RapSheet 2016 Expectations

2016 is shaping up to be a memorable year in the world of hip hop. Anderson Paak dropped his second studio album, Malibu, on Jan. 15, with help from the legendary Dr. Dre. February came with Kanye West bordering on clinical insanity after numerous twitter rants, a beef with Wiz …

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Brooklyn Beats comes to Calgary

Masta Ace delivers his signature rhyme and flow at Commonwealth Bar and Stage Although it is just beginning to feel like spring, the legendary emcee from Brooklyn, Masta Ace, is prepping for The Falling Season. Masta Ace will be performing at Commonwealth Bar and Stage on March 24, along with …

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Yann Martel vists Calgary

Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, recently visited Calgary and discussed his newest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal, and why he likes putting animals in his stories.Associate Professor Harry Vandervlist, from the University of Calgary, interviewed Martel on stage at the Calgary Public Library’s John Dutton Theatre. Associate …

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Out of hibernation

Wintersleep returns to the forefront of the indie rock world with their new album, The Great Detachment. The band recorded the album, at Halifax’s Sonic Temple, where the band recorded their previous album, Welcome to the Night Sky, as well as a part of New Inheritors. The return to the …

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Telus Sparks Presents Body Worlds Vital

TELUS Spark presents Body Worlds Vital, now open until May 31, for Calgary’s viewing pleasure. Body Worlds has been around for over seven years and has left people in awe every time. For $24.95, you can see the newest showcase of healthy, active men and women baring it all in …

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Off the cuff comedy, camp and King Kong

The Kinkonauts’ Improv Laboratory invents a new kind of entertainment The Kinkonauts are Calgary’s very own improv group that delivers weekly shows based completely on spontaneity. They started seven years ago and have been running strong ever since. Owen Chan, one of the founders of The Kinkonauts, said the group …

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Album Review: Wintersleep

Wintersleep The Great Detachment (2016) Dine Alone Records Wintersleep’s sixth studio album, The Great Detachment is a partial return to the songwriting style that made 2007’s Welcome to the Night Sky so popular. The band has been able to change their sound with each new record, and The Great Detachment …

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The pi maker

Wordfest welcomes author Yann Martel to Calgary Yann Martel, author of Life of Pi, will be in Calgary this week discussing his newest novel, The High Mountains of Portugal. Martel’s works, which can be classified as magical realism, are well-known for their allegorical nature. “I come up with the idea …

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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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