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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

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Immunization, Influenza, and the Immunocompromised

by Keon Collett Everybody knows they should get a flu shot. But, how many of you actually have? If you’re a Canadian between the ages of 18 and 34 – a demographic that encompasses many in Edmonton – there’s an 83% chance that you haven’t and that you won’t get a flu shot at all this year. It’s particularly baffling that more people don’t get immunized given how many … Continue reading Immunization, Influenza, and the Immunocompromised

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Alberta Ballet Seduces with Dracula

by Zosia Czarnecka Alberta Ballet has swooped in to revive the lingering Halloween aura with a masterful production of Dracula this weekend. The company debuts their sixth decade with a breathtaking set commissioned in Chile, an astounding hand-embroidered 20-lb vampire cape, and special effects including a full-sized carriage tumbling onto stage and pyrotechnics erupting in the finale. There are many cultural showcases in Edmonton that … Continue reading Alberta Ballet Seduces with Dracula

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Exploring Edmonton Through My Sweet Tooth

by Sydney Hampshire Being from a small town, I harbour little love for big cities. However, even I must admit that there are perks to living in Edmonton. One of the greatest things Edmonton has to soften my heart is its cuisine. I love cooking, and I love eating. There is perhaps no better way to express your true self than through creativity and expression. … Continue reading Exploring Edmonton Through My Sweet Tooth

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Jim Prentice and the Virtue of Moderation

by Chris Berger The untimely death of the Hon. Jim Prentice came as sobering news.  Having worked as a member of the staff for Premier Prentice’s caucus during the time of his leadership, I can attest personally that his passing deprives Albertans, and indeed Canadians, of a dedicated and gifted public servant. In some ways, his passing is an untimely one in that it follows closely … Continue reading Jim Prentice and the Virtue of Moderation

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Edmonton Opera’s Turandot Triumphs as a Western Paean to Mythic China

by Sarah Haeubl Edmonton Opera’s 2016-2017 season kicks off this week with the formidable Turandot, Giacomo Puccini’s final masterpiece. Completed after Puccini’s death by Franco Alfano and premiered before Italian audiences in 1926, Turandot exists in the modern world as something of a paradox, with timeless musical appeal and universal themes, but an aesthetic that is clearly a product of its time, and the Orientalist … Continue reading Edmonton Opera’s Turandot Triumphs as a Western Paean to Mythic China

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The Colours of Edmonton

by Zosia Czarnecka A good friend once told me that the only rule of graffiti is that whatever you paint has to be more beautiful than what was already there. As I wandered around Edmonton, exploring the new murals painted in the Rust Magic Festival, those words echoed around my head. Unfortunately, if you look up any definition of graffiti, almost every version contains the … Continue reading The Colours of Edmonton