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Recent stories about arts


Smiling party-goers dance in a line beside a crouching man wielding a smartphone.
arts history

La Connexional celebrates Black histories and futures

A new dance festival that takes place on March 2 is just one way La Connexional celebrates Black and Latin cultures beyond the confines of February.

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Three wrestlers in colourful costumes face off in the ring.
arts history

Filmmaker gets bruised to explore indie wrestling culture

Omar Mouallem says few know that what became Stampede Wrestling held its first-ever event in Edmonton in 1948.

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A marquee for Metro Cinema at the Garneau Theatre reads, "Where Community Meets Cinema."
arts community

How Metro Cinema puts community on the screen

As Metro Cinema opens its annual call for community programming applications, the non-profit society expects to review roughly 70 proposals and commission up to 15 community-produced series and events — all to reach more people.

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Happenings: Jan. 29, 2024

Here are some events happening today in the Edmonton area.

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People in winter-wear costumes congregate on a snowy lot in front of a large green wall emblazoned with the text "let's heal the divide."
arts events

Deep Freeze looks to grow despite thawing funds

The 17th annual Deep Freeze: A Byzantine Winter Festival takes place Jan. 21 to 22 on Alberta Avenue despite its ongoing difficulties securing funding and attracting volunteers.

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Actors pose in flamboyant costumes around a bar set on a theatre stage. Each is raising a glass.
arts ceba

Teatro Live! forms club to repay loan

Enduring Edmonton theatre company Teatro Live! has leveraged community support to help repay its Canadian Emergency Business Account loan, due Jan. 18. Doing so means Teatro will see $20,000 of its $60,000 loan forgiven, with the remaining $40,000 to be subsidized by something called The Teatro 400.

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Three people pose seated on a square stool. The person on the left holds a camera.
arts events

New film series celebrates shorts

The organizer of the new short-film series Cold Cuts, which takes place at The Aviary on Jan. 18, said he hopes to put more shorts in front of more audiences.

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A man in a blue sweater and blue jeans is sitting in a wheelchair as he speaks to a woman with blonde hair, wearing a blue blazer
arts health

How one advocate pushes docuseries to next level

CBC Gem's PUSH is set to return for a second season on Jan. 14 and Zachary Weeks has worked behind the scenes to ensure all the marketing for the docuseries is at the forefront for digital accessibility. It's a detail that's often overlooked, he said, but something that's part of his larger work to "move the needle" on accessibility in Edmonton.

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A photo collage of six pictures: A person stands at a podium in front of signs that read "abacusbio"; a person stands at a podium before a screen that reads "Strong Cities Network"; a person stands in front of a wall adorned with plants and a sign that reads "EPIC"; two people stand at a transit station that is decorated with yellow balloons; two people stand in front of a sign that reads "Dragons' Den CBC GEM"; a building with a sign that reads "Mercer".
city council business

Year in review: Acrimony, agribusiness, adaptation

In 2023, Taproot reported on several stories that continued to evolve after we published them. Here are some updates.

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