Calgary’s taboo sex show: 10 years of getting it on

While some may believe sex is no longer the taboo subject it once was 10 years ago, its very mention still makes a lot of people squirm. For Jennifer McMahon, a SAIT digital graphics communication student, one of the most difficult things about sex is just talking about it. She …

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Woodpigeon migrates home

After an extensive tour of Europe this year, local folk-pop ensemble Woodpigeon is coming home. Singer and songwriter Mark Hamilton, Woodpigeon’s front man, relishes a return to his roots and the chance to play for a home crowd. “It’s always interesting … because the people at those shows are the …

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Call of Duty: Black Ops set to break records

The seventh installment of the Call of Duty video game franchise was released on Nov. 9, and it’s predicted to be not only one of the biggest entertainment launches of 2010, but of all time. “I thought it was really cool, the physics, the graphics, and the animations are awesome,” …

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Mechanical Design instructor gives iconic art second life online

Canadian industrial designer Lawrie McIntosh has pushed design boundaries by creating new ways to produce items which we use every day.  For that, he’s considered a pioneer of Canadian industrial product design. But in the 1960s, he designed something way outside the box. McIntosh created a set of Canadian animal …

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Imagination breeds animation

Animation is a gateway for imagination to become reality. The sixth annual Giant Incandescent Resonating Animation Festival (GIRAF) is bringing a collection of independent animated films to those in Calgary looking for this very type of inspiration. “It’s such a large art form and it deserves its own festival,” says …

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Rocky Horror hits mainstream

What was once a freaky and fringe culture, is now part of our cultural lexicon. In fact, the Rocky Horror Picture Show has become so much the stuff of pop culture that it was featured on the Halloween episode of Glee, everyone’s favourite musical dramedy. “This year is the 35th …

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Stoning Mary sidesteps categories

Calgary-based band Stoning Mary has broken free of music’s labels and barriers, and entered a world of limitless creativity. Stoning Mary formed in the summer of 2007 and even the origin of the band’s name comes from a place of passion. “I was on the beach reading a story in …

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Allen’s new film holds its own

Film REVIEW entertainment@theweal.com Good old reliable Woody Allen brings us his annual autumn effort right on time with You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger, a film about delusion and the long fall from its graces. Allen arms his characters with flimsy fantasy and cruelly hurls existential woe at them …

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ACAD students wear their art on their sleeves

While Lady Gaga’s critics may think what she wears on a day-to-day basis resembles garish costumes, fibre instructor at ACAD Dee Fontans, and the students she teaches, see Gaga’s look as the upcoming trend in fashion. “It’s exciting to see people take more risks and wearing statement pieces,” said Fontans. …

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Camp is king in horror genre

There’s something fulfilling about enjoying an utterly campy or cheesy piece of entertainment. Perhaps it’s the total lack of sincerity that makes an ironically tasteless movie or play so great to savour. Heavy handed as campy culture seems, there is a delicate art to pushing cheesiness just far enough.  JP …

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Hypnotist unleashes bawdy behaviour

Chris Visser looks like an average guy. His hair is neat and tidy, his striped shirt is clean and unwrinkled, and his posture is relaxed and at-ease. Until you look into his piercing gaze, you wouldn’t realize he’s a puppet-master of human marionettes. “If I could make people do 100 …

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Disappearing in the digital age

Frank Ahearn and Eileen Cohorn make people disappear. For years they’ve been paid to help people with money problems or unwanted celebrity status do just that. Now they’ve written a book called How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without a Trace. Based on their …

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Local designers plan to strut past competition

Even with trendy stores–such as Forever 21, Urban Outfitters and Anthropology–opening up in the new Chinook Centre expansion, local designers say they can stay competitive. Brook Fung, designer of Peeko Apparel & Vintage, says she isn’t concerned about how these trendy stores will impact her business. “People tend to like …

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The secret lives of teachers

Students know their teachers have a life outside the classroom, but personal details are usually kept to a minimum. However, one SAIT instructor has a life outside the classroom too interesting to be concealed. Anthony Appleby teaches academic preparation and English as a second language, but that far from sums …

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