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Theatre Outré involving audience in Confessional

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Theatre Outré is going one on one with  their audience for their new production “Confessional,” happening Oct. 2-11.

Anastasia Siceac, Mia van Leeuwen, Deonie Hudson and Lee Burckes perform Confessional, Oct. 2-11. Photo by Richard Amery
“ We’ve turned  Didi’s Playhaus into a funhouse of the subconscious. It’s half art, half play, ” said co director Kathy Zaborsky, being a little cagey on the actual details of the show, noting  it explores the seven deadly sins, but not wanting to spoil it and further.

Confessional includes elements of movement, choreography, improv, video and ASMR.

“There’s a lot of performance art,” added co-director Jay Whitehead, noting the immersive show is slightly different for each audience members, as they have the option of filling out a “fun” questionnaire, so the performers Anastasia Siceac, Mia van Leeuwen, Deonie Hudson and Lee Burckes can tailor the show to each individual.

The performers created the show together with Zaborsky and Whitehead.


ArtsDays 2020 adapting to Covid -19 by focusing on visual art

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Arts Days  has changed for 2020 due to Covid-19.
 The biggest change is most of the the live events are outside.

The popular celebration of the arts kicks off this week with a virtual Word on the Street, but  the usual bevy of activities has been somewhat limited due to Covid 19 health restrictions.Arianna Richardson will be part of Arts Days 2020. Photo by Richard Amery

The annual  Allied Arts Council cabaret featuring emerging artists is now going to be streamed online instead of live shows at Casa.

 However there will still be a variety of activities happening downtown,  Sept. 24-27.

“We really get to showcase this community over a week in the downtown. There’s a lot of visual art this year,” said Allied Arts Council communications manager Kelaine Devine.

There will be a pop up gallery: Unexpected Intersections, Sept. 26-Oct. 4 at 705-2 Ave South.
“ It’s salon style with a set entrance and exit,” she said.



Aaron Pritchett excited to be back on stage for Big Screen harvest party

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Nanaimo based country star Aaron Pritchett is excited to bring some 30 years of his hits back to Lethbridge for the Big Screen Harvest Party — a special drive in show at the Enmax Centre, on Thursday, Oct. 1.Aaron Pritchett returns to Lethbridge for a special drive-in concert, Oct. 1. Photo by Richard Amery
 Pritchett will be performing with George Canyon.

 “ I never done this before.I know artists like Brett Kissell have done a lot of these shows. So I’m excited to see how it will work,” enthused  Pritchett, who has numerous hits including “ Hold My Beer,” “ Dirt Road In ’em,” “ My Way,” “Better When I Do” and “Let’s Get Rowdy. So he’s not sure what he will be able to fit into his 45 minute sets.
“ It’s a nice problem to have isn’t it,” he chuckled.

“ I already have that problem choosing songs for a 90 minute show. So it will be the biggest hits.  And we do this really interesting medley at the end that I think the audience will enjoy,” said Pritchett.
“It won’t be like seeing us at Average Joes, but it will be a new experience for the audience listening  to us in their cars and SUVs or sitting on tailgates. I always have a lot of energy on stage,” he continued.

“There isn”t a lot of talk which is difficult  because I talk a lot, but I want to get all of the songs in,” he said adding the two shows will have a similar set list.
 They go to High River after Lethbridge for another drive in show and Regina after that.
George Canyon will start the show followed by Pritchett.

“ And George will join me on stage for the last song,” he  said, adding he is looking forward to sharing a stage with Canyon.


Lots of laughs and rock and roll this week

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It is great to see things opening up again, as the local music scene and venues dip their toes into a post-Covid world.The Chevelles return to Sound Garden this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
 Start the week early with laughter.
 Faris Hytiaa hosts Good Times  weekly comedy open mic tonight, Tuesday. Mike Dambra plays four shows this weekend.

 His last show had to be postponed until October, So Dambra will be providing the laughter at Good Times at 7 P.m. and 9:30 p.m. both Friday and Saturday night. Tickets are $20
 Monthly comedy mics return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge this week too, with the laughs  beginning  inside beginning at 8 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 30.

New West Theatre as well as country star Gord Bamford enjoyed some success with drive in concerts this summer.

 This week, October opens with country stars George Canyon and Aaron Pritchett doing two drive in concerts at the Enmax Centre at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 1. Tickets are $115 per vehicle;  $135 including a concession package;  $140  for VIP admission and $160 for VIP and concession.


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