Workshop breathes new life into pet care

For those whose hearts melt at the sight of a sick dog or injured cat, SAIT is offering a pet CPR and first-aid workshop on March 19 at the main campus. Those who attend will stay one step ahead of injuries or illnesses that might occur in their pet’s life. …

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Tyler’s Take: Sean Pinchin 25 John Street

It’s rare to hear traditional folk and blues played to near perfection these days. The new world of music is unfortunately hung-up on instant pop stars whose music has typically less substance than an empty glass. However, Sean Pinchin’s glass is overflowing. Coffeehouse vocals sung over piano-like guitar makes his …

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Tsui adds hip hop to film fest

SAIT employee Ben Tsui is taking it “old skool” in the short film he created for the recent $100 Film Festival. Tsui has been involved with the 19-year-old festival for its duration, but this is the first time he’s submitted his own work. Tsui, gatekeeper for audio visual equipment in …

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Film fest allows viewers a look at artistic process

It’s like being a fly on the wall. The third annual Reel Artists Film festival presented by ACAD and the Canadian Art Foundation allows spectators to take a deeper look into the creative process of an artist. The audience gains access, through film, to a rarely seen first-hand look behind …

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Eight questions with Electric Six’s Dick Valentine

Tyler Spencer (aka Dick Valentine) lead vocalist of veteran multi-rock band Electric Six, spoke to the Weal’s Alex Glazerman in true rock star form as he relaxed aboard his tour bus en route to their next gig in Fargo, North Dakota. The band plays the Gateway March 19. The Weal: …

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Anti-Freeze takes the chill off winter with all day tunes

It’s like putting your iPod on shuffle for 12 hours. Anti-Freeze is coming to the Gateway, offering students continuous music from 2 p.m. until the wee hours of the morning. On March 11, SAIT’s campus bar accommodates four back-to-back headliners, including Shout Out Out Out Out, Dojo Workhorse, Maurice, and …

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Eclectic art show features artists on home turf

For anyone who has ever wondered how a work of art goes from thought to actual entity, and then finds itself fixed upon a gallery wall, the ninth annual Triangle Gallery artist home and show tour is the cure for the curious. Avoiding the traditional art exhibit, this self-guided tour …

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Lions and tigers and bears and puppets and masks, oh my

The International Festival of Animated Objects is not for the faint of heart. In this often self-taught and self-made art form, masks, puppetry, still-motion animation, and marionettes are used to push the boundaries of reality and make for truly exceptional performances. “Masks and puppetry are at the heart of every …

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Tyler’s Take: Mission Bell Amos Lee

When Willie Nelson, Lucinda Williams, and Sam Beam (Iron & Wine) all appear on your new album, chances are you’re doing something right. Mission Bell is the fourth studio album by Amos Lee, and even if you don’t recognize his name, it’s likely you’ve heard him before. His songs have …

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How to celebrate St. Paddy’s Day without feeling green after

With one of the most notorious drinking holidays of the year fast approaching, finding a way to celebrate can be difficult if you’re a non-drinker but still want to partake in the festivities. While many of your counterparts may find themselves elbow-deep in green beer and shamrocks this holiday, don’t …

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Unwitting love letter recipients become participants in community arts project

Unless you’re a member of the arts community, hearing about any given arts project wouldn’t necessarily spark your interest. A few local artists, and students, however, are engaging people who wouldn’t normally be part of Calgary’s arts scene. Both Mount Royal student Jamie Hobbs, and U of C Bachelor of …

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Film fest celebrates independence

If the rinse, wash, and repeat Hollywood method slaps you in the face with high ticket and concession costs every time you head to the movies, you may want to consider taking in the 19th Annual $100 Film Festival this weekend. Formed in 1978, the Calgary Society of Independent Filmmakers …

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Shooting the breeze with the boys from Keys N Krates

DJ Flo (turntables), Adam Tune (drums), and Matisse (keys) of Toronto-based trio Keys N Krates have taken the drum and DJ concept to the next level. Adding keys to the mix, and ditching the laptop, they’ve created a musical experience that is 100 per cent live.  The Weal’s Alex Glazerman …

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Calgary is going Legally Blonde

From book to Hollywood movie to Broadway show to finally finding itself on tour in cities across Canada, Legally Blonde brings a smile to its long-time fans and is bound to create new ones. The story of Elle Woods is not new to many and the fact that she now …

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Oscars 2011: And the nominees are …

We know you’ve been far too busy with mid-terms to even realize the 83rd Academy Awards air Feb. 27 on ABC. And while we suspect you’d love an excuse to procrastinate by taking in all the Best Picture nominees, it’s probably in your best interest to simply read about them …

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If MTV came to Calgary for spring break…

Not all of us can afford to jet off to warmer weather for Reading Break. But with a generous dose of delusion, young Calgarians can emulate their southern brothers and sisters, and behave like they’re vying for extra air time on a trashy reality TV show. Over the break, pretend …

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Tyler’s Take: Jonas and the Massive Attraction

Big Slice Oh boy. Where to begin on this one? A lot of terrible music has come through the Weal’s mailroom this year, as record companies try to encourage us to review their latest releases. But this album brings us to new heights of crap. Big Slice is the third …

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Love isn’t always what you’d love it to be

In a perfect world, love and commitment are cut and dry. Humans should pair off with other humans, get married and from that day forward they ought to stay emotionally fused until death do them part. But matters of the heart are not always so simple. The story of Lauchie, …

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A single’s guide to a feel-good Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t strictly for couples. Not having a significant other to wine and dine doesn’t mean you can’t still enjoy the romantic holiday. Follow this self-indulgent guide to a memorable and upbeat Valentine’s Day. You might just come up with your own yearly tradition that far exceeds any over-priced …

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Down and dirty with Mewes

Jason Mewes, best known for his role as Jay in Jay and Silent Bob, is a busy man. His current weekly podcast and main project, Jay and Silent Bob Get Old, with long time co-star and friend Kevin Smith (free on smodcast.com) is gaining popularity. He’s also filming a TV …

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