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Context starved With initial reports calling the London riots senseless, mindless and opportunistic, it became apparent media outlets were uninterested in trying to understand why some Londoners decided to burn their own communities down. In the last few days, commentators— mostly bloggers—have begun to uncover some of the social and economic situations in the communities of London. Poverty and unemployment, combined with continued discrimination against the communities, has left people feeling helpless and frustrated. Within this context it becomes more understandable that the story of Mark Duggan could spark the fire that would consume the London neighbourhoods. Initially described as a "gangster" shot in a standoff with police, investigations now reveal the gun found on the scene had never been fired. Two nights after Duggan was shot, a peaceful gathering quickly turned into a night of property destruction as the anger and frustration of the community emerged. But if the mainstream media has proven anything, it's that it's not interested in this story, the underlying causes and the concerns of a neglected generation. A BBC interview with British writer and commentator Darcus Howe is a telling example. Howe pointed to the repeated

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abuse by London police of young, black and newly immigrated Londoners only to have BBC host Fiona Armstrong make her opinion clear when she responded, "But that is no excuse to go out rioting and causing the sort of damage we have been seeing over the last few days," making a moral judgement against a commentator who was attempting to explain, as Howe stated, "the nature of a historical moment." While violence is always hard to justify, an effort must be made to understand the motives of people who have come to their last resort. London blogger Penny Red describes it aptly: "Most of the people who will be writing, speaking and pontificating about the disorder this weekend have absolutely no idea what it is like to grow up in a community where there are no jobs, no space to live or move, and the police are on the streets stopping-andsearching youths as they come home from school." It's possible that the economic and social situation of the poorest communities in London may not be the reason Londoners are in the streets, but how can we know when journalists are more interested in spouting their moral opinion than speaking to the people in the streets? V

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Edmonton suffered its 33rd murder of the year this past weekend. Should Edmontonians be concerned for what this may indicate about the social structure of our city?

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Mind the Gap

Persistent wage inequity calls for some creative solutions

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he gender-income gap in Canada continues to exist. Despite advances by women in higher education attainment, greater participation in the workforce and decades of anti-discrimination legislation, Canada cannot shake a persistent wage gap—women are earning, on average, 70 percent of what men do. The recent report on women by Statistics Canada takes a comprehensive look at women's participation in Canadian society and reveals a consistent divide in the workforce by gender. The report Women in Canada is released every five years to provide a snapshot of data on women's progress, or lack thereof, and the corresponding need for change in social programs assisting the advancement of women. Initiated in 1985, it noted a distinct lack of data on women's status across sectors and thus the report's mandate became to "contribute to the development of policies concerning the status of women in Canada." What the most recent report indicates is that, when it comes to women's advancement in the workplace, things have ground to a halt. Since 1996, the earnings income of women as a ratio of men's has hovered between 69 to 72 percent. The

greatest advance in the gap came between 1976 and 1996 when the ratio increased from 59 to 72 percent. While most efforts to change the income gap have focused on in-

creasing education attainment for women, a 2009 report by the Conference Board of Canada revealed the impact of educational attainment on women's income had begun to slow, despite women reaching

NEWSROUNDUP request on July 22. "Contrary to [BC] Premier [Christy] Clarke's recent statements on the importance of Aboriginal women's safety, the government's decision on funding indicates that they don't take seriously the safety of Aboriginal women, sex workers and women living in poverty," says Kasari Govender of West Coast LEAF. While the Attorney General of BC refused to fund counsel for victim's families, LEAF and EVA call into question last year's inquiry into missing salmon stocks

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This past week marked Prisoner Justice Day. Each year on August 10, prisoners across North America join in silent protests, fasts and work refusals in memory of prisoners who have lost their lives in the prison system. August 10 was chosen 36 years ago when Eddie Nalon bled to death in isolation at Millhaven prison. Prisoners mark the deaths of inmates who have committed suicide, have died or been mistreated by prison conditions. A 2010 report by Correctional Services Canada puts the prisoner suicide rate at 84 per 100 000 federal offenders.

A new study in the Canadian Journal of Cardiology reveals a deteriorating health condition for people who live in Canada. The study looked at immigrants to Canada who had lived in the country for longer than 15 years and found people had a greater risk of Type 2 diabetes, obesity and high blood pres-

come gap, but it had little impact in the most recent decade for younger women. In 1980, 17.8 percent of Canadian women aged 25 to 29 emCONTINUED ON PAGE 6 >>

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INADEQUATE SUPPORT BC's Missing Women Commission of Inquiry is facing criticism from grassroots Aboriginal and women's organizations. The Ending of Violence Association of BC and the West Coast LEAF (the Legal Education and Action Fund) have withdrawn their support from the inquiry due to a lack of government support for participating community groups. Despite the Inquiry Commissioner's recommendation to fund 13 community groups in order to assist in the cost of counsel, the BC government denied the

equal numbers in higher education over 20 years ago. The 2009 report, How Canada Performs stated: "Increased educational attainment among women has traditionally helped to narrow the gender in-

which provided funding for over 26 lawyers to represent the various groups who would be participating in the inquiry. The withdrawal comes two weeks after the Native Courtwork and Counselling Association of BC announced they would not be able to participate in the inquiry due to a lack of resources. The commission has confirmed that it will continue its work despite the lack of government funding and the withdrawal of more than half of the groups who were denied funding.

sure. People who lived in Canada for 15 years or more had a higher obesity rate at 30 – 40 percent as compared to recent immigrants. Authors of the study are hopeful the results will guide education to assist immigrants in avoiding an unhealthy lifestyle as they adopt to life in Canada.

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QUOTE OF THE WEEK "The people running Britain had absolutely no clue how desperate things had become. They thought that after 30 years of soaring inequality, in the middle of a recession, they could take away the last little things that gave people hope, the benefits, the jobs, the possibility of higher education, the support structures, and nothing would happen. They were wrong. And now my city is burning, and it will continue to burn until we stop the blanket condemnations and blind conjecture and try to understand just what has brought viral civil unrest to Britain." —Penny Red London blogger in response to continued riots Aug 9, 2011

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ployed on a full-time, full-year basis held a university degree. Although this proportion almost doubled to 34 percent in 2000, there has been little change in the earnings ratios for this cohort." The report awarded Canada's gender income gap with a grade of C: "much improvement could be made." Canada ranked 12 out of 17 peer countries while Norway came third, being awarded a grade of A, giving it an "excellent record." Norway has a gender income gap of between 12 and 14 percent in the last five years and a recent study by FAFO, an independent Norwegian research institute, points to the social context of employment choices of women and men as the deciding factor in income attainment after education has become equal: "It has been proven that the most impor-

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tant factors behind the gender pay gap in Norway is not direct pay discrimination, but factors that lead men and women to choose work in different sectors, occupations and working time schemes, as well as the fact that women take more responsibility at home, efforts are also directed at creating more gender equality in the labour market." The Norwegian government is continuing to look at methods beyond equitable workplace legislation and increasing education recruitment practises. In 2009, Norway promised to look at issues such as increasing the parental leave period for fathers. While the government in Norway already provides one of the longest paternity leaves at 10 (non-transferable) weeks, it is beginning to look at extending that time to 14 weeks. It's an initiative that echoes the call by the YWCA earlier this year to

address the lack of comprehensive childcare provision in Canada and its negative impact on the national economy. "Early learning and child care is good for the economy because it helps parents work," Andrea Calver, co-ordinator of the Ontario Co-

of five was over 66 percent. But childcare and parental leave were not the only issues addressed by Norway to close the gender gap. The FAFO study also revealed the income gap was caused by a gendered labour market. Women primarily participated in the fields of

Research shows that increasing women's access to the workplace and ensuring women with children can work is a very successful way to increase GDP.

alition for Better Child Care, said when the YWCA report, Educated, Employed and Equal: The Economic Prosperity Case for National Child Care was released earlier this year. That report revealed that Canada had childcare space for only 20 percent of children under the age of five, while the employment rate for women with children under the age

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education and health care, as well as being more likely to choose employment in the public sector. As the report states, "the main conclusion is that the labour market is divided by gender and that the pay gap follows this division." It has led Norway to look at implementing a pay equity pot provided by the government which would go toward

equalizing pay between male and female shift workers. It's an issue the Canadian Union of Public Employees has advocated for in the past, stating in policy documentation that, "investment in job creation in female dominated sectors such as health care, education, child care, social services and long-term care would significantly benefit families and communities." Looking at the diverse solutions Norway has implemented, the effort comes down to government investment in social programs, according to advocates with the YWCA. "Research shows that increasing women's access to the workplace and ensuring women with children can work is a very successful way to increase GDP," says Decter. "That makes child care an economic stimulus. Silence on that front today is a failure to understand the times." samantha power // samantha@vueweekly.com


COMMENT >> EGYPT

The rule of law

Mubarak trial is about a new Egypt Former Egyptian dictator Hosni the deposed dictator. Mubarak is a sections of Egyptian society thanks Mubarak was wheeled into court in former general himself, and the milito the very effective social services a hospital bed last week (his lawyers tary do not like to see one of their it provides. Its leaders are middleclaim he is very ill), and put into own humiliated in public. There has aged and elderly men of a conservathe same kind of iron cage that also been great pressure from tive disposition. so many of his opponents the surviving Arab autocraThe young men and women who were tried in before they cies not to have a former actually brought Mubarak down, on were jailed or hanged. The ruler put on trial. the other hand, are overwhelmingly om eekly.c w e charges are corruption and Most Egyptians thereu secular in their views. They want a v e@ gwynn e n n ordering the killing of profore never expected to free press and real respect for huy Gw testers during the Egyptian see Mubarak on trial in man rights. So which group would Dyer revolution last February. open court, but the military the military prefer to deal with? If convicted of the latter charge, he have their own interests to defend. could face the death sentence, but he During 57 years of thinly disguised If there were an election in Egypt is unlikely ever to dangle at the end military rule they have built up an today, the Freedom and Justice Parof a rope. Some 850 Egyptian proenormously lucrative presence in ty, the Muslim Brotherhood's new testers were killed during the revohousing complexes, banking, and all political front, would probably win lution, but the kill orders were probsorts of other non-military activities. more votes than any other party. ably never written down, and it will They also get a huge share of the We'll know by next month, because be very hard to prove Mubarak's personal responsibility for the killings. Behind crowd-pleasing gestures like Mubarak's No matter. He is 83 years old and in trial, the military may have already cut a deal with poor health, so even a few years in the Brotherhood: the latter will dominate the prison would effectively be a death new parliament, and in return they will leave the sentence. This trial is not about the military's privileged position alone. fate of a few wicked men. (Mubarak's sons and seven close associates are also on trial.) It's about a new Egypt where the law must be obeyed even country's budget. there is actually going to be an elecby the powerful. The country's senior officers realize tion in Egypt in September. It's the fact that the trial is taking that they have to make a deal with Paradoxically, it is the liberal, leftplace that matters, not the severity at least some of the civilian politiist and radical political groups that of the punishment. But given that cal forces in post-Mubarak Egypt if want to postpone the election, the soldiers are still in charge, most they want to keep their privileges. because they too believe that the Egyptians are still stunned to see it Putting Mubarak on trial is a downBrotherhood will triumph if an elecactually happening. payment on that dealâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but who are tion is held this year. But it would It was the Egyptian military who their prospective civilian partners? A be just the same next year. Over a intervened on February 11 to force lot of the young people who actually third of Egyptian voters are illiterMubarak to resign from power and made the revolution happen suspect ate, and at least half are very poor. end the killing. Field Marshall Mothat it is the Muslim Brotherhood. The Brotherhood was there to help hamed Hussein Tantawi heads the The Brotherhood was slow to come them over the long years when the Supreme Council of the Armed out in support of the revolution, for State wasn't. Forces that serves as an interim it had an unwritten deal with MubaBehind crowd-pleasing gestures government pending free elections rak that allowed it to operate as a like Mubarak's trial, the military in Egypt. But the Egyptian army has sort of unofficial opposition (as long may have already cut a deal with never been a hotbed of democracy. as it didn't challenge his rule). It has the Brotherhood: the latter will Tantawi, 75, was personally close to put down deep roots in the poorer dominate the new parliament, and in

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return they will leave the military's privileged position alone. The Brotherhood in power would do some things that the military would not welcome, like breaking relations with Israel and imposing an Islamic constitution on a country with a 10 percent non-Muslim minority. But if accepting such policies is the price they must pay to defend their own privileges, the military will pay it. So is the Egyptian revolution going to be betrayed? In part it will be, at least for a while; all revolutions are. But this is a long game, and a wise player might prefer not to take pow-

er in Egypt right now. The economy is a wreck, popular expectations are extremely high, and there will be severe disillusionment when the new, democratically elected government fails to work miracles. It might be better to aim to win the election four years from now, when today's victors have become tomorrow's villains. Whether that's a good strategy or not, it's probably the only viable option for the secular parties. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His column appears every week in Vue Weekly.

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ARTS Building your own audience COVER // FRINGE

The Fringe's 30th anniversary finds artists getting inventive in advertising

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ust shy of 180 plays constitute this year's Fringe festival, the 30th that Edmonton's seen and still handily the second biggest of its peers in the world. Every year, it grows a little more: there are now 70-odd Bring Your Own Venues in addition to the 11 main Fringe venues (meaning artists can select a location of their own choosing, instead of entering the lottery for a spot at one of the 11 regular Fringe

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spots). The number of BYOVs has crept steadily upward with every festival incarnation. There's more choice for the fringegoer than there ever has been in the past, an idea that's as novel as it is daunting; just like the particularly apt "Fringeopolis" theme that emblazons the festival this year, we're looking at an expansive showing that's truly city wide, with shows going up downtown and on Alberta Avenue.

That expansiveness surrounds the artists as well: more choice means getting your show to stand out among the spread is trickier than ever, requiring a more inventive streak than was previously needed. Yes, BYOVs help ensure eager artists can get their show mounted, but just how do you build your own venue, exactly, in terms of an audience? It's an idea that's been under explo-

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ration for some time now: the Varscona Theatre converted to a BYOV a few years' back to let its resident companies bypass the maybe/maybe not peril of the Fringe lottery. It has given its companies the stability of knowning they'll have a show to be seen—Teatro La Quindicina even includes its yearly Fringe run in its main season. But the Varscona enjoys the perks of a built-in crowd, well-known artistic draws and a

heart-of-the-Fringe-grounds location. What about the independents and the out-of-towners? Ellen Chorley of festival newcomers Send in the Girls Burlesque— she's also written the kids show The Not Evil Step Mother—notes the BYOV system lets her group maintain a certain level of control more befitting the style of the show—a blend of theatre and burlesque that introduces us to the six deceased queens of King Henry VIII. "I think the reason we were most interested in doing a Bring Your Own Venue was, first of all, we had control of when our shows were," she explains. "We didn't really want to be doing a burlesque show at, y'know, noon. And also we got the chance to do a couple more shows; at the Fringe, you get six shows, and with a Bring Your Own Venue, you can do up to 12 shows—we're just doing 10. So there's a better opportunity to reach more audiences in that. And with the concept of burlesque, we kind of wanted to do it in a bar, because we liked the idea of creating that cabaret atmosphere that we didn't think that we could get in a theatre." Tudor Queens is sharing its BYOV with two other companies; the three were chosen by the BYOV's owner itself (New City Legion's Tabitha England), but as it happened, all three shows she selected were local, female-produced, female-written shows. Tudor sits alongside the comic religious-examination of True Life and the time-and-space leaping BANG!—and so the three companies have banded their publicity materials together to try and get the word out for all three instead of individually. "We've sort of embarked on a campaign for all three shows to cross promote as much as possible," Chorley says, noting that their handbills advertise each other's shows as well, in addition to all three sharing one program. "So when audience members are sitting with the program for my show, they can be reading about the other two shows and going, 'Hey, this looks really awesome, I want to go see this show, I wanna go see BANG! or True Life.' And when you think about it, it's an interesting way to sort of attack the Fringe audience to come and see us, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >>


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Critics' Fringe

A pair of Vue's critics make their fringe predictions

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s Fringeopolis begins its bustling hustle for the festival's 30th year, an entry point into the wealth of plays can be tricky to find: do you trust the most persistent handbiller? Follow the word of mouth buzzing around the lineups? Blindly purchase tickets? Before the reviews roll in—though Vue's team of reviewers will have every show reviewed on edmontonfringe.ca by Monday evening, so you won't be waiting too long—a pair of our intrepid critics offer the lowdown on what looks good from the precipice of the festival. There are almost 180 plays spread across the city, so consider the following to be a scattering of intriguing starting points for an eclectic Fringe adventure. Picks by Paul Blinov (PB) and Fawnda Mithrush (FM).

'33 (A Kabarett) Venue 5, King Edward School OK, so it's another dark "cabaret" piece set in the socio-political mess of late-Holocaust Germany. Trapped in his own crumbling venue, the emcee sets out to provide the audience with one last show. Though it seems like a story we've heard before—usually complimented by legions of scantilyclad girls—this one-man show written, performed and designed by Parisbased performance artist Bremner Duthie is intriguing, if only for the guy's sultry, stirring operatics. If his version of "Mack the Knife" doesn't give you chills, don't blame it on the lack of AC: you may just be dead inside. FM

Afternoon Delights and Emergency Exits Venue 4, Academy at King Edward Toronto's Bone Gossip Dance Theatre takes the fantasy of the sexy flight attendant to the next level, as one

Afternoon Delights and Emergency Exits woman and a group of airline staff examine the quirks and perks of living at 30 000 feet. With all the word-smithing, show-boating and one-manning that goes into the Fringe every year, it's nice to round out your theatre schedule with at least one thing that doesn't boast a verbose script. Bone Gossip presents two dance pieces here: the first is an eerie, floating solo by Kate Nankervis, the second follows four flight attendants on their daily routine—though these air hosts may tackle a little more baggage than usual. FM

Christopher Peterson's EYECONS Venue 15, Lucky 13 Our drag artists are a pretty reputable bunch, so when they bring in some outside talent to showcase, you'd best take note: Guys in Disguise is presenting Christopher Peterson's EYECONS. Fresh off a Dora-nominated Toronto run and an acclaimed stint in Las Ve-

gas—the drag performance mecca?— Peterson's returning to Canada for the first time in 15 years with his impersonations of Marilyn Monroe, Joan Rivers, Tina Turner, Lucille Ball, Cher and more (Lady Gaga might pop up, too). Oh, and there's no lip-synching: Peterson does all the vocals live. PB

Forsooth, My Lovely Venue 29, Holy Trinity Anglican Church Suckers for Shakespeare unite! David Belke's latest romp follows a detective named Birnam Wood (remember him from The Maltese Bodkin?) on another mystery spackled with familiar faces from the Bard's canon. It's a long one at 120 minutes, but with a cast like Jesse Gervais, Mat Busby, Julien Arnold, Karyn Mott and Garett Ross, surely it'll be worth your hard-earned ducats. FM CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 >>

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Twenty Five, A New Musical Guernica Venue 26, Phabrik Art and Design Centre Fresh off of a NextFest run, Guernica illuminates the living figures captured eternally in one of Picasso's most famous paintings. Expect lively drama and higher production value than the average Fringe show. No word on whether or not the horse in the painting will get a monologue of its own, but it remains intriguing regardless. PB

Mothership Down Venue 41, Stanley Milner Library Theatre (Basement) As varied and diverse as the spread of Fringe works can be, pertinent politics rarely play into the one-handers and scads of merry comedies. But local author/playwright Marty Chan's combining Ted Talks and political satire into his usual immutable brand of storytelling for Mothership Down. In it, the "conservative mothership" has landed and taken over and one man

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(yep, it's a solo show) examines the 40 years of Tory control in Alberta through equal parts lampooning and democracy. Yes, democracy—the audience actually gets to pick the ending of the play, for better or worse. Happening at the downtown branch of the library, it's a ways off the main Fringe ground (well, really a quick LRT ride), but Mothership Down looks ambitious enough, and Chan's own chops are strong enough, to make this appear worth the trip downtown. PB

Our Balzac is Showing Venue 22, Princess Two, Princess Theatre If there's a pattern to be seen in this year's Fringe, it's a somewhat raunchy string of show titles/puns scattered throughout—Pretending Things are a Cock, The Cock Whisperer: A Love Story, The Wet Dream Catcher, to name a few. The most intriguing of the bunch is Our Balzac is Showing (see what they did there?), adding a more literary clip to a pun-title: it's inspired by classical author Honore de Balzac, and follows three characters trying to argue his work deserves greater respect—a highbrow spin on a lowbrow pun. At least in concept. PB

The Same Joke Twice Venue 7, Yardbird Suite Performance poet Jem Rolls' enduring, clever monologues are no stranger to the Fringe, or Edmonton—he lives here now, even—but it appears Rolls is experimenting away from the motormouth monologizing with The Same Joke Twice, his first play. In it, a young couple sits in a hotel room, each of them working on the same play, separately, desperately seeking a happy ending to their own lives. It also features an Edmonton cast (Richard Lee, Caley Suliak), and Surreal SoReal's Jon Lachlan Stewart handling directorial duties. Expect a post-modernist bent toward the nearly absurd, but it looks to be in very capable hands. PB

(Real) Gone (Girl) Venue 1, Westbury Theatre Out of almost 180 plays happening this year, (Real) Gone (Girl) might just sport the most intriguing premise of the bunch: each night, a new actress will take to the stage, knowing the show's choreography, but none of her lines—she's never read the script, actually, but she'll be taking it in through headphones and delivering the lines as she hears them for the first time. Obviously, the details of the script are presently vague—it's inspired by the lives of the women of the Beat Generation—but regardless, Cowardly Kiss Theatre's Fringe offering actually sounds like a pretty brave experiment in live performance. PB

Twenty-Five, A New Musical Venue 25, Wunderbar For those who loved last year's Death: Live! by local musical prodigy Joel Crichton (or those who missed its completely sold-out run), never fear: here's another chance to catch the work of this up-andcomer. It's a coming-of-age musical (yes, possibly prepare yourself for angst), set in scenes as diverse as Parisian sewers and Fort Mac hovels. The cast is rounded out by a handful of Edmonton's most interesting movers: Richard Lee (Backwater, ManDance), Darren Paul (Death: Live!) and Joelle Prefontaine (tapster extraordinaire)—all great singers, too. FM

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and very dead wives of King Henry VIII as they lounge about together in purgatory. It's a wicked premise— and likely a wicked Fringe experience. Either way, your eyeballs will get their fair-share of pasties and corsetry. FM

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Tudor Queens: A Burlesque New City Legion, Venue 24 No way, a burlesque show with a real story!? Who would have thought to mix scantily-clad dancing beauties with equal parts historical

thriller and religious allegory? Send in the Girls Burlesque does just that (and you may recognize a number of these talented gals from the past few seasons of Studio Theatre at the U of A). Tudor Queens follows the recollections of the six unfortunate

Wild Abandon Venue 3, Walterdale Playhouse Sometimes you see all those crazy icons under a blasé show image in the Fringe program and wonder: how can one guy fit violence, sexual content, "awkward topics", religious themes and adult language all into one show? Well, Daniel MacIvor can. If the guaranteed wit of the Governor-Generalaward-winning playwright doesn't entice enough, perhaps performer Zach Ponsil will. One of Ottawa's theatre up-and-comers, Counsil plays Steve, a guy who feels pretty lonely. Expect ruminations of suicide, love, birth, death and everything in between. FM

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he Sisters Brothers, the second novel from Portland-via-Vancouver-Island's Patrick deWitt, is a stylish, funny and often dark take on the classic western, centred on a pair of guns for hire during the Gold Rush. One of several twists is that Eli Sisters, our narrator, is a sweet and vulnerable cowboy who's seemingly stranded in a land of savages. As he and his brother Charlie race to San Francisco to kill an important inventor, Eli dreams of a quiet life—one spent brushing his teeth (a novelty back then) and minding a general store somewhere. All of which is to say: 2011, if you're going to produce a more rip-roaring book than  this, you've got your work cut out for you. This novel is the fucking best. Just ask the Booker Prize committee, which put The Sisters Brothers on its longlist last month. DeWitt (who, I should add for disclosure's sake, is a friend) spoke to Vue Weekly about titles, magic potions and why being a huge baby doesn't help anyone. VUE WEEKLY: The Sisters Brothers is a

kind of picaresque, with a bunch of selfcontained vignettes threaded by Eli and Charlie's journey to California. In other words, the length is negotiable. Did you ever think this was maybe best handled as a short story? At what point did you realize you were writing a novel? PATRICK DEWITT: I'd started without any grand plans, just a bit of dialogue between two cranky men on horseback. At around the 20  000-word mark, though, I recognized that things weren't tapering, and that I was going to be busy for a while. Looking at it now, I can't see a single section I'd be comfortable cutting. Everything that's there is there for a reason. VW: Eli's ongoing fascination with brushing his teeth is a great little metaphor— the sensitive cowboy who yearns for a little cleanliness amidst the savage West. What appealed to you about using a character who runs so strongly against the grain of traditional westerns? PD: It's probably a reaction to my lack of sympathy toward the traditional western protagonist. The strong, silent type puts me right to sleep. With a lot of westerns, both films and books, you're not supposed to consider the thought process of the hero, just his physical actions. That's why I knew TSB had to be in the first person, and that's why my pro-

tagonist focuses so often on existential matters and minutia. VW: The book used to have a working title of  The Warm Job. Tell me a little about the function and evolution of the title, and how you came to settle on The Sisters Brothers. PD: The Warm Job made everyone think of hand jobs and blow jobs. I'd thought this might be a good thing in that it would give your everyday browser something to ponder, but apparently, no. The Sisters Brothers  was suggested by my friend Aza, and then again by my editor at Ecco, Lee. I was a huge baby about the title change. And like a baby, I was dead wrong. Cooler heads prevailed, luckily.

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she was right—I didn't have a grip on the most important part of the book, which was the relationship between the brothers. So, I trimmed the supernatural stuff back, but didn't want to lose it completely, because I like the way those parts colour the rest of the book, the way they flesh out the brothers' world. VW: You've said you did hardly any historical research before writing the book. Did that continue even after it was finished? Are you any more of an

expert on the western now than you were going in? PD: The research was spare during the actual writing of the book. Once I was finished I started looking things up, and found mistakes here and there, but really, there wasn't that much to check, because the book's much more about the intangibles. I'm sorry to say that the few things I did learn have left me or will soon leave me. I'm just not wired to store data for any length of time. Michael Hingston // hingston@vueweekly.com

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here are people who handle the food you eat. This is a fact, even if we generally try not to think about the hands it may or may not pass across on its way from creation to the plate. But writer-director pair Ryan Byrne and Chris Hill know that behind-the-kitchen-wall world, both having spent time slaving away on the restaurant circuit. The strange dichotomy of front-of-house/back-in-kitchen personalities that quietly rage while patrons dine blissfully unaware is the world where Byrne and Hill have set The People That Touch Your Food. "We thought that was an interesting type of place to set something about that type of person, the person who works someplace so long that it's not necessarily a career, but they get attached," Byrne explains. "There's a real difference between the front house staff when they're out working with people, and when they're back talking with you [in the kitchen]. I myself worked as a cook, and I didn't deal with customers a lot, and most of the cooks I knew, they swore a lot, they were very aggressive personalities that really are very asocial. And front house staff were like that when they were in the back, but friendly in the front to customers, so it was an interesting experience to see that happen. " Being caught between the two sides is the trouble plaguing series protagonist Paige: as manager of the Second Spoon, she's stuck in the limbo of the place where kitchen and servers are

at odds with each other, where other people's problems suddenly fall onto her plate and where the restaurant's owner—who has a penchant for drinking wine alone in the dark—has told her to prep for layoffs as an American franchise opens up down the block. Filmed at the Upper Crust Cafe— where Hill actually worked—the series is being distributed online which, Byrne notes, seems like the most direct route to an audience today. "Initially we had conceived it as a feature film, but the distribution, it's really tough to get it out there in other forms, to break into that," he says. "For example, for a feature film, you make it, you finish it, then what? You submit it to film festivals, you hope it gets to a big enough one that someone in the industry will see it and want to distribute, or like it enough to try and get in touch with you about it." A low-key comedy like this, Byrne notes, isn't exactly what stands out today on the festival circuit. But on the Internet it can find a following and develop from there. Now four episodes in (there are 10 in the first season, currently being released bi-weekly), he notes that the next big push will be in promoting the series. "We got a grant from the Edmonton Arts Council, and the money from the grant we're going to be putting into advertising on the web," he says. "Because there's so much stuff on the web that you do have to advertise if you do want to get lots of people seeing it, 'cause word of mouth will only carry you so far until it peters out. Unless it's kittens playing with yarn." Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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So, banding together is one way of getting the word out. Another is trying to get the splashiest ad out there early to help build buzz—currently, at the corner of 99 St and Whyte ave stands a huge board advertising "Puppets! Supervillains! Boobs!" with nearly identical posters hanging in a number of Old Strathcona bus shelters. All belong to Atlanta, GA's Dad's Garage theatre, a company that's bringing four shows to inhabit its own BYOV in the Varscona Hotel's Rutherford Room this year. Dad's Garage came to town with The Supervillain Monologues last year,—which the company has brought back alongside the semiautobiographical VIP Room, improv mainstay Scratch and the kid friendly Uncle Granpas Hoo-Dilly Storytime. The company's artistic director, Edmonton expat Kevin Gillese, is no stranger to the Fringe (he won a Sterling a few years back for his one-man show Wisdom Teeth), and he notes that amping up the preshow marketing with a billboard and posters builds on ideas he's used in the past. "To me, getting these billboards was just the next level of getting a full-page ad for my show. It's like try-

ing to do something big and splashy that most people don't do, just to get attention," he says. "I brought up Supervillain last year to test the waters, and see how we would do. And it was really popular. And, y'know, I kind of wanted to do more, but it kind of got me on a slippery slope, where it's like, 'Well, how do I afford this?' It's a lot of money to fly from Atlanta, and also people are ditching

But now the BYOV's more expensive, so I need to add another show to pay for the BYOV ... Until it spirals to the point where you're like, 'Well, I better get a billboard, otherwise I won't be able to sell enough tickets to pay for eight peoples' flights from Atlanta." Still, Gillese notes that, while good for early buzz, it's not advertising that's going to make a lasting impact

Even if you don't splash out and get the huge advertising thing or whatever, you can still be a huge hit at the Fringe if you've got a good show. their jobs or whatever they might be doing at that time. So I kind of need to start finding a way of guaranteeing, or at least increasing my odds of taking care of these costs. It's almost like a mutual fund or something: we're going to package all these different stocks together, and the strong ones can help the weak ones and everything will be fine. "So it was really just a slippery slope: I want to build off of Supervillian," he continues. "More people, costs more money, need more shows, then I need to be in a BYOV.

on Fringe audiences. "Quality's quality," he says. "That's the thing that's great about the Edmonton Fringe, is if you have something worth seeing, that is pretty much the most important thing. Even if you don't splash out and get the huge advertising thing or whatever, you can still be a huge hit at the Fringe if you've got a good show. So, to me, that feels good. That feels like, well, that's the fairest environment I could possibly imagine." Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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Walterdale facelift

The historic Playhouse gets a new municipal designation

The Walterdale Playhouse in Old Strathcona

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he building known today as the Walterdale Playhouse has been a part of the Strathcona community for a century, and it's starting to show its age. The pavement slopes down toward the back of the building, making it an easy target for meddlesome water looking to wreak havoc with the structure; the toilets are a nuisance for some of the older visitors; the building itself is in need of a long-overdue paint job. Now, just like an aging Hollywood star, it's time for a facelift. To deal with the issues facing the theatre, Walterdale Playhouse is being renovated, a process which Eric Rice, the executive president of the board of directors at the theatre, says will cost around $300 000. The building is on its way to becoming a Municipal Historic Resource, however, and the title comes with a grant of up to $50 000 to help pay for the restoration work. Although it's already been designated a Provincial Historic Resource, David Holdsworth of the planning and development department says city council has passed a notice of intent to put the Walterdale Playhouse on the list of Municipal Historic Resources. "Short of the Walterdale group pulling out for some reason, I don't see any reason why it would not proceed," says Holdsworth. For some, it is a bit of a shock that the Walterdale Playhouse didn't garner Municipal Historic Resource consideration until now. "I'm surprised it wasn't designated years ago," says Rob McDonald, the president of the Strathcona Community League. "It's a pretty significant historical landmark in Strathcona."

Whether it's overdue or not, Rice says it's good to see the city recognizing some of its historic buildings. "Edmonton came late to the game of recognizing its own historic resources and there were a lot of buildings torn down and destroyed that could have been saved and could have carried on," says Rice. "We're very proud of the fact that

Edmonton came late to the game of recognizing its own historic resources and there were a lot of buildings torn down and destroyed that could have been saved and could have carried on we were able to help renovate and save this building." With the Fringe coming up, the playhouse is on a bit of a tight schedule. It has had to start some of the renovations already in order to complete the bigger parts of the project for August 11, when the festival curtain rises. Even with the remaining work, Rice says most of it will not affect day-to-day business at the theatre. "A lot of [the renovating] is restoration work," says Rice. "A lot of paint will be scraped and repainted, but it shouldn't affect the overall business of the theatre much while that's going on." STEVEN WAGERS // SWAGERS@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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Common Sense Gallery • 10546-115 St • 780.482.2685 • commonsensegallery. com • Spill: artists are invited to Avenue Theatre with a few pieces of work. Paint and easels are provided so that people can make art while listening to the live music. There will be a vote on the pieces at the theatre, the most popular pieces will be shown at one of the Common Sense Galleries; 2nd Sun each month Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • epl.ca/art-gallery • AN Art Show About Television: Mixed media artworks by Frank van Veen • Until Aug 31

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Upper Crust Café • 10909-86 Ave • 780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm presented by the Stroll of Poets Society; $5 WunderBar on Whyte • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • Bi-weekly poetry reading presented by Nothing, For Now; all poets are welcome • Every 2nd Tue, 7pm (sign-up), 8pm (readings)

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bring out the natural flavours in the espresso as well as wow the judges with its ingenuity. Everything—from the place settings used, to the music playing in the background—is controlled by the competitor during their 15 minutes. The only thing that can't be tampered with is the machine. Everything else is controlled to the micron, beginning with the coffee. For the competition, Osinchuk decided on an Ethiopian Duromina, one of a number suggested by

Café Haven's bean supplier, Stumptown Coffee Roasters. "I like a lot of the interesting florals and the citrus and orange components to it, she says. "It was very dynamic and interesting in that sense." Picking the coffee allowed Osinchuk to begin work on her signature drink—a mixture of espresso and a reduction made from stone fruits and tea. "It really depends on the flavours

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GRINDING THE COMPETITION that are already in there—you want to complement the espresso," she says of her creative process. "It also depends on your concept, and my overlying concept was clarity. I wanted to focus on the fact the coffee is really clean, so I chose really clean flavours to highlight that." The search for the perfect milk to pair with her espresso dominated the work Osinchuk did to craft her cappuccinos. In an effort to tell a good story—presentation being a big part of the competition—Osinchuk sought local and organic sources of milk, but found them too buttery and too powerful in flavour, which would threaten to overpower the espresso. In the end, she went with a plainer milk. "You want to use flavours that are plain and simple," she says, mentioning that she went so far as to try some unpasteurized milk a café customer brought in from his farm. "It was a little bit grassy, and it was very sweet." Once all of the elements are in place, the practice can begin. After the café closes, Osinchuk takes to the coffee grinder, figuring out how fine the coffee must be ground to taste best. She has spent hours determining on which day after roasting the coffee is at its peak—it turns out it's six. She has experimented with ripening fruits in paper bags, plastic bags, inside a refrigerator and out in the open to determine the best time to use them for her signature drink, and she's performed her 15-minute presentation more than a dozen times. She even went down to Seattle to Stumptown to see the coffee being roasted and meet with the company's barista. "I visited with a competitor who competes quite often in the US and has gone to the US nationals and has been in the top of her region, and she's given me a lot of pointers, a lot of guidance," she says. "It was really good to see where our coffee comes from and the people behind it too." After all of the late nights in the café, the hours on the grinder, the trip to Seattle, it all came down to 15 minutes in front of four judges in a warehouse off of Calgary's Blackfoot Trail. Out of 13 competitors, the top four would move on to nationals. A bout of nerves caused Osinchuk to start steeping her tea later than she would have liked to—in the middle of her presentation instead of the beginning—but she regained her composure and finished sixth, slightly out of going to nation-

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It also depends on your concept, and my overlying concept was clarity. I wanted to focus on the fact the coffee is really clean, so I chose really clean flavours to highlight that.

als, but somewhere she felt proud to be. "Everyone that placed above me had already been to nationals at least a few times," she says. "I felt happy with my placement." The spoils of competitions are something to strive for, but the efforts are spoils unto themselves. There's likely no better place to learn the value of commitment to a cause than in a coffee shop, tamping grounds one more time while the sun is just rising. Similarly, there's likely no better place to test your mettle than in a warehouse in Calgary, against a dozen others on a machine calibrated so that the pressure within it matches that which is on you. There are also more tangible benefits to competition: it has increased Osinchuk's efficiency and allowed her to learn techniques she can pass onto to the rest of Café Haven's staff. It's developed a deep knowledge and passion for coffee that customers pick up on. Resiliency is a further lesson, one Osinchuk considers as she decides whether or not to train for next year's competition. "We'll see how things go," she says. "Most likely I'll go back." Bryan Birtles // bryan@vueweekly.com

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Blended is the most common—with two or more differing honeys making up the total mix. Polyfloral (wildflower) comes from the nectar of many types of flowers, while Monofloral is primarily made from the nectar of one flower. Honeydew honey is made when bees collect the sweet secretions from other insects. 4) Nearly one million tonnes of honey is produced every year. Even more amazing: to make one pound of honey, bees in the colony must visit two million flowers, clocking approximately 55  000 miles. They never sleep. Seriously, honeybees don't. Excellent

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what are we losing out on by keeping cork around? In my mind, we're losing the flair. Wine is the difference between a mere meal and an occasion. When the server comes to the table, presents the label then peels back the foil, pops the cork off with a gentle twist and curls the wine out into waiting wine stems, it just feels good. With a screw top, it feels like we're missing something substantive, even transcendent. All the flair seems to have gone. From a technical side, evidence is only now starting to emerge of the screw cap's ability to age wine as well as cork. Cork has the unique ability to allow wine to breathe in the bottle during its maturation, giving it character, depth, personality and life. So it should come as no surprise that wine purists insist on the timehonoured tradition of cork. It makes wine better, period. But for those of us who are simply looking to grab a bottle on the way home from work to drink tonight—and there's no shortage of market research that says we're in the majority—screw caps are just what we want: an inexpensive, no-fuss sure-thing. The cork can wait for the special occasion. V


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here comes a point in an ultramarathon like the Canadian Death Race where you must face demoralizing pain, fatigue and doubt. In fact, go long enough and there often come several such moments. Poetically, my first of the 2011 race came at exactly the point where I'd left off the previous year, 66 kilometres in. On my first attempt to solo the race I'd missed the time cutoff for the Leg 3/4 transition by four minutes. It was tough, soul wrenching, to be that close. But if I felt robbed, part of what I felt I had missed was the true experience of soloing the Death Race: suffering. This August long weekend, there was no escaping it. After blasting through the first two legs at a strong pace—ever mindful of the Leg 3 cutoff—I was supremely confident. I'd made the leg 2/3 transition by 3 pm, leaving me four hours to cover another 20 km. No problem, I thought. Then, about two kilometres into Leg 3, my hamstrings began to tighten, as if someone had taken the two ends of my muscle and begun twisting in opposite directions, ratcheting up the tension until running became impossible. I finally arrived at the transition to Leg 4 with half an hour to spare, sat down and pondered. What if my race ended here, again? Could I risk injury and continue on? Would I end up stranded atop brutal Mt Hamel awaiting rescue? This agonizing self-questioning hurt more than the cutoff. To have made it but have to consider resigning anyway. To make matters worse I could barely eat, sickened by nutritional supplements and beverage additives. Somehow, with the help of my support man, and another friend's crew, too, I managed to continue on. Had I known what still awaited, I would have laughed through this moment. So little had I learned about true suffering. So on I went. Up Hamel, recovered and feeling good again. CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 >>

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OUTDOORSINSIDER The North Saskatchewan River Valley is Edmonton's biggest and most important natural asset. However, the recent discussion on river valley development has been largely onesided. So I've decided to devote this month's column, as well as my blog over the next while, to the topic.

Myth of disuse

First, let's put aside the great myth that no one frequents the river valley. Perhaps I'm a little more active than the average Edmontonian, but I know from being there between 50 – 75 times a year that there are a lot of others using it as well. The River Valley Alliance estimates visits at 10 million a year. No one here but us mountain bikers and dog walkers ... In fact, the major concern should

be overcrowding. If we're going to increase traffic, how do we ensure the trails and parks don't become too crowded?

Development considerations

Do we really need restaurants and cafés to attract people to the river valley? Not that there shouldn't be any, but shouldn't natural beauty be the prime attraction? Perhaps we suffer from limited imaginations if we can't think of enough ways to enjoy it. There's a lot of dreaming going on, which is fine, but there are a multitude of issues to address—such as traffic and user patterns, trail etiquette, sports and leisure access, bylaws, and preservation and protection for plants, wildlife and watersheds—before any development surges ahead.

One park, united

Protecting the valley as parkland is priority number one, and the best way to achieve that as I see it is through the River Valley Alliance. Better seven municipalities collaborating under a united vision for the valley than each cutting it up piecemeal to develop as they choose. However, there are some concerns worth addressing in the RVA plan, such as the models it quotes as ex-

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Redemption came at the top of Mt Hamel, as I jogged the one kilometre to retrieve my prayer flag, the rocky spine narrowing to a point beyond which lay the lights of town shining in the dusk. Then the long descent into darkness. It was raining, soaking through my jacket, muddying the trails. Each step slipperier than the last. I talked to myself, made up ridiculous songs. Coming out of Ambler's Loop, my fuel reserves were low, but I was too cold to stop. A vicious cycle ensued—too cold to eat, too starved to reheat. The road went on forever. But eventually I made it. There, with 104 kilometres, three mountain peaks and 20 hours behind me—only 21 kilometres to go—I battled hypothermia as my legs seized in pain, barely able to lift my feet. Finally, I made the decision to quit. A second account of failure wasn't my intention. But if you are wondering why it's worth reading the account of a two-time failure, consider: failure is our greatest teacher. Yet in my eyes, I didn't fail. I achieved two more objectives than my last race: the Leg 3 cutoff and Mt Hamel. I went over 100 kilometres in a single day. And in the end, I made a choice. It was a hard choice, but one I am still

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emplars: Stanley Park, the Forks and Central Park. One problem: the world already has those parks. How can our park be different? By remaining primarily natural. Sprucing up brownfields or abandoned sites is fine but expanding them is another matter. The RVA needs our support and our insight to guide it, make it happen and at the same time preserve the valley for future generations.

Your input

Over the next months I'm welcoming some guest bloggers and experts from our sporting community to weigh in at outdoorsinsider.wordpress.com. Your opinion is welcome too—regardless of where you stand on the matter. Join the discussion on my blog, or via Twitter at @outdoorsinsider or email via jeremy@ vueweekly.com. We need more voices to join in— especially those who know and love the river valley. If we don't protect the river valley as a natural asset first and foremost, we'll ruin the reason people want to be there in the first place. I hope more Edmontonians discover the river valley— for the right reasons—and vote with their feet and voices to manage it appropriately, for all Edmontonians' benefit. V

proud of. At the post-award ceremonies, North Face athlete and four-time Death Racer Diane Van Deren said it best: it is the spirit, the community, the goodwill of the collective that make this race worth returning to— the people. There are thousands of stories for every Death Race, and I wish I could tell them all: Jon, the solo racer from North Carolina who finally finished on his fifth attempt; Mark, the good-humoured triathlete who scaled Hamel on an ankle he'd broken only two weeks before ("I definitely feel it," was his understated acknowledgment); Chris, my good friend raising funds for cancer and racing in honour of his mother; the many smiling volunteers; the paramedic who, in the middle of the night on his own time diligently checked on me every 20 minutes or so down Beaver Dam Road. The good friends with whom I celebrated on Sunday night, laughing at disappointment and celebrating success. There comes a time when the choice is either to go on at great personal cost, or fold with dignity. I got to make that choice. I chose family over race, my desire to race the everyday races over the epic ones. Both in the kilometres I travelled and the journeys yet to come, mine remains a path less travelled. And that, to me, makes all the difference. Jeremy Derksen // jeremy@vueweekly.com


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PREVUE // KEVIN SMITH

The final films of Kevin Smith The seminal slacker discusses his impending retirement Tue, Aug 16 (7:30 pm) An Evening With Kevin Smith Featuring a screening of Red State Garneau Theatre, $50 – $85, 18+

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found Wayne Gretzky at the right time of my life," Kevin Smith says. "And I think it was specifically just so I could see how somebody who loves something as much as he loved hockey finishes it." At 41, the seminal slacker responsible for, among others, Clerks, Dogma and Chasing Amy is planning his own retirement After one more movie— Hit Somebody, a movie about hockey, incidentally, perhaps in part as tribute to the Great One—Kevin Smith is departing from the film world. What he'll do afterwards, ranges from continued touring—if there's one thing Smith's learned, it's that people like to hear him talk; his previous Q&A tours have been very successes and his podcast series ("Smodcasts") attracts hundreds of thousands of listeners for every instalment—to more writing—he's finishing up a book entitled Tough Shit: Life Advice From A Fat Lazy Slob Who Did Good. He may very well tour that too; he notes he'd rather be known as a storyteller than a filmmaker. But before his self-imposed exodus from film, he's traversing North America one more time as a means of selfdistributing Red State, his penultimate flick, an exploitation film that's a total departure from the slacker-shrug style of his previous output. In it, three teens respond to a kinky online personal ad only to find themselves imprisoned and brutalized by an extreme, cultish fundamentalist group based somewhat on the Westboro Baptist Church (you'd know them as the ones that protest soldiers' funerals and productions of Rent). Why such a stylistic jump? "Because," Smith says, "it's the work of a guy who's like, 'I'm closing up shop, people.'" Smith recently took a call with Vue, in advance of bringing Red State to town (he'll host a Q&A after the screening). He's a big Edmonton fan; he knows Rexall as the Northlands Coliseum, his Smodcast jersey is in classic Oilers colours and notes how how he fought to bring his tour up here instead of skipping directly from Calgary to Vancouver. The conversation ran a gamut of topics—the dude really likes to talk—but mostly focused on Red State, nostalgia and his impending departure from film. VUE WEEKLY: Obviously you've looked at religion before, in a very different sort of framework with Dogma.

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Did you find your feelings on religion in America had changed between the two movies? KEVIN SMITH: It's not so much changed as just you're looking at a different aspect. Y'know, you can't really group the two together. Religion is a very general heading: Dogma, very specifically about Catholicism, Red State about a quasi-non-religion that doesn't really exist, but that looks and smells an awful lot like the Westboro Baptist Church, which we all know isn't really even a proper religion in as much as it's populated solely by the people that live on the compound of the Westboro Baptist Church, largely family members. So, it's not really the same thing, but it's definitely, if you count the Phelpses as religious—which, how can you? ... These cats tend to take the Bible and only look at the first half of it, use a lot of the old timey, Old Testament scary language to get in your face about you burning and going to hell, even though the second half of the book, the guy who's the star of the sequel to the old testament, the New Testament, Jesus himself, you don't see him sitting there rattling sabres, going off on who's burning and who's not. ... So naturally you want to be able to be like, "Stop that." Sometimes they throw up regulations, or you read stories online about dudes wearing big angel wings that the protesters can't see by or over to bother the funeral. Or sometimes, if you're a guy like me, you go for satire. That's the only arrow I got in my

quiver. I wouldn't want to take away their free speech, 'cause I'm a guy who likes to stand on stage and talk about eating his wife's ass. And that's free speech. If I go, "Hey man, I don't want the Phelps [family] to say what they're saying," next they come for me. So of course I support their free speech, but I don't have to agree with it, and sometimes you want to attack it, and the easiest way to attack it for me, and the most sensible, because violence is never the answer, is film. We made a satire. We satirized these idiots, and you took the monsters and you pulled their teeth out on film, you show 'em off as fuckin' clowns. And for those that don't recall they're clowns from the get go, this is a nice kind of crude reminder by way of an exploitation flick. That's one way of looking at Red State. The other way is I just desperately wanted to make a Quentin Tarantino movie by way of the Coen brothers. VW: I'd also read that coming up this month is the 20th anniversary of when you decided you wanted to become a filmmaker. KS: It was yesterday. Yesterday was my 41st birthday. 20 years ago on my 21st birthday was when I saw Richard Linklater's movie Slacker at the Angelika Film Centre and I was like, "This is what I want to do." VW: What's it like to look back on that? KS: It rocks, dude. You gotta understand, I've been geared for this forever. CONTINUED ON PAGE 33 >>


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ho is the Man of Today? Someone "pessemistic and practical," says he. A "libertarian," says another. Someone who just needs a few days wholly devoted to rediscovering the sense of wonder that stubbornly continues to exist in our troubled world, says the Woman of Tomorrow, who then promptly sets about facilitating that rediscovery, through poetry readings, drinks with anarchists and helicopter tours of the Chrystler Building and the Great Wall of China, followed by meetings with several renowned optimists in North America and Europe. Man of Today met Woman of Tomorrow while the latter was doing a video street survey, asking strangers what their biggest fears are. (My favourite answer was "mystery moisture," that phenomenon that occurs when you're just walking along and you get hit by a drop of liquid of no apparent origin.) Woman is impressed by Man's resolute I-do-no-harm, nor-do-I-give-ashit-about-others attitude. Man is impressed by Woman's perky attractiveness. The adventure begins.

This fateful encounter between Woman and Man forms the foundation of Gary Burns and Jim Brown's The Future is Now!, a sort of fantasy date-a-thon that takes its cues from Nicole Védrès 1949 film La vie commence demain, in which two people with similarly conflicting sensibilities meet and swap ideas with French intellectuals such as Jean-Paul Sartre, Daniel Agache, Jean Rostand, Le Corbusier, Pablo Picasso and André Gide. Burns and Brown's cast of big-brained conversationalists are a little less famous but also a little more diverse in background, they include Toronto poet Christian Bök, Japanese architect Shigeru Ban, artist Marlene Dumas, philosopher Alain de Botton and novelist Rivka Galchen (whose Atmospheric Disturbances was one of the best debuts of the last decade). Oh, and the ghost of Jean-Paul Sartre. The tone and format feels somewhat akin to Richard Linklater's talkier films (Waking Life espeically) and, to a lesser extent, Mindwalk, that slightly goofy movie where Liv Ullman, John Heard and Sam Waterston just walk around and talk about altruism.

conservatism yet come to terms with it not through attacking it but rather through giving certain dominant conservative attitudes a plausible, intelligent voice. Man of Today isn't one to easily buy into liberal idealism, and thus makes a nice foil to Woman of Tomorrow's incessant cheerfulness (she's played by Liane Balaban). Man is played by bald-headed Quebecois Paul Ahmarani, who is nothing if not persistent. The film is full of reaction shots that find him doing this "I'm dubious" face, which made me laugh out loud nearly every time. I found myself occasionally wishing Burns and Brown had allowed their Man character to have a little more, well, character, but the truth is that both Man and Woman's cipher-like personas fit neatly into the film's conceit, which essentially takes the premise for a children's movie and grafts it onto a film for grown-ups. I think it's a lot of fun. But maybe I'm a natural optimist. Josef Braun

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Burns and Brown previousy collaborated on the terrific Radiant City, which took a similarly irreverent approach to the documentary format in its exploration of Calgary's apocalyptic urban sprawl. The Future is Now! is also somehow a very Calgarian movie, in that it feels like the work of artists who are enormously frustrated with their hometown's rabid

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REVUE // SOCIAL CONSCIOUSNESS

IN A BETTER WORLD Opening Friday Directed by Susanne Bier Princess Theatre

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nton (Mikael Persbrandt) is a Swedish doctor working at a Sudanese refugee camp where he treats the victims of a sadistic warlord. Kids like him; they always chase after his truck when he drives away at the end of the day. But one day the warlord comes by for treatment and Anton lets him in the camp and the kids stop cheerfully chasing his truck. Should Anton treat patients without regard for their diabolical actions, or should he let the locals take their revenge on the ugly prick, who anyway just looks really, really evil? Anton's estranged wife Marianne (Trine Dyrholm) is a doctor too, but she works and lives in an idyllic Danish town with their kids, one of whom, Elias (Markus

Rygaard) gets bullied a lot. But Elias makes pals with new kid Christian (William Jøhnk Nielsen), who's determined to retaliate against all bullies, big and small, with some serious ass-whoopin'. Christian's mom is dead and dad largely absent, and you know what that means. Kid's got a bad attitude. It's just a matter of time before that ass-whoopin' turns potentially deadly, and an innocent jogger and her jogging daughter get caught in the crossfire and nearly blown up. Revenge, it turns out, is problematic. I have always imagined Susanne Bier as a very nice person, someone who probably pays careful attention to current events and shops at farmers markets. But artists overwhelmingly driven by social consciousness and concern for their fellow human are tricky animals. They tend to forget that the stories that touch us are formed in the guts and

Kid's got some serious baditude

sooner or later wiggle free of strategies; that believable characters don't conform to the dictates of careful dramaturgy; that didactisism and tidy moral equations tend to have the opposite of their desired effect. (Though they sure can scoop up Oscars!) Working once more with screenwriter Anders Thomas Jensen, Bier's latest is a pretty shameless piece of white-Euro-hand-wringing in which nothing escapes the author's

determination to say Something Important About the World and still make nice in the end, however improbably. Bier, whose previous films include After the Wedding and Brothers, has obvious craft and talent; she can sometimes create marvelous moments with her actors; but in this case, she's forcing everything so much your teeth will ache. Josef Braun // josef@vueweekly.com

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as Kingo Gondo (Toshiro Mifune, moustached, still terse and bullying, but with his characteristic bluster largely tucked into designer suits) is about to stake everything he owns—and he owns a lot—into clandestinely buying up shares so he can stage a take-over of the shoe company he works for, he gets a phone call that draws everything to a halt. His son has been kidnapped, and the ransom is very high. (Say goodbye to that corporate coup.) But soon his son enters the room—they kidnapped his chauffer's kid by accident! Does Gondo still pay the enormous sum, even for a child that's not his own? Is it worth throwing away his chance at advancement—perhaps throwing away everything? The immediate drama that unfolds, involving negotiations, elaborate arrangements and police involvement, is engrossing. And only about half of the movie. High and Low just keeps careening into different directions, and all the while it comments on Japan's adoption of ruthless capitalism and peculiar ambivalence toward foreign influence. V


REVUE // DISGRUNTLED APES

THE FINAL FILMS OF KEVIN SMITH

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES

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or all of its flaws, Tim Burton's Planet of the Apes remake from a few years back got one thing right: it wasted little time getting to the angry, talking apes. This reboot, helmed by director Rupert Wyatt, mostly forgets that rule, instead fancying itself as a character drama for a large chunk of its running time. The problem is that the dialogue just isn't that riveting and the script rapidly bogs down in trying to explain the science and motivations behind scientist Will Rodman (James Franco) as he works to discover a cure for Alzheimer's disease. Given that the audience is there to see a film about angry, talking apes, it's a pretty good assumption that the vast majority of people are already willing to suspend their disbelief without getting into the nitty gritty details.  It's pretty basic stuff, too, with Rod-

man really just trying to save his father from the disease. He's hooked himself up with a big bad pharmaceutical company that's just looking for money, and the film moves quickly from an opening we'vedone-enough-testing-and-now-we're ready-to-reap-the-financial-rewardsof-this-wonderful-new-drug-thatmakes-apes-smarter-so-it'll-surelywork-just-as-well-on-humans-without-any-trouble sequence into a lengthy wait for the angry apes as Rodman takes his experiments into his own hands, raising baby chimpanzee Caesar away from the lab. The film works very much like a superhero tale, with the audience waiting restlessly to get through the origin part and see the hero put on the colourful tights and start punching baddies. To be fair, Rodman's ape buddy is remarkably played, er, motion-captured, by Andy Serkis, who brings real emotion to the role and turns what might

have been a fancy digital effect into a genuine character, believably portraying Caesar's evolution from fun-loving little ape-dude to revolutionary leader. The dialogue, however, really does derail the plot's movement (especially a painfully hamfisted attempt at incorporating one of Charlton Heston's famous lines from the 1968 original film), and Franco never really sells the role of Rodman as he alternately grins at Caesar's smarts and broods over his father's condition. Ultimately, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is painted with broad strokes— the cruel humans are over the top, Gen-Sys plays the evil, money hungry corporation without flinching, and the apes (excepting Caesar) are given only the most shallow personalities. All together, it adds up to a fine backstory for the sequel, which will be able to jump straight to those angry, talking apes.

I'm the most nostalgic, sentimental person I've ever met. And I've been that since I was a child. You know how weird it is to be nostalgic at age six? But I was! That's always been something that interested me. And I think that's probably why I went as long as I did and as hard as I did at my career, because I just wanted to accrue enough years and a body of work that I could look back on it. When you're making movies—when you're making art in general, but particularly in the movie business—it's not about what you're working on now, it's about what's next. So you're working on one movie and planning for the next movie. And it's never like, "You do this and you're done forever." As soon as that movie's done, you start working on the next movie. There's no end. There's no completion. You rarely get to appreciate your

work. And usually, you're old, and dying, they give you an honourary Oscar, and that's when you stop. Me, I'm like, 'I'd rather retire young, finish early so I can look back on my work.' I started young—I was 23 when I got going—but I'd rather finish early, and complete, if you will, and be able to look at and point to it as a unit, like, 'There it is, the films of Kevin Smith.' Because I think film belongs to young people, man. That's where all the cool new stuff comes from. I was a young kid and that's how I got into the business, making Clerks and shit like that. And there's only so much money that's ever going around, so you gotta figure it like, free up some of that money for someone who's going to make more of it. Look, I made a handful of movies, so far, 10, 11 movies—I think Hit Somebody will be the 11th—I've made that many flicks. If I keep doing it, it's just going to be more of the same, dude. Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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REVUE // FREAKY FRIDAY WITH BROS

THE CHANGE-UP Now playing Directed by David Dobkin

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Mitch (Ryan Reynolds). Dave's wife Jamie (Apatow's wife Leslie Mann) gets a few moments of depressed modernmom cringe humour, but it's mixed in with gratuitous nudity and too much tearfulness. Aside from a few scattered hits, the humour falls flat, the storylines are inane, and Mitch's love interest (Olivia Wilde) is vapid.

Even the supposed bawdy talk barely hides an infantile conservative streak (Breastfeeding? Ew. Sex with a pregnant woman? Ew.) And after dragging on into extra innings, The Change-Up throws a stinker of a final pitch with its treacly family-values finale. Brian Gibson // brian@vueweekly.com

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(PG violence, not recommended for young children) THU, AUG 11: 1:00, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50

violence, not recommended for young children) No passes, Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Thu, Aug 11: 12:25, 3:00, 7:05, 10:05

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG) Daily 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:40

METRO CINEMA at the Garneau 8712-109 St, 780.425.9212

The Future is Now! (PG) Filmmakers in

attendance on Fri, Aug 12: Fri, Sat, Thu 7:00; Sat 4:00; Sun 2:00; Sun, Mon, Wed 9:00

PARKLAND CINEMA 7 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove, 780.972.2332 (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain; Parkland County)

Final Destination 5 (18A gory violence) Presented in 3D Daily 6:50, 8:50; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:50, 2:50 30 Minutes or Less (18A crude sexual

content) Daily 7:15pm 9:05; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:15, 3:05

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG)

Daily 7:10, 9:20; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:15, 3:50

The Change Up (14A) Daily 6:45, 9:00; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:45, 3:00

Thu 1:05, 3:10

Captain America: The First Avenger

(PG violence, not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D Daily 6:30; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 12:30

Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 –3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Presented in 3D; Daily 8:55; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 2:55

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Daily 1:05, 3:25, 7:05, 9:25

Smurfs (G) Daily 7:05, 9:10; Sat, Sun, Tue,

CRAZY STUPID LOVE (PG coarse language) No

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) Digital Cinema, No passes Thu, Aug 11: 11:30, 2:15, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00

DATE OF ISSUE ONLY: Thu, Aug 11:

Smurfs (G) Daily 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:30 Final Destination 5 (18A gory violence)

THE SMURFS (G) Thu, Aug 11: 12:40, 3:30

Cowboys And Aliens (14A violence) Daily

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The Change Up (14A) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50,

THE SMURFS 3D (G) Digital 3d Thu, Aug 11:

lence, not recommended for young children) Daily 6:50 9:15; Sat, Sun, Tue, Thu 1:50

may offend) No passes Thu, Aug 11: 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 9:50

LEDUC CINEMAS

1:30, 4:10, 6:55, 9:25

(PG violence, coarse language) Thu, Aug 11: 12:15, 3:45, 7:05, 10:25

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young

children) Digital 3D THU, AUG 11: 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20 SMURFS 3D (G) Digital 3D, No passes THU, AUG 11: 1:20, 4:10, 6:40, 9:10

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (PG violence, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) No passes THU, AUG 11: 2:30, 6:30, 9:40

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 3D (PG violence, frightening

scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital 3D, No passes THU, AUG 11: 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:10

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

(PG violence, coarse language) THU, AUG 11: 9:30

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) No passes Daily 1:50, 4:45, 7:30, 10:30

GRANDIN THEATRE–St Albert Grandin Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822

Date of issue only: Thu, Aug 11 Smurfs (G) No passes THU, AUG 11: 1:00, 3:00, 5:00, 7:00, 9:00

children) Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, Digital 3d, Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Thu, Aug 11: 12:15, 3:10, 7:10, 10:10

11: 12:40, 2:50, 5:10, 7:20, 9:30

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) Thu, Aug 11: 12:50, 3:50, 7:20, 10:20

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (PG violence, frightening scenes,

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 3D (PG violence, frightening

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The Help (PG mature subject matter, language

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HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A coarse language, crude

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

coarse language) Thu, Aug 11: 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:10

A Film By SUSANNE BIER

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON

(PG violence, coarse language) Thu, Aug 11: 8:10

The Change-Up (18A crude sexual content)

FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (14A sexual content,

IN A BETTER WORLD

4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

DATE OF ISSUE ONLY: Thu, Aug 11:

not recommended for young children) Digital 3d Thu, Aug 11: 1:15, 4:15, 7:45, 10:45

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CRAZY STUPID LOVE (PG coarse language)

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HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (PG violence, frightening scenes,

sexual content) Thu, Aug 11: 12:10, 2:40, 5:30, 8:20, 10:50

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The Help (PG mature subject matter, language

THE CHANGE-UP (18A crude sexual content)

HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A coarse language, crude

GOLDEN

passes, Stadium Seating, Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, DTS Digital Thu, Aug 11: 12:30, 3:30, 7:30, 10:30

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young

WINNIE THE POOH (G) Thu, Aug 11: 11:30

WINNER

THE CHANGE-UP (18A crude sexual content) No

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) No

Ultraavx, No passes Thu, Aug 11: 12:25, 3:00, 5:40, 8:15, 10:50

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THE SMURFS 3D (G) Digital 3d, Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Thu, Aug 11: 12:05, 2:45, 5:20, 7:55, 10:35

(PG violence, not recommended for young children) Thu, Aug 11: 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

THE CHANGE-UP (18A crude sexual content) No

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language, sexual content) Thu, Aug 11: 12:30, 3:30, 7:00, 10:00

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THE CHANGE-UP (18A crude sexual content) No

sexual content) Thu, Aug 11: 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50

violence, not recommended for young children) Thu, Aug 11: 7:40, 10:40

Aug 11: 1:10, 3:30

Cinema, No passes Thu, Aug 11: 1:40, 4:40, 7:30, 10:30

HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A coarse language, crude

DATE OF ISSUE ONLY: Thu, Aug 11:

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) Thu, Aug 11: 7:10, 9:15

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) Digital

Ultraavx, No passes Thu, Aug 11: 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 8:00, 10:45

14231-137 Ave, 780.732.2236

Digital 3d Thu, Aug 11: 7:15, 10:00

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) No passes Thu, Aug 11: 12:30, 3:20, 6:30, 9:10

RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG)

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH

THOR 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)

(PG violence, coarse language) Thu, Aug 11: 3:30, 7:00, 10:15

CRAZY STUPID LOVE (PG coarse language) Dolby Stereo Digital, Bargain Matinee, Child Admission Price, No passes Thu, Aug 11: 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:50

Cowboys & Aliens (14A violence) THU, AUG

not recommended for young children) THU, AUG 11: 4:05, 6:45

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

Another Earth (PG mature subject matter)

Daily 7:00, 9:00; Sat-Sun 2:30

In A Better World (14A coarse language, gory scenes) Fri 6:45, 9:00; Sat-Sun 2:00, 6:45; Mon-Thu 6:45 SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.444.2400

DATE OF ISSUE ONLY: THU, AUG 11 ZOOKEEPER (PG) THU, AUG 11: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15 CARS 2 (G) THU, AUG 11: 12:20, 3:20, 6:45, 9:20; Wed 3:45, 6:45, 9:20

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema THU, AUG 11: 12:50, 3:50, 9:50

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE FIRST AVENGER 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Ultraavx THU, AUG 11: 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:40

SMURFS 3D (G) Digital 3D, No passes THU, AUG 11: 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:30

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes THU, AUG 11: 3:00, 6:30, 9:45

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 (PG violence, frightening scenes,

not recommended for young children) An Imax 3D Experience No passes THU, AUG 11: 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:15

HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS PART 2 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital 3D, No passes THU, AUG 11: 12:30, 4:00, 7:30, 10:45

TRANSFORMERS: DARK OF THE MOON (PG violence, coarse language) Digital 3D THU, AUG 11: 12:15, 3:45, 7:15, 10:30

COWBOYS AND ALIENS (14A violence) No passes THU, AUG 11: 12:45, 3:45, 7:00, 10:00 WINNIE THE POOH (G) THU, AUG 11: 1:00 HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:50, 10:20

CRAZY STUPID LOVE (PG coarse language)

No passes Daily 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:10

BAD TEACHER (14A coarse language, crude sexual content) Daily 8:00, 10:45 FRIENDS WITH BENEFITS (14A sexual content, coarse language) Daily 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin, 780.352.3922

The Change Up (14A) Daily 12:50, 3:35, 6:50,

9:35

scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d, Stadium Seating, Child Admission Price, DTS Stereo Thu, Aug 11: 12:35, 3:35, 10:25

Captain America: The First Avenger

(PG violence, not recommended for young children) THU, AUG 11: 1:35, 9:15

Smurfs (G) Daily 1:00, 3:30, 7:00, 9:30

HORRIBLE BOSSES (14A coarse language,

The Change Up (14A) No passes THU, AUG 11:

Daily 12:55, 3:40, 6:55, 9:40

crude sexual content) Child Admission Price, Bargain Matinee, Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Thu, Aug 11: 12:10, 2:40, 5:15, 7:45, 10:15

VUEWEEKLY AUG 11 – AUG 17, 2011

12:45, 2:55, 5:05, 7:15, 9:30

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG)

No passes THU, AUG 11: 1:20, 3:25, 5:25, 7:30, 9:35

Rise of the Planet of the Apes (PG) 30 Minutes or Less (14A crude sexual content) Daily 7:05, 9:25, 1:05, 3:25


MUSIC

ON THE RECORD

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYANL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

No room to fail

Romi Mayes's latest album was recorded live Fri, Aug 12 (8 pm) Romi Mayes Haven Social Club, $15

B

orn in Winnipeg, Romi Mayes has been performing since the age of 15. Her mix of folk, blues and tortured rock have earned her two Western Canadian Music Awards as well as glowing reviews on this side of the Atlantic and the opposite. Inspired by Neil Young's live-recorded 1973 release, Time Fades Away, Mayes recorded her latest batch of new songs live in front of an audience along with guitarist Jay Nowicki, which resulted in her latest album, Lucky Tonight. How long did it take to write Lucky Tonight? ROMI MAYES: I actually didn't have as much written for the album as I would have liked to as the time drew nearer to get doing some pre-production. I did have a few tunes written and complete and the band was already playing 'em with me on the road but only had about half the album just a few months before the recording, so I had to really hunker down through the winter and go through bits and pieces of songs I had started in the past or try to write from scratch. It felt like a lot of pressure, but in the end it turned out and I ended up with 10 tracks that I was really happy with and that would make the cut.

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VW: When you were writing the songs,

did you come at them in a particular way? Lyrics first? Music first? RM: I often write lyrics first with an idea of a groove in my head. Once I get rolling on the lyrics, I often write them pretty quickly and then tweak 'em later on. I'll find lines on pieces of napkins or receipts in my pockets in the morning after some kind of night and use some kind of quality control process to decide if I keep it or chuck it. Other times I am in the van on the road and write the lyrics to an entire song in five minutes. The music is a little trickier for me so it comes over time and sometimes with struggle. My brain really works in forms of country or blues—predictable one, four, five kind of forms—and so I have to sit and really do the best I can to think outside the box musically. It's been helpful having Jay around to bounce the shit off of. He has some really great ideas and is one hell of a guitar player. VW: How did the idea come about for recording the album the way you did? RM: Last October Jay and I did a leg of

Winnipeg's Romi Mayes

a tour in the US without our rhythm section. We didn't realize how bad ass the electric duo would be and how strong it would stand and rock on its own, so that was when the initial idea came up to make an electric duo album. Then we realized, taking it a step further, to keep this mad energy and balls-to-the-wall mojo we had on stage and somehow transfer that onto a record, it would be crucial to play at the same time, head to head and in front of a crowd. Then it all just seemed so obvious that we had to crank it out live and record it that way. That's how we are touring the album as well. Two guitars, head to head, no rhythm section. How do you prepare differently for a performance you know will be recorded for an album? RM: The process was completely different. Usually you can take 15, 20 songs into the studio and lean on the producer to help develop them as they go. They can really take shape in the studio and as the songs unfold you hear parts and additions to be added and can really build the album while you adjust tones and phrases as you go. With a live, one-take album, the songs had to be produced to their maximum, album ready, before walking on the stage. Every harmony Jaxon [Haldane] did on the album was thought out for where and when and how it would be placed, every beat that Ken [McMahon] played on the kick or every beat he didn't, was already figured VW:

out, and so on ... The pressure was obviously much greater not to fuck up a thing ... but we were all on our A-game, to say the least, and I'm completely stoked with the outcome. VW: How much higher are the stakes for a performance you know will be recorded for posterity—was there a backup plan if things didn't go well? RM: It was really important to me to make a great album, not just a great album that was recorded live. I wanted it to be up to par with the bar that was set on my last couple of albums as far as quality of production, musicianship, performance and songwriting. I thought that the album would also have the potential to be critiqued easier since it was recorded in this fashion and I thought perchance the media may enjoy pickin' at that ... lucky for us so far, the reviews have been really great so that alleviates that worry. As for a backup plan, we played out the songs in a soundcheck earlier that afternoon and recorded them just in case we really needed to pull something from it. Other than that, it was very Yoda-like ... 'Do or do not, there is no try.' Or like the launch of Apollo 13, failure was not an option. The plan was to record a great album that night. And so we did.

If you were to trace the musical map that led you to Lucky Tonight, what would it look like? RM: Like a board game of Chutes and Ladders. V VW:

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PREVUE // DON'T LABEL ME

// RyanRussell

AGAINST ME!

Against who?

Sat, Aug 27 (7 pm) With Blink 182, Rancid Rexall Place, $72.75 – $87.75

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lorida's Against Me! has a long and storied history of bearing the brunt of punk's internal and eternal sell-out debate. When the group moved from small indie label No Idea to larger indie label Fat Wreck Chords, it was branded a sell out. When the group had the audacity to move to Sire—a subsidiary of Warner Music Group—all hell broke loose. In November of last year, however, the band cut ties with the major label that had released its last two records and found itself without a label for the first time since it stopped dubbing its own cassettes. After considering all

the options—including possible reactions—Against Me! decided to form its own label, Total Treble Music. "It's been positive," singer and founder Tom Gabel explains of response to the shift to a more DIY model. "We're definitely aware of the fact that no matter what label we've worked with over the years, someone has always had a problem with it, but there's not really anything you can say when you decide to put out your own records from now on." With its newfound freedom, Against Me! is doing what it's always done: put out records and go on the road. First up on Total Treble Music is a rerelease of the band's final Sire album, White Crosses, with additional material forming a second disc, entitled

Black Crosses. Releasing demos and alternate versions of songs is something the band has done for a while as a way for fans of the group to watch the progression of the songs that end up on the albums. "We've always recorded an excess of material, so there's always recordings for every record and alternate versions of songs and songs that never made it past that step and I think if fans are interested in hearing those versions, or hearing how songs grow and develop or unreleased stuff, then why not let them?" Gabel asks. "It's stupid to record music to have no one hear it and just have it sitting in your closet on the shelf." Bryan Birtles // bryan@vueweekly.com

PREVUE // SUM OF THEIR YEARS

SUM 41 Thu, Aug 18 (6 pm) Starlite Room, $29.50

I

n 2011 pop punk is no longer in its most significant incarnation: at-onetime—somewhere when the yeardate started with 19—brighter stars like Green Day, the Offspring and Blink 182 owned the soundwaves and the stadiums. Still, the bands continue to tour to large audiences around the world and produce popular albums, but a simple guess is that they'd be quick to tell you that their heyday has come and gone. But even if those superstars won't, Sum 41 will. "Our kind of music was exploding back then. We don't shy away from the fact that we know that we came at the right time. Everything kind of fell into place," says Sum 41 bassist, Jason "Cone" McCaslin. "We know that and we're happy to still be here. We still play big places and in some countries it's slowed down for us. But we're ready to get them back." On the back of the band's latest, Screaming Bloody Murder—an album which, partly due to frontman Deryck Whibley's very public divorce from starlet Avril Lavigne, is distinctly gloomy and far heavier than the band's "Fat Lip" peak—the band has set up the longest tour of its nearly 16-year career. "It's not as easy, that's for sure. [Tour-

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Ajax, ON's favourite sums

ing] is just more tiring—especially with these long tours. Before, when we were 21, it was easy to go out for two months, now, 10 years later, to go for two months, you just want to go home and take two weeks off," says McCaslin, adding, "the body just doesn't react the same anymore— hangovers are more severe." McCaslin, naturally, seems to have matured past the "Cone" days. He wishes reviewers could mature with him—it would be nice if new Sum 41

albums weren't judged against past ones. The group is no longer the same one that existed in the poppunk explosion. "There will definitely be people recommending what sound we do— from labels or wherever," says McCaslin. "I think it'd be totally weird [to be asked to revert to an old sound]. It'd almost be comical if a label asked us to do that." curtis wright // curtis@vueweekly.com


PREVUE // GONNA MAKE YOU SWEAT

9934-82 ave

MARIA IN THE SHOWER

780-433-3545

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Maria in the Shower, not in the shower

Thu, Aug 18 (8 pm) With Low Flying Planes, Swear by the Moon Artery, $10

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s three of the four members of Maria in the Shower take turns chatting on a payphone in Riondel, BC, I can only presume they're perspiring profusely. It's 11 am, but it's already 27 above. Sweating to get to an interview may be a new milestone for them, but dripping in general is par for the course for the foursome. As the British Columbians work their way around Western Canada promoting the cabaret and folk-soaked sounds of The Hidden Sayings of Maria in the Shower they enjoy an attitude that reeks of hard work.

"The sweaty, rioting people are very exciting," says drummer Todd Biffard. "The live show is a conversation—it's not creating an artifact that is on it's own. Live shows are a huge ingredient in making a large impact on a lot of people ... we're definitely constructed that way [for live performances]. We played live for a couple of years before we even tried to do a recording." Even when the band did finally enter the studio—the group had toured for two years before—Maria in the Shower immediately noticed that it was a different animal. Playing off each other between recording studio walls, rather than the embraced calland-answer with the live audience, it seems like the band has gained even more appreciation for its fans.

"Once you get rhythm and people start moving on their own—the temperature of the whole room rises," says Biffard. "It's like winding up a big crank of energy or pumping the bellows of the fire. We try and ignite other people and then we get energy from them. It becomes a big cycle of energy, a whirling loop. On a good night it will go back and forth, back and forth until everyone's euphoric and really exhausted." It might not smell terrific afterwards, but it certainly has the aroma of live music. "Maria herself has been in the shower the most times," adds bassist Brendan Hartley. "We finish a show and we're soaking wet." CURTIS WRIGHT // CURTIS@vueweekly.com

PREVUE // COWBOYS

STONY PLAIN COWBOY GATHERING Fri, Aug 12 – Sun, Aug 14 Stony Plain Cowboy Gathering Stony Plain Heritage Park, $30 (Fri, Sat), $15 (Sun), $65 weekend pass

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ou won't find a more authentic modern cowboy than the likes of Hugh McLennan. He's cut from bonafide rustler cloth: as one of the many guests gracing the 19th annual Stony Plain Cowboy Poetry Gathering, McLennan's spirited, measured drawl hints of both his lengthy career in radio (on his own show, Spirit of the West) and, perhaps more so, his own ranch life in interior BC's cowboy country. Having lived the rancher lifestyle long before starting to tell its stories, exposure to the style was all it took for McLennan to start finding a

place for himself among its ranks of storytellers. "Around the time I started the Spirit of the West radio show in 1992, I started interviewing a lot of whooping cowboys, a lot of pioneer ranchers and ranch families, horse trainers, western musicians and poets, and realized there's a real richness of stories around," McLennan explains. "It reminded me of some of the events that happened at our own ranch, with our own cattle and our own horses, that would probably read as stories." The Stony Plain Gathering—a threeday roundup of cowboy stories, poetry, speakers and performances—is one of a string of festivals around North America that let western types meet and bask in their shared culture.

But more recently, beyond the yearly festivals, the cowboy community—by its very definition, existing in somewhat rural and separated pockets of likemindedness—has found renewed energy and connection with the Internet. McLennan notes the unifying connection they've all found in modernday social networking is immeasurable in filling the time between meet-ups. "It's done a lot of great things for this whole cowboy culture movement. Gosh, I can't believe the response Facebook has produced in the genre probably in the last year and a half or so," McLennan says. "There's a lot of great poems, and a lot of stories posted on Facebook every day. And that's focused on that whole community." Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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PREVUE // DREAM TEAM

ALL TIME LOW Fri, Aug 12 (6 pm) With Mayday Parade, the In Crowd, Brighter. Edmonton Event Centre, $35 arbadian pop icon Rihanna and Baltimore, MD's pop-punkers All Time Low have more in common than expected. Working with a hip-hop mega-producer like The-Dream—who, along with working on Rihanna's hit "Umbrella," has worked with everyone from Kim Kardashian to Lionel Richie to Drake—might be a difficult thing for a punk fan to swallow at first, but All Time Low would be the first to admit that the game has changed. "We want to stay as relevant as possible—not saying we need those kind of producers to do that—but it makes it more fun and interesting," says lead guitarist, Jack Barakat. "It

// Meeno

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All Time Low, living the high life

leaves us with a different record than what everyone else is producing. TheDream wasn't showing us ideas that he'd show Beyonce or something. He knew we were a rock band and he

wasn't going to get us to sing about all the single ladies." ATL's fourth album, Dirty Work might even be the band's fantasy recording—

one which also saw the group working with Weezer's River Cuomo—but the changing sound and altered dynamics is just a stop-gap in a completely transformed pop-punk genre.

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"It's not so much anarchy, fuck the government, but there is still that kind of rebellion against not wanting to do what your parent's want you to do," says Barakat. "Rock shows give kids a place where they can let loose and forget about their problems—I guess that's the new definition of punk rock." ATL has found its niche in a genre that isn't as manufactured or formulaic as some believe, Barakat says. The old mentalities of punk rock are clearly transformed and as he talks about the Sex Pistols he laughs about how historically raw rock 'n' roll ideals don't win a band as many accolades as they once did. "Bands don't get successful by just sitting around doing drugs and banging girls all day—they have to be constantly thinking about ways to expand their band and their music." CURTIS WRIGHT // CURTIS@VUEWEEKLY.COM


PREVUE // WEEK-LONG DANCE PARTY

// Rickshaw Dave

BOOGIE PATROL

Here to patrol the boogie

Mon, Aug 15 – Sat, Aug 20 Blues on Whyte

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t reads more like a full-on song chorus than the title of an album, but I Try and I Try, and Don't Know What To Do, The Plan Was Set Some Time Ago, and We Must Follow Through, the words emblazoning the sophomoric release from local blues-funkers Boogie Patrol, isn't pulled from a song on the album. According to chief Boogie/haromicaand-vocals-man "Rotten" Dan—who acknowledges, with a laugh, "It's a goofy fuckin' title"—the phrase simply seemed to ring true to the band's recent history. "It's been a common phrase on our travels in the last little while," he explains. And there have been travels: Boogie Patrol has been trying to expand its, uh, patrol, touring outside of Edmonton to the West Coast and back. Beyond that, the title seems to speak more to the recent shift in lineup, including the introduction of Sean Grieve on keyboards and new drummer Jeff Lisk, (hailing from Courtney BC, and Chicago, IL, respectively). In short, thing's are changing, but Boogie Patrol is still blazing forward with its reputed allout dance party of a blues show, because that's still what feels right.

playing live for quite a while," Dan says of the album's 11 tracks. "Others had been in motion, but never really had the true essence put into them. Some songs we hadn't played in three years. And it came out [in the studio], and it's like, 'Yeah, that's

By take number two, you hit it, that feels good. That's the real high, man. That's the natural high. That's what you're going for. how it went,' and by take number two, you hit it, that feels good. That's the real high, man. That's the natural high. That's what you're going for." As for the release itself, the band is looking to extend those good vibrations with release parties, given that the I Try's release is being celebrated with a week-long stint at Blues on Whyte. "I booked this, heck, a year and some months ago," Dan says, "for the purpose of this being the week of the Fringe, week of Labatt Blues Fest, CD release. It's a marathon, a marathon and a half, but [we're] tryin' to make a big ol' climax here, in some sense of things." Paul Blinov

"Plenty of [the songs] we'd been

// paul@vueweekly.com

1st Annual Edmonton African Dance Festival A celebration of African Dance, Arts, Music, Culture... DINNER & BANQUET

Friday, Aug. 26th 2011 from 5pm - 2am Coast Edmonton Plaza Hotel (10155 105 st)

Tickets are $60

AFRICAN DANCE FESTIVAL August 27th & 28th from 10am to 9pm Sir Winston Churchill Square Admission: FREE!

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NEWSOUNDS

Jay-Z & Kanye West Watch The Throne (Universal)  As the hip-hop industrialist and his confident protégé step onto the king's court, it's hard not to compare the biggest men in rap to the biggest men in basketball. Jay-Z as Michael Jordan: a Brooklyn-bred talent with an earned ego, owning all those championship rings—someone who was much more many years ago; Kayne West as LeBron James: a man who'd happily title himself "King" before his time, fabricating enough self-worth to prop up any majesty, even if it is a ring-less hand holding the mic. Because of the top-shelf production provided by West, The Neptunes, RZA and Swizz Beatz, Throne hits hard on some cuts, while it's simply unimpressive and sluggish on others (lead single "Otis," "Made in America," "Welcome to the Jungle")—leftover sisters from Kanye's much better Dark Twisted Fantasy. Even if, after listening to the highs and lows many energetic times, so much of it is veiled hype, like an ill-destined Miami Heat "Big 3" led by LeBron. "Ni**a's in Paris" recalls a Blueprint-era Hova over a ringing synth and minimal beat, seamlessly touched by West's strongly deprecating delivery, sounding more unified than much of Throne, even while ending in an innovative boost of

dubstep thanks to Hit-Boy's craftmanship. "Murder to Excellence" stands out from the pack, not only for it's muchwelcomed, heartfelt political content, but for Swizz Beatz's school girl sample base on the first half, finishing in celebration of a black distinction over a flattering S1 beat. If all or even half of Throne had the punch of this song, the album would be incomparably great. Watch The Throne is a very public, braggadocio-filled tête-à-tête—a press conference of self-applauded swagger and dominance in the hip-hop game. But more than a marriage, it's a tonguetied and unlucky mêlée. An increasingly outspoken Kanye Id ("I made Jesus walk, I'm never going to hell.") and the been-around-the block, 10-years-pasthis-prime Hova Ego ("Ni**a I got five more rings than Michael Jordan had / Elvis has left the building now I'm on the Beatles' ass"), already own the throne, but Throne doesn't deserve the self-hyped accolades. When Jay-Z and Kanye brought their talents to the South of France, Abu Dhabi, New York, Australia and wherever else they very luxurious record, something that seemed too alluringly untrue to actually happen, happened. But when the Kings had their match, they should have left it all on the floor.

Redeye Empire Last Chance For Sunshine (Independent)  A difficult summer operation: selling glossily polished and well written, poppy reggae/dub songs that are clearly written and performed by white people. Vancouver's Redeye Empire follow a stoner path grassed by California's smoothed out, reggae-pop Slightly Stoopid, and to a lesser extent Hawaii's Sublime-lite, Pepper. Distilling dependably bright and summery, no-nonsense, anti-pretense jams that will likely achieve two things—allow for a chilled backyard scene, and cause people tomake assumptions about your social activities. Last Chance for Sunshine is a blissful sandalstep away from reality. Adorned by flashes of great and moments of unpersuasive patois, leaving you with no real memories at the end. What happened? curtis wright // curtis@vueweekly.com

Tasseomancy Ulalume (Out of this Spark)  Ulalume dirges, like a parade of Benedictine monks led by a 19-year-old girl who won't leave your apartment. It is quiet, but once it's drawn you in, it tells you something that is at once profound and at the same time ugly, like a truth laid plain that isn't something you're ready for. This album sounds like English troubadour music put through a filter of William Gibson's Neuromancer: it is all at once scary, troubling, laden with anxiety and the kind of thing that makes you want to make out. Bryan Birtles // bryan@vueweekly.com

Curtis wright // curtis@vueweekly.coM

Hue Starting Fires (Independent)  There is, undeniably, a youthful vitality to Hue's pop sonics, but debut album Starting Fires seems a little more concerned with saccharine hooks than anything else. "Rooftops" probably does the best with the power-rock-band-plus-piano blueprints, building from quieter piano tinkerings to a start/stop climax with the full band and a very singable chorus, but taken in its context, those components spread themselves thin over 11 songs. The band has plenty of gusto in the delivery, but every song sounds like it's celebrating the next best day ever, reaching ever higher for grander hooks and swoopier instrumentals and more accessible lyrics and honestly, it'd be nice to see all that energy transmuted into something a little more substantial. Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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Moonface Organ Music not Vibraphone like I'd Hoped (Jagjaguwar) Promasturbation: Putting off what needs doing For self-indulged wank

Archers of Loaf Icky Mettle reissue (Fire) I loved this album And I still love this album And I always will

Ice Age New Brigade (What's Your Rupture) Pumping spazzy punk Assloads of iHype for these Danish Foetuses

Boston Spaceships Let it Beard (GBV) Love Robert Pollard It seems he's now guided by Large mortgage payments

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Dancehall, Ska, Calypso, and Soca with Topwise Soundsystem Brixx Radio Brixx with Tommy Grimes spinning Rock n Roll; 8pm (door); no cover century room Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close chrome Lounge 123 Ko every Thu the common So Necessary: Hip hop, classic hip hop, funk, soul, r&b, '80s, oldies and everything in between with Sonny Grimezz, Shortround, Twist every Thu croWn puB Breakdown @ the crown with This Side Up! hosted by Atomatik and Kalmplxx DJ DruiD irish puB DJ every Thu; 9pm eLectric roDeo– spruce grove DJ every Thu fiLthy mcnAsty’s Punk Rock Bingo every Thu with DJ S.W.A.G. fLuiD Lounge Throwback Thursdays with DJ Utz funky BuDDhA– Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian hALo Fo Sho: every Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown kAs BAr Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm LeveL 2 Lounge Funk Bunker Thursdays Lucky 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas on the rocks Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow overtime– Downtown Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step renDezvous Metal night every Thu sportsWorLD Roller Skating Disco: Thu Retro Nights; 7-10:30pm; sportsworld.ca tAphouse–st Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves union hALL 123 Thursdays: Shambhala Night with Deekline and Slynk and resident DJ Johnny Infamous and Soul’d Out DJs WiLD BiLL’s–red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

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cArrot Live music every Fri; all ages; Carrie Day; 7pm; $5 (door) cAsino eDmonton L.A Express cAsino yeLLoWheAD Catalyst centrAL music festivAL–red Deer Fri: The Railway Bandits, Jesse Dee and Jacquie B and Scott Cook, Steve Arsenault Band, Boom Chucka Boys, Charlie Jacobson, Paeton Cameron Band; $78 (adult weekend)/$49 (teen/ senior weekend)/$185 (weekend family pass)/$103 (adult weekend pass + camping)/$74 (teen/ senior weekend pass + camping)/$210 (weekend family pass + camping)/$25 (camping)/$20 (Fri single day pass, gate only) (single day pass, gate only)/$55 (Sat single day pass, gate only)/$30 (Sun single day pass, gate only); centralmusicfest.com century cAsino John Conlee; $39.95 churchiLL squAre Every weekday (weather permitting): Breezy Brian Gregg (SW corner); 12-1:15pm come By the hiLLs–foLk festivAL Fri Evening, 7pm: The Orchard, Open Stage, Fiddler’s Green; $40 (adult)/$25 (student)/ free (child 12 and under) coAst to coAst Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm DevAney's irish puB Rob Taylor Dv8 Nervous Wreck with Maintain Status Quo - breakdown; 9pm eDmonton event centre All Time Low (alt rock), Mayday Parade, We Are the in Crowd, Brighter; all ages; 6pm (door); $27.50 at TicketMaster, Blackbyrd, Unionevents. com fresh stArt Bistro live Darrell Barr (country & rock); 7-10pm; $10 gAs pump The Uptown Jammers (house band); every Fri; 5:30-9pm hAven sociAL cLuB Romi Mayes (CD release), Michael Dunn and The Moanin' irish cLuB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover Jeffrey's cAfé Terry McDade's Harpe Jazz featuring Doug Gerry (guitar); $15 JekyLL AnD hyDe puB Headwind (classic pop/ rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover LizArD Lounge Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

BLAckJAck's roADhouse–nisku Tim Harwill; 8:30pm; no cover

neW West hoteL Jimmy Ordge (country)

BLues on Whyte Trevor Finlay

on the rocks Heather McKenzie Band; $5

Brixx BAr Peter Jackson with DJ Dames Nellas, and guests Rellik, Prosper, Deffine, Rezza Reckt and E-Town Legends

o'mAiLLe's–st Albert Mr Lucky (blues roots)

pAWn shop Jonas and The Massive Attraction, Hollywood Assassyn, Stone Iris; 9pm (door); $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd

reD piAno BAr Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am rock music festivAL Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton: Fri: Doucette, Nick Gilder and Sweeney Todd, Sweet; 4pm (gate), 6pm (music); $35 (1-day, adv)/$40 (1-day at gate)/$60 (2-day adv pass)/$80 (2-day pass at gate); tickets at Acoustic Music Shop, Myhre's Music, On the Rocks rose AnD croWn puB Burnstick sherLock hoLme's puB–Wem AJ stArLite room Panda Jerk, Jezibelle, Fair Blue WiLD BiLL’s–red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close WiLD West sALoon Big Mike Callan Wok Box Breezy Brian Gregg every Fri; 3:305:30pm

DJs 180 Degrees DJ every Fri AzucAr picAnte DJ Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri BAnk uLtrA Lounge Connected Fri: 91.7 The Bounce, Nestor Delano, Luke Morrison every Fri BAr-B-BAr DJ James; every Fri; no cover BLAck Dog freehouse DJs spin on the main floor every Fri; Underdog, Wooftop BLAcksheep puB Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current BuDDy’s DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BuffALo unDergrounD R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights chrome Lounge Platinum VIP every Fri the common Boom The Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround the DruiD irish puB DJ every Fri; 9pm eLectric roDeo– spruce grove DJ every Fri fLuiD Lounge Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri funky BuDDhA– Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri gAs pump DJ Christian; every Fri; 9:30pm-2am hALo Lounge Motown, Indie Rock, Brit Pop, New Wave, 50s/60s Hits, Reggae/ Ska, Northern Soul, and Mod Anthems with DJs Blue Jay, MODest Mike, guests; 9pm (door); $7 Junction BAr AnD eAtery LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm neWcAstLe puB House, dance mix every

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the common You Say Goodbye...I Say Hello; 8pm

o’Byrne’s Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

croWn puB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; Laid Back Saturday African Dance Party with Dj Collio, every Sat, 122am

o'mAILLe's–st Albert Mr Lucky (blues roots)

DevAney's IrIsh puB Rob Taylor Dv8 The Jolts; 9pm eDDIe shorts Saucy Wenches every Sat expressIonz cAFÉ Open stage for original songs, hosted by Karyn Sterling and Randall Walsh; 2-5pm; admission by donation FestIvAL pLAce Scenic Route to Alaska, Brian McLeod; $15 at TicketMaster gAs pump Blues jam/ open stage every Sat 3:30-7pm hAven socIAL cLuB Taking Medication (CD release party), Kemo Treats; 8pm (door); $10 hIDeout–red Deer The Re-mains, Romi Mayes; 9pm hILLtop puB Open stage every Sat hosted by Blue Goat, 3:306:30pm hooLIgAnz Live music every Sat Iron BoAr puB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10 neW West hoteL Jam Saturday afternoons ; Evening: Jimmy Ordge (country)

(host), all styles, 3-7pm

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on the rocKs Heather McKenzie Band; $5

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reD pIAno BAr Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am

AzucAr pIcAnte DJ Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat

rocK musIc FestIvAL Rock and Roll Society of Edmonton: Sat: DRT, Sounds Familiar, The Big Rubber Band, The Vindicators, Carson Cole Band, Big Brother and the Holding Company, Canned Heat, Country Joe McDonald, Jefferson Starship; 10am (gate), 11am (music); $35 (1-day, adv)/$40 (1-day at gate)/$60 (2-day adv pass)/$80 (2-day pass at gate); tickets at Acoustic Music Shop, Myhre's Music, On the Rocks rose AnD croWn puB Burnstick sherLocK hoLme's puB–Wem AJ stArLIte room Five Years Further, Oldbury, Dalicious, The Spins sutton pLAce hoteL–rutherford room Rumba @ The Sutton (Salsa band); 8pm The Sutton Place Hotel in the Rutherford Room - Edmonton, Alberta West sIDe puB West Side Pub Sat Afternoon: Dirty Jam: Tye Jones

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VENUE GUIDE 180 Degrees 10730-107 St, 780.414.0233 Accent europeAn Lounge 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 Artery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue theAtre 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BAnK uLtrA Lounge 10765 Jasper Ave, 780.420.9098 BLAcK Dog Freehouse 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLAcKjAcK's roADhouse–nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLAcKsheep puB 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLue chAIr cAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLue peAr restAurAnt 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLues on Whyte 1032982 Ave, 780.439.3981 BohemIA 10575-114 St BrIxx BAr 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BuDDy’s 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 cAsIno eDmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 cAsIno yeLLoWheAD 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 century grILL 3975 Calgary Tr NW, 780.431.0303 centrAL musIc FestIvAL–red Deer County Township Rd 392, Red Deer County come By the hILLs–Folk Festival Mistahiya. Battle River Valley, 11km off Hwy 41 betw Wainwright and Vermilion • comebythehills. ca chrome Lounge 132 Ave, Victoria Trail coAst to coAst 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 common Lounge 10124124 St croWn AnD Anchor 15277 Castledowns Rd,

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780.472.7696 croWn puB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DIeseL uLtrA Lounge 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB DevAney’s IrIsh puB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 the DocKs 13710 66 St, 780.476.3625 DruID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 Duster’s puB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 Dv8 8307-99 St eArLy stAge sALoon 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain eDDIe shorts 10713-124 St, 780.453.3663 eDmonton events centre WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ‎ eLectrIc roDeo–spruce grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 eLephAnt AnD cAstLe–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave expressIonz cAFÉ 993870 Ave, 780.437.3667 FestIvAL pLAce Festival Way, Sherwood Park FIDDLer’s roost 890699 St FIrst presByterIAn church 10025-105 St FILthy mcnAsty’s 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLoW Lounge 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604. CLUB FLuID Lounge 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FunKy BuDDhA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 gAs pump 10166-114 St, 780.488.4841 hALo 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO hAven socIAL cLuB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 hIDeout–red Deer 411,

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37400, Hwy 2, Red Deer, 403.348.5309 hILLtop puB 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 hooLIgAnz 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 hyDeAWAy 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 Iron BoAr puB 4911-51 St, Wetaskiwin jAmmers puB 11948-127 Ave, 780.451.8779 j AnD r 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 jeFFrey’s cAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 jeKyLL AnD hyDe 10209100 Ave, 780.426.5381 junctIon BAr AnD eAtery 10242-106 St, 780.756.5667 KAs BAr 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 KeLLy's puB 11540 Jasper Ave L.B.’s puB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LegenDs puB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LeveL 2 Lounge 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIzArD Lounge 13160118 Ave mAryBeth's coFFee house–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 nAKeD cyBer cAFÉ 10354 Jasper Ave, 780.425.9730 neWcAstLe puB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 neW cIty LegIon 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) neW West hoteL 15025111 Ave, 780.489.2511 nIsKu Inn 1101-4 St north gLenorA hALL 13535-109A Ave o’Byrne’s 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 o'mAILLe's–st Albert 398 St Albert Trail, St Albert,

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on the rocKs 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 orLAnDo's 1 15163-121 St overtIme–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 overtIme Whitemud Crossing, 4211-106 St, 780.485.1717 pAWn shop 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 pLAyBAcK puB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St pLeAsAntvIeW communIty hALL 1086057 Ave reDnex BAr–morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 reD pIAno BAr 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 reD stAr 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 renDezvous 10108149 St rIc’s grILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 rocK musIc FestIvAL Hawrelak Park Amphitheatre roseBoWL/rouge Lounge 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 rose AnD croWn 10235101 St r puB 16753-100 St 780.457.1266 seconD cup–mountain equipment 12336-102 Ave, 780.451.7574; stanley milner Library 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq; varscona, Varscona Hotel, 106 St, Whyte Ave seconD cup–89 Ave 8906-149 St seconD cup–sherwood park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park,

sIDeLIners puB 11018127 St, 780.453.6006 sou KAWAII zen Lounge 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 sportsWorLD 13710104 St sportsmAn's Lounge 8170-50 St stArLIte room 10030102 St, 780.428.1099 steeps teA Lounge– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave sueDe Lounge 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 suIte 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 tAphouse 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860 treAsury 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, thetreasurey.ca uncLe gLenns 7666-156 St, 780.481.3192 vInyL DAnce Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, vinylretrolounge.com WALKABoutpuB 1043982 Ave WestsIDe puB 15135 Stony Plain Rd 780 758 2058 WhIstLestop Lounge 12416-132 Ave, 780. 451.5506 WILD BILL’s–red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 WILD West sALoon 12912-50 St, 780.476.3388 WInspeAr centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WoK Box 10119 Jasper Ave WunDerBAr 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 y AFterhours 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours.com yesterDAys puB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295


Songwriters Circle/ acoustic jam 3:15-5pm; Dick Damron, Wyatt Easterling, Donna Durand, The Jeffersons, Sandro Dominelli, Steve Palmer, The Doll Sisters Crown Pub Band War 2011/Battle of the bands, 6-10pm; Open Stage with host Better Us Than Strangers, 10pm-1am DEVAnEY’S IrISH Pub Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover DoublE D'S Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm DV 8 TAVErn Shadowblade, Scythia and Guardians of Power; 9pm EDDIE SHorTS Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm ExPrESSIonz CAfé YEG live Sun Night Songwriters Stage; 7-10pm ExPrESSIonz CAfé YEG live Sunday Night Songwriters Stage; 7-10pm every Sunday J AnD r bAr Open jam/ stage every Sun hosted by Me Next and the Have-Nots; 3-7pm nEwCASTlE Pub Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm nEw CITY lEGIon DIY Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands) o’bYrnE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am on THE roCkS Dessert Bar, guests; $5 orlAnDo'S 2 Pub Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm SEConD CuP– Mountain Equipment Co-op Live music every Sun; 2-4pm wAlkAbouTPub Open Acoustic mic/audition for House Band; 3-8pm wESTSIDE Pub Sun Blues Jam: hosted by Blues Curry and Javed; every Sunday, 3-7pm

Classical fIrST PrESbYTErIAn CHurCH Sunday Afternoon Concerts: Duo Majoya (piano duets); 1-2pm; free will offering

DJs bACkSTAGE TAP AnD GrIll Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim blACk DoG frEEHouSE Sunday Funday: with Phil, 2-7pm; Sunday Night: Soul Sundays: '60s and '70s funk, soul, R&B with DJ Zyppy flow lounGE Stylus Sun SAVoY MArTInI lounGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover SPorTSworlD Roller Skating Disco Sun; 1-4:30pm; sports-world. ca

MON AUG 15 blACk DoG frEEHouSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover bluES on wHYTE Boogie Patrol CHurCHIll SquArE Every weekday (weather permitting): Breezy Brian Gregg (SW corner); 12-1:15pm DEVAnEY'S IrISH Pub Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm kEllY'S Pub Open stage every Mon; hosted by Clemcat Hughes; 9pm PlEASAnTVIEw CoMMunITY HAll Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm roSE bowl/rouGE lounGE Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm

DJs blACk DoG frEEHouSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: every Mon with DJ Blue Crown Pub Minefield Mondays/House/Breaks/ Trance and more with host DJ Pheonix, 9pm fIlTHY MCnASTY'S Metal Mon: with DJ S.W.A.G. luCkY 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook

nEw CITY lEGIon Madhouse Mon: Punk/ metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex nEw wEST HoTEl Herbs (country)

TUE AUG 16 bluES on wHYTE Boogie Patrol CHurCHIll SquArE Every weekday (weather permitting): Breezy Brian Gregg (SW corner); 12-1:15pm DruID IrISH Pub Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm l.b.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am nEw wEST HoTEl Herbs (country) o’bYrnE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm PADMAnADI Open stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:30-10:30pm r Pub Open stage jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm SEConD CuP–124 Street Open mic every Tue; 8-10pm SEConD CuP–Stanley Milner library Open mic every Tue; 7-9pm SEConD CuP– Summerwood Open stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover SIDElInErS Pub All Star Jam every Tue; with Alicia Tait and Rickey Sidecar; 8pm SPorTSMAn'S lounGE Open stage every Tue; hosted by Paul McGowan; 9pm

DJs blACk DoG frEEHouSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro every Tue; with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: From dub to disco: One Too Many Tuesdays with Rootbeard brIxx bAr Troubadour Tue: with Jessica Denise and Colin Close, hosted by Mark Feduk; 9pm; $8 buDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser every Crown Pub Live hip hop and open mic

with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, Frank Brown, and guests; no cover

PlAYbACk Pub Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am

DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue

PlEASAnTVIEw CoMMunITY HAll Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6.30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (nonmember)

funkY buDDHA– whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Tue; dance lessons 8-10pm nEw CITY lEGIon High Anxiety Variety Society Bingo vs. karaoke with Ben Disaster, Anonymouse every Tue; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover rED STAr Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue

WED AUG 17 ArTErY James Struthers, Alee, Natacha Homerodean, Tyler Butler; 8pm; $7 (adv)/$10 (door) blACk DoG frEEHouSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month bluES on wHYTE Boogie Patrol CHurCHIll SquArE Every weekday (weather permitting): Breezy Brian Gregg (SW corner); 12-1:15pm EDDIE SHorTS Acoustic jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover ElEPHAnT AnD CASTlE–whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover fESTIVAl PlACE Patio Series: The Most Blessed Man; James Clarke Trio; 7:30pm; $8 at the Festival Place box office fIDDlEr'S rooST Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 HAVEn SoCIAl Club Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free HoolIGAnz Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm nEw wEST HoTEl Herbs (country) nISku Inn Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm

rED PIAno bAr Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 SEConD CuP–89 AVE Rick Mogg (country) SEConD CuP– Mountain Equipment Open mic every Wed; 8-10pm

DJs bAnk ulTrA lounGE Rev'd Up Wed: with DJ Mike Tomas upstairs; 8pm blACk DoG frEEHouSE Main Floor: RetroActive Radio Wed: alt '80s and '90s, Post Punk, New Wave, Garage, Brit, Mod, Rock and Roll with LL Cool Joe; Wooftop: Soul/ breaks with Dr Erick brIxx bAr Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends buDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover THE CoMMon Treehouse Wednesday's DIESEl ulTrA lounGE Wind-up Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs lEGEnDS Pub Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle nEw CITY lEGIon Wed Pints 4 Punks: with DJ Nick; no minors; 4pm3am; no cover nIkkI DIAMonDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed rED STAr Guest DJs every Wed STArlITE rooM Wild Style Wed: Hip-Hop; 9pm TEMPlE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5

PREVUE SLIDESHOW Sharon JonES & ThE Dap-KIngS Olenka & the Autumn Lovers

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EVENTS WEEKLY FAX YOUR FREE LISTINGS TO 780.426.2889 OR EMAIL LISTINGS@VUEWEEKLY.COM DEADLINE: FRIDAY AT 3 PM

COMEDY Brixx Bar • 10030-102 St • 780.428.1099 • Troubadour Tuesday's with comedy and music

Ceili's • 10338-109 St • 780.426.5555 • Comedy Night: every Tue, 9:30pm • No cover

Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd • 780.481.9857 • Shows start at 8pm Thu-Sat and late show at 10:30pm on Fri-Sat; $12 (Thu)/$19 (Fri/Sat) • Sean Lecomber; Aug 12-13 • Jasen Fredricksen; Aug 19-20 • Howie Miller; Aug 26-27

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu, 8:30pm; Sat, 8pm and 10pm • Jon Charles; Aug 12-13 • That's Improv; Aug 19-20 • Sean Baptiste; Aug 26-27

Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Paul Myrehaug; until Aug 14 • Hit or Miss Monday; Aug 15; 8pm; $7 • Brown on Bourbon; Aug 16, 8pm; $12 • Angelo Tsarouchas; Aug 17-21 • Hit or Miss Monday; Aug 22; 8pm; $7 • Brown on Bourbon; Aug 23, 8pm; $12 • Mark Viera; Aug 24-28

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm hydeaway • 10209-100 Ave • Super Awesome Comedy: Talk Show with Scott Belford on alternative weeks: Wed, Aug 24

laugh shop–Sherwood Park • 4 Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park • 780.417.9777 • laughinthepark.ca • Open Wed-Sat • Jamie Hutchinson; Aug 11-13 • Trent McClellan; Aug 18-20 • Mike Dambra; Aug 25-27

Groups/CLUBS/meetings Aikikai Aikido Club • 10139-87 Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

AWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, Bishop St, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon 7:30pm

bohemia • 10575-114 St • Ramshackle Day Parade • Mon, Aug 22 Brain Tumour Peer Support Group • Woodcroft Branch Library, 13420114 Ave • braintumour.ca • 1.800.265.5106 ext 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Tue every month; 7-8:45pm • Free

CHESS FOR STUDENTS • Roving ChessNuts Training Facility, 203, 12013-76 St • 780.474.2318 • Learning and playing opportunities for students Kindergarten through Grade 12; tournaments, including team matches for elementary schools. All levels; E: societyofchessknights@shaw.ca

EXPRESSIONZ Open Market  • 993870 Ave • 780.437.3667 • expressionzcafe.com • Open market focusing on arts and crafts, health products, well-being, and more. Speakers, open stage, poetry, theatre and other events scheduled during the market throughout the month • Every Sat, 10am-3pm

Fair Vote Alberta • Strathcona Library, Community Rm (upstairs), 104 St, 84 Ave • fairvotealberta.org • Monthly meeting • 2nd Thu each month; 7pm

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019/780.634.5526 • Food Addicts

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in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm

Home–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living • Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun 3-5pm

Lotus Qigong • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Wed MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331104 St; meditationedmonton.org; Drop-in every Thu 7-8:30pm; Sherwood Park Library: Drop-in every Mon, 7-8:30pm

New Student in Canada? • Queen Elizabeth High School, 9425-132 Ave; and St Joseph Catholic High School, 10830-109 St • 780.474.8445 • Come to Newcomer Orientation Week (NOW, a summertime program that orients newly arrived students to their first weeks of secondary school), prepare for your first weeks in Canadian High Schools • Aug 23-25, 8:30am-3:30pm • Pre-register

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm; through the summer

Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm • FREE outdoor movement!

Sherwood Park Walking Group + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10 min discussion, followed by a 30-40 minute walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta)

Shiloh Centre for Multicultural Roots • Rundle Family Centre, Rundle Park, 2909-113 Ave • Family B-B-Q • Sun, Aug 21, 1-3pm • $2 (only 200 available); proceeds going to facility assessibility upgrades

Sugarswing Dance Club • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860-57 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall

Vegetarians of Alberta • Kinsmen Field house picnic site, nr kids playground at the bottom of Walterdale Hill, W of the field house • VVOA Monthly Potluck (Picnic), joined by Raw Vegan Edmonton: bring a vegan, vegetarian or raw vegan dish to serve 6 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • Sun, Aug 14, 5:30 pm • Picnics are free

Winspear Centre–Summer Tours • Learn about the Winspear Centre's lobby, chamber, and backstage areas • Wed, Aug 17, 1pm

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market • Silent vigil the 1st and 3rd Sat, 10-11am, each month, stand in silence for a world without violence Yoga in the Park • St Albert’s Kingswood Park • Sat, Aug 13, Sep 10, 1-2:30pm • $20; register at 780.454.0701 ext 221; e: info@gatewayassociation.ca (drop-ins are welcome)

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 7103105 St • ytoastmasterclub.ca • 1st and 3rd Tue, 7-9pm; every month

LECTURES/Presentations Experience the Energy Tours– Fort Mcmurray • Oil sands Discovery Centre, junction of Hwy 63 and MacKenzie Blvd, Fort McMurray • See the inner workings of the oil sands industry • Aug: Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays • Sep: Fri, Sat, Sun

Naturalization Site Tea Party • U of A Education Bldg Courtyard (between Education Centre North and Education Centre South) • 780.905.5935 • Informative

talk about native Albertan plants by Cherry Dodd; Gifts of Nature Demos • Sat, Aug 13, 12-2pm • Free; info E: ecos@su.ualberta.ca

Show What You Grow • Blatchford Hanger, Fort Edmonton • Show your garden harvest and meet other gardeners, see what has been growing in Edmonton • Fri, Aug 26, 5:30-8pm • $5 per person for unlimited entries (incl weekend admission to Fort Edmonton Park); competition details at W: edmontonhort.co​m/bnchshow/benchshow. php • Registration Party: Fri 5:30-8pm • Displays and public activities: Sat 1-5pm; Sun 10am-4pm; Awards: Sun 4pm

Sustainable Living 101 • McKernan Community League Hall, 11341-78 Ave • 780.885.9850 • eventbrite.com/ event/1946125915/efbnen • An introduction to some of the key concepts of climate science and 7-Step strategy that you can use every day to design a more sustainable lifestyle • Wed, Aug 17, 6:30-8:30pm • Pay What You Want or $37

Unraveling the Wire • 403.444.3547 • natureconservancy.ca/site/Calendar/47952 3812?view=Detail&id=101202 • Nature Conservancy of Canada and the Edmonton and Area Land Trust as we tear-down and roll-up a woven fence inhibiting wildlife movement in the Cooking Lake Moraine • Sat, Aug 13, 9:30am-3:30pm • Free; pre-register at W: conservationvolunteers.ca The Way We Green • City Hall City Room (main foyer) • edmonton.ca/thewaywegreen • Lunch Hour Speakers Series: Urban Biodiversity: Oxymoron or Conservation Opportunity? with Dr. Guy Swinnerton • Aug 16, noon hour • Free

Winspear Centre–Summer Tours • Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.428.1414 • winspearcentre.com • Learn about the Winspear Centre's lobby, chamber, and backstage areas • Wed, Aug 17, 1pm

QUEER BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: edmontonpt@yahoo.ca

FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • flashnightclub.com • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: vip@flashnightclub.com GLBT sports and recreation • teamedmonton.ca • Badminton, Co-ed: St. Thomas Moore School, 9610-165 St, coedbadminton@teamedmonton.ca • Badminton, Women's Drop-In Recreational: Oliver School Gym, 10227-118 St; badminton@ teamedmonton.ca • Co-ed Bellydancing: bellydancing@teamedmonton.ca • Bootcamp: Lynnwood Elementary School at 15451-84 Ave; Mon, 7-8pm; bootcamp@ teamedmonton.ca • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Every Sun morning; running@ teamedmonton.ca • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@ teamedmonton.ca • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; swimming@teamedmonton. ca • Volleyball: Mother Teresa Elementary

VUEWEEKLY AUG 11 – AUG 17, 2011

School at 9008-105A; Amiskiwaciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd; recvolleyball@teamedmonton.ca; volleyball@teamedmonton. ca • YOGA (Hatha): Free Yoga every Sun, 2-3:30pm; Korezone Fitness, 203, 10575-115 St, yoga@teamedmonton.ca

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors that have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Wed, 1-3pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @shaw.ca

Illusions Social Club • The Junction, 10242-106St • groups.yahoo.com/ group/edmonton_illusions • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E: kwells@ualberta.ca

the junction bar • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm-12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu

Pride Centre of Edmonton • 9540-111 Ave, Norwood Blvd • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; jess@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; robwells780@hotmail.com • Seniors Drop-In: Social/support group for seniors of all genders and sexualities to talk, and have tea; every Tue and Thu, 1-4pm; tuff@shaw.ca • Counselling: Free, shortterm, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors every Wed, 6-9pm; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; jess@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Art Group: Drawing and sketching group for all ages and abilities; every Sat, 11am-2pm; tuff@shaw.ca • Suit Up and Show Up: AA Big Book Study: Discussion/support group for those struggling with an alcohol addiction or seeking support in staying sober; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org; every Sat, 12-1pm • Youth Understanding Youth: LGBTQ youth under 25; Every Sat, 7-9pm; yuyedm.ca, yuy@shaw.ca

SPECIAL EVENTS Canadian Derby
• northlandspark.ca • Northlands Park, 7410 Borden Park Rd
• Sat, Aug 20, 8:30am
(door), 11am (Post Time)

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19) Dr Larry Dossey thinks we shouldn't just automatically dismiss the voices that speak to us in the privacy of our own heads. Some of them may actually have wise counsel, or at least interesting evidence about the state of our inner world. Besides, says Dossey, "It is vital for our mental health to keep the channels open, because when the voices of the gods are shut out, the devils often take up residence." This would be good advice for you to observe in the coming days, Aries. Don't let the nagging, blustering or unhinged murmurs in your head drown out the still, small voice of lucid intuition.

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LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) Where do you want to be at this time next year? What do you want to be doing? I encourage you to fantasize and scheme about these questions, and be alert for clues about possible prospects. Some foreshadowings of your future life may soon float into view, including a far-off whisper or a glimpse of the horizon that will awaken some of your dormant yearnings. Don't make the mistake of thinking that these visions must be acted upon instantly. Instead, ruminate leisurely on them, regarding them as the early hints of potential longrange developments. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Let's say, hypotheti-

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) What are you going

Across 1 They rush to accidents 5 "Pygmalion" playwright 9 Ditch 13 Domain 15 Rum mixer, often 16 Folded food 17 ___ time (soon) 18 Hard rain 19 Two or three 20 Sci-fi geek who loves a "Deep Space Nine" alien and a Robin Williams sitcom? 23 "Get out, cat!" 24 Suffix for velvet 25 ___ Dhabi 28 Early 1900s music style 31 "___ never work" 33 ___ Lion (beast in one of Hercules' labors) 35 Fusses 37 Wading bird sacred to Egyptians 39 Robot's jobs 40 Icelandic singer's silverware-twisting stat? 43 "___ the Bone" 44 "Divine Secrets of the ___ Sisterhood" (2002 movie) 45 ___ Shaker (band with the 1996 hit "Govinda") 46 Like some senses 48 Part of CBS: abbr. 50 Dig in 51 Get even? 52 Prof's helpers 54 Meat served scallopini 56 What a baby-delivering bird uses to store meat in bottles? 62 Where Kazakhstan was, once 64 Lickable animal 65 Fashionable Bauer 66 More than a little 67 Break into the system 68 R.E.M. lead 69 "Classic Concentration" host Trebek 70 ___-Seltzer 71 POTUS's second in command Down 1 Actor La Salle of "Coming to America" 2 Wine list companion 3 "There it is!" noise 4 Talksh like thish 5 Pupil of sorts 6 Bitter frost

7 The same 8 Thoreau's pond 9 Take the lead 10 Bizarre and nightmarish 11 Rocks in a tumbler 12 Explosive sound 14 "ER" actor Phifer 21 Recurring theme 22 "Pick a number from ___ ten" 26 "Quantum Leap" star Scott 27 Take to the floor? 28 Classic VW 29 "Diabolique" actress Isabelle 30 Phrase like "zounds," but cutesier 32 Turkish money 34 Stigma 36 Miss, in Madrid 38 Spirit in a dark blue bottle 41 Actor Yaphet 42 Shocking handful 47 Kitt who played Catwoman 49 Grabs 53 Toast from Scandinavia 55 Flat-screen variety 57 "Jurassic Park" beast 58 Get ready for the move 59 Jon Arbuckle's dog 60 Good for eating 61 Hold on to 62 Olympics cheer 63 Sun, in Ibiza ©2011 Jonesin' Crosswords

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to do to attract or induce the phenomena I name in the list below? At least three of them could come your way in the days ahead: a "limitation" that leads to more freedom; an imaginative surrender that empowers you to make a seemingly impossible breakthrough; a healthy shock to the system that tenderizes your emotions; a tough task that clarifies and fine-tunes your ambition; a seemingly lost chance that leads to a fresh promise through the vigorous intervention of your creative willpower.

cally speaking, that you can't get The Most Beautiful Thing. It's out of reach forever. You simply don't have the connections or wherewithal to bring it into your life. Could you accept that disappointment with a full heart, and move on? Would you be able to forgive life for not providing you with your number one heart's desire, and then make your way into the future with no hard feelings? If so, Scorpio, I bet you would be well-primed to cultivate a relationship with The Second Most Beautiful Thing.

GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20) Thirteen will be your

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) What images

lucky number for the foreseeable future. In fact, a host of things for which the average person has an irrational aversion could be helpful to you. Influences that you yourself may have considered in the past to be unsympathetic or uncongenial could very well be on your side, and may even conspire to enlighten and delight you. At least temporarily, I urge you to shed your superstitions, suspend your iffy biases, and dismiss your outworn fears.

would be most helpful for you to fill your imagination up with? What scenes would heal and activate your subconscious mind, inspiring you in just the right ways? I invite you to make a list of at least five of these, and then visualize them often in the coming days. Here are a few possibilities to get you warmed up: the planet Jupiter as seen through a powerful telescope; a magnificent suspension bridge at dawn or dusk; a large chorus animatedly singing a song you love; the blissful face of a person you love.

CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22) Anne Cushman wrote a book called Enlightenment for Idiots. It wasn't a how-to book, but rather a novel about a spiritual truth-seeker wandering through India. As far as I know, no one has written the instructional manual but if anyone could do it, though, it would be you right now. Lately, you've been getting smarter by doing the most ordinary things. You've been drawing life-enhancing lessons from events that others might regard as inconsequential or unsophisticated. I suspect that this trend will continue in the coming days. Through the power of simplicity and directness, you will succeed at tasks that might have defeated you if you had allowed yourself to get lost in complicated theories and overly-thought-out approaches.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Scientists have proved beyond a doubt that heavenly bodies cannot possibly exert forces that affect events on Earth, right? Well, according to research reported in the December 24, 2009 edition of the science journal Nature, it turns out that the gravitational tug of the sun and moon sends significant tremors through California's San Andreas Fault, and could potentially trigger full-blown earthquakes. Speaking as a poet, not a scientist, I speculate that those two luminaries, the sun and moon, may also generate a lurching but medicinal effect on you sometime soon. Are you ready for a healing jolt? It will relieve the tension that has been building up between two of your "tectonic plates."

LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22) For 34 years, a diligent Californian named Scott Weaver worked on creating a scale model of San Francisco using toothpicks. Eric Miklos, of New Brunswick, was assembling a 40foot-long chain of bottle caps. And in 2006, a team of artists constructed a 67-foot-tall gingerbread house, the world's largest, inside the Mall of America in Minnesota. These are not the kinds of stupendous feats I advise you to get started on. The astrological omens suggest that you'll attract blessings into your life if you launch deeply meaningful masterpieces, not trivial or silly ones.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Storyteller Clarissa Pinkola Estes loves life's natural rhythms just as they are. She says we can avoid a lot of suffering if we understand how those rhythms work. "The cycles are birth, light and energy, and then depletion, decline and death," she told Radiance magazine. In other words, everything thrives and fades. After each phase of dissipation, new vitality incubates and blooms again. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Virgo, you are currently going through a period of dwindling and dismantling. The light is dimmer than usual, and the juice is sparser. But already, in the secret depths, a new dispensation is stirring.

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"Follow your dreams," read the headline on a random blog I stumbled upon, "except for the one in which you're giving a speech in your underwear." In the comments section, someone named "Mystic Fool" had posted a dissenting view: "I would much rather have a dream of giving a speech in my underwear than of being naked and drunk and inarticulate at a cocktail party, trying to hide behind the furniture." Mystic Fool's attitude would serve you well in the coming week, Aquarius. Expressing yourself in a public way, even if you don't feel fully prepared, will actually be a pretty good course of action—especially as compared to keeping silent and hiding.

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) Some substances that seem to be rock solid are in fact fluids that move verrrryyy slowly. Bitumen is one example. In a famous experiment, an Australian researcher set up an apparatus that allowed a blob of pitch to gradually drip into a container below it. Since the experiment began in 1927, eight drops have fallen. I like to think you're engaged in a similar long-term process, Pisces. And from what I can tell, a new drop is about to drip. V

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COMMENT >> ALT SEX

Not just for show

Adult content at the Fringe is integral to the story It's that time of year again, time to grab they're probably more likely to buy a tickmy Fringe program and search through et to it, just to see what the sexy buzz is it for the nudity and adult content warnabout." She notes that the warnings don't ings to decide which plays I'll see. Admit actually tell you much about the play as it, you do it too. But are we likely to get "adult content" means something differwhat we're looking for? Is there really ent for every theatre producer. It could that much sex at the Fringe and do we see mean anything from a few swear words anything we haven't seen before? Andrea to graphic simulated sex. Beça, artistic director of Cowardly Kiss Michelle Kennedy, playwright and diTheatre, says yes and no. "I don't know rector of Chris Craddock's play Pornstar that there is more sexual content in USA at this year's Fringe, recognizes Fringe plays than in the regular that sex sells but doesn't believe theatre season. There's ceradult content and nudity warntainly a huge amount of theings are used just to attract atkly.com atre going on at once, so it tention. "I do it (add the warne e w e @vu brenda might seem that way." ing labels), not because I think a d Bren er there is anyone who hasn't But she notes that the Fringe b r Ke is a different type of theatre event heard the word 'fuck' but because for both artists and audiences, "I think that I think everyone has the right to make an the Fringe allows for people to produce informed decision about what they, or edgier theatre that wouldn't normally be their kids, are going to see." produced in a theatre season. So maybe Kennedy thinks there's a deeper reason there is more sexual content." for the all the sex than simple sensationMy cynical self wonders if the racy alism, "I think themes of sexual awakening content and the nudity warnings are all are common because people can really just a bid to attract attention and drive identify with that," she says. "Each of us, ticket sales. When there are more than no matter our sexual identity, has gone 200 plays to choose from, doesn't sex through some sort of sexual 'Aha!' mohelp you stand out? Beça is less cynical: ment and it's nice to see a version of your "I'd like to think that people don't boast experience reflected back to you. Theatre adult content for sales, but I'm sure that is a witnessing event and can, like sex, in some cases, it does boost ticket sales. provide an amazing kind of catharsis." I think if people see the warning combined with a racy promo image for a play, I'd have to agree, and perhaps this is

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why, many years after the thought of a random bare butt would shock me, I continue to use these warnings as one of my guidelines for picking shows. Most of the time, I've been rewarded for it. The adult label is often an indicator that there will be something edgy and thought-provoking in the play. I continue to be surprised, and moved by shows that I was initially attracted to just for shock value. At last year's Fringe, I saw Phone Whore by Cameryn Moore. I went in expecting some raunchy sex talk and a lot of humour. I got that and I also got a deeply challenging work that I am still contemplating. Years ago, I went to see Hedwig and the Angry Inch at the Roxy, on the promise of a campy, raunchy drag show. What I got was an incredibly moving story that has stayed with me for years. I'm excited to see Hedwig again at this year's Fringe. So if you, like me, pick your plays by the nudity warnings, don’t be ashamed of it. There's absolutely nothing wrong with a little T and A, and if I know the Edmonton Fringe, you'll probably end up getting much more than just that. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-forprofits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

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COMMENT >> SEX

The ace of kink

Figuring out the right time to lay your kink cards on the table I'm a 23-year-old male who has never You should also head to bisexual websites and online forums for insight, advice been in a relationship. I have had many and support. A good place to start is binecrushes but never the courage to go tusa.org. There are lots of bi folks ask anyone out. I dread rejection. E G out there who've come out to Compounding this problem: I A SAV their conservative families, might be bisexual. I'm afraid who've overcome their fear to reveal this to anyone. m o ekly.c vuewe of being rejected for being bi, Some girls might be OK with savagelove@ Dan and who know that bisexuality it at first, but they are likely Savage is something that can—if a perto leave me later for fear that son is open about it—attract the right I could actually be gay—and those kinds of partners, ie, partners who view are the girls who would even consider bisexuality as a plus. Talking with other bi dating a bisexual guy in the first place. folks will help. I've wasted 23 years of my life because And finally, HNH, bisexual guys don't of my fear of being rejected—by everyhave to settle for straight girls who don't one, including my conservative family. understand or gay dudes who can't deal. Any advice?

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Buck up, HNH. Most people don't start dating until their late teens, HNH, so you haven't wasted 23 years. You've wasted five or six years— eight on the outside. And your "wasted years" weren't entirely wasted, were they? Presumably you were doing something more than pining away and jerking it between 15 and 23—you were getting an education, seeing a movie now and then, having a decent meal once in a while, etc. Overcoming your paralyzing fear of rejection is something for which you may need the help of a therapist and a pharmacist. But you don't have to be on meds to hear this: rejection is a big and necessary part of romance. Getting a "yes" from someone we asked out, asked to peg us, asked to marry us, etc, wouldn't be meaningful if we got a "yes" from everyone we proposed marriage and/or pegging to, right? As for your bisexuality… Men—gay, straight, bi—tend to be huge sluts. So if you want to get a little experience, check your same-sex fantasies against same-sex realities, and make your first moves on people who are less likely to reject you, then you should hit on some horny, hard-up gay or bi dudes.

There's no law against bisexuals dating other bisexuals. (If another bisexual should dump you, however, you can't blame your ex's biphobia.) And your big reveal—"I'm bisexual"—should you find yourself dating a straight girl? It could be worse ...

to know about kinks like yours, BPG, before she's invested two years in a relationship with you. Start the conversation like this, BPG: "Honey, I'm a much kinkier boy than I've led you to believe." Be upbeat, kink-positive and unapologetic—well, unapologetic about your kinks. You should be somewhat apologetic about waiting two long years to lay all your kink cards on the table. You should also avoid the phrase "cock fetishist" during this conversation, BPG. If you only have homoerotic fantasies during your solo pantyhose masturbate-athons, you may be less into sucking cock

You didn't do yourself any favours when you agreed to shit on the girlfriend. That won't inspire her to let you go to town on her feet.

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and more into what sucking cock symbolizes during those pantyhose-charged moments: a dick in your mouth brings your feminization to a climax, er, crescendo, completing your transformation from straight/straight-identified guy to crossdressed, cock-hungry slut. For many men like you, BPG, a dick is a talismanic toy, not an identity-altering taste. But if you say "cock fetish," your girlfriend is likely to hear "closeted cock-hungry fag." Better to tell her that when you're wearing pantyhose, you get into fantasy role-play scenarios in which you assume the feminine role. She may not be ready to see you with a man—not right now, maybe not ever—but she could be up for seeing you on your knees, in pantyhose, sucking on the dildo she strapped on for your talismanic pleasure.

If you had followed my advice, BPG, your girlfriend would already know about your pantyhose/foot/cock fetishes. Your kinks aren't first-date conversation topics—no one's kinks are—but a woman has a right

I recently told my girlfriend of seven months that I have a foot fetish. I had been trying to tell her for a few months, mostly by dropping subtle hints, but she didn't pick up on it.

In a couple of weeks I will be following your advice and disclosing the full scope of my sexuality to my girlfriend. I am a 32-year-old male. We have been dating for two years. This is the happiest I have ever been in a relationship. I want to marry her. She knows that I have a pantyhose fetish and she wears nylons for me whenever I ask. She doesn't know that I also love to wear pantyhose, and that when I do I have intense homoerotic fantasies. She doesn't know that I also have a foot fetish and a cocksucking fetish, both directly associated with the pantyhose fetish. I intend to tell her everything. But how do I start?

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Since I told her, she's been asking me hypothetical questions like, "Would you put your thumb up my butt?" I quickly say, "Of course." She comes back with, "Would you poop on me?" I'm a bit slower to answer that question, but I say, "Yes, if that's something you wanted, I would do it." Then she laughs and tells me, "Raise your standards." I'm confused. Is she secretly into these things and afraid to tell me? (I know the fear one feels about revealing a sexual kink.) She's brought it up more than once. A part of me is hoping there is something kinky she's after, since it would

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necrophiliac—lots of men are kinky, your kinks could be worse—and let her know that you're ready, willing and able to explore her kinks, if she has any, but then list a few of the things you won't do. (Shit on her, for one.) And when she's ready to share her kinks with you, tell her she knows where to find you: on the floor, going to town on her feet. Confidential to everybody: Don't think a guy in pantyhose can be hot? Check out the insanely hot guys—in pantyhose, panties and camisoles—at xdress.com. Then answer this question: are these guys so hot they'd be hot in anything, including panties, or do panties make these hot guys even hotter? V

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most definitely free me up to go to town on her feet. HONESTLY INTO NASTY THINGS

Kink cards on the table at seven months. Well done, HINT. As for these bizarre conversations ... Either your girlfriend is worried that you've got kinks you haven't told her about yet—like BPG—or she believes that having a kink means a person has no sexual limits or boundaries at all. Her comment when you indicated that you would shit on her, if that was something she wanted ("Raise your standards"), is a good indication that she's not into shit. She's latching onto worst-kink scenarios, HINT, and seeing if you'll "go there," because it confirms her prejudices about kinky people, ie, that there's nothing a kinky person won't do. You didn't do yourself any favours when you agreed to shit on the girlfriend. That won't inspire her to let you go to town on her feet. Instead, HINT, tell your girlfriend she should be thankful she's dating an honest foot fetishist and not a dishonest

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Work in Progress Soon, pigeons will not be the only things moving in the alley a half block north of Jasper Avenue between Beaver Hill House Park and 103 Street. You might even have trouble walking down the bustling road next Saturday, August 13 when Art in the Alley is set to happen. From early in the afternoon until late in the evening, the sounds of local musicians, participatory art making and an outdoor film will highlight the potential of downtown's hidden gem in the shadows of the historic Birks building. A diverse group of musicians including Shawn Lamble, Ehren Flais, Bayonets!!!, Mikey Maybe and performers from Mercury Opera will perform for the crowd between 4 pm and 9 pm. As night falls, all the art created during the day will be auctioned off, lanterns will be hung and MADE will hold its annual outdoor screening, featuring the film This is Berlin, Not New York.

VUEWEEKLY AUG 11 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; AUG 17, 2011

It's the first event to come out of the Reclaiming Lost Spaces Committee, part of the community group called Edmonton on the Edge that has been meeting for almost three years to discuss ways to beautify and reinvent the space it calls Alley of Light. Through the tireless cooperation of local volunteers, designers, artists, businesses, community members and organizations, this grassroots initiative leads by example, proving that it's possible for ordinary citizens to improve the quality of life in this city and beautify the urban environment. Visit eote.ca to stay up to date on the Alley of Light project and it's upcoming events. V Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and avid flâneur. Back Words is a discussion of her explorations in Edmonton and a photographic diary of the local visual culture.

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