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More shows cancelled due to Covid restrictions

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We are living in challenging and confusing times. Covid is taking its toll physically  and mentally on a lot of people. For a lot of people, like me, live music is therapeutic. But for the next few weeks people will have to find their musical thThe Chevelles’ weekend shows at Sound Garden are among those canceled due to new AHS COVID  restrictions. Photo by Richard Amery erapy elsewhere.


 As Covid cases continue to climb and with new restrictions in place, Lethbridge’s music  and entertainment  venues are trying to adapt. The Owl Acoustic Lounge announced on Facebook there will be no live music until further notice.


 Soundgarden has decided to shut down for three weeks including cancelling the Chevelles this weekend who o were going to help Sound Garden celebrate their twentieth anniversary on the weekend.


Good Times also announced in Facebook also cancelled all of their comedy shows, emphasizing no Covid cases have come through their venue.
The Nikka Yuko  Japanese Gardens are still planning on holding their annual winter lights festival, but have cancelled  all horse and wagon rides  for Dec. 4 and 5 as well as Shakespeare Meets Dickens’ Dec. 8 show.

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SAAG psyched for Art Frenzy fundraiser

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SAAG is psyched for ArtFrenzy— the local art museum’s popular annual fund-raising event.

SAAG Executive director Kristy Trinier shows off some of the gift packages available to bid on during Art Frenzy. Photo by Richard Amery
 But, due to Covid 19 The Southern Alberta Art Gallery is thinking out of the box so the  twenty-eighth annual ArtFrenzy will be an online auction of 44 artworks and 16 gift packages.
 While the actual auction is tomorrow, Saturday, Nov. 21, there are three one hour long Champagne Previews tonight, Nov. 20.


“It’s our annual signature fundraising event, but because of Covid, our usual live auction party will be a virtual event this year. There are 44 artworks and 16 different experiences to bid on,” said SAAG Executive director Kristy Trinier, noting there has already been a frenzy of  interest in early bidding since bidding opened on Nov. 13. Bidding closes at 9 p.m., Nov. 21.

She noted it was a priority to ensure Art Frenzy is a safe as an event as possible.


“It has been a challenging process. But we’re very thankful for the art community’s support of this non-profit gallery,” she said.


The participating artists, who donated their work to ArtFrenzy including University of Lethbridge professors, students, alumni and community members, many of whom have been part of previous SAAG exhibits.
 They have utilized a variety of different mediums including paint, photography, graphic design, crafts, needlepoint, fabric art, leather work, needlepoint, sculpture and more.  Trinier was excited by the different perspectives all the different artists brought to the table.

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12 Days of Christmas at Casa begins this week online

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It seems too early to be thinking about Christmas, but with snow on the ground and election craziness and Covid all around, anything positive deserves to be highlighted.Karen Romanchuk playing Christmas at Casa last year. She is one of the artists involved in this year's online event. Photo by Richard Amery
 Christmas at Casa is a great way for local artisans to get their work out in the community and for people to get Christmas shopping out of the way.


 Unfortunately with Covid, the popular annual event is forced to go online. This year Christmas at Casa will begin at noon Nov. 21 and run until Dec. 1 at midnight  at www.ChristmasatCasa.ca.
 “With over 3,000 people visiting Casa in two days in 2019, there was just not a safe way to proceed,” explains Tara Gillanders, Allied Arts Council Projects Manager in a press release.


 “By going on-line, we keep artists and customers safe in our community. While we will miss gathering in person there are some definite benefits to being virtual.”


The online market and extended run will allow vendors to restock products online and add new products over the next couple weeks.


“Covid has been hard on artists, really hard, so the Allied Arts Council has worked hard to give artists options, safe options,” said Kelaine Devine, Allied Arts Council Communications Co-ordinator, noting Christmas at Casa has been a Christmas mainstay over the past  eight years.


“But having between 3-5,000 people going through Casa  over a day and a half was never going to be an option,” she said.


“It‘s not like having an event at Exhibition Park where everybody is spread out. Casa is several tiny rooms,” she said, adding there are  more options for patrons as well as artisans.
“Check back often because artists will be adding more stuff. It will be 24-7 for 12 days. I, for one, love pyjama shopping. So if you feel the need for a ceramic cup at three in the morning, you can get one,” she chuckled.
“This has never been about making a buck for the Allied Arts Council, it is about supporting  artists in a safe and secure way,” she said.

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Jeff Godin explores foster homes and nature in new biography

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Lethbridge based writer, artist, dancer and musician Jeff Godin hopes people will identify with the story of his life.

Godin recently released the first half of his heartfelt biography “ Bears Falling From Trees with Erections: Diary of an Indigenous Dude:Book 1” through Eaglespeaker Publishing.


 It chronicles his life in Lethbridge’s arts scene from Feb. 26, 2016 to Aug. 7, 2017, while flashing back to his memories of days growing up as an indigenous youth being shuttled between foster homes and group homes in the ’70s and ’80s, while touching on his battles with addiction and abuse, run ins with police and adventures in nature with his friends. It also offers tantalizing hints about his experiences being in the military and other future adventures including performing with Calgary theatre groups like the Green Fools and performing at the Calgary Stampede.


 His adventures in the Lethbridge arts scene are particularly interesting, as while he rarely uses last names for his characters, people familiar with the scene will recognize some of the names.


The first book covers up to his age  18 or 19.
“I wrote my whole story but it was like 800 pages. So the publisher cut it in half. When it sells 150 copies, they’ll release book two,” he said, noting 40 copies have already sold on Amazon.


“I just wrote my story. I forgot some things, but most of the time I got the right stuff in it and touched on the most important things,” he said.
 It is heartfelt and honest, almost too honest in places, and a little rough.
“ It’s not for everyone,”’ Godin said.

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