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Playgoers of Lethbridge hope audiences will “Exit Laughing” from fall dinner theatre

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Playgoers of Lethbridge hopes their audience will “Exit Laughing,” from the Country Kitchen, Oct. 22-26.Shelly David, Jocelyn Steinborn and Marcie Stork rehearse a scene from Exit Laughing. Photo by Richard Amery


 Playgoers of Lethbridge volunteers are  embracing Paul Elliott’s 2014 dark comedy “Exit Laughing” for their annual fall dinner theatre.


 Playgoers of Lethbridge, at 97-years-old this year, are  the oldest amateur theatre company in Canada, so director Linda Johnson wants to do the company’s history proud with their new production.

“ It’s a really funny dark comedy,” summarized Johnson, Playgoers of Lethbridge‘s co-artistic director.
 The comedy stars several familiar faces including Teresa Huszar as Rachel, who made her Playgoers of Lethbridge debut in the spring production of “Where’s Oscar.”
 The play also features Playgoers mainstay Shelly David as the simple, sometimes ditzy Millie, Jocelyn Steinborn as Rachel’s mother the conservative and always astute Connie, Marcie Stork as the wise-cracking, hairdresser Leona who was in ‘Til Beth Do us Part” and Josh Hammerstedt as the policeman.

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Halloween and drama highlights of this week

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It’s starting to feel like Fall and that means Halloween.
University of Lethbridge Community radio station CKXU  is excited about their second annual haunted house at the Old Firehall, Oct. 26 and 27.
 There will be three levels of  ’50s and ’60s campy horror movie styled fun. The actual haunted house in Oct. 26 and 27 from 1-7 p.m.. Admission is $10 for adults, Children 10 and up  and students $5 and kids under 10 free. There will be an array of ghosts, ghouls, mad butchers, spooky monsters, wild witches and more. There will be plenty of activities for the kids and  Mystery Gang tour guides and even a drive in themed photo booth.

36? Return tolethbridge to play CKXU's Fright hall this week. Photo by Richard Amery
 In addition to that, that means there is a whole lot of music happening.
 The Terrific Kids Collective collaborate with CKXU  to bring in a big night of alternative rock and pop music, Friday, Oct. 25.
Saskatoon based Indie psych rock band The Radiation Flowers will be performing with Calgary based indie pop band 36? and local  power pop band J  Blissette and experimental art rock band  Marigold. There is a  $10 cover for the show, which begins at 9 p.m.
 If hip hop is more your styles, Fright House fun continues, Oct. 26 with Calgary based tamil goonda rap collective Cartel Madras, Edmonton based experimental Prairie Hip hop and soul musician tzadeka aka Maigan van der Giessen - Emcee/Vocalist and Mark Czuba - DJ/Producer. Louis Cza and brettlee are also on the bill. Tickets are $15 in advance or $20 at the door.


 But that’s not the only  pre-Halloween party planned.  Pops Pub South features Uncovered and the Plaid Ramblers performing beginning at 8 p.m.  Kapow Comics celebrates  Halloween, Friday, Oct. 25 with a big slab of local of metal. NyghtBlaed, Eons of Earth and Pomeranian Fight Club will be performing. Doors open at 7 p.m. There is a $10 cover.


 For actual Halloween, Kelowna rock band the Wild! return to Lethbridge to play an intimate show at the Slice, Oct. 31. Tickets are going fast at $10 a pop. Local band 21st Avenue will be opening. The Junkman’s Quire play Halloween at the Owl Acoustic Lounge. theoretically Brewing celebrated hllloween by closing their patio with a haunted halloween party withWinnipeg ant-rock band  Trapoline, Calgary hard rock duo Johnnor and local band Fawns. The music begins at 8 p.m. Admission is$15 in advamce, $20 at the door.

 But the fun begins early in the week with a couple of outstanding Wednesday night shows.


The Slice rocks with new local band the Waterfront  Lethbridge’s the Cayley, Calgary based rockers Homeless in Hawaii and Ontario band Excuses Excuses. The show begins at 8:30 p.m.
 Just down the street, the Owl Acoustic Lounge features Edmonton pop rock group Wares plus Vandendool. Admission is by donation.


For rap fans, Drop N’ Beats is holding a fundraiser at Good Times, Oct, 24 for the McMan Youth, Family and Community Services. Performers include LRev, Heavy Knowledge, Our Neighbour the King and youth from Drop N Beats. Tickets are $10 in advance $15 at the door. It runs from 7-10 p.m.
 There are a lot of open mics as well with open mics at Beaches on Wednesday and Jaymz Joseph hosts the open mic at the Slice in Thursday. The monthly poetry open mic with Teri Petz has been moved to this week due to Halloween.


 It’s a good weekend to rock. The Bamboo Guppies return to Casino Lethbridge, Oct. 25 and 26.
 The Slice features QuickDraw and MollytheBoyCat, Friday, Oct. 25.
 The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes country on Oct. 25 with Rancho Deluxe performing.
The Owl Acoustic Lounge goes pop on Oct. 26 with local musicians Bailey Kate, Travis Matthews and Laura Hickli. Admission is by donation.
Local blues rock band the Steve Keenan Band return to The Slice on Oct. 26.

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Del Barber back with empathetic “Easy Keeper”

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Winnipeg area musician Del Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Tuesday, Oct. 22 in support of his new CD “Easy Keeper,” a record he never thoughDel Barber returns to the Geomatic Attic, Oct. 22. Photo by Richard Ameryt he’s ever get to make.
“I’ve been busy being a dad and trying to reconcile that with touring and not being there,” said Barber, who has a busy tour schedule booked into 2021.
Barber underwent a period of soul searching when he parted ways with True North Records and his manager, around the same time he settled down on his wife’s parents’ farm in southern Manitoba.


“I didn’t think I would get to make music again, so a lot of songs come from that point in time. I’m always writing. But people still want to hear from me,” Barber continued, adding Rolling Stone magazine just published an interview with him abut the new album.
“That’s the first time they have ever paid any attention to me so that’s like the Holy Grail,” he said.


 No Depression magazine, the go to source for alt country and roots magazine, also interviewed him.
 “I’ve been doing this for almost 10 years and people are starting to listen,” he said.

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Hollerado wind up a dozen years of irreverent fun with best album yet

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Ottawa area based indie rock/ pop band Hollerado are calling  it a day after about a dozen years on the road. They return to the Slice one last time, Tuesday, Oct. 22.
 They just released one last album “ Retaliation Vacation,” but all people want to talk about is their retirement.Hollerado returns to Lethbridge, Oct. 22. Photo by Ryan Faist


“We think it’s our best one yet, but all everyone wants to ask us about is our retirement,” observed frontman Menno Versteeg.
 To go along with the new album, they released a weird video for “Time on Earth, featuring a break dancing battle between an old man and an alien.


“We’ve always been irreverent so it just suits us. Besides it’s our last tour, so we didn’t really care if anyone likes it,” Versteeg continued, adding people ended up really liking it.
Guitarist Nixon Boyd, drummer Jake Boyd and bassist Dean Baxter complete the quartet.

“We’ve always marched to the beat of our own drum,” quipped drummer Jake Boyd.
“Oh, a drummer joke,” Versteeg chuckled.


“It’s just time to retire. How many of your favourite bands’ sixth album is your favourite,” Boyd added.


“We‘re still best friends, so there’s no juicy gossip,” Versteeg emphasized.

“ We’ll probably miss it during festival season. But now we’ll all just be going to the festivals to watch and without having to lug any gear. And we’ve got enough friends that we can go back stage and hang out with them and drink their beer and eat their food and play their instruments and maybe play a Hollerado set,” Versteeg laughed.


 They are pleased with the new CD.
“We did it all ourselves. We recorded it in Nick’s studio down the street. It was a really fun process,” Versteeg said, adding they didn’t  have to cull any songs from the collection.

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