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The problem isn’t just black and white

  “Damn right Hollywood is racist,” a sentiment Chris Rock made during his stint as the host of the Oscars last Sunday. Over controversy of the awards being white-centric, with it’s very own hashtag “#OscarsSoWhite,” having Chris Rock present and lambast the awards’ apparent mandate of giving prizes to white …

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Art party introduces a whole lot of fun

Arts Commons became more than halls, rooms and corridors last Monday with an artist reception that went beyond hors d’oeuvres and wine. Cotton candy, beer and, yes, wine were complimentary to the evening of the event, called Happenings #3, presented by Arts Commons. With people coming in-and-out, over a hundred …

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Feeling Zen with a blend of dance and meditation

Candles within Central United Church’s gymnasium light the otherwise dark space, with ambient, almost ethereal music reverberating in the background—an effort to encourage a new form of mindful meditation. Every Tuesday at 7 p.m., Calgarians gather for a night of dancing, or movement, and inner reflection while Evangelos Diavolitsis, Meditation …

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Local artist brings insight into mental well-being through art

For a night, the Motion Gallery was an intimate space filled music, art, and connection, as part of a local dancer’s series dedicated to bringing insight in an entertaining fashion. As an effort to raise awareness in regards to mental health, Krizia Carlos, a nurse and dancer, started her first …

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I miss dumplings: my initial foray into soylent only

  Statistics: Height:159 cm Weight: 82 kg Blood Pressure:126/74 (normal/pre-hypertension)BMR:1825.2   The idea of knowing full well you will be giving up something as ritualistic as eating does something to you. As an experiment for the Weal, I’ve decided to forego eating regular food, replacing my entire diet with Soylent, …

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New York artists work with ACAD students for upcoming production

Plastic shopping bags littered the Main Mall of ACAD as students collaborated with two prominent New York-based artists for their production, Toss, premiering next fall. The bags, which students cut, ironed, and attached together on Tuesday, Nov. 17, are for plans to create a glacier, a piece of their set, according …

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Ethiopian eats, wholesome and cheap

Students with a tight budget looking to diversify their palate beyond that of SAIT Polytechnic’s cafeteria will be pleasantly surprised with Marathon Ethiopian restaurant location in Kensington. Owned by SAIT student Michael Bogale, the restaurant is his full-time project, offering something culturally different for those looking for something new. When …

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Local film festival brings insight to national and international issues

Celebrating 10 years in Mardaloop, the festival is offering 21 films Celebrating 10 years of screening quality sociopolitical documentaries in Calgary, the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF) returns with a series of screenings held throughout the city. Running from Nov. 17-25, the free festival will be showcasing 21 documentaries …

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Chic Gamine’s Annick Bremault on life, relationships, and on being a mother

It’s all about connection, the interconnectedness of life with Chic Gamine and their latest release, Light a Match, released on Oct. 23. Based in both Montreal and Winnipeg, the multiple Juno award-winning roots, alt-pop band will be coming to Calgary, performing at SAIT Polytechnic’s the Gateway as part of their …

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Feeling the sound

Bumps and bruises lead to innovative sound experience The perception of music transcends the staple of generic instrumentation with a local artist’s exhibition at the Arts Commons. Running until Dec. 15, the exhibition, called Aquarian Falling, incorporates the sound of the literal thumping of the artist, Sarah Kelly’s body slamming …

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Touch and Cho

Korean textile artist blends old and new for a unique look A local Korean artist breaks the confines of tradition with her fibre mixed media exhibit at the Arts Commons, using a unique blend of modern design and traditional Korean textiles, called bojagi. With her exhibition, Fascination: Obsession, artist Diana …

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ALBUM REVIEWS

Majical Cloudz Are You Alone (2015) Matador Nikki Celis A&E Editor There’s a disparity inherent within Majical Cloudz’s latest LP, Are You Alone (2015), an oxymoronic atmosphere evoking a sense of happy sadness that is pervasive throughout the entirety of the album. As a follow-up to Impersonator (2013), while the …

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A PLAY ABOUT RACE WILL, LITERALLY, OPEN YOUR EYES

An established Ontario transplant will be making his directorial debut at the Arts Commons’ Motel Theatre with a production that he says will be “a punch in the gut.” Known in London, Ont. for directing Evil Dead: The Musical 2014, and winning the Brickenden Award for best musical and most …

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A local writer talks the merits and disadvantages of self-publishing

One year after the floods swamped through much of southern and central Alberta, a Calgary-based writer released his second self-published effort in 2014. The book, titled Rising: Stories of the 2013 Alberta Flood, released on June 02, 2014, received acclaim, being a Calgary Herald number one bestseller for a short …

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Eric Moschopedis speaks in front of an audience of 20 at the New Gallery in Calgary on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2015. As part of a series of talks, Moschopedis discusses different topics with various artists prevalent within the Calgary art scene. (Photo by Nikki Celis/The Press)

On the future of the arts and the communities that it affects in Calgary

Questions arose regarding the future of the arts and its place in society, Tuesday, Oct. 6, at the New Gallery as roughly 25 attended the discussion and critique. The two-hour discussion, called There is No Future, Yet: A Conversation between Hye-Seung Jung and Eric Moschopedis, was the third and final …

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Booty making waves

Marking Alberta’s second annual Peak Performance Project happening throughout October, among the twelve artists showcased, one act, known for their self-described “booty-wave” music stands out from their fuzzed out peers. Known as Beach Season, the young Calgary duo are making waves with their signature R&B sound. And, being one of …

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A testament to disjointed relationships and youth

Themes of isolation, fractured relationships, and disconnected youth took the dimly lit stage as spotlights loomed over different, yet wholly similar tales of familial hardship. The stories, inspired by the performers’ own personal experiences were part of Letters: Thriving Through Connection, held at the Big Secret Theatre from Sept. 30 …

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All booked up

Posters are splayed with vibrant colours to draw in the reader, with phrases to catch the eye such as “Consider Me Booked” or “Bundle Me Up Scotty.” In comparison to last year’s advertising, the words are simple and catchy, an effort to gain a broader appeal—those that fancy themselves as …

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Kaska artist emphasizes connection with exhibition and demonstration

ACAD’s Main Mall reverberated with song, the strum of guitar and the beat of a hand-drum, or “Ehilly,” as the Yukon duo performed, Friday, Sept. 25. Attended by roughly 30 people, the performance was part of a lecture and demonstration by Kaska First Nations artist Dennis Shorty, accompanied by his …

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Equinox Vigil ushers a secular, creative space to mourn for recently dead

Union Cemetery, Saturday, was alit with lanterns and music as visitors mourned the loss of loved ones during the fourth annual Equinox Vigil. The vigil, held from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., commemorated the deceased—particularly Michael Greene and Richard Mcdowell, founding members of One Yellow Rabbit theatre-company—with an inclusive, non-religious …

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