 with proceeds being donated to the ALS Society of Alberta.
There is a special fundraiser at the Green Haven Garden Centre on Saturday, Sept. 28 where the thirtieth annual Giant Pumpkin Festival will be happening from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. with plenty of family fun for the Children’s Wish Foundation. Admission is free but $5 wristbands allow children to enjoy face painting, an astro jump, games, petting zoo and a horse drawn wagon ride. Local rock band Good Time Charlie will be playing beginning at 11 a.m.

Arts Days, which continues this week, also featured Dawn Leite’s walking theatre tour of downtown Lethbridge on Monday.
“It’s hard to believe there used to be 30 theatres in Lethbridge,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine.
There are plenty of exhibitions opening throughout the week at the Trianon, Mortar and Brick and the SAAG. The seven new exhibits at casa continue for Arts Days as well. You can see them all during the Gallery Stroll, Sept. 29.
There are a couple of changes this year.
“We’ve moved the SOAR Emerging Artist Cabarets from May to September because we found most of the students had left in May,” Devine observed, noting they will be at Casa on Sept. 25 and 26 featuring works by Ashley Thomson, Austin Culler, David Gabert, Garrett Mallory Scott, Integra Contemporary and Electro Acoustics (ICE). There will also be performances by Megan Wittig, Marigold, Michael Bartz, Sydney Murdoch and Zach Pollis. There will be a different lineup both nights. The cabarets run from 7-9 p.m.
In addition to Allied Arts Council Events, there are also several community parter events including New West Theatre’s production of Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story; The Galt Museum’s Worlds Imagined: The Maps of Imaginary Places exhibit; an Artwalk quilt show at City hall all week long, the opening of Theatre Outrés production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” still life drawing at Drunken Sailor at 1 p.m., Sept. 28; a renovation celebration at the Yates Theatre on Friday, Sept. 27 at 10 a.m.; and a book reading by Jenna Greene at Big John’s Books, Sept. 28 at 1 p.m.
Arts Days brings back the always popular Art Walk on Sept. 27 and 28. From 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., 28 local businesses will be featuring local artists creating their works.
“It’s not just walking around looking at art. There are a lot of interactive exhibits,” she continued.
The passports are back. You can get a stamp at every stop you go to.
“Every nine stamps gets you entered in a draw for a piece of original art by Lynne Hunter-Johnson,” she said.
Arts Days ends Sept. 29 with Family Affair In The Square at Casa featuring an eclectic lineup including Karen Romanchuk, the Lethbridge Ukulele Jam, Jon Martin and the Saturday night Trombone Club.
“The Lethbridge Ukulele jam is always popular, they got the most comments last year,” Devine said, adding there will also be happening at the two Casa kiosks.
She is hoping for good weather this year.
“We suffered because of drizzly and plus-4 weather. This year, we’re moving things indoors if the weather is bad,” she said.
There is no charge to attend Arts Days events, except for some of the community partner shows.
“Donations will be accepted. All of the artists are getting paid,” she said.

Sept. 25
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic

Sept. 26
Empress Theatre — Songs For Ken with John Wort Hannam, T Buckley, Emily Triggs, Mike Stack, Jess Dollimont with Jason Valleau, Stephen David Fletcher, John May and Scott Duncan 7:30 p.m.
Slice — open mic with Devin Gergel
Good Times — Pre-Oktoberfest party with Polkaholix

Sept. 27
Green Haven Garden Centre — 30th annual Giant Pumpkin Festival with Good Time Charlie 11 a.m.
Owl Acoustic Lounge — The Cayley with Alone I Walk and Homeless in Hawaii
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Good Times — Muggshot and guests 8 p.m. $10 advance $15 at door
Hudson’s Pub — Human Condition tour with Frank Russo, Shawn Gramiak, Scott Porteous 8 p.m. $20
Slice — Frankie and the bridge mix
Watertower Grill — Rydell

Sept. 28
Casino Lethbridge — Breanne Urban and Southern Flyer
Slice — Colin Fowlie with Gabriel Thaine
Owl Acoustic Lounge — 3 p.m. Lethbridge Musical Theatre Broadway afternoon 9 p.m.The Decadent Phase
Honker’s Pub— afternoon open mic
Watertower Grill — Rydell

Sept. 30
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Good Times — open mic’
Onion — open mic

Oct. 2
Beaches — Open mic

Oct. 3
Yates Theatre — Reveen
Slice — open mic
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Empress Theatre — Small Glories

Oct. 4
Good Times — Plaid Ramblers
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Yates Theatre — Pigs the Ultimate Pink Floyd Tribute
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club 40th Anniversary celebration with Celtic Routes $25 members, $30 invited guests, $10 children 6-14 accompanied by adult $5 membership

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