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Ecuador calling If a Hollywood spy blockbuster, media circus and freedom of speech advocates decided to have a threesome and somehow made a baby, I'm guessing that baby would be named Julian Assange. Love him, hate him or carry a complete indifference towards the man, it's hard to deny that the treatment of the WikiLeaks founder by the British, Swedish and US governments has been a bit unfair. He faces extradition to Sweden to face sexual assault charges if he steps outside of the Ecuadorian Embassy in London, where he's been hiding out since June. Assange spoke publicly for the first time in months on Sunday to a crowd of cameras, recorders, fans and others, appealing to President Barack Obama to stop the witch hunt against WikiLeaks staff and supporters. Just last week Assange was granted political asylum in Ecuador, but the UK has said it will in no way allow him safe passage out of their country, even threatening to violate international law when they said they would invade the Embassy and bring Assange out themselves. Let's just backtrack for a second. Granted, the US and little bro England are pretty upset about the publishing

of 251 287 classified documents on WikiLeaks in 2010, bringing to light what was really going on in Guantanamo Bay or the "war on terror." Maybe the accusations of rape and molestation against two former WikiLeaks volunteers are part of a smear campaign, maybe not. But Assange has not yet been charged with a crime. So for such a strong supporter of freedom of information, wouldn't it make more sense for him to head to Sweden—a democratic country—then to accept the invitation from Ecuador? Ecuador is a socialist country whose president, Rafael Correa, is in the business of shutting down radio and television stations that broadcast news that doesn't show his government in the best light and has been known to go after critical thinking journalists and editors. Correa is not a fan of US economic expansion and has been backed by many other Latin American countries in the decision to host Assange. Authorities say they just want to question Assange about the assaults, not ship him off to the US to face charges of espionage. It's hard to know how much of any of this to believe. It's like we need a website to publish the real motives of Assange, Ecuador, Sweden, the UK and the US. V

NEWSROUNDUP ENBRIDGE NO, REFINERY ... YES? Though holding fast to his belief that the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline will never happen, NDP leader Thomas Mulcair has said that refineries are an important part of job creation for Canadians instead of sending the bitumen to the States to be processed. Mulcair said on CBC radio last week-

AW RATS! They've been held off for about 60 years, but rats have made their way back to Alberta. Seventy-five of the long-tailed rodents were discovered in a Medicine Hat landfill last week, with hundreds more suspected to be bur-

ROBO JUSTICE A date has finally been set to judge the Conservative Party about the robocalls used to try to coerce votes in the 2011 federal election. Around 800 complaints were filed about the calls. The Federal Court of Canada will



end that refineries—like the one proposed to be builit in Kitimat, BC, the future landing point of Alberta oil from Enbridge's pipeline—will create more jobs for Canadians. Mulcair still says that environmental protection needs to be a top priority. Last week BC newspaper publisher David Black proposed a $13-billion oil refinery be constructed in Kitimat.

rowed away. A Calgary neighbourhood claims the bragging rights to another found on Friday. Efforts have been made to exterminate all the rats. There are a few rat sightings in Alberta every year, but most are thought to be pet rats—which are illegal in Alberta.

begin the hearings on Dec 10, 2012. The Conservative Party is attempting to drive up legal fees of those bringing the charges, including a motion requiring a $250 000 security deposit to cover Tory MPs' legal costs. A decision on this motion will be made on September 18.

At a rally for Palestine on Aug 17, a group of Edmontonians protested outside the Legislature that they support a free Palestine and want Canada to do the same. // Paula Kirman


COVER // politics


party's over? A rush to the centre has one political party re-evaluating


ith a rare rush to the centre in the spring provincial election, the Alberta Party is undertaking a process to examine how it can best influence politics in the province, including the question of whether it should exist at all. A survey sent out to members in advance of the September 22 AGM asks if the party should become a think tank, merge with another party or simply fold. It's a recurring question of tactics for the political parties looking to change the situation and finally oust the Tory dynasty. "I think frankly we're open to whatever it takes to change the dialogue in Alberta," explains Brian Thiessen, president of the Alberta Party. "That's the starting point. And if you're going to do that you have to confront the tough questions too and if your membership says you're doing it wrong and we want to quit then you should put that to them." It's a question that any politically active Albertan who is not a Progressive Conservative asks themselves at some point during their political involvement: should they work from the outside of political process as an advocate or think tank, or should they participate in the political process as a party or a candidate? The Alberta Democratic Renewal Project, which created the project Change Alberta for this past election, has advocated the centre and left parties work together by either not nominating candidates in each other's electable ridings, or more recently encouraging voters to strategically vote for the strongest progressive candidate in each riding. In a post-mortem blog post by organizer Alvin Finkel, he writes, "It will be a shame—and irresponsible—if each organization barrels ahead as if nothing has changed with the 2012 election." According to Thiessen, the 2012 election has changed the political climate to be more open to the idea of cooperation than in the past. "The underpinnings of the argument of conservatives has been that progressives couldn't win in an election and I think they did; they determined the election," says Theissen. "The premier made a lot of promises to progressives in the last election and they carried that election and those promises will be difficult to deliver based on the membership of the PCs." This spring's election saw a surge in the fear of a social conservative victory, and a leader in Alison Redford who was willing to capitalize on that fear. Borrowing promises from her more progressive competitors' play-

But there is little evidence to suggest flected on the events of the past sevbook, the PCs managed to capitalize on the fear-mongering of the so- the party is interested in such reflec- eral days and have come to the concially conservative competitors and tion. Party executives were not avail- clusion that the Alberta Liberal Party edged out the centre-left title hold- able for comment, but at the AGM needs a different kind of President to work with the Leader." He stated his ers. "After she was elected leader she purpose with the party was to elect restored the education funding. Not Liberal candidates and build strong too long after that she returned constituences. funding to transgender surThe Alberta Party, at the geries. So it sort of takes time was just coming out some of the ammo from of its own merger prothe traditional supcess with the Renew port from Liberal Alberta project joinand New Demoing with the Alberta crats for those Party, the first parsorts of things," ty AGM would says Jonabe on its way than Sharek in November. who served The NDP was as Laurie more forthBlakeman's right in its recampaign jection, with manager in leader Brian EdmontonMason statCentre. The share ing the party's of votes purpose was between to elect more the LiberNew Demoals, New crats in the next Democrats election, which and Alberta they did end up Party in the doing. 2012 election "There's definitely came to 21 percent a question of whether of the popular vote, the memberships are compared to the 39 willing to work together percent the Liberals and and give up a bit of their own New Democrats accumulated identity and brand for the greatin the 2008 election. "As it was er cause," says Arnold. "Albertans in when you had more conservatives, it general would be all for a merger but was already challenging on the left the people in the trenches, living as for the Liberals and the NDP," says Liberals, wouldn't want it." Liberal and regular political blogger held this summer Liberal leader Raj And as the Liberals discovered with Dan Arnold. "The fact that the new Sherman received a 94 percent ap- the 2010 offer, uniting is more than premier, fairly or unfairly, is seen as proval rating. And with a reluctant simply agreeing to work together. progressive, it squeezes out the real reaction to the Liberals' offer of unity There are logistics and power struestate for them. It will cause a bit talks in 2010, there may be reluctance gles to work through. "If there was a more reflection." to begin that process again. merger both sides would want to be Arnold believes that reflection In July 2010, under the leadership of the lead," says Arnold. "And you've should be equal in the meeting David Swann, the Liberal party sent got a lot of Liberals who have been rooms of the Libin the party for so eral party. The long they'd rather The underpinnings of the argument of Liberals lost 16.5 lose as Liberals conservatives has been that progressives couldn't percent of the than be somewin in an election and I think they did; they vote they held determined the election. The premier made a lot of thing else." in 2008 falling With one party promises to progressives in the last election and to 9.9 percent. leaderless, anthey carried that election and those promises will "It's hard. They're other with a be difficult to deliver based on the membership of going to have to name that resothe PCs." look really carenates without fully, there are the baggage of a some strong indicators that the plan out an open invitation to talk. "Let's federal party and two very different is not working," echoes Sharek. "The Talk" was advertised in the two major processes of governing membership, incumbents that won, really it was dailies, and invited Alberta's progres- the ability to come together would their own names that did it. Laurie sives to sit down and talk about a be a difficult and lengthy process. won, it wasn't the Liberal candidate process toward unity. The fallout was And that does not even touch on the in Edmonton Centre. So there needs swift. A few days later party president negotiating of party policies between to be some honest conversation Tony Sansotta, who had signed on to the groups. Sharek, despite his uncerabout the branding." the letter, resigned, stating, I have re- tainty in his personal future with the

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party, still sees the Liberals as holding the best policies for his beliefs. Thiessen, who is optimistic the Alberta Party will remain a political party, also makes clear where he thinks each party's strength lies were unity proposals to proceed. "Speaking as a member, I think it should be broader than [a merger]," says Theissen. "I think the progressive parties should unite under one group, and I think the Alberta party is the best venue for that. So I think it would be great if the NDs, Greens, Liberals joined under one roof." The road to unity would clearly be a long one for any political party. Currently on the federal level two of Canada's largest unions are in a yearlong process to undertake such a merger, a year-long process that may eventually fail at each union's membership vote. But if any political party here in Alberta were to accomplish such a task, the Alberta Party might be the one to do it. Already having negotiated the process of merging the civil society Renew Alberta with the established but low profile Alberta Party, the membership has experienc navigating the process. For many Alberta Party members the dedication to the idea of "doing politics differently" only proved itself in this past election despite the inability to capture a seat. "We never once went to the negative or adversarial side and I found that very uplifting. We were very positive and welcoming to everybody and I'm realizing you can do politics that way. It's not always us against them," says Jacquie Lycka, Alberta Party candidate Sue Huff's campaign manager. A recurring theme with Alberta Party admirers is the difference in process. Mark Zaugg, an Alberta Party member who has already announced his intension to run in Calgary East in 2016, believes the Alberta Party has a better operating system. "It's all about involving the individual," says Zaugg. "I feel like I'm a part of it rather than someone standing at the top saying this is what our policy is going to be." To undertake a full examination of the party's purpose and method of operating is in keeping with the grassroots, participatory nature the group has established up to this point. It's possible that in the four years between the next provincial election that process will lead to a more consolidated centre-left vying for the leadership of the province. Samantha Power

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South African mineworkers' deaths fuel poverty politics Forty-eight hours after South African who were killed. It was you." And in a police killed 34 striking miners last final slap at the governing African NaThursday (16 August), Julius Malema tional Congress (from which he was showed up at the Lonmin platinum recently expelled): "They only come mine north of Johannesburg to assign to you when it's time for elections. the blame. Once you put that cross, they "President Zuma said to the disappear." police they must act with Julius Malema fills the maximum force," Malema same role in today's South .com weekly e@vue told a crowd of thousands Africa that Winnie Mangwynn e Gwynn of miners. "He presided over dela did in the dying days of Dyer apartheid in the early 1990s: the murder of our people and therefore he must step down ... the radical demagogue who uses From today, when you are asked 'Who violent, often anti-white invective is your president?', you must say 'I to articulate the rage of the impovdon't have a president'." erished black majority. This terrifies President Jacob Zuma was in MoSouth Africans who have something zambique when the slaughter hapto lose, black and white alike. pened, and is unlikely to have given Malema preaches hatred of the rich the police instructions on dealing with and hints at social revolution. The fact a local strike. But professional demathat he has become mysteriously rich gogues don't have to worry about the himself at the age of 31, although his details, and Malema was fundamenonly jobs were as an official of the tally right in what he said next. ANC Youth League, doesn't bother his "Zuma doesn't care about the minemillions of admirers at all. They just workers, he came here last night and want to see a real redistribution of met with whites," Malema said. "It's the country's wealth in their favour, not the white British (mine-owners) and they think Malema is their best




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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

Mineworkers (NUM) is the country's biggest union. It is closely tied to the ANC, but many believe that it is also in bed with the bosses. Cyril Ramaphosa (who chaired the ANC's disciplinary appeals committee that expelled Malema from the ANC early this year) was the founder of the NUM 30 years ago, but now he is on Lonmin's board. The Lonmin strike is actually a turf war. The Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (ACMU), a new, radical union, has been stealing the members of the National Union of Mineworkers, including three or four thousand of the 26 000 men working in Lonmin's platinum mine. ACMU promised to triple the workers' wages, and the violence began when it tried to stop NUM members from going to work. Ten people were killed in clashes between the two unions in mid-August, including two police who were hacked to death with pangas (machetes). So the police were understandably nervous last week when they faced an angry mob of about 3000 workers armed with pangas, spears and clubs. Unleashing a torrent of automatic fire that killed 34 strikers and wounded 78 was an act of gross indiscipline, EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) •

Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: edmontonpt@yahoo.ca

EPLC Fellowship Pagan Study Group

• Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • eplc.webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: vip@flashnightclub.com G.L.B.T.Q Sage bowling club • 780.474.8240, E: Tuff@shaw.ca • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm GLBT sports and recreation • teamedmonton.ca • Co-ed Bellydancing: bellydancing@teamedmonton.ca • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; bootcamp@ teamedmonton.ca • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; bowling@ teamedmonton.ca • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; running@teamedmonton.ca • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@teamedmonton.ca • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; swimming@teamedmonton.ca • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915110 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, 1-4pm • Info: E: tuff @shaw.ca Illusions Social Club • The Junction,

10242-106 St • 780.387.3343 • groups.yahoo. com/group/edmonton_illusions • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 8:30pm

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

Junction Bar and Eatery • 10242-106

St • 780.756.5667 • junctionedmonton.com • Open Tues-Sat: Community bar with seasonal patio • Beat the clock Tue • WINGSANITY Wed, 5-10pm • Free pool Tue and Wed • Karaoke Wed, 9-12pm • Fri Steak Night, 5-9pm • Frequent special events: drag shows, leather nights, bear bashes, girls nights • DJs every Fri and Sat, 10pm

but frightened men, even if they have far better weapons, will not always respond in a measured and disciplined way when they are under attack. The reflex, unfortunately, is to hold the trigger down and spray the threat with bullets. Nobody wanted this tragedy to occur, and it is unlikely to happen again in the same way. Jacob Zuma will still probably be re-elected as the leader of the ANC in December and go on to a second term as president. There will be a commission of inquiry, and judges will reach conclusions and make recommendations. But the main political beneficiaries of the incident are the forces that are trying to loosen the grip of the ANC's old guard on the unions and the country. It has been a very auspicious occasion for Julius Malema, who is trying to position himself as the only real alternative to Zuma and the gang. Some time later in the decade, the Lonmin massacre may come to be seen as a turning point in South Africa's history. Or not, because history does not run on rails. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly. tices • Every Tue/Thu

Pride Centre of Edmonton • Pride Cen-

tre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • A safe, welcoming, and non-judgemental drop-in space, support programs and resources offered for members of the GLBTQ community, their families and friends • Daily: Community drop-in; support and resources. Queer library: borrowing privileges: Tue-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, closed Sun-Mon; Queer HangOUT (a.k.a. QH) youth drop-in: Tue-Fri 3-8pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, youth@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Counselling: Free, short-term by registered counsellors every Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, info/ bookings: 780.488.3234 • Knotty Knitters: Knit and socialize in safe, accepting environment, all skill levels welcome; every Wed 6-8pm • QH Game Night: Meet people through board game fun; every Thu 6-8pm • QH Craft Night: every Wed, 6-8pm • QH Anime Night: Watch anime; every Fri, 6-8pm • Movie Night: Open to everyone; 2nd and 4th Fri each month, 6-9pm • Women’s Social Circle: Social support group for female-identified persons +18 years in the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; andrea@ pridecentreofedmonton.org • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; robwells780@hotmail.com • TTIQ: a support and information group for all those who fall under the transgender umbrella and their family/supporters; 3rd Mon, 7-9pm, each month • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month; huges@shaw.ca

PrimeTimers/sage Games • Unitarian

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

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

Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

SPECIAL EVENTS Canadian Derby • Northlands Park, 7410 Borden Park Rd • Sat, Aug 25

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Laurier) Park • Dog Walk Fundraiser in support of the Edmonton Humane Society • Sat, Aug 25, 10am • $20 at TIX on the Square

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after prac-

★ThumbsDOWN–Texting Tournament • Avenue Theatre • Fundraiser for Kids Help Phone, Edm’s first ever live music/dance by Politic Live, Michelle Molineux, Junyours, many more. All ages event • Fri, Aug 31, 7pm (door), 8pm (show) • $15 (compete/watch) at 780.964.9135, YEGlive.ca; proceeds to Kids Help Phone

livingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily dropin, peer counselling

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Nashville complete stranger, hired (or not) as an extra, to swap outfits with one of his stars. Whether frenzied or fun times, such circumstances were the lifeblood of Altman's best filmmaking, an esthetic built on invention, resourcefulness and capricious mischief. Put mics everywhere and keep those cameras rolling: Nashville was made like a documentary. And much of it plays like a great party.

Belting it out in Nashville

Tue, Aug 28 (9 pm) Directed by Robert Altman Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally Released: 1975


ess a story or even a proto"network narrative" than a panoramic portrait of America's Music City, Nashville was shot in the autumn of 1974, smack-dab in the middle of the New Hollywood decade, that brief golden age when big money flowed for the movie brat mavericks. With the

commercial success of M*A*S*H and the creative peak of McCabe & Mrs Miller still fresh in people's minds, 1974 should have found Robert Altman at the height of whatever power and influence he'd ever glean, but United Artists turned down the project and Altman wound up making it with ABC. The budget was over $2 million, not exactly peanuts, but we're talking about a movie with 24 main characters, a steady stream of often elaborate musical performances before

huge audiences, a major car accident on the freeway, a public assassination, and God knows how many locations. So the shoot was hurried, cramped and chaotic by most standards. The driver of the truck that cruises through Nashville blasting political speeches was told to just keep trying to invade the production on a daily basis—that was the extent of his direction. Altman tells a story about how he never even saw costumes until he arrived at a location; occasionally he would get a

But here's what I forgot: while Nashville's broad satire—"200 Years," the stately anthem that kicks off the movie, is truly the dumbest, most ridiculous bit of glitter-country patriotism imaginable—and teeming canvas left little room for sentiment, there comes a moment in the final third or so of its 160-minute runtime when we are suddenly greeted with a handful of scenes of subtle yet devastating emotional impact, most notably when Lily Tomlin's married, unlikely gospel choir leader has to exit her hotel room tryst with Keith Carradine's younger, handsome womanizing folk-rocker, and Carradine puts on a show of calling up

another woman to take Tomlin's place, like a guy who's still got the munchies and needs to order another pizza. The movie ends with real-life singer Ronee Blakley's fragile singing star— the closest thing to the real thing in Altman's musical menagerie, she gives a strangely affecting performance— singing a song about her Idaho roots to a huge crowd before some freak pulls out a gun and shoots her for reasons no one really knows. Exiting stage left, Blakley's taken away, bleeding, unconscious, her fate uncertain. Minutes later the entertainment resumes with Barbara Harris stalking the stage to sing "It Don't Worry Me." The gospel choir joins in. The crowd settles down. Kids are held aloft. People look happy again. Maybe they'll vote for that guy the truck keeps telling them about. The show must go on. And through Altman's wry gaze that perseverance is neither cynical nor courageous. It's just the way things are in this place like no other. Crazy shit happens. Might as well keep singing. JOSEF BRAUN



The Queen of Versailles

Queen of the Castle: Jackie Siegel

Opens Friday Directed by Lauren Greenfield Princess Theatre



he Versailles of the title refers to what was to be the largest home in America, 90 000 square feet collecting 30 bathrooms, a bowling alley, sushi bar and a colourful, central ceiling window that apparently had a quarter-million dollar price tag alone. The Queen of the title is Jackie Siegel, a woman with a computer engineering degree, a former Miss Florida title to

her name and a marriage to the ultrarich David, a timeshare magnate 30 years her senior who proudly claims to have personally gotten George W Bush elected. (He refuses to elaborate because, grin plastered across his face, he says his methods might not have been legal.) As presented here, he doesn't seem like a bad guy, just a very, very (very) rich one who's content to wield the power and influence that he does. The movie doesn't even bring up the fact that, near its beginnings, he'd just lost a sexual harassment lawsuit from a former employee. But I digress.

Off the top of The Queen of Versailles, in 2008, the Siegels' dream palace is 50 millon dollars into its construction, business is booming—"We save lives ... we save marriages," goes a pre-day meeting mantra for Siegel's flagship staff—and in a fortuitious moment of happened-to-be-there filmmaking, director Lauren Greenfield started filming just before their guilded life began to unspool. The recession hit; people stop buying time shares; Siegel was forced to make thousands of layoffs as debt and uncertainty engulfs his upper-middle one-percent world.

Part of the movie's potency is in turning your early feelings of schadenfreude for this immensely wealthy family—they have to sell their private jet? The horror!—into something darker, stranger and more harrowing: a realization of how an American Dream once realized can be just as easily be snatched away. Once that uninhibited freedom of wealth is gone, cracks begin to form in the family core: Jackie seems unable to live within her newly limited means, still trying to splurge, giving herself $2000 caviar as a Christmas gift, then seeming surprised she can't get her kids to care about the shrinking world around them; when a pet lizard dies, one of them shrugs it off with "I didn't even know we had a lizard." Meanwhile, David—who grows increasingly disheveled in the interviews as time goes on—proves unable to be satisfied by what he still has. "Nothing makes me happy anymore." he laments at one point. "I can't separate business and personal." Greenfield's access is pretty complete; the riches-to-rags direction of the movie makes its principle characters fascinating to watch, but Greenfield also talks to neighbours and nannies, films a post-recession Christmas morning, captures the house falling into disarray after a mass-firing of nannies, and lets the events speak for themselves by having them unfold before her lens. "We


need to live within our means," David says near the film's end, a demand on a room full of family that still can't really, truly fathom it, like they can't believe it's not all coming back some day. By then, it's even hard to blame them: when you've been living in a dream for so long, coming into reality isn't easy. PAUL BLINOV




Gerhard Richter Painting A man and his art

Fri, Aug 24 – Thu, Aug 30 Directed by Corinna Belz Metro Cinema at the Garneau



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ew bodies of work in any medium have expressed the tension between photography and the world, between representation and expression, between memory and history, as that of the German painter Gerhard Richter: the blur or softening or tricks of light that envelop his photo-based work can also be detected in much of his abstract work. So there's something almost inherently satisfying about the notion of making a documentary about Richter at work, of photographing the making of paintings whose content or esthetic are

founded in photography. Largely devoid of commentary, Corrinna Belz's straightforwardly titled Gerhard Richter Painting is primarily concerned with bearing witness to the moment when something mysterious comes into being, with tracking the turning points in Richter's process, moments when he decides to revise the face of an entire canvas in a single broad gesture—moments about which Richter himself has relatively little to say. Which makes Gerhard Richter Painting an unusually physical movie, its key recurring image being that of the very fit, titular octogenarian taking his massive flat brush and pushing it slowly and carefully across a work-in-progress. Squarely framed, the act appears mythical, almost

Herculean, and the sound is equally impactful, that tremendous echoing whoomph as he lifts the brush away. These scenes are simultaneously meditative and exhilarating. The rest of the film is pretty interesting too: Richter preparing a number of major international exhibitions, building his 1:50 scale models; glimpses of Richter's family; Richter's chipper assistants taking lumps out of paint; Richter examining old photos and recalling childhood memories; Richter speaking of the secrecy involved in painting, but very matter-of-factly—there is no forced mystique to his countenance; he's pretty much a friendly, smart, but no-bullshit kind of guy. (Every once in a while he reminds me of Anthony Hopkins.) There are also excerpts from earlier television documentaries about Richter dating from more than 40 years ago, and these are also fascinating. In one, the young Richter tries to dismiss the notion of the artist as purely cerebral, as working from clear and realizable intentions. "You can't think while you're painting," he says. "Painting is another form of thinking." And in this sense, Belz has successfully captured thought on film. JOSEF BRAUN



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Holding the veggie tray? Oh, he's an odd one


s its title suggests (think The Curious Case of Benjamin Button), family flick The Odd Life of Timothy Green is a fable, or it tries to be. The problem's that Disney-schmaltz, family-values hokum, and dopey clichés ("anything's possible," "different's OK," etc), syrup over the intriguing allegory. In a small Midwest town, two hopeful parents (Jennifer Garner and Joel Edgerton) tell an adoption agency, a year before, they buried a box containing their imagined traits of a child in their garden. One magical storm later and a 10-year-old, Timothy (CJ Adams), appears. He's got leaves on his feet and is prone to standing, arms raised and eyes closed, to soak in the sun, but otherwise he's an everyday kid, even tenderly befriending a girl (Odeya Rush). The story lumbers off to a stiff start – should've erased its sketchy narrative frame – and it offers paper-thin characters. The subplot of the town's failing pencil factory trails off, not helped by the all-evil boss. Garner can't inject enough complexity into her always-

worried new mother, whose constant earnestness echoes the movie's own eager-to-please-ness. Dianne Wiest and Rosemarie DeWitt do their best with one-note roles (stern dowager and catty sister). But still ... breaking through is that tantalizing allegory. Timothy represents a Nature well aware that "to everything there is a season" (and seeing a modern child's sense of death on-screen remains unusual). But he's also a Christ-child (his pose, his Messianic message) and a mini-Adam, who makes a garden in the woods with his Eve. The movie seems pitched on that fine line between the New Testament


and New Ageyness, to appeal to two large demographics. And, though the picture doesn't always handle it right, especially by rewarding them at the end, The Odd Life of Timothy Green shows just how overprotective and narcissistic parents can be. Wannabe Mom and Dad try to live through Timothy, using him to work out their own family issues and personal insecurities. They're well-meaning jerks— if only the movie around them had plunged deeper into its well of meaning and stopped jerking at our heartstrings. BRIAN GIBSON



Lawless Opens Friday Directed by John Hillcoat



et in Prohibition-era rural Virginia, Lawless marks the fourth feature film collaboration between director John Hillcoat and musician, writer and occasional actor Nick Cave; it's their second collaboration with Cave in the role of scenarist. Like Hillcoat's The Proposition, which came from an original Cave script, Lawless, adapted from Matt Bondurant's historical novel The Wettest County in the World—itself based on Bondurant's own family history—follows the fates of three brutish brothers pitted against corrupt authorities. But The Proposition was a western set in Hillcoat and Cave's native Australia, and was a far more distinctive and relevant piece of revisionist genre cinema. Much of what transpires in Lawless, by contrast, is as boilerplate as its title: the fraught fraternal hierarchy, the super-evil chief villain, the female characters neatly divided into Madonna and whore—even Cave's score sounds kinda generic. The film is disappointing; whatever you thought of Hillcoat's previous feature, The Road, which Cave scored, you couldn't fault it for lack of ambition or esthetic vision. Yet I can't call Lawless a

complete failure either. The Bondurant brothers, Forrest (Tom Hardy), Howard (Jason Clarke) and Jack (Shia LeBeouf), are hillbilly bootleggers whose business is encroached upon by outsiders, led by Chicago-based special agent Charlie Rakes (Guy Pearce), looking to get in on the profits. The story is told from Jack's point-of-view, which is unfortunate given LeBeouf's overworked earnestness, but Jack is indeed the one undergoing the most radical shifts in character: we see the boys as kids in an overfamiliar prologue in which wimpy little Jack can't work up the gumption to kill a hog, something his stoic elder brothers do without hesitation. Forrest is the most enigmatic character; at a young age he claimed he and his brothers were immortal, and Forrest Bondurant's uncanny real-life biography, peppered with a series of injuries that most of us would never survive, feels like the best reason to tell this story in the first place. I wish it was more about Forrest and his strange life, and that Hardy was more central to the film since he also gives what is by far the most compelling performance. Lawless' most flamboyant performance, however, would easily be Pearce's. His Rakes is an improbable dandy: eyebrows plucked, hair slicked and

dyed to an ebony sheen, wearing delicate gloves and pearly waistcoats. He looks like Satan's golf tee. Sneering and preening and gleefully sadistic, Pearce's choice to hurl himself right over the top is a perfectly reasonable response to this character's absurdly overstated villainy; the character also reads as a closeted homosexual monster, a fairly lazy, offensive, outdated paradigm. While I'm a huge admirer of Cave's work in most other circumstances, I recognize that the script for Lawless is the sum of Cave's weakest tendencies. Nonetheless, I could still imagine a more appealing realization of that script helmed by a director with more sense of humour, sense of place and affection for character, however archetypical, than Hillcoat displays here with his ceremoniousness, overstated brutality and overly cutty violence. It's been nearly 10 years since David Gordon Green made anything even close to worthy of the promise of his debut, George Washington; I wish someone like Green, the kind of filmmaker we used to label "regional," could get this kind of a gig. Even with all its clichés, it would still have felt more shook alive and lived-in and curious about the world and the mysteries of the past. JOSEF BRAUN



The Story of Film (Episode 15) Sun, Aug 26 – Wed, Aug 29 Directed by Mark Cousins Metro Cinema at the Garneau


he person writing this piece is one bummed cinephile. Because the occasion for this piece is the final installment of Mark Cousins' 15-part series The Story of Film, which Metro Cinema has been screening since the beginning of July. I started our weekly missives on the series by making fun of Cousins' voice-over narration and his exceedingly Irish cadences; now I'd be happy to have him sit behind me and whisper comments all the way through The Passion of Joan of Arc (1928). It's hard to get through all 15plus hours of The Story of Film and not feel like you've made a new friend. But friends are there as much to debate with as to reach agreements. As The Story of Film gets closer to the present, as it views the history of cinematic innovation through an increasingly shorter telescope and less hindsight, Cousins' claims about which films and filmmakers are most important lend themselves to greater contention. Episode 15 deals exclusively with the 2000s—the decade in which I began my practice as a critic—and so I find myself thinking, Requiem For a Dream (2000)? Really? The Rules of

Attraction (2002)? Seriously? Those titles belong in the mercilessly selective annals of The Story of Film? But it's less easy to dismiss Cousins' rationales for these titles. Roger Avary may not seem like cinema's most visionary artist, but then neither does James Cameron, whose films seem so pedestrian once you remove their high concepts and technological achievements. Yet both Rules of Attraction and Avatar (2010) have made significant contributions to the development of film language. The same goes for Michael Moore, a guy I tend not to think of as much of a filmmaker per se, yet the audacity and outrage behind Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004), winner of the Palme d'Or and the highest-grossing documentary of all time, possess a cultural impact all their own. The thematic focus of episode 15 is "the clash of reality and dream," and more than once Cousins leaps back in history to remind us of the roots of this clash, not by citing, say, Un chien andalou (1929), but by examining the bold insertion of glorious nonsense into Laurel and Hardy films. The peak example of this clash in cinema's second century is in a movie that's partly about cinema itself: David Lynch's Mulholland Drive (2001). But Cousins

also examines the intrusion of dreams on the real and of the real on our dreams in the films of Sweden's Roy Andersson, Argentina's Lucrecia Martel, France's Michel Gondry, Mexico's Carlos Reygadas and Thailand's Apichatpong Weerasethakul, who made Songs From the Second Floor (2000), The Headless Woman (2008), Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004), Battle in Heaven (2005) and Tropical Malady (2004) respectively—though I was hoping Cousins would talk about Apichatpong's Uncle Boonmee Who Can Recall His Past Lives (2010), just to bring us full circle from Laurel and Hardy's incongruous gorilla to Uncle Boonmee's unforgettable monkey ghost. The Story of Films closes with an homage to Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov—whose Mother and Son (1997) ushered new heights of impressionism into narrative film, and whose one-shot Russian Ark (2002) gave cinema its longest suspended breath— and with a smartly chosen clip from Inception (2010), a film that prompts us to think of both the movies and reality in the 21st century as vessels of dreaming. And prompts us to ask, Which dream are we in now? JOSEF BRAUN







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THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG Frightening Scenes, Violence, Not Rec. For Young Children) FRI-TUE, THU 4:00, 9:55; WED 4:00, 9:55


Sat 11:50, 1:20


THE APPARITION (14A Frightening Scenes) FRI, SUN-THU

1:30, 3:50, 6:20, 8:30, 10:40; SAT 11:30, 1:30, 3:50, 6:20, 8:30, 10:40

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI, SUN-THU 1:15, 3:30, 6:00, 8:10, 10:30; SAT 11:00, 1:15, 3:30, 6:00, 8:10, 10:30

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI-THU 1:10, 4:15, 7:20, 10:20

TOTAL RECALL (14A Violence) FRI-SAT, MON-TUE 2:00,

4:50, 7:40, 10:25; SUN 4:50, 7:40, 10:25; WED-THU 9:50

TED (18A Crude Content, Substance Abuse) FRI-TUE 8:50 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI-THU 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:45

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI, SUN-THU 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30; SAT 11:10, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Language) FRI-THU 2:20, 5:00, 7:30, 9:40 PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, FrightenPARANORMAN 3D FRI-THU 3:15, 5:40, 8:00, 10:15

HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI, TUE 3:10, 6:40, 9:05; SAT-SUN

Children) SAT 11:00


ing Scenes) FRI, SUN-THU 1:00; SAT 12:00, 1:00

SINGIN' IN THE RAIN SUN 1:00 THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) FRI, SUN-THU 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45; SAT 11:15, 1:45, 4:30, 7:15, 9:45

Nudity) FRI, SUN-THU 2:10, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15; SAT 11:45, 2:10, 5:15, 7:50, 10:15


CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585 THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN (PG Frightening Scenes, Violence, Not Rec. For Young Children) FRI-SAT 12:50; SUN 12:10; MON-TUE 12:35

THE AMAZING SPIDER-MAN 3D (PG Frightening Scenes, Violence, Not Rec. For Young Children) FRI-SAT 4:00, 7:15, 10:30; SUN 3:30, 6:45, 10:00; MON-TUE 3:40, 6:45, 10:00 BRAVE (G) FRI-SAT 12:40, 3:15, 5:45, 8:20; SUN 12:15, 2:45, 5:15, 7:50; MON-THU 1:30, 4:10, 6:40 ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (G) FRI-SAT 12:20; SUN

11:50; MON-THU 1:05


5:20, 7:55, 10:20; SUN 2:25, 4:50, 7:25, 9:50; MON-TUE, THU 3:50, 6:20, 8:50; WED 3:35, 9:50

THE APPARITION (14A Frightening Scenes) FRI-SAT 12:25, 3:25, 5:40, 8:25, 11:05; SUN 11:55, 2:55, 5:10, 7:55, 10:35; MONTHU 12:45, 2:55, 5:15, 8:05, 10:40

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI-SAT 12:45, 3:20, 5:50, 8:15,

3:00, 6:05, 9:15; MON, WED-THU 5:00, 9:00

6:30, 10:00; SAT-SUN 2:20, 6:20, 10:00; MON, WED-THU 4:00, 8:00

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence, Nudity) FRI, TUE 2:50, 7:35, 10:10; SAT-SUN 1:20, 4:10, 6:40, 9:20; MON, WED-THU 4:10, 7:20, 9:45

CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave 780.421.7020

TED (18A Crude Content, Substance Abuse) FRI-SAT 10:55; SUN 10:25; MON-THU 9:30 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; SAT 11:35, 2:10, 4:45, 7:30, 10:15; SUN 1:40, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45; MON-THU 1:15, 4:00, 7:00, 9:35 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI-SAT 12:15,

2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50; SUN 11:45, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20; MONTHU 1:45, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Language) FRI-SAT 12:05, 3:00, 5:25, 8:00, 11:10; SUN 11:35, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 10:40; MON-TUE, THU 1:55, 5:20, 7:55, 10:30; WED 1:55, 4:15, 7:35, 10:30 PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, FrIghtening Scenes) FRI-SAT 12:00, 2:30, 5:05, 7:35, 10:00; SUN 11:30, 2:00, 4:35, 7:05, 9:30; MON-THU 12:40, 3:30, 6:00, 8:30


4:20, 7:10, 9:50; SUN 12:35, 3:50, 6:40, 9:20; MON-THU 1:20, 4:25, 7:05, 9:45

HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI 2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55; SAT 11:30,

2:00, 4:40, 7:20, 9:55; SUN 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25; MON-THU 12:50, 3:55, 6:50, 9:25

LAWLESS (14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Nudity)

WED-THU 1:30, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (14A Violence) FRI-TUE 1:10, 4:50, 9:30; WED-THU 1:50, 4:45, 10:20

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence, Nudity) FRI-TUE 1:40, 4:35, 7:15, 10:00; WED-THU 1:40, 4:35, 7:05, 10:00 SPARKLE (PG Mature Subject Matter, Substance Abuse) FRITHU 1:45, 4:40, 7:30


4:00, 7:05, 9:40

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Language) FRI-TUE 1:50, 4:45, 7:40, 10:20; WED 1:05, 4:00, 6:40, 9:40; THU 1:05, 4:00, 6:40, 9:30 HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI-TUE 1:15, 4:10, 6:40, 9:20; WED 1:15, 4:10, 9:20; THU 1:15, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI-THU 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 10:15

CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave 780.472.7600 4:25, 8:00; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:25, 8:00

TUE 4:05, 6:35; SAT-SUN 1:45, 4:05, 6:35

TOTAL RECALL (14A Violence) FRI-TUE 9:15; WED-THU 9:10 HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI, MON-THU 3:50, 6:50, 9:10; SATSUN 1:25, 3:50, 6:50, 9:10

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Language) FRI 4:20, 7:00, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:20, 4:20, 7:00, 9:30; MON-THU 4:20, 7:00, 9:30 THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI 3:45, 6:40, 9:00; SAT-SUN 1:15, 3:45, 6:40, 9:00; MON-THU 3:45, 6:40, 9:00


4:15, 6:45, 9:15; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI, MON-THU 4:00, 6:50, 9:25; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 6:50, 9:25 PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, Frightening Scenes) SAT-SUN 1:50

PARANORMAN 3D (Not Rated) FRI-THU 4:10, 6:30, 8:50 HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence,

Nudity) FRI, MON-THU 4:10, 7:05, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:40, 4:10, 7:05, 9:30

LAWLESS (14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Nudity)

WED-THU 3:50, 6:35, 9:15

THE OOGIELOVES IN THE BIG BALLOON ADVENTURE (G) WED-THU 4:15, 6:45 PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI, MON-THU 4:15, 6:45, 9:35; SATSUN 1:10, 4:15, 6:45, 9:35


LAWLESS (14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Nudity)

WED-THU 1:50, 4:50, 7:50, 10:35

2020 Sherwood Dr Sherwood Park 780.416.0150 ICE AGE: CONTINENTAL DRIFT (G) FRI-SUN 12:10


PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI-SUN 12:50, 3:10, 5:30, 7:50, 10:15;

4:25, 8:40; SUN 12:45, 3:55, 8:10; MON-TUE 12:30, 4:30, 8:45; WED-THU 12:55, 4:55, 9:10

SPARKLE (PG Mature Subject Matter, Substance Abuse)

FRI-SAT 1:10, 4:15, 7:45, 10:35; SUN 1:00, 3:45, 7:15, 10:05; MONTUE, THU 1:00, 4:05, 7:10, 9:55; WED 1:00, 4:05, 9:55

4702-50 St Leduc 780.986-2728 ALL NEW STATE OF THE ART

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) DAILY 1:10, 3:25, 7:10, 9:25 PARANORMAN 3D (Frightening Scenes) Daily 1:00, 3:30,

MON-THU 5:30, 7:50, 10:15

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI-SUN 1:10, 4:10, 7:10, 10:15; MON-THU 4:10, 7:10, 10:15

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI-SUN 12:00,

2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05; MON-THU 5:00, 7:30, 10:05

THE CAMPAIGN (Crude Sexual Content, Course Language) HIT AND RUN (Nudity, Crude Coarse Language, Violence) DAILY 12:55, 3:30, 6:55, 9:30

EXPENDABLES 2 (Gory Violence) DAILY 12:50, 3:35, 6:50,


METRO CINEMA AT THE GARNEAU Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St 780.425.9212



EMPIRE THEATRES–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing Spruce Grove 780.962.2332

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse

Language) FRI, MON, WED-THU 3:30, 7:10, 9:40; SAT-SUN, Tue 12:30, 3:30, 7:10, 9:40

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) FRI, MON 3:00, 6:50, 9:20; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:45, 3:00, 6:50, 9:20 PARANORMAN 3D (Not Rated) FRI, MON, WED-THU 3:40, 6:20, 9:00; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:20, 3:40, 6:20, 9:00 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI, MON,

WED-THU 3:10, 6:40, 9:30; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:10, 6:40, 9:30

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence,

Nudity) FRI, MON, WED-THU 4:00, 7:00, 9:50; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:05, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI, MON, WED-THU 3:50, 7:20, 10:00; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:05, 3:50, 7:20, 10:00

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI, MON, WEDTHU 3:20, 6:10, 9:10; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:10, 3:20, 6:10, 9:10

LAWLESS (14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Nudity)

WED-THU 3:00, 6:30, 9:20

PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave 780.433.0728 THE QUEEN OF VERSAILLES (PG) FRI 7:00 & 9:00pm; SAT - SUN 2:00, 7:00 & 9:00pm; MON – THU 7:00 & 9:00pm

THE BEST EXOTIC MARIGOLD HOTEL (PG, coarse language) FRI 6:50 & 9:10; SAT 1:30, 6:50pm; SUN 1:30, 6:50 & 9:10pm; MON - THU 6:50 & 9:10pm

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400


Violence, Not Rec. For Young Children) FRI-THU 9:40


THE APPARITION (14A Frightening Scenes) FRI-THU 1:15, 3:30, 5:40, 7:50, 10:10

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI-THU 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20, 10:45 THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI-THU 12:50, 3:50, 7:00, 10:15

TOTAL RECALL (14A Violence) FRI-THU 1:30, 7:30 TED (18A Crude Content, Substance Abuse) FRI-THU 4:30, 10:25 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI-THU 12:30,

3:00, 5:30, 8:10, 10:45

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Language) FRI-THU 12:40, 2:50, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20

Children) SAT 11:00

Language) FRI-SUN 1:00, 3:15, 5:30, 7:45, 10:00; MON-THU 5:30, 7:45, 10:00

PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, Frighten-

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence,

PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, Frighten-

PARANORMAN 3D (PG Not Rec. For Young Children,

CARMEN IN 3D ENCORE WED 6:00 NIGHT AT THE MUSEUM (PG Not Rec. For Young Nudity) FRI-SAT 2:20, 4:55, 7:25, 10:05; SUN 1:50, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35; MON-THU 1:50, 4:35, 7:30, 10:05


CINEPLEX ODEON WINDERMERE CINEMAS 6151 Currents Dr Nw Edmonton 780.822.4250

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI, TUE 3:20, 6:50, 10:05; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:20; MON, WED-THU 3:30, 6:30, 9:30

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) Vip 18+ FRI, TUE

2:30, 6:00, 9:20; SAT-SUN 1:45, 5:05, 8:35; MON, WED-THU 4:15, 8:00

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) Vip 18+

ing Scenes) FRI-SUN 12:05

PARANORMAN 3D (PG Not Rec. For Young Children,

Screening WED 1:00

HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI-THU 1:10, 4:10, 6:50, 9:20 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES (14A Violence) FRI-THU 2:00,

LAWLESS (14A Coarse Language, Brutal Violence, Nudity)


HOPE SPRINGS (14A) FRI, SUN 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; SAT

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence, Nudity) FRI-THU 12:45, 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:40

5:00, 7:25, 9:50; MON-TUE 5:00, 7:25, 9:50

WED-THU 4:20, 7:05, 9:50

11:30, 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; MON-THU 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

THE CAMPAIGN (14A Crude Sexual Content, Coarse Lan-

HIT & RUN (14A Crude Language, Coarse Language, Violence, Nudity) FRI-SUN 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; MON-THU 5:10, 7:40, 10:10

4:30, 8:00; MON-THU 4:30, 8:00 Children) SAT 11:00

GRANDIN THEATRE–ST ALBERT Grandin Mall Sir Winston Churchill Ave 780.458.9822

PARANORMAN 3D (PG Not Rec. For Young Children,

Frightening Scenes) FRI, TUE 7:25, 9:45; SAT-SUN 4:20, 7:20, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 7:30, 9:50

THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) FRI, TUE 3:40, 6:55, 9:40; SAT-SUN 1:10, 3:50, 6:50, 9:30; MON, WED-THU 3:40, 7:00, 9:30




ing Scenes) FRI, TUE 3:00; SAT-SUN 1:30; MON, WED-THU 4:20


THE ODD LIFE OF TIMOTHY GREEN (G) FRI, SUN 1:35, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20; SAT 11:05, 1:35, 4:05, 6:45, 9:20; MON-THU 4:05, 6:45, 9:20

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI, TUE 3:30,

PARANORMAN (PG Not Rec. For Young Children, Frighten-

Frightening Scenes) FRI-THU 2:55, 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 1:40, 4:40, 7:20, 9:50; Wed 4:40, 7:20, 9:50


guage) FRI, TUE 2:40, 4:50, 7:05, 9:15; SAT-SUN 2:00, 4:55, 8:00, 10:10; MON, WED-THU 4:30, 7:40, 9:50

ing Scenes) FRI-THU 12:35

FrIghtening Scenes) FRI-SUN 2:30, 4:50, 7:15, 9:40; MON-THU 4:50, 7:15, 9:40

FRI, TUE 3:30, 7:00, 10:10; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 7:05, 10:10; MON, WED-THU 3:30, 6:30, 9:50

7:15, 9:50; SAT-SUN 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 3:50, 7:10, 9:40



DAILY 9:40pm


TOTAL RECALL (14A Violence) FRI-SAT 1:45, 5:00, 8:30, 11:15; SUN 4:30, 8:00, 10:45; MON-TUE 2:00, 5:00, 8:00, 10:45; WED-THU 10:45

DAILY 1:15, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:25

THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A Gory Violence) FRI-TUE 1:30, 4:25, 7:00, 9:50; WED 1:20, 4:20, 6:50, 9:40; THU 1:20, 4:20, 7:00, 9:40

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) FRI-SAT 1:00, 4:30,

Screening THU 1:00


THE CAMPAIGN (14A coarse language, crude sexual content)


1:30, 4:25, 7:15, 10:10; THU 1:10, 4:50, 7:20, 9:45


7:50, 11:00; SUN 12:30, 4:00, 7:20, 10:30; MON-WED 12:30, 3:45, 7:20, 10:25; THU 4:05, 7:20, 10:25

5:25, 7:25, 9:20

PREMIUM RUSH (14A) FRI-TUE 1:20, 4:20, 6:50, 9:45; WED

10:40; SUN 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; MON-THU 2:05, 4:55, 7:40, 10:10

THE BOURNE LEGACY (14A Violence) Star & Strollers


1:40, 4:45, 7:30, 10:00; MON, WED-THU 4:00, 6:40, 9:05





5:45, 9:30

(14A Violence) FRI-THU 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:30


THE CAMPAIGN (Crude Sexual Content & Course Language)

DAILY 12:55, 6:55

BOURNE LEGACY (Violence & Intense Action Sequences)

DAILY 3:30, 9:40

PARANORMAN 3D (Frightening Scenes) DAILY 1:00, 3:30,

7:00, 9:30pm

EXPENDABLES 2 (Gory Violence) DAILY 12:50, 3:35, 6:50,


HIT AND RUN (Nudity, Crude Coarse Language, Violence) DAILY 12:55, 6:55, 3:30, 9:30







hough touted as a mere Village of the Fringed, the 31st incarnation of the Edmonton Fringe Festival felt more like a bustling, dynamic metropolis: massive and in motion. And in one taco-in-a-bag-fuelled weekend, Vue Weekly's intrepid team of critics reviewed every single ticketed show. Here you'll find a spread of our favourites, with many more up online at edmontonfringe.ca. But this list is a good place to hedge your bets: these are the shows that have earned the highest accolades from us. Reviews by Meaghan Baxter (MB), Kathleen Bell (KB), Paul Blinov (PB), Saliha Chattoo (SC), Ben Gelinas (BG), Michael Hingston (MH), Carolyn Jervis (CJ), Scott Lingley (SL), Alex Migdal (AM), Fawnda Mithrush (FM), Andrew Paul (AP), Samantha Power (SP), Mel Priestley (MP), Bryan Saunders (BRS), Madeline Smith (MS), Marliss Weber (MW) and Alana Willerton (AW).

gestures, which Valentino nails every time with flawless comedic flair. MB

Apocalypse: A Period Piece

Les Confessions d'un Collegien

Venue 30: Phabrik Art and Design Centre

Venue 42: Campus Saint-Jean Auditorium



Apocalypse: A Period Piece is the incredibly entertaining story of two bickering young brothers who believe that World War III has broken out, causing their imaginations to run rampant. Craddock and Mitchelson are extremely high energy as they conjure up images of President JFK and Elvis Presley coming to rescue them with their father, alternating between those characters and their spot-on performances as brothers. A musical number mostly sung by a dying Elvis played by Mitchelson is a highlight of the show and is absolutely hilarious. One thing's for sure: if the world ever does break out into World War III, you'll want Craddock and Mitchelson on your side. AW

Située dans les Spring Awakenannées 1960, Redheaded Stepchild // Greg Wong ing (the musical) Les Confessions Venue 40: d'un collégien est Strathcona High l'histoire fasciSchool nante d'un petit  garcon saskatchNot much ewanais. À douze more can be ans seulement, said about il est envoyé de Spring Awaksa famille rurale ening's compour vivre en pening-of-age sion au Collège script or gorSaint-Boniface au geous score, Manitoba et, plus which have tard, au Collège garnered St Jean en Ednearly all the monton. Plein de major theatre suspense, cette accolades out oeuvre est brillathere. So let's mment écrite et talk about riche en détails. the cast instead, a crop of Strathcona De plus, l'interprétation de l'acteur High School alumni who so fearlessly André Roy est excellente: parfois embrace the challenging material. triste, souvent drôle et toujours enDirected by the very capable Linette gageante. BRS Smith, who has a knack at getting the Mini Masterpieces: Peter Rabbit, Rumbest out of young performers, the pelstiltskin and the Arabian Nights! cast expertly depicts various themes Venue 11: PCL Studio PCL, TransAlta Arts of sexuality—we're talking the whole Barns nine yards here—against the back drop of late nineteenth-century GerDuring this all-ages production from many. Whether it's fiercely intense Monster Theatre, a girl in the front scenes of teenage rebellion or poirow fell off her seat from laughing. I gnant moments of vulnerability and nearly joined her. Tara Travis and Ryan stolen innocence, this cast's grasp of Gladstone are as warm and hilarious a the material is pitch perfect. AM pair of tour guides through the clasVernus Says SURPRISE sics as you could ask for; they've also Venue 31: TACO Space got ad libs for days, riffing with the au dience, laughing infectiously at their Vernus Says SURPRISE is a play that own material and taking absolutely manages to do an extraordinary everything in stride. A mini-masteramount with very little. A simple yet piece in its own right. MH endearing man, Vernus never speaks, Redheaded Stepchild instead conveying his emotions Venue 10: Acacia Masonic Hall through strong facial expressions and  exceptional mime-like actions. It's a It's not easy being red. Johnnie Walkhighly effective choice, and when his er—the actor, not the scotch—is a face crumbles in disappointment, so redheaded stepchild. He plays Nichodoes your heart. The audience is never las, a 12-year-old who is reviled, unat a loss for what Vernus's intent is, wanted at home, bullied at school, and which speaks to the talent of the man who is cursed with intelligence, ginger playing him. Ken Godmere is absolutelocks and a love of Gilbert and Sully fascinating in this role, realistically livan. Speaking as a redhead myself, capturing the everyday struggles of a this play gives voice to my people, but slow, aging man who just wants to buy it speaks to all of us who have ever his granddaughter the perfect birthday felt like we don't quite fit in. The show gift. There's no other character like comes with a lot of advance praise, Vernus out there, and his presence is and it took me most of it to decide if a rare, fresh treat to this festival. AW

6 Guitars: Full Version Venue 48: Stanley Milner Library Theatre

Burnt at the Steak


Venue 6: Catalyst Theatre

A masterful storyteller and captivating entertainer, Chase Padgett expertly weaves together six personas of various musicians in genres culled from North American music history: blues, rock, classical, country and folk. After their introductions—partway through which the audience is already

 The tale is a familiar one. A young girl with big dreams sets her sights on stardom in New York City; a feat many have attempted, but few succeed. Carolann Valentino isn't about to let the odds stop her. However, her plan gets slightly derailed when she becomes The Last Man on Earth

laughing with each seamless shift in facial expression and guitar style— the show becomes a fascinating exploration of music philosophy and the interrelationships between genres. It's a testament to Padgett's skill as a performer that he is able to make the very most of an extremely reluctant audience participant, drawing out even more laughs than if she had been game to contribute. And though you may initially wonder if some of the personas feel a little exploitative, it becomes clear that he is doing this out of homage, not offense—and by

it was warranted. But the ending is so poignant and authentic, and the characters so genuinely warm and funny and relatable, it most certainly is. The moral of the story? In a nutshell, don't kick a ginger. We are people too. (MW)

the superb finale you'll know this for certain. MP

manager of one of the city's top steakhouses. Valentino's true story of the highs and lows of the restaurant business while trying just to make it to her auditions, let alone land a part, is wildly entertaining and proves it's never too late to follow a dream. Not to mention, she plays all 18 characters herself, from the smarmy maitre'd to her quintessential Italian mother. Her transitions between characters are seamless, even during the production's musical numbers. Each character is brought to life through caricature-like facial expressions, voices and


A Bronte Burlesque Venue 25: New City Legion

 The artistic legacy of the famed 19th century literary sisters (and their alcoholic painter brother) gets the frilly bloomers treatment from a local burlesque outfit, with surprisingly compelling results. Certainly the deathbed visitation of Charlotte Bronte by the spirits of her pre-deceased siblings doesn't seem an obvious premise for bawdy cabaret, but there it is. You get the tormented family dynamic of four formidable creative types played out in raw detail, and you get four comely young actors shaking a tailfeather to a contemporary soundtrack. Repressed emotions are peeled away like so many superfluous layers of underwear, and the production attains a heady momentum that never flags. It doesn't all work, but it's never less than entertaining, even with the disadvantages of the venue. Arrive early. SL Victoria Station & A Kind of Alaska Academy at King Edward

 You can catch a two-for-one Pinter special this Fringe as Amy DeFelice deftly directs Victoria Station and A Kind of Alaska. James Hamilton and Brian Copping deliver laughs in spades in Victoria Station as a love stricken cab driver and his confounded dispatcher. This well-paced comedy provides a great counterweight to the more somber A Kind of Alaska. Liana Shannon shines in A Kind of Alaska as the bewildered Deborah who has just awoken from a 29-year long coma. Brian Copping and Coralie Cairns shore up the tale with their disciplined deliveries of Pinter's pregnant pauses showing that some times the words are not as important as the space between them. AP A Tale of Two Dandies Venue 3: Walterdale Playhouse

 The title really says it all here, and what a lovely, tawdry surprise from upstart Red Reckham Theatre this show ends up to be. In all honesty, it's like watching Tristram Shandy on LSD, with the "I'm a Lady" character from Little Britain making cameo appearances. Our dandies are the indulgent Letcher twins, played with riotous energy by Evan Terlesky and Brendan Fraser. The two start out as lolly-gagging, heavily inebriated sots, always sure to stand in contrast to one another (one is constantly depressed, CONTINUED ON PAGE 16 >>



A Wake

House of Dopes Venue 38: Loonatic Fringe Tent


Dying Hard

Venue 36: Southside Memorial Chapel

Venue 10: Acacia Hall



A Wake is a beautiful exploration of the emotional, physical, and biological realities of death and grief through words and dance. This play inventively takes full advantage of its funeral chapel space and the support of an excellent string sextet to thoughtfully consider this sensitive subject. Although a performer or two could use some more oratorical skill, this does not compromise the effectiveness of the play's journeys through the end of life. Also of note are the funeral home directors, who opened up their space to support such a kind and compassionate creative consideration of death. CJ Angels on Horseback

Dying Hard is definitely about dying the hard way, the Newfoundland way. Taken directly from transcripts of interviews with sick and dying miners in the 1970s, Dying Hard is pitch-perfect, if hard to watch—and frankly, hard to understand. Mikaela Dyke is excellent in this one-hander, and if her accent is unintelligible in places it just lends itself to that much more verisimilitude. Only criticism is the challenge of communicating the stories of these lives in such a thick brogue, it's a bit like seeing a show in a foreign language. But the emotion is universal, and so is the standing O at the end. Skilled performer, engaged audience—it's what Fringe is all about. MW

Venue 35: Varscona Theatre


tament"). All delivered in an accessible brogue, his jokes are fantastic—but the moments of improvised riffing shows he's a deft listener up there as well, capable of turning even a joke that doesn't fly into a punchHouse of Dopes line of its own. PB

The house band of the Loonatic Fringe Tent may as well be the house band for loonacy itself. NYC five-piece Renaldo The calls its show House of Dopes and makes off like a pack of smart-ass absurdists with a sense of humour, on which they hang a skillfull penchant for song. A band in spite of itself, and a comedy show in spite of its band, Renaldo The take the stage in luchador masks, play songs that bleed into comedy, do skits that songs emerge from, and don endless sets of weird false teeth. Almost all of it plays magnificently, too—it takes immense skill to be this weird and get away with it. PB


Venue 6: Catalyst Theatre


Stories have many ways of being told, with no one single ending or plot, and can be enhanced with just a little mischief. The darker intentions behind fairytales are brought to light as unlikely heroine Mary (Morgan Smith) finds herself on a journey to catch a thief in a magical world unlike anything she's ever experienced. Dialogue is kept light, allowing for interpretive movement to take centre stage in telling Mary's story. The limited script is used effectively and is just enough to set the plot and avoid confusion while allowing captivating visuals to do the rest. The minimalist set is used to its full potential, accented with animated illustrations that further aid the movement occurring onstage. culminating into a delight for the eyes and imagination. MB


Venue 44: La Cité Francophone (Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium)


An ageing janitor, living in the aftermath of his mother's passing (we meet him with her urn in hand), falls in love with the moon when earth women don't seem interested. If that sounds a little out there, well, it's all in very capable hands here: Loon lets its ruminations on imagination and loneliness unfurl beautifully in a skillful solo performance that gently strums chords on your heartstrings. PB


The setting is a posh backyard party, the guests are the glitterati of the arts scene, and the food is being served on platters by the hired help. Class and decorum stop there, however, as the audience meets each character and settles into a plot full of quirky and inexplicably weird goings-on. From the uproarious antics of the grand maestro (and his mullet), to the wife who delivers a tearful plea about the atrocity that is eating soup outside, these characters amuse as much as they bewilder. More often than not, it's difficult to extract the reason behind a conversation or event. But, somehow, you're engaged the whole way through. Once you give in to its peculiar and unpredictable storyline, this show is downright entertaining. SC Bookworm Venue 37: Strathcona Library

 Some storytellers leave you gaping, forgetful of your surroundings and only wanting more. Corin Raymond is this storyteller. He is the man who is passionate about the pronunciation of Roald Dahl's Grand High Witch's speech pattern. He can recount the tale of Theseus from memory, in detail and will freely admit to memorizing the opening lines of his favourite book. And while it would be possible to simply sit and listen to Raymond tell the tales of ancient Greece, Bookworm also manages to convey the cross-generational influences and complex rela-


brilliant gutbuster of sketch show. Jack Nicholson impressions, a car-trip in fast forward, a visualization of the heebie jeebies and maybe the best live Scooby Doo-style chase sequence I've ever seen (with a minimal stage, no less) all gets packed into a punchy comic hour. Even the plot isn't just a threadbare excuse to get from joke to joke, but a fleshed out joke tale of its own merit, as our titular protagonists find themselves attempting to solve the mystery of the titular hotel—gripping, even if a weird old man reveals the mystery right off the bat. No matter: there are still twists both funny and, well, more funny. The comic push of this pair—clearly having fun onstage—is irrepressible. Hungry Heart Motel very sharp, very funny, and very deserving of a trip away from the main Fringe grounds. PB

The Last Man on Earth Venue 8: Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre (OSPAC)

 Comedy! Romance! Sigh! The devil does his darndest to corrupt and torment an innocent oaf over 60 minutes of creative mugging and physical antics. There's art in every inch of this silent play, which takes the style of old movies, complete with an ever-present piano man and the odd title card. Dark undertones and costumes give a nod to The Cabinet of Dr Caligari, but the story is far sweeter. Laughs, though not always the point, mostly come from clever places, doing well to side-step slapstick clichés. Worthy of the packed house and standing ovation it got opening night. BG

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so the other must be "up and cheery"). When a relative dies and leaves them a fortune, everything changes; This includes a glam costume parade and plenty of singing. One couldn't have a tale about dandies without songs of course, and the hyperstylized bawdy tunes written by Terlesky and Fraser make for a smashing good time. With a little tightening on the transitions and polish on the supporting cast, this writing/performing duo will go far. FM

tionship between a father and son. It's well-paced, well-performed and will have you heading to the first bookstore as you leave the theatre while calling your dad to say hey. SP

God is a Scottish Drag Queen Venue 44: La Cité Francophone (Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium)

 Mike Delamont is a deity all right: an immensely skilled comedian who can pounce on any passing reference and draw out the funny in it. Donning a floral powersuit for what's essentially a stand-up performance, he riffs on everything from bagpipes ("the sound music makes when it dies.") to Bieber ("If that's not proof I exist, nothing is!") to his own biblical history ("I had a drinking problem back in the Old Tes-

Of Mice and Morro and Jasp Venue 14: Varscona Hotel (Rutherford Room)


Combining Steinbeck's tragic tale Of Mice and Men with clowning should make for a trainwreck, but Heather Marie Annis and Amy Lee's Morro and Jasp clown duo pull it off with unexpected charm and subtlety. The two work together flawlessly, recreating the story with their own brand of physical comedy and contemporary references. Audience participation elements are incorporated skillfully, supporting a sense of engagement with the characters. And amidst the humour, the show is deeply touching and cathartic—we also see the clowns experience moments of true sorrow and, at one point, cry real tears. The mere mention of clowning is likely a dealbreaker for some, but Morro and Jasp could make you rethink your comedic prejudices. MS Peter 'n Chris and the Mystery of the Hungry Heart Motel Venue 44: La Cité Francophone (Suzanne Thibaudeau Auditorium)

 In a send up of classic Hardy Boys mysteries and general spooky stories, Peter n' Chris unfurl a coherent and


Venue 25: New City Legion

Sexual Perversity in Chicago


Venue 5: King Edward School

An impressive solo turn by Kristi Hansen deals movingly with her struggle to feel like a normal kid while growing up with congenital defect treated with a series of leg prosthetics, surgeries and the eventual amputation of her foot. It plays out as a timehopping reverie that steadily pulls into focus, with Hansen fleetingly but deftly animating school chums, dance teachers, parents and "Dr Doctor," before a ragged screen for archival video and a long row of her former prosthetics, all named Woody. Hansen is assured and graceful handling the rapid shifts of the script, which gets a bit muddled when she channels amputees injured by war and disease. All the same, witty, poignant and visceral. SL


This is not an easy script to take on— lengthy dialogue, unlikeable characters, a lot of questions about why we act the way we do when it comes to relationships, love, vulnerability and sex, without any grand conclusions. But it's witty and insightful and these actors just hit their marks square on, giving the authenticity the play needs. Jamie Cavanagh has the greatest challenge—playing the douchbag who always has something to say, he manages to find that balance where his character is repulsive but still draws the big laughs. Sexual Perversity in Chicago is the risky kind of offering that once you've seen it, makes you feel like you've Fringed well. KB


Crafting Type/ Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31 Have you ever wondered what it takes to create an interesting new font? Now you can find out thanks to local type aficionados Jeff Archibald and Kyle Fox, who realized there was a need for type design education in western Canada. They created Crafting Type, a company dedicated to hosting workshops to educate attendees on the entire process of designing type through sketching techniques, digital drawing tools, OpenType features and more. This five-day intensive workshop will be lead by Dave Crossland, creator of the Cantarell typeface family and font consultant to the Google Web Fonts project. (Grant MacEwan University, $1000 regular, $500 student) StageLab Theatre Festival/ Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31 The University of Alberta Department of Drama takes centre stage for the second annual StageLab Theatre Festival. This event is an opportunity to showcase the innovative work done by students and opens the rehearsal doors to the community, offering a glimpse into the world of theatrical creation. Visit




drama.ualberta.ca/StagLab for a full schedule. (Timms Centre for the Arts, Free) I Heart Canada/ Tue, Aug 28 (10 pm) Edmonton welcomes Canadian burlesque legend Judith Stein, who is returning to the scene after nearly 30 years to appear as The Grand Beaver in I Heart Canada, a Canadian-themed burlesque revue. Stein, who now mentors aspiring burlesque performers, will be joined by local burlesque up-andcomers Holly Von Sinn and LeTabby Lexington for a Canadian tribute featuring comedic stereotypes and music. The one-night only spectacle will be hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre's own Matt Alden. (New City, $15) V Canadian burlesque


Lionel Asbo: State of England Now available By Martin Amis Knopf 272 pp, $29.95


ionel Asbo has almost certainly never made a proper CV, so let me try and quickly whip something up on his behalf: ADDRESS: Diston, UK (one of the poorest and all-around scuzziest boroughs of London). WORK EXPERIENCE: Receiving Stolen Property and Extortion With Menaces (several counts each). VOLUNTEER EXPERIENCE: Amateur dog trainer (confining pit bulls to a tiny apartment balcony and feeding them ungodly amounts of Tabasco sauce). EDUCATION: "Tried [reading]. You know—bit of history. D-Day. Omaha Beach. Seems alright. Then after a page or two I ... After a page or two I keep thinking the book's taking the piss. Oy. You taking the piss? Then you temper's gone, and you can't uh, regain you concentration." HOBBIES: Pornography, music (chanting "Get yuh tits fixed" while throwing money at strippers), obsessing about mother's sexual activity, mentoring nephew Desmond. Not bad. Of course, Lionel won't need a CV in his future, either. That's because early in Martin Amis's 13th

novel, the man who re-christened himself after the acronym for AntiSocial Behaviour Order wins the British lotto, and is suddenly worth 140 million pounds overnight. Set as it is in the muck and clamour of lower-class England, Lionel Asbo  marks a return to form of sorts, following The Pregnant Widow. (This despite Amis himself packing up and moving to Brooklyn in the interim.) The novel's subtitle, "State of England," also suggests a sense of urgency on Amis's part to take the nation's true temperature in the 21st century, perhaps as the Olympics buzz around in the background. But it's unclear what, exactly, he had in mind.  Lionel Asbo feels cozy and familiar, a victory lap around old stomping grounds. It doesn't feel particularly timely or provocative, though: in fact, all of the topical issues under discussion—tabloid/reality TV stars, the vulgarity of new money, the everweakening of sexual taboos—were predicted by Amis's novels from more

than 20 years ago. To still be talking about these ideas now, when they're already soaking our culture to the bone, isn't just behind the curve. It's actually kind of boring. Amis has become a victim of his own prescience.

Stylistically, this new book marks the closest Amis has yet come in

his goal of turning his novels into exoskeletons of wheezing gears and sharp corners. It's loud and continually jarring, with every sentence delivered like the punch of a headline in Lionel's beloved Morning Lark. Do not open this novel expecting to feel lulled at any point. The man who guides the book is Lionel's abovementioned nephew Desmond, an auto-didact who winds up with a university education and a baby on the way with a woman he loves. He's upwardly mobile in the intellectual sense, and acts as a severe counterpoint to Lionel and his suddenly bursting pockets. An early twist, wherein Desmond begins an affair with his 40-yearold grandmother, gives him all the motivation he needs to make a better future for himself. Of course, if the prospect of inter-generational incest turns you off completely, fair enough. Amis has written about this kind of thing before, and at this point these kinds of scenes just feel like more toys in

his sandbox, to be thrown around at will. If there's a point beyond "Look at what weird shit the forgotten people of London are up to," I'm not sure I see it. Still, it's commendable that despite Amis's age and success, he's retained a keen and genuine interest in the poor, the criminal, and the just plain desperate classes—particularly as they exist today. To better capture Lionel's fame-starved girlfriend, "Threnody" (the quotation marks are her own), Amis read several volumes of memoir by British tabloid staple Katie Price. That's real commitment. And I'd be lying if I didn't continue to take delight in the voice and the Britishisms, as well as certain passages along the way. The one about reading at the top is a good example. Here's another, recalling Lionel's cartoonishly violent adolescence: "A childish interest in cruelty to animals was perhaps only to be expected, but Lionel went further, and one night made a serious attempt to torch a pet shop." We're also told Lionel was served his first restraining order when he was three years and two days old: "a national record (though disputed by other claimants)." Presumably, those other claimants also live in Diston. MICHAEL HINGSTON


Do you play a Wind, Brass or Percussion instrument? Are you looking to play in a community band? Festival City Winds may be the right fit for you! 4 Adult Concert Bands from which to choose! Beginner to Advanced Novice Band (performs band music at level 1-2) – conducted by Dr. Eila Peterson, PhD (Northwestern) Rehearsals are Tuesday evenings from 7:30-10:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW) Intermediate Band 2 (performs band music at level 2-3) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA Rehearsals are Monday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW) Intermediate Band 1 (performs band music at level 3-4) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA Rehearsals are Thursday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at Concordia University College (7128 Ada Boulevard NW) Advanced Band (performs band music at level 4.5-5) – conducted by Wendy Grasdahl, BMus, MMus, Dipl.FA Rehearsals are Wednesday evenings from 7:30-10:00PM at First Presbyterian Church (10025 105 Street NW) Auditions: Thursday, August 30 (6:00-9:00PM) Friday, August 31 (5:30-9:00PM) Saturday, September 1 (2:00-5:00PM) For more information on the bands and to arrange an audition time, please contact Artistic Director Wendy Grasdahl at info@festivalcitywinds.ca www.FestivalCityWinds.ca VUEWEEKLY AUGUST 23 – AUGUST 29 2012


One Evening/Two Artists: More art, more insight; Conversation with the Artists: Mark Clintberg: Behind this lies my true desire for you, 6pm; Catherine Burgess: Absence/Presence, 7pm • Women in Art Film Series: at the Garneau Theatre: occurring the 2nd Tue each month; $10 (adult)/$8 (AGA/Metro member/student/senior) • On the Terrace, 7:30pm; free with gallery admission • Lower level: WOODY AT 100: Curated by the Guthrie Archives; until Aug 26; free


Jersey Boys


The Boys deliver // Joan Marcus

Until Sun, Sep 2 Directed by Des McAnuff Jubilee Auditorium, $53 – $157


hat Jersey Boys is one of the tighter travelling Broadway shows I've seen pass through these parts is as much about subject matter as it is execution. The plot picks a path through the decades of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons' career, the show broken into spring, summer, fall and winter, each narrated directly to us by a different core member of the band. For a band that nobody wrote about at the time, the tale is packed, and here the arc of being a bunch of nobody Italian-American kids frequently popping in and out of jail to recordselling sensations (with troubling mob connections) is kept tight, leaving more room to let the cast deliver on the jukebox's worth of songs. It's a wise choice: while around them so many set-pieces fly on and off of the stage with precision and time passes quickly, the songs ground the show in aural spectacle. You know more of these songs than you think you know,


DANCE GOOD WOMEN–THIS IS STILL NOT A PLAY • TACO Space presented by Punctuate Theatre, #31 10005-80 Ave • Fringe Festival: Showcasing their most recent movement creations • Until Aug 26

TANGO PLUS ARGENTINE TANGO • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • 780.437.3667 • Sat, Aug 25, 9-midnight • $12; free dance lesson: 8-9pm KINESIS: EDMONTON CHOREOGRAPHERS BALL 2012 • Featuring Kinesis • Avenue Theatre, 9030 118 Ave • Wed, Aug 29, 5:45 pm • $20 advance, $30 at the door • In support of the Canadian Cancer Society

FILM BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose • 5041-50 St, Camrose • 780.672.5510 • baileytheatre.com • The King and I; Aug 27, 7pm • $5 (door)

EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave • royalalbertamuseum.ca • $6 (adult)/$5 (senior 65 and over/ student)/$3 (child) • The Pirate (1948, 102 min, colour, PG); Mon, Aug 27, 8pm

FILM FORUM • Stanley A. Milner Library • Series of film screenings followed by facilitated discussions. Join us this summer for another round of intriguing films and guest speakers: August is a month of World War II • Centennial Room: Mulholland Drive, 14A; Sat, Aug 25, 1:30pm

FROM BOOKS TO FILM SERIES • Stanley A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • Mister Roberts, 1955, 14A; Fri, Aug 24, 2pm • Where Eagles Dare, 1968, PG; Fri, Aug 31, 2pm

MOVIES ON THE SQUARE • Churchill Square • edmonton.ca • Movies on a 3-story high inflatable screen • 780.944.7740, 7:30pm; free •


and they hold up better live—crackling with energy—than they do on recording. In execution, the cast, versatile even in supporting roles, delivers. As Frankie, Nick Cosgrove's cherubic vocals linger like romantic candlelight; but performance-wise, the show's best is Preston Truman Boyd as Bob Gaudio, the whiz-kid songwriter of the bunch whose hands-in-pockets/ shrugged-shoulder delivery of the summer section is the most engaging (and not just because the band was starting to peak.) If there's anything out of place here, it's the strange, pop-art projections that greet every change of season and many of the songs. Strangely literal yet totally disconnected from the show, they don't do much to assist onstage action other than being something else to look at. But that's ultimately a small quibble: you wanna hear where a bunch of endlessly catchy songs you'll unwittingly recognize came from? Get thee to Jersey. PAUL BLINOV


Pirates, Band of Misfits: Aug 31, 7:30pm • The Lorax: Sep 1, 7:30pm • The Adventures of TIN TIN; Sep 2, 7:30pm

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS AGNES BUGERA GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave • 780.482.2854 • agnesbugeragallery.com • Abstract acrylic and encaustic paintings by Barrie Szekely and Tanya Kirouac • Until Aug 31 ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • albertacraft.ab.ca • Discovery Gallery: PURE FORM: The Coalescence of Glass and Concrete by James Lavoie; until Sep 8 • Discovery Gallery: FIGMENTS & FRAGMENTS: Glass works by Leah Nowak; until Sep 8 • BENTS CUP PROJECT: Cathy Terepocki’s ceramic “souvenirs”; Sep 15-Oct 20 • Feature Gallery: SHIFT: a transformative state of mind: Artwork by the ACAD fourth year metal program students; until Sep 29 • NEGOTIATING TRADITIONS: Different approaches to tapestry by former students of Jane Kidd • TRANSLATIONS: Jane Kidd's recent tapestries; until Sep 29 • TRANSLATIONS: Jane Kidd's recent tapestry work; untl Sep 29 • NEGOTIATING TRADITION: Five approaches in contemporary tapestry; until Sep 29 • SHIFT: A TRANSFORMATIVE STATE OF MIND: Works by senior students and graduates from the 2012 ACAD Jewellery and Metals Program; until Sep 29 • James Lavoie: Edmonton glass artist experimenting with cement • CONNECT: emerging Calgary glass artist Leah Nowak; until Sep 8 • August Artist Spotlight: Sam Uhlick (potter): until Aug 31 ALBERTA RAILWAY MUSEUM • 24215-34 St • 780.472.6229 • AlbertaRailwayMuseum.com • Open weekends during the summer

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga. ca • BMO Work of Creativity: METHOD AND MADNESS: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • LOUISE BOURGEOIS 1911-2010; until Sep 23 • 7 YEARS IN THE CITY: Artworks from the AGA Collection; until Sep 30 • THE AUTOMATISTE REVOLUTION: MONTREAL 1941-1960: Until Oct 14 • ABSENCE/ PRESENCE: Catherine Burgess; until Oct 14 • BEHIND THIS LIES MY TRUE DESIRE FOR YOU: Mark Clintberg; Until Dec 30 • Tuesdays on the Terrace: Every Tue, 4-8pm, through Aug; AGA admission includes an art-inspired signature cocktail from ZINC Restaurant, served up with live musical stylings on the AGA 3rd floor Terrace •

• 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • artgalleryofstalbert.ca • GET THERE FROM HERE: Artworks by Nicole Bauberger; until Sep 1

ART IN THE PLAZA • 2001 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park • 780-410-8505 • strathcona.ca/ artintheplaza • A leisurely outdoor Sunday stroll through the West Plaza where artists will have original works available • Sundays, until Sep 30, 11am-4pm

BLEEDING HEART ART SPACE • 118 Ave, 94 St (behind the Carrot Café) • Installation by Edward Van Vlietl • Sep 7-9, during Kaleido Festival

BLOCK 1912 CAFÉ • 10361-82 Ave • PLACES I’VE BEEN AND FACES I’VE SEEN: Paintings by Emmanuel Osahor • Until Sep 8 BLUE CURVE GALLERY • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230-111 Ave • REFLECTIVITY: Artworks by William G. Prettie • Until Aug 30

BRITTANY'S LOUNGE • 10225-97 St • 780.497.0011 • Artworks by Elsa Robinson • Through Aug

CAFÉ PICHILINGUE–Red Deer • Artworks by Russell Smethurst • Until Aug 31

CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • CONVERGENCE: Artworks by varous artists • Until Sep 5

CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • BLOOMS GALORE AND MORE: Functional and hand built pottery by Tracy Mandreck and Helmut Jantz; until Aug 31 • BOX SHOW: Boxes by Jan Haines and Lynnette Lukay, hand built and wheel thrown boxes of all shapes and sizes; Sep 1-29; opening: Sat, Sep 1, 11-3pm

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St • 780.760.1278 • daffodilgallery.ca • BLOOMING 2012: Floral artworks by Bernadette McCormack, Karen Bishop, Cindy Revell, Heidi Smith, Teresa B Graham, Alain Bédard, Joel Koop and others • Closed Aug 28-Sep 4, regular hours: Wed, Sep 5

ENTERPRISE SQUARE GALLERY • 10230 Jasper Ave • SAM STEELE: THE JOURNEY OF A CANADIAN HERO: Experience the untold story of Sam Steele, Canadian leader and hero. Records of his life unseen until repatriation in 2008. An exhibition over three years in the making; until Sep 30; $7 (adult)/$5 (child/student/senior)/$20 (family) • Free Movie Night With Sam: This week: City of Gold in the Bison Theatre; Every Thu through Aug, 6:30pm

EXTENSION GALLERY–ATRIUM • Enterprise Sq, 10230 Jasper Ave • WHERE WE STAND: Artworks by Boyle Street Commnity Services' artist and artist in residence Anna Gaby-Trotz • Until Sep 5 FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • VISIBLE PLANET: Artworks by Yuske Shibata, international ( Japan) visiting researcher, produced during his residency at the U of A • ADHESION: Jill Ho You's final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking; until Aug 25 • WABI SABI EAST MEETS WEST: Gerard J. Kelly's final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Sculpture • Until Aug 25; Reception: Thu, Aug 23, 7–10pm FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave • 780.488.2952 • SUMMER SALON: Group show; through Aug • New work by Jennifer Poburan; Sep 1, 2-4pm

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • Alberta, her landscapes and her animals: Paintings by Robert McLean • Until Sep 19

GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St Albert • 780.459.2525 • SONGS OF INNOCENCE: Paintings based on the writings of William Blake by Father Douglas • Until Aug 29

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • epl.ca/art-gallery • EXTRAORDINARY VIEWS OF COMMON PLACES: Photographs by David Baine; until Aug 31 • Gallery Display Cases: Display of pinhole photography cameras and accessories by Wenda Salomons; until Aug 31 • REPRESENTATIONAL AND ABSTRACT IMAGES IN PHOTOGRAPHY: Presented by David Baine; Sat, Aug 25 (Noon - 2 pm)

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave • COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm • Open Door: Collective of independent comic creators meet the 2nd & 4th Thu each month, 7am

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215112 St • Main Gallery: SPACE AGENCY: Video, sculptural installation by McLean Fahnestock; until Sep 8 • Front Room Gallery: WISH YOU WERE HERE: Photos by Kristen Wilkins; until Sep 8 • Closing reception: Fri, Aug 31, 6:30-8pm; closing Artist Talk by Kristen Wilkins; Aug 31, 6:30pm

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • harriswarkegallery.com • 3 FROM 4: Works by Erin Boake, Andrea Dillingham, Justina Smith, Paula Sommers • Until Sep 8 HEMINGWAY CENTRE GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • 780.460.5990 • RE-EMERGENCE: Paintings by Carol Johnson • Until Sep 1

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • hubpdd.com • FOOD FOR THOUGHT: Works by Sarah E. Smith • Until Aug 31

JAKE LEWIS GALLERY • Jake's Framing, 10441-123 St • 780.426.4649 • jakesframing.com • Artworks by Gerry Dotto, Karen Bishop (of Daffodil Gallery), Glenys Switzer • Until Aug 25

JURASSIC FOREST/LEARNING CENTRE • 15 mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages

KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Public Library • PULSE OF ISTANBUL: Works by Asta Dale • Until Oct 14 LATITUDE 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 • latitude53.org • Main Space: AND ALL THE QUEEN’S MEN: Mixture of media, from painting to bedazzled found objects to electronic motiontriggered sculpture by Jorden Blue and David Doody; until Sep 8 • ProjEx Room: SURREALIST GESTURES: Works by Blake Betteridge; until Sep 8 • At the Rooftop Patio Series: Guest patio host: Gravity Pope & Blackbyrd Myoozik: Aug 23 • Incubator Artists: Dallas Whitley; until Aug 25

MARJORIE WOOD GALLERY–Red Deer • Kerry Wood Nature Centre • LITTLE FORTS IN PECULIAR LOCATIONS: Works by Robin Lambert • Until Sep 12

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • NEW TERRAIN: LANDSCAPES IN PASTEL: Works by David Shkolny, Judy Martin, and Catharine Compston; until Aug 26 • GLASS JOURNAL: by Manola Borrajo-Giner; Sep 1-Nov 4; opening celebration: Sep 6, 7-9pm MICHIF CULTURAL AND MÉTIS RESOURCE INSTITUTE • 9 Mission Ave, 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 and Victor Harrison • Ongoing MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain • 780.963.9935 • Paintings by Detra Powney; until Sep 19; opening reception: Sun, Sep 9

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • Each month of ArtWalk the Musée Héritage Museum displays part of the Victor Post collection. The complete exhibition of Victor Post’s work: Aug 28-Oct 21 NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • paintspot.ca • VERGE OF RECOGNITION: Abstracts by Erik Cheung; until Aug 31 • Installation by Sydney Lancaster; through Sep NINA HAGGERTY–Stollery Gallery • 9225-118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • ninahaggertyart. ca • Student Work from the 2012 Summer Youth Workshops • Until Aug 31

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PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA • 8555 Roper Rd • 780.427.1750 • culture.alberta.ca/ archives • WE SIMPLY TURNED TO THE WOMEN: 100 YEARS OF THE CATHOLIC WOMEN'S LEAGUE, Edmonton Archdiocese 1912-2012 • Until Aug 31 • Free

QUIRKY ART CAFÉ • 6535-111 St • AN INTRO TO OUTRO: Paintings by Outro... • Until Sep 30

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SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • 780.488.3619 SNAP GALLERY • Society Of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • snapartists.com • Gallery: 30TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION Featuring international artists, The Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists (SNAP) • Print Shop: 30 LOVE exhibit featuring many local artists • Until Sep 15

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TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • 780.452.9100 • edmontonscience.com • IMAX: Hubble: Through the summer • ROBOTS–THE INTERACTIVE EXHIBITION: Until Sep 9 U OF A MUSEUMS–TELUS Centre • Gallery A, Main Fl, 87 Ave, 111 St, U of A • 780.492.5834 • museums.ualberta.ca VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • ACACA: ALBERTA WIDE: Alberta Spirit 2012 Alberta Community Art Clubs Association: Award winning artwork from showcases the vision and artistic viewpoints of contemporary Alberta artists • Until Sep 8

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RIVERDALE • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam • Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm • facebook. com/group.php?gid=264777964410 E: creative. word.jam@gmail.com ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets T.A.L.E.S.–Fort Edmonton Park Storytelling Festival • Fort Edmonton Park • 780.667.8253 • Shaking the Story Tree • Afternoon storytelling for all ages on 4 stages, included with Park admission. Featuring Dale Jarvis and Delf Hohmann (Nfld) and 19 other wonderful storytellers from across Western Canada • Festival Storytelling Workshops: Sunday morning collaborations between storytellers and musicians; Monday morning Writing and Telling Spooky Ghost Stories • Sunday Evening Festival Concert: The Brothers Grimm: 200 Years and Counting with Dale Jarvis and Delf Hohmann; 8pm at Capital Theatre, $20 (concert) • Info: W: storyfestalberta.com; E: talesedmonton@hotmail. com • Sun, Sep 2, Mon, Sep 3, 1-5pm

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here may be 215 plays to check out at this year's Fringe Festival, but you're going to need some energy to tackle such a monstrous lineup, and what would any festival be without food? Just remember, calories don't count at festivals. Tackling the Fringe from a theatrical perspective is a daunting task, but the same can be said for the Fringe grounds. The entrance opens to an explosion of sights and sounds, complete with an array of food ranging from classic festival fare like soft pretzels and popcorn to multicultural cuisine and more unique offerings. To help you navigate the final weekend of the festival, we've put together a food roundup of Fringe essentials.

Chocolate-covered banana It may be smothered in chocolate, but hey, at least you're getting a serving of fruit with a chocolate-covered banana. The confection can be topped with cookie crumbs, caramel and candy pieces for a new take on the fruit on a stick trend.

Cupcakes For those who have a sweet tooth, Glinda's Goodies is serving up decadent cupcakes in flavours ranging from coffee-bean garnished tiramisu to chocolate mint and classics like red velvet. They seem to have mastered an ideal icing to cake ratio that satisfies a cupcake craving, but will still leave you with room to devour more Fringe food.

Green onion cakes Green onion cakes have become a staple at the Fringe Festival and there's always a lineup in anticipation for the dish. It's great for sharing, or tackling on your own if your appetite's up for it. The doughy, fried cake is soft and chewy, with just a hint of green onion flavour that kicks in as an enhancement, rather than overpowering. If you like things spicy, get it with a side of spicy chili sauce.

Lemonade Fresh squeezed lemonade can be found throughout the Fringe grounds at either its own booth, or served at a variety of others as a flavourful way to quench your thirst. The drink is a perfect blend of sweet and tart that's just a little more interesting than basic, and let's face it, boring water.

Elephant ears If deep fried dough is more your thing, elephant ears will do the trick. If you can finish a whole one by yourself, kudos to you, because these things are not for small appetites. They come out of the fryer plain, so you can dress them up with sugary toppings to your heart's content.

Deep-fried awesomeness Mars bars and Oreo cookies are pretty amazing on their own, but now imagine what would happen if you threw those same delicious treats in a deep fryer. The result is essentially a ton of sugary goodness encased in a doughnut. Can you say heaven? Remember, calories don't count at the Fringe.

Taco in a bag Taco in a bag received a six-star rating (out of a possible five) from Vue's very own Paul Blinov, who says its rating would have been elevated to seven stars had there been guacamole to top it all off. The flavourful take on the Mexican favourite is a much less messy alternative, as it's made in a Dorito bag with all the fixings of your choice.




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The French learn a little something from the Italians Simple, but effective ingredients The petite traditional French pastries are made with fresh egg whites, finely ground almonds, powdered sugar and regular sugar. The wafers resemble a meringue-like texture with a creamy filling. Italian roots The confection is considered traditionally French, but macarons were first introduced in Italy by the chef of Catherine de Medici in 1533. Early macarons were not the double-decker

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can end up costing you a whopping $7000. The made-to-order treat has such a steep price tag because of the ingredients, which can include balsamic vinegar, fleur de sel, red wine, peanut butter and anything else they can dream up.

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Dispatches from the Maple Spring A reflection on night 100 of the Quebec student strike 100 nights of protest in Montréal // Thien V Qn


verything about night demo 100 in Montréal felt enormous. There were the numbers of people—so many that when we were on long hilly streets, all you could see were people all the way back and people all the way forward for blocks and blocks; so many that when we reached a latenight, outdoor fashion show festival the riot cops appeared to disperse us, it seemed as if every which way you looked we still tightly crowded the streets. This in contrast to recent night demos, where on the last one, we were lucky if we reached the "magic" number of over 49 to put us squarely in the illegality of special law 78. It felt, as one of my friends said, "Like the old days," by which he meant the night demos of week one, two or three way back when it was still assuredly Maple Spring, not the red-hot August 1 of last night. Most momentous, though, was the accidental line in the sand of this fiveand-a-half-month Quebec student strike: night 100 of the illegal manifestations and premier Jean Charest setting the election date—September 4—starting on August 1 too. But the elections are already not playing well, at least not to the "audience" that poured unexpectedly by the thousands into the streets on this first illegal night march of August, turning


the now-familiar "fuck law 78" chant into a revised "fuck the elections." As the majority student association CLASSE so well articulated in its manifesto, printed in the French-language paper Le Devoir the same day when rumors flew recently of Charest's intent to call the elections, there is a grand divide right now between two worldviews—one represented by this night 100 versus day one of electoral campaigning. "The way we see it, direct democracy should be experienced, every moment of every day. Our own voices ought to be heard in assemblies in schools, at work, in our neighborhoods. Our concept of democracy places the people in permanent charge of politics, and by 'the people,' we mean those of us at the base of the pyramid—the foundation of political legitimacy ...  Each time we take to the streets and set up picket lines, it is this kind of democracy that at last breathes free  ...  Democracy, as viewed by the other side, is tagged as 'representative'—and we wonder just what it represents." The first of August also signaled the calendar leap into the impending rolling wave of striking schools that are supposed to open soon—13 of them, for instance, between August 13 and 17—based on whether the impending rolling wave of student assemblies decide autonomously, school by

striking school, whether they want to continue to keep their college closed. These highly participatory and/or outright directly democratic assemblies are an infrastructural legacy of the Quiet Revolution of the 1960s and 1970s and a long-lived practice within many of the now-striking schools. Students may have taken a break the past few weeks—and a well-deserved one, so as to rest up—but they are ready to jump back into their assemblies, where they already know how to make strike, blockade, direct action, solidarity, mutual aid and other decisions about aims, strategies and tactics. But night demo 100 signaled another huge shift, potentially pivotal as well in relation to the elections: there are now numerous popular assemblies, begun over the past couple months. They weren't there at the start of this student strike, nor at the start of the illegal night marches. Now, in many corners of the city, they meet weekly or every other week to talk about issues related to and springing out of the student strike, and many include students, parents and teachers alongside other neighbour-allies. They also discuss steps toward a social strike (even if in small symbolic steps for now) and tangible aid for the upsurge soon in the student strike. Furthermore, the assemblies all use various forms of direct democracy. We did outreach for

their first assembly during our weekly "orchestrole" (casserole plus marching band) on the Wednesday before their assembly, detouring into Outremont a bit to hand out flyers—'cause lots of people come out to listen to loud music rambling down the night streets. The assemblies could be bigger, and certainly more reflective of various population groups in Montréal—a problem not unique to the neighbourhood assemblies, nor the student ones, nor those of Occupy (and on and on). As with other assembly experiments, those within them are aware of such shortcomings. And in this case, the assemblies seem to be particularly sensitive to two key things: first, they want their own autonomous identities, to grapple with the needs and issues of their parts of the city; and second, we're all also under this pressure-cooker schedule of having to ramp up quickly in order to offer real aid to the striking schools, real soon. Beyond sheer numbers, there was something extra poignant about seeing popular autonomous assembly, banner after banner streaming through the streets together, each with their unique character, but all articulating a contrasting vision of politics to the one that Charest and all his suddenly numerous riot cops


(and politicians of any stripe) uphold. I think it's never been more apparent that this isn't "merely" the longestrunning and perhaps now-largest student strike in North American history; it's plainly a social movement with a deep and widespread social basis. And now the students know for sure that they have popular support(ers) far and wide outside their college doors—all, also, trying to practise direct democracy as the organizational grounding for this movement and all, also, attempting to experiment with another type of politics beyond statecraft. So perhaps beyond the numbers, beyond the boundless joy and creativity and sea of red, beyond the newfound power of the neighbourhood assemblies, and even outstripping the clear challenge of direct versus representative democracy—more enormous than all of this on illegal evening 100 was the tension hanging in the air. Back were the riot cops in large and aggressive numbers, along with sound grenades, reports of rubber bullets and pepper spray, attempts at dispersal and kettling, and definitely some arrests. Yet all that wasn't so unusual in the course of this long student strike. And in fact, much of the tension that riot cops usually create seemed neutralized, precisely CONTINUED ON PAGE 25 >>

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University of Alberta makes changes with little consultation which had been permitted in previous years. Yamagishi says the concern then becomes students drinking in their dorm rooms, with no one being able to see if they are in trouble as readily as they would in common areas. Yamagishi would like to see this rolled back to provide an opportunity for an evidence-based discussion to confirm that consuming alcohol in common areas really wasn't the best approach. "If they can prove to us that's the best way to do it, then sure, why would we fight against that? We want to have the healthiest, safest environment for our students as possible, but we're worried about students drinking behind closed doors and if they have an emergency, no one's there to see them," he says.

initial proposal for changes from administration stated there would only be two returning resident staff members per floor, meaning Lister would be predominantly occupied by first year students. Colten Yamagishi, President of the Students' Union says there are talks of changing this to six individuals, which will include two hired floor coordinators, an elected LHSA rep and three orientation volunteers, as administration recognized the need for more returning residents. The split in employment between elected and hired representatives was done in order to make Lister consistent with hiring procedures in other post-secondary residences in Canada. "When we split those two roles, then you have both represented. You don't have one taking over the other. You have a university staff member who can do their job and at the same time, you have someone else who is a student representative who can represent the concerns of the students in a way that is not encumbered by their university em-

ployment," says Deborah Eerkes, director of the Office of Student Judicial Affairs. The staffing changes are concerning for the SU and LHSA because previously, Residence Assistants (RAs) were elected by their peers and were required to live in Lister prior to being elected for the role. Yamagishi says an individual who was not voted in by the other students may not be trusted as easily, which could be a problem if an emergency arose. "It's kind of sad to say, but I think that RA position will lose credibility to a certain extent because they're not elected," he adds. In addition to staffing changes and substantially reducing the number of returning residents to Lister, administration also put forward changes in regards to alcohol consumption, citing health and safety concerns as the reason. The proposed change was to limit alcohol consumption strictly to dorm rooms, rather than public spaces,

The health and safety concerns expressed by the university were in response to incidents that were said to be frequent vandalism, urination on walls and glass being thrown out of windows. However, Yamagishi, who lived in Lister for three years and was elected as an RA, says while extreme incidents can occur, they happen very rarely and the administration is painting Lister in a negative light. "When a student does break those rules or does something that drastic, we have a system in place to make sure they are disciplined," he adds. However, Eerkes says the health and safety concerns could not be ignored. What is equally concerning to students, the SU and LHSA is the fact that the administration seemed to sidestep all forms of consultation before making the changes final. Eerkes says there is no chance for an appeal process at this point, but rather, a chance to move forward and do what is best for Lister. "We really do hope to preserve what's good there and we really do hope that we can deal with these health and safety conditions that have to be handled immediately and

went up even as we marched, night 100 only seemed to add to the intensity of "What will happen?" in the next couple weeks.

the streets were filled with people— politicians, media and riot cops. That's why so many indie photographers took so many gorgeous pictures, one of which is here, and why CUTV livestream reporters seemed to be around every turn, chatting with as many people as they could cajole to talk on air. That's why so many people walked miles from their neighborhoods and then kept going, kilometres more, with heavy banners and/ or heavy instruments in tow. That in itself was the portrait of popular power: the populace showed up in droves, on foot and bikes and wheelchairs, or leaning out windows and balconies to wave—as always—as we marched by.

As most of this blog post notes, night 100 was a marker forward, to what's ahead and what's now at stake, thanks to a student strike that has unleashed a host of crises, anxieties, possibilities, and difficulties. But the students who had the foresight to start organizing this strike some two years ago, whether they knew it fully or not, were also unleashing a bunch of small yet, perhaps cumulatively, pretty great victories. Maybe not the victory of stopping the tuition increase or ousting Charest, nor transforming electoral politics as usual into a selfgoverning society. Nor ending capitalism. Some or all of that might be lost, or just might take a longer ho-

Lister students and alumni are outraged at proposed changes


tudents, alumni and student leaders alike were outraged when the University of Alberta administration made sweeping changes to Lister Hall residence, seemingly without any prior consultation. The changes, which were officially announced on Monday, July 23 in a press release, drastically altered the employment conditions for 46 students who were elected representatives of the Lister Hall Students' Association (LHSA). The Students' Union (SU) attended a meeting regarding possible staffing changes with the Dean of Students and LHSA in January, but the conversation stalled and no further discussions took place. The LHSA held its annual elections in March, as there was little evidence for change in the coming year. However, the university administration has now declared that the joint role the student employees had with the LHSA and the university was a conflict of interest and was not consistent with university policies. The



because people have now lived through it and gotten used to it. As many people commented, nearly everyone on the street displayed a remarkable lack of fear around the police, replaced by a militancy in the sense of not backing down. The anxiety that the riot cops produced was not on this night 100 per se. Rather, it was what their larger presence signaled in terms of what's to come. Everyone seems to be bracing themselves for the worst. But because neither cops nor students let up on night 100, and because more candidate signs

If last night's marker of most consecutive evenings of illegal marches ever since the passage of special law 78, a governmental tactic to try to quash the Quebec student strike, was a magnificent display of the strength and power of this social movement, it also revealed the social tensions brewing underneath, fueled by the machinations of the province/state because of the social crisis it clearly faces. The enormity of night 100, when all was said and done, is that everyone recognized its enormity. That's why

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still be able to have a productive and constructive relationship with the SU and LHSA," she says, adding there are positive aspects of Lister that administration would like to maintain, such as its mentorship with first-year students. "We cannot go back on these decisions, but we hope that we can move forward from now and say, 'What can we do to make this a good place?'" Yamagishi says in handling the situation the way they did, administration broke its own bylaws and policies, which state students must be consulted before changes of that nature are implemented. He says the fact that consultation processes were sidestepped is concerning for the continuing relationship between the SU, LHSA and administration. "I think it was quite evident to them that a lot of the changes they were bringing forward, students wouldn't agree with and it's really concerning to see that just because they think we won't agree means they aren't willing to come to the decision-making table and have us there to help inform them of the best way to fix whatever said problem is," Yamagishi says. Moving forward, the test will be to see if the "Lister experience" can remain intact despite these changes, and the state of the relationship between all parties involved. Leadership from all sides will be required, and Yamagishi hopes there's still positives ahead for Lister's future. "In my mind, there's 50 years of culture and tradition in Lister ... everyone's here to learn, but they're also here to learn about life, and that's what Lister is about in my mind," he adds. "It's a great transitional place for students to leave home and become adults." Discussion between administration, the SU and LHSA continued on Wednesdsay, August 22. Check vueweekly.com for an update. MEAGHAN BAXTER


rizon to achieve. But there are other ways of understanding our victories, perhaps by accounting for those things we hadn't intended that happen along the way of what really is a social (and a sociable) movement, stretching in this case from night 1 to night 100. CINDY MILSTEIN


Cindy Milstein is with the Institute for Anarchist Studies. She has been participating and reporting on the Quebec student strikes for the Montréal Media Co-op. Milstein's original post on night 100 can be found at montreal.mediacoop.ca and at her blog cbmilstein. wordpress.com




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Master of Arts in Communications and Technology What are the knowledge and skills needed to communicate in the new digital workplace? The University of Alberta’s innovative Master of Arts in Communications & Technology is the answer to that question: a part-time, online graduate program designed for working professionals. Don’t give up your busy career to get the leading-edge training you need for success in the new economy. Combine the benefits of classroom interaction with online convenience.

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COURSES OFFERED: Astrology: Directed by Catharine Potter, who has been a professional astrologer since 1986 and a certified hypnotherapist since 1997, astrology allows students to learn unity with self, others and the universe. Over the duration of the course, students explore the rhythms and flow of celestial forces and how those same forces exist in each of them. Birth charts, which are people's energy blueprints form the basic language of astrology, which can be furthered


raditional post-secondary education has its place in the world, but what if there was a college that stepped outside the realm of the conventional and tapped into the intuitive side of education? Turns out there is, and it's right here in Edmonton. The Northern Star College of Mystical Studies was founded by four like-minded individuals: Catherine Potter, Robert Rogers, Laurie Szott-Rogers and Skye MacLachlan, whose educational and professional paths included iridology, aromatherapy, herbology, meditation and astrology, to name a few. At Northern Star, students are encouraged to become professionally competent in their fields while not losing touch with their own insights or spiritual connections. Students are encouraged to explore what is meaningful to them, matching soul purpose with making a living and remaining spiritually vivid amongst external pressures. The college offers a three-year diploma program in Integrative Therapies, which encompasses all general study courses and a specialization in either astrology, feng shui, intuitive counseling or earth spirit medicine. A separate certificate in hypnotherapy is also offered. The class schedule operates over one threeday weekend each month, allowing students to easily continue working outside the classroom and avoid a mountain of debt. However, the programs only operate once every three years and admit 60 students, although individual courses may be taken.

Rogers, who directs the earth spirit medicine program along with his wife, Szott-Rogers, says there is a place for both traditional and alternative post-secondary institutions, it's just up to each student to decide which path is best for them. Whichever path a student decides to take, the biggest concern is whether or not their chosen field will land them a successful job upon graduation. Careers in astrology and earth spirit medicine may sound few and far between, but Rogers says it's rare students have difficulty finding employment after leaving Northern Star.

Earth spirit medicine strives to reacquaint students with nature and the healing potential of local vegetation. Rogers, who considers himself a bioregional herbalist, has spent the past 40 years researching plants in the Edmonton area, and has written several books on the topic, including one of his latest, The Fungal Pharmacy. Rogers has witnessed a growing disenchantment with modern medicines and some of the side effects associated with the classic biomedical model. Earth spirit medicine provides new ways of thinking and a wealth of treatment possibilities in our own backyard.

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"Some go on to create their own consulting firms with regards to either growing medicinal herbs in greenhouses and fields and making medicine. Others go on to work in health food stores, of course, where they are invaluable to helping people," says Rogers, who also teaches herbology at Grant MacEwan University and is the assistant clinical professor of family medicine at the University of Alberta. "Some people start their own consulting business. They actually go on and get advanced study and become a clinical herbalist and consult with people on a day-to-day basis about health issues."

with advanced studies through medical astrology. Students can work towards incorporating astrology into their current career, or work towards becoming a professional astrologer.

and commercial environments. Studies can be furthered through advanced courses in which students learn to read the "energy print" of a space and the possibilities it holds.

Feng shui: Students study traditional and modern approaches to feng shui under the direction of Skye MacLachlan, who specializes in feng shui for the home and business. MacLachlan has also been a Tarot practitioner since 1978 and is a certified dream therapist. Through their studies, students will gain the ability to work in residential

Hypnotherapy certificate program: Students will be able to partake in an in-depth program with emphasis on self-development and the study of hypnosis for private practice. Program director Catharine Potter, along with instructors Jonathan Hooton, Laurie Szott-Rogers, Robert Rogers and Skye MacLachlan, guide stu-

"There's plants that really address just about every various organ system in the body, and we don't have to bring in plants from Europe or Australia or Africa or South America to have our plant medicines," he adds. "They're all here and discovering and rediscovering some of the traditional uses used by First Nations, as well as their modern scientific analysis, we have a plethora of medicines in our area." Included in this journey of discovery are the Plant and Mushroom Walks Rogers hosts each summer. He began the walks 10 years ago,

dents through the art of hypnotherapy, energy boundaries, introductory flower essences and the essential gemstones first aid kit. Intuitive counselling program: Laurie Szott-Rogers, who has taught alternative healing for 20 years, along with her husband Robert Rogers, will help women who are selfaware to create an even deeper connection with themselves and others. Intuitive counselling provides the tools to heighten intuition and selftrust through tapping into messages

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and while no prior experience is needed to participate in the walks, he does have one phrase of caution for potential mushroom walkers to consider. "There are old mushroom hunters and there are bold mushroom hunters, but there are no old, bold mushroom hunters," he says. "Basically, if you can't name it, you shouldn't eat it, and most people, that's their first interest is whether they can eat it." More than 50 types of plants and fungi that have medicinal and edible capabilities are often encountered on the walks, opening up new possibilities for budding natural remedy enthusiasts. Rogers says plants are often ignored when people are out in nature, because they don't know what they are. However, once people realize what they can do and know how to identify them, it makes a nature walk a whole new experience. Through his teaching experience in both conventional and nonconventional postsecondary institutions, Rogers has been able to witness both facets extensively. Northern Star follows a more flexible teaching method than other colleges, as students are permitted to choose which papers they wish to write and which projects they wish to participate in. Rogers would like to see the two forms of education coexist, and potentially work together. "I'm trying to see if there's a way we can integrate great ideas from both systems to give people the opportunity to have the best of both worlds when it comes to health and healing, like using an approach of more true wellness models rather than just treating disease," he adds. MEAGHAN BAXTER


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nities were in need of a new school, and that 70 percent of those 219 communities have been waiting more than five years for a new school, with 13 percent waiting more than 20 years. The gathering, happening in Ottawa this October, was mandated by Chiefs during the recent AFN assembly.

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NATIONAL CONVERSATIONS The Assembly of First Nations will be gathering First Nation leaders from accross Canada to discuss the future of Aboriginal education in Canada. "First Nations leaders established education as a key priority, with our ultimate goal being First Nations control of First Nations education," said National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo. "Our direction forward must address the Treaty right to education, First Nation jurisdiction over education, fairness and equity in funding and resources to support language and cultural instruction.  First Nations are the youngest and fastest

growing segment of the population. Their future is Canada's future." Last year the federal government undertook a review of First Nations education, holding nation-wide townhall meetings with Aboriginal groups. The panel released a report stating the federal government should create a First Nation Education Act. At the time of the release of the federal budget this past spring, Atleo stated First Nation education needs would cost $500 million. The budget committed to exploring new funding mechanisms and promised $275 million over three years. An AFN survey of 450 First Nation communities found that 219 commu-

The federal government has released an international education strategy directed at assisting international students in accessing education at postsecondary education centres in Canada. The final report, released by the federal government's advisory panel on the issue, recommends Canada double the number of international students in Canada by 2022, introduce an international mobility program for Canadian students, and make internationalizing education in Canada part of official policies and plans. The Canadian Federation of Students has called the strategy an improvement on the government's current approach to international students, but fails to address the issue of tuition levels faced by international students. Students are encouraged by the government's plan to strengthen Canada's reputation as a nation of choice for

international students by improving study and immigration opportunitiesl," said Adam Awad, National Chairperson of the Canadian Federation of Students. "Unfortunately the strategy ignores the skyrocketing costs faced by international students." Tuition fees faced by international students are three times that faced by Canadian students. CFS does commend the proposal to improve visa application processes, the pathways to immigration and consistent access to services despite province of study.

tion well at work. The campaign, which will run ads in newspapers and transit stations, is aimed toward reducing the stigma surrounding issues of literacy and increase awareness of the resources available to those who need help. The ads are directed at those with adequate literacy levels to experience the perspective of those with low literacy levels and inspire all to come together to solve the issue.


The International Student Movement has called for a global education strike The Edmonton Literacy Coalition to happen on October 18 and Novemlaunched an awareness campaign ear- ber 14 – 21 this year. lier this month. The Coalition, whose The movement lists increased tuition members include Norquest College, fees, commercialization and privatizathe Learning Centre Literacy Associa- tion of education, as well as school tion and the Centre for Family Literacy closures, budget cuts and increased are attempting to bring greater aware- student debt loads as a driving factor ness to the fact that 40 percent of Al- in calling for an international strike. bertans have a low literacy level. The The International Student MoveCoalition states that 15 percent of Ca- ment is a communication platform nadians can't understand the warnings used by activists globally to discuss on medication and 27 percent can't education issues. It was initiated at comprehend warnings on a hazardous the University of Marburg in Germany materials sheet. A low literacy level is at the end of 2008. The International considered to be a score under Level Student Movement has released a 3, on international literacy measures, joint statement for groups to sign on Rev_Reeves_VueWeekly_general_runs 6/22/2012 PM this fall. which is the lowest required to func-Jan.pdf to 1the future3:32:18 action


The business of art New MBA program lets Edmonton's arts managers expand their skills


usiness and art: the two are often seen as two separate worlds, and pulled together out of necessity, not mutual benefits. But that mindset only hinders both causes: business could learn a thing or two from the creative approaches of art, and art could pluck some knowledge from the other side, too. The partnering of Alberta School of Business and the Rozsa Foundation to create a Master's of Business Administration (MBA) course for Arts Managers, looks to offer just those opportunities—mutual learning for both sides. The course was a long time coming, at least in concept. It's both a step forward and an addition for the Rosza foundation's decade-old Arts Business awards. According to Mary Rozsa de Coquet, president of the Rozsa Foundation, the MBA progam aims to let mid-career arts managers expand their skillsets, and in a way, be recognized for their behind-the-scenes work. "When we created our arts management awards 10 years ago, we recognized that arts managers received no profile," she notes. "And of course the show always went on, but at what expense behind the scenes? "So while an award is a quick way to increase profile," she continues, "our

goal had always been that there would be a provision of advanced education and professional opportunities." It's the only such course in Alberta,

encourage someone to stay in an organization when they aren't being paid very much. It's about that creation of meaning and feeling that you are an

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intregal part. CY "I think in terms of the state of the arts, we're very good—of course CMYin Alberta, it goes without saying everyK body's very entrepreneurial, and so that lets a lot of the levels of government off the hook, because we do that privately. But I think we're moving towards more blended models of return—that's essential. This whole social enterprise, and different ways that arts organziations can realize earned revenue, whether it's actually going into a boardroom and teaching people how to listen and move and interact with each other, those are real skills. Media skills—telling stories. This is the forte of the arts."

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Local musicians get a head start thanks to Emerson Drive “With the help of a lot of people at the college, we came up with the concept of putting on an acoustic show based around Emerson Drive and friends,” says Mates. “The proceeds went towards building what is now the GPRC recording studio.”

“It’s amazing to see where the band is today - I still shake my head sometimes,” says Grande Prairieraised Brad Mates, lead singer of the successful Emerson Drive. “We can all make such a huge impact when people really get behind something.” That something is the new state-ofthe-art recording studio at Grande Prairie Regional College. The facility is a reality thanks to steady fundraising with other artists, support from the community and the achievements of a lot of caring people. “It was a good opportunity to start giving back to the Grande

Prairie area and help musicians have a better chance to get into this industry.” “There are so many different areas when it comes to music. But for the Grande Prairie location, it meant leaving town and going to a big city like Vancouver or Calgary,” says Mates. “We found out very quickly that in order to get our name out there, we needed music on the radio and to do that, we needed an album. I felt that if there was a way to give musicians more, we could accomplish just as much as the major cities.”

To get the studio built, Mates joined forces with GPRC staff and asked industry friends like Shane Yellowbird, CTV’s Daryl McIntyre and Casey Clark to participate.

GPRC Music Instructor Chris McIntyre says the opportunity this facility creates is tremendous. “In this day and age, with Facebook and YouTube, anything to promote your music is important; to be able to do it with quality recording technology is huge.” The studio houses four rooms which can be connected into one recording project. “We went with separate rooms so students wouldn’t compete for the same resources. They can get more time on the gear which is important. The fourth is a larger control room with a bigger console and an isolation room where


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we track drums, guitar and vocals,” says McIntyre. McIntyre describes why this facility is so effective in the music making process: “The real learning doesn’t start until you sit down and work with the gear. You can read about it in a book, but when you sit down and actually record - that’s the best way to learn.” Emerson Drive finished up their Decade of Drive tour across Canada last year and Mates says they hope to record at the GPRC studio in the future. He is hopeful there will be more local talent on the international music scene one day. “Maybe there’s a band up at home that has the same dream? If we can do it, then someone else can. All it takes is hard work, a little bit of luck and anything can happen.”



Charlie Musselwhite Fri, Aug 24 (8:30 pm) Part of the Edmonton Blues Festival Hawrelak Park bluesinternationalltd.com


lues music is all about speaking the truth, and that truth doesn't have to be melancholy. "It's uplifting. Blues is about the spirit of keeping on, keeping on and no matter how bad it is, we can get through this," says blues trailblazer Charlie Musselwhite over the phone from Dallas, TX. "When you're down it's your comfort and when you're up it's your buddy." Musselwhite has been a groundbreaking force in the world of blues music since the '60s, with more than 30 albums to his credit. He didn't set out to be a musician, but has become a synonymous name with blues culture through his personal, heartfelt lyrics inspired by his life. He's captivated generations of fans since a musician by the name of Muddy Waters heard his harmonica chops and asked him to sit in on performances with him. He's worked with some of the most influential names in music, but admits he's not quite sure how it all turned out so well. "It's a mystery to me," he laughs. "I just keep getting up every day and doing the best I can with the best possible attitude." In addition to drawing names such as Charlie Musselwhite, the Edmonton Blues Festival brings out a host of other notable names in the world of blues. Moreland and Arbuckle/ Fri, Aug 24 (5:30 pm) For the past decade, the Kansas-based duo, with Aaron Moreland on guitar and Dustin Arbuckle on vocals and harp, have captivated audiences with its garagerock style of blues. The duo's sound is deeply rooted in the spirit of early 20th century Delta blues and the energy of post-Second World War urban blues. Moreland and Arbuckle have two albums under their belts, as well as countless miles on the road logged, which resulted in encounters with the likes of ZZ Top, George Thorogood, Jonny Lang and other veterans of blues and rock. Duke Robillard/ Fri, Aug 24 (7 pm) Duke Robillard has a staggering musical resume, boasting credits as guitarist, bandleader, songwriter, singer, producer and sessions musician, all linked to some of the biggest names in blues. Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Jay McShann and John Hammond have all utilized the Grammy Award nominee's talents, and Robillard has been honoured sev-


No matter what status Musselwhite's career has reached, he considers himself a lifelong learner of the blues and life in general. He reads constantly, mostly non-fiction, and when he does indulge in a novel, it's got a historical context. In addition to the knowledge he absorbs through books, Musselwhite is fascinated with languages and learning what he can about other cultures. "The world's an interesting place and life is short, so I want to learn all I can," Musselwhite says, later adding that one of the most valuable lessons he's learned throughout his life is that the world would be a dismal place if it wasn't for love. After more than 43 years in the music indusry, Musselwhite doesn't have any intention of slowing down. He recently recorded a live album in Clarksdale, Mississippi during a benefit for the Delta Blues Museum music school, which is currently in the mixing and mastering stages. He also makes a guest appearance on every song but eral times at the Canadian Maple Blues Awards, The Blues Music Awards and The French Blues Association. Steve Kozak's West Coast All Stars/ Sat, Aug 25 (2:30 pm) Steve Kozak picked up a guitar at the age of 16 and his passion for blues music flourished after meeting Muddy Waters in 1977. After that fateful meeting, Kozak was on a mission and has achieved resounding success throughout his career, sharing the stage with some of the greatest names in blues and has built a loyal following of fans around the world. Terry Hanck Band/ Sat, Aug 25 (4 pm) Terry Hanck's new album, Look Out! has received rave reviews across the United States, and the saxophone playing 66-year-old songwriter shows no signs of slowing down. A two-time Blues Music Awards recipient for Best Horn, Hanck is again nominated in both the horn and Song of the Year categories in 2012. Lionel Young Band/ Sat, Aug 25 (5:50 pm) The winners of the 2011 International Blues Challenge (IBC), the award adds to Lionel Young's IBC 2008 win in the solo-duo category, making him the first double champion in the history of the IBC. Young's dis-

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43 years of the Blues

one on Ben Harper's new album Get Up, due out in January. MEAGHAN BAXTER


tinctive electric violin-fueled brand of blues has become a favourite amongst fans, particularly his interpretations of classics by Willie Dixon, Leadbelly and Stevie Ray Vaughn. Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials/ Sat, Aug 25 (7 pm) After 20 years together, Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials are still going strong. The band was nominated for Band of the Year at the 2012 Blues Music Awards, with Lil' Ed receiving a nomination for Entertainer of the Year. The Blues Broads Featuring Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, Annie Sampson and Dorothy Morrison/ Sat, Aug 25 (8:30 pm) The Blues Broads are each headliners in their own right. Each vocalist brings her own style of soulful blues that stands alone just as strongly as it does in harmony. Each artist gives the audience a taste of their individual vocal speciality and combine for an experience all its own. Ben Prestage/ Sun, Aug 25 (2:30 pm) The multi-instrumentalist seemed destined for a career in music. His great-grandmother was a Vaudeville performer, his grandmother was a boogie-woogie piano player and his grand-

father, a Mississippi sharecropper, introduced Prestage to the world of Mississippi blues. He picked up a banjo in his early teens and eventually took to Beale Street in Memphis as a busker. He began playing drums with his feet to catch attention of passers by, but soon realized the effect the instrument had on his music. Now, the one-man band, Blues Music Award nominee and two-time Lyon/ Pitchford Award recipient for Best Diddley-Bow Player captivates audiences with a sound that rivals a full band. Tim Williams and the Electro Fires with Special Guest Big Dave McLean/ Sun, Aug 26 (4 pm) Tim Williams has come a long way from the coffee houses he performed in at the start of his career in the mid1960s. He's graced the stages of festivals and concert halls around the world, as well as back home on the Canadian prairies. Willaims blends blues, ragtime, old-time country with a hint of Mexican and Hawaiian influence with an assortment of string instruments for a sound all his own. Joining him on stage will be Big Dave McLean, a prairie bluesman who has hit his stride within the last decade with a raw, gravelly voice that's a testament of a life well lived. Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots/ Sun, Aug 26 (5:30 pm) Edmonton gets a dose of Memphis soul thanks to the power-house blues stylings of Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots. The band is on the heels of its critically-acclaimed debut release "Beale Street to the Bayou" and its new album Lit Up is poised to follow in its footsteps. Rick Estrin and the Nightcats/ Sun, Aug 26 (7 pm) Rick Estrin can thank Muddy Waters for the start of his blues career. At age 20 he was given the opportunity to play harmonica onstage with waters, who praised the young musician's skills. Estrin has risen to the ranks of one of the world's finest blues harp players, singers and guitarists in the industry, with a prolific career spanning three decades and nine albums to date. Tommy Castro and the Painkillers/ Sun, Aug 26 (8:30 pm) At age 10, Tommy Castro picked up his first guitar and was captivated by the sounds of Eric Clapton and Elvin Bishop. As he got a little older, he discovered Muddy Waters, BB King and Buddy Guy, who became his inspiration to pursue the blues. This year, Tommy Castro and the Painkillers were nominated for five Blues Music Awards, including Band of the Year, Entertainer of the Year for Castro, Contemporary Blues album, Contemporary Blues-Male Artist and Painkillers sax player Keith Crossan picked up a nomination for Horn Player of the Year. MEAGHAN BAXTER


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Firsts, Lasts and Favourites


Old Reliable

Spice Girls meet Pearl Jam in The Orchard Tue, Aug 28 (5 pm) The Orchard Permanent Records Kasha Anne and Mitch Smith, better known as The Orchard, are a new duo to hit the folk-country scene, but they've quickly racked up numerous accolades, including Entertainer of the Year at the 2011 North American Country Music Association International Awards. Before the release party for the duo's album Southern Ground, Kasha and Mitch shared their firsts, lasts and favourites with Vue. First album I hate to say it, but probably Spice by the Spice Girls. Come on, Baby Spice was a total hottie! —Mitch First concert Alice Cooper —Kasha Last album Uncaged by The Zac Brown Band —Kasha

Last concert Finger Eleven —Kasha Favourite album Binaural by Pearl Jam —Mitch Favourite musical guilty pleasure Pitbull —Kasha V Dynamic duo // Supplied

Sat, Aug 25 (8 pm) With Bombchan Haven Social Club $18 (advance), $25 (door)


o celebrate the Haven Social Club's fourth anniversary, its time to bring back an Edmonton musical institution. Old Reliable went on a hiatus in 2006 after a decade's worth of recording and touring, but as the band's Facebook page states, Old Reliable didn't break up; it just broke down for a while. Vocalist Shuyler Jansen, who now lives in Saskatoon, SK and has embarked on a successful solo career, says there was no real baggage when the band was last together, but it had reached a point where things had seemed to stagnate. Old Reliable's last album, The Burning Truth, had been unsuccessful and its last tour had been poorly attended, which killed some of the motivation to keep going. "We just weren't feeling like there was any momentum," Jansen says, adding that the feeling stalled any ideas of heading back out on tour, es-

pecially since solo ventures were picking up speed. Jansen and Mark Davis, who co-wrote Old Reliable's material, have since released three solo albums each, earning national and international acclaim for their separate bodies of work. The band has kept in touch over the years, visiting when each is in town for a show, and have now come together to bring back the classic hits and stompers from its repertoire. Jansen says revisiting the songs and remembering harmonies and solos has been a challenge, but he hopes Old Reliable can come back sounding better than ever. "It's nice to revisit those songs and hopefully present a new approach with more skill with all our experience from our solo projects," Jansen notes. "I think everybody's come a long way since the band last played together. There's been a lot of touring on my part personally and I know Mark's been really busy playing with other musicians and touring himself, so I think time and experience and playing different genres and playing with different people always adds to your

ability to become better musicians." However, the future remains uncertain for Old Reliable. Jansen says the band is taking things one week at a time, with no definite plans to record or hit the road again in the immediate future. In the meantime, Old Reliable just wants to bring back the songs that shaped its career and which fans have become attached to. Hits like "Tight Knit Seams," "Now You're Gone" and "Face the Day" have been danced to, gotten drunk to and made out to, bringing back memories for fans each time they're played at a local bar and as covers from a new generation of local bands. "We're just going to do these shows and enjoy ourselves and, I don't know, get kind of sentimental about it with the people that listened to our records for the last 10 years," Jansen says, admitting that, if things go well, recording could be a possibility. "People have their own personal memories attached to songs and times in their life, so I think for them, that's what it's all about." MEAGHAN BAXTER



The Log Drivers Traditional meets contemporary

Thu, Aug 30 (7:30 pm) With Billie Zizi The Artery, $10 advance, $12 at the door


raditional Celtic music gets a contemporary boost from three friends who met while studying for degrees in jazz music. The virtuosos met at Humber College in Toronto and immediately recognized a sense of musical kinship. From there, Julie Fitzgerald, who has gone on to become a two-time Canadian Grand Master Fiddle Champion; Spencer Murray, the first Canadian in


five years to quality for the All Ireland Championships in flute; and guitar master Nate Douglas began having jam sessions at each other's houses and soon made the switch to Celtic music. However, the trio has added its own flavour to the traditional genre, infusing elements of rock and jazz into their original melodies. The Log Drivers didn't want its self-titled debut to simply mimic the sounds of those who have come before them in traditional Celtic music. The original compositions display maturity and musicianship the belies the group's young age, and when the trio does try its hand at traditional tunes, it's always with its own voice, rather than mimicking what's been done. "There's a lot of really strict traditionalists in the genre that would— and have—said about some of the stuff that we've done that it's diluting the music or killing the tradition," Murray says of the band's style. Celtic music has had a place in Canadiana for decades, and Murray attributes its longevity to a process of natural selection. The Log Drivers have been known to play tunes that are 200 to 300 years old, but Murray


says that song selection has more to do with the fact that these are great songs. "Someone wrote a great tune and the next generation of players picked the tunes they like, got rid of the tunes they didn't and wrote some of their own. There's always a process of renewal in the music that keeps it healthy and alive and that's really important," he adds. This process is what has brought The Log Drivers to its debut, which is a collection of mostly instrumental tracks, aside from three with vocals, that was encouraged throughout its production by renowned Irish flute player Lorette O'Reid, who now lives in Toronto. The Log Drivers also rely on go-to musician fill-ins Lizzy Hoyt on fiddle and Juno Award-nominee Jeremiah McDade on guitar. The pair will be filling in for Fitzgerald and Douglas at the release show in Edmonton, who are tied up with prior commitments. Fitzgerald often tours with her family's band and as part of Stepcrew, an Irish step dancing troupe. Murray says he's been playing with Hoyt and McDade for some time and looks up to them both as musicians, so despite being sans two band members, The Log Drivers will be alive and kicking in Edmonton. MEAGHAN BAXTER




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Ghostly, haunting, lonely: those are the sorts of words that tumble out when trying to describe the sound of The Goodness of Bad Intent, and much of the time they're fairly apt descriptors. When Ken Tizzard and drummer David Fischer and bassist Ken Grant—the two musicians who make up the Bad Intent—start in on album opener "The Other Side of Wrong," it's clear that Tizzard's choice to play all the songs with pedal steel rather than straight-up six-stringing his way through a series of often-ragged tales has resulted in a fresh take on a well-worn genre. The sustained wail of the pedal steel contrasts nicely with the sparseness of the rhythm section, laying down an off-the-wall, occasionally even otherworldly, bed for Tizzard's voice. Throughout the record Tizzard shows off an ear for addictive melodies and a tough voice that suits the material well. EDEN MUNRO


Murdoch & Sparrow Dominion Day (Independent)  Albums with a storyline can be tricky vessels to successfully chart a path for: where do you strike the balance between overt, overarching narrative and letting the songs go where they need to go, unrestrained by the need to fit into a greater tale? It's not an easy thing to craft, but on Dominion Day—James Murdoch and Jay Sparrow's joint-album, written on a 10day pilgrimage to Nashville, and recorded live in February of this year—the narrative never overwhelms the songs themselves, which shine out as a diversified spread of country-flecked tunes. The plot as such follows a pair of turn-of-the-century lovers that find themselves separated by the expanse of this country, but it exists more to give the album an natural arc for its songs to follow. The lush, early sweep

of "Introduction," "Madeline" and "Juvenile, Mad and Crazy" colours Dominion Day's tone as it sets up the story: ochre guitar chords, rising dual melodies, a tale of two young people falling in love with each other. The sound shifts and spreads as the story does: "Inkerman" finds Murdoch and Sparrow in full-on rocker mode, "All Men Must Bear a Heavy Load" plucks a grievous ballad that leads into the simpler aching beauty of "Lay Down Your Arms." As a method of arcing an album's emotional pathway, a narrative here is deftly effective. For my money, I would've preferred more of the live elements left in the recording—at one point at the show, the wrong song was introduced, an endearing moment of live performance that here is excised entirely—but even if the live-aspect is reduced to the applause between songs and none of the banter, the off-the-stage recording still gives a quality sound, performed with skill by a crack backing band, and adds another layer of well-executed uniqueness to Dominion Day. PAUL BLINOV




Mono For My Parents (Temporary Resident)

@VueWeekly: Make the next bus ride, dishwashing session, or Sunday drive sound as though it were the most impressive thing you’ve ever done. #PostRock

2 Chainz Based On A T.R.U. Story (Def Jam)

@VueWeekly: Cameo-filled vanity—sharp, proud rap w/ familiar hooky beats from a guy who likes his chainz &loves dem strippers. #LilChainz

Four Tet Pink (Sony)

@VueWeekly: Pleasant set of 12” cuts from the jazzy-electro whiz which will happily find themselves sitting on #ThomYorke DJ set any second now.

Slightly Stoopid Top of the World (Sony)

@VueWeekly: 17 years later the smoked out friends of #Sublime verify that the summer never truly ends in the land of dub, reggae & mellow.



Thought Beneath Film Detours (Independent)  This fivepiece poprock outfit, spearheaded by brothers Brent and B r i a n Worth, has released a debut EP which is befitting of its title, as it took the band two recordings and three different engineers before they were finally satisfied with the result. The diligence and attention to detail has paid off in some aspects of the fivetrack EP, which is a catchy mix of poprock tunes that are extremely polished. EP's lyrics carry a cohesive, thematic arc over its short duration, delving into emotional situations while maintaing an upbeat attitude. While the album is well-crafted with strong vocals and instrumentation, it runs on high the entire way through, seldom wavering in tempo or tone. It's a good start for the band, but in the future, it would serve them well to switch things up and experiment outside the norm. MEAGHAN BAXTER


Testament Dark Roots of Earth (Nuclear Blast)  Testament's latest is thrash metal at its finest, with crushing, catchy riffs and thunderous bass and drums, topped off by vocalist Chuck Billy's growling melodies. The songs here hold up to the best of the band's '80s output, and when Billy roars, "I'm warning this world / To stay out of my way / My voice will be heard / So strong!" it's hard not to bang your head just a little bit, because it's clear that while Dave Mustaine continues to ruin Megadeth with crackpot conspiracy theories, Testament is zoning in on that now vacant spot in the Big Four. EDEN MUNRO



Mac De Marco "My Kind of Woman" Download De Marco, ex-Makeout Videotape frontman turned glammy melancholy rocker, takes a quieter turn on "My Kind of Woman." A more vulnerable song than the latenight hypnsis of "Rock 'N' Roll Night Club," it find a quiet longing to string itself along a gentle guitar riff. "You're my, my, my, my kind of woman," De Marco admits at the chorus's gentle swell. "And I'm down on my hands and knees, beggin' you please, baby, show me your world." Asked this nicely, it sounds like a compelling proposal.



Northward bound: Demetra

Fri, Aug 24 (8 pm) With Zachary Moon vs Rusty, Hollerin' Pipes, Cadence and Nathan Wunderbar, $7


was drawn to the north before I was even doing music," begins Demetra Penner. She mulls over her reasoning: first drawn northward to work at a fly-fishing lodge to make money to travel, Penner ended up taking another seasonal job in Churchill, Manitoba, along the shore of the Hudson Bay. Soon she was returning to the town whenever she could. "My fascination with the north just grew, and I fell in love with the community, and the nature, and the solitude," she explains. "And pretty much everyone who goes high north gets it in their bones and blood. And I totally have that. It's just really quiet and peaceful." On one of her trips north she brought a mandolin, and started pouring her energy into songwriting—previously she'd been devoted to painting—and did her first show at Churchill's Seaport hotel. Now she's crafted a debut album, Lone Migration, and put herself back out on the road with the renewed purpose of playing shows rather than simply travelling for the sake of it.

Fittingly, Migration's songs shift restlessly, stricken with a musical dose of the wanderlust that so often taps Penner on her shoulder. Anchored by her lush voice, folksy songs build and collapse in unpredictable ways, crisscrossing singer-songwriter territory with a spacious but diverse instrumental backing (a banjo here, some throat singing there). To an extent, the album seems designed like a travelogue, though Penner notes that's not its sole angle. "It's dealing with the migrations that we have to do physically, in a travelling sort of way, but also going inside ourselves, and the work that has to be done there," Penner explains. "Heeding the call of the spirit, and listening to that as well. Music definitely helps with those types of journeys as well. "It was almost too fancy free," she continues, about travelling the world just for the sake of it. "Always felt I needed to be doing something more ... I went on my first tour last year, and I kind of vowed to myself that now when I travel, it's to tour and I can be happier with combining those two things: travelling and doing what you love." PAUL BLINOV








THU AUG 23 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Alexander Leggett (singersongwriter duo), KickupaFuss (acoustic rock band); 9:30pm11:30pm; no minors; no cover

WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w djwtf - rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam BRIXX High Fidelity Thu: Open turntables; E: kevin@starliteroom.ca to book 30-min set

ARTERY Trio Bembe (Latin), Aroot's Bazaar; 8pm; $8 (adv)

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


CHROME LOUNGE BAR Popcaan, BBM 28F67184; 9pm

BRITTANYS LOUNGE Kenny Hillaby hosts a jazz session night every Thu with Shadow Dancers, Maura and Jeanelle; no cover CAFÉ HAVEN MCallum Walsh; 7pm; no cover CARROT CAFÉ Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm EDDIE SHORTS Good Time Jamboree with Charlie Scream every Thu HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Jason and the Diatonics (pop), Coldwater Road; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door) J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Beth Portman (folk singer songwriter); $10 JEKYLL AND HYDE– HYDEAWAY: SWAK Productions 2012 Fringe Festival show: The Rat Pack Revue; 7:30pm; $12.50 (adult)/$11 (senior/ student) KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm

THE COMMON Uncommon Thursday: Indie with new DJ each week with resident CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill FLASH NIGHT CLUB Indust:real Assembly: Goth and Industrial Night with DJ Nanuck; no minors; 10pm (door); no cover FLUID LOUNGE Take Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian HALO Fo Sho: every Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas

NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR Open stage Thu; all ages; 9pmclose; no cover

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

NEW CITY Fringe Festival


NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; 4 s a Crowd Aug 20-22; Aug 23-25 NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm2am every Thu; no cover

OVERTIME–Downtown Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu TAPHOUSE–St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves

RICHARD'S PUB The Jodie Leslie Experience; 8pm

UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec (jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm

WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

ROCK THE RAILS 2012–LEDUC The Archaics, Fiction Smiles, Flugmuggit, Innertwine, Last Chance Hollywood, Smile For the Bullet, Take To The Skies, Yikes, You, But Smiling; 5-10pm; rocktherails.com


VARSCONA THEATRE The Be Arthurs Originals (comedy songs); 5pm

ALBERTA'S OWN 11TH ANNUAL INDIE MUSIC FEST–Lacombe Slackjaw, One Day Late, No Heat Tomorrow, Keep 6, Night at the Chelsea, Silo, Hollywood Assassyn, Krome, Big Wreck; $250 (weekend family, 2 adults, 2 children 12 and

under)$305 (family, incl camping); $145 (weekend pass, incl camping)/$120 (weekend single)/$49.99 (Fri, daypass)/$59.99 (Sat day pass)/$39.99 (Sun day pass) ARTERY Erin Ross (country blues), Julie Jonas; 8pm; $9 (adv) BISTRO LA PERSAUD Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music); drblu.ca BLUES FEST 3-day pass $93 Moreland and Arbuckle; 5:30pm; Duke Robillard, 7pm; Charlie Musselwhite, 8:30pm BLUES ON WHYTE Todd Wolfe BRIXX BAR Early Show: Late Show: XoXo to follow (every Fri) CARROT Live music every Fri; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON Lean Machine (pop/rock) August 24 - 25 CASINO YELLOWHEAD KIXXSIN (country rock) August 24 - 25 CENTURY CASINO Prism and the Headpins; $29.95 COAST TO COAST Open stage every Fri; 9:30pm DV8 The Hi Strung Downers with Buzz Elroy and His Hayseed Rockets EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE The Cult

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 Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BUFFALO UNDERGROUND R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights CHROME LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri THE COMMON Boom The Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FILTHY MCNASTY'S Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri

FUSIA/CORAL DE CUBA Del Son a la Salsa: Lessons in Son,Cha Cha Cha,Salsa Rueda de Casino and more with Orlando Martinez (Fiesta Cubana Dance School); 9:30pm; $5

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

GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover

NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Eauxclares (rock), Etoramas, guests; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door) IRISH CLUB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Rollanda Lee (jazz); $15 JEKYLL AND HYDE PUB Headwind (classic pop/ rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover; HYDEAWAY: SWAK Productions 2012 Fringe Festival show: The Rat Pack Revue; 7:30pm; $12.50 (adult)/$11 (senior/ student) LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover NEW CITY Fringe Festival NEW WEST HOTEL 4 s a Crowd NOORISH CAFÉ Fernando; 7pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Fire Next Time (country folk/ rock), E-town Beatdown, Freshman Years, Step Mothers; 8pm; $10 (adv) RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm2am WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close

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

O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat

SAT AUG 25 AGORA Icon for Hire, Rend, Sky Terminal, Joal Kamps, others; 4pm; $15 Fig Tree (Edmonton) Inspirations Bookstore (Sherwood Park), door ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 ALBERTA'S OWN 11TH ANNUAL INDIE MUSIC FEST–Lacombe Serotonin Crush , Clara's Silence, Alex Vissia , Drive The Day, Scarbelly Creek , Heaviside, Dawn in the City, Rc Syndicate, the Dryland Band, Lounge Pistol, Transit, Zoo Lion, Oldbury, the Steadies , Punch Drunk Cabaret, Coal Creek Boys, the Command Sisters, George Canyon, the Canyon Rose Outfit, Rebecca Hughes, Jessie Roades; $59.99 (Sat day pass) BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Beagle Ranch (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUES FEST Steve Kozak's West Coast All Stars; 2:30pm; Terry Hanck Band, 4pm; Lionel Young Band, 5:50pm; Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, 7pm; The Blues Broads featuring Tracy Nelson, Angela Strehli, Annie Sampson and Dorothy Morrison, 8:30pm BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Todd Wolfe BOHEMIA Art+Muzak! A night of local art and music; no cover (please bring donations to the foodbank); CAFÉ CORAL DE CUBA Cafe Coral De Cuba Marco Claveria's open mic (music, poetry, jokes); every Sat, 6pm; $5 CARROT CAFÉ Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2

O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat

CASINO EDMONTON Lean Machine (pop/rock)

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 TEMPLE Silence be Damned: with DJs Gotthavok, Siborg, Nightroad; 9pm 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

COAST TO COAST Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am THE DISH NEK Trio (jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV 8 Dead Asylum, Bloated Pig (CD release) EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Freeburn EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE Refused, the Bronx; all ages; 7pm GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Reunion Show: Old Reliable (country, rock), guests; 8pm; $18 (adv)/$25 (door) HILLTOP PUB Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat HYDEAWAY Marleigh and Mueller (classic pop/ jazz/musical theatre); 8pm; 3rd Sat each month; $10



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






L.B.'S PUB Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover NEW CITY Fringe Festival


NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm; 4 s a Crowd Aug 23-25


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

















JEKYLL AND HYDE– HYDEAWAY: SWAK Productions 2012 Fringe Festival show: The Rat Pack Revue; 2:30pm; $12.50 (adult)/$11 (senior/ student)

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Ninjaspy (rock, metal, reggae, ska), Annex Theory, These Colours Don't Run, Silent Line RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm2am RENDEZVOUS PUB The Apollo Doctrine, Leave the Living, Dahlmers Realm SIDELINERS PUB Sat open stage; 3-7pm VARSCONA THEATRE The Be Arthurs Originals (comedy songs); 9pm WINSPEAR Tony Bennett, Antonia Bennett; all ages; 6:30pm (door), 7:30pm (show); $99, $150 WÜNDER BAR Rock-aBye-Baby 4: Jay Andadam 3:00 PM Western Symbols 3:30 PM LiamTrimble 4:00 PM Sir Ma'am Ma'am 4:30

PM City of Champions 5:15 PM Rebuild Repair 6:00 PM Ben Everyman 6:45 PM Tiff Hall 7:35 PM Mitchmatic 8:30 PM Gab'n 9:45 PM Viking Fell 10:25 PM Morals 11:06 PM Black Mastiff 11:50 PM Labradoodle 12:30 PM 2pm; $10 (door)

Classical ALL SAINTS ANGLICAN CATHEDRAL Musica Internazionale: Songs of Love, Rejoicing and Beauty from Around the World: Nola Shantz (soprano), Alexandra Munn (piano), Russell Whitehead (trumpet); 7:30pm

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 BLACKSHEEP PUB DJ every Sat BONEYARD ALE HOUSE DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Sat FUSIA/CORAL DE CUBA Mixing in the House every Sat: DJ Fuego and his Latin Groves with Mojito in Hand From Cuba; 9:30pm-2am; $5 FILTHY MCNASTY'S Fire up your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG

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 O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat OVERTIME–Downtown Saturdays at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School 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

FLUID LOUNGE Scene Saturday's Relaunch:

TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and

CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 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 = FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUSIA/CORAL DE CUBA Edmonton Sun Building, 4990-92 Ave 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 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 NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Boulevard NISKU INN 1101-4 St NOLA CREOLE KITCHEN & MUSIC HOUSE 11802-124 St, 780.451.1390, experiencenola. com NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave

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 AUG 26 ALBERTA'S OWN 11TH ANNUAL INDIE MUSIC FEST–Lacombe Dreams of Reason, Tap 9, MidUpper Gunner, Uncle Sid, Ms Teaze, Looking East, Tattered, the Shakedowns . Van Funk and the Lebarons, the Whites , Bloom, Marija and Shadowstalk, Big River; $39.99 (Sun day pass) BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun: Doug Berner (trumpet/bass); 5:308:30pm; $25 if not dining BLUES FEST Ben Prestage, 2:30pm; Tim Williams and the Electro Fires, Big Dave McLean, 4pm; Victor Wainwright and the WildRoots, 5:30pm; Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, 7pm; Tommy Castro and the Painkillers, 8:30pm BLUES ON WHYTE Steve Kozak CAFFREY'S–Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB

Celtic open stage every Sun with 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 FILTHY MCNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq FORT EDMONTON PARK ShineFM End of Summer Celebration, George Canyon Hunter Brothers, wristbands to the free concert at ShineFM Studios or at ShineFM events until Aug 26 (wristbands mandatory to attend) HOGS DEN PUB Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm NEWCASTLE PUB Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm NEW CITY Fringe Festival O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am ON THE ROCKS Seven Strings Sun: O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Open stage hosted by the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun RICHARD'S PUB Sun Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm TWO ROOMS Live Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner) VARSCONA THEATRE The Be Arthurs Originals (comedy songs); 5pm YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic

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 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 PEAR RESTAURANT 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 1032982 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BONEYARD ALE HOUSE 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 1022597 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ CORAL DE CUBA 10816 Whyte Ave CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, 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 CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail COAST TO COAST 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 COMMON 9910-109 St


O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2'S ON WHYTE 780.454.0203 O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 OVERTIME–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 1086057 Ave REDNEX BAR–Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780-457-3117 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 ROCK THE RAILS 2012 Leduc Skateboard Park ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St R PUB 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 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 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










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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 Zyppys Sun LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

MON AUG 27 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Steve Kozak DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm NEW CITY Fringe Festival NEW WEST HOTEL Still Kickin OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Monday Open Stage PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm

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

TUE AUG 28 AVENUE THEATRE Architects UK Canadian Tour: Architects (metal), Structures, A Sight For Sewn Eyes, guests; 6pm; $15 (adv)/$25 (door) BLUES ON WHYTE Steve Kozak BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays with host Mark Feduk; $5 after 8pm; this week guests: DRUID IRISH PUB Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am; East meets West Northern Roots and Blues Tour: James Boraski, Marshall Lawrence with band, solo, and acoustic duo NEW CITY The I Heart Canada Show: The Grand Beaver Judith Stein presented by LaTabby Lexington and Holly Von Sinn NEW WEST HOTEL Still Kickin O2'S Singer/Songwriter Night hosted by Darrell Barr every Tue; 7-10pm O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK The Campfire Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover PADMANADI Open stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:3010:30pm R PUB Open stage jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm RED PIANO All request band Tuesdays: Joint Chiefs (classic rock, soul,

R&B) every Tue

every Wed; 9pm

SECOND CUP– Summerwood Open stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover


SHAW CONFERENCE CENTRE Gotye, Chairlift, Jonti; all ages; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $55 STARLITE ROOM Hazen Sage (World Gypsy Rock), You, Me and the Sea...; 9pm (show); $10 (door) WUNDERBAR Shhhh: Quiet Concert Series Part I: Smokey, Distance Bullock, Brad Sime (of Field and Stream), Huckleberry

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: It’s One Too Many Tuesdays: Reggae, funk, soul, boogie and disco with Rootbeard 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 RED STAR Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue RED PIANO All Request Band Tuesdays: Classic rock, soul and R&B with Joint Chiefs; 8pm; $5 SUITE 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs

WED AUG 29 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick


CHA ISLAND TEA CO Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm CROWN PUB The D.A.M.M Jam: Open stage/original plugged in jam with Dan, Miguel and friends every Wed DV8 Radius Clause EDDIE SHORTS Electric open jam with Steven Johnson Experience every Wed ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover FESTIVAL PLACE Qualico Patio Series every Wed: Hollerin' Pines, Corin Raymond 7:30pm $8 FIDDLER'S ROOST Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 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 HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm NAKED CYBER CAFÉ Hazen Sage (World Gypsy Rock), You, Me and the Sea...; 9pm (show); $10 (door) NEW CITY Dysplasia, guests NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm; Still Kickin Aug 27 to Sept 1 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover

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)


“Thank You Very Much”--and I mean that.

RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5 RICHARD'S PUB Live Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm SECOND CUP–149 St Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover

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 BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover THE COMMON Treehouse Wednesdays FILTHY MCNASTY'S Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG


10 In a daze

1 Sophs, two years later

12 Head of the table?

4 "Trial of the Century" figure Kaelin

14 More rad, as it were

8 Seaweed wrap site

15 Yello/Cake mix, for example?

11 Like blue material

19 Rush drummer Neil

13 Frozen cause of water blockage

21 Internet writing system that popu-

16 Like fresh polish

larized "pwn'd"

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm

17 Suit to ___

22 Type of roof for a muscle car

18 Play the quarterback

25 Sailor's greetings

20 Sense of house-selling skills near-

26 Asinine

LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/ R&B with DJ Spincycle


28 Mifflin's publishing partner

NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

22 Movie catalog listings

29 ___-1 ("Ghostbusters" vehicle)

23 Twain who's only written one book

30 Sack lunch item that needs a spoon

24 Tiny titter

34 Did a do differently

25 "She had ___ Presbyterian mind..."-

35 Sickly-looking


37 Shirley who was painted gold in

27 Well past mourning a broken egg?


31 Word before se

38 Ursus ___ (scientific name for the

32 "___ All Ye Faithful"

brown bear)

33 "Are you a man ___ mouse?"

39 Furniture chain with a winding

36 Spans over lovely rivers?

floor plan

41 Odysseus's faithful dog in "The Od-

40 Rachel who played Debbie Downer


on "SNL"

42 "___ Groove" (1985 hip-hop movie)

43 Stockholmer, e.g.

43 Guy Ritchie movie of 2000

44 Israeli desert

46 Like some stews

45 Texas A&M student

47 Claim from a video store stocking

46 "Steppenwolf" author Hermann

"Bulworth" and "Reds"?

48 Historic event when 43-downs

51 Pasta sold in a bag

switched to driving on the right (ana-

52 Third-century year

gram of Y HAD)

54 Agnus ___

49 Nevada's second-largest county

55 Critters that Indiana Jones hated

50 Brewski

56 Many-___ (polychromatic)

53 Club requirements, maybe

RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5

57 Night before 58 Days long ago 59 Where officers work: abbr.

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Coming Events

EIGHT MINUTE DATE Friday August 24, Cost: $40 Age Groups 26-36,36-46 & 46-56 Call 780-457-8535 or www.eightminutedate.ca


Volunteers Wanted

CHF needs 5-10 Global Educators to do presentations on schools. Check out www.chf-partners.ca under careers Community Garden Volunteer Help maintain a small garden and landscaping outside the Meals on Wheels building. The produce and herbs from the garden will be used as part of Grow a Row for Meals on Wheels. Contact us at 780-429-2020, or sign up on our website at www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org Environmental News Radio Needs You! Terra Informa is an environmentally themed radio news show that is syndicated across Canada. We are run by volunteers and we need more help! No experience necessary! We will provide you with all necessary training. Curious? Contact us at terra@cjsr.com, terrainforma.ca Kaleido Family Arts Festival is looking for volunteers, Sept 7-9! Email kaleidovolunteers@gmail.com or


for more info

Kids Help Phone needs FACEPAINTERS for FUN events this summer. Email Vina.Nguyen@kidshelpphone.ca for details! Needed for our Seniors residence, volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details jgraff@extendicare.com (780) 472 - 1106 P.A.L.S. Project Adult Literacy Society needs volunteers to work with adult students in: Literacy, English As A Second Language and Math Literacy. For more information please contact (780)424-5514 or email palsvolunteers2003@yahoo.ca Participate in Habitat For Humanity Edmonton's 90 Day Blitz! From June 15 - Sept 15 we are prefabricating walls and putting up 18 homes at our St. Albert site. Beginners to trades people welcome! We provide everything you need to work, including lunch! You provide your time, energy and heart. Group sizes vary from 5-25 people per day. Shifts are Tuesdays - Saturdays 8:30 to 4. No minimum number of shifts. Visit www.hfh.org & contact Louise at 780-451-3416 ext 222 or lfairley@hfh.org


Volunteers Wanted

The Kaleido Family Arts Festival is currently recruiting over 150 volunteers for the 7th annual event running September 7th to 9th in the heart of the 118th Avenue Arts District in Edmonton. For more information please contact Heather at: kaleidovolunteers@gmail.com Volunteer Driver Deliver smiles and meals to people throughout the city. As a Meals on Wheels volunteer driver, you have the power to brighten someone's day with just a smile and a nutritious meal. Help us get our meals to homes by becoming a volunteer driver today! Contact us at 780-429-2020 or sign up on our website www.edmontonmealsonwheels.org Volunteer Kitchen Helper When you prepare meals in our kitchen, you help make it possible for Meals on Wheels to create 250-500 meals a day. We rely on volunteers to help us serve the people in our city. Contact us at 780-429-2020 or sign up on our website www.mealsonwheelsedmonton.org Volunteer with Students for Cellphone Free Driving at Heritage Festival! Free food, tickets Call 780-492-0926 Volunteer with us and gain valuable Office Administration and Data Entry Skills! Volunteer your time to a great cause with the Heart and Stroke Foundation. Apply online at www.heartandstroke.ab.ca under Volunteers or send a resume to volunteer@hsf.ab.ca


Artist to Artist

Call For Submissions: Central Alberta Children's Festival in Red Deer is looking for two or three visual artists to develop and present an interactive art activity for the 2013 festival. For full details on the position please contact Judy Scott at 403-343-6400 or jscott@fsca.ca Habitat For Humanity Edmonton is looking for local artisans to create art pieces out of items from our ReStore for an event in October. "Art for Humanity" This event will promote upcycling of donated used and new items from the ReStore in conjunction with supporting Habitat's mission of building affordable homes. Materials will be provided free of charge. The only limitation is your imagination Contact Amy Goudie at agoudie@hfh.org or Kari Dale at kdale@hfh.org for more info


Musicians Wanted

Calling all northern Alberta blues musicians!! Entries open NOW for Memphis Bound Blues Challenge in October 2012. Deadline is 8:00 pm sharp on September 5th, 2012. YOU could go to Memphis. Info Package and application requests: ibc@EdmontonBluesSociety.net

Guitarists, bassists, vocalists, pianists and drummers needed for good paying teaching jobs. Please call 780-901-7677

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Theatre company encourages expression of sexual desire Everyone knows there's lots of sex and it led to rewarding sex, amazing at the Fringe. You can't open the fesnew relationships, and profound selftival guide without spotting an adult discovery. If this is our lived expericontent warning. But one play in parence with desire, why is it so often ticular caught my eye this season, presented as exactly the opposite? not because of the saucy title Why are we so scared of our Dominatrix for Dummies, but own desire? O'Brien wanted because of the sub-heading to know the same thing. "I Sex-Positive Theatre—With wanted to see what hapm o eekly.c @vuew a Happy Ending. In my cirpened if we held a mirror brenda Brendear up to nature, as it were, and cles, the term "sex-positive" is Kerb common usage, but I had nevexplored desire with positive er heard of a sex-positive theatre consequences!" company. I got in touch with Eleanor O'Brien, producer of this show and She and her company created a sefounder of Dance Naked Productions ries of shows called Inviting Desire. to find out what sex-positive theatre is. The goal of the shows is to invite "In the theatre, desire is often porand portray many aspects of sexual trayed as the cause of someone's expressions and to encourage appredownfall, or an aspect of their foolciation for all of them. They feature ishness ," she told me. "I felt like there stories about lived experiences of were very few examples of desire godesire. They have evolved to include ing unpunished or unmocked." more than just monologue, but also I hadn't thought about that before, poems, music and even interactive but it seems true. Even in plays, movdemonstrations. "I want to make theies and TV shows where there is a lot atre about positive sexuality—where of sex, the characters usually pay for people feel free to embrace who they their desire. They end up led astray or are and what they desire. I am an adhurt by the person they want, making vocate of letting go of shame, of coma fool of themselves, or losing someing out of the closet with our stories, thing important to them. The mesand sharing a part of ourselves many sage is that desire is dangerous. people feel must be kept hidden or Yet every day I hear stories from private", says O'Brien. True to that people who followed their desire theme, the company has begun to in-





SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): In Christian lore, the serpent is the bad guy that's the cause of all humanity's problems. He coaxes Adam and Eve to disobey God, which gets them expelled from Paradise. But in Hindu and Buddhist mythology, there are snake gods that sometimes do good deeds and perform epic services. They're called Nagas. In one Hindu myth, a Naga prince carries the world on his head. And in a Buddhist tale, the Naga king uses his seven heads to give the Buddha shelter from a storm just after the great one has achieved enlightenment. In regards to your immediate future, Sagittarius, I foresee you having a relationship to the serpent power that's more like the Hindu and Buddhist version than the Christian. Expect vitality, fertility, and healing. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): In Lewis Carroll's book Through the Looking Glass, the Red Queen tells Alice that she is an expert at believing in impossible things. She brags that there was one morning when she managed to embrace six improbable ideas before she even ate breakfast. I encourage you to experiment with this approach, Capricorn. Have fun entertaining all sorts of crazy notions and unruly fantasies. Please note that I am not urging you to actually put those beliefs into action.

corporate audience interaction in the productions, like erotic open mic and talk-back sessions. O'Brien doesn't just let her audience sit and observe, she calls them to experience. Even in Dominatrix for Dummies, audience participation is not just encouraged, it's demanded. There's something innately liberating about this whole idea. While most of us have learned since childhood that desire is dangerous and loving ourselves is arrogant, when we let go and explore these things, we almost always find out exactly the opposite. We are told that we can only be validated sexually if someone else finds us desirable and yet the most desirable people are the ones who already believe they are sexy whether anyone else sees it or not. As it turns out this is what Dominatrix for Dummies is all about. It has very little to do with learning to be a domme. It has to do with learning to be yourself and finding the raw, authentic desire for that self. "You can't wait to be picked," says O'Brien. "You must choose youself." 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.

The point is to give your imagination a good work-out. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): I'm not necessarily advising you to become best friends with the dark side of your psyche. I'm merely requesting that the two of you cultivate a more open connection. The fact of the matter is, if you can keep a dialogue going with this shadowy character, it's far less likely to trip you up or kick your ass at inopportune moments. In time you might even come to think of its chaos as being more invigorating than disorienting. You may regard it as a worthy adversary and even an interesting teacher. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): You need more magic in your life, Pisces. You're suffering from a lack of sublimely irrational adventures and eccentrically miraculous epiphanies and inexplicably delightful interventions. At the same time, I think it's important that the magic you attract into your life is not pure fluff. It needs some grit. It's got to have a kick that keeps you honest. That's why I suggest that you consider getting the process started by baking some unicorn poop cookies. They're sparkly, enchanting, rainbow-colored sweets, but with an edge. Ingredients include sparkle gel, disco dust, star sprinkles—and a distinctly roguish attitude. Recipe is here: tinyurl.com/ UnicornPoopCookies.




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friend's life is fun, sexy and meaningful

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men—you could wind up dating one or

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