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Little Mermaid comes to life with wondrous St. Albert Children’s Theatre show
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Back in 1989, The Little Mermaid set off a renaissance in the Disney world. The company had gone three decades without a hit. Indeed, Disney was seriously considering getting out of its signature animation business completely. Then a whole new set of animators were hired, new goals were set, The ...
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A PLAY FOR OUR TIMES: Wild Wilder Wonderfully Done by Bright Young Things
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The Skin of Our Teeth, Thornton Wilder’s head-scratcher of a three-part allegory about the precarious life of mankind, debuted in 1942. The biting satire won a number of best play awards – including the Pulitzer Prize – and immediately became a hit in the early years of World Wa...
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Theatre Network season opener a smart two-hander with humour and heart
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Mark Crawford’s Bed and Breakfast is one of those Canadian stage comedies that overcame small beginnings in a summer theatre in Ontario to take on a life of its own – and much like Kim’s Convenience, became the basis of a successful television series. Theatre Network begins its new se...
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REVIEW: MacEwan Theatre tackles challenging ’70s musical to great success
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The musical Pippin has been a long time coming to Edmonton. The Stephen Schwartz (music and lyrics) and Roger O. Hirson (book) opened on Broadway in a Bob Fosse production in 1972. The original ran for a long time (36th longest on Broadway) and in 2013 was revived in a successful production. The ...
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INTERVIEW: Fun Facts About Steve Patterson, Master Debaters Moderator
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Be it resolved! (Whatever that’s supposed to mean.) Steve Patterson is a gifted comedian who brings the perfect Canadian affable sensibility to CBC’s long-running radio show The Debaters. It’s their best comedy show. He is the best man for the job. (At least as good as the original host Shaun Maj...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: Endless Bummer Showcases Edmonton Talent
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This weekend features the return of the Endless Bummer festival, a diverse collection of gigs, featuring the best of the best of local and regional bands, taking place at a variety of venues throughout the city. There are two kickoff shows on Thursday night. There’s an all-ages gig at The Aviary,...
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Bob the Angry Flower
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Five ‘pew-pews’ out of five! READ ONE MORE COMIC: Bill Benson probes his subconscious:
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SOCIAL MEDIA HAPPENINGS
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Freudian slip READ ANOTHER COMIC: Bob the Angry Flower loves the new Star Wars movie:
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Spotlight Cabaret a Welcome Addition to Edmonton Entertainment Scene
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Edmonton’s newest dinner theatre is in the lively Spotlight Cabaret that sprung up off Whyte Avenue last summer and became something of a fun place to be. It’s across the street from “Meat.” There’s a bar, a restaurant and a popular patio that presented cabaret shows for a ready audience. C...
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LISTEN HERE: The Steadies live up to their name after tragic loss
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Earl Pereira – the former Wide Mouth Mason bassist who set out on his own with the reggae-rock band The Steadies in 2010 – came close to quitting after the sudden death of his guitarist Justin Lee in 2017. “I’d been working my ass off so hard, and things were just starting to go, me […]
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STARLITE, STAR BRIGHT: 94-Year-Old Building the Place to Be for Underground Music in Edmonton – 30 years later
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In my first year as the woefully unqualified music critic for The Edmonton Sun, circa 1992, I visited the Starlite Room for the first time. It was called “The Bronx” in those days. It had a scary reputation, one of these dark dingy downtown “underground” bars we’d heard rumours about. Nirvana pla...
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REVIEW: City and Colour pretty mellow and moody for an arena concert
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Roger’s Place was surprisingly packed and loud for City and Colour on Tuesday night – but the arena atmosphere didn’t really lend itself to the cozy intimacy of the performance. Singer Dallas Green has a beautiful voice, truly melodic. His songs are by turns the haunted notions of a wounded spiri...
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TRUE STORY: This is Not the First Time Don Cherry Has Been Fired!
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Here’s a hint to anyone aspiring to land a career somewhere in the public forum. Never preface any point with “you people.” It surfaced last Saturday on a Sportsnet Coach’s Corner segment where Don Cherry took aim at immigrants who apparently refused to wear poppies to commemorate Canada’s war de...
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Bob the Angry Flower
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Gonna need a bigger club NEXT COMIC: End of the Earth depicts First-World coffee woes:       A THIRD COMIC: Bill Benson takes up ornithology:
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SOCIAL MEDIA HAPPENINGS
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What’s a bird’s favourite social media platform? FACEBEAK READ A SECOND COMIC: Bob the Angry Flower follows the rules:       AND A THIRD COMIC: Coffee troubles in End of the Earth:    
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