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Every one of us is to some degree touched by the many faces of love. But it’s another thing to express it without sounding soppy, maudlin or hammy. Published writers Barbara Mitchell and St.

Every one of us is to some degree touched by the many faces of love. But it’s another thing to express it without sounding soppy, maudlin or hammy.

Published writers Barbara Mitchell and St. Albert’s own Sandra Mooney-Ellerbeck, known in the local literary scene for their passionate approaches to poetry workshops, are once again at it with Talking Through Your Skin.

“We want to explore the spirit of passion. Too often we concentrate on our outer self, and what we like to do is delve into expressions from our inner self,” says Mooney-Ellerbeck, workshop facilitator.

Before people get any frisky ideas, the duo has set up an all-day intensive to discuss beautiful love sonnets, play with warm-up exercises and peck away at the computer. To unleash the siren within, the duo is using templates and paintings to stir the heart and inspire writings on a variety of loves from the spiritual and romantic to forgiveness and redemptive love.

“We want people to soak up the ambience of love and we’ve chosen the perfect place to inspire us,” explains Mooney of the Strathcona Library location, 8331 – 104 St.

The workshop is Saturday, Feb. 6 from 9:30-4 p.m. Cost is $50. To register call Barbara at 780-289-2121. Bring a lunch.

Some people that might never go to the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra (ESO) snap up tickets to Robbins Pops. And on Jan. 29 and 30, the Winspear Centre’s 2,000-seat concert hall lights up the Great White North’s version of Broadway Rocks.

These performances are dedicated to Erich Kunzel who was originally scheduled to conduct but passed away in Sept. 2009. His protégé Steven Reineke, director of the New York Pops, stepped in and is winging it up here.

ESO’s 52 musicians, including St. Albert husband and wife team John Taylor (bass) and Kathy Hogan (violist), will jump right into some of Broadway’s hottest hits from Rent, Wicked and The Wiz to Hairspray, Mamma Mia and Tommy.

Featured soloists are four of the Big Apple’s brightest constellations: Capathia Jenkins, Anne Runolfsson, Darius de Haas and Hugh Panaro.

Special guest choirs are Edmonton’s own Kokopelli and Oran singers — 120 lush voices that include St. Albert’s own Wade Brown, Jonathan Spriensma, Alex Wesolowski and brothers Steve and Tyler Wenger.

Tickets are $24-$79. Call 780-428-1414 or go online at www.edmontonsymphony.com.


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