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Edmonton's elephant As a toddler she was moved from Sri Lanka— where she was orphaned as a baby—to Edmonton. Activists have been saying for years that 38-year-old Lucy the elephant should be moved to an elephant sanctuary in the United States. After three decades in Canada's north, she remains isolated from other elephants, has a small and unnatural enclosure in a cold climate and has numerous health problems including arthritis, respiratory and foot problems like swollen feet, abscesses and toenails lifting off. The activists are right to want a second opinion to check out her health as the zoo claims the respiratory problem will cause her to die if moved. Zoocheck, a national animal protection charity, says two US elephant sanctuaries have offered to bring in vets to examine Lucy for free to see if it would be a safe move her, but the zoo will not let that happen. In November, CBC's The Fifth Estate reported that the zoo hired—as an outside opinion—James Oosterhuis who recommended Lucy stay put. He's the same man who said Alaska's Maggie the elephant could stay in Anchorage if changes were made to her enclosure despite nine other experts saying she needed to be moved. In the end Maggie was moved to a sanctuary and was fine. Lucy's advocates chose Family Day to protest her captivity and blocked cars from entering Edmonton's Valley Zoo. The responses from most zoo-visitors interviewed that day seem

naïve, saying things like Lucy should stay because it makes their children happy to see her and how annoyed they were at having to walk a bit further to enter the zoo that day. It's understandable that families wanted to spend a happy day looking at animals with their children, but sacrificing the happiness of an intelligent, sociable creature like Lucy so that she can be an attraction for youngsters isn't worth her pain. At the very least, Lucy needs other Asian elephants to interact with, but a much better option is to let her roam free at an elephant sanctuary instead of a small enclosure. Zoocheck claims she spends 90 percent of her time shuffling around or standing in her enclosure and there is no vegetation for her to forage about in. The city-owned zoo, however, says that when Lucy lived with other elephants in the past she did not form social bonds with them. For her first 12 years in Edmonton, Lucy was alone, except for two short breeding loans to the Calgary zoo, and then a baby African elephant was brought in and stayed until 2007. The zoo says she has lived around people for so long that she is able to meet her social needs with them. They are well-meaning but misguided. Having raised Lucy from childhood, it must be hard to imagine anyone else looking after her. But elephants are a money-making attraction for zoos, and people find a way of justifying anything that brings in the dough. V


The decline of the West?

With four countries on the rise—Brazil, Russia, India and China—others may have to step aside a dozen other big countries in what used to be called the Third World that have discovered the secret of high-speed growth. The power shift is happenm ing even faster than the o .c ly k wee e@vue gwynn pundits predicted. e y Gw nn As recently as 2009, the Dyer "Brics" (Brazil, Russia, India and China) accounted for less than onetenth of total global consumption.



ing economies of the ex-Third World, in just a dozen years' time they will account for around 40 percent of world consumption. As a rule, with wealth comes power, so they will increasingly be calling the tune that the West must dance to. Or at least that is the Doomsday scenario that haunts the strategists and economists of the West. It's nonsense, for at least three reasons.

There's also Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and half a dozen other big countries in what used to be called the Third World that have discovered the secret of high-speed growth. // Bill Beverly/Creative Commons

You know the storyline by now. There are one million US-dollar millionaires in China. ("To get rich is glorious," said former leader Deng Xiaoping.) Seventy percent of the homes in China are bought for cash. China's total trade—the sum of imports and exports—is now bigger than that of the United States. "They're going to eat

our lunch," whimper the faint-hearted in the West. It's not just the Chinese who are coming. The Indians and the Brazilians are coming too, with economic growth rates far higher than in the old industrialied countries, but it doesn't even stop there. There's also Mexico, Turkey, Indonesia and half

The European Union consumed twice as much and so did the United States. But by 2020, the Brics will be producing and consuming just as much as either of the older economic zones, and by 2025 considerably more than either of them. In fact, if you include not just the four Brics but all the other fast-grow-

First of all, a shift in the world's centre of economic gravity does not necessarily spell doom for those whose relative influence has dwindled. The last time the centre shifted, when the United States overtook the nations of Europe in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, it did not dent Europe's prosperity at all.

It's true that by the latter half of the 20th century there were American troops all over Western Europe, but that would not have happened if Europe had not come close to destroying itself in the two world wars (which can be seen as a European civil war in two parts). In any case, the US troops have mostly gone home now, and Europeans live at least as well as Americans. Secondly, the new centre of gravity this time, while mostly located in Asia, is not a single country with a coherent foreign policy like the United States. The four Brics will never become a strategic or economic bloc. They are more likely to split into rival blocs, although one hopes not. And the Mexicos and Turkeys and Indonesias of this new world will have their own fish to fry. So it will be a more complicated world with many major players, and the centre of economic gravity will be in Asia, but there's nothing particularly strange about this. More than half of the human race lives in Asia, so where CONTINUED ON PAGE 07 >>

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Death throes of the planet Best-selling author Chris Hedges talks complacency in the face of corporate greed


hris Hedges neither can nor will tell you that everything is going to be OK. He knows only too well that things will soon get much worse. The Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and author is at the University of Alberta this Sunday as part of Freedom to Read Week. Hedges has documented our planet's perils first as a war correspondent and, for more than a decade now, as an author of books like American Fascists: The Christian Right and the War on America, Empire of Illusion: The End of Literacy and the Triumph of Spectacle and Death of the Liberal Class. His latest is Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, co-authored with and featuring illustrations by Joe Sacco. But will people get the picture? Hedges has his doubts. I spoke to him before his stop in Edmonton to find out more.

We're in big, big trouble as a species and the response of the power elite is ... well, when 40 percent of the Arctic Sea ice melts, Shell Oil sees it as a business opportunity.

What was the inspiration behind Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt? CHRIS HEDGES: It was begun about two years before Occupy Wall Street. We were in Florida doing research when the occupation happened in (New York's) Zuccotti Park. The book's title was always Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt, but the revolt was conjecture. Suddenly, it was happening as we were concluding our work. So, we wrote the last chapter out of Zuccotti. As a matter of fact, and rather ironically, there was really no indication of an immediate push back when we started work on the book. I threw myself into the Occupy Movement. It really was an expression of everything I have been saying and writing for the past few years: that we had to build a mass movement outside of the formal structures of power if we had any hope of wrestling back control of our lives from the corporate state. I was deeply moved by and continue to be involved in the Occupy Movement. VUE WEEKLY:

What is the status of the Occupy Movement today? CH: It was crushed, physically crushed. In a co-ordinated effort, the encampments were erased and there's been tremendous harassment of Occupy activists. But it's important to remember that it's always the ruling class that determines the configuration of revolt. So, because the ruling elites did not VW:


respond rationally to the grievances that drove people into those encampments; because they didn't declare a moratorium on foreclosures and bank repossessions; because they didn't enforce regulations or prosecute Wall Street for fraud; because they have not addressed the chronic unemployment or underemployment ... it means something is coming. Will it be called or look like Occupy? I don't know. No one does. But that something is coming. I have covered movements and popular uprisings around the globe, from both of the Palestinian uprisings to the revolution in Eastern Europe and the street demonstrations that brought down Slobodan Milošević ... you know when the tinder is there. In the book, you refer to the communities of Camden, NJ, Immokalee, FL and southern West Virginia as "Sacrifice Zones." What does the term mean? CH: It's a term used by activists in reference to southern West Virginia's Appalachian coalfields. It refers to what has happened to the environment, their communities and to them. That's really what all of the places we wrote about were: sacrificed. They were pockets where they and the natural world were forced to kneel before the dictates of the marketplace. With all of the impediments lifted on corporate capitalism, what's happening in VW:

theses sacrifice zones is now happening to the rest of us. I think most Canadians like to think we're above corporate capitalism. Or at least less under its influence compared to Americans. CH: Well, it's worse in the United States. And we have so many other things going on [in the US] that you don't, like our gun culture: the undercurrent of violence in the US runs very deep. But configurations of corporate totalitarianism are evident in Canada. There's the assault on public education, especially at the university level. You also see it with the exploitation of the Alberta tar sands, Prime Minister Harper's shredding of the Kyoto Accords and the rise of the security and surveillance state—as everyone who was at the G20 in Toronto knows. I've never quite figured out why, but the US does things first and then 10 years later Canada copies us. You're certainly not immune from corporate capitalism, and no one in Europe is, but nobody is as bad as the United States. This is really a global phenomenon. VW:

VW: The US seems to be in a difficult position of trying to balance the immediate need for job creation against long-term environmental concerns. CH: It's more than just job creation; our infrastructure is falling apart. It's really a Third-World infrastructure. Our roads are falling apart, our national

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train service is decrepit. Putting people back to work on infrastructure projects is badly needed because it's been so neglected. Not only would it create tremendous employment opportunities, that money would then pour into our deteriorating economy. This would be the rational response. Unfortunately, the corporate state is stealing as much as it can as fast as it can on the way down. They are harvesting our country, to use a business term. But in the language of patriotism, they are traitors. They have no loyalty to the nation state. Most of these larger corporations, like General Electric, don't even pay taxes. They use sweatshop labour in Bangladesh or, like Apple, prison labour in China to make their products. They are hollowing out the country from the inside. To the degree that this process and construct have become institutionalized, is there hope of reversing course? CH: I don't think anyone who reads the reports on climate change can be an optimist. The fact is that the deterioration of the ecosystem is far more severe than even the most apocalyptic climate scientists predicted just a few years ago. I just read the World Bank report and it talks about the planet becoming uninhabitable—and they're right. We're in big, big trouble as a species and the response of the power elite is ... well, when 40 percent of the VW:

Arctic Sea ice melts, Shell Oil sees it as a business opportunity. There is a growing sense of environmental awareness, however. Even your work and message have developed a larger audience since Occupy New York. Does that offer you any sense of optimism? CH: You have to put it in perspective. My best-selling book was War is a Force that Gives us Meaning, which sold about 300 000 copies in the United States. That's not even one percent of the American public. You can reach an educated elite. Unfortunately, the masses have been mesmerized by these electronic hallucinations. We invest our emotional and intellectual energy into the tawdry and salacious celebrity gossip. It is really a kind of moral decay. That's why we see a society as utterly complacent before a fossil fuel industry and elite that is quite willing to sell the future of our children for quarterly profit. These people are profiting from the death throes of the planet. It's utterly insane. VW:



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Students for justice

University of Alberta groups and clubs working to make an equitable campus


ebruary 20 was proclaimed World Day of Social Justice by the General Assembly of the United Nations in 2007, and the annual event was first celebrated two years later. It's a day to recognize the efforts of organizations and people who are working to eradicate poverty and to promote gender equity, full-time work and access to social well-being and justice for all. It's a day to celebrate victories, while also acknowledging the work that still remains. Social justice means respecting every person's basic human rights and fundamental freedoms, regardless of their gender, race, religion, culture, age, disability, sexual preference or ethnic affiliation. At the University of Alberta, students are well aware of the remaining workload to ensure social justice. On campus alone, there are between 15 and 20 clubs and groups addressing different social justice issues. Make Poverty History, Engineers Without Borders, Amnesty International and the Ainembabazi Children's Project are just a few. In the last five years all of these groups have been brought together by one over-arching coalition called the Student Umbrella for Social Justice (SUSJ). The coalition was started by a group of students who saw a need for collaboration between social justice groups. "What we are hoping to do is build a stronger network," says Mike McGinn of SUSJ. "We had groups all over the place doing their own thing and a lot of them faced similar challenges, just regular student group challenges, like fundraising, administration, that type of thing, and also just advocacy. So with the SUSJ, we figured if we were able to form a coalition and have regular meetings, we would be able to exchange and support everyone in their initiatives." One of those initiatives is helping OUTreach—a group that provides


else should the centre of gravity be? Asia is very far from monolithic, and there is no logical reason to suppose that its economic rise spells economic decline for the West. Thirdly, descriptions of the future that are simply extrapolations of the present, like the ones at the start of this article, are almost always wrong. If the widely believed forecasts of the '80s had been right, Japan would now

a queer-positive atmosphere and meeting place for students on campus—lobby for a larger safe space for the campus's LGBTQ community, McGinn says. "One thing that's nice about the SUSJ is we have a little bit more lobbying power because we're a larger organization, so we're lobbying the Students' Union to create a larger safe space on campus for the [LGBTQ] community." Another project SUSJ is working on is making the university a fairtrade campus, like the University of British Columbia, the first Canadian campus to do so in January 2011. To be recognized as a fairtrade campus, the university has to meet availability and visibility standards set out by Fair Trade Canada.

That means educating the public about fair-trade products—goods that farmers have been paid a fair price for—and making those products available on campus. Another campus-wide initiative the SUSJ is working on this year is creating a campus decolonization tour to take place during orientation week each year. For that, SUSJ has combined forces with the Alber-

ta Public Interest Research Group (APIRG), the Students' Union and numerous other groups. "APIRG has been doing this decolonization tour on campus every year for the last couple of years now, just showing different aspects of campus that reflect how it is a colonial institution and how it might make some of the indigenous populations feel uncomfortable and unrecognized," explains McGinn. "So we're looking at building that into orientation week so that we can at least bring light to the situation for students who are coming onto campus. With

the Idle No More movement going on right now it's a really good time to bring these types of issues up." Ideally, McGinn says those tours

will begin next September, but it's just a matter of figuring out the logistics and going through the appropriate processes with the university. The work being done by student groups and clubs to fight for social justice on campus can sometimes be thankless work, he adds. But being under one umbrella over the last number of years has made a significant difference. "When you have a community together, you have a much stronger support structure and you get to share in everyone's success, so when someone else has a small success, you get to share in that together." NICOLE VEERMAN

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bestride the world like an economic Colossus. The one certain thing about the future is surprises—but some surprises are a little less surprising than others. Take climate change, for example. The scientific evidence strongly suggests that the tropical and subtropical parts of the world, home to almost all of the emerging economic powers, will be much harder hit by global warming than the temperate parts of the globe, farther away from


the equator, where the older industrialized countries all live. There is already much anger about this in the new economic powers. Eighty percent of the greenhouse gases of human origin in the atmosphere were put there by the old-rich countries, who got rich by burning fossil fuels for the past two centuries, and yet they get off lightly while the (relatively) innocent suffer. But even if the newly rich wanted revenge, they are too

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disunited—and will be too busy coping with the warming—to do much about it. The centre of gravity of the world economy is undoubtedly leaving the old "Atlantic" world of Europe and North America and moving towards Asia, but how far and how fast this process goes remains to be seen. And there is no reason to believe that it will leave the countries of the West poor or helpless. True, economists in the West of-

ten ask the question: "What will we sell the emerging countries in the future that they cannot produce for themselves?" In the runaway global warming scenario, the answer would be "food", but the real answer is sure to be more complex than that. Never mind. They'll think of something, because they'll have to. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.



• • Classes/workshops, exhibitions, guest speakers, stitching groups for those interested in textile arts • Meet the 2nd Tue each month, 7:30pm

and Construction. Bring vegetarian/vegan/raw dish for 6 • Sun, Feb 24, 5pm (food), 6:30pm (speaker)• $6 each

Edmonton Ukulele Circle • Bogani Café, 2023-111 St • 780.440.3528 • 3rd Sun each month; 2:30-4pm • $5

Artery, 9535 Jasper Ave • • An evening of conversation and ideas hosted by Beth and Megan Dart, and Mark Hopkins • Sun, Feb 24, 7-11pm

Edmonton Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous •

Wild Rose Antique Collectors Society • Delwood Community Hall, 7517

Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • Every Fri, 7:308:30pm; doors at 7pm for coffee

COMEDY The Bear’s Den/Connie’s Comedy–Fort Saskatchewan • 9923-102 St • Dez

Reed and guests; Feb 24, 6pm (door), 7pm (show)

BRIXX Comedy and Music once a month as a

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Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd • 780.481.9857 • Open Mic Night: Every Thu; 7:309pm • Rob Ross, Chris Griffin, Kyle Jones (MC); Feb 22-23 • Sam Easton, Chris Gaskin MC, Welby Santos; Mar 1-2 COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • That's Improv! Feb 21-23 • Tim Koslo; Feb 28-Mar 2 Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM •

780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Erik Griffin; until Feb 24 • Paul Mecurio; Feb 27-Mar 3

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 •

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

Expressionz Café • • 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

Overtime Pub • 4211-106 St • Open mic

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

Richard’s Pub/Connie’s Comedy • 12150-161 Ave • A Night of Laughs with Tim Koslo and Danny Martinello • Feb 26, 7pm (door), 8pm (show)

River Cree–The Venue • Bob Saget • Feb 22, 7pm (door), 8pm (show) • Sold out

Rouge Lounge • 10111-117 St • Sterling

Scott every Wed, 9pm

Rumors Ultra Lounge • 8230 Gateway Blvd • Every Thu Neon Lights and Laughter with host Sterling Scott and five comedians and live DJ TNT; 8:30pm

Vault Pub • 8214-175 St • Comedy with Liam Creswick and Steve Schulte • Every Thu, at 9:30pm Wunderbar • 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 • Comedy every 2nd Mon Zen Lounge • 12923-97 St • The Ca$h Prize comedy contest hosted by Matt Alaeddine and Andrew Iwanyk • Every Tue, 8pm • No cover

Groups/CLUBS/meetings Aikikai Aikido Club • 10139-87 Ave, Old Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm

Amnesty International Edmonton • 8307-109 St • • Meet

the 4th Tue each month, 7:30pm (no meetings in Jul, Aug) E: for more info • Free

Argentine Tango Dance at Foot Notes Studio • Foot Notes Dance Studio

Fabulous Facilitators Toastmasters Club • 2nd Floor Canada Place,

9700 Jasper Ave • 780.467.6013, • • Can you think of a career that does not require communication • Every Tue, 12:05-1pm

Fertility Awareness Charting Circle meeting • Cha Island Tea Co, 1033281 Ave • • 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)

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019, 780.634.5526 • Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous (FA), free 12-Step recovery program for anyone suffering from food obsession, overeating, under-eating, and bulimia • Meetings every Thu, 7pm Healing Circle • Call 780.570.0475

for location • • Begins with a guided meditation moving into an affirmative state where healing on all levels occurs • Every Wed, 7-8pm

Home–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living •

Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted Living Place, 1114884 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 •

• 9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580 • African Textile workshop • Feb 23, 2-4pm

Drop-in Meditation Classes •

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

Edmonton Needlecraft Guild •

Avonmore United Church Basement, 82 Ave, 79 St

8 up front

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Alexandra 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 3 Speaker Series: Photographers • John L. Haar Theatre, MacEwan Centre

for the Arts, 10045-156 St • The Society of Graphic Designers of Canada (GDC), Alberta N presents three local photographers • Feb 21 6pm (door), 7pm (presentation) • $10 (non-member)/free (GDC member, design students/faculty of MacEwan, U of A, NAIT, NorQuest, Guru Digital Arts)

50 Shades of Communications

• Sutton Place Hotel, 10235-101 St • Explore the exciting evolution of the communications industry featuring Terry Evans, Marty Forbes, Caroline Gault, Brittney Le Blanc, Mack Male, Founder, Kathy Shapka; lunch reception followed by panel discussion • Feb 21 • $25 (member/student)/$30 (non-member)

Art of Resistance: The Cultural Boycott of Israel • Telus Bldg, U of A

Centre for Interdisciplinary Science, U of A • Chris Hedges speaks about injustice and corporate greed in America...and argues Canada is suffering the same disease of decay. Presented for EPL's Freedom to Read Week 2013 • Sun, Feb 24, 7pm • Free • Weekly meditation drop-in; every Tue, 7-8:30pm

Mill Creek Morning Al-Anon Family Group • Expressionz Café, 9938-70

Ave • Open to anyone who has been affected by somebody else's drinking • Meet every Wed 1011am, admission by donation

Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

Occupy Edmonton General Assembly • Grant MacEwan City Centre

Cafeteria, 10600-104 Ave • • A leaderless space where everyone is welcome to organize and/or assist with all forms of Edmonton based non-violent activism • Every Tue from 6:308:30pm & Sat from 2-4pm

Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free


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

Sherwood Park Walking Group + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood

Society of Edmonton Atheists

Carrot Coffeehouse

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

Meditation • Strathcona Library • medita-

ArtY Party • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave

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

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Faculté St Jean, Rm 3-18 • 780.490.7332 • Program for HIV-AID’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

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)

Brain Tumour Peer Support Group • Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 11533-

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

• With Remi Kanazi; presented by the Palestine Solidarity Network; part of Edmonton Israeli Apartheid Week • Mar 5, 6pm

(South side), 9708-45 Ave • 780.438.3207 • virenzi@ • Join Vincenzo and Ida Renzi every Friday at Foot Notes Dance Studio for an evening of authentic Argentine tango • Every Fri, 8pm-midnight • $15 (per person)

• Art with Charity Brown 7:00pm to 10:00pm, bring own supplies • $15; pre-register at, 780.437.3667 • 60 Sketches in 60 Seconds: Mar 7 • Mar 7, Apr 4, May 2, Jun 6

We Should Know Each Other •

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

the sol café • Expressionz Café, 9938-70

Ave • • Meet Sundays 4:30-6:30pm

Tango Plus–Milonga • Expressionz

Café, 9938-70 Ave • E:, T: 780.905.8505 • Cristina and Vicente Munoz give a free beginners tango class • Meet the 4th Sat each month, 8-9pm • Followed by $12 dance

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 Vegetarian & Gardening Club

• Park Allen Hall, 11104-65 Ave • 780.463.1626 • South Edmonton Vegetarian Potluck; Peter Zurdeeg's lecture Stacking Straw Bales and Hemp covering with Plaster for Residential House Insulation

Days of Destruction, Days of Revolt • • Centennial

Disabilities in a Digital Age: Rethinking the Human Imaginary on and off Screen • U of A

Centennial Centre for Interdisciplinary Science (CCIS) Rm 1-440, 11455 Saskatchewan Dr • sites. • 21st Annual Richard Frucht Memorial Lecture Series: Dr Faye Ginsburg will discuss cases that illustrate how, in the 21st century, people with disabilities are developing emergent forms of digital media practices that enable self-representation • Wed, Feb 27, 7:30pm • Free

Expressionz–Heart to Heart Luncheons • Expressionz Café, 9938 70th

Ave • 780.437.3667 • • Lewis Cardinal speaking on the Idle No More movement; gives a brief historical overview on the challenging relationship between indigenous & non-indigenous Canadians. Q & A to follow • Mar 2, 12-2pm

Great Expeditions • St Luke’s Anglican-

Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $3

Healthy Living Therapies Alberta Association • Expressionz Café,

9938-70 Ave • • Meeting with featuring speaker; open to the public • 4th Wed every month, 7-9pm • $10 (member)/$15 (non-member)

OFF THE WALL IN CHINA • NAIT Shaw Theatre, 11762-106 St • Presentation by Vancouver photographer and adventurer William Jans a wild journey through the Philippines and China • Sat, Mar 2, 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show) • $22.99 at$21.99 (adv at Track n Trail, 82 Ave)/$24.99 (door)

What would I say about myself if I weren't me? • U of A, Educa-

tion 129: Visual arts and design forum presented by Mathew Reichertz (visual artist/painter) • Thu, Feb 28, 5:15pm


• 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 Bisexual Women's Coffee Group • A social group for bi-curious and

bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm •

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:

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

Healthy Living Therapies Alberta Association • Expressionz Café,

9938-70 Ave • • 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: vip@ G.L.B.T. sports and recreation

• • Hockey: at the Sportsdome; E: • Blazin' Bootcamp: Every Mon, 7:30-8:30pm at Garneau Elementary School, 10925-87 Ave; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: bootcamp@teamedmonton. ca • Badminton (Co-Ed): Every Wed, 6-7:30pm; St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; $5 (drop-in); E: • Cross-Country Skiing: Strathcona Wilderness Centre; E: Colette at; facebook. com/events/511701118849342 • Outdoor Skating: Hawrelak Park, Victoria Oval; E: Teresa at • Yoga: Gay/Lesbian yoga every Wed, 7:30-9pm, at Lion's Breath Yoga, 206, 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: recvolleyball@ • Curling: Every Tue, 7pm at the Granite Curling Club (8620-107 St; E: curling@ • Bowling: Every Tue, 6:30pm; at Ed's Rec Room, WEM; $15/week • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu;, kickboxing@, • 2013 Team Edmonton Mixer and Silent Auction: Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 St; Sat, Mar 2, 7pm

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E

Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4pm • Info: E: tuff

Queer Lens • The Pride Centre of Edmonton,

Illusions Social Club • Pride Centre,

Science Sunday • Earth Sciences Bldg, U of

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

10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • What I love about being Queer, film screening and discussion led by Leah War • Feb 27

A • 780.492.5834 • • Calling all junior scientists to the U of A Museums for Science Sunday. Explore the weird, wild and wonderful world of science at the 14th annual Science Sunday for Kids 5-12 • Mar 3, 12-4pm • Free

Thoughtful Tuesday • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave • H2Oil; Feb 26, 7-9pm;

Waskahegan Trail Hikes • Meet at McDonalds, Argyll Rd, 81 St • waskahegantrail. ca • Hike along the St. Albert River trail with Waskahegan Trail guide Bev, 780.469.7948 • Feb 24, 9:45am-2:45pm • Guests welcome; $20 (annual membership)

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10608-105 ave • 780.387.3343 • group/edmonton_illusions • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 8:30pm 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 • • 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 • • 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 nonjudgemental drop-in space, support programs and resources offered for members of the GLBTQ community, their families and friends • Daily: Community drop-in; support and resources. Queer library: borrowing privileges: Tue-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, closed Sun-Mon; Queer HangOUT (a.k.a. QH) youth drop-in: Tue-Fri 3-8pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, • Counselling: Free, short-term by registered counsellors every Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, info/bookings: 780.488.3234 • Knotty Knitters: Knit and socialize in safe, accepting environment, all skill levels welcome; every Wed 6-8pm • QH Game Night: Meet people through board game fun; every Thu 6-8pm • QH Craft Night: every Wed, 6-8pm • QH Anime Night: Watch anime; every Fri, 6-8pm • Movie Night: Open to everyone; 2nd and 4th Fri each month, 6-9pm • Women’s Social Circle: Social support group for female-identified persons +18 years in the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; • 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@

PrimeTimers/sage Games

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

St Paul's United Church • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship) WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 •, • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

SPECIAL EVENTS Edmonton Israeli Apartheid Week • • Mar 4-8 • Telus Bldg,

Rm 134: Roadmap to Apartheid: Film Screening and discussion; Mon, Mar 4, 7-9pm • Telus Bldg, Rm 134: The Art of Resistance: The Cultural Boycott of Israel: talk by Remi Kanazi; Tue, Mar 5, 6-7:30pm • Rouge Lounge, 10111-117 St: Poets Against Apartheid–A Night of Rouge Poetry: Featuring Palestinian-American poet Remi Kanazi; Tue, Mar 5, 8:30-11pm • Telus Bldg, Rm 150: The Legacy of Rachel Corrie: A Family’s 10-year Journey for Justice and Peace: Featuring Cindy and Craig Corrie; Wed, Mar 6, 7-9pm • Telus Bldg, Rm 134: Idle No More to Occupation No More: Indigenous Intifadas from Turtle Island to Palestine; Thu, Mar 7, 7-9pm • Henry Marshall Tory Bldg, Tory Rm 1-129: The Apartheid of Displacement: Women’s Voices From the Palestinian Diaspora; Fri, Mar 8, 12-1:30pm

Embrace Charity Benefit Concert and Silent Auction • Christcity

Church. 14788-156 St, 780.419.7273 • Comedian Michael Jr with music by the Watoto Children’s Choir from Africa and more special guests! Concert and silent auction to benefit Hope Mission, Watoto Children's Choir Christian Blind Mission; presented by Embrace Charity • Feb 22-23, 5pm (silent auction), 7pm (concert) • $15-$30 including service fees

E-ville Roller Derby

• Kingsway Hangar: 11410 Kingsway Ave • Derby night, the Berzerkhers take on the Black Gold Diggers • Sat, Mar 2, 6pm (door), 7pm (game) • $10 (adv at at Happy Harbor, Mars & Venus and online at$15 (door)/free for Kids 10 and under

Mental Health Awareness Week • Katz Group for Pharmacy and Health Research, 87 Ave, 114 St, Rm 1080, U of A • Hosted my medical students, to increase knowledge of mental illness. Daily lunchtime speakers. Interactive booths-fair (Thu, Mar 14, 10am-1pm) where organizations from around Edmonton will be showcasing mental-health related services they offer • Mar 11-13, 15: 12-1pm; Thu, Mar 14: 10am1pm • Free Parkland's 7th annual Gala

• Faculty Club, U of A • Prime Rib dinner and evening of music with Ben Sures and his Partisan Love Triangle • Feb 28, 6-9pm • $100/person; Tables: 6: $600/8: $750; tickets: or 780.492.8558

Sunday Swing 'N' Skate • City Hall Plaza • Music, dancing, and free skate rentals • Sundays in Feb, 1-4pm • River City Big Band; Feb 24 • churchillsquare



Offical list be damned; One of Vue's film writers gives his picks for Oscar winners


elcome to that red-carpeted land where Garbo and Dietrich give acceptance speeches. An auditorium where Citizen Kane leaves How Green Was My Valley in the ditch, Taxi Driver knocks out Rocky for the title, and Blood Simple, not Amadeus, strikes a chord with the Academy. It's the Alternative Oscars! Lest you think I'm a cranky fantasist, some nominees this year are deserving: if there were a just God, Lucy Alibar and Benh Zeitlin would nab Best Adapted Screenplay for Beasts of the Southern Wild, while Wes Anderson and Roman Coppola would grab Best Original Screenplay. But I'm no rainbow-eyed, unicorn-loving idealist, either; I'm considering a deal with the devil—selling him some of my bile-filling organs—to ensure that in no hell-on-earth does Les Misérables, that pianoand-plot-bashing collection of oversung nose-andthroat closeups, win any awards. Now, without further grumpy ado about Hollywood know-nothing, here are this year's AOs: Holy Motors

Best Picture Up to 10 films can be nominated, but there are only nine this year. A shame there wasn't enough support for The Master or Moonrise Kingdom, two bookish nerds kicked out of the Tinseltown prom, just like that. I get that The Master's a kind of intimidating, cryptic, yowzers! Great American Novel/Film that not many people actually read/saw, and Moonrise Kingdom is the quirky little McSweeney's tale that lots of white people like. But either one would be a deserving winner.

Best Foreign Film The most screwed-up category (one pic wades through red-tape and politics to get nominated by its country's film-overlords, then the Academy usually crowns the exotic escapade or history-heavyweight). Turkey's nominee Once Upon A Time in Anatolia never even made last year's finalists. So a chest-slam adrenaline-shot of redemption's needed, stat. First, Cristian Mungiu's Beyond the Hills makes the final five, just to make up for his 4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days not getting shortlisted in '08. Then, Leos

Carax's playful but melancholy Holy Motors takes it over Haneke's slightlytoo-grave Amour.

Best Animated Feature Film Psst, Oscar! Hey, look, I know you gave the first one of these to Shrek and you've given it to a few other studios, too, but, let's face it: this has usually been the Pixar award. And there's another workshop out there just as good. Are you satisfied with Studio Ghibli only snapping up one of these, for Spirited Away in 2001? (Pixar probably isn't—they love Miyazaki and co, too.) You should be going to The Secret World of Arrietty, with the most intricately layered story and lushest detail of any animation last year. Done. Huh? Oh yeah? Well, screw you, too, you miniature goldskinned eunuch.

Best Actress Rachel Weisz in The Deep Blue Sea. A spellbinding performance that suggests the rubble-buried depths and stifling corners of Hester Collyer's life in post-war London as she drifts from an unhappy marriage into her helpless love for a cad of a pilot.

Best Actor

Best Supporting Actor

Fine, so Day-Lewis has got this one in the stovepipe-hat-shaped bag. And he is great as the soon-to-beshot abolisher of slavery (though Spielberg could've cut all the black servants looking adoringly after him and just flashed "Obama Moment Movie" in neon-lit capitals above the screen). But Denis Lavant acts nine times over in Holy Motors, a film about finding the saddest, strangest truth in putting on performances— as a rich man off to work in the city, as an old beggar-woman, as a greenscreen actor, as a red-headed, Faginlooking, hair-eating, sewer-dwelling Monsieur Merde, as a father driving his daughter home, as a gangster, as a man on his deathbed, as an ex-lover in a musical and as a suburbanite come home to his non-human family. An Oscar for the man who, riding around in a limo between thespian gigs, is "Monsieur Oscar."

For the most riveting performance of a 2012 genre picture, and surpassing even predecessor Ian Holm as Ash in Alien, the AO goes to ... Michael Fassbender, as android David, in Prometheus. Spookily, inhumanly good.

Best Makeup and Hairstyling (See above and donne ce prix à Bernard Floch et Olivier Seyfried for Holy Motors.)

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Best Cinematography Hey, Oscie! Look, I'm sorry, OK? I just wanna make a quick suggestion. See, I've been thinking ('cause my head's not hollow like yours). How come documentaries never get nominated here? Because I'd say The Imposter is better shot, all in all, than your fiction-feature nominees this year, which have moments of flair (and camera-flare), sure, but, like most soccer games, aren't 90-plus minutes of sheer beauty. Hell, The Queen of Versailles and Searching For Sugar Man look mighty fine, too. (Don't get me started on why those aren't up for Best Documentary ... but speaking of what's up, duck, why isn't "Daffy's Rhapsody" up for Best Animated Short?) Still, the winner in this category is ... The Master. Go screw yourself, Oscie (if you even could, you

gilded, gelded Ken doll.)

Best Director Has there been a recent film more about the mastery of its director than The Master? It sweeps us through post-war California from John Steinbeck's landscapes to echoes of The Great Gatsby in runaway Freddie Quell's delusional rebirth on a boat ... then that Kubrick-like eye draws us into its horribly enthralling gaze at cult-leader and devotee. All in the first hour alone. And in 65mm. After a feast like that, give Paul Thomas Anderson his just desserts, already.

Production Design Okay, look ... ACADEMY, ARE YOU TRYING TO REMOVE THE "EYE" FROM "IDIOT"? DID YOU ACTUALLY LOOK AT THE SCREEN DURING Moonrise Kingdom? If you look up "production design" in the dictionary, you'll see a picture of its sets, you GOLDEN-GLOBES-SUCKING FU[the remainder of this writer's piece has been cut by the MPAA for fantasyrelated foul language.] BRIAN GIBSON




Whisper of the Heart


John Cohen Film Festival

Pulmonary happenings

Sat, Feb 23 (9:30 pm); Sun, Feb 24 (2:15 pm); Mon, Feb 25 (7 pm) Directed by Yoshifumi Kondō Metro Cinema at the Garneau



etro Cinema's Studio Ghibli animation showcase ends not with a whiz-bang of imagination but a whisper of elegy for whatcould-have-been. One of maestro Miyazaki's protégés in the workaholic workshop, Yoshifumi Kondō, became a chief animator in the company and an heir-apparent, helming his debut-feature (written by Miyazaki), Whisper of the Heart, in 1995. Three years later, Kondō died of an aneurysm, reportedly caused by overwork (his passing provoked Miyazaki to announce his retirement before eventually returning to work at a slower pace). There's almost none of the open spaces or fantasy in most of Miyazaki's work; this urban film cuts deep into an aspiring artist's innermost doubts. And if Whisper of the Heart sounds like a girl's romance, it is, but almost entirely avoids what that girl, Shizuku, worries her writing is—"corny." (To North American ears, at least, the overuse of John Denver's "Take Me Home, Country Roads" is corny.) Enlivened by a vital sense of the lulling, languorous summer break in the city for a 14-year-old girl, then simmering


with the pressure of Japan's schoolculture—junior-high exam results determine high school placement and one's career path—this film's also about what Kondō knew well: apprenticeship, patient dedication to craft and nurturing friendship with other artists. After noticing the same male name on the check-out slips of many of her library books, avid reader Shizuku's led to an antique shop by a cat—the padding feline's brought her to the place, in a hillside neighbourhood overlooking Tokyo, where Seiji, the boy-borrower, works as a violin-maker. His hopes to apprentice in Italy inspire Shizuku to pen a fantasy-novel. Kondo's sensitivity to emotionalrhythm and to quiet is finely tuned. Shizuku's private determination, lapses of faith in her talent, and budding devotion to a life's work (and a life of work—the young teens here make North American twentysomethings look like slackers) spur the story on. Her worry that "I'm not good enough" is even more stirring than the romance, a bond between two naïve, creative souls. And, all the more poignantly because of Kondō's fate, his film ends with a glowing belief in what-will-be. BRIAN GIBSON


That's mister Cohen to you // Jennifer Waddell Photography

Sat, Feb 23 (1 pm) Part of Winter Roots Roundup IV Festival Place, free


oots and traditional music have experienced a resurgence into mainstream music, and pioneering filmmaker, photographer, musicologist and founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers, John Cohen, is here to take us back to where it all began. Cohen is credited for the discovery of numerous roots artists—including Dillard Chandler and Roscoe Holcomb—during his time exploring the Appalachia area in the '60s, documenting the musicians of the region and the subsequent influence of their surroundings on their music. The resulting films—many of which are no more than 15 to 20 minutes— offer brief-but-telling glimpses into the lives of each artist, and are being compiled and showcased together at the John Cohen Film Festival. Co-

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hen's own films will be prefaced with Always Been a Rambler, a documentation of the career of the New Lost City Ramblers. "I think there's a real understanding, a sensitivity to the subject matter of the people," says Jonathan Kertzer, director of folkwaysAlive! at the University of Alberta, which is presenting the event in partnership with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and Peter North. "It just really gives you an inside look into what life was like in the traditional rural south and the people that were marginalized or ignored. That was his whole thing with his music, and New Lost City Ramblers was formed to bring appreciation to this kind of forgotten music and that's been a part of what Folkways Recordings did as well." The gritty, black and white films depict the rural south in a very real and empathetic way, Kertzer says,

noting the lack of camera tricks or flashy angles allowed for pure documentation rather than a visual spectacle. Now 80 years old, Cohen— who will be present and speaking about his work at the event—is credited for revitalizing what is now known as old-time music in urban centres. Cohen was from suburban New York, and his partner and fellow Rambler Mike Seeger was from Washington, DC and the pair interpreted the genre in their own way, but the urban mindset did not seep into the films. "The whole centre of musicology is to understand music and its context and to really get to understand where the music's coming from, what its meanings are," Kertzer notes. "Its raison d'être is to understand its environment and where the people live, so you can't really separate the two." MEAGHAN BAXTER



I coulda been a contender

Unpacking On The Waterfront, one of the finest films of a Hollywood enigma HUAC. Among Criterion's most interesting supplements is the documentary Elia Kazan: An Outsider (1982), in which, decades after the HUAC hearings, Kazan still seems over-eager to justify his actions. In another excellent supplement the critic David Thomson offers his own compelling explanation for Kazan's choice to name names, even when he knew it would make him an object of considerable scorn in the industry: "I think that it really came out of a psychological need to be an outsider."

Ambiguity near the high seas

From that startling first image of a handful of men exiting a shack, dwarfed by a colossal ship, to the final, bloodied Christ-like stumble of the unlikely hero toward the man in the coat hollering everyone to work, there is in Elia Kazan's On the Waterfront (1954) a steady pulse of the extraordinary. We're not watching a merely great movie but a transformative one, and that transformation, so layered, complex and electric, is something I believe viewers can sense even without

a deep knowledge of film history. migrant background and roots in the This is high drama and gritty realGroup Theatre; his co-founding of ism, a moral tale mired in moral the Actor's Studio and his ushering ambiguity. It went aggresof a new wave of actors into the sively against the grain of movies; his co-operation with t c Aspe its times—and still won the House Committee on Uneight Oscars, including American Activities that dem o .c ly ek vuewe paul@ Best Picture. stroyed so many careers durJosef Criterion's new edition of ing the peak of the Red Scare. Braun The film, which concerns a dock On the Waterfront is among their most heavily supplemented worker who testifies against a corrupt releases—with good reason. Even union boss, has been read by many as after his death, Kazan remains one of a defense of Kazan, and screenwriter Hollywood's enduring enigmas: his imBudd Schulberg's naming names to


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The film's outsider is, of course, Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando), a disgraced ex-boxer who begins the story as the darling of Johnny Friendly (Lee J Cobb) the lethal union leader with mob ties, and ends it as Friendly's enemy. On the Waterfront has a dizzying number of wonderful performances, but those of Brando and Cobb make for the strongest contrast because they're both so good, yet so different. Cobb, at times genuinely fearsome, eating with his mouth open, eyes darting around a room as he lectures Terry, gives a gutsy, gorgeous performance, but he's also a bulldozer, shouting his way through key moments. Brando is a fountain of nuance, seemingly hyper-masculine yet

so vulnerable, even effeminate in his tenderness. In that early scene where he realizes he set up a fellow dockworker for murder, he seems caught off-guard by his own guilt, absently clutching at himself as though in response to acid reflex. Later he'll chew gum as a way of transmitting thought. He's comical, yet touchingly earnest in his scenes with Eva Marie Saint, shoving his paw in her little white glove, saying lines like "I don't like the country, the crickets make me nervous." Brando does some shouting as well, but behind the shouting there is an almost palpable net of impulse, a psychological busyness—none of it decoration. Brando is a revelation here, and his approach brought out the best in his co-stars. Space permitted, we could get into Boris Kaufman's bleak and sumptuous cinematography, Leonard Bernstein's intrusive yet stunningly beautiful score—a way of telling the story all on its own. But just take my word for it: Criterion has given us the best possible home video experience of On the Waterfront, a singular masterpiece from Hollywood's great transitional decade—and it rewards investigation into who made it, and how it came to be. V



Snitch Opens Friday Directed by Ric Roman Waugh



The Rock, knowing his role

wayne "The Rock" Johnson isn't the kind of actor that can simply melt into the character he's playing. Something about his stone solid body prevents him from dissolving into another. He is, despite the ongoing pursuit of an acting career, The Rock—that massive dude that will probably hit something, at some point in the movie. In Snitch, however, Johnson has found himself such an engrossing script that the film easily overcomes his less than chameleon-like acting abilities. Emphasizing that the story is "inspired by true events" right off the top, Snitch wrings a tension-fueled tale out of the strict mandatory

sentencing minimums, as they apply to drug-related crimes, in the United States. When John Matthews (Johnson) finds out his son is facing 10 years in jail for accepting a FedEx'd package of ecstasy on behalf of his best friend, Matthews sets about negotiating with the District Attorney (Susan Sarandon). Manipulating the DA's ability to reduce sentencing if the accused can inform on another drug dealer, Matthews offers to go undercover to help arrest any ol' criminal he stumbles upon in exchange for a reduced sentence for his son. According to the "infographic" on the movie's website, being an informant is a grey legal area that can lead to side effects as uncomfortable as unexpected death. So, if you can get over

how bat-shit crazy it is that the DA would let an innocent civilian start negotiating with drug cartels, the rest of the film is enjoyably stress inducing. It's the kind of action movie where the hero isn't invincible—bullets hurt, cars are subject (pretty much) to the laws of physics and even Matthews, our "hero," makes some pretty selfish decisions to save his son. It's hard to watch Johnson say things like "let's move some equity around" in his day job as a successful businessman, but once he get embroiled in the war on drugs—playing both sides against each other to save his son— the acting doesn't matter so much ... you'll just be worried about everyone getting out alive. And about ending mandatory minimums. KATHLEEN BELL



A Good Day to Die Hard

Plot dies hard in the latest Die Hard

Now playing Directed by John Moore


t's tough to take an action film beyond all the explosions and make it stand up on the strength of its characters. Die Hard did it in 1988 by introducing Detective John McClane as a relatively normal guy—at least in contrast to the other action heroes of the day—and letting Bruce Willis play him as a man who takes a beating and is worse off for it. The next three films in the series amped the stakes upwards and piled on increasingly ridiculous levels of action, but even in their worst moments they worked by keeping McClane's character at the heart of the stories. So, really, all A Good Day to Die Hard had to do was root itself in that character and then let hell break loose around him. That's not what happens, though.


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This time out, the film takes McClane out of the US and lands him on Russian soil, where it turns out his son Jack (Jai Courtney) is a CIA agent working to get a hold of ... whatever. It really doesn't matter. Even a late-game plot twist barely registers, coming across as random and pointless beyond offering an excuse for a few more big explosions. There's no character development in sight. Pale inside nods to the past films (McClane grumbling "I'm on vacation" or his son insisting "Your thing is killing bad guys") pass quickly and with barely a comedic ripple, and the only things that come close to an effort to sketch some new lines into the character are either odd—an exchange with a Russian taxi driver where McClane grins condescendingly at the cabbie's Frank Sinatra impression—or awkward—a series of parenting tips that feel like they could have been lifted from a how-to-be-a-

good-parent pamphlet. The film wastes no time getting to the first explosions, and from there on it doesn't bother with either a sense of space or character, content to fall into a predictable pattern of fast cuts and snippets of wannabe-snappy dialogue. None of it works. Whereas the series has up to now given Willis something to chew on as McClane, here he has nothing at all, left with little recourse but to grit his teeth whenever the camera does rest on him for a moment. For the first time in the series, it would be a simple matter to change the character's name and cast another actor in the role without losing anything. This is a Die Hard film in name only, but it's a terrible movie right down to the bottom of its very shallow soul. EDEN MUNRO




3” wide version



Just a casual, friendly game of pick up, right guys?

Sat, Feb 23 (7 pm); Sun, Feb 24 & Mon, Feb 25 (9:15 pm) Directed by Najeeb Mirza Metro Cinema at the Garneau



hough its champions are unlikely to ever grace an Olympic podium, buzkashi's a current, lively sport that's unlike most you've ever seen. The most appropriate Western comparison would be be polo: both have players riding horseback and attempting to get an object past goal posts. In Polo, that object is a wooden ball; in buzkashi, it's a headless goat carcass, being snatched at and hurdled around by up to 200 players at once. It's a chaotic, muscular game that's captured in all that roughshod glory here in Buzkashi!: the game has its own mafia, its own sponsors (we're talking rich spectators, not Pepsi), and its own safety equipment (occasionally

made out of old war gear). Director Najeeb Mirza manages to give us not only an engrossing sense of the sport itself, but a deeper view of the culture it thrives in: set in Tajikistan (bordering both Afghanistan and China), we see a little-thought-of country caught somewhere between stubbornly guarding its past and opening itself up for transition into the future. There are gorgeous rolling hills that nestle farming cultures, all adeptly captured by Mirza here. Kids also build their own skateboards, and the President addresses students on a tiny television carted outside on the first day of classes. The place seems so devoid of technology, it's startling when a car finally shows up. As a throughline, Buzkashi! centres itself on a trio of champion players: Azam, a fairly traditionalist shepherd, happy with his two wives and 10 children, who'd rather see his son grow

up and take over the raising of his herd than enter the field of medicine (has any Western parent ever had this issue?); the boastful Khurshed, a rich countryman in it for the glory and actively trying to change the game by introducing player alliances to disrupt the normal free-for-all with strategy (much to Azam's chagrin); and Askar, who's trying to simply stay alive after losing a rich sponsor, looking for someone to keep his game (and life) afloat. There are refs, there's cheating and disappointment with bad calls similar to what you'd hear coming home from Rexall on the LRT. Which is to say Buzkhashi! also shows us a certain universality to how people approach the sports they love, even if the cultures couldn't be farther apart. We all hate bad refing and love our hometown heroes. Mirza (who will be attending Metro Cinema's screenings of his film this

weekend) is adept at capturing the visceral elements of the game on film. He sticks his cameras in the centre of the fray, putting fisheye lenses atop horses and riders to give a sense of the power and violence in the sport's scrums. Elsewhere, little flashes of everyday violence emerge—seeing a goat's throat cut onscreen will probably jar a healthy chunk of audience for the few seconds

it happens over—but in showing those, the documentary gives a sense of the way of life that the sport emerged from. In that, Buzkashi! is an excellent portrait of a people and a love of a game. What sort of insight into a culture can you glean from its favourite pasttime? Plenty, as it turns out. PAUL BLINOV

3.75” wide version





How to Survive a Plague

A Herculean struggle

Thu, Feb 28 (7 pm) Directed by David France Metro Cinema at the Garneau



lobal Visions' opening night gala film chronicles the Herculean nineyear struggle of the NYC-based AIDS Colaition to Unleash Power to mobilize the resistant (if not explicitly homopho-

bic) powers of government and industry and develop drugs that might alleviate the suffering of those afflicted with HIV. How to Survive a Plague is riveting, tremendously moving, historically important and, in the best sense of the word, outrageous. The Coalition's acronym, ACT UP, is not accidental: highlights from their record of creative activism/ political showmanship include spreading the ashes of AIDS victims on the lawn of the White House and rolling one big-ass condom over the home of Senator Jesse Helms. Abundant archival material is shrewdly employed, while new interviews with highly articulate surviving activists imbue How to Survive a Plague with first-person immediacy and vivid detail. See this movie. JOSEF BRAUN


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“The best picture of the year. ‘Amour’ is a perfect storm of a motion picture.” - Kenneth Turan, LOS ANGELES TIMES



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SEARCHING FOR SUGAR MAN (PG coarse language) FRI 9:30; SAT 2:00; SUN 12:30; TUE 9:00

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DAILY 12:00, 2:15, 4:30, 6:50, 9:00

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LES MISÉRABLES (PG violence, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned THU, FEB 21: 1:00, 4:30, 8:05 PARKER (18A brutal violence) Closed Captioned THU,

FEB 21: 1:25, 4:20, 7:15, 10:05

GANGSTER SQUAD (18A gory brutal violence) THU, FEB 21: 5:40 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (14A violence) Closed Captioned, No passes THU, FEB 21: 1:50, 4:20, 7:10, 9:40 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (14A violence) Ultraavx, No passes THU, FEB 21: 2:20, 4:50, 7:40, 10:10


WARM BODIES (14A violence) Closed Captioned THU,

FEB 21: 1:10, 3:45, 6:55, 9:25

SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) THU, FEB 21: 12:55, 4:00, 7:00, 9:55 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 3D (G) THU, FEB 21: 12:45, 3:05, 5:25, 7:55, 10:15

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BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, No passes THU, FEB 21: 4:10, 7:05, 10:00; Star & Strollers Screening: THU 1:00

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language) FRI 4:00, 7:00, 9:50; SAT 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 9:50; SUN 12:40, 4:00, 6:50, 9:45; MON-WED 6:30, 9:20; THU 6:30, 9:40 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH 3D (G) FRI 3:40, 6:30, 8:50; SAT 12:30, 3:00, 5:35, 7:50, 10:15; SUN 12:50, 3:20, 6:30, 8:50; MON-THU 7:20, 9:40 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI 3:50, 6:50, 9:40; SAT 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:30; MON-WED 6:50, 6:50, 9:40; SUN 12:20, 3:50, A SO JEAN9:40; THU 6:50






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CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave 780.472.7600

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10200-102 Ave 780.421.7020

IDENTITY THIEF (14A coarse language, sexual content) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 3:50, 6:50, 9:50 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (14A violence) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 12:40, 3:40, 6:40, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 3:40, 6:40, 9:40

SAFE HAVEN (PG not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital, Dolby Stereo Digital

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Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave

EMPIRE THEATRES–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing Spruce Grove 780.962.2332

WARM BODIES (14A violence) Digital FRI 6:40, 9:15; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:40, 4:10, 6:40, 9:15; MON, WED-THU 5:30, 8:00 BEAUTIFUL CREATURES (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital FRI 6:15, 9:00; SAT-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:30, 6:15, 9:00; MON, WED-THU 5:00, 7:40 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (14A violence) Digital FRI 6:50, 9:20; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:50, 4:20, 6:50, 9:20; MON, WED-THU 5:40, 8:10 IDENTITY THIEF (14A coarse language, sexual content) Digital FRI 6:30, 9:10; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:30, 4:00, 6:30, 9:10; MON, WED-THU 5:20, 7:50 SAFE HAVEN (PG not recommended for young children) Digital FRI 6:10, 8:40; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:00, 3:35, 6:10, 8:40; MON, WED-THU 5:10, 7:45 ESCAPE FROM PLANET EARTH (G) Digital SAT-SUN, TUE 1:20; 3D: Reald 3d FRI 6:00, 8:30; SAT-SUN, TUE 3:40, 6:00, 8:30; MON, WED-THU 5:45, 8:15 DARK SKIES (14A frightening scenes, gory scenes) Digital FRI 6:20, 8:50; SAT-SUN, TUE 1:10, 3:45, 6:20, 8:50; MON, WED-THU 5:15, 7:30

PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave 780.433.0728

AMOUR (14A) FRI 6:50, 9:20; SAT-SUN 2:30, 6:50, 9:20; MON-THU 6:50, 9:20

SNITCH (14A) Digital Presentation FRI 7:00, 9:45; SATSUN 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:45; MON-THU 5:25, 8:20

QUARTET (PG coarse language) FRI 7:00, 9:10; SATSUN 2:00, 7:00, 9:10; MON-THU 7:00, 9:10

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HANSEL & GRETEL: WITCH 3D HUNTERS 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15; SAT-SUN 12:50, 3:05, 5:25, 7:50, 10:15; MON-WED 7:40, 9:55; THU 7:40 JACK THE GIANT SLAYER 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No passes THU 10:00 SAFE HAVEN (PG not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI 4:55, 7:40, 10:25; SAT-SUN 11:35, 2:15, 4:55, 7:40, 10:25; MON-THU 7:15, 10:00 THE HOBBIT AN UNEXPECTED JOURNEY (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children)Closed Captioned SAT-SUN 11:35; 3D: FRI-SUN 3:10, 6:45, 10:25; MON-THU 7:50 A GOOD DAY TO DIE HARD (14A violence) No passes FRI 4:55, 7:25, 10:00; SAT-SUN 11:55, 2:25, 4:55, 7:25, 10:00; MON-THU 7:00, 9:30 WARM BODIES (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI 5:05, 7:35, 10:05; SAT-SUN 12:05, 2:35, 5:05, 7:35, 10:05; MON-THU 7:20, 9:45

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SILVER LININGS PLAYBOOK (14A coarse language)

WARM BODIES (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI-TUE, THU 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:15; WED 4:50, 7:45, 10:15; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00

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Until Sun, Mar 3 (8 pm; Sunday matinee 2 pm) Directed by Bradley Moss Roxy Theatre, $14.50 – $29


ver the hundred-and-twentysix years it institutionalized assimilation (right up until 1996), the residential school system saw some 150 000 First Nations children taken from their families and stuck behind locked doors. A reported three thousand of them died right there in the schools, and the ones that didn't emerged with deep psychic scars; decades of allegations of widespread sexual and physical abuse have only recently earned even an apology from the federal government for implementing the program in the first place. But the damage is still very raw, and very present today: there's plenty of former students who lived through the system and now find themselves struggling to cope. It's one of those schools, certainly, that gives Where the Blood Mixes its real dramatic thrust, but only in terms of the aftermath, of the deep and bleak shadow that it's cast over survivors' everyday

lives. To the credit of Kevin Loring's Governor General's Award-winning, unflinching script, we aren't given a lecture or figures or bodycounts to tells us what was wrong. Wisely, it gives us the people instead—damaged-beyond-fixing people—trying to carry on in the aftermath of atrocity. It starts, I suppose, with a stereotype: we find Floyd (Lorne Cardinal) dozing off in a bar. It seems an endless routine: Floyd, his aptly-nicknamed friend Mooch (Craig Lauzon)—for whom "I'll chip in on the next round," is a personal mantra—and bartender George (Robert Benz) pass the time talking, gambling, drinking and debating

who's gonna pay, occasionally facing the wrath of Mooch's girlfriend June (a fiery Michaela Washburn), whose money he frequently steals to supplement his drinking. When Floyd gets a letter from his long-estranged daughter Christine (Sera-Lys McArthur)— taken by the government when she was young and put into the foster system—it shines a light inwards, onto the ugly past, which starts to bubble up to the surface again. A few gorgeous effects—a great bony fish swimming slowly through the air, a skeletal eagle—an engrossing rocky set and a haunting sound de-

sign (Cory Sincennes and Dave Clarke, respectively) sets the mood for the cast cast to begin revealing their character's burdens. Cardinal handles the script's shift from lighter humour to deeper horror admirably, revealing a depth of layers within a very familiar figure, though Lauzon's Mooch might be the most painful figure on the stage, once we start to piece together what's left of him. Washburn gives June her fiery force, one that's hidden her hurt behind survival determination and an iron-will, and McArthur manages to find some depth to her raised-in-the-city character, given she and barkeep George (a white guy) are pretty much the only ones sitting on

massive trauma. There is some flatness to its arc: we go from lighter first third to heavy latter parts with little transition, unpacking one big revelatory moment after another, but, still, this is a story that's been told too few times. Where the Blood Mixes is a look at the lingering effects of a very real, very Canadian horror story, one that's more often ignored than examined. And instead of preaching, it does us the courtesy of revealing how people try to bury deep hurt, and how that layered pain can manifest in everyday flaws and perpetual stuck-in-a-rut living. It's a show that very much deserves to be seen and to be understood. PAUL BLINOV


Wrestling with the past // Roy Timm Photography


Murielle Until Sun, Feb 24 (7 pm) Directed by Wayne Paquette TransAlta Arts Barns, $12.50 – $18


Saying it without words // Meaghan Baxter

here stands Murielle with her red balloon: a single image that captures the subversive whimsy in a new piece of physical theatre gracing Edmonton stages. Written by Ellen Chorley, directed by Wayne Paquette and staged by their two companies, Promise and Blarney Productions (respectively), Murielle treads a fine line between light and dark, playfulness and gravity. The story weaves together reenactments of the eponymous character's earlier days: she wakens slumped in an armchair, her gestures and crone-like mask revealing her advanced age, and then six "geniuses" emerge from the curtains draped on either side of the stage to

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help her remember instances from her past love. Clad head to toe in black, these figures are integral to both the narrative and visual form of the show. As the program describes, in ancient Rome the word "genius" represented a sort of guiding spirit, and so individuals who possessed amazing talents were understood to be in the possession of a genius, "an impish spirit who lived in their walls and guided them to create their inspired works." In Murielle, the six geniuses perform in a similar capacity. Both tangible and intangible, they bring Murielle the items that aid in her remembrance of the past while at the same time forming physical manifestations of objects and settings with their bodies. It's a fascinating artistic device that gives

the show a clear, easily comprehensible narrative; Murielle features no dialogue or verbal exposition, but even those audience members unused to physical theatre will not miss the lack of words. As Murielle remembers, her younger self (Alyson Dicey) and her past lover (Jesse Gervais) take the stage to depict instances from their past together. The interplay of these characters along with the old Murielle (Coralie Cairns) and the six geniuses forms a highly evocative visual montage of scenes overlaid by a beautifully modulated live piano accompaniment by Joel Crichton. At once dark and moody, bright and lively, Murielle is a touching depiction of the workings of memory as one digs through a collection of life's ephemera. MEL PRIESTLEY




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here's a moment that comes midway through Days of Wine and Roses' doomy downward spiral, that finds Donal (Cody Porter) and Mona (Elena Porter) awakening from a two-bottle bender in their living room. It comes after they'd both sworn

off drink for the sake of his job, suckered by the idea of a celebratory toast that quickly became multiple drinks, then a pair of full bottles of hard liquor. And what emerges as they awaken, aside from the hangovers written across both faces, is an ugly air of accepted resignation: they don't seem angry with themselves, or care much that they've fallen back in on their shared addiction to alcohol. Nothing seems to matter but another drink—espe-

cially not each other. To rewind from that: we meet Donal and Mona as they meet each other, waiting for a plane out of Belfast, destination London, new lives on the horizon: hers to escape the humdrum existence she was worried about facing, his to start working at a horse track. It's the '60s; they talk about the recent trip to the moon, and it's perhaps the most charmed meeting between two soon-to-bedoomed souls you're likely to get, made more potent by the downward trajectory we see them start to take almost immediately afterwards. Owen McCafferty's Irish spin on JP Miller's teleplay gives us a pair of likeable people that get battered almost beyond recognition by the bottle. We later play fly-on-the-wall to some very ugly moments of domestic violence between the two (fight choreographer: Janine Waddell Hodder) as they attempt to get clean and save or damn each other, depending on who's drunk. It's an effective showcase of the pitfalls of alcoholism, though the script, playing out by design in oneon-one scenes, does suffer from CONTINUED ON PAGE 19 >>


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s the crowd mingles, a woman in a vintage-inspired red polka dot dress, meticulously curled hair, a charming French accent and a bright-red clown nose makes her way among them. The motive of her lighthearted conversation is simple—scope out a potential "date" for the evening. Everyone takes their seats, and the woman sits at a café table onstage, explaining that her name is Mimi (played by Rebecca Northan, with Renee Amber taking over for select performances) and she's been waiting for her blind date for two hours. Is that too long? She inquires to her captive audience. Unphased, she announces she'll just find a new date, and goes shopping amongst the crowd, many of the men shifting nervously in their

seats, wondering if they'll be the one selected to join her. Mimi ultimately settles on Travis, a 25-year-old insurance broker who's come to the show with Lindsay, his girlfriend of threeand-a-half years. After Lindsay gives the goahead, Travis becomes Mimi's new date for the evening, after Mimi explains a quick run-down on how the show will work, including a time-out box intended to give either participant a break to return to the "real world" and work out whatever it is they may be having issues with at the time.



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Serca Festival of Irish Theatre Tue, Feb 26 – Sun, Mar 3 La Cité Francophone


he Emerald Isle is known for many things, but aside from the go-to imagery of shamrocks and Guinness, there's an underlying thread in North American culture that is heavily built on and influenced by the Irish. Without it, there would be no CODCO, Kids in the Hall, U2 or many of the literary works we have come to know, such the oeuvre of Oscar Wilde. "It it hadn't been for Irish civilization and Irish culture in the Dark Ages ... those guys saved the knowledge of how to read and write in Latin and Greek, and you know, literacy in general in a lot of ways for all of northwestern Europe for a good many centuries," explains Mark Henderson, director of the Serca Festival of Irish Theatre, which is now entering its fourth year of showcasing the oftenunacknowledged Irish contribution to English-speaking culture. It's one that runs deep, from comedy to tragedy, and more often than not, he notes, a combination of the two. "That's one of the things that hits the core of the Irish frame of mind, is that incredible literary tradition that goes beyond literary: it jumps into drama, the love of words, the love of irony, the frame of mind of people who, generally speaking,


have not ever had a glut of wealth and power." There's also an irony in discovering a cultural identity that Henderson suggests is similar to the search for Canadian identity. Henderson, a descendent of Anlgo-Irish ancestors, says the Irish identity is just as chimeric as Canada's, but within the tension of those ironies there's also incredible potential for discovery of the human condition—a common thread in Irish plays and literature. "There's an openness to this culture that has endured so much. I think a quarter or more of Canadian culture is defined by the Irish mindset anyway," Henderson notes. "In a way, Irish theatre is already giving this to the Edmonton scene and always has been, either in theatre that is overtly Irish or Canadian theatre that has been suffused with that mindset and those sensibilities." This year's lineup features the tragic love story of Tristan and Isolde, adapted by Elizabeth Hobbs, Jessica Peverett and Nicole Schafenacker; Grumpus Gets Revenge, an adaptation of one of the stories of Gulliver's Travels written and performed by Ken Brown; the tragic comedy Winners by Brian Freel, directed by Frank Zotter and finally, the classic Medea, directed by Henderson.








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Grumpus Gets Revenge // Mat Simpson

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Seventh Sense Fri, Feb 22; Sat, Mar 23 (8 pm) Choreographed by Wen Wei Wang Timms Centre for the Arts, $20 – $35


en Wei Wang was already 27 years old when he left China for Vancouver. He was an acclaimed dancer in his former homeland but, upon arrival on Canada's west coast, found himself facing a communication breakdown: he hadn't studied English, and he was already an adult, making it even less acceptable to have almost no basis for the country's dominant language. "I lost the [ability] to communicate with people through language," he says, decades on from that point. "I feel like I became a dog, or animal or something. I only sense people, I only guessed what they're trying to say ... That was strange and stressful, in a way.

"On the other hand, it gave me the time to read people, to feel people," he continues. "That part is like animals; it's the sense, how we feel it. Just through the way you look at them, or smell them or something, you can really see the person beyond their words. And to me, dance is beyond the words: it's body language, it's energy, it's physical." And it's this silent, more animalistic sense that's given direction to Wang's Seventh Sense, seeing its world premiere in town as the closer to the Brian Webb Dance company's season. A piece for six dancers, its explores the tension between control and freedom, and ideas of love and communication free of societal constructs that usually define those parameters. "Basically it's about controlling, to be free: wanting to be alone but afraid to

be alone; wanting to be controlled, but sometimes you want to escape," Wang says. "Wanting to be touched, but afraid to be touched. To have all those kinds of ideas involved. That's where the pieces started building." That animal inspiration Wang notes he's drawing on has a source in his life: for the first time, he owns a dog, and finds it is perfectly capable of communicating what it needs from him without saying anything. "You just look at his eyes. They make it very clear what they want, what they don't want, without words," Wang explains. "As human beings, we do that too. Sometimes, we forget." Near the project's onset, Wang learned most of his dancers had dogs growing up, and knew the silent, com-

municative experience he was discovering. With that in mind, he had them all starting with improvisation, and then revising, seeking out the natural connections that emerge between people when left to find their own approach. "It's like painters," Wang says of starting with improvisation. "They start a sketch—they don't really know the result will come out—so you start a sketch of ideas, put on the table. In the beginning we do a lot of improvisations, building steps, building movements. And then we try to find the meaning; then we try to form the storyline. Then we try to put them together. So we don't have a story beginning: we use the image, use the body, to try and make connections." PAUL BLINOV


ARTIFACTS Near-Living Environments / Thu, Feb 21 (12:10 – 12:30 pm) Need to get out of the office and a break from the usual lunch routine? The Art Gallery of Alberta is continuing its Art for Lunch series with a session hosted by artist and architect Philip Beesley, whose sculptural work examines the possibilities of "aware" architecture—meaning it responds to its occupants. The focus of Beesley's session is his installation "Aurora," located at Simons in West Edmonton Mall, along with some of his other recent projects displayed around the globe. (Ledcor Theatre, Art Gallery of Alberta, Free)


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Bodies talk in Seventh Sense // Emily Cooper



Stage Struck / Fri, Feb 22 – Sat, Feb 23 (7 pm, 1 pm Sat matinee) Never-before-staged one-act plays make their debut at this year's Stage Struck festival. The productions include Why Didn't Oprah Tell Me? by Barbara North, Beekeeping by Josh Greschner, Sorrow by Alan Holmes, It Started with an Allergy by Heather Morrow, Epic Tragedy by Gerald Osborn and Sex Lives of Superheroes by Stephen Gregg. Sterling Awardwinner Kenneth Brown will be this year's adjudicator, with the winning production moving on to represent Edmonton at the 2013 Provincial Festival in May. (Walterdale Playhouse, $13.75 – $34.50)

Oscar Night at the Varscona / Sun, Feb 24 (5 pm) Dust off your finest Hollywood-worthy attire and walk the red carpet at the Varscona Theatre for a live screening of the 85th annual Academy Awards. Hosts Tom Edwards and Matt Alden will provide comedy and entertainment during show breaks, and award an array of prizes, including a night out in Old Stratchona, a first-class dinner and a movie package and a wine tasting at Continental Treat, complete with a five-course meal, cheese buffet and live jazz. (Varscona Theatre, $25) V



lag in the middle, once we know where it's going but still only inch our way there. It's a cautionary tale that definitely plays like one, to its detriment. But where director Amy DeFelice's production succeeds in navigating that slow wind is thanks to its wellcast pair of actors. The script gives plenty of reasons that might drive Donal and Mona to drink: his job involves copious amounts of social drinking while she waits, bored at home alone, waiting for him to come home and have a drink. Victories at the horse track mean celebratory parties at the house. All well and good for drama on the page, but it's how both actors skillfully navigate these scenes that give them potency: past their first meeting and early honeymoon bliss, any time spent in sobriety seems just a little tense, their two personalities brought together by fate and impulse, but far from a perfect match: Cody's Donal is a bit too dry, matter-of-fact and narrowly focused, while Elena's Mona is more an impulsive spirit, constantly craving stimulation. They're both likeable, but

for different reasons that don't necessarily connect, and here alcohol sands down their edges, makes them more palatable to each other. In married life, you see the ways they grate on each other; even when they aren't drinking, thanks to the performances, they seem to find little ways to drive each other to want to drink. It all plays out on a lovely retro-wallpaper set and effective lighting design that helps transition with minimal movement. Wine and Roses is a dark script, though not all of it's alcoholic gloom—scenes pivot, especially early on, between humour and levity and tension, all three simmering up and and down until, eventually, the latter inevitably breaks into boil. Scene transitions are set to '60s songs, and the actors dance their way through as they rearrange the set as necessary. It's a particularly effective choice, actually: as things start to slip off into the deep end, these little in-between moments remind us of how things could've gone in a happier story. It makes the downward spiral they're on more effective. PAUL BLINOV




Blind Date may be fiction, but it fully embodies the tremendous tension of a first date: conversation punctuated with nervous giggles—both genuine and staged—get-toknow-each-other small talk and the nervous minefield of feeling out potential romance. Through it all, Northan takes impeccable care of her co-star, coaxing him through his nerves, encouraging him to be himself rather than display an air of bravado or act in a way he thinks he should for the sake of entertainment. (Significant others, fear not: you can call time-out too if your partner is doing something you aren't comfortable with— you can also call "bullshit" if they attempt to stretch the truth.) Travis, a genuinely endearing and witty young man in his own right, was a great sport throughout the production, which fast-forwarded from the awkward first date to an even more awkward fifth date, where he brought the house down in rounds of applause after a surprising and entertaining execution of the couple's fist kiss—after receiving the OK from Lindsay, of course, who,

when asked if she approved of him kissing the French girl, simply replied he might just learn something. Northan's execution of the ever-changing story is flawless, never wavering from her character and propelling the story along with ease, despite what her co-star throws at her. And in that, Blind Date brings a new dimension to theatre, adding a very real sense of honesty that cannot be replaced through a staged production. Each show is different and each co-star brings something new to the table—their own feelings, hesitations and personalities. In Travis's case, he had the audience rooting for him from the get-go. A well-mannered, thoughtful young man, Travis admitted he didn't see himself as anything beyond an average guy, prompting Mimi to help him realize he is much more than that. While the show is all about good fun and it thrives on humour, it is also a thoughtful and heartwarming look inside the way others approach the dating game, and despite what we like to believe, most men really do just want to treat a lady right. MEAGHAN BAXTER


The Hot Club of San Francisco presents

OLD MAN LUEDECKE Cinema Vivant A poet touched by tenderness and wit.

Thursday, February 28 • 7:30 pm • $25

The cool era of silent film just got hot.

Friday, March 8 • 7:30 pm • $40

Eric Bibb & Habib Koite Brothers in Bamako On the road between Memphis & Bamako.

Friday, February 22 • 7:30 pm • $40


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Jubilee Auditorium, 11455-87 Ave • About Anne: A Diary in Dance: Inspired by Anne Frank’s The Diary of a Young Girl; The Lotus Eaters: Inspired by Homer's The Odyssey • Mar 1-2 • start at $29 at


Horizon Stage, 1001 Calahoo Rd, Spruce Grove, 780.962.8995 • Follows Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. While still remaining true to the original 1876 ballet by Tchaikovsky, this Canadian rendition is set in an 18th century historic fortress in the beautiful seaside town of Louisbourg, Nova Scotia • Feb 24, 2pm • $35 (adults), $30 (students/ seniors), $5 (eyeGo)

session • Art for Lunch: Theatre Foyer: Casual and informative discussions about AGA exhibitions, held during the lunch hour, 3rd Thu every month • 5 ARTists, 1 Love: Black History Month art show, works by Pamela Parker, Phillip Risby, Lorien Maheu, Melissa Aytenfisu, and Blanche Thompson; until Mar 1


Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • migRAting CoLony: Charcoal drawings and raku installation by Erin Schwab • pAsseRiFoRms ii: Paintings and mixed media works by James Trevelyan • Until Mar 16 • Ageless Art: Art for mature adults; 1-3pm; $12 each; Charcoal Drawing: Feb 21


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

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

DC3 ART PROJECTS • 10567-111 St • TOPOGRAPHiC soUnd: Very large photo-based works by Gary James Joynes; and Tritone (2013) a 100 day long decaying auditory chord and it's wall-based sculptural echo, a continuation of his Alberta Bienniale performance to its conclusion, and Ouroboros (2011), large installation exploring sacred sound and form through video installation and photography to date • Until Mar 16

780.893.6828 • Lions Senior Recreational Centre, 11113-111 Ave • Monthly ballroom dance • Mar 2, 8pm Open house • Feb 27, 7-9pm

FAB GALLERY • Dpt of Art and Design, U of A, Rm

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer, 403.340.4869 • ART FROM THE HEART: Works by Judy Weismiller Berger • Until Feb 28

Project, Peg Barcelo-Jackson, Ginette D'Silva, Alice Dolphin, Dara Loewen • Ongoing

1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 780.492.2081 • Lisa Matthais: the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Printmaking; Feb 26-Mar 23 • Alysha Creighton: the final visual presentation for the degree of Master of Fine Arts in Drawing & Intermedia; Feb 26-Mar 23 • what would i say about myself if i weren't me?: Education 129: Visual arts and design forum presented by Mathew Reichertz (visual artist/painter); Feb 28, 5:15pm

WEN WEI DANCE–BRIAN WEBB DANCE COMPANY • Timms Centre, U of A • Seventh Sense:

experiences from two cultures, two homes that are marked by his open, vulnerable, personal perspective • Feb 22-23, 8pm

780.672.5510 • The Man That Got Away; and other short films hosted by Trevor Anderson; Feb 22, 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $5 (door)/free (student) • Classic Film Series presents: Gimme Shelter; Feb 25, 7pm • $5 (door)

atre • Opening Night Gala Presented by Global Visions Film Festival featuring the Oscar nominated documentary and Western Canada premiere of How to Survive a Plague, guest speaker, complimentary beverage and food • Feb 28, 6:30pm • $18 at TIX on the Square

RED DEER COLLEGE LIBRARY • The Panels: ConveRsAtions with the CoLLeCtion: until Mar 8 • PortHole Gallery ( just outside the Library front doors): CeRAmiCs: Works by Carlene Larue and KT Furness; through Feb

CAPITAL THEATRE March 7th – 17th 8pm


780.453.9100 • RiveR's edge: Until Apr 10 • inUUjAq: Dolls of the Canadian Arctic; Until Apr 28

(no show on the 11th or 12th) Adults $28 Student/Seniors $20 Tickets available at


• women's woRks: Works by members of the Redwater ART Society • Open to the public every Thu and Fri, 11am-2pm • Until Mar 1

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St, 780.488.3619 •

seLeCted woRks 1995-2011: Artworks by Arlene Wasylynchuk; until Feb 26 • Works by Leslie Poole; Through Mar




Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • BeAUtiFUL MONSTERS: Beasts and Fantastic Creatures in Early European Prints; until Mar 3 • 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



HOTEL MARCH 8TH AND 15TH SELKIRK For more info & reservations 780-496-7227 or book online

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • Discovery Gallery: THE ReCipients: Recipients of the 8th annual Alberta Craft Awards; Feb 23-Mar 23; reception: Feb 23, 2-4pm • Feature Gallery: GOLDEN EDGE: Artworks by 16 craft artists; until Mar 30 • The Recipients of the 2012 Alberta Craft Awards; Mar 2-Apr 13


Ave, 780.455.7479 • New paintings by Giuseppe Albi • Feb 21-Mar 13 • Opening: Feb 21, 7-9pm; artist in attendance



LANDO GALLERY • 103, 10310-124 St, 780.990.1161 • New gallery is now open Mon-Fri, 10am-5:30pm; Sat, 10am-5pm; by appointment



Theatre • Hollywood’s greatest night of glamour presented by Shadow Theatre and the ACME Theatre Company • Feb 24, 6:30pm • $27 at TIX on the Square


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

ORTONA GALLERY • 9722-102 St • Lightning BOLTS BEND: Tim Rechner • Until Feb 27 • gallery open: Thu-Fri: 5-9pm; Sat-Sun 12-5pm

FREEDOM TO VIEW • 780.496.7000 • Stanley A.



NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • AFteR hoURs ‘13: Works by the Paint Spot staff; Feb 21-Mar 31; reception: Mar 2, 5-7pm

Roundup IV: • Film, Worlds of Sound, The Ballad of Folkways Records; 53 min. film followed by Q&A with Smithsonian archivist, Jeff Place Feb 22, 7:30pm; free, pre-register • John Cohen Film Festival: Feb 23, 1pm; free, pre-register • Film, McDades: Feb 24, 4:30pm, $10 (door), pre-register • Pre-register at 780.449.3378


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


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

Ave, 780.482.2854 • New work by artists Peter Deacon and Barbara Amos • Until Mar 1

FRAnçAis pAR Les CoRnes: Works by Sarah Cleary, Doris Charest, Gaston Charest, other members; until Feb 26 • Works by Roma Newcombe, Nadia Tanguay, Barbara Kowaleski and Gary Karapaski; Mar 1-12; opening: Mar 1, 7-8:30pm

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; through Feb • Plates, Platters, Pitchers and Things that Pour: featuring wheel thrown and hand built work by gallery members; Mar 1-3

SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print -Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • the CompLACenCy oF seeing: Printworks by Rebecca Beardmore • AgAin And AgAin: Works by Sukha Worob • Until Mar 24 SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY • Melcor Cultural Centre, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • shino qUeen: Allied Arts Council AAC featured artist Ruby Serben • Until Mar 9 • Reception: Feb 23, 1-3pm 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

U OF A MUSEUMS • Enterprise Sq, 10230 Jasper

Ave, 780.492.5834 • 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

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St. Albert, 780.460.5990 • Let’s dAnCe: Works by Karen Blanchet • Until Feb 23

DISPLAY CASES: BotAniCAL heRoine: Polymer clay-

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave • Works

HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave •


Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 •

works by Kristin Anderson • distAnCe to the sUn: Photography by Tyler Enfield; until Feb 28

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-in-Residence: with Kyle Sams; Every Fri 12-6pm and Sat 12-5pm;

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

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Reading Series: Feb 25, 7pm; Presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • $5

mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages

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

FESTIVAL PLACE–Sherwood Park • Winter Roots

Documentary Film Festival: Opening Night Film: Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary, How To Survive A Plague, Kicking off Feb 28, with 2013 Academy Award Nominee for Best Documentary • Feb 27-Mar 3 • Festival SuperPasses, 6-Packs, and tickets to the Opening Night film, How to Survive a Plague at TIX on the Square; as well as at Remedy Café (Southside / Downtown), Earth’s General Store, and Metro Cinema at the Garneau

to Mar

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St, 780.407.7152 • the spiRit oF Aging: Photographs by Sharon Moore • Until Mar 24

Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave • A New Leaf (1970, PG); Feb 25, 8pm • Membership for each film: $6/$5 (senior/student); $30 (membership for the series –8 films)

KOFFEE CAFÉ • 6120-28 Ave, 780.863.4522 • Glass Door Coffee House Reading Series: Monthly readings with new headliner • Last Thu each month • Feb 28, 7-9pm • Free


Wood Nature Centre • CeLeBRAting ALBeRtA: Works by members of the Alberta Society of Artists • Through Feb


GLOBAL CAFÉ–JASPER PLACE HIGH SCHOOL • 8950-163 St • Living Library: Speaker Series: Feb 26; Sit down 1-on-1 with a speaker: Feb 27, 12:45-3:30pm • Feb 26-27, 9am-3:30pm • Free

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

D'HOFFMANN: Artworks by members of the ASA; artshow runs in conjunction with Edmonton Opera's Les Contes d’hoffmann by Jacques Offenbach • Through


A. Milner Library basement, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Centre for Reading and the Arts showcases little-known films every month • Cabaret; Feb 27, 6:30pm

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


Broadmoor, Sherwood Park • Works by members of the Edmonton Art Club, juried exibition • Until Feb 24; Sat-Sun 12-4pm

CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Library Theatre, Stanley

Poets: Poets' Haven Weekly Series • Bernie Finkelstein, author of True North–A Life in the Music Business; book signing: Mar 2, 2pm; Bernie Finkelstein film Bruce Cockburn–pacing the Cage screening for Global Visions Film Fest: Mar 2, 7pm at Metro Cinema 8712-109 St

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:

LOFT GALLERY • Ottewell Art Centre, 590

BUMP 'N' GRINDHOUSE • Varscona Theatre, Back alley entrance, 10329-83 Ave, 780.446.6940 • More great movies and shorts by local cult heroes. Enjoy an evening like the good ol’ days of the drive-in, offering you a chance to sneak in and relish in pickles and beer. Restricted adult • Mar 2, 11pm • Pay-what-you-can

Audio Visual Rm, main fl, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Films adapted from books • Away From Her (2006, PG); Feb 22, 2pm

JOHNSON GALLERY–South • 7711-85 St, 780.465.6171 • Miniatures by Thelma Manary, Rita Briansky, Ann Huculak, Susan Gardiner, Olson; photos by David Baine; graphite works by Glen Gaillet; watercolours by Jim Painter • Through Feb

salon: Parka Patio: Feb 23, 8pm; $15/$12 (adv at; installations by local artists and designers, a custom animation, as well as a silent auction of emerging artists

BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose • 5041-50 St, Camrose,

FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley A. Milner Library

JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY (JAGG) • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave • LiFe THROUGH MY LENS: Photographs by Kevin Allen • Until Feb 27

LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St, 780.423.5353 • Winter


Milner Library Theatre, bsmt, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • A special Freedom to Read Week edition of Cinema at the Centre; Warning: contains explicit content and may not be suitable for young children; Feb 27, 6:30pm • Idylwylde Library: A screening of Wiebo's War, a documentary about Wiebo Ludwig and his fight against Big Oil. Followed by a discussion on the influence of the media on our understanding of news; Feb 28, 7pm

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

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ • 9938-70 Ave • Olive Tree


VIMY DANCE • Vimy Ridge Academy, 8205-90 Ave •

open mic

AUDREYS BOOKS • 107 St, Jasper Ave • Stroll of

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks, 4924 Ross St • URBAn mApping: Series of paintings by Robert Dmytruk • Until Mar 23 • Reception/First Friday: Mar 1, 6-8pm

A musical melodrama by Nick


until Apr 7


by Claudette Castonguay • Until Feb 28

ART STREAM CENTRE • 11434-120 St,

780.425.9303 • Art Fuse–an explosion of local word, image and sound • Every Thu, 7-9pm; featuring authors, artists, artisans, muscians, and

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

THE 11 O’CLOCK NUMBER! • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Grindstone Theatre presents a two act improvised musical every other Fri, 11pm • Feb 22 • Tickets at TIX on the Square BIG BOOM THEORY • Jubilations Dinner Theatre,

8882-170 St, Phase II, WEM • All your favourite nerds are here helping Sheldon navigate his way through Canada • Until Apr 7

BLIND DATE • The Club at the Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Rebecca Northan’s Mimi selects a lucky man in the audience to play her date, not just for a few minutes, but for an entire evening • Until Feb 24, 7:30pm; no shows on Mon. Tue-Sun 7:30pm except Feb 23 at 4pm, and 9pm • Start at $35 at 780.425.1820, DAYS OF WINE AND ROSES • Varscona Theatre,

10329-83 Ave • Presented by Trunk Theatre. Donal and Mona leave Belfast for a new start in 1960s London. Strangers in an unfamiliar city, they fall in love with life, each other and the bottle • Until Feb 23, Tue-Sat 7:30pm; Sat mat 2pm • $22 (adult)/$18 (student/senior)

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave, 780.433.3399 • Live improvised soap opera • Every Mon, until May 27, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office HEY LADIES! • Roxy, 10708-124 St, other venues, 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network, starring Davina Stewart, Cathleen Rootsaert, Leona Brausen • Mar 8, May 24 MALCOLM THE MAGICIAN • Arden Theatre • Noisy Theatre present Malcolm’s trickery and timeless magic will leave children giggling and mystified • Feb 27, 11am MURIELLE • Westbury Theatre, TransAlta Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • When Old Woman Teller awakes, this Wednesday seems like it would be radically different • Until Feb 24 • $18 (general/adult); $15 (student/senior); $12.50 (child) RIDE THE CYCLONE • Citadel Maclab Theatre, 9828-101A Ave, 780.425.1820 • Musical comedy • Feb 22-Mar 10, Tue-Sun 7:30pm; Mar 3, 10, 1:30pm • $35 at Citadel box office SERCA FESTIVAL OF IRISH THEATRE • La cité

francophone, 8627 Rue Marie-Anne Gaboury • Grumpus Gets Revenge written/performed by Ken Brown; Tristan and isolde adapted by Elizabeth Hobbs, Jessica Peverett, Nicole Schafenacker, choreography by Ainsley Hillyard; Medea adapted by Tom Paulin, directed by Mark Henderson; Winners by Brian Friel, directed by Frank Zotter • Feb 26-Mar 3 • $20 (adult)/$15 (student/senior); Festival pass (all shows) $60 (adult)/$45 (student/senior)

SHEAR MADNESS • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • Funny whodunit by Paul Portner–the audience gets to solve the crime • Until Apr 7 STAGE STRUCK! • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83

Ave • Adult one-act play festival. Works by Josh Greschner, Heather Morrow, Gerald Osborn, and a showcase of poetry and dance by Marcel Fayant. Also, works by Alan Holmes and Stephen Gregg. All plays are adjudicated by Kenneth Brown • Feb 22, 7pm; Feb 23, 1pm, 7pm • 3-session festival pass: $32 (adult)/$28 (student/senior); Single: $14 (adult)/$12 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square, door

OH SUSANNA! • Varscona Theatre • 10329-83 Ave,

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

PRIVATE LIVES • Shoctor theatre at the Citadel

Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • A battle of the sexes by Noël Coward. A comedy of manners set in the 1930s with classic romance, hilarity and elegance • Until Feb 24 • $35 at box office

THEATRESPORTS • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm WHERE THE BLOOD MIXES • Roxy, 10708-124 St

• Until Mar 3

WIFE BEGINS AT FORTY • St Albert Kinsmen Hall,

47 Riel Dr, St Albert, 780.668.9522 • Dinner Theatre in St Albert presented by St Albert Theatre Troupe • Until Mar 2 • $47.50 (incl roast beef buffet and show)


Ziedler Hall, 9832-101A Ave • The Nosebowl (grades 10-12) until Feb 23, 7pm • The WildFire Jr (grades 7-9) Feb 26-Mar 2, 7pm • Tickets at TIX on the Square


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izza's origins are widely disputed and not very well-documented. While its forms and varieties have evolved over the years, the first documented use of the word "pizza" occurred in a Latin text from 977 AD in Gaeta, a city and commune in the province of Latina, which is located in Lazio, Italy. During the 16th century in Naples, Italy, a Galette flatbread—a term in French cuisine for pastries that were often garnished with various toppings— was referred to as a pizza, and the dish became associated with poor people as it was sold in the streets. Once Italians began importing tomatoes from the New World, they began to be used as frequent topping options on early pizzas. It's been often recounted that in June 1889, Margherita of Savoy, queen consort of Italy, was honoured by Neapolitan pizza maker Raffaele Esposito, who created the "Pizza Margherita," a variety topped with tomatoes, mozzarella cheese and basil to incorporate the colours of the Italian flag. As with most historical accounts of events, there's another side to the story, which claims the Bourbon king Ferdinand II of the Two Sicilies and a pizza maker named Domenico Testa predate Queen Margherita's story by

30 years with the mention of a pizza containing basil, mozzarella and tomatoes in 1847. Regardless of when it was used first, the tomato is credited as the ingredient that led to the pizza we know today. Until around 1830, pizza was sold at open-air stands in the streets, and Antica Pizzeria Port'Alba in Naples is regarded as the city's first pizzeria—it's been said the business started producing pizzas for peddlers in 1738 before expanding to a restaurant in 1830— and it's still in business today.

Essentially, anything that goes against tradition is fair game. There is not one quintessential topping combination for California-style pizza, but ingredients that are often used include oysters, dandelion greens, artichoke hearts and shrimp.

most common variety, with a traditional recipe calling for Caciocavallo, bread crumbs, onion, tomato sauce and anchovies.

There's a dizzying amount of pizza toppings available today, but so-called "purists" consider there to be only two types of pizza: Margherita and marinara, which is topped with oregano, garlic and extra virgin olive oil. In the early 20th century, the United States got in on the action when Italian street peddlers in Chicago started selling pizza on the streets. Following the Second World War, American soldiers brought back their newfound taste for pizza and the popularity of it began to rise throughout the '50s, with the first frozen supermarket pizzas being introduced around 1957. It was during the same period that pizza delivery began to

take off, as it was easily transported by using a cardboard box and became regarded as a convenience food. While many small pizzerias offered delivery in the '50s along with the birth of car culture, Domino's Pizza founder Tom Monaghan is often credited with turning the service into something viewed as a profitable venture. In 1984, the Associazione Verace Pizza Napoletana (True Neapolitan Pizza Association) was founded. The organization set very specific rules to be followed in order for a pizza to be considered authentic Neapolitan. The rigid rules stipulate that the pizza must be baked in a wood-fired, domed oven; the base must be hand-kneaded and not rolled by any mechanical means; and that it must not exceed 35 cm in diameter or measure more than one-third of a centimetre thick at its centre. In 1995, Kraft unveiled the first "self-rising crust." In 2009, the European Union established a ruling to protect Naples' Neapolitan pizza as a cultural food heritage. Any pizzeria that bills itself as such and claims to create authentic Neapolitan pizza must comply with the strict preparation guidelines. meaghan baxter


FEATURE // PIZZA • Toppings most often include a generous helping of cheese, slide Italian sausage and a tomato sauce that is on the sweeter side. • This variety can also refer to stuffed pizza, first introduced in the mid1970s by two Chicago pizza chains: Nancy's Pizza and Giordano's Pizza.


t's one thing to love pizza, but do you know the difference between the abundance of varieties available. We've rounded up a few of the most popular to give you a crash course. Chicago-style • Invented by Ike Sewell of Chicago's Pizzeria Uno in 1943. • Also known as deep-dish pizza, the crust can stand up to three inches tall. • Since the crust is so thick, Chicagostyle pizza requires a longer baking time, which can lead to burning certain ingredients. To avoid this, toppings are assembled "upside-down," with cheese generally on the bottom.

California-style • Single-serving pizza popularized by Wolfgang Puck that combines a thin crust with toppings generally associated with the California cooking style, which is a blend of French and Italian influences. • Apparently, great minds do think alike, as the style was invented almost simultaneously in 1980 by different restaurants. One by Ed LaDou, a pizza chef at Spectrum Foods' Prego Restaurant in San Francisco, and another by chefs working for Alice Waters at Chez Panisse in Berkeley, Calif. • California-style rarely uses traditional tomato sauce. Rather, the pies are topped with alternatives such as olive oil, Alfredo sauce or even none at all.

New York-style • Gennaro Lombardi gets credit for this one, after he opened the United States' first pizzeria in Little Italy in 1905 and served pizza combining a large, thin crust and minimal ingredients. • Traditionally topped only with tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese. • The most notable difference is the thin, hand-tossed crust, made of high-gluten bread flour which, due to its large width, is difficult to eat flat and ends up being folded.

• The Scacciata is found in Catania and is prepared with one of two methods: If it's ordered in the city, it starts with a layer of dough that is covered with Tuma, a local cheese, along with anchovies. However, in the region around Catania, Scacciata features potatos, sausages, broccoli and tomato sauce. Regardless of being made in a rural or urban area, a second layer of dough is placed on top before being brushed with eggs. • The province of Siracusa traditionally prepared the pizzolu, which is a stuffed circular pizza. • Piduni is popular in Messina. It's a variety of calzone filled with endive, tuma cheese, tomato and anchovies.

Sicilian • This style is a varied one, differing widely between the Sicilian regions of Palermo, Catania, Siracusa and Messina.

Detroit-style • A square pizza similar to Sicilianstyle, created by Gus Guerra at Buddy's Pizza in 1946.

• In Palermo, the Fincione is the

• This style features a twice-baked

crust that is crispy on the outside and soft in the middle. • Typical toppings include pepperoni and olives. Neapolitan • This traditional Italian variety capitalizes on the "less is more" mentality, featuring a thin crust and toppings kept to a minimum. • While modern Neapolitan pizza restaurants have begun experimenting with recipes, Neapolitan-style pizza is regarded as having three official varieties: pizza marinara (tomato, garlic, oregano and extra virgin olive oil), pizza Margherita (tomato, mozzarella and basil) and pizza Margherita extra, which is identical aside from the addition of extra-virgin olive oil. • All three official varieties are a Traditional Specialty Guaranteed product of Europe. This means that only pizzas which meet a particular set of regionalized and quality-based criteria can be called Neapolitan. meaghan baxter

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A dynamic duo ... potentially If paired right, pizza and wine can go hand-in-hand Though beer may be the classic pairing with pizza, plenty of wines can also hold their own against this king of comfort food. Not every wine works, however: pizza is an incredibly varied dish — pretty much any type of food can be sprinkled over a crust and baked, so the variation of pizza types is endless.


The following are some general rules to follow when choosing a wine to go with your next slice.

1. Play matchmaker: try to match the predominant flavours in a wine with those on the pizza. 2. Balance is key, but acidity is better: pick a wine that isn't overwhelmingly fruity, tannic or acidic—but make sure the acidity isn't too low, as this is needed to cut through the grease and cleanse your palate between bites. 3. More toppings means more problems: it's best to pair wine with pizza that has only two or three toppings, versus a smorgasbord with a dozen different flavours. 4. When in Rome: a common wine pairing tip is to pair it with food from the same area of the world—and where pizza is concerned, this holds very true; many Italian wines are great partners to pizza. 5. When in doubt, go with bubbles: sparkling wine is a great fall-back partner that pairs with a vast array of foods, especially greasy dishes, as the bubbles are an effective palate cleanser. It may sound weird, even sacrilegious, to drink Champagne with pizza, but don't knock it 'till you try it. THE PAIRINGS: Chianti is a classic choice for pairing with pizza, especially with thin crust varieties topped with minimal ingredients. Chianti is high in acidity so it can stand up to the acidity in tomatoes, and also has herbal undertones that complement the basil and oregano commonly added to pizza sauce and dough. Dolcetto is another Italian wine that's also one of the greatest matches to tomato-based dishes. Since it is light in body, high in acidity and quite fruity, pair Dolcetto with any tomatobased pizzas, especially those adorned by olives, mushrooms, salami or prosciutto. Valpolicella and Sangiovese are two other prime candidates for pizza pairing. Valpolicella is soft and round, low in tannins, almost sweet and a little spicy, while Sangiovese is a little more robust with black fruits and slightly higher tannins. Valpolicella can stand up to salty pizza toppings like capers, anchovies and feta cheese, while Sangiovese can handle hearty toppings like sausage, pepperoni, roasted peppers and parmesan. Outside Italy, Cabernet Franc Fran is a fine choice for pairing with pizza as it has juicy red fruit flavours and a streak of herbal (sometimes vegetal) undertones. Pair it with I VID VENI, pizzas featuring pepperoni, green pepper, spinach and .com ly k any other green veggies. e e vuew

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One further thing to keep in mind when choosing wine to pair with pizza: some toppings are deal-breakers. If you like it hot and tend to load your pizza with anything spicy (banana peppers, jalapeños, hot sauce), don't even bother with wine—trust me, it will all end up tasting thin and acidic. The same thing goes with most dipping sauces, especially the creamy ones, as well as pizzas with a massive amount of cheese. Some cheese is fine, but if that's the only thing on your slice, most wines just won't work. V

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HIGH-SPEEDsslsild ildie Get your adrenaline pumping, learn to luge S

itting with your butt firmly planted on your sled and your feet pointing downhill at the start of a 950-metre winding luge track, you're bound to find your heart in your throat. You might even find yourself thinking, "What the hell am I doing? Luge is the fastest and most dangerous sliding sport around!" But then, before you even have a chance to say, "Screw this," you'll watch as a four-year-old slider effortlessly takes the corners, stretching his arm out and shifting his upper body as he goes, and you'll think, "Well, if he can do it, then I can definitely do it." Plus, by this point, you've already had two hours of instruction on the Hinton Luge Association's 150-metre track, so you know how to do the Flintstone brake by planting your feet flat on the ground. You know how to turn by tipping your upper body like a teapot, shifting your weight onto your downhill runner—the same way you would with your downhill ski on the mountain. You know to keep your steering elbow up. And, you know to listen when Cathy Jones, the association's program co-ordinator, yells for you to brake. "It looks so easy and then people get up and they try it and realize the two-hour lesson is needed," says Jones. "We work on braking first and then we work on the turning basics. Most people tend to lean into the upside of the hill and you can't do that because what that does is put the weight on the inside runner, so you go the opposite way. You'll either go straight, into the boards or into the snowbank." Hinton's facility has a natural luge track, meaning the track follows an existing mountain path. "Natural goes with the terrain, the lumps and bumps and everything," explains Jones. "It's not a cement built track." An artificial track, on the other hand, is a completely designed and constructed track, like the ones you would see athletes competing on in the Olympics. Natural luge, although not an Olympic sport, is popular in Europe, where there are World Cup and World Championship competitions each winter. Jones's three children—now all grown adults—have competed across Canada, the United

States and Europe. Greg Jones, 25, says he can remember one season where he competed in seven different countries. His best-ever showing was in Russia, where he placed 19th overall in a World Cup. He says, considering the top 15 sliders from each country are invited to compete, placing 19th was a big victory. Jones put her children on sleds when they were two years old, and by the time they were four they were already competing. Greg, who no longer competes because he's focusing on being a new dad, says he'll definitely get his daughter on a sled when she's old enough. "It's just a lot of fun. It's one of the funnest things I've ever done in my life."

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And, he says, it's not as scary or dangerous as people make it out to be. "Lots of people hear it's crazy, but it's really not that crazy because you control your speed," he says, pointing out that you can put your feet down to brake at anytime. Greg's not one to overuse the brakes, though. He's all about the excitement of flying down the track at high speeds. "It's a minute or a minute and a half of not knowing what exactly is going to happen. It's a very good adrenaline rush," he says with a laugh. He admits, though, that you can't just learn to luge like that CONTINUED ON PAGE 24 >>



Skiing in comfort.

// Robson Fletcher





Local Jasper resident and outdoor enthusiast Marta Rode is on a quest to raise awareness and find a cure for auto-immune diseases. She herself suffers from a rare auto-immune disease called Wegener's Granulomatosis. Other auto-immune diseases include lupus, liver disease, eczema, Raynaud's syndrome and many more. I've skied with Marta on several occasions and she has no trouble leaving me in the dust, but her quest for life is what's most impressive. On March 1, we can all help to raise awareness. All you have to do is wear your pajamas to work, the ski hill and anywhere else around town, and if people ask, tell them why. And, if you see a heart-shaped donation box around town, put it to good use. This year, City TV's Breakfast

Television will provide their full support by donning their PJs and setting up in Jasper for the day. You can even wear your jammies competing in a race up at Marmot Basin. For more information, check it out on the web at

their presence will lead to more civil and law abiding practices, especially on a busy day when snow seeking crowds at Lake Louise can get as high as 7000. Marmot Basin, known as the "Big Friendly," does not appear to be on their radar at this time.



Recently RCMP officers have embarked on a new program where men in uniform ride the slopes amongst the crowds. Yes, they are strapped to a snowboard in full uniform, helmet, goggles and all. So far they have only been working at Lake Louise and Nakiska, but by next season, they do expect the program to extend to other resorts. Focused more on education than enforcement, they hope that

Just in case you're up at Lake Louise and skiing or snowboarding isn't for you, you can now head over to guest services and pick up a ticket for the Sunny Tube Park. Located on their lower slopes, this tube ride is designed to be a thrilling and safe option to enjoy the great outdoors without having to strap on skis or a board. All-day ride tickets are $16 – $20. You have to be at least 42 inches tall to participate. V

they are encouraged to try as well, and often when they do, they really enjoy themselves. It's hard not to, says Jones. "The feeling is ... 'Wahoo!' It's awesome," she says with a laugh. And, it's even exciting to watch, especially when the experts hit the track. They can get up to speeds of 40 to 80 km/h "It's so much fun to watch those sliders," says Jones. "Your mouth drops open. It's really very beautiful to watch. It looks like a snow ballet. I don't think

the guys would like to think that, but it's just so graceful and beautiful." The Hinton track is located below the Athabasca Lookout Tower, about 20 minutes north of Hinton on Nordic Centre Road. It's one of four tracks in Alberta. The others are in Grande Prairie, Fort McMurray and Camrose. To book a day of sliding at the Hinton facility, contact Jones at hintonluge@ or by phone at 780.865.2922.













overnight. You need practice and patience. "It's not an easy sport to learn. It's kind of like patting your head and rubbing your tummy." He says it's best to start young because when you're three or four, you're adventurous and ready to learn. "Adults aren't in the learning mode anymore," he says. Although,

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Peace in the Valleyheart Justin Rutledge goes for lyrical and musical economy Mon, Feb 25 (8 pm) Justin Rutledge The Artery, $17 (advance), $20 (door)


don't have any answers, and I think that sort of fuels my writing," Justin Rutledge admits. "When I sit down to write a song, I'm trying to ask a question and I'm trying to work out a type of answer in a different kind of way. I think each song is me trying to figure something out, and by the end of the song I've come a little closer to figuring it out, but it still eludes me." Rutledge is speaking about his songwriting in general, but more specifically

Are you looking at me?

about Valleyheart, his first solo album since 2010's Hawksley Workman-produced The Early Widows. The new record is a natural extension of the four that came before it, centering around a gently paced set of songs that emphasize and support the lyrics rather than burying them. Right from the start Rutledge has penned words that are almost equally at home in song or sitting there on the page. "I think my strength is definitely in the words," he contines. "I'm trying to actually say something, but at the same time I'm trying to work out certain ideas in my own head. These songs are actually me trying to figure something out as well." But while he's attentive with the lyrics, Rutledge doesn't simply apply a musical background to a set of poems, explaining that he usually starts with the melody first when it comes to songwriting, then working the tune over and over in his head until he settles on the final version. "It takes me a little while to get to know a song and to figure out what to do with it, and that sort of requires a lot of patience," he says. "I like to give myself about six months with a song. "I'm continuously revisiting them and scrapping different versions," he continues. "'Amen America' is only two verses and they're four lines each, so I struggled with that song because, how do I say what I want to say in eight lines and have it make sense? So on Valleyheart there's an economy that I was dealing with that was very difficult for me because I wanted to maintain a certain degree of space and breath in

the songs, so writing the lyrics for them was really a challenge because I didn't have a lot of time in the songs to say what I wanted to say." Rutledge also changed up producers on Valleyheart after making The Early Widows with Workman, explaining that he had originally planned on coproducing the album but took it upon himself as he realized that he was sure of how he wanted this record to sound. "It's all about taste," he says. "There's a certain vision. You hire a producer because you want to hear a certain thing a certain way. That's why I worked with Hawksley on the last record: I really dug his attitude and he really liked the songs. But for this one I felt really sure about what I wanted to hear and I really enjoyed carving that out on my own." The approach that Rutledge took with producing Valleyheart was similar to what he did with the lyrics: he was after a sense of economy, making an effort to leave space for not only the lyrics to breathe, but also the instruments. "One of the toughest things to do is tell a musician not to play, and that's what I did with this record," he explains. "When we were doing some of the overdubs I would let Burke [Carroll, pedal steel guitarist] or Kendel [Carson, fiddler] do their thing and I would say, 'Well, play about 75 percent less than that.' "Just because you have a banjo player doesn't mean there should be a banjo all the time. Just because you got a great guitar player doesn't mean there should be guitar all the time," he continues. "I wanted everything musically and lyrically to say something on this record."

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King Dylan Fri, Feb 22 (8 pm) With Boombox Saints, Jaide Haven Social Club, $10 With a career steadily on the rise thanks to a $15 000 grant from Calgary's AMP Radio Rockstar contest, mounting songwriting accolades and a spot at this year's 2013 Canadian Music Fest in Toronto, hiphop artist Dylan Roberts, or King Dylan as he's better known, is marking another accomplishment with the release of his fourth studio album, Searching for the

Sun. Before hitting the stage in Edmonton, he shared his Firsts, Lasts and Favourites with Vue. First album New Kids On The Block, Step By Step First concert Weird Al Yankovic in 1994 Last album K-os , BLack on BLonde Last concert Sonic Boom 2012 – Linkin Park, fun., Silversun Pickups ... (Local shows aren't really "concerts" to me, so I didn't include those).

Favourite album It's a tie between Tech n9ne, Everready: The Religion and Breaking Benjamin, Phobia. Favourite musical guilty pleasure Nickelback V


Feb. 21 - 23, JOANNE JANZEN • Feb. 26 - 27, DERINA HARVEY

WEM The King himself // Suzanne Sagmeister

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Sailing the musical seas

Sat, Feb 23 (9 pm) With Rattle Rattle, The Moas, Anorak Slang Wunderbar, $10


hen do we start to acknowledge that our clock is ticking? And ticking maybe just a little bit faster than we want or expected. A nostalgic mood, coupled with an impending birthday or a momentous occasion normally does the trick. As Boats vocalist Mat Klachefsky settles into his thirties, mortality

is not only on this mind these days, but it also weaves itself around the crunchy, yet catchy, indie-pop on the Winnipeg-based band's third album, A Fairway Full of Miners. "You think when you're 30 you're going to have shit figured out, but I guess not," Klachefsky says. "Instead I'm going to waste my time playing in silly rock bands and go broke." A mix of giddy explorative meanderings, sprinkled with witty one-liners coupled with zig-zagging instrumental flourishes, and straight up three-

minute pop ditties, Miners—at least thematically—concedes that, well, we all get older. "I have a good analogy," Klachefsky says. "The first album was basically saying 'Let's go run around and bash our heads together in a field.' The second album was more like 'Wow, I can't believe how much that hurt and how we're all covered in blood now.' And then the third album is more 'Now we're going to die in the field.'" The record is as raw as that sounds, but in a playful way. With a little bouncy glockenspiel, a few sing-a-long chants and lines like, "I'm coming over to jump on your bed and break your dishes," gleefully delivered by Klachesky's notably high singing voice, there is an exuberance that belies, perhaps, the band's refusal to surrender. "Very rarely would I see a piece of writing that's deadly serious and dry and interesting," he says. "I'm more interested in really short one-liners, interesting turns of phrase, nonsequiturs and taking stuff out of context. That's just the current stuff that I like to read, so that's what I like to write." There's an edge of humour, but a sharp, steep kind of edge to the songs, and according to Klachefsky, the creative process hasn't left him with any deep insights when it comes to reflecting upon our mortal state. "I don't think it helped," he sighs. "I don't think I found any answers." KATHLEEN BELL



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punk ROCK




Fri, Feb 22 (8 pm) With No Problem and L.A.M.S. Pawn Shop, $15


OA has said goodbye before. On December first, 1990, the band played the Commodore in Vancouver. It was billed as DOA's last show, the finality of which lasted about 19 months. So this, the band's second goodbye, coming some 22 years after its first as frontman Joe Keithley looks to make a serious run at politics, doesn't seem any more permanent. Especially not to him. "I'm a really big fan of Pete Seeger, and I take a lot of cues from him," Keithley begins. "That guy taught people to play banjo, he saved folk music, he's a great songwriter, he's an activist for good and just causes— and he's still going. He's 93, still playing. And if I can do one-quarter of what he's done in my life, I think I'll have done pretty good. "What I'm saying is I will never stop playing guitar or writing songs or doing stuff till I die," he continues. "Now, with this election thing coming up, I'm confident I can win this, so I told people, 'I'll see you in four years, eight years or 12 years,' depending on what the people in Coquitlam think. It's up to them, it's not up to me." The man whose band helped found the modern punk-rock movement is seeking nomination for the provincial NDP in Coquitlam, BC (population: 126 456 as of 2011). The particular district he's running in, Burke-Mountain, was only created in 2008 after a district redistribution crafted it out of the three surrounding districts. It's currently held by liberal MLA Douglas Horne; if Keithley were to win it, it'd be new territory for the NDP. That isn't even so much of a pipe dream, either: the party came second there in the 2009 election, earning 35 percent of the vote to Horne's 57 percent. And Keithley does have that crucial recognition factor: by his count, he's already knocked on some 2000 doors, and within that, found himself recognized at about one in five houses. "That didn't mean they were fans of DOA," he clarifies, "but they just knew my track record, that ,'Yeah, you guys have stood up for some good things.'

That kind of thing. So obviously that really helped. And there were people who didn't know me, and I sat there and talked." This isn't Keithley's first run at politics. In '96 and then again in 2001, Keithley was on the slate for the BC Green Party, though now as he sees it, "It's a single-issue party. And they don't have a concrete fiscal policy and they don't have a concrete policy on social issues," he admits. "So, I quit them because I believe the NDP has the best overall policy on both those areas. And environmentally as well."

we're really talking about trying to change things. We stood up to nuclear weapons testing, proliferation of nuclear weapons, stood up to racism, sexism, gave benefits to environmental causes. And a lot of times, these benefit things were done under great peril, before they had become the celebrity cause of the week. "So, y'know, I think people acknowledge that: I learned a lot out of punk rock,"

We're getting a little ahead of ourselves, here: there are still hurdles left to get over before he can even challenge the elected seat. Keithley's first challenge is beating out the two other NDP hopefuls to represent the party in that district (that preliminary election will happen on March 3). And even if he does claim the nomination, Keithley's well aware how some might feel about an ex-punk rocker writing legislation instead of three-chord protest songs. "With some people it's a real leap," he says. "Some people don't get it, absolutely, and I accept that. So then it's up to me to convince them that this makes sense, right? For them to meet me personally, or hear me talk, or whatever. ... If you put aside the stereotypical media image from the old days—I guess Sid Vicious would best personify that kind of image of punk: guy has a tragic life, ODs, blah blah blah—but if you think about the real activism in it, bands like the Clash, DOA, Bad Brains, Dead Kennedys, those kind of bands,

Keithley continues. "For example, I don't even call myself a punk. I think that's for somebody in their teens or 20s. I happen to play in one of the best-known punk bands. But in reality, I'm a middle-class guy, and I wanted to be a civil rights lawyer when I was a kid, and I got diverted by music for 30 years, so I never became a lawyer." Keithley talks about his politics with a mix of established integrity and hopeful idealism: use of buzzwords like "McJobs" aside, his primary focus is on education, and he acknowledges democracy is a compromise (and chalks up his time spent playing in and managing bands to enhancing his negotiation skills). He believes in the sort of grassroots politics that includes activism and involvement beyond the ballot box— something a lot of other politicans have

talked about, certainly, but given DOA's motto has always been "Talk minus Action equals Zero," it'd be pretty hard for him to come back to the punks if he shirked his responsibilities in office. In that way, he's actually putting a lifetime of credibility on the line. Keithley thinks his strength as a candidate lies in connecting with those feeling disenfranchised with democracy. In his door-to-door campaigning, he's already found some success with convincing those unconcerned with politics to sign up for his cause. "I've met a lot of middle-aged people that said, 'OK, I've given up on democracy, all you guys are liars.' Or I've met a lot of young people who've said, 'You know what? I've never voted.' So to both of those groups of people as I met 'em, I would say, '«Give me five minutes, and I'm going to try and talk you into participating in democracy again.' And I was successful with about 50 percent of those people, in signing them up to support my campaign." So whether his career change is a temporary blip or a full 12-year engagement, Keithley notes these final tour dates with the band haven't been particularly emotional ones. It's the camraderie and usually-friendly arguments with the band that he'll miss the most (he's a Canucks fan, his drummer's partial to the Flames and his bass player's an Oilers guy), as well as the thrill of charging up an audience. The way scheduling worked out, DOA's already played its final hometown Vancouver dates, leaving this stint into the Canadian prairie hinterland as the band's final charge. But again, the finality of that is only for now. And even if this is DOA's long goodbye, ending in Banff of all places, what comes in its aftermath seems just as much an extension of Keithley's worldview as any song he's written. "I didn't get all choked up or anything like that, right?" he says. "I've been a social activist, and somebody who's been trying to work for positive change in Canada and this world for about the last 35 years. So going into politics—if I'm successful—seems like a natural extension of that. " PAUL BLINOV


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Farewell to Elevation Room Wed, Feb 27 (8 pm) With The Joe, Doug Hoyer, Ghost Cousin, Tyler Butler Elevation Room, admission by donation


urs is a city plagued with a shortage of venues, and we're about to lose another. Elevation Room, a relatively new upstart in the city, found in the basement of Transcend's Jasper location, is shuttering. Rather, Transcend is leaving the location to focus on its other spaces, and with it goes the underground venue. As a space, it seemed a rare overlap of perks: Elevation Room was both all-ages and licensed, didn't charge artists to use the space, only started taking a tiny cut of the door (to pay for the sound guy) recently and, Joe Gurba notes, it had the upstairs café to let people converse, while music played below. "People come to shows for two reasons: they want to experience art, and they want to experience fellowship, I guess," Gurba, who'd been booking the room, offers. "And so the two usually conflict, because if you're trying to talk to someone and music's playing, or rather you're trying to listen to music and someone's talking ... that problem didn't exist at the Elevation Room. People could talk upstairs and get their

drinks upstairs, and that whole part could happen up there. And downstairs people could watch shows." Gurba notes the financial viability of the space wasn't an issue; after a booming debut and a somewhat shaky summer, it had settled into a comfortable rhythm of well-attended shows. He chalks the slow summer up to his own booking, relying on Wunderbar regulars more than crafting a new audience around the space. "Elevation Room didn't have time to cultivate its own community that just came to shows because it was there," he says. "Whereas Wunderbar totally had that, and I was booking the kinds of bands that would play there. So if I was a person who had to choose between going to two shows, I'm going to go to the place I feel familar with, that's in my neighbourhood." Once he started drawing in acts less frequently seen, Gurba saw his audiences grow in accordance. Will another space spring up in the aftermath of Elevation Room? Possibly, though Gurba notes that even if it does, it'll likely be under a new name. "I think the key to live music, and why it's important, is that it actually exists in time and space," he says. "I approach this very philosophically: I think we're alienated from one-an-

Elevation Room: off to the great venue depository in the sky // Meaghan Baxter

other by capitalism. I think we have to access nature through our wages, and our wages are in the hands of other people, and things aren't obviously as bad as they were in Victorian England, but we do have to compete with one another. And I think that art is this really magical place, much like education or religion or anything else that can escape the relationship of money: if you can be in a place where you can connect with other humans, without that as a me-

diator, but just as two human beings experiencing art in the same place at the same time, then you are alleviating this alienation. "What I think is that community is the only real morality, in my opinion," he continues. "In my opinion, all things that are conducive to community are morally good. And live music is very conducive to that. That's why, for me, it very much exists in space. So if you move the space, change the name, you make it a new space. "

To give the space that was Elevation Room a proper send off, Gurba's giving it a farewell hurrah: its final show will include sets by Ghost Cousin, Tyler Butler, Doug Hoyer and Gurba himself. "It's all people who've worked to make that place possible," he says. "All those people have done something at some point to keep that place going in its downstairs capacity. If any of the baristas played, I'd get them too." PAUL BLINOV



Maximum Cavalera Tour Sat, Feb 23 (8 pm) With Soulfly, Incite, Lody Kong Starlite Room, $27.50


n some families, declaring your aspiration to be in a metal band and pursuing that career may be shrugged off as a pipe dream, but not in the Cavalera household. There, metal is a way of life, and there was no question that Max Cavalera's sons would follow in the footsteps of dear old dad. "We are metal to the bone in this house," states Max over the phone before the first day of the Maximum Cavalera tour featuring his everchanging outfit Soulfy along with his stepson Richie's band Incite and Lody Kong, featuring his sons Igor and Zyon. "There's metal coming from all the rooms, and all we talk about from morning to night is music and projects we are doing, so it's a completely different family structure than the regular, typical family ... it's kind of chaotic, but I wouldn't do it any other way." Exuding pride for his brood of up-andcoming musicians, Max notes his son Zyon will be manning the drums for Soulfly once again on this tour—a position he's taken over since the band's former drummer, David Kinkade, departed earlier in 2012. Max's sons also


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joined him in the studio during the recording of Soulfly's last album Enslaved for the track "Revengeance," a tribute to Max's stepson Dana Wells, who died in 1997. While this tour is a dream come true of sorts for Max, who admits he always hoped his children would grow up to be musicians, he continually reiterates to them to just have fun and enjoy what they do— no pressure. "Enjoy music for the sake of music and that by itself should be rewarding. We don't make a lot of money doing this, but it's something we love to do; we have a passion for it," he adds. "If they really love it, they should go on, and it's going to be hard. There's tough things on the way, but the rewards are really great ... if they work hard, it will pay off later." MEAGHAN BAXTER //


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Ariane Moffatt Sat, Feb 23 (8 pm) Paramount Theatre


fter exploring some new linguistic and conceptual territory on her fourth full-length album, MA, Montréal-based singer-songwriter Ariane Moffatt continues to expand her sonic palette, giving six of MA's

Remixed and revamped //Maude Aresenault

11 tracks a new lease on life through an ethereal and hypnotic collection of remixes. MA marked the first recording by Moffatt sung in English and French, a step influenced by her Mile End neighbourhood, where both languages are prevalent, and she found herself switching between the two on a regular basis. Regardless of the back and forth between languages, the central theme centering around the Japanese concept of MA—essentially the invisible space between things and seeing it as reality—ran throughout. However, she notes continuing to express this theme, a reflection of the contemplative approach to her creative process at the time, was not the goal with the remixed album. "I think you can feel in the music some kind of vibey thing that can relate to ma, but with the remixes, there's something hypnotic that can maybe make you think of flying in your imagination ... everyone can find the ma in it if they can, but I don't think there's necessarily a


close relation," Moffatt says over the phone during a hectic morning where she has nine interviews in the span of two hours. The mastermind reinventing Moffatt's songs to create the dream-like disc was Poirier, Montréal's go-to guy for underground beats. Moffatt wrote, produced, published and played the majority of the instruments on the original version of the album, but says the "maternal" way she has with the tracks was a motivator to give them a second chance under new guidance, and potentially broaden her audience in the process. "We didn't aim for dance, for clubbing. As my way of listening to music, I like to feel a balance of something that is more ambient and can be listened to as much on low volume as on high in the car, so I wanted it to be groovy and moody and not necessarily banging," Moffat notes, adding that entrusting someone else with songs she had developed independently from start to finish was not a difficult feat. "Once a song is done, it has an identity and then you take parts, you pull it apart, but everything can start all over again. When you decide to take a path with songwriting or arrangements, you take one of the infinite paths you could have taken ... there's so much possibility that it's not a question of trust; it's a question of letting go." // MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM

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hat goes better with good energy than drinking beer and pretty ladies?" laughs Alterra drummer Keith Tib. Adrenaline-pumping energy, partyrocking good vibes and of course, an appreciation for the ladies are pivotal themes of the local rock group's debut EP, aptly titled Amateur Night. "It's clearly about strippers," notes guitarist/vocalist Steve Lemay. "That's the theme of a lot of the songs we have—sleaze rock ... that's what I was raised on. I listened to Mötley Crue and Guns N' Roses growing up, and we all like going to the strippers and drinking beer, so it works out." The unapologetic, unabashed approach to music, designed to get the blood pumping and the party shaking, doesn't mean Alterra can't get serious at times, but even these tracks manage to strike a balance and not get too heavy. Lemay says the key is telling













Sat, Feb 23 (8 pm) With One Day Late, Rend, Transista Pawn Shop, $10






stories—and each song has one—but keeping it general and simple enough for fans to relate to in their own way. Lemay adds even though the band is just finally releasing its debut EP, a full-length album may not be far behind. The fun-loving sensibility portrayed in Alterra's music stems to its interactions as group. Things are kept lighthearted and have evolved into a collaborative effort from the early days, when Lemay was the lead songwriter and struggling to keep a solid lineup together. "I always thought that once I found the right lineup, it would be something important," he notes. "I had a lack of talent, lack of commitment from people, people just not showing up, and then we finally got the right group of guys and I still feel that way. We don't argue, we just gel really well together and we're on the same musical page, too." Tib has been the newest addition to the group, stepping out of his death

metal background for straight-up rock. The transition has been a learning curve in his approach to drumming, had to be pared down from the limbs-flying, high-octane speed he was used to. However, he notes the band has been supportive in the process, made simpler by the fact that Tib was already very familiar with the guys already in the group. "Rock music, it's really about the energy, the groove. It's not about having the fastest hands and the fastest feet and doing all the polyrhythmic technical stuff you do in death metal," explains Tib, noting he'd often get compared to Animal from The Muppets for his tendencies behind the kit. Now, instead of being honed-in solely on maintaining a blistering pace, he can interact with the crowd and help drive the party. "When I say party, it's not like I get drunk when I play. It's more crowd interaction ... it's about making it a more personal experience now with the crowd."





















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Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell Old Yellow Moon (Nonesuch)  Emmylou Harris can make any song better than it was. That's a fact. She sing, it improves. But that doesn't mean every album she's ever been

Atoms for Peace Amok (XL)  Imagine the waves of an electronic tide going in and out; visualize the multiple elements of Thom Yorke's  rickety career; picture a supergroup of musicians whose only real need to perform is to fulfil a passion to have an impromptu experiment. Somewhere in that mix comes this new mindmelt.    Taking many cues from many places—including Flea's  ability to morph into  robot, showing off his best  Burial  basslines, the wired-andglitched-out pace  of  a  Flying Lotus brought on by longtime Radiohead

on is a great album. This duet record with former bandmate Rodney Crowell, however, is a great album. With a set of songs made up of covers and Crowell originals, and a band that never oversteps its bounds—there's not a note out of place here—Harris and Crowell are left to intertwine their voices, wringing more nuance out of the words than seems possible. The more melancholic songs stand out—"Open Season On My Heart" and "Back When We Were Beautiful" are particularly moving— but even the relatively plain, steady thumping country blues number "Black Caffeine" is elevated by the duo's playful vocal interaction. EDEN MUNRO


Rachel Zeffira The Deserters (Paper Bag Records)  "One day we'll meet again / One day we'll speak like we did back then," begins Rachel Zeffira on her debut solo album. With that initial farewell, Zeffira, a classical trained opera singer and pianist, as well as one half of Cat's Eyes, along with Horrors frontman Faris Badwan, sets the tone for what lies ahead on this orchestral-pop disc. With a blend of dexterous piano arrangements punctuated by woodwind and string accompaniment, The Deserters is melancholic, yet hopeful in its ethereal elegance. MEAGHAN BAXTER


Buckcherry Confessions (Century Media)

producer Nigel Godrich, and the layer-upon-layer of drumming pulsation inspired by what can only be described as Fela Kuti hammering out a Four Tet single—Amok might be the most  expressive and untamed  thing the Radiohead frontman has touched.  Yorke's slickest version of himself is a calm voice over a hysterical sea at its most glorious moments.  By no means a rock album, lesser than an electronic  thaw, Amok frantically lands—for those who require the Radiohead comparison—somewhere between the electro trials of a sped-up Amnesiac and Kid A, and perhaps the most-agreeable-to-themost-people of  Yorke's  ever-changing list, The Eraser.   Amok  is an incredibly atmospheric creature: incredibly dark in sound, yet vibrant in character, especially as the levels reveal themselves. As spontaneous as can be imagined, as organic and unarranged as can be expected, Atoms for Peace has created a feral dance of an album.

Excess. That's what Buckcherry is all about. At least that's the song the band's been singing since its 1999 debut (remember "I love the cocaine / I love the cocaine"?). In a post-grunge world the band sunk its sonic hooks into enough ears that they've kept at it for six albums now, and on the musical side they assert themselves fairly well: there's a lot of generic hard rock throughout Confessions, but there are also some inspired solos and other bits scattered throughout. Vocally, though, the group sounds hamstrung by singer Josh Todd's limited range—intentional or not—when it comes to melodies, and his continuing efforts to out-sleaze the words of 2006's "Crazy Bitch." On Confessions he wraps it all up in an uncomfortable blanket of rock-opera pomp, meaning that Buckcherry doesn't even tap into the illusion of a good time on this record, instead wallowing in the waste of excess.








Tegan and Sara Hearthrob (Warner) @VueWeekly: An album that, with any other name, by any other bubblegum pop group, would make Ke$ha's producer happy. Oh, wait.

Foals Holy Fire (Warner) @VueWeekly: 3rd album from the Brit indie band who could—veers towards the math and technical side. Many repeated listens to take this all in.

K-os BLack on BLonde (Universal) @VueWeekly: K-os takes on the double album, comes out with a lot of songs that shouldn't have made a single album.

Fleetwood Mac Rumours Deluxe Edition (Warner) @VueWeekly: Hey! The 1st song on this album is better than most entire albums. Now in deluxe edition.


VUEWEEKLY FEB 21 – FEB 27, 2013



Winter Roots Roundup IV Thu, Feb 21 – Sun, Feb 24 A weekend of music, workshops and film showcasing some of the best in contemporary and traditional folk and roots music. There's a lot of great stuff happening. Check out the schedule at and then get out and see something. (Festival Place)

Eric Bibb & Habib Koité Fri, Feb 22 (7:30 pm) American blues artist Eric Bibb joins Malian singer-songwriter Habib Koité at the Arden after the seemingly opposite pair first came together through the recording Mali to Memphis in 1999. (Arden Theatre, $40)


Two Violins Fri, Feb 22 and Sat, Feb 23 (7 pm Friday; 8 pm Saturday) No sibling rivalry here. Timothy and Nikki Chooi of Victoria, BC, will be showing off their solo violin chops as well as accompanying the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra in Symphony No. 2 Water, the latest work by Composer in Residence, Robert Rival. (Winspear Centre, $20 – $79)

Reefer Madness Sun, Feb 24 (8 pm) When a church group funded a 1936 film declaring marijuana Public Enemy No. 1, little did they know it'd turn out to be a cult classic. Now converted to a silent film for the occasion, Reefer Madness gets its audio revamped with accompaniment by local audio artist fl3m, featuring guests Shawn Pinchbeck, Marion Garver Fredrickson and Allison Blacetis. (Wunderbar, $8)



THU FEB 21 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Accent European Lounge Live Music Every Thu; this week: Lindsey Walker and Lauren Bushiekin ART STREAM CENTRE Art Fuse–an explosion of local word, image and sound; every Thu, 7-9pm; featuring authors, artists, artisans, muscians, and open mic; 780.425.9303, E: artstream@ BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Big Dave McLean, Tim Williams; 8:30pm; $20 BLUES ON WHYTE Grady Champion BOHEMIA Rude Geeks, Detroit, Black Dracula, Half Dalmatian BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: every weekday with Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie and guests; 4-7pm; no cover BRIXX Hosted by Christan and Justin of the Canyon Rose Outfit: The Ultimate open stage, open jam, open turntables E: for info CAFÉ HAVEN Music every Thu; 7pm

CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm COMMON Uncommon Thu: Bangers Revisited–A Metal & Punk Night; host DJ GHK and DJ Jaycie Jayce; 9pm (music); no cover COOK COUNTY Pony Up Thu: Country, Rock Anthems and Top 40 Classics with Mourning Wood THE BOWER Thu: Back to Mine: Hip hop, funk, soul, rare groove, disco and more with Junior Brown and DJ Mumps DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm DV 8 Waves Upon Us, Brendan Byers, Gord Tober; 9pm EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Open Jam Nights: Musicians are invited to come and join Jammin' Jeff Millar and Trish Jameson alternate hosting; $5 FANDANGOS Charlie Major FESTIVAL PLACE Winter Roots Roundup: Grateful Dead night with Tacoy Ryde, guests; 7:30pm; Film: Grateful Dead Backstage Pass at 7pm; $28 (theatre)/$30 (box)/$32 (table) at box office HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Edmonton Nerd Nite; $10 (adv)/$15 (door) J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm

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The Beauties Sun, Feb 24 (8 pm) This Toronto honky-tonk band started out in 2006 with a weekly Sunday-night show in a basement bar. Word spread quickly about the raucous live show and before long the Beauties had outgrown their basement home and took their ragged tunes out into the world. (Haven Social Club, $7 in advance, $10 at the door) Meshuggah Tue, Feb 26 (7:30 pm) Swedish metal-heads Meshuggah don't mess around. Mainstream success be damned, the fourpiece storms ahead with its complex, polymetered song structures and fusion of death, thrash and progressive metal with jazz fusion elements. Oh yeah, and they can rock eight-string guitars. (Union Hall, $33.50)

JAVA EXPRESS–Stony Plain Acoustic/singer songwriter the 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7-10pm; no cover JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Mike Letto (acoustic rock); 8pm; $10 KELLY'S PUB Jameoke Night, karaoke with a live band the Nervous Flirts; every Thu, 8pm-12am

THE RIG Every Thu Jam hosted by Lorne Burnstick; 8pm-close SHELL THEATRE–Fort Saskatchewan Denis Chang Manouche Quartet: 7:30pm: $24.50 (adult)/$22.50 (senior/ youth); Jazz Guitar Workshop with Denis Chang: 3:30pm, $25, preregister: 780.992.6627, E:

L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

WUNDERBAR The Tequila Mockingbird Orchestra, close Talker; 9pm; $15



NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w djwtf– rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam

NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu; contact John Malka 780.447.5111 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm2am every Thu; no cover

CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close THE COMMON Uncommon Thursday: Rotating Guests each week

Bunker Thursdays LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Fri ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE Wild Life Thursdays RENDEZVOUS Metal night every Thu SET NIGHTCLUB Hennessy–The Global Art of Mixing: Electro-House innovator DJ/Producer Lazy Rich with DJ Mikey Wong; 9pm UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous

FRI FEB 22 ARDEN THEATRE Eric Bibb and Habib Koite, Brothers in Bamako; 7:30pm; $40 at TicketMaster ARTERY The Noble Thiefs, Neighborhood Archers, Ghost Cousin; 8pm; $10 (adv)

PAWN SHOP The Pharcyde, guests; 8pm; $25 (adv) at unionevents. com,, Blackbyrd

CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests

PUB 1824 Sinder Sparks Show; 8-12pm

DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm

RED PIANO Every Thu: Dueling pianos at 8pm

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Thu

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Kerri Lynn Zwicker, Harp Rouge; 8:30pm; $20

RICHARD'S PUB Live R&B bands (dancing); 8pm

FILTHY MCNASTY’S Taking Back Thursdays

BLUES ON WHYTE Grady Champion

KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover

BO DIDDLEY'S ROADHOUSE The Nervous Flirts host Nerd Night (dress and attire theme evening);

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


ATLANTIC TAP Jimmy Whiffen AVENUE THEATRE Cultured by Fire, A Land Apart, Maskless; 7pm; $15 (adv)

VUEWEEKLY FEB 21– FEB 27, 2013



on the Square

BOHEMIA Ramshackle Day Parade

NEW CITY LEGION The Weekend Kids, Freshman Years (EP release), Dangercat, Good Friday Brawl; 9pm

BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: every weekday with Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie and guests; 4-7pm; no cover BRIXX Early Show: The Fringe, People Call it Home, 7pm, $5; Late show: Silence Be Damned: Goth/ Industrial with DJs Siborg and Gotthavok, 8pm, $5 CAFÉ TIRAMISU Lionel Rault; 7-9pm; no cover CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Live music every Fri; Ahmed Knowmadic (by donation) all ages; 7:30pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON Dean Ray (country rock) CASINO YELLOWHEAD All the Rage (rock) CENTURY CASINO Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone; 8pm

NOORISH CAFÉ Bruce Ziff ON THE ROCKS Heather McKenzie Band OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP D.O.A. Farewell Tour (punk); No Problem, L.A.M.S., Panik Attak RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am RENDEZVOUS PUB Netherward, Moosifix, Reverend Kill, Leave the Living, Anubian; 8pm; $12 (door) ROSE & CROWN PUB Stuart Bendall

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri STARLITE ROOM KLUB OMFG 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 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

ST BASIL’S CULTURAL CENTRE Little Miss Higgins; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $18 at Acoustic Music Shop, TIX on the Square

UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri

SET NIGHTCLUB–WEM Shawn Desman, Anjulie

Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

DV8 Civil Savage, Runeblade; 9:pm

SIDELINERS PUB Sharkfist; 9pm; no cover


ELEVATION ROOM Paul Stewart, Matthew A. Wilkinson, Jom Comyn, The Royal Iguana Fur; 8pm; $8

WUNDERBAR Dance Party with DJs Renny Wilson and Mitchmatic

CHRISTCITY CHURCH Watoto Children’s Choir (Africa), guests; benefit for Hope Mission, Watoto Children's Choir Christian Blind Mission and Silent Auction (5pm), 7pm (music); $15-$30

ENCORE–WEM Meek Mill, Harvey Stripes; 8:30pm (door); $39.99-$59.99 at TicketMaster, Shadified (N & S), Soular, Foosh

YARDBIRD SUITE Suite Blues: Steve Strongman; 8pm (Door), 9pm (show); $18 (member), $22 (guest) at


FESTIVAL PLACE Mickey Hart and his Band, the African Showboyz; 7:30pm; $50 (tabsle)/$44 (box)/$38 (theatre) at Festival Place box office

WINSPEAR Two Violins: William Eddins (conductor), Nikki Chooi and Timothy Chooi (violins); 7:30pm; $20-$79 at Winspear box office

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Boombox Saints (CD Release), King Dylan, Jaide; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$15 (door)


HIGH RUN SPORTS PUB Duo Exhaust (classic rock); HORIZON STAGE The Navigators JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Between Brothers (indie rock), Charles Munga and James of Dark Wood; $10 L.B.'SPUB The Cool Dads; 9:30pm-2am LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover MACLAB CENTRE–Leduc Denis Chang Manouche Quartette (Gypsy jazz); 7:30pm; $22 (student/senior)$27 (adult) at TIX

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels THE BOWER Zukunft: Indie and alternative with Dusty Grooves, Fraser Olsen, Taz, and Josh Johnson THE COMMON Good Fridays: nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Justin Foosh THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri

ARTERY NQ Arbuckle (folk rock), guests; 8pm; $10 (adv) ATLANTIAC TAP The Navigators, Jimmy Whiffen; 8pm; $20 (door) AVENUE THEATRE Co-creation Celebration: local music and art; 8pm; $10 (adv) BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Ayla Brook (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Roy Forbes; 8:30pm; $25 BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: Grady Champion BOHEMIA Art + Muzak: featuring Nicky Lyka, Little Blue, Jordan Fritz THE BOWER Marlon English; 8pm (door) BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Blue Montegos (Canadian folk, R&B), Rooster Davis; 8:30pm; $10 (adv) BRIXX BAR The Hustle, Los Calaveras, the Classified CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK Mr Potato Head CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2 CASINO EDMONTON Dean Ray

(country rock) CASINO YELLOWHEAD All the Rage (rock) CENTURY CASINO Herman's Hermits Starring Peter Noone; 8pm 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) DV8 Lucid Skies, Kataplexis, Rude Geeks, Preschool Shooting; 8pm (door), 10pm (show) ELEVATION ROOM Nuela Charles, Fendercase, Jess Smith and Bo Aganaba; 8pm; $8 (adv)/$10 (door) EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ Open stage jam with host Tommaso Zillio (Edmonton Guitar); last Sat each month, 2-5pm; admission by donation FESTIVAL PLACE Winter Roots Roundup: Mickey Hart and his Band, the African Showboyz, 7:30pm, $50 (table)/$44 (box)/$38 (theatre); Panel Discussion with Mickey Hart: 2:30pm, $10 (door), pre-register at box office, 780.449.3378; Percussion lecture and demo by Ghana's African Showboyz: 12:30pm, $10 (door), pre-register; Café Series: Show: John Cohen with guests Byron Myhre and Matt Hotte, 7:30pm, $20; John Cohen Film Festival: 1pm, free, pre-register; Panel Discussion with Mickey Hart: 2:30pm, $10 (door), pre-register FILTHY MCNASTY'S Free Afternoon Concerts; 4pm FRANCO'S PUB–West End Callingwood Brendan Kelly (singer songwriter); 9pm; no cover GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Element Orange (alt rock), I Am Machi, guests; 8pm; $7 (adv)/$10 (door) HIGH RUN SPORTS PUB Duo Exhaust (classic rock) IRISH SPORTS AND SOCIAL CLUB Stan Gallant JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Rollanda Lee (jazz); $15 L.B.'S PUB Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm; Evening: Rule of Nines LEVEL 2 LOUNGE David Haley (CD release), Jay Cabrales; 9:30pm; $8 (incl free CD)

VENUE GUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave ALL SAINTS' CATHEDRAL 10035-103 St ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave ART STREAM CENTRE 11434-120 St AVENUE THEATRE 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLOCK 1912 10361-82 Ave BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BO DIDDLEY'S ROADHOUSE 11650-1423 St BOHEMIA 10217-97 St THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.4256 BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 1022597 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX BAR 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523,


9351-118 Ave, 780.471.1580

99 St

4308-50 St, Leduc

CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467

FILTHY MCNASTY’S 1051182 Ave, 780.916.1557

NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999

CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464-153 St, 780.424.9467

FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

NEW CITY 8130 Gateway Boulevard

CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000

FRANCO'S PUB–West End Callingwood 6627-177th St

NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St

CHA ISLAND TEA CO 1033281 Ave, 780.757.2482

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010

CHRISTCITY CHURCH 14788156 St COMMON 9910-109 St

HIGH RUN SPORTS PUB 4926-98 Ave, 780.440.2233

CROWN PUB 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618


DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB 901388 Ave, 780.465.4834

HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St,

DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928

J+H PUB (Overdraught Pub), 1919-105 St

DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain

780.995.7110, 780.452.1168

J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860

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 JOES–North 13509-127 St, 780.451.7799 O2'S–West 11066-156 St, 780.448.2255 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL 1086057 Ave

LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St ST BASIL’S CULTURAL CENTRE 10819-71 Ave SIDELINERS PUB 11018127 St SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 SPORTSMAN'S LOUNGE 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 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

PUB 1824 12402-118 Ave, 587.521.1824


KELLY'S PUB 10156-104 St

RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722

ENCORE–WEM WEM, Upper level (next to casino)

L.B.’S PUB 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100

WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414

RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825

WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St,

EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495

RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St

ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave

FANDANGO'S 12912 50 St, 780.406.1940

CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750-124 St

FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378



VUEWEEKLY FEB 21 – FEB 27, 2013

JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JOHN L. HAAR THEATRE– Grant MacEwan 10045-156 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

780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours. com YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St

LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm ON THE ROCKS Heather McKenzie Band

hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M 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;

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

SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests

PACIFIC CAFÉ Heart of Open Mic Night featuring Andrew Scott; 7pm; contact David at 780.424.2870

TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm

PAWN SHOP Alterra, One Day Late, Rend, Transista; 8pm; $10 (adv)

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

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

Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

ROSE & CROWN PUB Stuart Bendall STARLITE ROOM Maximun Cavalera tour Soulfly, Incite and Lody Kong; 8pm THE STUDIO Dead In Memphis, Stranger Danger, Once For All, Red Skull Ritual, Cliffjumper (hardcore, metal, southern rock); 9pm (music); no minors; $15 at 780.292.2728 WUNDERBAR Boats (Winnipeg), Rattle Rattle, The Moas (Saskatoon), Anorak Slang YARDBIRD SUITE Suite Blues: Steve Strongman; 8pm (Door), 9pm (show); $18 (member), $22 (guest) at

Classical HOLY TRINITY ANGLICAN CHURCH Repleti Sunt Omnes: I Coristi Chamber Choir, Trent Worthington (conductor), Ariane Lowrey, (accompanist); 7:30pm; $18 (adult)/$13 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square WEST END CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH Come, Rest Awhile: Vocal Alchemy; 7pm; $15 (adult)/$12 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/Electro/ Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr. Erick THE BOWER For Those Who Know...: House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests THE COMMON Get Down It's Saturday Night: House and disco and everything in between with resident Dane DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm

SUN FEB 24 BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett

BLUES ON WHYTE Andrew Jr Boy Jones


BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays with host Mark Feduk; $5 after 8pm; this week guests: Frankie Mcqueen, Matchbreaker, Joey D

WINSPEAR CENTRE 60th Anniversary Gala Concert: Edmonton Youth Orchestra:, Richard Eaton Singers, Michael Massey (conductor); 2pm; $16.75 (adv adult)/$11.75 (adv student/senior) at TIX on the Square

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am

ARTERY Justin Rutledge, the Provincial Archive; 8pm; $17 (adv)/$20 (day of )

CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK Mr Potato Head CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session; every Sun, 7pm CITY HALL Swing 'n' Skate: Skate to live swing band; River City Big Band 1-4pm; 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 FESTIVAL PLACE Winter Roots Roundup: Women of Folkways: 7:30pm, $32 (box)/$30 (table)/$28 (theatre); Ukrainian bandura workshop with Julian Kytasty, 1pm, free, pre-register; Roy's Record Room: 3pm, $10 (door), pre-register; Film: McDades: 4:30pm, $10 (door), preregister HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB The Beauties, Darrek Anderson and the Wendel Clarks; 8pm; $7 (adv)/$10 (door) MUTTART HALL Synergy: 'uf Sed, FORM, J***Word; 2pm; $16 (adult)/$13 (student) at door, 780.482.764

O2 JOES–North Sunday Jam hosted by Andrew White; 4pm

LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am ON THE ROCKS Short of Able 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 Reefer

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

ALL SAINTS' CATHEDRAL Canadian Connections: Pro Coro Canada hosts the Vancouver Chamber Choir with Joh Washburn; 2:30pm; tickets at Winspear box office, 780.428.1414

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

LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno

RED STAR Indie rock, hip

YARDBIRD SUITE Steve Kuhn/Buster Williams, Joey Baron; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $24 (member), $28 (guest) at


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

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

Travellers: Tim Williams and Big Dave McLean; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $20 at box office

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Sunday Brunch: PM Bossa; 10am2:30pm; donations

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

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

Madness in Fl3mscape with Shawn Pinchbeck, Garver Fredrickson, Allison Balcetis; $8

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Ross Neilsen (blues); 10pm; no cover BLOCK 1912 Monday Music night: Barnabas Siwila and Daniel Etorama; 7:30pm BLUES ON WHYTE Andrew Jr Boy Jones BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: every weekday with Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie and guests; 4-7pm; no cover DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm FANDANGO'S Open mic Music Industry Night every Mon OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Monday Open Stage

TUE FEB 26 ATLANTIC TAP Open mic with Elain Hais BAILEY THEATRE– Camrose Tuesday Bluesday: Fellow


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



HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Michael Gress; 9pm


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

J+H PUB Acoustic openmichighthostedbyLorinLynne

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

JOHN L. HAAR THEATRE–Grant MacEwan Celsius, Bill Richards (piano) PierrePaul Bugeaud (bass) Jamie Philp (guitar), Gord Graber (drums), witih guests Craig Brenan (trombone), Bob Tildesley (trumpet); 7:30pm; $21.75 (adult)/$16.75 (student/ senior) at TIX on the Square

OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK The Campfire Hero's (acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover WUNDERBAR Souvs, Beekeeper (Vancouver), Cowpuncher; 9pm; $10 YARDBIRD SUITE Tue Night Sessions: Jeff Hendrick Quartet; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $5 at door

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: It’s One Too Many Tuesdays: Reggae, funk, soul, boogie and disco with Rootbeard 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

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

CROWN PUB A Sexy Night with DJ Pheonix and MJ with Sleepless DJ, DJ Breeze and more every Mon; 9pm-2am

ELEVATION ROOM The Joe, Doug Hoyer, Ghost Cousin, Tyler Butler; 8pm (door); donation


ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE Open Mic Night with Darrek Anderson from the Guaranteed; every Mon; 9pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay

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

J+H PUB Acoustic open mic night every Tue hosted by Lorin Lynne; Everyone will have 10-15 minutes to play

SUITE 69 Rockstar Tuesdays: Mash up and Electro with DJ Tyco, DJ Omes with weekly guest DJs


DV8 Whiskey Wagon, Utopian Skank; 9pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Open stage every Wed hosted by the Turtlenecks, 8:30pm, free

DRUID IRISH PUB Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters; 9pm

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio 780.456.8510

WUNDERBAR Low Class Karaoke with Host Jon Mick; 9pm

bring their personal touch to the mix every Wed


ARTERY Mad Bomber Society (punk, Reggae, ska), Raygun Cowboys, No Problem, Fire Next Time, Gyroiids, The Peavees; 6pm; $12 (adv) BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm BLUES ON WHYTE Andrew Jr Boy Jones BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Velvet Hour: every weekday with Bill Bourne, Moses Gregg, Matt Blackie and guests; 4-7pm; no cover CROWN PUB The Dan Jam: musical styles from around the globe with Miguel and friends; musicians are invited to

NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (nonmember) PUB 1824 Open jam session every Wed, 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 WUNDERBAR Miss Quincy and the Showdown (with Ross Neilsen); 9pm; $8 ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover

Classical WINSPEAR Horns of Haydn: William Eddins (conductor), George Li (piano); 7:30pm; $20-$69 at Winspear box office

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 THE COMMON The Wed Experience: Classics on Vinyl with Dane NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed



















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

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FREEWILL ASTROLOGY ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): In the course of her world travels, writer Jane Brunette has seen many wonderful things—as well as a lot of trash. The most beautiful litter, she says, is in Bali. She loves the "woven palm leaf offerings, colorful cloth left from a ceremony, and flowers that dry into exquisite wrinkles of colour." Even the shiny candy wrappers strewn by the side of the road are fun to behold. Your assignment, Aries, is to adopt a perceptual filter akin to Brunette's. Is there any stuff other people regard as worthless or outworn that you might find useful, interesting or even charming? I'm speaking metaphorically as well as literally. TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): The Old Testament tells the story of a man named Methuselah, who supposedly didn't die until he was 969 years old. Some Kabbalistic commentators suggest that he didn't literally walk the Earth for almost 10 centuries. Rather, he was extra skilled at the art of living. His experiences were profoundly rich. He packed 969 years' worth of meaningful adventures into a normal life span. I prefer that interpretation, and I'd like to invoke it as I assess your future. According to my analysis of the astrological omens, Taurus, you will have Methuselah's talent in the coming weeks. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): In the coming weeks, I'm expecting your life to verge on being epic and majestic. There's a better-than-ever chance that you will do something heroic. You might finally activate a sleeping potential or tune in to your future power spot, or learn what you've never been able to grasp before. And if you capitalize gracefully on the kaleidoscopic kismet that's flowing your way, I bet you will make a discovery that will fuel you for the rest of your long life. In mythical terms, you will create a new Grail or tame a troublesome dragon—or both. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): Jackalopes resemble jackrabbits, except that they have antlers like deer and tails like pheasants. They love whisky, only have sex during storms and can mimic most sounds—even the human voice. The milk of the female has curative properties. Strictly speaking, however, the jackalope doesn't actually exist. It's a legendary beast, like the mermaid and unicorn. And yet Wyoming lawmakers have decided to honour it. Early this year they began the process of making it the state's official mythical creature. I bring this to your attention, Cancerian, because now would be an excellent time to select your own official mythical creature. The evocative presence of this fantastic fantasy would inspire your imagination to work more freely and playfully, which is just what you need.


What'll it be? Dragon? Sphinx? Phoenix? Here's a list: MythicCritters LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): The temptation to hide what you're feeling could be strong right now. You may wonder if you should protect yourself and others from the unruly truth. But according to my analysis, you will be most brilliant and effective if you're cheerfully honest. That's the strategy most likely to provide genuine healing, too, even if its initial effects are unsettling. Please remember that it won't be enough merely to communicate the easy secrets with polite courage. You will have to tap into the deepest sources you know and unveil the whole story with buoyantly bold elegance. VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): The word "chain" may refer to something that confines or restricts. But it can also mean a series of people who are linked together because of their common interests and their desire to create strength through unity. I believe that one of those two definitions will play an important role in your life during the coming weeks, Virgo. If you proceed with the intention to emphasize the second meaning, you will minimize and maybe even eliminate the first. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): People in Sweden used to drive their cars on the left-hand side of the road. But a growing body of research revealed it would be better if everyone drove on the right-hand side. So on September 3, 1967, the law changed. Everyone switched over. All non-essential traffic was halted for hours to accommodate the necessary adjustments. What were the results? Lots of motorists grumbled about having to alter their routine behaviour, but the transition was smooth. In fact, the accident rate went down. I think you'd benefit from doing a comparable ritual sometime soon, Libra. Which of your traditions or habits could use a fundamental revision? SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): When a woman is pregnant, her womb stretches dramatically, getting bigger to accommodate the growing fetus. I suspect you'll undergo a metaphorically similar process in the coming weeks. A new creation will be gestating and you'll have to expand as it ripens. How? Here's one way: you'll have to get smarter and more sensitive in order to give it the care it needs. Here's another way: you'll have to increase your capacity for love. Don't worry, you won't have to do it all at once. "Little by little" is your watchword. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): Do you floss your teeth while you're meditating? Do you text and shave or put on makeup as you drive? Do


you simultaneously eat a meal, pay your bills, watch TV and exercise? If so, you are probably trying to move too fast and do too much. Even in normal times, that's no good. But in the coming week, it should be taboo. You need to slowwww wayyyy dowwwn, Sagittarius. You've got ... to compel yourself ... to do ... one thing ... at a time. I say this not just because your mental and physical and spiritual health depend on it. Certain crucial realizations about your future are on the verge of popping into your awareness—but they will only pop if you are immersed in a calm and unhurried state. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): To make your part of the world a better place, stress-loving workaholics may need to collaborate with slow-moving underachievers. Serious business might be best negotiated in places like bowling alleys or parking lots. You should definitely consider seeking out curious synergies and unexpected alliances. It's an odd grace period, Capricorn. Don't assume you already know how to captivate the imaginations of people whose influence you want in your life. Be willing to think thoughts and feel feelings you have rarely, if ever, entertained. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): came up with colourful ways to describe actress Zooey Deschanel. In a weird coincidence, their pithy phrases for her seem to fit the moods and experiences you will soon be having. I guess you could say you're scheduled to have a Deschanel-according-to-Gawker. com kind of week. Here are some of the themes: 1) Novelty ukulele tune, 2) Overemphatic stage wink, 3) Sentient glitter cloud, 4) Overiced Funfetti cupcake, 5) Meltedbead craft project, 6) Living Pinterest board, 7) Animated Hipstamatic photograph, 8) Bambi's rabbit friend, 9) Satchel of fairy dust, 10) Hipster labradoodle. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): You may have heard the thundering exhortation, "Know thyself!" Its origin is ancient. More than 2400 years ago, it was inscribed at the front of the Temple of Apollo in Delphi, Greece. As important as it is to obey this command, there is an equally crucial corollary: "Be thyself!" Don't you agree? Is there any experience more painful than not being who you really are? Could there be any behaviour more damaging to your long-term happiness than trying to be someone other than who you really are? If there is even the slightest gap, Pisces, now is an excellent time to start closing it. Cosmic forces will be aligned in your favour if you push hard to further identify the nature of your authentic self and then take aggressive steps to foster its full bloom.

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Help Wanted

ECHO CYCLE - Hiring Full-time Junior Parts Associate needed to assist our senior parts staff. Duties include inventory counts, receiving & stocking parts and covering the counter & phones. Previous experience with motorcycle, snowmobile or ATV parts would be an asset. See more at


Volunteers Wanted

Are you an animal lover? WHARF Rescue is looking for volunteers We are a nonprofit animal rescue that provides shelter to homeless,neglected animals Please check for more information Edmonton Horticultural Society Recruiting volunteers at every level, we offer horticulture expertise, open gardens, perennial exchanges, monthly guest speakers and discounts at garden centres email

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Edmonton’s newest festival, SkirtsAFire, herArts festival is in need of helping hands to launch its first season! From March 7 to 10, Alberta Avenue (118th avenue) hosts a celebration and showcase of women’s stories and the female voice in art. SkirtsAFire is looking for help leading up to and during the festival. Whether you can volunteer your time at the festival, a few hours stuffing envelopes, or one of your many valuable skills … as a wise woman once said, many hands make light work. For more information about volunteering, or for information about the festival itself, please visit Habitat For Humanity Volunteer Orientation February 8, March 9 and 22 from 8:30am – 4:00pm at the Prefab Shop (13044 Yellowhead Trail). We are hosting a tool training and information session for new volunteers - or not-new volunteers - who would like to gain some basic knowledge of tools and learn more about how our organization works! Over 80% of all our participants have said that it increased their comfort level to volunteer on an HFH build site by at least 75%. You will have the opportunity to have your questions answered and meet some of our staff! Habitat for Humanity invites all women to build with us during Women Build Week: Mar 12 16 at our St. Albert site . If you are a woman who wants to help families in our community, there is an important role for you on our build sites, whether you have no construction experience or a tool belt of skills. We provide all tools, equipment and lunch. All volunteers participate in onsite safety orientation/training. No minimum number of shifts required. Check our website to register as a volunteer online or contact Louise Help someone in crisis take that first step towards a solution. The Support Network`s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers for Edmonton`s 24-Hour Distress Line. Interested or want to learn more? Contact Lindsay at 780-732-6648 or visit our website:

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Volunteers Wanted


Artist to Artist

Help someone in crisis take those first steps towards a solution. The Support Network`s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers for Edmonton`s 24-Hour Distress Line. Interested or want to learn more? Contact Lindsay at 780-732-6648 or visit our website:

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:

Help the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation create a future without breast cancer through volunteerism. Contact 1-866-302-2223 or for current volunteer opportunities

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

SACE is recruiting volunteers for our 24 hour crisis line. Please visit our website:

The Banff World Media Festival (BANFF) is the world's foremost television and digital media content creation event, bringing together over a thousand television professionals from dozens of countries. In a conference setting at the Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel. As a beneficial catalyst for growth and prosperity in Canada's television industry, BANFF could not happen without our invaluable team of volunteers! The event will be taking place from June 9 – 12, 2013. Please have a look at our website for more information.

The Brick Sport Central is searching for volunteers to donate their time helping with collection, inventory, repairing, as well as outfitting children in need of sports equipment. Call for more information and a tour 780-477-1166 Volunteers required for St. Albert's RunWild Marathon May 5, 2013


Acting Classes

$1000-$6500 off tuition for the March Acting Program Up to 50% OFF! Apply at:


Artist to Artist

2013 marks the seventh year for the Alberta Screenwriters Initiative. The Alberta Association of Motion Picture and Television Unions (AAMPTU) are seeking submissions of feature film scripts of any genre, to a maximum length of 250 pages, from Alberta based screenwriters. This annual prize awards avid Alberta screenwriters a first prize of $1000 and a professional workshop with a carefully matched experienced story editor or screenwriter. The 2nd and 3rd place winners receives story notes, editorial feedback and $500.00 and $250.00 respectively. The deadline for this award is March 11, 2013. For more information on the prize and submission guidelines, please contact Nicholas Mather at (780) 422-8174 or visit

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

Calling all Artists! movement, music, visual, theatre, comedy, performing arts! The Good Women Dance Society is calling for submissions for our 4th annual “What’s Cooking?”. “What’s Cooking?” is an informal work-in-progress event in which artists get the chance to present their work and engage in valuable feedback discussions with the audience about their work. Audience members will be given written surveys about each piece of work, to both comment and critique the work shown, and there will be a short question and answer period following each piece. The performance occurs on Sunday April 28th 2013, location TBA. The submission deadline is Friday March 15th 2013 at midnight and we will notify applicants of our decision by April 1st 2013. 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: diana.youngkennedy@albertahealth



Artist to Artist

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 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.



Artist to Artist

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.


Musicians Wanted

Are you a professional single act/entertainer? We may have an opportunity for you. Please call George 780 499 1854 or email Guitarists, bassists, vocalists, pianists and drummers needed for good paying teaching jobs. Please call 780-901-7677 Original band looking for bass player and drummer. Have songs written and a gig booked for May 4. Influences include PJ Harvey, Radiohead, and Cocteau Twins. Call Andrea at 780 488 2596 or email at



PostVue Publishing and Vue Weekly are searching for an artistic people-person! Primary Responsibilities:

• Work closely with the publisher as well as the editorial and sales teams to help create designs for print and web. • Upkeep and creation of systems that help to ensure smooth operations and communications within the organization. • Manage staff hours, vacation days, sick days and ensure the continued smooth operation within the Production Dept.

We offer:

• Competitive salary. • Great health benefit plan. • Great team of friendly co-workers. • A place to hone your skills and challenge yourself.

3100. Appliances/Furniture Old Appliance & Furniture Removal Removal of unwanted appliances and furniture. Rates start as low as $30. Call James @780.231.7511 for details

You offer: • 1-3 years of experience in a design/layout in a production environment. • Excellent verbal and written communication skills. • Some experience in management. • Proven skill in Adobe InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop. • A desire to produce a high-quality product with quick turn-around times. • An ability to work flexible work-hours, providing extra support during peak production times. • A friendly cooperative personality that blends well with our great team. • Post-Secondary education with a degree or diploma in a graphic design program or equivalent experience. • Organizational, prioritization and time-management skills.

Salary is dependent on experience

Please provide your resume with samples of your work to

Mike Siek at Please include at least 2 references. (no phone calls or faxes please)


ANNOUNCEMENTS DO YOU KNOW a great volunteer? The Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association (AWNA) and Direct Energy are now accepting nominations for the Alberta Volunteer Citizen of the Year award to recognize someone who goes above and beyond to help others in the community. Nominations are open to all residents served by AWNA newspapers. As a reward for giving so much, the winner will get a $1000 cash prize from Direct Energy and a $5000 donation to their community organization of choice. Visit: vcoy or Nominations close Sunday, March 31, 2013. HOST FAMILIES NEEDED. Northern Youth Abroad is looking for families to host 2 youth from Nunavut/NWT. Volunteering in your community. July/August; 1-866-212-2307. CALL FOR APPLICATIONS. C.A. MacLean/ Fred Row Journalism bursaries. Help us locate a deserving individual from your community who would like to pursue a career in print journalism. Applications must be received by February 22, 2013. For further information, contact your local weekly newspaper or the Alberta Weekly Newspapers Association, 1-800-282-6903 ext. 225;

AUCTIONS 7th ANNUAL COLLECTOR CAR Auction & Speed Show, March 15 - 17/13, Red Deer Westerner Park. Featuring Big Schwag & indoor car show! Exhibitor space available. Consign your car; estate today. 1-888-296-0528 ext. 102; EGauctions. com. 1 HOME QTR & 18 Parcels of Farmland - Davidson, Saskatchewan. Sorgaard Ranches Ltd - 2290+/- title acres. 3 bedroom bungalow, 30 X 50 ft. garage, selling at the Saskatoon Auction March 19/13. Ritchie Bros. Auctioneers: 1-800491-4494; RITCHIE BROS Unreserved Auction. Edmonton, March 8. Two Parcels of Farmland located at Grassland, Alberta. For more info contact Jerry Hodge, 780-706-6652 or visit: realestate. MONTGOMERY AUCTION Sales Center. Sat., Feb. 23/13, 10 a.m. 26514 TWP 400, Blackfalds, Alberta. Selling sheet metal equipment, vehicles, ATV's, tarp buildings, saddles, squeeze, meat equipment, building supplies, Com.RO System, toys, dolls, shop tools & more. See or call 1-800-361-6963. MGM FORD Lincoln Sales Ltd. 3010 - 50 Ave., Red Deer, Alberta. Sat., Mar. 2/13, 10 a.m. All surplus equipment & assets including portable sales office, dry van, forklift, hoists, shop equipment, chain link fencing, office furniture & more. See or call 1-800371-6963. CLOSEOUT AUCTION. Feb. 23. Schultz Construction. Woodworking equipment, tools, hardware, pickups, cargo trailer, office furniture, inventory, skidsteer. Phone 780-944-9144; www.

MEIER GUN AUCTION. Saturday, March 9, 11 a.m., 6016 - 72A Ave., Edmonton. Over 150 guns - handguns, rifles, shotguns, miscellaneous. Call to consign 780-440-1860.


ESTABLISHED 1901 Historic Bed and Breakfast. Five guest rooms, turnkey operation. Includes 2 houses on large riverside lot in Minnedosa, Manitoba. $575, 000.;; 204-867-2830.

EMPLOYMENT OPPORTUNITIES INTERIOR HEAVY EQUIPMENT Operator School. No Simulators. In-the-seat training. Real world tasks. Weekly start dates. Job board! Funding options. Sign up online! 1-866-399-3853. BOW RIVER Gas Co-op seeking a Journeyman GasFitter. Permanent full-time. $27. - $32./hour, full benefits, Natural Gas Distribution experience an asset. Apply to Richard Thorne: JOURNEYMAN HD mechanic required for oilfield construction company. Duties will include servicing, maintenance and overhaul of our equipment. The job will be predominately shop work, but with a portion of your time spent in the field. A mechanic's truck will be supplied for you. The job is based in Edson, Alberta. Call Lloyd at 780-723-5051. NEED TO ADVERTISE? Province wide classifieds. Reach over 1 million readers weekly. Only $269. + GST (based on 25 words or less). Call this newspaper NOW for details or call 1-800-2826903 ext. 228. PYRAMID CORPORATION is now hiring! Instrument Technicians and Electricians for various sites across Alberta. Send resume to: or fax 780-955-HIRE. $100 - $400 CASH DAILY for landscaping work! Competitive, energetic, honesty a must; WANTED - Water & Vacuum Truck Operators. Class 3 w/Q-endorsement, H2S, First Aid, PST, CSTS. Mechanically inclined. Day-rate benefits. Fax 403-934-3487. Email: DRIVERS WANTED. Terrific career opportunity with outstanding growth potential to learn how to locate rail defects. No rail experience needed! Extensive paid travel, meal allowance, 4 weeks vacation & benefits package. Skills needed - Ability to travel 3 months at a time, valid licence with air brake endorsement. Compensation based on prior driving experience. Apply at www.sperryrail. com under careers, keyword Driver. Do not fill in city or state. SMS FORT MCMURRAY is hiring Certified Heavy Duty Mechanics & Welders. Total compensation $76.71/hour (including premiums & allowances). 14 X 14 shift rotation. Email: fmjobs@smsequip. com. Website:

TOWN OF PONOKA Employment Opportunity Utility Operator II - Water Works. Position details at or email:

INTERESTED IN the Community Newspaper business? Alberta's weekly newspapers are looking for people like you. Post your resume online. FREE. Visit:

CLASS ONE Tank Truck Drivers needed. Off road experience needed, oilfield tickets, accommodations available. Production work. Email: admin@ Fax 780-538-0968. Email preferred. Phone 780-817-8027.


FAMILY BASED ATV motorcycle business seeking self-motivated Sales Associate. Must be outdoor enthusiast. Business minded team player with excellent computer skills. Full-time salary. Potential for bonuses. Apply to: Gateway Sales and Service Ltd., Box 1468, Rocky Mountain House, AB, T4T 1B1; BARRHEAD & DISTRICTS Co-op Home Center is recruiting Assistant Home Center Manager. Apply with resume to the Home Center Barrhead; Attention: Don Graham; EARN EXTRA CASH! Part-time, full-time immediate openings for men & women. Easy computer work, other positions are available. Can be done from home No experience needed; NOW LOCATED in Drayton Valley. BREKKAAS Vacuum & Tank Ltd. Wanted Class 1 & 3 Drivers, Super Heater Operators with all valid tickets. Top wages, excellent benefits. Please forward resume to: Email: Phone 780621-3953. Fax 780-621-3959. FULL-TIME MEAT CUTTER required at Sobeys in Olds, Alberta. 40 hours per week. Benefits. Fax resume to 1-403-556-8652. ROADEX SERVICES requires O/O 1 tons for our RV division and O/O Semis and drivers for our RV and general freight deck division to haul throughout North America. Paid by direct deposit, benefits and company fuel cards. Border crossing required with valid passport and clean criminal record. 1-800-867-6233; BAKOS NDT is hiring qualified CGSB Technicians in Whitecourt, Edmonton and Grande Prairie. Benefit package, signing bonus and profit sharing available. Email: or call 1-888-763-5575. NEWCART CONTRACTING LTD. is hiring for the upcoming turnaround season. Journeyman/ Apprentice; Pipefitters; Welders; Boilermakers; Riggers. Also: Quality Control; Towers; Skilled Mechanical Labourer; Welder Helpers. Email: Fax 1-403-7292396. Email all safety and trade tickets. CENTRAL PEACE NATURAL Gas Co-op Ltd. requires full-time Gas Utility Operator. Experience, safety tickets an asset. Clean valid driver's licence required. Forward resume: cpngc@telusplanet. net. Fax 780-864-2044. Mail: Box 119, Spirit River, T0H 3G0. VAC & STEAM Truck Operator. Valid Class 1 or 3, Safety Tickets, Top Wage, Benefits, Camp Work, Experience an Asset. Email/Fax Resume: 780458-8701,

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HEATED CANOLA buying Green, Heated or Springthrashed Canola. Buying: oats, barley, wheat & peas for feed. Buying damaged or offgrade grain. "On Farm Pickup" Westcan Feed & Grain, 1-877-250-5252. FOR SALE: Alfalfas, Clovers, Grasses plus Hay, Pasture, Reclamation and Lawn Mixtures. Early order discounts - Book now! No charge custom blending. Call 1-800-661-1529 or

FOR SALE SAWMILLS from only $3997. Make money & save money with your own bandmill. Cut lumber any dimension. In stock ready to ship. Free info & DVD; 1-800-5666899 ext. 400OT. METAL ROOFING & SIDING. Best prices! 36" HiTensile TUFF-Rib 29ga. Galvalume $.67 sq. ft. Colours $.82 sq. ft. 40 Year Warranty. ALTA-WIDE Builders Supplies 1-888-263-8254. DISCONNECTED PHONE? Phone Factory Home Phone Service. No one refused! Low monthly rate! Calling features and unlimited long distance available. Call Factory today! 1-877-336-2274; BIG BUILDING SALE. "This is a clearance you don't want to miss!" 20x20 $3,985, 25x24 $4,595, 30x36 $6,859, 35x48 $11,200, 40x52 $13,100, 47x76 $18,265. One end wall included. Pioneer Steel 1-800-668-5422; FOR SALE - To be Moved. Various sizes and styles of buildings available. For further information call 1-866-451-6395 / 1-403-279-6395 or visit STEEL BUILDINGS/METAL BUILDINGS 60% off! 20x28, 30x40, 40x62, 45x90, 50x120, 60x150, 80x100, sell for balance owed! Call 1-800-4572206; HOVERCRAFT FOR SALE. 2011 Hoverjet G.T., less than 10 hours on unit. Built for any wet terrain. 400 pound capacity. $18,000. obo. Additional information 403-223-1200.

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Stopping to think about sex Survey raises questions about how love and sex go together For the first time, iVillage included women aren't the only ones who men in its annual sex survey (rethink sex and love go together. leased on February 11), and the results are probably not what you The enormous amount of self-help would expect. media claiming to teach women how Before I go any further, some to keep their men interested major disclaimers are in orwould lead us to believe der. The survey was done that most married couples through self-reporting have dwindling, boring sex .com weekly e on iVillage's website. The u lives—leading men to look v @ brenda a d website does not tell us elsewhere for sex. That n e Br er how many people responddoesn't appear to be the Kerb ed to the survey or any demoexperience of the married men graphic information about them. who took this survey. Eighty percent iVillage also did not print the actual of them said they were happy with questions from the survey that retheir sex lives. The interesting twist spondents were asked. This isn't is that only 55 percent of women what should be considered rigorous thought their husbands were happy. scientific research. This makes me wonder if all of this In spite of that, it's worth a look beself-help does more harm than good, cause some of the results don't jive perhaps causing us to look for probwith what we've always been told lems that aren't really there. about men, women and marriage. For One thing we thought we knew example, respondents were asked for sure is that men want sex all the what turns them on the most. The time and women not as much. Or do top answer for women was feelings we? Only 55 percent of men in the of love towards their partner. Of survey said they were in the mood course, everyone knows that women for sex within the last week as comneed to feel loved to have sex. We've pared to 43 percent of women. If all heard that women can't separate only slightly more than half of them love and sex like men do. Funny were interested in sex sometime in thing though, feelings of love was the last week, they're not exactly number two on the list of turn-ons raging sex maniacs. The numbers for for these married men. Seems that men and women are pretty close, al-



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though 35 percent of the men said that they were in the mood while they were taking the survey, whereas only 11 percent of women did. Maybe sex surveys are more exciting to men than to women. Also surprising was that the same number of men and women reported that they had had only one sexual partner in their lives. Our culture views someone who has had sex only with their spouse as extremely rare. In fact, this type of person shows up as an object of ridicule or pity in movies and TV shows time and again. Yet this is the reality for almost 20 percent of the people who took the iVillage survey. Perhaps it's much more common than we think. Although, we can't generalize the results of this survey, I think it does give us cause to stop and think. Maybe the common wisdom about sex and marriage doesn't reflect what's really going on inside marriages. Maybe the truth is actually better than we think. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-for-profits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sexpositive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

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The weddding party

Say no to the dress if being girly isn't your thing A PROGRAMMING NOTE: I hosted a live taping of the Savage Lovecast in Seattle on Valentine's Day and it went great—thanks to all who came (especially to the five boys who left with butt plugs in their butts)—but I made the mistake of having a drink or five afterward, and I'm so fucking hungover right now that I shouldn't be sitting upright, much less giving advice. But deadlines are deadlines. So here we go ... I'm a 31-year-old genderqueer in Brooklyn, NY with a large family on Long Island. My only sister got engaged 48 hours ago and she's moving fast on planning the wedding. I have two questions. Number one question: I texted my sister the only date I wasn't available in the next two years, which is Columbus Day weekend 2013. I have my 10-year college reunion, which I've been organizing. My sister texted me back that they picked this Columbus Day weekend for the wedding even though they have no idea if the places they want will be booked up. It quickly came out that they didn't check with anyone about potential conflicts. She wants me to be the maid of honour, and I'm not sure what to do. She's really upset with me. Columbus Day weekend is of no significance to them (it's not the anniversary of the date they met or anything) and I can't reschedule the reunion. Number two question: I was born female but do not identify that way. I'm genderqueer and do not look like a girl. I have not worn a dress in 10 years and feel like I'm in drag in one. In the past, my sister said she would consider putting me in a pantsuit-ish kind of thing at her wedding, which


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While there's enough demand for naked ladies in Seattle to make non-booze-servin' straight strip clubs economically viable, there isn't enough demand for naked boys to make gay strip clubs economically viable." family, not members of her bridal party—about potential conflicts, then your sister should've anticipated that some of the folks wouldn't be able to attend. Folks who aren't getting married have lives and commitments of their own, which means they can have conflicts and your sister could've worked around those conflicts if she had cared to ask about them. But she didn't care to ask, because she seems to be one of those brides-to-be who think an engagement ring on her finger puts her ass at the centre of the universe. Here's hoping your sister can't get

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you please recommend one or two good ones? Straight Best Man There are no gay strip clubs in Seattle, SBM, I'm sorry to say. You can blame the Washington State Liquor Control Board for that sad fact. Adults in Seattle can look at naked people or they can have a drink, but they can't have a drink while looking at naked people. While there's enough demand for naked ladies in Seattle to make non-booze-servin' straight strip clubs economically viable, there isn't enough demand for naked boys to make gay strip clubs economically viable. (And people have tried.) There is, however, a great gay strip club in Portland, Oregon, called Silverado. If gay strippers are a must, plan a road trip as well as a bachelor party. My boyfriend and I are talking about getting married and I am incredibly excited about marrying this awesome dude. My problem is that my ideal engagement ring is something that looks nice but is cheap. Seriously, a $50 ring would be perfect. I don't want something expensive because A) it'll make me paranoid about losing it/having it stolen, and B) I'd rather use the money for something else, like a house. However, my guy wants to spend about a grand on an engagement/wedding ring set. Given his income, this is far from an outrageous expense, but I'd still rather have my $50 cubic zirconia. I've talked with him about this and we joke about how the stereotypical roles are reversed here, with me being the one who wants to go cheap and him wanting something

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