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Galt Museum explore the Politics of sound through art and artifacts

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Sound is all around, but what it means is in the ear of the beholder.


 That is the concept behind the Galt Museum’s new exhibit Politics of Sound, which runs until May 7, 2023.


“Politics of Sound” is a combination of art from artists from Europe and the U.S. to Southern Alberta and artifacts from the Galt Museum.


Marjie Crop Eared Wolf with her contribution to Politics of Sound. Photo by RichardAmery

Galt Museum Curator Tyler Stewart expanded on a previous version of the exhibit focussing on Maskull Lassere’s sculptures blending musical instruments like trumpets and clarinets with bayonets and rifle scopes, to include a couple interactive exhibits by jamilah malika abu-bakare, Adam Basanta, Marjie Crop Eared Wolf, Maskull Lasserre, Benny Nemer and Jessica Thompson, plus  a few pieces from the Galt Museum archives.


 One of the interactive pieces is by local artist Marjie Crop Eared Wolf, who explores the loss of First Nations language because of residential schools. It features videos of Crop Eared Wolf speaking the language and three pictures featuring  Blackfoot words illustrated in red ink.

Marjie Crop Eared Wolf created her part of the exhibit through the experience of learning her traditional language.


“I was inspired by by my mother who is from the Blackfoot (Niitsi’powahsin) Nation, which is our name and my dad who is Secwepemctsín from Kamloops Shuswap area and dictionaries. There are two streams of leaning, oral, which is how First Nations learned their language and  written. There are three Blackfoot dictionaries I used,” she said, noting the red ink is a deliberate choice.


“When I was learning English, that is how my teachers marked wrong words on my tests and I appreciated that,” she said. The video component features Crop Eared Wolf learning traditional language with a close up of her lips forming the words.


SAAG takes a unusual peek at portraiture in new exhibits

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Three new exhibits at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery (SAAG) take a different peek at portraiture.


 In the upstairs gallery, Lethbridge based artist Dagmar Dahle’s “Tangle” features mixed media gouache paintings.

Raneece Buddan’s exhibit  “Desiderium” is in the SAAG library until Feb. 4. photo by RichardAmery


“She was in a residency in Paris and started doodling as a way to ease mental burnout,” observed Jeremy Franchuk, Southern Alberta Art Gallery communications co-ordinator.

“ “Tangle’ combines 14 years of work,” he said.


She  is also creating a large scale work on one wall from Jan. 7 to Feb. 4 so you will have the opportunity to talk with her about her work,” Franchuk continued.


The group exhibition ‘ The Faceless Familiar,” featuring the works of Barry Doupé , Nick Sikkuark, U of L educated artist  Kasia Sosnowski, Alison Yip and Capilano based artist Elizabeth Zvonar, turns the idea of portraiture on it’s head.


“ They all reflect  portraits and body parts,” Franchuk said, there are surreal paintings,  sculpture, ceramics and multi-media works in the exhibit.

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“ Kasia  Sosnowski works in ceramics. They reflect the fragility of the human body through the fragility of ceramics,” Franchuk said.


Barrell full of blues and a cornucopia of classical music this week

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Things slow down slightly this week. 

There are open mics at the Owl Acoustic lounge on Tuesday, Dec. 6 and Wednesday Dec. 7 at the Slice.


The Owl Acoustic lounge hosts their comedy open mic on Wednesday, Dec. 7. 


If you want to laugh, comedian Sammy Ray Benty is  performing at Good Times, Dec. 9 and 10 at 8 p.m. each night. Tickets are $15. 

The University of Lethbridge continues a busy few weeks of performances.

The U of L Opera Workshop  perform Sondheim: A Celebration in the University Recital Hall, Friday, Dec. 9. Tickets are $20 adults, $15 seniors/ alumni , $12 students /children. The concert begins at 7:30 p.m.


 Also in the classical music Christmas vein The Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra gets into the holiday spirit at Southminster United Church as they bring a little “Holiday Magic” to the stage, Sunday Dec. 11 at 3 p.m.  and Monday, Dec. 12 at 7p .m. Expect to hear all of your Christmas favourites with special guest baritone  Michael Hope.Tickets range from $25-$80.


 Racket are back at Casino Lethbridge to make some noise this Friday and Saturday.

Adequate return to the Owl Acoustic Lounge stage this weekend. Photo by RichardAmery


If you missed the Mark Hall band at Casino Lethbridge last weekend, they will be playing Honkers Pub, Friday, Dec. 9 beginning at 8 p.m.. Coda Lite host Honkers Pub’s open mic on Saturday at 8 p.m.


New West Theatre asking community to “Save Our Stage” with urgent funding request

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Long standing  professional theatre company New West Theatre has fallen on tough times like a lot of  local community groups and arts organizations, so they are reaching out the the community  to “Save Our Stage.”


They have been providing family friendly entertainment and have given local performers a break on the big stage for the past 30 years, but lately veered off in to a slightly more experimental, more serious, issues heavy direction, which hasn’t been as successful as they hoped.


Kyle Gruninger and Kathy Zaborsky performing in one of the popular music comedy revues All Spruced Up. Photo by Richard Amery

 The September production of rock and roll musical  “Next to Normal” and “Barvinok” weren’t as successful as they anticipated, so they are returning to what works, more mainstream shows like their family friendly music comedy revues.


 With  that “ course correction” in mind, they have set a goal of raising $150,000 in the next two months.


“Every little bit helps,” said New West board Chair Dawn Leite, after telling a story about her nephew Declan asking her why she was writing letters asking for help, and offering to donate  five dollars.


“We expanded our offerings this year. We underestimated the community’s appetite for different programming,” Leite told a Nov. 18 press conference, noting they will be going back to programming that is a sure bet.


“ Audiences have not returned to pre-covid levels. So we’re returning to fun, family oriented theatrical selections,” she said.


“We need a little bit of additional funding to make that course correction,” she continued, adding they haven’t launched such a large fundraising campaign before, though they have done smaller campaigns.


 New West Theatre’s next big show is their annual “Blockbuster” holiday show running Dec.14-31 to be directed by New West veteran Grahame Renyk.



 Leite said  there are some special live fundraising events on the horizon to help raise the extra money, which will be announced later.

She said the extra funds are essential.


“ It‘s critical. There is an urgent need,” she said acknowledging times are hard for a lot of people who have lost jobs and are just getting used to going out again after Covid.


“We have a number of reserves we can dip into,” she said, noting it is also national philanthropy week.



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