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Galt exhibit ‘Decoding E-money’ explores the evolution of payment systems

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If you are curious about cryptocurrencies like bitcoin, then a new traveling exhibit opening at the Galt Museum will tell you everything you want to know and more.

“De-coding E-money” opens at the The Galt Museum on Saturday, Sept. 22 and runs until Jan. 6.

Aimee Benoit plays a find the bitcoin game which is part of the Galt museum's Decoding E-Money exhibit. photo by Richard Amery
The interactive, bilingual exhibit on loan from the Bank of Canada Museum features several interactive exhibits. One shows the path different types money (including cash, cheques, credit cards, debit cards and bitcoin) takes from your pocket to the merchant.

Another shows the history of different forms of money including early band notes, bank drafts, coins and even a wooden strip used during the heyday of the fur trade. There is a quiz of your knowledge of money and another exhibit dedicated to cryptocurrency, featuring a video game  involving spotting the cryptocurrency.


There is also an interactive display about the history of different forms of payment through the years.


“ We’re really excited about this exhibit and all of the interactive displays,” said Galt Museum marketing and communications officer Graham Ruttan.
“I’m impressed with it. We’re privileged to be able to bring it here,” he continued.

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Playgoers of Lethbridge needs actors for Where’s Oscar

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Where’s Oscar? Director Rob Berezay should know by now as he has done the Tom Gillespie adapted,  farce twice before in Milk River and Raymond and with do it again with Playgoers of Lethbridge in Feb. 20-23 in the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.
 Auditions take place at Casa, Sept. 26 and 26.


“ It’s a convoluted story,” summarized director Rob Berezay.


“I’ve played the lead role and directed it in Milk River and Raymond, so when the opportunity came up to do it for Playgoers, I took it, though I did pitch it to them,” he said.
“I’ve already asked some of them to reprise their old characters, but I’m excited to work with new people,” he said.


In a nutshell, the farce is surrounds the adventures and misadventures of  cosmetics tycoon Bernard Millard who is about to have the worst day of his life. He is disturbed “far too early” in the morning to learn his accountant has been stealing from the company, his unwed daughter is pregnant and his maid has quit to marry millionaire “DeWitt the Zit.” 

The laughs come early and mount with false marriage proposals, a bag of jewels that magically, and persistently change into a bundle of ladies underwear and a mysterious woman from his past with a big secret.

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Word on the Street and Lethbridge Symphony among the highlights this week

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There are a couple of big shows this week.
 Vancouver based, organ powered progressive rock band Bend Sinister stop by the Owl Acoustic lounge to play a special ticketed event, Wednesday, Sept. 19. Tickets are $10 for the show, which begins at 9 p.m. They are supporting their new CD Foolish Games. Local band the Dirti Speshuls will be opening the show.Richard Inman returns to Lethbridge this week. photo by Richard Amery
 It is a busy Wednesday as there is also an open mic at Beaches.
 The Slice hosts Port Alberni folk/ alternative rock and pop band the Chase Spencer band on Sept. 19 as well. Admission is by donation.
 Admission is also by  donation at the Smokehouse where Prairie Huckster aka  Gabriel Thaine and Aya will be playing every instrument they know, Webdnesday, Sept.19.
 There is a big alternative rock show on Thursday, Sept. 20 with Saskatoon’ grungy, noisy post punk duo  Man Meat, plus Edmonton  trio Hex Beat and local alternative rock trio MomBod. Admission is $10 for the show, which begins at 8 p.m.


On the weekend, the Lethbridge Symphony Orchestra has their first Extras concert of the season with Musaeus performing at Fall in Strings  — a tribute to Autumn at Casa at 7:30 p.m.  featuring violinist  Isabelle Robinson, keyboardist Mary Lee Voort and  the Musaeus String quartet. The Symphony opens their series on Oct. 15 with Russian Inferno.
It that isn’t enough classical music for you, Pianist Jesse Plessis returns home to Lethbridge to perform at the Galt museum’s Piano and Pie, Friday, Sept. 21 beginning at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $35 for adults, $20 for youth and students.


The quick picking and velvet baritone of Winnipeg based musician Richard Inman returns to the Owl Acoustic Lounge on Friday, Sept. 21. Fellow Winnipeg musician Dana Lee will be opening the show.
 For something different from that, bang your head at the Smokehouse as Medicine Hat thrash/punk band Western Death return to rock with local bands Chernoff, alternative rock duo Cope and High River hardcore punk band Shark Weak. There is a $10 cover for the show, which begins at 8 p.m..

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Elliott Brood hitting their stride after 15 years

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After 15 years together, Hamilton/Toronto folk/ alt country trio feel like they’re just hitting their stride. they are looking forward to returning to Lethbridge to play their usual haunt the Slice on a Tuesday, Sept. 25.Elliott Brood retuern to the Slice, Sept. 25. Photo by Richard Amery
“After 15 years or however long we’ve been together I feel we‘re just hitting our stride as a players. not that we didn’t play well before, it’s just that every night we feel like we’re playing in the pocket,” said frontman/banjo player/ guitarist and ukulele player Mark Sasso from a tour stop in Moncton. He is joined by Casey Laforet on guitar, vocals and bass pedals and  Stephen Pitkin playing suitcases, percussion and vocals.


“We‘re going back to Hamilton to play the Supercrawl festival. It’s a huge event. It’s such a great experience for us. It‘s putting Hamilton back on the map. It’s right downtown in the street.  They get like 100,000 ,150,000 people or about 50,000 people a night. It will be our third time playing it and they keep asking us back so  we must be doing something right,” Sasso continued.


“We’ve been playing a lot and touring a lot. We‘re on the east coast now, where we haven’t been for a while,” he observed.
They are still touring in support of their 2017 “Ghost Gardens,” which  is doing well with fans.
“Fans have been listening to the music and buying the album and singing the songs back to us, same as they always do, so we must be doing something right,” Sasso said.
 Part of their success is road testing new songs as they are now and will be doing in Lethbridge.

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