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Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor

Magnus Theatre  Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth by Drew Hayden Taylor  Lake Superior News
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THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  October 17, 2017   (LSN)  Magnus Theatre presents Only Drunks and Children,  Tell the TruthWinner of the 1996 Dora Mavor Moore Award for Outstanding New Play, Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is the heartwarming, emotional and funny story of Janice, an Indigenous woman adopted by a white family, who returns to the reserve in the wake of her birth mother's funeral. Janice finds herself struggling to find a place where the culture of her past can feed the truth of her present... connecting these two lives is proving to be a challenge.  

Only Drunks and Children Tell the Truth is a story that straddles the line between realistic-comedy and tragedy with the four central figures balancing the spectrum of existence in Indigenous culture. It takes a peek into the mindset of a community rocked not only by a death in the family but forces a hard look into conflicts of identity, “the scoop” and life in Otter Lake.

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Collective Creation Project - Friday, October 13, 2017

Play creation project for high school students, called the Collective Creation Project

Collective Creation Project
#LSN_Arts     Magnus Theatre

Magnus Theatre runs an annual play creation project for local high school students, called the Collective Creation Project. With the guidance of professional theatre staff, students from across the city come together to write a play on a social issue affecting Thunder Bay. Students are involved in all aspects of the creation of the play, from writing to acting and stage managing.

The Collective Creation Project is offered at no cost to our students. This is a free program for them to participate in. They will be given the chance to enhance their theatrical skills no matter what role they play in the process.

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Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner - Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner

Dracula Bill's Annual Halloween Mystery Dinner   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event

WESTFORT,  ONTARIO   October 10, 2017   (LSN) The restaurant often teams up with the Capitol Players to present an evening of fun with a Murder Mystery.  This October 28th Mama Alfa’s will host the 4th annual Dracula event.  The background story is that Dracula met Mama Alfa when she was employed as his chef in his Transylvanian castle. Her recipes are from ancient texts she found in the Castle’s libraries - specifically from the collection of the Scholomance – a magical teaching school (which explains Mama’s supernaturally delicious sauces and pasta.)  Dracula fell in love with Alfa and every Halloween he shows up and tries to sweep her away from Ralph and back to Transylvania.  Of course, someone has to kill him and everyone gives their theory and there are prizes.  But Dracula never dies so he is sure to live again next Halloween.  Many guests come in costume, others don’t but all receive a copy of The Alfa Report newsletter, which provides background to the plot.

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Choreographer Beats The Odds - Monday, September 25, 2017

We Will Rock You Choreographer Beats The Odds

choreographer Julie Tomaino Magnus  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts Magnus's choreographer Julie Tomaino

The Thunder Bay debut of choreographer Julie Tomaino resulted in the energetic display of talent that brings We Will Rock You to life at Magnus Theatre. Julie’s story is a courageous tale of the dancer’s spirit, passion and a determination to beat the odds.
Earlier this year, Magnus Theatre Artistic Director Thom Currie invited Julie to join the We Will Rock You production team.  Julie, who has a successful career as a choreographer and director, readily accepted, thrilled at the opportunity to work in Thunder Bay on the first regional theatre production of the Queen musical.  Life, however, was going to throw her a curve ball.

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Thunder Con - Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Thunder Con 2017 Warps

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#LSN_Econ Imperial Forces that are headed to Thunder Con 2017 at the Valhalla Inn

It's that time of year again Thunder Con 2017 Warps into the Valhalla Inn on Saturday September 23 from 10am till 10 pm and Sunday September 24 from 10am till 5pm from daily.

Bring the whole family for a weekend of fun and activities in the game zone , vendor areas kids zone area , artists areasnd Many other activities and Cosplay Costume shows contests and more also special guest panels and special guests from around the country and beyond,

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Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU - Saturday, September 16, 2017

Magnus's WE WILL ROCK YOU  held over

Magnus Theatre WE WILL ROCK YOU
#LSN_Arts   Held over until September 30th

, WE WILL ROCK YOU has been held over for an extra week until September 30, 2017. Critics and theatre-goers are spellbound by the Bohemian Rhapsody, with their favourite Queen songs being brought to the stage in this sensational production.

Adam Charles and Jessie Cox delight audiences as the cute yet rebellious pairing of Galileo and Scaramouche and the villainous duo of Gabi Epstein and Spencer Hari absolutely “kill” it as Killer Queen and Khashoggi, respectively. Not to be outdone, the phenomenal high-energy rocker-rebel personas of Amy Sellors as OZ and Ryan G. Hinds as Brit. The rest of the cast are providing thrilling performances in front of a live rock band led by Danny Johnson.

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39th Season 2017-2018 - Sunday, September 10, 2017

The Golden Violin  Consortium Aurora Borealis

Consortium Aurora Borealis The Golden Violin   Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  September 10, 2017   (LSN) To open the Consortium Aurora Borealis 39th concert season, “The Brilliance of Borealis”, with the programme “The Golden Violin”, an apt title for the sounds you will hear. We are delighted and honoured to welcome back Thomas Cosbey, Concertmaster of the TBSO, and pianist Heather Morrison, two favourites of Thunder Bay audiences.

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The Art of Reading and Writing - Friday, September 8, 2017

North Shore Readers and Writers Festival

Art of Reading and Writing Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    The Art of Reading and Writing 

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA  - September 8, 2017   (LSN)  The North Shore Readers and Writers Festival locates, celebrates, and fosters the literary arts and engagement with the written word.

Readers, writers, and book professionals will all find a multitude of opportunities through which to learn and engage, including classes, readings, panel discussions, and more.

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ShubniahFest 2017 - Thursday, September 7, 2017

First Annual ShuniahFest September 8th and 9th The Zep Show

ShuniahFest    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   The Zep Show  Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge

The Mackenzie-Riverside Pizzeria and Lounge is throwing the First Annual ShuniahFest this September 8th and 9th 2017.  We have received such overwhelming support from the community over the past year, but especially over the last few summer months that we felt we should do something to return the favour and give other small independent businesses a chance to get their name out and showcase what it is they have to offer.  

This year, we have decided to allow these businesses and vendors free admission into the festival, and also have decided to donate 5% of our ticket sales to Macgregor Rec Centre in Shuniah, to go towards their children’s programs.  MacGregor Rec Centre is also donating their time Saturday September 9th 2017 between the hours of 1pm and 4pm to run children’s activities during our Festival.

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Great Changes at Magnus - Saturday, September 2, 2017

"And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.” 

Thom Currie Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Thom Currie   Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO  -   September 2, 2017   (LSN) Thom Currie has just celebrated a significant milestone: He has now officially spent one year in Thunder Bay as Magnus Theatre's Artistic Director.
“That’s right,” he grins on a break from rehearsal.  “I drove into Thunder Bay last year on August 28th and started work on August 29th.  It’s been a great year.”
The upcoming season at Magnus Theatre is the first that Currie has programmed for Thunder Bay audiences, and he has promised a revolution.  He chuckles at the reference.
“A revolution, any revolution, is marked by change, a change in the way things are done.  And yes, there are changes happening at Magnus.”

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Magnus Theatre in Education Fall Programs - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Magnus Theatre in Education Announces Fall Programming

Magnus Education  Fall Programming    Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts    Magnus Education 

Thunder Bay, ON - It’s a revolution at Magnus Theatre! Magnus is excited to launch several new Theatre in Education programs for the 2017/2018 season.

Magnus is revamping the YOUNG PLAYWRIGHT’S CHALLENGE, after a hiatus of more than a decade. Playwrights between the ages of 13 and 19 are invited to submit scripts between September 8th, 2017 and February 28th, 2018. The scripts will undergo an adjudication process, and a winner and two runners up will be chosen to have their scripts workshopped on the mainstage. Cash prizes of $500, $300 and $200 will be awarded.

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Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations at the Waverley

Library Adds Vinyl Listening Stations  Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts      Vinyl Listening Stations

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 29, 2017    (LSN)  Libraries are transitioning from buildings full of books to community hubs forlifelong learning and in the spirit of adding a Business Incubator, Northern Nature Trading Centre and other hands-on opportunities for learning and exploring creativity, we are happy to announce TBPL’s newest installation - vinyl record listening stations.

The two record players are located upstairs at the Waverley Library. The area also features a music-inspired painting by local award-winning artist Duncan Weller and other decorations which reflect the musical history of Thunder Bay’s past. Users may select from a curated collection of fifty vinyl albums.

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Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore - Sunday, August 27, 2017

Plein Air Grand Marais North Shore for fall colors

Plein Air Grand Marais Lake Superior News
#LSN_ Arts    Grand Marais Art Colony

GRAND MARAIS, MINNESOTA,  August 27, 2017  (LSN)   Plein Air Grand Marais is just around the corner! Venture up the North Shore for fall colors and meet over 60 artists painting throughout Cook County in this friendly painting competition September 8 – 14th, followed by an exhibition showcasing artist’s work September 15th – October 29th

 Since 1947 the Art Colony has maintained a strong relationship between outdoor recreation and artistic pursuit due to Art Colony founder Birney Quick’s vision to form an outdoor painting school. 

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Lakeview African Children’s Choir - Saturday, August 26, 2017

Lakeview Presbyterian Church hosting African Children’s Choir

African Children’s Choir Lake Superior News
#LSN_Arts   Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO,  August 26, 2017  (LSN)  Lakeview has hosted the African Children’s Choir previously on 3 occasions (2005, 2008 and 2015).

The African Children’s Choir melts the hearts of audiences with their charming smiles, beautiful voices and lively African songs and dances.  The program features well-loved children’s songs, traditional Spirituals and Gospel favorites.  Concerts are free and open to all. Donations will be accepted at the performance to support African Children’s Choir programs, such as education, care and relief and development programs. 

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Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour’ - Friday, August 18, 2017

Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tou
#LSN_Outdoors    Fall Studio Tour’

Cook County, Minnesota. – August 18, 2017 –   (LSN) A group of local artists and gallery owners joined with Visit Cook County to revive and reimagine the Crossing Borders Studio Tour, which retired last year after 20 successful years. 

The new event, Art Along the Lake: Fall Studio Tour, will feature 14 stops and more than 40 artists along one of the most scenic fall color drives in Minnesota. The event will give visitors an opportunity to meet with artists in their home studios, as well as visit with guest artists at local art galleries. The dates for the Fall Studio Tour are Sept. 29 – Oct. 8, 2017.

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Badanai Theatre presents GREASED - Summer Theatre with a Twist - Monday, August 14, 2017

Badanai Theatre presents GREASED
#LSN_Arts   Badanai Theatre presents GREASED 

THUNDER BAY, ONTARIO   August 14, 2017   (LSN)  Greased takes us back to 1959 and it’s back to school for Danielle Zippo (Carly Martin), the leader of the T-Birdies the "mean girls" of Rydell High, and new “good boy” Sandy Olsen (Hudson Drew Morash) who try to relive the high romance of their “summer nights” as the rest of the gang sings and dances it way through popular 50’s tunes such as “Yakety-Yak”, “Leader of the Pack”, “Book of Love”, “Mama Said”, “The Twist”, and many more. The cast is rounded out with Buddy Rizzo (Micheal Bogensberger) a shy, rather awkward young geek who befriends Sandy, Penelope (Katherine Nemec) as Danielle’s best friend and a great mechanic and fighter of boys, Sunny (Olivia McInnis) who enjoys putting other people on by pretending she is not the sharpest knife in the drawer, and Mr. Jack Hass (Spencer Hari) an algebra teacher, Chess club coach and Glee club adviser. This actors cast in these roles will surely deliver a full throttle of laughs in this production of Greased.

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