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I solemnly swear Justin Trudeau swore at a charity boxing match. Cue countless news stories, puritanical outrage and, of course, the PMO explaining how this is one more example of his poor judgement. In a few more days, we'll never even mention the issue again, because it's the same script that goes with any political miniscandal. Something minor and inconsequential happens, various sides take some potshots, and ultimately it fades away because it really doesn't matter. From warehouse floors, to farmers' fields, to newspaper offices, to playgrounds, to political back rooms, swearing is absurdly commonplace in our society. Some people don't do it, but enough of us do that it really should not be a story when a politician does—unless that story is titled, "Guess what? Justin Trudeau does thing that many human beings do." Subhead: "While raising money for charity." Meanwhile, look at what else is going on. The Conservatives are up to their old tricks with a massive omnibus budget bill. At 359 pages and altering nearly 40 other pieces of legislation, it's everything Reform MP Stephen Harper hated about the Liberals' 21-pager in 1994. Back then, he felt that such legislation prevented MPs from being able to vote in a way that adequately reflected their constituents' views. If only, instead of a person actually claiming that saying "fucking" reflects a lack of judgment, that Stephen Harper had become Prime Minister. The other legislative offence about to pass is the Fair Elections Act. You may have heard about this in the context of more or less universal opposition outside of the Conservative Party. It does away with vouching, which allows people who lack proper documentation to vote (on the grounds that it's better for democracy to err on the side of allowing people to vote), despite no significant evidence of the boogieman shared with the US Republicans' voter fraud. It also prevents Elections Canada from running campaigns encouraging people to vote, throwing that responsibility purely on the parties. Because I guess if you remove the neutral voice and you happen to be the party with the most money, you're going to skew the vote more toward yourself. As well, parties will get lists of who did and did not vote. While that information can currently be collected by parties examining each polling station, for the people who think it's only Elections Canada's business whether or not they voted, this is one more slice of privacy taken. There's more, like how they want donation limits to increase and national parties to be able to nominate poll clerks and deputy returning officers to work in the elections. Suffice to say, the Fair Elections Act embodies the rule that any bill with a positive-sounding title should be understood to seek to enact the precise opposite. If Trudeau did anything wrong this week regarding swearing, it wasn't that he swore in a boxing ring. It's that he didn't also apply the word "fucking" where it was most needed: in a description of these blatant democratic castrations. V




Full transparency is what we need City councillors to provide quarterly expense reports online starting this month


t's clear we live in a time when political careers come to a screeching halt when the public smells a whiff of entitlement. The case of former federal minister of health Bev Oda, who billed taxpayers for a $16 glass of orange juice, springs to mind as does the more proximal and recent example of former premier Alison Redford. The public did not share her view that as a working mother she needed a government jet and an unlimited expense account at her disposal. In fact, average working mothers, who earn considerably less each year than Redford billed taxpayers for her attendance at Nelson Mandela's funeral, weren't buying it and neither was anybody else. Albertans clearly will not put up with this kind of behaviour from elected officials any longer. Until now, Edmonton city councillors have managed to avoid the kind of scrutiny that provincial and federal politicians have been subjected to, but that will come to an end later this month when councillors' expenses will be posted online for the public to view. In November, councillors passed a policy that would see such disclosure occur on a quarterly basis. Council expenses are currently posted annually with only broad categories such as "hosting and tickets" or "communications" outlining where the money is spent. Right now, councillors must disclose gifts worth more than $300 and the annual reports can only be viewed in the city clerk's office during regular office hours. They are also not required to record or disclose those with whom they meet. According to Lynne Turvey, supervisor of council services, any change to the policy to require more frequent reporting or to enable public online access would have to come from a direction of council. Similarly, any new policies—like a code of conduct and ethics—would have to be initiated by councillor request or administration's recommendation. Given council has in the past rejected the idea of imposing a code of conduct and ethics for its members—although city employees are bound by such a document—this seems unlikely. When council members were debating the policy change last fall, newly elected Ward 6 Councillor Scott McKeen told Global News he intended to post "some of his receipts" on his website. "We have to do as much as we can, I think, as councillors, to reduce the level of cynicism out there," he said. "I'm certainly not going to do it to satisfy the Canadian Taxpayers Federation, but I'll do it to satisfy the citizens of Edmonton." In the lead up to last fall's municipal election, the Canadian Taxpayers' Federation polled candidates to see if they would commit to posting their expenses, including receipts, online on a quarterly basis. Of the current six councillors who responded to the survey, five of them, including Mayor Don Iveson, made that commitment. Ward 3 Councillor Dave Loken was

the only candidate who replied "no" to the question, while Councillors Bev Esslinger, Ed Gibbons, Michael Oshry, Ben Henderson, Michael Walters and Amarjeet Sohi didn't respond to the survey at all. Derek Fildebrandt of the CTF says he wasn't surprised by Loken's position as he'd been engaged in a tug-of-war with the city over the Ward 3 councillor's detailed expense disclosure for some time. The city didn't refuse to provide the information but demanded "unreasonable search fees for the information in order to ensure that they never actually have to release it." In each of the responses to the CTF's requests for disclosure of Edmonton councillors' expenses, the city has cited Section 93 of the Freedom of Information and Privacy Protection Act which allows for the imposition of fees when fulfilling requests for information. In Loken's case, the CTF was told it would have to pay $731 to see a detailed breakdown of expenses from October 2010 to August 2012. The previous fall, the group had been told the FOIP fees to access Mayor Stephen Mandel's expenses would come with a price tag of $4630. Asked by us why, as of March 31, his expenses still had not been posted, McKeen responded that the "overwhelming nature" of his first few months on council caused a delay that he intended to rectify quickly. "It is my intent to publish all my expenses," McKeen says while expressing his apologies for his tardiness in doing so. The scene in Calgary is a lot different. Last July, city council adopted the Ethical Conduct Policy for Members of Council. The policy requires councillors to post ward expense reports quarterly on the councillors' pages on the city's website. In addition to expense disclosure, the policy requires members of council to disclose all gifts with a value in exc e s s o f $150 with semiannual reports posted online. The policy also covers a code of conduct for councillors to follow in their interactions with staff, the public, industry and other levels of government and requires that they keep a log of everyone they meet in their official capacities.

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Mayor Naheed Nenshi has taken this one step further and reports all gifts he receives, which is why we know Ontario Premier Kathleen Wynne gave him a Toronto Maple Leafs baseball cap last year, though it's questionable if he has ever dared to wear it. What about our own mayor? Iveson's spokesperson John Brennan says the mayor is fully supportive of full disclosure of expenses. "He has no problem releasing this publicly," Brennan says, but explains they have no plans to report anything over and above that which is released by the city clerk's office. Because they are not mentioned in the constitution, municipalities are considered "creatures of the province" and it is the province which has the final say in how they operate and govern themselves. As such, all elected representatives on all town and city councils in Alberta are governed by conflict of interest laws imposed through the Municipal Government Act. The province launched a review of the MGA last year. Edmontonians who want to see their city council improve transparency and accountability can use the review to make such demands. "All aspects of the legislation are being considered and open to suggestions and any future decisions will be part of the review," says Margarita Raggolini-Griffiths with the department of Municipal Affairs. She says there is an opportunity for Albertans to provide input at mgareview.alberta. ca.




Fighting the GMO giants

Dr Vandana Shiva to keynote Public Interest Alberta's annual advocacy conference


he time of year when Public Interest Alberta get us together to talk about issues that affect us all is just about here. PIA's 2014 annual advocacy conference will be keynoted by Dr Vandana Shiva, whose work addressing corporate globalization and genetically modified organisms is widely known and respected. She was nice enough to take a phone call at 11:30 pm from her home in India to talk about her work. VUE WEEKLY: Your talk is about reclaiming the commons from corporate enclosures. In some of your articles, you've mentioned the commons as water, health, education, [and] seeds. Can you give some examples of how people globally are reclaiming the commons? VANDANA SHIVA: An example, very clearly, is the enclosure of biodiversity and seed through patenting. And genetic engineering is, of course, a root to that. Genetic engineering has no standing in and of itself. I mean, there's no reason they do it if they weren't going to get a patent at the end of it. So this, in my view, is the most serious enclosure, which is why for the last 30 years I've dedicated my life to reclaiming the commons of biodiversity, knowledge and seed because they are all connected. In terms of biodiversity and seed, our movement of reclaiming the commons is basically just saying patents are wrong. Seed is not invented, life is not invented and this error has to be corrected. Monsanto just went to the US government, wrote a draft agreement and pushed it on the rest of the world. You can't have something so fundamental introduced by just one corporate interest. From the beginning of my founding of Navdanya in 1987—the movement for seed saving—our commitment has been we do not recognize these patents, we do not see seed as the invention of a company: we see seed as a gift of millennia of the past and a gift we must hand over to thousands of years into the future. The very concrete way in which this recovery is taking place is through creating community seed banks with a commitment to sharing and saving seed rather than preventing the saving and preventing the sharing of seed through intellectual property rights. That's why in India we've created more than 120 community seed banks. In the last two years I've started to take a lot of initiative to spread this globally through the Global Citizens Movement For Seed Freedom, which is both the freedom of the seed to evolve and the freedom of the farmers to have seed, as well as freedom of people to be able to eat food from really good seed rather than toxic GMO seed. Another initiative of the resistance to the enclosure in this field is all the

campaigns I've led on biopiracy. The patenting of neem, the patenting of wheat, the patenting of basmati and more recently, a new campaign on the patenting of screening of all the soil varieties of the world because with genetic engineering the soil base has gone so narrow, that they need to get access to the local varieties we've saved. VW: You've found that biodiversity and yields decrease with GMO seed, correct? VS: Exactly, because just as Wall Street speculators can manipulate financial data—and they did, which is how they brought the whole world to collapse in 2008—the genetic engineering lobby, chemical lobby, manipulate the measure in agriculture to make it look like they're producing more when they're actually reducing the productivity of land and biodiversity. If you convert a field which has cotton, along with millet, along with pulses and vegetables, per acre you actually grow more biological material, including food. You turn it into a monoculture of Bt cotton and they say, "Oh, we have more cotton." Of course you'll have more cotton! Not because it's Bt, but because it's only cotton. This trick of what I have called the monoculture of the mind has been used repeatedly. Just this afternoon I had to give an interview on Indian TV where they were saying, "Well, they're saying we're now exporting." I said we are now exporting cotton for two reasons: first, the subsidies of the Americans were trashed by a case brought by Brazil against US in the WTO. And second, our mills have shut down and all our raw cotton goes to China and then we re-import clothing. This is not a very big gain for the country overall [and] in terms of employment, it's a loss. So all kinds of tricks are played to make it look like GM brought benefits and I'm very fascinated to see today a release of a report from the USDA that is admitting what we've been saying for about 10 years, that it's just a tool, it's not a science. It's wrong to call it GM science. These are genetically engineered crops using a tool of recombinent DNA that they are failing to control tests. And you've noticed in your area how resistance to weeds is taking place with Roundup Ready Canola. The USDA is having to admit that farmers are having to use more lethal chemicals and, in fact, farmers are now starting to lose in [the] United States because of the use of GMOs. So I think within this 20-year cycle, in a way the fairy tale is over. Or should we call it a nightmare? VW: Why do you think they're finally admitting it? They can't see any

other options? VS: The thing is, no one can deny there are super weeds and super pests, that's all on record. And at the end of the day, the US government has to deal with this problem. The companies that make the money don't deal with the problem; it's the public system that deals with the problem. In India, of course, the big issue has been the socio-economic impact along with the emergence of resistance in the bollworm to the Bt toxin, so they're having to sell a double gene. The early suicides all started in the cotton area. Ninety-five percent of cotton is now GMO cotton, which is 8000-percent more [costly] and the main reason for farmers' deaths and a big reason for farmers' suicides. One thing the industry cannot tolerate is the repeated studies we do every year and update on suicides. The figures on the national suicides are not ours, they're the government's. But what we do is go into the field and actually visit homes, find out why a farmer committed suicide and we have now data from '98 onward with individual names. The majority of suicides in the cotton belt are because they're cultivating Bt cotton and getting into debt. It's fascinating, I mean the biotech industry has gone into such a tizzy. They're having to interestingly plant stories against me on the suicide issue and then they put a graph for national rates of suicide. But the country doesn't grow cotton across the board, the relevant regions are the regions where cotton is grown and where Bt cotton is grown, and there the graph is not static. It is climbing. VW: They're often painting the farmers as being greedy and choosing Bt cotton when actually, that's their only option, correct? VS: Monsanto has been super, super smart. It first destroys the farmers' options by telling farmers "Oh, you've got primitive seed. Give it up. We'll even pay you some money. We're bringing you smart seed." They then crush the public sector, and this has happened in Canada as much as in India as much as in the US, the public system stops doing its work. Mysteriously, suddenly there's no public breeding. And third, they buy up, or lock into a licensing arrangement, domestic companies. Sixty Indian companies that used to breed cotton seed are today only selling Monsanto's Bt cotton and the licensing contracts don't allow them to sell anything else. Of course, you can understand if the price of the Bt cotton is 8000-percent more than the old alternative, then of course a domestic company starts to make more money even though it's having to pay a royalty to Monsanto. And that is the logic:

it's the greed of Monsanto and the innocence of the farmer, not the greed of the farmer. VW: Do you think this comes down to the question of the value of profit over the value of human life? VS: I think the blind chasing of profit without ecological concern and responsibility, without respect for human life has really become a major threat both to the planet, as an ecocide, and what we witnessed in India with farmer suicides as a genocide. And now when we see the new data on Roundup and glyphosate, you might have noticed new research was done in Sri Lanka where they suddenly found, starting in the '90s, very high levels of kidney failure; 400 000 victims, 20 000 dead because of kidney failure. The scientists have done a mapping, that show other reasons for problems, but the single most important reason is the use of Roundup which actually locks heavy metals in the process and damages the kidney. The government of Sri Lanka has banned glyphosate. VW: It seems like often Monsanto and these companies use in their defence that their products are addressing world hunger. What do you say to that? VS: For three reasons, this is such

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a false claim. The first reason is the technology is only a technology to move a gene—in the case of Bt, a gene that produces a toxin. It is not a yield-increasing technology, it is just a gene-shuffling technology. The only genes of interest to Monsanto are the toxic genes. So if at all yields are increasing, it's of toxins. This is not about hunger, then, it's about disease. The second is the data is so clear, the two primary crops that have spread are GMO corn and GMO soya. If you were to add canola and cotton, that would cover most of the GMOs planted. None of this is going into food. Canola goes into biofuel, soya goes into biodiesel, animal feed, corn goes into animal feed and ethanol and cotton, of course, is not eaten. So 90 percent of the GMO corn and soya is not in food system, directly eaten. The third reason why this is so false to claim that this is about hunger is that you are impoverishing small farmers. You're squeezing royalties out of them. That is not an end to hunger, that is the beginning of a suicide economy.



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The story we're not telling

Travel expenses and cries of misogyny were not the only factors at play in Redford's resignation Two weeks after the resignation of Alison Redford as Premier, the blogosphere, op-ed pages and social media in Alberta and across the country are still full of people trying to make sense of what went wrong for Redford, and why she was pushed to resign just two years into her mandate. There are some common threads running through most of these explanations and, as always, all of them contain some grain of truth. Was it the $45 000 trip to South Africa? Was it systemic misogyny run amok in the Legislature, the Conservative Party, and the mainstream media? Was it that she was a "bully" who could not play nicely with others? Yes, yes and yes. All of these things undoubtedly played a role in her early departure from the halls of power, but they are all also loaded politically and inevitably serve one political agenda or another. There can be no doubt, for example, that the costs of the South Africa trip along with all the other outrageous travel expenses, and her team's poor handling of them, were a major contributing factor. They highlighted for many Albertans just how entitled this government actually is and how disconnected they are from the daily realities of the people they represent. For Albertans struggling to make


ends meet amid growing inflation and reinforcing this extremist right-wing loaded with gender bias either. Certainly we can speak of Redford's stagnating wages to see their govern- frame and doing serious damage to ment spend more on one trip than our democracy and our confidence leadership style without reinforcing they make in a year was eye-opening in quality public services funded the systemic misogyny that contributed to her demise, and we have a and rage-inducing. But this is not new. through fair taxation. Likewise, there can be no ques- responsibility to do so. Ralph Klein famously spent hundreds But there is a bigger issue at play of thousands of dollars during his tion that systemic misogyny played tenure flying the government jet to a significant role in Redford's down- with these explanations. While reckprivate fishing trips with big-money fall. Her refusal to kowtow to the less spending, a misogynistic party party donors, and his popularity old-boys' club that runs the caucus and her leadership style all contributed to her premanever waned beture resignation, cause of it. What It was ultimately the fight-back by Albertans these things are makes it differagainst these policies and politics that combined all fundamentally ent for Redford is that for the with outrage about her travel costs and leader- about personality and anti-governlast 20 years, the ship style to create a perfect storm. ment rhetoric and extreme right make impossible in Alberta has worked extremely hard to convince and the party resulted in the use of a more meaningful discussion about us that government is by nature inef- gender-loaded language to attack her. the actual policy and legislative subficient, wasteful and redundant. That She was framed as "not a nice lady" stance of her time in office. message, delivered endlessly by the and a "princess" who was "bossy" and Fraser Institute, the Canadian Tax- threw "temper tantrums." Yes, she This is a Premier who promised twopayers Federation and much of the had difficulty building allies within percent funding increases to post-secmainstream media, and echoed gladly the caucus, and yes, she took a loud ondary education during the election approach and then proceeded to cut funding by the Wildrose Party, is part of their my-way-or-the-highway larger political agenda of privatiza- with staff and caucus members, but seven percent in the very next budtion, low taxes, public-sector cuts and how is any of that any different than get. She promised stable and predicthow Stephen Harper runs the inner able funding to education and health political disengagement. While nobody would deny that level circles of his government? Yet the care and delivered nothing but cuts in of spending and entitlement is prob- media and other politicians do not two consecutive budgets. She wooed lematic, when we focus on that exclu- use those kinds of words to describe the public service during the election sively, and make that the cornerstone him. He is framed as "authoritarian," and within two years had moved to of our outrage and anger, we must "iron fisted" and "demanding." Certain- freeze their salaries, gut their penbe aware that what we are doing is ly not positive words, but words not sions and introduce legislation de-

signed to take away their collectivebargaining rights and their freedom of association and free speech. All of these policies were a direct betrayal of everything she pretended to stand for during the election and of many of the people who supported her election bid. It was ultimately the fight-back by Albertans against these policies and politics that combined with outrage about her travel costs and leadership style to create a perfect storm. To focus only on the latter is to ignore the role that her actual policies played in her departure. By doing so we are contributing to the emerging myth that it was about her, and not her politics or those of her party. The only thing that can come from that myth is the further disengagement of Albertans from politics, and the further entrenchment of the extremist right-wing ideology of privatization, low taxes and small government. There is an opportunity at hand to build on the engagement Albertans are feeling. Let's make sure we don't waste it by omitting a key part of the story. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.


Splitting Libya

The fighting on either side of the east-west divide remains at a standstill—for now The Red Wadi (Wadi al Ahmar) lies a bit to the west of the old Roman border between Tripolitania and Cyrenaica, but if Libya splits in two, it will serve quite well as the new frontier. The deadline for the fighting to resume there was last Thursday (March 27), but neither side is very good at organizing a battle and we will have to wait for a bit. It will probably happen in the end, though. Libya has been a chaos of rival militias holding down local fiefdoms ever since the overthrow of Muammar Gaddafi's 42-year dictatorship in 2011, but in the past month the disintegration has accelerated. A formal division of the country into two successor states is now a real possibility, but it's unlikely to happen without some further fighting. There has been some already. Much of the eastern half of the country, Cyrenaica, has been under the control of a coalition of tribal militias led by Ibrahim Jathran since last year. He seized control of the terminals on the coast through which two-thirds of Libya's oil production is exported,


and set up the "Cyrenaica Political Bureau," which is acting as a proto-government in the east. The central government in Tripoli, which was led by Prime Minister Ali Zeidan, was powerless to stop him. The government has been paying $1000 per month to about 160 000 members of various militias (out of a total population of only six million) in an attempt to make them servants of the state, but they don't feel obliged to obey government orders. And the army that obeys Tripoli is too small and weak to take on a powerful warlord like Jathran. Months of stalemate followed, while the country's oil exports, which account for 95 percent of government revenues, plunged from 1.5 million barrels per day to only 200 000 barrels. (The Zintan militia in western Libya was also cutting pipelines and occupying oil fields from the western oil fields from time to time.) But matters came to a head when Jathran's militia started trying to export oil itself from the eastern oil terminals in early March. If he could sell Cyrenaica's oil

with impunity, that would be the end of a united Libya, so Zeidan threatened to sink a rogue tanker, the North Korean-flagged Morning Glory, that arrived at one of the terminals controlled by Jathran to load oil valued at $30 million. Libya's navy had been sunk by NATO planes and its air force was near mutiny, however, so all Zeidan had to stop it was a tugboat juryrigged with Grad rockets. Morning Glory managed to get away, and the Islamist-dominated Congress that passes for a final authority in Libya fired Zeidan for his failure. Morning Glory was stopped later in the week by a US Navy warship and handed over to the government in Tripoli, but it was too late for Zeidan, who fled the country fearing assassination. Congress then ordered the most powerful militia in the west of the country, the Libya Shield Force, to seize the rebel-held ports in the east, but after some clashes, they were stopped east of Sirte. Since then the two sides have glared at each other across the Red Wadi, waiting for the deadline set by the speaker of

Congress and de facto president, Nouri Abusahmain, to expire. Now it has expired, and nothing has happened yet, but neither has there been any sign that the two sides are talking. Besides, it is misleading to talk of "two sides": the country has become a jumble of militia-run city-states with rapidly shifting alliances. But the east-west split is real, and it is getting worse. It goes back a long way. Even 2000 years ago, in the heyday of the Roman empire, Tripolitania and Cyrenaica were two separate provinces, quite different in language and religion. Cyrenaica was Greek-speaking, and Tripolitania spoke Latin. After the empire became Christian in the 4th century AD, Cyrenaica became Orthodox while Tripolitania was part of the Roman (Catholic) church. The Arab conquest of both provinces in the 7th century erased those differences of language and religion. All Libyans now speak Arabic, and the vast majority are Sunni Muslims. But the regional and tribal divisions of the country

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are very deep, and the residents of Cyrenaica have long resented the fact that most of the oil income flowed to the capital, Tripoli, and the rest of Tripolitania, while most of the oil was actually in Cyrenaica. The CPB says it is a "federalist" organization that wants only the decentralization of the country and a bigger share of the oil revenues for the east, but in fact it is already halfway out the door— and the army units and air bases in the east support the rebels. "We are assembling a large force to protect the ports," said Senussi al-Meghrabi. "If they are attacked, it will be civil war." But not a long civil war, probably, for there is virtually no chance that forces from Tripolitania could conquer Cyrenaica—especially when they are facing their own revolt back home from the powerful Zintan militia, allies of the exiled ex-prime minister Zeidan. And they control the oil of Tripolitania. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.


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A Persian gem Shiraz Restaurant went under the radar, until now Shiraz Restaurant 7111 Argyll Rd, 780.761.3456


egular readers (both of you) might remember how, in my yearend column, I egregiously misspoke in pronouncing Whyte Avenue Persian food outlet Sabzy closed for business—when in fact it just relocated to Mill Woods—and then went on to say there were no Persian restaurants in Edmonton anymore. Wrong again. A helpful reader quickly pointed out that not only did Sabzy still exist, but it had a little competition in the form of Shiraz Restaurant, which seems to have been doling out Persian food from a modest nook near the Argyll casino for at least a few years. It seemed incumbent upon me to investigate. I'm no expert on Persian cuisine, but I have enough experience of it to know that it's evocative of, but distinct from, the contiguous cuisines of the Middle East and the Indian subcontinent. So while you can count on savoury dips with flatbread, complex spice blends, grilled meats and rice, and a love of yogurt, Persian cuisine also delights in hearty stews, subtle seasonings and velvety textures that set it apart from its neighbours. This is, of course, a gross overgeneralization, but we have to start somewhere. "Modest" probably understates the appearance of Shiraz's premises, ostentatious signage notwithstanding. The small, clean dining area is tricked out with a bit of Persian historical adornment, a small grocery shelf and a bubble-gum machine under bright fluorescent lights, which also provide the only ambient sound with their remote hum, as the volume on the house TV set is turned down. The avuncular owner was busy helping a customer carry a substantial quantity of take-out to her car, so we had a bit of time to ponder the menu. I also had time to rehearse my probably hilarious mispronunciation of the food we wanted. The relatively low price point encouraged us to slightly overdo it. We would start, so we figured, with a shirazi salad ($3.99) and a dip called kash-o-bedemjoon ($5.99), followed by koresht fesenjoon ($10.99), which


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I knew enough about to consider a favourite, and kebab soltani ($15.99), the dearest of the kebab platters. The dip, with store-bought pita, hit the table first, a purée of fried eggplant, fried onion, garlic, dried mint and yogurt, tinted with turmeric. It was hard to single out any one flavour, but it was rich, beguilingly cheesy in flavour and, yes, velvety on the tongue. When I discovered the remnants in my fridge a few days later, I had the best surprise midnight snack of the year. Next came the entrées, complete with two heaping portions of rice— the owner asked us if we needed more rice, then gently patted me on the shoulder and assured me he was joking. One heap of rice was topped with a generous skewer each of sliced sirloin (barg kebab) and a ground beef/lamb combo (kubideh kebab), as well as a grilled tomato. The fesanjoon—chunks of tender chicken breast cooked in pomegranate-walnut gravy—came in its own shallow bowl alongside the rice heap. Co-diner and I were both quite pleased with the rich stew, with its artful balance of sweetness and tartness from the pomegranate molasses in the recipe, and its—you guessed it—velvety texture from the smooth purée of walnuts subjected to a long simmer. Between the rice and the

pita, we made sure not a speck of sauce remained in the bowl. Of the two kebabs, we both preferred the kubideh, which was more flavourful and juicy. The sirloin was a little tougher and perhaps too subtly seasoned for our non-Persian palates to fully appreciate. The shirazi salad arrived a little late in the meal—everyone involved seemed to have forgotten it had been ordered until the last minute—but was an essential component in such a meat-centric meal. It's more like a condiment than a salad, composed of chopped onion, tomato and cucumber tossed with lemon juice and dried mint to add a little lightness and crunchiness to the proceedings. In that light, a yogurt-based appetizer like mast-o-mooseer (with shallots) or mast-o-khiar (with cucumber, dried mint and onion) would also go well with kebabs. I wouldn't hesitate to revisit Shiraz on the strength of the dip and the stew alone, but the fact that the entire meal (and substantial leftovers) came to less than $40 encourages further experimentation with their menu—especially the three variants of lamb stew I have yet to sample. If you haven't yet acquired a taste for Persian cuisine, you're hereby encouraged to do so.



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A vintage history lesson Wine's origins go way back—like way, way back The history of wine is the history of human civilization. No other substance, save water, has been so closely tied to the development of the human race. Archaeological remains have proven that humans have been making wine for millennia: a large amount of archaeological evidence from the Neolithic period (8500 to 4000 BCE) points to the Near East area around the Black Sea (modern day Turkey, Georgia, Armenia and Iran) as the cradle of wine. A cave in Armenia con-

religious practices and developing a good deal of superstitions around it. This continued into the Greek and Roman Empires, which even had a god of wine: Bacchus/Dionysus. Later in history, Christianity further reinforced wine's divine connection in its sacrament of Eucharist. Wine became an intrinsic and fundamental part of the ancient Greek and Roman civilizations, a place it continues to occupy today. As the Roman Empire spread throughout much of Europe, it brought both wine and the practice

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Those first, inadvertent winemakers drank the fermented juice and, realizing it was totally awesome, began to ferment grapes purposefully. tains the oldest found winery, dating to 4100 BCE, featuring a wine press, fermentation vessels, jars, cups and grape seeds and vines—it was an extensive, developed operation, meaning that winemaking was already well established by this time. This Neolithic wine was made from the Vitis vinifera sylvestris variety of grapevine, which is the ancestor of Vitis vinifera—the variety from which all of the world's fine wines are made. There are actually about 100 different species of grapevines throughout the world, but only vinifera varieties (and a handful of hybrids) are made into commercial wine. Merlot, Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir—all of those are vinifera. On a fascinating side note: when the Viking explorer Leif Erikson landed on the shores of Newfoundland around the year 1000 CE, he christened the area Vinland—literally wine-land. Scholars have suggested this is because the climate was much warmer there than presently, so wild (non-vinifera) grapevines flourished. From the Neolithic period in the Near East, the grapevine was brought to Egypt around 3000 BCE where it was quickly established as the "drink of the pharaohs" and consumed only by the royalty; the common people and slaves drank beer. This is when wine became firmly established as a drink with religious significance (though it certainly may have been used as such previously), being incorporated into the ancient Egyptians'

of winemaking along for the ride, establishing vineyards and wineries that continued to develop into their modern incarnations. From this point the evolution of wine becomes incredibly complex and detailed (not that it wasn't already), with wine industries being established throughout the entire rest of the world. We can only speculate about the very first wines and winemakers, which predate archaeological evidence. My favourite wine origin story, and one that does have a lot of scientific credence, is that wine was first made by accident, and by women. Early humans gathered wild grapes to eat and stored them in various kinds of crude vessels. The grapes on the bottom were crushed and then the juice spontaneously fermented in the presence of wild yeasts, which are everywhere—though an uncommon practice, some modern winemakers still use wild yeasts today. Those first, inadvertent winemakers drank the fermented juice and, realizing it was totally awesome, began to ferment grapes purposefully. (And, because females were often the gatherers, it's very possible that the ladies started all of this.) It's an unverifiable theory, but it's one I hold in high regard—life is tough and wine makes things better (at least until the next morning); humans knew this from the moment it touched our prehistoric tongues. V

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etween last year's transition from the Varscona to the Citadel, Rapid Fire Theatre's creative energy behind the Bonfire festival was lost on picking up the pieces from the big move. Bonfire, Rapid Fire's annual longform improv festival, was first designed to bring together and showcase the company's players. But longtime Rapid Fire improviser Julian Faid says the contrast between the festival's first year in 2012 and last year's was jarring. "It changed completely. It felt like we were so disconnected from the shows and from each other, and it was more like you just showed up and did the show," he says. But this year's going to be different. The festival is returning to the Citadel with the same excitement and creativity that it boasted in its first year after focusing more on the process of players pitching the types of shows they want to Tue, Apr 8 – Sat, Apr 12 (7:30 pm; 7:30 & 10 pm on Friday and perform, an energy Faid says is felt even Saturday) in the workshopping Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, stages of the festival. $12 ($25 festival pass) Bonfire is often described as an opportunity for players with the company to try out new forms of improv and take creative risks. Faid stresses, though, that the final product is far more refined than a bunch of improvisers fooling around onstage in the name of innovation. "I sometimes struggle with the idea that it's 'experimental,'" he says. "We keep saying that it's sort of experimental improv, and it is sort of for us, but everyone in Rapid Fire is so talented that it's not experimental-bad. It's experimental-good. It's not us messing around onstage. It's things that we've workshopped. It's things that we've created and that we're excited to show people

Experimental improv, but good-experimental. // Andrew Paul

and try out on stage for the first time." Among the shows conjured this year include a Wes Anderson-inspired set, a coven of advice-giving witches and a show that has players using only their second languages to communicate with each other. The show Faid's looking forward to most is Hostage, where one of the players is chosen at random to improvise in seclusion for the duration for the show in front of a camera. The rest of the players perform in front of the audience and occasionally check in with the secluded player for inspiration. Artistic director Amy Shostak played Hostage for the first time in Regina, and is the only Rapid Fire player who's already done it. Though admittedly horrifying, she's excited to see how the Rapid Fire ensemble plays with it for the first time at Bonfire. "It was one of the best improv experiences of my life. Because it is such a long time and you are alone and you don't have the audience to react to what you're doing, you're really working through a lot of self-judgment and also you kind of get to purely imagine everything and you feel kind of insane. You're just in there, wearing a mop as a wig or whatever," she laughs. Shostak agrees that trusting power in the players to come up with ideas and taking the time to refine the shows— down to the Wes Anderson colour schemes—is paying off. She says audiences can expect a tight and refreshed set list, but definitely nothing they've seen before at Theatresports or CHiMPROV shows. But, if we've learned anything over the years from Rapid Fire, it's to leave our expectations at the door.




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pera isn’t exactly known for taking a minimalist approach to, well, anything, and even within that world, Madama Butterfly certainly doesn’t often see praise for its restraint. One of the most widely seen operas in the world— the seventh most-often produced, worldwide, according to online scorekeeper Operabase—it carries some hurricane-sized expectations of spectacle, as its butterfly wings flap out the doomed, cross-cultural romance between a US naval lieutenant and his Japanese bride. But for his approach to a classic, director Tim Albery, along with the designers, had other plans. "One of our first instincts was that it shouldn’t be too pretty all


the time," he says, sitting in the Jubilee’s rehearsal hall. "Because everyone thinks it’s all about blossoms and cherry trees, pretty pretty, and it’ll all be rather charming to look at and lovely. Which is fine, but we decided to make it charming to look at at the points when someone was making a point of being charming. It’s very beautiful, but I think it’s quite austere." This is Albery’s third time directing Butterfly, as part of Edmonton Opera’s 50th anniversary season. It’s a remount of a remount of his take on the script, which first appeared back in 2007 and then saw revival in the UK in 2011, garnering rave reviews along its way. Most of that cast is

returning, here, and yes, Albery Albery’s certainly a charming connotes, in key moments will come versation: at one point, he takes the cherry blossoms and gorgeous off mid-interview to go find procolours and picturesque Japan. But duction photos in another room. only when such things serve the He strolls back a few minutes later story at hand. humming a tune. He’s a bit under "I don’t like lots of stuff just for the weather, a handful of days the sake of it," he says. "If you don’t away from opening: a flu’s made need it for the story, let’s not have its way through some of the cast it, [that] dressing and crew, though and furniture. If Sat, Apr 5 (8 pm); Tue, Apr 8 & thankfully noit’s just sort of Thu, Apr 10 (7:30 pm) body on stage there to be nice Directed by Tim Albery, seems to have it rather than to get Jubilee Auditorium, $40 – $140 at present. to the heart of Taking a more the story. I want minimal apto find out what’s going on, and let proach to the spectacle of the the design support that, rather than maximal art of opera, he notes, detract from that." means you end up relying on performers capable of more than just

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singing all the right notes. "In this case, we’re lucky: everyone in the group are good performers, not just people who can sing," he says. "[Anne] Sophie [Duprels, who plays Cio-Cio-San], when we did the final run-through in this room, she was still recovering from not being at all well [from the flu], so she basically didn’t sing—but it was amazing, because she was so committed and so in it. Some of the chorus people who hadn’t seen it [yet], they stayed to watch the end, and they were crying. She wasn’t even bloody singing! But she was very, very intense."



The Invention of Romance Brovold delivers a spirited performance as our leading lady, the intellectual but romantically stunted Kate, a museum curator working on an upcoming exhibit that shares the title of the play. This exhibit is as ever-evolving and ill-fated as her love life: when the show's featured artifact becomes suddenly unavailable, she enlists the aid of the general public in providing their personal romantic artifacts. At the same time, she's on another quest to find Mr Until Sun, Apr 13 (8 pm; Sundays Right, an increasat 2 pm) ingly desperate Directed by Tracy Carroll search spurred on La Cité Francophone, $11 – $28 by witnessing her 79-year-old mother, Louisa (Valerie Curating the heart in The Invention of Romance Ann Pearson), rekindle a romance hat is love? No, really, what is with an old flame. Kate is just as passionate about it? (And no, this isn't a reference to an early '90's dance hit—ex- cheesy romantic comedies (especially those with Colin Firth) as she is about plicitly, anyway.) The intrepid protagonist of Work- precious medieval codices; a bit neushop West's current production, a rotic and a compulsive list-maker, brand-new play by Edmonton's Conni she's a very human, relatable charMassing, makes a brave attempt to acter—the perfect rom-com heroine. identify, quantify and generally figure Mat Busby proves his versatility as a out love and all of romance's messy performer by providing the male half, or rather halves, of the show: he plays trappings. In The Invention of Romance, Lora a host of male characters opposite


Kate, from her hilariously ludicrous "perfect" man to the mild-mannered and similarly geeky assistant curator at her museum. Massing's script has plenty of cleverly-written dialogue, but while the first act is charming and funny, the second act becomes increasingly wearisome. What initially seems to be an intelligent and amusing confrontation of the stereotypes and clichés of the romantic-comedy genre instead becomes an indulgence of them: of course the perfect guy was right there all along, pining for the clueless heroine while she stumbles her way through a barrage of increasingly farcical romantic entanglements. Louisa's story is by far the more interesting—romance between the elderly is certainly not a common feature in any genre, and it's a shame this is eclipsed by another iteration of the tired girlmeets-boy trope. Nonetheless, genre fans will not be disappointed, and indeed this is a generally likeable show with great potential, albeit one that remains as yet unfulfilled. MEL PRIESTLEY


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Blood Wedding

Exploring gender-based violence through art // Girl Named Shirl Photography


ctivism can take many forms; Nikki Shaffeeullah chose theatre. "Through live performance you have the power to engage people in a visceral way that you can't necessarily [do] through theory or lecture or conversation," says the recent University of Alberta MFA graduate, whose practical thesis work spawned the artist-activist ensemble Undercurrent Theatre, which has in turn led to Escape Velocity: a new performingarts festival set to take the stage at Azimuth Theatre. "I'm trying to facilitate methods that can create thoughtful, reflective work that is accountable not just to the artist, but to the community we represent, to the audience that we present to," Shaffeeullah says. Escape Velocity takes its name from the main performance of the festival, which will also feature smaller performing arts pieces and an interactive installation in the Azimuth lobby. "Because of the way that stereotypes in media and the art and in mainstream discourse tends to frame gender-based violence as being something that exists exceptionally only in certain communities—particular, certain cultural communities—it makes the conversation around genderbased violence have a racist lens to it," she explains. "Scapegoating it and saying it's only Muslim communities

with that, but it's part of the conversation; we have to learn to navigate that discomfort, so hopefully theatre is a way that people can start to navigate that productively." A particular example of the sort of issues being addressed in Escape Velocity, and something that has also gained increasingly mainstream attention in recent days, is rape culture; That these are huge, difficult issues mainstream discourse has focused hardly needs mention. Shaffeeullah on university campuses across North acknowledges that often when faced America, though the problem is far with the enormity and pervasiveness more widespread than that. The festiof such problems, people have a ten- val therefore offers a prime chance to dency to simply give delve into this topiUntil Sun, Apr 6 up, or reject the nocal issue—though (7:30pm; 2pm on Saturday) tion that they might the works are cerAzimuth Theatre, pay what be partly at fault tainly not limited to you can themselves—and of this subject alone. "We look at reasons course, willing ignorance only perpetuates the problem. why people seek help or don't seek As a product of a self-selected group help; how institutions serve or hurt us of artists with the input of the gen- in those conversations; we look at how eral community, Escape Velocity of- desire is constructed and the relationfers an opportunity for revealing, and ships between desire and power; how hopefully beginning to dissolve, the things get better or worse through audience's ignorance, a process that's generations," Shaffeeullah says. "Ultimately we look at support and how cushioned slightly by a fourth wall. "When you start really looking at we can support each other in a world these things, in both specific ways with gender-based violence—it's also but also in large systemic ways, you about the love aspect, and family and can't help but find yourself implicat- friends taking care of each other and ed and guilty of contributing in one moving forward in positivity." way or another," Shaffeeullah says. MEL PRIESTLEY MEL@VUEWEEKLY.COM "A lot of people are uncomfortable or Latino communities or indigenous communities that have to deal with this—that hurts people from everywhere, regardless of their culture, because misogyny and violence exist everywhere. So we wanted a way to explore these issues that acknowledge cultural particularities while resisting mainstream stereotypes."

Poetry in motion in Blood Wedding // Terah Jans


lood Wedding is a perfect tragedy. given that the daughter already has a Federico García Lorca's 1932 lover who is himself already married; play is evocative and disquieting, it becomes more ill-fated still when a dark meditation on the web of the pair decides to flee rather than oppressive social roles and the accept the roles set out for them by self-destructive forces of human their families and society. What makes Blood Wedding so passion—and a fierce, challenging final production for Studio The- complex is its richly poetic language and layered meaning. This producatre's graduating BFA class. tion has opted Blood Wedding is the kind of play Until Sat, Apr 5 (7:30 pm; 12:30 for a simple but effective stage that will disori- pm matinee on Thu, Apr 3) design (by Sean ent if you insist Directed by Kathleen Weiss McMullen) that on ferreting out Timms Centre for the Arts, $11 the "real" meaning – $22 highlights the performers' movebehind each line. ments, which are This is not due to the plot, which is simple enough: often metaphorical exaggerations set in rural Spain around the turn rather than literal demonstrations of the 20th century, the story takes of the characters' activities. It's an place on the eve of a wedding be- excellent choice made by director tween the daughter and son of two Kathleen Weiss that meshes neatly neighbouring farms, an ill-fated union with the lyrical script. 14 ARTS

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Rather than centre on a single protagonist's point of view, Blood Wedding presents multiple perspectives from many characters, which renders the tragedy all the more pervasive and palpable; the fate of each one of these people was laid out before their birth. While that sounds rather bleak, there are glimmers of light: notably in the gorgeous lullaby sung to a newborn by its mother and grandmother (Andrea Rankin and Georgia Irwin); a darker beauty is presented in the play's later scenes of the two lovers fleeing through the forest, when reality begins to dissolve and a strange but compelling surrealism imbues the proceedings as the lovers are pursued by their families as well as Death itself, manifest here as a huge, black-winged bird. Socio-political commentaries aside, the best way to enjoy this performance is to surrender yourself to the imagery and simply allow the poetry to wash over you. MEL PRIESTLEY


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FILM BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose • • The Music Man (G, 1962) • Apr 16, 1:30pm • All seats $5 THE CAPITOL THEATRE–Fort Edmonton • • Bonnie and Clyde (R, 1967); Apr 3, 7:30 • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid; Apr 10 CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Library Theatre, Stanley A. Milner Library bsmt, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.496.7000 • Centre for Reading and the Arts showcases little-known films every month • My Prairie Home (Canada, 2013, STC); Apr 9, 6:30pm • Nebraska (USA, 2013, 14A); Apr 16, 6:30pm IMAX THEATRE • TELUS World of Science, 11211142 St • Island of Lemurs: Madagascar 3D (G) Fri-Sat 11am, 1pm, 3:20pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm, 6:50pm; Sun 11am, 1pm, 3:20pm, 4:30pm, 5:40pm; Mon-Thu 3:10pm • Jerusalem 3D (G) Fri-Sat 2:10pm, 8pm; Sun 2:10pm, 6:50pm; Mon-Thu 4:20pm • Rocky Mountain Express (G) Fri-Sun 12pm • The Wizard of Oz 3D (G) Fri-Sat 9:10pm • Hubble 3D (G) Thu 7pm, 9:15pm • Space Station 3D (G) Thu 8:05pm • Apr 4-10 MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE • U of A • Anchorman2: The Legend Continues • Apr 8, 4:30pm (door), 5:30 pm (show)

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186106 St, 780.488.6611 • Discovery gallery: COALESCENCE: Ceramic artworks by Brenda Danbrook; until May 3 • Feature gallery: FURNISH: Contemporary hand-crafted home furnishings and accessories; Apr 5-Jul 5; artist reception: Apr 5, 2-4pm

ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave, 780.233.3635 • Gratitude: An Exhibition of Local Graphic Design Featuring Perry Gratton with Arrowz Featuring New Collaborative Works with Mat Simpson • Through Apr

ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.422.6223 • • BMO world of creativity: CABINETS OF CURIOSITY: Lyndal Osborne's curious collection; until Jun 30 • HIGH ADVENTURE: Byron Harmon on the Columbia Icefield; until Aug 17 • LAWREN HARRIS AND A.Y. JACKSON– JASPER/ROBSON 1924: until Aug 17 • INSTINCTIVE BREAK: Installation by Andrew Frosst; until Jun 8 • BOWERBIRD, LIFE AS ART: Works by Lyndal Osborne: until Apr 27 • STRANGE DREAM: Artworks by Jill Stanton; until Dec 31 ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.4310 • • FRAGILE ELEMENTS: Works by Susan Casault, Peter Ivens, and Teresa Stieben; until Apr 26 • Preschool Picasso: For ages 3-5; Beautiful Birds: Apr 12, 10:3011:30am; $10/$9 (member) • ageless art: Botanical Impressions: Apr 17, 1-3pm; $15/$13.50 (member) • artventures: Drop-in art program for children aged 6-12; Leaf Prints: Apr 19, 1-4pm; $6 (per child)/$5.40 (member)

BUGERA MATHESON GALLERY • 10345-124 St • • DAY TRIPPING: Works by Jane Brookes • NOT YOUR MOTHER'S HORSE: Works by Casey McGlynn • Reception: Apr 4, 6-9pm; Apr 5, 1-4pm

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CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA (CAVA) • 9103-95 Ave, 780.461.3427 • SPRING HARVEST: Works by Ginette Valliére-D'Silva, Urmila Z. Das, Alouisia Aubin-Desrocher, SuChang Yi • Apr 4-15 • Reception: Apr 4, 7-8:30pm

CRESTWOOD COMMUNITY LEAGUE HALL • 14325-96 Ave, 780.686.8777 • THIS IS WHAT WE SEE: African art sale • Apr 4, 5-10pm; Apr 5 10am-5pm • Proceeds support the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, South Luangwa Conservation Society

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DIXON GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave, 780.200.2711 • Richard Dixon's Studio and Gallery featuring a collection of historical Canadian artworks; antique jade sculptures and jewellery; 17th Century bronze masterworks and artworks by Richard Dixon


Metchewais, Ken Swan, Sam Warrior, and Lauren I. Wuttunee; until May 24

FAB GALLERY • 1-1 Fine Arts Bldg, 89 Ave, 112 St, 780.492.2081 • PEEP SHOW: Bachelor of Design Graduate Show 2014 • Until Apr 12 • Reception: Apr 3 FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave, 780.488.2952 • THE FIGURE–GROUP SHOW: RFM McInnis, Blake Ward, Doug Jamha, Michael J. Downs, Shana Wilson, Audrey Mabee, and Nicholas Pearce • Apr 5-21 • Opening: Apr 5, 2-4pm

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • CÉLÉBRONS LES LIENS: Works by Karen Blanchet; until Apr 29

GALLERY 7 • Bookstore on Perron, 7 Perron St, St Albert, 780.459.2525 • NATURE’S AWAKENING: Featuring paintings by Nathalie Shewchuk-Peré and collages by Sylvia Grist • Until Apr 26

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq, 780.944.5383 • epl. ca/art-gallery • SLOW IT DOWN: Paintings by Meghan MacMillan; artist reception: Apr 11, 7-9pm • Display cases: SMALL VICTORIES: The Students’ Design Association of the U of A; until Apr 30

THE GRAY GALLERY • 9-11238, Robbins Health Learning Centre, 104 Ave, 109 St, 780.907.2816 • IN MEDIAS RES: Works by Gillian Willans, Tianna Mapstone-Lung, Tracy Suter • Through Apr HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • Front Room: THE PAST IS A FOREIGN COUNTRY and THE CHAIR TEST: Works by John Latour; until Apr 10 • Main gallery: RE-MEMBERING UENO: Mixed media print series by Karen Dugas; until Apr 10 • Hall Project Space: EDMONTON WAYFINDING PROJECT: Until Apr 10 • HaRcOuRt HOuSe–annex: ambiARTnight: Arts happening featuring projected artworks by Glenys Switzer, Marliss Weber, Paula E. Kirman, and Stephen Sereda; art will be interpreted by musicians Bill Damur, Bong Sample, Shannon Land, and Gene Kosowan; all-ages; Apr 5, 7:30pm; $10 HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • 2nd Fl, Sunworks, 4924 Ross St, Red Deer • SOMEWHERE IN THE HILLS: Works by Samantha Williams-Chopelsky • Until May 3 • Reception: First Fri: Apr 4, 6-8pm

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • A MIXTURE OF EVERYTHING: Works by Jennifer Holmes-Gohring; until Apr 30; Reception: Apr 4, 5-7pm; First Friday Music by Soulful Noize, 7-9pm, $15 (each)/$30 (family) at door

JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY (JAAG) • Strathcona Place Senior Centre, 10831 University Ave, 109 St, 78 Ave, 780.433.5807 • FROM THE PAST TO THE FUTURE: Works by Joyce Bjerke and Ethel Gulka • Until Apr 30 • Reception: Apr 9, 6:30-8:30pm

St • Represents some of Canada's leading contemporary artists as well as artists gaining recognition in the international art scene. Canadian historical art available • FIGURES: Paintings and sculptures by Erik Olson; until Apr 5

KING’S UNIVERSITY COLLEGE • 9125-50 St • LIFE2: Portrait photos of parolees; curated by Mark Power • Until May 3, Mon-Fri 8:30am-4:30pm

DRAWING ROOM • 10253-97 St • drawingroomed-

KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Public • SHELL: Works by Leanne Olson and Dara Humniski • Apr 5-26 • Opening: Apr 5, 3-7pm

ENTERPRISE SQUARE GALLERIES • 10230 Jasper Ave • FRESH PAINT: A Snapshot of Painting in Edmonton; until Apr 12 • DUETS: Shared Ideas in Painting: until Apr 12 • LET US REMEMBER THAT WE ARE ALL RELATED: mixed-media works on paper by Carl Beam; until May 24 • KIYAS ASPIN: Works by Alberta artists Jane Ash Poitras, Dale Belcourt, Joane Cardinal-Schubert, Edward Harpe, Faye HeavyShield, Alex Janvier, George Littlechild, Ann McLean, Kimowan

Library • OPEN AND CLOSED: Artworks by Wendy Meeres; Until Apr 27 • Reception: Apr 4, 6-8pm; literary reading by sports poet, Frank Pavlick

LANDO GALLERY • 103, 10310-124 St, 780.990.1161 • • SPRING ON 124 STREET: Until Apr 30

LATITUDE 53 • 10242-106 St, 780.423.5353 • Main Space: FALLING THROUGH THE MIRROR: Paintings by

Tammy Salzl, and installation/sculpture stories by Emily Jan; until Apr 19 • Projex Room: 900: DRAWING WITH THE BRAIN: Works by Amber-Jane Grove; until Apr 19

LOFT GALLERY • AJ Ottewell Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 790.559.4443 • • Open: Sat-Sun 12-4pm • Art by Beth Gillard, and ASSC members • Until Apr 27

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:

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112

STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY • 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, 780.410.8601 • • Using four different artistic mediums – words, paint, voice and clay; with writer-in-residence, Margaret Macpherson

St, 780.407.7152 • MEASURING A YEAR: BY THE MINUTE: Knitted sculpture, installation by Margie Davidson; until May 16

MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain, 780.963.9935 • • Video Works by Neil Fiertel; until Apr 23

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert, 780.459.1528 • HANDS ON NATURE: DISCOVER BIODIVERSITY: Until Jun 8

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave, 780.432.0240 • • artisan nook: • Vertical Space: UNFINISHED PAINTING CHALLENGE: Jointly created paintings by several artists; until Apr 17


TAVERN ON WHYTE • Chris Craddock launch of Public Speaking and Other Plays • Apr 7, 7pm U OF A–Telus Bldg • Rm 134 • TRANSLATION: Talk and Book launch by Yukari Meldrum and Tomoko Mitani • Apr 3, 5:30-7pm • Free UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave, 780.422.8174 • • The Poets’ Haven Reading Series: Every Mon, presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • $5 (door)


9225-118 Ave • • Community Arts Night: Learn techniques, become familiar with new mediums; Every Tue until Jun 10, 6:30-8:30pm; Pre-register at 780.474.7611

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RED DEER MUSEUM & ART GALLERY • • TOTEMS OF THE MASCULINE: Personages in leather, wool, wood, and steel by Matt Gould • Until May 11

BLOOD WEDDING • Timms Centre, U of A , 87 Ave, 112 St • By Federico Garcia Lorca, translation by Caridad Svich; presented by Studio Theatre • Until Apr 5, 7:30pm; matinee: Apr 3, 12:30pm • Evening: $11 (student)/$22 (adult)/$20 (senior); Matinee $11 (student)/$17 (adult)/$15 (senior); $5 (preview); 2-for-1 Mondays


BONFIRE! FESTIVAL • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101A

780.453.9100 • • CHOP SUEY ON THE PRAIRIES: Until Apr 27 • Lecture Series: Museum Theatre: Questions and Collections IV: until Apr 9, 7pm; free • Lecture:Biographical Objects and Historical Narrative: with Susan Berry, Curator, Ethnology; Apr 9 • WESTERN THREADS: Contemporary Fibre Art, wall art, whimsical dolls, colourful quilts, stunning wearable art and pictorial rugs; Apr 12-Aug 4

Ave • • Rapid Fire Theatre presents experimental long-form improv • Apr 8-12 • $10 (weekdays)/$12 (weekends)/$25 (festival pass)

Ave, 780.455.7479 • • Gregory Hardy; until Apr 22

SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • Works by Loretta Kyle; Apr • Pamela Thurston; Apr • Wayne Mackenzie: Apr 24-26 SNAP GALLERY • Society of Northern Alberta Print -Artists, 10123-121 St, 780.423.1492 • snapartists. com • Main gallery: AMPLITUDES: Printworks by Robert Truszkowski • Until Apr 12 • community gallery: CITY IN A WAFFLE IRON: Printworks by Eva Schneider; until Apr 12

STRATHCONA COUNTY ART GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • DUALITY IN A DIAPHANOUS LANDSCAPE: Works by Local glass artist Manola Borrajo; until Apr 27

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; until Apr 6; tickets start: $14 • How to Make a Monster–tHe ART AND TECHNOLOGY OF ANIMATRONICS

VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St, 780.421.1731 • gallery a: HOMETOWN DREAMS: Paintings by Linda Craddock; until May 3 • gallery B: LABYRINTH OF THE ETERNAL ARCHETYPE: Installation by Shyra Desouza; until May 3 VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.460.5990 • • Works by Wanda Resek and Bette Lisitza; through Apr

10329-83 Ave • • An Improvised Theatre: song, dance, and comedy presented by Grindstone Theatre • Every Fri • Apr 4, 11

CHIMPROV • Zeidler Hall, Citadel Theatre, 9828101A Ave • • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • Every Sat, 10pm, until Jul • $12 (door or buy in adv at TIX on the Square) • Until Jun, 2014

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • • Live improvised soap opera • Runs Every Mon, 7:30pm • Until May 26 DEATH TRAP • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615 109 Ave • • Broadway thriller, with a skillful blend of suspense and humor • Until Apr 6 • Tickets at 780.483.4051 A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM • Walterdale, 10322-83 Ave • Comedy by Stephen Sondheim, directed by Adam Mazerolle-Kuss • Until Apr 12, 8pm • Apr 6, 2pm • $14-$20 at TIX on the Square, door; Apr 3: 2-for-1 Thu (door)

THE INVENTION OF ROMANCE • La Cité Francophone, 8627-91 St • Workshop West Theatre, comedy by Conni Massing, starring Lora Brovold, Mat Busby and Valerie Ann Pearson • Until Apr 13 • $28 (evening)/ ($22 (student/senior)/$14 (Sun matinees)/$11 (student/ senior) at Workshop West Theatre box office

THE LIGHT IN THE PIAZZA • Theatre Lab, Room 189, 10045-155 St • By Craig Lucas, music and lyrics by Adam Guettel, directed by Farren Timoteo. Presented by MacEwan Theatre arts • Until Apr 6 • $21.75/$16.75 (adv student/senior) at TIX on the Square; $25/$20 (door, student/senior)

Jim McKinley • Until Apr 30

MARY POPPINS • Citadel Theatre, 780.425.1820 • Family Musical based on the stories of P.L. Travers and the Walt Disney Film • Until Apr 20

WALTERDALE–ASA Gallery • Walterdale


VELVET OLIVE LOUNGE–Red Deer • Photos by

Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • THE ARTIST LENS • Until May 18

WEST END GALLERY • 12308 Jasper Ave, 780.488.4892 • • Paintings by Michael Rozenvain; Apr 5-17 • Works by Annabelle Marquis; Apr 5-17; artist reception: Apr 5, 1-4pm

WORKS GALLERY • 10635-95 St • facebook. com/TheWorksArtandDesignFestival • the YMca community canvas works gallery: Don Wheaton YMCA downtown (10211 102 Ave): Jenny Keith's nature-inspired paintings; until May

LITERARY AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave • Michael Wuitchik reading from his latest novel, My Heart is Not My Own; Apr 8, 7pm • Douglas Roche launch of Peacemakers: How People Around the World are building a World Free of War; Apr 12, 2pm • Launch of Tololwa Mollel's children's book, From the Lands of the Night; Apr 13, 2pm

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 • Story Slam 2nd Wed each month @ the Chair: Share your story, sign-up at 7pm, 7-10pm • $5 (suggested, donations go to winners)

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

CRAFT BEER MARKET • 10013 101A Ave • Launch Go Barley: Modern Recipes for an Ancient Grain; Apr 10, 5:30pm


Theatre, 10708-124 St • Theatre Network–Live at The Roxy • World Premiere, created and performed by Michael Kennard and John Turner; directed by Karen Hines • Apr 8-27; Apr 8-9 (previews), 2-for-1: Apr 15, 22 • $23-$29 at 780.453.2440

OVER THE EDGE WITH 4-PLAY, 780. 431.1750 • Arts Barn • Apr 11 • Tickets at TIX on the Square

ROMEO AND JULIET • Citadel Theatre • By William Shakespeare, directed by Tom Wood featuring the 2014 participants of the Citadel/Banff Centre Professional Theatre Program • Apr 5-27

SCRIPT SALON • Holy Trinity Anglican Church, Upper Arts Space, 10037-84 Ave • A Monthly Play Reading Series: 1st Sun each month with a different play by a different playwright • The series kicks off with Katherine Koller’s Last Chance Leduc, read by Jesse Gervais, Beth Graham, Darlene Auger, and Joe Perry • Apr 6, 7:30pm THEATRESPORTS • Citadel's Zeidler Hall, 9828101A Ave • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30pm and 10pm • Until June • $12/$10 (member) at TIX on the Square THE VIP KIDS SHOW • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave, 780.433.3399 • Music, comedy, art, puppets, and special guests! Watch as the V.I.P. troupe of zany scharacters celebrate the thin line between clever and silly with Kate Ryan, Davina Stewart, Donovan Workun, Dana Andersen, Cathy Derkach and friends • 11am • All Seats $6 • Apr 6 and Apr 20, 11am



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he case of Swedish writer/director Ingmar Bergman (1918 – 2007) is unique in so many ways. Token wisdom pegs his films as difficult or rarified, yet in their day, their popularity was enormous. He was unusually prolific, in part because he was a giant in a country with a small yet well-funded industry, but also because as his fame grew he remained stubbornly drawn to the intimate, specializing in chamber dramas, produced with small, faithful crews in quiet locations. For him, the grandest spectacle imaginable seemed to be not a battleground or space ballet but the face in a moment of transition. He maintained a theatre practice throughout his film career, and at times you get the impression that what kept him coming back to movies above all was the close-up. We call the work of every auteur filmmaker "personal," but Bergman's was more personal than most. His deepest anxieties drove his films, as did a fascination and frustration with women, who were frequently his protagonists and the characters with whom he identified. Psychic torment, emotional violence, moral quandaries and existential dilemmas filled his films, which are most often exquisitely spare; sometimes inventive, sometimes mawkish or overwrought, sometimes erotically charged; struck with unforgettable, dreamlike images; full of some combination of deep mystery and universal, perfectly relatable human experience. These films resonate: Scandinavian divorce rates doubled the year Scenes From a Marriage (1973) was released. I don't know that Bergman is as beloved by aficionados as he once was, but his films meant everything to me when I first became seriously interested in cinema, and many of them keep telling me new things. Thanks to Metro Cinema's Spotlight on Ingmar Bergman, which runs throughout the month, you'll get to see three of his best. Dawn. An eagle hovers in the sky, a disembodied voice reads from the Revela-

tion of John, horses wade ankle-deep in the sea. Death (Bengt Ekerot) appears on these rocky shores before the knight Antonius Block (Max von Sydow), newly returned from the Crusades to a plague-ravaged Scandinavia. Rather than crumble in fear, Antonius challenges this not-so-grim reaper to a round of chess. He doesn't expect to win but merely buy time, hoping to use his reprieve to perform one meaningful act. The impact of The Seventh Seal (1957) on international film culture was paradigm shifting, but it's also an entertainment, an apocalyptic road movie as witty, bawdy and playful as it is gloomy. It's a parable of doubt and regeneration, a woodcut come to life, set in a slyly modern Middle Ages; a nimbly acted, gorgeously staged and photographed tale of disillusioned yet resilient figures—the knight and his squire, a company of travelling players, a cuckolded smith and his juicy wife—traversing a world wracked with violence wrought by the twin terrors of metastasizing civilization and religious piety. (Need we say more about its relevance to our world today?) I first saw The Seventh Seal half a lifetime ago. It ages very well. Now I appreciate different details: the fleeting flirtation between von Sydow and the arrestingly lovely Bibi Andersson in that scene with the fresh strawberries and milk; the series of individual portraits Bergman creates as his characters watch moaning flagellants parade into a square, preaching fire and brimstone to an already fearful village; or the strange serenity in the face of Gunnel Lindblom when she finally meets Death after a last breakfast and speaks her one line in the entire film: "It is finished." There's no settling into Persona (1966), so let's not settle in. A projector's viscera glows white hot, whirring celluloid flutters by, a cartoon appears, then a shard of silent slapstick: set to modernist horror-movie music, the prelude insistently reminds us we're watching a movie; it's also incorporating our

spectatorship into the realm of its story. interesting. She tells stories, and in the A sheep is slaughtered, a spike's driven same way that this movie works as prothrough a hand, a tarantula crawls foundly as it does because it acknowlacross a white surface, a bespectacled edges its movieness, her stories possess boy wakes up in, it seems, a morgue— the transfixing-mysterious-erotic power the elderlies sharing his pale space cer- they do because they come to us as tainly look dead enough. Perhaps those stories—flashbacks would never have unnerving images that preceded were the same impact as the sentences so excerpts from his dreams; perhaps they deftly delivered by Andersson. Elizabet were the dreams of the dead surround- becomes something like a best friend, ing him, their psychic vapour. The boy or a therapist, or a vampire—later on tries to read but gets distracted by a she'll actually drink blood. Does she membrane separating him from the dis- truly care about Alma's life, about her solving images of two women's faces. fiancé or that impromptu orgy she once He reaches out, to us, to the women, or partook in and never told a soul about some elusive, amorphous mother that before? Is Elizabet genuinely interested the pair represents. This prelude ends or just searching for material? For an with a hard cut, and we're not so much artist, for actors (and writers) most of acclimatized for Persona as sufficiently all, are both things not always in play? Persona's key moment: Alma in bed, jarred to enter it. The story kicks in with bracing econ- the night not dark but silvery, the air omy. Nurse Alma (Andersson) is de- smoky, and Elizabet soundlessly enters briefed by her superior about their new her room like a Japanese ghost. Like the boy did earlier, the patient, Elizabet (Liv women gaze into Ullmann), an actress Sat, Apr 5 – Sat, Apr 19 the screen or mirwho stopped speak- Cries and Whispers ror, their faces close, ing one night while stroking hair, a seplaying Elektra on Sun, Apr 6 – Mon, Apr 21 duction, a spiritual stage. It's as though, The Seventh Seal merger. ... And then all at once, a veil fell comes some sort away and Elizabet Tue, Apr 8 – Mon, Apr 21 of betrayal; petty became paralyzingly Persona revenge; a simmeraware of the sham ing resentment that of her performance, Directed by Ingmar Bergman for a moment tears of this or any play, Metro Cinema at the Garneau up the physical suband that awareness stance of film itself; followed her into the rest of life. Authenticity was sud- friendship becomes a duel; then the denly all but drained from the world, tables are turned. Maybe Elizabet's real through the rare moments when she's fear wasn't of being false but of being presented with something undeniably ordinary, like Alma. You can explore the authentic—a television broadcast of a emotional geometries in this movie for self-immolating monk in Vietnam, for ages. I first saw Persona when I was 16, and it was the most transfixing, mysexample—she recoils. Alma and Elizabet are sent to a cot- terious and, frankly, erotic experience tage on the island of Fårö. It's summer, with moving images I'd had. I've seen the sun never sets, the scene seems thousands of movies since, but every idyllic. Elizabet remains mute, but her time I come back to Persona all those beguiling face could be read as sympa- movies only heighten and reinforce my thetic, even fascinated. So Alma talks appreciation. "Persona" means mask, and talks and her life, which she previ- and masks continually fall away in Perously described as "decided," begins to sona. But, in spite of all these haunting seem looser, at once less fixed and more close-ups, how do we know for certain

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when we've arrived at a real face? So far we're discussing films shot in spectral black and white, but with this last title things get very, very red. Like many of his contemporaries, Bergman was hesitant to embrace colour, but when he did, he did with a vengeance. Pain and blood and sex, "the interior of the soul" (Bergman's own words), a scarlet letter from the house of death: colour is décor, mood, psychology and subtext in Cries and Whispers (1972), another cinematographic masterpiece from Bergman's long-time collaborator Sven Nykvist—one which won him an Oscar. This is not a horror movie, but horror saturates the wallpaper. We spend much of the movie with the eerie feeling that everything transpires inside a body, and that body is terribly, vibrantly ill. It's the turn of the century, the period of Chekhov and of Bergman's parents. In a silent manor Agnes (Harriet Andersson) is dying of cancer. She's looked after by her sisters, Maria (Ullmann) and Karin (Ingrid Thulin), and her faithful and far more resourceful maid Anna (Kari Sylwan). Fade to red and the flashbacks reveal defining moments in the fraught emotional lives of the three sisters. A sombre irony: the most graceful of the sisters is in mortal agony, while the others, for all their concern, can't resist the solipsistic pull of their own private traps. Yet the film's final and, for me, most memorable flashback belongs to Agnes: we hear from her diary as she recalls a stroll through a sunny park with Maria and Karin, all three dressed in white, a moment of sororal bliss, contentment and quiet beauty. As with many of the Bergmans we treasure most, the end of Cries and Whispers moves us because no matter how bleak things get, that bleakness is undercut, perhaps even redeemed, by the undeniable presence of beauty and wonder in our lives, however fleeting their appearances may be. JOSEF BRAUN




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wo best friends, one with a po- this torment. So rather than focus tentially terminal illness, embark on the sensual side of vampires, on a year-long trek through Europe we focused on the part that's often as a veritable last big adventure, glossed-over. When you shimmer shooting video blog entries all along like diamonds and you live forever the way. It's all and you're beautifun and games Opens Friday ful and you don't until Paris, where Directed by Clif Prowse and have to kill people, it's not much of a what starts off as Derek Lee curse anymore. So a one-night stand we focused on the leaves Derek Lee bitten (and thoroughly unlaid). In its part that made it bad." Prowse and Lee are talking over aftermath, he finds himself gaining unexpected perks: soon, he can out- speakerphone, sequestered in the run his pal Clif Prowse on a motor- latter's car—"obviously very bigbike and punch through a wall. And time," he jokes. Their camaraderie is then, inevitably, comes the price of obvious: they've been making films the perks: new, insatiable cravings together since high school, which is where the idea of them playing for blood. All of which to say: Afflicted looks themselves in Afflicted stemmed to re-examine the vampire mythos from: trying to draw on that perfrom a much more uncomfortable, sonal history. "You're not trying to extrapolate less temptation-based point of view. Filmed found-footage style— what this abstract character would via handi-cam, ostensibly as the do in this situation," Prowse says. video blogs the two protagonists You're like 'No, what would I do in this are making about their trip—with situation? Where am I coming from?' its writer-directors also starring as This person in front of me is my good "themselves," it trades an SFX-sheen friend Derek; I'm not trying to project of a big budget and the alluring se- a relationship I've had with another duction of the creature for a focus actor that I'm making up. I have the on the actual horror of watching a entirety of the 20 years we've known each other between us now. And I friend become a monster. "Vampires aren't actually, about think that was a great boon, to us, to death, they're about sex," Prowse have that to draw from." says. "We decided to take it away from that, and make it about death Afflicted follows a handful of short again. For us, it was about the curse: works by the duo. Prowse and Lee what would it be like if you had to had been trying to settle on a feamurder human beings every day? ture script, idea, one they thought You couldn't have animal blood, they might actually be able to find you couldn't have store blood, you financing for. "We'd written a script but it was this couldn't kill yourself, or escape from




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sprawling, international action movie that we realized was going to cost millions and millions of dollars," Prowse says. A few days of brainstorming landed them at a strange juxtaposition of terms: Vampire documentary. "I didn't think it was the greatest idea in the world when I first heard it," Lee admits. "But instantaneously, all I needed was it to come to us. Doing something as supernatural as vampires, that requires lots of special effects, and then putting that through the lens of realism that found footage brings, was actually a really fun way to channel a very tired and overused story like vampires." The handi-cam shooting allowed them to quietly do guerilla filmmakeing in big, popular locations, without having to worry about things like a big crew or, you know, permission. "We shot this film on a digital SLR, which basically just looks like a regular tourist's camera," Lee says. "We could shoot scenes on trains, or go into public squares and shoot pieces, and really, it didn't look like a big film crew was there. Just a couple people with a camera. "The quality of that camera's so good that we could still get the image quality," he continues. "And— specifically at the beginning of the movie, where we're going to the more spectacular locations in Europe, it also just gives you a very beautiful image. We got both sides of it: we got the versatility and the mobility, but we didn't have to compromise on the esthetic." PAUL BLINOV



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ere are some of the films Ing- neurotic, particular man already on mar Bergman made with Liv his fourth wife—whom he'd leave Ullmann: Persona (1966), Shame for Ullmann, just as she would leave (1968), Hour of the Wolf (1968), The her first husband for him. He bought Passion of Anna (1969), Cries and a house for them on Fårö, the island Whispers (1972), Scenes From a Mar- where they shot Persona and many riage (1973), Autumn Sonata (1978), subsequent films, and surrounded it Saraband (2003). If you know just with a high stone fence. He wanted one or two of the films on this to keep her there and she needed to spread her wings, list—to which I should add Faithwhich in time she less (2000), the Fri, Apr 4 – Tue, Apr 8 did, embarking on excellent film Directed by Dheeraj Akolkar an international Ullmann directed Metro Cinema at the Garneau career with few filmic highlights from Bergman's  script—you probthat didn't posably know that we're surveying sess his signature, but with numerone of the great collaborations in ous successes in the theatre. They cinemtic history. (If you know none remained close friends and creative of them you're about the have the allies until his death in 2007. Their chance: Metro Cinema's Bergman relationship deserves serious invesretrospective starts this week.) tigation. It deserves so much more Great not only because Bergman than the narrow, sentimental gloss was a visionary director and Ull- it gets in Dheeraj Akolkar's Liv & mann an actress of singular gifts, Ingmar. but because each of those films were elevated and deepened by The film's chapters are given titles their creative dialogue. Actors were like "Love," "Loneliness" and "Pain." far more essential to Bergman's cin- The music feels best suited to a ema than is the case with most of soap opera or a commercial for long the great auteurs, and Ullmann was distance rates. There are shots of tastefully arranged photos and letso much more than a muse. Bergman and Ullmann were mar- ters which Ullmann's hand gently ried for a time, and had a child—an- glides across, and shots of Ullmann other collaboration—and theirs is gazing solemnly from a beach or an a fascinating, at times chilling, love empty stage, or through the winstory. He was more than 20 years dow of a car. In short, this docuher senior, a notoriously difficult, mentary, about people who made

some of the most austere and emotionally brutal films ever made, is super-cheesy. More importantly, it seems largely devoid of curiosity. Ullmann is the only interview subject. Akolkar apparently spoke to no one else, not even Bibi Andersson, Ullmann's frequent co-star, and another of Bergman's actress-lovers. There are no archival interviews with Bergman or cinematographer Sven Nykvist, his other great collaborator. There's almost nothing about the nature of Bergman and Ullmann's working life—which surely can't be separated from their love story—how it was negotiated, given their intimacy, how characters and stories were developed, and so on. It's hardly the case that Ullmann isn't articulate on these subjects— though only a fraction of the duration of Liv & Ingmar, the interview Ullmann gives on Criterion's new Persona release, brims with insight into their process. There is a moment near the film's end in which Ullmann describes following an impulse to go visit Bergman on the last day of his life. The scene is almost unbearably moving, but what makes it so moving—the phenomena of having someone whose life is so utterly intertwined with yours—only emphasizes all that this film lacks.







Captain America: The Winter Solider T

he title is confusing, right? It his elevator-operator grandfather reads like Captain America is that I quite liked. Scarlett Johansson the Winter Soldier. But he isn't. The jumps around and kills people while wearing really Winter Soldier is tight pants. There some guy with grunge hair and Now playing are deftly staged something like Directed by Anthony & Joe Russo chase scenes with many crashes and one of those  explosions. Then masks they put we get to this turnon dogs who bite people. A nasty piece of work, ing point that's entirely dependent he's a killing machine: insistent, de- on a dopey conspiracy theory that termined, affectless, walking doom. suggests the evil Hydra organizaAnton Chigurh with a super-powerful tion is somehow behind every act of metal arm. I don't think he blinks. He malfeasance over the last 60 years, and Captain America face off several and are days away from launching an times in Captain America: The Winter evil scheme to kill millions of hapless Soldier, which obviously should have citizens for nothing other than the been called Captain America Versus possibility of their future crimes. A The Winter Soldier. Anyway, it's long. Minority Report kind of thing, but on One-hundred and thirty-six minutes an apocalyptic scale. Big themes: free will versus pre-determination, the long. It's also, for at least half of the perils of a world in which algorithms movie, action-packed and fairly en- are taken as the word of God, and so gaging. Not unlike Captain Phillips, on. But even within the comic-mythCaptain America takes on pirates. logic of the movie, things start getSamuel L Jackson tells a story about ting way too silly and excessive.

In the previous installment we learned how Steve Rogers became Captain America during the Second World War. He got injected with a special serum that made him really muscular and sped up his metabolism—this is before those sports doping scandals—and kicked Nazi ass. Then he got frozen and woke up in 2011, but they really don't explore the Rumpelstiltskin thing anywhere near enough. Captain America's the opposite of Batman in that he's very earnest and un-cynical, but like Batman he's more souped-upman than superman. Which is what makes parts of Captain America: The Winter Solider so annoying. Captain America seems invincible, and invincible is boring. Dude leaps out of airplanes without a parachute, seriously? Winter Soldier seems invincible, too. Almost everyone seems invincible. I suppose they want to "give you your money's worth." It gets wearisome.








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CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER (PG violence, not rec for young children) Daily 6:50, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:50 Noah (PG violence, disturbing content, not rec for young

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NOAH (PG violence, disturbing content, not recommended

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THE MONUMENTS MEN (PG) Closed Captioned Thu,

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The Lego Movie (G) Closed Captioned Fri-Sun 12:00;

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MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Closed Captioned Daily 12:40; 3d : Fri-Sun 3:10, 5:40, 8:00, 10:25; Mon-Thu 3:10, 5:35, 8:00, 10:25

DIVERGENT (PG violence) Closed Captioned Fri, Tue-Wed

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NOAH (PG violence, disturbing content, not rec for young

children) Closed Captioned, No Passes Fri-Sun 12:20, 3:30, 6:40, 9:45; Mon-Tue, Thu 2:30, 6:40, 9:45; Wed 6:40, 9:45; Ultraavx: Daily 1:00, 4:10, 7:20, 10:30; Star & Strollers: Wed 1:00

Muppets Most Wanted (G) Closed Captioned

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3:50, 7:15, 10:10

Rio 2 3d (G) No Passes Thu 8:00 NON-STOP (PG violence, coarse language) Fri, Sun 1:30, 4:15, 7:00, 9:50; Sat 4:15, 7:00, 9:50; Mon-Thu 1:30, 4:15, 7:10, 9:50

CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER: An Imax 3d Experience (PG violence, not rec for young children) No Passes Fri-Sun 12:50, 4:00, 7:10, 10:20; Mon-Thu 12:50, 3:55, 7:00, 10:05

Draft Day (PG coarse language) Closed Captioned Thu 9:30

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Jerusalem 3D (G) Fri-Sat 2:10 pm, 8:00 pm; Sun 2:10 pm & 6:50 pm; Mon-Thu 4:20 pm

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THE SEVENTH SEAL (STC) Spotlight on Bergman: Swed-

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DRAFT DAY (PG coarse language) Digital Presentation

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MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN (G) Closed Caption & De-

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The Grand Budapest Hotel (14A sexual content,

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Muppets Most Wanted (G) Closed Captioned

THE GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL (14A sexual content,

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Muppets Most Wanted (G) Fri-Sun 12:10, 3:00,

Mr. Peabody & Sherman (G) Closed Captioned Thu,

BAD WORDS (14A crude coarse language, sexual content, not recommended for children) Closed Captioned Fri 2:40, 5:30, 8:10, 10:55; Sat 2:30, 5:30, 8:10, 10:55; Sun 2:40, 5:30, 8:10, 10:40; Mon-Thu 1:50, 4:30, 7:30, 10:00

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NOAH (PG violence, disturbing content, not rec for young

6:55, 9:15; Mon-Thu 6:20, 8:45

NEED FOR SPEED 3D (PG not rec for young children)

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The Lego Movie (G) Closed Captioned Thu, Apr 3:

Afflicted (18A gory brutal violence) Fri-Sat 1:35, 3:50,

NEED FOR SPEED 3D (PG not rec for young children)

Mon-Thu 6:35, 9:00

6:15, 8:30, 10:45; Sun 1:00, 3:15, 5:35, 7:45, 10:20; MonThu 1:30, 3:40, 5:50, 8:00, 10:10

RISE OF AN EMPIRE 3D (18A gory brutal violence) 3.75” wide300:version

24 film

6:45, 7:45, 9:45; Sat-Sun 12:15, 1:00, 3:25, 4:30, 6:45, 8:00, 9:45; Mon-Thu 6:15, 7:30, 9:15

NOAH (PG violence, disturbing content, not rec for young children) Closed Captioned, No Passes Fri-Sun 12:30, 1:40, 3:30, 4:50, 6:50, 8:00, 10:00; Mon-Tue, Thu 12:40, 1:40, 3:40, 4:50, 6:50, 8:10, 9:55; Wed 12:40, 1:40, 3:40, 4:50, 7:15, 8:10, 10:05

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coarse language) Closed Captioned Fri-Sat 12:30, 3:00, 5:25, 8:05, 10:30; Sun 12:15, 2:40, 5:05, 8:00, 10:30; Mon-Thu 1:25, 4:20, 7:25, 9:50

Call for more details 3” 1-800-282-6903 wide version ext 235

That Awkward Moment (18A) Fri-Sun, Tue 1:45,

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I, Malkmus

Stephen Malkmus passes the Turing Test with flying colours

Malkmus and some other human humans


rian Christian's The Most Human Human is one of those "zippy personal odyssey through a fascinating scientific question" thingies that are now a subgenre. The foundational event's an international contest organized around the Turing Test, a philosophical/scientific idea cooked up by late genius Alan Turing. There's hair-splitting interpretational nerdery about it, but basically, the Turing Test is a tool to help us think about what it means for a computer to think. To pass the Turing Test is to pass for human. At the contest, humans and machines converse with judges onscreen, over a network; judges try to determine bits from cells. One award's for programs that fool the judges, but another award's up for grabs, one which the author covets and uses for the book's title, and as a cri du coeur. Christian maintains that in this dawn-

ing era of artificial intelligence and in the Silver Jews, settling in Portland thinking machines, it's essential to into a loose three-year cycle of album strive for interactions that resist ro- creation with the Jicks, marrying a botic imitation, especially in contexts smart visual artist and having daughthat reward flattening the richness of ters with names typically found in a our communicaPortland daycare. If anyone could get tion, like autocom- Tue, Apr 8 (8 pm) away with phoning plete for texting or Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks it in—literally; he's spellcheck "fixing" With Speedy Ortiz doing back-to-back our wordplay. We Starlite Room, $20 interviews, every should be the best 20 minutes from of our species— spontaneous, playful, inquisitive and a San Francisco hotel room, with relational—in our encounters. We sniffles and a slight cough—he could. If any situation's designed for rote, should represent. Stephen Malkmus would kill Most listless utterances, this is. And most Human Human. In January, his sixth Ji- stars (yes, he is) fail the Turing Test at cks record, Wig Out At Jagbags, came the best of times. out and it's early days in a long tour. His entire adult life's been a study in But he resists. Malkmus is laidback, Gen X grace: defining feral '90s slack- funny, cosmopolitan, responsive. Conrock sound with Pavement, burnish- versation meanders over weather, the ing David Berman's poetic brilliance quality of natural light in different ge-

ography, ethnic food and Armenian, Chicagoan and Californian history. He picks out odd details and expands the discussion. He mentions William Saroyan and Harry Nilsson, asks about Edmonton and Fort McMurray, and perks up when talking music. Not his music, though. Over 20 minutes, he sweetly rebuffs three separate attempts to steer conversation into interview territory. The last time, it's explicit: Want to say anything about Jagbags? "Not really," he says, pleasantly. "No. It's out there. There's nothing I can do to sell it, you know? Come see us if you want, and you'll see why it's good, even better." Then: "Have you ever heard this band called 'Painter?'" He thinks they're from Edmonton, but they're Calgarian—still, impressive. "It's not like a cool thing, it's real,

middle-of-the-road, rock 'n' roll, well done," he says. "It reminds you of when people were into Foreigner, Boston and Journey, but it's better, more earthy." He enthuses about Edmonton legends Troyka, and offers to put Troyka members, plus kids, on the guest list, then says his friend at the Mexican Summer label wants to put out Troyka's rumoured recorded-but-neverreleased second album. (Troyka, get in touch!) "Obviously, they're one of the best bands, ever. We all love Troyka; they're just the most awesome band. That's something Edmonton can be proud about, besides oil and the Oilers," and he laughs, and tacks in another unexpected conversational direction, bringing the human human-ness.

raphers like to work) is a fitting testament to those ideals. It's music to be measured by horsepower: songs about motorbikes, by people who love motorbikes, for people who love motorbikes. If this isn't the fist-pumping soundtrack of those two-wheeler enthusiasts who gather in the parking lot beside the Whyte Ave Tim Horton's, it's only because they aren't aware of it.

("Because you don't have to know how to play the theremin to make a bunch of noise on it," Bones explains), and have been blissfully gunning it down highways, both musical and otherwise, ever since. "One of my favourite things in the world is on the weekend you get out on the road with a bunch of your pals," Bones says, of his affinity for the vehicle. "You don't make any plans or bring any tent or anything. You just crash in any ditch you happen to end up in when it's time to go to sleep. 'Cause in my regular life, I've got an office job and kids, and [am] pseudo-respectable, so it's just nice to get out of town on the weekend and have no responsibilities for nothing. And the motorbike is the easiest way to do that."




The Vicious Cycles

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ou know how you see a guy in a beard these days, and you think [because it's] some hipster, you don't really attribute much to the guy?" Billy Bones, the Vicious Cycles' singer, begins. "[Guitarist Skinny] Tim looks like an absolute hobo with a big beard. People likely see him and think, 'Hipster,' but it's funny, because the guy spends his time

feel that powers the band's joyful, fistin-the-air approach to punk rock. But that measure of extended freedom also makes it tricky to get together, and, say, record an album: that the band's second full-length, Bad News Travels Fast, has been two years in the making isn't because of a prolonged agonizing over little sonic details. "We're always a little Sat, Apr 5 (9 pm) With Ball & Chain, The Knifes bit transient," Bones says, with what sounds Wunderbar, $10 like a shrug, on a break from his own day job. hopping trains and hanging with monks. So he has every Weekends, he notes, are when they right to wear a big beard." all like to hit the road on motorbikes, Riding the rails and hanging with holy meaning those are usually out for remen are deeds that certainly earn one cording as well, even if everyone is in their Big Beard Cred, but everyone in the city at the same time. the Vicious Cycles seems to embody Still, Bad News Travels Fast, recorded some measure of a similar, freewheel- in Vancouver's renowned JC/DC studio ing ideal. It's the same open-highway (where Destroyer and the New Pornog-

The band comes by its two-wheeler fascination honestly: Motorbikes were the reason the band was formed, ostensibly so most of its members could hang out with one Norman McFuzzybutt (these are the official names the band gave me, everyone). He couldn't play any instruments but they knew his love of motorcycles would make it difficult to resist a band that sings about them, so they stuck him on theremin

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riedreich's ataxia (FA) is a disease idea," Klein recalls. "Within our family that receives very little fanfare and communities that we're connectand public awareness; there aren't ed to, those people know what it is, months dedicated to it and it is sel- but the idea is let's get it out there so dom the focus of donation campaigns, there's more awareness." Kleine was diagnosed with FA seven yet it is a degenerative condition that has debilitating effects on those who years ago when he was 32, an age when a diagare afflicted. nosis of the "It's a genetic, Sat, Apr 5 (8 pm) disease is conn e u r o m u s c u l a r , With The Gibson Block, F&M, life-shortening dis- Two Bears North, Jesse Northey sidered "late onset," as it's most ease, and it affects Avenue Theatre, $13 (advance), often diagnosed things like balance $18 (door) in children beand coordination. tween the ages It leads to fatigue, but it also leads to heart disease and of five and 15. Kleine had begun to reother things like that," says Joel Kle- alize things weren't quite right when ine, a Grade 5 teacher and bassist for his legs were becoming increasingly local indie-rock band Bombproof the fatigued—initially thinking he was Horses. "I think there's maybe 10 of us just out of shape—but as the gait in his walk became more and more off, in Edmonton that might have it." FA emerged on many people's radar he knew it was time to see a doctor. in January thanks to Amanda Renne- The disease has resulted in Kleine deberg, also known as "the girl who met pending on a wheelchair, and despite Justin Timberlake." Kleine was pleased his coordination not quite being what to see FA receiving some much-need- it used to be, he has continued to play ed awareness and wanted to keep the music and is determined not to let name in the public eye, so he created his condition get in the way of Bomba benefit concert in which proceeds proof the Horses progressing—the will be donated to the Friedreich's band recently released its debut EP Ataxia Research Alliance (FARA). Plus, The Ground The Sky. "It was hard to become dependent, having the show filmed for the new TV series Secret Setlist, to be aired on and there are still lots of times where I have to be. For instance, being in Telus Optik TV, won't hurt either. "When I was diagnosed and the doc- a band, we played at the Black Dog tor said, 'you have Friedreich's ataxia,' two weeks ago and they've got two I was like, 'OK, what is that?' I have no little steps to get on stage, so the idea and nobody around me has any other guys in the band, they all kind



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of grabbed part of my wheelchair and hoisted me onto the stage," Kleine explains, noting the camaraderie and teamwork is a benefit of being in a band, but there are things he does miss. "I have two boys that are ages seven and nine and I miss being able to say, 'Hey, let's go outside; let's go for a walk,' because [now] that's a big ordeal for those things to happen." Kleine's experience has also raised the larger issue of music venues being wheelchair accessible. Just think about some of Edmonton's most popular venues: how many of them are only accessible by a flight of stairs? This was one of the reasons Kleine chose Avenue Theatre for the show—he can easily get in and out and owner Steve Derpack offered to build him a ramp to get onstage. "I have had good conversations with venue owners and some that I haven't had conversations with yet, but I plan to," Kleine says, musing that increasing accessibility may become one of his main focuses, but it can be a frustrating process. "It feels a little bit futile sometimes; it feels like your ideas are falling on deaf ears because a lot of these venue owners, they're scraping by—we don't have 1000 bucks to build a ramp kind of thing—but people so far have been receptive to the ideas that I give them." MEAGHAN BAXTER





MARIA MULDAUR / FRI, APR 4 (7:30 PM) If you’ve had a hankering for old-time jazz and vaudeville blues, here’s your chance. Maria Muldaur’s been at this for 50 years, so she’s got the genres cased. (Arden Theatre, $36)



BEND SINISTER / FRI, APR 4 (8 PM) The band’s got a new album that’s less than one month old. It’s called Animals and it allegedly sounds like a band letting go of ego, the stronghold of the music industry and just going for it. (Pawn Shop, $10)




BASTILLE / SAT, APR 5 (8 PM) Sure, there’s that hit “Pompeii” that’s played countless times a day on our local radio stations, but the band’s got plenty more where that came from. (Union Hall, $27.50)

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AMBIARTNIGHT / SAT, APR 5 (7:30 PM) Visual art meets audio art courtesy of BEAMS, as audio practitioners interpret the work of local visual artists—including Vue’s own Glenys Switzer. (Harcourt House Annex, $10)

JAZZ BRUNCH / SUN, APR 6 (11 AM) Jazz plus brunch? Why not? It means you don’t have to cook on Sunday morning—and executive chef Doreen Prei’s in the kitchen, so you know it’ll be good. It’s all part of Jazz Appreciation Month, celebrating the historical and contemporary. (Edmonton Petroleum Club, $27.50 – $55)



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eath Toll Rising isn't a band to hammer out a few songs and call it done. Case in point: the songs on its latest album, Infection Legacy, were written over the span of two or three years. Even then, none of the tracks were immune to being scrapped and rebuilt. "We're not the type of band that writes a song in a matter of days and says, 'OK, that's it; it's in the bag," says guitarist Drew Copland, pointing out "Born to Defile" as an example of one that was reworked a year after it was originally written. "We're very open to changing things down the road. The best way to critique something is with multiple listens." Infection Legacy comes three years after Death Toll Rising's debut, Defecation Suffocation, which featured songs that were nearly a decade old at that point. Copland explains the band wanted to create something that was more focused this time around. "We've matured a lot and know how to write songs and draw people in a bit, because a lot of our older tunes were just a bunch of riffs slapped together," he says. "Sometimes it worked, sometimes it didn't, but these ones were a lot more thought out." Speaking of riffs, Copland had a new guitar player to work with this time around in Tyler Dory. While Copland has been listening to death and thrash metal since his teen years, Dory comes from a classic and prog-rock background. "He likes death metal, but he's not really schooled in it—or wasn't when he came to the band," Copland says. "I bring a little bit more of a straight-forward, fast, heavy approach and he likes to bring in some more progressive and noodley kind of stuff, which works well when we put them together." Infection Legacy continues to chart on college radio and receive positive feedback from critics, something of a confidence boost as Death Toll Rising heads into the Wacken Metal Battle at the Pawn Shop later this month. For those who haven't been following, the battle takes the top talent from each city to compete in the national round before the victor gets the opportunity to represent Canada in the international battle at the Wacken Open Air Festival in Wacken, Germany. It's also Death Toll Rising's first battle of the bands, period.

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"As with every show, if there's two people there you have to pretend there's 200, and that's what's going to help all the bands in this is making yourself look as pro as possible and having the best time

of your life," Copland says. "These battles have kind of important people judging, so you have to make them believe that you're the real deal."




























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Kevin Maimann & The Pretty Things


ombies and serial killers don't exactly scream folk music, but VW: What have been the biggest Kevin Maimann makes them fit challenges in working in both right in on his new album, Death genres? What do you enjoy about Perception. Maimann began writing folk compared to metal? the album while KM: The biggest challenge in metfronting thrash- Fri, Apr 4 (8 pm) metal band Ways With Nolan Bossert, Borscht al was trying to to Kill and has Markus Midnight look badass head banging while transferred the Bohemia, $7 playing really comintricacies of metal guitar to plex riffs. In folk, I folk music, creating something a lit- think people's eyes glaze over when tle more macabre and hard-hitting they hear about another singer-songthan one would expect from the writer, so it's hard to convince people genre. Prior to his album release that you're doing something unique show, Maimann answered a few and worthwhile. I enjoy the way a questions for Vue via email. good folk or pop song can connect

VUE WEEKLY: You originally fronted

thrash-metal band Ways to Kill. When did you decide you wanted to explore the folk genre? KEVIN MAIMANN: I started writing on acoustic guitar because I needed a creative outlet that bypassed the occasional frustrations of playing with a band. Ironically, I later reconnected with Jake [Cooke] and Matt [Handfield] from Ways to Kill and they now make up my backing band, the Pretty Things. 


with anyone regardless of their musical taste.

VW: How has your experience in metal benefited you as a folk artist? KM: It definitely made me a tighter player. In metal you're always pushing to play faster, heavier and more technical stuff. VW: The mood of the album is rather macabre. Did you initially intend for it to be that way or did it take shape as

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you wrote the songs? KM: It was mostly intentional. I'm a pretty happy guy, but I think I'm doomed to write about death and destruction. I also play in Look Away, which is very experimental and entirely different musically, but very dark. VW: Where did the stories in the songs begin for you and what did you want to express with them? KM: Most songs begin with a feeling that's too hard or too cheesy for me to express clearly on its own, so I'll drum up a fictional or historical tale and mash the two together. But some are just for fun, and I hope people find the humour in it. MEAGHAN BAXTER



A dark/light dichotomy Hunting's self-titled release explores both sides

VW: You

Multi-instrumentalist Bradley VW: Were there any other Ferguson started his venture in songs written that were left off music with two solo albums. But the album? when he brought his new material BF: There was one tune we left off. into the studio and began working I'm not really a very prolific writer, with a few collaborators, Hunting so pretty much every tune I finish was created. The ends up on an group's self-titled Fri, Apr 4 (8 pm) album. Usually if debut has its With James Priestner I start a song that doesn't come dark moments, Avenue Theatre, $10 but beneath the advance, $13 day-of show together fairly sadness there is quickly I scrap it. a sense of hope. Prior to Hunting's show in EdmonVW: How did you decide which ton, Ferguson answered a few songs to include on the album? questions about it for Vue. Did you have an idea of what you wanted this album to be VUE WEEKLY: How long did it when you started, or did the fintake to make this album from ished shape emerge as the writthe initial songwriting through ing and recording went along? BF: I actually went to Paris and to the end of the recording? BRADLEY FERGUSON: About Berlin for two months to try two years. and write an electro album for Bradley [previous music project]. VW: When you were writing the When I got back to Canada I tried songs, did you come at them in recording a couple of those songs a particular way? Lyrics first? with more organic instruments. Music first? The sessions worked out so BF: I'll often have a chorus idea in well, I decided to start a whole my head for a while, then I'll build new band. So I would say the a song around that. Or if there's a album took a fairly drastic turn chord progression I'm into, I'll reonce we started recording. cord it and just try to sing some sort of a melody overtop. The lyrics usually come later.

worked with John Raham to produce the album. What drew you to him and what did he bring to the process? What about the additional musicians? BF: John has such a great, chill vibe in the studio and he gets such nice sounds. He has this trick where he runs everything through tape before it ends up on his computer. It creates a really rich, warm sound. I had some pretty solid ideas of the arrangements and instruments I wanted on each trackâ&#x20AC;&#x201D; John really helps turn ideas into reality. Musician-wise I wanted to have a lot of strings on the album and Jesse Zubot creates such incredibly interesting string sections. You can literally loop the section you want strings on, hit record and he'll play like 40 parts without stopping. Then you turn all his tracks on and there's the most amazing orchestra. He just made it all up as he was playing and that's what's on the album. Paul Rigby is the most creative guitar player in the world. He always comes up with parts that are so wonderfully unexpected. All the musicians played such a huge part in the way the album sounds. VW: If you were to trace the musical map that led you to this album, what would it look like? BF: Sparklehorse, It's a Wonderful Life------>Beck, Sea Change------>Bon Iver, For Emma, Forever Ago--------->Hunting. Those about sum it up. V

VW: Where did the lyrics begin for you and what did you want to express with this album? BF: There's a certain dark/light vibe that I've always really liked in music. There's something I love about feeling melancholy. I kind of wanted to try and capture that with the music and the lyrics. VW: What were the recording ses-

sions like for this album? Is this the kind of thing you recorded live or did you piece it together one track at a time? Why? BF: For pretty much every tune, we recorded bass, drums and a guitar track to a scratch vocal then built from there. We didn't do any preproduction for the album, so for the most part everyone was figuring out their parts in the studio. Recording like that gives you the chance to really focus in on the specific instruments part by part.


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Livingston Artificially Intelligent Folk Songs of Canada (Independent) 

"Livingston is an artificially intelligent, digital organism capable of accessing the totality of the history of Canadian folk music and generating new yet hyper-authentic Canadian folk objects via her/his algorithmic agents and compression formats. Livingston does not produce sound, only transcriptions

Teledrome is the long-awaited follow-up to the group's 2012 Double Vision 7-inch EP released on Hozac Records, and it is a beauty. It's a bombastic album, with Sadler delivering his lyrics with a soaring Thomas Dolby-meets-Devo voice over driving guitars and oscillating synthesizers that sound as if they were ripped from the guts of a robot sent from the future to make humanity dance. With foreboding songs like "Parallel" and the wild-eyed "Blood Drips" (with lyrics that seem to come from the internal monologue of a buttoned-down serial killer) mixed with lighter fare like "Boyfriend" and "Robot," Teledrome is an incredible achievement.

Jay Malinowski & The Dead Coast Martel (Pirates Blend) 

of lyrics and harmonic progressions to be interpreted and performed by humans." That pretty much sums it up, making this record, for all intents and purposes a mash-up cover album. But you wouldn't really know it unless you're already familiar with these constructions. Gimmick aside, this is a lovely collection of soothing barn lifters, that will easily while away 20 or so minutes. Horns and strings breeze through this collection in a Harvest-era Neil Young kind-of way, providing easy comfort and accessibility. It's hard to tell how legitimate Livingston is, as a document of Canadian folk (especially with the Eagles mash up) but if Livingston is a real entity, then this is a pretty rootsy little experiment, one that could endlessly evolve through repeated incarnations and contributors. That alone is enough reason to keep Livingston on your radar.

Slowly emerging through a dense fog, you can barely define a lighthouse, when a squeeze-box dirge summons you from the safety of dry land to join souls lost many fathoms from the shoreline. As prologue "Main-A-Dieu" illuminates Martel, it becomes clear that the nautical influence submerging this concept album is pretty immaculate, with each song given a corresponding location on the liner notes' gatefold world map. The journey across oceans takes us around the globe, and the black-and-white esthetic is terribly fitting and makes vinyl the preferred medium for such an artifact. A relic to sorrows long forgotten, interspersed with some spellbinding traditionals, Martel reveals the cycles in Jay Malinowski's blood line through its journey over several lives and passageways. Stripped of all but the barnacles, the acoustics don't belong in this era, with keys hammered on strings, pulled though the air or drawn from shadowy breaths. There's upbeat moments like "Dozoko Blues (April Fool)," a waltz that lilts off through candlelight; or the truly triumphant version of "Sloop John B," but this salty history is slow and sad, haunted and beautiful.







Four IN 140 The Belle Brigade, Just Because (ATO) @VueWeekly: Full of hand-clappy, synthy sounds, and sing-a-long choruses, the brother-sister combo welcomes the sunshine by sounding like it.

Cloud Nothings, Here and Nowhere Else (Carpark) @VueWeekly: It is the quantity of volume & the pace at which it comes that makes this album so very good.

Jamaica, Ventura (PAIS Co-Operative) @VueWeekly: If Hall & Oates had kids & they shopped at boutique French record stores, they’d be called Jamaica.

Bike for Three!, So Much Forever (Fake Four Inc) @VueWeekly: Quite a pretty, moody hip-hop, album–especially considering the 2 collaborators (Buck 65 & Greetings from Tuskan) have never met. 30 MUSIC

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THU APR 3 ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE Live Music every Thu: Seven Suns AVENUE THEATRE Body Bag Battlegrounds presents Northern Warfare Tour; 9pm; $20 (adv)/$25 (door) BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Fred Larose Song Writer's Evening; 7pm (door); no cover BLUE CHAIR Chris Trapper; 7:30pm; $20 7:30pm on Thursday, 8.30pm on Friday BLUES ON WHYTE A Fist Full of Blues BRITTANY'S Michael Chenoweth (acoustic tribute the greatest folk-blues singer-songwriters of the twentieth century); every Thu, 8-11pm; $8 CAFÉ HAVEN Music every Thu; 7pm CARROT Thu Open Mic: All adult performers are welcome (music, song, spoken word); every Thu, 1:30-3pm CHA ISLAND Bring Your Own Vinyl Night: Every Thu; 8pmlate; Edmonton Couchsurfing Meetup: Every Thu; 8pm

(Egypt); 12-1pm; Rm 3-47

Young, Amber Schneider

FAB–Fine Arts BLDG, U of A The History and Spirituality of Coptic Music: The Music of Ancient Egypt; 2:15-4:30pm; Rm 1-23

PAWN SHOP Bend Sinister, Short of Able, Unwed Mothers, Thompson Highway

DJs BLACK DOG Thu Main Fl: Throwback Thu: Rock&Roll, Funk, Soul, R&B and 80s with DJ Thomas Culture; jamz that will make your backbone slide; WOOFTOP: Dig It! Thursdays. Electronic, roots and rare groove with DJ's Rootbeard, Raebot, Wijit and guests CENTURY Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close THE COMMON The Common Uncommon Thursday: Rotating Guests each week! ELECTRIC RODEO–Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Taking Back Thursdays KRUSH ULTRA Open stage; 7pm; no cover LEVEL 2 Funk Bunker Thursdays ON THE ROCKS Salsa Rocks: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; Cuban Salsa DJ to follow OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE Wild Life Thursdays UNION HALL 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous


EARLY STAGE–STONY PLAIN Open Jam Nights; no cover

APEX CASINO–Vee Lounge K-Tels; 9pm

EXPRESSIONZ Open Stage hosted by Dr Oxide; 1st Thu each month, 7:30pm10:30pm

ARDEN Maria Muldaur; 7:30pm; $36

FIDDLER'S ROOST Thu Open Circle Jam J AND R Live Jam Thu; 9pm KELLY'S Jameoke Night with the Nervous Flirts (sing-along with a live band); every Thu, 9pm-1am; no cover L.B.'S Thu open stage: the New Big Time with Rocko Vaugeois, friends; 8-12 LIVE AT SLY'S (RIG) Every Thu Jam hosted by Lorne Burnstick; 8pm-12am NAKED CYBER CAFÉ Thu open stage; 8pm; all ages (15+) NEW WEST HOTEL Silverado (country band) NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu; contact John Malka 780.447.5111 RED PIANO Every Thu: Dueling pianos at 8pm RICHARD'S Blue Thursday: with Gord Matthews; 6:309pm RIC’S Peter Belec (jazz); most Thursdays; 7-10pm SHERLOCK HOLMES–DT Duane Allen SHERLOCK HOLMES–U OF A Adam Holm SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Joanne Janzen SMOKEHOUSE BBQ Live Blues: guests Graham Guest (piano and vocals; Edmonton Memphis Bound competition winner) every Thu: rotating guests; 7-11pm TAVERN ON WHYTE Open stage with Michael Gress (fr Self Evolution); every Thu; 9pm-2am WINSPEAR John McDermott: Looking Back; 7:30pm; $47.50 at Winspear box office WUNDERBAR Steve Brockley with Jenie Thai YARDBIRD SUITE From New York: Donny McCaslin Trio; 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $24 (member)/$28 (guest)

Classical CONVOCATION HALL Sounds from Africa and the Middle East: An Open Dialogue: featuring Gideon Alorworyie (Ghana), and George Kyrillos

ARTERY Goldtooth, Vanessa Domingues, the Dirty Boots; 8pm ATLANTIC TRAP Billy Wiseman AVENUE THEATRE Hunting, James Priestner; 8pm; $10 (adv)/$13 (day of) at Blackbyrd BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Rusty Reed Band; 7pm (door); $10 BLUE CHAIR Chris Trapper; 8:30pm; $20 BLUES ON WHYTE A Fist Full of Blues BOURBON ROOM Dueling pianos every Fri Night with Jared Sowan and Brittany Graling 8pm BRITTANY'S Jazz evening every Fri after work; 5-8pm: THIS WEEK: Kent Sangster Trio ; 5-8 pm BRIXX The Misfires, Black Collar, Foxjaw; 9pm BOHEMIA Kevin Maimann, the Pretty things (rock, CD release); $7 (door) CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK Train Wreck CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Live music every Fri: G.W. Myers; all ages; 7pm; $5 (door) CASINO EDMONTON Nervous Flirts Jameoke (Karaoke with a band.); 9pm CASINO YELLOWHEAD Mojave Iguanas (country rock); 9pm DUGGAN'S Mon singersongwriter nights: Stan Gallant; 8pm EXPRESSIONZ Uptown Folk Club: Jimmy Whiffen (country singer-songwriter); 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); $15 (adv)/$18 (door) at Alfie Mhyre's, Acoustic Music Shop J+H PUB Every Friday: Headwind and friends (vintage rock 'n' roll); 9:30pm; no minors, no cover JEFFREY'S Rollanda Lee (jazz); 9pm, $15 NEW WEST HOTEL Silverado (country band)

O'MAILLE'S Andrew Scott; no cover ON THE ROCKS Rock ‘N’ Hops Kitchen Party: One Nite Stan with DJs OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Dueling Pianos with Shane

RED PIANO Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am RENDEZVOUS Rewind; 8pm REXALL PLACE Hedley (Wild Live Tour), Classified, USS; 6pm (door)/7pm (show) ROSE AND CROWN Pepperland SHERLOCK HOLMES–DT Duane Allen SHERLOCK HOLMES–U OF A Adam Holm SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Joanne Janzen STARLITE ROOM Boy and Bear, Wildlife; 8pm STUDIO MUSIC Open Sails, The Most Of August, Calling All Captains, Railtown Park & Suckers At Life!; no minors: 9pm; $10 (adv)

ARTERY Romi Mayes, guests; 8pm ATLANTIC TRAP Billy Wiseman AVENUE THEATRE F&M, the Gibson Block, Two Bears North, Bombproof the Horses, Jesse Northey; 8pm; $13 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$18 (day of) "B" STREET BAR Rockin Big Blues and Roots Open Jam: Every Sat afternoon, 2-6pm BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: Jerry Leger (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Sat Afternoon Jam: with Rott'n Dan and Sean Stephens, complimentary bowl of chili; noon, no cover; EVENING SHOW: Rusty Reed Band; 7pm; $10 BLIND PIG Live jam every Sat; 3-7pm BLUE CHAIR Menu Launch: Jim Findlay Duo BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon Jam: EVENING: A Fist Full of Blues

WUNDERBAR Springtime Psych Party with Boosh!, Didgin for Rainbows, N3K, Drake's Theory

BOURBON ROOM Live Music every Sat Night with Jared Sowan and Brittany Graling; 8pm

YARDBIRD SUITE From San Diego/Edmonton: Holly Hofmann/Mike Wofford Quartet; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $22 (member)/$26 (guest)

BRIXX Cowpuncher, Tasman Jude, Jessica Marsh, the Moanin After; 9pm; $10


CARROT COFFEEHOUSE Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2

CONCORDIA SEMINARY CHAPEL Laudamus: Bella Voce Women’s Choir of Concordia, Dr Joy Berg (conductor); 7pm; $15 (adult)/$12 (student/ senior) at TIX on the Square, Concordia Student Accounts, door; $40 (Family Admission, door only). WINSPEAR U of A Music: World Music Wampler: The West African Music and Middle Eastern Ensembles with Gideon Alorwoyie and George Kyrillos; 8pm; $10 (student)/$20 (adult)/$15 (senior)

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels THE BOWER Strictly Goods: Old school and new school hip hop & R&B with DJ Twist, Sonny Grimez, and Marlon English; every Fri CHICAGO JOES Colossal 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 DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO–SPRUCE GROVE DJ every Fri FLUID R&B, hip hop and dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali; every Fri MERCER TAVERN Homegrown Fri: with DJ Thomas Culture RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri SET NIGHTCLUB NEW Fridays: House and Electro with Peep This, Tyler Collins, Peep'n ToM, Dusty Grooves, Nudii and Bill, and specials SOU KAWAII ZEN 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 UNION HALL Ladies Night every Fri Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT APR 5 APEX CASINO–VEE LOUNGE K-Tels; 9pm ARDEN Maria Dunn and John Wort Hannam; 7:30pm; $28


CASINO EDMONTON Frank and Lato; 9pm CASINO YELLOWHEAD Mojave Iguanas (country rock); 9pm DUGGAN'S Mon singersongwriter nights: Stan Gallant; 8pm DV8 Zero Cool, CDP Kuroi Jakoi, more FIDDLER'S ROOST Sat Gospel Jam; Calvin Vollrath (concert); 6:30pm (door) FILTHY MCNASTY'S Free Afternoon Concerts: The Orchard with guest Erin Ross (Calgary); 4pm; no cover GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth HILLTOP Open Stage, Jam every Sat; 3:30-7pm HARCOURT HOUSE–ANNEX AmbiARTnight: BEAMS (musicians interpret artworks) Bill Damur (guitar) Glenys Switzer (art), Bong Sample (electroni) Marliss Weber (art), Shannon Land (bass) Paula E. Kirman (photos); 7:30pm; $10 (door) JEFFREY'S Leina Deboer (jazz, R'n'B, soul); 9pm; $10 LEAF BAR Open Stage Sat–It 's the Sat Jam hosted by Darren Bartlett, 5pm LEGENDS Open mic and jam every Sat with Nick Samoil and the Kyler Schogen Band; 3-6pm NEW WEST HOTEL Silverado (country band) O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

O'MAILLE'S Andrew Scott; no cover

perland SHERLOCK HOLMES–DT Duane Allen SHERLOCK HOLMES–U OF A Adam Holm SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Joanne Janzen STARLITE ROOM BlackHeart Burlesque, Suicide Girls; 9pm (door); $75 at Blackbyrd STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION Monarch Sky, River Valley Search Party, Stonehenge, Silhouettes, Accolades; no minors; 8:30pm (door), 9:30pm (music); $10 UNION HALL Bastille, To Kill A King; sold out WUNDERBAR The Vicious Cycles YARDBIRD SUITE From New York/Toronto: Florian Hoefner Group; 8pm (door), 9pm (show); $20 (member)/$24 (guest)

Classical JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Madam Butterfly: Edmonton Opera; 8pm; tickets start at $20 MUTTART HALL–ALBERTA COLLEGE Carnatic Flute Recital; 6pm WINSPEAR Spring Concert: U of A Mixed Chorus, Faculty of Education Handbell Ringers, Robert de Frece and Adam Robertson (conductors); 8pm; $18 (adult)/$15 (student/ senior) at TIX on the Square

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE MAIN FLOOR: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; WOOFTOP: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; UNDERDOG: Dr Erick THE BOWER For Those Who Know...: Deep House and disco with Junior Brown, David Stone, Austin, and guests; every Sat THE COMMON Get Down It's Saturday Night: House and disco and everything in between with resident Dane DRUID DJ every Sat; 9pm ENCORE–WEM Every Sat: Sound and Light show; We are Saturdays: Kindergarten

LEVEL 2 Collective Saturdays underground: House and Techno MERCER TAVERN DJ Mikey Wong every Sat PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm); 1st Sat each month RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE Sat: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Mkhai SET NIGHTCLUB SET Saturday Night House Party: With DJ Twix, Johnny Infamous

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Dueling Pianos with Shane Young, Amber Schneider

SOU KAWAII ZEN Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M

PAWN SHOP Destruction, German Thrash Legends with Krisiun, Exmortus, Mortillery; 8pm

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

RED PIANO Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm-2am RICHARD'S PUB The Terry Evans Sat Jam: every Sat; 4-8pm RIVER CREE–THE VENUE Rodney Carrington; 6pm (door), 8pm (show); $49.50 ROSE AND CROWN Pep-

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

ON THE ROCKS One Nite Stan with DJs

QUEEN ALEXANDRA HALL Connie Kaldor; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $20 (adv)/$25 (door)

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SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests TAVERN ON WHYTE Soul, Motown, Funk, R&B and more with DJs Ben and Mitch; every Sat; 9pm-2am



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

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(adv)/$12 (door)

AVENUE THEATRE Secret Setlist: Mayday and the Beatcreeps, Stone Iris; 7pm


BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Sunday BBQ Jam: hosted by Marshall Lawrence; 4-8pm; no cover BLACKJACK'S–NISKU Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett BLUE CHAIR Sunday Brunch: Kevin Marsh (guitar); 9am3pm; donations CHA ISLAND Open mic with March Music Inc; Every Sun 7pm DIVERSION Sun Night Live on the South Side: live bands; all ages; 7-10:30pm DUGGAN'S Celtic Music with Duggan's House Band 5-8pm EDMONTON PETROLEUM CLUB Jazz Brunch: Sun morning gormet buffet: Edmonton Jazz Festival Society features Chris Andrew (piano), Joel Gray (trumpet), John Taylor (bass), Dan Skakun (drums); 11am-1pm (brunch); $55 at TIX on the Square HOG'S DEN Rockin' the Hog Jam: Hosted by Tony Ruffo; every Sun, 3:30-7pm LIVE AT SLY'S Every Sun Jam hosted by Steve and Bob; 6-10pm NEWCASTLE Sunday Soul Service: acoustic open stage every Sun O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am ON THE ROCKS The Give ‘Em Hell Boys PETROLEUM CLUB Jazz Brunch: Gourmet buffet and live music by Chris Andrew (piano), Joel Gray (trumpet), John Taylor (bass), Dan Skakun (drums), a collective of jazz musicians; 11am1pm; $55 RICHARD'S PUB Sunday Country Showcase and jam hosted by Darren Gusnowsky and Curtis Ebner RITCHIE UNITED CHURCH Jazz & Reflections: P.J. Perry; 3:30-5pm; silver collection at door

Classical OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE Cosmopolitan Music Society (CMS): In-House Concert Series afternoons of music, guests and after-concert refreshments; 2:30 pm; $10

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE MAIN FLOOR: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy LEVEL 2 Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly guest DJs; 9pm-3am MON APR 7

Rock, Electronic with Hair of the Dave TAVERN ON WHYTE Classic Hip hop with DJ Creeazn every Mon; 9pm-2am

TUE APR 8 ARTERY Spencer's Fare Thee Well Party, Banjpipe (pop rock); no minors; 7:30pm; $5 cover BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Tue Jam with Big Dreamer; 7pm (door); no cover

ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL–ST ALBERT Performances; 9am12; 1-4pm and 6:30-9:30pm; various venues;

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE MAIN FLOOR: alternative 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

Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 NEW WEST HOTEL 4s A Crowd OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover PLEASANTVIEW HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:30-11pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

BRIXX Metal night every Tue

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

FIDDLER'S ROOST Old Time Fiddle Circle Jam every Tue

DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue

RICHAR'DS PUB Rock and Roll Circus: Hosted by Justin Perkins, Christan Maslyk, and Kevin Gaudet; every Wed, 9pm-midnight

DUGGAN'S Singer-songwriter Open Stage

L.B.'S Tue Variety Night Open stage with Darrell Barr; 7-11pm

RED STAR Experimental Indie rock, hip hop, electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue


FIDDLER'S ROOST Open Stage Monday

LEAF BAR Tue Open Jam: Trevor Mullen

JOHN L. HAAR THEATRE– MACEWAN UNI, CENTRE FOR THE ARTS The Big Band with MacEwan University and U of A's Big Bands

LIVE AT SLY'S (RIG) Jam hosted by Rockin' Randy Every Tue, 7-11pm

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

AVENUE THEATRE Secret Setlist: Mayday and the Beatcreeps, Stone Iris; 7pm BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover BLUES ON WHYTE Hollie Thee Maxwell

NEW WEST HOTEL 4s A Crowd PLEASANTVIEW HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm; contact Vi Kallio 780.456.8510 REXALL Steve Miiller Band; 7:30pm ROUGE Open Mic Night with Darrek Anderson from the Guaranteed; every Mon; 9pm WUNDERBAR Rhythm of Cruelty, Ocra, Post Namers, Fever Few

Classical ROBERT TEGLER STUDENT CENTRE Concordia Community Chorus Concert; 7pm; $15 (adult)/$12 (student/ senior) at TIX on the Square, Concordia Student Accounts, door; $40 (family admission, door). ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL–ST ALBERT Performances; 9am12; 1-4pm and 6:30-9:30pm; various venues;


mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay DV8 T.F.W.O. Mondays: Roots industrial,Classic Punk,

BLUES ON WHYTE Hollie Thee Maxwell DRUID Open Stage Tue: featuring; 9pm

MERCER TAVERN Alt Tuesday with Kris Harvey and guests NEW WEST HOTEL Tue Country Dance Lessons: 7-9pm; 4s A Crowd

WED APR 9 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage Wed with Trace Jordan; 8pm-12

SHERLOCK HOLMES–U OF A Joanne Janzen SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Andrew Scott STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION Counted Among Saints, Construct the Sky, Eyes on Nines WINSPEAR Brandi Carlile (country, rock, folk), with the ESO, Jason Weinberger (conductor); 7:30pm; $39-$59 at Winspear box office

OVERTIME–Sherwood Park Open Stage every Tue

ARTERY Perogies for Paws/ Homemade Perogie Night: Amy van Keeken, Pretty Taken, Jessica Marsh; fundraiser for the Edmonton Humane Society; 7:30pm; $6 (adv)/$10 (door)

RED PIANO Every Tue: the Nervous Flirts Jameoke Experience (sing-along with a live band); 7:30pm-12am; no cover; relaxed dress code

BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES Robbie's Reef Break Wed: Host Rob Taylor with guests every Wed, 7-10pm; no cover

RICHARD'S PUB Tue Live Music Showcase and Open Jam hosted by Mark Ammar SANDS HOTEL Country Western Dance featuring Country Music Legend Bev Munro; every Tue, 8-11pm

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

ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL–ST ALBERT Performances; 9am12; 1-4pm and 6:30-9:30pm; various venues;

BLUES ON WHYTE Hollie Thee Maxwell



BRITTANY'S Jazz evening every Wed; 8-11pm

SHERLOCK HOLMES–WEM Andrew Scott STARLITE ROOM Stephen Malkmus and the Jicks, Speedy Ortiz; 8pm

DINWOODIE The Dudes, Punch Drunk Cabaret, DJ Dusty Knuckles; 8pm-3am; $10 (adv) at$15 (door)

WUNDERBAR Wundi Trivia Night

DUGGAN'S Wed open mic with host Duff Robison

YARDBIRD SUITE Tuesday Session: Chris Andrew Trio; 7:30pm (door)/8pm (show); $5

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

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

Classical JUBILEE Madam Butterfly: Edmonton Opera; 8pm; tickets start at $20

LIVE AT SLY'S Open jam every Wed hosted by Will Cole; 7-11pm MERCURY ROOM Little Flower

ZEN LOUNGE Jazz Wednesdays: Kori Wray and Jeff Hendrick; every Wed; 7:3010pm; no cover

Classical JUBILEE AUDITORIUM Madam Butterfly; 7:30pm; tickets start at $40

BILLIARD CLUB Why wait Wednesdays: Wed night party with DJ Alize every Wed; no cover BLACK DOG Main Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe BRIXX BAR Eats and Beats THE COMMON The Wed Experience: Classics on Vinyl with Dane NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed

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 BIG AL'S HOUSE OF BLUES 12402-118 Ave BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–NISKU 2110 Sparrow Dr, Nisku, 780.986.8522 BLIND PIG 32 St Anne St, 780.418.6332 BLUE CHAIR 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 10225-97 St, 780.497.0011 BRIXX 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUCKINGHAM 10439 82 Ave, 780.761.1002 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 CAFÉ HAVEN 9 Sioux Rd, Sherwood Park, 780.417.5523, CAFÉ 10750-124 St CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK 99, 23349 Wye Rd, Sherwood Park CARROT COFFEEHOUSE 9351118 Ave, 780.471.1580 CASINO EDMONTON 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 CASINO YELLOWHEAD 12464-


153 St, 780.424 9467 CENTRAL SENIOR LIONS CENTRE 11113-113 St CENTURY CASINO 13103 Fort Rd, 780.643.4000 CHA ISLAND 10332-81 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHICAGO JOES 9604 -111 Ave COMMON 9910-109 St CONCORDIA SEMINARY CHAPEL 7128 Ada Blvd CONVOCATION HALL Room 3-47, U of A DARAVARA 10713 124 St, 587.520.4980 DIVERSION 3414 Gateway Blvd, 780.435.1922 DUGGAN'S 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8130 Gateway Blvd EARLY STAGE– STONY PLAIN 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain EDMONTON PETROLEUM CLUB 11110-108 St 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 EXPRESSIONZ 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 FAB–FINE ARTS BLDG, U OF A Rm 1-23 FESTIVAL PLACE 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.449.3378 FIDDLER'S ROOST 7308-76 Ave FILTHY MCNASTY’S 10511-82 Ave, 780.916.1557

VUEWEEKLY APR 03 – APR 09, 2014

FLUID LOUNGE 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 HARCOURT–ANNEX 10211112 St HILLTOP 8220 106 Ave HOGS DEN Yellow Head Tr, 142 St IRISH SPORTS CLUB 12546-126 St, 780.453.2249 J+H PUB 1919-105 St J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 JAVA XPRESS 110, 4300 South Park Dr, Stony Plain, 780.968.1860 JEFFREY’S CAFÉ 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JUBILEE 11455-87 Ave KELLY'S 10156-104 St L.B.’S 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEAF BAR 9016-132 Ave, 780.757.2121 LEGENDS 9221-34 Ave, 780.988.2599 LEVEL 2 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 LIT ITALIAN WINE BAR 10132104 St LIVE AT SLY'S (RIG) 15203 Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.0869 LIZARD 13160-118 Ave MERCER TAVERN 10363 104 St, 587.521.1911 MERCURY ROOM 10575-114 St MUTTART HALL–ALBERTA COLLEGE 10050 MacDonald Dr MYER HOROWITZ THEATRE 8900-114 St, U of A NAKED CYBER CAFÉ 10303-108 St, 780.425.9730 NEWCASTLE 8170-50 St, 780.490.1999 NEW WEST HOTEL 15025-111 Ave

NOORISH CAFÉ 8440-109 St NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535109A Ave O2'S–WEST 11066-156 St, 780.448.2255 O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 O'MAILLES 104, 398 St Albert Rd, St Albert OLD STRATHCONA PERFORMING ARTS CENTRE 8426 Gateway Blvd ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 OVERTIME–SHERWOOD PARK 100 Granada Blvd, Sherwood Park, 790.570.5588 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 PETROLEUM CLUB 11110 108 St PLEASANTVIEW HALL 1086057 Ave QUEEN ALEXANDRA HALL 10425 University Ave RED PIANO 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 RENDEZVOUS 10108-149 St RICHARD'S PUB 12150-161 Ave, 780.457.3118 RIC’S GRILL 24 Perron St, St Albert, 780.460.6602 RITCHIE UNITED CHURCH 9624-74 Ave ROBERT TEGLER–STUDENT CENTRE 7128 Ada Blvd ROSEBOWL/ROUGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 ROSE AND CROWN 10235101 St ROTARY MUSIC FESTIVAL–ST Albert • Arden, St Anne St •

Salvation Army, 165 Liberton Dr • Red Willow Community Church, 15 Corriveau Ave • St Albert Evangelical Lutheran Church, 11 Glenview Cres • St Albert United Church, 20 Green Grove Dr • Sturgeon Valley Baptist Church, 51 Woodlands Rd • 780.419.2658 SET NIGHTCLUB Next to Bourban St, 8882-170 St, WEM, Ph III SMOKEHOUSE BBQ 10810-124 St, 587.521.6328 STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION 10940-166 A St SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM 10545-81 Ave SUITE 69 2 Fl, 8232 Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969 TAVERN ON WHYTE 10507-82 Ave, 780.521.4404 VEE LOUNGE–APEX CASINO–ST ALBERT 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 WEST END CHRISTIAN REFORMED CHURCH 10015-149 St 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, YARDBIRD SUITE 11 Tommy Banks Way, 780.432.0428 YESTERDAYS PUB 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295 YEG DANCE CLUB 11845 Wayne Gretzky Dr 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 • Hannibal Thompson; Apr 3-5 • That's Improv; Apr 10-12 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 • Bert Kreisher; Apr 3-5 • Bobby Lee Special Presentation; Apr 10-12 • Daniel Kinno; Apr 16-20 • Andy Hendrickson; Apr 23-27

DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 •

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

Chapter's Annual General Meeting: Free pizza at 6pm; screening of a short, funny film, elect a new board • Tue, Apr 29, 6pm


10145-81 Ave • • Meeting • Apr 7, 6:30-8:30pm • $10 (donation)

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

• Practice group meets every Thu



3728-106 St • • Annual Spring Show & Competition: Wood art, Crafts, Retail Booths, Demonstrations, Food; Apr 26-27, 10am-5pm; free admission and parking



780.939.7888 • Robert Post • Sat, Apr 5, 7:30pm • $25 (adult)/$20 (senior)/$10 (student) at TIX on the Square

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 • Comedy Groove every Wed; 9pm

TILTED KILT WHYTE AVENUE/CONNIES COMEDY • Travelling open mic with guest Danny

Martinello • Apr 16, 8pm • If you want on this roster, call 780.914.8966


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


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


Lutheran Church, 107 St, 99 Ave • • Meeting every 3rd Sat, 1-4pm • Injured Workers in Pursuit of Justice denied by WCB

EDMONTON NATURE CLUB • King’s University College Atrium, 9125-50 St • Fri, Apr 11, 7pm (refreshments), 7:30pm (meeting) • Meeting featuring lecture, Owls, Songbirds and Grebes, Oh My! by Kim Blomme • Donation 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

FAIR VOTE CANADA–Edmonton Chapter • Strathcona Library, Program Room, upstairs • • Chapter's monthly meeting • Wed, Apr 16, 7pm

FAIR VOTE CANADA–Edmonton Chapter • Boston Pizza meeting rm, bsmt, 10854 Whyte Ave • • Fair Vote Canada–the Edmonton

Ave • 780.488.3234 • • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

AN EVENING IN TIBET • Meridian Banquet

and Conference Centre, 4820-76 Ave • Dinner and Silent Auction • Sat, Apr 5, 5:30pm (auction bidding starts), 6:30pm (dinner) • $50 (adv) at 780.718.2984; proceeds to assist others in developing inner peace by supporting the ongoing operations of Gaden Samten Ling’s Alberta Centre for Peace and Meditation


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

Cathedral, 10825-97 St • 780.422.3181 • Public veneration • Every Tue, Thu 4-9pm, Sun 1-4pm until Apr 10


GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s Anglican

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


• Komedy Krush: following a Capital City Singles Mixer with guest Scott Belford; Apr 10, 9pm • Komedy Krush: following a Capital City Singles Mixer with guest Danny Martinello; Apr 24, 9pm • If you want on this roster, call 780.914.8966


WICCAN ASSEMBLY • Ritchie Hall, 7727-98 St • The Congregationalist Wiccan Assembly of Alberta meets the 2nd Sun each month (except Aug), 6pm • Info: contact

EPLC FELLOWSHIP PAGAN STUDY GROUP • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105


3728-106 St • 780.435.0845 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm

EMPRESS ALE HOUSE • 9912-82 Ave •


• Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm

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

LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown

between dancers • Apr 30, 9pm • If you want on this roster, call 780.914.8966 Empress Comedy Night: featuring a professional headliner every week Every Sun, 9pm

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

WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old

SEVENTIES FOREVER MUSIC SOCIETY • Call 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

EDEN EXOTIC NIGHTCLUB/CONNIES COMEDY • T*ts & Giggles 2: Open comedy mic

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • • Meet at the NW corner of Superstore parking, 51 Ave, Calgary Tr; Carpooling available from here • 10km guided hike on the Fort Saskatchewan city trails. Contact: Hike leader Karen 780.642.6372 • Apr 13, 8:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

• 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)


Church, 8424-95 Ave • 780.469.3270 • 1st Mon every month • Galapagos Islands, Ecuador and Machu Picchu, Peru (2013); presentation by Jim Cochrane • Mon, Apr 7, 7:30pm • Suggested donation of $2

FABULOUS FABRIC FRENZY • Strathearn United Church, 8510-095 Ave • • Fundraiser is a sale of donated fabric, yarns & notions being sold @ bargain prices. The GANG (Grandmothers of Alberta for a New Generation) raises funds to support African grandmothers caring for millions of children orphaned by the AIDS pandemic. Profits go to the Stephen Lewis Foundation. Event in cooperation with the women's group @ Strathearn United Church • Apr 5, 9:30am-3:30pm; donate: T: Judy at 780.434.0036, Phyllis 780.469.6327 THIS OLD EDMONTON HOUSE SEMINARS

Stanley A. Milner Library, Centennial Rm (bsmt);; E: info@edmontonatheists. ca; Monthly roundtable • Mon, Apr 7



• Reed’s Tea Room, Firkins And Rutherford Houses, Fort Edmonton Park: Historic Interiors Tour: by

SONGWRITERS GROUP • The Carrot, 9351118 Ave • 780.973.5311 • nashvillesongwriters. com • NSAI (Nashville Songwriters Association International) meet the 2nd Mon each month, 7-9pm

Johanne Yakula; Apr 5, 7-9pm; $20; registration #519450 • AgT Bldg or Reed's Tea Rm, Fort Edmonton Park: Foundations: by Arda Ozum And Peter Caron; Apr 7, 7-9pm; $20; registration #519447


10545-81 Ave • 587.786.6554 • sugarswing. com • Swing Dance Social every Sat; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check the Sugar Swing website for info • $10, $2 lesson with entry

SUGAR FOOT BALLROOM • 10545-81 Ave •

587.786.6554 • • Friday Night Stomp!: Swing and party music dance social every Fri; beginner lesson starts at 8pm. All ages and levels welcome. Occasional live music–check web • $10, $2 (lesson with entry)

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

TOASTMASTERS • Fabulous Facilitators

Toastmasters Club: 2nd Fl, Canada Place, 9700

Jasper Ave; 780.467.6013, l.witzke@shaw. ca; fabulousfacilitators.toastmastersclubs. org; Meet every Tue, 12:05-1pm • Westend TNT Toastmasters: Trinity United Church, 8810 Meadowlark Rd; Public speaking: Parliamentary practice based on Robert's Rules of Order;; weekly meetings every Tue, 7-9pm (Jul-Aug off) • N'Orators Toastmasters Club: Lower Level, McClure United Church, 13708-74 St: meet every Thu, 6:458:30pm; contact, 780.863.1962, • 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

VOGUING • Pique Dance Centre, 10604-105

Ave • A blend of Dance, Modelling and Acting; all bodies/levels • Every Sun, 7-8pm until Apr 13 • $5-$10 (Sliding Scale); info: houseofdam@

• AgT Bldg or Reed's Tea Rm, Fort Edmonton Park:

Wall Treatments: by Johanne Yakula; Apr 9, 7-9pm; $20; registration #519456 • Location TBA: House Doctor: by Peter Caron; Apr 12, 7-9pm; $45; registration #519457 • AgT Bldg, Fort Edmonton Park: Plastering Walls by Peter Caron; Mon, Apr 14, 7-9pm; $20; registration #519454 • City

Of Edmonton Archives, Prince Of Wales Armouries:

Researching Your Heritage Home: by Kim ChristieMilley And David Holdsworth; Apr 15, 7-9pm; $20; registration #519445

SEEING IS ABOVE ALL • Acacia Hall, 10433-83 Ave, upstairs • 780.554.6133 • Free instruction into the meditation on the Inner Light • Every Sun, 5pm TRASHED: A MOVIE AND PANEL DISCUSSION • Strathcona County Council

Chambers, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8601 • • Screening of the documentary Trashed, panel discussion follows the movie • Apr 3 7-9:30pm • Pre-register at 780.410.8600 • Free


cona County Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • Catherine Bell, U of A Prof of Law, will discuss the conflicts with Aboriginal constitutional rights that sparked Idle No More • Mon, Apr 7, 7-8:30pm • Free; Pre-register at, 780.410.8600

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

WASKAHEGAN TRAIL HIKE • • Meet at the NW corner of Superstore parking, 51 Ave, Calgary Tr; Carpooling available from here • A 10km guided hike on the St Albert Red Willow Trail. Contact: Hike leader Karen 780.642.6372 • Apr 6, 8:45am-3pm • $5 (carpool); $20 (annual membership)

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

EVOLUTION WONDERLOUNGE • 10220-103 St • 780.424.0077 • • Community Tue: partner with various local GLBT groups for different events; see online for details • Happy Hour Wed-Fri: 4-8pm • Wed Karaoke: with the Mystery Song Contest; 7pm-2am • Fri: DJ Evictor • Sat: DJ Jazzy • Sun: Beer Bash G.L.B.T. SPORTS AND RECREATION • • 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 • Swimming–Making Waves: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; E:; • Volleyball: Stratford Junior-Senior High School (west end): every Tue, until Apr 29, 7-9pm, $65 (season), $35 (Half season), $5 (drop-in) • Martial Arts–Kung Fu and Kick Boxing: Every Tue and Thu, 6-7pm; GLBTQ inclusive adult classes at Sil-Lum Kung Fu;, kickboxing@,

G.L.B.T.Q SENIORS GROUP • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4pm • Info: E: tuff 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 organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transidentified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E: LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-124 St • • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • • Recreational/ competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • A safe, welcoming, and nonjudgemental drop-in space, support programs and resources offered for members of the GLBTQ community, their families and friends • Daily: Community drop-in; support and resources. Queer library: borrowing privileges: Tue-Fri 12-9pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, closed Sun-Mon; Queer HangOUT (a.k.a. QH) youth drop-in: Tue-Fri 3-8pm, Sat 2-6:30pm, • Counselling: Free, short-term by registered counsellors every Wed, 5:30-8:30pm, info/bookings: 780.488.3234 • Knotty Knitters: Knit and socialize in safe, accepting environment, all skill levels welcome; every Wed 6-8pm • QH Game Night: Meet people through board game fun; every Thu 6-8pm • QH Craft Night: every Wed, 6-8pm • QH Anime Night: Watch anime; every Fri, 6-8pm • Movie Night: Open to everyone; 2nd and 4th Fri each month, 6-9pm • Women’s Social Circle: Social support group for female-identified persons +18 years in the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; andrea@pridecentreofedmonton. org • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; robwells780@hotmail. com • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month; PRIMETIMERS/SAGE GAMES • Unitarian

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


Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 •, • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured WOODYS VIDEO BAR • 11723 Jasper Ave

• 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm

VUEWEEKLY APR 03 – APR 09, 2014

THE CULTURE COLLECTIVE–Arts Market • Yellowhead Brewery, 10229-105 St • Edmonton innovative variety show and trade show • Thu, Apr 3, 7-10pm • $10 at Derks Menswear and Bamboo Ballroom, door •

DEEPSOUL.CA • 587.520.3833; text to:

780.530.1283 for location • Classic Covers Shindig Fundraiser • Every Sun: Sunday Jams with no Stan (CCR to Metallica), starring Chuck Prins on Les Paul Standard guitars: upcoming Century Casino show as well; Twilight Zone Razamanaz Tour; all ages • Fundraising for local Canadian Disaster Relief, the hungry (world-wide through the Canadian Food Grains Bank)

AN EVENING IN TIBET • Meridian Banquet Hall, 4820-76 Ave • Indian buffet, silent auction featuring a variety of imported goods from Tibetan refugee communities • Sat, Apr 5, 5:30pm (door, pre-bidding), 6:30pm (dinner) • $50 at, 780.718.2984 FASHION FOR FREEDOM • City Life, Unit 1, 5216-50 Ave, Leduc • poiemaproductions. com • A night of food, entertainment and an innovative fashion show featuring designs by local artists using secondhand clothing, fabrics, and items. Fundraiser and awareness gala in support of the George Spady Society • Apr 12, 7pm • $40 at TIX on the Square FOR THE LOVE OF WINTER • TransAlta

Arts Barns • Design Competition and Fashion Show: Competition challenges local fashion designers to create a winter outfit that will inspire us to dress warmly and fashionably • Until Apr 4 •

MAKE IT!–THE HANDMADE REVOLUTION • The Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr, St Albert • Shop for one-of-a-kind handmade items from over 140 of Canada’s hottest urban artisans, designers and crafters • Apr 11-13 MINBID IN STITCHES • Coup & Workhall Boutiques, #101/102 10137-104 St • • Silent and Live Art Auction: Art and Fashion • Fri, Apr 4, 8-11pm ORCHID FAIR • Enjoy Centre, 101 Riel Dr, St Albert • • Orchid Society of Alberta's celebration of everything from plants (rare and beginners), displays, art, workshops and lectures • Apr 4-6 • $10; free for children under 12 PARK INSTITUTE ADVOCACY CONFERENCE • Chateau Lacombe Hotel, 10111

Bellamy Hill • • Featuring Creating Earth Democracy: Reclaiming the Commons from Corporate Enclosures with keynote speaker, Vandana Shiva • Apr 11 • Pre-register by Apr 8

PEROGIES FOR A PAWS • Artery, 9535

Jasper Ave • Edmonton Humane Society Fundraiser: Performances by Amy Van Keeken, Pretty Taken, Bootsy Cline, Jessica Marsh, and selling their homemade perogies • Wed, Apr 9, 7:30pm • $6 (adv) at


relak Park • • Walk/Run fundraiser for the Wildlife Rehabiliation Society of Edmonton (who rehabilitate injured wildlife, clean oiled wildlife, and educate the public on wildlife stewardship) • Apr 13; register online through the Running Room

SPRING BAZAAR • Delwood Hall, 7515

Delwood Rd • Art, photos, jewellery and accessories, handmade baby items, gourmet dog treats, baking, jams • Apr 5, 10am-3pm • Free, donations (cash and toys accepted); in proceeds to the Stollery; YEGSpringBazaar. •


• Ukrainian National Federation Hall, 10629-98 St • Celebrating 200th Anniversary of Taras Shevchenko: Show of his works and memorabilia of the world famous Ukrainian poet, artist, and humanist as well as an Easter bake sale, pysanka workshop, light lunch. concert on both days, 1-3pm • Apr 5, 10-5pm; Apr 6, 12-4pm • Donation


Community League Hall, 14325-96 Ave • 780.686.8777 • African art sale • Apr 4, 5-10pm; Apr 5 10am-5pm • Proceeds support the Chipembele Wildlife Education Trust, South Luangwa Conservation Society




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Help Wanted

Greenline Distribution seeks full time driver

Must have a clean driver’s abstract, able to drive a 5 ton cube truck. Experience preferred but not necessary. 40 hrs per week. Interested parties please contact Mike Garth at or at 780-707-0476


Volunteers Wanted

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 Give some, Get some. Come have some fun, a little exercise and be recognized. We require volunteers almost every day of the week to help at various bingo locations around the city (WEM, Castledowns, south side). You give your time (4-6 hour shift) and we recognize your efforts. You do not need any experience as everything will be taught to you and you will be completely supported. Calll Christine at 780-953-1510 or email at for more information Bingo is a smoke-free and friendly environment. 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: Help someone in crisis take those first steps towards a solution. The Support Network’s Crisis Support Centre is looking for volunteers! Interested or want to learn more? Contact Maura at 780-392-8723 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



Volunteers Wanted

Needed for our Long Term Care residence, daytime volunteers for various activities or just for a friendly visit!Needed for our Long Term Care Residence, weekday morning volunteers for various activities. Especially for assisting with transporting residents to rehab, church services and hairdresser within facility. All volunteers must pass a Police clearance. Please contact Janice at Extendicare Eaux Claires for more details (780) 472 - 1106 Options Sexual Health Association is looking for prochoice and sex-positive volunteers to attend events and festivals all summer long and beyond! Comprehensive training will be held throughout April. Please visit our website to fill out an application form 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. RUNNERS WANTED Run Wild for Wildlife is a campaign that raises money for the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton . This year’s Walk/Run is taking place on April 13th, 2014. We are looking for vegan/vegetarian runners to join the VVoA’s team for this event! Please email if you are interested in participating, or if you have any questions. Representatives of the VVoA will also be selling vegan cookies at the event, with the proceeds going to the Wildlife Rehabilitation Society of Edmonton. Showcase your creativity and love for the environment! Become a Reuse Crafter! Reuse Crafters lead crafting workshops that focus on the utilization of Reuse materials. Guide public crafting workshops at locations in the Edmonton community Plan meaningful crafts, suited to participants abilities Engage with participants and educate about Reuse and the Reuse Centre Apply online. Visit The Canadian Cancer Society’s strongest asset is our dedicated volunteers. By offering the most meaningful opportunities for you to make the biggest difference as a volunteer, we’re having more impact, against more cancers, in more communities, than any other cancer charity. For more information on how to get involved: GwaEX


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Calling all talented Canadian artists! Artailer is an innovative online gallery dedicated to showcasing and selling the work of new and emerging Canadian artists. Inviting all artists who wish to turn their passion into a career to submit their art for review. For more information, please see the FAQ page on our website (, or contact us directly:; 416-900-4112 CALLING ALL YOUTH ARTISTS! We are looking for submissions for Tabula Rasa, an evening to celebrate artistic talent of Edmontonians under 24! Accepting submissions in the form of visual or performing arts (send us your music, poetry, photography, paintings, choreography..etc) The event will be held at Mercer Building downtown, April 11th. Find the link to our submissions on tumblr, twitter and instagram: @tabularasa_yeg . Help us show you off! Gallery @ 501 Presents: Art Object D’Sport Call for Entry In celebration of the Canada 55+ Games (to be held in Strathcona County, Sherwood Park, AB), Gallery @ 501 will be hosting the exhibition Art Object D’Sport, July 7 – August 31, 2014 Art Object D’Sport is an open call for entries from artists and artisans across Canada. DEADLINE – Friday June 23rd at 6:00 pm Further information contact Brenda Barry Byrne, Curator,Gallery @ 501 Join Visual Arts Alberta~ CARFAC for a FREE professional development workshop in Edmonton this April! Saturday, April 19: Grant Writing for Artists with Paul Freeman Join us from 1-4 pm at the SNAP Printshop (12056 Jasper Avenue in Edmonton). Please RSVP by Wednesday, April 16th to SNAP at 780.423.1492 or Live Model Figure Drawing Drop-in sessions every Tuesday, February 11 – June 24, 6-9PM. $15/session; 11-pack only $150. Instruction by Daniel Hackborn available 1st Tuesday of each month. Save 20% on supplies. Reserve your seating – space is limited. 10032 81 Avenue, Edmonton; ph. 780.432.0240.; OR Marking the Valley A juried art exhibition Call to artists Leave Your Mark on the Capital Region River Valley Visual Arts Alberta-CARFAC is partnering with the River Valley Alliance to showcase the Capital Region River Valley through your artwork. Submission Guidelines can be downloaded at: marking-the-valley/ Deadline for this juried exhibition: May 30th, 2014

The Lewis Farms Fire Station public art competition is open to Edmonton and area based artists or artist/designer teams. Deadline for Submissions: 4:30 pm on Thursday, April 03, 2014 Installation: Summer 2015 An INFORMATION SESSION will be held later this month. For more information, please email Robert Harpin at or call 780.424.2787 extension 231


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Now entering its 7th year, Alberta Culture Days is becoming our province’s largest celebration of our heritage, arts and cultural diversity. This year, you can continue playing a lead role in putting culture centre stage during the last weekend of September! The Government of Alberta is providing funding to organizations to put on events September 26–28, 2014. The application deadline is Monday, April 28, 2014. Visit the ‘Get Involved’ section at for full details. Phone-In Professional Development with Sydney Lancaster Wednesday May 28th: 6:30 – 8:00 a tele-conference Professional Development Workshop with Sydney Lancaster Limited to 12 participants from small centres of Alberta that do not have access to Professional Development talks and participants living in major centres that have issues of access. FREE: RSVP as soon as possible as this PD workshop will fill up fast! RSVP to or by telephone to 1.866.421.1731 providing name, full address, email address, land line telephone number… RAW: Natural Born Artists is an indie arts organization for artists, by artists. We focus on spotlighting indie underground talent to the public. It will be featured in Edmonton for the first time this May 2014. If an artists wants to be considered, they can build an artist profile on ! Make sure they indicate that they are an Edmonton area artist to be considered for this opportunity in May! Once they show their work in their locale, they are automatically eligible to Showcase in any RAW location across Canada and the US. For additional information please email or call Kaley Bird the Edmonton Showcase Director at 1.780.264.3650. The 2014 Wood Buffalo Artist in Residency program will host a studio location in Fort McMurray. The residency includes a dedicated studio space (with no associated fee) commencing on June 4th, 2014 in Fort McMurray. We invite visual artists who are Canadian residents to submit a proposal by Friday April 11th, 2014 at 4:00PM (Mountain Time). For more information please visit to learn more about this project and the call to artists. Western Canada Fashion Week: Call for Submissions One of The Works’ contributors, Western Canada Fashion Week, is currently looking for submissions for the following competitions: PHABRIKATED competition. Select entries will be showcased this summer at The Works Art & Design Festival! Costume Design Competition. For details head to: http://westerncanadafashionwe Please note: The application deadlines have been extended until April 3rd!

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The City of Calgary is seeking a professional artist(s) with experience in Community Cultural Development to create public artwork for the newly renovated Ernie Starr Arena. The successful artist(s) will work with The City’s project team to determine the best location(s) for public art at the facility and will then lead the design, development and installation/implementation of the public artwork. Internal, external, permanent and temporary initiatives will all be considered, and must involve the geographic and/or user community in some way. The all-inclusive budget is $40,000 CDN and the submission deadline is Friday, April 4, 2014 at 4pm MST. All questions must be submitted in writing to Dawn Ford at Works to Work Summer Internship The Works is currently looking for hardworking, enthusiastic individuals to join the team for summer 2014! The Works to Work program, an Enbridge Art Internship, is a unique leadership and professional development program that connects theoretical with practical learning. For more information about the internship, please visit and click “Education”


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CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): The Cancerian artist Rembrandt became one of the world's greatest painters. It was a struggle. "I can't paint the way they want me to paint," he said about those who questioned his innovative approach. "I have tried and I have tried very hard, but I can't do it. I just can't do it!" We should be glad the master failed to meet his critics' expectations. His work's unique beauty didn't get watered down. But there was a price to pay. "That is why I am just a little crazy," Rembrandt concluded. Here's the moral of the story: to be true to your vision and faithful to your purpose, you may have to deal with being a little crazy. Are you willing to make that trade-off?

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): What is "soul work," anyway? It's like when you make an unpredictable gift for someone you love. Or when you bravely identify one of your unripe qualities and resolve to use all your willpower and ingenuity to ripen it. Soul work is when you wade into a party full of rowdy drunks and put your meditation skills to the acid test. It's like when you teach yourself not merely to tolerate smouldering ambiguity, but to be amused by it and even thrive on it. Can you think of other examples? It's Soul Work Week for you.

LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): The Indian spiritual teacher Nisargadatta Maharaj offered a three-stage fable to symbolize one's progression toward enlightenment. In the first stage, you are inside a cage located in a forest where a tiger prowls. You're protected by the cage, so the tiger can't hurt you. On the other hand, you're trapped. In the second stage, the tiger is inside the cage and you roam freely through the forest. The beautiful animal is trapped. In the third stage, the ti-

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cus away from talking about harm and Past speakers include Meg Hickling, Any Canadian who works in or wants "at-risk" populations to agency and the renowned author and children's sex to work in sex education or counselpositive aspects of sex. educator, and former UN ambassador ling can tell you that when it comes "When we sat down to plan this conStephen Lewis. This year's keynote to professional education and training, ference, our committee seemed to have speakers are Kelly Falardeau, local mothere's not much. lots to talk about The sad fact is, there are only Being sex positive means meeting everyone where with respect to populations and those two major professional confer- they are at so that they can express the sexuality who work with them who are changing ences on general Program-value-ad.indd that they feel comfortable with. the conversation resexual-health garding sexuality. We education in all want to challenge the stereotypes, the tivational speaker and producer of the of Canada. The cool part is that one of scripts and the dialogue that persists to documentary SexAbility, and Ducky them is in our own backyard. marginalize and exploit those who are Doolittle, well-known sex educator and Although Alberta has a reputation often viewed as different, moving them author of Sex with the Lights On. for being conservative and somewhat to a place of empowerment." sexually repressed, we are actually the I was able to attend the conference ASPSH has always been remarkably birthplace of the Western Canadian in Vancouver in 2012 and can say that progressive and inclusive in their apConference on Sexual Health. It was they walk their talk. It was one of the proach. This year's theme is "Being Sex the creation of a group of professionals most inclusive and diverse events of Positive—Moving From Exploitation to in the field who wanted to help sexualthis type I've been to. A wide variety of Empowerment." Heather Cobb, ASPSH health educators share information genders, cultural backgrounds, sexual president and conference coordinator, and get access to the latest research interests and abilities were represented explains why they chose this theme. and practices. They formed the Alberta and respected. They even had a session "The sex-positive approach is becoming Society for the Promotion of Sexual on learning about BDSM! something of a theme for our conferencHealth and put on the first conference The 11th Biennial Conference is set to es," she says. "For me, being sex positive in 1994. The first conferences were held take place on May 1 and 2 at Lister Hall means meeting everyone where they in Edmonton and then, in an effort to at the University of Alberta. V are at so that they can express the sexumake the conferences accessible to ality that they feel comfortable with. more people, they began to alternate Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educaBeing sex positive is working with an between here and Calgary. In 2012, they tor who has worked with local not-forunderstanding that consensual sexual expanded further and held the conferprofits since 1995. She is the owner of activity and expression is a basic part of ence in Vancouver. the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult the human experience." This little, Alberta-born conference toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk. Cobb adds they hope to shift the fohas attracted some major names.

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But or the overwhelming statistics of mine with the guy) as a result of I've never been in this position be- discrimination. But I think disclo- playing together. What do you fore, and I don't know anyone who sure is a good idea early on be- suggest? has, so maybe this is a growing cause it allows people to love you Toronto Poly Virgin experience? Am I being a bigot? I for who you are. Why not know feel very alone because I can't talk that the person you are getting Who wouldn't want to fuck a girl to any of my friends about Mar- close to wants you? All of you. and a guy at the same time? I cus being trans. Do you have any Don't you want to find that out wouldn't, TPV, as I'm gay, gayer, advice? pretty early on? There are many gayest. But I don't see why you— No Clever Acronym people out there who think trans pan, panner, pannest—wouldn't men are the ideal guys. Don't jump at the chance. 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