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WTF NFL? What-up NFL? Three weeks into the season and Commissioner Roger Goodell's plan to hire replacement referees to show the guys who are locked out that he can and will replace them rather than meet union demands, maybe isn't going so well. The game. The Green Bay Packers and Seattle Seahawks game on September 24. Packers are up 12 – 7, intercept a pass in the endzone on the final play and bam! Seahawks win 14 – 12? Anger, shock and even some review of the replay meant nothing to the replacement refs. They stood by the call that what was so clear to everyone else—that safety M.D. Jennings intercepted the pass and landed on receiver Golden Tate—just wasn't what happened. It was deemed a simultaneous catch and that means the offence gets the play. The NFL is an almost $10-billion-a-year industry and it seems that money alone may be the driving force in this business, not love for the game. If there was a bit of concern for teams and their players, then the league never would have hired replacement refs who were fired from the Lingerie Football League for "incompetence." An LFL statement said that to keep their own game credible and their athletes safe—and don't get me started on the safety of playing tackle football in only your underwear with shoulder pads that cover practically nothing—some of these refs had to go. The NFL was waiting with



Cleaning out the closet

Restored Soles collecting shoes for Jamaican youth open arms to fill the void left by 120 locked out referees. College-level officials weren't considered since they'd never be able to work in the NFL in the future if they became scabs, so the lower echelons of football-dom had to be scoured. To be fair, I'm sure these men and one woman are doing the best they can. It's a challenging role to just be thrown into. So why has this labour dispute between the NFL and the NFLRA been dragging on since the refs' contracts expired in June anyway? The league wants to be able to pull underperforming officials off the field and replace them with a new batch for as long as it takes. That would mean adding more referees. However, referees are paid by the game so that would be a big pay cut for the official who is sidelined. The league also wants to cut back on pensions. So negotiations continue. But with each of the 32 teams playing only 16 regular season games, the season could be well underway before the real refs hit the turf again—if they see any green at all this year. It's hard to say if the public outcry about such subpar officiating will be enough to sway the opinion of Goodell and the league's higher ups. We can all name unions in Canada and the US who have been having a hard go of it lately trying to have their demands met. But if these substitute refs can't call a play for what it is, what's the point of this season? Money. V

Robert Tyndale in his store, Room 322, is heading up a project to send shoes to school kids in Jamaica // Rebecca Medel


hen you own a men's clothing and footwear store you notice things—like shoes. On Robert Tyndale's last few trips to Jamaica visiting family, he noticed the shoes of the kids in some of the poorer areas and how they seemed to be getting by on very little. "I went to a few schools and noticed the kids were walking around in beat up, destroyed shoes. And I was like, 'Wow. I have so many lightly used, almost brand-new shoes that are just collecting dust in my closet that I kind of don't like anymore or don't wear.' And I thought it would be really interesting to send some down there," he recalls. Tyndale, who co-owns Room 322 with his brother and cousin, spread the idea of Restored Soles to family, friends and others, and last year they sent about 500 pairs of shoes to Jamaica. Converse has jumped on board with donations and Jason Markk has donated its shoe cleaner product to get the footwear looking spiffy before it's shipped out. This year's big event is September 29, when donations will be received in the lot behind the store at 10988 - 124 St. The goal is to double last year's donations and send 1000 pairs of shoes. Folks can drop by all afternoon from 1 pm – 6 pm with donations and hang out eating, listening to Caribbean music, local DJs and spoken-word poetry. There will also be some Golden Bears basketball players on hand to teach the kids some hoop tricks.



In addition to youth-sized shoes—Tyndale points out that doesn't mean not to bring your size 10s and 11s, since they're bound to fit someone—they'll be collecting school supplies for the Backpack Project. "One of the issues is that in some of the smaller, kind of poorer parts of Jamaica, they don't really have some of the essentials that we take for granted here in Edmonton ... those little things that we don't really think about— pens, paper, because they're abundant—over there it's kind of a different story. So that was where we got more inspiration to build on this project," he notes. Tyndale will visit Jamaica again in January 2013 in time to be there when all the shoes and school supplies arrive as it takes about two months to ship them. He'll be putting together a video project to show where the donations go and how they make an impact to youth in Jamaica. "With bigger compassion projects and notfor-profits you never really see the end result—whether it's a monetary donation or a product donation—it kind of ends right there. So we wanted to take it a step further and showcase everyone. If someone's watching the video they might be like, 'Oh, those are my shoes!' We really want to capture that experience over all." REBECCA MEDEL



Deals are for suckers! The on and off-the-table arena agreement ...

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be built downtown. Despite the mayor's assurances, taxpayers would not be burdened. The committee found it "highly probable" the arena would "require contributions from all orders of government in order for it be economically viable." A lengthy absence of arena news did not make the public's heart grow any fonder. An August 2009 Ipsos Reid/

Global Edmonton poll found 77 percent (46 percent strongly / 31 percent somewhat) opposed the city contributing money for an arena. Through unnamed sources "close to the Katz Group," local media unveiled a grand vision. There would be two rinks, one for the Oilers and major events; the other for the Oil Kings and secondary events. There would be student housing, office buildings, a performing arts centre and a casino. Who could say no? Some councillors were wary. Ed Gibbons told a reporter he warned Katz, "Don't be a Pocklington. People want this city to be great. They want signature facilities. But they won't stand for being bullied." In February 2010, Katz announced he would not contribute $100 million to build the arena. "There really isn't a suitable mechanism in our view by which Daryl Katz could invest $100 million into a building that's owned by the city," his representative told the Journal editorial board.



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In May, Daryl Katz launched his attempt to purchase the hockey club. Facing continued opposition from EIG after his third bid, Katz took his campaign public in July, promising to contribute $100 million towards a new arena and build a training facility at the University of Alberta if his $185 million bid succeeded. It didn't. A June Leger/Edmonton Journal poll showed 56 percent of Edmontonians opposed a downtown arena; 67 percent if tax money was involved. Declaring the poll premature, Mandel told the Journal no property taxes or infrastructure money from other levels of government would go toward the project. 2007 was an election year. That December, Katz tabled a $188 million purchase offer, reiterating his promised $100 million arena contribution. EIG rejected the offer but their resolve was fracturing. In February 2008, EIG accepted $200 million for the team. In March, the Arena Feasibility Comittee recommended a $450 million arena

Oilers Fans

f all the practices prohibited by the federal Competition Act, the "bait and switch" is probably most familiar. That's when you're lured into a store or business by an attractive price—an almost impossibly attractive price—for some product or service, told the product is no longer available and then gently nudged towards a different, higherpriced product. Sure, you could just walk away, but you've already promised the family a new flatscreen TV. Promised it loudly. Right in front of Joe, that asshole next door. The Act protects us from being forced to choose between paying $3000 for a television on which we planned to spend $1000, but that never really existed, and going home empty-handed. Retailers cannot advertise at bargain prices without a reasonable ability to deliver. That the Act does not apply to either developers or local governments is unfortunate, as illustrated by the ongoing downtown arena saga. April 2007 was the first in what would turn out to be a five-year playoff-free streak for the Edmonton Oilers. The day after their owners, the Edmonton Investors Group (EIG), bought a full-page newspaper ad acknowledging the team's dismal performance, EIG Chair Cal Nichols told a reporter that a rumoured new arena would help the team attract better talent. Having heard those rumours, and liking them, Mayor Stephen Mandel struck his Arena Feasibility Committee.

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An unsuccessful attempt to quell public outrage came on Valentine's Day by way of an open letter from Katz in which he suggested people "misunderstood" his earlier commitment. "Maybe I'm still suffering for having started my career as a lawyer, but I thought the words were clear," he wrote. The words were clear. That the words had changed was the problem. That 2010 was an election year was not lost on council, who held firm until Katz put his $100 million for construction back on the table—until the election was out of the way. Last fall's agreement sees the city pick up the full $450 million construction tab (not including land and infrastructure) with another level of government contributing $100 million (both have said no), $125 million from a ticket tax and $45 million from a Community Revitalization Levy. Katz's $100 million? Thirty-five annual installments of $5.67 million (including interest). The city would pay Katz $2 million a year for promotional considerations. Katz would pay all maintenance and operating expenses while retaining all revenues, including naming rights. Now, with $100 million in funding still missing and about half that spent by council, Katz wants more, including an annual operating subsidy of $6 million. Ward 11 Councillor Kerry Diotte has had enough. Asked if council were the CONTINUED ON PAGE 08 >>


Consultations are passé; time for action Alberta's fiscal planning needs to focus on saving non-renewable resource revenue How many times do you have to hear revenues.” The consultations will also the same thing, in different ways and seek input on the future of the Herifrom different sources, before you tage Savings Trust Fund. actually believe it and do something On the surface, this all looks like a about it? positive step. The government is acAs the parent of teenagers, it someknowledging that it cannot rely on times seems that there is no limit non-renewable resource revenues to how many times the same reforever and that it needs to implefrain can be repeated withment a savings strategy to out resulting in a change ensure a revenue stream for E in behaviour. Although the future. Implicit in the C N E FER frustrating, this is under- INTER government background@vu ricardo standable when dealing ers accompanying the cono Ricard with hormone-laden adosultation is also the clear unAcuña lescents who are trying to find derstanding that the province their footing and way forward in life. needs to reduce its dependence on But how do we explain it when govresource revenues to fund its public ernment displays the same reluctance services and infrastructure. to act on oft repeated advice and recBut that’s just on the surface. Do a ommendations? little digging into our province’s reThe Alberta government is currently cent history and it becomes painfully in the midst of a consultation on the clear that we’ve had this conversadevelopment of a savings policy and tion—ad infinitum. From the 2011 fiscal framework. The objective of this report of the Premier’s Council for consultation, according to the governEconomic Strategy, to the 2008 rement’s own documents, is to “look at port of the Financial Investment Planhow savings are used, the approprining and Advisory Commission, to the ate use of borrowing for capital, and 2002 Looking Forward consultation how to reduce reliance on resource on the uses of the Heritage Fund, the


government has received no shortage of input from Albertans on how to proceed with fiscal planning for the future. Beyond all those consultations, there has also been a plethora of reports published by think tanks and advocacy groups from across the political spectrum over the last 10 years making recommendations for a new fiscal framework for the province. What makes the province seem like a stubborn teenager is the fact that all of these consultations and reports have said essentially the same thing: the province needs to redirect a significant portion of non-renewable resource revenues from general revenues to savings and ensure that our public services and infrastructure are funded primarily through our tax revenue. The rationale here is pretty straightforward, relying as heavily as we do on oil and gas revenues (historically around 30 percent of our revenues come from non-renewable resources) means that our ability to adequately fund public services without running

deficits goes up and down wildly with every change in the world price of these commodities. It also means that we are liquidating our main capital assets and then spending the money as soon as it comes in. Assets need to be converted to assets, not spent. Imagine selling your house and blowing the money on a big party without considering that you’ll need somewhere else to live once the party’s over and the money’s gone. Taxation is the most stable and predictable source of revenue that any government has access to. As such, this is what should pay for our services and infrastructure. It also has the side benefit of drawing a direct democratic link between our contribution to the collective pool of money and the services that are provided with that money. So after numerous consultations and reports from groups as diverse as the Parkland Institute, the Canadian Taxpayers’ Federation, the Canada West Foundation and others all saying essentially the same thing, what Alison Redford and her government


have decided to do is hold another consultation. What are the odds that this consultation will yield the same advice and recommendations as the previous ones? How many more times will the government have to hear the same message before it actually decides to act? The way forward is clear, and there is broad agreement across the spectrum in this province. We need to reduce volatility in our provincial revenues, make sure that tax revenue matches public service expenditures, and begin saving our nonrenewable resource revenues so we have something to show for them in the future. It’s time the government stopped acting like a stubborn teenager and actually changed its behaviour based on the advice that those around it have been repeating for years—we need action, not another consultation. V Ricardo Acuña is the executive director of the Parkland Institute, a non-partisan, public policy research institute housed at the University of Alberta.



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Fancy dinner gives republican platform for hidden distain It has always been hard for people most parts of the world, but it does no with strong opinions to tolerate the harm to Romney domestically. Indeed, discipline of electoral politics, which lots of Obama voters think that too. demands that they never speak their The same goes for the bizarre sceminds in public. Say what you realnario he drew about the alleged threat ly think and you are bound to from Iran. "If I were Iran—a alienate some of the votes crazed fanatic—I'd say let's that you need to win. But get a little fissile material to m it's getting harder: even at Hezbollah, have them carry o .c weekly e@vue gwynn private gatherings, today's it to Chicago or some other e Gwynn politicians are likely to be place and then if anything Dyer goes wrong, or America starts secretly video recorded, so they must NEVER reveal their true acting up, we'll just say, 'Guess what? opinions. Unless you stand down, why, we're goThe latest victim of this rule is Mitt ing to let off a dirty bomb.'" Romney, the Republican candidate for This is only one or two steps short of the US presidency. He needed to feed expressing a fear of werewolves, but some red meat to the people who in the United States this sort of dishad paid $50,000 a head to attend a course is routine. The US Department fundraiser in Florida in May. Most of of Defense regularly uses equally them doubtless believed that poor shoddy and cynical arguments to jusAmericans are shiftless, Palestinians tify its huge budget. Romney will not are evil, and Iranians are crazed fanatget into any trouble with the electorics, and they were not paying to have ate for this "gaffe". their views challenged. Still, he should Where it all went wrong was when he have been more careful. said that, "There are 47 percent of the Blaming the failure of 19 years of nepeople who will vote for the president gotiation to bring a peace settlement no matter what," referring to the Amerin the Arab-Israeli dispute entirely on icans who don't pay income tax. "There the Palestinians was not going to get are 47 percent who are with (Obama), him in trouble at home. "The Palestinwho are dependent upon government, ians have no interest whatsoever in eswho believe that they are victims, who tablishing peace," he said, which would believe the government has a responsibe seen as a distortion of the truth in bility to care for them, who believe that



they are entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you-name-it." The audience at the fundraiser obviously believes that and it's pretty likely that Romney believes it himself, but it is simply not true. If all of the 47 percent of Americans who do not pay income tax automatically vote for Barack Obama and the Democratic Party, then the Republicans can never win an election. At least not unless EVERYBODY who pays income tax votes Republican, which seems pretty unlikely. It was especially reckless of Romney to couch the whole discourse in terms of who pays taxes or doesn't. This from a man who has refused to release more than the past two years of his own tax returns. Why endure all the criticism about not releasing the past five years, say, if there was nothing to hide in the returns for the preceding years? Like, maybe, the possibility that Romney paid no tax at all in those previous returns. The people who pay no taxes in the United States are the very poor and the very rich, and Romney certainly falls into the latter category. If he paid no tax at all in 2007, 2008 and 2009, say, he would have fallen into the 47 percent in those years. So should we conclude that he voted for Obama in 2008? Probably not, and we can feel a certain sympathy for a man whose supposedly private remarks, shaped to appeal to an ultra-rich and ultra-conservative audience, have been dragged into the public domain. But he should have known better. Almost invisible to him, there was another group of people in that room who were not rich at all: the people who waited on the tables of the mighty. It was almost certainly one of those helots who took the video of his talk. They are getting in everywhere. V Gwynne Dyer is an independent journalist whose articles are published in 45 countries.



victims or the perpetrators of a massive bait and switch scheme, he ducks the question, but agrees the deal seems to be ever-changing: "It's like trying to nail Jell-O to the wall." Since the Katz Group has made new demands, says Diotte, it's time for the city to put everything back on the table. Perhaps. Or maybe, when confronted with the old bait and switch, the best course of action is to walk out the door. The kids will get over it. You shouldn't really care what Joe thinks. And, come to think of it, that old television isn't so bad. MIMI WILLIAMS




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LOTUS QIGONG • 780.477.0683 • Downtown • Practice group meets every Thu MADELEINE SANAM FOUNDATION • Faculté St Jean, Rm 3-18 • 780.490.7332 • Program for HIV-AID’S prevention, treatment and harm reduction in French, English and other African languages • 3rd and 4th Sat, 9am-5pm each month • Free (member)/$10 (membership); pre-register

MEDITATION • Strathcona Library • • Weekly meditation drop-in; every Tue, 7-8:30pm NORTHERN ALBERTA WOOD CARVERS ASSOCIATION • Duggan Community Hall, 3728-106 St • 780.458.6352, 780.467.6093 • • Meet every Wed, 6:30pm


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

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


OKTOBERFEST 2012 • German Club, 8310

NOTES STUDIO • Foot Notes Dance Studio

Roper Road • 780.466.4000 • • Enjoy a great atmosphere with Oom Pah Pah music, Oktoberfest fare, prizes, and of course lots of beer • Sep 27-29, Oct 5-6 • $30 (includes food)


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

AWA 12-STEP SUPPORT GROUP • Braeside Presbyterian Church bsmt, N. door, 6 Bernard Dr, Bishop St, Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St Albert • For adult children of alcoholic and dysfunctional families • Every Mon 7:30pm BRAIN TUMOUR PEER SUPPORT GROUP • Woodcroft Branch Library, 13420-


ORGANIZATION FOR BIPOLAR AFFECTIVE DISORDER (OBAD) • Grey Nuns Hospital, Rm 0651, 780.451.1755; Group meets every Thu, 7-9pm • Free

SHERWOOD PARK WALKING GROUP + 50 • Meet inside Millennium Place, Sherwood Place • Weekly outdoor walking group; starts with a 10 min discussion, followed by a 30-40 minute walk through Centennial Park, a cool down and stretch • Every Tue, 8:30am • $2/session (goes to the

Alzheimer’s Society of Alberta)



• A social group for bi-curious and bisexual women every 2nd Tue each month, 8pm •

Centennial Rm, (basement) Stanley A. Milner Library • Monthly roundtable 1st Tue each month; This month: “Misotheism: Hating God” •; E:

SUGARSWING DANCE CLUB • Orange Hall, 10335-84 Ave or Pleasantview Hall, 10860 - 57 Ave • 780.604.7572 • Swing Dance at Sugar Foot Stomp: beginner lesson followed by dance every Sat, 8pm (door) at Orange Hall or Pleasantview Hall WASKAHEGAN TRAIL • 10 km hike in the Leduc section of the trail, Sep 30; Hike leader: Stella, 780.488.9515 • West of Edmonton to hike in the Blackfoot Recreation Area; Oct 7; Hike leader: Helen, 780.468.4331 • Camrose area for a hike on the Battle River; Oct 14; Hike leader: Marilyn, 780.463.1207

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

BUDDYS NITE CLUB • 11725B Jasper Ave • 780.488.6636 • Tue with DJ Arrow Chaser, free pool all night; 9pm (door); no cover • Wed with DJ Dust’n Time; 9pm (door); no cover • Thu: Men’s Wet Underwear Contest, win prizes, hosted by Drag Queen DJ Phon3 Hom3; 9pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Fri Dance Party with DJ Arrow Chaser; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm • Sat: Feel the rhythm with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm EDMONTON PRIME TIMERS (EPT) • Unitarian Church of Edmonton, 10804-119 St • A group of older gay men who have common interests meet the 2nd Sun, 2:30pm, for a social period, short meeting and guest speaker, discussion panel or potluck supper. Special interest groups meet for other social activities throughout the month. E:

MacEwan Centre, 109 Street and 104 Ave; spin@ • 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, 1-4pm • Info: E: tuff

ILLUSIONS SOCIAL CLUB • Pride Centre, 10608 - 105 ave • 780.387.3343 • com/group/edmonton_illusions • Crossdressers meet 2nd Fri each month, 8:30pm

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

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

WORLD VEGETARIAN DAY - BBQ, BOOK SALE AND FAIR • Earth’s General Store, 9605 - 82 Ave • Includes a BBQ, a book sale (with second hand vegan and vegetarian recipe books) and a small fair with veggie vendors • Sep 29, 11am, • 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 ALBERTA CULTURE DAYS • Various locations around Edmonton and Alberta • • Alberta’s largest celebration of our artistic sector, heritage, cultural diversity and provincial pride • Sep 28-30

AN AFFAIR TO REMEMBER • Shaw Conference Centre, Hall D • fashioncompassion. ca • Brings Edmonton’s leading fashion retailers together in a New York-style fashion show, produced by industry leaders Mode Models, in support of Compassion House Foundation and Sorrentino’s Compassion House • Oct 11

ANNUAL KENYA RUN FOR WATER • Emily Murphy Park • • A 10k run, or a 5k run/walk, as well as some fun water activities to experience the challenges of transporting water, like many people in Kenya do every day • Sep 29, 7am (registration/drop-off ), 8:30am (warm up), 9am (10K), 9:30am (5K)

Y TOASTMASTERS CLUB • Strathcona Legion, 9020-51 Ave • Meet every Tue, 7-9pm; helps members develop confidence in public speaking and leadership • Info: T: Antonio Balce at 780.463.5331




OPMENT DINNER • Grande Ballroom,

SOUL • U of A, Rm 2-115, Education North •

Chateau Louis Hotel & Conference Centre, 11727 Kingsway Ave • Sep 28, 6pm (cocktails, auction viewing), 7pm (dinner & program) • $85 (ticket), $600 (table of 8), $725 (table of 10) • Aims to deepen consciousness of psyche’s speech as it occurs in professional discourses, in psychoanalytic encounters, in dreams, in fairy tales, myths and poetry • Sep 27, 7-9pm • $15 (members), $10 (student/senior members), $25 (non-members)

EDMONTON TIMERAISER • TransAlta Arts Barns • Part volunteer fair, part silent art auction and part night on the town • Oct 13, 7pm (doors, volunteer matching), 8:30 (art auction) • $10 (early bird, until Sep 22), $20

EARTH'S GENERAL STORE • 9605 - 82 Ave • • NOT Junk Food: Snacks CAN be healthy. Get ready to feature these raw stars as munchies for next movie night: Ketchup-y Chips, Crispy Kale Chips, Real Ginger Ale, Nutty Bark; Oct 14

THE GRAPE ESCAPE • Edmonton BMW’s showroom, 7450 Roper Road • • An elegant evening of wine sampling in support of one of Edmonton’s most cherished charities, Edmonton Meals on Wheels • Sep 27, 7pm • $60, available at Vinomania, Meals on Wheels

THE END OF EXPERTISE? REVIEWING IN THE AGE OF THE 'CUSTOMER REVIEWER • MacEwan University, Robbins Health Learning Centre, Room 9-323 (City Centre Campus) • 780.497.5346; nikishm@macewan. ca • What is the fate of the expert, professional reviewer? What roles have reviews had in the past and how have these been altered in the new democratized digital realm? Is there any sense lamenting, or celebrating, our trusting of the opinions and taste of "someone like ourselves' as well as of the 'elitist' expert? • Oct 11, 7-10pm • Free

P3 – PEOPLE. PASSION. PURPOSE. • Agora in the Community Centre, 501 Festival Ave • • 50 local organizations showcasing their volunteer opportunities • Oct 4, 1-7pm HOCKEY NIGHT ON WHYTE • Youth Empowerment & Support Services (YESS) Armoury Youth Centre, 85 Ave and 103 St • the second annual Hockey Night on Whyte street hockey tournament and BBQ • Sep 29, 11am-4pm • Free

GREAT EXPEDITIONS • St Luke’s AnglicanChurch, 8424-95 Ave • 780.454.6216 • 3rd Mon every month, 7:30pm LIVING FOODS SUNDAY SUMMER SERIES • Earth's General Store, 9605-82 Ave •


Every Sun, 6:50-9pm • Pre-register; $25 (each session); info: Robyn at


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

North Bldg, Rm 2-115, U of A • The Canadian Multicultural Education Foundation and Department of Secondary Education present six films, faculty and graduate students will introduce each film and facilitate the follow-up discussion • Oct 7

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

TED TALKS @ LUNCH • Enterprise Square, Rm 2-926, 2nd Fl, 10230 Jasper Ave • 780.492.2515 • TEDxEdmonton Education 2012 • Oct 13

UNSETTLED WATERS • Telus Building, Rm 134, corner of 111 St & 87 Ave, U of A • Examining the Implications of Federal and Provincial Changes to Water Policy. Lecture by Jeremy Schmidt • Oct 2, 7-9pm • Free

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

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:

G.L.B.T.Q SAGE BOWLING CLUB • 780.474.8240, E: • Every Wed, 1:30-3:30pm

GLBT SPORTS AND RECREATION • • Co-ed Bellydancing: • Bootcamp: Garneau Elementary, 10925-87 Ave. at 7pm; • Bowling: Ed's Rec Centre, West Edmonton Mall, Tue 6:45pm; • Curling: Granite Curling Club; 780.463.5942 • Running: Kinsmen; • Spinning:

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY • 10242106 St • 780.756.5667 • junctionedmonton. com • Open Tues-Sat: Community bar with seasonal patio • Beat the clock Tue • WINGSANITY Wed, 5-10pm • Free pool Tue and Wed • Karaoke Wed, 9-12pm • Fri Steak Night, 5-9pm • Frequent special events: drag shows, leather nights, bear bashes, girls nights • DJs every Fri and Sat, 10pm LIVING POSITIVE • 404, 10408124 St • • 1.877.975.9448/780.488.5768 • Confidential peer support to people living with HIV • Tue, 7-9pm: Support group • Daily drop-in, peer counselling

MAKING WAVES SWIMMING CLUB • • Recreational/competitive swimming. Socializing after practices • Every Tue/Thu

PRIDE CENTRE OF EDMONTON • Pride Centre of Edmonton, 10608-105 Ave • 780.488.3234 • A safe, welcoming,

the GLBT community; new members welcome; 2nd and 4th Thu, 7-9pm each month; andrea@pridecentreofedmonton. org • Men Talking with Pride: Support and social group for gay and bisexual men to discuss current issues; every Sun 7-9pm; • TTIQ: a support and information group for all those who fall under the transgender umbrella and their family/supporters; 3rd Mon, 7-9pm, each month • HIV Support Group: Support and discussion group for gay men; 2nd Mon, 7-9pm, each month;

PRIMETIMERS/SAGE GAMES • Unitarian Church, 10804-119 St • 780.474.8240 • Every 2nd and last Fri each Month, 7-10:30pm ST PAUL'S UNITED CHURCH • 11526-76 Ave • 780.436.1555 • People of all sexual orientations are welcome • Every Sun (10am worship)

WOMONSPACE • 780.482.1794 • wom-


Goretti Community League, 11050 - 90 St • 780.420.0471; • Featuring singer/song-writer Maria Dunn's 60-minute musical multi-media production “GWG: Piece by Piece”, as well as great food, cash bar and a silent auction • Oct 10, 7-10pm • $50 (per person), $500 (tables of ten)

PUT HUNGER IN A HEARSE • Theatre Garage, 10570 - 109 St • Filling an empty hearse with food donations in honor of Edmontontians who need a little extra help as the weather grows colder • Oct 2, 10am-8pm SIR SAM STEELE EXHIBIT: COMMUNITY APPRECIATION EVENT • Enterprise Square Gallery, 10230 Jasper Ave • bruce. • For CF personnel, veterans, their families and members of the community. Includes scavenger hunt, family photos, guided tours and more; Sep 29, 106pm • Free

SHABAM BEER TASTING FESTIVAL • Mayfield Trade Centre, 16615 - 109 Ave • • Includes beer tastings and discussions • Oct 6 • Online: $25 ($45 for 2); Door: $35 (50 for $1,000)




Paradise lost ... and found Tabu is a gorgeous, seductive homage to oral storytelling Fri, Sep 28 – Thu, Oct 4 Directed by Miguel Gomes Metro Cinema at the Garneau

ply proposed activities, and made up scenes all the time. So I can say that from the beginning there were two parts, working with oppositions: old and young, loneliness and love, everyday life and a very cinematic life, dialogue and the absence of dialogue. We had that structure in place, but how it progressed to the final thing came about largely through the process of making it. Ventura's voice-over in the second part, for instance, was only conceived during production. I worked with my co-writer and my editor at the same time; we would edit what we'd shot while at the same time writing and reading out the voice-over.



hantoms in the African veldt, a melancholic "intrepid explorer," a haunted crocodile: these are the enchanting ingredients of a film watched by Pilar (Teresa Madruga) in the opening moments of "Paradise Lost," the first part of Portuguese director Miguel Gomes' gorgeous, seductive and strange Tabu. Pilar is in her 50s; she lives alone in an apartment complex in Lisbon. Her neighbour, Aurora (Laura Soveral), is in her 80s, seems to be suffering from dementia, indulges in gambling binges, recounts elaborate dreams featuring monkeys and is paranoid and abusive toward her stoic African housekeeper Santa (Isabel Muñoz Cardoso, so memorable in Pedro Costa's Colossal Youth). When Aurora's health takes a turn for the worse, she asks Pilar to track down an old man whose name she's never mentioned before: Ventura (Henrique Espírito Santo). Pilar finds Ventura, and Ventura tells her a story, something that happened 50 years ago, in an unspecified African country, involving he and Aurora. Enter Tabu's second part: "Paradise." Young Aurora (Ana Moreira) is married to a wealthy expatriate, becomes pregnant with his child, but falls in love with young Ventura (Carloto Cotta), a moustachioed, womanizing drummer in a band that specializes in Phil Spector covers and for a time found it profitable to play private gigs for the Portuguese colonial elite—Ventura wants Aurora to be his baby, but she's about to have someone else's. Riddled with decadence and desire, "Paradise" is as rapturous and fevered as "Paradise Lost" is meditative and methodical, embracing elements of silent melodrama, literary monologue and pure montage: there is no audible dialogue, but we hear select sounds, along with a dreamy piano score, and are guided through all of it by Ventura's wearied memories of doomed love. Appropriating the title and reversing the diptych structure of FW Murnau's 1931 south seas romance, Gomes' third feature is stunningly photographed, formally fascinating, critically engaged with history and unspeakably moving. It premiered at Berlin, where it won the FIPRESCI and Alfred Bauer Awards and was nominated for the Golden Bear, and it was one of my favourites at the Toronto International Film Festival, where I had the oppor-


tunity to speak with Gomes. It is now getting a well-deserved full theatrical run, courtesy of Metro Cinema. VUE WEEKLY: What was the initial inspiration for Tabu? MIGUEL GOMES: Someone in my family told me about her neighbor, a senile old woman. She had a strange relationship with her African housekeeper. Some of the scenes in the first part of Tabu come directly from stories told to me by this relative. In this first part there is no mention of Africa; it's almost a hidden thing. You see some masks in Aurora's house, but she never talks about Africa. Africa is the taboo of the first part, this colonial past. It exists in the Portuguese society nowadays, but it's underneath, in the social subconscious.

verge of being dead. So we have these white people having fun and killing each other, and at the end of the film, at the melodramatic climax, Africa takes over. Literally. The Phil Spector songs disappear and you hear only African music. From that moment on all the white characters disappear. One of the problems I have with fiction about colonial times is that it is too often didactic. I need to tell a story with the confidence of knowing that people have some sense that the colonial system was unjust. Tabu in any case makes very clear that something is wrong. This guy is making parties, playing Russian roulette—the people are kind of deranged. I don't have to spell it out for you by having a guy beating an African kid or something. Every act of ostensible intervention in Africa undertaken by the Europeans in Tabu seems either ineffectual or doomed, whether it's Pilar and her activism, your intrepid explorer, who just seems to be searching for a place to die, or the lovers, who seem to have sealed their fate to some degree by coming to Africa in the first place. It's like a curse. MG: Yes, though I think these are different things. Pilar's activities don't go very far. She can't fix the world and VW:

Given the nature of the second part—the nature of the story and especially of the storyteller—it makes perfect sense to me that African characters are largely relegated to the background. But I wonder if this was ever a concern for you, telling an African story in which black Africans play what is largely an accessory role. MG: I wanted to make something like a ghost film, a ghost film about an extinguishing society, dead or on the VW:

neither can Obama; neither can the stupid politicians that are in charge nowadays in Europe. But this curse that you have in the explorer story and also in that of the lovers ... I made this film-within-the-film at the beginning of Tabu romantic, almost baroque, as a way of signaling what we will eventually return to later. I admire the structure of Tabu very much. Did the structure itself helped galvanize the project? MG: Honestly, filmmaking for me is so organic that maybe I'm lying when I try to answer these questions. The script was in the garbage can by the midpoint in the production. The second part was improvised. We knew that we'd have these lovers, that Aurora would be at this plantation, that she would get pregnant—we knew the basic story, but we couldn't shoot the scenes we'd wanted to for lack of money. We created a smaller group from within the original crew, which was already very small, and we called ourselves "the central committee." The job of the central committee was to come up with something like a menu of scenes. Like in a Chinese restaurant: "Number 122: Pool Scene." It was very abstract. They actors didn't know what any of this meant. We simVW:


VW: That's so interesting, because Tabu ultimately feels like an homage to oral storytelling. Ventura's narration changes everything. I think of that scene where Aurora and Venturea are hiking in the jungle and then stop and gaze directly at the camera. You feel as though the young Ventura is looking at the old Ventura as he tells his story. MG: You're a very good viewer. I enjoyed having Ventura tell his story in this kind of strange way. It's suggested that he might be a little senile too. He tells the story like it was in a book. In a way it's like he's speaking to himself. Or to the viewers. You don't know. But this idea of oral storytelling also comes out of having Santa reading Robinson Crusoe. I guess in our lives we have a need for stories and romance. So the second part of the film feels like a gift to the characters in the first. VW: Ventura doesn't really enter the film until after Aurora dies, so in a sense it's like he's taking the baton from her. MG: He's reinventing Aurora. At the start she just seems like this old woman with Alzheimer's, probably not very interesting. Then she becomes a starlet, a character from an American film or the '40s or '50s. That was there from the beginning, the desire to take an old lady that no one cares about and then turn her into Katherine Hepburn. VW: Which is part of what allows Tabu

to give us both a generous dose of romantic cinema and a critique of romantic cinema. MG: Yes. To have this fatigued world and this exotic world. It's nice to have both of those things at once, no? JOSEF BRAUN



Burlesque Assassins Wed, Oct 3 (9 pm) Directed by Jonathan Joffe City Centre Cinemas, $20


eautiful, deadly and a final first line of defense in the war on tyranny that threatens our freedom," goes the radio man's description of the Burlesque Assassins, and boy, he ain't kiddin'. We find the titular squad in existence in the 1950s, where they're on the hunt for Mussolini Jr and a clone of Hitler, trying to stave off the pair's diabolical plot to activate a Nazi atomic death ray that survived the Second World War. Actually, just the term "Nazi atomic death ray" is probably more than

enough to tell you the levels of camp Assassins is gleefully embracing here: if you've been looking for a film that pits titillation against the holdout forces of Hitler, well, your wait is over. Burlesque Assassins is also the first feature film of Calgary-based Jonathtan Joffe, a fellow with a wealth of acclaimed shorts and festival screenings for those shorts behind him. Shot in Calgary over the course of a month— he notes they averaged 14-hour days on set—with a cast including some of burlesque's most well-known current stars, he notes the film's initial idea was actually much simpler concept. "The first inception of the idea was really just I thought burlesque was

an up-and-coming art form that had a very interesting visual aspect that would be a lot of fun to try out," he says over a phone call before the film's Edmonton EIFF premiere (which will also feature a performance from Capital City Burlesque). "The real meat of creativity came from actually meeting with the burlesque community and seeing what they were up to, talking with them about what their audience is like and talking to them about what they wanted to do. And, in doing so, it went from being a typical, festival film about a group of burlesque performers to becoming a much more fun, campy, stylish, entertaining thing that became the Burlesque Assassins."

Joffe notes that the current-day resurgence of burlesque seems as much about new interest in the form as it is about all the disparate pockets of burlesque scenes scattered across the world connecting over the Internet. Which also works well for a filmmaker making use of a very specific, though not particularly localized scene. "As a filmmaker, what's interesting to me is that social media has meant that there's an ability to connect to a community that might only be small in each individual city, but worldwide is substantial. Before, there might have been 1000 people interested in burlesque in each individual city, and

that might've been 100 000 people worldwide, but you couldn't market to all 100  000 of them. You had to market with them one city at a time. So now, this means that all of a sudden, the doors are thrown open in terms of subject matter and in terms of audience. "There's an ability to market to that community, to have that community get behind a project, and suddenly there's a door that's opened for guys like me, who don't have access to Hollywood budgets, to say, 'Hey, this is my community and it deserves a movie too.'" PAUL BLINOV



EIFF Caps into the personal demons of lead singer Cesar (Luke Williams). The film is underscored by performances of the band's lively, catchy pop songs—the definite highlight of the otherwise meandering script. MP

Becoming Redwood Fri, Sep 28 (7 pm) Directed by Jesse James Miller

capitalize on the "reality" craze as well as the obsessive fans who watch the stuff. With excellent acting and inventive cinematography, the film paints a story that, while extreme, is also believable. It's also particularly relevant, holding a mirror up to society's complacency towards the omnipresence of cameras as well as the chilling dehumanization that occurs when daily life becomes entertainment. MP




pread out over nine days is the kingly wealth of cinema that the Edmonton International Film Festival is offering in its 2012 iteration. We've watched all the films we could get our hands on in advance, and hereby offer up some capsule reviews as a starting point for finding the most cinematic bang for your buck. Reviews by Meaghan Baxter (MB), Josef Braun (JB), Saliha Chattoo (SC), James Cuming (JC), Brian Gibson (BG) and Mel Priestley (MP). All shows at City Centre Cinemas.

Amour Mon, Oct 1 (9 pm) Directed by Michael Haneke

 Nobody ever accused director Michael Haneke (Cache, Funny Games) of exuding tenderness, but, true to its title, Amour does indeed convey a gesture of tremendous generosity and intimacy. Jean-Louis Trintignant and Emmanuelle Riva are an elderly couple coping with the debilitating aftereffects of a stroke; the film's executed with Haneke's customary austerity and distance, yet it nonetheless functions as a tribute to marital devotion. Riva makes Trintignant promise not to let her end her days in a hospital, so after

she essentially loses the ability to communicate it falls to him to decide when her suffering has reached its nadir. Dreams, Isabelle Huppert, and a wandering pigeon intrude now and then, bringing a little life and mystery to the proceedings, but Amour is very much a chamber piece, devastating and quietly polemical. JB

A Band of Rogues Fri, Sep 28 (9 pm) Directed by T Jara Morgan

 A story about a group of American musicians who get busted for drug possession while they're in Argentina, A Band of Rogues has a pseudo-documentary feel to it, relying on lots of close-ups combined with long takes to set the mood. This mood feels decidedly out of keeping with the story, however, with the help of their new friend Gabriel (Leonardo Santaiti), the band immediately sneaks out of the rehab clinic that Argentinian authorities apparently offer as an option over jail, and proceed to travel with Gabriel's family. The group's reaction to their situation is both puzzling and bemusing: none of them seem particularly concerned that they are fugitives, and instead act like they are on a vacation and music tour, with occasional asides

The Vancouver film earned itself EIFF's opening night gala film slot and the quirky, coming-of-age story about 11-year-old Redwood (Ryan Grantham) is a heartwarming, relatable film about following your dreams and persevering through life's ups and downs. Redwood dreams that if he can beat Jack Nicklaus at the 1975 Master's Golf Tournament, he'll be able to reunite his parents and everything will be right in his world again. The film's production is overall well done, save for some overly soft effects when Redwood is in dream mode, complete with his own golf caddy and commentators. Grantham is to be commended on his portrayal of the lead character, which he delivers with a vulnerability and sense of hope that is able to strike a chord. The cast as a whole is strong and Becoming Redwood delivers a unique underdog story that is both captivating and entertaining. MB

Case Sensitive Mon, Oct 1 (9:30 pm) Directed by Gil Kofman

 A highly engaging thriller exploring the dark ramifications of online video blogging, Case Sensitive weaves together the lives of several characters who are somehow connected to Miss Tulips, a video blog star in China. The film delves into the seediness and disturbing behaviours behind companies that

own. In the hands of director Jesse Vile, Not Dead Yet is a masterful blending of primary sources—deliciously grainy VHS—and secondary testimony, which allows the viewer to fully step into the world of the narrative as it unfolds. A truly immersive film. JC

Lemon Sat, Sep 29 (9:15 pm)

 The Disappeared Thu, Oct 4 (7:30 pm) Directed by Shandi Mitchell

 Six men are shipwrecked and desperately trying to keep their sanity as they row for home in lifeboats bobbing across the North Atlantic. There's a quiet heroism written into the seamen's dialogue as they try to keep each other supported and hopeful. The story's pacing is incredibly intuitive and the expressive cinematography expertly supports the plot. As is expected in any disaster story, there's a careful peppering of psychological drama. The characters in this film are so well developed, so endearing and unfeigned, that you'll find yourself thoroughly absorbed from the first jarring shot of them waking up surrounded by their vast seascape. SC

Jason Becker: Not Dead Yet Sat, Sep 29 (5 pm) Directed by Jesse Vile

 The word "inspirational" gets thrown around a lot in conjunction with stories of human determination—especially true stories—but this movie is certainly that. The story of Jason Becker, a teenage musical prodigy in the late '80s, going on to record with David Lee Roth before being diagnosed with ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) at the peak of his success, is a compelling story on its


Spanning a period of several years, Lemon follows a streetwise ex-con as he trades a life of crime and prison for the much more harrowing and ambiguous world of New York high art. Setting out to be a professional poet/theatre performer takes guts, no matter what your background is, and that's what makes the story inherently interesting. Through this person, the film offers a pretty perfect little fable of modern class/race dynamics set against the privileged world of theatre. What Lemon does onstage won't be everyone's cup of tea, but watching him strive is undeniably compelling. JC

Rebelle (War Witch) Sat, Sept 29 (9 pm) Directed by Kim Nguyen

 This Dardennes-like look (recalling Rosetta) at a girl soldier in an unnamed African state seems, for a time, to be a little light, but it soon wrenches us almost unbearably into the mental trauma and physical suffering of Komona (Rachel Mwanza), conscripted by rebels. The immersion in a cycle of violence and belief in sorcery becomes total. Haunting motifs of whiteness (§magic milk,§ ghosts, albinos) swirl around background details of a place where our leftovers are salvaged (worn Abercrombie & Fitch t-shirt, caressed AK-47s, Obama election posters CONTINUED ON PAGE 13 >>







Looper ing turn when past Joe finds himself on the farm of Sara (Emily Blunt), a tough-as-nails single mom with a strangely gifted, albeit slightly creepy, son Cid (Pierce Gagnon).

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er's contract. Once a loop is closed, it leaves the looper 30 years of retirement, and comes with a payout of gold briquettes as opposed to the usual silver, which suave, hipster-styled looper Joe (Joseph Gordon-Levitt), has been stashing away. He's ready for the end of the unfulfiling lifestyle—a monotonous routine of killing, girls, clubs and drugs—and plans to head to Paris when the whole dirty mess is said and done. However, when the day comes and future Joe (Bruce Willis) is sent back to him, he has his own agenda. He's searching for someone known as The Rainmaker, a mysterious figure who's been closing all the loops in 2074. The cat and mouse chase leads both Joes on a journey with separate motives, and takes a particularly interest-



COMEDY, ROMANCE & ADVENTURE IN THE KLONDIKE! Nell Shipman’s 1923 silent film with comedic Shakespearean text and a new music score. Live music. Live voices. From Whitehorse. Music by the Longest Night Ensemble. Directed by Daniel Janke.

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uppose the world doesn't end this December and we make it to 2044—it might look a little something like the world created by Looper director Rian Johnson. The sci-fi action-thriller is set in Kansas in 2044, and time travel will finally be invented 30 years later, but quickly made illegal and overtaken by organized crime. Criminal gangs of the future send their dirty laundry back to 2044, where a looper, essentially an assassin, will be waiting to greet the hogtied, blindfolded soul with a single shot. A target can never escape, even if it happens to be a looper's future self, sent back to the past to "close the loop" and effectively end a loop-

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The twists and turns of the plot and fast-paced action are punctuated by a deeper underlying storyline of redemption, family ties and the lengths a person will go for unconditional love. The characters tend towards morally ambiguous, and opening up the emotional side of their hardened personas adds dimension and doesn't render Looper as simply a shoot-emup action film. Gordon-Levitt, who's face has been altered to further resemble a younger Willis, is particularly strong in his polished, mature portrayal of Joe. His grandeur and apathy plays as a mask for deeper wounds lingering from his past, which builds until the film's gripping conclusion. Willis as future Joe carries an air of sadness and dejection following the turn of events that land him back in the past. The dialogue between him and his younger self reveals how out of sync their motives are, and that only one of them is going to come out on top. MEAGHAN BAXTER


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lot of guys came back from the war a little messed up, but what messed up Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) must have started long before he went to sea. He father died from drink and his mother wound up institutionalized; Freddie boozes with an uncommon passion for oblivion and responds to the world with equal parts naïveté and rage. In early scenes of Paul Thomas Anderson's The Master, we see Freddie drain something out of a torpedo and a little later get creative with darkroom fluids. He can make some kind of barely digestible homebrew out of just about anything; this is one of Freddie's genuine talents, the other being portrait photography, though he loses his first postwar department store job when he gets into a fight with a customer for no apparent reason. The Master is, among other things, a portrait of Freddie; so much of this picture is made of portraits, haunting images of heads and shoulders, captured by cinematographer Mihai Malaimare in gorgeous, dizzyingly detail-saturated 65mm images that render every wrinkle, blink and lip-tremble as dramatically as the movement of armies across a battlefield. Indeed, faces, and the minds behind the faces, are battle-

fields upon which wills are bent and self-realization is a merciless, violent endeavour. Always in a gorilla hunch and cradling his injured kidneys, Freddie moves from job to job, place to place. He shambles; he is a shambles. Until, in 1950, he meets Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), author, self-declared scientist, what we now call a New Age guru, and a fictional figure many have pegged as a stand-in for Scientology founder L Ron Hubbard. Freddie stows away on Dodd's borrowed yacht and is immediately taken under Master's wing. Freddie and Dodd recognize each other as the unlikeliest of kindred spirits (literally; they're sure they met in a another life), chosen father and chosen son, another of Anderson's surrogate families (see Hard Eight, Boogie Nights, There Will Be Blood, et cetera). Dodd likes Freddie's hooch and malleability; Freddie likes Dodd's attention and affection. Freddie submits himself to "processing," to answering Dodd's questions, many of them bringing up painful memories, a bastard of psychoanalysis and past life-regression hypnosis. (This scene, the two men below deck, with only a microphone between them, with the focus so shallow that all there ever is on screen is one furiously alive face, is itself one of the most riveting pieces of cinema you'll see this year, I promise.) Central




for tattered shelter) even as the rebels finance themselves by supplying our coveted new technology (trading in coltan, which powers our cellphones and computers). Sickening, unflinching social-realism. BG

Midnight's Children Wed, Oct 3 (7:30 pm) Directed by Deepa Mehta

and flat F/X sequences, while sensual imagery's transformed into pointless prettiness. Flitting from city to city and country to country, decade by decade, the movie loses track of its political thread (the arbitrary division of rich and poor) as it often slips into tepid melodrama. Some characters are left as brief jokes while others are never truly developed. Perhaps worst of all, to someone who's never read the masterful novel, this reduces it to a sprawling, middlebrow, exotic conceit. Worth missing. BG

to Dodd's theories is the idea that man is not an animal, but Freddie is about as animal as any man can get. He's also devoted to Dodd, at least until he can't take it anymore. These men need each other, and this film is about the intensity and eventual collapse of their codependency. There's so much to be said about The Master, its fusion of classicism and narrative idiosyncrasies; its shifts in rhythm, its silences and music; its commentaries on religion, state and commerce; its slips into reverie; its sensual beauty and monumental sadness; its performances, perhaps most of all: Hoffman's mesmerizing, Wellesian hybrid of hysteria and colossal confidence, and Phoenix's go-for-broke yet unnervingly real embracing of alcoholic derangement, childish longings and broken masculinity. (A key visual motif: the image of Officer Freddie on some beach in the Pacific, snuggling up to a woman sculpted from sand, all generous breasts and spread legs, Freddie's feminine ideal—until the tide sweeps her away.) The film will draw different ratios of unease and awe in different viewers, but I feel no reservations about called The Master a masterpiece, with all the provocations and points of contention that term implies. JOSEF BRAUN


film the psychological thriller Case Sensitive. Once in China, the Americans quickly discover how stripped of creative control they are as the film is adapted from its American roots. Unmade in China intends to chronicle Case Sensitive's production process, but the film is also a culture shock memoir of sorts. While some aspects of the film are informative, there is a layer of unbridled and resentful cultural commentary throughout. There exists, however, a vein of critical inquiry in this film that explores the stifling hierarchy in the Chinese film industry. These ideas, when highlighted, speak to the cultural divide in a productive way. When not highlighted, the film seems a cross between a rant and an exposé on the Chinese film industry's various illiberal transgressions. SC

 Casts a backwards spell. This adaptation, co-written and narrated by Salman Rushdie, of his magic-realist Indian-partition epic turns poetry and political parable into punched-home, prosaic plot points. Sustained fancy and whimsy become awkward quirks

Unmade In China Mon, Oct 1 (7:30 pm) Directed by Gil Kofman

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THE CAMPAIGN (14A crude sexual content, coarse language) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN, TUE-WED 2:10, 4:30, 6:40, 9:00; MON, THU 2:10, 4:30, 9:15 PARANORMAN (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI, SUN-THU 2:00, 4:45; SAT 11:50, 2:00, 4:45

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DREDD 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:10, 3:30, 5:50, 8:10, 10:30

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THE MISTRESS (14A coarse language, mature subject matter) FRI-SUN, TUE 12:55, 3:45, 6:35, 9:35; MON, WED-THU 3:45, 6:35, 9:35

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LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) DAILY 6:45, 9:10; SAT-SUN 1:45

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THE MASTER (14A coarse language, nudity, sexual content) No Passes DAILY 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:05

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BOLSHOI BALLET: THE SYLPHIDES - LIVE (Classification not available) Sun 12:55

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THE MASTER (14A coarse language, nudity, sexual content) Digital FRI 6:20, 9:15; SAT-SUN 2:00, 6:20, 9:15; MON-THU 4:40, 7:35 LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) Digital FRI 6:45, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:15, 4:00, 6:45, 9:30; MON-THU 4:55, 7:35 WON'T BACK DOWN (PG) Digital FRI 6:30, 9:20; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:45, 6:30, 9:20; MON-THU 4:50, 7:45

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HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) Closed Captioned, No Passes SAT-SUN 12:00, 2:20 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3D (PG) Closed Captioned, No Passes FRI-SUN 4:40, 7:00, 9:20; MON-THU 7:00, 9:20 RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION 3D (14A gory violence) Closed Captioned FRI 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; SAT-SUN 12:10, 2:40, 5:10, 7:40, 10:05; MON-THU 7:40, 10:05 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A gory violence) Closed Captioned FRI 4:10, 6:50, 9:25; SAT 11:00, 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25; SUN 1:35, 4:10, 6:50, 9:25; MON-THU 6:50, 9:25 HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (14A violence) Closed Captioned FRI 5:00, 7:30, 9:55; SAT-SUN 12:00, 2:30, 5:00, 7:30, 9:55; MON-THU 7:30, 9:55 PARANORMAN (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned FRI 4:15, 6:40; SAT 11:20, 1:50, 4:15, 6:40; SUN 1:50, 4:15, 6:40; MON-THU 6:40 LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) FRI 4:30, 7:20, 10:10; SAT-SUN 1:40, 4:30, 7:20, 10:10; MON-THU 7:20, 10:10 DREDD 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; SAT-SUN 12:20, 2:50, 5:20, 7:50, 10:15; MON-THU 7:50, 10:15 WON'T BACK DOWN (PG) Closed Captioned, No Passes FRI 4:20, 7:10, 10:00; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:20, 7:10, 10:00; MON-THU 7:10, 10:00 FINDING NEMO 3D (G) FRI 4:35, 7:15, 9:45; SAT 11:30, 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45; SUN 2:00, 4:35, 7:15, 9:45; MON-THU 7:15, 9:45

RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION (14A gory violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI 4:55, 7:40, 10:00; SAT-SUN 2:00, 4:55, 7:40, 10:00; MON-THU 7:10, 9:30

TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (PG coarse language) Closed Captioned FRI 4:05, 6:45, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:25, 4:05, 6:45, 9:30; MON-THU 6:45, 9:30

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (14A violence) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI 4:45, 7:20, 9:50; SAT-SUN 1:50, 4:45, 7:20, 9:50; MON-THU 7:20, 9:45

THE KARATE KID (PG violence, not recommended for young children) SAT 11:00

LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) Ultraavx FRI 4:25, 7:30, 10:20; SAT-SUN 1:30, 4:25, 7:30, 10:20; MON-THU 6:50, 9:35

HOPE SPRINGS (14A) DAILY 12:45, 2:35, 4:25, 8:15

130 Century Crossing Spruce Grove 780.962.2332


HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, No Passes FRI 3:30; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:15; Closed Captioned, No Passes FRI 5:45, 8:00, 10:15; SAT-SUN 5:30, 7:50, 10:10; MON-THU 7:30, 9:45

LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) VIP 18+ FRI 4:00, 7:00, 10:20; SAT-SUN 1:00, 4:00, 7:00, 10:20; MON-THU 6:45, 9:45


LAWLESS (14A brutal violence, nudity, coarse language) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video FRI 3:50, 6:30, 9:10; SAT-SUN 1:10, 3:50, 6:30, 9:10; MON-THU 6:40, 9:25

LAWLESS (14A brutal violence, nudity, coarse language) DAILY 9:10

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PARANORMAN (PG frightening scenes, not recommended

DREDD 3D (18A gory brutal violence) Closed Captioned FRI 4:35, 7:10, 9:30; SAT-SUN 2:10, 4:35, 7:10, 9:30; MON-THU 7:00, 9:20

for young children) DAILY 1:05, 2:55, 4:55

FINDING NEMO 3D (G) Closed Captioned FRI 4:00, 6:50, 9:20; SAT-SUN 1:20, 4:00, 6:50, 9:20; MON-THU 7:10, 9:40

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (14A violence) DAILY 1:10, 3:10, 5:10, 7:10, 9:20

DREDD (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 7:05, 9:00


SCOTIABANK THEATRE WEM WEM 8882-170 St 780.444.2400

HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) No Passes DAILY 12:45, 3:00 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA 3D (PG) No Passes DAILY 5:20, 7:40, 10:00 RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION 3D (14A gory violence) DAILY 1:30, 3:50, 7:15, 9:40 THE EXPENDABLES 2 (14A gory violence) Closed Captioned FRI-SUN, TUE 1:40, 4:15, 8:00, 10:35; MON, WED 1:40, 4:15, 10:35; THU 1:30, 4:00, 10:35 HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (14A violence) Closed Captioned DAILY 12:50, 3:15, 5:40, 8:10, 10:40 THE CAMPAIGN (14A crude sexual content, coarse language) Closed Captioned DAILY 9:20 PARANORMAN (PG frightening scenes, not recommended for young children) Closed Captioned DAILY 1:35, 4:10, 6:45 LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) Ultraavx DAILY 2:00, 5:00, 7:50, 10:45 DREDD 3D (18A gory brutal violence) DAILY 1:00, 3:25, 5:50, 8:15, 10:45 WON'T BACK DOWN (PG) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, No Passes FRI-TUE, THU 1:20, 4:20, 7:20, 10:15; WED 4:20, 7:20, 10:15; Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes WED 1:00 FINDING NEMO 3D (G) FRI-TUE, THU 1:45, 4:30, 7:10, 9:50; WED 1:15, 4:00, 9:50 THE DARK KNIGHT RISES: THE IMAX EXPERIENCE (14A violence) DAILY 1:10, 7:00 TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (PG coarse language) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video DAILY 1:15, 4:00, 6:50, 9:30 END OF WATCH (14A coarse language, violence) DAILY 1:50, 4:45, 7:45, 10:20 PITCH PERFECT (14A language may offend, crude content, not recommended for young children) Closed Caption & Descriptive Video, No Passes FRI-TUE, THU 2:10, 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; WED 4:50, 7:30, 10:10; Star & Strollers Screening, No Passes WED 1:00 RESIDENT EVIL: RETRIBUTION 3D - AN IMAX 3D EXPERIENCE (14A gory violence) DAILY 4:40, 10:30 MAGICAL MYSTERY TOUR (PG nudity) MON 7:15

WETASKIWIN CINEMAS Wetaskiwin 780.352.3922

HOUSE AT THE END OF THE STREET (14A violence) DAILY 6:50, 9:25; SAT-SUN 12:50, 3:25 TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE (PG coarse language) DAILY 7:00, 9:30; SAT-SUN 1:00, 3:30 LOOPER (14A violence, coarse language) DAILY 6:55, 9:35; SAT-SUN 12:55, 3:35 HOTEL TRANSYLVANIA (PG) 2D: SAT-SUN 1:05; TUE 7:05; 3D: FRI-MON, WE-THU 7:05, 9:20; SAT-SUN 3:20; TUE 9:20



The Ghost Sonata Until Sat, Sep 29 (7:30 pm) Directed by Jessica Carmichael Timms Centre for the Arts, $11 – $22


he Ghost Sonata is, to put it bluntly, really weird. Historical context provides some important insight into what is an unquestioningly unusual piece of theatre. The play was written by Swedish playwright August Strindberg in 1907 and is part of the canon of early 20th century modernism: decisively experimental, The Ghost Sonata lacks any sort of traditional structure or literal storyline. Instead, the audience is treated to a visual parade of vivid characters and striking imagery, woven into a dreamlike, at times almost delirious, exploration of scene and mood. The overarching theme in this production, the opening show for Studio Theatre's 2012-2013 season, is the interplay of reality and illusion, and especially a growing sense of disillusionment that is reflected in the play's visual imagery as well as its increasingly metaphorical dialogue. Again, knowing a bit of context helps immensely in sorting things out: Strindberg wrote the play while dying of cancer and after a string of failed marriages, providing the source of his characters' preoccupation with mortality and the troubling sexual power dynamics. This is a play that really affords its actors freedom to express

themselves corporeally; the use of physical theatre is effective in the characters of the three Dream Figures, as their fluid movements through the background emphasize the ghostly atmosphere. Melissa Thingelstad is particularly commanding in the visually impressive role of The Dark Lady, which is offset nicely by the more familiar yet eccentric movements of Ian Leung as The Old Man; and Marie Nychka is particularly unnerving as the parrot-voiced Mummy. The actors' eerie physical performances are supported by the wonderfully smooth, seamless scene transitions, with both large and small set pieces silently rolling into place seemingly of their own accord. All this is not to say that The Ghost Sonata is completely inscrutable or inaccessible; while it will certainly leave you with a host of questions and few (if any) answers, the characters' experiences feel somehow familiar. The action doesn't follow a linear or predictable progression, yet each occurrence does seem almost foretold in some strange way; there's a sense of inescapable fate playing out. The Ghost Sonata may be profoundly strange, but it is also thoroughly engrossing and certainly one of the more unique pieces of theatre to come through town in quite some time. MEL PRIESTLEY


Look over there! Something weird! // Ed Ellis


A Few Good Men

Marine on trial // Epic Photography

Until Sun, Oct 7 Directed by James MacDonald Citadel Theatre, $35 – $73.50


on't anyone ever tell you we're not at war," goes a line in A Few Good Men, and it's as telling a sentence as any found here: if there's one central

tension in Aaron Sorkin's script, it's in that grey space the military occupies when not actively at war, where an ability to maintain an unflinching resolve when the enemy happily takes pot shots as you try to eat breakfast does a number on a guy. It takes a special breed. That certainly comes through loud and clear in this Citadel presentation of the story of Daniel Kaffee (Charlie Gallant), a young military lawyer happy to coast and adept at making plea bargains until he's handed a case involving two marines murdering one of their peers in a hazing gone wrong. In preparing to barter his case—he's sure he can reduce the sentence—he starts finding more unsettling questions than answers about how the military operates. Guantanamo Bay's known for different things

today, but in A Few Good Men, it's a spartan territory staffed by a particularly zealous breed of marine, and who live by their own, skewed set of rules. Director James MacDonald's take on the script zeroes in on that military discipline in its blindness, where a belief in serving a code higher than your own moral self turns to dogma and that dogma goes blind. The second half in particular, when we get to the courtroom drama, flies by at a clip, although Act 1's run of witty, bantery conversation feels a bit dated. On a well-used rotating set—that even gives us some West Wing-style walking, talking sequences—the production's large cast is effective across the board. Gallant, as Kaffee is well-dialed into his professional slacker's arcing growth. As


Joanne Galloway, Lora Brovold delivers plenty of the script's force and nuance. Doug Mertz's Captain Markinson carries a quiet, wounded gravity whenever he's on stage. It's a well-gathered ensemble, and everyone has their moments. It's all good entertainment. But even in as snappy and polished of a production as this, the deeper questions of cracks in the military unit, of what really happens when a tightly trained unit sees a weak link, of how the miltary breaks men down to build them back up (and what happens when they can't), are things we're told more than we're shown. The script goes wider than it does deep. But this production does well to cover the cracks in the material they're presenting with a ten-hut! gusto. PAUL BLINOV





Creepy kooky

Horror blends with hilarity in Victor and Victoria

The kids aren't all right // Ryan Parker

Until Sat, Sep 29 (7:30 pm) Victor and Victoria's Terrifying Tale of Terrible Things Directed by Kevin Sutley Varscona Theatre, $15 – $20


hat on Earth was that?" On a bed large enough to make its actors seem kid-sized, huddled in matching blue Victorian children's outfits perch fraternal twins Victor and Victoria, uncertain of the aural lurches coming from outside their room. "A mysteeeerious noise," Victoria says to her brother with a tone of certainty. Of its mysteriousness, she's sure. A trumpeting harbinger of their doom, perhaps; maybe the scraping sounds of a dreadful monster's arrival. The whole mood of Victoria and Victoria's Terrifying Tale of Terrifying Things is


on perpetual edge, spooky, ominous, and with a creeping, growing dread in the air. And then it gets really, really funny. The tensile line between comedy and horror rarely gets as masterful of a walking as it does here. After a 2009 Fringe debut and a trip to the New York Fringe last year, it's hard to imagine Victor and Victoria's gothic horror/comedy mash-up being more effective at either of those things. The two elements complement each other, comedy pushing the darkness further yet tempering it from hitting any extremes, while the horror gives the comic angle a unified theme to riff on. And riff they do. The terrifying tale the twins read to try and find sleep when mother and father are nowhere to be found recalls

the dark Tales of the Black Freighter, the comic within a comic of Alan Moore's Watchmen. It does lead them toward a deeper familial revelation, but it's their journey through the tale, as well as the children's doomy musings, that play perfectly on the fears of Victorian era they've set themselves in. The scenario even offsets the usual difficulties of adults playing kids: Graham in particular takes on one of the most entertaining and spirited comic turns of 2012 here, picking up the make-pretend horrors her and Victor imagine, or embodying a wealth of supporting roles within the Tale itself. Cuckow grounds the rest as the Tale's chief protagonist (as well as a few support rolls himself) in a mix of derringdo attitude and whimpering woory. The onstage spooks—there are a couple jumps—are paired with a very effectively used, mood-crafting sound design (Terry Fairfield) and lighting (Bobby Smale), and while Terrifying Tale concludes with a certain inevitablity, it's one that makes it all seem like a perfect creepy bedtime story of its own, as capable of spooking you as breaking through its own shadows with mirth. A rare treat. PAUL BLINOV



Breaking into traditional theatres with IZM

Fri, Sep 28 – Sat, Sep 29 (7:30 pm) Presented by Brian Webb Dance Company and Arden Theatre Arden Theatre, $20 – $35


hough it's one of the more populist dance forms of the moment, street dance is rarely included in a soft-seat theatre season. Hence why the opener for the Brian Webb Dance Company, a co-presentation with the Arden Theatre in St Albert, is a ground-breaker for not only the dance community, but also for the ticket-buyers that tend to frequent more, say, traditional "high-art" fare. "I wanted to step foot into the performing arts world, and there lied the challenge: to bring what we do to the stage and keep it authentic," says Bboyizm's artistic director and founder, Yvon Soglo—also known as Crazy Smooth—about creating IZM for mainstage theatre audiences. It was about keeping it real, all clichés aside. The impromptu vibe of street dance is important to maintain, he notes, but it's also important to allow the form to gain reputation as legitimate performance. "[It's about] not compromising our esthetic, our movement, our energy when we're onstage, but at the same time realizing that we are on a stage and not at a club or a challenge," he says. "It's an art piece." To trap all that improvised energy and spirit of breaking on a dancefloor or in a cypher circle or in a battle and put it into a 60-minute stage show was bound to be tough, but Soglo had ideas that were beyond the conventional showmanship as seen in recent McDonald's commercials and reality show competitions. "The show is a very complete show, and it's very intellectual. I wanted it to be challenging for the audience. It's a challenging show, but it has that same energy that we have when we're getting down in a cypher," he explains. Soglo, who was the first recipient of a full Canada Council grant to study B-boying and


hip hop in 2005, has spent the last decade honing his craft and watching its popularity soar. "We're seeing basically another '80s," he says, citing his first real memory of wanting to pursue breakdance seriously after he saw the film Breakin' in high school. "The '80s was the first commercial boom of street dance; you would see it in commercials and movies like the more underground Breakin', Beat Street, but even in the big Hollywood movies like Flashdance you would see it. Basically in the 2000s, we're reliving that same kind of commercialization with a vengeance. Of course today there's a lot more money involved. Corporation companies have interest in that publicity, and arguably because it's the biggest voice the youth have for expression. The Royal Bank, McDonald's, it's in their interest to spend money on what the kids are into." One might assume that streetdance culture might rage against anything resembling the corporate machine, but Solgo admits he takes a more diplomatic approach, illustrating his savvy as a career artist. "As an artist whenever anybody gets work, it's work, you know. There's an artist side to me that wants to maintain integrity, and you don't want to sell out—and we also don't want to get into another '80s where the media sells street dance and commercializes it so much that it dies out because it becomes passé." Ultimately, public fascination with street dance is at an all-time high, and it's doubtful that interest will wane—especially now that every dance company offers classes in popping, locking, B-boying—"you name it" says Soglo. "When I started you couldn't just go out and say I'm going to take a street-dance class; today you can." FAWNDA MITHRUSH


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Hey Ladies!

The Ladies, assuredly up to some hijinx

Fri, Sep 28; Fri, Nov 16; Fri, Feb 1; Fri, Mar 8; Fri, May 24 (8 pm) Roxy Theatre, $25


new season of shenanigans and comedy hijinks is ready to be unleashed with Hey Ladies!, a wackedout gameshow/talk show/variety show including advice, prizes and of course, free booze. "It's a talk show on acid basically," says Lady Cathleen Rootsaert while hiding out in a boardroom at her day job as a videogame writer for Bioware. Rootsaert, along with Leona Brausen and Davina Stewart, began the show six seasons ago when they noticed Edmonton's arts community hadn't tapped into their demographic. They decided to make their own fun; Hey Ladies! offers a night of conversation, local guest musicians including Jason Kodie and Robert Walsh on Friday, plus crafts, cooking

and advice. The content is topical and parodies, as well as pokes fun at, popular culture, which Rootsaert says is ripe for mocking at this point in time. "Every show is different," Rootsaert says, adding the show on Friday will incorporate accessories, which the ladies haven't tackled before. "We have what we like to call our interactive scratch and sniff lobby, so intermission means the audience can go and sample booze—we always have booze. We like to give our audience a liquor tasting in the lobby at intermissions and there will also be handbags and all kinds of stuff that I believe, this time you can actually buy, so you can shop and drink. Seriously, how great is that?" Each episode of Hey Ladies! involves a great deal of improvisation, so it's difficult for Rootsaert to predict ex-

ARTIFACTS Crafting Type/ Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31 Have you ever wondered what it takes to create an interesting new font? Now you can find out thanks to local type aficionados Jeff Archibald and Kyle Fox, who realized there was a need for type design education in western Canada. They created Crafting Type, a company dedicated to hosting workshops to educate attendees on the entire process of designing type through sketching techniques, digital drawing tools, OpenType features and more. This five-day intensive workshop will be lead by Dave Crossland, creator of the Cantarell typeface family and font consultant

actly what audiences will be in for this time around, but she says Friday's show will tie into the Harvest Moon. "Everything's moon related and we're going to do a craft. We like to have a small teaching segment in many of our shows, so we're going to be doing unholy things with harvest vegetables," she laughs. What this will mean, time will tell. The unpredictable nature of the show is what Rootsaert enjoys best about Hey Ladies! She and her two cohorts are all no strangers to Edmonton's theatre scene and are involved with Die-Nasty as well as Teatro La Quindicina. Of course, Rootsaert says things can't be too one-sided when it comes to gender, so they've got Noel Taylor to spin some tunes and keep them in line, plus provide some eye candy. MEAGHAN BAXTER




to the Google Web Fonts project. (Grant MacEwan University, $1000 regular, $500 student) StageLab Theatre Festival/ Mon, Aug 27 – Fri, Aug 31 The University of Alberta Department of Drama takes centre stage for the second annual StageLab Theatre Festival. This event is an opportunity to showcase the innovative work done by students and opens the rehearsal doors to the community, offering a glimpse into the world of theatrical creation. Visit for a full schedule. (Timms Centre for the Arts, Free)

I Heart Canada/ Tue, Aug 28 (10 pm) Edmonton welcomes Canadian burlesque legend Judith Stein, who is returning to the scene after nearly 30 years to appear as The Grand Beaver in I Heart Canada, a Canadianthemed burlesque revue. Stein, who now mentors aspiring burlesque performers, will be joined by local burlesque up-and-comers Holly Von Sinn and LeTabby Lexington for a Canadian tribute featuring comedic stereotypes and music. The one-night only spectacle will be hosted by Rapid Fire Theatre's own Matt Alden. (New City, $15) V




DANCE 605 COLLECTIVE • Timms Centre for the Arts • a fusion of urban culture and contemporary dance • Oct 5-6 IZM BY BBOYIZM • Arden Theatre, St. Albert • Featuring Canada’s most talented break dancers bring a spectrum of hip hop dance styles • Sep 2829 • $35 (adult), $20 (student); at Arden Box office and TicketMaster

FILM ARDEN THEATRE • 5 Anne St, St. Albert • 780.459.1542 • • Radical Reels: The Banff Mountain Film and Book Festival's travelling movie event captures on film the moments where courage and challenge meet. Featuring an entire array of extreme sports, this one-night only engagement stars athletes who live life as close to the edge as they can • Oct 14, 7:30 pm • $20 (adult), $15 (student)

BAILEY THEATRE–Camrose • 5041-50 St, Camrose • 780.672.5510 • • Jailhouse Rock (PG); Oct 1, 7pm; $5 (door) • Charlotte's Web (G, 1973); Oct 14, 2pm; $5 (door)

CINEMA AT THE CENTRE • Stanley A. Milner Library Theatre (basement) • The Artist (PG); Oct 3, 6:30pm • Surviving Progress (PG); Oct 10, 6:30pm EDMONTON FILM SOCIETY • Royal Alberta Museum Auditorium, 12845-102 Ave • • $6 (adult)/$5 (senior 65 and over/ student)/$3 (child) • Sullivan’s Travels (PG); Oct 1, 8pm

EDMONTON INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL • Empire Theatre (City Centre) • Features

ALBERTA CRAFT COUNCIL GALLERY • 10186-106 St • 780.488.6611 • • BENTS CuP PROJECT: Cathy Terepocki’s ceramic “souvenirs”; Sep 15-Oct 20 • Feature Gallery: SHIFT: a transformative state of mind: Artwork by the ACAD fourth year metal program students; until Sep 29 • NEgOTIATINg TRADITIONS: Different approaches to tapestry by former students of Jane Kidd • TRANSLATIONS: Jane Kidd's recent tapestries; until Sep 29 • PASSAgES: a group exhibition exploring the passage of time; Oct 6-Dec 24 • DELINEATE: new work by Medicine Hat clay artists Jenn Demke-Lange and Elizabeth Burritt; Oct 27-Dec 1 ART GALLERY OF ALBERTA (AGA) • 2 Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.422.6223 • youraga. ca • BMO Work of Creativity: METHOD AND MADNESS: Family-focused interactive exhibition created by Gabe Wong; until Dec 31 • 7 YEARS IN THE CITY: Artworks from the AGA Collection; until Sep 30 • THE AuTOMATISTE REvOLuTION: MONTREAL 1941-1960: Until Oct 14 • ABSENCE/PRESENCE: Catherine Burgess; until Oct 14 • BEHIND THIS LIES MY TRuE DESIRE FOR YOu: Mark Clintberg; Until Dec 30 • MISLED BY NATuRE: CONTEMPORARY ART AND THE BAROquE: Key artists include David Altmejd, Lee Bul, Bharti Kher, Tricia Middleton, Yinka Shonibare, Sarah Sze; works by contemporary artists that draw upon aspects of the historical Baroque: material excess, accumulation, bravado, theatricality and the construction of immersive, emotive environments; Sep 15-Jan 6, 2013 • All Day Sunday: Art activities for all ages 3rd Sun every month, 12-4pm; free with admission • Studio Y Youth Drop-in: Layer: Acrylic Painting: Thu, Sep 27, 3:30-5:30pm; $10 • Adult Drop-in: Move: Abstract Expressionism Painting: Thu, Sep 27, 7-9pm, $15/$12 (member) • Ledcor Theatre: Curators’ Talk: Misled by Nature: A Conversation about the Baroque in Contemporary Art with Josée Drouin-Brisebois and Catherine Crowston (Part of Alberta Culture Days); Sep 30, 2pm; Free ART GALLERY OF ST ALBERT (AGSA)

an ensemble cast of International Indies, Canadian Independents and Provocative Documentaries • Sep 28 - Oct 6 • $12.50 (single), $62.50 (6-pack), $129 (reel deal pass)

• 19 Perron St, St Albert • 780.460.4310 • • PATTERNS OF PLACES: Explores the fabric of the prairie landscape; Sep 6-29 • guILDED: selected works from local artists and celebrates diversity in the Visual Arts in St. Albert; Oct 4-27; Opening reception: Oct 4, 7-9pm


ART IN THE PLAZA • 2001 Sherwood Dr,

A. Milner Library, Main Fl, Audio Visual Rm • 780.944.5383 • The Day the Earth Stood Still; Sep 28, 2pm

Sherwood Park • 780.410.8505 • artintheplaza • A leisurely outdoor Sunday stroll through the West Plaza where artists will have original works available • Every Sun until Sep 30, 11am-4pm

UP FOR DISCUSSION: A FILM SERIES • Stanley A. Milner Theatre (basement), Stanley Milner Library • Oct 11

GALLERIES + MUSEUMS AGNES BUGERA GALLERY • 12310 Jasper Ave • 780.482.2854 • • New work by artist David Wilson; Oct 6 - 19; Opening reception: Oct 6, 2-4, artist in attendance ALBERTA CENTRE FOR PEACE & MEDITATION • 11403-101 St • SACRED ARTS OF TIBET: SAND MANDALA: A public live art exhibition; Sep 25-29

ART SOCIETY OF STRATHCONA COUNTY • Loft Gallery/A.J. Ottewell Gallery, 590 Broadmoor Blvd, Sherwood Park • Artwork is changed on approximately eight week rotations, the gallery includes a small gift shop of artist made items; open Oct - Dec, Feb - Jul • Workshop: Susan Casault (colored pencil), Oct 6

BRINSMEAD KENNEDY ARCHITECTURE GALLERY • 10434 122 St • Passages and Portals: the theme is doors, gates and passages. Artwork by Janet Kan • Sep 29, 2-4pm • Free

CAFÉ HAVEN–Sherwood Park • NVSart is featured • Sep-Jan 2013

CAFÉ PICHILINGUE–Red Deer • Brent Stolee; Sep 1-30


province • Sep 6 - Dec 21

FRONT GALLERY • 12312 Jasper Ave •

TO OuTRO: Paintings by Outro... • Until Sep 30

780.488.2952 • New Work by Verna Vogel; Oct 6, 2-4pm

GALLERIE PAVA • 9524-87 St, 780.461.3427 • AME NuE: Artwork by Sabine Lecorre-Moore; Sep 22-Nov 14

GALLERY AT MILNER • Stanley A. Milner Library Main Fl, Sir Winston Churchill Sq • 780.944.5383 • • FAvORITE PLACES: Paintings by Marina Apartsin; Sep 1-30 • THE STORY HOuSE: Clay artworks by Samantha Williams-Chapelsky (display cases); Sep 1-30 • Presentation: Working with Clay with Samantha Williams-Chapelsky; Sep 29, 2-4pm • RENAISSANCE MADONNAS: Paintings by Kristine McGuinty; Edmonton Weavers' Guild: View items created by the Edmonton Weavers' Guild; Whimsy, Wonder and Women: Collaged artworks by Rona Anderson • Oct 1 - 31, 2012 HAPPY HARBOR COMICS V1 • 10729-104 Ave • COMIC JAM: Improv comic art making every 1st and 3rd Thu each month, 7pm • Open Door: Collective of independent comic creators meet the 2nd & 4th Thu each month, 7am HARCOURT HOUSE GALLERY • 3 Fl, 10215-112 St • Main Gallery: NEwS, wEATHER & SPORTS: Artworks by Dan Hudson; Sep 13 Oct 13 • Front Room: MY DARLINg DEvIANTS: Artworks by Marcia Pitch; Sep 13 - Oct 13

HARRIS-WARKE GALLERY–Red Deer • Sunworks Home and Garden Store, Ross St, Red Deer • 403.346.8937 • • TRANSPARENT SHADOwS: Artwork by Andrea Simpson; Sep 17-Oct 20; Reception: Oct 5, 6-8pm • IN THE BLINK OF A SMILE: Artwork by Andrea Simpson; Sep 17-Oct 20; Reception (Part of First Fridays): Oct 5, 6-8pm

HUB ON ROSS–Red Deer • 4936 Ross St, Red Deer • 403.340.4869 • • 2 DIRECTIONS: Artwork by Tracie Stewart-O'Brien and Rita Schoenberger; Sep 1 - 30

JAKE’S FRAMING • 10441 - 123 St • Gallery Show: featuring selected works by Edmonton Art Club members; Oct 6 - Oct 26; Opening reception: Oct 5, 7-9pm

JURASSIC FOREST/LEARNING CENTRE • 15 mins N of Edmonton off Hwy 28A, Township Rd 564 • Education-rich entertainment facility for all ages

KIWANIS GALLERY–Red Deer • Red Deer Public Library • PuLSE OF ISTANBuL: Works by Asta Dale • Until Oct 14

LATITUDE 53 • 10248-106 St • 780.423.5353 • • HOW THE WEST WAS WON: by Aimée Henny Brown; Sep 28 - Nov 10; Opening reception and artist talk: Sep 28, 7pm • CIRCUMSTANCES WITH SOME EARTH AND SKY: by Kent Tate; Sep 28 - Nov 10; Opening reception: Sep 28, 7pm; artist talk: Sep 29, 2pm

MANDOLIN BOOKS • 6419 - 112 Ave • nvsart. ca • NVSArt: Textured abstract art • Oct 2012 - Jan 2013

MCMULLEN GALLERY • U of A Hospital, 8440-112 St • 780.407.7152 • gLASS JOuRNAL: by Manola Borrajo-Giner; Sep 1 - Nov 4

MISERICORDIA COMMUNITY HOSPITAL • 16940 - 87 Ave • 780.432.6678; • Reflectivity: a series of mixed media assemblages completed within the past year • Sep 30 - Nov 10

DAFFODIL GALLERY • 10412-124 St •

MUSÉE HÉRITAGE MUSEUM–St Albert • 5 St Anne St, St Albert • 780.459.1528 • Each month of ArtWalk the Musée Héritage Museum displays part of the Victor Post collection. The complete exhibition of Victor Post’s work: Aug 28 - Oct 21 • CuT AND PASTE: features family albums, personal collections and scrapbooks from clubs and community groups covering over 100 years of history; Sep 4-Oct 21

780.760.1278 • • Felted paintings and clothing by Tracey Kuffner; Sep 17-30 • Saeed Hojjati: Oil paintings featuring big, colourful landscapes with a dreamlike quality; Early Oct, 2012

NAESS GALLERY • Paint Spot, 10032-81 Ave •

DOUGLAS UDELL GALLERY • 10332-124 St • Fall show: New acquisitions from gallery represented artists; Sep 29, 2-4pm • Free admission

780.432.0240 • • Installation by Sydney Lancaster; through Sep • Wanda Benterud (Collage/Mixed Media); Oct 5 - 31

NINA HAGGERTY–Stollery Gallery • 9225118 Ave • 780.474.7611 • • THE FRIENDSHIP SHOw: An exhibition of artwork created by the Nina Haggerty Centre for the Arts Collective and artists at Indefinite Arts in Calgary; Sep 14 - 30; Closing reception: Sep 27, 5-7pm

• 4912-51 Ave, Stony Plain • 780.963.9573 • BOx SHOw: Boxes by Jan Haines and Lynnette Lukay, hand built and wheel thrown boxes of all shapes and sizes; Sep 1-29 • LEAvINg SuMMER BEHIND: featuring works of Clarice Cameron and Dianne Brown; Oct 2-31; Opening reception: Oct 6, 11-3pm•

ENTERPRISE SQUARE GALLERY • 10230 Jasper Ave • SAM STEELE: THE JOuRNEY OF A CANADIAN HERO: Experience the untold story of Sam Steele, Canadian leader and hero. Records of his life unseen until repatriation in 2008. An exhibition over three years in the making; until Sep 30; $7 (adult)/$5 (child/student/senior)/$20 (family) • Free Movie Night With Sam: in the Bison Theatre; Every Thu until Sep 30, 6:30pm

FAB GALLERY • Department of Art and Design, U of A, Rm 3-98 Fine Arts Bldg • 780.492.2081 • Gavin Renwick: counterpoint: the aesthetics of post-colonialism: Sep 4-Oct 13 • Graduate Design Group Show 2012: A selection of work by students


graduating in the Master of Design program; Oct 2-27

PETER ROBERTSON GALLERY • 12304 Jasper Ave • 780.455.7479 • probertsongallery. com • ISLA BuRNS: SAMSKARA; organically amalgamates imagery of the vessel, still life, altars, landscapes & columns; Sep 13 - Oct 2

PROVINCIAL ARCHIVES OF ALBERTA • 8555 Roper Rd • 780.427.1750 • provincialarchives. • The People Who Built Alberta: A Centennial for Alberta Workers: examining labour’s role in the growth and prosperity of the

QUIRKY ART CAFÉ • 6535-111 St • AN INTRO ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM • 12845-102 Ave • 780.453.9100 • FASHIONINg FEATHERS: Dead Birds, Millinery Craft and the Plumage Trade; curated by Merle Patchett and Liz Gomez, show examines the effect of fashion's demand for beautiful feathers on bird populations at the beginning of the twentieth century; until Jan 6 • THE ART OF SEATINg: Two Hundred Years of American Design: until Oct 6 • THE TSARS' CABINET: Two Hundred Years of Russian Decorative Arts under the Romanovs: Oct 6-Jan 2 RUTHERFORD HOUSE • 11153 Saskatchewan Drive • The Friends of Rutherford House: local antiques guru and author Johanne Yakula will be offering a program on bone china valuation and will do appraisals. Guests are limited to one item for appraisal. Canapes and wine will be served following the program • Sep 28, 7pm • $20 SCOTT GALLERY • 10411-124 St • 780.488.3619 • PRAIRIE DARKNESS: Artwork by Jim Davies; Sep 22-Oct 9 • DIAgRAMS FOR THE PROMISED END: artwork by Sean Caulfield; Oct 13 - Oct 30, 2012

SPRUCE GROVE ART GALLERY • 35 – 5 Ave, Spruce Grove • • 2012 Open Art Competition; Sep 10 - 29 ST. ALBERT INN & SUITES • 156 St. Albert Trail, St. Albert • 780.432.6678; • Family & Friends Art Show & Sale: Original pieces from the Luminous series plus other small paintings will be on display • Sep 29, 10am-5pm • Free

STRATHCONA COUNTY GALLERY@501 • 501 Festival Ave, Sherwood Park • 780.410.8585 • • SPYDER BITES (working title): Sep 14-Oct 28, Yardley Jones • Exhibition tour with Spyder Yardley-Jones. Yardley-Jones will lead a tour of his current show. Part of Alberta Culture Days; Sep 29, 1-2pm; Free (no minors) • Enviro postcard workshop with Spyder Yardley-Jones: a free hands-on Enviro Postcard Workshop, using printing processes and environmental themes. Part of Alberta Culture Days. All supplies included; Sep 29, 2:15-4pm; no minors VAAA GALLERY • 3rd Fl, 10215-112 St • 780.421.1731 • HOMEwORK: Artwork by David Cantine, Karen Cantine; Sep 13 - Oct 13

VASA GALLERY • 25 Sir Winston Churchill Ave, St. Albert • 780.460.5990 • • DIvERSE ENERgY: Artwork by Peg McPherson, Helen Rogers, and Linda Willard; Sep 6 - 29 • Grand Opening Open Studios with Resident Artists in attendance. Keynote speeches by Mayor Nolan Crouse, Todd Janes of Latitude 53, and more; Sep 29, 2-4pm

VELVET OLIVE LOUNGE–Red Deer • Bronson Wilson; Sep 1-30

LITERARY AUDREY'S • 10702 Jasper Ave • 780.423.3487 • • Official launch of authors Theanna Bischoff and Naomi K. Lewis novels Swallow and I Know who You Remind Me of; Sep 27, 7pm; Free

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB • 15120 Stony Plain Rd • 780.915.8869 • Edmonton Story Slam: writers share their original, 5-minute stories; followed by a music jam • 3rd Wed every month, 7pm (signup); 7:30pm (show) • $5

RIVERDALE • 9917-87 St • Creative Word Jam • Every 3rd Sun of the month, 6-10pm • facebook. com/group.php?gid=264777964410 E: creative.

ROUGE LOUNGE • 10111-117 St • 780.902.5900 • Poetry every Tue with Edmonton's local poets STRATHCONA COUNTY LIBRARY • 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • The Bible As Ancient Literature: look at the political and cultural background of the Bible, and offer insight into the life and times of the Ancient Near East; Sep 30, 2-4pm; $10 T.A.L.E.S. STORY CAFÉ SERIES • Rosie’s Bar, 10475-80 Ave • 780.932.4409 • talesstorytelling. com • 1st Thu each month; Sep-Jun T.A.L.E.S.–STRATHCONA • New Strathcona Library, 401 Festival Lane, Sherwood Park • 780.400.3547 • Monthly Tellaround: 4th Wed each month 7pm • Free

T.A.L.E.S. TELLAROUND • Bogani Café, 2023111 St • Come to share a story, or to listen; hosted by Dawn Blue; 7-9pm; free; 2nd Wed each month UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA PRESS • TELUS

WUNDERBAR ON WHYTE • 8120-101 St • 780.436.2286 • The poets of Nothing, For Now: poetry workshop and jam every Sun • No minors

THEATRE A FEW GOOD MEN • Citadel Theatre, 9828 - 101A Ave • • A fast-paced, thrilling military courtroom drama written by Oscar winner Aaron Sorkin. Made famous by the 1992 film starring Jack Nicholson and Tom Cruise • Sep 15-Oct 7

CAVALIA: A MAGICAL ENCOUNTER BETWEEN HUMAN AND HORSE • Edmonton City Centre Airport • Featuring 49 horses and 39 riders, acrobats, aerialists, dancers and musicians from around the world, Cirque du Soleil cofounder Normand Latourelle created this dreamlike performance that explores man’s longstanding relationship with horses • Sep 11 - Oct 21 • $39.50 to $124.50 + applicable taxes and fees

CHIMPROV • Citadel Theatre, 9828-101 A Ave • • Rapid Fire Theatre’s longform comedy show: improv formats, intricate narratives, and one-act plays • First three Sat every month, 10pm, until Jul 2013, starting Sep 8 • $12 (door or buy in adv at Tix on the Square)

DIE-NASTY • Varscona Theatre, 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • • The live improvised soap opera featuring improvisors Dana Andersen, Matt Alden, Leona Brausen, Peter Brown, Belinda Cornish, Tom Edwards, Jeff Haslam, Kory Mathewson, Mark Meer, Sheri Somerville, Davina Stewart, Stephanie Wolfe, and Donovan Workun • Every Mon, until May, 7:30pm (subject to change) • Tickets at the box office

FOUR LADS WHO SHOOK THE WORLD - THE BEATLES STORY: PART 2 • Mayfield Dinner Theatre, 16615 - 109 Ave • 780.483.4051, tf: 1.877.529.7829 • • A sequel to last season's popular hit. Back from America and determined to never perform live again, The Beatles embarked on the most creative and incredible journey in pop music history. 1969 and 1970 saw the guys venture off as individuals both personally and musically, but still managed to record two of the greatest albums of all time; Abbey Road and Let it Be • Sep 7 - Nov 4

GHOSTBUSTED • Jubilations Dinner Theatre, #2690, 8882 - 170 St (West Edmonton Mall), Phase II • 780.484.2424, tf: 1.877.214.2424 • jubilations. ca • Who ya gonna call? Pete Winkman is the head maintenance man at the Dorchester Hotel, but just until he can raise the money to go back to school. When the hotel manger says he would pay almost anything to get rid of the ghosts that plague the hotel Pete seizes the opportunity and announces that he and his two friends will rid the hotel of its unwanted visitors • Aug 24 - Oct 21

THE GHOST SONATA BY AUGUST STRINDBERG • Timms Centre for the Arts, 112 St - 87 Ave, University of Alberta • U of A Studio Theatre • Sep 20 - 29, 7:30pm, Matinee on Sep 27, 12:30pm (no shows on Sun)

HEY LADIES! • Roxy, 10708-124 St • 780.453.2440 • • Theatre Network • The Roxy Performance Series: starring Davina Stewart, Cathleen Rootsaert, Leona Brausen • Sep 28, 8pm • $25 at Tix on the Square or Box office OH SUSANNA! • Varscona Theatre • 10329-83 Ave • 780.433.3399 • • The Euro-style variety spectacle with Susanna Patchouli and her divine co-host Eros, God of Love! Laughs! Music! Cocktails! • Runs the last Sat each month, until Jul, 11pm (subject to occasional change) POOF! THE MUSICAL • Capitol Theatre • The tale of a tween-aged witch who just wants to be normal, and her twisted mother who wants her to continue their evil lineage. What will happen when she has to choose between her wicked family name, and the teenage boy of her dreams • Oct 11 - 21, 8pm; Matinee on Oct 20, 2pm STARDARK - THREE STORIES OF MENTAL ILLNESS • Westbury Theatre (Trans Alta Arts Barn), 10330 - 84 Ave • 780.414.6300, main@ • The stigma, the struggles, and finding the light in the midst of night • Oct 5, 6:30 - 8:30pm • $5 - $20 (pay what you can)

THEATRESPORTS • Citadel Theatre, 9828 - 101 A Ave • • Improv • Every Fri, 7:30 and 10 p.m., starting Sep 7

Centre Auditorium, Corner of 111 St and 87 Ave • Launch of Pursuing China • Sep 27, 4-7pm


UPPER CRUST CAFÉ • 10909-86 Ave • 780.422.8174 • • The Poets’ Haven Weekly Reading Series: every Mon, 7pm; Sep 17 (launch; not a sign-up event) presented by the Stroll of Poets Society • $5

tre, 10329 - 83 Ave • A hilarious exploration of fear and the question of whether or not to confront it • Sep 21 - 29, 7:30pm, Sat matinee at 2pm • $20 (adult) / $15 (student), 2 for 1 Tuesday (Sep 25); Available at Tix on the Square, and door (cash only)



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Pickled delights Mojo Jojo Pickles takes a new approach to tradition

Johwanna Alleyne // Meaghan Baxter

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ife is like a jar of pickles. You don't know what you're getting, but usually it works out pretty good." The quote from N. Westbury greeting guests on the home page of the Mojo Jojo Pickles website couldn't be more true, and with these particular pickles, it's all about variety and a new generation of canning that boasts unexpected flavour combinations, plus a twist on tradition. Owner Johwanna Alleyne began her foray into canning three years ago, and after taking the necessary steps, including a home canning course, food safety and handling courses and a farmer's market course, she got her business up and running in October 2011. Since then, Mojo Jojo has expanded to the 124th St Grand Market, the Sherwood Park Farmer's Market, St Albert Farmer's Market and will be moving indoors to City Hall when the 104th St Market relocates for the winter months. Customers can also get their pickle fix at Santa's Little Helper and St Albert Christmas Market on Saturdays in December. Mojo Jojo Pickles produces approximately 150 jars each week and demand continues as new customers are exposed to her unique artisan

products, either at farmer's markets throughout the area or in retail locations including Everything Cheese, which carries her pickled quail's eggs, as well as Acme Meat Market. Alleyne is a photographer by trade, having been in the industry for 20 years and making a name for herself with her company She's kept her photography business, but says she needed something else to do and found her other passion in canning. Alleyne's photography and eye for creativity and pleasing composition has crossed over into her canning and she strives to make the end result visually interesting as well as tasty. It also brings her back to the good old days of film. "I think that a lot of the things about canning really remind me of when I worked in darkrooms. I worked in darkrooms for years and the smell of the vinegar, timing bath, you're getting things to temperature ... that meditation, which was

such a part of my life," Alleyne explains during a visit to her cozy home in Old Strathcona. "I think it's also been good for my photography. It helps me think; it frees my mind." Alleyne, who exudes a warm personality beneficial to any business owner, has put her creativity and foodie palette to good use, allowing her to concoct an array of pickled fare including curried zucchini, Jewish kosher dill pickles, wasabi green beans, chili lemon green beans, beet caviar, asparagus spears and turnips, which happens to be her most popular variety. Turnips may seem like an unlikely vegetable to draw such attention, but Alleyne says once people try them, their faces light up and they're hooked. The turnip, which is thinly sliced and delicately arranged in its jar, has become somewhat of a signature item for Mojo Jojo with horseradish at the bottom, creating CONTINUED ON PAGE 22 >>

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sweet, but garlic-filled flavour with a hint of dill. Alleyne uses local, seasonal produce and only the freshest spices and highest quality vinegar, balsamic vinegars and soy sauces to create her pickles. Overall, Alleyne believes flavour is what sets Mojo Jojo Pickles apart. "Some people are brine-first. What they're trying to do is find a way to transmit the flavour so when you taste it, the first thing you might taste is garlic or dill or pepper," Alleyne explains, adding achieving this complexity takes patience and precision. "I think you should be able to taste the vegetable or the fruit. It should be very fruit-forward and fresh and then it should have layers. I like complex pictures; it should have beats. It should have a second and third and vinegar is the high back of your palette. It should have complexity, but first be about the fruit or vegetable."

On top of pickles, Alleyne makes a variety of marmalades and seasonal items, including brandied cherries for Christmas time. As a new business owner, Alleyne has been overwhelmed by the amount of support she has received from the local business community on top of the support she receives from family and friends, who readily roll up their sleeves to lend a hand. "People just have my back. I don't know why people root for me, I don't know why people would go out of their way to help, but people have just been magnanimous," Alleyne says with a sense of admiration, adding she has particularly enjoyed her experience with the markets and the possibilities available, particularly for her unconventional approach to canning. "There's a new generation of urbanites interested in food and food production, and food production isn't always living on a farm."


Six things about eggs CAN'T REMEMBER?

If you're in the predicament of figuring out whether an egg is fresh or hard boiled, just give it a spin. If it wobbles, it's raw; if it spins easily, it's hard boiled.


Hard boiled eggs can get a greenish ring around the yolk if they are overcooked. This does not affect the taste of the egg. However, it does affect the quality of the protein.




The colour of an egg yolk gives an indication of the hen's diet. The vibrancy of an egg yolk is dependent on the amount of yellow and orange plant pigments in the grain a hen is fed.


In Chinese cuisine, an ingredient called a century egg is used in certain dishes. It is a duck, chicken or quail egg that has been preserved in a mixture of clay, ash, salt, lime and rice hulls for several weeks to several months, depending on the method. The yolk becomes a dark green colour that has a creamy consistency and an odour of sulphur or ammonia. The white of the egg turns dark brown and becomes a translucent jelly with very little flavour. The alkaline material of the egg is the transforming agent in the process, and raises the egg's pH level to about nine or 12 during the curing process.

DISHWEEKLY 10 Mile Meal / Sun, Sep 30 (5 pm – 9 pm) One-part challenge and one-part celebration, the 10 Mile Meal showcases the freshest food available within a 10 mile radius and promotes understanding of food traditions in the area. Eighty percent of all ingredients will be sourced from farmers and foragers located within 10 miles of the inaugural dinner's location at Glen Park Community Hall, while the other 20 percent will come from Alberta suppliers. (Glen Park Community Hall, $75)

Cookie Love / now open Indulge your sweet tooth at Cookie Love, Edmonton's newest purveyor of all things sweet and delicious. The business specializes in fresh-baked cookie varieties that are available in-store or through online ordering. The extensive menu in-

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On average, one hen lays 250 to 270 eggs each year. It takes a hen approximately 24 to 26 hours to make an egg, and it will rest for about 30 minutes between laying an egg and making another one.


Eggs are placed in cartons with the large end up to keep the air cell in place and the yolk centered. V


Awesome Autumn Flavours Wine & Cheese Tasting / Tue, Oct 2 Everything Cheese and Vines Wine have teamed up to give 25 foodies an exclusive wine and cheese tasting that shines a spotlight on supporting the local community. (Vines Wine Merchants, $50)

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cludes classics like The Triple Chipper, chocolate chip featuring three kinds of chocolate; Chocolate Mmmmint; Miss Ginger, a chewy spiced ginger cookie; Your Chocolate is in My Peanut Butter, which is chocolate and peanut butter, as well as some speciality varieties including The Nutty Professor, featuring toffee and almonds; Red, White... & Chocolate, a cranberry pecan cookie topped with white and dark chocolate and Carrot Cake – Inside Out, carrot cake cookies with cream cheese icing inside. Mini, gluten-free-raw and vegan cookies are also available, as well as house-made ice cream sandwiches. (12325A - 102 Ave) V


Craft goes country For the last 20 years or so, the craft handful of them, but I am convinced beer revolution has been slowly adwe are at the starting point of a new vancing across North America. Mind beer trend. Allow me to offer a couple you, it has made most of its gains of examples to explain what I mean. in large urban areas, like Vancouver, Out on the east coast, we can find Denver, Toronto, New York, Sea Level Brewing. Sea Level Montreal and so forth, is physically located in Port where good beer is plentiWilliams, Nova Scotia (yes, I ful. Things have been a bit know you have never heard m o ly.c eweek int@vu sparser in smaller areas. of it), nestled in the heart tothep Jason We could stop now and of the Annapolis Valley. Last Foster year their total production proclaim craft beer to be a cosmopolitan phenomenon. But I was 50 000 litres—which means think that would miss a remarkable we aren't seeing it in Alberta any time new trend occurring across the counsoon, but that is okay. I have tried try. As I watch developments in craft their beer, and can honestly report beer, one of the things I have been that it is reliable and satisfying. noticing recently is the new growth in Their anchor beers are strongly small, rural breweries. British-influenced, with Blue Heron I don't mean craft breweries in small ESB, Port in the Storm Porter and a centres. I mean small breweries in Pale Ale. But what is most interesting very small centres. What I am talking about is breweries who have decided, first, to brew batches a small fraction the size of even the most moderately sized craft brewer in Canada. If Alley Kat brews 1  000  000 litres or so a year (which is quite small—the Edmonton Labatt's plant brews that in a day), these small brewers are doing much less than that, as small as 1/20.




about this small brewery is their onetime stuff, including a wet-hopped ale from locally-grown hops, a beer made with local apples and other creative experiments. One of the advantages of being so small is being able to play around with local ingredients and unusual recipes. Sea Level offers beer that is well worth seeking out if you are out east. If we switch to the west coast, we find Plan B Brewing from Smithers, BC, a small town of 5500 set in the remote regions of northern BC. It is the most unusual location for a craft brewer, and, quite frankly, a traditional operation would fail. That is why it took local stalwart Mark Gillis to find a way to make a brewery work in the small town. His realization? Make it

very small. Barely bigger than a homebrew setup, Mark brews in his spare time a couple of times a week (after finishing his shift at his day job). Beer is only sold out of the brewery tap room, which is open only four days a week, for a total of about 24 hours. There is no way you can find Plan B beer unless you have stumbled into Smithers (which likely means you are very lost). However, it might be just worth getting lost to find it. I realize two breweries do not make a trend. But trust me when I say that there are a number of others already operating in Canada's small towns, and the trend has only begun. I fully suspect that in five years, we will be talking about the ambitious, quality beer coming out of Canada's far corners.

In fact, we may even be seeing it happening in Alberta right now. Just getting up and running is Ribstone Creek Brewery, located in the village of Edgerton (population: 317) near Wainwright. This new brewery has some big ambitions, but for the moment they are very, very small—serving mostly the bars and stores around Wainwright. They make one beer, a basic premium lager, with plans for seasonals and more. I will talk more about them later, after they catch their feet. But it is more evidence of a rural craft revolution. V Jason Foster is the creator of, a website devoted to news and views on beer from the prairies and beyond.

These are brewers who have made a conscious decision to eschew the bright lights of the big city and set up shop in small towns and villages. The heart of their desire is to brew beer for the local community. The bulk of sales for these small breweries goes within less than 100 kilometres of the brewery, which makes these breweries a classic example of local food. They are brewed in small batches designed for the local residents that make up their community. This is how beer started in the first place. But who exactly am I talking about? There are, for the moment, only a

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Last week we missed this entire section from our Best of Edmonton results. We apologize for this oversight, and hope that the winners listed below do not feel like we love them any less than the other winners, because we love all our winners equally!



West Edmonton Mall 780.482.5999 1ST RUNNER UP Yuk Yuks

2ND RUNNER UP Wunderbar


BEST DANCE CLUB THE COMMON 9910 - 109 St 780.452.7333



11725 Jasper Ave 1ST RUNNER UP Flash 2ND RUNNER UP The Junction


10242 - 106 St 780.756.5667 1ST RUNNER UP Flash 2ND RUNNER UP Buddy's


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Sept. 27 - 29, DERINA HARVEY • Oct. 2 - 6, ROB TAYLOR





BEST LIVE MUSIC VENUE STARLITE ROOM 10030 - 102 St 780.428.1099

1ST RUNNER UP Wunderbar 2ND RUNNER UP The Pawn Shop


Turns out that Fish is not really Fish Griwkowsky as we mistakenly listed in last week's Best of Edmonton results.



High stakes

The glue that holds Whitehorse together Thu, Oct 4 (7:30 pm) Whitehorse Arden Theatre, sold out


he title of Whitehorse's new record seems self-evident if you've seen the couple that is the band in each other's presence. On stage or off, Melissa McClelland and Luke Doucet are like binary stars, with an inherent gravitational awareness of each other, no matter how elliptical their particular orbits may be, or how vast the distances between them. And they're basically two roiling fireballs hurtling around the universe together, throwing off heat. So it's a little unexpected that The Fate Of The World Depends On This Kiss was actually a piece of road poetry, a fitting shard of happenstance discovered in their near-continuous travels, appropriated for their follow-up to last year's self-titled debut. "It came from this vintage Wonder Woman comic we found in a Vancouvver diner," McClelland recounts. "Under one of the tables, there's a bunch of old comics. This one had a strong, tall, strapping man embracing Wonder Woman, saying it in the caption. We loved the over-the-top drama and romance of it and knew right away we wanted it for our album." She continues more softly. "It makes me think of that image, the one of the two people in Vancouver, in the riot, where they're on the ground holding each other and all this violence is going on all around them." That tension between different kinds of intensities—the combustible entanglement of lovers and the explosive struggles of hard-pressed people worldwide—resonates throughout the record. There are songs about one or the other, but many fall into the Venn diagram middle where the two dramas meet, the fight for the socio-economic fairness and security we all deserve to shelter and nurture our impermanent lives, and the fragile refuge we find in a fellow traveller. McClelland and Doucet spent much of the last year living in a New York City tenement building, a stones' throw from the Occupy stronghold. "It was a politically charged atmosphere," she acknowledges. "And the record has that apocalyptic feeling that mirrors the title; the feeling these are desperate, desperate times." She laughs. "Anyway, the title also has personal meaning for us. We're locked up with

Waiting for the kiss

each other now; our lives and music are bled together. If it crumbles, that's everything— there's desperation in that all-or-nothing quality." Which lays bare the impulse behind Whitehorse. It was never "why?" but "why not sooner?" Before they were romantically linked, Doucet produced an album of McClelland's, and she's toured and recorded with him, but until recently they largely bright-lined each other's individual creative purviews. Whitehorse is the sound of their merged sensibilities. McClelland's solo music has slightly theatrical arrangements that jostle and shade her arty pop milieu. Doucet's scorching, expansive, guitar-stuffed pan-Americana is as if

Tom Waits and the Allman Brothers got the Reese's peanut-butter-cup treatment. "I learned guitar to write songs. With Luke, guitar was first, and he became a songwriter, so we came at it from different directions," McClelland explains. "He pushes me further, and I do that for him. He's influenced by blues, country and roots, and he passed that to me. When I first sang in that style, it woke something up in me. It changed my music." Their collaboration—new songs as well as old solo ones, recreated together—has further enlarged their practices. "The live show's been the biggest surprise," McClelland says "It's taken us in new directions. It's just us onstage, and that was impor-


tant to us. Maybe one day we'll have a band, but not now. But we didn't want a folk show. We wanted something different. So we have a looping pedal onstage, kick drum, floor tom. I have this wooden box I stomp on. We have five guitars. Keyboard. Two telephone mics we sing into. We're building rhythmic, dynamic loops and working them into the arrangements, so it makes for a pretty exciting experience because anything can happen. Then for part of it, we move up front and there's a single condensation mic we both sing into. Half of the show is really intimate; and half is really rocking." MARY CHRISTA O'KEEFE





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Divided he stands

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elp presents a man at war with his own mind. Clad all in black, a balaclava and (the one-colour-exception) blue surgical gloves, he raps about his bleak state, songs about entropy and hearing voices and being unable to cope with neither the visions presented nor the reality of the world around you. He's also a mental construction of someone else: a somewhat left-turn piece of output from Old Ugly's head honcho Joe Gurba, Help is an album/ project/persona that's less a cry in the dark than an illumination of the same, using rap as the torchlightâ&#x20AC;&#x201D;not typical subject matter for a genre most associated with swagger and bravado. "I had an idea for a mix tape that was all about how the mind behaves under the influence of hard drugs." Gurba says, of Help's origins. While on tour with Doug Hoyer, Gurba started reading Freud and realized that his mix tape ideas overlapped with symptoms of certain psychopathys. So he widened his scope, dug into psychology, and started pulling in philosophy and sociology, the Science of Self, and "Epistemology as redefined by our discoveries in neurology," he adds, clarifying, "So, how the world is, and how it's perceived. "At the end of the day, Help turned into a study in someone who's schitzophrenic, which means ... your defense

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mechanisms worked so well that you've actually destroyed the world entirely, and you've rebuilt a new world," Gurba explains. "Because the world as you knew it could not be coped with. So what you have then there is the perfect character for what I really want to talk about. Which is, 'What is the self if you disconnect it from society?" Heady stuff, but something the album, Viper in the Mind, looks to delve into with the face-first confidence of rap's more regular offerings. From the guy who once wrote an ode to the shitty drunken atmosphere of K-Days comes a vivid and bleak examination of a mind in a downward spiral, and the songs released thus far seem dark but eloquent, their ideas and concepts tumbling out of Gurba's mouth over an entropic, chilly spread of samples. Gurba points out certain complexities that came with exploring such an idea: rapping very academic concepts without coming across stiffly, for one, and then moulding those ideas further to fit snug among rap's more aggressive tendencies, which Gurba notes he's come to embrace moreso than he has in the past. In its present state, he compares Help to literature, or a piece of theatre. "It's not that the character is supposed to be taken to be my views of the world," Gurba says. "It's that the character is a study in what your views of the world would be should you be divided from society. Untethered. You'd float away like a balloon, you know?" PAUL BLINOV







Young Empires

These guys are probably Facebook friends

Thu, Oct 4 (8 pm) With Dragonette and guests Starlite Room, $32 – $46.50


t's simple: you watch a music video, like it and share it on Facebook for all to see. But what if you could be part of that video—or at least your Facebook photos could? Young Empires, a four-piece indie rock group based in Toronto, has made that possible with the video for its new single "White Doves," directed by Miles Jay. Before playing, viewers are asked to sign in with their Facebook username and password, and then to type in the name of their closest

friend. What unfolds is a thought-provoking conceptual look at memory, with viewer's Facebook photos taking centre stage throughout the video. "You see so many music videos come out, you watch them once or twice, someone posts it on Facebook, and then it's gone, even something great ... so I think for us we really wanted to do something that would have some kind of sustainability and some lasting quality," says Aaron Ellingson, one of the band's founding members and a former Edmontonian. "I think any time you can make people feel like they're part of something and you can have some kind of interaction, it really helps. When you're in a band, with things like Facebook and Twitter, you can do it a little more than people used to and you can interact, but any time you can involve people in something they're going to be more excited about it and it's something you're going to watch more than once." The addition of viewers' Facebook photos not only allows fans to get in on the action, but also enhances the overall theme of the video: memory. Ellingson says it particularly focuses on the value placed on memories. The photos in the video are often in various states of destruction, which he believes would be a traumatic thing for many people to witness in real life. "You value your car and your clothes and things like that, but those things are replaceable," Ellingson explains. "And it was kind of the idea of those pictures, that's the memories and the physical picture can get destroyed, but the memory is still there, so it's just kind of that idea of making you stop and think and value that." MEAGHAN BAXTER



Marion Garver Fredrickson "It's kind of sad that people don't think, well, flute players play in rock bands, they play electronica, they teach," Fredrickson says. "They do so many things to make a living, but for some reason, people's minds automatically go to the symphony." Aside from traditional concert flute, Fredrickson has a particular interest in low flutes, developed after a four-month trip to Europe, where she met Dutch flute maker Eva Kingma, who specializes in low flutes such as alto, bass, contrabass and contralto. The Kingma system also features special keys that allows the player to achieve quarter tones. "You can play it a little more smoothly, more like a string, so you can do slides and things like that a little more easily," Fredrickson says, adding she owns each variety of low flute, joking the contrabass flute looks like a piece of plumbing, but has a warm, baritone sound she enjoys.

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lutes aren't just for the symphony. The classical instrument has evolved, and can hold its own in jazz, pop, rock and even electronic music. San Diego-based flautist Marion Garver Fredrickson, who also happens to be a former Edmontonian, says the first question she's asked when she says she plays the flute is whether she's in the symphony, but she admits that she didn't have the orchestral drive most of her classmates did in high school.

For her trip back to Edmonton, Fredrickson will be joining forces with electroacoustic musician and media artist Shawn Pinchbeck to create a unique electroacoustic performance titled (Un)plugged: Electro Meets Acoustic. The pair have been working together for more than 20 years, and recorded an album together called Resonance in 1995. Fredrickson says they'll be bringing back some older tunes from as well as some new collaborations. Fredrickson says that the key to making a collaboration work is a good ear. "Especially the electronic person, if they're manipulating your sound while you're performing, you have to put your faith that they're gong to do something that you like," she explains. "A lot of the time it's more improvisational, so I kind of figure out an idea of what I can use and see what they do and react to what they do. It's kind of like jazz." MEAGHAN BAXTER





Two Hours Traffic Siren Song EP (Burnstead)  Two Hour Traffic's new full-length is slated for 2013, but as its early herald, Siren Song offers signs of a subtle shift in sound. Not much of one, mind you: across these four songs the band's songwriting seems mostly unchanged, with guitar-driv-

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Mother Mother The Sticks (Last Gang)  With The Sticks, Mother Mother has achieved a sound that builds on the darkness of 2008's O My Heart and pulls in the big production of 2011's Eureka. Its take on slightly off-kilter, harmony-driven songs with keys and guitars trading off behind the vocals has hit an apex: with The Sticks, the band has never made a more consistent album. Or, to be honest, a less intriguing one.

There aren't any surprises on the latest batch of tunes from Stompin' Tom Connors: more of the same acoustic toe-tappers and foot-stompers that Connors has been plying his trade with for decades. The 17 songs here are served well by the record's straight-up production and understated instrumentation, leaving Connors at centre stage to do what he does best: telling stories. As always, Connors voice is ragged and he sticks to a familiar approach throughout, meaning that hardcore fans will have little trouble buying into the new album, but, despite some strong material, the record drags on longer than it needs to, covering much of the same old-timey ground several times over.



Spearhead single "Let's Fall In Love" has a gritty rock wash and smooth build to it, but lyrically—and this is probably the biggest issue on the album—it wanders the fine line between strange and, more frequently, inane. Across the board, head Mother Ryan Guldemond's oddball worldplay, which has proven deftly effective in the past, seems put to poor use all over this thing. Take the microscoping lyrics of "Infinitesimal," at its breakdown: "Do you ever think really think about the grains? / Every little one's got a million things / Every little bit's got a million bits / And that ain't it." A Calvin and Hobbes comic made the same point with more beauty and deftness in half a sunday page than this does in its three-minute runtime. That askew worldview feels forced most of the time, like on the everybody-do-it chorus of "Let's Fall In Love" ("Dread In My Heart," a runaway acoustic drive of a song, makes an excellent exception to the

rule, and is the album's best song.) Is The Sticks awful? No. Mother Mother's still a band adept at channeling its darkness into hooky riffs without seeming bland or banal, and its propensity for melodies is perhaps unparalleled in modern radio bands. Sonically the group's been moving in this direction for years, growing bigger with each album, and while that's involved dropping a lot of endearing little quirks—like the way the drunkenfolk hoedown "Dirty Town" could bleed into the playfully strange "Polynesia" on Touch Up—it's the lyric sheet that makes The Sticks seem like a homogenized, calculated balance of accessible and odd. This from a band that used to genuinely run wild in the same pasture. . You could do far worse for your pop music, but The Sticks will still leave you in want of the wilder years.






Green Day ¡Uno! (Warner)


@VueWeekly: Green Day comes out swinging for the charts. A hook-heavy & poppy introduction to an ambitious three-peat of radio friendliness.

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Dwight Yoakam 3 Pears (Warner)

@VueWeekly: Now all grown up, I'm thinking my dad really was on to something. Intersection of Roy Orbison, an oldies jukebox & a classic country drone.

Brother Ali Mourning in America and Dreaming in Color (Rhymesayers)

@VueWeekly: Uncensored and undeterred indie rap over upbeat '70s R&B samples. Politically provoked and social alert, Brother Ali’s at his best here.

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en pop hooks still very much the focus. Both the ode-to-Her "Audrey" and East coast melody "I Did What I Could" could've fit snugly onto other albums with minimal rearrangement. But under new producer Darryl Neudorf's watch, the overall sonics are stripped down, the palette a little more understated, instruments given more room to ring out in the mix. With that realignment, the four songs here stand stable together, a more subdued hue of pop that complements the band's greater canon. Siren Song doesn't quite hit the same soaring heights of the band's early works, but, still, few bands can even approach this level of saccharine songwriting without leaving behind a sugar migraine. Two Hours Traffic does it with ease.


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Stompin' Tom Connors And the Roads of Life (EMI)


@VueWeekly: Vulnerable and wide-open, dark in all the right places. Moments of beauty fill this up, but this is barely a folk album, folks.


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ew have elevated the profile of the banjo—that calling card of bluegrass music, duelling instrumentals and indie bands looking to add a folksy rattle to their sound—as much as Béla Fleck has in his decades-long dalliance with its four strings. He's been pushing the instrument's boundaries upwards since receiving one at the age of 15, championing its bluegrass traditions while forging ahead into jazzier, more improvisational territories with his Flecktones outfit. He's traced the instrument's history from its modern pulse to its little-known ancient heart in Africa, in the acclaimed 2009 doc Throw Down Your Heart. Simply put, he's widened the worldwide appreciation of the banjo, and a closet full of 14 won Grammy Awards (and a total 30 nominations) acknowledges his proficiency in doing just that. But before 2011, Fleck had never done anything like Banjo Concerto. He'd made some forays into orchestral music, but never before set his four-string front-and-centre before the lush sweeps of a full orchestra. Nobody had, actually, though the idea had been playing on Fleck's mind for some time before he began to craft it. "I have wanted to create a banjo concerto for many years," Fleck explains in an email interview. "It probably began when I saw [contemporary bassist] Edgar Meyer perform his first concerto—and I wondered if I could pull something like that off for the banjo. It took about 25 years to get up the nerve! In the meantime, I collaborated








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with him on a double concerto, and worked with Edgar and Zakir Hussain to create a triple concerto. After these two projects, I felt prepared to try it on my own." It's 2011 debut was a success, and now, after a number of gigs with American orchestras, Edmonton gets the Concerto's Canadian premiere, Fleck set to pluck his vintage 1937 mahogany Gibson Mastertone while conductor Bill Eddin's keeps watch over the ESO's swirls of instrumentation. (The concerto is to be followed by a solo banjo recital from Fleck.) The challenge in crafting the Concerto, Fleck notes, came not so much in adapting his instrument to the symphonic setting—he recalls that he'd sometimes sing out his ideas and decide what instruments would get each part later on, finding a give and take between banjo and orchestra as he slowly pieced it together in parts—

but in actually inking every note, putting improvisation aside to produce a set-in-stone score. "I'm so used to playing with other improvisers that I had never written every note of a piece before," he explains. "Usually I write a sketch and everyone fills it in together. So it was a serious adjustment." Fleck's dedicated the concerto to one of the instrument's early pioneers and the man he credits with introducing him to banjo music: Earl Scruggs. "I wouldn't play banjo if it weren't for Earl," Fleck says. "He was an incredible trailblazer for the instrument. But he never played with an orchestra. We talked about that, and I realized that I am continuing his arc. There are several things that I have been able to be the first to do—but I wouldn't have been that person if it weren't for everything he did to set things up." PAUL BLINOV



Lisa Bozikovic Sun, Sep 30 (8 pm) With Kate Hill, Bad Channels Haven Social Club, $8 (advance), $10 (door)


ith loss can come new beginnings, a notion which resonates throughout Toronto singersongwriter Lisa Bozikovic's latest album, This Is How We Swim. The subject matter, touching on ending relationships and other personal losses, is inspired by the movement of water, a concept that surfaced rather organically for Bozikovic during her time at an artist residency at Gibraltar Point on Toronto Island. "It wasn't like a very highly disciplined writing process where I woke up everyday and had to write a song about water," she explains. "I kind of just wandered around and I really did feel like a lot of the melodies

and kind of instrumental, orchestral arrangements and all of the ideas did sort of just come through the process of just having the time and space to be in this environment and not really have to do other things, which is pretty rare." This Is How We Swim was the first time Bozikovic worked a concept throughout an entire album. The framework of moving water conjures an ongoing visual image throughout the album, and the accompanying instrumental arrangements further emulate the rolling of waves or falling of rain. "When you're around water, you can't not think about the fact that movement is always happening all around us—it's just more obvious with water because it's always moving. I think sometimes we go through

periods in our lives where we feel like change is happening all around us all at once, and then we go through periods where we feel like things are stagnant," she notes, adding she was in a more focused head space for this record and wasn't just considering death and loss, but also the way difficult experiences can deepen a person's understanding of life. "Losing a close friend or parent can connect to other kinds of loss in your life, like losing a relationship, and just sort of meditating on all the ways in which these things are connected, but sort of seeing the other side of the equation. I mean, anything we do in life that's difficult, if we get through it then we have strength and it adds valuable perspective we wouldn't have had before." MEAGHAN BAXTER



















ARTERY Zaac Pick with The Collective West and JJ Shiplett; 7:30 - 11pm; $10 (adv), $15 (door) BAILEY THEATRE – CAMROSE Matt Anderson BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ The Parkers (CD release); 8pm; $10 BRITTANYS LOUNGE Kenny Hillaby hosts a jazz session night every Thu with Shadow Dancers, Maura and Jeanelle; no cover



ACCENT EUROPEAN LOUNGE folk/jazz/pop/ singer-songwriter live music Thu: this week with: Kaley Bird (singersongwriter) and Vicky Berg (singer-songwriter); 9:30pm-11:30pm; no minors; no cover

CAFÉ HAVEN Rhys Berlin w/ Mike Flynn; 7pm; No cover CARROT CAFÉ Zoomers Thu afternoon open mic; 1-4pm DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu at 9pm DV8 Sister Sabbath, Dog's Mercury, R.V.S.P. and Guests; 9pm

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Jim Findlay; $10 KRUSH ULTRA LOUNGE Open stage; 7pm; no cover L.B.'S PUB Open jam with Kenny Skoreyko, Fred LaRose and Gordy Mathews (Shaved Posse) every Thu; 9pm-1am

NEW CITY LEGION Bend Sinister, The Frolics, Blue Goat; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); 18+




NEW WEST HOTEL Canadian Country Hall of Fame Guest host Bev Munro; this week with: Sonny and The Hurricanes NORTH GLENORA HALL Jam by Wild Rose Old Time Fiddlers every Thu O'BYRNE'S IRISH PUB Tom Savage Trio OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jesse Peters (R&B, blues, jazz, Top 40); 9pm2am every Thu; no cover RICHARD'S PUB The Great North Blues Band; 8pm


LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Funk Bunker Thursdays

SHERLOCK HOLMES – WEM Amy Heffernan Sep 25-29 WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close WUNDERBAR Transit with The Mighty Alliance, RationaL, Immaculate; 9pm

Classical JULIAN'S PIANO BAR Dennis Begoray; 8:30pm WINSPEAR ESO & Winspear Overture; 121pm; free

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: wtft w djwtf - rock 'n' roll, blues, indie; Wooftop Lounge: Musical flavas incl funk, indie, dance/nu disco, breaks, drum and bass, house with DJ Gundam BRIXX Hosted by Christian and Justin of Canyon Rose Outfit: Open turntables; E: to book 30-min set

LUCKY 13 Sin Thu with DJ Mike Tomas ON THE ROCKS Salsaholic: every Thu; dance lessons at 8pm; salsa DJ to follow OUTLAWS ROADHOUSE Wild Life Thursdays 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; 10pm-close



7:30pm DV8 Abigail's Cross EARLY STAGE SALOON Big-Time Anniversary Party With The Allan Christie Band; Sep 28-29 EDMONTON EVENT CENTRE Martin SolveigSmash; 9pm; 18+ ELEVATION ROOM The Archaics (EP release), Latcho Drom, Banshee; 8pm; $5; All ages FESTIVAL PLACE Janiva Magness; 7:30pm GOOD NEIGHBOR PUB T.K. and the Honey Badgers every friday; 8:30-midnight; no cover HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Secret Broadcast with kickupafuss with Guests; 8pm; $8 (adv), $10 (door) IRISH CLUB Jam session every Fri; 8pm; no cover

ALE YARD TAP & GRILL The K-Tels; 8pm

JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Judith Pinto Coy; $10

ARTERY Royal Canoe with Mitchmatic; 8pm

JEKYLL AND HYDE PUB Headwind (classic pop/ rock); every Fri; 9pm; no cover


CENTURY ROOM Lucky 7: Retro '80s with house DJ every Thu; 7pm-close

BAILEY THEATRE – CAMROSE Punch Drunk Cabaret w/guests



LB'S PUB Oil City Sound Machine; 9:30pm LIZARD LOUNGE Rock 'n' roll open mic every Fri; 8:30pm; no cover

Fate, Brought To You By; 8pm (doors); $10 RICHARD'S PUB Brendan Kelly; 7-10pm; Free ROSE AND CROWN PUB Jerrett Bordian SHERLOCK HOLMES


Harvey SHERLOCK HOLMES – WEM Amy Heffernan SIDELINER'S PUB Scooter Trio; 9pm; No cover SHOUT OUT OUT OUT OUT - (104 ST AND JASPER AVE) with Mad Bomber Society and Politic Live and more; 4:30pm STARLITE ROOM DJ Shadow (DJ Set) with DJ Degree and Ootz; 9pm (doors); 18+ STUDIO MUSIC FOUNDATION Gyroiid, Raptor Strike!, The Dizzies, TNF, LEONARD X LAWRENCE; All ages WILD BILL’S–Red Deer TJ the DJ every Thu and Fri; 10pm-close WUNDERBAR Fire Next Time, Jon Creeden, Greg Reekus, and Guests; 9pm YARDBIRD SUITE Mike Rud Trio; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); $14 (member), $18 (guests)

Classical JULIAN'S PIANO BAR Jonathan Osborne; 8:30pm WINSPEAR Interpretive Tour of the Winspear Centre (Part of Alberta Culture Days); 12-1pm

DJs BAR-B-BAR DJ James; every Fri; no cover BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Every Friday DJs on all three levels

J R BAR AND GRILL Live Jam Thu; 9pm

NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR Open stage Thu; all ages; 9pmclose; no cover


SHERLOCK HOLMES – DOWNTOWN Derina Harvey Sep 25-29

stage every Fri; 9:30pm DEVANEY'S Duane Allen

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Jon Bryant with Little Birdie (Orit Shimoni); 8pm; $8 (adv), $10 (door)

MARYBETH'S COFFEE HOUSE–Beaumont Open mic every Thu; 7pm


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

EDDIE SHORTS Good Time Jamboree with Charlie Scream every Thu

LIT ITALIAN WINE Bar PM Bossa; 8pm; Free


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

Royal Canoe/ Fri, Sep 28 (8 pm) The ambitious six-piece—and socalled musical mad scientists—has thrown together rock, pop and hip-hop for an invention full of catchy dance-worthy songs that push the boundaries of the conventional. (Artery, $8)

Uncommon Thursday: Indie with new DJ each week with resident CROWN PUB Break Down Thu at the Crown: D&B with DJ Kaplmplx, DJ Atomik with guests DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Thu; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Thu FILTHY MCNASTY’S Something Diffrent every Thursday with DJ Ryan Kill FLASH NIGHT CLUB Indust:real Assembly: Goth and Industrial Night with DJ Nanuck; no minors; 10pm (door); no cover

Blues: every Friday Night hosted by The Dr Blu Band; 8pm (music); BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Ruth Blais and Friends with Shane Painter and Charlie Austin; 8:30pm; $12 BOHEMIA Brother Octopus with Souvs and Drew Paris; 9pm; $5 (door) BONNIE DOON HALL CJSR FunDrive Event Featuring The Uncas with Scenic Route to Alaska and Joe Nolan and more; 8pm; $10 (adv), $15 (door) BRIXX BAR Early Show: TBA Late Show: XoXo to follow (every Fri)

FLUID LOUNGE Take Over Thursdays: Industry Night; 9pm

CAFFREY'S IN THE PARK The Enduros; 9:30pm

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Requests every Thu with DJ Damian

CARROT Live music every Fri; all ages; This week with: Karl Andriuk; 7pm; $5 (door)

HALO Fo Sho: every Thu with Allout DJs DJ Degree, Junior Brown HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close


CASINO EDMONTON The Top Tones; Sep 28-29 CASINO YELLOWHEAD The Red Hotz; Sep 28-29 COAST TO COAST Open

MORINVILLE COMMUNITY CULTURAL CENTRE Jesse Peters Trio; 7:30pm NEWCASTLE PUB The Threads; 8pm NEW CITY LEGION Pizzarrhea, Pigeon Breeders, Speed Control, Harakan; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); 18+ NEW WEST HOTEL Sonny and The Hurricanes ON THE ROCKS Heather McKenzie Band; Sep 2829, 9pm; $5 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Dueling Piano's, all request live; 9pm-2am every Fri and Sat; no cover PAWN SHOP Sonic Band of the Month Featuring Raygun Cowboys with Hellfire Special and Dolly Rotten; 8pm; $10 (adv) RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Fri; 9pm2am RENDEZVOUS PUB Fear of City, Fiction of

BLACKSHEEP PUB Bash: DJ spinning retro to rock classics to current BONEYARD ALE HOUSE 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 LOUNGE Platinum VIP every Fri THE COMMON Boom The Box: every Fri; nu disco, hip hop, indie, electro, dance with weekly local and visiting DJs on rotation plus residents Echo and Shortround THE DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Fri; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Fri FILTHY MCNASTY'S Shake yo ass every Fri with DJ SAWG FLUID LOUNGE Hip hop and dancehall; every Fri FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro with DJ Damian; every Fri FUSIA/CORAL DE CUBA Del Son a la Salsa: Lessons in Son,Cha Cha Cha,Salsa Rueda de

Casino and more with Orlando Martinez (Fiesta Cubana Dance School); 9:30pm; $5 HILLTOP PUB The Sinder Sparks Show; every Thu and Fri; 9:30pm-close JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

every Sat, 6pm; $5 CARROT CAFÉ Sat Open mic; 7pm; $2


Foster Quartet with Jesse Peters; 7:30pm

CASINO YELLOWHEAD The Red Hotz; Sep 28-29

HYDEAWAY Marleigh and Mueller (classic pop/ jazz/musical theatre); 8pm; 3rd Sat each month; $10

CENTURY CASINO Jean Shepard; 5pm (doors), 5:30pm (dinner), 7pm

IRON BOAR PUB Jazz in Wetaskiwin featuring jazz trios the 1st Sat each

CASINO EDMONTON The Top Tones; Sep 28-29

NEWCASTLE PUB House, dance mix every Fri with DJ Donovan


DJ Shadow / Fri, Sep 28 (9 pm) DJ Shadow is credited as one of the pioneering experimental figures of the instrumental hip-hop style associated with the London-based Mo'Wax label. (Starlite Room, $32) (show); $59.95 (dinner and show), $34.95 (show only); No minors COAST TO COAST Live bands every Sat; 9:30pm

SUEDE LOUNGE House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri

THE COMMON Kenzie Clarke with Dane; 8pm; $7 (doors)

SUITE 69 Release Your Inner Beast: Retro and Top 40 beats with DJ Suco; every Fri

CROWN PUB Acoustic blues open stage with Marshall Lawrence, every Sat, 2-6pm; every Sat, 12-2am

TEMPLE Silence be Damned: with DJs Gotthavok, Siborg, Nightroad; 9pm 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 DANCE LOUNGE Connected Las Vegas Fridays Y AFTERHOURS Foundation Fridays

SAT SEP 29 ALBERTA BEACH HOTEL Open stage with Trace Jordan 1st and 3rd Sat; 7pm-12 ARTERY The Fuzz Kings with Guests; 8pm ATLANTIC TRAP AND GILL Duff Robinson; AVENUE THEATRE Practical Slackers - Betty Machete - Carl For Breakfast - Sling Shot - Keven Dale - Rebuild/ Repair; 2pm

NEWCASTLE PUB Top 40 requests every Sat with DJ Sheri

OVERTIME–Downtown Saturdays at Eleven: R'n'B, hip hop, reggae, Old School

OVERTIME–Downtown Fridays at Eleven: Rock hip hop, country, top forty, techno

SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Fuzzion Friday: with Crewshtopher, Tyler M, guests; no cover

JUNCTION BAR AND EATERY LGBT Community: Rotating DJs Fri and Sat; 10pm

O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat

O2'S ON WHYTE DJ Jay every Fri and Sat

RED STAR Movin’ on Up: indie, rock, funk, soul, hip hop with DJ Gatto, DJ Mega Wattson; every Fri

HALO For Those Who Know: house every Sat with DJ Junior Brown, Luke Morrison, Nestor Delano, Ari Rhodes

O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat

O2'S TAPHOUSE AND GRILL DJs every Fri and Sat

REDNEX–Morinville DJ Gravy from the Source 98.5 every Fri

Cuba; 9:30pm-2am; $5

DEVANEY'S Duane Allen DEVON HOTEL PALS Acoustic Open Mic with Tim Harwill; Every Sat 4-6:30pm THE DISH NEK Trio ( jazz); every Sat, 6pm DV8 Black Thunder with Black Hell Oil and The Greys EARLY STAGE SALOON– Stony Plain Big-Time Anniversary Party With The Allan Christie Band; ELEVATION ROOM 2012 CJSR Fundrive MEGA HUSH featuring Mark Templeton, Smokey, Tyler Butler, Segue, Jessica Jalbert (Solo); 7:30pm (door), 8pm (show); admission by donation; all ages EMPRESS ALE HOUSE CJSR FunDrive Event Featuring Lyra Brown with Nadine Kellman and Souvs; 4pm; No cover

month; $10 JR BAR AND GRILL Fearless Frank & Friends; 9pm; No cover JEFFREY'S CAFÉ Lorna Lampman; $10 L.B.'S PUB Sat afternoon Jam with Gator and Friends; 5-9pm EVERY SAT: This week with Rennie and the Blazers; 9:30pm - 2am LOUISIANA PURCHASE Suchy Sister Saturdays: Amber, Renee or Stephanie with accompaniment; 9:3011:30pm; no cover MACLAB CENTRE FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS John Wort Hannam; 7:30pm NAKED CYBERCAFE & ESPRESSO BAR Fall Prosperity Event Featuring N.N. with The Patterns and Banshee plus Freedom from Jaundice; 9pm; $10 (door) NEW CITY LEGION “D.O.A Unplugged”, Joe Keithley, Mike Mcdonald, Ben Disaster; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); 18+ NEW WEST HOTEL Country jam every Sat; 3-6pm; this week with: Sonny and The Hurricanes

FESTIVAL PLACE Ray Bonneville; 7:30pm

O’BYRNE’S Live band every Sat, 3-7pm; DJ every Sat, 9:30pm

BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Hair of the Dog: The Lovely Bones (Shara and Seth) (live acoustic music every Sat); 4-6pm; no cover

FILTHY MCNASTY'S The Left Behinds & Carl for Breakfast; 4pm; No cover

ON THE ROCKS Heather McKenzie Band; Sep 2829, 9pm; $5

GAS PUMP Saturday Homemade Jam: Mike Chenoweth

BLUE CHAIR CAFÉ Dinner & Dance Party with the Rault Brothers Band; 8:30pm; $50 (show & dinner)

HARCOURT HOUSE Shawn Pinchbeck with Don Ross and Agape RAYGUN Experiment; 9pm; $10 (door)

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

BLUES ON WHYTE Every Sat afternoon: Jam with Back Door Dan; BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Glenn Eilers w/ Keith McIsaak; 9pm; $5

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Third Branch with Nadine Kellman and the Black Wonders and Darryl Matthews; 8p; $8 (adv), $10 (door)

BRIXX BAR Naked Beauty, Small Town Knife Fight and I AM MACHI; 9pm

HILLTOP PUB Sat afternoon roots jam with Pascal, Simon and Dan, 3:30-6:30pm; evening

CAFÉ CORAL DE CUBA Cafe Coral De Cuba Marco Claveria's open mic (music, poetry, jokes);

HOOLIGANZ Live music every Sat HORIZON STAGE –

Extravaganza!; 7:30pm STARLITE ROOM Kayo with guests; 9pm (doors) YARDBIRD SUITE Paul Keeling Trio; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); $14 (members), $18 (guests)

Classical JULIAN'S PIANO BAR Zawaski; 8:30pm MUTTART HALL Alberta College Conservatory of Music; 1pm WINSPEAR ESO Open Dress Rehearsal (Part of Alberta Culture Days), 9:15am-12pm; Big Drum Drop-in Workshop (Part of Alberta Culture Days), 1-2pm

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: The Menace Sessions: Alt Rock/Electro/Trash with Miss Mannered; Wooftop: Sound It Up!: classic hip-hop and reggae with DJ Sonny Grimezz; Underdog: Dr. Erick BLACKSHEEP PUB DJ every Sat BONEYARD ALE HOUSE DJ Sinistra Saturdays: 9pm BUDDY'S Feel the rhythm every Sat with DJ Phon3 Hom3; 8pm (door); no cover before 10pm BUFFALO UNDERGROUND Head Mashed In Saturday: Mashup Night DRUID IRISH PUB DJ every Sat; 9pm ELECTRIC RODEO– Spruce Grove DJ every Sat

PALACE CASINO Show Lounge DJ every Sat PAWN SHOP Transmission Saturdays: Indie rock, new wave, classic punk with DJ Blue Jay and Eddie Lunchpail; 9pm (door); free (before 10pm)/$5 (after 10pm) RED STAR Indie rock, hip hop, and electro every Sat with DJ Hot Philly and guests ROUGE LOUNGE Rouge Saturdays: global sound and Cosmopolitan Style Lounging with DJ Rezzo, DJ Mkhai SOU KAWAII ZEN LOUNGE Your Famous Saturday with Crewshtopher, Tyler M SUEDE LOUNGE House, electro, Top40, R'n'B with DJ Melo-D every Fri SUITE 69 Stella Saturday: retro, old school, top 40 beats with DJ Lazy, guests 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 VINYL DANCE LOUNGE Signature Saturdays Y AFTERHOURS Release Saturdays

SUN SEP 30 BEER HUNTER–St Albert Open stage/jam every Sun; 2-6pm BLACKJACK'S ROADHOUSE–Nisku Open mic every Sun hosted by Tim Lovett BLUE CHAIR CAFE Sunday Brunch: Dinner & Dance Party with the Rault Brothers Band; 10:30am-2:30pm; donations BLUE PEAR RESTAURANT Jazz on the Side Sun 5:30-8:30pm; $25 if not dining

PAWN SHOP Thrillhouse with Full Born and Death By Robot; 8pm; $8 (adv)

FILTHY MCNASTY'S Fire up your night every Saturday with DJ SAWG

RED PIANO BAR Hottest dueling piano show featuring the Red Piano Players every Sat; 9pm2am

FLUID LOUNGE Scene Saturday's Relaunch: Party; hip-hop, R&B and Dancehall with DJ Aiden Jamali

ROSE AND CROWN PUB Jerrett Bordian

FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Top tracks, rock, retro every Sat with DJ Damian

CAFFREY'S–Sherwood Park The Sunday Blues Jam: hosted by Kevin and Rita McDade and the Grey Cats Blues Band, guests every week; 5-9pm; no cover

FUSIA/CORAL DE CUBA Mixing in the House every Sat: DJ Fuego and his Latin Groves with Mojito in Hand From

CHA ISLAND TEA CO Live on the Island: Rhea March hosts open mic and Songwriter's stage; starts with a jam session;

ROYAL ALBERTA MUSEUM South American Tour Kick Off: 8 musicians on stage performing a variety of Latin styles; 7:30-11pm; $20

BRIXX BAR Limblifter with guests; 8pm (doors); 18+




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DEVANEY’S IRISH PUB Celtic open stage every Sun with Keri-Lynne Zwicker; 5:30pm; no cover

SAVOY MARTINI LOUNGE Reggae on Whyte: RnR Sun with DJ IceMan; no minors; 9pm; no cover

DOUBLE D'S Open jam every Sun; 3-8pm EDDIE SHORTS Open stage with Dan Daniels every Sun FILTHY MCNASTY'S Rock and Soul Sundays with DJ Sadeeq FOOT NOTES DANCE

MON OCT 1 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Sleeman Mon: live music monthly; no cover DEVANEY'S IRISH PUB Singer/songwriter open stage every Mon; 8pm

ARTERY CJSR Fund Drive Show Featuring Lou Wreath with Julie Adams and Barobliq plus Sam the Living; 7:30pm BRITTANY'S LOUNGE Phat Tuesday in The Quarters, The Rooster Davis Group, New Orleans Jump & Boogie; 8-11pm BRIXX BAR Ruby Tuesdays with host Mark Feduk; $5 after 8pm; this week guests: DRUID IRISH PUB Open

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: alternative retro and not-so-retro, electronic and Euro with Eddie Lunchpail; Wooftop: It’s One Too Many Tuesdays: Reggae, funk, soul, boogie and disco with Rootbeard BUDDYS DJ Arrow Chaser every CROWN PUB Live Hip Hop Tue: freestyle hip hop

STUDIO - (WEST END) Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet Milonga and Concert; Sep 30 - Oct 1; $35

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

O2'S TAP HOUSE AND GRILL Open stage hosted by the band the Vindicators; 4-8pm every Sun REXALL PLACE Rush In Concert (Clockwork Angels Tour); 7pm (doors), 8pm (show); $30, $60, $86 & $116; All ages RICHARD'S PUB Sun Live Jam hosted by Carson Cole; 4pm

Limblifter / Sun, Sep 30 (8 pm) After its first performance in eight years, which was intended to be a one-off to promote a vinyl rerelease of its debut album, Limblifter has hit the road for an all-out tour. (Starlite Room, $17)

FOOT NOTES DANCE STUDIO - (WEST END) Alejandro Ziegler Tango Quartet Milonga and Concert; Sep 30 - Oct 1; $35 NEW WEST HOTEL Bobby Austin; Oct 1-6 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Monday Open Stage PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic instrumental old time fiddle jam every Mon; hosted by the Wild

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Edmonton Music Collectors Show / Sun, Sep 30 (10 am – 4 pm) Music aficionados and vinyl junkies can get their fix of buying and trading rare, vintage and collectable vinyl, as well as music memorabilia, including sheet music, guitar tabs, CDs and books. (Central Lions Seniors Centre, $10 first hour, $5 pm after 11 am, free for children 10 and under)

HORIZON STAGE - SPRUCE GROVE Kent Sangster's Obsessions Octet; 7:30pm

Rose Old Tyme Fiddlers Society; 7pm

MUTTART HALL Alberta College Conservatory of Music; 1pm

ROSE BOWL/ROUGE LOUNGE Acoustic open stage every Mon; 9pm

WINSPEAR Interpretive Tour of the Winspear Centre (Part of Alberta Culture Days), 12-1pm; Big Drum Drop-in Workshop (Part of Alberta Culture Days), 1-2pm

WUNDERBAR Dr. Jokes; 9pm

DJs BACKSTAGE TAP AND GRILL 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 LEVEL 2 LOUNGE Stylus Industry Sundays: Invinceable, Tnt, Rocky, Rocko, Akademic, weekly


HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Open stage every Wed with Jonny Mac, 8:30pm, free

NEW WEST HOTEL Free classic country dance lessons every Wed, 7-9pm; Bobby Austin; Oct 1-6 OVERTIME SHERWOOD PARK Jason Greeley (acoustic rock, country, Top 40); 9pm-2am every Wed; no cover PLAYBACK PUB Open Stage every Wed hosted by JTB; 9pm-1am PLEASANTVIEW COMMUNITY HALL Acoustic Bluegrass jam presented by the Northern Bluegrass Circle Music Society; every Wed, 6:3011pm; $2 (member)/$4 (non-member) RED PIANO BAR Wed Night Live: hosted by dueling piano players; 8pm-1am; $5

WUNDERBAR Rococode, Cannon Bros, SOUVS; 12pm

WUNDERBAR Jesse Labourdais, with Guests; 9pm


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GOOD EARTH COFFEE HOUSE AND BAKERY Breezy Brian Gregg; every Wed; 12-1pm

SECOND CUP–149 St Open stage with Alex Boudreau; 7:30pm

TWO ROOMS Live Jam every Sun with Jeremiah; 5-9pm; no cover; $10 (dinner)



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

RICHARD'S PUB Live Latin Band Salsabor every Wed; 9pm

RITCHIE UNITED CHURCH Jazz and Reflections; 3:30-5pm; Donations at the door

YELLOWHEAD BREWERY Open Stage: Every Sun, 8pm


NEW CITY LEGION Nix Dicksons, Matthew A & The Keys, Kickupafuss; 8pm (doors), 9pm (show); 18+

O’BYRNE’S Open mic every Sun; 9:30pm-1am ON THE ROCKS Seven Strings Sun: Dead City Dolls; 9pm

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

HOOLIGANZ Open stage every Wed with host Cody Nouta; 9pm

HAVEN SOCIAL CLUB Kite Hill with Lisa Bozikovic with Bad Channels; 8pm; $8 (adv), $10 (door) HOGS DEN PUB Open Jam: hosted; open jam every Sun, all styles welcome; 3-7pm

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DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Blue Jay’s Messy Nest: mod, brit pop, new wave, British rock with DJ Blue Jay CROWN PUB Mixmashitup Mon Industry Night: with DJ Fuzze, J Plunder (DJs to bring their music and mix mash it up) FILTHY MCNASTY'S Metal Mondays with DJ Tyson LUCKY 13 Industry Night every Mon with DJ Chad Cook


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 RED PIANO All request band Tuesdays: Joint Chiefs (classic rock, soul, R&B) every Tue SECOND CUP– Summerwood Open stage/open mic every Tue; 7:30pm; no cover WUNDERBAR Help EP Release with Pigeon Breeders and Phil Dickau; 9pm YARDBIRD SUITE Tue Night Sessions: Jim Head Quartet; 7:30pm (doors), 8pm (shows); $5 (members, guests

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

WED OCT 3 BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: Glitter Gulch: live music once a month; On the Patio: Funk and Soul with Doktor Erick every Wed; 9pm CHA ISLAND TEA CO Whyte Noise Drum Circle: Join local drummers for a few hours of beats and fun; 6pm CROWN PUB The D.A.M.M Jam: Open stage/original plugged in jam with Dan, Miguel and friends every Wed


DEVANEY'S Duff Robison; 8pm

WINSPEAR Béla Fleck; 7:30pm

EDDIE SHORTS Electric open jam with Steven

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

DJs BLACK DOG FREEHOUSE Main Floor: RetroActive Radio: Alternative '80s and '90s, post punk, new wave, garage, Brit, mod, rock and roll with LL Cool Joe BRIXX BAR Really Good... Eats and Beats: every Wed with DJ Degree and Friends BUDDY'S DJ Dust 'n' Time every Wed; 9pm (door); no cover THE COMMON Treehouse Wednesdays FILTHY MCNASTY'S Pint Night Wednesdays with DJ SAWG FUNKY BUDDHA–Whyte Ave Latin and Salsa music every Wed; dance lessons 8-10pm LEGENDS PUB Hip hop/ R&B with DJ Spincycle NIKKI DIAMONDS Punk and ‘80s metal every Wed RED STAR Guest DJs every Wed TEMPLE Wild Style Wed: Hip hop open mic hosted by Kaz and Orv; $5


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ARIES (Mar 21 – Apr 19): "In a full heart there is room for everything," said poet Antonio Porchia, "And in an empty heart there is room for nothing." That's an important idea for you to meditate on right now, Aries. The universe is conspiring for you to be visited by a tide of revelations about intimacy. And yet you won't be available to get the full benefit of that tide unless your heart is as full as possible. Wouldn't you love to be taught more about love and togetherness and collaboration? TAURUS (Apr 20 – May 20): As I turn inward and call forth psychic impressions of what's ahead for you, I'm seeing mythic symbols like whoopie cushions, rubber chickens and pools of fake plastic vomit. I'm seeing popcorn shells that are stuck in your teeth and a dog that's eating your homework and an alarm clock that doesn't go off when it's supposed to. But as I push further into the not-too-distant future, exploring the deeper archetypal levels, I'm also tuning into a vision of fireflies in an underground cavern. They're lighting your way and leading you to a stash of treasure in a dusty corner. GEMINI (May 21 – Jun 20): "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times." That's the opening sentence of Charles Dickens' best-selling novel A Tale of Two Cities. The author was describing the period of the French Revolution in the late 18th century,


but he could just as well have been talking about our time—or any other time, for that matter. Of course many modern cynics reject the idea that our era is the best of times. They obsess on the idea that ours is the worst of all the worst times that have ever been. When your worried mind is in control of you, you may even think that thought yourself, Gemini. But in accordance with the current astrological omens, I challenge you to be a fiery rebel: come up with at least five reasons why this is the best of times for you personally. CANCER (Jun 21 – Jul 22): "Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life," said Pablo Picasso. That's certainly true for me. I can purify my system either by creating art myself or being in the presence of great art. How about you, Cancerian? What kinds of experiences cleanse you of the congested emotions that just naturally build up in all of us? What influences can you draw on to purge the repetitive thoughts that sometimes torment you? How do you go about making your imagination as fresh and free as a warm breeze on a sunny day? I urge you to make a study of all the things that work for you and then use them to the max in the coming week. LEO (Jul 23 – Aug 22): "Our culture peculiarly honours the act of blaming, which it takes as the sign of virtue CONTINUED ON PAGE 37 >>



and intellect." So said literary critic Lionel Trilling. Now I'm passing his idea on to you, Leo, just in time for the No-Blaming Season. Would you like to conjure up a surge of good karma for yourself? Then for the next 10 days or so, refrain from the urge to find fault. And do your best to politely neutralize that reflex in other people who are sharing your space, even if they love to hate the same political party or idiot fringe that you do. P.S.: For extra credit, engage in speech and activity that are antidotes to the blaming epidemic. (Hint: praise, exaltation, thanks.) VIRGO (Aug 23 – Sep 22): One of the reasons platinum is regarded as a precious metal is that it is so infrequently found in the Earth's crust. A second reason is that there are difficulties in extracting it from the other metals it's embedded in. You typically need 10 tons of ore to obtain one ounce of platinum. That's a good metaphor for the work you have ahead of you, Virgo. The valuable resource you're dreaming of is definitely worth your hard work, persistence and attention to detail. But to procure it, you'll probably need the equivalent of several tons of those fine qualities. LIBRA (Sep 23 – Oct 22): While doing research in South America four decades ago, anthropologist Claude Lévi-Strauss found an indigenous tribe whose people claimed they could see the planet Venus in the daytime. This seemed impossible to him, but he later consulted astronomers who told him that in fact Venus does emit enough light to be visible by day to a highly trained human eye. My prediction for you, Libra, is that in the coming months you will make a metaphorically equivalent leap: You will become aware of and develop a relationship with some major presence that has been virtually undetectable. And I bet the first glimpse will come this week. SCORPIO (Oct 23 – Nov 21): Whether or not anyone has ever called you an "old soul" before, that term will suit you well in the coming months. A whole lot of wisdom will be ripening in you all at once. Past events that never quite made sense before will more clearly reveal the role they have played in your life's master plan. Relatively unimportant desires you've harboured for a long time will fade away, while others that have been in the background—and more crucial to your ultimate happiness— will rise to prominence. SAGITTARIUS (Nov 22 – Dec 21): In most of my horoscopes I tell you what you can do to make yourself feel good. I advise you on how can act with the highest integrity and get in touch with what

you need to learn about. Now and then, though, I like to focus on how you can help other people feel good. I direct your attention to how you can inspire them to align with their highest integrity and get in touch with what they need to learn about. This is one of those times, Sagittarius. I'm hoping you have your own ideas about how to perform these services. Here are a few of my suggestions: listen with compassionate receptivity to the people you care for. Describe to them what they're like when they are at their best. Give them gifts they can use to activate their dormant potential. CAPRICORN (Dec 22 – Jan 19): If you've ever watched tennis matches, you know that some players grunt when they smack the ball. Does that help them summon greater power? Maybe. But the more important issue is that it can mask the sound of the ball striking the racket, thereby making it harder for their opponents to guess the force and spin of the ball that will be headed toward them. The coming week would be an excellent time for you to hunt down a competitive advantage that's comparable to this in your own field of endeavour. AQUARIUS (Jan 20 – Feb 18): Many people seem to believe that all of America's Christians are, and have always been, fundamentalists. But the truth is that at most, 35 percent of the total are fundies, and their movement has only gotten cultural traction in the last 30 years. So then why do their bizarre interpretations of the nature of reality get so much play? One reason is that they shout so loud and act so mean. Your upcoming assignment, Aquarius, is to do what you can to shift the focus from small-minded bullies to big-hearted visionaries, whether that applies to the Christians in your sphere or any other influences. It's time to shrink any tendency you might have to get involved with energy vampires. Instead, give your full attention and lend your vigorous clout to lifeaffirming intelligence.



Latest StatsCan census stats reveal gay marriage is pretty popular It's news that should surprise almost reporting lay a dormant moral panic no one; but it does: Stats Can reabout what kind of family counts as leased a new batch of data from the "normal." last census that revealed more sameTo be honest, I'm surprised at how sex couples were married in 2011 than surprised I am by this reaction. I in 2006. I was trying to figure was always (and still am) amout why the media was so bivalent about the push for excited by this news. This gay marriage in Canada; it is the first full census peseemed like a way to buy om eekly.c @vuew riod that gay marriage has into the heteronormative ashley Ashley h dream. But when presentbeen legal. How is anyone rg Drybu surprised by this? Was it a ed with evidence that many slow news day? Certainly, there queers are playing that game and were lots of other statistics released, getting the state's seal of approval on but why the focus on a statistic about their relationships, the reaction from same-sex marriage that seems so obmainstream media is still a salacious vious? And then I saw this opening one. line from a story in the Edmonton I wonder if part of the problem is Journal: "The sanctity of marriage as that the way the census imagines famthe bedrock of the Canadian family is ily shapes the outcome of the data. steadily eroding as the country's soSure, the inclusion of step-families cial fabric evolves." and foster kids in the latest census Right. I do have to give this reporter takes a small step away from the kudos for playing to both sides of the strict nuclear family model, but the fence: the sanctity of marriage and the muck-up with rural data shows the evolution of social fabric give conserlimits of how the census is written: up vatives and progressives alike someto 4500 roommates in smaller cities thing to feel good about, but while may have been counted as same-sex this story opened its report with the couples because they happened to be growth of those dastardly commonmarried, but not to each other. law and single-parent families, the What would a queer family census non-fact about same-sex marriage look like? How can we trace the kincame out right after. It was a clear ship lines across chosen families, reminder that underneath all the polyamorous relationships, or egg/


semen donors in a way that reflects that complicated nature of families— queer or otherwise—in contemporary Canada? This kind of census-taking, one that removes the nuclear family as the standard upon which all others are judged, would probably take away the spotlight from gay marriages, but we would need a government who was committed to a robust census in the first place. Since Stephen Harper's conservatives have a problem asking how many bedrooms people have in their home (one of the "invasive" questions used as an example to scrap the long-form census) I can't imagine they are going to get behind a more radical census. There is some deliciously ironic news to accompany this news, though. Since 2006, straight marriage has only grown by a mere three percent. Gay marriage grew by a whopping 181 percent. In this moment, I'm happy to cherry pick my stats. Sure, gay marriage was only recently legalized, gay married couples comprise less than one percent of all married couples, and gay marriage is still hotly contested in queer communities. Ignore all that. For the next five years, we can claim that homos are saving traditional marriage. See? The census is still good for something. V

PISCES (Feb 19 – Mar 20): [WARNING: The following horoscope contains more than the usual dose of poetry.] Mirthful agitation! Surprising deliverance! I predict you will expose the effects of the smoke and mirrors, then find your way out of the labyrinth. Lucid irrationality! Deathless visions! I predict you will discover a secret you'd been hiding from yourself, then escape a dilemma you no longer need to struggle with. Mysterious blessings arriving from the frontiers! Refreshed fertility roused by a reborn dream! I predict you will begin to prepare a new power spot for your future use.




Kinky doesn't mean crazy

Dan disputes the argument that parades and festivals harm the LGBTQ movement I was wondering what you think about the Folsom Street Fair, the annual gay leather/fetish/BDSM street fair in San Francisco. Do you think it is still a socially relevant display? Or do you think that in this time when we are fighting for civil rights and equality that it does more harm than good? Better Displaying San Francisco

rite kind of sadomasochists.) Straight people, of course, aren't fighting for their fundamental civil rights. Kinky straights can marry in all 50 states, after all, and no one is pledging to kick kinky straights out of the armed forces or to write antikinky-straight bigotry into the US Constitution. So maybe it's not the same—maybe it's not as politically I'm pretty sure that the Folsom risky—when straight people come Street Fair remains socially releout in bondage gear, leather chaps vant—and highly so—to folks and pony masks. But straight E in the leather/fetish/BDSM people are a big part of FolG A SAV scene in San Francisco. It's som, too. also relevant to anyone But you didn't ask about m o ly.c eweek who believes in freedom of savagelove@vu kinky straight people. You Dan sexual expression. (For an wondered if the Folsom avage Street Fair was harming the S idea of what Folsom looks like, and to see the scale of the thing, struggle for LGBTQ equality. search for "Folsom Street Fair" on The Folsom Street Fair has taken YouTube.) place on a Sunday in September in San And it's important to emphasize that Francisco every year since 1984. Pride the Folsom Street Fair, which took parades have been taking place on a place last weekend, isn't exclusively Sunday in June in cities all over the gay. Thousands of straight kinksters country since the early 1970s. And evattend every year. About the only ery year, we hear from concern trolls difference between the straight atabout the damage that's supposedly tendees and the queer ones is that being done to the LGBTQ rights moveno one claims that the kinky straight ment by all those drag queens, go-go people at Folsom make all heterosexboys, dykes and leather guys at Pride uals everywhere look like sex-crazed or Folsom or International Mr. Leather. sadomasochists. (For the record: sexBut everyone acknowledges—even crazed sadomasochists are my favouour enemies—that the gay rights



movement has made extraordinary strides in the 43 years since the Stonewall Riots in New York City. We're not all the way there yet, we have yet to secure our full civil equality, but the pace of progress has been unprecedented in the history of social justice movements. The women's suffrage movement, for example, was launched in the United Sates in 1848. It took more than 70 years to pass the 19th Amendment, which extended the vote to women. In 1969, at the time of the Stonewall Riots, gay sex was illegal in 49 states. Gay sex is now legal in every US state, gay marriage is legal in six states and our nation's capital (and in all of Canada), and gays, lesbians and bisexuals can serve openly in the military. (The armed forces still discriminate against trans people.) And we've made this progress despite fierce opposition from the religious right, a deadly plague that wiped out a generation of gay men, and—gasp—all those leather guys at Folsom and the go-go boys and drag queens at Pride. We couldn't have come so far, so fast if Folsom or pride parades were harming our movement. And I would argue that leather guys, dykes on bikes, go-go boys and drag queens have actually helped our movement, BDSF. They demonstrate to all people that our movement isn't just about the freedom to be gay or straight. Our movement is about the freedom to be whatever kind of straight, gay, lesbian, bi or trans person you want to be. And freedom, as Dick Cheney famously said, means freedom for everyone— from pantsuit-wearing POS sellouts like Mary Cheney and Chris Barron to kinky straight people and hot gay boys in harnesses. I don't think it's a coincidence that cities with big pride parades and events like Folsom are more toler-

ant and more accepting of sexual minorities than cities that don't have big gay parades and fetish street fairs. If an event like Folsom were actually counterproductive, BDSF, you would expect San Francisco to be less tolerant and less likely to back equal rights for sexual minorities, not more likely. And finally, BDSF, any attempt to shut down the Folsom Street Fair—or to ban drag queens, go-go boys, dykes on bikes or leather guys from pride parades—would be so poisonously divisive that it would do more harm to our movement than a thousand Folsom Street Fairs ever could. I'm a female in a relationship with a male. My boyfriend recently told me that he bought a set of butt plugs for himself. He said he's happy to use them alone if I'm not interested. I don't mind the idea of him using them when we are together and I would also be more than willing to peg him if he wanted me to, but I hesitate to tell him. I'm worried this will lead to him suggesting we play in my anal territory and I am really uncomfortable with this idea. I have IBS; my lower digestive tract and I don't get on well. I do not trust my body enough to feel comfortable trying that and I don't think I could look my boyfriend in the eye again if he put a finger up my butt and something terrible happened. I know when it comes to guys wanting anal sex, your stand is that he should take it first if he wants to give it. So if I am unwilling to take it in return, do I forfeit any right to do my boyfriend with a strap-on? I'm Being Selfish? Turnabout is fair play and reciprocity is important, yes, but a person can have a legit physical limitation that makes


certain sorts of reciprocal turnabouting impossible. Such is the case with you and your butt. You have a perfectly good reason to avoid being on the receiving end of anal play, IBS, and I can't imagine that your boyfriend— who is obviously interested in his end receiving regardless of whether yours does—is going to object to your offer to plug him or peg his ass even if he isn't allowed to plug, peg, or fuck yours. Yes, Dan, there are still plenty of straight guys out there who are put off by women who go "too fast," and oral sex on the first date is typically perceived as too fast. It's part of a misogynist mind-set, IMHO, that says women who are too sexually assertive are not "relationship material." Or maybe it's some ancient male fear of the insatiable nympho who will drain his male power by overwhelming him sexually. Or, more generously, maybe these men think going too fast just speaks to poor judgment (although straight men rarely apply that logic to themselves). Whatever the cause, I've experienced it myself and I found the solution to be to date more sex-positive feminist men who take responsibility for their half of the pacing. I've found that feminist men actually appreciate women who are sexually assertive while many nonfeminist men are happy to accept the attentions of sexually assertive women while at the same time harbouring contempt for us. The Happy Whore Thanks for sharing, THW. V Find the Savage Lovecast (my weekly podcast) every Tuesday at thestranger. com/music. @fakedansavage on Twitter





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