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IssuE no. 813 // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

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THE LONELY ROAD:

4 Vuepoint 5 News Roundup 8 Dyer Straight 10 Bob the Angry Flower

CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE // 16

DISH // 12/ 13 Provenance 14 Veni, Vidi, Vino

ARTS // 34 FILM // 38 MUSIC // 43/ 48 Music Notes 50 New Sounds 51 Old Sounds 51 Quickspins

BACK // 54 54 Lust for Life 54 Back Words 54 Free Will Astrology

LISTINGS 37 Arts 42 Film 52 Music 55 Events

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VUEPOINT

GRASDAL'S VUE

Oil and fire samantha power // samantha@vueweekly.com

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he devastating fires that consumed Slave Lake late last week are an overwhelming reminder of how quickly life can change. The community was on alert, but no one could have imagined how quickly the wind would change, leaving behind an empty town and a homeless community. Unfortunately the threat is not over: as one community attempts to assemble and assess, another continues to battle a double threat. The community of Little Buffalo, having only recently attempted to assess the environmental and health impact of over 28 000 barrels of oil hitting its environment, is now building structures to keep raging fires from hitting the town. Though the majority of the town's residents are currently living in Peace River hotel rooms, "Every young, able man we have is out there” building fireguards, according to Garrett Tomlinson, Little Buffalo's communication co-ordinator. The Little Buffalo community is threatened by fires north and south of the village, while the Rainbow pipeline spill site sits to the northeast and is

YOURVUE WEBPOLL RESULTS Edmonton City Council is once again considering an anti-idling bylaw.

threatened by a fire only 16 kilometres away. According to officials earlier this week, the fire was moving away from the site but, as happened in Slave Lake, the unexpected can ocur at any moment. Melina Labocan Massimo, a member of the Lubicon Nation and staff member with Greenpeace, says the community, already concerned about health impacts, is on a heightened awareness as fire heads toward a lake of oil. "This has raised concerns for people," she explains, "because if that oil were to ignite, we would also see a whole host of problems related to toxins being further released from the oil spill, as well as the inability to put the fire out." The statements from the provincial government and the Energy Resources Conservation Board on the state of the oil spill have been tame. The ERCB maintains that the spill has been contained, while health impacts will be negligible despite the evacuation of Little Buffalo School. Labocan and the Lubicon Cree are not convinced. With 115 wildfires burning across the province and the number of fires listed as "out of control" constantly changing, the wind holds their fate. This is not the week the Alberta government can pretend to hold control over nature. V

Your Vue is the weekly roundup of all your comments and views of our coverage. Every week we'll be running your comments from the website, feedback on our weekly web polls and any letters you send our editors.

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"10 Second Rule: If you are idling longer than 10 seconds, it''s better for the engine, and the environment, if the engine is turned off and restarted."

"Idling your vehicle is a metaphor for everything that's wrong with modern people: it's wasteful, lazy, arrogant, harmful, but will continue indefinitely because doubt will be raised about the value of eliminating it, while the real reason it happens goes undiscussed: people will cling to their creature comforts above almost everything else."

SlutWalks have become popular methods of raising awareness around sexual assault and vicitimization. On June 4 Edmonton will hold it's own SlutWalk, will you be marching along? 1. Yes, it's important to demonstrate physical appearance has nothing to do with the threat of sexual assault. 2. No, it's a misdirected effort and sends the wrong message. Check out vueweekly.com/yourvue to vote and comment.

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Blood challenge

Canadian legislation threatens Aboriginal right to identity samantha power // samantha@vueweekly.com

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amela Palmater is a Mi'kmaq woman. It's a title she has fought to own, but cannot legally claim. Due to her heritage and the legislation surrounding Aboriginal identity, Palmater is unable to legally own her cultural background. But had it been her grandfather who was Aboriginal rather than her grandmother, Palmater's identity struggle would not exist: under Canadian law, she would be recognized as a status Indian. In her new book Beyond Blood: Rethinking Indigenous Identity, Palmater takes her personal experience and the historical legal battle to change the Indian Act to make a case for rethinking legal indigenous identity in Canada. "In Canada we take gender equality pretty much for granted," says Palmater. "No one would say, 'Well, male Canadians can have welfare but female Canadians can't,' but the Indian Act essentially says that." Currently the Indian Act registration provisions for status as an Indian in Canada operates on a de facto blood quantum determination that decrees status is lost if an Indian woman marries a non-Indian man. "In other words," writes Palmater in Beyond Blood, "one generation of mar-

rying out equals 50 percent notional Indian blood quantum, two generations equals 25 percent, and so on." The degree of removal serves as determining a person's Indian status and their access to Indian band resources. Palmater points out that she cannot participate in her band's governance activities and is excluded from land claim negotiations, treaty entitlements and regular access to elders and community-based mentors. "The purpose of the legislation was to assimilate Indians," says Palmater. And the legislation is working. As Aboriginal band councils have adopted the idea of notional blood quantum to determine membership, they perpetuate the problem of the Indian Act. "It was a reaction to the Indian Act," says Palmater. "They were so opposed to Indian Affairs telling them who they were under the Indian Act ... they decided the only way to preserve identity was to determine their iden-

tity and that blood would be the best way to do that." But as the generations have progressed, more Aboriginal Canadians are denied status and preservation of culture becomes about more than blood. "What I'm arguing is that, in fact not only does blood

The purpose of the legislation was to assimilate Indians," says Palmater. And the legislation is working.

have nothing to do with identity, but all of the other cultural aspects we consider important and we criticize the Indian act for not including, language, connection to the land, common history, is actually what makes our identity." And Palmater believes this argument is coming at an opportune time when Aboriginal groups are ready to start talking about the issue of changing legal identity.

NewsRoundup

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SUPPORTING DIVERSITY hook for $13 billion of lines not even meant to be used by Albertans." Electricity lines are currently proposed for Southern Alberta to upgrade the system. The Alberta government has stated that the upgrades are needed to ensure effective power supplies and Bill 50 approved the power lines as critical infrastructure for the province. The 2003 WikiLeaks cable reveals then-energy minister Murray Smith reassuring American diplomats of the export potential. "The PCs need to come clean with Albertans about how much they will be asked to pay just so power companies can profit," Mason says. "Clearly

electricity deregulation serves power companies first, and Albertans last." The leaked documents are evidence against the Alberta government's continued insistence that the power lines were being constructed for Albertans' use. Wildrose finance critic Rob Anderson had a motion to repeal Bill 50, the legislation responsible for the new power lines, in the legislature this past spring. "There's a reason this government skirted the needs assessment process. Any needs assessment for this overbuild would have revealed it to be an utter sham."

vironmental management regulations for the Athabasca area. Ecojustice points to the lack of regulation around CO2 emissions and other greenhouse gas emissions, as well as a lack of requirements around biological diversity, surface water measurements and tailings management as significant problems with the plan that will only compound current disturbances caused by the tar sands. Ecojustice would like to see a moratorium on new tar sands projects until the plan is approved.  

"The draft regulations give discretion to the designated minister to determine if environmental limits have been exceeded. These should be scientific, not political, decisions," Robinson said. "Until these concerns are addressed, the only responsible thing to do is halt further industrial development in the region." The provincial government has been working on the regional plan for over a year. It's currently conducting public consultations province-wide on the draft plan.

TOO LITTLE The Lower Athabasca Regional Plan has been called inadequate by Ecojustice, an environmental legal defense organization. "The plan's management framework is riddled with significant gaps and it gives far too much discretion to government decisionmakers," said Ecojustice staff lawyer Barry Robinson. "Until those gaps are addressed and a better regulatory system is installed, the Alberta government shouldn't approve any further oil sands developments in the area." The plan is intended to provide en-

"Back in the 1980s they had just introduced the second generation cut off and the majority of people affected were women, but now chief after chief is saying, 'Oh no my kids aren't registered or my grandkids aren't registered.' It's become a personal problem for more people."

SAMANTHA POWER // samantha@vueweekly.com

POWER PROBLEMS The controversy over proposed power lines crossing the province continues as leaked documents confirm suspicions that the purpose of the lines is to export energy to the US while leaving Albertans with the bill. "The PCs swore to Albertans that massive power line projects—set to cost Albertan households hundreds of dollars per year— had nothing to do with exporting power. This cable shows the Tories have been misleading Albertans about their intentions—telling the public one thing and then promoting exports to US diplomats," says NDP opposition leader Brian Mason. "Albertans should not be on the

"The most common response I get get [to the book] is, 'Wow, you just described my whole family.'" says Palmater. Where 20 years ago chiefs of band councils proved highly opposed to court challenges proposing to change the registration portions of the Indian Act, today Palmater has four Chiefs opening her book and numerous other councils calling for that very change.

The Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues is launching a cultural outreach program in neighbourhoods across the city. Five part-time outreach workers, trained in numerous languages including Zulu, Tagalog, Ukrainian,

Arabic and Somali, will work with communities from Russia, Africa, Asia and Eastern Europe. Workers will be responsible for assisting in communicating the needs of these communities to their local community league.

ANAYLZING A LEAK The Energy Resources Conservation Board has called for Plains Midstream Canada to conduct greater analysis into a pipeline failure which caused over 28 000 barrels of oil to spill into Northern Alberta late last month. Specifically the ERCB has asked for investigation into the presence of a stress riser, differential soil settlement, and excessive stress at the bottom of the pipe. An official investi-

gation into the failure is ongoing, and the ERCB will be working with Plains Midstream as these orders are carried out. Cleanup operations are currently on hold as fires rage in the same area as the spill. The ERCB claims the spill has been contained and has recovered 10 000 barrels of crude, but the spill has cost over $11 million so far, with health concerns unresolved.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

"What will it take to make Americans recognise that the real Martin Luther King-style non-violent Palestinian protestors have arrived, and that Israeli soldiers are shooting them with real bullets?" —The Economist on recent non-violent protests by Palestinians May 17, 2011

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Where to from here?

NDP faces tough questions in the face of a Conservative majority alexa Degagne and Brent Epperson // alexa@vueweekly.com // brent@vueweekly.com

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anada's political landscape changed dramatically on May 2, but despite a massive electoral gain by the NDP, Stephen Harper's Conservative majority will set the policy agenda and determine the tone of debate for the next four years, leaving Canadian progressive movements in a tough situation. With their majority, the Conservatives will be able to implement numerous policy positions that have failed previously. The 2011 Conservative platform promises the long-gun registry will be scrapped, stiffer criminal penalties will be imposed, more prisons will be built and corporate taxes will remain low. The Council of Canadians warns that, with a strong Conservative majority in place, the development of the Canadian oil and natural resource industries will likely increase with little regard for environmental concerns. Andrea Harden-Donahue, energy and climate justice campaigner for the Council of Canadians, points to the last federal budget announcement as evidence environmental concerns are being ignored. "The results [of our survey] indicate Canadians understand that the climate crisis requires a change in economic, social and environmental priorities," she explains. "If Canadians were deciding our climate policy we would be following a very different path." Harper will be caught in a balancing act when the 2013 health accord negotiations begin. Previous statements by Harper during his 2002 leadership campaign indicate interest in increasing experimentation with private health-care delivery and downloading greater responsibility onto the provinces—taking slow but sure steps toward a

two-tier health-care system. It can also be anticipated that the Conservatives will focus on issues that they intentionally passed over during the campaign, including the environment, health care and social policy. According to numerous polls, including a 2010 Environics poll, a majority of Canadians oppose the Conservative position on these issues, becoming more progressive in their attitudes to abortion, gun control and same-sex marriage. According to the same poll, issues such as same-sex marriage are experiencing an all-time high in Canadian support. Harper will be caught between the voice of Canadians and his social-conservative support base, especially as he is now set to make three appointments to the Supreme Court. During the campaign, he dismissed allegations that Conservatives would attempt to repeal same-sex marriage and abortion rights. Howev-

er, Harper has always had to appease the special interests of his sociallyconservative base and the Canadian Centre for Policy Studies boasts that a quarter to a third of Conservative MPs in the new Parliament are for pro-life and against same-sex marriage. In order to mollify the party base without provoking the indignation of mainstream Canadians, any changes to same-sex marriage or abortion policies would likely result from private members' bills, allowing the Harper Government to circumvent accusations of a radical social agenda. So where does this leave the Canadian progressive left, divided between the NDP, Liberals and Bloc, and facing four years of Conservative rule? Similar to divisions between the Canadian Alliance and Progressive Conservatives CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 >>

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COMMENT >> SCOTLAND

Neverendum

Scottish politics may be held hostage by ongoing separatist threats "I'd grown up with the assumption that strategic storms that shake the world. Scotland was a poor, wee, deprived Opinion polls consistently show that no place that had never had a fair kick of more than a quarter to a third of Scotthe ball and could certainly never stand tish voters would vote yes in an indepenon its own two feet," said Alex dence referendum. Yet they voted Salmond, leader of the Scottish the SNP into power. Why? National Party (SNP), whose The main reason is that the goal is an independent ScotLiberal Democratic vote colland. He certainly doesn't be.com lapsed in Scotland in this weekly e@vue lieve that now—and the SNP election. Quite a lot of those gwynn e finally won a majority in the Scottish Lib Dems gave their Gwynn Scottish Parliament in the elecvotes to the SNP instead, but Dyer tion on May 5. that doesn't necessarily mean Salmond first formed a government that they support independence. four years ago, but that was a weak coSince Salmond has been canny enough alition in which the SNP had to bargain to promise a referendum, they knew that and compromise with the other parties. they could vote yes to an SNP governThis time, with 69 out of 129 seats, Salment, and then say no to independence. mond doesn't have to haggle. He can He delivered sound government in difcarry out his election promises, which ficult circumstances over the past four include a referendum on Scottish indeyears; why not give him another go? pendence. The reality is that Salmond is unlikely If the voters said yes, that would be to persuade the Scots to vote yes in the end of the United Kingdom, the 300his promised referendum, even if he year-old union of Scotland and England. postpones it until near the end of his Other things being equal, a majority of term in the hope that he can cajole or Scots might well vote for independence, manipulate more of them into backing but other things never are equal. independence. (The smart money is betIn the real world, many Scots are afraid ting on 2015.) So there shouldn't be any that their small country, with only onebig changes in Scotland as a result of tenth of England's population, would this election—and yet it may hurt the be too vulnerable to the financial and country a lot, in the end.

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Scottish separatists hate the analogy with Ireland, which they once held up as an example of how a small European country with few natural resources and a big but undercapitalized banking sector could do very well in the world. Now they just try to change the subject when Ireland comes up, but that's not the worst thing that could happen to Scotland. The real danger is what would happen to Scotland if the separatists lose the forthcoming referendum but keep on trying. That's what happened in Quebec, where the separatists first came to the fore politically in the 1960s. They held and lost two referendums, in 1980 and 1995, but for half a century the prospect that there would eventually be a referendum (or yet another referendum) on separation from Canada was there every year. "Planning blight" is what happens when the word gets out that they may be running a freeway through the neighbourhood, and property values and new investment collapse. Quebec had it on a province-wide scale for half a century. It's impossible to calculate the financial cost directly, but the population numbers are CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 >>


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a good indication of what happened. For the first half of the 20th century, Quebec and Ontario had about the same population and grew at about the same rate. In 1960, Quebec was only slightly smaller than Ontario, with 5.2 million people compared to Ontario's 6.2 million people. By 2010, Quebec had only grown to 7.8 million, while Ontario had 13 million people. The contrast is equally dramatic for the big cities. Montréal had always been Canada's biggest city, and in 1960 it had 2.2 million people, while Toronto had only 1.7 million. Now Toronto has 6 million people, while Montréal has only 3.8 million. It's as if Chicago had started growing fast in the 1960s, and was now half again as big as New York City. It was the planning blight of the ever-looming next referendum on independence—the "neverendum," as English-speaking Quebec-

ers sometimes call it—that did this to Quebec. The same thing could happen to Scotland. Independence for Scotland would not necessarily be a financial and demographic disaster, but the permanent expectation of another independence referendum certainly would be. The Scots are unlikely ever to vote yes for independence, because the world has become a much harsher place economically for small Western countries with declining traditional industries and big debts and an independent Scotland would presumably inherit about a tenth of Britain's national debt. Yet Salmond has now put an independence referendum firmly on the Scottish political agenda, and it is unlikely to go away again in the foreseeable future even if he loses this one. Neverendum. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His columns appear every week in Vue Weekly.

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that helped ensure several Liberal majority governments in the 1990s, the partition of the left into three opposing parties could contribute to successive Conservative majorities. The Liberals have historically been a part of the brokerage party tradition in Canadian politics, a role political scientist Richard McCarty described as broad-tent parties that open the base to all Canadians, but are often "designed to obfuscate rather than articulate interests, blur rather than sharpen divisions." The Liberals now find themselves unable to broker, stripped of any regional base and lacking an ideologically clear or inspirational platform and must begin a long and arduous rebuilding period. The Bloc may play a spoiler role in future elections, but cannot challenge the Conservatives nationally.

Canada's progressive left as it is manifested in the NDP finds itself in a precarious position, working with the old bones of the Liberal coalitions. As NDP strategist Brian Topp described in The Globe and Mail just after the election, "They are an excellent foundation for the NDP to build out from." The NDP must attempt to satisfy the demands of its Quebec supporters, corral its young and inexperienced MPs, keep the Conservative majority in check, continue to build its status as a legitimate pan-Canadian political party, and cultivate the surge of progressive populism and youth support fueling the party's upward momentum. The Conservatives should be open to negotiation and compromise with the NDP, as they gained majority status with less than 40 percent of the vote (24.3 percent of the eligible vote, according to Fair Vote Canada). Yet, given Harper's history of uncooperative politics, the NDP can no longer be

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the parliamentary gadfly. In reaction to the election, Topp said that his party must commence a candid dialogue with Canadians, presenting a clear alternative to the Conservatives' neo-liberal agenda. "Mr Layton was therefore wise to congratulate Stephen Harper on his victory, and to pledge to work co-operatively with the new government where possible, while working diligently to offer Canadians what will be (by our lights) a much better alternative." Topp believes the NDP has four years to convince Canadians that a more equal and just society can be realized through comprehensive electoral reform, social investment, environmentally sustainable job creation and health-care reform consistent with the social democratic principles of universal public access and public financing. After a decade of Conservative rule, perhaps Canadians will be ready for change. V

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Canadians moving away from reserves and into cities, cultural ties can be lost along with status as more Aboriginals marry non-Indians. Palmater points out the issue of band membership and access to resources is tied to federal funding: "Funding mechanisms that INAC [Indian and Northern Affairs Canada] have almost always been tied to the number of status Indian band members they have and sometimes it's the number of status Indians living on reserve. So if you are accepting non-status Indians but only receiving funding for status Indians it becomes a difficult decision as to what benefits you are providing your community and how you distribute resources.â&#x20AC;? Palmater says it is one of the largest reasons given for turning people away, but adds, "it's far more problematic to point at a date in the future like 2050 and say, 'We're not going to exist at that time.'" As more Aboriginal communities come to this conclusion, and political will becomes united, the battle will be overcoming the legal change. That legal battle began over 20 years ago, but has only begun to chip away at the legal inequalities that exist. Under Bill C-3 Palmater will be able to register as a status Indian with all the privileges that go along with that, but it will not grant that status to her children. Even that change came only

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after decades of legal work by dedicated women determined to reclaim their rights. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Sandra Lovelace had to take her case internationally to prove it was a violation of her human rights," says Palmater. "And without that process we wouldn't have had bill C-31 which reinstated some of those women. And if Sharon McIvor didn't apply for status under Bill C-31 and been denied we wouldn't have bill C-3 again." Palmater points out the purpose of the Indian Act was to reduce the number of Aboriginal people in Canada. The Act also serves to reduce the number of people the federal government is directly responsible for, but non-status Indians are left in legislative and cultural limbo. "Substantial remedies are required to address the long-standing historical discrimination against non-status Indians," Palmater writes. "Non-status Indians are chronically ignored by governments and denied access to community governance structures that would allow them to advocate on their own behalf and change their status in life." Palmater believes there is a charter challenge that could change the legal situation: "There's an Aboriginal right under section 35 to determine their own citizenship." That change won't come easily, as previous court challenges prove. "I'd like to think [this change] will come from the grassroots," says Palmater. "I don't think the government is going to change the Indian Act unless they're pushed to." V


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DISH

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Baking is bliss

Lawrence Bliss ensures his products are for everyone LS Vors // vors@vueweekly.com

he term kosher migrated into the English vernacular as a synonym for "acceptable" or "legitimate," but its true meaning has profound spiritual significance for followers of the Jewish faith. In this context, kosher describes something—food or otherwise—that is in accordance with Jewish law. Lawrence Bliss, the proprietor of Bliss Baked Goods, explains that these rules "govern every aspect of life from birth to death and it is a misconception that the term kosher applies only to food." He notes that there are three categories of food: dairy and foods that contain dairy ingredients, meat and foods with meat ingredients and, finally, pareve or neutral foods which are free of both dairy and meat. "It is extremely difficult to find pareve baked goods," relates Bliss, "and that was a driving principle behind opening this bakery." Tucked away in Edmonton's northwest quadrant, nestled behind several fast food joints by a busy intersection near Dominion Industrial Park, this elfin bakery occupies a mere 495 square feet, but produces a fine selection of flavourful pastries and hearty breads. Bliss Baked Goods is unique among Edmonton bakeries; its products, aside from being pareve, are completely nut-free. "We opened 10 years ago and when word got out that we were dairy-free, we were inundated with calls from customers wondering if we were nut-free," recalls Bliss. Subsequently, Bliss disassembled and scrubbed every piece of equipment to ensure that any trace of nuts was eradicated. "Going nut-free was one of our best decisions," states Bliss, "because we provide baked goods that are safe for those with severe food allergies and that makes us quite unique in the city's food market." Bliss began his culinary career not as a baker, but in the business of kosher meat. A significant back injury and consequent surgery forced Bliss to reconsider his line of work. He traveled with his wife to Baltimore to visit their son

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and had breakfast every day at a local bagel bakery. It was a defining moment for Bliss. "It struck me that there were no similar bakeries in Edmonton," he says so, upon their return, Bliss began making bagels at home and discovered that the action of kneading dough alleviated his back pain. "For five years I made bagels and challah for Sabbath out of our home kitchen. It wasn't a business—I gave most of it away," he recollects. The enthusiastic response to Bliss's endeavours prompted a quest for a suitable commercial space. Bliss Baked Goods has occupied the same tiny corner for a decade, but Bliss admits that size constraints limit the manner in which he bakes. "We'd like to have a wood-fired

oven for bagels," he explains. "A wood oven is the best thing that ever happened to bagels." He ponders and continues, "It would be nice to have a lunch counter too, so people could sit down and eat." Hence, Bliss is sussing out new and larger locations for his bakery, but doesn't plan to move until he finds the right spot. "I have no formal training as a baker," Bliss admits, "and I didn't start with a big book of recipes to work with. Instead, I go on what tastes good to me." Bliss laughs that once he did spend three minutes with a journeyman baker. He states, "This guy described the concept of 'percentage baking' to me. In other words, bread is a mathematical formula of different percentages of flour, water

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and leavening agent. By adjusting the percentages of each ingredient, you get a different product." This knowledge permits Bliss to bake a wide variety of breads: pumpernickel, light rye, white, bagels and Persian bread, which is somewhat similar to focaccia. Bliss also creates multiple varieties of pastries, cakes and doughnuts; aside from being nut and dairy-free, many are egg-free and thus are suitable for vegans. "Breads haven't changed much since medieval times," Bliss explains, "but mechanization has taken away from bread. When breads are made as quickly as possible, they miss out on key processes like prolonged fermentation, and that affects flavour. That isn't important to everyone, but it is for many. For them,

artisanal breads have been a boon." Bliss does not have a proofer, which is a heatand humidity-controlled chamber that hastens the rising of bread, and therefore his breads ferment and build flavour for many hours before they are baked. It is no small feat to accommodate so many dietary needs while operating out of such a small space. Bliss maintains that his work brings him much joy, living up to his bakery's motto: "Fresh baked fun for everyone." He resolves that, in reference to this slogan, "The day that this is no longer fun, I'm out of here." V Lawrence Bliss Bliss Baked Goods 14208 - 118 Ave, 780.453.0101


PROVENANCE

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Six facts about pretzels 1) Pretzels were likely invented by Italian or French monks, as a reward for children who learned their prayers. Their twisted shapes are thought to represent the folded hands of a child praying. 2) Because of their shape and their ingredients— pretzels contain no eggs, lard or dairy—they were favoured by Catholics during the season of Lent, a fasting period leading up to Easter. Eventually, pretzels came to be associated with the season and pretzels were hidden Easter morning in the same fashion as Easter eggs. 3) Pretzels are most popular in Germany, where every region has its own style.

4) In North America, Pennsylvania is considered to be the hotbed for pretzels, where the snacks were introduced by German and Swiss immigrants. In 1993, the Pretzel Museum opened in Philadelphia and, in 2003, then-governor Ed Rendell declared April 26 to be National Pretzel Day. 5) Hard pretzels originated in Pennsylvania in 1850, at the Sturgis Bakery in Lititz. Hard pretzels keep much longer than soft and can be covered in a variety of flavours, including yogurt and chocolate. 6) Pretzels are known to have made Seinfeld character Cosmo Kramer thirsty.

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WINE

Drink pink

Rosé is not the dirty word it once was

// Pete Nguyen

Spring is here, summer's around the corto being made from red grapes like Zinner: it's barbeque season. Gone are the fandel, Pinot Noir and Shiraz—to pair well long, dark winter evenings spent sipping with everything from light aperitifs and your favourite red by the fireplace. salads to barbequed meats, from Instead, bring on those long days grilled fish to hamburgers. I D I V on the patio, warm evenings VENI, around the campfire, and a Rosés can be made from cool, crisp glass of rosé. om almost any red wine grape, .c ly k e we Rosé? That's right. Blush. mikeangus@vue because the juice from most k i White Zinfandel—all those grapes—red or white—is M e "dirty words" that conjure up white. The colour of rosé (and Angus memories of budget blushes and red wine) comes from contact with college hangovers. the red grape skins during fermentation. But you can forget about those easyRosés enjoy a short period of contact with drinking sweet sirens; there's another side the skins, which enhances the complexity to rosés that anyone can drink and not feel of the tannins and finish to make it a much embarrassed about. Dry rosés, perfected more versatile wine for pairing with food. predominantly in France, are as refreshing Because it's technically from a red wine as white wines for a hot day on the patio, grape, you'll find all the flavour structure yet have the character and depth—thanks common to Shiraz, Pinot or Zinfandel.

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Yet, because it's characteristically drier and served chilled, you can enjoy its zesty, refreshing dryness to cool off or accompany light fare like cheeses, chicken and fish, salads and grilled vegetables. It's also a fun "starter wine," a sunset sipper, or can be found in sparkling form which can be just as fun. When looking for it, you'll likely find it in a section of its own, or else categorized under its region. As mentioned above, France makes excellent dry rosés, though you can find them pretty much everywhere, including budget-friendly regions like Spain, Chile and Australia. So no more need to look like a sissy drinking the pink plonk. And with Father's Day a few weeks' away, time to start planning that post-golf barbeque beverage: perhaps dry rosé? V


RESTAURANT LOCATOR

ONLINE AT DISHWEEKLY.CA

If you're hungry but don't know where to go, Vue's restaurant locator is just the thing. Broken down by neighbourhood, food type and price— and with links to Vue's vast archive of reviews and profiles—it'll have you full in no time.

THE SUGAR BOWL

HIGHLEVEL DINER URBAN DINER

Da Capo LA POUTINE KABUKI SUSHI TRANSCEND

The Sugar Bowl (10922 - 88 Ave)

"In Edmonton, the Sugar Bowl is the furthest thing from a hidden gem. A longtime favourite among the university crowd, Garneau area residents and twenty- to thirty-something hipsters, the Sugar Bowl welcomes a stream of regular customers with open arms. For some, the Sugar Bowl is a daily routine."

HighLevel Diner (10912 - 88 Ave)

"If you happen to find yourself on 109 Street and the south end of the High Level Bridge on any given Saturday or Sunday morning, chances are you’ll see a lineup—usually a long one."

Urban Diner (8715 - 109 St)

The southside counterpart to the venerable 124 Street location, the Urban Diner is the home of diner classics like meatloaf, liver and onions, hash and plenty more.

La Poutine (8720 - 109 St)

The newest addition to the block specializes in authentic poutine: the 15 different varieties on offer make use of a swath of toppings plus your choice of gravy (including a vegan option), type of fries, and authentic "squeaky" cheese curds. The first few weeks have seen lengthy lineups, so the curious would be advised to come early or plan ahead.

Kabuki Sushi (8724 - 109 St)

"The small, dark room is dominated by a large artificial sakura tree, its delicate pink flowers accentuated by strands of twinkling lights. Japanese pop

REMEDY

music plays quietly in the background. A smiling maneki neko beckons from a counter framing the open kitchen ... "

Remedy (8631 - 109 St)

"The chai at Remedy Café is legendary. [Owner Sohail Zaidi] does not use a premixed base. Instead, he imports whole spices, such as star anise and cardamom pods, directly from India and no fewer than 32 spices comprise his distinctive blend. He estimates that Remedy sells between 300 and 400 cups of chai each day."

Transcend (8708 - 109 St)

"'What we do is unique in terms of preparation. We're not a traditional Italian espresso bar like others in this area and we are not a coffee shop that serves elaborate food.' Instead, [owner Poul Mark] explains, Transcend is solely focused on coffee, not food, tea or alcoholic beverages. Indeed, it comprises a 'third wave' approach to coffee itself."

Da Capo Caffè (8738 - 109 St)

"Da Capo is known for its great coffee, and for its very particular preparation of that coffee. [Owner] Antonio Bilotta uses a fair-trade, organic Arabica blend exclusive to Da Capo, one he describes as having 'a very rich, chocolatey profile.' The beans are ground as they need them, and all the drinks are 'the proper temperature,' not piping hot like at some of the other coffee establishments around town. At Da Capo, he explains, 'We make it so you can drink it right away.'"

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DISCLAIMER: Scattered throughout the adventure you'll find suggestions for spots to roadtrip to over the summer. These are by no means the only places you'll find these thrills. Google and organizations like Travel Alberta and AMA are your friends. Take advantage of them and choose your own adventure.

WRITER: BRYAN BIRTLES PHOTOGRAPHER: EDEN MUNRO ILLUSTRATOR: PETE NGUYEN MODEL: KIM RACKEL

You’re a kung-fu cowboy named Dakota LaRue. So far, your fists have gotten you out of as much trouble as your mouth has gotten you into, but this time could be different. This time you’ve embarked on the road trip from hell—will you live through it? Will you find riches and save the world? Find out as you choose your own adventure in ...

The sun blasting through the window's dusty slats wakes you up and you raise your head and look around. You're in a bar. It's empty. Chairs, tables, stools, bottles and broken glass are everywhere. You blink, rub the crust from your eyes. You look out the window and you can see the river valley.

You head for the bathroom, bend your mouth toward the tap and drink deeply. Your headache begins to wane, your mouth doesn't feel like a desert anymore. As you come up, you catch sight of yourself in the mirror: you're covered in dirt, wearing a cowboy hat. There's blood on your neck and hands. It's not yours. You wash it off.

"Still in Edmonton," "That's a positive."

Your mouth tastes like cigarette butts. "Water," you mumble.

"What the hell am I doing here?" You check your pockets: inside is a receipt for the cowboy hat—$14.99 at Lloyd's House of Hats. Not a bad price—and two notes. One says, "To save the world, call Gary..." "Who's Gary?"

Then you look at the second note: "For your chance at fortune and glory, meet me on top of Manulife Place at noon—Anna."

YOU HAVE NO IDEA WHAT'S GOING ON BUT, LET'S FACE IT, YOU'VE GOT NOTHING BETTER TO DO. IT'S 11 AM, YOU'D BETTER FIGURE OUT WHICH ONE YOU'RE GONNA DO.

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FORTUNE AND GLORY

Fortune and glory sounds easier than saving the world, and more rewarding too. You rush out of the bar and hop into your '77 Dodge Charger—luckily it's still with you, even if you can't remember how you ended up here—and race downtown. Over the Quesnell and up Victoria hill, you race down 100 Ave and turn near the Starlite Room to stash the car. After circling a few parking lots, you decide to ditch it on the street, even if you don't have change for a meter.

By the time you get all the way up Manulife Place and bust through a service door to the roof, it's 11:45. The roof is empty except for a few hearty pigeons that made it up this high. The only sound is their intermittent coos and the rotating blades of the air conditioners wreaking havoc on your aching head. Then, out of nowhere, a helicopter.

It swoops down out of the sky and a rope ladder unfurls landing squarely at your feet. A woman in a flak jacket and headset is at the helicopter's door making a thumbs up sign. That must be Anna. You climb the ladder and get in.

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GOLD

You head north. Along the way you meet some terrain that there's no way you're getting through in the shoes you're wearing. You start to dig

HIKING

through the backpack. Inside is a pair of hiking BOOTS and a saddle. It's a really big backpack.

There's a map in the backpack. You pull it out and take a look. There's a spot circled in red marker. Next to it is a scrawled message: "To get where you're going, you'll need to go spelunking through this cave."

You think the saddle is a bit weird until you hear a "Neigh!" coming from behind you. A horse has poked its head around a rocky outcrop and is looking at you. You've gotta get through this terrain, but now you have an option.

Seems like sound advice, though you also wonder if you might be able to head right over that glacier in the distance.

This is turning out to be harder than you thought.

TO SPELUNK THROUGH THE CAVE GO TO PAGE 21

TO HIKE IN LOOK TO THE RIGHT TO TAKE THE HORSE GO TO PAGE 26 Where: Dawson City, Yukon Territory Drive time: One day, nine hours More info: dawsoncity.ca

TO GO OVER THE GLACIER GO TO PAGE 27 Where: Nahanni Country, Northwest Territories Drive time: 19 hours to reach Fort Simpson, including a ferry More info: spectacularnwt.com

HANG GLIDING The feel of the air on your face as you hang glide is incredible, and you find yourself surprised at how well you're able to fly this thing. Also, it's surprising that someone was able to fit a whole hang-gliding rig into a backpack. Luckily it snapped together just like IKEA furniture.

Now you just gotta figure out where to put it down. You spot a rocky outcrop that would be perfect for camping. You're so tired that you seriously consider putting it down there.

But then you spot some wetlands below you that could hold what you're looking for, so you might want to go there right away. It's up to you to decide.

TO CAMP OUT GO TO PAGE 19 TO GO TO THE WETLANDS GO TO PAGE 23 Where: Cochrane, AB Drive time: Four hours More info: mullerwindsports.com or 403.932.6760

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SAVE THE WORLD You dial Gary's number.

"Hello?" "Gary?" "Oh, it's you. I didn't think you were serious." "Well, I guess I was," you say, still unsure OF what's going on. "Do you have email where you are?" "On my phone," "I can't talk now. Check your email. Follow the instructions and you'll save the world."

Your phone dings and you open your email. It's Gary: "There's a nuclear bomb set to go off in three hours somewhere near here. We don't know exactly where. What we do know is that it's in one of two places: either the wetlands or the glacier. You need to find out where. If you look behind the bar there'll be a backpack with everything you need in it. Good luck."

TO GO TO THE WETLANDS GO TO PAGE 23

TO GO TO THE GLACIER GO TO PAGE 27

CAMPING After setting up the tent and bedding down, you're feeling pretty comfortable. Whatever it was you were doing could probably wait and you could spend a bit of time here before moving on. The sounds of nature all around you are so soothing.

But then you feel hungry. Should you put off your nap to go fishing?

Where: Christina Lake, BC Drive time: 12 hours, 15 minutes More info: christinalake.com

TO NAP GO TO PAGE 25

TO GO FISHING GO TO PAGE 27

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FORTUNE AND GLORY

continued from page 17

When you sit down she hands you a headset. "It's good of you to come. I knew when we spoke last night that I could count on you." "OK," you say, dumbfounded. "Where are we going?" "We're taking you to Lookout Peak, you'll be able to handle it from there," The helicopter flies another few minutes and Anna hands you a backpack and an envelope. Then the helicopter hovers and she unfurls a rope for you to rappel down. When you hit the ground you tear into the ENVELOPE. "If you want to find gold," SAYS THE NOTE INSIDE, "head north. For diamonds, head south."

TO PAN FOR GOLD GO TO PAGE 18

TO MINE DIAMONDS LOOK BELOW

DIAMONDS As you walk south the terrain starts to get rockier and slopes upwards until it's difficult to traverse anymore. Just when you're about to give up and go back, you spot a small plane sitting on the bank of a river.

You go to it and inside is a note: "Thought you might need this to find what you're looking for."

There's a map to where you're going and another note that says you'll be headed into a gully, and the only way in is to fly the plane overtop, then skydive out of it. Just as you're reading this your stomach growls.

"Maybe I should just sit here and fish,"

TO GO SKYDIVING GO TO PAGE 25 Where: Crowsnest Pass, AB Drive time: Six hours More info: crowsnestpass.com/play

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TO STOP AND FISH GO TO PAGE 27

find a diamond It's not easy toso a coal mine will mine to tour, have to do.


SPELUNKING

RAFTING

The cave is deep with plenty of stalactites and stalagmites

The fast pace of white-water rafting is amazing. With the wind

coming at you. Luckily, there was a helmet with a light on

blowing through your hair, you figure nothing can touch you.

it inside your backpack, or else you wouldn't be able to see in the dark. Still, the place is creepy. But then there's a dark spot on the horizon: it's the edge. The edge of a waterfall. You're going to go over if you don't think fast.

Suddenly, a bear jumps out at you from behind a corner and rears up on its hind legs. You're going to have to fight it, so you grab whatever is close by and start trying to fend it off. It works for a while, but you're going to need to get out of there. You throw a rock at the bear to stun it and start digging through your backpack.

There's scuba gear and a hang glider. You can either go down to the river and scuba out, or you can go up and hang glide out of the cave.

TO HANG GLIDE GO TO PAGE 18 TO SCUBA OUT GO TO PAGE 28 Where: Canmore, AB Drive Time: Four hours, 26 minutes More info: canmorecavetours.com

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You start to furiously dig through your backpack: mountain-climbing gear and hang-gliding gear. You can either clamp onto the side of the mountain and climb it or you can hang glide away when the raft goes over the waterfall.

Where: Cardston in Waterton National Park, AB Drive time: Seven hours More info: raftalberta.ca

TO HANG GLIDE GO TO PAGE 18 TO MOUNTAIN CLIMB GO TO PAGE 24

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FIGHT THE BIRD The bird was easier to fight off than you thought, and suddenly you're falling through the air. You land on something soft and sink into it a bit. Your eyes are closed tight, death is a certainty.

After a minute, you realize you haven't died, so you open your eyes and look around: lucky you, you've landed in a pile of treasure. As far as the eye can see are gold coins, rubies, gemstones and gift cards that are redeemable for cash—the rarest treasure of them all.

Congratulations! You showed much bravery on your adventure.

the end

WETLANDS The wetlands are a murky place, filled with bugs and bulrushes. As you traverse them you can't help but wonder what you've gotten yourself into. As you move through them—thanks to some hip waders you found in your backpack—you notice that there is a sandbar nearby with a gleaming white rock on it. You head in that direction.

Underneath the rock is a message that says, "I know what you're looking for and it isn't here. White-water raft down the river just south of here and you'll find it. Maybe."

That seems ominous. Just then your stomach growls. Maybe when you get to the river you can stop and catch a fish to eat. You check inside your backpack and find an inflatable raft and a paddle, as well as a fishing pole. It's a pretty big backpack. Now you gotta decide what to do.

TO GO RAFTING GO TO PAGE 21

TO STOP AND FISH GO TO PAGE 27

Where: Tofield, AB Drive time: 1 hour, 30 minutes More info: tofieldalberta.ca/nature.htm or beaverhillbirds.com

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MOUNTAIN CLIMBING Halfway up the mountain you can barely remember what it was you were looking for, but you do know you've got to get to the top. You're so tired—and still hungover—that you're dreaming about what you'll find when you get there.

When you do finally arrive, there's a horse tied to a post and another note: "Take this horse because you must be tired. Good luck."

You want to take the horse, but you can't help but think that taking a 15-minute nap wouldn't be the end of the world. This is a perfect spot to camp and there's a tent and sleeping bag in your backpack. Maybe a rest would do you good.

TO TAKE THE HORSE GO TO PAGE 26

TO CAMP FOR A BIT GO TO PAGE 19

Where: Squamish, BC Drive Time: 14 hours, 10 minutes More info: tourismsquamish.com/what-see-do/rock-climbing or squamishclimbing.com

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SKY DIVING

NAP You fell asleep, and while you were dreaming, the answer to your problem came to you. The bomb

You're not so bad at this for

was at the bottom of the backpack, and Gary was

your first time: it's as easy

the mastermind trying to use you to blow up the

as it looks in the movies.

whole world!

As you guide the parachute into the gully below, you realize

something:

what

you're looking for isn't go-

After diffusing it, you call him back.

ing to just be sitting wherever you landâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;you're going

"Hello?"

to have to go get it. "Gary, I figured it out. It's over. The bomb is diffused and the cops are on the way to your house right now."

he screams, and you can hear sirens in the background. Everything is going to be

Congratulations! You showed much bravery on your adventure.

all right.

the end

When you hit bottom, you pull out the map again. It says, "If you made it to the gully, what

great. you're

You'll looking

find for

on top of this mountain. You can get there from the outside by climbing or from the inside by spelunking."

TO CLIMB THE MOUNTAIN GO TO PAGE 24 TO GO SPELUNKING GO TO PAGE 21 Where: Carcross, Yukon Territory Drive Time: One day, one hour More info: skydivebc.ca

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Horseback Riding The horse rides easy and you're happy for the rest after everything you've been through.

You pull out the map that's in your backpack: "To get where you're going, you'll need to go spelunking through this cave."

"What a day this is turning out to be," you think, remembering that it was only a short time ago that

Just then your stomach rumbles. Maybe it's time to stop for

you woke up on the floor of a bar, barely even knowing

lunch first.

who you were.

TO GO SPELUNKING GO TO PAGE 21

TO STOP AND FISH GO TO PAGE 27

Where: Falcon Lake, MB Drive time: 17 hours, 38 minutes More info: tobanexperience.com/falcon.php or falconbeachranch.com

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GLACIER

FISHING

The sun shines brilliantly off the glacier as you traverse over it. It's treacherous, with deep chasms in your path and melting ice puddles in your way. As you're walking over it, you see a sign in the distance, hammered into the banks by the river.

thinking about moving on. Just then a mutant badger comes waddling down the path.

"If you're here looking for gold," it says, "You're too lateâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; it's all gone. You'll have to go another way. If you're looking to save the glacier, you'll have to raft down this river."

You dig through your backpack and you've got an inflatable raft, and a telescopic paddle. It's a pretty big backpack. Now you have to decide what to do.

TO GET THE GOLD GO TO PAGE 18

TO RAFT THE RIVER GO TO PAGE 21

Where: The boundary of Banff and Jasper National Parks Drive time: Five hours More info: explorerockies.com/columbia-icefield

After eating your fill of fish, it's time to start

This thing will not be fended off no matter how many fish carcasses you throw at it, so it's time to get moving. As everybody knows, there are two ways to escape a mutant badger attack: you can either get under the water completely by scuba diving so they can't smell you anymore, or you can hike higher and higher because mutant badgers are notoriously lazy and hate climbing.

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TO HIKE GO TO PAGE 18 TO SCUBA OUT OF THERE GO TO PAGE 28 Where: Vancouver Island, BC Drive time: 16 hours More info: hellobc.com/fishing

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SCUBA DIVING

OUTDOORS INSIDER Jeremy Derksen // jeremy@vueweekly.com

Feeling used?

It's peaceful under the water, and very safe. The gear all works perfectly, which is pretty lucky since it's been packed inside that backpack since who knows when?

You're travelling down the river, reflecting on the serenity, when a bird swoops down, plucks you from the water and starts flying away into the sky. Its talons are wrapped around you and it'll be tough to get away, but you've got a decision to make: do you fight the bird off now and try to survive the short fall, or do you roll with it and skydive out after it's climbed HIGH INTO THE SKY.

TO SKYDIVE GO TO PAGE 25 TO FIGHT IT OFF NOW GO TO PAGE 23

Where: Sunshine Coast, BC Drive time: 15 hours, 10 minutes More info: bigpacific.com/whattodo/diving.html or sunshinecoast-bc.com

The May 8 MEC Gear Swap didn't start until 9 am, but lineups began around 6 am in the MEC parking lot. The annual event has become a kickoff to the season, with hundreds of sports junkies buying and trading used gear. Though it may seem counterintuitive for a retail store to host a gear exchange, MEC sustainability coordinator Karly Coleman says it suits MEC's ethics. Providing access to cheaper gear sustains the sports themselves and by extension the environment, Coleman explains. "It allows novices ... to get introduced to skills and activities in a less expensive way," she points out. "By focusing on the experience and not the sale, we encourage people to go explore our remaining Big Wild, hence becoming stewards and advocates for the land." Of course, the Internet has spawned a whole new range of used-gear options. MEC has an online gear exchange, there's Kijiji and Craigslist and specialty sites such as pinkbike.com or steepandcheap.com. But if you don't know what to watch for or how to assess market value, it can be hard to know whether you're getting a deal. "With anything mechanical, like bikes, that's where people can often get hurt the most," says Tom Viinikka, owner of usedsporting-goods store AllSports Replay. "You need to check every moving part, watch for anything loose." There's also a growing mass of knock-off gear in circulation, Viinikka warns. But with a little savvy or the right advice, used can be a great deal. "Used is for everybody," he says. "You can save a lot of money while getting good quality equipment." Wipeout worthy If you're moderately athletic and you've seen the reality TV show Wipeout, where contestants race through a larger-than-life obstacle course, you've probably thought, "I could do that way better." Drew Pearson did—until he found himself on the set of

Wipeout Canada. Pearson is a former Marmot Basin ski patroller who recently joined the St Albert Fire Department, so he's no slouch. But his stint on the show was humbling. "It was an eye-opening experience," he says. "All the features are bigger than they look and there's a huge amount of intensity." The toughest part: "Knowing you're up next." Athletic ability was a benefit, he affirms, but not as much as one might expect. "The course is designed to take the most athletic and skilled people and make them look unathletic and unskilled. And I think it succeeded." It also taught him some healthy lessons. "Never take yourself too seriously," he cautions. "Everything on the outside is a lot different going in. And always remember to laugh, because when you're sitting covered in mud from head to toe and you just got punched in the face by something, you have to take a moment to sit and reflect, and remember how good your life actually is." Final advice? "Any time someone challenges you to jump on a pile of big red balls," he quips, "politely decline." Pearson appears in the "Heroes" episode, scheduled for late May—early June on TVtropolis. The Full Moon sets The Full Moon Adventure company is billing it as "the end of an era." Citing lower participation in mid-length adventure races, FMA will host its 13th and final Full Moon in June race this June 25 – 26. The annual race is a staple in the adventure-racing scene, combining orienteering, trekking, biking and paddling in great locales in interior BC. This year's race is slated for Elkford. Far from folding up shop, however, the FMA team has other successful events to cultivate—including the Half Moon in August and the Sinister 7—and promises new offerings for 2012. Stay tuned at fmij.com.

DO IT. May 29: MEC Edmonton bikefest blog.mec.ca/events/mec-bikefest/mec-bikefest-edmonton June 11: Freeriders for Child Find Alberta – Downhill Mountain Bike Race childfind.ab.ca/index.php?page=freeriders-2010 June 25: MEC Paddlefest blog.mec.ca/events/mec-paddlefest/mec-paddlefest-edmonton/ (registration opens May 27. Spaces fill up fast.)

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STYLE

Raw and Canadian The man behind Naked & Famous on what makes his jeans unique

What's so special about Japanese denim? According to Brandon Svarc—as well as plenty of denim enthusiasts around the world—Japanese selvedge denim is the best denim that can be had. But what makes it that way? Svarc says it's three things:

Shuttle looms

"Selvedge denim is made on these old school looms called shuttle looms. All denim has two different directions of yarns: there's warp yarns and weft yarns. The warp yarns are the running veritical yarns—those are the yarns that are generally dyed indigo which is why your jeans are blue on the outside—and then there's the weft yarns which are un-dyed or sometimes they bleach them white, which is why your jeans are white on the inside. "So the shuttle gets loaded up with that filler yarn, the weft yarn, the white yarn and then it shuttles back and forth along the machine and on each pass it seals the edge of the fabric closed making a self edge, hence "selvedge" denim. The selvedge is basically the proof that it's made on these old machines, that it's made in a difficult way, that it can't be mass produced, that it's something made by hand that takes more human effort and in a more beautiful, old-school way of doing things."

Rope dyeing

Bryan Birtles // bryan@vueweekly.com

W

ith his family's almost-six-decade history in Montréal's fabled garment industry, Brandon Svarc comes by his profession honestly. The man behind Canadian denim company Naked & Famous, Svarc spun his premium jeans brand out of the company his grandfather started by selling socks and underwear door to door. "He grew up a wholesale business, just him and my grandmother," Svarc recalls. "The stock was held in their basement and my grandmother would type up all the business. In the '50s, most of the orders were written by hand so when my grandfather would hand people a typewritten order, they'd think he was from a big-time company. Me and my brother used to play hide-and-go-seek in rolls and boxes of fabric when we were little kids, so it's a bit in my blood." With the economy looking like it was about to take a dive, and with some jeans reaching the $400 mark, Svarc saw an opportunity to enter what is still a crowded marketplace by offering premium denim without all the trappings of the industry: Naked & Famous doesn't advertise, doesn't embellish the jeans beyond the fabric, and operates without showrooms, sales representatives or distributors. "The goal is to be the opposite of every Hollywood or celebrity brand," Svarc says. "Let's say you're Diesel or any of these big massive brands: do you know how expensive it is to put one ad in one issue of GQ magazine? The rate card is $110 000 US—for one fucking page, in one month! That's why a pair of William Rast jeans is $300, not because it's better. In fact it's

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"Why is it that Japanese denim fades so much more beautifully than Chinese denim, Indian denim or Turkish denim? The reason is because of the dye method. It's very important the way the Japanese dye the denim—which is called rope dyeing—and it's very different than the vat dyeing method which is the cheap method they use all over the world. "In vat dyeing there's a big vat, which is like a giant bowl of soup, [where] they throw in the warp yarns, the vertical yarns, and it mixes with a chemical indigo and it absorbs it to the core and it's finished, easy and fast. "In Japan it's much more fascinating and I've gone to see it with my own eyes like a kid in a candystore: they have these huge machines more than 50-feet high and they attach the yarn to the top of the machine and it dips it down into the vat of indigo and lets it adhere to the top of the yarn and then pulls it out and lets it dry. Then it dips it back in and pulls it out to dry and again and again and again; between eight and 30 times they repeat this process, depending on the colour they want in the end, but they never leave the yarn in the bath long enough for the dye to seep into the centre of the yarn, so what you have is this thick beautiful buildup of indigo on the outside but a white core. "So as you put your wallet in the back pocket and get the creases in your jeans behind your knees and in your lap, it starts to break through that tough indigo coating on the outside and reveal this beautiful, honeycomb white interior fade."

worse because you're buying fake value and we refuse to put fake value into our jeans." The value of Naked & Famous is built upon two things: Japanese selvedge denim and Canadian manufacturing. Made on old-style shuttle looms that take longer to create fabric than modern projectile looms, the word "selvedge" comes from the fact that shuttle looms close the fabric on each end, creating a "self edge." Selvedge denim can be distinguished by the coloured thread running up the outside leg seam and is seen as the gold standard in denim, with Japan's considered the best in the world. "My favourite analogy to why selvedge denim and Japanese denim are better than mass-produced denim is that it's the same difference between an automatic watch from Switzerland and a regular digital watch from China. A mechanical watch is the old-school way of doing things: it's a much more expensive, older, less efficient method and it's the same thing with selvedge denim," Svarc enthuses. "You can go buy a watch from WalMart for $5 and it's a much more precise instrument but it's less of a piece of art and that's the same thing with new denim and the old, special selvedge denim." As for manufacturing all of the company's products in Canada—with the small exception of a few collaborations with Japanese denim brands—Svarc explains that he wouldn't have it any other way. In fact, he'd be embarrassed to call Naked & Famous a Canadian brand if its products weren't manufactured on Canadian soil. "In the 1970s, 95 percent of Canadian-consumed products were made in North America, and do you know what it is now? Five," he

The water

explains. "I find it a disgrace and a shame that there's all these brands that claim to be Canadian brands but go make their stuff in Vietnam or in China or Bangladesh or who knows where. To me you're a Bangladesh brand if you go make your stuff in Bangladesh— you're not a Canadian brand. "Even as we've existed we've helped keep a lot of factories alive, but even so we've seen all kinds of factories close and it's really a shame," he continues. "We want to keep domestic manufacturing alive—I think it's really important." V In Edmonton, Naked & Famous jeans are available at Gravity Pope Tailored Goods, HG2 Clothing, High Grade, Holt Renfrew and Jaisel.

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"A few times ago when I went to Japan, I went to the president of the mill that we buy most of our denim from and I asked the same question to him: what makes Japanese denim the best in the world? "I already knew what I thought the answers were but I wanted to see what would be his go-to answer. Would he say the machines or the dying methods, their efficiency or their innovation? But he didn't say any of those things—you know what he said? The water. "I thought that was really fascinating. They're in an area called Okayama and anywhere in Japan that ends in "yama," that means it's a mountainous region, and "oka" means "hill," so it's even more hilly. So not only does it have this fresh clean running water that comes down the mountain but it has a specific mineral content and a pH balance that's different than anywhere else in the world. So even if China goes out and copies these old machines or slower dyeing methods they still won't be able to make the same quality of Japanese denim because they don't have access to the water." V


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ARTS

PREVUE // THEATRE

Blacker comedy

The Cripple of Inishmaan closes out the Studio Theatre season Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

n MFA directing candidate about to raise the curtain on his thesis project, Mitchell Cushman's also set to acquire a somewhat more peculiar distinction alongside—if all goes well—his degree: of being the youngest person to ever embark down the U of A program's two-year path. Though how long he'll hold on to that legacy, he grins, isn't all that certain. "I actually have a friend coming into the program next year who's the age I was when I got in," Cushman says, sitting calm on a couch in Studio Theatre's spacious green room. "Maybe the tides are turning." However young, though, the Torontoborn, Halifax-trained artist is no green thumb in the Canadian theatre scene. Cushman's logged work with Toronto's acclaimed Soulpepper Theatre and a string of acclaimed freelance credits, like yesteryear's Fringe hit Reflections on Giving Birth to a Squid. He got into theatre as a playwright, though, and his choice of thesis speaks to that sharp eye for storytelling, here a volatile mix of comedy and inky black tragedy: The Cripple of Inishmaan, written by Martin McDonagh and set in 1934 Ireland, piercing the bitter cloud of jealousy and sabotage that engulfs a tiny islandbound town when a film crew arrives, and the crippled main character's attempt to beat the stacked odds and

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// Ed Ellis

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get his spot in their film (and thus escape the island). "It's a specific kind of dark comedy," Cushman says. "Often plays that have the label of dark comedy, it's often a lot of dark material, and then some comic relief. But I think with McDonagh, they're much more intertwined than that: he can really horrify you, disturb you and make you laugh at the same time. As a listener, it just has a way of infiltrating you in a different way."

It's not the first McDonagh drama Cushman's tackled (he directed a production A Skull in Connemara in Halifax, in a converted theatre so small, he notes, that smashed bits of skull would fly into the audience), nor is it Edmonton's first; most recently, Theatre Network put on The Lonesome West, but the Citadel had an acclaimed run of The Pillowman a ways back, too. McDonagh's particular blend of blacker comedy has undeniable allure, though Cushman

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notes, the playwright's greatest asset is simpler than that: spinning a fine narrative yarn. "To me, theatre is and should be about storytelling," he says, "and I think Martin McDonagh, coming from this great storytelling tradition, is just a fantastic storyteller. He just makes you sit down and want to follow the story that he spins. I wish I saw more of that in theatre. As we move into a more experimental generation there's potentially

less of that: just a really strong narrative with really compelling characters that take you through it." V Until Sat, May 28 (7:30 pm) The Cripple of Inishmaan Written by Martin McDonagh Directed by Mitchell Cushman Starring Jason Chinn, Natascha Girgis, Betty Moulton, Glenn Nelson Studio Theatre (87 Ave & 112 St), $10 – 20


PREVUE // THEATRE

Rapid Fire Theatre Alumni Weekend

Past improvisers return to the Varscona stage this weekend

Friday May 20 (7:30 pm, 11 pm) Varscona Theatre (10329 - 83 Ave), $10 Theatresports is an Edmonton theatre institution. The Friday night improv mainstay has been going strong for the past 30 years, and to commemorate this anniversary Rapid Fire Theatre is host-

ing an alumni weekend extravaganza. "All the alumni from the last 30 years are welcome back to play Theatrespots and to meet each other," explains Amy Shostak, artistic director of Rapid Fire. "It's kind of like a homecoming for anyone who's ever done Theatresports." Theatresports is a type of improvisa-

tional theatre in which two teams compete in a series of theatric games. It was developed in the late 1970s by director Keith Johnstone and the Loose Moose Theatre Company in Calgary. In 1981 the artistic director of Edmonton's Theatre Network, Stephen Heatley, brought it to the city; Heatley and his company of

improvisers formed Rapid Fire Theatre in 1988 to present Theatresports independently to Edmonton audiences. Over the past three decades, hundreds of people have participated in Theatresports, including many noteworthy local improvisers, performers and

playwrights. The alumni weekend will feature two shows of Theatresports on Friday night, performed by Rapid Fire Theatre members from past and present, and then several alumni-exclusive events on Saturday. "Both of [the Friday shows] are going to be Theatresports matches with teams made up from different performers from over the years," explains Shostak. "So it might be a team of let's say, 1983 to 1987—it's by year. "It's kind of the Edmonton esteemed older improv crowd," Shostak continues. "Dana Andersen's going to do some, and Donovan Workun; then there's playwrights like Marty Chan and David Belke." In addition, a particularly well-known former member of Rapid Fire, Nathan Fillion, may also be in attendance at the Friday show, though Shostak notes this isn't yet confirmed. The alumni weekend is a unique event in Edmonton's theatre history; very few theatre companies have such a long history with so many past members. "I'm excited to see what happens," states Shostak. "I'm very interested to see the shows because I think it's going to be an interesting mix—there's going to be performers who continued to perform improv, then there's also going to be people that haven't done improv in 25 years. So it should be pretty charming and pretty great!" Mel Priestley

// mel@vueweekly.com

PREVUE // VISUAL ARTS

Where Are We going? Fri, May 20 – Sat, Jun 18 Curated by Gabe Wong Latitude 53 (10248 - 106 St) A poster is, in its simplicity, an incredibly versatile medium of expression. Wherever you happen to take them in—stuck up in a clustered mass on designated street walls or attached to any old found surface, plastered with tape around pillars and light posts, carrying political commentary or marking dates of what bands are playing when—they appear and inform in an almost unavoidable way. In that sense, they're a perfect way to pose questions, both to passers-by and to the creators themselves. And with that in mind, the posters that make up the content of Where Are We Going?, Gabe Wong's curated show, are answers to that titular question, which Wong posed to a multitude of artists. "Posters in general are about statement and performing and communicating, so it really helps focus the artist to do something that is meaningful," the local designer explains. "I like the aspect of the poster being an affordable and accessible medium; it sort of takes away the walls that some people may have approaching art, and opening up art to be a bit more democratic." That said, with these posters set to inhabit the gallery walls of Latitude 53, Wong notes they take on a different sort of purpose; an interesting look at the artform itself.

"Having them in a gallery is an interesting thing, I feel," he says. "Having the posters at Latitude is actually an interesting look at where art is going, and pushing the mediums. "It's also that question: what is art? How do you define it? When does art become design? All that stuff," Wong contunes. "I feel like having these posters in a gallery setting changes the tone and the relevance of the posters. I don't think it in any way degrades what art can be, but I definitely think it opens up how people look at it. Especially nowadays; there's so much popularity with band posters. It's just taking off from there."

Going? is the second show Wong's curated that draws inspiration from a quote by post-modern visual artist Paul Gauguin: "Where do we come form? Who are we? Where are we going?" The first question was the crux a show back in 2009; Wong's skipped the middle question, for now, and instead forged ahead. "I was planning to do 'who are we?' though everyone thought 'where are we going?' is much more interesting. I think 'who are we?' is also a big question, but I think that'll be my third one." PAUL BLINOV

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Artifacts

PREVUE // THEATRE

From Cradle to Stage

PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@vueweekly.com

May 18 – 21 and 24 – 28 (8 pm); Sun, May 22 (2 pm) Written by Mike Czuba, Sherryl Melnyk, Robert Zimmer Directed by Vivien Bosley, Sarah Jackson, J Nelson Niwa Starring Gabby Bernard, Isabelle Chatelain, Alexandria Fortier, Melanie Kerr, Bob Klakowich, Robert MacDougall, Heather Patton, John Trethart Walterdale Playhouse (10322 - 83 Ave) $12 – $16

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A two-part showcase of those who put their bodies through unusual motions, Silhouette makes use of live performance and film to explore the dance discipline. First, Static Motion presents emerging dancers and body-bending artists from Edmonton, Vancouver and Victoria— including our own aerial troupe Firefly Theatre—as they explore the overlap between people and media // Dallas Dollars

This week, Edmonton audiences will have the opportunity to see three never-beforeseen plays at the Walterdale Playhouse. The three new scripts—all written by local playwrights—were selected by a jury as the best of 21 one-acts submitted to From Cradle to Stage, the Walterdale's annual one-act festival. Two of these three plays are Poetry Unbound by Robert Zimmer and Even the Walls have Eyes by Sherryl Melnyk. The last is Hope is Dead, a dramatic piece written by Mike Czuba that will cap off each evening. "It's about a girl in her mid-to-late teens and an old man around 40 to 60 years old," J Nelson Niwa, the director of Hope is Dead, explains. "They meet each other under rather strange circumstances—both at a rather low point in their respective lives—and they kind of accidentally start this relationship where they learn about each other and a bit

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about themselves too, I guess. "Eventually, it grows into ... well, still a rather unusual relationship, but the play goes to show that there are layers to everyone and sometimes your saviour can come from the most unusual place." Over the years, Niwa has acted in many plays at the Walterdale (his first role with the Walterdale was as Algernon Moncrieff in 2003's The Importance Of Being Earnest) but this is his first time being the director of a play. The experience, he notes, has been exciting: "I actually got into directing a few shows ago when I assistant directed Mail Order Bride under Alex Hawkins," he says. "One

of the things that I learned from that was that sometimes actors come out and they surprise you," he laughs. "They come up with something that you never even envisioned. And—even though you never thought of doing it that way— it's a gem. So you keep it, and you adjust the rest of your vision accordingly." "Last night was a dress rehearsal— and we'd done a few dress rehearsals already," Niwa says, "but for some reason last night it drew me in so much that I forgot that I was supposed to be taking notes and looking for things to work on." Bryan Saunders

// bryan@vueweekly.com

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technology. Live performers interact with active onscreen technology to explore how the two mediums can fit together. Set to follow Motion is a film screening of Silhouette, a doc that explores the real-life arc of two teen dancers attempting to navigate the transition from high school to the adult world. (TransAlta Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre [10330 - 84 Ave], $25 – $35)

Transport Tycoons / Dupes / Opening reception Fri, May 20 at (7 pm); show runs until Sun, Jun 19 Another venerable double-whammy of artistic showcase, Friday marks a twopronged visual arts opening. On one point, illustrator Josh Holinaty's Transport Tycoons pulls inspiration from both "an economic transportation simulator and video game" and the transit systems in our province's largest pair of cities, depicting these landmasses (and their CEOs) in his inimitable illustrative form. On the other end, Wilf Kozub's Dupes makes use of painting and photocopy manipulation to explore the idea of repetition in images of nature and electricity. (The Artery [9535 Jasper Ave])


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"Even if Leigh won the Caméra d’Or, though, that’s unfortunately no guarantee of future glory. Looking at the list of 33 past winners ... it’s surprising just how few directors went on to be widely seen or widely known."

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Strange immersion

Curling's father-daughter tale makes for a remarkable Canadian hybrid snow who become something akin to Julyvonne's imaginary friends. (Are they imaginary?) It's true that Côté doesn't like to explain things. For example: Why are they playing 10-pin with those itty-bitty bowling balls? Why do Jean-Francois and Julyvonne listen to "I Think We're Alone Now" on music nights? Perplexing! Yet somehow we make it through. In fact, Curling (sorry, Côté) is almost a heartwarming comedy. It's about an overprotective father learning to let his daughter grow up. It's about a middle-aged man learning

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lone within the precise, fixed frame of Curling's opening shot, her face sprayed with freckles, her gaze almost blank yet somehow touching, Julyvonne (Philomène Bilodeau) is visiting the optometrist. There's something wrong with her eyes, she's told, or hasn't she noticed? She hasn't. Julyvonne's 12 years old, home-schooled, and her interaction with the world beyond the rural Quebec bungalow she shares with her father, Jean-Francois (Emmanuel Bilodeau), has been minimal. But she leaves the optometrist's with her first pair of glasses, and what follows, at least within her share of Curling, is a story about seeing things for the first time. Some of these things may not be real. Maybe. Jean-Francois is a shy, fearful man with a weathered, angular face. He has two jobs: he works maintenance at a bowling alley and cleans rooms at a motel. Kennedy (Roc LaFortune, a real card), his superior at the bowling alley, calls Jean-Francois "Moustache," perhaps because the broom-thicket of hair below Jean-Francois' hooked nose seems to take up so much of his face, perhaps because Jean-Francois' reserve is so unnerving that the boss, a fan of obscure euphemisms is any case, just needs something to endow his only employee with a little character. At one point in Curling, after making a chilling discovery one night on a desolate road, Jean-Francois does something in secret that would barely seem pardonable in a child, much less a 40-ish single father. Yet I think we're inclined to believe the best in him because he's gentle, and because he so clearly loves Julyvonne, however misguidedly that love manifests.

Though its characters find themselves in morbid and bizarre situations, their responses are comprehendable: there's a coherent psychology at work here, even while we're immersed in strangeness. to emerge from his shell. It's about silly costumes, and, indeed, the odd allure of curling. And it does, in its way, urge us to reach out, even in the frozen darkness. V

A movie with mysteries

Curling is the most recent film from the Québécois writer-director Denis Côté, whose Carcasses, which shifted from something like a documentary about a junk collector to the weirdest variation on the home invasion thriller I've ever come across, ranks as one of the freshest and most remarkable Canadian hybrids of the last decade. Though frequently

visiting rather antiseptic interiors, Curling contains many beautiful images, of snow blowing across a barren highway, an inflatable Santa descending a ladder, of a tiger inexplicably lazing in the white countryside. Though its characters find themselves in morbid and bizarre situations, their responses are comprehendable: there's a coherent psychology at

work here, even while we're immersed in strangeness. I emphasize Curling's relative accessibility partly just out of annoyance with some other reviews and features I've found that paint the film as perversely opaque. To be sure, there are mysteries: that pool of blood on a motel room bed, the tiger (obviously), the frozen carcasses dusted with

New Wave. It's a landmark on several fronts. Godard's a true genius. But once you know more of Godard's work and comprehend his debut's historical significance, Breathless is finally, by the high standards set by Godard and his peers, not bad. It's no horrifying sacrilege to me that it was remade in Hollywood with way more money and Richard Gere. Worse things have happened to the movies. Breathless (1983) was directed by Jim McBride, whose David Holzman's Diary (1967), was not without its postmodern ambitions. McBride co-wrote it with Holzman star Kit Carson, who wrote parts

of Paris, Texas (1984). This Breathless reverses a number of Godard's configurations: the girl's a Parisian in America, rather than an American in Paris; the mise en scène's characterized by flamboyant, art-directed artifice (rear projection, gels that swath entire scenes in one primary colour) rather than guerilla-style filmmaking; it attempts (rather laughably) to justify its characters' actions rather than chalk them up to genre dictates. Yet it shocked and sort of fascinated me just how faithful Breathless is to the story (if not the spirit) of the original, with Gere's compulsive criminal sociopath killing a cop, living on the lam, and even resur-

recting several of Belmondo's gestures. Instead of Bogart, he idolizes the Silver Surfer, which I like if for no other reason than every time he reads a Silver Surfer comic Brian Eno and Robert Fripp's woozily beautiful Evening Star bubbles up on the soundtrack.

Fri, May 20; Sun, May 22 (9 pm) Sat, May 21 (7 pm) Curling Written and directed by Denis Côté Starring Emmanuel Bilodeau, Philomène Bilodeau Metro Cinema (9828 - 101A Ave)

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Breathless Thu, May 19 (7 pm) Directed by Jim McBride Written by McBride, Kit Carson Starring Richard Gere Metro Cinema (9828 - 101A Ave)

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There's this scene in Jean-Luc Godard's Breathless (1960) where Jean Seberg holds up a reproduction of a Renoir for Jean-Paul Belmondo's approval. "It's not bad," says Belmondo. "Renoir's a really great painter," says Seberg. Belmondo doesn't budge: "I said it's not bad." That's a little like my feelings about Breathless itself. It formed the crest of the French

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There's something unnerving about Gere talking to himself, or singing or dancing, with such utter, blazingly awkward conviction. It's amazing how much of Breathless Gere manages to spend shirtless, the character's narcissism dovetailing nicely with the actor's. "I know I'm crazy," he says. "I can't help

it." Poor guy. But are we actually supposed to like him? It's hard to tell, and it only gets harder as things go on. And on. There's a bit where Gere and the girl get busy in a movie theatre while Gun Crazy (1950) plays behind them. I found myself wishing they'd get out of the way so I could just watch Gun Crazy. At one point we see a stop sign advertising the Hollywood Wax Museum. It's very apt. McBride's adoration of cinema's past lacks the critical inquiry or playfulness of Godard's, so his Breathless, however curious an artifact, feels mostly lifeless. Josef Braun

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Quest For Fire

Bridesmaids

The dawn of man

Thu, May 19 (9 pm) Directed by Jean-Jacques Annaud Written by Gérard Brach Starring Rae Dawn Chong Presented as part of the Turkey Shoot screening series Metro Cinema (9828 - 101A Ave)

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Quest for Fire (1981) was one of the first movies I bought on DVD, and ever since I've had a hard time convincing people to watch it with me. Why? It's set 80  000 years ago. It inspired a song by Iron Maiden and a band from Toronto. It was filmed in Iceland, Scotland, Kenya, and right here in the badlands of Alberta, and its landscapes are beautiful and vast. The story follows a trio of Neanderthals who, not knowing how to build a fire, search for one they can steal and share with their friends. They resemble an especially hirsute hippie death cult whose

members drank the Kool-Aid and lived, except that now they can't form sentences, seem permanently stoned, and constantly breathe through their mouths. Edmonton's own Rae Dawn Chong invents the missionary position. One guy attempts to castrate another with his teeth. Violence abounds. Everyone's panting, salivating, jabbing, humping, grunting: being an actor in this movie would have been awesome. In fact, several sequences are very much like some acting workshops I've attended. My favourite part of 2001 was always the "Dawn of Man" sequence, so perhaps something in me just instinctively responds to tribal frenzy, inarticulate yearning and unkempt hair. Metro Cinema is screening Quest for Fire as part of its "Turkey Shoot" series, but this is no turkey. It's fascinating, and, for obvious reasons, really, really funny. Josef Braun

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Some SNL-worthy Bridesmaids

Now Playing Directed by Paul Feig Written by Kristen Wiig, Annie Mumolo Starring Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph, Rose Byrne

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Two thirtysomethings grapple with life choices that put pressure on a slowly unravelling friendship: it might sound like the plot for the next run-of-the-mill chick flick, but comedian Kristen Wiig and co-writer Annie Mumolo's Bridesmaids take a simple story of friendship and tell it with the relatable hilarity found in the tension of making all the grown-up decisions we eventually face. Co-writer Wiig and longtime collaborator Mumolo play on the social relationships of women in a multi-dimentional way that goes beyond simply being catty or desiring

each other's jobs or boyfriends. The heart of the movie is Annie's (Wiig) ability to maintain a relationship with her best friend Lillian (Maya Rudolph) as their lives move apart and in Annie's case, fall apart. After a failed business and a lost relationship, the final threat to Annie's reality is a new woman claiming the title of Lillian's best friend. The new friend, Helen, (Rose Byrne) embodies the perfect woman and soon upstages Annie's abilities to perform as maid of honour. The comedy in these exploits is at it's best when exposing Annie's feelings of inadequacy, the hilarity at her consistent bad luck and and attempts to keep her friendship going with Lillian, even with it's Apatow-ian additions of fart, barf and lewd sex jokes. The movie stumbles a bit in it's pacing and resolution. The conflicts between Annie

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and her love interest Officer Rhodes (Chris O'Dowd) seem a bit mysterious and rushed, and her ultimate resolution with Rudolph's character feels a bit tacked on, but the main thrust of the movie is so well put together that the endings can be forgiven. Wiig takes full advantage of the opportunity to showcase the comedic talents we witness every week on Saturday Night Live, and it becomes obvious she's been deserving of a full-length movie for years. It would be nice to see the same from her co-stars— from some of the trailers and outtakes, its evident they edited much of the other bridesmaids' stories for time. But Maya Rudolph, Ellie Kemper and Melissa McCarthy are comedians worthy of their own solo successes, and here's hoping the success of Bridesmaids can inspire more of the same. Samantha Power

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Hiding in plain sight

The best films at this year's Hot Docs deal with reclusive subjects Josef Braun // josef@vueweekly.com

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utspoken, outstanding," goes the tagline for the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival, held every spring in Toronto. But the films that stuck with me this year tended toward subjects that avoid standing out—or that hide in plain sight. Hiding, hidden, reclusive, invisible: here are some highlights from Hot Docs 2011, and a taste of some things to come, or things that I hope might come to a theatre near us ... Hermits, freaks, fascists, dropouts, druggies and survivalists populate Laure Flammarion and Arnaud Uyttenhove's Somewhere to Disappear, all of them male, all American, all unmistakably incurable misfits of one kind or another. The film is the product of a road trip with photographer Alec Soth, who's created a large body of work making portraits of those who've attempted to slip off the grid, nearly all of whom, ironically, seem more than happy being photographed and talking about their lives once tracked down in their hovels, shacks, caves and campsites. Though he shops around for a cave of his own, Soth confesses that what appeals to him is not genuine escape from civilization but "the idea of escape." He's an artist, not a recluse. He wants to get a lost a little, "to be carried along," yet he keeps a GPS on the dashboard of his minivan. He's our surrogate, cruising the outer margins to convey the eerie allure and obvious hazards of life lived in rejection of all we take for granted. The filmmaking in Somewhere to Disappear is (perhaps inevitably) grubby, lacking the distinct perspective, craft and precision of Soth's work, but it ultimately serves its theme well, evoking a sense of rough roads rarely taken, rabbit holes in a world hard at work to keep its every corner tracked and measured, hovering in cyberspace. Bobby Fischer tried to hide from the world, but it's not so easy to pull off when you're the greatest chess player in history, an ideological pawn in Cold War one-upmanship, and quite probably, and flamboyantly, mentally ill. Liz Garbus' Bobby Fischer Against the World attempts to map out Fischer's story, his peculiar and precarious sort of single-minded genius, his uneasy relationship with fame and urge toward isolation, his erratic behaviour and the grotesque politics he adopted late in life. She doesn't entirely succeed, utilizing a treasure trove of archival im-

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Project Nim

ages and footage and drawing upon a number of fascinating interviews with Fischer's colleagues, but arranging these pieces into a somewhat muddy narrative arc that more than once abandons the path it seems briefly invested in. Still, Fischer's a fascinating figure who couldn't resist the opportunity to expose some parts of his troubled psyche to the public, so the film, flawed or not, is very much worth watching. Were he able to speak for himself, Nim Chimpsky would surely have also asked to be left alone, or at least left in one place, somewhere where he could just be himself, which is to say, be a chimp. Project Nim, the latest from Man on Wire director James Marsh, chronicles Nim's fraught and unexpectedly nomadic existence, bounced from one home to another as part of an experiment in interspecies communication (he was taught sign language ... and a whole lot of other stuff). His story prompts numerous questions about what it means to be human. It also serves as an especially bizarre, fascinating example of the ways in which the counterculture of the 1960s sought to redefine family and domestic arrangements in the 1970s. It's an incredible story, and Marsh's subjects offer myriad perspectives. It's the film most likely to appear on local screens so I'll hold further comments until its theatrical release. Let's just say for now that Project Nim is unmissable, though Marsh's almost devotional adoption of the story-

telling devices of filmmaker Errol Morris is starting to wear a little thin, and his incorporation of music is overbearing. The Forgotten Space, easily the most perfect work I caught at Hot Docs this year, is a collaboration between photographer Allan Sekula and theorist Noël Burch, a sort of follow-up to Sekula's 1995 book Fish Story. This "film essay," shot on both Super 16mm and digital video, traverses the world to investigate the global transportation industry, so much of which remains hidden or invisible to consumers, exploits labour, and undercuts the economies of developing countries. Sekula and Burch are especially interested in sea transport, in the "floating warehouses" that, for example, carry cod from the North Atlantic to China for cheap filleting and then sends it back again, or moves American wastepaper to recycling factories in the developing world. Ninety percent of the world's commerce travels by sea, packed into shipping crates that render the cargo anonymous, unloaded in yards where it's shuffled around by robots and rarely inspected, even in the post-9/11 US. As an elegantly structured critique of late capitalism whose visual refrain is an image of ships sailing onward, it's tempting to think of The Forgotten Space as the coherent version of Godard's Film Socialisme, but this is ultimately a distinct, arguably singular film, its discourse so grounded in interviews (with labourers, with historians, with the homeless) that you occasionally forget how exactly conceived it all is. V


The Bang Bang Club

country's first free vote—works best when there's a sense of danger in the air, when the photographers enter a warzone and we get to see some of these photos stem from their hostile contexts

spiral, an increasing lack of compassion, and even the strands of romance, are presented without warmth and emotion. There are little moments that approach poignancy—perhaps the most tellingly, a

The Bang Bang Club works best when there's a sense of danger in the air, when the photographers enter a warzone and we get to see some of these photos stem from their hostile contexts.

Shooting on the run ... from shooting

Opening Friday Directed by Steven Silver Starring Taylor Kitsch, Ryan Phillippe, Frank Rautenbach, Neels Van Jaarsveld

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This isn't necessarily meant as a slight, but the strongest, most affecting images of unrest and apartheid that The Bang Bang Club manages to produce during its runtime come during the credits. They're the real ones, taken by the group of pho-

tographers who earned the movie's title by turning a blind eye to fear and running into warzones with cameras blazing, capturing some of the most horrific, affecting stills to ever make it out of South Africa's period of civil unrest in the early '90s. They're painful and illuminating tableaus of the evils people can unleash upon one another. The film based on their time in the zone (and further based on a book written by one of them)—starting with Greg Marinovich's arrival, through to the shaken

(though even that does steal some of the blunt, impressionistic power). We see men risking life and limb to get a snapshot in what's really a bizarre mix of stupidity, bravado and skill—Kevin Carter, Marinovich, Ken Oosterbroek, João Silva were a strange breed of photographer, getting high on warzone adrenaline and their own skillset—but the rest of the film's runtime, spent between newspaper politics and the mounting emotional retreats of these men, doesn't carry the same engagement, and not just because nobody's firing a gun. It's oddly cold in performance and lukewarm in its storytelling, drifting through plenty of ethical and political issues without illuminating any of them.

neighbour casually waving to Marinovich in their safe, white community, as he scrubs a friend's blood from the backseat, fresh from a battleground. But the weightier issues here feel flat and unaffecting, sprinkled on, acknowledged and then departed from. It ends up feeling like a laundry list of plot points to hit, not emotions to feel or thoughts to process. PAUL BLINOV

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The tolls of getting the shots they did, though well documented in history—only two actually made it out of 1994 alive, with a warzone death and a suicide claiming half the club—are handled bluntly by writer/director Steven Silver: a drug

Machete Maidens: Unleashed! Thu, May 19 (7 pm) Directed by Mark Hartly Edmonton City Centre Cinemas

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"We were giving the audience what they wanted," exploitation film legend Roger Corman explains off the top of Machete Maidens Unleashed! a doc about the goreand-boobs glory days of '60s filmmaking, where American companies would fly out and shoot for cheap grindhouse or drive-in flicks in the Phillippines. In that, Corman makes a pretty hard to argue against point. And to his credit, doc director Mark Hartly does well to capture the apparent sense of mischevious fun of moviemaking on the cheap in a foreign land, while putting it all into a bigger political context without ever losing that charming feel. Yes, they were mostly kitchy films built on the premise of "blood, boobs and beasts" (Machete Maidens has ample amounts of each in its selected archival clips). And for most of the interviewees—Corman, filmmakers of the time, actresses involved—it seems like a jovial trip down memory lane, with the egregious safety issues and constant injury being presented with the laughter of hindsight. One notes that the Filipino filmmakers didn't know what candy glass was, so anyone tossed through a window in an action scene really went through a pane. Another recalls how the army would lend filmmakers helicopters to flesh out big battle scenes, apologizing to those on set for being late: they'd been busy strafing rebels with live round. This was probably more

Some of the Machete Maidens themselves

worrisome to everybody back in the day, but now it's simply a good story. At times it feels like it's just running through the entire cannon, movie by movie, but the overall portrait of a time and place and sensibility in Machete Maidens feels well explored and warm, without shying away from either the political context or the genres more embarrassing tendencies. It also marks the first evening of the Edmonton International Film Festival's Screening Room Series, a chance to take in three

film-fest type movies months before we'd otherwise have the chance. Following Machete Maidens is Beginners (June 16) wherein Christian Plummer—playing father to Ewan McGregor—comes out of the closet at 75, following his wife's death; and Project Nim, (July 21) a doc from the team behind 2008's Man on Wire looking at a '70s experiment to teach an ape to communicate with language—by raising him like a human child. PAUL BLINOV

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8712-109 St, 780.433.0728

JANE EYRE (PG) DAILY 6:50, 9:10; SAT�MON 2:00; No 9:10 show on Thu, May 26

ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW May 28, tickets on sale now

GRANDIN THEATRE�ST ALBERT Grandin Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822

SOUL SURFER (PG) THU, MAY 19: 2:45, 4:50, 7:05, 9:10

passes FRI 3:20, 6:30, 9:35; SAT�MON 12:15, 3:20, 6:30, 9:35; TUE�THU 5:00, 8:05

RIO (G) FRI 4:15, 6:45; SAT�MON 1:15, 4:15, 6:45; TUE�WED 5:20

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

sexual content) No passes WED 10:00; THU 4:50, 5:30, 7:40, 8:20

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes THU 4:40, 7:30

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) No passes THU 5:25, 8:00 DUGGAN CINEMA�CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave, Camrose, 780.608.2144

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG violence, frightening language, sexual content) DAILY 7:05 9:35; SAT� SUN, MON 2:05

FAST FIVE (14A violence) FRI�WED 6:45, 9:25; SAT�MON 1:45

SOMETHING BORROWED (PG coarse language, sexual content) FRI�WED 9:30

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG violence, not

recommended for young children) FRI�WED 7:00 9:20; SAT�MON 2:00

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM

19: 12:35, 2:45, 4:50, 7:00, 9:15

LEDUC CINEMAS

THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) FRI, SUN�MON 11:10, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40; SAT, TUE 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40; WED 5:00, 7:50, 10:40; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) Digital 3d DAILY 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 PRIEST 3D (14A violence) Digital 3d, No passes DAILY 12:10, 2:30, 5:15, 7:45, 10:30 FAST FIVE (14A violence) Digital Cinema FRI�WED 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45; Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:45 BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, SOMETHING BORROWED (PG coarse language, sexual content) FRI�TUE, THU 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:00; WED 4:10, 7:10, 10:00; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI�WED 12:00, 3:15, 6:40, 9:40 SOURCE CODE (PG coarse language, violence) FRI� WED 12:40, 3:40, 6:45, 9:30 INSIDIOUS (14A frightening scenes, not recom-

mended for children) FRI�TUE 4:15, 7:30, 10:10; WED 4:15, 7:30

frightening scenes) No passes FRI�MON 11:00, 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 11:00; TUE�THU 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: CAPRICCIO ENCORE (Classification not available) SAT 11:00

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANG� ER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) No passes THU 1:00, 3:30, 6:30, 9:00

DAILY 6:45, 9:40; FRI�MON 12:45, 3:40

THU 12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:30

THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) DAILY 6:55,

RIO (G) THU 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:10

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse lan-

RIO 3D (G) Digital 3d FRI�MON 11:00, 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 8:50; TUE 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:00; WED 1:30, 4:00

9:35; FRI�MON 12:55, 3:35

guage, sexual content) DAILY 6:50, 9:30; FRI�MON 12:50, 3:30

METRO CINEMA

9828-101A Ave, Citadel Theatre, 780.425.9212

CIRCO (STC) FRI, SUN 7:00; SAT 9:00 CURLING (STC) FRI, SUN 9:00; SAT 7:00 QUEER CITY CINEMA: WIDE OPEN WIDE PROGRAM 1 (STC) THU 8:00 PARKLAND CINEMA 7 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove, 780.972.2332 (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain; Parkland County)

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) DAILY 6:45, 9:20; SAT, SUN, TUE 10:30am, 1:05, 3:35

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

The Conspirator 

No passes DAILY 11:45, 3:00, 6:30, 9:45

HOODWINKED TOO!�HOOD VS. EVIL (G)

DAILY 7:00; FRI�MON 1:00, 3:40

Princess Theatre (10337 - 82 Ave) Writer/director Tom McCarthy provides a perfectly likeable if belaboured gofor-it movie that may very well get him his broadest audience yet. Paul Giamatti stars as a high school wrestling coach who takes in a wayward youth only to discover he's a natural on the mat.

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude sexual content) No passes WED 10:15; THU 1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40; Digital Cinema: WED 10:00; THU 11:50, 2:30, 5:15, 7:50, 10:40

Leduc, 780.352.3922

FAST FIVE (14A violence) DAILY 9:40

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HOODWINKED TOO!?HOOD VS. EVIL (G) FRI�

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES�AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (PG violence,

THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) THU, MAY

Win Win

MON 11:30, 1:50; TUE�WED 1:50

FAST FIVE (14A violence) THU, MAY 19: 1:35, 4:05, 6:45, 9:05

Garneau Theatre (8712 - 109 St) This BBC adaptation of Charlotte Brontë’s classic has compelling performances and imagery rich with detail, even if it never quite finds balance of jumping backwards and forwards in time.

WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.444.2400

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Ultraavx,

language, sexual content) THU, MAY 19: 1:45, 4:15, 6:50, 9:10

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANG� ER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) No

MON 1:00

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

PRIEST 3D (14A violence) FRI 4:45, 7:15, 9:55;

passes, Digital 3d FRI 3:50, 7:00, 10:05; SAT�MON 12:45, 3:50, 7:00, 10:05; TUE�THU 4:30, 7:45

SAT�MON 2:30

THE CONSPIRATOR (14A) DAILY 6:45, 9:15; SAT�

TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) No passes FRI�MON 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15; TUE�THU 2:00, 5:00, 8:00

THU, MAY 19: 12:55

SAT�MON 1:45, 4:45, 7:15, 9:55; TUE�THU 5:45, 8:30

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

HOODWINKED TOO!�HOOD VS. EVIL (G)

language, sexual content) FRI 3:45, 6:50, 9:40; SAT� MON 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:40; TUE�WED 5:10, 8:00; THU 5:20, 8:15

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANG� ER TIDES 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) No

PRINCESS

sexual content) No passes DAILY 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:20

GARNEAU

RIO (G) THU, MAY 19: 1:00, 3:00, 4:55, 6:55, 8:55

scenes) DAILY 6:50, 9:40; SAT�MON 1:50

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH

THU 6:45, 9:15

SOMETHING BORROWED (PG coarse language,

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse

THU 12:00, 2:10, 4:30, 6:50, 9:10

KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes

DATE OF ISSUE ONLY: THU, MAY 19

KUNG FU PANDA 2 (G) No passes THU 12:40, KUNG FU PANDA 2 3D (G) Digital 3d, No passes

THE HANGOVER PART II (18A nudity, crude

6:35, 9:15; SAT�MON 12:40, 3:40, 6:35, 9:15; TUE� THU 4:45, 7:50

sexual content) No passes WED 10:00, 10:15, 10:30; THU 12:10, 12:50, 1:30, 2:40, 3:20, 4:00, 5:10, 6:00, 7:15, 8:00, 8:20, 9:45, 10:30, 10:50 3:05, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00

WATER FOR ELEPHANTS (PG violence, not recommended for young children) FRI�TUE 6:45, 9:40; WED 6:45

PRIEST (14A violence) No passes THU 7:25, 9:55

4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

THOR 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes)Digital

PRIEST 3D (14A violence) Digital 3d, No passes

sexual content) FRI�MON 1:10, 4:00, 6:50, 9:50; TUE�WED 6:50, 9:50

CLAREVIEW 10

THOR 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes) Digital 3d DAILY 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:40 WED 8:10

SOMETHING BORROWED (PG coarse language,

sexual content) No passes WED 10:00, 10:15; THU 6:35, 7:20, 9:25, 10:05

MON 1:25, 4:30, 8:00, 9:20; TUE 4:50, 7:40, 8:05; WED 4:50, 7:40; THU 5:10, 8:10

PRIEST (14A violence) No passes FRI�TUE 8:10, 10:30;

language, sexual content) No passes FRI�MON 1:20, 4:15, 7:15, 10:15; TUE�THU 7:15, 10:15

Seating, DTS Digital THU 12:45, 3:45, 7:30, 10:30

THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) FRI�WED 12:20, 3:20, 6:40, 9:20

7:10, 10:10; TUE�THU 7:10, 10:10

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HOODWINKED TOO!�HOOD VS. EVIL (G) Pre-

DAILY 1:15, 3:40, 6:30

DIARY OF A WIMPY KID: RODRICK RULES (G)

Jane Eyre

SOMETHING BORROWED (PG coarse language,

HOODWINKED TOO!?HOOD VS. EVIL (G) 1:00, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30; TUE�WED 6:40, 9:30

Still Showing

Princess Theatre (10337 - 82 Ave) Robert Redford's history flick is best in its moments of courtroom drama and less so in the detective-mystery aspects: following the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, as a nation raged for vengeance, a reluctant defence attorney finds himself starting to believe one of the accused is innocent

Hanna 

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin, 780.352.3922

BRIDESMAIDS (14A crude content, coarse language, sexual content) DAILY 6:50, 9:25; FRI�MON 12:50, 3:25

FAST FIVE (14A violence) DAILY 9:40 HOODWINKED TOO!?HOOD VS. EVIL (G)

DAILY 7:00; FRI�MON 1:00, 3:20

THOR (PG violence, frightening scenes) DAILY 6:55, 9:30; FRI�MON 12:55, 3:30

PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANG� ER TIDES (PG violence, frightening scenes) DAILY

6:45, 9:40; FRI�MON 12:45, 3:40

A child with top-secret experimental DNA is stolen and raised away from the government, making her return to society with guns a-blazing: Hanna's story slides between her discovering the world and her killing a whole lot of people. It's pretty fun and intriguing, if also uneven.


MUSIC

Weirder and wider

Wyrd Fest III takes Canada's musical oddities further

// Chelsea Boos

and fast. In the same way the website focuses on celebration and curation and discovery ... you come to the festival because, you might know one or two [bands], but you're there because there's eight other bands that could potentially be amazing."

Aaron Levin and Paul Lawton: The wyrdest guys around Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

'W

hat's going on now is sort of what was going on in the '60s: you have these really highly regional records that just aren't breaking out of their scene," Aaron Levin says. "The difference between now and the '60s is we have something called the Internet." Levin is sitting in his home—an old building refurbished entirely out of recycled materials—discussing the impetus for Weird Canada, his Edmontonbased, Canada-mining music website that won CBC Radio 3's Searchlight con-

test for best music website in Canada. The site was born, in part, from Levin's time as music director at CJSR—at national conferences, Levin and his fellow music directors would pass along local acts, then wonder why they never went on to make a splash in the larger Canadian scene—and his own collection of hard-to-find records. It's devoted to the musical fringes, to bands that haven't broken out of their respective cities, that maybe haven't even ever toured. The feat of stealing the CBC crown while up against bigger, longer-established websites—Coke Machine Glow and Exclaim! magazine's online presence, for

starters—is something Levin attributes to the support he's gotten back from those little scenes. "It was this groundswell of people who were just marginalized finally being like, 'Let's show Canada, let's show CBC, the Radio3, the people who are supposed to be breaking new sound: this is the new sound,'" Levin says. "I really think that's why we won: because the bands and labels took ownership of the victory." If Weird Canada is a way to find those new sounds happening across the country, Wyrd III is the a physical celebration of the same: a traveling caravan

of 50 performers spread through 19 bands, stuffing evenings of rapid-fire sets. Heading into its third incarnation, Levin and festival co-creator Paul Lawton have leveraged the website's sense of discovery with ample increases in their own ambitions for the touring festival: Wyrd is now hitting Vancouver. There are bands from almost every province—there's even a trio of Francophone bands, Levin notes. "Wyrd, to me, has always been the physical manifestation of the site," he explains. "In the same way that writing on Weird Canada is short and fast, the sets for Wyrd Fest are short

Raymond Biesinger, Edmonton ex-pat and one half of the Famines, noisy guitar rockers set to headline Wyrd's Edmonton stop, sees the importance of giving marginalized acts a show or three to meet and perform. "[Wyrd] gives us a chance to play together," he says. "There are so many different little ... I would describe them as closet bands, or niche little bands across the country, and they're weird, as the name Wyrd Fest, or Weird Canada would suggest, and they aren't exactly popular. There are a few people like Aaron Levin and his partner Paul Lawton, who really know about our more-regional acts and our Canada-wide acts, and they're just making sure all those groups connect in some fashion. "It's quite bold for them to take so many non-local bands and put them on these bills. When you're doing shows at the level that most of these bands are at, it's absolutely incredible—when you're touring, and you're relatively unknown like all these groups, it's so, so important that you find a local band that has a draw, or else you might not have anyone at your show for the first four times through. So it is really ballsy for them to be doing this, where it's the same roster in three different cities, and then a whole bunch flown in from out east. So by definition, each city has about a quarter of the acts being from home." "Fingers crossed," Biesinger says with an audible grin. "I suspect if anyone's going to make it work out, it's these dudes." V Fri, May 20 (5:30 pm) Wyrdfest III Featuring GOBBLE GOBBLE, Hobo Cubes, Makeout Videotape and more Dinwoodie Lounge, $20

HOW TO BOOK A MAYBE SUCCESSFUL TOUR, BY THE FAMINES Perhaps because of Biesinger's day job— an acclaimed graphic artist whose work has appeared in the New Yorker, WIRED, The Walrus and countless other publications—the Famines' physical releases have always seemed uniquely left of centre: a live cassette with a 268-page booklet of liner notes, an eight-track release, a visual history of the band. And now, in time for the Wyrd tour, He's added a helpful, band-

friendly brochure to the pile: entitled "How to Book a Maybe Successful Tour by the Famines," it takes a step-by-step look at just that: sections titled "A Word On Venues," "Money" or "A Short Economics Lesson On Being a Touring Band," give a realistic look at everything from how to approach promoters to the realistics of touring without critical buzz. It started as a letter written to a fellow

band who were looking to tour, but didn't know where to start. "I started writing one of those letters to friends that you can only do when you have 14 hours ahead of you on the highway," Biesinger says. "So I wrote probably about 2000 words or so to my friend about everything he would need to do to get his band onto the road and playing in other cities."

After that, he found the idea of distributing this for a very modest price appealing. "I think the historical aspect is something that a lot of people don't have a grasp on," he explains. "It's kind of amazing how in the '60s, it was so, so much easier to be a professional musician, to earn a living wage as a musician. And now I'm quite confident even what could be considered C-level acts, groups like We Are Wolves,

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

or Shout Out Out Out Out, or any of the bands that most really marginal acts would look up to and really aspire to be in their position—I know for a fact most of those groups are absolutely drowning in personal debt. It seems like most musicians are willing to bank on, 'We're going to pay for this to happen, and it'll pay off later.' But the payoff later, it's kind of like buying lottery tickets."

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The Old Sins Fri, May 20 (9 pm) With Feast or Famine, White Beauty DV8

Luck and fate are sometimes at the heart of rock 'n' roll. What if Malcolm McLaren had never gone to see the New York Dolls? What if Mick and Keith weren't classmates? What if Stevie Nicks and Lindsay Buckingham had the kind of relationship where they ate a quiet dinner together and retired to bed early every night? Fate intervened instead, and fate intervened on behalf of the Old Sins too. The local, blue collar, country-punk hybrid came about by accident after singer and guitarist Ben Olson went looking for a couple guys to help record the solo acoustic stuff he'd been playing so he'd have something to sell on tour. "We started jamming the songs with no real intention in mind and it just started to work and all the ideas I had

These sins don't look so old

went right out the window," Olson recounts. "All of a sudden it felt less and less like a solo project and it got to the point where I said, 'This is obviously everybody involved, I can't claim this as my own.' It was really weird because we never actually discussed it, we just be-

came a band." The freshly-created band hit the studio with punk rock progenitor Liam Copeland to record its debut full length, Like a Steady Heartbeat, which the Old Sins will release officially this Friday. "Working with Liam was way easier than working with most people," Olson says of the experience. "The best part is that he's not just doing the punk rock thing or the whatever thing: he's got an ear for music. All the guys in this band listen to hundreds of other records other than punk rock or straight rock 'n' roll records. So it worked out really well and we weren't afraid to try something different. It was really neat to work with a guy who wasn't worried about stuff like that." With a new album in hand, Olson— who works as a truck driver when he's not writing songs—says the band is eager to hit the road as much as possible. Olson explains that he's been in love with the road ever since he got his first vehicle. "I lived in a really crappy town and as soon as I could get out that was freedom," he says. "Once you start playing in bands and start touring, to me that's it. That to me is the best, it's what I love to do. I'm not here to make assloads of money or be famous, I just love to be on the road." V Bryan Birtles

// bryan@vueweekly.com

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VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011


Sharon Jones & The Dap-kings

Sharon Jones: like a vintage soul record

Tue, May 24 (7 pm) Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings With Black Joe Lewis & the HoneyBears Starlite Room, $34.50 Sharon Jones is not a soul revivalist. She's been singing since the genre's '70s peak, and remains as untouched by modern colours and trendy sounds as a vintage Aretha Franklin record. There's no emulation to speak of; Jones sings soul music because that's what she's done since its heyday. "Some of my friends—when they started going [into] all that nonsense in the '90s—they'd say, 'You sing like that old-fashioned way,'" Jones recalls, over the phone from New York. "I'm like, 'Oh, that's what you call it? The old-fashioned way?' 'You got to learn a new riff'— that's what they're saying to me. I was like, 'Riff this.'" She laughs, a sassy curl of sound with just a touch of "shown-'em-all" tone to it. It's not spun from bitterness or arrogance—just well-earned pride. Jones got her musical break at the market-unfriendly age of 40, after struggling through the years singing backup vocals (often credited to Miss Lafaye Jones, her middle name) while trying to make ends meet on other jobs: for years she worked as a corrections officer at the New York's Rikers Island jailhouse (the same place rapper Lil' Wayne recently spent his 242 days of incarceration after being caught possessing both a gun and marijuana on tour). Her break came when met she a kindred spirit, Gabriel Roth, who had her into a studio session to sing backup for his now-defunct Pure Records label. Impressed by the session, he gave her a lead on his song, "Switchblade," originally meant for a man to sing, yet easily carried by her voice. "That was it," Jones says. "That was meant for me right there. And I stayed there and everyone else came around me." That was 15 years ago. A band and a label have sprung up around them, and now, as frontwoman and bass player/bandleader of Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings, Jones and Roth have managed to carve out a niche for their vintage sound with little com-

promise—the Dap-Kings record on old analogue machines and only use instruments that would've been available up to the mid '70s. Increment by increment, they saw success come: when soul music swung back into the realm of popular influence, they were the purveyors of a pure soul sound. The Dap-Kings backed Amy Winehouse on her breakout Back to Black; their own most recent album with Jones, 2010's I Learned the Hard Way, debuted at 15 on the Billboard top 200. Sass aside, Jones seems genuinely grateful for the opportunites that have opened up with the band and beyond: she was able to move her mother "out of the projects" of New York and into a house in South Carolina, (just across the river from Augusta, GA, Jones' birthplace); and as a session singer, her profile's been raised: she recently duetted with Matt Berninger [of indie-brooders the National] on Booker T Jones' latest album The Road From Memphis. In mid-July, Jones notes with particular pride, she gets to sing with Stevie Wonder. Still, Jones has yet to reach her ideal watermark of success. "They don't play us on major radio stations. Our music is not played," she stresses. "NPR, college students, thank God for them. Thank God for this Internet now, iTunes and Amazon, people that go in there and they hear about us. If people could see us up there on MTV when they're givin' out awards— they should give an award to us, for soul music. But they don't have that; they gonna call it retro. We're not even recognized, as a label [Daptone records]. And that's what I want to see done with Daptone, and Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings. We'd be recognized just with everybody else up here, because we're doin' just what they're doin: makin' good music and singing it. And why shouldn't more people hear about what we're doing? Until I'm standing next to Beyoncé or Christina Aguilera, or next time they need something done on Aretha Franklin's album, I get up there and sing also. I'm just sayin', recognize us too, because we're makin great music, whether we be on MTV or not. Until I can't do it any more. " PAUL BLINOV

// PAUL@vueweekly.com

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

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SOUNDTRACK

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYAN@vueweekly.com

3 Inches of Blood

Wed, May 25 (8 pm) / Starlite Room, $20

Vancouver metal stalwarts 3 Inches of Blood return to Edmonton on the back of a new seven-inch, "Anthems for the Victorious." Singer Cam Pipes lays out what his life's soundtrack consists of when he's at home and when he's on the road.

At home I'm either woken up by one of my cats whining to be fed or my wife watching Judge Judy.

Afternoons usually driving while listening to Team 1040, Vancouver sports-talk radio.

The sound of my dog snoring while I watch Star Trek: The Next Generation before going to sleep.

On the road The sound of our tour manager saying, "Time to get up."

morning

NOON

NIGHT

Music in the afternoon is controlled by whoever is driving our tour van at the time. I put my Ipod on shuffle, so you never know. Every driver has varying musical choices When there isn't a band playing there's something playing on the venue's PA system and it varies from good to downright awful shit. Depends on the taste of the venue's soundman

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MUSICNOTES

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYAN@vueweekly.com

Tech N9ne / Fri, May 20 (8 pm) With rhymes that come faster than speeding bullets, Tech N9ne will hit the Starlite Room this Friday. (Starlite Room, $26) Sleigh Bells / Mon, May 23 (6 pm) Indie darlings Sleigh Bells come to Edmonton repping Brooklyn noise pop. (Starlite Room, $25)

Kate Maki / Sat, May 21 Before deciding to pursue music full time, Kate Maki studied neuroscience at Dalhousie University and education at Nipissing University. So if you want someone to teach you why your brain likes her songs so much then, well, she'd be the one. (The Artery)

Kid Rock / Sat, May 21 (6:30 pm) Kid Rock continues to show off the patriotic side of himself with the album Born Free, which he's touring behind when he hits Edmonton. (Rexall Place, $29.50 – $69.50) Slave Lake Benefit Show / Sun, May 22 (7 pm) While the acts are still to be announced, the Starlite Room is hosting a benefit for the town of Slave Lake which was decimated by wildfires this past week. To show your support, show up. (Starlite Room, $15)

Death Cab For Cutie / Tue, May 24 Just prior to the release of Death Cab's latest album Codes and Keys, which the band will release at the end of May, the group will hit Edmonton's Shaw Conference Centre where, if you're lucky, the setlist will consist of mostly new material. (Shaw Conference Centre, $56.75)

Jimmy Eat World / Mon, May 23 (7 pm)

Hip Hop in the Park / Sat, May 21 Like every year, Hip Hop in the Park brings the city's rhyming luminaries into the great outdoors for a day-long festival of rap and hip hop. This year's festival includes the People's Poets, Politic Live, DJ Weezl and a special guest appearance by—no joke, yo—CTV meteorologist and rapper, Josh Classen. (Louise McKinney Riverfront Park)

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VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

Hayes Carll / Thu, May 26 (8 pm) With ragged tunes about life, lazy living, hard drinking and guitar playing, Hayes Carll plays country music the way it was supposed to be played. (Starlite Room, $15)

With almost two decades of history behind the band, Jimmy Eat World return to Edmonton touring on its seventh studio album, Invented. (Edmonton Event Centre, $32)

Burton Cummings / Thu, May 26 (7 pm) Winnipeg's Burton Cummings will bring his sweet moustache across the prairies again as he returns to Edmonton—likely before he goes running back to Saskatoon. (Jubilee Auditorium, $45 – $115)


VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

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NEWSOUNDS Socalled, Sleepover (Dare To Care) 

If Socalled isn't the weirdest rapper in modern Canadian hip-hop, he's certainly a strong contender for the crown. His latest album details his ongoing, bizarrely captivating musical eccentricity. Mixing hip hop with klezmer, a form of Jewish folk with roots in eastern Europe, looks like a strange idea on paper, and it does strike the ear as weird— but also kind of awesome. Socalled stretches beyond even this incongruous combination on Sleepover, deftly mixing in schmaltzy French pop singing, fiddlers from Serbia and large doses of vocals from the excellent Katie Moore. It doesn't all work seamlessly, but it's tough not to admire the spirit of reckless innovation behind the whole thing. Lewis Kelly

// lewis@vueweekly.com

While Heaven Wept Fear of Infinity (Nuclear Blast) 

Death-metal albums need to strike a delicate balance between the ridiculously awesome and the plain old ridiculous: the genre lends itself easily to self-parody and camp. While Heaven Wept's debut album on indie-metal superlabel Nuclear Blast avoids the problem with an innovative strategy: inspire boredom in your audience. Double-kick drumming and rippin' guitar solos appear occasionally, but the spotlight mostly rests on the singing. This decision perplexes, since the singing consists of forgettable lyrics sung by unremarkable voices to the tune of slowmoving, repetitive melodies. While Heaven Wept seems to have all the tools required to produce epic riffage, but it uses them to make bland pablum. Lewis Kelly

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Mazes A Thousand Heys (FatCat) 

Looking for the perfect summer pop rock album for a) falling in love b) dangling your legs off the "end of the world" c) skateboarding or d) all of the above? Look no further! With nods to Malkmus, Martsch and McCaughan, Mazes conjures up a host of melodic '90s indie sentiments. Yes, it's formulaic and, yes, it's a shameless throwback, but A Thousand Heys is nothing short of a perfect summer companion. Joe Gurba

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Akron/Family Akron/Family II (Dead Oceans) 

Akron/Family suffers from Grateful Dead syndrome: like the legendary jam band, the group's incendiary, transcendent live shows have almost completely obscured the more modest charms of its recorded work. Like its previous releases, the ridiculously named Akron/Family II: The Cosmic Birth and Journey of Shinju TNT is an Americana-steeped folk-rock album constantly undergoing an identity crisis. Though the frequent left turns into subtle electronics, drum-circle hypnosis, guitar freak outs and layered vocal acrobatics are old hat for Akron/Family five albums into its career, here these diversions are integrated more naturally than ever before, serving the song rather than a desire to keep listeners needlessly on their toes. While Akron/Family II is unlikely to propel the band out from under its live shadow, it's the group's most assured, cohesive long player date. Garth Paulson

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VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011


QUICKSPINS WHITEY HOUSTON

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Here We Go Magic The January EP (Secretly Canadian) Well, it's not magic But it's a good enough trick To fool most dullards

OLDSOUNDS Rickie Lee Jones Flying Cowboys (Geffen)

Originally released: 1989

Hunx and his Punx Too Young to be in Love (Hardly Art) Gay sock hop rave-ups Complete with huge gang "vocals" And guitar "playing" .

Manchester Orchestra Simple Math (Favorite Gentlemen) Rockin it old school and... uh... by old school I mean U of Built to Spill

The Caribbean Discontinued Perfume (Home Tapes) Perfect, obtuse pop humble and hum-able and Slightly Kermit like

TV on the Radio Nine Type of Light (Interscope) Inside my iPhone TV on the Radio On the Internet

I feel the way about Rickie Lee Jones' Flying Cowboys that other women feel about "their" Joni Mitchell record, be it Blue or Hejira. Part of my devotion is beyond analysis, tied to having received it in the twilight of girlhood as a vision of potent and creative womanhood that still, after so many years and self-conscious embarrassments, makes the blood sing in my ears underneath the songs. Thinking back, I'm baffled as to why the record gripped me immediately and fiercely. I loathed "Chuck E's In Love," the hit attached to Jones, gleaned from growing up in a home soundtracked by golden oldies radio. And I'd long spurned anything mainstream—especially American—preferring handcrafted music from college stations, hall shows and wilfully eclectic mixed tapes. Yet I was riveted by Jones bouncing through "Ghetto of My Mind" on Letterman (a doubly rare serendipity; I barely watched television). I bought the album and never stopped listening to it. What's remarkable about the longevity and intensity of my relationship with Flying Cowboys is how much it continues to reveal within the frame of my original

attraction to it; it still tells of the possibilities of discovery, genesis and autonomy in female and adult life. And I value it all the more operating in a culture that transparently seeks to infantilize creators of both sexes and diminish nuances and breadth of experience. By Flying Cowboys, Jones was over a decade into her career, a veteran of chart-topping lionization (my dreaded "Chuck E"), a Rolling Stone cover (in a bra and beret) and a failed romance with fellow idiosyncratic songwriter Tom Waits. She'd matured from a tough gamine into a rich broth of an artist with an obstinate allegiance to intimate creative practice, seemingly indifferent to commercialism yet keen on connecting with her audience. Flying Cowboys is a ripe summer album, a road record with a frontier spirit, a marriage of West Coast bohemian and East Village beatnik haunted by Rust Belt doo-wop, with a profound detour into the cerulean sky and red rock deserts of hermits, the Hopi and Georgia O'Keeffe. Walter Becker's (Steely Dan) arid production gives the musical motifs space and clarity to define emotionallycharged atmospheres and conjure hoodoo-strewn canyons and urban concrete enclaves. Of course, Jones's vocals are never dry, but animated with the urgency of expression. Jones's particular genius is that her precision doesn't stiffen the meanings in her work—they generously yield to her listener's exploration. Take the final lines of the title track: "but the world is turning faster/than it did when I was young," she wails, adding: "when I was young/I was a wild, wild one." In the past I've heard that as wistful. Now I hear an assertion of a right to keep searching, without a destination or guarantee of safety. All we really have is the horizon, rippling in the distant heat. V Mary Christa O'Keefe

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Low Level Flight Through These Walls (Brave) So close to the Strokes That they should have called themselves The Aneurysms

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

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CARROT CAFÉ Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm

CENTURY CASINO

Tommy Roe (pop/rock); 7pm; $39.95 (adv)

THE COMMON The

Rematch: Haven vs. Foosh Ipod battle; no cover

THE DOCKS Thu night

rock and metal jam

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm

DV8 Acoustic Chaos

Thursdays: bring your guitars, basses, drums, whatever and play some tunes

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ

Match-Breaker - Concert: Dr Blu (original blues, light jazz); 7pm (door), 8pm (concert); $10 (adv)/$15 (door)

WILD WEST SALOON Lori Kole

The Chokeouts, Netherward; 9pm; $5

Classical MUTTART HALL The Shean

Strings Competition; 1-4pm and 6:30-9:3pm

WINSPEAR CENTRE SESO Symphony and Winspear Overture–Tom Allen’s Classical Goodtime Variety Show; 12-1pm

DJs 180 DEGREES DJ every Thu BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Main Floor: Tight Jams: every Thu with Mike B and Brosnake; Wooftop Lounge: various musical flavas including Funk, Indie Dance/Nu Disco, Breaks, Drum and Bass, House with DJ Gundam; Underdog: Dub, Reggae, Dancehall, Ska, Calypso, and Soca with Topwise Soundsystem

CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close CHROME LOUNGE 123 Ko every Thu

THE COMMON So

Cory Danyluk, Dan Walsh; no minors; 8-11pm; $10 (adv at YEG)/ $12 (door)

Necessary: Hip hop, classic hip hop, funk, soul, r&b, '80s, oldies and everything in between with Sonny Grimezz, Shortround, Twist every Thu

J AND R Open jam rock 'n'

CROWN PUB Bass Head

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB

roll; every Thu; 9pm

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Wyatt

Eddy (indie rock); $10

L.B.'S PUB Hank Lionheart; 9:30pm

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE�Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm

NAKED CYBER CAFÉ

Open stage every Thu, 9pm; no cover

NEW CITY LEGION

Unicron, Battleship; no minors; $7 cover

NEW WEST HOTEL Jess

Lee (country); 8:30-11:30pm

NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

BLACKJACKS ROADHOUSE� Nisku Tim Harwill (country/rock); 8pm; no cover

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Plain

Janes, Kayla and Erin; 8pm; $12

BOHEMIA Souvs, Victoria

WUNDERBAR Bat'leth,

Pass Era, Josh Rowson, and Greg Wood; no minors; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $7 (member)/$10 (non-member)

FRI MAY 20

WILD BILL’S�Red Deer

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Donna Durand, friends; 8pm; $10

BOHEMIA Grand Master,

TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

BLUES ON WHYTE

TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones

WILD BILL’S�Red Deer

UNION HALL Special Edition 1-2-3 Thursday with DJ Crunch; 9pm

Machine (reggae), Doug Hoyer (folk); 9:30pm11:30pm; no minors; no cover

BLUES ON WHYTE

UNION HALL 123 Thursdays

Thursdays: Drum and Bass DJ night, 9pm

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO�Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Punk Rock Bingo every Thu with DJ S.W.A.G. FLUID LOUNGE Thirsty

Thursdays: Electro breaks Cup; no cover all night

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian

HALO Fo Sho: every Thu with

Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown

KAS BAR Urban House: every

Andrew "Jr Boy" Jones Baldwin, Basic Space; 7:30pm, no minors, $5 (member)

BRIXX BAR Early show:

Empire Assassins, 7pm (door); $10 (door); Late show: Options with Greg Gory, and Eddie Lunchpail, 10pm (door), $5/free for ladies

CARROT Live music every

Fri; all ages; Babes in Arms; 7pm; $5 (door)

CASINO EDMONTON X-Change

CASINO YELLOWHEAD Al Barrett

COAST TO COAST Open

stage

THE COMMON Golden Era: Hip Hop Appreciation Week Edition with hosts Sonny Grimezz and Echo; 8pm; $5 CROWN AND ANCHOR Slow Burn; 9:30pm

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB

Derina Harvey (Celtic/folk/ rock); 9pm

DINWOODIE Wyrd III

(music marathon): Red Mass, Dirty Beaches, Gobble Gobble, Tonstartssbandht, Wyrd Visions, Makeout Videotape, Famines, Long, Long, Long, Hobo Cubes, Femminielli, Velvet Chrome, Feral Children, Silver Dapple, Manic Attracts, Ketamines, Role Mach; $20 at Blackbyrd, Listen

DV8 Old Sins (album release

show), Feast or Famine, White Beauty; 8:30pm-2am

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ

Uptown Folk Club: open stage; 6:30pm (sign-up), 7-11pm; free (members)/$4 (non-member)

GAS PUMP The Uptown

Jammers (house band); every Fri; 5:30-9pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB

Kickupafuss, Throttle, N.N., Absurd Heroes; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

IRISH CLUB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover s

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Lauren

Busheiken and her band ( jazz); $10

JEKYLL AND HYDE PUB

Headwind (classic pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover

L.B.'S PUB The Flying

Crawdads

( jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm

Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Jack De Kuyser;

Formula Fridays: Rennie Foster, with IHM; 9:30pm

LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ

RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec

Bunker Thursdays

$5

Mike Tomas

SECOND CUP�Varscona

ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic:

Live music every Thu night; 7-9pm

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

SOU KAWAII ZEN

OVERTIME�Downtown

LOUNGE Drowning

Ophelia; 8:30pm; no cover

STARLITE ROOM KO, Daniel Wesley, Rebel Emergency; 8pm (door); $20 at primeboxoffice.com, Blackbyrd, Brixx THAT'S AROMA Open

stage hosted by Carrie Day, and Kyler Schogen; 7-9pm

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Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step

RENDEZVOUS Metal night

every Thu

SPORTSWORLD Roller

Skating Disco: Thu Retro Nights; 7-10:30pm; sportsworld.ca

TAPHOUSE�St Albert

Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE

LIZARD LOUNGE Rock

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

NEW CITY LEGION Press Gang, Kroovy Rookers, The Chokeouts, Drunken Idiots, Chimp Change; no minors

NEW WEST HOTEL Jess Lee (country); 9pm-1am

O'MAILLE'S IRISH PUB� St Albert Big and Fearless (rock); 9pm; no cover

ON THE ROCKS Long Weekend with Bonafide PAWN SHOP Bogue

Brigade, Endprogram, Fuquored; 9pm; $8 (adv)

RED PIANO BAR Hottest

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

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Jack De Kuyser; $15 STARLITE ROOM

Tech N9NE with Krizz Kalico, Scale Breakers; 8pm; $26 atunionevents. com, primeboxoffice.com, Blackbyrd, Foosh

WILD BILL’S�Red Deer

TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

WILD WEST SALOON Lori Kole

WOK BOX Breezy Brian

Gregg every Fri; 3:30-5:30pm

ROUGE LOUNGE Solice Fri SPORTSWORLD Roller

Skating Disco Fri Nights; 7-10:30pm; sports-world.ca

SUEDE LOUNGE Juicy DJ

spins every Fri

SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

TEMPLE Options with Greg

Gory and Eddie Lunchpail; 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

MUTTART HALL The Shean

Strings Competition; 2-4pm, 6:30-8:45pm; adjudications/ awards following concertos on Friday (9pm)

DJs 180 DEGREES DJ every Fri AZUCAR PICANTE DJ

Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri

BANK ULTRA LOUNGE

Connected Fri: 91.7 The Bounce, Nestor Delano, Luke Morrison every Fri

BAR�B�BAR DJ James; every

Fri; no cover

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

DJs spin on the main floor every Fri; Underdog, Wooftop

BLACKSHEEP PUB Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BUFFALO UNDERGROUND R U Aware

Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

CHROME LOUNGE

Platinum VIP every Fri

THE COMMON Boom The

Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround

THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm

ELECTRIC RODEO� Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro

with DJ Damian; every Fri

GAS PUMP DJ Christian;

every Fri; 9:30pm-2am

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan

OVERTIME�Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock Hip hop country, Top forty, Techno

REDNEX�Morinville 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

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE Justin Kowalesky

(Gospel); 7pm; donations

MEAD HALL Fornication, Hell Goat, Savage Streets, Kanker, Cavernous; 8:pm NEW WEST HOTEL

Sat Jam 3-7pm; Jess Lee (country), 9pm-1am

O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

ON THE ROCKS Long

Y AFTERHOURS

SAT MAY 21

Opera Nuova Vocal Arts Festival Love and Marriage: Vocal Gems Concert: John Fanning O.C.; Judith Forst, and Benjamin Butterfield; 7:30pm

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

9:30pm-2am

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

YARDBIRD SUITE Mah/

CONVOCATION HALL

L.B.'S PUB Barry Campbell;

Weekend with Bonafide

WUNDERBAR Camembert, Jeremy Clarkson, Morals; 9pm; $5

Classical

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE

Connected Las Vegas Fridays

Goodman Quartet; 8pm; $16 (member)/$20 (non-member)

IRON BOAR PUB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

Foundation Fridays

RED PIANO BAR Hottest

REXALL PLACE Born Free

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

Tour: Kid Rock, The Trews; 6:30pm (door)/7:30pm (show); all ages; $29.50, $49.50, $69.50

ARTERY Calling it Quits:

RIVER CREE�The Venue

ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL

Kate Maki (country/folk), Frederick Squire; 8pm (door); $10 (adv)

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Hair of the Dog: Short of Able (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan BOHEMIA Small Town Knife Fight, Jared Epp, Aaron Skaley; no minors; 8pm; $7 (door, incl membership)/$5 (member) BRIXX BAR Ninjaspy (video

release party), Living Illusion, Suburban Syndrome; 9pm (door); $12 (door)

Edmonton by Night: Vietnamese concert; tickets at 780.953.7295

bands every Sat; 9:30pm

THE COMMON Magnum

PI; $5; (Hawaiian shirt and moustache party), Hula jams by Dane, Echo, and Kenzie Clarke

PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Alt, DJ, punk-rock

RED STAR Indie rock, hip

hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests

SPORTSWORLD Roller

Skating Disco every Sat; 1pm4:30pm and 7-10:30pm

STARLITE ROOM Oh

Snap: Krafty Kuts, Dynamite MC, guests; 9pm (door); $26 at Foosh, Blackbyrd, Brixx, primeboxoffice.com

SUEDE LOUNGE DJ Nic-E

spins every Sat

SUITE 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

Band (Latin); 8pm

UNION HALL Voice of

the Octagon Bruce Buffer hostsCelebrity Saturdays

WILD WEST SALOON Lori Kole

WUNDERBAR Swisher and the Sweets, guests; 9pm; $5 YARDBIRD SUITE

180 DEGREES Street VIBS:

Reggae night every Sat

AZUCAR PICANTE DJ

Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat

BANK ULTRA LOUNGE

CROWN PUB Acoustic blues

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

DJs on three levels every Sat: Main Floor: Menace Sessions: alt rock/electro/trash with Miss Mannered; Underdog: DJ Brand-dee; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic Hip-Hop and Reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz

Signature Saturdays

Y AFTERHOURS Release

Saturdays

SUN MAY 22 BEER HUNTER�St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Best in Show 5–a long weekend live music showcase featuring: Ayla Brook, Team Building, Cockatoo, The Concrete Hearts, The Ospreys, and others.; 2pm (door), 4pm (show); no cover

BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE�Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sun

Brunch: Jim Findlay Duo; 10.30am-2.30pm; donations

BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun: Don Berner; 6pm; $25 if not dining

CROWN AND ANCHOR

Cystic Fibrosis fundraiser/ pirate party: Sister Gray, One Way State; 8pm (show); $10; proceeds to CF

CROWN PUB Band War

DOUBLE D'S Mr Lucky

BLACKSHEEP PUB DJ every Sat

2011/Battle of the bands, 6-10pm; Open Stage with host Better Us Than Strangers, 10pm-1am

DV8 Farler's Fury, Whiskey

BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm

DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE

EDDIE SHORTS Saucy

every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

East Meets West : Dance Explosion with Marvin De Dancer; 9pm

BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head

DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB

Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every

DOCK BAR Rocks the

(blues roots)

Wagon, Micelli, Punk Rawk Dan; 9pm-12 Wenches every Sat

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Don Omar, Meet the Orphans (world); all ages; 7pm (door); tickets at TicketMaster, Azucar

Sat; 9pm

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Rick

ELECTRIC RODEO� Spruce Grove DJ every Sat

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Jake

FLUID LOUNGE Intimate Saturdays: with DJ Aiden Jamali; 8pm (door)

Dubois; 7pm; $10 (adv)

Ian and the Haymakers, Rob Taylor; 4pm; no cover

GAS PUMP Blues jam/open stage every Sat 3:30-7pm HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB

Scenic Route to Alaska, Ben Everyman, DoT; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

HILLTOP PUB Open stage

every Sat hosted by Blue Goat, 3:30-6:30pm

HOOLIGANZ Live music

every Sat

VUEWEEKLY // MAY 19 – MAY 25, 2011

PAWN SHOP Soulicitors

(folk, regae, rock), Owls by Nature, Feast or Famine; 8pm

RED PIANO Long weekend

celebration with dueling pianos

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Salsa Sundays:

featuring The Tilo Paiz Band; 2pm (door), 4-8pm (music); $5 cover

SECOND CUP�Mountain Equipment Co-op Live music every Sun; 2-4pm

STARLITE ROOM Killing Joke, The Crying Spell, Indicator Dogs; no minors; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $30.25

UNION HALL Glow Long

Slow Burn; 9:30pm

Derina Harvey (Celtic/folk/ rock); 9pm

ORLANDO'S 2 PUB Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm

VINYL DANCE LOUNGE

CROWN AND ANCHOR

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB

Lounge DJ every Sat

ON THE ROCKS Long Weekend with Bonafide

SUTTON PLACE HOTEL�Rutherford Room Tumbao Vibe Salsa

Sold Out Sat: with DJ Russell James, Mike Tomas; 8pm (door); no line, no cover for ladies before 11pm

open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; Laid Back Saturday African Dance Party with Dj Collio, every Sat, 12-2am

PALACE CASINO Show

STARLITE ROOM Slave Lake benefit show: acts TBA; $15 (door)

DJs

COAST TO COAST Live

Saturdays at Eleven: RNB, hip hop, reggae, Old School

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

Saturdays: every Sat hosted by Ryan Maier

CASINO YELLOWHEAD Al Barrett

OVERTIME�Downtown

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

UNION HALL Celebrity

$15

Canadian Jazz Series: Double Bill; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $16 (member)/$20 (guest)

X-Change

NEW CITY LEGION

J AND R BAR Open jam/ stage every Sun hosted by Me Next and the Have-Nots; 3-7pm

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Jack De Kuyser;

CASINO EDMONTON

CARROT Ope Mic Sat

requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte

Ave Top tracks, rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian GAS PUMP DJ Christian

every Sat

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

weekend Party with DJ Eric Cubeechee, Jpohnny Infamous; 9pm (door); free before 10pm

WUNDERBAR The Falklands, Jake Ian and the Haymakers, The Moas; 9pm; $5

Classical U OF A Opera Nuova–Love and Marriage Vocal Arts Festival; Master Classes for the public with Nico and Carol Castel; 7pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sunday Funday: with Phil, 2-7pm; Sunday Night: Soul Sundays: '60s and '70s funk, soul, R&B with DJ Zyppy

THE COMMON Sunday May Long Weekend: Hip hop, funk, soul, R&B, house, disco; 9pm-2am FLOW LOUNGE Stylus Sun SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

SPORTSWORLD Roller

Skating Disco Sun; 1-4:30pm; sports-world.ca

MON MAY 23 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover

BLUES ON WHYTE

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

Docks (Iron Maiden tribute), Motorhesbollah (Motorhead tribute); 8pm; $10 (adv)

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB

DOUBLE D'S Open jam

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Jimmy Eat World

every Sun; 3-8pm

EDDIE SHORTS Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm

BALLROOM The Next Big Thing: (vocal/band), Dance showcase; Mixmaster (DJ); hottest talent search every Sun; until May 29 EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ

Expressionz café YEG live Sunday Night Songwriters Stage; 7-10pm every Sunday

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Ras Yohannes, DJ Addis Dankira, Tsehay Debebe; 9pm

Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm

(alt rock); all ages; 7pm (door); tickets at TicketMaster, UnionEvents.com, Blackbyrd

KELLY'S PUB Open stage every Mon; hosted by Clemcat Hughes; 9pm

NEW WEST HOTEL Herbs (country); 8:30-11:30pm

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

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


ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Acoustic open

R PUB Open stage jam every

CHROME LOUNGE

equipped stage, just bring your instrument; every Wed, 7-11pm donation

STARLITE ROOM

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Big Rock Open

Jam with Moses Gregg, Grant Stovel, and guest

CROWN PUB Live hip hop and open mic with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, Frank Brown, and guests; no cover

FIDDLER'S ROOST Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12

SECOND CUP�124 Street

DV8 Creepy Tombsday:

stage every Mon; 9pm

Sleigh Bells, Neon Indian, Oberhofer; no minors; 6pm (door); $25 at TicketMaster, Blackbyrd, Unionevents.com

WUNDERBAR Andy Shauf,

Liam Trimble, DoT, Layne L'heureux; 9pm; $10

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm

Open mic every Tue; 8-10pm

SECOND CUP�Stanley Milner Library Open mic every Tue; 7-9pm

SECOND CUP� Summerwood Open stage/

Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: every Mon with DJ Blue

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

CROWN PUB Minefield

SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE Death Cab For

Mondays/House/Breaks/ Trance and more with host DJ Pheonix, 9pm

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Metal Mon: with DJ S.W.A.G.

LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook

NEW CITY LEGION

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

TUE MAY 24 BLUES ON WHYTE

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

Cutie, Bright Eyes; all ages; 6:30pm (door)/7:30pm (show); $45 at TicketMaster

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WUNDERBAR Elise Reneau,

Stone Iris Steve Kennedy hosted by Mark Feduk; 8m (door); $5

DRUID IRISH PUB Open

Victoria Baldwin; 9pm; $5

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WINSPEAR ESO & Winspear

(CD release, country), Brett Kissel; all ages; 7pm (door); $20 (door)

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Ammar; 9pm-1am

NEW WEST HOTEL Herbs (country); 8:30-11:30pm

O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam

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

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BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE

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Tue: hosted by Mark Feduk; 9pm; $8

BUDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser

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Bashment Tue: Bomb Squad, The King QB, Rocky; no cover

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

FUNKY BUDDHA�Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music

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BLUES ON WHYTE

Reverend Raven and the Chain Smokin' Altar Boys

BRIXX BAR Really Good… Eats and Beats: DJ Degree, friends every Wed; 6pm; $5 CENTURY GRILL Century

Room Wed Live: featuring The Marco Claveria Project; 8-11pm

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EDDIE SHORTS Acoustic

jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover

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GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE Breezy Brian Gregg

Song Soirees: Songs From Far away; 7pm; $14 (adv adult)/$12 (adv student/senior)/$18 (door adult)/$14 (door, student/senior)

WINSPEAR Angela

Cheng (piano) plays Mozart, William Eddins (conductor); 7:30pm

every Wed; 12-1pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB

Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free

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NEW WEST HOTEL Herbs

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

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BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends

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BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover

THE COMMON

Treehouse Wednesday's

RED PIANO BAR Wed

Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5

RIVER CREE Live rock band

every Wed hosted by Yukon Jack; 7:30-9pm

RUSTY REED'S HOUSE OF BLUES Gordie

DIESEL ULTRA LOUNGE Wind-up

Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs

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Bats, 3 Inches of Blood, Barn Burner, Randy Graves, Fame; no minors; 8pm (door); $20 at UnionEvents.com, Blackbyrd

WUNDERBAR HOFBRAUHAUS Open mic

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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 Wed, 9pm

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WUNDERBAR Greg Rekus,

STARLITE ROOM

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

Freshman Years, Oh Messy Life, Jon Creadon; 9pm; $5

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Opera Nuova–Love and Marriage Vocal Arts Festival:

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COMMENT >> ALT SEX

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Masturbation an easy cure for everyday pain relief As folks across North America continue to celthe blood flow to the area, which leads to numerebrate National Masturbation Month, news has ous health benefits including better, quicker and come out of yet another benefit of solo sex. It more satisfying sexual responses. can relieve Restless Leg Syndrome. RLS is a neuMasturbation is definitely the safest sex there is. rological condition which causes sensations of Solo sex, or even mutual masturbation will not get tingling, itching and aching and a desire anyone pregnant and creates virtually zero risk to constantly move the legs. RLS is esof transmitted infections. In fact, in 2009 timated to affect about 10 percent of the UK government launched a campaign the population in the US and the UK. encouraging teenagers to masturbate. Most people who have it also suffer In an effort to lower a soaring teenage m o .c ly eek @vuew from sleep deprivation, as the symppregnancy rate, they distributed leaflets brenda toms tend to get worse whenever the advising teens to exercise their right to Brendear person is still and quiet. "an orgasm a day." The leaflet encouraged Kerb teens No one knows for sure what causes RLS, to explore their own sexuality first, bebut it is thought to be associated with lowered fore deciding to engage in sex with others. levels of dopamine in the brain. Luis Marin and his Research has documented that arousal and orcolleagues at the Federal University of São Paulo gasm can relieve pain. This is thought to be due made the logical connection and wondered if having to the release of endorphins into the brain, which an orgasm—a quick and effective way to flood the are nature's pain relievers. From headaches to joint brain with dopamine—would help the symptoms pain to menstrual cramps, many people find that a of RLS. They reported their findings in a letter to little self-love will make them feel much better. the editor in the journal Sleep Medicine last month. Time and time again, science has shown us that, Granted, their sample size was small—a single case in spite of what we may have been told as chilstudy—but the subject did find significant relief dren, masturbation is actually good for us. Beyond by masturbating or having sex with a partner just the physical health benefits, masturbation is a before sleep. It's a non-invasive treatment with no great way to get to know your own body and your side effects, so why not give it a try? own sexual response, and a great way to care for and respect our bodies. We know now that masThis adds to the growing list of the health benturbating won't make you go blind, grow hair on efits of masturbation. In addition to potentially your palms, or become a raging, selfish sex marelieving restless leg syndrome, that rush of doniac. Masturbation is not an act of self-abuse, it is pamine into the brain creates a pleasant feeling a beautiful act of self-love. And it may just relieve of well-being which lowers stress, aids sleep, and some everyday pain. V may even help us focus. In addition, a study in 2009 showed that men over 50 who masturbate Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has regularly have a somewhat lower risk of developworked with local not-for-profits since 1995. She ing prostate cancer later in life. All the love we is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive give our sex organs during masturbation increases adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

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Walk this way "Lowly, unpurposeful, and random as they may appear, sidewalk contacts are the small change from which a city's wealth of public life may grow." —Jane Jacobs, The Death and Life of Great American Cities The pulse of a city may be measured by its markets. The number of stalls has a direct correlation with the diversity of people that live there. It is a microcosm of the city at large. When the City Market opens next Saturday, 104

street will receive an injection of life as pedestrians pour in. The road is closed to traffic and people loiter on the asphalt. An atmosphere of buoyancy and friendliness takes over the promenade. Men walk their dogs to the drycleaners, couples browse for produce at farm stalls and women sit on patios and sip coffee. It not only adds to the excitement and liveliness of the city, but also, according to Jacobs, creates "a feeling for the public identity of people, a web of public respect and trust, and a resource in time of personal or neighbourhood need." V

FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19) "Weaseling out of things is important to learn," said cartoon antihero Homer Simpson. "It's what separates us from the animals—except the weasel." While my standard advice is to face up to challenging situations and take responsibility for the part you played in creating them, I'm going to rebel and endorse Homer's approach, Aries. You may be on the verge of getting sucked into a mess that you had virtually no role in creating. Either that, or you'll be asked to carry out a mission that is irrelevant to your long-term goals. In either case, you have cosmic permission to weasel out. TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) I'm going to bring up a sore subject because I think you're finally ready to deal with it. The truth as I see it, is that a part of you got petrified way back when. A formerly fluid and flexible part of your psyche got turned into stone, metaphorically speaking, losing much of its usefulness and creating distortions throughout the rest of you. Now, you have circled back to a phase when you have the power to at least partially un-petrify this lost function. To get the process started, I suggest you turn your attention to it in such a way that you feel like laughing and crying at the same time. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20) Poet Gerard Manley Hopkins coined the verb "to selve," which is what a person does in the process of creating his or

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her distinctive presence in the world. According to my reading of the omens, you are in a phase when you have a sacred duty to selve with extra intensity and alacrity. In fact, I suggest you be ruthless in seeking out experiences that give you a chance to tap into, cultivate, and express your most unique qualities. CANCER ( Jun 21 – Jul 22) Here comes your ninth loss of innocence, Cancerian. Or is it your tenth? As you will soon prove once again, you manage to make every time feel like the first time. When the moment arrives and the sweet purity ebbs away, the twinge that shudders through you will have the same primal intensity you've experienced before. But here's the redemption: like most of the previous transitions, this one will lead to a surprising blessing you couldn't have gotten any other way. When your innocence is reborn, it will be wiser and wilder than ever before. LEO ( Jul 23 – Aug 22) There's a small chance that the following scenario will soon come to pass: You'll be invited to become part of a situation that promises to give you special privileges, but after you join you'll find out that your participation would require you to compromise your principles. But there's a far greater chance that you'll be invited to join your fortunes to a group or circle or tribe or situation that won't ask you to dilute your integrity or betray your values at all. In fact, it's likely to activate a dor-

mant part of your potential. The moral of the story, Leo: be very discerning. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) Right now you have more power than you realize—to understand confusing situations, to influence people you've assumed are resistant to change and more power to overcome your apparent disadvantages. In fact the only factor that could prevent you from accomplishing way more than what you thought possible is a lack of confidence. Please note, Virgo: I'm not urging you to cultivate a foolishly arrogant faith in your ego. Rather, I'm clueing you in to the fact that there are hidden forces at work you can call on to help you—wisdom that has been dormant, love that has been neglected, and allies who have been mum. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) According to the Guinness Book of World Records, the longest love letter in history was written by an Indian man named Harish Kondakkuli. The gushing 143-page message took him over three months to complete and was addressed to an imaginary woman, since there was no one in his life he was actually in love with. I encourage you to consider the possibility of exceeding his achievement in the coming weeks, Libra. You're at the peak of your ability to express wickedly delicious passions and profoundly tender intentions. There may even be a real person, not an imaginary one, who warrants your extravagant outflow.

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) Postsecret.com is a website where people can anonymously reveal their deep, dark feelings. I came across one entry that I think would be perfect for you to use as your own in the coming weeks. "I don't want to cover up my scar," it read. "It's a good conversation starter and it makes me look badass. But thank you anyway!" To further inspire what I hope will be your fearless effort to claim the power inherent in your wounds, I also offer this spur from musician and author Henry Rollins: "Scar tissue is stronger than regular tissue. Realize the strength, move on." SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) In her irreverent platinum-selling song "Monster," Sagittarian rapper Nicki Minaj offers up a poetic sequence never before heard in the history of the planet: "Pull up in the monster ... with a bad b-tch that came from Sri Lanka / yeah I'm in that Tonka, color of Willy Wonka." I hope that you will soon come up with an equally revolutionary innovation in your own chosen field, Sagittarius. All the cosmic forces will be conspiring in the coming weeks to help you to do the equivalent of rhyming "Tonka" and "Sri Lanka" with "Willy Wonka." Please cooperate! CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) Time is the enemy of romantic love, said Andrew Marvell in his 17th century poem "To His Coy Mistress." Medieval author Andreas Capellanus had a different idea, identifying marriage as the enemy

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of romantic love. In Richard Wagner's opera Tristan and Isolde, Tristan rails against the daylight, calling it the enemy of romantic love. While all of those statements may be true, they're only mildly relevant for you right now. The most dangerous enemy of romantic love— or any other kind of love, for that matter—is this: not listening well. Overcome that enemy, Capricorn. AQUARIUS ( Jan 20 – Feb 18) In an age when bee populations have dropped dramatically, some gardeners have found they need to pollinate their tomato plants manually. One woman I know tickles each swollen bulb of seeds with a toothbrush. Metaphorically speaking, Aquarius, I suspect you will have to try something similar in the coming weeks: making an intervention to facilitate a fertilizing process that doesn't quite seem to be happening naturally. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) In the coming week, your psyche may sometimes have an odd tingling sensation that resembles what happens when you hit your funny bone. Painful or is it pleasurable? Maybe some of both, with the net effect being a command to wake up and play harder, love stronger and notice more beauty. If you respond to that mandate with even a moderate amount of passion, I suspect you'll get a surprising reward: at least one of the secret laws of your own nature will reveal itself to you, rising up clear and raw in a sweet waking vision.


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Any artist, musician, or performance artist interested in being featured at the Local Art Showcase @ Old Strathcona Antique Mall, E: Jenn@oldstrathconamall.com Call for Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fourth Poet Laureate. Deadline for nominations: May 20, 4:30pm. Nomination forms at the Edmonton Arts Council Website: edmontonarts.ca/ eac_projects/poet_laureate

EXPRESSIONZ CAFĂ&#x2030;: Market Place every Sat, looking for visual artists, crafty vendors, creative business, green vendors, green businesses. Info/book vendor space (dropin vendors also welcome at 9am Sat) T: 780.437.3667; E: expressionzcafe@gmail.com; W: expressionzcafe.com EXPRESSIONZ CAFĂ&#x2030;ďż˝Centre for the Eats & Arts: looking for family friendly performers and presenters to compliment the Monthly Marketplace. T: 780.437.3667; E: expressionzcafe@gmail.com; W: expressionzcafe.com

MUSICIANS

THE ACCIDENT WILL gigging rock band seeks guitar or bass player. Own gear req'd. Call Ryan 780.975.6209. www.theaccidentwill.com Drummer looking to join metal or hard rock band. Double kick, 12 yrs exp, 8 yrs in Edmt indie band, 7 albums, 250 live shows, good stage presence, dedicated, catch on quick, no kids, hard drug free. 780.916.2155 Male pianist wanted, female considered. Must be able to play in higher note. Studio proviede. sheri_mcnaught@ hotmail.com for time, cost. My time is flexible Vocalist wanted â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Progressive/Industrial/metal; age 1721. Contact justinroyjr@gmail.com

VOLUNTEER CommuniTEA Infusion, a community building project across Edmonton, looking for Volunteers. Info: edmontonlearningcommunity.com/communitea.html; T: 780.801.3231 Team Edmonton: Volunteers needed for the CoronationTriathlon: May 28, 1-4pm; May 29, 12:30-2pm; E: nnicolle0@gmail.com

EXPRESSIONZ CAFĂ&#x2030;â&#x20AC;&#x201C;looking for daytime cafĂŠ volunteers. If you like to meet and greet people, and are interested in waitressing with some gallery duties; call Amanda at 780.437.3667, day shifts available Mon-Sat EXPRESSIONZ CAFĂ&#x2030;: Evening concert & event volun-

teers needed. If you like to meet people, come and help out at the ticket booth, the door, front of house, in the cafĂŠ for the Eats and Arts. T: Amanda: 780.437.3667, shifts at live concerts & events Wed-Sun Pride Parade Volunteers Needed! Last year Team Edmonton was the winner in the Pride parade so we need your help again to create another award winning entry. Contact Team Edmonton at volunteer@teamedmonton. ca; Jun 4-11, after 5pm

ADULT STEAMWORKS GAY & BI MENS BATHHOUSE. 24/7 11745 JASPER AVE. 780.451.5554 WWW.STEAMWORKSEDMONTON.COM Eight Minute Dateâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Speed Dating for Singles $40. May 25, 2011 at The Dock's Age Groups: 24-34, 34-44, & 44-54. You must pre-register by calling 780.457.8535 or visit www.eightminutedate.ca

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