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Sonis McAllister and the Barracuda Orchestra perform weird show at SAAG

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Happy hours at the Southern Alberta Art Gallery are becoming a popular Friday afternoon attraction. So a good sized crowd  came, Feb. 26 to enjoy an especially weird afternoon with Sonis McAllister  and the Sonis McAllister and some of the Barracuda Orchestra. Photo by Richard AmeryBarracuda Orchestra and to check out the last week of  Manon De Pauw’s exhibit ‘Intrigues.’

 Sonis McAllister and the Barracuda Orchestras dressed all in white and played an array of instruments and percussion  including an accordion, megaphone, saw, a bicycle wheel and a variety of cans and things to hit .

Sonis McAllister started out playing organ and reciting his unusual beatnik style poetry, which I couldn’t understand due to an echoing room, though that may have been the point. It was a fun show anyway, definitely unusual.

But while waiting  for the show to begin, the audience was checking out the  Manon De Pauw exhibit. It included a variety of slide shows and photograms plus performative set ups and video. An unusual piece was a slideshow of a girl  caught in a circle, trying to escape like a trapped houseManon De Pauw’s  exhibit, Intrigues ends March 7. Photo by Richard Ameryfly.


Intrigues opened Jan. 23, but closes this week on March 7.
 The SAAG’s Wednesday film festival continues March 10 with the Coen brothers’ film ‘A Serious Man’ which includes  a crack team of actors from Yiddish Cinema. Some of the stars are Adam Arkin, Richard Kind and Michael Stuhlbarg. Showtime is at 7 p.m. at Galaxy Cinemas

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
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