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Monday, December 9th

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"I found myself in a race to get a fair share of the scrumptuous booze-infused pudding."



"It's been a long time with this piece, and its structure hasn't changed tons."



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"My guitar got stolen, I had no idea where to go, I slept in my car and left as soon as I could."


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Snow tweeters There are few things Edmontonians like less than snow.



Get the frack off our land

Divisions amongst the Lubicon Lake Cree make it easier for oil and gas to sweep in anyone wanting to enter their territory to pass through check points. Despite support from across Canada and around the world, the independent nation was not to be. Five days after the blockades went up, the RCMP swept in with sub-machine guns, sniper rifles and attack dogs. The police made 27 arrests and, although no charges were laid, the blockades came down. It wasn't for nothing, though. That same day, Ominayak received a call from Premier Don Getty and within days, the men came to an agreement to set aside 205 square kilometres for a reserve, paving the way to settle the Lubicon's land claim. Negotiations were never completed, however, with the issue of self-government proving to be the sticking point. By 2003, talks fell off completely.

They like whining about it, they like criticizing the way the city deals with it, and lately, they seem to like tweeting to the mayor about it.

One visit to Mayor Don Iveson's Twitter page, @doniveson, and you'll find people peppering him with questions that could be answered with a call to 311 or a few clicks of a computer mouse. The questions revolve around snow, from residential blading to windrows to icy roads. In fact, his feed is comprised of little else but questions and comments relating to Edmonton's snow policy—to the point where the repetitiveness is a bit ridiculous. While the fact that Iveson has taken the time to answer most of these tweets is a testament to his good nature, the people of Edmonton need to lay off on the complaints about snow removal. The city's snow-removal policy is a fairly effective one, and given the unpredictable nature of the weather, which can wreak havoc on even the best policies, it's likely that there will always be some kind of issue with the system. But for those who are still feeling frustrated, a little education can go a long way. One way to do this is by visiting Iveson's own website, which features a recent post that highlights many of the difficulties associated with city council's Snow and Ice Control Policy. In this post, Iveson fully admits Edmonton's snow policy isn't perfect, but explains how city workers are attempting to fix things after the city received "half of our annual average snowfall" in November. Needless to say, that's a tremendous amount of snow to have so early in the win-

The city's snow-removal policy is a fairly effective one, and given the unpredictable nature of the weather ... it's likely that there will always be some kind of issue with the system. ter season, and it's no wonder that plowing is taking a bit longer than expected. Now, don't get me wrong, I can sympathize with the complaints. As of Monday, my neighbourhood has yet to be bladed, even though the city's blading schedule says work on my area was scheduled to begin on November 30. During the past two weeks, the sight of cars spinning their wheels in the snow has become quite familiar, and I'd equate the experience of trying to drive out of my crescent to that of white water rafting—only you're bumping over dunes of snow rather than waves. Despite this, I can also empathize with the city workers in charge of getting rid of the snow. Everybody wants their streets plowed, and they want it done now. This isn't an entirely unreasonable expectation, but we need to keep in mind that the only person who really has control over any of this is Jack Frost—and unfortunately, he doesn't have a Twitter account. V

In 2009, the federal government placed the band under third-party management, citing internal divisions. In February of this year, an election was held in which Laboucan was acclaimed chief. Both the province and Canada accepted the results of that election and have restored funding to the band through Laboucan's council. Laboucan says apBurning vigil // supplied proximately 100 members voted in the election, The Lubicon Cree (Neheyiwak) have hunted, which was boycotted by Ominayak supporters. embers of the Lubicon Lake Cree First In May, Ominayak's group held their own elecNation participating in a "Frack Off" block- fished and trapped on their traditional terriade hope to avoid the violence that beset simi- tory since pre-Confederation. When Treaty tion, declared him chief and in June, they filed a lar protests in New Brunswick this fall. Approxi- Commissioners travelled through what is $700-million lawsuit against both levels of govmately two dozen protesters have camped out now northern Alberta to negotiate Treaty ernment, alleging theft of natural resources and for more than a week, preventing Penn West 8 in 1899, they missed the Lubicon, leaving interference in First Nation governance. According Petroleum from setting up a fracking opera- them on land they never ceded without a to the group's legal counsel James O'Reilly, 115 members of the Lubicon nation swore affidavits tion. Despite visits from three different RCMP treaty or a reserve. Constitutionally, the federal government is in support of the legal action. detachments and the provincial forestry depart"What has happened with this fraudulent elecment, the protests have remained peaceful, ac- responsible for settling native land claims, but cording to Garrett Tomlinson, Communications any settlement requires the province to trans- tion is like 1899 all over again," says Cynthia fer the land, something Alberta has proved re- Whitehead Tomlinson, one of the 115 members. Coordinator with the Lubicon Lake Nation. "They've all decided what to do with our land, Last Friday, Tomlinson's group applied in court luctant to do. basically." for an immediate injunction She vows the protesters will stay against Penn West. Decades of failed negotiations with Cana- strong and extended an open inviIn a press release issued on Monday, they claim the absence da and Alberta have left the Lubicon with tation for allies to join them. of a treaty between Canada and one of the longest unresolved Indigenous For his part, Laboucan just wants to move on and suggests a more the Lubicon renders any leases land claims in the world. conciliatory approach is needed. issued to Penn West by Alberta "You asked me about fracking "null and void." The release goes on to quote Chief Bernard Ominayak: "The Lubi- In 1975, the Lubicon filed a caveat stating their in- and my personal view is that I don't like it," he says. con people have sent a message loud and clear by tention to assert legal title to their territory based "But what can we really do? If we can't stop it, we assembling at the Penn West location to enforce on existing, un-extinguished and constitutionally need to make sure it helps our people." He wants to negotiate a long-term agreement our laws, now it's up to us as their government to protected aboriginal and treaty rights. In 1977, Alberta passed Bill 29, retroactively removing the with Penn West and other companies to include support them in every way we can." The problem, according to Billy Joe Laboucan, is legal basis for the Lubicon's case. Two years later, compensation for negative impacts resulting from that Ominayak isn't chief. That title belongs to him, the province finished building an all-weather road resource extraction. Tomlinson from Ominayak's into the region and by 1982, there were 400 oil group expresses the same goals, but doesn't see and the federal and provincial governments agree. how allowing industry to do whatever it wants is Placed under third-party management by Indian wells operating within a 15-mile radius. As oil companies generated revenues of $1.2 mil- going to get them there. and Native Affairs (INAC) in 2009, the Lubicon "How successful will negotiations be if we have have struggled through years of internal divi- lion per day, welfare rates among the Lubicon— sion. Two elections held this year have led to two according to statements submitted in court— no leverage?" he asks. Decades of failed negotiations with Canada groups claiming to speak for the Lubicon people climbed from 10 percent of the population in the '70s to 95 percent in 1984. A number of court chal- and Alberta have left the Lubicon with one of and two men calling themselves 'chief.' While Ominayak's group accuses Laboucan lenges were launched and lost until the Lubicon the longest unresolved indigenous land claims and his council of being "puppets" of the federal were successful in using the 1988 Olympics in Cal- in the world. Prolonged divisions within the government and the resource industry while por- gary to draw international attention to their plight. community suggest resolution remains far off. traying itself as the true defenders of their land, Matters came to a head after the international Some believe these internal divisions—if not Laboucan counters that Ominayak is fuelled by media relaxed its gaze and the federal government actually manipulated by both levels of government—are actively exploited to allow resource self-interest and alleges the fracking protest is went on the offensive and sued the Lubicon. A compelling account of what came next can development to carry on unabated. just another ploy to score political points. Cardinal calls it the art of distraction. "This Regardless of which group is ultimately declared be found in John Goddard's book, The Last Stand legitimate—the matter is before the courts in at of the Lubicon Cree, released in 1991. The band is about ensuring access to resources for least two separate actions—the division within responded to the lawsuit by withdrawing all of corporations. Divisions within the aborigithe community is a distraction which leaves the oil their own legal actions, proclaiming that Cana- nal community serve those interests very and gas industry free to operate without worrying dian courts had no jurisdiction on Lubicon terri- well," he says. too much about the people who live there, says tory. On October 15, 1988, to further assert their MIMI WILLIAMS MIMI@VUEWEEKLY.COM sovereignty, the Lubicon set up blockades, forcing Lewis Cardinal, a local aboriginal activist.


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BUILDING UP THE RAMPARTS The province's new environmental monitoring agency leaves science on the outskirts

Advisory Panel must then meet. The amendment was defeated. Read explains that some of those amendments are common in European legislation and couldn't say why our government is shying away from such measures, given the experience across the Atlantic. He takes particular issue with the frequency of the publication of the data being decided via consultation with the minister. "If that reporting to the public has to be done on a consultation basis with the minister, well the minister's going to be having a lot more political considerations in terms of releasing environmental information that isn't important for protecting human health," Read says. "Right now the environment department can be seen to be really struggling with the environmental reputation of the oil-sands industry, and they're being really restrictive on information being released that is questioning the environmental performance up there. If these sorts of considerations are being included in this consultation period, you're not serving the public of Alberta as the monitoring agency needs to."

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bsent of political bias, Andrew Read of the Pembina Institute believes that Bill 31, the Protecting Alberta's Environment Act, could do what it's supposed to. But though bringing the various disorganized— and sometimes biased—monitoring efforts under one consolidated body and releasing scientifically consistent information to the public is possible on under this act on a technical level, Read says there are holes left insofar as it sets up an independent monitoring agency. The act establishes the Alberta Environmental Monitoring, Evaluation and Reporting Agency. Its two primary purposes are "to obtain credible and relevant scientific data and other information regarding the condition of the environment in Alberta" and "to ensure the data and other information are available and reported to the public in an open and transparent manner," doing so with a board of directors and a Science Advisory Panel. "The real issue that's arising under this bill is that there are some very obvious points where political bias from the provincial government would potentially impact what is being reported and when it is being reported from the monitoring agency," Read says. "The bill contains a number of consultation requirements with the Minister of the Environment as well as no real conflict of interest checks for the


board or science advisory panel." It was introduced in first reading on October 28 by Minister of the Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Diana McQueen and passed third reading without amendment on November 18—McQueen's office was contacted for comment on this story, but she was unable to do so. It's not because nobody found problems or room for improvement—MLAs Joe Anglin of the Wildrose, NDP Rachel Notley and Laurie Blakeman from the Alberta Liberals all claimed to—it's just that they were all defeated. "When I identified that they have no criteria for who sits on either the main agency or the subcommittee, which is the scientific panel," Blakeman says. "I think I just threw my hands up and went, 'This is just a big steaming pile of dung in the road. It doesn't do anything.'" The board of directors of the agency is appointed by the lieutenant-governor. To be eligible, one must only be at least 18 years old, not an elected official, not an employee as defined by the Public Service Act, not bankrupt and not convicted of an indictable offence within the previous five years. It contains no specific guarantee of varied stakeholder inclusion. "It doesn't include aboriginal peoples, it doesn't include representation from the oil and gas sector, it doesn't

include environmental groups, it doesn't include landowners, it doesn't say anything about who goes on this board. So what are we supposed to take from that?" Blakeman asks. "They're just going to appoint a bunch of their Tory friends again?" Notley moved an amendment to require the board of directors to include at least one member each from the aboriginal, landowners, scientific, industrial and non-profit environmental communities. It was defeated. Anglin tried to amend the bill to prevent anyone sitting on the board of directors who had been an MLA within the last three years, but was defeated. "Even more frustrating is the lack of requirement for any connection to having a scientific background for the people that are on the science panel," Blakeman says. "And that's just beyond the pale." One of Blakeman's amendments would have required that the members of the Science Advisory Panel be "qualified in the field of environmental science, designated by the board of directors, taking into account the scientific experience required by the Science Advisory Panel to assist the Agency in its areas of activity." This amendment, too, was defeated. Anglin tried to amend the act to allow the lieutenant-governor to set professional scientific qualifications that the members of the Science

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The three MLAs who put forward amendments all had at least one that would have put some requirement on the reporting frequency and methods. All such amendments were defeated. According to Blakeman, the assurances from the government that they'll get the right people who meet the right qualifications are not enough without the commitment the amendments would have bound them to. "You don't know this, but you're actually down Alice's rabbit hole right now," Blakeman says. "We all are. When the government says something, it actually means the opposite. When the premier says 'more accountable' it actually means and is implemented as 'less accountable.' Despite the fact that we brought forward, that the [NDP] brought forward and I think even the Wildrose brought forward amendments to try and put the detail into this bill, they flat-out rejected every single one of them. "They don't want the detail in there, they don't want anyone to be able to go, 'Well this is what you're supposed to be doing and you're not doing it.' If there's nothing in the bill to hold them accountable ... then you can't hold them accountable and they can't be found deficient." Without that detail, the act may establish a board with a goal, but it lacks substantial criteria for success and failure. The organization might go on to accomplish a lot, but the organization's mandate could still be fulfilled with very little being done. "It was just a real disappointment from a lot of the environmental community," Read says. "We were expecting some pretty substantial changes in terms of monitoring in the prov-

ince, and all the politicians that are travelling off to Europe and the US trying to prove our environmental stewardship here in Alberta are really touting these monitoring activities as showing that we are doing things in a very environmentally responsible manner. However, it's not really being reflected in the development that's actually happening here. "It's quite a concern seeing no real open discussion in the ways of enhancing the monitoring system here in Alberta. These discussions seem closed-door and are not involving the full stakeholders." As far as Blakeman's concerned, the government is looking to go full steam ahead with development without regards to advice to diversify the economy or striking a balance with the environment or thought for the future. Loose criteria on environmental monitoring fits into that model. "They have no respect for intergenerational theft, because those resources have to be developed in a way that they will be able to create wealth for future generations—because it's certainly created wealth for current generations and for past ones," Blakeman says. "The problem is that we're spending that money faster than it's coming out of the ground." Where Blakeman sees this going is the world either not wanting our oil because they've developed alternatives or not wanting it because they consider it an inferior product, thanks to a deficiency in environmental stewardship associated with its extraction. "Even the guys who run the oil and gas companies—they don't want to see a polluted Alberta," Blakeman insists. "They have children, they want their children to play outside without getting asthma, they want to be able to drink water that comes out of a lake or a river in Alberta. They're not stupid. They're waiting for the government to give them the rules they have to abide by, and they are really more than willing to do it. But no company is going to get out there ahead of the rules." That's the situation that Alberta will be left in for now. No company wants to be the first to change the way they do business, because if the rules do come in, no company wants to risk explaining to its shareholders why they spent money making changes that turned out to not be the direction the government decided upon. This agency, a potentially independent monitoring organization that might have divorced science from politics, could have been—could still be—a vital step toward establishing good environmental stewardship rules tailored for Alberta. Blakeman, however, describes it as an empty box, with "Environmental Protection" written on the outside.



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Gift guide time again

2013 Holiday Gift Guide for People Who Are Broke and Not Crafty If you are a regular reader, you might recall that December is one of my favourite months of the year because I can spend my days reading holiday gift guides. I still have yet to figure out the allure of these guides; they are usually a catalogue of things that I cannot afford, don't really want and are questionably gender segregated. (My favourite this year is pink-camouflage lingerie with optional matching rifle; surely it's just too campy for straight folks, right?!) In an effort to justify my rampant consumption of these guides as research and to provide good value to you, gentle reader, it is time to turn once again to a new tradition around these parts: may I present the 2013 Queermonton Holiday Gift Guide for People Who Are Broke and Not Crafty. Booze: Don't know what kind of liquor your host/distant relative/co-worker


likes? No problem! Gather some small bottles of booze (your budget is the limit here) and wrap them in a teatowel. It's environmentally friendly and practical! Craft kit: This one is for the young people in your life, especially if you don't know them so well. Wander down to your local dollar store and fill a box with a wide variety of craft supplies: markers, pom-poms, pipe cleaners, paint, etc. Try not to feel too bad when your eight-year-old nephew starts to craft circles around you. Photo album: The advent of digital cameras means you probably have hundreds of digital photos in a folder somewhere or plastered all over Facebook. Luckily for you, photo-printing is very inexpensive at drugstores. Instead of giving them photos of your cat/kid/

you, print off your favourite photos featuring your giftee. Toss them in a small photo album and you're good to go. Scented sugar: This list wouldn't be the same without a trip to Bulk Barn. Buy some white sugar and some spices (vanilla beans, cinnamon or dried lavender are good options). Mix sugar and spice until it tastes good and then stick it in a jar. Dates for a year: For the special someone(s) in your life, plan a date night once a month for the next year. Write your date on a card (a trip to the AGA on their free night, a candlelit bubble bath, a midsummer picnic, a night dancing at Buddy's, etc) and stick them in a box. Homemade cookbook: Do you have a bunch of family recipes or good ones saved from the Internet? Write or print them out in a small notebook. If you're artistic, draw accompanying pictures

(or just glue cut-outs from magazines). Cake-in-a-cup: This is medium-level crafty. In a small bag, combine 5 Tbsp flour, 4.5 Tbsp sugar, 2 tsp cocoa, ¼ tsp baking soda and a pinch of salt. In a very small jar, combine ½ tsp white vinegar, ¼ tsp vanilla extract and 2 tsp vegetable oil. Put the bag and jar in a coffee mug you grabbed from the dollar store with the recipe: combine all ingredients in the mug. Add 4.5 Tbsp water. Mix well. Microwave for 1.5 – 2 minutes—don't overcook! Eat. (I make no guarantees regarding deliciousness.) DIY kink set: Dog collar, leash and wooden spoon from the dollar store + condoms and mini bottles of lube from the drugstore = happy holidays, indeed! And remember, if all else fails, fill up a vase of candy from Bulk Barn or offer to make them dinner. Happy holidays Queermonton! (See last year's Queermonton Gift Guide at V


Ukraine and the European Union Bullied by Russia, Ukraine must choose its greatest allies Ukraine's President Viktor Yanukovych had much explaining to do at the summit meeting of the European Union in Vilnius, Lithuania last Thursday. After six years of negotiation on an EU-Ukraine trade pact and political association agreement, which was finally due to be signed at Vilnius, he had to explain why he wasn't going to sign it after all. "The economic situation in Ukraine is very hard and we have big difficulties with Moscow," said Yanukovych in a private conversation with Germany's Chancellor Angela Merkel that was

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broadcast by Lithuanian television. "I would like you to hear me. I was alone for three and a half years (since his election in 2010) in very unequal conditions with Russia ... one to one." So Ukraine is putting the deal on hold indefinitely—and the EU promptly accused Yanukovych of being gutless. "If you blink in front of Russia, you always end up in trouble," said the EU's Commissioner for Enlargement, Štefan Füle. "Yanukovych blinked too soon." At least 10 000 outraged Ukrainians who had reached the same conclusion came out on the streets of Kiev in protest on the following day. It was starting to look like a rerun of the "Orange Revolution" that had forced Yanukovych out of power after he won a fraudulent election in 2004, so early Saturday morning the riot police attacked the protesters and drove them from the square. But on Sunday the demonstrators were back on Independence Square 100 000 strong and Yanukovych had to issue a public apology for the attack. We've been here before, haven't we? The big Russian bully threatens some ex-Soviet country that is now looking west, and the craven local ruler gives in. Pro-democracy demonstrators come out in the streets and peace, justice and pro-Western policies triumph. Except this time, it's not like that. The big Russian bully bit is still true. Moscow has already seen three of its former possessions in Europe—Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia—join the European Union. It sees the future of the remaining six—Ukraine, Belarus, Moldova, Georgia, Armenia and Azerbaijan—as a zero-sum game between Russia and the EU, and it plays hard ball.

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Of those six, Azerbaijan and Belarus are dictatorships that have no desire or possibility of making a deal with the EU under their current rulers. The other four have been pursuing trade and association deals (which might eventually lead to EU membership), and Moscow has been trying hard to frighten them out of it and instead force them to join its "Eurasian Union," an embryonic customs union that bears a curious resemblance to the old Soviet Union. After secret discussions with Russia in September, Armenia cancelled its association deal with the EU (which was due to be initialled at Vilnius), and joined the Eurasian Union instead. It's just too dependent on trade with Russia. Georgia initialled its deal with the EU in Vilnius because it had nothing to lose: since its war with Russia in 2008 it has no trade with its giant neighbour anyway. Moldova came under extreme pressure when Moscow stopped importing Moldovan wines, the country's most valuable export, but the Moldovans just sucked it up and initialled the EU deal anyway. The big issue, however, was always Ukraine. Russia has been turning the screws on Ukraine hard, because with 45 million people and a serious industrial base, it is the most important of the ex-Soviet states. Ukraine's trade in 2012 was almost equally split between Russia and the EU, but during the past year Russian-Ukrainian trade has fallen by a quarter. "That's a huge blow to our economy and we can't ignore it," Ukraine's energy minister, Eduard Stavitsky, told the BBC. Stavitsky had asked repeatedly

about getting compensation from the EU for the trade with Russia that Ukraine was losing as a punishment for its dalliance with "the West"—but "all we got were declarations that Ukraine would profit from a deal with the EU in the medium to long term." Unfortunately, politicians have to live in the short term, and Yanukovych's problem (and Ukraine's) is that the country is divided down the middle. His supporters are mostly Russian-speakers who live in the heavily industrialized eastern half of the country—and those are the people who will really suffer if Russia cuts off its trade with Ukraine. Yanukovych would not have spent three and a half years negotiating a deal with the EU if he had no intention of ever going through with it. Why bother? He was trying to cut a deal that would satisfy the aspirations of pro-EU voters, especially in the nationalist, Ukrainian-speaking west of the country, without destroying the livelihood of his own supporters in the east. Either the EU didn't understand his dilemma or it didn't care. It demanded that he choose between east and west and made no offer to compensate Ukraine for its big short-term losses if it signed a deal with the EU. So Yanukovych has put the whole thing on indefinite hold, but that doesn't mean he'll throw in his lot with the "Eurasian Union" instead. If he can ride out the demos that are currently rocking Kiev, then in the longer term he will probably make a cautious return to talks with the EU. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.

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What's old is new again Tavern 1903 revamps history with shareable indulgences


ow amazing it is that in Edmon- server somewhat to help make up ton, the city that seems eager to your mind. The list of by-the-glass efface its own history as quickly as wines, for instance, is quite lengthy, possible, a historic hotel that was dis- especially given the selection of assembled and mothballed three de- "enomatic wines" dispensed through a system that uses cades ago should be restored to Tavern 1903 at the Alberta Hotel inert gas (I'm not making this up) to its former glory 9802 Jasper Ave extend the shelf(or better) 100 780.424.0152 life of the wine. years after it first As such, you can opened its doors? I have a feeling that the tavern in the sample a truly premium bottle—may Alberta Hotel was somewhat less I recommend The Chocolate Block glamorous when the building was from South Africa?—without having pulled down to make way for Canada to buy the whole thing. The major decision my co-diner and Place in 1984 than it is now. And it's an even safer bet that no patron of said I faced was between sharing a few tavern ever had it as good—food and small plates or going for full entrées. After some debate—and a couple of drink wise—as the patrons of 2013. In case you hadn't heard, Tavern sample-sized glasses of wine—we 1903 offers another venue for Melin- decided on the former, with a salad. da and Larry Stewart, the culinary tal- This proved to be a winning strategy ents behind near neighbour and local and entirely filling to boot. Between resto-bucket-list headliner Hardware server and kitchen, the meal was Grill. But unlike the premium flagship thoughtfully paced so we could enjoy operation, Tavern 1903's menu seems a couple of dishes at a time. more scalable in terms of budget, with fancy snacks and small plates in addi- First to the table were the spinalis tion to big entrées and a broad range rib-eye rolls ($16) with chimichurri, of adult beverages. They even invite sautéed red onion and horseradish you to dress "smart casual," which is crème fraiche, which shot to the top open to all kinds of interpretations in of my last requests list, should I be a town affectionately known to some condemned to death one day. The spinalis, or cap, is the most tender denizens as "Dirt City." The bar side is an exacting recreation part of the rib-eye, and the three porof the original tavern, while the dining tions here were grilled to rare perroom side feels more contemporary, fection and slathered with Argentine somehow balancing a vaulted ceiling chimichurri, a condiment made with and floor-to-ceiling windows, sturdy, parsley, onions, garlic and oregano. rustic tables and wood panelling with The horseradish-imbued not-so-sour a feeling of coziness and intimacy. It's cream was a delicious touch, and also a lovely space, but not daunting. Simi- went very well with the thick-cut larly, the service is professional and truffle-oil fries dusted with parmeknowledgeable, but informal enough san ($8), which came with their own fruity-sweet house-made ketchup. to feel hospitable as well. Next came three duck confit tacos You'll probably have to rely on your

($14) open-faced on flour tortillas under a confetti of marinated cucumber and carrots, radish slices, sour cherries and cilantro, drizzled with sour cream and Sriracha. If the world is indeed facing a Sriracha shortage, I would rather the rest of it was used spicing up my delicious duck tacos than your grilled cheese sandwich. Sorry. After the tacos, our server treated us to a couple of samples from Tavern 1903's mozzarella bar, insisting that we shouldn't miss out. My codiner was particularly taken with the soft, buttery burrata atop crusty bread with fresh pesto and roasted peppers, though the firmer buffalo mozza served over fresh spinach, sautéed mushrooms and bacon jam was not short on merits.

Last but not least, we enjoyed an order of hickory smoked pork ribs ($15) in bourbon-molasses glaze with apple mostarda, a tart candied-fruit condiment that complemented the sweet, earthy smokiness of the lacquered meat. Alongside it, we enjoyed the Gem ($14), an artisan romaine heart split down the middle and lavished with blue cheese, candied bacon, a colourful assortment of small heirloom tomato halves and smoked devilled eggs in creamy "green goddess" dressing, which I didn't even know was a thing until that moment. Ironically, it was the salad with its rich ingredients and intense flavours that almost pushed us over the line, indulgence-wise. Nonetheless, we felt duty-bound to sample dessert and ordered the Glenlivet butterscotch

pudding ($7), which came topped with candied, crushed-up pretzels in a lidded jar. My co-diner does not care for whiskey, but I found myself in a race to get a fair share of the scrumptuous booze-infused pudding. After all the plates were cleared away, I was surprised to find two hours had elapsed as we sipped and savoured, but not as surprised as I was to see that our tab came in under $100 before tax and tip. It was amazing to feel so well looked after for less than a C-note but then, the resurrection of the Alberta Hotel seems a bit miraculous in itself. Best get in there and try it out, in case we all wake up one morning and discover we had dreamt the whole thing. SCOTT LINGLEY


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Something old, something new Modern and traditional approaches can co-exist in the beer world I have written a bit recently about my travel adventures this past summer. I travelled to Britain to experience some of its classic pub culture, but I also hit a few places in Canada, including British Columbia. One of the enduring impressions left on me after my wanderings was how the world of beer has changed. One of the most amazing things about being a beer fan these days is that you get to experience the best of both beer worlds. Traditional approaches doggedly continue alongside new upstarts trying to redefine beer. It is very fun to experience both side-by-side. It is a rare industry that can allow both the old and the new to co-exist. Usually the new muscles out the old, leaving it dusty and unused or the new gets too brash and is given a spanking by the long-timers. Not so much in beer, apparently. It may be one of the few places where the two happily exist side-by-side. Let me give you two examples to demonstrate my point. In a recent column I briefly mentioned Caledonian Brewing, Edinburgh's

oldest surviving brewery. Its approach to beer harkens directly back to the 19th century utilizing old copper kettles of a design no brewer would use today. They were short, stout basins with lids designed as copper wings hovering over the wort. Shallow, open fermenters (called Yorkshire Squares) that leave the young beer exposed to the air are scattered across the fermentation room. Caledonian's recipes remain mostly unchanged over the past 150 years. It brews classic British bitters and Scottish dark ales that give you a sense of being in a pub 100 years ago. Despite being bought out by global corporate concern Heineken, Caledonian has steadfastly maintained its traditional approaches, including eschewing round-the-clock brewing, a practice adopted by most commercial breweries. Instead, brewing occurs Monday through Wednesday while packaging and cleaning happens on Thursday and Friday, and no one works on the weekend. This is a far cry from what we see in North America.

In stark contrast is Tofino Brewing, situated on the outskirts of Canada's most hippie town on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This small brewery epitomizes the bold, carefree culture of newworld brewing. It is a brewery of surfer dudes, seriously. In 2011, three friends who were hanging out in Tofino, mostly to experience its impressive surfing waves, were chatting over a beer. One suggested they start their own brewery and within a couple of hours all three were in. None knew anything about beer but they didn't let that stop them. The trio cobbled together some cash, hired a professional brewer and built a very small brewery in an industrial park on the Pacific Rim Highway just outside Tofino. Not surprisingly, but certainly originally, they devoted a third of the brewery's space to an indoor skateboard park for local skaters. The brewery has a chaotic, do-ityourself feel. The brewhouse itself is fully professional, but even it uses the unusual heating method of electric infusion (most brewhouses are gas or steam fired).

The rest of the space has a casual, homey feel that reminds you this brewery remains three local guys at heart. The brewery was an instant hit, despite its owners' lack of experience and complete ignorance of how to sell beer. People took to the idea of drinking a beer made locally and soon they were selling beer to Victoria and Vancouver. The brewery remains small by most standards, expecting to sell 1900 hectolitres this year (which is less than a third of what our local Alley Kat brews, and it is a small brewery), but Tofino Brewing quickly established itself as a local mainstay. The beer is not boundary-pushing, but reflects a new-world sentiment. Tofino's anchor beer is a crispy blond ale called Reign In Blonde, but it also offers a fullerbodied copper ale called Tuff Session Ale and a moderate IPA called Hoppin' Cretin IPA. The brewery also put out a range of seasonals, including a coffee porter, hefeweizen and a spruce beer. You would never find a Tofino beer in Caledonian, or vice versa.

Each comes from very different traditions. What I appreciate is that within a couple weeks I was permitted to tour and visit with each of them, the two ends of the beer world. These are just two simple examples in the great span of craft breweries found today. But both reflect something true about what beer is about these days. It isn't a matter of Blackberry versus Apple or Android. We don't have to choose the old versus the new. Both have a place and, thankfully, beer drinkers understand and support that. As it works out, Edmontonians are not able to sample beer from either brewery, unless they travel to their respective regions. Neither are large enough to offer extensive distribution, but that also is part of what beer is about: providing a unique local beer experience. Both breweries do a fine job of that. Jason Foster is the creator of, a website devoted to news and views on beer from the prairies and beyond.

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Good Women Dance Collective shares its stage with Convergence

Dancers in the dark // Marc Chalifoux


s the Good Women Dance Collective prepares for its third annual Convergence showcase, the group is steadily defining itself—intentionally or not—as one of the more prolific presenters of locallyproduced contemporary dance. While each Convergence line-up has featured work by the Good Women themselves, the Collective has also offered its support to up-and-coming independent dancers and choreographers who are based in Edmonton— which hitherto has been a rare occurrence on the city's mainstages. Richard Lee, who has performed with Mile Zero Dance, Windrow Performance and Edmonton Opera, is now seeing his choreography, The

Shallows, fully realized after a year of trying it out in shorter incarnations. "It's been a long time with this piece, and its structure hasn't changed tons," Lee says. "But a lot of the layers within it have. The resonance of it has grown and developed for me over time." He had presented the first sketches of The Shallows at What's Cooking? in April, and then at Dancefest@Nextfest in June. He went on to further develop the piece for the Alberta Dance Festival at Dancers Studio West in September. "Now I'm putting the sort of final touches on it," he adds. The Shallows, he explains, began with the ideas of neuroplasticity and geographical Songlines, and eventually evolved into "a narrative about

In addition to his solo work, Lee is also performing in Withheld, choreographed by Alida Nyquist-Schultz of the Good Women. She sees the role

their company is playing in the dance main reason why we do Convercommunity as growing over time, too. gence," explains Good Women's "I think that the work that we're Ainsley Hillyard. "These talented hosting has year by year become more artists who have gone away to fully realized, this year especially, in train have every option to leave that the works we're presenting each forever and have a very successful have been staged career elsewhere, before," she says. so for us it's very Until Sat, Dec 7 (8 pm; 2 pm Along with Nyimportant to be matinee on Dec 7) quist-Schultz and able to show Convergence Lee, choreograthem that they La Cite Francophone, $15 – $20 pher Bridget Jeshave support here and that we some will present a solo piece, Being Here and Not There. will invest in them. In turn, we A recent transplant from Montréal, Jes- hope they will invest in us and it some did not expect to find such sup- will help us to continue to make port for dance in Edmonton, but has the community sustainable." FAWNDA MITHRUSH been pleasantly surprised thus far. "I think that's really one of the FAWNDA@VUEWEEKLY.COM

of a group of local playwrights— Jon Lachlan Stewart, Darrin Hagen, Jason Chinn, Nicole Moeller and Amber Borotsik—who have reinvented five of French existentialist Jean Paul Sartre's short stories for the stage. It's very similar to what the company did with the works of Samuel Beckett in its 2010 production Beckett's Shorts. This will be Surreal SoReal's first bilingual production: the stories fuse together English and French in addition to blending Sartre's philosophies with theatre, dance and poetry. "There are no surtitles," Horak notes. "We did think about doing that, but I like it without. I've gone to see theatre in other countries and if it's good—good acting and it's a good story and it's well staged—you can follow it."

Horak goes on to note the putting it on stage is that it has to French performers in the produc- be an active thing; it can't just be tion—about half of the cast is this internal thing that you're mullbilingual—are very familiar with ing about, that you can do in a book Sartre's works, whereas English- or in a novel." speakers may not be. Horak himIt's definitely heavy stuff, espeself was mainly familiar with Sar- cially in light of the feel-good holitre's play No Exit, but he contends day tales that are trotted out this that these existime of year— tential philoso- Thu, Dec 5 – Fri, Dec 13 but then again, phies have reso- (8 pm; 2 pm matinees Sat & Sun) Sartre's Shorts nated throughout Directed by Dave Horak might be just the culture since they C103, $18 – $22 perfect balm for were first conthose overloaded ceived, whether with Christmas or not you know cheer. the source material. "It's a nice palate cleanser before it "The characters in the play are def- gets really sugary and sweet," Horinitely struggling with these kinds ak says. "Come in and have a little of philosophies of existence," Horak existential crisis before you go out says. "Do we exist, how do I know and do your Christmas shopping!" that I exist, what tells me that I ac- MEL PRIESTLEY MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM tually am here—the difference with

loss and finding your way home." He adds that as a long-time friend and collaborator of the Good Women (there's a joke bandied around about getting him a special edition "Good Man that Dances with Good Women" T-shirt), that he's thrilled to present his own choreography on the Convergence stage. "It's quite an honour, and the fact that I get to dance with them too is great," he says. "This is is a major step for my career as a dancer in Edmonton and in Alberta."


Sartre's Shorts

Existentialism for the holidays // Mat Simpson


here's something morbidly funny about staging an existentialist play during the Christmas season. "I think Sartre would probably find it quite amusing that we're work-


ing on these big, heavy concepts and philosophies right before the holidays," director Dave Horak says. Presented by Surreal SoReal and more than two years in the making, Sartre's Shorts is the creation

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Curtain Call


Fool's Gold Cabaret


Lesiak notes the show this year is indicative of the lowns aren't just for kids' parties. "There's a stigma around the red nose," says Christine growing interest in clown throughout Edmonton, Lesiak, co-artistic director of Small Matters Productions. with 16 short acts making up the program—tied to"A lot of people say, 'Oh, I don't like clown,' but frankly, a gether by host Elliot James. In addition to encompassing the multifaceted performance styles under lot of people haven't actually seen real clown." the clown umbrella, Edmonton Fool's Gold Cabaret, now in its fourth Dance Theatre will be fusing the incarnation, offers an adult-friendly, va- Sat, Dec 7 (8 pm) two genres. riety-show-style evening of clown in its TACOS Space, "Local artists are really working hardmany forms,from classic red nose—a $12 – $15 er on their craft and trying to create prevalent style in Edmonton thanks to full-length shows," Lesiak says, adding Michael Kennard and Jan Henderson at the University of Alberta—to the satirical genre of bouf- this year's Fringe Festival is an indication of its growing popularity, as there were seven or eight clown shows as fant and others that toe the line of physical theatre. "It's very interesting to see all of the different opinions opposed to only one or two five years ago. "Our mandate is really one of community building and mentorship." of what is and is not clown. I think, as a MEAGHAN BAXTER company, one of our goals is to push those MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM boundaries and see what those are," says Lesiak, who performs as her clown alterego Sheshells alongside Adam Keefe as Rocket as they tackle the dynamics of modern male-female relationships. "It all comes down to the audience relationship. The clown sees the audience, has a relationship with the audiences, reacts to the audiences live in that moment. The audience may very well dictate the outcome of what the clown is doing, so that's really a major piece of, for me anyway, the big thing that makes it clown Getting nosy // Marc-Julien Objois or not."


Male Torso // George Botchett


"He was very giving, kind, generarcourt wouldn't exist without guys like George," says Har- ous," Brooks recalls, noting Botchett's court House executive director Derek passing was a shock to everyone. "He Brooks. "He was out there helping ev- was not well near the end. I know he eryone ... we owe him a gratitude that was in the hospital, but it happened quite quickly. ... We knew he went we can never repay." Brooks is talking about George into the hospital and we knew he was Botchett, one of Harcourt's original not well, but we all expected him to tenants, who will be remembered come out eventually and it just didn't through the current exhibition, Curtain happen that way." Call. Botchett was among the founding members of the organization who Curtain Call will feature pieces originally got together to raise money Botchett was working as well as for victims of the ones from priinfamous tornado Thu, Dec 5 – Fri, Jan 17 vate collections. that ripped through (Opening reception Thu, Dec 5, Brooks describes Edmonton in 1987. 8 pm – 10 pm) Botchett's work Their efforts were Harcourt House as "amazingly a success and they diverse" and expressive, noting decided to raise money for artists, eventually receiving the exhibition is the least Harcourt support from the government to open could do to remember Botchett and his art. Harcourt House. "I just want people to know how Botchett, who passed away in July at age 77, participated in a Harcourt dedicated he was to it all, and not House members show every year, just his own work, but to everyone and amassed a varied oeuvre span- else's," he adds. "He wasn't some ning mediums such as sculpture and artist cloistered in his studio; he painting. During his lifetime, Botch- was out there helping people and ett was also a high-school musical- volunteering every chance he got theatre teacher as well as devoted and just giving whatever he could. volunteer for many organizations, I think that's what makes him so including the Alberta Society of Art- amazing." ists, PSAA Bids for Kids and Jubilee MEAGHAN BAXTER MEAGHAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM Opera Guild auctions.

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s the Citadel Theatre's dialect coach, Doug Mertz can A full-blown Christmas tradition, A Christmas Carol reteach just about anyone how to deliver their pick-up turns to warm the cockles of Edmonton's icicle-encrusted lines with that irresistible British accent. Or Australian. Or hearts for the 14th consecutive year. It's Mertz's fifth year French. as the dialect coach, first as an actor in the production and "It really depends on the student," Mertz says with a it also happens to be the first time he's had British actors hearty laugh. "If you're a quick study, we in the play, running around with their real British accents, including Belinda could do it in a couple hours." Until Mon, Dec 23 (7:30 pm) This time of year, however, Mertz is Directed by Bob Baker Cornish, who plays Mrs Cratchit. busy getting the cast of A Christmas Citadel Theatre, "But even Belinda has to change hers a little bit to sound more of the period Carol ready to send audiences back in $35 – $93.45 time to the mid 19th century, standing and more of the class," Mertz explains. "Because her own dialect is not exactly on the cold streets of London on Christmas Eve—at least in tone and intonation. what Mrs Cratchit's would be, so she has made some ad"What we are going for is actually more of a flavour, to justments, too." give it a flavour of location and a little bit of time," Mertz says. "We are very specific about doing classes, because According to Mertz the hardest part of maintaining an acDickens always deals with the haves and the have-nots. cent when you're on stage is consistency. Though he says So we try to differentiate that as well with their dialect." humans are inconsistent in their everyday pronunciation of

The Arden Theatre presents

words, if the audience hears an alternative pronunciation they'll perceive it as a mistake. So while two pronunciations of the same word might be perfectly acceptable, the cast has to stick with just the one. Maybe it's in the unbroken details, like those consistent (and irresistible!) Londonaccents, that keep Edmontonians coming back year after year. Though Mertz says even sitting at the read-though puts him in the Christmas mood. "There's a certain kind of openness and a real giving spirit," Mertz says of the tight-knit cast. "Not only are we doing this show and sharing this story, but we also collect for the food bank at the end of the show, so there is a really concrete good cause we're supporting." KATHLEEN BELL


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The Velveteen Rabbit



irefly Theatre certainly sets sion; the significant differences in itself apart in Edmonton's the- genre and artistic medium creates atre community: no other company strong divisions in tone that remain seeks to unite aerial-based circus mostly unresolved. The final act, arts with musical theatre on such a Until Sun, Dec 8 (8 pm; however, is evi2 pm Sunday matinees) grand scale. dence of the Craniatrium is Directed by Annie Dugan beauty and elFirefly's latest ATB Arts Barns, $20 – $40 egance that can be achieved when offering, pushing these different this intersection forward. Set in the Victorian era, the elements are successfully melded show opens with a nameless woman together: Craniatrium ends on a (Cathy Derkach) journeying through wonderfully high note, literally as a snowstorm in the Rocky Moun- well as figuratively, in which musitains. She's seeking the cabin of cal theatre combines with circus an eccentric doctor (John Ullyatt), to create a truly magical spectacle. who lives alone with his Craniator: Even if everything didn't quite work a steam-belching device that allows out in Craniatrium, the show cerhim to journey into his patient's tainly bodes well for Firefly's future mind (her "craniatrium"), to analyze explorations into the peculiar meetthe symbolism found there and of- ing place between these genres. fer up a diagnosis. One wonders if MEL PRIESTLEY MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM Freud would be as cavalier about experiencing his patients' neuroses in such a firsthand manner. Once inside her mind, the doctor meets a group of cavorting, mischievous denizens known as the Mind Monkeys (an ensemble cast of circus artists from Firefly Theatre, with a couple of guests), led by an impish ringleader (Gia Anne-Marie Felicitas). From their first energetic antics on a pair of triple loops, you wouldn't guess that these were the manifestations of a woman suffering from "crippling ennui"—indeed, it's the first sign of something amiss in this scenario.

e see ourselves as the lit- but [Andersen]'s mining it for new tle Christmas Carol, if you jokes and I think we're turning in our will—it's a Christmas tradition in funniest Velveteen Rabbit yet." "I interjected my sensibility and my the making!" This will be the sense of humour third time that Fri, Dec 6 – Tue, Dec 24 to it," says AnderChris Craddock Directed by Dana Andersen sen, also phoning has brought his Capitol Theatre (Fort Edmonton in. "I was more adaptation of Park), $12 – $28 of a Christmas Carol guy and It's Margery Wila Wonderful Life liams' classic tale The Velveteen Rabbit to the stage at guy, so it's all new to me—but it's Fort Edmonton Park's Capitol The- nice to watch a new take on the atre; the show's consistently posi- Christmas spirit altogether." tive response in the previous two Craddock has contemporized the years certainly bodes well for its original 1922 version, adding a 21stendurance into the future. This year century flavour to the story. The has also seen the addition of a new show still retains some of its nostalgia director: Fort Edmonton Park's new through the aid of puppets from Calgary's Green Fools Theatre, as well as artistic director, Dana Andersen. "[Andersen]'s bringing in his come- its venue, the historic Capitol Theatre. dy background," says Craddock over the phone between rehearsals. "A The Velveteen Rabbit is particulot of us have comedy backgrounds larly suited to families with younger

children as well as those on a budget, as the show is only an hour long and is enticingly priced—especially when compared to some of the lengthy, large-scale Christmas productions around town. Parents also need not worry that the show's appeal only extends to their kids. "We tried to build it like a Pixar movie, to be pan-generational," Craddock says. "Obviously the puppets and the magic will be entertaining the kids, and the sly little jokes in reference to parenting—that's all for the grown-ups." "For people who don't know the story like myself, they will be very pleasantly surprised when they see it," Andersen adds. "There's another Christmas classic out there. And the theatre is just a warm place to spend a Christmas evening."



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Craniatrium's story is whimsical albeit simple in scope, used mainly as context for linking together the circus acts—which are all new, never having been previously staged by Firefly. They are easily the most engrossing aspects of the production. Blending musical theatre into a circus show is a tall order, however, and unfortunately most of Craniatrium's different aspects feel like juxtaposition rather than fu-

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Bloody Poetry T

here are a dizzying number of delicious lines in Howard Brenton's 1984 play Bloody Poetry, the third instalment of Studio Theatre's current season. Most are delivered by George, the Lord Byron: famous Romantic poet and writer, infamous drunk and notorious libertine, who has fled to Switzerland in self-imposed exile in 1816, seeking to escape the various scandals he created back home in England. Byron (Adam Klassen) spent that summer with fellow

writer Percy Bysshe Shelley (Oscar Derkx)—also on the run from the fallout of voicing his seditious political views—Shelley's love (and later wife) Mary Godwin (Merran CarrWiggin), and Mary's step-sister Claire Clairmont (Zoe Glassman). Their exploits have become the stuff of literati legend, made infamous by the brutally critical account of Byron's personal physician John William Polidori, portrayed here as an archetypal Gothic villain by the candid Braydon

Until Sat, Dec 7 (7:30 pm; 12:30 pm matinee on Thu, Dec 5) Directed by Glenda Stirling Timms Centre for the Arts, $11 – $22 Dowler-Coltman. Shakespeare is "a grotesquely talented little shit in the pay of royalty," and "the greatest sin in a poet is anal retention," so declares Lord Byron, who has an opinion on everything and never shies away from voicing it loudly and fervently. Brenton's script is meaty and poignant, and each of the cast members dives into its robust language with

just the right amount of fervor and passion; there are only a few moments in which the tongue-twisting dialogue becomes a little muddled under the uneven British accents and general over-zealousness. Bloody Poetry is at once an ode to great literature as well as a damnation of celebrity worship; a call to action against the indulgences of the privileged classes and a celebration of all our contemporary freedoms—be they social, political, philosophical or sexual. The play is structured as a precipice: from the giddy first act the tone shifts from naïve idealism to anger and pathos

as the collateral damage of their wild lives starts to pile up. The women suffer particularly for this lifestyle: they become ghosts pacing in the background, dogged by the actual ghost of Bysshe Shelley's dead wife—whom only Bysshe Shelley himself can see, for the men too have their own set of wounds. Bloody Poetry teaches many lessons though it never feels pedantic, and watching these characters hurtle towards their inevitable, predestined fates (for this is all history, remember) makes those lessons all the more sobering. MEL PRIESTLEY



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ife is toil,” offers Irina, early into The Three Sisters. “So toil!” Her enthusiasm for a grin-throughgrit existence doesn’t last too long into Anton Chekhov’s script of provincial yearnings; she soon discovers adulthood is full of dreams deferred that grow continually out of reach, of men who love you but who you don’t love, of a big city move dreamt of but never quite embarked upon. Broken Toys Theatre’s take on the

script is a mammoth, near-three-hour show. It’s also, for the most part, very good at handling the demands of this sort of endurance run show, if you’re up for the challenge. Director Clinton Carew himself translated Chekhov’s text from its original Russian, and that’s to the production’s benefit: Carew’s ear for comedy (both in script and direction) means what could very easily be an exercise in bone-dry melodrama is

Until Sat, Dec 7 (7:30 pm; 2 pm Saturday Matinee) Directed by Clinton Carew Varscona Theatre, $19.75 – $23 lively, witty and mostly flows along its course. The constant rigours of this story, of the accumulation of everyday weariness, does sag a bit in the middle: there’s only so much pathos to give, and, with a cast of 14, everyone’s looking for some measure of your sympathy. But it’s a sharp study of the complexity of human existence, skillfully written and most of its nuances are

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still resonant over a century later. There’s also some really textbookgood acting going on here, and it helps prop up the lulls. For starters, Ian Leung’s Kulygin is remarkable: both a pompous faux-intellectual and over-doting husband, his nuanced performance grows from funny through heartbreaking into some combination of both. Cody Porter delivers an engaging oddball solider in his Vassily, content to push buttons and deliver tasteless jokes with an understated edge. And the titular sisters all hold their own at the centre of things: Melissa Thingelstad’s Marsha wrings a

slow-burn of sympathy out of being trapped in loveless marriage while knowing the man she actually loves (Michael Peng, also excellent) returns her feelings. Lora Brovold’s Olga skillfully navigates an increasingly wornout downward spiral as her school teacher job drains her vitality; and Elena Porter’s Irina, so alive and excited for the future, realizes she’s ensnared in an endless present of disappointments big and small. Acceptance of so much less than what one wants is a difficult sell, and Porter handles it admirably. PAUL BLINOV





The perfect stocking stuffer for everyone on your holiday list! PPS Danse presents Danse Lhasa Danse | JAN 16 Royal Wood | JAN 25 Bruce McCulloch Young Drunk Punk | JAN 27 Fatoumata Diawara | JAN 29 Josh Ritter, with Special Guest, Gregory Alan Isakov | JAN 31 & FEB 1 California Guitar Trio & Montreal Guitar Trio | FEB 8 Turtle Island Quartet presents The Art of the Groove | FEB 14 Storytellers: Mary Gauthier, Lori McKenna, Rose Cousins & Chloe Albert | FEB 22 Chic Gamine & Oh My Darling | FEB 28 Le Vent du Nord | MAR 12 Tom Russell | MAR 13 Northwest Dance Project | MAR 16 Martyn Joseph | MAR 28 Battlefield Band | MAR 29 Maria Muldaur | APR 4 Maria Dunn & John Wort Hannam | APR 5 Darrell Scott & Tim O’Brien | APR 23 HOW TO BUY

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VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013


COMMON SENSE • 10546-115 St • TAKE A WALK ON THE WILD SIDE: Prints and Paintings by Stephen Pardy and Sandra Márcia • 'til Dec 20, by appointment CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • CELEBRATE THE SEASON: pottery, handmade decorations • 'til Dec 24; open house: Dec 7; Proceeds to local Christmas charity

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave, 780.453.9100 • CHOP SUEY ON THE PRAIRIES: 'til Apr 27, 2014 • MILTON AND CHEADLE PLATES: 'til Dec 9 • Feature Gallery: PATTERN WIZARDRY: 'til Mar 9 • Orientation Gallery: SPECIES AT RISK: 'til Mar 9 • Spotlight Gallery: SEEDS IN DISGUISE: The Biology and Lore of Ornamental Seeds; 'til Feb 23

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St, 760.1278 • REPRISE: Works by gallery artists; 'til Dec 22; Christmas party: Dec 7, 1-4pm • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • PANFORTE: Group exhibition featuring a three dimensional advent calendar; 'til Dec 25 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm

DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY • 10332-124 St • Christmas Show 2013; Dec 7-21 • ANNUAL WINTER SHOW 2013: Dec 14-24; Opening: Dec 14, 2-4pm

SHORTEN ARCHITECTS–Highlands Studio • 11208-65 St • PRETTIE SHORTEN: SOME ASSEMBLY [WAS] REQUIRED: William Prettie with architect Sherri Shorten • 'til Dec 21


EDMONTON DESIGN SHOW • 9911-72 Ave • Showcase of local design • Dec 8-13, 9am-4pm • Opening: Dec 7

ALBERTA BALLET • Jubilee Auditorium • The Nutcracker, choreography by Edmund Stripe; Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra and ESO. Activities before each show • Dec 12-14, 7pm; Dec 14-15, 1:30pm

EDMONTON GALLERY WALK • Gallery Walk Galleries: Daffodil, Scott, Bearclaw, Bugera Matheson, Front, West End, Peter Robertson, SNAP • 1st Thu Event: Galleries open after work, for an informal gathering of culture lovers the 1st Thu ea month, year round • Dec 5, 5-7pm

SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print-Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • MEMBERS SHOW & SALE: 'til Dec 21 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm

EBDA BALLROOM DANCE • Lions Senior Recreational Centre, 11113-111 Ave; • Dec 7, 8pm GOOD WOMEN • L’Uni Théàtre, 8627-91 St • Convergence 2013: Premiere of new works: Withheld by Alida NyquistShultz, Being Here and Not There by Bridget Jessome, The Shallows by Richard Lee • Dec 5-7 • Talk Back: After the show with all artists, moderated by Fawnda J. Mithrush; Dec 6 • $20/$15 (student)/$15 (member) at TIX on the Square MILE ZERO DANCE • Timms Centre, U of A, 87 Ave, 112 St • Cage’d, by Andrew De Lotbinière Harwood • Dec 13-14 • $15 (MZD member)/$20 (non-member) at door MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE • 8900-114 St, U of A • 'Twas the Night Before Christmas: J'Adore Dance • Dec 7, 10am (door), 10:30pm (show), 1pm (doors) • $10.50$15.75 at

FILM Boyle Street Community league • 9538-103a Ave • Free Movie Night • Dec 6, 8-10pm; Free STANLEY A. MILNER LIBRARY THEATRE • 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Interactive Movie: A Christmas Story (1983) • Dec 14 • Free EDMONTON MOVIE CLUB • Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St, 780.680.1712 • Tasher Desh (The Land of Cards), Bengali, English subtitles • Dec 8, 6:15pm FAVA • Film and Video Arts Society, 9722-102 St • FAVA'S Winter Wrap Up: announcements and food • Dec 11, 8pm FILM FORUM • Stanley Milner Library, 6th Floor, Rm 5 • Beware Of A Holy Whore (STC, 1971), German, English subtitles; Dec 14, 1:30pm • Drop-in; no registration FROM BOOKS TO FILM • Stanley Milner Library Centennial Rm, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Where the Wild Things Are (PG, 2009) ; Dec 6, 2pm • Lemony Snicket: A Series of Unfortunate Events (PG, 2004) Dec 13, 2pm MOVIE MONDAY • King Edward Community Small Hall, 8008-81 St • Urbanized; Dec 9, 9pm METRO CINEMA • Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St: Herb & Dorothy; Dec 10; $10/$8 (AGA/Metro member/student/ senior)

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALLIED ARTS COUNCIL–Spruce Grove • Spruce Grove Art Gallery, Spruce Grove Library, 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • MINI SHOW: Members show; through to Jan • Reception: Dec 6 ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St, 780.488.6611 • Feature Gallery: POTWORKS: Showing the contemporary state of the ancient tradition of pottery; 'til Dec 24 ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • Manning Hall (main level public space): NOW YOU SEE IT: by Megan Morman; 'til Dec 31 • LADY SPIDER HOUSE: 'til Jan 12, 2014 • ANGAKKUQ: BETWEEN TWO WORLDS; 'til Feb 16 • DAPHNIS & CHLOÉ: Chagall; 'til Feb 16, 2014 • BMO World of Creativity: CABINETS OF CURIOSITY: Lyndal Osborne's curious collection; 'til Jun 30, 2014 • OF HEAVEN AND EARTH: 500 Years of Italian Painting from Glasgow Museums; organized by the American Federation for the Arts; Dec 14-Mar 9 • SUSPEND: Brenda Draney: Dec 14-Mar 9 • Conversation with the Artist: RBC New Works Gallery, Level 2: Brenda Draney with Kristy Trinier; Dec 13, 6pm; free with Gallery Admission • Lecture: Artist talk by David Hoffos; Dec 11, 7pm; $15/$10 (member) • Book Club: The AGA Presents: David Hoffos; Ledcor Theatre, Lower Level; Dec 11, 7pm; $15/ $10 AGA Members • BMO All Day Sunday: Games Day: Dec 15 ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • FRUITS OFF THE LOOMS: Nina Haggerty Collective; Dec 5-Feb 1 • BEYOND TRADITIONS: Hand hooked tapestries by Rachelle LeBlanc • Dec 5-Feb 1 • Opening: Dec 6, 7-9pm • Contemporary Fibre Hooking: Workshop with Rachelle LeBlanc; Dec 14, 9:30am-4:30pm BEARCLAW GALLERY • 10403-124 St, 780.482.1204 • THE TRICKSTER SERIES: Artworks by Jason Carter; 'til Dec 5 • CHRISTMAS EXHIBITIONS: Artworks by Jane Ash Poitras, Linus Woods, Aaron Paquette, Diane Meili, others; 'til Dec 31 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm BLOCK 1912 10361-82 Ave • EXPLORING THE ROCKIES: Landscape paintings by Donna Miller • 'til Jan 15 BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave, 780.482.2854 • LANDINGS: Landscapes paintings by Edward Epp and Jane Everett; 'til Dec 5 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTAS (CAVA) • 9103-95 Ave, 780.461.3427 • MINIATURES AND MORE: Exhibition of miniatures plus works by Denise Parent and Gilles Lavoie • Dec 6-24 • Opening: Dec 6, 7-8:30pm CITY CENTRE STAGE • 4922-49 St • OVERWHELMING (IM) POSSIBILITIES: Art by 2nd Year RDC Visual Art students • Dec 6 (one night only), 7pm


U OF A MUSEUMS • • Human Ecology Gallery: Main Fl, 116 St, 89 Ave: THE RE-BIRTH OF VENUS: Fashion and the Venus Kallipygos: Explores the influence of art on fashion • 'til Mar 2, 2014

ST ALBERT PUBLIC LIBRARY • 5 St. Anne St, St Albert • Grant Lawrence: Readings from his latest book "The Lonely End of the Rink: Confessions of a reluctant goalie". Musical interlude: Mike McDonald (Jr. Gone Wild) • Dec 8, 2pm • Free

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.421.1731 • Gallery A: #ICONICCANUCK: Works by Brandy Saturley Dec 5-Jan 25; • Gallery B: INSTITUTE OF MORPHOID RESEARCH: Works by Jennifer Akkermans; Dec 5-Jan 25 • Opening: Dec 5, 7-9:30pm

STANLEY MILNER LIBRARY • Rm 5, 6 Fl, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Sound and Image To Poems: presented by: Richard Davies • Dec 7, 9:30am-12 • $25; pre-register at

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave, 780.488.4892 • PAINTINGS OF WESTERN CANADA: By Ken Faulks • 'til Dec 5 • ANNUAL CHRISTMAS EXHIBITION: A group exhibition from gallery artists; Dec 5-28 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm • PREVIEW: Winter Collection: Dec 5, 5-8pm



ENTERPRISE SQUARE GALLERIES • 10230 Jasper Ave • Open: Thu-Fri 12-6pm, Sat 12-4pm • SANAUNGUABIK: Traditions and transformations in Inuit art, featuring prints, sculpture, textile, and video art; 'til Dec 21


FAB GALLERY • 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 89 Ave, 112 St, 780.492.2081 • ENOUGH IS AS GOOD AS A FEAST: Joe Doherty (MFA Painting); FUR STORIES [YOU ARE NOT WILD ENOUGH FOR ME]: Alexandra Emberly (MFA Printmaking) • Dec 10-21, Jan 2-11 • Opening: Dec 12, 7-10pm

FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave, 780.488.2952 • New works by Jennifer Poburan; 'til Dec 11 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm • Shortbread & Sherry: Dec 5, 5-8pm • Group show for gallery artists; through Dec

FOOL’S GOLD CABARET • The TACOS Space, 10005-80 Ave • Small Matters Productions and Punctuate! Theatre present a night of clown and physical comedy, featuring Elliott James, Christine Lesiak, the Happy Accidents Clown Collective, Neil Kuefler, Kendall Savage, and more. Mature themes • Dec 7 • $15/$12 (student/senior)

HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • Main Gallery: THE QUIET REBUILD: Alexis Marie Chute • Front Room: GEORGE BOTCHETT: CURTAIN CALL: A retrospective exhibition of the work of George Botchett; Dec 5-Jan 17; Opening: Dec 5, 8-10pm; Artist Talk: HO-YOU 7:30pm • Main Gallery: JILL HO-YOU: reverberation IV, graphite on mylar; Dec 5-Jan 17; opening reception: Dec 5, 8-10pm

HALF SHAMBLES • Azimuth Theatre, 11315-106 Ave • An original short film, clown, dance and a new one-act play • Dec 5-7; 7:30pm • $12 (door; cash only)

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • LIFE, UP CLOSE: Art by Lydia Christensen • 'til Dec 31 • Reception: Dec 6, 780.4-6pm; Concert: Benefit Concert for Red Deer Food Bank at 7pm


JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY (JAAG) • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave, 109 St, 78 Ave, 780.433.5807 • EWG PLUGGED IN: Special Projects from Our Members by The Edmonton Weavers Guild (Founded in 1953) • 'til Dec 19 • Opening: Dec 11, 6:30-8:30pm


MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St, 780.407.7152 • IMAGES MAKE THE WORDS COME ALIVE: by Barbara Hartmann and Gwen Molnar; 'til Dec 22

ADAPTATION OF THE CLASSIC A heartwarming seasonal favourite for the whole family.


MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • TAKE YOUR BEST SHOT: Youth Digital Photo exhibition • 'til Jan 12

Take a break from the busy holiday season and unwind in our winter wonderland.

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave, 780.455.7479 • WINTER GROUP SHOWS: New work by gallery artists • 'til Feb 8 • 1st Thu Event: Dec 5, 5-7pm PROPAGANDA HAIR SALON • 10808-124 St • The Comrades: 11 new paintings by outro • 'til Jan 31 PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA • 8555 Roper Rd, 780.427.1750 • VICTORY ON THE FIELD EXHIBIT: Exploring the effects of the First and Second World Wars on sports in Alberta; 'til Jan 31; free Pro'S art gallery • 17971-106A Ave • Mon-Sat 10am-1:30pm; Wed 2-5:30pm; Mon-Fri 6:30-9pm; Closed Thu • GENE PROKOP AND FRIENDS: Artworks by Gene Prokop with works by Zhaoming Wu, Robert Johnson, Sherri McGraw and Gregg Kreutz, and Monte Carlo car artist, Alfredo de la Maria (Argentina), and artists from the Ukraine and Russia • 'til Dec 20


WWW.FORTEDMONTONPARK.CA from Canada, Croatia, Germany, Great Britain, Israel, Poland, Ukraine, and the US • 'til Dec 7

STRATHCONA COUNTY ART GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • LANDMARKS ON THE STUDIO WALL: Art by Robert Dmytruk, Les Graff, and Paddy Lamb • 'til Dec 20 STRATHCONA COUNTY MUSEUM ARCHIVES • 913 Ash St, Sherwood Park • CHRISTMAS IN THE MUSEUM: 'til Jan 15, 2014 THE STUDIO • 11739-94 St • Works by Glen Ronald, Bliss Robinson, Debra Milne and guest artists • 'til Dec 31, 12-5pm TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • HARRY POTTER: THE EXHIBITION: Peer into the wizard’s world in an interactive exhibit featuring hundreds of authentic props and costumes from the Harry Potter films; 'til Mar 9, 2014; tickets start: $14

THE HISTORY OF ROCK ‘N ROLL STARS & STRIPES • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave, 780.483.4051 • A musical evening all-American music review of the origins of rock ‘n roll from its infancy highlighting Chuck Berry, Elvis, the Doo-Wop groups of the '50s, the Beach Boys, and R&B groups of the '60s • 'til Feb 2 THE NUTCRACKER, UNHINGED! (And Other Stocking Stuffers from Lemoine-land) • Varscona Theatre, 1032983 Ave • Teatro La Quindicina. Fireside reading by Jeff Haslam, holiday playlets by Stewart Lemoine with Shannon Blanchet, Rachel Bowron, Mathew Hulshof, Kendra Connor and Andrew MacDonald-Smith, Stephen Delano (keyboard) and guest vocalists • Dec 12-14 • $26/$23 (senior/student) at TIX on the Square

SARTRE’S SHORTS • C103, 8529 Gateway Blvd • Playwrights Jason Chinn, Darrin Hagen, Amber Borotsik, Nicole Moeller, Jon Lachlan Stewart, Josée Thibeault, writing in both French and English, making this Surreal SoReal Theatre’s first bilingual production • Dec 5-13 • $22 (adult)/$18 (student/senior) at TIX on the Square

DECEMBER 6 - 23 Step back in time and feel the magic of a Christmas' past!

NINA HAGGERTY CENTRE FOR THE ARTS • 9225-118 Ave • CHIMERIUM: HYBRIDS FROM NINA'S STUDIOS: Works by the NHCA Collective; curated by Sherri Chaba • 'til Dec 20

HAPPY DAYS, A NEW MUSICAL • La Cité Francophone • Moxy B Productions, a community theatre production, based on the 1970's television series • Dec 11-14, 7:30pm • $15; Dec 13, 12:30pm: $8

PROOF • Walterdale Theatre, 10322-83 Ave • Catherine struggles with relationships and her fear of becoming mentally ill as her father had • 'til Dec 14 • $12-$18 at TIX on the Square

MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain • • Drawings by Erin Schwab; 'til Jan 14

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • MEINE BILDER SIND KLUGER ALS ICH: Painting and Installation by Nathaniel Wong • 'til Dec 31

BLOODY POETRY • Timms Centre, U of A • Studio Theatre; by Howard Benton. An ode to the imagination; directed by Glenda Stirling (Studio Theatre's 2014 Mary Mooney Distinguished Visiting Artist) • 'til Dec 7, 7:30pm; Mat: Dec 5, 12:30pm A CHRISTMAS CAROL • Maclab Citadel Theatre • Adapted by Tom Wood Directed by Bob Baker Based on the story by Charles Dickens • 'til Dec 23

ELVIS AND THE LAS VEGAS HANGOVER • Jubilations Dinner Theatre • The annual Elvis festival in sunny Las Vegas featuring hit songs by Elvis Presley, and more • 'til Feb 14

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • Sculptors' Association of Alberta selected works; 'til Dec 31

MARJORIE WOOD GALLERY–Red Deer • Kerry Wood Nature Centre • LAST CALL: Group show • 'til Dec 31 • First Friday: Dec 6, 5-7pm

AMAHL AND THE NIGHT VISITORS • Holy Trinity Anglican Church, 10037-84 Ave • A short one act opera by Gian Carlo Menotti presented by Edmonton’s coOPERAtive • Dec 20-21, 7pm; Sat mat: Dec 21, 3pm

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Live improvised soap opera • Runs Every Mon, 7:30pm 'til May 26, 2014

GALLERY 7 • 7 Perron St, St Albert • Romance is in the AIR: Paintings by Olga Duc • 'til Dec 27

LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St, 780.423.5353 • Main Space: BEFORE PHOTOGRAPHY: Chuck Samuels mixes photographic history and fiction by Chuck Samuels; 'til Dec 21 • ProjEx Room: PHANTOM LIMB: Shyra de Souza; 'til Dec 21

THE 11 O'CLOCK NUMBER • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • An Improvised Musical every Fri 'til Dec 13, 11pm; starting again Jan 10

CRANATRIUM • Westbury Theatre Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • Firefly Theatre's aerial musical spectacle created by Dave Clarke, Marissa Kochaski, Annie Dugan, and John Ullyatt • 'til Dec 8 • $40 at Fringe Theatre Adventures

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • MINIATURES: Dec 7-24 • THE TWO CONTRARY STATES OF THE HUMAN SOUL: Works by Father Douglas • 'til Feb 3

LANDO GALLERY • 103, 10310-124 St, 990.1161 • HOLIDAY EXHIBITION: Gallery artists and secondary market works • 'til Dec 24


CHIMPROV • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • Every Sat, 10pm, 'til Jul • $12 (door or buy in adv at TIX on the Square) • 'til Jun, 2014

FORT EDMONTON PARK • • 1905 and 1920 St • Christmas Reflections • 'til Dec 23; Mon-Fri 5-9pm; Fri-Sat: 2-6pm (not Dec 7, 9, 16) • $15.75 free (kids under two)

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • 2nd Fl, Sunworks, 780.4924 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.597.9788 • 900: DRAWING WITH THE BRAIN: Works by Amber-Jane Grove • 'til Dec 31 • Reception: Dec 6, 6-8pm

UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Reading Series: presented by the Stroll of Poets Society: Workshop; Dec 9, 7pm

AUGUSTANA CAMPUS–Camrose • The K. Glen Johnson Faith & Life Centre Chapel • Brian Evans, launch of the Remarkable Chester Ronning: Proud Son of China • Dec 14, 2-5pm • Free BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave, 989.2861 • Story Slam 2nd Wed ea month @ the Chair: Share your story, sign-up at 7pm • Dec 11, 7-10pm • $5 (suggested, donations go to winners) CARROT COFFEEHOUSE • 9351-118 Ave • Prose Creative Writing Group • Every Tue, 7-9pm EMPRESS ALE HOUSE • 9912 Whyte Ave • The Olive Reading Series: 2nd Tue ea month, Sep-Apr 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:

VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013

SESAME STREET LIVE : ELMO MAKES MUSIC • Edmonton Expo Centre • Elmo, Abby Cadabby, Big Bird and all their Sesame Street friends are taking to the stage to share their love of music • Dec 6-8 THEATRESPORTS • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, 9828101A Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm • 'til June • $12/$10 (member) at TIX on the Square THE THREE SISTERS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • By Anton Chekhov, presented by the Broken Toys Theatre, starring Lora Brovold, Melissa Thingelstad, Elena Porter, Ryan Parker, Michael Peng, Ian Leung, Jesse Gervais, Laura Metcalfe, Jon Paterson, Taylor Chadwick, Justin Deveau, Catherine Wenschlag, Kenneth Brown • 'til Dec 7 THE VELVETEEN RABBIT • Fort Edmonton Park • • This modern take on the classic children’s tale • Dec 6-24 • $28 (adult)/$12 (child)/$20 (student/senior) THE VIP KIDS SHOW • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave, 780.433.3399 • The V.I.P. troupe of zany characters celebrate the thin line between clever and silly with Kate Ryan, Davina Stewart, Donovan Workun, Dana Andersen, Cathy Derkach and friends • 'til May (selected Saturdays); Dec 8, 11am • $6/$60 (VIP pass) WITH BELLS ON • Theatre Network, 10708-124 St • A mild-mannered accountant heads out for his first night of adventure after a nasty divorce • Dec 10-22



WILD Alberta™ offers over 35,000 square kilometres of snowy activities to occupy you and your family all winter long. Our doors are always open and we invite you to enjoy our Adventure Playground. “There’s all of these great experiences really close to home,” says Lorraine Robinson, Project Officer of WILD Alberta. “Just an hour north and west of Edmonton you’ve got deep snow to go snowmobiling, rallies, family ski hills for all skill levels, curling bonspiels – there are so many opportunities.” Skiing in Alberta isn’t just limited to the mountains – the WILD Alberta region offers two hills for downhill ski enthusiasts: Misty Ridge, located 35 kilometres north of Barrhead, and Tawatinaw Valley, located just an hour’s drive north of Edmonton on Highway 2. Misty Ridge, which was founded in 1971 on the natural north slope of the picturesque Athabasca River, offers over 100 acres of runs and a large bunny hill for beginners. The Tawatinaw Valley Alpine and Nordic Centre was established in 1967 for Canada’s Centennial, and is a downhill skiers’ paradise with 24 runs ranging from novice to advanced difficulty. Tawatinaw also has an extensive terrain park and one of only three snowboard half-pipes in Alberta. “My kids grew up in the area, and Tawatinaw Valley was the best place for them to be,” says Robinson. “If you have a young family and you want your kids to learn how to ski, it’s a safe place to spend a whole day out in the fresh air.” If you prefer enjoying the winter scenery at a leisurely pace, both Misty Ridge and Tawatinaw Valley also offer plenty of groomed cross country trails for both Nordic and skate skiing, as well as snowshoeing. Both hills have chalets that serve up homemade regional cuisine, so you can warm up from a day on the hill with a steaming bowl of soup made from scratch or a muffin hot out of the oven. If you’re up for more of an adventure, hundreds of groomed and un-groomed cross country trails weave through the WILD Alberta region; the Blue Ridge Recreation area and the Westlock and Barrhead golf courses are particularly great for cross country skiers looking to discover pristine winter scenery.

outfitted with warm-up shacks, cook-out areas and plenty of sightseeing spots along the way – don’t miss the Hard Luck Canyon gorge near Whitecourt or the beautiful woodlands in which you can sneak a peek at wildlife like deer, moose, coyotes and snowshoe hares. We encourage you to “Try the Triangle” and take advantage of the amenities offered at each stage along the circuit. Several snowmobiling clubs maintain the Triangle, along with over a thousand kilometres of other trails throughout the region (check the WILD Alberta website for a full listing). These clubs also hold annual rallies – don’t miss the Whitecourt Trailblazers VIP + Media Ride on January 29, 2014, the Swan Hills SnoGoers Rally on February 22, 2014, or SNOMO Days in Lac Ste. Anne County and Alberta Beach on February 15, 16 & 17, 2014 – a weekend with plenty of family events in addition to various snowmobiling activities. What’s winter in Alberta without ice sports? If you’re tired of waiting around Edmonton for a rink to free up, a quick drive out to the WILD Alberta region will net you plenty of open ice time on the region’s many skating, hockey and curling rinks. The towns of Swan Hills, Mayerthorpe, Barrhead, Westlock and Clyde are great places to play some hockey; there are also plenty of curling clubs that hold bonspiels throughout the winter months. The beauty of the WILD Alberta region is that its abundance of activities are completely self-paced, so you can perfectly tailor your winter adventures to your own taste – whether it’s a rigorous day of downhill skiing, an afternoon speeding through virgin powder drifts on a snowmobile, or a leisurely game of curling, WILD Alberta is the home of your ultimate winter experience.

Are you a powder junkie? The northern area of the WILD Alberta region offers sledding enthusiasts the opportunity to experience amazing powder conditions without a long drive or high expense. “The amount of powder that they get there is phenomenal,” says Robinson. “It’s equivalent to the foothills – and it’s a short drive, instead of four or five hours!” WILD Alberta also encompasses a portion of the worldrenowned Golden Triangle, which extends from Swan Hills to Fox Creek to the snowmobile capital of Alberta, Whitecourt – home of the 2015 Sled Invasion. The Triangle is a fully groomed circuit 350 kilometres in length,


VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013

Photo: Barrhead Leader





City in winter Get outdoors and gear up for unconventional activities nearby


now has hit hard and early this year, so battling the winter blues is going to be a long haul. Trying some unconventional activities that get you outside is the best way to keep the blood flowing, and give your computer and couch a break through the winter months. Things like skiing, snowboarding, skating and tobogganing are obvious winter activity choices, but there are plenty of other things to do in the city if you look hard enough and are willing to step outside your comfort zone. For those that want the adrenaline rush that only speed can offer, try snow tubing at Sunridge Ski Area. Sliding down a groomed chute on the tubes they provide kicks conventional tobogganing up a notch, and having a lift to get you back to the top is a luxurious alternative to trudging back up the hill with tube, toboggan or sled in hand. Snow tubing is available Friday evenings, weekends and holidays, and is only offered locally at Sunridge. Put together a group and you can rent the whole tubing area on weekday evenings or weekend mornings, but keep in mind all participants have to be at least seven years old and be a minimum of 48 inches tall. With a deep snow-pack developing early this season it will be a great winter to try snowshoeing. Any field or area that is relatively flat and untracked is the best place to let snowshoes do their thing. The deeper the snow the better as the snowshoes spread your weight over a wide area, allowing you to float on top of the surface with ease. There has been a big increase in interest in snowshoeing in recent years, notes Perry Kirchner from Totem Outdoor Outfitters, which rents snowshoes. "Snowshoeing is growing exponentially," he says. "The first big surge was in the '70s and we're seeing another one now. It kind of marks a shift in attitude about winter. So many more people are trying new things and getting out and doing things they normally wouldn't do." Strolling around on snowshoes may be interesting enough for some but those who want to put a bit more intensity into their experience can grab a baseball and glove, football or Frisbee. Playing a game of catch with snowshoes on adds a whole new element and works muscles that you likely haven't used in a while. Disk golf, or Frisbee golf as many people know it, is an activity that

can be enjoyed in winter just as easily as during the summer months. The disk-golf course at Rundle Park stays open year-round, so the only thing you need to bring is you own disks and motivation to move around the course's 18 targets or "holes," if you're thinking in conventional golf terms. If the snow is deep on the disk- golf course, try renting snowshoes to work your way around the targets. Although it is primarily used by skiers, sledders and trekkers while in the backcountry, avalanche safety gear can be fun to play around with in your own back yard or nearby field. Shovels, transceiver and probes, the standard gear used for avalanche safety, are all available to rent at Mountain Equipment Coop and they will even offer a brief explanation on how it all works. Once you've found a location to play in, have someone bury one of the transceivers and then try to locate it with the other transceiver. Use only the electronic signal being sent out by the buried transceiver and don't just follow the tracks in the snow to where it might be buried. It may sound like a simple game of hide and seek, but add in the snow, varying terrain and a time limit and it becomes a challenging exercise. After you get familiar with operating the avalanche safety gear, move on to wooded areas, ravines or the river valley to vary your setting and add another level of difficulty. Practicing transceiver retrieval is not only an activity that gets you outside, you are also learning and honing a skill that could save a life. If you ever find yourself in a situation where someone is buried in an avalanche, the experience and speed you gain playing transceiver hide and seek could be invaluable, as every minute is vital during avalanche retrievals.

on display, public skating taking place on the outdoor pond, free beverages and pizza will be available along with music, dancers and of course, animals. If you're still looking for wintery things to do in the capital city, check out Edmonton's WinterCity Strategy online. It's a project aimed at making the city more livable, inviting and fun during the winter

months, and provides a list of all the winter festivals and events. Whether you are creating your own fun or taking part in one of the city's organized activities, there is no lack of things to do during the snowy months. Just put down the remote control and open the door, the possibilities are endless. STEVEN KENWORTHY


For those that are not looking to push their boundaries but do want to get outside, try a trip to the Valley Zoo. Strolling through the zoo in winter gives you a chance to see animals in a different setting than a summer visit to the facility. "Lots of animals are more active in winter than in summer when they tend to rest more and enjoy the sun," explains Laura Ruddock from the City of Edmonton. "The zoo is open all winter during the day, but from December 6 to 15 we are having the Festival of Light and will be open from 5 pm to 10 pm. It's a chance to see the zoo at night in the winter, something that doesn't happen very often." Artistic light installations will be

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Tackling the slopes

Rabbit Hill offers something for all levels—particularly beginners


en years ago, I mastered the pizza maneuver on skis—and it kept my limbs intact on a recent weekend outing to Rabbit Hill. The ski resort, located about a halfhour southwest of Edmonton, offers a modest 11 runs and two terrains. That's nowhere near the dozens of runs that snake through Sunshine Village and Marmot Basin, but that's never stopped Rabbit Hill from drawing a sizeable crowd. Truth be told, it fully embraces its modesty. "We cater to the beginner," Jocelyn Ouellette, Rabbit Hill's director of marketing, assures me a couple of days before my visit. "We see a lot of people come out here before they head out to the mountains. There's really something for all ages, from the little guy who can barely walk with his equipment on to your veteran senior who's looking to get the rust off." I might not be the little guy, but count me in the first category. My feet were hobbling through the snow, unsure of how to handle the heavy contraptions attached to them. The skis came courtesy of Rabbit Hill's rental store, which also rents out snowboards, boots, helmets and poles. Employees are on-hand to help you find the right size of boots, secure your helmet and adjust your skis or snowboards. The process was pretty seamless, and within 20 minutes, I was ready to hit the slopes. The park attracts a considerable number of children and teens, with kids as young as three soaring down the hills. It made me feel like a bit of a giant at the bunny hill, which I called home for most of the afternoon. But as an amateur, I felt more comfortable thanks to the fallen riders dotting the hill. We were all in this together, awk-


wardly steering clear of each other but silently cheering the other on. The park's focal point is its triple chair lift, which climbs up a 90-metre hill. I debated whether to go up, but decided that I wasn't quite ready for the big leagues. Still, I appreciated the options, as I'm sure do the other riders who regularly flock to the park. Jim Sutherland, general manager of Rabbit Hill, tells me the terrain is what differentiates Rabbit Hill from other local ski parks. The River Run Park, Route 27 Park and Main Park each feature a variety of rails, boxes and jumps for the more adventurous to attempt. "It's not just straight down the

hill. There's variation in the terrain," he says. "The terrain park we produce every year is also probably one of the better ones in Alberta, I would say — definitely in Edmonton." Sixty percent of Rabbit Hill's runs, in fact, are meant for beginners, which is enticing enough for me to plan another trip to the park in the near future. Whether I actually feel adventurous enough to venture through the advanced-level Easterbowl or the Avalanche is another story. But for now, I'll be angling my feet in that familiar pizza shape, zigzagging through Alberta's bountiful supply of sugary snow. ALEX MIGDAL


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Castle Mountain resort opening early for a sneak peek Staff at Castle Mountain resort did not expect to open the slopes until mid-December, but a couple of major snowstorms are allowing them to open a week earlier for a sneak peek weekend on December 7 and 8. Three chairs will be running from 9 am to 4 pm and lift tickets will be reduced by $20. The following weekend Castle will officially open for the season with all chairs expected to be cranking it up. Conditions at Castle can be quite unique, as overnight winds push snow over the mountain creating incredible wind-shift conditions by morning. Even if it doesn't snow, you can ski in fresh powder on many runs that you carved up the previous day. Canadian skiers qualify for Sochi at Lake Louise The Canadian men's contingent of downhill and Super-G skiers gathered at Lake Louise last weekend to begin their World Cup season and quest to qualify for the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia. Although none of them made it onto the podium, three athletes met the minimum qualifying standard for the Canadian Olympic team. Erik Guay was first, finishing eighth in Saturday's downhill, while Jan Hudec and Manuel Osborne-Paradis finished tenth and twelfth respectively in Sunday's Super-G event. All three were

ecstatic about making the team, especially Guay, who is coming off a major knee injury which kept him off the slopes for an entire year. This weekend also marked the return of American skier Bode Miller. Miller, one of the most successful racers in the world, did not race last year but the lure of another chance to add to his five Olympic medals got him back on the snow. The men will now head south to Beaver Creek, Colorado where the women just finished their season-opening races and are headed north to Lake Louise. If you're heading to Lake Louise this weekend (December 7 – 8), bring your cowbells and cheer on our gals. Big deal at Big White Big White near Kelowna, BC is getting snowed under. Last Sunday the resort already had a base of 115 cm, allowing it to open weeks earlier than anticipated. Big White could really use skiers, so staff have gone all out promoting the hill, including the charter of a plane from Calgary to Kelowna. At $149 return including all charges, the price is certainly attractive. It's an interesting concept where the charter is announced, and when at least 50 people book, the flight is a go. If you want more information, check it out on the Big White website ( I wonder if Edmonton can get enough skiers and boarders together to make it a go?



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Glorious Bastards

Claire Denis gives her bleak revenge-thriller a distinctive, seductive centre


suicide attended to by Parisian police in gauzy nocturnal rain; a man throwing cigarettes wrapped in a shirt from his balcony to a woman in the lamp-lit street below; flashlights snaking through grass to discover a child's discarded bicycle; a young woman, transfixed and naked save for a pair of pumps, walking along lonesome damp, chiaroscuro backstreets; piles of shoes that will never be sold, echoed by scattered cobs of corn on the floor of some rural hideaway,

with traces of blood and hair, echoed by bodies strewn across a wood near a wrecked car. Such images, all of them haunted and enigmatic, all of them unfolding in darkened places, are sewn into the doomy mosaic that is Bastards, the most recent and arguably bleakest film from the great Claire Denis. It is, curiously for an auteur typically associated with difficult-to-categorize works, very much a genre piece: a revenge thriller, a neo-noir, with un-

Chocolat (1988), I Can't Sleep (1994), Beau Travail (1999), 35 rhums (2008) and White Material (2009). If you're unfamiliar with Denis' work, which, though challenging, rarely gets the sort of distribution it deserves, I urge you to take advantage of Metro's week-long run. The plot of this film about plots follows Marco Silvestri (Vincent Lindon), a naval captain who retires early and cashes in all his assets to help his sister, who in quick succession loses her husband, discovers her daughter (Something in the Air's Lola Fri, Dec 6 – Thu, Dec 12 Créton) has been Directed by Claire Denis sexually abused Metro Cinema at the Garneau and is forced  to shut down the family shoe manufacturing business—women's Ulterior motives drive Bastards footwear functions as a potent visual disguised roots in William Faulkner's refrain throughout. Though not apparnotoriously seedy 1931 novel Sanc- ent from the outset, Marco is quietly tuary and Akira Kurosawa's lesser- undertaking a campaign of revenge known 1960 film The Bad Sleep Well. against Edouard Laporte (Michel SuIt has a surprisingly clean, almost bor), his brother-in-law's former busiconventional narrative—that is, once ness partner, who Marco believes is reyou decipher the character relation- sponsible for the strife that's afflicted ships, which Denis, who always fa- his family. The focus of Marco's camvours ellipses over explication, does paign is Laporte's mistress Raphaëlle little to spell out. And yet Bastards (Chiara Mastroianni). Marco moves is as distinctive, intelligent, daring into the apartment across the hall, and and eerily seductive as nearly any- gradually moves in on Raphaëlle, too. thing in Denis' oeuvre, which includes

The cast is drawn largely from what could be regarded as Denis' stock company: besides Lindon, costar of Denis' 2002 film Friday Night and Subor, whose singular visage has appeared in several Denis films, most notably 2004's The Intruder, there are supporting turns from Grégoire Colin, Alex Descas and Nicole Dogué. Only Mastroianni, an alluring actress whose screen presence comes freighted with the ghosts of her legendary parents— Marcello Mastroianni and Catherine Deneuve—is new among the key players. Mother to a small boy and something of a kept woman, Raphaëlle is Bastards' most vulnerable character, but also its most mysterious. Denis clearly loves Lindon's Marco, with his rugged handsomeness and tragic single-mindedness, but she seems most fascinated by Mastroianni's Raphaëlle, so cagey and unassuming, a seeming pawn in a match between two men, both of them bastards in their way, with Marco proving to be a less than perfect father and Laporte an outright corporate Satan. And this seems appropriate: Denis has brought her uniquely sensuous approach to storytelling to what would stereotypically be thought of as a man's filmic territory—but the darkly luminous centre to this tale is very much a female.




Short Term 12 ful past, but through the collective efforts of people united in a struggle for self-betterment at a point in life when a little guidance can make the difference between chaos and misery and a future worth working toward. Though most of these kids may instinctively turn inward to deal with traumas they cannot make sense of, Short Fri, Dec 6 – Thu, Dec 12 Term 12 exudes Directed by Destin Daniel Cretton a belief that Metro Cinema at the Garneau there is strength  in numbers.


he film opens and closes with scenes in which the staff members of a group home stand outside their place of work, smoking, swapping stories about their more memorable interactions with the "at-risk" kids in their care, most of them only a handful of years younger than they. One story begins as scatological comedy and, we'll later learn, ends in tragedy; another is touching, even hopeful. Both stories come to an abrupt

end when Sammy (Alex Calloway), a reedy, inward, pre-pubescent redhead given to fits, makes a run for the property boundaries, beyond which the staffers are not allowed to touch the kids. Sammy seems to make these breaks not with the intention of fleeing the facility, but rather, of getting grappled and ultimately held by the only people around who can give him something like love. These are clearly routines, both the

sharing of war stories and the chasing of Sammy. They give the impression that writer/director Destin Daniel Cretton's feature debut might be episodic in nature, a study of a milieu, a group (home) portrait. Yet this tough, sensitive film gradually reveals itself to have a well drawn, conventional dramatic trajectory, one story that can speak for many, a story about breaking cycles of abuse, not through one individual bravely confronting a pain-

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Among the group home's more senior staff members is Grace (Brie Larson), whose calm, youthful prettiness belies a fraught, closely guarded inner life. Near the film's beginning she learns that she's pregnant and books an abortion without hesitation—and without telling the prospective father, Mason (John Gallagher Jr), her shaggy, amiable colleague and adoring not-quite boyfriend. Grace has scars, both inside and out, and has trained herself well to cover them up, though the arrival of Jayden (Kaitlyn Dever), a newbie at the home, seems to strike a nerve within her, to possess some ex-

periences unnervingly close in nature to those which brought Grace to this place and this vocation. Short Term 12 was shot in what might be thought of as the American indie in-house style: controlled handheld camera, pseudo-natural light, a score filled with unassuming gestures made on acoustic guitar and piano. Only a trio of slow-motion sequences break from Cretton's otherwise straightforward approach, which serves the material perfectly well. More importantly, this approach allows the performances to dominate, and those of Larson and Dever are especially effective. Both women deftly convey the vestiges of emotional devastation without resorting to needlessly flamboyant displays of those emotions. The very moving second half shows how each of these women learns to bear some of the burden of the other. It's a testament to interdependence, and to the wisdom of holding back on directorial style or attention-getting acting in favour of those deeper feelings that are better felt than shown. JOSEF BRAUN




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ecades in the works, Frozen is deer and fjords) harbour castle. Elsa Disney's long-sculpted, warm- (voiced by Idina Menzel) is crowned hearted, full-throated animated ver- Queen but her icy reaction to Anna's sion of Hans Christian Andersen's The (Kristen Bell) sudden engagement Snow Queen. It has two moments casts eternal winter over Arendelle. of Grimm-er magic—two sisters or- An overlong trek up mountains— phaned; the freeze-frame of one's away from wolves, among trolls, and with a magic (ofchilling sacrifice ten too-quippy) for the other—and Now playing some sparkling se- Directed by Chris Buck, snowman—ends back in the quences. But its Jennifer Lee harbour for an comic relief gets  impressive blizcloying, the story zard-climax. slalom-runs a circuitous, long-winded route around the same fluttering "true love" flags, and It's hard to beat the zip and dark dialogue can get California-cool. Still, energy of the film's first 10 minthere's enough charm, craft and clev- utes, though, capped by a shot of Elsa's grief-flaked, sorrow-silvered erness to spirit the film along. After Elsa, unable to control her room. The sororal bond's touching wintry powers, hurts her sister Anna, and Anna's a sparking firebrand, but she's made to wear gloves and keep Elsa remains too broodingly inward away from her sibling. Years after (Why's she labelled "monster" and their parents' death, the pair have not "witch," to riff off both fairy-tales grown up distantly in their Arendelle and the rhyming sexist-assumption (a Scandinavian realm, with rein- about cold women? Not that Disney


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has a feminist eye, either—both sisters are Barbie-shaped.). Most songs are snappy, not sappy (though Elsa's castle-making number is like a Vegas stage show). The dialogue tips into the summit pass-able at times, with princess and co. saying "totally," "'cause, like," "freaked out," or "that was like a crazy trust exercise." It's impossible to beat the opening short—Lauren MacMullan's "Get A Horse" (5 stars) re-imagines a '20s black-and-white Mickey Mouse 'toon (using archival voice-recordings, too), slapsticked into our century via colour and 3D, with Mickey-turned-director using the screen like a flip-book of animation-cels or a spinning-over sign to rejig time and space, all to rescue Minnie from Peg-Leg Pete. It's a blockBuster Keatonesque (Sherlock Jr), truly loveable marriage of past and present, old-timey and new-fangled, stop-motion and comic flurries. BRIAN GIBSON





he year is 1993, and alcoholic ad exec, deadbeat dad and allaround dirtbag Joe Doucett (Josh Brolin) finds his self-spun downward spiral interrupted by anonymous bad guys who sequester him in a windowless faux motel room and put him on a diet of vodka, Chinese take-out and network television. Baffled, Joe jerks off to Thighmaster infomercials, lets his grooming slip until he resembles Rob Zombie and makes friends with a

mouse—until the mouse gets served to him as supper! The emotional torture doesn't stop there: Joe's captors also make sure that he's aware of the awful fate that befalls his estranged wife and child, which involves framing Joe for murder. Twenty years pass before Joe reenters the outside world, and despite having passed nearly half his life in confinement and isolation he somehow emerges from the evil mo-

has Joe been kidnapped in such a mind-bogglingly elaborate fashion? Who would do such a thing? Who could possibly Now playing care so much Directed by Spike Lee about this asinine  schmuck? Are we supposed to throw verisimilitude aside entirely and look upon all this as allegory? Perhaps the real question is why in the world would director Spike Lee, or anyone else involved in this new Oldboy, want to remake Korean director Park Chan-wook's 2003 original in the first place? That earlier film's cult status arguably rests entirely on Park's distinctive and flamboyant sense of style and ongoing interest in revenge as a theme—see Sympathy For Mr Vengeance, Lady VenHammer time geance, et al—while its story, based on a manga by Garon Tsuchiya and tel as a kung fu master with light- Nobuaki Minegishi, is so preposterning reflexes, capable of kicking an ous as to be laughable and its moral, entire football team's collective ass if there is one, is fundamentally inbefore he even has time to register coherent. Once we involve a differthat payphones have gone extinct. ent cultural context and a director All of which is very handy, given whose sense of style is nowhere that Joe will seek revenge upon his near as precise and inventive, and anonymous, all-powerful, hyper- whose interest in revenge seems organized, ultra-sadistic, impossibly negligible, all we're left with is that well-funded kidnappers, and things are likely going to get nasty. The mysteries are knee-deep. Why

preposterous story—and that story, re-scripted by Mark Protosevich, somehow seems even dumber the second time around. If you've seen the original Oldboy you already know the super-sick twist that ostensibly explains the wildly baroque plot against Joe, whose re-entry into the world is greatly aided by Marie (Elizabeth Olsen), a recovering addict who works for the Holy Sisters mobile outreach. It's hard to imagine who really needs to see this new Oldboy except people who have no knowledge of the source material and no interest in a story compelling enough to support the ultra-violence and the, at best, workmanlike direction. At one point, Chaney, Samuel L Jackson's bureaucratic villain, informs us that the campaign against Joe has been waged against others—it all started before Chaney's time and will continue long after. Which, besides making no sense at all, feels awfully ominous. Here's hoping this doesn't mean we're going to get lamer and lamer versions of Oldboy every decade from here on?




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nowledge is power, the cliché ie posters; the student-movie pinballs runs. But in The Dirties, a high- off references (Irreversible, Being John school movie about feeling overpow- Malkovich, Pulp Fiction); Matt himered and wanting revenge, excess self is constantly firing off in-jokes cine-geek knowledge, the protago- (example: Catcher in the Rye as a nist's knowingness and the omniscient shooter's book) and imitating film scenes. He doesn't style muddy this often seem like a feature-debut's Fri, Dec 6 – Tue, Dec 10 Directed by Matt Johnson teenager, but more fin-deep waters. of a super-selfMatt (Matt John- Metro Cinema at the Garneau involved, annoyson) and his friend  ing, first-year Film Owen (Owen Studies major. We Williams) are shooting a movie for school, a mock- get him right away, but there's not revenge dramedy where they kill "The enough to him or Owen—nor enough Dirties," a bunch of bullies. Soon, funny humour—to make us care to though, Matt's planning a school actually know them. shooting, targeting the bullies who From start to finish, a handheld harass he and Owen. There are interesting possibilities, camera's following the pair (why?). from Matt rigging realities with film It's nothing so profound to suggest and sound to the pals betraying a that teens are constantly filming each teacher's trust. The self-conscious- other or shooting action-movies isn't ness of star, co-writer and director so far from shooting a gun; The Dirties Johnson, though, slowly suffocates needs to dig deeper, not hit us across the picture from the start—the open- the eyes with a shovel, as with Matt's ing sees the pair meet two younger self-declared acting and psychopathy kids making their own movie. And so, connection. And the mockumentary from Overstated Parallel to Down format—hard to pull off—makes for the Movie-Allusion Rabbit-Hole we some slightly staged or dragged-out go. Matt's room is papered with mov- moments. Mind the irony gap, too—a

movie whose lead's so self-conscious about movie-making wants us to be utterly unconscious of who's taking all this footage, even when Matt occasionally addresses the camera-person. That unknown face behind the lens seems like another expression of The Dirties' blanketing, tedious self-absorption ... and it doesn't help a movie about bullying when its tone strides from "woe is me" into a swaggering "Whoa, it's me, motherfuckers!" as a supposed victim takes over centre stage. BRIAN GIBSON


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FROZEN (G) DAILY 7:00, 9:10; SAT-SUN, THU 2:00 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) DAILY 6:30, 9:30; SAT-SUN, THU 1:30 HOMEFRONT(14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) DAILY 7:15, 9:25; SAT-SUN, THU 2:15 THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) DAILY 6:45, 9:15; SAT-SUN, THU 1:45 DELIVERY MAN (PG coarse language, mature subject matter) DAILY 7:20, 9:35; SAT-SUN, THU 2:20 CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave 780.472.9779 Date of Issue: Thu, Dec 5

DESPICABLE ME 2 (G) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun,Tue 1:00; 3d: Daily 3:50, 7:15, 9:40 PERCY JACKSON: SEA OF MONSTERS 3D (PG frightening scenes) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN, TUE 1:25; 3D: FRI-THURS 3:45, 6:40, 9:15 CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS 2 (G) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun,Tue 1:45; 3d: Fri-Thurs 4:20, 7:00, 9:25 CARRIE (14a gory violence, disturbing content) Closed Captioned FRI-THURS 4:25, 10:00 ABOUT TIME (14A Coarse Language) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun, Tue 1:20, 4:05, 6:55, 9:50; Mon, Wed-Thu 4:05, 6:55, 9:50 RUSH (14a coarse language) Closed Captioned FriSun, Tue 1:20, 7:10; Mon, Wed-Thurs 7:10 WE'RE THE MILLERS (14a sexual content, crude coarse language) Fri-Sun,Tue 1:35, 4:25, 7:20, 9:55; Mon,Wed-Thurs 4:25, 7:20, 9:55 BULLETT RAJA (14A violence) No Passes, Hindi W/E.S.T. Fri-Sun,Tue 1:15, 4:30, 8:00; Mon,Wed-Thurs 4:30, 8:00 BHAJI IN PROBLEM (PG) Punjabi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN,TUE 1:10, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30; Mon,Wed-Thurs 4:00, 6:45, 9:30 RAM-LEELA (14A) Hindi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 1:40, 5:10, 8:50; Mon,Wed-Thurs 5:10, 8:50 SINGH SAAB THE GREAT (14a violence) Hindi W/E.S.T. FRI-SUN, TUE 1:55, 5:00, 9:00; Mon,Wed-Thurs 5:00, 9:00 LOVE YOOU SONIYE (STC) Punjabi W/E.S.T. FriSun,Tue 12:55, 3:55, 6:50, 9:45; Mon, Wed-Thu 3:55, 6:50, 9:45 R... RAJKUMAR (STC) Hindi W/E.S.T. Fri-Sun,Tue 1:30, 4:45, 7:50; Mon,Wed-Thurs 4:45, 7:50 CINEPLEX ODEON NORTH 14231-137 Ave 780.732.2236

FROZEN (G) FRI 1:30, 4:10, 5:50, 7:00; Sat 11:00, 11:45, 1:30, 3:10, 4:10, 7:00; Sun 11:45, 1:30, 3:10, 4:10, 7:00; MON-WED 1:30, 4:10, 7:00; Thurs 2:00, 4:40, 7:30; 3D : FRI-WED 12:00, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:35; Thurs 1:30, 4:10, 7:00; Closed Captioned: THU 10:35 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-WED 1:50, 9:45; THU 1:50; 3D: DAILY 4:40, 7:30, 10:20 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned Fri, Sun 11:50, 1:45, 3:00, 5:00, 6:15, 8:30, 9:30; Sat 10:50, 11:50, 1:45, 3:00, 5:00, 6:15, 8:30, 9:30; MON-WED 12:00, 1:45, 3:10, 5:00, 6:20, 8:30, 9:40; THU 12:45, 1:45, 4:00, 5:15, 7:20, 9:15, 10:15; ULTRAAVX: FRI-WED 12:30, 3:45, 7:10, 10:30; THU 12:00, 3:15, 6:30 LAST VEGAS (PG crude content, course language) Closed Captioned FRI-WED 6:30, 9:10; THU 6:30 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) THU 10:15; High Frame Rate Ultraavx, No Passes THU 10:00; No Passes THU 10:30 DELIVERY MAN (PG coarse language, mature matter) Closed Captioned FRI, MON-THU 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15; SAT-SUN 2:30, 5:10, 7:40, 10:15 FREE BIRDS (G) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:40, 4:20 THE BOOK THIEF (PG) Closed Captioned FRI-TUE, THU 12:20, 3:40, 6:45, 9:50; WED 3:55, 6:55, 9:55; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00

OUT OF THE FURNACE (14A coarse language, brutal violence) FRI, SUN-TUE, THU 2:00, 4:50, 7:50, 10:40; SAT 11:00, 2:10, 4:50, 7:50, 10:40; WED 4:50, 7:50, 10:40; Star & Strollers Screening: WED 1:00 HOMEFRONT (14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) FRI, TUE-WED 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:50; Sat 12:40, 3:15, 5:50, 8:15, 10:50; Sun 12:40, 3:10, 5:50, 8:15, 10:45; MON, THU 12:40, 3:10, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 12 YEARS A SLAVE (14a disturbing content, brutal violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:50, 3:50, 7:05, 10:05 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14A crude content, coarse language, not rec for children) Fri 1:00, 3:30, 8:20, 10:45; Sat 1:00, 5:40, 8:20, 10:45; Sun 5:45, 8:20, 10:40; Mon-Tue 1:00, 3:30, 7:45, 10:10; Wed 1:00, 3:30, 10:10; Thurs 1:00, 3:30, 10:45 HOLIDAY INN (STC) SUN 12:45 PHILOMENA (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:20, 4:00, 6:40, 9:00 THE POLAR EXPRESS (G) SAT 11:00 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: THE NUTCRACKER (STC) THU 7:30 CINEPLEX ODEON SOUTH 1525-99 St 780.436.8585

FROZEN (G) Fri-Tue 1:35, 4:15, 6:50; Wed 1:35, 4:15, 6:55; Thurs 11:30, 2:05, 4:45; DAILY 11:55, 2:35, 5:15, 7:50, 10:25 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) Fri 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00; Sat-Sun 4:20, 7:10, 10:00; Mon-Tue 1:30, 4:20, 10:00; Wed 12:40, 3:30, 10:00; Thurs 1:30, 4:20; 3D : Fri, Sun-Thu 2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:30; Sat 11:10, 2:00, 4:50, 7:35, 10:30 GRAVITY 3D (PG coarse language) Closed Captioned Fri-Wed 1:05, 3:30, 5:50, 8:05, 10:20; Thurs 12:50, 3:20, 5:35, 7:55 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) Fri-Sun 12:00, 12:25, 3:15, 3:45, 6:30, 7:00, 9:45, 10:15; Mon-Tue 12:20, 2:55, 3:35, 6:05, 6:45, 9:15, 10:00; Wed 12:20, 2:55, 3:35, 6:15, 6:45, 9:45, 10:00; Thurs 11:50, 2:55, 3:05, 6:05, Fri-Sun 12:50, 4:10, 6:15, 9:15, 9:30; ULTRAAVX: 7:30, 10:45; Mon-Wed 12:45, 4:00, 7:15, 10:30; Thurs 12:15, 3:30, 6:45 ENDER'S GAME (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned Fri-Wed 9:40; Thurs 10:00 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) THU 10:15, 10:30; 3D ULTRAAVX: Thu 10:00

10:15; Mon-Tue 7:10, 10:05; Wed 7:10, 10:00; Thurs 9:30

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Pg Violence,Frightening Scenes,Not Rec. For Young Children) Closed Captioned Sat 1:00; Sun 12:30; 3D: VIP 18+: Fri 3:30, 7:00, 10:30; Sat 12:20, 3:30, 7:00, 10:30; Sun 1:40, 5:10, 8:20; Mon-Wed 6:30, 9:50; 3D: Fri 4:00, 7:30, 10:45; Closed Captioned Sat 4:00, 7:30, 10:45; Sun 3:20, 6:40, 9:40; Mon-Tue 7:00, 9:55; Closed Captioned WedThurs 7:00, 9:55 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Pg Not Rec. For Young Children,Violence) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun 6:30, 9:50; Mon-Thurs 7:40; VIP 18+: FRI 6:00, 9:45; Sat 2:30, 6:00, 9:45; Sun 2:30, 6:20, 10:00; Mon-Tue 7:30; Wed 6:30, 10:00; Thurs 6:30, 8:30; ULTRAAVX: FRI 3:50, 7:10, 10:40; Sat 12:30, 3:50, 7:10, 10:40; Sun 12:20, 3:40, 7:00, 10:20; Mon-Wed 6:30, 10:00; Thurs 6:30 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) VIP 18+: No Passes Thurs 10:00; ULTRAAVX: No Passes Thurs 10:00 DELIVERY MAN (Pg Coarse Language,Mature Subject Matter) Closed Captioned Fri 4:20, 7:40, 10:20; Sat 1:40, 4:20, 7:40, 10:20; Sun 1:50, 4:30, 7:10, 10:10; Mon-Tue,Thurs 7:30, 10:10; Wed 9:40 THE BOOK THIEF (Pg) Closed Captioned Fri 3:35, 6:40, 10:00; Sat 12:10, 3:20, 6:40, 10:00; Sun 12:50, 3:50, 6:55, 10:05; Mon-Thurs 6:40, 9:40; Fri 5:00, 8:40; Sat 1:30, 5:00, 8:40; Sun 1:00, 4:20, 9:10; MonWed 8:30; Thurs 7:30 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (18a) Fri 4:10, 7:20, 10:10; Sat 1:20, 4:10, 7:20, 10:10; Sun 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:00; Mon,Wed-Thurs 6:50, 9:45; Tue 7:00, 9:45 PHILOMENA (Pg Language May Offend) Closed Captioned Fri 4:05, 6:50, 9:20; Sat 12:40, 3:10, 6:50, 9:20; Sun 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30; Mon-Thurs 7:20, 9:50 LANDMARK CINEMAS 9 CITY CENTRE 10200-102 Ave, 780.421.7018

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned, Dts Stereo, No Passes, On 2 Screens FRI-SUN, TUE 12:00, 12:30, 3:30, 6:30, 7:30, 10:00; MON 3:30, 6:30, 7:30, 10:00; Wed 3:30, 4:00, 6:30, 7:30, 10:00; THU 3:30, 6:30, 10:00 DALLAS BUYERS CLUB (18A) Dts Stereo FRI-SUN, TUE 12:45, 3:45, 7:00, 10:05; MON, WED-THU 3:45, 7:00, 10:05 FROZEN (G) No Passes, Dts Digital DAILY 2:55, 9:50; 3D : Dts Digital FRI-SUN,TUE 12:15, 6:45; MON, WED-THU 6:45 OLDBOY (18A disturbing content, brutal violence) Closed Captioned, Dts Digital FRI-SUN, TUE 1:00, 3:50, 7:20, 10:10; MON,THU 3:50, 7:20, 10:10; WED 3:50, 10:10

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No Passes, Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital, THU 10:00 CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (PG violence) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI, TUE-THU 6:40; SAT-SUN 12:05, 3:10, 6:40; MON 9:40 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital SAT-SUN 12:15 GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr Sherwood Park 780.416.0150

FROZEN (G) FRI 4:20, 7:00; SAT-SUN 11:00, 1:40, 4:20, 7:00; MON-THU 6:50; 3D: FRI 5:00, 7:40, 10:20; SAT-SUN 11:40, 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:20; MON-THU 7:30, 10:10 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children)SAT-SUN 11:00, 1:50; 3D: FRI-SUN 4:40, 7:30, 10:25; MON-THU 7:25, 10:15 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned FRI 3:50, 4:30, 6:30, 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30; Sat-Sun 11:50, 12:30, 1:10, 3:10, 3:50, 4:30, 6:30, 7:10, 7:50, 9:50, 10:30; Mon-Wed 6:30, 7:00, 7:40, 9:50, 10:15; Thurs 6:30, 7:00, 7:40, 9:50 ENDER'S GAME (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 3:45, 9:20; MON-THU 9:15 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) No Passes THU 10:05, THU 10:00 ABOUT TIME (14A coarse language) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 9:35; MON-WED 9:25 LAST VEGAS (PG crude content, course language) Closed Captioned FRI, MON-THU 6:40; Sat-Sun 1:05, 6:40 DELIVERY MAN (PG coarse language, mature subject matter) Closed Captioned FRI 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:10, 6:50, 9:30; MON-THU 6:45, 9:20 FREE BIRDS 3D (G) Closed Captioned SAT-SUN 12:15, 2:35; 3D: FRI-SUN 4:55, 7:15; MON-THU 7:10 HOMEFRONT (14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) FRI 4:45, 7:20, 9:55; Sat-Sun 11:30, 2:10, 4:45, 7:20, 9:55; Mon-Thurs 7:15, 9:45


FREE BIRDS (G) Closed Captioned Fri, Sun 1:15; Sat 11:05, 1:15; Mon-Wed 1:00; Thu 12:55; 3D : Fri-Sun 3:25, 5:35, 7:45; Mon-Thurs 3:15, 5:25, 7:40

OUT OF THE FURNACE (14A coarse language, brutal violence) Dts Stereo FRI-SUN, TUE 12:05, 3:00, 6:50, 9:50; MON, WED-THU 3:00, 6:50, 9:50

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14A crude content, coarse language, not rec for children) THU, DEC 5: 9:40

THE BOOK THIEF (PG) Closed Captioned Fri-Wed 12:35, 3:40, 7:05, 10:05; Thurs 12:35, 3:40, 7:20, 10:05

THOR: THE DARK WORLD (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:20; 3D: DAILY 3:10, 7:05, 9:55

CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (PG violence) THU, DEC 5: 6:45 9:15

OUT OF THE FURNACE (14A coarse language, brutal violence) FRI-SUN 2:00, 4:50, 7:45, 10:40; Mon-Wed 1:50, 4:40, 7:35, 10:20; Thu 4:40, 7:35, 10:20; Star & Strollers Screening: Thu 1:00

THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Digital 3d, Dts Stereo, No Passes THU 10:00

12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A brutal violence, disturbing content)Closed Captioned FRI-WED 9:55 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14A crude content, coarse language, not rec for children) FRI-SUN 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:10; MON-TUE, THU 12:45, 3:05, 5:30, 7:55, 10:15; WED 12:30, 2:50, 5:05, 7:25 HOLIDAY INN (STC) SUN 12:45 DIE HARD (14a brutal violence, coarse language) WED 9:30 PHILOMENA (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 10:00; MONTUE 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55; WED 12:00, 2:30, 4:55, 7:30, 9:55; THU 4:30, 7:00, 9:35; Star & Strollers Screening: THU 1:00 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE: REBELLION (PG violence,frightening scenes) MON 7:30 THE POLAR EXPRESS (G) SAT 11:00 ROYAL OPERA HOUSE: THE NUTCRACKER (Classification not available) THU 7:30 CINEPLEX ODEON WINDERMERE CINEMAS Cineplex Odeon Windermere, Vip Cinemas, 6151 Currents Dr, 780.822.4250

FROZEN (G) Closed Captioned Fri 3:40; Sat 12:50, 3:40; Sun 12:40, 3:30; 3D : Closed Captioned: Fri 5:40, 8:30; Sat 12:00, 2:50, 5:40, 8:30; Sun 1:30, 4:40, 7:30,

ENDER'S GAME (PG violence, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-WED 10:00 THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned, Digital 3d FRI, MON-THU 6:35, 9:25; SAT-SUN 3:00, 6:35, 9:25 THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) On 3 Screens, Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15; On 3 Screens: SAT 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:45, 10:15; SUN 12:00, 12:30, 1:00, 3:15, 3:45, 4:15, 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:45; MON-THU 6:30, 7:00, 7:30, 9:45 DELIVERY MAN (PG coarse language, mature subject matter) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI, MON-THU 6:50, 9:35; SAT-SUN 12:40, 3:20, 6:50, 9:35 FROZEN (G) No Passes, Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI, MON-THU 7:15; SAT-SUN 12:10, 2:50, 7:15; 3D: Dolby Stereo Digital FRI, MON-THU 6:45, 9:15; SAT-SUN 12:45, 3:25, 6:45, 9:15 HOMEFRONT (14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI, MON-THU 7:05, 9:55; SAT-SUN 12:25, 2:55, 7:05, 9:55

VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013

WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

FROZEN (G) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video Fri-Sun 1:15, 4:00, 6:50; Mon-Tue,Thurs 1:10, 4:00, 6:50; Wed 4:00, 6:50; Star & Strollers Screening: Wed 1:00; 3D Fri-Sun 11:50, 2:25, 5:00, 7:45, 10:20; Cc/Dvs Mon,Wed 1:50, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00; Tue,Thurs 1:50, 4:45, 7:25, 10:00 THOR: THE DARK WORLD (Pg Violence,Frightening Scenes,Not Rec. For Young Children) Fri-Thurs 1:40; Closed Caption & Descriptive Video Fri-Wed 9:40; 3D : Fri-Sun 4:40, 7:35, 10:30; Mon-Thurs 4:45, 7:35, 10:30 GRAVITY 3D (Pg Coarse Language) Cc/Dvs Thurs 12:35, 3:00, 5:25, 7:50, 10:10


THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (Pg Not Rec. For Young Children,Violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video Fri-Sun 12:00, 2:00, 3:15, 5:15, 6:30, 8:30, 9:45; Mon 2:00, 5:15, 8:30, 9:45; Tue 2:00, 2:45, 5:15, 6:30, 8:30, 9:45; Wed 2:00, 5:15, 8:30; Thurs 12:30, 1:00, 3:45, 4:15, 7:00, 7:30, 10:15, 10:45; Mon 2:45; Wed 2:45, 9:45; Ultraavx: Thurs 2:00, 5:50; Ultraavx: Fri-Wed 1:00, 4:15, 7:30, 10:45 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG 3D (STC) High Frame Rate Ultraavx, No Passes Thurs 10:00; 3d : Cc/Dvs, No Passes Thurs 10:30 LAST VEGAS (Pg Coarse Language,Sexual Content) Closed Captioned Fri-Thurs 7:10, 9:50 OLDBOY (18a Disturbing Content,Brutal Violence) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:40, 5:20, 8:00, 10:40; Mon 1:45, 4:20, 7:15; Tue-Thurs 2:10, 4:50, 8:00, 10:40; Mon 10:40


THOR: THE DARK WORLD 3D (PG violence, frightening scenes, not rec for young children) THU, DEC 5: 12:40, 2:50, 5:00, 7:15, 9:35

LAST VEGAS (PG crude content, course language) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital FRI-SUN, TUE-THU 9:50



THE BOOK THIEF (PG) Dts Stereo, No Passes FRI-SUN, TUE 12:10, 3:15, 6:25, 9:40; MON, WED-THU 3:15, 6:25, 9:40

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14A crude content, coarse language, not rec for children) Closed Captioned, Dolby Stereo Digital, FRI, TUE-THU 7:10, 9:40; SAT-SUN 12:20, 2:45, 7:10, 9:40; MON 7:10

ENOUGH SAID (PG language may offend) FRI 9:20; SAT-SUN 3:30, 9:20; MON-THU 9:20

FREE BIRDS (G) Closed Captioned Fri-Thurs 1:30, 4:30

DELIVERY MAN (PG coarse language, mature subject matter) Fri-Sun 12:10, 2:45, 5:25, 8:00, 10:35; MonThurs 1:45, 4:15, 7:15, 10:10

HOMEFRONT (14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) FRI-SAT 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:20, 10:55; Sun 12:40, 4:25, 6:55, 9:35; Mon 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 10:15; Tue 1:55, 4:35, 7:20, 9:50; Wed 1:55, 4:35, 7:00, 9:50; Thurs 12:55, 4:35, 7:10, 7:20, 9:50

12 YEARS A SLAVE (14A brutal violence, disturbing content) FRI 6:45; SAT-SUN 1:00, 6:45; MON-THU 6:45


Grandin Mall Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822 Date of Issue: Thu, Dec 5

4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600

10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728

PHILOMENA (PG language may offend) FRI 7:00, 9:00; SAT-SUN 2:00, 7:00, 9:00; MON-THU 7:00, 9:00

JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14A crude content, coarse language, not rec for children) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN 9:45; MON-WED 9:30; THU 10:15

HOMEFRONT (14A coarse language, brutal violence, substance abuse) Dts Stereo, FRI-SUN, TUE 12:50, 3:25, 7:10, 9:45; MON, WED-THU 3:25, 7:10, 9:45

THE METROPOLITAN OPERA: TOSCA - ENCORE (Classification not available) SAT 10:55


DELIVERY MAN (Pg Coarse Language,Mature Subject Matter) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video Fri-Sun 11:55, 2:30, 5:05, 7:40, 10:25; Mon-Tue,Thurs 2:20, 5:00, 7:40, 10:25; Wed 5:00, 7:40, 10:25; Star & Strollers Screening Wed 1:00

OLDBOY (18A disturbing content, brutal violence) Closed Captioned Fri-Sat 12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:50; Sun 12:15, 2:50, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40; Mon-Thurs 12:05, 2:35, 5:10, 7:45, 10:25


FROZEN (G) THU, DEC 5: 8:10; 3D: REALD 3D: 5:40

FROZEN (G) No passes THU, DEC 5: 1:00, 3:10, 5:15, 7:20, 9:25

IMAX EXPERIENCE (Pg Not Rec. For Young Children,Violence) Fri-Wed 12:30, 3:45, 7:00, 10:15; Thurs 2:45, 6:30 HOMEFRONT (14a Substance Abuse,Brutal Violence,Coarse Language) Fri-Thurs 12:40, 3:10, 5:45, 8:15, 10:45 JACKASS PRESENTS: BAD GRANDPA (14a Coarse Language,Crude Content,Not Recommended For Children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video Fri-Sun,Tue,Thurs 12:50, 3:20, 5:40, 8:10, 10:35; Mon 12:50, 3:20, 10:35; Wed 2:30, 4:55, 7:15 THE HOBBIT: THE DESOLATION OF SMAUG: AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (STC) No Passes Thurs 10:00 PUELLA MAGI MADOKA MAGICA THE MOVIE: RE-

FREE BIRDS (G) THU, DEC 5: 1:05, 3:00, 4:50

BELLION (Pg Violence,Frightening Scenes) Mon 7:30


DIE HARD (14a Brutal Violence,Coarse Language) Wed 9:30

THE HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (PG violence, not rec for young children) No passes THU, DEC 5: 12:45, 3:25, 6:15, 9:00


LAST VEGAS (PG crude content, course language) THU, DEC 5: 7:35

FROZEN (G) SAT-SUN, TUE 2:00; DAILY 7:00, 9:15

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

BASTARDS (STC) Subtitled FRI 6:45; SAT 4:00, 9:00; SUN 2:00; WED 9:00; THU 7:00 SHORT TERM 12 (14A Coarse Language, Mature Subject Matter) FRI 8:45; SAT 7:00; SUN 4:00; MON 9:30; WED 7:00; THU 9:00 THE DIRTIES (14A Coarse Language, Disturbing Content) FRI 10:45; SAT 2:00; SUN 9:15; TUE 9:00 TASHER DESH (14A) Edmonton Movie Club: Bengali with English Sub-Titles SUN 6:15 DIE HARD (14A Brutal Violence, Coarse Language) Crime Watch MON 7:00 HERB & DORTHY (STC) AGA Film Series TUE 7:00 LANDMARK 7–SPRUCE GROVE 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove 780.962.2332 Date of Issue: Thu, Dec 5

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The guitarist with mystique

Paul Langlois on the Hip, a second solo album and coping with permanent hearing loss


aul Langlois seems a bit pen- anything. Once it came out, I was sive about putting himself in happy it came out." the spotlight, after so many years A couple of gig offers followed the release, so Langlois assembled spent just beside it. some backing The guitarist's to flesh out his had almost three songs live—indecades as the Fri, Dec 6 (8 pm) cluding fellow Right Hand of Paul Langlois Hip member Downie in the With Pete Murray, Greg Ball Tragically Hip, Avenue Theatre, $15 (advance), Rob Baker—and found his conficontent to sling $16 (door) dence in the mastrings there and terial growing as produce records on the side. In Almost Famous he performed it. terms, he seems happily cast as the "I liked it more than I thought I guitarist with mystique—hell, his would; [it was] more comfortable personal Wikipedia page just redi- than I thought it would be," he says. "So that's what lead to this rects to the Hip's own one. It's the way he talks about his solo record: I already had a band that material, though, about positioning was supportive and enthusiastic, himself front-and-centre, that sug- and the songs were coming to me gests his hesitations. On the phone, in the spring, and I saw that [with] he jokes about having tried to keep the Hip, that we were going to have his first solo album (2010's Fix This a window of time after our yearlong tour with our last record." Head) a secret upon its release. "It's not that I didn't want to tour," he says, stepping inside a building "This" record is Not Guilty, his secto escape a frosty Toronto after- ond solo release of steady-handed noon. "It's just that it didn't even rock and reflection, recorded livecross my mind. I did [the record] off-the-floor in a week out in Bath, on my own. I didn't have a band, I Ontario. And though it's out under didn't want to hire a band. I don't his name, Langlois is quick to sing think I was comfortable with it; it the band's praises: he notes that took enough for me to just put it outside of writing the basic songs, out, say 'Here it is. Here I am, and he exerted little influence over here are these songs.' And I was how the band interpreted those quite fine with leaving it at that. rough versions. I did do a couple interviews, but "I didn't say one thing to anyone," there was no active looking for Langlois says. "I would just play the

songs, and these guys would make all their musical choices, which is basically how the Hip works as well. And I think it's the best way, if you trust they're good, and they're gonna make nice choices. And I really like what they all did; they all brought a lot of cool ideas, cool approaches, stuff that I would never do if it was just me. That's always the case, when you play with other people. It makes you better. They make choices you wouldn't make." All of this, including the in-progess tour behind Not Guilty, follows a period of uncomfortable adjustment: back in 2010, while in the studio with the Hip, Langlois woke up with no hearing in one ear. It never came back. Sudden hearing loss is a very real thing, and something Langlois had to adjust to as a professional musician. He notes that fortunately, he didn't have to alter where he stands on stage with the Hip; at stage right, his good ear is already pointed towards them. It's obviously a far from ideal situation, but one he seems to have found some measure of peace with. "I was very accepting right away; I knew it was gone as soon as it went," he says. "I know it doesn't understand sound. I feel like I've totally adjusted, but it's not the same as it was."


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After a spin around Europe with Vis- times it's as basic as life on the road ta Chino, Monster Truck is back on or partying; sometimes we are atthe road for a string of headlining tempting to take a stance on the Canadian dates to wrap up 2013—a world as we view it and the probyear of firsts for the band, includlems facing humanity. Even when ing its debut tackling larger isFri, Dec 6 & Sat, Dec 7 (9 pm) sues we still stay album, Furiosity Starlite Room, and its first Juno pretty rooted in $25 a broad and posiAward. Prior to tive message as Monster Truck's we like the core of the message show in Edmonton, guitarist Jeremy Widerman spoke with Vue about to be living for the moment and having fun while you can. This is making Furiosity. merely my perspective on his lyric writing. He may agree or disagree VUE WEEKLY: How long did it take with me and would surely have his to make Furiosity from the initial songwriting through to the end of own thoughts to add to this. the recording? JEREMY WIDERMAN: Like most VW: What were the recording sesbands releasing their debut full- sions like for this album? Is this the length, we basically had many kind of thing you recorded live or years of work that went into our did you piece it together one track first album. Many of the songs at a time? Why? were crafted and played over the JW: We had a lot of fun with the course of two to three years and sessions for this album. All the gave us an amazing amount of time drums were recorded in North to hone and test out before finally Carolina at Echo Mountain Studio. laying them down for Furiosity. It We were situated in a little mounwas a huge part of the reason why tain town where we could work at we are so happy with the outcome our own pace and generally be left alone while we got the foundation and it's one of the things we want to make sure we do next time for the album begun. After that, we when working on the follow up— came back to Vespa Studio in Tothat is, playing it live and getting a ronto where we reviewed what we large amount of time to refine and got while piecing together all the edit. The actual tracking and mixtracking for instrumentation and ing of the record itself took about mixing—always a pretty positive three months. vibe and always trying to work at our own speed and free from the VW: When you were writing the pressures from the outside. The songs, did you come at them in a album was basically tracked one track at a time, however, many of particular way? Lyrics first? Music the moments have a live feel to first? JW: Music almost always comes them because we were playing together or trying to keep a really first, with the band working gang feel to the tracking itself by through the various riffs and arrangements and then Jon sitting setting up situations that were similar to how you would perform live. down to write the lyrics and vocal For instance, my guitar tracking melodies. was always at full volume, standing up and rocking out to keep that VW: Where did the lyrics begin for you and what did you want to ex- loose and energetic feel to it. Everyone had their own methods and press with this album? it was really enjoyable to watch it JW: I'm speaking for Jon here who all come together. writes the lion's share of the lyrics, but I feel like he's always looking to have fun with lyrics while still VW: Were there any other songs trying to relate to people using his written that were left off the alown experiences or views. Somebum?

JW: There were a few songs that we abandoned during preproduction that we may revisit in a few months that we either just didn't have time for or we just weren't feeling at that moment in time. It's interesting looking back on some of those ideas and seeing how different our perspective is after not being so close to it for months on end. VW: How did you decide which songs to include on the album? Did you have an idea of what you wanted Furiosity to be when you started, or did the finished shape emerge as the writing and recording went along? JW: Most of those decisions were made for us by the reactions we received from fans while playing the various songs live for a few years. It's a great way to see what's working and what isn't and it's always more fun to play songs that people have positive or energetic reactions to. VW: You worked with Eric Ratz to

produce the album. What drew you to him and what did he bring to the process? JW: He's a long-time friend and a great person to work endless hours with. He usually has that great idea to take a song from 95 percent to 100 percent and keeps a really positive and fun attitude going even when the going gets tough or frustrating. VW: If you were to trace the musical map that led you to Furiosity what would it look like? JW: I honestly don't really know how to answer that question. At the end of the day we didn't push anything that didn't feel right and we made sure we allowed ourselves to make mistakes and gave ourselves the time to reevaluate and fix them. We always try and let everyone have a voice and try things before shooting them down, so if I had to view that as a map I would say a road with many forks in it that isn't complete until all avenues have been travelled. V

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Dustin Bentall & The Smøkes


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ustin Bentall & The Smøkes were tall as much thought and critique as supposed to make a trip to Edmon- he could, if Bentall was willing to hear ton in July, which was unfortunately it—he could always say no, of course, cancelled. The good news is, the group but Dahle felt it might spark something. is coming back, promoting its latest al"I was completely into that and he bum, You Are An Island. would say, 'play a song' and he would (Full disclosure: this article is based just break it down and he would suggest on a phone interview done with Bentall different melodies," Bentall adds. "He'd prior to the cancelled summer show.) say well in this song I think you're doing The disc was released earlier this year a lot of the same thing, sing it over and as a "sister" album over again, [with a] to the band's EP, different melody Thu, Dec 5 (8 pm) Orion, and a couple every time and we With the Matinee, the Give 'Em of tracks overlap, would go on like Hell Boys including the eponythat and all of a Avenue Theatre, $15 mous "You Are An sudden he would Island." go, 'Oh, that really "We felt like that was a really strong moved me.' ... I never would have gone song," Bentall says, explaining songs there writing this song on my own." from both albums are from the same recording sessions with the same Since the previous interview hapmusicians. "We made a video for it, pened a couple of months ago, we sent and because [Orion] was an EP we Bentall a few follow-up questions via weren't able to push the whole thing email to see what he's been up to for as much as we wanted. Particularly the past couple of months: with that song, we wanted it to be on the album as well because we're go- VUE WEEKLY: We spoke this summer, ing to push it as a single now that we but what's been keeping you busy since have an album to support it." then? The album was also meant to wrap up DUSTIN BENTALL: I took Sep/Oct off the the work Bentall had begun with long- road. It was a really busy year touring time friend and producer Ryan Dahle of Canada, Europe and a bunch of dates Limblifter and Age of Electric. in the States opening for John Prine. As "We spent so much time together September approached Kendel (Carover the last couple of years working son) and I decided to go to California. on this record and right from the start We rented a house in Joshua Tree and there was such a strong relationship, wrote and recorded a bunch of new musically and personally," Bentall says, songs. It was the best decision I have adding they were joined in the studio by made in years. Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother as well. "It was always very creative, very VW: Any highlights or new experiences? fruitful, very fun and inspiring, so I love DB: I'm really happy with the new songs working with him; I loved his recording that came out of the California trip. We techniques, his style, the way he pushed also shot a couple videos down there in me in different directions. I wanted to the desert that will come out in the new continue to work with him and we will year. Look out for that. continue to create music as we go on."   The push from Dahle aimed to chal- VW: You've said that everywhere you lenge Bentall as a songwriter, picking go, it's like going home in a way, even out default melodies or ideas Bentall though it's some other town. How do found himself gravitating to and en- you find that feeling of home in unfacouraging him to dig deeper. The pair miliar places? How does it enhance your made an agreement prior to going into experience on the road? the studio that Dahle would give Ben- DB: Well, that's not necessarily in unfa-

miliar places. I've made so many trips across the country and have friends all the way across. That said though the more you travel the better you get at figuring out a new city. The first time I went to Toronto I hated it. My guitar got stolen, I had no idea where to go, I slept in my car and left as soon as I could in the morning. Now after many trips back there and even time spent living there over the last few years, it's become one of my favourite cities in the world. I love spending time in Toronto. Nowadays I like the challenge of finding the great places in a new town. Of course, the ol' Internet makes it pretty easy these days.   VW: On "You Are An Island," you worked with Ryan Guldemond of Mother Mother and Ryan Dahle of Limblifter and Age of Electric. Are there any other artists you'd like to collaborate with in the future? DB: Working with both those guys was a major schooling for me. I have huge admiration for the  work those guys  have both done in their  careers thus far. I really look forward to  collaborating with Ryan (Guldemond) in the future. We talk all the time about getting into the studio together to write and record a bunch of tunes. We've written songs together in the past and it's always been fruitful.   VW: What are you listening to these days? DB: Lots of Everly Brothers, Jay Smith, Lindi Ortega, Patsy Cline, Tom Petty.   VW: What's up next for you in the new year? DB: Going back to LA in the early new year. Gonna write a bunch more and keep working on songs with Kendel and let that dictate whether we make another Dustin Bentall record or if it becomes a DB/KC thing for something a little different. Definitely will be making a new record in the spring.













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Yuck Glow & Behold (Fat Possum)

 What year is this? 2013? Does Yuck know that? The band may very well be living like it's the late '90s. With this, Yuck's second full-length, these Brits seems to be doing some pretty thorough gazing with their music, though instead of their shoes, their focus is on the positivity and warmth of the sun. Sounding like an artifact from buzz genres past, surfy guitars plod along these shiny songs that take the slow road to happiness. It certainly does glow and it's a pleasant shift when the constructs of the genre tend to lean toward the despondent. With the band's chosen name, it would be easy to pass it over as mopey punks, but you would be mistaken: there is nothing messy or disgusting about this music. The simple and elegant intro of "Sunrise in Maple Shade" stirs you like a gentle morning alarm, and tracks like "Middle Sea" remind you of the alt-rock heyday with its fuzzy hook. When horns are added to the mix, like with "Nothing New" or the title track itself, that's when these beams really shine. LEE BOYES



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blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm2am every Thu; no cover RED PIANO Every Thu:

Dueling pianos at 8pm

RIC’S GRILL Peter Belec (jazz); most Thursdays;

Oddibles; 9pm; no cover


Open stage; 7pm; no cover


Arrogant Worms Christmas Show; sold out


Truck, We Hunt Buffalo; 8pm (door), 9:30pm (show); $25

Bunker Thursdays


THE RIG Dark Rooster; 10pm-1:30am


Nights: Harpdog Brown; no cover

Thu Rock Jam

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


BOHEMIA Krang! Snow! Catholic Girls! BRIXX Silence Be

Damned: Goth/Industrial with DJs Siborg, Nightroad; 9pm; Impulse presents Girls On Decks; 9pm


music every Fri


Live music every Fri; all ages; Doug Hoyer; 7:30pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON

Emeralds; 9pm


Music of Joe Henderson; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

Classical WINSPEAR Handel’s

Messiah, Mark Bailey (conductor), Shannon Mercer (soprano), Aidan Ferguson (mezzo-soprano), Antonio Figueroa (tenor), Stephen Hegedus (bass-baritone), Richard Eaton Singers; 7:30-9:30pm; $24-$79


Every Friday DJs on all three levels

THE BOWER Zukunft: Indie

and alternative with Dusty Grooves, Fraser Olsen, Taz, and Josh Johnson


Flows: Live Hip Hop and open mic every Fri with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, guests; 8:30pm-2am; no cover

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 DRUID IRISH PUB DJ

every Fri; 9pm


every Fri


every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip

hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad

RED STAR Movin’ on Up:




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 Rapture–Goth/ Ind/alt; every Fri 9pm UNION HALL Ladies Night

every Fri


tion Fridays

SAT DEC 7 ARTERY The Tom Murray Shortbread Company Presents: Yuletide Biennial 2013 The Collective West, 100 Mile House, the AwesomeHots; 8pm; $12 (adv)/$15 (door) AVENUE THEATRE Daniel

Wesley, Stone Iris, Mayday and the Beatcreeps; 8pm; $20 (adv)/$25 (day of)


Hair of the Dog: Smoked Folk (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover


Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Boogie Patrol

“B” STREET BAR Rockin Big Blues and Roots Open Jam: Every Sat afternoon, 2-6pm BOURBON ROOM Live Music every Saturday Night: The Dryland Band Live; 8pm BRIXX BAR Her Alibi with

Aaron Vincent band and guests


Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2 CASINO EDMONTON

Emeralds; 9pm


Whiskey Boyz (country rock); 9pm


Country Christmas; 7pm FESTIVAL PLACE The

Nylons; sold out

FILTHY MCNASTY’S Free Afternoon Concerts: Skidoo 32, Venereal Bisease; 4pm; No cover GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HILLTOP PUB Open Stage,

Jam every Sat; 3:30-7pm


Hladun; 9pm; $15


Huron Carole; 7:30pm


Sat jam with Terry Evans, and featured guests; host Mark Ammar

PAWN SHOP Transmission Alternative Dance Party: Eddie LunchPail & Blue Jay; $5 RED PIANO BAR Hottest

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


shan partay with motorhezbollah leave the living armifera

THE RIG Lorn Burnstick; 10pm-1:30am STARLITE ROOM Monster Truck, We Hunt Buffalo; 8pm (door), 9:30pm (show); $25

Music of Joe Henderson; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $18 (member)/$22 (guest)

Classical MCDOUGALL UNITED CHURCH A Festive Mosaic:

Ukrainian Male Chorus of Edmonton, Memorable Music, the Gateway Big Band, Excentrica Women’s Chorus, UMCE; 7pm; $15 (adults), $10 (students), Free (kids under 10) ROBERT TEGLER STUDENT CENTRE Festival City

Winds Concert; 7:30pm

WINSPEAR Handel’s Messiah, Mark Bailey (conductor), Shannon Mercer (soprano), Aidan Ferguson (mezzo-soprano), Antonio Figueroa (tenor), Stephen Hegedus (bass-baritone), Richard Eaton Singers; 7:30-9:30pm; $24-$79

DJs 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


Who Know...: House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests


It’s Saturday Night: House and disco and everything in between with resident Dane

ON THE ROCKS Heather McKenzie Band with Edmonton’s Hottest DJs OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Pianos, all

request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover





Sat; 9pm


Sat: Sound and Light show; We are Saturdays: Kindergarten

FANDANGO’S DJs night every Fri and Sat with DJ Stouffer FLUID LOUNGE R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Sat LEVEL 2 LOUNGE

Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno


every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

No cover live music every Saturday afternoon from 4-6 pm. 20oz Big Rock Pints only $3.75! 10425 Whyte Ave.


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); 1st Sat each month

O’BYRNE’S Live band

Smoked Folk


LUCKY 13 Every Fri and Sat with resident DJ Chad Cook

try jam every Sat; 3-6pm

Saturday, December 7th

WUNDIBAR Danny Nitro’s 30th Birthday Bash with Doberman, Daywalker, Worst Days Down and Jake Ian


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

Big Rock Presents: Hair of The Dog Live

RED STAR Indie rock, hip

hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai









VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013





DEC/14 DEC/20 DEC/21


















Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M




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

hosted by Andrew White and the Joint Chiefs; 4-8pm

SUITE 69 Stella Saturday:


retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests


Soul, Motown, Funk, R&B and more with DJs Ben and Mitch; every Sat; 9pm-2am TEMPLE Step’d Up Saturdays with Lolcatz, Yaznil, Badman Crooks, Ootz UNION HALL Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Y AFTERHOURS Release



every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett













hosted by Steve and Bob; 5-9pm

Hair of the Dog acoustic Sun Jam with Bonedog and Bearcat; every Sun; 2-6pm

Classical MCDOUGALL UNITED CHURCH Chorale Saint-

Jean Christmas concert, with special guest Royal Canadian Artillery Band; 3pm; tickets at Bookstore Le Carrefour ROBERTSON-WESLEY UNITED CHURCH Music

for a Festive Season: Alberta Baroque Ensemble, Timothy Shantz (teor), U of A Madrigal Singers; 3pm


emony of Carols: Cantilon Choirs; 2:30pm; $25/$20 (student/child)




Annual Christmas Bow: Hot Cottage, Lionel Rault Band, Big Hank and a Fist Full of lues, Dave Babcock and the Night Keepers, King Muskafa, Funkafeelya, Joe Piccolo, Swing the Cat, Kyler Shogun Band, Rita McDade and the Fusion Bles Band, Paula Perro and the Project, Cold Feet, Emcee Tim Koslo; 2pmmidnight; Blues benefit for the Edmonton Food Bank; $15 at bar, proceeds to food bank; bring food item Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and songwriter’s stage; starts with a jam session; every Sun, 7pm DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB

Celtic Music with Duggan’s House Band 5-8pm FANDANGO’S Sun Industry Night: House mix with DJ JEZ LF; Show and Shine/open stage every Sun: hosted by Marshall Lawrence; 6-11pm FESTIVAL PLACE The

Nylons; 7:30pm; sold out


the Hog Jam: Hosted by Tony Ruffo; every Sun, 3:30-7pm

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every

Sun; 9:30pm-1am


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


Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover; this month: Sean Burns BLUES ON WHYTE Todd

Wolfe Band


Singer-songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm; host changes weekly FIDDLER’S ROOST

Fiddlers Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio 780.456.8510 ROUGE RESTO-LOUNGE

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


Snow, & Mistletoe: Queerly Entertaining Christmas featuring Edmonton’s Vocal Minority and Chorealis; 7pm; Free (donations accepted)


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

DV8 T.F.W.O. Mondays:

Roots industrial,Classic Punk, Rock, Electronic with Hair of the Dave TAVERN ON WHYTE

Classic Hip hop with DJ Creeazn every Mon; 9pm-2am


Christmas; 7-9pm; $30


Wolfe Band

BOHEMIA Acoustic Tue: Featuring Carrie Day, Wares DRUID IRISH PUB

Jamhouse Tues hosted by Chris Wynters, guest FIDDLER’S ROOST

Tuesday Nights fiddle circle jam; all levels of musicians welcome; 7:30pm; $3 cover J+H PUB Acoustic open

mic night every Tue hosted by Lorin Lynne; Everyone will have 10-15 minutes to play

L.B.’S PUB Tue Variety

Night Open stage with Darrell Barr; 7-11pm

Monday Nights Open stage hosted by Norm Sliter’s Capital City Jammers; all styles and skill levels welcome; 7:30pm; $3 cover

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



PAWN SHOP Church of Misery, Wizard Rifle, Vitriolage; 8pm; $15 (adv) PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic

instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme

(acoustic rock, country, top 40); 9pm-2am every Tue; no cover PAWN SHOP Bam Margera

(comedy), Wilson, Ryan Stock, Daredevil; 8pm; $20 (adv)/$50 (meet-and-greet) RED PIANO Jamoeke with

the Nervous Flirts: Sing with the band; no cover RICHARDS PUB Barsn-

bands open stage hosted by Mark Ammar; every Tue; 7:30-11:30pm


Session: Three Sun Sea; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show)


Chantal Kreviazuk with the ESO; 7:30-9:30pm; $39-$69


retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; WOOFTOP: The Night with No Name featuring DJs Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests playing tasteful, eclectic selections DV8 Creepy Tombsday:

Psychobilly, Hallowe’en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue RED STAR Experimental Indie rock, hip hop, electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue SUITE 69 Rockstar Tues-

at 9pm


Wednesday Nights Folk and Roots Open Stage: amateur and professional musicians welcome; 7:30pm; $3 J+H PUB Acoustic open

mic night hosted by Lorin Lynne


variety night: with guitarist, Gord Matthews; every Wed, 8pm

MERCURY ROOM Little Flower Christmas Party; Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 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) RED PIANO BAR Wed

Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5

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

THE RIG Open jam every Wed hosted by Will Cole; 8pm-12am




Open stage Wed with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12 ARTERY Dragon’s First Strike Featuring The Dragon; 8pm

Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:30-10pm; no cover

Classical MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE Pure Romantic

BAILEY THEATRE Down Home Country Christmas

II: Enterprise Quartet; 121pm; Free

MAIN FLOOR: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; ON THE PATIO: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm




Wolfe Band

BRITTANY’S LOUNGE PJ Perry every Wed; 8-11pm; $10 DUGGAN’S IRISH PUB Wed

open mic with host Duff Robison


every Wed (unless there’s an Oilers game); no cover


stage hosted by Michael Gress and Cody Noula; Original artist showcase


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

VENUEGUIDE ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ALE YARD TAP 13310-137 Ave ARTERY 9535 Jasper Ave AVENUE THEATRE 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 "B" STREET BAR 11818-111 St BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE– NISKU 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 BLUES ON WHYTE 10329-82 Ave, 780.439.3981 BOHEMIA 10217-97 St BOURBON ROOM 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert THE BOWER 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.425; BRITTANY'S LOUNGE 10225-97 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, CAFÉ TIRAMISU 10750-124 St CARROT COFFEEHOUSE 9351118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055


THE RIG Every Sun Jam

Brunch: PM Bossa; 9am3pm; Donations accepted




Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467

Ave, 780.916.1557

CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464153 St, 780.424 9467 CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE 11113-113 St

FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700

CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000

HILLTOP PUB 8220 106 Ave HOGS DEN PUB Yellow Head Tr, 142 St

CHA ISLAND TEA CO 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482

ISBE EDMONTON 9529 Jasper Ave, 587.521.7788;

CHICAGO JOES 9604 -111 Ave

J+H PUB 1919-105 St

COMMON 9910-109 St

J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403

DUGGAN'S IRISH PUB 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928

JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860

DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554

JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890

DV8 8130 Gateway Blvd EARLY STAGE SALOON– STONY PLAIN 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain ELECTRIC RODEO–SPRUCE GROVE 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 ELEPHANT AND CASTLE–WHYTE AVE 10314 Whyte Ave


ENCORE–WEM 2687, 8882170 St FANDANGO'S 12912-50 St, FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER'S ROOST 7308-76 Ave FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82

VUEWEEKLY DEC 5 – DEC 11, 2013

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

NEWCASTLE PUB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999

ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St

NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St

SET NIGHTCLUB Next to Bourban St, 8882-170 St, WEM, Ph III,

NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535109A Ave O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 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 10860-57 Ave RED PIANO BAR 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825

LEAF BAR AND GRILL 9016132 Ave, 780.757.2121 LEGENDS SPORTS BAR AND TAP HOUSE 9221-34 Ave, 780.988.2599

RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780.457.3118

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

RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602


THE RIG 15203 Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.0869 ROBERT TEGLER STUDENT CENTRE 7128 Ada Blvd ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253

LIZARD LOUNGE 13160-118 Ave MERCURY ROOM 10575-114 St NAKED CYBERCAFÉ 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730

RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St

SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 10810124 St, 587.521.6328 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 VEE LOUNGE, APEX CASINO– ST ALBERT 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WINSPEAR CENTRE 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours. com YARDBIRD SUITE 11 Tommy Banks Way, 780.432.0428 YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 ZEN LOUNGE 12923-97 St


COMEDY Black Dog Freehouse • Underdog Comedy show: Alternating hosts • Every Thu, 8-11pm • No cover CENTURY CASINO • 13103 Fort Rd •

780.481.9857 • Open Mic Night: Every Thu; 7:30-9pm

COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment

Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Thu: 8:30pm; Fri: 8:30pm; Sat: 8pm and 10:30pm • Darryl Littleton; Dec 5-7 • Gif Skyving; Dec 12-14 • Gary Keshner; Dec 19-21 • Bob Angeli; Dec 27-28 COMIC STRIP • Bourbon St, WEM •

780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Hit or Miss Mondays: Amateurs and Professionals every Mon, 7:30pm • Battle to the Funny Bone; last Tue each month, 7:30pm • Colin Moulton; until Dec 8 • Guy Torry; Dec 11-15 • Godfrey; Dec 18-22 • JR Brow; Dec 26-29

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm FILTHY MCNASTY'S • 10511-82 Ave • 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9-11pm; no cover OVERTIME PUB • 4211-106 St • Open mic comedy anchored by a professional MC, new headliner each week • Every Tue • Free 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 ZEN LOUNGE • 12923-97 St • The Ca$h Prize

comedy contest hosted by Matt Alaeddine and Andrew Iwanyk • Every Tue, 8pm • No cover


Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:30-9:30pm; Thu 6-8pm


8307-109 St • • Meet the 4th Tue each month, 7:30pm (no meetings in Jul, Aug) E: for more info • Free ARGENTINE TANGO DANCE AT FOOT NOTES STUDIO • Foot Notes Dance Studio (South

side), 9708-45 Ave • 780.438.3207 • virenzi@ • Argentine Tango with Tango Divino: beginners: 7-8pm; intermediate: 8-9pm; Tango Social Dance (Milonga): 9pm-12 • Every Fri, 7pm-midnight • $15


Mount Zion Lutheran Church, 11533-135 St NW • • 1.800.265.5106 ext. 234 • Support group for brain tumour survivors and their families and caregivers. Must be 18 or over • 3rd Mon every month; 7-8:45pm • Free CANADIAN INJURED WORKERS ASSOCIATION OF ALBERTA (CIWAA) • Augustana Lutheran

Church, 107 St, 99 Ave • • Meeting every 3rd Sat, 1-4pm • Injured Workers in Pursuit of Justice denied by WCB EDMONTON NATURE CLUB • The King’s Uni-

versity College Atrium, 9125-50 St • Speakers this month will be club members Steve Knight and Gerald Romanchuk. Presenting stories and photos of adventures in chasing birds in Alberta, B.C., and Ontario • Dec 13, 7pm • Admission by donation

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 HEALTHY, RAW AND VEGAN FOR THE HOLIDays • King Edward Community League Small

Hall, 8008-81 St • Tue, Dec 17, 7-9pm • $25 pre-register at


Assisted Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun, 3-5pm LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown •

Practice group meets every Thu


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

SONGWRITERS GROUP • The Carrot, 9351-118

Ave • 780.973.5311 • nashvillesongwriters. com • NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) meet the 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm


St • 780.435.0845 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm


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


Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon, 7:30pm


587.520.3833 for location • • Combining music, garage sales, nature, common sense, and kindred karma to revitalize the inward persona • Every Wed, 7-8:30pm SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50 •

Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10-min discussion, followed by a 30 to 40-min walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta) SOCIETY OF EDMONTON ATHEISTS • Stanley A. Milner Library, Centennial Rm (bsmt);; E:; Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM • 10545-81 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) TAKE OFF POUNDS SENSIBLY (TOPS) • Grace United Church annex, 6215-104 Ave • Low-cost,

fun and friendly weight loss group • Every Mon, 6:30pm • Info: call Bob 780.479.5519


Community Small Hall, 8102-80 Ave • Movie Monday: Urbanized; Dec 9, 7-9pm • Free; pre-register • Movie Monday: Queen of the Sun; Dec 16, 7-9pm

TOASTMASTERS • Fabulous Facilitators

toastmasters club: 2nd Fl, Canada Place, 9700 Jasper Ave; 780.467.6013,;; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • Y toastmasters club: Queen Alexandra Community League, 10425 University Ave (N door, stairs to the left); Meet every Tue, 7-9pm except last Tue ea month; Contact: Antonio Balce, 780.463.5331

VEGANS/VEGETARIANS OF ALBERTA • Riverdale Rinkhouse (beside main hall) • vofa. ca/event • Raw Vegan Edmonton joint potluck • Dec 8 WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

ca • Meet: McDonalds Argyll Rd, 81 St • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike from Millcreek Ravine to the Muttart Conservatory with hike leader Sandra 780.467.9572 • Dec 8, 9:45am-3pm• $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

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

ca • Meet: McDonalds, 14920-87 Ave • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike from Fort Edmonton to Snow Valley witih hike leader Helen 780.468.4331 • Dec 15, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)


WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

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


Justisse-Healthworks for Women, 10145-81 Ave • • Meeting • Feb 3, 6:30-8:30pm • $10 (donation)

FOOD ADDICTS • St Luke's Anglican Church,

8424-95 Ave • 780.465.2019, 780.634.5526 •

ca • Meet: McDonalds, 14920-87 Ave • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike from the John Jantzen Nature Centre to Snow Valley with hike leader Michele 780.417.6928 • Jan 5, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

ca • Meet: Capilano McDonalds, 9857-50 St • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km

Waskahegan Trail; hike through the Kennedale Ravine to Sunridge with hike leader Sandra 780.467.9572 • Jan 12, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership) WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

ca • Meet: McDonalds, 14920-87 Ave • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike from Laurier Park to Government House with hike leader Helen 780.468.4331 • Jan 19, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • waskahegantrail.

ca • Meet: McDonalds, Argyll Rd, 81 St • 10 km guided hike on a portion of the 309 km Waskahegan Trail; hike the Fort Sakatchewan city trails with hike leader Bev 780 469-7948 • Jan 26, 9:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)


• Delwood Community Hall, 7515 Delwood Rd • • Collecting and researching items from various periods in the history of Edmonton. Presentations after club business. Visitors welcome • Meets the 4th Mon of every month (except Jul & Dec), 7:30pm

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


of Alberta, Telus Centre (87 Ave, 111 St) • Dr. Shiv Chopra and Dr. Thierry Vrain discuss genetically engineered foods • Dec 10, 7pm • Free (donations accepted) GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s AnglicanChurch, 8424-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $3 HABITAT FOR HUMANITY’S VOLUNTEER ORIENTATION AND BASIC TOOL TRAINING SESsion • Habitat for Humanity, 13044 Yellowhead

Trail • • 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 the organization works • Dec 7, 8:30am-4pm

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Lions Seniors Centre, 111 Ave, 113 St • To raise awareness about the concerns on seniors care in Alberta • Dec 11, 7-9pm


brook 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 • group/bwedmonton • Bowling: Bonnie Doon Bowling Lanes: Every Tue, 6:30pm; until Apr 1, 2014; $15/week • Volleyball: St Matthew Elementary School (NE): Tue, until Mar 11, 8-10pm; Stratford Junior-Senior High School (west end): every Tue, Mar 18-Apr 29, 7-9pm, $65 (season), $35 (Half season), $5 (drop-in) • Curling: Granite Curling Club: Every Tue, until Mar 25, 7pm • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu;,, 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 ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • Pride Centre, 10608-105 Ave • 780.387.3343 • • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 7:30-9pm INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campus-based

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


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ETS CHRISTMAS LIGHTS TOURS • North Side of City Hall • See fabulous Christmas lights • Dec 6-8, Dec 13-15 • $5 A FILIPINO FUNDRAISER • Pawn Shop • Sun,

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Marketplace at Callingwood, 69 Ave & 178 St • • Get your photo taken with Santa, hop onto a free horse-drawn hay ride. Face painting, and festive colouring for the kids is also available • Dec 14, 11am-4pm

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Japanese Garden • Stroll through the candle-lit pathways, visitors can sip hot apple cider beside the bonfires, enjoy the seasonal sounds of strolling a capella singers and catch a glimpse of the magical “snow sprites” and glittering ice sculptures. A special Memory Lane • Dec 7-8, 5-9pm

MINKHA SWEATER SALE • Windsor Park Community Hall, 11840-87 Ave • Selling stunning hand-knit sweaters, vests, coats, ponchos, scarves and more • Dec 7, 9am-3pm

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725 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 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 EVOLUTION WONDERLOUNGE • 10220-103 St

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G.L.B.T. SPORTS AND RECREATION • teamed- • Blazin' Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary School Gym, 10925-87 Ave; Every Mon and Thu, 7pm; $30/$15 (low income/student); E: • Mindful Meditation: Pride Centre: Every Thu, 6pm; free weekly drop-in • Progressive Core Stability and Abdominal Training with Barb Turner: Parkallen Community League Hall; Every Thu, Sep-Dec 19, 6pm (beginner/intermediate), 7:15pm (advance); $50 (month), $200 (season) • Swimming– Making Waves: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; E: swimming@teamedmonton.c; makingwavess-

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Habitat For Humanity - St. Albert Experience Community Hands’ On! Beginners to trades people welcome, groups and individuals welcome. We provide all tools and equipment. 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.


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Are You Looking for a Great Volunteer Experience? Habitat for Humanity’s On-Tap volunteer program allows busy people to get out and volunteer when they can This is a new volunteer program designed for busy volunteers who need to schedule shifts with very short notice. If you would like to volunteer but struggle to commit to a shift until the last minute because your schedule is so hectic, contact us to get more information about the On-Tap program. or 780-451-3416 ext 223. Are You Looking for a Great Volunteer Experience? Habitat for Humanity’s On-Tap volunteer program allows busy people to get out and volunteer when they can ON-TAP VOLUNTEERS This is a new volunteer program designed for busy volunteers who need to schedule shifts with very short notice. If you would like to volunteer but struggle to commit to a shift until the last minute because your schedule is so hectic, contact us to get more information about the On-Tap program. or 780-451-3416 ext 223. Bells will be ringing November 14th - December 24th for the 2013 Christmas Kettle Campaign We are looking for volunteers to come out and ring in Christmas to help us reach our goal of $500,000. We have 9000 volunteer hours to fill. If you have a few hours we would love to have you join us. Call 780-423-2111 ext 241 to sign up or email:

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If you can’t make it out to a kettle but would still like to give visit: Can You Read This? Help someone Who can’t! Volunteer 2 hours a week and help someone improve their Reading, Writing, Math or English Speaking Skills. Call Valerie at P.A.L.S 780-424-5514 or email Growing Facilitators Volunteer Opportunity Sustainable Food Edmonton offers a Little Green Thumbs indoor gardening program to schools and childcare agencies and we are looking for volunteers. A green thumb is not a pre-requisite. However, gardening experience and a passion for children and youth are an asset. For info and volunteer application form: www.sustainablefoodedmonton.o rg


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Habitat For Humanity is building a pool of volunteers to help us with renovations at our newest ReStore. Flexible hours, no experience necessary If interested, please contact Evan at or call (780) 451-3416 Habitat for Humanity is building at Neufeld Landing! We are actively scheduling individuals and groups of volunteers for Canada’s largest project located in South Edmonton’s Rutherford area. To get involved, go to and register as a volunteer. Questions? Contact Kim. Beginners to trades people welcome. We provide all tools, equipment and lunch. All volunteers participate in onsite safety orientation/training. No minimum number of shifts required. Contact for more info about the event: Kim Sherwood 780-451-3416 Habitat for Humanity requires volunteers for our prefab shop. We are now booking 10 – 15 volunteers per day Beginners to trades people welcome to help us build walls for our build projects. We provide all tools and equipment. All volunteers participate in onsite safety orientation/training. No minimum number of shifts required. Contact for more info about the event: Kim Sherwood 780-451-3416 Habitat for Humanity requires volunteers for our ReStores We are recruiting customer service volunteers to help us at least one shift per week at store locations in north, south or west Edmonton. Customer service volunteers at our new and used building supplies stores help customers, load vehicles, clean items, stock shelves and many other tasks. Help our community to recycle everything from furniture to building supplies! Contact for more info about the event: Evan Hammer 780-451-3416 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: Help the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation create a future without breast cancer through volunteerism. Contact 1-866-302-2223 or for current volunteer opportunities


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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:

Needed for our Long Term Care residence, daytime volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit! Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details (780) 472 - 1106

Room to Read is changing children’s lives in Asia and Africa through literacy programs and gender equality. Join our Edmonton team and help us plan events to support our work, and spread the word about our amazing results.

Strathcona County Victim Services Unit Become a Volunteer Advocate and work in conjunction with the RCMP to provide assistance, support, information and referrals to victims of crime and trauma in Strathcona County Advocates must live in the area, complete an RCMP Security Clearance and Alberta Solicitor General Training prior to volunteering. On-going professional development and training sessions are available and are provided at no cost to volunteers. The opportunity to attend conferences, seminars and workshops are also available. If you have an interest in helping people within your community, and want to engage in challenging work in a team Stacey @ 780-410-4331 or for more information.

Volunteering - Does your employer have a Day of Caring program? We invite you to come and spend some time with us at Habitat for Humanity! It’s easy to sign up a group of volunteers to work on one of our builds. Volunteers from beginners to garage “putterers”, to trades people come out and help us to build homes for families in our community. We provide all tools, equipment, safety gear and lunch. Volunteers work in small crews under the direction of our site supervisors. Our primary focus is safety and we have a fun, welcoming environment that’s great for an employee group to experience giving back to community together. For more information, go to our website at or contact Kim at 780-451-3416 ext 232.

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Volunteers needed at CHED Santas Anonymous CHED Santas Anonymous has been delivering the spirit of Christmas to the less fortunate children for 59 years in the City of Edmonton. To help with this work, we are looking for people to volunteer as 50/50 Ticket Sellers at two hockey games at Rexall place. Oil Kings Game - Friday, December 6th. This will be a very exciting game as Santas volunteers will not only be selling the 50/50 tickets, we will also be selling Chuck Pucks and there will be a Teddy Bear Toss. At the first Oil Kings goal there will be a cascade of teddy bears as fans toss stuffed toys onto the ice. Time commitment will be from 5pm to around 9pm, Dec 6th. Oilers Game - Saturday, December 21st. Because it is so close to Christmas this is a great date for Santas volunteers to be selling 50/50s at an Oiler Game. The public will be responding very positively to our presence making for a very exciting event.Time commitment will be from 4:30pm to about 9:30pm Dec 21st. For more information, visit our website at , email

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Volunteers needed at CHED Santas Anonymous CHED Santas Anonymous has been delivering the spirit of Christmas to the less fortunate children for 59 years in the City of Edmonton. To help with this work, we are looking for people to volunteer as Greeters welcoming and signing in our warehouse volunteers. Our warehouse is located at 12345 121ST, inside Northgate Industries. Shifts available are: Saturday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm on Nov 16, Nov 23, Nov 30 and Dec7. Sunday afternoons from 1pm to 3pm on Nov 17, Nov 24, Dec 1 and Dec 8. Tuesday daytime hours available on Nov 19, Nov 26, Dec 3 and Dec 10. Thursday afternoons from 3pm to 5pm on Nov 21. For more information, visit our website at , email

or call Janet at 780 428-8697.


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Volunteers needed at CHED Santas Anonymous CHED Santas Anonymous has been delivering the spirit of Christmas to the less fortunate children for 59 years in the City of Edmonton. To help with this work, we are looking for people to volunteer as Toy Pickup Drivers collecting our toy donations from various locations around the city. To be eligible for this work, you must have a vehicle, show us your valid driver’s license and insurance and be willing to undergo a police check. You will need your vehicle for two or three trips a week to your location, where you will fill up the supplied bags with toy donations and bring them to our warehouse at Northgate Industries (12345 121 ST). For more information, visit our website at , email

or call Janet at 780 428-8697

Toy Pickup Drivers for CHED Santas Anonymous are needed at these locations: CHED RADIO STATION (5204 84 ST) - We need four volunteers for this location; one person for each day of the week, Tue-Frid. Pickups must be done before 5pm. COSTCO SOUTH (2616 91 ST NW) - We would like to see two teams share this location (alternate days). MILLWOODS TOWN CENTER (2331 66 ST NW) - We would like to see two teams share this location (alternate days). SOUTHGATE MALL (5015 111 ST NW) WEEKDAYS - We would like to see two teams share this location (alternate days). WALMART WINDEMERE (6110 Currents DR NW) - We would like to see two teams share this location (alternate days). ON CALL DRIVERS sometimes a location driver cannot make a trip and the location will call us asking for a pickup as their box is full. We need people who are available either morning or afternoons in all sections of town.

Volunteers needed at CHED Santas Anonymous CHED Santas Anonymous has been delivering the spirit of Christmas to the less fortunate children for 59 years in the City of Edmonton. To help with this work, we have been granted a booth at the Edmonton Christmas Show 2013 which runs from Nov 28 to Dec 1st. We are looking for volunteers to help us man the booth. Shifts are mornings, afternoons and evenings. We will be setting up a silent auction table and a table with information on CHED Santas Anonymous. Please visit our website at for more information on CHED Santas Anonymous and the Edmonton Christmas Show 2013 event. Interested people may contact Janet at

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We’re Seeking Volunteers for Our Casino! Workshop West We are holding our casino on January 1 and 2, 2014 at the Palace Casino, located at West Edmonton Mall. If you are interested in volunteering, please contact Natalia at Volunteering for Workshop West Theatre is a great opportunity for independent theatre artists who are looking for affordable rehearsal space. For every hour that you volunteer at our casino, you get three hours of free rehearsal space at EPIC Underground. For more information on EPIC Underground, email


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Call for Submissions : FAVA FEST FILM AND VIDEO ARTS FESTIVAL MARCH 25 – 29, 2014 FAVA FEST exposes the larger community to the artistic work of membership, stimulates new work, rewards past success and just generally makes a bigger noise about FAVA. Hosting a media art gear expo and BBQ, screen 30-40 films directed by Northern Alberta filmmakers, hold an Artist Talk or Panel ( 2013-brought in noted Art Director Todd Cherniawsky) and give away $20,000 worth of awards at FAVA GALA – a celebration of excellence in media arts and FAVA’s big fundraiser for the year.

2013 Palaeo Arts Contest at the Royal Tyrrell Museum, Drumheller, AB.

Festival details and schedule to come in early 2014.

This year, our scientists have selected a Stygimoloch skull to discover and interpret through art. Our annual Palaeo Arts Contest is open to all grade levels, has prizes for every winner, including two $500 draw prizes that are awarded to schools, and offers the chance to have students’ winning artwork displayed at the Museum.

STUDENT POSTCARD EXCHANGE CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS, THEME: MAPPING Create a postcard that follows the theme of MAPPING. Here are some ideas to get you thinking about mapping, these are only to start thinking about your piece and in no way are meant to be restrictive. Maps can direct you where to go; they can chart both physical places and ideas. Technology has changed the way that we understand mapping. Maps are no longer a static representation of space but change as quickly as the place that they represent. They can record public knowledge or a private understanding of an environment; they can be clear or cryptic. For this exhibition artists can make up to 2 original postcards. Postcards must be 2-dimensional, 4 x 6 inch postcards. Artists are encouraged to use any media (drawing, print media, painting, collage, etc.). Submission Deadline (postmarked by): Friday, December 13, 2013 Please contact Brittney Roy for more details. 780.426.4180

For more information, including topics for each grade level, visit: Palaeo_Arts_Contest.htm. Art Gallery of St Albert (AGSA), a contemporary public art gallery, seeks submissions from artists working in all styles and mediums for exhibition in the 2015 calendar year. Submissions are adjudicated by a panel of visual art professionals who represent a spectrum of expertise in the visual arts. The artists chosen to exhibit receive CARFAC fees. Deadline for submissions: Saturday, March 1, 2014, 5 pm For more information: Jenny Willson-McGrath, Exhibition Curator 780.651.5741 I ARTIST requires agent/manager to assist in selling ART. Commission is generous percentage % . Contact BDC at Botanical Artists of Canada (BAC) – Juried Exhibition, The Four Seasons, March 26 – April 6, 2014, Paper Mill Gallery, Toronto. Entry deadline: Friday, January 10, 2014. Open to all BAC members in good standing; non-members may join prior to entering exhibition join.

Submission fee $45 for up to three works. Awards: Best in show – $350 and three other awards – $150 each. To download the call for entries: http://www.botanicalartistsofca

Teatro dell’Eco & Dramanation Theatre Company is looking for volunteer actors for a monthly variety show. Auditions will take place December 18th from 3pm to 5pm. To book your audition or for more information contact Daunia: Teatro dell’Eco & Dramanation Theatre Company is looking for musicians & singers for monthly variety show. Auditions will take place December 11th from 3pm to 5pm. To book your audition or for more information contact Daunia: The Paint Spot, Edmonton would like to extend an invitation to your organization, club, society, school or association to make use of the many exhibition opportunities we offer to members of the Alberta art community.

For more information or questions, email exhibition coordinator Gerry Jenkison,

We encourage individuals and curators, particularly those who are emerging, as well as groups, to make exhibition proposals to our galleries: Naess, Gallery, Artisan Nook, and the Vertical Space.

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The Art Gallery of Alberta (AGA) is pleased to announce the 2015 Alberta Biennial of Contemporary Art Call for Submissions is now open to resident Alberta artists. Details of the call, which closes at 4 pm on Friday, December 13, 2013, can be found at The exhibition will be on view at the AGA in early 2015 All resident Alberta artists are eligible to submit works for consideration. Submissions should include: a curriculum vitae; a brief artist’s statement; a CD with a maximum of 20 images formatted as a PowerPoint presentation of recent work (with artist’s name, title, media and date of work clearly indicated for each image) or a maximum of three videos or DVDs for media or time-based work; and a self-addressed envelope with appropriate postage for return delivery if required. Submissions should be sent directly to the Art Gallery of Alberta by Friday, December 13, 2013 by 4 pm. Please visit for more information the Writers’ Guild of alberta Gears up for the 2014 alberta literary awards! The Writers’ Guild of Alberta (WGA) is preparing to celebrate another successful year with the 2014 Alberta Literary Awards. Writers from across Alberta and their publishers are invited to check out and submit to this year’s award categories. The deadline for submissions to the Alberta Literary Awards is December 31, 2013. For more information and submission guidelines, please visit


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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): Sometimes I think too fast and too much. My logic gets sterile. My ideas become jagged and tangled. When this happens, I head off to Turtle Back Hill for a hike through the saltwater marsh. The trail loops around on itself and I arrive back where I started in about 15 minutes. Sometimes I keep walking, circumambulating four or five times. Going in circles like this seems to help me knit together my fragmented thoughts. My mind often feels unified by the time I'm finished. I recommend you find your own version of this ritual, Aries. From what I can tell, you need to get rounder and softer.

TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): In the mid-19th century, French art was dominated by the government-sponsored Salon, whose conservative policies thwarted upcoming new trends like Impressionism. One anti-authoritarian painter who rebelled was Camille Pissarro. "What is the best way to further the evolution of French art?" he was asked. "Burn down the Louvre," he replied. The Louvre, as you may know, was and still is a major art museum in Paris. Judging from your current astrological omens, I surmise that you might want to make a symbolic statement equivalent to Pissarro's. It's time for you to graduate from traditions that no longer feed you so you can freely seek out new teachers and influences. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): "Lead us not into temptation and deliver us from evil," is a request that Christians make of God when they say the Lord's Prayer. If we define "temptation" as an attraction to things that feel good even though they're bad for you, this part of the prayer is perfectly reasonable. But what if "temptation" is given a different interpretation? What if it means an attraction to something that feels pleasurable and will ultimately be healthy for you even though it initially causes disruptions? I suggest you consider experimenting with this alternative definition, Gemini. For now, whatever leads you into temptation could possibly deliver you from evil. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): "You get tragedy where the tree, instead of bending, breaks," said the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein. But you don't have to worry about that outcome, Cancerian. The storm might howl and surge, but it will ultimately pass. And although your tree may bend pretty far, it will not break. Two weeks from now, you won't be mourning your losses, but rather celebrating your flexibility and resilience. Congratulations in advance!

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LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): It's a perfect time to start reclaiming some of the superpowers you had when you were a child. What's that you say? You didn't have any superpowers? That's not true. Before you entered adolescence, you could see things and know things and feel things that were off limits, even unknown, to most adults. You possessed a capacity to love the world with wild purity. Your innocence allowed you to be in close touch with the intelligence of animals and the spirits of the ancestors. Nature was so vividly alive to you that you could hear its songs. Smells were more intense. The dreams you had at night were exciting and consoling. Your ability to read people's real energy—and not be fooled by their social masks—was strong. Remember? VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): Not all darkness is bad, you know that. Sometimes you need to escape from the bright lights. It can be restorative to sit quietly in the pitch blackness and drink in the mystery of the Great Unknown. The same is true for silence and stillness and aloneness. Now and then you've got to retreat into their protective sanctuary. Dreaming big, empty thoughts in the tranquil depths can heal you and recharge you. The magic moment has arrived for this kind of rejuvenation, Virgo. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): In the movie Clueless, the character played by Alicia Silverstone describes someone as a "full-on Monet." What she means is that the person in question is like a painting by the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet. "From far away, it's OK," says Silverstone. "But up close, it's a big old mess." You may still be at the far-away point in your evaluation of a certain situation in your own life, Libra. It appears interesting, even attractive, from a distance. When you draw nearer, though, you may find problems. That doesn't necessarily mean you should abandon it altogether. Maybe you can fix the mess so it's as engaging upclose as it is from far away. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Your power animal for the coming months is the Bateleur eagle of Africa. In the course of searching for its meals, it covers approximately 250 square miles every day. It thinks big. It has a spacious scope. I hope you get inspired by its example, Scorpio. In 2014, I'd love to see you enlarge the territory where you go hunting for what you want. Fate will respond favourably if you expand your ideas about how to gather the best allies and resources. As for this week, I suggest you get very specific as you identify the goals you will pursue in the coming months by exploring farther and wider.


SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): The standard dictionary says that "righteous" is a word that means virtuous and highly moral. The slang dictionary says "righteous" describes someone or something that's absolutely genuine and wonderful. suggests that "righteous" refers to the ultimate version of any type of experience, especially "sins of pleasure" like lust and greed. According to my analysis, the coming week will be jampacked with righteousness for you. Which of the three definitions will predominate? It's possible you will embody and attract all three types. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): In the dreams you're having at night, Capricorn, I bet you're travelling through remote landscapes in all kinds of weather. Maybe you're recreating the voyage of the Polynesian sailors who crossed hundreds of miles of Pacific Ocean to find Hawaii 1500 years ago. Or maybe you're hiking through the Darkhad Valley, where the Mongolian steppe meets Siberia's vast forests. It's possible you're visiting places where your ancestors lived or you're migrating to the first human settlement on Mars in the 22nd century. What do dreams like this mean? I think you're trying to blow your own mind. Your deep self and your higher wisdom are conspiring to flood you with new ways of seeing reality. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): It wouldn't be too extreme for you to kiss the ground that has been walked on by people you care about deeply. And it wouldn't be too crazy to give your special allies the best gifts ever or compose love letters to them or demonstrate in dramatic fashion how amazed you are by the beautiful truths about who they really are. This is a unique moment in your cycle, Aquarius—a time when it is crucial for you to express gratitude, devotion and even reverence for those who have helped you see what it means to be fully alive. PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): In a letter to F Scott Fitzgerald, Ernest Hemingway described his vision of paradise. It would have a trout stream that no one but him was permitted to fish in. He'd own two houses, one for his wife and children and one for his nine beautiful mistresses. There would be a church where he could regularly confess his sins and he'd have great seats at an arena where bull fights took place. From my perspective, this is a pretty vulgar version of paradise, but who am I to judge? I suggest you draw inspiration from Hemingway as you come up with your own earthy, gritty, funky fantasy of paradise. It's an excellent time for you to get down to earth about your high ideals and dreamy hopes. V





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