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Political Redux: February 14, 2017

by Chris Berger As of this Valentine’s Day, electorates continue their affairs with populism and ethno-nationalism.  Europe in particular has always had its flirtations with fringe elements in mainstream politics, whereas in North America, institutions like First-Past-The-Post have tended, as a general rule, to keep eccentrics both malicious and benign either out of the political spotlight altogether, or reined in by more moderate forces in … Continue reading Political Redux: February 14, 2017

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Funding Basic Science: A Leap of Faith

by Sydney Hampshire “Ipsa scientia potestas est.” Knowledge itself is power. Science loves Latin for naming. Organisms, anatomy, and phenomena across the disciplines use Latin and Latin, it seems, has an innate tendency towards poetry. “Knowledge itself is power” directs us towards the need for basic science – because basic scientific principles inform our understanding of everything else around us. Unfortunately, in recent years, scientific … Continue reading Funding Basic Science: A Leap of Faith

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Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

by Jacqueline Withers What comes to mind when you think of the opera? If you are like me, you are probably picturing a Viking-helmeted, rotund woman singing in a foreign language at a pitch that could shatter glass. You may also have imagined an audience full of elitist individuals, decked out in fancy clothes and clutching their opera glasses as they sneer at their social … Continue reading Rossini’s Cinderella: Appearance is everything… Or is it? (Review)

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Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

by Sanaa Humayun Edmonton’s Women’s march left me with mixed feelings. I’ve tried to write this article a hundred times, I’ve procrastinated and made excuses, I’ve found myself absolutely incapable of coherently explaining this mix of pride and anger I feel in my heart. When I think of what’s happening, my heart pounds faster – my palms become sweaty and I realize, more than anything, … Continue reading Why I’m Angry About the Women’s March

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Political Redux: January 2017

by Chris Berger The New Year is conventionally a time for fresh beginnings, but these have certainly taken an unorthodox, bewildering, and frankly ominous form in 2017.  At three levels of consideration, politics is headed into territory we probably wouldn’t have expected a year or two ago. Alberta Here in Alberta, the “Unite the Right” movement, led on the one side by Progressive Conservative leadership … Continue reading Political Redux: January 2017

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“Survival Guide” for the Contemporary Age: A Review

by Srosh Hassan How does the idea of survival change over time? As the problems we face evolve, whether borne by geographic, social, personal, economic or political stresses, so do the ways we seek to survive in those environments. The Art Gallery of Alberta’s newest exhibit, Survival Guide, focuses on how contemporary artists are addressing survival strategies and features the different ways people adapt to challenges to … Continue reading “Survival Guide” for the Contemporary Age: A Review

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Symphonie 5.1: An immersive journey of light and movement (Review)

by Sylwia Romanowska & Benjamin Kostiuk Performed on January 20th and 21st at the Timm’s Centre for the Arts, Isabelle van Grimde’s Symphonie 5.1 enthralled audiences with a stunning marriage of lighting, live music, and dance. The set, with its minimalistic aesthetic and stunning visuals, made for an opening full of intrigue and opportunity. The hour-long performance was a journey of light, modern music, and … Continue reading Symphonie 5.1: An immersive journey of light and movement (Review)

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Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Review (Alberta Ballet)

I love the ballet. There’s some indelible beauty in watching the perfection of human grace, form, and movement. The ballet reaches for impossible heights and makes them seem almost attainable, remaining just tantalizingly out of reach. When a ballet manages to accomplish all of these things, one feels transported into another realm entirely, enraptured by the feeling of magic and limitless wonder. When it fails … Continue reading Les Ballets Trockadero de Monte Carlo Review (Alberta Ballet)

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Fantastic Beasts Are Just the Beginning

by Devyn Rorem Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the newest instalment in JK Rowling’s wizarding world, premiered last weekend. The story centres around Newt Scamander, an expert in Magizoology, as he tries to recover his creatures that have escaped in New York City. Behind the whimsy of Newt and his new American friends chasing down Nifflers and Demiguise, a more sinister story is … Continue reading Fantastic Beasts Are Just the Beginning

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Escaping to Clementine

by Chris Berger An Edmontonian could be forgiven for bypassing 120th and Jasper without a second thought. The Pearl, while a towering new monolith of luxury on the evolving cityscape, wouldn’t seem at first to have much to drop in for.  And this obscurity hides a new Edmontonian gem in the best possible way. Clementine, the newest addition to the local food and drink scene, … Continue reading Escaping to Clementine