February 25, 2015
Hey Ladies! is not your average info-tainment, game/variety/talk show. Then what is it? It's tattoos, homemaking tips, booze, prize and even get some culture all in one spectacular evening! Each show features local Edmonton businesses, celebrities, bands, cocktail-of-the-night, baddies and troublemakers. Starring: Leona Brausen, Cathleen Rootsaert, Davina Stewart and Noel Taylor. These Ladies usually perform at Theatre Network's venue the Roxy Theatre but due to the fire that ravaged that building they will be performing their final shows for the 2015 season at the Varscona Backstage Theatre, in the ATB Arts Barns. Entrance is on the north side of the Strathcona Farmers’ Market Building (by the Highlevel Bridge Streetcar sign). Pay parking available on the east and west side of Gateway Boulevard (103 Street) across from The Backstage Theatre. Friday, Feb. 27 at 8 p.m. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
Presented by Arts on the Ave.and The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, throughout February in various venues onAlberta Avenue (118 Ave.). Rhythms of the Earth will be featuring an eclectic mix of events including poetry slams, dance workshops, food tasting and more!Events include: • Poetry Slam: A poetry slam featuring Ahmed Ali Knowmadic & Breath in Poetry. This is a free event. Wednesday Feb. 25 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, 9351 118 Ave.• Poetry Night: Join us for an open mike poetry night hosted by Dhalia Ross. This is a free event. Thursday Feb. 26 from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. at| The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, 9351 118 Ave.• Adje Performers A performance by West African drummers and dancers. This is a free event. Friday Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.at The Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse, 9351 118 Ave.Arts on the Ave. isa non-profit, community based, grassroots initiative engaged in development of 118th Avenue into a community arts district. For more information please visit artsontheave.orgor call the Carrot Community Arts Coffeehouse at 780-471-1580.
Are you interested in playing Scrabble? Come to the Library and socialize while playing this classic board game onFriday, Feb. 27. Drop in from 2 to 4 p.m.St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
Join us for a bowl of chowder and a concert with the Stanfields on Saturday, Feb. 28. Doors open at 5 p.m. with a reception and a silent auction. There will be a cash beverage bar. Soup will be served from 6 to 7 p.m., and the concert will begin at 7 p.m. Trinity United Church, 8820 Meadowlark Road, Edmonton. Tickets: $25/adults. $15/youth. Purchase online at amaritimekitchenparty.eventbrite.ca or by phone 780-489-0860. All proceeds will go to support Trinity's outreach ministries/
The exhibition 15 on 35 includes artwork and written insights by a selection of 15 long-term, mid-career, emerging and new members. Each of the participating artists uses their work and writings to reflect on how the ACC has enriched their careers. And, collectively then look at the past, current state and future of the ACC and fine craft in general. 15 on 35 launches the 35th anniversary of the ACC and Craft Year 2015. Some participants have chosen to look back and understand better now the significance the ACC has played in their careers. Others are exhibiting more recent work to demonstrate the vital role the ACC currently plays in their careers. Participating artists: Bee Kingdom, Andrea Blais, Sarabeth Carnat, Katrina Chaytor, Linda Chow, Margie Davidson, Matt Gould, Chris Kubash, Lisa McGrath, Laura McIvor, Wendy McPeak, Jean Claude & Talar Prefontaine, Shona Rae, Jenna Stanton, Keith Walker.Runs from Jan. 17 to March 28. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Come and see the Alberta premiere of Charles Stankievech: The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond. This 10-minute 35-mm film installation was created during a residency at Canadian Forces Station Alert, a military spy outpost and the northernmost settlement on Earth. "We shape our landscape as much as the landscape shapes us, particularly in Alberta," notes exhibition curator Matthew Hills. “Charles’ film resonates strongly not only in our community, which is buffeted by harsh winters, but also at the University of Alberta, with our renowned art collection and research strength in Northern issues. It’s important to us to bring the best contemporary Canadian art to our audience at the U of A Museums Enterprise Galleries.” Runs until March 21 at U of A Museums Enterprise Square Galleries. Hours: Thursday/Friday noon to 6 p.m. and Saturday noon to 4 p.m. Admission by donation.Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave.
An examination of the creative practices at work with Alberta artists and ultimately an expression on what it feels like to be an artist in Alberta. The title is derived from an abandoned transit platform located under the civic centre of the province’s capital, Edmonton. Future Station is in reality both a physical and allegorical place of transition and stasis: part urban mythology and part monument to the banality of dormant infrastructure. It serves as a metaphor for the status of contemporary visual culture in Alberta – it exists and functions as a potent vacancy awaiting due recognition. Several themes unite an approach to contemporary art practices in Alberta: psychology, natural forces, detritus and austerity. Exhibit goes from Jan. 24 to May 3at the Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Opening in Gallery A: A series of paintings inspired by William Blake’s poems Songs of Innocence & Songs of ExperienceSongs of the Soul represents in paint issues such as the environment, equality/inclusiveness, aging, homelessness, depression, religious/racial differences, mortality and the need for social justice. Father Douglas’ fondness for dogs leads to the imagery in this body of work that expresseshow humankind has not changed since Blake exposed these troubles to the world over two hundred years ago. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Exhibit on from Feb. 5 to March 28 at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery; 3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street.
Alysha Creighton,a Canadian Intermedia artist, produces evocative works that consider the connections, disconnection, intimacy and tension between people. Proximities, a series of site specific video installation works, offers an experiential art encounter, addressing social interconnectedness, as well as technology and how it alters human interactions. Creighton, an MFA graduate documents what she calls ‘negative active space’. When exploring her practice, concerns regarding contemporary social issues surface. Collective experience is often mediated by technology, particularly communication and interaction. Technology can help us retain a sense of connection but it can also create emotional detachment from those around us. Exhibit runs from Feb. 5 to 28; opening reception on Thursday, Feb. 5 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Opening in Gallery B: TENGINGAR is Icelandic for connections. The exhibition captures the personal experiences of artist Deborah Catton during a 30-day residency period in May, 2014 in Iceland. The work explores connections between the landscape, the geography and the climate and the many connections and contrasts that exist with the colour, shape and form of this amazing place. Opening reception: Thursday, Feb. 5 from 7 to 9:30 p.m. Exhibit on from Feb. 5 to March 28 at Visual Arts Alberta Gallery; 3rd Floor, 10215 - 112 Street.
Started in 2003, Grow With Me is a not-for-profit playgroup program for children ages 0-6, with their caregiver. This program includes a Circle Time of music, movement, and an interactive Bible story. An easy, child-directed craft is followed by free-play at our various centers. Grow With Me is held at St. Peter Lutheran Church, at the corner of Hebert and Cunningham (55 Stanley Drive, St. Albert),Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. Our spring session is called: It’s a Miracle! Feb. 24:Jesus and the Empty Fish Nets. March 3: Jesus and the Man who couldn’t Walk. March 10: Jesus and the Girl who Died. March 17: Jesus and the Hungry Crowd. March 24: Jesus and the Cross. Per session cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for the second child and $10 for the third child. Walk-ins accepted: $5/child age 1 and over. To register: Call Sarah at 469-0410 or register on our website.
Back by popular demand! A little red truck will pull info Morinville on Monday, Feb. 23 with everything it takes to mount a full scale musical production of The Little Mermaid … except the cast! That’s where 50 to 60 local Kindergarten to Grade 12 kids come in – auditions on Monday, rehearsals Tuesday to Friday, and two performances on Saturday starring our kids! Presented by Missoula Children’s Theatre.Saturday, Feb. 28 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.,in the Morinville Community Cultural Centre, 9502 – 100 Ave., Morinville. Tickets: $10; available at the Community Cultural Centre, or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
There is one drop-in family storytime left in the winter session! Owls runs on Monday, March 2 from 11 to 11:30 a.m. Drop-in Storytimes are for preschool children not registered in regular weekly storytimes at the Library. Activities and stories are geared for children aged 2 to 4. Parents may join the program. Anyone joining is expected to participate. There is no need to pre-register for this program, but please arrive 15 minutes prior to the program start time. Drop-in family storytimes begin again early in April. Watch www.sapl.cafor dates. St. Albert Public Library, inside St. Albert Place, 5 St. Anne Street.
The Winter Roots Roundup Festival is an annual festival in Edmonton. The festival focuses on knitting together the best of folk, roots and blues music through film, workshops and live performances.Thursday, Feb. 26: 12 noonFree Show, Live Performance, Students’ Union Building Stage, University of Alberta. Thursday, Feb. 26: 7 p.m. Film Showing: Keep On Keepin’ On, Metro Cinema, 8712-109 Street. Friday, Feb. 27: 12 noon: Free Show, Students’ Union Building Stage, University of Alberta. Friday, Feb. 27: 8 p.m. Performance: Women of Folkways, St. John’s Institute, 11024-82 Avenue. Saturday, Feb. 28: 1 p.m.Film Showing: Chasin’ Gus’s Ghost with guest Jim Kweskin, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta. Saturday, Feb. 28: 3 p.m.Film Showing: Big Dave McLean’s Ain’t About The Money hosted by Kat Danser, 2-20 Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta . Saturday, Feb. 28: 3 p.m.Banjo Workshop with Bruce Ziff and Leonard Podolak, Studio 27, Fine Arts Building, University of Alberta . Saturday, Feb. 28: 3 to 5 p.m.Holger Petersen's Natch’L Blues Radio Program with guests Jim Kweskin and Joan Besen (CKUA Broadcast), Room at the Top (RATT), 7th Floor, Students’ Union Building, University of Alberta. Saturday, Feb. 28: 6:30 p.m.Mainstage Performance: Stewart MacDougall, Leonard Podolak, Amadou Fall, Kat Danser, Joan Besen, and Jim Kweskinat Convocation Hall, University of Alberta. Sunday, March 1: 4 p.m.Film Showing: The Ballad of Shovels and Rope, Metro Cinema, 8712-109 Street. Tuesday, March 3: 6:30 p.m.Performance and 7 p.m. Film Showing: The Heaven Adores You with special Live Music Performance by local folk pop phenom, Jessica Jalbert, Metro Cinema, 8712-109 Street. For more info about the performers and ticket sales, visit: www.winterroots.ca
Learn more about joint land property, informal trusteeships, what happens at death, wills and estates. Learn what you need to know to make these important decisions. This is part of the Seniors Financial Empowerment Network series.Friday, Feb. 27 from 10 to 11 a.m.at the St. Albert 50+Club, 7 Taché St.Please phone 780-459-0433 ext. 0 to register.
Why buy magazines when you can read them for free on your computer or portable device with your Library card? We have over 125 titles and we add more all the time. Learn how to download and read popular magazines on your computer or mobile device at this free demonstration of Zinio, our eMagazine provider on Saturday, Feb. 28 from 2 to 3 p.m.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.
Channel the Beat Generation and celebrate Freedom to Read Week with the After-Hours Banned Books Club! Listen to readings from censored works, enjoy some devilishly good jazz, take in some scenes from scandalous films and share your thoughts! Join us for this fun evening on Friday, Feb. 27 from 7 to 8:30 p.m. To help us prepare, please register in advance online at www.sapl.caor by visiting or calling the 2nd Floor Information desk at the Library (780-459-1682). 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.
Wherever birch trees flourished from Alaska to the Maritimes, the First Peoples made use of the unique qualities of their bark. Contemporary interpretations of traditional forms of birch bark containers, first collected by 19th century traders and adventurers, are being displayed beside souvenirs intended for tourists. Dyed porcupine quills enhancing bark canisters from Fort Laird, NWT, a handkerchief box from Nelson House, Manitoba, and a trinket basket from Christian Island, Ontario, show the beauty of birch bark in its various forms.The Musée Héritage Museum is pleased to be working with guest curators Bill and Michelle Tracy on this exhibition. Birch bark artifacts from the Royal Alberta Museum, the Tracy Collection, and other private collections highlight the ingenuity and resourcefulness of the First Peoples of North America in a diversity of art forms seldom seen together.Exhibition runs from Jan. 27 to April 12at the Musée Héritage Museumin St Albert Place, 5 St Anne Street. www.MuseeHeritage.ca
Kat Danser's music navigates a paddle steamer from the muddy banks of the Mississippi Delta downriver toward a big ol' full moon over New Orleans. Dubbed 'Queen of the Swamp Blues', this Edmonton-based guitar slinger, songsmith, and blazing vocalist channels the spirit of roots, blues and gospel music pioneers.Opening: Goldtop. Goldtop's music shifts between shadowy dream-pop, crunchy distorted rock and acoustic reverie. This Edmonton-based duo crafts sound that swirls with vintage keyboards, warm tremolo guitars, drum loops and Everly-esque harmonies. Friday, Feb. 27. Doors at 7 p.m., show at 8 p.m. St. Basil’s Cultural Centre 10819 - 71 Ave. Tickets: $18 advance from Tix on the Square; $22 at the door. Children under 12: half-price, at door only. Visit the website: www.fmfc.org
The Road to Djangocelebrates the life of Django Reinhardt and the music of the Roma. Led by Cam Neufeld and incorporating the musicality and energy of over 20 musicians and dancers, the show follows the gypsy trail from India through Persia, Turkey, the Balkans and Spain and ends with the gypsy jazz of Reinhardt himself. Django Reinhardt was a Belgium-born French guitarist who has often been regarded as one of the greatest guitar players of all time. He was also a composer and one of the first Europeans to make major contributions to the development of jazz guitar. Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
All About That Bass will bring the tuba (usually relegated to the back row of your standard wind ensemble/concert band) to the fore. Included on the programme is the neo-tonal Ar-gard (meaning “Air” in Thai) by Thai composer Kitti Kuremanee, the Fibonacci series-based Godspeed! by American composer Stephen Melillo, Mockbegger Variations by British composer Guy Woolfenden, a medley from Pirates of the Caribbean, and two pieces (The Strait of Hormuz and Grappling) featuring Tuba Soloist, Patrick Sheridan, one of the most celebrated soloists in his instrument’s history. He has performed more than 3,000 concerts in over 50 countries in venues ranging from the White House to NBA half-time shows to the Hollywood Bowl. Beyond his busy performing life, Mr. Sheridan’s commitment to education is extensive. His wind students occupy many prominent positions in the orchestras all over the world and he has written many publications including The Breathing Gym, the world’s best-selling breathing method for instrumental improvement. He has also worked in the music industry as a design consultant for many wind instruments and is an active composer and arranger. Sheridan's performances have been noted for his beautiful sound, incredible musicianship, humorous showmanship and blinding virtuosity. The New Edmonton Wind Sinfonia (NEWS), is under the director of resident conductor Raymond Baril and the Northern Alberta Junior Honour Band is under the direction of guest conductor Brent Pierce. Tickets: $15, may be purchased at the door. Friday, Feb. 27, at 7:30 p.m. at the Strathcona Christian Academy, 1011 Clover Bar Road, Sherwood Park.
With equal parts gypsy, Klezmer and plenty of jazz-rock influences, the music of Les Yeux Noirs is not for the faint at heart. Keeping the musical tradition of their family alive for over 20 years, brothers Eric and Olivier Slabiak embrace a wide-ranging mix of cultural influences as the root of their unclassifiable sound.Soaked in Eastern European and Yiddish flavours, Les Yeux Noirs’ captivating rhythms stir up a flurry of activity into an exhilarating musical journey. Their fervent energy and love of sharing brings people of all different backgrounds together through their colourful stories about other worlds. Arden Theatre, Friday, Feb. 27 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $34 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
A powerful singer whose melodic songs are matched with a narrative writing style and laden with lyrical hooks. His winsome, lonesome style of acoustic roots reveals a woven textile of metaphor, phrasing, irony, and rhyme that reads with ease like well-written prose. In his 12 years as a working musician, John has received a Juno nomination for Best Traditional/Roots Album, a Canadian Folk Music Award for Album of the Year, and seven other grand prize/first place awards for his songwriting. His music has taken him from his home in Alberta, to his birthplace on the Isle of Jersey in the UK, and to festivals around the world. John is one of the new torch-bearers of a vast songwriting tradition in the styles of John Prine, Louden Wainwright III, and Steve Earle but he’s also very proudly Canadian.His narrative songs speak of life on the prairies with an eloquence similar to that of Sinclair Ross, W.O. Mitchell, Margaret Laurence, or Sharon Butala. Horizon Stage is thrilled to be presenting John Wort Hannam on Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $35/adults and $30/students and seniors and may be purchased at the City Hall Ticket Centre, 315 Jespersen Ave., or by phone at 780-962-8995 or 1-888-655-9090. Tickets can also be purchased online by visiting www.horizonstage.comand clicking on the ‘Tickets’ link.
Lunasais internationally acknowledged as being the finest Irish instrumental band of recent times. Their blend of intelligence, innovation, virtuosity, and passion has brought them to the forefront of Celtic music, and their inventive arrangements and bass driven grooves have steered Irish acoustic music into a surprising new territory. The group is renowned for their constant touring, having performed over 1,500 shows across the globe since their formation. Lunasa has appeared at internationally renowned venues such as The Hollywood Bowl, National Concert Hall Dublin, Sydney Opera House and the White House.Saturday, Feb. 28 at 7:30 p.m.,100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. For ticket info, call the box office, 780-449-3378.
José-Luis Gomez, conductor; Andrew Wan, violin. Beethoven thought his Seventh Symphony one of his finest works; the musicians who performed its premiere thought he must have been drunk when he composed it. Listen and judge for yourself, and welcome back the concertmaster of the Montreal Symphony to his hometown to perform an arresting concerto.Featured repertoire: RIVAL: Whirlwind BEETHOVEN: Symphony No. 7 BEETHOVEN: Romance for Violin No. 1 SAINT-SAËNS: Violin Concerto No. 3. Join us for Symphony Prelude at 7:15 p.m. in the Upper Circle lobby for an informative presentation about the evening's program.Saturday, Feb. 28 at 8 p.m.,Winspear Centre for Music. Ticket info from: 780-428-1414 or www.winspearcentre.com
The two choirs are accompanied by a 21-piece professional orchestra, which features some of Edmonton's top string and wind players. Morten Lauridsen, world-acclaimed American composer, was inspired to write Lux Aeterna (Eternal Light) as he watched his mother suffer through a final illness. This large-scale work was a source of healing and solace to the composer, and inevitably takes the listener on an emotional journey ranging from serenity, to confusion and disruption, to comfort, and ultimately peace and joy. The evening concert opens with a selection of music by contemporary composers Eric Whitacre and Eriks Esenvalds, and two glorious works by Ola Gjeilo – The Ground and Luminous Night of the Soul – dramatic sweeping music that inspires and uplifts while transcending lyric and language. Saturday, Feb. 28, at 7 p.m. at the West End Christian Reformed Church, 10015 149 St. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.caFor more details, visit www.vocalalchemy.com
Grindstone Theatre is excited to bring back this popular improvised musical! This two act improvised show defies all expectations with a different show every Friday night. There's no script, and no safety net! Improvised on the spot, with random ideas and suggestions from the audience, the cast creates characters and situations that go from funny, to intelligent, to downright silly, all in 90 minutes. Running every Friday evening at 11 p.m. at The Varscona Theatre, 10329 – 83 Ave., Ticket info available from 780-420-1757 or online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
The teen line is a telephone and internet service manned by teens and young adult staff and volunteers, who have participated in a 40-hour training. They are available to talk, chat, or just listen when you want to talk to someone your age. Volunteers are between the ages of 15 and 25 years old and are trained to be there for teens and the issues that they face. Often just talking about what’s going on with someone who is non-judgmental and caring is all a person needs. If you need help or just want to talk with someone, the teen line is here. Teen line offers referrals for further support to youth organizations, counseling, social service agencies, and follow-up to those as the need dictates. Confidentiality, privacy and safety are of utmost importance and procedures are in place to build and maintain trust between the callers and the teen line workers. Volunteers obtain hands-on experience within a well-known Christian ministry. Many of the volunteers are college/university students who receive the training and donate dozens of hours, giving them credit in their college curriculum, preparing them for jobs in social work, pastoral care, chaplaincy or other types of community support job functions. Teen Support Line hours including phone and chat:Tuesday to Saturday 5 to 9 p.m. MST. Phone: 780-488-1414. Website: www.teensupportline.net
Sleep is one of the most important yet misunderstood bodily functions, and critical to healing, restoration, and feeling energized! Learn about sleep’s structure and cycles, and the importance of good sleep habits and routines. Discover how aging and medications can affect sleep, and learn about sleep disorders on Monday, March 2 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. This session will be presented facilitated by Lori Jack, seniors nurse with the St. Albert & Sturgeon Primary Care Network. 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.
On March 3 will will discuss hassle-free shopping with children; March 10 is developing good bedtime routines; March 17 is dealing with disobedience; March 24 is a discussion on managing fighting and aggression. Program runs Tuesdays in March, from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Fees: Members: $15; non-members: $15. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
Join us for the Positive Parenting Program, presented at the library by the St. Albert Family Resource Centre. The aim of Triple P is to increase parental confidence and the ability to deal with the many parenting challenges. Triple P is a toolbox of solutions where parents choose the strategy that best fits their family. This unique program runs for four Wednesdays, March 4, 11, 18 & 25 From 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.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.