Winter Games torch re­lay to stop in city on Wed­nes­day

Lethbridge Herald - - HOMETOWN NEWS - Dave Ma­bell Dave Ma­bell is se­nior re­porter on the Leth­bridge Her­ald’s news team. His col­umn ap­pears each Satur­day. If you have an item of note, please email dma­[email protected]­bri dge­herald.com

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.

••• 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

• • • 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.

• • • 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.

• • • 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 www.saea.ca

• • •

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 403315-3492.

• • • 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.

• • • 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.

• • • 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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