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Weekly Reckoning: Sex Bacon™ Tonic Edition

weekly-reckoningThat’s right: sex bacon. Or should I say, Prairie Dog’s Patented Sex Bacon™ Tonic! Stop not taking Sex Bacon immediately! Guaranteed to increase your SBBL count and put a strut in your step when you swig a swag of Sex Bacon™! Ingredients: ethyl alchohol, sugar, bacon, natural things like twigs and maybe a clove or two of garlic? Hey, that sounds good. Maybe this is more of a lifestyle spray than a medicinal tonic? You know, we’re still in the blue-sky phase of the product launch.

1. TOLLER CRANSTON, THE GREATEST OF ALL TIME, IS GONE Toller Cranston, the greatest skater with the coolest name who ever lived, is not living. Cranston died at age 65 in his Mexico home of an apparent heart attack. There’s no word on whether he was was wearing one of his uber-cool turtleneck sweaters or maybe writing me a letter saying, “Yes Aidan, I really am the coolest Canadian who ever popped up on your TV screen on Saturday nights to make all of the other skaters look like amateurs. I only won the bronze at the 1976 Innsbruck Olympics because my athleticism and talent and spangly suit and floppy hair terrified the judges. Keep following your dreams, Toller.”

2. TATIANA MASLANEY MASLANY, WHO IS ALMOST AS COOL AS TOLLER CRANSTON, MAY BE IN STAR WARS Regina’s Tatiana Maslaney Maslany is up for a role in the upcoming 2016 Star Wars film from director Gareth Edwards (Monsters, Godzilla). Also in contention are Rooney Mara (Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Kate Mara (House of Cards) and Felicity Jones (The Theory of Everything) but they won’t get it because they’re up against the cybernetic acting machine from the future we have designated as Tatiana Maslaney Maslany.

3. IT’S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER TO FIND BAD FAST FOOD The New Yorker has a fine and thoughtful piece called “The Shake Shack Economy” on the challenge that fast-casual” restaurants like Shake Shack, Chipotle and Panera Bread pose to the traditional junk food slingers of post-war ‘Murica. Traces of this trend in Regina can be found in the $15 poutines of Fatburger or the ongoing bend towards comfort food in high-end restaurants. But don’t worry, there are lots of totally awful fast food experiences available in Saskatchewan.

4. VROOOOOM VROOOOOOM SHUFFLE REPEAT What do you think of the sweet roar of the engine in your new F-150? It’s probably an .mp3 file.

5. OH SKY MALL, WE BID YOU AND YOUR MOUNTAIN OF OVERPRICED JUNK GOODBYE After 25 years of doing a rip-roaring trade in Bigfoot garden gnomes and electronic litter boxes, Sky Mall has filed for bankruptcy. Slate.com has an explainer piece on Sky Mall’s business model and why it failed, but if you can’t figure out how a company whose brand was founded on selling stuff that nobody could possibly want ran out of money, then I doubt any link can help you (actually, Sky Mall’s chief revenue source wasn’t their catalogue – see the article for details). The website is still up and taking orders, but who knows how long that will last? Better move quick if you want your Night Glow Toilet Seat.

UPDATE: Maslaney Maslany.

 

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VOD REVIEW: Escobar Packs a Punch, but Lacks Tempo

"Is this thing on?"

“Is this thing on?”

Pablo Escobar Gaviria was a larger than life character, whether we like it or not. Because he was notoriously shady in spite of his gregarious public persona, any attempt to portray him is bound to come short. Escobar could be your staunchest ally, until you stop being of any use.

Escobar: Paradise Lost does several smart things in its approach to the drug lord’s life and times. It doesn’t face the notorious criminal directly, but through a character in the periphery. The movie also focuses on a fairly limited period of time, namely Escobar’s final week of freedom before handing himself to the authorities, plus some extended flashbacks. Finally, the film picks the one actor who can pull a role this complex without affectations: Benicio Del Toro.

The Oscar winner treats Escobar as an omnipresent force that is impossible to escape once you have fallen under his influence. Is what happens with Canadian surfer Nick (Josh Hutcherson), who has the terrible idea of falling in love with Pablo’s niece. In the beginning, Nick enjoys the perks of being in the inner circle, but soon enough avert his eyes stops being good enough.

Allegedly based on real life events (more hearsay than actual documentation) Escobar: Paradise Lost is capable of putting together genuinely tense sequences. In fact, the denouement is a tour de force. The problem is in the quiet times. The relationship between Nick and Escobar’s niece is pedestrian at best, and the red flags could have used a fresh coat.

The movie’s biggest surprise is Josh Hutcherson. Far from the emasculated Peeta of The Hunger Games saga, here Josh (as Nick) is more proactive, even though the forces he is dealing with are as big as The Capitol. Hutcherson shows some range and may have a future beyond the young-adult juggernaut. As for Del Toro, he continues to fly under the radar, yet delivering consistently good work. You have to look him up beyond the Marvel Universe, but it’s worth the effort.

Three prairie dogs and their little friends. Escobar: Paradise Lost is now available on demand.

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Sunday Matinee: History Of Comic Book Movies Part 2

Superman AnimatedComic books first started to appear in 1933 and were generally reprinted newspaper strips. It wasn’t until 1938 with the first appearance of Superman did superheroes start to dominate the format. After Superman appeared and became a hit, the industry changed. From that gave birth to Batman, Wonder Woman and many more but the heroes didn’t make the leap off the page and into film until 1941.

The first superhero movie was 1941’s Adventures of Captain Marvel. DC Comics may have had Superman but with his appearance came the imitators, knock-offs and wannabes. At rival Fawcett Comics Captain Marvel quickly became a best selling comic. In fact it outsold Superman sometimes. Republic Pictures thrived at making serials for theatres and they approached Fawcett to make a Captain Marvel movie after DC turned them down when they wanted to make a Superman serial. The film features the origin of Captain Marvel and has the good Captain flying around fighting bad guys.

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Beer Bacon Bands

For a few years now an event’s been held in Regina around this time called Festiv-Ale that was dedicated to celebrating quality beer, wine and spirits. This year, though, there’s a bit of a twist. Beer is still involved, but in addition to being able to wet your whistle, you’ll also be able to sample some ingenious bacon-based snacks created by local chefs.

Oh yeah, there’s also some great Saskatchewan bands performing including Indigo Joseph, the Pistolwhips and the Bureau. Beer Bacon Bands runs at Conexus Arts Centre Jan. 30-31 from 7 p.m. to midnight. You can find out more on the 3B website, and to give you a taste of what to expect here’s the video for the Pistolwhips’ 2014 song “Whatcha Doin’?”:

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Material Girls

Material Girls (Meryl 1.jpg)Here’s a heads up about an exhibition that’s opening at the Dunlop Art Gallery on Friday, Jan. 30. It’s co-curated by Wendy Peart, Blair Fornwald and Jennifer Matotek from the Dunlop, and will involve a whole pile of work by female artists. The artists, as the exhibition title implies, use a range of materials in their art, and the curatorial focus is on notions of excess as they relate to the feminized body, capitalist desire and gendered space in our society.

Material Girls opens with an artist talk by Raphaelle de Groot at Central Library on Friday at 6 p.m. followed by a reception at 7 p.m. Saturday at 3 p.m., Metis artist Amy Malbeuf will do a performance called Portals in the pocket park on the southeast corner of Smith St. and 12th Ave. by Central Library. The performance will be followed by an artist talk by Malbeuf at 3:30 p.m. in the RPL Theatre.

I imagine we’ll have a review of the exhibition in Prairie Dog at some point. It runs until April 5. The above pictured work, by the way, is titled Meryl 1. It’s by artist Meryl McMaster from her 2010 series Second Self

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Exciting Goings On On 11th Ave.

Bus ShelterAbove is a photo of one of four heated bus shelters that the City of Regina is in the process of rolling out on 11th Ave. Not all are operational yet, but the plan is to have them up and running by February.

I didn’t make it out for the gala announcement this morning, but according to a City of Regina press release the shelters are electrically powered. As it grows dark each night, lights will come on to illuminate the shelter interiors. There’s also a radiant heater in the ceiling that can be activated with a push of a button. Once activated, it will stay on for around five minutes.

Two shelters — one on 11th Ave between Lorne and Cornwall St. (pictured) and the other between Cornwall and Scarth by the Bank of Montreal — will service east-bound transit users. West-bound transit users will be serviced by shelters located between Scarth and Lorne by the transit office and the SGI building.

The plan is to test them for a year and see how they work out. If they are deemed useful, heated shelters could be installed at other high-traffic transit stops.

Regina Transit also announced the launch of a new transit planning tool tied to Google maps. It’s meant to complement the Transit Live app which shows the location of buses on routes. The Google maps app will help transit users plan trips to different areas of the city. You can find out more about Transit Live and the trip planner here.

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The Courts Of Europe

During the heyday of classical music in the 16th through 19th centuries composers were closely associated with the aristocracy of Europe who served both as patrons of the composers and as appreciative audiences. On Jan. 23-24 the Regina Symphony Orchestra will recreate that aura with this chamber concert at Government House.

Composers featured in the program include Mozart (Oboe Quartet KV370), Boccherini (Quintet for Flute) and Zich (Bohemian Suite). Saturday’s concert is at 8 p.m., while Sunday’s concert goes at 1:30 p.m.

You can find more information on the RSO website, and to give you a sense of what to expect here’s a quartet performing the first movement of the Mozart piece at the 2011 Santa Fe Music Festival:

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Bears In Hazenmore

I’ve yet to see this band live myself, but their name’s popped up a few times in the last while in the Prairie Dog music listings so I thought I’d put a post up for a gig they’re playing at Lancaster Taphouse in southwest Regina on Saturday, Jan. 24.

Thanks to the magic of Google I was able to discover that Bears In Hazenmore is a five-piece ambient indie-folk group fronted by Brady Frank. He’s the main songwriter, and also plays a range of instruments. Joining him in the band are Dana Rempel (bass, saxophone), Darnell Stewart (guitar), Tanner Wilhelm-Hale (drums, vocals) and Dalton Lam (trumpet).

Bon Iver is one influence listed by Bears In Hazenmore, and in August they released their debut self-titled EP. The gig on Saturday at Lancaster Taphouse should get going around 9 p.m., I think, and to give you a sense of what the band sounds like here’s video of them performing their song “Between Two Worlds”

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Living In The Spaces

Living In The SpacesTonight marks the premiere performance of Canadian playwright Rod Hayward’s latest work. Living In The Spaces is a coming of age tale about a piano teacher named William (played by Nathan Pylypuk ) and a reluctant student of his named Midge (Britta Johnson).

The play is directed by Andrew North, and it runs on the Globe’s main stage until Feb. 8. For more information, visit the Globe website.

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The Effects of Oil Development On Grasslands Songbirds

GrasslandsWe did a cover story on this lecture by Jason Unruh in our Jan. 8 issue.

Unruh’s a M.Sc. candidate at the University of Regina, and he’s been studying the impact of oil exploration on wildlife in Saskatchewan’s dwindling grasslands habitat.

The free lecture is Wednesday, Jan. 21 at 7 p.m. at the Saskatchewan Science Centre. It’s being held as part of the Native Prairie Speaker Series.

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2015 Woodrow Lloyd Lecture

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANamed after the former CCF/NDP cabinet minister/Saskatchewan premier Woodrow Lloyd, this annual lecture goes Wednesday, Jan. 21 at the University of Regina. Speaking will be Dr. Cindy Blackstock (pictured), who is the Executive Director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada. The topic of her talk is “Reconciliation: The Children’s Version”.

Through the university’s communications department, I received this synopsis of the talk:

There is a growing conversation about reconciliation in Canada and addressing contemporary inequalities and injustices facing First Nations children is a vital part of the conversation. This lecture by Cindy Blackstock will explain how children and young people are working with First Nations to achieve equity and uplift the country at the same time.

Again, the talk goes Wednesday night at 7 p.m. in Rm 106.1 of the Education Building. If you’d like some more information, the number to call is 306-337-3114.  

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Salt Baby

The Globe Theatre kicks off its 2015 Shumiatcher Sandbox Series with this play by Six Nations playwright Falen Johnson. As you can read in this 2013 article in Toronto’s NOW magazine, the play tells the story of a young indigenous woman (played here by Dakota Hebert) who has fair skin which suggests she’s of mixed indigenous and European ancestry.

While the challenges of bridging the colonial divide and surviving in two cultures can be quite intense for many people in that position, Johnson’s play is laced with a fair bit of humour as the title character interacts with her family and her new boyfriend while investigating her family roots.

Salt Baby is directed by Yvette Nolan and runs at the Globe Theatre from Jan. 22-31. You can find out more on the Globe website.

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Weekly Reckoning: Inexplicable Edition

weekly-reckoningGreetings. The year 2015 has begun. So far it’s been exactly like 2014, but possibly slightly worse. But a few bits of news have stood out. Here are some things made me smile, frown, cry-laugh, cry-eat and sleep-write.

1. GRATEFUL PALESTINIANS MAKE HIGH-VELOCITY DIY OMELETTE FOR JOHN BAIRD Dozens of Palestinians welcomed John Baird to Ramallah by serving him the world’s fastest, least prepared egg dish, pelting his convoy with eggs and shoes as he drove to a meeting with Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki. “We know you’re very busy, so please accept these ingredients for our traditional shoe-egg fritatta!” they shouted as he passed by. Later, Baird napped on a towering midden of children’s skulls.

2. TWITTER NOW FEATURES A ‘CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE’ ADVENTURE Try it out, Twitter people (“tweople”): go to @wnd_go and begin your adventure. It’s relatively short because nearly every pathway in the branching maze of choices leads to horrific death, which is pretty much how i remember those books. Ah, sweet childhood.

3. ONCE MORE, YOU CAN DIAL A SONG ’90s Indie music group They Might Be Giants have resurrected Dial-a-Song, their goofy and charming service that lets you listen to a new song every week over the phone. Remember phones? Give it a try. (844) 387-6962.

4. ALL QUIET ON THE WEEDY FRONT Marijuana legalization is turning a year old this month, and so far all seems well. The dire consequences (rampant pot use, accident fatalities, ‘Reefer Fever’) predicted by legalization opponents have largely failed to materialize. I’d be more worried about the retail supply chain for junk food than anything else.

5. WHY DID THIS HAPPEN? Why did someone (filmmaker Isaac Royffe) make a supercut of Angela Lansbury epiphanies from Murder She Wrote? Why is it an entire hour long? Why did I watch so much of it? Am I going to finish it, and if so, why? What terrible power does Angela Lansbury hold over us? Why is it fascinating to watch hundreds of versions of Lansbury making that ‘a-ha’ face? Why are you watching it right now? If not, why not? Please answer each one of these questions using a standard No. 2 HB pencil and submit to prairie dog magazine. Please print legibly in complete sentences.

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So That’s Why They’re Called The Weyburn Red Wings

There may be some straws in the wind – hearing a neighbor’s been laid off, hearing about the dysfunctional Target Canada coming apart like the Hale Bopp comet into Jupiter – but the news that the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League’s Weyburn Red Wings are close to insolvency should set off alarm bells in the provincial Department of Finance, and not just amongst hockey fans.

As people from southern Saskatchewan are wont to tell us – at least until recently – the Weyburn-Estevan area, the Canadian area of the now infamous Williston Basin – became almost as large an economic generator as the Athabasca Tar Sands thanks to fracking and high oil prices. But those high oil prices are no more.

Weyburn’s also known for being an area where the business community apparently thinks that if you’re not working in the oil fields or directly supporting the oil field industry, you can go hang. The city fathers and the Weyburn District Chamber of Commerce launched a grand national freakout nine years ago, when some of the employees at the city’s Walmart planned to unionize the staff. And the district voted heavily for a SaskParty candidate whose party, amongst other things, would rewrite labour rules so it would be harder for employees to unionize.

More recently, the Chamber of Commerce strongly endorsed the Temporary Foreign Workers program, which allows businesses to bring in workers from Third World countries to work in jobs, even though local people may need jobs. It’s understandable, in a cynical fashion, why the Chamber thinks that way. If the labour market isn’t diluted, then the laws of supply and demand mean that they will have no alternative but to increase wages, or go out of business if they have to pay market rates for labour. I mean, you can’t have workers making too much money and having more disposable income, can you? Look at what happened to Seattle when it passed a hike in its minimum wage … okay, bad example.

But now, let’s see the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce try to convince these TFWs that the Red Wings survival is important. And let’s see the Weyburn Chamber of Commerce try to convince those people who got laid off or who couldn’t get a job because the local business thought they could save a buck and hired TFWs instead of local people, that they should care about the Red Wings’ fate. And let’s see the Chamber, who endorsed anti-unionization so workers have a harder time bargaining collectively for, amongst other things, better wages, tell those same people that they should spend their hard-earned money, which doesn’t go too far in a boom town, for a hockey team when, if they have cable, they can watch all they hockey they want at home.

Now, the likelihood that the Weyburn Red Wings don’t play next season is up there with the threat in bygone years that the Saskatchewan Roughriders would fold if they didn’t sell enough tickets. The threat is real insofar as it’s made to the public; appealing to its sense of community spirit, forgetting that the other ways of illustrating community spirit – like making sure everyone has an adequate income and shelter, that everybody can feel at home – should be ignored because it might inconvenience the business community.

The Wings will probably be bailed out by local businesses buying tickets for the remainder of the current season and season tickets for the next year. The businesses will then sell tickets at a discount (think of Safeways selling Pats tickets in the Hunter years) or give them away to their business associates and/or employees. This is what the Roughriders did in the 1997, ’98, and ’99 seasons to inflate attendance figures. The Riders’ problem with that strategy, however, was two-fold. It was only the truly dedicated, the desperate, and the ones with no connections in the business community who paid for tickets, whether seasons’ or walk-ups, and once businesses learned that they couldn’t give away Rider tickets, they started wondering why they were spending promotional money on a product nobody wanted. By the end of the 1999 season, the Saskatchewan Roughriders were in worse shape than in late 1996, when Fred Wagman threatened to pull the plug on the team because of its financial state. They were just as much in the hole as they were three years previous, they had a public that wasn’t willing to buy tickets they could get for free, and they had a business community who now knew the public wasn’t always willing to sell what the Riders were trying to get them to buy.

As the news reports state, the Wings are about $180,000 to $200,000 in the hole with, if it is in keeping with the rest of the SJHL, a budget of about $900,000 to $1 million. In the oilfields’ go-go days, the collection of drilling companies, service companies, and others associated with the industry could have raised that amount from their petty cash reserves. The fact that they can’t do that now, and the Weyburn Red Wings now are going cap in hand to a public that, until now, the business and political community have largely ignored, is not just ironic justice, it’s a major sign that the New Saskatchewan that people such as Brad Wall and John Gormley have envisioned is pretty much an illusion.

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Sunday Matinee: History Of Comic Book Movies Part 1

Mysterious Dr Fu ManchuWith the influx of superhero movies besieging movie theatres for the next several years I thought it might be a good time to look at the history of comic book movies. Some of them I have touched on in previous Sunday Matinees but over the next several Sundays I going go over the birth of the genre.

Before I start with the superheroes I figured I start with the influences that helped shape superhero comics. And before there were heroes there were the villains. Superheroes didn’t start showing in comics until the late 1930’s but they were influenced by several literary characters, mostly pulps. Characters like Sherlock Holmes, Tarzan, The Shadow and Doc Savage would lead the way for the heroes but the villains started with 1911’s Fantomas, a series of French novels about an unstoppable master of crime. I wrote about him and his films with my first Sunday Matinee.
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Distinguished Lecture

Neena2012Presented by the Centre for Aging & Health, this lecture by Dr. Neena Chappell (pictured), Canada Research Chair in Social Gerontology at the University of Victoria, has a pretty provocative title: “Integration of Older Adults Into Society: Is It Really Beneficial?”.

The title seems to imply that finding ways to keep older adults active and engaged with the rest of society may not always be good for them. I suppose that’s possibly true, at least in instances where you have septuagenarians and octogenarians with limited financial resources forced to work at places like McDonald’s and WalMart to make ends meet.

But overall, there’s presumably tons of benefit to creating opportunities for seniors to be involved in life in the community — both for them, and everyone else.

You can find out more information on Chappell’s talk here. It goes on Wednesday, Jan. 21 from 6-7 p.m. at AdHum527 at the University of Regina.

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At Least Nobody’s Calling Them The Wascana Village Idiots

It’s a good day for a journalist when s/he can write something that leaves a smile on the face. So I image Will Chabun was chortling like a department store Santa after his first plate of has brownies when he wrote about the latest gigglefest involving the Rural Municipality of Sherwood, which surrounds Regina like a doughnut.

In one way, the system reflects the drawback of the rural municipal governance system in Saskatchewan, largely unchanged from the days when my grandfather, Arthur LaRose, sat on the R.M. of Wellington council and hauled his grain by horse team four miles to Tyvan’s Saskatchewan Wheat Pool elevator. A tiny council, run by volunteers, maybe a half- or third-time administrator, a couple of high-school dropouts in their 40s or 50s running the graders, and that’s it. Such councils would be ripe pickings for flim-flam men and hustlers, which the proposed Wascana Village housing development appears to be.

It’s unfortunate Chabun never got hold of the entire report (which apparently is still embargoed), and that the Leader-Post no longer has either the resources or apparent desire to follow this story since it started about two years ago, because if and when the report is released I would bet the RM council members would be unable to show their faces in public without people on the street laughing at them.

In 2013 the R.M. of Sherwood pulled out of a joint planning committee with the City of Regina, while formulating plans, with a developer, for a development project called Wascana Village, a city (15,000-population) sized real estate development just southeast of the city boundaries. I don’t think you need to be a conspiracy theory buff to note the coincidence. The City of Regina wouldn’t like the development because (a) for all the promises the R.M. was making about a stand-alone project (it’s own water/sewer supply, for example) it would eventually have to tie into the city within a decade or two and (b) it’s a competitor to the city’s own developments, including Coopertown. The provincial Department of Municipal Affairs was caught in the middle. A year after Wascana Village was unveiled, the department ordered an inquiry.

Because the now completed report has still to be vetted by government lawyers and bureaucrats (that’s the stated reason why the report hasn’t been released, but the R.M. has responded in a fashion), the public doesn’t know whether one or two on the R.M. council, or the whole council, or somebody in the administration, or some combination of all three, either got in way over their heads on a project beyond their ability to understand, or they did this deliberately.

Many of these development projects in rural southern Saskatchewan come to a bad end, because those customers might desire country living, but they also want city services – libraries, transit, police, fire, doctors, shopping, a night on the town – without having to pay city-sized taxes. Once those small-town councils make people pay for big-city services, the tax advantage is lost, and, if you’re paying city-size taxes, you may as well live in the city.

Another problem is the small size of the R.M.s, where not only does everybody know everybody else but the people on council are often in conflict of interest due to real estate holdings or business deals with the R.M.

At a time when the Canadian economy is swirling the toilet bowl, I would imagine the Wascana Village project is in the same limbo as the old Plains Hotel development. The boom is over, nobody is interested in our one-trick-pony economy, and there’s already a glut of real estate on the market. At best for the R.M. of Sherwood, the report, and the provincial economy, will allow them to walk back from this silly project, re-establish the ties with the City of Regina that they slashed in this debacle, and start a proper regional planning commission. If that doesn’t happen, well, Chabun should have a good time.

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Bryan Adams

Last time Bryan Adams was through town, I believe, he played a solo acoustic show at Conexus Arts Centre. This time, the venue is Brandt Centre and I would expect he’ll have a full band. That’s because the show’s being billed as the Reckless 30th Anniversary tour.

As long-time fans likely know, Reckless was Adams’ fourth studio album, and it produced six monster hits (“Run to You”, “Kids Wanna Rock”, “Somebody”, “Summer of ’69”, “One Night Love Affair” and “It’s Only Love” with Tina Turner) that really established Adams as an international star.

On Monday, Jan. 19 Adams will perform a special set honouring that album, plus also play a number of fan favourites from other albums. Curtain for the show should be around 8 p.m., and tickets range from $19.69-$95. To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s video from a concert a few years ago in Lisbon where Adams performs “It’s Only Love”:

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Friday Afternoon Kitty: Please Explain

If anyone can tell me what’s going on here I’d appreciate it, kthanx.

(Have a great weekend!)

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Word Up!

Word Up! is a monthly poetry slam that is held at Creative City Centre (1843 Hamilton St.). Tonight’s installment gets going at 7:30 p.m., although poets who are planning to perform should arrive early to ensure they snag one of the 12 spots available.

Guest artist tonight is Rafay Ansari. He’s a 24-year-old hip hop-style performer from Ontario. Last October in Victoria, he competed at the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word with the Guelph Poetry Slam Team.

Again, Word Up! goes tonight at CCC at 7:30 p.m. Admission is pay what you can, with $5-$10 the suggested amount. To close, here’s video of Ansari doing a poem where he recalls his experience when 9/11 happened:

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