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10 Music 17 Movies 21 Community Events 19 On Stage 18 Visual Arts and Museums 22 Classifieds

4 City 5 Hot Ticket Calendar 6 Storefront 15 Food Nerd 16 Field Notes 18 Music Reviews 17 DIY 20 100% Local Comics 20 Free Will Astrology 24 Savage Love

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hey vanna, pick me a letter 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: Many more comments online at

RE: become a locavore

Food miles

The simple idea of “food miles” can lead you in the wrong direction. You must consider the entire emissions a foodstuff has created. For example, growing tomatoes in a local greenhouse, with all the heating and lighting it takes, can cause more emissions than raising the tomatoes in a sunny climate and shipping them to your door. As a good rule of thumb, if it’s in season and grown locally, it’s

likely lower in emissions. If it’s out of season locally, you need to dig much deeper. Jennifer online at

in doing so. People who make a point of only buying local are really just following a pointless, and sometimes annoying trend. Rich online at


Let’s not forget that just because Farmer Jonathan raises his crops/ livestock here does not mean your money stays in the province. When John has to buy new equipment or supplies, chances are it isn’t coming from here. The trucks he uses on his farm were not made in Dildo, they were made in Detroit, and shipped here on the back of an even bigger truck. Likewise, the big-box-supermarkets may be based elsewhere, but they employ hundreds of very local people who spend their earnings locally. I buy local when it’s convenient, but I dont see any environmental, cultural, or economic benefits


Outer limits

I moved here from Halifax for school, and my day starts earlier than 8am (strike 1). I live in Mount Pearl (strike 2). I also require reliable transit 7 days a week (strike 3). ... I give Metro Transit a 7/10 inside St. John’s. Outside the city, though, it’s 3/10. James online at

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The August 26 fire on Water Street. Photo by Elling Lien.

Up in smoke The embers from downtown’s latest fire have died down, but the challenge of fire safety in an area of old, tightly packed buildings remains.

Shawn Hayward examines how we could we fire proof the downtown core.


wayne Vey says he wasn’t surprised on Aug. 25 when he heard about a major fire on Water Street. Vey has lived downtown for many years and has seen other buildings burn during that time. “I’m used to that happening

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downtown,” he says. “It’s always been a fire hazard.” Fire fighters sprayed Pasta Plus from 5 pm to after midnight before the flames were finally tamed. Two adjoining businesses were damaged, and an upstairs apartment destroyed, leaving two people homeless. Isolating and extinguishing fires

in the older downtown buildings is a difficult task, according to Jack Hickey, deputy fire chief of St. John’s Regional Fire Department. “There’s an extreme amount of hidden voids,” he says. “You think the fire is out and it breaks out somewhere else.” The voids are between multiple walls in the older buildings. When a building is renovated, the contractors sometimes build a new wall next to the old one instead of tearing it down, to speed construction. Fires can hide between the newer and older walls just when fire fighters think the blaze is under control. Hickey says there were three or four different voids between walls in the Pasta Plus building. Firefighters often cut a hole a foot wide from the front of the building to the back, drawing the fire away from adjoining apartments and businesses. The fire in Pasta Plus was made more difficult to fight because, like the walls, there was an older roof underneath the new one: another layer for the firefighters to break through to let smoke and heat escape the building and prevent the fire from spreading. In a situation where every second is precious, an extra layer of roofing could mean the destruction of two or more buildings instead of just one. Access to buildings is another challenge, according to Hickey. Getting to a rear of a tightly-packed block of buildings like the one containing Pasta Plus can be time consuming. “Downtown where real estate is so valuable, every inch is used up,” he says. “Some of the laneways down there are only three feet wide. Our goal is to get it as quick as we can, because we know in the back of your mind if you don’t get it in within 10-15 minutes, it’s going to be a long night.” The fire code requires residences to install gyprock that will contain a fire for one hour, and up-todate electrical equipment to prevent fires from happening. But residential buildings only have to be brought up to code when its sold or renovated, meaning there are buildings downtown today that meet the minimum of decades-old safety requirements.

Businesses are inspected two to three times a year, and Hickey says the fire department issues fines regularly to violators and checks back to make sure they comply with the rules. Despite the regulations, several businesses have burned in the past few years, including the Model Shop, Sports Shop, and Magic Wok restaurant. The Royal Newfoundland Constabulary is still investigating the cause of the Pasta Plus fire. Most downtown business owners called didn’t express worry about the city’s incendiary past. “We’re fully fireproofed here,” says Jerry Haynes, part-owner of Portobello’s restaurant. “Our building is brick and attached to a hotel and I’m sure they’re fire sprinklered also. If a fire does break out I think it’ll be extinguished pretty quick.”


Hickey says people buying an older home or condominium downtown should make sure their electrical system is modernized. Glass tubes with wiring inside them are obsolete and should be replaced because they are a fire hazard. “If I bought a structure that is 30 or 40 years old, I’d get an electrician to make sure the wiring was up to code before I’d even look at buying it,” he says. In a densely-developed place like downtown the precautions your neighbours take are as important as your own. Hickey says smoke

detectors can detect smoke coming from a neighbours home if a major fire is happening. “Smoke alarms are the first line of defence,” he says. “If a fire starts in a building three doors down, and all the roofs are connected, the smoke will creep into your home, but at least if you have a smoke alarm you can get out safely.” Kirk DeHann, a salesman at Mic Mac Fire Safety, said having fire escapes that are sturdy and aren’t blocked by debris is very important. St. John’s has a much longer history with fire. In 1846 a fire started on George Street and spread east down Water Street and Duckworth Street, destroying the Anglican cathedral and the home of Robert Prowse. In 1892 an even more destructive fire began on Freshwater Road and levelled most of the city. Many of the heritage buildings we have today were built shortly after the fire. The new building at 248 Water Street where Pasta Plus used to stand will be safer than the old one. Like in nature, sometimes fire is needed to destroy the old make room for something new. “That section of town will go back up to code this time because it’ll be inspected and they’ll make sure there won’t be two walls, or three walls,” says Hickey. Have your say online at

Nooks&Crannies The Inn of Olde 67 Quidi Vidi Village Road


t’s a low-profile bar, nestled away at 67 Quidi Vidi Village Road, far from the booming bass of George Street, but people who step into the Inn of Olde come away with good memories and new friends, according to owner/operator Linda Hennebury. She opened the bar 32 years ago with her husband to supplement the income from their declining grocery store. Since then her husband has passed on, and Hennebury is now the bar’s only staff, multi-tasking as a manager, bartender, waitress, cook, and friend. “Everyone becomes friends once they come in here,” she says. “No one’s a stranger anymore.” The Inn of Olde is popular with tourists who hear of it through old-fashioned word of mouth according to Hennebury, who says she got her first computer just last winter. People bring items from foreign

lands to grace the walls. Hennebury says she has 1956 spoons on display, with a box more yet to be hung. She’s also gotten buttons, license plates, T shirts, and fishing memorabilia. The bar has had some wellknown visitors, including Jack Layton, Wayne Rostad, and Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, who plays Hennebury’s favourite character, Les Battersby. “That was grand,” she says. “He had a feed of lobster. They can’t afford lobster over in England.” And if people feel unbalanced after their drink, it might not be from the alcohol. “I’m the only one that has a slanted bar,” says Hennebury. “If you’re a tall fella and I’m short, I can stand up on one end and look you right straight in the eye.” — Shawn Hayward Suggestion for a nook?














Chris Brookes hosts the St John’s Storytelling Circle, an open mic of local tales by local tellers at Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club from 7:30pm-9:30pm. Three bucks.

New comedy by playwright/director Lois Brown. Contains dysfunctional parents, a twentysomething son, a girlfriend, a doctor, a banker, and a ghost daughter. Rabbittown Theatre 7398220. Tickets are $17.50. Runs until Sep 13th.

The kingizzle of izzle live at Mile One Centre. All ages event with wet and dry bar areas. Tickets start at $44.95 and are available at 576-7657. Hip hop show to follow at the Rock House featuring Toronto’s Cryogenics and local talent.

Storytelling Open Mic

Saturday, September 19 Hustle to Get Here: Newfoundland’s first bboy & hip hop crew competition will see 80 competitors from the province and away at MUN Feild House. $10. All ages.


Sex, The Rules Of

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Free public access to participating local landmarks all weekend long. See the inside of the Hindu Temple, Winterholme, Commissariat House, YellowBelly Brewery (with beer tasting!) and more. For a full schedule visit

Mayoral candidates Dennis O’Keefe, Ron Ellsworth and Mark Wilson duke it out at DF Cook Recital Hall. 7pm start.

Art historian Dr Melinda Pinfold from U of Alberta explains how our experiences with art shape who we are in this free lecture at The Rooms. Starts at 7pm.

It has the pace of drying paint, but if you have the patience, this story about an older Norwegian guy who retires, befriends a dog, and wanders around meeting people is fun and rewarding. It’s hard to explain. Avalon Mall, 7pm, $9-$10. Passes available.

Children of Eve return home with Ottawa metal band Today I Caught The Plague and Charlottetown punk group Syracuse Me. Bar show at Rock House plus two weekend all ages show. See listings for details.

Doors Open Days

Mayoral debate

How Art Brings Us to Ourselves

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Etcetera Productions’ debut show based on the works of Dr Seuss. Kid friendly. Tickets begin at $7.50 at Arts & Culture Centre 729-3900 Runs til Sep 26.

Breakwater Books presents Trudy Morgan-Cole and Tina Chaulk as they read from their latest books. $10 including drink (Go for the port!) at the Newman Wine Vaults. 7pm. 436 Water Street.

Busta Rhymes

Seussical The Musical

Woo-hah!! The legendary hip hop artist Busta Rhymes—Trevor Tahiem Smith, Jr.—will perform at Mile One Centre at 7pm. Tickets start at $56.49 and are available at 576-7657.

Busta Rhymes

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Wine & Words

Sunday, September 13 Activist (and former child soldier) Michel Chikwanine will speak at MUNSU’s Global Citizens Forum at the Arts & Culture Centre. 729-3900 (7pm-10pm)

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storefront local biz news


Turning a page After twenty-three years of providing the children of St. John’s some of the finest tales at storytime, the children’s bookstore Granny Bates is saying goodnight, and the shop’s closure means store owners Margie McMillan and Nora Flynn will go on to other things. “There’s sadness in terms of all of the people we’ve met over the years, the children and parents, and we’re now getting grandchildren of the customers that came in here,” says Margie. “I’m ready to move on. There are too Sydney many things Blackmore that I want to do and I’d like to have a different involvement in my community.” In 1986, Margie and Nora were two book lovers that were struck by the city’s lack of good reading material for kids. “If you couldn’t find a copy of Goodnight Moon in St. John’s, you didn’t have to make up a business plan or do a lot of research to know that there was a need here.” The pair set up shop at 2 Bates Hill and have been living happily

ever after ever since. However Margie does have concerns for the future of the city’s independent bookstores. “There’s one independent bookstore [for new books]—The Bookery, period.” says Margie. “It’s absolutely appalling that downtown St. John’s doesn’t have a library, and that we as a community have not been able to support an independent adult bookstore. I think people feel that they can buy it cheaper at Chapter’s.” “I think people working in the community deserve to be supported.” Granny Bates will be open until the end of September and is offering a sale on the store’s remaining books. Past patrons are welcome to drop in and say goodbye to the store they grew up with. “If you have a really good children’s book, in 40 years you can give it to your grandchildren,” says Margie. “It doesn’t get any better than that. It’s food for the soul.”


Food planet Your gateway to the world awaits at the corner of King’s Road and Duckworth Street. After weeks of piquing the curiosity of passersby the Multi Ethnic Snacks & Eatery catering truck is now serving international breakfast, lunch and supper meals to its hungry public. The eatery was cooked up by Zainab Jerrett, the proprietress

responsible for the benne cake paddies and jerk chicken that sell out each week at the St John’s Farmers’ Market. “We cook from the truck,” Says Zainab. “As I see it, [Ethnic Snacks] compliments the city because it’s becoming more and more multi-cultural.” Zainab, who is originally from Nigeria, learned the ins and outs of business in St. John’s via her first storefront, African Market Square in the Torbay Mall. She says Ethnic Snacks will allow her and other immigrant women to network and make a living by sharing their passion for cooking. “There are so many people coming here from so many countries and for a lot of women, they [feel] invisible,” she says. “They are so excited that people like their food, and that they can make some income.” “The ladies from the different countries prepare true, authentic, traditional dishes from all over the world,” says Zainab. Some dishes to watch out for include Moroccan couscous, jollof rice, plantains, and curried vegetables. For Ethnic Snacks catering and menu inquiries, contact Zainab at 726-7666 or e-mail at zharuna@

free cake!

Free cake alert Manna Euopean Bakery & Deli, the bakery that in 2004 held the Guinness World Record for

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preparing the world’s largest hot cross bun (114 lbs!!?) is turning 25 and wants you to help them celebrate. “We thought the occasion of our 25th year in business would be the perfect time to say thank you to our customers,” says Manna’s Jonathan Rusted. On Saturday, September 19th the eatery at 342 Freshwater will be offering free food samples, tea, coffee, and prizes to fellow partiers from 7am to 7pm. Manna’s new pastry chef Vanya Velinova—formerly of The Vault— will prepare a special birthday cake for the event, and Fergus O’Byrne and Jim Payne will be the afternoon’s entertainment. For more information, call Manna at 739-6992.


Bug juice A correction from last edition’s Bug Juice entry (Aug 27-Sept 9): “Bug Juice” refers the name of Neville Button’s earwig control company and not his patented earwig formula. The bait and traps is one service supplied by Button on a monthly basis, and aren’t sold separately. Call him at 690-7385 if you have questions. Send your fresh business news to


employment numbers Percentage change in population of Newfoundland and Labrador in the past year: 0.7 per cent National unemployment rate as of August, 2009: 8.7 per cent Newfoundland and Labrador unemployment rate as of August, 2009: 15.6 per cent Number of Canadian job losses since the beginning of the recession in October: 387,000 National change in full-time employment from August 2008 to 2009: 3.2 per cent decrease National change in part-time employment in August 2008 to 2009: 4.7 per cent increase Change in employment among Canadian students aged 15 to 24 from August 2008 to 2009: 9.5 per cent decrease Sources linked online at

Decision 2009 So you like the idea of voting in the St. John’s General Election this month?

ward 2 Scott Fitzgerald

Frank Galgay

Andrew Harvey

Well, we contacted each of the candidates and asked them a few questions, we dug up some news stories, we looked at their websites, spoke with some folks...

Bill Maddigan

Todd Perrin

...and yes, Virginia, it turns out you’ve got options. Below is a quick round-up. For more coverage throughout September, check us out online at By Sarah Smellie and Elling Lien

Mayor Ron Ellsworth

Dennis O’Keefe

Mark Wilson

You couldn’t ask for a better challenger-incumbent-underdog trio. Deputy Mayor Ron Ellsworth’s candidacy was no surprise. He sent out glossy Christmas cards to the entire city, fer chrissake. This is a man who seriously wants to be mayor and, judging by the sheer amount of thought and effort that have obviously gone into his pamphlets and website (and, according to a front page article in the Telegram some months back, his physique and haircut), he’s been gearing up for this race practically since he was born. Go check out the Ellsworth Essentials, his top priorities for the city. There are seventeen of them.That’s a lot of “essentials.” Ellsworth, who has only been on council for four years, is typically viewed as a guy whose main business is business. But he’s also been helping out organizations like the Community Garden Alliance. He’s also great at first impressions - there’s a post by Ed Hollett at The Sir Robert Bond Papers blog from April 2006 which extols Ellsworth’s talents as a politician. And it’s pretty hard to get a compliment from Mr. Hollett. (See Ellsworth is of course running against present mayor Dennis “Doc” O’Keefe, who won the byelection after Danny Williams gave Andy Wells the boot. O’Keefe hasn’t been quite as prolific with his campaign propaganda, but he certainly wins the Most Expensive Signs category: ad agency stock, with Doc posed sternly against a sparse, yellow background, the word “Proven” ink-stamped above him. The signs are fairly representative of O’Keefe’s reign. He’s had a few hiccups—the two-day moratorium on drive-thrus, the mystery election poll he commissioned—but otherwise things have been pretty bland. He’s got the “nice guy” reputation wrapped up, with most people applauding his approachability, his heart, and the calm, civil way in which the post-Andy council meetings are conducted. That’s already quite a race. To make it even more interesting, why not throw the lead singer of the Idlers into the race? Wait. What? Enter the underdog. Mark Wilson, organic farmer and reggae band front man, really is running for mayor. And not in some half-assed, publicity stunt

kinda way. He’s been politicking at community events all over town, he’s even got himself a campaign office and a website at the optimistic URL www.­ Though he hasn’t really laid out a concrete platform anywhere, he’s certainly stirring up fresh interest in municipal politics and has caught many peoples’ attention, which is more that can be said for the other two. He may be able to draw out younger voters and encourage more renegade candidates like himself and Andrew Harvey to run in future races. So who knows what might happen?

Water and Prescott Street this winter. Coombs currently chairs the committee responsible for the Harbour Clean-Up. Some think the downtown core would be a Stavanger Drive-like wasteland if it weren’t for Duff. It’s anybody’s guess who the winner will be, but one thing is certain: a serious munipolitical tycoon is going down in this match.

ward 1 Danny Breen

DEPUTY Mayor Keith Coombs

Shannie Duff

Ladies and gentlemen, this is the real main event. In the West end corner, we have four-time Ward 3 councillor and McDonald Drive Jr. High principal Keith “We’ve Got To Look Forward” Coombs. In the East end corner, we have longtime city councillor and former mayor Shannie “Trust, Experience, A Track Record To be Proud Of [and Did I Mention That I Was Given the Order Of Canada?]” Duff. This September these two stalwarts of St. John’s city politics will be slugging it out to the death ... of their political careers. (Maybe. Possibly.) Weighing in with one of the flashiest websites in this year’s election ( Coombs is typically the first council member giving the nod to downtown development projects which require a tweaking of the heritage restrictions to fly. Indeed, in one of the videos on his site, he says of downtown development, “we need to be adaptable and flexible... simply saying no cannot be an option.” On the other hand, Shannie Duff is a founding member of the St. John’s Heritage Foundation. She’s one of the strongest supporters of the heritage regulations on council. But no matter what side of the heritage fence you’re on, both Coombs and Duff are strong, seasoned politicos, and neither let much stand in their way. It was Coombs who demanded that council hit up the MMSB for cash after the curbside recycling program was delayed. It was Duff who led the battle against the proposal for a ten story hotel at the corner of

Dave Lee

Art Puddister

East side represent! This area runs up from Quidi Vidi lake, and east of Portugal Cove road. The incumbent here is Art Puddister, who has seemingly come out of his shell a bit since Andy Wells left office. This January, for example, when some councillors were saying downtown businesses were not doing enough to clear snow and ice from in front of their properties, he said the city was being hypcritical for not doing the same on their properties. Zing! He did, however, recently call Bally Haly golf course “the Bowring Park of the east end.” This could have been an off-handed remark meaning ‘it’d be a shame to plunk a building there,’ but any park you need a membership for isn’t exactly a Bowring Park. Still though, he’s been generally quiet, and the up-and-comers, Danny Breen and Dave Lee are biting at his heels. Breen (“Your City, Your Voice”), who said in our questionnaire his top priority is to keep taxation at the lowest possible level, has experience with community organisations, including the national and provincial branches of the Heart and Stroke Foundation, as well as sport, and school organisations. He seems like a practical, no-nonsense guy. Lee (Time for change... Old problems, new solutions”) is a young entrepreneur who likes to think outside the box. Instead of water meters, on his website he proposes public education and an incentive program to retrofit homes. Instead of more parking areas, he favours a park and ride system. Again, very tough to say what will happen in this ward. In 2005 Puddister was elected with just over 3000 votes.

If you’re in the downtown area, you’ve got plenty of healthy choices on your ballot. With five candidates running, this is the most contested ward in town. Frank Galgay was first elected here in 1997, and since then it’s hard to find a person who has a bad thing to say about him (aside from people who say he’s long-winded at council meetings perhaps.) Often in local politics once you get in, you’re in until you quit—especially if you don’t raise too much of a fuss. And since Galgay has been respectful of the opinions of others, and there haven’t been any political flare-ups with his name on them, it seems like he’s a shoo-in. But you’ve got options! Scott Fitzgerald is a Senior Programmer Analyst with the provincial government who has been campaigning heavily in the area. “I would pair economic development with downtown development because we can’t have one without the other,” he says in the questionnaire. Bill Maddigan ran for the NDP once upon a time, and he his top issues include sidewalk snow clearing and providing more opportunities for city youth. Todd Perrin, owner of a successful downtown bed and breakfast, wants to focus on downtown development, and says heritage restrictions need to be reworked to streamline development. “Significant effort should be put into setting the guidelines and then let developers move forward based on those,” he says. And out of the blue, Andrew Harvey, who works as an Off-Campus Housing Coordinator for MUN, is a surprise standout for us in this riding. On his questionnaire, increasing public involvement in decision-making was his top priority, and he proposed creating a staff position responsible for developing and supporting community associations, which we promptly filed in our Awesome Idea of The Month folder. Unfortunately, he has grungy-looking, spraypainted election signs up around town, which may indeed be more environmentally friendly, but do not appeal to everyone, and probably even make him look like a crackpot. But, again, our crystal ball is broken, so we have no idea what will happen here.

ward 3 Terry Bennett

Bruce Tilley

Ted Warren

Lionel West

Another good example of the high stakes drama in this election.

Who knew munipolitics could be so exciting? To set the scene, Ward 4 is a ward without an incumbent. Keith Coombs held this riding before deciding to run for Deputy Mayor this time around, so the sheriff’s left this wild west town, and there are four well qualified candidates vying for the position. Terry Bennett is a long-time city employee and knows how things work “on the inside”. Ted Warren, a former journalist who has run for the Greens and NDP, rates his top three priorities as “sustainability, sustainability and sustainability.” He says “We need to make this city a cleaner, greener, more livable place for the people who call this home.” Bruce Tilley—former General Manager of the St. John’s Board of Trade—actually held this very seat a number of years ago, and stands a good chance of being elected based on name recognition among older voters. He also has a well-financed campaign. Finally, Lionel West is basically obsessed with St. John’s city council. He has been following city hall so closely for nine years that if you were to throw a random council issue at him, he is likely to have already developed an informed opinion, written a letter to the editor, and appeared on the CBC’s St. John’s Morning Show to talk about it. Up until this election, he’s kept a blog about city council politics for a long time. It’s archived at lionelwest.

ward 4 Sheilagh Guy-Murphy

Debbie Hanlon

Two high-profile, well-liked women are running for this seat, and it’s going to be close. Guy-Murphy is a strong, outspoken, and passionate actor and writer who has been involved in the arts community for over fourty years, though she is perhaps most widely known for her volunteer efforts, having recently been awarded a Governor General’s Award for Caring Canadians. Her campaign videos on YouTube are a welcome diversion from the standard “I did this and I’ll do that” snorefests, with Guy-Murphy asking a rapid-fire succession of questions like “Do you care? Do you care about your city?” If she could jump out of the screen and shake you by the shoulders, she would. Hanlon, the incumbent, boasts an impressive struggling single-momto-riches story and is a well-known real estate mogul. In addition to being the president of Jesperson Publishing, she’s the owner and president of Coldwell Baker Hanlon -- they’re the ones with the ubiquitous blue and white For Sale signs. Incidentally, Hanlon’s campaign signs are also blue and white. Both women are relative rookies. Hanlon ran unsuccessfully against Walter Noel for the St. John’s East Liberal Party nomination in 2008. She’s only been on city council for a year, having won the Ward 4 race in the 2008 byelection to fill Ron Ellsworth’s seat when he took over as Deputy Mayor. Guy-Murphy has run in previous municipal elections but has yet to be elected. Their campaigns have a real focus on the neighbourhood, with both

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women tauting safety as a main concern. Even though Hanlon is the real estate baroness, it’s Guy-Murphy who puts promoting development within heritage reason one of her top concerns. Hanlon is shooting for more transparency within city hall and more support for seniors. Hanlon’s year on council began wide-eyed and earnest, with her fighting for a controversial crosswalk. She even won, and the issue made some decent headlines. But as the year wore on, Hanlon’s presence on council waned. Depending on the politics of who you’re talking to, this could work for or against her at the polls.

ward 5 Wally Collins

Perry Howlett

Steve Manuel

David Ryan

Much of this ward was absorbed by the City of St. John’s in 1991, and many people in the area aren’t happy with the level of service, so people who stand up for their area seem to get elected here. Wally Collins has held this seat since 2005, when he ran a rather close race against Perry Howlett. Now again, Howlett is running against

Collins, but at a disadvantage. Collins sat on lots of council committees, and spoke up loudly when he felt his area wasn’t being treated fairly (he spoke out against the recently-approved recreational plan, because much of the money was going to replace facilities in the north, for example.) Howlett argues, however, that Collins hasn’t been loud enough. On his website his list of priorities for the ward include water and sewer services, preservation of agricultural farm land, and sidewalks in school areas. Howlett worked with the provincial Office of the Fire Commissioner, Department of Labour and the Department of Transportation and Works before retiring this year. Steve Manuel is a newcomer to this contest. He is a Deputy Sheriff with the Department of Justice, and his priorities also include sidewalks, as well as road upgrades and new land

development for residential homes. David Ryan, on the other hand, doesn’t have a website and didn’t respond to any of our e-mails. We don’t know anything about him. Vote for David Ryan!

AT LARGE Each voter gets 4 votes from this pool.

Tom Badcock

A retired air force officer who has written 11 novels and is Executive Director of the (amazing) HUB. He’s outspoken, opinionated, and looks extremely stern in his campaign photo.

Barry Buckle

A fashion designer and college instructor (and nice guy) running a low budget campaign, with an eye on downtown development and upgrading the transit system.

Gerry Colbert

Incumbent Colbert probably doesn’t like us because we gave him an F in last year’s City Council Report Card for missing so many meetings. His attendance record has improved dramatically since, but he didn’t respond to our questionnaire this time either, so we don’t know much about him.

Bernard Davis

This Executive Director and Program


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Coordinator of The Church Lad’s Brigade has attracted some media attention by pushing a park and ride bus service as part of his platform. He applauds council’s opening up of the budgeting process to the public, and lists infrastructure development and fair taxation as some of his priorities.

Tom Hann

This broadcaster and former radio/ TV news anchor and program host is an incumbent. “After forming the Mayor’s Advisory committee on Seniors, I would like our committee to work toward making St. John’s an Age Friendly City as outlined in the recommendations of the World Health Organization,” he writes in his questionnaire. He lists managing

growth and taxation reform among his priorities.

Sandy Hickman

Two-time councillor at large, Sandy Hickman is a familiar face around these parts. He’s a marketing specialist in the tourism industry, so he’s pretty focused on improving the city’s public relations, its infrastructure, and developing the downtown in a way that preserves that famous touristattracting character. He’s not the most outspoken councillor on hand, but he’s a great supporter of the arts, having chaired a meeting with the theatre community this winter to see if the city could help them out with space issues.

Simon Lono

Charming, intelligent, and very much a politically-savvy beast. He’s eager for change: “The city needs a hard look at the way it does things,” he writes. “A lack of turnover at the council level and the abdication of responsibility by leaving decisions to senior city bureaucrats mean that nothing ever changes. This encourages bad and outdated policies and practices to go on and discourages change.” His priorities include financial accountibility, better services, and “community focus.”

Stephen Nolan

Stephen Nolan is all about The Plan, man. This CONA librarian and author two books about the history of this

fine province wants city council to sit down and make a concrete plan for the future already. “I truly love my home, which is St. John’s ... I feel that we are changing for the worst,” he wrote in his questionnaire. Without much political experience to speak of and a relatively muted campaign, he’s a long shot, but his heart sure seems to be in the right place.

Sheilagh O’Leary

There are some who look to Sheilagh O’Leary as “the next Shannie Duff.” A successful local artist and veteran social activist, Sheilagh recently spearheaded the formation of the Belvedere neighbourhood Association in the Margaret’s Place area. She’s in it for responsible development, more environmental initiatives and more

backbone when it comes to upholding heritage regulations. For more election coverage visit To check and see if you’re on the voter’s list call 311. Mail in ballots will be sent to registered voters by September 11. The voting period is Friday, September 11th-Tuesday, September 29th, 2009. Good luck.


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music listings send us your show info Email: Online: Event listings are free. Hi-res photos are welcome and encouraged. 14,000 copies of The Scope are available at 300+ locations across St. John’s, Mount Pearl, Paradise, Torbay and CBS.

Next deadline for listings: 5pm Sunday, September 20

Cryogenics (Toronto hip hop collective featuring Bubba Sean, Cuzn Joe & DJ Dough Low Rock), Filthy Gentlemen (hip hop), Live N’ Direct (hip hop), Antics (hip hop), 12am, $5/$7, Rock House Dave White, Whalen’s Pub Dave Whitty, Simon Hiscock (7pm-10pm), Siochana (10:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s

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

Fuse, Trapper John’s Hugh Scott (4:30pm); Bob Taylor & Carl Peters (8pm); Connemara (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

Japan Batteries (rock), The Zazou (ska), Actors and Architects (Toronto rock), 10pm, The Levee Jeff Lewis, Lottie’s Place Lone Rider, Tol’s Time Out Mardeen (Halifax rock), The Mudflowers (rock), Ye-Yeti (indie rock), The Ship

Rob Cook (4pm); Fergus O’Byrne (8pm),

THURSDAY, SEPT 10 Classic Rock Thursday: Terry Mack, Jace Hardcack, no cover, Loft 709

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

Dave Borins, Whalen’s Pub Dave Panting, Erin’s Pub Dave Whitty, Simon Hiscock, Bridie Molloy’s Fergus O’Byrne (7pm); Acoustic Punters (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

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

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

Rockin’ Thursdays, The Levee The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar Scott Goudie, The Ship Steve Edwards, Trapper John’s Striped White, CBTGs Tropical Thursdays: DJ Chamba, Turkey Joe’s

Unlisted, Green Sleeves

FRIDAY, SEPT 11 All Request, Lottie’s Blackie O’Leary (5:30pm); Rob Cook (10pm), Kelly’s Pub

Bob Macdonald (6pm), Actors & Architects (Toronto rock), 10pm, The Republic

Chris Hennessey (5pm); Fergus O’Byrne (8:15pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Class War Kids (farewell show), FCKU, The Raycocks, Dead of Winter, 10pm, $5, CBTGs

Colin Harris, 9:30pm-12:30am, Lower Path Bar

D’arcy Broderick & Ron Kelly (5pm); Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8:30pm); Connemara (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

Dave Borins, Whalen’s Pub Dave White, Trapper John’s DJ Fabian, Zone 216 DJ Mikey B, DJ Steve Murray, DJ Electro, $5 till 1:30am, Liquid Night Club

Dodgeband (alt), CWK, La Malediction (garage), Amusia (rock), $5, Distortion Filthy Fridays: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe’s Funktastic Friday w/ DJs Leo van Ulden & Rob Taylor, 12am-5am, $5 (no cover before 1am), Spin

Jason Simms & John Barela (7pm10pm), Siochana (10:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s Jolly Roger, Fat Cat Blues Bar Lone Rider, Tol’s Time Out MTV Love Fest: DJ Dopey, DJ Paddy G, DJ 2 Gunz, Sundance

Scott Conway & Geoff Meadus (acoustic & percussion), DJ Mayehem, Loft 709

Steve Colburne, 6pm-9pm, Cafe Wedgewood

Stixx & Stones, 6pm-9pm, Dusk Ultra Lounge

Stone Rogues (trad rock) $5, Rock House The Insiders, The Dock The Regulators, Green Sleeves The Wolves, Mercy, The Sexton (pop), The Subtitles (pop), 10pm, The Levee

Traditional Session: Graham Wells, Erin’s Pub

O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Rob Cook, 10pm, Kelly’s Pub Rock Can Roll Fundraiser, CBTGs Seamless Saturday: DJ Mike The Tailor, 11pm-5am, $5 (no cover before 1am), Spin

Sexual Saturdays: DJ Jaycee, Turkey Joe’s Snoop Dogg, $44.95-$62.09, Mile One Centre Snoop After Party: Paddy G, Downstream (hip hop), no cover with ticket stub, Loft 709

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

SUNDAY, SEPT 13 Acoustic A Go Go, 10pm, no cover, Distortion

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

Irish Session: Graham Wells & Billy Sutton, Mike Hanrahan (8:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s

Mike Hanrahan & Ron Kelly (2pm), Damian Follett (10:30pm), Green Sleeves

NQ Arbuckle (Toronto folk country), Les Domestics (folk), 9pm-12am, $12, The Ship

Retro Sunday: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe’s Song Session: Allan Byrne (7pm), Best Kind (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

The Racket, George Street Beer Market

MONDAY, SEPT 14 Damian Follett, Green Sleeves 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

La Rose des Vents (Francophone Assoc choir) Reception & singalong, 7:30pm, free and open to all, Centre Scolaire et Communautaire des Grands-Vents-65 Ridge Rd 726-4900

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

TUESDAY, SEPT 15 Andrew Ledrew (solo acoustic rock) 9:30pm-1am, no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Anthony MacDonald, Bridie Molloy’s Chris Hennessey (5pm); Open Mic with Gary Foley & Robert Moran(10pm); Rob Cook & Larry Foley (12am), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Damian Follett & Gary Gambin, Green Sleeves

Dan Trouble, Andrew Mast & Friends, 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

The Once (folk) The Ship Tuesdays with Whitty, 10pm, no cover, The Levee

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 16 Anthony McDonald, Erin’s Pub Blackie O’Leary (6:30pm); Arthur, Fred & Chris (10pm), Shamrock City Pub


Epic Wednesdays: Adam Baxter, 10pm, $5,

All’s Fair in Love and War (MUN Music)

Folk Night: David Guy, 9pm, $5, The Ship Jason Lacour, Trapper John’s Jim Feehan, Bridie Molloy’s Kronik, Green Sleeves

Duo Concertante plays works inspired by love or the impacts of war, 8pm, $7/$12, DF Cook Recital Hall 737-4455

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Alona Film Fest Fundraiser, Distortion


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Matt Byrne (7pm); The Bishops (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub Scott Goudie (acoustic blues) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Songwriters Showcase: Hosted by John Feltham, 9:30pm, no cover, The Levee

Tarahan, George Street Beer Market Wacky Wednesdays: Dave White, 10pm, Turkey Joe’s

Wednesday Night Flush: With host Derm Kean, 11pm, $5, Rose & Thistle

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

THURSDAY, SEPT 17 Cancer Benefit: Run for the Cure, Bridie Molloy’s

Chris Ryan, Trapper John’s 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

Hip Hop Thursday, $5, Distortion Ladies of Jazz (Wreckhouse Jazz & Blues) Heather Bambrick, Janet Cull, Kelly-Ann Evans & Dana Parsons, 8pm, DF Cook Recital Hall

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

Neighborhood Strays (bellydance) Rock House

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

Selina Boland & Band, 10pm, The Levee Striped White, CBTGs The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar Trevor Kelly, Whalen’s Pub Tropical Thursdays: DJ Chamba, Turkey

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@


Unlisted, Green Sleeves

Murray Premises • 739-8444 Open Tuesday to Saturday

FRIDAY, SEPT 18 AJ’s Lesbian Bachlorette: Part 3: A little taste of Mexico, 11pm, Zone 216

All Request, Lottie’s Barcode, Darnell’s Pub Blackie O’Leary (5:30pm); Rob Cook (10pm), Kelly’s Pub

Bob Macdonald, 6pm-10pm, The Republic Chris Hennessey (5pm); Fergus O’Byrne

Steve Colburne, 6pm-9pm, Cafe Wedgewood

Stixx & Stones, 6pm-9pm, Dusk Ultra Lounge The Reluctant Showmen (rock), The

Dance League Saturday: Paddy Greene, Loft 709

Dark Boat (MUN Music) Paul Bendzsa & Rob Power’s journey through the labyrinth of improvisation & composition continues with the launch of Spanner’s second recording, 8pm, $7/$12, Petro Canada Hall

David Reardon (7pm-10pm), Connemara (10:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s

DJ Mikey B, DJ Steve Murray, DJ Electro, $5 till

Potholes, $5, Distortion

1:30am, Liquid Night Club

Chris Ryan & Chad Murphy, Trapper

Tod Scott, Whalen’s Pub Traditional Session: Graham Wells, Erin’s

Gospel Under The Dome: Songs celebrat-

Colin Harris, 9:30pm-12:30am, Lower Path Bar

D’arcy Broderick & Ron Kelly (5pm); Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8:30pm); Siochana (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

DJ Cosmo (Red Bull 3Styles Champion), $5, Loft 709

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

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(10:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s

Plague (Ottawa metal), Syracuse Me (Charlottetown punk), Rock House

(8:15pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub John’s

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Idlers (ska reggae) Rock House Kenobi (grunge) 10pm, The Levee Kilkenny Krew, Green Sleeves Miss Conduct, The Dock Steve & Andrew (7pm-10pm), Connemara


Twins, Tol’s Time Out


ing faith, peace, hope and inspiration. David Chafe, Ian Foster, Julia Halfyard, Justin Osmond, Philip Holloway, Aaron Sheppard, Colin Mackey, Jeff & Hillary Simms, Salvation Brass, Gonzaga High School Choir, 8pm, $10, Cochrane Street United Church

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

Babes for Breasts (Dr H Bliss Murphy

ters (8pm); Siochana (11pm), Shamrock City Pub

cancer benefit) Denielle Hann, Amanda Rheaume, Sherry Ryan, Ana Miura plus Velveeta Gabour & Keikei de Murre of the Purity Girls, 8pm, $19/$24, Holy Heart Theatre

Hustle To Get Here: Newfoundland’s first

Cape St Mary’s Performance Series: Vince & Glen Collins, Pastime with Good Company Recorder Consort quartet, Matthew Byrne, Cape St Mary’s Interpretation Centre

Children of Eve (rock), Today I Caught The

bboy & hip hop crew competition: 80 competitors from the province and away, four of Canada’s best bboys as judges, stand up comedian, emcee Mariano Abarca Palomares & DJ Cosmo, all ages, daytime, $10, MUN Feild House 727-7745

Hustle To Get Here: Newfoundland’s first bboy & hip hop crew competition after party, $5/$10, The Breezeway

Jeff Lewis, Lottie’s Place Kilkenny Krew, Green Sleeves Map To Temenos (last show), Swords (epic metal), AE Bridger (psych), $5, The Ship

Miss Conduct (cover rock) The Dock Musique Non-Stop: Indie Dance Night

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

THURSDAY, SEPT 24 Classic Rock Thursday: Terry Mack, Jace

w/ Brainbomb (dubstep), DJ Benjy, no cover, Distortion

Hardcack, no cover, Loft 709

Rob Cook (4pm); Fergus O’Byrne (8pm),

Blues Bar

O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Dave Panting, Erin’s Pub Fergus O’Byrne (7pm); Acoustic Punters

Craig Young (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat

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

Steve Davis Trio, Trapper John’s

The Black Bags (rock) $5, CBTGs

(10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Fred Jorgenson & Arthur O’Brien, Kelly’s Pub John Lennox, The Ship ST , Dusk Ultra Lounge FIND THE MOSTINGS MacLovin Matthew Byrne (7pm), Middle ATE LI


The Sellouts (rock), The

Discounts (hip hop/reggae), Quiet Elephant (indie pop), Fat Cat Blues Bar

Twins, Tol’s Time Out VJ Eric & DJ Slayer, 11pm, $5/$7 after 1:30pm, Zone 216

Tickle (10:30pm), Shamrock City Pub

Rockin’ Thursdays, The Levee Steve Edwards, Trapper John’s The Insiders (acoustic) 10:30pm, Martini Bar

Tropical Thursdays: DJ Chamba, Turkey Joe’s

Unlisted, Green Sleeves

Ward Pike, Whalen’s

SUNDAY, SEPT 20 Blackie O’Leary (5:30pm); Fred Jorgenson (9:30pm), Kelly’s Pub

Busta Rhymes, Karl Wolf, 7pm, $56.49$79.09, Mile One

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

allages Sat Sep 19 at 6pm & Sun Sep 20 at 7pm

Gospel at All Saints Parish Hall-CBS (2nd Saturday of month at 8pm)

Sundays: Natalie Noseworthy at Hava Java (8pm); Shawn Beresford at Fat Cat Blues Bar; Young Musicians at Shamrock City Pub (2pm); Young Performers at O’Reilly’s Irish Pub (3pm)

karaoke Tuesdays: Grumpy Stump Wednesdays: Grumpy Stump; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Stanley’s Pub (10pm); Tol’s Time Out Lounge (9pm) Tol’s Time Out Lounge (9pm); West Side Charlies-Torbay Rd

Fridays: Brownings Pub-Hotel Mount Pearl at 9:30pm; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Stanley’s Pub (10pm); Tol’s Time Out Lounge (7pm); West Side Charlies-Paradise Saturdays: Brownings Pub-Hotel Mount Pearl at 9:30pm; Darnell’s Pub; Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm); Stanley’s Pub(10pm); Tol’s Time Out Lounge (6pm) Sundays: Grumpy Stump; Tol’s Time Out Lounge (6pm)

Find the most up-to-date listings at

Children of Eve (rock), Today I Caught The Plague (Ottawa metal), Syracuse Me (Charlottetown punk), Distortion

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

Eric Bogle (Australian singer-songwriter) 8pm, $25/$30, Arts & Culture Centre

Irish Session: Graham Wells & Billy Sutton, Mike Hanrahan (8:30pm), Bridie Molloy’s

Mike Hanrahan & Ron Kelly (2pm), Damian Follett (10:30pm), Green Sleeves

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

Retro Sunday: DJ Lex, Turkey Joe’s Song Session: Allan Byrne (7pm), Best Kind

Irish Pub (10pm)

(10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Shamrock City Pub (9:30pm); Rose & Thistle

The Imports, $5, Distortion The Racket, George Street Beer Market

MONDAY, SEPT 21 Damian Follett, Green Sleeves Dave White, 9:30pm, MexiCali Rosa’s DJ Diamond, no cover, Loft 709 Hugh Scott (6:30pm); Anthony MacDonald &


Thursdays: Karoke Kops Party Bar (10pm);

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Wednesday: Chris Ryan & Ronnie Power at

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 &

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Ronnie Power, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub

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

TUESDAY, SEPT 22 Andrew Ledrew (solo acoustic rock) 9:30pm-1am, no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar

Anthony MacDonald, Bridie Molloy’s Chris Hennessey (5pm); Open Mic with Gary Foley & Robert Moran(10pm); Rob Cook & Larry Foley (12am), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Damian Follett & Gary Gambin, Green Sleeves

Dan Trouble, Andrew Mast & Friends, 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

Steve Poltz (San Diego singer-songwriter) 9:30pm, $10, The Ship

Tuesdays with Whitty, 10pm, no cover, The Levee

WEDNESDAY, SEPT 23 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

Epic Wednesdays: Adam Baxter, 10pm, $5, Distortion

Folk Night: Gulliver’s Spree, 9pm, $5, The Ship Jason Lacour, Trapper John’s Jim Feehan, Bridie Molloy’s Kronik, Green Sleeves Matt Byrne (7pm); The Bishops (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub

Songwriters Showcase: Hosted by John Feltham, 9:30pm, no cover, The Levee

Tarahan, George Street Beer Market Wacky Wednesdays: Dave White, 10pm, Turkey Joe’s

Wednesday Night Flush: With host Derm Kean, 11pm, $5, Rose & Thistle


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restaurant reviews Reader-submitted restaurant reviews for St. John’s and metro area.

Around the World 50-60 Commonwealth Avenue, 368-3494

 Reviewed by Christine

After passing this restaurant many times we finally decided to give it a try—and were thoroughly delighted! The food was great as well as the service. It’s the only place where you can have Mexican, Thai, Indian, French, Canadian and more all at the same time. We had the Spanish burrito with super yummy fries and their Canadian take on pad Thai. Avg rating

(based on 1 review) Sun Sushi

186 Duckworth Street, 726-8688

 Reviewed by Hungrytownie

The food here is sooo good, and the prices are pretty decent. You can have a feed for under $20. The service is a little vague, but once your order is in, it doesn’t take long to get your food. Definitely on my list of favourites. Avg rating

India Gate Fine Indian Cuisine

Gateway to superb



All you can eat LUNCHEON BUFFET Monday - Friday 11:30 - 2pm


Monday - Sunday 5pm - 10:30pm

TAKE OUT AVAILABLE Telephone: 753.6006 286 Duckworth Street


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(based on 17 reviews)

Fog City Avalon Mall, 726-4949

 Reviewed by Bryan


Gave the big ol’ George Street Burger a shot tonight and it didn’t disappoint. A basic burger with mushrooms, onions and a teriyaki sauce with a basket of perfectly done fries. I liked the bar area, and the wait staff are great, but the VLT area beside the bathroom (full on a Sunday night) made me feel kind of bad about being there.

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Avg rating

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Restaurant Mexicano

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

88 Kings Road 753-3046


Reservations 576-MEXX 8-10 Bates hill, St. John’s

 (based on 4 reviews)

Duke of Duckworth 325 Duckworth Street,739-6344

 Reviewed by Christine

It truly is the best place for fish and chips in the whole metro area! I never would have thought to come here, but once I was introduced to the fish and chips I couldn’t stop coming back. Numerous other restaurants say they have the best fish and chips in town but they are wrong. The Duke is way better than Ches’s, Leo’s, Buddy’s, Smitty’s and Fabulous Foods—Trust me, I’ve done the taste-testing. Avg rating

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ears after my own school days wrapped themselves up in a tidy, red-tape-anduseless-diploma-wrapped academic package, I still catching myself sniffing the air on cool September mornings, hoping to catch a whiff of the intoxicating back-toschool olfactory cocktail of pencil shavings, new socks and shoes, and crisp McIntosh apples. I always loved the rituals of backto-school shopping, arranging my newly acquired supplies (standardissue tartan pencil case, multi-subject binder, weaponconcealing geometry kit) in my canvas backpack. This Andreae was back in the Prozesky stone age when downtown St. John’s had department stores; some years my mother and sister and I, after pillaging Piper’s and Target, would stop for lunch at the Woolworth’s cafeteria for a nourishing meal of red-heat-lamp-warm fries and a fine dessert of Jell-O cubes topped with “whipped topping” and a quarter of a maraschino cherry. I love Jell-O in a cube to this very day. Now that I have my own schoolage daughter, I get to relive it. It’s not quite as much fun paying for school supplies as it once was picking them out, and, due to our twentyfirst-century horror of any child being bullied off a cliff for having the wrong kind of glue stick, you’re not really allowed to buy anything fun any more, but, still, it’s back-toschool. The fresh start of untouched scribblers, the erasers showing no evidence of your ever having made a mistake. It’s a time full of hope. And lunches. School lunches aren’t what they used to be. Peanut butter might as well be napalm, the way people go on about it. And tuna sandwiches are a stinky, fishy lunch food of the past. I’m not about to weigh in on whether the allergy business in schools is motivated by a genuine desire to keep kids safe or by a widereaching allergy hysteria fueled by the big-business pharmaceutical companies or by the school system’s fear of lawsuits. It’s probably a bit of each. Deadly food allergies are incredibly rare, far rarer than you would probably think, but they do happen, and if I were the mom of the kid who the doctors said might stop breathing if the kid next to her ate a peanut butter sandwich, I might react in a way that other parents might not understand. Who knows? I’m already the parent who sends her kid to birthday parties with her own gluten-free cupcakes, and it’s a slippery slope from there. It’s not only schools that ban certain lunch foods, of course. Plenty of office buildings have a no-peanuts policy, and, well, there are some people who would say that bringing a room-temperature tuna sandwich into a shared kitchen space with recycled air and no windows should

Crunchy granola bars Makes 8 1 ½ cups old-fashioned rolled oats ¾ cups various seeds (I use a combination of pumpkin seeds and sesame seeds, but sunflower seeds, toasted soybeans, coconut – which is usually allowed, as it’s not related to true nuts – and other seeds are also tasty) 3 tablespoons butter ½ cup lightly packed dark brown sugar ½ teaspoon cinnamon, if desired 4 tablespoons corn syrup, brown rice syrup, or honey (or a combination) ½ teaspoon coarse salt (kosher salt or pickling salt are fine)

1. Line a 4 ½ x 9” bread pan with parchment paper so that the paper hangs over the two longs sides a little – you will use the overlap to remove the bars from the pan. 2. In a pan over medium-low heat, stirring often, toast oats just until they become fragrant and slightly golden, 5 to 6 minutes. Remove oats to a bowl and add the seeds, stirring well. 3. In the pan, combine butter, sugar, cinnamon, syrup or honey, and salt. Cook over medium heat, stirring, until butter melts and mixture begins to bubble, about 3 minutes. 4. Pour sugar mixture over oats and seeds and stir to combine. Quickly turn mixture into prepared bread pan and press down with a rubber spatula (or your fingers if it’s not too hot). It should be even across the surface. Refrigerate until set, at least 30 minutes. Using parchment paper overhang, lift slab of granola to a cutting board and cut into eight slices. Keep granola bars in an airtight container, preferably in a cool place so they don’t soften up (I keep mine in the fridge). PS Oats can sometimes be contaminated with gluten, so people with Celiac disease and some acute gluten sensitivities can’t tolerate them. I make these with slightly crushed cornflakes instead of oats and they’re marvelous (I skip the toasting step). Check the box to make sure they’re gluten-free if this is a concern for you.

be a punishable offence anyway. Tuna’s out, peanut butter’s out, and frustration is in. One of the recipes I’ve fiddled with and tested with over the last year is for crunchy granola bars. They were a staple lunch food for us children of the children of the sixties. Then Quaker Chewy Dipps appeared, with their prominent Degrassi placement and their chocolate chips and marshmallows and chocolatey coating. How did anyone expect us to learn anything? No wonder our teachers chain-smoked in the lounge every second that they could. Then, maybe ten or fifteen years ago, the crunchy granola bar started to make a comeback. They’re almost as tooth-rottingly sweet as the chocolate-dipped chewy marshmallow granola confections of the 1990s, but they’ve got the odd whole grain in them, so they’re all right. They’re not all that cheap, though, for something composed primarily of horse feed, and one plastic-foil wrapper for every two skinny bars adds up to a lot of waste.

In all my fiddling with my granola bar recipe, there was one thing I got wrong for a long time. In my attempts to make the bars not too junky, I kept trying to reduce the sugar. It just didn’t work. The crunchiness has to come from some kind of sugary syrup. It can be corn syrup, which is what it would be in most commercial granola bars, or it can be honey, which is delicious and relatively good for you but which has a strong flavour that some kids (well, mine at least) don’t like. I usually use brown rice syrup, which you can buy in health food stores and in the health food section at Dominion. It’s not very sweet-tasting, and it’s almost buttery. I don’t worry too much about a bit of sugar syrup if the stuff the sugar syrup is holding together is all wholesome grains and nuts. I just send a crisp, tooth-scouring fall apple along with it and hope for the best.

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hava lunch A puppet show for all ages A traditional Newfoundland Fairy Tale Told by Andy Jones With puppets by Darka Erdelji

Parks Canada Proudly Presents

Sundays in September at Signal Hill National Historic Site of Canada

Performances at 2pm every Sunday in September at the Signal Hill Visitor Centre. Admission: Adult—$3.90 Youth (6-16)—$1.90 Family (4 Persons)—$9.90 For more information or to reserve a seat call 772-4444

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fieldnotes local culture vulture dance

B-boys battle Modestly enough, East Rock Crew started out as a bunch of guys watching YouTube and music videos to teach themselves the art of street dance. The group has evolved significantly since 2005, and its performers now practice b-boying as well as promote street dance to children and communities as a means of artistic fulfillment and exercise. And now, for the first time, ERC is hosting a dance competition. Supported by the Newfoundland Kerri Breen and Labrador Arts Council, it’s called Hustle to get Here, and it means some talented dancers will win some sweet cashish. The competition, held at MUN on Sept. 19 on, consists of a b-boying category in which 16 dancers from across eastern Canada will compete for $1000, and a commercial hiphop dance category (a style similar to what you would see in a music video) with the best of five local dance groups winning $500. “It’s not just an opportunity for the crowd to be wowed,” says Matt Power of ERC, but it’s an

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opportunity for Newfoundland b-boys and b-girls to compete for the first time ever.” Competitors can also participate in professional development workshops. Power credits b-boying’s growing local profile with the increased exposure to dance through shows like So You Think You Can Dance? Tickets are $10. For more info check out


Sex, by the book Lois Brown’s new play, Sex, the Rules of is about the result of going against social conventions associated with sex. “When I say sex, the rules of, I meant that if you have sex with, you know, your married partner, there’s certain rules,” says Brown. “If you have sex outside that relationship it’s like you’ve broken a rule.” The play, a dark comedy, deals with themes of intimacy and the tendency for family dynamics to rear their heads in romantic relationships. “The family is the basis of all your intimate relationships,” Brown says. It’s not Freudian, Brown says, explaining that the play has a stronger connection to ideas of

French postmodernist theorist Michel Foucault. It stars Aiden Flynn, Marthe Bernard, Ruth Lawrence, and Mark O’Brien; the actors each play several characters and Shannon Hawes is stage manager. The play premiered at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax to favourable reviews. “It went really well and it was interesting to open the play out of town instead of doing it first here,” Brown says. The St. John’s debut of Sex, the Rules of, is happening at the Rabbittown Theatre from Sept. 11 to 13.


On tour Legend City Wrestling is leaving the city of legends behind, if only for a day. The young wrestling company is embarking its first mini tour, a four day, four show stint featuring local favourites and visiting talent. The company, says promoter Steve Clarke, is expanding little by little. He hopes to have a ten day tour lined up for the spring. “Each time we do a little trip we’re going to add an extra day and a new venue,” he says. At the Bay Roberts show on Sept. 19, WWE alum and current Legend City Heavywight Champion

Highlander Robbie McAllister will defend his title against former WWE developmental talent Turcan “Reza” Celik. Then on Sept. 20, the crew heads back to town for a show at Club One, where a group called the Newf World Order will face off against a group of Middle Eastern oil tycoons led by shed-dwelling radio personality Big Tom. If successful, NWO will get some time in the ring with Big Tom. Former WWE star Colt Cabana is up against the Highlander. “We use about a 75 per cent local roster, but we do continue to bring in names as an extra added attraction,” Clarke says. The tour will finish up on September 22, as LCW returns to the CLB Armory. Should the Highlander still be champion, he will then defend the title against Big Tom’s protege, Sheik Aziz. Comment online at


diy how to make your own big screen, soft seat cinema By Adam Clarke Illustration by Tara Fleming


n theory, going to the movies should be an escape, allowing you to get lost in the story unfolding on the massive screen. In theory. Oooh, let’s check back in with grim reality, shall we? Check out a film on the weekend and there’s going to be plenty of bawling children running around. Opening night will leave you awash in the blinding glow of cell phones as of mouth-breathers text around you. Make the mistake of going to the early evening show and you’re sitting with sexagenarians unwittingly speaking in “outdoor voices” during a movie. I’ll never forget the stewed-prune receptacles sitting behind me at No Country For Old Men dribbling on about their semi-functional prostates. With so many reasons to avoid the cinemas, why not build your own? It’s easier and cheaper than you think. When his eldest son moved out of the house, David Hammond, a Mount Pearl musician and sound engineer, transformed the boy’s basement bedroom into the perfect home theatre. Hammond’s got a sevenfoot screen, two rows of seats, an LCD projector and a 5.1 sound system for only $500 total. How much you want to spend is up to you, but first you’ll need...

• Dark-coloured bedsheets • Window valances • Seats Don’t worry, LCDs are relatively common items on eBay now. Once you’ve hooked up the yellow video cable that came with your DVD/ VCR to the projector, you can just project your movies onto any ol’ king-size white sheet. Found items will keep your budget low. Staple window valances to create a border around your screen. Your seats don’t have to be fancy, either. Grab a couch from the curb and place it 10-12 feet away from your screen. Create elevated seating by using a wide bed frame and bracing it with plywood. Put some chairs, car seats or a loveseat on it and you’ve got an elevated row behind you, just like the real cinemas.

And if All Else Fails, Go To Piper’s

Cheap materials aren’t impossible to find in this city, what with Piper’s, Zeller’s and second-hand stores around. XS Cargo is another good bet for discount sheets, or you might even

Thursday Sep 10 at 7pm Away We Go (MUN Cinema) After being kicked out of their house by Catherine O’Hara and Jeff Daniels (harsh!), a couple goes on a road trip to find a new place to raise their child. Directed by Sam Mendes (USA 2009) Empire Theatres-Avalon Mall

Tuesday Sep 15 at 8pm Zanzibar Soccer Queens (MUN Women’s Studies & Women’s Film Fest) Africa is not exactly the most liberating place for a woman to grow up. Improbably, a handful of women in the predominantly Muslim Zanzibar form the soccer team “Women Fighters.” Directed by Florence Ayisi (UK 2009), $10/$12, Inco Innovation CentreRm 2001

Thursday Sep 17 at 7pm O’Horten (MUN Cinema) Odd Horten is a retiring train conductor who has pushed past middleage and wonders what to do with his newly acquired freedom. Who says European cinema has lost its sex appeal? Directed by Bent Hamer

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Once assembled, you need to consider sound baffling. If you’re surrounded by pink insulating foam, you may be okay. Otherwise, you’ll need to muffle the sound. This, can be done by stapling bed sheets where sound could travel outside the room. The layers of bed sheets you’ll need will vary with how well-insulated the room is. Use dark material as baffling so the glow of the projector doesn’t bounce off the walls and ceiling. So, it’s true. With a little time and effort, you can build your own stateof-the-art home theatre, ideal for watching videos, sporting events or even playing video games. (Most video players, consoles and computers can be hooked up to a projector with ease.) Plus, you can build these things pretty easily if you coax friends to help you with the promise of having regular movie nights. With a few beers, the right equipment and the right friends, you could make this dream project happen almost overnight.

• A room that’s at least 12 x 16 ft • A DVD player, VCR, computer or whatever you play movies on. • An LCD projector with bulb • Speakers with active subwoofer • Amplifier •A king-size white bed sheet



find a decent sound system up there. Sure, you might be leery of budget-priced speakers, but you don’t need too go crazy and buy a state-of-the-art Bose sound system if you don’t have the money for it. For 5.1 surround sound, you’ll want five speakers, an amplifier and an active subwoofer. Once you get your set, take the fibreoptic cable that came with your DVD player and hook it directly to the amp. DVD players have a decoder which sends the audio signal thru the optical cable output, while the amp’s fibreoptic output will decode the sound and send it to the different speakers. Your sound is taken care of as easy as that.

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Thursday Sep 24 at 7pm Tulpan (MUN Cinema) Kazakhstani sheepherders are the focus of this acclaimed comedy, only this time it’s not an outsider mocking them. Arrive early. No one will be seated toward during the ten-minute animal birthing scene. Directed by Sergei Dvortsevoy (KZH 2008) Empire TheatresAvalon Mall


call For times and prices Avalon Mall’s Empire Studio 12 722-5775 Mount Pearl Shopping Centre Empire Cinemas 364-8527

9: A group of living dolls are all that is left after the apocalypse. Together they live happily ever after. Just kidding. They fight terrifying mechanical monsters. All About Steve: Sandra Bullock is crazy and she wants to date you! She writes crossword puz-

zles and generally behaves like a braying idiot. This is love in the 21st century. (Avalon Mall)

District 9: Aliens have landed, but not in an 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)

Extract: Everyone’s favourite Bluth, Jason

Hallowe’en 2: Rob Zombie has finally given what fans of the Halloween series have been clamoring for: more backstory! “Weird Al” Yankovic makes a cameo and, in an ideal world, will be providing a memorable title song. (Mt Pearl) Inglourious Basterds: One subject that’s

Bateman, stars as the head of a highly-successful company distributing vanilla extract. It all goes downhill when he’s given horse tranquilizers from Ben Affleck. (Mt Pearl)

bound to have fresh material to be found is World War II! Quentin Tarantino offers vigilante Jews and the most outrageous southern accent this side of The Ladykillers. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl)

Final Destination: Death Trip: While Tony

Julie Julia: Julia Child was a gigantic, ador-

Todd may not be reprising his role as Crazy Ralph, kids everywhere are going to be getting loads of shrapnel in the face. Just as you, the public, demanded. (Avalon Mall)

able 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. (Mt Pearl)

G-Force: Guinea pigs, known in the the animal kingdom as the hamster’s syphilis-ridden, 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)

Post Grad: Alexis Bledel stars as a college

Gamer: Gerard Butler, the devolved man’s Brian Blessed, goes toe-to-toe against Michael C Hall because the latter invented a deadly video game. Sure to be The Wizard of its time. (Avalon Mall)

graduate in what critics are hailing as “innocuous”. So, if you’re looking for something unopiniated and flavourless, it’s Post Grad to the rescue! (Mt Pearl)

headed super-ditzes accidentally kill one of their pals, they do the right thing: hide the body and pretend nothing happened. Naturally, a killer starts picking them off. (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) WhiteOut: When a murderer hides in the darkness, a US Marshall figures he can wait til sun-up to best find the killer. Only it’s Antartica and sun-up is five months away. OOPS! (Avalon Mall)


Shorts: A rock falls from the sky, clobbering a kid in the head. Is he in a coma? Sadly, no, Odyssey fans. He wakes up and the rock grants him wishes. (Mt Pearl) Sorority Row: When cabby, young, air-

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galleries • museums

galleries OPENING George Horan: A Vision of Newfoundland: Over 24 new water-colors of the Newfoundland landscape, Gerald Squires Gallery-52 Prescott St 722-2207 (Opening reception on Sun Sep 13 from 2pm-5pm)

New Work: Oil paintings, watercolours and textiles by J Walker Wilson, 177 Water St (Sat Sep 19 from 11am-5pm) Pam Hall’s Art Sale: Original works direct from the artist, Come and join her for a glass of wine and browse through three decades of her works on paper, small sculptures, prints & photographs, 36 Monkstown Rd (Sat Sep 19 at 2pm-Sun Sep 20 at 7pm)

Pick-Me-Up Artists’ Collective: Present members exhibition/ website launch, in collaboration with the grand opening of Wild Lily Dance Centre. Featuring work from artist Craig Joseph, Danielle Reardon, Hillary Winter, Jillian Waite, Darren Whalen, Jill Fogarty, Jonathan Green, Jordan Bennett, Jonathan Cohlmeyer and Herb Gibbons, Wild Lily Dance Centre-163 Water St 765-9539 (Sat Sep 12 6pm-9pm) Salt Concentrates: Will Gill and Annette Manning: Human flotsam and jetsam (tampon applicators, clay dolls, plastic bullet shells, toys…) is crystallized and hangs, floats and entangles, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427 (Opening reception on Fri Sep 11 at 8pm)

ONGOING 400: Juried group exhibition of contemporary craft that reflects the 400th anniversary of Cupids, Craft Council-59 Duckworth St 753-2749

Artisan Gallery: Carvings, paintings & prints by various NL artisans, Heritage Shop-2nd Floor, 309 Water St Breaking Point: Chainmaille-inspired creations that investigate our social links by Jason Holley, Craft Council-59 Duckworth St 753-2749 Cape Spear: Will Gill’s video documents

The Rooms, in partnership with Memorial University’s Faculty of Arts, presents…

How Art Brings Us to Ourselves Art matters. It matters to those who create it. It matters to those who love to look at it, experience it, and think about it. It even matters to those who are indifferent to it, or claim they don’t understand it. Dr. Melinda Pinfold, Historian of Art, Design and Visual Culture from the University of Alberta, explains how our experiences with art shape who we are.

Faculty of Arts

Wednesday, September 16 7 pm The Rooms Theatre, Level 2

translucent “snowballs” made out of fibreglass and resin launched at Cape Spear with high intensity glow sticks, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882

Discovering Bartlett: An Archival Exploration: Marking the 100th anniversary of the 1909 expedition to the North Pole, this exhibition of archival records relates to the life and career of Captain Robert Abram (Bob) Bartlett, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

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It seems in recent years Raine Maida, leader singer of CanRock staples Our Lady Peace has been taking vocal coaching to tame the adnoidal fury of his voice into more of a midrange, modern-rock-radio-friendly croon. This is unfortunate. While in the early days listening to him sing was akin to piercing your septum with a burning drill bit, at least it made the band a bit distinctive. When their old songs would come on the radio, you would say “Oh! it’s that heinous singer from Our Lady Peace!” Nowadays he’s been watered down to sub-Chris Martin boring. You don’t know if you’re listening to Our Lady Peace or some new Rob Thomas track. The songs on this album are so middle of the road, so painfully uninspired, that desite all the uplifting lyrics about how “the sky is blue” and how “we all have wings” you might find yourself wishing someone would shove him down a flight of stairs, just to get some kind of interesting response from him. —Patrick Canning

the Class of 2009, Visual Arts Department, Sir Wilfred Grenfell College, curated by Charlotte Morgan, First Space Gallery-QEII Library

in craft, agriculture & animal husbandry Wilfred Grenfell sought to improve conditions in NF, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

The Labrador Gallery: Work by resident

Ice Age Mammals: See creatures that became extinct the last time the climate changed, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

Downtown Charcoals by Peter Lewis: City-scape charcoals capture the colourful spirit of St John’s in black & white, Peter Lewis Gallery-5 Church Hill 722-6009

Transmission & Defence: Images of Signal Hill, The Heritage Shop Art Gallery-309 Water St, 2nd Fl 739-7994

Two Painters: Iakov Afanassiev and Louise Sutton, Leyton Gallery-Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 722-7177

Where My Brush Takes Me: Featuring work produced by Margaret Best’s art group, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590

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

Groundwork : Photographs from Terra Nova National Park - A solo exhibit by John Haney, Leyton Gallery-Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 7227177 Introducing Two Artists: Textile works by Hilary Rice & landscapes by Lucy Bause, Red Ochre Gallery-96 Duckworth St 726-6422

Jean Claude Roy: New Paintings, Emma

LAST CHANCE 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 (Closing reception on Fri Sep 11 at 7:30pm)

Nap, The Rogue Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882


Maurice Cullen and His Circle: Com-

A Tour de Fort: Interpretive panels tell the

Butler Gallery-111 George St W 739-7111

Land and Water: Soft pastels by Colette prising nearly forty oil paintings selected from the National Gallery’s permanent collection, this exhibition examines works by Maurice Cullen, alongside those of his contemporaries, James Wilson Maurice and William Brymner as well as Robert Pilot and AY Jackson, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000

New Paintings: By Terri Leonard, Five Island Art Gallery-Tors Cove

Open Tuning (Wave Up): A kinetic sound installation by Stephen Kelly (NS) that translocates a remote ocean environment, in real-time, to an urban gallery space, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882

Resolved Component: An exhibition by

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For the last few years, these New Jersey critic darlings have crossed the line from “introspective and hypnotic” to plain boring. And the first half of this new album doesn’t help much to rectify this. Apart from a few inspired moments like the upbeat rocker “Nothing to Hide” and the stately ballad “I’m on my way” (which is as beautiful as anything they’ve ever made) the drowsy vocals of Ira Kaplan and Georgia Hubley seem to be struggling to keep awake more then usual. While nothing on the first half is particularly offensive, you could call all of it an album filler lead up to the last three songs, which consist of a 35 minute suite of everything Yo La Tengo have ever been good at. The last three songs consist of 9 minutes of pure, trance-inducing, fuzzed out grooving to 11 minutes of delicious ambient rumination to 15 minutes of feedback-soaked freeform guitar histrionics. You could call it a great mini-album tucked inside a bloated major release. —Patrick Canning


original prints, Christine Koch Studio-177 Water Street, by appt 576-0841 757 8000

Our Lady Peace Burn Burn (Coalition Entertainment)

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

New Works: New mixed media paintings &

9 Bonaventure Ave. St. John’s, NL

Yo La Tengo Popular Songs (Matador)

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 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

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 (Free first Friday of month)

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 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

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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“The temperament of the people, the generosity and so on. And it was that that made me think right away: this is it. I fell in love right away.” Two months later Gill returned to begin an apprenticeship in the foundry of local sculptor Luben Boykov—an association that would continue for the next 11 years. The move to Newfoundland for Gill was preceded by four years of University at Mount Allison in Sackville, New Brunswick and time

spent after graduation in Halifax. Raised in Ottawa, the East Coast had a draw that continued to pull the artist further away from home. “When I came over, this was totally a shot in the dark. Halifax wasn’t really the place for me, so I was still looking even further east,” he says. Since settling in St. John’s, Gill has established himself as one of the province’s most respected contemporary artists. In 2004

and 2006 he was nominated for the prestigious Sobey Art Award, and received a Large Year Award from Visual Artists Newfoundland and Labrador (VANL) in 2006. He also holds to his credit multiple nominations for the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council’s ‘Artist of the Year’. Thirteen years after that first trip, Gill’s long migration from Ottawa to the furthest reaches of the East Coast culminates in his new work, Cape Spear. “There’s something magical about Newfoundland but something particularly magical, and raw [about Cape Spear,” says Gill. “I think maybe it’s to do with being so close to the ocean and so close to that borderline of danger and death. People get wiped off, or taken out once in a while there and that’s a total tragedy, but it’s not really that surprising. That’s what happens if you go down by the rocks.” “Mother Nature can grab you. She’ll do it.” Filmed on location at Cape Spear, Gill sees the video as a reflection on cycles and elements in nature, or the ‘overwhelming nature of nature’. Cape Spear is Gill’s first exploration of video as a medium.

them all. Everyone is looking for love or sex - or at least approval, $17.50, Rabbittown Theatre-106 Freshwater Rd 739-8220 (Fri Sep 11-Sun Sep 13)

& Fashions) Majestic Theatre-390 Duckworth St 765 4802 (Sun Sep 13 at 8:30pm)

NL Author Reading Series: Greg Malone

Off the Cape Visual artist Will Gill makes his first foray into video at the Eastern Edge Gallery. By David Keating.


n artist Will Gill’s first trip to Newfoundland in 1996—a holiday by himself in November driving around the Avalon Peninsula—he formed an almost instantaneous connection with the island where he would soon come to work and live. “There was something about the people and place when I came here that seemed just perfect for the way I am, the way I like to live,” he says.

on stage theatre • dance & burlesque spoken & written • comedy

theatre Our Celtic Crayon (Spirit of Newfoundland) A frazzled teacher and a less than ideal group of students discover what it means to be a Newfoundlander when they compete in a provincial cultural heritage fair competition in this musical comedy, $57.50+ (meal & show), Masonic Temple-6 Cathedral St 579-3023 (Fri Sep 18 & Sat Sep 19)

Seussical The Musical (Etcetera Productions) Based on the works of Dr Seuss this musical is a story about the imagination, $7.50/$25, Arts & Culture Centre 729-3900 (Wed Sep 23 - Sat Sep 26) Sex- The Rules Of (White Rooster & Newfoundlandartistx) A comedy written & directed by Lois Brown, featuring Marthe Bernard, Aiden Flynn, Ruth Lawrence & Mark O’Brien playing the roles of dysfunctional parents to a twenty-something year old son, the son, his girlfriend, a doctor, a banker, and a dead daughter that haunts

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 Sep 11)

The Queen of Paradise’s Garden: A traditional NF fairy tale told by Andy Jones with puppets by Darka Erdelji. All ages, $1.90/$3.90, Signal Hill Visitor Centre 772-4444 (Sundays in September at 2pm)

Tuesdays With Morrie (Beothuck Street

Pick-Me-Up Artists’ Collective: Present members exhibition/ website launch, in collaboration with the grand opening of Wild Lily Dance Centre. Featuring work from artist Craig Joseph, Danielle Reardon, Hillary Winter, Jillian Waite, Darren Whalen, Jill Fogarty, Jonathan Green, Jordan Bennett, Jonathan Cohlmeyer and Herb Gibbons, Wild Lily Dance Centre-163 Water St 765-9539 (Sat Sep 12 6pm-9pm)

Salsa, Tango & Latin Dance, $5, Bella Vista (Tuesdays at 7pm) dance Argentine Tango, 8:30pm-10:30pm, $5, RCA Club-10 Bennett Ave (Thursdays)

spoken& performance written &dance

Book Launch (Breakwater Books) Ordinary

bboy & hip hop crew competition: 80 competitors from the province and away, four of Canada’s best bboys as judges, stand up comedian, emcee Mariano Abarca Palomares & DJ Cosmo, all ages, $10, MUN Feild House 727-7745 (Sat Sep 19 daytime)

Integrity Fashion Show (Sheik Modeling

St John’s Storytelling Circle: An open mic of local tales by local tellers w/ guest host Chris Brookes, $3, Crow’s Nest Officer’s Club (Thu Sep 10 at 7:30pm-9:30pm)

Experience Will Gill’s Cape Spear at Eastern Edge Gallery until October 17th. Other upcoming Will Gill events include a joint installation with Annette Manning—Salt Concentrates—at A1C Gallery opening on September 11th. Comment on this article online at

Comedy Sundays, $2, The Levee-Holdsworth Crt (Sundays at 8pm)

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Wine & Words (Breakwater Books) Trudy Morgan-Cole and Tina Chaulk as they read from their latest books, $10 inc drink, Newman Wine Vaults-436 Water St 739-7870 (Thu Sep 24 at 7pm)

Tango On The Edge: A social gathering to

Players) Based on Mitch Albom’s book about living, dying and remembering what really matters, $19/$22, Arts & Culture Centre 729-3900 (Wed Sep 16-Sat Sep 19 at 8pm)

Hustle To Get Here: Newfoundland’s first

will read from his book You’d Better Watch Out: A Memoir, free, AC Hunter Library-Arts & Culture Centre (Wed Sep 16 at 7pm)

While sculpture and painting continue as the mainstay of his work, he foresees more video projects in the future. Pressed to offer up interpretations for the piece, Gill resists the temptation to editorialize or contextualize the experience for the viewer. “To try and explain something that I’ve made, I don’t like doing it...How much should be public. How much should be explained. How much should be kept secret. I think the magic in a lot of work is that there is an unknown and if you knew everything about everything... For some people, it’s the magic of not knowing that is the most important thing.”

Things by Christopher Pratt, all are welcome, no admission, Bianca’s-171 Water St (Thu Sep 17 from 7pm-9pm)

Book Launch (Flanker Press) Emma’s New Game by Gerald Mercer and illustrated by Jillian Nicol, all welcome, Vanier Elementary School-85 Ennis Ave (Tue Sep 22 from 6:30pm-8:30pm) Book Signing: Tom Badcock signs new book, Chapters (Fri Sep 18 at 7pm)

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

Stand Up Comedy: Tracy Smith, Gilson Lubin & Colin Hollett, Yuk Yuk’s-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Sep 10 at 8pm $12+/$14+/$18+; Fri Sep 11 & Sat Sep 12 at 8pm & 10:30pm $18+/$20+/$24+ w/ dinner at 6pm $47.99-$53.99) Stand Up Comedy: Kenny Robinson, Sam Easton & Lisa Baker, Yuk Yuk’s-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Sep 17 at 8pm $12+/$14+/$18+; Fri Sep 18 & Sat Sep 19 at 8pm & 10:30pm $18+/$20+/$24+ w/ dinner at 6pm $47.99-$53.99) Stand Up Comedy: Mike Wilmot, Stephen Coombs & George Price, $12+/$14+/$18+, Yuk Yuk’s-193 Kenmount Rd 726-9857 (Thu Sep 24 at 8pm)

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rob brezsny ignores the ants in his pants  Virgo (August 23 – September 22) It’s Build Up Your Confidence by Any Means Possible Week—for Virgos only. During this holiday, you have an astrological mandate as well as a poetic license to pluck the easy victories. So go ahead and solve the kinds of riddles that are your specialty. Arrange to be in situations where your perspective is desperately needed. Put yourself in the presence of people who think you’re a gift to the human race, and subtly encourage your secret admirers to be less secretive. If you have any trophies or awards, make them more visible. There’s no shame in bragging this week, Virgo, but for best results do it with your best understated elegance. Happy birthday to Jeff Davis, Bryan Melanson, and Rhonda Barrett.

 Libra (September 23 – October 22)

werebears and only children by Jennifer Barrett

Ants may literally be crawling in your pants as you pull off a savvy coup or a brilliant stroke. An annoying pest may try to distract you at about the same time that movers and shakers are tuning in to your magnificence. But I don’t mean to imply that minor irritants will undermine your victories. I think you’re too unbeatable for that to happen. At worst, you’ll have a mild headache as you receive your reward or stumble slightly as you stride into the spotlight.

 Scorpio (October 23 - November 21) What life will you be living at noon on September 1, 2014? Who will you be? How thoroughly will your dreams have come true? What kind of beauty and truth and love and justice will you be serving? Will you look back at the time between August 27 and September 21, 2009 and sigh, “If only I had initiated my Five Year Master Plan at that ripe astrological moment”? Or on September 1, 2014 will you instead be able to crow, “I can truly say that in these past five years I have become the president of my own life”?

 Sagittarius (Nov 22 – December 21)

Everybody cheer up by Bryan Melanson

Ms. Quote by T.L. Fleming

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“That which can be destroyed by the truth should be,” wrote author P. C. Hodgell. I wish there were a gentler way to articulate that wisdom, but I can’t think of one. Instead I’ll suggest a way to apply it so as to make the end result more graceful than shocking: Don’t pour out the whole truth all at once in one big dramatic gesture. Do it gradually and tenderly. As you do, keep in mind that when the truth has finally dismantled the thing that could not endure the truth, you may be able to use the debris as raw material to build something new that the truth will feel right at home in.

makes me so confident that this development is in the works? Well, in recent weeks you have been dealing more forthrightly and intelligently with the lowest aspects of your character. You have also become more fully aware of the difference between your out-and-out unregenerate qualities and the unripe aspects of your character that may someday become very beautiful. There’s a second sign that you’re close to transforming one of the most negative things about you: You have almost figured out the truth about a murky curse that you internalized some time ago. When you finally identify it, you will know intuitively how to banish it forever.

 Taurus (April 20 – May 20) I expect that you’ll be a force of nature in the coming days, the human equivalent of a divine intervention. In fact, you might want to give fair warning to friends and loved ones who assume that you have always been and will always be steady, placid, and mild. Otherwise they may be unduly freaked out when your intelligence explodes like a double rainbow or when you start emoting like a waterfall. They might accuse you of “not being yourself” when your laughter turns volcanic or your decisions hit with the force of the aurora borealis. It’ll be interesting for you to notice which of your close cohorts responds most favorably to this outbreak of your elemental gifts.

 Gemini (May 21 – June 20)

“Here’s what I did not do this summer,” begins the testimony of one of my Gemini readers, Beth Hylton. “Not once did I swing on a tire swing over the river, watching the pink shimmery reflection of myself in a wet suit on a tire swing. I did not take a day off work to sneak out alone to Jones Beach with a book and a beer in a ginger ale bottle. I did not eat  Capricorn (December 22 – January 19) outside at a red-checkered-tablecloth-and-tooWhat if a billion Chinese people jumped up much-cheese-on-the-pasta Italian restaurant, into the air at the same exact moment? Would sucking back carafes of Gallo like Kool-Aid. I they create, at the moment they landed, a did not catch fireflies for the satisfaction of shockwave that would cause setting them free, and I did not an earthquake on the opposite nap in the noontime sun. Where side of the world, in Chile and all the ‘I dids’?” I’m happy to Homework are Argentina? No one knows. I’d inform Beth, as well as any of her What’s your like to propose a not unsimilar fellow Geminis who might have most beautiful or but more interesting experiment. been remiss in doing the kinds powerful hidden What if every Capricorn who of activities she named, that the quality? Testify at reads this horoscope reserves one next three weeks will be a very minute at exactly 1 pm EDT on favorable period to make up for September 12, and during that lost time. time you all meditate intently on a single glowing thought, which  Cancer (June 21 – July 22) is this: All of you Capricorns deserve an act Murmurs and whispers will have more clout of uncanny grace that will help free you than clamors and shouts. A candle in the dark from one of your most oppressive beliefs. will provide more illumination than a bonfire at high noon. Short jaunts could transform  Aquarius (January 20 – February 18) everything permanently; long trips might Some rare people, through heroic acts of only shift things slightly and temporarily. will and the help of a really good imaginaForceful confrontations may lead to a muddle; tion, manage to free themselves pretty feints and tricks and bluffs could spark crafty thoroughly from the inertia of their past. This solutions. The “simple facts” will probably accomplishment is more possible for you be tainted by lies of omission; the messy right now than it has been in a long time. contradictions are likely to be eminently In fact, you could even overcome a negative trustworthy. legacy that made some of your ancestors crazy and sick. For maybe just the third time  Leo (July 23 – August 22) ever, you’re in a position to escape the sins KFC is test-marketing a flamboyant new menu of the fathers and the flaws of the mothers! item at selected restaurants in the U.S. This remarkable delicacy is an exotic sandwich that  Pisces (February 19 – March 20) consists of bacon, two servings of cheese, and If you build it, they will probably come. If special sauce, all held together not by bread you just pretend to build it, they may come but by two slabs of fried chicken. I nominate anyway, and end up sticking around because this spectacular creation to be your earthy of your charming attunement to life’s deeper metaphor of the week. In accordance with the rhythms. If, as you build it or pretend to build astrological omens, I hope it inspires you to it, you act manic or send out mixed messages, head out to the frontiers of extravagance in they may be intrigued and attracted, but they both your spiritual affairs and your romantic definitely won’t come. So my advice, Pisces, is life. The coming days will be an ideal time to suppress your mood swings as you at least to pray to both Christ and the Goddess start pretending to build the thing in earnest. while making love, for example, or to get sandwiched between two delicious devotees  Aries (March 21 – April 19) while meditating naked, or to perform a I don’t think I’m being unduly optimistic when boisterous ritual to invoke emotional riches I speculate that you’re on the verge of achievwith the help of a genius of love. ing a ringing victory over your bad self. What

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

community events AIDS Walk for Life: Once again thousands of Canadians will show their support for HIV/ AIDS and we would like you to be part of the action, registration at 12:30pm; walk at 2pm; BBQ, refreshments and live entertainment, Quidi Vidi Lake-Marquee 579-8656 (Sun Sep 20) Artfusion (Assoc Arts Mount Pearl) Yearly festival brings together all forms of art, from music and dance to magic and medieval joust. Free but food bank donations accepted, Centennial ParkMt Pearl (Sat Sep 12 from 12pm-6pm) Bicycle Trek for Better Breathing (NL Lung Assoc) Cyclists ride 80km loop to raise awareness of lung disease and helping raise money so we can further develop projects to protect the air we breathe and help people breathe a little easier. Are you up for the challenge? Quidi Vidi Lake to Pouch Cove 726-4664 (Sat Sep 19)

Doors Open Days: Free public access to Basilica, Central Fire Station, Clovelly Stables, Commissariat House, Court House, Crow’s Nest Officers’ Club, Hindu Temple, HMCS Cabot, Lillian Stevenson Nursing Archives/Museum, MUN Botanical Garden, Newman Wine Vaults, Northwest Atlantic Fisheries Centre, Quidi Vidi Battery, Royal Newfoundland Regimental Museum, Signal Hill National Historic Site, Benevolent Irish Society Museum, Garden of Hope at Dr H Bliss Murphy Cancer Centre, The Rooms, Winterholme & YellowBelly Brewery. (Sat Sep 12-Sun Sep 13)

Mark Wilson Campaign launch Party, Meet mayoral candidate Mark Wilson and supporters. Baked goodies, fair-trade coffee, and tea. Friday, September 11, 11-2pm and 4-7pm, 116 Duckworth St (old Living Planet)

La Rose des Vents (Francophone Assoc choir) Reception, singalong and wine & cheese, free and open to all, Centre Scolaire et Communautaire des Grands-Vents-65 Ridge Rd 726-4900 (Mon Sep 14 at 7:30pm)

Open Garden Day (FEAST) We are preparing a map of interesting food gardens in St. John’s. People are invited to use the maps to do selfguided tours to see all of the different ways food is being grown in the city (1pm-5pm). Followed by a Local Food Potluck Picnic at Bannerman Park (5pm-8pm) For info on the garden list e-mail (Sun Sep 20 from 1pm-5pm)

Relay for Life (Canadian Cancer Society) All survivors are invited to join together for a reception and open the relay with a Survivor Victory Lap, Elwood High School Complex 1-866-545-9533 (Sat Sep 12)

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

Take Back the Night March: Women & children under 12 unite to protest violence against women, free, leaves Bannerman Park at 7pm sharp (Fri Sep 18) Wild Lily Grand Opening: Celebrate new dance studio with tarot readings, art demos & installations by Pick Me Up Artist Collaboration, free dance & fitness workshops, Wild Lily Dance Centre-163 Water St-2nd fl 693-9259 (Sat Sep 12 & Sun Sep 13 from 1pm-6pm)

Winners Walk of Hope (Ovarian Cancer benefit) Enjoy live entertainment & refreshments following the walk, Pippy Park-North Bank Lodge 364-8430 (Sun Sep 13)

daytime music A New Vision for Aging in Canada:

With Moses Znaimer, National President of CARP and passionate advocate on behalf of Canadian seniors, Health Sciences Centre Auditorium 7531187 (Sun Sep 20 at 2pm)

Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability: Maintaining Fishing Communities: Harvest Strategies and Allocation Methods by Dr Ray Hilborn, Professor in the School of Aquatic & Fishery Sciences (U of Washington) Inco Innovation Centre-IIC 2001 (Thu Sep 17 at 7:30pm)

Global Citizens Forum (MUNSU) Former child soldier Michel Chikwanine and community members with overseas work and volunteer experience discuss how youth and global engagement is the key to success for our futures. Plus info booths from different campus and community groups, Arts & Culture Centre 729-3900 (Sun Sep 13 from 7pm-10pm)

How Art Brings Us to Ourselves: Dr Melinda Pinfold, Historian of Art, Design & Visual Culture from U of Alberta, explains how our experiences with art shape who we are, free, The Rooms-9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 (Wed Sep 16 from 7pm-8:30pm)

Instant Places: Cross-Canada project presentation Ian Birse & Laura Kavanaugh, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Thu Sep 24 at 7:30pm)

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

kids& teens

Launching fall programming, Centre Scolaire et Communautaire des Grands-Vents-65 Ridge Rd 726-4900 (Thu Sep 17 from 5pm to 7pm)

Free Piano Workshop: Educational piano

Poster Making Night: Children 12 years and younger are invited to make posters for Take Back the Night March. Free pizza & drinks, Virgina Park Community Centre-1334 Harding Rd (Wed Sep 16 from 6pm-8pm) Seussical The Musical (Etcetera Productions) Based on the works of Dr Seuss this musical is a story about the imagination, $7.50/$25, Arts & Culture Centre 729-3900 (Wed Sep 23 - Sat Sep 26)

The Queen of Paradise’s Garden: A traditional NF fairy tale told by Andy Jones with puppets by Darka Erdelji. All ages, $1.90/$3.90, Signal Hill Visitor Centre 772-4444 (Sundays in September at 2pm)

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

clubs • groups • free classes & workshops

Annual Flatrock Pilgrimage (St Joseph’s

Art of Flower Arranging:

Cove-St Philip’s Residents’ Coalition) Meet the candidates and hear the Mayoral candidates debate the issues affecting Portugal Cove-St Philip’s, Town Rec Centre-1119 Thorburn Rd (Mon Sep 21 at 7:30pm)

Sylvia Manning, horticulturalist and flower arranger, will help you showcase your flowers in this lecture and demo, free but must RSVP 737-3950, AC Hunter LibraryArts & Culture Centre (Tue Sep 15 from 7pm-8:30pm)

Turning Power to Action (NL Public Service Pensioner’s Assoc) 19th Annual Convention this year focussing on the needs of Pensioners with keynote speaker Hon. John Crosbie, presentation by TA Loeffler, panel discussions, Q&A, exhibitions, entertainment, etc, Holiday Inn-Portugal Cove Rd 754-5730 (Mon Sep 21-Tue Sep 22)

What Parents Need to Know (RNC, NL Sexual Assault Crisis, Coalition Against Violence) Healthy Child, Teen & Dating Relationships: An info session for parents & teachers, as part of Sexual Violence Awareness week, Virginia Park Elementary School-14 Middleton St (Wed Sep 16 from 6pm-8pm)

Women’s Studies Speakers Series: Megan Morrison will speak on Dancing with qualitative methods and qualitative voices: gathering meaningful narratives from a previous and current state of self for women living with dementia and their families, MUN Science SN4087 (Fri Sep 18 from 12pm-1pm)

daytime music Auntie Crae’s Band, free-no purchase necessary, Auntie Crae’s (Tuesdays at 12pm)

Jam Jams: Drum jam; jugglers & hula hoops welcome, free, Bannerman Park (Saturdays at 3pm/Sunday rain date)

The Great Casavant Organ: David Drin-

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) Writers’ Grant Writing Info Session: Presenters include Katrina Rice (Program OfficerNL Arts Council) and Peter Schneider (Program Officer-Canada Council Writing & Publishing Section), Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 7391882 (Fri Sep 18 from 7pm-9pm)

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Meet The Candidates Night (Portugal

pert shares sex advice with students at the Field House. First 700 students at the Loft (UC-3013) on Sep 11th at 11am will be given free tickets (Tue Sep 15 from 8:30pm-10pm)

Workshop featuring Dr Tony Brunetti on Backyard & Neighbourhood Composting: Creating our own Gold for the Garden plus info on rain barrel construction, Safer Soil Garden-behind The Gathering Place on Barnes/Military Rd (Thu Sep 10 from 6:30pm-8pm)

Trivia Night, Rose & Thistle (Tuesdays) Walk on Water: Get fit, meet people & learn

meetings& classes

Prayer Group) Walk starts at 11am at junction of Windgap & Torbay Rds and ends at Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto at approximately 1pm. Holy Sacrifice of the Mass begins at 2:30pm preceded by Confessions. Benediction of the Most Blessed Sacrament will follow, Flat Rock 753-2681 (Sat Sep 12)

Talk Sex with Sue (MUNSU) Canadian sex-

Get Growing: Neighbourhood Gathering &

Topsail to St Thomas Hike (East Coast Trails) Moderate, free, for car pool & registration info call 364-6233 (Sun Sep 20 at 2pm)

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)

hosts this event as part of its municipal issues campaign leading up to the election. Declared candidates for mayor include Dennis O’Keefe, Ron Ellsworth, and Mark Wilson, DF Cook Recital Hall-MUN Music (Tue Sep 15 from 7pm-8:30pm)

cal and Contemporary Reflections on Passenger and Cruise Liner Crews: Issues of labour, class, race and gender are all involved in a global, and still expanding, industry, MUN Henrietta Harvey HH-1015 (Tue Sep 15 at 4pm)

Free Yoga: Studio 100 celebrates new partnership with Lululemon Athletica by offering a free yoga class, Bannerman Park (Sat Sep 12 at 12pm)

The Rooms: Free admission, 9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 (Wednesdays 6pm-9pm)

Yoga & Meditation: Part of Sexual Violence Awareness Week, free but must register 747-7757 (Tue Sep 15 at 6:30pm)

Competition open for public viewing plus plant sale & teas. Entries welcomed from amateur growers, $2/kids under 12 free, Lesters Farm-90 Pearltown Rd 364-4021 (Sat Sep 12 from 12pm-5pm)

Sweatships? (MUN Maritime Studies) Histori-

Free Wenlido Session: Wenlido East partners with NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre to provide a free self defense session for women. Must register 747-7757 (Thu Sep 17 from 6pm-9pm)

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)

Green Drinks: An informal get together for those who work, volunteer or have an interest in environment & conservation related issues, 7pm-9pm, no cover, The Ship (Last Wednesday of month)

(Dialogue on Advancing Global Sustainability) Harvest Strategies and Allocation Methods: Dr Ray Hilborn explores how allocation methods and harvest strategies can be modified to achieve both biological and community sustainability, Inco Innovation Centre (Thu Sep 17 at 7:30pm)

Week) Guest speaker addresses violence issues, free, St John’s City Hall (Fri Sep 18 at 8pm)

workshop showcasing new compositions by pianist, singer & music teacher Sharona Clarke. Printed sheet music available, Masonic Temple-6 Cathedral St (Sun Sep 20 from 2pm-4pm)

The Pottle Centre: A social & recreation centre for consumers of mental health services. New members welcome, 323 Hamilton Ave 753-2143

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

2009 Flower Show (NL Horticultural Society)

Public Rally (Sexual Violence Awareness

Food & Environment Workshop (St John’s Farmers’ Market) Lion’s Chalet-Newtown Rd (Sat Sep 19) Francophone Association Reception:

Maintaining Fishing Communities

Mayoral Debate: St John’s Board of Trade

Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Sundays at 12pm)

Legend City Wrestling: Sheik Aziz, Turcan Celik and K-Rock’s Big Tom battle Newf World Order, $12/$15, Club One-George St (Sun Sep 20 at 10:30pm) Legend City Wrestling, All ages, $10, CLB Armory (Tue Sep 22 at 7:30pm) Lunch & Learn (NLEN) Justin Dearing, Provincial Director of Ocean Net, visited the Pahala Plantations in Hawai’i to attend a Sustainability Champions workshop with The Natural Step Canada. Justin is happy to share his experience with you. Please bring your own lunch, Environmental Gathering Place-172 Military Rd (Wed Sep 16 from 12pm-1pm)

Memorial University Orientation: Housing Orientation at various locations on the Memorial Campus. Check out for more info (Thu Sep 10-Sun Sep 13)

Weekly meet up in a casual atmosphere with coffee & contemporary music, free, Rabbittown Theatre-106 Freshwater Rd 576-6937 (Sundays at 10am)

Beagle Bottle Blitz (Beagle Paws) Donate your recycling and beer bottles to a great cause and meet some of our friendly beagles at the same time, Village Mall parking lot (Sat Sep 12 from 11am-3pm)

Breastfeeding Support Group (La Leche


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


Avalon Wesleyan Church:

Motion Hike (East Coast Trails) Moderate, free, for car pool & registration info call 739-5037 (Sat Sep 12 at 9am)

MUN Plant Sale (Women’s Association of the University) Many varieties and sizes of houseplantsfor sale to raise funds for MUN scholarships, Inco Centre Lobby (Wed Sep 23 from 10am-3pm)

Open House (NL Sexual Assault Crisis & Prevention Centre) Learn about Centre services and volunteer opportunities, 360 Topsail Rd-Suite 101 747-7757(Tue Sep 15 from 2pm-4pm) Overeaters Anonymous: Weekly meetings in St John’s area, call 738-1742 for more info

Paper Trails Writing Group: Explore

League) The topic of discussion will be Advantages of Breastfeeding, babies welcome, free, Sobey’sTorbay Rd 754-3610 (Mon Sep 14 at 7pm)

new perspectives of writing and story telling. Fun, supportive and open to all, free, Dynamis Health Centre-95 Torbay Rd (Tuesdays at 7:30pm)

Can Fed of University Women Social:

Seed-Saving Workshop (St John’s Farmers’ Market) Lion’s Chalet-Newtown Rd (Sat Sep 12)

Andrea Maunder of Bacalao Restaurant will speak on the topic of “Doors and Windows, Passion and the Universe.” New members welcome, EB Foran Rm-St John’s City Hall (Sat Sep 12 at 2pm)

Caregiver Conversations: A Support Group for Unpaid Caregivers, Community Room, Sobeys-Merrymeeting Rd 726-2370 (Every third Monday) CLB Sunday Market: Flea market & craft fair, CLB Armoury-Harvey Rd (Sundays from 10am-4pm)

Clothesline Project: Hold up the clothesline and kick start off Sexual Violence Awareness Week, free, Confederation Building 747-7757 (Mon Sep 14 from 2pm-4pm) 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)

East Coast Trail AGM, Foran Greene Rm-St John’s City Hall (Mon Sep 14 at 7pm)

Fall Plant Sale (Friends of the Garden) A selection of heaths, heathers, shrubs, and perennials suitable for our local area, as well as some unusual rhododendrons, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Sat Sep 12 at 10am)

Flower Garden Tour: Take a leisurely stroll through the flower gardens & see what’s in bloom this week, Suitable for families, MUN Botanical

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

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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)

SPCA Giant Flea Market, $1, St David’s-98 Elizabeth Ave 726-0301(Sat Sep 12 at 10am) St John’s City Council Meeting: Refer to Council Agenda at (posted Friday afternoon), Public welcome, City Hall-Council Chambers, 4th fl (Mondays at 4:30pm)

Sunday Morning Nature Hike: Explore barrens, boreal forest, or bog as you hike one of our nature trails with education staff, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Sundays at 10am)

Taoist Tai Chi Open House: Watch demos & meet members, 579-5276 (Church of the Ascension-Smallwood Dr-Mt Pearl on Wed Sep 16 from 7pm-9pm & Hindu Temple basement-Penny Ln on Thu Sep 17 from 7pm-9pm) Team Instrumar Ride: Fast group road bike ride, free, departs GJ Cahill Building (Thursdays at 6pm)


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For Sale Fish Tank: 30 gallons fish tank includes quality filter with lots of new filter pads, planting rock, syphon and heater. Impeccably clean. Asking $125. Downtown area. Call Bree at 726-8466 to view.

Jobs Pi Needs Help! Cooks and Wait Staff are needed now at Pi Gourmet Eatery. Help us serve up the best pizza in town. Drop off your resume or call Meghan at 726-2000.

Bulletin Board Association of New Canadians: Are you interested in meeting people from different cultures? We are looking for volunteers to provide social and/or language support to newcomers. Interested? Please call 722-9680.

Classes Moksha Inspired Yoga: 3 Classes, 2 Locations: The MoMaVie Centre (2nd Floor of the Boat House) TUESDAYS @ 6:30 PM: Moksha Inspired Flow (60 min) SUNDAYS @ 6:30 PM: Moksha Inspired Yoga (90 min) - space is limited, contact me for info www.mokshajill. com Bense Pilates/Studio 100 FRIDAYS @ 7:00 – 8:00 AM: Moksha Inspired Yoga (60 min) please contact Studio 100 722-6222 for info/to register for this class. Yoga for Healing Body, Mind and Spirit The class will be suitable for those who are new to yoga and also those who want to deepen their yoga practice. Thursday evenings 7:45 to 9:00 pm September 10 to October 8, 2009 ($50+HST) October 29 to December 17, 2009 ($80+HST)

Tutor Training Workshop: Would you like to volunteer to help another adult learn to read and write? Teachers on Wheels will be holding a tutor-training workshop on Saturday, September 26th. Call Tom Dawe for details at 738-3975.


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Thank you free clothes fairy! I just want to say I found three pairs of jeans in a ‘free’ box near Johnny Ruth. They fit perfectly, which is almost unheard of, and are even hemmed to the right length. You’ve made my day! Thank you! Next time I’ll be sure to leave my stuff out for all to discover.

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SPCA St. John’s - 726-0301 - Shelter location: R.C.A.F. Road off Torbay Rd. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm / Sat & Sun 2:30pm-4:30pm / holidays 2pm-4pm.




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Lady Dunfield Memorial Shelter

This gorgeous girl is just one year Ireland has been hanging around This handsome boy is less than old (Siberian Husky Cross) and needs an apartment building on Bay two years old and came to us a loving home. She loves attention, Bulls Road for the past few days as a stray. He is very sweet and loves the car, loves squeak toys, loves and was brought to our shelter unique in that he is missing his the bath and to be brushed. If you are on Aug 30. She is approximately left hind paw. This doesn’t slow looking for a new companion, and 8 months old. If you recognize him down. He loves people and can make the long term commitment this sweet girl please contact us is very mellow. that she requires, visit her today! at 726-0301.



22 thescope

september 10 - 24, 2009


dan savage says love and commitment matter


s a 43-year-old single gay guy, I recently had my first spanking experience and am now feeling extreme guilt and self-loathing. I was in a very long-term vanilla relationship for most of my adult life and never got to experience anything remotely kinky, but I’ve had an interest in it. Long story short, I answered an online personal ad, went to this guy’s house, and let him paddle me (he had a lot of spanking equipment). I quickly blew and quickly left. There was no sex other than me jerking myself while getting hit. Now I feel just awful. It’s not the spanking itself, but rather the anonymous nature of what I did. This type of hookup is just not my thing, as I am used to sex in the context of a loving, committed relationship. I honestly feel like I’ve let myself down, like I dropped my standards, and I fear I’m sliding down that slippery slope into a life of anonymous, kinky encounters. I’ve never wanted to be one of “those guys.” I know that sounds judgmental, but it’s how I feel and it’s killing me. Right now I can’t eat, I can’t sleep, and I feel like puking all the time. I can’t talk to any of my friends about this—I’m too embarrassed. Please help put my mind at ease. Please tell me if getting spanked with a hand and paddles is risky Dan Savage for any sexually transmitted infections. Also, what can I do to deal with this guilt? I swear I’m not exaggerating here, and I really do need someone to talk to about this. Shouldn’t Want Anonymous Thrashings There’s no way you contracted a sexually transmitted infection during that spanking session, SWAT, so just calm the fuck down, okay? Now… You lived a little, SWAT, you had a little sexual adventure, you took a very short walk on the mild side of the wild side. And you learned something important about yourself in the process: Just having your kink indulged isn’t enough. You need your kink indulged in the context of a loving, committed relationship. You want to be spanked by someone you love and who loves you. That’s just how you’re wired. And luckily for you, there are lots of good, decent, quality guys out there who are into spanking and interested in loving, committed relationships. Don’t believe me? You’re one of those guys, SWAT. You are living proof that a guy can be relationship

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material and also be into spanking. Put yourself out there, put your kink out there, and you’ll meet other guys just like you. ---


want a human pet. The human pet must become a dog. Once in pup mode, my pet will wear a butt-plug tail, a collar, and paw mitts. My pet will not speak anything other than its assigned safe word. Its communications will be limited to barking, moaning, licking, wagging its tail, etc. The whole point is that, when done right, there is a dog shaped like a human but the shape is the only thing that isn’t dog about my pet. The pet becomes so completely a dog that I wonder if it is bestiality to have sex with my dog/human pet. Future Dog Lover

“Can vegans swallow?” used to be both the most annoying question and the most frequently asked question in the sex-advice business. Now it’s just the most frequently asked. Some people consider their pets to be “members of the family,” but there’s nothing incestuous about fucking your dog. There’s something sick and wrong about it, of course, but it’s not incest. Similarly, a human pretending to be a dog is still a human, FDL, so having sex with your dog/human pet isn’t bestiality and never will be. I hope that doesn’t ruin it for you. ---


’m a 19-year-old bisexual female, and my current girlfriend and I have been together about three months. She is pressuring me to come out to my family. I still live at home with my VERY Catholic parents, and I’m not in a good enough financial position to move out. If I were to come out to them, I would want ample distance between us and I wouldn’t want to be depending on them for a dwelling, school payments, auto insurance, etc. My girlfriend and I get along great, we are having a lot of fun together, and I wouldn’t want to lose her. But she says that she can’t be with me if I am ashamed of our relationship. I just don’t know what to do. Am I being a total cunt for hiding our relationship from my family? Or is she the total cunt? Comfortable Living In Temporary Secrecy She’s the cunt, CLITS, totally. The reasons you’ve given her for not coming out to your family right this minute— fear of being retaliated against financially, fear of losing your home, fear of derailing your education—are not only legit, CLITS, they’re the only legit reasons to postpone coming out to your family. Unless your girlfriend can feed you, clothe you, house you, and cover your tuition, she shouldn’t


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be pressuring you to risk your future for the sake of a three-month relationship. Finally, CLITS, it seems to me that the last thing a young lady with a pair of controlling assholes for parents needs is a controlling asshole for a girlfriend. Just sayin’. ---


oes asexuality actually exist? My partner’s younger brother claims to be asexual, but I think he’s just a maladjusted little shit and that he’s intimidated by the thought of sex. Your thoughts? The Sister-In-Law

Asexuality must exist, TSIL, seeing as it has its own homepage—— where you can read this: “Asexual people have the same emotional needs as anyone else, and like [those] in the sexual community we vary widely in how we fulfill those needs. Some asexual people are happier on their own, others are happiest with a group of close friends. Other asexual people have a desire to form more intimate romantic relationships, and will date and seek long-term partnerships. Asexual people are just as likely to date sexual people as we are to date each other.” I’ll probably be accused of asexophobia for suggesting that asexuals who date “sexual people” are obligated to disclose their asexuality preferably on the first date and certainly no later than the third date. Asexuals may have the same emotional needs as anyone else, but most of us sexuals—heterosexuals, homosexuals, bisexuals—expect to have our emotional and sexual needs met in our “intimate romantic relationships,” thanks, and we’re going to want to know if that’s not in the cards before we get involved, not after. Someone who is incapable of meeting a sexual’s needs has no business dating a sexual in the first place, if you ask me. At the very least, asexuality must be disclosed. And I’m still trying to wrap my head around this: “Figuring out how to flirt, to be intimate, or to be monogamous in nonsexual relationships can be challenging…” Um… since monogamy is understood to mean sexual exclusivity—you don’t fuck other people—I’m not sure how you define monogamy in a sexless relationship. Does your asexual partner promise not to not fuck other people? As for your brother-in-law, TSIL, I don’t see what his asexuality and/or hang-ups have to do with you. If you’re prying into your BIL’s sex life, TSIL, I’d say he’s not the only maladjusted little shit in the family.

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