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February 14

Casablanca

A classic romance film on the big screen for Valentine¹s day.

February 14

Valentines Dinner: Evening of Enchantment A Romantic evening of exquisite food, fine wine and elegant music to share with your loved one. Start your evening with a cocktail reception in the Mahogany Room with a glass ofsparkling wine while listening to the sweet sounds of Victoria Burgess’ harp. Followed by an elegant four course candlelit dinner in Johnson's Café, each course of your dinner will be paired with world-class wines. Couples Price: $160 plus tax, begins at 5:30pm

March 15-25

Chapter Two by Neil Simon George, a recent widower, and Jennie, a recently divorced actress are reluctant to try again after one two many disastrous blind dates. A case of mistaken identities bring them together in a whirlwind love affair. This semi-autobiographical play takes on an emotional topic with charm, intelligence and plenty of humour.

May 11-13

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Saturday, June 02

Murder Mystery - Curses, Foiled Again! Murderous Mayhem at the Metropolitan Melodrama! A troupe of local actors make the final preparations for their live performance of a Victorian Melodrama. Despite the petty rivalries, the show must go on. Cheer the hero; Boo the villain! It’s all in good fun. Gadzooks! What’s this? A real snake in the grass? A fly in the ointment? The game’s afoot as one person’s dastardly diabolical deeds bring devious deceit…and death. Ticket per Person:$89.00 (plus taxes) Includes (one complimentary drink), 3 course dinner, and evening of entertainment. All tickets are final sale, begins at 6:00pm

Itʼs a 1940s home front cabaret! The year is 1940 and Canadaʼs men are off to war! In this musical revue, three dames take over a radio station in a small town on the prairies and raise the spirits singing some of the most powerful and memorable songs of our time. And itʼs just in time for Motherʼs Day!

July 19-29

An Evening of One Act Comedies

Witness our nutty characters navigate the gauntlet of first dates, jealous husbands, and manipulative in-laws. Join us for an evening of laugh out loud comedy at the Capitol Theatre. "How He Lied to Her Husband" by George Bernard Shaw. "The Sequel" by Percival Wilde and "Sure Thing" by David Ives.

ts! heatre h g i N o Comb Dinner & T Casablanca – February 14 Chapter Two – March 15-18, 20, 23-25 The Swingin’ Sisters Club – May 11 dinner Mother’s Day Brunch – May 13 Evening of One Acts – July 19, 20, 24-26 THANK YOU TO OUR 2011 SEASON SPONSORS:

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You could monkey* around outside waiting for snow while staring at the ugly brown grass. Or you could read a book. Vue votes for books.

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"If you're not allowed to enslave people any more, or even loot their resources, then what is the point of being a traditional great power?" "He was a proto-hippy, questioning everything, and he was saying, 'How do we know having sex with your patient is a bad thing?'" "We locked ourselves in a cabin during the onset of Manitoba's winter with a bunch of recording gear." "This study doesn't prove that teenage girls are having wild sex parties, but it does show that many of them are in dangerous

and violent relationships."

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Enemies everywhere Natural Resources Minister Joe Oliver must see enemies everywhere. Well, he does now. After this week's comments about "radicals," "jet-setting celebrities" and foreign money pushing to delay the Northern Gateway pipeline through BC, Oliver not only failed to recognize the years of work by local and Aboriginal groups, he also risks pushing away those who consider themselves moderates by engaging in inflammatory name-calling. While Oliver seems to understand the flow of international currency, he doesn't seem to get that the waters of the Pacific Ocean are not limited to the BC shores. Were a tanker to spill at Kitimat, Americans would have every reason to be concerned. Environmental impacts are not the sole concern of one province or region, they are deservedly an international conversation, one that can't be shut down when we don't like the answer we hear back from our neighbours. Perhaps more concerning than the inflammatory language used by Oliver is the conclusion he came to because of all this foreign involvement. The federal government will be looking to shorten the regulatory review process of industrial projects such as the Northern Gateway pipeline. It's the opposite conclusion President Barack Obama came to when the White House was faced with massive opposition to the Keystone XL pipeline.

Concerns over the pipeline's impact on the Ogalla aquifer in Nebraska, a major source of drinking water and over $20 billion in agriculture. Obama's statements on the issue of the pipeline were starkly direct in the need to balance environmental concerns. The project is now delayed until 2013. Meanwhile Oliver has stated he is looking to a committee of deputy ministers the Conservatives have created to cut through regulatory red tape. The regulatory review process and environmental impacts assessments are necessary processes to understand, at least in part, the potential impact of running a pipeline next to the Kitimat River, through remote areas of the Rocky Mountains, and into the Douglas Channel. Ecosystems and their impacts are not easily understood. In order to research the impacts tar sands developments have on the Athabasca River, water researchers had to collect samples from 35 sites in February, March and June of 2008. And the results were not understood until the summer of 2010. What Schindler's major findings revealed pointed to an inadequate regulatory assessment and monitoring process. There are legitimate environmental and economic reasons to be opposed to the Northern Gateway pipeline. Calling people names because you don't like their opinion does not help to bring clarity to a complex issue. V

NewsRoundup NIGHT RIDE Numbers are out for Edmonton's first attempt at a late-night bus service. Buses following a single route moved 80 people from Whyte Avenue to Southgate and 51 Avenue stops from 1:30 am to 3:30 am. The service operated on Friday and Saturday night and moved 27 riders the first night, and 53 on the second. Responsible Hospitality Edmonton reports there are 10  000 patrons

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OIl SPILL CONCERNS GROW A new report from UC Davis Bodega Marine Laboratory in collaboration with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration has found that oil spills are even more toxic than previously thought. Researchers looked at the impact of the 2007 spill in the San Francisco Bay Area when 54  000 gallons of bunker fuel spilled into the bay. Researchers found that fish embryos

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which had absorbed oil completely disintegrated when exposed to UV rays in sunlight. The effect of phototoxicity had been known to occur in lab situations, but had not been found in nature until this study. The study only increases concerns over damage to the ecosystems in recent oil spills areas such as the Nigerian Delta and the Gulf of Mexico.

This week, the Wildrose Party revealed the Progressive Conservatives accepted illegal donations from the University of Lethbridge. According to documents obtained under the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the PC party collected $15  075 in illegal donations between 2004

and 2007. Political parties are prohibited from accepting contributions from public bodies such as municipalities and post-secondary institutions, according to the Election Finances and Contributions Disclosure Act. This recent revelation is in addition to allegations that the Conservatives ac-

cepted donations from municipalities, an allegation the party is under investgation for by Elections Alberta. Deputy leader of the Wildrose Party Paul Hinman has sent a letter to Elections Alberta to broaden that investigation to include all post-secondary instutions.

QUOTE OF THE WEEK

"They voted for Jack Layton, but Jack Layton is dead." —Lise St Denis, comments on NDP voters in her Quebec riding of Saint Denis after crossing the floor to the Liberals. Jan 10, 2012 cbc.ca

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NEWS // ALBERTA ECONOMY

I drink your milkshake

The tar sands provide Alberta with an unstable budget, corporations with large profits

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here's no shortage of debate on the environmental effects of tar sands development in Alberta. A hot topic from Edmonton to London, citizens and environmentalists have labelled the tar sands one of the most destructive projects on Earth. While environmental groups battle for public opinion with the federal and provincial governments, as well as pro-industry groups, billions of dollars are being pumped out of the energy-rich dirt in northeast Alberta. The oil and gas industry drives Alberta's economy, accounting for 30.8 percent of the province's GDP in 2008. And in 2009, 136 200 people were directly employed in tar sands operations in the province. This growth and opportunity has attracted some of the biggest players in the oil world to Alberta. There are currently over 60 companies actively involved in over 100 tar sands projects in the province. Some of these companies are among the biggest in the world, including ExxonMobil, Chevron, Shell and BP. Combined, these four companies earned over $30 billion in profits between July and September of last year alone. Granted, these are multinational corporations and tar sands revenue is only a small part of their profits, but the numbers demonstrate the kind of money currently involved in Alberta's tar sands.

"The tar sands continue to grow in production," said Travis Davies, a spokesperson for the Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers (CAPP). "And capital spending in oil sands continues to grow as well." As of 2009, there were 169.9 billion barrels of tar sands reserves buried in Alberta, 13 percent of the world's total. In 2011, there was $19 billion worth of capital investment in Alberta's tar sands, and that number is projected to hit $20 billion this year. Tim Markle, a spokesperson for Alberta Energy, said the province collected $3.2 billion in oil sands revenue for 2009 – 2010, and he anticipates that number will hit $3.9 billion for 2010 – 2011. "Economically, the oil sands have a tremendous impact," Markle said. "They create an influx in royalties, taxes and construction—all good things." Markle says tar sands revenues pay for hospitals, schools and capital projects across the province. He predicts production will nearly double from the current 1.6-million barrels per day to three million in 2015. And since royalties are calculated on barrels produced, that would mean nearly double the revenues for Alberta in three years. "With royalties, the balance is to make sure investment is coming into the province," Markle said. "This kind of business isn't for the faint of heart: it

costs billions of dollars in investment to start a major oil sands project." The Alberta government, however, acknowledged that the province's singular investment in the tar sands— the area accounted for more than half of all business investment last year— puts it at financial risk. "Alberta's economic growth is largely driven by oil-related activity, particularly in the oil sands," states the government's economic outlook for the upcoming budget. "This type

of concentrated, commodity-based mega-project driven growth leaves the province particularly vulnerable to external turmoil in currency, credit and commodity markets." Environmentalists, like Greenpeace's Mike Hudema, argue that a transition to a "green economy" would free Alberta from the boom-bust cycle of oil development. Hudema says Alberta is the sunniest province in Canada, which makes it prime for solar power; plus the wind corridors in southern Alberta as well as geothermal energy

sources are ripe for development. "Alberta could be a hotbed in renewable energy," he said. "There's a finite amount of oil. It's going to take time to make a transition, but it's better to go towards that now." But for the foreseeable future, the province's tar sands will mean major dollars for the companies involved. Whether you call it earnings, net income, or revenue—it all means the same thing: profits. JOSH MARCELLIN

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Company country projects

2011 q3 earnings

BP United Kingdom Sunrise Canadian Natural Canada Kirby Canadian Oil Sands Canada Syncrud Cenovus Canada Foster Creek, Chrstina Lake Chevron Corporation United States Jackpine ConocoPhillips United States Surmont Devon Energy United States Jackfish 1 and 2 Enbridge Inc. Canada Athabasca Pipeline ExxonMobil United States (Esso, Imperial Oil) Kearl Husky Energy Inc. Canada Tucker, Sunrise Royal Dutch Shell Netherlands Muskeg River, Jackpine Statoil Norway Leismer Suncor Energy Canada Syncrude, Firebag TransCanada Canada Keystone

5297 836 242 510 7829 2616 1038 241 10 033 521 7001 1750 1287 384

Alberta’s revenues from oil sands development for 2011 (projected):

3900

(millions of dollars)

COMMENT >> CHINA

Cave mentality

Defending home turf could heighten tension between US and China If you're not allowed to enslave peonot wearing animal skins and wieldple any more, or even loot their reing a stone ax when he made this sources, then what is the point announcement, although his of being a traditional great logic came straight out of the power? Stone Age. Back when land The United States kept an was the only thing of value, om eekly.c army of over 100 000 sol@vuew it made sense to go heavily e n n y gw e diers in Iraq for eight years, armed, because somebody Gwynn at a cost that will probably end else might try to take it away Dyer up around a trillion dollars. Yet it from you. didn't enslave a single Iraqi (though it It doesn't make sense any more. killed quite a lot), and throughout the China is not getting rich by sending occupation it paid full market price armies to conquer other Asian counfor Iraqi oil. So what American purtries. It's getting rich by selling them pose did the entire enterprise serve? (and the United States) goods and "Oh, silly me. I forgot. It was about services that it can produce cheaply security." And here it comes again, on at home, and buying things that are an even bigger scale. made more cheaply elsewhere. It Last Friday, at the Pentagon, Presihasn't actually made economic sense dent Barack Obama unveiled Amerto conquer other countries for at least ica's new "defence strategy." But it a century now—but old attitudes die wasn't actually about stopping anyhard. body from invading the United States. If you analyse Obama's rhetoric, he's That cannot happen. It was about reclearly torn between the old thinking shaping the US military in a way that and the new. The new US strategy is "preserves American global leaderall about China, but is it about China ship, maintains our military superioras an emerging trade partner (and riity," as Obama put it. val), or is it about China as the emergCuriously, President Obama was ing military superpower that threat-

ens the United States just by being strong? A bit of both, actually. "Our two countries have a strong stake in peace and stability in East Asia and an interest in building a cooperative bilateral relationship," said Obama. "But the growth of China's military power must be accompanied by a greater clarity of its strategic intentions in order to avoid causing friction in the region." Would it help if China were to promise that it has no intention of attacking anybody? Of course not; it already does that. "Clarity about its strategic intentions" is code for not developing military capabilities that could challenge the very large US military presence in Asia. After all, the Pentagon implicitly argues, everybody knows that the US forces are there solely for defence and deterrence and would never be used aggressively. Well, actually, the Chinese do not know that. They see the US maintaining close military ties with practically all the countries on China's eastern and southern frontiers, from Japan and South Korea to Thailand and India.

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They see the US 7th Fleet operating right off the Chinese coast on a regular basis. And they do not say to themselves: "That's OK. The Americans are just deterring us." Would Americans say that about China if Chinese troops were based in Canada and Mexico, and if Chinese carrier fleets were operating just off the US West Coast all the time? No. They'd be just as paranoid as the Chinese are. Indeed, they are pretty paranoid about the rise of China even though the shoe is on the other foot. For the first time in history, no great power is planning to attack any other great power. War between great powers became economic nonsense more than a century ago, and sheer suicide after the invention of nuclear weapons. Yet the military establishments in every major power still have a powerful hold on the popular imagination. In effect, the new US defence strategy says that for the United States to be safe, everybody else must be weaker. This displays a profound ignorance of human psychology—unless,

of course, it is just a cynical device to convince the American public to spend a lot on "defence." The armed forces are the biggest single vested interest in the United States, and indeed in most other countries. To keep their budgets large, the generals must frighten the tax-paying public with plausible threats even if they don't really exist. The Pentagon will accept some cuts in army and marine corps manpower, and even a hundred billion dollars or so off the defence budget for a while, but it will defend its core interests to the death. Obama goes along with this because it would be political suicide not to. Beijing has its own powerful military lobby, which regularly stresses the American "military threat," and the Chinese regime goes along with that, too. We left the caves some time ago, but in our imaginations and our fears we still live there. V Gwynne Dyer is a London-based independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries. His column appears each week in Vue Weekly.

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COMMENT >> HOCKEY

Number trouble Nobody round here likes 43 or 44

Here's another Oiler update. Blah blah Open letter to Corey Potter Hey Corey, blah. Loss in Buffalo. Loss in St Louis. It's me, your pal Bryan. Listen man, first Loss in Dallas. Loss of Jordan Eberle. off, let me congratulate you on your Loss of any semblance of a hope of contract extension—you really a sliver of a realistic chance of deserve it. You've played well a playoff spot. But Taylor this year and I've been espeHall is playing awesome m cially impressed with your o hockey. There. We've got .c ly k ewee ox@vu intheb work on the power play. And that behind us. oung & Y e v a D es the rumoured terms of the tl ir B n Brya The curse of 43 contract, which have you makOiler standout Jordan Eberle is awaiting around $800K per year? Those are ing MRI results after an injury in Dalgood for the team—everybody wins. las on Sunday. The injury stalled his But listen, I wanted to talk to you performance at 43 points in just 41 about your sweater number: 44. I know games. Oiler fans remember that you haven't been here the past couple Eberle's season also ended when he years—you've been busy making the hit 43 points last year. That took 69 NHL after five years in the minors, then games. Ales Hemsky, Sam Gagner and you bounced around a bit and have Taylor Hall also finished their seasons probably been concentrating too much after hitting 42 points. Dustin Penner on sticking in the show to really pay (circa 2009-10) is the last Oiler to attention to some of the shit storms crack 43 points. Look what happened that have occurred here in our frozen to him (nom, nom, nom). DY burg—but I gotta tell ya, 44 isn't a good

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number around here. See, there were these two douchebags before you who wore the number and, well Corey, they tainted it. They tainted it bad. Like if a rugby team had a farting contest and all they'd had to eat all day was beer and cabbage and they decided they'd use the number 44 to soak up the smell, that's how tainted the number 44 would be. That's pretty tainted, Corey. I don't want you to end up a rugby fart Corey, I really like you. I don't know if the number 44 had anything to do with their douchebaggery—likely it didn't— but I just don't want to take the chance. Fool me once, etc, etc. So maybe consider changing it. I just want you to think about it is all. Your pal, BB A short history of #44 on the Oilers

Corey Potter is now wearing #44. Maybe he can bring that number back to likability. It's been a weird run. Sheldon Souray: A couple decent seasons, some weird injuries and a contract fight. Robbie Schremp: YouTube sensation, trick shooter and eventual disor Pleasantview Hall

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• Rm 2-115, Education North, U of A • Presentation by Jim Chalmers • Fri, Jan 20 • $15 (member)/$10 (student/senior members)/$20 (non-member) at door, adv at jungforum.com

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appointment. Chris Pronger: Signed big contract, helped Oilers to Cup Finals, demanded trade, accused us of burning his furniture. Doug Lynch: Blink. Barely played. Rented the number. Janne Niinimaa: Still the best #44. One of my top 10 favourite Oilers (for personality). DY Et tu, Brule?

With the Phoenix Coyotes picking up Gilbert Brule off of re-entry waivers, Edmonton has lost the young reclamation project and it's too bad, because Brule has a lot to offer if he can get it together. After tearing the WHL a new asshole, Brule has so far not managed to convert his success in juniors to success in the big leagues. Perhaps the change of scenery—not to mention the absence of pressure that comes from playing in hockey's least-interested market—will help him live up to the incredible promise he showed. BB Bill Needle Speaks

A grassroots movement has kicked off FLASH Night Club • 10018-105 St •

780.969.9965 • Thu Goth + Industrial Night: Indust:real Assembly with DJ Nanuck; 10pm (door); no cover • Triple Threat Fridays: DJ Thunder, Femcee DJ Eden Lixx • DJ Suco beats every Sat • E: vip@flashnightclub.com

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: bellydancing@teamedmonton.ca • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; bootcamp@teamedmonton.ca • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; bowling@teamedmonton.ca • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; running@teamedmonton. ca • Spinning: MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@teamedmonton.ca • Swimming: NAIT pool, 11762-106 St; swimming@ teamedmonton.ca • Volleyball: every Tue, 7-9pm; St. Catherine School, 10915-110 St; every Thu, 7:30-9:30pm at Amiskiwiciy Academy, 101 Airport Rd

G.L.B.T.Q Seniors Group • S.A.G.E Bldg, Craftroom, 15 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.474.8240 • Meeting for gay seniors, and for any seniors who have gay family members and would like some guidance • Every Thu, 1-4:30pm • Info: T: Jeff Bovee 780.488.3234, E: tuff @shaw.ca

AFFIRM SUNNYBROOK–Red Deer

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

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

INSIDE/OUT • U of A Campus • Campusbased organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, trans-identified and queer (LGBTQ) faculty, graduate student, academic, straight allies and support staff • 3rd Thu each month (fall/winter terms): Speakers Series. E: kwells@ualberta.ca

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave

the junction bar • 10242-106 St •

• Sunnybrook United Church, Red Deer • 403.347.6073 • Affirm welcome LGBTQ people and their friends, family, and allies meet the 2nd Tue, 7pm, each month

bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm • groups.yahoo.com/group/bwedmonton • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm

EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E: edmontonpt@ yahoo.ca EPLC Fellowship Pagan Study Group • Pride Centre of Edmonton • eplc.

webs.com • Free year long course; Family circle 3rd Sat each month • Everyone welcome

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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

LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408-

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

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• 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; robwells780@ hotmail.com • HIV Support Group: for people living with HIV/AIDS; 2nd Mon each month,

encouraging the city to look into erecting a statue or some public display honouring the SCTV gang, who spent a few years in this town filming and writing some of the best years of the show. The argument against the plan goes this way: the SCTV gang were only here for a short time, rarely return (save regular visits from Count Floyd/Joe Flaherty), rarely speak of our fair city and moved on to bigger careers elsewhere. They had some great times here but have done little else to honour Edmonton. So a statue or public art reeks of desperation. I say do it. If the Colorado Avalanche retired Ray Bourque's number despite the fact that the long-time Boston Bruin played 94 of his 1612 career regular season games in Denver, why not have a statue of the Shmenge Brothers? DY Oilers Player of the week Taylor Hall: with his comrades falling all around him, Hall continues to put up points. BB Sam Gagner: a couple assists in losing efforts (Dallas and St Louis) and improving play. DY 7-9pm; huges@shaw.ca • TTIQ: Education and support group for transgender, transsexual, intersexed and questioning people, their friends, families and allies; 2nd Tue each month, 7:309:30pm; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Community Potluck: For members of the LGBTQ community; last Tue each month, 6-9pm; tuff@shaw.ca • Counselling: Free, short-term, solution-focused counselling, provided by professionally trained counsellors; every Wed, 6-9pm; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • STD Testing: Last Thu every month, 3-6pm; free; admin@pridecentreofedmonton.org • Youth Movie: Every Thu, 6:30-8:30pm; jess@ pridecentreofedmonton.org

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 • 1152676 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • womonspace.ca, womonspace@gmail.com • 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 Arts and Heritage–St Albert Annual Heritage Dinner • Curling

Club’s banquet hall • Cocktails, catered dinner and a glimpse into St. Albert’s past • Fri, Jan 20, 6:30pm • $100/$90 (Arts and Heritage member) at Arts and Heritage Office, Musée Héritage Museum

Arts Birthday • Ortona Armoury, 9733102 St • Beams: welcome to the end of time with Agapersaygunexperiment, Gene Kosowan, Zombies • Sat, Jan 14, 8pm (door) Fork Fest • Restaurants: A Cappella

Catering, Accent Lounge, Blue Pear, Blue Plate Diner, Chateau Louis Hotel's Royal Coach Dining Room, d’Lish, Jack’s Grill, Parkallen, Sabor Divino, Wild Tangerine • Showcasing the best of local cuisine, 10 days of multi-course menu options at 10 participating restaurants • Jan 15-19, 22-26

Ice on Whyte • End of Steel Park and

Strathcona Centre Community League, Tommy Banks Way, 103 St, various locations • iceonwhyte.ca • Ice carvings; a park filled with ice slides, snow carvings; interactive children's play area. The YESS café will serve hot beverages in the heated tent; featuring live music and storytelling • Jan 12-22

Metropolis • Churchill Square and the

surrounding streets • Edmonton International Winter Festival: Featuring six free-standing, heated temporary structures • Until Feb 20, 2012 (Churchill Square)


FILM

FILM // CRONENBERG

The Talking Cure

David Cronenberg on A Dangerous Method, love stories and the very essence of cinema [Laughs] No. No particular wariness. I think every really interesting thing we create has a potential downside or dangerous aspect. Obviously, this movie is called A Dangerous Method, and it was considered so in its time because it was revolutionary, subversive and volatile. Freud was attacked for it. As he said when he came to America on the boat: "Don't they realize we're bringing them the plague?" [Laughs] He was acknowledging the fact that this new therapy was tricky. Things could have unforeseeable repercussions. In The Brood I'm just exaggerating that. It was never meant as a blanket critique of psychotherapy.

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Analyze this: Jung and Freud in A Dangerous Method

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t may not first seem it, but this drama about the origins of psychoanalysis, adapted by Christopher Hampton from his own play, finds its ideal interpreter in David Cronenberg, who has, after all, forged his career by studying the beast within, and has always conveyed a special knowingness about the myriad ways in which the primitive bristles and burns at the spinal-psychic base of the bourgeoisie. Tracing encounters between Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), his acolyte Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), Jung's patient and mistress and, finally, an accomplished psychoanalyst in her own right, A Dangerous Method is the story of a precarious new science's difficult development, a love affair and a friendship fraught with conflicting expectations. The film's tone is eloquent, ironic, restrained, at times epistolary. Manners matter, yet taboo triumphs. There are

REVUE // EXTRA! EXTRA!

Tabloid Fri, Jan 13 – Mon, Jan 16 Directed by Errol Morris Metro Cinema at the Garneau

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n 1977 Joyce McKinney, a 28-year-old model and former Miss Wyoming, journeyed to England on a mission of love. With apparently unlimited funds at her disposal and fearing possible violence, she'd hired a pilot and a couple of body guards to accompany her, but in the end her dutiful old buddy Keith May was her sole accomplice as, depending on who you believe, she either kidnapped or liberated Kirk Anderson, the dumpy 21-year-old Mormon missionary Joyce claimed was brainwashed by his church. Kirk was her fiancé, she

numerous brilliant, often funny hard cuts between scenes that, though time has passed, almost make us feel Jung is walking from one scene that reveals his unresolved sexual urges to another in which his wife has just given birth. The performances are each beautifully calibrated, and Fassbender is especially compelling in his transmission of the delicate balance of Jung's repressed desires, colossal ambitions and nervous urge toward the esoteric, perhaps as a way of coping with irreconcilable needs. I spoke with Cronenberg last month about the film. It was his first interview with Vue Weekly since 2002's Spider. We had but a brief window of time, yet he was, as always, generous, articulate and witty. VUE WEEKLY: For me, an especially memorable moment in your body of work is the opening scene of The Brood, a scene that, however unconventional or sinister the treatment being administered in it may be, could be read as suspicious of psychotherapy. Before this project came to you, did you feel any particular unease with psychoanalysis?

says, and the love of her life. Willing or unwilling, Kirk wound up shackled to a bed in a rural Devon cottage where Joyce, by her own testimony, administered three days of sexual healing, just enough to temporarily bring Kirk back to his senses, but not enough to prevent his returning to the Church of Latter Day Saints and ultimately declaring in a courtroom that Joyce raped him. Rape? This made no sense whatsoever to our pragmatic anti-heroine. How can a woman possibly rape a man? Joyce asks. "It's like putting a marshmallow in a parking meter." Sex, religion, abduction, bondage, a feisty subject oozing with natural showmanship and sporting a delectable Southern accent: "Joyce McKinney and the Manacled Mormon" was perfect tabloid material. And perfect material for Errol Morris's latest film, Tabloid.

VW: Over the course of A Dangerous Method, Sabina Spielrein arguably emerges as an example of psychoanalysis' capacity for self-betterment. DC: Yes. As she says to Jung, "You cured me with his method." Meaning Freud's talking cure. The boundaries of psychoanalysis weren't known—they were still inventing it. So you have to give Otto Gross a little credit here. He was a proto-hippy, questioning everything, and he was saying, "How do we know having sex with your patient is a bad thing?" [Laughs] It was a legitimate question. "What if it turns out to be a useful component of this new therapy we're inventing?" Of course, now it's illegal. But Gross really changed Jung's way of thinking. He shook him out of his bourgeois patterns, and Jung was forever after an advocate of polygamy. He lived that way. He had a wife, but he also had a mistress for the rest of his life. It seemed to work for him. I don't know about his wife, though she too became a psychoanalyst and didn't

Morris (The Thin Blue Line, The Fog of War) has made a career of interrogating the sensational, but with McKinney it seems very little prodding was needed. Morris spent a single day in 2010 interviewing the still vivacious McKinney about the scandal and walked away with documentary gold. There's this refrain that clings to every Morris project,

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leave him and was very productive. So who's to say that, even as a patient who became a lover, Sabina was in fact victimized? As it turns out, she was no victim. She was their intellectual equal and went on to have her own career. VW: Something I find especially intriguing about the film is the way that Jung and Spielrein seem to cross paths while on what are essentially reverse trajectories, the former moving from groundedness to deep disquiet, the latter from hysteria to groundedness. They share a peculiar kind of love story I think ... DC: That's exactly right. A very good point ... VW: Which makes me think that there are actually a surprising number of love stories in your work. The Dead Zone, The Fly and Dead Ringers are constructed to some degree around people falling in love. Crash and History of Violence prominently feature long-term love that needs to be renegotiated. DC: When I was a kid I read a book called The Allegory of Love, by CS Lewis, which suggested that romantic love was a relatively recent literary invention. Whatever you want to call it, it does seem to be a very powerful force. And yes, I think it's in almost all my movies, though it's not often acknowledged, perhaps because it's very subtle. VW: I'm interested in the question of restraint in A Dangerous Method. Most of your films depict catalytic events that allow some level of chaos to unfurl, but here—as in History of Violence, and perhaps Spider—taboo or heretical urges are only allowed to manifest in very particular safe zones. In this case, the zones of therapy or secret sex.

something about how he looks down on his subjects or even wants to humiliate them, but I don't buy it for a minute. It seems to me that Morris was, if anything, completely seduced by McKinney. How could you not be? McKinney's story, complete with ridiculous disguises and daring escapes, is just too good (to be true?), even with all her absurd

DC: Repression is interesting. In Freud's

formula, civilization is repression. For me, each movie is a unique creature and tells you what it needs. In this case what it needed was control, because the era that psychoanalysis came out of was one of great control. You see it in the Belvedere Gardens, so beautiful yet so manicured—the boundaries were unmistakable. It was an era in which everyone knew his place. There was not a lot of fluidity. A lot of stability, but not much spontaneity. So the tone of the movie comes from the characters and the era, even the clothes, the high, stiff collars, and so on. Hysteria, we might say, was a spontaneous outcry against this general repression. Particularly of women. VW: This is, obviously, an unusually talky movie. Much drama emerges through things spoken. That must be exhilarating in its own quiet way, to be able to craft a story in which the subconscious can be articulated without much contrivance. DC: That was one of the attractions, absolutely. A lot of people say, "Wasn't it too talky? Too theatrical?" But it was a screenplay before it was a play, and even there, the characters talked a lot. It was called The Talking Cure. I liked that. I think Christopher was worried that I might want to cut back on that for so-called cinematic reasons, but I assured him that that was what makes this script great. A face talking is the thing that we photograph most as directors. To me that's not theatrical— it's the essence of cinema. If you have a great face saying great things, you have a movie. Josef Braun

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allegations and bits of bawdy-folksy wisdom. McKinney's no fool. She says she was placed in a school for gifted kids because she had an IQ of 168, and, as with everything she says, you kind of believe her. The film's most compelling question: does she believe herself? Josef Braun

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FILM // BERGMANIA

REVUE // MARGARET THATCHER

Wild Strawberries

The Iron Lady Opens Friday Directed by Phyllida Lloyd

sequences in several other Bergmans. The long flashback section at the summer house is a little boring (or anyway as boring as any sequence featuring both the delicious Bibi Andersson and the delectable Gunnel Lindblom can be). And those two self-serious young men in ultra-short shorts that the professor picks up are more annoying than anything else.

of the longest serving prime ministers, but fails to detail the development of Thatcher's belief structure, her stuggles with her cabinet and party, and the tumultuous impact her decisions had on Britain and the UK.

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ur introduction to the Iron Lady is as a shuffling woman, kerchiefed and shoved about in the market looking for the proper change for milk. She who once convinced the US Secretary of State that war was needed in the Falkland Islands is today berated for attempting to do something for herself. In this depiction, director Phyllida Lloyd and writer Abi Morgan succeed in portraying Margaret Thatcher's descent into old age: wrapping her story around Thatcher's reported dementia and using conversations with her long-dead husband to flashback to key moments in her rise and fall as prime minister, Lloyd manages to humanize an often-justifiably villianized woman. Streep disappears into the aged Thatcher and her strength is in playing the sometimes conflicted, reflective woman attempting to hold her strength as she loses her memory. It's a powerful narrative, but one that leaves out key aspects of the impact of Lady Thatcher. By focusing on the important moments in Thatcher's political career, the screenplay manages to encapsulate the entire life and career of one

Thatcher's battles as one of the first women in Parliament are portrayed beautifully through cinematographic decisions, placing her blue dress amidst the black suits of her aged counterparts during her first moments in Parliament. Focus on the prying and skeptical eyes of her cabinet during meetings and the depiction of the preying encirclement of Secretary of State Michael Heseltine—who would eventually challenge Thatcher as party leader—are great depictions of the battles she faced as a woman in politics, and add to the idea she was an outsider in this government of men. But these moments of political intensity are few and far between for a woman who defined herself through politics. It seems Lloyd and Morgan are more interested in the romanticized portrayal of her as a leader. It works well as a movie, but as an exploration of Margaret Thatcher's life it does her beliefs, and those affected by them, a disservice. Samantha Power

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On the other hand, there's the ingenious notion of having Marianne, the professor's daughter-in-law (Ingrid Thulin), tag along for the ride after having temporarily left her husband Evald. One of the film's strongest sequences is the flashback to the brutal moment Marianne confesses to Evald that she's pregnant and intends to keep the baby; Evald tells her if she does they're So those strawberries weren't local or organic? through. There's that endearing rural gas jockey (Max Von Sydow) who reSat, Jan 14; Sun, Jan 15; Thu, Jan 19 futility and death; like the latter, it's a veres the professor so much he won't Written and directed by Ingmar Bergman road movie through which numerous accept remittance. "There are things Originally released: 1957 supporting characters pass while our that can't be paid back," he says. "Not Metro Cinema at the Garneau protagonist, septuagenarian profeseven with gas." And there is, of course, sor Isak Borg (legendary director VicSjöström, so relaxed yet so vulnerable, oming after Smiles of a Summer tor Sjöström), travels to Lund for an elegant and chilly. His performance is AN INTELLECTUALLY THRILLING TRUE Night (1955) and The Seventh honorary degree and along the way reason enough STORY.” to see Strawberries. Seal (1957), Ingmar Bergman's Wild reviews his life's regrets. That and those final two close-ups of Strawberries (also '57) was the prodI've been a Bergmaniac since my his tired, pale face, which, seemingly efuct of someone who'd fully arrived as teens and must confess that Strawfortlessly, convey the sense of a whole an internationally acclaimed auteur. berries never even cracked my top 10 life having passed before it, and the In terms of gravity it splits THE the differ(bearing in mind that Bergman directpossibility of findingIT peace with that ACTORS GIVE IT THEIR ALL. LEAVE TO ence between Smiles, a sex comedy ed over 60 films). There are memolife's drawing to a close. DAVID CRONENBERG TO MAKE THEJosef CEREBRAL SIZZLE!” Braun of the highest order, and Seal, a medirable dream sequences, but none as // josef@vueweekly.com eval existential ensemble drama about memorable or imaginative as dream

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FILM // HEEEEEEEEEERE'S KUBRICK!

The Shining Fri, Jan 13 (11 pm) Directed by Stanley Kubrick Originally released: 1980 Metro Cinema at the Garneau

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tanley Kubrick's 142-minute take on the horror-film can seem like a onetrack mind-trip into madness. Early scenes in The Shining are meetings that assert a bland OK-ness: a man killed his family and himself here, but you should be fine!; your son talks to an imaginary friend but he's fine! But as time telescopes (from "The Interview" to "A Month Later" to "Saturday"), the tracking Steadicam shots— young Danny with Wendy in the hedge maze; hall after hall, room after room of The Overlook hotel—frame humans overwhelmed, to the point of madness, by luxurious space. The Overlook, on Indian burial ground, is a "civilized" trespass against nature—an enclosing yet sprawling construction. As critic Frederic Jame-

son's suggested, The Shining haunts with "dismal imprisonment in monuments of high culture." This is Kubrick narrowed down, not always successfully, to his basic template. His tracking-down-corridors shots become his stare into the horror genre's dark shallows (which can seem deep only because they're so dark). As we read Jack's mad words, we're reading Kubrick's visual signature; as we move through the labyrinthine hotel and the dark rooms within Jack, we're drifting through primal Psycho-spaces of horror (isolated hotel, male killer, sixth-sensing child). The marks left behind are visual flashes on the mind's retina: blood flooding a corridor, frilly-dressed sisters before and after their axing. The Shining may be Kubrick's most pessimistic film—here, horror's so strangely hypnotic because it's little more than the banality of isolated lives punctured by fantasies of their dramatic, fascinating ends. Brian Gibson

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FILM WEEKLY Fri, JAN 13 - THU, Jan 19, 2012

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS

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PREVUE // EDGY THEATRE

Peeking behind the curtain

Canoe Theatre festival lets audiences in on how it all comes together Madeleine Sami, who embodies the roles in No 2 and notes she's never been to Canada before, has been occasionally touring No 2 since its debut in 1999 to pretty much universal acclaim, and in that time, she's noticed the diverse response international audiences have given it. "I'm always surprised at how well it translates, because it's quite a specific New Zealand story, but at the end of the day it's a story about family, and I think it's transient of the cultural stuff in it," she says. "You can recognize a family that's slightly disfunctional ... people really respond to it. "What's exciting for me now, having done this so many times, is going to new countries, and seeing, like, what are Canadians going to think of this show?"

Tue, Jan 17 – Sun, Jan 22 Realtor Canoe Theatre Festival Various locations, schedule at workshopwest.org

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he audience, I think, more and more, likes to be in on the process," Keltie Brown says. "Maybe it's always been the case, or maybe it's a function of the highly democratic, Internet-driven world, but people want to know about the insides of things. They want to be engaged, not just with the product but with the process. So people were excited to see things in progress, and how we work, and talk a little bit with artists about really how a work, especially how a work that's alternative in style, comes together." As co-curator of Workshop West's Canoe Theatre Fest, Brown's been offering those exact sorts of opportunities to Edmonton audiences for five years now, both in terms of alternative theatre— the festival's basic operation is providing experimental works from here and abroad a stage to be showcased on—

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and in giving them a peek behind the curtain surrounding the festival's selected scripts, and letting the audience in on how it arrives in front of them. As always, the festival's six-day run has a hefty spread of shows, from homegrown works like Ladies Who Lynch and Homeless—both of which have had previous local runs, but are in the midst of drastic reworkings—to national and international entries like The House at the End of the Road, from Kelowna, as much art instillation as theatre show, beckoning the audience to move around the space as the actors do ("We always have one [show] that's just right out there," Brown laughs, "that's there for the really artistically adventurous people"), or The Last 15 Seconds, in from Kitchener, which imagines the final conversation between a suicide bomber and one of his victims through a visceral, edgy performance. Or No 2, an acclaimed, nine-character, one-actress performance flying in from New Zealand which explores an Aboriginal family's dysfunctional highs and lows.

Alongside those direct performances, Canoe now offers the Adventures in Whitewater Theatre series, three nights of artistic works in progress, not quite developed enough for a full debut but ready to take their first steps in front of an actual audience. Brand new this year is the Big Ideas speaker series (inspired in part by Brian Webb, whose presentation of La La La Human Steps is linked to Canoe), a panel discussion with a number of artists of all creative ilks discussing their craft in the city and beyond and, Brown notes, "Just getting a conversation going about how we create and why we create and that kind of thing, and taking the opportunity to have people like Édouard [Lock] and some of our guests for the Canoe festival to bring some fun ideas into the city. "We get so used to ourselves—it's not a bad thing, but it's always ncie to have new ideas and frest discussions and different perspectives," she says. "We also don't talk between disciplines in Edmonton much. It's amazing how little we do. And every once in a while you sit down and have a conversation with Brian Webb or Todd Janes and go, 'Oh yeah, right. We're trying to achieve the same thing in a slightly different way.'" PAUL BLINOV

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PREVUE // THEATRE

Big Shot // Paul Blinov

Thu, Jan 12 – Sun, Jan 22 (8 pm; 2 pm Sundays) Directed by Georgina Beaty The Roxy Theatre, $16 – $21

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our years after he first conceived of it in theatre school, Jon Lachlan Stewart's one-man play Big Shot is being remounted in a radically altered form. The play, which began as a 20-minute thesis project before being toured to—and held over at— fringe festivals across Canada, existed as a story with little artifice, Stewart himself creating every aspect of the show's version of a Vancouver SkyTrain station, where a shooting touches off the action. For the remount, the co-artistic director of Surreal So Real theatre enlisted the production team that helped create Dog—last year's Sterling-Award-winning tripped-out descent into madness—Dave Clarke, Cory Sincennes and Paul Bezaire. "The set is completely raised up about four feet so the actor and the action is going on way above the audience to give the feeling that the SkyTrain is above you and above the city, and also to give the feeling that the audience is on the tracks of the train,"

What do you think you are? Some sorta Big Shot?

Stewart explains. "The play is already working, but we thought how can we take it to that next level?" Taking it to the next level seems an appropriate mantra for not only Surreal So Real—best known for its intense storytelling, dark subject matter and innovative forms—but for the play itself. The four years of on-stage development that the play went through has been not only a luxury within the context of Canadian theatre, says Stewart, but essential to its quality. "One tragedy in Canadian theatre is that plays get put up once or twice and then they're finished," he says. "I don't think Big Shot could have gotten to the point it has in its contents and structure without four years of developing it through performance, not just sitting down at a table and rewriting."

The remount is also a chance for Edmonton audiences to check in with one of the city's most original theatre companies. From its inception, Surreal So Real quickly established a reputation as one of Edmonton's most exciting companies with its willingness to go into dark territory, to tell stories in new and unconventional ways. That reputation is what pushes Stewart to continue to try and surprise—and sometimes scare—himself with his work. "I'm lucky that my company is defined as an experimental and exciting group because I have to surprise myself and change myself up," he says while admitting he's keen to avoid a pigeonhole. "It is a double-edged sword, but I got that definition for a reason and I am who I am and I'm proud of the art that I make." BRYAN BIRTLES

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PREVUE // CLOWNIN' AROUND

Vice Versa

Father and son

Thu, Jan 12 – Mon, Jan 16 (8 pm) Created by Adam Cope and Elliott James Theatre Arts Community Outreach (10005 - 80 Ave), $10 – $15

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dmonton's hardly a one clown-duo town, but you could be forgiven for thinking precisely that. The imprint left in our collective consciousness by Mump and Smoot is a large one, and while there are plenty of other skilled red-nosers being trained locally—Mump, or Michael Kennard if you'd prefer, is now an instructor at the University of Alberta, while Jan Henderson's three-week summer clown course is so popular that the waiting list is perpetually several years-long— that hasn't quite translated into an corresponding number of shows, outside

of Fringe fare. That might be shifting, however. A clowning cabaret, Fool's Gold, premiered as a one-night event back in October but has a two-night reprise planned for March, and, more immediately, Adam Cope and Elliott James, two former theatre BFAs, have been touting a clown duo of their own around the workshop and Fringe circuit. Now they're bringing Vice Versa home again to don the noses of Tonk and Fozby, a father-son clown duo attempting to navigate the tricky rituals of male bonding while in the midst of family tragedy: saying goodbye to the family matriarch. "Mump and Smoot, they do the horror clown. I don't think there's anything violent in our show," James explains. "Playful wrastlin'," offers Cope, to which

James agrees, before summarizing: "We are more the clowns of drunken debauchery, and vaudevillian style." "I think clown has a bad rap, and that's why it's a hard sell," Cope says. "People think clowns are stupid. But it's not the stupidity that clowns are trying to achieve to get laughter. It's the honesty. And that's the really driving force." The duo's style seems its own, blending, in equal parts, a classic Joey/Auguste pairing and a frat party (coupled here in an exploration of the grieving process), but the two are grateful for the help of Kennard, who helped them workshopping the show and their clowning. Vice Versa premiered, in workshop form, at the University's StageLab festival, and they've been tweaking it in its every incarnation. This is its fourth. The upcoming run of Vice Versa also christens the new home of Punctuate! Theatre in a cozy new venue in town: the Theatre Arts Community Outreach, housed in a fairly nondescript building, just off Whyte. Its generic look hides a dance studio, a cozy, quirky theatre ("the blacks are blue") and plenty of space for a company to find its footing in the theatre scene. "It's a great building," says James. "It was a Fringe venue last time, but I don't know if anybody knows about it yet. We want to get people out to see the space as much as to see us." PAUL BLINOV

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La La La Human Steps // Edouard Lock

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ome may think the following is an exaggeration, but to my mind, Édouard Lock is the Steve Jobs of the dance world. Wait, maybe he's the Julian Assange. Can't decide ... Since founding his seminal dance company, La La La Human Steps, in 1980, the likes of David Bowie, Frank Zappa and Michael Apted have all sought out Lock's creative mind for collaborative projects. There's no debate that Lock has made his point, so to speak, when it comes to bridging ballet with contemporary movement. Not only did La La La cause a ruckus in the '80s with an oft topless, androgynous female lead and severely fast, aggressive choreography (all at a time when ballet companies and contemporary co-ops were loathe to even watch each other's work), but since then Lock has broadcast his iconoclastic ideals of dance at the forefront of pop culture, even at times in venues that modern dance had scarcely before explored. (He's garnered numerous awards for his black-and-white film, Amélia, which is also being screened on Monday as part of the Canoe Theatre Festival.) Three decades after its inception, La La La is still blowing minds around the world with its signature paradox of classical pointe work and deconstructed, beaten-down esthet-

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ics. The company's visit next week, its first appearance in Edmonton since Amjad in 2007, features a new work—uncheekily titled New Work. "It's pretty much untitled," explains Lock matter-of-factly, noting that the piece is conceived on the basis of two well-known operas: Purcell's Dido and Aeneas and Gluck's Orpheus and Eurydice. Excerpts from the original scores, re-worked for La La La by composer Gavin Bryars, will be performed by a live onstage quartet. "I don't know, it would have felt strange covering these incredibly iconic operas with a title of my own," Lock adds. Like Amjad, which took its inspiration from the canonical ballets

Sounds sad, but really, Lock knows that each audience member takes something different from what they see onstage, and that is out of his control. In no cheesy terms, that is the magic of live performance, and arguably an indication of how the complex, risky style of La La La's choreography has come to resonate for over 30 years. "When a group of people come onto the stage, they're acutely aware of being observed. You can almost sense some sort of wind, some sort of erosional force that wears away the inefficient; it wears away the weakest parts of what is being presented," says Lock. "If you step into the reality of the theatre, the audience goes in with problems that they cannot escape. They taste fail-

When a group of people come onto the stage, they're acutely aware of being observed. You can almost sense some sort of wind, some sort of erosional force that wears away the inefficient; it wears away the weakest parts of what is being presented. Swan Lake and Sleeping Beauty, New Work is also an exploration of memory—not only of an audience's recollection of the music and classic Greek tales, but also of remembering lost love. "When you look at the specifics of these two operas, they draw to a part of the relationship phase that's an unusual part to address: it's the end, it's the memory. It isn't the seductive phase or the romantic phase. So there is, in my opinion, a sense of loss that permeates through the work."

ure, they taste hope—some parts of their lives are in control and others are not. So you can't address this group by saying you're simply going to present a technically coherent performance, it goes beyond that. You've got to be able to take an ego risk and go beyond the edge of your control where potentially failure can happen, as it does in the audience. And that creates the link between the two groups, and that isn't technical." Fawnda Mithrush

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through-line, focusing on Horton the Elephant and the two main stories about Horton."

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hat scruffy cat in his candy cane striped hat has been a notoriously familiar figure in pop culture for the past 50 years: the canonical works of Theodor Geisel, better known as Dr Seuss, have been updated and revisited every generation since their inception. From the original children's books, these stories and their host of anthropomorphized animal characters and instantly recognizable rhymes have been transformed into television shows, full-length films and even a Broadway musical. Written by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, Seussical the Musi-

A cat, clad in a hat, appears in Seussical

cal originally debuted in 2000. Five years later it was adapted into a shorter, more kid-friendly version; this shortened adaption is opening at the Citadel this Saturday.

"It's based on a number of stories written by Dr Seuss," explains Allen MacInnis, director of the production. "It weaves a number of the stories together to kind of create a

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Rest assured that the perennial favourite Seuss character will also make an appearance in the show. "It's structured with the Cat in the Hat as the sort of host and narrator of the script, but he's not a full-time narrator," MacInnis states. "It's a great use because the Cat in the Hat is a really iconic and familiar character to a lot of kids, but his books don't have especially complex stories." MacInnis directed this show a few years ago, in 2007; however, he notes that this new production has done some things differently, notably with the costuming and set design. "Some of it is actually a bit like the fabulous costumes women wear on

Mad Men, that sort of fabulous '60s look," he says. "It's also got a kind of pop culture, pop art feel to the set design. It's really evocative of the animal characters—but not actually with fun fur costumes," he says with a chuckle. Parents need not worry about bracing themselves for a 75-minute version of Green Eggs and Ham; MacInnis assures that this version will appeal to audiences of all ages. "It's more sophisticated, which I think really works; kids seem to respond to it," he continues. "It's really important when you're doing theatre for young audiences not to talk down to them, to actually give them a job to do in the theatre, which is just use their imaginations." Mel Priestley

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GALLERIES + MUSEUMS ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY •

Brian Webb Dance • Jubilee Auditorium,

10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • The Recipients: 2011 Alberta Craft Award Recipients • Until Feb 18 • THINKING BIG: Unveiling public art projects; Jan 14-Apr; reception: Sat, Jan 14, 2-4pm

Mile Zero Dance • Westbury Theatre,

Art Beat Gallery • 26 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.3679 • Picasso and Pinot Noir: 3rd Thu each month; starts Jan 19, 7-9pm; $50, pre-register

11455-87 Ave • New Work by La La La Human Steps choreography by Édouard Lock • Wed, Jan 18 • $36$55 at TicketMaster, TIX on the Square TransAlta Arts Barns, 10330-84 Ave • 780.424.1573 • Unplugged: A Mile Zero Dance Salon • Sat, Jan 21, 8pm • $15 (member)/$20 (general) at door

Shumka Dancers • Jubilee Auditorium, 1145587 Ave • A Ukrainian Christmas Folk Ballet: Shumka's collaboration with the Ukrainian State Folk Dance Virsky Based on E.T.A. Hoffman’s tale The Nutcracker • Jan 20-21 • Tickets at TicketMaster, shumka.com/ tickets

FILM Downtown Docs • Stanley A. Milner Library

Theatre (basement level) • 780.944.5383 • Documentaries with attitude • The Greatest Movie Ever Sold • Thu, Jan 19, 6:30pm • Free

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780.944.5383 • Screenings of films adapted from books, presented by the Centre for Reading and the Arts • The Fly, 100 minutes (1986) 14A, film version of George Langelaan‘s short story; Fri, Jan 13, 2pm • 2001: A Space Odyssey, 141 minutes (1968) PG, based on Arthur C. Clarke’s The Sentinel; Fri, Jan 20, 2pm

FAVA • 9722-102 St • 780.429.1671 • Main Course: Intermediate production • Until Apr 28; every Sat, 10am-2pm • $795 (early bird, by Oct 28, 2011)/$845 From Books to Film series • Stanley

A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm •

GUIDE TO SHERWOOD PARK

Artery • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.441.6966 •

Solstice Art Show: Show and concert featuring Zeal Art by John DenOuden, Kaelyn Saunders, and Kelsey Huget, Peter Mol ( Junkyard poets); Jan 13, 8pm; $5 (adv at Blackbyrd)/$10 (door)

Art from the Streets–Red Deer • 4935-51 St • Group Show; Art from the Street 2012 calendars available • Through Jan

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 Photographs: 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 • Manning Hall: MASS: Installation by Dara Humniski • Conversation with the Artist: Dara Humniski and

MASS: Thu, Jan 12, 6pm • Studio Y Youth Drop-in: Map Making: Clay Relief Sculptures: Thu, Jan 12, 3:305:30pm, $10; Sense: Installation Art: Thu, Jan 19, 3:305:30pm, $10 • Adult Drop-in: Blot: Screen Printing; Thu, Jan 12, 7-9pm, $15/$12 (member); Figure: Tonal Drawing: Thu, Jan 19, 7-9pm, $15/$12 (member) • Art for Lunch: Theatre Foyer: Academy vs. The Rebels–The Changing Landscape of 19th Century Paintings and the Beginnings of Modernism: Thu, Jan 19, 12:10-12:50pm, free • All Day Sunday: Prairie Playground: Sun, Jan 15; 12-4pm; free with admission

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; until Jan 28 • Artist At Heart: Face To Face, for adults: Sat, Jan 14, 10am-12pm; $15 • Artventures: Spectacular Snowflakes: drop-in art for ages 6-12; Sat, Jan 21, 1-4pm; $5

Bruce Peel Special Collections Library • Rutherford Library, U of A • I'm No Su-

perman: The comic collection of Gilbert Bouchard: Until Feb 28 • Tour lead by curatory Andy Grabia: Jan 14, 2pm

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• 9103-95 Ave • 780.461.3427 • Group show • Until Feb 28

Corridor Community Gallery–Red Deer • Recreation Centre, Lower Level, 4501-47A Ave,

Red Deer • Artworks by Marianne Harris • Through Jan

Crooked Pot Gallery–Stony Plain • 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • Northern Lights: In celebration of the Alberta Winter Games-winter themed pottery and giftware • Until Feb 29 Daffodil Gallery • 10412-124 St, 780.4822854 • Gallery artists • Through Jan Expressionz Café • 9938-70 Ave• 780.437.3667 • Group show, admission by donation • Through Jan, Mon-Sat, 11am-5pm FAB Gallery • Department of Art and Design,

U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • Innovation Technology Design: Huiwen Hi Wen, for Master of Design in Industrial Design • Wilderness Homeland: Anna Gaby-Trotz: MFA Printmaking • Until Jan 14

Gallery at Milner • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • The Light of the Lakeland: Watercolour landscapes by Patricia Coulter • Steel Bridges: Works by James Gaa • Until Jan 31 Gallerie Pava • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • Le

Rapprochement: Photos by Suzanne Bourdon, Paul Brindamour, Robert Fréchette and Iva Zimova–a collective of four photographers from Québec • Jan 14-Feb 22 • Opening: Jan 14, 1-4pm

Harcourt House • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.426.4180 • Main Gallery: Mind Control Tricks: Paul Freeman • Front Room Gallery: forma: Wenda Salomons • Until Jan 21 Harris-Warke Gallery–Red Deer •

Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • Pictures from a Sick Mind: Works on paper by Ontario artist, Chris Shoust • Until Feb 12

Jeff Allen Art Gallery • Strathcona Seniors Centre, 10831 University Ave • 780.433.5807 • The Adventure Continues: Landscape photos by Patt and Ben Nearingburg • Until Jan 25 Kiwanis Gallery–Red Deer • Red Deer Library • The Gardens at Trevarno: Artworks by Sally Towers-Sybblis • Until Feb 26 Hub on Ross–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red

Deer • 403.340.4869 • Spirit of the People: StandUp Medicine Bear • Through Jan

Kiwanis Gallery–Red Deer • Red Deer Library • The Gardens at Trevarno: Artworks by Sally Towers-Sybblis • Until Feb 26 Latitude 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 • Main Gallery: Striking a Pose: Videos by Emmanel Licha, chronicles the exploits of the “War Tourist,” a character in search of compelling situations in conflict spots around the world; Jan 13-Feb 11 • ProjEx Room: Pollination Proposition: Artworks by Nicole Rayburn • Jan 13-Feb 11 • Opening: Jan 13, 7-10pm; curator's talk by Marie-Hélène Leblanc before the opening, at 6pm Legislature • West Lawn, 109 St, 98 Ave • Ice and snow carvings by artists from Heilongjiang, China • Thu, Jan 12-22, 11am-9pm McMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440112 St • 780.407.7152 • Nature: Paintings inspired by poet Chon Sang-Pyon’s poem, Back to Heaven; artworks by Kyung Hee Hogg • Until Feb 5

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 • Until Jan 28

Multicultural Centre Public Art Gallery (MCPAG)–Stony Plain • 5411-51

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St, Stony Plain • 780.963.9935 • A Soldier's Story: Paintings by Judy Martin • Until Feb 8

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Musée Héritage Museum–St Albert • 5

St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • St Albert History Gallery: Artifacts dating back 5,000 years • Take Your Best Shot: Photos by youth (8-18 yrs old) • Until Feb 5

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Naess Gallery • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave •

780.432.0240 • So What Happens Now?: Artworks by Jan Melissa Soleski • Until Jan 29

Peter Robertson Gallery • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • Winter Group Show: New artworks by gallery artists • Until Feb 4

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ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT: Until Feb 5 • NARRATIVE QUEST: Until Apr 29 STRATHCONA COUNTY GALLERY@501 •

501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • Blair Brennnan, Richard Boulet and Patrick Reed; until Feb 26

SNAP GALLERY • Society Of Northern Alberta

Print-Artists, 10123-121 St • 780.423.1492 • Artworks by Mark Franchino • Jan 12-Feb 11 • Opening reception: Jan 12

TELUS WORLD OF SCIENCE • 11211-142 St • TITANIC: THE ARTIFACT EXHIBITION: human stories told through artifacts recovered from the wreck site of the Titanic and extensive room re-creations; until Feb 20 • DISCOVERYLAND VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St •

780.421.1731 • Gallery A: Pictographs by Seka Owen; until Jan 21 • Gallery B: PERCEPTION-LIFE ON VENUS/LIFE ON MARS: Photographs by Anne Marie Resta; until Jan 21

VISUAL ARTS STUDIO ASSOCIATION OF ST ALBERT • Perron Street Studio, 11b Perron Str,

St Albert • 780.460.5993 • PALM TREES ON PERRON: Soak up the atmosphere of palms–a way to cope with the harsh reality of Alberta winter • Until Jan 28

LITERARY

• 780.915.8869 • Edmonton Story Slam followed by a music jam; no minors; 7pm (sign-up), 7:30pm (show), 3rd Wed of every month • Wed, Jan 18

formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • First three Sat every month, 11pm, until Jul • $10/$5 (high school student)/$8 (RFT member at the door only)

RIVERDALE • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam • Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm

CORNER GASSED 2 • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, 2690, 8882-170 St, Phase II WEM Upper Level • 780.484.2424 • Brent and the rest of the town find themselves stuck in the middle when Owen and his best friend Frank both decide to run for Mayor of Cat Creek • Until Jan 21

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets

T.A.L.E.S. TELLAROUND • Stanley Milner Library, Rm 7 , 6 Fl, 100 St, 102 Ave • 780.932.4409 • 2nd Fri each month until Jun, 7-9pm • Free event

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 • Anushka Ataullahjan, Diane Buchanan, Deborah Lawson, and Julie Robinson; Jan 16; $5

WRITERS GUILD • Percy Page Bldg, 3rd Fl, Rm 8, 11759 Groat Rd (back entrance) • Exchanging ideas and edits: Starting a successful writing group with author Natasha Deen • Sat, Jan 14, 1-3pm • Free (Member)/$5 (non-member) at the door

ICE ON WHYTE • Alberta Legislature’s West Lawn,

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SEUSSICAL™ • Citadel Shoctor Theatre, 9828-101A Ave • 780.428.2117 • Family Series: Music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens, book by Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty, co-conceived by Lynn Ahrens, Stephen Flaherty, Eric Idle, directed by Allen MacInnis; a Lorraine Kimsa Theatre for Young People production. The world of Dr. Seuss comes alive in this colourful musical production • Jan 14-29

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

BIG SHOT • Roxy, 10708-124 St, various other ven-

AUDREYS BOOKS • 10702 Jasper Ave •

THE CANOE THEATRE FESTIVAL • La Cité francophone, 8627-91 St; various locations • 780.477.5955 • Workshop West Theatre • Jan 17-22 • Tickets at Workshop West box office, 780.477.5955, ext 301

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB • 15120 Stony Plain Rd

780.433.3399 • Live improvised soap opera • Every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office 109 St, 98 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre • Sun, Jan 22, 7-8pm • Free

ARTERY • 9535 Jasper Ave • 780.441.6966 • TripLit: The

780.423.3487 • CAA Writer in Residence Jannie Edwards in the store every Wed; Jan 18-Apr 25, 12-1:30pm

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave •

WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St •

ues throughout Edmonton • 780.453.2440 • Theatre Network, presented by Surreal SoReal Theatre, by Jon Lachlan Stewart, starring Jon Lachlan Stewart, directed by Georgina Beaty • Previews: Jan 12-22 • Tickets at Theatre Network’s box office, 780.453.2440

Literary Saloon, Eighteen Bridges magazine, Edmonton Public Library's writer in residence Jocelyn Brown featuring Jennifer Cockrall King, Rob Appleford, Russell Cobb, and Scott Messenger • Thu, Jan 12, 7:30pm

DATE NIGHT! • Varscona Theatre, 10329 83 Ave • Rapid Fire Theatre, an evening of improv and a LIVE auction where you'll have the chance to bid on hot dates with our hot players • Jan 21, 7:30pm • $5 (door); proceeds to travel expenses for visiting artists during Improvaganza 2012

CHIMPROV • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave •

Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv

THEATRESPORTS • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • Improv runs every Fri, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) • $10/$8 (member) 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

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nically illegal) to farmer's fields. Big, jacked up one-tonnes frequently roar down the TransCanada and the Yellowhead Highways with sleds in tow, heading for the trailhead. From there, snowmobiles are accessing more and more remote areas, pushing into deeper and more complex terrain.

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Snow and straw fly past my vision in a blur. Torquing the snowmobile beneath me and shifting my weight, I wrestle to get the thing turning the way I want on the uneven field. Without much background in motorsports, being on a sled is an unfamiliar, disconcerting feeling. I'm not sure how to steer, I'm hesitant to accelerate too quickly or for too long and I'm constantly nervous about losing control. I'm not the only one with this blind spot. As a metaphor, my experience likely resonates with a lot of Albertans, including government policy makers. While sled sport has grown in popularity in Alberta over the last few decades there are still many who have never stepped on a machine nor understand the first thing about the sport. Even Travel Alberta doesn't seem to fully appreciate its full value and po-

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tential, says Chris Brookes, executive director of the Alberta Snowmobile Association. Snowmobiling in Alberta generated an estimated economic impact of $366.6 million in 2009 (based on estimates of overall expenditures in a recent study by Econometrics Research), which is greater than that generated by the province's downhillski industry, Brookes points out. Yet that isn't reflected in the province's tourism promotional efforts, he says. "All of Travel Alberta's literature, tweets, websites, they don't show snowmobilers," he criticizes. "You'd be hard-pressed to find a snowmobiler in any of their material." With the potential spinoff from purchases of sleds, outerwear, fuel and accommodations, Brookes sees it as a missed opportunity. "There's a need to understand the benefits and

what it can bring to the community," he says, "Local towns get it. Whitecourt in Woodlands County is a prime example of an area that understands the economic benefit of having so many snowmobilers converging there. Try to find a hotel in Whitecourt in February." Sledding today isn't what it used to be. Some 30 years ago, snowmobiling was a niche sport at best. "Originally snowmobiling was seen as more of a hobby, something older guys did on the farm," Brookes explains. "Of course, the machines were much smaller with limited range, you certainly couldn't do [what] we do today." In the last 10 to 15 years, more powerful, lighter-weight machines have enabled athletes to push the sport to extremes, raising its profile on both

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regional and international stages. For advanced skiers and boarders, a sled represents freedom of access to big mountain lines. Average recreationalists can cover incredible distances at high speeds, along the more than 5000 kilometres of cleared trails in Alberta, as well as on open land. "It's a very democratic sport, in that it opens up the backcountry to people of all physical abilities," says Brookes. Snowmobile activity is exploding in the province. In total, snowmobile expenditures in Alberta grew from $238.7 million in 2002 to $366.6 million in 2009, according to the Econometrics report. The same study estimates over 6500 Albertans whose jobs are directly or indirectly supported by the industry. Evidence of the sport is everywhere, from roadside ditches (where it's tech-

But all this growth comes at a cost. Environmental impacts from fuel emissions and noise disturbance are key concerns among environmental advocates. In recent years, tragedies near Revelstoke and Sparwood, and closer to home near Sherwood Park (where five-year-old Taeya Maron died last January) have also raised questions about the snowmobiling community's regard for safety. Of course, the media skews perception by the types of stories it chooses to cover, Brookes argues. One bright note to these tragedies is that, as a whole, the snowmobiling community has increased its awareness and education efforts—and it's working, Brookes says. "More and more the people I talk to who are heading [to the mountains] have at least their AST 1 training." But whether legislation, public perception and cultural attitudes have kept pace with the evolution of the sport is another matter. Much like driving the machines themselves, greater familiarity is essential if Albertan sledders, legislators, environmental and safety groups, and all the other stakeholders in the province— want to steer the sport in the right direction. Get a machine underneath you that can average up to 200 kilograms and 180 horsepower and accelerate at speeds of over 100 km/hour, and you better learn how to handle it, quickly. JEREMY DERKSEN

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"Bracing for cultural impact" is the first in Jeremy Derksen's three-part series on sled sport in Alberta. Watch for more Sled Revolution coverage on January 19 and 26.


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t'll be starting one day late, but the Ice on Whyte Festival will be going ahead as planned and offering its full range of winter activities despite the warmer weather, festival organizers are promising. Subzero temperatures are usually not hard to come by in Edmonton during January, but the warm spell has prompted a whirlwind of activity to

ensure the full range of offerings are available when the festival opens the doors at its new, larger location on Friday, January 13. "It has been a definite challenge this year, but we've got such a brilliant team working to make it happen," says Wanda Bornn, Festival Producer. "We've got special tarps over the ice sculptures to stop them

melting and on the evenings it has been cold enough we've been making snow to place the ice blocks on to keep them stable." As well as fighting to keep their ice from becoming puddles, festival organizers have also been working to fill a larger venue than ever before, following Ice on Whyte's move to End of Steel Park for this year's event. "We had outgrown our previous home," Bornn explains. "It's quite exciting to grow, although it has its new challenges." As well as putting up fencing, making snow and organizing electricity for the lights and musicians, the team has been piecing together its largest ice slide yet, taking advantage of the extra space the new location affords. Also on offer throughout the 10-day festival will be a sizeable entertainment tent with live music, a children's play area, ice carving for families and the Little Chippers learn-to-carve school program, which was filled within four days of bookings opening. Another new element to this year's event will be free rides on the restored 1912 Edmonton Streetcar, which will be running between the festival's two sites at End of Steel Park and the the Alberta Legislature Grounds, where international ice

carving teams have been chipping away at oversized blocks since the start of the month. "This year we have some incredible artists visiting from China and all over the world," Bornn enthuses. "Many of the artists we get are on a worldwide tour of ice carving and they are really amazing." More than 270 000 pounds of crystal clear ice is being used at the two sites to create over a dozen fantastical ice and snow sculptures for visitors to enjoy, including a nine-metre copy of the legislature building itself. The carving contest will see 10 teams from China, Russia, Latvia, Great Britain, Mexico, the Isle of Man, Canada and the US compete to build the most weird and wonderful design from the allocated 15 ice blocks. "For the first couple of days it looks like chaos," Bornn jokes. "There's cardboard and chips of ice flying

everywhere and people whistling, singing and playing music while they work—it's a crazy mess. But just seeing the designs evolve from the sketch they provide us on a piece of paper is excellent." After their 35 hours are up, the ice carvers' designs are then judged on technical skill, creativity, final appearance, design and composition and a list of other criteria from the National Ice Carving Association. The ice carving competition runs from January 13 to 15, with the rest of the festival continuing until January 22. "Come outside and play," Bornn adds. "People are always in constant amazement at the ice sculptures and activities ... it's one of the most delightful things to do with the family." For more on this year's Ice on Whyte Festival, check out iceonwhyte.ca. KATE IRWIN

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Descent into darkness When the lights go out, skiing goes big loodlights illuminate the slope at Snow Valley Ski Club, lighting it up like a bright white beacon. It's visible at night from Whitemud Trail and the surrounding area. In fact, it's one of the only white patches on the Edmonton horizon in this strange winter. It's also one of the most popular spots on a weeknight for skiers and boarders. While school groups keep the hill busy during the day, weeknights are key times of operation for the club, says Shawn Symington, Snow Valley general manager. From the end of the school or work day until 9 pm every Monday through Friday, skiers and boarders of all ability levels head to the ski area to get in some practice turns, take a lesson or perfect a new trick. In urban settings like Edmonton, a lot of downhill activity happens at night, while lighting up the slopes to allow people to ride after dark is becoming common at many resorts. At Snow Valley, ski racing teams schedule weekly night practices and a regular gang of freestyle kids can be found lapping the park. Yet despite a thriving night ski culture, this will be the first year ever that professional freestylers will compete by floodlights at the Winter

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Skiing the night sky at the now defunct Flashpoint

X Games, from January 26 – 29. Why it's taken so long for the X Games to snare a coveted primetime slot is anybody's guess, but it's probably much to do with TV marketing potential. As for the effect on athletes of competing at night versus day, it's hard to speculate, but with the rising trend of nighttime rail jams and free-

style comps in Canada, it shouldn't be unfamiliar territory. Visibility isn't an issue provided the host area is well stocked with floodlighting; in fact, "it's almost like daytime, perhaps even better," says Symington, especially when compared to an overcast day when light may be flat. At Snow Valley, the hill is lit after dark with a total of 65 000 watts. Still, the change of setting does impact the experience in a unique way, she acknowledges. "In the evenings it's a little different ambience, you can see the sky—especially on winter nights, it may be really starry out." For two seasons, the ski area even ran its own night comp: Night Amp. Three years ago, though, it was switched to daytime—not due to any lack of success or safety concerns, but because the event had simply outgrown its evening slot, Symington explains.

With limited night hours, it was no longer possible to accommodate all the participants who wanted to compete. Extending night time hours wasn't an option, she explains, because of

sons). Other Winter Light events still capitalize on the dramatic visual potential of a winter night, but without the same high flying, high intensity action. When the X Games hits the slopes at

Why it's taken so long for the X Games to snare a coveted primetime slot is anybody's guess, but it's probably much to do with TV marketing potential.

consideration for neighbours who may not appreciate the extra bright lighting, thumping music and crowds after 9 pm. The Winter Light Festival is another Edmonton organization that has operated evening outdoor events with great success. In previous seasons, it hosted a freestyle competition and photo shoot called Flashpoint at Edmonton Ski Club (since discontinued for funding rea-

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Aspen, that unique nighttime winter ambience will once again be on display for millions of viewers, blending competitive sport and physical art against a backdrop of stage lights and starry skies. But for now, it's the kind of spectacle Edmontonians may have to settle for watching on screen. JEREMY DERKSEN

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FALLLINES Last weekend I was up at Marmot Basin checking out the fabulous snow. An additional 28 centimetres had dumped just days before, making conditions too good to pass up. Ten years ago, with similar conditions, the lift lines would have been unbearable, but the scenery at the resort has changed dramatically since then. Although all four parking lots were spilling over with cars lining the road this weekend, lift lines were non-existent. This is all part of Marmot's master plan to improve existing lift capacity and spread the masses all over the slopes, rather than funneling through high traffic areas. I can positively report that this part of the plan is working nicely. With the recent changes, there are now two high-speed, four-person

chairlifts from the base, plus the Paradise Chair, a lengthened highspeed quad, at mid-mountain and the School House T-Bar has been upgraded to a triple chair. Upon arrival at the base, skiers and boarders can reach the upper slopes of Paradise in seven minutes thanks to the Canadian Rockies Express, and when heading home guests are no longer flocking to the Eagle Express quad and instead favour the School House Triple, which easily accesses all four parking lots. Combine all that with some of the best conditions in years and you have the makings of a great resort.

Snowball battles upcoming at Jasper in January

This year's Jasper in January festival includes dozens of events stretched over a two week period, but already

battle lines are being drawn for the first official Rocky Mountain snowball fight, or Yukigassen. The Japanese are well know for their invention of interesting game shows and sports and Yukigassens are no exception. Two teams are armed with an allocation of snowballs and compete on a course similar to a paintball battlefield. The goal is to eliminate the opposition on your way to capturing their flag. Yukigassen Jasper: the Canadian Rockies Snow Battle is scheduled to take place on January 27 and 28— just enough time to get your team together. Another competitive event at Jasper in January will be the pentathlon on January 21, but unlike the Olympics there will be no shooting or horse jumping at this one. This is a winter pentathlon with an emphasis on running, skiing, snowshoeing and skating, but organizers stress

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My fellow gourmand selects a cup of tea ($1.49) and the vegetarian sandwich ($7.49). I realize that I've overlooked the most quintessential of diner fare—the milkshake—and add a strawberry shake ($4.29) to my order. The breakfast sandwich is served on toasted brown bread and is bursting with scrambled eggs, chunks of bacon and ribbons of melted cheddar. Here, the bacon and cheddar are incorporated into the eggs, as opposed to being stacked on top, and it makes for a more cohesive sandwich. Each bite is a hit of smoky bacon, delicate egg, sharp cheese and crisp toast, a far cry from any fast-food breakfast sandwich. A fruit cup rides shotgun, and contains green and purple grapes, pineapple, strawberries and three types of melon. Although the strawberries are woefully out of sea-

son and thus a bit bland, it is refreshing to enjoy a fruit cup that consists of more than cantaloupe. The vegetarian sandwich stuffs toasted white bread with more varieties of veggies than one thinks possible: red and green peppers, tomatoes, lettuce, red onion, cucum-

garden's worth of produce come tumbling out. A small cup of mushroom soup nestles against the giant sandwich, providing earthy contrast to the vegetables' sunny essence. The strawberry shake is rich, smooth and fragrant with strawberry purée. It is topped with a swirl

Each bite is a hit of smoky bacon, delicate egg, sharp cheese and crisp toast, a far cry from any fast-food breakfast sandwich.

ber and dill pickles. A slice of cheddar and a hint of mayo are a smooth canvas for the veggies' fresh flavour to shine. It is a delicious assemblage, though the sheer height of the sandwich necessitates strategic nibbles instead of large chomps, lest this

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of whipped cream and a maraschino cherry, and whets our appetite for dessert. Hathaway's desserts include ice cream sundaes and homemade pies. Today, offerings of the latter include apple, strawberry rhubarb, lemon meringue, and the seductive-

ly named chocolate sin. We share a piece of lemon meringue ($3.99), which tops a sturdy graham crust with vibrant, zesty lemon curd and a cloud of meringue that parts at the gentlest fork's touch. It is simultaneously tart and sweet, and is a fitting coda to the meal. Hathaway's success is based on unpretentious preparation and fresh ingredients—attributes that do not need embellishment by gimmicks. Some sleuthing is needed to locate Hathaway's, but this contributes to, rather than detracts from, a sense of place. One feels a part of the neighbourhood and, in doing so, experiences both meanings of the word "diner." The one who dines is truly a part of the place where dining occurs. LS Vors

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WINE

Not easy being green

The wine industry has a way to go to become Earth-friendly Green is everywhere. Green tints tradition, slowly came around in the my magazines, permeates my early 1990s but within the last podcasts and infiltrates my few years has multiplied its VIDI VENI, inbox. Green can exhilaefforts. Although a relarate ("one more bottle retively small-scale polluter .com weekly e cycled!") or render guilt compared with agri-busiu v taylor@ r o ("Damn, I forgot my reusness, its changes—from l y Ta n o able grocery bags ... again"). power to packaging to pestis a E I pepper conversations with cides—are helping to make my "carbon footprint," "eco-friendly" purchases guilt-free. and "sustainable," and am grossly ofThe greening of wine starts in fended when a houseguest casually the vineyards. On the scale of ecothrows glass into my trimmed down friendliness, grapes come in light trash can. But even though dinner (sustainable), medium (organic) and party debates drone on about global heavy (biodynamic). It's expensive warming's cause and man versus nato endure the lengthy inspection ture, I feel the bandwagon still rates and bureaucratic maze to become the rocky ride. The wine industry, certified organic or biodynamic, so after years of doggedly clutching to many wineries opt for eco-light.

Sustainable, a self-imposed and easier system to responsibly foster land health, largely means the vineyard manager is sensitive to the environment, limits pesticides and conserves water. More than 1165

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California wineries and vineyards participate in sustainability self-assessments and more tools are being introduced, such as the International Wine Industry Greenhouse Gas Accounting Protocol (painful, isn't it?).

Several organizations spanning the globe partnered to invent this free, wine-industry-specific calculator that measures the carbon emissions of winery and vineyard operations of all sizes. Oddly absent from this international partnership are the Old World Europeans. Many French wineries have quietly farmed "bio" (short for "agriculture biologique" and pronounced "bee-o") for years, but their green activities haven't yet reached the publicity fervour of New World wine regions. From the vineyard, green moves into the building. Well-known California wineries Far Niente, Frog's Leap, Ridge, Shafer, Fetzer, St Francis and Flora Springs have taken steps in the cleaner direction by harnessing a plentiful resource in wine country: sun. Incorporated into their sprawling vineyards, numerous solar panels power part to all of their fermentation tanks, lighting and pumping facilities. And, finally, green arrives in the bottling room—or not. A winery's stinky, size-15 footprint isn't found caked in soil or powering electricity—it's transporting glass bottles. One study last year found that it's greener for New Yorkers to drink wine from Bordeaux, transported more fuel-efficiently by boat, than wine from California sent by truck or plane. Wine casks, aka wine in a box, reportedly result in a 55 percent smaller carbon footprint due to their lighter weight and engender 85 percent less landfill waste. Another report states that if every winery converted to wine casks or even the smaller Tetra Pak (similar to juice boxes), it would equal removing 250 000 cars off the road per year. V


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t's no surprise that winning a major literary award can give a writer's career a shot in the arm. Consider the case of Esi Edugyan, whose sophomore novel Half-Blood Blues swept up last year's Scotiabank Giller Prize, the glitziest literary award this country has to offer. There are now more than 115 000 copies in print worldwide. But, interestingly enough, it wasn't winning the Giller that brought Edugyan to the nation's attention. It wasn't its fairy-tale road to publication, either. (The book was rescued from the brink of oblivion by Thomas Allen when Edugyan's original publisher went under in early 2011.) No, what made Canadians really sit up and take notice was the threeweek window last fall when Edugyan and Patrick deWitt, author of The Sisters Brothers, were both shortlisted for all three major Canadian literary awards—the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Governor General's Award for English-language fiction, and the Giller—as well as the ultrahigh-profile Man Booker Prize, which is open to citizens of the British Commonwealth. The common denominator being the shortlist, rather than the winner's circle—and if this was once unexpected, it isn't anymore. With the Canadian media's coverage of books becoming increasingly sporadic, fewer titles each season are able to distinguish themselves from the pack, and awards are being forced to shoulder more and more of the cultural conversation. As a result, the shortlist has emerged as one of the few remaining tools for keeping multiple books on the nation's radar at one time. That's a far cry from even a decade ago. When Edmonton-via-Cape Breton Island's Lynn Coady published her first novel, Strange Heaven, in 1998, she remembers joining a literary conversation that was far more vibrant than it is today. "There was more media around book culture, and more attention paid," she says. Strange Heaven landed a surprise nomination for a Governor General's award, and Coady went from being an unknown Maritime writer to a national prospect overnight. Agents

to some recent changes to its eligibility, the Alberta Readers' Choice Award (also $10 000) is now open to anyone who lives in the province. The vast majority of attention, however, is reserved for just four national awards: the aforementioned trifecta of fiction prizes—the Rogers Writers' Trust ($25  000), the Governor General's Award ($25 000), and the Giller ($50  000)—as well as CBC Radio's celebrity-backed, elimination-style Canada Reads competition, which doesn't come with any cash prize. Yet even here, it's the announce-

ment of the prizes' shortlists, rather than their respective winners, that's becoming the true flashpoint. That's because a shortlist (usually five or six titles) accomplishes several tasks usually shouldered by a diverse and critical mainstream media. It gives casual readers a manageable, preapproved reading list for the coming year. It gives active readers an agreedupon set of titles to dissect, debate, vigorously praise, or vigorously damn in the weeks before the winner is announced. And it gives a select group of authors and publishers extremely lucrative opportunities for national exposure.

came calling. So did major publishers. "I even experienced bidding wars, which is crazy," she says. "Not into six figures or anything, but anything over $500 was gobsmacking to me. I definitely felt like I had bridged a gap that otherwise would've taken me 10 years

to cross." Since then, Coady says award culture has only gotten larger, "whereas book culture in general has shrunk." She's right on both counts. Every year, dozens of prizes and hundreds of thousands of dollars are handed

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out to authors across the country. For local writers, there's the newly rechristened Robert Kroetsch City of Edmonton Book Prize (with a purse of $10  000), plus the nine genrespanning prizes administered by the Alberta Literary Awards. And thanks

Those opportunities are felt especially strongly here in Edmonton, whose literary community is isolated in more ways than one. Paul Matwychuk is the general manager of NeWest Press, a local independent publisher of literary fiction, poetry, and drama. Last year NeWest pulled off the feat—unprecedented CONTINUED ON PAGE 32 >>

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for a press of its size and reach—of landing titles in both the Giller longlist and in Canada Reads. "The Canada Reads thing was major," Matwychuk says. "Our sales more than doubled last year, and that was almost entirely because of [Angie Abdou's novel] The Bone Cage." Their entry to the Giller, Myrna Dey's Extensions, experienced a smaller bump. "But maybe that's the difference between a longlist and a shortlist." NeWest also had a book, Thomas Wharton's Icefields, in Canada Reads back in 2008. Matwychuk hopes that, combined, all of these points of visibility will lead to more national coverage for future NeWest titles. "You can get a readership in Alberta, but you can't really live on it," says Todd Babiak. The novelist and former Edmonton Journal culture columnist says that, even in 2012, the publishing industry's radar is still mostly confined to the Greater Toronto Area. Anyone who lives beyond those limited borders has to find other ways to call attention to the work they're doing—"and awards are probably the most magical way to do it." Babiak is also no stranger to that magic. Like Coady, his first book (2000's Choke Hold) was put out by a small regional publisher and subsequently launched into the national spotlight thanks to a major award nomination—in Babiak's case, the Rogers Writers' Trust.

Since then, his novels have netted him the City of Edmonton and Georges Bugnet awards, among others. But the prize that's had by far the biggest impact on Babiak's career is another one that he didn't win. That'd be the Giller, for which The Garneau Block was longlisted in 2006, and which Babiak says also carries by far the most weight with your average Canadian. "When someone is introducing me at a literary event or something, that's the one that people nod at," he adds. "'Oh, Giller! Look at you, Giller!'" Coady echoes that sentiment. Her most recent novel, The Antagonist, was shortlisted for the Giller last year, which means she got to attend the televised gala at the Four Seasons in Toronto and witness the glamour firsthand. "There were luminaries there who had nothing to do with publishing," Coady remembers. "Barbara Amiel was there, Robbie Robertson, Rick Mercer, the opera singer Measha Brueggergosman. All there in their de la Renta gowns, looking and being fabulous, because it was the place to be. "That fascinated me!" she adds. "You think Canadian literature, you don't think that." (During the event itself, Coady snuck off several times to send self-deprecating Tweets from the bathroom, the last of which read, "OH GODDAMNIT MY BRA HAS BEEN SHOWING THIS WHOLE TIME.") Data compiled by BookNet Canada shows that the Giller also has the largest impact on sales of any prize

in the country. In 2010, sales on average tripled for each of the shortlisted titles in the week following the announcement. And its impact is only growing with each passing year. Coady and Babiak both vouch for this so-called Giller Effect, even for those titles that don't take home the prize. Immediately after being shortlisted in 2006, Babiak's Garneau Block went into a second printing. And last fall foreign rights for The Antagonist were sold in three different territories, more than for any of Coady's previous novels. She expects others will follow shortly. One controversial new wrinkle in Canada's awards culture is the readers' choice category, whereby nominees are determined via online poll. Last year's Canada Reads started with an audience-generated 40-book longlist of what they deemed to be the "most essential" Canadian novels of the past decade; one spot on the most recent Giller longlist was also reserved for the winner of a readers' poll. Both of NeWest's nominated titles, The Bone Cage and Extensions, were readers' choice selections. The problem with this process, of course, is that it can be easily hijacked by those authors and publishers who have the largest, or else the most insistent, online networks of followers, friends, and readers to mobilize. And it doesn't make things any easier for authors, either, who are now faced with an unwelcome new dilemma. Do

they take on this new self-publicist role, and campaign as hard as they can to get on these readers' choice lists? Or does that run the risk of seeming desperate, not to mention feeling, as Coady puts it, "skeezy" with themselves? "All of a sudden you saw writers going hat in hand to everybody and their social worker in a way that seemed really unseemly to me," she says. "It felt like my fellow writers were being exploited. That's my gut feeling." "When I'm included on one of those things," agrees Babiak, "I think, 'Oh God, now I have to go out there on social media and tell my friends and followers.' I despise it. Every time it arrives, I feel sick." At the same time, he knows his publisher would prefer it if he did join in. "And gosh, what else am I doing it for? I'm writing books to be read. If I can find a wider readership, that's fantastic." He adds, after a pause, "I sit and think about this all the time." From a publisher's perspective, however, Matwychuk argues that the readers' choice category does still have the potential to bring fresh voices to the conversation that might otherwise go unheard. He says getting Extensions on the Giller longlist was "a nice vindication," since "it had been basically ignored by reviewers across the country. It wasn't that it got bad reviews; it was that it got almost no major reviews whatsoever." As for the fear, voiced by many critics, that an overly aggressive publisher could force one of their books through

on the readers' choice ballot, then shout "longlisted for the Giller Prize" all the way to the bank? Matwychuk quickly lays those fears to rest. "We didn't do anything at all with the reprints of Extensions," he admits with a laugh. In their push to get copies of the book out as quickly as possible, NeWest didn't even have time to attach a promotional sticker on the front, let alone undertake a top-tobottom redesign. In fact, the word Giller doesn't appear anywhere on the book's cover— though you can bet that's going to change soon enough. No matter how big a magnifying glass you apply to the changing face of awards culture, one fact rings loud and clear above all others: literary prizes sell books. Lots of them. In fact, they're one of the few things that still can. But, as Coady points out, literature is hardly the only field in which customers need a hand to find the really good stuff. "When I'm at DeVine Wines," she says, by way of comparison, "I look for the wines with the little medals on them." Accordingly, "People who don't consider themselves conversant with the world of Canadian publishing are always looking for these little cues of what might be good." And with more than 20  000 titles being published in Canada every year, really, can you blame them? MICHAEL HINGSTON

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JANUARY

African Guitar Summit | January 20 | World Front Porch Roots Revue: A Tribute to the BAND | January 21 | Folk Hanson | January 27 | Pop/Rock (SOLD OUT) Rita Chiarelli | January 28 | Blues Savoy Brown | January 29 | Blues

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February

Blackie & the Rodeo Kings | February 3 | Blues (SOLD OUT) Steve Dawson's Mississippi Sheiks Tribute Project | February 4 | Blues Sultans of String | February 10 | World Rawlins Cross | February 11 | Celtic Disney's Cinderella | February 17-20 | Family Tim Hus | February 24 | Country Nathan Rogers | February 29 | Folk

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March

Compadres – James Keeleghan and Oscar Lopez | March 3 | World Tony McManus | March 9 | Celtic Liona Boyd | March 10 | Classical/Vocal Quartette | March 16 | Singer/Songwriter Caladh Nua | March 17 | Celtic The Celtic Tenors | March 24 | Celtic *Performance at The Community Centre - 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park, Alberta

MARCH 7 Buffy Sainte-Marie | Aboriginal MARCH 8 International Women's Day featuring special guest speaker Buffy Sainte-Marie

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THE GREAT INDOORS // COMICS

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omics have not always had the respected reputation the medium enjoys today. Derided throughout the form's 75-year history, children were told by their parents to stay away from comics. Now the paneled pages can be found in classrooms and libraries everywhere. Literacy advocates such as the, now defunct, Canada Council on Learning point to the importance of comics developing not only prose literacy and the understanding of a sequence of events, but the medium also provides the key to visual literacy, developing readers' ability to read visual keys and make inferences. As the view of comics as a literacy tool grows, teachers and librarians are seeking out comics to bring to the classroom. Over the past five years, Jay Bardyla, owner of Edmonton's Happy Harbor Comics has been more than happy to accommodate. "The majority of teachers are very aware of comics but they don't know a lot about them. It's a whole medium, it's like never hearing music in your life and then someone saying 'learn music.'" Bardyla started offering a presentation to teachers to spread the word about comics as teaching tools. This past year, Bardyla's presentation visited over 80 schools, made trips to Saskatchewan and presented at teachers' conventions. This year it's already booked through March. Despite this growth in popularity of

comics as teaching tools—and as a major content farm for major motion pictures—comic books themselves have seen a consistent decline in sales over the years. ICv2, a pop culture magazine, reported that, according to Diamond Comic Distributor numbers, 2011 has been the first year comic book sales are up since 2007. Bardyla, who's been in the comics business for over 12 years, recognizes

that new readers needed to be encouraged. But as he did more presentations, he received more questions about how comics were made. Today, the presentation is more focused on encouraging comic creators and understanding the creative process behind comics. The presentation includes local comic book artists creating comic pages in front of students. "People definitely have a higher appreciation

for it," says Bardyla. Strangely then, it's the artistic aspect that continues to lag in gaining more widespread appreciation. "The literary community has said you can tell moving, powerful stories in this format and the art community doesn't quite get it in the same way," says Bardyla. He points to Art Speigelman's MAUS winning the Pulitzer in 1992 as going a long way toward gaining respect

ago when I dreamed of working in a bookstore." And for Josephson, working in a bookstore was just that: the romanticized version of working in the tiny bookshop, helping customers and spending the day reading and looking at books. Josephson says she always had in her head that idea of working in a bookstore, but the reality is a lot different. "I barely have time to read anymore," she laughs. With over 50  000 books in stock, keeping up with inventory is a major part of the job. "We don't just have 10  000 screws, we have 10  000 books and each book is its own thing," says Tom Monto, who still works at Alhambra after selling the store over 20 years ago. "Each book is different, has its own ambiance, has its own smell; there are more hooks for the memory," says Monto.

bookstores and Internet purchases. A 2005 study of reading and bookbuying behaviour by the Department of Canadian Heritage shows that heavy book buyers (12 or more per year) make up the majority of the market, representing 76 percent of total books sold, but heavy readers (50 or more per year) are more reliant on used bookstores than the casual buyer. While Josephson says she never could have predicted the importance of the Internet in her day-to-day job at a used bookstore, the American Booksellers Association believes an increase in the use of sites like AbeBooks, the IndieBound reader app, which locates independent bookstores, and the increase in "buy local" campaigns has assisted the strength of book sales in independent book stores. The ABA stated in a press release about high book sales at independent stores during this past holiday season (up 60 percent from over a year ago), that new store locations

for the powerful narrative comics can carry, "Had it been drawn differently would it have the same impact? I don't think so. Had it had a different style it would have dramatically altered the comic," he says. "The two together is what makes the story complete." Bardyla believes there's a need for a similar increased recognition for the intense work that goes into creating comic book art. Although Bardyla's presentation is primarily given to elementary and junior high school students, he and the artists who create drawings during his presentation, also assist students who bring along art samples and portfolios. He explains he'll get calls from parents and teachers looking for assistance in directing students' interest in art, what books to buy and what schools to go to. Students who wouldn't receive assistance in creating their art get feedback they wouldn't get elsewhere. "We get calls from parents saying, 'Ever since my child saw your presentation they've been drawing everyday.'" says Bardyla. "And then parents asking how they can support their kids in the endeavour." It's become a way for Bardyla to give back to the community that helps to make his business successful. "It justifies thousands of kilometres of driving. It's good to know that there are people still out there passionate at a young age." Samantha power

// samantha@vueweekly.com

THE GREAT INDOORS // USED BOOKS

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ignan is the chemical compound that gives libraries and used book stores their musty smell. Present in all wood-based papers, lignan is closely related to vanillin. As it breaks down, a faint vanilla smell manifests and combines with 15 other substances present in paper to give books that distinct smell book lovers associate with the cozy comfort of their favourite reading space, and often their favourite book shop. It provides a sensory relationship and memory association that could give second-hand book stores an advantage in the competitive book market. As Internet book purchases and e-readers begin to encroach on the book market, bookstores have looked to build on the reader's expectation of a book experience. A 2003 observational study found that purchasers in an independent bookstore in California often didn't have an idea of what they were going to buy before going in, and that they

spent time searching shelves, reading jacket covers and seeking out recommendations. The study particularly points out, "The people who bought the most books were those who touched them ... the hands-on approach led to more time being spent in the store and more books bought." This was in 2003, before the popularity of e-readers really took hold. Market numbers for the past year have e-books at 20 percent of market sales, double what they were in 2010. Internet book sales have not only changed where readers are buying their books, but how. The success of online marketplaces like AbeBooks—which lists new, used and antiquarian books—has changed the way in which people are shopping for books. "I spend most of my days now listing our stock online," says Margy Josephson, the owner and manager at Alhambra Books. "Even local people are looking online before they come in. I hadn't envisioned that 10 years

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are up 15.5 percent since January 2010. Alhambra itself is an example of a store that continues to expand, moving from a small upstairs store on Whyte to a larger one just off Whyte. Josephson says Edmonton is lucky to have so many used bookstores in the city. "We constantly receive comments from out-of-town customers about how good Edmonton's book community is," says Josephson. Recently, the Edmonton Book Store moved from it's location on 76 Ave and 112 Street to a location on Whyte Avenue, Untitled opened next door to the Strathcona Chapters and Greenwoods moved back to a Whyte Avenue location. Considering the high rents on such property it's a good sign for secondhand and independent bookstores. If anything, it's a signal there might be some staying power in this city for second-hand and independent bookstores. Samantha power

// samantha@vueweekly.com

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MUSIC

ON THE RECORD // HEY BRO, DOES THIS LOOK ASKEW?

The end of a long road

The Crooked Brothers look back on the creation of Lawrence, Where's Your Knife?

Thu, Jan 19 (8:30 pm) Wunderbar, $5

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usty, stomping, heartbreak folk, the Crooked Brothers' latest album Lawrence, Where's Your Knife? gets at the heart of the West. Multiinstrumentalist and album producer Darwin Baker—who sometimes goes by "Darwin Crooked"—answered some questions about the album's genesis. Winnipeg's the Crooked Brothers roll into Edmonton Thursday

VUE WEEKLY: How long did it take to make Lawrence, Where's Your Knife? from the initial songwriting through to the end of the recording? DARWIN BAKER: The actual recording process took about a month, but it's hard to say how long the songwriting took. Several of the songs had long since been written and fleshed out on the stage or the street by the time we started recording, while "Bluebirds" was written in the studio and laid down the same day. VW: When you were writing the songs, did you come at them in a particular way? Lyrics first? Music first? DB: It really varies from song to song but a lot of them start with at least a lyrical idea. Then the music and words often develop together to

follow the direction that idea wants to take.

timber-framed cabin on Manitoba's Falcon Lake with rented gear, the album's mostly tracked. Trying to get the best possible sounds out of each instrument in that setup sometimes means there's not enough mics or space to go live. All the bass and drums were recorded together and "Winter's Come" has the three of us playing together in the same room.

VW: Did the songs come from one person fully formed, or were they sketches that were then filled out as a group? DB: Generally one person brings the body of a song and the band works together to find the right arrangement, whether it's instrumentation or song structure. A lot of that ends up getting worked out live, as the song develops its own feel.

VW: Were there any other songs written that were left off the album? DB: There were a couple written and even recorded that didn't make it, either because the feel of the recording wasn't quite right or because we didn't feel they fit with the other songs in some way.

VW: What were the recording sessions like for this album? Is this the kind of thing you recorded live or did you piece it together one track at a time? Why? DB: Recorded at a makeshift studio in a

VW: How did you decide which songs to include on the album? Did you have an idea of what you wanted Lawrence, Where's Your Knife? to be when you started, or did the finished shape emerge as the writing and recording went along? DB: We started with almost 20 songs at the preproduction stage that we had whittled down to the final 10 by the time we went to mix the record. The songs that made it were the ones we thought we'd captured the feel of— musically and sonically —and the ones we thought made the strongest album together with each other.

DB: Like the first record, we locked ourselves in a cabin during the onset of Manitoba's winter with a bunch of recording gear, as many instruments as we could find, lots of good food, and just enough whiskey, beer and wine to make it not feel like work.

VW: You produced this album yourself, tell us about that process?

Bryan Birtles

the background and do our theatrical performance in front of it. We've been doing that in scattered venues all over the continent for the last two years or so. We'd go to an event that was already in place ... but as far as going out, and performing live, and being Pocket Universe being part of a musical event, this has been five years."

of Art's Birthday. The event was created in 1963 by Robert Filliou, a french artist who arbitrarily assigned "art" his own birthday of January 17; now, a scattering of events happen all over the world. The Edmonton incarnation will slot Universe in alongside burlesque troupe Zombies and fellow musicians Don Ross and Bill Damur. "What I like about it is it's actually a loose collection of artists and organizations, and there's no structure," Cardinal says of Art's birthday celebrations. "It's like, go celebrate the fact that we have art. How cool is that? Isn't that what art is all about?"

VW: If you were to trace the musical map that led you to Lawrence, Where's Your Knife?, what would it look like? DB: It would start in the heart of the city, where it's exciting and busy, blow right past the suburbs and box stores, work its way through some fertile farmland and end up in the woods, at the very end of a winding gravel road. // bryan@vueweekly.com

PREVUE // ART MUSIC

Pocket Universe Sat, Jan 14 (8 pm) Part of Art's Birthday Ortona Armoury, $5

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t's been a long five years since Pocket Universe took to a stage and performed music. Having a pair of children will have that effect on a duo, Moonfyre Cardinal, one-half of the eclectic-industrial group explains with a laugh before pointing out that, in truth, calling it an absence is only partly correct. The band has occasionally surfaced, on stages here and abroad, to tout its unusual blend of theatre and music, but in that span of time the forms it took were skewed far more towards the theatrical side.

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The Universe wishes art a very happy birthday

"When we do the theatrical performance, what we do is record our music and we just add in our vo-

cals," Cardinal explains. "Sometimes we don't even do that, we just do a cabaret kind of thing to our music in

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The band's return to form—that form being a mixture of instrumental, sometimes sung, sometimes spoken-word songs imagined through '80s synth washes, expansive industrial soundscapes and, occasionally, rootsy folk rock—comes as part of this year's celebration

Paul Blinov

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SOUNDTRACK

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYAN@vueweekly.com

Nova Rockafeller Fri, Jan 13 (9 pm) With RA The Rugged Man and Killah Priest Avenue Theatre, $20

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aving got her start in Edmonton's hip-hop scene, Nova Rockafeller has been a vagabond the last little while, living all over North America and touring all over the world. She'll roll back into the town she grew up in this week playing songs from her latest album Insufficient Funds, and Rockafeller gave Vue a look inside her musical life at home and on the road— where the tour's vehicle doesn't have a stereo.

On the road

At home Weezer, The Blue Album: It's the perfect "wake up and get stoned as hell and pretend like I'm still in highschool" album.

Instrumentals. I spend about eight hours a day writing. Otherwise I'm jamming to underground artists like Hard Target, Shawn E and G-Mo Skee ... or this kid Tom Macdonald from Vancouver. I like weird obscure music that is different and painful. Instrumentals. Every night I write nonstop untill I feel like I'm gonna either throw up, or my heart is going to explode from too much caffeine.

morning

NOON

NIGHT

Whatever weird R&B music RA puts on in the hotel. This morning it was Blue Magic's "Sideshow." Blue Magic is my favorite—I saw them live in the Bronx when I was living in New York. I listen to everyone complaining about how far we are from the next spot and debate on who the illest rapper of all time is.

RA The Rugged Man and Killah Priest. I listen to our stage show over and over and over—but I try to jam Whodini's "Im a Ho" every night before I get on stage.

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NEWSOUNDS

LOONIEBIN

Lana Del Rey - "Born To Die" The ultra-hyped Lana Del Rey surrounds her voice out with synthesized strings and a low-key drumbeat on "Born to Die," generating a slow, fluid ballad—almost exactly like her other pre-album single, "Video Games." The two basically mark out identical territory, charting the same feelings of weighty grace and tumblr-ready lyrics and emotion. She's clearly trying to play to her strengths—and they are strengths—but whether or not an entire album of songs like these can hold up remains to be seen.

Kreesha Turner Tropic/Electric (EMI)  Edmonton's Kreesha Turner returns with a solid sophomore album in Tropic/Electric, finding a balance between dance pop and Jamaican influences, with both of these sides divided between two discs. The highest point of the album is the single "I Could Stay," a masterfully crafted pop song with a pre-chorus that is quite possibly more catchy and recognizable than its already undeniable chorus. Further on the Electric disc, Turner excels in several synth-pop numbers ("Love Again," "Don't Leave Me Now") in the vein of Robyn's 2010 BodyTalk, while "Away From You" is oddly, and endearingly, reminiscent of Chris Sheppard's late 90's dance band Love INC. Although some of the lyrics on the Tropic disc could be viewed as lacking, they have a coy self awareness; "Rock paper scissors / Flip a coin, roll a die / Tell me which one of y'all are coming home with me tonight" is both hilarious and yet a disturbingly accurate representation of current club culture and trends in the genre. Douglas Hoyer

// douglas@vueweekly.com

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PAUL BLINOV // PAUL@vueweekly.com

Van Halen - "Tattoo" Van Halen's comeback album puts an old-foot forward first, plucking the basic riff from its own 1977 outtake, "Down in Flames" for recycling as its new one, which, honestly, I don't have any problem with, though using it as the lead single on a comeback album doesn't exactly offer much hope of a newfound creative spark powering the rest of it. Anyway, however similar you think the two songs are, "Tattoo" gets the band's vibe right, but with fairly bland results: Van Halen sounds like a dinosaur on a treadmill here, pomp-stomping its way through the late-'70s rock vibe with all the strut and soloing you expect. But coupled with lyrics that rhyme "Sexy Dragon Magic" and "Auto-bio-graphic," it's only indelible for the wrong reasons.V

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MUSIC NOTES

BRYAN BIRTLES // BRYAN@vueweekly.com

The Marv Machura Band / Fri, Jan 13 (8 pm) Do you like Ukrainian food? Sure you do! Do you like Marv Machura? How could you not? With that hair and that food, this Ukrainian New Year's celebration will not fail to impress. (Yellowhead Brewery, $30)

Forbidden Dimension / Fri, Jan 13 (9 pm) Friday the 13th for a CD release party from Calgary's Forbidden Dimension? Seems like bad luck right? Or is it perfect timing? (New City)

Edmonton Symphony Orchestra / Sun, Jan 15 (2 pm) This year, the ESO will make its first appearance at Carnegie Hall. How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practise, practise, practise. Before the orchestra heads out there, however, it will perform—for the first time since 1985—at the Arden. How do you get to the Arden? Practise, practise, practise, then head down St Albert Trail. That'll take you into St Albert and you're gonna wanna hang a left at St Anne St. Follow St Anne around the bend until you hit the big brown building that's all curvy—that's where it is. (The Arden, $40)

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The Jim Cuddy Band, Fri, Jan 13 (7 pm) After writing the music for a film called Four Sisters, Jim Cuddy found himself on a roll and—wouldn't you know it?—accidentally ended up with a third solo album, Skyscraper Soul. Now, he'll bring his signature sound to Edmonton to support the recent release. (Jubilee Auditorium, $32.50 – $59.50)

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KAS BAR Urban House: every Thu with DJ Mark Stevens; 9pm

Haven Electric Love Song, guests; 8pm; $10 at Blackbyrd

Level 2 Funk Bunker Thursdays Lucky 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas On The Rocks Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow Overtime– Downtown Thursdays at Eleven: Electronic Techno and Dub Step rendezvous Metal night every Thu Taphouse–St Albert Eclectic mix every Thu with DJ Dusty Grooves Union Hall 3 Four All Thursdays: rock, dance, retro, top 40 with DJ Johnny Infamous Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pmclose

Horizon Stage Ian Tyson; 7:30pm; $35 (adult)/$30 (student/ senior) $5 (eyeGo) ice on whyte–Alberta Legislature’s West Lawn Michael Rault and Brian McLeod; 7-8:30pm; free; iceonWhyte.ca ice on whyte– High-level Streetcar Audrey Ochoa; 6:309pm; iceonWhyte.ca Irish Club Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover Jeffrey's Opus Three (classic swing, jazz); $10 Jekyll and Hyde Pub Headwind (classic pop/rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover John L. Haar Theatre Showcase Band Concert; led by Bill Richards and Allan Gilliland; 7:30pm; $10

(adult)/$8 (student/ senior) Jubilee Auditorium The Jim Cuddy Band, Doug Paisley; 8pm; $32.50, $42.50, $59.50 at TicketMaster

ESO: Late Night Romantics: Late Night with Bill Eddins, William Eddins, conductor), Kemal Geki (piano); 9:30pm; $20-$40

DJs

L.B.'s Trace Jordan Band

180 Degrees DJ every Fri

Lizard Lounge Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

AZUCAR PICANTE DJ Papi and DJ Latin Sensation every Fri

Morinville Community Cultural Centre TorQ Percussion Quartet; 7:30pm; $25 (adult)/$20 (student/ senior) at door, tixonthesquare.ca, morinvillecentre.ca NEW CITY Forbidden Dimension (CD release party), The Get Down, Krang; no minors; $10 NOLA Early show: Jeff Hendrick Duo, 6-9pm; Late show: Dave Babcock and the Nightkeepers, 9:30pm-midnight On the Rocks Huge Fakers orange hall Swing-Out Edmonton: Dance with Dead Stringers (Gypsy jazz); 9:30pm; $15 (door); beginner dance lesson 8pm, dance 9pm-12:30am PAWN SHOP Friday the 13th Metal Massacre: No Heat Tomorrow, Kriticos, The Noumenon (EP Release), Kyoktys; $5 (adv at Blackbyrd) Red Piano Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm-2am Rose and Crown Andrew Scott Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Tony Dizon Sherlock Holmes–WEM Doug Stroud Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert Crystal Hanson, Ralph Pretz (country rock); 9pm Wild Bill’s–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pmclose Wunderbar The Blame-Its, Old Wives, The Sorels, White Beauty; 8pm; $5 Yellowhead Brewery The Marv Machura Band (celebrating Malanka 2012, Ukrainian New Year); 8pm (door); $30 at marvmachura. com, door (incl Ukrainian buffet)

Classical Morinville Community Cultural Centre TorQ Percussion Quartet; 7:30pm; $25-$20 RobertsonWesley United Church Ciaccona! Italian and English Baroque music: Dawn Bailey (soprano), TammyJo Mortensen (harpsichord), Josephine Van Lier (cello), guest performers; 12pm; admission by donation Winspear Centre

BAR-B-BAR DJ James; every Fri; no cover BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs spin on the main floor, Underdog and the Wooftop Blacksheep Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current Boneyard The Rock Mash-up: DJ NAK spins videos every Fri; 9pm; no cover BUDDY’S DJ Arrow Chaser every Fri; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm Buffalo Underground R U Aware Friday: Featuring Neon Nights CHROME Platinum VIP every Fri Common Boom The Box: every Fri; Featuring Girlsclub, Chris Goza & Allout DJs; Fine Art Friday the 13th work by Jai Tanninen; $5 (door) Druid DJ every Fri; 9pm electric rodeo– Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FILTHY McNASTY'S Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG FLUID Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri Funky Buddha– Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri HILLTOP The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pmclose junction LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm Newcastle House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan Overtime– Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock hip hop, country, top forty, techno Rednex–Morinville DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover Suede Juicy DJ spins every Fri Suite 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A Treasury In Style Fri: DJ Tyco and Ernest Ledi; no line no cover for ladies all night long Union Hall Ladies Night every Fri Vinyl Connected Las Vegas Fridays Y AFTERHOURS


Foundation Fridays

SAT JAN 14 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 Artery Yertle (alt rock), Oceantree ;7:30pm; $5 (adv)/$8 (door) Avenue Theatre Submerge The Sky , Any Last Regrets, Bring Us Your Dead; 6:30pm; $12 (door) Black Dog Freehouse Hair of the Dog: Allen and Alexander (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover Blues on Whyte Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; Evening: George Taylor and the House of Payne Blue Chair Brian MacLeod, Lyra Brown and band, Sparrow Brulotte, (Indian insp singer/ songwriter); 8:30-10:30pm; $10 (adv)/$15 (door) Brittany's Burlesque a la Carte BRIXX Heaviside, Mammoth Grove, Big City Supreme, Lucky and Stoned; 9pm CASINO EDMONTON Shannon Smith (country/ rock) CASINO YELLOWHEAD Souled Out (pop/rock) Coast to Coast Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm Crown Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 122am Devaneys Alesha and Brendon THE DISH NEK Trio ( jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV8 Bloated Pig, Rhubarbs, Morals and Grime Eddie Shorts Saucy Wenches every Sat Expressionz Open stage for original songs,

hosted by Karyn Sterling and Randall Walsh; 2-5pm; admission by donation Festival Place Adam Cohen; 7:30pm; Cancelled Filthy McNasty's The Living Daylights, Amy Heffernan; 4pm; no cover Haven Maurice, guests (alt rock); 8pm; $10 (adv) HillTop Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:306:30pm; evening Hooliganz Live music every Sat Horizon Stage Ian Tyson; 7:30pm; $35 (adult)/$30 (student/ senior) $5 (eyeGo) Hydeaway Deco Kino Radio's monthly CJSR fundraiser concert; 8pm ice on whyte–Alberta Legislature’s West Lawn Politic Live, A.O.K., Manuela and T.O.A; 7-9pm; free; iceonWhyte.ca ice on whyte–Highlevel Streetcar Braden Gates; 7-8:30pm; iceonWhyte.ca Iron Boar Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each month; $10 Jeffrey's Don Berner Trio (contemporary jazz); $10 l.B.'s Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm New West Hotel Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm NOLA Early show: Jeff Hendrick Duo, 6-9pm; Late show: Dave Babcock and the Nightkeepers, 9:30pm-midnight O’byrne’s Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

Ortona Armoury Art’s Birthday 2012: The End of Time: BEAMS, The Boreal Electroacoustic Music Society present Agaperaygunexperiment, Don Ross, Bill Damur, Zombies, Gene Kosowan; 8pm; all ages; $5 Queen Alexandra Hall Blues Melt with the Rault Brothers and Dwayne Hrynkiw; 7:30pm; $10 (non-member) Red Piano Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm2am Rose and Crown Andrew Scott Sherlock Holmes– Downtown Tony Dizon Sherlock Holmes– WEM Doug Stroud Sideliners Sat open stage; 3-7pm Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert Crystal Hanson, Ralph Pretz (country rock); 9pm Wunderbar The Anatomy Cats (CD release), Micelli, Pigeon Breeders, Ben Olsonsaturday; 9pm

Classical Winspear Centre Liszt and Strauss: William Eddins (conductor), Kemal Geki (piano); 8pm; $20-$75

DJs 180 Degrees Street VIBS: Reggae night every Sat AZUCAR PICANTE DJ Touch It, hosted by DJ Papi; every Sat BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Saturday evenings feature DJs on three levels; Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt rock/ Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hiphop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz

On the Rocks Huge Fakers

Blacksheep DJ every Sat

Diesel Ultra Lounge 11845 Wayne Gretzky Drive, 780.704.CLUB Devaney’s Irish Pub 9013-88 Ave, 780.465.4834 THE DISH 12417 Stony Plain Rd, 780.488.6641 DRUID 11606 Jasper Ave, 780.454.9928 DUSTER’S PUB 6402-118 Ave, 780.474.5554 DV8 8307-99 St Early Stage Saloon 4911-52 Ave, Stony Plain Eddie Shorts 10713-124 St, 780.453.3663 EDMONTON EVENTS CENTRE WEM Phase III, 780.489.SHOW ‎ Electric Rodeo–Spruce Grove 121-1 Ave, Spruce Grove, 780.962.1411 Elephant and Castle– Whyte Ave 10314 Whyte Ave Expressionz Café 993870 Ave, 780.437.3667 FIDDLER’S ROOST 890699 St FILTHY MCNASTY’S 1051182 Ave, 780.916.1557 FLASH 10018-105 St, 780.996.1778 FLOW Lounge 11815 Wayne Gretzky Dr, 780.604. CLUB Fluid Lounge 10888 Jasper Ave, 780.429.0700 FUNKY BUDDHA 10341-82 Ave, 780.433.9676 Good Earth Coffee House 9942-108 St Good Neighbor Pub 11824-103 St HALO 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.423.HALO haven social club 15120A (basement), Stony Plain Rd, 780.756.6010 HillTop Pub 8220-106 Ave, 780.490.7359

Hogs Den 9, 14220 Yellowhead Tr Holy Trinity Anglican Church 10037-84 Ave HOOLIGANZ 10704-124 St, 780.995.7110 Hydeaway 10209-100 Ave, 780.426.5381 J AND R 4003-106 St, 780.436.4403 jeffrey’s café 9640 142 St, 780.451.8890 JEKYLL AND HYDE 10209100 Ave, 780.426.5381 John L. Haar Theatre Grant MacEwan, 10045-156 St junction bar 10242-106 St, 780.756.5667 KAS BAR 10444-82 Ave, 780.433.6768 L.B.’s Pub 23 Akins Dr, St Albert, 780.460.9100 LEGENDS PUB 6104-172 St, 780.481.2786 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE 11607 Jasper Ave, 2nd Fl, 780.447.4495 Lit Italian Wine Bar 10132-104 St Lizard Lounge 13160118 Ave Marybeth's Coffee House–Beaumont 5001-30 Ave, Beaumont, 780.929.2203 McDougall United Church 10025-101 St Morinville Community Cultural Centre 9502-100 Ave, Morinville Newcastle PuB 6108-90 Ave, 780.490.1999 New City Legion 8130 Gateway Boulevard (Red Door) Nisku Inn 1101-4 St NOLA 11802-124 St, 780.451.1390 NORTH GLENORA HALL 13535-109A Ave

bohemia Obsessive

Compulsive DJs present Elliot Mars (bass), BlueRouge (drum 'n' bass), Peter Rychilik, Badman Crooks (electro/dubstep), and Lolcatz (drum 'n' bass); 9pm; $6 (door) Boneyard DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm Buffalo Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night Common Disco Circus; 9pm Druid DJ every Sat; 9pm electric rodeo–Spruce Grove DJ every Sat FILTHY McNASTY'S Fire up the night every Sat with DJ SAWG Fluid Scene Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm) RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Rezzo, DJ Mkhai Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M Starlite Room Step'd Up: Brazilian Girls (DJ set), DJs Degree Jordan Andrew Cobra Commander Cool Beans Ten-O Spenny B MNG John Ohms; 9pm Suede DJ Nic-E spins every Sat Suite 69 Every Fri Sat with DJ Randall-A TEMPLE Oh Snap! Oh Snap with Degree, Cool Beans, Specialist, Spenny B and Mr. Nice Guy and Ten 0; every Sat 9pm Union Hall Celebrity Saturdays: every Sat hosted by DJ Johnny Infamous Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

Newcastle Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

SUN JAN 15

Overtime–Downtown Saturdays at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School Palace Casino Show Lounge DJ every Sat PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue

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at 3pm in Convocation Hall University of Alberta

at 8pm in Convocation Hall University of Alberta

Music & Words featuring

William Street, saxophone Roger Admiral, piano Kayla Chambers, saxophone John M Kennedy, bass Mark Hannesson, improvisation coach The U of A Saxophone Ensemble

Joseph Lambert Massart & his time featuring

Guillaume Tardif, violin Roger Admiral, piano

with special guest Richard Van Camp Faculty of Arts Writer-in-Residence

$10 Students | $15 Seniors | $20 Adults | $60 Season Flex Pass Tickets available at the door on the evening of the performance

www.music.ualberta.ca

Vinyl Signature Saturdays

junction LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

New City Polished Chrome: every Sat with DJs Blue Jay, The Gothfather, Dervish, Anonymouse; no minors; free (5-8pm)/$5 (ladies)/$8 (gents after 8pm)

The Department of Music presents

Beer Hunter–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm Blackjack's–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett Blue Chair Brunch: Jim Findlay Trio; 10am-2pm Blue Pear Jazz on the Side Sun: Don Berner; 6pm; $25 if not dining DEVANEY’S Celtic open stage every Sun with KeriLynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover Double D's Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm

VENUE GUIDE 180 Degrees 10730-107 St, 780.414.0233 Accent European Lounge 8223-104 St, 780.431.0179 ARTery 9535 Jasper Ave Avenue Theatre 9030-118 Ave, 780.477.2149 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE 10425-82 Ave, 780.439.1082 Blackjack's Roadhouse– Nisku 2110 Sparrow Drive, Nisku, 780.986.8522 Blacksheep Pub 11026 Jasper Ave, 780.420.0448 BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ 9624-76 Ave, 780.989.2861 Blue Pear Restaurant 10643-123 St, 780.482.7178 BLUES ON WHYTE 1032982 Ave, 780.439.3981 Bohemia 10217-97 St Boneyard 9216-34 Ave, 780.437.2663 Brittanys 10225-97 St Brixx 10030-102 St (downstairs), 780.428.1099 BUDDY’S 11725B Jasper Ave, 780.488.6636 Casino Edmonton 7055 Argylll Rd, 780.463.9467 Casino Yellowhead 12464-153 St, 780 424 9467 Century grill 3975 Calgary Tr NW, 780.431.0303 Cha Island Tea Co 1033281 Ave, 780.757.2482 CHROME LOUNGE 132 Ave, Victoria Trail Coast to Coast 5552 Calgary Tr, 780.439.8675 Common Lounge 10124124 St Convocation Hall Arts Bldg, U of A, 780.492.3611 Crown and Anchor 15277 Castledowns Rd, 780.472.7696 Crown Pub 10709-109 St, 780.428.5618

O’BYRNE’S 10616-82 Ave, 780.414.6766 ON THE ROCKS 11730 Jasper Ave, 780.482.4767 orange hall 10335-84 Ave Orlando's 1 15163-121 St Ortona Armoury 9733102 St Overtime–Downtown 10304-111 St, 780.465.6800 Overtime Whitemud Crossing, 4211-106 St, 780.485.1717 PAWN SHOP 10551-82 Ave, Upstairs, 780.432.0814 Playback Pub 594 Hermitage Rd, 130 Ave, 40 St Pleasantview Community Hall 1086057 Ave Pourhouse Bier Bistro 10354 Whyte Ave Queen Alexandra Hall 10425 University Ave REDNEX BAR–Morinville 10413-100 Ave, Morinville, 780.939.6955 Red Piano Bar 1638 Bourbon St, WEM, 8882-170 St, 780.486.7722 RED STAR 10538 Jasper Ave, 780.428.0825 Rendezvous 10108-149 St Ric’s Grill 24 Perron Street, St Albert, 780.460.6602 Robertson-Wesley United Church s10209123 St ROSEBOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE 10111-117 St, 780.482.5253 Rose and Crown 10235101 St R Pub 16753-100 St ,

780.457.1266

Second Cup–89 Ave 8906-149 St Second Cup–Sherwood Park 4005 Cloverbar Rd,

Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 • Summerwood Summerwood Centre, Sherwood Park, 780.988.1929 Sideliners Pub 11018-127 St, 780.453.6006 Sou Kawaii Zen Lounge 12923-97 St, 780.758.5924 Sportsman's Lounge 8170-50 St STARLITE ROOM 10030-102 St, 780.428.1099 STEEPS TEA LOUNGE– Whyte Ave 11116-82 Ave Suede Lounge 11806 Jasper Ave, 780.482.0707 Suite 69 2 Fl, 8232

Gateway Blvd, 780.439.6969

Taphouse 9020 McKenney Ave, St Albert, 780.458.0860 Treasury 10004 Jasper Ave, 7870.990.1255, thetreasurey.ca Vee Lounge, Apex Casino–St Albert 24 Boudreau Rd, St Albert, 780.460.8092, 780.590.1128 Vinyl Dance Lounge 10740 Jasper Ave, 780.428.8655 Westside Pub 15135 Stony Plain Rd 780 758 2058 Wild Bill’s–Red Deer Quality Inn North Hill, 7150-50 Ave, Red Deer, 403.343.8800 Winspear Centre 4 Sir Winston Churchill Square; 780.28.1414 WUNDERBAR 8120-101 St, 780.436.2286 Y AFTERHOURS 10028-102 St, 780.994.3256, yafterhours. com Yellowhead Brewery 10229-105 St, 780.423.3333 Yesterdays Pub 112, 205 Carnegie Dr, St Albert, 780.459.0295

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Eddie Shorts Acoustic jam every Sun; 9pm FILTHY McNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq Hogs Den Dirty Jam: hosted by Tye Jones; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 4-8pm ice on whyte–Alberta Legislature’s West Lawn Cygnets; 7-8pm; free; iceonWhyte.ca ice on whyte–Highlevel Streetcar Paul McGowan; 6-7:30pm; iceonWhyte.ca Newcastle Sun Soul Service (acoustic jam): Willy James and Crawdad Cantera; 3-6:30pm NEW CITY DIY Sunday Afternoons: 4pm (door), 5pm , 6pm, 7pm, 8pm (bands) O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am On the Rocks Jake Ian and the Haymakers, Darryl Matthews ORLANDO'S 2 PUB Open stage jam every Sun; 4pm Pourhouse Bier Bistro Singer-

songwriter open stage with Jay Gilday; every Sun, 9pm-close WUNDERBAR Danielle and the Deadbeats, Laura Swankey, Jamie Henry, Callum Walsh; 7pm; $7 Yellowhead Brewery Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm

Classical Arden Theatre Edmonton Symphony Orchestra, Bill Eddins (host), Kemal Gekic (piano); 2pm; $40 Convocation Hall Music as Language: Richard Van Camp (writerin-residence), Roger Admiral (piano), Brian Thurgood (percussion), Bill Street (sax, conductor), U of A Saxophone and Percussion Ensembles; Mark Hannesson (electronics), Andriy Talpash and Mark Hannesson (improv); featuring improvised and prepared text and music; 3-5pm; $20/$15/$10 (door) Holy Trinity Anglican Church Music of the Sistine Chapel: Scona Chamber Singers, John

Brough, (conductor); 3pm; $20/$15 (student/senior)

DJs BACKSTAGE Industry Night: every Sun with Atomic Improv, Jameoki and DJ Tim BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Soul Sundays: A fantastic voyage through '60s and '70s funk, soul and R&B with DJ Zyppy. Dance parties have been known to erupt FLOW Stylus Sun SAVOY Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

NOLA Daniel Gervais Trio; 6-9pm

every Mon with DJ Chad Cook

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

NEW CITY Madhouse Mon: Punk/metal/etc with DJ Smart Alex

Rose Bowl/Rouge Lounge Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm Yellowhead Brewery Big Big Show: The Gords; 7pm (door), 8pm (show); $20

Classical Convocation Hall Monday Noon Music: 12-1pm

MON JAN 16 DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover Blues on Whyte Lucky Petersen Devaney's Singer/ songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm Festival Place Acoustic Grooves; 7:30pm

JONESIN'CROSSWORD

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

Crown Minefield Mondays/House/Breaks/ Trance and more with host DJ Phoenix, 9pm FILTHY McNASTY'S Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson Lucky 13 Industry Night

TUE JAN 17 Blues on Whyte Lucky Petersen Brixx Ruby Tuesdays: guest with host Mark Feduk; 8pm; $5 after 8pm Druid Open stage every Tue; with Chris Wynters, guest Al Lukas; 9pm L.B.’s Tue Blues Jam with Ammar; 9pm-1am NOLA Daniel Gervais Trio; 6-9pm O’BYRNE’S Celtic jam every Tue; with Shannon Johnson and friends; 9:30pm Padmanadi Open stage every Tue; with Mark Davis; all ages; 7:3010:30pm R Pub Open stage jam every Tue; hosted by Gary and the Facemakers; 8pm Second Cup– Summerwood Open stage/open mic every Tue;

MATT JONES // JONESINCROSSWORDS@vueweekly.com

"Cheatin' with the Codes"—old school Nintendo knowledge

Across 1 Designer Oldham 5 Victoria's Secret sells them 9 ___-cone (carnival purchase) 12 Strained from work 13 Dusting items 15 Good or bad figure, in TV dramas 16 Direction for "my beautiful balloon," in song 18 Come up short 19 What "we're" doing, in a Fall Out Boy song lyric 21 Part of a fireman's outfit 23 Babies do it 24 Movie where Will Ferrell played Buddy 25 Fall guy 29 In the ballpark 30 With 39-across, marching chant 33 Labor mate, on an invoice 34 Like objective data 36 Prefix before gender or mission 39 See 30-across 43 "Role Models" actor Paul 44 Complaints 45 Not just my

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46 Like some playgrounds 48 "Yabba ___ doo!" 50 Degree that focuses on human behavior 55 "And so on" 56 Panicky yell to a getaway driver 59 Felix or Fritz 60 Forehead-smacking phrase 61 Bupkis 62 Sit-up focus 63 1970s song with a letter-forming dance 64 Abbr. in a recipe Down 1 Coll. in Houston 2 Alley-___ 3 Towed away, colloquially 4 Train station 5 Skyscraper, for example: abbr. 6 Word before hog or rage 7 "...and ___" (Lawrence Welk count-off) 8 BET Hip Hop Awards "Rookie of the Year" winner ___ Lo 9 Two-wheeler 10 "OK, I'm waiting..."

11 Can ___ 13 Anderson Cooper's channel 14 Word sung on 1/1 17 "___ for Alibi" (first in the Kinsey Millhone book series) 20 North America's highest peak 21 ___ Paese (cheese) 22 Soccer match shout 25 Spot on a domino 26 Like contortionists 27 "A magic number," according to "Schoolhouse Rock" 28 Rigid 31 Muscle-to-bone connector 32 Apt. ad stat 33 Golf average 35 Dollar divs. 36 Robert De Niro's film studio 37 Keep the drink payment until the end 38 Detox denizens 40 Take a taxi 41 Central airport 42 "La la" lead-in 44 Like weak soup 47 ___ buco 48 "Simpsons" word added to the OED 49 Bond, e.g. 51 Chilled out 52 ___-Z (old Chevy) 53 ___ vez (again, in Spanish) 54 Public Image ___ (post-Sex Pistols band) 57 30-second spots 58 Grammy category ©2011 Jonesin' Crosswords

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DJs

JAN 13 & 14, ALESHA & BRENDON JAN 16, BRIAN GREGG JAN 18, DUFF ROBINSON edmontonpubs.com

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and notso-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: One Too Many Tuesdays with Rootbeard Buddys DJ Arrow Chaser every CRown Live hip hop and open mic with DJs Xaolin, Dirty Needlz, Frank Brown, and guests; no cover DV8 Creepy Tombsday: Psychobilly, Hallowe'en horrorpunk, deathrock with Abigail Asphixia and Mr Cadaver; every Tue

DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB

NEW CITY High Anxiety Variety Society Bingo vs. karaoke with Ben Disaster, Anonymouse every Tue; no minors; 4pm-3am; no cover RED STAR Experimental Indie Rock, Hip Hop, Electro with DJ Hot Philly; every Tue

WED JAN 18

WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE DAY OF THE WEEK? SATURDAY & SUNDAY, BREAKFAST UNTIL 4PM SUNDAY, CELTIC MUSIC MONDAY, SINGER SONG WRITER TUESDAY, WING NIGHT WEDNESDAY, OPEN STAGE, PIZZA w/ JUG NIGHT THURSDAY, CHEAP JUG NIGHT

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month Blues on Whyte Lucky Petersen Cha Island Tea Co Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm eddie shorts Acoustic jam every Wed, 9pm; no cover Elephant and Castle–Whyte Ave Open mic every Wed (unless there's an Oilers game); no cover Fiddler's Roost Little Flower Open Stage every Wed with Brian Gregg; 8pm-12 Good Earth Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm HAVEN Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

SNOW PATROL

FALLEN EMPIRES

Nisku Inn Troubadours and Tales: 1st Wed every month; with Tim Harwill, guests; 8-10pm NOLA Daniel Gervais Trio; 6-9pm

JAN 13 & 14

Playback Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am

Andrew Scott

PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; Slow pitch for beginners on the 1st and 3rd Wed prior to regular jam every Wed, 6.30pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member)

JAN 20 & 21

the salesmen

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

In Sutton Place Hotel #195, 10235 101 Street, EDMONTONPUBS.COM

Classical McDougall United Church Merrill Tanner, Ernst Birss (soprano and guitar); 12:1012:50pm; free

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe; Wooftop: Soul/Breaks with Dr. Erick

GUESTS ON THE ALBUM INCLUDE R.E.M.’S MICHAEL STIPE, FOLK ROCK SINGER LISSIE, AND QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE GUITARIST TROY VAN LEEUWEN WHO’S FEATURED ON THE FIRST SINGLE CALLED OUT IN THE DARK

BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover Common Treehouse Wednesdays Diesel Wind-up Wed: R&B, hiphop, reggae, old skool, reggaeton with InVinceable, Touch It, weekly guest DJs FILTHY McNASTY'S Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG

Regular Version

$1299

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm LEGENDS Hip hop/R&B with DJ Spincycle NEW CITY Wed Pints 4 Punks: with DJ Nick; no minors; 4pm3am; no cover NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed

DOWNTOWN

ALSO AVAILABLE:

DELUXE VERSION INCLUDES DVD WITH 10 SONGS LIVE AT THE ROYAL ALBERT HALL

RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed

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it so happens that you are now in an astrological phase when adopting such an approach would bring you abundant wisdom and provide maximum healing. So get started: Wander through your memories, reinterpreting the difficult experiences as rich raw material that you can use to beautify your soul and intensify your lust for life.

CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): As I contemplate the most desirable fate you could create for yourself, I'm reminded of a lyric from one of my songs: "We are searching for the answers / so we can destroy them and dream up better questions." This is not the right time for you to push for comprehensive formulas and definitive solutions. Rather, it's a favorable moment to draw up the incisive inquiries that will frame your quest for comprehensive formulas. That quest is due to begin in two weeks. For now, raise your curiosity levels and make yourself magnetic to core truths.

VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): "Poetry is the kind of thing you have to see from the corner of your eye," said the poet William Stafford. "If you look straight at it you can't see it, but if you look a little to one side it is there." As I contemplate your life in the immediate future, I think it's an apt description of all the important phenomena you'll need to know about. Better start practicing your sideways vision.

LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): "A writer—and, I believe, generally all persons—must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource," said author Jorge Luis Borges. "All that happens to us, including our humiliations, our misfortunes, our embarrassments, all is given to us as raw material, as clay, so that we may shape our art." And

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example of how not to proceed in the coming weeks. It will be a good time for you to experiment around the house—refining your relationship with your roommates, moving the furniture around, and in general rearranging the domestic chemistry—but please avoid trying stuff as crazy as Handl's. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): In 1878, Thomas Edison perfected the phonograph, a machine that could record sounds and play them back. There had been some primitive prototypes before, but his version was a major improvement. And what were the first sounds to be immortalized on Edison's phonograph? The rush of the wind in the trees? A dramatic reading of the Song of Songs? The cries of a newborn infant? Nope. Edison recited the nursery rhyme, "Mary Had a Little Lamb." When you make your own breakthrough in communication sometime soon, Scorpio, I hope you deliver a more profound and succulent message. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): I suspect you may soon find yourself in a situation similar to the one that

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Media misrepresents promiscuity and misses higher rates of assault I am forever hearing stories from finding that one in 13 girls have had people, who are not teenagers, about group sex. That stat is in the study, how sexually promiscuous teenagers but the context is removed. The samare these days. All of the curple size was quite small. Only rent research seems to point 328 young women aged 14 to the fact that teenagers to 20 were studied. The are much smarter about study was restricted only om eekly.c @vuew sex than they were 10 to subjects who said they brenda Brendear had had sex at least once. years ago and yet we still Kerb believe that wild teen sex parThis is something the media ties are commonplace and becomreports conveniently left out. This ing even more common. Only a few is not a study of all teenagers; it is a days before Christmas, a number of study of sexually active teenagers and alarming headlines appeared all over it includes women up to the age of 20. the media. "Teens as young as 14 enOf those 328 sexually active young gaging in group sex" said ABC News. women studied, only 24 reported hav"Many teen girls have had group sex," ing sex with more than one person at was the headline from the Toronto a time. Furthermore, of those 24, 79 Sun. The Daily Mail ran the headline percent (19) of them, said that they "Group Sex is the Latest Trend for had had group sex only once. The Teenagers." I would have chalked this screaming headline that one in 13 girls up to just another alarmist rant exhas had group sex makes it sound like cept that these stories were reporting this is a pretty common thing, but on a study that was published in the what the study actually says is that Journal of Urban Health. Had somefive people in a group of 328 sexually one finally done the research and active young women reported having found that teenagers really are having had sex with more than one person wild sex parties? I located the study at a time more than once. When you to find out. put it that way, it hardly sounds like a As if so often the case, the headlines trend. In fact, the study's authors acaren't exactly an accurate reflecknowledge that it is a small number tion of the study. All of the stories and do not in any way state or imply mentioned above quote the study as that it's a growing trend.

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To me, the most alarming part of the study is not that 24 of these young women had group sex, it's that of those 24, 12 of them said that they were pressured or forced to do it. That is not group sex, it's sexual assault by multiple offenders. The fact that these young women identified this as sex rather than sexual assault is disturbing to me. The amount of violence experienced by all of the study respondents is the truly alarming thing. Of the whole sample of 328, 9.4 percent reported sexual abuse in their childhood and 44.5 percent reported physical or sexual violence in a dating relationship. It seems that violence is much more common for these young women than is group sex. This study doesn't prove that teenage girls are having wild sex parties, but it does show that many of them are in dangerous and violent relationships. Perhaps that's the part that should have grabbed the headlines. V Brenda Kerber is a sexual health educator who has worked with local not-for-profits since 1995. She is the owner of the Edmonton-based, sex-positive adult toy boutique the Traveling Tickle Trunk.

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The froth of the fray Dan fires back at Elizabeth Santorum

I am writing to thank you. I remember equally repulsive candidates. reading your definition of "santorum"— I did my part: I counted the ballots, I "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matter created a website (spreadingsantorum. that is sometimes the byproduct com) that eight years later reof anal sex"—when it first apE mains the number one return SAVAG peared. I remember thinking when you google "Santorum." it was a cute way to make But, again, if it weren't for my m ekly.co vuewe fun of a dickhead politician. creative, kinky and hilarious @ e v lo savage I never thought it would go readers, JIW, an otherwise disDan this far. But after Iowa, Rick Savage tressing news cycle—a ranting, Santorum is in the spotlight again. raving, washed-up religious bigot And so is that frothy mixture. And tied for first place in the Iowa caucusthat's fucking awesome. es?!?—would not have been leavened JEFF IN WISCONSIN by such unintentionally hilarious headlines as "Santorum Surges from Behind," Don't thank me, JIW. Thank Rick Santo"Santorum Runs Hard," and "Romney rum for making his bigotry crystal clear Squeezes Out Santorum." in a 2003 interview with the Associated Press. Santorum equated consensual Dan Savage is one sick, pathetic excuse gay sex with child rape and dog fucking, for a human being. Truly a sad piece he stated that birth control should be of sh*t. Especially trying to "insert himillegal, he argued that states should be self"—pun intended—into the GOP able to arrest, prosecute and imprison presidential race. people—gay and straight—for private, Savage Isn't Completely Kind consensual sex acts. Thank the Savage Love reader who, We redefined "santorum" back in 2003, after reading that interview, urged me SICK, long before Santorum was runto invite my readers to submit new ning for president. So it would be more definitions for Santorum's last name. accurate to say that the GOP presidenAnd thank the Savage Love readers tial race has inserted itself into me, not who—in their wisdom—selected the other way around. And, gosh, I hope "the frothy mix of lube and fecal matthere isn't any santorum on the GOP ter that is sometimes the byproduct presidential race when it pulls out of of anal sex" from a crowded field of me—that would be so embarrassing!

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Also embarrassing: Elise Foley's gushing profile of Elizabeth Santorum, Rick's adult daughter, that appeared on the Huffington Post before the Iowa caucuses. "It is tough [being] a young surrogate for a candidate/father clinging to an older worldview," Foley writes. "Her father's stance on same-sex marriage and gay rights, in particular, has caused some friction from non-supporters. 'It's a policy thing,' [Elizabeth Santorum] said of gay marriage ... Opposed to same-sex marriage herself, Elizabeth said she has gay friends who support her father's candidacy based on his economic and family platforms." Yeah, it's tough out there for a 'phobe—and it's getting tougher all the time. Rick Santorum was nearly booed off a stage in New Hampshire last week after he insisted that legalizing gay marriage would lead to the legalization of polygamous marriage. (The same argument was made against legalizing interracial marriage—and here we are, 44 years after the Supreme Court declared laws against interracial marriage to be unconstitutional, and Tiger Woods can marry only one busted Olive Garden hostess at a time.) You know what else is tough? Gay widowers losing their homes after the deaths of their spouses because they don't qualify for the same Social Security benefits as all other married couples. Also tough: seeing your wife deported because the federal government doesn't recognize your marriage. But, hey, Elizabeth Santorum isn't a bigot—she can't be! She has gay friends! And her gay friends support her dad! Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his having equated consensual gay sex to child rape and dog fucking? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his opposition to gay marriage and any other legal framework—civil unions, domestic partnerships—that might provide legal protections for same-sex couples? Who are these gay people who support Rick Santorum despite his promises to write

anti-gay bigotry into the US Constitution, forcibly divorce all legally married same-sex couples in the United States, reinstate DADT and ban adoptions by same-sex couples? Who are these faggots? To Ms Foley and all the other political reporters out there: when someone like Elizabeth Santorum tells you that she has gay friends and her gay friends support her dad based on his "family platforms"—gay people shouldn't be allowed to have families—your subject is making an astonishing claim. Your immediate response should be a demand for the names and phone numbers of these gay friends. Offer to quote these gay friends anonymously, to protect their privacy/stupidity, but tell the homophobe that you will need to verify the existence of her gay friends because you're a journalist, not a stenographer. You'll either catch the homophobe in a very revealing lie—what does it tell us about this moment in the struggle for LBGT equality that even bigots like Rick and Elizabeth Santorum perceive a political risk in being perceived as homophobic?—or land a fascinating interview with a crazy-ass faggot. I've been a loyal reader for half my life. Today, a friend and I got into a debate about you. My friend says your campaign to redefine "santorum" flies in the face of your anti-bullying "It Gets Better" campaign. Would you please address this issue? GOOGLE PROBLEMS

First, GP, the campaign is over: Santorum has been redefined. Second, taking the piss out of a middle-aged bigot who has repeatedly and viciously attacked a tiny minority for personal and political gain—a man surrounded by people who support him personally, politically and financially—is not the moral equivalent of beating the shit out of a vulnerable and isolated 13-year-old queer kid in rural Texas who is a member of the tiny minority that this powerful bigot has repeatedly and viciously attacked.

Third, circling back to Elizabeth Santorum's blowjob on HuffPo: "[Elizabeth] is aware of her father's so-called 'Google problem,' part of a campaign by columnist Dan Savage ... 'That just makes me sad. It's disappointing that people can be that mean,' she said." I'm sorry for giving you a sad, Elizabeth. You know what gave me a sad? Reading about Janice Langbehn and Lisa Pond. The women, together 18 years, were vacationing in Florida in 2007 with three of their four children when Pond suffered an aneurysm. Langbehn and the children were barred from Pond's room when they arrived at the hospital. A social worker informed Langbehn—who was distraught—that she wouldn't be able to see her wife because they were in an "anti-gay city and state." Lisa Pond was not a "policy thing," Elizabeth. She was a human being. And her wife and children were prevented from saying goodbye to her because people who agree with you and your father— people who doubtless felt empowered to act on their bigotry thanks to highprofile bigots like you and your father— persecuted them as Pond lay dying. By being so mean as to oppose legal protections for gay and lesbian families, Elizabeth, you and your father are trying to make sure that other families headed by same-sex couples will suffer as Langbehn, Pond and their children were made to suffer. It is disappointing how mean some people can be, Elizabeth, it really is. Time to follow through on your threat to redefine "rick," Dan. MATT VIA TWITTER

Already done: to "rick" is to remove something with your tongue—the "r" from "remove," the "ick" from "lick"—which makes "rick santorum" the most disgusting twoword sentence in the English language after "vote Republican." V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger.com/savage.

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In spite of the the weirdly warm weather, the overwhelming visual monotony of winter is oppressive. Every year seasonal affective disorder dominates the collective conscious at this time. Short days and grey skies make the green of summer a distant dream. The antidote is small doses of sunshine and glimpses of the miracle of life like that found in the four pyramidal greenhouses that constitute the Muttart Conservatory, nestled in the river valley. Not only can you see, hear, smell and touch the beauty of living things, at Culina Muttart you can taste fresh, locally grown ingredients, some even grown in the Muttart greenhouses. While you are there, you might take notice of the architecture, one of Edmonton's most

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well-known and recognizable buildings. It was designed by one of Canada's most treasured architects, Peter Hemingway, and opened in 1976. Not to forget public art; a fresco mural entitled “Circle of Life” by Canadian Aboriginal artist and member of the Order of Canada, Alex Janvier, is in the central atrium, and a recent sculpture by Mia Weinberg graces the front entranceway. It is easy to hole up at home and hibernate while the winter winds whip outside, but it's an enriching experience to play tourist in your own town. V Chelsea Boos is a multidisciplinary visual artist and flâneur. Back words is a discussion of her dérives and a photographic diary of the local visual culture.

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