November 30, 2016
The Shaw Conference Centre is offering local artists a chance to have their artwork displayed to over 500,000 guests annually. Submissions are being accepted until January 8, 2017. Artists are encouraged to visit the public spaces of the convention centre and visualize where they can see their artwork being displayed. Artwork must be representative of the culture or geography of Edmonton, and can take the form of ceramics, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking or photography. Those selected will have the opportunity to sell their piece after being on display for one year. The Shaw Conference Centre has supported local artists by displaying their work both in and outside the venue for over 30 years. From the Paskwamostos (Bison) that stands guard over the river valley and gigantic murals by Clay Ellis in the Hall D foyer to the pARTnership Gallery featuring the work of students from grades 1 to 12, visitors can be seen stopping to snap a photo or pose for a memento in front of these works. Selected artists will be paid full artist fees according to Canadian Artists Representation (CARFAC) and all submissions will be judged by a panel of employees from Edmonton Economic Development Corporation. For full details, visit http://bit.ly/2fWEjhP.
A broken nutcracker. A cursed prince. A magical adventure. Feel the energy of the live orchestra as dancers take the stage, the house lights glow and a magical fairy tale begins. With this unforgettable ballet, Edmund Stripe reveals an elegant and seamless marriage between dancer and orchestration. Young and old will delight in the beauty and power of The Nutcracker, set to Tchaikovsky’s immortal score and performed live by the enormously talented Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. Enter a Kingdom of Sweets, fall in love with a Sugar Plum Fairy, and bravely face an army of mischievous mice. In its authentic Russian setting, this intimate portrayal depicts a deeply romantic world complete with enormous Russian spoons and miniature mice. Introducing children to a world of art and culture, their young imaginations will light up as they relish in the legendary world of young Klara and her Nutcracker Prince. An experience to be cherished, a story to be a part of, we’re proud to share the most spectacular Nutcracker performance with you and your family. Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium, December 8 to 11.Ticket info: https://albertaballet50.com/2016-17-season/the-nutcracker
The weather outside is frightful, but inside it’s so delightful. So if market goods warm your soul, St. Albert Place is the place to go! be ready for Christmas this year! This year’s market begins Nov. 26th, and runs Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Last market day this year is Dec. 17.
Choose from the following performances:Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m.Refreshments to follow.Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m.ASL interpreter.Sunday, Dec. 4, at 10:45 a.m.ASL interpreter;pot luck lunch to follow.Free admission; all welcome!Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, 51 Woodlands Rd., St. Albert. For more information: www.svbc.ab.ca
A huge variety of baking, and hot lunch will be available. All proceeds go to support the African Grandmothersthrough the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Saturday Dec. 3, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Morinville United Church Basement, at the corner of Grandin Dr. and Morinville Dr.Phone 780-569-3878 formore information.
Sunday, Dec. 4 in the new Calahoo Hall. Doors open at 1 p.m. Admission: $5. Contact Denise 780-908-7884.
Get ideas to add ambience and charm to your Christmas décor. Shopping and socialize over lunch in the restaurant. (Lunch not included in price). Monday Dec. 5. Bus leaves at 10 a.m., returns around 3 p.m. (includes return ride from Red Willow Place, 7 Tache Street). Members: $15, non-members: $18. Space is limited book early.Call the club at 780-459-0433 ext. 0 or stop by Red Willow Place, 7 Taché Street. Visit the website at: www.stalbertseniors.ca/
Mise en Sceneis a French cinematographic and theatrical term, referring to the visual and design aspects of a film set or stage production. The chosen elements inform the overall look and feel of a shot or set, with all the components working together including the objects and their placement, lighting, colour, scale and architectural elements. Through three inventive approaches; Triniruth Bautista, E.M. Alysse Bowd and Anne Drew Potter are all creating dynamic ceramic work that sets a scene. With enthusiasm, sense and instinct - ceramic artist Triniruth Bautista’s vision is to create imaginative functional art that rebels against mundanity. E.M. Alysse Bowd’s artistic practice navigates the combination of a material studio practice, performance and the examination of identity as friction between ideals and reality. By manipulating anatomical signifiers of gender, race and age; Anne Drew Potter encourages viewers to confront their feelings about normalcy, difference and what defines humans. Runs from Oct. 8 to Dec. 24. Reception: Saturday, Oct. 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. ACC Feature Gallery. 10186 - 106 Street, Edmonton. 780-488-6611. Gallery and Shop hours: Monday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Closed Sunday and statutory holidays. Free customer parking at back of building.Website: www.albertacraft.ab.ca
David Altmejd’s The Vessel is a monumentally scaled, Plexiglas sculpture that exemplifies movement, transformation and the act of artistic creation. Bringing together a variety of materials in symmetry and harmony, including plaster casts of the artist’s own hands, The Vessel forms a body that is both frozen in space and alive with the energy of a swan in flight. David Altmejd is an internationally acclaimed Canadian sculptor. Among his many accomplishments, Altmejd represented Canada at the 52nd Venice Biennale in 2007 and was the winner of the 2009 Sobey Art Award. Runs from Oct. 8 to Jan. 29, 2017. Showing alongside David Altmejd: The Vessel is Connections Collections, a selection of prints, sculpture, painting and photographs from the AGA collection. The selected works connect with the ideas of fragmentation, reflection, transparency and transformation highlighted in The Vessel. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton. Telephone: 780-422-6223. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday: closed.
A sampling of works from the AGA collection that indicate the trajectory of modern painting in Canada from post-Impressionism through early abstraction, culminating in Canada’s first truly avant-garde group: The Automatistes. This exhibition features examples of paintings, prints and drawings from the mid-20th century by Canadian artists who were on the cutting edge of abstract image-making. Runs from Oct. 8 to Jan. 29, 2017. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square, Edmonton. Telephone: 780-422-6223. Gallery hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesday: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.; Monday: closed.
This poignant exhibit mediates the conflict between the politics of war and human values. The artworks featured explore the human element of war and contemplate and commemorate those who fought, that were lost, as well as civilians displaced by warfare. The exhibit is comprised of artworks from the Art Gallery of St. Albert collection, artworks from local artists, as well as works loaned from the Collection of the Alberta Foundation for the Arts. Runs fromOct. 29 to Dec. 3. Opening reception: Thursday, Nov. 3 from 6 to 8;30 p.m.Special open hours on Friday, Nov 11, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for Remembrance Day. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, St. Albert. Phone 780-460-4310.
The Musée Héritage Museum asked St. Albert youth to “Take Your Best Shot” for our annual youth photo contest and exhibition. Themed “Old Stone, New Steel,” the exhibition celebrates our built environment and has received dozens of entries from St. Albert youth in grades 3 to 12. A jury of local photographers will award three winners from each age group (grades 3-6, 7-9 and 10-12) with prizes from McBain Camera. Entries will be judged on choice of subject, creativity, quality of photo and written description. Up-and-coming photographers in Grade 2 or under will have a special display in the museum’s Discovery Room. Opening reception and award presentation: Saturday, Nov. 19, from 3 to 5 p.m.in the Musée Héritage Museum, St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street, St. Albert. All entries will be displayed at the Musée Héritage Museum from November 18, 2016 to January 15, 2017.
Paddy Lamb’s fervent works deconstruct the remnants of human intervention in our landscape. Concentrating on a specific quarter section of land east of Edmonton, Lamb develops onsite sketches and collects visual articles – relics of homesteading and farming during the last century. Lamb’s works reveal curiosity and preoccupation with the examination and re-examination of the form, presence and uniqueness of these objects. Collected materials are studied and serve as archetypes for Lamb’s ongoing explorative studio process, which incorporates drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture and video. His works exude the formal qualities of painting as well as experimentation with surface quality, image layering, masking and innovative image making. Through the appropriation of physical artifacts, Lamb’s work distorts our perceptions of the real and the imagined, giving life to new perspectives on history, culture and collective memory. Opening reception: Thursday, Dec. 1, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (artist walkthrough at 6:30 p.m.) Runs from Dec. 1 to Jan. 28. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, St. Albert.
Take a photo of your child reading to a snowman and bring them into the library or email them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will display the photos and have a draw from the entrants for an Olaf storybook and snowman kits. If there is no snow or sticky snow, be creative! Competition runs from Nov. 1 to Dec. 30.For children ages two to eight. The library is located in St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Choo-choo! All aboard the Holiday Express! This winter’s feature exhibit is sure to move you with hundreds of gorgeous poinsettias and miniature trains running through the pyramid. Runs from Nov. 19 to Jan. 3. Regular admission fees apply. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96a St., Edmonton.
A Seussified Christmas Carol is a reimagining of Dickens’ beloved Christmas story. This twist on the classic contains whimsical rhyming couplets and classic Dr. Seuss references sprinkled throughout. The Nutcracker Sings! is a musical comedy adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s classic ballet. This catchy musical has plenty of jokes and a couple of dancing cockroaches to modernize this traditional holiday favourite. The cast is comprised of thirty actors ranging in age from eight to 18 years of age and each actor is cast in both productions. Runs from Nov. 24 to Dec. 4. Tickets to A Seussified Christmas Carol and The Nutcracker Sings! are $28/adults and $22/children and seniors, available at the Arden Theatre Box Office. On Friday, Nov. 25, in conjunction with the St. Albert Chamber of Commerce’s Snowflake Festival in downtown St. Albert, we will be presenting the shows individually and not as a double feature. Tickets for the individual shows are $14/adults and $11/children and seniors. Playing at the Arden Theatre, 5 St. Anne Street. For tickets, call the box office, 780-459-1542.
Enjoy the colourful lights and Christmas displays as you walk under the arches or drive around the cul-de-sac on Elliot Place, just a few blocks north of the Sturgeon hospital. In order to support those in need in our community we are collecting non-perishable food items for the St. Albert Food Bank and Community Village. Donations can be dropped off in the donation box at 9 Elliot Place any time during the month of December. Most needed items are: powdered milk, oatmeal, cold cereal, canned vegetables, pancake mix and syrup, rice, diapers sizes 5 & 6, juice boxes, granola bars and Enfamil A+ infant formula. Your support is greatly appreciated!If you prefer to donate online, you can do so at: stalbertfb.com/donate
Focus on the truemeaning of Christmas with a classic nativity play complete with authentic costumes and a traditional script featuring a cast of children and youth. This popular event is a favorite with all ages. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 2 p.m., with doors opening at 1:30. There is one performance only. Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, 12845 - 102 Ave., Edmonton. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca Visit www.onecandleproductions.com for more information.
For kids ages 3 to 5 years. Traditions can be an important tie bringing families and cultures together. Learn about winter celebration traditions, through exploration of the crafts, games, stories, and foods that are traditional to Christmas in various countries, as well as other winter holidays, such as Hanukkah and Denali. Come prepared to have fun and to share some of your families holiday traditions! Mondays, Dec. 5 to 19th from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.Fees: Members: $30; non-members: $60. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
For kids ages 3 to 5 years. Join us for this fun and affordable DIY class. Create a variety of unique projects to take home or gift. You and your little one will be given the opportunity to explore and enhance your artistic talents while creating your own unique masterpieces. What better gifts to give this holiday season then memorable keepsakes you have made together. Tuesdays, Dec. 6 to 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.Fees: Members: $15; non-members: $30. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
For little ones ages 18 months to 2.5 years. Create crafts together; then it’s time to play, climb, tumble, run, sing songs, and listen to stories. It’s a great way to spend quality time interacting with your child. Tuesdays, Dec. 6 to 20 from 10 to 11 a.m.Fees: Members: $15; non-members: $30. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
The genealogy club will meet on Monday, Dec. 5 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. in the Training Room on the 2nd floor and is open to everyone. Explore the library’s resources and share information and skills with others interested in researching their family history.Register in advance, online at www.sapl.ca, at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Program: Guest Speaker: Frank Florian, “What do we See in the Winter Night Sky?”Christmas Celebration: Donations for the Kinettes’ Christmas hampers. Join us Friday, Dec. 2 at the St. Albert Inn on St. Albert Trail. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., breakfast at 9 a.m.Cost: $20/person. New members welcome. RSVP to Wendy Poirier 780-460-1260.
The Robertson-Wesley Music Society will host an Advent concert series this December on Thursdays at noon. A variety of Edmonton’s well-known performers will present the short lunch-hour concerts in the sanctuary of the beautiful and historical Robertson-Wesley United Church. The Thursday concerts will be presented from 12:10 to 12:50 p.m. Dec. 1 – Alison Stewart, violin; Julia Davis, piano and organ; Dec. 8 – Joel Gray, trumpet; Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ and piano; Dec. 15 – Warren Mack, organ; Dec. 22 – Sandy Adams, harpsichord; Tammy-Jo Mortensen, organ; admission will be by freewill offering. Come and enjoy some lovely seasonal music and absorb the beauty and warmth of the performers and architecture. The church is located at located at 10209-123 Street, Edmonton.
Richard Eaton Singers, RES Brass Quintet, Leonard Ratzlaff, Conductor, Jeremy Spurgeon, Organ, Leanne Regehr, Piano. Featuring Advent Song, a commission by Stephanie Martin, Composer. It has been many years since Richard Eaton Singers have produced a Christmas Concert, so the concert will be held on two nights, Friday and Saturday to make up for it! There will be Christmas favourites, including, of course, In Dulci Jubilo, plus a brand new commission, Advent Song, by Canadian composer Stephanie Martin. All Saints will be ringing with the sounds of the choir, a brass quintet and the magnificent organ played by the cathedral's organist, Jeremy Spurgeon. Concert of Christmas favourites featuring a wide range of repertoire for choir, organ and brass quintet. In Dulci Jubilo by Baroque composer Michael Praetorius, will be sung in in German. Also well known in its English text version, Ye Christian Men Rejoice, Canadian composer Andrew Ager’s arrangement will feature the RES brass quintet. Another Baroque composer to be featured is Heinrich Schütz, and his wonderful six-part setting of Hodie, Christus natus est with both small groups and soloists. Returning to the stage a decade after RES last sang the iconic Christmas Cantata by American composer Daniel Pinkham, and having performed it only once himself early in his career, Conductor and RES Artistic Director, Len Ratzlaff is looking forward to bringing you this gem of the seasonal repertoire. Another work RES performed a number of years ago was John Rutter’s great setting of the Gloria. For this concert Len has chosen a newer setting, premiered just last year, by another Brit, Bob Chilcott; it is a brilliant setting that he is sure you will enjoy! We will also be performing a number of shorter settings of carols (including some with the audience!) by Canadian and British composers, including some by David Willcocks, to commemorate his death just a year ago. Finally, though, we are thrilled to bring you a newly commissioned work for choir, brass and organ by Toronto composer/conductor of Pax Christi Chorale, Stephanie Martin. This eight-minute composition, with the title Advent Song, has text from an evocative poem by Alberta poet and Anglican clergyman Robert Pynn. Join us on Dec. 2 & 3, at 7.30 p.m. All Saint’s Anglican Cathedral, 10035 103 Street, Edmonton.
Service members, their families, and all members of the public are invited to attend A Christmas Celebration with The Royal Canadian Artillery Band, a musical performance to kick off the start of the holiday season. The concert will showcase the Rhythm Gunners Big Band and the vocal stylings of Bombardier Lucas Denneboom. Tickets are free and available at the door. Donations accepted for the Edmonton Garrison Military Family Resource Centre (MFRC). The MFRC is a non-profit society that has been enriching the lives of individuals and families in the Canadian Armed Forces through positive action, education and support for 25 years.Friday, Dec. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Francis Winspear Centre for Music.
Think you know percussion? Noam Bierstone – one of the world’s leading contemporary percussionists and a champion of Canadian music – will challenge your perceptions with his chest-rattling performance of works by the leading voices of today. “Whether performing with video cameras strapped to his face, gongs strapped to his chest or strapped to the inside of a piano, Noam Bierstone conveys a rare honesty and musicality,” Joshua Hyde, saxophonist and Bierstone’s band mate says. “He’s a true virtuoso pushing the boundaries of what it means to be a percussionist.” Going far beyond drums and cymbals, Bierstone incorporates a cavalcade of inventive instruments to create some of Canada’s edgiest percussion. So much more than hitting stuff, come see what’s in store! Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. in Muttart Hall, 10050 MacDonald Drive. Ticket info: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/stircrazer-noam-bierstone-in-recital-tickets-28853641017?aff=es2
Since their 2008 debut, "Traditional Folk/Roots" Award winners Rant Maggie Rant have been winning-over audiences across the country. Traditionalists love their approach, as they respect the time honoured styles of the seven Celtic nations and beyond. Listeners are drawn to their fusion of World influences: Latin and Mediterranean rhythms, African hand drumming and percussion, blues/rock guitar backdrops, revved up tempos and unexpected time changes.On their first Western Canadian tour, they will be performing songs from their latest album Latitude, released on November 4, as well as a holiday selection Frost and Fire: A Celtic Christmas Celebration, for its eighth anniversary season. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
Bringing a Cape Breton Christmas to you. This holiday season join Natalie MacMaster and Donnell Leahy, the award-winning fiddle virtuosos, in an intimate and unique Christmas album and concert series you will never forget. With the duo accompanied by an incredible array of talented musicians – and their children – A Celtic Family Christmas will guide you into the wonderful world of a true MacMaster Leahy Christmas celebration. Saturday, Dec. 3 at 8 p.m. at the Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium. Ticket info from Ticketmaster: 1-855-985-5500 or online at www.ticketmaster.ca
The evening concert will feature all four Festival City Winds’ concert bands – Novice Band; Intermediate 2 Band; Intermediate 1 Band; Advanced Band – each performing their own selections. The bands will be conducted by Wendy J. Grasdahl and Dr. Eila Peterson. There will be a reception following the concert as well as door prizes. The evening’s program will definitely get the audience into the holiday spirit with a variety of music reminiscent of a late-night, horse-drawn sleigh ride. There will be clever arrangements of Christmas classics – White Christmas, Silent Night, Winter Wonderland, First Noel (a mash-up of The First Noel and Pachelbel’s Canon), a Christmas Carillon (based on Ding Dong! Merrily on High), and a jazzy version of the “Troika” from Prokofiev’s Lieutenant Kijé Suite. Also on the program are selections from the standard concert band canon of marches, waltzes, and other types of repertoire – all of which are in keeping with the holiday spirit. Saturday, Dec. 3, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Tegler Centre, Concordia University of Edmonton, 7128 Ada Boulevard – 73 St. south of 112 Ave. Tickets: $12 adults and $5 children (10 and under), and can be purchased at the door.
Enjoy a Christmas choral concert. This choir has been singing in Edmonton since 1908. Please join us for an afternoon of musical entertainment, and enjoy light refreshments following the concert. sTickets are $15.00 each and you may contact Bob at 780-475-4140 or Barry at 780-434-5524 for information.Sunday, Dec. 4 from 2 to 4 p.m., at Trinity Evangelical Lutheran Church, 10014 – 81 Ave., Edmonton.
Program: W. A. Mozart: String Quartet in G Major, K. 387. And works by F. Schubert, G. F. Handel, and John Goss. Monday, Dec. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Joseph's Basilica, 10044 113 St. Edmonton.
The prestigious Big Bands, directed by Raymond Baril and Jerrold Dubyk, launch the season with their energy and sound. This powerful fusion of Latin, funk and jazz styles with colourful and breathtaking saxophones, trombones, trumpets and rhythm sections will appeal to all music fans. Monday, Dec. 5, at 7:30 p.m. at the John L. Haar Theatre, 10045 – 156 Street. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Maritime native David Myles is widely recognized for his spirited songs, flawless musicianship and humorous anecdotes. The genre-bending songwriter is continually delving into new territory with the same irresistible energy and musical integrity that has become his trademark. With his profound love of music running through his entire catalogue of repertoire, David Myles now puts his crooning stamp on holiday favourites with his album, It’s Christmas. The yuletide record – which ranges from nostalgic takes on classic songs, to refreshing new Christmas originals – will have his loyal fans in St. Albert joyously reflecting on the spirit of the season. Arden Theatre, Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $38 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
Led by Chandelle Rimmer and Dr. William Richards, the Showcase Bands are among MacEwan Music’s high profile ensembles. This performance will be a flashback to the turntable classics of the ’70s and ’80s, featuring the works of ABBA, Eurythmics, Blondie, Peter Gabriel, Toto, Aerosmith, Boston, and many more! Tuesday, Dec. 6 at 7:30 p.m. at the John L. Haar Theatre, 10045 – 156 Street. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
We are celebrating 46 years in the local music community. Join this award-winning concert band under the direction of Dr. Angela Schroeder and the wonderful Saint City Big Band under the direction of J.F. Picard as they perform a variety of music, both seasonal and classic. Arden Theatre, Wednesday, Dec. 7at 7 p.m. Tickets are available from either band members or from the Arden Box Office, priced at $12 for adults, and $8 for students/seniors. Free tickets are provided for any student in a junior or senior high school music program who is accompanied by an adult or band teacher. Simply indicate this to the box office or band member when purchasing tickets. For further information, please contact the box office at 780-459-1542 or visit www.sacb.ca.
Curling has started. No sweeping; choose your own delivery style. Drop-in curling: $120 for the season. Meets once a week: Thursdays at 2 p.m. at the St. Albert Curling Rink. Open to people of all ages; free instruction for first-time curlers. To register, or for more info, call Darrell Roth at 780-916-2318.
The St. Albert Nordic Ski Club is entering our 43rd season of offering cross country ski programs in the heart of St. Albert. Hopefully, starting Tuesday Nov. 29th is our first adult novice lesson program which runs for the next four Tuesday evenings. Professional cross country ski instructors will take you through waxing instruction, trail safety and beginner ski lessons on our local ski trails. Ski equipment rentals are available for the duration of the novice course. Get involved in a pure recreational winter activity that is easy to learn and is good for you! And although children’s programs for those age 4 to 6 and 6 to 9 start on Sunday, Jan. 8 and run to March 26, registration is already open and rental ski equipment pick-up is on Saturday, Dec. 3. And skiers age 9 to 17 have already been preparing for their program since September. Ski equipment rentals are available for the duration of the children’s programs up to March 26. Yes, there are spots still open for young skiers. All lessons and programs based out of Kingswood Park. For more info, go to www.stalbertnordic.com, click on the Adult Programs or Children Programs tab.
Darren Hagen brings to the stage the real-life nightmare of Edmonton in 1942, when policeinvestigate a group of gay men active in the city’s growing theatre scene. By mid-summer, a dozen high-profile men are rounded up and charged with gross indecency, shattering their lives forever. Based on actual transcripts, award-winning playwright Hagen creates a powerful history lesson with terrifying parallels to the present. Originally conceived and produced as a Fringe play, Hagen has created a full-length theatrical production for Workshop West Playwrights' Theatre.Featuring Jesse Gervais, Mathew Hulshof, Doug Mertz, and Davina Stewart. Runs Nov. 23 to Dec. 4, at The Backstage Theatre, 10330 84 Ave., Edmonton. Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Studio Theatre brings youone of Shakespeare’s most popular and beloved comedies. Hinging on romantic ambition and gender-bending disguise, Twelfth Night speaks to the madness of love. Provocative, raucous and rebellious, MFA Directing Candidate, Ashley Wright, brings a unique approach to a story that follows the adventures of separated twins and the romantic paths they traverse in the mythical land of Illyria. Featuring some of the Bard’s most memorable comedic characters, Twelfth Night begins with a shipwreck and ends with reunions, marriages and revenge, with plenty of hijinks and hilarity in between. Half of the Department of Drama’s BFA Acting Company will be performing alongside professional actors, Julien Arnold and Dave Clarke, raising the curtain on a topsy-turvy world of misdirected desire, rebellious gender ambiguity and mistaken identity. Performances run Nov. 24 to Dec. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Timms Centre for the Arts. Tickets can be purchased online at ualberta.ca/artshowsor at the Timms Centre Box Office by calling 780-492-2495. All performances take place at the Timms Centre for the Arts (87 Avenue & 112 Street) on the University of Alberta North Campus in Edmonton.
Trunk Theatre presents Caryl Churchill’s Fen, winner of the Susan Smith Blackburn Award Winner for Best New Play. The play features Miranda Allen, Ellen Chorley, Julie Golosky, Monica Maddaford, Cody Porter and Jennifer Spencer and is directed by Sterling Award winner Amy DeFelice. Fen moves from highly physical sequences ofbackbreaking labor to intimate domestic scenes to encounters with the ghosts thathaunt the Fens of East Anglia. Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave.,until Dec. 3.Ticket info available from Tix on the Square, 780-420-1757, or online at tixonthesquare.ca
Based on the story by Charles Dickens. A Christmas Carol, a stage adaptation by Tom Wood of the Charles Dickens novel, is now in its seventeenth season at the Citadel, drawing sell-out crowds each year in what has clearly become an Edmonton yuletide tradition. A Christmas Carol tells the story of bitter old miser, Ebenezer Scrooge, and his transformation into a gentler, kinder man after visitations by the ghost of his former business partner Jacob Marley, as well as Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Yet to Come. Don’t miss this heartwarming Christmas tradition! Exceptional family entertainment. Runs from Nov. 26 to Dec. 23 in the Maclab Theatre in the Citadel Theatre complex, 9828 – 101A Ave. Recommended for Children 7+ For ticket info, call 780-425-1820.
Listening for the Heartbeat of God – Discipleship in John’s Gospel: Advent Retreat with Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI
The Gospel of John was written much later than the other Gospels and is much more mystical than many other parts of scripture. For John, discipleship consists in listening to the heartbeat of God. How do we do that? Friday, Dec. 2 at 7 p.m. to Sunday, Dec. 4 at 1 p.m. Cost: Live in: $260; Commute: $200. Public Lecture: Friday Dec 2, 7:30 p.m. by donation. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave., St. Albert. To register, call 780-459-5511. Visit our website: www.starofthenorth.ca
Everyone loves a mall walk, especially at Christmastime. Come out and join the Devon Discovery Walkers or a 6, 7 or 10km walk at West Edmonton Mall. Saturday, Dec. 3, registration 8 a.m., start 8:30 a.m.at Gold's Gym, West Edmonton Mall. Use Entrance 8, off 90 Avenue on the ground level, (covered parking) directly below the Palace Casino.Contact: Irene Miller 780-462-0726 or email@example.com
Canadian Blood Services will be holding a community blood donor clinic at the Kinsmen Banquet Centre, Saturday, Dec. 3 from 3:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.Help save a life by donating blood. New donors welcome. Book an appointment online at: www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE(1-888-236-6283).
A blood donor clinic will be held at the Rendez-Vous Centre, 9913 – 104 St., on Tuesday, Dec. 6 from 2:30 to 7:30 p.m.Help save a life by donating blood. New donors welcome. Book an appointment online at: www.blood.ca or call 1-888-2-DONATE (1-888-236-6283).