January 16th, 2019

inter Games torch relay to stop in city on Wednesday


By Mabell, Dave on January 12, 2019.

Here’s a new event – with roots that are thousands of years old.

An Olympic-style torch relay will be reaching Lethbridge on Wednesday. It’s part of the build-up to the Canada Winter Games, scheduled to open Feb. 15 in Red Deer.

A first-time event for the nation’s winter games, the relay began on Parliament Hill and it’s stopping at about 50 communities – including Lethbridge, home of the 1975 Canada Games.

The run is planned for 3 p.m. outside the Enmax Centre, site of the ’75 events, to be followed by fun events like “street curling.” Refreshments will be provided.

Five-time Canadian boxing champion Rick Duff, Lethbridge Hurricanes executive Bob Bartlett, Lethbridge Sports Council executive director Susan Eymann and Sundance Brave Society member Kogen Wells are among southern Albertans invited to take part in the relay.

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Back indoors for two special events next weekend! Next Saturday, music fans will be “transported to eastern Europe” for an evening of “romance, memory and friendship” at the University of Lethbridge.

Longtime music professor Peter Visentin will join Mark Rodgers, David Visentin and Deanna Oye for a concert of string and piano selections.

Robert Schumann’s “exuberant” Piano Quartet will be one of the works, along with compositions by Anton Arenskyk and Bohuslav Martinu. The “Faculty Artists and Friends” presentation is set for 7:30 p.m. in Recital Hall, with tickets available on the box office website: ulethbridge.ca.tickets

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On Jan. 20, a special presentation by the Centric MusicFest – known as a summertime highlight for Lethbridge – will bring two rising stars of Canadian classical music to Casa.

Bass-baritone Phillippe Sly and pianist Michael McMahon will perform Schubert’s iconic “Winterreisse.”

Sly placed first in a recent Concours Musical International de Montreal event, while McMahon – a resident artist at the Franz Schubert Institute in Austria – has performed with internationally known vocalists in concert halls across Europe, North America and Japan. Tickets for the 2 p.m. event are available at Casa.

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Montreal is certainly one of the “cultural capitals” of North America, but you don’t need to travel beyond Lethbridge to enjoy French creativity. The French Language Centre at the University of Lethbridge will be presenting a week of French-language films, Jan. 28 to Feb. 1.

Complete with English subtitles, the eight movies will be free – along with the popcorn!

This year’s weekday films, scheduled for 6:30 p.m. in Turcotte Hall, are (Monday through Thursday) “Juste La Fin du Monde,” “Demain,” “Boris sans Beatrice” and “Ne le dis a personne.”

On Feb. 1, the series will end with a double bill – and pizza. “Mission Kathmandu (a Yeti adventure) is set for 4:30 p.m. followed by “OSS 117: Le Caire – Nid d’espions” at 6:30.

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Offering another European flavour, this month’s feast at the Multicultural Centre on Jan. 25 will feature food and dance from Hungary. Next, on Feb. 6, the Southern Alberta Ethnic Association will host its annual newcomers’ welcoming event. For further information, check http://www.saea.ca

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And southern Alberta’s own Ukrainian dance organization, Troyanda is holding a “Malanka” new year’s celebration next Saturday, starting at 6 p.m. at the German Canadian Club. For details, call 403-315-3492.

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For a taste of yet another part of the world, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra is preparing “Love Notes from the Tropics” for its annual fundraising gala, set for Feb. 2 at the Coast Lethbridge.

A week later, the orchestra will present Leonard Bernstein’s comic opera, “Candide,” Feb. 8 and 9, featuring vocalists from the university’s Opera Workshop program. Both performances are scheduled for 7:30 p.m. in Southminster United Church.

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So here’s a first-time musical event with no pretentions! On Feb. 2, the Lethbridge Ukulele Jam and the McKillop United Ukuladies will stage a “sing and strum along” event at Casa. Ukulele players of all ages “and all skill levels” – and their friends – are invited to take in the 11:30 a.m. event.

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To close, some reminders:

Tonight, John Wort Hannam is the featured guest of the Lethbridge Folk Club, with music starting at 8 p.m. in the Cave at Lethbridge College; tickets at the door.

On Monday, university and college campus chaplain Erin Phillips will open this year’s no-charge Bill Cade discussion series with her opening presentation “Would you Survive the Zombie Apocalypse?” at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown library’s Theatre Gallery.

On Wednesday, the library will present author C.S. Hunt, discussing her new memoir, “Scars Among Us,” describing how families respond to the shock of sexual violence against a daughter.

And on Thursday, CBC Radio host Eleanor Wachtel will explore “the lives of writers” during a no-charge appearance at 7:30 p.m. on campus in the 1st Choice Savings Centre’s main lecture theatre; no charge.

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