Volume 69, Number 12

Published November 19, 2014

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  • The Creeps

    A feel-good comic about two unnamed characters and their delightful journeys through universally hilarious themes like hatred, misery, uncontrollable rage, disease and rash, delusion, agoraphobia, paranoia, jealousy, greed, bitterness, binge eating, slothfulness, and death, lots and lots of death; also, deformity, flatulence, boogers, nosebleeds, bowel movements, and the eating of unappetizing things.

  • Fashion Streeter

    The Uniter Fashion Streeter is an ongoing documentation of creative fashion in Winnipeg inspired by the Helsinki fashion blog www.hel-looks.com. Each issue will feature a new look from our city’s streets and bars in an attempt to encourage individual expression and celebrate that you are really, really good looking.

  • A Fine Balance

    Stephanie Kleysen works harder than you. As a five-year Wesmen veteran and captain of the women’s basketball team, Netflix black holes and other time-sucking, brain-numbing hobbies simply don’t exist on the young athlete’s watch.

  • Waiting Game

    The number of people on waiting list for opioid addiction treatment has fallen since Winnipeg’s opioid “explosion” of 2010. 

  • Pledges and populations

    Brian Bowman is already breaking new ground as mayor of Winnipeg. At his swearing-in ceremony on Nov. 4, Bowman chose to have the meeting blessed by an Aboriginal elder. Bowman, who is Métis, is Winnipeg’s first Aboriginal mayor, and this gesture is potentially illustrative of a new level of outreach between City Hall and Winnipeg’s minority communities.

  • Her moustache

    I met Salvador Dali at the Winnipeg Art Gallery. I think. 

  • Memories of what was

    I have always admired Canada’s position in international conflicts.

  • Dance your lungs out

    An artist’s creative process can be difficult to explain. Words can capture an approximation, but the essence will often be incomplete. Akin to the taste of a fine wine or caviar, it’s better experienced than explained.

  • Ordinary lives

    Everyday objects and generalized phrases are what you’ll find at Actual Gallery this month, as  gallery director Lisa Kehler pairs two different exhibits by three different Winnipeg artists.

  • Whiplash

    What is the price of artistic perfection? That’s the central question at the heart of Whiplash, the new drama from writer-director Damien Chazelle (Guy and Madeline on a Park Bench). This semi-autobiographical picture is a visceral one, balancing precise technique and animal ferocity. The result is a gorgeous gut-punch of a movie.

  • Birdman

    Director Alejandro González Iñárritu’s previous films (Biutiful, 21 Grams) have been derided by some critics as “misery porn.” I’ve avoided his previous films for this reason. As an Iñárritu novice, I found his newest film Birdman to be mostly (but not entirely) free of misery.

  • Storm chasing

    Notoriety struck Ian Mauro early in his academic career. Back in the early 2000s, the University of Manitoba - where he scored his PhD in Environment and Geography - threatened to sue Mauro and his team for challenging the role of GMOs in a documentary he made. Monsanto Company has a $12 million building on the U of M’s campus; administrators were evidently concerned about the depiction of the corporation, which specializes in the sale of agrochemicals.

  • Acting dead

    The subject of dying has anchored many an epic production: think Shakespeare’s Hamlet, or Miller’s Death of a Salesman, or Sartre’s No Exit. But perhaps no play has had such fun at the expense of the ghastly subject as Morris Panych’s Vigil, an internationally renown black comedy (Panych and his partner recently travelled to Japan to see it performed). Now, Prairie Theatre Exchange is bringing the play back to the stage.

  • Showing us who’s boss

    Long-suffering employees of the world, unite. Your spokespeople - Charlie Day, Jason Bateman and Jason Sudeikis - are back on the big screen.

  • Writing tales from the crypt

    Arthur Slade wants to help you bring your supernatural realm to life. The established Saskatoon-based horror/fantasy author is coming to Winnipeg to share his secrets in a workshop hosted by the Manitoba Writers’ Guild.

  • Not bad, 15-year-old me

    It’s been taking Calgary-born indie musician Samantha Savage Smith longer to write songs lately, which she doesn’t mind. It shouldn’t be easy. 

  • Getting on the map

    ATLAAS - and no, we’re not shouting, it’s one of those stylistic things - is one of those bands that comes out of nowhere and manages to immediately distinguish itself. Its debut EP, titled ONE, only features three tracks. Each is totally golden. There’s the ever-versatile Heather Thomas (of Bunny) on vocals and keytar, bouncing between octaves with remarkable style and assertiveness. Then, there’s Ricardo Lopez-Aguilar (of Oldfolks Home) on guitar, drum machine and programming. It’s a bit like Phantogram, except actually enjoyable to listen to.

  • Freethinking

    For many years, I had a very rigid and ideological mindset. I filtered information through a partisan lens - all the better to entrench my beliefs and serve as rhetorical ammunition for political debates. I was focused on being “right” instead of listening to others. 

  • Whose House? Rich’s House.

    Feeling visually overstimulated upon entering Kapala Tattoo is an understatement.