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CODA OF QUALITY – The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (pictured) and the Red Deer Symphony Orchestra join forces to celebrate the music of John Williams on Tuesday

Are you an interfaith, cross-cultural or multi-ethnic couple in love and planning a wedding in the near future?

If so, Anaid Productions may be searching for you. The documentary-style film company is producing a reality series that looks at the challenges, the highs and lows, the creative concessions around sensitive issues, and of course the romance of a planning-to-wed couple with cultural, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

Ironically, even though Alberta floats a redneck image, it has the third highest percentage of mixed unions among provinces in Canada and it is continuing to grow. Statistics Canada data reveals that mixed union marriages in Alberta climbed to 12.4 per cent in 2011, up from 9.3 per cent in 2006.

“We are looking at couples experiencing potential insurmountable obstacles in bringing two families together. At the end of the day, no matter what people say, it’s about bringing two families together,” says executive producer Margaret Mardirossian.

She is searching for people who are comfortable sharing their story on television.

“We want a couple that is engaged or about to be engaged, and we want to see them up to the wedding day. We want to meet the family. Some couples are nervous because the families haven’t met yet.”

In addition to the couple, the families must also be comfortable telling their story to viewers.

The entry deadline for this multi-cultural show is Friday, May 31. Interested couples are invited to send a photo and short bio to casting@anaid.com. Additional information is available at www.anaid.com and www.facebook.com/weddingcasting.

Contemporary dance troupe Mile Zero Dance showcases artist-in-residence Jeannie Vandekerkhove’s Amplified Condition on Thursday, May 30 at MZD Studios.

The athletic duet, starring Vandekerkhove and Shayn Bruney, uses movement combined with sound manipulation as a catalyst to explore balance within contrast.

The second segment of the dance showcase features a series of solo pieces titled Work in Progress. Several local choreographers including Amy Kubanek, Katrina Smy and Deanne Underwood developed this string of footwork.

The solos are domestic moments of solitude that happen in transition. Viewed as installations, they are performed as vignettes that overlap each other.

The dance starts at 7 p.m. MZD Studio is located at 9533 Jasper Avenue. Tickets are $10 from MZD members and $12 for non-members, and are purchased at the door.

The Heart of the City Festival is gearing up for its 10th anniversary festival on June 1 and 2 at Giovanni Caboto Park in Edmonton’s inner city.

With about 45 musical acts and over 30 visual artists selling paintings, drawings, photos, sculpture, zines, graffiti, clothes, jewelry and more, it’s the centre of an artistic oasis.

For more information visit www.heartcityfest.com.

The Edmonton Symphony Orchestra and the Red Deer symphony Orchestra join forces to celebrate the music of John Williams on Tuesday, June 4 on the Winspear stage.

The 85 musicians, under the direction of ESO music director Bill Eddins and RDSO music director Claude Lapalme, will perform the Academy Award winner’s mega scores from Schindler’s List, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, Jurassic Park, Superman and Fiddler on the Roof to name a few.

To purchase tickets or for more information call the Winspear box office at 780-428-1414 or visit www.edmontonsymphony.com.

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