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Foliage Report: Sunday, May 29

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It’s a beautiful day out so I took Penny out for a slither. She seemed to enjoy it. And no, she didn’t try to escape up into the branches. Penny is a GOOD snake. Usually.

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Sunday Matinee: Alice in Wonderland

sunday-matineeDisney has made a lot of live-action variations of their hit animated movies over the last couple of years. Sometimes they work, sometimes they don’t. This weekend, their sequel to the 2010 live-action Alice in Wonderland hit theatres with a thud.

Regardless of this film’s success (or lack of), Lewis Carroll’s classic children’s novels have been adapted close to 100 times. One interesting take was in 1933. That year, Paramount Studios was on the brink of bankruptcy, and the studio gambled on a live-action adaptation with all of their star actors and state-of-the-art (or at least 1933 state-of-the-art) make-up and special effects.

The result was fascinating. Continue Reading →

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Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret

PuppetSLAM Cabaret 2016 photo 03Over the last few years there’s been a bit of a puppet culture emerging in Regina. There’s been a couple of puppet film and live performance festivals, plus the odd stand-alone event involving a similar mix of film and performance.

On Tuesday May 31 the Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret is being held at the Artesian on 13th. Doors are at 7:30 p.m., with the performance beginning at 8 p.m. I haven’t heard details yet on what will be on the bill, but the performances are described as being “adult-themed”. As well, there will be a special guest appearance by clown artist Mooky Cornish who has a background in performance with Cirque Du Soleil.

Again, the Prairie Puppetslam Cabaret goes on Tuesday at the Artesian and tickets are $15.

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Foliage Report: Saturday May 28

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Red Sox Vs Weyburn Beavers

regina red soxThe Regina Red Sox opened training camp last Sunday, and as of mid-week players were still trickling into town after winding up their college seasons down in the U.S. So until the team gets a few more practices in, and actually takes the field in a few games, it’s pretty much impossible to tell how they will stack up against the rest of the teams in the Western Major Baseball League.

Last season, the Red Sox didn’t post the best regular season record, finishing just below .500 with 23 W and 25 L, but they caught fire in the playoffs, making it all the way to the WMBL final before being swept by the Lethbridge Bulls in three straight games in the best of five series.

Regina baseball fans will have their first chance to see the 2016 Regina Red Sox in action when they host the Weyburn Beavers in their home opener at Currie Field on Sunday May 29 at 2 p.m. The Sox play their first three games at home before they hit the road, in fact, so fans will have a great opportunity to get an early read on the team. Following the home opener, there’s games against the Yorkton Cardinals on Tuesday May 31 at 7 p.m. and the Moose Jaw Miller Express on June 2 at 7 p.m.

To find out more about the 2016 Regina Red Sox coaches and players visit the Red Sox website.

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REVIEW: Alice Through the Looking Glass Proves Less Is More

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When Tim Burton’s whimsy was at his peak (detractors would call it his worst period), the auteur adapted Lewis Carroll’s seminal Alice in Wonderland. The outcome was a mixed bag: It made a mint at the box office, but it was tough to watch. Burton stripped the story of all darkness and inflated the role of the Mad Hatter to justify the presence of Johnny Depp in the titular role. Add a visual smorgasbord of pastel colors and CGI and you got the longest screensaver in history.

The sequel, Alice Through the Looking Glass, is almost Tim Burton-free (he remains a producer) and all the better for it.  Helmed with a lighter touch by James Bobin (Flight of the Conchords, The Muppets), the film is still a frothy version of Carroll’s oeuvre, but at least is streamlined and focused on Alice.

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Foliage Report: Friday, May 27

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Requiem For An American Dream

This 2015 documentary by Peter Hutchison, Kelly Nyks and Jared Scott is probably not for the faint of heart — at least as far as the willingness and ability of the viewer to grapple with complex ideas about the state of democracy in the Western World in the 21st century.

Filmed over a four-year period Requiem For An American Dream focusses on American intellectual Noam Chomsky, and sees him break down the steady march of our society toward neoliberal nirvana where wealth and power, over the last number of decades, have been concentrated into fewer and fewer hands — leaving massive numbers of Americans on the outside looking in as far as the so-called American Dream goes.

The documentary screens at the RPL Film Theatre Friday May 27 at 9 p.m., and Saturday and Sunday May 28 and 29 at 7 p.m. Here’s the trailer:

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Foliage Report: Thursday, May 26

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BUT if you’re bored of trees (how anyone could be escapes me), um, how about food? Our 2016 Best Of Food & Drink issue came out today! “But what about Saskatoon, Steve? I go there sometimes! Is there a ‘Best Of Food & Drink Saskatoon’ I can read online?” Good news: our sister publication Planet S has that covered.

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The Pack A.D.

For long-time Prairie Dog readers the Pack A.D. need no introduction (but here’s one anyway in the current issue). A garage rock duo from Vancouver consisting of singer/guitarist Becky Black and drummer Maya Miller, they’ve been featured several times in the magazine when they’ve passed through town.

Since getting going in 2007, Black and Miller have released five albums. They recently released a new single called “So What” which will appear on their next album, and on Saturday May 28 they’ll be in Regina to play a show at the Exchange.

Tickets are $15 advance, and more information can be found on the Exchange website. Here’s the video for the Pack A.D. song “Animals” off their 2014 album Do Not Engage

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Foliage Surprise: Wednesday, May 25

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Architecture Week

This week-long celebration of architecture as both an art form and expression of ingenuity when it comes to the functional quality of our built environment is being hosted by the Saskatchewan Association of Architects.

Architecture Week runs May 30-June 3, and the theme this year is Saskatchewan Savoir-Faire.

Feature events include: a screening of the documentary Collaborations  about British architect David Adjaye (RPL Theatre, May 30 at 7 p.m.); the Lt. Governor’s Architectural Heritage Awards (Government House, May 31 at 5:30 p.m.); a public lecture/panel on the quality of Saskatchewan architecture (Royal Saskatchewan Museum, June 1 at 7 p.m.); a lecture by Norwegian architect Vanessa Kassabian (Hotel Saskatchewan, June 2 at 7 p.m.); and finally the Prairie Design Awards (MacKenzie Gallery, June 3 at 5:30 p.m.)

You can find more information on the above-linked website. And if you want to get a head start on contemplating design issues related to our built environment you can drop by the RPL Theatre on Thursday May 26. At 7 p.m. there will be a free screening of the documentary Edge of the Possible which examines the epic saga of the construction of one of the world’s most iconic buildings — the Sydney Opera House, which from initial design onward took from 1959-73 to complete. The screening is sponsored by the RPL, Regina Advocates for Design, OPEN and the Winnipeg Architecture Foundation.

To close, here’s an excerpt from the David Adjaye documentary Collaborations

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Foliage Report: Tuesday May 24

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The Ladies Foursome

LadiesFoursomeThis is last main stage play of the Globe Theatre’s 2015-16 season. It’s by Canadian playwright Norm Foster, who has drawn comparisons to American playwright Neil Simon in terms of his popularity and the frequency with which his work is produced by Canadian theatres.

The Ladies Foursome concerns a group of three golfing buddies who hit the course following the death of a woman who used to round out their foursome. While on the course they are joined by a woman they’ve never met before, and the play unfolds from there.

Max Reimer is the director, and the women are played by Deborah Drakeford, Melanie Janzen, Elana Post and Jamie Lee Shebelski.

The Ladies Foursome runs from May 25-June 12, and you can find ticket information on the Globe website.

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Foliage Report: Monday, May 23

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The Addams Family

The Addams Family started out as a one-panel cartoon series by Charles Addams that was meant to satirize the ideal American family. Addams began the cartoon in 1938, and the New Yorker magazine was one of the popular publishing venues.

From there, the Addams Family morphed into a TV sitcom which ran from 1964-66 on ABC. Then in the 1990s there were three feature length films released featuring the eccentric family, and finally in 2010 a full-fledged musical hit Broadway.

Three guesses as to which incarnation of the Addams Family narrative Regina Lyric Musical Theatre will be tackling? If you guessed the Broadway musical, you’d be right. The production is being directed by Robert Ursan, and will run at the University of Regina Theatre from May 25-27 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday May 28.

You can find out more information on the RLMT website. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s the Broadway cast performing “When You’re Addams” on Late Night With Letterman in 2010

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Foliage Report: Sunday, May 22

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Sunday Matinee: In A Lonely Place

sunday-matineeHumphrey Bogart’s career largely consisted of starring in crime dramas. He started off as the heavy in gangster films in the 1930s and moved up to star, generally a detective or all around tough guy in the 1940s.

By the late 1940s Bogart was a huge star and left Warner Bros. and formed his own production company, Santana Productions. Today’s Sunday Matinee is 1950’s In a Lonely Place which just got released on Blu-ray from Criterion.
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Better Late Than Never Foliage Report: Saturday, May 21

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I really did take the photos yesterday but between the excitement of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum’s new Snakes Alive exhibit (which opened Friday, and which I’ve been to twice already, because of course I have) and getting next week’s issue done (which I’m way behind on, because snakes), I didn’t post ’em. Here they are. Look for today’s pics around, I dunno, 3:00. Don’t expect a radical difference. If you want a different view, check out May 21 two years ago. And as always, another photo after the jump. Continue Reading →

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Daniel Cross

Canadian documentary filmmaker Daniel Cross is in Regina later this week. On Tuesday, May 24 the Saskatchewan Filmpool is hosting a session at the Regina Public Library where Cross will be in conversation with Regina filmmaker Mark Wihak about his 20-year career in film. That goes at 7 p.m. on Tuesday and more information can be found on the Sask. Filmpool website.

The following night, Wednesday May 25, there will be a free screening of Cross’s latest documentary I Am The Blues at the RPL Film Theatre at 7 p.m. The documentary sees Cross journey to the American South to visit with some of the original innovators of southern blues who are now in their senior years.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with Cross. Here’s the trailer for I Am The Blues

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