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FILE - Actor Danny Masterson appears at the CMT Music Awards in Nashville, Tenn., on June 7, 2017. Jurors at the rape trial of the “That ’70s Show” star said Friday, Nov. 18, 2022, that they are deadlocked, but a judge told them they have not deliberated long enough for her to declare a mistrial. (Photo by Wade Payne/Invision/AP, File)

Mistrial declared in actor Danny Masterson’s rape trial

Jury deadlocked and could not come to a decision

FILE - Musician Christine McVie attends the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony in New York on March 29, 2019. McVie, the soulful British musician who sang lead on many of Fleetwood Mac’s biggest hits, has died at 79. The band announced her death on social media Wednesday, (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Fleetwood Mac singer-songwriter Christine McVie dead at 79

Christine McVie, the British-born Fleetwood Mac vocalist, songwriter and keyboard player whose…

Country superstar Blake Shelton has been announced as the headline for next summer’s Sunfest Country Music Festival, running Aug. 3 to 6, 2023. (Courtesy of Sunfest Country Music Festival)

Blake Shelton coming to Vancouver Island as Sunfest headliner

The Cowichan country music festival returns to Laketown Ranch Aug. 3 to 6, 2023

Michaelangelo and Candice Woodward celebrating the announcement of the 2019 Capital City Comic Con. (Black Press Media file photo)

Future uncertain as Island’s Capital City Comic Con on hiatus for 2023

Resources required to plan the event for its traditional spring dates deemed too onerous

Michaelangelo and Candice Woodward celebrating the announcement of the 2019 Capital City Comic Con. (Black Press Media file photo)
Michelle Frost from Coastal Flow Fibre Arts Studio will lead a workshop on making needlefelted holiday ornaments on Friday, Dec. 9 at The Grove-Community Arts Council gallery at Harbour Quay. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL FLOW CREATIVE)

The Grove-Community Arts Council Gallery heats up for Christmas

Harbour Quay Light-Up, member appreciation and Mistletoe Market keep staff busy Dec. 2-3

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Michelle Frost from Coastal Flow Fibre Arts Studio will lead a workshop on making needlefelted holiday ornaments on Friday, Dec. 9 at The Grove-Community Arts Council gallery at Harbour Quay. (PHOTO COURTESY COASTAL FLOW CREATIVE)
Donna Forsgren, left, works on a blanket while Coastal Flow Fibre Studio owner Michelle Frost talks about a project on her rigid heddle loom in the front room at Coastal Flow’s historic home on Elizabeth Street in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Coastal Flow builds creative community in Port Alberni

Owner Michelle Frost hopes anyone who creates with fibre will drop in for Fibre Thursdays

Donna Forsgren, left, works on a blanket while Coastal Flow Fibre Studio owner Michelle Frost talks about a project on her rigid heddle loom in the front room at Coastal Flow’s historic home on Elizabeth Street in Port Alberni. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Pat Buckna is a writer, songwriter and composer from Powell River. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)

Songwriter shares his story at live reading event in Port Alberni

Electric Mermaid: Live Reads takes place on the last Wednesday of every month

Pat Buckna is a writer, songwriter and composer from Powell River. (SUBMITTED PHOTO)
The Kid Laroi appears at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022, left, and Justin Bieber appears at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on Sept. 13, 2021. “Stay,” the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber topped Apple Music’s global song chart in 2022. (AP Photo)
The Kid Laroi appears at the 64th Annual Grammy Awards in Las Vegas on April 3, 2022, left, and Justin Bieber appears at The Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute benefit gala in New York on Sept. 13, 2021. “Stay,” the smash hit by The Kid Laroi and Justin Bieber topped Apple Music’s global song chart in 2022. (AP Photo)
A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)

A Tiny Christmas Carol challenges expectations at the Chemainus Theatre

Small cast covers large number of roles in adaptation of a familiar Dickens classic

A serene group surrounds Scrooge (Louise Phillips) in the Chemainus Theatre Festival’s A Tiny Christmas Carol. From left: Yasmin D’Oshun, Jay Clift, Emma Slipp and Stephen Thakkar. (Photo by Don Bodger)
FILE - Gas lamps illuminate St. Louis' Gaslight Square on April 2, 1962. "Gaslighting" — mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster's word of 2022. (AP Photo/JMH, File)

‘Gaslighting’ is Merriam-Webster’s word of the year for 2022

NEW YORK (AP) — “Gaslighting” — behavior that’s mind manipulating, grossly misleading,…

FILE - Gas lamps illuminate St. Louis' Gaslight Square on April 2, 1962. "Gaslighting" — mind manipulating, grossly misleading, downright deceitful — is Merriam-Webster's word of 2022. (AP Photo/JMH, File)
Host Brooke Lynn Hytes is pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made an appearance on the Friday, Nov. 25 episode of “Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bell Media/Crave

Justin Trudeau talks allyship during appearance on ‘Canada’s Drag Race’ spinoff

He’s the first world leader to appear on the RuPaul-founded series

Host Brooke Lynn Hytes is pictured with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who made an appearance on the Friday, Nov. 25 episode of “Canada’s Drag Race: Canada vs. the World.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Bell Media/Crave
Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winning singer-actress Irene Cara has died at age 63. (@Irene_Cara/Twitter photo)

‘Fame’ and ‘Flashdance’ singer-actor Irene Cara dies at 63

Performer an Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winner

Oscar, Golden Globe and two-time Grammy winning singer-actress Irene Cara has died at age 63. (@Irene_Cara/Twitter photo)
Netflix’s DVD-by-mail rental service, now called DVD.com, is seen in a non-descript office in Fremont, Calif. March 29, 2022, It is located about 20 miles from Netflix’s main campus in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix’s trailblazing DVD-by-mail rental service has been relegated as a relic in the age of video streaming, but there is still a steady — albeit shrinking — audience of diehards who are happily paying to receive those discs in the iconic red-and-white envelopes. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)

Netflix nights still come wrapped in red-and-white envelopes

Netflix set to shut down a service that has shipped more than 5 billion discs across the U.S.

Netflix’s DVD-by-mail rental service, now called DVD.com, is seen in a non-descript office in Fremont, Calif. March 29, 2022, It is located about 20 miles from Netflix’s main campus in Los Gatos, Calif. Netflix’s trailblazing DVD-by-mail rental service has been relegated as a relic in the age of video streaming, but there is still a steady — albeit shrinking — audience of diehards who are happily paying to receive those discs in the iconic red-and-white envelopes. (AP Photo/Michael Liedtke)
FILE - Food vendors work behind an ice cream fridge with an advertisement featuring Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu in Beijing on Aug. 3, 2021. A Beijing court on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)

China sentences Chinese-Canadian star Kris Wu to 13 years

A Chinese court on Friday sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to…

FILE - Food vendors work behind an ice cream fridge with an advertisement featuring Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu in Beijing on Aug. 3, 2021. A Beijing court on Friday, Nov. 25, 2022 sentenced Chinese-Canadian pop star Kris Wu to 13 years in prison on charges including rape. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan, File)
This image released by Disney shows Splat in a scene from the animated film “Strange World.” (Disney via AP)

Review: ‘Strange World’ explores big themes in bold colours

Beautiful pictures tell tale of human characters that look a lot more like the real world than usual

This image released by Disney shows Splat in a scene from the animated film “Strange World.” (Disney via AP)
Marley’s Ghost looms behind Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol,’ a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic touring BC theatres this December. Kate Braidwood as Scrooge, Jessica Hickman as Marley. (Photo by Daryl Turner)
Marley’s Ghost looms behind Ebenezer Scrooge in ‘A Wonderheads Christmas Carol,’ a whimsical reimagining of the holiday classic touring BC theatres this December. Kate Braidwood as Scrooge, Jessica Hickman as Marley. (Photo by Daryl Turner)
Juno award winner and CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke will perform two shows in one night at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)

Country star Jess Moskaluke plays three Vancouver Island shows

Award-winning artist nearing end of cross-Canada tour

Juno award winner and CCMA winner Jess Moskaluke will perform two shows in one night at the Queen’s in Nanaimo on Nov. 25. (Submitted photo)
Candice Roberts plays Larry at the Tidemark Theatre Dec. 16. Photo by Kristine Cofsky

Vancouver Island-raised performer brings ‘one-man’ exploration of dude-ism home

Candice Roberts is getting laughs with Larry — someone you will probably recognize

Candice Roberts plays Larry at the Tidemark Theatre Dec. 16. Photo by Kristine Cofsky
Desmond Day Larson on the set of his YouTube show, Mr. Day. Photo by Terry Farrell

Day dawns with music and imagination as a YouTube children’s performer

Courtenay singer/songwriter gaining an audience with his online children’s show

Desmond Day Larson on the set of his YouTube show, Mr. Day. Photo by Terry Farrell
Conductor Janet Shlackl directs the Urbanstreet Choir in rehearsal while Sandy Bouleau accompanies on piano. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

New choir in Port Alberni ready for its first Christmas concert

The holiday season is just around the corner, and with it comes the promise of Christmas music

Conductor Janet Shlackl directs the Urbanstreet Choir in rehearsal while Sandy Bouleau accompanies on piano. (ELENA RARDON / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)