Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan Winner!

Poster (ghost towns)About three weeks ago we ran a contest for a  Ghost Towns of Saskatchewan poster by former Prairie Dog art director Nigel Hood. Nigel’s gorgeous print, made by Saskatoon’s Hard Pressed, is comprised of logos for real-live, er, dead, Saskatchewan ghost towns — the logos commemorate and celebrate these lost places. It is very, very beautiful.

(You can read more about The Ghost Towns Of Saskatchewan here.)

To win a poster, Prairie Dog readers had to explain why they deserved it (because I wasn’t going to give this beautiful thing away to some contest-junkie who could’t care less about art and Saskatchewan). By the deadline, we had 32-ish entries. All of them deserved to win. Even Barb Saylor’s!

But there can be only one champion, and to I bet no one’s surprise, I picked Nigel’s high school art teacher, Tammie. Here’s what she wrote.

Her last line clinched it: “Art matters! Art is magic! And yes, you can make a living by creating Art!”

That’s something kids need to hear.

For the sad, sad people who didn’t win: good news! We’re selling these posters, and you can e-mail me for information.

Look for a second PD Ghost Towns contest later this year. I bet Planet S will give a poster away at some point this fall, too.

Pick of the Day (Tomorrow Edition): The Last Steamship

It being Monday and all, there’s not a F of a lot happening in our fair city today other than a show by Uptown Jazz at Bushwakker Brew Pub at 8 p.m.  Tomorrow night at the Regina Public Library Theatre at 7 p.m., though, there’s a documentary being screened about a little known shipwreck that occured on the South Saskatchewan River in 1908.

Here’s a link to the documentary’s trailer. And to get you in the mood to check it out here’s The Tragically Hip doing “Nautical Disaster” on SNL in 1995.

Pick of the Day: A Film Unfinished

In the early days of WWII Nazi forces began concentrating large populations of Jewish people in small areas of cities under their control in Germany and throughout Europe. Once contained in ghettos, the men, women and children were shipped to concentration camps in outlying areas for extermination as part of Hitler’s Final Solution.

In 1942, Nazi propagandists made a film purporting to show life in the infamous Warsaw Ghetto. After their original population of some 400,000 had been reduced to a quarter of that via deportation to Treblinka the remaining Jews rioted in 1943 and engaged Nazis in urban guerilla warfare that ultimately resulted in the ghetto’s destruction.

Directed by Yael Hersonski, A Film Unfinished is based on a roll of film that was discovered after the war ended that dramatized the extent to which Nazi filmmakers went in manipulating Jewish residents of the Warsaw ghetto for propaganda purposes. It plays tonight at the RPL Theatre at 9 p.m. Here’s the trailer.

Pick of the Day: The King’s Speech

I  haven’t seen this movie yet, and likely won’t until it gets released on DVD (or perhaps shows up at the RPL Theatre, although it’s not listed in the January-February schedule). It’s a historical drama based on the story of an Australian-born speech therapist (Geoffrey Rush) who helped the future King George VI  (Colin Firth) overcome a debilitating stutter when he was thrust into the royal spotlight after his older brother, Edward VIII, abdicated the throne in 1936 to marry the American divorcee Wallace Simpson.

Even if you’re not a big fan of the British Royal family, which I definitely am not, with England and the rest of the British Commonwealth on the brink of war with Nazi Germany and the Axis Powers, this was a pivotal moment in world history. Here’s the trailer for The King’s Speech.