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INVENTORY — 2 Mint is a fashion staple READ MY BOOK — 4 Speaking to teens about sex COVER — 5 Rediscovering the lost art of printing ON THE SCENE — 10 We snap pix at the inaugural Rock Your Frock fashion show IN PROFILE — 11 Photographer Michelle Berg’s moment in time snapshot MY FAVOURITE PLACE — 12 StreetForce Youth Centre

PARENT TO PARENT — 13 How do you know when it’s time to have another? FASHION — 18 Shefali Matoo discovers local fashion CROSSWORD AND SUDOKU — 17 OUTSIDE THE LINES — 22 EVENTS — 24-25 WINE WORLD — 27 An extraordinary New Zealand white ASK ELLIE — 33 Pet grief and belly piercing

Chris and Kim Randall have built their life in Riversdale around their careers as youth workers with StreetForce Youth Centre, a youth drop-in centre on 20th St. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

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Tough Crowd: My Adventures as a Chastity Educator According to The Book of Lists, most people fear public speaking more than they fear death. You think speaking in front of a crowd is tough? Try talking to a classroom full of teenagers. Better yet, try talking to those teenagers about delaying sexual activity. And yet, that is exactly what I have been doing for the last 16 years. Every year, more than 40 Saskatoon schools invite me to teach the TeenAid chastity program to their Grade 6 to 12 students. In my time as a chastity educator, my travels have taken me to small towns, tough inner city schools, First Nations communities and posh suburbs. All of these experiences and encounters have given me insight into what teenagers

think about sex, and what they want for their future relationships. Recently, I decided to write a book about my experiences. The issue of teen sexuality Shawna Sparrow has caused much controversy and discussion. Parents and educators struggle to find the best approach. In my book, Tough Crowd: My Adventures as a Chastity Educator, I discuss how chastity education can empower young people to live responsible, self-controlled lives with healthy relationships. Although some may

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kids about sex, this book is unique because of my experiences in the classroom. I share numerous studies relevant to sexuality education, but the book primarily revolves around my encounters with students, teachers and parents. I hope people will want to read my book for the same reason students perk up and listen during my chastity presentations: I have a lot to say about sex, a topic that everyone is interested in, but that few are willing to talk about. Tough Crowd: My Adventures as a Chastity Educator was released to stores on March 5, 2013. Copies can also be ordered through Amazon.ca. Visit my website www.toughcrowd. ca.

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Old fashioned printing sees a revival in the province By Ashley Martin In the digital age, pens and notebooks have given way to the Apple Notes app. Animation happens with clicks and taps on a computer. Newspaper companies are bleeding as readers look to screens for their media fix. But in the top-floor studio of downtown Regina’s Creative City Centre, there are wooden trays full of type in various fonts — tiny metal pieces of individual letters. There are presses here, the kind that succeeded Gutenberg’s original mid-15th-century invention: an etching press, a screen printing press and two small letterpresses. And there are jars and jars of ink. This is a place for paper. “Print for life” is the motto here, the home of Articulate Ink, Regina’s two-year-old print collective. There’s a similar passion for print in Saskatoon. The Ink Slab collective formed in 2010 and has about a dozen members. On the smaller end of the spectrum, there’s Backyard Letterpress with a membership of one — creator Shauna Buck. What they have in common is this love of a medium that, considering technological advancements, should probably be extinct. But as an artistic medium, printmaking is thriving. Whereas five years ago there were only three students in the University of Regina’s upper-level printmaking course, today there are 26. It was in this program that the four founding members of Articulate Ink met. When they left school and realized there was nowhere to continue printmaking, they decided to do something about it. For a class project, Michelle Brownridge, Caitlin Mullan, Karli Jessup and Amber Dalton had written a business plan for a print collective. After university, they made it a reality. Ink Slab was similarly founded in Saskatoon. After graduating from printmaking in 2009, Michael Peterson and some of his former classmates realized they needed a place to

Patrick Bulas and Michael Peterson put a lithography plate through the press at Ink Slab printmakers studio. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

print, and outside of the University of Saskatchewan, there wasn’t one. They found a space in the Charter House building downtown that was cheap enough to make it worthwhile. “None of us do this full-time, so the fact that the costs are low allows us to sustain members,” he said. The facilities aren’t ideal — there’s no running water in the studio, which means they can’t do silkscreening — but there is room to print. Two years ago, Articulate Ink’s new home “was the complete ghetto version of the print studio at the university. Nothing quite worked properly or perfectly,” said Jessup. And

there were many growing pains. Letterpress was new to them, but they pursued it anyway. “Printmakers are kind of greedy and ever-curious,” said Mullan. There was a lot to learn. “It was like a new degree.” Then there was the business side of things. For the former fine arts students, running a business — the administration, acquiring startup materials and applying for funding — proved a steep learning curve. But it was worth it to have a studio where they could exercise their passion. “Once you start printmaking and you get the ink under your finger-

nails, I think it’s just in your system and you can’t ever get it out. There’s no reasoning with it, like yeah maybe it’s quicker to do it on an ink-jet, it’s just like, so what? The printmaking bite has got you and it will never let you go,” said Mullan. “The inks are so juicy,” added Jessup. “The embossing, you can’t get that from a computer printer.” “Printmaking for the most part restricts you to a few tones or colours,” said Peterson. “Working within those limitations and figuring out how to create an image within them is what we find interesting. We enjoy the technical challenges.”

■ ■ ■ ■ The biggest technical challenge the women of Articulate Ink faced was trying to get their massive 1919 Chandler & Price letterpress to work. After a year and a half of sitting on “Ol’ Bessie,” a lucky find located in the basement of The Artful Dodger artists’ space, they finally got it working in January. “It’s something that we didn’t learn in art school and we had to learn ourselves, so getting that 100-year-old press up and running was pretty sweet,” said Jessup. Continued on Page 6


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A lot of my friends and colleagues prefer digital illustration for the ease of editing and things like that, but I’ve always been a lot more partial to the down and dirty way. — Shauna Buck

Measuring four feet high by three feet deep, it’s 1,500 pounds of cast iron with a motor attached. “It is dangerous,” said Mullan. “It could eat your hand,” added Brownridge. “It’s beautiful,” Jessup affirmed. “Once the motor’s on and it gets going, the floor actually moves. It’s so powerful you can feel the floor moving and it’s a cement floor in a basement.” Shauna Buck speaks just as glowingly of her 1927 C&P press, which she received a year ago. It took three months for the “big behemoth” to ship from Vancouver Island to Saskatoon. When the motor gets going on the five-by-six-foot machine, “It makes a really satisfying whirling clank noise as it runs. You still have to hand-feed the paper one sheet at a time, so as it’s moving you’re getting your hands in and out of there, which is kind of an adventure in and of itself.” Buck’s foray into printmaking was extracurricular. The Toronto native studied illustration at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ont., but always had an admiration of letterpress. “I’ve always had a love of working with my hands. A lot of my friends and colleagues prefer digital illustration for the ease of editing and things like that, but I’ve always been a lot more partial to the down and dirty way,” said Buck, whose father Larry is a mechanic. “When I’m working with letterpress, the smell of oil and the mechanical greases and stuff like that reminds me a little bit of him working in the automotive shop. I feel like it’s kind of a nice full-circle way for me to make artwork and do something pretty and industrial at the same time.” So when she finally got her hands on this press, there was a lot of trial and error, but it was all done with love, and with purpose: Letterpress affords her a new way to make her illustrations. “Every print that I’ll pull on the press will be slightly different due to the amount of ink, or if I’ve maybe not mixed it thoroughly enough and there’s a crazy colour shift somewhere in it, or debris got on the plate somewhere,” said Buck. “So each one is an artwork in and of itself.”

Shauna Buck makes prints with her letter press in her new studio. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

Buck is a bit of an anomaly among printers. Though her husband Stefan Jackowski sometimes helps her run the press, located in her converted garage studio in Caswell Hill, she generally works alone. But printmaking is usually a communal practice. “It’s kind of that way by nature because the equipment is expensive and it’s big and you need a space to do it,” said Brownridge. “Once you’ve created the image, the actual printing of it is very technical and it requires time but not necessarily a lot of concentration, and it becomes fairly social,” added Peterson. “You’re sort of doing it in a community of other printmakers.” For Mullan, the connection ex-

tends past the here-and-now: It’s about being part of a lineage, “people who’ve been doing this for thousands and thousands of years.” The earliest form of printmaking dates back 5,000 years. Encountering former printmakers justifies all the hard work Articulate Ink has put in here: “There’s this group of people who used to be printmakers but they couldn’t continue doing it or they chose not to because there wasn’t a space like this,” said Mullan. Now there is. Last year, Peterson discovered a print community in Melfort. He was working at the University of Saskatchewan and had the opportunity to teach a weekly woodcuts course through Cumberland College. Nine eager students attended, one of

whom has her own etching press at home. This year, though there was no official class, three of the students wanted to learn metal etching, so he continues to teach them on a monthly basis. “For me that ties back into Ink Slab, just that spread of (knowledge). It’s an old technique but there’s still people out there learning it and I think that’s still growing,” said Peterson. Buck is proof. “I taught myself how to screen print off the Internet and I taught myself how to letterpress off the Internet. The fact that you can have an interest and chase it down enough to teach yourself with determination is a big step in why it’s becoming so much more prevalent now. It’s a lot more accessible than it would have

been previously,” she said. Buck hopes to share her wealth of knowledge: She wants to obtain a couple of tabletop presses so she can start running workshops. That’s on Ink Slab’s agenda, too. “Our focus more than anything is on providing space, making sure space is available, getting the studio up and running. Now that we have that, we’re starting to say ‘where else can we move to with it?’ ” said Peterson. Articulate Ink’s goal is to become a self-sustaining enterprise, diversifying its income and relying less on grant money. The fact that letterpress is in vogue can only help that: Wedding invitations, business cards and stationery are all on their radar as commission opportunities. Continued on Page 8


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Once you’ve created the image, the actual printing of it is very technical and it requires time but not necessarily a lot of concentration. – Michael Peterson

The week following the big press’s resurgence, Articulate Ink already had commissions lined up. Brownridge says there’s a big demand for quality letterpress work in this province. “Printmaking has kind of evolved from a commercial standpoint,” said Brownridge. “It’s this unique pull between commercial and fine art practice and it’s kind of fun when you can play in the middle of it.” Why printed materials are making a comeback in a digital age is anyone’s guess. Peterson speaks of JackPine Press’s chapbooks. The hand-bound books are printed in limited edition and are much more artistic than an average book. “There’s a desire to see that handprinted individual quality of it and to hold something in your hand that you know someone has spent hours working on, rather than just something that got printed off a

computer,” said Peterson. Rob Truszkowski, a U of R printmaking professor who taught all four Articulate Ink founders, sees printmade products as an extension of people’s desire for connection. While a lot of that now happens through social media, it also happens “in tactility and the fragility of an object, and that’s where I think printmaking has the capacity to span notions of mass communication with an intimate gesture.” Printmaking’s popularity might also be due to its affordability as art, says Buck. “I think when you say prints, there’s still the perception out there that it’s the copy of a painting,” said Jessup. “I don’t know if everyone knows it can be a fine art practice.” Maybe that’s why printmakers are so rare in art galleries. Peterson is working to change that, as co-owner of the Void Gallery, where Articulate

Ink is having a show this summer. As it is now, Articulate Ink has big plans for growth. Its current studio has space for seven artists and there is a wait-list. The collective wants to gain a larger space and hopes to attract printmakers from across the country for residencies. It also wants to develop a relationship with the U of R and with local high schools, offering mentorship opportunities to students. “It seems so bizarrely professional from where we started from,” said Mullan, looking back at last year’s grant applications. “Hopefully another year from now, it will be running a lot more like clockwork.” Only Dalton of Articulate Ink works in printing — she screen prints T-shirts at FloPrint, which uses an entirely different, mechanized technique. The ultimate dream is to make printmaking a full-time job for each of them, and to see other people “get-

Caitlin Mullan, Michelle Brownridge, Amber Dalton, and Karli Jessup (left to right) of Articulate Ink. Each has one of the colours of the four-colour print process on their face — cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). QC Photo by Michael Bell

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The inaugural Rock your Frock Ensemble fashion show in support of Dress For Success Saskatoon took place March 7 at Kreos Aviation Hangar. Dress for Success is an international not-for-profit organization that promotes the economic independence of disadvantaged women by providing professional attire, a network of support and career development tools to help women thrive in work and life. The evening started off with a DJ and Tapas from local restaurants such as Duck Duck Goose, Sushiro and the Hollows, as well as martinis from LB Distillers. The fashion show featured items from Durands, Era Style Loft, Hilberg and Berk, Laurie Brown, Shallon Dahl, Sova Designs, Ultimo Euromoda and Dance Project. After the fashion show there was pop-up shopping where 15 per cent of the sales went to Dress for Success Saskatoon.

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Kim and Chris Randall have built their life in Riversdale around their careers as youth workers with StreetForce Youth Centre, a youth drop-in centre on 20th Ave W. Bridges photo by Michelle Berg

By Christeen Jesse Chris Randall made a connection with Saskatoon’s Riversdale neighbourhood when he was 19 and hasn’t looked back. Twelve years later, he has built a career, a home, a family in the neighbourhood, as well as an unwavering dedication to the other members of the community. Chris and his wife Kim are youth workers with StreetForce Youth Centre, a place that provides youth with a safe environment to make positive lifestyle choices. The young couple runs an afterschool program daily

at the centre, as well as workshops and programs in partnership with local inner-city schools. Since getting married (at a location in Riversdale, naturally) in 2007, the couple has purchased two homes and raised two children in the area, securing a lifelong connection with the community.

Q: Why is this your favourite place in Saskatoon? A: (Chris) You see a lot of struggle down here in this neighbourhood, but you also see a lot of hope. I think seeing hope amid struggle is what makes it my favourite place. After

spending many years volunteering, living and working here, I see that the youth in the inner city need the same opportunities that everybody else gets.

Q: How long have you been connected to the neighbourhood? A: I grew up in the Silverwood area of Saskatoon, and when I was in university, I started helping out with some programs in the inner city where I saw that there was a different set of opportunities between those kids and myself. I started volunteering here 12 years ago and made it my job when we launched

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“When we have more people going through this, co-operating together, what that ends up being is a community with financial structure and support that is actively working together, and know how to make things happen,” said Zrymiak. “And people are feeling good,” added Jenson. To find out more about floating and the Oceanic Experience Wellness health spa, visit their Facebook page.


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Traumatic loss of a pet difficult for owner Q: Last September, I lost my threeyear-old dog/best friend in a pit-bull attack. While I was bruised and bloodied, I felt severe guilt over falling apart instead of finding a way to help him. I’ve sought counselling, focused mostly on anxiety, for which I’m already medicated. My family and friends are great support, but no one “totally” understands my grief. I’ve read self-help books on pet loss, but none deal with such traumatic loss. The pit-bull owners were my neighbours who had several prior citations, had already had one dog confiscated and were all-around irresponsible and cruel to their pets. They moved away. There’s little I can do legally. I’ve already tried counselling, prayer, group meetings, Internet searches — what else can I do to ease my pain? Any readers insights, emails, requests, assistance are entirely welcome and appreciated. Grieving In Chicago A: All grief is personal, and arouses other anxieties, fears, and other feel-

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about their benefit or possible harm to you. She’s obviously not against bodypiercing in general. But something about belly piercing worries her. Ask her why — and not as an attack, but for real information. Maybe she thinks you’re just trying to copy someone else, instead of knowing what you really want, and what makes you distinctive, not just a follower. Maybe. Or maybe you have a lot of piercings already and she fears you’re identifying yourself with one look, one crowd, instead of learning about other ways you’re unique — e.g. your abilities at music, art, sports, whatever. Maybe she worries about the cleanliness and safety of a belly-ring. Or about you then baring your belly frequently for attention. Her worries “make no sense” to you, because you don’t give her credit for caring deeply about you. Talk to her. Know she cares. Decide together what’s acceptable and what’s not, especially while you live under her roof and expect her to look after you.

Q: My son, late 20s, had a good business idea and hoped I’d invest in it. I asked for a proper business plan. It was over-ambitious given his lack of experience in that field. I suggested he keep his job for a year, while taking night courses for credentials and knowledge. He exploded, said I was reneging on my promise to invest, and stormed out. He’d been living with us to save money, but is now couch-surfing with friends and won’t return my calls. It’s been a month. Was I wrong? Worried Dad A: It’s your approach ... he felt belittled, since your focus was what he lacked, not the good idea. You both needed a third party to assess the business plan, and make suggestions he’d likely have heard with less emotion. Find a business friend/contact who’ll listen objectively, then send a message to your son that you still like the idea, and it’ll be discussed professionally.

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Teri Ann Strongarm Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E.

Thursday, M a rch 14 The Pony Boys Crackers Restaurant and Lounge, #1-227 Pinehouse Dr.

St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ Mischa Daniels Tequila Nightclub, 1201 Albert Ave.

Oldbury Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave.

Sunday, Ma rc h 17 Harry Startup Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St.

Roots Series: The Waymores The Bassment, B3-202 Fourth Ave. N.

St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ Ray Richards Finns Irish Pub, 924 Spadina Cres. E.

Heart TCU Place, 35 22nd St. W. Rockets and Dinosaurs w/ Jenny, Three Simple Words, Nodding Donkeys and The Faps The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Fri day, M arc h 15 Riff Raff Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Piano Fridays w/ Sheldon Corbett Jazz Jam: The Brett Balon Trio The Bassment, B3-202 Fourth Ave. N. Beach Boys Show and Dance w/ England Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. Jones Boys Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N. The Dave Nelson Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E. Untimely Demise Rehashed w/ Shooting Guns and Vulture Kult Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E.

Nancy, left, and Ann Wilson of Heart will perform at TCU Place on March 14. File Photo The Rhythmaires Fairfield Seniors’ Centre, 103 Fairmont Cr.

Harry Startup Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St.

Excessive Behaviour Crown & Rok, 1527 Idylwyld Dr. N.

Jones Boys Army & Navy Veterans Club, 359 First Ave. N.

Forever Young Toon Town Tavern, 1630 Fairlight Dr.

Doug Boomhower Trio McNally Robinson, 3130 Eighth St. E.

The Trews w/ 54-40 Prairieland Park, 503 Ruth St. W.

St. Patrick’s Day Party w/ Ray Richards Finns Irish Pub, 924 Spadina Cres. E.

Teri Ann Strongarm Stan’s Place, 106-110 Ruth St. E. Dislexik Tequila Nightclub, 1201 Albert Ave. S a tu rday, Ma rch 1 6 Riff Raff Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Hornby/Sikala/Lemanczyk Trio The Bassment, B3-202 Fourth Ave. N.

Bass Invaders Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Blackwater w/ Basement Paintings and Pandas in Japan Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. Our Lady Peace Prairieland Park, 503 Ruth St. W. Nature Of: Eastern Canada Tour The Fez,

Electric Six w/ The Matinee Amigos Cantina, 632 10th St. E. An Irish Evening Dinner Show w/ Eileen Laverty Dakota Dunes Casino, 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap. CMT Hitlist Tour w/ Emerson Drive, Doc Walker and Aaron Pritchett The Odeon Event Centre, 241 Second Ave. S. Blues Jam Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Tonight It’s Poetry Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Monday, Ma rc h 1 8 Saskatoon Youth For Christ presents Nefarious Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Ave. Tuesday, Ma rc h 1 9 Avey Bros Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Karaoke Deathstar

The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Open Mic Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave. Wed n esd ay, March 20 Avey Bros Buds on Broadway, 817 Broadway Ave. Soroptimists present Miss Representation Broadway Theatre, 715 Broadway Ave. Terri Clark Dakota Dunes Casino, 204 Dakota Dunes Way, Whitecap. Open Mic The Fez, 834B Broadway Ave. Johnny Broadway Record Club Vangelis Tavern, 801 Broadway Ave. Souled Out Lydia’s Pub, 650 Broadway Ave.

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Mendel Art Gallery The galleries are closed for the installation of the spring exhibitions. March 22, 8 p.m., at 950 Spadina Cres. E., opening reception for the new shows. This will be preceded by a talk/tour, at 7 p.m., by Jason Baerg, about his multi-media exhibition, Returning. The other new exhibitions include: I Know You By Heart, portrait miniatures from the collection of Library and Archives Canada; School Art, the annual showcase of artwork from students in Saskatoon schools; and The Home Show, featuring works selected from the permanent collection by Mendel staff members and others. The Artists by Artists exhibition, Green Man Por-

traits, displays photographs created by Barbara Reimer during her mentorship with Bart Gazzola. Faith and begorrah! Make green art at the Mendel on March 17 at 2 p.m. Visit mendel.ca. The Gallery, Frances Morrison Library Until March 14 at 311 23rd St. E. It’s not you, it’s me, by Karla Griffin. It explores emotional relationships with and severances from personal objects. Gordon Snelgrove Gallery Until March 15 at 191 Murray Building at the U of S. Traces, abstract works by Donna Bilyk. A reception will be held March 15 from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. 22nd Annual Artists Against Hunger Art Auction March 16 at TCU Place. Cocktails at 5 p.m., dinner at 6 p.m., live auction to follow. Funds raised will support CHEP Good Food Inc. Paved Arts/AKA Gallery Until March 29 at 424 20th St. W. Urban Vernacular, by Laura St. Pierre. It features photographs of sculptural constructions made from found materials and installed in urban “junkscapes.” The Performative Lens, photography by Evergone and Bart Gazzola, runs March 15 to April 20. An opening reception will be held March 15 at 8 p.m. Gallery on Third, Watrous Until March 23 in Watrous. Plants and Machines, OSAC touring group show. Call (306) 946-1333. Station Arts Centre, Rosthern Until March 24 at 701 Railway Ave. in Rosthern. Embodied Presence, works by Michel Boutin and Holly Fay. It’s an OSAC touring exhibition showcasing landscape paintings from two different perspectives.


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Watrous Library Until March 29 in Watrous. Fun With Art. It’s a student display of tessellation (puzzle-making) and Steam Punk (recycling and collage). Handmade House Showcase Gallery Until March 30 at 710 Broadway Ave. Canadian Landscapes, by Leona Larsen. Western Development Museum Until March 31 at 2610 Lorne Ave. S. Food for Health Travelling Exhibit. From the Canada Agriculture Museum, Food for Health takes a fresh look at the food we eat with interactive exhibits. Visit www.wdm.ca. Void Gallery Until March 31 at 2-1006 Eighth St. E. New works by Neema Vaghela and Jocelyn Pidskalny. Vaghela depicts street scenes from her childhood city of Ahmadabad, India in pastel and watercolour. Pidskalny presents acrylic abstract landscapes. The Nest Through March at 333 Third Ave. S. New work in encaustic and oil by Kathy Bradshaw. Parkridge Centre Through March at 110 Gropper Cres. Work by the Saskatoon Quilt Guild. Affinity Gallery Until April 10 at 813 Broadway Ave. Insight: Incite. Work by the 330 Design Group that has resulted from the past two years of shared dialogue and making.

The Mix Artist Collective Reopening for the spring season on April 27. With the works of 16 local artists.

The gallery is located at 529 24th St. E. Hours are Saturday, 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. or by appointment. St. Thomas More Gallery Until April 27 at 1437 College Dr. Art for Arts’ Sake: Eighth Annual USCAD Instructors’ and Certificate Students’ art show. Luna & Hill Until May 4 at 208 Third Ave. S. New works by figurative/symbolist painter Carol Wylie as she completes her MFA. Saskatoon City Hospital Gallery on the Bridges Until May 30 at Saskatoon City Hospital. Northern Dimensions, paintings of northern Saskatchewan by Joy Mendel. Ants by Angela Gooliaff, on the fourth floor. It is a series of 17 drawings of ants.

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SPECIAL EVENTS

Jeremy Hotz: Magical Misery Tour March 15, 7:30 p.m., at TCU Place. The melancholy Canadian stand-up comedian performs.

Saskatoon SPCA. A black-tie dinner banquet commemorating the 50 year history of the Kenderdine Campus site. With live jazz entertainment, a silent auction and keynote speakers. All proceeds will go toward subsidizing students who have been impacted by the Kenderdine Campus closure. For ticket information email biology.club@ usask.ca. Show Me Your Irish March 16, 6:30 p.m., at Nutana Legion, 3021 Louise St. A legion fundraiser. Irish supper and a dance with music by Harry Startup. With green beer and prizes. An Evening with Julie Nesrallah March 16, 7:30 p.m., at Third Avenue United Church. A benefit concert for Saskatoon Opera and Third Avenue Centre. One of the great Carmen’s of our time and star of Tempo CBC Radio Two, Nesrallah blends classical and jazz music in her performance.

Lyell Gustin Recital Series March 15, 7:30 p.m., at St. Andrew’s Presbyterian Church, 436 Spadina Cres. E. Presented in collaboration with Prairie Debut. Featuring international duo Kornel Wolak on clarinet and Chris Donnelly on piano. With works by Bach, Mozart, Brahms, Gershwin and Peterson. A pre-concert chat will be held at 6:45 p.m.

Inspired By Ireland: A Fusion Of Music And Literature March 17, 2:30 p.m., at McClure United Church, 4025 Taylor St. E. Presented by BeMUSed. They merge varied works from folk music to classical and from traditional tales to some of the greats of Irish literature to create a rich tapestry of sound and story. Includes Yeats, Joyce, O’Carolan, the quartets of Wood and humourous poems. With narrator Saache Heinrich and musicians Jim Legge, Scott McKnight, Joan Savage and Sara Spigott.

First Annual Kennderdine Commerative Gala March 15, 5:30 p.m., at the Radisson Hotel. Hosted by the University of Saskatchewan Biology Club and the

In the Key of Frank March 17, 3 p.m., at Third Avenue United Church. Saskatoon Jazz Orchestra (formerly Metro Jazz Ensemble) performs the

music, arrangements and style of Frank Sinatra. With guest vocalist Robert Young and guest trombonist Dawn McLean Belyk. Painting with Acrylic and Mixed Medium Tuesdays until April 2, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., at The Saskatoon Council on Aging. Artist Gisele Bauche will focus on art fundamentals, demonstrations, one-on-one assistance, critiques and group sharing. For beginning and advanced artists. Limited enrolment. Call 652-2255 or email admin@scoa.ca.

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Much Ado March 14-16 at 7 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. at St Thomas More College at the U of S. Performed by the Newman Players. Shakespeare’s famous comedy, Much Ado About Nothing, is set in modern day. It features a battle of the sexes, wild rumours, mistaken identities, plot twists and happy endings. Hunger Strike Until March 15, nightly at 8 p.m., at E.D. Feehan High School Theatre. Presented by SNTC Circle of Voices. Written by Sarah Vermette and directed by Rob Roy. Featuring Circle of Voices Youth. In a futuristic time, a young pregnant girl named Sage is struggling to survive in a world where healthy food, clean water and air are highly regulated commodities controlled by an oppressive “Utopian” government. Inspired by the Idle No More movement. The Sleeping Beauty March 16 at 7:30 p.m. and March 17 at 2 p.m. at TCU Place. Presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Journey to an enchanted kingdom

where good triumphs over evil through a single kiss. Relive the magic of your favourite childhood fairy tale with its cast of storybook characters including Princess Aurora, Prince Désiré, Little Red Riding Hood and Puss in Boots. The Science of Disconnection March 14-17 and 21-24 at 8 p.m., and March 17 and 24 at 2 p.m., at the Refinery. Presented by River City Ensemble Theatre. The fourth show of the Live Five Independent Theatre season. Based on the life of physicist Lise Meitner, a shy and withdrawn woman from Vienna, with a genius for mathematics and a passion for science whose discoveries change the world. It is a story of quiet triumph in the face of discrimination, danger and betrayal. Into the Woods March 20-30, 8 p.m. except Sunday, at Greystone Theatre at the U of S. Music and Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim. Book by James Lapine. Once upon a time there was a Tony award-winning musical that took Grimm’s Fairytale characters on a journey through an enchanted forest as they achieved their wishes and explored what happens on the other side of happily ever after. The Caretaker Until March 24, nightly at 8 p.m. except Mondays, Sundays and March 13 at 2 p.m., at Persephone Theatre. Written by Harold Pinter. When invited into the home of two brothers, an elderly vagrant quickly realizes the brothers have very differing views on the world around them. Surrounded by a jumble of odds and ends, the unlikely trio try desperately to find some common ground.

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The best egg is cooked, peeled and pickled By Andrew Matte I blame a young man’s appetite. somewhat sharpened after spending a few hours with friends at the Victory House Tavern in Timmins, Ont., for my appreciation of pickled eggs. My affinity for eggs that have been cooked, peeled and pickled has since blossomed into a legitimate hobby. Over the years, I’ve experimented with recipes, boiling times and pickling methods. Today, I enjoy the preparation as much as I savour a pickled egg for its wonderfully sharp taste, portability and nutritional value. Combining the science of pickling with the beautiful simplicity of a hard-boiled egg makes a snack more tasty, economical and satisfying than anything made by any processed-food manufacturer. It helps that I don’t need to share. I find myself happily isolated like those with unique taste who snack on oysters, cow’s tongue or sardines. I always offer an egg to visiting friends and family, but the disgusted looks and rolling of eyes is good news for me. At my house, I’m the only one who reaches for the big weird jar at the back of the fridge. It all began more than two decades ago when I’d summoned the courage, with the help of an adult beverage or two, to give a pickled egg a try. At first glance, a big clear jug of cooked eggs marinating for months in room-temperature brine is most unappetizing. But it was more palatable after the evening’s beer budget was nearly gone and dinner had been skipped. So for just a dollar, a waitress would use long plastic tongs to remove an egg from its vinegary bath and drop it artfully into a shot glass, with the egg’s rounded end at the bottom so the narrow part poked above the glass’s rim. A pickled egg’s taste, to be clear, comes from the pickling. There are mild flavours in a cooked egg’s rubbery outside and its yellow crust, but the pleasurable sting of wild spice and aged vinegar mysteriously explode in ways that only chemists and Mother Nature understand. Throughout my 20s, I enjoyed an occasional bar room egg, and

I’d sometimes place a jar of pickled eggs into my cart during a trip to the grocery store. For those who’ve seen a jar of roomtemperature eggs at your favourite deli, pub or hockey rink, give it a try. If you like a juicy pickle and a hard-boiled egg, you’ll likely appreciate this natural magic. In recent years, I’ve experimented with pickling eggs at home, usually dropping about five dozen hard-boiled eggs into a big jar before adding boiled vinegar and spices. After a few weeks, the eggs are ready. When I compare the cost of eggs pickled at home to those sold in stores, the savings are worth my trouble. A hard-boiled egg on its own is simple and easy — it’s already one of nature’s best fast foods because it provides protein, potassium and other good things. Some wonder whether the pickling solution contains sugar or salt, but using your own recipe can help. My solution, if you will, is simple. First, I buy a giant jar of pickles from my favourite box grocery store and eat them. I sterilize the lid and jar and fill it with cooked, peeled eggs. Then I fill a big pot full with vinegar and add about a cup of pickling spice. I bring it to a boil, let it cool and pour it in with the eggs. After six weeks, I’m in pickled-egg heaven! When it comes to brine, cooks add garlic, cinnamon, brown sugar, salt, pepper or bits of vegetables. In my experience, all the extra stuff isn’t worth the trouble or the cost. Additions beyond the pickling space are too subtle for me to bother with. One idea I will try with my next batch is to poke every egg with a toothpick prior to pickling so the brine can seep into middle of the eggs. When the eggs are ready, I keep them in the fridge and usually eat them whenever when I’m racing out the door without time to prepare something better. A pickled egg is perfect late at night when snackers might usually reach for potato chips, or worse. The biggest challenge is the planning. I sometimes fail to prepare a replacement batch that’s ready when the jar is empty. That’s when I’m in a real pickle.

A pickled egg is an ideal snack because of its flavour, low-cost and portability, says QC reporter Andrew Matte. BRIDGES PHOTO BY ANDREW MATTE


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New Zealand wine gains popularity in Saskatchewan By James Romoanow Eighty or ninety years ago, the most planted wine grape in the world was Semillon. This is a vine that is hearty and can consistently turn out about eight tons an acre, ripens early and is fairly disease resistant. It has since been eclipsed since by various other grapes, except in two places: In France it is grown in Bordeaux where it makes Sauternes and is also blended into table whites; and in Australia, the grape has gained renown as a top quality dry wine. It struggles however in the export market as the rest of us tend to breeze by both Semillon and the ubiquitous Aussie blend known as semchard. But, to my surprise, a New Zealand bottle has managed to carve out a following here with a traditional Bordelais white blend. Semillon tends to make a fairly thick table wine, with a texture similar to Chardonnay and a very low acidity. To balance this, the Bordelais took to blending it with Sauvignon Blanc and/or Muscadelle. Pegasus Bay took a similar approach, sticking mostly to their excellent Sauvignon Blanc and then adding some Semillon to put some muscle behind the lighter, drier SB. Pegasus Bay 2010 is a really fine vintage of this wine. It is an extraordinarily well made wine. The primary bouquet is citrus, but there’s

some nice herbs underneath. The cooler year gave the Semillon a bit of a kick and the finish has a tremendous mid palate. If you’re starting a cellar this is a wine you should buy a case of (at least), to drink over the next seven years. It has great structure and is a wine to savour. Pegasus Bay Sauvignon Semillon New Zealand, 2010. $18.99 ***** Deal Alert!

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