Edmonton Journal - - CITY REGION -


“What hap­pens to all the bad chil­dren at Xmas? Why Kram­pus, of course!” So reads the pro­mo­tional ma­te­rial for Kram­pus­nacht, Ed­mon­ton’s an­nual hiss­ing and bearer of sharp teeth aimed at all the warm and fuzzy Christ­mas cheer. But make no mis­take, this event is meant to be a lot of fun, too. The ac­tion starts with a 7 p.m. photo shoot where we’re re­minded to give the cul­tural cos­play­ers enough room to move, es­pe­cially those wear­ing heavy masks. The “lauf” it­self starts at 8. Bring plenty to drink, those tears have to come from some­where.

De­tails: 7 p.m. at Dr. Wil­bert McIn­tyre Park (8331 104 St.), no charge


One of the sweet­est honky­tonk acts around, the Plead­ing Hearts boast singers Terry Mori­son and John Gorham, and they’re back for their an­nual Christ­mas Concert at the Em­press where glasses will be raised, old friends re­mem­bered and a lot of happy yelling and car­ry­ing on. If all this sounds scary to you, our own Roger Levesque de­scribes Mor­ri­son as “one of the most in­tel­lec­tu­ally com­pelling song­writ­ers in town,” which I’ll dou­ble down on. This just at­tracts a lot of fun peo­ple is all.

De­tails: 3:30—6:30 p.m. at Em­press Ale House (9912 82 Ave.), no charge


Bearclaw Gallery, Bugera Mathe­son Gallery, The Front Gallery and Scott Gallery are com­ing to­gether for the hol­i­day sea­son with fes­tiv­i­ties and ex­tended shop­ping hours down 124 Street. The four gal­leries are ex­hibit­ing beau­ti­ful works through­out each space, per­fect for gift giv­ing. The gal­leries are keep­ing their reg­u­lar Satur­day hours, but ex­tend­ing them from noon to 4 p.m. Sun­day with artists in­clud­ing Jim Lo­gan, Ernes­tine Ta­hedl, Verna Vo­gel and Michael Matthews. This event is def­i­nitely worth a stroll.

De­tails: All week­end on

124 Street around 104 Av­enue, never a charge to pe­ruse.

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