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Dear Elling and Scope staff: My fiancée Jen and I, since moving to St. John’s in August, have been fans of The Scope. When we
go downtown on Saturdays to our favorite brunch spot, we like to sit together, while waiting for our food, and read what is going on in the city. Reading the terrific articles, the amusing yet sometimes true horoscopes, and being able to know what is happening is a big part of our Saturday ritual. That being said, when we had our engagement photos taken by Kim Goodyear a few weeks ago,
we thought it would be really appropriate, and very fun, to have a photo taken of us reading The Scope. We’re sending the photo to you now, to say thanks for being part of a Saturday ritual that has brought these two CFAs closer together as each week goes by. Keep on keeping on. Yours, Nic Hartmann and Jen Bentley (soon-to-be Hartmann)
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The saga continues The St. John’s curbside recycling program was postponed by council on March 25th, sparking intelligent debate across the land... Comment by Trying to figure what to do with all this trash: I recently moved to St. John’s and am extremely disappointed and shocked about the lack of a recycling program. Its 2010 for goodness sake! Every other city in Canada has had a recycling program for years! Every time I throw out a can my heart sinks. :( Comment by Anon: There are companies that are more than willing to pick up your recycling and keep your conscience squeaky clean for a fee. If it really does pain you to toss out easily divertable trash, surely you wouldn’t mind paying to see it put to good use? Comment by Elling: Some DIY
IMPERTINENT QUESTIONS Dear Mr. Scope, What is a good way to let my neighbours feel welcome? -Paul Hasenpfeffer
ways to recycle in the city: www. tinyurl.com/y7×2vwm Comment by Anonymous: There are recycling depots located conveniently throughout the city. Not only that, but there seems to be an army of hobo-ish people out there who are doing street side recycling without using up any tax dollars, (well, except for their welfare checks of course.) Comment by Bumtoucher: [To Anonymous:] Not a hobo and not on welfare you prick. [Link to Telegram article about the “Governor of Georgetown and king of recycling.” Comment by Anon: Just goes to show that $5 of coffee and tea can divert more trash from the landfills than any amount of government pork-barrel spending can. Comment by slapchop84: Oh my. Humanity is doomed.
Billy, it’s time to make a makeshift card out of white paper. take a picture of Charles Manson place on the outside of a folded sheet of paper. On the inside of the sheet, inscribe the following: Y oure part of the family now. That ought to do the trick.
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
With all the wilderness and vast space available you would think that Newfoundlanders would be able to provide the normal arm’s length personal bubble that the rest of the nation seems to know about. I despise having shopping carts or walkers bumping into the back of my knees at the grocery store. Or people breathing their rank breath down the back of my neck. Even the simple task of walking on the street has become challenging. This is not England people! Walk to the right of oncoming pedestrians as well as against the traffic. What happened here? Why are these concepts so hard to grasp? — Anonymous
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
Greenhouse gas emissions from Alberta’s oil sand developments, including emissions from related facilities, totalled 38.4 megatonnes in 2007; about five per cent of Canada’s overall emissions. By comparison, Newfoundland and Labrador’s (albeit much smaller) offshore petroleum industry has mostly escaped the scorn of environmentalists and the media. Like the in oil sands, offshore oil and gas production creates greenhouse gases, though there are greater environmental impacts of producing heavy oil than of extracting light crude. But what are the potential environmental hazards of extracting offshore oil? BY KERRI BREEN
elieve it or not, seabirds like hanging around oil rigs, which occasionally doesn’t work out very well for them, since in cold-water regions such as the Grand Banks, exposure to very small amounts of oil can affect a diving bird’s ability to protect itself from the elements.
current levels are less than three times what they were in late 1997, when the province was producing just about a quarter of a million barrels of oil a month, compared to today’s roughly 8-million barrels per month. Ken Taylor, environmental compliance officer with the Canada-Newfoundland Offshore Petroleum Board, explains this improvement is a function of how the industry is working to reduce incidents. “From the board’s point of view ... for the number of spills, the target is zero,” he says. Hundreds of thousands of oiled Taylor, a civil engineer by birds from the Grand Banks have training, “deals with the nuts and died annually, according to local bolts of environmental protection” researchers Francis Wiese and in his role as an environmental Gregory Robertson, who created compliance officer. It’s his job to the first scientific model to assess assess environmental protection seabird deaths due to chronic oil plans submitted by the oil spills. operators, and to make sure they In 2004, they concluded that the stick to them over the period for annual mortality of Newfoundland which they are approved—and and Labrador seabirds due to oil he’s bringing this environmental spills is on the same scale as that expertise to the public. caused by the infamous 1989 Exxon On Earth Day, Valdez oil spill April 22, Taylor will off the coast of give a presentation Alaska. These findings In 2004, they concluded on the potential environmental were presented that the annual mortal- hazards of offshore in the Journal of Wildlife ity of Newfoundland and petroleum activities from Management Labrador seabirds due to the preliminary two years before oil spills is on the same stages through this province’s recorded oil scale as that caused by the development phase. His industry spillage the infamous 1989 Exxon presentation would peak in will include 2006. Just over Valdez oil spill off the information 274,000 litres of coast of Alaska. about seismic various types of exploration, petroleum were exploratory reportedly leaked environmental risks, and protection into the ocean that year. for each stage of offshore oil The trend is, however, changing. development. In 2009, fewer than 300 litres of oil “There are a number of were reportedly spilled off the coast of Newfoundland between the three environmental issues that come up during the whole lifecycle of a mega-projects, Hibernia, White petroleum project and those issues Rose, and Terra Nova. Frequency, are dealt with in different ways,” or number of spills—another way Taylor says. of considering the impact—has In the offshore, there are more fluctuated between years, however. environmental considerations than This reduction in the quantity of accidental spills, however. Some spillage cannot be chalked up to waste is discharged from platforms decreased oil production either, as
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What are we putting in the water?
Exposure to even small amounts of oil can kill diving seabirds in cold-water regions.
as a matter of regular operation. For example, the offshore drilling process uses drilling fluids (water-, synthetic-, or oil-based mud) that is circulated in wells to clean and condition the hole. Oil-based muds are not allowed to be ejected into the sea, according to the Offshore Waste Treatment Guidelines. This document outlines recommended minimum standards for the treatment and disposal of wastes from petroleum drilling and production operations in Canada’s offshore, and for the sampling and analysis of waste streams to ensure compliance with these standards. “If things are discharged within the targets set out in those guidelines, they don’t generally pose significant risk to the environment that we’re operating in,” he says. Drilling also generates drill solids (cuttings from the holes). In the Newfoundland and Labrador offshore, cuttings are only allowed to be released into the sea if a nonoil based drilling mud has been used. As well, the thousands of litres of wastewater discharged through offshore petroleum activities each day may have negative effects on marine ecosystems. “Produced water” can contain contaminants: trace heavy metals, radionuclides, sulfates, treatment chemicals,
produced solids, and hydrocarbons. The guidelines state that produced water should be tested twice yearly for various metals and hydrocarbons, and annually for aquatic toxicity. The concentration of oil in produced water that is discharged is supposed to be measured every 12 hours, and should only contain minimum quantities of oil. An essential tool for identifying a project’s impact is the environmental assessment. The C-NLOPB, the body that regulates the offshore oil and gas industry, evaluates proposals for all offshore activity to identify their potential effects on the natural environment and other users of that environment. It also evaluates measures proposed to prevent or mitigate these effects. The Earth Day presentation– Environmental Aspects of Petroleum Offshore Development is presented by the Natural History Society of NL and CPAWS-NL. It’s happening on Thursday, April 22 at 8:00 p.m, at SN-2067 at Memorial University. The lecture is free and all are welcome. Leave a comment online at thescope.ca
YOURCITY NOTES FROM ST. JOHN'S CITY HALL
IMPERTINENT QUESTIONS Who would win in a fight: Godzilla or Gamera? -Tim L.
wished to see more done, people couldn’t really complain that any vital services had been lost. In an assessment year which saw property values skyrocket in this oil-rich city of ours, council reduced the mil rate to offset what would have been a doubling of assessed value for some homes (which would have meant property tax doubling.) The city of St. John’s budget is controlled by the province’s appropriately-named City of St. John’s Act. This act forbids the city from operating on a projected deficit. Due to this, the city uses what is called a zero-based budgeting process, which means every year, they wipe the slate clean, and work their way up, item by item, until they have accounted for all of the projected revenues for the coming year. Starting with fixed costs and financial obligations, such as debt payments, they move on up through the programs and expenditures of the city, starting with what they feel is most important, until they run out of money. So… when projected deficits are talked about in St. John’s, they are predicting that costs will rise above present levels, and that to maintain the very same level of service will require more revenue than we actually have. But this projected deficit is based on levels of revenue and assumes no growth. This year
Notice to Arts Community
City of St. John’s Art Procurement Program
New Date and Submission Procedures
Two words that strike fear in the hearts of city councillors: Projected deficit. Hey look, here comes one now! Yes, this year, the Director of Finance is warning council of a deficit of $3,200,000. Yes, it’s a lot of money, but it should not come as a surprise for anyone who paid attention to this year’s budget back in December, which was full of impending doom. When the budget was voted on, Dennis O’Keefe himself predicted a deficit for the next two years, and said that we must look to make this money up through economic ANDREW HARVEY growth, as well email@example.com as increased funding from the provincial and federal governments. And to make it even worse, Gerry Colbert stated ominously, “if you think this years budget is tough, wait until next year.” But should the city be so scared? I don’t think so. My deepest fear is that the city will allow this projected deficit to blind them from the long-term vision this city desperately needs. The budget this year was a trying one for council and for the citizens of St. John’s, and I think council did a good job of maintaining levels of services on all fronts. While many
has looked good so far: There were increases in the number of development permits issued and growth for the current year, in taxes, is almost assured. While $3.2 million seems like a lot of money now, new developments already in the works should make up at least some of this deficit by the end of the year. Decisions that make us cut corners to deal with our short-term financial needs could just as easily leave us with bigger, and taller, problems.
Upon recommendations from the Art Procurement Jury and the Public Art Committee, the Art Procurement Program is now occurring in the spring of the year and artists are requested to submit by jpeg only on CD/DVD’s. Please note, the City won’t be accepting emailed submissions. For more information, and guidelines and submission forms, please check the City’s website at www.stjohns.ca/forms and permits or contact Rhonda Rose-Colbert at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 576-8394.
Deadline for submissions: Monday, May 31st , 2010 at 4:00 p.m.
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That’s easy, Billy. The two monsters would never fight, as Monster Island is no longer home to fighters. Only lovers. Godzilla and Gamera have enjoyed twenty years of marriage and have three children: Varan, Rodan and Son of Kong.
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
For April 2010
BEST-SELLING BOOKS AT THE BOOKERY ON SIGNAL HILL 1. The Wayfinders by Wade Davis 2. February by Lisa Moore 3. Galore by Michael Crummey 4. The Artificial Newfoundlander by Larry Mathews 5. Generation A by Douglas Copeland
BEST-SELLING ITEMS AT THE ROOMS GIFT SHOP 1. Row house coasters by Wade and Catherine Tucker. 2. Karen Colbourne Martin notecards. 3. Handmade earrings by Michelle Lambert of Kelligrews. 4. Stuffed puffins. 5. Unrequited Death by Helen Gregory exhibit catalogue.
Fortisgate? was going to blow the lid right off this story! After six months in this city by the sea, I had a shot at a real break. No more kid reporter stuff, no fluffy profiles—I was going to take on Fortis. All of the businesses in the building at159-163 Water St., between The Travel Bug and the Candy Bouquet, had to leave three weeks ago at the behest of Fortis Properties, and rumour was it had to do with some dodgy building inspection. Given that it was one of the buildings slated for demolition in the now-withdrawn project proposal, that sounded like a pretty unlikely coincidence to me. Salem Ali, owner of the First Western Boutique, set me straight. “The problem was with the fire suppression system,” he said, “The
building is not suited to be occupied right now.” “Yes, they were totally within their rights to close it,” said Gaylynne Lambert, who owns the Asian Variety. “They’ve got the building on fire watch, it’s in terrible shape.” So yes, Fortis had good reasons to evict their tenants, but eviction is still a pretty draconian thing for a company to do, especially one that has a hand in so much of this city. What about my big story?? “They gave us formal notice in mid January,” Ali told me, “our lease was coming up, and they just said it wouldn’t be renewed.” “It was a little nerve-wracking at first,” said Lambert. “But they worked with us and they did what they could. We ended up moving across the street to an open spot they had in the TD building. We’re
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thrilled with the new location.” The new Asian Variety store is nice. It’s bright, and spacious, and it has just as much window frontage as the old store. Plus, is has air conditioning. Fortis worked with Ali to move his store to another opening in the TD building, but it’s about half the size of his former location. The move was a chance to take stock, or in his case, move some stock, narrowing the selection. “We’re focusing on what sells most,” he said. “Blundstones, cowboy boots, and biking gear.” The First Western Boutique is the largest Blundstone provider in Atlantic Canada, and Ali doesn’t see that changing with the move. He isn’t thrilled that he had to move, but all in all, he’s pretty positive about the experience. “There is always the question, ‘Are they going to kick us out again?’ “ he said. “But they had good reasons, and they offered us this place. If people want quality footwear, they know where to come.” Lambert points out that with the addition of her variety store and Ali’s boutique, the whole vibe of the TD building has changed. “It’s not just an office building anymore,” she said. “There’s us and the Café Mocha and the photo studio—it’s turned into a much more dynamic place.”
To hear Ali and Lambert tell it, getting kicked out of their old digs was, if not the best thing that ever happened, at least a positive experience. But then again, they’re still Fortis tenants. Marie Steffen, director of the School of Dance, is not. If anyone was going to give me the dirty details, she was it. “Fortis were excellent. They worked with the fire commission to allow us to stay in the building until March 31st and provided us with alternate space for our music school. They kept me informed and were helpful,” she said. So much for Fortisgate. So what happens now? The kerfluffle-causing proposal has been withdrawn, but it doesn’t seem like Fortis wants to revamp the sprinkler system, or the rest of the building, just yet. Gail Tucker, Manager of Corporate communications for Fortis wasn’t going to tip her hand. “There is no immediate change in the short-term with respect to this building; it will remain vacant,” she said. “As to the long-term status, that is something we will be evaluating over time.” Comment online at
In the window of the former Asian Variety location
All right Bottom Liners, rumour has it that George Stroumboulopoulos, back in his VJ days, was hosting a call-in show. For this particular episode, Strombo was wearing a Black Flag shirt, but when a caller asked him to name three BF songs, he froze. If anyone can find video evidence of this urban myth, send it to: email@example.com
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
How does it feel to be dancing to someone else’s choreography?
Questions by Sarah Smellie and Elling Lien. Additional chicken scratches by Elling Lien.
Does this piece veer from your signature docu-dance style?
Typically, Louise Moyse spends her stage time dancing a story—combining words and dance to capture the people behind the narratives that move her. In A Propos Of Nothing, it is the choreography of Montrealer Jo Leslie, a long-time collaborator with Moyse, that moves her. The piece consists of dancing and text that explores the concepts of nothingness and the fool, while playfully poking modern dance in the ribs.
A Propos of Nothing is described as a “tongue-in-cheek take on modern dance and a serious look at nothingness and the Fool.” How does that work? How can dancing be tongue-in-cheek?
Actor, writer, producer and director Aiden Flynn’s newest play, The Monk, tells the story of an ancient Norse town in the throes of ideological upheaval. The arrival of a Christian monk and all his crazy, new-fangled beliefs upsets the placid oldworld settlers, who are perfectly content with their old gods. The narrative is captured by the conflict between the play’s central characters, The Monk, played by Flynn, and one of the town’s oldest inhabitants, Grenjar, played by Geoff Adams. You’re offering audiences a three-course Norse meal which includes “Waffles with Troll cream.” What’s Troll cream? Who’s cooking it?
How did this piece come about?
You can catch A Propos Of Nothing on April 23rd and 24th at the LSPU Hall. Presented by Neighbourhood Dance Works, with music by Chris Driedzic, and featuring Andrea Tucker and Toronto’s Denise Fujiwara.
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
What’s with all the Nordic plays? Are you part Viking?
How did you decide to cast yourself as The Monk?
Do you see a bit of St. John’s in the town The Monk is set in?
Why did you choose to write about this theme of old beliefs vs. new beliefs?
The Infinity Plays is the play-writing debut from Justin Simms, most recently acclaimed for his directorial work on the award-winning film Down To The Dirt. It’s the story of a romantic relationship, and all the blips therein, as revealed through a shared dream between the relationshipees. Directed by Charlie Tomlinson, and starring Willow Kean (Shape of A Girl), Sean Panting (Republic of Doyle), and Darryl Hopkins (Rocking The Cradle), the show is part of the Significant Other Series presented by the RCA Theatre Company. Why “infinity”? What’s so interesting to you about that?
The Monk runs from April 29th to May 1st at The Rabbittown theatre. Shows start at 8:00pm with a pay-what-you-can matinee at 2:00pm on May 1st. Tickets are 20$ or 30$ with Norwegian aftens.
What happens, in a nutshell?
When did you write it? What was happening around you?
How was it different to write for the stage instead of writing for the screen? Was it better? Worse? Harder? More drinking? Less?
What’s your best reason why people should see this play?
The show runs from April 29th to May 2nd at the LSPU Hall’s Second Space, 3 Victoria Street. Night shows at 8:00pm with a May 1st matinee performance at 2:00pm. Tickets are $15, and are available at the door one hour prior to show time.
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
Listings deadline for our next print edition is 5pm Sunday, May 2nd.
APR 22 ALEX CORNICK JAM, CBTGs CARL PETERS & BOB TAYLOR (7pm), Middle Tickle (11pm), Shamrock City Pub CLASS WAR KIDS (punk), The Satans (acoustic set), Neener Neener, RN Wagner, Talua, 10pm, The Levee CRAIG YOUNG (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar DAVE PANTING, Erin’s Pub DES GAMBIN, 7pm, West Side Charlie’sKenmount Rd DJ BIG FRANK, Konfusion DJ LEO VAN ULDEN, 10pm, no cover, Martini Bar DJ NU ROCK, The Breezeway EARTH DAY BASH: Frontier, Kill Domain, Thrust Fault, 10pm, $5, Distortion FACE OFF: Battle style DJ tournament, Loft 709 FERGUS O’BYRNE (7pm); Larry Foley & Patrick Moran (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub JERRY STAMP, Danika Drover, Kyle & Aiden, no cover, Bull & Barrel STIXX & STONES, The Dock THE EARLY SHOW: Ian Foster & Adam Baxter, 9pm, no cover, Rose & Thistle THIRSTY THURSDAYS: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s UNLISTED, Green Sleeves Pub
APR 23 AFTERPARTY (Toronto pop rock), Greg Tobin & Roger Stoodley, 9pm, $7, Whalen’s Pub CHRIS HENNESSEY (5pm); Bill Kelly (8pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub CLASS WAR KIDS (punk), Once Loved (punk), The Wolves (rock), First Offence (punk), Rocket Rocketship, Patrick Swayze & The Dirty Dancers, 10pm, $6, CBTGs D’ARCY BRODERICK & RON KELLY (5pm); Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8pm); Hagdown (11pm), Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT; DES GAMBIN & BARRY DAVIS, Green Sleeves Pub DAVE REARDON, 5pm, Station Lounge DJ SINA, Konfusion FIESTA LATINA: Mini-lesson (9:30pm); Drum performance (10:30pm) DJ Love Birds, $10, Bella Vista FILTHY FRIDAYS: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s FUNKY DORY (funk jam band) Fat Cat Blues Bar GAGA FOR GAGA: Lady GaGa look-a-like contest & dance off with DJ Fabian, 11pm, Zone 216 HIDEAWAY (classic rock covers) 10pm, Darnells Pub HUGH SCOTT & JOHN BARELA, Erin’s Pub MARGUERITE’S PLACE BENEFIT CONCERT: 18th century music written, engraved, published or supported by women. Sonja Boon (flute) & Mary O’Keeffe (harpsichord), 8pm, $10/$20, St Mary the Virgin Anglican Church MERCY, The Sexton (pop), Overlay (rock), Baytown Connection (beach rock), Junctions MUSIQUE NON-STOP: Indie Dance Night w/ DJ Benjy, BrainBomb, Worker, no cover, Distortion PHYSICAL GRAFFITI, Dave Walsh (acoustic set), $5/$7, Junctions RICK LAMBE BAND (CD release) 10:30pm, $7, The Ship THE VIBE, 10pm, Martini Bar THREES A-CROWD, 9:30pm, no cover, Player’s Cue
APR 24 ADAM BAXTER, Roundelay (psychedelic rock), The Satans (rockabilly), $5, The Levee CBTGS 8-YEAR ANNIVERSARY BASH, Danielle
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Submit your show information by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or click “Submit a Listing” online at thescope.ca. Event listings are free, and hi-res photos are welcome and encouraged.
Trouble, The Drunks Rule This Place, Juicer, Monsterbator, 11:30pm, CBTGs CLASS WAR KIDS (European tour fundraiser) At Ships End, Fireign, Two Guitars Clash, Dig up the Dead, Standard 45, Minus a Lung, 10pm, $6, Junctions DAVE PANTING (5pm); Bob Taylor, Carl Peters & Pat Moran (8pm); Hagdown (11pm), Shamrock City Pub DES GAMBIN & BARRY DAVIS, Green Sleeves Pub DJ BIG FRANK, Konfusion FUNKY DORY (funk jam band) Fat Cat Blues Bar HEART OF OAK: Naval Symphony commissioned by the NSO, 8pm, $25/$29, Arts & Culture Centre HUGH SCOTT & JOHN BARELA, Erin’s Pub REPARTEE (EP release), Jerry Stamp, The Pathological Lovers (rock), The Ship ROB COOK (4:30pm);Fergus O’Byrne (8pm); XXX (11:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub SEXUAL SATURDAY: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s THE VIBE, 10pm, Martini Bar VJ ERIC, DJ Fabian, 11pm, $5/$7 after 1:30pm, Zone 216
APR 25 CHRIS HENESSEY (7pm); Con & Arthur O’Brien (10pm), Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Green Sleeves Pub MIKE HANRAHAN, Irish Session, Bridie Molloy’s NOISE TERROR 13: Patrick Swayze & The Dirty Dancers, 10pm, $5, The Levee OLD SCHOOL SUNDAY, Turkey Joe’s ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: SBC Concert Band & Elementary Choir, O’Donel Concert Band, Jazz Band & Choir, SBC Clarinet Quartet & Elementary Chamber Choir, Coley’s Point Grade 2/3 Choir, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium SONG SESSION, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub
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APR 26 ANTHONY MACDONALD & RONNIE POWER, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Green Sleeves Pub LARRY FOLEY & PATRICK MORAN, 9:30pm, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Choir Night: St Matthew’s Elementary Primary Choir, Silvern Voices, St Catherine’s Academy High School & Elementary Choirs, Pearce Junior High Choir, SBC Primary Choir, MacDonald Drive Elementary Pod 3 & Performance Choirs, Zara, Burin Peninsula Youth Choir, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium
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CARL PETERS & DAVE WHITE, Turkey Joe’s CHRIS HENNESSEY (5pm); Larry Foley & Rob Cook, 12am, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub CONNEMARA, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Green Sleeves Pub DT, Mast & Friends, CBTGs ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Holy Heart Concert Band, St Paul’s Symphonic Band, SBC Brass Quintet, Mary Queen of Peace Grade 3 Choir, Holy Heart Chamber Choir, Holy Heart Girls Choir, St Paul’s Choir, Holy Heart Jazz Band, SBC Dixieland Comb, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium SHAWN BERESFORD (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar THE GAMBIN BROTHERS (acoustic duo) no cover, 10pm, Martini Bar
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APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
ANDREW PIKE (solo acoustic) no cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar BARCODE (classic rock) Tol’s Time Out BLACKIE O’LEARY (7pm); The Navigators (10pm), Shamrock City Pub CHRIS HENNESSEY (7pm); Con O’Brien & Duncan Cameron (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub DAVE WHITE, 10pm, Turkey Joe’s EPIC WEDNESDAYS: Adam Baxter, 10pm, $5, Distortion FOLK NIGHT: Neil Rosenberg & Terri Thomson, 9pm, $5, The Ship JASON LACOUR, Trapper John’s Pub JAZZ CONCERT, 7pm, free, AC Hunter LibraryArts & Culture Centre KRONIK, Green Sleeves Pub ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Eastern School District Band, SBC Wind Ensemble, Treble Choir Junior High Choir, Junior & Senior Jazz Bands, Chamber Choir & Symphonic Band, Gander Collegiate Concert Band, Dunne Memorial Academy Elementary & High School Choirs, Gander, Collegiate Choir, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium STIXX AND STONES, 10pm, no cover, Martini Bar VIC LEWIS JAM, CBTGs
O’Reilly’s Irish Pub CHROMATOSE ANYMATION FESTIVAL (Black Bag Media Collective) Black Bags, Local Tough, 12am, The Ship D’ARCY BRODERICK & RON KELLY (5pm); Barry Kenny & Glen Harvey (8pm); Connemara (11pm), Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Greg Bolger, Green Sleeves Pub DAVE REARDON, 5pm, Station Lounge DJ FABIAN, no cover, 11am, Zone 216 DJ SINA, Konfusion FILTHY FRIDAYS: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s NEON PARTY: Sydney Blu (Toronto), DJ Trip, Kid Cue, DJ Aligator, Graystar, $15, Loft 709 REG HOUSE, 9:30pm, no cover, Player’s Cue ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Jazz Night, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium SYRACUSE ME (PEI punk), Pest Control (PEI hardcore), Over the Top (punk), Junctions UNIVERSAL LANGUAGE: Cyber Media Launch with Jerry Stamp, Chris Kirby, Bryan Oram, Cody Westman, Shawn Beresford, Fat Cat Blues Bar
AARON COLLIS & MATTHEW BYRNE, Erin’s Pub ACTORS & ARCHITECTS (Toronto prog rock), Overlay (rock), The Wolves (rock), 10pm, The Levee ALEX DINN BAND, 10pm, Martini Bar COUNTRY MUSIC CAFÉ: Old-time country, bluegrass & trad in an OST CARL PETERS & BOB TAYLOR IND THE-DMATE F acoustic setting, 8pm, $5/kids (7pm), Middle Tickle (11pm), P-TO S U free, St Augustine’s Church HallShamrock City Pub LISTINGAT Westerland Rd CRAIG YOUNG (solo acoustic) no ONLINE e.ca CHROMATOSE ANYMATION FESp cover, Fat Cat Blues Bar co s e th TIVAL (Black Bag Media Collective) DAVE PANTING, Erin’s Pub Lizband, Geinus, The Ship DES GAMBIN, 7pm, West Side DAVE PANTING (5pm); Bob Taylor, Carl Charlie’s-Kenmount Rd Peters & Pat Moran (8pm); Connemara (11pm), DJ BIG FRANK, Konfusion Shamrock City Pub DJ LEO VAN ULDEN, 10pm, no cover, Martini DJ BIG FRANK, Konfusion Bar ROB COOK (4:30pm);Fergus O’Byrne (8pm); DJ NU ROCK, The Breezeway XXX (11:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub FERGUS O’BYRNE (7pm); Acoustic Punters ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Prince of Wales (10:30pm), O’Reilly’s Irish Pub Collegiate Concert Band, Newtown/MQW Beginner Band, CBS Grade 5 Band, St Peter’s JERRY STAMP, Joey Bennett, no cover, Bull & Junior High Concert Band, MWQ/Newtown/ Barrel St. Peter’s/Goulds Junior Band, CBS Grade 6 RON HYNES (solo) 9pm, The Ship Band, Prince of Wales Collegiate Concert Choir, ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: Gonzaga High Chamber Choir & Jazz Band, Exploits Jazz Band, Concert, Jazz & Chamber Band, Corner Brook 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium Regional High Wind Symphony, Exploits Valley SEXUAL SATURDAY: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s High Concert Band, Lewisporte Collegiate SHALLAWAY: Let Voices Ring, Arts & Culture Senior Concert & Lynx Jazz Bands, St Michael’s Centre High Concert Band & Choir, Gonzaga High Girls Choir, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium SYRACUSE ME (PEI punk), Pest Control (PEI hardcore), Adam Baxter Threesome, Rock House STIXX & STONES, The Dock THE SIDEKICKS, Fat Cat Blues Bar THE EARLY SHOW: Ian Foster & Andrew O’Brien, 9pm, no cover, Rose & Thistle VJ ERIC, DJ Fabian, 11pm, $5/$7 after 1:30pm, Zone 216 THIRSTY THURSDAYS: DJ JayCee, Turkey Joe’s
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APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
CHRIS HENESSEY (7pm); Con & Arthur O’Brien (10pm), Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Green Sleeves Pub MIKE HANRAHAN, Irish Session, Bridie Molloy’s OLD SCHOOL SUNDAY, Turkey Joe’s
Patrick Canning picks some of his favourites from the 86 successful local RPM submissions. Listen at www.rpmchallenge.com
The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Peelgood
One of the more challenging and bizarre albums to come from this year’s RPM crop, Action Hotdog is a strange hybrid of new wave, Frank Zappa, Mike Patton, and whoknows-what. It’s kinda tacky and bracing to be perfectly honest. The midi sounds, thin mixing and ultra obnoxious vocals are pretty harsh on my rapidly aging ears, but there is definitely enough ambition, raw weirdness, and follow through to make it a quite compelling listen. Schizophrenic is the word for this experience; genre, style, tempo, and mood switch wildly and suddenly throughout most of the songs, and when he’s not channeling John Zorn he’s laying down queasy foundations of discordant psychedelic drone mindf**kery. There’s never enough musicians around with serious wanking skills who are willing to let their freak flag fly like Action Hotdog. This is definitely not for everybody, but if you appreciate music with a bit of Mr. Bungle flare, and don’t mind a it of midi programming, this is for you.
I’ve been talking too much about production values in these reviews. Production values are not what the RPM Challenge is about. It’s all about being creative and producing something through whatever means you have. This album sounds like it was recorded on a broken answering machine but I love it. Armed with only a crappy computer microphone, a computer, and a month, Meghan Harnum of The Mudflowers produced a thoroughly charming and sweet collection of simple but very engaging pop songs and ballads about “Deadbeat Boyfriends” or the devil. It’s a good example of using the limits of the tinny, static-drenched equipment to their fullest, giving the listening experience a ghostly, timeless quality like listening to old wax cylinders or field recordings. The lack of fidelity might turn some people off but if you listen past it, there are many great inventive moments and clever songs to be heard on this short collection of tracks.
Oh My! Who knew the editor of The Scope had so many hidden talents? Who knows what other secrets he could be hiding from us? Tell us your secrets, Elling! Since he’s my boss, and since he’s editing this very review, by rights I should tear into this album and pick it apart like wolves would a dead sheep carcass. But alas, this album is a lot of fun. It’s a concept album/rock opera about a space alien who crash-lands on earth and, through a series of situations, ends up running a Ziggy Peelgoods french fry van on George Street. The album is sort of a cross between later period narrativedriven Residents, the sparse electronic minimalism and heavily altered voices of The Knife, and George Street TV. It’s all rather ridiculous and haphazard, but it’s surprisingly effective musically and keeps an engaging, but slightly disconcerting, atmosphere throughout. So what do ya say Elling? How about giving me a raise?
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MAY 3 ANTHONY MACDONALD & RONNIE POWER, 10pm, Shamrock City Pub DAMIAN FOLLETT, Green Sleeves Pub LARRY FOLEY & PATRICK MORAN, 9:30pm, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL: GC Rowe Wind Ensemble, Beaconsfield Junior High Concert & Jazz Bands, Saxon Singers, Booth/Bishops Chamber Choir & Jazz Band, 7pm, $3/$7, Holy Heart Auditorium
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Falafel is certainly not available in St. John’s in the same way it’s available in many other cities. Colossal offers a good sized falafel sandwich for $5.99. The first time I went there they put pickled turnip on my sandwich, which impressed me, as I’d never seen those used in St. John’s. The next two sandwiches were without pickled turnip. The way I see it, Colossal is in a position to popularize falafel in St. John’s. Maybe if they realized that, they might step it up a notch, and get some toppings unique to the falafel scene. Soon enough, you’d be able to get falafel at every other pizza place, but maybe theirs would even be the best. A vegetarian can dream. Avg rating
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Been there often enough, nice bar. Had food here for the first time the other day. Fish and chips with dressing and gravy. Gotta say, it was well prepared, good portion size, and a good price. The best food is found in a place with no tablecloth and more than three beers on tap, as far as I am concerned. Avg rating
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It is nice to have the option to go downstairs away from the noisy food court. I love their paninis—the turkey chipotle is delicious! My only complaint is that they stop serving sandwiches before suppertime even though the cafe remains open. Avg rating
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APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
NO SIN IN SAD EATING
Almost-Instant Macaroni and Cheese
ince Christmas, my daughter has graduated from having storybooks read to her at bedtime. It’s all about chapter books now. I had always imagined that the first chapter books I would read to her would be the ones I love: The Secret Garden, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland, Macaroni and cheese is a classic comfort food. I first found this method for making it the Chronicles of Narnia. Wholesome classics to give her a sense of in Nigella Lawson’s Nigella Express, but it turns out it has a long history. I’ve adopted it what literature should be. No dice. because it uses an egg-based sauce instead of one with flour, which means I don’t have Her preference is for the books in to go fiddling around to de-gluten-ize it. Essentially, the noodles are baked in a cheese the Disney Fairies series, starring Tinker Bell and a host of fairies and custard. One warning: be very careful that you don’t cook the sauce too long, or the eggs sparrow men (apparently boy fairies will harden and go kind of scrambly. It’s just as delicious this way, but it loses some of the aren’t fairies, not even in Pixie Holsilkiness that makes it so warm-fuzzy-blankety. low) who use their talents to solve problems and to whom nothing particularly bad ever happens. Serves 4 (or one, on a very hard day) At ten chapters and about 90 pages a pop, we’re zipping through 250 GRAMS MACARONI NOODLES OF CHOICE (I USE BROWN RICE PASTA IN ELBOW OR them. They’re not nearly as vomitrocious as they could CORKSCREW SHAPES) be—as far as the Dis3 CUPS LOOSELY PACKED GRATED SHARP CHEDDAR CHEESE (250 GRAMS BY WEIGHT) ney crap factory goes, this is almost tasteful— 1 CUP MILK and I can’t help but 2 EGGS, BEATEN love how much ANDREAE ½ TEASPOON PREPARED YELLOW MUSTARD my daughter CALLANAN DASH WORCESTERSHIRE SAUCE email@example.com loves them. Last night, after SALT AND PEPPER TO TASTE we started another volume in this seemingly (and lucratively) unend1. Cook pasta according to package directions in well-salted water. Heat oven to 450F. ing series, she asked me which one 2. While pasta is cooking, combine all other ingredients in a large bowl. of the fairies was my favourite. Naturally, I answered that it was Dulcie, 3. Drain pasta and return to pot. Add sauce ingredients and stir over very low heat until a baking-talent fairy who delights cheese has melted and sauce has just begun to thicken. the other fairies with her cakes and 4. Transfer pasta and sauce to a shallow baking dish (I use a cast-iron frying pan), and biscuits and poppy-puff rolls. It was kind of a default answer: I’ll admit, place in the oven, until the top has begun to brown, about 8-10 minutes. Keep an eye on it I have a hard time remembering the to make sure it doesn’t burn. Remove from oven and serve. names of the other fairies, which ones talk to animals and which ones make bubbles and which ones make Feel free to customize your mac and cheese with a topping of bread crumbs, sliced babies laugh or whatever the hell. tomatoes, cooked bacon, a handful of green peas, a blend of favourite cheeses, whatever But Dulcie is my girl. In one makes you feel happy. recent adventure, she suffers from baking burnout, never having taken a day off in as long as anyone could remember. Her cakes are flat, break- home-baked deliciousness. The how the wrong kind of eating. I fasts are disastrous, her mojo is lost, Comforte Cayke is a success, and think that’s ridiculous. Eating is, by and Dulcie is forced by the queen indeed it brings comfort to all the nature, emotional. Foods wouldn’t to take some time off, much to her fairies and sparrow men, Dulcie gets have mood-altering qualities if indignation. Not knowing quite her job back, and six-year-old girls we weren’t supposed to use them what to do with herself, she starts get to go to sleep happy. to alter our moods. If you survey kicking around But here’s the people’s comfort foods, most of the library, cool part: when them involve a one-two hit of sugar where she finds the fairies eat Ye or starch and fats—pasta Alfredo, an ancient Olde Comforte pot pie, bread and butter, There’s an attitude in our Cayke, it tastes dif- chicken fairy recipe chocolate chip cookies and milk, culture that “emotional for “Comforte ferent to each one a hot turkey sandwich and fries Cayke.” Well, of them. Because, submerged in a pool of gravy. This eating” is somehow the Dulcie, like of course, comfort makes sense: the carbs elevate wrong kind of eating. I any of us food food is someyour mood, and the fats stabilize it nerds with thing different for for a while. It’s not going to make think that’s ridiculous. occasionally everybody. I, for your troubles go away, but it might impaired mojo, one, hit the peanut normal you up long enough to put is bound and butter and banana things in perspective, or to at least determined to sandwiches stop crying for a while. How on follow the recipe through, despite pretty hard when I’m in need of a earth can this be a bad thing? As the fact that it is written in ancient big foodular hug. Buttery mashed I’ve said many times before, the fairy language, and that the ingredipotatoes and tinned corn niblets value of food isn’t just to be found ents only appear on the page one at are another comfort food standby. in its nutritional profile, but also in a time, after the one before has been My mother’s chicken curry with a how it makes you feel. If chocolate procured. side of yogurt and tinned peaches cake with a big scoop of ice cream To cut to the end, Dulcie gathwas a university-era favourite. It’s transports you to a happier place ers her ingredients, sneaks into the essential to make too much rice so for a little while when you’re feeling kitchen, bakes the cake using her that there’s extra for making olddown, then that has great value. We instincts (there are no directions, fashioned baked rice pudding later, all need to take our comfort where like in many ancient recipes), and with raisins and cinnamon, eaten we can find it sometimes. just when the whole thing looks like warm with cream poured on top. Comment online at a complete flop, the cake magically There’s an attitude in our culture thescope.ca/foodnerd rises into a magnificent display of that “emotional eating” is some-
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LIFE AFTER PI Mark Callanan reviews Beatrice & Virgil by Yann Martel Beatrice & Virgil
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“Writers seldom become public figures,” Yann Martel writes in the opening pages of Beatrice & Virgil, his first novel since the Man Booker Prize-winning Life of Pi. Between the wild, international success of Pi, his much-publicized role as Stephen Harper’s English tutor (see w hatisstephenharperreading.ca), and the media fervour around this newest novel, it’s clear that Martel has made himself an exception to this general rule. Part of the reason Beatrice & Virgil has generated so much media interest is that it purports to be about one of the most horrifying events in recent history, the systematic murder of some six million Jews during the Second World War. Strange, then, that Martel’s book about the Holocaust should turn out to be not at all about the Holocaust—or, at least, not directly. Beatrice & Virgil is the kind of postmodern tale whose plot sounds
almost parodic in summary. Henry, a writer, has seen the publication of two successful novels. His third book, however, a gimmicky treatment of the Holocaust that involves the co-publication of a piece of fiction and a piece of non-fiction, has recently been rejected by his publishers and editors as commercially suicidal. Stunned and reeling from this unanticipated slight, Henry and his wife relocate to an unnamed metropolis, “one of those great cities of the world that is a world unto itself.” There, Henry eventually makes the acquaintance of a taxidermist (also named Henry) who is at work on a play about a donkey named Beatrice and a howler monkey named Virgil, the taxidermied bodies of which he keeps in his shop. Henry begins helping the reticent taxidermist with his script, and much of Beatrice & Virgil unfolds in the form of that stage play. Its setting and its execution owes much to Waiting for Godot—a fact acknowledged by Martel’s sparing use of stage directions and dialogue adapted from Beckett’s existentialist masterpiece. The initial scene between the two unlikely protagonists is clever, wryly humorous, and proceeds with the bantering back and forth-ness of a Socratic dialogue. Virgil is trying to describe a pear to Beatrice, who has never encountered one: VIRGIL: …You must imagine an apple that is at its widest in the bottom third.
an apple’s. BEATRICE: No? VIRGIL: No. Most apples sit on their buttocks, so to speak…
BEATRICE: I can see it. VIRGIL: But we must not push the comparison too far. The bottom of a pear is not like
Soon, though, it becomes clear that their situation is not as lighthearted as this initial discussion of produce would suggest. The two have experienced an event they refer to as “the Horrors,” are greatly disturbed by it, and are still living under its threat. Beatrice and Virgil’s central struggle is in finding a language with which they can talk about the Horrors. It’s a monumental task. How does one speak about the unspeakable? How can language describe inconceivable suffering? “Virgil has this idea for short plays where every word…would be qualified by sic,” Martel’s taxidermist says at one point, “because every word, in the light of the Horrors, is now erroneous.” Fundamentally, this is a story about language’s failure to adequately represent experience. The pear exchange between B & V illustrates the difficulty in describing a common object to one who is unfamiliar with it. How much more difficult, then, to explain the abstract: love, say; hate. In a sense, the Holocaust itself (the macabre details, the catalogue of horrors) is secondary to Martel’s intent. As such, its true impact, the very gruesome reality of all those who died at the hands of the Third Reich, is never represented. Or almost never. The final section of the book, “Games for Gustav,” comprises a series of short hypothetical situations that speak to the experiences of Europe’s murdered Jews. They are meant as moral contemplations for the reader. The most affecting of these reads: “Your daughter is clearly dead. If you step on her head, you can reach higher, where the air is better. Do you step on your daughter’s head?” These “games,” concise in form and limited in number as they may be, do what much of Martel’s novel cannot: make us feel, on a deeply human level, what it is to look around and see only death. The rest of Martel’s book is fascinating and extremely well written, but in its coy use of inter-textual references and of signature metafictional tricks, curiously empty of emotion. In a way, its account of aftermath is no less clinical than the cold statistics history has given us, and which fiction should ideally attempt to render more human. Beatrice & Virgil is a successful novel, but a failed work of art. Comment online at
Beatrice and Virgil discussing the shape of fruit.
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The Scope is proud to present its latest excerpt of the ongoing Western serial, “The Dark Cinema”. In this latest chapter, Adam Clarke, the High-West’s most fearsome critic, has a run-in with notorious Canadian film rustlers Paul Gross and Bill Phillips to discuss their new movie, Gunless, and the enduring myth of the Western.
n my many years as a film critic, I have seen plenty of ridiculous things in films about the Ol’ West. I’ve seen at least 5 different films called Django 2. I’ve even seen some talkin’ mice headin’ for the U.S. of A. Yet, the most ridiculous thing I may have encountered was in a clip from the upcoming film, Gunless: celebrated Canadian actors Paul Gross and Callum Keith Rennie as a couple of cowboys ready to have a showdown. What in tarnation would Canadians be doing in a Western? Crossing many hot, stinging stretches of desert to answer this question, I came to settle in a onehorse town that was home to Gunless writer-director Bill Phillips and actor Paul Gross (Passchendaele, Due South). The film is about a rough and tumble outlaw, The Montana Kid, played by Gross, who is accidentally brought to Canada. Bill Phillips says the project came about from his admiration of the Western genre. “I wrote it six years ago, and I can remember that specifically because my daughter is six years old now, and I wrote the first draft of the screenplay while she was bundled up in a little carrier strapped to me,” Phillips says. Six years seems like a long time to wait to make a movie, but the young writer-director had to face a lot of fancy talk about Westerns being unprofitable, despite receiving praise
for the script. Eventually, he got the green-light. Phillips, whose previous credits include the quiet, indy thriller Treed Murray and 2003’s caper flick Foolproof, has a contagious enthusiasm about the various genres of cinema.
CALL FOR TIMES AND PRICES AVALON MALL’S EMPIRE STUDIO 12 722-5775 • MOUNT PEARL SHOPPING CENTRE EMPIRE CINEMAS 364-8527 ALICE IN WONDERLAND: Yes, Lewis Carroll’s book is adapted yet again. This one’s directed by Tim Burton, so expect lots of spindly trees and an “ooh, ahh” choral soundtrack courtesy of Danny Elfman. (Avalon Mall) CLASH OF THE TITANS: Greek gods, a Norwegian monster (the Kraken), an Australian monster (actor/plank of wood, Sam Worthington) and Djinns (for some reason) all show up for an epic showdown. Release the 3-D! (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl) DATE NIGHT: Steve Carrell and Tina Fey are a bored couple who inadvertently become the target of the mob while trying to dine at a shmancy bistro. Hijinks and major league contrivances ensue. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl) DEATH AT A FUNERAL: When their patriarch
dard Canadian film.” “It’s not a form that’s natural to us,” Gross interjects. “It’s an invented mythology of the Americans and it’s not part of our cultural background. That’s why I think what Bill did was so smart, since he took all of those elements and dropped them in a place where they don’t work.” Before I skeedaddled, there was one thing I had to ask the men: What’s their favourite Western? Gross cites High Plains Drifter and Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid while Phillips picks the aforementioned Sundance, Unforgiven and the Gregory Peck vehicle, Big Country. Satisfied with their choices, I tipped my hat to the gentlemen and rode off into the moonlight to return to the sunny beaches of Newfoundland. Comment online at
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Paul Gross stars in Gunless
Having just completed Gunless, he is currently writing a ghost story and an adaptation of Ursula K Le Guin’s The Left Hand Of Darkness. For Paul Gross, cool threads were a big part of the Western’s appeal. “I saw the opportunity to wear a gun and ride a horse,” the actor says. “I always liked old Westerns and I saw
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in this the opportunity to do one,” Gross adds, praising Phillips’ script. “First and foremost, I wanted to draw from the expectations and plot elements associated with the genre,” Phillips says, “but I’m a Canadian filmmaker and I would definitely
dies, a family scrambles to his funeral. Directed by Neil LaBute, so expect the grace and deft comic touch of someone who directed Lakeview Terrace and The Wicker Man remake. (Avalon Mall) DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: Young Greg is a middle-school child who must outwit bullies, a girl who is far too eager to wrestle him, and something called “the cheese touch.” (Avalon Mall) HOT TUB TIME MACHINE: Ensemble comedy about, yes, a hot tub that sends four men back to the 1980’s. To borrow the tagline from Pieces, Hot Tub Time Machine is exactly what you think it is. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl) HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON: A viking named Hiccup domesticates a dragon to the disbelief of his fellow Norsemen. Remember, this is a Dreamworks cartoon, so expect celebrity voices and Smashmouth on the soundtrack. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl) KICK ASS: When a young CHUD decides to be a masked crime-fighter, he inadvertently inspires a handful of others to don capes and cowls, including a pre-teen girl and everyone’s favourite eccentric skull collector, Nicholas Cage. (Avalon Mall) OCEANS: This film analyses the sub-aquatic
IMPERTINENT QUESTIONS If raw cookie dough is so unhealthy for you, why do they put it in ice cream? -E. Roth
put that funny stamp on it. We’re not working with huge budgets here. There’s no secret bank account with scads of money hidden away. We just stretch the dollar for as far as it’ll go. If you’re going to make a Western, you might as well go whole-hog rather than attempt to slap a Western backdrop to a stanworld in full glory. Described as a hybrid between a documentary and a thriller, y’know, kinda like Psi Factor. Dan Aykroyd is unlikely to appear, however. (Avalon Mall) SHE’S OUT OF MY LEAGUE: In the tradition of every single Judd Apatow film, this sex comedy (from Apatow alumnus Jay Baruchel) asserts what Sinbad was telling us all along: women be different from men. (Mt Pearl) SHUTTER ISLAND: Tiger Beat poster boy hall of famer Leo DiCaprio plays an edgy detective investigating the disappearance of a mental patient from a mysterious, isolated insane asylum. Directed by Martin Scorsese. (Mt Pearl) THE BACK UP PLAN: J-Lo’s long-awaited followup to Bordertown has finally hit theatres! In this film, “Bennifer times one minus one” plays a woman who falls in love after getting artificially inseminated. (Avalon Mall) THE BOUNTY HUNTER: When a bounty hunter (Gerard Butler) is ordered to rub out his exwife (Jennifer Aniston), he decides to save her instead. Despite this, both still nag and bicker down wacky-plot lane. (Avalon Mall & Mt Pearl) THE LAST SONG: If you’re a rebellious teen with musical talents, would you “protect a sea turtle nest to get closer to some dude”. If so, this is the film for you. Also, you’re weird. (Avalon Mall) THE LOSERS: When a CIA team is betrayed and left for dead, the unlikely survivors band together to extract bullet-strewn revenge. Imagine Predator without the alien and you more or less have it. (Avalon Mall)
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TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20)
Yes, I know that the bull is your totem animal. But I’m hoping you’re willing to expand your repertoire, because it’s a ripe time for you to take on some of the attitudes of the king of beasts. Consider this. The naturalist and shaman Virginia Carper notes that lions have strong personalities but cooperate well. They’re powerful as individuals but engage in constructive group dynamics. In many cultures, they have been symbols of nobility, dignity, and spiritual prowess. To adopt the lion as a protective guardian spirit builds one’s ability to know and hunt down exactly what one wants. Would you like more courage? Visualize your lion self. Happy birthday to Patrick Canning, Suzanne Woolridge, Tom Power, and David Cochrane.
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In 2011, I may do a tour of North America, performing my show “Sacred Uproar.” But for the foreseeable future I need to shut up and listen. I’ve got to make myself available to learn fresh truths I don’t even realize I need to know. So, yeah, next year I might be ready to express the extroverted side of my personality in a celebration of selfexpression. But for now I have a sacred duty to forget everything I supposedly believe in and gratefully shuck my self-importance. By the way, Gemini, everything I just described would be a good approach for you to consider taking in the next three weeks.
WEREBEARS AND ONLY CHILDREN by Jennifer Barrett
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I have a group of colleagues who halfjokingly, half-sincerely refer to themselves as the Shamanic Hackers of Karmic Justice. The joking part of it is that the title is so over-the-top ostentatious that it keeps them from taking themselves too seriously. The sincere part is that they really do engage in shamanic work designed to help free their clients from complications generated by old mistakes. Since you’re entering the season of adjustment and atonement, I asked them to do some corrective intervention in your behalf. They agreed, with one provision: that you aid and abet their work by doing what you can to liberate yourself from the consequences of wrong turns you made in the past.
Is it true what they say -- that you can never have too many friends? If you don’t think so, CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) it’s a good time to re-evaluate your position. The Weekly World News reported that a And if you do agree, then you should blues singer sued his psychiatrist for turngo out and get busy. According to my ing him into a more cheerful person. reading of the astrological omens, Gloomy Gus Johnson claimed he was you’re likely to be extra lucky in so thoroughly cured of his depresattracting new connections and sion that he could no longer perform Listen to a welcoming message from the deepening existing alliances in the his dismal tales with mournful sincerBeauty and Truth Lab: coming weeks. The friendships you ity. His popularity declined as he lost bit.ly/TruthLab. strike up are likely to be unusually fans who had become attached to his stimulating and especially productive. despondent persona. I suspect you may To take maximum advantage of the soon be arriving at a similar crossroads, favorable cosmic rhythms, do whatever you can to Capricorn. Through the intervention of uplifting spruce up your inner beauty. influences and outbreaks of benevolence, you will find it harder to cultivate a cynical attitude. Are LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22) you prepared to accept the consequences that may I have compiled a set of four affirmations come from being deprived of some of your reasons that I think will keep you on the right track in the to moan and groan? coming weeks. Try saying them at least twice a day. 1. “I am cultivating Relaxed Alertness, because AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) that will make me receptive to high-quality clues Educational specialist Dr. Howard Gardabout how to proceed.” 2. “I am expressing Casual ner believes I.Q. tests evaluate only a fraction of Perfectionism, because that way I will thoroughly human intelligence. He describes eight different enjoy being excellent, and not stress about it.” 3. “I kinds of astuteness. They include the traditional am full of Diligent Indifference, working hard out measures -- being good at math and language -- as of love for the work and not being attached to the well as six others: being smart about music, the outcome.” 4. “I am practicing Serene Debauchery, body, other people, one’s own inner state, nature, because if I’m not manically obsessed with looking and spatiality. (More here: bit.ly/Shrewd.) I bring for opportunities to cut loose, those opportunities this to your attention, Aquarius, because you’re will present themselves to me with grace and entering a phase when you could dramatically frequency.” enhance your intelligence about your own inner state. Take advantage of this fantastic opportunity VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) to know yourself much, much better The Great Wall of China is the largest human construction in the world, stretching for alPISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) most 3,900 miles. But contrary to legend, it is not South Carolina now requires subversive visible from the moon. According to most astropeople to register with the state if they have the nauts, the Wall isn’t even visible from low Earth stated intention of overthrowing the government orbit. Keep this in mind as you carry out your asof the United States. I have no such goal, so I resignment in the coming week, Virgo. First, imagine main free to operate unlicensed in South Carolina. that your biggest obstacle is the size of the Great I am, however, participating in a movement to Wall of China. Second, imagine yourself soaring so overthrow reality -- or rather, the sour and criphigh above it, so thoroughly beyond it, that it displed mass hallucination that is mistakenly called appears. If performed regularly, I think this exercise “reality.” This crusade requires no guns or political will give you a new power to deal with your own agitation, but is instead waged by the forces of the personal Great Wall of China. liberated imagination using words, music, and images to counteract those who paralyze and deadLIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) en the imagination. I invite you to join us. You’re In the early 1990s, actors Johnny Depp entering a phase when you may feel an almost ecand Winona Ryder were engaged to be married. In static longing to free yourself from the delusions honor of their love, Depp got a tattoo that read that constitute the fake “reality.” “Winona Forever.” After the relationship fell apart, though, he had it altered to “Wino Forever.” If ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19) you’re faced with a comparable need to change a “Although obstacles and difficulties tattoo or shift your emphasis or transform a mesfrighten ordinary people,” wrote French painter sage anytime soon, Libra, I suggest putting a more Théodore Géricault, “they are the necessary food positive and upbeat spin on it—something akin to of genius. They cause it to mature, and raise it up “Winner Forever.” . . . All that obstructs the path of genius inspires a state of feverish agitation, upsetting and overSCORPIO (Oct 23 - Nov 21) turning those obstacles, and producing masterIn the Bering Strait, Russia and America pieces.” I’d like to make this idea one of your guidare 2.5 miles apart. The International Date Line ing principles, Aries. In order for it to serve you runs through the gap, meaning that it’s always a well, however, you’ll have to believe that there is day later on the Russian side than it is on the Amera sense in which you do have some genius within ican. I suggest you identify a metaphorically similar you. It’s not necessarily something that will make place in your own life, Scorpio: a zone where two you rich, famous, popular, or powerful. For exwildly different influences almost touch. According ample, you may have a genius at washing dogs or to my reading of the omens, it’s an excellent time giving thoughtful gifts or doing yoga when you’re for you to foster more interaction and harmony sad. Whatever your unique brilliance consists of, between them. the challenges just ahead will be highly useful in helping it grow.
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THEATRE BEAUTY TIPS FOR THE VAIN AND DELUDED: Culled from her recent book Rants, Riffs and Roars: The World According to Berni Stapleton this one woman show spans a universe of outrageous beauty fads (botox in the buttocks) technological warfare (text messaging while in the bathtub) and surviving life’s little atom bombs (getting sick, getting better, getting even.) $15/$20, Arts & Culture Centre 7293900 (Thu Apr 22 – Sat Apr 24) PROBLEM CHILD (Class Act Productions) Denise and RJ, both recovering drugs addicts, try to regain custody of their baby daughter. When Denise gets in an altercation with the social worker, she relies on a drunken motel worker to help her out. Starring Kimberley Drake, James Hawksley, Sharron King-Campbell & Larry Barry, $20, Rabbittown Theatre-106 Freshwater Rd 739-8220 (Thu Apr 22 - Sat Apr 24 at 8pm) THE INFINITY PLAYS: The first full-length play by local writer, director and filmmaker Justin Simms. It’s the story of a relationship that navigates through the abstract world of a shared dreamscape in order to face the secrets of their relationship. Featuring Willow Kean, Sean Panting & Darryl Hopkins. Directed by Charlie Tomlinson, $15, LSPU Hall-3 Victoria St 753-4531 (Sat Apr 29 - Wed May 2 at 8pm) THE MONK: This new play by Aiden Flynn chronicles the fictional story of a small Viking port through the eyes of one of its oldest settlers, Grenjar (Geoff Adams) and The Monk (Aiden Flynn). The Monk looks at a village that is being forced to alter their beliefs in the
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GALLERIES OPENING DARK NIGHT OF THE UGLY STICK: The Shed Collective: This installation features a scale replica of a typical rural Newfoundland shed, found by many to be reminiscent of pop’s shed, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Opening reception Sat May 1from 3pm-5pm) DUST: Detailed and colourful chalk pastel works by artist Jonathan O’Dea, Leyton GalleryClift’s-Baird’s Cove 722-7177 (Opening reception on Sat May 1 from 3pm-5pm) ROBIN LAMBERT’S SERVICE: Dinner for Strangers, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427 (Closing reception on Fri Apr 30 at 8pm) SCENES FROM A SECRET WORLD: Amalie Atkins delves into the life/death/life cycle of fairy tales while proposing re-imagined archetypal characters, Eastern Edge Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Opening reception Sat May 1from 3pm-5pm) SERVICE: Dinner for Strangers, a gallery installation that at its most basic, a series of potlucks held in the gallery over the course of one month, A1C Gallery-8 Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 237-0427 (Closing reception ends Fri Apr 30 at 8pm) TORNGASOK ART: Stan Nochasak: Torngasok in Inuktitut means Place of the Spirit, The Rogue Gallery-72 Harbour Dr 739-1882 (Opening reception Sat May 1 from 3pm-5pm) WAKE UP INSPIRED: An exhibition of work in a variety of media by our province’s young artists. Sponsored by For the Love of Learning, Anna Templeton Centre-278 Duckworth St 739-7623 (Sun Apr 25-Fri Apr 30)
ONGOING GALLERY EXHIBIT: Featuring a rotation of our regular collection, Leyton Gallery-Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 722-7177 GUESTS OF THE GALLERY: Seven diverse artists working in painting, sculpture, encaustic, and sound, Leyton Gallery-Clift’s-Baird’s Cove 722-7177
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LAST CHANCE CHANGING TIDES: An exhibition of artwork by young Newfoundland artists, curated by Stephanie Williams, First Space Gallery-QEII Library (Ends Apr 23) POTS & POTPOURRI: An exhibition featuring works from splendid planters to tiny, fanciful creatures the ceramics of Toby Rabinowitz inhabit their own creative universe, Craft Council-59 Duckworth St 753-2749 (Ends Apr 24) SPRING IN THE AIR: New work by most of the gallery artists with a light and airy spring theme, Red Ochre Gallery-96 Duckworth St 726-6422 (Ends May 1) TEACUPS & MINK: Two sisters use art and poetry to tell the stories of their Russian immigrant family and their journey to life and success in Canada. Scuplure, painitng prints, text, short film, and handmade book with text by Leanne Averbach and visuals by Bonnie Leyton, Craft Council-59 Duckworth St 753-2749 (Ends Apr 24)
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SEX AND LOVE AND SEX AND LOVE I’m a 27-year-old gay man. I had a really great first couple of dates with a guy, so for the third date I invited him to stay over. I cooked a nice dinner, we watched a movie, and we had a lovely time in bed together. In the morning, we had another romp. At one point, he was rimming me, and unexpectedly, unintentionally, I farted in his mouth a little. His reaction was along the lines of “EW! EWWWW! EW!” Mine was along the lines of trying to apologize through uncontrollable laughter. I said, “C’mere” and pulled him in to kiss me, and we finished with what I thought was minimal awkwardness. Later in the day, to be cute, and even perhaps start a long-term shared joke, I sent an e-card that read, “I’m sorry for farting in your mouth.” I then left town for the weekend, and when I got back I tried to get in touch with him. He sent the following text message: “i’m not sure about this. yr a sweet guy but i’m dating some other people… i just can’t have farts in my mouth. i think i would have handled it a bit more respectfully.” Is a sense of humor about the inevitable off-color moments too much to expect? I mean, this was one strike you’re out, not even a chance to talk it over. He dumped me over TEXT, for fuck’s sake! Good riddance, I suppose. But did I really handle this wrong? Flatulent Anilingus Result: Termination You handled this beautifully, FART—that’s why you got dumped via text message. They don’t cover this in sex ed, I realize, but the average idiot knows there’s just one thing a person wants from someone who’s just “unexpectedly” farted in his mouth, even just a little, and it’s not an e-card. It’s a lengthy, abject, mortified, immediate, and heartfelt apology. And after a rimmee farts—a DAN SAVAGE blessedly rare firstname.lastname@example.org occurrence—it’s the rimmer’s response that sets the tone for what comes next. Your guest was horrified and disgusted. When you saw his reaction, FART, you needed to take your emotional cues from him, make your apologies and reassure him that it wasn’t intentional, and express genuine remorse. Instead, you laughed in his face, pulled him in for a kiss, and sent him a flip e-card. Basically, you did everything you could to give this guy the impression that you’re either an inconsiderate asshole incapable of reading another person’s emotional cues, FART, or that you may actually be into farts—or worse—and that you intentionally farted in his mouth. I would’ve dumped you, too. Yes, a sense of humor about those off-
color moments is not too much to expect. But no relationship progresses to the laughingoff-the-fart-in-your-mouth stage, FART, until after—long after—you’ve demonstrated to the person you’re dating that you’re a fundamentally decent, considerate person, worthy of their time and affections. •••• Every so often, I have to fight the urge to contact an ex-boyfriend from college. It didn’t end well (I cheated). It’s been over a decade (more like 15 years) since we last spoke. I’m happily married, have two children, and live in a completely different part of the country now. Yet, I feel sad that we don’t still know each other. The reasons for the indiscretion are complicated and include, among other things, stupidity and youth. (Also the fact that the indiscretion involved a different ex-boyfriend who begged and pleaded for one final hurrah—and then I told the thencurrent [now-ex] boyfriend that it was forced, which it wasn’t, which the then-current [nowex] boyfriend rightly didn’t believe.) I know my reasons are selfish: I want to explain myself, I want to move on, I want to be forgiven. But if he wanted to be in contact with me, he would be. And yet, like a crazed idiot, I still hold out hope that someday he’ll contact me or that we’ll bump into each other. Should I contact him? Can’t Let Go You should suck it up, CLG. It’s killing you that someone out there might hate your guts (with cause), might think you’re scum (because you behaved like scum), and, we can safely presume at this stage, is content to have you out of his life (otherwise he would’ve looked you up on Facebook by now). This bothers you because you’re not scum, of course; no person is defined by the two worst mistakes she ever made. (I’m referring to (1) cheating and (2) making a false accusation of rape. What would’ve happened if your then-current [now-ex] boyfriend had gone to the police? Or taken the law into his own hands? Thank God your then-current [now-ex] boyfriend didn’t believe you.) I don’t think you should contact him, CLG, not until you’re a little more interested in what you could give him (a long-overdue apology) and a little less interested in what he could give you (absolution). •••• My wife and I divorced three years ago. Six months ago, I began seeing a good friend of my daughter’s. I knew this was dangerous territory, but I really liked this girl. A month
ago, we decided to take our relationship public. My daughter reacted poorly. She did not demand that we break up, but she did let me know that our relationship made her uncomfortable. And she was rightfully upset about some personal information my girlfriend had told me about her. During the past four weeks, my daughter has gradually edged my girlfriend, formerly a close friend of hers, out of her personal life. She has also begun to spend less time with me. She tells me she does not want me to have to choose between her and my girlfriend; although, if she stops spending time with me, that’s exactly what she’s doing. I know she’s upset. But I’m a grown man, and I just want to be happy. And in spite of the age difference, my girlfriend makes me very happy. What can I do to make my daughter more comfortable with my new relationship? Father Doesn’t Always Know Best P.S. The information my girlfriend shared about my daughter was the name of a young man she was seeing and that my daughter had recently purchased an expensive dress. My girlfriend hardly told me that my daughter was doing something truly dangerous or wrong. It’s nice to know that your girlfriend manages to make you happy “in spite of the age difference.” Too many late-middle-aged men succumb to despair in the arms of their much-younger girlfriends. Anyway… What can you do to make your daughter comfortable with you fucking her friend while her friend blabs to you? Nothing. Your daughter may eventually become comfortable with your relationship, FDAKB, but there’s nothing you can do to artificially force up her comfort level. And while emotional blackmail—“My girlfriend makes me happy, but I will sacrifice my happiness for you, darling, if that’s what you want…”— may result in your daughter spending more time with you and your girlfriend now, her resentment at being blackmailed will do irreparable damage to your relationship with her over the long run. So just shut the fuck up, Dad, stop whining, and continue to enjoy the girlfriend in spite of the age difference. Then go apologize to your daughter for (1) keeping the relationship from her for so long (your daughter may be losing sleep over things she told her friend before she found out you were fucking) and (2) the invasion of her privacy that already took place. Then give your daughter the space she needs and the privacy she has a right to. Find the Savage Lovecast (Dan’s weekly podcast) every Tuesday at www.thestranger. com/savage.
SPCA St. John’s - 726-0301 - www.spcastjohns.org Shelter location: R.C.A.F. Road off Torbay Rd. Hours: Mon-Fri 9am-4pm / Sat & Sun 2:30pm-4:30pm / holidays 2pm-4pm.
This incredible 3 year old, neutered male showed up in Broad Cove 3-4 months ago. He has a beautiful constitution and would make a loving companion to any home he became a member of.
APRIL 22 - MAY 6, 2010
Young female Tortoiseshell surrendered by owner. She was left in our porch with no information.
Lady Dunfield Memorial Shelter Dillon is a very energetic and playful male yellow Lab puppy found in St. Philips. He is approximately three months old. He’s a typical lab puppy! Do you recognize him?
COMMUNITY EVENTS LECTURES & FORUMS DAYTIME MUSIC KIDS & TEENS MEETINGS & CLASSES
COMMUNITY 5KM PHYSIOTHERAPY FUN RUN: Celebrate National Physiotherapy Month and raise money for physiotherapy research, $15, Wedgewood Park Rec Centre (Sun May 9 at 9:30pm) ASSOC FOR ARTS MT PEARL 5HT ANNIVERSARY: Featuring magic by Mark Webber, monologue by Christine Hennebury, performance by The Faded Yellow Line, free, Darry’s Pub-Mount Pearl (Sun Apr 25 at 7pm) BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC: Church service & parade, Anglica Cathedral-Waterfront Service (Sun May 2) CHROMATOSE ANYMATION FESTIVAL (Black Bag Media Collective) A fusion of animation, performance art and live music and featuring animation work from artists from around the world. Also highlighting what bands are doing with digital tools and animation. Live band show to follow, $7 (Fri Apr 30 & Sat May 1 at 9:30pm at The Ship. Anymator’s Conference online only Sun May 2) EARTH DAY FAIR: Booths & presentations from organizations such as CPAWS, Northeast Avalon ACAP & St John’s Waste Diversion teach the public how to make small changes that can add up, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle’s Pl 754-3474 (Thu Apr 22 from 4pm-8pm) FEAST OF FOOLS (Shakespeare By The Sea fundraiser) Live & silent auctions, music by St John’s Ukulele Orchestra, Jesse Meyer& Dave Panting with hosts Janet Edmonds & Neil Butler, plus three-course meal, $75, Benevolent Irish Society-Irish Hall 722-7287 (Fri Apr 23) FLIPPER DINNER, Topsail United Church (Mon May 3 at 7pm) FRESH FISH 4: Craft market showcasing over 25 young crafters/artists in NL. Everything from fishing flies to knit cell phone cozies, Masonic Temple-Cathedral (Sun May 2 from 10am-6pm) GALA DINNER & SILENT AUCTION, Topsail United Church (Sat May 8 at 7pm) HOME SHOW 2010: Building and renovation show with a focus on energy efficiency and healthy housing, $4/$5, Mile One Centre (Thu Apr 29 - Sun May 2) LANDSCAPE & GARDEN SHOW: services, products & info for home and garden enthusiasts, St John’s Curling Centre (Sat Apr 24 & Sun Apr 25) SAVOUR FOOD & WINE SHOW, $65, Delta Hotel (Thu Apr 22 from 6:30pm-9:30pm) USED BOOK SALE (Can Fed of University Women fundraiser) 25,000 quality used books of all categories, Arts & Culture Centre (Sun Apr 24 from 10am-2pm)
LECTURES &FORUMS CHRONIC PAIN: Tell us what you need, presented by Sandra LeFort & Shirley Solberg of MUN Nursing, free, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle’s Pl 754-3474 (Sun Apr 25 at 2pm) EARTH DAY PRESENTATION (Natural History Society) Environmental Aspects of Petroleum Offshore Development with Ken Taylor, Environmental Compliance Officer with the CanadaNL Offshore Petroleum Board, MUN SN-2067 (Thu Apr 22 at 7:30pm) THE NATURE OF NORTHERN CALIFORNIA: Illustrated lecture by Ken Knowles, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Thur April 15 at 8pm)
DAYTIME MUSIC AUNTIE CRAE’S BAND, free-no purchase necessary, Auntie Crae’s (Tuesdays at 12pm) CHORAL EVENSONG, free-will offering, Anglican Cathedral (Sundays at 6:30pm) OVER HILL AND VALLEY: Voice and piano recital featuring David Chafe & Christopher Bowman, $10/$15, St Mary’s Anglican ChurchCornwall Cr (Sun May 2 at 3pm) SPINNEY BROTHERS BLUEGRASS BAND (acoustic bluegrass & country) $12, The Kirk-76 Queens Rd (Sun May 2 at 2pm)
THE GREAT CASAVANT ORGAN: David Drinkell plays varied programs of sacred and secular works, free, Anglican Cathedral (Wednesdays at 1:15pm)
KIDS &TEENS EARTH DAY ACTIVITIES: Fossil hunting & casting, panning for gold, origami workshops, interpretive programs, free, Johnson Geo Centre ( Thu Apr 22 from 1pm-5pm) PROGRAMS FOR PRESCHOOLERS: Stories, rhymes & activities, free but please register 7372621, Michael Donovan Library-Topsail Rd (Wed & Thu mornings) (Ends June) SPRING SHOWERS: Interactive children’s program all about the water cycle & the importance of clean water for healthy ecosystems. Include games, storytime, guided tour, arts & crafts, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle’s Pl 754-3474 (Sat Apr 24 & Sun Apr 25 at 1:30pm) MAY FLOWERS: Discover how plants and animals work together in nature. A game, story & craft, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle’s Pl 754-3474 (Sat May 1 & Sun May 2 at 1:30pm) YOUNG MUSICIANS, Open mic at Shamrock City Pub (Sundays at 2pm) YOUNG PERFORMERS: Open mic with Denielle Hann, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub (Sundays at 3pm)
IELLE HANN, O’Reilly’s Irish Pub (Sundays at 3pm) FREE CLASSES CLUBS GROUPS ABCS OF COMPOSTING: Free lecture series presented by Joy Carter-Barfoot, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Mon May 3 from 12pm-1pm) AVALON WESLEYAN CHURCH: Weekly meet up in a casual atmosphere with coffee & contemporary music, free, Rabbittown Theatre-106 Freshwater Rd 576-6937 (Sundays at 10am) CANADIAN PARKS AND WILDERNESS SOCIETY AGM: Presenting info on Large Ocean Management Areas. All are welcome, The Gathering Place Board Room (Tue Apr 27 at 7:30pm) CAPITAL TOASTMASTERS: Improve selfconfidence and overall leadership abilities for career and life, free, MUN Inco Centre-2014 687-1031 CAREGIVER CONVERSATIONS: A Support Group for Unpaid Caregivers, Seniors Resource Centre-Torbay Rd 726-2370 (Every third Monday) CHANNAL: A peer support group for people with mental illness. We focus on recovery, 120 LeMarchant Rd 753-7710 (Tuesdays at 7pm & Wednesdays at 2pm) DUMP & RUN (MUN Project Green) Community yard sale, Hatcher House (Fri Apr 23 - Mon Apr 26 from 9am-6pm) FOR THE LOVE OF LEARNING: Free workshops in art, writing, theatre, journalism, yoga and Aikido for anyone aged 15-35, Gower St United Church-basement 722-8848 (Weekdays from 12pm-6pm) FREE HOT LUNCH: Mondays and Fridays feature a vegetarian meal. Tuesdays and Thursdays offer soup and fresh bread. Young adults aged 15-35 can come to Gower St United Church basement-99 Queen’s Rd (2pm) 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) GROW YOUR GARDEN: Methods of Growing From Seeds, Cuttings & Divisions with Tim Walsh, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Wed May 5 at 6:30pm) KICKIN’ BUTT: Free info session on stopping smoking with Mary Lynn Pender of NL Smokers’ Helpline, AC Hunter Library-Arts & Culture Centre (Thu Apr 29 at 7pm) KNIT WITS: Drop in knitting social with help to get you started, free, Anna Templeton Centre-278 Duckworth St (Last Sunday of month from 7pm-9pm) LE CAFÉ FRANÇAIS: Qui se réunit toutes les semaines est un lieu où francophones et
amoureux du français peuvent se rencontrer et faire un brin de causette, Atlantic Place-entre Starbucks et Cora’s (le dimanche à 15h) MEMORIAL RESEARCH PLAN: Feedback from public consultation sessions will help guide the development of a new research plan at Memorial which will support future growth in research, The Fluvarium-5 Nagle’s Pl 754-3474 (Tue Apr 27 at 7pm) NAR-ANON FAMILY GROUP: For those who know or have known a feeling of desperation due to the addiction problem of someone close to them. Weekly meetings in St John’s area. For more info call 726-6191 NEWFOUNDLAND HORTICULTURAL SOCIETY: Monthly meet up, St David’s Church HallElizabeth Av (First Tuesday of month at 8pm) NL HORTICULTURE SOCIETY: Where gardeners meet and grow together, St David’s Church Hall-Elizabeth Ave (Tue May 4 at 8pm) OVEREATERS ANONYMOUS: Help is available and it’s free, no strings attached. Weekly meetings in St John’s area. You are welcome, just as you are. For information call 738-1742 PLACING YOUR VOICE: Free workshop in vocal technique offered by Lucie Roy, Centre des Grands-Vents-65 Ridge Rd 726-4900 (Sun Apr 25 from1pm-2pm) SENIORS BRIDGING CULTURES: Tea, guest speakers & conversation, Seniors Resource Centre 737-2333 (Thursdays at 2pm) SENIORS FRIENDSHIP CLUB, Seniors Resource Centre 737-2333 (Fridays at 2pm) SHAMBHALA MEDITATION GROUP: Meditation helps us appreciate ourselves, others, and our world, free, Billy Rahl Fieldhouse-rear Elizabeth Towers 576-4727 (Wednesdays 7:30pm & Sundays 10am) SPRING OPEN HOUSE, Alexis Templeton Studio-75 Quidi Vidi Rd 754-2047 (Sat May 1 & Sun May 2 from 10am-5pm) ST JOHN’S CITY COUNCIL MEETING: Refer to Council Agenda at www.stjohns.ca (posted Friday afternoon), Public welcome, City HallCouncil Chambers, 4th fl (Mondays at 4:30pm) ST JOHN’S LIBRARY BOARD AGM, AC Hunter Library-Arts & Culture Centre (Mon May 3 at 7:30pm) SUPER TRIVIA NIGHT, Bitter’s Pub (Thursdays from 8pm-11pm) THE POTTLE CENTRE: A social & recreation centre for consumers of mental health services. New members welcome, 323 Hamilton Ave 753-2143 THE ROOMS: Free admission, 9 Bonaventure Ave 757-8000 (Wednesdays 6pm-9pm) TRIVIA NIGHT, Rose & Thistle (Tuesdays) VERMICOMPOSTING: Free lecture on worm composting presented by Anne Madden, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Tue May 4 from 12pm-1pm) VOLUNTEER INFO POTLUCK (Refugee & Immigrant Advisory Council) Learn about why refugee rights in Canada need your support. Share food and ideas. Trivia, speed-greeting, prizes, discussion, films, and plans for the future. Welcome old and new volunteers, free but please RSVP: email@example.com, Centre for Social Justice-204 Water St (Fri Apr 23 at 5:45pm) WAKING UP YOUR SPRING GARDEN BED: Free lecture series presented by Carl White-Head Gardener, MUN Botanical Garden-306 Mt Scio Rd 737-8590 (Thu May 6 from 12pm-1pm) WALK ON WATER: Get fit, meet people & learn the history of downtown, everyone welcome, free, Auntie Crae’s (Saturdays at 10am, rain or shine) WOMEN’S ACCORDION CIRCLE: An informal environment for women of all ages to perform, experiment & share stories about making music, Arts & Culture Centre-2nd Fl, Old Gallery 7462399 (Mondays at 7:30pm)
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