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PARENT TO PARENT — 2 What’s the funniest thing your child has said or done lately?

READ MY BOOK — 13 Saskatchewan’s music scene in Craig Silliphant’s Exile Off Main St.

CITY FACES — 4 Regina figure skating judge gets the opportunity of a lifetime

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SHARP EATS — 16 Five reasons to go to the Chefs’ Gala on Feb. 15

IN THE CITY — 6 QC’s best shot of the week MY FAVOURITE PLACE — 7 Regina’s Globe Theatre is a yearly tradition COVER — 8 Saskatchewan athletes going for the gold in Sochi EVENTS — 12

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Regina figure skating judge Karen Howard is headed to Sochi to judge the Olympics for the first time.  QC Photo by Don Healy

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A life’s passion rewarded with trip to Sochi By Sean Trembath Athletes aren’t the only ones with Olympic dreams. Just ask Karen Howard. The upcoming 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia will be the culmination of 32 years of effort for the Regina-based figure skating judge. She’ll be one of the select people deciding which female singles skaters leave Sochi with a medal around their neck. “I’ve had to really park my excitement, and still live my day-to-day life,” says Howard, who got the phone call from Skate Canada in early October. “The weekend I found out it was absolutely exhausting, the emotions of it all.” Her path to Russia began when she was living in Melville at age 16, the youngest age at which you can be certified as a figure skating judge. She had competed at the provincial level as a skater, but had always been intrigued by the judging side of the sport. “As soon as I turned 16 and could start writing the exams, I went with it,” she says. Since then it’s been years of training and working on her craft. Judging is a volunteer gig, done on top of her day job as a teacher at Cochrane High School in Regina, so passion is a must. “Lots of people think figure skating is just a winter sport. It’s quite busy throughout the 12 months of the year,” says Howard. The Olympics became a concrete goal for Howard in 1999 when she judged at the Canada Winter Games in Corner Brook, N.L. “I remember thinking, ‘Wow, if this is the Canadian Olympics, what are the real Olympics like?’” she says. She became certified at the Olympic level in 2009. After that, all she could do was judge as well as she could in other competitions and hope that Skate Canada would select her when the time came. The number of judges each country sends to the Olympics is determined by a draw, according to Howard. For

Sochi, Canada was drawn to send judges for the ladies, pairs and dance categories. Skate Canada deliberated on who to send, and Howard got the call. “(There were) a lot of emotions. When she called, I was choked up with the emotions of 32 years of work to get there,” she says, getting emotional just remembering the day. When the competition comes, there will be no place for emotion. “I know when I sit down in my seat, I have my criteria, and I know what I’m judging against in terms of the standard. You have to be able to disregard the applause in the arena and assess what you saw that day,” says Howard. It’s not the first time Howard has judged the best of the best. She has worked at the ISU Grand Prix Final, as well as numerous tour stops. Last November, she had the privilege of judging Patrick Chan’s record-breaking Grand Prix championship performance in Paris, a skating performance she called the highlight of her judging career so far. “I think the entire panel of judges realized it was going to be one of those career highlights you’ll always remember. He put together two amazing back-to-back performances where he was awarded scores of 10 by many, many judges. For me, that was the first experience of being on an event where a performance like that, to that high a level, happened,” she says. Sochi, and the pageantry surrounding the Olympics, is sure to be another highlight she’ll never forget. She and the other judges get to attend the opening ceremonies. They will also have a chance to check out other sports, something that doesn’t happen at regular figure skating events. All that said, she will be there to do a job, just like the athletes she will judge. It’s her sport’s biggest stage, and she is ready. “I feel confident in my abilities to do the judging I’ve been trained to do. I look forward to the opportunity to put all of that to work in these games. I’m just so excited.” strembath@thestarphoenix.com

Figure skating judge Karen Howard of Regina is headed to Sochi for the 2014 Winter Olympics. QC Photo by Don Healy


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Supporting local arts an annual tradition By Rikkeal Bohmann Globe Theatre has been located in the historic Prince Edward Building on Scarth Street since 1980. Globe has been a large part of Marie Schultz’s Christmas for a long time. For 12 years, she and her family have been attending a Globe production every Christmas season.

Q: How did you start coming to Globe Theatre? A: Actually in high school, the school offered it to us. I think the very first one was A Streetcar Named Desire. We all came up in a school bus, I think we must have been in Grade 10 or 11 and it was a school night, it was really exciting. Since then, it’s just been when we see something that we want to see, we go. Q: Why did your family tradition of coming every Christmas start? A: Because the shows have always been good. We missed one year, and I can’t remember which one it was, it was a really big one and we just missed it and it was wrong … It’s part of the season. Q: What usually happens here at Christmas? A: It’s always their best show of the season I find. You get into the Christmas spirit … everyone’s in a good mood and it’s a really good play. It’s a nice family day. Q: What was showing this past Christmas? A: Sleeping Beauty. Q: How was that? A: It was amazing. I loved the set, I loved the costumes. I did a year of fine arts at the University of Regina and it was costume design. With your extra credit hours, you do set design as well, so I pay a lot of attention to that. I don’t think the average person realizes how much work goes into the behind the scenes.

Marie Schultz is a longtime fan of the Globe Theatre in Regina. The theatre’s yearly Christmas shows are her family’s favourite. QC Photo by RIKKEAL BOHMANN

Q: Which was your favourite costume (from Sleeping Beauty)? A: The two main fairies. They were little ballerina-type costumes and they were sparkly and girlie. Q: What is your favourite memory that you have had at Globe? A: I think my favourite is when I saw Honk. I think we couldn’t even get tickets with my parents that year, so it was me and my brother and we had a lot of fun with it just because it was a really funny play. He was still in high school and I was done. It was fun, just the two of us hanging out. Q: Do you have a favourite section you like to sit in?

A: This sounds really funny, but you know the end and I think it’s even the nosebleed section seats, the cheap ones, but there’s nobody in front of you. It’s, I don’t know, off to the side a bit, but all the seats are good. Q: What play stands out to you the most that you’ve seen? A: Mesa was a one-actor play. It was a road trip to Mesa with his wife’s grandfather. The grandfather was exactly like mine. Q: What are your other favourite plays? A: Anne of Green Gables was another favourite. I’ve seen the play a few times in other theatres, including in

P.E.I. as a kid. I even went to the Anne of Green Gables Farm there, so I was very excited to see it come to Globe. It’s cute, funny and makes me cry every time at the end when Matthew dies. I love it even more because she’s a redhead!

Q: Why do you keep coming back to the Globe every year? A: It’s a nice, different kind of entertainment. A lot of the time it’s local actors and it’s adding to Regina. I think it’s a really good thing Regina offers that … I think just because it’s local. Q: Why do you love watching theatre? A: The actors are on a high … because

it’s live. There’s really good energy and everyone’s excited … I like that it’s live. It’s never the same show twice. It’s not something you can download.

Q: What would you say to someone who has never been to the Globe before? A: I think it’s important to support the local arts. I think it’s a phenomenal thing they offer. It’s something different to do. So many people are like, “There is nothing to do in Regina. Regina is so boring,” but this is here, basically all year round. The prices are OK and it’s a nice environment … I just can’t imagine people not involving theatre into their lives. It’s always been a thing we grew up with it.


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It’s going to be an experience we haven’t dealt with before. — Paige Lawrence

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How to get to Sochi from Saskatchewan

Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers perform their free program in the pairs competition at Skate Canada’s 2014 Canadian National Skating Championships on Jan. 11 in Ottawa. CP Photo

By Arielle Zerr, with files from Murray McCormick and Kevin Mitchell As Canada gets ready to watch the Olympics, QC caught up with four of Saskatchewan’s own representatives before they left for Sochi, Russia.

PAIGE LAWRENCE AND RUDI SWIEGERS In figure skating’s kiss-and-cry area, all you can do is wait. It’s where skaters go after they’ve finished their programs to meet their coaches and wait for their scores. Their fate is in the hands of the judges. If the routine was less than perfect, if the competition is close, it can

be an excruciating pause. It was for Paige Lawrence. On Jan.  11, 2014, she and partner Rudi Swiegers had just finished their free skate, a four minute and 30 second program to music from Oz The Great and Powerful. A top-three finish would guarantee them a spot on Canada’s Olympic team. But Swiegers had dropped Lawrence during a lift. All they could do was wait and

hope for the best. “It was the worst moment of my life, almost,” Lawrence said. “I didn’t know if we did enough, and sitting in the kiss-and-cry when you are powerless to control your own fate. Just to wait was horrible.” Swiegers, on the other hand, was relieved. He knew he had done everything he could and now it was up to the judges.

“While I was hoping it was enough, I was a lot more relaxed in the kissand-cry than my counterparts Paige and (coach) Patty,” he said. It was enough. The duo finished third and was going to the Olympics. But it wasn’t an easy road. Early in the season, Lawrence injured her leg which meant she and Swiegers were unable to train as they normally would have for their jumps and spins.


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I think a lot of people feel that they are in these rural areas (and) may not have the same opportunities and may not have the belief that they can fulfil their dreams. But we are proof that if you believe in something … it is possible. — Lawrence

Instead, Lawrence and Swiegers focused on their performance as she built her strength up. Pairs skating is judged in two categories: technical elements like jumps, spins and lifts; and performance elements like musicality, choreography and footwork. Different elements are worth different amounts based on difficulty and creativity, and are scored based on the skaters’ success in completing them. The lack of technical training before nationals could have hurt Lawrence and Swiegers, but both believe that the extra time spent on performance actually helped them at the national competition. “We were a little disappointed in the short (program), mainly because we had been skating really clean, really consistent programs at home and we both went and made errors,” said Swiegers, who grew up in the town of Kipling, 150 km southeast of Regina. “After that happened we really hunkered down and fought for the program, so at that point we were hoping the program was enough.” With the Olympic qualifier out of the way and Lawrence’s injury resolved, the duo is training hard for Sochi. “It’s going to be an experience we haven’t dealt with before,” admits Lawrence. “We compete internationally and against the best in the world but this is a scale we have never dealt with or experienced.” And while Lawrence and Swiegers can’t imagine life any differently now, their pairing was never intended to be permanent. Lawrence, a singles skater at the time, was paired with Swiegers after his first partner decided she didn’t want to skate pairs anymore. Their partnership was only supposed to last until they found Sweigers a new partner. “I like to kid that I’m still looking for Paige’s replacement,” Swiegers said with a laugh. Nearly nine years later, they are ranked 13th in the world, are fourtime Canadian bronze-medallists and off to their first Olympics. But despite their national and international accomplishments,

Saskatchewan’s Paige Lawrence and Rudi Swiegers were bronze medallists at Skate Canada’s 2014 National Skating Championships in Ottawa. CP Photo

competing under the Wawota Figure Skating Club where they met and trained until after Paige’s graduation, is important to them. “The biggest thing that Rudi

and I want to represent is that we’ve achieved this without having to move away to a large training centre,” said Lawrence, who hails from Kennedy, coincidentally

about 20 km from Kipling. “I think a lot of people feel that they are in these rural areas (and) may not have the same opportunities and may not have the belief

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I don’t think about (the Olympics) that much. We have been building up to this and working toward it. Now it’s starting to feel like it’s coming close. I’m excited to see how it all comes together. — Lyndon Rush

LYNDON RUSH

When bobsledder Lyndon Rush walked in to BC Place for the opening ceremonies of the Vancouver Olympics, he thought to himself, ‘This is what it must be like to walk onto the field for the Superbowl.’ A fitting analogy considering Rush spent his university years playing linebacker for the University of Saskatchewan Huskies. But he never thought football would lead to bobsled or the Olympics. In 2003, shortly after Vancouver won the Olympic bid, a recruiting drive began. A bobsled representative called Huskies head coach Brian Towriss and asked for some names of graduating players that fit the body type of a bobsledder. Rush was on the list. “They called me and I thought it would be interesting,” Rush said on the phone from Germany, where he and his teammates were competing. “The first time I did it, it was really fun.” Bobsled teams compete in fouryear cycles peaking at the Olympic Games. Each four-man team has a pilot, a brakeman and two pushers. It was the latter position for which Rush was recruited, but an injury during camp allowed him to try driving the sled. Rush grew up doing motor sports in Humboldt, but the sled was completely different. He learned the ropes for a few years before starting his first four-year cycle, one that would end at the Vancouver Olympics. He also thought it’d be his last. Rush has three daughters. His wife Krysta is due to have their fourth child in late April. The bobsled season has a demanding travel schedule that keeps Rush away from home for nearly six months a year. But he and Krysta discussed it, and she encouraged him to go for one more Olympics. Four years later, he’s going to Sochi and competing in the two-man bobsled, as well as the four. “I don’t think about (the Olympics) that much,” Rush admitted about two weeks before the start of the Games. “We have been building up to this and working toward it. Now it’s starting to feel like it’s coming close. I’m excit-

Saskatchewan’s Lyndon Rush, along with his bobsled teammates Neville Wright, David Bissett and Lascelles Brown, will compete at the Sochi 2014 Olympics. Photo courtesy Charlie Booker

ed to see how it all comes together.” Rush, 33, calls his four-man team “the old crew.” It consists of Neville Wright, also 33, David Bissett, 34, and Lascelles Brown, 39. His team changed only slightly from 2010 when Chris Le Bihan left and Wright joined. Rush jokes that they are older than some of the coaches, but he thinks their experience is a benefit, even after what he calls an “OK” season. “You want to win every race and we’ve had some good results but we’re coming towards the end. The ultimate goal is to be ready for the big race … We know what it takes to pick up our game,” he said adding that they’ve “been there, done that.”

In the off-season, the Humboldt native lives in Sylvan Lake with his family and trains in Calgary with his teammates twice a week. Still, he credits his athletics to growing up in Saskatchewan. “I think back to when I grew up in Humboldt, it was a small community, and I wasn’t a random person. I wasn’t just some kid on a team. I was Jerry Rush’s kid. When the community is tighter, I really feel like the coaches and mentors put in more effort,” Rush said. “Maybe that’s why there are so many Saskatchewan Olympians. “There’s a little extra bit of Prairie pride that’s built up in kids.”

DOUG CHARKO If the Canadian cross-country skiers and biathletes seem to have an extra edge these Winter Olympics, look to Doug Charko. As Team Canada’s own meteorologist, Charko will be attending his fifth Olympics, more than many of the athletes in attendance. How exactly do you become a sports weather forecaster? Well, if you’re Charko, an Italian sailing team simply calls you and asks. “I thought, ‘Well, first of all, yes I’ll have a meeting with you and see what I can do.’ And then I (went) up the street to the library to find a book on sailing,” he said, laughing.

He was invited to his first Olympics two years later by the Brazilian sailing team in 2000. He has been to every Summer Olympics since. Because Sochi will be Charko’s first Winter Olympics, he was required to learn the nuances of a new sport: cross-country skiing. As Charko explains it, things like outdoor temperature, if and when it will snow and the snow temperature on the ground are all things the ski technicians take into account when choosing wax for skis. Different waxes give the skis different performances. Some provide more grip in icy or wet conditions and some provide a better glide.


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The Sydney Games was my first Olympic Games and I thought, ‘Holy smokes, this is fantastic.’ But I spent the whole two and a half weeks in a hotel room staring at a computer. — Doug Charko

“Part of the Canadian Olympic Committee’s job is to assist in any way, to help these athletes do as well as they can. They like to say ‘leave no stone unturned.’ So I was hiding under one of the stones,” Charko said. He’s been working with the Canadian team for a year and a half, monitoring the weather services in Russia, comparing their interpretations to his own and visiting the facility with the athletes last year. “My job is to eliminate surprises.” Charko spends most of his time inside and off-site. He’s constantly sending updates to the teams throughout the day. “For sure it’s exciting, but it’s probably more work than people realize. “The Sydney Games was my first Olympics and I thought, ‘Holy smokes, this is fantastic.’ But I spent the whole two and a half weeks in a hotel room staring at a computer.” In Sochi, he’ll likely be working 18

SASKATCHEWAN AT SOCHI 2014 Rudi Swiegers and Paige Lawrence, figure skating Lucas Makowsky, speedskating William Dutton, speedskating Marsha Hudey, speedskating Kali Christ, speedskating Ben Coakwell, bobsled Lyndon Rush, bobsled Chelsea Valois, bobsled Scott Perras, biathlon Hayley Wickenheiser, women’s hockey Patrick Marleau, men’s hockey Ryan Getzlaf, men’s hockey Chris Kunitz, men’s hockey Mark McMorris, snowboard

hours a day for the full three weeks of competition. For these Olympics though, he’ll get to spend some time at the track, a luxury not usually provided during sailing regattas and the Summer Olympics. Sports weather is now a part-time

gig for Charko, whose family moved back to Regina two years ago after living in New Zealand for 17 years. The job has taken him all over the world including Antarctica, Spain and Beijing. In 2012, he was away for a total of three months out of the year, but last year, a non-Olympic year, it was less. When he’s not travelling for work, he’s a stay-at-home dad to his two sons. Though Charko never saw sports forecasting in his future when he started his profession with Environment Canada, he hopes to continue attending the Olympics and working in the sailing circuit. His most recent job took him to Florida to work with two boats at a sailing regatta. Both placed first. Charko says that being involved with a winning team that’s happy with your work is part of what makes his job so enjoyable. “I’d love to keep involved; it’s addictive.”

Doug Charko holds up his Olympic accreditation to Sochi as he is travelling with Team Canada as their meteorologist.  QC Photo by TROY FLEECE

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zak: Baba’s House Until March 6. Dunlop Art Gallery – Sherwood Village Branch, 6121 Rochdale Blvd.

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Wedn esd ay, Feb. 5 Wednesday Night Folk: Theresa and Carol Bushwakker, 2206 Dewdney

Beyond Friberg: The Mounted Police in Art Until March 31. RCMP Heritage Centre, 5907 Dewdney Ave.

WayBack Wednesdays with Leather Cobra McNally’s, 2226 Dewdney Ave.

Contemporary Canadian Perspectives The Artists of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts Until March 31. Government House, 4607 Dewdney Ave.

The Young Guns Tour Featuring Brett Kissel and One More Girl The Pump, 641 Victoria Ave E. Thursd ay, Feb. 6 Redbeard’s Tribute to Bob Marley McNally’s, 2226 Dewdney Ave. Soulfly, Planet Eater The Exchange, 2431 Eighth Ave. Friday, Fe b. 7

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Les Hay Babies, The Dead South Artful Dodger, 1631 11th Ave.

“Children’s Treasures” by The QuarterTones Flute Ensemble Regina Symphony Orchestra free concert. 2 p.m., RPL Central Branch, 2311 12th Ave.

Trick Ryder The Pump, 641 Victoria Ave E. Slow Motion Walter McNally’s, 2226 Dewdney Ave. The Down Home Boys, The Ripperz O’Hanlon’s, 1947 Scarth St. Sat urd ay, Fe b. 8 Slow Motion Walter McNally’s, 2226 Dewdney Ave.

M o n day, Fe b. 1 0 Music at Noon featuring Musica Intima Noon, Knox Metropolitan Church, 2340 Victoria Ave. Monday Night Jazz & Blues: Uptown Jazz Bushwakker, 2206 Dewdney

Trick Ryder The Pump, 641 Victoria Ave E.

Weekly Drum Circle Instruments provided 7:30-9 p.m. The Living Spirit Centre, 3018 Doan Dr.

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Dreaming of the Masters Regina Symphony Orchestra 8 p.m., Conexus Arts Centre 200 Lakeshore Dr. Majetik, Port Noise, The Marching Martian Marshmellotrons The Exchange, 2431 Eighth Ave. Sun day, Feb. 9

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Ian Johnston: Reinventing Consumption A three-room installation featuring sculptures examining creation and consumption.

Deville Cohen: Poison Black-and-white Xerox images create dreamy, fragile, and cleverly theatrical stage settings for an 18-minute video. Until April 3. Central Library Mediatheque, 2311-12th Ave.

Mac & Beth McGregor and Beth Hone Retrospective Until Feb. 15. Slate Gallery, 2078 Halifax St.

Shirin Neshat: Soliloquy A dual projection video installation by world renowned Iranian-American artist Shirin Neshat, complementing the work of Saskatchewan filmmaker and video installation artist Amalie Atkins. Until April 27. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Edition Addition Focusing on a neglected element of the limited edition print: the edition number. Works in the exhibition were chosen solely for their edition number and follow a sequence from 1 to 30. Until Feb. 23. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Barbara Steinman: The Giants’ Dance Photographic installation explores the relationship between personal belief and organized religion. Programmed in response to Soliloquy by Shirin Neshat. Jan. 25-May 4. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Big Clay Considering clay on scale beyond the usual. Until Feb. 23. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. Walking Lines/Saskatchewan Collaborative works by artists Rodney Konopaki & Rhonda Neufeld; unconventional landscapes of the prairie. Until March 5. Art Gallery of Regina, Neil Balkwill Civic Arts Centre, 2420 Elphinstone St.

Canadiana What does it mean to be Canadian? A celebration and examination of our country’s landscape through real and imagined images of the Canadian landscape by Canadian artists including Augustus Kenderdine, Dorothy Knowles and Ernest Luthi. Until June 14. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St.

Until April 3. Dunlop Gallery, RPL Central Library, 2311 12th Ave.

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Amalie Atkins: We live on the edge of disaster and imagine we are in a musical

Video installation highlighting the work of Saskatoon filmmaker Amalie Atkins. Until June 14. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. Contemporary Canadian Landscape and Place The Artists of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts New exhibitions quarterly. Until July 31. Regina Centre Crossing, 1621 Albert St. Contemporary Canadian Landscape and Place The Artists of Scott Nicholson Fine Arts SaskCentral, 2055 Albert St. --Assiniboia Gallery 2266 Smith St. Open Tuesday to Friday 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nouveau Gallery 2146 Albert St. Open Tuesday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Oakland Gift and Fine Arts Oil and ink paintings by Chinese artists Lingtao Jiang and Huaiyi Tian. 2312 Smith St. Open Monday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

# COMEDY A Night at the Improv Including a performance by General Fools. Feb. 5, 7 p.m. U of R Luther College Rex Schneider Auditorium, 2nd floor Brent Butt “Almost A Movie Star” Comedy Tour with guest Erica Sigurdson. Feb. 7 and 8, 8 p.m. Casino Regina Show Lounge, 1880 Saskatchewan Dr. Comedy Grind Every Saturday night Gabbo’s, 2338 Dewdney Ave.

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How to Give Feedback Workshop for poets and performers Every Thursday, 7-9 p.m. Creative City Centre, 1843 Hamilton St.

Conrad-Roy: Daffily Ever After Shumiatcher Sandbox Series Until Feb. 8. Globe Theatre, 1801 Scarth St. Becky’s New Car Until Feb. 9. Globe Theatre, 1801 Scarth St.

# SPECIAL EVENTS SIDRU Seminar: Cries of Pain — Children of War in Canadian Schools Presented by Barbara McNeil, U of R Faculty of Education Feb. 5, noon-1 p.m. U of R Education Building, Room 228 (Teaching Preparation Centre) Monthly ALES home-brewing club meeting Feb. 5, 8 p.m. Bushwakker basement club room, 2206 Dewdney Ave. Archives Week: Looking Back at The Grey Cup 1951, 1966 & 1989 Hosted by CBC’s Craig Lederhouse. Celebrity readers include Jeff Corbett, Al Ford, Rob Vanstone, Barb Pacholik and Tom Shepherd Feb. 5, 7 p.m. Bushwakker, 2206 Dewdney Ave. Regina Farmers’ Market Feb. 6, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. U of R Research and Innovation Centre (RIC) Atrium Proud Legacy, Bright Future: Aboriginal Alumni Engagement Reconnect with colleagues and meet current students. Feb. 6, 6:30-9:30 p.m. U of R Aboriginal Student Centre, College West 117 Preschool Fine Arts Cooperative Open House Feb. 7, 1:30-4:30 p.m. MacKenzie Art Gallery, 3475 Albert St. The Ultimate Women’s Show Feb. 7, 3-10 p.m. Feb. 8, 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Feb. 9, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Conexus Arts Centre, 200 Lakeshore Dr.


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Nature Regina Field Trip Wakamow in Winter Feb. 8, 9 a.m.-mid-afternoon Meet at the Royal Saskatchewan Museum parking lot, 2445 Albert St.

New Year Banquet Feb. 8, 6:30 p.m. Peking House Restaurant, 1850 Rose St. Tickets $45, email ccss@sasktel.net or phone 306-789-5369

Winter Carnival Face painting, a balloon sculptor, wagon/sleigh rides, free lunch and more. Feb. 8, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Eastview Community Centre, 615 Sixth Ave.

Men’s basketball U of R Cougars vs. Calgary Feb. 8, 7 p.m. U of R CKHS

Slam Dunk of an Evening Pre-game reception before U of R Cougars basketball. Feb. 8, 3-5 p.m. U of R Centre for Kinesiology, Health and Sport, Gym 1 Women’s basketball U of R Cougars vs. Calgary Feb. 8, 5 p.m. U of R CKHS 2014 Traditional Chinese

Men’s hockey U of R Cougars vs. Alberta Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Cooperators Centre, Evraz Place Regina Pats vs. Saskatoon Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Brandt Centre, Evraz Place Poltava in Concert Feb. 8, 7 p.m. Regina Performing Arts Centre, 1077 Angus St. Valentine’s Tea Feb. 9, sittings at 12:30, 1:30,

2:30, and 3:30 p.m. Tickets must be purchased in advance at the Conservatory. Regina Floral Conservatory, 1450B Fourth Ave.

among humans. With her best friend Vasilisa Dragomir, a Moroi princess, Rose must run away from her school to help protect Vasilisa from harm.

Osteoporosis Myth Busters: What You Thought You Knew & What You Need to Know Feb. 10, 1:30-3:30 p.m. Osteoporosis Office Regina Chapter, 90C Cavendish St.

The LEGO Movie Family/Animated Emmet (voice of Chris Pratt) is an ordinary, rules-following LEGO minifigure who is mistakenly identified as the most extraordinary person and the key to saving the world. He is drafted into a fellowship of strangers on an epic quest to stop an evil tyrant, a journey for which Emmet is hopelessly and hilariously underprepared.

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The Monuments Men Drama During the 11-month period between D-Day and V-E Day, the Monuments Men, a group of American and British museum directors, curators, art

Saskatoon’s storied music scene die rockers, to jazz and world music players. I went through some of my favourite stories from the past, like the one about Saskatoon stalking Joni Mitchell. And even better, I elicited ‘a little help from my friends,’ many of the other musicians and music writers I grew up playing with or met along the way. They tell their intimate stories; like the triumph of one writer that joined Slow Down, Molasses mid-tour, realizing that there’s no secret handshake to the musical world; The Northern Pikes ‘making it’ before the rise of the Internet; The Sheepdogs discovering international fame and some local controversy; and even stories about the untimely deaths of good friends.

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I wanted to leave behind some kind of oral history about the unsung efforts our stellar talent has laid out. My wife and I had a son this year. I wanted him, or someone

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Lo ca l AUT H O RS: Writers tell us what makes their book worth reading

CRAIG SILLIPHANT

Local musicians know that the Saskatchewan Prairie is a harsh mistress. Before the Internet, it was virtually impossible to have your music heard outside our borders. But in the last 10 years, as I covered the Saskatchewan music scene for a variety of publications and radio stations, I wanted to help lend credibility to the amazing music I heard local artists making. Exile Off Main St.: Random Dispatches from the Saskatoon Music Scene, is the culmination of almost a decade of writing and 30-some years of local music history. I tell my own story, as I went from being a teenage musician in a sortof-kind-of-locally-famous band, to a professional music writer. I interview local music legends, from in-

historians and others, risked their lives to help recover works of art before they were destroyed by the Nazis.

like him, to be able to pick up this book in 20 years and read about what it meant to live in Saskatchewan, to make music here. Other people rarely give our music the respect it deserves, but I always argue that true rock n’ roll happens in places like Saskatchewan. It’s on the periphery, where you pick up a guitar because it’s cold outside. Exile Off Main St. is about what music can bring to one’s life, when you’re growing up in a small Prairie city in exile, in the middle of nowhere. Among other places, the book is available at The Vinyl Diner and Beaumont Film & Record in Saskatoon. Outside of Saskatoon, copies can be ordered by emailing craig@ thoughtlabmedia.ca.


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Service without the short skirt By Michelle Berg Samantha Simonot, a fourth year nursing student at SIAST, has been serving for the last five years to make a little extra cash while she’s in school. Her current gig at Winston’s English Pub in Saskatoon requires a mandatory black top. Beyond that, she’s able to express herself and wear comfortable shoes, pants and accessories. She had to wear a cocktail dress and heels at her previous job, an outfit she didn’t appreciate because of the lewd comments it encouraged. During the day shifts she wears a Tshirt or tank top with a cardigan, jeans, and a pair of Toms, flats or a funky pair of boots. At night she dresses up a bit by adding lip colour, some earrings and a long necklace. The only time Simonot has caught flak for an outfit from her customers was when she wore an animal print. “The leopard print pants were not a big hit at Winston’s,” she says. She believes people should be tipped based on their service, not on how they look. “I try to not use my looks to get tips, I use my ‘winning’ personality,” she laughs. Simonot was wearing a conservative T-shirt when she served a group that told her they tip based on their server’s neckline. She knew she wasn’t getting a tip and was fine with that. “I would never work at a bar where you were forced to wear short skirts because that’s just not me.” In the summer Simonot wears skirts but with spandex shorts underneath. There’s a lot of bending over to grab glasses and clean tables which is why she doesn’t want to wear short skirts, rompers or revealing shirts at work. “You never know who you might be showing your butt to! “If you want to work at a place with a strict dress code, go ahead, but for us here, we like it that you can be who you are.”

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OUTFIT: 1. Shirt: Forever 21 online. 2. Necklace: Luna & Hill 3. Jeans: The Gap — “I love Gap jeans. They changed the style recently and really fit my body shape.” 4. Boots: Steve Madden from Swank. Samantha Siminot dresses for comfort when she works at Winston’s Pub in Saskatoon. QC photo by Michelle Berg

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Chefs’ Gala & Showcase: Five reasons you should go By Jenn Sharp

1. THE FOOD It’s the food, by far. This isn’t another rubber chicken and under-cooked potato dinner fundraiser. The food is the star here — it’s called the Chefs’ Gala for a reason. The Saskatoon Chefs’ Association hosts the event every year (2014 marks the fifth year). At $155 a person, the tickets aren’t cheap but you’d be hard pressed to find a meal of this calibre for that price anywhere else. The night kicks off with complimentary sour cherry champagne cocktails during the reception where a variety of hors d’oeuvres will be served. A six-course gourmet dinner and wine follows; check out the menu on this page. If you’ve never heard of an ingredient or (three), that’s OK. This will be your night to discover new tastes!

2. THE CAUSE The funds raised this year go to three innovative and unique art groups in Saskatchewan: Little Opera on the Prairie (LOOP), Live Five Independent Theatre and Ritornello Chamber Music Festival. LOOP seeks to increase the demand for opera and attract new audiences in Saskatchewan through creative performances. The group’s mandate is also to create new work opportunities for artists. Live Five does a great job of promoting independent theatre by combining forces with five theatre companies each season. Organizers and performers at the Ritornello festival, which runs May 23 to 25 in Saskatoon, are committed to showcasing and sharing classical music in exciting ways. From violinists to pianists, this young group of artists is passionate and dedicated to their craft.

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sic intermingled with the six dinner courses make for an unforgettable night of art, culture and fabulous eats. Performances by LOOP, Live Five and Ritornello members will be held throughout the evening.

4. THE DATE The gala is on Feb. 15 at Prairieland Park in Saskatoon. If you’re looking for a romantic way to impress your sweetheart this Valentine’s Day, securing tickets to this will get you in the good books until at least next February. For the Regina readers, a weekend trip to Saskatoon with a stay at a classy downtown hotel after the gala is the perfect winter minigetaway.

5. THE FOOD Did I mention the food? Because it will be amazing. If it’s not, you can get mad at me — but that won’t happen. The chef talent is some of the best in the country: Three past Gold Medal Plates winners (Anthony McCarthy, Darren Craddock and Trevor Robertson), the winner of Top Chef Canada Season 1 (Dale MacKay), along with several others who have been in the game long enough to really know what they’re doing. RECEPTION: Vince LaPointe, Everett Nelson, Siast students and instructors ■ Ahi Tuna Poke with avocado, garnished with black sesame crisp, micro greens and yellow tomato relish ■ Smoked Pork Tenderloin wrapped with wild mushrooms and serrano ham. Garnished with pork belly and bean ragout ■ Sea Scallops seared with porcini dust on a bed of creamy leeks and spinach. Garnished with sweet potato crisps ■ Chicken Veracruz Wraps — Roasted poblano peppers, sweet corn, Spanish rice and red beans in a corn wrap. Dipped in egg whites and fried, served with a chili lime sauce.

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SOUP: Trevor Robertson, Radisson Hotel ■ Northern Pickerel Chowder with pomme purée, pan seared pickerel cheek and Yukon Gold gaufrette SALAD: Doug Hyndford, Saskatoon Inn ■ Dry Aged Beef Tenderloin and Herschel Hill’s Gorgonzola cheese with micro greens and Living Sky Winery’s Cassis wine vinaigrette APPETIZER: Darren Craddock, Riverside Coun-

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MAIN: Anthony McCarthy, The Saskatoon Club ■ Pine View Farms Chicken Breast filled with chicken confit, port and sour cherry demi glace, caramelized onion and parsnip purée

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By Erl Svendsen The popularity of community gardening keeps growing. People yearn for fresh vegetables and/ or want to limit their consumption of synthetic chemicals used in food production. Many have moved to a home with a smaller yard or downsized from a house or farm to a condo. For young couples and families who want to lower their food bill (and teach their children life lessons), community gardening represents an attractive option. There are two types of community gardens. One type is a space where several gardeners have individual but adjoining plots. Plot size varies but is typically 14 to 19 square metres. Many community gardens are autonomous: as a group developing and agreeing to a basic constitution, code of conduct and rules. A committee organizes events, schedules group work sessions, manages day-to-day operations, allocates space and deals with conflict. In the community garden I belong to, there are actually few rules. One of the big ones is that synthetic fertilizer or pesticides is not allowed. Modest fees ($40 — 60) cover the cost of materials and outside services (e.g. rototilling). The other type of community garden is commonly managed by a non-profit charitable organization to grow food to supplement food banks, school lunch programs and lower income families. The space is managed as a single large garden, relying on volunteers to organize, plan, seed, weed, water and harvest. This type is also

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known as a communal garden. Between these dichotomies is common ground. Individual gardeners can ‘grow-a-row,’ donating a portion of their produce. Or individual plots are gardened communally with the intent of donating all the food off those plots. Some community gardens even allow non-members in the immediate neighbourhood to harvest a reasonable amount for themselves — a truly generous gesture, one that I heartily support. The deadline to book a plot in most gardens falls at the end of February, so don’t dawdle. If there isn’t a nearby community garden, you have other options. You can partner with someone with an unused backyard — someone that can’t or doesn’t have the time to garden themselves. A share of your bounty is usually payment enough. In Saskatoon, CHEP helps link up gardeners with homeowners. If you’re more community minded, consider creating a new community garden. There’s lots of help out there to get underway. Existing community gardeners are a great source of advice. And there may still be time to register for the CHEP’s Community Garden Conference on Feb. 8 in Saskatoon. It’ll be a chance to learn about some of the challenges and best practises for creating a community garden as well as meeting others already involved in operating one. This column is provided courtesy of the Saskatchewan Perennial Society (www.saskperennial.ca; hortscene@yahoo.com).

In the past few years the wine market — at least for those of us that try to live under the $20 mark — has come to a consensus. It wants “smooth reds,” which is to say a fruity sweet attack with little to no apparent acidity, no astringency and no structure. At the high end this means wines championed by Helene Turley and her ilk which are picked at ripeness levels close to those of dessert wine. Such wines cost the earth and are aimed at aging boomer millionaires. On the more useful end of the scale, the flagship for such wines is Apothic and any number of smooth reds out there, all trying for a piece of the marketplace. Epica is one such wine, and like most of its brethren, it has a fabulous packaging that makes it stand out on the shelf. If you like such wines you really need to give this one a try. Chilean wines are among the finest in the world. The country also has its own hipster population that’s growing up and drinking these wines. In short, they don’t need to send failures to America; they can market test the product with their own young, vibrant community bursting with creativity. The wine doesn’t really sell itself as a set of flavours so much as a lifestyle statement. If you are young and impulsive leading a kicky

in-the-moment lifestyle, they imply this should be your go-to drink. As a certified Old Fart, nearly old enough for the senior’s discount, I’m still impulsive but hardly kicky. This wine isn’t aimed at me and won’t likely be ‘my’ wine. And that’s exactly what the producers want. Epica Red, Chile, 2012. $18 **** More great wines in Monday’s paper or on Twitter @drbooze.

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