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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.


Local author spreads the word of kindness in new children’s book “ The Doodle Trap”

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In a world where  the “kruddy’s” seem to be taking over, Lethbridge  author and illustrator  C.M Douglas  reminds us of the importance of embracing  love, care, peace and positivity in her new children’s book “Angie Quinn’s  Amazing Adventures with Shnoogy and Kruddy.”

 Her colourful cast of characters including heroine and storyteller Angie Quinn and Rita Rabbit avoid the pitfalls of “Kruddy’s” negativity, worry, sadness and selfishness as they try to find her son Sunny Bunny who has vanished in pursuit of his beloved doodle cookies.

The protagonist, Angie, is an imaginative young girl with a leg brace, though that doesn’t come in to play at all  in the story.

But her imagination is an essential part of the story as she entertains her mom by relating  the adventures of her friends “Pandi,” Rita Rabbit and Sunny Bunny, Timmy Tortoise and Scout Chippy the chipmunk.

They all work together to find Sunny Bunny, who has wandered into Chippy’s home and gorged himself on doodle cookies. There are consequences to his greed, of course, but everybody works together to save him from himself and Kruddy’s bad attitudes and negative feelings.


Post covid ArtsDays features new exhibits and live entertainment

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 Arts Days  had more of an online presence this year due to Covid, however there were art aficionados out and about for the gallery stroll and for live music outside of casa on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27.

Bailey Kate playing outside Casa for ArtsDays, Sept. 26. Photo by Richard Amery
Mortar and Bricks’ “UnMasked” exhibit was among the new art exhibits opening during Arts Days. Local folk singer/ songwriter Karen Romanchuk played outside as visitors trickled into the gallery. The group exhibit features a variety of different  artworks  by 20 different artists inspired and created during  isolation during the Covid  pandemic.

 A lot of the works were incorporated pastoral scenes of home, while others  featured dreamlike images reflecting isolation.
 The Sept. 26 grand opening coincided with  Mortar and Bricks’ second anniversary celebrations.
 Unmasked runs until  Oct. 23.

I missed Bailey Kate and the Atomicos at Theoretically Brewing on Friday, so made a point of catching her show at casa on Sept. 26.
 So While I was waiting for them to set up, I checked out a few of the new exhibits at Casa.


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.


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