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Get home safe Getting home safely at night is not an easy task. After staying late at work or spending the night out with friends, the options to get home safely to your door are limited. Cabs have become more expensive, and we can't expect our friends to always walk us to our door. We often have no option but to be walking alone late at night. It's an individual and frightening experience, but the solutions do not remain with the individual alone. Recently the Edmonton Police Service released a caution to women about seven assaults that have happened to women in the last two months as they walk in the Whyte Avenue area. The press release from EPS at first falls dangerously close to the usual rhetoric of "lock your doors," putting the onus on the victim to protect themselves from an attack. In a follow up story in the Edmonton Journal though, Edmonton detective Robert Chan is quoted as saying, "None of these women are doing anything wrong. They should be able to walk home alone but unfortunately there are people out there who do these things and we'd like to catch them." But what is going wrong? The article later goes on to describe the opportunistic attempts by the attacker, using poorly-lit areas and treed passages to attack from behind. The majority of attacks reported to police are happening

between 2 am and 430 am. It's interesting that at the same time these assaults are being brought to light, city council just a few weeks ago discussed the possibility of late-night transit service. Providing good transit service at late hours not only provides a person with a way home, but the attendant security precautions of having a city employee aware and connected could got a long way to ensuring safe streets at these hours. The accompanying video surveillance and emergency phones that are often installed in areas with transit service (and should be available in more locations) could go a long way to preventing the opportunity for an attacker to consider striking, but provides an opportunity for a faster response. Transit is not the only part of the solution, and it also has its own problematic lack of security. The responsibility of safety cannot lie with ETS, but it also can't be left to the police, or to the victim. Good urban—and transit—planning would consider the safety of women, and all community members, to ensure we can all get home safely. Sending out a press release to warn women, while important, is several steps too late in the process. What we need is more discussion around the connection between civic agencies, citizen input and good urban planning to create a safe urban environment. V

News Roundup REQUEST FOR SURVIVAL Leaders of the Achuar people were in Calgary this week to demand Talisman Energy leave the Amazon. The Calgary based company has been drilling exploratory wells in a remote watershed in Achuar territory. The drilling has been happening in hunting and fishing grounds important to the Achuar people and continues despite opposition from the majority of Achuar people in Peru. Talisman has been drilling in an area it calls Block 64 since 2004 and Block 101 since 2011.

BAILING OUT Two years ago Amazon Watch also brought a delegation of Achuar indigenous leaders to attend a Talisman shareholder meeting and in May 2011 the group sent a clear message that Talisman "respect [the] decision and not carry out any oil activity in [their] territory, and that it ceases all planned exploratory activities." This year the group also recently visited Ottawa and met with MPs. The leaders have also been to Fort McMurray to build alliances with First Nations groups in the area.


A new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives reveals the real number behind Canada's own bank bailout. What the federal government called "liquidity support" is actually a $114 billion bank bailout according to CCPA Senior Economist David Macdonald. Between October 2008 and July 2010 three of Canada's banks, CIBC, BMO and Scotiabank, were receiving more government support than the market value of the company. "Without government supports to fall back on, Canadian banks would have been in se-

rious trouble," says Macdonald. During this same period the CEOs of each of the banks were among the highest paid Canadian CEOs, and between 2008 and 2009 each CEO received an average raise in total compensation of 19 percent. Macdonald uncovered the numbers behind the bailout by looking at the data provided by the Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Bank of Canada—which were providing the money—and the data from the Office of Superintendent of Financial Institutions.

Macdonald believes this report only opens up more questions and calls on the CMHC and the Bank of Canada to release the full details of the support provided. "A healthy and resilient banking sector cannot operate under the shroud of secrecy. Details of the massive taxpayer support Canadian banks received should be released in the name of transparency and accountability," says Macdonald. "Financial sector regulation should be strengthened to prevent the need for similar measures in the future."


WALK-AWAY BOOKS Elections Alberta has found a poll book that went missing on election day in the Calgary-Currie riding. The poll book contained phone numbers of 366 electors at 199 addresses. The Chief Electoral Officer delivered a letter to each individual whose information was in


the book to explain the situation. The poll book was recovered on April 27. The penalty for using elector information outside of purposes outlined in the Election Act can include fines of up to $100 000 or one year of imprisonment.

“This is a covert attempt to gut the Fisheries Act, and it’s appalling that they should be attempting to do this under the radar." —Tom Siddon, Minister of Fisheries from 1985 – 1990 for Brian Mulroney's PC government, commenting on proposed changes to the Fisheries Act which would remove environmental regulatory processes. May 1, 2012



All aboard the Freedom Train First Nations alliance protests Enbridge pipeline


he Yinka Dene Alliance (YDA) is taking a stand for First Nations culture and self-governence rights by taking a train across the country to protest the Enbridge Gateway North Pipeline and its potentially hazardous effects. The alliance is a leading group of First Nations from British Columbia and includes representatives ranging in age from 16 to 67 from 10 different nations. The trip begins in Jasper and winds its way across the Prairies before reaching its final destination in Toronto for the Enbridge annual general meeting. Several of the representatives will speak at the meeting, voicing concerns against the pipeline and its threat to the environment, their culture, history and future generations, whether they be First Nations or not. The YDA sees the pipeline as a threat to a healthy environmental and democratic future. The alliance has been protesting the pipeline since 2006 and does not believe its concerns are being heard. "The current government that we have, they're taking away the voice of the public," says John Ridsdale, Hereditary Chief Na'Moks, Tsayu

Clan, Wet'suwet'en, who works in Smithers, BC at the Office of the Wet'suwet'en's Natural Resources Department. "We're supposed to be living in a democratic society, and on a daily basis there are things that come out that I believe are threatening our democracy." The pipeline opposes a way of life that promotes protecting the environment. As self-governing nations, the YDA has a legal and moral responsibility to protect its people and lands from the potential harm the pipeline could cause. However, the harm is not something Ridsdale sees as a potential threat, but an impending one, particularly in the form of oil spills and leaks. "It's not a risk of a leak; it's a guarantee. It's a matter of when, and that is an absolute fact," he says, adding that the Wet'suwet'en have signed the Fraser River Declaration, which has signatures from more than 100 First Nations opposing the pipeline. Ridsdale believes the concerns of his nation and the YDA as a whole are falling on deaf ears and the pipeline is merely a publicity campaign for the government. Despite

the claims of mutual long-term benefits for First Nations and industry, including more jobs along with a promising future, Ridsdale feels it is anything but a partnership. "If they can win the hearts and minds of Canadians and prove it's for the betterment economically, they think it'll go through," he says, adding it feels as if the government is delivering the message that First Nations people are worth nothing

the meeting. He feels the government has been very subversive in regards to First Nations' concerns, despite years of protests regarding the pipeline. "Of all the pipelines we've studied, the majority of them have breached, and one of the worst companies is Enbridge," Teegee says. "In the end I think they have ignored what our people have stated. Our people will do whatever we can to stop the

"In the end I think they have ignored what our people have stated. Our people will do whatever we can to stop the project. To ship it across our land without permission and not even have the decency to come and talk to us face to face is an insult."

and that they should step aside. "We've never lost one centimetre of our territory in the thousands of years we've been here and believe me, many people have tried." Terry Teegee, Vice Tribal Chief of the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council will be joining the representatives on the train in Toronto to speak at

project." Ridsdale says the Wet'suwet'en have received support at home from their local MLA Doug Donladson and MP Nathan Cullen, who are both strongly opposed to pipeline, as it would affect their homes as well. Teegee sees the changes to the federal environmental assessment

process as having been watered down in order to rubber stamp the pipeline. In terms of the Albertan government and its hand in the situation, Ridsdale believes they have become used to damaging their own land, particularly the tar sands, in the name of economical growth. "To ship it across our land without permission and not even have the decency to come and talk to us face to face is an insult," he says, adding his nation's government, which consists of 13 hereditary chiefs all stand behind him in opposing the pipeline. "They stated that if I speak with passion, I'm speaking from the heart ... they said be respectful, but speak from the heart. It's like we're going to war again." "We should be looking at alternatives to oil and gas. We should be changing our economy," notes Teegee. "Albertans need to know that really, they should have sustainable development with the tar sands. I don't think this ramped up development that the government and federal government want to do is sustainable for Albertans." meaghan baxter //


Sudan is not the norm

War in Africa is on the decline, but South Sudan hasn't got the message President Omar al-Bashir of Sudan oil have been comprehensively has been having some fun with wrecked. language recently. He has come The war, if it comes, would be up with a new name for the Suover the control of the oil reserves dan People’s Liberation Movement along the undefined border, but it (SPLM), the party that has formed would also be an ethnic conflict. the government of South Sudan The majority in Sudan thinks of since it finally got its independence itself as Arab, and looks down on from Sudan last July. the "African" ethnic groups of South "Movement," in Arabic, is "haraka," Sudan. Members of the Sudanese but Bashir has started using elite, conditioned by centuries the word "hashara" instead. of Arab slave-trading in Af"Hashara" means "insect," rica, sometimes even use and Sudan's official methe word "abd" (slave) in .com weekly dia have obediently taken private when referring to e@vue gwynn e up the abusive term. Evsoutherners. Gwynn Dyer erybody remembers that The rhetoric is getting very the Hutu regime in Rwanda deugly. Bashir recently told a ralscribed the Tutsi minority as "cockly in Khartoum: "We say that (the roaches" when it launched the terSPLM) has turned into a disease, rible ethnic genocide in 1994, and a disease for us and for the South it's particularly troubling because Sudanese citizens. The main goal Sudan and South Sudan are on the should be liberation from these inbrink of war. sects and to get rid of them once The oil town of Heglig, on the new and for all, God willing." It will, he and disputed border between the implied, be a total war: "Either we two countries, has changed hands end up in Juba (South Sudan's capitwice this month: first South Sudan tal) and take everything, or (they) drove Sudanese troops out, then end up in Khartoum and take everythe Sudanese took it back. South thing." Sudan's government insists that it This is nonsense: neither side's withdrew voluntarily, but the faciliarmy has the logistical support to ties that supplied half of Sudan's advance as far as the other side's



capital. But they could certainly kill a lot of people—about two million died in the 22-year war that ended in South Sudan's independence— and they seem determined to do it all over again. So what are we to make of this folly? Many people will simply say, "It's Africa. What did you expect?" Others, more sophisticated, will lament that mankind is still trapped in an endless cycle of wars. Almost nobody will say to themselves: "Pity about the two Sudans, but they are just one of the inevitable exceptions to the rule that war is in steep and probably irreversible decline everywhere." Yet that is what they should say. War between countries is not the norm in Africa: there are 52 African countries, and only two pairs have gone to war with each other in the past 20 years. Internal wars are much more common, and some, like those in Rwanda, Somalia, Congo and Sudan, have taken a huge number of lives. But those wars were killing on average more than half million people a year in the 1980s; now the annual death toll from internal conflicts in


Africa is around 100 000. It's not as bad as people think it is, and it's getting better. There has been a profound change in attitudes to war not just in Africa, but all over the world. Most people no longer see war as glorious, or even useful. They don't see it as inevitable, either, and their governments have put a lot of effort into building international institutions that make it less likely. No great power has gone to war with any other great power in the past 67 years. That is a huge change for the better, for the great powers are the only countries with the resources to kill on a truly large scale: it would take a century's worth of Africa's wars at their worst to match the death toll in six years of the Second World War. This change of attitude has not reached the Sudans, where several generations have lived in a permanent state of war. It is hard to imagine anything more stupid and truculent than the decision of Salva Kiir, the president of South Sudan, to halt all oil production (although it provided 98 percent of his government's budget) because Sudan was siphoning off some of the oil.

No, wait. That was no more foolish and aggressive than Omar alBashir's unilateral seizure of much of South Sudan's oil (which crossed Sudan in pipelines to the sea), just because the two sides had not reached an agreement on transit fees. Now both countries are short of oil, strapped for cash—and about to waste their remaining resources on another stupid war. But at least the rest of world is trying hard to stop them. Even South Sudan's closest friends condemned it for seizing the town of Heglig, and forced it to withdraw. The African Union has sent former South African president Thabo Mbeki and special envoy Haile Menkarios to mediate between the two sides. China, which took most of the oil exports from both countries, has sent its envoy to Africa, Zhong Jianhua, on a similar mission. Who knows? They might even succeed. Miracles happen all the time these days. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly.



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Fertility Awareness Charting Circle meeting • Cha Island Tea Co,

Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park • 780.417.9777 • • Open Wed-Sat • Fri: 8pm, Sat: 7:30pm and 10pm; $20 • Wednesday Amateur night: 8pm (call to be added to the line-up); free • • 780.417.9777 • • Amateur night every Wed (call 780.417.9777 to be added to the lineup); no cover

Overtime Pub • 4211-106 St • Open mic

COMEDY Brixx Bar • 10030-102 St • 780.428.1099 • Troubadour Tuesdays 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 • Open amateur night every Thu, 7:30pm

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Brian Work; May 4-5 • Sean Baptiste; May 11-12 Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM •

780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Tony Woods; until May 6 • Moshe Kasher; May 9-13

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 •

Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm

Filthy McNasty's • 10511-82 •

comedy anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free

River Cree Lily Tomlin; May 11; $39.50 Wunderbar • 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 • Comedy • May 8

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


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

Cha Island Tea Co • 10332-81 Ave • Games Night: Board games and card games • Every Mon, 7pm Edmonton Bicycle Commuters' Society • Sportsdome, 10104-32 Ave • Ed-

780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9pm; no cover

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hydeaway • 10209-100 Ave • 780.426.5381 • Comedy Night every 2nd Tue

Works, 10047-80 Ave, back alley entrance • Art Nights • Every Wed, 6-9pm

Edmonton Bike Art Nights • Bike-

10332-81 Ave • Monthly meetings: learn about menstrual cycle charting and share your personal experiences in a supportive group environment • May 14, 6:30pm • $5


Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019/780.634.5526 • Food Addicts 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 Thu

Meditation • Strathcona Library • • Weekly meditation drop-in; every Tue, 7-8:30pm

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

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

Oxfam: Food Issues Potluck • Old Strathcona Library (upstairs), 8331-104 St • Food and social justice featuring members sharing what they learnt from the Oxfam regional assembly in Saskatoon. Bring a dish and take notes on how to engage your community in social activism • May 9, 6:30pm • Donation $2 info: River Valley Vixen • Glenora stairs

• All girls out door bootcamp every Mon, and Wed: 6:30pm • Until end Jul • Info: E:

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)

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

Walk Alberta • Devon: Clifford E. Lee

Bird Sanctuary; Devon Discovery Walkers: Guided walk on country roads and through the sanctuary (bring binoculars); 5k and 10k walks; May 4, 7-9pm; info: Robert Duncan 780.963.4145; • Devon Golf and Country Club, 1130 River Valley, Devon • Volkssport Association of Alberta: Walking on the streets and trails within Devon. 5-10km; May 5, 9:30-11am; Info: Kathleen Parr, T: 780.998.1033; E: • Devon Discovery Walkers: Guided Walk along residential streets and trails around Devon; 5k and 10k; May 6, 8:30-11am; Info: Robert Duncan, T: 780.963.4145; E: duncanra@shaw. ca • Dale Fisher Arena, 32 Haven Ave, Devon: Devon Discovery Walkers first the River and Ravine series; 5k, 10k; May 15, 6:30-9pm; Robert Duncan at 780.963.4145; E: duncanra@ • St Albert Place, 5 St Anne St, St Albert: St Albert Trekkers Volkssport Club; May 12, 6am-3pm; Joe Sombach, 780.458.4667; E:

Vegetarians of Alberta • Bonnie

Doon Community Hall, 9240-93 St • category/events • Monthly Potluck and book sale: bring a vegan dish to serve 8 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • $3 (member)/$5 (non-member) • Sun, May 13, 5:30-7pm; VVOA Mothers' Day Potluck: Moms come for free

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

Y Toastmasters Club • EFCL,

7103-105 St • Meet every Tue, 7-9pm; helps members develop confidence in public speaking and leadership • T: Antonio Balce at 780.463.5331

Food Cravings & Emotional Eating • Earth’s General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Find out about food cravings presented by Margaret (psychologist, specialist on eating disorders) • May 14, 7:15pm • $10; pre-register in the store by May 12

Great Expeditions • St Luke’s Anglican

Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.454.6216 • May 7: Europe By Motorcycle (2011) presentation by Gregg

Lunch and Learn: Stress in the Workplace • 401, 10010-105 St • Bring a

bag lunch and learn about the major causes of job stress, the impact on our health and wellbeing, how to prevent burnout • May 10, 12:10-12:55pm • Free; Pre-register at main@; part of Metal Health Week

P.A.T.H. (Positive Action for Total Health) • Stanley Milner Library, 7 Sir

Winston Churchill Sq • Presentation by Wade Sorochan, as he shares about his personal battle with anxiety and depression • May 11, 5-6pm; part of Metal Health Week • Free

Turn Stress into Success • 401,

10010-105 St • Information Session: Learn the myths and realities about stress, common signs and symptoms, how stress affects our lives and how to achieve a sense of inner peace and fulfillment • May 10, 5-6:30pm • Free; pre-register at:; part of Metal Health Week

Writing and Healing • 401, 10010-105 St • With Reinneke Lengelle, discover the healing that can be achieved through writing. No prior writing experience necessary • May 8, 1-4pm; 6-9pm • Free; pre-register: to reserve your space; part of Metal Health Week


• Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer • 403.347.6073 • Affirm welcome LGBTQ people and their friends, family, and allies meet the 2nd Tue, 7pm, each month

Bisexual Women's Coffee Group • A

social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • com/group/bwedmonton

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


Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 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:

FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St •

780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E:

G.L.B.T.Q. (gay) African Group DropIn) • Pride Centre, moving • 780.488.3234 •

Group for gay refugees from all around the World, friends, and families • 1st and Last Sun every month • Info: E:,

G.L.B.T.Q Sage bowling club •

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GLBT sports and recreation • • Co-ed Bellydancing: • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@ • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; swimming@teamedmonton. ca • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd

Adventure Travel • Audreys Books,

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff

Caring for Caregivers • 8421-101 Ave • Speaker Rick Lauber, author of Caregiver's Guide for Canadians • May 8, 7-9pm

Illusions Social Club • The Junction, 10242-106 St • • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

LECTURES/Presentations 10702 Jasper Ave • Travel Talk: China/Vietnam • May 8 • Free Travel Talks 2012 First Tue each Month

Energy, Mining & Engineering


International Jobs Expo • Mayfield Inn, 16615-109 Ave • Meet employers and recruiters from Australia and New Zealand ( aspx#40525); seminars led by employers at the expo; discover projects are underway • May 12, 10am-4pm; May 13, 10am-3pm • $10 at (child under 16 free)


the junction bar • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • • 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 • • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu

Pride Centre of Edmonton • Moving • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; • TTIQ: Education and support group for transgender, transsexual, intersexed and questioning people, their friends, families and allies; 2nd Tue each month, 7:309:30pm; • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors; every Wed, 6-9pm; • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; PrimeTimers/sage Games • Unitarian

Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm

St Paul's United Church • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womons-, • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured

Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave

• 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

SPECIAL EVENTS Beauty and the Pleats • • Silent auction beauty-nanza benefitting Suit Yourself • Sun, May 6 • $10

Block 1912 Cafe • 10361-Whyte (82) Ave

• Celebration of the Hulbert Block (Block 1912 Café), is turning 100, free cake, live music, including performance by Martin Kerr (Canadian Idol) • May 12, 11am-12pm

Connections 2012 • City Hall, Churchill Square • T: 311 • W: • Displays, presentations, and activities; connecting Edmontonians to city programs, projects and services • May 15, 12-6pm Decadent Dessert Gala & Auction • Holy Trinity Catholic Church, 200 Boundary Rd, Spruce Grove • Presented by the Allied Arts Council • Fri, May 11 • $35 available at Spruce Grove Gallery, 780.962.0664

De-Stress FesT • Rundle Family Centre, Rundle Park, 2909-113 Ave • Learn how to relieve the stresses in your life • May 12, 1-4pm • Free; part of Mental Health Week Have a Heart for Mental Health Gala • Sorrentino’s Downtown • 780.414.6300 •

Intimate gala dinner in support of the Canadian Mental Health Association, Edmonton Region • May 9, 6:30-9:30pm • $150; part of Mental Health Week

Party for the Park • Schanks Sports Grill,

9927-178 St • Silent auction, an evening of fun games, and light snacks; no minors • May 5, 6pm • Proceeds to the Mayfield Playground Revitalization at 780.233.6800, E:

Red Shield Luncheon • Crowne

Plaza Chateau Lacombe, 10111 Bellamy Hill • • Luncheon in celebration of the 130th Anniversary of The Salvation Army in Canada; the 119th year in Edmonton with guest speaker this year is His Honour, Colonel (Retired) the Honourable Donald S. Ethell, Lieutenant Governor of Alberta • Fri, May 4, 12pm • $50

Soup for the Soul Day • Churchill Sq

• 780.423.2111 • Event by Salvation Army; soup available from 12-1:30pm • Fri, May 11 • Donations

Steps for Life Walk • Rundle Park •

780.919.1855 • • Threads of Life Charity • 5K Steps for Life–Walking for Families of Workplace Tragedy fundraising event to help families of workplace tragedy and raise awareness about the national issue of workplace injuries, illnesses and deaths • Sat, May 5, Registration opens at 10:00 a.m. Walk kicks off at 11:00 a.m.

A Taste of Argentina • Sutton Place

Hotel, 10235-101 St • Wine event: Edmonton Jazz Festival Society annual fundraiser • May 3, 7-9:30pm • $65 (plus service fees) at TIX on the Square

Tir Eoghain Irish Dance Society • Rio Terrace Community League, 15500-76 Ave • Selling Organic Soil provided by Cleanit-Greenit. Fundraiser to purchase and maintain authentic Gaelic costumes • Sat, May 12, 9am-2pm



Damsels in Distress Opens Friday Written and directed by Whit Stillman Princess Theatre



he titular damsels of writer/ director Whit Stillman's new movie, his first in 14 years, are in each pretty, preppy, poised and alert to the world in their highly selective way. Each are named after flowers, each are odour-sensitive, each strives to use their ostensibly superior ethical, intellectual and interactive skills to fortify the quality of student life at Seven Oaks College. Their tactics include suicide prevention through tap-dancing (the handmade poster on wall of the suicide prevention center reads COME ON, IT'S NOT THAT BAD!) and going out with boys who are neither handsome, nor charming, nor smart. (One of them is so dumb he doesn't even know his colours.) By rewarding the male doofi (that's plural for doofus) of Seven Oaks with their companionship, these damsels feel they can usher these doofi from the life of aimless idiocy to which they seem surely destined to a more enlightened and socially meaningful place. Of course, dating doofi also prevents the damsels from experiencing such annoying unpleasantries as heartbreak. Herein lays the very special comic tone that Stillman aspires to and frequently apprehends in Damsels in Distress: whether or not his characters are actually from privilege they each work arduously to cultivate both the airs and the sense of

Ladies who teach doofi

altruistic vocation they associate with privilege, and such airs and ambitions constitute both the damsels' folly and their persistent charisma. Most are well-intentioned emotional cowards, but Stillman knows that there's more to be gained from sympathizing with them and their quixotic pretentions than looking down his nose at them. You might have hated these damsels from a distance when you went to school with them, but viewed through Stillman's generous, stylized, idiosyncratic gaze, they become people you want to spend more time with.

Perhaps idiosyncratic is putting things too mildly. The movie's chief damsel, Violet, is always, even in casual conversation, speaking lines like, "Must we tether ourselves from comment because we ourselves are human too?" She sounds out each word carefully, ensures that each sentence is complete, and doing so bears little resemblance to the sorts of characters found in virtually any contemporary American youth comedy. Fortunately she's played by Greta Gerwig, the actress (and occasional writer and director) probably most closely associated with such (if you'll excuse

my use of this very stupid genre title) "mumblecore" movies as Hannah Takes the Stairs, Baghead and House of the Devil. Gerwig's definitely not mumbling here. In fact, I'd go so far as to suggest that in Gerwig Stillman's found his ideal actor, one who intuits the cadences of his anachronistic comic style and embodies the delicate imbalance of his quirky, sometimes fabulous character conceits. Which isn't to say that everything in Damsels flies. The meandering quality of the narrative eventually catches up with itself, and a closing musical sequence is neither awkward

enough nor elegance enough to keep from falling flat. But it does have the funniest suicide attempt I think I've seen in a movie, its use of motel-issue soap as an agent of soul-healing is hilariously absurd, and, more importantly, its central characters are never given anything less than a slew of contradictions, conflicting desires and other compelling complications. They are, to be sure, comic constructs, but they also resonate with lived experience, which is what good comedy is all about.

here. And international recognition can be a mixed blessing for an Iranian artist. In December of 2010, Panahi was sentenced to six years imprisonment and slapped with a 20-year ban on filmmaking, writing screenplays and giving interviews. The crime? "Assembly and colluding with the intention to commit crimes against the country's national security and propaganda against the Islamic Republic." Uh-huh. So the crime, essentially, is filmmaking, and the punishment is not being allowed to make films.

ture Panahi prominently, which was smuggled out of Iran on a USB stick hidden in a cake, which finds Panahi discussing the particular challenges of his sort of filmmaking, which finds Panahi preparing for a film he can't make, one about a young Iranian woman who can't go abroad to study, one which would take place, like this not-film, in a single, interior location—is something else. And let's figure that this not-film is probably going to be something extraordinary, both esthetically and politically. And let's go see it. And perhaps, after seeing it, we might consider how someone like Panahi got into this absurd, unacceptable situation. And let's wonder if there's anything that we can do about it.

Josef braun



This is Not a Film Sat, Mar 5 – Wed, Mar 9 Metro Cinema at the Garneau


his is not a film review. Nope, that isn't a statement of false modesty; this really isn't a film review. Because I haven't seen the film, or rather, the not-film, I'm writing about. Due to circumstances beyond my control, I wasn't able to see Mojtaba Mirtahmasb and Jafar Panahi's This is Not a Film in time to critique it here, but because my editor and me believe that Metro Cinema's screenings of this not-film constitutes a major event, I'm going to tell you two or three things I know about This is Not a Film in the hope that you'll see it anyway. Panahi's the director of, among other films, The White Balloon (1995), The Mirror (1997), The Circle

This is Not a Film

(2000), Crimson Gold (2003) and Offside (2006). He's won the Camera d'Or, the Golden Leopard, the Silver Lion and the Golden Bear. I tell you this not because I think

awards are so important, but as a way of letting you know that, if you haven't seen Panahi's excellent films, we're dealing with a major, internationally recognized talent


But what is filmmaking? Just about everyone's got cameras these days, right? And most of them aren't making films. So let's say that This is Not a Film—which was made in Panahi's Tehran home and happens to fea-

Josef Braun




Hard Core Logo 2 Fri, May 4 – Thu, May 10 Directed by Bruce McDonald Metro Cinema at the Garneau



ard Core Logo, Bruce McDonald's 1996 faux-documentary portrait of its titular grizzled and fictive punk quartet on the road for one last tour, arguably remains a highpoint in Canada's cinematic legacy; it's certainly a highpoint in McDonald's prolific, often-adventurous-if-patchy oeuvre. It's a movie about male bonding and the inevitable end-point of a certain nihilistic punkrock ethos, and given that it closes with the suicide of one of its central characters it seems an unlikely candidate for a sequel. But unlikelihood has never prevented McDonald from pursuing any kooky idea he can get away with. McDonald, or rather "Bruce McDon-

ald," was in a sense the unseen protagonist of Hard Core Logo, sticking behind the camera but becoming increasingly invasive; Hard Core Logo 2 brings this alter ego front and centre. In the 15 years since HCL, this alternate Bruce has moved from a middling career in Canadian documentaries to an even less distinguished but more lucrative realm of American Christploitation television. He runs a hit drama called The Pilgrim, but the show's put on hiatus when its Fatty Arbuckle-like star becomes embroiled in scandal. This and other troublesome twists of fate lead Bruce, who narrates HCL2 in wallpaper voice-over, to return to his roots, taking a gig directing a profile of (real-life) preening glam-punk outfit Die Mannequin as they cut a record in a rural Saskatchewan. This is where the déjà vu really kicks in: Die Mannequin's



The power of Joe Dick compels you

new producer is none other than Hard Core Logo's old associate Bucky Haight (Julian Richings), while Care Failure, Die Mannequin's Marilyn Manson-fashioned front-woman with the sex-doll mouth, claims to be in some sort of spiritual contact with the ghost of Hard Core Logo's late frontman Joe Dick. From here, as if things weren't goofy





Now playing Directed by Peter Lord, Jeff Newitt

efore it even leaves port, The Pirates! Band of Misfits could show one of those olde buccaneer notice-boards, its message scrawled in blood—Warning to all ye who enter: drollery, Monty Pythonesque absurdity, and some smartly silly swashbuckling with history and Englishness ahead. But then, this is an Aardman picture, done in its famous Wallace and Gromit style—animation elastic enough to contain slapstick, farce, parody and satire without breaking—so maybe that comic derring-do disclaimer's understood. Telling a tale of piratical vainglory adapted by Gideon Defoe from his book series, Aardman's stop-motion claymation adds comic flourish to the


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farce: a dodo waddles along a table; the curls of a "luxuriant" beard furl and scroll. It's 1837 and the Pirate Captain (voiced with dry panache by Hugh Grant) is determined to win Pirate of the Year. When he and his crew, including stalwart No 2 (Martin Freeman, expert as the sidekick from The Office and Sherlock), board the Beagle, its not-yet-famous passenger, Charles Darwin, identifies "Polly" as no parrot but the very last dodo, still flightless after 150 years of presumed extinction. Now the Pirate Captain thinks scientific success—though Polly must be presented in London, home of piratehating Queen Victoria—could lead him to the trophy he wants most. But will he betray his seafaring family of misfits for personal reward? The Pirates! doesn't plunge us quite as humour-deep into eccentric dottiness as the W&G films. But the dark corners

of wood ships and wooden buildings ground the zaniness in enough Victorian atmosphere that more modern jokes sail smoothly along (even our idolatry of science is mocked—"The Royal Society: Playing God Since 1660"). And beyond more historical irreverence, a runaway-bathtub chase scene, a flash-card-communicating monkey-manservant, map-happy visual gags and a parody of the Titanic's sinking, there's a doubloon-worth of cutlass-sharp points about who the true pirates are. Nineteenth-century pseudo-science is shown to be full of repressed, myopic "gentlemen" grasping for glory. But ahoy! Queen Victoria is the most rapacious plunderer of all, her ships of state, the British Navy, having brought back big booty from all corners of her Empire.

Rolleston), all of 11 years old and, as oldest, in charge of his household of siblings while grandma's away, finds himself with a male figure to emulate when his dad shows up, fresh from prison, two-man gang in tow (Ma passed away giving birth to one of Boy's siblings). But Dad's only here to find something he buried in a field, though he can't quite remember where, and as he searches his idea of quality time with his kids is puffing on some reefer, asking them to call him "Shogun" and telling aggrandizing stories about himself. Which, of course, Boy buys into wholesale.

lightly touched-upon tones of loss and family to deepen the sincerity. Waititi lets childlike imagination colour in his story—some moments of childlike imagination are shown as crayon on looseleaf animations, while others appear as costumedriven stagings, usually followed immediately by the less ideal reality. At one point a hickey gets delivered by a vacuum cleaner. Everyone on-screen has some growing up to do, and some manage to do more than others. But Boy frames those journeys with such simple charm that it warrants more than a couple smiles.

It all plays out as a good natured comedy about growing up, with some

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Brian Gibson


Boy 




Fri, May 4 – Thu, May 10 Directed by Taika Waititi Metro Cinema at the Garneau


Josef Braun

The Pirates! Band of Misfits B


But it's also just a movie about what it means to be a filmmaker in an industry that rewards mediocrity, and to be a middle-aged man nostalgic for past



enough, HCL2 slips from being an idiosyncratic faux-doc sequel to awkwardly adopting tropes from the found footage horror subgenre.

glories drenched in juvenilia. I admire the movie's utter strangeness even while I have to wince at its uneven performances and Die Mannequin's rather dire posturing. I'm willing to defend HCL2 as a worthy entry into ardently creative navel-gazing, with its oddly compelling images of Bruce's body afloat in brown water, resembling a bloated beaver, holding inside of him a ticking time-bomb of guilt, fascination and despair. Is Bruce's project really that of a one-time ruthless filmmaker trying to make amends with the past (ie: his complicity in Dick's downward spiral), or is it really just about a cagey loser doing anything to escape Jesus TV? I like the fact that the movie tries to have it both ways while twisting the faux-doc form into whatever shape suits its wistful-twinkly and maybe even kinda touching conclusion. There's also a pretty good Guns N' Roses joke.

or its three-letter brevity, Boy is actually quite an apt title for director Taika Waititi's 2010 New Zealand comedy, in being simple and straight to the point: the mostly male principal cast here all seemed trapped in a state of perpetual adolescence, regardless of their actual ages. It's set in rural NZ in 1984, when Michael Jackson rules the charts with Thriller and Spielberg commands the cinemas with ET, but most people around these parts are only aware of the former. The titular Boy (James





The Five-Year Engagement

The Avengers Opens Friday Directed by Joss Whedon



athering together a diverse crew of Marvel Comics all-stars— some already well into their respective movie adaptation franchises—to collectively combat the threat of intergalactic totalitarianism, The Avengers, helmed by Joss Whedon, is something of a super-hero clearing house: Want some more of that witty Iron Man? How about we throw in a little Hawkeye with that? Remember him? But the result of more bang for your buck can feel an awful lot like a monster truck rally that just never seems to end, a parade of virtually indestructible big dudes in funny suits beating the shit out of each other for 143 minutes, a marathon of dazzling fights that will leave you punch-drunk and exhausted. At least there are indeed some funny lines. And yes, Scarlett Johansson does wear latex well. Should I describe the plot? Do you have an hour to spare? Got your super-encyclopedia handy? No? OK, here's the haiku version:

Spooky energy Makes portal for aliens. Super folk unite!

It begins with the flamboyant arrival of Loki (Tom Hiddleston) at a secret S.H.I.E.L.D. base where they house the Tesseract, a glowing cube that may or may not be aiding the development of weapons of mass destruction. In case you don't know who Loki is, there's some expository dialogue to help you out: "Loki," gasps Dr Erik Selvig (Stellan Skarsgård), "brother of Thor!" (If you don't know who Thor is, you should probably just give up now.) "Freedom is life's great lie," says Loki, who wants humanity to kneel

Feel the Fury

before him, forcibly, if necessary. So S.H.I.E.L.D.'s one-eyed director Nick Fury (Samuel L Jackson) tracks down Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr), Captain America (Chris Evans), the Hulk (Mark Ruffalo), Thor (Chris Hemsworth) and Black Widow (Scarlett Johansson) to trap Loki and recover the Tesseract. Complications ensue, various feisty alpha-males learn to play nice, half of Manhattan is destroyed, et cetera. That clever dialogue I mentioned is accompanied by much dumbness: a token gay character (Clark Gregg) who never stops reminding you he's the gay one; a presumably staggering civilian death count without a single image of anyone getting hurt; Iron Man's boasting of his skyscraper powered by self-sustainable energy, while Iron Man's jetpacks suck up more juice than a fleet of Hummers, his girlfriend regularly takes her private jet along the eastern seaboard, and the entire S.H.I.E.L.D. team whips

all over the world in an invisible flying aircraft carrier. Of course there are nice details, like the S.H.I.E.L.D. engineer who plays Atari when no one's looking, a cameo by a certain beloved character actor, and Ruffalo's pleasingly incongruent nuance, but the bulk of the pleasures to be found here are brute ones, mostly featuring Hulk ripping apart alien aircraft with a mighty roar. I'm not being facetious; Hulk ripping shit apart can be hugely entertaining. All I want to say is that there's a point when this sassy, busy, carefully designed, emotionally shallow, mega-budget Wrestlemania pummels the viewer's senses in such a way that it makes he or she want to transform into their own raging Id monster, screaming, "OK, OK, I got my $13 worth! I don't care what comes back after the end-credits. Let me out of here already!" Josef Braun


Bride and groom

Now playing Directed by Nicholas Stoller



comedy of procrastination, The Five-Year Engagement gradually slips from awkward-funny moments to some droll dawdling along. But, while overstaying its welcome by about half-an-hour, it becomes clearer this is another tale of bourgeois-whitegirl-and-boy-who-can't-quite-commit, spiffily dressed up with some funnier lines and more relaxed moments than its romcom competitors. After Violet (Emily Blunt) gets a psychology post-doc in Michigan, fiancé Tom (Jason Segel) has to keep putting off their marriage. But why, really? Because, like a lot of Judd Apatow productions, this is a comic essay about some mark or ritual of maturity (vir-

ginity/commitment/marriage) where adults can't quite grow up even as they lapse into "honest" outbursts of sexual language or find themselves in "adult" situations. The movie's charm eventually wears off. Violet's academic experience is basically cartoonish (her Homer-Simpson-level project only makes her seem witless even as the plot pretends her career's a serious concern). The third-act split-up seems even more formulaic when his new girlfriend's a young-20s caricature. By the time of its overanticipated ending, the movie's an unintentional disbeliever in marriage—if these two hapless kidults tie the knot just to stay together and force themselves to grow up, there's no point to engage us at all. Brian Gibson















FILM WEEKLY Fri, May 4 - THU, MAY 10, 2012

CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr Jasper 780.852.4749

The Lucky One (PG sexual content) Fri-Sat 7:00, 9:15; Sun-Thu 8:00 THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri-Sat 6:45, 9:15; Sun-Thu 8:00 DUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave Camrose 780.608.2144

THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Art Digital Daily 6:40 9:30; Sat-Sun 1:45 The Five Year Engagement (14A coarse language, sexual content) Art Digital Daily 6:40 9:15; Sat-Sun 1:50 The Raven (18A gory scenes) Art Digital Daily 7:20 9:25; Sat-Sun 1:55

3:35, 6:55, 10:15; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:40

CHIMPANZEE (G) Daily 12:00

SAFE (14A brutal violence) Thu May 3: 7:00, 9:30


THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 11:45, 12:45, 1:15, 3:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:15, 7:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30, 11:00; Sat-Thu 11:45, 12:45, 1:15, 3:00, 4:00, 4:30, 6:15, 7:15, 7:45, 9:30, 10:30

THE RAVEN (18A gory scenes) Thu May 3: 7:50, 10:30

THE AVENGERS 3D (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 4:05, 6:25, 7:25, 9:45, 10:45; Sat 11:45, 12:45, 3:05, 4:05, 6:25, 7:25, 9:45, 10:45; Sun 12:45, 3:05, 4:05, 6:25, 7:25, 9:45; Mon-Thu 7:00, 8:15, 10:10 SAFE (14A brutal violence) Fri 5:40, 8:05, 10:30; SatSun 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:05, 10:30; Mon-Thu 8:05, 10:20 THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (14A coarse language, sexual content) Fri 4:20, 7:15, 10:05; Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05; Mon-Thu 7:15, 10:05 Short Circuit (STC) Sat 11:00 HUNGER GAMES (14A violence) Fri 3:45, 6:45, 9:40; Sat 1:10, 4:05, 7:05, 10:10; Sun 12:35, 3:45, 6:45, 9:40; Mon-Thu 6:45, 9:40 THE LUCKY ONE (PG sexual content) Fri 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; Sat 12:00, 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; Sun 2:45, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:45, 10:10

The Pirates! Band Of Misfits (G) Art Digital Daily 7:00 8:55; Sat-Sun 2:00

THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS 3D (G) Fri 5:10, 7:30, 9:50; Sat-Sun 2:55, 5:10, 7:30, 9:50; Mon-Thu 7:30, 9:50

The Lucky One (PG sexual content) Art Digital Daily 7:10, 9:20; Sat-Sun 2:05 CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12


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21 JUMP STREET (14A crude coarse language, substance abuse, violence) Fri 4:50, 7:20, 10:00; Sat 11:30, 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 10:00; Sun 2:10, 4:50, 7:20, 10:00; Mon-Wed 7:20, 10:00; Thu 7:20 AMERICAN REUNION (18A coarse language, crude sexual content) Fri, Mon-Thu 7:05; Sat 11:15, 2:00, 7:05; Sun 2:00, 7:05 THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 3:35, 6:55, 10:15; Sat-Sun 12:15,





THE RAVEN (18A gory scenes) Fri-Sun 4:40, 9:55; Mon-Thu 9:55

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236

21 JUMP STREET (14A crude coarse language, substance abuse, violence) Fri-Wed 1:30, 4:10, 7:10, 9:50; Thu 1:30, 4:10, 9:50 AMERICAN REUNION (18A coarse language, crude sexual content) Fri-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:40, 10:15; Thu 1:50, 4:40, 10:15














THE AVENGERS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Fri 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:20, 10:00, 10:15; Sat-Thu 12:15, 3:30, 6:45, 9:20, 10:00 MIRROR MIRROR (G) Daily 12:20, 2:50 SAFE (14A brutal violence) Daily 12:50, 3:20, 5:50, 8:10, 10:40 THE CABIN IN THE WOODS (18A gory violence) Fri 5:30, 8:00, 10:55; Sat-Wed 5:30, 8:00, 10:35; Thu 5:30, 8:00 THE FIVE YEAR ENGAGEMENT (14A coarse language, sexual content) Daily 1:20, 4:15, 7:30, 10:20 HUNGER GAMES (14A violence) Daily 12:30, 3:40, 7:00, 10:10 THE LUCKY ONE (PG sexual content) Daily 1:00, 3:50, 6:30, 9:00 THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS (G) Daily 11:50 THE PIRATES! BAND OF MISFITS 3D (G) Daily 2:00, 4:20, 6:40, 8:50 THE RAVEN (18A gory scenes) Daily 1:40, 5:00, 7:50, 10:25 WRATH OF THE TITANS (14A) Daily 2:10 WRATH OF THE TITANS 3D (14A) Daily 4:45, 7:05, 10:45 DARK SHADOWS (STC) Thu 10:00

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Until Sun, May 20 (8 pm, matinees Sun at 2 pm) Directed by Roxy Theatre, $13.50 – $27


areful planning only gets a person so far. Sometimes, there's no rhyme or reason when it comes to love, grief or navigating the creative process. These three themes are brought together in Daniel MacIvor's In On It, presented by Theatre Network, starring the two-man cast of Frank Zotter and Nathan Cuckow. Zotter describes his character, for all intensive purposes, as essentially being MacIvor, or at least a version of him: he's a playwright who uses his writing to work through his relationship struggles with another man. "You get a sense that Daniel is in the room with us when we do it and that he's put a lot of himself into this main role, but through this character, this playwright grappling with writing this story, I get to also inhabit the role that this playwright creates," Zotter explains, adding In On It is broken into four essential parts: the past, the present, the play and the show. MacIvor is able to take cliché platitudes on life like enjoying the moment and living for now and give them a creative kick, Zotter notes. "I'm in awe of him because he writes so beautifully and there's such a huge heart in this play," he adds. "This is a dangerous thing to say, but it's almost easy to act because as long as you believes what he's saying and connect to

A play within a play // Ian Jackson, EPIC

what he's saying, which I do already, then it's just a matter of telling the story, and the story's beautiful." However, this ease comes from the emotional connection within the story, not its technical aspects. Zotter says In On It requires a great deal of mental dexterity due to its tendency to jump around through various styles. One moment, the characters are addressing the audience and the next they're in an intense fight, all within a matter of a line or two. He and Cuckow must remain keenly

aware of the other's actions during the course of the play in order to pull off the ever-changing dynamics. The pair have worked together in the past, which assisted in their onstage relationship for this production. "We play well in the sandbox together," Zotter jokes. Joining the pair onstage is a third essential element to the production. This element comes in the form of a jacket, which holds unique symbolism for each aspect of the story. "While wearing it, in each style—

the past, the present, the play, the show—that jacket has a different meaning, but it bears great weight," Zotter says, adding the jacket has defining qualities, such as its role in the play his character writes, and its connection to the couple's relationship. Amidst the production's layers and complexities lies a message that isn't necessarily a new concept, but holds true. Finding a way to live in the now, fill your present with what you desire, with dreams and with love and, overall, figuring out what the pres-

ent means to you, while filling it with what makes you happiest. "It's a comedy in lots of ways ... but there's also such rich complications," Zotter notes, adding it is essentially a love story about a breakup. "Exit points can be entry points if you're willing to see it that way. I think that we look at it, particularly in regards to relationships, they're all tragic or sad or unfortunate or full of pain, but endings can be a beautiful thing." meaghan baxter



The chemistry of common life

Harcourt's exhibits display the complexity of pregnancy, pop art esthetics Until May 26 The Common Life Experience of Transition, Expectation & Uncertainty Works by the Andrea Owen Lewis Group I Want You to Want Me Works by Lisa Turner Harcourt House


t wasn't very long ago that pregnant women were relegated to tentshaped clothing and feeling shame about their rounding, changing bodies. As this standard has faded, a more supportive and affirming message about pregnancy and pregnant bodies has become dominant. Although this is positive, it is also a simplistic social norm that renders the multi-dimensional reality of bearing a child invisible. This simultaneous success and shortcoming is evident in the group


exhibition in the Harcourt House's Front Gallery, The Common Life Experience of Transition, Expectation & Uncertainty. What is most significant about this exhibition is its conceit: Andrea Owen Lewis, a regular model for life-drawing sessions in Edmonton, has selected a group of artworks created during her pregnancy for the show. This is an interesting shift in the power dynamics of figurative art making—the oftennameless model becoming curator. In addition, the images are a testament to Lewis's creative community supporting and celebrating a significant period of change in her life. There is no doubt that the results are some beautifully rendered images of Lewis in various stages in pregnancy, captured in drawing, painting and sculpture. The challenge with this exhibi-

tion is finding the complexity in the connection between the exhibit's intent and what it communicates in actuality. Lost from these varied interpretations of the model's changing, childbearing body is the connection to the challenging side of both pregnancy and the broader themes of transition, expectation and uncertainty that the title identifies. While these are at times ripe with excited anticipation, they also mark the death of an old way of being, feelings of fear and frustration, and challenging physical changes. While this show is a lovely community celebration, there remains an untapped opportunity to take this conversation into the complexity that the thematic focuses require. Lisa Turner's exhibition in the Main Gallery, I Want You to Want Me, poses


a related challenge in the attempt to connect intent with interpretation. The show features a series of prints that adopt a pop-art esthetic to explore consumption in the realm of online shopping. Turner renders images she found on the Internet into elegant, sterile, vintage-looking objects. "Strange Love," a pyramid of screenprints sitting on shiny white melamine shelves, features the repeated image of surreal ceramic casserole dishes in a palette that evokes an earlier era. One dish has a belly button, relating to Turner's intent to use references to the human body to connect desire with a consumption experience. Although these images are very appealing, and the white rows of images do reference the clean format of shopping websites, the experience of desire as it relates to the body

and sorting out how that connects to the virtual is a difficult experience to grasp from these images. Most importantly, the work in the show is interesting to look at and think about—the strange household objects with body referents are in some ways seductive in their clean, brightly coloured images in neat rows. However, with the unavoidable allusions to the '60s through the pop-art look, vintagelooking objects and colour palette, the exhibition connotes the consumption patterns of another era. The conceptual shortcoming is not that the work does not engage the viewer in an interesting conversation, but rather that the link to contemporary consumption gets swallowed by more dominant signs and symbols. Carolyn Jervis



Apocalypse Prairie: The Book of Daniel Until Sat, May 12 (8 pm) The Living Room Playhouse, paywhat-you-can ($30 on Sat, May 12)

the cast and crew. Ideas are stitched together roughly, and, with a very complex script, direction and flow are definitely lacking at times. There are whispers of a linear plot, but for the


esigned to mimic a radio show listening party, Apocalypse Prairie is a politically charged musical adventure through the various voices and confessions of Alberta. When you walk into the Living Room Playhouse, you see that just as with a radio channel, the show started long before you decided to tune in. The cast is jovially talking and moving about, until, finally, with a flick of a clunky traditional light switch, the house lights are off and the scripted show has begun. The show offers the voices of both the political left and right, past and present. With biting lyrics and truly fantastic music, the cast and crew eventually focus on the words and

Raboud and Kristi Hansen are stunning, and the climactic monologue delivered by Murray Utas had the audience constantly catapulted back and forth from laughter to shock through the exciting

The script is a patchwork of the voices of Alberta's political history, combined with the creative additions provided by the cast and crew. Ideas are stitched together roughly, and, with a very complex script, direction and flow are definitely lacking at times ... And yet, somehow, it works. Singin' 'bout Alberta // Meaghan Baxter

opinions of the political right in order to create a clear commentary from the left's perspective. The set is artfully designed to depict a radio broadcasting room, with the dramatic vignettes of each individual singer un-

der spotlights contrasting the banality of the room when lit as a whole. The script is a patchwork of the voices of Alberta's political history, combined with the creative additions provided by

most part the show is a collage of ideas with its rough edges standing quite exposed. And yet, somehow, it works. While this non-traditional approach to a storyline is sure to vex some theatre patrons, the talent of the cast and crew along with the wit housed in the lyrics make this production a creative success. The singing voices of Laura

tale of his religiously paralleled coming of age story. Add that to Steve Pirot's effortlessly suave voice and demeanor as the announcer, and Aaron Macri's technical savvy in the on-stage booth of cluttered technologies, and the talent in this show is undeniable. SALIHA CHATTOO



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The Sound of Music Until Sun, May 27 (7:30 pm; 1:30 pm on Saturdays) Directed by Bob Baker Citadel Theatre


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“a cerebral and technical tour-de-force bristling with sharp-edged energy” – Times Colonist

he cast of the Citadel's rendition of The Sound of Music demonstrates exactly why the Rodgers and Hammerstein classic has captured the hearts of audiences for generations. The iconic story of family and the search to belong begins with the freespirited Maria (Josée Boudreau) being asked to leave the abbey and the life she thought she wanted. After being sent to be the governess for the seven children of Captain von Trapp (Réjean Cournoyer), a man who has become so hardened in the wake of his wife's death that he's turned his children into marching little militants. Maria injects life back into the von Trapp family and warms the Captain's heart to reach out to his children once again. Hanging over it all is the threat of the Nazis invading Austria and the Captain's struggle to do what is right for the safety of his family. Boudreau's infectious energy and exuberant, lilting voice captures the wide-eyed innocent essence of Maria. Her character's journey to self-discovery is intertwined with a budding love for the Captain and her relationship with his children. Her scenes with them are heartwarming to even the

Starring: Nathan Cuckow and Frank Zotter Directed by: Bradley Moss

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The sound of excellence // David Cooper Photography

most cynical as they bring the classic songs to life. The actors cast as the von Trapp children steal the show. Each possesses their own strengths and pulls off their character's personalities with ease. Their voices come off as strong and professional, right from little Gretl, who's an adorable force onstage, alternated by Kate Williams and Sarah Peterson, to the love-struck Liesl, played by Megan Anderson. Providing the backdrop for the production is the exquisite set design by

Leslie Frankish, which is highlighted even further by Steve Ross's lighting, ranging from tranquil chandeliers to lavish sunsets. The sets, which change in the blink of an eye, offer the cast lush poppy fields, majestic mountains, and the grandeur of the von Trapp mansion. From the incredibly talented cast to the extravagant set, The Sound of Music will enchant audiences young and old, as well as engrain the classic soundtrack into the minds of viewers long after the curtain closes. MEAGHAN BAXTER


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Threats Now available By Amelia Gray Farrar, Straus & Giroux 272 pp, $15.50



“Elton John Ballet a blast” - ToronTo sTar




Gray knows her way around eerie imagery, too. Visions of worms, dental malpractice (David lost his license years earlier), and the ominous rumble of washing machines seep into every scene. As for the titular threats, which David starts to find all around his house, plastered beneath old wallpaper and stuffed into spaghetti boxes? They may be terse, and often vague, but the general mood is hard to miss. For instance: "CURL UP ON MY LAP. LET ME BRUSH YOUR HAIR WITH MY FINGERS. I AM SINGING YOU A LULLABY. I AM TESTING FOR STRUCTURAL WEAKNESS IN YOUR SKULL." (By the way, sweet dreams tonight.) Maybe my favourite parts of the book, though, are those moments when Gray toys with her audience's need for closure, and our thirst for hard answers. Near the end of the book, she appears to provide just such a consolation. "You're a reasonable man," one of Franny's old co-workers tells David. "You understand that things are never precisely as they seem. It's a trouble with people. We get one idea of an outcome in our heads and we can really run with it into the sunset." Whew! People are strange. Okay. Got it. Let's move on. But Gray is smarter than that. Better still, it turns out she was baiting us all along—getting our hopes up just to dash them. In Threats, such a platitude cannot stand. Chaos always makes a comeback. Because, naturally, David then asks the woman: "Who is doing this?" "Probably it's whoever you least expect," she replies. "Or most suspect. I forget how that goes."

love lies


warning to all fairweather readers out there, those who like creepy, pins-and-needles fiction, but only so long as it sweeps all of its ugliness back under the rug and restores a sense of calm and balance and peace of mind to the world by the time you turn the last page: Amelia Gray is onto you. To be sure, Threats, the Los Angeles resident's aggressive and riotously messy debut novel, leads the reader down a dark road— namely, the increasingly frayed psyche of a man whose wife has just died, though he can't remember how or why (or if he's responsible). But just at the point when you expect the car to turn back around and take you home, Gray shoves you out the passenger door and abandons you there on the filthy pavement, scrapes and all. The man in question is named David. His wife is Franny. She was quite a large woman, but now she's dead; her cremated remains sit in a delivery package atop their old coffee table. Those are the few pieces of information we're given before reality gets permanently kicked a few degrees askew. By the time the basic details about Franny's death are presented to the reader, we also have to deal with David's free-floating fantasy that he and the information-presenting firefighter on the scene have swapped roles—so now he's saying out loud the things he's also hearing for the first time. It's all a bit fuzzy, and only gets fuzzier. Pretty soon he's interpreting every spoken statement he overhears as the title of a book ("'Everything Is Dead, but It's Still Kind of Nice,' said a woman observing the frozen house plants on the porch"), or having guarded conversations with a new neighbour who looks exactly like him, right down to the rumples in his clothes. Now, there's certainly no shortage of novels out there about one person's descent into madness. But Threats works because of how deftly Gray

smudges the border surrounding mental health, and how she then re-imagines the entire town accordingly. The detective on the case is, himself, far from a pillar of rationality. A therapist sets up shop in David's garage—swarms of wasps be damned. And several people besides David report seeing Franny wandering the streets, alive and well. It's like Our Town directed by David Lynch.




Abra-"Kid"-Abra / Sat, May 5 (1 pm & 3:30 pm) Did you know Edmonton has a magic club? Edmonton has a magic club. And Edmonton's magic club is using its powers of illusion and wonder for the greater good, putting on two afternoon shows to raise money for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society. (Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, $11.50) V

may 10-12

back by popular demand

Northern Alberta Jubilee Auditorium Tickets from $27

for TickeTs and group raTes visiT, or call 780.428.6839 Choreography by: Jean Grand-Maître Inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin


Alberta Ballet Company Artists

Royal Bison Craft and Art Fair / Sat, May 5 (10am –5 pm); Sun, May 6 (Noon – 5 pm) As it approaches teenager status in its 12th incarnation, the Royal Bison collects a batch of 60some local vendors to peddle their wicked and weird wares in the depths of Old Strathcona. This time around it features—among the aforementioned 60+ others—the hand-made clothing of Mallory Urbanovitch, strangely charming mini-books from Matt Prins and vintage jewelry that draws on sci-fi for inspiration courtesy of Jeanie Andronyk. Plus, after working up a good appetite, there's food from the likes of Culina Mill Creek. (Cosmopolitan Music Society, $2)





May 5 • CONFLUENCE: Robin DuPont's exploration of soda fired pottery; May 12-Jun 16; reception: May 12, 2-4pm • Feature Gallery: PULP PAPER PAGES: Featuring contemporary Albertan book + paper arts; until Jul 7 • ACC Gallery Shop: May Artist Spotlight: meet and greet with ceramic artist JoAnna Lange; May 3, 6-8pm


• Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • 780.426.0072 • A BALANCE OF ORDER AND CHAOS: Solo exhibit of paper works by Erik Cheung; runs in conjunction with the one-act play festival From Cradle to Stage; May 14-19

ALBERTA BALLET • Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave • 780.428.6839 • • Jean GrandMaitre’s Love Lies Bleeding, inspired by and featuring the music of Sir Elton John and Bernie Taupin; choreography by Jean Grand-Maitre, video projections by Adam Larsen • May 10-12

ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.233.3635 • AV #5 ART SHOW: Maegan Rose Mehler, Mark Elliott, Paul Karpinski, Nathan Cleveley, Greg Tymofichuk; featuring live bands • May 4, 7:30pm-2am



BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose • The Bailey

Theatre Classic Movie Series presents: Neil Young: Heart of Gold. A film shot over during a two-night performance by Neil Young at Nashville's Ryman Auditorium • May 14, 7pm • $5 (door)

CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Library Theatre, Stanley Milner Library basement, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.496.7000 • Take Shelter; May 9, 6:30pm (120 mins, 14A) EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta

Museum, 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • Enchantment (1948, PG); May 7 • Sayonara (1957, colour, PG); May 14

FAVA • Ortona Arts Armoury, 9722-102 St • Bagels

And Booze Hangover Brunch: Meet the producers of the collective feature “I Heart Regina”. Ask your questions about the film you saw last night, and get inspired to make a collective feature here at FAVA. Vanda Schmockel and Mark Wilhak in attendance • Sun, May 13 • Donation

METRO CINEMA AT THE GARNEAU • 8712109 St • Edmonton Media Arts Party 2012 and I Heart Regina Screening • May 12; 6-7:30pm and 9-11pm (reception and silent auction); 7:30 (film screening) followed by artist talk and continuation of the Spirit of Helen fundraising reception and Media Arts Party


Ave • 780.482.2854 • WESTERN LANDSCAPES AND STILL LIFES: Oil paintings by Terry Fenton; until May 4 • Jerry Heine; opening: May 12, 2-4pm, artist in attendance; May 12-25


10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: OBSESSION: A group exhibition exploring the concept of obsession, curated by Jill Nuckles; until

ART FROM THE STREETS • 4935-51 St • Reception: May 4, 6-8pm

Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • ICONS OF MODERNISM: until May 21 • BMO Work of Creativity: METHOD AND MADNESS: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • RBC New Works Gallery: MASS: Dara Humniski: until May 20 • VENERATOR: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection; until May 21 • ART SCHOOL: BANFF 1947: until Jun 3 • ALBERTA MISTRESSES OF THE MODERN: 1935-1975 • ART SCHOOL: BANFF 1947: Until Jun 3 • In-Gallery Talk: Art School Confidential; May 13, 2pm • Art for Lunch: Ledcor Theatre Foyer: • Art on the Block: May 4, 7pm; $125 • !Women in Art Film Series: at the Garneau Theatre: May 8, The Heretics • Open Studio: Adult Drop-In Workshops: Thu 7-9pm; $15/$12 (AGA member) Distort: New Perspectives in Drawing: May 3 • Alberta Process Painting: until Jun 3 • Open Studio: Adult Drop-In: Distort: New Perspectives in Drawing: May 3; Map: Collograph Print-Making: May 10; Thu, 7–9pm; $15/$12 AGA Members


Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • HIGH ENERGY XVIII: Artworks by young artists from Bellerose Composite, École Secondaire Paul Kane and Sainte Marguerite d’Youville, St. Albert Catholic, and Outreach high schools; May 5-28; reception/ArtWalk: May 3, 6-9pm

ARTWALK–St Albert • Perron District, down-

town St Albert • 1st Thu each month, exhibits run all month • May 3

BEARCLAW GALLERY • 10403 – 124 St • 780-

482-1204 • OIL DRUM: new works by Alex Janvier • Until May 3


TY IN THE OVERLOOKED URBAN ENVIRONMENT: Photographs by Russell Bingham • Until May 19


Inn Lobby, 4235 Gateway Blvd • A WARRIORS CRY: Artworks by Veran Pardeahtan • Until Jun


4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • ANNUAL SPRING GARDEN SHOW: pottery for the garden by Marion Majeau, Robert Ford, and friends; until May 31; reception: May 4, 11am-3pm

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St •

780.760.1278 • WITHOUT PRETENSE: Paintings by Heidi Smith • May 4-25 • Reception: May 10, 5-8pm

ECHO HAIR • 205, 8135-102 St • 780.469.3246 • Artworks by Justin Wayne Shaw • Until Jun 1

FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design,

U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • WAYFINDINGS: Bachelor of Fine Arts; until May 5 • Michael Eubank: MFA Painting; May 7-11 • INSIGHT: VISUALIZING HEALTH HUMANITIES: Collaborative exhibition presenting an array of practice, research and teaching in Medical Humanities at the U of A; May 7-11

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 •

ENTRELACÉ: Artworks by Patricia Lortie Sparks • Until May 26

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • OUT AND ABOUT IN ALBERTA: Paintings by Mary Jo Major; until May 31 • QUIRKY QUILLERS’ GUILD: Gallery display cases and cubes near the AV Room; until May 31

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave

• Comic Jam: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm • Open Door: a collective of independent comic creators, meet on the 2nd and 4th Thu each month, 7pm

HARCOURT HOUSE • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •

780.426.4180 • Main Space: SOUNDBURSTINGS NO.1: Gary James Joynes installation of several video projections that create a sequence of SoundBursts • BECOMING: Group show, artworks based on a model's pregnancy. Curated by Andrea Lewis; until May 26 • Education Annex: ART IN THE ANNEX II: Spring auction: May 12, 7:30-10pm; $15 (adv)/$20 (door)


Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • THE 100 ENCAUSTIC SERIES: Artworks by Brandi Hofer • Until May 5 • Reception: May 4, 6-8pm


• 300, 10010-105 St • OUT OF THE SHADOWS: Artworks by people with mental health issues • May 8-9, 9am-3pm • Part of Metal Health Week

Art Gallery's 7th Annual Decadent Dessert Silent Auction and Gala • May 11 • Tickets at Spruce Grove Art Gallery, 780.962.0664


HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • WITH SPIRIT AND SOUL: Artworks by students from Notre Dame High School • Until May 31 • Reception: May 4, 4-6pm JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • 780.433.5807 • WIMMIN IN WAX: Encaustic artworks by various artists • Until May 30 • Reception: May 9, 6:30-8:30pm JUBILEE AUDITORIUM • 11455-87 Ave • LOVE LIES BLEEDING–THE EXHIBITION: Artworks by Alberta Society of Artists members based on or inspired by music and lyrics of Elton John • May 10-12 JURASSIC FOREST/LEARNING CENTRE • 15

mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages

HIDDEN IN PLAIN SIGHT: UFOs and Their Spiritual Mission

 Unprecedented numbers of UFO sightings  Evermore elaborate crop circles  The new “star-like luminary” being spotted worldwide ...

A fraternal enterprise is fast unfolding that involves our own advanced planetary Teachers and the Space Brothers. It will help us to restore sanity and ecological balance to this Earth.

KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Library • AWESOME ART SHOW: Artworks by students from Red Deer Middle Schools • Until May 27 • Receptions: May 4, 6:30-8:30pm; May 5, 2-4pm LATITUDE 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 •

ProjEx Room: MONOTONE VOICE: Works by U of A's artist-in-residence, Yusuke Shibata; until May 12; "Skater" presentation: May 12, 1pm • Main Space: THE BIG FOLDY PAINTING OF DEATH: By Ian Forbes; until May 12 • HIDDEN TRUTHS: Multimedia art by artist collective of Federally incarcerated women; until May 12

Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 780.922.6324 • High School Art Competition, Show And Sale: Hosted by Art Society of Strathcona County; May 4 (7-9pm) Show, Reception, Awarding of Prizes, May 5 (11-4pm) • Art Society Mothers' Day Tea and Art Show: May 13, 12-4pm

MILDWOOD GALLERY • 426, 6655-178 St • Mel

Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo and Victor Harrison • Ongoing

Free Admission


Stony Plain • 780.963.9935 • Watercolours by Elaine Funnell; until May 23


For more information call: 780-433-3342


10860-57 Ave • 780.244.0977 • CALYX DISTINCTIVE ARTS EXHIBITION: Artworks featuring paintings, ceramic, fibre, jewellery, and more. Artists in attendance • May 5, 10am-4pm • Free


• PIECES OF OUTRO: Artworks by Outro • Through May

QUEEN ALEXANDRA COMMUNITY LEAGUE • 10425 University Ave • 780.803.2016 •

DIAMOND IN THE ROUGH II: Art sale fundraiser • May 5,10am-4pm


• 780.453.9100 • FACES OF LABOUR: until Jun 24 • WINGED TAPESTRIES: MOTHS AT LARGE: until Sep 3 • FASHIONING FEATHERS: Dead Birds, Millinery Craft and the Plumage Trade; curated by Merle Patchett and Liz Gomez, show examines the effect of fashion's demand for beautiful feathers on bird populations at the beginning of the twentieth century; until Jan 6

ROYAL BISON • Cosmopolitan Music Society, 8426

St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • SLAVIC ST ALBERT: Based on the research work of Michal Mynarz; until May 12


HAPPY HARBOR COMICS VOL 1 • 10729-104 Ave • 780.452.8211 • Annual worldwide Free Comic Book Day; 5000 thousand comics for free • May 5, 10am-5pm

NFB FILM CLUB • Idylwylde Library, 8310-88 Ave • Wild Life/Courage • May 14, 7pm ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets T.A.L.E.S. STORY CAFÉ SERIES • Rosie’s Bar, 10475-80 Ave • 780.932.4409 • 1st Thu each month, open mic opportunity • Until Jun, 7-9pm • $6 (min) • $6 • Out Of Africa; open mic opportunity • May 3, 7-9pm • $6 T.A.L.E.S. TELLAROUND • Bogani Café, 2023-111 St • Come to share a story, or just come to listen; hosted by Dawn Blue; 7-9pm; free; 2nd Wed each month

WORDCRAW • Start and finish at Bohemia, 10217-97 St • The Word Crawl Express (Yellow School Bus) leaves at 6pm • Kasbar, 10444-82 Ave: Literary Cage Match: who tells the funniest story of the night with Matt Prins, Michael Hingston, Trevor Kjorlien • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave: Patrick Swan, Mikey Maybe • Audrey's Books, 10702 Jasper Ave: Reading by Jannie Edwards, Rebecca Traquair, Jason Lee Norman, Kasia Gawlak, guests • May 12, 5pm start WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors



THE ADULTERESS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399, VB 1 • Teatro La Quindicina presents this new play by Stewart Lemoine. Stars Briana Buckmaster, Shannon Blanchet and Eric Wigston • Until May 12, Tue-Sat 7:30pm; matinees: Sat 2pm • Wed-Sat evenings: $27 (adult)/$22 (student/senior)/ Sat mat: $15 at TIX on the Square; Tue: Pay-WhatYou-Can

ST ALBERT PLACE • 5 St Anne St • St. Albert Pot-

APOCALYPSE PRAIRIE: THE BOOK OF DANIEL • Livingroom Playhouse, 11315-106 St •

Gateway Blvd • Celebration of weird and wonderful handiwork by Edmonton’s crafters and artisans • May 5-6, Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12-5pm • $2/free (kids)

pus • IN FOCUS: BLIND PHOTOGRAPHERS CHALLENGE VISUAL EXPECTATIONS: Photos by blind and partially sighted photographers exploring the built environment • May 3-30 • Opening: May 3, 7-9pm

ters’ Guild Spring sale: Main Foyer: May 3-5; opening night: with St. Albert’s first “Art Walk ” of the season; May 3, 5-9pm; May 4 10am-9pm; May 5, 10am-5pm

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • 780-488-3619 •

COUNTERPOINT: joint show, featuring Robert Sinclair and his son Joel Sinclair • Until May 8

SNAP GALLERY • Society Of Northern Alberta

Print-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • WALKING ON WALLS: University of Alberta senior Print Show; until May 19 • Community Event: Mother’s Day Event: make a unique gift for your mom on her special day; May 13

STRATHCONA COUNTY GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • Artworks by Ila Crawford; May 7-Jun 24

SUGAR BOWL • 10922-88 Ave • Acrylic on canvas paintings by Cuban artist Anabel Quan. • Through May TELUS CENTRE • U of A Museums, Gallery A,

Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St • 780.492.5834 • Open: Thu-Fri 12-5pm; Sat 2-5pm • CHINA'S IMPERIAL MODERN: THE PAINTER'S CRAFT: Curated by Lisa Claypool • Until Jul 14


• DISCOVERYLAND • SPORT II: THE SCIENCE OF SPORT; until May 6 • To The Arctic (G) IMAX • IMAX Adventure: Daily films • When Venus Transits the Sun: Full-Dome Show in the Margaret Zeidler Star Theatre • SPORT II exhibit: until May 6

U OF A MUSEUMS–TELUS Centre • Gallery

A, Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, U of A • 780.492.5834 • CHINA'S IMPERIAL MODERN: THE PAINTER'S CRAFT: How did modern ways of making paintings and prints emerge from the ink painter’s studio, enter the public sphere, and help shape people’s lives in China during the late imperial era? • Until Jul 14; ThuFri, 12-5pm, Sat 2-5pm

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •

780.421.1731 • Gallery A: THERE IS NO REMEDY AGAINST THE TRUTH OF LANGUAGE: Assemblages by William G. Prettie • Gallery B: HUMAN VOICES: T Photos by Gerry Yaum • Both shows: until May 26

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave •

WESTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL • 107 Ave, 215 St • Fibre Art Exhibition: Focus on Fibre Art Association • May 3-4, 1-8:30pm

780.651.8176 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing



LOFT GALLERY • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590

Ave • Mother’s Day Sale: pottery by the Lendrum Pottery Group • May 5, 10am-2pm


7230 Argyll Road

ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • SPRING GROUP SHOW: New work by gallery artists, including Chris Flodberg; until May 8 • Abstracts by Sheila Luck; May 12-26; opening: May 12, 2-4pm

780.488.4892 • STREET WALL!: Artworks by Fraser Brinsmead; until May 3 • SANCTUARY SERIES: Artworks by Ariane Dubois; May 5-17

8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • 25: Artworks by U of A Hospital staff: celebration of the Friends of University Hospital's 25th Anniversary; until Jun 17• Reception: May 3, 4-7pm, music, poetry readings and an interactive art

the Four Points by Sheraton

refreshments • 1/2 of proceeds to charity PETER



MONDAY May 7 7 pm

OPEN STUDIO • 10128-136 St • HOUSE ART SHOW: Paintings by Laura and Terry Bachynski; jewellery by Janice Prodor • May 5, 1-5pm; music and

LITERARY ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.441.6966 • Literary Saloon: reading series the 2nd Thu every month; OctMay, 7pm (door) AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave •

780.423.3487 • Author Hiromi Goto launches her new YA book, Darkest Light; May 3, 7:30pm • Diane Mae Robinson signs her new children’s book, Sir Princess Petra; May 4, 12-2pm • FICTIONistas! readings by Arlene McNeney, Margaret MacPherson, Cassie Stocks, and Barb Howard; May 7, 7-9pm

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave • 780.469.8755 • Story Slam: 2nd Wed each month


2100 Oak St, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8600 • Author reading with poet Kathie Sutherland hosted by Strathcona County Library • May 5, 1:30-2:30pm • Free • Pre-register:, 780.410.8600


A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • Screenings of films adapted from books, presented by the Centre for Reading and the Arts

GREENWOODS' BOOKS • 10309-82 Ave •

780.439.2005 • Giller Prize winner, Linden MacIntyre, will be reading from and signing his newest book Why Men Lie • May 8, 7pm

780.454.0583 • Azimuth Theatre explores the historical, cultural, political, and psychological landscape of Alberta by Steve Pirot, music by Aaron Macri • Apr 26-May 12, 8pm • Pay-What-You-Will except May 5 fundraiser: Just in Case–An Apocalyptic Fundraiser: May 5, 6:30-9:30pm; food: 6:30pm, show: 8pm, party: 10pm; $30; musical stylings of "Glovebox" and more • Tickets: 780.454.0583; E: murray@azimuththeatre. com

CHICAGO • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • Tickets: 780.483.4051, Toll free: 1.877.529.7829 • Broadway Musical • Until Jun 17 CHIMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show • First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul • $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only) DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave •

780.433.3399 • Improvised soap opera every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office

EXILS • 780.469.8400 • L'UniThéâtre • By Robert

Bellefeuille and Philippe Soldevila • Production of Théâtre de la Vieille 17, co-production with Théâtre l’Escaouette and Théâtre Sortie de Secours • May 10-13

FROM CRADLE TO STAGE: AN EVENING OF ONE-ACTS • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83

Ave • 780.439.2845 • • Local playwrights works are selected from an open competition in the fall and developed with assistance of dramaturges, through to full productions • May 14-19 • $12-$16 at TIX on the Square

IN ON IT • Theatre Network ~ Live at the Roxy,

10708-124 St • 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network ~ Live at the Roxy presents • By Daniel MacIvor, directed by Bradley Moss, sound designer Dave Clarke, stars Frank Zotter and Nathan Cuckow • May 3-20 • 2-for-1 Tue: May 8, 15 • Tickets: $13.50-$27 at

MOM'S THE WORD • Bailey Theatre, 5041-50 St, Camrose • 780.672.5510 • Written by six performermoms who have endured the agonies and ecstasies of parenting presented by Camrose Main Street Players; adult themes and language • May 10-11, 7:30pm; $20; May 12, 1pm: $20; May 12, 6:30pm: dinner theatre: $45; May 13, 11:30pm: brunch: $40 • Tickets at Bailey Box Office OPERATION EVASION • Catalyst Theatre, 8529 Gateway Blvd • Firefly Theatre and Circus • Created and performed by Annie Dugan, live music by Jason Kodie, projections/lighting by Jeff Osterlin, directed by John Ullyatt • May 12-20, 8pm; May 19, 2pm; no show May 14 • $20 at TIX on the Square THE SOUND OF MUSIC • Citadel Shoctor Thea-

tre, 9828-101A Ave • 780.428.2117 • Music by Richard Rodgers, lyrics by Oscar Hammerstein II, book by Howard Lindsay and Russel Crouse, directed by Bob Baker, starring Rejean Cournoyer • Until May 20

THE SPITFIRE GRILL • Wetaskiwin Memorial Arts Centre, 5206-50 St, Wetaskiwin • 780.352.8383 • • Wetaskiwin Theatre Society Waterworks Theatre • By Fred Alley and James Valcq, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff • Musical depicting the journey of a young woman just released from prison who decides to start her life anew in a rural Wisconsin town • May 4-6; Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun 2pm • $15 THE SWINGIN’ SISTERS CLUB • Capital Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, Fox Dr, Whitemud Dr • A Swingin' Good Time stars Bridget Ryan, Beth Portman and Kate Ryan • May 11-13; Fri-Sat 8pm; Sun 12:30 and 3:30pm; May 11: Dinner & Theatre, May 13: Mother's Day Brunch • $28 (adult)/$20 (student/senior) THEATRESPORTS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83

Ave • • Improv runs every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member)


Find a restaurant



Under the High Wheel A taste of home cooking

Healthy, satisfying homestyle cooking // Meaghan Baxter

8135 - 102 St 780.439.4442


estled in the newly opened onestop-shop Roots on Whyte building is the chic, relaxed culinary delight known as Under the High Wheel. The restaurant opened its doors on March 8, and while it's still undergoing some finishing touches in terms of construction, it offers a welcoming, bright dining space accented by rich aromas of fresh cooking escaping from its large open kitchen. Jennifer Ogle, former chef and owner of Leva Cafe, and her friend and newfound business partner Ada Kalinowski have established a focus on featuring local ingredients and supporting Albertan producers. "I think as a small business, it's imperative that we support other small

businesses in our community," Ogle says. "I think it's also good for the city and for the province that we try to keep our money here as much as we can." A variety of restaurants in the city are making the switch to preparing food with local ingredients, and Ogle notes this is due to the incredible quality of the ingredients, adding it makes them more enjoyable to cook with, not to mention establishing valuable relationships with the farmers. Ogle, who did extensive travelling in Europe and went to school in France, was inspired by the continent's culinary culture and decided to bring a taste of that back to Alberta. "When I was there, people still cooked for their families ... I mean, don't get me wrong, I love to go out

and eat, but I really loved that about being there. It brought the family together and it felt very prolific," she recalls. "You go over unannounced to someone's house for a visit. That's how they do things; you pop in and there's food and vodka and wine if you're in France, and it's almost instantaneous. You've barely walked through the door and they're trying to feed you. I just think that's so beautiful." Ogle and Kalinowski were particularly influenced by central Europe, specifically Poland, Hungary and Slovakia. The restaurant's name also reflects a European touch. As Kalinowski explains, it came from a place in Krakow, Poland, where many places CONTINUED ON PAGE 20 >>


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are named "under the" in reference to landmarks they're situated under, such as statues. "We thought we would create our own, so we bought a bicycle, something kind of unique," Kalinowski says of the custom, old-fashioned high wheel bicycle they had made. "We were going to hang it up out front, but our sign got hung first, so our name will make sense eventually." The menu, which features a variety of mouth watering vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free offerings, such as the popular buckwheat crepes, available in sweet or savoury varieties. The menu will reflect what's in season in terms of local produce, with a rotating repertoire of homemade soups available year-round, including roasted tomato, Mediterranean red lentil, borscht and cream of mushroom. Meat lovers can rest assured that there will be something on the menu to satisfy their tastes as well. "There's tons of choice," Ogle says of the restaurant's lineup, which also includes feature dishes like bangers and mash, which will be back due to popularity. "We're using locally sourced meat, so we feel good about serving it and satisfying the carnivores in the crowd." Ogle says there will likely always be a burger on the menu, such as The


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Burger, as it's simply known. The staggering creation features a juicy patty of free range, antibiotic and hormone free Alberta beef, served with roasted potatoes and choice of organic greens or homemade soup. Under the High Wheel has things covered for satisfying a sweet tooth as well. Bread pudding, apple crisp and a flourless jelly roll are just a taste of the many indulgences available. For now, Under the High Wheel is open for breakfast and lunch, with all-day brunch on weekends, but Ogle and Kalinowski have plans to open for dinner. They don't have an exact date set, but say it could be any day now. Once the restaurant receives its liquor license, which will also be in the very near future, Under the High Wheel will feature bring your own wine. With just a small corking fee, rather than the large mark up at most restaurants, patrons can enjoy their favourite wine for less. "I think it's really in keeping with people wanting to be responsible when they're going out and drinking. You don't have to drink the whole bottle, you can take it home and finish it," Ogle adds. As if that wasn't enough, Under the High Wheel is also available for custom catering, from simple soup and sandwich lunches to five course plated dinners. meaghan baxter



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As Edmonton finally moves out of the brown season and freak snow storms every other day, it's time to start thinking about warmer weather when it comes to wardrobe choices. Things still haven't hit the heat of summer yet, but that doesn't mean you've got to bundle up. Vue hit the streets of see how Edmontonians are navigating the in-between and incorporating some of spring's trends. PHOTOS: MEAGHAN BAXTER

C h u n ky sw eater s:

Let's face it, spring doesn't always mean sunny weather. For cooler days, a chunky cardigan is a must. It'll also be a wardrobe item you can carry over into fall, and who doesn't love multiseason pieces? Keep the colour neutral so it can be paired easily with other items in your wardrobe, from bright plaid shirts to simple T-shirts. Ladies, you can get in on this trend too.


Co l ou re d j ean s:

Coloured denim has evolved from its cringeworthy '80s predecessors. This spring, standard blue and black washes have shifted in favour of dynamic pops of colour and even patterns. From pastel to neon, coloured denim is an essential spring item for 2012. Don't be afraid of whether or not you can pull it off and just go for it. Stick with solids or venture out and take advantage of patterns, which can be found in just about anything from floral to snakeskin. Try pairing coloured or patterned denim with a neutral top and accessories to avoid overdoing it.


GStar waxed slim jeans, Stephen Schneider Gothic shawl collar cardi, $210.00 (Colour Blind) $425.00 (Gravity Pope)

Ben Shermanshort-sleeved plaid shirt, $89.00(Colour Blind)

Ben Sherman faded teal sweater, $89.00 (Colour Blind)

Ya! matte gold and silver rings, $19.00 each (Colour Blind) Mavi cropped floral denim, $105.00 (Colour Blind)

Mavi cropped teal denim, $105.00 (Colour Blind)

Karen Walker sunglasses, $179.00 (Gravity Pope)

Ben Sherman shoes, $82.50

gsus The Buenos Aires pant, $135.00 (Colour Blind)

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Colour blocking has been seen on runways all over the world this spring, and with that trend came a resurgence of pairing classic black and white. Layering with a scarf and cardigan makes an outfit versatile and functional, yet keeps it on-trend. Go for simple horizontal stripes or look for asymmetrical patterns to create visual interest. gsus black slouchy sweater, $95.00 (Colour Blind) Filippa K soft Lycra striped T-shirt, $125.00 (Gravity Pope)

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Sofie D'Hoore Stitched edge leather belt, $190.00 (Gravity Pope)

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Blazers have been a classic staple for decades and a tailored, quality one never goes out of style. Edmonton's spring weather is far from predictable and blazers can provide a chic way to layer on cooler days without sacrificing style. A neutral option is a great addition to your spring wardrobe, while a fun colour with embellishments or other details can kick things up a notch. Mavi dark denim blazer, $149.00 (Colour Blind)

Maison Scotch tan blazer, $265.00 (Colour Blind)

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Sheer button downs offer a feminine take on the men's-wear-inspired trend that's been sticking around for a couple of seasons now, or go for ultra-girly frilly, sheer blouses. Go for light pastels or bright springinspired colours, and pair with shorts or skinny jeans to balance out the loose silhouette.

FlowING dre ss e s :

Nothing says spring like a gauzy, brightly coloured dress. Flowing spring dresses range from daring hemlines to more modest cuts, flattering a variety of shapes and sizes. Even if the weather's not quite ideal, they can still be layered with a trendy leather jacket, tights and boots for a little extra warmth. Try accessorizing with a skinny waist belt for a more structured silhouette.

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Pink Martini dress, $85.00 (Bamboo Ballroom) Obey Propaganda leather jacket, $149.00 (Bamboo Ballroom)

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The doomy soul music of Cold Specks rises above its darkness Sun, May 6 (7 pm) Cold Specks With Great Lake Swimmers McDougall United Church, $25


he music of Cold Specks draws deeply on the spirit of the Alan Lomax recordings, a wide-spanning collection of field music that—before being preserved in wax by the namesake folklorist—existed solely for its singers, not for an audience. They were the songs that rose up over depression-era work fields, traditional folk and blues sung to pass the time, not out to win sentiment from anyone but ease the daily dirge of those singing it. And on Cold Specks' first single, "Holland," amid a background echo of guitar notes and lingering cello, 23-year old Al Spx sings of that sentiment, conjuring a stark shade of catharsis, of finding "god in the gutter" and accepting the lack of a lasting impression we leave in our time here: "We are many, we are dust," she sings. "Into dust we will all return." The parallels between the Lomax records and Spx's own are ones she's drawn herself, with comparisons to the recordings encircling her career from early references and discussion in interviews—and here I am, leading with them—though she's quick to agree to the influence of those recordings. "A friend sent me a copy of [the Lomax

record] Southern Journey, and I became completely obsessed with it," Spx says, on the phone from London. "I think it's because I was attracted to, really, people who were singing just for the love of it, not expecting it to ever be a career, and just having those moments of singing captured by Alan Lomax is just a wonderful thing. I just fell in love with it." Her velvety croon certainly recalls a pre-industry era of song, and "Holland"'s B-side, an a cappella take on old folk standard "Old Stepstone" only serves to underscore the point. But Spx relates more to the spirit of those recordings, of singing for the sake of singing, than the sound specifics: her early musical output was for an audience the size of her social circle, which she thought would remain its permanent parameters. "I always thought I'd just write some songs, record them poorly on my laptop and send them out to friends," she says. Now, music is revealing itself to be her career. Originally from Etobicoke, Spx now splits her time between Toronto and London (where her band is stationed), and is developing budding followings on both sides of the Atlantic. She'd been casually recording in Canada under the title Basket of Figs when a friend's brother found himself with access to a studio in Wales. He asked her to fly out and make a record, and Spx notes that her first UK recording session

is what shifted music from her hobby to a more active interest. "I'd never really sat down and analyzed my voice or my songs 'till then. And I guess that ... I don't know," she says, searching for the proper term. "Just hearing your songs back, recorded properly, is a nice thing. And it just made me feel proud and happy with the songs. So I continued to make more." Still, those early sessions left her unsatisfied with making simple voiceand-guitar record. Spx knew a number of UK musicians by then, and selected a six-piece band to bolster her sound, swapping out the Figs moniker with a new, more encompassing one, drawn from a line in Ulysses that had stuck with her ("all in the dark wormy earth, cold specks of fire, evil lights shining in the darkness ... "). The band had garnered buzzing acclaim in the UK, and seems to be slowly building its influence over here, too, likely to shift into a larger awareness with May release of Cold Specks' debut album, I Predict a G  raceful Explosion. Spx has dubbed the album's sound "doom soul," and there's certainly an ambiguous darkness shrouding its tone, never far from the surface, particularly in the lyrics—"Frantic city keep me warm this fall / It's been a heavy year / Bathurst, Spadina, St George and


Bay / Am I to condemn the hands of darkness?" goes one line of "Elephant Head"—but bleak as that all sounds, the expanded band gives her songs an affecting uplift: most start as minimal, just one-instrument-and-voice but build to a triumphant swell of guitars, horns and percussion, all guided skyward by Spx's brazen, gospel-worthy voice. The focus of Cold Specks on Graceful Explosion seems to be on the a sense of rising above ones inflictions instead of circling around them woefully, and it's a potent draft to follow upwards. She notes that most of the songs on Graceful Explosion were written a few years ago, but aside from noting the big themes on the album— "Vaguely, without going into details, birth, death and love are the three big ones," she says— Spx doesn't seem keen to dig into what's behind them. "I guess I was going through what ever teenager or kid in their early 20s goes through," Spx explains of her feelings while writing the album. "I guess just the natural struggles with growing up, and in particular with me, there was a struggle with finding God. Just, really, boredom in the suburbs. "I don't believe in God now. There was a time that I did," she continues, pointing out her waning faith was a natural progression that began in her teens. "I really came to realize what I was feeling and

believing when I was around 20, 21?" Spx is a pleasant conversation, but also a guarded one. There seems to have been some shift in her life—hobby musician to professional, religious believer to non—that occurred in her early 20s that isn't really up for discussion. In other interviews, she's danced around the fact that her family doesn't necessarily approve of her current career, and that Spx is a moniker used out of respect for their disapproval. But further explanation is something she keeps to herself. To call her secrecy enigmatic would be inflating it: simply, Spx doesn't seem to want to discuss the stories behind her songs. Given the nature of her music, that's likely for the best: Graceful Explosion seems set on rising above its troubles, and grounding discussion of the album in what stories lies behind them would run counter to that arc, which, as it stands seems to play quite nicely for Spx. When asked if, given its cathartic nature, anything on the album surprises her to listen back to now, the answer she gives is of an unexplainable little moment of joy. "At the end of 'Steady,' Teddy Edwards' baritone sax hangs on, and every time I hear that, I chuckle," Spx says. "I'm not sure why, I can't explain it a bit. Every time I listen to that, I chuckle." Paul Blinov






The Frolics Sat, May 5 (6 pm) With White Lightning, Slowcaster Pawn Shop


elebrate Cinco de Mayo Frolics style with the release party for the band's latest album Bombastic. The Frolics were SONiC Band of the Month in September and the band has continued to gain support throughout the city's music community for its unique, spacey surf-rock sound, which also earned it a nomination in the Artist to Watch category at last weekend's Edmonton Music Awards. Bombastic stays true to the trio's retro roots, but the Frolics wanted to add a modernized element this time around. Guitarist Scott Fralick, his wife Amy, who does double duty as bassist and lead vocalist, along with their new drummer Ali D, didn't want to limit themselves artistically by being pigeon-holed strictly as a retro band. "Know where you're coming from, but don't get stuck in it," Scott says. He also credits some of the group's evolving sound dynamic to the addition of Ali. Aside from more estrogen and sisterly love, which he jokes makes him outvoted now that the band is two thirds female as opposed to two thirds male, as was the case on the last album, Ripe, he says Ali brings a new groove that switched everything up. "We're less punk and more pop. We were becoming so loud that Amy was

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screaming rather than singing," he says of Ripe. "It changed the way Amy sings. It certainly changed the way Amy plays bass and changes what kind of guitar tones I use." Bombastic was recorded in Nashville, where Amy and Scott moved away from in 2008 when Scott was offered a job with CBC, with the help of Eric Fritsch, who's been behind the mixing board for all three Frolics albums. Amy says Fritsch knows the band's sound and always has ways of changing things for the better. The word "bombastic" speaks for itself in terms of the album's sound, but Amy has her own way of describing it. "If you could imagine Uma Thurman in Kill Bill wrestling with Pussy Galore

from Goldfinger and then kissing and making up at the end, that would be Bombastic," she says with a laugh. The Frolics plan to kick off a Western Alberta tour this summer to promote Bombastic before releasing a new Halloween-themed EP in the fall. "We want to keep following the path that's basically been laid out for us. I know that sounds cheesy and cliche," Ali says. "You can't please everybody, but please the fans and put on a good show with good music. As long as we can keep going with that and enjoying it along the way." "And, of course, get it in a Tarantino movie," Amy adds. "That's our biggest goal." MEAGHAN BAXTER



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Big Wreck Fri, May 4 (8 pm) With Rikers Edmonton Event Centre, $32.50


he details of Big Wreck's implosion almost a decade ago have grown hazy, and neither Ian Thornley nor Brian Doherty, who didn't speak for years, could pinpoint its catalyst. Rather, it was a culmination of pressure and bad communication that caused Big Wreck to become exactly that. Doherty and Thornley were friends prior to the inception of Big Wreck and Thornley, who released two albums under his own name after Big Wreck split, said his reaching out to Doherty again was just from missing him and seemed like a natural move. "The way things were left the first time around in '02 or whatever, it still left a sour taste in my mouth," he says. "It's sort of like no time has passed, but I think we're both a lot more mature now and I don't think we'd be able to do this, certainly the way that we're doing it, without having spent that many years growing up on our own." This time around, he recognizes the importance of keeping the dynamic in the band positive and focusing on maintaining open communication, add-

ing that hours stuck together on a bus can get pretty hairy if someone's harbouring some kind of negative emotion. So far, things seem to be on the right track. Albatross, Big Wreck's first new release since getting back together, saw the band take complete creative control, asking the executives at Anthem to step back and let them to do their thing. The end result is one Thornley says feels more free and less compromised. Thornley took a role behind the scenes as well, producing alongside Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) and Eric Ratz (Billy Talent, Cancer Bats). "Everyone was really on the same page and Nick was a great help, especially in pre-production, just helping with the arrangement of some of the songs. Some of them were too complicated and there was just too much," he notes of the exprience. "It wasn't a case of dumbing it down or trimming the fat at all. It was just to keep things interesting and keep everyone inspired." Thornley always has a large stockpile of music on-hand in different stages of completion, which he dug through for Albatross. The end result is a diverse range of styles and sounds that form

a cohesive whole both new and inventive, but still very much the Big Wreck fans remember. "One of my concerns was is it cohesive at all, because we did pick from different piles, so to speak," he adds. There's no big comeback statement attached to the album, but Thornley says if there was any statement at all, it would be that Albatross is a real band playing real music. He didn't want to follow the cookie cutter methodology a great deal of mainstream music falls into and instead, create a real rock album. "I don't hear computers and I don't hear cut and paste method of songwriting. It sounds like a band. the music breathes and it ebbs and flows," he says, adding Mojo by Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was an inspiration for Albatross. "When I listen to the radio, sometimes I get pissed off because you can actually hear the same kick drum sound and the same snare sound from song to song, and there's maybe three or four different four chord sequences that you use for the chorus. Then you insert chorus here and attach whatever fabricated convoluted emotion is the one of the week." MEAGHAN BAXTER





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Skydiggers Wed, May 9 (6 pm) and Thu, May 10 (8 pm) With Peter Katz and Jason Plumb Haven Social Club, $15


fter marking 20 years in the music biz with the career-spanning retrospective The Truth About Us, Skydiggers has reemerged with Northern Shores. The 15-track disc might just be the group's most diverse album yet, charting new and old musical territory, but staying true to a sound that is distinctly Skydiggers. Northern Shore is a combination of several radically different approaches, with some of the tunes worked up from simple guitar/vocal/drummachine tracks recorded in the basement of guitarist/vocalist Josh Finlayson's Toronto home before being built


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up piece by piece. Others were cut live off the floor in Blue Rodeo's studio, while another set was recorded at the Tragically Hip's Bathouse Studio, where the band recorded in a more conventional way. "Often, making a new recording for

us has been a reaction to the previous recording. For example, if we did a lot of overdubbing on a previous recording, often the next time we'll want to do as much of it live off the floor as we can," singer Andy Maize explains. "With this one, there was no set plan."

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The end result is a disc that ranges from simplistic acoustic melodies to a honkytonk rendition of Mickey Newburty's "Why You Been Gone So Long" to more complex string-infused instrumentation. Maize says the approach was the result of nothing more than trying to be themselves and make music that was a reflection of the lives they've lived and are currently living. Skydiggers also opted to work in complete creative collaboration with producer Saam Hashemi, which is something Maize says they don't always choose to do. Hashemi was the one mixing and building to bring all the different approaches to Northern Shore together. Maize says he was very flexible during the whole process, allowing the band to experiment. "Sometimes making a recording, you

can get a little wrapped up in the process of making it, and this time we decided we were just going for the results," Maize notes. "We wanted to make sure the songs were well represented and, in sort of ignoring the process, we actually enjoyed the process as much as we ever have." Another part of the production process took Skydiggers on a trip down memory lane as they sifted through old recordings to revisit for the new album. Fifteen of the 25 songs recorded made it onto the album, with an additional 10 included on a deluxe edition, along with the band's demos from 1988 and recordings from 1996 when Peter Cash was still with the group. Maize feels the reach back into the band's history was partly fueled by the prior retrospective album, as well as to embrace the sense of community that's always been a binding force of the band, which he credits to its longevity. "It was important to us when we were starting and a lot of the same people we're still involved with, we're still friends with," Maize adds. "I think as you mature you start to realize what's important in life, and it's those relationships and those friendships that end up being important." meaghan baxter


MUSIC NOTES Negura Bunget / Thu, May 3 (7 pm) From the band's own press release: "Formed in 1995 in Timişoara, Romania, NEGURA BUNGET have studiously explored the more mystical, spiritual ends of the black metal spectrum as well as their own vast cultural heritage." If that doesn't make you want to see this show, I don't know what will. Check it. (Pawn Shop, $15)


Come, Ye Singers of Song, showcases the whole Cantilon family of choirs and new commission work by Margaret King. (McDougall United Church, $15 adults, $12 students and children)

John Prine / Mon, May 7 (8 pm) Country/folk music vet John Prine returns to Edmonton for the third time in the past four years to promote his latest album, and archival set entitled The Singing Mailman Delivers. (Winspear Centre, $51.50 – $61.50)





Maracujah / Sat, May 5 (9 pm) Celebrate Cinco de Mayo with the Latin-funk stylings of Maracujah. Includes special guests and limited re-release of the band's debut album featuring four previously unreleased tracks. (Starlite Room, $24.75)

Garret Mason and Keith Hallett / Sat, May 5 Mason, a Juno Award-winning blues guitarist from Nova Scotia, goes head-to-head with fellow blues afficianado Hallet from Fredericton, NB, along with Big Blue Jr. Aka Bernard and the Breezy Brian Gregg Band. (The Fiddler's Roost, $25)

Cantilon Choirs / Sun, May 6 (3 pm) Since its inception in 1999, the Cantilon Choirs have provided performance opportunities for children ages four to 19, and have racked up numerous awards at provincial, national and international competitions. This concert,

MASSACRE Old Time Machine / Tue, May 8 Duo Ryan McNally and Kyle Cashen got their start in a cardboard box amidst scrap lumber, thrift store bed sheets and chicken wire accompanied by second-hand lamps, rugs and video game consoles for an art exhibition portraying the dark days of winter. Old Time Machine blends McNally's traditional blues and Cashen's unique soundscapes, balancing the early days of pop with rock and modern times. (Wunderbar)

SandyBone & the BreakDown / Thu, May 10 SandyBone made a name for himself as a respected Canadian blues drummer, but had to trade in his sticks in 2004 after developing tendonitis in his left arm. Rather than pack it in, he turned his focus to singing, songwriting and guitar, forming the roots-oriented band SandyBone & the BreakDown, now releasing its debut album Down the Line. (New City, $9 in advance, $12 at the door)














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Jayme Stone/ Tue, May 8 (8 pm) Juno Award-winning banjoist Jayme Stone is heading out on tour with a revolving lineup of musicians to debut new music in the works for his next record. He'll also be spending three days combing through field recordings from the Smithsonian Folkways archives in town, which will lead to creating and performing new arrangements of tunes from around the world. The whole thing is a pilot for a larger project Stone is developing next year. Keep an eye out for his banjo concerto written by Andrew Downing this summer. (Haven Social Club, $15)




NEWSOUNDS The Dandy Warhols This Machine (The End) 

Back in 2011, when This Machine was still in development, Dandy Warhols frontman Courtney TaylorTaylor announced the album's title would be Shitty Shitty Band Band. "I think SSBB is good cuz it's humble, ya know?" he wrote. "Like Beck. Remember when he was a loser baby so why don't you kill him?" Though the self-deprecating Chitty Chitty Bang Bang allusion didn't stick (another early title announced was the totally awesome Pastor of Muppets), it pretty accurately reflected the state of things for the Dandys: every release since/including 2005's Odditorum has been critically savaged, called bloated and overindulgent and quickly forgotten by all but the band's devoted core audience. That certainly hasn't escaped Taylor-Taylor: some of the band's best songs smack of smartalec commentary about the world around them, and while he's always spouted the too-cool-for-school sheen, Taylor-Taylor's always been a keen enough observer of trends to know that he's no longer on the map. Shitty Shitty Band Band seems like a good a way of both acknowledging the haters and staying above them, turning their criticism into a defiant shield: we know you think we suck, but we're going to keep sucking. So there. Still, there are probably a few real tears hidden behind Taylor-Taylor's sunglasses, so if This Machine, album number eight for the Dandy Warhols, sounds a little beaten down by the world, well, "the hat-


ers" are the reason. But it's also one of the band's most focused releases in years, boasting its strongest Side-As since Welcome to the Monkey House. Forsaking synthesized shimmer in favour of more minimal, spacious production, "Sad Vacation" launches into a fuzzy bass groove that shifts from slick to urgent at the chorus; Taylor-Taylor's cool-guy coo carries well over punchy guitar jabs and blunt drumming of "The Autumn Carnival." He turns on his rock-star voice for the amped-up "Enjoy Yourself," wherein TaylorTaylor comments, then-and-now, on his band's place in the musical universe: "It went by so fast / Now I wanna go back / And that's why I'm living in the past / I used to be cool," he sings, before dropping a cheery chorus about enjoying health and the life you've got. It's a bit goofy, but reads well, and proves that the Dandys can still be in on the joke instead of drifting above it aimlessly. After a strong start, the latter half of This Machine sees style start winning out over substance. The sedated big-band crunch of "16 Tons" is a clunker. "SETI vs the Wow! Signal" is a fairly lackluster singalong rock song. "Don't Shoot She Cried" just drones out to the near-six minute mark. You can tell when This Machine is just going through the motions, and "this is good enough" really isn't for this band. Still, generally, there's improvement: no song breaks the six-minute mark (meandering opuses have been the Achilles' heel for a couple of albums now) and maybe that's a concession: that the band that penned "Cool as Kim Deal" may actually be taking to heart some of the more well-founded criticisms lobbed it way, instead of trying to shrug all of it off as whatever, man. When This Machine tempers its hubris with a few bites of humility, you can still hear a great, clever band at work. Maybe a little humble pie did Taylor-Taylor and his band some good. Paul Blinov



Jessica Jalbert, "Swingin' Party" Soft-focus synthesizers and a dreamy vocal line carry this cover of the Replacements 1985 alt-rock jam. It gets to the core of the original's sentiment and revels in it. Gorgeous.

Metric, "Youth Without Youth" Metric's first release since 2009's Fantasies finds the band in a deep digi-bass groove, emphasizing its rhythmic muscle rather than big hooks at the expense of, well, big hooks. There's some sorta interesting deployment of vocoder, but the sum of its synthy parts doesn't work out to much over the four-minute runtime. V



Death Grips The Money Store (Epic)  Right from opener "Get Got"—which sounds like a Die Antwoord track crafted with skill instead of novelty weirdness—Death Grips' The Money Store goes about carving a strange rap odyssey with aggressive gusto. It's the soundtrack to a dystopian future revolution, driven by instinctive percussion— Hella drummer Zack Hill is behind the kit here—and rusted-industrial landscape samples from Andy Morin and Stefan Burnett's shout-raps about blowing the system, flesh, sadomasochism and anger. Rap-rock has never been less of a joke. Paul Blinov


Harvest Breed Everything Changes (Landlocked)  Harvest Breeddraws on the classics like Townes Van Zandt, Grateful Dead and the Band for a mellow yet complex mix of tunes. Ranging from soft, pretty piano-driven ballads to infectious, upbeat rock-tinged tracks, Everything Changes blends tempos effectively and keeps the album interesting throughout, without dragging or feeling monotonous. The lyrics paint a clear picture for the listener and each song tells its own story dripping with genuine emotion. Highlights include the title track, "Just Listen (Don't Talk)" and "If You Come Home," which is reminiscent of a lullaby in its instrumentals. Meaghan Baxter


Of Monsters and Men My Head is an Animal (Universal Republic)  A six-piece hailing from Garðabær, Iceland and winners of a countrywide battle of the bands competition in 2010, Of Monsters and Men splits the difference between Edward Sharpe and the Arcade Fire, which is to say not much difference at all: the band makes big, sweeping singalongs sung with unabashed joy through jangling echoes of guitar, sweetypie boy-girl harmonies and a thick stack of oh-whoa-oh-type choruses, from the opening uplift of "Dirty Paws" right through to the gentle drum march closer of "Yellow Light." It's almost too much of a sweet thing: there's nothing wrong with letting out a well-polished anthem or two, but My Head is an Animal is effectively full of them, and almost 50 minutes of such a sonic parade gets pretty tiring. There just isn't enough of a dynamic happening beneath all the gloss. Paul Blinov



Jay Aymar


Causing a different type of buzz Thu, May 3 (8 pm) With Ky Babyn Haven Social Club, $8 (in advance), $10 (at the door) An incident with some pesky insects led to chaos during a performance for folk singer-songwriter Jake Aymar. Prior to his show in Edmonton, he shared the details with Vue. Folk super stardom is a very dangerous game. It was a beautiful, sunny afternoon when I took the stage at the Northern Lights Folk Festival in Sudbury, Ont. My mission was simple. I was asked to perform 10 songs on a side stage and keep the songs "upbeat" as this was a licensed tent. "OK, I can do this easily," I thought. As I took the stage to see hundreds sprawling throughout the tent on lawn chairs and blankets I saluted the crowd and began my set. Into my fifth song, I felt several bees buzzing around my head. I tensed up and projected that fear into the song. The crowd began to giggle— I could hear them. Suddenly, a few more were buzzing around. Then I realize it was the vast amount of spilled beer next to where I was

standing. There were bees everywhere. As a good folk troubadour would do, I persisted in singing my song of freedom until the inevitable happened—one of the bee's began crawling up my shorts. I lost it. I began flailing around like a marionette while the crowd si-

multaneously gasped and snickered. Suddenly, the side-stage co-ordinator jumped up and with one quick wallop to my thigh with the program booklet, disaster was averted. The bees went home. We all stayed and I finished my set. Laughter ensued.  V





Richard's Bar Live R&B bands (dancing); 8pm Ric’s Grill Peter Belec ( jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm Sherlock Holmes–Downtown Stan Gallant

THU MAY 3 Accent European Lounge Lindsey Walker, Joel Crichton (singer-songwriter); 9:30pm-11:30pm; no minors; no cover

Artery May Jam

Union Party: We Were Lovers, Castle River, Bebop Cortez, Kusch & Lana Lenore; 8pm

Blues on Whyte Boogie Patrol

Derina Harvey

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Wunderbar Zachary

Lucky (Saskatoon), Troy Snaterse, Field Assembly, Carly Maicher; 8:30pm; $7

DJs Black dog Freehouse Main

Kenny Hillaby hosts a jazz session night every Thu with Shadow Dancers, Maura and Jeanelle; no cover

Floor: wtft w djwtf - rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam

Café Haven Brian

Brixx High Fidelity

Brittany's Lounge

Pottie; 7pm; donation


Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Thu at 9pm

DV 8 Tavern

Vox Humana, Zero Something; 9pm

Eddie Shorts Good Time Jambouree with Charlie Scream every Thu Edmonton Event Centre Heritage

Hunter Tour: Opeth & Mastodon, Ghost; 7pm; $39.50 at Ticketmaster, Blackbyrd, Unionevents. com

Haven Social Club The Threads

(rock), Jay Aymar, Ky Babyn; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

Thu: Open turntables; E: to book 30-min set

Tantrum Desire (Uk); 9:30pm

Lit Italian Wine Bar Lauren Busheikin; 8pm; no cover

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 Break

Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Thu; 9pm

FLASH Night Club

Indust:real Assembly: Goth and Industrial Night with DJ Nanuck; no minors; 10pm (door); no cover

Pawn Shop Negura Bunget (Transilvanian Legacy Tour), Eclipse Eternal, guests; 7pm

Blues on Whyte Boogie Patrol

Brittany's Lounge Babyn and Bablitz; 9pm

Brixx bar Early

every Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door)

Coast to Coast Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm

every Thu with DJ Damian

HALO Fo Sho: every Thu HILLTOP PUB The

KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

Funk Bunker Thursdays

New City Whiskey

Wagon w/Girls Girls Girls (UK), Alleycat Blues, TBA; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $10

New West Hotel

Boots & Boogie (country)

On the Rocks Hamburger

Overtime Sherwood Park

Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

PAWN SHOP The Steadies (electronic pop), Thrillhouse, Hale Hale, Knibb High Football Rules; 8pm; $10 (adv) Red Piano Bar

Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am

Rose and Crown Jarrett Bordian

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Stan Gallant

Sherlock Holmes–WEM Derina Harvey

Starlite Room

Klub Omfg! Edmonton; 9pm

Transcend Coffee–Elevation Room Alice Kos, Amy

Da Housecat featuring Designer Drugs; 9pm

Expressionz Café– Redwood Room Uptown Folk Club: Steve Pineo; 7:30pm


Good Neighbor Pub T.K. and the

Haven Social Club Sweet Alibi

(country, R&B), The Ospreys; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

Irish Club Jam

session every Fri; 8pm; no cover

Jeffrey's Café Paul Ledding (singer); $15 Jekyll and Hyde Pub Headwind (classic

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Yardbird Suite

International Jazz Series: Pascal Niggenkemper Trio, Upcoming Hurricane (New York/ Germany); 8pm (door); 9pm (show); $20 (member)/$24 (guest)

Yellowhead Brewery World Fit

For Children Musical Gala: 100 Mile House (folk rock), Jason Zerbin, Jenie Thai; 8pm; $20 and up, fundraising event

Classical All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral

Excentrica Women’s Choir 10th Anniversary Concert; 8pm; tickets at TIX on the Square

Winspear Centre Dreaming of Carnegie: Edmonton Symphony, William Eddins (conductor), Jens Lindemann (trumpet), Angela Cheng (piano), Juliette Kang (violin), Denise Djokic (cello); 7:30pm


Lucky 13 Sin Thu with

pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover

every Fri; no cover

On The Rocks

Krush Ultra Lounge Mustard Smile


Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow

(rock); 7pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

Friday DJs on all three levels

Overtime– Downtown Thursdays

LB's Pub Friday Night Blues Party with Big Hank and a Fist Full of Blues; 9:30pm

Blacksheep Pub

rendezvous Metal

Lizard Lounge

at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step

night every Thu

Richard's BAR Needles To Vinyl

Taphouse–St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves


Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

Boneyard Ale House The Rock

Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

Mash-up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover

Level 2 lounge

BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

Funk Bunker Presents: tantrum desire (UK); 9:30pm

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

FILTHY McNASTY'S Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG


hop and dancehall; every Fri

Funky Buddha– Whyte Ave Top tracks,

rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri


Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close

junction bar and eatery LGBT Com-

munity: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

Newcastle Pub

House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan

O2's Taphouse and Grill DJs every O2's on whyte DJ

Wunderbar Sled Island Warm-Up Party: The Wicked Awesomes, Brazilian Money, The Allotropes, Renny Wilson; 8:30pm; $10



Wild Bill’s–Red

DV8 Cavernous, Display of Decay; 9pm Straightline

Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

Fri and Sat

Deer TJ the DJ every

Eddie Shorts

Buffalo Underground R U

van Keeken, The Utilities; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

Devaney's Irish pub Duanne Allen

Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover

DJ Mike Tomas

Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover

After Eight; 8.30pm; $12

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Requests

Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm

New West Hotel

Overtime Sherwood Park

Blue Chair Café


Level 2 lounge

Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music);

every Fri; 7-10pm; $10

Bingo is Back every Thu starting 9pm; followed by Behind The Red Door at 10:30pm; no minors; no cover


Bistro La Persaud


New City Live music

Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; Late show: Boots & Boogie (country)

Slumlord, The Fallacy, Marry Me, Murder, These Colors Don't Run, Counted Among Saints

Empire Ball Room–WEM Felix

Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close

New City Legion

Avenue Theatre

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown


Artery AV Art Show #5: Ben Disaster (folk, pop, punk), J. Eygenraam, Jesse and Oliver; $10 (adv)

Rikers; 8pm (door); no minors; $25 at Ticketmaster, Blackbyrd,

Marybeth's Coffee House– Beaumont Open mic

every Thu; 7pm


CARROT Live music

Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill

Level 2 lounge

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Chrome Lounge

Jeffrey's Café Tim

L.B.'s Pub Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every

Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close

Century Room


Harwill "Wanderman" (showcasing his new CD A Tribute to Catfish John); $10

Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

Show: Oldbury, Kingdom of Few, guests; Late Show: XoXo– A Moombahton party to follow (every Fri)

J R Bar and Grill Live Jam Thu; 9pm


Sherlock Holmes–WEM

Union Hall 3 Four All

Jay every Fri and Sat

Overtime– Downtown Fridays

at Eleven: Rock hip hop, country, top forty, techno


DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri

RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge

Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover

Suede Lounge

House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

Suite 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri

Treasury In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long Union Hall Ladies Night every Fri

Vinyl Dance Lounge Connected Las Vegas Fridays

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays


Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12

ALEYARD TAP & GRILL Bad Judgement Artery Tiff Hall (CD

release show), Sean Burns; $8 (adv)/$12 (door)

Avenue Theatre

Silent Line (metal), Eternal Prophecy, Eye of Horus; 9pm; $10 (adv)

Black Dog Freehouse Hair of

the Dog: Sean Burns (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

Blue Chair Café

Kevin Cook Trio; 8.30pm; $10

Blues on Whyte

Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Boogie Patrol

Brittany's Lounge Latin Dance Party with Khadija and La Banda Suarez; 9pm

Brixx Bar Early show: Cloudseekers, Apollo Doctrine; 7pm

Café Coral De Cuba Cafe Coral De Cuba Marco Claveria's open mic (music, poetry, jokes); every Sat, 6pm; $5

Century Casino John

Waite, Tommy Tutone, John Parr; 8pm; $39.95

Coast to Coast Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm

Crown Pub Acoustic

blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am

The Fiddlers Roost S.I.R.E.N.S:

Come Back To The Roost: Garrett Mason, others; 7pm; tickets at Ticketmaster

Filthy McNASTY'S

Cinqo De Mayo Party: The Red Cannons; 4pm; no cover

Gas Pump Saturday

Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth; 3:30pm

Haven Social Club Canyon Rose Outfit, guests

HillTop Pub Sat

afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening

Hooliganz Live music every Sat

Hydeaway Bryan

Evans; 7pm

Iron Boar Pub Jazz


(jazz); every Sat, 6pm

in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

Devaney's Irish pub

Jeffrey's Café Diana

Duanne Allen

DV8 The Tighten Up!

Stabel (pop/rock singersongwriter); $10


Krush Ultra

Eddie Shorts Cinco de Mayo, La Luna de Santiago; 9:30pm

Lounge Mustard

Edmonton Event Centre Bad Boy Bill,

l.b.'s pub Sat

Soundwave afterparty; 10pm

Expressionz Café

Open stage for original songs, hosted by Karyn Sterling and Randall Walsh; 2-5pm; admission by donation

Expressionz Café– Artisan's Den: Uptown

Folk Club: Steve Pineo (acoustic guitar styles, successful song creations); 10am-1pm; $5 (Uptown Folk Club member)/$10 (non-member); pre-register at

Smile (rock); $8 (adv), $10 (door)

afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm; Late show: The Fabulous Canola-Tones (Mark Ammar, Willie James Engel, Crawdad, Jim Donnett, Scot Morgan, 9:30pm-2am

New City Morals, NN, Noisy Colours, Detroit, Second Yellow; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $10 (door)

New City Legion

Cinco de Mayo: Suicidal Cop (alte Latin rock), N.N; 9:30pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door)

New West Hotel

Late show: Boots & Boogie (country)


BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm


OLPH Parish Puttin’ on the Ritz: Festival Singers, Heather Bedford-Clooney (conductor), Linda Steinbring (accompanist), Colin McLean (MC); 7:30pm; $30

Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

Overtime Sherwood Park

Robert Tegler Student Centre

every Sat; 9pm

O’byrne’s Live band

every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

On the Rocks

Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

Pawn Shop Cinco De Mayo: The Frolics (album release), Slowcoaster, White Lightning; 6pm; $12 (adv) Red Piano Bar

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

River Cree Lorrie

Morgan, Pam Tillis; $39.50

Rose and Crown Jarrett Bordian

Sherlock Holmes–Downtown Stan Gallant

Sherlock Holmes–WEM Derina Harvey

Sideliners Pub Sat

open stage; 3-7pm

Starlite Room

Maracujah! celebrates Cinco demayo; 9pm

Transcend Coffee– Elevation Room Mike McDonald (folk rock), Tyler Butler, DoT; 8pm; $5 (adv)/$8 (door)

Wunderbar Old

Wives, Jake Ian and the Haymakers, Wild Rose Orchestra; 8:30pm; $10

Yardbird Suite

International Jazz Series: Azar Lawrence Quintet (Los Angeles); 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $24 (member), $28 (guest)

Buffalo Underground Head Druid Irish Pub DJ

Sing to the Lord, All You Nations: Extol Him, All You Peoples: Concordia University College School of Music Concert Choir; 7:30pm; tickets at door, TIX on the Square


St Andrew's United Church

Fluid Lounge Scene

Sanctuary: Joyful Noise Choir; 7:30pm; $10/$8 (adv at info@; $15/$12 (door)

Westwood Unitarian Church

May Fever: Choral group La Vocabella; 7:30pm; $15 at TIX on the Square

Winspear Centre Dreaming of Carnegie: Edmonton Symphony, William Eddins (conductor), Jens Lindemann (trumpet), Angela Cheng (piano), Juliette Kang (violin), Denise Djokic (cello); 8pm


Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/ Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr. Erick

Blacksheep Pub DJ every Sat

Boneyard Ale House DJ Sinistra

Saturdays: 9pm

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every FILTHY McNASTY'S

Fire up your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Top tracks,

rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian

HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes junction bar and eatery LGBT

Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

Newcastle Pub Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri New City Legion

Polished Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (5-8pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm)

O2's Taphouse and Grill DJs every

Fri and Sat

O2's on whyte DJ Jay every Fri and Sat

Overtime– Downtown Saturdays

at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School

VENUE GUIDE Accent European Lounge 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave All Saints’ Anglican Cathedral 10035-103 St ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue Theatre 9030118 Ave, 780.477.2149 Bistro La Persaud 861791 St, 780.758.6686 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 10217-97 St Boneyard Ale House 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 Brittany's Lounge 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 Brixx Bar 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 Café Coral De Cuba 10816 Whyte Ave Café Haven 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CARROT Café 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580 Casino Edmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 Casino Yellowhead 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 Century Casino 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 Cha Island Tea Co 1033281 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail Coast to Coast 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675

Common 9910-109 St Crown Pub 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 Diesel Ultra Lounge 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB Devaney’s Irish Pub 901388 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St 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 9 Castle–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave Expressionz Café 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 First Baptist Church 10031-109 St FLASH Night Club 10018-105 St, 780.996.1778 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 Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery 9942108 St Good Neighbor Pub 11824-103 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO haven social club 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010

HillTop Pub 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 Hogs Den Pub 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 Hydeaway 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 Iron Boar Pub 4911-51st St, Wetaskiwin 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 Krush Ultra Lounge 16648-109 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 Lit Italian Wine Bar 10132-104 St Lizard Lounge 13160118 Ave Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 McDougall United Church 10025-101 St Newcastle PuB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 New City Legion 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) Nisku Inn 1101-4 St NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House 11802124 St, 780.451.1390, NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766

OLPH Parish 13 Brower Dr, Sherwood Park, lower level ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2's on Whyte 780.454.0203 O2's Taphouse and Grill 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 Overtime–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 Overtime Sherwood Park 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 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, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 Rendezvous 10108-149 St Richard's Bar 12150-161 Ave, 780-457-3117 Ric’s Grill 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 Robert Tegler Student Centre Concordia Campus. ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 Rose and Crown 10235101 St R Pub 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 St Andrew's United Church 9915-148 St Second Cup–89 Ave 8906-149 St Second Cup– Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • Summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929

Sideliners Pub 11018127 St, 780.453.6006 Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 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 Transcend Coffee– Elevation Room 10349 Jasper Ave Treasury 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, thetreasurey. ca TWO ROOMS 10324 Whyte Ave, 780.439.8386 Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 Vinyl Dance Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, Yellowhead Brewery 10229-105 St Westwood Unitarian Church 11135-65 Ave Wild Bill’s–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 Winspear Centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, Yellowhead Brewery 10229-105 St, 780.423.3333 Yesterdays Pub 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295



Palace Casino

Show Lounge DJ every Sat


Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm)

RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests

ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Rezzo, DJ Mkhai

Talk of the Town: Miss Representation; 2pm

McDougall United Church

Great Lake Swimmers (folk), Cold Specks; 7pm; $25 (adv)

Newcastle Pub Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm

New City Live music TBA


DIY Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands)

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am

Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Your

On the Rocks

Suede Lounge

O2's tap house and grill Open stage

Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

Suite 69 Stella

Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests


Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm

Souljah Fyah, Third Branch

hosted by the band the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun

Richard's Bar

Sun Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm


Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner)


Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous

Wunderbar's 2nd Anniversary: Live Music All Day; admission by donation, proceeds to Common Ground Arts Society; 8:30pm

Vinyl Dance Lounge Signature

Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage:

Union Hall


Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN MAY 6 Beer Hunter–St Albert Open stage/jam

every Sun; 2-6pm

Blackjack's Roadhouse–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

Blue Chair Café Sunday Brunch: PM Bossa; 10:30am2:30pm; donations

Blue Pear Restaurant Jazz on

the Side Sun: Bryan Qu; 5:30-8:30pm; $25 if not dining

Blues on Whyte Nadine Kellman, The Black Wonders

Caffrey's– Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover

Cha Island Tea Co Live on the Island:

Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm

DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage

every Sun with KeriLynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

Double D's Open

jam every Sun; 3-8pm

Eddie Shorts Open stage with Dan Daniels every Sun

Every Sun, 8pm

Classical First Baptist Church Sergei

Rachmaninoff ’s All-Night Vigil: Da Camera Singers and Spiritus Chamber Choir (Calgary) present Sergei Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil; 3pm; $20/$15 (door)

McDougall United Church

Come Ye Singers of Song: Cantilon Choirs; 3pm; $15 (adult)/$12 (student/ child) at TIX on the Square

Winspear Centre

Edmonton Youth Orchestra, Northern Alberta Concerto Competition Winners, Michael Massey (conductor), Mairi Irene McCormack (soprano), Tong Wang, Louisa Lu (piano); 2pm; $15/$10, Tix on the Square, door


Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim


Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy

FLOW Lounge Stylus



Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

Electric Rodeo– Spruce Grove




Zumba!, Dawn Morgan Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq

Hogs Den Pub

Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm

Horizon Stage


Mon: live music monthly; no cover

Pub Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm; Joanne Janzen


folk power metal from BC); 9pm

Richard's BAR

Early Show: Skydiggers (country folk/rock), Peter Katz, Jason Plumb, 6pm,$15 (adv); Late: Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free

Festival Place Rock

Second Cup– Summerwood Open

HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

DV8 Scythia (medieval

'n' Roll Time Machine; 7:30 pm; tickets at Ticketmaster

New City Early Show:

Sleepy Sun, Krang, Jessica J'Albert Band; 6pm (door), 8pm (show); $8 (adv at Blackbyrd, New City)/$10 (door)

Overtime Sherwood Park

Michael Dunn; 7pm

stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Lyle Hobbs

Sherlock Holmes–WEM Mike Braniff

Monday Open Stage



Yardbird Suite Tue

Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm

Richard's BAR

Michael Dunn; 7pm

Comedy; 8:30pm Night Sessions: Celsius Quartet; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $5 (door)


Rose Bowl/Rouge Lounge Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm

Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail

Winspear Winspear

Buddys DJ Arrow

Presents: John Prine; 8pm; $51.50-$61.50

Wunderbar Old Time Machine, Braden Gates, guests; 8:30pm; $5 DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay

Crown Pub

Mixmashitup Mon Industry Night: with DJ Fuzze, J Plunder (DJs to bring their music and mix mash it up)

FILTHY McNASTY'S Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson

Lucky 13 Industry

Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook


Madhouse Mon: Punk/ metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex

TUE MAY 8 Blues on Whyte

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys

Brixx Bar Ruby Tuesdays guest with host Mark Feduk: Matt Boucher, Albert Draper; $5 after 8pm Druid Irish Pub

Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm

DV8 Messiahlator, Cryptican Haven Social Club Jayme Stone

(classical, world), Room of Wonders; 8pm; $15 (adv)/$20 (door)

L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam

with Ammar; 9pm-1am

New City Trusty

Chords Tuesdays; $5 (door)

O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam

every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm

Overtime Sherwood Park

The Campfire Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover

Padmanadi Open

Blues on Whyte

stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:3010:30pm

Devaney's Irish

R Pub Open stage jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys

Red Piano All request band Tuesdays: Joint Chiefs (classic rock, soul, R&B) every Tue

Chaser every

CRown Pub Live Hip

Hop Tue: freestyle hip hop with DJ Xaolin and Mc Touch

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

High Anxiety Variety Society Bingo vs. karaoke with Ben Disaster, Anonymouse every Tue; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover


Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue

Red Piano All Request Band Tuesdays: Classic rock, soul and R&B with Joint Chiefs; 8pm; $5 Suite 69 Rockstar

Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs


Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month

Blues on Whyte

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin’ Alter Boys

Cha Island Tea Co Whyte Noise

Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm

Crown Pub The

D.A.M.M Jam: Open stage/original plugged in jam with Dan, Miguel and friends every Wed

Devaney's Irish Pub Duff Robinson eddie shorts Every

New City Live Music TBA

and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm

Overtime Sherwood Park

Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover

PAWN SHOP The Malibu Knights (rock), Devon Coyote, One Way State; 8pm; $8 (adv) Playback Pub Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:3011pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

Red Piano Bar Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 Richard's Bar Live

Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm

Second Cup–149 St Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Lyle Hobbs Sherlock Holmes– WEM Mike Braniff Wunderbar Transit

(Calgary), Mitchmatic, Natural EnSemble (Kelowna), Le Stack (St Catherines); 8:30pm


Convocation Hall

Marek Jablonski (Stephane Lemelin piano recital); 7:30pm


Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe

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 Wednesdays

Diesel Ultra Lounge Wind-up Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs

FILTHY McNASTY'S Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa

Elephant and Castle–Whyte Ave

hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle

Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12

Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery Breezy

Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm

"Count On Us"–no matter where you are

Nisku Inn Troubadours

music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm

Fiddler's Roost


New West Hotel Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm

Wed: electric open jam with Steven Johnson Experience

Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover



NEW CITY LEGION Wed Pints 4 Punks: with DJ Nick; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every


TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5


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(Jul 23 – Aug 22): A South African biologist was intrigued to discover an interesting fact about the rodent known as the elephant shrew: It much prefers to slurp the nectar of pagoda lilies than to nibble on peanut butter mixed with apples and rolled oats. The biologist didn't investigate whether mountain goats would rather eat grasses and rushes than ice cream sundaes. In a related


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(Sep 23 – Oct 22): "When I'm good, I'm very good," said Hollywood's original siren, Mae West, "but when I'm bad I'm better." I think that assertion might at times make sense coming out of your lips in the next two weeks. But I'd like to offer a variation that could also serve you well. It's articulated by my reader Sarah Edelman, who says, "When I'm good, I'm very good, but when I'm batty, I'm better." Consider trying out both of these attitudes, Libra, as you navigate your way through the mysterious and sometimes unruly fun that's headed your way.


SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): The Weekly World News, my favorite source of fake news, reported on a major development in the art world: An archaeologist found the lost arms of the famous Venus de Milo statue. They were languishing in a cellar in Southern Croatia. Hallelujah! Since her discovery in 1820, the goddess of love and beauty has been incomplete. Will the Louvre Museum in Paris, where she is displayed, allow her to be joined by her original appendages and made whole again? Let's not concern ourselves now with that question. Instead, please turn your attention to a more immediate concern: the strong possibility that you will soon experience a comparable development, the rediscovery of and reunification with a missing part of you. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Seventeenth-century physicians sometimes advised their patients to consume tobacco as a way to alleviate a number of different maladies, from toothaches to arthritis. A few doctors continued recommending cigarettes as health aids into the 1950s. This bit of history may be useful to keep in mind, Sagittarius. You're in



Misdiscovery of a spot

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a phase when you're likely to have success in hunting down remedies for complaints of both a physical and psychological nature. But you should be cautious about relying on conventional wisdom, just in case some of it resembles the idea that cigarettes are good for you. And always double check to make sure that the cures aren't worse than what they are supposed to fix. (Dec 22 – Jan 19): Outer space isn't really that far away. As astronomer Fred Hoyle used to say, you'd get there in an hour if you could drive a car straight up. I think there's a comparable situation in your own life, Capricorn. You've got an inflated notion of how distant a certain goal is, and that's inhibiting you from getting totally serious about achieving it. I'm not saying that the destination would be a breeze to get to. My point is that it's closer than it seems.


AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): When most Westerners hear the word

swer to that question may be "get your wife a g-shot." Many high-profile sex educators and researchers have expressed concerns about the study. I understand where the concerns are coming from but I'm not as disturbed as they are for two reasons. First of all, I think any work of this type contributes, even if in a small way, to our knowledge and our ability to treat health issues. Second, the media response to the release of this study has been uncharacteristically critical. Very few of the stories are hailing it as conclusive proof of the existence of the g-spot. Most have actually reported more on the flaws of the study and the criticism of it than on the study itself. Is it a major breakthrough in our knowledge of female sexual anatomy? No, not at all. But the study and the discussion it has sparked could be a small step towards increasing our understanding. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-for-profits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sexpositive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

"milk," they surmise it has something to do with cows. But the fact is that humans drink milk collected from sheep, goats, camels, yaks, mares, llamas and reindeer. And many grocery stores now stock milk made from soybeans, rice, almonds, coconut, hemp and oats. I'm wondering if maybe it's a good time for you to initiate a comparable diversification, Aquarius. You shouldn't necessarily give up the primal sources of nourishment you have been depending on. Just consider the possibility that it might be fun and healthy for you to seek sustenance from some unconventional or unexpected sources. (Feb 19 – Mar 20): You wouldn't want to play a game of darts with an inflatable dartboard, right? If you were a smoker, you'd have little interest in a fireproof cigarette. In the spirit of these truisms, I suggest you closely examine any strategy you're considering to see if it has a builtin contradiction. Certain ideas being presented to you—perhaps even arising from your own subconscious mind—may be inherently impractical to use in the real world.





Ain't that a kick in the nuts

Going deep into the kinky (and painful) world of ball busting I am a straight 29-year-old guy and can't. I seem to need to get it every couI've been into ball busting—having my ple of months, otherwise I get stir-crazy. balls kicked and stomped—since I was I'm confused and really just don't know 14. The fucked-up thing is, I only what to do about it. I was hopE G enjoy getting my balls busted ing that you might have some A SAV by other guys. I've been hit advice or insight to explain in the balls by girls, and it why my brain is so messed m o ekly.c vuewe doesn't do anything for me. savagelove@ up about all this and what Dan I thought I might be bisexual, I can do. Savage BALLS SMASHED TO DEATH since I want guys to kick me in the balls, but I don't get turned on by the idea of sucking cock or getting fucked At the risk of my inbox filling with angry by a guy. Only ball busting with a guy emails—a risk I run on a weekly basis— turns me on. I'm gonna quote the late psychologist I've tried getting busted by girls, watchand sexologist John Money. He was ing videos of girls kicking men in the wrong about a lot of things, from genballs, etc, but I never even get hard from der being socially constructed to "affecit. Sometimes I can see a good-looking tional pedophilia" being harmless, but guy on the street and I'll get hard just Money was on to something when he thinking about his feet kicking my balls. wrote about paraphilias, aka kinks. In fact, while sitting here writing this "A wide range of sexuoerotic diversity question to you, I'm hard because you're has its counterpart in the diversity of lana good-looking guy and I'd love to have guages historically manifested in the huyou kick my balls. man species," Money wrote in his book In my current relationship, I've snuck Lovemaps: Clinical Concepts of Sexual/ out and met with guys I've found online Erotic Health and Pathology, Paraphilia, to have my balls busted. It feels like I'm and Gender Transposition in Childhood, leading a double life, but I don't know Adolescence, and Maturity. "[Sexual] diwhat to do. I've thought of trying a reversity may be an inevitable evolutionary lationship with a guy, but I don't know trade-off—the price paid for the freehow that would work since I'm really ing of the primate brain to develop its not into having any kind of sex with a uniquely human genesis of syntactical guy. Just ball busting. I've tried to subdue speech and creative intelligence." my urges to get my balls busted, but I So why does having your balls bust-


ed by other dudes turn you on when you're not even remotely interested in other dudes romantically or sexually? No idea. We simply don't know why a person has this, that, or the other kink, BSTD, and almost everyone has at least one sexual interest that is seen as kinky by those who don't share it. But it probably has something to do with your big, complex brain and the way it makes big, abstract and sometimes seemingly random connections—the kind of connections that lead to syntactical speech, creative intelligence and crazy-ass kinks. So take comfort: the fact that you have this kink isn't proof that there's something wrong with you. It's proof that you're human. Which is not to say that a kink like yours is easily incorporated into a person's sex life. As one sex researcher I shared your letter with put it, BSTD, your kink involves an "override" of your usual erotic "target interest," ie, women. While that kind of override is not unheard of, it's not something that's easily explained to a girlfriend. And as your encounters with other men pose no physical risk to your female partners (you're not exactly gonna catch an STI getting kicked in the nuts), you can certainly justify getting your balls busted on the DL. But secret double lives are stressful, and most people leading them eventually get found out. And when your girlfriend inevitably stumbles over—read: snoops and finds—evidence that you've been sneaking around behind her back with other men, you won't be explaining just your kink to her, BSTD, but your betrayal, too. So is there anything you can do about your kink? "These problems are often highly treatable," said Dr Paul Fedoroff, who is a neuropsychiatrist, a forensic psychiatrist, and the director of the Sexual

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Behaviors Clinic at the Royal Ottawa Mental Health Centre at the University of Ottawa. "Typically, a low-dose SSRI works magic." SSRIs, or "selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors," are a class of drugs that are usually prescribed as antidepressants. SSRIs can crater a person's libido, as is commonly known, but they can also, according to Fedoroff, help a person overcome an unwanted sexual interest or compulsion. "I had one patient who used to tie his testes with rope and then hit them with a hammer," said Fedoroff. "He was referred to me by a urologist when he asked for surgical castration. I prescribed an SSRI, and a month later he told me, 'That [was] the craziest idea I ever had.' He had no further interest in 'ball busting' and said his life would have been different if he had found this medication earlier." Fedoroff also had some thoughts about why you want to do this with men. "The last time I saw a case like this was about four hours ago," said Fedoroff. "This was a 50-year-old, highly successful businessman, a lifelong heterosexual who self-described as 'dominant' with women, [yet he was] advertising on the Internet to find men he could perform oral sex on." For some straight men, "being dominated by another man provides more 'humiliation' than being dominated by a woman." Fedoroff isn't the only doctor out there medicating kinksters. In his absolutely terrific book The Other Side of Desire (which is where I first ran across that John Money quote), journalist Daniel Bergner profiles a foot fetishist so paralyzed by shame that he seeks treatment from a shrink who prescribes him a drug that "cures" him. The drug? The "lust-obliterating" Lupron, an antiandrogen that is sometimes used to "chemi-

cally castrate" sex offenders. Now, I'm generally a fan of Western medicine—prescription drugs, invasive procedures, hospital cafeteria Jell-O— but I think taking SSRIs or chemically castrating yourself to suppress an urge to get kicked in the balls six times a years ... well, BSTD, that's even more extreme than your kink. You would be better advised, in my opinion, to accept both your kink and your contradictions. Yes, BSTD, your kink will probably shock even women who have a few kinks of their own. But if you present your kink to your girlfriends as just one fun, crazy, weird, hard-to-explain-but-endearinglyquirky aspect of your sexual expression, BSTD, they're likelier to react to it positively. And if you look for women in the fetish/BDSM scene—where straight men are sometimes known to engage in S/M play with each other—your chances are better of finding an openminded woman who isn't threatened by your kinks. You might find a woman who wants to watch. Finally, BSTD, another sex researcher urged me to urge you to bank/freeze some of your sperm in case you wind up busting your balls, like, permanently. Your nuts can take only so much abuse—people have ruptured and even lost testicles when ball busting, sack tapping or CBT went too far. (It can even kill you: As it doesn't take a lot of force to make a guy feel like his balls have been "busted," BSTD, ask your ballbusting buddies to pull those punches, kicks and stomps. V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at @fakedansavage on Twitter





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