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Comedy and music beckon

Posted on October 31, 2019 by Richard Amery

Halloween week ends with a roar and an eclectic selection of music and comedy in Lethbridge. After the election and the Alberta budget announcement, everyone could use a little laughter. So take a break from bellyaching on social media by taking advantage of one of several options to let loose and laugh.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge has their monthly comedy open mic on Wednesday, Oct. 30. Good Times brings in comedian Sunee Dhaliwal for two shows, Nov. 1 at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
The next night, Nov. 2, Chris Gordon takes the stage at Good Times at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 for each show.
Impromptu is back with a band new improvised soap opera. “America Gomorrah Story,” ideal for Halloween, hits Didi’s Playhaus’s stage, Nov. 1 at 8:30 p.m. with the show, beginning at 9 p.m. Admission is $10.
But Halloween events dominate the week as expected.
October Poppy’s Eryn Kleyh, plus Vancouver musicians Nixie and Elle Wolf plus Calgary’s Adrian Chalifour play a pre-Halloween party at the Slice, Oct. 30.
For actual Halloween, Kelowna rock band the Wild! return to Lethbridge to play an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 31. Tickets are going fast at $10 a pop. Local band 21st Avenue will be opening. The Junkman’s Quire play Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. And Theoretically Brewing celebrate Halloween by closing their patio with a haunted Halloween party with Winnipeg art-rock band Trampoline, Calgary hard rock duo Johnnor and local band Fawns. The music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is $15 in advance, $20 at the door.
Halloween entertainment continues Nov. 1 with funk rock trio Adequate hosting a post-Halloween howler at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. And Cal Toth plays a post-Halloween bash at Mojos Pub.
Bang your head at the Slice Nov. 1 as several Lethbridge musicians including Bridgette Yarwood, Braeden Rouse, Tyler Eresman, Gary Drayton, James Swinney, Loren Plante, Mark Hall and Ian Morrice are performing a tribute to The Blizzard of Oz — Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath. There is a $15 cover.
For something completely different, the University of Lethbridge Opera Workshop has a fabulous production of excerpts of Verdi’s “La Traviata,” Rossini’s “Barber of Seville” and Mozart’s “The Marriage of Figaro,” happening in the University of Lethbridge Recital Hall, Nov. 1 and 2 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $20 regular, $15 seniors and alumni and $12 students.
For something different again, Didi’s Playhaus featured Drag Me To Hell Vol. 3 featuring drag performances, music and skits from Sophie Wright and friends celebrating Halloween.
And last, but not least, Winnipeg country musician Sean Burns returns to Casino Lethbridge, Nov. 1 and 2.
Early next week, the Slice features a big pop punk night with Powell River based grunge/punk band Razorvoice and Pogo performing, Tuesday, Oct. 5.
It will be a night for the ladies at the Slice Oct. 30, as Vernon-based musician Eryn Kleyh finally gets to tour with old friends Nixie and Elle Wolf, plus Calgary musician Adrian Chalifour will be taking the stage for a pre-Halloween party.
“It’ll just be me this time, but I’ll be playing electric guitar, which is unusual for me,” said Kleyh, who was last here with her band October Poppy last November and on her own with Jenny Allen and Kimberley MacGregor just before that.
“Nixie and Elle Wolf live in Vancouver. I’ve been friends with them for a long time, but we’ve never toured together, but this time were playing five shows together — that’s what I’m looking forward to most — five girls packed into a car, it will be a lot of fun,” she said.
She is not only excited to our with her friends, but also to see them play.
“Elle Wolf is a solo synth-pop artist and she also uses a trigger pad.
Nixie is a three-piece dark synth pop girl group, so they will be lots of synthesizers,” she said, adding the artists will all be playing their own sets.
“But there might be a surprise at the end,“ she promised.
She is releasing her new single, “Bones.”
“It’s a song I wrote by myself to Alberta and listening to a lot of the rural Alberta Advantage, the last time. A lot of my ideas come while I’m driving.
“So I’ll be playing that and a lot of new songs,” she said.
Their-five date tour winds down in Lethbridge before they end the tour in Kelowna on Halloween.

Oct. 30
Beaches — open mic
Owl Acoustic Lounge — standup comedy open mic
Slice — Elle Wolf with October Poppy and Nixie
Oct. 31
Slice — The Wild!
Good Times — amateur comedy night
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Junkman’s quire
Theoretically Brewing — haunted Patio Party with Fawns, Johnnor and Trampoline 8 p.m. $20 at door $15 advance
Nov. 1
The Slice — Blizzard of Oz with Bridgette Yarwood, Tyler Eresman, Braeden Rouse, Mark Hall, Gary Drayton, Ian Morrice, James Swinney, Loren Plante
Owl acoustic Lounge — Adequate post-Halloween party
Casino Lethbridge — Sean Burns
Mojos Pub — Cal Toth
Didi’s Play Haus — America Gomorrah Story with Impromptu
Good Times — Sunee Dahliwal 7 p.m., 9:30 p.m. $10
U of L Recital Hall — U of L Opera Workshop — la Traviata 7:30 p.m. $20 regular, $15 seniors and alumni, $12 students
Nov. 2
Good Times — Chris Gordon 7 p.m. 9:30 p.m. $10
Casino Lethbridge — Sean burns
Didi’s Playhaus — Drag Me To Hell 3
U of L Recital Hall — U of L Opera Workshop — la Traviata 7:30 p.m. $20 regular, $15 seniors and alumni, $12 students
Nov. 4
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Nov. 5
Slice — pop punk night with Razorvoice and Pogo $8 online, $10 at door
Nov. 6
Beaches — open mic
Nov. 7
Slice — open mic
Good Time — Comedy open mic
Southminster United Church — Geomatic Attic Barney Bentall and the Grand Cariboo Express $45 8 p.m.
Nov. 8
Average Joe’s — Dueling Pianos with Cal Toth and Kate LaRoque
Casa — Lethbridge Folk Club Open mic $5
Slice — Black Thunder with Ft. Gepetto
Honker”s Pub — open mic

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