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Who needs money? If you were planning to ride your bike to the new arena, you might want to rethink your route. Despite numerous votes over the last two years in support of a Transportation Master Plan that includes an active transportation component, Edmonton City Council has decided not to support those principles financially—at least, not for the next two years. The current budget proposal being debated includes no money for active transportation in 2012 – 2014. Over the past two years council has improved its stated support of active transportation, starting in 2009 when council approved the Bicycle Transportation Plan, which created a planned network of close to 500 kilometres of bicycle routes. That same year council approved a capital priorities plan directing five percent of the transportation budget to be directed toward active transportation starting in 2012 and extending to 2022. It appears those priorities failed to make it through the initial budgeting process. While the first phase of the current bicycle transportation plan, which is slated to extend to 2014, calls for what could be considered minimal investment—in areas such as proper signage, promoting and educating Edmontonians on safe cycling and existing routes and increased paint demarcation of multi-use trails—those initiatives require slightly more

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than the zero dollars currently designated to the plan. It leaves one wondering about the fate of phase two, which requires significant investment in the concurrent expansion of bikeways in new areas. This lack of financial support just perpetuates a problem city council has had for decades. Despite stating it as a priority, it's somehow believed that plans will just sort of happen— people will just decide to use the trails that exist to get to work. This mind set is what drove the lack of public transportation development for years. Public transportation was known to be an important part of any city, but there was little effort to mirror transporation developments in ever-expanding suburbs, or to discuss later operating hours and consider the expansion of an LRT that was useful only to those who wanted to travel north or south. Now this city has developed and is implementing a transit infrastructure that supports active users of public transit and encourages the option to those who essentially had no useful access to the system. It has cost the city, and the province, millions of dollars, but it will change the way Edmontonians travel across the city, as well as how they interact with their environment. The same thing cannot happen with bicycle commuting unless we put money behind the stated plans. V

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Legislating Protection CUPE is calling on the Canadian government to mark Transgender Day of Remembrance by passing comprehensive legislation to protect those at risk of transphobic violence. Bill C-279 would amend the Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code of Canada to include protections against discrimination based on gender identity and expression. Put forward by New Democrat MP Randall Garrison, the bill was introduced in previous sessions by former MP Bill Siksay and was passed but then defeated in the Senate when the federal election was called. "We are expecting most of

ACTIVIST UPDATES the other opposition members to support the bill as well as the five returning Tories who previously voted in favour," says Garrison. "This means that we have to find a dozen more among the new Conservatives." According to transgenderdor.org, a website dedicated to the day of remembrance, 23 transgender people have died in 2011 due to violence. Equality.org estimates a transgender person's life expectancy globally to be around 23 due to suicide, murder and the increased rates of homelessness and prostitution among transgender populations.

Income emissions Reducing CO2 emissions requires policy with an approach to income inequality according to a new report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives. "Who Occupies the Sky?" evaluates greenhouse gas emissions along income lines and author Marc Lee discovered that the richest 20 percent of Canadian income earners are responsible for almost double, 1.8 times, the GHG emissions of those in the lowest income group. Lee, a CCPA senior economist says, "Those with higher incomes are able to reduce the emissions—by reducing air travel and in-

vesting in home energy efficiency—more easily than low-income families, without affecting their basic needs." The top one percent of households have emissions three times the average, six times the emissions of households in the bottom decile, and are almost double those in the next four percent of households. "If climate policies are going to be effective, they need to be fair," Lee concludes. "That means high-income Canadians should bear the greater burden of reducing greenhouse gas emissions."

Occupy Vancouver moved locations from outside the Vancouver Art Gallery to just in front of the court house after following the eviction notice issued by the city of Vancouver. The court house is provincial property and so protesters believe the province has to order them to leave. The remaining G20 activists facing charges as alleged ringleaders of the protests that ran through the streets of Toronto last year have entered a plea

bargain according to the Toronto Star. Of the 17 alleged conspirators, six have plead guilty and will face jail time of up to two years. Originally charged with conspiracy, the six will be pleading guilty to the lesser crime of counselling to commit an idictable offense. Lawyer for one of the defendents Howard Morton was quoted in the Toronto Star as saying, "This was nothing more than an attempt to create a public image that these people are terrorists."

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COMMENT >> WAR ON DRUGS

Elephant in the room

The war on drugs is only protecting drug cartels, but no one wants to say it Like those generals who used to discrucified. But I would gladly participate cover that nuclear weapons were not a in those discussions, because we are the good thing about 20 minutes after they country that's still suffering most ... from took off their uniforms and started colthe high consumption in the US, the UK lecting their pensions, we have had a paand Europe in general." rade of former presidents who knew There are no such discussions, that the war on drugs was a bad of course. Santos is being disthing—but only mentioned it ingenuous about this; he is after they were already exreally trying to start a serily.com ous international debate on k presidents. Now, at last, we e e w e@vue gwynn have one who is saying it out drug legalization, not to join e Gwynn loud while he is still in office. one. But the time may be ripe r Dye President Juan Manuel Santos of for such a debate, because it is Colombia, the country that has suffered now almost universally acknowledged even more than Mexico from the drug (outside of political circles) that the wars, is an honest and serious man. He "war on drugs" has been an extremely is also very brave, because any political bloody failure. leader who advocates the legalization of narcotic drugs will become a prime tarTwenty years ago Milton Friedman, a get of the prohibition industry. He has Nobel Prize winner, the most influential chosen to do it anyway. economist of the 20th century and an "We are basically still thinking within icon of the right, said: "If you look at the the same framework as we have done drug war from a purely economic point for the past 40 years," he told The Obof view, the role of the government is server in a recent interview in Bogota. "A to protect the drug cartel." It is only benew approach should try and take away cause the government makes the drugs the violent profit that comes with drug illegal that the criminal cartel has a trafficking  ...  If that means legalizing highly profitable monopoly on meeting [drugs] ... then I will welcome it." the demand. Santos has no intention of becoming a Milton Friedman also said: "Governkamikaze politician: "What I won't do is ment never has any right to interfere become the vanguard of that movement with an individual for that individual's [to legalize drugs] because then I will be own good. The case for prohibiting drugs

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is exactly as strong and as weak as the case for prohibiting people from overeating. We all know that over-eating causes more deaths than drugs do." But there are a quarter-million Americans in jail for possessing or selling drugs. Nobody is in jail for producing, marketing or eating junk food. Friedman was right, of course, but 40 years of the war on drugs have also shown that arguments based on logic, natural justice or history (the obvious parallel with alcohol prohibition in the

importing countries. In practice, therefore, they are almost all Latin American leaders—but even there they have waited until they left office to make their views known. Former Mexican president Vicente Fox supported the US-led war on drugs when he was in office in 2000 – 2006, but more recently he has condemned it as an unmitigated disaster. "We should consider legalizing the production, sale and distribution of drugs," he wrote on his blog. "Radical prohibition strategies

Legalization does not mean that drugs are good, but we have to see it as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to make huge profits.

US in the 1920s and early '30s) have very little effect on policy in the main drug-importing nations. Many politicians there know that the war on drugs is futile and stupid, but the political cost of leaving the herd and saying so out loud is too high. The political leaders who are starting to say that it's time to end the war and legalize the drugs are almost all in the producer nations, where the damage has been far graver than in the drug-

have never worked." "Legalization does not mean that drugs are good," Fox added, "but we have to see it as a strategy to weaken and break the economic system that allows cartels to make huge profits, which in turn increases their power and capacity to corrupt." Naturally, Fox only said all that when he was no longer president, because otherwise the United States would have punished Mexico severely for

stepping out of line. In the same spirit, former presidents Fernando Henrique Cardoso of Brazil, Cesar Gaviria of Colombia and Ernesto Zedillo of Mexico made a joint public statement that drug prohibition had failed in 2009— after they had all left office. But gradually Latin American leaders are losing their fear of Washington. Last year Mexican President Felipe Calderon called for a debate on the legalization of the drug trade, although he carefully stressed that he himself was against the idea. (Then why did you bring it up, Felipe?) And now President Santos of Colombia has come out, still cautiously, to say that he would consider legalizing not only marijuana but also cocaine. The international discussion on legalization that Santos wants will not start tomorrow, or even next year, but common sense on drugs is finally getting the upper hand over ignorance, fear and dogmatism. And cash-strapped governments will eventually realize how much the balance sheet could be improved by taxing legalized drug consumption rather than wasting hundreds of billions in a futile attempt to reduce consumption. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His column appears every week in Vue Weekly.

COMMENT >> ALBERTA POLITICS

Are we talking or walking? Premier Redford contradicts her words with her actions During her campaign for the leadership that "the US spotlight is on Alberta of the Progressive Conservative Party, right now because of the tar sands Premier Alison Redford articulated and we need a strategic and proactive that, when it came to her plan approach to ensure our side of for energy, she felt that "the the story is getting through Premier of Alberta must to decision-makers." By the ENCE have a vision for the future NTERFER .com time the delegation reached I eekly @vuew and an actual game plan to Washington, though, the ricardo o r Rica d deliver it." US government had already Acuña announced that the Keystone Unfortunately, Redford's vision for the province's energy is XL Pipeline would be delayed unnot very clear, and it doesn't appear til after the 2012 election and it was she really has much of an actual game clear that promoting the pipeline plan for how to move forward. In fact, and Alberta bitumen to our southern her various statements and actions neighbours was at the top of the prewith regard to energy, and the tar mier's agenda. Redford has also made sands in particular, have been anything clear on numerous occasions that one but consistent. of her ultimate goals is a North AmeriOn November 9, the Government can energy strategy which would seof Alberta issued a press release with cure the US market for Alberta over two purposes. The first was to anthe long term. nounce that the following week the This was reinforced when, in light of Premier would be making her first the US decision on Keystone, the govofficial visit to the United States to ernment issued another press release speak to and meet with think tanks in which Redford was quoted as sayand policy makers. The second was to ing, "My government will continue to announce the appointment of former advocate that we are the safest, most Calgary mayor Dave Bronconnier as secure and responsible source of oil for the province's new interim envoy to the United States." In the same press the United States. release she expressed her hope that Redford justified both the trip and the the government's decision was not appointment of Bronconnier by saying based on "rhetoric and hyperbole from

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very well-organized interest groups." None of this is surprising in and of itself. The Alberta government has spent millions of dollars lobbying the US government on behalf of the province's oil and gas industry and ensuring that Alberta oil continued to flow south and money continued to flow to energy corporations. What is surprising, however, is that at the same time Redford and Bronconnier were working to promote Alberta oil in the US, the premier was making statements about the need for Alberta to overcome our dependence on the US market for our oil exports. The way to do this, of course, is to build up infrastructure like the incredibly controversial Northern Gateway pipeline, which would take Alberta oil to the west coast for export to growing Asian markets. What was even more surprising was that upon her return to Canada from this advocacy and promotion trip, she chastised New Democrat MPs for having gone to Washington to speak to US politicians about their opposition to the pipeline, and her assertion that Canadian politicians had no business lobbying American politicians one way

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or the other. Her statements were especially confusing given that just the day before she had asserted in a speech to the Economic Club of Canada that, "We need to put all antagonisms behind us," and that we cannot "shy away from criticism and disagreement." She also articulated that governments need to listen to environmental groups and First Nations, and that when it comes to an energy policy, environmental sustainability is the most important shared outcome. So, if we're to piece together Redford’s vision and action plan for an Alberta energy strategy based on her statements and actions of the last few weeks, this is what it might look like: • The Alberta government will continue to advocate in Washington on behalf of the Alberta energy industry, but Canadian politicians have no business trying to influence US energy policy. • We want the Keystone XL pipeline built, and want a North American energy strategy which will secure an increased role for Alberta oil in the US market, but we need to reduce our dependence on the US market for our oil. • We need to listen to environmental and First Nations groups, and not

shy away from criticism, but we need a strong presence in Washington to counteract the "rhetoric and hyperbole" of those same groups. •Environmental sustainability needs to be our most important shared outcome, but we need to continue to expand tar sands exports and build pipelines to the west coast through small communities, First Nations lands, and some of the country's most sensitive ecological areas. Premier Redford is to be applauded for her understanding that Alberta and Canada need an energy strategy and vision, especially in light of the fact that our current strategy consists only of digging up the bitumen and selling it as fast as we can despite the environmental, health and economic impacts. But Albertans need their premier to come clean on exactly what kind of energy strategy she wants, because right now it seems like she's busy telling everybody what they want to hear regardless of how contradictory those messages might be. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.


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ast year, the Government of Alberta announced a program to address one of the major challenges in obtaining identification without permanent residence. The new identification process allows agencies to apply for identification on a client's behalf, using the agency's address as proof of residence. The program was met with both apprehension and great interest. If done well, if delivered appropriately, it could make all the difference to someone who has to deal with being unable to prove you are who you say you are day in and day out. A year into the program, it's difficult to identify if it's working as well as expected—though what is clear, is

that it's making a difference to many. The number of identification cards is up by nearly 300, according to an internal survey done in early 2011 by the Government of Alberta, although the survey was not a very thorough or methodologically sound snapshot, according to a Ministry of Human Services spokesperson. A full audit of the program is planned for 2012. Agencies also report increased interest and the seeking out of information on obtaining ID. The ministry reports that this sometimes leads to persons being able to obtain ID easily, having the required documentation already unknowingly. In Edmonton, Urban Manor offers 75 transitional and long-term beds

for men. Michele Dowling, a case worker with Urban Manor, has seen the direct results of the identification program. "It has made getting ID for residents much easier. It is a one stop shop now, instead of having to run to

initially recognized have yet to be reconciled. Documentation is still challenging to obtain—especially for those agencies that deal with large client bases and limited funding— and high-needs clients often don't

There are really wounded people, and as a society we tend to overlook that. What happens is that it becomes easier to give up. They have to keep pushing against all this bureaucracy and they are more likely to give up. different registers and all over the place," she says. "It has made it much more accessible to the guys." However, the challenges that were

stay in one place for too long. Service Alberta has a minimum fee the government charges, but no standardized service fee. It is "market dependent" for vital statistic docu-

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ments: marriage licenses, birth certificates, and death certificates. Any registry in the province can charge whatever service fee, on top of the government-mandated fee, that they so choose. The spokesperson from the Ministry of Human Services did assure that the cost of an identification card itself is regulated by Service Alberta as to not prove a financial barrier. Aside from the financial issues, there remains the basic issue of institutional distrust. The long-term care facilities, like Urban Manor, are able to reconnect with their clientele consistently, but larger centres such as CONTINUED ON PAGE 12 >>

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COMMENT >> HOCKEY

Ghosts of Oilers past

Which former Oiler could most help out this year's crop? Quick update of last week's Oiler action enhance the current ensemble cast of and then we go to our In The Box panel. The Office?" Here goes: A 5-2 loss to Ottawa, I think the obvious choice is the a 9-2 win over Chicago, a 4-1 anchor on defence, the 1984loss to Dallas and a 6-2 win 85-era Charlie Huddy. Huddy in Nashville. Hold on ... (go was never too flashy and, om eekly.c w e back, hit Caps Lock, now honestly, I can't remember u v ox@ intheb oung & Y re-type) ... A 9-2 WIN OVER e him ever making a mistake v a D Birtles on the blue line. And, he was CHICAGO! Now here's this Bryan week's Roundtable question: +50 that year: Plus. FIFTY! As far as The Office: I wanted to start a social In The Box Roundtable Question #2 media campaign to get Alf to be the "Of all the former players to wear Oilnew manager at Dunder Mifflin after ers colours, who would be the best fit Steve Carrell left. Nothing says funny with this current team and help the like an alien puppet named Gordon most? Let's take the legends with reSchumway. tired numbers off the wish list—too Brent Oliver, Edmonton music scene easy. BONUS: Along similar lines, what stalwart, now a Winnipeg-based TV character from the past would best promoter

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Let's get in the TARDIS, pick up 198990 Esa Tikkanen and put The Grate One on the ice in 2011. His combination of offensive skill and irritating style would make this year's soft Oiler forward corps a little more difficult to play against. Tikk managed to confound opponents, shut down their offensive stars and add his own offensive contribution. And George Costanza (Seinfeld) would be the perfect Dunder Mifflin salesman. David Young, In The Box veteran

you when your car's stuck in a snow drift. So when our speedy forwards start to spin out, we need someone on the back end to pull them on track. So who fits the bill for a Dodge Ram of a defenseman? Lee Fogolin. Fogey was inevitably outshone by Gretzky and the other young Oiler bucks, but he was always there in the background, ready to pull a teammate out of a scoring rut. That's the kind of reliability and mentorship the Oilers could use right now. Bonus: I'd like to see a mash-up of The Office and MASH, specifically Klinger. It's time to represent the cross-dressers! Kelly Santarossa, penalty box veteran

Watching Chicago take a beating on Saturday convinced me that this year's team has a real offense. Of course, as my imaginary grandfather used to say, a garage full of Porsches is no good to

I have to go with 2005-06 Chris Pronger. It doesn't take a genius to see that the blue line needs help, with both (now injured) Cam Barker and Corey Potter averaging 20 minutes a game. Man, those guys suck. Pronger, however, does not. The added bonus for Flames fans like myself is that lots of Edmonton fans still hate him. Comedy gold! As far as The Office thing goes, obviously The Fonz. Justin Azevedo, Calgary Flames blogger (matchsticksandgasoline.com)

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the Calgary Drop-In Centre or Boyle Street see clients come and go. Louise Gallagher, public relations and volunteer manager for the Calgary Drop-In Centre, maintains the initial concern she had early on when the program was being introduced to agencies. "There are really wounded people, and as a society we tend to overlook that. What happens is that it becomes easier to give up. They have to keep pushing against all this bureaucracy and they are more likely

I am going to go ahead and say Marty McSorley circa 1987-88. He was tough like Semenko but he also had some hands as he racked up 26 points in 60 games for the Oil. I could see him bolstering the fourth line and punishing players who took cheap shots at Nugent-Hopkins. As far as improving The Office, I am going with Jeff Beukeboom. Hearing Dwight snap off catch-phrase after catch-phrase based on Jeff's last name alone would be reason for me to get cable and actually watch that show. Eric Newby, photographer and Edmonton expat in Vancouver Janne Niinimaa. Not only was the guy a workhorse—playing more than 26 minutes per night some nights—he was the best defencemen on some notoriously middling teams. Plus, you could always go down to the Black Dog and have a drink with him. Remember that robot-girl sitcom Small Wonder? Maybe that girl could be all grown up now and become Creed's girlfriend? Bryan Birtles, In the Box sophomore

to give up." Despite the challenges, and the uphill battle to connect with persons who have been mistreated and ostracized for so long, Dowling and Gallagher both express that it is worth it. Dowling can visibly see the change in Urban Manor’s clients. "They are not concerned about being stopped by the police anymore because they can prove who they are and where they live. They exist because of a piece of plastic in their pocket." JENN PROSSER // PROSSER@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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COMEDY BRIXX BAR • 10030-102 St • 780.428.1099 • Troubadour Tuesdays with comedy and music

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

CENTURY CASINO • 13103 Fort Rd • 780.481.9857 • Open amateur night every Thu, 7:30pm COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Bob Angeli; Nov 24-26 • Leif Skyving; Dec 1-3 COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Hit or Miss Monday: Nov 28, 8pm; $7 • Stand Up Edmonton: Nov 29, 8pm; $12 • Greg Warren; until Nov 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: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week • Paul Myrehaug; Sun, 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 • David Demsey; Dec 1-3

GROUPS/CLUBS/MEETINGS AIKIKAI AIKIDO CLUB • 10139-87 Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

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

BRAIN TUMOUR PEER SUPPORT GROUP • Woodcroft Branch Library,

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

A SHAMAN'S VISION INTO THE FUTURE • River Cree Marriott Hotel • Part of

MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331104 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

ORGANIZATION FOR BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm • FREE outdoor movement!

SENIORS UNITED NOW SOCIETY– ST ALBERT • St Albert Legion, 6 Tache St, St Albert • 780.460.7736 • Meeting and presentation of the documentary, The Healthcare Movie,narrated by Kiefer Sutherland • Mon, Nov 28, 1:30pm

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

SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS • Stanley Milner Library, Rm 6-7 • edmontonatheists.ca • Meet the 1st Tue every month, 7pm

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

• Avonmore United Church Basement, 82 Ave, 79 St • edmNeedlecraftGuild. org • Classes/workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, stitching groups for those interested in textile arts • Meet the 2nd Tue each month, 7:30pm

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

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

Claire Laskin lecture series • Nov 27, 2pm • $42 at TIX on the Square

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

BISEXUAL WOMEN'S COFFEE GROUP • A social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • 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 EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: edmontonpt@yahoo.ca

EPLC FELLOWSHIP PAGAN STUDY GROUP • Pride Centre of Edmonton • eplc.webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

FLASH NIGHT CLUB • 10018-105 St

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

• 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

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS

G.L.B.T.Q. (GAY) AFRICAN GROUP DROP-IN) • Pride Centre, moving •

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Edmonton

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 26, 6:30-7:30pm (Founders’ Room) (before Juliette Kang plays Brahms)

EDMONTON NEEDLECRAFT GUILD

G.L.B.T.Q SENIORS GROUP • S.A.G.E

Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu

CHA ISLAND TEA CO • 10332 81 Ave

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

SAFE SEX/NO SEX MONTH: COULD IT WORK? • Edmonton Clinic Health

LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 •

BEVEL UP • Education Bldg, Rm 2-115,

EDMONTON BIKE ART NIGHTS •

10350-124 St; every Wed, 7:30-9pm; until Dec 21; yoga@teamedmonton.ca.

Academy (ECHA) Rm 2-490, U of A • Innovative Responses for Preventing HIV Transmission • Thu, Nov 24, 5-7pm

13420-114 Ave • braintumour.ca • 1.800.265.5106 ext 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Tue every month; 7-8:45pm • Free • Games Night: Board games, and card games • Every Mon, 7pm

Nov 30, 6-8pm; free; pre-register online at Eventbrite.com

U of A • Panel and Film, documentary film about drugs, users, and outreach nursing • Fri, Nov 25, 11-12:50pm

EDMONTON SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT CARNEGIE HALL •

LIVING RESILIENCE: BEYOND ORGANIC FOOD • Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8600 • Sunday afternoon lectures–part of the Learn at Your Library series: How one farmer is working to rebuild resilience into his farm and into his community with Don Ruzicka • Sun, Nov 27, 2-4pm • $10 at the check-out desk

OUR WATER IS NOT FOR SALE • Telus Bldg, Rm 217, 111 St, 87 Ave, U of A • The need for non-market solutions to Alberta’s water crisis with Jeremy Schmidt, author of Alternative Water Futures in Alberta • Mon, Dec 5, 7-9pm

PUBLIC ART PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT SERIES • BUDGETING: with Craig LeBlanc, award-winning public artist, and Dara Humniski • Wed,

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

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

ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • The Junction, 10242-106 St • groups.yahoo. com/group/edmonton_illusions • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E: kwells@ualberta.ca THE JUNCTION BAR • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm-12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

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

PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • 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 • HIV Support Group: for people living with HIV/AIDS; 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm; huges@ shaw.ca • TTIQ: Education and support group for transgender, transsexual, intersexed and questioning people, their friends, families and allies; 2nd Tue each month, 7:30-9:30pm; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Community Potluck: For members of the LGBTQ community; last Tue each month, 6-9pm; tuff@shaw.ca • 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 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm1am; 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 • Expressionz Relief from the Thief with the Sasquatch Gathering, fundraiser and silent auction, performance by Karen Anderson • Sat, Dec 3, 7pm (door) • $10

MINKHA SWEATER SALE/OPEN HOUSE • Windsor Park Community Hall, 11840-87 Ave • 780.434.8105 • minkhasweaters.com • Hand knit sweaters, shawls, scarves from a women’s cooperative in Bolivia. Fair Trade, all proceeds are returned to knitters • Sat, Dec 10, 9am-3pm

PIXIE GLASSWORKS • 9322-60 Ave • pixie : 780.436.4460 • glassworks. com • Gala opening glassworks studio featuring live glassblowing sessions, fire performances, music and refreshments • Sun, Nov 27, 7-11pm REMEMBRANCE DAY IN EDMONTON’S COUNTRYSIDE • Strathcona County: Remembrance Day Exhibit: Through Nov; strathconacountymuseum.ca

THE SALVATION ARMY SANTA SHUFFLE FUN RUN AND ELF WALK • Hawrelak Park • Help fight poverty and restore dignity, participate in 1K Elf Walk or 5K Santa Shuffle • Sat, Dec 3, 10am; Register at: santashuffle.com

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; Sat, 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,

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the most hardened of us to melt as soon as we feel it. The difference between the Muppets and those other ploys is that they, at best, can only remind you what it was like to be a child that was experiencing them; the Muppets remind you of what it's like to be a child, full stop.

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s a pretty unabashed fan of the Muppets, it kind of pains me to consider this, but it's at least a little bit strange that the usual reaction to Hollywood's mining of the increasingly rich '80s children's nostalgia vein— Transformers, The Chipmunks, Tron, Battleship, etc—just completely went out the window when the first tastes of the newest Muppet movie hit our cultural palette. The snide derisiveness, the upturned noses at another cynical, memory-fuelled cash grab, the allusions to forcible sex acts committed on our younger selves—there was none of that. Just pure, unbridled joy that finally, finally, we'd get to relive some of the most unsullied, openheartedly enthralling moments of our youth. Of course, that's probably been the appeal of the Muppets from even

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their first day (and, I mean, for the love of God: they're not Battleship). Ostensibly for children, the Muppets are the kind of infinitely clever children's entertainment that leaps across demographics with ease, not with a knowing wink or sharp aside, but by

pulling you into their google-eyed excitement for the world: slightlyfaded celebrities, hackneyed Catskills gag acts, Keith Moon homages, all of them kind of come together in pure, puppeted glory, to give you that rush of naïve wonder that can cause even

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That said, The Muppets, Jason Segel's update, is an unabashedly nostalgic experience, and not just because it apes the general story, and some very specific moments, from their first cinematic experience. Rather than putting the gang together, they're trying to get it back together, but they're still battling a wealthy capitalist with untoward designs: in this case, it's Tex Richman, a mirthless—he literally has to say "maniacal laugh"—oil baron who aims to raze their old theatre and scoop up the oil underneath it if the Muppets can't raise the $10 million required to get control back. The hijinx related here tend to either be of the classic Muppet—all these

characters are just as you remember them—or of the starry-eyed fan variety, in the form of star Jason Segel and his Muppet brother Walter, a pair of long-time fans who help the group out. It's a smart little device— almost literally putting the viewer on screen—that has more than a couple great gags, most notably a hilarious duet where each tries to figure out if they're a man or a Muppet. It's also a kind of double-dip into the warm feelings the Muppets engender, which is maybe a bit too much: one of the great joys of the numerous spoof trailers, for instance, was seeing the characters we know and love bring their brand of wacky to something new and different. The Muppets is sure to overload the pleasure centres of your brain connected to old memories, but it doesn't really stretch its felted hand elsewhere. Maybe they'll do that next time—these things always get sequels, after all. David Berry // david@vueweekly.com

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REVUE // ACID WESTERN

EL TOPO Fri, Nov 25 (11 pm) Directed by Alejandro Jodorowsky Metro Cinema at The Garneau

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1970 "Acid Western" and pioneer of the midnight-movie, Alejandro Jodorowsky's El Topo hasn't aged well. It's a B-grade peyote horse-opera now, less trippy and powerful, more ragged and schlocky. It's further from Dalimeets-Peckinpah, closer to Monty Python-meets-Russ Meyers. Perhaps it's best viewed as a tribute to the Western's vast power. The open skies over a desert, the horror of a town's dusty street littered with bodies, the build-up to a duel ... these raw elements still thrill, even among disconnected images and earnest faux-spirituality. After the Messiah-like Man in Black (Jodorowsky) rescues a woman and leaves his son, the movie gets more

childish. In his quest to kill four masters, the glee for violence becomes a lip-licking leer when Marah (the Man in Black named her) and another woman flagellate and tongue each other (and a vaginal cactus). The counterculture comes off as pruriently white-male; the Man often seems dickish and domineering. Orgy scenes (and beyondtasteless treatment of black men) pop up in the second half, when the son returns, amid the disabled and a dwarf, to usurp Dad. El Topo does near-stillness well—its memorably odd sights are rituals, surreal tableaus, and bloody landscapes—but not action: duels are jerkily paced and usually bookended by banal pseudomysticism (including a self-serious resurrection). Maybe it's a druggy flick because it's only while high that it doesn't seem like such a drag. Brian Gibson // brian@vueweekly.com

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LE HAVRE Fri, Nov 25 – Thu, Dec 1 Written and directed by Aki Kaurismäki Metro Cinema at the Garneau

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wo shoeshiners, one French (André Wilms), the other a Vietnamese pretending to be Chinese (Quoc Dung Nguyen), stand together, scanning the passage of feet along the station floor, seeking to ply their trade. A man, his mouth like a hatchet wound, his hand cuffed to a suitcase, presents his right loafer for service, but soon he's spotted by some other, equally suspiciouslooking men. He runs, they chase, there's gunfire. Another one bites the dust. The shoeshiners don't even sigh. Clearly, it's a dangerous world, one fraught with real, nasty, morally repugnant crimes ... as well as crimes of a far more ambiguous nature. Marcel Marx, the French shoeshiner, has been around; he once was a bohemian in Paris, or so he says, but now ekes out a humble but contented existence and comes home every night to a devoted wife and a very cute dog. Soon the wife will be hospitalized with cancer and in her place will appear an African boy named Idrissa (Blondin Miguel), whose clandestine journey by shipping container to the UK got interrupted and is now on the run. Marcel can do nothing about his beloved's illness but at least he can try to help the boy from harm's way and secure his safe passage to London, where his mom works illegally in a Chinese laundry (but at least she works). Steering clear of the authorities, the enigmatic and ever-present Inspector Monet (Jean-Pierre Darroussin) especially, and shelling out for human smuggling costs won't be easy, but our aging hero is determined and, just as importantly, unafraid to ask for help. "I'm not alone," says Marcel. "I have friends."

In his return to France (he made La Vie de Bohème there in 1992), Finnish writer/director Aki Kaurismäki didn't come alone either; he brought along Kati Outinen, star of eight previous Kaurismäkis and thus a sort of talisman, to play Marcel's dear Arletty (named after the star of France's beloved Les enfants du paradis), and bring a boldness and assurance to the film's more problematic role. (Arletty's wifely devotion, her refusal to even admit that she's dying so that she can keep ironing Marcel's clothes, cooking Marcel's meals and managing Marcel's paltry finances for as long as possible, can be a little hard to take; Le Havre's Marxist cred is pretty impeccable, its feminist cred not so much.) Both a love letter to French cinema and a letter bomb addressed to France's xenophobic immigration policy makers, Le Havre, named for the Normandy city in which it's set (which also happens to be the penultimate stop made by the sailors in Jean Vigo's L'Atalante), brings Kaurismäki's ongoing exploration of working class solidarity back to foreign shores, resulting in one of his finest, most affectionate, and probably most crowd-pleasing films. To be sure, Le Havre feels like a summation rather than a renovation of Kaurismäki's 30year career, examining familiar themes and tropes—yep, there's a rock 'n' roll show, this one featuring the vocal stylings of Little Bob—and firmly grounding itself in that distinctive deadpan-melodrama, Bresson-doesBuster Keaton approach that filmgoers will recognize as Kaurismäki's trademark. Yet for all that, the film feels very much alive, engaged and enraged, full of ragged but persistent hope, less resting on laurels than shaking them back to life.

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REVUE // STORM'S A-BREWIN'

MY WEEK WITH MARILYN

TAKE SHELTER Opens Friday Written and directed by Jeff Nichols Princess Theatre

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Michelle Williams as Marilyn

Opens Friday Directed by Simon Curtis

high-fives all around, boys.

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Best thing about the film: Kenneth Branagh plays Olivier, which is to say that Branagh has been cast in the role he's been casting himself in since the very beginning of his career. Worst thing about the film: Adrian Hodges' screenplay gives each of the supporting characters overwritten monologues where they suddenly and implausibly confess their insecurities and speak aloud every drop of subtext. (Perhaps this comes directly from Clark's memoir; I haven't read it.) The somewhat interesting result of these best and worst things is that you get a scene where Branagh/ Olivier articulates all of Branagh/Olivier's anxieties about aging and failing to reach all of Branagh/Olivier's goals, which inevitably prompts one to consider how far apart the careers of Branagh and Oliver finally are. Yet in an odd way, Branagh's humbling portrayal of Olivier and its weird merging of Branagh and Olivier gives me a new respect for Branagh, who may finally have severed himself from the quixotic ambition to be Olivier, not by directing Thor, but by saying "Fuck it all" and actually, openly embodying his idol in this pretty mediocre movie. Good for him. I'm genuinely curious what he'll do next.

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y Week with Marilyn is based on memoirs by filmmaker Colin Clark, reflecting on how in 1956, when Clark was 23, he broke into the British film industry via a combination of family connections, utter inoffensiveness and minimal persistence, and how his maiden voyage as third assistant director brought him into close proximity with not only Laurence Olivier and Vivien Leigh but also Marilyn Monroe, who took a shine to Clark for a little while and sort of broke his tender heart before moving on to other projects, other hearts, other nervous breakdowns. The film, directed by veteran TV-movie helmer Simon Curtis, is very pretty and tasteful, very nicely recreates period and milieu, and is all but devoid of stakes. When Michelle Williams' Marilyn turns those soft, lovely, spellbinding, mostly unblinking eyes on Eddie Redmayne's Colin, it's as though the rest of the world could disintegrate in an agonizing atomic catastrophe and it wouldn't matter. Actually, nothing much matters here. No hidden depths behind those eyes are plumbed, our hero comes of age while remaining a total cypher, life goes on. But hey, Colin Clark went skinny-dipping with a sex goddess! So

he question at the heart of Take Shelter—is blue-collar husband and father Curtis actually having visions of an impending apocalyptic storm, or is he succumbing to a mental illness?—turns out to be a subtly powerful one, deftly handled in the second pairing between writer/director Jeff Nichols and actor Michael Shannon (the first was Shotgun Stories). It's a slow burner that becomes more engrossing as it goes along, bolstered largely by the strength of its lead. Shannon's dreams are increasingly jarring: brown, oily rain falls from the sky; the family dog going all Cujo on him; maddened, faceless strangers attack him and his family. At first they haunt his dreams, but their effects increasingly spill into consciousness to taint his daily interactions. His mother is schizophrenic, and has been living in assisted care since the illness emerged in her mid-30s. He's about that age, and starts to wonder about himself. Upgrading the storm shelter out back becomes an unhealthy obsession that he hides from his wife Samantha (Well, until the construction becomes incredibly obvious). He doesn't say much, but his eyes convey a lot of fear and confusion simmering just beneath

Visions of an impending apocalypse

the calm he exudes. The only time he seems truly at peace is when he's playing with his deaf daughter. With Shannon, Nichols has found a magnetic lead, capable of keeping us unsure of what's happening to him in a way that doesn't feel cheap. We're about as uncertain as he is, and invested in what happens to him. His wife, played by Jessica Chastain (who's having a banner year after The Tree of Life), offers a near-perfect foil as a loving, but baffled, voice of reason. Take Shelter seems to be rounding up

Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

FILM // DAVID LYNCH

WILD AT HEART

Josef Braun // josef@vueweekly.com

Laura Dern and Nick Cage, actin' wild

Tue, Nov 29 (9pm) Directed by David Lynch Originally released: 1990 Metro Cinema at the Garneau

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ith the roaring strike of a match, David Lynch's Wild at Heart lights up. This neo-noir road movie glances in the rearview at The Wizard of Oz, Elvis, and Marilyn Monroe, but looks ahead in its ironic remixing of those elements, its flat, self-aware delivery of lines, and its Tarantino-like shotgun-marriage of pop-culture and violence. And it's all laid out with a Lynchian sense of the horribly, can't-take-your-eyes-off-thecar-wreck weird.

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universal acclaim and praise. It didn't totally grab me. In the careful framing of Shannon, everything (and most other charaters) else seemed far less so, a little forced and unnatural, there only to give Curtis dramatic situations for him to react to—though, admittedly Shannon's carefully measured performance means those reactions are power things to watch. When he finally erupts, you start to doubt your doubts, and believe him.

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Sailor (Nicolas Cage) is vaguely droog and part-Elvis, a bad boy who croons the King's songs. He hooks up with blonde Lula (Laura Dern) in Cape Fear and they hit the highway, chased by Lula's mom Marietta (Diane Ladd), who hires one lover, a PI, then another, a gangster, to kill Sailor. Meanwhile, a hellish memory burns through Sailor and Lula. The director strips the road-movie and the noir down to its icons and signs—the yellow line on the asphalt, a smouldering cigarette, lovers in hotel rooms—while adding new Lynchpins: Marietta's painted-nail claws; the blood-red of a man's beaten head mirrored, later, by the clown red of a

lipstick-smeared, near-mad Marietta. The sultriness of this fever-dream steams off the screen with Sailor and Lula's writhing sex and primal dancing; moments of near-manic melodrama boil into the surreal. Lynch's latest—Mulholland Drive and Inland Empire—play with noir and mystery but cruise eerily inward, turning Hollywood and film sets into a kind of bizarre, self- and truth-distorting hall-of-mirrors. Perhaps because it's an adaptation (of Barry Gifford's novel), Wild at Heart (1990 Palme d'Or winner) mostly remains on the outside, not really looking in, skimming along the "weird on top." A sunny American pop-optimism gilds the shadows of noir. Often, scenes of violence—like a flashback to when Lula was raped as a girl— disturbingly fuse the slightly flip, almost cartoony, with the traumatic and elemental. But then those moments are gone, left curbside as the movie purrs along. One scene, between Lula and Bobby Peru (Willem Dafoe), indulges in sneering sadism even as it strains to suggest a victim's psychology. Thankfully, after this, Lynch got wilder only so he could drift deeper into the throbbing, oversized heart of moving images. Brian Gibson // brian@vueweekly.com


FILM WEEKLY Fri, NOv 25, 2011 – Thu, DEC 1, 2011

CHABA THEATRE–JASPER 6094 Connaught Dr, Jasper, 780.852.4749

JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri-Sat 7:00, 9:00; Sun-Wed

8:00

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 s(PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Fri-Sat 7:00, 9:00; Sun-Thu 8:00

Take Shelter (14A) Film Club Night: Tue 7:30

DUGGAN CINEMA–CAMROSE 6601-48 Ave, Camrose, 780.608.2144

THE MUPPETS (G) 7:05 9:05 ; Sat and Sun 1:15 3:15 Arthur Christmas 3d (G) 7:00 9:05; Sat-Sun

1:00 3:00

JACK AND JILL (PG) 7:15; Sat-Sun 2:20 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) 9:15 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young

children) Fri-Wed 6:50 9:10; Sat-Sun 2:00

Happy Feet Two (G) 7:20; Sat-Sun 2:15

CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave, 780.472.9779

The Smurfs (G) 1:55, 4:20, 6:50 RISE OF THE PLANET OF THE APES (PG

violence, not recommended for young children) 1:05, 3:30, 7:10, 9:35

Contagion (14A) 1:35, 4:10, 7:20, 9:50 What's Your Number? (14A language may offend) 1:25, 3:50, 7:15, 9:30

Dolphin Tale 3d (G) 1:10, 3:40, 6:30, 9:25 ANONYMOUS (PG violence, sexually suggestive

scenes) 9:45

The Help (PG mature subject matter, language may offend) 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55

Johnny English Reborn (PG) 1:40, 3:45, 6:35, 9:10

Moneyball (PG coarse language) 1:05, 4:05, 7:05,

10:00

THE LION KING (G) 1:40 THE LION KING 3D (G) 3:45, 6:45, 9:10 Killer Elite (14A brutal violence) 1:45, 4:15, 6:45,

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN

PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sat 12:30, 1:30, 3:15, 4:15, 6:40, 7:20, 9:25, 10:05; Sun 11:45, 12:45, 2:30, 3:40, 6:00, 6:40, 9:15, 9:35; Mon-Wed 12:30, 1:00, 3:15, 4:00, 6:10, 7:00, 9:10, 9:50; Thu 12:30, 1:00, 3:15, 4:00, 6:10, 7:00, 9:15, 9:50; Ultraavx: Fri-Sat 11:50, 2:30, 5:15, 8:00, 10:45; Sun 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30; Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:30 TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Digital Cinema

Fri-Sat 12:35, 3:00, 5:30, 8:05, 10:55; Sun 5:15, 7:45, 10:10; Mon-Thu 2:15, 5:10, 7:45, 10:15

The Descendants (14A) Digital Cinema, FriSat 11:45, 2:25, 5:05, 7:50, 10:35; Sun 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, 10:25; Mon-Thu 2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:25 My Week With Marilyn (14A) Digital Cinema Fri-Sat 12:45, 3:10, 5:40, 8:15, 10:40; Sun 1:10, 4:05, 7:55, 10:30; Mon-Wed 1:45, 4:20, 6:45, 9:20; Thu 4:20, 6:45, 9:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00 Ben Hur (F) Sun 12:30 MELANCHOLIA (14A) Digital Cinema Fri-Sun 7:00, 10:15; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:30

J. EDGAR (PG language may offend) Digital Cinema Fri-Sat 3:35, 6:40, 9:50; Sun 3:45, 6:50, 9:55; MonWed 3:30, 6:40, 9:45; Thu 3:45, 6:40, 9:45 Collaborators (STC) Thu 8:00

CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7020

Grandin Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822

Happy Feet Two (G) 1:00, 3:05, 5:10, 7:25, 9:25 THE MUPPETS (G) Wed-Thu 1:20, 3:20 5:20,

7:20, 9:20

puss in boots (G) 1:25, 3:15 JACK AND JILL (PG) 5:00, 7:10, 9:05 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) 1:45, 4:25, 7:00, 9:30

Arthur Christmas (G) 12:45, 2:45, 4:50 6:55,

8:55

LEDUC CINEMAS Leduc, 780.352.3922

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) 7:00, 9:40; Fri-Sun 1:00, 3:40

IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) 7:05, 9:30; Fri-Sun 1:05, 3:30

Arthur Christmas 3d (G) 6:55, 9:20; Fri-Sun

12:55, 3:20

Happy Feet Two 3D (G) 6:50, 9:15; Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:15

METRO CINEMA at the Garneau

THE MUPPETS (G) Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium

Seating, Fri 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45; Sat 1:25, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45; Sun-Thu 12:50, 3:50, 6:45, 9:45

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

young children) Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating, ed, , Fri 12:30, 3:30, 7:05, 10:05; Sat-Thu 12:30, 3:30, 7:05, 10:05

Collaborators (STC) Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Thu 8:00 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Dolby

Stereo Digital, Fri 12:15, 3:15, 7:25, 10:25; Sat-Thu 12:15, 3:15, 7:25, 10:25

Hugo 3d (PG) Stadium Seating, DTS Digital, Fri 12:45, 3:45, 6:55, 9:55; Sat-Thu 12:45, 3:45, 6:55, 9:55 LIKE CRAZY (PG coarse language) ed, DTS Digital,

Stadium Seating, Fri 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, 10:15; Sat-Thu 1:00, 4:00, 7:15, 10:15

J. EDGAR (PG language may offend) ed, Stadium Seating, DTS Digital, Fri 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:50; SatTue 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:50; Wed-Thu 12:40, 3:40, 9:50 A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS

Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St, 780.425.9212

Le Havre (PG) FRI-SAT, TUE-THU 7:00; SAT 2:00; SUN 4:00, 9:00; MON 9:00

Resurrect Dead: The Mystery of the Toynbee Tiles (PG coarse language) FRI-SAT, WED 9:00; SAT 4:00; SUN 2:00, 7:00; MON 7:00

Cult Cinema: Wild at Heart (STC) TUE 9:00 El Topo (STC) FRI 11:00

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

Arthur Christmas 3d (G) 6:55, 9:05; Sat-

Sun, Tue 12:55, 3:05

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended

for young children) 7:00, 9:20; Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:20; Movies for Mommies: Tues 1:00

Happy Feet Two (G) 6:50, 9:00; Sat, Sun, Tue

12:50, 3:00

The Muppets (G) 7:05, 9:15; Sat, Sun, Tue

(18A substance abuse, crude content) Stadium Seating; DTS Digital Fri 1:15, 4:15, 7:35, 10:35; Sat-Wed 1:15, 4:15, 7:35, 10:35; Thu 1:15, 4:15, 10:35

1:05, 3:15

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) DTS Digital, Fri

12:45, 2:50

Desi Boyz (PG not recommended for young children) Hindi W/E.S.T. 1:30, 4:05, 6:45, 9:25

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Stadium Seating; DTS

Tue 1:10, 3:10

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH

HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) DTS Digital Fri 3:10,

9:15

Hero Hitler In Love (STC) Punjabi W/E.S.T. 1:15,

3:55, 6:40, 9:20

14231-137 Ave, 780.732.2236

A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (18A

substance abuse, crude content) 1:30, 8:00, 10:20

HAPPY FEET TWO (G) 12:20, 2:40, 5:10 HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Fri, Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15; Sat-Sun 11:30, 1:40, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15

PUSS IN BOOTS (G) 12:10, 2:30, 4:45, 7:00, 9:10 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Cinema, Fri-Tue,

3:00, 6:30, 9:30; Sat-Thu 3:00, 6:30, 9:30

Digital: Fri 12:00; Sat 12:00; Sun-Thu 12:00

7:20, 10:20; Sat-Wed 3:10, 7:20, 10:20; Thu 3:10, 7:20

HAPPY FEET TWO (G) , DTS Digital: Fri 12:10; Sat-Thu 12:10

CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

PUSS IN BOOTS 3D (G) Fri 7:05, 9:20; Sat-Sun 4:40, 7:05, 9:20; Mon-Thu 5:15, 7:35

JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri 7:15, 9:30; Sat-Sun 1:50,

Thu 12:00; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

4:30, 7:15, 9:30; Mon-Thu 5:30, 8:15

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Fri-Tue, Thu 2:20, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40; Wed 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

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

IMMORTALS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Fri-Sat, Mon-Thu 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 10:40; Sun 5:00, 7:50, 10:40

Hugo 3d (PG) 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10 THE MUPPETS (G) 12:50, 3:30, 6:50, 9:30 JACK AND JILL (PG) 12:40, 3:00, 5:20, 7:30, 9:55 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young

children) 12:30, 1:10, 3:20, 4:00, 6:30, 7:10, 9:20, 10:00; Ultraavx: 1:50, 4:40, 7:45, 10:30

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) 7:40, 10:15 The Descendants (14A) Fri-Tue,Thu 1:00, 3:50,

for young children) Digital Presentation, , On 2 Screens Fri 6:30, 6:50, 9:10, 9:35; Sat 1:00, 1:30, 3:45, 4:10, 6:30, 9:10, 9:35; Sun 1:00, 1:30, 3:45, 4:10, 6:30, 6:50, 9:10, 9:35; Mon-Thu 5:00, 5:25, 7:45, 8:10

HAPPY FEET TWO (G) Sat-Sun 1:15 THE MUPPETS (G) , Digital Fri 6:45, 9:25; SatSun 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:25; Mon-Thu 5:20, 8:00

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Fri 6:40, 9:05; SatSun 3:40, 6:40, 9:05; Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:40

Ben Hur (F) Sun 12:30 J. EDGAR (PG language may offend) 3:40

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Presentation,

1525-99 St, 780.436.8585

(18A substance abuse, crude content) Digital Cinema Fri-Sat 1:25, 3:50, 6:10, 8:40, 10:50; Sun 1:05, 4:10, 7:25, 10:10; Mon-Wed 1:50, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20; Thu 12:45, 3:00, 6:35

HAPPY FEET TWO (G) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sat 1:15, 4:20; Sun 1:15, 4:15; Mon-Thu 1:10, 3:50

HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Fri-Sat 12:00, 2:35,

5:10, 7:55, 10:30; Sun 11:50, 2:20, 5:05, 7:45, 10:20; Mon-Thu 1:40, 4:30, 7:15, 9:55

PUSS IN BOOTS (G) Digital Cinema Fri-Sat

12:40, 3:05, 5:35, 8:10, 10:25; Sun 12:40, 3:05, 5:40, 8:10, 10:25; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:10, 6:20, 8:50

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Cinema, FriSat 12:25; Sun 12:10; Mon-Thu 2:00

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Fri-Sat 2:50, 5:15,

7:40, 10:00; Sun 2:35, 5:10, 7:35, 10:00; Mon-Thu 4:30, 7:10, 9:40

IMMORTALS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) FriSat 12:05, 2:40, 5:20, 8:20, 11:00; Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:10, 10:05; Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:35, 7:30, 10:10

Hugo (PG) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sat 12:50; Sun 12:05; Mon-Wed 12:40; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00 Hugo 3d (PG) Fri-Sat 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:20; Sun 12:30, 3:15, 6:00, 9:30; Mon-Thu 1:20, 4:10, 6:50, 9:45 THE MUPPETS (G) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sun 11:45,

2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20; Mon-Thu 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 10:00

JACK AND JILL (PG) Digital Cinema Fri-Sat

12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40; Sun 1:20, 3:40, 6:05, 9:40; Mon-Wed 2:20, 5:00, 7:50, 10:25; Thu 1:35, 3:50, 10:25

Sun, Tue 12:45

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) 8:55; Sat-

Tue 2:55

PRINCESS

Sun 3:50, 6:35, 9:15; Mon-Thu 4:50, 7:30

Sat-Sun 1:10

A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS

(18A substance abuse, crude content) Fri 7:10, 9:45; Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:45, 7:10, 9:45; Mon-Thu 5:25, 7:50

PUSS IN BOOTS (G) Sat-Sun 2:00 We Bought A Zoo (STC) Sneak Preview: Sat

7:00

GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park 780.416.0150

HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:50;

Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50; Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:50

PUSS IN BOOTS 3D (G) Fri 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; Sat-

Sun 12:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; Mon-Thu 7:40, 10:20

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Fri-Sun 3:30, 6:40,

1:00

Take Shelter (14A) 6:50, 9:10; Sat-Sun 12:45

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.444.2400

A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS

(18A substance abuse, crude content) Digital Cinema Fri-Sun 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:15, 5:30, 8:00, 10:20

9:10; Mon-Thu 12:45, 3:00, 6:30, 9:10

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Fri-Sun 11:45,

Hugo 3d (PG) 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40 We Bought A Zoo (STC) Advanced Preview,

Sat 7:00

THE MUPPETS (G) Digital Cinema, Fri-Tue, Thu 1:10, 4:10, 6:45, 9:20; Wed 4:10, 6:45, 9:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

JACK AND JILL (PG) Digital Cinema Fri-Sun 12:00, 2:20, 4:50, 7:30, 10:00; Mon-Thu 2:00, 4:50, 7:15, 9:50

young children) Fri 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Sat-Sun 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Mon-Thu 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Fri 3:20, 6:30, 9:40; Sat-Sun 12:10, 3:20, 6:30, 9:40; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:40

Director Alexander Payne is a master of the human comedy. He walks the high wire between humor and heartbreak with unerring skill.” Peter Travers

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

for young children) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sun 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:10, 9:30, 10:10; Mon-Tue, Thu 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:00; Wed 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 9:30, 10:00; Ultraavx: Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 5:00, 7:50, 10:45; Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:30, 7:30, 10:30; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Digital Cinema Fri-Wed 1:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; Thu 1:40, 4:40, 7:40

Hugo 3d (PG) Fri 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Sat-Sun 12:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Mon-Thu 7:10, 10:05

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

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PUSS IN BOOTS 3D (G) Fri-Sun 12:15, 3:00, 6:30,

Collaborators (STC) Thu 8:00 Raiders Of The Lost Ark (STC) Mon 7:00

JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri 3:40, 7:45, 10:15; Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:40, 7:45, 10:15; Mon-Thu 7:45, 10:15

Marshall Fine

HAPPY FEET TWO (G) Digital Cinema, Fri-Sun 1:00, 3:50; Mon-Thu 12:30, 3:30

HAPPY FEET TWO: An Imax 3d Experience (G) Fri-Sun 11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30;

THE MUPPETS (G) Fri 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:20, 10:10

“FLAT-OUT THE BEST PICTURE OF THE YEAR.”

The Guard (14A coarse language) 7:00; Sat-Sun

IMMORTALS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Fri 3:55, 7:50, 10:35; Sat-Sun 1:20, 3:55, 7:50, 10:35; Mon-Thu 7:50, 10:35

A. O. Scott

violence, disturbing content) 9:00; Sat-Sun 3:00

In Time (PG violence, coarse language) Digital Cinema Fri, Sun, Tue-Wed 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15; Sat, Mon, Thu 1:20, 4:20, 10:15

Sun 12:00

every moment of the movie feels utterly and unaffectedly true.”

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Cinema, Sat-

9:30; Mon-Thu 6:40, 9:30

“SURPRISING, MOVING AND FREQUENTLY VERY FUNNY…

Martha Marcy May Marlene (14A sexual

IMMORTALS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) FriSun 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:40; Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:30

HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Fri 6:35, 9:15; Sat-

A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS

IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) 6:45; Sat,

TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Fri 6:45, 9:15;

Sat-Sun 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:15; Mon-Thu 5:30, 8:10

CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH

Puss in Boots 2D (G) 7:10, 9:10; Sat, Sun,

2:15, 4:40, 7:15, 9:45; Mon-Thu 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:45

9:40; Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40; Mon-Thu 5:40, 8:15

My Week With Marilyn (14A) 1:45, 4:10, 6:40,

9:00

JACK AND JILL (PG) 6:45, 8:50; Sat, Sun, Tue

IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Fri 7:00,

7:05, 9:50; Wed 3:50, 7:05, 9:50; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00

GRANDIN THEATRE–St Albert

Mon-Thu 1:15, 4:15, 7:00, 9:30

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin, 780.352.3922

THE MUPPETS (G) 6:55 , 9:20; Sat-Sun 12:55,

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REVUE // VISUAL ARTS

Sparkle and fade

A pair of MFA exhibits offer glints of future greatness Until Dec 3 TASTY works by Alexa Mietz

springing swing suggestively thrusting the plastic maiden's seat up and down. Despite the clean and focused execution and communication of these works, the interpretive experience left for viewers is a purely immediate one. The show leaves a desire for nuance in meaning that would provide a provocative enough experience that could inspire viewers to spend time thinking critically about what they are seeing. It will be exciting to see what happens as Mietz's technical abilities are applied to increasingly complex and nuanced ideas.

Garden of Forking Paths works by Alma Visscher FAB Gallery, University of Alberta

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he Fine Arts Building Gallery is full of sparkle with its current exhibitions, Alexa Mietz's TASTY and Alma Visscher's Garden of the Forking Paths. The glint comes from the pearlescent finishes on Mietz's shrine-like wall-mounted sculptures, feminine markings also taken up in the sheen of Visscher's pastel cotton, satin and lace tumourous sculptures that descend from the gallery's second floor ceiling. There is no question that these Master of Fine Arts students show clarity of purpose in the works they have respectively created. However, the nagging question that does persist is if the artwork is more than just glossy. Is it provocative or nuanced enough to grab and hold a viewer's attention? The delectation found in Mietz's

Part of the TASTY exhibit by Alexa Mietz

exhibition is the care and precision with which TASTY's pearlescent, fake flowered alternate universe of plastic cockatoos and ceramic kitties in tacky shrines was created. The cleanliness of presentation adds a critical feel of sterility to the gaudy works. Of note is "That Lady is a Tramp," a wall-mounted box with sparkle-lipped plastic green fish staring out in blank looks of shock from its round cutout. Their shiny-tiled environment dis-

tinctly connotes out-of-date washroom furnishings, the tiny ceramic cats clinging to the porthole into this world pose an innocuous threat to the fish within. The artist cleverly combines household objects and trinkets, as in "Cuckoo," in which a fake nail-plumed peacock sits atop a shrine that contains a cuckoo clock. The bird as a marker of virility is compounded by the ticking element on the bottom of the clock,

Visscher's Garden of the Forking Paths looks to nature rather than artifice in this femininity-laced exhibition. Comprised primarily of cancerous-looking pink and lace fabric installations and a video, this show also creates a longing for greater complexity in meaning. Additionally, the works themselves beg for more in size and scale. I was left wondering what would have evolved for the viewing experience of the

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show had the fabric-based works absorbed the space creating a total environment rather than being just elements in the space. The video, entitled "The Walk" features a woman walking down forest paths dragging a train of bulbous tulle and other fabrics behind her. This subject matter coupled with the ambient audio in the space of wild birds and foot steps leads me to believe that more of an organic environment and conversation was intended between the fabric installations and the idea of nature than what was the experience of the space. Once again, this exhibition is one to celebrate for finding a certain level of successful communication in the artwork, but there is undoubtedly more to be done in increasing the level of complexity with which the idea in the work can be critically interpreted. That will be the interesting journey to watch as these talents continue to challenge themselves in their respective post-graduate artistic practices. Carolyn Jervis // carolyn@vueweekly.com

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Taboo: Naughty ... but Nice show / Thu, Nov 24 – Sat, Nov 26 The 11th annual Taboo is an, um, decidedly adults-only version of the trade show form. It's the biggest of its kind in Western Canada, but aside from the tables, there's a Mr and Ms Taboo competition, performances, seminars, a fashion show and plenty of giveaways. Just don't tell mom you're going. (Edmonton Expo Centre, $10; $25 for a three-day pass)

Mercury Opera Underground / Fri, Nov 25 (6 pm) Relocated from New York, Mercury Opera's looking to take its artform out of the big house and offer it up in unusual places. On Friday, four opera stars, plus a string quartet, will take to the Bay/Enterprise Square LRT station to perform a best-of sampling of opera works, solos, duos, and small group pieces alike. The performances begin at 8:15 pm, but from 6 pm onwards there's a scattering of pre-show receptions happening along the downtown promenade, with appetizers and drinks at Deville Wine & Spirits, eyecare Group, 29 Armstrong and coup {garment boutique}. (Various locations, $25)

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Playslam / Thu, Nov 24 (7:30 pm) In a gladiatorial battle of writ wits, some of Edmonton's finest playwrights— Kenneth Brown, Belinda Cornish, Chris Craddock, Jon Lachlan Stewart and more—will be reading short excerpts of their favourite writing. You, the audience, act the veritable caesar, their fate—and the evening's winner—left to your collective thumbs up or down. As a fundraiser for the coming Workshop West season, there will also be live music, door prizes and more. (Catalyst Theatre, $20).

Offensive Fouls / Fri, Nov 25 (7:30 pm) – Sat, Nov 26 (2 pm; 7:30 pm) Concrete Theatre continues to put forth engaging explorations of youth issues. Offensive Fouls circles a high school couple whose relationship strains when rumours emerge that one of them might have been involved with a racially motivated attack. The script explores racism and violence, and in an earlier Toronto run, saw a pair of Dora award nominations go its way. (Catalyst Theatre, $14 – $18)

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orry I'm late, sorry I'm late!" Ten minutes past show time, decked out in full winter gear and clutching a venti Starbucks cup, Daniel MacIvor rushes on stage and by way of apology, launches into a vivid retelling of the reason for his tardiness. He's so candid and unassuming, in his fuzzy ear flap hat and bulky parka, that it's too easy to believe this is really him, MacIvor, and the things he's saying are absolutely true. But all too quickly it becomes apparent that he's already in character, close as that particular character may be to MacIvor himself. Indeed, the character's name is Me, and he tells us that he's trying to be more honest with himself. But he's also interested in storytelling, and his ultimate goal? A happy ending. It would be exceedingly difficult to give an accurate synopsis of the show without going into a lengthy description of each character, their relationship to the others and reason for being there, not to mention exploring all the asides and metaphors that are also tossed into the mix. Suffice to say the collection of characters could be politely described as eclectic ("downright bizarre" also applies): along with Me there's Will, the smug embodiment of human will, a lawyer named Susan and her client, Warren, who is determined to get his stuff back from his ex, Mike, an off-

the-wagon alcoholic, his alarmingly precocious son Kevin, and Kevin's transgendered, tarot-card reading uncle Aaron. As strange as this assortment of misfits may seem, rest assured it works somehow; indeed it works very, very well. MacIvor is a master of the solo performance and he's in top form with This is What Happens Next. Deft and unforgiving with his words, he effortlessly bandies about theories of high philosophy alongside witty insights.

MacIvor is a master of the solo performance and he's in top form with This is What Happens Next.

His breathless, mesmerizing energy sets an urgent tone that persists for the duration of the show and makes it utterly compelling. "It's all me on some level," MacIvor assures us, so this quest for happiness is surely personal; yet isn't this desire something we all crave? And when he serves up that promised happy ending, it's too easy to take it at face value, niggling doubts of authenticity aside. Because, as Will is so quick to point out, it could have been worse. Couldn't it? MEL PRIESTLEY // MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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REVUE // A MOVING REQUIEM

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who they're trying to make feel comfortable, exactly and then the internal space starts to shift, too: with this passenger's nonliving presence, a void in their own lives starts to get probed. He becomes a way of sorting through the couple's own buried feelings, of their own stagnation, their own loss.

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t looks like a shooting star, but it's moving too slow," observes Harold (Brian Dooley) late one night on his rural farm, eyes to the sky, drawn up there by what sounded like thunder in the darkness. It was a plane exploding, actually, which he and his wife Elsie (Holly Turner) discover as debris begins to rain down from above: battered suitcases, fragments of airplane, in-flight magazines andâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;with a particular thudâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the body of a young passenger (Jamie Cavanagh) still strapped to his chair with his headphones on. Had he not fallen from the sky, he could simply be sleeping. His lifeless arrival starts a transformation of space in Falling: A Wake. As they wait for authorities to arrive, Elsie

If any of that sounds difficult to buy into on paper, on stage it's engrossing: Gary Kirkham's script is a beautiful construction, suggesting plenty but revealing little about its unusual scenario, grounded so steadily in Wishbone Theatre's production that disbelief in the situation never arises. The dialogue is natural and everyday, delivered in a pair of carefully vulnerable performances. Dooley's in fine form here, fatherly, walking the fine line between realistic warm and cold moments, but

The man who fell to earth

says she's going to wait outside with the body. "What if he's still in there?" she suggests. "It'd be rude not to talk." Harold starts bringing out things to

make her sitting more comfortable. Piece by piece, a living room appears around them: massive carpet; furnished chair; lamp. You start to doubt

Turner gives a particularly touching performance as a mother to whom this body might be a stand-in for her own unresolvedly missing person. As the body, Cavanagh gives a performance of enduring stillness, but his inclusion feels completely vital: this whole thing wouldn't be nearly as effective without a living body in the seat, which adds its own strange air of mystery to the production. Falling: A Wake doesn't feel like drama. It doesn't attempt to force any connections of incredible, unbelievable moments: It simply illuminates the mysteries and the way we pine for answers that may never come, and in doing so, turns out to be a moving, mysterious little requiem for wayward souls, and the people left waiting for their return. PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM

PREVUE // ARTS! CRAFTS!

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n the relatively few years that the Royal Bison Craft & Art Fair has been adorning Strathcona with DIY creationsâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;this weekend's will mark the 11th incarnation of the bi-annual fair since 2007â&#x20AC;&#x201D;it's certainly managed to tap into the abundant creative energies circling the city, but perhaps more importantly, provide them with a deadline to finish by and an inexpensive place to display their wares. "We really think about the Bison as a venue for showcasing Edmonton's creative talent," says Vikki Wiercinski, one of the fair's current organizers. "Whether that is somebody selling records they pressed in their basement, or whatever it is, there's sadly a loss of independent spaces for that kind of thing, especially when it comes to retail situations, to be able to sell a lot of hand-crafted goods or small independent ventures of any sort. So to be that to a lot of people is also a really fundamental role of the Bison." Maybe it's inevitable, then, that the number of applicants looking to set up shop is growing after a half-dozen years. This weekend will see the Bison present the largest number of vendors it ever has, with more than 70 set to present their wares (with lunch and snacks catered by Culina.) "I think Edmonton has really embraced crafting recently," Wiercinski points out. "The Royal Bison tends to have a lot of the same vendors; We do get new applicants all the time, but there's a core of really committed crafters who look forward to this thing every single May and November. So it was really great to see a whole bunch of new

blood come in." Wiercinskiâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;who banded together with illustrator Josh Holinaty and crafter Jeanie Andronyk to keep the fair alive after the departure of Bison founder Raymond Biesinger in 2010â&#x20AC;&#x201D;notes that, with that in mind, they're trying to increase the Bison's social media presence: royalbison.ca now has a growing collec-

We really think about the Bison as a venue for showcasing Edmonton's creative talent. Whether that is somebody selling records they pressed in their basement, or whatever it is.

tion of images and blurbs about the works available at this year's fest, to give some advance hints as to what exactly will be available over the weekend. Which is proving increasingly handy; even among the regular vendors, Wiercinski notes, many alter what they offer up every Bison. "I'd say there's at least 10 vendors at the fair, they really switch it up every year. They try new mediums and they try new things, and for them it's just like one gigantic art project. And so that's really exciting too, to give them a venue to flex their muscle and show it to Edmonton, and show we have all this talent, and we have very, very interesting people who are doing interesting stuff. So, for them, the Bison is a show, versus just a fair."

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PREVUE // BOOKS AND TARTS

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t's nothing against bookstores. Aside from the obvious importance—you, y'know, buy books at them—literary retailers are really the first line of support for any author, the places that throw open their doors to book tours and provide a launchpad for getting new works out there to the interested public. But that doesn't mean something like Fictionistas can't step out of that atmosphere every once in a while, and bring a literary event to a less usual locale. "I think people read everywhere," Gayleen Froese says. "They take books with them on the bus, or they're reading at a table when they're waiting for someone to show up, so reading is something that happens everywhere.

There's no reason why a literary event can't happen anywhere too." Froese, is a local author chosen to be part of Fictionistas this year, an annual gathering of smart female literature that usually locates itself in unusual spaces. It was dreamt up in 2006:

Edmonton's NeWest Press banded together with Coteau Books and Turnstone Press to showcase some of the finest female writers from independent publishing houses on the prairies (It's grown since then; now Signature

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is set here in Edmonton—her home for more than a decade since departing Saskatoon—and folds supernatural fantasy and the hard-boiled detective genres into one another: an investigator, tailing a teenage psychic to the City of Champions, hires a pair of locals (one, a psychic, the other a PR expert) to connect him to the local magic community for clues, but when murder occurs and he's fingered as the culprit, the trio's priorities shift to clearing his name. "Fantasy, horror and dark fantasy can have excesses that can make it almost ridiculous sometimes," she says, of merging the two genres, "and mystery can bring it down to Earth in a way, when you put it into the detective context. Because detective fiction has often sort of a cynical flavour to it, and it's certainly about order, so you're combining the chaos of the fantasy environment where, theoretically anything can happen, with something that influences order." Similarly, the other authors—Wendy McGrath, Genni Gunn, Alison Preston and Sue Sorenson—offer a deep cross-section of what women on the prairies are penning today. "I think in the past, when they've brought women together, there's been a focus on what they consider women's writing, which has often been something like chick-lit, for example," Froese says. "The idea is that all of these books have pink covers, or they've got a shoe on them, or a martini glass, or both on the cover, and that's what they are. And that's a popular genre, people enjoy it ... but, it's not all that women write, and I think we've got a nice diverse line-up here, with people writing literary fiction, genre fiction of various kinds. it's nicely representative of the breadth of what women write." Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

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PREVUE // DANCE

THE WIRED BODY Sat, Nov 26 (8 pm) Mile Zero Dance Salon Series TransAlta Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, $10 – $15

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hen Amy Fung was asked by Mile Zero Dance's artistic director, Gerry Morita, to curate an upcoming salon, Fung didn't have much insight as to what she'd be doing or where she'd be in the following 18 months. In fact, she didn't even know what theme the salon would be. The longtime MZD supporter, past board president and artsy commentator-about-town has actually been in the UK on a research fellowship for most of that time. And while Morita has lined up the past two seasons of MZD salons with a group of diverse guest curators (like innovative soundman Shawn Pinchbeck and KO Dance Project's Kathy Ochoa), Fung felt comfortable jumping in and gathering performance pieces for The Wired Body once she returned to Edmonton earlier this fall. "I didn't take [the theme] that literally. I thought about what I assumed was 'the wired body' in terms of how we mediate everything through technology. Of course, we're working parallel to technology at all times. It's about the connection be-

tween the people in the room—it's who's physically in the room that determines the performance." Lined up for this weekend's show as emcees are the Cedar Tavern Singers, a band known for innovative crossovers to the visual arts community. "They're probably my favourite band in Canada. They are not a band though, they're visual artists who have written a lot of songs about arts

I never really thought that there was a diversion between contemporary dance and contemporary art.

and art history," Fung says, noting the Singers' recent commissions with the AGA and Mendel Art Gallery. Also lined up to perform is cellist extraordinaire Cris Derksen, who will score a piece danced by Morita. Freya Björg Olafson returns to Edmonton after her collaborative installation at Latitude 53 earlier this season, while contemporary dance sisters Jeannie and Jodie Vandekerkhove have prepared a piece that

Wires? Check. Body? Check.

Fung describes as "more of a performance art" work than a movement exploration. "I never really thought that there was a diversion between contempo-

rary dance and contemporary art," Fung adds. "I think I told Gerry early on that I thought the difference was that one was breathing and one wasn't ... There's always been an el-

ement of liveness to my curatorial work, I guess. This one is just more obviously live." Fawnda Mithrush // fawnda@vueweekly.com

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FILM DOWNTOWN DOCS • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (basement level) • 780.944.5383 • Documentaries with attitude • Prosecutor (2010, STC), Uncommon Hero (4 minutes) • Nov 24, 6:30pm FELT UP! REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES. REAL PUPPETS • Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St • Dec 5, 7pm • $5/$4 (student); highly graphic descriptive sex, bodily functions; discretion for 14 and under FROM BOOKS TO FILM SERIES • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • Desk Set (G); based on William Marchant’s stage play • Nov 25, 2pm

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS AGNES BUGERA GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave • 780.482.2854 • City scapes and floral paintings, oil on canvas by David Wilson and Gabryel Harrison • Until Dec 3 ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • NATURAL FLOW: CONTEMPORARY ALBERTA GLASS: until Dec 24 • SALTALK: Slat-fired clay works by Medicine Hat artist, Jim Etzkorn; until Dec 3 ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • 780.426.0072 • WYRD SISTERS–THE EXHIBITION: Artworks by five women exploring the themes in the novel Wyrd Sisters • Nov 30-Dec 10 • Reception: Nov 29, 7pm ART FROM THE STREETS–Red Deer • 493551 St • 1st Annual Christmas Sale: Group show • Through Nov ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • Sculpture Terraces: Works by Peter Hide and Ken Macklin • BMO World of Creativity: DRAWN OUTSIDE: especially for kids; Until Jan 29 • 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PHOTOGRAPHS: until Jan 29 • PRAIRIE LIFE: SETTLEMENT AND THE LAST BEST WEST, 1930-1955: until Jan 29 • A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France: until Feb 20 • STATE OF NATURE: until Feb 20 • RBC New Works Gallery: Arlene Wasylynchuk: SALTUS ILLUMINATI: until Jan 15 • UP NORTH: Artworks by four contemporary artists from three circumpolar countries: Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Simon Dybbroe Møller (Denmark), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), and Kevin Schmidt (Canada); until Jan 8 • Studio Y Youth Drop-in: Up North: Light Installation; Nov 24, 3:30-5:30pm; $10 • Adult Drop-in: Impress: Chalk Pastel Painting;

Nov 24, 7-9pm; $15/$12 (member) • Special Artist Lecture: Ledcor Theatre: Kevin Schmidt talks about his travels to the Arctic to install and to recover the work: A Sign in the Northwest Passage; Nov 26, 2pm; $15/$10 (member) • AGA Book Club: Green Studio, Lower Level: Late Nights on Air by Elizabeth Hay: Nov 24, 7pm; free; preregister at youraga.ca ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • AFGHANISTAN THROUGH MY LENS: Photographs by David Bowering; until Nov 26 • LOST AND FOUND: Photos by Paul Burwell; drawings and sculptures by Cynthia Fuhrer; Dec 1-Jan 28; reception: Dec 1, 7-9pm CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • PERCEPTION: Artworks by Béatrice Lefevre, Laura Watmough, Valerie Solash, Luc Josh, Dana Rayent, Jeannette Sommers • Until Dec 6 CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 491251 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • UNIQUE AND QUIRKY: Ceramic artworks by Catherine Boggs and Aurelia Sanders • Until Nov 30 DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St, 780.4822854 • Abstract artworks by Samantha Williams Chapelsky • Until Nov 30 DOUGLAS UDELL • 10332-124 St • 780.488.4445 • BURDEN OF INNOCENCE ACT 2 & 3: Paintings by Natalka Husar • Until Dec 3 EDMONTON POTTERS’ GUILD • Alberta Avenue Community Centre, 9210-118 Ave • 780.426.5642 • FIRED UP: Pottery Show and Sale • Nov 26, 10am-5pm ELM CAFÉ • 10140-117 St • 780.756.3356 • Super Photo Friends (SPF) Photography Collective works; Café patrons can bid on work daily or opt to buynow, for a premium preset price; silent auction in support of Oliver School • Until Dec 10 FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • TASTY: Alexa Mietz: MFA Printmaking • GARDEN OF THE FORKING PATHS: Alma Visscher: MFA Drawing and Intermedia • Until Dec 3 GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • DEEP RUST: Photographs by Pamela Anthony and Darrin Hagen • ECCLECTIC MIX: POTS AND WHAT-NOTS: Works by Edmonton Potters' Guild (display cases, display cubes near AV Room) • THE PURE SPECULATION FESTIVAL DISPLAY (science fiction items, AV Room display window); until Nov 30 GALLERY IS–Red Deer • 5123-48 St, Alexander Way, Red Deer • 403.341.4641 • Group show • Closing Dec 24 GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • SECOND REGARD II: Photos by Denise Parent • Nov 26-Jan 11 • Reception: Nov 26, 1-4pm; music by Gillian Wilson (flute, recorder) HAGGERTY CENTRE–Stollery Gallery • Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • FRUIT OFF THE LOOMS: Arworks by the NHCA Collective • Nov 23-Dec 23 • Reception: Dec 1, 3-7pm HARCOURT HOUSE • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • THROW AWAY YOUR TELEVISION: Student Art and Design art and poster show • Until Nov 30 HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • FIRMAMENTUM: Paintings by Paul Harris • Until Dec 23 • Reception: Dec 23, 6-8pm HEMINGWAY CENTRE • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • 780.974.6208 • Open studio, show, sale by Carol Johnson • Nov 27, 1-4pm, artist in attendance

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Hub on Rossâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Red Deer â&#x20AC;˘ 4936 Ross St, Red Deer â&#x20AC;˘ 403.340.4869 â&#x20AC;˘ Moorings: Artworks by Gordon Cannon â&#x20AC;˘ Through Nov Jeff Allen Art Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ Strathcona Seniors Centre, 10831 University Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.433.5807 â&#x20AC;˘ Serenity II: Watercolours by Yumiko Hoyano â&#x20AC;˘ Until Nov 25 Jurassic Forest/Learning Centre â&#x20AC;˘ 15 mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 â&#x20AC;˘ Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages Kiwanis Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Red Deer â&#x20AC;˘ Red Deer Library â&#x20AC;˘ Words of Peace: Works by the Lettering Arts Guilds of Alberta â&#x20AC;˘ Through Nov Latitude 53 â&#x20AC;˘ 10248-106 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.423.5353 â&#x20AC;˘ latitude53.org â&#x20AC;˘ ProjEx Room: taxonomia: Maria Whitemanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Science-fantasy photographs â&#x20AC;˘ Working Order: Works by Karen Zalamea; Performance in the ProjEX Room; Nov 26, 2pm; Artist talk: Nov 26, 2pm â&#x20AC;˘ MeĂŚt1.0 â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Micro-Funding Together: Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s NextGen: short proposals followed by a shared meal: Nov 26, 6:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ Both shows: until Dec 17 â&#x20AC;˘ Special Event: The Fine Art of Schmoozy: Fundraiser: silent art auction, food, cocktails, and music with Diana Stabel and DJ Generic; Dec 3, 8pm Loft Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park â&#x20AC;˘ 780.922.6324 â&#x20AC;˘ Art by local artists â&#x20AC;˘ Until Nov 27; Dec 3-24; Sat 10-4pm, Sun 12-4pm McMULLEN GALLERY â&#x20AC;˘ U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.407.7152 â&#x20AC;˘ Shifting Patterns: Artworks by Alex Janvier, George Littlechild, Bert Crowfoot, Paul Smith, Dawn Marie Marchand, Dianne Meilli, Heather Shillinglaw, curated by Aaron Paquette â&#x20AC;˘ Until Dec 4 Mezzanine Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230-111 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Disappearing Sentinalsâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;The Changing Alberta Landscape: Paintings by Kristina Steinbring â&#x20AC;˘ Until Dec 31 Michif Cultural and MĂŠtis Resource Institute â&#x20AC;˘ 9 Mission Ave, St Albert â&#x20AC;˘ 780.651.8176 â&#x20AC;˘ Aboriginal Veterans Display â&#x20AC;˘ Gift Shop â&#x20AC;˘ Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer â&#x20AC;˘ Ongoing Mildwood Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 426, 6655-178 St â&#x20AC;˘ Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo and Victor Harrison â&#x20AC;˘ Ongoing Misericordia Community Hospital â&#x20AC;˘ 16940-87 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Year End Show and Sale: Artworks by members of the Edmonton Art Club â&#x20AC;˘ Dec 3-Jan 28

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery (MCPAG)â&#x20AC;&#x201C;Stony Plain â&#x20AC;˘ 5411-51 St, Stony Plain â&#x20AC;˘ 780.963.9935 â&#x20AC;˘ Paintings by Loraine Stephanson â&#x20AC;˘ Until Nov 30 MusĂŠe HĂŠritage Museumâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;St Albert â&#x20AC;˘ 5 St Anne St, St Albert â&#x20AC;˘ 780.459.1528 â&#x20AC;˘ St Albert History Gallery: Featuring artifacts dating back 5,000 years â&#x20AC;˘ Take Your Best Shot, a youth (from 8-18 years old) photo exhibition; until Feb 5 â&#x20AC;˘ Opening/presentation: Nov 25, 7pm Naess Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.432.0240 â&#x20AC;˘ Urban Twist: Group show; until Nov 29 â&#x20AC;˘ Artworks by Reece Schulte; through Dec Peter Robertson Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 12304 Jasper Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.455.7479 â&#x20AC;˘ Landscape paintings by Marcia Harris and Robert Wiseman â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 26-Dec 10 â&#x20AC;˘ Opening: Nov 26, 2-4pm Red Deer College Library â&#x20AC;˘ 100 College Blvrd, Red Deer â&#x20AC;˘ Artworks by Visual Arts Faculty and Staff â&#x20AC;˘ Through Nov Red Deer Museum and Art Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 4525-47A Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Harvest: artworks about what harvest means to families, consumers, and the land; through Nov â&#x20AC;˘ For You the War is Over: Second World War POW Experiences; through Nov â&#x20AC;˘ Prisoner of War: Stories from Red Deer and District; through Nov Royal Alberta Museum â&#x20AC;˘ 12845-102 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.453.9100 â&#x20AC;˘ Composed Exposures: Photographs by museum staff members; until Nov 25 â&#x20AC;˘ A River Runs Through It: Until Feb 5 â&#x20AC;˘ Composed Exposures: Until Nov 25 â&#x20AC;˘ Narrative Quest: Until Apr 29 SCOTT GALLERY 10411-124 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.488.3619 â&#x20AC;˘ Scott Galleryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 25th Anniversary Exhibition: Artworks by all gallery artists â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24-Dec 23 SNAP Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 10123-121 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.423.1492 â&#x20AC;˘ Gallery: Paper Wonderland: SNAPâ&#x20AC;&#x2DC;s ad hoc Calendar Collective's annual Calendar printed by SNAP artists â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 26, 7-11pm Snowflake Art and Craft Festival â&#x20AC;˘ Fulton Place Community Hall, 6115 Fulton Rd â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 27, 11am-4pm SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY â&#x20AC;˘ 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove â&#x20AC;˘ 780.962.0664 â&#x20AC;˘ 30th Anniversary Show: Artworks by members of Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove; until Nov 26 â&#x20AC;˘ Christmas Store: Fine art, jewellery, clay works, and wood turnings; Nov 28-Dec 24 Strathcona County Art Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park â&#x20AC;˘ 780.410.8585 â&#x20AC;˘ HalfBreed Mythology; until Dec 30 â&#x20AC;˘ Sitting Bull and the Moose Jaw Sioux by Dana Claxton; until Dec 30 TELUS World of Science â&#x20AC;˘ 11211-142 St â&#x20AC;˘ Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition: human

stories told through artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Titanic and extensive room recreations â&#x20AC;˘ Until Feb 20 VAAA Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.421.1731 â&#x20AC;˘ V-Bay: Art auction fundraiser featuring artworks from some of Alberta artists. Proceeds go to VAAA's exhibition and education programs; until Dec 1 â&#x20AC;˘ Nog in the Afternoon: Nov 26, 1-3pm â&#x20AC;˘ Reception: Dec 1, 7-9:30pm West End Gallery â&#x20AC;˘ 12308 Jasper Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.488.4892 â&#x20AC;˘ Artworks by W.H. Webb â&#x20AC;˘ Until Dec 1

LITERARY Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) / EPL â&#x20AC;˘ Green Studio, Lower Level, Sir Winston Churchill Sq â&#x20AC;˘ 780.422.6223 â&#x20AC;˘ AGA Book Club: Discuss connections between visual arts and literature â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24, 7pm â&#x20AC;˘ Free; registration required Audreys Books â&#x20AC;˘ 10702 Jasper Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.423.3487 â&#x20AC;˘ CAA Writer in Residence Jannie Edwards in the store every Wed until Dec 14; Jan 18-Apr 25, 12-1:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ Minister Faust book launch, The Alchemists of Kush; Nov 24, 7:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ Speaker/ author Rita Makkannaw book launch of I am White: Eagle Woman Flies with Raven; Nov 29, 7:30pm Calder Library â&#x20AC;˘ 12522-132 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Once Upon a Bethlehem Night: with storyteller Renee Englot as she shares some very different stories for Christmas â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 27, 1:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ Free event Canadian Authors Association â&#x20AC;˘ Campus Saint-Jean, Pavillon Lacerte, Rm 3-04, 8406 MarieAnn-Gaboury St (91 St) â&#x20AC;˘ Brendan McLeod presents Poetry and Performance â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 25-26 â&#x20AC;˘ Fri Evening Presentations: 8pm; free for members and firsttime guests/$10 (returning guests) â&#x20AC;˘ Sat workshops: 9:30 am-4pm; $40 (member)/$70 (non-member) lunch included Dish and The Runaway Spoon Bistro â&#x20AC;˘ 12417 Stony Plain Rd â&#x20AC;˘ Writers Guildâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;NaNoWriMo Writer's Open Micâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; two-minute readings â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 28, 7-9pm â&#x20AC;˘ Free; pre-register: nanoopenmic2011. eventbrite.com Empress Ale House â&#x20AC;˘ 9912-82 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Dark and Stormy: an evening of prose readings by local authors â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 29, 7:30pm Greenwoods Books â&#x20AC;˘ Ross Block, 10309 Whyte Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.439.2005 â&#x20AC;˘ Patrick DeWitt reading and signing his novel, The Sisters Brothers â&#x20AC;˘ Dec 7, 7pm Queen of Tarts Bakery and Bistro â&#x20AC;˘ 10129-104 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780. 421. 4410 â&#x20AC;˘ Fictionistas: Where Fine Literature Meets Delicious Pastries with authors, Wendy McGrath, Gayleen Froese, Genni Gunn, Alison Preston, and Sue Sorenson â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 25, 7:30-10:30pm

Rouge Lounge â&#x20AC;˘ 10111-117 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.902.5900 â&#x20AC;˘ Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets T.A.L.E.S. STORY CAFĂ&#x2030; SERIES â&#x20AC;˘ Rosieâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Bar, 10475-80 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.932.4409 â&#x20AC;˘ 1st Thu each month, open mic opportunity â&#x20AC;˘ Until Jun â&#x20AC;˘ $6 (min) T.A.L.E.S.â&#x20AC;&#x201C;STRATHCONA â&#x20AC;˘ New Strathcona Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park â&#x20AC;˘ 780.400.3547 â&#x20AC;˘ Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed each month 7pm â&#x20AC;˘ Free Upper Crust CafĂŠ â&#x20AC;˘ 10909-86 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.422.8174 â&#x20AC;˘ The Poetsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; Haven Weekly Reading Series: Spoken word artists Janaan Dekker, Matthew Dekker, Jo-Ann Godfrey, John Leppard, and Erika Luckert â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 28 WunderBar on Whyte â&#x20AC;˘ 8120-101 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.436.2286 â&#x20AC;˘ The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun â&#x20AC;˘ No minors

THEATRE Chimprov â&#x20AC;˘ Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Rapid Fire Theatreâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s longform comedy show â&#x20AC;˘ First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul â&#x20AC;˘ $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only) Corner Gassed 2 â&#x20AC;˘ Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 2690, 8882-170 St, Phase II WEM Upper Level â&#x20AC;˘ Until Jan 21 DIE-NASTY â&#x20AC;˘ Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.433.3399 â&#x20AC;˘ Improvised soap opera â&#x20AC;˘ Every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) Falling: A Wake â&#x20AC;˘ TransAlta Arts Barns, PCL Studio Theatre, 10330-84 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.409.1910 â&#x20AC;˘ Wishbone Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ By Gary Kirkham, directed by Michael Peng, stars Brian Dooley and Holly Turner, featuring Jamie Cavanagh â&#x20AC;˘ Until Nov 27 â&#x20AC;˘ $20 (adult)/$15 (student/senior/Equity)/$15 (preview) at Fringe Theatre Adventures box office Fuddy Meers â&#x20AC;˘ Timms Centre, U of A â&#x20AC;˘ Studio Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ By David Lindsay-Abaire â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 30-Dec 10 â&#x20AC;˘ Tickets at TIX on the Square GRACE ET GLORIA (Grace and Gloria) â&#x20AC;˘ La CitĂŠ Theatre, 8627-91 St â&#x20AC;˘ 780.469.8400 â&#x20AC;˘ L'UniThÊâtre â&#x20AC;˘ Production of L'UniThÊâtre, with English surtitles by Tom Ziegler, translation by Michel Tremblay, stars ThĂŠrèse Dallaire â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24-27 â&#x20AC;˘ $25 (adult)/$21 (senior)/$16 (student) at TIX on the Square Offensive Fouls â&#x20AC;˘ 780.439.3905 â&#x20AC;˘ Catalyst Theatre, 8529 Gateway Blvd â&#x20AC;˘ Concrete Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ By Jason Long, directed by Caroline Howarth. Appropriate for ages 14+ â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 25, 7:30pm; Nov 26, 2pm and 7:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ $18 (adult)/$14 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square â&#x20AC;˘ Post show discussion with Facilitators from The Centre for Race and Culture

OH SUSANNA! â&#x20AC;˘ Varscona Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ 1032983 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.433.3399 â&#x20AC;˘ The Euro-style variety spectacle with Susanna Patchouli and her divine co-host Eros â&#x20AC;˘ Last Sat each month, 11pm (subject to occasional change) â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 26 Ordinary People â&#x20AC;˘ Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo RD, Spruce Grove â&#x20AC;˘ 780.962.8995 â&#x20AC;˘ Horizon Players Community Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24-26, 7:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ $21 (adult)/$20 (student/senior)/$5 (eyeGo) at TicketMaster Peter Panâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;a Musical Adventure â&#x20AC;˘ Arden Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ St Albert Childrenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ By James Barrie; musical by Willis Hall and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24-Dec 4 â&#x20AC;˘ $22.50 (adult)/$16.50 (child/senior) at Arden box office, TicketMaster Play Slam â&#x20AC;˘ Cayalyst Theatre, 8529 Gateway Blvrd) â&#x20AC;˘ Workshop West fundraiser, Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s playwrights compete featuring two acts of short readings, live music â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 24, 7:30pm â&#x20AC;˘ $20; proceeds to Workshop West's programming The Survival of Pigeons as Studied by Human Lovers â&#x20AC;˘ Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ Surreal SoReal Theatre; comedy by Jon Lachlan Stewart, directed by Vincent Forcier, stars Kyla Shinkewski and Colin Matty â&#x20AC;˘ Dec 1-10 â&#x20AC;˘ $15 at TIX on the Square TheatreSports â&#x20AC;˘ Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ rapidfiretheatre.com â&#x20AC;˘ Improv runs every Fri, 11pm â&#x20AC;˘ $10/$8 (member) This is What Happens Next â&#x20AC;˘ Citadel Rice Theatre, 9828-101 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.428.2117 â&#x20AC;˘ citadeltheatre.com â&#x20AC;˘ Created by Daniel Brooks and Daniel MacIvor, written/performed by Daniel MacIvor â&#x20AC;˘ Until Dec 4 THE WEDDING SINGER â&#x20AC;˘ Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.483.4051 â&#x20AC;˘ With a brand-new score that pays homage to pop songs of the '80s â&#x20AC;˘ Until Feb 5 Vernon God Little â&#x20AC;˘ Grant MacEwan University Theatre Lab, 10045-155 St â&#x20AC;˘ Grant MacEwan University Theatre â&#x20AC;˘ Comedy, graphic language and Country and Western music â&#x20AC;˘ Dec 2-10 â&#x20AC;˘ Tickets at TIX on the Square With Bells On â&#x20AC;˘ Roxy, 10708-124 St, and various other venues throughout Edmonton â&#x20AC;˘ 780.453.2440 â&#x20AC;˘ Theatre Network â&#x20AC;˘ Guys in Disguise, by Darrin Hagen, stars James Hamilton, Paul Welch â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 29-30; Dec 1-11 â&#x20AC;˘ Tickets at Theatre Networkâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s box office, 780.453.2440 Wyrd Sisters â&#x20AC;˘ Walterdale Playhouse, 1032283 Ave â&#x20AC;˘ 780.439.2845 â&#x20AC;˘ By Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, directed by J. Nelson Niwa â&#x20AC;˘ A scheming prince with a power-hungry spouse seeks the throne â&#x20AC;˘ Nov 30-Dec 10 â&#x20AC;˘ $12-$16 at TIX on the Square

Fantastic Art Available Throughout Edmonton ART SOCIETY OF "Art enables STRATHCONA COUNTY us to find ourLoft Art Gallery and Gift Shop, Saturdays 10 to 4 pm. and Workshops: Sunday noon to 4 pm! Original artwork and gifts by local artists!        selves and lose Membership meetings every second Tuesday of the month at 7 pm. Fabric Sculpting includes speakers or demos, at the A. J. Ottewell Centre, 590 Broadmoor Watercolors/Acrylics Blvd, Sherwood Park. Guests welcome. Membership fee is $30 annually. ourselves at the Pastels Watercolors same time."

      

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hirteen teams from around the world will face off in a full-contact battle for international supremacy. December 1 is the start of the World Cup of Roller Derby. The first event of its kind, it marks the evolution of a sport that has gone from the theatrics of television wrestling to a sport practised by thousands of dedicated athletes world wide. It's an evolution that is welcomed by the women who dedicate full-time hours and a professional athletic approach to make the sport happen. "It isn't a beer league," says Bobbi Barbarich—Beretta Lynch on the Team Canada roster—who was a member of a group of five responsible for the formation of the E-Ville Roller Derby league here in Edmonton in 2007. "If you look at the women in Gotham, Rocky Mountain, Texas and Kansas City—some of the top leagues in the States—it's getting the appearance and range of body sizes of football and you can tell these women are super strong," says Barbarich, who is currently the training coordinator for Kootenay and has travelled to Montréal, Toronto and Calgary to practise with the national team. Barbarich has a wealth of experience in the sport, from starting the E-Ville league and then the West Kootenay Roller Derby league when she moved to Nelson in 2009. She decided to try out for Team Canada when it was announced by Blood & Thunder magazine in Toronto that there would be a World Cup. Women from across the country attended competitive tryouts and upped their already grueling training regime. "I drove down to Calgary the morning of. There were fitness tests and a skating try-out afterwards; I was most nervous over the fitness part," says

Hell'on Keller—Bailie Keller of the E-Ville league—who estimates she spends upwards of 10 hours a week training and at practices. "Out of all the girls they rank you. I was third of the top five from the try-out." TeeKnee—Faith Pirie—one of Keller's teammates on the national team, estimates she spends 10 – 12 hours a week on derby, and in addition serves on the training committee for the Oil City Roller Girls. "I train on top of being on the track, I crossfit and run and go to the gym," says Pirie. "The first thing you learn about derby is that it's a lot harder than you thought," says Barbarich, who is currently the training coordinator at the Kootenay Girls Team. With the increased focus on athleticism since the resurgence of derby in the early 2000s, the competition has only intensified and the upcoming international battle was viewed as inevitable. Ziv Kruger, the media chair for the World Cup, says the idea has been around since the beginning but Blood & Thunder had the organization to get it going first. "It's the next logical step," says Kruger, who has coached several US derby leagues. "We just had the fifth championship ever in the modern era and now we've got World Cup, which is slated to happen every two years." Roller derby, in its modern incarnation now exists on nearly every continent with 1000 amateur leagues. Reinvented in the 2000s by the Texas Rollergirls, derby dropped the extreme theatrics and focused on becoming a sport. The Women's Flat Track Derby Association in the States hosts the Big Five regional tournaments, with the first national tournament held in 2006 in the US, and this past year marked the first time the

championships included a Canadian team with Montréal playing in the eastern region. For many skaters the world cup is a sign the sport is beginning to get the respect it deserves, while still maintaining its independence and do-ityourself nature, which is key to the accessibility of the sport. Leagues are skater run, set up by women interested in full-contact team sports. While most teams follow the rules set out by the WFTDA, there's no pressure to join the association or become WFTDA-sanctioned teams. Currently Montréal, Toronto and Vancouver have become members and have begun participating in the championships. But the flexibility to base the leagues on community needs is key to its accessibility. "You're in control of what you're doing, you can make the best choices for your people," says Barbarich, "You know what people's skill sets are, what your fans are like, and you can create something that you've all agreed on." That independence is part of what makes derby so open to women, whether they are athletes or not. It's a flexibility that could be lost if the sport were to be sanctioned by an outfit like the International Olympic Committee, something that almost happened in 2009 when roller sport was considered for the 2016 Olympics. The addition of roller sport—which would have included a lot of other competitions such as roller speed skating—to the Olympics could have brought a recognition that roller derby has become more than a hobby for most women, and bestowed a respect upon the sport that many have seen as lacking, still viewed through

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the light of the '60s-era theatrics. But that recognition is happening without IOC approval. With the development of the World Cup, the growth of the WFTDA and the talk of international competitions centered in Europe, Australia and Scandinavia, the sport could grow to develop its own international structures to fit the needs of the women who run it. That means important aspects of the sport could be built into any future international structures. Despite the potential for a higher level of national competition, skaters don't want to see travel teams cut off from their home leagues. Like the travel teams of leagues, Team Canada members are sharing skills between players across the country, participating in boot camps and scrimmages, and learning from players who have different experiences. Roller derby is one of the few contact sports open to women at all, but is one of the only team sports open to any woman, and in some cities now men—the WTFDA also just approved a transgender policy— with any level of athletic ability. "I was excited to start something that was completely unknown," says Pirie, who just three years ago had very little skating or team sport experience, but who had always had an interest in full-contact sport. "Football is really big in my family, and I'm the only girl," she explains, "but I really wanted to make my family proud for playing a full-contact sport." The World Cup in Toronto will be the first time she'll be playing in front of her family. The experience is not uncommon. "The woman just elected captain for the all-star team, she was such a bad skater," says Kruger. "She would trip and fall and she was a hazard.

I recruited her because she had potential. I didn't know what would happen to her athletically. By about the middle of the season, the stats showed that she was not only the best blocker, but the best jammer. She was the best player within six months of joining the team." Kruger refers to one of his close friends, who after joining derby and rebuilding lost confidence, left a destructive marriage and started the career she always wanted: "Roller derby helps women know they can accomplish whatever they put their mind to." "Going in and bodychecking someone is fun," says Barbarich, adding, "getting bodychecked is fun and these are things we haven't been encouraged to enjoy." "You make up a name because you have the opportunity to reinvent yourself," she continues. "It gives you the opportunity to be someone else— someone you never thought you would become—and to smash against people and do something that hasn't been considered female friendly." "You just let lose," says Keller. "You don't have to worry about what anyone else thinks and just do your own thing." "It's not just national pride, but personal pride: to be the best you can be in your country, and that's what Olympic sports are about," Ziv says, explaining that derby players who missed the championships in the States because their leagues didn't make it are excited to have the opportunity to play competitively against world-class players. "We don't need an Olympic stamp on this tournament for it to mean the exact same thing." SAMANTHA POWER // SAMANTHA@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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behaviour at a ski hill can test the patience of the most agreeable parent. That's when we need to step back, take a deep breath and remember the most important maxim of teach-

can attest. In fact, she enjoys it so much that when she was looking to return to instructing at Marmot after having children of her own, she established the Snowflakes Ski Academy, a

Teaching children at a younger age leads to a child having a love for skiing, as long as there's no pressure and they're just enjoying it.

ing kids to ski: have fun. "If you're not having fun, it's not worth it," Buffel states simply. If you start with that straightforward premise, teaching skiing to kids can be incredibly rewarding, as Buffel

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some may be ready as early as three, provided they are "strong, active and motivated," Buffel explains. "Teaching children at a younger age leads to a child having a love for skiing," she adds, "as long as there's no pressure and they're just enjoying it." From my own experience, teaching my son for the last two seasons has given us some of our best father-son moments. I began taking him to the Edmonton Ski Club when he'd just turned three. Down the bunny hill we'd go, him in my arms, skis barely touching snow. My son got to be the leader. I'd ask which way and he would point and holler, "Go that way, Daddy!" He soon discovered this was an end-

lessly entertaining game, as I would go along no matter where he sent us. But the thing that really got him screaming with laughter was when I would pick up speed, ski up the front of a ramp and then let gravity pull us down backwards. From there, I tried a number of different teaching methods. Admittedly, I'm no ski instructor so my range was limited. From propping him between my knees we advanced to using a ski pole crossways as a brace, and from there to a ski harness. He was skiing quite well by this point but still felt nervous going unharnessed. It wasn't until I took him for his first lesson at Marmot Basin that I realized I'd never taught him how to stop properly. More than his safety net, I'd been his brake. "It's difficult for a parent to teach their child," Buffel says. "I put my son into lessons and brought him back to me when he was ready to ski on his own." The secret? Children learn differently with an instructor who isn't a parent. It's good to recognize when you're out of your depth, as I did when I took my son to Marmot. I also realized a secondary but important benefit of lessons—giving the parents free time to ski on their own. Nonetheless, parents still play an important role, Buffel stresses, helping children solidify and develop new skills by taking them on new and different terrain, and by encouraging practice. One fun drill Buffel recommends is playing "slalom"—taking turns being "gates" and weaving around each other. Above all, though, you have to learn to embrace the hot chocolate moments. At the time I didn't think about it—we were just having fun— but it later dawned on me that those times with my son were some of the most fun I'd ever had in over 25 years of skiing. And that difficult kid? "By week three he was up skiing," Buffel smiles, " and now he's moved up to Nancy Greene." JEREMY DERKSEN // JEREMY@VUEWEEKLY.COM


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he arrival of winter flurries can cause some photographers to shelve their cameras and await the return of bright spring colours and warmer weather. Deep-freeze conditions can certainly prove challenging for photography, but they should serve as a source of creative inspiration, rather than sending you and your camera into hibernation. For those who can cope with the chill, the perfect storm of winter weather can result in stunning images: slanted morning sunlight makes perfect backlighting for delicate flakes clinging to branches, steam rising from open water creates an ethereal effect, and windswept snow scenes captured at the right moment appear otherworldly. Here are a few tips to to help you snap the most impressive frosty photos feasible.

Think of your camera and its batteries and flash as you would your fingers and toes. Just like your extremities, camera parts and batteries slow down and become less effective in cold temperatures. Combat this by keeping your gear cozy before you shoot. It's a good idea to keep a spare battery stored in a pocket close to your body so you can swap it with a sluggish, cold battery if need be. Also, consider carrying your camera inside your jacket while you wait for the perfect light, pulling it out only when you need to shoot. When it's extra cold, bring portable hand-warmers to spread some warmth to both your fingers and camera parts. Avoid an "oh #^*@%!" moment

Attach fluorescent flagging tape to smaller pieces of equipment to prevent a string of expletives from escaping your lips as you watch your memory card of award-winning images tumble into a snowy abyss. Store any bits and pieces you might pull out of your camera bag in a highly-visible way, just in case your cold fingers fail you: lens filters and caps, memory card cases, battery packs and your tripod head. Black-and-white might be right

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not getting the colour photos you're seeking, switch your brain to thinking in grayscale. Pay special attention to contrasts in light; silhouettes (of which there are many in winter, when most trees and plants shed their leaves); how the wind sculpts snow into shapely curves; and dark objects, like a stand of trees, positioned against snowy whiteness. Thinking outside of the realm of colour can help you become a better photographer with a well-rounded understanding of exposure and light. Use lazy hours to your advantage

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e have, as a society, been conditioned over the past halfcentury to think that bigger is better. We have shopped in capacious big box stores, driven oversized vehicles and supersized our hamburgers. A prevailing message has been that downsizing equates failure. Yet, there exists a growing and persistent backlash to this philosophy, a growing recognition that small size often equates to superior quality. This "smaller is better" trend is especially prevalent in the food industry. Sweet Mango, a Bonnie Doon-area Vietnamese restaurant, recently opened a miniature version of itself in the far reaches of the south side. Sweet Mango's "Mini Me" is the aptly named Mini Mango. Mini Mango's home is a strip mall in the south-side suburb of Summerside. Seating is minimal in this softly lit, orange and brown alcove, which hints at Mango's bustling take-out clientele. On the wall, photos of rice paddies and colourful Vietnamese dolls hint of a tropical land far beyond the reaches of the surrounding parking lot. The menu includes a selection of appetizers, Vietnamese sandwiches, vermicelli and rice bowls, and soups. We select green onion cakes ($3.95) from an appetizer roster that includes spring rolls and saté skewers. They arrive smartly, steaming and accompanied by a small bowl of sweet chili sauce. Abundant shreds of green onion add zip to the savoury dough, which is appropriately crispy and carries scarcely a whisper of grease. We sip green tea ($0.95) as we await

our chosen mains, Pho Bò ($6.95) and a Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì ($5.95). I am disappointed that our tea is served in paper take-out cups and is nothing more exotic than Lipton tea bags. Proper ceramic mugs and looseleaf tea are not unreasonable expectations when one is dining in. Service is prompt and our main course arrives, followed by two squeeze bottles of chili sauce and sweet hoisin sauce. Pho Bò is a bracing bowl of beef stock loaded with delicate rice noodles and thin slices of tender beef. A scatter of fresh cilantro, tiny rounds of green onion, and the unmistakable citrusy essence of lemongrass liven up this soup. Although the beef slices are too big to balance on a spoon, it is apparent why

sion includes tender strips of grilled chicken infused with the eponymous lemongrass, crisp shreds of pickled carrot, ribbons of cucumber, all garnished with a fiery peanut saté sauce. The combination of flavours and textures is delectable, and this sandwich handily trumps any offerings from neighbouring sandwich shops. The dessert selection is minimal, but includes lemongrass crème caramel and the cheekily named BJ Spring Rolls—to be clear, the B and J stand for bananas and jackfruit. We order the latter ($4.50), which presents a pair of crunchy rolls anointed with a brown sugar coconut sauce. The bananas shine through, though the demure jackfruit is difficult to detect. The end pieces are the best: they are thoroughly crackly and dripping with

Pho Bò is a bracing bowl of beef stock loaded with delicate rice noodles and thin slices of tender beef. A scatter of fresh cilantro, tiny rounds of green onion, and the unmistakable citrusy essence of lemongrass liven up this soup. pho is essentially the national dish of Vietnam. It is filling but not heavy, and complex without being cumbersome. Lemongrass Chicken Bánh Mì is one of Mini Mango's incarnations of Vietnamese sandwiches. Sandwiches are not typically perceived as traditional Asian food, but are widespread in Vietnam. They are the product of French colonialism and pair traditionally French ingredients, such as baguettes and mayonnaise, with Vietnamese staples like pickled carrots and cilantro. Mini Mango offers several Bánh Mì, as they are known, and this ver-

the rich, fragrant sauce. They are a satisfying coda to a meal that emphasized fresh ingredients and straightforward flavours. Mini Mango is dwarfed by supersized supermarket and drug store neighbours, but holds its ground with a solid, fresh interpretation of Vietnamese cuisine. The proprietors of Sweet Mango took a risk when they opened a smaller, rather than larger, outpost of their restaurant. Mini Mango, however, proves that small is beautiful. LS Vors // vors@vueweekly.com

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Six facts about gingerbread

Not the freshest bread

Remember, Remember

Gingerbread first appeared in Europe in the 11th century when crusaders brought ginger back from the Middle East. By the 18th century, gingerbread had spread to all of Europe.

In Britain, gingerbread is traditionally eaten for Guy Fawkes Night, which celebrates the foiled plot on the life of King James I on November 5, 1605. Guy Fawkes—for whom the night is named—was arrested while guarding explosives that had been placed below the House of Lords and which were to be set off when the King opened parliament.

Can't catch me The first instance of a "gingerbread man" was from the court of Queen Elizabeth I who created gingerbread likenesses of important guests and presented the cookies to them at dinner.

People in cookie houses Gingerbread houses were created after the Brothers Grimm published Hansel and Gretel, which referred to the house the two siblings come upon in the forest as being made of sugar, cake and gingerbread. After the popular stories came out in the early 1800s, German bakers began to concoct elaborate houses made out of gingerbread.

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Bigger than my apartment The largest ever gingerbread house was constructed by Roger Pelcher at the Mall of America in Minnesota. The house took nine days to build, was over 67 feet tall and had an area of 1496 square feet.

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I chose it because it is a rarer, more challenging style to brew well. It is the brewery's take on a Belgian Pale Ale. In Alberta we have not really had a great example of the style. Ommegang may very well be the first.

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PREVUE // MOTOWN MEETS POWER POP

Moving on from Motown

Imaginary Cities looks to do its own thing, not be a nostalgia act

Sarbit and Matyas

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arti's got some unique quality in the genetic makeup of her throat and vocal cords that nobody else has," Rusty Matyas says. "It's like a new instrument that I had never heard before. She was born with that gift—I just wanted to write a song for her. I didn't know we were going to end up making music together." Matyas, formerly of the Waking Eyes and an occasional touring member of the Weakerthans, was working as the sound guy at a Winnipeg bar when he heard Marti Sarbit sing. She was singing for the Solutions, a Motown cover band with a weekly gig there, and Matyas found his interests piqued by the properties of her voice. As he notes, almost on impulse he wrote her a Motown-style song which sparked their shared kindred spirit: Sarbit and Matyas collaborated further on some demos that she'd previously shelved, the first of those, "Say You," becoming the first track on Temporary Resident,

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the pair's first album as Imaginary Cities which digs itself a cozy niche in vocal-driven power-pop, pumped up by Sarbit's powerful vocals. "We decided this was great, let's keep writing together, but let's try to not make Motown songs specifically," Matyas says. "It'd be obvious with her voice, [and] we didn't want it to be too throwback-y. "Now it's kind of funny," he continues. "That cover band she was in still plays around town with a different girl singing. But they do that song, that first song that I did for Marti, because it's so obviously throwbacky that it actually fits right into their set. It sounds like some obscure soul song that nobody's ever heard." Temporary Resident doesn't sound like it's going for nostalgia. Rather, there's something very modern in its odd coupling of voice and instrument; one part of what makes Sarbit's voice stand out on the record is that it isn't backed by the usual Motown instrumental styles; likewise, Matyas' driving rock songs get topped with vocals more out of the ordinary than usual.

(though the band tours as a five-piece, Matyas and Sarbit write and play everything in the studio) The album's propelled the pair from a few songs to having the kind of year most young bands drool while dreaming about: after a couple of tours, Imaginary Cities crossed Canada opening for the Pixies in the spring. The band's just returned from an inaugural trek down to Australia, and also spent some time touring Europe recently. Matyas' certainly wasn't expecting to be on the road so heavily so soon—he

admits he is talking from his parent's place, where he's doing tour laundry, "because I have to." "When Marti and I started, we just started to have fun and make music, and weren't even expecting to put out a CD or make a band," Matyas says. "We were just recording because we had the means to do so and it was fun to make new songs. And Steve [Carroll] from the Weakerthans got behind it and became our manager, and through connections—getting a booking agent and a label—we got a

CD out, and over the last year, we've been touring like mad. Like a young band does, what a new band does: you tour. We went across Canada three or four times last year, and now we're going to again this month. "It's exactly how I remembered it to be," he continues with a laugh, "'cause I've been touring for a long time. It's hard work, but it's neat to see it through new eyes, with a new band, and try building something from the ground up." Paul Blinov // paul@vueweekly.com

Rusty's Choice On the Pixies tour, among the usual types of merchandise, Imaginary Cities sold bottles of Heinz ketchup emblazoned with 'Rusty's Choice' and an image of Matyas on the label. Turns out he's a fan of the food additive, and the feeling is mutual. "I was on a Waking Eyes tour a three or four years ago, [and] the guys would always make fun of me 'cause I love ketchup and I put it on everything. I

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specifically like Heinz ketchup and can tell it apart from no-name crap ketchup. They were joking and said, 'You should just email them!' So I did. And they immediately emailed back, and I've been in their office in Toronto—their head office, with their state-of-the-art kitchen where the chefs are making new concoctions—and [received] gift baskets at Christmas, and I've been out for dinner with them in Toronto. Every time we're there they come out to our

shows. They're just really supportive. It's sort of equally hilarious and genuine. I actually really love their ketchup. So for the Pixies tour, I got in touch with them again and just said, 'Can I have my own ketchup from you guys for this tour?' and they said, 'Well, yeah.' It's just regular ketchup with a different label on it. And now there's a restaurant in Winnipeg called Stella's that's serving exclusively 'Rusty's Choice' Heinz ketchup."


PREVUE // BIG BAND

SLOW DOWN, MOLASSES

Six Degrees of Molasses

Sat, Nov 26 (8 pm) With Doug Hoyer, The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra Haven Social Club, $10

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here is a core of a half-dozen musicians that comprise Slow Down, Molasses's usual shape, at least when it comes to hitting the road and playing shows. But secondary to that lies a larger list of sometimes-members, guests musicians, one-off collaborators and friends with instruments who can, when schedules line up, more than double the band's size. It's a collaborative spirit that makes Slow Down seem more like a collective of musicians whose live and studio ranks bulge and slim with extra members in a free-form, whenever-you-can sort of wayâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;which was the point right from the band's inception, guitarist/vocalist/ bandleader Tyson McShane explains. "It started as a solo project, with the idea that I wanted to grow into something that's bigger, and has more people involved who don't necessarily have to always be involved," he says from his Saskatoon home. "As much for myselfâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; to get to play with a lot more peopleâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; but also just to give people a lot more opportunities to do stuff that we're excited about, whether it's collaborate as a 12-piece band, or be able to go on tour in Europe, where I think if we were a set, we have these people who always have to be there [band], then a couple of tours we've done wouldn't have happened, because we're all in our late 20s/early 30s, so inevitably everybody has other things on the go." The band will be driving through Alberta with just six members in the van this trek out, though it's easy to see why so many might want to cram into its ranks, even on an occasional basis: Slow Down's latest, Walk into the Sea is picking itself up into a buzzing, noteworthy march. The band spent August on a well-received jaunt over to the UK promoting the album, which grounds itself in slow-burning rock but seems happy

Of the 16 musicians that pop up over the course of Walk Into the Sea, plenty of them flesh out other Saskatoon acts: a few defunct bands lend ex-members to the mix, but others are still active, existing concurrently to Slow Down, and examining the band's peripheral associations shows that the template for a supersized band has long existed in Saskatoon. The sheer frequency of overlap of bands associated directly or indirectly with Slow Down offers, in a way, a cross-section into the archaeological layers of Saskatoon's music scene, past and present. Jeans Boots: Slow Down keyboardist Jeanette Stewart, heading up a classic rock trio format, makes swooning barroom rock; her 2010 EP, txt msgs, coos as much as it kicks.

The core of Slow Down, Molasses

to let more ramshackle ideas find their orbit. Toy piano pops up here and there, and in one instance a typewriter gets used as light, driving percussion, the byproduct McShane notes, of a jamspace that's filled with odds and ends as members find new potential instruments and bring them there. Walk into the Sea maintains some of the country-tinged feel of the band's debut album, I'm an Old Believer, but its lean towards louder, more bombastic guitar rock seems a better fit for the band of its size.

"[On] our first record, there was definitely a lot more countryish arrangements and feel," McShane explains. "This album I really wanted to get more into bigger, more spacey arrangements, and kind of indulge in more big guitar rock stuff. Being influenced by bands like Spacemen 3 or Mogwai or My Bloody Valentine ... there was a lot of looking at new ways of layering instruments, and playing with a lot more big sounds, in the context of the really lush arrangement." Paul Blinov

Foam Lake: Presumably named after the town in Saskatchewan, Foam Lake makes driving, energetic pop with a certain cinematic flair and love of singalong hooks. The band's just released an album, Force and Matter. Slow Down's Paul Ross plays in this band as well. New Jacobin Club: dubbing itself "Freakshow Metal," New Jacobin Club seems to share some of Alice Cooper's campy take on the pop-metal sound. The Club's Nikki Schmid played cello for Slow Down's album. Carbon Dating Service: Though it's retired now, Carbon Dating Service was a 10-piece band, three albums to its name, each skirting across the landscape of indie-pop music with an eclectic mix of harp, electronics, brass, dobro and, it seems, whatever else it could fit in. Former CDS member Toby Bond played viola on Walk Into The Sea. No Birds: Another musical retiree, another prairie 10-piece (something in the water?). Alternative rock with sweeps of string and a looming sense of danger. Toby Bond was also part of this band.

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LIGHTS

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MUSIC NOTES k-os / Thu, Dec 1 (8 pm) On the heels of releasing a DVD of his live performance, Toronto rapper k-os will be in Edmonton giving people here a taste of the real thing. (Starlite Room, $22)

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week the two groups swing back through town for another show. Given that it's been about four years since Ox was last here, and since the band (totally not literally) tore the woof off the Dog, you should really take advantage of the opportunity to see them again. (Haven Social Club, $10)

Feast or Famine / Sat, Nov 26 (8 pm) Man, it's like it's feast or famine for these guys. They don't have a show for weeks and now two shows in one nightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;the band plays down the street at Wunderbar only a few hours earlier. Crazy! (New City)

KYUSS Lives! / Sun, Nov 27 (7 pm) Do you love KYUSS? Well here's something similar! Sometimes things just don't quite work out as planned. JProcktor headed out for the Lights show, packing his camera and at least one good eye along, ready to capture the show. But there was no pit to shoot from, so he ended up standing behind the audience of screaming girls, shooting into the dim light. He didn't come away empty handed, though, so if you like this photo, you can go online and see a second one.

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Exposing

Ox / Fri, Nov 25 (8 pm) Ox was on Vue's cover just last week as the band passed through town for a packed gig at the Black Dog alongside tourmates Forest City Lovers. This

Ghettosocks / Thu, Dec 1 (9 pm) Not a lot of MCs out there who could rock the thick frames look with such panache, but with an oeuvre that sounds like hip hop when it was funâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;remember then?â&#x20AC;&#x201D;and a live show that gives off enough energy to power a small farm, Ghettosocks keeps proving he's got panache to spare. (Wunderbar)

PREVUE // GIG

CLEAN UP YOUR ACT

EDMONTONâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S SONIC DIVERSITY Tonus Vivus Festival of New Music

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Mattie Cuvilier celebrates 100 shows with Sarah LaRocque and Greg Boyd

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t's not everyday that a local production outfit can celebrate its 100th show. Promoters come and promoters go and a lot of money is lost putting on gigs, which is what has most sane people heading for the hills instead of putting on shows. Clean Up Your Act will celebrate sticking it out with a daylong show at the Wunderbarâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; half all ages and half bar show. CUYA founder Mattie Cuvilier answered a few of our questions below.

Why'd you get into putting on shows? MATTIE CUVILIER: I have put on shows in some capacity since my mid teens. After my previous band stopped playing shows I still wanted to contribute to The Scene. So I began CUYA to do punk rock and hardcore shows on VUE WEEKLY:

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a regular basis. Within a short time I saw CUYA as a valuable resource to Edmonton so it just continued to grow from there. I felt it was important that quality all-ages shows were taking place and that the DIY music scene continues to grow. The Scene will only grow from within and in a DIY community it is just a matter of someone stepping up to make sure something happens. VW: What

was your first show? The first show I ever set up was a punk show in a coffee shop in my early teens that Doug Hoyer and I put together. The first CUYA show, Broadcast Zero at Eddie Shorts, was many years later. CUYAâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first all-ages show was Letâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Danceâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s seven-inch release. It took me a few months before I really got my footing putting on shows, but within four or five months I was doing regular punk and hardcore shows. Since then I

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have expanded into doing other genres of shows in a variety of venues. VW: What's been the biggest challenge?

Although I have encountered a variety of challenges such as damage to halls, wannabe rock stars, haters, police shutting down shows, lost damage deposits, etc, probably the biggest hurdle has been the all-ages scene being neither recognized nor represented by some of Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s media. Unfortunately, the majority of Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s vibrant all-ages scene is very often unfairly marginalized and written off. It is in fact, an interesting and engaging element to Edmontonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s music scene and more importantly, through its grassroots nature, it is an intricate component to the scene at large by exposing young people to independent music and allowing new musicians a venue to explore their artistic potential.

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PREVUE // PUNKS

SLATES Sat, Nov 26 (11 pm) Wunderbar, $10

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dmonton band Slates has long been about experience: instead of countless trips across Canada in the hopes of "making it," the members of Slates seem more like adventure collecters, taking a "devil-you-don'tknow" stance toward touring. It has led the group to Cuba and more recently to Europe on a lengthy DIY tour this past summer. That experience has been collected into drummer Dallas Thompson's latest book—and second travelogue—Keep on Chooglin'. The book will be available at Slates' upcoming show as well as this weekend's Royal Bison. Thompson recently answered some questions about the book via email. Vue Weekly: How long did the book take to write? Did you write it as you went, or when you got home? Dallas Thompson: It was written on the road and revisited in early October. Shortly after reading a few things my brain had already forgotten, I was editing it down and planning a release.

This is your third book—what draws you to the form? DT: I enjoy formats that are tangible or analog, they seem to be good for my attention span. It's very seldom that I find myself invested in the writer or VW:

Slates on a Slovenian rooftop

contemplative when scanning blogs and whatever else. VW: The tour was DIY, the book is DIY,

tell me about that. I think we've become very accustomed to outsourcing difficult, timeconsuming tasks. I could hire a company to produce my books for example, but taking that route would only reinforce my laziness, and I wouldn't gain much from it. Being involved in the whole process is very satisfying.

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What was the most important thing you learned on the trip? DT: Clean socks are of the utmost importance. VW:

What was the tour's best and worst experiences? DT: Washing our filthy carcasses off VW:

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in the Adriatic was fantastic. The food and hospitality was over and above, I think, what any of us expected. Not being able to find our way around Bosnia was a bit stressful. There's not much for street signs, our GPS conked out and our phone was on its last legs. Clearing the border back into Croatia was quite the chore as well. VW: Does the act of writing about a tour clarify its most important parts in your mind? DT: Yes and no. I'll be processing certain things that happened on that one for quite some time. Maybe that's the important part. The voices and experiences were documented well enough that it's impossible for my brain to move forward without being thoughtful. Bryan Birtles // bryan@vueweekly.com

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Foam Lake Force and Matter (Independent)  Foam Lake's Force and Matter is a buzzing, rollicking collection of poprock songs with a penchant for "whoaoh-whoa" type vocal hooks. Built equally on guitars and keyboards, it could run simply on the gusto with which the band plays those instruments—opener "True Hearts" starts blasting from the second you start it—but there's some songwriting muscle behind its punch. The second half slips into more introspective navel gazing, and even there energy infuses its quieter moments: "Baggage," while downbeat, still has a quiet "whoo-hoo" thing going at the start. The success of Force and Matter is that for all of that, it never seems to run out of gas. Paul Blinov

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Florence & The Machine Ceremonials (Island) 

Though every band that ever strung three chords together has released a homemade EP by now, an influx of DIY comedy albums has yet to materialize. It's a real shame because the means of production—seemingly so close at hand for every shitty band ever—are even closer at hand for indie comedians: microphone, digital recorder, CD burner, done. Jon Mick's Who Knew?, available online for free at Mick's Bandcamp acount—just google it—shows off what's possible with an indie comedy album. Amongst diatribes against summer, soap marketing and old people, Mick's comedy is punctuated by his whirling diversions into pop culture esotericism, discussions of boners achieved on the bus, and his completely inappropriate bucket list. What hangs it together is the level of honest expression Mick gives to his audience.

Lungs, Brit siren Florence and co's first disc, propelled itself largely through her voice rising over lush little pop arrangements that would occasionally rise up to meet those golden pipes. They felt like joyous, celebratory explosions, and while on Ceremonials, her voice is still obviously the focus (and rightly so) she sacrifices some of that musical joy and aims for bigger peaks and more epic instrumentation. Songs still erupt when the chorus comes, and it's a change in tone that does suit her, though sometimes Ceremonials really feels like it's reaching a little to much for big and serious ideas: a few more of those joyful little pop numbers wouldn't have hurt here.

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Lil B, "I Got Aids" - Download Who else in rap would do this? Over a dreamy tape loop, Lil B gives a fictional take on discovering he has the life-damning illness. It's blunt, lyrically, and honestly, that means it edges toward being obvious and didactic. But while plenty of other artists are boasting about their actions, Lil' B is one of the few using his soapbox to sincerely explore the consequences that they can sometimes have.

Of Montreal, "Wintered Debts" - Download Potentially attached to Of Montreal's upcoming Paralytic Stalks LP (it was posted on the band's website without much detail), "Wintered Debts" feels like a kaleidoscopic drift back through the looking glass, showcasing the band pulling away from its recent obsessions with sexed-up glam rock. Starting with acoustic strums and whispered harmonies, it quickly erupts into an outburst of spazzy funk, then spends the rest of its seven-minute runtime in a more meditative state wandering through sound loops and minimal compositions. "I've fallen out of love with the prisoner," sings Kevin Barnes at one point; after a few albums of playing up a Prince-like persona, he may very well be talking about himself.

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Jeff Stuart & the Hearts equal parts REASON and MOONLIGHT (Independent)

The Decemberists Long Live The King (Capitol)

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Jeff Stuart & the Heart's latest is as the title says: two equal parts. Reason comes through in a well-constructed album of muscular, full-band folk and clever songwriting: the way Stuart, on opener "Apple Tree" pleads, "Oh, oh, oh / I wanna go home" while musically the band refuses to give in to the same despair buoys the sentiment in a unique way. Same with the playful push of "I Was a Wolf," or "Swallowed by the Morning Sky," which moves from a bass-y bounce to being carried by string swells, eventually becoming more urgently beautiful as it rises to a cresendo. The moonlight, then, comes in terms of the album's cinematic scope, the atmosphere of a fully realized album, how all that impeccable arrangement transcends the feeling of structure. It's good art, cleverly crafted and spotlessly executed.

An odds 'n' sods collection from the sessions for The King is Dead, this album is as uneven as you might expect. Still, as mixtape fodder for a Decembrists fan, it's pretty good. Bryan Birtles

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Old Silver Key Tales of Wanderings (Season of Mist)  If Coldplay was to become a metal band it would be Alcest. Unfortunately, because Alcest, the French metal band is technically brilliant, the lead singer just really likes to emo-up his vocals. Neige, lead singer of both Alcest and Old Silver Key, provides melancholic, melodic vocals on a new project with Ukrainian metal band Drudkh. Drudkh most recently produced the 2009 black metal album Handful of Stars, which admittedly began to integrate more progressive and post rock elements, characteristics that are amped up in this new project. Not that the album itself is amped up. With mellow guitar and soft drums it's hard to see how the album is even

classified as metal. The background for Tales of Wanderings describes a "warmer and lighter" glimpse at the roots of black metal. There are some track that get back to what Drudkh does best, providing the darker atmosphere more akin to black metal, and there's no disputing the band is good at what they do, it just depends if you're up for a softer look at black metal. Samantha Power //samantha@vueweekly.co

Slash featuring Myles Kennedy Made in Stoke 24/7/11 (Armoury)  After using a different singer on each song of his solo record, Slash enlisted Myles Kennedy to handle

the mic on tour with him. Kennedy fits in just fine, and the rest of the band sounds pretty good alongside the guitarist, a proper group rather than just a bunch of hired guns there to support the showboating (though there's still a good amount of that: 10-and-ahalf minute Slash guitar solo, anyone? No thanks). But while the band blasts out a good set of rock 'n' roll, it ultimately comes off as a cover band. And that works fine some of the time— usually when they're digging into a Guns N' Roses tune, which really serves to highlight the fact that Slash was only one piece of the five-part puzzle that put together Appetite For Destruction. On his own, though, without his old songwriting foils, too many of the songs become lessons in virtuosic riffing, but not much more, which wears a little thin over two discs, despite the wholehearted efforts of the band. Eden Munro

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SLIDESHOW

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Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm

Cha Island Tea Co

Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm

The Common

Movember fundraiser: House, disco, hiphop, funk, soul, R&B with CHesterfields, Dave Stone, Dragan, Sonny Grimezz, Instigate, Jackson, Twist, Shortround, Echo, Darkseeker, Photo''s by Goza; donations

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Thu at 9pm

DV 8 Tavern Wolf Sons with Whiskey Rose; 9pm Edmonton Event Centre Cosmic Gate;

no minors; 9pm (door); $22 (adv) at Foosh (Whyte), Shadified, Restricted Elite (Kingsway), Occulist (WEM), Rain Salon (WEM)

Grant MacEwan University–City Centre Campus Singer

Songwriter's Circle hosted by Michael Bernard Fitzgerald featuring Laura Swankey, Ariane Lemire, Marty Pawlina, Jessica Holtby, Erin Faught; 7:30pm; $10 at Grant MacEwan

DLO

Live Jam Thu; 9pm

Classical

Jeffrey's Café Tim

Convocation Hall

Harwill (country, blues); $10

THU NOV 24

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

Haven Social Club Chris Velan (folk pop), Daniel Sky; 8pm; $12 (adv at Blackyrd)/$15 (door)

L.B.'s Pub Open jam

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

Lexus of Edmonton Sean

Sonego (singersongwriter); 7-10pm; support of ending homelessness; free admission

Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm

New City Legion

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

new city compound Jake Ian

and the Haymakers, The Choke-Outs, The Burning Streets, Ben Olson; no minors; 8pm (door), $10

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Every Thursday Night: Nick Martin; 10pm; Marco Claveria Trio; 6-9pm

NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose

Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

Pawn Shop Distant

Calm (metal, rock), Hook 'Em Revue Burlesque, Gurl, Dead in Memphis; 8pm; $8 at Blackbyrd

Ric’s Grill Peter Belec

( jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm

Second Cup– Varscona Live music

every Thu night; 7-9pm

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Quinton Reddy

Sherlock Holmes– WEM Tony Dizon That's Aroma Open

stage; 7-9pm

Wild Bill’s–Red

Wind Music from Around the World: The Symphonic Wind Ensemble; 8pm

DJs 180 Degrees DJ every Thu

Black dog Freehouse Underdog:

Underdog Sound Revue: garage, soul, blues with Stu Chel; Main Floor: Soul/reggae/punk/funk/ junk with DJ Jaime Del Norte; Wooftop Lounge: Various musical flavas including funk, indie dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass and house with DJ Gundam

Brixx Radio Brixx with

Tommy Grimes spinning Rock n Roll; 8pm (door); no cover

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

Chrome Lounge 123 Ko every Thu

THE Common So

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

Crown Pub

Breakdown @ the crown with This Side Up! hosted by Atomatik and Kalmplxx DJ

Druid Irish Pub DJ

every Thu; 9pm

Level 2 lounge Funk Bunker Thursdays: Big Beat Frosting; 9:30pm

Lucky 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas On The Rocks

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

Overtime– Downtown Thursdays

at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step

rendezvous Metal

night every Thu

Sportsworld Roller

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

Taphouse–St Albert

FLUID LOUNGE Thirsty

Thursdays: Electro breaks Cup; no cover all night

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Requests

every Thu with DJ Damian

HALO Fo Sho: every

Devaney's Irish Pub Mark McGarigal

Dow–Shell Theatre –Fort Saskatchewan

Five Alarm Funk (Sturgeon Composite High School jazz combo); 7:30pm; $29.50 (adult)/$27.50 (senior/ youth)/$5 (eyeGO)

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

FRI NOV 25 104 Street–Bay/ Enterprise Square LRT Station platform, downtown

104 Underground–an operascape: Mercury Opera; $25 (incl a preperformance party at 6pm); mercuryopera.com

Artery Last Chance

Hollywood, Attention To The Wounded, Taking Juno; 8pm

Avenue Theatre Blue Chair Café

Blues on Whyte Ross Neilsen

Bone Yard Ale House Mourning Wood Brixx bar Early show: Chron Goblin, guests; 7pm (door); $8 (adv)

CARROT Live music every Fri; all ages; Roly Thompson; 7pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON All The Rage (pop/rock)

CASINO YELLOWHEAD Whiskey Boyz (pop/rock)

We’ve seen cheap knock-offs. We’ve seen expensive knock-offs. But for quality and wear, nothing steps up like the original, time-tested Blundstone boot. Pull on comfort since 1870. That’s the deal.

DV 8 Tavern The DGB, Elkies, Action News Team, Burning Streets, Jet Pack Attack; 9pm Edmonton Event Centre Method Empire Ballroom

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

FILTHY McNASTY’S

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

Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm

Union Hall 3 Four All

Ellen McIlwaine; 8:30pm; $20

FLASH Night Club

Lock Sound; 9pm

Coast to Coast

Man; 9pm; tickets at TicketMaster

Unbalanced (alt punk rock), JREDS, Toast; 8pm

Something Different every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill

Chrome Lounge Bar World Boss, World

Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Thu

Century Casino

PRISM; no minors; 7pm (door); $29.95 at Century Casino, TicketMaster

Morgan Page, In The Air Tour, Bass Kleph, David Stone; no minors; 9pm (door); $20 at UnionEvents. com, Ticketmaster.ca, Shadified, Salon & Spa, Rain Salon & Spa (WEM), Restricted Elite (Kingsway and Londonderry), Foosh

The Original available in Brown and Black Gravity Pope 10442 Whyte Ave 439-1637 Kunitz Shoes 23rd Avenue & 114 Street 438-4259 Wener Shoes 10322 Jasper Avenue 422-2718 Campers Village 10951-170 Street NW 484-2700

Campers Village South Point 479-2267 Soft Moc West Edmonton Mall 489-5616

Festival Place

Downchild Blues Band; 7:30pm (sold out), 10pm (show added); $43 (table)/$41 (box)/$39 (theatre)

FRESH START BISTRO

Intimate with Jodie Leslie (acoustic CD release); 7-10pm; $10

GAS PUMP The

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

Haven Social Club

Ox, Forest City Lovers, The Turning Away, Daniel Huscroft; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$12 (door)

Irish Club Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover

Jeffrey's Café Jeff

Hendrick (R 'n' B vocals, sax); $10

Jekyll and Hyde Pub Headwind (classic

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

Jubilee Auditorium Gordon Lightfoot (singer-songwriter); 8pm; $65/$75 at TicketMaster

lbs pub Danita Lynn

Tim Harwill Somethings Old, New, Borrowed & True CD Release Concert Jeffrey’s Cafe & Wine Bar 9640 142 st | 451-8890 Nov 24th | 8.00 p.m. $10 @ the door

VUEWEEKLY NOV 24 – NOV 30, 2011

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(singer-songwriter); 9:30-2am

Deer TJ the DJ every

Level 2 lounge

Wild West Saloon

Lizard Lounge Rock

Yardbird Suite

Danksoul; 9:30pm

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

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Early Show: Marco Claveria Trio, 6-9pm; Late show: Krystle Dos Santos, 9:30pm-midnight

On the Rocks exit303;

9pm; $5

PAWN SHOP Sonic

102.9 Band of the Month: Tanner Gordon and the Unfortunates (alt folk), Stone Iris, the Switchmen, Big City Supreme; 8pm; $8 (adv) at Blackbyrd

Red Piano Bar

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

Rose and Crown Lyle Hobbs

St Basil's Cultural Centre Full Moon Folk

Club: Jack Semple, Greg Trooper; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $18 (adv at Acoustic Music Shop, TIX on the Square)/$22 (door)/child under 12 half-price (door only)

Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

DLO

Canadian Jazz Series: Marc Atkinson Quartet; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)/$10 (youth 12 and under through the society, door only)

Classical Convocation Hall Wind Music from Around the World: UofA Symphonic Wind Ensemble; 8-10pm; admission by donation

Muttart Hall– Alberta College

Edmonton Classical Guitar Society: Johannes Möller; 8pm; $25 (adult)/$20 (student/ senior/member) at TIX on the Square, Avenue Guitars, Acoustic Music, ADW Music (St Albert), door fall fundraiser and concert

Winspear The Foggy

Streets Of London: Cantilon Choir, 11th Annual Dessert Auction; 5:30pm; $15

Winspear Here's the

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

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

Wars XI (alt danc, DJ, electronic, other); 8pm; $20 (adv)/$25 (door)

Blacksheep Pub

Rednex–Morinville

DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri

Blue Chair Café

RED STAR Movin’ on

Black Dog Freehouse Hair of

Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current

Boneyard Ale up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover

Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri

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

Sou Kawaii Zen

Blues on Whyte

BUDDY’S DJ Arrow

Lounge Fuzzion Friday:

House The Rock Mash-

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

Buffalo Underground R U

Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

CHROME LOUNGE

Platinum VIP every Fri

THE Common Boom

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

The Druid Irish Pub DJ every Fri; 9pm

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Fri

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

Orchestra: ESO; Juliette Kang (violin), Zeitouni (conductor); 8pm

FLUID LOUNGE Hip

Reddy

DJs

Sherlock Holmes– WEM Tony Dizon

180 Degrees DJ every

Funky Buddha– Whyte Ave Top tracks,

Starlite Room

AZUCAR PICANTE

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Quinton

KLUB OMFG: Sneak Peak Party; 9pm; no cover

Fri

DJ Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri

BANK ULTRA LOUNGE

hop and dancehall; every Fri

rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri

GAS PUMP DJ Christian; every Fri; 9:30pm-2am junction bar and eatery LGBT Commu-

with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover

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

DJ spins every Fri

Suite 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A

Temple Options with

Greg Gory and Eddie Lunchpail; every Fri

Treasury In Style

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

Union Hall Ladies

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

Brixx Bar Scientists of Sound (Jimmy Swift Band), guests; 9pm

CASINO EDMONTON All The Rage (pop/rock)

CASINO YELLOWHEAD Whiskey Boyz (pop/rock)

Century Casino Harlequin; $29.95

Common Express

Vegas Fridays

Y AFTERHOURS

Foundation Fridays: Edmonton Djs for Movember fundraiser

SAT NOV 26 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12

Artery Back Porch

House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan

BLACK DOG

Overtime–

Avenue Theatre Star

180 Degrees 10730-

Hall Arts Bldg, U of A, 780.492.3611

780.488.4841

Accent European Lounge 8223-104 St,

Crown and Anchor

HALO 10538 Jasper Ave,

HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82

haven social club

ON THE ROCKS 11730

ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue Theatre

Crown Pub 10709-109

Wild Bill’s–Red

Bunker Sports Pub

Coast to Coast Live

every Fri; no cover

BAR-B-BAR DJ James;

nity: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

Bone Yard Ale House Mourning Wood

Vinyl Dance Lounge Connected Las

Newcastle Pub

Hoglan Drum Clinic with Terrorfist, Lucifer Project and Quietus; 6-11pm

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

Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Ross Neilsen

Night every Fri

Swing (CD release), The Cushions (Gordie Matthews, Cam Boyce), Lisi Sommers, Laurel McClure; 8pm (show); $20 (door, incl CD)

Studio Music Foundation Gene

Celtara; 8:30pm; $15

bands every Sat; 9:30pm

Yourself: feat Girls Club, Dbz and Kgs and Dane; 9:30pm

Convocation Hall U of A World Music Sampler: Koo Nimo with the West African and Middle Eastern and North African Music Ensembles; 8pm; admission by donation

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; Marshall Lawrence Still Alive at 55 Birthday Bash: 12 Hour Open Stage

VENUE GUIDE 107 St, 780.414.0233

780.431.0179

9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149

BANK ULTRA LOUNGE 10765 Jasper Ave, 780.420.9098

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82

Ave, 780.439.1082

Blackjack's Roadhouse–Nisku 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522

Blacksheep Pub 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ

9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861

Blue Pear Restaurant 10643-123

St, 780.482.7178

BLUES ON WHYTE

St, 780.428.5618

Diesel Ultra Lounge 11845 Wayne

Gretzky Drive, 780.704. CLUB

Devaney’s Irish Pub 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834

THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641

Dow's Shell Theatre–Fort Saskatchewan 8700-84

St, Fort Saskatchewan, 780.992.6400

DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave,

780.454.9928

DUSTER’S PUB 6402-

118 Ave, 780.474.5554

DV8 8307-99 St Early Stage Saloon 4911-52 Ave,

10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981

Stony Plain

Boneyard Ale House 9216-34 Ave,

124 St, 780.453.3663

780.437.2663

Brixx Bar 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099

BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper

Ave, 780.488.6636

Bunker Sports Pub 615 Hermitage Rd

Casino Edmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467

Casino Yellowhead 12464153 St, 780 424 9467

Century grill 3975 Calgary Tr NW, 780.431.0303

Eddie Shorts 10713EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III,

780.489.SHOW ‎

Electric Rodeo– Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411

Elephant and Castle–Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave

Expressionz Café 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667

FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St

FILTHY MCNASTY’S

10511-82 Ave, 780.996.1778

780.423.HALO

Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767

HillTop Pub 8220-106

121 St

Ave, 780.490.7359

Overtime Whitemud

Sportsworld 13710-

Ave, 780.426.5381

Iron Boar Pub 4911-

51st St, Wetaskiwin

JAMMERS PUB 11948127 Ave, 780.451.8779 J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403

jeffrey’s café 9640

142 St, 780.451.8890

JEKYLL AND HYDE

10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381

junction bar and eatery 10242-106 St,

780.756.5667

KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 L.B.’s Pub 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100

LEGENDS PUB 6104-172

St, 780.481.2786

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE

11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495

Lizard Lounge 13160-

118 Ave

Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203

McDougall United Church 10025-101 St Muttart Hall Alberta

College, 10050 Macdonald Dr

Newcastle PuB 6108-

FLOW Lounge 11815

Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675

Common Lounge 10124-124 St

Convocation

Fluid Lounge 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

New City Legion 8130 Nisku Inn 1101-4 St NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House 11802-124

FUNKY BUDDHA

10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676

St, 780.451.1390, experiencenola.com

GAS PUMP 10166-114 St,

NORTH GLENORA

VUEWEEKLY NOV 24 – NOV 30, 2011

127 St, 780.453.6006

Hydeaway 10209-100

St, 780.995.7110

CHROME LOUNGE 132 Coast to Coast 5552

Sideliners Pub 11018Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge 12923-97 St,

Gateway Boulevard

Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604. CLUB

Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929

Overtime– Downtown 10304-111

90 Ave, 780.490.1999

Ave, Victoria Trail

Orlando's 1 15163-

• Summerwood

HOOLIGANZ 10704-124

FLASH Night Club

10018-105 St, 780.969.9965

Ave, 780.414.6766

15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010

Cha Island Tea Co

10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482

44 MUSIC

15277 Castledowns Rd, 780.472.7696

Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929

St, 780.465.6800

Crossing, 4211-106 St, 780.485.1717

PAWN SHOP 10551-82

Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814

Playback Pub 594

Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St

Pleasantview Community Hall 10860-57 Ave

Pourhouse Bier Bistro 10354 Whyte

Ave, pourhouseonwhyte.ca

REDNEX BAR– Morinville 10413-

100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955

Red Piano Bar 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825

Rendezvous 10108-

149 St

Ric’s Grill 24

Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602

ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253

Rose and Crown 10235-101 St

R Pub 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266

Second Cup– Mountain Equipment

12336-102 Ave, 780.451.7574; Stanley Milner Library 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq; Varscona , Varscona Hotel, 106 St, Whyte Ave

Second Cup–89 Ave 8906-149 St

Second Cup–

780.758.5924

104 St

Sportsman's Lounge 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030102 St, 780.428.1099

STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave Suede Lounge 11806

Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707

Suite 69 2 Fl, 8232

Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969

Taphouse 9020

McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860

Treasury 10004

Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, thetreasurey.ca

Vinyl Dance

Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, vinylretrolounge.com Westside Pub 15135

Stony Plain Rd 780 758 2058

Wild Bill’s–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800

WILD WEST SALOON 12912-50 St, 780.476.3388

Winspear Centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414

WUNDERBAR 8120-101

St, 780.436.2286

Y AFTERHOURS

10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours.com

Yellowhead Brewery 10229-105 St,

780.423.3333

Yesterdays Pub 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295


Devaney's Irish Pub Mark McGarigal

Concealer, Lorrie Matheson; 4pm; no cover

THE DISH NEK Trio

Gas Pump Blues jam/

Dowâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Fort Saskatchewan The

Haven Social Club

( jazz); every Sat, 6pm

Little Ole Opry Lisa Hewitt's Classic Country Road Show: Lisa Hewitt and The Trads (country dance party); 7:30pm

DV8 Deathspot Radio,

Strugglefucks, The Greys, Yertle; 9pm

EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE The legendary

white party: Frost; no minors; 9pm (door); tickets at Foosh, Shadified, Restricted Elite, Occulist, boodang.com

Eddie Shorts Saucy

Wenches every Sat

Expressionz CafĂŠ

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

Festival Place CafĂŠ

Series: Thea Neuman, 7:30pm, $18; free 30-45 minute pre-concert Jazz appreciation session with Raymond Baril at 6:45pm

Filthy McNasty's

open stage every Sat 3:30-7pm

The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra (folk, R&B), Slow down, Molasses, Doug Hoyer, guests; 8pm; $10 (adv)

Hydeawayâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Jekyll and Hyde Marleigh and Mueller; 8-11pm

HillTop Pub Sat

afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening: Treeline and Sean Brewer, 9pm

Hooliganz The Corruption Carnival II: Burlesque! Molly Rose, Fraulein Zorra Adora, Holly Von Sinn, The Preying Saints, The Black Hyenas, Mister Whiz; hosted by Sylvia Goldentassels; no minors; $10 (door) Iron Boar Pub Jazz

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

Jeffrey's CafĂŠ Three Sun Sea; $10

Level 2 lounge Mo' Money For Movember; 9:30pm

lbs pub Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm Muttart Hall Fall

Music Festival Concert; 1pm, reception follows; free

Myer Horowitz Theatre Early Show:

Jon Lajoie, 6:30pm (door) sold out; Late Show: Jon Lajoie, 9:30pm (door), 10:15pm (show); $29.50

new city compound Feast

Or Famine, Down The Hatch,Riot In Paradise; no minors; 8pm (door); $10

New West Hotel

Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm

NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House Early Show: Marco Claveria Trio, 6-9pm; Late show: Krystle Dos Santos, 9:30pm-midnight

Oâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;byrneâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Live band

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

On the Rocks Exit303; 9pm; $5

Pawn SHop Early

Show: Noisy Colours (rock), The Frolics, Cockatoo, 7pm; Late show: Transmission Saturdays

Red Piano Bar

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

Rose and Crown Lyle Hobbs

Royal Alberta Museum Theatre River City Burlesque

Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; Downtown Quinton Reddy

Sherlock Holmesâ&#x20AC;&#x201C; WEM Tony Dizon Sideliners Pub Sat

open stage; 3-7pm

Starlite Room JFR

Project Final Show, Keep 6, The Bolt Actions; 9pm; $10 West Side Pub West Side Pub Sat Afternoon: Dirty Jam: Tye Jones (host), all styles, 3-7pm

Wild West Saloon DLO

Yardbird Suite

Canadian Jazz Series: Nancy Walker Quartet; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

Classical First presbyterian Church RCCOâ&#x20AC;&#x201C;Music

LIVE MUSIC

NOV 25 & 26, MARK MCGARIGAL NOV 28, SCOTT COOK NOV 30, DUFF ROBINSON edmontonpubs.com

for Bagpipes, Organ, And Handbells: with David Trew, Joachim Segger, and the First Presbyterian Church Handbell Ringers; 4pm; admission by donation

Winspear Centre

Edmonton Symphony for Kids: Here's the Orchestra!: Lucas Waldin (conductor); 2pm, pre-concert activities: 1-1:45pm; $21-$29 (adult)/$13-$17 (child)

DEVANEYâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;S IRISH PUB

DJs 180 Degrees Street

VIBS: Reggae night every Sat

AZUCAR PICANTE DJ Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat Bank Ultra Lounge

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

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

DOWNTOWN

Nov 24-26, QUINTON REDDYs.OV $EC STAN GALLANT .%7(!009(/52-%.5s%$-/.4/.05"3#/-

WEM

Nov 24-26, TONY DIZONs.OV  JIMMY WHIFFEN 35.$!9.)'(4+!2!/+%s&/,,/753/.&!#%"//+

NOV 25 & 26

Lyle Hobbs

DEC 2 & 3

Lyle Hobbs

In Sutton Place Hotel #195, 10235 101 Street, EDMONTONPUBS.COM

VUEWEEKLY NOV 24 â&#x20AC;&#x201C; NOV 30, 2011

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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

Buffalo Underground Head

Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night Druid Irish Pub DJ every Sat; 9pm

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every

Sat

FILTHY McNASTY'S

Fire up the your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG

Fluid Lounge Scene

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

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Top tracks,

rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian

GAS PUMP DJ

Christian every Sat

HALO For Those Who

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

junction bar and eatery LGBT

Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

Saturdays

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN NOV 27 Beer Hunter–St Albert Open stage/jam

every Sun; 2-6pm

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

Blue CHair Café

Sunday Brunch: Hawaiian Dreamers; 10:30am2:30pm; donations

Blue Pear Restaurant Jazz

on the Side Sun: Don Berner; 6pm; $25 if not dining

Crown Pub Band War 2011/Battle of the bands, 6-10pm; Open Stage with host Better Us Than Strangers, 10pm-1am DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

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

Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm

Edmonton Event Centre Kyuss Lives

featuring original KYUSS members John Garcia, Nick Oliveri and Brant Bjork along with guitarist Bruno Fevery, The Sword, Black Cobra; all ages; $29.50/$32.50

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

FILTHY McNASTY'S

Newcastle Pub Top

Paul Myrehaug; 9pm; no cover

New City Legion

Hogs Den Pub Dirty Jam: hosted by Tye Jones; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 4-8pm

40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

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

Overtime– Downtown Saturdays

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

Palace Casino Show Lounge DJ every Sat

PAWN SHOP

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

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

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

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

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 Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous

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Vinyl Dance Lounge Signature

Muttart Hall Koo

Nimo, Wajjo African Drummers (opening); 7pm; $20 (adult)/$15 (student/seniors), door, TIX on the Square

Newcastle Pub Sun

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

NEW CITY LEGION DIY Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm, 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands) O’BYRNE’S Open mic

every Sun; 9:30pm-1am

On the Rocks

Jeff Morris and The Soulicitors; 9pm; $5

by donation

Parish Church of Saints Faith and Stephen the Martyr The

Bird Fancyer’s Delight: Presented by Alison Melville; 2pm; $20/$15 (Edmonton Recorder Society member/seniors/ student)

Winspear

Edmonton Youth Orchestra (Senior and Intermediate); 2pm; $15 and $10 at TIX on the Square

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

SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on

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

Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage:

Every Sun, 8pm

Classical Convocation Hall

The Rose in the Middle of Winter: The Madrigal Singers (concert of anthems, carols and motets for the season of Advent); 8pm; admission

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

Second Cup–124

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

mic every Tue; 7-9pm

Second Cup– Summerwood Open

Classical Winspear Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

Buddys DJ Arrow Chaser every

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

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 Winspear Enterprise String Quartet; 12pm; 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

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 29 Druid Irish Pub

Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm this week with James Morrissey

Horizon Stage

Winter Harp: Seasonal favourite (Celtic, medieval); 7:30pm;$35 (adult)/$30 (student/ senior) $5 (eyeGo)

L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam

with Ammar; 9pm-1am

O’BYRNE’S Celtic

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL

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

SEcond Cup–Stanley Milner Library Open

MON NOV 28 Mon: live music monthly; no cover

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

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

Tue; 8-10pm

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

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman

Nisku Inn

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

Street Open mic every

Brixx Bar Troubadour Tue: After Eight, Devon Coyote hosted by Mark Feduk; 9pm; $8

Sportsworld Roller

FILTHY McNASTY'S

Sun; 2-4pm

R Pub Open stage

FLOW Lounge Stylus

Sun

Pawn shop Living

Second Cup– Mountain Equipment Co-op Live music every

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

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

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

Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq

Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm

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

Padmanadi Open

FILTHY McNASTY'S

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

Pourhouse Bier Bistro Singer-

(adult)/$30 (student/ senior) $5 (eyeGo)

DJs

ORLANDO'S 2 PUB

With Lions (pop punk), Greater Than Giants, Randy Graves, The Freshman Years, Strong Hearts; 8pm; $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd

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

CRown Pub Live hip

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

Red Piano Bar Wed

Second Cup–89 Ave Rick Mogg (country)

Second Cup– Mountain Equipment

Open mic every Wed; 8-10pm

Starlite Room

Imaginary Cities (Temporary Resident Tour), Coppertone; 8pm; $14 at unionevents.com, Blackbyrd

Classical McDougall United Churc–Bbanquet Hall Music Wednesdays at Noon: John Mahon, Hiromi Takahashi, guest (clarinet, oboe/ english horn, piano); 12:10-12:50pm; free; 780.468.4964

Winspear Centre

DV8 Creepy Tombsday:

Berlioz, Respighi and Elgar: Berlioz’s Les nuits d’été (Summer Nights): Edmonton Symphony Orchestra: Mireille Lebel (mezzo-soprano); 7:30pm; $20-$65

NEW CITY LEGION

DJs

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

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

RED STAR

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

WED NOV 30

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

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main

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

Blues on Whyte Fist Full of Blues

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

Cha Island Tea

The Common

Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month

Co Whyte Noise

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

DV8 Tavern The

Afterbeat, guests; 9pm

Treehouse Wednesdays

Diesel Ultra Lounge Wind-up Wed:

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

eddie shorts

FILTHY McNASTY'S

Elephant and Castle–Whyte Ave

FUNKY BUDDHA– Whyte Ave Latin and

Acoustic jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover

Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG

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

Salsa music every Tue; dance lessons 8-10pm

Fiddler's Roost

hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle

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

HAVEN SOCIAL Club

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

HOOLIGANZ Open

stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

Horizon Stage

Winter Harp: Seasonal favourite (Celtic, medieval); 7:30pm;$35

LEGENDS PUB Hip NEW CITY LEGION

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

NIKKI DIAMONDS

Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

RED STAR Guest DJs

every Wed

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


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ACROSS 1 Summarize 6 Yellowfin tuna 9 Pinocchio's was apt to grow 13 North of the Iran-Contra hearings 14 Fanged movie creature, for short 15 Tree of Knowledge spot 16 Japanese city 17 "___ le roi!" 18 Part of a November count 19 They offer hyped-up sermons? 22 "Traffic" org. 23 German region with lots of coal (anagram of SARA) 24 Type of insurance 27 What paintings do, in an art gallery? 33 Weather vane dir. 34 "In the Valley of ___" (2007 Tommy Lee Jones film) 35 Planet featured in "Attack of the Clones" 36 Herbie the Love Bug, for more mature audiences? 40 Related to a pelvic bone 41 Boxing Australians 42 "Do the ___" (soft drink catchphrase) 43 Gollum-like phrase for getting a strike in bowling? 46 KISS frontman Simmons 47 "Zip-___-Doo-Dah" 48 Plant on college buildings 50 They've cleaned up the four theme entries above 57 "Switched-On Bach" synthesizer 58 "___ Lap" (1983 film) 59 Surname of the brothers behind "It's Your Thing" 60 Part of Julius Caesar's dying words, supposedly 61 Count starting word 62 Unit for light bulbs 63 Nutjob 64 Four Monopoly properties, for short 65 Defeat crushingly

7 Lake ___, Ariz. (current home of the former London Bridge) 8 Polar covering 9 Worse than a has-been 10 Funk 11 Collector's collections 12 Carbon compound suffix 14 Commercial skipper, perhaps 20 Italian woman's name 21 Butthole Surfers lead singer Gibby 24 Anticipate 25 Jermaine, to Prince Michael 26 "Climate is what we expect, weather is what we get" author 28 Helmet ___ (reality show prop) 29 "SNL" alum Oteri 30 Put up with 31 "Two Women" actress Sophia 32 Lerner's "My Fair Lady" collaborator 34 Do a cryptographer's job 37 Speed trap tool 38 King with big hair 39 Calf told to "git along" 44 Finder:keeper::loser___: 45 It precedes lands, world or regions 46 Drywall component 49 Bridal covers 50 ___ speak 51 "And your little dog too!" dog 52 Without 53 Twisted, like a smile 54 "Being ___: A Puppeteer's Journey" (2011 documentary) 55 Stink up the joint 56 Last word of a New Year's song 57 "Spaceballs" director Brooks

Bells will be ringing November 17th - December 24th for the 2011 Christmas Kettle Campaign. We are looking for volunteers to come out and ring in Christmas to help us reach our goal of $450,000. We have 9000 volunteer hours to fill. If you have some time we would love to have you out Call 780-423-2111 ext 241 or email: edmonton_kettles@can.salvation army.org Change for Children needs 25 volunteers to sell 50/50 tickets at the Dec 1st Oil Kings game. Contact cfca@changeforchildren.org to volunteer "How you found out about your parent's divorce?" Family therapist Vikki Stark is conducting a study of the impact in children of how they learned about their parent's divorce. If you are an adult who was a child/teen when your parents were divorced or are currently a child/teen of divorce - help kids in the future through your participation! Visit: SurveyMonkey.com/s/ChildDivorce Study to access the questionnaire online P.A.L.S. Project Adult Literacy Society needs volunteers to work with adult students in: Literacy, English As A Second Language and Math Literacy. For more information please contact (780)424-5514 or email palsvolunteers2003@yahoo.ca

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The Salvation Army Christmas Kettle Campaign Needs You! Our goal is to raise $450,000 to help the many families in Edmonton who access our services year round. In order to accomplish this we need to fill 9000 volunteer hours. Campaign runs from Nov 17 - Dec 24, Mon Sat from 11am - 8pm. If you would like to volunteer please contact Chrissy at 780-423-2111 ext 241 or at Edmonton_Kettles@can.salvationarmy. org

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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19) "Basic research is what I am doing when I don't know what I am doing," said rocket scientist Werner von Braun. I think it's an excellent time for you to plunge into that kind of basic research. You're overdue to wander around frontiers you didn't even realize you needed to investigate. In fact, I think it's your sacred duty to expose yourself to raw truths that have been beyond your imagination's power to envision.

The Help, actress Jessica Chastain forced herself to gain 15 pounds. The strategy that worked best was to ingest a lot of calorie-heavy, estrogen-rich ice cream made from soybeans. To be in alignment with current cosmic rhythms, it would make sense for you to fatten yourself up, too,—metaphorically speaking, that is. I think you'd benefit from having more gravitas. You need to be sure you're well-anchored. It's nearly time to take an unshakable stand for what you care about most.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20) In Woody Allen's film Midnight in Paris, the Ernest Hemingway character says, "All cowardice comes from not loving, or not loving well enough." Given the state of your current astrological omens, I suspect you are going to be asked to call on previously untapped reserves of courage in the coming weeks—not because you'll have to face physical danger but rather because you will have a chance to get to the bottom of mysteries that can only be explored if you have more courage than you've had up until now. And the single best way to summon the valour you'll need is to love like a god or goddess loves.

LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22) In a famous Monty Python sketch, a Hungarian tourist goes into a British tobacconist's store to buy cigarettes. Since he doesn't speak English, he consults a phrase book to find the right words. "My hovercraft is full of eels," he tells the clerk, who's not sure what he means. The tourist tries again: "Do you want to come back to my place, bouncy bouncy?" Again, the clerk is confused. In the coming week I foresee you having to deal with communications that are equally askew. Be patient. Try your best to figure out the intentions behind the odd messages you're presented with. Your translating skills are at a peak, fortunately, as are your abilities to understand what other people—even fuzzy thinkers—are saying.

GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20) "When I see your face, the stones start spinning!" wrote the poet Rumi. "Water turns pearly. Fire dies down and doesn't destroy. In your presence I don't want what I thought I wanted." I think you need to be in the presence of a face like that. You've got to get your fixations scrambled by an arresting vision of soulful authenticity. So go find that healingly disruptive prod, please. It's not necessarily the face of a gorgeous icon. It could be the face of a whisperer in the darkness or of a humble hero who's skilled in the art of surrender. Do you know where to look? CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22) "All my life I have longed to be loved by a woman who was melancholy, thin, and an actress," wrote 19th-century French author Stendhal in his diary. "Now I have been, and I am not happy." I myself had a similar experience— craving a particular type of women who, when she finally showed up in the flesh, disappointed me. But it turned out to be a liberating experience. Relieved of my delusory fantasy, I was able to draw more joy from what life was actually giving me. As you contemplate your own loss, I hope you will find the release and deliverance I did. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22) If you traveled 300 million years back in time, you might freak out in abject fear as you encountered dragonflies as big as eagles and cockroaches the size of dogs. But since you're quite safe from those monsters here in the present, there's no need to worry yourself sick about them. Similarly, if you managed to locate a time machine and return to an earlier phase of your current life, you'd come upon certain events that upset you and derailed you way back then. And yet the odds are very high that you're not going to find a time machine. So maybe you could agree to relinquish all the anxiety you're still carrying from those experiences that can no longer upset and derail you. Now would be an excellent moment to do so. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22) To prepare for her role in the film

SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21) There are modern Chinese painters who use oil paints on canvas to create near-perfect replicas of famous European masterpieces. So while the genuine copy of Van Gogh's "Starry Night" is worth over $100 million, you can buy an excellent copy on the Internet for less than $100. If you're faced with a comparable choice in the coming week—whether to go with a pricey original or a cheaper but good facsimile, I suggest you take the latter. For your current purposes, you just need what works, not what gives you prestige or bragging rights. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21) "It is a tremendous act of violence to begin anything," said Sagittarian poet Rainer Maria Rilke. "I am not able to begin. I simply skip what should be the beginning." I urge you to consider trying that approach yourself, Sagittarius. Instead of worrying about how to launch your rebirth, maybe you should just dive into the middle of the new life you want for yourself. Avoid stewing interminably in the frustrating mysteries of the primal chaos so you can leap into the fun in full swing. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19) The Golden Gate Bridge spans the place where San Francisco Bay meets the Pacific Ocean. It wasn't easy to build. The water below is deep, wind-swept, beset with swirling currents, and on occasion shrouded with blinding fog. Recognizing its magnificence, the American Society of Civil Engineers calls the bridge one of the modern Wonders of the World. Strange to think, then, that the bridge was constructed between 1933 and 1937, during the height of the Great Depression. I suggest you make it your symbol of power for the coming weeks. Formulate a plan to begin working toward a triumph in the least successful part of your life AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18) It's an excellent time for you to get an entourage. For that matter, it's a perfect moment for you to recruit more soldiers to help you carry out your plot to overthrow the status quo. Or to round up more allies for your plans to change the course of local history. Or to gather more accomplices as you seek to boldly go where you have never gone before. So beef up your support system. Boost the likelihood that your conspiracy will succeed. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20) If you expand your concept of what you're capable of, you will receive a specific offer to move up a notch. If you perform your duties with intensified care and grace, you will be given new responsibilities that catalyze your sleeping potential. The universe doesn't always act with so much karmic precision, but that's how it's working in your vicinity right now. Here's one more example of how reasonable the fates are behaving: If you resolve to compete against no one but yourself, you will be shown new secrets about how to express your idiosyncratic genius. V

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COMMENT >> LGBTQ

Progress in pronouns

Strides have been made, but trans acceptance is a long way off November 20 is the Transgender one factors in all the deaths that to use neither instead, opting for a Day of Remembrance. It's held globare never reported as gender variclunky use of Hilliard's name each ally to memorialize trans lives ant victims and undiscovered time. Still, I'll take clunky over intaken every year. A day of crimes. And, of course, all sensitive any day. remembrance is unfortuthe suicides. I'm not sure what sort of comfort nately necessary due to While some people's the correct terminology gave Hillm ekly.co vuewe the brutal treatment and capacity to hate doesn't @ iard's mother, Lyniece Nelson in the m ta a deaths of people whose surprise me, other's catime after her daughter's body was Tamar ka Gorzal gender identity is different pacity to learn does. I found matched. I do know that at least she from the norm every year, and something rather unexpected didn't suffer the added indignity of 2011 is no exception. when researching the coverage of justifying her daughter to the world The story of Shelley Hilliard, a 19transphobia's latest murder victim. I and being forced to explain her idenyear-old from Detroit, is unfortuthought that I would find a bunch of tity. We have come a long way. nately a common one. Hilliard had Every single article correctly identified Shelley been dropped off by a cab driver to Hilliard as a transgender woman, going so far as meet a man, but became uncomfortto specifically use that correct label in all their able with the situation when she found three males waiting for her headlines and immediately called the driver back. The cabbie started to hear what the guys were saying before she cried out and the line went dead. articles that talked not about ShelA couple hours after Edmonton's By the time he got to the house she ley, Michelle or Treasure, the names observance of TDoR I caught a new was gone. that Hilliard chose to properly reepisode of Family Guy. There was a Despite Hilliard's body being found flect her honest identity. I figured trans character invited to the Thanksthe night she went missing, family they'd all name Henry Hilliard, a giving table for no other reason than remained unaware and continued to man she never knew and never was. a multitude of incredibly insensitive search for her. Somehow a match at I thought they would all point out and hurtful jokes that stung so much the morgue wasn't made until three her silver dress, piercings and tatmore because of their timing. In one, weeks had passed. Her body had toos like the first one I read did, but they simply called the sweet, patient been burned and decapitated. Like the rest never mentioned her style character "a monster." Maybe mainfar too many other cases of transor fashion and only talked about her stream media hasn't learned that gender murder, Hilliard's case is curtattoo to explain how they identimuch after all. V rently unsolved. fied her body. Most importantly, every single article correctly idenI wish I could say that Hilliard's tified Shelley Hilliard as a transdeath shocked me. It rattled me, gender woman, going so far as to disgusted me, made me cry as I do specifically use that correct label in each time I hear about another perall their headlines. They did not say son taken away. Unfortunately, I her birth name repeatedly and they know these reports will keep comdidn't highlight her female attire, or ing. A site dedicated to tracking use incorrect language or omit info these murders, transgenderdor.org, entirely. Fox Detroit even wrote a has recorded 24 victims in 2011 with compassionate piece on Hilliard's photos, ages and the brutal details mom discussing her daughter. There of the way these people died. That were no male pronouns in sight, alnumber is likely much higher when though a few did awkwardly decide

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Secrets, secrets

Standing up to sex-shaming bullies and keeping your mouth shut I'm 26, straight and male. I consider dence of transphobia. myself a socially progressive person, "A queer heterosexual is just as enhave been a vocal supporter of LGBT titled to the fulfillment of their sex issues since high school and was presand gender desires as anyone else," ident of my college Gay-Straight says Bornstein. "Sometimes those Alliance. Here's my issue: I desires depend on the nature E G A V fully support the trans comof their lover's body. Well, A S munity. I have numerous trans people have bodies .com that are different than cis ly friends in varying states of k e e ew ve@vu transition and I'm 100 per- savagelo people's bodies. We're two a D n cent behind them. But in my (or more) mints in one—a e g Sava own dating life, I wouldn't feel physical blend that attracts comfortable dating/having sex with a a lot of people. FRAUD just doesn't woman who had at one point in her happen to be one of them. The fact life been a man. I realize I wouldn't that he's sensitive to that blending of be fucking a dude, but it's a mental genders in our bodies does not make hurdle I can't clear. All my LGBTQA him transphobic." friends—be they trans, gay, bi—call What can you do about it? me a transphobe, because if I were "Go have good sex with cis women," truly on their side, if I truly "undersays Bornstein. (Don't know what stood," then sex with a MTF straight "cis" means in this context? See: tiwoman would be no different than nyurl.com/cisdefine.) sex with a cisgender straight woman. Whatever else you do, FRAUD, Do I have the right to not feel comBornstein wants you to stop identifyfortable with the idea (or reality) of ing as straight. having sex with these women and "He's part of our queer tribe," she still consider myself a supporter of says. "And who knows? One day, he the trans community? Are my friends might meet the right trans person." being unreasonable by judging me And who knows? One day, your against their schema of appropriate cranky LGBTQA friends might acsexuality? Or am I a hypocrite? cept who you are just as you've acFEARS REAL ACTIVISM UNDERMINED cepted them. Make an effort to use [BY] DICK "attracted to cis women" in place of "wouldn't feel comfortable dating" "He's not transphobic—not in my trans women, and you'll hasten that book," says Kate Bornstein, author, day's arrival. performer, "advocate for teens, freaks Kate Bornstein's new memoir, A and other outlaws," and herself a Queer and Pleasant Danger (Beacon trans woman. "One more thing he's Press), will be published in the spring. not is straight. Sex-positive, supportFollow her on Twitter @katebornive of trans folk and heterosexual? stein. (Follow me @fakedansavage.) Cool! He's a queer heterosexual— and some of my best friends are I'm a 26-year-old guy in a polyamqueer heterosexuals." orous relationship. As this is my first As for your specific issue—you're kick at the poly can, I wasn't dying not attracted to trans women— to tell my family, "Hey, I'm dating a Bornstein says that by itself isn't evimarried woman!" However, through

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the magic of Facebook, my brother found out that the girl I'm seeing has a husband. Once I was "busted," I discussed the situation with my sister-inlaw. The issue is that my GF and her husband have a 10-year-old son. This isn't an issue for me, but my brother has compared the poly community to drug addicts and stated that CPS should remove my girlfriend's child from her home, etc. My brother and his wife are now threatening to cut me out of their lives—as well as their children's lives, whom I care for a great deal—if I don't dump the girlfriend. Thoughts? FORCED TO PICK

Right off the top of my head: your brother is a shit-smeared asshole, your sister-in-law is an ass-smeared shithole, and they'd be doing you a huge favour if they cut you out of their lives.

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'A queer heterosexual is just as entitled to the fulfillment of their sex and gender desires as anyone else,' says Bornstein. 'Sometimes those desires depend on the nature of their lover's body.'

Pick the GF, FTP. That might mean you won't see your nieces/nephews for a while, which would be sad for you and bad for those kids (children with crazy, controlling parents need to spend quality time with saner family members). But if you dump your girlfriend at their insistence—if you fail to stand up to them—you will have established a dangerous precedent: your love life isn't yours to manage, it's theirs, and all your future partners will be subject to their batshittery/scrutiny and, if they disapprove of any future girlfriends (concurrent

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or subsequent), they will attempt to exercise the veto power you ceded to them during this conflict. Your brother and sister-in-law are bullies, FTP, and you've got to defend yourself. So long as your GF and her husband aren't doing anything inappropriate in front of their son and they're not placing unfair burdens on their son (they don't expect him to keep secrets, if they're not out about being poly; they don't expect him to be out about his parents being poly, if they are out and he's not comfortable sharing that info with his friends), you need to come to their defense, too. And you might want to consult a lawyer now, just in case your brother and sister-in-law call CPS.

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to take these pictures. I recently posted an ad and received a reply from a coworker. I find her very attractive and would like to photograph her legs and feet. How should I handle this? SENT FROM MY MOBILE DEVICE

Here's a relevant story from the files: Vanilla Gay pays a social call on Kinky Gay. KG informs VG that there's a Hot Dude tied up in his playroom. KG invites VG to view HD. KG is right: HD is hot. HD is also, as it turns out, one of VG's coworkers—one of VG's straight coworkers.

It was an unexpected twist of fate— HD didn't know that VG and KG were friends—that resulted in VG discovering something about HD that HD didn't choose to reveal to VG. (A twist of fate and the rules HD agreed to when he played with KG: HD had consented to KG showing him off.) While it's possible that HD wouldn't have cared that VG knew his secret, it was likelier that HD, if he knew VG knew his bi-for-bondage secret, would've felt embarrassed around his coworker—not to mention compromised during any routine workplace conflicts with VG. I urged VG to keep his mouth shut. In your case, SFMMD, while it's possible that your coworker doesn't care who knows that she does fetish modeling on the side for extra money and/or thrills, it's likelier that she would be embarrassed to learn that someone she knows professionally discovered what she's doing. There are plenty of other women out there, and plenty of other legs and feet to photograph. Keep your mouth shut. I was reading a letter in your archives from a woman who didn't have much libido. I was disappointed that you didn't mention that decreased libido is a common side effect of almost every form of hormonal birth control. The first thing a woman with low libido should do, if she's been on the same pill for years, is to switch methods. I would love it if you'd mention this in your column. SPREAD THE WORD

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Edmonton, City of Champions In a ceremony at City Hall, two innovative public art pieces were among the projects recently awarded Edmonton Urban Design Awards. A panel of prestigious jurors from around the country selected the winners, including some impressive projects like the Capital City Downtown Plan and the Edmonton Federal Building and Centennial Plaza Redevelopment. “These award winning entries are a significant part of our city’s improving urban landscape,” said Mayor Stephen Mandel at the gala. “We want to celebrate with those who are contributing to the transformation of our urban form.” He went on to describe how the look of our city has improved, and thanked the entrants for their vision and creativity. The winner in the category of Urban fragments was a mural titled "Transition" painted by Josh Holinaty and Luke Ramsey with a support team from the John Howard Society mentored by the artists. It portrays a calm and positive being transforming a distressed figure into a beautiful and bountiful Eden, symbolizing the reversal of environmental destruction and mass consumerism.

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The other public artwork that won an award for excellence in the category of community based projects was called "Colour alley." (Full disclosure: I helped to make this one happen.) Artists Rob Harpin, Karen Campos and Teng Chong along with about two dozen volunteers transformed a drab alleyway on 104 Street north of Jasper Avenue into a bright, colourful destination with some paint and a lot of labour. The Reclaiming Lost Spaces committee, together with the Edmonton Arts Council, had the intention to make a more community friendly space by drawing attention to spaces in our urban environment that show potential for beautification and community building by seeking out ways to incorporate artistic expression in the everyday. The winners of the Edmonton awards will now go on to compete in the 2012 National Urban Design Awards. 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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