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Noted Vancouver poet and author, Evelyn Lau, will read from her work on Tuesday, March 20 at Medicine Hat Public Library. Her reading takes place at 7:00 pm in the Currie Room.

Evelyn Yee-Fun Lau was born in Vancouver to Chinese immigrant parents in 1971. They raised her in a traditional middle-class way with high aspirations for her future. As a young teenager she started writing and publishing her work, much to their dismay. At the age of 15, resenting her sheltered upbringing, she ran away from home to live on the streets for two years. During this time, she kept a diary which became a best seller. Runaway, Diary of a Street Kid, published in 1989, was later adapted as a television movie for the CBC in 1993. In her book of autobiographical essays, Inside Out, published in 2001, she states that the tumult of her early adulthood has coloured all aspects of her later life.

In addition, she has published several books of poetry: Living Under Plastic (2010), Treble (2005), In the House of Slaves (1994) and You Are Not Who You Claim (1990). She has two collections of short stories: Fresh Girls and Other Stories (1993) and Choose Me: Stories (1999).

Evelyn Lau lives in Vancouver where she was appointed as the city’s third Poet Laureate in October 2011.

Evelyn Lau’s visit is made possible through funding from the Canada Council of the Arts and the Alberta Foundation for the Arts.

For more information about Evelyn Lau, go to

To contact her or for more information, call Hilary Munro at 403-502-8533.

$5 • Crave Lounge, MHC Campus • Doors open @ 8:00

3rd street effort is proud to kick off spring with a bang…  followed by some snot-rockets, and sweating.

If you’ve never experienced a BA show, you’re in for a treat! His wild antics include everything from fireworks and writhing shirtless on the floor, to singing his final number from the washroom or the roof of his van – don’t worry he brings the crowd with him! His music tackles the difficult topics of the day, bedroom deep fryers, his roommate – “mother”, and the Zombie apocalypse. This born-showman is difficult to describe… So check out the clip to see what you’re in for.

Tickets available downtown at Madhatter Roastery or at the Student’s Association on the MHC campus.

Visit regularly for upcoming shows we’re promoting locally as well as updates on shows happening in the surrounding area. Or check us out on Facebook.

3rd street effort is a not-for-profit group of volunteers working to bring Canadian Indie music to Medicine Hat. We’re always looking for more suggestions, bands people want to see, and volunteers, so get in touch.

The Esplanade Art Gallery is pleased to present two new exhibitions, Deanna Bowen’s Stories to Pass On… and 365 Collective’s Relate, on display until April 15. There will be a public opening reception on Friday, March 2, 2012 at 7 PM. Also, in conjunction with Deanna Bowen’s art exhibition and to celebrate Black History Month, there will be an illustrated presentation by the Museum Curator, Robert Bruce Shepard, entitled “Black Pioneers of Western Canada” on Wednesday February 29 at 7 PM.

Deanna Bowen: Stories to pass on…

Inspired by a road trip to Texas, Oklahoma and Alabama in which she retraced her great grandparents’ slave roots and migration to Alberta, Ontario artist Deanna Bowen created two multimedia works about slavery-based trauma, family estrangement, community, and telling personal truths. Gospel (2007-2008) is a song of loss and longing which combines photographs of found hymn books, a sculptural/audio work, and Hollywood movie footage into a semi- autobiographical exploration of a daughter’s rejection of mother, family, and home. In Shadow on the Prairie (2009), Deanna Bowen mixes her own family story and that of the seminal 1952 Royal Winnipeg Ballet of the same name. The ballet evokes a young woman’s struggle in the harsh conditions of pioneer life, with which Bowen intertwines an exploration of a family rumour about her great uncle, a closeted gay actor & nightclub singer who played in all-black revues of Vancouver’s supper club circuit in the 1930s – 1950s. Deanna Bowen is a descendant of the Alabama and Kentucky born Black Prairie pioneers of Amber Valley and Campsie, Alberta. She is a Toronto based interdisciplinary artist whose work has been exhibited internationally in numerous film festivals and galleries. Stories to pass on… is touring Canada through a collaboration with the Thames Art Gallery, Chatham, Ontario, and is accompanied by a publication. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Saturday, March 3, 2012
11:00am until 4:00pm

Kinplex Kin Social Room, 2055 21st Ave SE, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Spring is on its way! Stop by and see what a great variety of local area small businesses have to offer. The event is free to attend and everybody is welcome.

Runwayz will be presenting our great new Spring line for Peekaboo Beans, as well as clearing out any last remaining Fall 2011 pieces. We will be having a silent auction, where the highest bidder wins!

Confirmed Vendors:

  • Runwayz Boutique
  • Peekaboo Beans Medicine Hat – stylist Angela Boschee
  • Only Green Genes with Juice Plus
  • Regal
  • Quilted Cabin (catalog CD on hand to view only)
  • Ribbon and Wool Creations
  • Usbourne Books
  • Henna Artistry and Honey Hats
  • The Orange Orchid Boutique
  • Pampered Chef
  • Pauline’s Pantry … baking goodies and more!
  • Princess House
  • Roth Photography
  • Avon
  • Scentsy
  • Pure Romance
  • Signature Homestyles
  • Toe Tattz
  • Mia Bella Candles
  • Simply Fashions
  • Epicure
  • Appeeling Apples
  • Arbonne

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A Dangerous Method

Noted Canadian director, David Cronenberg, presents a film about two giants of early psychoanalysis and the beautiful but troubled young woman who comes between them in the recently released film, A Dangerous Method. The film will be shown on Monday, February 20 at the Monarch Theatre. Show time is 7.30 pm.

Set in the early years of the twentieth century, the film charts the intense and inexplicably interwoven relationships between fledgling psychoanalysist Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and his mentor Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) is a disturbed patient who challenges their minds and ethics.

With Jung and Freud at the centre point, the film looks at the issues which initially united these two pioneering psychiatrists and which eventually divided them and took them off into other areas of investigation.

The film is based on the book, A Most Dangerous Method by John Kerr and adapted by Christopher Hampton from his stage play, The Talking Cure. Viggo Mortensen was nominated for Best Supporting Actor for the Golden Globes. THE JUMP – Read the rest of this entry »

Call for Submissions for Curiosities Themed Exhibition

Deadline March 15, 2012

This is a call from The Hive Artists’ Hub for artists of any discipline to submit 2 to 6 pieces of work in any medium for an exhibition entitled Curiosities. Each piece must not exceed a maximum of 12 inches in any direction. The theme is curiosities. Artwork and application form must be submitted on or before 4:00 PM March 15, 2012 to:

The Hive Artists’ Hub
569 2nd Street SE
Medicine Hat, AB T1A 0C5

For inquiries on classroom/group submissions and for the application form, please visit our website:, call 403-504-5371 or email

Calling All Singles: Come find love at the Library!

Medicine Hat Public Library will be hosting a 30+ singles’ night on Saturday February 11, 2012 from 7:00 pm – 10:00 pm.

Get ready for speed dating, games, movies, door prizes and snacks. Admission is free and there’s no need to register in advance.

For those planning to attend, why not bring a book you love and/or loath; this could be a great ice-breaker for speed dating.

This event will be held on the lower level of the library. Please note that regular library services will not be available during this special program.

Participants must be 30 years of age or older.

For more information please phone the Library at 403-502-8525.

One Book One Community 2012Which book should Medicine Hat residents read in October 2012? During the month of February, the One Book One Community committee will be asking for suggestions of books for the seventh annual book discussion weekend which will take place in October 2012.

Every year Hatters come together to discuss a book and to enjoy activities based around the title. Like a citywide book club, One Book One Community offers readers opportunities to discuss the book, listen to guest speakers, and participate in activities that complement the book. Past books have included Obasan by Joy Kogawa, A Complicated Kindness by Miriam Toews, An Audience of Chairs by Joan Clark, The Englishman’s Boy by Guy Vanderhaeghe, Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay, Three Day Road by Joseph Boyden and in October 2011, the chosen book was Come Thou, Tortoise by Newfoundland author, Jessica Grant.

Hatters are asked to make suggestions during the month of February. To be eligible, the book should be by a Canadian author, available in paperback and substantial enough to generate discussion. It can be fiction, non-fiction, biography, poetry or short stories. Suggestion forms will be available at Medicine Hat Public Library, the Vera Bracken Library at Medicine Hat College and at Coles Bookstore in the Medicine Hat Mall. Suggestions may also be submitted online at The suggested titles are read and evaluated by volunteer readers and the committee. Once the book has been chosen, the title will be announced in the spring.

One Book One Community is cosponsored by the Alberta Foundation for the Arts, Medicine Hat Public Library, Medicine Hat College and Coles Bookstore.

The Esplanade Museum and Esplanade Archives are proud to present Our Chinese Heritage in the Heritage Gallery, three exhibits which honor Chinese Canadian contributions to the development of Western Canada. The exhibits will be open during regular operating hours from January 29 to April 22, 2012. An opening reception will be held on Sunday, January 29 beginning at 2:00 PM and everyone is welcome.

The three exhibits include “Upstairs at Wah Lee’s” which is a collection of historic photographs from the C.S.Wing Studio in Quesnel, British Columbia. Mr. Wing was the first professional photographer in that community. The exhibit illustrates his interaction with other residents of the town as well as chronicling its early days. Another exhibit is “Chop Suey on the Prairies” which was produced by the Royal Alberta Museum and is a salute to the small town Chinese Restaurant; an icon in many communities across the Canadian Plains. The third exhibit is “A Century of Chinese Restaurants in Medicine Hat” and features photographs from the Esplanade Archives collection which document the long standing presence, and contributions, of these establishments in our community.

We are entering “The Year of the Dragon” in the traditional Chinese calendar and the Esplanade Museum along with the Esplanade Archives are celebrating our Chinese heritage. In addition to the three exhibits, Mr. Siew Mak will be demonstrating traditional Chinese brush painting during the reception.

Local Public Eatery is hosting a Superbowl Party on Sunday, February 5th. We are having prize giveaways and drink specials. Great food and great people. Join the party!

Local Public Eatery

It’s common food done uncommonly well, it’s a great pint, cocktails as you like them and more than anything else, it’s the kind of place where your table is your backyard and the customers are your crowd.

579 3rd St SE Medicine Hat, Alberta T1A 0H2

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