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E-mail: inbox@thescope.ca Online: www.thescope.ca Listings: listings@thescope.ca Mail: The Scope PO Box 1044, St. John’s, NL, A1C 5M3 Phone: 709-726-8466 Ad sales: 709-693-5028 Fax: 709-726-7682 Publisher/Listings Editor/Distro Manager: Bryhanna Greenough (publisher@thescope. ca) Editor: Elling Lien (editor@thescope.ca) Advertising Diva: Lesley Marie Reade (sales@thescope.ca) Distribution team: Barry Ross, Gary Sexton, Rachel Jean Harding, Bryhanna Greenough and Elling Lien Bottom Line Editor: Adam Clarke (adam@thescope.ca) Contributors: Shawn Hayward, Sydney Blackmore, Craig Francis Power, Adam Clarke, Jared Reid, Ryan Davis, David Keating, Patrick Canning, Kerri Breen, Michael Collins, Bryhanna Greenough, Andreae Prozesky, Bryan Melanson, Andrew Power, Jennifer Barrett, Andrew Wickens, Ray Denty, Ricky King, and Tara Fleming. Also contributing: Dan Savage and Rob Brezsny. The Scope is St. John’s arts and entertainment newspaper, published by Scope Media Inc. 15,000 copies of The Scope are printed fortnightly and distributed throughout the metro area. The Scope seeks to publish a newspaper that will entertain, inform, and foster cultural development in the St. John’s metropolitan area. The Scope claims absolutely no responsibility for the shortage of oregano, basil, rosemary or any other herb in the city. Free issues of The Scope are limited to one copy per reader. All rights reserved. © 2009 Proudly independent and locally owned. Founded in 2006.

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12 Weiner Shaman Divination by processed meat? Just a regular day at the Eastern Edge Gallery's 24 Hour Art Marathon.

18 Music 20 Movies 22 Community Events 25 On Stage 25 Visual Arts and Museums 26 Classifieds

4 City 5 Hot Ticket Calendar 6 Storefront 17 Food Nerd 20 Field Notes 22 Music Reviews 21 On Screen 23 DIY 24 100% Local Comics 24 Free Will Astrology 26 Savage Love

7 25 Greatest Works of Art Ever Made in Newfoundland Just a little something to kick-start a discussion on local art. Weiner Shaman (Sara Tilley) photos by Ryan Davis. www.flickr.com/photos/ryandavis/

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you've got shmail The Scope welcomes comments on all aspects of city life and the paper’s performance. Web comments, e-mails, and smail may be edited for space and clarity. E-mail: inbox@thescope.ca

Ed. note: We received lots of comments about our New Music piece from last issue online, positive and negative. Check them out at thescope.ca. Like we said in the intro, there are plenty of bands in town we didn't list that were more than worthy of being included—Overlay and The Living Daylights are definitely two of ‘em. Rock over London, Rock on St. John's. Polaroid—see what develops.

RE: NEW MUSIC 2009

Ten times

You will never please everyone with any list you develop, nor should

you ever expect to as it's always one person's (or several) weighted opinion versus the masses. But overall when I look at this list it makes me smile. I've spent the better part of this decade outside of St. John's and during that time have lived, worked in, or visited every decent-sized city in Canada and the US, and from my perspective the St. John's music scene can compete with most cities in North America ten times our size. Feltham online at thescope.ca

RE: NEW MUSIC 2009

Seattle John's

Everyone in this city should be excited about our music scene. I think we have some of the most amazing, diverse, genuine talent around, and you wouldn’t be able to fit all of them on a short list.

If we play our cards right, this city could start another movement—we could be another Seattle—and we all know that music in general needs this. dodge online at thescope.ca

re: YOUR DVDS ARE BAD

DVDisposable Elaborate packaging was probably thought of in an attempt to take back DVD sales that have been lost to illegal internet distribution. “Mini-bust of Dr. Manhattan, let’s see them make that into a torrent!” Too bad they didn’t just sell the DVDs in returnable, reusable cases for those of us who chuck the packaging and put them into carrying cases. James online at thescope.ca

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Whar she blows? The northeast Avalon Peninsula is a popular spot for humpback whales and for tourists. The whales come to feed; the tourists come to look at whales. But whale boat captains and scientists are noticing not as many humpbacks are visiting our shores as they once did.

Shawn Hayward goes fishing for an explanation. Illustration by Ricky King.

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he humpback whale is an impressive sight as it rises out of the dark blue depths into the air, then crashing back into the frigid North Atlantic. Newfoundland is one of the best places to see humpbacks, especially around the northeast Avalon, where plentiful marine life brings them close to land. Whale watching attracts tourists to the island, and most years they aren’t disappointed. This year, however, whale watchers are returning to the pier having not witnessed as many humpbacks. “People are calling and asking about whales, and I got to be honest,” says Keith Colbert, owner of Colbert’s Boat Tours and a whale boat captain himself. “The whales are scarce. It’s a couple you see, compared to five or six every other year.” Humpbacks migrate to the northeast coast of North America around late spring and early summer after spending the winter in the Caribbean giving birth to their calves—but this year they began arriving off Newfoundland a month later than usual, according to Colbert, who operates out of Tors Cove. In the 15 years he’s been in the whale watching business, Colbert says this year has been the worst, as some people choose not to venture out after hearing that the humpbacks are elusive. “Business is down, but that’s all you can do,” he says. “You can’t expect to outdo yourself every year. It would be nice if you could, but we’re dealing with nature.” Barry Rogers, captain of Cetacean Quest, says there aren’t just less whales this year, but their behaviour is also harder to predict. “One morning they’re up the Cape, and next day they’re not there,” he says. “They’ve gone north to Logy Bay.” Jack Lawson, a whale specialist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO), says he, like Rogers, has noticed a change in behaviour that extends back to last

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year. “Last summer we had quite a few animals show up in Witless Bay and then it’d go quiet for awhile,” he says. “It’s almost like there’s clumps of whales moving past, whereas four years ago it seemed to be an almost continuous stream of whales. This year and last year they seem a little clumped.” Humpbacks aren’t staying clear of the entire province, according to Lawson. He says colleagues on the southern coast of Labrador and Twillingate have seen whales come earlier this year than last, and in large numbers. From a global point of view, there are more humpback whales in the ocean than there have been in decades. The population has somewhat rebounded since killing

“People are calling and asking about whales, and I got to be honest,” says Keith Colbert, owner of Colbert’s Boat Tours and a whale boat captain himself. “The whales are scarce."

them commercially was banned by the International Whaling Commission in 1966. There are estimated to be 30,000-40,000 humpbacks alive today.

So where are they all hiding?

The answer is just over the horizon, according to Wayne Ledwell, who helps rescue the gigantic mammals from fishing nets. He says more whales are becoming entangled by offshore nets these days, which indicates humpbacks are staying farther from the land. “We’re seeing more and more

whales caught in the offshore,” he says. “There doesn’t seem to be as many whales around the areas where people are used to looking at them. We know there are a lot of whales staying offshore.” It’s a trend which, for Ledwell, makes disentangling the whales a lot harder. “Logistically it can be a nightmare trying to get to the animals,” he says. “Sometimes it’ll take you a day to get out there. That’s a headache and something we’ve had to deal with.” According to Ledwell, they’re farther offshore because that’s where the capelin are. And the capelin are the reason humpback whales come north to Newfoundland. The summer is supper time for them—a chance to build up fat for the winter when they don’t eat at all. Capelin stay offshore until ready to spawn on the beaches, but before that they have to pass through a feeding frenzy of birds, larger fish, and whales. It’s the capelin’s rush for the shore which brings humpbacks close enough to see

from the land. “The distribution and abundance seems to fluctuate relative to what the prey is doing,” says Lawson.

Late capelin

This year has been one of the latest capelin spawning runs in 20 years, according to Brian Nakashima, a research scientist with DFO who specializes in the tiny fish. At Bellevue in Trinity Bay where Nakashima does his research, water temperatures were averaging 14-15 degrees earlier this summer, while the norm is 5-8 degrees. “Only when the temperatures dropped in Trinity Bay did capelin start rolling on the beaches,” he says. And by that time most of the humpbacks had already eaten plenty of capelin while they were waiting offshore to spawn. Winds are largely responsible for when capelin spawn, and this year the wind patterns have been different. The wind has been blowing more onshore, taking surface water warmed by the sun

along with it and packing it into the bays. What long-term affects the change in temperature will have on capelin numbers, and therefore whale numbers, is hard to predict, according to Nakashima. “Water temperatures are very critical to development rates and the survival of eggs,” he says. “That’s something we’re monitoring at the moment.” Hopefully next year winds and capelin patterns will return to normal. Ledwell, who has worked with whales for 20 years, says this year has been an unusual one, but when it comes to humpbacks the present often does not predict the future. “Next year it could be totally different,” he says. “It’s difficult to tell what the future holds. There are variations every year.” What do you think? Have your say online at

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Our very own local, worldclass circus is back with a whole new show designed for all ages featuring a host of acrobats, maestros, jugglers, and strong people in tights. MUN Reid Theatre 579-4424. All ages. (Various dates)

This sounds pretty urban. Eastern Edge Gallery. Free.

Thursday, August 8 Trailer Camp reunion

The 21 year old traditional musician will release his second CD, "Rivers". tonight. Playing with Ricketts' will be Mike Hanrahan and Patrick Moran along with special guest Sherry Ryan. The Ship Pub, 8:30pm.

Allan Ricketts' CD release

Wonderbolt Opening Night

24 Hour Open DJ & Graffiti Jam on stage

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Last day to catch Shakespeare's play performed out on a cliff in Logy Bay. 6pm. For info call 722-7287.

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Your last chance to enjoy the province's chamber music festival this year. Festival Finale, 8pm, $8/$10, Cook Recital HallMUN Music 737-2372

German artist Elke Suhr takes the meaning of road signs and flips them on their head in this performance piece. Eastern Edge Gallery from 1pm-3pm. Free.

Build shadow puppets and set them to a story wih puppet master Jason Sellars. Open to young and old. Eastern Edge Gallery from 10am-12pm. Free.

The local punk pop group rises from the grave for a one-off on a hot summer night. Who needs real camping when you have them? Alongside Gramercy Riffs at the Rock House.

We didn't see this one coming, but we like it: Experimental rockers AE Bridger will join rappers LIVE n' Direct and piano rocker Justin Guzzwell to make an intriguing night of freestyling fun at The Levee.

Forget New Year's Eve! The weirdos have their night too. Live music, (kinky?) late-night perfomance art, artists making art... Not to be missed. Eastern Edge Gallery

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Terry Rielly in a familyfriendly show under the sun at no place other than Topsail Beach. Free.

Always wanted to write? Explore new perspectives of writing and story telling in a supportive atmosphere. Open to all. Dynamis Health Centre-95 Torbay Rd at 7:30pm. Free.

Pirate Day at Topsail Beach

Trailer Camp

Live hip-hop ensemble

24 Hour Art Marathon

New Creative Writing Group

Thursday, August 16 Allan Ricketts CD release for his traditional folk album "Rivers". Photo by Tracy Kolenchuk

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storefront local biz news sewing

Quilty pleasure The Piece Makers Quilt Shop in CBS could be your prelude to a hobby. For proprietress Cathy Pittman, it was the other way around. "It was a hobby and still is, it's a hobby gone wild I guess," she says. “Quilting is very fast growing and now I think it’s more of an art form. You can totally get lost in it.” Cathy is a retired French teacher from Rocky Harbour. When her job was named redundant in the early 1990s, Cathy Sydney turned to her Blackmore sydney@thescope.ca childhood hobby as a pursuit. "I moved to Deer Lake and they were really into quilting," she says. "And my grandmother, she quilted. I remember her sitting in her chair and quilting by hand and making blocks. She did teach me some things [but] I was in my 40s when I really started to do quilting classes." With her newly refined skills, Cathy returned to Rocky Harbour and began to offer quilting classes part-time in her basement. In 2000, the first Piece Maker's quilting specialty shop was opened in Rocky Harbour and three years ago made its move to CBS. The store

is stocked with sewing machines and batting supplies, fabrics, cutting tools, quilting books, patterns and kits. Cathy continues to offer classes year round. Piece Makers is located at 251 Conception Bay Highway in CBS. Fall registration for beginner, intermediate, and Block of the Month classes is also underway. Sessions range from $20 to $40, depending on the cost for materials. Special sessions featuring textile artists from across the country happen throughout the season. For a class schedule check out www.piecemakers.ca or call 8349558.

recycling

E-cycle Earlier this year, Recycle My Cell was launched as the country's first nation-wide recycling program for mobile devices. The program was created by the Canadian Wireless Telecommunications Association (CWTA) in an effort to cut down on the super-toxic electronic waste which ends up in landfills, and causes serious pollution and health problems for the surrounding areas. Unlike some e-cycle programs which ship their collectibles to landfills in third world countries, Recycle My Cell says it deals only with ISO 14001:2004 certified companies approved by the Electronics Product Stewardship Canada's Recycling Vendor Qualification Program. The devices

are taken apart for scrap, or are refurbished. Proceeds from the sale of these are donated to charities throughout the host countries. If you have a cell you want to get rid of, visit www.recyclemycell.ca and you’ll find a list of more than 70 e-cycle drop-off sites operating across the province.

downtown changes

Shuffle step On your next jaunt harbourside, be on the lookout for new shops in and around the downtown. There are plenty. Sappho Cafe at 183 Duckworth opened a few weeks ahead of schedule to stake its name as the street's newest take-out site for drinks, sandwiches, salads, soup and desserts. Owner Jean Smith hopes Sappho will be as essential to downtowners as were previous delis that served the area. "This location was the original Duckworth Lunch," she says. "A lot of my customers came in and say they remembered coming here. This place has a lot of history." Wireless Internet is available in the cafe and hours of business run Tuesday to Saturday, 8am-5pm. Head west one block and you'll cross an as-yet-unnamed restaurant undergoing renovations at 252 Duckworth. It's the successor to recently nixed Chinese eatery Bamboo Garden and a source in the area says the new resto will function as a Chinese tea room. A stone's throw away is Shalimar

Restaurant, another new eatery in its work up stages at the old 'Not Just Desserts' space at 272 Duckworth. Once opened, food fare here will be an intriguing mix of "Asian, Canadian and Mexican" cuisine. Cross the lights at Prescott and take a left at the bottom of Water and that’s where you'll find beauty salon Water Colours (pun intended) at 134 Water Street. This salon is a revamped version of the two-year old Zhaira salon at 125 Long’s Hill, with Deborah Blackmore and a team of stylists packing up and relocating to Water in mid-August. "It seems as though all the young hipsters want to be downtown," says Deborah, "and I can identify with that, because I did too when I was their age. So it'll be funky, cool downtown salon. We'll be offering the same services and same values that Zhaira has always had." To schedule an appointment with Water Colours or to inquire about its salon services, call 754-8964. Catch that Buddy bus west down Water and you'll pass by Byron's moving sale at 188 Water Street. The men's clothing shop is putting their digs up for sale and moving into Hostyle’s old location at 191 Water next month. Send your fresh business news to storefront@thescope.ca

theindex tourism numbers

Number of rooms sold at local hotels in first six months of 2009: 258,752 (up 1.5 per cent from last year) Average occupancy percentage rate of St. John’s hotels: 61.4 (up from 60.5 per cent in 2008) Number of airline passengers flying into and out of St. John’s International Airport in the first six months of 2009: 554,203 (down 1.4 per cent from 2008) The number of out-of-province residents visiting Newfoundland and Labrador via Marine Atlantic during the first five months of 2009: 18,859 (down 1.3 per cent from 2008) Number of cruise ship passengers scheduled to visit St. John’s in 2009: 32,370 (up 45 per cent from 2008) Number of visitors to the province in 2008: 480,100 Average annual influx of money to the province from tourism: $800,000,000 Sources linked online at

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Nooks&Crannies

The Rooms Corporation of Newfoundland and Labrador is looking for a core group of animateurs to assist with developing and presenting public programs to a variety of audiences including school classes and community groups. Duties Animateurs will deliver education programs to groups and individual visitors to The Rooms. Working in relation to the established school and public education programs, functions include: assisting with the review and compiling of education program information as directed; presenting information on relevant historical developments, techniques and materials; in conjunction with the The Rooms Education/ Public Programming Officer, preparing and editing education program scripts; providing historical/critical information to individuals or groups; developing and delivering hands-on education programs; conducting gallery tours; animating workshops and/or informal discussions. Animateurs also perform related work as required. Employment is normally between 3-4 hours per week depending on programming requirements and availability. Qualifications Diploma or Bachelor of Arts in Art History, Studio, Art Education, Museum Studies, or related discipline, in addition to experience in a related field or equivalent experience is required. Successful applicants must have a working knowledge of contemporary art and art history in general and the ability to adapt and deliver interpretative talks, workshops and programs to a variety of groups and individual visitors. Please forward your resume to: The Rooms, 9 Bonaventure Avenue, St. John’s, NL A1C 5P9 Attention: Jason Sellars or email: jasonsellars@therooms.ca DEADLINE FOR APPLICATIONS: SEPTEMBER 11, 2009

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Archaological dig

Near Lady's Lookout on Signal Hill

“We’re finding garbage,” says Stéphane Noël, when asked to describe the type of artefacts he and fellow Archaeology students are uncovering on Signal Hill. But, of course, that's what he's after. “It’s giving us more information on how the soldiers were living,” says Noël. “People ask if we’re finding treasure, and for them treasure means gold or coins or whatever, but for us treasure are pieces of ceramics that tell us about life back then. Things like that.” The Signal Hill Archaeology Field School is a chance for Memorial Archaeology students to put their classroom learning to use in the dirt and stone of a real National Historic Site. Since July 2, the project’s 15 students and one instructor have been digging up a military barracks near Lady’s Lookout, to the left of Signal Hill when coming up the road. The barracks were built

around 1800, occupied until the 1840’s, and destroyed by 1880. Originally meant to house 228 soldiers, the 140 by 24 foot stone masonry structure was wood framed and two stories high. And it wasn’t a very comfortable place to live—not that many buildings could make living on the top of Signal Hill comfortable. “It wasn’t well insulated,” says Noël. “People died in the winter because wind was blowing through the chimneys.” So far, they’ve found animal bones, broken wine bottles, copper-scaled chin straps, Royal Artillery buttons, and a hand-made domino. Surprisingly, the animal bones might be the most valuable find. “They could help us interpret the diet of soldiers,” Noël says. The field school completed their dig on August 8. — Shawn Hayward Suggestion for a nook? nooks@thescope.ca


The 25 Greatest Works of Art Ever Made in Newfoundland and Labrador

(In No Particular Order) by

Craig Francis Power This year the artist-run centre Eastern Edge Gallery is celebrating 25 years of fostering provocative, controversial, exciting art, and since this is the month they hold their biggest party of the year, the 24 Hour Art Marathon, to help celebrate we thought we'd bring an outspoken local art critic out of hiding and ask a provocative, controversial, exciting question: What are the most important works of art ever made in the province? To read lists by other prominent local artists and curators, complain, or make your own damn list, visit this article online at thescope.ca

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David Blackwood's Fire Down on the Labrador Christopher Pratt's House in August (1969) Don Wright's The Red Trench Gerald Squires' The Spirit of the Beothuck

Christopher Pratt

Michael Flaherty

Gerald Squires

Often imitated, never duplicated. The shadow cast by Pratt’s long career as a visual artist is comparable to the looming presence of the Catholic church in Newfoundland. This is one in a series of paintings depicting out-port homes with blinds covering the windows; a none too subtle reference to death.

while building an inside-out kiln for the purposes of making the islands into a piece of conceptual ceramic sculpture sounds pretty important in the face our province’s absurdly conservative aesthetic choices. See: ­thegreyislands.blogspot.com

Apparently the result of Squires’ mystic vision in the Newfoundland wilderness, this bronze sculpture of Shanadithit embodies our collective guilt over the Beothuck’s genocide, and our attempts to alleviate said guilt. I just wonder how First Nations people feel about it. Let’s ask Rebecca Bellmore.

House in August

The Grey Islands The Spirit of the Living on the Grey Islands off the Beothuck Northern Peninsula for three months

David Blackwood

Marlene Creates

Water Flowing to Fire Down On The Labrador the Sea… Time, loss, landscape. Creates’ photo installation captures the ever changing and evolving character of the natural world as it relates to our own mortality, inverting the photographer’s relationship to subject by taking photos from the river’s point of view.

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Reprinted ad nauseum, Blackwood must be making a killing from this one image alone. So insufferably iconic, this work sets contemporary Newfoundland artists’ teeth on edge. How do you deal with a piece like this that so dominates our collective imagination? In any event, there’s no denying the importance of his output in developing our province’s visual culture. See: St. Michael’s Printshop.

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A gigantic blood-covered gash of a vagina. What controversy? No. Couldn’t be. It hung in the Arts and Admin building at MUN for years. Whenever someone uses the word “cunt,” I see The Red Trench flash momentarily in my mind’s eye. That’s how you know someone’s made important work.

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Mary Pratt's Silver Fish on Crimson Foil (1987) Michael Flaherty (The Grey Islands) Marlene Creates' Blast Hole Pond Bill Rose's Fetish Pam Hall's On the Physiology of Female Reciprocity from New Readings in Female Anatomy (2000) Kym Greeley's Alone Together II (Photo by John Haney) Grant Boland's Sacrament (from Drink) (1997) Barb Hunt's ...and the rocks knew us (detail) (2004) Manfred Buchheit's Container Ship at the Dock (1978) Anne Meredith Barry's Island Light (1982) Scott Walden's Unsettled #01 (Ireland's Eye, Trinity Bay 1998) Rae Perlin's Newfoundland Scene Will Gill's Cloud (2006) (Photo by Ned Pratt) Michael Massie's come sit and have some tea (2005) (Photo courtesy the Spirit Wrestler Gallery) Andrea Cooper's Starring Part 2 Michael Hickey's Drag Race Helen Gregory's Skeletal Study With Seabird Remains (2000) Steve Topping's The Stage Luben Boykov's The Gate Anne Troake's Pretty Big Dig (2003) (Photo by C. Darlington)

Pam Hall

Re-Writing the Body: Towards the Reading Room This massive, ongoing collaborative piece is a collection of written accounts of women describing, sometimes in just a few lines, how they feel about their own bodies, their lives, their work under a patriarchal society. Touching, painful, angry, funny, and as important as frig.

Manfred Buchheit

Container Ship at the Dock Is there anyone who’s captured downtown St. John’s more completely? The guy’s an image encyclopedia. Perhaps even moreso than his artwork itself, Buchheit’s influence as a mentor extends to a vast generation of Newfoundland artists—a loyal and passionate loose association of acolytes, students, and collaborators. This guy is the Godfather.

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…and the rocks Alone Together 2 knew us Kym Greeley

The long lost love child of Chris Pratt and Andy Warhol, Greeley’s art manages to exist where the lineage of Newfoundland landscape painting and more contemporary practices intersect. What makes it work is how she reveals how our relationship to landscape is increasingly mediated by industrial and technological processes. Her paintings also look effing sweet.

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A huge, indigo silk-like backdrop studded with round white and grey beach rocks. Braille. The night sky. The ocean. A beautiful tension between the visual and the tactile. If you think NL’s textile work is limited to rug-hooking and sock darning, think again, cause this piece will dropkick your ass into next week.

Mary Pratt

Silver Fish on Crimson Foil While not exactly a feminist on par with Carolee Shceenman, Pratt’s depictions of everyday domestic beauty are often tinged with something somehow a little menacing or brutal. Blood, gore, kitchen knives, dead animals. Oh yeah. She’s also responsible for our province’s obsession with photo-realist painting.

Bill Rose

Fetish Ah yes, thank you. My kind of man, is Mr. Rose. The wit, the scathing critique, the satire. Despite our famed national sense of humour, comedy in NL visual art is a truly rare occurrence. We’re a ponderous, pretentious, contemplative boring lot yawning on and on about the SUBLIME. Thankfully, Bill Rose makes up for all that, poking holes in the innumerable myths that make up our culture.

Will Gill

Cloud I had a dream where Will Gill and I rode together on the back of a purple unicorn up a ramshackle ladder into a pink cloud where, dismounted from our trusty steed, we looked down upon the province of Newfoundland-Labrador, laid out below us in all its majesty. I looked at him, and said: “Man, thank God you’re here.” This piece was in that dream.

Michael Massie

Come Sit and Have Some Tea Massie’s skill with silver is inspiring a generation of artists (First Nations and otherwise) within this province and beyond. Combining traditional stories, imagery, and myth with clever art historical references and contemporary life, Massie has garnered a national reputation. He deserves it.


Andrea Cooper

starring: part 2 The attack of the 60 foot woman meets the NL landscape. First time I saw this, I kept trying to see up Cooper’s skirt. Does this make me a misogynist? Technologically impressive for its time, this piece laid the groundwork for Cooper’s continued interest in technology, sexuality, the absurd, and the female body. We miss you.

Scott Waldon

Unsettled #01, Ireland’s Eye, Trinity Bay

I remember there being something of a shit storm when these photos hit the street. “Why, dis buddy ain’t even from Newfoundland!” “Dis here is our culture, and we don’t need no Yank takin’ pictures of it!” Etcetera. While entropy has a long history in the larger art world, this was the first time Newfoundlanders saw it so close to home, presented in such stark, devastating detail.

Helen Gregory

Skeletal Study With Sea Bird Remains National Gallery of Canada, anyone?

Anne Meredith Barry

Island Light

Anything I say about this woman’s life, art, and influence upon NL visual art would be shit compared to what’s already been said by people far better than me. Let’s just say Thank You.

Rae Perlin

Newfoundland Scene See above.

Mike Hickey

The Drag Race Part performance art, part community engagement, part party, the Drag Race features the best (and worst) drag queens St. John’s has to offer in an annual, ridiculously funny, sometimes unnerving foot race in high heels. Lots of bumps, scrapes, blood, tears, laughs and victory.

Anne Troake

Pretty Big Dig If you choreographed a bunch of back-hoes into a charming, hilarious dance routine, you also might have made this list. But you’re just some greaseball waster reading this on your smoke break, sitting on a milk crate outside the A&W on Kenmount Road. So don’t worry, Troake has already done it for you. Brilliant, funny and beautiful.

Grant Boland

Luben Boykov

Not one piece, but an entire show at Christina Parker Gallery back in 1997. The baton was being passed. We all had this emerging wunderkind on our hands who painted like the Arc-angel Gabriel, and who was interested in booze. He was one of us.

When I die, I’d like Luben Boykov to install a bronze statue of me outside Eastern Edge Gallery, flipping both middle fingers up at the Narrows, Cabot Tower, and whatever lame ass tourists are buzzing around off the cruise ships, looking for faux-Folk Art trinkets to haul home to Belleville. Mmm. Heaven.

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Steve Topping

The Stage

A derelict, abandoned fishing stage where a select few are invited to hang out, talk art, drink, smoke, play cards and listen to country music. A kind of ongoing installation, laboratory, performance piece and haven, the line between art/life isn’t blurred, it’s eradicated. You don’t know about it, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t one of the most important art events happening in the province.

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On Saturday, August 22 over 100 artists will be setting up work stations in and around Eastern Edge Gallery to create a piece of art in 24 hours which will later be auctioned to the highest bidder. Half the proceeds go to the gallery, and half to the artist. So how does one keep making art for 24 hours? What are some memorable experiences from years passed? We asked participating artists advice on not only how to survive, but how to thrive at this year's highly anticipated 24 HAM.

Being up late and working on art is nothing new for me. I’m entering my fourth year at Sir Wilfred Grenfell College’s Visual Arts program, and being up late at night doing project work is typical, especially in print. I can usually be in the print shop for 8 hours or more running around and working with most of the stuff I do. — Mark Adams I've been meaning to participate for the last few years but I never ever bothered... This year I thought to myself, "dammit, you're doing it this year!"— Jonathan Kennedy What an opportunity, to work and share space with other artists and watching the wonderful, excellent and supurb chaos, delirium and meyhem unfold right before your eyes... and turn it into some hot effin' art! —Deb Jackman What's my plan for staying awake? Gluing my eyelids open, having limitless paper and ink, drinking 40 gallons of coffee and playing Chris De Burgh's "Don't Pay The Ferryman" on a loop til my MP3 player dies. — Adam Clarke My survival plan involves many cups of coffee with cardamom and

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cinnamon mixed in. And many cups of steeped ginger and mint to sooth the stomach ache I will likely have from all the coffee. — Andrea Vincent This city is fortunate to have a large, active arts community for those who like to create, or observe. A marathon (or festival as it has become in recent years) is something I feel everyone should get involved in. — Soren Sigurdsson The 24HAM is THE event of the St. John's micro summer. It's like an eruption of creative energy concentrated into the smallest possible space, all in the time it takes the Earth to give itself a wee lil' spin.—Darcy Fitzpatrick I make art, but I've never participated as an artist in the Marathon. Two years ago I donated an already finished piece to the live auction and it sold. I guess it gave me the confidence boost I needed to actually take part this year. — Brittany Traverse For my survival plan I'm bringing a friend! She will be my moral support and hopefully she will tickle me when I start to fall asleep. And I will


do the same for her of course — Tracie Boudreault I think its important to support artist-run centres. It's also good exposure and lets people in the community see my work as well as my process of making it. —Charlotte Morgan I will be working with a loosely knit group of people called the Panshard Collective. We work together to promote artistic expression from a cross-disability perspective. Last year we glued pieces of panshard or found glass on plexiglass to reflex movement of our culture—creatures from the sea. This year we will be working with panshard, other found objects and words of unwisdom on sheets of glass. — Trudy Marshall It is always a pleasure to be among other artists seeing their work evolve over a 24 hour period. The camaraderie and spirit of this unique event is both inclusive and dynamic. — Cathia Finkel My survival plan: Get a sleepover babysitter, coffee and a flask of whiskey. — Anita Singh Last summer was my first experience, not as a participant, I just stopped by with a friend who thought I would enjoy it. It was very late night and things were a little hazy, but I do remember saying to myself ‘This is awesome. I want to do this!’ — Christina Dicks I like the challenge of creating a completed painting in a single sitting. It requires planning and really tests my skills and endurance. — Michael Roche I feel a strong bond to the whole thing because I was on the board at Eastern Edge in 1989 when we came up with the idea for an event that focused on making art, music, writing etc etc for 24 hours straight. It has certainly grown since then thanks to the efforts of dedicated marathon coordinators and Michelle Bush. ...The best thing though is seeing the look of relief, pride and thorough exhaustion on the marathoners' faces on Sunday at 12 noon.— Will Gill Tea, lots of Orange Pekoe Tea — Darren Ball The plan is to get as much done as possible in the afternoon before the bands start playing. Art Marathons ain't nothing without dancing. If I can get it 60 per cent done by 7pm then I should probably be good and done by 5am without feeling like I've missed to many exciting things. — Patrick Canning Amnesty International volunteers from every corner of St. John's will be coming together to make the Amnesty International Art Project happen... we'll be writing letters at a small booth continuously over a 24 hour period. As we finish our letters we will place them into a collage.

— Daniel Miller Survival to reach my goal? Use acrylics for underpaint and keep going until tired, then sleep a few hours, then back at it until closing. — Dolores Bedingfield My most memorable Marathon moment isn't really printable, but it involved (stage?) blood and metal. But not in that order. — Neddal Ayad Most memorable moment? When I planned and built—with the help of Kym Greeley—an outdoor tarp-shed-roof the size of a tennis court, and we had to take it down in a hurry in winds of 70kph so we wouldn't die or kill anyone else. — Steve Topping

I'm not really a marathon guy so this is my first time, but when I saw the logo I thought "no ham can outrun me!" — Ricky King I am a totaly reclusive artist, I don't even work well in a studio with one other person. So the challenge will be being able to concentrate in order to both create a work that can stand alone and also be a performer in the moment of creation. — Sarah Hillock I'm likely going to be up to some of my old tricks involving grass seed, dirt, burlap, and a 1975 Sears Kenmore Sewing Machine. — Jillian Parsons

I will be mainly experminenting with making jewelry out of used or broken musical instruments. — Jaclyn Humphries My survival plan is to steal all of the creative energy from the artists and use it to get me through the night, plus one or two coffees... — Allen Wallbourne I'm participating mostly out of interest to see what it's like and who I'll meet. I'm not very involved with the arts culture here yet and I'm looking to change that. — LucaJean Kelly

at the auction. I was young and inexperienced and I'm not sure I had actually sold anything major at that point. Since then I've gone on to sell quite a few paintings and pick up some commissions, too. — Erica Norris This is my first experience with it. I'm not from St. John's so I only really knew about it this year... should I be scared? — Ashley Neville Visit thescope.ca to read the rest of the answers and get to know the artists better.

My favourite moment was 5 years ago. I did digital art and was amazed that people actually bought it

This is my third year participating in the Eastern Edge Marathon, each year they get bigger and more exciting so I am really looking forward to this year. — Ginok Song "Kick em' where it hurts!" Or I guess really just try with all our might to stay awake. — Jane Bonia (of Clouston Glass Designs) I am hoping to be working on my next painting in a series called "The Little Fisherman." It will be an acrylic painting. — Marie-José Williams I don't usually have a plan, I just go and sit until something ends up on the canvas. It almost always ends up being ugly girls with attitudes. — Peggy Tremblett Not entirely sure, been doing a few thumbnail sketches so I dont go down there with nothing in mind... Hopefully it will be eyecatchingly offensive.— Tim Pottle I am participating in the marathon this year to show my support for the event and to ensure that there is something for everyone who chooses to attend. Some people will show up for beautiful oil painting. Others will come to see sculpture and textile work. And still others will come for the fish, the flags, and the fury. — Anna Felaxos I will be painting a large scale portrait of the deceased front man [from] Joy Division. A soundtrack of non-stop Joy Division will be played on site as a companion to my painting performance. To create what will hopefully be an inspired image I will feed off the vibe and mood of the music and draw on any nervous energy I might have. — Darren Whalen I am going to write. No editing, not overly concerned with coherence. Ideally an experimental novella of great daring will be the end result. I am aware it may instead end up being 17,000 words of rambling nonsense. — Michael Collins

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Divination Via Processed Meat You know, we have a million and one reasons to talk to Sara Tilley. She's an award-winning novelist, founder of a successful feminist theatre company, a playwright, an actress, she spent six months mentoring with notable Canadian clown trainer Ian Wallace, and she's the Executive Director of Visual Art Newfoundland and Labrador. ...But once a year, in an improvised performance, she puts on a moustache and reads people's fortunes using (vegan) weiners and (vegan) deli meats. And she calls this clown-man of unknown origin...Weiner Shaman.

Elling Lien contacted the Shaman by phone.

Hello? Is this the Weiner Shaman? Yes? How are you doing today? I am very tired. Big, large parties in the baytowns of Newfoundland. What are you doing out there? I am ...making weiners. In preparation for the 24 Hour Art Marathon? Yes. There is the making of special weiners of Newfoundland now, with things of the sea. So you make your own? You go around the bay collecting things to put in your weiners? Yes. Make them very special for special people that are coming to

Marathon. What goes in the weiners? Anything in 5 kilometers radium of sea can go in the weiner for Newfoundlander, that is my rule. And so now here we have... uh... horses, we have mutton, we have little dogs. Insects. Kelp.

the Weiner Shaman really is.

Kelp is included, with the meats? It is for sticking together the meats of the sea and the land.

So rocks wouldn't work. Uh, I don't know. Sometimes I have assistant shaman with rattles of rocks and so on, and that is good for amplifying the energy of the meats. Yes.

Carageenan! Ca-ra-geena-an. It's in ice cream too. Ice cream! MMm! I like sugars as well as the meats. They are a magic food for the people, and that is why I like them. So who are you? Tell me who

I am a magic person with special talking-to-dead-parts abilities. I can speak with anything that is cooked up and we want to eat. Because it used to be alive, and now it's dead, it can tell us what is to come.

Uh, I can't quite place your accent. Where are you from? I am from far away. No country names necessary, but far, far. And cold. Why come to Newfoundland? Did you experience some Andrew Wickens

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trouble back home? Well, maybe, but not of large political sort, but more... uh... interpersonal mess-ups. You know? What can I say? I am player. I can't help but I like lady, and my wife are not happy with me about that. So I come here and I find the lady here is very beautiful. I like them to come down, give fortune, maybe I give them discount. You never know. When did you first find out you could read fortunes? Oh, I was a very small boy. It's funny to think of it now. Small, small boy, and my mother made me a bowl of Kraft Dinner with little cute Vienna Sausages inside. She cut up the sausages very nice. And when she mix it up, some of the pieces they fall into a crumble of sausage! When I look, I hear the pieces is talking to me. I understand their shape, and they are telling me things about my mother and my father, what is going to happen in the future. It was a joyful experience for me. But when I tell my mother she got worried. She sent me to boarding school for bad boys, and I start my career there. So what did you first see when you heard the meat talking to you? It was funny, very funny, because I see my mother and father with many,many more little baby. And they are tired already, they do not want more. [laugh] I see this, and it come true. I usually focus on reproduction, because that is life. I want to know, are you fertile? And my mother, oh yes, very fertile. Meat is life, life is meat. And in between there, I tell future. So how does a reading proceed? I have many skills, so I have a sign that say "one dollar" and there are little things I can do for you, and then there are "five dollar" which are fancy things. But for one dollar I can do weiner fortunes. You take weiner, you squeeze weiner, you drop weiner, and I examine pieces where your hands have been and I can tell where the crags and crevice and falling apart, I can see your future. Meatball charm are for learning how many babies you will have. I love that one. I like the ladies to come over and do that one with me, because sometimes I give discounts, and I invite to private parties. But only the ladies who are pretty, 9+. Have also made up gravy for love. A small gravy potion for putting in beer. She drink it and she love you. What meat works best for love potions? Oh, it's always beef. Beef gravy, and for my amulets, which ward off whatever you want, for example, your ex-boyfriend, or mononucleosis. Some people are very afraid of the kissing disease. For those I have salamis, I have hams, I have pepperonis, meat from deli, and I fashion a necklace, which you must wear until it falls off. Why would people pick you over another fortune teller? Say, someone who does regular

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tarot card readings. Because I am powerful. These other people are very small. I am a big power because I have this special talent. In my culture, there is only one weiner shaman every fifty years, so it is unique. People here may not understand how special I am, but the ones who come, they will never forget the thing that I tell them. Are you up for a reading right now? Do you have any meat there now? No, I do not. But! The second most precious thing for fortune telling, because is dead, like meat, is plastic bag. Because is made of oil, and because oil is made of dead. So in a pinch, we use a plastic bag. We crumple, crumple, crumple. We throw the bag in the air. We chant. And when the bag has landing, we look at the shape and structure of the energies of the plastic, and we will see the future that way. So because it's the 25th anniversary of the Eastern Edge this year, could you give a reading for them? Yes, I have bag ready, and I am now going to focus energies on bag. I am thinking of gallery now, and throw, and look. You may hear noises, so do not pee your pants about this... PPppffff... eeeeeeehhhhhhhhhhh... Ahhhhh... AhhH!! I am seeing a lot of cracks. A lot of deep cracks in a big tall shape like a mountain, okay? And I think this is talking about the unknown, the darkness, but also very majestic! Oh! It is beautiful and shiny! The energies of the artists are going to be there forever. These people are making us happy because they are making their art. The bag is very tiny at top, but underneath is very solid. Very solid, not going to fall over. I see many years. There is at least 35... 38, maybe more. Is very healthy. I feel is so shiny people will love it every time they see it. Well, thank you Weiner Shaman. I'll see you at the Eastern Edge. Thank you, and God bless. Weiner Shaman will hold his fortune-telling sessions starting at 6pm, Saturday, August 22, outside of Eastern Edge Gallery, 72 Harbour Drive. Don't tell anyone, but all the Shaman's meats are, in fact, vegan.


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Bagel Cafe 246 Duckworth Street, 739-4470

 Reviewed by Scott

This is the place to go for breakfast. Best hashbrowns in town. French toast is great. Coffee is expensive, but for free refills of excellent coffee, it is worth it. Dark, cramped, busy, I love it.

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Press & Bean 428 Torbay Road, 726-3739

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I really think you can’t go wrong with the Press and Bean. I've been to the Torbay Road location twice— both times for dinner and both times I got the first three course dinner on the menu (the cheapest!) For $22 plus tax, I got the strawberry spinach salad, the spicy cajun chicken penne, and the Irish cream cheesecake. The pasta in particular was big in size and taste — more chicken than penne, it seemed, and just the right amount of kick! Avg rating

 (based on 2 reviews) Asian Taste

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Restaurant Mexicano

I enjoyed this place very much. I ordered off of their “all you can eat” menu. Service was great! I’m not a lover of sushi, but I did enjoy the other things they had on the menu. My boyfriend and brother who joined me very much enjoyed the service and food, especially the sushi for them.

Offering the finest Mexican cuisine north of the border! Enjoy lunch Monday to Friday, 12 noon - 2pm Dinner Sunday to Thursday, 4:30pm - 10:30pm Friday and Saturday, 4:30pm - 12:00 midnight Corporate bookings and private parties available! Ta k e - o u t • g i f t c e r t i f i c at e s c at e r i n g • A i r c o n d i t i o n e d

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I’ve walked past many times and peeked in while on my way to Fred’s, but something about the place never really caught my attention until I read the great reviews on this site. My friend and I have our “go-to” restaurants when we feel like treating ourselves and I think Get Stuffed will be added to that list. I had the stuffed pork and she had a braised rib special. Both were excellent. Portion sizes are plenty big. Service was excellent. Avg rating

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his summer, for the first time in many years, I’ve been getting weekly organic vegetable bags from a local farm. Community-Supported Agriculture is probably old news to many of you, but for anyone else, here’s how it goes: in the spring, you buy a share of your CSA crop, paying upfront for your season’s worth of whatever the farm produces. Andreae Your payment Prozesky dreae@thescope.ca goes toward all of the seeds, supplies, labour and whatnot that the farm requires. Then you get tasty, fresh vegetables (and some fruits, and berries and herbs and such) through the summer and into the fall. The wonderful thing about this system is that you’re getting excellent local organic produce for a fairly reasonable price, while at the same supporting good environmental stewardship and labour practices. The challenging thing about it is you have no control over which particular vegetables you get, and you may have no idea what to do with them. But this is not at all a bad thing. I would never have tried Swiss chard if I hadn’t ended up with CSA baskets full of it about ten years ago. It’s now one of my favourite vegetables. Normally, I never buy snow peas, because they’re always lashed to a black Styrofoam boat with two layers of cling-wrap, wilting in their own misery. Now, for weeks, I’ve had more snow peas than I’ve eaten since I was a kid (in a friend’s back yard, with gluttonous abandon), and I’ve been compelled to make delicious, black-bean-sauce-laced stir-fries as a result. Garlic scapes are so obscure a vegetable I’ve never even seen them in a grocery store, but earlier in the season I binged on them and lament the fact that their days are gone and I won’t have any more until next year. Despite my best intentions when opening up my basil-scented, leafy green veggie bag each Tuesday evening, I often don’t manage to use up my veggie share over the course of the week. Sunday and Monday nights are usually mad scrambles to find the best way to eat up any languishing vegetables. The lettuces and other salad greens, herbs, and edible flowers are easy to work with: toss with oil and vinegar and devour—checking first for any little buggy or sluggy friends who may have made their way out of Portugal Cove hiding along the ribs of my Romaine. Braising greens like kale, chard, and beet tops, that haven’t made their way onto a plate are blanched and frozen for winter. I’m sure I’ve talked about blanching greens a million times, but just in case: clean and chop your greens, removing tough ribs and stems. Dunk them into boiling water for about a

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In a large pot on the back burner, bring stock to a simmer. Reduce heat to low. In a medium Dutch oven over medium heat, sauté onions in olive oil until translucent, about three minutes. Add crushed garlic and sauté one minute more. Add rice and cook, stirring, until a few grains begin to pop. Add vegetables and stir to combine. Add wine, stirring constantly until wine is absorbed. If your rice or vegetables begin to stick to the bottom of the pan, turn the heat down. Add one ladleful of stock and stir, scraping the bottom, until the stock has been fully absorbed. Continue to add stock, one ladleful at a time, stirring between additions so that it is fully absorbed. This will take about twenty minutes altogether, and you may need more or less stock depending on how absorbent your rice is. Towards the end of the twenty minutes, begin tasting your rice; it should be cooked al dente, soft but with a slight bite at the centre. Italian rices like Arborio naturally maintain a bit of a bite, while American rices like Calrose cook a little softer. Stir in fresh herbs, if using, and Parmesan cheese. Add salt and freshlyground pepper to taste. Just before serving, add butter and stir through. Serve with an additional sprinkling of herbs and Parmesan, if you like. 3 tablespoons butter

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Vegan option It occurs to me—and I have no experience to support this—that you could probably replace the Parmesan with some light miso thinned out with wine or stock and a generous sprinkling of good-tasting nutritional yeast, and swap the butter for some more good, fruity olive oil, and have a delicious dairy-free dinner. I don’t think you would get away with calling it risotto, but that’s no matter. If you try this, leave a comment and drop me a line and let me know how it turned out, okay?

minute (two minutes for really big, tough ones like kale), strain them out into a big bowl of ice water, pat them dry with a tea towel, and put them into freezer bags with the air squeezed out. Nothing to it. Extra green beans, fava beans, cauliflower, broccoli, and the like get the same treatment. But if I want it all to end up in my bowl instead of in my freezer, I either make some kind of veggiepacked pasta, or turn to my new standby: risotto. For years I scoffed at risotto as having some kind of early-1990s restaurant-chic tackiness to it, but I know now I was wrong. Risotto is so deliciously silky and comforting, so easy and so versatile, it’s the perfect veggieuser-upper. Even children like it, although, if you have children who are old enough to be suspicious of anything too foreign-sounding, you might want to call it “cheesy rice with vegetables.” If you’ve

never made it before, and have been under the impression that risotto requires hours of endless stirring, let me assure you that it’s only twenty minutes, half an hour, max, and it’s well worth it. The reason for all that stirring is this: when the grains of rice rub up against each other, their starchy outer layer sloughs off, and that turns into the smooth, glistening sauce that holds the whole thing together. It’s a beautiful thing. The stirring is quite meditative, really, and watching the grains of rice change from tiny, hard little things, through oil-glistening translucency, to their final, pearlescent state is pure magic. And, even if it’s not magic, it’s delicious.

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Wine? Blood? Bordeaux blend? Chris Kirby (middle) and the Marquee (L-R: Craig Follett, Mark Marshall) Photo by Steve Keats.

Vampire Hotel a dream come true Rhythm and blues artist Chris Kirby is headed home with his new album produced by legendary Canadian musician Gordie Johnson and recorded in Texas at Willie Nelson's famous Pedernales Studio.

David Keating speaks with the self-proclaimed "pasty white kid from the woods" about Vampire Hotel.

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his van. The mainland part of his CD release tour done, he’s en route back to St. John’s for a two-night stand at the Fat Cat in front of a friendly and

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jokes Kirby. More than two years in the works, Vampire Hotel is Kirby’s follow-up to his 2006 ECMA-nominated album Rum and Religion. And while Kirby is still drawing on the traditions of blues, soul and rhythm and blues, the sound of the new album—under the production mentorship of Big Sugar’s Gordie Johnson—has him til 12am, Rock House

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comfortable really quickly.” For 26-year-old Kirby the experience he had working with his guitar hero Gordie Johnson and recording in Nelson's studio was a dream come true. “I actually played one of Willie’s guitars too, come to think of it. His back-up guitar was there and we didn’t actually use it, but we wanted an acoustic guitar and we tried it out. It didn’t pan out for us, but I can still say I played Willie Nelson’s guitar.” As a Newfoundlander travelling around Canada and destinations in the States, Kirby finds himself an unlikely ambassador for blues and soul music. But the fit for him comes in linking into the deeper traditions of Southern American music, and bringing it full circle. “The music we’re doing kind of originates on the East Coast anyway, because New Orleans music was influenced by the Cajun people. They were the exiled Acadians... You hear it in Dr. John, the Neville Brothers... anything that sounds like it has voodoo sprinkled over, with mock French and that kind of stuff. You can draw the line right up to Miracmichi.” Kirby already has his accommodations book for next February’s ECMAs—at "The Kirby Hotel"—his grandmother’s place. Building on the professional and industry connections he’s been making over the journey of making Vampire Hotel, he's hoping for a wider-reaching audience at home and away for the new recording and, fingers crossed, another award nomination.

familiar crowd. “Unfortunately Ontario got the record before home got the record,” he says over the phone. Planning the tour schedule while dealing with last-minute changes on the album made a CD launch in Toronto a necessity. “People like to pretend to be upset and give me flack for that,”

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behind a keyboard rather than a guitar. “He didn’t take the guitar from me completely,” laughs Chris. “I think maybe seven or eight songs on the album I play guitar on, and he plays guitar on a few as well. But, yeah, the piano—he really heard something there." "I sent him five or six demos in the beginning and about half of them were guitar and half of them were piano," he says. "He really bit into the piano stuff more than anything else.” The shift to the piano hasn’t meant a complete overhaul of his playing style or sound, but Kirby, a classically-trained pianist, had to re-engage with the instrument in a new way. “I play the piano like a guitar player, so I have my own kind of style and it’s not nearly a desired approach to playing piano—my teachers would probably rap me on the knuckles with a ruler if they saw what I was doing­—and I guess that kind of translates sonically as my sound. So it’s identifiable, it’s unique.” Trying new things and moving Kirby out of his comfort zone also involved producer Johnson taking him to Texas to record part of the album at Willie Nelson’s Pedernales Studio. The surroundings and piano-driven sound may have been a departure for Kirby, but the atmosphere in the studio made him feel comfortable. “Austin is the epitome of Southern hospitality,” he says. “It doesn’t take long to feel at home, and that kind of spilled over into my studio experience. You know, for the first five minutes I was completely dumbfounded and had to pick my jaw up off the floor after everything I saw on the walls, you know, the gold records hanging on the walls, pictures of Willie with this person and that person. It was pretty mind blowing." "But, at the same time, I got

(10:30pm), Shamrock City Pub

Punk Rock Thursday: Weak Link, $5,

Whalen's

Terry Mack, The Dock The Disengagement (Antigonish rock), Smiley Ralph (alt), Striped White, CBTGs

The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar Unlisted, Green Sleeves Pub

FRIDAY, AUG 14 1984 Kick Off Dance Party - 24 HAM, DJs Will Gill, Pat Dunn, Rachel Harding, DJ Kerf, David Whitten; Performance by Alexis O’Hara (Mtl); Hosted by Cyril Butler, 8pm, $10 with costume, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr

709, Club One Aaron McBreairty, 10:30pm, Trinity Pub All Request, Lottie's Barcode, Darnell's Pub-Paradise Blackie O'Leary (5:30pm); Rob Cook (10pm), Kelly's Pub

Bob Macdonald, 6pm-10pm, The Republic Bump & Grind '09: The official Shorts Party with DJ Ayuba, Dress Code: Shorts, $5/ladies free

Chris Kirby & The Marquee (CD release of Vampire Hotel: Check In), Cody Westman, $10, Fat Cat Blues Bar Colin Harris, 9:30pm-12:30am, Lower Path Bar

D'arcy Broderick & Ron Kelly (5pm); Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8:30pm); Kilkenny Krew (11pm), Shamrock City Pub Denielle Hann; Todd Scott & Jeremy Dicks (10:30pm), Green Sleeves Pub Des Gambin, Whalen's Pub DJ Fabian, Zone 216 DJ Mikey B, DJ Steve Murray, DJ Electro, $5 till 1:30am, Liquid Night Club

Filthy Fridays: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe's For Her Pleasure: DJ Mayeham & Scott Conweay, Loft 709

Funktastic Friday w/ DJs Leo van Ulden & Rob Taylor, 12am-5am, $5 (no cover before 1am), Spin

Levee

The Randy Savages, Trapper John's Pub Traditional Session: Graham Wells, Erin's Pub

Tuckamore Festival: Back to Brigus: Young Artists Recital, 7:30pm, free, St George’s Heritage Church-Brigus

Steve Colburne, 6pm-9pm, Cafe Wedge-

Jane's Party, The Dock Jeff Lewis, Lottie's Place Madonna Celebration: Celebrate the material girl's birthday with VJ Eric & DJ Fabian, 11pm, $5/$7, Zone 216

Rob Cook, 10pm, Kelly's Pub Seamless Saturday: DJ Mike The Tailor,

24 Hour Open DJ & Graffiti Jam: Showcasing rising DJ talent (12pm-12pm); Grafitti Jam with Monty Hall & friends (12pm-5pm), Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr

Sexual Saturdays: DJ Jaycee, Turkey Joe's The Gene Rippers (reggae) CBTGs The Tequila Rockingbirds, Green Sleeves

709, Club One Cape St Mary's Performance Series: Featuring Frank Fusari, Dale Jarvis, The Scruncheons, Delf Maria Hohmann, Cape St Mary's Interpretation Centre

Colum Sands (Irish songwriter & storyteller), 8pm, Gower St United Church Hall

Local Tough (rock), Cyril Sneer Farewell

(hardcore), Sometimes Houses Like to Sleep (metal), 10pm, $8, Distortion

SATURDAY, AUG 15

Jane's Party, The Dock Lesbian Bachlorette Gameshow: Holly

Show, CBTGs

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Rob Cook (4pm); Bill Kelly (8pm); Fergus O'Byrne (10pm); Greeley's Reel (11:30pm), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

(rock), Weapon (rock) 10pm, $8, Distortion

has officially been dumped by Jen and is out to prove she can get hotter, kinkier girls. Prizes, bondage, licking & screaming! Also don't forget, even if your not gay, or single, or even a girl, you're always invited. Hosted by AJ Ducey; Music DJ Fabian, no cover B4 12am, Zone 216

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VDJ Fox, $5, Junctions

Chris Kirby & The Marquee (CD release of Vampire Hotel: Check In), Leanne Kean, $10, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Iron Giant (Moncton rock), The Phobics

Chris Kirby plays the Fat Cat on August 14th and 15th with special guests. Visit chriskirbyonline.com for song samples and more details.

Dance League Saturday: Pasddy Greene, Loft 709

DJ Tianna J, Dr Drake, Physical Patrick, 12am,

11pm-5am, $5 (no cover before 1am), Spin

Pub

Tuckamore Festival: Bridging Styles: World premiere of Katarina Curcin’s new piano trio commissioned by CBC Radio & other works with faculty & guests, 8pm, $17/$20, Cook Recital Hall-MUN Music 737-2372

SUNDAY, AUG 16 Acoustic A Go Go, 10pm, no cover, Distortion

Blackie O'Leary (5:30pm); Fred Jorgenson (9:30pm), Kelly's Pub

$10, Liquid Night Club

Chris Henessey (5:30pm); Arthur O'Brien &

Gregg Bolger & Chris Marshall, Trap-

Johnny Graham (9:30pm), Shamrock City Pub

per John's Pub

Jerry Stamp (singer-songwriter), Steve

Hugh Scott (4:30pm); Bob Taylor & Carl

Maloney, Richard Seypka, Jon Fitzgerld, Masonic Temple

Peters (8pm); Kilkenny Krew (11pm), Shamrock


Retro Sunday: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe's Song Session: Allan Byrne, 7:30pm, O'Reilly's

Folk Night: Andrea Ramolo, 9pm, $5, The Ship Jamgrass: Boobie Browne, Alison Corbett &

Irish Pub

Friends, CBTGs

Steve Davis, Green Sleeves Pub The Racket, George Street Beer Market Traditional Session: Graham Wells & Billy

Jason Lacour, Trapper John's Pub Kronik, Green Sleeves Pub Matt Byrne (7pm); The Navigators (10:30pm),

Sutton, 4pm, Bridie Molloy's

O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Tuckamore Festival: Fond Farewell: Fes-

Scott Goudie (acoustic blues) no cover, Fat

tival Finale, 8pm, $8/$10, Cook Recital Hall-MUN Music 737-2372

Cat

MONDAY, AUG 17

Turkey Joe's

Dave White, 9:30pm, MexiCali Rosa's DJ Diamond, no cover, Loft 709 Hugh Scott (6:30pm); Anthony MacDonald & Ronnie Power, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub

Tarahan, George Street Beer Market Wacky Wednesdays: Dave White, 10pm, Wednesday Night Flush: With host Derm Kean, 11pm, $5, Rose & Thistle

What You Got Wednesday: DJ battle, no cover before 12am, Loft 709

O'Reilly's Irish Pub

TUESDAY, AUG 18 Andrew Ledrew (solo acoustic rock) 9:30pm-1am, no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Carl Peters & Gary Gambin, Green

AE Bridger (psych), Live N' Direct (hip hop), Justin Guzzwell, 11pm, $8, The Levee

All Request, Lottie's Bic & The Ballpoints, Club One Blackie O'Leary (5:30pm); Rob Cook (10pm), Kelly's Pub

Bob Macdonald, 6pm-10pm, The Republic Chris Hennessey (5pm); Fergus O'Byrne (8:15pm); The Bishops (11:30pm), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Clean Sheets, Trapper John's Pub Colin Harris, 9:30pm-12:30am, Lower Path Bar

D'arcy Broderick & Ron Kelly (5pm);

Wild Wednesdays: DJ Fox, Junctions

Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8:30pm); Middle Tickle (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

THURSDAY, AUG 20

Dave White, 10:30pm, Trinity Pub Denielle Hann, The Tequila Rockingbirds

Larry Foley & Patrick Moran, 9pm, Steve Davis, Green Sleeves Pub

FRIDAY, AUG 21

Classic Rock Thursday: Terry Mack, Jace Hardcack, no cover, Loft 709

Dave Panting, Erin's Pub Fergus O'Byrne (7pm); Acoustic Punters (10:30pm), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Fred Jorgenson & Arthur O'Brien,

(10:30pm), Green Sleeves Pub

DJ Fabian, Zone 216 DJ Mikey B, DJ Steve Murray, DJ Electro, $5 till 1:30am, Liquid Night Club

Filthy Fridays: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe's For Her Pleasure: DJ Mayeham & Scott

Sleeves Pub

Kelly's Pub

Conweay, Loft 709

Chris Hennessey (5pm); Gary Foley & Rob

Tropical Thursdays: DJ Chamba, Turkey

Funktastic Friday w/ DJs Leo van Ulden & Rob Taylor, 12am-5am, $5 (no cover

Cook (8pm); Open Mic (10pm); Rob Cook & Larry Foley (12am), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Joe's

Danielle Tobin, Andrew Mast & Friends,

O'Brien, midnight, no cover, Bull & Barrel

CBTGs

Dave White & Carl Peters, 10pm, Turkey Joe's

Hip Hop Tuesday: Paddy Greene & Shawn Goldz, no cover, Loft 709

Hugh Scott (6:30pm), Connemara, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub

Lisa Gillam (CD release of Lisa Gillam)

Jerry Stamp (singer-songwriter), Melanie MacLovin, Dusk Ultra Lounge Matthew Byrne (7pm), Middle Tickle

Overlay (rock), The Mudflowers (rock), The

Night Music (Sound Symposium) w/ anchor band Cara Lee Coleman Band. Improvisers welcome, 9:30pm, $4, The Ship

Quiet Elephant (indie pop), $5, CBTGs Steve Colburne, 6pm-9pm, Cafe Wedge-

Rockin' Thursdays, The Levee Steve Edwards (solo acoustic) no cover,

7:30pm, no cover, The Republic

Fat Cat

Striped White, CBTGs Terry Mack, The Dock The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar Three Chord Revolution, At Ships End,

Anthony McDonald, Erin's Pub Blackie O'Leary (6:30pm); Arthur, Fred & Chris (10pm), Shamrock City Pub

DJ Colette (Chicago house) Loft 709 DJ Fox, no cover, Junctions Epic Wednesdays: Adam Baxter, 10pm, $5, Distortion

DJ Benjy & Mark Power, no cover, Distortion

(10:30pm), Shamrock City Pub

Tuesdays with Whitty, 9pm, The Levee

WEDNESDAY, AUG 19

before 1am), Spin

Morgan Davis & Steve Hussey, Fat Cat Musique Non-Stop: Indie Dance Night w/ Reluctant Showmen (rock), 11pm, Rose & Thistle

wood

Stixx & Stones, 6pm-9pm, Dusk Ultra Lounge The Black Bags (rock), Local Tough (rock), The Ship

The Insiders, The Dock Traditional Session: Graham Wells, Erin's Pub

A Boy Named Tragedy, De-Mons, First Offence, 10pm, $5, Distortion

VDJ Fox, $5, Junctions

Trailer Camp (rock), Gramercy Riffs (heartbreak pop), Rock House

SATURDAY, AUG 22

Unlisted, Green Sleeves Pub

24 HAM: Wayne Butler (5pm); Megan Morrison (5:45pm); Neil Conway (6pm); The Natural State (6:30pm); The Black Auks (7pm); The Domestics

music venue

directory Anchorage Coffee House, 106 Water St, 726-0388 Arts & Culture Centre, Prince Philip Dr, 729-3900 The Attic, 2 George St, 579-9632 Bar None, 164 Water St, 579-2110 Bella Vista, 26 Torbay Rd, 753-2352 Big Ben’s, 55 Rowan St, 753-8212 Black Dog Pub, 318 Water St, 726-6015 Bull & Barrel, Holdsworth Court, 579-7077 Bull & Finch, Torbay Rd, 738-7007 The Breezeway, MUN Campus, 737-4743 Bridie Molloy’s, 5 George St, 576-5990 Brownings Pub, Hotel Mount Pearl, 364-7725 CBTG’s, Holdsworth Court, 722-2284 Christine’s Place, 210 Lemarchant Rd, 722-6400 Club One, George St, 753-7822 Crow’s Nest (Officer’s Club), 88 Water St (by War Memorial), 753-6927 D.F. Cook Recital Hall, Memorial University 737-4700 Corner Stone Sports Bar, 16 Queen St, 754-4263 Darnell’s Pub, 1570 Topsail Rd 782-2440 Distortion, Holdsworth Court, 738-8833 The Dock, 17 George St, 726-0353 Dusk ULTRA LOUNGE, George St Erin’s Pub, 186 Water St, 722-1916 Fat Cat Blues Bar, George St 739-5554 George Street Beer Market, George St, 753-7822 Georgetown Pub, 754-6151 Green sleeves PUB, 14 George St, 579-1070 The Grapevine, Water St, 754-8463 Grumpy Stump, Torbay Rd, 7532337 Holy Heart Theatre, 55 Bonaventure Ave, 579-4424 Junctions, 208 Water St, 5792557 Karaoke Kops Party Bar, 10 George St, 726-8202 Kelly’s Pub, 25 George St, 753-5300 Kruger’s Bar, 986 Conception Bay Hwy, Kelligrews The Last Drop, 193 Water St, 726-3767 THE LEVEE, Holdsworth Court Liquid NIGHT CLUB, 186B Water St, 754-5455 Loft 709, 371 Duckworth St 351-2183 Lottie’s Place, 3 George St, 754-3020 Lower Path Grill & Bar, 312 Water St 5791717 LSPU HAll, 3 Victoria St, 753-4531 Majestic Theatre, 390 Duckworth St Marg’s Place, Kelligrews Martini Bar (Above Peddler’s On George) 739-9180 Masonic Temple, 6 Cathedral St, 579-3023 Mickey Quinn’s, 120 New Gower St, 739-6404 Mile One Centre, 50 New Gower St, 576-7657 MUN MUSIC, 737-4455 Mrs Liddy’s, Torbay 437-6005 The Old Mill, 271 Brookfield Rd, 368-1334 O’Reilly’s Irish Pub, 15 George St, 722-3735 Peddler’s On George, George St, 739-9180 Peter Easton Pub, Cookstown Road Petro-Canada Hall, Memorial University Players Cue, 50 Commonwealth Ave-Mt Pearl 368-2500 Republic, Duckworth St, 753-1012 THE Rockhouse, George St, 579-6832 rose & Thistle, 208 Water St, 579-6662 Shamrock City Pub, 340 Water St, 758-5483 Ship Pub, 265 Duckworth St, 753-3870 Spin, 2 George St Sharky’s Pub, Manuels 834-5636 The Sprout, 364 Duckworth St, 579-5485 SS Meigle Lounge, Seal Cove 7441212 Stanley’s Pub, 26 Torbay Rd, 754-0930 Station Lounge, 7 Hutchings St Steller Club, Henry St, 753-8222 Stetson Lounge, 260 Water St, 753-8138 Sundance, George St, 753-7822 Tol's Time-Out Lounge, 74 Old Placentia Rd 745-8657 Topsail Breeze Tavern, Topsail 7810010 Trapper John’s PUB, 2 George St, 579-9630 Trinity Pub, George St, 579-5558 Trip in Lounge, Kelligrews 834-4002 victory tavern, 164 Water St, 738-2100 The Well, 14 George St 2nd level Green Sleeves Whalen’s Pub, 32 George St 722-4900 Whiskey On George, 15 George St, 579-9475 Zone 216, 216 Water St, 754-2492 Do you host live music or DJs at your spot? Joining our directory is free. E-mail: listings@ thescope.ca

(7:30pm); Sherry Ryan & Joe Belly (8pm); Japan Batteries (8:30pm); Overlay (9:3pm); am/fm dreams (10:15pm); The Mudflowers (11pm); Diamond Minds (11:45pm); Anna Felaxus (12:45am);

Ye-Yeti (1am); Kujo (2am); Worker (3am), Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882

Amy G Dala (post rock/post metal show), Vanity Fair, Floods, 10:30pm, $5, Distortion

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Armondo Fowlow, 10:30pm, Trinity Pub Bic & The Ballpoints, Club One Caught in the Act, Green Sleeves Pub Cyprian (metal), Junctions DJ Mikey B, DJ Steve Murray, DJ Electro, $5 till 1:30am, Liquid Night Club

O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Tarahan, George Street Beer Market Terry Rielly Unstuffed, 10pm,. Distortion Wacky Wednesdays: Dave White, 10pm, Turkey Joe's

Wednesday Night Flush: With host Derm

Dow Jones Now, Overlay (rock), Smiley

Kean, 11pm, $5, Rose & Thistle

Ralph (indie), A Boy Named Tragedy (alt), 10pm, The Ship

cover before 12am, Loft 709

Hugh Scott (4:30pm); Bob Taylor & Carl

Wild Wednesdays: DJ Fox, Junctions

Peters (8pm); Middle Tickle (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

Jeff Lewis, Lottie's Place MC Night: Live n' Direct, Krow Greycloud, Lee Fitz, J Dubz, Maze, Phax, 10pm, Loft 709

Mike Foley, Trapper John's Pub Morgan Davis & Steve Hussey, Fat Cat Naughty Naughty Neon Party: Hosted by Matthew Power & Paddy Greene, $10, Rock House

Rob Cook (4pm); Bill Kelly (8pm); Fergus O'Byrne (10pm); The Bishops (11:30pm), O'Reilly's Irish Pub Rob Cook, 10pm, Kelly's Pub Seamless Saturday: DJ Mike The Tailor, 11pm-5am, $5 (no cover before 1am), Spin

Sexual Saturdays: DJ Jaycee, Turkey Joe's

The Discounts, Texas

What You Got Wednesday: DJ battle, no

THURSDAY, AUG 27 Classic Rock Thursday: Terry Mack, Jace Hardcack, no cover, Loft 709

Craig Young (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Dave Panting, Erin's Pub Fergus O'Byrne (7pm); Acoustic Punters (10:30pm), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Fred Jorgenson & Arthur O'Brien, Kelly's Pub

Tropical Thursdays: DJ Chamba, Turkey Joe's

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The Insiders, The Dock VJ Eric & DJ Slayer, 11pm, $5/$7 after 1:30pm, Zone 216

SUNDAY, AUG 23

Jerry Stamp (singer-songwriter), Dave Walsh, midnight, no cover, Bull & Barrel

MacLovin, Dusk Ultra Lounge Matthew Byrne (7pm), Middle Tickle (10:30pm), Shamrock City Pub

Rockin' Thursdays, The Levee Terry Mack, The Dock The Commie Ninjas (rock), 10pm, $5,

Distortion

The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar Unlisted, Green Sleeves Pub

Blackie O'Leary (5:30pm); Fred Jorgenson (9:30pm), Kelly's Pub

Chris Henessey (5:30pm); Arthur O'Brien & Johnny Graham (9:30pm), Shamrock City Pub Dan Banoub Farewell Bash, CBTGs Dave White, Green Sleeves Pub Retro Sunday: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe's Song Session: Allan Byrne, 7:30pm, O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Sunday's for Scratching: Love music jam open mic where all can perform so long as they have the means be it vocal or instrumental. All genres welcome, Distortion

allages Saturday August 15 at 3pm Iron Giant (Moncton), Sancrosanct, Weapon, $8, Distortion

Saturday August 2 at 4pm Cyprian (metal) Junctions

Sutton, 4pm, Bridie Molloy's

openmic

MONDAY, AUG 24

Mondays: Grumpy Stump Tuesdays: Gary Foley & Rob Moran at O'Reilly's

The Racket, George Street Beer Market Traditional Session: Graham Wells & Billy

Buried Inside (Toronto hardcore) The Ship Damian Follett, Green Sleeves Pub Dave White, 9:30pm, MexiCali Rosa's DJ Diamond, no cover, Loft 709 Hugh Scott (6:30pm); Anthony MacDonald & Ronnie Power, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub

Larry Foley & Patrick Moran, 9pm, O'Reilly's Irish Pub

TUESDAY, AUG 25 Andrew Ledrew (solo acoustic rock) 9:30pm-1am, no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Chris Hennessey (5pm); Gary Foley & Rob Cook (8pm); Open Mic (10pm); Rob Cook & Larry Foley (12am), O'Reilly's Irish Pub

Damian Follet & Gary Gambin, Green Sleeves Pub

Danielle Tobin, Andrew Mast & Friends, CBTGs

Dave White & Carl Peters, 10pm, Turkey

Irish Pub (10pm)

Wednesday: Chris Ryan & Ronnie Power at Shamrock City Pub (9:30pm); Rose & Thistle Thursdays: Open Decks at Liquid Night Club; Rock House; Steven Green at Whiskey on George; Vance Clarke at West Side Charlie's-Kenmount Rd Saturdays: Old Country, Bluegrass, NF, Irish & Gospel at All Saints Parish Hall-CBS (2nd Saturday of month at 8pm) Sundays: Open Mic for Young Musicians at Shamrock City Pub (2pm); Natalie Noseworthy at Hava Java (8pm); Shawn Beresford at Fat Cat Blues Bar; Olde No 7 at The Levee (9pm)

karaoke Mondays: Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm) Tuesdays: Grumpy Stump; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm)

Wednesdays: Grumpy Stump; Karoke Kops

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The Scoop on Snoop Snoop Dogg’s September 12 show is the latest addition to an impressive selection of rap superstar visits planned for St. John’s this year. The difference is that this time, all signs are pointing to the show actually happening. Bradley Russell, director of student life with the MUN Students’ Union, which is hosting Snoop’s show at Mile One, says the show is definitely a go. But we’ve heard that before. Last time I spoke of St. John’s apparent rap show curse, one promoter seemed confident his Cappadonna concert was set in stone. (It was cancelled Kerri Breen like the earlier kerri@thescope.ca Nas and D-12 shows, but apparently the problem was on the artist’s end). Russell, of course is a different promoter who is bringing in an act that already performed at Mile One in 2003. “The kind of money we’re paying Snoop, there’s no question in my mind he’s going to show up,” Russell says. The union, which was also behind the cancelled D-12 show, has also put off many successful large-scale concerts in the past, including last September’s Our Lady Peace show at Mile One Centre. The organization has been putting in offers to get Snoop for its orientation week concert since April, Russell says. He’s pleased to offer the show at a reasonable price—$44.95 for students and alumni and $54.95 for the general public. “It kind of meets all of our mandates. We want to first of all put off a great show and second of all we want to make it affordable,” Russell says.

movies

Party Bar (10pm); Stanley's Pub (10pm); Tol's Time Out Lounge (9pm)

Wednesday Aug 19 at 7pm Escape Video Screening: 15 videos

Hugh Scott (6:30pm), Connemara, 10pm,

Thursdays: Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Tol's Time Out Lounge (9pm); West Side CharliesTorbay Rd

curated by Keagan McFadden, circulated by Winnipeg's VideoPool, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882

Shamrock City Pub

Fridays: Brownings Pub-Hotel Mount Pearl at

Tuesdays with Whitty, 9pm, The Levee

9:30pm; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Stanley's Pub (10pm); Tol's Time Out Lounge (7pm); West Side Charlies-Paradise

DAILY SHOWINGS

Saturdays: Brownings Pub-Hotel Mount Pearl

Avalon Mall’s Empire Studio 12 722-5775

Joe's

Hip Hop Tuesday: Paddy Greene & Shawn Goldz, no cover, Loft 709

WEDNESDAY, AUG 26 Anthony McDonald, Erin's Pub Blackie O'Leary (6:30pm); Arthur, Fred & Chris (10pm), Shamrock City Pub

Chris Kirby (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

DJ Fox, no cover, Junctions Epic Wednesdays: Adam Baxter, 10pm, $5,

at 9:30pm; Darnell's Pub; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Stanley's Pub(10pm); Tol's Time Out Lounge (6pm)

Sundays: Grumpy Stump;

call For times and prices

Mount Pearl Shopping Centre Empire Cinemas 364-8527

Tol's Time Out Lounge (6pm)

Jamgrass: Boobie Browne, Alison Corbett &

Aliens In The Attic: A loveable alien is adopted by precocious kids, but they soon find themselves up against his evil space-brethren. Somehow this leads to a wire-fu fight with the mom from Everybody Loves Raymond. Seriously. (Mt Pearl)

Friends, CBTGs

Band Slam: Vanessa Hudgens is back as a

Jason Lacour, Trapper John's Pub Kronik, Green Sleeves Pub Matt Byrne (7pm); The Navigators (10:30pm),

young front-woman eager to win a battle of the bands. Hopefully she'll return to what she does best: pose for her boyfriend's cell phone. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl)

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Folk Night: Andrew LeDrew, 9pm, $5, The Ship

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An artist named TOA will DJ, but no other acts have been confirmed yet. “I’d say we’ll get confirmation from Snoop’s camp…probably at the end of the month.” The show is open to all ages in order to accommodate underage students, but there will be alcohol served in the wet section of the show.

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Green kids Jason Noble’s children’s book is a family affair in more ways than one. The kid-tailored, environmentally themed book is illustrated by his brother Matthew, and the accompanying CD features his great-uncle, Gordon Pinsent. The Stupendous Adventure of Gregory Green edu-tains children about the role they have in the protection of the environment. Our hero, Green, defends his favourite forest against three looting and polluting ghouls who are out to destroy it for badness. The story is so lively that the kids won’t dismiss it as a preachy snoozefest. “My first goal is to connect with children and give them something I think that they’ll love, and provide them with entertainment that is positive and educational,” he says. “I hope that element is what comes through first and the values will perhaps emerge after that.” Noble, who is currently doing a master’s in musical composition on the mainland, decided to write the story after a stint doing children’s theatre. During that time he was happy to learn that—despite the how much has changed since his childhood— kids are still kids. “I was really struck that they still respond to a good story and they still respond to bright, colourful pictures and lively music and that the same morals and the same attic! They're in the titular district in South Africa where they're treated like second class citizens. Presumably, an alien Rosa Parks can help. (Avalon Mall)

Funny People: Judd Apatow's new comedy asks us to believe that Adam Sandler is funny. Sometimes suspension of disbelief is pushed beyond the brink, Judd. Pauly Shore, come back! All is forgiven! (Avalon Mall) G-Force: Guinea pigs, known in the the animal kingdom as the hamster's redheaded step-child, save the world from an evil billionaire. Meanwhile, Will Arnett waits patiently for the Arrested Development movie to start filming. (Avalon Mall) GI Joe: Pork chop sandwiches! Cobra Com-

values that used to appeal to me as a child still appeal to kids today.” These values, he adds, include a connection to nature and a love of doing the right thing. “Because it’s written in a rhyming, Dr. Seuss kind of language, I hope it will also inspire a love of reading.” The accompanying CD features a beautiful score composed by Noble as well as narration by Pinsent. Noble says he didn’t agree to do the book strictly because of his nephews’ involvement with it. In fact, Pinsent, whom Noble had only met a handful of times, couldn’t commit until he saw the book. “When he did see it he agreed very quickly and I was very flattered and just thrilled to have a chance to work with him,” Noble says. The book is available at Chapters, the St. John’s Farmers’ Market and other locations as well as from Boulder Publications directly.

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Bring it back Three very different former bands have picked the same time to relive their glory days. Three Chord Revolution, a skate-punk outfit from Mount Pearl, formed in 2001 and disbanded in 2005. But they’re getting back together for a show at Distortion on August 20. On the same night at the Rock House, critically acclaimed postpunkish rock favs Trailer Camp are reuniting for one night only. The band has been inactive since last year. Then, on August 22 Mega Man 2 throwback/power metal geniuses Cyprian, who broke up in 2006, are playing an all ages and a bar show at Junctions. Comment online at

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Julie Julia: Julia Child was a gigantic, adorable British superspy who cooked for PBS when she wasn't gassing the Ruskies. Sadly, this film is about a blogger who admires Julia Child. Sigh. (Avalon Mall)

My Sister's Keeper: A young girl sues her family for medical emancipation after they intend to use her body for a kidney transplant. Didn't the same thing happen to MacCauley Culkin? (Mt Pearl) Perfect Getaway: Leloo is trapped on a Hawaiian island by crazed killers and has no Corbin Dallas Data Multipass to get her out of this one. Happily, the fifth element is love. (Avalon Mall)

mand is set to mess with Ripcord, Sgt Slaughter and other live-action cartoon characters. Body massages will be offered. Do you like baseball? Beats...so...fresh! (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl)

Proposal: Macro from The Odyssey is forced to marry Miss Congeniality, so that she doesn't get deported to the fasicstic Canadas. It's the wackiest pickle this side of an unfilmed "Ned & Stacey" script. (Mt Pearl)

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for more improv-based comedies that may or may not feature Will Ferrell? (Yes, he has a cameo). This Used Cars-ish Jeremy Piven vehicle is the film for you! (Avalon Mall)

Harry Potter & The Half Blood Prince: Wizard people are back, dear readers. Behold the awe and mystery of everyone's favourite angsty wizard as he tussles with muggles and the like. (Avalon Mall)

Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs: I hope you love wisecracking CGI creatures played by B-list celebrities. If so, Dreamworks has given you an early Christmas present this year. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl)

drunk that you missed your wedding and woke up next to a tiger and Mike Tyson? If so, they filmed your life with this movie! (Avalon Mall)

The Time Traveler's Wife: A time-travelling man uses his extraordinary, mind-bending, super-awesome power to...pick up a woman. I s'pose we'd all get to that once we got bored... no, time machines are infinitely fun. Nevermind. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl)

The Ugly Truth: Kids come a-runnin' for the great taste of Katherine Heigl. Can she resist the charms of the swarthy erard Butler and his vibrating underoos? (Avalon Mall)


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All dogs go to video

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oger Corman said that one of the worst things a producer could do is to try and emulate a Hollywood blockbuster on a limited budget. When the man who produced Carnosaur and Humanoids from the Deep tells you what not to do, you should really listen to him. Corman, you may recall, produced hundreds of exploitation movies by emulating Hollywood trends over the years. For every Jaws, Roger Corman had a Piranha. For every Bonny & Clyde (starring Warren Beatty), there'd be a Big, Bad Mama (starring William Shatner's penis). Hoping to emulate Corman's success is The Asylum, a company that releases micro-budget knock-offs of Hollywood hits for the direct-toDVD market. After watching three of their most recent releases (Sunday School Musical, The Eighteen Year

Old Virgin and Transmorphers: Fall of Man), I see that Roger Corman's advice has fallen on deaf ears. My rip-off marathon started with Sunday School Musical. I was hoping the film was a musical re-telling of the 2006 Academy Award-nominated documentary Jesus Camp while spoofing High School Musical. Sadly, my hopes would go unrealized as churchfaring teens danced and pranced on screen while claiming to be from “the hood”. There's even an “angry dance” scene, like in Flight of the Conchords. Tension arises when choir singer Zack (played by someone you'll never see in a movie ever again) is relocated to a new neighborhood. Will he stay loyal to his old choir, or join an inferior new one? The answer to that question is sure to leave you yearning to commit suicide. But, wait! I still have more rip-off movies to sit through!

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hy develop new characters and story ideas when legion twentysomethings will line up for slick remakes of toy fantasies from the 80s? Yep, people will always pay to see GI Joe: Rise of Cobra or Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, even if they immediately go home to write angry Facebook status updates about how badly the movies sucked. But Hollywood isn't the only one digging up pop culture graves. There are lots of others doing it on the little screen. So on the eve of the new block-

buster release GI Joe, lest we forget the animated GI Joe PSAs. Yes, the ones on YouTube, redubbed and recut from 80s cartoon source material. One of these things takes itself seriously and wants you to like it, the other is a jerkily-animated fever dream, unapologetically bizarre. And awesome. The commercial reproduction of art and entertainment used to get philosophers very sad and down about the mouth back when most people had no choice but to consume products of the dominant cultural economy (ack!). GI Joe, HeMan, Transformers... pretty much half-hour toy commercials, right? But people have been digging up

If you enjoyed Steve Carell as a virgin approaching middle-age, you're sure to appreciate the unremarkable comedy stylings of Olivia Mae as a virgin... in high school! The Eighteen Year Old Virgin doesn't owe much to Judd Apatow, but rather to every joyless sex comedy of the last thirty years. Yes, it's another American Pie wannabe, which means that it was designed with the sole purpose of hurting my feelings. If creating a watered-down version of an already terrible film seems to be the modus operandi for Asylum, then Transmorphers: Fall of Man fits the bill. Between a character referring to a robot “transmorphing” into a van and the last-minute revelation of a robot “tortured by the Ruskies until it revealed its memory codes,” Transmorphers: Fall of Man exhibits the rarest of rare traits: it has a script so stupid, not even Michael Bay would have filmed it. And therein lies the heinous truth about Asylum: they make the worst Hollywood movies seem good by comparison. As hacky as Roger Corman's methods might seem, he had the knack for directing b-movies that are entertaining and sometimes subversive—far more than any Asylum film can claim. With Death Race 2000, Mask of the Red Death, Rock 'n' Roll High School and, yes, even Big, Bad Mama, Roger Corman's work has stood the test of time. But I'm sure no one will remember a single Asylum movie five years from now.

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Adam Clarke those graves, chopping them up and stitching the bits together to make mutants. With creative editing, a convincing voice-over, and the uplifting sounds of Peter Gabriel's “Solsbury Hill,” Kubrick's The Shining is boiled down into a preview for a happy family flick. Another brilliant mutant is Wizard People, Dear Reader, an unauthorized alternative soundtrack for the entire first Harry Potter film. It's a linguistic tour de force, out of keeping with a kid's film, with weirdness, intelligence, and perversity that would never fly in a commercial medium. Another example: Commander Data of Star Trek: The Next Generation takes up painting. His work is the most wretched stuff deviantart. com has to offer. Geordi deactivates him and he's jettisoned into deep space. Don't remember that episode? All it took to make was patience, editing skills, a Star Trek: TNG DVD box set, and a sick sense of humour. So copyright lawyers, focus groups, and censors stand clear; people know how to talk back to their flickering screens now. And mass media is so much better when it's two-way.

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Fête de l'Acadie Family BBQ (Francophone Association) Free hamburgers & hotdogs or bring your own food for grilling. All welcome, Centre desGrands-Vents, 65 Ridge Rd (Sat Aug 15 from 12pm-3pm)

Kelligrews Railway Folk Festival

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community events • lectures & forums • daytime music • kids & teens • meetings & classes

community events 24 Hour Art Marathon: Over 100 artists involved in non-stop art making madness in gallery space/ parking lot/ harbourside/ St Michael's/ Wonderbolt plus children's workshops during the day in the gallery, $4 day/$7 night, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Sat Aug 22 from 12pm-2pm)

24 HAM: Floating Perfomances: Anna Templeton Fashion Show (3:30pm); Miniature Theatre (7pm); Planned Parenthood Dental Dam Condom Races (7:30pm); Mobile Clubbing moving headphoned dance party (8pm); Lantern Parade (9pm); Glow display; International Womens' Film Festival personal looped screening, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Sat Aug 22)

24 HAM: Outdoor Soapbox Performances: Clown Picnic (12pm); Deborah Jackman (1pm); Neighbourhood Strays (2pm); Chad Pelley (3:30pm); Mike Heffernan (4pm); Weiner Shaman (6pm); Cyril Butler (10pm), Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Sat Aug 22) 24 HAM Silent Auction: 24 HAM Marathon Artworks, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Sun Aug 23 from 12pm-3pm) 2009 Air Show: The Canadian Air Force's CF-18 (Hornet) Demonstration Team will open for the Canadian Forces Snowbirds, free / by donation, St John's International Airport 758-8752 (Sat Aug 22 & Sun Aug 23 from 1pm-5pm)

2nd Annual Car Show (Single Parents Assoc NL) Join us for a family day of cars, music, fun & prizes, $5/ 12&under free, The Glacier-Mt Pearl (Sat Aug 15 from 10am-8pm) 8th Annual Beach-firing and Beachfiring Pottery Sale (Craft Council) The day begins at 9am when the pottery is wrapped and loaded into the pit. Everything will be unloaded after 2pm, Middle Cove Beach 753-2534 (Sat Aug 16)

AIDS Community BBQ, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Thu Aug 20 at 12pm) CLB Sunday Market: Flea market & craft fair, CLB Armoury-Harvey Rd (Sundays from 10am-4pm)

Community Flea Market: Loads of items of all ilks, including household & camping items, antiques, art, wreaths, books, clothing, shoes, jewelry, accessories, teas, essential oils, dolls, kites, gargoyles, plants, bottles & corks. Tarot card readings, garden fruit & complimentary herbal teas, 55 Springdale St-across from Delta (Sat Aug 15 & Sun Aug 16 from 10am-5pm rain or shine)

(Kelligrews Ecological Enhancement fundraiser) Performances by Saltwater Gypsies dancers, Rita Blundon & Friends, Dan Ficken, The Barnacle Boys and Rick & The Romans. Children’s activities, railway memorabilia, spins, prize draws, BBQ & fishpond, free, By beach at end of Station Rd in Kelligrews 764-7396 (Sun Aug 16 from 12pm-6pm)

Legend City Wrestling: Boot Camp Match JX Phlex vs Sheik Aziz; Lance Storm Academy Match Tristan Wall vs Blake Maxwell, $10, CLB Armoury (Tue Aug 25 at 7:30pm) Planned Parenthood Community BBQ, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 7391882 (Wed Aug 19 at12pm)

St John’s Farmer’s Market: Support our local economy & celebrate community spirit, Lion's Chalet-Newtown Rd (Saturdays from 9am-2pm)

Thursdays at Cochrane (Restoration fundraiser) Time Out For Women group is selling made-to-order lunches, preserves & crafts, Cochrane St United Church-81 Cochrane St 722-3023 (Thursdays from 11:30am-2pm)

VANL CARFAC Community BBQ, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Fri Aug 21 at 12pm)

lectures& forums Arts Grants Presentation and Q&A: Melinda Mollineaux, Program Officer Visual Arts Section of Canada Council answers questions about writing your grant, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Thu Aug 20 at 2pm) Fancy Artist Talks: Gallery members present their artistic practice in 15 minutes while audience enjoy a fancy cocktail designed to match their work. Artists include Helen Gregory, Mary MacDonald, Alexis O’Hara, Steve Topping, Cyril Butler, Liz Solo & Iakov Afanassiev, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Thu Aug 20 from 7pm-10pm)

Soiree Francophone: Francophone artists speak about their current practices, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Tue Aug 18 at 7pm)

Amelia Curran Hunter, Hunter (Six Shooter Records)

Spring Breakup s/t (Independent)

Colonel Craze and the Hunch Reptilian Lipstick (Indepedent)

On this much-anticipated new album, Amelia Curran delivers with her trademark al loc rich, sonorous voice. "Restraint" is a key word with this album, where tasteful swells of gently plucked banjos, slow muted trombones, accordions (etc.) all make sure to never get in the way Curran's voice and guitar. Even on the liveliest songs, like the Tom Waits-inspired romp "The Dozens", Amelia maintains her smooth composure. While I enjoy the laid back atmosphere, I felt it needed more of a kick in the pants here and there. The album's standout tracks, however, like "Mad World, Outlive me" and "Loves Last regard" are truly lovely, and are the best examples of her craft. The tales of bad or doomed relationships wear a strong Leonard Cohen influence, full of metaphor and esoteric imagery, and as a result the album is hard to absorb on first listen. But this is an album that deserves all the time you can give it. —Patrick Canning

Kim Barlow and Mathias Kom form this songwriting duo, created during a Yukon winter and devoted entirely to singing songs about the ends of relationships. The songs run the emotional gamut, from true sorrow and despair, to detached indifference, to near-happiness. Barlow and Kom share a sharp, sardonic wit, a gift for intricate wordplay, and an aptitude for simple but engaging melodies. Stripped down to ukulele, banjo, and two voices, the duo keep the strumming light and slow, and with just the minimum amount of bounce needed to keep the songs from devolving into depressing dirges. While the sentiment may be dour at times, the album is breezy and entertaining, with a palpable charm. They have genuine chemistry when the two of them trade lines like, "you're so beautiful I could stare at you all day/ you look strangely like me/and it turns me on" make Spring Breakup more of a beautiful marriage then anything else. —Patrick Canning

Colonel Craze and the Hunch come off as a freaked-out militia of rock 'n' roll miscreants. Every song on their their debut recording yelps and screeches al loc with freewheeling abandon as singer Andrew Waterman places his confrontational vocals front and centre. He sounds a lot like Hives singer Pelle Almqvist, with a bit of the Pixies Black Francis in his most frantic form thrown in the mix. On the musical front, the band goes for a muscular sound that recalls all sorts of other groups, from the disco punk cool of Franz Ferdinand to the blues rock shuffle of White Stripes. The influences may be varied, but the overall sound is coherent. Waterman's guitar playing fills in spaces inventively, and the rhythm section is solid throughout, creating a local rock album with the emphasis on rockin'. A good first effort from a band with the potential to grow. —Andrew Robinson

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like robots, butterflies, helicopters, Nan, fairies, bugs, bees, bunnies, kites and windmills. Freaky lights, swirly videos and groovy tunes all over in time for afternoon naps, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Fri Aug 21 from 11am-1pm)

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Lunch Hour Concert: Salsa Roca, free, Harbourside Park (Fri Aug 21 from 12:30pm-1:30pm)

Open Mic for Young Musicians, Shamrock City Pub (Sundays at 2pm)

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Festival of Friends: Chris Hennessy, Concert Crowd, Sherry Ryan ROSS Ceiligh Band, 8-Track Favorites, Siochana, Tarahan, Shanneyganock, $12/$2/kids under 5 free, Logy Bay (Sun Aug 16 at 12:45pm)

Jam Jams: Drum jam; jugglers & hula hoops

Drinkell plays varied programs of sacred and secular works, free, Anglican Cathedral (Wednesdays at 1:15pm)

Tuckamore Festival: Free lunchtime concert by Young Artists, St Andrew’s Presbyterian Church 737-2372 (Thu Aug13 from 12:30pm1:15pm)

Weaving the Wind: A Celtic harp recital by Ed Kavanagh, $7, Basilica Museum-200 Military Rd (Thursdays from 1pm-2pm)

Young Performers: Open mic with Denielle Hann at O'Reilly's Irish Pub (Sundays at 3pm)

A Journey Just Begun: Interactive children’s program teaches the life cycle of the Atlantic Salmon through games, storytelling and arts & crafts. Participants help release salmon fry into Nagle’s Hill Brook, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle's Pl 754-3474 (Saturdays & Sundays at 1:30pm) (Ends Jun 28) For the Love of Learning: Classes in world religion, philosophy, folklore, art, theatre, resume building plus computer & internet use. Free lunch at 1pm. Free to youth aged 15-35, 99 Gower St (basement) 738-7911 (Weekdays 12pm-6pm)

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Open Mic for Young Musicians, Shamrock City Pub (Sundays at 2pm)

Pirate Day at Topsail Beach: Family show with Terry Rielly, free, Topsail Beach-CBS (Sun Aug 23 at 2pm) Summer Reading Clue Corner: Each week a new clue will be posted. Collect the clues, solve the mystery and enter to win a special prize, AC Hunter Children's Library

Summer Reading Program: Get a kit that includes a poster, stickers & activity booklet/ reading log. The rest is up to you-sign out books, keep track in the reading log, visit the library to enter contests, come to a program, just keep reading, AC Hunter Library Summer Safari: Take a Walk on the Wild Side: Ideal for children who love to go hiking, explore nature and can focus quietly on an activity for a period of time. Ages 5-10, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Thursdays & Fridays from 2:30pm-3:45pm)

Where in the Library is Nate the Great?: Each week the famous detective will find a new place to hide. Every time you find him, you can enter your name in a special prize draw, AC Hunter Children's Library (Ends Aug 28)

Young Performers: Open mic with Denielle Hann, O'Reilly's Irish Pub (Sundays at 3pm)

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work and receive critical feedback. All artists welcome to take part, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr (Mon Aug 17 from 7pm-9pm)

Avalon Wesleyan Church: Weekly meet up in a casual atmosphere with coffee & con-


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paign manager. You can’t do both so pick one and stick to it.

how to run for city council

You need at least two of the above. All three are best, but you can get away with two out of three if you play your cards right. Friends will help spread the word, assemble and erect signs, and deliver flyers. The effort is yours. Be ready to walk the streets knocking on doors and attend every event you can. Introduce yourself and shake hands with everyone. Anywhere there are three or more voters in one place, make sure you're there too. (Don’t forget the hand sanitizer.) Money is always an issue. A ward race will cost around $7-10,000. Councillor at-large is more like $15-20,000—give or take. The two top spots might run up to $50,000 or more. Take up collections, run a bake sale, organise a BBQ, send out letters, ask your family and don’t be shy.

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you want run for city council? Once you’ve decided to run, you have to have an idea. Every campaign starts with an idea—an answer to the question, "Why do you want to be on council?" If you have no idea why you would want to be on city council, or what you want to do when you get there, then you have no business running. Stop wondering if you’re qualified to sit on council. If you can read this sentence then you are as qualified or more qualified than the people already elected. All kinds of people run, all kinds of people win, and all kinds of people do a good job. Democracy is a beautiful thing that way. Make sure your family is behind your decision. You need a frank talk with your mate and family to gauge their support. Unless they give you unqualified support, you have no business running. Nothing dooms a campaign—and family— faster than a war on two fronts.

Time it right

Pick the right seat

There are 11 seats on St. John’s city council: the mayor and deputy mayor are elected separately in citywide ballots; four at-large councillors are elected citywide, where everyone votes for up to four candidates; and five other councillors are elected by ward. There are about 16,000 voters, or 12,000 households, per ward. At-large, deputy mayor and mayor campaigns cover about 50,000 or so households. Unless you want to make a big temporary music, free, Rabbittown Theatre-106 Freshwater Rd 576-6937 (Sundays at 10am)

Bear Cove Point Hike (East Coast Trails) Moderate, free, for car pool & registration info call 782-3967 (Sun Aug 23 at 10am)

Beckett on Wine: Port tasting with local expert Tom Beckett, Newman Wine Vaults-436 Water St 739-7870 (Sundays at 6:30pm) Brock Head Path Hike (East Coast Trails) Strenuous, free, for car pool & registration info call 753-6433 (Sat Aug 15 at 10am) Caregiver Conversations: A Support Group for Unpaid Caregivers, Community Room, Sobeys-Merrymeeting Rd 726-2370 (Every third Monday)

Comic Jam: Get together with local comic artists to create, share, conspire & discuss. Bring your own drawing materials, 7pm, free, Hava Java (Last Monday of month) Community Garden Gathering: (Community Garden Alliance) Get your hands dirty & help out at the Rabbittown Community Garden. Workshops too, 36 Graves St (Sunday from 12:30pm-2pm) Conscientious Eating Workshop: With Kate Reid-Shute, 11am, free, St John’s Farmer’s Market-Lion’s Chalet-Newtown Rd (Sat Aug 22 at 11 am)

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Friends, effort and money

splash right away and can’t wait to sit in the big chair, avoid running for mayor your first time out. The cheapest and easiest campaign to mount is in a ward. Pick a campaign manager you trust and do what they tell you. There are a minimum of two jobs in any campaign—candidate and cam-

Timing is everything with the St. John’s municipal race. Starting early is key. The city will send out the mail-in ballots around September 11, so the voting starts September 14 when ballots arrive in the mailbox. Half of all ballots are returned in the first week, with the rest trailing in until September 29—election day. Nobody pays any attention until Labour Day, so it’s a time-compressed campaign. You need to hit hard and hit at the right time because the system has a hard tilt in favour of incumbents.

Get your name out there

The main materials you need are flyers, buttons and signs. You need a flyer to pass around, to spread your name, face and idea. Keep it simple Centre-95 Torbay Rd (Tuesdays at 7:30pm)

Glass-Blowing Demo: With Doug Clous-

Pottery Demo: With Maaike Charron, Craft

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Council-Devon House-59 Duckworth St 753-2749 (Wed Aug 19 from 3pm-5pm)

Green Drinks: An informal get together for

RCMP Recruitment: Are you interested by

those who work, volunteer or have an interest in environment & conservation related issues, 7pm-9pm, no cover, The Ship (Last Wednesday of month)

a career in policing? The RCMP is hiring and will hold an entrance exam, RCMP Headquarters 7723626 (Thu Aug 27 at 5:30pm)

Le Café Français Hebdo: Un lieu où les francophones et francophiles peuvent socialiser en français. L'anglais est interdit, Atlantic Place, près de Starbucks (tous les dimanche à 16h)

Living Lore: Explore stories and bring them to life using shadows, lights and colour. Build shadow puppets with Jason Sellars of The Rooms, all ages, free, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Wed Aug 19 from 10am-12pm)

Mall Walkers Club, Avalon Mall, 737-2333 (Thursdays at 8:45am)

Meditation Workshop: Stretch with yoga meditation faciliatator Lynn MacCannell of the Lotus Centre. Free but bring a mat if possible, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Thu Aug 20 at 10am)

Monday Night Ride: Great for beginners on road or mountain bikes, free, departs from Sunshine Camp parking lot on Bennett's Rd (Mondays at 6:30pm)

stroll through the flower gardens & see what’s in bloom this week, Suitable for families, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Sundays at 12pm)

Organic Pest Control Workshop: With Geoff Shinkle, 11am, free, St John’s Farmer’s Market-Lion’s Chalet-Newtown Rd (Sat Aug 15 at 11 am)

Free Guided Walks: Unveil the memories and meaning behind Bowring Park with historical photos, stories from the past and popular attractions. Meet on Bob Whelan Field opposite swimming pool 364-1531 (Sundays at 10:30am & 2:30pm)

Overeaters Anonymous: Weekly meetings in St John's area, call 738-1742 for more info

Paper Trails Writing Group: Explore new perspectives of writing and story telling. Fun, supportive and open to all, free, Dynamis Health

Saturday Morning Java Cruise: Longer group road bike ride at a medium pace, departs Coffee & Co- Water St (Saturdays at 9am) Saturday Morning Subaru Ride: Great for beginners on road or mountain bikes. Distances of 30-60km, free, departs Capital Subaru on Elizabeth Ave (Saturdays at 9am)

Seniors Bridging Cultures: Tea, guest speakers & conversation, Seniors Resource Centre 737-2333 (Thursdays at 2pm)

Seniors Friendship Club, Seniors Resource Centre 737-2333 (Fridays at 2pm)

Shambhala Meditation Group: Free meditation practice, Billy Rahal Clubhouse-behind Elizabeth Towers 739-0270 (Wednesdays at 7:30pm & Sundays at 9:30am)

Sketchy Doodlers: Drawing club in comfortable den with tea & beer available, free, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427 (Thursdays at 7pm)

St John’s City Council Meeting: Refer to Council Agenda at www.stjohns.ca (posted Friday afternoon), Public welcome, City Hall-Council Chambers, 4th fl (Mondays at 4:30pm)

and colourful. Also, get a couple hundred buttons for you and your friends. The most visible part of the municipal campaigns are signs. Usual sizes are 2x2 (for lawns and medians), 4x4 (for minor intersections) and 4x8 (for major intersections). Cost depends on how elaborate the design is, and like flyers, the more you order the less they cost per unit. One-colour signs are cheapest. More colours and photos drive up the price. The smallest, simplest signs might go for as little as $2.50 each, while elaborate 4x8s might be $75 to $100 a unit. Keep them simple and colourful, so they stand out. If you can’t read a sign travelling at 60kph then it’s just another part of the landscape. Forget radio ads, TV ads and print ads. Unless you have lots of money to burn, signs are more cost-effective. Media will mostly ignore you because they ignore almost every municipal candidate. Don’t expect long television interviews with David Cochrane earnestly asking about your garbage policy. Your best media hit will be calling talk radio—make sure you do it to the limit.

Political party

Plan a party for election night. Don’t drink until after the media comes calling for reaction. If they do, be sober and gracious in victory. In defeat, be even more gracious; the people are always right. Win or lose, it’s time to celebrate your induction into the select group of human beings with the heart and dedication to put your name on a ballot. Congratulations!

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Team Instrumar Ride: Fast group road bike ride, free, departs GJ Cahill Building (Thursdays at 6pm) The Pottle Centre: A social & recreation centre for consumers of mental health services. New members welcome, 323 Hamilton Ave 753-2143 The Reach: Explore topics of faith through guest speakers & artists in relaxed setting. Short meditation on scriptures & singing, free/free will offering, St Thomas' Church (Last Sunday of month at 7:30pm) The Rooms: Free admission, 9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 (Wednesdays 6pm-9pm) Trivia Night, Rose & Thistle (Tuesdays) Walk on Water: Get fit, meet people & learn the history of downtown, everyone welcome, free, Auntie Crae’s (Saturdays at 10am, rain or shine)

Women's Accordion Circle: An informal environment for women of all ages to perform, experiment & share stories about making music with their accordions, Arts & Culture Centre-2nd Fl, Old Gallery 746-2399 (Mondays at 7:30pm) Zine Workshop (FEAST) See examples of various zines, make one as a group, and learn techniques to make your own, All ages, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr (Tue Aug 18 from 10am-12pm)

Sunday Morning Bird Watch: Join Dr Howard Clase on a 1-2 hour hike through garden trails, free, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Sun Aug 23 at 8am)

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rob brezsny provides you with more mojo  Leo (July 23 – August 22) The monsoon rains have not blessed eastern India with their usual downpours this year. In response, frustrated farmers have resorted to a radical ritual: asking their unmarried daughters to get naked and plow the fields. They believe that this will embarrass the weather gods into acting correctly. In general, I approve of being creative in making appeals to deities, but I recommend that you use a different approach. Rather than shaming them into providing you with more love and mojo, try flattering them. As if you were celebrating Halloween early, go around impersonating a god or goddess who is overflowing with love and mojo. Happy birthday to Dave Sullivan, Tony Murray, Jon Hynes, and Maureen Power.

 Virgo (August 23 – September 22)

werebears and only children by Jennifer Barrett

As the season of riddles and paradoxes kicks into high gear, I present you with a two-part quiz. Question 1: Since it has taken you your whole life to become the person you are today, is it reasonable to expect that you can transform yourself in a flash? Question 2: On the other hand, since you are more creative than you give yourself credit for, and are also in an astrological phase when your ability to change is greater than usual, is it reasonable to assume that you must remain utterly stuck in your old ways of doing things?

 Libra (September 23 – October 22) Two annoyances that had been bugging you before your exile have been neutralized. But you've still got at least one more to go, so don't relax yet. In fact, I think you should redouble your vigilance. Check expiration dates on your poetic licenses and pet theories. Scrub the muck from your aura, even if your friends seem to find it "interesting." And learn to read your own mind better so you can track down any disabling thoughts that might still be lurking in remote corners.

 Pisces (February 19 – March 20) I've borrowed a fable from the ancient Greek writer Aesop to create a parable you can use in the coming weeks. Once upon a time there was a very thirsty crow. Rain hadn't fallen in a long time, and the creek from which she'd always drunk had dried up. Searching and searching for a bit of moisture, the crow finally happened upon a tree under which sat a ceramic pitcher with some water in it. But the pitcher's neck was narrow, and the crow couldn't fit her beak past it to reach the water. Inspired by desperation, the crow at last got an idea. Why not drop small rocks into the pitcher, making the water's level rise? And that's exactly what she did. How sweet it was when at last she quenched her thirst.

 Aries (March 21 – April 19)

What tricks have you employed to outwit your fears in the past? Remember them. Review them. Next, think about the people who have inspired you to be more courageous than you imagined were capable of. If you take these two actions, you will prepare yourself well for the week ahead. I'm not saying that the things you're scared of will be any bigger or badder than usual. But I want you to know that you now have the potential to gain a robust new power over them.

I started producing some good work within ten years of launching my writing career, but I didn't hit my stride until the 18th year. From what I hear, many other skills require a long training period as well. According to an Aikido adept I know, for example, a practitioner may require 30 years to master the moves and spirit of that martial art. And as for the ability to carry on a successful intimate relationship: It usually takes a lifetime. I hope this line of thinking helps you get a more practical perspective on the specific prowess you're trying to develop, Aries. Keep in mind that it probably wouldn't be worth learning if you could become a wizard in a flash. There's no rush. Give yourself credit for how far you've come already.

 Sagittarius (Nov 22 – December 21)

 Taurus (April 20 – May 20)

You are currently getting more miles per gallon and more bang for the buck than you have in a long time. Your IQ is creeping higher. Your knack for scoring good parking places is at a peak. I'll even go so far as to say that it's been quite a while since you've been teased by such thoroughly useful temptations. And get this, Sagittarius: I suspect that you have an enhanced instinct for taking smart risks. The only downside of all this good news is that you may not know your own strength. That means you should test it fast; find out more about its potential. Otherwise, you might break someone's heart by accident, or prematurely shatter the illusions of a person who's not yet ready to stop living in fantasyland.

 Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

 Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

Everybody cheer up by Bryan Melanson

5) Consider the possibility that you have a lot to learn about what's best for you.

Talk to yourself more and better. Not just with streams of chatter that meander aimlessly. Not with darts of self-deprecation mixed in with grandiose fantasies. No, Taurus. When I urge you to talk to yourself more and better, I mean that you should address your self with focused tenderness. I mean that you should be driven by the bold intention to lift up your mood, praise your skills, shower blessings on your vulnerabilities, and love yourself down to the core. You will attract cosmic assistance if you do this playful work. You will bathe your subconscious intelligence with healing luminosity.

I climbed the endless steps to the sanctuary, brushing off large spiders that kept landing on me. I stood in the rain for hours waiting I wouldn't be surprised if your whole life for the gates to open. The guardian of the passed instantly before your threshold wouldn't let me in until I eyes one day soon. Not because his tricky and sometimes you'll come close to literal physiHomework answered insulting questions. Through it cal death or anything dangerous Do what you must all, I maintained my patience and at all, but rather because you do in order to break poise and reverence. At no time will have a brush with a magic a bad habit that's did I give in to the temptation to power that could be yours in sapping your vitality. curse the difficulties. And when the future -- a magic power that Report results to will be possible for you to fully uaregod@comcast.net. I finally entered, when I got my chance to penetrate to the heart own only if you cut the umbilicus of the rose petal-strewn labyrinth, that links you to a dying source. my persistence was rewarded. As Wow. Did I really say that in a fun little astrolI knelt there in amused awe, face to face with ogy column? And are you really prepared to the sacred jokester, I got a useful answer to change your life because of something you the most important question in my life. Would read in a fun little astrology column? I hope you like a comparable experience, Gemini? It's so. In the coming weeks, it'll be the fun little possible in the coming week. things that have the greatest potential to

 Capricorn (December 22 – January 19)

Ms. Quote by T.L. Fleming

align you more closely with your soul's code.

 Aquarius (January 20 – February 18)

QUOTE ORIGIN: direct quote from groucho marx "women should be obscene..."

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In the days ahead, you may not realize what you're looking for until you find it. I advise you, therefore, to put into action the following five-point plan. 1) Suppress any know-it-all tendencies you might have. 2) Revive your childhood talent for being voraciously curious about everything. 3) Ask more questions than you've ever asked before. 4) Figure out how to be receptive without being passive, and how you can be humble without muffling your self-confidence.

 Cancer (June 21 – July 22) Visionary philosopher Buckminster Fuller said that "Pollution is nothing but resources we're not harvesting." If that's true, Cancerian, you've got a lot of resources available to you right now, although they will have to be converted from their smoggy and effluvial state. So for example, if you're a songwriter, the noxious emotions floating around could be raw material for a sparkling tune. If you're a lover, the peculiar vibes you're dealing with could inspire you to prevent a dumb pattern from repeating itself.


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theatre A ‘Time’ in Pigeon Inlet: Centered around

Holy Heart Theatre-55 Bonaventure Ave 579-4424 (Thu Aug 13 at 8pm)

Open Dance Night (The Neighbourhood Strays) $2, 163 Water St (Thu Aug 20 from 7pm9pm) Salsa On The Rock: Come dance with us, 8:30pm, $5, Rock House (Wednesdays)

Salsa, Tango & Latin Dance, $5, Bella Vista (Tuesdays at 7pm)

Tango On The Edge: A social gathering to dance Argentine Tango, 8:30pm-10:30pm, $5, RCA Club-10 Bennett Ave (Thursdays)

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the broad nature of the relationship between humans and animals; Karlie King's work is primarily in clay but she also works in textile and film; Afshin Matlabi's video piece is called "Terrorism,Democracy,Leisure" which is a commentary on the nature of the liberal democratice beliefs of Western society; Meaghan Haughian's Tales in Between are a series of small scale drawings that look at intimate female spaces and experiences, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427

artisan Albert Biles in soapstone, antler, whale bone, baleen & ivory, Wild Things-124 Water St

Annual Members Exhibit: Functional or decorative, traditional or cutting-edge, the only thing that is predictable in this members' show is the quality. Awards for Excellence will be presented for Innovation in Design, Personal Expression & Jurors Choice, Craft Council-Devon House-59 Duckworth St 753-2749

Hidden Nature: Toronto's Virginia Mak explores the visual possibilities in photography beyond its photo-realistic look, Victoria Manor-Harbour Grace (Ends Aug 26)

Annual Summer Show: Featuring artwork

"Tales from Pigeon Inlet" the evening consists of a scoff & concert during which Uncle Mose and the residents of Pigeon Inlet will entertain. Featuring Kelly Russell, Russells in the Corner, The Pigeon Inlet Players & square dancing, Lodge McKay-Bay Roberts 786-2126 (Saturdays at 7pm)

mic of local tales by local tellers w/ resident fabulist Dale Jarvis, $3, Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club (Thu Aug 13 at 7:30pm)

Art Exhibit: Featuring Meaghan Haughian, Karlie King, Afshin Matlabi, Jen K Wilson, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427

Candlelit Night of Tales (Shakespeare

The Trial of God: A dramatic reading

Artisan Gallery: Carvings, paintings &

by the Sea) The Signal Man by Charles Dickens; The Tell-Tale Heart & The Cask of Amontillado by Edgar Allen Poe. Directed by Dave Walsh & featuring Edward Goobie & Daniel Genge, Newman Wine Vaults-436 Water St 722-7287 (Sat Aug 15 & Sun Aug 16 at 8:30pm)

Fairy Tale Mix-Up (Shakespeare by the Sea) Help Professor Macaroni, the keeper of tales & rhymes at Storybook Central deal with a big fairy tale mix-up. High-spirited show for kids under 12. Written & directed by Krista Hann, Cabot 500 Theatre-Bowring Park 722-7287 (Sat Aug 15 & Sun Aug 16 at 2pm)

Our Celtic Spirit…Written in Crayon (Spirit of Newfoundland) A frazzled teacher and a less than ideal group of students discover what it means to be a Newfoundlander. $57.50+ (meal & show), Masonic Temple-6 Cathedral St 579-3023 (Thu Aug 20 & Fri Aug 21 / Tue Aug 25-Thu Aug 27)

Stucco In The 80's (Spirit of Newfoundland) Big Hair, Big Shoulder Pads & Big Hits: A musical comedy review from the time when Madonna, Tina Turner & Dirty Dancing were all the rage. Featuring Sheila Williams, Dana Parsons & Steve Power, $57.50+ (meal & show), Masonic Temple-6 Cathedral St 579-3023 (Fri Aug 14 & Sat Aug 15 / Tue Aug 18 & Wed Aug 19) The Tempest (Shakespeare by the Sea) Hurt, loss, betrayal and anger meet love, destiny and magic in this ancient epic tale directed by Danielle Irvine, Logy Bay 722-7287 (Fri Aug 14 & Sat Aug 15 at 6pm)

Tricksters (Wonderbolt Circus) An enchanted world populated by Tricksters including aerialist Anahareo White-Malone, Oregon's Josh Oliver on aerial straps, ringmaster Beni Malone, musical maestros George Morgan & Bill Brennan, The Gentlemen Jugglers & Alley Oop & strong woman Zinga Zuma. All ages, $15/$20/$25, MUN Reid Theatre 579-4424 (Fri Aug 14-Sun Aug 16 / Wed Aug 19-Sun Aug 23 at 7:30pm. Matinees Wed Aug 19-Sat Aug 29 at 2pm)

dance& burlesque Candlelit Bellydance (Neighbourhood Strays) $10, Newman Wine Vaults-436 Water St (Wednesdays at 7:30pm)

NewFoundDance Presents: Summer Showcase ‘09: New choreography & live music featuring a collaborative 11 person piece ranging from contemporary to hip hop; Six new solo works by Robyn Breen & pianist Jeff Giles; New choreography by Marie Daley, Amanda Chretien, Miranda MacDonald & Nicole Power, $10/$12,

St John’s Storytelling Circle: An open

directed by Kevin Lewis based on Nobel Prizewinning playwright Elie Wiesel’s drama about evil in the world, free, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 834-7866 (Mon Aug 24 at 8pm)

comedy Coors Light New Talent Night, $5+/$7+/$11+, Yuk Yuk's-193 Kenmount Rd 7269857 (Wednesdays at 8pm)

Stand Up Comedy: Brett Martin, Paul Warford & Marcus Beaubier, Yuk Yuk's-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Aug 13 at 8pm $12+/$14+/$18+; Fri Aug 14 & Sat Aug 15 at 8pm & 10:30pm $18+/$20+/$24+ w/ dinner at 6pm $47.99-$53.99)

Stand Up Comedy: Marcus Beaubier, Steve Coombs & Matt Esteves, Yuk Yuk's-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Aug 20 at 8pm $12+/$14+/$18+; Fri Aug 21 & Sat Aug 22 at 8pm & 10:30pm $18+/$20+/$24+ w/ dinner at 6pm $47.99-$53.99) Stand Up Comedy: Special Concert Presentationwith Debra DiGiovani, Sarah Walsh & Lisa Baker, $12+/$14+/$18+, Yuk Yuk's-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Aug 27 at 8pm) Sunday Night Comedy, No cover, The Levee-Holdsworth Crt (Sundays at 8:30pm10:30pm)

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by more than 25 artists, Leyton Gallery-Clift’sBaird’s Cove 722-7177

prints by various NL artisans, Heritage Shop-2nd Floor, 309 Water St

Discovering Bartlett: An Archival Exploration: This exhibition of archival records relates to the life and career of Captain Robert Abram (Bob) Bartlett, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

Exhibition: Paintings, drawings, prints & sculptures by Gerald Squires, RCA., Esther Squires, George Horan, Julia Picard & Sharon Puddester, Gerald Squires Gallery-52 Prescott St 722-2207

Fact and Fiction II: Sheila Coultas & Nancy Squires present the same content from two very different perspectives, Five Island Art Gallery-Tors Cove Jean Claude Roy: New Paintings, Emma Butler Gallery-111 George St W 739-7111

New Works: 25 new oil paintings by Peter Lewis, Peter Lewis Gallery-5 Church Hill 722-6009

New Works: Landscapes, city-scapes & abstract works by 15 professional artists, Red Ochre Gallery-96 Duckworth St 726-6422

New Works: New mixed media paintings & original prints, Christine Koch Studio-177 Water Street, by appt 576-0841

Republic: Combining new with old, Republic explores signs of NF identity 60 years after Confederation. Painting, photography, sculpture, installation & film combined with historic artifacts, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 The Labrador Gallery: Work by resident

LAST CHANCE After Hours 2009: Featuring artworks created by present & retired faculty & staff of Memorial University, First Space Gallery-QEII Library (Ends Aug 14)

renowned arctic explorer Captain Bob Bartlett at the 170+ year-old family home. Guided tours & exhibits, Brigus (709) 528-4004

Ice Age Mammals: See creatures that became extinct the last time the climate changed, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 Institute of Ocean Technology: Free tours of facility including

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Luben Boykov: New work explores transience, presence & contemplation through the human form. This exhibition combines drawings & sculpture created from bronze, natural materials, fabric & epoxy, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 (Ends Aug 16)

museums A Tour de Fort: Interpretive panels tell the story of Fort Townsend, the 18th century symbol of England’s domination over the fishery, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

Admiralty House Museum: 1915 navy wireless station now communications museum, 23 Old Placentia Rd-Mt Pearl 748-1124 Anglican Cathedral Tours: The story of the Great Fire, ancient burial ground & the gargoyle that overlooked John Cabot's voyage in the 1400s, Anglican Cathedral-Church Hill 726-5677

Basilica: Church artifacts, furniture & library. Listen for Basilica bells, newly installed, 200 Military Rd

Boyle's Historical Walking Tour, Starts at the Sheraton Hotel & finishes at the War Memorial. Must reserve 364-6845 (Tuesdays & Fridays at 9:50am)

Connections: This Place and Its Early Peoples: Polar bears on tundra, carnivorous plants in a bog, seabirds, sea mammals, sea life plus the people who made their lives here, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

Encountering Grenfell: A Life and Legacy: Providing medical care, education & skills in craft, agriculture & animal husbandry Wilfred Grenfell sought to improve conditions in NF, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

Hawthorne Cottage (National Historic Site of Canada) Experience the adventures of world-

world's longest ice tank. Call 7724366 to book, Arctic Avenue-MUN Campus

Johnson Geo Centre & Park: See Signal Hill’s 550 million year old geology & specimens of NF rocks, minerals & botanical park, 175 Signal Hill Rd 737-7880

MUN Botanical Garden: Trails, gift shop & tearoom, 306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 Newman Wine Vaults: Built to age Newman's Port wine, est. circa 1550. Interpretive panels, tour guides, wine making & storage related artifacts, by donation, 436 Water St 739-7870 Pouch Cove Museum: History of early settlement, inshore fishery, former Cape St. Francis lighthouse & Waterwitch shipwreck, free, 658 Main Road, Pouch Cove 335-2849

Railway Coastal Museum: St. John’s Dockyard exhibit of model ship hulls, shipbuilding, dockyard history plus the story of Newfoundland's railway boat service & 1940's train diorama, 495 Water St W 724-5929 Signal Hill National Historic Site: Military & communications history, meet Signalman, watch film, interactive exhibits, Visitor Centre 772-5367

Signal Hill Tattoo: Historical battle reenactment w/ musket & cannon fire, Signal Hill (Wed / Thu / Sat & Sun at 11am & 3pm)

St John's Haunted Hike: Hike lasts an hour & a quarter and is suitable for ages 8+, $5, Anglican Cathedral steps (Every Sunday to Thursday at 9:30pm)

The Fluvarium: A panoramic water view under the surface of Nagle's Hill Brook. Spot fish, insects & plants in natural habitat plus interactive exhibits, 5 Nagle's Place 754-3474 Archival Mysteries: Where Is It? Featuring unidentified photographs from the archives which although are beautiful, remain a mystery in terms of their geographical location within NL, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

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galleries OPENING Richtig: Performance artist Elke Suhr expands upon road signs by her discussion of symbols, transforming their meaning beyond just relating to traffic, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr (Mon Aug 17 from 1pm-3pm)

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City of St. John’s PO Box 908, St. John’s, NL A1C 5M2 Website: www.stjohns.ca

Councillor Frank Galgay Ward 2

Tel: (709) 576-8577 Fax: (709) 576-8474 E-mail: fgalgay@stjohns.ca

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Bulletin Board Forum for Female Apprentices. The Office to Advance Women Apprentices is hosting its first forum for female apprentices on Wednesday, August 12th from 7-9 pm at the Carpenter's Millwrights College, 89 McNamara Drive, Paradise. If you are a female in a non-traditional trade, please call 757-5434 for more information and to reserve your space.

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