Web Exclusive: Mercury Opera Pyrogy Pop Up by Culina to Raise Funds for Badlands Carmen

FOODIE ALERT: Brad and Cindy LAZARENKO of Culina restaurants, raise up the humble pyrogy to bolster a unique Badlands opera production of CARMEN!

Hot on the heels of their sell – out production of La Traviata at Chez Pierre’s and Studio 96, Mercury Opera is turning their head to Spain, Bizet, and opera’s baddest girl Carmen in the Badlands.

On June 1st Mercury Opera will be hosting a PYROGY DINNER AND SILENT AUCTION with Live Entertainment TO SUPPORT CARMEN IN THE BADLANDS, a three way co-production with Mercury Opera, Opera Classica Europa and the Badlands Amphitheatre in Drumheller Alberta.

It may seem like an odd combo for an opera set in Spain, but there is a connection.

“Taking the Latin word for kitchen and cooking, and combining it with some Ukrainian heritage, Brad Lazarenko christened his former Mill Creek restaurant neighbourhood bistro “Culina,”Growing up in a Ukrainian home he knew the translation of the highbush cranberry plant was known as “kalyna” in his parents’ native tongue. That sealed the deal on the restaurant’s name. “ The Edmontonian

Mercury Opera’s Darcia Parada known for staging opera productions in unexpected places: back alleys, tents, subway platforms, and boats, for years has been dreaming of presenting Carmen on Canada’s largest outdoor stage. The Badlands Amphitheatre home to the Badlands Passion Play, and its landscape, lend themselves to the opera’s Spanish setting,and many opera plots. This debut production may give birth to an annual outdoor opera festival in addition to Mercury Opera’s other activities.





WHERE: London Villas Hub
9620-109th Avenue
Edmonton T5H 1C8
Tickets $25.00
Children 5-12 $12.00
5 and under- free

TICKETS: tixonthesquare.ca (780) 420-1757

MORE INFO: mercuryopera.com (780) 803-1849

Unable to attend but still want to support the project? No problem. We are happy to accept your contributions.

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  • Pets: A Part of Home – One part of “home” for me, is the pets we keep as part of our family. They provide love, affection, joy, and hope when we need it most. My two rescue dogs keep me walking when I don’t even feel like going outside, because they love to go for walks. Last month, I lost one of my rescued cats, Charlie, who I named after my grandfather. He was only about eight years old, but a month or so ago his breathing became laboured, and he began to lose weight. He never complained - he just wanted to sit on my lap and be stroked, so we did that. He died on Saturday night, April 7. My home feels so different without him. I took this photo of him in March, and to me he looks unwell even then. Poor little guy. I miss him. Joanne McNeal

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation hall located at 10629 98 Street. The Ukrainian National Federation (UNF) celebrated its 85th anniversary last year, and on March 23, 2018 the Ukrainian Women’s Organization (UWO) celebrated its 85th anniversary. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above are participants in a watercolour workshop by artist Valeriy Semenko (front, kneeling). Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Ukrainian Community Easter Celebration – On March 17 and 18, the exhibition of archive photos “History of UNF, UWO & UNYF in Pictures” took place at the Ukrainian National Federation Hall located at 10629 98 Street. The exhibition featured photographs from 1934 to 2012. Pictured above is the youth ensemble Dzherelo during a concert featuring young performers. Mykola Vorotylenko

  • Fuel for Hunger Feeds Thousands – Moe Duval (front) and his crew of volunteers served chili lunches on the street by Bissell Centre and other inner city locations every Sunday during the winter months. The group, which is not affiliated with any agency, made the chili them- selves and served about 6500 bowls of chili between December and March (approximately 500 bowls each Sunday). For more information, search for “Fuel for Hunger” on Facebook. Jim Gurnett

  • Thanking the Plows – 110 Avenue in McCauley, between 92 Street and 95 Street, is very narrow because it was one of the first streets in Edmonton to have houses built along it. So, in the winter, the plows have nowhere to move the snow to but onto the sidewalk. When the snow began to melt this spring, it made huge puddles on the sidewalks, which turned to ice at night and made the road so narrow it was almost impassible. Joanne called the City and asked for their help to move the ice and snow. A few days later, two snowplows arrived and did an excellent job of cleaning up the spring mess. She wrote and thanked them for their work, and her photos are being included in a City employee newspaper, along with her thanks. It never hurts to say thank you when people do a great job! Joanne McNeal

  • Speaking Truth to Power – The annual Outdoor Way of the Cross took place on March 30 (Good Friday). Around 300 people took part in the walk, with numbers down a bit due to the cold weather - the coldest temperatures in the walk’s 39-year history. This year’s theme was “Speaking truth to power,” a Quaker saying used in the 50s and 60s in anti-war activities (and based on Jesus saying “You shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free”). Stations looked at housing security, Truth and Rec- onciliation recommendations, police/courts/prisons, the environment, working people, and older people/isolation. For the first time, the Cross was carried past the new Royal Alberta Museum building. Michael Hoyt

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