A little red truck will pull into Morinville on Monday March 17, with everything it takes to mount a full scale musical production of the Wizard of Oz … except the cast! That's where you come in! Auditions: Monday March 17 from 4 to 8 p.m.Rehearsals: Tuesday, March 18 to Friday March 21 from 4 to 8 p.m. followed by two performances on Saturday March 22 at 3:30 and 5:00 p.m. – starring you! You must pre-register for the auditions. Registration can be done online: https://ca.apm.activecommunities.com/morinville/Activity_Search?activity_id=954 or by calling 780-939-7839. There is no fee to register or audition. A waiver must be signed and on file with Community Services before the first day of auditions. You must be able to commit to all rehearsals and performances if you are cast in the show.
Considered to be the most hauntingly beautiful ballet of the romantic era – inhabiting the pantheon of the few great classical masterpieces alongside Swan Lake – this deeply evocative story of love, betrayal, forgiveness, and redemption has been enchanting dance lovers around the world for more than 160 years. Featuring the magnificent sets and costumes of the American Ballet Theatre, this historical premiere will mark our company’s first full presentation of this legendary classical ballet. Richly layered characters, stunning choreography, and a heartbreaking score create a powerful testament to the strength within the human soul. Accompanied by the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, conductor: Peter Dala. Jubilee Auditorium, Friday, March 14 and Saturday, March 15, 7:30 p.m. Ticket information available from: www.albertaballet.com
Daring. Versatile. Fearless. Earning international awards and acclaim for their original, riveting works, Northwest Dance Project has succeeded in its willingness to take risks. It’s a bold and innovative contemporary dance company. Under the direction of praised dancer, choreographer, and mentor, Sarah Slipper, the company has been dedicated to the creation and performance of groundbreaking worksfrom the most promising new talents in the field. Capturing moments of extraordinary beauty, raw emotion, and the complexity of the human condition, this ever-emerging dance group is the face of breathtaking artistry. In their Arden Theatre debut, passionate and masterful technicians perform stunning works from prolific choreographer Wen Wei Wang andSarah Slipper that will leave you speechless. Arden Theatre,Sunday, March 16 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $35/adults; $20/students, plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
The Morinville Festival Society is the proud sponsor of the Morinville Farmers’ Market. Come visit us and enjoy the wonderful and delicious products available at our market! Located at the Ray McDonald Sports Arena,9908 – 104 Street, every Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. (except Good Friday). Vendor listings can be found late Thursday evenings at morinvillefarmersmarket.com.
Join people of all ages and skill levels to share a love of music in a relaxed atmosphere. Bring your friends, your family, your voice, and your instrument if you play one! Holy Trinity Anglican Church Hall, 5025 50th Ave., Bon Accord. Join us every Tuesday in March, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. –featuring songs of spring! For more information, call Leah 780-297-0712 or email email@example.com
We will be serving beef barley soup with chive biscuits; St. Patrick’s Day short ribs with mashed potatoes and roasted winter vegetables, with frozen Key lime pie for dessert. After lunch, we’ll have a fun, interactive session on “True and Tried Home Remedies” put on by the Multicultural Heritage Centre and we’ll s end you home with Ashley’s ‘Over the Rainbow’ cupcakes! Join us on Thursday, March 13 at 12 noon. Please purchase your tickets by 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 12.Cost: $10. Payments by phone using MasterCard or Visa are welcome.Call 780-459-0433. St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St.
Western Canada's biggest and best outdoors show! Best prices of the year! Marine products, power recreational products, fishing lodges, hunting lodges, fishing and hunting gear. Seminars, demonstrations, tons of activities. Over 300 exhibitors. Fun for the entire family! ‘Mantracker’ book signing with Terry Grant Alberta Birds of Prey, Elk calling championships, archery, hunter education and sensory safari. Come see us at the Expo Centre, Northlands, on Thursday, March 13: noon to 9 p.m.; Friday, March 14: noon to 9 p.m.; Saturday, March 15: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Sunday, March 16: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For all the details, visit the website: www.edmontonboatandsportshow.ca/
Enjoy the pyramids in a tranquil atmosphere with subdued lighting before taking in the sounds of Celtic music at the Muttart Conservatory. This enhanced evening will feature the local Celtic band Celtara!Thursday, March 13 from 6 to 8 p.m.at the Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Join other 50+ adults at the library on Friday, March 14 from 2 to 4 p.m. to play Scrabble! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Be part of a celebration where our past meets our present as the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala goes Retro Radio. Step back in time to an old-fashioned radio station that is overflowing with talent, including tap dancers, in-house musicians and comedians. Immerse your imagination in the characters and drama of a radio play. And celebrate the incredible talent and passion of the individuals, groups and businesses that have raised this community’s profile on the artistic map of Canada. The Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala takes place on Friday, March 14, beginning at 6:30 p.m., Arden Theatre. Tickets: $35, available from the Arden Theatre box office, Call the box office, 780-459-1542.For more information on the Mayor’s Celebration of the Arts Gala, visit www.stalbert.ca/mayors-arts-gala.
Bring a partner or we will find one for you. Cash prizes, booby prize, free refreshments. $6 per person to play. Friday, March 14, doors open at 7 p.m., games begin at 7:30 p.m. Alcomdale Hall, Alcomdale. For more information including a map visit our blog at http://AlcomdaleEvents.BlogSpot.com
The first sign of spring is …an art show!!! Cars, flowers, doors, sunsets, wine art, scenery! There are over 50 original artworks for sale. Various themes created by nine artists: J. Stang, S. Fergusson, E. Dupuis, S. Topilko, W. Pfeifer, J. Sommers, P. Der, J. Lewis and L. Friend. Mark your calendar! Now is the time to start your collection of these up-and-coming St. Albert artists! Opening reception, artists in attendance on Sunday March 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Art show continues until Saturday March 29 at Hidden Talent Art School, #107 25 Chisholm Ave. For more info, call 780-419-2055.
Celebrating Greg Payce's 2013 Saidye Bronfman Award for Excellence in Fine Craft. Alive with history, movement, and possibility, Greg Payce's vessels become animated before our eyes. Processions of figures emerge from negative space, projections of vibrant patterns dance across porcelain surfaces, and holographic-like images pulse with dimension. For 44 years, Greg Payce has been shaping his experiences and passions at the potter's wheel. He pulls from design, film, photography, philosophy, and history - all the while reinforcing his connection to fellow potters through the ages. Whether it is his trademark rows of vases enclosing profiles of human figures in the negative space between, or his latest large-scale lenticular (holographic-like) photographs that create the illusion of depth and movement, Payce's body of work is rich in philosophical, historical and cultural references. In recent years he has begun to overlay his ceramics with video and photography. Runs from Jan. 11 to March 29. There will be a reception held on Saturday, March 22 from 2 to 4 p.m. with the artist in attendance. Alberta Craft Council 10186 - 106 St.
This exhibit features a variety of artistic mediums in which artists unveil the visible human imprint on the land and an unforeseen ground where a unique spirit stands. From traditional landscapes to more contemporary views of Alberta, the artwork showcases a larger meaning and representation about Alberta’s identity; images and symbols of the land are inscribed in their work. Together, the artists see their work as a language, a marker of their own shared vision of Alberta that manifests the ability to incorporate creativity as an alternative mode of expression for provincial pride.Join us for the opening reception on Thursday, Jan. 30 from 7 to 9:30 p.m.Exhibit runs from Jan. 30 to March 15at theVAAA Gallery, 3rd floor, 10215 – 112 St.
A new exhibition featuring the work of Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne, entitled Bowerbird, Life as Art, is a survey of Osborne’s nearly 40-year career. The exhibit showcases Osborne’s diverse body of work—beginning with large airbrush drawings from the mid-1970s and a selection of print works that were created between 1975 and 1995. In 1995, Osborne’s creative focus shifted to the complex, multi-dimensional installations that she is now known for, and it was these large-scale sculptural creations that brought her work greater public and critical awareness.Densely woven and deeply layered constructions, Osborne’s sculptures are made of natural materials and found objects sourced from her vast personal collection, which have been gathered from as far away as her native Australia to the prairies of her current home in Alberta. Through observing, collecting and manipulating these found materials, Osborne enhances one’s understanding of the natural world and asks us to question our place within it. Her work also expresses the artist’s interest and growing concern for the environment and addresses issues such as genetic modification, global warming, urbanization and the effects of industry on the land. By incorporating industrial and technological objects and processes into her work—Osborne’s installations speak to the diversity and complexity of nature but also question the consequences of humanintervention.This exhibit is on view from Feb. 1 until April 27. Art Gallery of Alberta, 2 Sir Winston Churchill Square. For more info, including hours and admission fees, visit the website: www.youraga.ca
Come and see dinosaur discoveries and talented local artists at the following exhibitions on now: DinoStars (on until March 8) features two dinosaur specimens that have recently been widely discussed by the global media. For the first time, the public will now be able to view the baby Chasmosaurus belli and mummified Edmontosaurus regalis.National preconceptions of Edmonton’s painting scene are challenged in Fresh Paint: A Snapshot of Painting in Edmonton (running until April 12). At a time when experimentation across media is common practice for artists, local painters – 12 of whom are featured in Fresh Paint – remain passionately committed to their discipline. As a complementary exhibition to Fresh Paint, Duets: Shared Ideas in Painting (continuing to April 12) explores different interpretations of ideas that artists past and present draw upon in their search for self-expression. Featuring 18 works from the U of A Art Collection, Duets presents unexpected pairings of portraits, landscapes, and still-life paintings.For the first time, the U of A Museums Enterprise Square Galleries welcome two community-curated exhibitions, both running until March 29: Cross-Contamination: An Exhibition of Works from the Staff and Collective at The Nina, and Visual Music: Five Films by John Osborne.All exhibitions are now open at the Enterprise Square Galleries, 10230 Jasper Ave, Edmonton. Gallery Hours: Thursdays and Fridays: noon to 6 p.m., Saturdays: noon to 4 p.m. Admission: By donation. Visit http://bit.ly/1fU9OSCfor the complete Winter 2014 exhibition and program schedule.
What does your fish tank look like? is a body of work that comments on the ideas of hand-made and the mundane. When decorating a home we like to have a sense of style. With that style we pick out the perfect couch, that great lamp and a fantastic painting done by a local artist. Why not do the same for your fish tank? Instead, we head to the pet store and get a generic treasure chest or sunken ship for our pets to live in. If they are lucky they can even have pink rocks! By creating a series of "Fish Huts", Gillian is taking on a mission not only to allow our fish to have a one-of-a-kind ceramic house to swim through, but also allow for sculptures to be displayed in different ways other than on the coffee table or mantel. Gillian Mitchell is a Calgary based sculptural artist. Choosing to mimic nature not found in the prairies, Gillian is continually inspired by coral reefs and rock formations found on many different coastlines. On from Feb. 15 to March 22, with a closing reception: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Jill Nuckles is drawn to natural materials and traditional processes that are part of our human experience. Her country childhood, north of Edmonton, sparked and fostered a fascination with the textures found in nature and the intersection of humanity and the natural world. Always fascinated by the intersection of manmade objects and nature – finding beauty in a concert jungle – she strives to reinterpret the world in a softer and more humorous way. The Artist Ranch Project, organized by the Calgary Stampede, is an initiative designed to create a discourse about western heritage and values for the 21st century while inviting contemporary artists to reexamine what it means to experience Western Canada from a traditional perspective. During the weekend residency in the summer of 2013, the group of artists explored the Longview area, ranch life, farm animals and archival material at the Glenbow Museum. The project has transformed Jill's sculptural work by adding additional layers of meaning and understanding. Through Trophies for the Ranchland, she has explored themes of ranch life – as a living, breathing, adapting entity; including the historical elements, the land, the livestock and the idea of home. Her ceramic sculptures are designed to give the viewer clues to her own personal interpretation of her experience on the ranch. On from Feb. 15 to March 22, with a closing reception: 2 to 4 p.m., Saturday, March 22. Alberta Craft Council Gallery, 10186 - 106 St.
Fragile Elements brings together three Alberta artists, each focusing on an aspect of the natural world. Susan Casault creates highly attentive pencil crayon drawings that examine and portray flora in exacting detail. These drawings depict moments in time; the delicate bloom of flowers, grass swaying in the wind. Peter Ivens’ water studies seek to capture the essence of fleeting moments. With uncanny precision Ivens encapsulates the light and reflections from the water of rivers, pools and streams. Great depth is achieved in these impressively fluid paintings that describe the natural environment with ethereal and poetic effect. Teresa Stieben’s mixed media sculptures are formed from fragile materials such as wasp papers, flowers, grasses and leaves. Stieben utilizes both recycled natural and artificial materials to craft replica bird nests that express her concern for the depleting natural habitat of songbirds. Fragile Elements demonstrates the unique means by which an artist can both draw attention to, and visually preserve the beauty and fragility of the ecosystem. Exhibit runs from March 6 to April 26 opening reception on Thursday, March 6 from 7 to 9 p.m. Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron Street, phone 780-460-4310.
Artist’s statement: “As a painter I paint what I feel flowing through me in the form and expression of thoughts, feelings and emotions. I respond intuitively in each moment that I am creating and working on a piece. My palette is generally bright and bold, symbolic in ways to an intensity that I am responding to as I work. This series of paintings evolved out of the working topic of PASSION. Passion arises under many circumstances and it is not always sexually or romantically related. We can have a passionate experience about many different things in our lives, from a conversation with another to the energetic interplay between for example the climate of a place in time. Passionate moments surround us constantly and the emotion that comes with that is varied. There is also a layering of these emotional responses that develops over time and this is also an aspect that I work with in my work in the use of collage.Society places great expectations around the appropriateness of expressing passion and the need to contain it. I am exploring through my own experience how our passion within has its own agenda and will reveal itself on its own terms, appropriate or not to transform into something new, positive and beautiful and or sometimes with devastating results. Passion is about potential and it is the seed to anything creative, however that is interpreted.” Exhibit continues until March 28. VASA in the Hemingway Centre, 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave. Telephone 780-460-5993. Gallery hours: Tues. to Sat., 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Thursdays until 8 p.m., Other times by chance or by appointment, 780-460-5993. Website: www.vasa.ca
Muttart is a great place for little ones to explore and learn. Join an interpreter on Friday mornings for drop-in activities that teach your preschooler about the wonderful world of plants. Activities change weekly, are geared towards children two to five years and last for a maximum of 30 minutes. Program runs Fridays until March 28at 11 a.m. in Centre Court. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Tours run 20 minutes per pyramid and feature some of the most fascinating, beautiful and bizarre plants in our collection. Guided tours of the pyramids take place Saturdays, Sundays and Wednesdays. For details, visit: www.edmonton.ca/attractions_recreation/attractions/muttart-conservatory.aspx Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
The Muttart Conservatory presents a Feature Pyramid celebrating all things Dutch! Stop in to see Dutch cultural demonstrations, performances and activities! There will be a wide range of fun activities for all ages to enjoy, so stop in and release your inner Dutch! Opens Sunday, March 9, noon to 4 p.m. Exhibit goes until April 6. Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
Find out from John (“the Nature Nut”) Acorn what butterflies can and cannot tell us about the state of our environment in this interesting and informative video conference presentation. This program will be viewed on our giant screen TV in Forsyth Hall on the main floor of the Library onTuesday, March 11 from 7 to 8 p.m. It can be enjoyed by families, adults, teens and children alike (recommended for ages 8 and up). Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Did you know leprechauns are a type of fairy? Join us to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day and learn all about fairies and leprechauns! Meet a garter snake, go on a shamrock scavenger hunt, and make some fairy wings. Make sure to grab your own package of fairy dust to take home and enjoy. This magical day will be one not to be forgotten! Sunday, March 16 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.at the Muttart Conservatory, 9626 96A St. Regular admission fees apply.
A film by Megumi Sasaki USA, 87 minutes, 2013. The follow-up film to the acclaimed Herb & Dorothy (2008) that moved millions of art-lovers worldwide, Herb & Dorothy 50X50 captures the last chapter of the Vogel’s extraordinary life and their gift to the nation, raising various questions on art, and what it takes to support art in today’s society. In 2008, legendary art collectors Herb and Dorothy Vogel made an announcement that stunned the art world. Known and loved as a retired postal worker (Herb) and librarian (Dorothy) who built a world-class art collection on their humble salaries, the Vogels launched a national gift project with the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington DC that would constitute one of the largest gifts in the history of American art: to give a total of 2,500 artworks to museums in all fifty states. This came sixteen years after the Vogels had transferred their entire collection to NGA, the majority as a gift, making headlines in 1992. Having worked their whole lives as civil servants, their wish was to simply to give back. Tuesday, March 11, 7 p.m.at the Metro Cinema at the historic Garneau Theatre, 8712 109 Street. Tickets: $10 / $8 AGA & Metro members, students and seniors. Tickets can be purchased through the Metro Cinema Box Office.
Join other adults 50+ for an afternoon film: A Day in A Life. This Canadian comedy-drama reminds us that life happens one day at a time, and each day gives back what you put into it. Please join us in the library on Saturday, March 15 from 2 to 3:30 p.m.for this free matinee. Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
This is a playgroup program for children ages 0-6 with a caregiver. This not-for-profit program has been offered by St. Peter Lutheran Church since 2003. It is a unique program that offers something for everyone! Caregivers can bond with their children and visit with other adults. Children will enjoy a Circle Time filled with music, movement and interactive Bible stories. An easy, child-centred craft is followed by a gross motor component in the preschool playground.Our program will be held at Fountain Park Pool on Cunningham Road. Please meet upstairs in Room 1 for Circle Time and craft/snack; then we will head downstairs to burn off energy in the padded preschool playground. Runs Tuesdays from 9:45 to 11 a.m. for five sessions in February and March (Feb. 18, 25 and March 4, 11, 18). Per session cost: $25 for the first child, $15 for the second child and $10 for the third child. Walk-ins accepted: $5 per child age 1 and over. Call Sarah at 458-5119 or register on our website www.saintpeterlutheran.com
You won’t find any video games here. You’ll find the old games, the great games, and the BEST games! Learn a new game, or play one you’ve loved for years. Kids in grades 1 to 6 are invited to come down to the library each month for some games that are fun AND make your brain work. Next meeting is onThursday, March 13 from 4 to 5 p.m. Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Kids in grades 4 thru 7 are invited to come and explore the library after closing time, with no need to be quiet! We’ll have a scavenger hunt across the library, make T-shirts and watch a movie. Join the library’s own Drew and Ashley onFriday, March 14 from 5:45 until 9 p.m.for a fun night out (… or, should we say “night in”?) Advance registration is required. Register by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Experience ArtVentures, the Art Gallery of St Albert's drop-in children's program! Children aged 6 to 12 are invited to drop in and explore the world of art. The program complements Gallery exhibitions and enriches participants' understanding of the art on display. Please note that Art Ventures now takes place in the gallery basement. Adults may choose to stay with their children and join in the fun. Bring an old shirt! Next class: Nuts About Nature: Investigate drawing from nature with coloured pencils. You’ll find inspiration in Fragile Elements.Saturday, March 15 from 1 to 4 p.m. Cost: $6/child ($5.40 for Arts and Heritage members.) The Art Gallery of St. Albert, 19 Perron St.
Put your shirt on backwards, put your socks on your ears and come prepared to have some fun! Our Super Silly Storytime is for children aged 4 to 6 on Tuesday, March 18 from 6:30 to 7:15 p.m.Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
French-speaking and French-immersion students from ages 3 to 8 are invited to join us at the library for this half-hour of stories and a craft onThursday, March 20 from 4:30 to 5 p.m.Register in advance by visiting or calling the children’s desk at 780-459-1532. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Looking for a repair manual for a 1969 VW Beetle or a 2010 Jeep Compass? Need to know how to install a kitchen sink or build an outdoor playhouse? The library has great online resources for auto repair and home improvements that will help you get the answers you need. This one-hour session, onTuesday, March 18 from 7 to 8 p.m., will show you how to use these online tools to help you with almost anything around the home. And best of all – access is free with a library membership or when in the library! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Storytime isn’t just for kids. Take a break from work, bring your lunch to our storytime corner and listen to some great tales. This month, to honour St. Patrick’s Day, our story theme is Irish Tales and Bawdy Yarns. Drop-in on to Forsyth Hall on the main floor of the Library onFriday, March 14 from 12:15 to 12:45 p.m.St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Celebrated First Nations writer Richard Wagamese will be appearing at MacEwan University to read from Indian Horse, this year’s MacEwan University Book of the Year, as well as his new novel, Medicine Walk. The evening event will also include an on-stage conversation between Wagamese and another prominent First Nations writer, Richard Van Camp, the university’s current writer in residence. A book signing will follow. A finalist for CBC’s Canada Reads in 2013 and the winner of the Canada Reads People’s Choice Award, Indian Horse is currently on the long list for the 2014 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Richard Wagamese is one of Canada’s most important Aboriginal writers and he recently won the inaugural Burt Award for First Nations, Métis and Inuit Literature. Monday, March 17, 7:30 to 9:30 p.m.at City Centre Campus, Building 8, Gymnasium, 10700-104 Ave. For more info, visit MacEwan.ca/MacEwanBook
Looking for a book club that veers off the beaten path? Join us on Monday, March 17 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.and check out our recently revamped, drop-in book discussion group. The “book of the month” is available for pick up at the library one month prior to the meeting. New members are always welcome! We’ll be discussing Will Ferguson’s 419 at this March meeting. Call 780-459-1682 for more information and for upcoming book titles, or check out our blog: http://subverseive.wordpress.com/. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Do you love reading and talking about books you’ve read? The library offers two drop-in book discussion groups (afternoon and evening) which meet in the library on the 3rd Tuesday of each month. Come on Tuesday, March 18to join in the lively discussion and share your impressions of the fiction and non-fiction titles we will be reading. (Book selections: for the 2 p.m. meeting – The Paris Wife by Paula McLain; for the 7 p.m. meeting – Madame Tussaud by Michelle Moran). For more information, or to get the list of the upcoming titles being discussed, visit the Book Club page on our website: www.sapl.ca – or call 780-459-1682.St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Learn to trust your intuition to find more joy, balance and harmony to life. Learn about the nature of the soul, communication with your guardian angels, understand the seven year cycles of life and life purpose. Hear about your four spiritual gifts of communication and how to develop them. Experience aura impressions and power of thought and your energy.Tuesday, March 11 at the St. Albert Curling Club, in the meeting room, 3 Tache St. Talks are 90 minutes at take place at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.Cost: $21 at the door. Everyone is welcome!IPM is a non-profit, community based, educational program. www.innerpeacemovement.ca
Our monthly meeting will feature guest speaker Troy Furukawa, fisheries biologist with the Alberta Conservation Association. Troy will be discussing lake aeration in the Edmonton area. Please come out and learn about the lake aeration projects carried out by the ACA in the Edmonton area. Tuesday, March 11 at 8 p.m. at the St. Albert Community Centre, 17 Perron St. All members of the public are invited to attend. Admission is free and no prior registration is required. For more information call Phil at 780-458-5156.
This exhibition showcases 24 photos of species at risk in Alberta, with accompanying information about each species and ways that people can help to conserve them and their habitats. The exhibition aims to make people aware of the variety of species at risk in Alberta and is on loan from the Alberta Fish and Wildlife Division of the Alberta Government. Runs from Nov. 24 to March 16 in the Orientation Gallery at the Royal Alberta Museum, 12845 - 102nd Ave. For information regarding times and admission fees, call: 780-453-9100 or go online to: www.royalalbertamuseum.ca
The spirit of the past is a driving force behind Le Vent du Nord’s joyous blend of Celtic folk. Blazing a path that pushes their traditional Quebecois roots in striking global directions, this quartet of prodigious instrumentalists and singers is winning critical acclaim for their revitalizing style. Le Vent du Nord have earned multiple Juno Awards for their joie de vivre sound while keeping one tappin’ foot firmly rooted in the past. Get ready for the energy and delight of a mid-week kitchen party, as Le Vent du Nord performs catchy tunes from their 10thanniversary release, Tromper le temps. Arden Theatre, Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets: $30 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
This veteran American songsmith has, for nearly 50 years, offered his unique cinematic perspective on chronicles of humanity. Tom Russell’s brilliance as a musical poet captures an unsaturated ingenuity, past and present, that places him in a category all his own. His tried and tested path of producing a thematically rich collection of Americana, rock, country, and Mexican folk tunes has stood the test of time with the release of his 27thalbum, Aztec Jazz. Tom Russell’s gritty and earthy voice lends itself powerfully to the tales which populate this venerable musician’s new realm of gripping works. Arden Theatre, Thursday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.Tickets: $36 plus fees. Call the box office, 780-459-1542.
For nearly 30 years, Buddy Wasisname and the Other Fellers have won audiences over with their blend of wacky humour, colourful characterizations, and sweetly sung homespun ballads. Back by popular demand with a brand new show, these guys have something up their sleeve for anyone of any age.The trio has won Entertainer of the Year award and Comedy Group of the Year award from the Music Industry Association of Newfoundland and Labrador, two East Coast Music Award nominations, and has performed on countless television programs. Appearing from March 13 to 16 at Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. Ticket info at: www.festivalplace.ab.ca/festivalplace/buy.php
The evening’s program is a presentation of traditional and original works of music showcasing a combination of the rhythmic intensity of playfulness of world jazz and ethnic music with the richness of full wind band orchestration. From the pennywhistle and piccolo solos in Henry Mancini’s Pennywhistle Jig to the combination of the subtle and expressive sounds of traditional ethnic instruments as the Middle Eastern Oud and Greek Bouzouki with the powerful and articulate timbres of North American brass and woodwind instruments, this concert promises to excite and engage listeners of all ages. Come on out to experience the magic that is sure to unfold as two very distinct Edmonton music communities join together to take the audience on a wonderful and worldly musical journey! The evening concert will also feature the “The Koufogiannakis Porkka eXpLoRaTiOnS wOrLd jAzZ qUaRtEt” featuring George Koufogiannakis, Karren Porkka, Thom Golub, and Dan Skakun. This is a fundraiser concert for the Concordia University College School of Music.Saturday, March 15, at 7:30 p.m. in the Robert Tegler Centre, Concordia University College of Alberta, 7128 Ada Blvd. (73 St. south of 112 Ave.). Tickets: $15/adults and $12/students, seniors, can be purchased at the door.
The Edmonton Guitar Trio is made up of Edmonton-and-area guitarists Trevor Sanders, Ernst Birss, and David Grainger Brown. Most guitarists start out as soloists and fittingly, each member of the trio has decided to present his own short musical offering in addition to the scheduled program. This month's featured emerging artist is 12-year-old classical guitarist Sebasian Robles. Concert attendee will be treated to a champagne reception and will have the chance to meet and chat with the performers.Saturday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m.at Don's Piano Showroom, 8 Riel Drive. Tickets available from Don's Piano Showroom in person or in advance by calling 780-459-5525. Tickets: $25/adults; $20/students and seniors.
Those who have followed Ruthie Foster’s eclectic musical history know that she can burn down any stage with her combustible blend of soul, blues, rock, folk and gospel. Ruthie’s astonishing voice has taken her on an amazing ride. She came from humble church choir beginnings in rural Texas, followed by a tour of duty with the U.S. Navy Band, and ended up in Austin, Texas. Ruthie’s list of achievements include Best Female Vocalist in 2007, 2008 and 2013 from the Austin Music Awards, a 2012 and 2009 Grammy nomination for Best Contemporary Blues Album, the 2010 Living Blues Music Award Critic’s Poll for Female Blues Artist of the Year, the 2013 Living Blue Music Award Critic’s Poll for Bluest Artist of the Year (female) and recent Blues Music Award wins for Best Contemporary and Best Traditional Blues Female Artist of the Year. Ruthie’s latest and Grammy-nominated CD, ‘”Let It Burn,” is a deeply intimate recording featuring a smoky mix of original songs coupled with inventive interpretations of an unexpected collection of covers. Jubilee Auditorium,Monday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket info, call 1-855-985-5000 or visit: www.ticketmaster.ca
Celtic Fusion Illusion (CFI) is a new musical adventure that combines elements of a modern pipe band with a traditional rock and roll groove. The result is a unique and high-energy blend of musical sounds and emotions. The Edmonton-based ensemble has been developing its innovative repertoire since 2005 and has performed at many fine venues around Alberta. Come out this St. Patty's Day and enjoy a spirited Celtic rock experience, interspersed with traditional and melodic Celtic airs. Monday, March 17at Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park. Ticket info at: www.festivalplace.ab.ca/festivalplace/buy.php
"That Little Ol' Band From Texas," lay undisputed claim to being the longest running major rock band with original personnel intact! Of course, there are only three of them - Billy F Gibbons, Dusty Hill, Frank Beard – but it's still a remarkable achievement that they're still very much together after more than 40 years of rock, blues, and boogie on the road and in the studio. ZZ TOP's music is always instantly recognizable, eminently powerful, profoundly soulful and 100% Texas American in derivation. The band's support for the blues is unwavering both as interpreters of the music and preservers of its legacy. It was ZZ TOP that celebrated "founding father" Muddy Waters by turning a piece of scrap timber that had fallen from his sharecropper's shack into a beautiful guitar, dubbed the "Muddywood." This totem was sent on tour as a fundraising focus for The Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale, Mississippi, site of Robert Johnson's famed "Crossroads" encounter with the devil. ZZ TOP's support and link to the blues remains as rock solid as the music they continue to play. Jubilee Auditorium,Tuesday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. For ticket info, call 1-855-985-5000 or visit: www.ticketmaster.ca
The Community Volunteer Income Tax Program will help those with low income, seniors and those with disabilities complete income tax forms at no charge. This service is available at the Community Information and Volunteer Centre office, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Phone 780-459-6666 to book an appointment. Some restrictions apply.
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
By Hannah Moscovitch. Directed by Bradley Moss. Featuring: Jesse Gervais. Monsters can come in all shapes and sizes. For all of his childhood, Aaron had to be careful around his troubled foster sister Claire. They truly do love each other – but for some people, loving and destroying are the same thing.Runs March 4 to 23.Tues. to Sat. at 8 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. Roxy Theatre, 10708 – 124 St. For ticket info call 780-420-1757 or go online to: www.tixonthesquare.ca
By Jeffrey Hatcher, translated by Gisele Villeneuve. A co-production with L'UniThéâtre. Performances at L'UniThéâtre in La Cité Francophone (8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury). "Either you want to discuss an out of court settlement or you want to screw me. Which is it?" … New Year's Eve, 1945. Cambria, Ohio, a smallish city an hour's train ride from Pittsburgh. In the midst of a snowfall, George, a successful insurance broker, pulls young, blonde Zanovia away from the club dance for a private tete-a-tete in the pool house, complete with champagne and music. There's a war to wage, but also lots of past to unravel in this romantic film noir mystery ... Plays in English: March 4, 6, 8, 12, 14, 16. Plays in French: March 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15. March 6 to March 16 at 7:30 p.m. Preview March 4 at 7:30 p.m. Booty Call Performance March 14 at 11:30 p.m. NO SHOW Monday evenings . Featuring Brian Dooley and Gianna Vacirca. Directed by Trevor Schmidt. To purchase tickets or book subscriber seats, please call Northern Light Theatre at 780-471-1586. (Tickets will not be available through Fringe Theatre Adventures for this production). www.northernlighttheatre.com
By Eugene Stickland. An aging theatre actress recruits the assistance of an unruly teenage girl in her last ditch attempt to memorize the lines for an all female production of King Lear. One woman fears the slow erosion of her talents while the other struggles with a desperate desire for a liberated life. What unfolds is a comic collision of personality and a poignant struggle for individual independence. Running March 12 to 30 at Shadow Theatre, at the Varscona Theatre, 10329 83rd Ave. For ticket info, call 780-420-1757 or purchase online at: www.tixonthesquare.ca
St. Albert Theatre Troupe returns with a twisted, surreal drama that unfolds to reveal a surprising connection between two couples in Sam Bobrick’s mystery, The Spider or the Fly. Maura and Scott, played by Fringe clowning favourites Christine Lesiak and Adam Keefe (Fools For Love), are brought together when they are assigned to jury duty on a grisly murder case. As they become romantically involved during the trial’s progress, the two discover that they have not only very different opinions on the verdict, neither is who they first seemed to be. Happening in the same space but a different time period, we meet another couple, Jan and Tom (Krista Kwarok and Julian Stamer), with strange ties to the very same murder case. Three shows only!—March 13 to 15, at 8 p.m. nightly at the Kinsmen Korral Hall, 47 Riel Drive. Tickets: $25/regular; $20/students, seniors, groups, available at www.stalberttheatre.com. A talkback with the artists will be held following the show on March 14.
The Lord is coming back to Edmonton! God, dressed in a floral power suit, comes to skewer everything from Justin Bieber to the Pope! Mike Delamont’s hit show that had a sold out crowd rolling in laughter at the 2013 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival returns to the ATB Financial Arts Barns! God is A Scottish Drag Queen is a highly acclaimed hour with everyone’s favourite deity. This 70-minute one-man show has received such acclaim as Critics’ Choice Best Comedy at the Orlando Fringe Festival, and Pick of the Fringe in Victoria, Vancouver, Edmonton, Winnipeg, and Orlando. Runs March 13, 14, 15 at 8 p.m. in the Westbury Theatre, ATB Financial Arts Barns, 10330 – 84 Ave. Tickets: $20 plus GST and service charge, available from: Fringe Theatre Adventures Box Office: 780-409-1910. Rating: Appropriate for ages 14 and up due to some coarse language.
A musical based on the stories by P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney film. Original music and lyrics by Richard M. Sherman and Robert B. Sherman. Book by Julian Fellowes. New songs and additional music by George Stiles and Anthony Drewe; co-created by Cameron MacIntosh. Directed by Michael Shamata; musical direction by Don Horsburgh. The classic tale of a magical nanny and a family whose lives are forever changed comes alive at the Citadel Theatre. Fun for the whole family, this musical extravaganza is one you won’t soon forget. Runs from March 15 to April 20at the Citadel Theatre complex, 9828 – 101A Ave. For ticket info, call 780-425-1820. For more details, visit: www.citadeltheatre.com
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
An introduction to the challenges of grief and ways to support oneself or others who are grieving. Takes place Tuesday, March 11 from 10 a.m. to noon at Calder Seniors’ Centre, 12963 – 120 Street; and from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Woodcroft Library, 13420 114 Ave. For those wanting more support in their grief journey, a seven-week Walking With Grief small group series begins the following week at the same times and places. Please register by calling Linda Aris, RSW, Bereavement Specialist, at 780-454-1194, ext. 224.
With Patricia Magliocco, M.Div. Topics covered: Turning pain into a purpose; living life with intention.Wednesday, March 12 at 7:30 p.m. at the St. Albert 50+ Club, 7 Taché St. For info, please call Carol at 780-458-6528.
Join us for the power of the beat – there’s nothing else like it! No experience necessary – all drums and percussion instruments are supplied and registration is not required. Please join us to enjoy the "Power of the Beat" on Wednesday, March 12, from 7 to 9 p.m., at the St. Albert Community Village, 50 Bellerose Drive (next to Canadian Tire). Fee: by donation (all proceeds go to Community Village programs). Please call 780-459-0599 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
This course will give you the skills required to encourage independence and exploration while setting appropriate boundaries with your child. Parents will learn to recognize when their child is ready to master the challenges of sleeping, eating and potty training, while avoiding power struggles that so often come with these lessons.Wednesdays, March 12 to 26 from 6 to 7:30 p.m.Fees: Members: $36; non-members: $50. St. Albert Family Resource Centre, #10, 215 Carnegie Dr. Call 780-459-7377 to register or for more info.
“God touches all in the heavens and on Earth; everything is full of sacred presence.” Psalm 103.19. How shall we listen to what the Earth is saying to us? Using this question as a reference point we will enter a contemplative reflection on our inter-relatedness with all of creation. How are we being changed and how are we changing the future for our children and all who come after us? What simple steps can we embrace to bring peace and healing to our planet? Friday, March 21 from 7 to 9 p.m. and Saturday, March 22 from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.Please register by March 14.Cost: $129/live-in; $89/commute. Call 780-459-5511 to register. Star of the North Retreat Centre, 3A St. Vital Ave. Website: www.starofthenorth.ca
Come out for fun, fitness and friendship and join the St. Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club for a guided walk along trails and streets in St. Albert. 5- and 10-km available.Saturday March 15, registration 12:30 p.m., start 1 p.m. Where: Best Western St. Albert 460 St. Albert Trail. Directions: From Edmonton take St. Albert Trail to St. Albert. Take St. Albert Trail north and turn left at McKenney Ave. Turn right onto Liberton Dr. Best Western is on the right. Contact: Kathleen Parr 780-998-1033 or email@example.com For further information of this and other walks throughout the year www.trekkerswalks.ca
Divergent the movie is out in theatres March 21! Are you an authority on Tris, her initiation into Dauntless and anything to do with Veronica Roth’s dystopian Chicago world? Teens, come into the library between Feb. 3 and March 16, complete the Divergent trivia sheet, and pop it in the draw box in the Teen Corner for a chance to win two general admission movie passes, courtesy of Grandin Theatres. The draw will take place on March 17. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
Teens, join us at the Library for our monthly Film Club. You can register in advance, or just drop by, but whatever you do, don’t miss out on this awesome BIG-screen, Surround Sound experience that includes beverages and snacks. Our next movie night isThursday, March 13 from 6:15 to 8:30 p.m.when we’ll be watching City of Bones. Watch the teen page of the Library’s website for upcoming film titles. (Please note: Films shown will be suitable for viewing by persons 13 years of age or older. Persons under 13 must be accompanied by an adult.)Save your spot! Register in advance at the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.
It’s Teen Tech Week! The Library invites teens to come and try out Scratch, free software created by MIT, to program your own interactive stories, games, and animations onSaturday, March 15 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m.We'll help you get started with a basic lesson, then let you design your own. This is a free program for ages 11 to 17. No library card is needed to take part, but advance registration is required. Visit the second floor information desk, or call 780-459-1682. St. Albert Public Library, 5 St. Anne Street.