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My Super Secret Revealed

Malta Map“Hey Dechene, you ain’t been writing so much lately. Ain’t seen you on the blog. Something up?”

Indeed there is.

I’m outta here.

Yep, I’m moving. To goddamn Malta. That’s a small island nation in the Mediterranean, close to Sicily, that’s old and warm and, by all accounts, gorgeous.

I will be coming back, however. I still ♥ Regina and all that. We’ll only be gone about eight months.

Y’see, it’s my wife’s sabbatical year. And from September 2 to April 30 we’re going to be living abroad so she can do math research with a bunch of profs over there.

Seriously, Malta is a hotbed of combinatorics. This is a legit math trip.

Me? I’m just along for the ride. And to marshal kids. And drink obscene amounts of coffee.

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What Happens When Governments Invent Their Own Reality

The psychotic nature of the Harper government reminds me of a joke that floated around Soviet Russia during the 1970s. The Ministry of Finance was looking to hire an economist, and they interviewed several people for the position. A Communist Party official would sit in on the hiring interviews, but would remain silent most of the time. The bureaucrats would ask the candidates a series of complex questions about economic matters, and at the end of the interview the Communist Party official would ask one question:

“How much is two plus two?”

All but one of the candidates were surprised by the question and replied, “Obviously, four.” Those candidates for the job were thanked for their interest and sent on their way.

One candidate, after hearing that question, leaned over conspiratorially, and whispered, “What would you like it to be?”

That was the candidate who got the job.

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2014 Summer Jam

On Friday Aug. 22 the Regina-based film troupe Split the Bill is holding, in the immortal words of American theatre impresario Ed Sullivan, “a really big shew”.

The troupe has done something similar twice in the last few years, if I’m not mistaken, and now they’re back for round three. The SNL-style variety show, which is being held at the Exchange, will include live music courtesy of Regina bands Indigo Joseph and Gunner, along with skits and ten comedy shorts produced by the group.

Tickets are $5, and doors at the Exchange will open at 7:30 p.m., with the show starting at 8 p.m. For a small taste of what to expect at 2014 Summer Jam, here’s a trailer produced by Split the Bill:

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Cinema Under The Stars

Tonight the final installment in the 2014 summer movie series Cinema Under the Stars goes in Victoria Park. From what I’ve seen of the previous six screenings that have been held, crowds have been pretty decent.

With each passing week, of course, the start time creeps up by 15 or so minutes as the ratio of daylight to darkness shifts from the summer to the winter side of the ledger. Pre-show entertainment typically begins at 8 p.m., but with sunset tonight scheduled for 8:07 p.m. the screening should start shortly after that.

Tonight’s flick is Hunger Games: Catching Fire. Here’s a sneak peak courtesy of the trailer:

 

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Camping Royale

CorpusIIIn May 2012, you’ll perhaps recall, the touring dance/theatre company Corpus was in Regina to perform a couple of works in Victoria Park. One revolved around a shepherd tending a flock of sheep and protecting them from a ravenous wolf, while the second concerned a hapless group of air force pilots who continued to train despite having no actual aircraft due to government budget cuts.

The performance was presented by the Dunlop Art Gallery. Now, Corpus is back with a new work called Camping Royale. As you can see from the above publicity photo, it’s got a bit of a fairy tale vibe with two queens trying to survive in the wild without the aid of servants and other comforts of the royal court.

The performance is family friendly and goes in Victoria Park Wednesday Aug. 20 and Thursday Aug. 21 at noon.

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The Slocan Ramblers

Based in Toronto, the Slocan Ramblers have been plying their trade as a bluegrass band since 2009. In 2012, they released an album called Shaking Down the Acorns.  Judging by their website,  they’ve been busy on the festival circuit this summer. Tuesday night they’re in town to play a show at the SCES Club that’s being presented by Grassroots Regina.

Doors are at 8 p.m., and tickets are $15. To give you a sense of what to expect here’s video of the Slocan Ramblers performing a cover of “The Law and the Lonesome” by Corin Raymond and Jonathan Bird at a Folk Alliance conference in Kansas City earlier this year:

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Sunday Matinee: Lauren Bacall

To Have and Have NotLauren Bacall passed away August 12th at the age of 89. Bacall had starred in some awesome classic films over the years and surprisingly I haven’t really ever gotten around to writing about them. Well here’s a couple of my favourites.

Bacall’s first starring role defined her life and her career. She was cast opposite in Howard Hawks’ adaptation of what Hawk’s considered Ernest Hemingway’s worst novel, To Have and Have Not in 1944. Hawks and Hemingway worked on the screenplay and changed the story greatly. The final result owed a little more to Humphrey Bogart’s previous hit Casablanca than Hemingway’s novel. Still it’s a fun film.
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Regina Thunder vs. Saskatoon Hilltops

Regina ThunderToday at Mosaic Stadium at 1 p.m. the Regina Thunder begin defence of their 2013 Canadian Junior Football League title with a game against their arch rivals the Saskatoon Hilltops.

Last season, you’ll perhaps recall, the Thunder thwarted the Toppers in their quest for a fourth straight CJFC crown when they defeated them on their home turf in the Prairie Football Conference final 21-16 on Oct. 27. Then on Nov. 9 the Thunder captured their first CJFC championship with a 55-26 thrashing of the Vancouver Island Raiders at Mosaic Stadium.

Against Saskatoon, Thunder QB Asher Hastings had a huge game, completing 25 of 37 passes for 316 yards and one TD. In the off-season, though, Hastings elected to switch to university football and play with the Hamilton-based McMaster Marauders. That leaves the Thunder with a massive hole to fill on offence, and as of a few days ago head coach Scott MacAulay still hadn’t named a starter to replace Hastings.

Spencer Mack and Jaeden Marwick are the two candidates for the job. Both might end up being capable QBs, but the odds of either being able to replicate the success Hastings enjoyed last season are probably pretty long. And it doesn’t help that the team’s first test in 2014 comes against the perennially tough Hilltops, who will doubtlessly be looking to exact revenge for last year’s modest upset in the PFC final.

Still, the Thunder were by no means a one-player team last year. And while they have also lost several other key contributors on offence at the receiver and running back positions, they have decent depth, an experienced coaching staff, and a championship run under their belts that could serve as a springboard for future gridiron success.

Following this game, the Thunder have a second home date against the Edmonton Wildcats on Sunday, Aug. 24 (Mosaic Stadium, 1 p.m.) Then they get a bye before playing their first road game of 2014 — a rematch against the Hilltops in Saskatoon on Sept. 6.

For more information visit the Regina Thunder website.

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Riders Vs. Montreal Alouettes

RidersVsMontrealThe Riders take the field at Mosaic Stadium at 5 p.m. today to face the Montreal Alouettes. Prior to their last home game against the Toronto Argonauts on July 26, they were coming off a bye week that, despite being early in the season, seemed to come at a good time as up until then the Green & White had been struggling to regain the form on offence, defence and special teams that propelled them to a Grey Cup title in 2013.

Since the bye, the Riders have reeled off three straight victories: 37-9 over Toronto; 38-14 over the Redblacks in Ottawa on Aug. 2; and 23-17 over the Bombers in Winnipeg on Aug. 7. The victories give the Riders a 4W-2L record, and help them keep pace with the four other teams in the hyper-competitive CFL West where only two points separate first from last.

Most of the points earned by western teams have come at the expense of eastern opponents, and that’s a trend that should continue today against the 1W-5L Alouettes. On defense, the Riders have been pretty dominant during their winning streak. They lead the league in QB sacks with 26, and in the last three games have forced 13 turnovers — including an interception and fumble recovery that were returned for TDs against Winnipeg, providing the margin of victory in the hard fought contest.

Without the veteran presence of retired QB Anthony Calvillo, Montreal has struggled on offense all season. With rookie QB Troy Smith on the shelf with an injury, former Winnipeg QB Alex Brink will start. The Als have also revamped their offensive coaching staff, bringing in a new receivers coach and hiring former CFL/NFL pivot Jeff Garcia as QB coach, while former Rider QB Ryan Dinwiddie remains offensive coordinator. That will likely result in a few wrinkles being added to the Als offence, but that won’t necessarily translate into success against the Rider D.

On offence, the Riders are still a work in progress, especially when it comes to the passing game. But while the Riders sit 8th in the league in average passing yards per game at 203.7, they are first in average rushing yards at 135.7 per game. Montreal, meanwhile, sits second last in the league when it comes to defending the run so that should be an area the Riders will look to exploit.

After today’s game, the Riders have a stretch of three games against West division opponents starting with the B.C Lions in Vancouver on Aug. 24, followed up by the annual Labour Day home-and-home series against Winnipeg. Leaving two points on the field against the Als today would be a definite step backward for the Green and White. But assuming the Riders don’t self-destruct on offence and special teams with turnovers, penalties and big plays against them it’s hard to see that happening.

Game time at Mosaic Stadium is 5 p.m. As usual, TSN has the broadcast, and more info can be found on the Riderville website.

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Daily Aggregation: The Idiosyncracies We Love

daily-aggregation-21. MICHAEL BROWN WAS WANTED FOR STEALING CIGARILLOS; OFFICER WHO KILLED HIM NAMED Story here. So perhaps Michael Brown wasn’t an angel? Well, I agree with the sentiment in this CBC headline.

2. SMART METER INVESTIGATION DETAILS RELEASED Read them here.

3. FUNDING FOR DANCE The federal government will give Regina dance organization New Dance Horizons a much-needed $164,000 over the next two years. According to the federal press release, the cash comes from the Canada Arts Presentation Fund.

4. STATISTICS CANADA MADE A BOO-BOO And Finance Minister Joe Oliver says it isn’t because of cutbacks and anyway, it’s fixed now.

5. EVERYTHING IS LESS CONVENIENT IN HARPER’S CANADA So if you still want home delivery of mail, now you apparently have to get a note from your doctor. Here’s an idea: how about we just continue to have home delivery of mail?

6. GOVERNMENT LOOKS FOR PRIVATE  ENDOSCOPY PARTNER Sexy times.

7. FORD SPOKESPERSON SAYS STUPID THING Apparently you’re a communist if you don’t support lying drug addicts. Huh.

VIDEO: PECCADILLOES Let’s wrap up the Dog Blog video tributes to Robin Williams with this scene from Good Will Hunting, which I think speaks for itself.

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Cannabis Becoming A Wedge Issue In Canadian Politics

CannabisIIThe B.C. Court of Appeal delivered an important ruling yesterday when it found that restrictions placed on the manner in which medical cannabis can be used were unconstitutional. The case dates back to 2009, and concerns a man charged with trafficking after he produced marijuana cookies and topical cannabis creams for a medical marijuana club in Victoria.

The case predates the coming into force of the Marihuana for Medical Purposes Regulations in April, but the ruling would seem to be applicable to it as well. That’s because under MMPR patients who receive a prescription from a doctor to use cannabis are limited to purchasing dried cannabis.

Research done by medical cannabis advocates, though, has shown that smoking dried cannabis isn’t the only way to obtain medical benefits. Rather, edible products, creams, tinctures and other cannabis off-shoots can also provide patients with relief. Indeed, in some instances, depending on the patient’s circumstances, they provide superior results to simply smoking or vaporizing the herb.

By a 2-1 majority the justices who heard the case, which resulted in charges being dismissed against the man, gave the federal government one year to amend the regulations to permit the consumption of other cannabis products beyond dried cannabis.

Whether the Harper government will comply is another matter. Heading into the October 2015 election, the Conservatives seem determined to use marijuana (be it for medical or recreational use) as a wedge issue to inflame their base. In recent months several Conservative MPs have distributed bullshit brochures in their ridings warning that Liberal leader Justin Trudeau, who has come out in favour of legalizing marijuana and regulating it like alcohol and cigarettes, wants to make marijuana available to children.

Of course, Trudeau’s position, which is also largely supported by the federal NDP, would do no such thing. Instead, by decriminalizing marijuana and developing a regulatory framework, the black market for marijuana would dry up, organized crime would be deprived of a lucrative cash cow, billions in police, court, and prison costs would be saved, and hundreds of thousands of Canadians would no longer be subjected to criminal sanction for doing something that is already legal in two American states: Colorado and Washington.

In the U.S., an additional 20 states permit the use of cannabis for medical purposes. Here in Harperland, though, Veteran Affairs announced recently that it was considering capping the benefits it provides to veterans who use cannabis for relief of pain, PTSD and other combat-related conditions. As well, Health Canada has apparently approached three doctors groups (the Canadian Medical Association, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada) to enlist their aid in an anti-marijuana advertising campaign that would have obvious partisan political overtones and would compromise the integrity of the above-noted organizations.

Given that integrity is largely an unknown concept to the Harper government, that’s not surprising. Instead, the Conservatives seem determined to put ideology ahead of the health and well-being of tens of thousands of Canadians who currently use cannabis for medical purposes, and pursue an asinine “tough on drugs/crime” policy that has proven to be a disastrous failure in the United States and the rest of the Western world.

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La Boheme

La Boheme is one of the best-known, and most often performed, operas in the world. It was composed by Italian Giacomo Puccini to a libretto by Luigi Illica and Giuseppe Giacosa and is loosely inspired by a series of stories by French writer Henri Murger that were published in novel form in 1851. The stories themselves were set a few years earlier in the Latin Quarter of Paris, and recounted the adventures of a number of young bohemians.

Puccini’s opera, which was first performed in 1896, focused on the doomed love affair between a poet named Rodolfo and a seamstress named Mimi. Saturday and Sunday at the RPL Theatre at 2 p.m., there will be a broadcast of the opera  as performed at London’s Royal Opera House. Tickets are $15 Adults, $12 Seniors & Students.

To give you a sense of what to expect, here’s an excerpt from a performance earlier this year at New York’s Metropolitan Opera:

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Review: A Dearly Departed Man Stars in A Most Wanted Man

PHS, knocking it out of the park until the end.

PHS, knocking it out of the park until the end.

One of the reasons Philip Seymour Hoffman’s untimely death was so distressing has to do with all the squandered potential. At the time of his passing, Hoffman was operating at the height of his powers. Check out his final roles: The Master, Doubt, Moneyball, Pirate Radio. Radically different people, fully fleshed out characters.

In A Most Wanted Man, Hoffman delivers a very physical performance as Gunter Bachmann, an hyper competent, solitary German spy in charge of his own unit in Hamburg (where we are told 9/11 was planned). His eyes are set on a Chechen refugee sitting on a small fortune. Bachmann believes he plans to channel these funds towards radical Muslims.

His prediction doesn’t materialize as expected, so he helps it along by forcing a shady banker (Willem Dafoe) and a human rights attorney (Rachel McAdams) into the operation. Hard to believe, but Gunter turns out to be the most ethical-minded of the spies featured in the film.

Based on a novel by John Le Carré (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), A Most Wanted Man is distilled realpolitik: Defensive plays can easily turn offensive (namely entrapment). The Americans want results and are not particularly interested in nuances, the Europeans must fight to keep control of scenarios unfolding in their own soil and about every Muslim of certain notoriety requires surveillance. There are no good guys in this farce, just less murderous operations.

As interesting as the topic is, director Anton Corbijn (responsible for the underappreciated The American) doesn’t always find the right angle to keep things compelling. At times A Most Wanted Man feels like meetings upon meetings upon meetings with a couple of stakeouts for good measure. The cast is overall competent, although Rachel McAdams lacks the gravitas to be believable as the go-to lawyer for refugees.

Perhaps the most interesting aspect of A Most Wanted Man is that if no one had done anything, everybody would have been better at the end. It’s the side-effect of suspicion: It can’t coexist with peace of mind.

Ed. Note: A Most Wanted Man screens at the RPL Theatre Thursday Aug. 21 and Saturday Aug. 23 at 7 p.m. and Friday Aug. 22 and Sunday Aug. 24 at 9 p.m.

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REVIEW: The Expendables 3 Almost Gets it Right

And this is just half.

And this is just half.

It seemed The Expendables would never live up to the concept that launched the franchise: Aging action dinosaurs collaborating for a final go-around. The first two movies didn’t reach the level of brutality and tongue-in-cheek mayhem children of the Eighties were hoping for, but also made clear there was a market for unapologetically violent romps as such.

The third chapter of the saga is by no means perfect, but it’s the most satisfactory to date. The self-awareness is more palpable (regarding the Bruce Willis’ character: “Church is no longer in the picture”), the tableaux are pretty clever (if milder than previous installments due to an ill-advised PG-13 rating) and the cinematography is light-years superior, courtesy of Peter Menzies (The Incredible Hulk).

At the center of it all remains Sylvester Stallone, star, writer and creator of the franchise. After a supposedly routine mission leaves the old team in tatters, Barney Ross (Sly) realizes he is too attached to his brothers in arms and dismisses them. He needs a younger, savvier group to face a former Expendable gone rogue (Mel Gibson) with a grudge against most of the Western world.

Director Patrick Hughes (Red Hill) manages to give decent screen time to all the heavyweights in the cast, not a small feat. It doesn’t hurt they all seem to be enjoying themselves. I haven’t seen Harrison Ford this lively in a decade! Gibson, whose career took a serious tumble due to his erratic behavior, has found a second wind as a villain and chews the scenery with gusto. Wesley Snipes is a hoot and feels good to have him back.

The movie has problems (the motivations are one-note, the missions are poorly planned and terribly executed), but with a hearty dose of suspension of disbelief, The Expendables 3 has the capacity to entertain. I mean, in what other circumstance could Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jet Li and Harrison Ford exchange one-liners?

Three pumped-up prairie dogs. The Expendables 3 opens tonight.

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Daily Aggregation: He Yam What He Yam

daily-aggregation-21. IS THIS AMERICA? Well, yup. The police response to protests in Ferguson, Missouri has been out of control. Cops have arrested reporters and politicians, and tear-gassed media trucks and even attempted to dismantle recording equipment. This isn’t policing, this is an attack on civil society. A story that started with an unarmed black teenager gunned down by a white cop is also becoming a cautionary tale of what happens when you equip suburban police with military gear. There’s a good New Yorker piece right here.

2. HEAT WARNING Saskatchewan is cooking.

3. TUBERCULOSIS One case in Moose Jaw and two in Regina.

4. PENSION PROBLEMS Discussions are not going well between the city of Regina and employee groups. Dechene wrote about the situation this issue.

5. CANADA-GERMAN FTA AGREEMENT LEAKED The Council of Canadians doesn’t think much of it.

6. MARIJUANA ACTIVIST MARC EMERY IS BACK IN CANADA And he’s calling on potheads to vote Liberal.

7. ROBOCALL VERDICT Greg already posted that Conservative staffer Michael Sona is guilty of violating the Election Act. But it’s a big story. Here’s more.

8. APOLOGY ACCEPTED Doug Ford’s second attempt at saying “I’m sorry” went over better than his first.

9. MEANWHILE IN IRAQ U.S. President Barack Obama says U.S. forces have won a victory over Islamic State forces. Here are five helpful suggestions on where this can go.

VIDEO: POPEYE THE SAILOR MAN Robert Altman’s Popeye didn’t really work as a movie but it had its moments, including this musical number with Robin Williams in the title role.

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Sona Found Guilty In Robocalls Trial

In a Guelph courtroom today, Justice Gary Hearn found Conservative staffer Michael Sona guilty of voter suppression under the Elections Act for a campaign that preceded the 2011 federal election where thousands of fraudulent and misleading calls were made to voters in that city. The calls generally targeted non-Conservative supporters and were designed to harass and confuse them as to the location of their polling stations.

Sentencing has been put off until a later date, and in delivering his verdict the judge indicated that he thought Sona had had help from other individuals in orchestrating the campaign. At one point, he even used the phrase “aided and abetted” in describing Sona’s actions which suggests someone higher up in the party was the true master of the illegal campaign and that Sona, as a party underling, had been doing their bidding.

You can read more in this CBC report, which concludes by noting that Elections Canada’s investigation into the robocalls scandal is continuing.

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Living Pictures 5

Living Pictures 2013I posted on the entry deadline  (Aug. 15) for this annual competition in late July. It’s hosted by the Dunlop Art Gallery, and this is the fifth year it’s been held. Recreating famous art works as living tableaux is the general theme, and each year there’s a special sub-theme.

Last year it was famous album covers (pictured above is Charis Muir’s interpretation of a 1967 album cover by artist Don Punchatz), and this year it’s Character Craze which refers to prominent characters from video games and other types of animation. With the growing popularity of comic culture in the city/province, there should be some pretty fertile ground for entrants to explore.

Living Pictures 5 will be held on Tuesday, Aug. 19 from 4:30-6:30 p.m. in Victoria Park. In case of rain, the event will shift to nearby Knox Metropolitan Church. Over $1750 in gift certificates and other prizes are up for grabs in various categories so it should be a fun event.

For more information visit the Dunlop’s website (scroll down to last item) or call 306-777-6044.

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Review: Words and Pictures Is Less Didactic than it Sounds

I wish my art teacher looked like Juliette Binoche.

I wish my art teacher looked like Juliette Binoche.

Besides horror, no other kind of movie is more tied to the conventions of the genre than the romantic comedy. The “meet cute-I love you-I hate you-I love you again” formula was hammered to death by the likes of Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner, Ashton Kutcher and Matthew McConaughey (before the McConaissance), to the point not even the target audience –too savvy for that tripe- would bother to show up.

Words and Pictures takes a deeper, most conscious approach. For starters, the leads are older and far more damaged than Hollywood’s flavor of the month. Jack (Clive Owen) and Dina (Juliette Binoche) are teachers in a phenomenally elitist art school. He was once a promising writer who got lost in the bottle and she is a gifted plastic artist whose gift has been ravaged by rheumatoid arthritis.

They are also extremists: Jack is a fanatic of the written word and believes images are the shallowest approach to reality. Dina subscribes that old saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. The instructors challenge each other in ways nobody has in years. Their playful rivalry leads to romance, but soon their most damaging quirks materialize and put a damp on their budding relationship.

Directed by rom-com veteran Fred Schepisi (Roxanne), Words and Pictures falls on recognizable grooves (the horrid ending is particularly trite), but thrives when dialogue is center stage. Doesn’t hurt Owen and Binoche turn their stock characters into believable human beings. Binoche is particular is so lovely shot, one realizes her beauty is often concealed on behalf of ill-conceived realism.

Two and a half lovesick prairie dogs. Words and Pictures opens today at the RPL.

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Daily Aggregation: The Origin Of Golf

daily-aggregation-21. BIRTH CONTROL CONTRACT: PROFIT BEFORE PEOPLE Annoying. Anyone who takes daily medication, which also includes anti-depressants, knows about the annoyance of month-by-month dispensing. It’s stupid for something as essential as the pill.

2. SASKATOON STAND-OFF ENDS PEACEFULLY Read all about it.

3. IT’S ONLY BEEN 30-DEGREES PLUS TWICE THIS SUMMER Good thing too, since our office air conditioning is broken.

4. A LONG OVERDUE LANDMARK IN MATH Iranian mathematician Maryam Mirzakhani, who teaches at Stanford university, won a Fields medal for her work in complicated math geometry. She’s the first woman ever to win one of the medals, named after the Canadian mathematician who established the award which was first given out in 1936,which seems insane since it’s 2014. Fifty-five men have also won medals. The Guardian has more.

5. SIX PEOPLE KILLED TRYING TO DIFFUSE AN ISRAELI BOMB Awful.

6. GAWKER VS. TROLLS Gawker media takes action after Jezebel writers publicly complained about persistent and vicious harassment by trolls in their sites’ comment sections.

7. UGANDA GAY-BASH LAW OVERTURNED TO BE REINSTATED? I think missed the news that Uganda’s evil and potentially lethal anti-gay law, which is presumably supported by anti-gay activists like Bill Whatcott and Peter Labarbera, was overturned. Fear not, Western bigots who enable prejudices in African leaders: a version of it might return.

8. WIEBE ESSENTIALLY STEPS ASIDE FOR MEILI Looks like Saskatoon permanently blew its chance to elect infinitely-better-than-Kelly-Block NDP candidate Nettie Wiebe as an MP. Two-time provincial NDP leadership candidate Ryan Meili seems like a very good consolation prize, though. Look forward to him making a Saskatoon West run official.

9. FIRST NATIONS CONTINUE TO LEAD THE FIGHT AGAINST MINING DEVASTATION BC’s Neskonlith nation tell the mining company behind the catastrophic Mount Polley breach to take a hike. Meanwhile, The Province’s Michael Smyth makes the case for improved whistleblower protection.

10. SORRY ISN’T GOOD ENOUGH Toronto Councillor Doug Ford fumbles an apology to former Toronto Police Chief Bill Blair.

10. LAUREN BACALL HAS DIED Jorge writes about the star of noir thrillers here. I predict Shane will devote a Sunday Matinee column to her soon.

VIDEO: HOW THE SCOTTISH INVENT GOLF “Here’s my idea for a fuckin’ sport. You knock a ball in a gopher hole.” “Oh, you mean like pool?” “Fuck off pool! Not with a straight stick, with a little fucked-up stick!” One of Robin William’s all-time best comedy bits.

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Symphony Under The Sky

On Sunday, Aug. 17 the Regina Symphony Orchestra kicks off its 106th season with this popular free outdoor concert.

In past years, this event got going around 11 a.m. and featured five or six local acts before the RSO took the stage around 5 p.m. This year, things have been trimmed a bit. The event now gets going at 2 p.m., and will run until 7 p.m. There are only two back-up acts: the Pile O’ Bones Brass Band and the Jack Semple Band. They will be followed by a full-length RSO concert that typically culminates with a rousing rendition of Tchaikovsky’s 1812 Overture.

The concert is in the same location as previous years (the meadow just south of the Royal Saskatchewan Museum in Wascana Centre), and more information can be obtained by calling 306-586-9555.

To close, here’s video of the Pile O’ Bones Brass Band doing an impromptu jam with drummer Stanton Moore at a drum clinic last fall at the Exchange:

 

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