Going Deep with Jodie Layne

Open to openness

This week’s column is based on a question from a reader and will be answered in two parts! Check back next week for the followup. Dear Jodie, My husband and I just agreed to an open relationship and I’m such a newbie. How do I let people know I’m married without it being awkward, and […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Critic

Review: A Story of Children and Film

Though there have been many books that analyze film and the significance of children in them, none can compare to Mark Cousins’ documentary A Story of Children and Film. Using examples from the filmography of famous international directors such as Luis Buñuel, Ingmar Bergman, and Yasujiro Ozu, Cousins thoroughly dissects the importance of child actors […]

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Illustration by Alan Geske

The sound of violence

Local violinist with loop pedal releases debut album

Nicholas Krueger confronts the assumption that violent screech is a term for the sound made by a novice violin student playing the instrument for the first time. Classically trained at Centenary Suzuki School in Shreveport, Louisiana, he later studied violin at the University of Manitoba with Oleg Pokhanovski, and is now known by his performance […]

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Photo by Kimberley Bialkoski

Stop and smell the pickles

Slow Food workshop connects local makers and foodies

While February isn’t typically the canning season, you wouldn’t know it from the full house gathered at Café Ce Soir on a chilly Monday night. We were all there for a sold-out workshop on pickling carrots hosted by Slow Food Winnipeg, and featuring the expertise of local entrepreneur and pickler extraordinaire Kim Bialkoski. Bialkoski is […]

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One artist, many hands

Rebecca Belmore’s installation at the Canadian Museum for Human Rights will involve thousands of people

When the site at the Forks was excavated for the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR), 400,000 mostly Aboriginal artifacts were unearthed. Now, when visitors to Canada’s newest national museum enter the postmodern building, they enter the Indigenous Perspectives gallery, positioned as the second stop after the introductory room. The gallery will display a vast […]

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Creating ‘solid ground for women to stand on’

Strength in Heels to raise awareness of gendered violence

Alex Torcolacci and Ellie Schwartz were studying for their final exams last semester when the topic of what they would do for their joint birthdays this year came up. Instead of the typical birthday plans, they decided to support a cause that is very near to their hearts. In just three months, they have planned […]

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Women’s Day – why?

Local IWD events raise questions of diversity, inclusion, and focus

International Women’s Day (IWD) has strong roots in the socialist and labour movements, but in 2014, the symbolic meaning of this day is not so clear cut. While some may lament the lack of a unified vision for IWD, the open-ended nature of the day makes room for productive conversations about social change, history, and […]

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The next Settlers of Catan?

U of M grad draws on classic games to create new board game experience

Settlers of Catan, Carcassonne, SimCity: combine them all into one board game and you’d get something like the board game City. City is the brainchild of U of M climatology master’s graduate Ryan Smith. The game can be played between two and five players and usually lasts a little more than an hour. Players choose […]

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The Good, the Bad, and the Critic

Review: Asphalt Watches

I have watched many strange animated films, but none as peculiar as Shayne Ehman and Seth Scriver’s Asphalt Watches. The film yields a Gonzo-esque experience – not that I’m advocating drug use, but their employment might make for a more sensible experience than watching sober. Instead of making a documentary about their eight-day hitchhiking trip across […]

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Dancing for the darkness

Winnipeg band the Party Dress releases their debut EP

Grave Clothes,” one of the three songs on the freshman release from local trio the Party Dress, is suited for use in a film by David Lynch or Quentin Tarantino. On this 7” EP, titled You’re Dead, the group has dressed a dirty, beautiful villain in snakeskin shoes who dances in a smoky haze of […]

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