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Who's protesting? The words we use have meaning. George Orwell stated political prose was formed “to make lies sound truthful and murder respectable, and to give an appearance of solidity to pure wind." London police chief Bradley Duncan might want to consider the point carefully. After 1000 people stormed through downtown London causing 17 police vehicles to be damaged on St Patrick's day, Duncan used the phrase “civil disobedience” to describe the violence the city is cleaning up. As the chief of police, one hopes his words were considered carefully, but it makes the comparison of random violence to political action a concerning one. Civil disobedience is the intentional breaking of a law citizens believe to be unjust. It’s used to prove the veracity of a political point—to achieve action on the part of governments and society to right a wrong. A riot is an often spontaneous, violent action on the part of citizens that may or may not have political causes. In the case of the St Patrick’s Day riots the media was quick to adjust its messaging and use the correct label, but that hasn’t always been the case. Whether Duncan’s use of the term was intentional or not, this is not the first time civil disobedience and riots

have been confused. During the Vancouver riots last year some violence was blamed on anarchists or the black bloc, without realizing that the black bloc would likely not find itself anywhere near a riot over a hockey game. Not only does the misconnection represent a failure to report on what is actually happening, it robs citizens from understanding that the black bloc have political motivations. It is possible for riots to be motivated by political causes. Citizens treated unjustly are pushed to the point of violence, feeling their point has not been heard. But any disturbance of the peace can be termed a riot. Not everything can be termed civil disobedience. While violence can be present in political actions, it’s important the distinction is made, as it requires a different response on the part of citizens, police and government. Misuse of the terms in the media carries political implications. A failure to report on what is actually happening results in a failure to create political action and respond to the circumstances causing the action. It robs protesters of their political content and impact. A misuse of the term by police is a sign that political action and violence are automatically connected—a concenring possibility. V

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FAILURE TO DELIVER The presidents of the five medical health zones in Alberta have released a statement urging Albertans to push for an inquiry into the issue of physician intimidation. Three weeks after the Health Quality Council released a report finding that physicians lived in a culture of intimidation and fear and that doctors did not have the freedom to advocate for patients, the five doctors have expressed their disappointment at the lack of action on the part of the provincial government. The Alberta Medical Association physicians' statement adds to the opposition parties' call for a full judicial inquiry into the issue of physician intimidation. Alber-

ta Party leader Glenn Taylor has stated that the provincial government should be working with the AMA to repair the distrust that has developed. "As long as there is a culture of distrust between the PC government and the medical profession we will not be able to engage in meaningful dialogue," says Taylor. While running for leader of the Progressive Conservatives last fall, Alison Redford had stated a full inquiry was required, but at the end of February Health Minister Fred Horne announced a judge-led probe that will look into queue-jumping, but not into the issue of doctor intimidation.

AMERICAN PRESENTATION Melina Laboucan-Massimo, a climate and energy campaigner with Greenpeace testified in front of the US Congress Committee on Energy and Commerce. The committee has been holding hearings on the issue of the future of energy technology and its impacts on the US. LaboucanMassimo, a Lubicon Cree from Northern

Alberta who has worked as an indigenous rights advocate for the past decade, presented on the impacts of the Canadian tar sands on indigenous communities. The committee will be considering the rapid development of the tar sands, environmental performance and local and societal impacts aof production.

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The protests against robocalls used in the last federal election continued on March 18. Organized by Occupy Edmonton, protesters gathered in Churchill Square joining a nation-wide call to action against the robocall controversy.

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FRONT // ENVIRONMENT

Questions remain

Environmental monitoring is on its way, but there remain missing pieces

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fter 45 years, it appears the provincial and federal governments have taken the first steps to realizing there was never a good plan in place for developing the tar sands. With critical reports from the Royal Society of Canada, water expert and independent scientist David Schindler, and Canada's environment commissioner, the provincial government has initiated the process of finding a panel that will monitor the environmental impacts of tar sands projects. But with a recent announcement from Water and Environment Minister Diana McQueen there remain concerns over whether this panel will fulfil the repeated recommendations from those reports for scientific independence. And environmental critics are reminding Albertans to hold the applause, as monitoring is only the first step in managing the resources in the province. "We finally have taken the first step to realize, 'Okay we don't have a good plan, we don't have a system that works to assess the impacts of the development of this resource,'" says Pembina Institute's oilsands program director Jennifer Grant, an organization that has called for more rigorous monitoring since dropping its support of the Regional Aquatics Monitoring Program over a

Photo of the boreal forest adjacent to Suncor's Millenium Oil Sands Mine in 2007 //David Dodge courtesy of Pembina Institute

decade ago. "There's a lot of work to be done." While McQueen's announcement in early February confirmed that monitoring of the tar sands would begin immediately, a further announcement just last week revealed there would be a six-member working group to advise on the governance of

the future panel. "A panel to create a panel" quickly became the critical phrase of the working group, composed of Transcanada Corp president Hal Kvisle, lawyer Neil McCrank and University of Alberta science dean Gregory Taylor among others. And while all of the reports released in the last year have called for a sci-

entifically independent monitoring system, that aspect has yet to be confirmed. While monitoring is an important step in understanding how development impacts the surrounding environment, it's not action on enforcement. Grant points to two

major projects that are being proposed, the Shell Jackpine mine expansion and the Shell Pierre River mine, both of which have upcoming hearings and both of which use outdated data from the now discredited RAMP monitoring system. "That data has been discredited by the Royal Society, Environment Canada and the federal environmental commission, so the question is how are they handle those applications," says Grant. "Are they asking companies to go back and re-do their sections that use flawed information? It's my opinion that they should, because how can you say that a system is flawed and then go ahead and approve a project and suggest it's in the public interest?" A recent study by University of Alberta scientists only adds to the concern over irreversible environmental impacts. Scientists in the department of biological science have found that reclamation is currently not possible—specifically with regard to the ability recover peatland and wetlands. The study states that the current reclamation plans will change necessary wetlands to upland forest. As the study states the loss of this peatland will create "a dramatic loss of carbon storage and CONTINUED ON PAGE 9 >>

FRONT // DEMOCRACY

A question of democracy

Mountain Equipment Co-op faces opposition from members over a new proposal

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s a co-operative, outdoors supplier Mountain Equipment Coop operates as a democracy. With a nine-member board elected to three-year terms, co-op members have a say in the governance, principles and direction of the business. But this year, a growing number of members are concerned about a proposed resolution that allows the board to reject candidates for election. 2011 board candidate Dru Oja Jay is encouraging people to sign an open letter to the board stating his concern over the threat to democracy this resolution creates. The letter, currently signed by 300 people, states that MEC members believe in the co-op because they are more than consumers: "We aren't just looking for a new backpack, climbing shoes or tent—we're also there as part owners of the co-op." MEC members for a democratic co-op and Oja Jay say their concern is over the section of the resolution which states, "Any non-compliant nomination will be rejected and returned to the nominee with reasons for rejec-

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tion." It's the substantive change in the proposed resolution. "It is misleading that they have all of the other text in there because it's not the substantive change," Oja Jay says. "The change is that they can reject candidates." The opening text of the resolution and the supporting background documentation focuses on the Board's ability to recruit candidates for the specific needs of MEC as a growing organization. Tim Southam, MEC's public affairs manager, describes the board's intent behind the resolution as attempting to have greater control in the leadership ability of the organization. "It's becoming increasingly complex," says Southam, who states that MEC is now a $270 million retail co-operative that serves 3.6 million people. "In that context, the existing process was seen to be inadequate," he continues. "So the intention behind the resolution was to provide a mechanism where the desired qualifications that the board believes are needed in the organization would be facilitated by a process where the board would first

define what the needs are, then be involved in vetting nominations that come forward." The origins of this resolution, Southam explains, are from a third party review, the results of which came back eight months ago. It called for greater attention to recruitment practices. "It stated the board needed to undertake an exer-

dates may be qualified to serve the growing organization. "It comes down to the recognition on the board's part that a nominations process that would provide candidates who are willing to put their name forward, but also able to serve on the board in terms of having the kinds of skills and experience that are needed to lead a large thriving retail co-operative like MEC had

The existing open call provides no assurance that the kinds of people coming forward really have the qualifications that fulfil the second part of that qualification—that they have the skills and experience that the board needs. cise every year to ensure it was attracting people with skills to serve the needs of the organization," says Southam. Oja Jay says his concern is not over recruitment—it's a power the board originally had—but his main concern is over the ability of the board to reject candidates. Southam's response to that clause is that though candidates come forward, not all candi-

become," says Southam. "The existing open call provides no assurance that the kinds of people coming forward really have the qualifications that fulfil the second part of that qualification—that they have the skills and experience that the board needs." The concern over the change comes out of Oja Jay's commitment to the successful cooperative model

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MEC represents. As a $270 million dollar organization, it is one of the most successful co-ops in Canada. "It shows that when you're not existing solely for profits of shareholders but to serve members with diverse interests, you can do things like reduce your environmental impact to the lowest possible level," says Oja Jay. They've done more than any other for-profit organization." Though the board has no official response to the open letter Southam says the members are entitled to express their opinions as they see fit. "I would be more surprised if there was no opposition to it. And I wouldn't want to assume that this special resolution will pass," says Southam. "The board has tried to provide a clear rationale as to why they're proposing this. The feeling is that it does provide a principled rationale as to why the changes are being proposed." Members can vote for the new members of the board and on the resolution on March 29. Samantha power

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COMMENT >> FRANCE

Anyone but him

France is looking for any reason to vote out Sarkozy Faced with renewed allegations that immigration by 95 percent, and for good Muammar Gaddafi had poured up to measure added a promise to quit the 50 million euros into his presidential common European currency, the euro. campaign in 2007, French President Meanwhile Francois Hollande, the Nicolas Sarkozy finally lost it. "If he Socialist leader, cruises towards what did [finance my election], I wasn't very seems like an inevitable victory in next grateful," he snapped on primemonth's presidential election detime television. spite the fact that he has never Sarkozy, after all, was the held any high government ofprime mover of the bombfice. Everybody agrees that ly.com he is a very nice man, but k ing campaign that brought e e w e@vue gwynn Gaddafi down, while the he would never have got the e Gwynn man who made the original Socialist nomination if Domir Dye accusation during that war was nique Strauss-Kahn, the former Saif al-Islam Gaddafi, the late Libyan head of the World Bank, had not ruined dictator's son and hardly an impartial his chances by getting caught up in sevwitness. It was mainly a measure of eral sex scandals. how much Sarkozy is disliked in France It's odd that the polls should be prethat he had to go on major French teledicting that Hollande will win the elecvision channels once again last week to tion, given that he is an old-fashioned deny the eight-month-old story. tax-and-spend socialist in a time of Plausible or not, many people want to financial crisis when most French votbelieve the story because it provides a ers, rightly or wrongly, think the solurational basis for their loathing of the tion is spending cuts and balanced budman. And Sarkozy's own behaviour, as gets. Being a lifelong party apparatchik he flails around with growing desperadoesn’t win him many points either. The tion for some new policy that will bring only rational explanation is that he is the voters back to his side, is equally benefiting from the anybody-but-Sarunattractive. kozy mood of the electorate. His latest proposal, made last Tuesday, was to cancel the Schengen AgreeSarkozy can be cruel about Hollande, ment, the treaty that provides for freecomparing him to a sugar cube: it looks dom of movement within the European solid, but put it in water and it will disUnion. Unless the EU as a whole agrees solve to nothing. But that's no more within a year to cut drastically the cruel than the French public's assessnumber of foreigners allowed to settle ment of Sarkozy himself. He is generalwithin its boundaries, he said, France ly seen as a flashy, fast-talking salesman will leave the treaty and reimpose its who lacks the gravity to be president, own border controls. and whose promises to make France a Sarkozy, whose own ancestors were more competitive, more prosperous soHungarian and Greek immigrants, was ciety have all come to naught. aiming this policy directly at France's A fair person might argue that Saranti-immigrant, anti-Muslim voters, but kozy’s inability to transform France is it is unlikely to woo them away from the not really his fault, since he entered ofreal neo-fascist party in the country. Mafice just before the financial collapse of rine Le Pen, the National Front leader, 2008 wrecked everybody's big plans, immediately replied by promising to cut including his. But politics is not about

fairness, and in the popular view his administration has been a failure. Then there's Francois Bayrou, a perennial presidential candidate whose main attraction is that he is none of the above. Every party he ever led—and he has led quite a few in his career—eventually collapsed because he couldn't get along with the members. He's pro-European, orthodox in economics, but with a social conscience—the ideal centrist. But he has never won more than 18 percent of the popular vote, and this time he's sitting at 13 percent. Marine Le Pen, for all her success in softening the image of the National Front, is only predicted to win 16 percent of the vote in the latest poll, so it comes down to a two-horse race: Hollande versus Sarkozy. They will be the top two candidates who go through to the all-important second round on May 6—and then Sarkozy will almost certainly lose. In the first round of voting, a four-way race, neither Sarkozy nor Hollande is likely to get more than 30 percent of the vote. (Currently, each man is predicted to win 28 percent.) But when every other candidate’s votes must go to one of the two leading candidates in the second round, Francois Hollande wins hands down. No opinion poll this year has given Hollande less than 54 percent of the vote in the run-off, and some have given him as much as 60 percent. Nicolas Sarkozy is a formidable campaigner, but this is a gap that is almost impossible to close in the time that remains. France is going to have a Socialist president for only the second time in the history of the Fifth Republic. V

pensation for wetland loss in the boreal region. Even without the monitoring panel in place, this study has determined there is significant damage to the region and there is no action being taken to repair it. It points to the missing component of enforcement. Once the provincial government has the information, what will it do with it? For Grant, the question of enforcement remains unanswered. "Monitoring is just one component of a

broader system when developing any resources. Making sure it's linked to managment and decision making is the only way to ensure it's a credible system," she says. "How it's managed and used is critical." The six-member working group established to create a governance model for monitoring panel is expected to report back in June.

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sequestration potential, the cost of which has not been factored into land-use decisions." Wetland loss will be dramatic as projects continue while monitoring is approved and there is no way to reclaim it, partially because the Alberta government has no wetlands policy calling for the replacement or com-

Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly.

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COMMENT >> HOCKEY

This year, next year Looking back and looking forward

This week's Oilers update is an anomwent from last place to playoffs right aly, an outlier and a freak of nature away) but I expected a bit more comon account of all the good news. The petitiveness. Stupid me. Things aren't Oilers beat Columbus 3-0. They all bad. Here are some of the posishould; that team is worse tives from this season: than Edmonton. The Oilers • The Oilers have a power beat Calgary 3-1. This is alplay rating in the top three ly.com in the league. Last year it ways good news, especially eweek ox@vu intheb g oun & when it hurts Calgary's playwas the 27th-rated power Dave Y Birtles play. Before that it was the off chances. The Oilers lost 3-2 Bryan in a shootout to Phoenix. Losing worst. that one also hurts Calgary's playoff • The penalty kill has also improved chances. The Oilers beat Nashville 6-3. from the bottom of the barrel to the This is good because the Oilers won middle of the pack. 6-3. • The talented young forwards are for real. Looks like one more is on the way. look on the bright ... yadda yadda • RNH will be in the conversation for This season, despite all the warnings the Calder. and signs, has been a disappointment. • The goal differential (goals for verI wasn't expecting playoffs or a miracusus goals against) is hovering around lous turnaround like Philly in '08 (they -15. Last season they were outscored

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260-191. The team has already scored more than last season with nine games to go. • Jordan Eberle is keeping company with Henrik Sedin, James Neal and Marian Hossa in the scoring race. • Ales Hemsky is looking like Ales Hemsky again. And he's signed for two more seasons. • The Oilers were shut out seven times last season and only four times this season (yeah, lame). • Calgary should NOT be in the playoffs. Toronto WILL NOT be in the playoffs. Misery loves miserable company. • @Shorcov (on Twitter) is hilarious. Don't trade him. • At least draft day will be fun again with another early pick on the go. • Taylor Hall keeps getting hurt but seems capable of healing quickly and getting back to scoring. • Tambo is sitting on an offer sheet for Nashville's Shea Weber, ready to be sent to his agent in July. I REPEAT: Tambo is sitting on an offer sheet for

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

LECTURES/Presentations

Creative Edge Kids Tour • Days Inn, 10010-179 A St • 780.444.4440 • daysinn.com • Seminar on photography (shooting techniques, sets/props, video fusion, marketing) • Mar 27, 9-10am (register); 10am-5pm (show); 9am (seminar) Get Vegucated • Idylwylde Library, 8310-88 Ave • vofa.ca • Free screening • Mar 22, 7-9pm MEÆT 1.5 • atmeaet.com • DIYalouge forums bringing local creatives and new philanthropists together for an evening of short proposals followed by a shared meal. Diners vote on which proposal receives the pot of funds to move forward with their project • Pre-register at meaet. com • $10 (min donation for diners) Mental Health Awareness Week (MHAW) • Katz Group Centre for Pharmacy

and Health Research, Rm 1080 • Mental Illness Seminar Series presented by U of A Chapter Of Medical Students for Mental Health Awareness (MSMHA): Crisis Response Talk, Mar 26, 12-1pm; Schizophrenia Society of Alberta, Mar 27, 12-1pm; Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Mar 28, 12-1pm; Bipolar Affective Disorder, Mar 30, 12-1pm • 2nd floor atrium: Booth Fair highlighting community mental health resources; Mar 29, 10am-1pm Royal Alberta Museum • Museum Theatre, 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • Curatorial Lecture Series: The Alberta Quilt Project: Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator, The Alberta Quilt Project is documenting quilters, rural and urban, to capture current craft production trends. Discover what makes Alberta quilters distinctive • Mar 28, 7pm

Sustainability Speaker Series– Maude Barlow • Myer Horowitz Theatre,

U of A • sustainability.ualberta.ca/speaker • Blue Covenant: The Global Water Crisis and the Fight for the Right to Water lecture by Maude Barlow on World Water Day • Mar 22, 7pm • $5 at HUB, SUB, CAB, ETLC Infolink Booths, TIX on the Square; proceeds to Campus Food Bank, UAlberta’s Green Grant program Sylvia Browne • River Cree • rivercreeresort.com • An evening with the psychic and spiritual teacher, Sylvia Browne • Mar 24 • $59.50; sold out Visual Arts Forum • FAB 2-20, U of A • Zheng Chongbin in Conversation with Lisa Claypool • Mar 22, 5:15pm Wood Design Seminar • Petroleum Club, 11110-108 St • wood-works.org/alberta/ seminars • Building with Fire Retardant Treated Wood with Gary Broughton • Hybrid Bridges: A Sustainable and Cost-Effective Building Solution with Crawford Dewar • Toward a Culture of Wood with Jim Taggart • Mar 26; 7:30-8am (breakfast/ register), 8am-12pm (seminar); pre-register

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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 FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St •

Nashville's Shea Weber, ready to be sent to his agent in July. Say it enough, it will come true. DY Always look forward

With this season being the bitter disappointment it has been, made perhaps more bitter by the high expectations going into the year which were further fuelled by the team's pre-Christmas play, what are some realistic expectations for the 2012-13 season? • Let's be real for a second here: does anyone think we can actually make the playoffs next year? I'd be happy if we could at least stay in the mix until March or April, and finish 9th or 10th in the West. Does that seem like a low expectation? Look, I've been burnt before. Bad. • Add a difference-maker defenceman. Is it Shea Weber who's an RFA next year? Is it PK Subban, who seems to be having trouble in Montréal? I don't know, but let's get one. • Stop with the comparisons. Next

year, let's all resolve to stop saying Hall is Messier, to stop saying the Nuge is Gretz, to stop saying Eberle is Kurri. Although, you know what this team could use? A Tikkanen. • The Nuge follows this Calder-worthy season with a sophomore season as good or better than the progression Ebs and Hall have made in their second years. BB Question for the water cooler, assuming people do that anymore (I suppose Twitter is the new water cooler— but I digress)

Would this year's Oiler lineup benefit more from Pat Quinn as the coach than the team from two seasons ago? Was Quinn here two years too early? DY Oilers Player of the week

Ales Hemsky: Four goals in two games including his first-ever NHL hat trick. DY

Ales Hemsky: Was anyone else even on the team this week? BB

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

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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 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 DropIn Recreational: St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; every Wed 6-7:30pm, until Apr 25; $7 (drop-in fee) • Co-ed Bellydancing • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, WEM, Tue 6:45pm • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 St, 104 Ave • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @shaw.ca the junction bar • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm-12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu Pride Centre of Edmonton • Moving • 780.488.3234 • E: admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm • Community Potluck: For members of the LGBTQ community; last Tue each month, 6-9pm • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors; every Wed, 6-9pm; • STD Testing: Last Thu every month, 3-6pm; free • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm PrimeTimers/sage Games • Unitarian Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm St Paul's United Church • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship) WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.ca • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door),

Edmonton Home and Garden Show • Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands

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Canadian National College Finals Rodeo • Edmonton Expo Centre, Northlands Park, 78 St, 115 Ave • Mar 29-31

Park, • Mar 22-25

Flavor Clothing: Urban Showcase • Oil City Roadhouse, 10736 Jasper Ave •

Fashion show and open for Flavor’s spring line showing, Sink or Swim, and Bvrglars spring collections with DJs Jo Thrillz, Nikita, BBM, dance groups, White Chocolate, graffiti artists • Mar 25 • $20 at edmflavor.com/urban-showcase MARCH FOR UNDERSTANDING • 487.988.0850 • marchforunderstanding.com • The Centre for Race and Culture's month-long commemoration of the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination • Cité francophone, 114-8627 rue Marie-Anne Gaoury: Mar 24, 1-4pm • International House, U of A: Painting Pathways to Peace: Dialogue focusing on the roots of racism; until Mar 24

Pop-Up Multicultural Teahouse and Art Gallery • Pacific Café, 10876-97

St • 780.424.2870 • From 12-5pm Pacific Café will become a teahouse and art gallery featuring Ukrainian and Kurdish tea-time treats, the artwork of Pedro Rodriguez, Randy Hayashi, and other artists; music by Petrishin Polujin, poetry by Jalal Barzanji and members of Writers Beyond Borders. From 7-10pm, McCauley Connects Coffeehouse takes the stage with music by Paula Kirman, and open mic poetry and music • Mar 24, 12-5; 7-10pm • Free; tea-time treats for $5-$15 Roller Derby • Oil City Grindhouse, 14420-112 St • Oil City Derby Girls vs. Misfits of Mayhem roller derby • Mar 24, 6pm (door) • $10 (adv)/$15 (door)/Kids 10 and under free Run Wild for Wildlife • William Hawrelak Park • Wildlife REhabilitation Society of Edmonton's 2.5km (walk); 5km (run) • Sun, Apr 1, 11am • Iinfo: E: volunteer@wildlife-edm.ca; T: 780.960.1497 Shades of Grey • Shaw Conference Centre, Hall A • Edmonton Collectible Toy and Comic show featuring Nat Jones, Steve Sansweet, Robert Bailey • Apr 1, 10am-5pm • $15/free (Kids under 12)/$12 (adv at Shades of Grey, 2nd Fl, 10444-82 Ave); donation for Edmonton Food Bank Spring Bazaar • Shepherd’s Care Vanguard, 10311-122 Ave • 780.378.3302/780.474.1798 • Mar 24, 1-4pm; proceeds to the resident recreation fund

UNMASK THE CURE: THE CARNIVAL TO CONQUER • Art Gallery of Alberta , Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Starts with performers and a sevencourse feast by Zinc's Executive Chef David Omar, followed by a 1920's carnival-themed dance party with dancers, musicians, DJs and models, silent auction, jugglers, comedians, a live art installation and more • Mar 30 • $100 (for 7pm dinner show and dance party)/$30 (dance, 10pm-2am) 1920's Carnival costume Western Canada Fashion Week • TransAlta Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • westerncanadafashionweek.com • A fusion of art, design, fashion and music • Mar 29-Apr 5 • Tickets at TIX on the Square • Phabrik Art + Design, 10055-80 Ave:Fashion From The Floor Up: Fashion week Kick-off; Mar 23, 7-10pm womonspace–Spring Fling • Bellevue Hall, 7308-112 Ave • Dance, silent auction; self defense instruction • Mar 31, 8pm-1am


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REVUE // DYSTOPIAN REALITY TELEVISION

The dystopia will be televised The Hunger Games struggles with an inflated runtime Opens Friday Directed by Gary Ross

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ased on the first instalment in the same-named mega-selling young adult science-fiction trilogy by US novelist Suzanne Collins, The Hunger Games imagines a future dystopia where society's divided into a single, opulent, super-hi-tech Capitol and a dozen rural districts where the bulk of the population live in destitution and toil to support the affluent, wasteful fascist chucklehead minority. The clownish big city-types dress like they're trying to get into the next issue of Fruits—Stanley Tucci sports a bluerinsed Salieri wig and a toothpaste advert Joker smile and Wes Bentley's face is marred by the all-time most pretentious hipster-wannabe sculpted beard—while the teeming proles take their fashion tips from Little House on the Prairie. If all that didn't already seem like a drag, every year two kids are selected from each district, given some rigorous training and thrown into a vast, elaborately booby-trapped wilderness gladiatorial arena where they do battle with the elements—forest fires, hallucinogenic genetically engineered wasps, poisoned berries and bloodthirsty overgrown bulldog-like beasts that at the push of a button materialize out of nothing at all (so much for internal rules or even a modicum of verisimilitude)—and, of course, with each oth-

The most dangerous Games of all

er. The event, now in its 74th year, is broadcast and apparently maintains a rabid fan-base. I guess reality television really is here to stay. A contestant's success in the Hunger Games is as dependent on showmanship as on survivalist or combat skills. It's not altogether unlike becoming a movie star. And the star of The Hunger Games is that young, talented, apple-cheeked beauty named Jennifer Lawrence, whom you'll hopefully recognize from Winter's Bone. To some extent Katniss Everdeen is something

of a reprise of Lawrence's Oscarnominated lead performance in Winter's Bone: she again plays the eldest daughter of an absent dad and mightas-well-be-absent mom; she's tough, woods-wise, protective of her little sister, a practiced hunter with nothing against squirrel meat. But then Katniss becomes a hopeful in the Games and gets Lenny Kravitz as her personal stylist. Katniss is a strong archer and more mature than most of her fellow contestants, but her big handicap is that she doesn't want to hurt others, most

especially Peeta Mellark (Josh Hutcherson, aka Laser from The Kids Are All Right), the other kid from her district who also happens to have a huge crush on her. You can see where this is going. Helmed by Seabiscuit director Gary Ross, the film is perplexingly belaboured, with a long first half that lingers over the pre-Games activities without really providing much milieu detail or developing the characters. The draggy pacing feels obligatory, dictated by the ostensible momentousness of the occasion, by which I mean

to say that The Hunger Games is such a hugely popular book that the movie version simply has to be Oscar-length, ie: well over two hours long. While the hungry hardcore fans might savour every extra minute of running time, for the rest of us it's really a shame that The Hunger Games couldn't have aspired to a fleet, efficient, say, 92 minutes. If it had, I think it would have gotten much closer to becoming the bracing thriller it wants to be. Josef Braun

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FILM // NOT EXACTLY NOIR

Shadow of a Doubt Fri, Mar 23; Sun, Mar 25; Tue, Mar 27 Directed by Alfred Hitchcock Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1943

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hen we first meet Uncle Charlie (Joseph Cotten) he's laying on a bed, fully dressed, face weighted with brooding, waiting for some men to come and prompt his next move. When we first meet the teenaged Charlie (Teresa Wright), Uncle Charlie's niece, she's laying on a bed, fully dressed, face weighted with brooding, waiting for a miracle to save her immediate family, whom she feels is stuck in a perilous middle-class suburban rut. Turns out that miracle is ... Uncle Charlie! Somehow—perhaps, as Charlie suggests, via telepathy—Uncle Charlie heard his niece's psychic summons. He's coming to Santa Rosa on a train that spews one colossal black cloud,

coming to visit his adoring elder sister and her rather perfect little American family. (The only elements that betrays this sense of perfection is the unusually advanced age of the parents, considering that their youngest looks to be no more than six.) Let's not call Shadow of a Doubt noir exactly. It's a touch too early, and, despite its title, not too concerned with expressionist atmospherics, nor does it exude toughness or underline its characters' darker impulses. But it fits quite beautifully into Metro Cinema's Film Noir series because it emanates a murky, resonant perversity that finally out-obscures many of the more overtly noirish pictures to come. Its director, Alfred Hitchcock, often said it was his favourite among his films. I wonder if it wasn't this very perversity, so neatly nestled in a seemingly innocent small town setting (the film's main scenar-

one's come to court, and those doubts fall away.

Uncle Charlie makes a call

ist was Our Town author Thornton Wilder), that earned Hitchcock's special affection (and looks forward to David Lynch's Blue Velvet). Because Shadow of a Doubt is without a doubt a love story—between an uncle and his niece. The way she just looks at him in those early scenes, starry-eyed, sort of floating in place, like she's beholding a dream-figure, is fraught with a woozy ache—one that might not have been

so near-palpable if the both script and Wright's performance didn't maintain a surface of essential sweetness. Every time I watch Shadow of a Doubt I wonder if it wouldn't be juicier if we saw more of Uncle Charlie's hidden shadows reflected in little Charlie—which is the same as saying if we saw more noir—but then I look at Wright melt before Cotten in the kitchen, where he gives the sort of gift one gives a lover

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If you haven't seen the film you may be wondering what are these hidden shadows exactly. It's best to let them sink in slowly. Uncle Charlie's never been photographed and he's never stayed anywhere long. He brings money and lavish gifts but doesn't specify just how he acquired them. He gets especially uneasy when he hears a certain waltz. And every now and then he lets his mask of gentle charisma slip and says the nastiest things about people, about women in particular. Some years later, in another masterpiece, Cotten would embody the American innocent abroad, but here, still fairly young, still fairly new to moviegoers, he is the epitome of American corruption. And the juxtaposition of his sordid allure next to Wright's purity still sends a shiver up the spine. Josef Braun

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REVUE // STILL AT IT

Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel

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oger Corman started his career as a reader for Fox. When his notes on The Gunfighter (1950) were used without due accreditation his innate rebelliousness, or chutzpah, or spite, first made itself known. He quit, and without any studio support made Monster From the Ocean Floor, aka Monster Maker, aka It Came From the Ocean's Floor (1954)—I could use up my entire word count on alternate titles—whose budget, says IMDb, was $28 000, though I could be persuaded that the actual money spent was far less. Few noticed it at the time, but a giant of American cinema was born, an absurdly prolific producer/writer/director who would redefine the bottom line, innovate the industry and recognize the audience's willingness to go along with the baldest discontinuities, flimsiest sets and most ridiculous plots if there was a payoff at the end. He spotted and set trends, capitalized on controversy, gave pivotal breaks to young artists who would go on to become some of the most revered filmmakers of our age, and blazed a broad trail for this slippery thing we call independence. Corman directed more films in 1957 than most filmmakers make in an entire career.

His product dominated drive-ins for decades, and the oft-made claim that none of his pictures ever lost a dime is only a slight exaggeration. Though he would eventually distribute work by Bergman, Fellini and Kurosawa, the question was always a matter of delivering the goods and bringing home the bacon; art was largely accidental, or a bi-product of audacity. Audacity came naturally to Corman, and there's a case to be made for audacity elevating some of his 400-plus films to their own kind of artistry. Corman's still at it. Alex Stapleton's Corman's World: Exploits of a Hollywood Rebel catches up with him in Puerto Vallarta, deep in production on Dinoshark (2010). Early in the documentary we get some deadpan practical filmmaking tips from this slim, sophisticated octogenarian: "We feel the monster should kill someone fairly early ... " But most of Corman's World is comprised of archival footage and talking heads. These elements are sewn together in a pretty pedestrian manner, and occasionally the editing fumbles with the coverage, but the story Stapleton wants to tell, that of Corman's singular legacy—the burned bridges and betrayals, not so much—is told effectively and very, very entertainingly. There are lively testimonies from Corman's most stalwart collaborators, his wife and co-producer Julie Cor-

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man most notably, from Hollywood Reporter's Todd McCarthy—couldn't they have found some more interesting critics?—and, of course, from the stunning roster of filmmakers who were supported by Corman in their youth. Martin Scorsese, Peter Fonda, Ron Howard, Jonathan Demme, Bruce Dern, Joe Dante, Pam Grier, John Sayles and Robert De Niro all drop by to describe Corman's persona, techniques, mystique and work ethic, though I think the best material comes mainly from David Carradine, who's insightful in both his praise and criticism of Corman's career, Peter Bogdanovich, whose tale of trying to incorporate half-naked telepathic women into Gill-Women of Venus, aka Voyage to the Planet of the Prehistoric Women (1968) is priceless, and Jack Nicholson, who actually cries—at least I think he does; he's wearing sunglasses and covering his face—as he declares his gratitude to Corman for being the only guy in Hollywood to give him work for the first 10 years of his career. Metro's screenings of Corman's World are paired with screenings of two of Corman's finest works as director: X: The Man with the X-Ray Eyes (1963), starring Ray Milland, and the LSD-exposé The Trip (1968), written by Nicholson and starring Fonda, Dern, Susan Strasberg and Dennis Hopper. Josef Braun

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REVUE // TARANTINO

Reservoir Dogs

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Tue, Mar 27 (9:15 pm) Directed by Quentin Tarantino Metro Cinema at The Garneau Originally released: 1992

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rom the A list—Miller's Crossing, The Usual Suspects, Se7en—to the A- list—Red Rock West, True Romance, The Last Seduction—1990–95 was a rich time for the American neonoir. Right at the heart of this period is Tarantino's debut, Reservoir Dogs, playing out as more of a post-noir. Because of its usual postmodern QT conversations, sure (like Mr Brown's misogynist, unnecessary riff on the true meaning of Madonna's "Like A Virgin"), but mostly because the main action comes after what a noir would usually show—the heist. Only in sometimes overlong flashbacks are there typical noir scenes: a copsand-robber chase; a talk over drinks

between the heist-planner (Laurence Tierney) and a guy he's brought in for the job. Some talk's marred by some pointlessly racist, homophobic, and sexist banter that reduces these guys, and Tarantino the writer, to some cursing monologues. But Tarantino cleverly doesn't show, for instance, Mr Pink (Steve Buscemi) trashing a room—we only hear him ranting about the heist going wrong because someone tipped the cops. Telling, or talking, too much is the trouble: Mr White (Harvey Keitel) has already said too much about himself to the gut-shot Mr Orange (Tim Roth) for Pink's liking, and the identity of the rat among them, talking to the wrong side, is scurrying through everyone's minds. The main stage of a warehouse and the Clue-game names only strip the story down to a more elemental, intriguing mystery. In flashback, the

theatrical quality's heightened by the undercover cop's rehearsal for his character—he has to tell a backstory just right to seem legit. Any exuberance over violence, as with Mr Blonde's (Michael Madsen) torture of a cop, is mostly reined in. Coiled male panic and ricocheting accusations carry enough of the main action. (Buscemi, making Pink wildeyed but trying to be professional, and Roth, acting by turns restrained and desperate, are stand-outs.) And when White holds a slowly dying Orange in his arms, it's an eerily macabre recreation of Michelangelo's Pietà. At its best, at a time before Tarantino became all show, Reservoir Dogs reveals masculinity as a bloody, savage, sometimes two-faced performance. Brian Gibson

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REVUE // '80S REMAKE

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21 Jump Street Now playing Directed by Phil Lord, Chris Miller

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creenwriter Michael Bacall's loose adaptation of 21 Jump Street, the late '80s Fox series only remembered for starring Johnny Depp, is a floppy cross of high-school movie and buddycop comedy. Fresh-out-of-the-academy officers Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) find their Grade 12 roles reversed when they go undercover as teens to bust the supply network for a new drug. The script, not far enough from the frat-mentality of Bacall's recent Project X, overdoses on flaccid penis and vagina "jokes," indulges in the ain't-this-cool?!ness of a cop-action flick, and passes out on the cliché-couch of bromance. There's some early promise, with the former geek and jock still acting like stupid teens as cops, then, undercover, realizing they no longer know

Clueless buddy cops

what's cool at high-school. But the comedy at their expense disappears. Jokes in the second half come more rapid-fire and scattershot; the plot lapses into laziness and the stupidly ridiculous. There's some sly fun with cop clichés (car-chase explosions) and Hollywood remakes (a climactic cam-

eo that's a nice little nod to the TV series). Otherwise, everything was better with The Other Guys—which also had Rob Riggle and other TV-comedy stars straining a lot less to make us laugh a lot more. Brian Gibson

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MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE–GHOST PROTOCOL (14A) Daily 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS (PG violence not recommended for young children) Daily 6:50, 9:40

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HUNGER GAMES (14A violence) Fri-Sat 6:45,

THE MUPPETS (G) Daily 1:20, 3:45 BIG MIRACLE (PG) Daily 1:35, 4:20, 6:40, 9:10 CONTRABAND (14A violence, coarse language)

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Ignorance explores the evolution of happiness Until Sun, Apr 8 (8 pm; Sun Matinees at 2 pm) Roxy Theatre, $23 – $55

we better off without this particular hunk of grey matter? Ignorance is billed then as a "puppet documentary" that seeks to take us back to that pre-historic moment of cranial development, and, leaping forward in time to modern examples, explores the lasting impact of happiness.

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appiness has a beginning point in history. Sure, maybe its symptoms were present before it became part of conscious thought, rooted in the blissful ignorance, as the idiom goes, of not knowing things could be better. But an evolutionary shift brought it front and centre, and its first pensive moments are where the Old Trout Puppet Workshop begins Ignorance. "The show really centers around the physical moment that happened in our evolution, and that was the development of our pre-frontal lobe, which is the part of the brain that allows us to imagine things," Peter Balkwill, one of the core Trouts, explains over the phone from the Banff Centre. "What that did to our journey as animals was quite influential, because it started to allow us to imagine better worlds and better possibilities, and to act on those with the idea that they would fulfil us in a way that makes us more comfort-

Thinking happy thoughts // Jason Stang

able and in a better position to survive." The Old Trouts have never been anything but bold in their approach to theatre, blending puppetry in with live, onstage human beings—in just the past few years, Famous Puppet Death Scenes gave us a full spread of endings, while The Erotic Anguish

God of Carnage

Swan Lake I

n its 46-year history, Alberta Ballet has never once produced Swan Lake. There are myriad reasons why not, for sure, but the reasons in favour of now mounting the most iconic of heritage ballets are strong, says artistic director Jean Grand-Maître. "It's not unlike an orchestra finally getting to play Beethoven's 9th Symphony," he explains. "It is the ballet by which all dancers are measured." Not only has the level of the corps enhanced dramatically (in some way due to the American trend of collapsing ballet companies and numbers of incredible dancers now auditioning for work wherever they can get it), last year's success of Kirk Peterson's Sleeping Beauty solidified Grand-Maître's decision to put Swan Lake on the Alberta stage. (Side note: It had absolutely nothing to do with that movie that won Natalie Portman an Oscar. Grand-Maître even jokingly quotes a colleague as saying he'd never let his own kids dance after seeing said movie. So there.) Peterson, says Grand-Maître, was a shoo-in to oversee the restaging of Swan Lake. Originally commissioned to Tchaikovsky and choreographed in im-

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of Don Juan presented the world's greatest lover, decked out in the world's largest codpiece, trying to seduce the audience itself. But to explore happiness, that seemingly most basic of human wants that forms the basis of Ignorance, the Trouts posed a question: were

The show's development was an experiment in opening up the collaborative process. The show shows progress—updates to the script, and percolating ideas, sketches of costume and props—were being posted on a blog on the Trouts website where anyone could log in and comment on the script in progress, and offer their own contestable thoughts on what should happen. "It certainly played Devil's advocate to all of our ideas," Balkwill explains of the open process. "And, interestingly, at times needed some sort of parental investment, because people started arguing over the blog, and becoming offended by some of the ideas that other people were suggesting. And we had to mediate that a little bit, and go, 'Come on guys,

let's all play fair, everybody's opinions are important, and we can't feel that one person's idea is demeaning or is juvenile or anything like that.' If somebody's interested in putting a fart joke in, it might be funny, it could be funny. Puppets are funny when they fart." While the Trouts held final say on whatever ideas made it into the show (the fart's inclusion remains uncertain), Balkwill notes that the comments others made on Ignorance as it formed certainly guided it into different directions, even if every idea didn't make the final cut. "When you're in a creative process, I think that so much of what goes into the work is resting on a subconscious level in its creators," he says. "So [with] almost anything, there's some sense of influence. I would say everything, in some manifestation, was in there. If it wasn't physically in the show, or if that specific idea wasn't actually included, then it influenced other decisions, how they were made, and went into the show."

perial Russia by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa—who also brought you The Nutracker—Swan Lake marked a turning point in the ballet world. "It was the first time that a symphonic composer was asked to write a ballet, and [Tchaikovsky] created an absolute masterpiece," says Peterson, who's accumulated a lot of knowledge of the classics. "When I think of classical ballets, you'd be surprised, dancers want to dance them again. In the '80s people thought narrative ballets were dead. Now there's a higher demand for it," Grand-Maître continues. "So you're looking for people who have experience dancing them, and [Peterson] is one of the great American male dancers of his period. He was often second cast to Baryshnikov; he was a principal dancer in New York in the great golden age of ballet ... I was so enamoured with the way he staged Sleeping Beauty, because it didn't look like an oil painting—he saw how to make the dancers emotional, passionate about it. And so he was the guy to do it." "It comes with such baggage that it's sort of an intimidating prospect when you first decide to do it," says Peterson, "but then again I've had such experience CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 >>

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hrow two sets of parents into an awkward meeting to decide how best to proceed following an altercation between their children and things are bound to get a little tense. In the Tony-award winning comedy God of War by Yasmina Reza, such a meeting is hosted by Veronica (Fiona Reid), a writer and husband Michael (Ric Reid), a wholesaler, which begins with every ounce of civility each parent can seem to muster as they discuss appropriate repercussions with Annette (Irene Poole), a wealth management specialist and Alan (Ari Cohan), a lawyer, whose son has left theirs "disfig-

ured" with two less teeth. The cast sets the mood effectively, and the rising tension becomes palpable throughout the entire theatre. Things soon take a turn for the chaotic as passive-aggressive jabs are interjected into the discussion, all with excellent comedic timing, particularly from Veronica. Reid portrays her character's holier-than-thou parenting attitude to a T and each actor does a commendable job shifting to their character's darker side as the discussion moves from friendly coffee and dessert to booze-fueled anarchy. The roller coaster of emotions throughout the production are portrayed with genuine sincerity and never once feel like scripted dialogue.

along with Reid is Poole, who displays some of the most realistic vomiting ever witnessed onstage, causes the hilarious demise of her husband's beloved cell phone and delivers a show-stopping monologue about men that shows just what happens when resentment is left to fester. However, while the women shine, the men cannot be ignored for their efforts. Their characters find themselves at odds, but also as unlikely allies when the subject turns to the ordeal of marriage. Reid and Cohen can flip emotions on a dime and seamlessly weave between tension and camaraderie. Cohen exudes a suave confidence as he negotiates both the matter at hand and the one on the other end of his incessant phone calls while Reid gives a memorable performance through Michael's explosive physical comedy and delivers some of the funniest lines in the production, particularly when it comes to his sensitivity an unfortunate incident with his daughter's hamster. Director James MacDonald succeeds in illuminating the human condition with God of Carnage and it will challenge audience members' preconceived notions of themselves, their relationships and choices they make. It also shows just how easily a person's loved ones can drive them to the brink of insanity. meaghan baxter

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hings are not what they seem." It's secrets that make suspense, and it's suspense that makes the "In-Yer-Face" theatre movement so compelling. Though he rejected the label himself, Martin Crimp's work is widely considered a part of this contemporary British theatre movement, including his 2000 play The Country, which Shadow Theatre is mounting as part of its 2012 season. "A lot of people call him the new Pinter or the young Pinter because of his use of language and circumstances where you end up having what are seemingly normal, domestic circumstances, with a lot of menace and mystery underneath," explains John Sproule, who is playing the character of Richard. His co-actors, Coralie Cairns and Beth Graham, echo their agreement over a conference call at the start of a day of rehearsals. In-Yer-Face theatre presents shocking, raw, and disturbing situations with honest brutality. The Country takes place during a single night in the house of a married couple, Richard and Corrine (Cairns), who have moved to the British countryside in search of peace and tranquility. Their idyllic life is shattered when Richard brings home a T:13.75”

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The List (La Liste) / Thu, Mar 22 – Sun, Mar 25 (8 pm; Sun Matinee 2 pm) Winner of the 2008 Governor General's Award for Theatre, Jennifer Tremblay's La Liste follows a woman whose keen eye for detail falters, leading to the death of a friend, and a maelstrom of inner turmoil she struggles with while coming to terms with a tragic mistake. This run's lead is Sylvie Drapeau, known best

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young woman (Graham) whom he found unconscious by the road. "He [Crimp] has a very good ear for natural language—which makes it harder to memorize, sometimes," says Sproule, chuckling. "He really understands people's speech: people speak in half sentences, interrupt themselves, other people come forward, and they circle back. But if you get it right you get transported into listening to a real conversation." Critics have noted that Crimp's style is often detached and that there is a dearth of emotions in his work. However, not everyone agrees with that assessment. "I'll just speak from my character," states Cairns, "She goes on a real arc from the beginning of the play to the end; she takes a very big journey. And I find it incredibly emotional. But it's coming at it from a different angle. What he [Crimp] has set up, there's so much at stake and there's so much to lose." "This one I find has a ton of emotion because it's very suspenseful, dramatic circumstances, and the secrets that are revealed in the play are highly personal and quite shocking," adds Sproule. "But there is, and it happens in real life, an inherent politeness that occurs overtop of a seething cauldron, so it's like a pressure cooker." Mel Priestley

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as part of the cast in 2004's Oscar-winning The Barbarian Invasions as well as a role in 1989's Oscar-nominated Jesus of Montréal. The play runs en francais with english subtitles, which, really is far, far less of a chore than it sounds. Honest. Try it. (La Cite Francophone, $16 – $25)

Litfest: The Devil's Cinema Book Launch / Wed, Mar 28 (7 pm) The lasting details of the case are likely still fresh in most Edmontonian's minds, but The Devil's Cinema digs deep into the facts of the Mark Twitchell murder trial. Author Steve Lillebuen was in a dialogue with Twitchell before and during the trial, and drew on letters, meetings and phonecalls to piece together a portrait of the man. Lillebuen will be joined by Todd Babiak for the book's launch, where he'll give an interview, do a Q&A session and sign copies of The Devil's Cinema. (Garneau Theatre) V


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feel fuckin' old," Darrin Hagen says, before unleashing one of his roomfilling laughs into the phone receiver. "That's how I feel." In hindsight, it was a silly question to ask one of Edmonton's most enduring drag queens what it's like to see his company, Guys in Disguise, reach its silver anniversary, but, well, there it is. "People often ask me and Kevin [Hendricks, producer], 'How did you guys stay together so long?' And it's like, you just get to the end of each day," Hagen says. "I don't think either of us pictured we'd still be producing drag theatre when we first stepped on the stage at the Fringe in 1987, but you just keep doing it year by year, and before you know it there's a quarter century piled up behind you." Beginning at that Fringe with a twoand-a-half-hour drag show with a play wrapped around it called Delusions of Grandeur—a fitting title, Hagen notes—Guys in Disguise have been developing drag performance in Edmonton for 25 years now, helping bring it into the mainstream eye while pushing the form into new territory. For the first few years, Hagen notes,

the company was focused on revues. Then, Hagen brought forward Edmonton Queen in 1996, and his autobiographic tale of becoming a Queen in Edmonton lead to the company's focus expanding from drag shows to full-on cross-dressing theatre. The response it received brought Guys a renewed level of focus. "One thing I've been interested in always is expanding the boundaries of what people think is drag, and just keeping the boundaries and pushing the envelope and exploring that genre, because ultimately it seems like a fairly limited mandate, in terms of, y'know, cross-dressing comedies," Hagen says. "But within that limited mandate there's just so much variety you can explore. In terms of performance or themes or historical revisionism. It's just a rich vein. It's actually so rich that I'm blown away nobody else had exploited it as thoroughly as us before we did." Guys in Disguise has kept an "exhausting" archive of shows, reviews and photos over the years, plenty of which will be put back to the public eye during the 25th Anniversary Gala, alongside performances from Guys in Disguise Classic and musical guests Terry Mor-

rison and John Gorham. Hagen himself will make use of the abundant archival material to lead an illustrated history of drag in town—he's working on a book of the queer history in Edmonton— while Trevor Schmidt will be selling slaps in full-on Bettie Davis, as a precursor to the company's remount of its hit Bitchslap at the upcoming Fringe. It's probably worth noting that 25 years ago, a quarter-decade celebration for a drag troupe would probably have been as unbelievable to Hagen as it would've been to the local culture. But we've all come a long way since then. "When we first arrived on the Fringe, it was a different world," Hagen says. "Gay marriage wasn't legal yet, queer people had no human rights in Alberta because the government kept trying to stop it. There was a lot of things that happened in my time in Edmonton. I always tell people I feel very lucky to have been alive at a point where I got to see the world without human rights for queer people, and I got to see my world with human rights for queer people. And to be alive on that bridge of that important change has been a real satisfying place to be in history." Paul Blinov

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deal with real issues in relationships, but the first half is hopefully lighthearted, while the last half nearly slaps you in the face with darker, more serious considerations that temper euphoria and startle you with more than a dash of pessimism. The end result is distinct verisimilitude. This story does not idealize love, which is refreshing. Instead, it puts forth a carefully weighted exploration of the emotions and situations we find ourselves in when trying to connect with another person. With quickly comical lines like "next to Christmas, loneliness is the biggest business in America," the script yields many honest laughs that constantly dance with darker insights. The actors stumbled on their lines relatively often—always recovering cleanly, but stumbling nonetheless—which became distracting throughout. For the most part, however, the story swept you up. Of course, the most unique aspect of this play is that we are coming in during chapter two. This is not a story about meeting your soulmate and living happily ever after. Rather, it's about what happens after you've started 'the rest of your life,' and now, because of the very nature of life, it seems you have to start again. SALIHA CHATTOO

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with all the big classics—that buffers me up and allows me to feel confident in approaching them." As for the challenges specific to Swan Lake, Peterson notes that the fall of imperial Russia resulted in the ballet turning into something of a "damaged icon"—the changes made to the ballet

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as it moved into the West were not always for the better. "I kept striving to replicate original sources and making sure it wasn't stepping into the realm of re-choreographing or re-evaluating. With the classics there's much more of a sense of responsibility, it's like restoring a fine antique in a way; you're handing them with great care," says Peterson. "It's a historical moment for the province," adds Grand-Maître. "I wish Ruth

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Downtown Docs • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (basement level) • 780.944.5383 • Documentaries with attitude • The Chocolate Farmer: Mar 22, 6:30pm Edmonton Film Society • Royal Alberta Museum, 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • The Prince and the Pauper (1937, 119 min, PG) • Mar 26, 8pm Film and Video Arts Society (FAVA)

• FAVA FEST: Film and Video Arts Festival • Screenings: FAVA's Exhibition Suite, 9722-102 St; until Mar 24, 7pm, 9pm • Artist Panel: FAVA's Exhibition Suite (9722-102 St): Mar 23, 7pm; A conversation with select FAVA members achieving success on an international scale including Trevor Anderson (The Man That Got Away), Katrina Beatty, Andrew Scholotiuk and Dylan Pearce (I Think I Do) • Inaugural FAVA GALA: Metro Cinema at the Garneau: Dress to the nines and raise a glass to independent media art; Mar 24, 5:30pm (cocktails), 6:30pm (music by Jason Kodie), screening of FAVA's 2010 Production Award Winning films, The Weightless Traveler by Eva Colmers, Sacred Cinema by Mark Power, all-around junior male by Lindsay McIntyre, Scape by Kyle Armstrong and Leslea Kroll, and Slingshot by Jimmy Bustos; 9pm: FAVA GALA Awards Ceremony including five new, annual Awards of Excellence From Books to Film series • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • Screenings of films adapted from books, presented by the Centre for Reading and the Arts • The Big Sleep (1946, B&W, PG); Mar 23, 2pm • Casablanca (1942, B&W, PG); Mar 30, 2pm

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per Ave • 780.482.2854 • GALLERY SPRING SELECTIONS: Selection of gallery artists works • Until end of Mar ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • THINKING BIG: Unveiling public art projects; until Apr 7 • Discovery Gallery: What’s a Girl to Do? Felted hats by Edmonton artist Virginia Stephen; until Mar 24 • Women: Clay sculptures by Keith Turnbull; until Mar 24 • OBSESSION: A group exhibition exploring the concept of obsession, curated by Jill Nuckles • Mar 31-May; opening: Mar 31, 2-4pm • Artist Spotlight Meet Greet: Anna Rasmussen. Anna will be showcasing her new collection of ceramic dinnerware Beach: Mar 22, 6pm Artery • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.441.6966 • Stay On The Scene Spring Art Show: The Noble Thiefs and more • Mar 24, 7pm Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) • 2 Sir

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Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • Rearview Mirror: Contemporary Art from East and Central Europe; until Apr 29 • Icons of Modernism: until May 21 • BMO Work of Creativity: Method and Madness: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • RBC New Works Gallery: The Untimely Transmogrification of the Problem: Chris Millar; until Apr 29 • MASS: Dara Humniski: until May 20 • VENERATOR: Contemporary Art from the AGA Collection; until May 21 • Art School: Banff 1947: until Jun 3 • Alberta Mistresses of the Modern: 1935-1975: Until Jun 3 • Alberta Process Painting: until Jun 3 • Refinery: Sewing the Heartland: Late-night art party returns with Sewing the Heartland, featuring interactive fashion projects and live Fashion Challenge; Mar 24, 9pm-2am; $35/$30 (AGA member)/$15 (AGA ultra member) • Ledcor Theatre: Indigenous Architecture, Design and Spaces Series: Douglas Cardinal Lecture; Mar 29, 7pm; $20/$15 (AGA/MADE member) • Art Lectures: Sustainable Wastage with Jan Edler, realites:united; Apr 1, 4pm; $15/$10 (AGA/EAC member) Art Gallery Of St Albert (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • Immuto: Watercolour paintings and stop-motion animations by Jennifer Wanner; until Apr 28 • Artventures: Drop-in art for children 6-12; 1-4pm; $5

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• 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • Anticipation of Things to Come: Ceramic artworks by Barb Watchman • Until Mar 31 Daffodil Gallery • 10412-124 St, 780.760.1278 • Songs on the Wall: Beatles inspired artworks by Bernadette McCormack • Through March Enterprise Square • 10230 Jasper Ave • 780.492.5834 • Cool Stuff: Presented by U of A Museums, featuring objects and artifacts related to winter, ice, snow, mountains and polar regions; until Mar 31 • Noon-Hour Series: Winter Through Roman Eyes with Jeremy Rossiter; Mar 23 • Curating Cool Stuff with Jim Corrigan; Mar 29 • Sweat of Our Brow: University of Alberta's Student Design Association; Mar 22-31; opening: Mar 22, 6pm Expressionz Café Gallery • 9938-70 Ave • 780.437.3667 • Featuring Feral Dog Photography, Brian Zahorodniuk, Dara Loewen, Ginette Vallieres-D'Silva, Margot Solstice, Maggie Tate • Until Apr 28, Tue-Fri 9am-5pm, Sat 11am-5pm FAB Gallery • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • Automatic Ruins: Colin Lyons: MFA Printmaking • The Alcuin Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada: Children’s, Limited Editions, Pictorial, Poetry, Prose Fiction, Prose Non-fiction, Prose Nonfiction Illustrated, and Reference books published in 2010 • Until Mar 24 Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • Postage Stamps as Messengers of Culture: Display by Anita Nawrocki (display cases) • The Argentum Project: Chronicles of Motion: Works by the Sculp-

tors' Association of Alberta (in the Gallery and display cases near AV Rm); until Mar 31 Gallerie Pava • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • Old Dogs/New Tricks: Featuring drawings by Father Douglas • Until Apr 7 HAPPY HARBOR COMICS v1 • 10729-104 Ave • Comics Artist-in-Residence: Paul Lavelleed available every Fri (12-6pm), and every Sat (12-5pm) until Apr 21 • Open Door: a collective of independent comic creators, meet on the 2nd and 4th Thu each month, 7pm Harcourt House • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • Main Space: SOUNDBURSTINGS NO.1: Gary James Joynes video installation SoundBursts • Front Room: We Are In The Same Place: Paintings by Patrick Higgins; until Apr 14

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St Albert • 780.651.8176 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing Mildwood Gallery • 426, 6655-178 St • Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo, Victor Harrison • Ongoing

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• 5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • Slavic ST Albert: Based on the research work of Michal Mynarz; until May 12 Peter Robertson Gallery • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • The Premise of Nature: Landscape paintings and photographs by Brenda Kim Christiansen; until Mar 27 • Abstract paintings by Robert Christie; Mar 31-Apr 17; opening: Mar 31, 2-4pm

Royal Alberta Museum • 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • Narrative Quest: Until Apr 29 • Curatorial Lecture Series: Museum Theatre: The Alberta Quilt Project: With Lucie Heins, Assistant Curator, documenting quilters; Mar 28, 7pm; free SCOTT GALLERY 10411-124 St • 780.488.3619 • Blue Notes and Stormy Weather: Paintings by Jim Stokes • Until Apr 3 SNAP Gallery • Society Of Northern Alberta Print­-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • Gallery Exhibition: Artworks by Todd Stewart; Mar 22-Apr 21; opening: Mar 22 SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY • 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • Journey: Artworks by Ada Wong; until Mar 24 • 100 Miles-360 Degrees: Artworks by 360 Grit; Mar 26-Apr 14; reception: Mar 31, 1-4pm Stollery Gallery • Nina Haggerty Centre, 9225-118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • F.E.A.R.– FALSE EVIDENCE APPEARING REAL: Drawings, paintings, and collages influenced by paranoia, works by Chris Zaytsoff, Jocelyn Gallant and Gaye Huckell • Until Mar 31 Strathcona County Gallery@501

• 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • Production Pottery: Brenda Danrook and Martin Tagseth; until Apr 29 Sugar Bowl • 10922-88 Ave • Acrylic paintings on canvas by Anabel Quan • Apr 1-May 1 TELUS World of Science • 11211-142 St • Discoveryland • Sport II: The science of sport; until May 6 VAAA Gallery • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • Gallery A and B: ALBERTA IN A BOX: WIDE OPEN: Works by Alberta Potter’s Association • Until Apr 14 VASA Gallery • (Studio Gallery) Grandin Park Plaza, 22 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • 780.460.5993 • Figurative artworks by Carla Beerens and Rick Rogers • Until Mar 31 West End Gallery • 12308 Jasper Ave • 780.488.4892 • Artworks by Guy Roy; until Mar 22 • Spring Splash: New Work By Claudette Castonguay, Brent R. Laycock, Raynald Leclerc, Paul Jorgensen, Ariane Dubois and Grant Leier • Mar 24-Apr 5 • Mar 24, 10-5pm

LITERARY Audreys Books • 10702 Jasper Ave • 780.423.3487 • CAA Writer in Residence Jannie Edwards: every Wed until Apr 25, 12-1:30pm • Massimo Capra and Dwight Allott, 3 Chefs and The Ultimate Guys’ Q & A; Mar 23, 5-7pm • Co-author CD Evans talk about the oilsands, his novel, 5000 Dead Ducks; Mar 23, 7:30pm • Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St: Steve Lillebuen's The Devil’s Cinema: The Untold Story Behind Mark Twitchell’s Kill Room, book launch with Todd Babiak, Q&A, book signing in lobby; Mar 28, 7pm; tickets at door • Students of Project Adult Literacy Society (P.A.L.S.): stories about the gift of reading; Mar 28, 7pm Canadian Authors Association • Campus Saint-Jean, Pavillon Lacerte, Rm 3-04, 8406-91 St • Fri Presentations: 8pm; free for members and first-time guests/$10 (returning guests) • Sat workshops: 9:30am-4pm; $40 (member)/$70 (non-member) lunch included Cheremosh Ukrainian Dance Company Studio • 4005-115 Ave • Book launch

of Ukrainian Dance: A Cross Cultural Approach by Andriy Nahachewsky • Mar 24, 7pm, with performances by Cheremosh and Shumka • Free; RSVP to E: lynnien.pawluk@ualberta.ca Rouge Lounge • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

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Strathcona County Library– Sherwood Park • 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood

Park • 780.410.8600 • Authors In The House: Ian Hamilton reading from The Wild Beasts of Wuhan; Mar 24, 2-3pm; free • Roots Go Deep–World Storytelling Day Celebration; Mar 25, 2-4pm T.A.L.E.S.–STRATHCONA • New Strathcona Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.400.3547 • Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed each month 7pm • Free WunderBar on Whyte • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

THEATRE

An Adult Evening of Shel Silverstein • Azimuth Theatre, 11315-106

Ave • By Shel Silverstein, produced by Watch Me Productions • Mar 22-24, 8pm; Sat Mat: 4:20pm • $15 (door) BLUE MAN GROUP • Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave • 1.866.540.7469 • Broadway Across Canada–Experience the Phenomenon; a theatrical show and concert; comedy, music, and technology • Mar 27-Apr 1 • Tickets at BroadwayAcrossCanada.ca BOEING, BOEING • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • Bernard lives in a posh Paris apartment, and has been juggling three fiancées who are all flight attendants. His lifestyle hits turbulence when his old friend visits and his three fiancées change their flight schedule • Until Apr 8 Chapter Two • Capital Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, Fox Dr, Whitemud Dr • By Neil Simon, directed by Amanda Bergen • Until Mar 25, 8pm; Mar 24, 2pm; not recommended for children 12 and under • $28 (adult)/$20 (student/senior) • Dinner Theatre: Mar 23-25; Dinner: $32 (adult)/$16 (child) Commission/Creation • Timms Centre, 87 Ave, 112 St, U of A • Studio Theatre • Guest Creator & Director Jonathan Christenson • Mar 29-Apr 7, 7:30pm, 12:30pm (Thu, Apr 5) The Country • Varscona Theatre, 1032983 Ave • 780.434.5564 • Shadow Theatre • By Martin Crimp, stars Coralie Cairns, Beth Graham and John Sproule, directed by Wayne Paquette • Until Apr 8, 7:30pm, 2pm • $15 (previews); Fri-Sat night: $26/$23 (student/senior); Tue-Thu, Sun mat: $22/$20 (student/senior) DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • Improvised soap opera • Every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office God of Carnage • Citadel Shoctor Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • 780.428.2117 • Comedy by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton, directed by James MacDonald, stars Fiona Reid • Until Apr 1 Hadestown • Arden, 5 St. Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1542 • Anais Mitchell and the Hadestown Orchestra A Folk-Pop Musical • Until Mar 22, 7:30pm • $32 at TicketMaster, Arden ignoraNce • Roxy, 10708-124 St • 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network • By The Old Trout Puppet Workshop with Anonymous Contributors • A puppet documentary about the evolution of happiness • Mar 22-Apr 8 • Tickets at Theatre Network’s box office, 780.453.2440 Jump for Glee • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 2690, 8882-170 St, Phase II WEM Upper Level • 780.484.2424 • Until Apr 1 Just One Spark • Bailey Theatre–Camrose • Musical, romantic comedy by One Trunk Theatre • Mar 29-31, Apr 4-7, 7:30pm • $15 (adult)/$12 (student); Wed, Apr 4: pay-what-you-can LA LISTE • La Cité Theatre, 8627-91 St • 780.469.8400 • L'UniThéâtre • By Jennifer Tremblay with English surtitles, production of Théâtre d’Aujourd’hui (Montréal) • Mar 22-24 • $25 (adult)/$21 (senior)/$16 (student) at lunitheatre.ca, La Librairie Le Carrefour, TIX on the Square LE PORTRAIT GOOBLE • 780.469.8400 • L'UniThéâtre (School Tour) • By Jon Lachlan Stewart • Production of Théâtre la Seizième (Vancouver) • Touring until Mar 23, Apr 10-27 Richard Scarry’s Busytown • Festival Place (100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park) • The adventures of Huckle Cat, Lowly Worm, Sally Cat, Hilda Hippo, Pig Will and Pig Won't • Apr 9-10, 6:30pm, 11pm • $24 (table)/$22 (box)/$18 (theatre) at Festival Place box office Rock Band • Overklocked Gaming, 11618119 St • Northern Light Theatre's fundraiser • Mar 29 • Tickets at Northern Light Theatre, 780.471.1586 OH SUSANNA! • Varscona Theatre • 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • The Euro-style variety spectacle with Susanna Patchouli • Last Sat each month, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) So Much Glamour • Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 St • Guys in Disguise 25th Anniversary Gala featuring some of Canada’s hottest Queens, live music, silent auction, food, disco dancing • Mar 24, 7pm (door), 8 (show) • Tickets at TIX on the Square, GuysInDisguise.com. TheatreSports • Varscona Theatre, 1032983 Ave • Improv runs every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member) Thebans • Grant MacEwan University Centre for the Arts and Communications, 1st Fl, 10045156 St • Theatre Lab Season: By Liz Lochhead • Mar 28-Apr 1, 7:30pm; Apr 1: 2pm, 7:30pm • Tickets at TIX on the Square


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Edmonton than we do now, so I'd like to see us get back to even where were in the 1940s," Cockrall-King says. "We had a fraction of the population, but we had 4000 community garden plots instead of what we have now, and it's just more beautiful to look at." Cockrall-King sees urban agriculture and communal gardening as a way to get people back into their communities. On top of being a sustainabile food source, she says it can be used as a solution to improve derelict areas of a city, referencing the community farm on Hastings Street in Vancouver's infamous east end as a literal breath of fresh air for the city.

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verflowing supermarket shelves give consumers the impression of abundance and endless choice. In reality, any given city has only three days' worth of food thanks to its reliance on a just-intime international supply system. In her new book, Food and the City: Urban Agriculture and the New Food Revolution, Edmonton-based award-winning journalist Jennifer Cockrall-King, exposes how we are part of a vulnerable, failing industrial food chain that is environmentally unsustainable in the long run. Cockrall-King presents urban agriculture as a potential solution to the problem and through a series of global investigations, she examines how people in cities like London, Paris, Vancouver and New York are using alternative systems to take food security into their own hands. She believes self-sufficiency and self-reliance are keystones the urban population has had until the last 20 to 30 years, and stresses that food imported for consumption here is polluting someone else's back yard. During two-and-a-half years of travelling, Cockrall-King discovered urban agriculture was not just a niche idea for activists, but rather, a global movement. People of all public spheres, cultures and economic classes are utilizing alternative growing spaces such as rooftops, vacant roadways, backyards and even "vertical farms" in some cases to make this happen. Food and the City stemmed from an article Cockrall-King penned for Maclean's in 2008 about a food security and urban garden tour she took in Cuba in early 2007. The article generated a great deal of feedback and Cockrall-King says this was occurring at a time when discussions were being held at Edmonton city council meetings involving community gardening and the protection of urban farmland. The surge of interest prompted her to turn what was intended to be a series of articles in a book. "I'm a gardener ... they alway say write what you know; write what you love. I would always be writing about food and

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gardening, and this was the perfect marriage of my food career and my love of gardening," Cockrall-King says of her decision to write the book. When gathering international research, she chose destinations that were similar to Canada, with the exception of Cuba, which was used as a "look what we could do under different circumstances" chapter. While Edmonton doesn't have its own chapter, CockrallKing says she hopes readers realize it's the framework of the book and was not ignored. "It's more about seeing how other people in big cities much denser and much larger than ours can find time to grow, and find space to grow," Cockrall-

King says. "I know we have winter here, but they have winter in Detroit and Milwaukee and Chicago, and it's every bit as cold there as it is here, so I wanted to give people the sense that we're all in it together. It's not just a Vancouver thing with a great climate. It's in the Midwest and in Alberta." With little to no geographical constraint, Edmonton continues to sprawl, which Cockrall-King says is the result of the mindset that the city needs to continue growing economically as well as population-wise. She adds it was important over the course of the book to show the benefits of taking that energy and putting it towards growing things in the most literal sense. "We used to grow a lot more food in

Becoming involved in the urban agriculture movement has made CockrallKing cognizant of how she plays a part in making her city beautiful or ugly with her day-to-day food choices and purchases. She has also begun lending her expertise to groups lobbying city council to change bylaws and break down barriers against urban beekeeping, keeping chickens, or planting a frontyard garden. "One thing the city does very well is it makes it very easy to get access to land for community gardens, so you can start your own community garden in your neighbourhood if you don't have one already," she explains, adding that a good start is going through Just Food Edmonton, a group of concerned individuals and organizations that work together to ensure the Edmonton region population participates in an equitable and ecologically sound food system. Working towards a more sustainable food system does not have to be complicated process. Cockrall-King says even shifting a small portion of food shopping dollars to local food can make a difference. "People think five bucks here and five bucks there isn't a lot, and it's not, but a million people in Edmonton spending five bucks here and five bucks there is huge. It's five million dollars," she notes. For those who want to start growing food at home, Cockrall-King advises starting small with items like basil and tomatoes, which she jokes are the

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gateway drugs to urban agriculture. In addition to getting people addicted to how much better fresh food tastes, Cockrall-King says gardening can act as a form of exercise and offer an alternative to monotonous stair machines or ellipticals at the gym. When faced with the prospect of growing their own food, a knee-jerk reaction in today's society would be lack of time. People are rushing to keep up with time-starved lifestyles, but as Cockrall-King points out, there's always been 24 hours in a day and recalls her grandmother raising multiple children, doing everything by hand and still finding times to grow food. She advises that all it could take to free up some more time is a shift in priorties, like spending less time glued to Facebook. Frugality is the goal these days, but at only a couple of dollars a pop, packages of seeds are affordable and are fairly self-sufficient, which means even someone without a green thumb can yield successful results at low cost. "The beauty about seeds is they're like little seed bombs. Each little seed has everything it needs to grow in it with very little attention," CockrallKing says, adding that great topsoil conditions in Edmonton also help. "There is the knowledge thing, but community gardens are great for that because you can learn from other gardeners." Above all, Cockrall-King wants readers to take away the message that growing their own food and making the shift towards food security is easier than they're being led to believe. "There's a lot of marketing around food production, especially in North America, that it's a very specialized skill and that really that's left up to a handful of farmers with really expensive equipment," she says. "We've been taught that growing food is too hard, it's too complicated, we need specialized equipment. I guess the biggest thing is, it's within our grasp and we just have to do it." Meaghan baxter // meaghan@vueweekly.com

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WINE

South Africa

Should it be your new watering hole? I thought for a long time that western coast—at a latitude simiSouth African wine smelled and lar to Australia's. South Africa has tasted like dirty elephants, zebras been making wine since 1659, but and giraffes bathing in a warm wait wasn't until apartheid's abolition tering hole. Maybe South African in 1994 that the wine scene bewine consumers thought we gan to flourish. Before then, I D I V might just buy that earthy vintners rarely made table , I VEN shit, but I didn't—until wines, choosing instead the funk started floatto convert their fruit m o ekly.c vuewe taylor@ ing away. Gone are the into distilled alcohol or Taylor rhinoceros dung and antegrape concentrate. After a Eason few years of meagre exportlope hoof aromas, replaced by delicate fruit, oak and floing success—due mostly to the rals. Perhaps it's time to introduce aroma North American consumSouth Africa to your watering hole. ers couldn't get over—winemakTo be honest, South African ers clued in and started producing grapes don't grow where the elewines we'd want to drink, using phants roam. They grow in a much grapes like Cabernet Sauvignon, cooler climate—around the southShiraz, Sauvignon Blanc and Char-

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donnay. You might have seen a grape variety on South African labels called Pinotage. It is entirely a homegrown invention, a cross between Pinot Noir and Cinsault (called Hermitage in France), created around 1925. With its unique dirt-like flavor, it's much to blame for the funk reputation in South African wine. To say the least, it's an acquired taste when 100 percent of the bottle comes from the grape, but a little bit can lend an interesting earthy characteristic. Blends of it with Syrah and Merlot can be gorgeously silky and delicious. An oft-snubbed grape variety embraced in South Africa is Chenin

Blanc, or "Steen." Chenin Blanc, long regarded as a white-trash varietal used in cheap jug wines in California, has a flowery nose, gushing white fruit and firm acidity in South Africa. Steen also becomes a delicious sweet dessert wine, bottled as "Late Harvest." Steens are fantastic for newcomers to wine, and to drink with spicy foods of any sort. Trusted labels are Mulderbosch and Ken Forrester. South Africa is getting to know its soil and its possibilities. The country has four main wine regions and 17 districts within those regions. Following the French concept of “terroir—that each district's soil,

climate and topography yields grapes with a unique style and flavour—South African winemakers plant specific grape varieties, then blend to create liquid masterpieces. On the label, you'll see the region or districts listed, and these serve as guides for purchasing. Within the Coastal region lie the Stellenbosch and Paarl districts, known for their Chardonnay, Shiraz (Syrah), Cabernet Sauvignon and, increasingly, Sauvignon Blanc. Breede River Valley region has the Robertson Valley, which is hitting its stride with Shiraz and Cabernet. But in the coming years, you'll see more and more of these designates, so follow the trail out of the funk. V

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PROVENANCE

Six things about potato chips

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Picky eaters can be useful

Potato chips are said to have been created in 1853 in Saratoga Springs, New York. A resort hotel chef was becoming agitated by a picky customer who repeatedly sent his French fries back for being either too soggy, too thick or bland. The chef sliced them into the thinnest possible slices he could manage, fried them until they were crisp, and seasoned them with extra salt. The patron was finally satisfied and they became a regular menu item under the name "Saratoga Chips."

They didn't just invent Guinness

Joe "Spud" Murphy, owner of an Irish chip company called Tayto can take credit for kicking things up a notch when it came to flavour. As a result of some trial and error, Murphy and his employee Seamus Burke created the world's first flavoured potato chips, which were cheese and onion as well as salt and vinegar.

Consume at your own risk

Some of the strangest flavours to ever grace his store shelves include lamb and mint, seaweed, Cajun squirrel, seafood mayonnaise, hot and sour fish soup, cinnamon, blueberry, haggis and cracked black pepper, lychee and American filet mignon. There's more where that came from. Hit up Google for more oddball varieties.

Why are Pringles so different?

They're actually made out of mashed potatoes that have been dehydrated and reconstituted into a dough. They're packaged in air-tight containers to extend their shelf life.

If you want to get technical

The thickness of an ordinary potato chip is 55/1000 of an inch. Ripple, or ridged chips are a little thicker, at 210/1000 of an inch.

Proudly Canadian

Ketchup and all-dressed chips are only found in Canada. Some people refer all-dressed as "floor sweepings," referencing the joke that chip manufacturers just sweep up all the seasonings spilled on the floor and mix them together to create the flavour. V

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MUSIC

COVER // HE'S A BRICK

Return to the fold Ben Folds on sound compressors, symphonies, and the return of the Five

Thu, Mar 29 (8 pm) Ben Folds with the ESO Winspear, $49 – $69

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he 1176 compressor is a piece of studio gear designed to control sound levels while recording. It's been championed by the likes of Peter Frampton and Joe Satriani. Ben Folds has been actively avoiding it for more than a decade now. "We pounded that compressor really, really hard on the first record, and it's really very unnatural," Folds explains over the phone from Santa Monica. "And for some time I sought to make that sort of thing happen—or make a dynamic happen—more naturally, without the gimmick of something like that." But now Folds is back in the studio with the Five—a trio of himself, bassist Robert Sledge and drummer Darren Jessee—and as they've been experimenting with returning to their pianomeets-punk-rock form, the 1176 has been creeping back into the room. "We were rough mixing something, and it sounded good, but I dunno, just decided, 'Let's just smash it with the 1176 like we did on the first record, just to see what it sounds like.' And it sounded like the band all of sudden," he says.

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"It's funny: everyone in the studio knows I say 'Turn that thing off, I don't want the 1176.' And then I was like, 'Wow, that's really nice, that's cool.' So I made peace with it." On the phone, Folds is as you might guess from his songwriting: a bit funny, a bit band geek, a bit '90s alt scenester, all tempered with a slight propensity to ramble—"You can tell I don't do interviews regularly, 'cause I got nothing boiled down to anything at all," he admits halfway through a lengthy anecdote. In the aftermath of the Ben Folds Five, he forged a stable solo career on the outside of guitar-driven rock, pounding his piano while delivering an idiosyncratic mix of slacker humour and heartfelt balladry. And then there were, and continue to be, a steady flow of collaborations: Folds has produced and played with William Shatner, "Weird Al" Yankovic, Amanda Palmer, Regina Spektor, Neil Gaiman and High Fidelity author Nick Hornby—he likes to work with "islands," as he puts it: "Someone who's absolutely on their own, waving a pirate flag over their ship out in the middle of somewhere." He's also currently a judge on the televised a capella singing competition The Sing-Off.

Still, there's a feeling, presently, of Folds rounding the bend of a full circle— returning to the 1176 seems to mark a greater sign of the times for the songwriter. He's back in the studio with the Five after a decade-long disbandment, but further back than that, he's been stretching way back to his symphony roots the past few years. He's coming

that we didn't need a rock band, that this could be done with the symphony orchestra providing that." The setlist is a little more rigid with a symphony, he notes—it's a little trickier heading into an open jam when there's a full orchestra of musicians trying to follow along—but the gigs carry their own impact within the fuller spectrum

You have to respect the time-tested methods that make it possible for 80 people to play together in a room as part of the instrument, and the conductor is part of the vision of it. It really is an amazing setup, and one of the pillars of our culture, really. through town to guest with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra. The orchestra shows began back in 2005, when the West Australian Symphony Orchestra approached him with the idea. "I wasn't really kinda buying into it yet. I saw some symphony orchestras and rock bands not gel; I didn't think it was very dignified for either," he says. "But what convinced me to do it was their ... well, I dunno. They were just persistent and they seemed to know what they were doing [laugh]. It occurred to me

of sound they offer. "You have to respect the time-tested methods that make it possible for 80 people to play together in a room as part of the instrument, and the conductor is part of the vision of it," Folds explains. "It really is an amazing setup, and one of the pillars of our culture, really. Going in and trying to reinvent it makes no sense. Going in and adding something to it, or using it as a forum, makes a lot of sense, and I think they're really powerful shows. I mean, symphony orchestras, you can't work against it,

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you have to work with it, and for the reasons that it's excellent respect that you're playing with 80 extremely disciplined musicians—probably half of them don't know who the hell I am." Fold seems content to take the orchestra gigs as they come, though interest in resurrecting his old band seems fresher in his mind. He notes he'd hoped it would be completed by now, but scheduling hasn't been easy—the next time all three of the Five are free together is June. And even getting to this point, where the band has logged some studio time, has taken a few years. The reunion came first live, in 2008 for a MySpace concert: the band played all of 1999's The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner, and Folds found that any lingering animosity from the time of the split had long since dissipated. "I think it's the same thing as with the compressor: we were full time and full on for the time we were together, and just really needed to lead a substantial part of our lives doing something else," Folds says. "I think the energy of that is really good. I think we really appreciate the chemistry that was there naturally, and all the good stuff that was allowed to happen because we were doing other things in our life—whether they were more or less popular is really irrelevant, it's about how rewarding they are—but it just feels ... it's kind of hard to explain. All of the stuff that could've used some ironing out before seems to be ironed out." Plans for another album were put forward, then shelved. Every year, something came up to make it impossible, until "We finally just booked the time, bypassed the idea of getting a label involved, bypassed almost everything and just showed up and started going," Folds says. Still, Folds seems confident it'll get done, eventually, and with a renewed sense of skill: the time they spent apart on different projects, and his work with orchestras, have had effects on all of their writing. "Working with the orchestras put me more in that [orchestral] headspace, and has given me more confidence about what it is that I do," Folds says. "So I don't feel like I need to oversimplify things or that I have to be the 'rockstar,' the force behind it. I feel more like I can come in as a geeky composer, which I think is a little more where I started out. And I think the guys are very comfortable with what they do. "I think we appreciate what we brought to it a little more, and some of that for me has been ... I've been allowed to take the grand trip for the last 10 years, play with symphony orchestras, do lots of collaboration. Doing things that weren't tied to the band makes me appreciate it all the more." Paul Blinov

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make it a special occasion for local record collectors. They’ll be bringing home new stock freshly picked from record shows in Phoenix and other big U.S. markets, including albums this city hasn’t seen in years. The Saturday spectacular has the makings of a must-see event. Betty Reitan and Bobbi Weibel, the mother-daughter team that has owned and operated the mall for the past three years, are so excited about launching the record store that they’ve pulled out all the stops for a rock ‘n’ roll celebration. Award-winning Elvis impersonator Robin Kelly will be in attendance, performing a pair of spectacular free shows at 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. There will also be door prizes, including Elvis memorabilia, albums and mall gift certificates. The largest of its kind in Western Canada, the Old Strathcona Antique Mall carries over a million pieces of antique and pop-culture memorabilia. Items from the 18th century up include furniture, toys, household items, books, and clothing; collectables from the films and cartoons you loved as a kid, like Star Wars, The Smurfs and Snoopy are everywhere.  The antique mall is more than just a unique shopping experience: it deals in memories, and flashes from the past lurk around every corner, taking customers back in time. Browse

through the merchandise before breaking for coffee at the full-service onsite café, which offers everything from lattes to MacKay’s ice cream straight from Cochrane, Alberta. With Stairway to Vinyl joining the ranks of the city’s best record shops, it’s just one more reason to include the Old Strathcona Antique Mall in

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PREVUE // SOLO WEAKERTHAN

John K Samson Thu, Mar 29 (7 pm) With Shotgun Jimmie The Royal Alberta Museum Theatre, $22

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e talked about Winnipeg, of course. The capital city of the easternmost prairie province has always anchored John K Samson's songwriting. His back catalogue with The Weakerthans reads like a collection of asides from a longtime local, touring you through his favourite places while sharing his deeper sentiments and frustrations along the way. But Samson's never let any of his stories fall into bland Canadiana: the characters and places he writes about, real or fictitious, are handled with specific nuance, and he takes great care to capture the little details of the precise world that surrounds them. "It's the biggest theme in my writing, and certainly something that is always there for me. I'm really grateful to Winnipeg," Samson says. "It's where I live, and it's the place I interpret other places through. So it's an important sight for me in my writing." Samson's just released his first solo full-length in a 20-plus year career, one that began with Propagandhi and gelled with The Weakerthans, and it reads as further investigation into the local lore of the province he hails from. Provincial began as a smaller project— of four likeminded singles, each about a

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different road in Manitoba—but Samson soon found it growing larger than he'd anticipated. "I think it was sort of by accident," he explains. "I got to a point where I realized I wanted it to be an LP, and I wanted it to be an LP where I could take people to the location of each song. So that got in my head, and at that point I felt like it was already established as a record, as a thing I'd already worked on for a while, so I didn't think that bringing The Weakerthans in at that point would work or be fair to them or the record. And so, yeah, it just became this solo project that I had to finish."

of The Constantines ("who I generally think of as my favourite band ever," Samson notes), Halifax's Shotgun Jimmie on guitar, bassist Doug Friesen of the Bidini Band—and recorded what became Provincial. Samson notes he supplemented his own local experience with research, but for all Samson's adherence to the homegrown, you can't help but wonder at how his feelings about the place he's from have shifted as he's explored it in writing. "I think it's a constant process of that, trying to figure out what I feel about it," he says. "What it means to live in a place, and what it means to be part of a community, and the struggle that always is."

He assembled a fresh band for the project—drummer Doug MacGregor

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The Department of Music

presents

F R I D A Y, M A R C H

S U N D A Y, M A R C H

8pm in Convocation Hall University of Alberta

3pm at the Winspear Centre for the Arts

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Connected: Celebrating Three Pivotal Composers

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Jacques Després piano

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Orphée aux Enfers

A French comedic opera by Offenbach (with English dialogue)

featuring

Opera Workshop & the University Symphony Orchestra

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NEWSOUNDS

Every Time I Die Ex Lives (Epitaph) 

Quiet Riot Live! At the US Festival (Shout! Factory) 

The sophomore release from Toronto singer-songwriter Melissa Lauren is a collection of jazz and blues reminiscent of bygone eras, all infused with a modern flare with doses of Latin and folk thrown in for good measure. Lauren's often subdued yet powerful vocals display an impressive range that she uses to her advantage to portray the the feeling behind her heartfelt lyrics, which effectively flip from playful to subdued and serious. The final result is a cohesive, musically intricate album that will maintain listeners' interest the entire way through. The only gripe is that the lyrics tend to get heavy on the rhyming.

There's a brief moment in the DVD that accompanies Quiet Riot's Live! At the US Festival where singer Kevin Dubrow, decked out in a rainbow tank top and red spandex pants and Cons, lifts guitarist Carlos Cavazo onto his shoulders during the band's biggest number, "Cum on Feel the Noize." Dubrow looks as though he's going to collapse under the weight of Cavazo, but he gives it everything he has for those few seconds before letting the guitarist down again. Opening up 1983's US Festival for the 375 000 in attendance on May 29—Heavy Metal Day—the band looks and sounds as though its punching a little out of its weight class. With a set full of generic metal originals about going crazy, living in the danger zone, love's role as a bitch and banging your head, soundtracked by the musical equivalent and accompanied by very little natural stage presence but a whole lot of will to try, the band does its best to play to the front row (which looks as though it was about half a mile from the stage). Quiet Riot's newly released set is an interesting time capsule of the festival, but it also highlights the dichotomy of a band that sometimes fought against and sometimes embellished its limitations, occasionally overcoming them, if only briefly (and usually during that cover of Slade's "Cum on Feel the Noize").

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Three years after New Junk Aesthetic, Every Time I Die has unleashed Ex Lives, an album that serves up a rowdy good time with blistering guitar riffs, chaotic vocals and the signature metalcore style ETID has become known for. Frontman Keith Buckley delivers a solid vocal performance, and unlike some bands in the genre, his screaming is actually intelligible. He mixes this up with more melodic moments, creating an interesting contrast. "Drag King" and "Revival Mode" provide a good mix of the two and as with all the tracks, they're composed of well-written lyrics delving into relationships and social commentary, all with a little biting sarcasm. Crank the volume and enjoy. Meaghan Baxter

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Melissa Lauren The Other Side (Independent) 

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Jack White, "Sixteen Saltines" "Sixteen Saltines" finds Jack White in full-on White Stripes rocker mode: the riff and vocals falls somewhere between "Blue Orchid" and "Hardest Button To Button" as White pines for some woman he knows isn't good for him. It's not unfamiliar territory, but, White's songwriting rarely disappoints, and here it's as engrossing as ever, unlike ...

The Shins, "Simple Song" James Mercer and the Shins have been retracing the map of their first two albums for, well, two more albums now, and the blueprint is showing through clearer than ever: over little stabs of guitar and big drums, Mercer's voice carries lyrics of magical realism and shrewd observation, buoyed along big, simple catchy rhythm. Maybe the rest of Port of Morrow charts some new directions, but this, its first foot forward, feels like another retread.

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ON THE RECORD

The world by rail

Steve Coffey talks about his Bovine World Rail Fri, Mar 23 (8 pm) Blue Chair Cafe, $15 Singer, songwriter and painter Steve Coffey and his band The Lokels are back with a fifth all-original album, Bovine World Rail. Coffey took some time out prior to the group's show in Edmonton to talk about the recording process. Vue Weekly: How long did it take to make Bovine World Rail from the initial songwriting through to the end of the recording? Steve Coffey: Well, a few of the songs have been in my catalogue for years, but the overall project started approximately two years ago with most of the material written between that time and this past summer. We went into the studio in March 2011 and again in July 2011, with other important bits added along the way right up the end of January 2012. VW: When you were writing the songs, did you come at them in a particular way? Lyrics first? Music first? SC: I have written the same way for years and years. Either the melody gets into my head incrementally, and as that happens words and verses begin climbing on the bus, or vice versa. The story begins presenting itself and needs to be expressed with a suitable musical vehicle. It's similar to my approach when painting, but I have to be willing to instigate the process with a brush stroke, which in turn begins informing the rest of the canvas. As with song, the key is to simply open the door wide enough to let it happen. VW: Did the songs come from one person fully formed, or were they sketches that were then filled out as a group? SC: Three of the songs we collaborated on directly, pen to paper, music to ear. The majority of the songs came from my pen and I like to think of those as 'fully

formed' as composition goes. It's as complete with a guitar and voice as it is with an orchestra. As the Lokels go, the band: Russ Baker, Lance Loree, Dave Bauer & Ray McAndrew along with myself have chosen to collaborate and bring musical ideas to the table to 'build' the songs from their foundation. We've been texturizing tunes for 10 years as a group. This part of the creative process would occasionally take place as the finger nears the record button and other times over years of performing it live and living with it. These ideas are then 'completed' and brought to their true fruition in the mix stage when the brush tweaks those all important final colours, and that task for this particular project was Russ Baker's.

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recording went along? SC: Ya, I had a loose idea. There was a much larger list of songs originally, but that's always a great thing in that it gives us the ability to edit. A couple of the songs helped direct us thematically and once that process began, we were much clearer as to how to get there. We edited right up to the last minute really. Tone, mood, all that shit. In many ways we handled it much like a set list with all the dynamics necessary to hopefully 'hold' the audience. And then there is the lyrical thread of what we're 'getting at' left to the listener's interpretation. So to answer your question in one word: both.

VW: Were there any other songs written that were left off the album? SC: Yes, there were a few that didn't fit the overall complexion of Bovine World Rail but that's OK. We'll use them to springboard us into the next project.

VW: You worked with Russ Baker to produce the album. What drew you to him and what did he bring to the process? SC: Russ and I go back to TalkLIKEJoe days in '96, '97. My then musical partner Jay Bigam & I [The Kitchen Boys] were looking for a bass player to come in for a recording session and our drummer at the time [Trevor Bigam] suggested Russ Baker. He was a quick read to say the least, and we hit it off musically even though he was light years ahead of me academically in regards. I was self-taught and completely uninterested in learning how to read music. I just wanted to write songs. Russ had a strong musical background but still seemed OK with me, this 'musical schmoe.' We became quick friends and have worked together ever since. He engineered four out of the five Lokel records, helped produce 2004's 32 Below Sessions and engineered and produced Bovine World Rail. Russ brings 'ears' to any given tune or project. He has an ability to create atmosphere and has a keen understanding of dynamics. For this project he understood what I was after and was a natural choice to produce it. Bottom line, Russ is a sound wizard, a killer guitar player with a great sense of humor and he puts up with a lot of my bullshit. Not all of it, but most of it.

VW: How did you decide which songs to include on the album? Did you have an idea of what you wanted Bovine World Rail to be when you started, or did the finished shape emerge as the writing and

VW: If you were to trace the musical map that led you to Bovine World Rail, what would it look like? SC: Like a rumbling graffiti train on a blustery prairie day. V

VW: What were the recording sessions like for this album? Is this the kind of thing you recorded live or did you piece it together one track at a time? Why? SC: A great deal of this was recorded live off the floor. We believe in this approach wholeheartedly. We've known each other for a long time and we have a sense of each others direction on any particular tune. It's the room and the 'raw' performance that we're after but we'd add or re-do a few things here and there and bring in select guests such as Tami Cooper or Toby Malloy to elevate and refine the piece.

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PREVUE // IF AT FIRST YOU DON'T SUCCEED ...

Black Mastiff

A casual Mastiff afternoon

Sat, Mar 24 (8 pm) with Shooting Guns, Free Judges New City Legion, $10

O

ver a year ago, the members of psych-sludge rockers Black Mastiff packed up their gear and took a threeand-a-half hour drive, arriving at bassist Clay Shea's cabin to begin recording the band's full length debut. That the resulting LP, Pyramids, is only now seeing release stands as a testament to not a single bout of bad luck, but the equivalent of a calendar jammed full of Friday the 13ths' worth, which Shea ticks off with a couple of sighs: they had gear issues out at the cabin; after that initial treck, the sessions were interrupted with a touring schedule that kept them away from

the album for weeks; guitarist Bob Yiannakoulias broke his finger before he could record the guitar parts; and, finally, spending so much time on the road meant the songs evolved past what had initially been recorded, making the recordings seem inaccurate representations of the Mastiff sound. Eventually, Black Mastiff just cut its losses. "September of last year we just decided it would be best, we thought, to abandon ship and start fresh," Shea says, "and just try to put in a solid week and get as close to a live recording as we could do, which was pretty much the completely opposite thing that we had started." Scrapping such a lengthy process couldn't have been an easy decision, but

the next attempt saw the album through to completion, and the resulting Pyramids is one that Shea genuinely seems proud of: instead of spreading out the recording process, the band booked engineer Rob Gwilliam from Pilot Audio in Calgary, and recorded live off the floor to capture the three-piece's rawer edges, scrapes and all, instead of letting themselves get caught up in endless audio tinkering and a drawn-out process. "It was, for myself, probably the most laid back recording session I've ever been involved with," Shea says. "We'd booked a week and we were done in six days, which never happens. "It was loose and light, and I think the recording came out sounding quite raw," he continues. "There's a point on one of the songs we were doing, and in the middle, right at a break in the song Allan [Harding] broke a stick on a final crash hit. It was a really nice-feeling take, and it was the first one, and he went to grab a new stick, and he grabs the new stick without missing nothing—nothing in the song got missed—but you can hear Allan throwing the old stick on the ground. It's things like that, when we went back and listened to that song we went, 'Wow, this has a really good live feel. ... The way it came out, we left it. It captures the feel.'" Paul Blinov

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PREVUE // SOUND EVOLUTION

Plants and Animals

Plants? Check. Animals? Check. Who are these dudes?

Tue, Mar 27 (8 pm) with Little Scream Starlite Room, $19.75

R

ather than dive head first into recording and fly by the seat of its pants, Plants and Animals stepped back and took a different approach for its new disc, The End of That. Before setting foot in front of a soundboard, the trio hunkered down in a friend's studio in Montréal for two months of solid nine-to-five days focused on refining arrangements and lyrics. Guitarist Nic Basque says it was a smarter decision all around. It made no sense to enter recording sessions with only a few loosely formed songs and put the rest together as they happened. "We also wanted to enhance the perfor-

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mance aspect of the band when we play live, and we thought the best way to get that happening was by working on the song before, so we would not have to always be thinking about how the song could go, but how to play it best," he says, adding they wanted to have all the lyrics in place so guitarist/vocalist Warren Spicer could sing live during recording, rather than fitting parts together afterwards. Once all the elements were in place, the band jetted off to France to record at La Frette, an old manor-house-turned-studio outside of Paris. They worked under the guidance of sound engineer Lionel Darenne, who had just returned from recording with Feist. "He helped us on many different levels, even psychologically sometimes," Basque says. "He would take us for gro-

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ceries and talk about how we felt about certain songs individually. He's really an amazing guy." The refinement of the recording process is all part of the band's continuous development, and the end result is one that does justice to its big, indie-rock sound. To illustrate the point, the group has described its previous album, Parc Avenue, as an adolescent and The End of That as a young, excited, going-through-some-shit twentysomething with a dose of newfound confidence. Basque jokes the next album will represent the golden age, but says they don't have a definitive direction for it at this point. "I think we know more about our strengths and where to push each other to in terms of sound," he says. "We just touched the tip of the iceberg ... I feel like Parc Avenue was more naive, but maybe in a good way, because it was the first time we were presented to the world." Not only has the band's sound evolved, but so has its live lineup. During the mixing process for The End of That, the decision was made to add a bass player for live shows. Spicer provided the strumming for recording, but the group felt it would do its songs more justice during performances. So far, the decision has been met with enthusiastic response from audiences. "I think a bass player is even interesting when we started to revisit some of the old songs from Parc Avenue and La La Land because now we can do some arrangements we couldn't do before," Basque says. "I think it adds to the chemistry." meaghan baxter

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PREVUE // ROCK AND SOUL REVIVAL

The Noble Thiefs Sat, Mar 24 (8 pm) The Artery, $8 (advance), $12 (at the door)

FRI MARCH 23

THE END OF

THE WHEAT POOL

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he Noble Thiefs began with modest aspirations of simply playing for a room full of people, but in no time this evolved into a rock 'n' soul revival. The fledgling quartet from Winnipeg formed two-and-a-half years ago and has already gathered a loyal following at home and across Canada, all before dropping its debut album, Beyond the 11th Deck, at the end of 2011. Bass player Ian Lodewyks is the new guy in the group, having only been with the band since October. He's no stranger to the music industry though, and his past projects have included SubCity, the Barrymores and Kids on Fire. "They have a fantastic sort of mindset when it comes to playing in a band," Lodewyks says of his new bandmates. "They're very ambitious, they want to do quite a bit and they have a great work ethic to go along with it. They also have that mindset that you need to be in a band that goes somewhere, that you're thinking for the greater good of the band. You're not really thinking about yourself." The formation of The Noble Thiefs marks the first time drummer Tim Jones and frontman Myran Dean have been part of a band, and Lodewyks says a big component he's able to bring to the table is 12 years of industry knowledge. "I think there's a lot of instances where

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MAD BOMBERS SOCIETY WITH THE MANDATES AND THE OLD WIVES

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I can tell them, 'This is the way things actually go,' because there's a huge disparity between the way some people think the music industry goes and the way things actually go," he explains. "A lot of things are more via handshake than people think. It's a lot less signing contacts and making agreements with people you trust." Besides the group's collaborative, driven mindset, what drew Lodewyks to the band was the quality of its live performances, which exude energy and an infectious enthusiasm that spills over into the crowd. The band gives off an air reminiscent of vintage soul rock, both with its sound and attire, creating an overall atmosphere for the performance. Lodewyks says crowd engagement is a key aspect of the band's live show, and Dean makes sure that happens.

"If we're playing a show and there are 200 people sitting down, he'll have them standing up by the third song and chanting along," he says. "The guy's a very good looking guy, but it sort of helps to have a frontman who's sort of different looking. Myran Dean is probably 6'3'' or so and he's got these really long limbs that when he crouches or reaches out to the crowd, there's definitely a visual aspect to it that adds to his voice." Maintaining crowd engagement and bringing something different to the table than what's heard on the album is important to the band because, as Lodewyks says, fans look for that interaction, otherwise they'd just throw on a CD. "You need a live band to give you that injection of energy." Meaghan Baxter

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SAT MARCH 31

UNTAPPED ALBERTA

TUPELO HONEY WITH MARS & VENUS AND THE LIONS WED APRIL 4

THE BRAINS

WITH HELLFIRE SPECIAL AND GUESTS FRI APRIL 6

THE DEAD SET ON LIVING TOUR

CANCERBATS WITH TOUCHÉ AMORE AND A SIGHT FOR SEWN EYES

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band The Blues Mongrels, in a show that transcends the gamut of musical genres. (Horizon Stage, $20 – $25)

The Wheat Pool / Fri, Mar 23 (8 pm) On the day of its seventh anniversary, one of Alberta's most successful musical exports will say good bye. Indiealt-country group The Wheat Pool released three albums during its time together, and leaves fans with a collection of music that has been said to pull together the east and west sides of the country it calls home. The Wheat Pool's "driving music," as it is affectionately known, can continue to be the soundtrack for road trips to come, as band members embark on new adventures of their own. (The Pawn Shop, $10)

Carlos del Junco / Fri, Mar 23 (7:30 pm) The double gold medal winner at the World Harmonica Championships will be showing off some serious mouth organ chops along with his

The Vibrating Beds / Fri, Mar 23 (9 pm) This female-fronted trio from Winnipeg is out to shake up the status quo that constitutes ballsy rock 'n' roll, with frontwoman Jenne Diubaldo, also known as Jenna Dangerous, gunning to prove she can run with the boys. (Wunderbar, $10)

Tyler Bryant & the Shakedown / Fri, Mar 23 (8 pm) After sharing the stage with the likes of BB King and Pat Benatar, Tyler Bryant is making a name for himself with his latest band of rockers and the release of the group's debut album. (Avenue Theatre, $16)

Grain / Fri, Mar 23 They may not be playing in Edmonton, but kudos to the recently formed rock band representing Edmonton at the Toronto Hard Rock Cafe in a Canadian Music Week showcase. Greater Than Giants will also be showing off what Edmonton's got to offer during the week.

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NASHVILLE PUSSY &WITHSUPERSUCKERS TRAMP STAMPER

Paper Beat Scissors / Sun, Mar 25 (9 pm) Obsessing over endings may seem like a counterproductive method, but Paper Beat Scissors' debut focuses on ends: not only states of loss, but places for reflection and necessary preconditions for new beginnings. (Wunderbar)

Octoberman / Mon, Mar 26 (8:30 pm) The folk-rock band from Toronto is hitting the highway from coast-to-coast, promoting the release of its fourth album, Waiting in the Well. Singer Marc Morisette suffered an Adele moment during the making of the album when he developed a vocal polyp, but is back in full force for the cross-country tour. (Wunderbar) V

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Taphouse–St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves Union Hall 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

FRI MAR 23 Apex Casino–Vee Lounge Music Men (duo, top 40, pop, country rock); 9pm Artery We Were Lovers, Kusch (DJ set); 9pm; no minors; $8 Bailey Theatre– Camrose Augustana Students Association and Rose City Roots Music Society present: Delhi 2 Dublin; 7:30pm; $20 (adult)/$10 (student); fundraiser for the Camrose Open Door; tickets at ASA office, Candler Art Gallery Bistro La Persaud Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music); drblu. ca Blue Chair Café Steve Coffey and the Lokels (roots folk rock, CD release); 8:30-10:30pm; $15 Blues on Whyte Maurice John Vaughn bohemia Redrick Sultan (experimental/rock), Nick Zyla (blues/funk/disco), and Babe Lloyd, Person Beef; 8pm; no minors; $10 (door) Brixx bar Early Show: Strange Planes, Wacousta, 7pm; Late show: XOXO - A Moombahton party every Friday night; 10pm (door) CARROT Café Carrie Day & Tim Chesterton; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON The Classics

Jekyll and Hyde Pub Headwind (classic pop/ rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover L.B.'s Pub Rennie and the Blazers; 9:30pm-2am Lizard Lounge Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover New City Conjure One, Comaduster, Cockatoo; no minors; $10 (door)

On the Rocks Dean Lonsdale and the Ramifications PAWN SHOP The Wheat Pool (a 7 Year anniversary and farewell show), Owls By Nature, guests; 8pm (door); $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd Red Piano Bar Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am Richards Bar Fri and Sat Nights DJ (dancing) Rose and Crown Neil MacDonald St Basil’s Cultural Centre Full Moon Folk Club: The Once; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $18 (adv at Acoustic Music, TIX on the Square)/$22 (door) Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Rob Taylor Sherlock Holmes– WEM AJ Starlite Room Klub OMFG! Edmonton Studio Music Foundation The Greys, The Vertigos, The Patterns, Marti an; all ages; 7pm

Cha Island Tea Co Live music on the Island; 9pm every Fri and Sat; donation

Yardbird Suite Karl Schwonik Quintet 8pm (door) 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

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

Classical

Edmonton Event Centre Zion Y and Lennox, DJ Casanova Y Paredes Production (Latin); all ages; 8pm; tickets at Paraiso, Tienda Salvadoren Electric Rodeo–Spruce Grove Funkafeelya; $10 Expressionz Café Tama Neilene (folk/rock, CD release for Keep Caging The Bird); 7pm (door); $10 Filthy's Early show: Utopian Skank and Shelbi; 7pm; no cover FRESH START BISTRO Darrell Barr; 7-10pm; $10 Good Neighbor Pub T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover Horizon Stage Carlos del Junco (harmonica/ blues/rock); 7:30pm; $25 (adult)/$20 (student/ senior)/$5 (eyeGo) at TicketMaster

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

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

Wunderbar N.N., Vibrating Beds, Wild Rose Orchestra; 9pm; $10

Eddie Shorts River City Roosters; 9pm

CHROME LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri

NOLA Early show: Louise Dawson Quartet, 6pm; Late Show: Marco Claveria Quartet, 9pm

Century Casino Big River: Johnny Cash Tribute (show only); 7pm

Early Stage Saloon– Stony Plain Tim Harwill and the Legends; 9pm

Underground R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights

electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every Fri

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

DV8 Freshman Years, Feast Or Famine, The Cavalry, Miek Headache, Minuet; 9pm; $8

Buffalo

New West Hotel Saddle Ridge (country)

CASINO YELLOWHEAD Catalyst

Devaney's Irish pub Alesha and Brendon

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

Central Baptist Church Watoto Children’s Choir; 7pm; free Convocation Hall Music at Convocation Hall: Connected: Celebrating Three Pivital Composers; 8-10pm ROBERTSON-WESLEY UNITED CHURCH Celebrating Mozart; 8pm; $15 (adult)/$10 (student/ senior) Salon of Louis XIV An Evening with Louis XIV; Early Music fundraising event; 7:30pm Winspear String Octets: U of A's Enterprise String Quartet with the UCalgary String Quartet; 12pm lunch-hour program; free

DJs BAR-B-BAR DJ James; every Fri; no cover BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels Blacksheep Pub Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current Boneyard Ale House The Rock Mash-up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover BUDDY’S DJ Arrow

FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri Funky Buddha–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close junction bar and eatery LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm Newcastle Pub House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan Overtime–Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock hip hop, country, top forty, techno Rednex–Morinville DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover Suede Lounge House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri Suite 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri Treasury In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long Union Hall Ladies Night every Fri Vinyl Dance Lounge Connected Las Vegas Fridays Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT MAR 24 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 ALE YARD TAP and GRILL The Fab Tiff Hall; 9:30pm Apex Casino–Vee Lounge Music Men (duo, top 40, pop, country rock); 9pm Artery Stay on the Scene Spring Art Show: The Noble Thiefs, The Sorels, J. Eygenraam; 8pm Avenue Theatre Your Band Plays Ave; 9pm Black Dog Freehouse Hair of the Dog: Young James (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover blue chair Café Heather Blush and the Uppercuts; 8:30-10:30pm; $15 Blues on Whyte Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Late show: Maurice John Vaughn bohemia Obsessive Compulsive DJs: Touretto (D 'n' B), Type Cast ((D 'n' B), Brucey B (D 'n' B),


Peter Rychlik vs. Lolcatz (Dubstep); 8pm; no minors; $6 (door) Brixx Death By Robot, Calista, Concord Pavilion; 9pm CASINO EDMONTON The Classics CASINO YELLOWHEAD Catalyst Century Casino Big River: Johnny Cash Tribute (show only); 7pm Cha Island Tea Co Live music on the Island; 9pm every Fri and Sat; donation City Centre Church Y.E.S.S. we can help: Will Belcourt (folk/pop/ rock), RC Syndicate, Paula Perro, Sara Isabel, Back Porch Swing, Greg Wood; $20 (adv)/$25 (door); fundraiser for the Youth Emergency Shelter Society Coast to Coast Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm The Common Goodlife Saturday: Dane, Shortround, Kenzie Clarke, Chester Fields; 9pm; $5 (door) Crown Pub Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am Devaney's Irish pub Alesha and Brendon THE DISH NEK Trio (jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV8 Corvid Lorax with Str8 Gutta and Jimmy Rhythm; 9pm Eddie Shorts Dirtones Expressionz Café Open stage for original songs, hosted by Karyn Sterling and Randall Walsh; 2-5pm; admission by donation Community CentRE– Sherwood Park The Celtic Tenors (Celtic); 7:30pm; $38 (table)/$36 (box)/$34 (theatre) at the Festival Place box office Filthy's An Afternoon with the McGowan Family Band; 4pm; no cover

Haven Social Club The Whytes, guests (CD release); 8pm; $10 at Blackbyrd HillTop Pub Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening Hooliganz Live music every Sat

Music, Myhre's Music)/$22 (door)/child 6-12 half-price (door); free (child under) Red Piano Bar Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm2am

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 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; Underdog: Dr. Erick

Rendezvous Night at the Chelsea,Looking East, Jetpack Attack; no minors; 8pm (door); $10

Blacksheep Pub DJ every Sat

Iron Boar Pub Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10

Richards Bar Fri and Sat Nights DJ (dancing)

Boneyard Ale House DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm

Rose and Crown Neil MacDonald

Jeffrey's Café LRT (Lionel Rault's blues band); $15

Royal Alberta Museum Theatre Daniel Wesley, Kim Churchill; 7pm; $20 at Blackbyrd, door

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

Hydeaway Undiscovered concert; 6pm

John L. Haar Theatre Composition Concert; 7:30pm l.b.'s pub Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends, 5-9pm; Late Show: Trace Jordan Band (singer-songwriter) Maclab–Leduc Mecca Music: All Neil All Night: Kit Johnson; 7:30pm; $27 (adult)/$22 (student/ senior) at TIX on the Square, Leduc Recreation Centre, 780.980.7120 New City Black Mastiff, guests; no minors New West Hotel Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm; Saddle Ridge (country) NOLA Early show: Louise Dawson Quartet, 6pm; Late Show: Joint Chiefs, 9pm, $10 (door)/$6 (adv) O’byrne’s Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm On the Rocks Dean Lonsdale and the Ramifications Pawn Shop Cloud Seekers (CD release party), Five Years Further; 7pm; $8 (adv) at Blackbyrd

Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Rob Taylor Sherlock Holmes– WEM AJ Sideliners Pub Sat open stage; 3-7pm Wunderbar Flying Fox and the Hunter Gatherers, Collective West, Blair Drover, Marlaena Moore; 8pm; $8 Yardbird Suite Cross-Border Jazz Series: Quinsin Nachoff's Forward Motion; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

Classical Bethel Lutheran Church Watoto Children’s Choir; 5:30pm CONCORDIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Jubiloso! and Festival City Winds; 7:30pm; $12 (adult)/$10 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square, door Festival Place The Celtic Tenors; 7:30pm; $38 (table)/$36 (Box)/$34 (theatre) at Festival Place box office

Queen Alexandra Community Hall Northern Lights Folk Club: Ken Whiteley, Dave Clarke; 7pm (doors), 8pm (concert); $18 (adv at TIX on the Square, Acoustic

Winspear Centre Bach to the Future: Edmonton Symphony Orchestra; 2pm; $21-$29 (adult)/$13-$17 (child) at Winspear box office

Common Lounge 10124124 St Community CentRE– Sherwood Park 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park CONCORDIA SCHOOL OF MUSIC Robert Tegler Student Centre, Concordia University College, 73 St, 112 Ave, 780.479.9355 Convocation Hall Arts Bldg, U of A, 780.492.3611 Crown Pub 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 Diesel Ultra Lounge 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB Devaney’s Irish Pub 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St Early Stage Saloon– Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain Eddie Shorts 10713-124 St, 780.453.3663 EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ‎ Electric Rodeo–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 Elephant and Castle– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave Expressionz Café 993870 Ave, 780.437.3667 Festival Place 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 890699 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 1051182 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLASH Night Club 10018105 St, 780.996.1778 FLOW Lounge 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604. CLUB Fluid Lounge 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

FUNKY BUDDHA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery 9942-108 St Good Neighbor Pub 11824-103 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO haven social club 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HillTop Pub 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359 Hogs Den Pub 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 Hydeaway 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 Iron Boar Pub 4911-51st St, Wetaskiwin J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 jeffrey’s café 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JEKYLL AND HYDE 10209100 Ave, 780.426.5381 John L. Haar Theatre 10045-155 St 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 Lit Italian Wine Bar 10132-104 St Lizard Lounge 13160118 Ave Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 McDougall United Church 10025-101 St Maclab–Leduc 4308-50 St, Leduc Newcastle PuB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 New City Legion 8130

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 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 HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes junction bar and eatery LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm Newcastle Pub Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri New City Legion Polished Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (5-8pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm) 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 Suede Lounge House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri Suite 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm Union Hall Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Vinyl Dance Lounge Signature Saturdays Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN MAR 25 Beer Hunter–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BlackjackZ Roadhouse–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett Blue Chair Café Brunch: Jim Findlay Trio (jazz and brunch); 10am-2pm; donations Blue Pear Restaurant Jazz on the Side Sun 6pm; $25 if not dining Caffrey's–Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests

VENUE GUIDE Accent European Lounge 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue Theatre 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 Bethel Lutheran Church 298 Bethel Dr, Sherwood Park, 780.417.7775 Bistro La Persaud 861791 St, 780.758.6686 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 Blackjack's Roadhouse– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 Blacksheep Pub 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 Blue Pear Restaurant 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 1032982 Ave, 780.439.3981 Bohemia 10217-97 St Boneyard Ale House 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 Brittanys Lounge 1022597 St (behind Winspear stage door) Brixx Bar 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 Café Haven 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, cafehaven.ca CARROT Café 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580 Casino Edmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 Casino Yellowhead 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 Central Baptist Church 9419-95 St, 780.466.7461 Cha Island Tea Co 1033281 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail City Centre Church 10233 Jasper Ave Coast to Coast 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675

Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) Nisku Inn 1101-4 St NOLA Creole Kitchen & Music House 11802-124 St, 780.451.1390, experiencenola. com NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2's PUB 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 Overtime–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 Playback Pub 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St Pleasantview Community Hall 1086057 Ave Queen Alexandra Hall 10425 University Ave REDNEX BAR–Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 Red Piano Bar 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 Rendezvous 10108-149 St Richards Bar 12150-161 Ave, 780-457-3117 Ric’s Grill 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROBERTSON-WESLEY UNITED CHURCH 10209123 St Royal Alberta Museum Theatre 12845-102 Ave, 780.453.9156 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 Rose and Crown 10235101 St R Pub 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 St Basil’s Cultural Centre 10819-71 Ave Second Cup–89 Ave

8906-149 St Second Cup–Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • Summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 Sideliners Pub 11018-127 St, 780.453.6006 Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 Sportsman's Lounge 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave Studio Music Foundation 10940166A St 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 TWO ROOMS 10324 Whyte Ave, 780.439.8386 Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 Vinyl Dance Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655, vinylretrolounge.com Wild Bill’s–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 Winspear Centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 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

VUEWEEKLY MAR 22 – MAR 28, 2012

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every week; 5-9pm; no cover 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 Open stage with Dan Daniels every Sun FESTIVAL PLACE Café Series: Corin Raymond and the Sundowners featuring Treasa Levasseur (blues); 7:30pm; $18; at Festival Place box office FILTHY McNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq Flow Lounge Ciroc and Diamonds; 9pm Hogs Den Pub Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm Hydeaway–Jekyll and Hyde Roots music night; 7pm John L. Haar Theatre Percussion Concert; 7:30pm 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) New City Lust Boys, Whiskey Rose; no minors; $7 (door) O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am On the Rocks Freeride Battle of the bands part 3: Thrillhouse Hale Hale, Rend O2's PUB Open stage hosted by the band the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun Richards Bar Sun Live Jam open mic; 4pm TWO ROOMS Live Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner) Wunderbar Paper Beat Scissors, Stacy Lloyd Brown, Field Assembly; 9pm; $5 Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

Classical Gateway Alliance Church Watoto Children’s Choir; 7pm; free, reserve at 780.456.0252 Robertson Wesley United Church Alberta Baroque Ensemble: Bach and Sons; 3pm; $25 (adult)/20 (student/ senior) at the Gramophone, tixonthesquare.ca, door Winspear Centre U of A Opera Performance: Orphee aux Enfers; 3-5pm; U of A Opera Workshop $20 (adult)/$15 (senior)/$10 (student)

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

DV8 The Wrecktals, Slippyfist, Kopout; 9pm Pawn Shop Metal Monday: Whiskey Rose (CD release), Snakebite, Cheap Date; 8pm Pawn Shop Metal Monday: Whiskey Rose (EP Release); 8pm; $5 (adv) at Blackbyrd 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 Little Flower Open Stage On The Road; 9pm Wunderbar Octoberman, Doug Hoyer, Huckleberry; 9pm; $5

Classical Convocation Hall Monday Music at Noon: Performances by Dept of Music, Piano Area, led by Patricia Tao; 12-1pm Winspear Centre LOBBY Great Patrons of Central European Music: The Wirth Institute for Austrian and Central European Studies, U of A present The Enterprise Quartet, Franz Szabo (host); noon hour concert; 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 Mixmashitup Mon Industry Night: with DJ Fuzze, J Plunder (DJs to bring their music and mix mash it up) FILTHY McNASTY'S Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson Lucky 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook NEW CITY LEGION Madhouse Mon: Punk/ metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex

TUE MAR 27 Arden Theatre L'Orchestre D'HommesOrchestres: Performs Tom Waits; 7:30pm; $30 at TicketMaster Blues on Whyte Too Slim and the Taildraggers Druid Irish Pub Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm Festival Place Ed Sullivan: Caravan of Stars; 7:30pm; $44.50 at TicketMaster Haven SOCIAL CLUB Rude City Riot, King Muskafa, guests; 8pm; $10 at Blackbyrd JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Blue Man Group Theatrical Tour; 8pm; tickets at TicketMaster L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am New City Trusty Chords Tuesdays: Joey Delusong, Joel Crichton, Brendan Fraser, Evan; no minors; $5 (door)

FLOW Lounge Stylus Sun

New West Hotel Jimmy Aurthur Ordge (country)

SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm

Starlite Room Unified Bangerz; All Ages DJ Event

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

MON MAR 26 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: Kayla Luky 10pm Blues on Whyte Too Slim and the Taildraggers Devaney's Irish Pub Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm; Scott Cook

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Pawn Shop Whiskey Tuesday, Shelley Foss, Chris Daily, Jon Capus, Mike Headache; 8pm; $5 at Blackbyrd

Second Cup– Summerwood Open stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Andrew Scott Sherlock Holmes– WEM Derina Harvey STARLITE Room Little Scream, Plants and Animals; 8pm, $19.75 at primeboxoffice.com/ concert/tickets.aspx/ plants-and-animals/ Edmonton/661 Wunderbar Scientists of Sound, Kusch; 9pm; $10 Yardbird Suite Tue Night Sessions: Lindsay Woolgar Quartet; 7:30pm (door), 8:00pm (show); $5 (door)

Classical Winspear Great Patrons of Central European Music Lobkowicz Series: The Enterprise Quartet; noon; free; introductory remarks by Dr Franz Szabo

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail Brixx Bar Ruby Tuesdays: The Give ‘em Hell Boys with guests Kayla Luky and Alexander David; $5 after 8pm Buddys DJ Arrow Chaser every CRown Pub Live Hip Hop Tue: freestyle hip hop with DJ Xaolin and Mc Touch DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue NEW CITY LEGION High Anxiety Variety Society Bingo vs. karaoke with Ben Disaster, Anonymouse every Tue; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover New West Hotel Jimmy Aurthur Ordge (country) RED STAR Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue Suite 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs

WED MAR 28 Arden Theatre L'Orchestre D'HommesOrchestres: Performs Tom Waits; 7:30pm; $30 at TicketMaster

8pm-12 Good Earth Coffee House and Bakery Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm HAVEN SOCIAL Club Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free Shane Koyczan and the Short Story Long, guests No Minors, EARLY SHOW! Doors @ 7:00 pm, show at 8 pm Advance tickets on sale as of Wed, Jan 18 at YEG Live, and Blackbyrd Myoozik

New West Hotel Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm; Jimmy Aurthur Ordge (country) Nisku Inn Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm Playback Pub Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:3011pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) Red Piano Bar Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 Richards Bar Wednesday Nights: Live R&B bands (dancing) Second Cup–149 St Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Andrew Scott Sherlock Holmes– WEM Derina Harvey New West Hotel Jimmy Aurthur Ordge (country) Wunderbar Yes Nice, Les Jupes, Mondrian Shift; 9pm; $10

Classical McDougall United Church Jared Mosher, guest (violin and piano); 12:10-12:50pm; free

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

Blues on Whyte Too Slim and the Taildraggers

The Common Treehouse Wednesdays

Cha Island Tea Co Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm

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

eddie shorts Good Time Jamboree with Charlie Scream; Every Wed Elephant and Castle– Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover

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

Festival Place Ed Sullivan: Caravan of Stars; 7:30pm; $44.50 at TicketMaster

Rosebowl Pizza Monday night open stage: Brian Gregg's On the Road; 9pm

Fiddler's Roost Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg;

"Double Scoop"–everything sorta melted together

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Across 1 Just barely covering, with "over" 9 Change for the better 14 1970s-80s sitcom signoff 15 Hardin of "The Office" 17 Double scoop that's part sugary nuts, part three-flavored 19 Visibly took notice 20 Former senator Feingold 21 Airline until 2001 22 2, 4, 6 or 2008 24 ___ Solo (character played by Peter Griffin on "Family Guy") 25 Hosp. area 28 Not-real-strict quality 31 "This is your brain on drugs" prop 32 Double scoop that's part multicolored, part liqueur 35 They sound just like D# 36 Alyssa of "Who's the Boss?" 38 Double scoop that's part chocolate, part citrus 42 DVR button 43 Distance between markers 44 Doc for head stuff: abbr. 45 "There's a mouse behind the fridge!!!" 46 Hair grossness 47 "___ was saying..." 48 Condo division 50 Coupe alternative 55 Double scoop that's part sweet and chunky, part tart 59 Caber-___ (Highland games competitor) 60 Early 2012 U.S. disasters (in a legit but unusual spelling) 61 Prefix before dactyl 62 It may end in PEZOLCFTD Down 1 Economist's stats 2 "Tomb Raider" heroine Croft 3 "I Left Something Turned ___ Home" (Trace Adkins song) 4 "Star Trek" lieutenant 5 Little cut 6 Actor McDiarmid 7 Away from SSW 8 Indigenous people that Paraguay named its currency after 9 "Famous" cookie guy 10 Diner on the sitcom "Alice"

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11 Tom's QB opponent, in Super Bowl XLVI 12 Imperfect, as a substitute 13 Threaten, in a way 16 They Might Be Giants song with the line "And her voice is a backwards record" 18 Less sullied 22 Sun ___ (Chinese revolutionary) 23 Abbr. after a phone number, on a business card 25 Tend to a sprain 26 Business with biscotti 27 Least happy, in Vegas 28 Release 29 End-of-aisle product offer 30 Lily Allen hit of 2006 33 Planking or Tebowing 34 Suffix for percent 37 Toronto's prov. 39 Find at an archeological dig 40 Do bird calls, say 41 Digital camera output 42 Look shocked, maybe 48 Online gamer, e.g. 49 Possibly insane Roman ruler 50 Lip ___ contest 51 "In the Valley of ___" (2007 Tommy Lee Jones film) 52 ___ double take 53 Love, Latin-style 54 Oriole's pad 56 Ending for Canton or Siam 57 Comedian Jo ___ 58 Before, to Robert Burns ©2012 Jonesin' Crosswords

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(Apr 20 – May 20): This week I'm taking a break from my usual pep talks. If I deliver a kind-hearted kick in the butt, maybe it will encourage you to make a few course corrections, thereby making it unnecessary for fate to get all funky on you. So here you go: 1) The last thing you need is someone to support your flaws and encourage you in your delusions. True friends will offer crisp advice. 2) Figure out once and for all

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why you keep doing a certain deed that's beneath you, then gather the strength and get the help you need to quit it. 3) It's your duty to stop doing your duty with such a somber demeanour and heavy tread. To keep from sabotaging the good it can accomplish, you've got to put more pleasure into it. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): The German word Weltratsel can be translated as "World Riddle." Coined by the philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche, it refers to questions like "What is the meaning of existence?" You're now primed to deepen your understanding of the World Riddle. For the next few weeks, you will have an enhanced ability to pry loose useful secrets about some big mysteries. Here's a bonus: Every time you decipher more of the World Riddle, you will solve another small piece of your Personal Riddle. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): "The reasonable man adapts himself to the world;

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the unreasonable one persists in trying to adapt the world to himself. Therefore all progress depends on the unreasonable man." So wrote George Bernard Shaw in his book Man and Superman. You are now in an ideal phase to be the sort of unreasonable person who gets life to adapt so as to better serve you and your dreams. Even if it's true that the emphasis in the past has often been on you bending and shaping yourself to adjust to the circumstances others have wrought, the coming weeks could be different. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): In his book Word

Hero, Jay Heinrichs offers us advice about how to deliver pithy messages that really make an impact. Here's one tip that would be especially useful for you in the coming days: Exaggerate precisely. Heinrichs gives an example from the work of the illustrious raconteur, American author Mark Twain. Twain did not write, "In a single day, New Eng-

land's weather changes a billion times." Rather, he said, "In the spring I have counted 136 different kinds of weather inside of four-and-twenty hours." Be inspired by Twain's approach in every way you can imagine. Make things bigger and wilder everywhere you go, but do it with exactitude and rigor. (Aug 23 – Sep 22): "Liminality" is a term that refers to the betwixt and between state. It's the mood that prevails when a transition is imminent or a threshold beckons. During a rite of passage, liminality is the phase when the initiate has left his or her old way of doing things but has not yet been fully accepted or integrated into the new way. Mystical traditions from all over the world recognize this as a shaky but potent situation—a time and place when uncertainty and ambiguity reign even as exciting possibilities loom. In my estimate, you're now ensconced in liminality.

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LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): The Argentinian writer Antonio Porchia said there were two kinds of shadows: "some hide, others reveal." In recent weeks, you've been in constant contact with the shadows that hide. But beginning any moment now, you'll be wandering away from those rather frustrating enigmas and entering into a dynamic relationship with more evocative mysteries: the shadows that reveal. Be alert for the shift so you won't get caught assuming that the new shadows are just like the old ones.

(Oct 23 – Nov 21): Every winter, hordes of ants have overrun my house. At least that was true up until recently. This winter, the pests stayed away. I didn't have to fight them off with poison and hand-to-hand combat. The bad news? The reason they didn't invade was because very little rain fell, as it's

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Women attempt to reclaim their voice from street harassers "Pretty woman, walking down the on the street or specifically because street / Pretty woman, kind I'd like they're a woman or a member of the to meet." I'm sure you know the lyrLGBT community or a minority. This ics. It's one of the best known and sheds light that this is an issue and loved songs ever recorded. "Pretty that people are affected by it." Woman" is cherished as a sweet and even romantic song, but I've certainly been called out it's actually about a man to, whistled at, and even folfollowing a woman down lowed on the street. Rarely .com weekly e the street begging her to u do I do anything about it v @ brenda a d go out with him. In real life, because I'm scared that the n e Br er most women would not find person will attack me verbally Kerb that sweet and romantic, they or even physically. I don't tell anywould find it down-right scary. Lauren one about it because anytime I have, Alston, director of Hollaback Alberta I've been told to lighten up and take would agree. "It's not that person it as a compliment. It doesn't feel like trying to compliment someone," she nothing and it doesn’t feel like a comsays, "There’s no context in which a pliment. It infuriates me and often it stranger comes up to you and lets you scares me, but I, like most people, just know how they feel about your physishut up and accept it. This silence, cal appearance, and they don't know Lauren says, is exactly what allows what that person's intentions are." street harassment to continue. HollaHollaback started in New York in back is all about breaking that silence. 2005 and has spread to 16 different It's hollering back to the harassers and countries. It counters the notion that putting the focus back on them and catcalling, or street harassment as their behaviour. they call it, is complimentary or just But what if you don't feel safe to a simple nuisance. Alston started the holler back? "To hollaback does not Alberta chapter in 2010. "What we necessarily mean a verbal response want to do is create an awareness at the time," Alston says, "A hollaback that street harassment is out there can be something like sharing your and it is local," says Alston. "It's somestory or even telling another person. thing that people have felt they just If you get harassed, all of the power is have to put up with because they're taken away from you. It is an intimida-

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supposed to during Northern California winters. The ants weren't driven above ground by the torrents that usually soak the soil. And so now drought threatens our part of the world. Water shortages may loom. This scenario is a metaphor for a dilemma you may soon face—except that you will have a choice in the matter: Would you rather deal with a lack of a fundamental resource or else an influence that's bothersome but ultimately pretty harmless? SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): You're entering one of the most buoyant phases of your astrological cycle. Your mandate is to be brash and bouncy. To prepare you, I've rounded up some exclamatory declarations by poet Michael McClure: "Everything is natural. The light on your fingertips is starlight. Life begins with coiling—molecules and nebulae. Cruelty, selfishness, and vanity are boring. Each self is many selves. Reason is beauty. Light and darkness are arbitrary divisions. Cleanliness is as undefinable and as natural as filth. The physiological body is pure spirit. Monotony is madness. The frontier is both outside and inside. The universe is the Messiah. The senses are gods and goddesses. Where the body is—there are all things." CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): You know those tall, starched white hats that many chefs wear? Traditionally they had

tion and there really isn't much of a consequence to that person's actions, so I think the word hollaback is a way to get your voice back, turn that lens around back onto the harassers and let people know, make noise about it. We're not going to just put up with it and it's not okay to make people feel unsafe in their own communities." Hollaback provides a space for people to tell those stories through Twitter, Facebook and on their blog. There is even a mobile app that allows people to document exactly where they were and when they were harassed and to add a picture of the place and their story. The app is currently only available in the US, but Alston is hoping it will be ready for release in Canada by the end of March. The app creates a map and lets people know that they are not alone. Hollaback Alberta is holding a launch party, with speakers and information about the organization, on Saturday, March 31st at 7 pm at the Yellowhead Brewery. You can find out more at alberta.ihollaback.org. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-forprofits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

100 pleats, which denoted the number of ways a real professional could cook an egg. I urge you to wear one of those hats in the coming weeks, or whatever the equivalent symbol might be for your specialty. It's high time for you to express your ingenuity in dealing with what's simple and familiar ... to be inventive and versatile as you show how much you can accomplish using just the basics. (Jan 20 – Feb 18): As I was driving my car in San Francisco late one night, I arrived at a traffic signal that confused me. The green light was radiant and steady, but then so was the red light. I came to a complete stop and waited until finally, after about two minutes, the red faded. I suspect you may soon be facing a similar jumble of mixed signals. If that happens, I suggest you do what I did. Don't keep moving forward; pause and sit still until the message gets crisp and clear.

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(Feb 19 – Mar 20): A woman named Joan Ginther has won the Texas Lottery four times, collecting over $20 million. Is she freakishly lucky? Maybe not, according to Nathaniel Rich's article in the August 2011 issue of Harper's. He notes that Ginther has a PhD in math from Stanford, and wonders if she has used her substantial understanding of statistics to game the system. Be inspired by her example. You now have exceptional power to increase your good fortune through hard work and practical ingenuity.

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Coming out kinky Plus: Dan learns from a reader

I was recently advised to begin readout this part of me being accepted ing your column by my therapist. I and appreciated. What I would like am a 21-year-old male and a senior to do is seek out sexual partners at an Ivy League school. Dewho would be compatible. But E G spite my academic success, when do I bring it up? I have A SAV I've battled a lot of stuff in this dread of that moment the past few years: anxion a date, perhaps a first m o ekly.c vuewe ety, depression, substance savagelove@ kiss, or whatever, when Dan abuse and porn addiction. things are becoming unamSavage biguously physical. WTF do I It's quite a load of shit to try to wade through, but I honestly feel say? Should I try to get involved I'm getting better. in a BDSM "scene"? Date "normal" About sex: Before I even knew what people? Online personals? I don't I was really doing, my fantasies inwant to try to have sex again without volved being subjected to the erotic it being known or understood. It feels whims of a powerful female. I've like pretending and it sucks. tried to hide my interest in "submisSEEKS UNDERSTANDING BABA sion" from everyone, including potential and sometimes briefly sexual Generally, SUB, if it's something that partners. Only recently have I begun gay, straight or bisexual people can to address this directly. I feel it is, all do—like erotic power exchange broadly, an issue of sexual orienta(bondage, D/s, BDSM, etc)—then tion that requires something like I consider it a sexual activity, not a a "coming out" process. But while sexual orientation. there are resources out there for gay Which is not to say that submission people who are coming out, I have no and/or BDSM can't be hugely imporroad map. I have told a few friends tant to an individual, SUB, as much but don't think it's necessary to reabout self-conception as it is about veal all this to my family. sexual expression. But you don't have I cannot have a fulfilling sexual exto come out to friends and family perience unless my desire to have a about being submissive—you don't tilted power dynamic is understood have to tell them about the stuff and indulged, and I don't think rothat turns you on—in order to fully mantic love is possible for me withaccept yourself, get out there and

date and find a nice girl who wants to subject you to her erotic whims. Now, I'm not saying you can't or shouldn't tell people other than the women you date that you're submissive. You can be as open as you wanna be—say, with friends you feel comfortable telling everything—but the only people who absolutely, positively need to know about your desires, SUB, are your sex partners. So how do you find a partner? Date vanilla girls? Trawl online personals? Get involved in the BDSM scene in your area? Yes, yes and yes. Get involved in the BDSM scene and take out a kinky personal ad, and maybe you'll meet a nice, dominant girl who wants a sexually submissive—and Ivy League–educated—boyfriend. At the same time, SUB, date girls you meet during the normal course of your daily life, like any other single guy. After she gets a chance to know you, but before she's too invested and/or smitten, discuss your kinks with her. This is not a tearful confession, SUB. Your kinks are a selling point; they're something that makes you a more interesting sex partner. If you open up to a vanilla girl after a few weeks—and some good vanilla sex—and she runs screaming, she wasn't the right girl for you. (And if she blabs to her friends about you, SUB, you may get a call from a friend of your ex who is the right girl for you.) Don't marry the first dominant woman with whom you play, SUB, or bail on the first strictly vanilla girl with whom you hit it off. A dominant woman you don't enjoy spending time with outside the bedroom isn't someone you can realistically spend the rest of your life with; a vanilla girl who really likes you may get there—

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or foursome—but who also values ground rules, respect and honesty. Bummer some guys seem to think deceit is the only way to play. So thanks for so many years of great advice. But ... WOW! Sometimes you really show your limits as a gay man. Someone writes to you about having sex with his girl during her period and what to do about the bloody sheets they're going to leave behind in their hotel room, and you don't even mention the Instead Softcup! No woman has to bloody sheets or towels—or her man or her lady or her toys—just by sticking a cup up there! Maybe I should go easy on you, Dan, because most ladies are unaware of this awesome option. (Most ladies aren't sex columnists, however!) It tucks up inside, it works for 12 hours, and you can't feel it when you have sex. (My man is hung, and we actively tried all sorts of angles, speeds, pressure, etc, and he can't tell it's in there.) Put one in and you don't get messy! And ladies? Don't tell me you're squeamish about sticking your fingers up there. Get freakin' comfortable with your own damn bodies already! STAINLESS IN SAN FRANCISCO Sometimes my readers learn from me, SISF, sometimes I learn from my readers. This is one of the latter times. Ladies who want to learn more about the Instead Softcup can go to the website: softcup.com. Thanks for sharing, SISF! V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage. @fakedansavage on Twitter


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At Lethbridge College, the environmental science classrooms are found in the great outdoors. When students do come in from the streams and fields, they apply their skills in an up-to-date science centre that houses the amazing Hubbard Wildlife Collection, a taxidermy display of western Canadian wildlife. After graduation, Lethbridge College grads go where industry needs them. For some, that means working in national forests or provincial parks. For others, it means working with the oil industry during all phases of a project, from planning to reclamation to ensuring that the environmental footprint will be minimized. These kinds of cooperative partnerships ensure that the environment is sustained for all generations.

Learn at Lethbridge College Lethbridge College offers financial aid to help students get started on the career of their dreams. And students who are interested in Business Administration, Geomatics Engineering Technology, Environmental Assessment and Restoration or Renewable Resource Management may be eligible for either a full or half tuition scholarship for their first year of studies. In addition, students coming from distances greater than 250 km may also qualify for a grant to help with moving expenses. So why not turn passion for the environment and natural spaces into a paycheque? Study environmental science at Lethbridge College. Visit lethbridgecollege.ca/awards before the May 1 awards application deadline, to apply for a number of awards and scholarships. Welcome to your future.

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