A Canadian metamorphosis

Alberta Theatre Projects presents the world premiere of Cockroach For many, it may seem impossible now to imagine the news without making mention of the Syrian conflict and the flood of refugees seeking asylum in Canada. It may feel equally impossible for some to try and pick a single face …

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Abra cadaver

The weird and wonderful world of taxidermy No longer limited to traditional mounted deer heads, or multi-million dollar preserved sharks, the art of taxidermy is now experiencing a surge in popularity with both creators and collectors from all walks of life looking for oddities to call their own. So why …

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New rules doesn’t make it better

 Warhammer and Games Workshop is falling to the wayside I have a long and messy relationship with Games Workshop’s Warhammer games, and that seems to be the common theme among Warhammer players. Actually, Warhammer is somewhere between two and nine different miniature-based war games, and each one really is meant …

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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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SAIT launches first poetry club

Polytechnics aren’t typically known for their creative arts, but a few members of a new campus club are hoping to challenge that perspective. The SAIT Students’ Poetry Workshop began this month, and seeks to bring together likeminded people and provide an opportunity for writers to grow in their crafts. “Our …

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Feeding the masses

A recent ACAD graduate is exploring food as art in an ongoing performance project based around the idea of a miniature kitchen. Tom Brown, the artist behind the project, utilizes the tiny kitchen with tiny tools to cook food in public spaces around the world. His project is currently on …

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Attention all book lovers of 2016

From anticipating that new mystery from Stephen King, to waiting 19 years for the eighth installment of the Harry Potter Series, new books are coming out this year. For some it is hard to find a good book to start on now that it is a new year. It is …

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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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The trend behind the boutique

Artistic local shops have been showing up more often in the city’s trendiest neighbourhood, often swarmed by young urbanites seeking to update their aesthetic. Boutique clothing stores that offer high-quality designer apparel have come into the industry limelight over the past decade and continue to push forward in their dominance …

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Coffee meets chemistry

There’s nothing better than a great cup of coffee. A local café seeks to educate Calgarians on their favourite beverage in a welcoming environment. Café Blanca, located at 240 Riverfront Ave. S.W., has gained a loyal following of coffee enthusiasts since opening doors on Aug. 29, 2014, and is currently …

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Bringing prosperity to the Chinese New Year

One of the Lion Dance folktales describes the attack of a small village by an evil monster on the eve of every Lunar New Year. Because the lion needed to protect the emperor first, the lion could not attend to the villagers. The villagers decided to craft their own version …

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Fantasy and reality

Even though it’s a quiet Sunday afternoon in the Sunalta neighbourhood of Calgary, the Sentry Box is humming with activity as about twenty people sit, talk and joke at various tables placed in front of an intricate steam-punk castle façade. The Sentry Box has been operating for 36 years under …

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Kangnam Style

Liquor can enhance a meal, but more often than not it turns a small restaurant with poor acoustics into a K-pop concert. Kangnam Station Izakaya, located on 7 Ave. S.W. in between Downtown West–Kerby LRT station  and 8 St. S.W. station, may not look like anything special, but it serves …

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Board game of the week

Last Sunday, I entered myself into a Magic: The Gathering tournament at Broken City, and won about $15 in collectible trading cards. It’s not a lot—I won six of my eleven games that day—but it’s not about the prizes. It’s about the community. For those that haven’t been, Broken City …

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Breaking down walls

Those with a passion for performance may be happy to know that The Odyssey Coffeehouse has a new open-mic night. Once a month, SAIT’s campus café is filled with performers looking to show their talents. The coffeehouse has now hosted three open-mic shows, each one more successful then the last. …

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Writing in the 21st century

Calgary poet laureate and ACAD instructor, Derek Beaulieu, has coordinated a two-day creative writing panel at ACAD from Feb. 12 to 13. WHERE NEXT? is covering topics from weaving to computer gaming, and there are guest speakers from four provinces across Canada and Oregon. “It is going to be a …

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David Bowie: Blackstar (2016)

For time immemorial, religions have been built around the mythologies of both the faceless and many-faced Gods. Both benevolent and nightmarish, their true faces remain concealed behind masks and manifestations. In Exodus 33:20, God declared to Moses, “You cannot see my face. For man shall not see me and live.” …

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Pie in the sky

There’s a fine line between delectably sweet and inedible. A local restaurant manages to make a pie that straddles this line. Let’s talk about Pie Cloud Diner and Bakery. Pie Cloud is ironically located at 314 D 10 Street S.W. in Kensington and the phone number also contains the digits …

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Arctic adaptations

An award winning travelling multi-media exhibition, organized and curated by the design-research studio Lateral Office, has been drawing crowds to ACAD’s Illingworth Kerr Gallery since it opened for public viewing on Jan. 21, 2016. Marking the fifteenth anniversary of the founding of the newest territory of Canada, the exhibition, Arctic …

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