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New exhibits open tonight at SAAG and Trianon

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There are a couple of new art exhibits opening tonight.
“Finding your Way Back Home and Zeno’s paradox” features new works by local artist Robert Bechtel.
It runs at Le petit Trianon gallery (104 5 St S). It runs from Feb. 17-April 6.
The opening reception is tonight at 9 p.m.


In the same building, but upstairs  at the Savill Group Architecture and Trianon Gallery, local artist Frater Tham presents Corpus Philosophorum, works on paper by Frater Tham. It also runs Feb. 17-April 6. The opening reception for that is 9 p.m. as well.
 He describes it as “ a compendium of div'rse charts & obfervations illustrating the workings of the philosophik bodie & strange marvels of ye fleshe f'r practicion'rs of ye metaphysik & alchymical artes.”


The Southern Alberta Art Gallery also opens new exhibits tonight.
 “Visualizing  Architecture” is a group exhibition exploring  the idea of data visualization with arts and science. It features works by  artists Jackson 2Bears, Tori Foster, Mary-Anne McTrowe, Robyn Moody, Adrien Segal, Michelle Sylvestre and Scientists Dr. André Laroche, Dr. Jamie Larsen.


The idea began in September 2016 when the Southern Alberta Art Gallery and the Data Physicalization Lab at the University of Lethbridge invited six artists to participate in a residency, documentary film, and exhibition asking them to respond to agricultural data developed by Dr. Jamie Larsen and Dr. André Laroche from the Lethbridge Research and Development Centre: Agriculture and Agri-food Canada. They were provided with two data sets: The first is the result of an experiment on breeding cereal wheats and wheat grasses with the intention of developing a perennial wheat cultivar. The second related to experimentation in genetic modification aimed at reducing wheat’s susceptibility to the devastating pathogen known as stripe rust. The artists were invited to engage with the instruments, test subjects, contexts, methods, and people associated with the development of this data, which they would later consider while creating new work for this exhibition.

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Excellent music on Outlaw Country Cruise 3

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I have a pretty eclectic taste in music. I listen to bands even hipsters haven’t heard of, I know this for a fact because pretty much nobody recognized any of the bands I was irritating people with by raving about over the past couple months leading up to my voyage on the Norwegian Pearl for the Outlaw Country Cruise 3, Jan. 21-26.

The Bottle Rockets and Jason and the Scorchers’ Warner Hodges play together. Photo by Richard Amery
Some of my favourite bands barely ever play Canada and are never played on modern radio but were playing the Outlaw Country Cruise 3 sponsored by the Outlaw country station on Sirius XM. While the station plays your usual diet of Merle Haggard, David Allan Coe, Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash, they also play a lot of up and coming “outlaw country ” musicians, Southern rock, punk rock and cow punk , roots rock , alt country and other music that just doesn’t fit in, so the bands on the bill reflected that diversity.


 Some people recognized Steve Earle and the Cuban influenced country band the Mavericks, who were the “headliners” on this bucket list cruise which was basically a gigantic music festival taking place on six stages on three different levels of a monster cruise ship sailing from New Orleans to Costa Maya, Mexico.
A couple people vaguely remembered the Bottle Rockets, Jason and the Scorchers and Blackberry Smoke because they heard them on my shows on CKXU 88.3 f.m.


Junior Brown playing the Outlaw country Crusie. Photo by Richard Amery But what made me feel pretty old is the younger people I talked to who didn’t recognize Texas born, New York based “hardcore troubadour”  Steve Earle, who played a special 30th anniversary concert of his album “Copperhead Road.”


And even though Steve was the headliner and playing numerous times (and for the most part completely different shows) during the week like most of the artists, I only caught bits and pieces of his shows including the Copperhead Road show, because they were competing with other bands I really want to see who rarely, if ever, tour Canada. And I know Steve would put on a great show because I’ve seen him play here. He was one of many Texas musicians playing on the ship. I got to sit in on a couple of Outlaw country broadcasts including Steve Earle swapping stories about dearly departed Guy Clark and Nashville in the early ’70s.

I also got to see an excellent workshop featuring Steve Earle, Rodney Crowell, Ray Wylie Hubbard and Lucinda Williams swapping songs and telling stories, which was excellent and kept my attention off the floating city being blown back and forth by 50 knot (approximately 100 km/ hour) gale force winds, which while I may be used to them in Lethbridge, is a little disconcerting in the middle of the Caribbean Sea.


 Usually I’m in the front row, right next to the stage for almost every show that comes to Lethbridge, making pictures and taking notes in the endless quest to let people know that there is a whole world of great music just waiting for you discover beyond the Elizabeth Cook on the Outlaw Country Cruise. Photo by Richard Amerybanality of modern Top 40 radio, so it was weird to just be part of the masses just sitting back and watching the show.

Other than the Bottle Rockets, even I stayed at the back of the room, and barely took any pictures, not wanting to pack a telephoto lens (which were “not allowed” though some people brought them).

It was a weird unsettling feeling, but the trip of a lifetime — like I said bucket list.


 Every morning, they crew would deliver a schedule of cheerful welcome brochures and portable schedules of all the fun planned for the day which you could carry around on a lanyard along with your cabin key which you’d have to use to get drinks and of course get into your room,  to choose the shows you wanted to see and the pieces of shows you could catch if they were competing with each other.

Fortunately the stages weren’t that far apart, so it was easy to catch a little bit of everything.

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Fantastic females perform this week

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This is a great week to catch super talented female singer songwriters.Eric Braun plays Casino Lethbridge this weekend. Photo by Richard Amery
But first, the February edition of Windy City Opry features bluegrass including Saskatoon based bluegrass/ old time country duo Rugged Little Thing aka banjo picker/ vocalist Jille Shotton and guitarist/vocalist Ryan Shotton and Gold Ol’ Goats’ bluegrass influenced folk side project the Doggone Brothers featuring Fernie residents Clayton Parsons and Michael Hepher. The show begins at 8 p.m. sharp. There is a $10 cover.


On the weekend, Calgary based blues trio the Eric Braun band return to Casino Lethbridge, Friday and Saturday, Feb. 15 and 16.
The ladies take over on the weekend. Austin, Texas,  based, P.E.I raised country musician Whitney Rose plays her first Lethbridge show at the Geomatic Attic, Feb. 16 in support of her sophomore album “Rule 62.”
 The show begins at 8 p.m.
 Tickets are $32.50 in advance, $35.50 at the door.


Edmonton/ Kingston based songwriter Colleen Brown brings her new band Major Love, featuring members of Scenic Route From Alaska and Elijah Abrams play the Slice in support of their new single “Tear it Down” from a new self titled album to be released in August.
 Local indie rock band the Utilities will be opening the show in support of their new CD “ Heavy South.”
 The show begins at 9 p.m.
 Tickets are $10 in advance, $15 at the door.

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Shred Kelly stoked about fourth CD “Archipelago”

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Fernie based stoke-folk band Shred Kelly is stoked to present their fourth album “Archipelago ” at a special CD release party at the Owl Acoustic lounge, Tuesday, Feb. 20.


 The band including McBride, Tim Newton, banjo, ukulele player and guitarist, bassist Jordan Vlasschaert and guitarist Ty West plus touring drummer Eddie Arnett, have released videos for the first two singles, the title track back in October and  “Don’t Ever Look Back,” which was released Feb. 9.
Shred Kelly’s Sage McBride at Freshfest 2016. Photo by Richard AmeryThe new album is about our relationships,” observed lead singer/ keyboardist Sage McBride, from her home in Fernie, where she is watching the weather alternate between snow and rain.


 She is excited about the new videos for the first two singles.


“We used Calgary company “Light Factory” for ‘Archipelago’ the  and ‘Don’t Ever Look Back.’ They were really influenced by the play ‘Heterophopia.’ The ‘Don’t Ever Look Back’ video is about people’s relationship to the song, happy situations, sad situations, stressful situations while they’re listening to it,” she said.


 While some of the song titles might suggest the new album is all about space, McBride said it isn’t.
“It’s about relationships. Jupiter 9 was on the keyboard we used on it and we got so used to calling it Jupiter, we didn’t bother changing the name,” she said.


“Nova is one of the more space themed songs, though it is also about relationships. But then Tim (Newton, banjo player/lead singer) is a real space geek, he goes to sleep watching a space documentary every night, so it’s not surprising some of that element sneaks into his songwriting,” McBride laughed.


 Musically, the new CD is more upbeat and dance influenced.
“ We’re very much influenced by what we’re listening to at the time. And we love playing live and playing music you can dance to so that is definitely fuels what we play,” she said.

They recorded the CD with producer Howard Redekopp who has worked with Mother Mother and Tegan and Sara.


“We had 20 songs to pull from. And we definitely had more contribution for everyone. Everyone had to pass a song before we’d use it. Howard was great. He’d come up with a lyric or a hook that we hadn’t even thought of,” she enthused.


 They started working on the CD back in November 2016 and putting the final touches on it in Fall 2017.


“Our guitarist Ty shot the cover photo while we were driving through Ontario. We wanted a picture of an archipelago and that was the last one. He shot it through the window of the van. He asked if we should stop and we said no, we didn’t even think we’d use it. But it turned out great and he did some editing on it,” she continued.

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L.A. Beat is Lethbridge, Alberta's only online arts and entertainment magazine.

It is designed to support music, art, drama and other cultural endeavours in and around the city.

It will start out as an online presence and then evolve into a print edition which will be distributed at numerous locations in the city.

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