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Itâ€™s South Park mixed with The Big Lebowski For the second time this theatre season, MacEwan Theatre Arts and Theatre Production programs will bring a Canadian first to the stage. Running December 2 to 10, in the intimate space of the Theatre Lab, Vernon God Little is sure to give audiences a wild ride with its high octane, energetic script.
Vernon God Little tackles some heavy themes, including school bullying and murder, yet still manages to be thoughtful and uplifting. While these themes are very familiar to us as of late, this story takes an edgy, sardonic, and often humorous approach to the culture of fear thatâ€™s been generated by American media, and avidly eaten up by American citizens. Vernon is on the lam from his backwater Texan town after his friend Jesus kills 16 students in a massacre that is the result of school bullying. After Jesus takes his own life, Vernon remains the only accessory to the crime, although innocent. He heads for Mexico once his small town, ironically named Martirio (Spanish for martyrdom) turns against him in a quest for
retribution at any cost. The misguided witch-hunt for justice thatâ€™s taken up by his community is a comment on the sensationalism of American media, and is presented to the audience with a glint of absurdity and a heavy dose of satire. The actors in this play take on nearly fifty different roles throughout the production, lampooning American stereotypes through song, dance, and humour. Vernon is interesting as the protagonist; his character lives amongst the people who end up mercilessly turning on him, yet he always felt like an outsider. Drawing comparisons to Salingerâ€™s Holden Caulfield, Vernon narrates a look at â€œour entire societyâ€™s media hungry, fame driven, reality television obsessed need for success at any costâ€? says Theatre Arts chair Jim Guedo, who took on the role of director for this production.
â€œItâ€™s South Park mixed with The Big Lebowski,â€? says Guedo, â€œbut set in a time and place that is real to usâ€?. Based on DBC Pierreâ€™s 2003 Man Booker Prizewinning book of the same name, British playwright Tanya Ronderâ€™s adaptation takes on some of the sensationalism of the theme itself â€“ in the form of line-dancing, singing, and - wait for it country & western music! Guedo does caution that this production may not be for everyone due to graphic language, but as a reassurance for the slightly skittish, the play does ultimately come to a likeable conclusion that â€œpoint[s] out the follies and vices of society. It holds these negative attributes for ridicule, but does so with a sense of humourâ€?. Vernon God Little will have something for almost everyone, and is guaranteed to make you think a little differently about the world we live in.
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A lesson in proper dissent Eighteen months after the protests in the streets Toronto, six people will plead guilty to counselling to commit mischief and serve anywhere from four to 24 months. Of the 17 people who are charged with being the "G20 Main Conspiracy Group," as defined by the prosecutors, 11 will have their charges withdrawn as part of a plea deal negotiated between the members of the group since September. This deal was announced last week with little media attention given to it outside of Toronto. It's unfortunate as it's a story that has implications for activists organizing political resistance. The plea deal the group has worked out is one that should be commended. Attempting to avoid serious jail time and even deportation for some of the people involved in organizing G20 resistance actions, the group of co-defendants managed to negotiate their way out of the serious charge of conspiracy—thankfully since the majority of this "conspiracy group" did not even know each other before being tried together, and because the charge carries with it a dangerous legal precedent. As Alex Hundert, one of the accused, writes, "The implication will be that organizing for mass civil disobedience will be similarly criminalized alongside more 'confrontational' mass actions."
Compare this to the commendations given to the "No to Keystone XL" pipeline campaign in the US and Canada. Media has nearly fallen over itself to commend the action for being peaceful and civil on the part of citizens who essentially lined up to be arrested. If the conspiracy charges had stuck against the "G20 Main Conspiracy Group," a precedent would have been set and those organizers of the antiKeystone campaign could face the same problems the G20 group has faced for the past 18 months. But even now the groups have been treated very differently. We're OK with the Keystone group because they were civil and peaceful and had a direct message that fit in a press release. The G20 protests were perceived to be chaotic, incoherent and violent, so it seems they are worthy of derision. The implication is that there is a good way to protest and a good way to become a scapegoat. The "G20 Main conspiracy group"—and if they are no longer charged with conspiracy, we should probably stop calling them that—have faced almost two years of jail time, house arrest, broken relationships and a constant battle to simply live their lives because they decided to organize a public political message. Apparently, they didn't do it the right way. I hope everyone's taking notes on the proper way to voice your concern. V
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RESPONSIBILITY IGNORED With the 17th meeting of the Conference of the Parties starting this week in Durban, South Africa, Canadian environmental activists are calling for the Canadian government to not get in the way of any environmental progress that might be made. COP 17 is an extension of the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change and is charged with discussing international environmental initiatives that would bind participating countries. Last year, after the talks in Copenhagen, the Canadian government returned home to weaken climate enforcement. "We are the only country to have come out of the Copenhagen UN climate negotiations to return home and weaken our emission reduction targets, allowing more climate change pollution," says Council of Canadians' National Chairperson Maude Barlow.
The statement released by environmental organizations and unions states that the federal government failed to regulate greenhouse gas emissions despite international commitments. The groups call on the Canadian government to "get out of the way" if they are unwilling to lead or follow the international efforts at COP 17. The groups include the Council of Canadians, Indigenous Environmental Network, Public Interest Alberta and the Canadian Union of Postal Workers among others, and represent approximately one million Canadians. COP 17 is set to discuss the implementation of the Kyoto Protocol, as well as the Bali Action Plan and the Cancun Agreements. The UN negotiations will continue until December 9.
ABRUPT ASSESSMENT According to Mining Watch Canada, the federal government has abruptly halted the mandated review of the Canadian Environmental Assessment Act. Committee hearings were cancelled last week without warning and written submissions are no longer being accepted. This is not the first time the review has been delayed; the process was put on hold by the 2010 election. The House Environment Committee is required to review the act, which contains the processes to assess environmental impacts of developments receiving federal approval. It was last amended in 2003. The review began on October 20 and has already heard from a number of groups including the Canadian As-
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sociation of Petroleum Producers and the Assembly of First Nations. Mining Watch Canada and the Canadian Environmental Network caucus believe the nine two-hour meetings held do not consist of a proper review. "The CEAA Seven-year Review was a superb opportunity for the Environment Committee and the government to engage Canadians in a discussion about how to use environmental assessment to address issues such as climate change and biodiversity that are critical to the health and prosperity of Canadians. It is truly discouraging that this opportunity is being thrown away," says caucus co-chair, West Coast Environmental Law Association's Josh Paterson.
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New research by the Tax Justice Network shows tax evasion costs governments around the world $3.1 trillion annually. The network is about to launch a campaign tackling tax havens, which the group believes play a major role in allowing tax evasion by individuals and corporations. According to the report, 119 of 145 countries are losing over half of their healthcare budget to tax evasion and more than one dollar in every six earned is not subject to tax because those earning it have ensured their income is hidden. "Tax havens are engaged in economic warfare against the tax regimes of sovereign countries, and these estimates reveal the human cost in terms of the impact on health services," says John Christensen, director of the Tax Justice Network. The network is a member of the group Canadians for Tax Fairness which is part of an international network with 28 member nations.
NEWS // OCCUPY
Not in my backyard
// Paula Kirman
Occupy poses a challenge to the freedom of expression
Occupy Edmonton organizers take to the bridge after being evicted from their downtown camp
On Friday morning at 4 am about 45 Edmonton police officers stepped onto the site of the Occupy camp in downtown Edmonton. After the occupiers had been set up for 42 days in the park owned by local real estate developer Melcor, EPS was finally called in to act on an eviction order by the company. It makes Edmonton's camp just one more on a growing list that have been evicted from places like Halifax, New York and Vancouver. Critics and supporters alike saw this as the inevitable end to Occupy Edmonton. For activists, it's the beginning of a larger movement that needs to find a new home. For Canadians it should be the beginning of a larger debate about the freedom to assemble. For occupiers in Edmonton, the questions of where to go and how to con-
tinue to express their message is still being debated. While the Edmonton Occupy camp took place in a private park, occupiers doubt they'll be able to set up camp in a public space anytime soon based on the rulings in other cities across Canada. "Not a lot of places exist where we can express our freedom of speech and where those rights are upheld," says Mahad Mohamed, a spokesperson for Occupy Edmonton. Mohamed believes the visibility of a camp is important to the movement and the message. "We had a lot more visitors, who never came before, to take the bus and find out what this is about," he says. Mohamed explains the group had decided at the General Assembly previous to the eviction to leave the camp due to differing internal opinions
about the good neighbour policy the group had imposed on itself, but there is discussion about finding another area to set up. Freedom of expression has come into question as camps in Toronto, Vancouver and Halifax have all been evicted from public property. Cara Zwibel, director of the fundamental freedoms program with the Canadian Civil Liberties Association, argues that it's fundamental to be able to gather with others and express a political position. "It's all related to the idea that these are ways in which people can participate in the process above and beyond the right to cast a ballot," says Zwibel. "The ability to gather, stake out a position and voice a common opinion is fundamental."
Zwibel argues protesters have the right to express their political values in a way that best expresses their ideas. "It's a problematic approach," says Zwibel. "If we take expression seriously, the right to express the way you feel includes the way you express the message." Zwibel is clear that doesn't mean cities would never have the ability to remove threats to public safety, but that the right to freely assemble is integral to the right to free speech and government policy needs to recognize that. In Toronto, occupiers were evicted after a court ruled that, by camping overnight, citizens were breaking a city bylaw and trespassing. But the ruling in favour of a bylaw does not mean there isn't a charter challenge possible. The Halifax Media Co-op reported that lawyer Gordon Allen hopes social activist and journalist Miles Howe's trial will get at the larger Section 2 questions. In Halifax, the first camp in Canada to be removed by police, Howe was arrested when the city sent in police to tear down the camp and remove protesters without first ticketing them or achieving an injunction. A lawyer from the firm of Bennet Jones in Halifax believes Section 2 won't help protesters in their case, reported OpenFile Halifax earlier this month: "It is at least arguable that removing tents (but leaving the people there in the park) would not inhibit the 'physical gathering' of
people at all." Zwibel believes there is a concern over the way bylaws are enforced over the Section 2 right to freedom of assembly and expression, however, and she's not alone.
countries voted against the sanctions. And Yemen’s president, Ali Abdullah Saleh, resigned on November 23 after months of prevarication and 33 years in power, giving that country at least a chance of making progress towards a democratic future.
an excuse to postpone them: Egypt urgently needs an elected government. It will soon have one, and if the Muslim Brotherhood plays a major role in it, why not? It has long outgrown its original radicalism, and you can't postpone democracy forever just because you don't fully trust your fellow citizens. That leaves Bahrain, the one Arab country where the "Arab Spring" was comprehensively crushed. But in Bahrain last week, the king received the report of an independent commission which concluded that there was no Iranian plot behind the demonstrations, and that many detainees had been “blindfolded, whipped, kicked, given electric shocks and threatened with rape to extract confessions.” Sheikh Hamad bin Isa al-Khalifa expressed "dismay" at the findings and vowed that "those painful events won't be repeated." That may be a little disingenuous, but it's certainly a step in the right direction. Bringing democracy and the rule of law to the Arab world was always going to be a difficult and tortuous process, but progress is being made on many fronts. V
In Toronto, the court decision by Justice David Brown was to uphold the city bylaw and evict the protesters, but David Schneiderman, a professor of law in the University of Toronto, argued in the Toronto Star that there were several different options. "Justice Brown could have imagined other ways to accommodate the constitutional rights of occupiers while taking into account the interests of the park's neighbours—allocating a part of the park for protest purposes, requesting protesters to remove tents that were not occupied, or insisting that noise bylaws overnight be respected, to name a few. He preferred to do none of this." Zwibel echoes this, saying part of the issue is that this is public space and we need to share it: "Are there opportunities to do that or not, and have those opportunities been canvassed and considered." Schneiderman continues to write that because the right to expression is written in the constitution it must be given some priority. In some cities, the reasoning offered by CONTINUED ON PAGE 10 >>
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As the leaves fall The "Arab Spring" was fast and dramatic: world’s more secular societies, but Ennon-violent revolutions in the streets nahda’s leaders promise to respect the removed dictators in Tunisia and rights of less religious Tunisians, Egypt in a matter of weeks, and and there is no reason not to similar revolutions got underbelieve them. way in Libya, Syria, Bahrain Last weekend, elections in om eekly.c and Yemen. The "Arab AuMorocco produced a similar @vuew e n n y gw e tumn" is a much slower and result, with the main Islamic Gwynn messier affair, but despite the party, the Justice and DevelDyer carnage in Syria and the turbulent opment Party, gaining the largest run-up to Egypt's first democratic elecshare of the votes but not an absolute tions, the signs are still positive. majority. It will doubtless play a leading Demonstrators in Bahrain were driven role in the new government, but it will from the streets by massive military not seek to impose its views and values force, and Libya's revolution only trion everybody else. umphed after Western military interThis Moroccan party took its name vention in support of the rebels. In both from the ruling Justice and Development Syria and Yemen, originally non-violent (AK) party in Turkey, an Islamic party protests risk tipping into civil wars. But that has won three elections in a row there is still more good news than bad. and presided over the fastest economic In October Tunisia held its first-ever growth in Turkey’s history. Like the AK free election, and produced a coalition Party, the Moroccan version is socially government that is broadly acceptable conservative, pro-free market, and fully to most Tunisians. Some worry that obedient to the secular constitution. the leading role that the local Islamic These parties are "Muslim Democrats," party, Ennahda, gained in the new govas one AK Party member in Turkey put it, ernment bodes ill for one of the Arab comparing them to the Christian Demo-
cratic parties of Western Europe. They have nothing to do with radical Islamist groups like al-Qaeda. They are simply the natural repository for the votes of conservative people in a Muslim society, just as the Republican Party automatically gets the votes of most Christian conservatives in the United States. There was no revolution in Morocco: the new constitution that was approved by referendum last July was an attempt by King Mohamed VI to get ahead of the demands for more democracy that are sweeping the Arab world. It obliges the king to choose the prime minister from the party that wins the most seats in parliament, rather than just naming whomever he pleases, and restricts his freedom of action in several other ways. Similar changes are underway in Jordan, where King Abdullah II is also trying to ward off more radical demands for reform. And even the deeply conservative monarchies of the Arabian Peninsula all supported the Arab League's decision last weekend to impose sanctions against the brutal Assad regime in Syria, including an asset freeze and an embargo on investments. Syria may yet drift into civil war, but its fellow Arab states are taking their responsibilities seriously: only two Arab
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Egypt, by far the biggest Arab country, this week sees the start of parliamentary elections that will roll across the country region by region until early January. Demonstrators have re-occupied Tahrir Square in Cairo, claiming that the army wants to hold on to power, but things are not quite what they seem. The army has already conceded that the new president should be elected by next June rather than six months later, but the demos on the square were not really about that. They were an attempt to force the postponement of the parliamentary elections. The newly formed liberal and secular parties tacitly back the demonstrators because they fear that the Muslim Brotherhood will win these elections. It may well do so, because it continued to operate in a semi-underground way during the Mubarak dictatorship while the old liberal parties just faded away. But the fact that some parties are not as ready as others for the elections is not
Gwynne Dyer is a London-based journalist. His column appears every week in Vue Weekly.
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COMMENT >> HOCKEY
We've lost Hall, but we haven't lost hope Last week the Oilers ended a drought, lost players Wade Belak and Ryan Rypien bea star player and returned home to lose a ing connected to brain trauma, Crosby's snoozer. Best news of the week? A 5-2 win message that hits to the head are not in Minnesota was the first victory in that OK is one that needs to be heeded. So city since January of 2007, 17 long games why, then, would Crosby think it's OK to ago. Worst news of the week? The Oilers elbow—or perhaps butt-end—Ottawa lost 5-2 in Denver the next night— Senators forward Nick Foligno in the but also lost star youngster Tayhead, and even go so far as to delor Hall, out up to four weeks. fend his actions? I get that FoThen the Oilers returned ligno ran the goalie, I get that ly.com he deserved retribution—I k home to face Nashville in a e e w vue ebox@ dull Monday night game, los- inth ave Young & agree with that. But Crosby D Birtles has to be responsible for where n ing 2-1. a y r B he throws his elbows—and if the MAILBAG MAGNUS head is off limits then it's off limits to After Taylor Hall's injury, struggling Swede him too. After all, people in glass houses (Karl) Magnus (Svensson) Paajarvi got to should not throw stones. BB ride along with the top six forwards inBUNCH OF DIRTY OUTLIERS stead of taking a plane to Oklahoma City. In Malcolm Gladwell's Outliers a few years With so many players meeting or exceedback, the writer made an interesting discoving expectations this year, Paajarvi is havery—hockey players born in the first few ing a tough time, with just one point in months of the year (January to April) were 20 games. Despite the near-goose-egg on mathematically over-represented in the big the scoresheet, he still seems to have Oilleagues. What Gladwell surmised is, beerfan's support. During the starting lineup cause hockey registration cut-off is usually introductions, Paajarvi got the strongest Jan 1, the kids born earlier in the year would cheers—he got just a few decibels more often be older and bigger and would have oomph than linemates Shawn Horcoff or more confidence and success in athletics Ales Hemsky. He hasn't been delivering, early. Thus, they would get more ice time, but he doesn't seem to be mailing it in. If positive feedback and coaches' attention. he keeps trying to push the envelope, the The theory seems to make sense. So, how fans won't go postal. DY do the current Oilers align with Gladwell's SIDNEY, SIDNEY, SIDNEY theory? Fourteen members of the current Sidney Crosby spent a significant part of 26-man roster were born between January his year away from hockey talking about and April. That's just over half the team how head hits need to be taken out of born in the first third of the year. Only the game. As he said, "A guy's got to be refour current Oilers were born in the final sponsible with his stick, why shouldn't he four months of the year. How about some be responsible with the rest of his body more outliers, while we're at it? I'd suggest when he's going to hit someone?" Crosby, a balmy January and a two-time last place the league's best player, the kind of onceNHL team making a Cup run. And world in-a-generation player that legends are peace or something? DY made of, was felled by two head shots POOR, PITIFUL PHLAMES that caused a major concussion and kept At press time, the Oilers sit in 11th place him sidelined through almost all of 2011. in the Western Conference, one of our And, with the recent suicides of hockey
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the city to remove protesters was that the protest had gone on long enough. "The idea behind freedom of expression, it doesn't mean the government gets to tell you, 'Well, you've expressed yourself enough,'" says Zwibel. In many cases, the enforcement of city bylaw happens on a complaint basis, so if one person feels there is a problem with a particular expression the bylaw will be enforced in one area, but not in another. According to Zwibel, one of the issues is the failure on the part of cities to recognize the superiority of the charter to city bylaw. Bylaws around obtaining public permits are often unclear, leaving approval of a group's use of a space at the discretion of city staff. "A Boy Scout troop is OK'd to camp in the park, but a protest against a city mayor will not be," says Zwibel. "That
worst positions this year. What's more, after losing two in a row, it's easy to get sink into the doldrums that come with tying your emotional state to the performance of a professional sports team over which you have no control—as I and plenty of others in this town are wont to do. But my friends, remember this: the Flames have it worse. Currently in 12th place, the Flames are 10 points out of first and look like they have no hope of coming back from the brink, mired as they are at the bottom of the conference with the likes of nearconstant failures the Columbus Blue Jackets. Calgarians have mused openly about trading Jarome Iginla—the Flames' only bright light since the retirement of Lanny McDonald in 1989—and beginning a proper rebuild. Meanwhile, the Oilers are five points out of first place in the conference, with a gaggle of young superstars and a clear path to the Cup. Calgarians who mocked our two-years-in-a-row last place finishes? I will taste your tears. BB ACTION STARS
Two of the Oilers most exciting players to watch right now are Jordan Eberle and Ryan Jones—but for different reasons. Eberle is like Jet Li; fast, deceptive moves, quick hands and killer results— but with way less backflips and shit. Jones is more like Die Hard-era Bruce Willis; he plays with far less precision, a lot of sweat and some smartass cheek—but with way more hair. DY
OILER PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Ladislav Smid: Opening goal in the Colorado loss—first goal in 125 games. And he's still a rock on defence. DY Jordan Eberle: This kid is a beast. Three goals, seven points in the last five games. Incredible. BB
may not happen, but there's a concern for that possibility when there aren't guidelines laid out. "The idea that the protest has become unpopular or an eyesore or the city decides, 'It's enough, we need to put up our holiday lights,' those are things we find upsetting, when it's used in comparison to the right to express ideas," Zwibel continues. It leaves protesters, and citizens, in a confusing situation when it comes to the ability to express political opinions. For the occupiers in Edmonton, getting evicted is not stopping them from taking on another project. Already this past weekend, the group organized a rally and banner drop on the High Level Bridge. "We're invested," says Mohamed. "This is the first phase, the first chapter of the longest book in your life. This movement is going to take a while." SAMANTHA POWER // SAMANTHA@VUEWEEKLY.COM
EVENTS WEEKLY FAX YOUR FREE LISTINGS TO 780.426.2889 OR EMAIL LISTINGS@VUEWEEKLY.COM DEADLINE: FRIDAY AT 3 PM
COMEDY Bohemia • 10217-97 St • Open Mic Comedy • Fri, Dec 2, 8pm (door) • $5
Brixx Bar • 10030-102 St • 780.428.1099 • Troubadour Tuesdays with comedy and music Ceili's • 10338-109 St • 780.426.5555 • Comedy Night: every Tue, 9:30pm • No cover Century Casino • 13103 Fort Rd • 780.481.9857 • Open amateur night every Thu, 7:30pm
COMEDY FACTORY • Gateway Entertainment Centre, 34 Ave, Calgary Tr • Leif Skyving; Dec 1-3 • Dennis Ross; Dec 8-10 • Bob Angeli; Dec 15-17 Comic Strip • Bourbon St, WEM • 780.483.5999 • Wed-Fri, Sun 8pm; Fri-Sat 10:30pm • Daniel Kinno; Dec 1-4 • Hit or Miss Monday: Dec 5, 8pm; $7 • Stand Up Edmonton; Dec 6, 8pm; $12 • Steve White; Dec 7-11 • Hit or Miss Monday: Dec 12, 8pm; $7 • Stand Up Edmonton; Dec 13, 8pm; $12 • Steve Rannazzisi Special Presentation; Dec 14-18 DRUID • 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.710.2119 • Comedy night open stage hosted by Lars Callieou • Every Sun, 9pm Filthy McNasty's • 10511-82 • 780.996.1778 • Stand Up Sundays: Stand-up comedy night every Sun with a different headliner every week; 9pm; no cover
Jubilee Auditorium • 11455-87 Ave • Joan Rivers • Tue, Dec 6, 8pm • Warning: Mature Language • $65.50/56.50/39.50 at unionevents. com, ticketmaster.ca
laugh shop–Sherwood Park • 4 Blackfoot Road, Sherwood Park • 780.417.9777 • laughinthepark.ca • Open Wed-Sat • David Demsey; Dec 1-3 • Dave Merheje; Dec 8-10 • Scott Belford; Dec 15-17
The Nest • NAIT • Comedy Night with John Hastings and David Dempsey • Thu, Dec 1, 2:30pm (door), 4:30pm (show) • Free for students
River Cree–The Venue • rivercreeresort.
Cha Island Tea Co • 10332 81 Ave • Games Night: Board games, and card games • Every Mon, 7pm
Edmonton Bike Art Nights • BikeWorks, 10047 80 Ave, back alley entrance • Art Nights • Every Wed, 6-9pm
Fair Vote Alberta • Strathcona Library, Community Rm (upstairs), 104 St, 84 Ave • fairvotealberta.org • Monthly meeting • 2nd Thu each month; 7pm 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
Home–Energizing Spiritual Community for Passionate Living • Garneau/Ashbourne Assisted Living Place, 11148-84 Ave • Home: Blends music, drama, creativity and reflection on sacred texts to energize you for passionate living • Every Sun 3-5pm
Lendrum Pottery Group • 11335-57 Ave • Christmas Sale • Sat, Dec 3, 10:am-2pm
Lotus Qigong • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu MEDITATION • Strathcona Library, 8331104 St; meditationedmonton.org; Drop-in every Thu 7-8:30pm; Sherwood Park Library: Drop-in every Mon, 7-8:30pm
Northern Alberta Wood Carvers Association • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • nawca.ca • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm
Organization for Bipolar Affective Disorder (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu 7-9pm • Free
Sherwood Park Walking Group + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10 min discussion, followed by a 30-40 minute walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta)
Society of Edmonton Atheists • Stanley Milner Library, Rm 6-7 • edmontonatheists.ca • Meet the 1st Tue every month, 7pm
Sugarswing Dance Club • Orange
Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860-57 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall
Aikikai Aikido Club • 10139-87 Ave, Old
Vegetarians of Alberta • Bonnie
com • Norm Macdonald • Fri, Dec 9, 8pm • $29.50
Strathcona Community League • Japanese Martial Art of Aikido • Every Tue 7:309:30pm; Thu 6-8pm
Antique Appraisals • Old Strathcona Antique Mall, 10323-78 Ave • 780.433.0398 • For What It's Worth: Bring your antiques and collectables for an apraisal • Sat, Dec 3 • $10 (for each item)
Audreys Travel Club • Audreys, 8103104 St • 780.439.3096 • Free travel talk on Peru • Dec 13, 7pm
AWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, Bishop St, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon 7:30pm
Doon Community Hall, 9240-93 St • vofa.ca/category/events • Monthly Potluck: Bring a vegan, dish to serve 8 people, your own plate, cup, cutlery, serving spoon • Sun, Dec 11 • $3 (member)/$5 (non-member)
WOMEN IN BLACK • In Front of the Old Strathcona Farmers' Market • Silent vigil the 1st and 3rd Sat, 10-11am, each month, stand in silence for a world without violence
Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Edmonton Federation of Community Leagues, 7103105 St • ytoastmasterclub.ca • 1st and 3rd Tue, 7-9pm; every month
LECTURES/Presentations CoMmercial Net Zero Energy
Remodel • Grant MacEwan University CN Theatre Rm 5-142, 105 St, 105 Ave • 780.378.6178 • solaralberta.ca • Presentation by Warren Sarauer; How do you take a building whose business purpose is no longer viable due to market conditions and transform it into what will be the future in buildings • Wed, Dec 7, 7-8:30pm • Free
pool, 11762-106 St; email@example.com • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd • Gay/Lesbian Yoga: at Lion's Breath Yoga Studio, 206, 10350-124 St; every Wed, 7:30-9pm; until Dec 21; firstname.lastname@example.org
CREATE. Art Party • ARTery •
Our Water Is Not For Sale • Telus
G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E
Bldg, Rm 217, 111 St, 87 Ave, U of A • The need for non-market solutions to Alberta’s water crisis with Jeremy Schmidt, author of Alternative Water Futures in Alberta • Mon, Dec 5, 7-9pm
Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors that have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @shaw.ca
Theatre • 9030-118 Ave • avenuetheatre. ca • Presented by Butterfly Transitions and Healing Society: Will Belcourt and the Hollywood Indians, The McGowan Family Band, Funk Sway • Dec 3, 8pm • $10 (adv)/$15 (door)
Verge Permaculture • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave, 780.437.3667 • Free info session; Fri, Dec 9, 6:30-8pm • Fundamentals of Permaculture, Sat, Dec 10, 9am-5pm; pre-register at vergepermaculture.ca
QUEER BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: email@example.com
EPLC Fellowship Pagan Study Group • Pride Centre of Edmonton • eplc. webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome
FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St • 780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: firstname.lastname@example.org G.L.B.T.Q. (gay) African Group Drop-In) • Pride Centre, moving • 780.488.3234 • Group for gay refugees from all around the World, friends, and families • 1st and Last Sun every month • Info: E: email@example.com, jeff@ pridecentreofedmonton.org
G.L.B.T.Q Sage bowling club • 780.474.8240, E: Tuff@shaw.ca • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm
GLBT sports and recreation • teamedmonton.ca • Badminton, Women's Drop-In Recreational: St Vincent School, 10530-138 St; E: badminton.women@ teamedmonton.ca, every Wed 6-7:30pm, until Apr 25; $7 (drop-in fee) • Co-ed Bellydancing: firstname.lastname@example.org • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; email@example.com • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; bowling@ teamedmonton.ca • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; firstname.lastname@example.org • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; email@example.com • Swimming: NAIT
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Illusions Social Club • The Junction, 10242-106 St • groups.yahoo.com/group/ edmonton_illusions • 780.387.3343 • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri every month, 8:30pm
Celebrates Collaborative Contributions M.A.D.E. in Edmonton and Melmoth Media where the audience is the artist. No minors • Dec 1, 8:30pm • $5 (adv) at createedmonton.eventbrite.com/$10 (door); register at madeinedmonton.org
Family Masquerade • Avenue
Festival of Trees • Shaw Conference Centre, 9797 Jasper Ave • Dec 1-4, Thu-Sat 9am-9pm; Sun 9am-5pm • $7 (adult)/$3 (senior/youth 13-17)/$2 (child 2-12)/free (under 2)
the junction bar • 10242-106 St • 780.756.5667 • Free pool daily 4-8pm; Taco Tue: 5-9pm; Wing Wed: 5-9pm; Wed karaoke: 9pm-12; Thu 2-4-1 burgers: 5-9pm; Fri steak night: 5-9pm; DJs Fri and Sat at 10pm
Festively Green • Raising Spaces, 10045-81 Ave • 1-Year Birthday Bash: discover ways to Green Your Christmas; talk by Stacy Wall at 2pm • Sat, Dec 3, 1-5:30pm
LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-
• jhcentre.org/hrawards • Honouring Edmontonians in 5 categories (Individual, Youth, Business, Organization and New/ Emerging) for their work in making Edmonton a true human rights city and contributing to their communities. Also features a keynote speaker, a silent auction and reception • Fri, Dec 9, 7pm • Admission by donation at door
124 St • edmlivingpositive.ca • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling
MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • geocities.com/makingwaves_edm • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu
Pride Centre of Edmonton • Moving • 780.488.3234 • Daily: YouthSpace (Youth Drop-in): Tue-Fri: 3-7pm; Sat: 2-6:30pm; jess@pridecentreofedmonton. org • Men Talking with Pride: Support group for gay, bisexual and transgendered men to discuss current issues; Sun: 7-9pm; firstname.lastname@example.org • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellorsevery Wed, 6-9pm; admin@ pridecentreofedmonton.org • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; email@example.com
PrimeTimers/sage Games • Unitarian Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm
St Paul's United Church • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)
WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.ca, firstname.lastname@example.org • A Non-profit lesbian social organization for Edmonton and surrounding area. Monthly activities, newsletter, reduced rates included with membership. Confidentiality assured
Woodys Video Bar • 11723 Jasper Ave • 780.488.6557 • Mon: Amateur Strip Contest; prizes with Shawana • Tue: Kitchen 3-11pm • Wed: Karaoke with Tizzy 7pm-1am; Kitchen 3-11pm • Thu: Free pool all night; kitchen 3-11pm • Fri: Mocho Nacho Fri: 3pm (door), kitchen open 3-11pm
SPECIAL EVENTS Artz Relief from the Thief • Expressionz Café, 9938-70 Ave • 780.437.3667 • expressionzcafe.com • Expressionz Relief from the Thief with the Sasquatch Gathering, fundraiser and silent auction, performance by Karen Anderson • Sat, Dec 3, 7pm (door) • $10
Human Rights Awards • City Hall
Jingle On Indoor Santa Claus Parade • Commerce Place, Manulife Place and City Centre Mall • Sun, Dec 4, 10am-noon
Kids with Cancer Society Fundraiser • The Druid, 11606 Jasper Ave • 780.426.4649 • Silent auction • Dec 10, 3-7pm • $10
MINKHA Sweater Sale/Open House • Windsor Park Community Hall, 11840-87 Ave • 780.434.8105 • minkhasweaters.com • Hand knit sweaters, shawls, scarves from a women’s cooperative in Bolivia. Fair Trade, all proceeds are returned to knitters • Sat, Dec 10, 9am-3pm
A Prairie Christmas festival • 56311 Lily Lake Rd, Bon Accord • 780.921.2272 • PrairieChristmas.ca • Hosted by Prairie Gardens and Adventure Farm: family fun with traditional country Christmas activities • Weekends until Dec 18, 11am-4pm • $9.95/free (child 2 and under)
The Salvation Army Santa Shuffle Fun Run and Elf Walk • Hawrelak Park • Help fight poverty and restore dignity, participate in 1K Elf Walk or 5K Santa Shuffle • Sat, Dec 3, 10am; Register at: santashuffle.com
Santa Shuffle • Hawrelak Park • Fun run and elf walk • Sat, Dec 3, 10am • Register: santashuffle.com Jubilee Auditorium • Stuart McLean and the Vinyl Cafe Christmas Tour • Sun, Dec 4, 7:30pm Unsilent Night Edmonton • Meet at the mini pyramids in front of the Timms Centre, 112 St, 87 Ave • unsilent night.com • Phil Kline's composition, written to be heard outdoors in December takes the form of a street promenade in which the audience becomes the performer • Sun, Dec 11, 6-7pm, meet at 5:45pm Yuletide Craft Market • Glenwood Community League, 16430-97 Ave • Sat, Dec 3, 11am-5pm
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REVUE // CREEPY ANTONIO
The doctor will see you now The Skin I Live In an unsettling film Opens Friday The Skin I Live In Written and directed by Pedro Almodóvar
et's be clear about something: the title of Pedro Almodóvar's 1987 film Law of Desire is both emblematic and entirely cheeky with regards to this filmmaker's singular body of work. There are no laws where Almodóvar's characters' desires are concerned—at least none that can't be broken in the spirit of audacity, subversion, showing off or compulsive plot-twisting—just an immaculately crafted blur of reptile-brain urge and wild ambition, a confusion of longing, desperation, memory and gender. His latest film, an adaptation of Thierry Jonquet's 1995 novel Tarantula, plunges into some as-yet-uncharted (by Almodóvar at least) and especially-unsettling territory, with the innovative, fabulously-resourcefuland-seriously-messed-up plastic surgeon Robert Ledgard (Antonio Banderas, back with the writer/director who made his name for the first time in two decades) plumbing the unexplored depths of posthuman sciences in his efforts to restore order to his shattered family. There's a beautiful young woman sequestered and constantly monitored in his rural Toledo home and laboratory. She's both a captive, stolen away from a whole other life, and something invented. The mad doctor is, in a sense,
Doctor Banderas, doing a little more than a nip 'n' tuck
building himself a new wife. He is attempting to recover a dead life. Most interestingly, his endeavour is driven by the conviction that all that makes us who we are is infinitely malleable once we start to tinker with the outside. The external, he believes, determines the external. And to be sure, in Almodóvar, surfaces really do matter. Given such a premise, The Skin I Live In (La piel que habito) is often
extremely creepy. It's also perhaps a little too cool and clean and clinical, too bogglingly plotty and over-calculated to truly love, but the highly composed grand design has things to ponder, revisit and re-admire. (Like Hitchcock, Almodóvar makes movies that even when flawed are tough to truly exhaust.) The source material aside, the obvious model for this macabre tale of obsession, isolation and transformation is the great 1960 French horror film Eyes Without a
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Face, directed by Georges Franju, who also made a movie about an abattoir that has to be seen to be believed, or has to be seen to know how much you probably wish you didn't see it. Most Almodóvar has very clear roots in earlier, beloved, canonical films, but this one doesn't accentuate homage with much warmth, and there are only a few fits of his characteristic humour. (One highly memorable and totally appalling example of this includes an uneasy reunion between
Redgard's assistant and some guy in a tiger costume.) I feel like I keep wanting to warn you all about what The Skin I Live In lacks, but the truth is that despite all that I was still totally engaged with it, and some months after first seeing it, I'm easily lured into thinking about it, drawn into conversations about it. It's fleshy, prompts goosebumps, and gets under the skin. JOSEF BRAUN // JOSEF@VUEWEEKLY.COM
PREVUE // PUPPETS GET REAL
REVUE // SHEEN AND ESTEVEZ
Mon, Dec 5 (7 pm) Directed by Simon Glassman Metro Cinema at the Garneau
ith the exception of Boo Radleytype shut-ins—and really, even then—everybody's got at least one painfully awkward story to tell, the kind of memory that might only be coaxed out of you after a couple of beers and a solemn promise to withold judgment. The sorts of things, in short, that prove the most captivating pieces of schadenfreude you're likely to hear. For Felt Up, Simon Glassman's been collecting those sorts of stories and giving them a googly-eyed twist: he's set his growing collection of uncomfortable stories to film, using puppets instead of flesh-and-blood figures, so that all the gritty details play out before our eyes, their tragedies and triumphs befalling muppety stand-ins. The results run from gross to adorable to hilarious, and in advance of Felt Up's screening at the Garneau, Glassman took a few questions with Vue over email. To start off simply enough, where'd the idea for Felt Up come from? SIMON GLASSMAN: I had to do a documentary project for college and I couldn't think of anyone interesting enough to follow around with a camera for two months. I'd always wanted to archive gross or embarrassing stories for some reason, and it seemed dull to do the traditional thing and write a script and have people act them out. Puppets have this weird place in your brain, because they're basically cartoon characters but placed in the physical world. Seeing puppets VUE WEEKLY:
Gettin' fuzzy with it
be the ones to shit or have sex in the shorts adds this extra layer that makes things feel both otherworldly but at the same time really familiar. VW: Obviously, humour looks to be a factor in telling these stories this way, but what does filming awkward and/or humiliating stories with puppets allow you to do as a filmmaker? SG: Because the audio is set and ready to go before we ever start shooting, it gives you a lot of time to analyze what people are saying in their stories. Oftentimes when people tell a story, there are things that are implied but never actually spoken, or that are repeated or emphasized and by the end you get this vague good portrait of how the person is affected by the event, or where the event fits inside their head. As a filmmaker, I'm looking at the person telling the story as an unreliable narrator, and while it's the storyteller who is in control, or the audio, the visuals can see things completely differently.
VW: Are they all true? Once you had the idea, have you found people have been pretty forthcoming with stories? Have any surprised you, that someone would
come forward with such a story? SG: I was worried when I first started making Felt Up that people wouldn't want to tell me any personal stuff about themselves, or that I wasn't a good enough interviewer to get anything out of them. Once I finally started looking for stories though, the people I knew seemed really open to the idea and soon people started calling me. I rarely go a week without someone emailing to tell me they want something "FELT UP." I got a text from someone a few days ago from a number I didn't recognize describing "this hilarious blowjob" they got. I texted back, "Who are you?" and they never responded. VW: The press release notes that the audio's been recorded at real locations—bars, offices, parties—to retain authenticity. Why record them in those places to achieve that? SG: I don't have a recording studio at my disposal so I figured one place was as good as another. It keeps the storytellers comfortable to be drinking or smoking or in a familiar place so I'll probably carry on doing it. Paul Blinov
REVUE // ALBERTAN INFAMY
WIEBO'S WAR Fri, Dec 2 (9:15 pm); Sat, Dec 3 (2 pm); Sun, Dec 4 (4 pm); Tue, Dec 6 (7 pm) Written and directed by David York Metro Cinema at the Garneau
avid York's Wiebo's War attempts to shape a coherent narrative from Alberta's infamous preacher-activist Wiebo Ludwig's long-time struggle with the oil and gas industry, whose negligent placement and construction of wells (apparently) resulted in the illness and
multiple miscarriages within Ludwig's family and livestock, and who Ludwig (apparently) retaliated against with a campaign of spectacular acts of vandalism. (There is no shortage of ambiguity, or at least confirmed responsibility in all this.) Ludwig is intelligent and well-spoken, enigmatic and charismatic, mediasavvy and very experienced with cameras—the film features a great deal of the Ludwig family's own videography, including images of shocking evidence of contaminated water and of a funeral for a stillborn child—so York can hardly be faulted if his subject remains almost as opaque by the
end as he was at its start. But I kept wondering whether devoting a portion of Wiebo's War to a more formal interview with Ludwig might have allowed us to get closer to the bottom of certain nagging questions (such as who killed Karman Willis). Still, York has accomplished something of a small feat here, and this film, his debut as director/producer/ writer, is a significant document, addressing issues that have only become more fraught with time. Though he's now entering his 70s, Wiebo's war is hardly over yet.
Sheen, on the way
Opens Friday Directed by Emilio Estevez
ather-son team Martin Sheen and Emilio Estevez share a long list of solid acting credits, but making a movie together—father in the starring role and son in the director's chair—isn't necessarily a recipe for success. While they give it their best shot with The Way, the final result is just slightly off the mark. The film follows Tom (Sheen), an aging ophthalmologist whose days mostly consist of seeing patients in between golf breaks with his country club buddies. A widower, his only family is his middle-aged son Daniel (Estevez) who makes a sudden decision to go abroad on a journey of self-discovery. Tom is none too pleased about this, but sees Daniel off, only to find himself flying to France a short time later to collect his son's remains. After learning that Daniel died attempting to make the Way of St James pilgrimage, Tom sets out to walk the long, gruelling route in his stead, taking what's left of his son with him. While it tries to be heartwarming and inspirational, The Way doesn't always manage to sidestep the trap of melodrama. It offers very little beyond the struggle between the gruff, emotion-
ally absent father and the optimistic, thoughtful son, and the cast of wacky characters that emerge as Tom's support system—and the film's comic relief—are as formulaic as they come. They all make a journey together, overcome obstacles along the way and come out the other side all having learned a lesson. Throw in a couple sentimental flashbacks of Daniel saying things like, "You don't choose a life—you live it" and the cheesy redemption narrative is complete. Sheen's distant, stiff character also has difficulty carrying the film. The initial scenes that leave Sheen mostly alone onscreen are plodding and monotonous, and little about his character is relatable or interesting. Luckily, the introduction of the supporting cast who follow Tom on the pilgrimage makes the movie much more bearable, creating a few moments of genuine emotion and humour in the otherwise flat narrative. There are occasional bright spots in The Way, but clumsy direction and overwrought emotions create a film that seems desperate instead of touching. While obviously well-intentioned, the movie's journey sees it walk into every possible cinematic pitfall. Madeline Smith
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REVUE // YULETIDE SPIRIT
FILM // WHY, THE SOCIAL NERVE ....
THE RULES OF THE GAME Sat, Dec 3 – Wed, Dec 7 Directed by Jean Renoir Originally released: 1939 Metro Cinema at The Garneau
A Christmas surprise!
Now playing Directed by Sarah Smith
plucky, clever animated Xmas tale that isn't set in a yuletide of yore but ships us off to today, Arthur Christmas plunks us down in a dilemma. What's the spirit of the season anymore in a world of hyper-speed communication and high-tech gizmos? Santa's son Steve (voiced by Hugh Laurie), via computers, a giant stealth-craft and troops of special-ops elves, has militarized Christmas into a number-crunching mission to super-speed-deliver gifts. Santa's other son Arthur (James McAvoy), dealing with old-fashioned, handwritten letter requests, still happens to think about the children. When one child's missed, Arthur, old coot Grandsanta (Bill Nighy), and a su-
per-wrapping punk-elf (Ashley Jensen) go for a last-minute delivery by sleigh (their trouble begins, curiously, in Toronto). The steadfast, eminently capable Mrs Claus (Imelda Staunton) watches as the men of the family compete childishly for Santa supremacy. An Aardman film (Wallace and Gromit) that has much of the British studio's attention to quirky detail (especially bulbous noses here), wordplay and unconventional heroes (Arthur's fuelled by worry), the only hole in this stocking comes with the sometimes toozippy chase plot that's more out of ADDAmerican features. But a little flash-anddash can't spoil Arthur Christmas, which reminds us, after all, that the season shouldn't be about packaged products and bright lights. BRIAN GIBSON // BRIAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM
n these dark economic days, when the numbers-game balances 99 percent against one, the masses protesting against the ivory-gated rich, there seem to be even more reasons to see Jean Renoir's The Rules of the Game (1939). The social nerve it strikes still crackles on screen, along with the dialogue, dry and tart as champagne, and elegant camerawork, revealing so much savage ado about nothing. The best reason to watch is to watch again—from De Chesnaye (Marcel Dalio), cavalier hypocrite-king of the master-class, to Christine (Nora Gregor), that apple-eating temptress whom courtiers blame even as they pursue, there's too much to take in at one sitting. Renoir's scathing attack on the show of feeling by a murderously superficial elite, gathered at De Chesnaye's country-house for the weekend, proved hugely influential (especially on Altman with Gosford Park) and prescient. Dark shades of holocaust, warfare, and French collusion dance, from a skit's skeletons to sudden violence during the night's party and its casual cover-up. Pilot André Jurieu's (Roland Toutain) honour is wingless in a world where De Chesnaye's music boxes, me-
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chanical warblers and stuffed animals have more vitality than the people swirling and gliding through the seemingly open, palatial rooms, in pursuit of a love that's a mere curiosity or a curio, a "small token of affection." The lower orders imitate, more buffoonishly and more ardently, the careless passions of those upstairs. Renoir plays bumbling, uncle-ish Octave, who dons a bear costume for one skit. It's a strangely beautiful merger of predator and prey, the artifice of culture masking stark nature; earlier, dapper guests hunted from behind wood blinds propped up in scrubland, picking off rabbits
and birds scattered by the hired help. This classy world thrives on casual slaughter ("only 60 pheasant the first day") and heartless play. Affairs and heartbreaks are poses; rituals circle listlessly around something meaningful. From flippant racism to detached flirtations, the masquerade continues. Deep-focus shots eye the game-players, track their moves and frame tokens of self-deluding, dizzying wealth for the fortuned few—the Grand Illusion. But back in the real world, from down here among the 99 percent, the more you watch it, the more The Rules of the Game still seem to apply. BRIAN GIBSON // BRIAN@VUEWEEKLY.COM
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VUEWEEKLY DEC 1 – DEC 7, 2011
REVUE // CHILDLIKE WONDER
REVUE // PARADISE LOST
Hugo on the move
Now playing Directed by Martin Scorsese
t's clockwork-clear, from its steamwhistling, train platform-tracking, place-setting, long pre-title sequence, that Martin Scorsese's latest isn't quite a kid's film. Living in the inner workings of a train station, Hugo Cabret is an orphan eager to do his time-keeping labour but haunted by grief (for his horologist father), bent on a private quest and hounded by adult authority (a station guard). But these elements of children's fiction, while wound deftly, are sleightof-hand, tricking us into enjoying history as an adventure—a history of this flickering medium of magic and illusion. Scorsese, now in the winter of his career, has tapped into his own childlike passion for film with this late-period masterpiece. He doesn't just use 3D to
sharpen the foreground and Hitchcock our eyes down staircases spiralling up to a giant clock; he uses the latest technology to honour cinema's first great wave of special-effects. In one astonishing image, fish swim just before our eyes in the bubbles of an aquarium while, beyond, the painted and pulleyed film-set of magician-turned-director George Méliès surges with the activity of actors playing nymphs surrounding Jupiter. When Hugo (Asa Butterfield) tries to honour his dead father's memory by finding the key to an automaton that they had worked on, he runs into a toy-shop owner (Ben Kingsley) in the station and his goddaughter Isabelle (Chloë Grace Moretz). 1930s Paris and its café-culture come alive in the sepiatoned Montparnasse station, whirring with possibilities for friendship, love and art (pursued by the guard, Hugo flashes
by Joyce, Dalí and Django Reinhardt). Film can conjure up dreams, but also nightmares, as when the Lumiere brothers' 1895 film of a train arriving at a station seems set to repeat itself but with Hugo trapped on the tracks. And while one war ended Méliès' fame, another is approaching (as a poster with the word "Vichy" reminds us). Literature-loving Isabelle (who loves rolling out new words, such as "reprobate" and "clandestine") and film-loving Hugo bridge the storytelling mediums in their adventure (much as Brian Selznick fused word and image in the original picture-book). It's an adventure in a grand place but full of small moments. One of the most thrilling pursuits can simply be the discovery and opening of a secret shelf in a room where you're not supposed to be. Silent-film sentiment resurfaces in tender episodes between a few people in the station. Hugo's variously a little Tramp, a tragicomic Keaton and a Lloydlike lad hanging from a clock. Giant timepieces, statues and automata loom. But among falling snow, whirling dust motes and the ashes of burnt film, Hugo rekindles a love and soul in man-mended, hand-cranked machinery—Hugo sees the world as a great mechanism, so he must be a part that belongs, that can click into place; everyone must find their "purpose." One of Scorsese's purposes has been film-preservation—ensuring happy endings for some historic reels of celluloid, a material rapidly becoming a relic. To see such purpose turned into childlike wonder and adventure in Hugo is to behold the spellbinding alchemy—from stiff reality to moving magic—that's fired up cinema from its beginning.
Sure, it looks idyllic ...
Now Playing Directed by Alexander Payne
aradise can go fuck itself," Matthew King (George Clooney) says, introducing us to his home and native land, Hawaii. Beneath its postcard-surface are lives like any others'—full of complication, struggle and shades of wry humour. Matt knows—his wife's in a coma and he's struggling to deal with her fate and their two daughters, Alexandra (Shailene Woodley) and Scottie (Amara Miller), while nearing a decision on a huge tract of land on Kauai that has come down to him, in trust. Striking island vistas give way to bitter truths and one-sided conversations in
non-descript rooms. Midwesterner Alexander Payne (About Schmidt, Sideways) is working in a slightly more serious, nearly soap-operatic, environment than usual. But the script sails around stormy clichés and overstated emotion. Matt's a bit stunted and cut-off, a little unaware of just how much he can rely on his haole (white-descent) money. The relationship between Matt and Alexandra, his eldest, grows ever so slightly. And what The Descendants dwells on, better than any film in years, is how, just beneath the surface of that teenager who seems a shrugging idiot or that woman who seems an everyday mom, rustles an undergrowth of pain, or loss, or heartache. Brian Gibson // email@example.com
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REVUE // FUBAR GOES WEST
A LEGEND OF WHITEY Fri, Dec 2 – Thu, Dec 8 Directed by David Lawrence Metro Cinema at the Garneau
he Pilsner-fueled minds that brought you Fubar look back at our province's history with A Legend of Whitey, the title of which references an animal that figures prominently in the story, but could just as easily be a reference to its lead, Luther (David Lawrence), a hapless half-white half-aboriginal fellow who returns home to meet his half brother. They end up on the run from a rich rancher both racist and homophobic, a snow-coloured bison—that Luther believes is one of legend, destined to bring the great herds of bison back to the land—in tow. Directed by and starring Lawrence— who will be attending Metro's Friday night debut of the film and doing a Q&A afterwards—it's set in 1885 Alberta, and plays on our less-than-spotless history, albeit in a very skewed, very silly way. Whitey's best moments are the most
A different sort of legend
inexplicably funny ones: instead of trying to force racial humour and obvious jokes, Whitey succeeds when at its most candid and quippy: the strange documentary-like moments while characters pose for old-timey photographs; a breakfasttime visit to a brothel; the strange hippie priest who crops up to act as translator between the whites and the First Nations. Truthful depiction of the era be dammed: these are the moments that feel both endearing and hilarious. The film's harping on our bigoted roots are a little less effective: it feels overly drawn out here without much in the
way of a payoff. Outside of obvious jokes—a vantage point that makes one man kneeling in front of another look like an act of oral sex, rich white dudes generally being bigots—it doesn't really offer much in terms of an actual lampoon of anything. Still, while it probably won't reach the cult status that Fubar has managed, A Legend of Whitey shows a cult act trying something completely different. Despite some flaws, the fact that they're not resting on their beer-chugging laurels is promising for the future. Paul Blinov // email@example.com
VUEWEEKLY DEC 1 – DEC 7, 2011
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THE MUPPETS (G) Daily 7:05, 9:20; SatSun 2:10 Arthur Christmas (G) Daily 7:10, 9:05; Sat-Sun 2:15 Hugo (PG) Daily 6:50 9:10; Sat-Sun 1:50 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Daily 7:00 9:15; Sat-Sun 2:00 Happy Feet Two (G) Daily 7:20; Sat-Sun 2:20 CINEMA CITY MOVIES 12 5074-130 Ave, 780.472.9779
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VUEWEEKLY DEC 1 – DEC 7, 2011
The Way (PG substance abuse) Dolby Stereo Digital Daily 12:10, 3:10, 6:30, 9:30 HUGO 3D (PG) Stadium Seating, DTS Digital Daily 12:15, 3:15, 7:00, 10:00 Like Crazy (PG coarse language) Closed Captioned, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 12:50, 3:50, 6:40, 9:40 J. EDGAR (PG language may offend) Closed Captioned, Stadium Seating, DTS Digital Daily 12:40, 3:40, 6:50, 9:50 HAPPY FEET TWO (G) DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 1:15, 4:15 A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (18A substance abuse, crude content) DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 7:35, 10:35 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 3:00, 7:20, 10:20 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Presentation, DTS Digital, Stadium Seating Daily 12:00 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Dolby Stereo Digital, Stadium Seating Fri, Sun-Thu 12:20, 3:20, 7:25, 10:25; Sat 12:20, 3:20, 7:25 CLAREVIEW 10 4211-139 Ave, 780.472.7600
JACK AND JILL (PG) Digital Presentation Fri 7:15, 9:40; Sat-Sun 1:40, 4:10, 7:15, 9:40; Mon-Thu 5:40, 8:15 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Digital Presentation: On 2 Screens Fri 6:25, 6:50, 9:10, 9:35; Sat-Sun 1:00, 1:30, 3:45, 4:10, 6:25, 6:50, 9:10, 9:35; Mon-Thu 5:00, 5:25, 7:45, 8:10 HAPPY FEET TWO (G) Digital Presentation Sat-Sun 1:15 THE MUPPETS (G) Digital Presentation Fri 6:45, 9:30; Sat-Sun 1:20, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30; Mon-Thu 5:10, 7:50 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri 6:35, 9:00; Sat-Sun 3:45, 6:35, 9:00; MonThu 5:10, 7:40 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Digital Presentation Fri 6:55, 9:35; Sat-Sun 1:30, 4:15, 6:55, 9:35; Mon-Thu 5:40, 8:15 TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Digital Presentation Fri 7:10; Sat-Sun 1:25, 4:05, 7:10; Mon-Thu 5:30 PUSS IN BOOTS (G) Digital Presentation Fri 7:05, 9:20; Sat-Sun 1:45, 4:15, 7:05, 9:20; Mon-Thu 5:15, 7:35 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Digital Presentation Sat-Sun 1:10 HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri 6:40, 9:15; Sat-Sun 3:55, 6:40, 9:15; MonThu 4:50, 7:30 A VERY HAROLD KUMAR 3D CHRISTMAS (18A substance abuse, crude content) Digital Presentation Fri-Sun 9:40; Mon-Thu 8:10 HUGO 3D (PG) Digital 3d Fri 6:30, 9:20; Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:40, 6:30, 9:20; Mon-Thu 5:00, 8:00 GALAXY–SHERWOOD PARK 2020 Sherwood Dr, Sherwood Park 780.416.0150
HAPPY FEET TWO 3D (G) Digital 3d Fri 3:50, 6:50, 9:50; Sat-Sun 12:30, 3:50, 6:50, 9:50; Mon-Thu 6:50, 9:50 PUSS IN BOOTS (G) Fri 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; Sat-Sun 12:40, 4:40, 7:40, 10:20; Mon-Thu 7:40, 10:20 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS 3D (G) Digital 3d FriSun 3:30, 6:40, 9:30; Mon-Thu 6:40, 9:30 ARTHUR CHRISTMAS (G) Digital Cinema Sat-Sun 12:00 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Fri 3:55, 7:50, 10:35; Sat-Sun 1:20, 3:55, 7:50, 10:35; Mon-Thu 7:50, 10:35 HUGO 3D (PG) Digital 3d Fri 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Sat-Sun 12:20, 4:10, 7:10, 10:05; Mon-Thu 7:10, 10:05 THE MUPPETS (G) Fri 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Sat-Sun 1:10, 4:20, 7:20, 10:10; Mon-Thu 7:20, 10:10 JACK AND JILL (PG) Fri 3:40, 7:45, 10:15; Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:40, 7:45, 10:15; Mon-Thu 7:45, 10:15 THE TWILIGHT SAGA: BREAKING DAWN PART 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Fri 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Sat-Sun 1:00, 1:30, 4:00, 4:30, 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30; Mon-Thu 7:00, 7:30, 10:00, 10:30 TOWER HEIST (PG coarse language) Fri 3:30, 6:30, 9:40; Sat-Sun 12:10, 3:30, 6:30, 9:40; Mon-Thu 6:30, 9:40 GRANDIN THEATRE–St Albert Grandin Mall, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert, 780.458.9822
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THE MUPPETS (G) No passes Daily 1:10 3:20 5:20 7:20 9:20 IMMORTALS (18A gory brutal violence) Daily 7:10 9:05 JACK AND JILL (PG) Daily 1:25, 3:15, 5:00 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) No passes Daily 1:45, 4:25, 7:00, 9:15 Arthur Christmas (G) No passes Daily 12:45 2:45 4:50 7:05 9:00
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THE MUPPETS (G) Daily 7:05, 9:20; SatSun 1:05, 3:20 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Daily 7:00, 9:40; Sat-Sun 1:00, 3:40 Arthur Christmas (G) daily 6:55, 9:20; Sat-Sun 12:55, 3:20 Happy Feet Two 3D (G) Sat-Sun 12:50, 3:15 J. EDGAR (PG language may offend) Daily 6:50, 9:35 METRO CINEMA at the Garneau Metro at the Garneau: 8712-109 St, 780.425.9212
The Room (14A nudity, sexual content) FRI 11:00 The Rules of the Game (PG) SAT 7:00 Sikligar (STC) SUN 12:30 Felt Up! (STC) MON 7:00 Wiebo's War (14A disturbing content) FRI 9:15; SAT 2:00; SUN 4:00; TUE 7:00 The Rules of the Game (PG) French with English subtitles SUN 9:00, 2:00; TUE 9:00; WED 7:00 Picture of Light (STC) AGA: THU 7:00 A Legend of Whitey (14A coarse language) FRI, SUN 7:00; SAT, MON, WED, THU 9:15; SAT 4:00 PARKLAND CINEMA 7 130 Century Crossing, Spruce Grove, 780.972.2332 (Spruce Grove, Stony Plain; Parkland County)
Hugo (PG) Daily 6:40; 9:10; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:40, 3:10 50/50 (14A coarse language) Daily 7:10; 9:15; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:10, 3:15 Arthur Christmas 3d (G) Daily 6:55pm 8:55; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:55pm 2:55 The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (PG disturbing content not recommended for young children) Daily 7:00pm 9:20; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:20 Happy Feet Two 3D (G) Daily 6:45, 8:50; Sat-Sun, Tue 12:45, 2:50 The Muppets (G) Daily 7:00, 9:05; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:00, 3:05; Movies for Mommies: Tue 1:00 JACK AND JILL (PG) Daily 9:00 Puss in Boots (G) Fri-Tue 7:10; Sat-Sun, Tue 1:10, 3:00 PRINCESS 10337-82 Ave, 780.433.0728
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PREVUE // DANCE
CONVERGENCE Thu, Dec 1 – Sat, Dec 3 (8 pm) Transalta Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, $15 – $20
he creative collective is often prominent in contemporary dance circles: a small group of like-minded artists get together to create work— depending on what city they happen to be in, that's sometimes the best chance to develop new pieces. And to keep working. It's not easy (or lucrative) to take such a path, but when given the option most dancers simply want to dance, and a group of young Edmonton dancers has thus far proven pretty resourceful at forming their own opportunities. When the Good Women Dance Collective formed in 2009, Ainsley Hillyard, Alida Nyquist-Schultz and Alison Towne had returned to Edmonton after receiving their professional dance accreditations. The three originally met while enrolled in the waning years of the Grant MacEwan dance program; later Towne went on to Simon Fraser University, while Hillyard and NyquistSchultz left for Winnipeg's School of Contemporary Dance. Perhaps it was the time they spent bonding during school, or perhaps it was knowing the greater opportunities in collaboration (rather than competition), but the three began
Good Women's first foray into a full-length program runs this weekend
participating on pretty much every dance platform they could find: Nextfest, Expanse Movement Arts Festival, Kaleido Festival and the Fringe. The collective has become known for its popular What's Cooking? night in celebration of International Dance Day (annually held on April 29), where dancers are invited to test out ideas on an audience, all of whom are supplied with feedback forms and a tasty
pot-luck dinner. "We've been doing What's Cooking? informal presentations for two years now, and we just wanted to take the next step in that process," explains Hillyard. Thus, Convergence, the Good Women's first foray into a full-length program, was born. Out of the raw ideas presented at last April's event, Convergence features fully-cooked presenta-
tions by Good Women, Momentum Collective (another collaborative trio of young up-and-coming dancers from Calgary), a video presentation from iDance, and a new work by Raena Waddell, which features Nyquist-Schultz and Hillyard as performers. Waddell's brand of emotionally charged and visually evocative choreography has been heartily welcomed
PREVUE // CAN WE TALK?
Tue, Dec 6 (8 pm) Jubilee Auditorium, $52.65 – $82.65
ith over half a century's experience as a performer, Joan Rivers has no plans to slow down. Not now, not ever. She's currently doing two television shows—Fashion Police, where she and a coterie of fashion mavens comment on the week's worth of celebrity fashions, and Joan and Melissa: Joan Knows Best where she appears with her daughter Melissa Rivers—both of those in addition to the stand-up tour that will have her blowing into Edmonton this week. At 78 years old, one might think the comedy legend would retire, take it easy, but Rivers will have none of it. "Most people are dead at this age, not retired," she laughs. "Most people wait to retire to do what they love—I've been lucky that I've been able to make a living doing what I love. This is like a gift to me." Rivers built her reputation on shock and celebrity ridicule and, far from becoming tamer as her career progressed, Rivers has continued to push the boundaries of comedy. The
advent of reality television has been a major boon to the performer, who says she never feels like she's stuck her nose where it doesn't belong, no matter how much heat she takes. "Anyone that says, 'My life is public property,' that's it," she says. "You can't be Kim Kardashian and tell us that your wedding cost 16-million dollars and your ring cost two-million dollars and you're madly in love and this is it and then 74 days later say, 'Oops made a mistake,' and we're supposed to respect your privacy? There was no privacy to start with." So what does Rivers do when she opens her mouth and it gets her into trouble? She ignores it. "I don't read reviews and anything negative—I'm not interested. This should go for everybody: you live your life as best you can, you try to do right, and if your next-door neighbour doesn't like it, so be it," she says. "Unless you're in their will. Then, you go next door with a big bunch of flowers and say, 'You're absolutely right, can I give you a back rub?'" Bryan Birtles
Joan Rivers brings her foul mouth to the Joan Rangers this week
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by the Collective since its inception. Waddell's piece, called "Bound," shows she, Hillyard and Nyquist-Schultz strung together by a wide loop of black fabric. "One of my favourite things about working with Raena is that she's always specific about what she wants from you. Her objectives are clear with movement and line and shape, but every process that I've worked with her there's always some percentage that's created by her dancers," says Hillyard. "It's nice that when you're working with someone of Raena's calibre as a dancer that she still values your input." Nyquist-Schultz is also presenting an original work, "Counterpoint," which explores a conflicting relationship between two dancers—an interesting twist, seeing as the actual dancers in the piece, she and Hillyard, are close pals. "Alida and I work together all the time. We're very close. She asked me to be a lot more aggressive and hardhitting—almost predatory [in the piece]," says Hillyard. "I feel like one of the differences between us is that I feel Alida is very calm and sweet and organized, and I'm very loud and aggressive. So for me it was nice ... when she asked me to terrorize her for a bit I was actually thrilled," she laughs. Fawnda Mithrush
PREVUE // IRONY!
PREVUE // FESTIVE DRAG
WITH BELLS ON
Thu, Dec 1 – Sat, Dec 10 (7:30 pm); Thu, Dec 8 (12:30 pm) Timms Centre for the Arts, $10 – $20
t's the perfect situation for dramatic irony: a young woman suffering from a very specific form of psychogenic amnesia forgets everything when she falls asleep, so when she wakes up each day she is a blank slate on which her husband and son must imprint the details of her life. Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright David Lindsay-Abaire, Fuddy Meers is a quirky comedy with humour that flows directly from the dramatic and situational irony of its characters. And if it sounds suspiciously similar to a certain 2004 Adam Sandler movie, keep in mind that the play came first. "You want to think the best of people, but when you hear about something like that it kinda makes you wonder," muses Ron Jenkins, guest director of Studio Theatre's upcoming production of Fuddy Meers. Jenkins was not familiar with this particular work before being asked to work with the University of Alberta's 2012 BFA acting class, nor was he familiar with that aforementioned Sandler movie, 50 First Dates, but he argues that it's actually beneficial to come to Fuddy like the protagonist: as a blank slate. "This play also reminds me of other
plays I've done," says Jenkins. "But it's also very unique, and there's things in it that are just unexpected and very true to life. It's a screwball comedy, but there is real heart to it. "Comedy is the hardest thing to do," he continues. When asked to explain why, he merely laughs. "Because it is. It just is. Some people find certain things funny, and others don't. "With this play, there's a character with a speech impediment, and another character who lisps," explains Jenkins. "So we've had to make sure that this comes across properly." The title of the play, Fuddy Meers, derives from the muddled pronunciation of "funny mirrors" by a character who has suffered a stroke. Jenkins also focused on imagery in this production, employing set design and visual cues to support the script. "But we don't want to give any of that away," he laughs, before conceding a few points: "The set is very moveable. There's things flying on to the stage, and things flying off the stage, and it's all part of that sort of fun house atmosphere. "It's just very, very fun," he continues. "And it's a great chance for these young actors to show off what they've been doing for the past three years." Mel Priestley
Until Sun, Dec 11 (8 pm) Written and Directed by Darrin Hagen Roxy Theatre, $11 – $21
or 25 years now, Guys in Disguise has decked the halls of a wide swath of subject matter, usually by planting it in towering heels and a whole lotta makeup. But for all that cross-dressing comedy, With Bells On, the company's latest, is very much a Christmas show with the seasonal sentiment in its heart. And though Darrin Hagen notes it's probably one of his cleanest, most family-friendly scripts, he doesn't think a Christmas show is too far of a stretch for the company know more for titles like Bitchslap! and The Neo-Nancies: Hitler's Kickline. "I can't believe I've never done one before," Hagen says, punctuating the statement with one of his usual roomfilling laughs. "It's my chance to approach the genre of a Christmas play from a completely fresh angle that doesn't get all treacly. I get to avoid all of the stereotypes of a Christmas play, because we're putting it in a very unique and unusual setting, and we got to take a very fresh look at that genre and bring our own kind of message to the table, which was a lot of fun." That said, Hagen didn't start with the ambition to write a festive script. With Bells On's trek toward holiday spirit began rather innocuously, when Hagen saw actor James Hamilton perform for the first time.
A christmas surprise
"He was doing this reading—I can't remember what play it was from—but I looked at him and instantly thought to myself, 'Oh my god, would he ever look hilarious standing next to me while I'm in drag,'" Hagen recalls. From there, the setting became an elevator prone to breakdowns (modelled on the one in Hagen's apartment), and it was pitched and picked up by Lunchbox Theatre's playdevelopment program in Calgary. There, after Hagen penned a stage direction to describe the queen's dress—"I said that she looked a giant Christmas Tree"—the script found its yuletide heart. (It was a hit down there, too—actor Paul Welch took home a Betty Mitchell award for his role, which he's reprising here.) The finalized plot pairs Hamilton as a recently divorced accountant about to attempt a night out on the town with Welch, a seven-foot Glamazon fully decked out and ready to attempt a win at a Christmastime queen pageant. The elevator they're sharing grinds to a halt, and as they attempt their escape, the two discover they might not be so different after all. "I have to do drag for events that are
not at my house, but I have to get ready at my house all the time," Hagen says. "So inevitably there's this moment where you're in full swinging drag and you get on the elevator in this tiny confined artificial space, and you just pray nobody gets on until you get to the bottom. And it's not because you're embarrassed about being drag, I just don't want to have that conversation at 3 o'clock in the morning or 4 o'clock in the morning, with someone who doesn't understand. And hilariously enough, there's been several times in this building where I've had to leave in full makeup, and of course, just the way luck works out, the redneck who lives next door to us, who works in Fort McMurray all winter, and likes to spend his money at the peeler bars, suddenly he's waiting for the elevator with me, and I've got full Joan Crawford face on or something ridiculous like that. It's always an uncomfortable situation for both of us, I'm sure, and confusing. So I just thought it would be really great to trap two people in that artificial situation and see how they would get out from that." Paul BLinov
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PREVUE // PRATCHETT ON STAGE
WYRD SISTERS and a layer of Shakespeare mixed into the plot, it charts the happenings of a scheming prince, a trio of witches, a king's ghost and a theatre troupe touring the land.
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Until Sat, Dec 10 (8 pm) Directed by J Nelson Niwa Walterdale Playhouse, $10.50 – $16
o call Terry Pratchett prolific is to almost woefully understate the novelist's ability to churn out words. He's averaged a pair of books a year since 1971, plenty of them set in the Discworld series that equally parodies and embraces the fantasty genre (the world is indeed disc shaped, set on the back of four elephants who are in turn
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set on the back of a giant turtle). Director J Nelson Niwa admits he's somewhat of a recent Pratchett convert, having been reading his works for a mere eight years. "When I came into it, he was already 20 books deep," he grins. Still, having read (and reread) most of them by now, Niwa's as well versed as any who might look to bring Pratchett's Discworld to the stage, which he's set to do in directing the Walterdale's production of Wyrd Sisters. Boasting a cast of 21,
It's been a process to bring that world onto the stage—aside from working with those both familiar with Pratchett and those for whom it's brand new, Niwa notes the scheduling difficulty that is trying to get 21 people in a room together, praising his assistant director for taking the reins on that—but Niwa also notes how the clever, grounding sense of satire in Pratchett's story has made made it far from unweildly. "Prachett has taken a classic genre, the Tolkien-esque world: you've got witches who do magic, there's wizards trekking 'round that do a different kind of magic, there's trolls running around, there's dwarves—not all necessarily in this play—but [he's] really given it, strangely enough, a serious dose of common sense," he says. "It's interesting having a satirist who says, 'Okay, well we've got a fantasy genre, we've got a fantasy story, but if we had one or two characters that actually bloody well thought logically, what would happen?' And it always turns out to be interesting." PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@VUEWEEKLY.COM
PREVUE // DOMESTIC DRAMA
THE SURVIVAL OF PIGEONS AS STUDIED BY HUMAN LOVERS
Alberta Backstage Series Nary a pigeon in sight ... yet
Thu, Dec 1 – Sat, Dec 10 (7:30 pm; Sat matinees 2 pm) Varscona Theatre, $15
f the effusive title of this show sounds familiar, rest assured you probably aren't confusing it with something else—local theatre company Surreal SoReal is mounting a third production of a play it debuted at last year's Nextfest, and then presented again at the 2010 Fringe Festival. "With two productions behind us, we've just been improving the show with every remount," states director Vincent Forcier. Even if you've seen either or both previous incarnations, he assures that this production is not identical to what has come before. "The script has gone through quite a few drafts," states Forcier. "This time around, [Stewart]'s had a year and a half to leave the script alone and come back to it with fresh eyes. And actually we've ended up playing with different endings, and now we've finally settled on what we want to do with this run-through." Aside from the rewrites, several other aspects have changed with this new production—notably, a different actor playing the character of Alex. Colin Matty will form the male half of the relationship at the heart of the show, with
Kyla Shinkewski reprising the role of his female counterpart, Anna. The play has also undergone some changes in set design, though Forcier notes that this may not be so much due to a difference in scenery as it is a shift in overall tone. "There's this weird energy in the Fringe, that sometimes it's like these shows aren't living in the space; they're kind of temporary," he says. "It stands more permanently on its feet in this theatre; it really gets to live." Surreal SoReal staged two large-scale, multimedia productions last season: Beckett's Shorts and Dog. Opening the new season with a domestic one-act points to a shift in the company's focus. "It's a more diverse season this year," states Forcier, "We're doing more shows, but they are smaller, pared down shows. "Last year we were kind of playing with this whole dark side of theatre," he continues. "But this show's a lot more natural, actually. It really is just about a relationship between two people and what it's like to be living with someone for the first time. So anyone who's been in a roommate relationship or a relationship with a lover would totally understand the themes of the play." Mel Priestley // email@example.com
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The Fine Art of Schmoozy / Sat, Dec 3 (8 pm) If you're flipping through this, the local alt-weekly, chances are you have at least a passing affinity for art (that or you're bored waiting for the bus and this is a free way to pass the time, but even in which case you can probably agree at least in theory that a bustling arts community improves a city, right? Even if you don't want your own damn tax dollars going towards it?). So supporting the interesting visual art that happens in town is something you should consider, and with that in mind, The Fine Art of Schmoozy is Latitude 53's biggest fundraiser of the year, with a silent art auction (featuring both local and non-local works) live music, and food from the likes of d'Lish, The Marc, Cravings and Niche. Good eats, good art and good times for a good cause. Just saying. (Latitude 53, $30 – $35)
Vernon God Little / Fri, Dec 2 – Sat, Dec 10 (7:30 pm) Grant MacEwan's theatre program is presenting its second Canadian premiere this season: an adaptation of DBC Pierre's 2003 black comedy Vernon God Little (which clinched the Man Booker Prize), following Vernon, a 15-year-old on the lam after being accused of being accessory to a high school massacre. The story of a boy trying to clear his name in a world gone mad—interspersed with country and western songs—is aiming for devastating satire, with its cast running through near-50 roles to get its point across. (Grant MacEwan Centre for the Arts and Communications [10045 - 155 St], Theatre Lab, $9 – $11)
Christopher Paolini / Mon, Dec 5 (6 pm) Having written Eragon, the first book of his Inheritance cycle, at only 15 years old, Paolini's star has continued to rise as his series nears completion. In fact, this is it: he's coming through town for an event on the heels of the fourth and final book release in the cycle, Inheritance. (West Edmonton Mall, Newcap Radio Stage)
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11455-87 Ave • 780.428.6839 • The Nutcracker: accompanied by and featuring the music of the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra. Sugar Plum parties Christmas crafts, for children prior to the performance • Dec 9-11, 7pm, 1:30pm CONVERGENCE • Westbury Theatre, 10330-84 Ave • Convergence–contemporary dance featuring three new works by Raena Waddell, The Momentum Collective and Good Women and a dance on ﬁlm project with IDance • Dec 1-3, 8pm • $20 (adul)/$15 (student/senior) online through Fringe Theatre Adventures EDMONTON FESTIVAL BALLET SOCIETY • John L Haar Theatre, Grant MacEwan University, 10045-156 St • 780.413.0985 • ‘Twas the Night Before Christmas • Dec 2, 7pm; Dec 3, 2pm and 7pm • $10 (adult)/$5 (senior/child 12 & under) at Edmonton School of Ballet KATHLEEN HUGHES DANCE PRODUCTION • Avenue Theatre, 9030-118 Ave • Herstory • Dec 9, 8pm RIVERCITY REVUE • Brittany's Lounge, 10225-97 St • 780.497.0011 • Rivercity Revue, Hookem' Revue Burlesque Troupes • Dec 3, 9pm-2am • No cover
FILM ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • Film: Picture of Light: Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St; ﬁlm presented with Metro Cinema; Dec 8, 7pm; $10/$8 (student/senior/AGA/Metro member) FELT UP! REAL PEOPLE. REAL STORIES. REAL PUPPETS • Garneau Theatre, 8712-109 St • Dec 5, 7pm • $5/$4 (student); highly graphic descriptive sex, bodily functions; discretion is advised for 14 and under
GALLERIES + MUSEUMS AGNES BUGERA GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave • 780.482.2854 • City scapes and ﬂoral paintings, oil on canvas by David Wilson and Gabryel Harrison; until Dec 3 • WINTER'S EVE: Artworks by Gallery Artists; reception: Dec 8, 5-8pm ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186106 St • 780.488.6611 • NATURAL FLOW: CONTEMPORARY ALBERTA GLASS: until Dec 24 • SALTALK: Slat-ﬁred clay works by Medicine Hat artist, Jim Etzkorn; until Dec 3 ALBERTA SOCIETY OF ARTISTS • Walterdale Playhouse, 10322-83 Ave • 780.426.0072 • WYRD SISTERS–THE EXHIBITION: Artworks by ﬁve women exploring the themes in the novel Wyrd Sisters • Until Dec 10 ART BEAT GALLERY • 26 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.3679 • CHRISTMAS AROUND THE WORLD: Artworks by Angela McIntosh, guest artists and gallery artists • Through Dec • Opening: Dec 1, 6-9pm; live music ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • BMO World of Creativity: DRAWN OUTSIDE: especially for kids; Until Jan 29 • 19TH CENTURY FRENCH PHOTO-
GRAPHS: until Jan 29 • PRAIRIE LIFE: SETTLEMENT AND THE LAST BEST WEST, 1930-1955: until Jan 29 • A PASSION FOR NATURE: Landscape Painting from 19th Century France: until Feb 20 • STATE OF NATURE: until Feb 20 • RBC New Works Gallery: Arlene Wasylynchuk: SALTUS ILLUMINATI: until Jan 15 • UP NORTH: Artworks by four contemporary artists from three circumpolar countries: Jacob Dahl Jürgensen, Simon Dybbroe Møller (Denmark), Ragnar Kjartansson (Iceland), and Kevin Schmidt (Canada); until Jan 8 • Our Wilderness is Wisdom…: Ledcor Theatre Lobby: Premiere of the most recent exhibition in the AGA’s Alberta Foundation for the Arts Travelling Exhibition Program (TREX); Dec 4-Jan 2; reception: Dec 3, 1-4pm • Studio Y Youth Drop-in: Light/Dark: Lino-Block Printing: Dec 1, 3:30-5:30pm, $10 • Adult Drop-in: Illustrate: Artist Trading Card: Dec 1, 7-9pm, $15/$12 (member) ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA) • 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • LOST AND FOUND: Photos by Paul Burwell; drawings and sculptures by Cynthia Fuhrer • Dec 1-Jan 28 • Reception: Dec 1, 7-9pm CENTRE D’ARTS VISUELS DE L’ALBERTA • 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • PERCEPTION: Artworks by Béatrice Lefevre, Laura Watmough, Valerie Solash, Luc Josh, Dana Rayent, Jeannette Sommers; until Dec 6 • MINIATURES AND PLUS: Miniatures and artworks by Ernest and Doreen Poitras, Deborah Lenihan; Dec 9-21; reception: Dec 9, 7-8:30pm CROOKED POT GALLERY–Stony Plain • 491251 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • SLEIGH BELLS RING: Holiday themed pottery and giftware • Dec 1-30 • Reception: Dec 3, 11am-3pm DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St, 780.4822854 • Twelve Days of Christmas • Dec 1-17 • Opening: Dec 1, 10:30am DOUGLAS UDELL • 10332-124 St • 780.488.4445 • BURDEN OF INNOCENCE ACT 2 & 3: Paintings by Natalka Husar • Until Dec 3 ENTERPRISE SQUARE • 2nd Fl Enterprise Sq, 10230 Jasper Ave • ArtsMASH!: Faculty of Extension, U of A Present residential interior design projects and ﬁne arts students; readings by Women's Words Postcard contest winners. Presentation about the Alley of Light presented by members of Edmonton on the Edge at 6pm • Dec 8, 5:30-8:30pm ELM CAFÉ • 10140-117 St • 780.756.3356 • Super Photo Friends (SPF) Photography Collective works • Until Dec 10 EXPRESSIONZ CAFÉ • 9938-70 Ave• 780.437.3667 • Group show, admission by donation • Through Dec, Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • TASTY: Prints by Alexa Mietz • GARDEN OF THE FORKING PATHS: Drawings, intermedia works by Alma Visscher; until Dec 3 • Drawings, intermedia works by Ann-Marie King; Prints by Anna Gaby-Trotz; Dec 13-22; Jan 3-14 FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave • 780.488.2952 • Paintings by Steve Coffey • Until Dec 6 GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • Watercolour landscapes by Patricia Coulter • Dec 1-31 GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • SECOND REGARD II: Photos by Denise Parent • Until Jan 11 HAGGERTY CENTRE–Stollery Gallery • Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts, 9225-118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • FRUIT OFF THE LOOMS: Arworks by the NHCA Collective • Until Dec 23 • Reception: Dec 1, 3-7pm HARCOURT HOUSE • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • Main Gallery: MIND CONTROL TRICKS: Paul Freeman • Front Room Gallery: FOR-
MA: Wenda Salomons • Opening: Dec 8, 8-10pm; Artist talks: Wenda Salomons at 6:30pm; Paul Freeman at 7:15pm JEFF ALLEN ART GALLERY • Strathcona Seniors Centre, 10831 University Ave • 780.433.5807 • Instructors and students Christmas show and sale • Dec 2-23 LATITUDE 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 • ProjEx Room: TAXONOMIA: Maria Whiteman’s Science-fantasy photographs • Both shows: until Dec 17 • Special Event: The Fine Art of Schmoozy: Fundraiser: silent art auction, food, cocktails, and music with Diana Stabel and DJ Generic; Dec 3, 8pm LOFT GALLERY • A. J. Ottewell Art Centre, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • 780.922.6324 • Art by local artists • Dec 3-24; Sat 10-4pm, Sun 12-4pm MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440112 St • 780.407.7152 • SHIFTING PATTERNS: Artworks by Alex Janvier, George Littlechild, Bert Crowfoot, Paul Smith, Dawn Marie Marchand, Dianne Meilli, Heather Shillinglaw, curated by Aaron Paquette; until Dec 4 • NATURE: Paintings inspired by poet Chon Sang-Pyon’s poem, Back to Heaven; artworks by Kyung Hee Hogg; Dec 10-Feb 5; reception: Dec 15, 7-9pm MEZZANINE GALLERY • Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, 10230-111 Ave • DISAPPEARING SENTINALS–THE CHANGING ALBERTA LANDSCAPE: Paintings by Kristina Steinbring • Until Dec 31 MICHIF CULTURAL AND MÉTIS RESOURCE INSTITUTE • 9 Mission Ave, St Albert • 780.651.8176 • Aboriginal Veterans Display • Gift Shop • Finger weaving and sash display by Celina Loyer • Ongoing MILDWOOD GALLERY • 426, 6655-178 St • Mel Heath, Joan Healey, Fran Heath, Larraine Oberg, Terry Kehoe, Darlene Adams, Sandy Cross and Victoria, Pottery by Naboro Kubo and Victor Harrison • Ongoing MISERICORDIA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL • 16940-87 Ave • Year End Show and Sale: Artworks by members of the Edmonton Art Club • Dec 3-Jan 28 MULTICULTURAL CENTRE PUBLIC ART GALLERY (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51 St, Stony Plain • 780.963.9935 • Paintings by Marjan Assai • Dec 2-Jan 4 • Reception: Dec 4 MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Featuring artifacts dating back 5,000 years • Take Your Best Shot, a youth (from 8-18 years old) photo exhibition • Until Feb 5 NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave • 780.432.0240 • Artworks by Reece Schulte • Through Dec PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • tf: 1.877.826.3375 • Landscape paintings by Marcia Harris and Robert Wiseman; until Dec 10 • WINTER GROUP SHOW: New artworks by gallery artists; Dec 17-Feb 4 RED DEER MUSEUM AND ART GALLERY • 4525-47A Ave • CENTRAL ALBERTA ROCKS: rock and roll bands perform; Dec 2, 7-10pm ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Until Feb 5 • NARRATIVE QUEST: Until Apr 29 SELFRIDGE OPEN STUDIO • 9844-88 Ave • 780.439.9296 • Ceramic Artworks • Dec 3-4, 11am-5pm SCOTT GALLERY 10411-124 St • 780.488.3619 • SCOTT GALLERY’S 25TH ANNIVERSARY EXHIBITION: Artworks by all gallery artists • Until Dec 23 SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY • 35-5 Ave, Spruce Grove • 780.962.0664 • CHRISTMAS STORE: Fine art, jewellery, clay works, and wood turnings; until Dec 24 • Christmas Gala: Dec 2, 7pm STRATHCONA COUNTY ART GALLERY • 501
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Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • HalfBreed Mythology; until Dec 30 • Sitting Bull and the Moose Jaw Sioux by Dana Claxton; until Dec 30 TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION • Until Feb 20 VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • V-Bay: Art auction fundraiser; closing reception: Dec 1, 7-9:30pm • Gallery A: Pictographs by Seka Owen; Dec 8-Jan 21, reception: Dec 8, 7-9:30pm • Gallery B: Photographs by Anne Marie Resta; Dec 8-Jan 21, reception: Dec 8, 7-9:30pm
LITERARY AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave • 780.423.3487 • CAA Writer in Residence Jannie Edwards in the store every Wed; until Dec 14; Jan 18-Apr 25, 12-1:30pm • Launch of Nana Mumford's new book, Elijah’s Vision; Dec 3, 1-3pm BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ • 9624-76 Ave • 780.469.8755 • Story Slam: 2nd Wed each month GREENWOODS BOOKS • Ross Block, 10309 Whyte Ave • 780.439.2005 • Patrick DeWitt reading and signing his novel, The Sisters Brothers • Dec 7, 7pm ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets STANLEY MILNER LIBRARY • Edmonton Rm, 7 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • Writers Guild of Alberta–Splice: Readings by Lynn Coady, Myrna Kostash and Anna-Marie Sewell, music, artist sketching a response. Screening of Trevor Anderson’s ﬁlm. Comedy sketch with Peter Brown, reading by Marty Chan • Dec 8, 7-10pm, 6:30pm (door) • Free; pre-register: splice2011.eventbrite. com • Once Upon a Bethlehem Night: Join storyteller Renee Englot as she shares some very different stories for Christmas; Dec 4, 1:15pm • Free STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY • 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8600 • Words in the Park: A one-day indoor event where people can meet local authors and enjoy an afternoon of book buying, entertainment and refreshments in the new library in the Community Centre • Dec 4, 1-4pm • Free T.A.L.E.S. STORY CAFÉ SERIES • Rosie’s Bar, 10475-80 Ave • 780.932.4409 • 1st Thu each month, open mic opportunity • Until Jun • $6 (min) • In The Spirit; open mic opportunity; Dec 1, 7-9pm UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave • 780.422.8174 • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm presented by the Stroll of Poets Society WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors
CHIMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and oneact plays • First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul • $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only) CORNER GASSED 2 • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 8882-170 St, WEM • 780.484.2424 • Until Jan 21 A CHRISTMAS CAROL • Citadel Maclab Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • 780.428.2117 • Adapted by Tom Wood, directed by Bob Baker and Geoffrey Brumlik, starring Richard McMillan • Dec 2-23 THE CHRISTMAS CAROL PROJECT • TransAlta Arts Barns, Westbury Theatre, 10330-84 Ave • 780.409.1910 • Brass Monkey Productions • Dec 28-29 DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • The live improvised soap opera • Every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office
FUDDY MEERS • Timms Centre, U of A • Studio Theatre • By David Lindsay-Abaire • Until Dec 10 A HAIRY CHRISTMAS • Jubilee Auditorium • Our hero named Smelly, who is a monster, is going to his ﬁrst day of scare school • Dec 2, 7pm HROSES: AN AFFRONT TO REASON • TransAlta Arts Barns, PCL Studio Theatre, 10330-84 Ave • 780.409.1910 • Azimuth Theatre • Dec 8-18 MOSTLY WATER • Roxy, 10708-124 St, other venues throughout Edmonton • 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network • Written by and stars Craig Buchert, Elizabeth Ludwig, Jason Ludwig, Matt Stanton, and Trent Wilkie • Dec 16-17; Fri-Sat, Mar 9-10 PETER PAN–A MUSICAL ADVENTURE • Arden Theatre • St Albert Children’s Theatre • By James Barrie; musical by Willis Hall and George Stiles and Anthony Drewe • Until Dec 4 • $22.50 (adult)/$16.50 (child/senior) at Arden box office, TicketMaster THE SURVIVAL OF PIGEONS AS STUDIED BY HUMAN LOVERS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Surreal SoReal Theatre; comedy by Jon Lachlan Stewart, directed by Vincent Forcier, stars Kyla Shinkewski and Colin Matty • Dec 1-10 • $15 at TIX on the Square THEATRESPORTS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Improv runs every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member) THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS NEXT • Citadel Rice Theatre, 9828-101 Ave • 780.428.2117 • By Daniel Brooks and Daniel MacIvor, a Necessary Angel’s production • Until Dec 4 THE VELVETEEN RABBIT • Capitol Theatre, Fort Edmonton Park, Fox Dr, Whitemud Dr • This story comes to life on the Capitol Theatre stage • Dec 9-24 • $25 (adult)/$15 (post-secondary students)/$10 (child) VERNON GOD LITTLE • Grant MacEwan University Theatre Lab, 10045-155 St • Grant MacEwan University Theatre • Comedy, graphic language and Country and Western music • Dec 2-10 THE WEDDING SINGER • Mayﬁeld Dinner Theatre, 16615-109 Ave • 780.483.4051 • With a brand-new score that pays homage to pop songs of the 1980's, The Wedding Singer takes us back to a time when hair was big, greed was good, collars were up, and a wedding singer just might have been the coolest guy in the room • Until Feb 5 WITH BELLS ON • Roxy, 10708-124 St, and various other venues throughout Edmonton • 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network • An inventive and unique holiday comedy, presented by Guys in Disguise; by Darrin Hagen, starring James Hamilton and Paul Welch; directed by Darrin Hagen • Dec 1-11 THE WIZARD OF OZ • Festival Place, 100 Festival Way, Sherwood Park, 780.464.2852 • Written by L. Frank Baum, music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg. Adapted by John Kane for the Royal Shakespeare Company • Dec 16-23, Dec 26-30, 7:30pm; 2pm: Dec 17, Dec 18, Dec 26 • Dinner: Dec 16, Dec 23, 5:30pm; $32 (adult)/$16 (child 12 and under) • Brunch: Dec 18, Dec 26, 12:30pm; $28 (adult)/$14 (child 12 and under); make meal arrangements at least 48 hours before date of show IT’S A WONDERFUL LIFE • Devon Community Centre, 20 Haven Ave, Devon • 587.783.3760 • eastofsixty.com • Dinner Theatre: East of Sixty Productions (E60) • Dec 16-17, 6pm: $35; Dec 18, 11.30am: $30 WYRD SISTERS • Walterdale Playhouse, 1032283 Ave • 780.439.2845 • By Terry Pratchett, adapted by Stephen Briggs, directed by J. Nelson Niwa • Until Dec 10 • $12-$16 at TIX on the Square
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PROFILE // TWO SIDES
Kids and coffee
Mixing the two in a way that doesn't lead to hyperactivity
// Serena Beck
catering—Nicole says the scones "are doughy and like what you would have at high tea"—and the coffee is Caps, an organic, fair-trade coffee roasted here in Edmonton. The house blend, known as Play Hard, is exclusive to Café O' Play and is available for purchase. Nicole managed a coffee shop when she was in university and enjoys creating monthly drinks that often become regulars on the menu. Her favourite is
Nicole and Steve Gaida of Café O'Play
Café O'Play 5667 Riverbend Rd, 780.758.7529
old days in Edmonton mean cooped-up parents and kids playing with the same toys over and over, inevitably getting bored. Nicole and Steve Gaida at Café O' Play have created the perfect solution: a coffee shop fused with an indoor playground.
The Gaidas got the idea for Café O' Play when they visited a similar coffee shop and playground while travelling. "A friend suggested the name Café Play," says Nicole. "We thought it was missing something, so we added the O." She wanted to give moms a place where their "kids can be loud, make a mess, yell, have fun, and mom doesn't have to worry about cleaning up."
Admittance to the play area is $6 for kids one to six years old while kids younger than that are free. Nicole explains that all the toys are cleaned daily and there are sanitization stations throughout the café with hand sanitizer and wipes for cleaning toys. "We don't want your kids to get sick coming here," she says, "so we avoid that at all costs." Nicole believes that you "can't run a successful business
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unless you work all aspects of it." The Gaidas chose to focus the café's food and drink choices around organic, locally-sourced, inclusive options: the facility is nut free and there is a gluten-free menu. Crustless soybutter-and-jam sandwiches are served in fun shapes for the kids like dogs and whales. The baking is from Krave
Parents don't mind driving halfway across the city to have a great cup of coffee, entertain their kids and socialize with friends. the Yummy Mummy latte which contains a blend of cinnamon and vanilla. The Café O' Drop is also popular: half coffee and half steamed milk with vanilla, the name comes from the chocolate truffle that is dropped in. Steve's favorite drink is Play Harder—Play Hard coffee with a shot of espresso. By late afternoon there is usually a waiting list to get into the play area, so you'll want to arrive early to grab a spot. When it's cold out, parents don't mind driving halfway across the city to have a great cup of coffee, entertain their kids and socialize with friends, so the place can fill up with patrons from all over looking for a dose of Café O'Play. Serena Beck
The nose knows
How do aromas get into wine in the first place? troublesome nose serves me well as a wine writer, thrusting it into widemouthed glasses, breathing deeply and waxing philosophic. Oddly fragrant smells flood from my childhood memories, like "cat pee," "soft leather couch" and even "caramelized onions" (once—in an aged chardonnay). But you don't need an overly sensitive schnozz to analyze aromas. You can start your own memory-driven smell vocabulary—be it bong water, sweaty socks or overcooked asparagus— or innovate using the conventional catalogue of wine descriptors as your springboard. I Traditionally, aromatics D I V VENI, originate from three places: the grape variety, the place m ekly.co vuewe where it was grown and the taylor@ oak with which it comes into Taylor Eason contact. Hidden in the grape skins are the fruitiness, tannins and color needed to coax character // Tyler Van Brabant into the sweet juice. Aromas such as invariably suffer. Ever since I was a kid, black cherry and spearmint in CaberI've had a freakishly perceptive sense net Sauvignons, raspberry and blueof smell. I loathed onions growing berry in Pinot Noir, and grapefruit up and could smell them sautéing a or peaches (not to forget cat pee) in block away. I'd come galloping into the Sauvignon Blanc all emerge from this kitchen, bitching about the bulbous soft, succulent casing. You can also offender and insist my mom cease sniff ripe red cherry instead of black her noxious cooking. But my oncecherry in Merlot, and earthy black
I kill a tree every year. Despite my environmental inclinations, I buy a real Christmas tree to celebrate the holiday. I just can't get excited about a fake one with no pine smell. I suppose a fir-scented candle might impart some realness to the plastic-andmetal imposter, but my psyche would
pepper in Syrahs, Zinfandel and Cabernet Franc. But move the Syrah vine to Australia (where it magically gets renamed Shiraz), and a new slew of indigenous scents emerge—like eucalyptus and bright minerality. Or who can forget the funky, wet-earth smell reminiscent of dog crap in wines from South Africa? This difference stems from "terroir." Originating from French, the untranslatable word "terroir" encompasses all the natural factors involved in grape growing—sun, rain, altitude and soil
bears a different personality from the grapes grown 50 yards away. Other aromas are introduced with a natural yet manipulated instrument. Oak, used during the fermenting process as well as for aging, is a tool winemakers spend careers perfecting. Those vanilla, butterscotch and caramel flavours in your chardonnay? French or Hungarian oak. American oak, used almost exclusively for red wines since it can kick the shit out of white, imparts dill, scotch and tobacco flavours. It's important to note that not every
Aromatics originate from three places: the grape variety, the place where it was grown and the oak with which it comes into contact. characteristics. Soil variation derives from millennia of climatic changes, volcanic activity and limestone settlements that seep flavour into the vine's roots growing through the layers of sediment. The other factors—sun, rain and altitude—contribute ripeness and character, depending on location. This concept of terroir is why the French parceled their land into quality-designated plots, or appellations, realizing fruit from one vineyard
nose or mouth will smell or taste the same thing. I'm particularly sensitive to certain aromas—green pepper, pine, wet slate, black cherries, black pepper, vanilla and, yes, cat pee— because my memory relates to them, but each person carries their own smell baggage. Using standards but also noticing what you whiff in a wine, you can develop your own descriptive vocabulary—even if it's sautéed onions in butter. V
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Six facts about candy canes
CANDY STICKS When candy canes originated, they were not the hook shape that we're familiar with today: they were sugary sticks given to children all year round. Two schools of thought exist as to where the cane shape came from: one posits that the cane shape developed as a necessity when people started putting the candy's on
Christmas trees, while the other says that a German choirmaster bent sugar sticks to represent a shepherd's crook—a symbol of Christianity.
HAND JOB Candy canes were made exclusively by hand until the 1950s, when Gregory Keller invented the candy cane machine. Before then, candy cane
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n Wednesday, November 23, the Best Bar None program announced its annual award winners. Best Bar None, supported by the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, the City of Edmonton and the Edmonton Police Service, is an accreditation and awards program that promotes the responsible operation of licensed premises. It "aims to reduce alcohol-related harms by raising the standards of licensed premises" and the organization's awards program rewards licensees that go "above and beyond" the standards for accreditation. The Best Bar None program was first developed in the UK, as a response to a 2001 crime survey that showed a significantly high number of crimes could be tied to bars and clubs with poor li-
censing standards. There are currently more than 100 Best Bar None programs operating in Britain.
making was a labour-intensive process involving hours of pulling, cutting, twisting and bending by confectioners to make even a small batch of treats. The amount of labour that went into them, as well as the high cost of sugar, ensured that candy canes were an expensive treat available to most only on a special occasion—another reason the candies became associated with Christmas.
WHAT ABOUT BOB? Bob McCormack was the first person to successfully mass-produce and distribute candy canes. He used cellophane to keep moisture away from the candies so they would last longer and developed packaging that would protect them during
transport. The inventor of the candy cane machine, Gregory Keller, was his brother in law.
CANDY STRIPERS Until the mid-1800s, candy canes were all-white candies that weren't flavoured with peppermint. In 1859, 25-year-old widow Amalia Eriksson invented a candy called the polkagris in her hometown of Gränna, Sweden. It was a straight, red-striped, peppermint candy stick. By the 20th century, peppermint flavouring and red striping had caught on for candy canes.
SUGAR RUSH Almost two billion candy canes are
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produced every year. Flavours have expanded beyond peppermint and now include such exotic offerings as strawberry, chocolate mint and sour apple. There are even Gobstopper candy canes which—like the classic candies—contain different coloured layers that reveal themselves as you eat the candy.
CANDY CANE LANE Edmonton's Candy Cane Lane—a festive neighbourhood display along 148 St between 100 and 92 Ave— opens December 9 and runs until January 2. Visitors are asked to bring a donation to the Food Bank when they come to see it. Candy Cane Lane has bee a tradition on the city's west side for over four decades. V
In Canada, Best Bar None began as a pilot program in Edmonton in 2010. In that year, 63 licensed establishments applied for accreditation and 38 succesfully completed the process. The program has no cost to licensees and is expected to expand to Calgary in the near future. Award winners for 2011 included Hudson's Canadian Tap House on Whyte Ave, Sands Hotel Games Room, The Billiard Club, The Pint on Whyte Ave and the Union Hall. Visit bit.ly/bestbarnone for a complete list of winners and runners-up. BRYAN BIRTLES
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Try a hot and steamy remedy
// Kate Irwin
East Kootenay region, Nakusp, Halcyon and Canyon Hot Springs (summer months only) in the West Kootenays and Ainsworth Hot Springs, with its unique hot spring cave, in the Central Kootenays. Along with the seven easyto-reach spots, the more intrepid with a solid four-wheel drive system can hunt down the five or more remote stops along the way like St Leon and Halfway River Hot Springs.
In the words of the immortal Glenn Frey: the heat is on
he summer visitors who flock to hot springs are missing a trick. While a balmy July evening can be pleasantly idled away in their warmth, the real magic occurs as tendrils of steam snake up from the water and you speed from changing room to pool to avoid the prickle of goose bumps in minus temperatures. The blissful enveloping warmth, while your hair freezes into icicles, is a uniquely satisfying experience. From my vantage point in the pool building at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort in BC, I watch a young group of hockey players take the hot vs cold idea and run with it. The boys, in their early teens, cheer each other on as one-by-one they leap from the steamy water to roll in the snow, shrieking and whooping, before plunging back in. "It makes your skin tingle," says
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Cathy de Guise, pool facility manager, with a smile. "It's pretty popular to roll in the snow and jump in—as long as everybody's being safe and it's not slippery out there." With the Rockies to the east and the Purcell Mountains to the west, the 11 000 square feet of open-air pools enjoy an enviable view. Fairmont is one of six hot springs resorts in the Kootenay Rockies, each boasting a picture postcard backdrop and positioned within striking distance of several ski resorts. While the summer months see the pools approaching capacity with tourists, as winter arrives the locals thrive. "You get this whole seasonal crowd of locals who you might not see for the whole summer," explains Andrei Korjus, guest services manager for Halcyon Hot Springs Village and Spa,
in the West Kootenay region, "but once winter rolls around they're here snowmobiling, cross-country skiing, ski touring, visiting Revelstoke. It's so good to soak after a thigh-burning day on the slopes." Although the ski industry in Canada continues its decade-long slide in visitor numbers, hot springs are still a big draw for places like Halcyon and Fairmont (the resort sees more than 200 000 pool visits each year). They form two of the seven easily reached stops on the Hot Springs Circle Route, named as one of the top 10 scenic drives in the Northern Rockies. Passing through resorts and wilderness hot springs alike, the multi-day road trip can start just over the BC border, following roughly the same route as the famed Powder Highway.
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If hot springs aren't enough to whet your appetite, the eight full-service alpine resorts, 10 Nordic ski clubs, 25 snowcat and heli-ski operators and 21 backcountry lodges along the way might just do it for you. "In a week's trip you can tie together two or three ski resorts with whichever hot springs are close," says Heidi Korven of Kootenay Rockies Tourism, which created the hot springs tour over 15 years ago. "The whole route needs a lot of time—there are so many activities on the way. We find most don't do the whole loop on winter roads, but you can drop by one or more of the stops." Starting near the Alberta/BC border by Banff you can begin your hot springs exploration to the west or south, passing through Radium, Fairmont and Lussier Hot Springs in the
It was my pursuit of a more remote location that found me cruising south from Fairmont down Highway 93/95, in search of locals' favourite, Lussier. Crazy characters just flock to this place; in previous visits my company varied from tipsy crowds of teeny boppers blasting dubstep to semi-fornicating couples basking by candlelight. This time, the natural setting is to be shared with some au naturale Austrians, who chorus a friendly greeting as I slide down the icy pathway to the trio of undeveloped wilderness pools. "It is our third time we have come here," exclaims one of the larger naked women in broken English as I strip down and clamber Spiderman-like toward the hottest pool at the top. The scalding water is almost too hot to bear, but soon I'm neck deep, skin throbbing with the sudden switch from cold to heat. It's a welcome chance to unwind after a slick 17-kilometre climb from the highway on summer tires. The undeveloped title the sulphurous springs hold is a bit of misnomer. In actuality, three sizeable pools have been created from the rocks littering the side of the icy Lussier River, with the water entering the top pool at around 43 C and lower pool at around 34 C. As I contemplate never leaving this spot again, the braver Austrians plunge from pool to river and back. Turns out the group members make the trip out to Lussier each time they're in the country. "It's good for your health here, and here," they reply to my querying of CONTINUED ON PAGE 31 >>
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Edmonton Ski Club offering youth a head start on the slopes sell Student Union Ticket Pack books. While in other years that money could be used to help cover operating expenses, George explains, this year all proceeds from the sale of the books will go directly back to the Snow Angels program.
Edmonton Ski Club's Snow Angels program aims to get disadvantaged kids up on skis
or a certain privileged number of Albertans it can be easy to take skiing for granted. If you grew up in Western Canada, if your parents skied or you took to the sport early, it comes as second nature. But for inner city youth, skiing is an unaffordable, unimaginable luxury, says Marika Chandler. "These kids are living on the streets or in shelters, they don't have jobs," she describes. As youth recreation coordinator for
Boyle Street Community Services and the Bissell Centre, Chandler sees first hand the drudgery of the lifestyle. Some kids visit the drop-in programs five to seven days a week, whiling away the hours sitting around and playing cards. "There's not much different in their lives day to day," she laments. But that may soon change. This year, as part of its 100th anniversary celebrations, the Edmonton Ski Club has
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