Talking about the elephant in the room

After a highly successful run of “Pretending Your Vote Counts” — a live info-comedy series based around the provincial election — Berni Stapleton, Neil Butler, Sean Panting, and Aiden Flynn are back with a similar-styled, monthly sketch comedy show focusing on local events. Now with…

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto

Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto, Flatrock Here at Nooks and Crannies, our “Best Of” vote for this years’ “Most Psychedelic Spot”, is Our Lady of Lourdes Grotto out in Flatrock. Catholic or not, you have to admit there is something somewhat awe-inspiring about living so…

carrots

Citrus-y Carrot Soup

Andreae Prozesky turns carrots into gold. “But he wasn’t one bit hungry for monkeys! What he wanted was some more of that tasty carrot stew. So off he went to visit the rabbits.” —Kathryn Jackson, The Tawny Scrawny Lion -.-.-. For many of us in…

Many drives through snowstorms

Paul Warford speaks with Loel Campbell, drummer for Nova Scotia’s Wintersleep So which of Wintersleep’s band members would win in a foot race, you ask? What’s that? You weren’t asking? Well, I was curious. “Probably Mike Bigalow. I’d be up there, though. I have a…

Paper Covers Rock

The ECMAs will not be televised The Newfoundland Herald’s Kevin Kelly is angry, and like many people (in an age where dudes dress up as both Facebook and MySpace for Mardi Gras) he started a Facebook group to voice his concern. The group draws attention…

Storefront

Wherein Emilie Bourque stakes out a mysterious snack truck, among other things. COFFEE COFFEE EVERYWHERE There’s some serious competition brewing between coffee shops in this city. Just think—how many have opened downtown in the past year? Three? Including the Tim Hortons and Starbucks, five? That’s…

Fourth Wall 11/22/07

LAST CHANCE The deadline for The Scope’s Best of St. John’s (BOSJ) readers’ survey is fast approaching. At 11:59pm on Sunday, November 25 we will be removing the ballot from the website and you will have to wait another year to give us your vote…

The Architect

Anna Kate MacDonald chats with Michael Winter about his new book The Architects are Here. Even for veteran writer Michael Winter, writing a book is still pretty damn hard. “I don’t really know what I’m doing for a couple of years. I just have a…

Like Wonder for Chocolate

Even if he is sweet, Jordan Canning says Mr. Magorium has no Everlasting Gobstopper. Mr. Magorium is 243 years old. He has wily grey hair, a speech impediment and a pet zebra. He describes himself as an avid shoe-wearer. So avid that, after realizing he…

DIY felted toque

Bryhanna Greenough whips up a felted toque. In a play I once worked on, political prisoners were made to line up for an old-fashioned, public-style execution. On each man’s head was a hat which had been stretched, crunched and torn. Costumes are often broken down…

Free Will Astrology 11/22/07

“Use your mojo craftily, Aquarius!” says Scope astrologer Rob Brezsny. Sagittarius (November 22 – December 21) The visionary genius Isaac Newton revolutionized science and math. His biographer James Gleick says he discovered “more of the essential core of human knowledge than anyone before or after.”…

Savage Love 11/22/07

Sex and love columnist Dan Savage lets himself go. I love my wife. We’ve been married 10 years. Young punk-rock love turned into adult debt-ridden love. She’s been there for me, helps me achieve my goals, all that. But she’s let herself go, while I’ve…

Buck 65 — “Dang”

  Track review: Buck 65 — “Dang” [listen at buck65.com] From Situation (2007) Nova Scotia www.buck65.com Darcy Fitzpatrick: If Beck and Vanilla Ice were to successfully breed, that child would grow up to start a Buck 65 fan club, and Dang would be their anthem….

Chris Picco — “Same Old Story”

Track review: Chris Picco — “Same Old Story” From Ferris Wheel (2007) Newfoundland www.myspace.com/chrispicco Darcy Fitzpatrick: In a catchy, toe-tapping style, Picco tells us that “same old story” of incompatible lovers with lyrics that ring all too true to experience. Putting on a brave face,…