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The costs of local radio Citing limited resources and an attempt to best allocate those resources, CKUA Radio recently announced that it was making two major changes to its programming. The first was that it would be discontinuing Tom Coxworth's enduring Folk Routes program after 15 years. The second was that CKUA would no longer be producing local news and current affairs programming. "Producing original news journalism is expensive and our current financial situation prohibits the sustainable production of the quality of news coverage we want to achieve," reads the release. "CKUA will be offering BBC World News in place of our local news service." The latter change is a particularly disheartening one. We don't need BBC programming, or any other sort of broad global coverage for that matter. We live in a time when the world is hyper-connected and global news can be delivered to your phone while you sit on the bus; we're independently connected to the global community moreso than ever in history and we can go straight to the source for news from other places. But what we need in Edmonton—and what a localized, dedicated station like CKUA can best provide—is Edmontonbased, Edmonton-focused content. It's an important source for local happenings. According to CKUA's own mission statement,

"CKUA connects the hearts and minds of listeners to create better communities." Well, local coverage is what builds and betters those communities. It's easy to sympathize with the costs of crafting quality local news. News programming can be a hard sell to advertisers, certainly, and I'm sure the station's cultural programming will remain vital. But news is the voice that needs the most protection at media organizations because it's the one that really, truly belongs to listeners in Edmonton. It lets us talk about us, our city, and in doing so, engages the audience. CKUA has obviously had to make some hard choices, ones that call for—and deserve— faithfulness and clemency from its audience while the broadcaster attempts to find a way to remain afloat. But isn't it harder to feel that connection when CKUA has stopped telling our own stories? The farther we go down the path of seeing journalism purely as a dying business model—one that's capable of being hacked apart and outsourced, part by part—the more it starts to lose its relevance to audiences completely. Let's hope that as CKUA regroups, it will return its emphasis beyond local culture to the full scope of discussing the Edmonton community at large and being an empowering voice for the city. V


Flawed logic and faulty solutions Oil and gas dependence will not go away by selling it for more Despite the ongoing problems with Alberta's economy and the series of scandals exposed in the Alberta Legislature in the fall, Alison Redford continues to be seen in Alberta as someone who is smart, thoughtful and articulate. There was a moment during her televised speech to Albertans last week, however, which called all of that into question. As Redford explained how we will move the province forward in a more economically stable way, she clearly identified the heart of the problem: "A province as prosperous as Alberta should not be as susceptible as we are to swings in the price of oil and gas." Although economists, advocacy groups and think tanks of all stripes have been saying this for at least the last 10 years, this was the first time in recent memory that a premier has expressed the problem with Alberta's economy so directly. Our economy is


overly dependent on oil and gas more money. It's kind of like sugrevenues, and oil and gas revegesting that the way to deal with nues are volatile. That makes our obesity is to provide people aceconomy unstable and unsustaincess to more food for less monable. It's not rocket science, but ey. It doesn't work. The way to it was oddly comforting to hear make the budget less dependent a provincial premier articulate it on oil and gas is to either remove so bluntly. oil and gas revenues from the Despite her ability to budget or find other sources articulate the problem, of revenues that will reE however, the very next duce the share of oil and C N E FER line out of her mouth INTER gas money in the budget, @vue ricardo betrayed the degree to or both. o Ricard which she still doesn't Redford also suggested a ñ u c A actually get it. She promthat reforming our tax sysised to fix the problem by fighting tem to reduce volatility and defor a "Canadian Energy Strategy pendence would be the easy way that gets our oil both to the west out, and as such, not the way she and east coasts in Canada, to the would take. refineries in the US Gulf Coast and to markets overseas—particularly That's right, over the course growing economies in Asia." of an eight-minute speech, the It seems that in Redford's mind, premier correctly identified the the way to get over the fact that problem with Alberta's finances, our provincial budget is too decorrectly identified the most pendent on oil and gas is for us logical solution, said that it to find ways to sell more of it for would be "easy" to do and then


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stated unequivocally that she wouldn't do it. Instead, Premier Redford is promising to fix the problem by "holding the line on spending" during a time of huge population growth, and working to build pipelines from Alberta to the east and the west despite the rights of indigenous communities and the proven environmental dangers. That will certainly work far better for the long-term well-being of Albertans and our economy than actually fixing the problem at hand. As an aside, it was also quite interesting to hear the premier say that Alberta's oil and gas resources are "our assets and we need to sell them for the highest price possible." Why is her attitude so different when it comes to talk of increasing royalties on "our assets" in order to ensure we get a fair price for them? More conservative logic, I guess. Redford finished her presenta-

tion by assuring us that although she's already made up her mind about how to move forward, she will nonetheless begin a "conversation" with Albertans about the options at hand. Part of this will be an economic summit sometime this spring, which will bring together leading thinkers, experts, academics and non-profits to discuss the issues. In other words, all of the same people who have been telling her over and over again that we need to reduce our dependence on oil and gas and fix our tax system. If only she were actually prepared to listen to them this time and take their proposed solutions to heart instead of continuing to rely on the false logic and the pipe dreams of the oil industry. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.


No vacancy for homeless

Edmonton's homeless numbers decrease but hurdles for getting off the street still exist


dmonton is a leader among Canadian cities whe n it comes to tackling homelessness. The city has been conducting a homeless count since 1999—now biennially—and has a 10-year plan to wipe it out. The results from October's count were released on January 22, and the number of homeless in Edmonton is 2174, dropping from 2421 two years before and from an all-time high of 3079 in 2008. In fact, Homeward Trust CEO Susan McGee (the organization that organizes the count) says homeless numbers have been decreasing all across the province. "The city has grown substantially, and, actually, I think that's an important thing to bear in mind when we see the count numbers still going down in spite of an incredible amount of growth that we've seen in the last two years." McGee adds that supports within the community help people to get out of homelessness faster. "There will always be people with some sort of housing crisis, but they don't need to remain homeless and they don't need to remain in shelters." Edmonton's Housing First project has been incremental in helping those living on the streets or staying in shelters find an apartment of their own. Participants are guided through the process of paying rent and bills as well as getting involved in the community. The Native Friendship Centre's executive director, Adam North Peigan, recognizes that just placing someone into their own apartment when they're not used to running a household requires continuous follow-up or they'll end up right back where they started. "You can take someone off the street and you can provide them some shelter in a subsidized-housing outfit, but if you don't do anything to plug in resources to help with their social problems, you're setting them up for failure and eventually what's going to happen is they're going to end up back out on the street," he adds. Part of the struggle to end homelessness is the actual availability of affordable apartments. McGee says the vacancy rate is going down and that there is almost zero

housing in a reasonable price range for people getting off the street. "We are really seeing a bottleneck in the number of units that are available for singles that are really affordable," he says. "And we do really focus on being practical and diligent with the resources that we have. We won't subsidize above market rent, so looking for units that are average or less than the market rent and then gaining access to those has always been a challenge, but we're seeing a real increase in the barriers to that." The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's fall 2012 Housing Market Outlook report states that rental vacancies are declining. It says that higher migration to Edmonton has left fewer vacant apartments. The vacancy rate was 2.5 percent in October, down from 3.3 percent the year before and it's forecasted to drop even lower to 2.1 percent by this October. Another hurdle for tackling homelessness is the disproportionately large number of First Nations people who are on the street. Only five percent of Edmonton's population is aboriginal, but 46 percent of Edmonton's homeless are First Nations. North Peigan says Edmonton's

original population is the second largest in Canada after Winnipeg. "The way the trend is looking, probably within five years we'll have the most aboriginal people in an urban centre; we'll surpass the city of Winnipeg. Because of that, we need to really be prepared and we need to be able to know what's out there ... I think the primary reason why we have a large homeless percent-

age is because of addictions—addiction to alcoholism and drug abuse. And then of course lack of employment leads to homelessness."

I think the primary reason why we have a large homeless percentage is because of addictions. Addiction to alcoholism and drug abuse. North Peigan says he would like to see all three levels of government create resources to address what he sees as the root cause of homelessness: drug abuse, alcohol abuse and violence. He seems to have Mayor Stephen Mandel's backing. At the homeless count announcement, Mandel said the city has to put a program in place to deal with the incredible challenge First Nations people face. "Homelessness is just a result of the inadequate and poor treatment, the historical injustices that have accrued to our First Nations people. This is not something that we've created in this environment today, but we're part of it. It's been there for the


past two- or three-hundred years and so we cannot expect it to be corrected overnight, but we need to start today and move forward and to solve those problems," Mandel says.

Hope Mission is one place that has a program in place to deal with substance abuse and one of Hope's former guests knows all about addiction. Edin Viso doesn't describe himself as someone who was homeless in that he spent much time on the street, but the former Yugoslav spent 30 years of his life addicted to alcohol and drugs, lived through war in his former homeland and finally ended up at Hope Mission six years ago with only $57 left to his name and no place to call home. He went through the detox and recovery program and now shares his story with other men at Hope, where he works as an intake worker at 24/7 Intox. "I think we try to help them not just in giving to them bed, or mat or meal. We try, especially on a day like this, to encourage them to enjoy or show interest to doing something with their life like a recovery treatment or something like this. Because I think all homelessness is actually about addiction and mental illness. We can't finish homeless problem without dealing with addiction and mental illness, but I think if we dealing with addiction and mental illness we can finish homeless problem," Viso says. Fellow Hope Mission worker and manager of men's services, Ryan McCormick, agrees and has a further suggestion of how to help the homeless now. "There's often a lot of fear, but homeless people are more likely to be victims of violence than perpetrators of violence. They're very vulnerable and an at-risk population. And that's something that we don't realize ... The best thing that you can do for someone in that situation is to treat them like a person with dignity and respect." REBECCA MEDEL


Street life isn't easy for Edmonton's homeless // AmirAli Sharifi

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Senkaku/Diaoyu: another Falklands? Fighting for sovereignty on tiny Asian islands no longer a joke Chinese survey vessels go into the waters around the disputed islands and Japanese patrol ships tail them much too closely. Twice last month Chinese maritime surveillance aircraft flew into the airspace around the Japanese-controlled islands and Tokyo scrambled F-15 fighters to meet them. On the second occasion, China sent fighters too. Can these people be serious? The rocky, uninhabited group of islets in the East China Sea, called the Senkaku Islands by Japan and the Diaoyu Islands by China, are worthless in themselves, and even the ocean and seabed resources around them could not justify a war. Yet both sides sound quite serious, and the media rhetoric about it in China has gotten downright bellicose. Historical analogies are never exact, but they can sometimes be quite useful. What would be a good analogy for the Senkaku/Diaoyu dispute? The dispute between the United Kingdom and Argentina over the islands that the British call the Falklands and the Argentines call las Malvinas fits the case pretty well. Worthless islands? Check. Unless you think land for grazing sheep is worth a war. Rich fishing grounds? Check. Potential oil and gas resources under the seabed? Tick. Rival historical claims going back to the 19th century or "ancient

times"? Check. A truly foolish war that owner, and the Foreign Ministry susitself, and the five other countries (Vietkilled lots of people? Yes, in the case of pected that he would then land people nam, Malaysia, Brunei, the Philippines and the Falklands/Malvinas, but not in the there to assert Japanese sovereignty Taiwan) that maintain overlapping claims Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands. Not yet. more vigorously. over various parts of the sea. One other difference: the FalkThe Chinese would probably reMilitary manoeuvres are taking place, land Islands have been inhabspond in kind and then the fat non-negotiable declarations of soverited by some thousands of would be in the fire. But the Japeignty are being made and navies are English-speaking people of anese government's thwarting being beefed up. Once again, there are om eekly.c w e British descent for almost of Ishihara's plans did not molu fishing rights at stake in the waters unv e@ gwynn e n n two centuries. Argentina's lify the Chinese. The commerder dispute and oil and gas reserves are y Gw claim relates to a short-lived cial change of ownership did not believed to exist underneath them. The Dyer colony in 1830 – 33 (which was strengthen or weaken either country's United States, because of its military preceded by somewhat longer-lived claim of sovereignty, but Beijing saw it as alliance with the Philippines, is also French and British colonies in the a nefarious Japanese plot, and so the conpotentially involved in any conflict in 1700s). Whereas nobody has ever lived frontation began to grow. this region. on the Senkakus/Diaoyus. The commercial change of ownership did not Curiously, this does not simplify the quarrel. Neither China nor Japan has a strengthen or weaken either country's claim of particularly persuasive historical claim sovereignty, but Beijing saw it as a nefarious to the islands, and with no resident Japanese plot, and so the confrontation began to population they are wide-open to a grow. sudden, non-violent occupation by either country. That could trigger a real It has got to the point where Japanese military confrontation between China business interests in China have been All this nonsense over fish and petroand Japan and drag in Japan's ally, the seriously damaged by boycotts and viochemical resources that would probably United States. lent protests and Japan's defence budnot yield one-tenth of the wealth that get, after 10 years of decline, is to go up would be expended in even a small local It was to avert exactly that sort of a bit this year. (China's defence budget war. Moreover, the oil and gas resources, stunt that the Japanese government rises every year.) It's foolish, but it's gethowever big they may be, will remain unbought three of the islands last Septing beyond a joke. exploited so long as the seabed boundtember. The ultra-nationalist governor Meanwhile, down in the South China aries are in doubt. So the obvious thing of Tokyo, Shintaro Ishihara, announced Sea, a very similar confrontation has to do is to divide the disputed territory that he would use public money to buy been simmering for years between China, evenly between the interested parties the islands from their private Japanese which claims almost the entire sea for and exploit the resources jointly.



This is what the Russians and the Norwegians did three years ago, after a decades-long dispute over the seabed between them in the Barents Sea that led to speculations about a war in the Arctic. The Japanese and the Chinese could obviously do the same thing: no face lost and everybody makes a profit. A similar deal between the countries around the South China Sea would be more complicated to negotiate, but would yield even bigger returns. So why don't they just do it? Maybe because there are islands involved. Nobody has ever gone to war over a slice of seabed, but actual islands, sticking up out of the water, fall into the category of "sacred national territory, handed down from our forefathers," over which large quantities of blood can and must be shed. China will not just invade the Senkaku/Diaoyu Islands, because it is not run by a drunken and murderous military dictator (as Argentina was when it invaded the Falklands in 1982). But could everybody stumble into a war over this stupid confrontation? Yes, they could. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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EDMONTON NATURE CLUB • King's University College, 9125-50 St • Two naturalists travel through the Northwest Passage: monthly meeting with speakers Dave Ealey and Elisabeth Beaubien • Fri, Feb 15, 7pm (refreshments), 7:30 (meeting) • Admission by donation

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

THOUGHTFUL TUESDAY • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • Anima Mundi; Feb 5, 7-9pm;; free • Carbon Nation; Feb 12, 7-9pm;

VITAL CHURCH CONFERENCE–BEING DISCIPLES • Matrix Hotel, 10640-100 Ave • Christian

• Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Talk presented by the Vegans and Vegetarians of Alberta • Feb 19, 7pm


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


dour Tuesdays monthly with comedy and music

2023-111 St • 780.440.3528 • 3rd Sun each month; 2:30-4pm • $5

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


COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Ryan Wingfield; Jan 31, Feb 1-2 • Jamie Hutchinson; Feb 7-9

Every Fri, 7:30-8:30pm; doors at 7pm for coffee

FABULOUS FACILITATORS TOASTMASTERS CLUB • 2nd Floor Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Ave •

COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Tom Green Special Performance; Jan 31-Feb-2 • Dov Davidoff; Feb 6-10

780.467.6013, • fabulousfacilitators. • Can you think of a career that does not require communication • Every Tue, 12:05-1pm

DOW–SHELL THEATRE–Fort Saskatchewan •


CBC's The Irrelevant Show: Stars Mark Meer, Donovan Workun, Jana O'Connor, Mariane Copithorne, and Neil Grahn • Feb 8, 7:30pm • $20

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm


• 780.437.3667 • LLOL! Ladies Laugh Out Loud: with Patti Hawreliak • Last Thu each month, 7-10pm • $15

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

THE MACLAB CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS–Leduc • Hypnotist Wayne Lee; interac- • 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

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 842495 Ave • 780.465.2019, 780.634.5526 • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm


tive hypnosis show • Fri, Feb 1, 8pm • $25 at TIX on the Square

mon, 9910 109 St • • Every month people who work in the environmental field meet up at informal sessions known as Green Drinks • Wed, Feb 6, 7-11pm • $5 donation

OVERTIME PUB • 4211-106 St • Open mic comedy


every Wed, 9pm

Arts College, 204, 10359-104 St • Open House: Diploma programs for Digital Design, 3D Animation Production, Digital Illustration, Sequential Art, and Interaction Design Game Level Development • Feb 12, 5:30-7:30pm

RUMORS ULTRA LOUNGE • 8230 Gateway Blvd

HEALING CIRCLE • Call 780.570.0475 for location •

anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • Sterling Scott

• 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 • Craig Martell and Jon Mick recording their new album Beef Dip/Tuna Melt; Sun, Feb 3, 9pm; $10

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 • • Join Vincenzo and Ida Renzi every Friday at Foot Notes Dance Studio for an evening of authentic Argentine tango • Every Fri, 8pm-midnight • $15 (per person)

ART PARTY • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • Art

with Charity Brown 7:00pm to 10:00pm, bring own supplies • $15; pre-register at info@expressionzcafe. com, 780.437.3667

SAWA 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


• Roots on Whyte, 3rd Fl, Conference Centre, 8135102 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, paywhat-you-can)

DROP-IN MEDITATION CLASSES • Sherwood • 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

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

LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu 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 • meditationed- • Weekly meditation drop-in; every Tue, 7-8:30pm

MILL CREEK MORNING AL-ANON FAMILY GROUP • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • Meet every Wed 10-11am, admission by donation


St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm


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


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


WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKES • • Meet at McDonalds, Argyll Rd, 81 St • 10km hike– Goldbar river valley Tr led by Stella • 780.488.9515 • Feb 10, 9:45am-2:45pm; guests welcome • $20 (annual membership) WILD ROSE ANTIQUE COLLECTORS SOCIETY

• Delwood Community Hall, 7517 Delwood 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

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


Community League, 10425 University Ave (north door, stairs to the left) • Meet every Tue, 7-9pm except last Tue each month. Help develop confidence in public speaking and leadership • Contact: Antonio Balce, 780.463.5331

LECTURES/PRESENTATIONS ART OF LIVING UPDATE • Prince of Wales Armoury, 10440-108 Ave • Presentaion by Linda Huffman (Arts Hab), and John Mahon (Edmonton Arts Council), followed by questions and discussion • Feb 4, 7-9pm • Free; pre-register at Jenna Turner, communications officer, at jturner@edmontonarts. ca 780.424.2787 ext 239 COLOURS IN FASHION • Telus Centre, Rm 150, U of A • 780.492.3604 • Learn about the role colour has played in fashion over the centuries; lecture by U of A prof Anne Bissonnette • Feb 12, 7pm • Free • Info:


Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Empire Ballroom, 10065-100 St • • Intercultural Dialogue Institute • Intercultural-interfaith dialogue and dinner with participation from different faiths, and cultures. Speech by Gordon Gow • Feb 6, 6:309:30pm • RSVP by Feb 3; E: icin@interculturaldialog. com; T: 780.966.6796

EARLY ROMANTICISM: BEETHOVEN AND BERLIOZ • Strathcona County Library, 401 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 • Rome, Italy (2010): Presentation by Enneke Lorberg; Feb 4 • Suggested donation of $3 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 • Fri, Feb 1, 7:30-9:30pm

LATE ROMANTICISM: BRAHMS AND MAHLER • Strathcona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • Join Dr. Michael Roeder for a three-part series on the history of the symphony. In this final presentation, you’ll meet Johannes Brahms & Gustav Mahler. Brahms created stunning works, towering over other 19th century composers. Mahler, taking off from Beethoven and Berlioz, viewed the symphony as “a world,” creating highly personal “worlds” filled with instrumental colour and storytelling magic • Feb 10, 2-4pm • $10 (door)


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)

780.423.0896 • 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 managing-interpersonal-conflict


OPTIMAL VEG*N DIET • Stanley Milner Library Theatre, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.469.1448 • • Presentation with Vesanto Melina • Tue, Feb 19, 7-9pm • Donatio

• 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)

SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS • Centennial Rm, (basement) Stanley A. Milner Library • Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month •; E:

Park Community Centre (Mon); Amitabha Centre, 9550-87 St (Tue, Fri) • info@meditationedmonton. org • Every Mon, Tue 7-8:30pm and Fri 10-11:30am

THE SOL CAFÉ • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • • Meet Sundays 4:30-6:30pm


TANGO PLUS–MILONGA • Expressionz Café,

9605-82 Ave • Rob Cooper's introduction to Kom-

leaders from a variety of traditions learn from each others' ministries • Feb 5-7 • $290 for event or $613 for the event with two night accommodation at The Matrix; info at

9938-70 Ave • E:, T: 780.905.8505

QUEER LENS • The Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • Pride Centre's Public Education Program every Wed, 7-8:30pm • Queer Alphabet Soup: What the hec’ do all those letters mean; Feb 6 • Identities and Orienetations: "Born this way", or "made" this way?; public lecture by Randi Nixon; Feb 13 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 • Thu, Jan 31, 5:15pm •

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QUEER AFFIRM SUNNYBROOK–Red Deer • Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer • 403.347.6073 • Affirm welcome LGBTQ people and their friends, family, and allies meet the 2nd Tue, 7pm, each month BEERS FOR QUEERS • Empress Ale House, 9912

Whyte Ave • Meet the last Thu each month • Thu, Jan 31 with DJ Rousseau; 7pm-2am

BISEXUAL WOMEN'S COFFEE GROUP • A social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • bwedmonton

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: edmontonpt@ EPLC FELLOWSHIP PAGAN STUDY GROUP

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


• Dinner and speaker, meet the last Wed each month, 6:30-9:30pm; open to the public • $12 (member)/$17 (non member)

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: G.L.B.T. SPORTS AND RECREATION • • Hockey: at the Sportsdome; E: hockey@ • Blazin' Bootcamp: Every Mon, 7:30-8:30pm at Garneau Elementary School, 10925-87 Ave; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: • Badminton (Co-Ed): Every Wed, 6-7:30pm; St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; $5 (drop-in); E: badminton@teamedmonton. ca • Cross-Country Skiing: Strathcona Wilderness Centre; E: Colette at crosscountry@teamedmonton. ca; • Outdoor Skating: Hawrelak Park, Victoria Oval; E: Teresa at • Yoga: Gay/Lesbian yoga every Wed, 7:30-9pm, at Lion's Breath Yoga, 206, 10350-124 St; Instructor: Jason Morris; $10 (drop-in) • 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 (8620107 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;,,

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: TueFri 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; • TTIQ: a support and information group for all those who fall under the transgender umbrella and their family/supporters; 3rd Mon, 7-9pm, each month • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month; huges@


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


Creek Ravine, La Cité Francophone • 780.463.1144 • • 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)


Café, 9938-70 Ave • Join sommelier Ken Bracke, Aligra Wines and Spirits, and Expressionz Café chef Mariel Montero • Fri, Feb 8,7-11pm • $60 (incl wine and tapas); proceeds to support the work of the Greater Edmonton Alliance


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 • Until Feb 3

INTERNATIONAL WEEK 2013 • U of A • 780.492.8021 • • Over 50 free lectures, workshops, films, theatre and more • 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


ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • Pride Centre, 10608-105 ave • 780.387.3343 • group/edmonton_illusions • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 8:30pm • Winter sports, activities, snow and fire sculpture, live music, folk trail; allage winter celebration • Feb 15-18 • Free • Snow Sculpture Symposium: Feb 15-17 • Night Works in the Park: Feb 15-17, 4-9pm • Free Family Fun Zone: Feb 16-18, 12-5pm• Heritage Village: Feb 16-18, 12-5pm • Folk Trail: Red Riding Hood & the Baba Yaga: Feb 16-17, 3-8pm; Feb 18, 12-5pm • Kortebaan (Dutch speed skating sprint race): Feb 16, 9am start • Edmonton Winter Triathlon: Skate, Ski & Run: Feb 17, 9:30am start • Skating Marathons: Feb 16-18

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based

SUNDAY SWING 'N' SKATE • City Hall Plaza •


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

organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transidentified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E:

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • edm- • 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

Music, dancing, and free skate rentals • Sundays in Jan and Feb, 1-4pm • C-Jam Big Band; Feb 10 • Billie Zizi and the Gypsy Jive; Feb 17


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


Banquet Hall, 8170-50 St • • Presented by the U of A Philippine Students' Association. The evening includes a full course meal, drinks, entertainment with the Shadow Twins, Angelique Bebe, and Canadian Idol contestant Bernard Quilala, dancing and a silent auction • Fri, Feb 8 • $40 (adv); in support of the Gift of Grace Foundation (




Eight times seven

The every-seven-years documentary series checks in with its subjects at 56 Fri, Feb 1 – Thu, Feb 7 Directed by Michael Apted Metro Cinema at the Garneau



ow in its eighth instalment and well into its subjects' middleage, the Up films seem less about its 13 men and women, followed for decades, than the long-running appeal of the protean documentary form. The series, born of an educative, idealistic goal in 1963 (to study, by tracking certain school-children, the weight of the British class system), came soon after the lighter cameras and in-the-street approach of direct cinema revolutionized nonfiction film. As director Michael Apted returned every seven years, the "program" steadily caught, edited and reviewed life at comfortable intervals. It spawned franchise-like imitators here (Talk 16 and Talk 19) and in many other countries. By the '00s, this generational video-album reflected doc-cinema's bastard child, reality TV, with some subjects re-framing their experience in Big Brother-like terms. And the series' great irony is that Charles, the only child who, as an adult, has refused to participate, is himself a documentary producer. So here we are again, in 56 Up, checking in on these people's relationships, family, careers, finances, health, self-reflections and feelings about the series. We're reminded

that so much of Up's power comes not from timelessness but its timefullness—cutting between younger and older selves, between past anticipations and present reflections. And there's its place-ness—an England of pub darts or karaoke night at the local, wry humour, holidays to Spain or Portugal, a footballside's famous victory, country villages, Oxford quads and London neighbourhoods. Up (like the same-titled Pixar film's poignant montage of a couple growing older) has become a stirring reflection, even tribute, to the little bends and turns of ordinariness, the ebbs and surges of everyday lives. Many marriages here pulse with contentment even as most of the men keep a tight rein on their emotions (though jockey-turned-cabbie Tony's a frank exception). Society's stratified not by class-birth but financial success; attitudes are altered by the times. Sue, once associating marriage with kids, now, after divorce, sees no urgency to marry her fiancé of 14 years. Jackie, beset by ill health and deaths of those close to her, remains stubbornly optimistic even as Prime Minister Cameron's austerity politics shoves her off disability benefits. You can hear longtime librarian Lynn's anger with the Tory cuts that made her and some family "redundant."

views in 28 Up (during the Thatcher era), reminds us we can't imagine what it's like to have on-screen personas that pundits attack or others think they know. He's returned with canny awareness of that persona, reappearing to promote his Americana band. Neil, homeless in his 20s but now a local politician, seems most self-revealing yet emphasizes, like Suzy and Nick, that the film barely touches on his true self. Still, Up leads us towards humble, incomplete selfexamination. How, you may well

wonder, have I changed since I saw 49 Up? How will I change by the time of 63 Up? And if these seemingly long, roaming existences, like mine, can be edited down to mere minutes of intriguing but irresolvable humdrumness, what does our life-document all mean, as we near those final words, that parting shot that we can't direct—the end. BRIAN GIBSON


Peter, who bowed out after malicious tabloid press reaction to his political

Heads down, 56 Up


Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters

Which witch is which?

Now playing Directed by Tommy Wirkola


nce upon a time (OK, 2011), in a land far, far away (all right, Hol-


lywood), there lived a studio ogre hungry for box-office gold: "Listen, Intern #78, a buddy of mine, his world-wide-wundermunchkin of a son works at Google Doodles and said the 200th anniversary of the Grimm

Brothers is comin' up. So whatta we got in the fuckin' fairy-tale-script slush pile? Somethin' with a colon in it—the more colons, the better. Gimme more god damn colons than at a proctologists' convention!" "Um, well, lessee ... there's Pied Piper: Pest Controller. Reality-TV spin—-" "Next." "Cinderella: Ball Buster." "Sounds feminist. Next!" "Frog Prince of Darkness versus The Elves and the Shoemaker? Mini-XXX: The Rumpelstiltskin Flick? Just Right 2: Goldilocks versus Rapunzel? ... Wait! Here's one we could give an ampersand, plus it's got a colon—Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters." "Now we're talkin'! Keepin' it simple. They grow up and hunt witches."

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"Yep." "We could use the sets left over from Red Riding Hood, add a candy house, throw in some of those aerial forest shots out of Twilight, keep it cheap. Make some up-and-coming action star Hansel ... " "That guy who played Hawkeye?" "Sure. So let's have 'em shoot crossbows, but give bro & sis some ammo, too—" "But isn't it the middle-ish ages or something?" "So what? Steampunk it up! Machine guns and—and—a wind-up taser thingy! Yeah! And have 'em wear leather, 'specially her. Make 'er sexy. Lotsa cleavage." "A Bond girl?" "Right! But he does most of the hard-starin' and killin' and shit."

"What's our rating?" "14A, y'know, plenty gore and splatter, some swearin'—give 'em a few tough-talk zingers like, 'Don't eat the fuckin' candy' and, 'You gotta be fuckin' kidding me!'—but there's also gotta be lots of ugly-lookin' bitch—I mean witches. Then one nice witch who gives some gratuitous nudity. She's gotta die, though. And don't forget the troll named Edward. He gets taser-fibrillated back to life." "Huh? Is this comic, or comic book or dark and serious?" "I dunno. Who cares? Tone, mood, arcs, depth ... where d'ya think y'are, kid, at some Mom & Pop indie-film shop here? It's a motion-picture—it's about going through the motions!" BRIAN GIBSON



The Man Who Knew Too Much Now Available Directed by Alfred Hitchcock


lfred Hitchcock's The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) immediately followed the young director's sole musical Waltzes from Vienna (1933). The musical was a genre Hitchcock felt unsuited toward and Waltzes a project he was deeply unhappy with and a box-office failure to boot. Hitch was over a dozen films into his career yet still far from firmly established. Which means that The Man Who Knew Too Much couldn't have come as more of a relief. It was a superb example of what would become Hitch's characteristically pithy approach to the thriller and proved hugely popular both at home and abroad. This is the film that garnered Hitch's first offers from Hollywood, the place that would eventually steal him from England more or less forever and the place where he'd eventually remake The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1954. The latter version has often unfairly overshadowed the original, as Hitch's US productions have tended to do to the British ones generally, but the original is now available on a terrific new DVD and Blu-ray from Criterion. It opens in St Moritz, where Bob (Leslie Banks) and Jill (Edna Best), an English couple, along with Betty (Nova Pilbeam), their adolescent daughter, are

on holidays. The early scenes reveal an ongoing flirtation between Jill and Louis (Pierre Fresnay), a debonair foreigner and competitive skier who seems a far more exciting guy than Bob; then Louis, some hours after narrowly surviving a potentially fatal accident on the slopes caused by Betty and a dachshund who never reappears (the wiener vanishes!), is assassinated while dancing a fox trot with Jill. Any implicit karmic causality is left up to the spectator to ponder; from this point the characters will be too busy negotiating their unexpected role in a complex web of criminality to pause for such moral abstractions. Turns out Louis was a spy; he utters some cryptic information to Jill with his dying breath; Betty's kidnapped; Bob and Jill return to London, find out about another planned assassination to take place at Royal Albert Hall, and play cat and mouse with a motley array of heavies. There's a memorable chair fight, undertaken when the bad guys worry that gunfire will draw too much attention—sound was still a new and dangerous thing in the movies in 1934. Key aspects of the plot, with its ordinary people as unwitting heroes, anticipates Hitch's trademark "wrong man" films, the first of which, The 39 Steps (1935) is coming right up. Though in the case of this Man it is in fact the woman who's the more interesting co-protago-

nist, a refreshingly resourceful Hitchcock blonde who just happens to be a champion sharpshooter. Still, make no mistake, the enduring stars of The Man Who Knew Too Much are two others: Hitchcock himself, whose bracing economy, elegant montages, clever references to British reserve, startling imagery—see the shot of captive Betty, windswept and surrounded by fur—and deadpan approach to violence—the falling bodies in the final shoot-out aren't dwelled over for a moment—enrich every scene, and actor Peter Lorre, fresh from stunning audiences as the child killer in Fritz Lang's M (1931), sporting a flamboyant white streak in his hair, often smiling, laughing, seemingly high, embodying evil with precisely the sort of ease, sophistication and weird charisma that Hitch would favour when casting villains throughout his career. JOSEF BRAUN


Peter Lorne in The Man Who Knew Too Much


Warm Bodies Opens Friday Directed by Jonathan Levine



ove stories set between the living and the dead typically let the deceased appear as a ghostly waif, sparing us the harsh biological realities of beyond-the-grave union (gross, guys). Warm Bodies, based on Isaac Marion's novel, does no such thing. R (Nicholas Hoult) is a zombie, bluetinged flesh and all, and one half of our plague-crossed lover equation. He lives in an airport with other zombies, his thoughts coming through in an overdubbed voice; he doesn't remember how he turned, Shambling love exactly, and despite retaining a droll slacker personality, he has no memories (not even his name), and his only pal is another zombie who can also grunt the occasional real word back at him. The other half is Julie (Teresa Palmer) daughter of the human survivor community's leader (John Malkovich, underused here), whom R saves and attempts to develop a relationship with while keeping hungrier zombies at bay. As you might expect, there are some is-

sues with that. How do you tell your militant pop that your new friend is still human, sort of? Or that he might actually be redeveloping a pulse? There isn't much brain being worked in Bodies (fittingly, I guess). It plays pretty fast and loose with the situation's biology—it doesn't really make an attempt to give reason for the infection, nor its progress, nor address how it all starts to change when it does— and the story sticks to the rail's you'd expect it to. But honestly? It's also more fun than you'd think from that wafer-thin, zombie-chic premise. It finds some footing in its humour, casting (the supports, in particular, are fun: Malkovich and Analeigh Tipton as Julie's best friend), and pacing (director Jonathan Levine, who also handled last year's solid 50/50 and here wrote the screenplay, keeps it all going at a decent clip). So while it may be close to a shambling, undead cashin on a big ol' cultural meme, there is an unexpected bit of pulse to be found. PAUL BLINOV


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EFS Winter Series March 11) sees pregnant Helen Ferguson (Barbara Stanwyck) spurned by her lover, then take advantage of a train tragedy to marry into money. 1951's Westward the Women (March 18) troops after would-be wives hitting the road a century earlier, continuing along the California Trail to future husbands after most of their male guides abandon them.


Mondays (8 pm), Feb 4 – Apr 8 Edmonton Film Society Winter Series "Women in Danger" Royal Alberta Museum, $6 movies/movies.cfm


amsels in distress" is an ironyrich phrase now—it's the title of Whit Stillman's recent comedy comeback—but imperiled ladies once laid down helplessly before the stampeding success of silent film. The Perils of Pauline (1914), The Exploits of Elaine (1914), and The Hazards of Helen (1914 – 17) were among the longest-running big-screen serials, with women accosted by alliterative titles, menaced by nefarious villains and sometimes dauntlessly dogging the bad guys themselves. (The first

movie-version of a scene made famous in 1860s plays, that of a tressed temptress tied to the tracks by a dastardly do-no-gooder, was likely in The Perils of Pauline. But at least half-adozen Americans were killed that way between 1870 and 1910.) The "Women in Danger" in the Edmonton Film Society's Winter Series hail from an era when women were of service in wartime before, come the '50s, retreating to fight for matrimony or face off against horrible husbands on the homefront. Nazis move in on a French barmaid (Michele Morgan) and five British airmen in 1942's Joan of Paris (March 25). Ingmar Bergman tries to infiltrate a Rio ring of ex-Nazis in Hitchcock's 1946 classic Notorious (April 8). But No Man of Her Own (1950;

In the noir-ish Sudden Fear (1952; February 11), Joan Crawford plays Myra, a successful playwright who marries Lester (Jack Palance), who plots to murder her on a train once he discovers her wealth. Similarly, Elaine May's debut A New Leaf (1970; Feb 25), has Walter Matthau as a broke, misanthropic playboy looking to permanently prune a botanist for her money; the studio trimmed it down to two hours, much sunnier than May wanted. Flashing back, Love Me or Leave Me (1955; Mar 4) features Doris Day as '20s crooner Rosa Etting, trying to get free of her manager. The series starts Feb 4 with Stanley Donen's Hitchcockian twister Charade (1963), where Audrey Hepburn is a sudden widow thrown even more suddenly into a spy-plot involving charmer Peter Joshua (Cary Grant). BRIAN GIBSON



Movie 43

Saturday Night Live writers, bitter and hungover, at 3 am.

One of probably 43 reasons not to see Movie 43

Now playing Directed by Peter Farrelly, Elizabeth Banks and 10 others


ts title's meant to suggest, presumably—given its frame story of a desperate man pitching his script in a back-office—an unnamed, nondescript project made on some studio backlot. This will to obscurity's a fair wish. Or maybe it's a reference to Area 51, the supposed ET-study site. That would explain its utter non-resemblance to anything recognizably human, especially that flesh-andblood creation known as "comedy." Otherwise, Movie 43's an execrable waste cooked up by a hell's kitchen


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of directors and writers. This is a bellyflop in the shallows of halfa-concept sketches, star cameos, and orifice- and genital-obsessed, male-it-in non-humour. It's death-oflaughter by committee. The premises, usually set in generic white worlds of dating, coupledom or cheery families, are flatter than pancakes on prairie pavement. The desperation of that script-pitcher (Dennis Quaid) drips through the flick like gym-sweat. Scenarios become so strained, overwritten and stupidly scuzzy (an abducted leprechaun beaten, then shot dead, before a fairy cheerily offers fellatio to the kidnappers) that most seem like they were tweet-tossed off by rejected

Stars are introduced with a "look who it is!" kind of shot, maybe because their actual characters are less developed than Antarctic slum housing. So, what the hey! It's Kate Winslet meeting up with Hugh Jackman, testicles hanging from his throat! It's Halle Berry using a prosthetic breast to mix up guacamole because she's playing truth-or-dare with that buddy of Ricky Gervais! It's Anna Faris asking some guy to "poop on me"?!? And on it goes, deeper into the pit of juvenile-antics hell, past the '80s Ring of Lazy Political-Incorrectness (unwisecracks about Asians, black penises and naked women iPod-jectified), through the Inferno of the Fake Frame-Story (what? the non-satire of Hollywood is itself a sketch? now the film's more structureless than a deboned eel), and into the Fiery Lake of the Post-Credits Sketch (a masturbating animated cat "interacts" with faint imitations of our species). But hey, maybe Movie 43 is so named because it's like one of those many asteroids out there— a dismal chunk of rock hurtling through an empty void, without purpose. BRIAN GIBSON



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CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave 780.472.9779

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:05; 3D: DAILY 3:45, 6:45, 9:15

GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:20, 4:15, 7:05, 9:45 WARM BODIES (14A violence) FRI-TUE, THU 12:30, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:20; WED 3:15, 5:30, 7:50, 10:20; Closed Captioned: FRI 9:30; SAT 11:20, 9:30; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00

guage) Vip 18+ FRI 5:00, 8:20; SAT 1:30, 4:50, 8:20; SUN 1:30, 4:50, 8:10; MON-THU 8:20

MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 10:45; SUN-TUE, THU 1:40, 4:40, 7:15, 9:40; WED 1:40, 4:20, 7:15, 9:40

STAND UP GUYS (14A substance abuse, crude coarse language) FRI 4:30, 7:20, 9:50; SAT 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:50; SUN 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40; MON-THU 7:10, 9:35


CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585

WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Closed Captioned FRI 12:00; SAT 11:30; SUN 12:05 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 12:35, 3:35, 6:50, 10:10; SUN 12:25, 3:30, 6:35, 9:45; MON-TUE, THU 2:20, 6:00, 9:15; WED 2:40, 10:00 LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:40, 3:50, 6:55, 9:55; MON-THU 1:00, 3:50, 6:55, 9:55 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Ultraavx, No passes FRI-SAT 12:30, 3:15, 5:40, 8:00, 10:30; SUN 12:05, 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:45; MON-THU 2:25, 4:50, 7:10, 9:45 MOVIE 43 (18A crude coarse language, sexual content) FRI-SAT 2:10, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20; SUN-MON 1:10, 3:40, 6:25, 9:00; TUE-THU 2:00, 4:40, 7:25, 10:00 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) FRI 2:15; SAT 11:00; SUN-THU 1:30; 3D: FRI 6:10, 9:50; SAT 2:15, 6:10, 9:50; SUN-THU 5:10, 9:10 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-SAT 2:45, 6:25, 10:00; SUN 2:45, 6:20, 9:50; MONTHU 1:05, 4:55, 8:30


ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI-SAT 12:20, 3:40, 7:05, 10:25; SUN 12:00, 3:25, 6:50, 10:10; MON-THU 2:35, 6:15, 9:35

ARGO (14A) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:20, 4:10, 7:05, 9:45; MON, WED-THU 4:10, 7:05, 9:45 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:25; MON, WED-THU 4:20, 6:50, 9:25 CIRQUE DU SOLEIL: WORLDS AWAY 3D (G)

FRI-SUN, TUE 1:45, 4:35, 7:15, 9:35; MON, WED-THU

4:35, 7:15, 9:35

FLIGHT (18A substance abuse) DAILY 10:00 CLOUD ATLAS (14A sexual content, violence, coarse language) DAILY 8:00 PROMISED LAND (14A coarse language) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:55, 4:25, 7:20, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 4:25, 7:20, 9:50 RACE 2 (14A violence) Hindi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 1:30, 4:40, 7:55; MON, WED-THU 4:40, 7:55 TU MERA 22 MAIN TERA 22 (PG) Punjabi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 1:25, 4:15, 7:00, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 4:15, 7:00, 9:40 VISHWAROOPAM (18A brutal violence) Tamil W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 12:55, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 9:50 SISTERAKAS (PG) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:40, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; MON, WED-THU 4:30, 7:00, 9:30 KADAL (STC) Tamil W/E.S.T. DAILY 3:55, 6:55

CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN 12:15; SAT 11:10, 12:15; MON-THU 12:30 THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-TUE, THU 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50; WED 3:55, 6:50, 9:50

BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) FRI-SAT 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:45; SUN 1:40, 4:20, 7:05, 9:25; MON-WED 1:40, 4:05, 7:05, 9:25; THU 1:40, 4:05, 10:15; Closed Captioned: THU 7:05 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN 2:20, 6:05, 9:40; SAT 11:00, 2:20, 6:05, 9:40; MONTHU 1:00, 4:35, 8:10 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed Captioned

DAILY 1:15, 4:10, 7:15, 10:05

GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 1:50, 4:40, 7:30, 10:15; SUN 12:35, 3:45, 6:30, 9:35; MON-THU 1:35, 4:45, 7:35, 10:15 MONSTERS, INC. 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:15; MON-THU 12:45 WARM BODIES (14A violence) FRI-SAT 12:05, 2:50, 5:20, 8:10, 10:40; SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00; MON-WED 2:30, 5:05, 7:30, 10:10; THU 5:05, 7:30, 10:10; Star & Strollers Screening: THU 1:00 BROKEN CITY (14A coarse language, violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 12:00, 2:35, 5:25, 8:05, 10:50; SUN 1:05, 4:00, 6:40, 9:15; MON-WED 12:55, 4:00, 6:40, 9:20; THU 4:00, 9:20; Star & Strollers Screening: THU 1:00 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) FRI-SAT 12:10, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00; SUN 12:15, 3:20, 7:00, 10:00; MON-THU 12:50, 3:45, 6:50, 9:50 LINCOLN (PG violence, language may offend, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 2:40, 6:00, 9:20; MON-THU 3:05, 6:20, 9:40 MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 12:25, 2:55, 5:45, 8:20, 10:50; Sun 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; MON 2:00, 4:40, 7:25, 10:00; TUE-THU 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 RACING STRIPES (G) SAT 11:00

LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:55, 3:45, 6:40, 9:30

GREAT EXPECTATIONS–LIVE (Classification not available) THU 7:15

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Ultraavx, No passes DAILY 1:00, 3:20, 5:40, 8:10, 10:30

Cineplex Odeon Windermere & Vip Cinemas, 6151 Currents Dr, 780.822.4250

MOVIE 43 (18A crude coarse language, sexual content) FRI-TUE, THU 2:30, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15; Wed 2:45, 5:00, 7:40, 10:15


SKYFALL (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-SUN 3:20, 9:20; MON-THU 9:20

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence)

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) VIP 18+, No passes FRI 3:30, 6:30, 9:20; SAT 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:20; SUN 12:00, 3:00, 6:00, 9:10; MON-WED 7:15, 9:50; THU 10:10; ULTRAAVX: FRI 4:40, 7:30, 10:00; Sat 12:30, 2:50, 5:30, 7:55, 10:20; Sun 12:30, 2:50, 5:10, 7:30, 9:45; MON-THU 7:00, 9:25

ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI, SUN-TUE, THU 2:45, 6:45, 10:10; SAT 11:30, 2:45, 6:45, 10:10; WED 6:45, 10:10; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00

THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video SAT-SUN 12:40; 3D: Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 4:20, 8:00; MON-THU 8:00

THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:45, 4:30, 8:20 DAILY 2:20, 6:30, 10:00

BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) FRI-SAT 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:40; SUN-THU 12:40, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:30 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:35, 4:00, 7:30 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:30, 4:20, 7:20, 10:05


SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) DAILY 1:10, 4:10, 7:00, 9:55

THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 2 (PG violence, disturbing content, not recommended for young children) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 4:00, 7:10, 9:55; MON, WED-THU 4:00, 7:10, 9:55

HERE COMES THE BOOM (PG violence) FRI-SUN, TUE 1:35, 4:05, 6:40; MON, WED-THU 4:05, 6:40

WARM BODIES (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; SAT 12:10, 2:40, 5:05, 7:30, 10:00; SUN 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; MON-THU 6:50, 9:30; VIP 18+: FRI 4:15, 7:30, 10:20; SAT 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:20; SUN 12:45, 4:00, 7:00, 10:10; MON-THU 6:30, 9:10

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI 5:20, 9:00; SAT-SUN 1:20, 5:20, 9:00; MON-THU 7:30 ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI 4:50, 8:30; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:50, 8:30; MON-THU 8:30 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI, MON-THU 6:30; Sat-Sun 12:40, 6:30

QUARTET (PG coarse language) FRI 4:00, 6:40, 9:05; SAT 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:10; SUN 12:50, 4:00, 6:40, 9:05; MON-THU 6:40, 9:05 GREAT EXPECTATIONS–LIVE (Classification not available) Vip 18+ THU 7:15

CITY CENTRE 9 10200-102 Ave 780.421.7020

ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:00, 3:40, 7:20; MON, WED-THU 3:40, 7:20 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:15, 5:30, 9:15; MON, WED-THU 5:30, 9:15 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:15, 4:15, 8:30; MON, WED-THU 4:15, 8:30 THE IMPOSSIBLE (14A violence) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:50, 4:00, 6:50, 9:50; MON, THU 4:00, 6:50, 9:50; WED 4:00, 9:50 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital DAILY 12:20, 3:20, 6:30 MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital DAILY 9:20 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (18A gory brutal violence) Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:30; 3D: Closed Captioned, Digital 3d, Dolby Stereo Digital DAILY 3:00, 7:00, 9:30 WARM BODIES (14A violence) Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital, Closed Captioned FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 3:30, 7:30, 10:00; MON, WED-THU 3:30, 7:30, 10:00 BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) Closed Captioned, Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:40, 3:50, 7:10, 10:10; MON, WED-THU 3:50, 7:10, 10:10 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) Digital Presentation, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:10, 3:10, 6:40, 9:40; MON, THU 3:10, 6:40, 9:40; WED 3:10, 6:45, 9:40

THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI 6:30, 10:15; SAT 12:00, 6:30, 10:15; SUN 1:15, 7:45; MON-WED 7:30; THU 1:00, 7:30 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI 3:00, 6:40, 10:20; SAT 11:20, 3:00, 6:40, 10:20; SUN 1:10, 4:40, 8:20; MON-WED 7:40; THU 4:00, 7:40 ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI 3:20, 6:50, 10:20; SAT 12:00, 3:20, 6:50, 10:20; SUN 1:05, 4:30, 8:00; MON-WED 7:10; THU 3:35, 7:10 BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) Closed Captioned FRI 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; SAT 12:30, 2:55, 5:20, 7:45, 10:10; SUN 12:30, 2:45, 5:05, 7:25, 9:50; MON-WED 6:55, 9:20; THU 2:20, 4:40, 6:55, 9:20 LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 6:45, 10:15; SUN 7:40; MON-THU 7:20 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI 4:15, 7:10, 10:00; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 10:00; MONWED 6:40, 9:30; THU 1:00, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SAT 3:40; SUN 4:55; THU 4:40 WARM BODIES (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI 5:00, 7:30, 10:05; SAT 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:05; SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00; MON-WED 7:00, 9:30; THU 2:00, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30

BROKEN CITY (14A coarse language, violence) Digital Presentation FRI 6:20; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:40, 6:20; MON-THU 5:05 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 9:00; MON-THU 7:45 THE LAST STAND (18A gory brutal violence) Digital Presentation FRI-SUN 6:30, 9:40; MON-THU 4:50, 7:35 MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Digital Presentation FRI 7:00, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:45, 4:30, 7:00, 9:30; MON-THU 4:55, 7:25 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Digital Presentation FRI 6:35, 9:25; SAT-SUN 12:50, 3:45, 6:35, 9:25; MONTHU 4:45, 8:10 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation SAT-SUN 12:45; 3D: Digital 3d FRI 7:45; SAT-SUN 4:10, 7:45; MON-THU 7:00

WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Digital SAT-SUN, TUE 1:20, 4:00 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital SAT-SUN, TUE 1:00

PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave 780.433.0728

QUARTET (PG coarse language) FRI 7:00, 9:10; SAT-SUN 2:00, 7:00, 9:10; MON-THU 7:00, 9:10 EIFF PRESENTS “THE BEST OF HOT DOCS COLLECTION”: IN MY MOTHERS ARMS (14A) FRI 6:50; SAT-SUN 1:00, 6:50; MON-THU 6:50 DARWIN (14A coarse language, adult themes) 1 week only:

FRI 8:50; SAT-SUN 3:00, 8:50; MON-THU 8:50

SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) FRI-TUE 12:20; Closed Captioned WED-THU 12:20 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY–DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL (PG violence) FRI 6:15; MON 1:00 THE MATRIX–DIGITAL FILM FESTIVAL (14A violent scenes) FRI 1:00; WED 9:45

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) FRI 4:00, 7:00, 9:55; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55; MONWED 6:30, 9:25; THU 12:55, 3:45, 6:30, 9:25

THIS IS 40 (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 12:50, 4:00, 7:00, 10:00

MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Closed Captioned FRI 4:45, 7:20, 9:50; SAT 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50; SUN 11:55, 2:20, 4:45, 7:15, 9:45; MON-WED 6:45, 9:15; THU 1:45, 4:15, 6:45, 9:15

LIFE OF PI 3D (PG) DAILY 12:45, 3:45, 6:40, 9:40


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

MAMA (14A frightening scenes) DAILY 7:00 9:00 RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (G) DAILY 1:00, 2:55, 4:55 THE LAST STAND (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 8:45 PARENTAL GUIDANCE (G) DAILY 12:45, 2:45, 4:45, 6:45 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 7:05, 9:15 WRECK-IT RALPH (G) DAILY 12:55, 3:00, 5:00 WARM BODIES (14A violence) DAILY 1:20, 3:15, 5:15, 7:15, 9:15 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (18A gory brutal violence) No passes DAILY 1:15, 3:35, 5:40, 7:35, 9:30


CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave 780.472.7600

THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Reald 3d FRI 8:30; SAT-SUN, TUE 4:40, 8:30; MON, WED-THU 7:00

4702-50 St Leduc 780.986-2728


WARM BODIES (14A violence) DAILY 7:00; 9:35; SATSUN, THU 1:00, 3:35 SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) DAILY 6:50, 9:35; SAT-SUN, THU 12:50, 3:35 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (18A gory brutal violence) SAT-SUN, THU 2D: 1:05; SAT-SUN, THU 3D: 3:25; DAILY 3D: 7:05, 9:25; TUE 2D: 7:05; 3D: 9:25 THE GUILT TRIP (PG language may offend) DAILY 6:45;

SAT-SUN, THU 12:45

ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language)

DAILY 8:45; SAT-SUN , THU 3:15

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

56 UP (STC) FRI, WED 6:45; SAT 4:00; SUN 1:00 , 6:45; MON 9:00; THU 8:45

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) No passes FRI-TUE 2:40, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50; Closed Captioned, WED 2:40, 5:00, 7:30, 9:50; THU 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20, 10:45 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) High Frame Rate DAILY 12:40, 4:40, 8:30 DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) FRI-WED 2:00, 6:30, 10:10; THU 3:00, 6:30, 10:10 ZERO DARK THIRTY (14A violence, coarse language) FRI-TUE, THU 12:10, 3:30, 6:50, 10:15; WED 6:50, 10:15; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) DAILY 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:10, 10:45 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-TUE, THU 1:50, 4:50, 7:40, 10:30; WED 4:50, 7:40, 10:30; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 PULP FICTION (18A substance abuse, coarse language, sexual violence) THU 9:40 GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI-TUE, THU 1:30, 4:25, 7:20, 10:20; WED 1:15, 4:00, 10:20 WARM BODIES (14A violence) Ultraavx DAILY 12:00, 2:30, 5:10, 7:50, 10:30 MAMA (14A frightening scenes) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 12:30, 3:00, 5:30, 8:00, 10:40 RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (STC) SAT 2:10 INDIANA JONES AND THE TEMPLE OF DOOM (STC)

SAT 4:40

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS–AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (18A gory brutal violence) No passes FRIWED 1:20, 3:40, 6:00, 8:20, 10:45; THU 2:40, 5:00, 7:30 JAWS (STC) FRI 3:40; SUN 4:35; WED 7:10 INDIANA JONES AND THE LAST CRUSADE (STC) SAT 7:00 BATTLE ROYALE (R) MON 7:00; TUE 12:00 GOODFELLAS (STC) TUE 7:05; THU 1:00

BARBARA (PG mature subject matter) Sub-titled FRI, WED 9:30; MON 7:00

A CLOCKWORK ORANGE (R disturbing scenes, violence) FRI 9:10; MON 4:00

DJANGO UNCHAINED (18A gory brutal violence) Digital Presentation FRI 8:00; SAT-SUN 1:15, 4:40, 8:00; MON-THU 4:40, 8:00

THE ROOM (14A nudity, sexual content) FRI 11:30

GREMLINS (STC) SUN 12:00; TUE 4:50; WED 2:35


MOVIE 43 (18A crude coarse language, sexual content) Digital Presentation FRI 6:40, 9:05; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:00, 6:40, 9:05; MON-THU 5:10, 7:40

BEASTS OF THE SOUTHERN WILD (PG mature subject matter, disturbing content) SAT, THU 7:00; SUN 4:00; TUE 9:30

OLDBOY (R disturbing content, brutal violence) MON 9:25; TUE 2:20

HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH HUNTERS (18A gory brutal violence) Digital 3d FRI 6:45, 9:10; SAT-SUN 1:40, 4:20, 6:45, 9:10; MON-THU 5:20, 7:55

THE PAPERBOY (18A sexual content, gory violence) SUN 9:30



AN AMERICAN WEREWOLF IN LONDON (R gruesome scenes) FRI 11:59; SUN 2:15; WED 4:50

WARM BODIES (14A violence) Digital Presentation FRI 6:55, 9:20; SAT-SUN 1:20, 4:25, 6:55, 9:20; MONTHU 5:00, 7:30

EMPIRE THEATRES–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing Spruce Grove 780.962.2332

BULLET TO THE HEAD (14A brutal violence, coarse language, not recommended for children) Digital Presentation FRI 7:10, 9:35; SAT-SUN 1:50, 4:05, 7:10, 9:35; MON-THU 5:25, 8:05

MOVIE 43 (18A crude coarse language, sexual content) Digital FRI 6:30, 9:20; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20; MON, WED-THU 5:00, 8:00

WRECK-IT RALPH (G) Digital Presentation SAT-SUN 1:05, 3:55

PARKER (18A brutal violence) Digital FRI 6:20, 9:00; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:15, 3:45, 6:20, 9:00; MON, WED-THU

EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave


GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr Sherwood Park 780.416.0150

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI 4:20; SAT 11:30, 1:55, 4:20; SUN 12:10, 2:35, 5:00; THU 2:30, 4:50 HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned, No passes

FRI 5:00, 7:25, 9:45; SAT 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:25, 9:45; SUN 12:20, 2:40, 5:00, 7:20, 9:40; MON-WED 6:50, 9:10; THU 2:05, 4:25, 6:50, 9:10

VUEWEEKLY JAN 31 – FEB 6, 2013

5:15, 7:50

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Ride navigates the aftermath of a one-night stand

And hello to you too // Marc J Chalifoux

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

Split Petcetrix by Marilène Oliver

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Fri, Feb 1 – Sat, Feb 9 (7:30 pm; 11:30 pm on Fri, Feb 8) Directed by Trevor Schmidt TransAlta Arts Barns (PCL Studio), $21 – $28


t's a deliciously saucy premise for a show: waking up, naked, in a stranger's bed, with no recollection of how you got there or even who the other person is. "They're trying to piece together how they got there and the events that led up to that," states Cole Humeny, the male half of Northern Light Theatre's two-hander, Ride. "Diving into it a bit deeper, you find out that they're just two really lonely, kind of broken people in search of comfort, and it just led to each others' arms." Ride is the second play of Northern Light Theatre's season, which opened in November with the quirky 6.0: How Heap and Pebble took on the World and Won. Northern Light's artistic director, Trevor Schmidt, has a reputation for fishing out littleknown scripts and bringing them to Edmonton stages. "Trevor digs deep—I have no idea where he finds a lot of the plays that he puts on," says Sereana Malani, the show's female half. "How does

he find anything?" Humeny adds. "He finds obscure pieces that nobody's ever heard of." Like Heap and Pebble, this is the Canadian debut of Ride. The playwright, Jane Bodie, is well-known in her country of residence, Australia, but hasn't had much exposure in North America. Prior to this production, the show was mainly staged throughout Australia as well as one off-Broadway production. Taking place entirely in the man's bedroom, Ride takes the usual conventions of the one-night stand and turns them on their head: while you would expect people in that situation to bid each other a hasty adieu, in this case, some intangible force keeps the two of them together in that room. "The first reading, I thought, 'What's going on? Nothing is really happening,'" Humeny states. "Except when you dig a little deeper you'll see that it's more to do with what's not being said, or why isn't she leaving, or why isn't he asking her to leave." "There she is, prepared to do a very fantastic walk of shame," Malani says. "In her maid-of-honour dress from the night before, and she's lost her bra, has only one shoe." "It stretches the one-night stand

ARTIFACTS Inclusion & Exclusion: The International Week Photo Exhibition / Until Wed, Feb 27 What does it mean to be included or excluded? It may sound simple, but it goes beyond the immediate black and white notions, and these perspectives will be explored through the eyes and lens of the University of Alberta's students, alumni, faculty and community. (Enterprise Square)

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into the whole next day," Humeny explains. "They spend the whole next day together; she finally leaves around 10pm." Though the situation certainly sounds rather dark (not to mention deeply awkward), the actors note that it's not wholly serious throughout. "I have been very pleasantly surprised to see how many opportunities for comedy are available in this script," Malani states. "I don't know if I would say it's straight-up comedy; it's mostly the situational aspects that are so ridiculous that you can't help but laugh. But there are also seriously dark undertones." "What's great is that the show isn't cheery—it doesn't leave you feeling like, 'Aww, they found each other! They're gonna fall in love and get married,'" Humeny states. "It leaves you thinking, perhaps that's all they needed, that one night together, and now they can move on." "It starts off asking how did they get there, and then it turns into why did they stay?" Malani continues. "And the bigger question: why do we need each other?" MEL PRIESTLEY




The City of Light and the Flying

peratures to discover the lights and

Canoe Adventure Walk / Fri, Feb

stories that await in the Mill Creek

1 – Sat, Feb 2 (5 pm – 10 pm, Fes-

Ravine, presented by La Cité Fran-

tivities at La Cité Francophone 5

cophone. This year, participants can

pm – 12 am) Winter sticks around

discover the legend of La chasse-

long enough that you may as well

galerie (The Flying Canoe) before

stop groaning about it and enjoy.

reaching their final destination, La

Follow suit with the 4000 patrons

Cité en Lumières (The City of Light).

who have embraced the frigid tem-

(Mill Creek Ravine) V



Evie's Waltz Until Sun, Feb 10 (7:30 pm, 2 pm matinee Saturday and Sunday) Directed by John Hudson Varscona Theatre $16 – $27


vening falls on a day that's turned a family's world upside down, butlittle do they know, the blows have only just begun. Conflicted parents Clay (Doug Mertz) and Gloria Matthews (Coralie Cairns) prepare their backyard patio for an awkward dinner with the mother of their son Danny's girlfriend Evie, who they believe has had a strong hand in landing him in his current predicament involving expulsion from school after bringing a gun on campus. As they set the patio table, accented by fading light as the evening draws on—a lighting element that only adds to story's dark nature—the discussions revolves around Danny and his change from the boy they once knew to the angry adolescent they currently have on their hands. Gloria, who Cairns delivers as a bundle of tense, desperate energy, believes he's changed, expressing resentment and disappointment towards the person Danny has become. "I want to smother him in his sleep," she states flatly before taking a swig of gin and tonic. Her husband,

ever the doting peacemaker and nostalgic optimist, tries to tell her that he's still their son, regardless of his actions. Mertz and Cairns carry the banter at rapid fire pace, slinging one-liners with believable husbandwife chemistry, spiking the conversation with dry humour, which injects a refreshing reprieve amidst the grim subject matter. Soon Evie (Karyn Mott) enters in her mother's place. A firecracker oozing adolescent angst and attitude, complete with an inked up, tough-asnails exterior, Evie begins to explain the whole Danny debacle, with more details unraveling with each passing minute as the young couple's tragedy culminates in the final climax. The intensity is on high from the get-go, with the story feeling like it begins in the middle rather than with the usual rising arc. Tension radiates throughout the theatre, casting a web of suspense as each layer is peeled back and Danny and Evie's story unfolds—their love, protecting it and the turmoil they now face. It's a story that twists and turns continuously, demanding constant attention to avoid confu-

Zodiac Arrest sion—there's enough chance of that happening on its own as you attempt to grasp what's happening through the turbulent emotion and swift dialogue. Just when you think you've got things figured out, another twist occurs, never allowing the audience to get too comfortable or the pace to flatline. Driving the game of cat and mouse is Evie, to whom Mott brings a sense of realism and dimension, moving her out of stereotypical teen angst territory and turning her into someone who has a great deal of depth and her own tragedy beneath the surface. Evie has been a target of blame, but as Gloria and Clay quickly learn, sometimes it takes a look inward to realize the truth. MEAGHAN BAXTER


Billy Kidd

Thu, Jan 31 – Sat, Feb 10 (8 pm) Westbury Theatre, $22 – $28


hat's your sign? Casual coffeebreak horoscope browsers and die-hard astrological mavens alike will be able to witness their zodiac characters represented through acrobatics, aerial arts, magic and clowning in Theatre & Circus's Zodiac Arrest: An Astrological Cabaret. "Everybody can relate to them in some way: either you are a sign, or your mother is that sign or your father or your partner," says Firefly artistic director Annie Dugan, noting she admires each person involved and maintained a great deal of trust and confidence in their ability to deliver a top-notch performance under the production's cart blanche approach. "Creation is what makes something unique and special, and we wanted to bring in artists whom we trust and respect and what will make this show so wonderful are the different voices." Each artist and performer was given full creative licence to devise a performance fitting of their assigned personas, such as contortionists Caitlin Marchak and Mackenzie Baert taking on the Gemini twins to Jamie Cavanagh and Gianna Vacirca dancing Virgo/Libra and Australian Lyra performer Kris-

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ti Wade interpreting Aquarius. Among these voices is UK-based magician Billy Kidd, who is doing double duty as Aries and Capricorn. In a homage to Harry Houdini, who also happened to be have been an Aries, Kidd will undergo an escapist routine, while she personifies the qualities of Capricorn through a mind-reading number— involving a monkey. Kidd, who is a Sagittarius herself, admits she doesn't follow horoscopes, but engrossed herself in researching her assigned astrological signs to create two numbers that would best suit them. It was no easy feat, given the open nature of the production, but hopes the audience, particularly those who are Aries and Capricorn, can relate to what she is portraying. "It's great because it's a huge variety show ... everyone's coming from different disciplines," says Kidd, who began practising magic in 2007 with sleightof-hand tricks. "Every zodiac sign is very unique ... if you believe in it, a lot of people see stuff and go, 'Oh, that's definitely me, or that resembles me,' and I think, in a way, it being a variety of different performances compliments zodiac signs because everybody's so different." MEAGHAN BAXTER





Until Fri, Mar 1 Harcourt House



Evie s Waltz

by Carter Lewis

Gripping Suspense!

t's time to push reset and take a moment to look around our world and examine what we would change, if we could. On a smaller scale, it's also time to do the same with ourselves. A new generation of visual artists and designers will be exploring these possibilities through the collaborative exhibition Reset, which is as much about drawing connections between their respective mediums as it is about displaying their contrasting nature.

"Since we're from the same school, we see these people around so often, but we don't get very many opportunities to work with them or show with them," says Kayla Callfas, a fourth-year visual communications design student at the University of Alberta and internal communication officer with Student Design Association (SDA), a campus organization dedicated to promoting and encouraging student designers within the community. "Edmonton's a small community for creatives. It's going to be growing, but I don't see any point in keeping a strong separation between us when we really need to be working together to make stronger opportunities for creatives in the city." On the other side of the equation is the Visual Arts Student Association (VASA), run by president Cara Seccafien, a fourth-year fine arts student specializing in printmaking and painting. Seccafien believes student groups on campus, particularly in the arts, have not always collaborated as much as they should, and Reset provides a beneficial forum for networking and sharing ideas. "I also work as an intern at The Works Art and Design Festival and what I've seen is there is really a bit of a disconnect between art and design in Edmonton," she says, adding that during

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At the centre of it all is the artwork, which includes various mediums of fine art and posters created by the design students, in which the only stipulation was size, giving each individual complete creative control over the final result. "It's really inspiring as a designer to see some of the new techniques and processes that the artists are doing in this show," Callfas notes. "We learn a lot of technical skills or type and really rigid things, but we don't always have the opportunity to explore mediums and new ways of image making, so I think it's really inspiring to see how they're creating an image." Reset is the last exhibition before the fourth years in both programs unveil their work for the final time as students at their graduation exhibition in April. MEAGHAN BAXTER




Join the Vibe Tribe // Michelle Kaplan

Jan 23 - Feb 10, 2013

her time at The Works she's witnessed efforts to forge this connection. "We really wanted to see where that disconnect comes from ... we want that connection to be made because artists are better artists when they have an influence of design and designers are better designers when they have an influence of art."

Sat, Feb 2 (8 pm) Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, Sold out


ibe Tribe, Edmonton's venerable and mesmerizing gypsy circus, is marking its return to the public stage with Luminos, a fictional retelling of the group's origins. The ambitious show sees the tribe— which has been making the majority of its appearances in recent years through private performances—team up with local musician Cam Boyce, Japanese Taiko drum group Booming Tree and visual artist Joe Clarke for a celebration of beauty and creativity. Since 2006, Agnes Luminos (Nancy Bromley) has been collecting performers for Vibe Tribe's gypsy circus, and this production portrays the tale of Young Agnes (Kelsey Hannah), who encounters

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a gypsy woman at a fair. While she's a stranger, the woman is strikingly familiar and marks Agnes as Wanderer of All Worlds. Young Agnes is frightened by this and attempts to flee her fate, but encounters captivating individuals who offer gifts that allow her to realize her true potential. "Luminos really shares the fantasy world we like to live in, so we get to be the characters we want to be, not in everyday life," says Vibe Tribe performer and artistic director Marissa Puff. "We just get to explore the creative and fantastical side of ourselves through Luminos, which is where we all come together in our Vibe Tribe." In essence, Luminos is a testament to the intriguing challenge that is life. There's always something to learn, new people to meet and challenges to over-

come, and, as Puff notes, it's all part of the journey. The journey also continues for Vibe Tribe, which likens itself to a family unit. Puff says the aim has been continually learning how to work together tightly and quickly, with Luminos coming together in approximately a month. The show debuted in November, under what Puff describes as a great deal of pressure and lots of last-minute refining, but all worked out in the end and the group is enthusiastic about taking that momentum and giving Luminos another spin. "We really lean on each other. If somebody's having a bad day, the whole group really makes an effort to pick them up and keep going," Puff notes. However, this welcoming atmosphere doesn't stop at the end of the stage. Right from the get-go, Vibe Tribe has worked to engage and interact with its audiences, and Luminos is no exception, with audience members encouraged to don their own gypsy attire and get in the spirit. "It's very important to us that our audience feels like they're part of the Vibe Tribe family," Puff adds. "Our host, Nancy Bromley, she speaks to the audience as if she's your best friend and she's known you forever, so it really is a family element." MEAGHAN BAXTER





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Les Contes d'Hoffmann

Fri, Feb 1 (8 pm); Sun, Feb 3 (2 pm); Tue, Feb 5 & Thu, Feb 7 (7:30 pm) Directed by Joel Ivany Jubilee Auditorium, $20 – $175



here's a certain mystique about the early 20th century travelling circus, and director Joel Ivany decided this esthetic lent itself particularly well to Edmonton Opera's

newest production, Les Contes d'Hoffmann. The last opera written by French composer Jacques Offenbach, the piece was based on short stories by E T A Hoffmann, who is also the opera's protagonist. The show features three acts, each of which explores one of Hoffmann's unrequited loves, bookended by a prologue and epilogue. Complicating each tableau is Hoffmann himself, who grows progressively drunker as the show continues, as well as a manipulative villain in each act who keeps Hoffmann away from each woman. "Placing it in this time period and in the circus, it lends to that element of the fantastical," states Teiya Kasahara, who plays Olympia, a mechanical doll and Hoffmann's first love that he encounters in the freak

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show tent. "You see Hoffmann progress through love in each of the three stories," says Ileana Montalbetti, who plays the role of Antonia. "It's new, kind of fascinating love with Teiya's character, and then ours is very pure, very innocent and real, and then because I die, his heart is broken and he kind of moves into this sexual love with Giulietta." Offenbach died before completing the opera, and consequently there are as many versions as there are productions. "It can be taken so many different ways, whether it's all just playing out in his mind, or if these things really happen—that's when it really comes down to interpretation of your director and production,"

states Montalbetti. "My character is the only one that rejects him," says Krisztina Szabo, who plays Giulettia. "I'm the only one who doesn't love him for real; I'm in it for the jewelry, not for real love. So she's kind of a bad girl, as well as the hoochie-koochie girl." With deeply metaphorical themes and a disjointed narrative, combined with its history of considerably different productions, Les Contes d'Hoffmann has always been a particularly evocative opera. "He's a poet with this muse," states Montalbetti. "And the idea is if he sees everything through this veil of alcohol and hurt and heartbreak, the greater his art will be." MEL PRIESTLEY



The Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art

Bruno Canadien, Pipe Dreams, from the Freedom Fighter Series, 2011 // John Dean

Until Sun, May 5 Curated by Nancy Tousley Art Gallery of Alberta


he most highly anticipated, at times controversial, always passionately debated and ultimately seminal visual art event in Alberta is the Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art, held at the Art Gallery of Alberta Since 1996 the biennial has offered Albertans a snapshot of arguably the finest, contemporary art created in the province. At its best, this comprehensive exhibition—featuring 161 artists to date—provides Albertans with a historic map of es-

thetic trends and creative directions within our flourishing art community. Nancy Tousley, a Governor General's Award-winning journalist and Canadian Art contributing editor, curated this year's event, The News From Here. Tousley, who also served as the art critic at the Calgary Herald for over 30 years, has had the opportunity to intimately observe the evolving art scene in Alberta since the 1970s. Her first challenge as curator was to winnow down 164 submissions to a shortlist of 62 studio visits. As Tousley doesn't drive, she flew or took the bus to nine towns and cities ranging

from Lethbridge to Fort McMurray, but she had no complaints. "I like that part of the process; it's one of my favourite parts," Tousley explains. "As long as I have been doing what I do, I still feel it's a privilege to have access to artists in the place where they make their work." Strong submissions made the job difficult, but Tousley eventually selected 36 artists to be featured in the biennial. "When I started looking at artwork, I wiped my mind of expectations; I went to see what's there," she explains. "I wanted the form that the show took to come out of the work rather than this being something I imposed on it." Three quarters of the way through the selection process, the theme emerged: "I saw something that I haven't seen before to the same extent," she explains. It was the way Alberta was present in the foreground or background of the work in terms of subject matter, content and critical issues. There is evidence of a significant shift in attitude in Alberta's artistic developments: from the late '70s on, conversations addressed regionalism. "Art was derivative of the centre; the centre ruled the periphery," explains Tousley. Artists now have

opportunities that were unthinkable not so long ago. Due to ease of travel and ease of communication, the isolation from cultural crucibles such as New York or Toronto, that set artistic agendas, has vanished. Artists now participate in a global environment, a change that Tousley refers to as "post-regionalism." "There is a discourse in the way we talk about things that's changed," she observes. The sense of being provincial has vanished and is replaced by a vibrant, even celebratory, sense of place. Alberta artists are paying attention to where they live and in turn create a sense of what it means to be Albertan. There is a renewed and reflective interest in place and a growth of confidence. "I see it in the imagery, in the subject matter, in the content and the critical issues that are addressed," explains Tousley with a note of passion. "I see it in the myth making and in the way history is drawn on." For her, this show is a model for constructing a visual poetics of place. Although Tousley doesn't see any one work as exemplary of her thesis, one example she cites is a video by Sarah Fuller entitled "Experiment in Landscape, No 1." The historically celebrated and artistically iconic image of Mount Rundle forms the background. The artist walks into

the scene and does a long headstand in the moonlight. "It's her way of being present in the landscape," explains Tousley. The subtle, mythological sense of place that Fuller creates is juxtaposed with a note of humour: grand scenery notwithstanding, she fails in one of the clips and falls. Bruno Canadien offers a more political take on what it means to be Albertan. His work entitled "Pipe Dreams", from the Freedom Fighter Series, addresses resource exploitation from an aboriginal perspective. As Tousley explains, this perspective sees oil as a sacred material, one that should be protected. "This piece has a real sense of presence," she adds as she points it out in the freshlyminted exhibition catalogue. "I want this show to be fresh." Tousley selected works by highly esteemed and established artists and by some younger ones for whom this show is a first outing: the age of artists in the biennial spans about half a century. "This province has many wonderful artists", explains Tousley. "The existence of these biennials is important as it is the only exhibition that regularly calls attention to the wealth of artists in the province."

idea of creating the same sort of production centering around genderbased oppression in men as well. She believes gender-based oppression is not a black-and-white issue, and has encountered it numerous times herself, citing the issue of consent as a dominate one. "I was actually thinking about writing a monologue, which is how present in processing I was ... things have happened in my life where I saw myself as being sexually liberated and I learned and was hurt. I personally believe that type of power is quite thin and going through the process of this made me realize that," she says, adding the persisting prevalence of misogyny and patriarchy are other factors in the issue perpetuating. "It's not like men are just going around being assholes. I think patriarchy is being reinforced by both genders, and patriarchy actually limits both genders in how they interact. For some people, those really classical roles do work, but I think there needs to be intentionality around them, particularly in heterosexual relationships, which can very quickly fall into those roles. It wasn't even that long [ago] that those roles were the norm, so it takes generations for people to get out of patterning." In some cultures, gender-based oppression is not questioned, and

Amina Mohamed is sharing her experiences as a Muslim girl involving physical abuse from her father. She acknowledges that she believes it's particularly important to shed light on darker forms of gender-based oppression and says it can be particularly difficult to share these experiences when related to culture without it being taken as a culturally tokenist stance. "The project has allowed me to attach value to my experiences and has validated those for me because of just the cultural background that I come from, I take my experiences for what they are and I process them and have dealt with them, but it was really interesting to actually turn the light inward," Mohamed explains of the emotionally cathartic process, adding she wanted her story to be taken into its own context, rather than a cultural one. "Oppression and gendered oppression and misogyny is seen as a blackand-white construct and it's really difficult for all of us to be like, we are actors in this process and we are perpetuating these processes and we are shaming this and shaming that, and if anything, I hope that people realize that gender oppression can be insidious."




Stories We Don't Tell

Fri, Feb 1 (7:30 pm) Education North 4-104, University of Alberta


hat does gender-based oppression look like? Take a long, close look at your day-to-day

life and you might realize it's a great deal more prevalent—much more insidious—than we'd like to think. The world continues to be in a state of flux, and gender-based oppression continues on, whether it's through physical brutality or an individual be-

ing shunned because of their gender. In co-production with the University of Alberta's new program, the Gender-Based Violence Prevention Project (GBVPP), theatre arts graduate Brooke Leifso presents Stories We Don't Tell: Experiences of GenderBased Oppression. The honest, explicit telling of real-life stories, from real women, marks the finale of the University of Alberta's International Week, with sense of hope and an opportunity to create change. "It's forced me to also process some of the oppression that I have faced, and I firmly believe, I guess it's known, that most women have one of these stories in their experiences at some point," says Leifso, who gathered the stories through a mass call-out on campus. "It may not even be a catastrophic one, like the ones we think of, the ones that would end up on the news, I guess, but even something as simple as service work is quite oppressive. I believe that this really affects all women, and hearing and processing these stories has asked me to do the same with the ones I haven't." The interesting aspect about a project of this nature, Leifso notes, is that it would generate completely different results with any given group of people, and she is intrigued by the

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DANCE EBDA BALLROOM DANCE • Lions Senior Recreation Centre, 11113-111 Ave • Non-profit ballroom dance association • Feb 2, 8pm (door) • $10 (member)/$12 (non-member)

NORTHERN LIGHTS CLASSIC • Central Lions Seniors' Centre, 11113-113 St • Ballroom and Latin dance competition hosted by DanceSport Alberta • Feb 9-10; Sat, 9:30am (dancing starts)

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 basement, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Centre for Reading and the Arts showcases little-known films every month • Dark Horse, 14A, USA, 88 mins; Feb 6, 6:30pm • Vanishing Point

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

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

CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA (CAVA) • 9103-95 Ave, 780.461.3427 • Artworks by members • Until Feb 26

CHATEAU LACOMBE HOTEL • 10111 Bellamy Hill • LOVE LOCAL: Fruits of Sherbrooke present over 40 local arts ansd craft vendors for first pre-valentines event–Dedicated to the ones you love • Feb 10, 10am3pm • Free

CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain, 780.963.9573 • Winter warmingcasseroles, tea pots, mugs and more: a variety of slab, wheel thrown, decorated works selected for display by gallery members • Jan-Feb EDUCATION BLDG NORTH • Education Bldg N, U of A, 11204-87 Ave, Rm 2-115, • CREATIVITY, HEALING AND THE DREAM: Paintings by Karen Williams • Feb 8, 7-9pm • $15/$10 (student/ senior)/$25 (non-member)

EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave • Series: Women In Danger featuring Charade: (1963, 113 min, colour, PG); Feb 4, 8pm • Membership for each film: $6/$5 (senior/ student); $30 (membership for the series –8 films) NFB FILM CLUB • Calder Library • Monthly film


Cinema, Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St • Aboriginal Youth Film Premiere • Feb 5, 12:30pm (program starts), 1pm (screening); followed by Q & A • Free

series featuring animated and documentary films from the National Film Board of Canada • Payback (86 min); Feb 6, 6:30pm

UP FOR DISCUSSION: A FILM SERIES • Stanley Milner Library Theatre (bsmt), 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Film screening • Flight from darkness, not rated, Canada, 2006, 51 mins; Feb 7, 6:30pm

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186106 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 ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS–WALTERDALE GALLERY • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave, 780.426.0072 • IMPERMANENCE: Works by Val Solash; runs in conjunction with Walterdale's production of Summer and Smoke • Feb 6-15 • Reception: Feb 5, 7-8pm

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

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir 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; until May 5 • 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: Misled: Everyday Object Sculpture: Jan 31 • All Day Sunday: Art activities for all ages 3rd Sun every month, 12-4pm; free with admission • Art for Lunch: Theatre Foyer: Casual and informative discussions about AGA exhibitions, held during the lunch hour, 3rd Thu every month • AGA Book Club: Frankenstein; or The Modern Prometheus by Mary Shelley (publ 1818); Thu, Jan 31, 7pm; free; pre-register at • 5 ARTISTS, 1 LOVE: Black History Month art show, works by Pamela Parker, Phillip Risby, Lorien Maheu, Melissa Aytenfisu, and Blanche Thompson; Feb 2-Mar 1; opening reception: Feb 2, 4-7pm; free • Ledcor Theatre: United Colors of Soul: concert featuring musicians and spoken-word poets, honouring the legacy of Black Canadians, past and present; Feb 2, 8pm (immediately after the art reception); $30 (adv at$35 (door) ART FROM THE STREETS–Red Deer • 4935-51 St • Reception: Feb 1, 6-8pm

ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • GAME PIECES: Paintings by Margaret Witschl; until Feb 2 • MIGRATING COLONY: Charcoal drawings and raku installation by Erin Schwab • PASSERIFORMS II: Paintings and mixed media works by James Trevelyan • Feb 7-Mar 16 • Preschool Picasso: Art for ages 3-5; 3D Feathered Friends; Feb 9, 10:30-11:30am; $8/class

ART SOCIETY OF STRATHCONA COUNTY • Loft Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • Artwork by society members, and a gift shop of artist made items; open Feb-Jul



LATITUDE 53 • New location opening soon: 10242-106 St • 780 423 5353 • Winter Salon: Jan 31 at Pacific Café (10874-97 St), 7 pm • Last Thu every month, Latitude 53 returns to McCauley to host winter salons—nights of performance and interactive art curated around winter themes of Light, Wind, and Cold/Warmth. The first night, “Light”, on Jan 31, features ambient soundscapes from Gene Kosowan, poetry from Zach Polis and Theodore Fox and Mary Pinkoski, multimedia performance by SingKronosCities (Phillip Jagger & Scarlett Eyben), and music from Paula Kirman

LOFT GALLERY • Ottewell Art Centre, 590 Broadmoor, Sherwood Park • Works by members of

RED DEER COLLEGE LIBRARY • The Panels: CONvERSATIONS wITh ThE COLLECTION: until Mar 8; opening: Feb 1, 4-6pm • PortHole Gallery ( just outside the Library front doors): CERAMICS: Works by Carlene Larue and Kt Furness; through Feb

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 • Artworks by Arlene Wasylynchuk • Feb

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 TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • 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

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 Design, U of A, Rm 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 780.492.2081 • SPLIT SECONDS, SOFT EDgE: Sam Walrod's 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


KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Public Library • BORROwINg ART: The Red Deer Public Library Art Lending Program • Until Feb 19 • Reception: Kimmy Beach and Fran Kimmel will present readings of poetry and prose; Feb 1, 6:308:30pm

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA MUSEUMS • Enterprise Square, 10230 Jasper Ave, 780.492.5834 • PERCEPTIONS OF PROMISE: Biotechnology, Society and Art: Extended run until Feb 2 • PASSION PROJECT: Extended run until Mar 2 • IMMORTAL BEAUTY: Extended run until Mar 2

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.421.1731 • Gallery A: AwARENESS OF AN ALTERED wORLD: Richard Boulet and Sue Seright • Gallery B: FIghTING NORMAL: Laurie MacFayden and Amy Willans • Until Mar 2

9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • Retrospective of Nathalie Shewchuk-Paré's artwork • Until Mar 5

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St. Albert, 780.460.5990 • LET’S DANCE: Works by Karen Blanchet • Until Feb 23 • Reception: artist in attendance: Feb 2, 1-4pm

GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St. Albert, 780.459.2525 • 69¢ LB.$1.52 K: Pastel works by Father Douglas • Until Feb 25



ARTERY • 9535 Jasper

Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • DISPLAY CASES: BOTANICAL HEROINE: Polymer clayworks by Kristin Anderson • DISTANCE TO THE SUN: Photography by Tyler Enfield; Feb 1-28

Ave, 780.441.6966 • Literary Saloon: reading series the 2nd Thu every month; OctMay, 7pm (door)

AUDREYS BOOKS • 107 St, Jasper Ave • Stroll of Poets: Poets' Haven Weekly Series • Feb 10


HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave

• 9351-118 Ave • Prose Creative Writing Group • Every Tue, 7-9pm

• 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; 7pm • Comics Artist-inResidence: with Kyle Sams; Every Fri 12-6pm and Sat 12-5pm; until Apr 7

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB • 15120 Stony Plain Rd, 780.915.8869 • Edmonton Story Slam: writers share their original, 5-minute stories; followed by a music jam • 3rd Wed every month, 7pm (sign-up); 7:30pm (show) • $5


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: breathinpoetry@

112 St • Main Gallery: IN MATERIAL: Works by Marie de Sousa • Front Room Gallery: RESET: Student art and design show; until Mar 1


T.A.L.E.S.–STRATHCONA • New Strathcona

works, 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

Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, 780.400.3547 • Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed each month 7pm • Free

T.A.L.E.S. TELLAROUND • Parkallen Com-

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • ART FROM ThE hEART: Works by Judy Weismiller Berger • Feb 1-28 • Reception: Feb 1, 5-7pm; concert: Claude Godin and Darren Johnson at 7pm

the Edmonton Art Club, juried exibition • Feb 9-24; Sat-Sun 12-4pm • Opening: Feb 9, 1-4pm

JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY (JAGG) • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • HARMONY IN COLOURS: Paintings by Fatima Khair • Until Jan 30

MARJORIE WOOD GALLERY–Red Deer • Kerry Wood Nature Centre • CELEBRATING ALBERTA: Works by members of the Alberta Society of Artists • Through Feb • Opening: Feb 1, 5-7pm

JOHNSON GALLERY • 7711-85 St, 780.465.6171 •

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112

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

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 • Through to Mar

KING’S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE • Atrium, 9125-50 St, 780.465.3500 • JUST FOOD: Touring art exhibit exploring the human right to food • Until Mar 15, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm • Free

St, 780.407.7152 • ThE SPIRIT OF AgINg: Photographs by Sharon Moore • Until Mar 24

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • CATCHING THE LIGHT: The life and photography of Victor Post • Until Mar 31 • Opening reception: Feb 6, 7pm

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • Works by Byron McBride • Until Feb 15

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • Group exhibitions: Artworks by gallery artists • Until Mar 23

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munity Hall, 6510-111 St, 780.667.8253 • Come One– Come All...: Hear what storytelling is all about in a comfortable, casual atmosphere; share a story or just listen • 2nd Mon each month until Jun, 7-9pm • Free • Bring inside shoes and your own mug

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

BRUNCH O’ LOVE–Freewill Shakespeare Festival • Fairmont Hotel MacDonald, Wedgwood Rm, 10065-100 St, 780.425.8086 • Valentine elegant brunch in support of the Freewill Shakespeare Festival; fundraiser and live auction • Feb 10, 11am-2pm • $85 (each)

BUDDY HOLLY STORY • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • By Alan Janes with Jeff Giles as Buddy • Until Feb 3 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 • Until Feb 3 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)

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

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

LE GRAND CAHIER • La Cité francophone, 8627-91 St, 780.469.8400 • Adaptation of Agota Kristof ’s novel, The Notebook. Presented by L'UniThéâtre, production by Groupe Bec-de-Lièvre. Presented with English surtitles • Feb 7-9, 8pm; Feb 10, 2pm • $17-$26 A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC • John L. Haar Theatre, Grant MacEwan University, Centre for the Arts, 10045-155 St • Follows the universal subject of love, in all its wondrous, humorous and ironic permutations • Feb 7-16, 7:30pm (2pm matinee) • $17 (adults), $12 (student/senior)

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 available from Vibe Tribe member, Eventbrite: THE MISSIONARY POSITION BY GREG MACARTHUR • Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St-87 Ave, University of Alberta • Politically contentious and provocative, as a group of deeply committed young missionaries in a third world country save children they perceive as lost • Feb 6 (preview), Feb 7-16 (no Sunday show)

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! • Last Sat each month, until Jul, 11pm (subject to change) PRIVATE LIVES • Citadel Shoctor Theatre, 9828101A Ave • A laugh-out-loud battle of the sexes by Noël Coward. An effervescent comedy of manners set in the 1930′s with classic romance, hilarity and elegance. A divorced couple runs into each other while honeymooning with their new spouses. Sparks fly, emotions bubble over and passions are reignited • 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. In the harsh light of the morning after, they attempt to make sense of what may or may not have happened between them and a complex snapshot of modern relationships gradually comes into focus • Feb 1-9

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174

SUMMER AND SMOKE • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • By Tennessee Williams, set in Glorious Hill, Mississippi in 1916. Reserved Alma Winemiller, the reverend’s unmarried daughter, is in love with her childhood friend, the young Dionysian rebel Dr. John Buchanan, Jr • Feb 6-16; Feb 10, 2pm • $12-$18 at TIX on the Square

• The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm; Presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • Feb 4 • $5

THEATRESPORTS • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A


THE V.I.P. KID’S SHOW • Varscona Theatre, 1032983 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 • $6/$60 (VIP pass) • Feb 9, 11am

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

THEATRE THE 11 O’CLOCK NUMBER! • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Grindstone Theatre presents a two act improvised musical every other Fri, 11pm • Feb 8 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE • Shell Theatre, Fort

Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm

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)



Slamming ice tools and crampons into a frozen waterfall Clockwise from left: Reece Cooper climbs Tangle Falls, about 100 km outside of Jasper; first-time ice climber, Jenna Peltier races to the top of Tangle Falls, despite her fear of heights; these boots were made for climbing // Nicole Veerman


angling 15 metres in the air, with my spiked crampons and ice tools holding me to a frozen waterfall, I hear my name being yelled from above. I look up to find my guide, Max Darrah of Rockaboo Mountain Adventures, snapping a photo with an iPhone, so I fake an enthusiastic, open-mouthed grin in an attempt to hide the ever-increasing anxiety I feel as I climb higher up this vertical ice curtain. Darrah, aware of my fear of heights and lack of climbing experience, has set up a photographer's perch for me, knowing the opportunity for photos will lure me up Tangle Falls—a 30-metre waterfall about 100 kilometres south of Jasper on the Icefields Parkway. From above, he coaxes me higher and higher until I reach a large bulge that reminds me of Santa Claus's belly, but 20 times the size. I look

up at Darrah, only a few metres away, and ask, "Now what?" With a mocking grin, he tells me I can take the easier route to my left, avoiding the bulge all together, or I can conquer it by setting my sights straight ahead. Never one let peer pressure go wasted, I release the ice tool in my right hand, wield it over my head, and, with a thunk, secure it to the ice above me. Then, with both of my ice tools—which resemble miniature Grim Reaper scythes—in place, I walk my left foot up, kick it into place, move my right foot up and do the same, straighten my right arm and stand upright, smack dab in the middle of St Nick's tum-

my. I'm about two maneuvers away from my safe little perch and I'm already exhausted from the constant shaking in my knees and pounding in my chest. I lay my helmeted-head against the ice, let out a sigh and start the process again. Moments later, I'm standing with my back against the waterfall, catching my breath and calming my nerves. From my "patio," as Darrah dubs it because of the uncommon -1 C temperatures, I watch as the rest of my group ascends the various runs, some with ledges that allow for a rest and others that go straight up without a place to catch your breath.

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To my right is Jenna Peltier, who moved to Jasper from Ontario earlier this month. Despite her fear of heights, I watch as she powers to the top of her first 30-metre run without a single fall or misstep. And, by the end of the day, she makes it to the top of a second run and halfway up three others before her arms turn to jelly. To my left is Reece Cooper of Australia, who says at first it was difficult swinging his ice tools with both hands. "I'm a carpenter by trade, so I'm used to swinging my hammer with my right. So, I found it kind of weird swinging with my left." Despite that initial learning curve and a pair of uncomfortable boots, Cooper, an avid rock climber, makes it up the waterfall numerous times throughout the day. By the time both Peltier and Cooper reach the top and rappel down from their first ascent, it's lunch time and Darrah is patiently waiting for me to pump myself up for my first descent. It turns out, getting down is a heck of a lot scarier than getting up, so this process isn't quick. While shaking my head at my own fear, Darrah laughs and tells me he

won't let me down until I lean back with my hands in the air. Although rationally I'm well aware that holding onto my belay rope is a false sense of security, I take my time inching my way to the edge of my safe little patio. Then, finally, I make the dreaded lean and, while staring Darrah straight in the eyes, I let go of the rope. That turns out to be the hardest part of my day and before I know it I'm slowly walking my way down the waterfall toward my turkey sandwich. Ice climbing is a popular pastime in Jasper. Aside from Tangle Falls, there are numerous other spots to go, like Maligne Canyon, Edge of the World, Kirkeslin Falls, Meltout and Shades of Beauty. The climbing season can begin as early as November and carry on through to April. On warm days, it's important to pick climbs with little to no avalanche danger. Those include Tangle Falls, Maligne Canyon, Panther Falls and Weeping Wall. And if you've never climbed before or your experience is limited, it's smart to go with a guide, who can properly set up belay ropes and anchors to keep you and your group safe. NICOLE VEERMAN




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for his final run and unleashed a backside cork 1440 just to show he could do it. It wasn't long ago when grab 360s were a big deal, but now competitors are consistently landing triple 1440s. Shaun White is a five-time winner of this slopestyle event but it looks like McMorris now has a firm grasp on his crown. Both will be working on their tricks leading up to the 2014 Winter Olympics. In the X Games ladies halfpipe event, three Canadian women nearly swept the competition. Calgary's Rosalind Groenewoud and Megan Gunning, as well as Edmonton's Keltie Hansen finished second through fourth respectively. American Maddie Bowman dampened the show by finishing first, preventing a Canadian sweep of the podium. Finally, at Canada Olympic Park in Calgary, there was complete dominance by both Canadian men and women. Mikael Kingsbury of Quebec took gold in the 2013 Freestyle Ski Moguls Grand Prix—more impressive than that is that this was his 18th consecutive podium finish. Some athletes are hoping to be up there once or twice in a lifetime, but Kingsbury is hoping for 36. Canadian Olympian Alex Bilodeau had an unfortunate fall resulting in a fourth place finish in Calgary. In the ladies mogul event, the Canadian sister act of Justine and Chloe DufourLapointe won gold and silver, with Justine topping her older sister. Their other sister, Maxime, was also competing. She finished in 10th. Imagine the party if they ever swept the podium! HG


About 65 of the country's best freestyle skiers will be at southwestern Alberta's Castle Mountain this weekend competing in the Canadian Series Moguls and Dual Moguls competition. The athletes from Alberta, British Columbia and Ontario will arrive January 31 for a couple days of training before hitting the slopes on Saturday for the ladies' and mens' single moguls qualifiers and finals. The dual moguls are scheduled for the following day. Hosting the event is the Alberta Freestyle Skiing Association and the Castle Mountain Freestyle Ski Club. So far this season, Castle has seen 345 cm of snow at mid mountain and more snow was forecasted early this week. Castle Mountain, located west of Pincher Creek, has an annual snowfall of about 910 cm and is open until mid-April. NV


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FORT MCMURRAY IS EVOLVING Its image as merely a staging ground for the oilsands development is outdated and simply untrue. There exists a vibrant, diverse and rapidly growing community and culture, and for evidence of this you need look no further than Fort McMurray’s annual winterPLAY festival.

winterPLAY is a perfect microcosm of the Fort McMurray and greater Wood Buffalo area: what started out as a small two-day festival has expanded in just four years into a massive 10-day, multidisciplinary celebration encompassing many of the cultural aspects found in this northern community. The festival offers residents and visitors alike the opportunity to discover and enjoy the community’s activities, places and people. The Rocky Mountains aren’t the only location for great downhill skiing and snowboarding in Alberta: Vista Ridge All Seasons Park has over 60 skiable acres with runs for every skill level. There are also trails for cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, and a tube park – tubing is essentially just tobogganing on an inflatable tube, so it’s something everyone can enjoy. winterPLAY offers the perfect opportunity to check out Vista Ridge on their Family Ski and Tube Day.

Association has been at the forefront of it for over 20 years. The Association maintains a whopping 275 kilometres of well-groomed, clearlymarked trails, and is proud to partner with various businesses and organizations to connect its members with useful resources, instructors and information on all aspects of necessary safety training and snowmobile education.

happen throughout the year and winterPLAY offers a great sampling: A Circumpolar Soundscape is an award-winning collaboration of female Aboriginal artists, while the party will go all night long at the Newfoundland Kitchen Party featuring Danny Michel and NQ Arbuckle; other festival artists include Del Barber, The Irish Descendants, and the Aural Borealis Sound System.

Sno-Drifters encourages everyone to engage in the social side of snowmobiling, so during winterPLAY they are hosting a Show and Shine for those who want to check out different types of snowmobiles as well as simply get out and enjoy the trails, maybe stopping at one of the fire pits along the way to trade stories and laughs with fellow riders. SnoDrifters is also hosting its annual Poker Rally on March 2, a snowmobile poker game in which riders travel the trail and pick up their hand of cards along the way.

Fort McMurray’s natural landscape is beautiful boreal forest; the oilsands developments are really only specks in this ocean of pristine wilderness. On any clear night in the winter you are almost guaranteed a spectacular display of the aurora borealis (northern lights). For the more adventurous, a winter road runs over frozen rivers and marshes north to Fort Chipewyan and beyond into the remote Wood Buffalo National Park. Along the way you might spy such animals as wolves, lynx, moose, snowshoe hares and owls. Much like Fort McMurray itself, Wood Buffalo National Park is an often-overlooked gem, and what better time to check out Canada’s largest national park than on March 17 at their annual Step and Slide cross-country ski and snowshoe event.

If you prefer more of a rugged skiing experience, the Fort McMurray area is laced with hundreds of kilometres of trails for cross-country skiers. The Ptarmigan Nordic Ski Club maintains over 20 kilometres within the Birchwood Trails system, and during winterPLAY they are hosting a Cross Country Ski Day where both beginners and established skiers alike can explore the beautiful boreal forest surrounding Fort McMurray.

Hockey is Canada’s favourite sport and pond hockey is where it all got started. Fort McMurray has a year-round indoor rink in the Suncor Community Leisure Centre on MacDonald Island Park, but in the winter months hockey fans can enjoy the sport, old school style, on the frozen Snye waterway running right through the heart of the area. An annual tradition, the Shootout on the Snye is a pond hockey tournament with over 60 teams competing at all skill levels. The Shootout is held over three days at winterPLAY’s signature venue, the winterPLAYGROUND right on the Snye. This venue also features the Snowdown on the Snye, a snowboard freestyle event, as well as a gallery of ice sculptures and snow carvings crafted by local and international artists, and an ice slide and maze for the kids.

Want to check out this awesome natural scenery, but with a bit more oomph? Snowmobiling is a very popular activity in Fort McMurray, and the Sno-Drifters Snowmobiling

Many people from across Canada and beyond have settled in the Fort McMurray area, so when it comes to music there really is something for everyone! Plenty of music shows

Despite winterPLAY’s extensive lineup of events and activities, it’s still only a snapshot of the full scope of Fort McMurray’s everevolving culture. There is truly a wealth of opportunity for permanent residents, oilsands workers and visitors alike to shape the vibrant life of this northern Albertan treasure.

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The tropics come north Filling the void of Caribbean cuisine

Caribbean hideaway // Meaghan Baxter

Safron's Caribbean Delight 8307 118 Ave, 780.474.9005


t's a scientific fact that there just aren't enough Caribbean restaurants in Edmonton. Somehow we get mul-


tiple instances of ethnic food joints from cultures found much further afield, but Jamaican jerk shacks are few and far between. As such, places like Safron's Caribbean Delight must bear the weight of expectations that would normally be dispersed across

many restaurants. Perhaps this is why public opinion, as expressed on some of Edmonton's foodie bulletin boards, has been polarized and, in some cases, vituperative toward Safron and his small staff. And we're talking about a pretty

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unpretentious place here—the tiny storefront Siamese-twinned to Battista's Calzone Co on 118 Avenue holds just a few tables, plus a ledge with stools along the window. It's in no way fancy inside, but it's clean and liminally colourful, with a flat screen TV, a tall glass cabinet full of Jamaican music compilations and a couple of UFC DVDs, a poster that takes in MLK, Mandela and Marley in one fell swoop, and one patron who always seems to be occupying the corner table. Obviously, he quite likes it. I've eaten at Safron's before, and while I remember enjoying the Escoveitched fish—maybe you should try it if you don't know what it is—I also remember that I only had the choice of that and one other entrée from the much longer list on the menu board. It's mostly a lunch place with dinner hours on weekends, so if you show up in the evening, your choices are narrowed by the day's business. And so it was with this visit. On a Friday night, I walked up to the young woman behind the counter—perhaps the one who some online commenters have accused of unfriendliness—and said, "What's good today?" "Well, I can tell you what we have left—there's chicken curry, jerk chicken and oxtail," she said, adding with a smile, "And it's all good." I strained to detect the least rancour from her in any of our subsequent interactions, but she was never less than courteous and pleasant. My co-diner and I took one each of the remaining chicken of the jerk and curry variety, and took the servers's endorsement of D&G soda ($2.50), a strikingly iridescent example of sugary fizz-water, in pineapple and "kola champagne" (aka cream soda, kind of) flavours. If I had it to do over, I'd have gone with Ting, an astringently citrusy fizz-water that's ideal for staunching Scotch bonnet burn. You can also get Red Stripe, as Safron's is licenced, or perhaps another West Indian beer that doesn't taste like socks. It was really no time at all until codiner and I were confronted with our

selections—big platters of our selected main with creamy coleslaw and a big old heap of rice and peas. Mine took the form of a chicken leg and thigh shellacked with aromatic jerk spices— usually comprising some magical mélange of allspice, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, thyme and garlic, not to mention Scotch bonnet pepper, near relative of the notoriously potent habenero. It had been simmered so perfectly that the meat fell off the bone when I pointed my utensils at it. I may have even been undignified making sure the bones were denuded of moist, spicy, savoury chicken. Extra jerk sauce had been spooned over the rice and peas, which are actually rice and kidney beans and can, when done right, be a satisfying meal all on their own. Safron's rice and peas fell a little short of that, but were more than respectable. The slaw was fresh and crunchy, both underrated qualities in slaw, and helped ease the artfully layered spiciness of the jerk spice. Co-diner's main was a pool of turmeric-tinted chunks of chicken breast, carrot and potato in coconut-creamy gravy. It all tasted really good, though I found the chicken in the curry a little dry. Co-diner had no such issue. It wasn't entirely necessary, but we decided to see if there was any dessert left. As luck would have it, the only dessert they had was the only one we wanted: sweet potato pudding ($4.75). Listen well: this sweet potato pudding is for sharing. The big slab of dense, dark orange not-quite-cake was so moist and rich we had to erode it away in little stabs of our forks, giving time for each molasses-y, gingery, sweet-potato-y morsel to fully detonate on our tongues. Despite the many disappointments the Internet warned us Safron's had in-store, I saw no one but satisfied customers in the chairs around us. Could it be that the Internet misled us? I shudder to think it might be true, but prospective patrons might want to adjust their expectations by calling ahead to see what Safron has cooking. SCOTT LINGLEY




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oetic, powerful and able to make the keys of a piano sing, Emm Gryner has collaborated with and earned high praise from some of the industry's biggest heavyweights, all the while remaining decisively independent and staying true to her own sound. Fifteen years in the biz and 10 albums to her credit, Gryner has lent her talents to David Bowie's backing band, teamed up with Hot One, and had Bono name her song "Almighty Love" as one he wishes he'd written during an interview with Q Magazine. Highlights of this accomplished career were wrapped up into one package with the release of The Best Of Emm Gryner, last fall, and Gryner views the disc as the end of one chapter and the beginning of the next. This new chapter includes joining forces with Dayna Manning and Laura C Bates in the folk-country trio Trent Severn, a stylistic departure from Gryner's piano-driven, indie solo material. Opposite or not, Trent Severn is among her inspirations as she works on her next solo album, which she says is due out sometime this fall. "This year, I've learned a lot from the band, actually. I just saw how much energy our band shows have and I kind of wanted to bring that to my solo career," she explains over the phone. "It's very odd that the band is now kind of inspiring me, not that I'm going to go country-roots with my own material, but it's telling when your children like your band and don't like your solo material."

a unit. It's fun, but it's definitely taking some getting used to for sure. I feel like I'm 14 again," she chuckles, adding the writing process as a trio has allowed her to stand back and let things evolve as a unit as well. "Dayna will take something I've done and change the guitar part entirely, and whereas my 21-year-old self would have been like, "Oh, no. I want to do it my way,' I'm just happy to have that input." Trent Severn gains its namesake from the iconic waterway in Ontario, and, in Gryner's opinion, it always seemed like a

good name for a country singer. The group pushes aside the go-to lyrics of emotional turmoil in favour of stories brimming with Canadiana, acknowledging the people and places that make up the land they call home. "What we found when we released the album, which was a great surprise, people feel the same way we do about these stories," Gryner acknowledges. "I think it's refreshing for people to hear songs about things that they know about that don't have to deal with emotional upheaval or anything." Each member of the trio comes with an established career in their own right and the goal is not to chase labels or conquer the United States. Instead, Gryner says it's a project she wants to see cross the vast Canadian landscape numerous times, playing well into their senior citizen days. "I saw this band as being something that could be very entertaining for people even when we're like 50, 60, 70, if we can still stand up," she states. "If not, we'll play sitting down." MEAGHAN BAXTER


Being a solo artist, Gryner admits, can be a lonely responsibility. It's up to you to answer for everything, but with two more people added to the lineup, it becomes a collaborative effort, with duties shared and a new wealth of creativity itching to be unleashed. "I feel very seasoned as a solo artist, y'know? I know how to pace my show, I know what I'm going to say between songs and I know how to handle kind of anything. With a band there's a little bit of stepping back and your identity is so different because, again, it's not you: you're

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First album The Clash, London Calling First concert Stray Cats, Edmonton Coliseum 1983 Last album Country Funk 1969-1975 on Light in the Attic Records. Outstanding.

Last concert Daniel Romano at Neptoon Records in Vancouver. Favourite album I never get tired of Exile on Main St by the Rolling Stones. Favourite musical guilty pleasure It would be '70s AM Gold, but I don’t feel guilty about it. V



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f anybody reading this doesn't know about Roger Miller, they should look into it," Daniel Romano says, before hanging up the phone. "Just 'cause everybody should know about Roger Miller." You probably do know about Miller, even if reading the name didn't ring any bells. At least you'd be able to recognize a few of his songs: "King of the Road" is his, and maybe "Old Friends" (with Willie Nelson) or "Dang Me" would pique a memory of hearing your dad's nowdusty record collection. Miller was a honky tonker, a country & western guy with a sense of humour and a heyday set back in the '60s (he did tour until the '90s, though). He's largely known for novelty songs, but here's the thing: while there's definite kitsch in his writing (and in that whole era, really), there's also an understated sadness that gathers around its edges. Miller was a songwriter who putting a an irreverent spin on being perpetually down-and-out, his protagonists laughing in the face of their bad situations. "King of the Road" is about a hobo with enough wit about him to poke fun at his ride-the-rails lifestyle. Because sometimes, from rock bottom, all you can do is laugh. And that Miller sound—hardly Miller's alone, but that tragicomic, unabashed C&W style of writing—is one that Romano's interpreting in the modern day, and he's one of the few: the tragicomic cowboy story is a type of storytelling that's all but vanished into the sunset. "People got self indulgent," Romano offers from the road, about two hours out of Sault St Marie. "That's what happened. That's why it doesn't exist anymore: everyone thought it was a good idea to write about themselves and their own experiences and figured everyone was going to care about it. And they did, because that's all there was. I'm guilty of that: I care about songs that aren't personal, and not for the people, because they're good songs at the end of the day. But I've always been most attracted to story-

telling songs that are relatable to all walks of life, y'know?" For Romano's own approach, then, is there a way to skirt that sort of selfindugence? "Yeah—just don't write about yourself," he says. "If I wrote about myself it would be so boring. It's never been a thing for me: I've never really done it successfully, and I don't really have good tales to tell. What would I say? I live in my parent's basement, in the suburbs. It's all very boring." Boredom's the least of the problems for the protagonists of Come Cry With Me, Romano's third solo album: its 10 songs deliver a pack of woebegotten souls, like opener "Middle Child" finds the titular figure struggling with the revelation that his mother excised just him, not his siblings on either side, from of her life. A few of Come Cry's figures seem like unreliable storytellers—the guy who's lady leaves him because he's sobbing all day and night in "I'm Not Crying Over You" insists he's an actor now, just working on a role, but really who knows? They're engrossing regardless, and the stories get wrapped up in gilded harmonies, golden slide guitar and practiced, steady guitarwork. Romano's solo work is a few steps removed from what he's done in other bands: he's one of the founders of Canuck rock outfit Attack in Black (alongside his brother, Ian), a band of decidedly different aims than this, but still, Romano notes, touched by its influence. "Everyone in Attack in Black brought something to the table which made it sound the way it did," he says. After the first record that was more punk rock, that was how we all started sounding, and that's what I brought to the table: the bass player was bringing power pop, and the guitar player was bringing more of a punk-rock thing, I suppose. It's hard to say who brought what, but whatever I was bringing was generally rooted in roots music." A bit closer to Romano's solo sounds are the folkish ones on Daniel Fred and Julie—That's Romano, Frederick Squires and Julie Doiron—back in 2009. The album's mostly traditional songs, but Romano contributed a pair of original songs, and you'd be hard pressed to pick

them out of the pack. So he's got some skill in approaching a genre with a certain authenticity. Come Cry With Me is Romano's third solo album (the previous, 2011's Sleep Beneath the Willow, was longlisted for that year's Polaris Prize), and, arguably, the most tempered in that regard: it's not so much of a modern update of C&W's golden years as actually trying to relive of that past era, a stripped-down, decades-on return to the dusty trail. Its tracks were mostly recorded by Romano alone, and he's quick to admit that generating that '60s Nashville sound is difficult if you aren't in, well, '60s Nashville. "My mid-'60s country & western musical era ... I was never going to achieve that," he admits. "because I don't have seven to nine brilliant players in a small room. But I did the best I could, basically alone for the bed tracks, and, yeah, I just tried to get those sounds without using the approach I needed to actually get those sounds, which was a lot of trial

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and error, really. "I think my brother was busy when I was doing it," he continues. "It's hard to get people organized for me sometimes. And I get really impatient: I just wanted to do it, and get it done. I knew how I was going to do it, so I just did. ... I knew what I wanted it to sound like. I didn't know how I was going to capture it, but I knew I was going to keep at it until I got it close to where I wanted it." That said, Romano doesn't really give too much thought to the finished recording. "I haven't really listened to it. I try not to do that, because I'll probably hate it. So yeah. It is what it is: I hope people like

it. I like playing the songs from it live, I know that. As far as the songwriting goes, it stood the test of time for me—I wrote those songs probably over two years ago, and I still like playing 'em, so that's good. He does renege a bit on the "hate" part of that statement. "You're always learning, you're always growing, you always have better ideas and, unfortunately, you can't put those back on something you've already done," he says. "So I would just listen to it with 100-percent regret. Not that it's bad. I'm still proud of it. But, y'know." Paul Blinov





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is fingers fly across the neck of a guitar with the speed and assured sense of placement that comes only with hours upon hours of practice and determination. Guitar virtuoso Denis Chang first picked up a six-string at age 12 when his friends were beginning to learn the instrument and he wanted to be part of it all. Chang took classical lessons, but his friends were learning to play rock songs, and he soon followed suit, learning tunes from Deep Purple and Led Zeppelin. However, it was Romani jazz guitarist Django Reinhardt who became one of Chang's most prevalent influences— one that would shape the multi-faceted approach of Chang's current style, an all-encompassing blend of Bach, Chopin, George Benson and even Michael Jackson. "It was basically the way he played," Chang explains. "It was a mix of all the styles that I liked: it was the intensity of rock music, there's a jazz aspect, a dancing aspect, classical aspects as well, so it was one big melting pot of all the stuff that I liked." As Chang notes, in Reinhardt's time, there was no rock 'n' roll, nor were there the genres and subgenres that exist today, but it's been these


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other influences that have allowed him to craft his own sound rather than becoming a carbon copy of his hero. In recent years, Chang, also a highly sought-after teacher and renowned for his improvising abilities, has moved from performing solely compositions of other musicians to showcasing his own originals. A self-professed perfectionist, he says that while he had been composing for some time, he would always end up scrapping the end result. He's currently in the midst of putting together his next recording, where these meticulous compositions take centre stage. There's no release date as of yet, as Chang is taking his time with each composition, bringing each to its full potential. "I can never satisfy myself; I was never happy," he says, adding he's learned to accept compositions and perform them as they are, chuckling that he hopes people aren't just being polite when they receive positive feedback. "Some of the songs that are more well-received are the ones that took me 10 seconds to write. Some songs, you struggle with them for months or weeks and then suddenly there's this inspiration and you write it in 10 seconds and it's there." MEAGHAN BAXTER



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songs at age 14. Since breaking into the Edmonton music scene, his career has taken him to regular performances in Dublin, Ireland. Fueled by influences such as Neil Young, Dan Mangan and Nirvana, Norman brings soft acoustic melodies together with gritty rock. Prior to his latest show in Edmonton, Norman shared his soundtrack picks with Vue.

Morning : Currently my alarm is set to "Churchill Square" by Christian Hansen. I usually have it stuck in my head for a good portion of the day. The entire Power Leopard album encourages movement and the morning is when I need the most encouragement.

Noon: Neutral Milk Hotel, In the Aeroplane Over the Sea. One of my favourite albums of all time. Night: I like to wind down to

a little "'Goodnight, Moonlight" by Edmonton musician Alex Vissia from her exceptional album A Lot Less Gold. Lyrically and melodically amazing.

On the road

Morning: Rural Alberta Advantage, Departing.

Noon: The Weakerthans, Reconstruction Site. My favourite band of all-time. Night: Dan Mangan, Nice, Nice, Very Nice. "Road Regrets" is an obviously fitting song for being on tour.


Jamie Reynolds Sat, Feb 2 (9 pm) Three's hardly a crowd for the Toronto-born, Brooklyn-based jazz pianist, who's making a one-night-only stop in Edmonton with his NYC trio in support of its debut album, Time With People. (Yardbird Suite, $18 - $22)

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The Trews Thank You and I'm Sorry (ISO)  Big Trews fan? Then picking up November's release of Thank You and I'm Sorry is long done for you. So-so Trews fan? Then the band's latest seven-songed EP is what you'd expect of classic Trews rocking out in an East Coast way. As a fellow East Coaster, I

Classified Classified (Universal)  The Nova Scotian-based MC/producer Classified is now on his fifteenth studio album and while his lyrical ideas have become somewhat repetitive (references to his hometown and his love of weed are abundant), the lyrics themselves are witty and have a smooth flow—one instance can be heard in "New School/Old School," a rap dia-




logue with Kayo ("See I'm from the new school / I'm from the old school / Started on a four track / Started with the Pro Tools"). New collaborations with Saukrates, Raekwon and Kardinal Offishall mesh rock and hip hop in tunes that feature live guitars, and clunky piano and childrens' choruses in "3 Foot Tall" and "Inner Ninja" create an optimistic and buoyant contrast to the more hard-hitting tracks. KRISTINA DE GUZMAN



Indians Somewhere Else (4AD) @VueWeekly: Not going to exactly sweep you away or hit you over the head, Somewhere Else will might just lull you to a happy, sleepy place.

Night Beds Country Sleep (Dead Oceans) @VueWeekly: Beautiful & peaceful like something recorded in Johnny Cash's pre-Civil War home. Hard not enjoy this.

Gold Panda Trust EP (Ghostly International) @VueWeekly: Quiet blender of glum electro, ambience & chopped-up hip beats, which together an have the effects of Ambien. Just a taste w/only 4 songs.

Jim James Regions of Light and Sounds of God (ATO)


@VueWeekly: A minimal, awesomely honest record, captured by an evidently amazing solo artist, who should probably go out without a morning jacket more often.











get that the boys like to have a riledup crowd of pub-goers singing in their seats over a pitcher of Keith's—singalong lyrics equal fun times—but "The Power of Positive Drinking" is too much of a hokey spin on positive thinking. We get it guys, you like the booze, save the puns for The Sun. "Lord, Keep Me In Mind" is a bit different and has a gospel-choir feel, but missing from it and any other song are any funky piano solos like in the days of "Paranoid Freak." And while "Herm-Aphrodite (she was a guy)" was kinda humorous, the recounting of kissing a guy who looked like a girl was a little too "Lola"-esque. Maybe ease off the shots a little so you know who you're kissing, and lay off writing lyrics like, "She had a nice cun ... tree voice." Classy.

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hat images does a ukulele bring to mind? Well, it's time to throw all those preconceived notions out the window and open your mind to the possibilities the small but versatile instrument is capable of. Unlocking the underlying heart and soul of the ukulele is James Hill, who began taking lessons in elementary school at age eight. He admits that with its short scale, few strings and a small range of notes, the ukulele does have its limitations—but these limitations are also its strengths. Say what? Just hear him out. "For me, that was fertile ground for doing something interesting," he says over the phone from a music convention in Anaheim, California, where earlier that day he played for 1500 people with his

ukulele hooked up to a PA system he describes as looking like something AC/ DC would use. "Because of the tuning, it ends up sounding a little bit like a barbershop quartet a lot of time—very close voicing and very sweet chords. I think there's psychological things about it, too, where people expect very little and they're met with this incredible range of sound that they didn't anticipate. It crosses boundaries very easily, whether those are generational boundaries ... but it also moves very easily between genres." And no, he's never thought about switching to the guitar. The ukulele is often viewed as its smaller sibling or distant cousin, but Hill doesn't see it that way, adding the notion of him switching would be like switching to the tuba. That and he doesn't even own a guitar and has had nothing to do with one throughout

his music career. Instead, Hill has spent the last 20-odd years honing his skills as a ukulele instrumentalist, developing his own monostrum technique that's been a defining element of his sound. He sees the ukulele as a "strumming machine," surpassing the guitar in its rhythmic abilities. However, this makes it difficult to play melodies at the same time, so Hill devised the mono-strum and various other techniques that would utilize its strumming to craft melodies. These melodies have now been introduced to another element—lyrics. Hill worked instrumentally until the release of his album Man With a Love Song in 2011, and is currently working on new material, although, he says it'll be another year or so before an album is released. As expressive as the ukulele can be, Hill recognized the need to reach his audi-

ence in a new way, which led to him combining his passion for music with his interest in writing and poetry. "There's only so far you can go. If you want to say something to your audience, before long, you actually just have to say it. I started to run up against the very far limits of what the ukulele could express, so I felt that was the only way," he says, adding that he now carries a notebook with him everywhere he goes in case inspiration strikes through his day-today interactions. "You're always looking for those pearls that people don't know are pearls. People love to hear those things that are hidden in plain view." MEAGHAN BAXTER


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BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose Frozen Rose

Blues Festival: $35 (weekend pass) at the Bailey box office or online

BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose Frozen Rose

of Fame Guest host Bev Munro


Blues Festival: Rev K, the Black Hyenas, the Bloozhounds, Marshall Lawrence, the Overdue Blues Band; 7pm (door); $20 (door)


BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w

BISTRO LA PERSAUD Blues: every Friday

Open mic every Thu; 7pm

NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall

Old Time Fiddlers every Thu

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Thu; no cover PACIFIC CAFÉ Latitude 53 Winter Salon:

Light: poetry, music, performance, visuals with Gene Kosowan, Zach Polis and Theodore Fox, SingKronosCities, Mary Pinkoski, and Paula Kirman; 7pm

djwtf - rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam



OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music);

metal), Dolly Rotten, the Moanin' After with Shelley Foss; 8pm (door); $10 (adv) at Blackbyrd

BLUES ON WHYTE Michael Charles

PUB 1824 Every Fri & Sat; $5

BOHEMIA Rebuild/Repair, Labradoodle,

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

Gary Debussy

PAWN SHOP Hellfire Special (hard rock,


CARROT Live music every Fri: Nuela


Indie with new DJ each week with resident

CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the

Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests

FILTHY MCNASTY’S Taking Back Thursdays

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every



KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm;


LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays

no cover

Charles; 7:30pm; all ages; $5 (door)



DEVANEY'S Derina Harvey

Series: Morgan Childs Quartet (from Toronto); 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

DV8 The Apollo Doctrine, Kay There House Builder, Cereal Kids; 9pm


FESTIVAL PLACE Elmer Iseler Singers,


James Hill; 7:30pm; $32 (table)/$30 (box)/$28 (theatre) at the Festival Place Box Office


Les Contes d'Hoffmann (Tales of Hoffmann): sung in French with English surtitles


the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover

on all three levels

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Jon Bryant (Christian pop), guest; 8pm (door); $7 (adv)/$10 (door)

THE BOWER Zukunft: Indie and alternative with Dusty Grooves, Fraser Olsen, Taz, and Josh Johnson BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm

(door); no cover before 10pm


CHROME LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri


COMMON Good Fridays Presents: DJs J-ROC, Allout DJs; $7 (door)


THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Fri


ELEVATION ROOM Mosh, Mitchmatic, DJ Gingham, DJ Lindastrom; 8pm; $7



FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri


LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook



NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri


and Sat

RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri






SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Amplified Fridays: Dubstep, house, trance, electro, hip hop breaks with DJ Aeiou, DJ Loose Beats, DJ Poindexter; 9:30pm (door)



SUITE 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro

and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri

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



ON THE ROCKS Love Junk; 9pm; $5

CAFÉ TIRAMISU Louise Dawson; 7pm



NOORISH CAFÉ Bruce Ziff (banjo) Performs

CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm


NEWCASTLE PUB Sophie and the Shufflehounds; 9pm

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


every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

BRIXX Hosted by Christian and Justin of Canyon Rose Outfit: Open turntables; E: to book 30-min set

THE COMMON Uncommon Thursday:


UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock,

L.B.'S PUB The Canyon Rose Outfit; 9:30-


dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

Burnstick; 8pm-close

house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close



HIGHRUN Rend (pop rock); 9:30pm; no



THIRSTY CAMEL The Sinder Sparks Show

with Stratosphere; 10pm - 2am


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


UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri



Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays





ARDEN THEATRE Jeremy Fisher; 7:30pm;

sold out


BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose Frozen Rose

Blues Festival: All Acoustic Afternoon: Blackpool, Curtis Bessette, Jenie Thai,


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Tim Williams, 1pm (door), $10 (door); Evening: The Myra Marshall Band, Jenie Thai, the Bryan Strand Band, the ElectroFires, Rich Hope And His Evil Doers; 7pm (door); $20 (door)

NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat;


DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

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

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm


ON THE ROCKS Love Junk; 9pm; $5

Alex Vissia (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon:

every Sat, 9:30pm

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Sat ELEVATION ROOM Souvs, Nature Of, Molly


Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover

Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Michael Charles

PUB 1824 Every Fri & Sat; $5

BOHEMIA Foggy Notions (Saskatoon),

jam, mix of acoustic, electric, roots, folk, blues, country and rock; 3-4 times/ month, T: 780.672.2124; 3-7pm

Service: Fair, Creaks

CARROT CAFÉ Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2 CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage

with Marshall Lawrence, 2-6pm; Evening: Down to the Crown: Marshall Lawrence presents great blues with Trevor Duplessis, Mad Dog Blues Band, every Sat 10pm-2am, $5 (door)

DEVANEY'S Derina Harvey DEVON HOTEL PALS Acoustic Open Mic

with Tim Harwill; Every Sat 4-6:30pm DV8 Micelli

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Open stage jam with

host Tommaso Zillio (Edmonton Guitar); last Sat each month, 2-5pm; admission by donation

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Treeline featuring Sean

Brewer with guest Zach Moon; 4pm; no cover

GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam:

Mike Chenoweth

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB The Ripperz (folk,

hard rock), the Gibson Block, guests; 8pm (door); $7 (adv)/$10 (door)

PUMP HOUSE BAR–Camrose Sat afternoon

RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano

PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays:

RENDEZVOUS PUB Major Chaos, Hung

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


ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai


SHERLOCK HOLMES –WEM Doug Stroud STARLITE ROOM Keep 6, Inttertwine, Cult

of Self; 9pm

WUNDERBAR White Chocolate Hurricane,

the Pine Tarts, the Escorts, Neighborhood Archers; 9pm; $8 YARDBIRD SUITE Cross-Border Jazz

ICE ON WHYTE FESTIVAL Brendon Kelly; 7-9pm; $5 (adult)/$2.50 (2-12 yrs)

CONVOCATION HALL Music at Convocation

Party 2.0: Ft John Acquaviva, Simon Doty, with locals DPM, Groovy Cuvy; 9:30pm-3am; $15 (adv at Foosh, Level 2)/$20 (door)

LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:30-11:30pm; no cover

PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat

Like Thieves (metal, rock); 8pm (door); 10pm; $10


LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Definitive Records Label


and Sat

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

HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat

and Friends; 5-9pm

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook

Northern Lights Folk Club: Songs from the Northern Range: T.A. (Tom) Wilson and Stewart MacDougall, Byron Myhre (fiddle), Keith Burgess (upright bass); 7pm (door), 8pm (music); $18 (adv)/$22 (door)


L.B.'S PUB Sat afternoon Jam with Gator

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno

with DJ Sheri

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

Hall: Harmoniemusik

MUTTART HALL Featuring Emilio De












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SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school,

top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests

TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree,

Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm

UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous



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


SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM Swing Dance Party: Sugar Swing Dance Club every Sat, 8-12; no experience or partner needed, beginner lesson followed by social dance;

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

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


SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

Mercato; free



FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Sat

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat


Series: Jamie Reynolds Trio (from New York); 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)


Little; 8pm; $8

10442 whyte ave 439.1273 10442 whyte ave 439.1273 D/ RENNY WILSON CLP

BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose Frozen Rose Blues Festival: Open Stage and Jam: Groups/solo artists who wish to perform a pre-arranged set must pre-register: email:; 5pm (door); free BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam

BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with

every Sun; 2-6pm

VENUE GUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310137 Ave ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave AVENUE THEATRE 9030118 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 962476 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.4256 BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX BAR 10030102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, cafehaven. ca CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750124 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 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail COMMON 9910-109 St CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618 DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 9013-88 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 ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER’S ROOST 890699 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557 FUNKY BUDDHA 1034182 Ave, 780.433.9676 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY 9942-108 St GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB 11824-103 St

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HIGHRUN 4926-98 Ave, 780.440.2233 HOGS DEN PUB 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 ICE ON WHYTE FESTIVAL Tommy Banks Way, 77 Ave, 106 St IRISH SPORTS CLUB 12546-126 St, 780.453.2249 J+H PUB (Over Draught Pub), 1919-105 St J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 KNOXVILLE’S TAVERN 10736 Jasper Ave, 780.425.0012 KRUSH ULTRALOUNGE 16648-109 Ave, 780.444.7474 L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132-104 St LIZARD LOUNGE 13160118 Ave MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE 8900-114 St

NEWCASTLE PUB 610890 Ave, 780.490.1999 NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Boulevard NISKU INN 1101-4 St NOORISH CAFÉ 8440109 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 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLAYBACK PUB 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 1086057 Ave PUB 1824 12402-118 Ave, 587.521.1824 R PUB 16753-100 St, 780.457.1266 RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108149 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 LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235-101 St ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE 10111 117 Street SIDELINERS PUB 11018127 St, 780.453.6006 SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 TREASURY 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, VEE LOUNGE, APEX CASINO–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028102 St, 780.994.3256, YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295

VUEWEEKLY JAN 31 – FEB 6, 2013


BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett


BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sunday Brunch: Jim


Findlay Trio; 10am-2:30pm; donations

CAFFREY'S–Sherwood Park The Sunday

Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover

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

BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: every weekday with Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie and guests; 4-7pm; no cover CHA ISLAND TEA CO Whyte Noise Drum

CROWN PUB A Sexy Night with DJ

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

Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; 7pm


CROWN PUB The Dan Jam: musical styles from around the globe with Miguel and friends; musicians are invited to bring their personal touch to the mix every Wed

CITY HALL Swing 'n' Skate: Skate to live

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

CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island:

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

Pheonix and MJ with Sleepless DJ, DJ Breeze and more every Mon; 9pm-2am


BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays with host Mark

Feduk; $5 after 8pm; this week guests:

DRUID IRISH PUB Open stage every Tue;

with Chris Wynters; 9pm

L.B.’S Tue Blues Jam with Ammar;

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-


O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Live rock band

Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm


industry night


every Sun with Joint Chiess

REXALL PLACE Muse, Band of Skulls; 7pm

(show); $39.50/$59.50/$65

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 Craig Martell and Jon Mick

recording their new album Beef Dip/Tuna Melt; 9pm; $10


O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with

FIDDLER'S ROOST Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY

Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Open stage every

Wed hosted by The Canyon Rose Outfit, 8:30pm, free


J+H PUB Acoustic open mic hight hosted by Lorin Lynne

Mark Davis; all ages; 7:30-10:30pm

REXALL PLACE Eric Church, Colt Ford

(the Blood, Sweat & Beers tour); 7:30pm; $35/$55/$65

R PUB Open stage jam every Tue; hosted

by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm



KNOXVILLE’S TAVERN Rival Sons Live; 7pm NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley

(acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm2am every Wed; no cover

PLAYBACK PUB Open Stage every Wed

hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am


VAT PUB–Red Deer Rival Sons; 8pm

Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy

WUNDERBAR Cabin Songs showcase:

PUB 1824 Open jam session every Wed,

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays:

YARDBIRD SUITE Tue Night Sessions: Fusionauts; 7:30 (door), 8pm (show); $5

every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim


Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am


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


live music monthly: Aaron Vincent; no cover


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

DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter

open stage every Mon; 8pm; Rob Taylor FANDANGO'S Open mic Music Industry

Night every Mon


Open Stage



Nick Everett, Tyler Butler, Mike Tod; 9pm $10


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

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




Night with Darrek Anderson from the Guaranteed; every Mon; 9pm

Classical WINSPEAR CENTRE Music at the Winspear:


hosted by Indigo Storm; 8pm

RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted

by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5

RICHARD'S PUB Live Latin Band Salsabor

every Wed; 9pm



SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Jimmy Whiffen ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:3010pm; 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


NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal

with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12

every Wed


RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed

Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm

"It Takes a Village"--feeling a little blue?

ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover

HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

PADMANADI Open stage every Tue; with


DEVANEY'S Duff Robison

O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Grizz every Tue

Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover


TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open

mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5


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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 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:


ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): Wageni ni baraka is a Swahili proverb that means "guests are a blessing." That's not always true, of course. Sometimes guests can be a boring inconvenience or a messy burden. But for you in the coming weeks, Aries, I'm guessing the proverb will be 98-percent correct. The souls who come calling are likely to bestow unusually fine benefits. They may provide useful clues or missing links you've been searching for. They might inspire you to see things about yourself that you really need to know, and they might even give you shiny new playthings. Open your mind and heart to the unexpected blessings.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): "I feel my fate in what I cannot fear," said Theodore Roethke in his poem "The Waking." I invite you to try out that perspective, Taurus. In other words, learn more about your destiny by doing what makes you feel brave. Head in the direction of adventures that clear your mind of its clutter and mobilize your gutsy brilliance. Put your trust in dreams that inspire you to sweep aside distracting worries.

GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): It's the first annual Blemish Appreciation Week—for Geminis only. One of the best ways to observe this holiday is to not just tolerate the flaws and foibles of other people, but to also understand them and forgive them. Another excellent way to celebrate is to do the same for your own flaws and foibles: applaud them for the interesting trouble they've caused and the rousing lessons they've taught. I may be joking a little about this, but I'm mostly serious. Be creative and uninhibited as you have fun with the human imperfections that normally drive you crazy. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): When I turn my psychic vision in your direction, I see scenes of heavy rain and rising water, maybe even a flood. I'm pretty sure this has a metaphorical rather than literal significance. It probably means you will be inundated with more feelings than you've experienced in a while. Not bad or out-of-control feelings, just deep and enigmatic and brimming with nuance. How to respond? First, announce to the universe that you will be glad and grateful to accept this deluge. Second, go


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City Of Lethbridge: Request for Qualifications - Helen Schuler Nature Centre Public Artwork Artists are invited to participate in a two stage public art competition, for further details please email Proposal deadline is February 1st Call for Featured Artists - 2014 The Allied Arts Council of Spruce Grove welcomes all Alberta Artists to submit a proposal as a Feature Artist 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 portion of our gallery dedicated to our Feature Artists is about 32 feet of wall space. Application dealine is June 30, 2013. For details on application criteria please visit 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. As part of the event, artists, designers and the creatively inspired are invited to join in the design competition that will create the outdoor gallery in the Alley of Light. More specifically, the competition encourages the creation of innovative and edgy installations that incorporate the element of light. These creations will bring warmth, spririt and life to an otherwise dark and empty pocket park north of the Sobeys on 104th Street, also known as the Alley of Light. 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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Evanescence Gallery and Art Studio, 61 - 8 Avenue SE, High River, AB is offering Gallery Space to artists to display and sell their work for a nominal monthly fee. They are currently looking to add three more artist colleagues beginning February 1, 2013. Contact them at or call 403-796-4873 for more information. Send your submission with Blues in the subject heading line of your email. Please direct all submissions and inquiries to McMullen Gallery - Call for Submissions We will be selecting 4 or 5 shows for the 2014 – 2015 exhibiting season. Submissions may be emailed or mailed and the deadline is Tuesday April 2nd @ 4pm. The McMullen Gallery is open to a wide variety of styles; both traditional and contemporary approaches that:Present highquality original artwork that is colourful, joyful, uplifting, soothing and / or inspiring. Appeals to visitors of various ages, social, and cultural backgrounds, and engage our visitors who include hospital patients, staff and visitors. For further information please email:


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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.


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2100. 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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heroin. I thanked them all for their thoughtful invitations, but said I wasn't in the mood. Then I slipped back into my hotel room to dine on my strawberry smoothie and blueberry muffin as I watched HBO. My experience could have something in common with your immediate future, Virgo. I suspect you may be tempted with offers that seem exotic and adventurous but are not really that good for you. Stick to the healthy basics, please. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): A West Coast DJ named Shakti Bliss wrote a remarkable status update on her Facebook page. Here's an edited excerpt: "In the past 24 hours, I did yoga in a bathtub, hauled furniture by myself in the rain, got expert dating advice from an 11-year-old, learned the lindy shop, saw a rainbow over the ocean, had thrift store clothes stolen out of my car by a homeless man, made a magic-protection amulet out of a piece of cardboard, was fed quinoa soup by the buffest 50-year-old South African woman I've ever met, bowed to a room full of applause, and watched two of my favourite men slow dance together to Josephine Baker singing in French." I suspect that you Libras will be having days like that in the coming week: packed with poetic adventures. Are you ready to handle more than the usual amount of stimulation and excitement? SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Thomas Jefferson, third President of the United States, called himself a Christian. But he also acknowledged that there weren't any other Christians like him. He said he belonged to a sect consisting of one person—himself. While he admired the teachings of Jesus Christ, he had no use for the supernatural aspects of the stories told in the New Testament. So he created his own version of the Bible, using only those parts he agreed with. Now would be an excellent time for you to be inspired by Jefferson's approach, Scorpio. Is there a set of ideas that appeals to you in some ways but not in others? Tailor it to your own special needs. Make it your own. Become a sect of one. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): "Everyone is a damn fool for at least five minutes every day," said writer Elbert Hubbard. "Wisdom consists in not exceeding the limit." Judging from my personal experience, I'd say that five minutes is a low-ball figure. My own daily rate is rarely less than half an hour. But the good news as far as you're concerned, Sagittarius, is that in the coming weeks you might have many days when you're not a damn fool for even five seconds. In fact, you may break your all-time records for levels of wild, pure wisdom. Make constructive use of your enhanced intelligence! CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): "Most humans have an absolute and infinite capacity for taking things for granted," said Aldous Huxley. If that's true, Capricorn, it's important that you NOT act like a normal human in the next


Badger a two-spirit leader

Dolan Badger's 2009 column reprinted here and still speaking volumes Dolan Badger, a two-spirit member of the we settled in a community that did not Sturgeon Lake Cree First Nation, passed have many other aboriginal families. away in Whitecourt on January 12, 2013. Growing up in this community was not Badger worked as a street liaison worker/ easy. I was the shy, quiet kid who sat in educator for Healing Our Spirit, an abthe back, trying to blend into the walls original AIDS organization in Vanor the floor so no one would nocouver, and later as a support/ tice me. This exaggerated fear outreach worker with HIV Edand shyness followed into monton. Family, friends and my first year of university. m vuewe colleagues have expressed It wasn't until 1993 that I alexa@ Alexa e knew that my life was going their grief, as well as their n admiration and appreciation for to be altered forever. It was DeGag Badger's kindness, passion and comthen that I was hired as a street limitment to bettering his communities. As aison worker/educator for an aboriginal a testament and tribute to Badger's work AIDS service organization called Healing and activism within LGBTQ and twoOur Spirit in Vancouver. You see, growspirit communities, I would like to share ing up I didn't feel proud of my native Queermonton this week with a column heritage. Whenever we made trips to that Badger wrote in 2009. the reserve the other children would make fun of us and call us "white IndiI have always known that I was gay, even ans," and when we returned to our little before I knew there was a word for it. community we were always reminded But two-spirit? That's another matter. that we were "dirty Indians." It was a difI am Cree, from a small reserve in northficult situation to be in. western Alberta. My family moved away But during my work in the field of from the "rez" when I started school and HIV and AIDS in Vancouver, I stumbled across a new term that I never heard before: two-spirit. Two-spirit is what we as few weeks. Taking things for granted gay and lesbian aboriginal people use to would be a laziness you can't afford describe ourselves. It refers to the male to indulge. In fact, I think you should and female spirit which is in all of us, but renew your passion for and commitfor the two-spirit person the connection ment to all your familiar pleasures between the two is stronger. and fundamental supports. Are you Pre-European contact, and before colfully aware of the everyday miracles that allow you to thrive? Express your appreciation for the sources that nourish you so reliably.


onization, two-spirit people were well respected within our communities. Depending on which nation you are from, two-spirit people were not shunned nor made a source of ridicule. We held positions of prestige that could include medicine man or woman, healers, leaders or people who educated the youth. Traditionally, if a person is born with a "difference," this difference was looked at as a gift, and a gift that we are to learn from. The one common factor among different nations and two-spirit people involves mediation. Whenever there were two opposing factions within the community, it was the two-spirit people who were called upon to settle the dispute. During the sun dance ceremony, where participants pierce their skin while tethered to a centre pole, traditionally it was the two-spirit person who was asked to choose the centre pole. This was considered a great honour. Where I come from, the Cree word for a two-spirit person is "aayahkwew." This does not mean "man" and it does not mean "woman," and it does not mean "not a man" or "not a woman." It is a separate gender: there is man (napew), woman (iskwew) and aayahkwew. Like Cree, most aboriginal languages have a term such as this to describe a twospirit person.

The term two-spirit was coined in 1990 at the North American Gay and Lesbian Conference in Winnipeg, where a delegation of aboriginal gays and lesbians joined together for a satellite conference and coined the term. Twospirit is a relatively new term, but it is becoming widely used throughout Turtle Island (North America), as well as around the world. Two-spirit has powerful connotations that many aboriginal people find appealing, although it is still not totally embraced by all. There still needs to be more education about two-spirit people and our rich history, both with the general public as well as within aboriginal communities. When I buried my older brother a number of years ago, I came out to my community and used the term "aayahkwew." While many people were mystified by the term, the elders seemed to understand. Growing up as both gay and aboriginal was difficult. I felt that I had to stay away from the two aspects of my life that defined me because I was constantly bombarded with slurs, racist insults and derogatory remarks. Today, largely because of my work with Healing Our Spirit and my discovery of the term, I now stand proud as a two-spirit person and as an aboriginal, and no longer do I need to blend into the background. V

AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Poet Jacob Nibengenesabe was a member of the Swampy Cree, a First Nation tribe in Canada. He wrote shamanic poems from the point of view of a magical trickster who could change himself into various creatures. In one poem, the shapeshifter talked about how important it is to be definite about what he wanted. "There was a storm once," he said. "That's when I wished myself / to be a turtle / but I meant on land! / The one that carries a hard tent / on his back. / I didn't want to be floating!" By the end of the poem, the shapeshifter concluded, "I've got to wish things exactly! / That's the way it is / from now on." I hope that will be the way it is from now on for you, too, Aquarius. Visualize your desires in intricate, exact detail. For example, if you want to be a bird for a while, specify what kind. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): As you sleep, you have at least a thousand dreams every year. But if you're typical, you may recall only a few of them. Doesn't that bother you? To be so ignorant of the stories your subconscious mind works so hard to craft? To be out of touch with what the Iroquois call "the secret wishes of your soul?" Now is an excellent time to develop a stronger relationship with your dreams, Pisces. It's high time to explore the deeper strata of your life's big mysteries.

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Sex therapy needs some work Cheating and addiction and cybersex, oh my! I've been a fan of your Savage Lovecast for a long time, but I had to write after hearing Marty Klein's awesome talk about the fallacy of "sex addiction." I am 27, and for most of my adult life, I have suffered from complete sexual dysfunction with partners. I was ashamed and thought I was too sexually screwed up to be with a partner because I'm kinky. (I have a fetish for tights and pantyhose.) I was also afraid to seek help out of fear of being labeled "abnormal" or "addicted to porn." I managed to get a little better thanks to an encouraging, kinky, porn-loving, sex-positive female partner. In spite of feeling better, I am still having problems with partners. What are some good resources for finding a sex-positive therapist like Dr Klein? I have been referred by several people to someone listed as a "certified sex addiction therapist," and I worry this is exactly the kind of unhelpful, sex-negative therapist that Klein mentioned on your podcast. NON-Addict Despite Dumb Intolerant Counselors' Theories "If the public knew how little sexuality training most therapists receive, they'd be stunned," said Dr Marty Klein, a sex therapist, marriage counselor, psychotherapist and author. "You can get licensed as a marriage counselor or psychologist without hearing the words 'clitoris,' 'vibrator,' or 'amateur porn.' So 'How do I find a sex-positive therapist?' is a very important question." Klein advises you start by contacting the American Association of Sexuality Educators, Counselors and Therapists ( "NONADDICT should look for a member in his area," says Klein. "But the


group is small and not all of them watch it while he was in a relationAsk your new boyfriend to be diswill share his sexual values. Here's ship. But when I caught him there creet and limit his porn consumption what he should ask a potential with his dick in his hand, I to an extent where you're unlikely to E G therapist: 'What are your lost it. I have never felt uncover any evidence of it, as porn A SAV sexual values?' 'How do you so hurt or betrayed. upsets you. If your new boyfriend define healthy sexuality?' This is my first serious manages to do that for you, SAD, if m o ekly.c vuewe 'Are you comfortable talk- savagelove@ relationship. I can't get he's considerate enough to cover his Dan ing about kinky sex?' 'Do you over how sick and sad tracks, you should be considerate Savage I feel. It feels like he was enough to turn a blind eye on those think monogamous, heterosexual, genitally-oriented sex is ulcheating on me. Should I be rare occasions when you do stumble timately better than other consenas upset as I am? It was interactive over evidence that your new boysual arrangements?'" The kind of porn—it was like he was cybersexfriend watches porn—just like your sex-positive therapist you seek will ing with one of his ex-girlfriends. old boyfriend did and all your future answer straightforward questions What should I do? boyfriends will. like that over the phone before you make an appointment for a session. If he's considerate enough to cover his tracks, you "And regardless of the answers, if should be considerate enough to turn a blind eye you sense a professional is queasy on those rare occasions when you do stumble over talking about sex, move on to anevidence that your new boyfriend watches porn. other candidate." Klein says there are many ways to find a local, progressive, sex-positive therapist. "He should call his local Sad And Deceived I ended a two-and-a-half-year relaPlanned Parenthood or LGBT centre, tionship six months ago. By "ended" a gynecologist or urologist, the perWas your boyfriend having cyberI mean my then-boyfriend packed son who teaches sexuality at his local sex with an ex-girlfriend? Or did it up everything I owned and put it university, or a local divorce lawyer" only feel like he was? I would make on the lawn—just like in the movand ask for a referral, advises Klein. a distinction, SAD, because while ies! The reason for this was that You could even call a priest. "Most all porn constitutes a betrayal of he hacked into my email and read clergy send their sexuality cases to the terms of your relationship, some very graphic letters about an one or two local therapists, some of interacting with a stranger and, affair I'd had in Mexico just weeks whom are quite progressive." very likely, a professional online prior. My CPOS justifications: 1) To hear Klein talk with me about shouldn't feel quite so threatening. We were on a break and I had been pornography and the "sex addicBacking way the hell up: your boyliving with friends to escape his antion" racket, go to thestranger. friend shouldn't have lied to you, ger problems and emotional abuse. com/lovecast and listen to Episode SAD, but you shouldn't have been I was still seeing him periodically 326. To read Klein's brilliant takeso naive as to believe him. If you and slept with him a couple times. down of the sex-addiction industry can't bring yourself to forgive him 2) He wouldn't go down on me. 3) ("You're Addicted to What? Chalfor lying—if you can't put yourWhen I tried to break up with him lenging the Myth of Sex Addiction," self in his shoes and try to underin the past, he threatened suicide. the Humanist, July/August 2012), stand why he might lie about this 4) He had many kinks and a history go to (shame, fear, a desire to spare your of cheating and he threatened that To find out more about Klein and feelings)—then this relationship if I didn't participate in gang bangs, his work, go to is doomed. End it and find a new he would find someone who would. boyfriend. But when your next boyI didn't feel safe sexually or emoI recently caught my boyfriend friend tells you he doesn't watch tionally with him, and I found an watching porn. We have talked porn, you're going to look at him evening of relief from my shitty reabout it before and he said he didn't and say, "Suuuuuure, you don't." lationship in Mexico while we were


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on a break. I felt energized, attractive and like I was dealing with a healthy adult. That was the catalyst that got me out of the relationship on his terms, and I wouldn't do anything differently if I had a choice. Am I a CPOS? My EX Isn't Completely Obtuse For readers who are just joining us: a CPOS is a "cheating piece of shit," someone who cheats on a partner without grounds. You are not a CPOS, MEXICO. You had grounds: you wanted out, tried to get out, but couldn't get out because your crazy ex essentially took himself hostage by threatening suicide. (Which is an abuser's tactic, folks, please make a note of it.) Your infantile, manipulative, selfish ex wasn't allowing you to go peacefully. Cheating on him and getting caught may not have been a conscious exit strategy on your part, MEXICO, but it was a perfectly executed one. SEATTLE READERS: we're doing a live taping of the Savage Lovecast for SINGLE PEOPLE ONLY at the Neptune Theater on February 14. There will be free lap dances, a bondage demo with Twisted Monk, music courtesy of DJ TROUBLE, sex advice from me and Mistress Matisse, the Human Cupcake and much more. Tickets are available through STG ( Be there! This event is for SINGLE PEOPLE ONLY. (But since we can't discriminate against coupled people—damnit— it's for everyone!) V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at @fakedansavage on Twitter

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