Volume 63, Number 23

Published March 12, 2009

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  • Back from the dead

    Ever wonder why your grandpa has a bad back? If he played a lot of sports as a kid, he probably has a cool story behind it (no pun intended).

  • Sports Briefs

    No terrorism, please, we’re British; Equal flights for women?; Agassi pulls a Favre; Terminating the moment; Families of missing NFL players call off search

  • March Madness preview

    Uniter staff members Jo Villaverde, Kevin Chaves and Mike Collins, along with the man who picked Kansas to go all the way last year, Marko Bilandzija, chime in with their favourite teams and players to watch for during March Madness.

  • Forget Vancouver 2010, what about Portage la Prairie?

    Although much attention will be on the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, Portage la Prairie will offer some local sporting flavour a little closer to home.

  • Arts Briefs

    Another new album on the horizon for u2; Spinal tap licks the life pump; Poe succumbed to peer pressure in front of publishers

  • Souvenirs from Africa

    A new festival celebrating African culture launched last week at Collège Universitaire de Saint-Boniface with food and artistic performances.

  • To dance forever

    Sometimes one single experience can shape the direction of the rest of our lives. Such is the case with Ryan Vetter, who after seeing Singin’ in the Rain at age five, was changed forever.

  • Local band makes a dent in the American market

    For Canadian bands, charting on American radio and having their music appear on television shows are but mere fantasies right next to private jets and gold plated Jacuzzis. For Winnipeg’s Tele, cracking the American market is becoming a reality – but their journey hasn’t been easy.

  • The Deep Dark Woods

    The Deep Dark Woods, a foursome from Saskatoon, have created an album of well-crafted country tunes with vocals that run through your body like whiskey, keeping you warm on a cold winter’s night, and harmonies like the north wind blowing softly through the trees.

  • The Hylozoists

    Consider The Hylozoists’ new album, L’Ile De Sept Villes, a score to a movie not yet made.

  • The reluctant piano man

    Armenian-Canadian pianist Serouj Kradjian is a lot like most people who play the piano – he didn’t like it at first.

  • Ripped off

    Filmmaker Brett Gaylor’s favourite “artist” is Girl Talk. Girl Talk doesn’t play an instrument and he doesn’t sing or rap.

  • Inside the mind of a murderer

    For many theatre-goers, a night out may involve an elegant evening of soothing soliloquies and happily-ever-after tales of romance. These people will want to skip Infinity Land.

  • The Resignators

    Ska bands from outside of Jamaica are like American beer – it’ll do in a pinch, but having something less diluted is always better.

  • Asado

    Oh Asado, you dream of being a punk band, but your dream should stay just that – a dream.

  • Heart and soul

    This is not a tribute to GroundSwell, although it should be for bringing the Penderecki String Quartet to Winnipeg.

  • Comical hype

    It was a comic unlike any seen before.

    First published in 1986, the 12-issue DC Comics series Watchmen, written by Alan Moore and drawn by Dave Gibbons, would become the first – and, to present – only comic to win a Hugo Award, given to recognize the best works in science fiction and fantasy.

  • A work in progress

    To celebrate its fifth anniversary, the artists involved at Outworks have put together a new exhibit showcasing the work of more than 10 artists who are either members or friends of the gallery.

  • Fashion Streeter

    I’m really inspired by European fashion.
  • Inward Eye

    Inward Eye is only a three-piece band, but the sound they produce is much bigger than their size lets on.

  • Re: Saving the Ceeb

    Devin Morrow is wrong about the CBC being essential to Canada’s identity (issue 22).

  • Bed bugs plague our inner city

    Moving into a new building in central Winnipeg comes with the usual headaches of landlords and drafty windows and bikes stolen off your front lawn.

  • Stuck in a rut

    President Obama has officially set an exit date from Iraq, on which the vast majority of U.S Army personnel will be extracted from the war-torn nation. Come September 2010 the long running, fruitless, costly war in Iraq will finally draw to a close – giving generations to come ample material to speculate and judge.

  • Crimes against society

    Fortunately, the trial of Vincent Li – the man who murdered Tim McLean on a Greyhound bus last summer – has ended.

  • Liberty or death

    While I was sitting down the other day for a nice long think, I noticed something ironic. Well, at least I think it was ironic. I’m never really sure when something is ironic or not.

  • Robust election roster might revamp UWSA

    The University of Winnipeg’s Students Association’s (UWSA) spring election is shaping up to be an interesting race, with candidates eager to change the face of the ailing students’ association.

  • Campus News Briefs

    Business faculty learning while eating; Tuition fee increases not a big deal; Disability support still not enough; Beatles have their own masters degree; Ontario premier promises more grad students

  • University’s seventh annual powwow a success

    The University of Winnipeg’s campus was filled with colourful feathers, the rolling sound of drums and enormous pride as aboriginal dancers, drummers and singers converged Friday, Mar. 6 for the annual powwow.

  • High school dropouts feel like ‘outcasts’

    When Dagan Moss was 11, her mother was diagnosed with a fatal disease – Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, also known as Lou Gehrig’s Disease or ALS.

  • Seen and not heard

    How can gender analysis help us understand the current financial crisis?
    It’s questions like these that just might put the ‘Oomph’ back into International Women’s Day, said renowned feminist Cynthia Enloe, research professor at Clark University in Massachusetts.

  • Biofuels a continuing source of contention

    It was a little under two years from the time the province looked into the feasibility of developing a biofuels industry in the province to the time it opened its first ethanol plant.

  • Hot for energy savings

    Canadians are increasingly investing in energy and water saving household devices, including low-flow showerheads, low-volume toilets and energy efficient light bulbs, a recent Statistics Canada report suggests. But is this a case of ‘buyer beware?’

  • International News Briefs

    Cricket discovers new ancestry; Devotee steals Buddha to pray at home; Raul Castro throws cabinet overhaul; The day the earth (almost) stood still

  • Electronic book readers no threat, for now

    As Amazon.com releases the latest version of their e-book reader – the Kindle 2 – some wonder what will happen to the book industry.

  • Local News Briefs

    Recession? Manitoba will soldier on; The death of Garbage Day; And say “I love this town”... ; Here’s looking at you, kid; Pirates, ye be warned

  • A place for families and communities

    Life in Winnipeg’s core areas can be pretty rough for young families struggling to keep their heads above water, especially as winter drags on and the economy continues to nosedive. Enter the Family Centre.

  • City ends last in sustainable cities survey

    Winnipeg finished dead last in the medium city category of a national survey of sustainable cities.

  • Harper puts the squeeze on gangs

    Some criminologists are calling the federal justice minister’s call for minimum jail times and longer sentences for those involved in drug crimes a method of distraction from more pressing issues.