Happy Chinese New Year

Red diamond-shaped banners with the character 福 (pinyin: fú), or “auspiciousness” are often displayed in Chinese households around the time of the Chinese New Year. The sign is usually hung upside down, since the Chinese word for “upside down” (倒 (pinyin: dăo)) sounds similar to…

Home to stay

Members of the Newfoundland-Chinese community welcome the Chinese General Consul to Newfoundland outside the Nickel Theatre in St. John’s in 1938. Image courtesy of the Centre for Newfoundland Studies Archives. “City or town or village, East or West, from British Columbia to Cape Breton, the…

Cold jellyfish salad

 Andreae Prozesky tries the jellyfish. Why would a polite, mild-mannered food nerd like me circulate through her office, daring her eurocanadian co-workers to tuck into a big bowl of cold jellyfish salad? Because Chinese New Year is coming, and I’m confronting the fact that, really,…

In heritage

By Shalon Butt Picasso has said that we take inspiration for art “from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web.”  And from our culture?  In light of the coming Chinese New Year, I spoke…

Chinese laundries

83 Gower, site of the John Lee Laundry until 1973 One hundred years ago, downtown’s business-scape was dotted with Chinese-owned and -run laundries, groceries and cafés. The hand laundries, in particular, represented a common source of employment for young men leaving China. The first two…

Ed Robertson

Way more than 10 questions for the Barenaked Ladies frontman.

Recycledding

Bryhanna Greenough goes sliding – in garbage! Sledding rocks. It’s cheap, it is easy, and it’s thrilling enough to justify tearing a hole in the winter air with your vocal cords. Blasting down an icy chute face first, your body transforms into an unstoppable gravity…

True heart

Photo by Karmella Perez I would like to thank Lesley Thompson for the Nooks & Crannies piece entitled “Ed Loves Kelly.” To clarify any confusion, I am, and have been since the day I met her, madly in love with Kelly. I tried to tie…

Spanner: Night Music #50

Night Music has been bringing this city a monthly dosage of structure mixed with chaos since 2002. Rob Power (percussion) and Paul Bendzsa (woodwinds) have been improvising together as Spanner since that same year. The duo will be the anchor band as the Sound Symposium…

Valentine Burlesque

Look out Mother, they’re at it again! Or maybe you should just say to heck with it and bring your mother with you to the Neighborhood Dance Works’ Valentine Burlesque show. These events are always weird, wacky, and can be classified as sexy. Hosted by…

Share and share a bike

Elling Lien and Bryhanna Greenough pedal their awares SHARE AND SHARE A BIKE MUN Project Green, the folks who launched RideShare (the new carpooling service), are putting out their feelers for a new bikesharing program in St. John’s. Bikesharing doesn’t mean doubling up or riding…

Ka-blam!

Diana Daly gets all fired up. GACKALACKAGACKA!!! Wouldn’t it be great to set off your own fireworks this year for Chinese New Year (February 18)?

“Light turbulence”

Hey kids. I’m in Halifax, safe and sound, albeit somewhat later than planned. The ‘sleet wave’ in YHZ delayed the early flights out of St. John’s for a few hours, so a sizeable portion of the NL rock music contingent (plus myself) spent the wee…

Halifax-bound

Hi-de-ho, eager readers! You’re looking great, whatcha been doing? Dana here, just in a flurry of packing, planning, and searching for my phone charger. ‘Wherefore?’ you ask. ‘Why are you leaving your beloved city alone in the dead of February?’ To that I say, so…

Positive ends

Sex and love columnist Dan Savage brings you the happy endings. This week’s Savage Love can be found online here. A new Savage Love podcast is available for download every Tuesday at www.thestranger.com/savage. mail@savagelove.net