Pretty sure I haven’t mentioned publicly that I am now an “arts and culture” columnist at the Lethbridge Herald (specifically their re-launched/re-imagined Lethbridge Journal), where I will be doing a bi-weekly rundown of things to do in Lethbridge in order to keep from offing yourself. As I will assume (probably rightly) that most of you won’t get a copy in time to act on the events that I am so sagely curating, I’ll post my column here too.
Welcome to Bored To Death, a shortlist of things to do in Lethbridge to aid in the “there is nothing to do here” blues, because the truth is that there is mostly nothing to do here.
Bored To Death September 30 – October 13
1) “Cereal Gen” at the University of Lethbridge Art Gallery (Until October 24) FREE
The University of Lethbridge Art Gallery has been exceptionally good over the last few years, and the gallery’s latest exhibit “Cereal Gen” is no exception. Edmonton artist Lyndal Osborne’s installation Endless Forms Most Beautiful, which displays alien-like “enlarged seedpods” in the process of being genetically altered, is a must see. It’s time to change the conversation from what the University gallery doesn’t do, to what they are constantly doing so well.
2) Art Days (Friday, September 30 to Sunday, October 2) FREE
Even though Art Days sounds like the least fun thing ever, there is no better time to celebrate the world-class art that happens here in our own backyard. The highlight of the weekend is Artwalk, which is an excellent opportunity to see the works-in-progress of some of our local art-stars. Plus: performances in Galt Gardens from our best local musicians and every carb-a-holic’s favourite two words: “pancake breakfast.” Remember to wash the syrup off your hands before you run your filthy paws over everyone’s artwork!
3) Ghostkeeper w/ Michael Rault at The Slice (Saturday, October 1) $10
Come for Calgary’s Ghostkeeper, one of that cities most entertaining live rock and roll bands, but show up early enough to see Edmontonian one-man-band Michael Rault, whose Buddy Holly-esque rave-ups will completely lay waste to The Slice.
4) Randy and Mr. Lahey at Average Joe’s (Thursday, October 6) $20
This event sells itself: Randy and Mr. Lahey from Trailer Park Boys doing some kind of comedy routine, a Trailer Park Boys look-a-like contest (which should be fiercely competitive in Lethbridge), and a cheeseburger eating contest.
5) Uncle Bad Touch w/ Ketamines at The Owl (October 11) FREE
Montreal’s Uncle Bad Touch is the latest project from Priestess lead vocalist Mikey Heppner, and their self-released album is one of my personal favourite records this year. Uncle Bad Touch might be one of the worst band names of all time, but their combination of 60’s arena rock and 70’s folk-rock is completely worth checking out.