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Billy Still Talented

By Kenzie Love

Not everyone can remember the lyrics, or even the titles, of Billy Talent’s songs, but few can forget vocalist Benjamin Kowalewicz’s piercing scream. It’s a feature of just about every song on their first album, and as a result the contributions of the band’s other members are sometimes lost in the background. Not surprisingly, Kowalewicz… Continue reading Billy Still Talented

Gender Bender!

By Kenzie Love

The Den’s cabarets always have a tough time competing for students’ attention this time of year, what with essays due, exams on the horizon, and the ever-popular Bermuda Shorts Day. Organizers of the annual Gender Bender, however, believe it’s a challenge they can meet. The structure of the event, sponsored by the Gay and Lesbian… Continue reading Gender Bender!

Ralph Klein: premier, or your little sister?

By Kenzie Love

A little over a month ago, Premier Ralph Klein was voted the funniest Albertan ever. None of the quips he was cited for are side-splitters, but they’re still a lot more humourous than much of his recent behaviour. Klein has increasingly come to resemble a buffoon of late, childishly challenging anyone who questions his authourity… Continue reading Ralph Klein: premier, or your little sister?

Olympic infrastructure

By Kenzie Love

Barring the defeat of our men’s hockey team, the 2006 Olympics were quite a success for Canada. We racked up a record number of medals, and Canadians have reason to be confident we will improve on that total in 2010. But there’s an aspect of the Vancouver games that people have reason to be worried… Continue reading Olympic infrastructure

No excuse for apathy

By Kenzie Love

Trudeaumania it ain’t, but if the sense of momentum currently surrounding Stephen Harper and the Conservatives holds until election day, it may inspire some previously apathetic Canadians to vote. Conversely, the prospect of a Conservative government may scare previously apathetic Canadians on the other side of the ideological spectrum into voting as well. Whatever the… Continue reading No excuse for apathy

Film Review: Pride and Prejudice should be proud, now don’t be prejudiced towards it.

By Kenzie Love

Pride & Prejudice, the latest take on Jane Austen’s classic novel, is bound to face an uphill climb being one of the few in recent years not starring Colin Firth. However, if those still swooning over the brooding actor’s shirtless appearance in the BBC adaptation of the book give this version a try they might… Continue reading Film Review: Pride and Prejudice should be proud, now don’t be prejudiced towards it.

Theatre Preview: Updating a Manchurian classic

By Kenzie Love

Richard Condon’s novel The Manchurian Candidate has already been filmed twice and now it’s being adopted to the stage by Workshop Theatre, Calgary’s largest running theatre company. In 1962, Frank Sinatra and Angela Lansbury brought it back to life and last year Denzel Washington and Meryl Streep did the same. Both versions were critically acclaimed… Continue reading Theatre Preview: Updating a Manchurian classic

Theatre Preview: Loose Moose no longer on the loose

By Kenzie Love

Calgary’s venerable Loose Moose Theatre Company has truly been on the loose more for than they’d like. This will all change Fri., Nov. 11 when the company opens the doors to its new location. Having lacked a permanent home since it left the Garry Theatre early in 2003, Loose Moose will now be staging its… Continue reading Theatre Preview: Loose Moose no longer on the loose

Book Review: The Darling not quite darling

By Kenzie Love

If Russell Banks intended to prove he is capable of versatility by writing The Darling, now available in paperback, he succeeded. Having traditionally set his works in New England and cast them with male protagonists, composing a novel narrated by an American woman focusing mainly on her years in Africa marks a departure for Banks.… Continue reading Book Review: The Darling not quite darling