Twisted love finds its way to stage

A love story used to be boy meets girl, both fall in love and live happily ever after. But it’s not quite that simple anymore. In fact, it’s just a bit more twisted. Forte Musical Theatre’s new musical production Twisted boils down unconventional connections and explores the driving forces behind …

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Let The Mechanic pump your adrenaline

FILM Cars, guns, sex, and macho heroics. Everything an action junkie could hope for is alive and beating in The Mechanic, directed by Simon West. The film is based on the original action film from 1972, which was directed by Michael Winner under the same title. Jason Statham replaces Charles …

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Tyler’s Take: Katelyn Steinwand – Eyes to See

Calgary native Katelyn Steinwand has released her first full-length studio album, and upon hearing it, one wonders why she’s still unsigned. Eyes to See is a beautiful collection of thoughtfully written chords and lyrics well beyond her 21 years on this earth. Her voice is elegant and breathy. Her lyrics …

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Dressing up when the temperature drops

Bundling up against a cold snap isn’t cool when you’re a kid. When you were 15, defying parental control by shivering in your shirtsleeves made you feel like a rebel without a cause. But once you hit adulthood, failing to dress appropriately for a Calgary winter can give the impression …

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Georgas pushed and pulled down musical path

The road to success is different for every artist. For 27-year-old Hannah Georgas, continued support and tough love from her family allowed her to shoot into Canada’s spotlight. It isn’t surprising Georgas has experienced musical success, as she had the good fortune to grow up in a musical family. Her …

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Flipping the bird around the world

Time after time, we find ourselves at church weddings, newborn photo shoots and first court appearances thinking, man, if only I could tell this person how I really feel. Well, now you can. Be careful though, certain salutations may not mean what you think. Here are some the most common …

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Have a very moosey Christmas

Calgary improv group delivers its own take on classic For those with a desire to dose themselves with yuletide cheer, what better way than to attend a merry play at the Loose Moose Theatre? A Chrismoose Carol is based on Charles Dickens’ classic A Christmas Carol. But instead of straight …

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Film Ratings

Going to a picture show should be easy, but all too often action on the screen makes a healthy relationship with any person in your life feel painfully strained. To maintain social comfort, here is what you might get from each rating level and some ideas of who not to …

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Popping the hood on Gran Turismo

The world starts to shake at 350 km/h. At least the car you’re occupying does. Gran Turismo – the game that vid-heads have been waiting for through an extremely long development cycle and constant delays – is finally here in time for Christmas. But was it worth the wait? Career …

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Web Picks – December 9th 2010

Over the holidays our nerves will inevitably become jangled by irritating relatives. The following sites should aid in the escape of elderly enquiries and other seasonal assaults on the psyche. Instead, bask in the gentle nonjudgmental 60 Hz glow of an LCD monitor. 27bslash6.com The insolent email acrobatics of David …

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Tyler’s Take – Kayne West: My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy

The biggest ego in hip-hop is making a return to the game. Barack Obama thinks this guy is a jackass, Taylor Swift isn’t that fond of him, and Eminem dropped his name a couple of times on his latest record. So should West ease up on his own brand of …

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Music runs through Michael Rault’s veins

From the time we are born, we pick up habits and traits from those who raised us. But how far does it go? Can something as deep as a love and desire to create music stem from our upbringing? Michael Rault is an up-and-coming singer and songwriter based in Edmonton. …

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Tyler’s Take: Underoath Ø (Disambiguation)

Solid State Records’ highest earning band is back with a new record. Well, Underoath says it’s new. But upon listening, I’m not so sure. Ø (Disambiguation) is the first record the band has made without any help from their last original member, drummer Aaron Gillespie. Gillespie recently announced a friendly …

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Webisode host offers winter beauty tips

Just because winter is back with a vengeance, it doesn’t mean you have to resort to eight months of sweats, hoodies and pasty, flaky skin. Looking and feeling good go hand-in-hand, but Allison Cullen–host, creator, and stylist for the webisode show, MakeMe Glamorous–says it’s not necessary to become high maintenance …

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Seniors reclaim sexuality

If grandma ever started talking about her sex life during Sunday dinner, you’d likely cover your ears, close your eyes and imagine your happy place. But sexuality is as important to the over 60 set as it is to anyone else. The trouble is nobody has been willing to admit …

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Dining on Dad’s dime

It’s Monday night, and we’re on the couch trying to rinse the taste of tutelage from our minds with the tube. Hunger strikes. We crack the fridge but it’s emptier than a Justin Bieber lyric. Damn this student grocery budget business.  Thanks for nothing, Post Secondary Loans Program. Think fast. …

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Graffiti art fills in the grey areas

“Could you imagine, opening your door and just seeing art everywhere?” Calgary graffiti artist Tower ponders this idea – his idea – of a utopian world. “I had a dream like that once, and that’s what I want to do with my art.” Known by his alias ‘Tower’ (name withheld …

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Tyler’s Take: Jimmy Eat World, Invented

Jimmy Eat World Invented The kings of the heartbreak song are making noise again. Invented is Jimmy Eat World’s sixth full-length studio album. Remember the hard-working band that brought you feel-good hits like The Middle, and Sweetness? “It just takes some time little girl.” Yes, that band. This is definitely …

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One man’s trash: Calgary poet laments loss of Letraset

It won’t be long before derek beaulieu – poet, artist, publisher and anthologist – can no longer come by his chosen art medium. Beaulieu uses old-fashioned letter transfers, Letraset, to create optical poetry. In doing so, he allows each tangible letter to express a physical meaning, free of its pre-assigned …

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Delhi 2 Dublin creates cross-cultural sound

Delhi 2 Dublin, a Vancouver-based band with members from massively diverse ethnic backgrounds, mix up fusions of electro, hip-hop, break beat, Celtic, and Punjabi to give them a unique and instantly memorable sound. Having last played the folk fest in July, they return to Calgary as part of their extensive …

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