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

An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

by Maja Staka Looking up at the cream-colored blanket hanging from a few simple threads, you see lights flickering through the diamond-shaped holes which decorate the woven fabric and can’t help but get lost in its shape: a kind of hypnotic sacred symmetry that resonates with power. Called “Akohp: A Blanket”, the work designed by Tamara Lee-Anne Cardinal, an Oskâpêwis storyteller, multi-media artist, and activist, … Continue reading An Ambitious & Messy Homage to Life: Alberta’s Biennial of Contemporary Art

Making Do With Mere Civility

by Chris Berger Think of the word politics. And then, think of a typical conversation about politics: on the LRT, in the kitchen at home, at the bar, on TV, or (gods give us strength) online. Does the word “civility” come to mind? I’d sincerely hope it does, but I also understand and sympathize if it does not.  It’s something frequently talked about, but the … Continue reading Making Do With Mere Civility

Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

It’s not truly Christmas season until the Sugar Plum Fairy’s graceful twirls, or a re-telling of Scrooge’s mistakes, arrest an audience’s attention somewhere. This year’s production of The Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet, as choreographed by Edmund Stripe, successfully captured the magical highs and lows of the popular holiday adventure. On opening night (December 10th) the audience was drawn into a telling of Klara and … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Nutcracker’ | By Collins Maina

Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

For decades, composer Stephen Sondheim has entertained audiences with an impressive repertoire which includes West Side Story, Sunday in the Park with George, and Into the Woods.  MacEwan University’s Faculty of Fine Arts and Communications celebrates his work in the production of Sondheim on Sondheim, a revue combining the art of storytelling with captivating music. The show begins on a strong note as the entire cast takes part … Continue reading Review: MacEwan University Presents ‘Sondheim on Sondheim’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

In The Three Musketeers, Alexandre Dumas suggests that “The merit of all things lies in their difficulty.”  There is no better way to ascribe the tremendous achievement of the Alberta Ballet in producing Dumas’ beloved classic.  Tasked with the challenge of transforming an adventure-filled story into a ballet, choreographer David Nixon explores every seemingly possible facet of powerful performance.  What could have easily become an … Continue reading Review: Alberta Ballet’s ‘The Three Musketeers’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

Review: Edmonton Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

A comedic tale of an obstacle-filled love affair, The Barber of Seville is often listed as Rossini’s magnum opus.  The Edmonton Opera’s production of the show transports Rossini’s 19th century opera to 1940s Seville, Spain.  When the blossoming relationship between the enamoured Count Almaviva and vivacious Rosina is threatened by her self-interested guardian, it is the endearingly meddlesome Figaro – the barber of Seville – who … Continue reading Review: Edmonton Opera’s ‘The Barber of Seville’ | By Nikita-Kiran Singh

Book Review: ‘North East’ by Wendy McGrath | By Alexandria Wolfe

Wendy McGrath hails from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan but is a current resident of Edmonton, Alberta. McGrath writes her novel North East in prose, setting it in Edmonton and focusing it on a little girl’s idealism in the face of her loss of innocence, and the emotional separation of her parents and the challenges they face. North East is told from five-year-old Christine’s point-of-view; giving her impressions and mental connotations created within her … Continue reading Book Review: ‘North East’ by Wendy McGrath | By Alexandria Wolfe

Album Review: Tasman Jude’s ‘Green’ | By Blair Wade

In the heart of Alberta’s north where the threat of winter will soon creep in, one band is bringing the warmth of Trinidad and Tobago with the release of their soulful new album. That band is Tasman Jude. Based out of Grande Prairie, they’ve been on the scene just shy of two years and are proclaiming to bring what they call the “Canadian Reggae Infiltration.” Their … Continue reading Album Review: Tasman Jude’s ‘Green’ | By Blair Wade

Graceful Gang Rivalry: A Review of Broadway Across Canada’s West Side Story | By Tylar Hamblett

Who knew a deadly rivalry between gangs could be so graceful? This past Tuesday I had the pleasure of attending Broadway Across Canada’s West Side Story right here in Edmonton at the Jubilee Auditorium. What a beautiful performance and a classic piece of theatre. Each actor portrayed their character with much emotion and by the time the curtain closed it felt as if the audience knew each … Continue reading Graceful Gang Rivalry: A Review of Broadway Across Canada’s West Side Story | By Tylar Hamblett