Did Chappaquiddick kill Kennedy’s White House ambitions?

Mary Jo Kopechne’s death was sensational, but justice was never truly done and far too many questions remain unanswered

Did Chappaquiddick kill Kennedy’s White House ambitions?The new movie Chappaquiddick reminds us of an uncomfortable fact: There was a time when powerful politicians could get away with serious stuff. Or at least they could if their name was Kennedy and the stuff happened in Massachusetts. The basic outline is clear. On the evening of Friday, July 18, 1969, there was a…

Varying styles blend at musical fundraiser

Concert shows what you get when you mix a folk-pop-singer-songwriter with about a dozen members from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra

Varying styles blend at musical fundraiserKenneth Brown of The Clarion An audience in Kindersley now knows what you get when you mix a folk-pop-singer-songwriter with about a dozen members from the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra. Jeffery Straker, a singer-songwriter-pianist from Punnichy, Sask., performed with 11 members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra (SSO) at a fundraiser on April 6 at the Norman…

Folk musician up next for arts council

Stephen Fearing is one of Canada’s finest songwriters and has developed a national and international audience

Folk musician up next for arts councilKenneth Brown of The Clarion Well-travelled folk singer-songwriter and guitarist Stephen Fearing is performing in Kindersley this weekend as part of the annual arts council series. Fearing, a founding member of the folk-rock band Blackie and the Rodeo Kings, hits the stage at the Norman Ritchie Community Centre on April 14 starting at 8 p.m.…

Choir to present cantata later this month

Performance takes place on April 15 at St. Paul’s United Church starting at 2:30 p.m. and includes the church's bell choir

Choir to present cantata later this monthKenneth Brown of The Clarion The Kindersley Community Choir is holding its annual Easter Cantata well after the holiday in 2018 and the choir’s program will reflect the passing of Easter. There is also a change of venue for this year’s event. The choir’s Easter Cantata takes place on April 15 at St. Paul’s United…

The overwhelming imagery of the Crucifixion

The child that was me experienced the lead-up to Easter as foreboding rather than inspiring

The overwhelming imagery of the CrucifixionI was never big on Easter. As a Catholic schoolboy in 1950s Ireland, Easter played second fiddle to Christmas. In fact, the competition wasn’t even close. Christmas had several advantages. For one thing, school holidays were longer. Whereas Easter only delivered a week and a half, Christmas tacked on a further full week. The tone,…

Jeffery Straker to perform at musical fundraiser

Concert to support a future community centre as the new home for the performing arts in Kindersley

Jeffery Straker to perform at musical fundraiserKenneth Brown of The Clarion Saskatchewan singer-songwriter Jeffery Straker returns to Kindersley next week to perform at a special fundraiser, and he won’t be alone. Straker will be joined on stage by 12 members of the Saskatoon Symphony Orchestra in a performance that features orchestral arrangements of his folk-pop songs. The concert is a fundraiser…

Music festival celebrates 55th year in style

The two-week Kindersley and District Music Festival boasted close to 300 entries and closed with the Stars of the Festival Gala

Music festival celebrates 55th year in styleKevin McBain of The Clarion Each year, the talent on display at the Kindersley and District Music Festival is awe-inspiring. The musicianship from young to old and in every class shows the dedication of the parents and the talent of the many fantastic teachers that have been tasked to mould raw talent into the great…

Fundraiser helps support new building project

Comedians Jody Peters and Dani Albert, and The Matt Davis Band entertained at the West Central Abilities event

Fundraiser helps support new building project    People fill up their plates at the Elks Hall on St. Patrick’s Day at a fundraiser for the day program building project for West Central Abilities Inc. (Below) Saskatchewan comedian Jody Peters entertains the crowd at the fundraiser. The entertainment included two comedians and two live bands. Kenneth Brown of The Clarion People…

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magic

Elwy Yost turned generations of young people into film buffs through his groundbreaking television programs

Elwy Yost and a land where the shadows are always like magicIt’s amazing how a simple word, gesture or sound can instantly bring back a flood of memories. That’s what happened to me recently. I saw a Facebook post in January by writer/blogger Kathy Shaidle containing a short YouTube clip and four little (albeit profound) words, “I still miss Elwy.” For anyone who grew up (particularly…

Roseanne brings the blue-collar perspective back to TV

A grossly underrepresented sector of popular culture gets a loud, sarcastic but sympathetic voice

Roseanne brings the blue-collar perspective back to TVLater this month, Roseanne returns to ABC after a 20-year absence. In a nine-episode run starting on March 27, the trials and tribulations of the working-class Conner family of the fictional town of Lanford, Ill., will take centre stage once again. The Hollywood Reporter asks pointedly in a recent headline: “Is TV Ready for a…