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2020 looks great for entertainment

Posted on January 1, 2020 by Richard Amery

It’s a brand new year and a brand new decade. So may the best thing that happened to you last year be the worst thing that happens to you this year.
It is already looking like a great year for live entertainment. Several big plays are on the horizon. Auditions are happening Jan. 14 and 15 at Casa for a new thriller Hatrix will be putting on at McNally School in May.
Karolyn Harker is excited about Frederick Knott’s “Wait until Dark,” a newly revised play that was first put on in 1966 and turned into a hit movie in 1967.
It is about sinister con man Roat and ex-convicts Mike and Carlino who are seeking a mysterious doll, which a strange woman has persuaded a blind woman, Susy, to transport across the border into Canada.
Jeffrey Hatcher revised the play for Broadway in 2013.
The men have convinced Susy that her husband, Sam Hendrix, has been implicated in the mystery woman’s murder and that the doll is evidence. She figures out the charade with her young neighbour’s help. The thriller takes place at McNally School at the end of May. Rehearsals will begin in January after the play is cast.
Playgoers of Lethbridge brings another Broadway hit to the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Feb. 19-22. And New West Theatre will be staging Ken Cameron‘s new play “Dear Johnny Deere,” based on the music of Canadian folk/roots icon Fred Eaglesmith. It will be at the Yates Theatre in March. And the Chinook One Act Play Festival is set for the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, May 5-6.
There are also a lot of big concerts already scheduled
Fred Eaglesmith returns to Lethbridge to wind up the Geomatic Attic’s impressive spring lineup at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre, June 23. Their schedule also includes Steve Dawson and The Black Hen Roadshow on June 3; Shayne Koyczan, April 9; Ray Bonneville, March 12; Reuban and the Dark, Feb. 29; Amy Helm, Feb. 4 and Whitehorse Opening the season at the Empress Theatre in Fort Macleod, Jan 29.
The Lethbridge Folk Club kicks things off with Celtara. Their season also includes Nathan’s Keri Latimer’s new project Small Glories, Feb. 9; harmonica ace Carlos del Junco, March 21 and Big Dave McLean, April 25.
The Enmax Centre and Yates Theatre already have big shows scheduled beginning with “Chicago the Musical,” March 25. They also host the Matt Good band and Ria Mae, April 4 as part of Good’s Moving Walls tour.
Great Big Sea’s Alan Doyle plus Kelly Prescott play the Yates Sterndale Bennett Theatre, Feb. 25.
The Enmax has a busy May with Cheap Trick and ZZ Top on May 6 and High Valley and the Eli Young band playing country music, May 25.
One Bad Son has rescheduled their Average Joe’s show for Jan. 30.
Other cool shows announced include the Real McKenzies returning to the Slice, March 16. Geoff Berner returns to the Slice on April 16. And there is sure to be more announced.
Later on, locally, Makiisma has two shows scheduled — a full band show at the Slice on Jan. 11 and Feb. 7 at the Slice,
The Lethbridge Symphony’s annual collaboration with the Lethbridge Opera Society is Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 when they will be performing Gilbert and Sullivan. The symphony collaborates with Trevor Panczac for their annual Love Notes Fundraiser, Feb. 8.
In the next couple of weeks there are all sorts of things happening. There is comedy aplenty in the next couple of weeks. Good Times celebrates a year of bringing live comedy to Lethbridge with a double blast of New York born comedian Mike Dambra.
Dambra plays two shows on Jan. 3 at 7 p.m and 9:30 p.m. on Jan. 30 as well as Jan. 4. Tickets are $20.
Prairie Huckster play roots and folk at the Owl Acoustic Llounge, Jan. 3.
A couple of talented new local bands put a modern twist on the old “bands as bands” concept at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, Jan 4. Bands as bands: Toronto 2005 features Joshua Beebe and the Forest Orchestra as Arcade Fire, Fawns as Death From Above 1979, Bailey Kate and her band as Feist and Bretton Lee John as the Rural Albertan Advantage. Admission is by donation.
Jan. 3
Didi’s Playhaus — American Gommorah
Good Times — First Year Anniversary with Mike Dambra $20
Honker’s Pub — open mic
Jan. 4
Good Times — First Year Anniversary with Mike Dambra $20
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Bands as Bands Toronto 2005 With Fawns, The Forest Orchestra, bailey Kate, Breton Lee John
1010 Pub — Jelena Marinkov, Ivan Filipovic, Renato Hene $30
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Jan. 6
Ow Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Jan. 7
Good Times- Comedy open mic
Jan. 8
Slice— open mic
Jan. 10
Casino Lethbridge — Driven
Honker’s Pub — afternoon open mic
Slice — Indifferent with Waterfront
Jan. 11
The Slice — Makiisma full band show
Casino Lethbridge — Driven
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Lemba and the New Testaments with AJA Jameson
Jan. 12
Ow Acoustic Lounge — open mic
Jan. 13
Owl Acoustic Lounge — open mic with Greg Rekus
Jan. 14
Good Times — Comedy open mic
Jan. 15
Beaches — open mic
Jan. 16
Slice — open mic
Jan. 17
The Slice — Citizen Rage, Syryn, Eons of Earth, Invicta Heights
Jan. 18
Lethbridge College Cave — Lethbridge Folk Club Celtara $10 students $30 or $25 for members
Jan. 21
Theroretically Brewing — Blessed with Body Lens and J Blissette $10
Jan. 24
Sandman Signature — Abbondanza 6 p.m. $150/each (includes $60 tax receipt).
Jan. 25
Slice — Petunia duo
Jan. 29
Empress (Fort Macleod) — Whitehorse
Beaches — open mic
Jan. 30
Average Joe’s — One Bad Son rescheduled January 31
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra / U of L Opera Workshop Gilbert and Sullivans the Gondoliers
Owl Acoustic Lounge — Eamon McGrath
Feb. 1
Southminster United Church — Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra / U of L Opera Workshop Gilbert and Sullivans the Gondoliers

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