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Hatrix goes Holmes for the Holidays with murder mystery -comedy The Game’s Afoot

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Hatrix Theatre is planning on having a bloody good time for Christmas as they bring Ken Ludwig’s 2012 comedy thriller “The Game’s Afoot: Holmes for The Holidays” to the Nord Bridge Senior‘s Centre, Nov. 30-Dec. 3.Kelly Frewin and Vittorio Oliverio rehearse The Game’s Afoot , which runs Nov. 30-Dec. 3 at the Nord Bridge Senior’s Centre. Photo by Richard Amery
“It’s a murder mystery staged around the life of William Gillette who actually wrote a play about Sherlock Holmes which ran for 20 years,” said director Karolyn Harker.


Gillette invites his friends in the cast to his mansion for Christmas Eve in 1936, where a storm’s a brewing as a poison pen theatre critic named Daria Chase pays them a visit, which leads to complications and hilarity as they hold a seance to find out who attempted to murder Gillette as well as the doorman at the theatre where they were performing.


“They get together for an evening and they face murder,” Harker said.


“Ken Ludwig, who also wrote Lend Me A Tenor, was a fan of Sherlock Holmes and Agatha Christie and plays like  “The Mousetrap,” “Witness for the Prosecution” and “Deathtrap,” so there are references to all of those,” she continued. There are also Shakespeare references, a seance, a great 1930s soundtrack and a lot of laughter and hilarious characters. The play opens with a scene between Sherlock Holmes and his arch-nemesis Moriarty.


“Gillette is a character who wrote a play based on Sherlock Holmes, which brought him success greater than his wildest dreams and it’s allowed him to become quite well off, though he did lose his wife 10 years ago, said Kelly Frewin, who plays William Gillette.
“All of his friends are his fellow actors,” he continued.


While Gillette was a real person, Frewin didn’t do a lot of research into the “real” William Gillette.
“I didn’t do a lot of research, I wanted my character to be informed by the script and the other actors. So I didn’t want to go into it with a lot of pre-conceived ideas about him,” he said.


“He is confident to the point of arrogance, but he’s not an arrogant character,” he described.


Frewin is glad to be back on stage with Hatrix Theatre. He has had a busy Fall on stage, being part of Jesus Christ Superstar, but is excited to be back for his third Hatrix production.
“I was in the Gazebo as the Inspector and in Jitters as the leading man, Phillip. I’m just glad to be back on stage, other than in Jesus Christ Superstar. It’s been four years, so it’s just nice to be back on stage again,” he said.
 He hopes the audience will leave the play laughing.
“There are a lot of laughs. So I want them to laugh as well as think. There are lots of laughs, so I hope they have a good time,” Frewin said adding he is enjoying working with the cast.

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Jess F.M providing a voice for the community

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Jessie Parmer has had his hand in the Lethbridge arts community since moving to Lethbridge 14 years ago.


He has been a concert promoter bringing in acts like Snoop Dogg and a club owner, now he has stared  a new internet radio station Jessfm.ca to give a voice to Lethbridge’s diverse community.


“I’ve been a concert Jessie parmer is excited about Jess F.m. Photo by Richard Amerypromoter for almost 10 years so music has always been a passion,” said Parmer.


“And I want to give young people a platform for their music and opinions so people can understand the next generation. They are our future leaders,” Parmer continued.
 Jess f.m.’s programming includes an eclectic array of music including blues, metal and hip hop plus world music including Filipino music and later Nepalese music as well as several talk shows covering  politics, activism, transgender issues and gossip.


Since August, they have been broadcasting from downtown Lethbridge from an office located next door to Club Didi.


“The goal is to have multi-ethnic content and grow our programming as a whole,” Parmer continued.


“We Have Dillon Hargreaves, who is an activist for transgender issues, and Rachel Keiper who is a model. So we have  people who come from diverse backgrounds including publishing, modelling and activism. We have community members and students,” he said.

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Begin December with laughter and Christmas concerts

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Begin December with a whole lot of laughter.Miesha and the Spanks return to Lethbridge this week. Photo by Rchard Amery
November ends with the stand-up comedy open mic at the Owl Acoustic Lounge, which features some of Lethbridge’s funniest people.


 Another gaggle of funny folks will be performing in Hatrix Theatre’s production of ken Ludwig’s comedy/ thriller “The Game’s Afoot.” which runs at the Nord Bridge Senior’s Centre, Nov. 30- Dec. 3. tickets are available for $15 in advance or $20 at the door. The show begins at 7:30 p.m. There is also a matinee on Saturday at 2 p.m. Tickets are selling quickly with only 95 still available at Blueprint as of press time.


Club Didi also features comedy this week, with Deez Ovaries featuring female comics, Dec. 1 beginning at  8 p.m.


Over at Club Didi, Theatre Outre brings their improvised soap opera  Gomorrah High to to a close on Dec. 2 at 10p.m. Admission is $10.
Kick off the weekend by enjoying some jazz music with Don Robb and Randy Epp at the Mocha Cabana, from 6-9 p.m., Dec. 2.
The Slice features some fun events on the weekend.


Calgary based indie rock band Windigo return to Lethbridge to play the Slice, Dec. 2  with  fellow Calgarians Time Boy, who will be playing some post rock and Medicine Hat band Swim. The show begins at 9 p.m. There is a $10 cover.

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Danny Michel reaches for the stars by recording on icebreaker with Chris Hadfield

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There’s no dust on Ontario musician Danny Michel.
 Michel, who just released  the CD “Matadora” earlier the year, already put the finishing touches on his next  CD “Khlebnikov,” which he recorded  over 18 days in the Arctic on a  the Russian icebreaker  Khlebnikov.” with a little help from Canadian astronaut and musician Chris Hadfield.


“ He sings one song in Russian because Danny Michel returns to lethbridge to play the Geomatic Attic this week. photo by Richard Ameryhe’s fluent in  Russian and he sings another song with me,” said Michel, who returns to Lethbridge, Dec. 4 to play a sold out show at the Geomatic Attic.
Michel has known Hadfield for several years.


“I’ve known him since he did his duties on the space station,” Michel said.


Recording on  an icebreaker ship in the middle of the Arctic Ocean was one of many musical adventures Michel has had in his career, including touring the world and recording in Belize with some of the musicians there.


This time he spent 18 days in close quarters on the ship with a camera crew, bloggers, photographers and film makers and Hadfield who invited him.

everyone along, traveling  from Nunavut to Greenland and wrote the entire CD  based on his inspiration from the journey.
“ It was great. There was lots of inspiration. I recorded it on the ship then brought it back  home to Toronto to work with my buddy Rob Carli who is a classical composer and film score composer . So we added classical musicians to add brass and strings, ” he said.
 We’ve been looking for an excuse to  do something like this, so this seemed like cool project to do it on. I absolutely love how it  has grown,” he said.
He will be playing some of the new songs at the Lethbridge show.

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