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Privatized protest The freedom to assemble is protected by the Charter—the Constitution, in the US—as is the right to free speech. Like all freedoms and privileges, they come with responsibilities, but the right itself must be maintained. This week New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended his decision to send in New York police to forcibly evict Occupy protesters by saying, "The 1st Amendment protects speech. It does not protect the use of tents and tarps to take over a public space." Where one begins and the other ends is becoming a point of debate across North America as cities look to evict protesters from the public, and sometimes private, spaces they have chosen to occupy. In Halifax this debate is taking root. Protesters were evicted from a public, city-owned park. While protesters explore their options, lawyers have speculated on where it leaves rights. In an article from Open File Halifax, lawyer Derek Bell argues "removing tents (but leaving people in the park) would not inhibit the 'physical gathering' of people," but lawyer Ranjan Agarwal states, "the government cannot make laws or take action to infringe otherwise 'peaceful assembly' without violating the Charter ... It's hard to see how municipalities could argue that disassembling the tents isn't an infringement of section 2(c)."

It's easier to understand an eviction from a private property perspective: a company or person owns that property and they no longer want protesters occupying it. Mayor Mandel has made clear it’s not the city's job to remove protesters from the park owned by Melcor until Melcor makes clear they no longer want protesters there. That's their right. But in Halifax protesters were occupying public land. As were protesters in Oakland, where mayor Jean Quan explained her eviction of protesters by saying, "In New York City, it's interesting that the Wall Street movement is actually on a private park, so they're not, again, in the public domain, and they're not infringing on the public’s right to use a public park." So Quan wants protesters on private property, while Bloomberg and Mandel want them off private property, though it's hard to imagine either would be too impressed with Occupy taking up residence on public property. So where does that leave those looking to express their right to assemble? Can we only assemble on our own property? Perhaps, in order to express our right to assemble, we'll have to start buying up plots of land, assemble in our own homes, stay out of the public's way. It's hard to believe that's the intent behind the Charter's guarantee to our right to assemble. V

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STATE OF OCCUPY CANADA After over 200 people were arrested during a surprise raid on Occupy Wall Street by New York police early Tuesday morning, many Canadian Occupy sites are facing similar threats from city officials. The complete destruction of what had become a small community, complete with medic tents, a library and a theatre,

came as a blow to occupiers who are planning a massive action for the two-month anniversary of the Occupy movement. Here in Canada, winter weather is pressing in and anxious city officials are putting pressure on Occupy sites to be taken down. Here's a look at the state of the encampments:

Occupy Halifax: The first to be disassembled in Canada. Police acted on eviction orders, removed the tent city and arrested 14 people from the municipal park that had been occupied for close to a month. Protesters have stated their desire to find a new location and many Haligonians are upset at the timing of the eviction, which occurred on Remembrance Day.

Occupy Calgary: With approximately 20 – 30 regular occupiers, the encampment was served an official eviction notice on November 15. Protesters have been told to pack up their tents in 24 hours and not to occupy the park at night. So far, no action has been taken to move from Olympic Plaza, a public park.

Occupy Edmonton: Celebrating its one-month anniversary on the privately owned park downtown, the encampment has been served warnings by the park’s owner Melcor, but no action has been taken to remove the tents despite a call by Mayor Mandel for Melcor to request a formal removal. The Occupy Edmonton site received a $7500 donation from Occupy Wall Street in New York to buy winter tents.

Occupy Toronto: Occupiers received their eviction notice Tuesday morning. There are over 300 tents in St James Park, with estimates of 200 – 400 protesters participating in the community that includes a theatre, a comprehensive library and three Mongolian yurts.

Occupy Winnipeg: Protesters occupying Memorial Park, just outside the legislature, appear to be the only encampment to have not been served with an eviction notice or threat of one, though the legislature has stopped the occupiers use of legislature washrooms. With 50 – 60 protesters using the space regularly, nightly general assemblies, outlined demands, and a plan to stay until January 1, 2012, Occupy Winnipeg seems ready to take on the winter.

YOURVUE WEBPOLL REACTION: Mayor Stephen Mandel believes it's time for Occupy Edmonton to vacate the downtown park they have occupied for over a month. Should Occupiers be removed from the park?

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COMMENTS FROM THE POLL "Winter will remove them from the park. There are far fewer of them than there were. Ignore them and they will go away." "No Mayor Mandel and his spending maniac cronies should be removed from city hall before we have to declare bankruptcy."

"Is it safe to live in a world where the 'economy' is more important than life of the planet? People die whether camping in a park or not. Close the camps, subdue the majority, find a 'safe' place to play with cyber bucks."

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The Parkland Conference will look at class, economic rights and the Occupy movement On Tuesday, November 16 over 500 citizens gathered in New York City to discuss what they would do next. The night before, over 200 people had been arrested when the New York police department raided the encampment that had become a small city in Zuccotti Park. Showing up at 1 am on Tuesday morning, with no warning, and no compromise on the eviction notice, the hundreds of people who had taken Zuccotti Park as their home were thrown out. But it didn't stop them. With quick succession they moved from Zuccotti Park to protest outside City Hall, through the streets of New York and back outside Zuccotti where their tents and belongings had unceremoniously been loaded into seven dump trucks. What happens next is still up in the air, but it doesn't appear to be the end of a movement. With over 500 standing in the streets later that day to hold one of the largest general assemblies the protest has witnessed, Occupy events continue in over 2000 cities worldwide, and in cities where occupiers have been kicked out the conversation is not about a loss, but about how to continue.

It's a conversation Leo Panitch believes is a long time coming. With the riots in London, the removal of workers' rights in Wisconsin, and in Canada, the continuing conversation around the Occupy movement Panitch believes we need to engage a deeper analysis to what is happening. "I want to talk about what led us to the current moment," says Panitch. "We need a finer-tuned analysis than blaming Harper or the Tea Party or the bankers. The kind of inside job analysis of Wall Street, which is just that Wall Street greed is to blame." Panitch, an author and political science professor at York University, will be delivering the keynote address at the Parkland Conference this weekend, at which he hopes to continue the conversation about the historical moment we are facing. Panitch believes this is not only a stand against neoliberalism, but also a conversation about how people have become indebted to a system that does not grant them the freedom of economic rights. For example, he says post-secondary education provided class mobility, but it failed to build freedom in the economic sense. "Part of the struggle was to win the

right of students to have credit cards and become debters which bound them all the more into financial capitalism," explains Panitch. "It was important for them to go, but the means given to go there was one in which they could only go there via be-

communism are not seen as viable alternatives to a capitalist model. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, because creativity that has been lost is beginning to emerge in new ways. "People are stumbling through what this could be," says Panitch. "I think

We need a finer-tuned analysis than blaming Harper or the Tea Party or the bankers. The kind of inside job analysis of Wall Street, which is just that Wall Street greed is to blame. coming indebted. So people who may study very radical law courses have to work for a corporate law firm." This indebtedness has prevented the sharing of creativity with workers movements. "People developed the capacity to go on to university, but they lost the capacity to go into working class organizations and make them creative alternatives to capitalism," says Panitch. But the world has been without an alternative to capitalism for over 30 years. A class analysis is not a popular approach to politics these days. It's viewed as old-school, in Panitch's words, and words like socialism and

it's right when people say, 'Don't box us into a set of demands.' What we need to do first is build a movement, and develop people's political capacity and to understand the world we live in and how it might be changed." That's what Occupy has become about: understanding how to reclaim democratic power. "Some of it is naive," says Panitch, as change can't

come without a structural approach to the current democratic system. "People who are adamantly opposed to building organization, who are allergic to building new parties and participating in an election—some of that inspires them, the notion of changing the world without taking power," says Panitch. "But I think they're wrong, too." That doesn't mean the movement has to know where it's going. The possibility to discover new methods of representation—new mobilizations—exists, but Panitch says that attaching it to a specific politician or organization could just end in disappointment. "I do think, yes, we don't need to tie ourselves down to knowing where we need to go, but I do think we need to start building to get somewhere else." SAMANTHA POWER

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Logical thought reveals Iran has a better weapon than nukes "We will not build two (nuclear) bombs also subsequently went missing. And But how many citizens of the United in the face of (America's) 20 000," said on the basis of this "intelligence" about States or Britain know that Iran has 10 Iranian President Mahmoud AhmadineIraq's "weapons of mass destruction," times as many people as Libya? Maybe jad in response to an International the United States and its more gullone in 10, maybe one in 20. How many Atomic Energy Agency report ible allies invaded the country. know that Iran is a partially democratic, this week that accuses Iran Hundreds of thousands died, technologically proficient state with no of doing just that. He called no weapons were found, and history of attacking its neighbours, not Yukiya Amano, the head of nothing was learned. Here a tinpot dictatorship run by a vicious m o .c weekly e@vue the IAEA, a US puppet, saywe go again. loon? About the same number. How gwynn e Gwynn ing: "This person does not Fool me once, shame on many realize that the war would not Dyer you. Fool me twice, shame on end with a few days of air strikes? Pracpublish a report about America and its allies' nuclear arsenals." me. The same intelligence agencies tically none. Well, that's true, actually. Amano will are producing the same sort of reports never publish a report about America's about Iran that we heard eight years The interesting exception to all this nuclear weapons (only 5133 of them ago about Iraq's nuclear ambitions, is Israel, where people do know those now, actually). He hasn't said anything The evidence does NOT show that Iran is actually about Israel's, Britain's and France's building a nuclear weapon now, or has any present weapons of mass destruction either. intention of doing so. And having the knowledge And his report is largely based on information fed to him by Western inteland equipment that would let you do so fast in an ligence agencies. emergency is entirely legal under IAEA rules. But apart from that, Amano is as impartial and free from US influence as you would expect a career Japanese and interpreting the information in the things, and where there is a vigorous diplomat to be. Only cynical people will same highly prejudiced way. debate about whether attacking Iran is see any resemblance to Colin Powell's Many people in the West realize that a good idea. A lot think it is not, and performance at the United Nations in they are being hustled into yet another that also goes for both of Israel's intel2003, when the US defense secretary attack on a Middle Eastern country, ligence agencies, Mossad and Shin Bet. held up a test tube and assured us all but they don't really worry about it Meir Dagan, the recently retired head that Iraq really was working on germ too much. After all, it will only be air of Mossad, said last January that an atwarfare. strikes, and we all know that an air-only tack on Iran was "the stupidest idea" he Iraq was allegedly working on nuclear war is practically casualty-free for the had ever heard. weapons, too: former President George side with air superiority. Look at Libya, So Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Bush's famous "smoking gun," which for example. Netanyahu and Defence Minister Ehud

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Barak, who do both want to attack Iran (or rather, have the United States do it for them), have gone public. If the Western powers don't act at once, they warn, then Iran will get nuclear weapons and Armageddon will be just around the corner. There are two things wrong with this proposition. One is the evidence. If you believe it all, it shows that Iran wants the knowledge and equipment that would let it build a nuclear weapon very quickly if necessary: an Israeli nuclear threat, a military coup in nuclear-armed Pakistan that brings young Shia-hating officers to power, whatever. The evidence does NOT show that Iran is actually building a nuclear weapon now, or has any present intention of doing so. And having the knowledge and equipment that would let you do so fast in an emergency is entirely legal under IAEA rules. The other problem with the accusations against Iran is the logic behind them. Building a nuclear weapon now would be extremely costly for Iran in terms of economic sanctions, global diplomatic isolation and the like if it became known. But it would be completely pointless from a deterrence point of view if it remained secret. Deterrence is the only logical reason that Iran would ever want nuclear

weapons, since it would be suicidal for it to attack anybody with them. As Mahmoud Ahmadnejadi pointed out (above), it would have at the most a few nuclear warheads. The United States has thousands of them, Israel has hundreds of them, and even Pakistan has dozens. If Iran's leaders were completely logical in their thinking, they wouldn't waste a minute thinking about nuclear deterrence. They'd just rely on the fact that their military can completely shut the Gulf to oil traffic and bring the global economy to its knees if anybody attacks them. However, they are still a lot more rational than their Western counterparts—or at least than their Western counterparts can afford to seem in public. You heard about that recent exchange between French President Nicolas Sarkozy and US President Barack Obama that went out on an open microphone? Sarko said "I can't stand (Netanyahu) any more. He's a liar." And Obama replied: "You're sick of him? I have to deal with him every day." What about? One gets you 10 that it's about bombing Iran. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His column appears every week in Vue Weekly.


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is built and the team moves in, start the clock and give the Oilers and the Katz Group six full seasons to win a Stanley Cup. • If they win the Cup within the agreed six seasons, the "loan" is paid off. If not, the money is to be paid back. Consider this a performance incentive. If the Oilers want city money, the people of Edmonton would like a Stanley Cup in return. DY

But these deals ain't done dirt cheap This is the first In The Box this season The biggest problem I have with monwhere we provide a weekly update with ey going to the Katz Group to build a no wins to report. The past week, new arena is that public tax dolthe Oilers finished off their big lars will be used to prop up a road trip with losses to Origiprivate businessman so he nal Six teams with Stanley can earn more profits. The m ekly.co vuewe @ Cup banners hanging from spin doctors tell us that the x o b inthe oung & the ceiling. The Oilers lost 6-3 arena will be funded with Dave Y Birtles Bryan to Boston (last year's champs) public money because it repthen lost 3-0 to Detroit (2008 resents an investment—the new champs) then lost 6-3 to Chicago (the building will continue downtown revi2010 champs). If you're going to lose, talization and reap economic benefits you may as well lose to the best. for many more people and businesses. But why not look at this funding as a DEAR MAYOR MANDEL ... conditional loan instead? Here's a crazy solution to the arena Here's my idea: question. Why should the city just • Provide the agreed $120 million and hand over money to a private enterthe remaining $100 million as a loan— prise? Why not add some conditions with a condition. to the funds? • The condition? Once the new arena

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Scott Hennig and I don't agree on much, but his arguments against funding a new arena in Edmonton through taxpayer money are sound. In a letter to city council from October 24, Hennig smashes the fallacies that the Katz Group—and, frankly, many city councillors—have thrown out surrounding the Oilers and the arena. Amongst the many other arguments Hennig presents, perhaps the most convincing regards the proposed community revitalization

levy, or CRL. A CRL, he argues, is simply "a complicated bit of accounting trickery to get taxpayers to unknowingly buy a for-profit company a new building." Downtown has never been so hopping in all of the two decades I've lived in Edmonton—what makes the city think that a new arena will spur development that wouldn't have been there in the first place? And, with all new tax revenue going toward paying off the arena, who will pay for the services inside the CRL like fire, police, ambulances and street cleaning? The money will have to come from somewhere—it will come, Hennig suggests, from increased taxes citywide. Visit bit.ly/hennigletter to read the full text of the letter. BB CURSE OF THE NEW ARENA?

The long and painful negotiations for a new Oiler arena continue. But do we want one? How have other NHL teams who have "moved on up" fared? Here's a review of some recent arena upgrades

and the team performances in their new digs: • 2010: Pittsburgh Penguins move to Consol Energy Centre. Team superstar Sidney Crosby suffers head injury in the new rink in January of 2011; he hasn't played since. • 2007: New Jersey Devils move to the Prudential Center. They haven't advanced past the first round of the playoffs since then and even missed the playoffs last year. They won three Cups in the old building. • 2003: Phoenix Coyotes move to Jobing Arena. Today they have no owner. Why do we want a new building? DY OILER OF THE WEEK

Ryan Smyth: Three goals, one assist in three losing games. Honourable mention to Coach Renney for a little righteous anger after the Chicago game. DY Ladislav Smid: This "Oiler of the Week" award is long overdue for Laddy—his play so far this year has been unreal. BB

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MICHAEL ONDAATJE

   M E The celebrated author of The Cat's Table and The English Patient is coming to Edmonton’s Winspear Centre, Nov. 22 at 7:30 PM. Tickets on sale online and by phone at the Winspear box office (780-428-1414) or Tix on the Square (780-420-1757).

Reserved Seating: $25 (plus GST and service fee) Students and Seniors: $15 (plus GST and service fee)

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

Future Visions Youth Media Day • Metro Cinema, Garneau, 8712-

Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD)

Mad City Chickens • Whitemud

Sherwood Park Walking Group + 50 • Meet inside Millennium

109 St • Hosted by Matt Wood, Jillian Elizabeth; short videos by inner city youth; DJ Creeasian, hip hop dancers Rhythm Speaks • Nov 17, 10:30-2:30pm

Crossing Library, 4211-106 St • Film screening • Nov 20, 3-5pm • Free

COMEDY

Groups/CLUBS/meetings

Brixx Bar • 10030-102 St •

Aikikai Aikido Club • 10139-87

780.428.1099 • Troubadour Tuesdays with comedy and music • Comedy and Music Collide 9: feat Comedians Mike Dambra, J.P. Fournier, Jimmy Zenn, Kathleen Kelly; Nov 22, 8pm

Ceili's • 10338-109 St • 780.426.5555

• Comedy Night: every Tue, 9:30pm • No cover

Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd

• 780.481.9857 • Open amateur night every Thu, 7:30pm

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway

Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Vilmos; Nov 17-19 • Bob Angeli; Nov 24-26

Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM

• 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Ryan Belleville; until Nov 20 • Hit or Miss Monday: Nov 21, Nov 28, 8pm; $7 • Stand Up Edmonton: Nov 22, Nov 29, 8pm; $12 • Greg Warren; Nov 23-27 • Michael Loftus; Nov 30, 8pm; $15.50

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave •

780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm

Filthy McNasty's • 10511-82 • 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Dan Quinn; Nov 20, 9pm; no cover • Stand Up Sundays: Paul Myrehaug; Nov 27, 9pm; no cover laugh shop–Sherwood Park • 4 Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park • 780.417.9777 • laughinthepark.ca • Open Wed-Sat • Faisal Butt; Nov 24-26

FILM Downtown Docs • Stanley A.

Milner Library Theatre (basement level) • 780.944.5383 • Prosecutor (2010, STC), Uncommon Hero (4 minutes) • Nov 24, 6:30pm

Educated Reel: Alberta’s Lost Histories • Garneau The-

atre, 8712-109 St • Tom Radford and Trevor Anderson; followed by Q & A • Nov 17 • $6 (adv)/$10 (door)

From Books to Film series • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • Father of the Bride, G, novel by Edward Streeter • Nov 18, 2pm

Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

AWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP •

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

Cha Island Tea Co • 10332 81 Ave • Games Night: Board games, and card games • Every Mon, 7pm Edmonton Bicycle Commuters • BikeWorks, 2nd Fl, 10047-80 Ave (alley entrance) • edmontonbikes.ca/calendar/ more/diy_retroreflective_clothing/ • DIY Retroreflective Clothing • Nov 18, 6:30-9:30pm •$5 (member)/$10 (non-member); pre-register E: courses@edmontonbikes.ca

Edmonton Bike Art Nights •

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

Edmonton Nature Club • Royal Alberta Museum • edmontonnatureclub. ca • Monthly meeting speaker series: The Future of Songbirds of the Boreal Forest with Erin Bayne • Nov 18, 7pm, 7:30pm (presentation) • Donation

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019 • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm

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

Lotus Qigong • 780.477.0683

• Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu

MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331-

104 St; meditationedmonton.org; Drop-in every Thu 7-8:30pm; Sherwood Park Library: Drop-in every Mon, 7-8:30pm

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association •

Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

Leadership Candidate Kitchen Table Talks Get to know the leadership hopefuls before the March vote! Nathan Cullen

Thursday, Nov. 17, 6:30 - 8:30 pm McKernan Community League, 11341 78 Ave

Paul Dewar

Tuesday, Nov. 22, 7:30 - 9:30 pm City Arts Centre, 10943 84 Ave

Brian Topp

Monday, Dec. 12, 7:30 - 9:30 pm City Arts Centre, 10943 84 Ave Presented by the Edmonton-Strathcona Federal NDP Riding Association. Connect with us to stay tuned about future talks with candidates.

E: strathcona@edmontonstrathcona.ca

@strathconaNDP Search for “Edmonton Strathcona Federal NDP”

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• Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm • FREE outdoor movement!

Public Art Professional Development Series • Budgeting:

Featuring Craig LeBlanc, award-winning public artist, and Dara Humniski • Nov 30, 6-8pm; free; pre-register online at Eventbrite.com

The Story of Stuff • Tory Lecture

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

11 Theatre Rm, U of A • 780.492.9289 • storyofstuff.org • Sustainability Speaker Series, presentation with Annie Leonard • Nov 17, 7pm • $5 at tixonthesquare.ca

Sugarswing Dance Club • Or-

Bisexual Women's Coffee Group • A social group for bi-curious

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

Vegetarians of Alberta • Bon-

nie Doon Community Hall, 9240-93 St • vofa.ca/category/events • Monthly Potluck: Bring a vegan, dish to serve 8 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • $3 (member)/$5 (non-member) • Nov 20

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the

Old Strathcona Farmers' Market • Silent vigil the 1st and 3rd Sat, 10-11am, each month, stand in silence for a world without violence

Your Relationship with the Unconscious and Your Own New Book • Trinity Lutheran

Church, 10014-81 Ave • jungforum.com • Presentation by Kelly Polanski • Nov 18, 7pm • $15 (member)/$10 (student/senior member)/$20 (non-member)

LECTURES/Presentations Buddhism in Daily Life • dia-

mondway.org/edmonton • A weekend with Lama Ole Nydahl: A weekend full of lectures focusing on various Buddhist Topics • Nov 18-20

Class Dismissed: Capital's war on workers and democracy • Maier Learning

Centre (ETLC), U of A • parklandinstitute. ca/fallconference2011/ • Parkland's 15th Annual Fall Conference: Class Matters with Leo Panitch, Allan Sears, Richard Wilkinson and Ahmad Shokr by skype, Joan Sangster, Stephanie Bloomingdale, and others • Nov 18-20 • Tickets/info: parklandinstitute.ca/ fallconference2011/register/

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra at Carnegie Hall

• Winspear • Complimentary pre-concert info sessions in the Studio (unless otherwise noted), open to the public, light refreshments provided. Enter through Winspear Stage Door (back of bldg) • Nov 20, 12:30-1:30pm (before Dvorak's violin concerto) • Nov 26, 6:30-7:30pm (Founders’ Room) (before Juliette Kang plays Brahms)

Finding cases in family law • Alberta Law Libraries, 2nd Fl, Law Courts Bldg, 1A Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Presented by Alberta Law Libraries: Demonstration on how to use books, encyclopedias and free online databases to find judgments on family law • Nov 22-23 • Drop-in Festival of Ideas • Winspear

Centre, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • An Evening with Michael Ondaatje • Nov 22, 7:30pm
• Tickets at tixonthesquare. ca, tickets.winspearcentre.com

Great Expeditions • St Luke’s

Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.454.6216 • 3rd Mon every month, 7:30pm • Paraguay (2009) by John and Eleanore Woollard • Nov 21 • $3

Journey to Forgiveness •

Westin Hotel, Downtown Edmonton • rivercommunity.ca/lindhout • An Evening with Amanda Lindhout. Fundraiser supports the integration of refugee families in Edmonton and communities in Zambia, Africa • Nov 23, 7:30pm • $30 at TIX on the Square

Michael Ondaatje • Winspear Centre • Festival of Ideas: An Evening with Michael Ondaatje, with moderator Marina Endicott. Michael Ondaatje reads from his book, The Cat’s Table, Q-and-A session; book signing to follow • Nov 22, 7:30pm • $15-$25 at Winspear box office, TIX on the Square

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QUEER and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • groups.yahoo.com/group/ bwedmonton

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EPLC Fellowship Pagan Study Group • Pride Centre of Ed-

monton • eplc.webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: vip@flashnightclub.com G.L.B.T.Q. (gay) African Group Drop-In) • Pride Centre, moving • 780.488.3234 • Group for gay refugees from all around the World, friends, and families • 1st and Last Sun every month • Info: E: fred@pridecentreofedmonton. org, jeff@pridecentreofedmonton.org

G.L.B.T.Q Sage bowling club

• 780.474.8240, E: Tuff@shaw.ca • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm

GLBT sports and recreation •

teamedmonton.ca • Badminton, Women's Drop-In Recreational: St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; E: badminton.women@ teamedmonton.ca, every Wed 6-7:30pm, until Apr 25; $7 (drop-in fee) • Co-ed Bellydancing: bellydancing@teamedmonton.ca • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; bootcamp@teamedmonton.ca • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; bowling@teamedmonton.ca • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Curling with Pride–Funspiel: Granite Curling Club; Nov 26; $45; at curling@teamedmonton.ca • Running: Kinsmen; running@ teamedmonton.ca • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@ teamedmonton.ca • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; swimming@teamedmonton.ca • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd • Gay/ Lesbian Yoga: at Lion's Breath Yoga Studio, 206, 10350-124 St; every Wed, 7:30-9pm; until Dec 21; yoga@teamedmonton.ca.

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E

Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors that have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @shaw.ca

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campusbased organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E: kwells@ualberta.ca the junction bar • 10242-106 St

• 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm-12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-

124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu

Pride Centre of Edmonton •

Moving • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; jess@pridecentreofedmonton. org • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; robwells780@hotmail.com • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellorsevery Wed, 6-9pm; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • STD Testing: Last Thu every month, 3-6pm; free; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; jess@pridecentreofedmonton.org

PrimeTimers/sage Games

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

St Paul's United Church • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship) WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.ca, womonspace@gmail. com • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jas-

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

SPECIAL EVENTS Artz Relief from the Thief

• Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • 780.437.3667 • expressionzcafe.com • Fundraiser, silent auction, performance by Bobby Cameron • Nov 17, 7pm (door) • $10

Black and White • Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park • festivalplace.ab.ca • Gourmet dining stations, live and silent auctions and entertainment featuring Rock n’ Roll puppeteer Lee Zimmerman. Fundraiser for community based performing arts opportunities at Festival Place • Nov 19 Christmas On The Square • Sir Winston Churchill Square • Holiday Light Up: Music, entertainment, family activities • Nov 19, 3-6pm JUST CHRISTMAS 2011 • Alberta Avenue Community Hall, 9210-118 Ave • 780.233.5594 • justchristmas.org • Alternative Global Market Place for quality fair trade arts, handmade crafts and other goods • Nov 18, 5:30-9pm; Nov 19, 9:30am-4pm LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE • WestView

Health Centre–Stony Plain • Tri-Community Palliative/Hospice Care Society: Light Up Your Life Silent Auction: Items include hand-crafted creations, quilts, gift baskets, art, wood-working and collectibles • Nov 23, 12-7pm

Make It! The Handmade Revolution • Alberta Aviation Hangar,

11410 Kingsway Ave • makeitedmonton. com • Handmade clothing, accessories, art, jewellery, treats and more; music by local bands all weekend • Nov 17-20 • $5 (door)/kids are free

Pre-Christmas Bazaar • St

Andrew's Ukrainian Orthodox Cultural Centre, 9831-75 St • Tea, bazaar and bake sale • Nov 19, 1-3pm

Pregnancy Awareness Month • Holt Renfrew Café, 10180-

101 St • 780.222.2950 • Modern Mama’s Modern Bump Brunch • Nov 20, 12pm • $39 at modernmama.ca

Pure Speculation Festival •

crystalkids.org • Comics, games, movies, TV, fantasy, science fiction and horror writing with guests, authors, panels, costumes, vendors, demos. Fundraiser for Crystal Kids • On Spec party on Nov 19, with Sarah Lillian (singer-songwriter), 9:30pm • Nov 18-20


FILM

REVUE // THE END OF THE WORLD

Melancholia and the infinite sadness Lars von Trier's apocalyptic concept beautiful but tedious

Lars von Trier: maker of some unforgettable images, brilliant conceptualist, shit storyteller. I think I've done the image bit, so let's get to Lars the conceptualist. Melancholia has two parts, two sisters, two disasters. Justine (Kirsten Dunst) shows up two hours later for her insanely lavish wedding reception at a castle. Once she arrives things just get worse: mom (Charlotte Rampling) delivers the most withering wedding speech in history before

Justine is increasingly becalmed and not nice at all. As I summarize all this I realize how much I admire the raw ideas behind Melancholia, the balance of it, that juxtaposition of the individual crisis with the infinite that makes it the nihilist cousin to The Tree of Life. As I think through my experience of Melancholia I have to admit that it was definitely made by someone who re-

I was in Lars Land, a place where flights of genius are undermined by lengthy digressions imbued with didacticism, smugness, cynicism and sadomasochistic projections of the author's disorders onto the opposite sex.

Waiting for the world to end

Opens Friday Melancholia Directed by Lars von Trier

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irds tumble softly from the ether; a woman gazes at her hands as they give off sparks; a horse collapses to the ground like an old barn; a woman clutching a child sinks deeper into a darkened golf course; a bride sinks into the surface of a stream or trudges through forest only to be snared

by roots. All of this unfolds in extremely slow slow-motion, as though some collective will is urging time to a standstill. And you can see why: the end is nigh. Mind you, it'll take a while to actually get there. Had I, for whatever reason, had to exit the theatre after the prologue of Melancholia, an astonishing, kind of devastating sequence heavily indebted to more masters of contemporary photo-based art than you could squeeze into a year at the Interna-

tional Center of Photography, set to the romantic bombast of Wagner's "Tristan and Isolde," I would surely have thought I'd seen the first 10 minutes of some rapturous masterpiece. But I stayed, or rather stuck it out, and remembered I was in Lars Land, a place where flights of genius are undermined by lengthy digressions imbued with didacticism, smugness, cynicism and sadomasochistic projections of the author's disorders onto the opposite sex.

locking herself in the bathroom and Justine slips ever deeper into debilitating depression. She can barely make it through the night, though disappearing for long spells, telling off her boss and jumping some nervous stranger's bones seems to help. By dawn, the damage is unrepairable. The groom leaves without her. After the wedding, Claire (Charlotte Gainsbourg) determines to take care of Justine, who's now verging on catatonic—there's a painful scene where Claire simply can't get Justine to step into a hot bath ... and that bath looks pretty nice! Claire becomes increasingly preoccupied with the news that a planet called Melancholia has been hiding behind the sun and now seems to be on a collision course with Earth. As apocalypse looms, Claire, understandably, becomes hysterical, while

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ally, really gets depression. The problems all come in the way we meander through the story without pace or punctuation, the way we're meant to bask in the ostensibly clever portraits of one-dimensional or only semi-coherent characters who are mostly just assholes. Everyone, generally, is cruel, though the men tend to be weaklings while the women at least have a certain integrity—and, as with so much von Trier (see Breaking the Waves, Dancer in the Dark, et cetera), that integrity is what ensures their doom. So we watch and we wait for von Trier to do whatever it takes to twist his plots so as to completely screw over his heroine (though Dogville attempted to reverse this somewhat). And the waiting can be tedious. Josef Braun

// josef@vueweekly.com

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REVUE // TWINS

EL BULLI: COOKING IN PROGRESS

JACK AND JILL

// Tracy Bennett

REVUE // KITCHEN NIGHTMARE

Iron Chefs

Fri, Nov 18 – Thu, Nov 24 Directed by Gereon Wetzel Metro Cinema at the Garneau

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he El Bulli restaurant has been repeatedly voted the best in the world. Found just outside of Catalonia, Spain and guided by head chef Ferran Adrià, it specializes in crafting incredibly inventive combinations of flavours and formats from scratch, and to do so, shuts down as a restauraunt for six months a year. During that time, everyone transplants to Barcelona to develop another from-scratch menu for the coming half-year. The idea of getting a peek inside the experimental kitchen in that six-month development period is, of course, an intriguing premise for foodies or just generally curious types. But El Bulli: Cooking in Progress offers a somewhat bland, particularly frustrating approach to documenting one of the world's most boundary-pushing kitchens. The first problem is, simply, that at this level of kitchen experimentation, there really isn't much

excitement to see in the day to day. Adrià and his team try ingredients out methodically, preparing, for example, mushrooms in every possible method they could be prepared in, and with every combination brought to Adrià for discussion and approval or not. It's obviously a very precise art, but clinical to watch, like sitting in on scientists doing basic microscope research and making notes all day. The second problem is a more frustrating one: the content itself is perhaps dry, but director Gereon Wetzel's choice to film it almost completely in static, behind-the-scenes shots presented without context—no interviews, no overdubbed voices, just a few explanatory blocks of text at the start—is a pretty lacklustre way to tell this story, especially if you're not already familiar with El Bulli. We barely get a sense of Adrià, how his mind works, though his chefs bringing him samples offers perhaps the only moments of interest. Still, as a film, Cooking in Progress will only pique the interests of the mostdevoted, well-versed foodies. Paul Blinov

// paul@vueweekly.com

“ A GIANT ACHIEVEMENT.

A WORK OF GENIUS. A MOVIE MASTERPIECE. LEAVES THE VIEWER IN A STATE OF ECSTASY.” -Lisa Schwarzbaum, ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY

“A SPECTACLE IMPOSSIBLE

TO TURN AWAY FROM.

A MONUMENTALLY AMBITIOUS MOVIE.” -J. Hoberman, VILLAGE VOICE

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Sandler on Sandler

Now open Directed by Dennis Dugan

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ey. I see what you did there. You just glanced at the headline up there, rolled your eyes and went, "Jack and Jill? Like I'd ever see that." I get it: you think you're better than that. You saw the commercials on TV—probably while you were watching It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, or the British version of The Office ("I watched it before the American one came out")—and you thought to yourself, "I'm way too sophisticated for something Adam Sandler made." You know what? Fuck you. This is a funny movie. For an hour and a half I didn't have to think about the impending collapse of worldwide society, I didn't have to reflect on how increasing funding

for prisons while decreasing funding for rehabilitation programs will lead to higher—not lower— crime rates, and I wasn't once reminded about the amount of work I had to do over the weekend. That's all I really ask from Adam Sandler. Is there an extended diarrhea joke? There is. Does Al Pacino rap in it? He does. In addition to Sandler's turn as his own sister, does it feature a cross-dressing David Spade as a Snookie-like Bronx loudmouth? Unfortunately, yes it does. That part was disconcerting, I'll grant you, but that's not enough reason to look down on Jack and Jill like you're better than it—you're not. It's not that bad—at times, it's even funny. Let's just say, that while it's no Happy Gilmore, it's certainly no Grown Ups. Bryan Birtles

// bryan@vueweekly.com

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REVUE // ZEUS DAMN IT

REVUE // BESET BY ENNUI

IMMORTALS

THE GREEN RAY

Now playing Directed by Tarsem Dhandwar Singh

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et in 1228 BC, Immortals tells the story of how a fierce peasant with an unlimited gym pass rose up against and ultimately defeated a sadistic warmonger with a lot of help from bodybuttered Aryan deities. Apparently it's all based on Greek myths, though departures from the source material are conspicuous and most often really dumb. One could argue that director Tarsem Dhandwar Singh (the artist formerly known as Tarsem Singh, or plain old Tarsem—his name just keeps getting longer) is very much in his element; he clearly prefers the god's eye view whenever possible and finds countless opportunities here to have his actors strike poses modeled after the cover paintings of fantasy novels. Theseus is bulgingly embodied by future Superman Henry Cavill, while his antagonist King Hyperion is played by Mickey Rourke, who seems to be channeling Brando in Apocalypse Now, what with his croaky voice muttering out from the gloom, his munching of chestnuts, the crumbs stuck in his scraggily beard, and his looming over a basin of

water as he interviews an unfortunate minion. The two first meet when Hyperion, like Thulsa Doom in Conan, slaughters mom before Theseus's eyes. "Witness hell," says Hyperion, whose route to mega-evil was earlier explained as the result of his despair over the death of his entire family during a plague. The gods did nothing to save them, he complains, so why bother with faith? Turns out Hyperion's got a point, because the gods can actually intervene when the mood strikes them, and in fact do so several times throughout Immortals, whose multiple deus ex machinas add up to an apologia for fundamentalists and constitute a defense for all those who choose to interpret religious texts literally. An odd sort of suspense, or perhaps anti-suspense, is at work here: no matter how heroic or resourceful Theseus and his friends are made out to be, none of it really matters because every time they're in big trouble the gods just swoop down and take care of business, climaxing in a cage match with some butt-ugly titans that involves a lot of exploding heads and makes no sense whatsoever. Josef Braun

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FILM // REMEMBER THE FIRST TWO RULES

FIGHT CLUB Fri, Nov 18 (11 pm) Directed by David Fincher Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally Released: 1999

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ur unnamed narrator (Edward Norton) holds a position that could only have emerged in the late 20th century: he's something called a recall coordinator, which basically means he negotiates the degree to which products have to annoy, maim or kill buyers before the manufacturer actually has to do something about it. It's a brilliant occupation for the protagonist of a film that's aged so well that its time is still coming into being. The first rule of Fight Club is—however macho/obnoxious/ show-offy it may seem—don't underestimate Fight Club. Off the top, our young Narrator's already reached an advanced state of yuppie zombification; his insomnia renders everything "a copy of a copy of a copy," debilitating sleeplessness being an apt response to a world conspiring to keep one simultaneously lulled from disruptive critical thinking and excited by the possibility of perpetual shopping. Then Narrator meets Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt), a soap salesman and projectionist, slipping big dicks into family films. He has silly spiky hair, dresses like a trailer park pimp, and waxes antiestablishment philosophy; he's also handsome and sculpted and wants to get physical with Narrator, prompting what we might deem an ultramasculine friendship, gay romance,

or a solipsism so overpowering as to induce prolonged hallucinations. These guys start their titular club in basements and backstreets and it grows or catches until all over America men are denouncing their identities, pounding the shit out of each other, and waiting for cues to launch spectacular acts of terrorism. So Fight Club's trajectory is itself novel: boy meets girl; boy meets boy; boys fight (for fun/self-betterment); second boy steals girl; first boy finds himself; everything goes bananas. The film didn't initially "perform," but it established director David Fincher as a masterful, if over-eager, manipulator of industrial light and magic: the walk-in IKEA catalogue, the camera's vertiginous swoops, the fantasy air collision. Who else could have told this unruly, audacious story with such vigour? In its perverse depiction of mental illness, leading up to its big twist, this adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk's eponymous novel is actually an outstanding adaptation of Philip K Dick, the oft-adapted, rarely apprehended author whose schizophrenia imbued so much of his science fiction. Fight Club suggests that schizophrenia might be the natural result of prolonged exposure to late capitalism. And I almost believe it. If you want to believe you should check out Friday's Gateway Student Journalism Society special late-night screening. But be warned: discussions may spill out into the parking lot and get fisty.

Fri, Nov 18 – Mon, Nov 21 Directed by Eric Rohmer Metro Cinema at The Garneau

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ric Rohmer's The Green Ray (1986 winner of the Venice festival's Golden Lion) should come with a bottle of wine and a baguette—c'est très French. In other words, it's about words—talking about doing, talking about ways of talking and talking about ways of feeling. Rohmer, the last (and most conservative) of the French New Wave directors, pushes such Frenchness to the limit because the woman we follow, Delphine (Marie Rivière, also co-writer with Rohmer) is beset by ennui—a kind of restlessness or boredom. Delphine's a secretary, just broken up with her fiancé. During her six weeks of summer vacation, she's unsettled and dissatisfied. Trapped in a bubble of melancholy, she drifts from Paris to Cherbourg, to the Alps, and to Biarritz. She seems flighty, impassioned (offering a defence of not eating meat that's quasi-logical and quasi-mystical), sad (she breaks into tears at times), unsure and, to some, "difficult," though she protests she's not (only seeming to prove their point). It's easy to feel irritated by Delphine (though she, and the film, never lapses into self-pity), but Rohmer's doggedly observing—with seemingly prosaic

C'est très French camerawork that conflicts subtly with semi-improvised conversations and sudden cuts between days—a young single woman's dissatisfaction with her era's unromantic expectations. The film, one in Rohmer's "Comedies and Proverbs" series, very gradually leads us to the lines from Rimbaud's verse quoted at the beginning: "Ah! Let the time come / When hearts are enamoured!" The Green Ray, unfolding only in daylight, sparkles off rather beautifully, letting out a quiet exhalation in its final 20 minutes, when we see that Delphine has no interest in playing the usual sex-

ual-fling card-game—"My hand's empty ... I don't have anything"—with men. The "green ray" of the title (and at the heart of a discussed Jules Verne novel) is an emerald light at sunrise or sunset, rarely seen. It lies beyond words, reflecting the rare connection between a man and woman that cannot be pursued—it flashes forth or it doesn't. In that spectral moment, Delphine's hazy romantic idealism becomes clear, her flickering hope igniting the end of Rohmer's film with the glint of poetry. Brian Gibson

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FILM // FAWKESY

V FOR VENDETTA Tue, Nov 22 (9 pm) Directed by James McTeigue Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 2006

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n the face of it, on one side of the domino, V For Vendetta, a movie adaptation that plays as a pop-culture update of Orwell's 1984, with elements of Dumas, Zorro and The Phantom of the Opera, clicks along quite smoothly. The Wachowski brothers' script pares Alan Moore and David Lloyd's 1980s comic series down to two storylines, often crosscut by director James McTeigue. There's twentysomething Evey's (Natalie Portman) entanglement with V (Hugo Weaving), a Guy Fawkes mask-wearing mastermind-rebel, and lead detective Eric Finch's (Stephen Rea) pursuit of V and discovery of the horrible government experiment that created the man they deem a "psychotic

terrorist." And from the snappy red-andblack colour scheme, some noble political ideas emerge: the force of compassion for fellow victims of oppression; the passing of the torch to the next generation of rebels. Behind the mask, on the other side of the domino, as all the pieces fall into place, V's plan is so airtight, so fateful (even his death is basically noble suicide, carefully planned), and so slickly executed, that both V and the movie start to feel as fascist and oppressive as the Big-Brother-meets-religious-fundamentalist UK government (slogan: "Strength through unity, unity through faith") they oppose. V is the erudite master-man who lectures and teaches wide-eyed Evey, who does little. The final image, of the public looking up, en masse, at V's triumph, is collective idol-worship. This isn't anti-fascism (and certainly not anarchism, as in Moore's

work) but American-style superhero reverence by the masses, with pseudopolitical overtones—what eclipses all is "the man, and what he meant to me." Still, though we're five years removed from the film's purposeful and accidental "war on terror" resonances (hooded and orange-suited prisoners; a bomb on a London Underground train) and the Holocaust allusions are unnecessary, the film's bombastic, slick presentation of political ideologies and rebellion remains rousing entertainment (if overlong, with a few overwrought moments). There's more than flash to the fireworks, though not much more— viewing it beyond its political veneer, V For Vendetta's verily a vivid videogame version of vox-populi vengeance against villains. Brian Gibson

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VUEWEEKLY NOV 17 – NOV 23, 2011

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REVUE // DANCE OF THE PENGUINS

HAPPY FEET TWO Opens Friday Directed by George Miller

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enguins live a harsh, cold life. They deal with extreme storms, vicious sea lions, opportunistic skua and now, for reasons that are lost to their little penguin world, their home is melting at a violent rate. Good thing they're so cute, or else Happy Feet Two would be a really depressing movie. Without tackling the issue head on (Mumble doesn't set out to stop greenhouse gas emissions), the enviroconscious animators at Warner Bros address the effects of rising temperatures

in the coldest place on earth, in this, our second run-in with the adorable world of these singing, dancing but flightless birds. With the potential effect of creating a legion of tiny environmentalists hell bent on saving their favourite cartoon characters, Happy Feet Two starts with shattering icebergs causing giant waves in the southern ocean threatening the lifestyle of all the frozen animals that populate the Antarctic. When the rapidly melting bergs crack and shift, they trap the emperor penguin population in a deep pit with no way out. The only emperors to escape are Mumble, owner of the original happy feet, his son and his son's fluffy friends.

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Footloose (PG coarse language) Fri-Tue 12:50,

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6:50, 9:30

JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri-Tue, Thu 12:45, 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:55; Wed 3:10, 5:20, 7:30, 9:55; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) No passes Fri-Tue, Thu 12:30, 1:10, 3:20, 4:00, 6:30, 7:10, 9:20, 10:00; Wed 12:30, 3:20, 4:00, 6:30, 7:10, 9:20, 10:00; Digital Cinema: Fri-Sat 11:00; Ultraavx: Mon-Thu 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:40; Fri-Sun 11:45, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:50; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Daily 1:30, 4:40,

7:40, 10:20

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A VERY HAROLD KUMAR CHRISTMAS (18A substance abuse, crude content) Digital Cinema Wed-Thu 1:00, 3:10, 7:20, 10:10

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Arthur Christmas 3d (G) Digital 3d, No passes Wed-Thu 12:00, 2:45, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00

The Help (PG mature subject matter, language may

and cold to say, but no matter how wide-eyed and fluffy, baby penguins lose their charm somewhere around the 90 minute mark.

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Contagion (14A) DAILY 1:35, 4:00, 7:20, 9:50

ANONYMOUS (PG violence, sexually suggestive scenes) DAILY 1:10, 4:00, 6:55, 9:45

in a churning mass of morals—save the environment, be yourself, and the motivational "if you want it, you must will it and if you will it, it will be yours"—Happy Feet Two is overstuffed and a little heavy for the genre. It is a little harsh Sat-Sun 12:00, 3:30, 6:40, 9:30; Mon-Tue 6:40, 9:30

PUSS IN BOOTS (G) Digital Cinema Fri-Tue 1:30, 4:35; Wed-Thu 12:20, 3:05, 5:40, 8:00, 10:15

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In an inspiring feat of animation, the re-creation of the ice spilling into the sea and the swirling swarm of krill is surprisingly vivid. And the dance numbers, including the entire emperor penguin population (yes, they all have happy feet now) are big and fun. But the obstacles between Mumble and saving his friends are stretched out to the point where adults (and kids too) are bound to get a little restless. Throw

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The rest of the movie is one giant, protracted struggle to save the species, interspersed with big dance numbers and this strange, unfortunate attempt to demonstrate how all life is interconnected using two krill voiced by Brad Pitt and Matt Damon.

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TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Daily 6:40, 8:55; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:40, 2:55

JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri 4:20, 7:50, 10:10; Sat-Sun

Puss in Boots 3D (G) Presented in 3D Daily 7:10, 9:05; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:10, 3:05

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THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young

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THE MUPPETS (G) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo

IMMORTALS 3D (18A gory brutal violence)

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PREVUE // DANCE

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Pure Speculation Festival / Sat, Nov 19 – Sun, Nov 20 One for the geekiest among you: in its own words, Pure Speculation "celebrates a wide array of popular culture entertainment media—comics, games, movies and TV, fantasy, science fiction and horror writing." In execution, that means panel discussions (this year including one on "Surviving the Zombie Apocalypse" and a couple featuring Vue's news editor Samantha Power) guest speakers, and gaming, among other myriad geek wonders. It's more nerdiness than you can handle, but all of it raises funds for local Crystal Kids charity, which offers safe recreation for inner-city youth. So, y'know, nerdiness with cause. (Grant MacEwan Robbins Health Centre, $20 – $35)

Four artistic directors celebrate the Prairie Dance Circuit Fri, Nov 18 & Sat, Nov 19 (8 pm) Prairie Dance Circuit John L Haar Theatre, $20 – $35

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t's surprising to hear Brian Webb say that he's spent the last year learning how to exercise. Exercise properly, that is, after one's suffered a major heart attack. Webb's brush with death last fall forced him to rethink the way he moves—it's essentially meant that the 60-year-old contemporary dancer had to start doing real cardio. "When you have a heart attack, part of your heart dies, and you need to strengthen the rest of it. In reality I'm in better shape now than I have been for several years, but it's a lot of work," says Webb, who will present his solo 30% gone as part of the second annual Prairie Dance Circuit. The piece, featured on the same bill as four other works by artistic directors of dance companies in Calgary, Winnipeg and Regina, is Webb's exploration of his coronary episode, recovery and subsequent revised outlook on life and, well, death too. "There was a part of me that thought I was going to be a hedonist all my life. Well, guess what? Sorry pal, you're as vulnerable as anybody else is," he jokes. Though last year's inaugural run of the Circuit presented emerging artists from each of the directors' cities, this year the directors programmed their own works to tour through the provinces (it's the first time in decades that Webb has performed in Winnipeg, he notes). "One of our strongest commonalities that we have as dance curators—and this is the only part of the country where this is really true—is that we're all dance artists as well. In our second year of the Circuit, we really wanted to celebrate the fact that yes we're dance presenters, but we're first of all and primarily dance artists."

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Hey Ladies! / Fri, Nov 18 (8 pm) Davina Stewart, Leona Brausen and Cathleen Rootsaert return to the Roxy Stage with their final show of 2011, delivering gifts, gabs and guest performers to the assembled masses. They promise it will be "the least boring and/or annoying and/or embarrassing thing you do this holiday season," and, let's be honest, they're probably right. (Roxy Theatre, $25)

Night of Artists / Fri, Nov 18; Sat, Nov 19 In its 15th anniversary, the Night of Artists is displaying more than 500 original works by local artists, presenting a live painting performance by one Lewis Lavoie, and offering up performances from the likes of Andrea House, The Retrofitz, Dana Wylie and many more. It's all in support of Kids with Cancer. (Italian Cultural Centre, $9.25 – $75)

I'm No Superman & Ally Sloper / Until Feb, 2012 In tribute to the late local arts writer Gilbert Bouchard, the Rutherford Library is hosting I'm No Superman: The Comic Collection of Gilbert Bouchard. The exhibit offers insight into Bouchard's impact on the arts and culture scene in Edmonton as well as examining the increasingly heralded artistic format of the comic book. Fittingly, I'm No Superman will run alongside Ally Sloper & C.H. Chapman examining "Ally" Sloper, a legendary victorian comic-strip figure. (I'm No Superman: Rutherford South Foyer; Ally Sloper: Bruce Peel Special Collections Library)

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Brent Lott of Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers performs a duet with Sara Roche titled The Occasion of Our Passing, and Calgary's Nicole Mion of Springboard Performance adds Quiver to the mix. A duet performed by James Gnam and Jenn Jaspar, Quiver is described in the choreographer's notes as a solo piece, but it's actually been performed differently each time: by a man, a woman, and also as a duet. Davida Monk's Under Cover of Darkness is performed by Hillary Maxwell, and Robin Poitras of Regina's New Dance Horizons presents another, very Prairie-themed solo, titled soft foot. "We're all leaders in our communities. Why? Because we've all been around for so fucking long," Webb points out, with a laugh. "So we have resources. And we have knowledge. We're really interested in building the sense of the prairie dance community with the Circuit, and not just in our own locales." As for his continuing education at the gym, Webb looks back on the heart attack with his signature, unquiet penchant. He recently stepped down from his position on the Canada Dance Festival to minimize stress, affirming that he's not in denial about what happened, but he is certainly defiant about it. "I'm a fighter," he says. "Of course it's frightening, life is frightening though, right? But it's also amazing. Happiness takes a lot of work. I don't think happiness is a constant state. Life is a lot of work on many levels, and moments of joy make it worthwhile. And one of the things that makes me really joyful is when I'm dancing, so it's all worthwhile for me."

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PREVUE // THEATRE EN FRANCAIS

PREVUE // DOWN FROM THE SKIES

GRACE ET GLORIA

FALLING: A WAKE

Thu, Nov 17 – Sun, Nov 20; Thu, Nov 24 – Su, Nov 27 (8 pm) Directed by Daniel Cournoyer La Cité Francophone, $16 – $25

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he French term for it is "mot dit": spoken word, the theme that artistic director Daniel Cournoyer has given to L'UniThéâtre's 19th season of francophone theatre in Edmonton. "It's all about throwing it back to the playwright," Cournoyer explains. "In theatre we wouldn't have theatre if we didn't have our playwrights. And it's all about the actors taking those words and pulling them from the page and coming alive." To launch his first offering of mot dit, he's selected Grace et Gloria  (Grace and Gloria, in English; all of L'Uni's mainstage shows are surtitled in English, a surprisingly decent way to take in theatre). It follows the sentimental relationship that forms between Grace, an aging cancer patient who's spending her remaining time at home (while all around her real estate developers bulldoze her property, and to her, the last reminders of her family), and Gloria, a caregiver with her own familial tragedy lurking in the recent past, assigned to help her out in her twilight hour.

The show, written by Tom Ziegler and translated by Michel Tremblay, did a large national tour a few years back, but Cournoyer didn't book it for his season. "I wasn't sure why," he says, "but I think I was keeping it for myself, quite honestly." Grace et Gloria was also a chance for Cournoyer to work with Thérèse Dallaire again. A 74-year-old actress in the francophone community, she hasn't been seen on the L'Uni stage in more than a decade, at least not in a role of this size. "An older actress with a lot of talent," Cournoyer says, of Dallaire. "When you're working with the different people, sometimes you're thinking, 'What would be a great part or a good play to work with Thérèse again?,' and Grace and Gloria just seemed to be the logical fit, considering Thérèse's age. I thought, this is a really fun part for her, and she can really sink her teeth into it. "That was one of the big motivators behind it," he continues. "It's a great story, it's a comedic tragedy ... we go through a series of emotions, but I think its structure overall hits a lot of the chords we're trying to hit when we're doing theatre." Paul Blinov

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trying to wrestle with this notion of God, that there's somebody in control of all of this, and that God allows this kind of shit to happen. So In a lot of ways, I think the play is Gary's working out of what it means, if anything, to try and connect things to personal meaning or faith or belief that there's some purpose behind it all."

Mapping an interior world

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hen Michael Peng picks up the phone, he's just in from the backyard, where he's been battering suitcases with a sledgehammer. "Samsonites are built well," he observes with a chuckle. "Not just commercial bullshit. They're well made." Peng is damaging carry-ons in preparation for Falling: A Wake, his sledgehammer approximating the impact of cargo hitting the Earth after falling from an airliner's cruising distance, the remnants of which the play's two figures, Harold and Elsie, find scattered about their farm one night when a plane explodes overhead. They also

find the lifeless body of a young man, still strapped into his seat, and while waiting for authorities to show up, they find themselves drawn to him, exploring their own damaged connection through his story. Playwright Gary Kirkham, a friend of Peng's, based it on the emotional tumult he went through after losing a close friend in the 1989 Lockerbie Bombing; in that way, it's Kirkham's way of sifting through those feelings of loss. "Gary had been raised in the church or with a faith of some sort, and he just threw it all away as a result of that, because it made no sense to him that there was a God if God allowed those things to happen," Peng notes. "Part of the events of the play is them

For Wishbone Theatre's take on Falling, Peng's made some subtle shifts—some of the more anglo turns of phrase from Kirkham's native southern Ontario are replaced with more localized terms, so they don't distract, with the goal of maintaining the script's intimacy. Given the cozy size of the PCL studio and the twocharacter structure of the play, Peng notes that every little nuance of each performer is on full display as the story unspools itself. "I think audience members are going to see two very seasoned, very mature performers map out that interior world like they've never seen," he says, "In the sense of being able to read every expression, furrowed brow, turn of the head, tension in the hands, it's all really important for the show, because of all of the deep things that the characters are experiencing." Paul Blinov

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PREVUE // DANIEL MACIVOR

Back in black

Daniel MacIvor returns with This Is What Happens Next Sat, Nov. 12 – Sun, Dec. 4 (7:30 pm, Sunday matinees 2 pm) Written and performed by Daniel MacIvor Directed by Daniel Brooks Citadel Theatre, $20 – $61.75

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here's a certain set of distinct characteristics in a Daniel MacIvor show. Dark humour? Definitely. Dysfunctional characters? Check. Simultaneously breaking down and bricking up the fourth wall? You bet. A happy ending? Not so much. But MacIvor assures us that his new work, This is What Happens Next, does indeed have a happy ending. "I defy you to find me a happier ending," he says, pausing a moment before adding, "But one has to pay a price for happy endings." That ominous postscript confirms that this is not an anomaly in his muchlauded career. A master of the solo performance, MacIvor has penned and performed a number of shows dwelling on recurring themes, which are invariably dark: addiction, family dysfunction and death, to name but a few. "It's what I know," says MacIvor, with an air of wry resignation. "It's my particular, personal résumé. It's what I lived, so it's the filters through which I experience life on earth." Five years ago, MacIvor publicly

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called it quits on performing. He was burned out from too many years of a rock 'n' roll lifestyle, performing in several solo shows at once and spending too much time on the road. Yet his break didn't exactly go as planned, and after his attempt to "go get a real life" ended in disaster, MacIvor contacted longtime collaborator Daniel Brooks and began work on a new solo show. Perhaps more than an inability to live a "normal" life, MacIvor's return to performing was an unavoidable consequence of his creative process. "I start on my feet, with notes, and Brooks interrogates me," he explains. "I take on the voice of a character, and I'm not even sure the details of the character when I start. It's not until into that process that I start developing what one might think of as a script." MacIvor has a knack for employing direct address in an unusual manner. He often acknowledges and addresses the audience directly, but in so doing the audience becomes another character; the fourth wall is broken, yet there's a persistent distance between the guy on stage and the people in the crowd. "We actually call the character 'Me,'" states MacIvor. "It's me, and he's speaking to the audience as the people in the room tonight. But there's also a level,

another level, a storytelling level. "It started off as an exploration of what storytelling was, and what its importance was, and what the pros and cons of storytelling were," he continues, "and then developed from that, over the course of a number of workshops, into a play about the nature of will, of willfulness, and I guess the difference between willfulness and willingness. And in the midst of all that there's an actual story that's told, about a kid, a seven-year-old kid, and his dad and various things that happen to him. And there's a giant in it." The title of This is What Happens Next is as much a reference to the anatomy of storytelling as it is an allusion to MacIvor's own life. It is also, as he goes on to explain, a kind of treatise on the notion of time itself. "If one is making an effort to be present, and live in the moment, then storytelling becomes a problem," states MacIvor. "Storytelling isn't really about the moment, the now; storytelling is about the next. So one always has to be always thinking ahead to the next in order to tell stories. "The idea of This and Next are really important ideas inside the show," he continues. "The Next somehow qualifies This, and makes This impossible, because we're always thinking of Next." Mel Priestley

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LITERARY Audreys Books • 10702 Jasper Ave • 780.423.3487 • CAA Writer in Residence Jannie Edwards: every Wed, 12-1:30pm • Poetry Night: Tim Bowling and Alexis Kienlen reading; Nov 17, 7:30pm Dish and The Runaway Spoon

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he Chan family's vision for Nomiya was "Izakaya," which means a place to meet after work for drinks and food—even the name, Nomiya, means "place for drinks." The decor of the restaurant reflects this vision with dark wood, tables and comfy booths to create a relaxing environment. Manager Wing Chan shares with her family a passion for food. "My mom had a bowl of ramen in Asia and loved it," she says of the restaurant's genesis. "My mom knew that ramen was lacking in the Edmonton market and thought that it would be a great pairing with our long winters." The ramen broth is made in-house with no preservatives, no salt and no MSG, while the noodles are brought fresh from Japan, though Nomiya has plans to make its own in the future. One of the more interesting ramens is the Tsukemen, which means "dipping noodles." This is not your typical style of eating ramen: the noodles, meat and vegetables are served in a separate bowl and are then dipped in the miso broth. This style began in 1954

and is called mori soba (noodles in one bowl and broth in another). The Shoyu and Shio ramen are served in the typical way with the noodles, broth and the rest of the ingredients in one bowl. The family wasn't sure that serving just ramen would be enough, so they decided to offer curry, sushi and tapas as well. As Chan explains, they wanted to "shy away from items that are typically available in Japanese restaurants but still offer some of them." I have been searching for Japanese curry ever since I became addicted to it in Tokyo, so I was happy to find someone in Edmonton that serves it. Japanese curry has a thick brown broth with chunks of potatoes and carrots which master sushi chef Ono Masaaki makes from scratch. Served with rice and a crispy fried pork cutlet, it's the perfect fall comfort food. With 30 years experience as a sushi chef, Masaaki was responsible for creating most of the rolls and tapas on the menu. It's fascinating to sit at the sushi bar and watch him create his masterpieces. "Presentation is important to how the food tastes," Chan

says, "and Ono's food presentation is incredible." His Tuna Tataki is accompanied by fresh vegetables like the nagaimo—a Japanese yam. Its texture is similar to a jicama but it has a more refreshing, grainy taste and balances the tuna presentation well. Chan's principles for Nomiya are to "serve good food, maintain the utmost standards in the kitchen and provide good customer service." She loves that the restaurant is small so she can ask customers what they thought of their meal and receive immediate feedback. She has 15 employees and most are trained at all stations in the kitchen so they can help each other during the lunch and supper rush. It's especially important that each employee be able to manage the ramen station because it must be served immediately so it's hot and fresh. A hot bowl of ramen is a great way to contest the approaching cold weather. This winter, let the steam from a piping hot bowl of ramen defrost your body and mind as you slurp the soft noodles and embrace the relaxed atmosphere of Nomiya. SERENA BECK

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WINE

The oak in you

When the forest and the vine collide

// Tyler Van Brabant

staves are air-or kiln-seasoned for two to three years to tame the intensely aromatic, obdurate slabs. Then they travel to the toaster. Like marshmallows over a healthy campfire, barrel makers roast the oak to caramelize and tighten the wood's pores, a process called "bousinage." The deeper the toast, the more intense the flavour imbued to the wine while it ages. Winemakers mostly choose medium toast—proffering honey and spicy butteriness—and heavy toast, which introduces robust cocoa, coffee and clove. These newly roasted barrels emerge richly infused and, with each year of use, that intensity wanes. After three to five vintages, the wine has I D I I'm not sure if the noun has ofseeped out most of the oils V , I VEN ficially morphed into a verb: and tannins, rendering the to oak. And I don't think it's barrel "neutral" and essenm o .c ekly vuewe an official adjective yet, since tially useless for winemaktaylor@ Taylor "oaky" still sends my spell ing. Each barrel costs $400 Eason (American) to $1200 (French), check into gyrations. Oakiness, an indefinable yet ubiquitous presso it's a hefty investment to craft a ence in wine that's derived from wood better beverage. barrels, is something hated or loved Some wineries, however, take the by many a drinker. Winemakers use cheap route. A few years ago, less expenoak during fermentation and/or aging sive oak spirals, staves and chips were to soften harsh corners and enliven an added to the spice rack. Blasphemy in otherwise boring wine. Much like a chef the hallowed "premium" category, most has herbs and spices, vintners possess a winemakers admit these shortcuts profull pantry of oak tools that create the vide some raw wood flavour but less of flavours in your glass. the barrel's subtle, sweet richness. Invented long ago from wood plentiful in Europe, the sturdy, rotund oak But does all this experimentation and barrel began as easy transport for wine. money birth a better wine? Michael EckVintners soon discovered that soaking stein, winemaker at Franciscan Oakville in the barrel's oily and tannic belly Estate, offered me barrel samples of the improved the flavour and body of its same wines aged in American, European contents and also preserved it. But it's and French oak. The decidedly discernnot just good seasoning—technology ible differences floored me. A merlot in later revealed another advantageous French tasted more subtle and elegant angle: micro-oxygenation. This geeky than that aged in a Hungarian barrel, and term means the porous wood allows a cabernet in American oak emerged asa minute amount of oxygen to seep tringent and green compared with the through its walls, coaxing the wine to soft, vanilla-infused French version. But higher levels of Zen. the malbec sampling supershocked. Its If you've sensed vanilla or smoke emaFrench rendering reeked of beefy, funky nating from your glass, it didn't start earth, and the American oak displayed with the grape. It started in the forest. layers of fruit and softness. Same Oak trees, like the fruit they're influencmalbec, completely different results ing, vary by locale, with wine barrels because of the company it kept for 18 originating in France, the United States months. Go figure—maybe that's what and increasingly Eastern Europe. A wine prison is like. poured from a French oak barrel evokes With this exercise, I learned that, like rich, elegant vanilla; American oak, cooking, a wide variety of oak ingresweet coconut and earthy tobacco; and dients allows you to fashion a tastier Polish or Hungarian (aka "European") wine. Oak, whether you like it or not, is offer profiles similar to French yet not only a tool but, kinda like salt and pepas powerful. After it's felled, the wood per, it's basic and essential. V

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Does mountain culture run downhill in Banff?

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y adulthood, most of us have forgotten the exhilarating experience of running full tilt down a hill. Other activities may substitute for this sensation, but few recreate the same raw quality as hurtling forward on your own two feet, carrying momentum to the near point of falling, chest out, legs churning to keep up. I remember an old church hymn about building houses on the sand. Attending the Banff Mountain Festival (from October 29 – November 6) at the Banff Centre feels different: high on a hill embedded in rock, like faith of unclear denomination, far from the churches of my youth. How do we rekindle the desire to run and rediscover that sensation? The settled history of Alberta stretches back some 150 years. Banff is even younger, settled after the discovery of hot springs and a subsequent first wave of tourism-driven commerce back in the late-1800s. The advent of culture is more recent still, or at least the articulation of this culture. But whatever that culture was then or is now, it owes a lot to the landscape and, significantly, the Rocky Mountains. "At some point it became apparent that what we were experiencing was a kind of tribal gathering of people from around the world who were really passionate about mountains," says Bernadette McDonald, director of mountain culture at the Banff Centre from 1988 to 2006. But that doesn't mean the notion of mountain culture was always readily accepted. "You wouldn't believe the conversations that happened in my office over the years—'Mountain culture, what does that mean?' In fact, someone once said to me, 'Isn't that kind of an oxymoron?'" The idea for a festival germinated out of a meeting of the executive of the Banff chapter of the Alpine Club of Canada back in 1974, recalls alpine historian and author Chic Scott. They were kicking around ideas for what to do in the shoulder season, and Scott

Mountain culture has been growing in Banff since the late 1880s

suggested a film festival. "I planted the seed and John [Amatt, festival director from 1974 to 1984] raised the baby," he quips. What started as a weekend event grew over the years into its present nine-day gathering of filmmakers, writers, artists, adventurers and, of course, the audiences who support it. Over 10  000 attend the festival each year. Then there's the festival as international export. The Banff Film Festival World Tour boasts more than 600 dates in 32 countries around the world, from Antarctica to Japan to Wales, reaching over 245  000 people. "What happens here [in Banff] is

the import," McDonald describes. "The export is recreating those mountain culture experiences in hundreds of places, sometimes on very flat ground. Which is interest-

ate about the mountains whether they are personally active, environmental advocates, painters, writers, filmmakers or photographers. That community is huge."

You wouldn't believe the conversations that happened in my office over the years—'Mountain culture, what does that mean?' In fact, someone once said to me, 'Isn't that kind of an oxymoron?'

ing because initially we weren't sure it would work. "It turns out it doesn't matter if it's Edmonton, AB, or Madison, WI, or the South Pole, there is a core group of people who are passion-

Yet despite this success, Scott argues there's something missing. "Personally I feel that the Banff Mountain Festival has been remiss in promoting Canadian mountaineering and Canadian mountain culture," he

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says. "There has been very little Canadian content. "It's a first rate show ... but I think there are ways we can incorporate more of our story—and people want to learn that. People come from all over the world and they go away without learning anything about Canada. Although we are very modest and very interested in the big international stories, we want to hear a little bit of our story too." That story has its origins in the small mountain towns where culture and sports cross-pollinate. While festivals like Banff's capture a Kodak moment of mountain culture, how CONTINUED ON PAGE 30 >>

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he first time I went skiing, I arrived knock-kneed and quivering at the top of a bunny hill in Austria after untangling myself from an unforgiving drag lift. Staring down into the white void ahead, dotted with novice skiers and boarders in various states of disarray, I suddenly realized I had no clue what I was doing. The desire to throw myself down a hill with things strapped to my feet had escaped me. Hundreds of feet below (or so it felt) was nirvana, that little patch of flat snow which heralded the freedom to stand up without sliding off backwards, sideways or generally in the wrong direction. "You just need to feel the snow," piped up the moreexperienced skier beside me, clamping his goggles firmly onto his face before shooting off at what seemed like Mach 10. Moments later, while tumbling head over heels down the tiny slope, I felt the snow. I felt it in my eyes, ears, hair, down my neck, in my pants—every crevice was well acquainted by the time I rolled to a stop. "No, no, no," scoffed my instructor, totally unconcerned about the 50 or so bones I'd likely just broken and the rest of his class strewn face down in the snow. We were picked up and frog marched back to the lift, where the weaker members

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of the herd fell back, questioning their commitment to something so uncomfortable, cold and slippery. So why go back up? Well, for the most part, stubbornness—it's one of the true virtues of any snow sports enthusiast. Sure, we fall. Yes, we cartwheel down hills like broken rag dolls. Without a doubt, we overestimate our abilities and come to a stop

comes a satisfying slow burn, telling you that you pushed yourself to the brink and made it back again. Skiing and snowboarding are about snatching those moments when you're right on the edge of what you can handle. You are the master of your destiny. You choose where to go, how fast, when to turn, whether to hit that jump or snake through those trees, whether to cruise down a green run or

Sure, we fall. Yes, we cartwheel down hills like broken rag dolls. Without a doubt, we overestimate our abilities and come to a stop at the top of a precipice we don't know how to tackle. But, by God, we have fun doing it. at the top of a precipice we don't know how to tackle. But, by God, we have fun doing it. What you can't predict during those first few hours doing "pizzas" and "French fries" with your skis or sideslipping on your board while falling more times than you can imagine, is the ultimate freedom that you'll later find. The slopes that felt like a battle for survival start to provide playgrounds in which to swoop and soar over the frozen ground. That relentless pain in your legs and feet be-

tackle a black. There's no speed limit, no rules of the road, nobody telling you what to do. This winter, trade security for powder, the future for the moment and boredom for the pure exhilaration of carving your mark into fresh, unexplored whiteness. As your heart pounds in your chest, your muscles ache and your breath puffs out in ragged gasps, you'll know you're truly alive. KATE IRWIN

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'm not a meteorologist but I do know snow. Once again I'm here to give you my interpretation of all the weather experts' predictions for the upcoming winter snow falls and temperatures. Let's start with the long-winded explanation. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (the US government branch focusing on "oceans and the atmosphere" tells us, "La Niña conditions have returned ... indicted by a strengthening of negative sea surface temperatures across the eastern half of the Equatorial Pacific and an increase in below-average subsurface ocean temperature anomalies in the Eastern Pacific, coupled with the fact that the atmospheric circulation across the Pacific also continues to exhibit characteristics of La Niña. Impacts associated with La Niña are now indicated during the autumn, winter and spring months." Wow, a simple "La Niña is back" would have worked for me. Typically La Niña brings above-average snowfalls and cooler temperatures, but there seems to be some debate on just how typical this year will be. A reliable source has always been AccuWeather's long-range forecaster Joe Bastardi. Unfortunately, after 32 years of service with them he recently retired and now resides with WeatherBELL Analytics. This service commands a $16.99/month subscription (well above my research budget!), so on we go. The Joe-less AccuWeather has a simple prediction calling it, "Another brutal one." Researchers there expect the volatile La Niña weather patterns to be similar to last year. That could be good news for our Rocky Mountain resorts, with plenty of precipitation once again. In contrast, the Farmer's Almanac has a dire warning for Western Canada: "This will be a winter of clime and punishment. We are forecasting

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the upcoming winter will be cold to very cold, from Alberta east across Saskatchewan." But it isn't all bad because, "Another active storm track over the Pacific Ocean will guide systems into southern and central British Columbia and western Alberta, giving them a wetter-than-normal winter." This sounds great for Edmonton snowboarders and skiers, who generally head west into the Rockies to take advantage of any extra snowflakes. But, anyone living in Lloydminster should buy an extra pair of long johns. Environment Canada's forecast somewhat contradicts this. They predict that British Columbia's interior and Alberta will be colder and drier than normal. Not a lot of text with their predictions, so I'm only relying on maps and numbers here. In search of something more positive, I headed for a ski and snowboard site, where researchers for On The Snow are pinning their hopes on a repeat of last year's La Niña weather. "We all know how great last season's National Weather Service predictions were," they say. "It can easily be that way again." As I tap away I'm painfully aware of the slow start to the season so far. Of the major Alberta ski resorts, Marmot Basin and Lake Louise are open on very limited terrain and Sunshine Village has delayed its opening to November 18, due to a lack of the white stuff. Marmot and Louise definitely have an advantage, with snowmaking equipment that's been running around the clock, but recently steady snowfalls at all resorts have given Sunshine a chance to catch up. Over the border in BC, the snow is yet to fly, with all resorts predicting a December opening. So if it's going to be another La Niña year, I say bring it on. Just like last year's Warren Miller movie, maybe we're in for another Wintervention. HART GOLBECK

// HART@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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4a and 4b) Using the flat iron, spread the wax evenly on your board, 5) Now that the wax is cool, scrape of any excess, leaving a nice, 6) Don't forget to scrape the wax off your edges, as it's pretty hard to then go grab a beer while the wax cools. even surface. stop if you leave them waxed. CRAIG JANZEN // CJANZEN@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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Over the summer, Marmot Basin added two new lifts. While we were all enjoying our summer vacation, the on-hill operations team was feverishly installing new towers and chairs for the upcoming season. First, the team replaced the Upper Paradise triple with a much longer and faster high-speed quad. The new chair is approximately 70 percent longer, with the loading area near the intersection of "Old Road" and "Roll Out." The nice thing is you no longer have to ski like mad across the flats when trying to access the old chair

from the mid-mountain Paradise Chalet. This left the hill with an extra triple chair, which was refurbished and reinstalled, replacing the dreaded T-bar in the lower "School House" beginner area. Fear not beginners, this chair will be much slower than normal and, with the added easy loading and unloading areas, you and your buddies should have a safe ride up. At the end of your ski day, the new chair also offers a much more comfortable return trip to the tiered parking lots than clomping up in heavy ski boots. V

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Unlike like last year, Edmonton's hills and the nearby mountain resorts are relying heavily on snowmaking equipment to get the season started. An enormous effort has been put in to allow for opening slopes as planned. Here in the city, only Snow Valley is open, with Rabbit Hill, the Edmonton Ski Club and Sunridge only days away. In the alpine areas, Marmot Basin, Lake Louise, Nakiska and Norquay have been blasting snow guns around the clock for weeks. Norquay was the first to open (weekends only), with Lake Louise, Marmot Basin and Nakiska following suit. All openings are on limited terrain, with only a rail or two to grind for boarders. The snow hasn't

been forthcoming over the border in British Columbia either, with hesitant openings for the big resorts scheduled at the start of December. But for most snow enthusiasts, limited terrain is better than no terrain—a point proven by the steady lineups spotted on webcams at Marmot Basin and Lake Louise last weekend. Greatly reduced lift-ticket prices didn't hurt the turnout either. Big White, near Kelowna, is really trying to attract the early season skiers by offering "free" skiing from opening day, December 3, until December 15. The catch? You have to book a room for at least two nights, but all guests, double or quad occupancy, qualify for free lifts. V

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honest are they to the spirit of the community? Scott feels that perhaps such events can become too manufactured. Ensconced at the lofty Banff Centre, it's easy to forget that down below there is a town grappling with the realities of day-to-day living in the mountains. As Robert Sandford points out in The Weekender Effect, those realities aren't getting any easier, as more and more people place greater demands on communities and fragile ecosystems. "The most important thing about Banff to me is the people I meet on the street," says Scott. "Remember that book you got when you were six years old and it was the little town and there was the fireman and the baker? Well, we almost have a community like that here." When it comes to the value of mountain community, McDonald wholeheartedly agrees. "That ridge down the western edge of Alberta helps define us and it's incredibly important to acknowledge the fact that we are a mountain province," she asserts. "Some of the best biologists, artists, climbers and experts in the world in certain fields live in that little corner [of our province]." It's knowledge, McDonald stresses, that's one of the key exports of the festival, through grants awarded to budding artists, giving them access to filmmaking and writing programs.

For embattled mountain communities, the ability to tell their own, engaging stories is critical, argues Scott. "We have to start telling our own stories and we have to support that if we want a genuine community with real things." That may be the next great challenge for a festival born and bred in the Alberta mountains, which has now become one of the province's most esteemed cultural products. John Porter, renowned alpinist and former producer of the Kendall Film Festival, has called it, "The best mountain festival in the world." As the trend of escalation in "extreme" culture suggests, being the best means never letting up; never falling prey, as festival-award-winning short film The Wolf and the Medallion analogizes, to the cultural wolves of complacency, exhorting its audience to "never stop running." That is how I end up racing downhill, full tilt, breath coming in frosted gusts, shoes kicking up gravel at the road's edge, legs moving of their own accord faster and faster, shedding origins and objectives, direction and denomination. I think about the short span of life and the future I'm passing on to my children, I think about the Alberta they will inherit and the culture they will know and be influenced by. As we sow, so shall we reap. And I run on. Jeremy Derksen

// jeremy@vueweekly.com

REVUE // MOUNTAIN FILMS

The best of the fest

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he Banff Mountain Film Festival world tour stops in Edmonton from January 6 – 8, but it only brings a small selection from the many films that show in Banff. Among some of the best that may not make it to Edmonton, here are a few to seek out.

workplace, with a twist—the couple in question are professional freeskiers Zack Giffin and Molly Baker. Tracking their risky endeavours, the film puts a different slant on the nature of big mountain adventure and the impacts for those who undertake it.

Cold forgemotionpictures.com The festival's grand prize winner is a harrowing account of cold weather mountaineering and the physical and emotional toll exacted by winter ascents. In February 2011, climber and photographer Cory Richards and two colleagues made the first successful winter ascent of one of Pakistan's 8000 metre peaks—a journey which near killed them. Cold tells their story. As well as picking up top honours in Banff, it has won accolades from four international film festivals and last week snagged an an Austrian film prize.

Origins: Obe and Ashima reelrocktour.com/films Obe Carrion was one of sport climbing’s biggest rising stars in the early 2000s. From a rough childhood in Philly, Carrion had swaggered onto the world stage. Then, abruptly, he vanished. His path to redemption crosses with that of nine-year-old Ashima, a young climbing phenom he takes on as a student. A touching tale fraught with the complexity of sport and youth development.

Downhill Affair rightonbrother.com A short but poignant look at love in the

Treeverse uncagethesoul.com/uncategorized/ treeverse/ Simple adventuring at its best. Two men tackle a one-kilometre transect through the forest canopy, through a

grove of oak trees along the perimeter of a pasture in northwest Oregon. Watch this and you’ll look at trees differently.

CARCA carca.ca It has been a long uphill struggle for the Canadian Avalanche Rescue Cat Association but the time has now come to tell their story. In a field dominated by dogs, acceptance of felines is slow to come but the innovative founders will not rest until CARCA has achieved its mandate. This film documents the first successful rescue mission by a CARCA cat, and subsequent innovative testing for cat deployment. (Warning: rated R for cat lovers.)

Boom The unheralded work of avalanche crews is set to classical music in this simple, joyous film. Turn up the volume and enjoy. Jeremy Derksen

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rban design plays a larger role in our environment than simply the arrangement of infrastructure. It is the art of creating a city, and these concepts of design help shape society in addition to the urban landscape. The elements of urban design deal with the management of pubic environments and, in turn, this influences the way the public interacts with its surroundings. The features of the city we encounter every day were not a random placement on Edmonton's land-

scape. They are a thought-out and meticulously-planned aspect of the urban environment that, for better or worse, impacts everyone living here. "Urban design plays a critical role in the health and wellbeing of the people living in cities," says Dr Theresa Garvin, associate professor in human geography at the University of Alberta. "There is growing evidence worldwide that it is not just physical infrastructure that is important." This physical infrastructure, which can come in the form of roads, sew-

ers and electricity, is a vital element of urban design but, according the Garvin, social infrastructure is equally important. It contributes to the health of the general population and, ultimately, becomes the life of the city. "Those parts of a city experiencing decline, or where buildings are vandalized, often represent a downward spiral of negligence and decay," she says. "However, there are other areas where people like to go. These places have interesting buildings

and streetscapes, and are spaces that encourage social interaction, a sense of belonging and a sense of pride in a city." From an industry perspective, Shafraaz Kaba, partner at Manasc Isaac Architects, an Edmonton-based firm whose vision is to co-create an enriched quality of life, says design, but more specifically architectural and urban design, focuses on providing a place to meet the needs of the public as well as the environment. "The role of good design in an ur-

ban environment is basically to balance esthetics and visual interest with safety, creating connections for ease of mobility, and [to] protect from the local weather and microclimate," he says. To weigh in on urban design in Edmonton, Vue Weekly asked students and recent grads from post-secondary institutions around the city to share their thoughts on the best and worst it has to offer. Meaghan Baxter

// meaghan@vueweekly.com

"It's just inefficient use of space and I think it creates a society dependent on vehicles. It breaks away a sense of community that should exist." —Patrick Lefevbre "As you go south, it loses a bit of a community and it's just a bunch of houses." —Matthew Zilinski "I find the sprawling nature of Edmonton to be its worst feature. Miles and miles of sprawling neighbourhoods with no central gathering area seems a shame, and short-sighted." —Em Poole

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"There's some very good initiatives that have been coming up in trying to revitalize the downtown area, but the perception that I have, as well as from classmates, is the designs are controlled by a very small group of people and it doesn't allow for very much expression from local artists, small firms, and I don't know if the recognition is there for the smaller firms doing really great, sustainable design." —Jennifer Livermore Twenty-four hour bus service is a necessary element in good urban design to allow life to extend past sundown. How can the downtown core expect to have any life or culture if you can't take a bus past midnight?" —Davis Levine

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"From what I've seen I find that the most inspiring places to be include Old Strathcona. It's a physically interesting place and close proximity to the university. It's really lively too." —Em Poole "I don't really like Whyte Ave. There is nothing special there for me. I grew up in Germany and Germany is an old country so the cities are really historical, and I compare it all the time with other countries. Many people say Whyte Ave is something different, but for me it's nothing." —Marsieh Hkodady "Some of the finest design features in this city are some of the older buildings ... buildings that use brick as a primary building material. There is a sense of strength and character portrayed through these buildings that a building of glass and steel can never duplicate." —Colton Ponto

"There are few large municipalities that have such an expanse of uninterrupted green space. If it could be linked up with cultural destinations, historic sites and existing parks, an incredible network of trails and paths could enhance the quality of life for Edmontonians while promoting walking, biking, cross-country skiing and other methods of sustainable transportation." —Kira Hunt "I would have to give a lot of credit to the promenade around Victoria Park and the river valley. It's very user friendly and promotes walking and activity." —Jennifer Livermore "We get this huge reputation of being the largest green belt in North America but it's very false. If you look at places like New York, you can walk for half an hour and hit four different community parks that are all being used. They're very exciting places to be. The river valley helps but it could be a lot more dynamic and a lot more exciting." —Vanessa Zembal

 "The best design feature of the city is the river valley. The idea of large swathes of unmaintained nature slicing through cities is currently very popular in landscape/urbanism, and Edmonton is already far ahead of that trend. Not only do we have that swath of wilderness, it is tightly integrated into our civic identity. Ensuring that the valley maintains its wild character, while carefully allowing development in the already populated areas, is vital going forward." —Greg Whinstance-Smith

"In my mind, the worst design features are those that do not enhance the public realm. These include buildings and landscapes that are cheaply made and use flimsy materials, designs that do not respond to the needs of the existing neighbourhoods and big box stores drowning in parking lots." —Kira Hunt



"[Edmonton's best feature is] the river valley, the fact that you can access it at any point and it goes forever." —Emma Sandorn

"The worst in my opinion is the sprawl. We have such a small population versus some of the other major cities around the world and they're embracing density in how they live and community ... We haven't changed the way we're living so how can we really expect design to change?" —Jennifer Livermore "The city's worst feature is our dependence on cars; it's very hard to conveniently live here without one. Sprawl is an obvious reason, however, better public transit would significantly improve things. Once the approved new LRT lines are complete, the bus routes should be re-planned and optimized. Significantly subsidizing fares and/or passes may also be required, as these seem to be rising to ludicrous levels." —Greg Whinstance-Smith

That’s what people say. The only problem with Blundstone boots is that they never seem to wear out. Oh, people try. But after a few years of kicking the bejeez out of them, they’re more comfortable than ever and still going strong. Expensive? Nope, they get cheaper by the day.

"South Edmonton Common. If you want to bike there or walk around there, you feel unsafe. You have to go in a car to get from store to store. It's just not a conversational, nice place to be." —Emma Sandorn "Urban sprawl elevates a car culture which is unsustainable and destroys many aspects of developing a true community. The downtown airport continues to put restrictions on height limitations for buildings in the downtown core, which subsequently limits our ability to combat urban sprawl. —Davis Levine

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"I have heard that the art gallery has been described as sort of like putting a Band-Aid on things. I love the art gallery. It's fantastic." —Vanessa Zembal I love the new Art Gallery of Alberta. I'm not so sure about the Churchill Square, but the art gallery is fantastic." —Em Poole

"I would redesign Churchill Square if I could. It seems like a waste to have such a fantastic central location that just doesn't get used to its potential." —Em Poole

Marsieh Hkodady is a business student at NAIT who works in a collaborative project called Students In Free Enterprise—SIFE—an international organization that works to create ways to find sustainable options for locally and internationally. Kira Hunt is a landscape architecture technology student at NAIT. Patrick Lefevbre is a fifth year environmental studies student at the University of Alberta. Davis Levine is a fourth year bachelor of design student majoring in visual communications design at the University of Alberta Jennifer Livermore is a second year artchitectural sechnology student at NAIT. Chanthou Nguy is a fourth year business student at NAIT who works in a collaborative project called Students In Free Enterprise—SIFE—an international organization that works to create ways to find sustainable options for locally and internationally. Colton Ponto is in his third year of the design studies program, majoring in illustration at Grant MacEwan University and serves as the Design Students Organization (DSO) president Em Poole is a second year Landscape Artchitecture Technology student at NAIT and Bachelor of Fine Art graduate from ACAD in Calgary.

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"I like the retrofitting idea, I think it's good, I like how they're developing the downtown area. I think the older part of town has a better community feel." —Matthew Zilinski

Emma Sandorn is a human dimensions of environmental management student at the University of Alberta.

"I don't think there's really a theme. Setting up a theme for each area or ward and then creating a theme and building buildings based on that would be beneficial." — Chanthou Nguy

Vanessa Zembal is a 2011 graduate of human ecology from the University of Alberta.

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Greg Whinstance-Smith is in his fourth year in the BEDS program at Dalhousie University and is back home in Edmonton for a work term. BEDS is a senior undergraduate program in the Faculty of Architecture.

Matthew Zilinski is a third year civil engineering student at the University of Alberta.


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here's a certain fascination, I think, that our whole culture has with the automobile," Mark Browning says. "It's been that way since rock 'n' roll started, right? There's this connection between the musical genre and the automobile. I don't even really care about cars myself. I drive a Kia, like, a cheap little car. I keep it messy. I don't even take it to the car wash. It doesn't really mean anything to me specifically. But there is a fascination I have with people's obsession with the automobile and the romanticization of the automobile, and how the automo-

bile has transformed not only parts of our culture, but our entire landscape. I find that really fascinating, and I think there's something about that that translates really well into an art form, and in particular, rock 'n' roll." Browning would certainly be the one to know, though you could be forgiven for thinking the vehicular obsession was his own. As the frontman of Ox—a band that sounds like Neil Young hitching a ride from Big Star, with Bruce Springsteen riding shotgun—he's been peddling highway tunes all across this country for close to a decade now. The freedom gained behind the wheel has always been a motif in the music he's made: from Ox's first release, 2003's Dust Bowl Revival there was "Stolen Car"—a Young-like piano ballad that erupts into a full-on celebration of open-road freedom, "In a Camaro ridin' shotgun

/ Like it was 1979"—right through to this year's tUCo, Ox songs find direction on the endless roads and highways that pave their way across North America, the strange comfort of an all-night drive, the joy of an endless

a driver's license: you're able to go wherever you want and there's this sense of freedom—there's something about rock 'n' roll that does that as well. I feel like there's a connection between them."

highway to vanish on, as channelled through measured electric guitar licks and smoky, bittersweet harmonies. "There's this freedom idea," Browning reiterates. "People feel like, if they have a car, they're free. And people who don't have one feel like they're constrained somehow. There's this thing where you're 16 [and] you get

Ox began in Vancouver, but after seven years in the coastal city and a handful of albums, Browning uprooted and moved on. "I love Vancouver. It was a great city to be starting out in as a band in its own market," he says. "But it became really difficult, being based there, as far as wanting to do more

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regional shows." The difficulty, Browning points out, was in hitting the road for a small tour when the next big population base lay beyond the Rocky Mountains. But even then, the idea of being a country-crossing band with no fixed address was starting to wear thin on him; Browning wanted to park himself somewhere. "I wanted to start settling a little bit into having [my] own place," he says. "It just seemed like living in Vancouver, touring, we'd end up giving up our apartments, we'd spend three months on the road, we'd go to Europe, we'd do Canada. We'd basically live out of our parents' houses [and] in other places for a week here and there, living off couches and friends' places, and that kind of thing. ... I started to feel CONTINUED ON PAGE 38 >>

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like if I had my own place somewhere, at least I could be paying a mortgage and have my own building to go back to, and if I wanted to take two months and just stay there, I could do that." So Browning returned to Sudbury, where he'd grown up, and bought a little building that used to be a retail front. Now it's Cosmic Dave's Record Factory, a vinyl store that Browning runs with bandmates Ryan Bishops and Brian Dunn. "It's the hipster-douchebag crowd, and I love that," he says of his clientele. "It's all the music that I like, and it's all the music that they like. It's really cool; there's enough of a scene here in Sudbury that I can make a decent turnover just selling records. It took me some time, but I've finally got myself set up so that I can keep making my own albums and sit here and listen to music all day."

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There's a recording studio in the back of Cosmic Dave's, which is where Ox recorded tUCo. The album is, fittingly for the band, the soundtrack to a road movie. Less fittingly, it's the score to a movie that doesn't exist yet. Browning's friend, filmmaker John Milne, pitched a very loose film concept to him, wherein Browning and the band would be featured, and asked him to devise the music for it. But beyond that, Browning found Milne a little evasive on the larger details, such as even a tentative storyline. "I started to ask him, 'What's it really gonna be about, as far as the plot goes?' And he'd just sort of evade the question: 'Oh, it's a road movie, man,'"

Browning recalls. Based on what he'd been given to work with—a couple of photos of obscure road flicks featuring figures like Dennis Hopper, Keith Carradine and Peter Fonda—Browning developed his own tentative plotline to carry the songs: about a band crossing the country while disintegrating in a whirl of internal turmoil. Sort of like Hard Core Logo for the alt-country set. "I felt like, all right, if I'm going to be involved in this, I want more information," Browning says, "but given that the information is not forthcoming, let's just treat it as an exercise. He's given me a little bit to go on, let's just start sitting down and writing some music, and see how it all goes." The movie may yet appear someday—Milne insists it's still on the backburner, Browning notes—but crafting tUCo's soundtrack has provided ample mileage for Ox's own creativity. "The truth is, I don't think [Milne] had anything in mind in the first place," Browning continues. "It started to become about a band, and I'd already decided the name of the next Ox record was going to be tUCo, and he liked the idea of the band in the film being called tUCo. That gave me more freedom, because basically, now, if it was a band that was in this film, and the band was actually called tUCo, the songs that were coming out could just be that band's songs. They don't have to necessarily connect to the plotline. They could just be the kind of songs that band would write." Paul Blinov

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"When I was a little kid, I used to make fun of Bruce Springsteen, 'cause my dad was a big Bruce Springsteen fan. I made fun of all his songs being about cars and girls and New Jersey. But as I grew a little bit older, I started to really appreciate Bruce Springsteen. I started to really get that a lot of his songs are actually referencing cars, and he's really good at that. And I think that influenced me a little bit, especially on the first album I did, with "Stolen Car." There was certainly something there that I saw drawing from Bruce Springsteen. It's complicated; I feel like I'm starting to get to the point where I don't want to do it anymore. I'm consciously trying not to write about cars anymore. Because it comes so naturally; it's easy for me to write about them."

"It's funny; sometimes I don't know if they know that I'm that band. I've started to actually say, 'Hey, that's my record.' Most people seem to know. People in Sudbury know that I'm Ox. Especially the people that are coming in here; they're part of the scene, so we know each other a little bit better than an anonymous customer coming in. Once in a while I get someone from out of town coming in, and they actually have sought out the record store because they've seen us play somewhere else and they're coming through town and they thought, 'Let's go find his record store and buy his record' kind of thing. So, it happens sometimes. It's a little weird. It feels good though."

"The van we used to drive is an Aerostar, a '94 Aerostar. We drove it basically into the ground. We crisscrossed the country with it, and finally, we retired it. It's in the back garden behind our store here in Sudbury. It's not quite wired up, but the idea was going to be that, because we have a recording studio in there, we were going to hardwire the stereo system in the van to the studio, so that a band could go sit out in the van, and listen to their tracks, sitting in the vehicle ... people say 80 percent of people out there listen to music in their vehicle. So it's important that your mixes sound good in the car."

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PREVUE // YOUNG LION

BRY WEBB

A Constantine reborn

Sun, Nov 20 (8 pm) With Feist Jubilee Auditorium, $40 – $75

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s the frontman of the Constantines for more than a decade, Bry Webb's Clint-Eastwood-chewing-gravel voice was the battle cry of underground Canadian punk. Last summer, however, with a baby on the way and a desire to stop the endless cycle of touring that comes with making a living as a group, Webb announced that the band was on an indefinite hiatus. He moved back to his hometown of Guelph, took a job at the local community radio station and just, well, did what he set out to do: spend more time with his family. Provider, Webb's first solo album, is the record of his time spent at home, dedicated to his infant son Asa. It's a 180-degree turn from the Constantines: quieter than an Easter vigil, Provider is an intimate and loving record, a far cry from the angry-young-man exuberance of Webb's former band. It's a

sound that took nearly a year to learn, says Webb. "I didn't write music for a long time—I was in a really weird headspace with music," he says from his office at CFRU in Guelph. "I remember seeing Steve [Lambke, Constantines guitarist and vocalist] at a show—he was on tour as Baby Eagle and he played in Guelph— and he asked me what I'd been up to and the only way I could put it was that I was just trying to figure out how to make music again. That's what the last year has been about." The birth of his son became the catalyst for figuring it out, Webb says: he would make music for the person he'd helped bring into the world. Tucking into a studio for two weekends this past August, Provider was recorded live off the floor, capturing the moment it was made and nothing more—a process that was important to Webb. "As a band starts making a bit of money and has support behind it you can afford to spend more time

in a studio and obsess about details and overdub things—I'd lost sight of that moment that is a song for a while," he says. "What I'm trying to get back to is just enjoying that moment of making a song with a band, with other musicians." Being asked to open for Feist on her Canadian tour came as a welcome surprise to Webb, who was happy to leave touring life behind for the stability of a job. Now, however, he may consider going on the road again—but on his own terms. "I like touring when it's healthy and sustainable and it doesn't feel like it's compromising your quality of life too much," he says. "I do love travelling and I love driving and I love meeting people and travelling with musicians. I have lots of friends all over the place that I want to see again—I just want to be as easy on our family as I can be." Bryan Birtles

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PREVUE // DANCEFLOOR ELECTRO-POP

AUSTRA Fri Nov 18 (8 pm) With Tasseomancy Brixx, $19.25

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went to my first punk show when I was 18, and I remember it being a pivotal experience," says Katie Stelmanis. "I'd never really liked rock music or punk music, but I think I just didn't listen to it properly. I was in this small venue, and just confronted with this massive wall of sound—it was so much power, and I loved it. I didn't understand why I loved it, but I guess that was the beginning of hearing music in a completely different way. " Up until that show—by Calgary's Red Hot Lovers—Stelmanis's musical interests had been locked in the realm of opera, spent upon the pursuit of beautiful, pure sounds. Something about its antithesis, though, about being encompassed by punk squalls in a tiny, sweaty venue, offered a different resonance to her, and almost a decade onward, Stelmanis finds herself pursuing a more present, in-the-moment take on music fronting Austra, a band that offers up

Bringing the punk to the dance

danceable slabs of synth pop that run heavy with electronic pulses and Stelmanis's potent voice. (Feel it Break, the band's debut, earned them a Polaris prize shortlisting this past year.) Thinking of music in terms of dancefloor gravity seems the focus of Stelmanis's songwriting now, her and the band looking to maximize the live impact of what they release. Lyrics, she notes, are used less for their own poetry than for carrying the weight of the song's particular rhythms. "I don't really consider myself to be a lyricist or a poet in any respect, and

I think that it's like letting the words flow almost subconsciously is the most effective way for me to write. And I find that often the lyrics will somewhat reflect ideas that I'm having on some subconscious level. But I try not to focus on it too much, and I try to stick with words that may just have powerful meanings, like powerful phrases that I'll repeat or use over again that may not make sense in the larger scope of the song, but words that can just reflect a particular vocal line that may be happening at the time." Paul Blinov

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ON THE RECORD

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYAN@vueweekly.com

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Canadian Girl documents a journey from sea to sea the recording? I began the first recording work for Canadian Girl in May 2010 with the first song (the BC song) being recorded on June 22nd. The final song (the Yukon song) was recorded on February 27, 2011 and then mixing began. We mixed in March and continued the tweaking on the songs until mastering at the end of April. So from May 2010 to May 2011 for the recording (travelling etc), mixing and mastering. The songwriting is harder to pin down as some songs were ideas long before the album started and a few were written completely within the year before. A number of songs were also written on the road, long after a number of provinces were done. Bonnie Ste-Croix:

Sat, Nov 19 (8 pm) Bonnie Ste-Croix Haven Social Club, $15

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onnie Ste-Croix's latest album, Canadian Girl, has the capacity to unite musicians across the country: made up of songs written with a specific province or territory in mind, each song also includes a guest artist or group of artists from that area. Each song was also recorded in the area it was about. It's a momentous undertaking that Ste-Croix discusses in advance of her upcoming appearance in Edmonton. How long did it take to make Canadian Girl from the initial songwriting through to the end of

Vue Weekly:

VW: When you were writing the songs, did you come at them in a particular way? Lyrics first? Music first? BS: I wish I had a simple format for songwriting, but songs seem to come to me in different ways at different times. From having to pull over my car (for example, I began writing "You Are The Reason" while driving my car and had to pull over

and pull out my recorder to get it down before I forgot!) [to] sitting down in my home and pondering the province or territory I was writing for (ie 'If I Could Sail" was written after I recorded all the Western provinces and I was in Halifax and wanted to write a sea shanty song for Newfoundland). I always say that all my songs come with a readymade video in my head—I always "see" the stories in my mind, all the characters and all the colours. Some of the ideas come from a simple moment where a phrase (usually with the melody) strikes me and I build a song around it, others come as a story that I "see" and then write, but each one is different in the way it introduces itself to me. To what extent did the guest musicians influence the way the song was written? Did you write each song with a person or group of people in mind? BS: I think I chose the artists to suit the songs and the style of the song so that it would all fit together. I wrote the songs with the stories and places in mind and chose guest artists who could bring out the character of the songs. VW:

What were the recording sessions like for this album? How did recording in different locations affect the final outcome? BS: Each and every recording session was fabulous! I can say that with complete sincerity! They were the highlight of the album. The administrative work was tough, but the travel and recording sessions made every step of it worth it. Each recording session had a sense of community to it—it felt creative, collaborative and unique. Because my producer and I had recorded tracks and I brought them on a hard drive, we had something that allowed for some continuity in the recording, then in each studio we were able to freely be creative while still having some of that continuity that is so important to creating a cohesive album. Even if we replaced the existing tracks, we still had the idea in mind so that the recording style would be consistent. Then, every studio and each artist/group of artists was able to have complete freedom to add their flavours and talent. It just seemed to work out so easily—which in a way is surprising given the number of variables we were dealing with, but I'm so happy it did! Recording in different locations did affect the songwriting a lot though— if I didn't write with the history or stories of the area in mind, then I often used the geography and landscape of the area metaphorically in VW:

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Bonnie Ste-Croix, lookin' to catch out

the songs. I have always maintained that I am deeply influenced by the geography around me when I write and I think this album proved that theory to be true. The natural landscapes of Canada are deeply embedded in the songs through metaphor or inspiration. VW: Were there any other songs writ-

ten that were left off the album? Yes, there was one song that I had thought to use for the Yukon and I ended up writing "The Letter" which was inspired by my anticipation of travelling there. I did write other songs along the way, but they didn't replace songs.

BS:

How did you decide which songs to include on the album? Did you have an idea of what you wanted Canadian Girl to be when you started, or did the finished shape emerge as the writing and recording went along? BS: Some of the songs were a given as I wrote them for the album or for the area/province/territory, other songs were songs that felt important to me that I wanted to include (like "You Are The Reason") I definitely knew that I wanted the album to be a folk-roots style musical strand across the country—I

VW:

didn't want it to be a "travelogue" style though ... I wanted it to be stories and songs that people could relate to and that felt authentic to me as a person and a singer. You worked with Bill Buckingham to produce the album. What drew you to him and what did he bring to the process? BS: Bill is the producer I worked with on my last album and I simply loved working with him. He is so talented and was able to listen to my ideas and work with them in a way that always made them better than even I thought they could be. He brought years and years of experience, a genius capacity to produce and a heartfelt openness to what I was trying to do. He really believed in it. VW:

VW: If

you were to trace the musical map that led you to Canadian Girl, what would it look like? BS: Having lived in many parts of Canada and travelled it extensively, I had this feeling that all of Canada is my hometown—that is really the idea that spawned the album. I wanted to do something musically that could represent that and use my writing and songs to celebrate this land that I love so well. V


PREVUE // CD RELEASE

JEFF STUART & THE HEARTS "I feel like we pushed ourselves more, musically, on this record, because we knew more what we were good at, and what we could do, whereas the first record came out of this idea of trying new things and getting there," Quesnel says, "This time around, we were trying new things but we knew where we stood."

Six hearts

Fri, Nov 18 (8 pm) With Scenic Route to Alaska, Manraygun Pawn Shop, $15

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lack Dogs Blue Giants, the first release by Jeff Stuart & the Hearts, found a band in the midst of shaping itself. The six-strong lineup came together as the album did; what started as guesting spots became permanent memberships with creative input; what began as an idea of beefing up Stuart's solo act transformed into a fuller, multi-bodied endeavour. "As we were making the first record, we were experimenting with what the band was really going to be all about," explains Jeff Stuart, nursing a pint in at the Empress. "We sort of built the band as we built the record. And with this record, we had a lot more of a concise idea of what we wanted to do and just had to figure out how to execute it. It was just a lot more intentional, I think."

Around the table, Dwayne Martineau and Christopher Quesnel agree; this assembled half of the band, having now finished their sophomoric Equal Parts Moonlight and Reason—an album that really does feel like a fully envisioned album—seem to share one mind while discussing their new album's nuances.

Martineau, who assembled the artwork—of a hood-wearing figure surrounded and obscured by mist, with hints of a rocky background rising up behind them—notes he pulled his inspiration from what stood out most about the completed album: its feeling of spaciousness. "I find there's a lot of statements about space, which I found really comforting and fresh, in the age of turning on any radio station and literally there's so much compression on the audio that there's no moments of silence, there's not a breath, there's nothing that

With this record, we had a lot more of a concise idea of what we wanted to do and just had to figure out how to execute it. It was just a lot more intentional, I think. The three note it to be cinematic in scope, an astute assessment: throughout it, strings swell as if carefully scoring the emotion of a scene, and guitars rise out of the muscular folk mix to reinforce a refrain or add a dazzle of something new before falling back into lockstep, like characters passing by a camera's lens.

FIRSTS, LASTS, AND FAVOURITES

KATE REID

speaks quieter than any of the loudest parts," he says, the other two nodding their agreement. "On these, everything breathes, and it's a statement about musical space. And then I found, I guess thematically too, a lot of the narrative had to do with spaces and places." Paul Blinov

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ward-winning singer-songwriter Kate Reid will leave her idyllic home on Bowen Island for the harsh winter swells of Edmonton this weekend in support of her third album, Doing it for the Chicks. That kind of commitment ought to be rewarded.

First album

Last concert

The first album I ever owned was Linda Ronstadt's Living in the USA. It was released in 1978 and I was seven years old. I played it on my very own Fisher-Price record player in my bedroom. I rocked out with Linda.

The last concert I saw was the Eagles at GM Place last year ... oh man, I am so old school! I have wanted to see them since I was a kid and it was AWESOME.

First concert

Favourite album

The first concert I saw was Roy Orbison at the Centre and the Square in Kitchener, Ontario with my family. I think I was around the age of eight or nine years old.

My favourite album is Ferron's double album, Impressionistic. Ferron is a huge inspiration for me. I love her lyrics and the way she delivers them.

Last album

Musical guilty pleasure

Pink's Greatest Hits ... So Far!!! is the last album I bought back in the spring. I was on tour in Ontario and wanted some kick-ass pop music for the drive.

My favourite musical guilty pleasure is listening to any top 40 countrymusic station, especially when I'm driving through Alberta.

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Stormzone Zero to Rage (SPV)  Good classic heavy metal in the tradition of the British New Wave can sometimes be hard to find without going back to the classic bands. Thankfully Stormzone brings the quality and technical skill necessary to execute some great classic metal tracks on the band's third album Zero to Rage. The classic elements are evident in vocalist John Harbinson's channeling, without attempting an impersonation, of Bruce Dickinson and Dio. Combined with a driving rhythm guitar section there's definitely an Iron Maiden feel to the album. While Harbinson has powerful vocals throughout, there are a few tracks where he attempts to reach out of his vocal range and those grate a little, but the album is tightly produced and is a solid entry into the tradition of classic heavy metal. SAMANTHA POWER // SAMANTHA@VUEWEEKLY.COM

Said the Whale New Brighton EP (Hidden Pony) Greg MacPherson Disintegration Blues (Disintegration)  Greg MacPherson's penchant for taking a few sparse strands of sounds and weaving them into something rich and affecting has never seemed more well-developed, or devastatingly employed than on Disintegration Blues. It doesn't matter if he's singing about a house party—"We'll pour ourselves 100 drinks / And we'll dance away the floor / Who gives a shit what anybody thinks?" goes the grandiose, tipsy chorus of album launcher "Party at Greg's"— his innermost defeats on the incredible, weighty "Snowman" or feeling out a sad tropical-island jam on "Crackdown"; MacPherson wraps Disintegration Blues's engaging emotions around simple, sweeping instrumentation to maximize the potency of both. PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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Drake "Take Care (Featuring Rihanna)" Some uptempo r&b keyboards and a driving drumkit beat— not to mention Rihanna's smoky hook—buoy Drake's autotuned confessional of pined-after lost love. Nickelback "When We Stand Together" The world's most maligned band play to their softer side, replacing the cockrock for more inspirational grandstanding. As always, there's a nagging feeling you've heard this before, by Nickelback before. Trust your instincts.

 As a between-albums teaser from Said the Whale, the four songs on New Brighton offer more of a victory lap than any sign of an immanent departure in sound. That's not such a bad thing: this band built its name trading in well-crafted, vocal-driven pop rock with deceptively simple song structures and inescapable hooks, so, uh, no hurry getting away from that. The title track coasts into heavier territory as it builds, while "Sandy Bay Fishing Song" rides a shanty-shuffle through the course of a Decemberists-like tale of merchant woe. That one offers the most hints of ambitious steps forwards—"Lines" is a simple sing-song, "Little Bird" a stripped down closer—but even though Said the Whale don't seem to be in a hurry to make any ambitious steps forwards, that's hardly to the detriment of the niche the band finds itself in now. PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

Steel Panther Balls Out (Universal Republic)  All lies. This wannabe hair-metal joke band goes all out insisting that it won't suck itself— it's right there in the chorus, "Help me please, get on your knees / 'Cause it won't suck itself" (featuring Nickelback's Chad Kroeger sharing the lead vocals)—but this album does, in fact, suck. Does today's world really need to relive the worst misogynistic hair metal cliches? No, it does not. EDEN MUNRO // EDEN@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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Arkells Motown Revue / Thu, Nov 17 (8 pm) What do you get when you cross Hamilton rock band the Arkells with the sound of '60s Motown? I have no fucking idea, but I would like to find out. (Brixx, $10)

Harmonically Yours / Thu, Nov 17 (8 pm) To most people, the harmonica is that spit-filled instrument your uncle insists on pulling out around the campfire and then "wailing" on in a fashion that makes you wonder whether the harmonica is an instrument or a joke perpetuated on people everywhere. Well, fear not for your ears this week as Robert Bonfiglio returns to play harmonica with the ESO. Harmonica with the symphony? I know, crazy right? But skeptics will be put in their place this Thursday. (Winspear Centre, $20 – $75)

Wunderbar fundraiser / Sat, Nov 19 One of the city's best—and friendliest— venues for live, underground music was delivered a devastating tax bill and will not be able to stay open without hosting a fundraiser. "A fundraiser for a business?" you may ask. It's a little unconventional, but so is Wunderbar. To keep this city's best-beer-selection-having, weirdest-rocking venue open, let's all open up our hearts and our wallets. 'Tis the season, after all. (Wunderbar)

Ruby Jane / Fri, Nov 18 (7 pm) At only 16, Texas-based fiddler Ruby Jane may not be able to have a beer after the show, but she has already played the Opry and the Ryman, as well as with Willie Nelson and Marty Stuart. I guess that's a fair trade. (Full Moon Folk Club, $18)

Sea of Sound Festival / Nov 18 – Nov 20 Though it seems like only yesterday that I said to myself, "You know what this place needs more of? Music that is out there—and I mean really out there," the Canadian Electroacoustic Music Community—perhaps the country's leading advocates of electroacoustic music—is now 25 years old. To celebrate, the Community is joining forces with the University of Alberta Department of Music, the Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society and Tonus Vivus Society for New Music to present the inaugural Sea of Sound Festival, a three-day extravaganza of new music. (Catalyst Theatre & New City)

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Daniel Sky / Thu, Nov 24 & Sat, Nov 26 In support of his latest album, Spider Milk, Daniel Sky will make two stops in Edmonton. Oh by the way, I looked up "spider milk" for you on Google—to save you the trouble—and there's no such thing. Did you know, though, that scientists have crossed spider silk with goat's milk and that the resulting fibres are twice as strong as Kevlar? (Haven Social Club & Black Dog)

Jill Barber / Tue, Nov 22 (8 pm) Juno nominee Jill Barber will bring her newest album Mischievous Moon to Edmonton at the end of November. The album debuted at number-one on the Canadian jazz charts and held that position for a lucky 13 weeks. (Myer Horowitz Theatre, $31.50)

Death From Above 1979 / Sat, Nov 19 (8 pm) Back after an extended hiatus, Death From Above 1979 is here to teach you the lesson about rock 'n' roll you apparently didn't learn the first time around. And with a portion of all proceeds going toward the Youth Emergency Shelter, it's a pretty good lesson to learn. (Edmonton Event Centre, $40)

Fire Next Time / Sat, Nov 19 (8 pm) Do you like whisky? Do you like wine? Do you like songs about the aforementioned alcoholic beverages? Well, you're in luck because Fire Next Time has got you covered. (Avenue Theatre, $10)

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Myer Horowitz Theatre Made In

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YELLOWHEAD The

FILTHY McNASTY’S

Open mic every Thu; 7pm

Raised Fist Productions: Display of Decay, Great White Shark Fight and Mongol, Opiate of the Masses, Waking Mayhem; 6:30pm; $10 (adv/$12 (door)

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

Jeffrey's Café Alee with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

Avenue Theatre

CASINO

J R Bar and Grill (country pop); $10

Voice and Cello: Kevin Fox; sold out

Century Room Lucky

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Live Jam Thu; 9pm

44 MUSIC

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Derina

FLASH Night Club

Doug Stroud

Edmonton Event Centre The Tea Party,

The Reason; no minors; 8pm (door), 9:30pm (show); $35

Bruce Conte of ‘Tower of Power’ (blues); 7:30pm; $36 (table)/$34 (box)/$32 (theatre)

FRESH START BISTRO

Darrell Barr; 7-10pm; $10

GAS PUMP The

Uptown Jammers (house band); every Fri; 5:309pm

Haven Social Club

Colin Close (folk; CD release), guests; 8pm; $10 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$12 (door)

Horizon Stage

Monica Munro, Kyle Mosiuk; 7:30pm

new city compound Rend

(CD release party), Blunt Force Charm, Letters to Elise; no minors; 8pm (door); $10

Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Early show:

THE Common Boom

Thea & Tiff–T & T, 6-9pm; Late show: AC Dixie–The Sounds of New Orleans, 9:30pmmidnight

On the Rocks

Mustard Smile 2.0; 9pm; $5

PAWN SHOP Jeff Stuart and the Hearts (CD release), Manraygun, Scenic Route to Alaska; $15 at Blackbyrd

Queen Alexandra Community Hall

Northern Lights Folk Club: Brock Zeman; 7pm (doors), 8pm (concert); $18 (adv adult)/$22 (door adult) at TIX on the Square, Acoustic Music, Myhre's Music; child 6-12 half-price (door); child under 6 free

Rednex–Morinville

Open Monday Jamz: Big Mike and Kixxsin

Red Piano Bar

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

Rose and Crown The Kickit Bros (unplugged)

St Basil's Cultural Centre

Full Moon Folk Club: Ruby Jane, Braden Gates (U22 artist); 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $18 (adv at Acoustic Music Shop, TIX on the Square)/$22 (door)/child under 12 half-price (door only)

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Derina

Harvey

Sherlock Holmes– WEM Party Hog starlite Mayhem

Hate, Abigail Williams, Keep of Kallesin; 8pm; $34 at Blackbyrd

Wunderbar The Latitudes, Behind Sapphire, Leuven; 8:30pm; $5 Yardbird Suite

Level 2 lounge Funk

Bunker Thursdays

Lucky 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas

On The Rocks

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

Overtime– Downtown Thursdays

at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step

rendezvous Metal

night every Thu

VUEWEEKLY NOV 17 – NOV 23, 2011

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

Morinville Community Cultural Centre

The Polyjesters; 7:30pm; $25 for adult)/$20 (student/senior) at door, tixonthesquare.ca, morinvillecentre.ca

THE NEST–NAIT Tupelo

Honey, the Steadies; 5pm; no cover

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 Com-

munity: 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

Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge

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

SPORTSWORLD Roller Skating Disco Fri Nights; 7-10:30pm; sports-world. ca Suede Lounge Juicy

Treasury In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long

Vegas Fridays

Catalyst Theatre

Pub Headwind (classic

"Nokturnal" Welshman Memorial Fundraiser; 9:30pm

FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri

Classical

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Requests

every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

Shake yo ass every Friday: with DJ SAWG

Union Hall Ladies

AZUCAR PICANTE

KAS BAR Urban House:

Fri

Filthy McNasty's

Butcher, Müller, van der Schyf; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

Jekyll and Hyde

Level 2 loungE/Y Afterhour Joey

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Temple Options with Greg Gory and Eddie Lunchpail; every Fri

Robert Rowan

DJs

Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown

Pub DJ every Fri; 9pm

Wild West Saloon

Jeffrey's Café Jerrold Dubyk (sax led jazz); $10

Jordan Band (singersongwriter)

The Druid Irish

Suite 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Thursdays: Electro breaks Cup; no cover all night

LB's–St Albert Trace

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

Deer TJ the DJ every

every Fri; 8pm; no cover

HALO Fo Sho: every

Platinum VIP every Fri

DJ spins every Fri

Irish Club Jam session

every Thu with DJ Damian

CHROME LOUNGE

Wild Bill’s–Red

Sea of Sound Festival: New Electroacoustic Performances from Alberta; 8pm

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

Buffalo Underground R U

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 Every Friday DJs spin on the main floor, Underdog and the Wooftop Blacksheep Pub

Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

Boneyard Ale House The Rock Mashup: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover BUDDY’S DJ Arrow

Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

Night every Fri

Vinyl Dance Lounge Connected Las Y AFTERHOURS

Foundation Fridays

SAT NOV 19 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12

Artery Painting With

Ella (album release), Paul Cournoyer; all ages; 8pm (door); $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd

Avenue Theatre

Fire Next Time (country, folk, rock), The Give 'Em Hell Boys, The Living Daylights, Miek Headache; 8:30pm; $10 (door)

Black Dog Freehouse Hair of

the Dog: Ox and Forrest City Lovers (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

Blue Chair Café

Chris Trapper, Chloe Albert, Lisa Nicole Grace; 8:30pm; $20

Blues on Whyte

Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan;


Evening: Too Slim and the Taildraggers

Bone Yard Ale House Dawn In The

City (funk, soul, rock & roll)

Brixx Bar Saber

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

s

Jeffrey's CafĂŠ

Sea of Sound Festival: Early Seminar: Recent Trends in Electroacoustic Music in Canada with Kevin Austin, 12:30pm; Evening: JTTP Winning works with 8-channel Diffusion, 8pm

Mike McCormick (contemporary/classic jazz); $10

Stagger industries Launch Party: Vanity Red, No Witness, Reflex Ark; 9pm; $10 (adv)

lbs pub Sat afternoon

Bunker Sports Pub

Selectro Saturdaze: Bitchin ladies (Mama Miche and Kenzie Clarke); 9:30pm

Open Jam every Sat afternoon; hosted by the Recollection Blues Band; 3pm

CASINO EDMONTON X-Change (pop/rock)

CASINO YELLOWHEAD The

X-Band (latin)

Coast to Coast

Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm

Crown Pub Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; Laid Back Saturday African Dance Party with Dj Collio, every Sat, 12-2am Devaney's Irish Pub Doug Stroud

THE DISH NEK Trio ( jazz); every Sat, 6pm Eddie Shorts Saucy Wenches every Sat Edmonton Event Centre Death From

Above 1979, guests; all ages; 8pm (door); $40 at Unionevents.com, Ticketmaster.ca

Expressionz CafĂŠ Open stage for

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

Filthy McNasty's Tarantuja, Rapid Loss; 4pm; no cover

Gas Pump Blues jam/

open stage every Sat 3:30-7pm

Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm

Level 2 lounge

New West Hotel

Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Early Show:

Thea & Tiffâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;T & T, 6-9pm; Late Show: AC Dixieâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Sounds of New Orleans; 9:30pmmidnight

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

On the Rocks

Mustard Smile 2.0; 9pm; $5

Pawn Shop Early Free Show: Feast or Famine, Oh Messy Life, On Your Mark; 7pm Rednexâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Morinville

Open Monday Jamz: Big Mike and Kixxsin

Red Piano Bar

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

music every Sat

Horizon Stage

Kevin Fox (songwriter); $25 (adult)/$20 (student/ senior)/$5 (eyeGo)

Iron Boar Pub Jazz

First Presbyterian Church RCCOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Early Music: with Josephine van Lier (piccolo/ Baroque cello), Eila Peterson, (recorder), Marnie Giesbrecht (harpsichord), guests The Sackbone Express (directed by Eila Peterson); 4pm; admission by donation

Holy Trinity Anglican Church

Derina Harvey

Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; WEM Party Hog Sideliners Pub Sat

open stage; 3-7pm

Wild West Saloon Robert Rowan

Wunderbar

Wunderbar vs. The Taxman: fundraiser; 12pm-2am

Yardbird Suite

Gary Smulyan Trio; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $22 (member)/$26 (guest)

Buffalo Underground Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Sat; 9pm

electric rodeoâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Spruce Grove DJ every Sat

Suite 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh

Snap with Degree, Cobra Commander, Battery, Jake Roberts, Ten-O, Cool Beans, Hotspur Pop and P-Rex; every Sat

Union Hall Celebrity

Filthy McNasty's

Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous

Fluid Lounge Scene Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali

Vinyl Dance

Every Friday with DJ SAWG

FUNKY BUDDHAâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Whyte Ave Top tracks,

rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian

GAS PUMP DJ Christian

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN NOV 20 Blackjack's Roadhouseâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Nisku

Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

New City

New City Legion

Newcastle Pub Top

Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

Blue Chair CafĂŠ

Sunday Brunch: Jim Findlay trio; 10:30am2:30pm; donations

Blue Pear Restaurant Jazz

on the Side Sun: Jeff Henrick; 6pm; $25 if not dining

Roadhouse Sea of

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

Crown Pub Band War

Sound Festival: LateNight Concert: Trio Latitude, BEAMS Allstars, Wijit; 10pm

DJs

Overtimeâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Downtown Saturdays

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

Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat

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

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Saturday

evenings feature DJs on three levels; Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt rock/Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz

Blacksheep Pub DJ

every Sat

Boneyard Ale House DJ Sinistra

Saturdays: 9pm

BUDDY'S Feel the

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

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

DEVANEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IRISH PUB

Lounge DJ every Sat

Double D's Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm

PAWN SHOP

Eddie Shorts

RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Rezzo, DJ Mkhai Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Your

Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

SPORTSWORLD Roller

Skating Disco every Sat; 1pm-4:30pm and 7-10:30pm

Suede Lounge DJ

Nic-E spins every Sat

WHATâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S YOUR FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK? SATURDAY & SUNDAY, BREAKFAST UNTIL 4PM SUNDAY, CELTIC MUSIC MONDAY, SINGER SONG WRITER TUESDAY, WING NIGHT WEDNESDAY, OPEN STAGE, PIZZA w/ JUG NIGHT THURSDAY, CHEAP JUG NIGHT

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

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

DEVANEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IRISH PUB

Beer Hunterâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;St Albert Open stage/jam

every Sun; 2-6pm

junction bar and eatery LGBT

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Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

LIVE MUSIC

Saturdays

HALO For Those Who

Music of Muses: i Coristi Chamber Choir, Irene Apanovitch (conductor); 7:30pm; $20 (adult)/$15 (student/senior)

Bank Ultra Lounge

West Side Pub West Side Pub Sat Afternoon: Dirty Jam: Tye Jones (host), all styles, 3-7pm

Hooliganz Live

Barbershop Goes Broadway: Grove City Chorus; 2pm and 7:30pm; tickets at tixonthesquare.ca

Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Downtown

The Kickit Bros (unplugged)

Horizon Stage HillTop Pub Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening

Ellerslie Road Baptist Church

Rose and Crown

Starlite Room Hey Ocean, The BElle Game, Democrafunk; 9pm; tickets at Blackbyrd

Kevin Fox; 7:30pm

Catalyst Theatre

AZUCAR PICANTE DJ

Haven Social Club

Bonnie Ste. Croix (folk), guests; 8pm; $15 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$20 (door)

Classical

Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm

Expressionz cafĂŠ Songwriters Stage, various hosts; all ages; 7-11pm

Filthy McNasty's Dan Quinn; 9pm;no cover

Haven Social Club

Po' Girl (folk), Peter Mulvey; 8pm; $20 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$25 (door)

Hogs Den Pub Dirty Jam: hosted by Tye Jones; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 4-8pm Jubilee Auditorium Feist, Bry Webb; all ages; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $39.50, $55

Newcastle Pub Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and

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NOV 25 & 26

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Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm

new city compound Calista,

Dead Cat Bounce, guests; No Minors; 8pm (door); $8

NEW CITY LEGION DIY

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

and R&B with DJ Zyppy. Dance parties have been known to erupt

Filthy McNasty's

Rock and Soul Sundays: with DJ Sadeeq

FLOW Lounge Stylus Sun

SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on

O’BYRNE’S Open mic

every Sun; 9:30pm-1am

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

On the Rocks The

Sportsworld Roller

Steadies; 9pm; $5

ORLANDO'S 2 PUB

Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm

Pourhouse Bier Bistro Singer-

songwriter open stage with Jay Gilday; every Sun, 9pm-close

Robertson-Wesley United Church WindRose Trio; 2pm; $20/$15 at TIX on the Square, door

Wunderbar The

Geese, Zerbin, Ben Gorodetsky, Dylan Howard; 8pm

Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

Classical Convocation Hall Academy Strings (Copland's Appalachian Spring); 2pm; free

First Presbyterian Church RCCO– Sundays at three: Early Music Alberta Society, Wendy Markosky (organ and harpsichord); 3pm; $20 (adult)/$18 (senior/ student) at TIX on the Square, Winspear, door

McDougall United Church Path of Wonder: Pro Coro Canada: Michael Zaugg (conductor); 2:30pm

Winspear Centre

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Dvorák's Violin Concerto: Benjamin Beilman (violin), Jeremy Spurgeon; 2pm; $20-$65

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

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul

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

MON NOV 21 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover

Blues on Whyte Ross Neilsen

Devaney's Irish Pub Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm

Jubilee Auditorium Rita Macneil and the Von Trapp Children's Seasonal Concert; 7pm; tickets at TicketMaster

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Marco Claveria

Trio; 6-9pm

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

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

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

Classical Convocation Hall Monday Noon Music: Organ and Early Music, featuring the new Krapf Memorial Portative Organ; free

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

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

Crown Pub Minefield

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

FILTHY McNASTY'S

Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson

Lucky 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook

NEW CITY LEGION

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

TUE NOV 22 Blues on Whyte Ross Neilsen

Brixx Comedy and Music Collide 9: Comedians: Mike Dambra, J.P. Fournier, Jimmy Zenn, Kathleen Kelly; 8pm; free before 8pm $5 after Catalyst Theatre

Feels Like Home: cabaret about the ups and downs of love with Patricia Zentilli (vocals), Don Horsburgh (piano); $20 at TIX on the Square

Feduk; 9pm; $8

Buddys DJ Arrow Chaser every

CRown Pub Live hip

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

DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Tue; dance lessons 8-10pm

NEW CITY LEGION

Druid Irish Pub

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

L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam

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

Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm with Ammar; 9pm-1am

O’BYRNE’S Celtic

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

Muttart Hall– Alberta College Campus of MacEwan University MacEwan

University Outreach Big Band Concert: Jeff Bryant (director), O'Leary High School Big Band with Shayne Billey (director); 7pm; free

Myer Horowitz Jill

Barber; 8pm; tickets at primboxoffice.com

Padmanadi Open

stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:30-10:30pm

R Pub Open stage

jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm

Sportsman's Lounge Open stage every Tue; hosted by Paul McGowan; 9pm

Yardbird Suite Tue Night Sessions: Doug Organ Trio; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $5

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: One Too Many Tuesdays with Rootbeard

Brixx Bar Troubadour Tue: hosted by Mark

WED NOV 23 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month

Blues on Whyte Ross Neilsen

Cha Island Tea Co Whyte Noise

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

Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6.30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (nonmember)

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

Royal Alberta Museum Theatre

Wil (alt folk rock), C.R. Avery, guests; 7:30pm; $20 (adv)/$26 (door)

Classical McDougall Church Music

Wednesdays at Noon: David Grainger Brown (classical guitar); free

DJs BANK ULTRA LOUNGE

Rev'd Up Wed: with DJ Mike Tomas upstairs; 8pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe; Wooftop: Soul/ Breaks with Dr. Erick

Brixx Bar Really

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

BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n'

Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover

eddie shorts

The Common

Fiddler's Roost

Diesel Ultra Lounge Wind-up Wed:

Acoustic jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12

HAVEN SOCIAL Club

Treehouse Wednesdays

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

Early show: Treelines (pop/rock), Portage and Main, guests at 7pm; $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd; Later: Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free

Filthy McNasty's

HOOLIGANZ Open

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

stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

Nisku Inn Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm Playback Pub Open

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

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society;

It's

like,

Pint Night Wednesdays: with DJ SAWG

LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle

NEW CITY LEGION

NIKKI DIAMONDS

Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

RED STAR Guest DJs

every Wed

Starlite Room Wild Style Wed: Hip-Hop; 9pm TEMPLE Wild Style

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

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ARIES (Mar 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Apr 19) If you go into a major art museum that displays Europe's great oil paintings, you'll find that virtually every masterpiece is surrounded by an ornate wooden frame, often painted gold. To me, the enclosure is distracting and unnecessary. I urge you to take my approach in the coming weeks. Push and even fight to get the goodies exactly as they are, free of all the irrelevant filler, buffers and pretentious puffery. TAURUS (Apr 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; May 20) "Judge a moth by the beauty of its candle," said the 13th-century poet Rumi. More prosaically put: evaluate people according to the nobility and integrity of the desires they're obsessed with. Do you want to hang around with someone whose primary focus is to make too much money or build a shrine to his own ego? Or would you prefer to be in a sphere of influence created by a person who longs to make a useful product or help alleviate suffering? It's an excellent time to ponder these issues, and then take action to ensure you're surrounded by moths that favour beautiful candles. GEMINI (May 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jun 20) In Santa Cruz there used to be a nightclub that enforced a strict policy forbidding its patrons from dancing. The one time I went there, the music was loud and infectious, and I naturally felt the urge to move in vigorous rhythm. Moments after I launched into my groove, a bouncer accosted me and forced me to stop. I think this situation has certain resemblances to the one you're in now. Some natural response mechanism in you is being unduly inhibited; some organic inclination is being unreasonably restrained or dampened. Why should you continue to accept this?

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to cultivate silence and stillness as you wait expectantly for the intuition that will reveal the simple, direct path. LIBRA (Sep 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Oct 22) In a review of James Gleick's book The Information: A History, a Theory, a Flood, The Week magazine reported that "the world now produces more information in 48 hours than it did throughout all human history to 2003." From that dizzying factoid, we can infer that you are more inundated with data than were all of your ancestors put together. And the surge will probably intensify in the coming weeks. You are in a phase of your astrological cycle when you'll be asked to absorb and integrate a voluminous amount of interesting stuff. Don't be hard on yourself if you sometimes need to slow down to digest what you've been taking in. SCORPIO (Oct 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Nov 21) In his poem "Ode to the Present," Pablo Neruda tells us how to slip free and clear into the luxuriously potent opportunity of the present moment. The here-andnow is so ripe and willing, he says, so malleable. "Take a saw to its delicious wooden perfume," he continues, and then "build a staircase. Yes, a staircase. Climb into the present, step by step, press your feet onto the resinous wood of this moment, going up, going up, not very high ... Don't go all the way to heaven. Reach for apples, not the clouds." Such good advice for you, Scorpio! It's a perfect time to learn more about the magic of the present moment as you free yourself from "the unrepairable past."

CANCER (Jun 21 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jul 22) During the time a blue crab is growing to maturity, it sheds its exoskeleton an average of once every 18 days for an entire year. You're in a phase with some similarities to that period of rapid ripening. Your commitment to change doesn't have to be quite as heroic, but it should be pretty vigorous. Could you manage, say, two moltings over the course of the next 30 days? If done in a spirit of adventure, it will be liberating, not oppressively demanding.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Dec 21) Seminal psychologist Carl Jung wasn't afraid of applying his scholarly analytical skills to the phenomena of pop culture. Late in life, he even wrote a thoughtful book on UFOs called Flying Saucers: A Modern Myth of Things Seen in the Skies. To be as thorough and careful about an elusive subject, he wrote an afterword to his main argument, to which he added an epilogue, which in turn was followed by a concluding supplement. I hope that you are as scrupulous in wrapping up loose ends in the coming week, especially when you're dealing with enigmas and riddles. As you seek resolution and completion, go well beyond the bare minimum.

LEO (Jul 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Aug 22) "Progress isn't made by early risers," wrote author Robert Heinlein. "It's made by lazy men trying to find easier ways to do something." That's exactly the kind of progress you are in an excellent position to stir up in the coming weeks. You don't have to match the stress levels of the Type A people who might seem to have an advantage over you, and you won't help yourself at all by worrying or trying too hard. The single best thing you can do to supercharge your creativity is to think of yourself as a "happy-go-lucky" person while you go around dreaming up ways to have more fun.

CAPRICORN (Dec 22 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Jan 19) A great deal of land in the Netherlands has been reclaimed from the sea by human effort. But the system of dikes is not a foolproof guarantee against flooding. That's why more people are building homes that can float if they have to. "We are actually trying to move away from fighting against the water," says architect Koen Olthuis. "We are beginning to make friends with the water." I recommend you adopt this as a useful metaphor. During the coming months, you should be doing a lot of foundation work. What can you do to add buoyancy?

VIRGO (Aug 23 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Sep 22) "Our elders know you don't find the answer by asking thousands of questions," says an essay on the website of the environmentalist group The Last Tree. "The wise way is to ask the right question in the beginning." I recommend this approach for you in the coming weeks. Given the sparkly mysteriousness that now confronts you, I know you may be tempted to simultaneously try a lot of different routes to greater clarity. But the more effective strategy in the long run is

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Feb 18) According to my old philosophy professor Norman O Brown, "Our real choice is between holy and unholy madness: open your eyes and look around youâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; madness is in the saddle anyhow." Let's take this hypothesis as our starting point. I propose that in the coming weeks you make an effort to get more accustomed to and comfortable with the understanding that the entire world is in the throes of utter lunacy. Once you are at peace with that, I hope you will commit yourself to the sacred kind of lunacyâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the kind that bestows wild blessings and perpetrates unreasonable beauty and cultivates the healing power of outlandish pleasure. PISCES (Feb 19 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Mar 20) It won't be enough to simply maintain your current levels of strength and clarity in the coming weeks. To stay healthy, to keep up with the rapidly evolving trends swirling in and around you, you will have to actively push to get stronger, clearer and smarter. No pressure, right? Don't worry, the universe will be conspiring to help you accomplish it all. To trigger the boost you'll need, imagine that you have a reservoir of blue liquid lightning in the place between your heart and gut. Picture yourself drawing judiciously from that high-octane fuel as you need it, bringing it first to your heart and then to your brain. V

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COMMENT >> ALT SEX

That which we desire We're more intrigued by what we can't have

Lately, I've been thinking a lot every tiny, even accidental, glimpse performers or anyone in the crowd. about nudity. More specifically, of bare breast or butt. The difference is in how we perceive why we have such a strong reaction As I write this, I am working at the nudity and what it symbolizes. to it in our culture. Recently, Taboo Naughty but Nice Show When nudity is present all the time, the US 3rd Circuit Court in Calgary. Taboo is one it becomes normal and unremarkof Appeals ruled that the of the few public venues able. It's when things are hidden that Federal Communications in Alberta where sex is they become intriguing. Every 12om eekly.c @vuew Commission was in the talked about openly and year-old boy who finds it more excitbrenda Brendear positively. Yet even at this ing to sit through Fashion Television wrong when it fined CBS Kerb half a million dollars after big sex expo, nudity is strictly in the hopes of a fleeting glimpse of Janet Jackson showed her nipple forbidden. It is made very clear to boob than to surf the web for porn for less than a second during the Superbowl half-time show in 2004. If nudity itself caused us to be filled with lascivious Nipplegate, as it soon became desire and to lose all control, the Venus Expo known, has to be the best example should have been a complete free-for-all. It wasn't. of North American culture's obsession with nudity. This split second flash of female breast became the eye of a huge storm that raged for each exhibitor and entertainer that knows what I'm talking about. It's a weeks, spawning countless TV and everyone must, at the very least, bizarre twist of human nature that newspaper stories and making the wear g-strings and pasties. You can we always want what we can't have. term "wardrobe malfunction" a perbe mostly naked, but not all naked. So did the furor over nipplegate manent part of our lexicon. Almost Contrast this with the Venus sex backfire? If it's that which we can't eight years later, it's still making expo that I recently attended in have which is the most desirable, the news. Berlin. Full nudity was the norm. stepping up attempts to limit our exI was happy to hear about the rulModels and entertainers were not posure might only serve to make to ing, thinking that this was proof that only fully naked, they were often more enticing. V a glimpse of nipple is no big deal, engaging in various sex acts on Brenda Kerber is a sexual health but that's actually not the case. The stage in front of the audience. Nueducator who has worked with local 3rd Circuit Court didn't even touch dity is commonplace in Germany. not-for-profits since 1995. She is the the nipple. It ruled that the FCC Women often sunbathe naked and owner of the Edmonton-based, sexhad a policy of allowing "fleeting" it's not at all unusual to see fully positive adult toy boutique the Travindecency (ie things that happen on naked people in ads on billboards eling Tickle Trunk. live shows) and only changed that and on TV. policy after the Superbowl inciWhy such a dramatic difference? dent. According to the court, it was There is no magical thing about a unfair of them to fine CBS under a naked person that causes someone policy that did not exist at the time to feel or act in a certain way. If of the broadcast. The court didn't nudity itself caused us to be filled challenge the policy, just the right with lascivious desire and to lose to enforce it at that time. So that all control, the Venus Expo should policy, a direct reaction to the Suhave been a complete free-for-all. perbowl incident, remains in place It wasn't. It was obvious that evwith the result that now, almost eryone there was titillated by what every live broadcast coming out of they were seeing, that's why they the US has a five-second delay so it were there, but I never saw anyone can edit out every curse word and getting out of control and hurting

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Tell, then show Dan has some tips for BDSM

I'm 21 years old and in a monogamous he's too shy to have a face-to-face relationship. I lost my virginity to my conversation about his kinks, do it boyfriend, and it was a really great over email. If he doesn't feel comexperience. I was drawn to BDSM fortable sending emails (they live even before I began having sex, and forever on a server, they can be forhe's been happily fulfilling my needs. warded), tell him to you write you a However, he revealed fairly early on letter, read it in his presence, then that he also enjoys being submissive tear it up. during sex. I asked him to explain Second tip: the less a newbie dom what sort of dominance he was has to fake during BDSM sex, E G looking for, but he said he'd NQAD, the less daunting A SAV rather show me. Recently the role feels. Instead of he tried to steer a sex sespretending that you're m o .c ekly vuewe sion in that directionâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;me savagelove@ a menacing and experiDan dominating himâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but I felt enced dom, incorporate avage what's really going onâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; S nervous and self-conscious. I felt like I was failing a pop quiz. your boyfriend is so submissive How do I become more comfortable that he's submitting to his submiswith being a dom? Any tips for firstsive girlfriend, and how perverted time doms? Or am I just not cut out is that?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;into your play and dirty for this? talk. Then your unfamiliarity with NOT QUITE A DOM the dom role becomes something you're bringing to the scene, NQAD, There are a lot of skilled, confident not something that's causing you to BDSM tops out thereâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;people who fail at it. are exclusively dominant or switchâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; Third tip: a blindfold is an inexwho got into it for the same reason perienced dom's best friend. Not you've started to explore your domiready to visit your local BDSM sex nant side, NQAD: to please a submisshoppe? An ACE bandage will do the sive and/or switch partner. trick. You'll feel much less self-conBut "show me" is not how a couple scious if he can't see you fumbling incorporates BDSM into their sex with rope, suppressing a nervous life. Maybe he's having a hard time giggle, or searching high and low for articulating his desires because he's a mislaid key to the handcuffs. shy, or maybe he's insecure, or maybe he mistakenly believes that sexâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; I recently made friends with a guy even logistically complicated sexâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; who is in his first sexual relationship. should just "happen naturally." He comes to me, his best male buddy, So here's my first tip: force him to with questions, and I try to make talk about what sort of BDSM or sure he's informed and being safe. D/s play he's interested in. A lot can But he's asked me a question about be assumed during a strictly vanilla oral sex that I don't know how to ansexual encounterâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;far too much is swer. What is a man supposed to do assumed, far too oftenâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;but what when he's about to ejaculate during goes on during a sexual encounter oral sex? I feel like there should be a involving BDSM has to be specifipolite version of "Where do you want cally and explicitly negotiated. If it?" that a guy can say to a woman,

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When your friend is getting closeâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; when he's approaching "orgasmic inevitability," as the sex researchers call itâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he should say, "I'm getting close." (Duh, right?) And just as he's passing the point of orgasmic inevitabilityâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;his mother kicking down the bedroom door and leading a SWAT team into the room couldn't keep him from ejaculatingâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;he

should say, "I'm coming." At that moment, the blowjob bestowerâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;your friend's new GF, in this caseâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;can remove the dick from her mouth and point it at her tits or over her shoulder or at his mother. Or she can leave it in her mouth, let him come, and then decide if she wants to spit or swallow. She's the decider. I'm a 24-year-old straight girl, and vaginal sex does nothing for me. I've never been molested and I don't take pills. I feel sexual pleasure in other parts of my body and experience clitoral orgasms, but as far as getting fucked by a dick goes, it's about as interesting as a finger in a fist. Through googling, I've found others with this issue, and the general response to us seems to be that it's a surmountable mental problemâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; which is vague and unhelpful. So I'm asking for the opposite. Is there scientific research about this? Is there hope? Or do I just have to

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with friction on her cervix," says Meredith Chivers, an assistant professor of psychology, a clinical psychologist and a sexuality researcher at Queens University in Kingston, Ontario. "The best position to do all this is with her on top, controlling the speed, depth and trajectoryâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;for lack of a better wordâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;of the thrusts, and pairing this with clitoral stimulation." If you decide to give vaginal intercourse another shot, Chivers also recommends that you warm up with lots of oral sex, toys, masturbation and the other stuff you enjoy. That way you'll be "engorged, erect and lubricated, and subjectively turned on" before penetration. Chivers also wonders if you've discovered your G-spot. "If she hasn't found her G-spot, finding it might be a watershed moment," says Chivers. "For some women, G-spot stim is associated with experiencing intense 'vaginal' orgasms and ejaculating." Finding the G-spot can be tricky,

Chivers adds, and it's best to attempt it when you're very aroused. "Stimulate the anterior wall of the vagina (side nearest the belly button) about five centimeters in," says Chivers, by using a "come here" motion with the index finger. And if you try all of thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;or if you've already tried thatâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and it doesn't work? "Perhaps it simply is the case that for her, like a substantial minority of women, vaginal penetration is not all that fulfilling," says Chivers. "If so, I would strongly recommend that she reinterpret her lack of interest in vaginal sex as a preferenceâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; one that is not uncommonâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and not a malfunction." "As for telling her partners," says Chivers, "I suppose it depends on the nature of the relationship and whether or not she's willing to be GGG and have vaginal sex to satisfy her partner, even though this may not be her first choice on the menu." In other words, WTF, if penetration doesn't cause you emotional or physical distressâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;if it's something you can take or leaveâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;tell a new partner early on about your strong preference for other forms of sex. Then indulge the dude in vaginal intercourse when you're up for it, or he's desperate for it, while incorporating lots of clitoral stimulation during the act. Meredith Chivers tweets on sex and gender research, sociopolitical issues relating to sexual and gender minorities, and psych research in general. Follow Chiversâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;and learn from herâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; on Twitter @QSagelab. (And you can follow me at @fakedansavage.) V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage.


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On a recent trip to Europe, I spent a week in Venice at the 54th International Art Exhibition of La Biennale di Venezia. Of course, my favourite pieces were the humble ones that I discovered in everyday places. While exploring a narrow street, a glimpse of colour caught my eye and my curiosity drew me through the doorway and into an open courtyard. This site specific installation was created by one of the artists representing Bangladesh in the country's first ever exhibition at the Venice Biennial. The country didn't have a permanent pavilion of museum quality, as most of the other countries do—its art was housed in an abandoned residence turned gallery, making the experience feel almost like trespassing. That is the beauty of the unexpected. The element of surprise gives the viewer the thrill of discovery that is lacking in most of the art that hangs lifeless in museums, divorced from the energy that created it. V Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and flâneur. Back Words is a discussion of her dérives and a photographic diary of the local visual culture.

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