Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

by Nicholas Siennicki Shaping Sound, written by and starring Travis Wall, is the best performance by Alberta Ballet that I have seen in my four years as a seasonal attendee. As a relatively rough critique of Alberta Ballet in the past, this performance was such a breath of fresh air, such a resounding success, that I can’t help but recommend that everyone who reads this … Continue reading Shaping Sound: A Masterpiece of the Ages

Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

by Erica Osko In a season where I prefer to stray from my cozy armchair as little as possible, the Ice Castle in Edmonton’s Hawrelak Park reminded me that rather than being a painful inconvenience, winter can create astonishing magic. The castle is a truly breathtaking creation that I would not have believed possible outside of Narnia or Frozen. Though it may be difficult to … Continue reading Get Out in the Cold and Explore Edmonton’s Ice Castles

Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)

by Nicholas Siennicki The Nutcracker is undoubtedly an iconic ballet. For many, it is the only ballet they see, and for others, it is a yearly tradition that captures all the beauty and grace of an ephemeral art form that people might consider somewhat above them. It is vital, then, for The Nutcracker to be as accessible as possible for all viewers. After all, for … Continue reading Nutcracker Review: An unfortunate faux pas (de deux)

Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

by Maja Staka Are you tired of being bombarded with images of chocolate truffles, peppermint squares and pumpkin spiced everything on social media? Do you go through your day thinking: Office colleagues, I IMPLORE YOU, stop bringing freshly basked croissants and donuts to work. Your weekly sugar tirades are a burden on my life and health and I can’t take a moment more of it! … Continue reading Edmonton’s best hidden dessert spots: Southside Edition

Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

by Elisabeth Hill At two pm on a Sunday, Avila Arepa on Whyte Ave remains lively, with several handmade wooden tables populated by customers. Latin pop music and colourful décor paying homage to the owners’ hometown of Caracas, Venezuela add to the energy. Luckily for me, owners Rolando and Samantha are friendly and excited to talk about their restaurant and Venezuelan food and culture – … Continue reading Avila Arepa: Like walking into your mother’s kitchen

A Man, A Plan, A Vacuum Cleaner, Havana: a review of the absurdly wonderful Our Man in Havana

by Monika Viktorova Looking to escape the drab, grey cold outside? Step into the colourful and absurd world of Our Man in Havana, the Varscona Theater Ensemble and Bright Young Things’ production of the novel by Graham Greene, adapted by Clive Francis. Peppered with bawdy humor and more winks to the audience than I can count, the story follows bumbling, ineffective Wormold, a vacuum salesman … Continue reading A Man, A Plan, A Vacuum Cleaner, Havana: a review of the absurdly wonderful Our Man in Havana

(Not) Unpacking My Library

by Kevin Holowack In the past couple years, I’ve packed and unpacked all my belongings four times. It’s not an egregious amount of moving, true, but it’s enough to make you reconsider what inanimate things you’ve chosen to share in your private life and how they affect you. As an urban-dweller, I’m part of a large category of people who idealize a simple existence, a … Continue reading (Not) Unpacking My Library

The Guns of August (A Book Review)

by Nathan Pinkoski Centennials of the battles of the Great War continue to fill the calendars of states with sombre commemorations. Despite these commemorations, however, fatalistic assertions about the origins and causes of the Great War dominate, even in learned circles. In these learned circles, 1914-1918 is a logical deduction from the study of 1871, 1789, or even 1648. It is subject to self-evident laws … Continue reading The Guns of August (A Book Review)

Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

by Erica Osko Turbulent Landings showcases some of the latest Canadian and international art, born right from some of the world’s most pressing issues. Catherine Crowston, Executive Director and Chief Curator of the Art Gallery of Alberta, says that curating contemporary art is all about being part of current conversations. “You’re always trying to keep on top of the newest news. We really think about … Continue reading Experience Turbulent Landings – Edmonton’s Very Own National Art Showcase

Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows

by Zosia Czarnecka Ballet is an incredible art form because of its ability to push boundaries and showcase hidden sides of human consciousness and values. In Dangerous Liaisons, Alberta Ballet’s second performance of the season, Jean Grand-Maitre beautifully conveys how “ego can drive people to become truly evil.” The entire production plays with contrasts and ignores classical rules of ballet to showcase the egotistical, greedy, … Continue reading Alberta Ballet Presents Dangerous Liaisons – Human ego in a dance of shadows