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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Wii Kinect with consoles that make you Move

Shoulder muscles sore? Was it heavy lifting? Strenuous physical activity? Perhaps a sports-related injury? Nope, it was Playstation Move’s Sports Champion. Ever since the Nintendo Wii was launched in late 2006, motion-controlled games have dominated the video game market. The Wii alone has sold nearly 76 million consoles over its …

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Maurice takes on this Big Country

In making their new album, Victoria–based Maurice nixed fancy production studios, and opted to go back to their basement roots. “All songs were recorded in either my apartment, or in the basement of our friend,” said JP Maurice, lead vocalist and guitarist. “The song The City was recorded out at …

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Feist doc turns amp to intimate

It’s not about what you know, but the people you surround yourself with that make you a better person, according to a new documentary detailing the making of Leslie Feist’s The Reminder. The film, Look at What the Light Did Now (LAWTLDN), details her creative process, and shows the people …

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ACAD Show and Sale “fuels sense of community”

One of ACAD’s most highly anticipated events, the Winter Show and Sale, will begin next week. “There is something for everyone,” says Katie Kimber, project co-ordinator for the Students’ Association and participant of previous events. The sale, which has been running for over 20 years, is a one-of-a-kind opportunity for …

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Tyler’s Take – Sufjan Stevens, The Age of Adz

Sufjan Stevens has finally lost his mind with the release of his long-awaited tenth album, The Age Of Adz. Rumours has it Stevens spent the better part of 2009 suffering from a strange virus that affected his nervous system, forcing him to take a break from making music. The result …

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Maurice Big Country EP Review

Don’t let the title of Maurice’s album fool you into thinking it’s twang-ridden effort of the country music genre. Big Country is actually a charmingly-poppy, six-song release with potential to send these Canadian pretty-boys into mainstream success. The unfortunate thing about EPs is that they’re always over before you really …

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Seussical musical amusical

From the 23rd of November until the 30th of December at the EPCOR Centre a fantastical Seussical world you may enter. For years, children have been magnetically drawn to the works of Dr. Seuss. In fact, what could be more appealing to a child than a six-foot tall feline in …

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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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