First Nations cook brings bannock to the food truck scene

Fusing various influences into one, one First Nations Calgarian is looking to introduce his local cuisine to a broader audience—and to an extent, nationally as well. From Eden Valley, and currently a Calgary resident, Tristan Lefthand, 31, hopes to bring his signature flare with starting up his own food truck …

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So we meat again

Burgers, waffles and hot chocolate together, the trio can be found in a new Calgary restaurant. The Calgary food joint Burger 320 opened its second location in the depths of Kensington at 126 10 Street N.W. on Nov 25, 2015. The original location, at 814 1 Avenue N.E., famed for …

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Board game of the week: Twilight Struggle

“Now the trumpet summons us again – not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are; but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle.”-John F. Kennedy Twilight Struggle is a brilliant strategy game, which …

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Board game of the week: Tsuro

Just because games, by nature, have winners and losers, doesn’t mean that they have to be competitive. Unlike the intense strategy and planning of a game like chess or Diplomacy, Tsuro is actually a quite relaxing game that relies more on chance. There is some strategizing to be done, but …

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A delicious slice of messiness

Sometime, a messy restaurant is dirty. But other times, it is a great place to get an equally messy pizza, which is a plus. A Pizza Plus, located at 4623 Bow Trail S.W., opened its doors in the Calgary neighbourhood of Rosscarrock in 1990 and is still owned by George …

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Local artist brings insight into mental well-being through art

For a night, the Motion Gallery was an intimate space filled music, art, and connection, as part of a local dancer’s series dedicated to bringing insight in an entertaining fashion. As an effort to raise awareness in regards to mental health, Krizia Carlos, a nurse and dancer, started her first …

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I miss dumplings: my initial foray into soylent only

  Statistics: Height:159 cm Weight: 82 kg Blood Pressure:126/74 (normal/pre-hypertension)BMR:1825.2   The idea of knowing full well you will be giving up something as ritualistic as eating does something to you. As an experiment for the Weal, I’ve decided to forego eating regular food, replacing my entire diet with Soylent, …

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How do-odle you do?

Being a successful artist does not require going to school but rather doing what you love and loving what you do, according to the graphic designer behind Clive Burger’s art. Walking through the doors, drawings of artist Twyla Dawn Yacyshyn or just Twyla Dawn’s characters are not something that one …

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Board game of the week: Tales of the arabian night

Tales of the Arabian Nights, by Z-Man Games, is a fantastic game of storytelling, adventure and misfortune set in the Arabic fantasy worlds of Sinbad and Aladdin. The game offers players huge amount of freedom in what they can do. In fact, the game plays a lot like a competitive …

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What’s the word?

Monthly spoken word event features open mic and poets Say Word returned for their sixth installment on Nov. 10 at 80th and Ivy to bring together people from all walks to celebrate and educate the poetic art form that is spoken word. Say Word takes place on the first Tuesday of …

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Sustainability circle

Calgary group that meets monthly to share books and discuss the topics of environmental sustainability and social justice. Gathered in the basement of Pages, a bookstore in Kensington, the group met on Wednesday Nov. 18 to discuss Frances Moore Lappé’s novel Eco Mind: Changing the Way We Think, to Create …

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Q&A with Cancer Bats

Canadian hardcore kings, Cancer Bats, have had a hectic 2015. With the release of their fourth studio full-length album Searching for Zero—and getting back on the road after a near year and a half hiatus—Cancer Bats are back at it, and they’ve got their game faces on. The Weal caught …

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Femme Wave celebrates Calgary’s female artists

For their first year, Femme Wave, a self-proclaimed feminist arts festival, has brought in a host of talent—musicians, comedians, visual artists, and filmmakers. “There’s just a lot of women doing really cool things, like making really great music in the city and not being represented [fifty-fifty], the way they should …

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New York artists work with ACAD students for upcoming production

Plastic shopping bags littered the Main Mall of ACAD as students collaborated with two prominent New York-based artists for their production, Toss, premiering next fall. The bags, which students cut, ironed, and attached together on Tuesday, Nov. 17, are for plans to create a glacier, a piece of their set, according …

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Don’t sweat it

Born Ruffians will show off new album at the Gateway on Nov.26 Born Ruffians’ fans should expect to be sweated upon, said Ruffians’ bassist Mitch Derosier about the band’s upcoming show at the Gateway. The band is on tour for their recently released album RUFF, released a few short weeks …

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Ethiopian eats, wholesome and cheap

Students with a tight budget looking to diversify their palate beyond that of SAIT Polytechnic’s cafeteria will be pleasantly surprised with Marathon Ethiopian restaurant location in Kensington. Owned by SAIT student Michael Bogale, the restaurant is his full-time project, offering something culturally different for those looking for something new. When …

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Documentary shows echoes of past and present

parallel between the past and the present takes central focus with the North American premiere of We’re Still Here: Johnny Cash’s Bitter Tears Revisited. The screening takes place on Nov. 19, at Arts Commons in the Engineered Air Theatre at 7 p.m. The film, directed by Antonino D’Ambrosio highlights the …

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Local film festival brings insight to national and international issues

Celebrating 10 years in Mardaloop, the festival is offering 21 films Celebrating 10 years of screening quality sociopolitical documentaries in Calgary, the Marda Loop Justice Film Festival (MLJFF) returns with a series of screenings held throughout the city. Running from Nov. 17-25, the free festival will be showcasing 21 documentaries …

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Chic Gamine’s Annick Bremault on life, relationships, and on being a mother

It’s all about connection, the interconnectedness of life with Chic Gamine and their latest release, Light a Match, released on Oct. 23. Based in both Montreal and Winnipeg, the multiple Juno award-winning roots, alt-pop band will be coming to Calgary, performing at SAIT Polytechnic’s the Gateway as part of their …

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Feeling the sound

Bumps and bruises lead to innovative sound experience The perception of music transcends the staple of generic instrumentation with a local artist’s exhibition at the Arts Commons. Running until Dec. 15, the exhibition, called Aquarian Falling, incorporates the sound of the literal thumping of the artist, Sarah Kelly’s body slamming …

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