Faith healing

Local author Irene Bryant writes about overcoming cancer A local author describes her struggle with cancer in her recently released memoir, Finding Hope in the Midst of Adversity. The book launch will take place at Owl’s Nest Books on Thursday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. “The book is for anyone curious …

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Highland fling

Calgarians celebrate Robbie Burns Day Quickly gaining in mainstream popularity, you might have heard of Robbie (or Rabbie, depending on who you ask) Burns Day.  This is perhaps less so from the lasting influence the man’s poems and songs have had on lovers of literature around the world, and more …

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A classic love story, retold

Decidedly Jazz Danceworks reinvents Shakespeare Decidedly Jazz Danceworks (DJD) has reimagined William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet into an accessible and modernized production with jazz dance and pick-up lines. The production, Juliet & Romeo, will run from Jan. 18 to 28 at the DJD Dance Centre in Calgary as part of …

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Stripped down stories

Uncovering the tale of one Weal editor’s quest to expose herself It all started with a photo shoot, or rather, a text message about a photo shoot. Our intrepid news editor, Ashley Orzel, is also an incredibly talented photographer and was intending to organize a photo shoot involving Keely Kamikaze, …

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Building a wall around Hollywood

With Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration closing in, there is little doubt that Hollywood is preparing to unleash a barrage of satire. However, people shouldn’t be surprised if some punches are pulled. Trump is no stranger to the entertainment business. He is well known for hosting The Apprentice and has made …

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Dub Kartel sets the mood

Dub Kartel is an unconventional group, and their debut album of the same name only reinforces their image. The Halifax-based reggae, hip-hop and dancehall music group consists of seven tightly knit friends who have spent the last five years touring Canadian music festivals perfecting their vibrant and energetic sound. The …

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The Holiday To-Do List

12 days of giving back After the doozy of a year 2016 has been, we’re all in need of some glad tidings in our lives again. And the best way to do that? By spreading a little cheer of your own. On the 1st day of Christmas… Create a reverse …

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Best & worst holiday films

Full-feature flicks to ring in the season For many SAIT students, there’s not much to do over the holidays other than curl up on a couch and switch on the idiot box. The least you could do is treat yourself to a holiday movie of high quality. Here’s a list …

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Out of thin air

The Paper Kites to appear at The Gateway The Paper Kites, an indie folk-rock band from Melbourne, Australia, will be making a stop in Calgary on their North American tour. The Gateway will be hosting the band on Tuesday, Dec. 6, with Horse Thief opening.  “Ever since we’ve been over …

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The Weal Does Christmas

Confession time: I love Christmas music. I have multiple Christmas playlists on my iPod. If a Christmas song pops up on shuffle in July, I rarely change it. And I don’t even like Christmas all that much. But whatever Christmas is to me, or you, or anyone else, it is …

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It’s a wonderful life

Radio-play puts a new spin on a holiday classic A classic story is reimagined in It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play, which will be performed at Lunchbox Theatre this holiday season. Joe Landry’s adaptation of It’s a Wonderful Life, runs until Dec. 21, and is a unique production …

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If the shoe fits

Director adapts Cinderella for Calgary Slipper is a typical Cinderella story, except it takes place in modern Calgary and has Cinderella trying to win the Stampede talent show. The family-friendly holiday show is presented by Alberta Theatre Projects and will be running at the Martha Cohen Theatre between Nov. 22 …

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Album Review: Beatitudes

Rykka  Beatitudes Cordova Bay Records (2016) Beatitudes is the sophomore studio effort from Swiss-Canadian, Vancouver-based musician Rykka.  Beatitudes departs from the alt-rock sound of Rykka’s previous album, Kodiak, to a more Euro-pop flavour.  The album’s opening song, “Movies,” does the job of easing listeners into the ‘80s pop and ‘90s …

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Mystery theatre thrills audience

A performance for the inner detective in everyone If you enjoy drama and thrills, then The Hollow by Agatha Christie is the play for you. The Hollow is a murder mystery presented by Vertigo Theatre that is set to run until Dec. 11.  Kevin Corey, who plays Detective Sergeant Penny, …

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Album Review: New Occupation

Duotang  New Occupation  Stomp Records (2016) Hopping on the nostalgia bandwagon, Winnipeg mod-rockers, Duotang, are readying for their first cross-Canada tour in years in support of their latest record, New Occupation, a catchy, energetic album 15 years in the making. The duo, as legend has it, were discovered at a …

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Globetrotters

Paper Lions go where the music takes them Music has taken Prince Edward Island indie-rockers, Paper Lions, all over the globe. Their latest album, Full Colour, is keeping them a little closer to home. The band, currently on a coast-to-coast tour across Canada, is making a stopover at The Gateway …

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Nation builders

Author Charlotte Gray presents new book on Canadian visionaries Charlotte Gray has recently written The Promise of Canada, a book about the unsung heroes of Canada, in light of the country’s 150th anniversary. Gray will be appearing at a WordFest-hosted event in the John Dutton Theatre at the Central Library …

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A novel idea

SAIT Creative Writing Club seeks to inspire SAIT has a new Creative Writing Club founded by Jesse Dickinson, an engineering design and drafting technology student.  “We are a small group that meets in Stan Grad, Wednesday nights in room MB 214 from 4:30 to 6:30,” Dickinson said.  “In our group, …

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Movie Review: Violent

Violent is about how living in the city kind of sucks. It’s also about how young women should immediately run away when a guy says he’s had a dream about them. Dagny Backer Johnsen plays a young Norwegian woman who, wanting companionship and bigger things, decides to move into the …

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Ultraviolence

Canadian film transcends language barriers Amazing Factory Productions Inc., a group of up-and-coming Canadian filmmakers, made an award-winning film in a language they don’t even speak. Andrew Huculiak, the director of Violent, said the language barrier between him and his Norwegian actors proved to be challenging. “It was a lot …

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