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Poverty "What we need to be doing is developing the full potential of all children and yet, so much of our society is basically this user-pay model and it excludes children."




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Student loan stress The thing with giving your private information to the government is you expect them not to leave it lying around in an external hard drive, unencrypted and unsecure. I don't know, something about how access to something as small as a Social Insurance Number can lead to something as big as a stolen identity makes me wary of just handing that number out to anybody. But as a studentloan borrower up until 2006, I am one of the 583 000 people whose private information — including address, date of birth and loan balances — the government "lost" in November 2012 and told us about two months later. Except they didn't tell me. I had to call Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) to find out. They said sorry, and that they're putting in measures to make sure it never happens again. Like how on January 11, the day the story broke, they banned all portable hard drives and unencrypted USBs. That should have been a no-brainer a long time ago. And sorry isn't good enough. Half a million people who trusted you with private information don't want a sorry, we want recompense. Starting with paying for all the credit checks that will have to be done routinely to make sure no one is pretending to be us and ending with writing off the balances for the loans of everyone the government treated with such ill regard. Compensation needs to be given for this huge breach of trust. Maybe

the government will learn to be more responsible with private information if they have to forgive the student loans of the 583 000 people affected. And the 250 government employees in that mix who had their information on the same hard drive are probably not too happy either and will be looking for their own payoff. HRSDC is trying to save face by saying that at least no banking or medical information was lost, but this isn't an all-or-nothing situation. Just because all of a person's private information wasn't lost doesn't mean that what was is somehow less important. Maybe it was just human error and someone threw the external hard drive away that they found in the filing cabinet, but the point is that the information was stored where it shouldn't have been stored and now it's lost. It's also ridiculous that this information was reported missing on November 5 from an office in Quebec, but security wasn't even notified until November 28, the RCMP were called on January 7 and the public was told on a Friday afternoon, four days later. Friday press releases all mean the same thing: we know we have to get this information out there, but hopefully after the weekend it will blow over. Well this one isn't going to blow over. Two class-action lawsuits have been filed against the government already and 583 000 people and their supporters are ready to see justice served. V


No means no; consent means yes Gender-based violence prevention begins with changing how we think


e live in a rape-prone culture, "one that tolerates, condones and promotes rape, sexual assault and also predominately violence against women or transgendered bodies," says Melanie Alexander, coordinator of the University of Alberta's Gender Based Violence Prevention Project. "We see that in really overt ways like the media, on posters that only show parts of womens' bodies; we see that in music videos, in movies where violence is completely condoned, but we also see that in everyday instances of language when people joke about raping something." But instead of sitting back grumbling about how a culture of sexism can lead to sexual assault, the GBVPP received some government funding and came up with a three-pronged plan to change public opinion on what gender-based violence actually looks like, and why consent in sexual relationships is so important. They avoided the well-trod path of telling women to keep their doors locked


and to walk home with someone at night. Instead, the project has taken more of an encouraging approach with posters that focus on what consensual sex is rather than how to avoid rape. "I think a huge portion of reducing gender-based violence is making sure people have healthy and safe sex lives. So encouraging people to have conversations about consent is a huge piece, and we wanted to give people some examples of what that even sounds like because I think we do live in a culture that first of all, condones sexual violence and also represses healthy sexuality," Alexander says.

moment. I think yes, you may reach people. You may magically change someone's mind. But no, I'm not expecting a rapist

Posters depicting an imaginary conversation between two partners giving consent to sex are now up at the U of A's LRT platform and around campus. This step is all about awareness. Education sessions, and hopefully policy changes, will happen in the future. "Awareness is kind of like that first

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to read the poster and be like, 'Oh, so that's what consent is. Maybe that's what I should be doing.' But I think the posters do help reinforce people who are going through that process of knowing that maybe their sex life isn't at that place, and being reaffirmed that consent is something that's really positive for them to have," she adds. Alexander sees slut-shaming and victim blaming as a couple of key components that keep gender-based violence going. "I think we are used to sexualizing women and not giving women full agency over their bodies and agency to their sexuality. And unfortunately, that does come from people of all different genders," she notes. Slut-shaming is judging people based on their sexual choices and victim blaming happens all too often when someone says short skirts or

walking alone are the reasons a person was raped. But Alexander says there is absolutely nothing a person can do that would cause them to be raped. "The only way that you're going to be sexually assaulted is if you're in the presence of a rapist and a rapist makes the decision to do that to you. It's not something that you have done," she continues. "It doesn't matter what you're wearing, it doesn't matter if you've drank, it doesn't matter if you decided to go home. We all make those decisions and lots of times we make those decisions and we're not sexually assaulted. Why is that when someone makes that decision and they are sexually assaulted then we attribute it to those decisions?" The next step of GBVPP is to work with the results of a survey to see what students think constitutes sexual assault and quash out any rape myths like 'she deserved it,' that may still be out there. REBECCA MEDEL



children (17.2 percent) under the age of six are living in low income families— or 48 200 children. However, in 2010, 51.6 percent of children in poverty lived in households where one or more persons worked full-time year round. Children living in poverty have no choice in the matter, and Moore-Kilgannon says while each situation is different and poverty is a complex issue, it limits children in terms of their vision of self-image and their potential. "That's unfortunate because what we need to be doing is developing the full potential of all children and yet, so much of our society is basically this user-pay model and it excludes children so much, so children living in poverty cannot get involved in things like hockey; it's just too expensive," he continues, "Children living in poverty feel that they are clearly not going to be getting the latest stuff and then they get ostracized at school, and young girls in particular can be quite cruel to each other on these things ... and that creates selfesteem issues, so there are many, many things that happen growing up in these situations and that has lasting, life-long implications."

Those who suffer most are those who have no choice


lberta is one of the country's wealthiest provinces, with an abundance of resources and opportunities at our fingertips. However, below the surface is an issue that continues to grow, and one that prevents a staggering number of Albertans from accessing those opportunities, attaining an adequate quality of life, or even simply making ends meet every month. Poverty reaches far beyond the traditional stereotypes of those too lazy and unwilling to work to make a better life for themselves and their families. The truth is, many of Alberta's poor are working full-time jobs year-round and are still falling short. According to Public Interest Alberta (PIA), poverty affects one in 10 Albertans. "Poverty has risen quite dramatically with the downturn of the economy, and so there are a lot of people who are really just a paycheque away from living in poverty if they lose their job or if they get injured," says Bill Moore-Kilgannon, executive director of PIA, which is continuing to work towards a comprehensive poverty strategy and supports Action to End Poverty in Alberta. Contributing to Alberta's poverty rate is the fact that Alberta has the secondlowest minimum wage in Canada at $9.75 per hour, just ahead of Saskatchewan, which comes in at $9.50 per

hour. Moore-Kilgannon points out that this can be troublesome, particularly because Alberta also has the lowest post-secondary participation rate in Canada. While people are able to enter high-paying jobs in industries such as oil and gas without post-secondary certification, he says if they become injured and aren't able to continue that line of work, they have nothing to fall back on and have to resort to low-paying service jobs. This, coupled with the expensive cost of living in Alberta, can make it incredibly difficult to get out of poverty if a person falls below that line. "We need, in Alberta, to do a better job of rewarding work and making work pay," notes John Kolkman, research coordinator for the Edmonton Social Planning Council. "That includes looking at how we can increase wages for low-income workers: things like minimum wage, things like earned income tax credits that basically provide a supplement to low-wage workers. There's a number of things that can be done without expending huge dollars that will nonetheless, if we do them properly, will make a significant difference to reduce poverty in the province." On November 20, 2012—also known as National Child Day—PIA, along with the Alberta College of Social

Workers and the Edmonton Social Planning Council, published Achieving the Promise: Ending Poverty in Alberta, one of many reports being released across Canada by the national coalition Campaign 2000. For the first time, the report presented data using the Low Income After-Tax (LIM AT) rather than the Low Income Cut-off (LICO), which has only been updated for inflation rather than other changes in expenditures for Canadian families. LIM AT is updated yearly, and by these standards, a family of four in Alberta earning $38 000 after taxes would be considered poor. For a single person, this cut off would be a yearly salary of $19 000. The report highlights that of all age groups in Alberta, one of the most

Kolkman acknowledges child poverty is a prevalent problem in the province, but does not want to paint too gloomy a picture, as most people do not stay in poverty their entire lives. He points out past data, which shows there has been a 12-percent decrease in the number of children in poverty from 2009 to 2010, and the number of children lifted out of poverty by all government income transfers—including child tax benefits, social assistance and employment insurance—has increased to 47.2 percent. He says some families also manage to lift themselves out of poverty through career improvements or by going back to school, although this can be difficult given the cost of childcare in the province, which can be as high as $700 per month, per child, and often more expensive for infants and children under the age of six. "But there are some who stay trapped, and I think we need to do a better job of helping them exit poverty as well. Some of it has to do with the design of some of the programs that we have," Moore-Kilgannon says, noting that reducing poverty will require some additional public investment, but there is evidence to suggest that it saves both the government and society money in the long run. "Children growing up in poverty tend to earn lower income as adults. They tend to

Of all age groups in Alberta, one of the most widely affected by poverty is children under the age of 18.

widely affected by poverty is children under the age of 18. The most recent figures relating to child poverty were recorded in 2010, and the data revealed that at that time 91 000 children (11.3 percent) were living below the low-income measure. The number of younger children—meaning under the age of six—was slightly higher: over one in six

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drop out of school more, so they have lower education attainment, they tend to have greater involvement with the criminal justice system, they tend to get sick more and have greater costs in the health-care system. If we can make some strategic investments and reduce poverty, particularly among children, there are going to be some

long-term benefits." Joe Ceci, coordinator of Action to End Poverty in Alberta, says that research conducted by the organization, in terms of publishing poverty costs in 2012, indicated that 20 to 25 percent of children living in poverty remain in poverty throughout their lives. This means that while those individuals lose out economically due to being unable to attain better employment, so does the government due to less taxes being paid from those individuals who may also be receiving benefits rather than contributing to the domestic product of the province and the economy. "That's what our work is, to try and produce some government policies, a report that will have government policies that will save Alberta money in the long run and have a better outcome for people living in poverty," Ceci says, adding that there is often not a great deal of transitional support into employment for those working to get out of poverty, and the thought of losing some of that assistance can be a deterrent for families. Premier Alison Redford pledged to end child poverty in Alberta within five years during the last provincial election, with further measures to be taken to end poverty in Alberta within 10 years, and is being challenged to make good on her word. Redford stated at that time that the plan wasn't about giving handouts, but rather focusing on creating equal opportunity and ensuring all Albertans had the opportunity to benefit from the province's economy. Implemented under the Alberta government's newly formed Human Services, the first step was to review all government programs through result-based budgeting and determine if they are meeting the needs of Albertans. Currently, Human Services Manager Dave Hancock is developing the social policy framework, which MooreKilgannon says is a new policy for the whole ministry of Human Services that will include a poverty reductions strategy, but he says while the services provided by the ministry are critical, other areas, such as access to education, need to be addressed. "I'm worried that the social policy framework is going to be more rhetoric than reality and it's not going to be backed up with any substantial investments," Moore-Kilgannon adds. "I'll be the first to congratulate them if they do, but I'm not holding my breath." "The social policy framework is a really good first step in taking steps towards creating a provincial poverty reduction strategy, and their leadership in that regard will really help all sectors identify how they can play a role in preventing and ultimately eliminating poverty in Alberta," Ceci says of the plan, which has not yet been released. In the meantime, Action to End Poverty in Alberta will be addressing policies to reduce poverty in Alberta with its report, Poverty Costs 2.0: Creating Policies That Save, in March. MEAGHAN BAXTER




Kim the reformer?

North Korea hinting for help as leader Kim Jong-un flirts with the West If North Korea's new leader, Kim Jong-un, wanted to end the brutal and destructive tyranny his father and grandfather imposed on m e the country, he would w e u e@v gwynn e n need support from n Gwy r abroad. The military and e y D Communist Party elites who control and benefit from that system would have to be brought round or bought off, and that would require lots of foreign aid and a global amnesty for their crimes. So how would he get the foreigners to help? Well, he'd have to show them that he was willing to reform—but he couldn't be too obvious about it at North Korean leader Kim Jong-un // creative commons first, or those elites would just get



rid of him. He'd drop a hint here, make a gesture there, and hope that the foreigners would trust him and help him to change the country. Rather like the Burmese generals did when they began to dismantle their own half-century-old dictatorship two years ago. Unfortunately, Kim Jong-un would drop the same hints and make the same gestures if his only wish was to sucker the outside world into propping up the bankrupt system in North Korea with more big shipments of free food and fuel. There's no way to read his mind, so how should the foreigners respond? This is not a theoretical question, for he is sending out those signals. Never mind the cosmetic stuff like being seen in public with a new wife who dresses in fashionable Western clothes. In his televised New Year's message to the Korean people, he spoke of the need to "remove confrontation between the North and the South," and

could hit the United States. (It was ostensibly used to launch a satellite, which it did, but the technology for satellite launchers and ICBMs is almost identical.) On the other hand, here is a man whose only claim to power is heredity, in a country that does not have a formally recognized monarchy. To consolidate his power, he must persuade the military and party elites that he is a reliable successor who will perpetuate the system that keeps them fat and happy, so his current aggressive posture in foreign policy is really no guide to his real intentions either. In fact, at this point there is really no way of telling what he means to do. The rest of the world, and in particular the United States and North Korea's neighbours, South Korea, China and Japan, are going to have to make their decisions blind. What can they do that would help Kim Jong-un to bring the coun-

To consolidate his power, he must persuade the military and party elites that he is a reliable successor who will perpetuate the system that keeps them fat and happy.

called for dramatic improvements in the national economy. It's the first time the regime has ever celebrated the Western New Year (including fireworks in Pyongyang). It's 19 years since the country's leader last spoke to the people directly. He may be trying to tell them, and the rest of the world, that he is starting down the road of reform, or he may be bluffing. What to do? Unfortunately, since he's not making any political or economic reforms at home at the moment— that's what he MIGHT do if he had foreign help—we can't conclude anything about his intentions from his domestic policies. And his foreign policy is hardly encouraging either. North Korea doesn't have much by way of a foreign policy. The only consistent thread is its obsession with military power (it has one of the world's biggest armies, though it has about the population of Australia), and latterly with ballistic missiles and nuclear weapons. Both of Pyongyang's nuclear weapons tests, in 2006 and 2012, were conducted when Kim Jong-il was still alive and in power, but Kim Jong-un has not repudiated them. Moreover, he has continued to test ballistic missiles, including the launch last month of a rocket that his regime says


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try out of its cave and start loosening the domestic tyranny, without actually making matters worse if he is not a secret reformer? The safest course would be to encourage dialogue between North and South Korea (which has just elected a new president, Park Geun-hye, who has declared her presidency ready to initiate unconditional talks with the North). It would also be sensible to ease back on the embargoes and other restrictions on North Korean imports for a while, since they are obviously achieving nothing in terms of stopping its weapons projects anyway. And what if Kim Jong-un dares not or simply does not want to respond to these gestures with more promising moves himself? Then you just give up and go back to the policy of containment that has had so little success over the years. North Korea is really a very small threat (except for its own people, of course), and it's safe to take a little risk in the hope that the new ruler will respond. It's the country's only hope. There is not going to be a North Korean spring in the Arab style. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.



COMEDY ARDEN THEATRE • St Albert • One Man Lord of the Rings™: with comic Charles Ross • Jan 30, 7:30pm • $25 at the Arden box office, 780.459.1542, TicketMaster

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

CENTURY CASINO • 13103 Fort Rd, 780.481.9857 • Open amateur night every Thu, 7:30pm

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Chris Heward; Jan 24-26 • Ryan Wingfield; Jan 31, Feb 1-2 COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM, 780.483.5999


WILD ROSE ANTIQUE COLLECTORS SOCIETY • Delwood Community Hall, 7517 Delwood

Learn about menstrual cycle charting and share your personal experiences in a supportive group environment • 1st Mon of the month from Oct-Apr, 6:30-8:30pm • $5 (suggested donation) • Fertility Awareness Charting Circle: Mon, Feb 4, 6:30-8:30pm

Rd • • Collecting and researching items from various periods in the history of Edmonton. Presentations after club business. Visitors welcome • Meets the 4th Mon of every month (except Jul & Dec), 7:30pm

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

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old



upper Fl, 8631-109 St • • Anarchist market: free to vend, free to attend, no registration. Safe space for free speech, inquiring minds, alternative lifestyles, acoustic musicians welcome. Zines, crafts, art, lively conversation, artistic inspiration, inclusive environment, family friendly • Jan 27, 10am-6pm

HEALING CIRCLE • Call 780.570.0475 for location • • Begins with a guided meditation moving into an affirmative state where healing on all levels occurs • Every Wed, 7-8pm HOME–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living • Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted

• Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Colin Kane; until Jan 27 • Tom Green Special Performance; Jan 31-Feb-2

Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun, 3-5pm

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.710.2119 • Com-

LOTUS QIGONG, 780.477.0683 • Downtown •

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

FILTHY MCNASTY'S • 10511-82 Ave, 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9-11pm; no cover

OVERTIME PUB • 4211-106 St • Open mic comedy anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free

RICHARDS’ PUB/CONNIE'S COMEDY • 12150-161 Ave • Night of Laughs with Jamie Hutchinson, Dar Germain, Scott Porteous, and Nelson Mayer • Jan 30 • Connie's Comedy: 780.914.8966 ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • Sterling Scott every Wed, 9pm

RUMORS ULTRA LOUNGE • 8230 Gateway Blvd • Every Thu Neon Lights and Laughter with host Sterling Scott and five comedians and live DJ TNT; 8:30pm VAULT PUB • 8214-175 St • Comedy with Liam Creswick and Steve Schulte • Every Thu, at 9:30pm

WUNDERBAR • 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 • Comedy every 2nd Mon

ZEN LOUNGE • 12923-97 St • The Ca$h Prize comedy contest hosted by Matt Alaeddine and Andrew Iwanyk • Every Tue, 8pm • No cover

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

AMNESTY INTERNATIONAL EDMONTON • 8307-109 St • • Meet the 4th Tue each month, 7:30pm (no meetings in Jul, Aug) E: for more info • Free

ARGENTINE TANGO DANCE AT FOOT NOTES STUDIO • Foot Notes Dance Studio (South side), 9708-45 Ave, 780.438.3207 • virenzi@ • Join Vincenzo and Ida Renzi every Friday at Foot Notes Dance Studio for an evening of authentic Argentine tango • Every Fri, 8pmmidnight • $15 (per person)

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

BRAIN TUMOUR PEER SUPPORT GROUP • Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 11533-135 St NW • • 1.800.265.5106 ext. 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Mon every month; 7-8:45pm • Free

DANCE YOUR PRAYERS SWEAT YOUR BLISS • Roots on Whyte, 3rd Fl, Conference Centre, 8135-102 St • 780.932.1109 • Opening circle and group meditation/inspired reading, one hour dance session, followed by a closing circle/dyad connection • Every Mon until Feb 18, 7:30-9pm • $15 (donation, pay-what-you-can)

DROP-IN MEDITATION CLASSES • Sherwood Park Community Centre (Mon); Amitabha Centre, 9550-87 St (Tue, Fri) • • Every Mon, Tue 7-8:30pm and Fri 10-11:30am

DIYALOGUE: QUALITY PLAY • Billiard Club, 10502-82 Ave, 2nd Fl • Edmonton's NextGen presents DIYalogue: Quality Play, a gaming and gameplaying themed event in the style of NextGen's popular Candi{date} series. Participants can sit down with top dogs from various local organizations • Jan 24, 7-9pm • $10 at YEG Live or door FABULOUS FACILITATORS TOASTMASTERS CLUB • 2nd Fl, Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Ave, 780.467.6013, • Can you think of a career that does not require communication • Every Tue, 12:05-1pm

Practice group meets every Thu

MADELEINE SANAM FOUNDATION • Faculté St Jean, Rm 3-18, 780.490.7332 • Program for HIVAID’S prevention, treatment and harm reduction in French, English and other African languages • 3rd and 4th Sat, 9am-5pm each month • Free (member)/$10 (membership); pre-register MEDITATION • Strathcona Library • • Weekly meditation drop-in; every Tue, 7-8:30pm MILL CREEK MORNING AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP • Sundrenched Room • Meet every Wed: Open to anyone who has been affected by somebody else's drinking; 10-11am • Dinner/Presentation: last Wed each month, 6:30-9pm; Dinner and Speaker: $12 (member), $17 (non-member); Speaker only: $5; pre-register

NORTHERN ALBERTA WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St, 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

OCCUPY EDMONTON GENERAL ASSEMBLY • Grant MacEwan City Centre Cafeteria, 10600-104 Ave • • A leaderless space where everyone is welcome to organize and/or assist with all forms of Edmonton based non-violent activism • Every Tue from 6:30-8:30pm; Sat from 2-4pm

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

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • Join Dr. Michael Roeder for a three-part series on the history of the symphony. In this second presentation, you’ll meet Beethoven and Berlioz. Beethoven altered, expanded, and broadened the symphony in remarkable ways. Following Beethoven’s death, Berlioz took the symphony into amazing new territory, radically altering the orchestra and enriching the music with new-found storytelling power • Feb 3, 2-4pm • $10 (door)

GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s AnglicanChurch, 8424-95 Ave, 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $3 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY INFORMATION SESSION • Habitat Prefab Shop, 13044 Yellowhead Tr, 780.451.3416 • • Volunteer Orientation–Basic Tool Training and Volunteer Information Session • Jan 25 • Pre-register

HARPER BUDGET BILLS–Panel Discussion • Old Strathcona Performing Arts Centre, 8426 Gateway Blvd, 780.495.8404 • Panel discussion with Lewis Cardinal, William Donahue, Karin Buss, and Tanya Kappo on the Harper budget bills, and the implications for First Nations rights and title and the environment • Feb 1, 7:30-9:30pm

MANAGING INTERPERSONAL CONFLICT SERIES • Oliver Community Hall, 10326-118 St, 780.423.0896 • I: Introduction to Communicating Through Conflict: Jan 24 • II: Style Matters–Conflict Styles Inventory: Jan 31 • III: Conflict Communication! Skills Practice: Feb 7 • Jan 31, Feb 7 • $20 each/$50 (for 3); pre-register at training-and-education/managing-interpersonalconflict

ROBERT FISK–ARAB AWAKENING • Tory Lecture Rm 11, U of A North (Main), 11325 Saskatchewan Dr, 780.893.9379 • Arab Awakening, but are we hearing the truth? Talk by Robert Fisk • Jan 31, 5:15pm • $10 (student)/$15 (door)/$15 (non-student)/$20 (door) at SaleEventDetail?dispatch=loadSelectionData&eve ntId=3277464


SUSTAINABILITY SPEAKER SERIES • Alberta’s Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), 11455 Saskatchewan Dr, U of A • Raj Patel’s Food Cultures for Sustainability • Jan 30, 7:30-9pm • Free

0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free



Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • A three-part series on the history of the symphony: Presentation about the basic characteristics of the symphony, formed about the middle of the 18th Century by Michael Roeder • Jan 27, 2-4pm • $10 (door)

Clinic Health Academy, 11405-87 Ave • Oxfam's former President of the Halifax office will be on hand to present and discuss the broken food system. Bring a dish, cutlery provided • Jan 24, 6:30pm • $2 (donation)

PLAN YOUR WEDDING EDMONTON • Matrix Hotel, 10640-100 Ave, 780.298.8244, 780.429.2861 • Fun and informative, led by Jennifer Bergman (planner and designer of Jennifer Bergman Weddings Inc) • Feb 3, 10am-4pm • $220 (bride), $290 (guest) SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10-min discussion, followed by a 30 to 40-min walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta)

SOLIDARITY FOR IDLE NO MORE • Allendale School, 6415-106 St • Edmonton Chapter of the Council of Canadians present speaker Tanya Kappo • Jan 27, 6-9pm

SOUTH EDMONTON VEGETARIAN AND GARDENING CLUB • Park Allen Hall, 11104-65 Ave • Vegetarian potluck and Sahah Nolan speaking on What is Happening with the Bees in Alberta. For Potluck: bring vegetarian/vegan/raw dish for six plus a 2nd dish if bringing guest • Jan 27, 5pm (potluck), or, miss the potluck, come at 6:30pm for the talk • $6 each

STUDENT SUSTAINABILITY SUMMIT • U of A • • Free one and a half day conference open to post-secondary students. Gives the resources needed to accomplish sustainable change and to develop relevant leadership and employability skills. Explore topics, such as social justice, change management, local economies and campus sustainability through sessions hosted by community leaders from the Parkland Institute • Jan 25-26, 5pm • Free, pre-register

SUGARSWING DANCE CLUB • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860-57 Ave, 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKES • • 10km hike from Whitemud Nature Reserve to Snow Valley • Meet at Argyll McDonalds, Argyll Rd, 81 St. Led by Waskahegan Trail guide, JoAnne 780.487.0645 • Jan 27, 9:45-2:45pm • $20 (annual membership)

10350-124 St; Instructor: Jason Morris; $10 (dropin) • Indoor Cycling: Terwillegar Recreation Centre; drop-in; E: • Running: Every Sun, 10am, at Kinsmen • Swimming–Making Waves: Northern Alberta Institute of Technology (NAIT) pool, 11762-106 St; E: swimming@teamedmonton.c; • Volleyball: until May 2013; E: • Curling: Every Tue, 7pm at the Granite Curling Club (8620-107 St; E: • Bowling: Every Tue, 6:30pm; at Ed's Rec Room, WEM; $15/week • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu;, kickboxing@,

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

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities. com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/ Thu PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Pride Centre 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, • 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; • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; robwells780@hotmail. com • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month;

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 • 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 CITY OF LIGHT/LA CITÉ EN LUMIÈRES • Mill Creek Ravine, La Cité Francophone, 780.463.1144 • thecityoflight. ca • City of Light/La Cité en Lumières and the flying canoe adventure walk–story walk through the ravine to La Cité Francophone where there will be music, dancing hot drinks and sleigh rides • Feb 1-2, 5-10pm; Music: Fri, Feb 1: Post Script, Ariane Mahryke Lemire, Marco Claveria; 5-10pm; Music: Sat, Feb 2: Rigedon, Allez Ouest, Third Branc; 5-10pm) THE ICE ON WHYTE FESTIVAL • End Of Steel Park, Gateway Blvd and Tommy Banks Way • • Ice and snow exhibits, interactive children's play area, giant ice slide and much more. Ice and snow carvings by artists in residence and guest artists from Russia, Latvia, the Netherlands and Canada. Enjoy live music, fashion, food and hot beverages • Jan 25-Feb 3

INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2013 • U of A, 780-492-8021 • • Over 50 free lectures, workshops, films, theatre and more • Myer Horowitz Theatre: Opens with talk by Martin Jacques, When China Rules The World (bestseller and TED Talk); Jan 28, 12-9pm • Telus Centre, U of A: Talk by Dr Gabor Maté, Toxic Culture; Jan 29, 5pm • Tory Lecture Theatres 11: Talk by Robert Fisk, Arab Awakening: Are We Hearing the Truth?; Jan 31, 5:15pm • Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science 1-430: Talk by Sheryl WuDunn, Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide; Jan 31, 7:30pm • Program at iweek. • Free

TASTE OF ANIMETHON 2013 • Ramada Inn, 11834 Kingsway Ave • Prelude event to Edmonton's premier Anime convention hosted in August–a glimpse of the Anime convention • Jan 26-27 • $20 (door) U OF A BEARS HOCKEY–ALUMNI NIGHT • Clare Drake Arena, 89 Ave, 115 St • In Celebration of 100 Seasons of Bears Hockey: Golden Bears vs. Regina Cougars featuring live music during intermissions • Feb 1, 7pm • $10 (adult)/$5 (student); 50% tickets to student scholarships



THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY–FUEL • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Screening of the documentary, Fuel; followed by a discussion • Jan 29, 7-9pm • Free WHYS AND HOW TO'S OF A RAW FOOD DIET • Earth’s General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Presentation by Margaret Marean • Jan 28, 7-9pm • $20, pre-register at event/5137026986

QUEER BEERS FOR QUEERS • Empress Ale House, 9912 Whyte Ave • Meet the last Thu each month BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

As Edmonton continues to grow, we have to consider how new neighbourhoods are designed to encourage the development of innovative and unique communities. We also need to think about how our new and existing streets can better serve everyone. GET INVOLVED Tuesday January 29, 2013 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Terwillegar Recreation Centre, 2051 Leger Road NW Thursday January 31, 2013 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill Square

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:

The City of Edmonton wants your input on two projects: Complete Streets and Designing New Neighbourhoods. City staff will be available at the meetings to share information and answer your questions.


FOR MORE INFORMATION Call 311 • Hockey: at the Sportsdome; E: • Blazin' Bootcamp: Every Mon, 7:30-8:30pm at Garneau Elementary School, 10925-87 Ave; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: bootcamp@teamedmonton. ca • Badminton (Co-Ed): Every Wed, 6-7:30pm; St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; $5 (drop-in); E: • Cross-Country Skiing: Strathcona Wilderness Centre; E: Colette at; facebook. com/events/511701118849342 • Outdoor Skating: Hawrelak Park, Victoria Oval; E: Teresa at • Yoga: Gay/Lesbian yoga every Wed, 7:30-9pm, at Lion's Breath Yoga, 206,

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Services for deaf or hard of hearing persons provided upon request. Call 311 at TTY/NexTalk 780-944-5555 and press 0, or email Learn more about and get involved in City issues affecting you and your neighbourhood. Go to for a list of City of Edmonton public involvement opportunities.





Tue, Jan 29 (9 pm) Jackie Brown Directed by Quentin Tarantino Metro Cinema at the Garneau Originally released: 1997


uentin Tarantino, never one for staying on the QT and lying low, riffed on noir, pulp and blaxploitation before exploding his movie lab with genre cloning (splicing grindhouse, spaghetti western and martial arts) and revisionistrevenge histories. The early, more mature and nuanced period ended after Jackie Brown (1997), as if the writer-director had to bust out of his SoCal interiors and dialoguedriven character development. Tarantino's key change to Elmore Leonard's 1992 novel Rum Punch was to make Jackie black. She's played by Pam Grier in a carefully measured stride beyond her blaxploitation chicks (Foxy Brown, etc). The opening sequence, as the credits roll in a '70s font, shows Jackie

strolling along in a stewardess uniform that could be 20 years old, with a song, "Across 110th Street," calling us back to another blaxploitation movie. Then we're shot into the '90s. Arms-dealer Ordell (Samuel L Jackson) reviews his product-catalogue with Louis (Robert De Niro) as he plays a VHS tape of "Chicks With Guns." Ordell gets pager-using bondsman Max Cherry (Robert Forster) to spring Beaumont (Chris Tucker); the none-tootrusting boss kills his mouthy underling. But Beaumont's already talked and Jackie's caught with the money for Ordell. Leonard's taut tales of seedy schemers have been most recently and successfully adapted by the TV series Justified. What Tarantino does is sit us in livingrooms, bars and food courts for a nice long time alongside the shifty, stony-staring Ordell, dopily taciturn Louis and hard-bitten, tough-talking Jackie.

The story wends through intricate ins-and-outs of money muling, bail bonding and basic relationships of trust. Talk overlaps with show, but Tarantino shows little violence— most gunshots, triggering the blood-slipslide of events, are offscreen. Tight shots of creased faces lead us through a line-up of dealers, ex-cons, and 9-to-5ers who've been around the block too many times. Among the warbles of funk and soul, it's Jackie and Max who are the weathered souls. Jackie's not playing an angle or toeing the bottom line, but forced to scheme her way out to survive—a tough gal with her echoes of youth fading. The racial tension's faint but charged, too. The lead cop offers a white sneer at this "44-year-old black woman desperately clinging on to this one shitty little job." Max sees through Ordell's OJ Simpson line of defence: "Is white guilt supposed to make me forget I'm running a busi-

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ness?" When gun-toting Jackie says "n——r" to Ordell, it packs power. (The gulf between that moment's immersion in working-class, black urban culture and Tarantino's nword-spitting, ahistorical fantasy Django Unchained is vast.) It's class—Jackie's $16 000-a-year job—that grips our heroine by the throat. The American Dream's getting enough to get out of a deadend life. En route, there's one of the drollest sex scenes ("Well, that was

fun." "Yeah, that really hit the spot.") and one of the slyest money handoffs (split three ways by Tarantino). While Jackie Brown can get too languid, drifting like one of surfer girl Melanie's (Bridget Fonda) highs, its wearied, over-40 lows reveal Tarantino as a director who, once upon a crime, could've mined complexity and depth from the cracks and crevices of American genre movies. BRIAN GIBSON



Beauty is Embarrassing Fri, Jan 25 – Thu, Jan 31 Directed by Neil Berkeley Metro Cinema at the Garneau



ven if his name doesn't ring any bells on its own, you'll probably start recognizing Wayne White's work right from the onset of Beauty is Embarrassing. Puppets on Pee-Wee's Playhouse were his design; the adventure to Mars video for the Smashing Pumpkin's "Tonight, Tonight," and Peter Gabriel's "Big Time" were both made under his art direction, as well as later shows like Beakman's World. His work, be it puppetry or painted, possessing a alt-comix spin on pop art—imaginative, wildly childlike exaggerations paired with both a dripping sense of sarcasm and classical


skill—permeated late '80s/early '90s pop culture, yet I doubt he's any sort of household name. And so director Neil Berkeley's Beauty looks to unveil the guy behind those works, and trace his arc from art-obsessed Tennessee kid to accepted art-world outsider. That said, it's pretty standard doc fare: talking heads of family, friends and the likes of Matt Groening and Paul Reubens walk us through the arc of his life, alongside White himself. Probably the most interesting outside input comes from an art critic and an art dealer, both in LA, both of whom freely admit the art world's early inability to recognize White's uniqueness and skill—particularly in his word paintings, found landscape portraits that he writes perspective-tilted

phrases like 'Hotties 24-7' or the film's title over. They together note the art world's inability to take humour seriously, and it's probably the most unique point Berkeley manages to get across here. As a presence on screen, White is pretty affable, a guy who masks any ego he might have under a wry sense of sarcasm and approachable, downto-earth personality. (It's also fun watching his beard's lack of continuity throughout Beauty: it grows, shrinks and disappears throughout the film without any regard to the scene that came before.) Is there a particular struggle? Only in his unshakable devotion to doing it his way. Even Mimi Pond, White's wife, calls him "a hardworking motherfucker." (A skilled,

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acclaimed artist in her own right, she also notes the sadness of letting her own art career fall by the wayside to raise their children as his profile rose and he devoted more and more of his time being the breadwinner.) Still: it's hard to fault a guy for just plugging away at his craft until he made it, especially when it's as weird and wonderful as it is here. And in profiling White's rise, Beauty is a warm, inviting portrait of a sweet Tennessee weirdo who made good with his indelible spin on art. It serves as an ample introduction to his oeuvre, and, in doing so, gently aspires to inspire. PAUL BLINOV


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Just another afternoon at House

Fri, Jan 25 (11:15 pm); Mon, Jan 28 (7 pm) Directed by Nobuhiko Obayashi Metro Cinema at the Garneau



n aggressively playful, grotesque fantasia, House (1977), Nobuhiko Obayashis's freaky cult

classic, is oblivious to generic orientation—okay, it's oblivious to many forms of orientation, yet it also has a perfectly coherent narrative throughline with roots in the Western Gothic tradition, Japanese ghost stories and Hansel and Gretel. You could call it a cautionary tale, but then you'd just have

to look out for everything. Especially cats. And watermelons. And, yes, houses. House follows seven teenage girls with seven smurfy names as they retire to the countryside for summer vacation and wind up staying with a wheelchair-bound spinster. Before the girls arrive, the sky is always glowing warm and soft like some hazy dream, perhaps built on crude memories of Technicolor musicals. Once they're installed in the titular dwelling, the world turns crepuscular and shadowy, and malice becomes boundless. Futons and pianos eat people. Cats' eyes shimmer as though sending cryptic signals from the abyss. Heads emerge from wells and bite asses. Everything is deadly, yet these girls just wanna have fun. It's a realm of trap doors and illusion, of cornball effects executed with verve, of preposterous panty-clad derringdo, of music and morbid delight, a realm where every childish suspicion about adults is wholly confirmed, and then some. Tanoshinde! JOSEF BRAUN



The Third Man

The depths of corruption

Thu, Jan 24 – Wed, Jan 30 Directed by Carol Reed Metro Cinema at the Garneau



ven a short synopsis can transmit something of the special allure, intrigue and historical richness of The Third Man (1949), its elegant despair and unforgettable evocation

of the postwar European city as Kafkaesque labyrinth. It's about a writer of pulp westerns (Joseph Cotton) who arrives in rubble-strewn Vienna just in time for the funeral of the old beloved friend with whom he was meant to reunite, whose death seems suspicious, whose criminal activities just get uglier with every report, who had a woman (Alida

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FLIGHT (18A substance abuse) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 10:00; MON, WED-THU 3:55, 6:50, 10:00

PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed captioned: FRI-SUN 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:45; MON-THU 1:50, 4:50, 7:35, 10:20

ANNA KARENINA (PG mature subject matter) DAILY 9:25

GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed captioned DAILY 1:30, 4:20, 7:30, 10:05

LINCOLN (PG violence, language may offend, not recommended for young children) FRI-SAT 6:30, 9:30; SUN-THU 8:00

CLOUD ATLAS (14A sexual content, violence, coarse language) FRI-SUN 12:50, 4:25, 8:00; MON, WED-THU 4:25, 8:00; TUE 1:00, 4:25, 8:00

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-SAT 6:30, 9:30; SUN-THU 8:00

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THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:50, 4:10, 7:15, 10:15 LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:00, 3:45, 6:50, 9:45 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Ultraavx, No passes DAILY 12:15, 2:50, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35 MOVIE 43 (18A crude coarse language, sexual content) DAILY 12:20, 2:30, 5:10, 7:45, 10:10 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) DAILY 12:40, 4:30, 8:15 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI 2:20, 6:45, 10:20; SAT 3:00, 6:45, 10:20; SUN-THU 1:15, 5:00, 8:30 THE LAST STAND (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN-THU 1:40, 4:00, 7:05, 10:00; SAT 11:20, 1:40, 4:00, 7:05, 10:00 ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI, SUN 12:00, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30; SAT 11:40, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30;

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Expect the unexpected

Canoe Theatre Festival embraces the experimental Thu, Jan 24 – Sun, Feb 3 Canoe Theatre Festival Various Locations Schedule at


t contains, by its own boast, "Theatre that rocks the boat." But the Canoe Theatre Festival, Workshop West's collection of edgy, experimental offerings from here and abroad, seems more like the lighthouse than the vessel, a place for the wilder ideas about theatre to steer themselves towards and find stages to explore on. Now in its sixth year, Canoe's drawing in some splashier names, too: after all, even the well-established like the opportunity to play. Mary Mary Walsh as Marg Delahunty Walsh—one of our country's most enduring televised comedians, with a CV including CODCO and This Hour are drowning in events," she says. their own performative impulses. Has 22 Minutes—is making a one"We just know everything from evAnd then there's a pair of local night only stop at Canoe for her oneerywhere, and yet it makes no sense shows receiving upgraded reprisals: woman Dancing With Rage. to us, because there's so much of Punctuate Theatre's Vice Versa finds Her show intertwines a pair of stoit. So that any kind of take on it—I one of the city's newest clown duos ries: one about The Little Girl Who mean, I believe that's why Fox News going through the death and mournGrew Up Next Door to Her Famgot to be so popular: they weren't reing process, handling their grieving ily (a somewhat fictionalized spin on ally telling you any more information, with all the levity that a pair of alWalsh's own origins), and another they were just saying, 'Look, this is coholic clowns on a hot-dog diet can featuring her This Hour character how I feel about it and I'm really mad muster. Meanwhile, crowned fringe Marg Delahunty, a warrior clad in about it. You know what I mean? Peoroyalty Send in the Girls Burlesque is crimson Xena armour with a history ple thought, 'At least, at last, a life revamping its coronation show, Tudor of ambushing politicians. Between raft I can hang on to. Somebody's got Queens. the two will be some commentary on a point of view on this, and maybe I "One of the major things that hapthe headlines and modern pop culcould make it my point of view too.' pened as we were putting together ture of today, though not as much as So I think that satire is very imporTudor Queens is we were learning Walsh imagined at the show's onset. tant in that way. And comedy is good, how to do burlesque by doing bur"There is a cerlesque," explains tain amount of Ellen Chorley, I think that satire is very important in that way. that," she notes, of And comedy is good, because it's gentle. Sometimes co-founder on the phone Send in the Girls. it's savage, I suppose ... from St John's. "We were teach"Not as much as I ing ourselves as thought at first was going to happen, because it's gentle," she adds, before we were going. And I think that we because I was going to be shooting altering her train of thought. "Somelearned a lot doing that show, and things. But when you're doing live times it's savage, I suppose ... " then we learned even more doing A theatre, the amazing thing about Bronte Burlesque this past summer. live theatre is there's no money," she In addition to Walsh's show, Canoe's We knew that if we came back to it, deadpans, before letting out a laugh. rounding itself out with, first, a pair we really wanted to bring what we Throughout her comic career, Walsh of shows from the UK. Northern had learned, and challenge oursleves has taken aim at the real world Soul collects Victoria Melody's atmore." around her: with Delahunty, quite tempts to understand both "Pigeon Being part of a experimental festiliterally speaking her mind to politiFancying" and titular niche style of val, Chorley notes, is the ideal place cans, but even the CODCO days were music in her country, while A Westto do so. powered by a strong sense of politiern looks to involve its audience as "It's really great that we get to be a cal satire. much as its actors in a classic genre part of that atmosphere. It's billed as "What I really wanted to be was a piece. At the curious, farthest tip of an experimental theatre festival, so I journalist, I guess, and then I just kind imported works is White Rabbit Red think that because Tudor Queens was of fell into comedy," Walsh notes, Rabbit: its creator, Iranian playwright a big experiment for us when we put adding that taking a comic perspecNassim Soleimanpour, is forbidden it together, it's really great to be able tive to the world around her is a way by his government to travel. So he's to refine the experiment, and conof making sense of the deluge of insent along the script—sealed—and tinue to experiment with the show in formation we're all confronted with every night a new actor will open it that festival atmosphere, where they daily. without ever having seen it before, encourage that." PAUL BLINOV "We are so inundated with informaor rehearsing, or having anything to // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM tion. We are drowning in news, we go on but Soleimanpour's words and

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by Carter Lewis

Gripping Suspense!

Jan 23 - Feb 10, 2013 Varscona Theatre 10329-83 Ave

For tickets call: Tix on the Square 780-420-1757 or Shadow Theatre 780-434-5564



Free-Man on the Land of Richard's life with frequent visits to the theatrical machinations of The Host and Nobody, and while you eventually adapt to the show's brand of plot amalgamation, it's often a bumpy ride. The incorporation of live music into the show, however, serves to beautifully smooth the journey out. Dale Ladouceur's wonderful voice and talented wielding of the Chapman Stick is an enriching aspect that ultimately contributes a great deal to character development.

The grand theatrical fiction // Meaghan Baxter

Until Sun, Jan 27 (8 pm) Directed by Murray Utas The Roxy Theatre, $11 – $26


R E V O nd 2 H E LFD y r a u ebr until

ree-Man on the Land sets out to explore the concept of freedom by enmeshing two unusual storylines. We initially meet The Host (Steve Pirot) and Nobody (Murray Utas) who are staging a show that "The Man Commonly Known as Richard Svboda" (Des Parenteau) is oblivious to as he carries on with his life. The Host and Nobody set each scene, converse with their technical crew and work hard to help Richard make his way to an

epiphany regarding his existence as "theatrical fiction." Within this larger plot, the second storyline reveals Richard's personal struggle with the concept of what it means to be free. If that synopsis comes off as somewhat complicated to you, then you've got the gist of the show's structure. The two storylines often playfully decline to provide defined boundaries and run into one another constantly. Playwright Steve Pirot's script is smart, funny and engaging, but how effectively it translates to stage seems a slightly different story. The audience is whisked through different vignettes

venue, lends a definite Fringe show vibe. However, the script's clever writing negates the need for any elaborate surroundings—it's really all about the discourse between these two people, which is cunningly established through the use of a crossword puzzle as an effective literary device and character foil.

A puzzling love story

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Split Petcetrix by Marilène Oliver

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As The Host and Nobody guide Richard to an epiphany about his perceived limitations regarding the stage that's housing his story, Richard's quest to be a Free-Man on the Land guides the audience to face some probing questions about the concept of freedom. How important is it to you to be free, and in what sense of the word? Does absolute freedom exist? If it's attainable, do you want it if it means you'd have to "free" yourself from all the ties that bind? Free-Man on the Land plays with the idea that freedom is subject to gradation: it pushes you to ask yourself just how free you want to be. With its twoact structure and a script that keeps you forever on your toes, don't sit back, don't relax, and get ready to think.

Until Sun, Jan 27 (8 pm) Directed by Julien Arnold Holy Trinity Anglican Church (Lower Hall), $13 – $15 Reserve tickets by calling 780.437.2891


s there any worse woe of public transportation than a prolonged encounter with a total weirdo? It's something experienced by every rider of buses and trains, most of whom wouldn't consider such instances as fertile ground for meeting that special someone—and yet such chance meetings are a staple of the romantic comedy genre. Enter Janet (Kate Ryan) and Josh (James Hamilton), the unlikely couple in Atlas Theatre's mounting of Jerry

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Mayer's 2 Across. The pair meet on a rapid transit train departing from the San Francisco airport in the wee hours of the morning, and their story is the classic setup of two complete opposites forced to engage in extended one-on-one conversation. He's disarmingly charming, Jewish and chronically between jobs, while she's an uptight perfectionist as well as a Catholic and psychologist. What they do have in common are the wedding bands on their respective fingers, an almost irresistible interest in the other despite their obvious differences and a predilection towards deception that borders on being manic. This production features a very minimalist set and sound design, which combined with the church basement

Such witty banter demands performers who are up to the challenge, and it is easy to see how this script could fall apart in unskilled hands—this production, however, sees both Ryan and Hamilton successfully navigate Mayer's sharp dialogue while maintaining charismatic stage presences, in spite of (or possibly even because of) an occasional slip of the tongue. The open and honest portrayal of two very real-life characters is refreshing, and when the audience shifts uncomfortably, it's because the personality clashes and trotting out of emotional baggage feels all too familiar. Human beings are contradictory and perplexing; human beings chasing love are downright infuriating. 2 Across manages to transform this turmoil into an engaging, lighthearted comedy that just might have you rethinking your approach to the eccentric stranger on your daily commute. MEL PRIESTLEY



Evie's Waltz body's the villain or the hero, they're all just really complex people who are coping the way they know how." "It's really topical in a lot of ways because it has to do with guns in schools and I think that, even though that's mainly a US problem, I think it's always good to keep that conversation going," adds Doug Mertz, who plays Clay.

Heavy family matters

Until Sun, Feb 10 (7:30 pm, 2 pm matinee Saturday and Sunday; no performance Sun, Jan 27) Varscona Theatre, $16 – $27


ometimes placing blame on others is easier than looking deeper into what a problem really is, and what role you may have played. For parents Clay and Gloria Matthews, their world comes to a screeching halt when their rebellious and increasingly

distant 16-year-old son Danny is expelled for bringing a gun to school. Clay has always been the doting, peace-making father, trying desperately to understand his son while playing mediator to ease the tension between Danny and his mother, who often becomes frustrated while attempting to deal with her son. "It's pretty complex, and I can only speak for myself, but I'm hoping to bring an understanding of the character," says Coralie Cairns, who plays Gloria. "No-

At the centre of it all is Danny's firecracker girlfriend Evie, who Clay and Gloria believe is just a friend in the beginning—a bad influence, no less—and despite doing their best to keep the couple apart, they realize they haven't succeeded. "It's really easy to lay blame. There's an insecurity on our part of, 'Could we have done a better job, or where did we go wrong?'" Cairns notes. "I think Evie's maybe a good target for us at the beginning." Evie's Waltz covers some difficult, poignant territory, particularly in the wake of recent tragedies involving gun violence, but Mertz maintains its not a preachy story, with Cairns adding that, when it comes down to it, the play is about the relationships between its characters, rather than the event itself. "There may be people in the audience that are experiencing similar situations or emotions or thoughts," Cairns says. "If they're able to see themselves and to see themselves up onstage and go, 'Wow, that's me; that's how I feel about this,' it just gives you a different perspective." MEAGHAN BAXTER



Paper Song Fri, Jan 25 (2 pm); Sat, Jan 26 (11 am & 2 pm) Directed by Caroline Howarth TransAlta Arts Barns, $12.50 – $18


hen Jared Matsunaga-Turnbull was five, a budding Japanese-Canadian growing up in 1970s Regina, his mother came into class one day to teach them origami. "This is before sushi was popular, before origami got into the cultural spotlight," he recalls. "So, on a personal level, it was empowering for me: 'Oh, that is part of my culture' ... But also, I've always been struck by how it's simple: it's this tiny, very simple piece of paper, and yet it can transform into something magical. And yet it can transform right before your very eyes, and also, we're able to do it. A group of five-year-olds were able to fold things. "I don't think that I could articulate it then, but there was something empowering about being able to take something and make it into something else. It's magical." That interest in the origami lasted as Mat-

sunaga-Turnbull grew, and now, a theatre artist with a particular penchant in writing for young audiences with Concrete Theatre, he's combining that cultural touchstone with the stage in Paper Song. It draws together the traditional folk tale of the Crane Wife (Decemberists fans, you know what's up), as well as that of a young mouse and her grandfather struggling against an oppressive tyrant. The design, thought up by MatsunagaTurnbull and realized by Cory Sincennes, incorporates large-scale origami (how large? "Larger than life," Matsunaga-Turnbull jokes) in addition to shadow puppetry and a musical score by David Clarke. "I've been working on this since 2009," he recalls. "I was commissioned to write a short play for Sprouts [Concrete Theatre's short new play festival]. So it started as a really short play, and I had an excuse to delve into origami. "It was just too short," he adds, of its early incarnation. "But it gave me a really good springboard, a chance to expand it." In its current form, set to tour schools after

this weekend's public performances, Paper Song examines ideas of justice, fairness and transformation, both of paper as well as more personal, internal change. And when it comes to distilling these ideas for a varied audience—the term "theatre for young audiences" blankets a huge age range, from toddler to high school—MatsunagaTurnbull's found over the years that a few ideas seem to make sense for even the youngest of any group. "It's a wide spectrum: they're all in various development stages as well in terms of reaction to imagery, in terms of their own world experience, life experience," he says, of his young audiences. "But if there's one thing I know about doing this kind of work— as an actor, a director and a playwright—is they inherently have a sense of fairness. I don't know if they consider it to be justice, but that sense of, 'That's wrong. We need to change that, because it's wrong. People are getting hurt, it's unfair.' I think children understand that—and they understand not being listened to." PAUL BLINOV


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Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition Until Thu, Jan 31 SNAP


a juror are eligible as finalists for prizes, $1000 (first), $750 (second) and $500 (third), the fourth prize is a gift of 100 sheets of BFK Rives paper. This year's selections travel to four venues, including this Edmonton stopover. Small as they are, these works make a big impression. Art covers the walls of SNAP like autumn leaves. As I contemplate print after print, it's hard to stop my eyes from spinning. Some works involuntarily arrest me: the gentle, evocative, lithograph abstractions of raindrops by April Dean, the quirky koan-like puzzle of "Be Patient" by Kouki Tsuritani—it depicts two "tennis" players volleying a human figure in the night sky. The intensity of portraits such as "Melenica" by Irish artist James Gilna is startling. Their old-fashioned

t's hard to imagine that a beautiful, richly diverse exhibition of miniature artworks can leave anyone feeling angry, but that's what happened. My frustration is not with the Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition (BIMPE VII) artists who created some miniature masterpieces, nor with SNAP that hosts this show, nor even with the organizers (The Society for Contemporary Works on Paper), but with the increasingly popular trend of turning artworks into racehorses. Tomiyuki Sakuta, Japan Face // Tomiyuki Sakuta The Vancouver-based BIMPE includes international submissions. As Anna Szul, one of the jurors explains, The images that didn't arrest me the jury process is "quite a sight." The were the four winners; they didn't artwork is organized into 11 three-inch stand out as conceptually more chalbinders of origilenging, or exnal prints. From pressively more Aligning winners onto podiums works in hockey this cornucopia of significant than arenas or even science fairs where some objective miniature art (15 the others. This is criteria can be applied, but it not only fails in by 20 centimehighly subjective fields like art, it undermines art's a subjective judgtres or less) the ment, but that's credibility. jurors laboriously the crux of the select over 400 problem. Alignartworks. No criteria are stipulated intensity forms a strong theme in a ing winners onto podiums works in and the judges don't look at CVs. They show of extraordinary diversity: one hockey arenas or even science fairs simply rate the work from one to five. that spans nature realism to a lone where some objective criteria can be The ones that receive five points from pornographic image. applied, but it not only fails in highly subjective fields like art, it undermines art's credibility. In highly subjective areas, jurors fall back on judgments shadowed by professional affiliations, inter-personal NORTHERN LIGHT THEATRE PRESENTS links and the esthetic nepotism of genres they espouse. That's not to point a finger at BIMPE—no doubt judges tried to be fair. This is a systemic problem of international proportions. A nearly arbitrary win at BIMPE (chances of winning with another unaffiliated jury is arguably one out of 1 1 400) is not going to make or break 8 careers—winning the Turner Prize in the UK will. Lynn Barber, a journal1 ist and an impartial judge wrote (The Observer, Oct 1, 2006) that she is " ... thoroughly demoralised, disillusioned and full of dark fears that I have been JANE BODIE’S stitched up—that actually the 'art world' [whatever that is] has already decided who will win the 2006 Turner Prize and that I am brought in purely as a figleaf." She added that words like "very fashionable" uttered during proceedings were enough to eliminate artists from the running. Such experiences rightly give the art world a black eye. On a smaller scale, the BIMPE elicits Barker's dismay. While some viewers may subST TH mit to jury decisions and assume FEBRUARY 1 - 9 , 2013 that there are sound, if inexplicable, PLC STUDIO - TRANSALTA ARTS BARNS reasons for BIMPE choices, others— FOR TICKETS CALL 780-409-1910 OR VISIT WWW.FRINGETHEATREADVENTURES.CA WWW.NORTHERNLIGHTTHEATRE.COM I suspect the majority—will wonder at the sheer folly and capricious nature of artistic prizes.




Theatre Garage


VUEWEEKLY JAN 24 – JAN 30, 2013




FILM BUMP 'N' GRINDHOUSE • Varscona Theatre,

10329-83 Ave, 780.446.6940 • Movies and shorts by local cult heroes • Feb 2, 11pm-1am • Admission: bring a die-cast metal car, your imagination and money for beer

CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Library Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library bsmt, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Showcasing littleknown films every month • Harold and Maude, USA, 1971, 91 mins, PG; Jan 30, 6:30pm FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley A. Milner Library Audio Visual Room (main floor), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Every Fri 2pm • 3:10 to Yuma, 122 mins (2007) 14A; Jan 25, 2pm

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner

Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • • DISPLAY CASES: sPacEs and PlacEs: Works by the Focus on Fibre Arts Association of Edmonton • Until Jan 31


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 • Comics Artist-in-Residence: with Kyle Sams; Every Fri 12-6pm and Sat 12-5pm; until Apr

• immortal bEaUtY: The work of 84-year-old master calligrapher Shiko Kataoka, until Jan 26

Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm; Presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • $5

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St,


VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • Jan 28 • $5

780.421.1731 • Gallery A: awarEnEss oF an altErEd world: Richard Boulet and Sue Seright • Gallery B: FiGhtinG normal: Laurie MacFayden and Amy Willans • Jan 24-Mar 2; Closed Feb 16 • Opening: Jan 25, 7-9:30pm

780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

Ave, St. Albert, 780.460.5990 • • lEt’s

CHARLES ROSS: ONE MAN LORD OF THE RINGS • Arden Theatre, 5 St Anne St, 780.459.1542


• One man show, a fantasy-filled homage to Peter Jackson's epic film trilogy • Jan 30, 7:30pm • $25

10215-112 St • Main Gallery: in matErial: Works by Marie de Sousa • Front Room Gallery: rEsEt: Student art and design show; Jan 25-Mar 1; opening: Jan 25, 8-10pm

CHIMPROV • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • First three Sat every month, 10pm, until Jul • $12 (door or buy in adv at TIX on the Square)

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks, 4924 Ross St • art oF thE PEacE: Works by Peace River Country artists • Until Feb 9 • Reception: Feb 1, 6-8pm; Red Deer’s First Friday

DANCING WITH RAGE • Myer Horowitz Theatre, Students' Union Bldg, 115 St, 89 St, U of A, 780.477.5755 x 301 • By Mary Walsh, presented by Workshop West Theatre • Feb 2

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • albErta roots: Works by Christina Drader • Until Jan 31

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave, 780.433.3399 • The live improvised soap opera • Every Mon, until May 27, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office


Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • harmonY in coloUrs: Paintings by Fatima Khair • Until Jan 30

EVIE'S WALTZ • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Presented by Shadow Theatre. Clay and Gloria Matthews' son has just been expelled for bringing a gun to school; then the intervention barbecue is torpedoed by his fiery accomplice-girlfriend • Until Feb 10 • $16-$27; Jan 25 (Pay-What-You-Can)



780.465.6171 • New works by Ada Wong, Yardley Jones, George Weber, Illingworth Kerr, Alex Halliburtron and Noboru Kubo (pottery) • Through Jan

10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: EarthlY ElEmEnts: Charles Lewton-Brain and Les Manning in recognition of contributions and work; until Feb 16 • Feature Gallery: GoldEn EdGE: Artworks by 16 craft artists; until Mar 30

JUBILEE AUDITORIUM • Basement Gallery • cirqUE d'hoFFmann: Artworks by members of the ASA; artshow runs in conjunction with Edmonton Opera's les contes d’hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach • Jan 28-Mar

ART BEAT GALLERY • 26 St Anne St, St


Albert, 780.459.3679 • New works by gallery artists including Roger Belley, Shirley Cordes-Rogozinsky, Andrew Raszewski, Bev Bunker, Randy Hayashi, Igor Postash, and Tinyan • Through Jan


Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • BEAUTIFUL monstErs: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints; until Mar 3 • Edo: arts of Japan’s last shogun age: a wide variety of Edo period art forms with focus on prints known as ‘ukiyo-e’; until Feb 10 • PaUl FrEEman: feature two life-size casts of stags whose antlers seem to have turned against them; until Feb 10 • thE nEws From hErE: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art: Curated by Nancy Tousley; Jan 26-May 5 • thE nEws From hErE: Curator's Introduction: Jan 25, 6pm; $15/$10 (member) • This Alberta Biennial showcases the work of several Alberta filmmakers and performance artists. Filmmakers with guest curator Nancy Tousley for an interactive Q&A session • Adult Drop-in: Collograph Printing: Jan 24 • Misled: Everyday Object Sculpture: Jan 31 • AGA Book Club: Frankenstein; or the modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (publ 1818); Jan 31, 7pm; free; pre-register at • social action: Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Hunter, Gatherer, Purveyor (2013); Jan 27, 12pm; free with admission • Film, Video and Performance Program: Jan 27, 2pm; free with admission

ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • GAME PiEcEs: Paintings by Margaret Witschl • Until Feb 2

ART SOCIETY OF STRATHCONA COUNTY • Loft Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd,

8627-91 St • Jazz 'art: Featuring by artists: Jacques Martel, Sylvia Grist, Nathalie ShewchukParé, Rachelle Bugeaud, Susan Woolgar, Curtis Johnson; musicians: Pierre-Paul Bugeaud, Jamie Philp, Bill Richards, Brett Miles, Gord. Silent auction and open auction of artworks during the night • Jan 26 • $20 at CAVA

780.461.3427 • Artworks by members • Until Feb 26


• 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.9573 • Winter warming-casseroles, tea pots, mugs and more: a variety of slab, wheel thrown, decorated works selected for display by gallery members • Jan-Feb

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ • 9938-70 Ave • Olive Tree Project, Peg Barcelo-Jackson, Ginette D'Silva, Alice Dolphin, Dara Loewen • Ongoing FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and De-

sign, U of A, Rm 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 780.492.2081 • Sam Walrod: the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Painting; until Feb 16 • Alcuin Society Awards for Excellence in Book Design in Canada; until Feb 16 • Reception: Jan 24, 7-10pm

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427

• Retrospective of Nathalie Shewchuk-Paré's artwork; until Mar 5 • Jazz'art: Silent and Open Auction of art; Jan 26, 7:30pm

GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St,

St. Albert, 780.459.2525 • natUrEs obsErvancE: Graphite and pastel artworks by Carroll Charest; until Jan 28 • 69¢ lb.$1.52 k: Pastel works by Father Douglas; Jan 29-Feb 25

and blazing hot. The Hot 8 Brass Band produces a waterfall of soul-soaked sound that you’ll find truly irresistible. Carrying on a tradition that dates back to New Orleans’ famous jazz roots, Hot 8 shares the joyful music of the city’s world-famous Mardi Gras parade. Steeped in West African rhythms, this group creates a live performance that is rich, full and inspiring • Jan 27, 2pm

MANDOLIN BOOKS • 6419-112 Ave • nvsart. ca • nvsart: Textured abstract art • Through Jan

LUMINOS • Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton

Park • Vibe Tribe Gypsy Circus teams up with local musician extraordinaire Cam Boyce, Booming Tree ( Japanese Taiko Drums), and visual artist Joe Clarke for an evening of inspiration, beauty, creativity and the premiere of Vibe Tribe's origin story • Feb 2, 8pm • $25

MARJORIE WOOD GALLERY–Red Deer • Kerry Wood Nature Centre • oUr sUrroUndinGs: Works by Red Deer Culture Services photography students • Through Jan

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St, 780.407.7152 • thE sPirit oF aGinG: Photographs by Sharon Moore • Until Mar 24 • Reception: Jan 24

NCIS • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 8882-170 St, WEM, 780.484.2424 • Dr. Ducky and his colleague from Los Angeles, Hetty, are off to Canada to attend a conference with the Royal Canadian Navy Investigative Services, where they run into trouble. Ducky is accused of committing murder and is given until the end of the conference to prove his innocence • Until Jan 26


Main Fl halls, 16940-87 Ave, 780.432.6678; wands@web. net • Edmonton Art Club Show and Sale • Until Jan 26

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • catchinG thE liGht: The life and photography of Victor Post • Jan 29-Mar 31 • Opening reception: Feb 6, 7pm



HOT 8 GUMBO–MARDI GRAS FOR THE FAMILY! • Arden Theatre • This brass is bright

LATITUDE 53 • New location opening soon: 10242-106 St • Latitude 53 Skating Party, all ages, at the McCauley Community Rink (107A Ave, 96 St); tunes by DJ Prairie Dawn, and DJ D-Pro • Jan 26, 5pm


CAFÉ HAVEN–Sherwood Park • 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park • NVSart is featured • Sep-Jan

HEY LADIES! • Roxy, 10708-124 St, other venues, 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network's the Roxy Performance Series starring Davina Stewart, Cathleen Rootsaert, Leona Brausen • Feb 1


NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave,

10434-122 St • Naturally Abstract: artwork by David Blaine, featuring abstract images discovered in natural environments • Until Feb 28

FREE-MAN ON THE LAND • Roxy Theatre, 10708-124 St • Presented by Theatre Network and Azimuth Theatre. By Spirot, live original music by local singer/songwriter Dale Ladouceur, the theatrical fiction of the man commonly known as richard svoboda strives to disengage from the system of legal fictions that claim to govern us • Until Jan 27 • $11-$22; $21 (adult)/$16 (student/senior)

Public Library • borrowinG art: The Red Deer Public Library Art Lending Program • Until Feb 19

Sherwood Park • Artwork by society members, and a gift shop of artist made items; open Feb-Jul

OH SUSANNA! • Varscona Theatre • 10329-83

Ave, 780.433.3399 • The Euro-style variety spectacle with Susanna Patchouli and her divine co-host Eros, God of Love! Laughs! Music! Cocktails! • Runs the last Sat each month, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change)

780.432.0240 • Works by Byron McBride • Until Feb 15

PAPER SO–NG • Westbury Theatre, TransAlta

Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • Group exhibitions: Artworks by gallery artists • Until Mar 23

Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • A traditional Japanese folktale about a crane (Tsuru) with the story of a young mouse and her grandfather, as they struggle against an oppressive overlord, the goblin Tengu. Suitable for ages 4+ • Jan 24-26 • $18 (adult); $15 (student/senior); $13 (12 and under); Jan 25, 7pm; Jan 26, 11am, 2pm; Schools: bring your students to the Westbury Theatre: Jan 24, 10am, 1pm; Jan 25, 1pm • Group pricing available through Fringe Theatre Adventures 780.409.1910

THE RED PIANO • Bourbon St, WEM •

PaintinGs and Pianos: Art by Denise Lefebvre, Oksana Zhelisko, Igor Postash, Phil Alain • Jan 30, 6pm (door), 8pm (pianos) • $10

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave, 780.453.9100 • rivEr's EdGE: Until Apr 10 • inUUJaq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic; until Apr 28 SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St,

780.488.3619 • stEam: a winter intermission: Figurative artworks • Until Jan 25

SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • Main Gallery: bimPE (Biennial International Miniature Print Exhibition): Prints measuring no more than 15cm x 10cm • Until Jan 31

STRATHCONA COUNTY GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park, 780.410.8585 • nomadic boUncE: Works by Jason Baerg • Until Feb 24


• STAR WARS Identities: The Exhibition: explores the amazing nature of human identity through the magic of the Star Wars universe and its legendary characters; until Apr 1


• Enterprise Sq, 10230 Jasper Ave, 780.492.5834 • Passion ProJEct: 75 works from the U of A art collection, until Jan 26; Passion Project–Curator's Talk with Jim Corrigan, Jan 25, 12:15-1pm

THE CANOE THEATRE FESTIVAL • The 2013 Festival lineup includes: tudor queens by Send in the Girls Burlesque (Edmonton); vice versa by Punctuate Theatre (Edmonton); white rabbit red rabbit (Canadian/Iranian/Irish CoPro with local actors); northern soul by Victoria Melody (Brighton, UK) Victoria Melody’s hilarious one-woman show; a western by Action Hero (Bristol, UK); dancing with rage by Mary Walsh • For complete Canoe Festival schedules, ticket prices and show times at • Jan 24-Feb 3

dancE: Works by Karen Blanchet • Jan 29-Feb 23 • Reception: artist in attendance: Sat, Feb 2, 1-4pm



Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Grindstone Theatre presents a two act improvised musical every other Fri, 11pm • Jan 25 • Tickets at TIX on the Square • Feb 8, 22, Mar 8, 22, Apr 5, 19

CARROT COMMUNITY ARTS COFFEEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave • Prose Creative Writing Group • Every Tue, 7-9pm

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS • 10729-104 Ave • Author Gord Cummings reads from Boundary Road • Jan 27, 3pm ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St, 780.902.5900 • Spoken Word Tuesdays: Weekly spoken word night presented by the Breath In Poetry Collective (BIP); info: E:


Room, downstairs • Edmonton Stroll Of Poets–Vision 2013: Members, share your ideas on where we are now and where we want to be in the next 3-5 years • Jan 26 9:30-11:30am

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • • The Poets’

VUEWEEKLY JAN 24 – JAN 30, 2013

THE 11 O’CLOCK NUMBER! • Varscona

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE • Shell Theatre, Fort Saskatchewan • By Joseph Kesselring; featuring Christian Stannard, Lisa Whitson, Mallorie Hawkes, Melissa Korpan, Nathan Salter, Lance Clarke, Jeff Punji, Samantha Sinclair, Danielle Schafer, Julian Stamer, Kelly Thompson, Tricia Murphy, and Jada Bruer • Feb 1-2, 7:30pm • $10 at TicketMaster, Shell Theatre BUDDY HOLLY STORY • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • By Alan Janes with Jeff Giles as Buddy • Until Feb 3 CABARET WITH JOHN ALCORN • The Club at the Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Featuring Cole Porter songs featuring Steve Wallace on bass and Reg Schwager on guitar • Jan 25-26 • $35 at box office

PRIVATE LIVES • Shoctor theatre at the

Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • A laugh-out-loud battle of the sexes by Noël Coward. An effervescent comedy of manners set in the 1930's • Feb 2-24 • $35 at box office

RIDE • PCL Studio, TransAlta Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • A man and a woman wake up in bed togethernaked-and neither can remember how they got there. Or who the other is • Feb 1-9 THEATRESPORTS • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm

THE V.I.P. KID’S SHOW • Varscona Theatre,

10329-83 Ave, 780.433.3399 • Series for children where young and old can enjoy a Variety, Improv and Puppet show with Kate Ryan, Davina Stewart, Donovan Workun, Dana Andersen, Cathy Derkach and friends • Jan 26, 11am • $7

ZODIAC ARREST • Westbury Theatre, TransAlta

Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • A zodiac-themed show features riveting performances by Edmonton’s hottest circus & physical theatre artists • Jan 31-Feb 10 • $28 (general/adult); $25 (student/senior/equity); $22 (child 12 and under)




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Getting 'Stoked with Gnorm the Powder Gnome


he shortest member of Revelstoke Mountain Resort's Ski Patrol team is snow scientist Gnorm the Powder Gnome. For the past two years he's worked day and night from his one square-metre study plot at the top of the Ripper Chair. His sole duty is to put Revelstoke's snowfalls into perspective for skiers and snowboarders headed to the Revelation Gondola lift line: 5 – 10 centimetres leaves him buried to his waist, 15 – 20 hides his red and whitecheckered shirt, and 20 means only his pointy hat sticks above the snow. More than 25 means he disappears completely beneath a white blanket. When I joined up with Revelstoke's Avalanche Forecaster Troy Leahey in his office for the 6:30 am patrol meeting, Gnorm wasn't quite buried to his waist and the patrol team didn't flinch. Five centimetres was a small dump compared to the combined 177 cm that had fallen in the previous two weeks. It also gave them a break from doing their almost-daily avalanche control work. "Generally, skiers want to be in ava-

lanche terrain," says Leahey, "and we have a lot of it. My primary concern is to open that terrain as quickly and efficiently as Mother Nature allows." To safely control Revelstoke's avalanche-prone landscapes, the patrol team actively triggers avalanches using explosives. For larger features, like North Bowl's Powder Assault and Discipline runs, that means suspending 12-kilogram sacks of ANFO (ammonium nitrate-fuel oil) explosives above the slope using a cable tram system that Leahey built himself. "I'm not afraid of explosives," says Leahey. "They just scare me as much as they should." Leahey claims these air blasts aren't only safer (because they put a greater distance between the blaster and the explosion), but they also get better results. It isn't uncommon to clear out most of North Bowl with a single shot. The blasting team gets plenty of practice, too. During their record setting 2010 – 2011 season, when the resort saw a total season snowfall of 12.5 metres, the patrol team

handled explosives on a record 70 percent of operational days. This season, they're on pace to break both of those marks. By New Years Day, they'd already seen the cumulative snowfall total pass the 6.3 m mark. Before this year, the earliest that they'd seen that much snow was January 20, 2011. When the morning meeting ended, I followed Leahey out onto the hill for a personalized tour. It started with a huge climb, first up the Revelation Gondola, then the Stoke

Chair, before a 15-minute hike landed us at the sub peak. It's the highest piece of inbounds terrain in Revelstoke and it marks the top of the longest vertical drop of any resort in North America. Too bad I couldn't see a thing: the weather was white. The clouds hung low in the sky, it was snowing and every surface— rope lines, buildings and trees—was masked behind layers of rime. Leahey dropped in first and linked turns through boot-top powder towards the entrance to Greely Bowl. When I caught up, I found a huge smile strung across his face. While the 5 cm snowfall didn't measure up against any of the best powder days he's seen since opening the resort in 2007, it was still deep enough to fill in the previous day's tracks and we barely felt the bottom. We snaked our way along the area boundary. While Leahey made sure the rope lines were in place, I simply enjoyed my turns. Whenever we stopped,

Leahey shared a story about the surrounding mountains. When we caught our first clear view of the 2466 m out-of-bounds summit of Mt Mackenzie, he pointed at a chute called the Fourth Door. A few years earlier, a backcountry skier triggered a size-two avalanche that ran down the full path. He survived without injury, despite being completely buried for 24 minutes before two ski patrollers arrived on scene, located him with their avalanche transceivers and dug him out. The story carried a clear message. While open avalanche slopes at the resort are safely managed with explosives and trained staff, the same isn't true for the surrounding backcountry. Yet Revelstoke is known for it's hardcore skiing community and people duck the ropes everyday. When we finally made it back to the top of the Stoke Chair, we traversed to the south boundary rope. Leahey made sure to introduce himself to anyone headed into South Bowl and he quizzed everyone about the avalanche conditions, their training and their equipment. CONTINUED ON PAGE 17 >>

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We stayed inbounds and found more fresh turns that dropped us well below tree line on a gladed run called Jalapeno. About halfway down, Leahey stopped and asked me what I saw. I realized that the trees—all massive 15 – 20 m cedars—were flagged, the avalanche term for trees damaged by avalanches. In this case, the uphill side of each tree was bare. The branches had all been ripped off and the bark stripped from the trunks. Even though we were out of sight of the alpine, we were still standing in an avalanche path. The last time it had slid that big, however, was before Revelstoke Mountain Resort existed and before Leahey implemented the resort's avalanche control plan. "I think we've built a great reputation with high-end skiers," says Leahey, "and we wouldn't keep them at the resort if we didn't open great terrain."

Revelstoke Mountain Resort's Ski Patrol team during its morning meeting // Jeff Bartlett

The following morning, I checked in with Gnorm and found him wallowing in waist deep snow, again. This time, the official storm board read 12 cm overnight and the forecast promised more was on its way. From my hotel window, I heard the first explosions that proved the patrol team was already at work. As I scrambled to get ready, I realized I didn't have time to check out of my

room and move my car if I wanted to make the first gondola. When I called to ask for an extended checkout time, the Front Desk Agent at Revelstoke's Sutton Place Hotel kept the conversation brief: "It's a powder day, just get out on the mountain. Don't worry about anything else." And I didn't. JEFF BARTLETT






This annual festival is drawing to a close, but not before another weekend of events and parties. If you're heading to the slopes on Saturday, Marmot Basin will be hosting Avalanche Awareness days including a search and rescue dog demo. It's pretty cool watching these dogs plow through the powder looking for the snow-covered targets. The avalanche control team will be setting up a few explosive demos as well. If you ask me, anytime something's being blown up—including snow—it's definitely worth watching. In Jasper, there are events and parties all weekend long. A winter pentathlon, Tracks in the Snow and Astronomy Night are just some of the family events. And then there's the nightlife: Friday night there's an indoor snowball fight at the D'ed Dog, Robbie Burns night at the Legion, wine tasting at the Chateau Jasper and live music by Tupelo Honey at the AthaB. On Saturday, there's a Hops and Scotch tasting at the Sawridge Inn and Conference Centre, followed by an after party at the Jasper Brewing Company. Then, Tupelo Honey will entertain one last time at the AthaB, bringing the always fantastic Jasper in January festival to a close. I am so looking forward to their 25th anniversary next year. Now that's going to be a party!

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ven though nobody ever requested it, Ted Nugent's "Stranglehold" became a staple of most every wedding DJ set I played last summer. The rock classic by the Motor City Man is undeniably great, but it's hardly wedding fare. It's been suggested that my penchant for playing the tune at weddings might be a subtle, maybe even subconscious jab at the institution of marriage—a stranglehold is a form of bond, after all. However, on further reflection, maybe I am the one in bondage—at least by way of my own slavish greed. Wedding DJs earn roughly five times as much as their club and lounge counterparts, but must endure the necessity, litany and banality of requests. Or perhaps I was the Nuge's strangler, if not betrayer of the true faith, suffocating any hope of helping a larger, less-initiated audience develop a better understanding of actual DJ culture. Clearly, many deep thoughts run through your head when you're gritting

your teeth and swallowing your pride while trying to shut out the insipid caterwaul of PSY's sadly ubiquitous "Gangnam Style." For many people, weddings often represent the only time they are exposed to DJs. They make no distinction between mobile deejay service workmen and the more underground, put-your-handsin-air heroes of club culture. To them, all DJs are the same. But being a good wedding DJ depends more on providing strong customer service than talent or taste. While mixing in fun, appropriate selections is important at weddings, playing to the crowd via requests in a timely and effective manner is essential (grinning like a dolt while you play said requests also goes with the territory). Unfortunately, not everyone at a wedding is altogether conscious of programming fundamentals. This includes the bride and groom who sometimes demand club bangers before many of their guests have laid down their dessert forks. Your big day shouldn't come at the expense of people like your grandparents, aunts and uncles who will be disinclined to dance if the music is too hard too soon. They might even leave early. Ideally, the bigger dance numbers should be played later in the evening. Certified wedding planner Amy Maier with Head Over Heels Weddings and Event Planning says the bridal party should also lead by example to ensure a packed dance floor. "The bride and groom shouldn't expect the DJ to create a party atmosphere if they aren't willing to participate and dance. If they don't, then no one else will," Maier says. "At one of my weddings, the bride and her very intoxicated bridesmaids were screaming at the DJ and telling him what songs to play and in what order. He was about 30 seconds from packing up and I literally begged him to stay. Of course, neither the couple nor the wedding party was on the dance floor once, despite him playing every song they asked for." Preparing a detailed playlist for the DJ before the reception is another way to ensure the happy couple and, hopefully, their guests will like what they hear. This list should likewise include music you do not want to hear. The "Macarena" and the "Chicken Dance" are often on no-play lists, but it's worth considering that kids love shaking their groove thing to both songs. Preparation is key (most quality wedding planners and mobile DJ services provide questionCONTINUED ON PAGE 23 >>


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hat is more daunting than planning a day that is supposed to be the most important in your life? Especially if you aren’t one of those people that has been thinking about it since you were six years old. I admit, since getting engaged five months ago, my fiancé and I haven’t done anything. Sure, I’ve pinned a few things to boards on Pinterest. But decisions? Nope. Probably because I’ve seen too much reality TV and I’m scared of becoming a monster. So I did what any person with common sense would do—I talked to a professional. —Chelsea Boos // Fresh Events Edmonton is a new event-planning service founded by Jacqueline Hunt. Jackie holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree and is a certified member of the Wedding Planner Institute of Canada. A logistical powerhouse with a sharp eye for design and detail, she loves—more than anything—planning parties. She can help with everything from developing your theme, to assisting with venue, catering and decorating choices so you can spend your time enjoying the company of your guests. Call 780.819.7696 or email for more information. VUE What are the priorities when it comes to wedding planning? FRESH The very most important thing to think about when planning your wedding is that it should reflect what is important to the two of you. Take the time to sit down as a couple and think and talk about the day and decide what you want your focus to be. Ask yourself: when this day is over, I’ll be really happy if we _____. That’s a good way of ensuring that you include and focus on those important things. If you decide the ceremony is the focus of your day, then make that your priority and be sure to book that space early so that everything can follow from that. If you want an intimate celebration surrounded by family and friends, then start by choosing and confirming a location that offers that feeling. If the food is really important to you, work with your favorite caterer to find out what venues they have successfully used. Other details can then follow, but you’ll have taken care of your most important ones first. V What things can you cut out to save time and money? F You can cut out almost anything that you choose. Again, stay focused on your priorities: if you have visions of an English country garden wedding, then focus your limited funds on a healthy floral budget (and be sure to plan a summer wedding). If you don’t care about a wed-

ding cake, then bake cupcakes or have family members contribute to a dessert buffet. There are so many ways to keep weddings budget-friendly. Remember, the Edmonton area is full of local vendors and suppliers who offer many ways to keep costs reasonable. Local suppliers offer everything from homecrafted guest favours (What about miniature jars of locally-made jam or honey?) to private venues for ceremonies and receptions. A good wedding planner is familiar with great local suppliers and can help you save time and money in finding them. Don’t do anything because you think you must, there aren’t too many things you absolutely have to do except for making sure you have a marriage licence and an officiant who is legally authorized to marry you. Other than that, your wedding should reflect the personalities and priorities of the two of you. V How much of the planning and production is feasible to do oneself? F You know, an average Canadian wedding takes about 260 hours to plan and costs somewhere in the range of $26 000. People need to know that this will probably be the biggest ‘party’ that they will ever plan, and it can take a lot of time and a lot of hard work. Be realistic about how much time you want to devote to this ‘project’ of yours and then be clear about how much of it you really want to do yourselves. At that point, you can think about whether you want to delegate or hire out some of that work, or whether you need to revise the original plan that you had in mind. It’s really about setting realistic expectations, otherwise you will make yourself and everyone else around you unhappy. This is about understanding what key elements you are interested in and capable of doing ... for example, you may want calligraphed invitations and are creative and talented and quite capable of doing that, but you need to be realistic about how much time it would take to calligraph 100 invitations if that’s what you’ll need. Maybe 20 is manageable, but 100 might not be—think about it and plan accordingly. Instead, perhaps you’ll choose to make a beautiful WELCOME sign for your guests (and have someone else print those invitations). This is also going to depend to some extent on the kind of wedding you have in mind—if you are planning 20 guests at a champagne picnic in your backyard, there is a lot less work in organizing that compared to 175 people in a candlelight church service followed by a reception and dance in an immaculately-decorated ballroom. You can, if you have the time, do all of the planning and production yourself, but be real about the time it’s going to take and DON’T leave it all to the last minute. V Do you have any other recommendations? F Like any other significant event, be clear about your budget and your priorities and be open to new ideas and any other disruptions that happen along the way— they will occur! Don’t be afraid to consult with a professional—most wedding planners can offer everything from hourly consultation to full planning and execution services—they are worth their weight in wedding cake!


hether you are splurging or scrimping, you will find creative, tailor-made solutions close to home. Here are a some examples of what local makers have to offer. 1 These "unique edible works of art" are made by local pastry chef Amanda Van Unen | Bluebird Cakes, 780.232.9699, 2 Use native wildflowers in your decorations and reduce your environmental impact. Also, by giving indigenous plant seeds as favours, you can send your guests home with a perennial memento of your wedding day | Apache Seeds, 10136 149 street, 780.489.4245 3 Custom-tailored shirts and suits from Vancouver-based Indochino are fetching, affordable and almost local | 4 Calgary-based Wild Rose Brewery makes beers you could even call classy | Sherbrooke Liquor, 11819 St Albert Trail, 780.455.4556 5 Skip the drama of dress shopping by having Jessica Halabi, a self-professed fashion obsessive, design and sew your custom order. 10137 104 street, 780.690.0053 6, 7 From his studio in a converted garage at his home in Calder, Michael Wichuk designs and prints exquisite invitations on his 50-odd-year-old Heidelberg letterpress | Fort Heavy, 8, 9 Elm Café and Catering will create a menu that not only suits your day, but emphasizes fresh local ingredients and homemade accompaniments | 780.756.1645, 10 Have your bridal gown custom-made by Edmonton native Kelsey McIntyre. Kelsey’s love of all things vintage overflows into her adorable designs |, 780.405.3923 11 Tired of cupcakes? Try Andrea and Matt’s sophisticated doughnuts. Their new company, called Heritage Baked Goods, offers egg- and dairy-free options, suitable for vegans or those at your wedding with allergies and intolerances, as well as gluten-free options and they can work with you to create almost any type of doughnut and glaze to suit your palate |, 780.994.889 12 Designer Cory Christopher selects every flower, every ribbon and every detail to purely represent each couple | Dasee Floral Boutique, 10441 - 123 street, 780.447.3325 13 You’ll fall in love all over again with these sassy selections from Birds and Bees Organic Winery and Meadery. Sherbrooke Liquor, 11819 St Albert Trail, 780.455.4556 14 The talented Kalie Johnston is a freelance fashion designer who returned to Edmonton after graduating from Ryerson University and designing for fancy labels like Dagg and Stacey, Headmistress and Joe Fresh in Toronto for six years | kalie.johnston@ Photography 1, 3, 5, 8, 9, 12 by Jessica Fern Facette | 10 by Starseed Photography | 14 by Talia Unger | 2, 4, 6, 7, 11, 13 by Chelsea Boos


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VUE’S 100 MILE WEDDING GUIDE CONTINUED CREATIVE PROJECTS A quick search for wedding decorations on Pinterest will reveal so many cute DIY projects it will make you never want to see another mason jar. Ever. But what would your wedding be if it didn’t have your personal touch? Give your penmanship some practice and go for handwritten place cards set smartly into pine cones you can easily collect from your neighbour’s front yard. Tip: Write the names before you cut the circles out and they will always be centred. Grow your own flowers and impress even that distant relative that never seemed to like you much. Baby’s Breath has a bad rap, but used in large quantities, those delicate-looking little buds are robust and beautiful, not to mention so fragrant they will fill the room with their fresh scent. Plus, with a little white spray paint, you can turn a coffee can or a soda bottle into a mock porcelain vessel that looks like one you’d see in home-design magazines. Tip: Use primer. -CB


There are plenty of things to scrimp on, but in my humble opinion, photography is not one of them. Go ahead and hand out a bajillion disposable point-and-shoot cameras and hope for the best if you’d like candid shots, but remember that is not a substitute for what these professionals do. You are going to be collaborating closely with this person to capture the essence of your day, so choose someone whose work inspires you. I can vouch that these local photographers have a knack for noticing the details that you will want to remember later. -CB

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might work wonders at the after hours, for example, but it will leave wedding << CONTINUED FROM PAGE 18 guests wanting to hear "Cadillac Ranch" naires in advance), but it's also impor- on the sidelines. A good wedding DJ will tant to simply let the DJ work. have an ear for plurality. "A good DJ will read the crowd and "Anyone can rent speakers, lighting, determine what music is best," says purchase some music and call themwedding and event planner Caitlin selves a DJ," says Dan Sinclair, a 16-year McElhone. "Just as you are trusting the veteran and owner of Baseline Services. planner, florist or caterer to make expert "But do they have experience? Are they decisions based on your wedding needs, using professional equipment? Do they it's important to remember the DJ is also have a business licence? Do they carry a professional. It's fine to supply a few insurance? Do they run their business 'must-play' favourites and special re- out of an office or their home? What quests, but let the DJ work their magic happens if the equipment malfuncto get the tions? Best crowd goadvice: hire a The bride and groom ing." professional DJ shouldn't expect the DJ to And if the company." create a party atmosphere dance floor Finally, one if they aren't willing to is rocking, question DJs Maier adds, at lounges, participate and dance. If don't come they don't, then no one else clubs, raves a knocking. and the like will. "Go with generally don't the flow. If want to hear is people are dancing, don't stop the party. whether we take requests. Honestly, I see many couples who have a packed most of us hate being asked. After dance floor and then have the DJ stop we've told you no (based on either areverything to play the shoe game." tistic principle or the fact that some us Part of the preparation process to en- still play vinyl records and physically sure DJ success should include research. can't accommodate all comers) some Check out reviews and testimonials on- of us may curse your stupidity as you line or ask your married friends which DJ skulk back to your friends to complain or service they hired and enjoyed. Wed- about "that asshole DJ." If you can reding planners can also recommend rep- member to confine your requests to utable DJ companies they have worked weddings only, then we'll all live hapwith before. It's worth noting that good pily ever after. club DJs don't always make good wed- YURI WUENSCH // YURI@VUEWEEKLY.COM ding DJs. House music all night long


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Shining a light on food inequality Raj Patel pushes for a culture of sustainability rather than convenience Wed, Jan 30 (7 pm) Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS), Room 1-430, University of Alberta, Free


he rain was hammering down on the roof of five-year-old Raj Patel's cab while visiting India with his parents, and through the driving droplets, he spotted a young girl standing in the midst of it all, soaked to the bone, begging for food. Something transformative sparked inside him, prompting him to question why she was outside and he wasn't, why he had money and she didn't, why he had food and she went hungry. "Every kid is hardwired and every human being is hardwired to understand issues of fairness," says Patel, whose questions as a child have led him to his current path as a renowned journalist, activist and author. "For me, it was the moment where those questions of fairness became very acute, and it was a very emotional moment for me. I still think about it, and that was the moment when I was thinking about fairness, particularly when it came to food." Now regarded around the world as the "rock star of social justice writing," Patel, the New York Times bestselling author of The Value of Nothing: How to Reshape Market Society and Redefine Democracy and Stuffed and Starved: The Hidden Battle for the World Food System is addressing audiences in regards to the need to change our food systems and encouraging people and organizations to build better ways to eat today in order to eat well tomorrow. Patel points out that worldwide, 850 million people are malnourished, and in the US alone, where he currently resides, that number breaks down to a staggering 50 million people. While so many go hungry, those who have access to food have grown accustomed to a culture


of convenience rather than sustainability, and the corporate monopolization of food has driven that half of the world's population to increasing rates of obesity, diabetes and a myriad of health problems. "One can trace back to colonialism the advent of some of these inequalities," Patel says. "In the modern day, you can find organizations like the World Bank and the World Trade Organization, and also, many of the companies that profit from the actions of these multilateral institutions that offer development, but often end up refashioning the world, the food, the interests of the most powerful rather than the poorest."

significant contribution, but Patel maintains that it can be a step in the right direction. He notes that in our culture of convenience, we have also accepted convenient politics that has been downgraded to marking an X in a box every few years. The food movement, Patel believes, can offer a different way of understanding politics that reclaims time and space and sophistication in our daily political debates rather than in contentious politics. "I think there's a lot more political pressure on food corporations to

Patel strives to encourage a culture of sustainability and believes at their core, people do really want to change and work towards making better food choices, but sympathizes that we are a time-starved society. "I mean, everyone wants to do the right thing; no one takes pleasure in being a bastard, but one has to appreciate that we live in the real world where you know, maybe you've got kids to look after, you have dependents to take care of, you're running from one thing to the other, you're trying to make ends meet," he continues. "The creation of not enough hours in the day is, in fact, part of the problem, and our poverty of time and our inability to be able to get as engaged in politics and imagining a different world, it used to be much more common ... I think what's exciting about food is that sitting down with people for a meal and discussing things can be part of the cure." Sitting around the dinner table discussing politics or the inequalities of the world or making small shifts towards ethical consumerism may not sound like a

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address issues around obesity, around marketing food to children, around issues of health," he says, adding there was a glimmer of good news in the US recently that showed there has been a slight downturn in levels of childhood obesity due to public health campaigns, but there's still a long way to go, as one in three children born today will not live to 100 years old

and one in three children also suffer from Type 2 diabetes. "There is a sort of split in the equality of health outcomes when it comes to a future world, and that's something that if we don't change our food system, it's just going to be exacerbated globally." MEAGHAN BAXTER



The real deal about Zinfandel Forget the blush variety and try the good stuff The unseasonably warm temperatures Puglia region (the heel of Italy's boot). are gone and we're back to Edmonton Primitivo was thought to be its own in mid-winter: it's cold and I crave wine unique variety until the '90s, when that's rich and high in alcohol. You gotta DNA profiling revealed that it was none get the blood pumping somehow—and other than California's Zinfandel. Yet a nice glass of red sure beats chipping the origins of Primitivo were equally unice on the sidewalks. known—it is highly likely that the initial Zinfandel fits the bill in both respects. plantings came from the United States. A red grape variety indigenous to Italy This prompted further genetic research, (where it is known as Primitivo —more and in 2004 researchers discovered on that later), Zinfandel features red that an almost-extinct Croatian variand black fruit flavours that are ety, Crljenak Kaštelanski, is geVIDI , I so ripe it's almost like drinking netically identical to Zin and N E V jam—really boozy jam, that is therefore its progenitor. is. Zinfandel loves to grow om (It also wins the honour of .c ly k e uewe mel@v in very warm climates, but being the most impossibleMel this comes with the danger to-pronounce grape name I've y e l Priest ever encountered). of the grapes ripening too much; the extra sugar in the berries results in Typical Zinfandel/Primitivo flavours ina one-dimensional fruit-bomb with agclude sun-warmed cherries, ripe plums, gressive alcohol. I know it sounds great blackberries and raisins, along with coin theory, but trust me, wine shouldn't coa and sometimes even caramel nuburn like whiskey on the way down. ances. Zinfandel grapes naturally have Many people are familiar with Zinhigher levels of sugar, which translates fandel in the form of White Zinfandel, to higher alcohol content in the finished which is a crappy blush wine that my wine; they typically check in at over 14 mom and her friends drank with giddy percent and can get as high as 17 perabandon throughout my childhood. cent—though the latter tends to be True red Zinfandel is very different pretty unbalanced. The best Zinfandels from White Zin, however, so don't let are voluptuous, but still maintain a high the latter's dubious reputation scare enough level of acidity to refresh your you away. palate—if it lacks in acidity, your mouth Zinfandel rose to fame in California will feel furry and gross after a few sips. after being one of the first European Zinfandel's rich fruit flavours and varieties planted in the early 1800s. It round frame make it a great choice for enjoyed immense popularity for many any kind of roasted red meat, while years until falling out of favour; prohislightly lighter-bodied Zins do well with bition almost eradicated it completely, chicken and pork. This grape also pairs until recent years, which have seen it well with roasted peppers and mushreturn to prominence as one of Califorrooms, as well as a wide range of cheesnia's signature reds. es—especially stinky blue cheese. But As I mentioned earlier, back in its Zinfandel's warm flavours and full body home of Italy, Zinfandel is known as also makes it a great choice to quaff just Primitivo and is usually grown in the on its own on a cold winter night. V


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band—growing debt, growing weariness of touring and the call of other life pursuits—Shea notes that the four of them were aware of the difficulty of reaching the same level of (what became) the band's swan song, 2005's Slow Fade Or: How I Learned To Question Infinity. "It just came out exactly how we envisioned it, or very, very close," he says. "When it was all done, it seemed to represent the idea, and [what our] initial expectations were for that record more than any one we had done before. "And it was kind of [us] looking at things going, 'The amount of time we would need to do this, and make a record that would be as strong

had used the space to do a celebratory goodbye show, and, given Levasseur happened to be in town, they threw together a quick Choke set. "Then, the realization of the amount Sat, Jan 27 (8 pm) of work that goes into rehearsing and With 400 Strong learning all that music from so long ago Pawn Shop, $20 that is quite fast and technical, we decided it would be a shame only to do t wasn't the final show of Choke's the one show," Shea says, "So we deexistence that hit bassist Clay Shea cided to make a week out of it." the hardest. It was whole damn 20So Choke lives again, if only for eight date goodbye tour, each night inching shows: a pair of Edmonton dates, plus the band closer to finality, that saw his trips to Calgary, Winnipeg, Regina, Vanemotions welling up again and again. couver, Whistler and a slot at Canada "I'm a pretty emotional guy, actually," Music Week in March. he laughs. "There were many nights on Turns out that reanimating the old that tour that hit songs has proven me harder than more stimulating There were many nights on that tour that hit that very last than Shea would've me harder than that very last night. Every night night. Every night guessed, too. somewhere, it was always a last: it was the last somewhere, it was "I have to admit, time we were going to do this here, last time we always a last: it it's been really fun were going to see these people. was the last time to revisit those we were going to songs that we do this here, last time we were going to as this, that we believe in ... it just wrote so long ago, some of them," he see these people. And so in my head I didn't seem feasible that we would says. "More fun than I thought it'd be— just thought I was going to have a total ever have that kind of time to put in, not to say that I thought it'd be a drag, meltdown, and—I know I shed some to do it right again.'" but I guess I found enjoyment in some of tears [here] and everywhere else—I the songs, in the older stuff, that I didn't remember it not being the blow that I After Choke, its members scattered expect to. ... You know, there's imperfecthought it might be, having experienced to various pursuits: Levasseur went tions in those recordings, and in your some of the feelings we had leading up to school, while Jaggard formed memory they seem to be so much bigger to some of the other shows." Team Building and Moncrieff and than they actually are when you go back That goodbye tour, finishing at the Shea banded together a new outfit, and actually listen to it. It's like, 'Oh, man, I Starlite Room back in 2007, capped off Passenger Action (Shea also puts in built this up.' This had become a different 13 years and six albums for the techample time with local sludge-rockers thing in my head than it actually is. nical punk band. During its bandlife, Black Mastiff these days.) "I like them for what they are almost Choke—comprised of Shea, guitarists The idea of a reunion was triggered more," he says. "Not to toot our own Jack Jaggard and Shawn Moncrieff, and when Sled Island's former festival dihorn, but you have a tendency to downdrummer Stefan Levasseur—rallied up rector, Lindsay Shedden approached play and think you were worse, be hard a fervour in songs that spanned the Shea last minute about resurrecting on yourselves. And then you go back and full punk spectrum: early on, Choke's Choke for a show. It couldn't quite it's like, 'Wow, I'm pretty proud of these sound swayed to the skate-punk side come together on such short notice, songs. We're pretty proud of these, and of things, but later the band found a but the offer got the band talking over it's neat we could put this together 16 – better fit in a more matured frenzy of the idea. Then the band lost what had 17 years ago, some of them." PAUL BLINOV guitars and drums. been its longtime rehearsal space. Shea // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM Among the reasons for dissolving the and company invited all the bands that


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Del Barber


Jacques Offenb ach

Sit right back and you'll hear a tale ...

The Tales of H offmann

Fri, Jan 25 (7:30 pm) With Ben Sures Arden Theatre, $30

the pen to the page and honed his craft as much as possible, adding that while a lot of what comes from that may be drivel, every so often, something sticks. Through ou can't escape your history; it's not this practice and digging into his stories, something you can just opt out of." Barber ended up recording rough cuts This is the notion at the centre of Headwaof more than 30 songs. He trusted the ters, the latest release from Canadian folk task of cutting this number down to the songsmith Del Barber. His third album in final 10 to producer Sam Kassirer, who he four years, Headwaters speaks to the shift teamed up with at the recommendation from rural to urban life and the characters of a member of John Prine's record label. that shape a person's journey along the "John Prine is one of my songwriting way. Love and loss, joy and sorrow are laid heroes. He's kind of the epitome of the bare in each melody and each lyric, as Barsacred and the profane and being cober crafts narratives of desire, life and the medic and also heartbreaking, and just influences on a person's direction—somebeing accessible—never really alienatthing that's impossible to run from, try as ing stories on his records," says Barber, one may. adding that working with Kassirer meant For Barber, more was at stake, telling these with numerous Love and loss, joy and sorrow are stories has all other musicians laid bare in each melody and each invested in the been part of his lyric, as Barber crafts narratives progression as project, and the of desire, life and the influences a songwriter, process of producon a person's direction from his early ing the record was days of veila slower one, but ing a song's true meaning in complex and it also meant resources were less limited abstract lyrics to a shift towards honest, than they had been on his previous two to-the-point renderings of his own voice albums—produced independently with and the voices of others. close friend Jean-Paul Laurendeau—and "My first record's probably more poetic that the team could work until they were and vague and more reflective of an earsatisfied, rather than settling for what ly 20s male, kind of afraid to be direct," they had when precious time and resourche explains. "I'm moving more and more es ran out. towards direct narratives and character"It was a really freeing experience where driven stories, and I think Headwaters reI got to go into the studio every day and flects that. It's kind of a move away from put myself in the hands of the really ultimate ego-driven singer-songwriter fantastic players and creative minds and kind of stuff and more focused on charweigh in from time to time, but really alacters and writing on behalf of other low them to take the reigns on the songs people's voices rather than just my own." ... every day was like complete bliss. I wish I could do it all the time." MEAGHAN BAXTER Rather than waiting for inspiration to // MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM strike before starting to write, Barber put


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The Dream Concert

Tue, Jan 29 (7:15 pm) and Wed, Jan 30 (7:30 pm) Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine: The Dream Concert Horizon Stage, $35 – $40


he created the iconic role of Cosette in the original Royal Shakespeare Company's wildly successful

production of Les Misérables. He's performed the lead of Jean Valjean in Les Miz more than 1000 times. Together, the powerhouse duo of Rebecca Caine and Michael Burgess are starring together for the first time on stages around the country. The dynamic twosome paired up for the Dream Concert in what

seemed to be a state of serendipity, and will be performing solo as well as together, bringing audiences the classics from Les Miz, Phantom of the Opera—which both have starred in during separate productions—as well as a little Sondheim and Rogers and Hammerstein. "I think it's quite natural because we both want the best out of the whole thing. We bring a lot of experience to it," says Burgess over the phone from Toronto. "That's the best part: we have a whole world of material to choose from." Burgess adds that this repertoire includes a song by Caine that was cut from the original production of Les Miz, as well as a number performed by him from Love Never Dies, the sequel to Phantom of the Opera. However, despite revisiting the lineup of songs countless times, he doesn't tire of them. "They're great songs, they're great lyrics, they all have a lot of emotion attached to them and you're still telling a story. Even though a song is only two, three, four minutes long, you're telling a story in that time ... you're taking yourself and your audience on a journey."

This time, that journey doesn't include costumes or lavish sets, but just two voices doing what they do best. Burgess notes this concert series has been a learning experience for him in turning each number into its own mini-show, bringing the audience along with each transition. Plus, there are no elaborate get-ups to hide behind. "When you're doing a show and they don't like it you can pretend it's the character," he chuckles. "When you're doing a concert, it's just you. You're there, you're exposed and it's a direct relationship with the audience, so you learn to sort of accept that and go with the flow, as it were." Not that the pair have anything to worry about in terms of audience response to their material. Since their beginnings, Les Miz and Phantom of the Opera have gone

on to achieve a great deal of success—both were made into feature films, with Les Miz up for numerous awards at this year's Oscars. "It certainly was a product of the '90s, both of those gigantic Vegas shows, as they were called. From a business standpoint, it changed the landscape of theatre completely," Burgess notes. "We did the Canadian production of Les Miz and it came to be regarded as one of the best in the world, and I think that's Canadian culture. We had a great cast and we put our own stamp on it and made it different from another production even though the lighting was the same and the sets were the same. I kind of think it's like when Canadians play hockey: even though the other team's better we find a way to win." MEAGHAN BAXTER



Music Notes

Up on Cripple Creek: The Front Porch Roots Revue Tribute to the Band Sat, Jan 26 (7:30 pm) For those of you too young to remember the Band, or those of you old enough to miss the good old days of roots music, catch the next best thing to the real deal with a lineup of the Band's classics, including "Stage Fright," "Ophelia" and "The Shape I'm In." (Festival Place, $28 – $32)

Lynn Miles / Fri, Jan 25 (8 pm) There's nothing like experience, and singer-songwriter Lynn Miles has plenty of it, and plenty to show for it: eight studio albums, countless miles on the road and numerous accolades are a testament to her signature country-folk sound and observational, sincere lyrics. (Full Moon Folk Club, $18 – $22)

Hot 8 Brass Band Sat, Jan 26 (7:30 pm) and Sun, Jan 27 (2 pm) Bringing a heaping dose of good old New Orleans flavour and soul to our frozen city, the Hot 8 Brass Band lets the adults enjoy Saturday, with a chance to expose the kids to some jazz during the family-friendly Hot 8 Gumbo on Sunday. (Arden Theatre, $15 – $35)

Obey the Brave Wed, Jan 30 (6 pm) Without releasing a single song, Obey the Brave—comprised of Alex Erian formerly of Despised Icon, Miguel Lepage and John Campbell formerly of Blind Witness, Greg Wood and Stevie Morotti—gained 14 000 Facebook fans during its first week as a band. Not too shabby. Now the metalcore group is out on the road promoting its debut full-length album Young Blood. (Avenue Theatre, $24)

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Matty Powell Kiss the City (Independent)  Grab the keys to Grandpa's old truck—maybe even bring him along—hook into Matty Powell's debut full-length album Kiss the City, and kiss the city goodbye as you find a country road to meander down as the folksy lineup makes your mind wander to lazy summer days. Powell's first track, "The Creek,"

JR Shore State Theatre (Independent) 

A steady drum beat eases into the gritty blues opener of JR Shore's latest album, State Theatre, but the track is a mere taste of what's to come. "Holler Like Hell" kicks things off in true blues fashion, with the next 11 songs

is sung by an honest man who just wants to live a simple and satisfying life with the one he loves. But what starts off as a man plucking at a guitar picks up halfway through to an impassioned lover, switching to Spanish lyrics and a bit of background maraca. The Spanish influence returns on "Yellowquill" and "Smoke Rings," but this time you might just find yourself heading down to a New Mexico cantina (or at least a local Spanish restaurant if you're on a travel budget) to revel in that Old West feel when spurs were more common than Converse and John Wayne won every fight. None of Powell's songs are peppy enough to get you off the sofa, but it isn't a sleepy blend either. It's a mix that you and gramps will keep on repeat all the way down to Albuquerque. REBECCA MEDEL


weaving back and forth between roots, folk and '60s country. Shore's songwriting prowess is front and centre on the first of the two-disc set—the second is a well-executed selection of cover songs like "Sin City" that see Shore putting his own flavour on the tunes while keeping elements of the originals intact. Shore's compositions on the first disc introduce listeners to a captivating cast of characters who inspire the melodies, complimented by instrumental arrangements that give each song its own distinct personality, from the slightly melancholy ballad "146" to the rock-tinged "Dash Snow," before concluding with the nostalgic strains of "Dayton Free."

True North might be the 21st Century Digital Boy's coming of age. When Greg Graffin sings "So hold your head up high forgotten man / Tomorrow won't be made for you" on "Dept of False Hope," it seems he is singing directly to the characters who filled albums like No Control and Suffer. And now here we are. Nearly everything you can consume is but a few keystrokes away, including this album, of course. It's difficult to imagine that when Brett Gurewitz and Bad Religion developed a music imprint—Epitaph—that they'd still be around after 16 albums and that you'd be able to listen to music on something like a mobile phone. Bad Religion fans will notice that, along with the enhanced production and studio precision that washes over True North, there's a further reminder that the course isn't complete. In fact, a nearly forgotten intensity on "Robin Hood in Reverse," or the more structured and gracious "Hello Cruel World," are fitting prompts that there will always be something special here. CURTIS WRIGHT


Various artists West of Memphis (Legacy) 

On Malfeasance, MaQlu weaves between moments of industrial-electro sounds swirling around and over and under each other before colliding in a blitz of musical clarity. At its best, there's a structure that holds MaQlu's trippy ideas together: the writhing, seven-minute "Disco Disgorge" falls into that category, as do parts of the glitchy closing track, "Alabaster [Creep Mix]." But at other times the structure all collapses onto itself, turning into a noisy, cluttered mess, as on "I Like You Better When You're High," or a crawling, montonous dirge, as on "Sapphire." MaQlu is fearless in her experimentation, but not always successful. EDEN MUNRO






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The soundtrack album for West of Memphis—a film that documents the 18-year struggle to free three innocent men convicted of murder when they were teenagers—is a flawed album. A combination of old and new tracks, the record spans a wide range of styles that leaves it sounding disconnected as Dixie Chick Natalie Maines teams up with Ben Harper for a slick, overblown take of Pink Floyd's "Mother," while just a few tracks later Marilyn Manson tackles Carly Simon's "You're So Vain" with surprising ease. Elsewhere, Johnny Depp leads Tonto's Giant Nuts through a version of Mumford and Sons' "Little Lion Man," besting the original by roughing the song up a bit, while the LA rock supergroup Camp Freddy turns in a fairly dull version of David Bowie's "The Jean Genie" and Pearl Jam's Eddie Vedder contributes "Satellite," a song from his solo album Ukulele Songs. In contrast, the White Buffalo wrings all the hairspray out of Faster Pussycat's "House of Pain" and turns it on its folky side, and Lucinda Williams offers up a satisfying new recording of her 1998 song "Joy." Still, despite the ups and downs of the tracklist, the record is ultimately held together by bookending, spokenword performances by Henry Rollins and Johnny Depp of death-row letters from one of the wrongly convicted men. The swelling instrumentation is on the melodramatic side, but the impact of the words is difficult to deny.

MaQlu Malfeasance (Independent)


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ARDEN THEATRE Del Barber and Ben Sures; 8pm; $30

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Classical WINSPEAR CENTRE ESO: Arias of the Masters: William Eddins (conductor), YannickMuriel Noah (soprano); 8pm

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 THE BOWER For Those Who Know...: House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests

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

UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous; 8th Birthday ft. Ian Carey; 9pm (door)

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm

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EMAILED FOR UPDATE: FLUID LOUNGE Scene Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat 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

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with a jam session; 7pm CENTURY CASINO Good Friends for a Good Cause: benefit for Marc Ladouceur: Maria Dunn, Shannon Johnson and Jeremiah McDade, Terry Morrison and John Gorham, Karla Anderson, Black Lightning, Lionel Rault, Kayla Hotte and her Rodeo Pals, Bob Jahrig, Celtara, Andrea House; Big Hank, Don Marcotte and more; silent auction; 2-8pm; $25 at TIX on the Square, Acoustic Music, Myhre's Music; proceeds to Marc Ladouceur; info/contribution T: Don Marcotte 780.466.8122 CITY HALL Swing 'n' Skate: Skate to live swing band; 12-3pm; free DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover FANDANGO'S Singer songwriter open Stage every Sun 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 O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Live rock band every Sun with Joint Chiess O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am ON THE ROCKS Red Ram, the Whytes PAWN SHOP Choke Reunion 2nd show (alt punk), 400 Strong, E-Town Beatdown; 8pm; $20 (adv) at Blackbyrd RICHARD'S PUB Sun Jam hosted by Joint Chiefs; 4-8pm THE RIG Every Sun Jam hosted by Better Us then Strangers; 4-8pm WUNDERBAR Miss Quincy and the Showdown with Ross Neilsen; 9pm YARDBIRD SUITE The Road to Django 3rd Annual Show: Cam Neufeld, Clint Pelletier,

Jordan Watchel, Dwayne Hrynkiw, Bali Panesar, Farley Scott, Jim Findlay, Don Ross, Jamie Philp and more; 7pm (door), 7:30pm (show); $25 (door)/$22 (adv at Blackbyrd, Myhres Music) YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy 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

ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Hosted by Darrek Anderson (the Guaranteed)open mic nights 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 A Sexy Night with DJ Pheonix and MJ with Sleepless DJ, DJ Breeze and more every Mon; 9pm-2am

TUE JAN 29 BLUES ON WHYTE Michael Charles 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

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

HORIZON STAGE Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine: The Dream Concert 30th Anniversary Celebration with the stars of Les Miz and Phantom; 6:30pm (reception), 7:15pm (ceremony, show)

BLUES ON WHYTE Michael Charles

L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am

BRITTANY'S LOUNGE The Velvet Hour: Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie , guests; 4-7pm; no cover

NEW WEST HOTEL Joe Macdonald


DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm FANDANGO'S Open mic Music Industry Night every Mon NEW WEST HOTEL Joe Macdonald OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Monday Open Stage PAWN SHOP The Reunion Of The Year CHOKE Second Show, 400 Strong and E-Town Beatdown; 8pm (door); $20 (adv) at Blackbyrd PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm

O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Grizz every Tue industry night OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK The Campfire Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm2am 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 SHERLOCK HOLMES– DownTown Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– WEM Amy Weymes

VENUE GUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge 24 Boudreau, St Albert, 780.460.8092 ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave AVENUE THEATRE 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BISTRO LA PERSAUD 8617-91 St, 780.758.6686 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St

CHICAGO JOE'S 9604-111 Ave CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail COMMON 9910-109 St CROWN & ANCHOR 15277 Castle Downs Rd CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 901388 Ave, 780.465.4834 DEVON HOTEL 1 Huron Street, Devon, AB 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

THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.4256

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411

BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 1022597 St, 780.497.0011

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave

BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099


BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750-124 St 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

Ave, 780.437.3667 FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 8906-99 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLASH NIGHT CLUB 10018-105 St, 780.996.1778 FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 GOOD EARTH COFFEE

HOUSE AND BAKERY 9942108 St GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB 11824-103 St HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HOGS DEN PUB 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 HORIZON STAGE 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain,

NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 O2'S ON WHYTE 780.454.0203 O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL 13509-127 St, 780.454.0203 ONE ONE EIGHT 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588

R PUB 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 ST BASIL’S CULTURAL CENTRE 10819-71 Ave 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 THE STUDIO 10940-166A St SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave


PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814

JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890

PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St

KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768


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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 LIONS HEAD PUB 4440 Gateway Boulevard LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132-104 St LIZARD LOUNGE 13160-118 Ave MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Boulevard NISKU INN 1101-4 St

PUB 1824 12402-118 Ave, 587.521.1824 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, 780.457.3118 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 THE RIG 15203 Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.0869 ROSEBOWL/ROUGE

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ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St

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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 Underground at the Crown Tuesday: Trueskool and live hip-hop with residents Jae Maze, Xaolin, Frank Brown; monthly appearances by guests Shawn Langley, Locution Revolution, and Northside Clan 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 SUITE 69 Rockstar

Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs

Miguel and friends; musicians are invited to bring their personal touch to the mix every Wed

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover


DEVANEY'S Duff Robison

ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage Wed with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12

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

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

AVENUE THEATRE Brothers of Brutality Tour, Whitechapel, Emmure, Unearth, Obey the Brave, the Plot In You; all ages; 6pm; tickets at BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm BLUES ON WHYTE Michael Charles CHA ISLAND TEA CO Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm CROWN PUB The Dan Jam: musical styles from around the globe with

GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Open stage every Wed hosted by The Canyon Rose Outfit, 8:30pm, free HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm HORIZON STAGE Michael Burgess and Rebecca Caine: The Dream Concert 30th Anniversary Celebration with the stars of Les Miz and Phantom; 7:30pm; $44 at TicketMaster NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:3011pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) PUB 1824 Open jam session every Wed, hosted by Norm; 8pm RED PIANO BAR Paintings and Pianos; 8pm (music); $10 RICHARD'S PUB Live Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm SHERLOCK HOLMES– DownTown Andrew Scott SHERLOCK HOLMES– WEM Amy Weymes 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 FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5


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The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove welcomes all Alberta Artists to submit a proposal as a Feature Artist for 2014 for a solo or group show to be held at the Spruce Grove Art Gallery located in the Melcor Cultural Centre at 35 – 5th Avenue, Spruce Grove. The deadline for submission is June 30, 2013. Please see their website for full details

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Akokiniskway Gallery of Rosebud, AB is currently accepting submissions and is sending out a call to artists from around the province and at all stages in their art careers. For more information on this call please contact the curator, Valerie Speer at

The City of Red Deer together with the Red Deer Arts Council is inviting submissions of interest for a public art project as a legacy component for the 2013 Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Distinguished Artist Awards Gala. The deadline for applications is Feb. 4, 2013. For complete details contact (403)309-3083.

Art Gallery of St. Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks proposals from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2014 calendar year. Submissions must include an artist statement, CV and up to ten images of work. For full details head to:

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Calls to Artists :: Illuminite Edmonton on the Edge is excited to host illumiNITE for second year running! This year's event runs the entire February long weekend - February 16-18, 2013.

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Aberdeen Publishing has an opening for the position as Publisher/General Manager of the Prince George Free Press.

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The Giovanni Fine Art Gallery is putting together an artist of the month feature that will highlight one Edmonton area arist's work, changing on a monthly basis beginning in January 2013. Please submit your digital portfolio of 3 to 5 pieces that highlights your various styles and mediums. All work must be child/family friendly. Email to Emily Dymock, or call her at 780-489-9764.

We are seeking a proven leader with the entrepreneurial skills to continue and further enhance the strong growth this paper has experienced over the past six years.

University City Public Sculpture Competition: University City Condo's in Calgary has launched a Sculpture Competition that is open to students to established artists. The budget is $100,000 CAD, the deadline for submission is June 1, 2013, and it is for Albertan artists only. More information about the competition can be obtained from the website.

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songwriter Steve Albini is a "connoisseur of intensity." That means he's picky about what he regards as intense. Even the two kinds of music that are often thought of as the embodiment of ferocious emotion don't make the grade for Albini. Heavy metal is comical, he says, not intense. Hardcore punk is childish, not intense. What's your definition of intensity, Cancerian? I see the coming weeks as prime time for you to commune with the very best expressions of that state of being. Be a connoisseur of intensity. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): There's a butterfly sanctuary at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It's called the Enchanted Garden. As you enter, you see a sign that reads, "Please do not touch the butterflies. Let the butterflies touch you." In other words, you shouldn't initiate contact with the delicate creatures. You shouldn't pursue them or try to capture them. Instead, make yourself available for them to land on you. Allow them to decide how and when your connection will begin to unfold. In the coming week, Leo, I suggest you adopt a similar approach to any beauty you'd like to know better. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): Do you ever fantasize about a more perfect version of yourself? Is there, in your imagination, an idealized image of who you might become in the future? That can be a good thing if it motivates you to improve and grow. But it might also lead you to devalue the flawed, but beautiful creation you are right now. It may harm your capacity for self-acceptance. Your assignment in the coming week is to temporarily forget about whom you might evolve into at some later date, and instead just love your crazy, mysterious life exactly as it is. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): Novelist Jeffrey Eugenides says he doesn't have generic emotions that can be described with one word. "Sadness," "joy" and "regret" don't happen to him. Instead, he prefers "complicated hybrid emotions, Germanic train-car constructions," like "the disappointment of sleeping with one's fantasy" or "the excitement of getting a hotel room with a mini-bar." He delights in sensing "intimations of mortality brought on by aging family members" and "sadness inspired by failing restaurants." In the coming days, Libra, I think you should specialize in one-of-a-kind feelings like these. Milk the nuances! Exult in the peculiarities! Celebrate the fact that each new wave of passion has never before arisen in quite the same form. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): After analyzing your astrological omens for the coming weeks, I decided that the best advice I could give you would be this passage by the English writer G K Chesterton: "Of all modern notions, the worst is this: that domesticity is dull. Inside the home, they say, is dead decorum and routine; outside is adventure and variety. But the truth is that the home is the only place of liberty, the only spot on Earth where a person can alter arrangements suddenly, make an experiment or indulge in a whim. The home is not the one tame place in a world of adventure; it is the one wild place in a world of set rules and set tasks."


Crabs kick the bucket

But is it thanks to Brazilian bikini waxes or medication? Have you heard the news? There are no bottle of insecticide lotion than go to the more crabs! According to Dr Basil Donovan doctor. of the Sydney Sexual Health Centre, the inEven if the good doctor's recollection of cidence of pubic lice has dropped dramatithe lack of crabs in his clinic is correct, it cally, amounting to all but complete exwould be almost impossible to show that tinction of the bothersome little beasties. this was the case anywhere else. Pubic lice He attributes the crab apocalypse to are not reported to any central health "better grooming," including the authority in any district worldwide popularity of Brazilian waxing. since they are certainly uncomThe story was first reported fortable and a bit of a nuisance, on the Australian website k but they themselves do not e e w @vue brenda Bloomberg, and was quickly cause any actual disease. This a Brender means that the record keeping picked up last week by almost b r Ke every leading North American news on the incidence of crabs is spotty at outlet from ABC to CBS to MSNBC. best. At a time when all we seem to hear The Bloomberg article makes it sound about are new syphilis outbreaks and as if we were overrun by crabs until antibiotic-resistant gonorrhea, the the amazing seven sisters from Brazil possibility of winning the war against brought their miracle waxing technique at least one sexually transmitted bug to Manhattan in the '90s. Even if the seems like great news. So should you incidence has dropped, it's quite a leap grab your phone and book a Brazilian? to say that this is the reason. The article Maybe not just yet. presents some data about the number Once again, the headlines and actual reof women who remove their pubic hair, search don't seem to match up with this but it neither shows that more women story. Donovan claims that his clinic in Syddo it now than in times when crabs were ney has not treated a woman with crabs more prevalent, nor does it reference since 2008. At first glance, that seems any research that shows a causal link. utterly conclusive. However, effective It may seem like I'm splitting hairs here. over-the-counter treatments have been After all, there's no harm in waxing so available for some time now. These days, why not do it just to be on the safe side? most people know what crabs are, recogDr Emily Gibson, director of the health nize that they have them and would much centre at Western Washington Univerrather run to the drugstore and pick up a sity, disagrees. She believes that pubic



hair removal actually increases the risk of infections, both sexually transmitted and not, and has started a campaign to discourage women from doing it. Rachel Posner, clinical associate at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, has been researching body-hair removal in women. She cites journal articles from 2010 that refer to problems created by pubic waxing and shaving. "Dangers include septicemia, second-degree burns, contact dermatitis, skin infections, micro-abrasions and increased potential for transmission of viruses due to the frequency of open wounds, " Posner says. If waxing can cause all of these potentially serious conditions, doesn't it seem just a bit odd to heartily endorse it as a solution for a bug that is not all that terribly common and usually causes no more than a few days' worth of itchy crotch? I don't think we should necessarily ban pubic hair removal, but there is definitely more to consider than the Bloomberg article would have us believe. It appears that the victory of the amazing Brazilian wax over communicable bugs has been proclaimed prematurely. 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.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): My general philosophy is that everyone on the planet, including me, is a jerk now and then. In fact, I'm suspicious of those who are apparently so unfailingly well-behaved that they NEVER act like jerks. On the other hand, some people are jerks far too much of the time and should be avoided. Here's my rule of thumb: how sizable is each person's jerk quotient? If it's below six percent, I'll probably give them a chance to be a presence in my life—especially if they're smart and interesting. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Sagittarius, this gauge may be useful for you to keep in mind during the coming weeks. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): The French painter Cézanne painted images of a lot of fruit in the course of his career. He liked to take his sweet time while engaged in his work. The apples and pears and peaches that served as his models often rotted before he was done capturing their likenesses. That's the kind of approach I recommend for you in the coming days, Capricorn. Be very deliberate and gradual and leisurely in whatever labour of love you devote yourself to. No rushing allowed! With conscientious tenderness, exult in attending to every last detail of the process. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): "Nobody can be exactly like me. Even I have trouble doing it." So said the eccentric, outspoken and hard-partying actress Talullah Bankhead (1902 – 1968). Can you guess her astrological sign? Aquarius, of course. Her greatest adventure came from trying to keep up with all the unpredictable urges that welled up inside her. She found it challenging and fun to be as unique as she could possibly be. I nominate her to be your role model in the next four weeks. Your assignment is to work extra hard at being yourself. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): The Dardanelles Strait is a channel that connects the Black Sea to the Mediterranean Sea, separating Europe from Asia. In some places, it's less than a mile wide. But the currents are fierce, so if you try to swim across at those narrow points, you're pushed around and end up having to travel five or six miles. In light of the current astrological omens, I'm predicting that you will have a comparable challenge in the coming days, Pisces. The task may seem easier or faster than it actually is. Plan accordingly.

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Coming out when it isn't your choice and Dear Abby's legacy A friend of mine on the opposite coast is a crossdresser considering transitioning. He came out to a female friend he had known for a long time but hadn't seen in a while, and she told her that she wanted her to come to her house fully dressed for some hot sex to "explore her bi-curiosity" or some shit. I told her to go for it, saying gender-transgression play is potentially hot. I neglected to mention that she should only go for it if she trusted this girl (hereafter known as "Evil Bitch"). Evil Bitch backed out as soon as she arrived, but took her out to dinner (still fully dressed) as consolation. When she first told me this, I thought, "Oh well, Evil Bitch got cold feet, that sucks." Now my friend is telling me that Evil Bitch messaged a bunch of mutual friends he wasn't out to, outing my friend to them. After my friend told Evil Bitch that what went down between them was private, Evil Bitch just responded with "LOL k," and THEN posted pictures from their dinner date—fully dressed—on her Facebook. I told my friend to call Evil Bitch up and tell her what a violation of privacy and betrayal of trust that was. She just called him a faggot and hung up. I feel bad because I encouraged her to go for it. Is there anything my friend can do? She's freaking out and thinks that Evil Bitch ruined her life. Friend Of Crossdresser Betrayed By Evil Bitch Your pronouns are all over the place, FOCBBEB. Your friend is a she, then a he, then a she, then a he. So I'm gonna stick with "Your Friend," despite how clunky it makes my response, because I can't tell how Your Friend identifies. Twenty years ago, Your Friend


could've told Your Friend's relatives the news. If Your Friend acts like and whatever friends Your Friend Your Friend couldn't care less who had in common with Evil Bitch that knows, malicious assholes will be they got dressed up for a laugh and less likely to spread it around. Your Friend can't for the life of Your I've known a few people who were Friend understand why Evil Bitch is outed by malicious shits like Evil misrepresenting what they did Bitch—outed as gay or kinky or that night. But I can only or poly or all of the E swingers assume that Your Friend above—and it sucks and it SAVAG and Evil Bitch exchanged hurts and, yes, it can turn a person's life upside down. e emails, swapped texts, e w e vu elove@ sent direct messages savag But most of the people Dan e (DMs) via Twitter, etc, so I've known who were outed g a v Sa Your Friend shouldn't accuse looked back on the experience a Evil Bitch of lying. That will prompt year or two later with ... well ... not Evil Bitch to retaliate by posting with gratitude, but they woke up one emails, texts and DMs to Facebook, day happy to be free of the stress which will only make things worse of keeping their big secret. Maybe for Your Friend. Your Friend will feel the same way,


My husband isn't a virgin, technically or otherwise, and neither are you, NN. Your vagina might be a virgin, sure, but you're not.

Since Your Friend can't turn this around on Evil Bitch—and since calling Evil Bitch a liar will only make things worse for Your Friend— there's no way for Your Friend to nip this situation in the bud. Your Friend can only get out in front of it. Your Friend is out about the crossdressing now, at least, and Your Friend should embrace being out with as much good grace and courage as Your Friend can muster. And paradoxically, FOCBBEB, the more at peace with being out Your Friend appears to be, the fewer people Your Friend will be outed to. If Your Friend tries to keep this quiet, other malicious assholes will realize they can hurt Your Friend by spreading

and Your Friend will have Evil Bitch to thank. In the meantime, FOCBBEB, offer Your Friend your support and get in the face of anyone who gives Your Friend any grief. I just read your column about evangelical girls "saddlebacking" (having anal sex in order to preserve their virginities). I am a 21-year-old and have been sexually active since age 14. I engage in oral and anal sex. I have never had vaginal intercourse, so technically I am still a virgin. My reason for doing this has NOTHING to do with religion and everything to do with AVOIDING PREGNANCY. And, yes, I think it would be nice to give

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the man I marry a rare gift on our wedding night. And with my experiences over the past seven years, I believe I will be able to keep my future husband fulfilled and quite happy in the bedroom. No Name Anal is a highly effective birth-control method, and there's only one known case of someone getting pregnant through oral sex. (Google around and you'll find it pretty quick.) But anal intercourse is also the most effective means of HIV transmission—18 times more effective than vaginal intercourse—so I hope you're using condoms, regardless. And one quibble: if technically you're still a virgin, NN, then technically my husband is still a virgin, too. Yeah ... no. My husband isn't a virgin, technically or otherwise, and neither are you, NN. Your vagina might be a virgin, sure, but you're not. PAULINE "DEAR ABBY" PHILLIPS: I grew up reading both Eppie "Ann Landers" Lederer in the Chicago SunTimes and Pauline "Dear Abby" Phillips in the Chicago Tribune. I always preferred Ann's column to Abby's column—did you know they were twin sisters?—and I'm actually sitting at Ann's desk, which I bought at auction after her death, as I write this. So you could definitely call me more of an Ann fan. But I have a newfound appreciation for Abby after reading Margalit Fox's terrific obit in the New York Times (read it here: abbyobit). The obit ends with the most famous three-word response in the whole sordid history of the advice-column racket: "Dear Abby: Two men who claim to be

father and adopted son just bought an old mansion across the street and fixed it up. We notice a very suspicious mixture of company coming and going at all hours—blacks, whites, Orientals, women who look like men, and men who look like women. This has always been considered one of the finest sections of San Francisco, and these weirdos are giving it a bad name. How can we improve the neighbourhood? —Nob Hill Residents Dear Residents: You could move." Phillips wrote that decades ago— back when adult gay men often resorted to adopting their adult partners because it was the only way to secure any legal protection for their relationships—and people are still quoting it today. I don't think anyone working in this genre will ever top it. My sympathies to Jeanne Phillips, Pauline's daughter and the current author of the Dear Abby column. QUEER READERS: Help advance psychosocial research and do your part to include the LGB community in research while examining critical questions about the effect of rejection in the lives of LGB people. Adults (18 –  49) of all sexual orientations are needed for an important study on the relationship between sexual orientation, rejection and the attachment system. Go to surveymonkey. com/s/attachmentandalienation to learn more and to participate in the study. Thanks. V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at @fakedansavage on Twitter

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The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art Opens Saturday, January 26 Featuring dynamic work by contemporary artists from across Alberta. Trevor Anderson, Kyle Armstrong, Noel Bégin, Elisabeth Belliveau, Richard Brown, Eric Cameron, Bruno Canadien, Sherri Chaba, Chris Cran, Alysha Creighton, DaveandJenn, Amanda Forbis and Wendy Tilby, Mackenzie Frère, Sarah Fuller, Jason de Haan and Miruna Dragan, Faye HeavyShield, Terrance Houle, Gary James Joynes, Kristopher Karklin, Emily Luce, Eric Moschopedis and Mia Rushton, Robyn Moody, Pamela Norrish, Gabrielle Paré, Laura St. Pierre, Jewel Shaw, Taras Polataiko, Larissa Tiggelers, Laura Vickerson, Jennifer Wanner, Donna White, Maria Whiteman.

Don’t miss the Film, Video & Performance Program! January 27, 12 pm

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Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta Free with Gallery Admission Filmmakers will be in attendance; Q&A to follow Visit for schedule

The News from Here: The 2013 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art is presented at the Art Gallery of Alberta by ATB Financial.

Artist Patron Dr. James Wolfli in memory of Milan Wolfli.

Jason de Haan & Miruna Dragan, The Wood and Wave Each Other Know (detail), 2011. Courtesy of the artists and Clint Roenisch Gallery. Kyle Armstrong, Magnetic Reconnection (detail), 2012, Production Still. Courtesy of the artist. Robyn Moody, Wave Interference, 2012. Image credit: J. Guzzo Desforges. Courtesy of Robyn Moody. Kristopher Karklin, Jack & Jill Room (evening), from the series “camp life”, 2011. Inkjet print. Courtesy of skew gallery, Calgary.


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Children can't choose  

How Alberta's econoic divide affects the most vulnerable

Children can't choose  

How Alberta's econoic divide affects the most vulnerable