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Origin of the Species shows it’s time for women to take over
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The first thing you notice on entering the intimate Northern Light Theatre space is Trevor Schmidt’s remarkable set. It’s an eccentric collection – all sorts of objects, gadgets, small sculptures, bottles, knick-knacks, doodads and doohickeys. And clocks. Many clocks. At the Arts Barn...
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REVIEW: Edmonton Comedy Festival math adds up
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Down at the ATB Financial Arts Barns Saturday evening for the last night of this year’s Edmonton Comedy Festival, the comic math added up pretty good: during the 4 Days of Funny, those in attendance this 1 night got 2 solid hours of gut-busting comedy from 4 great comics, and 1 who needs so...
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BREAKING VLAD: Lenin’s Embalmers a dark riot
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The story of ancient Egypt’s effort to preserve the earthy remains of their citizens is well known – through endless television documentaries, learned books and “B” grade Universal Studio horrors. But the 2600 B.C. Egyptian necromancers are pikers compared to the Soviets. That revered fathe...
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Triangle Factory Fire Project a distressingly familiar tragedy
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To launch its 60th season, Walterdale Theatre has chosen The Triangle Factory Fire Project, a highly dramatic retelling of the deadliest industrial disaster in New York’s history. Similar recent worldwide events have served to tear the Century-old disaster out of the dusty pages of newspape...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: Major crush on Major Love
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Major Love is being touted as this city’s new supergroup – and there’s more than a little truth to that statement. Led by the extraordinary musical wizardry of Colleen Brown, who’s released some stellar solo material herself, when a chance meeting with the braintrust of Scenic Route To Alas...
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PLAYBOT: Theatre season off to morbid start
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Vern Thiessen is a busy man. His play about Shakespeare’s dead wife Shakespeare’s Will just finished its run – in a graveyard! – and now the esteemed local playwright will star in his own play Lenin’s Embalmers, a Studio Theatre production Oct. 11-20 at the Timms Centre for the Arts. ...
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UP+DT REVIEW: Weird wonderful walkabout
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By far the weirdest and most wonderful thing witnessed during a walkabout at the Up+Downtown indie rock festival on Friday night was Tanya Tagaq. She makes Yoko Ono look like Britney Spears. At the storied McDougall United Church, a lovely space with cavernous acoustics, the Polaris Prize-winning...
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MUSIC PREVIEW: UP+DT takes a stand
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A quick recap of the controversy leading up to this weekend’s Up + Downtown Music Festival: On Sept. 19, after organizers caught wind that former Misfits singer Michale Graves had allegedly shared and written some hateful things on social media, his appearance was cancelled. “Upon review,” a stat...
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EIFF: Rabbit so good it needs to be proud to be Canadian
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Films like Rabbit make it easy on reviewers. When the material and performances are as nearly flawless as they are here, the only thing that needs to be decided is how much to gush – so get ready. This film could easily be the best dramatic feature at this year’s Edmonton International Film...
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Twenty One Pilots adds Edmonton to Banditø Tøur
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From Stressed Out to world domination in just three short years, Twenty One Pilots is finally getting to headline Edmonton’s new hockey arena. The Ohio duo plays Rogers Place on May 15, 2019, one of several dates recently added to the second leg of a world tour behind their new album Trench, out ...
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EIFF: Bel Canto serves palatable pablum
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Bel Canto, starring Julianne Moore and Christopher Lambert, is a historically revisionist melodrama so loosely based on the 1996 Peruvian Japanese Embassy Hostage Crisis that actual Peruvian President Alberto Fujimori was renamed President Masuda in the film. That should tell you how close this o...
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Paul McCartney marathon enters second millennium
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The trouble with setting the bar so high is that you might never get over yourself again. This is now known as the “Paul McCartney Rule.” The British Rock God’s epic and self-worshipping marathon of a rock concert at Rogers Place on Sunday night was Beatleseque nostalgia lovefest of the highest o...
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REVIEW: It’s a mad, mad, mad, mad Lemoine world!
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Skirts On Fire takes Stewart Lemoine’s usual volatile collection of eccentrics and cheery misfits, vigorously shakes them together and sets them to fizzing like an exotic cocktail. If you’re looking for an existential probe of humanity’s existence you’re searching the wrong planet. A remount play...
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REVIEW: Once, twice, three times we love you!
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“Let me entertain you!” sings Baby Rose in Gypsy, giving voice to what might be called the mantra of the American musical. Once, the new musical currently gracing the Shoctor Stage of the Citadel Theatre, demonstrates with a cunning combination of simplicity, heart and charm that a great musical ...
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