Learning to kill

Open-mic comedy night regulars Paul Warford, host Sherri Levesque, Matthew Esteves, Mikaela Dyke, Andrew Ivimey, and Tim Ronan. Comic theatre may very well have been around in Newfoundland forever, but stand-up comedy—that peculiar blend of theatre, storytelling, and, often, brick walls—has never quite been able…

Stand-up profiles

Quick questions for a few of the regulars at the Victory Open Mic Stand-up night.

Mainly just cartoons

Mike MacDonald has appeared on Letterman, he’s starred in three well received CBC television comedy specials, and he holds the distinction of being the only comedian to perform at each and every Just For Laughs gala show. Speaking with him by phone, amateur comedian Paul…

Quit your job

Sarah Smellie chats with that Nova Scotia-based banjo-pickin’ feller, Old Man Luedecke. About four years ago, Chris “Old Man” Luedecke did himself—and us—a huge favor: he quit his day job so he could spend more time with his banjo. That single act of bravery put…

Sowing the seed

Andreae Prozesky gets the dirt on the St. John’s Farmers’ Market. “In all of the cities I’ve lived in, going to the farmers’ market on Saturday morning was a major part of my week,” says Lori Greene, Director of Vendor Relations for the St. John’s…

Duck boat

Cook Street While Newfoundland and Labrador has quite the history of boat building and design, there’s perhaps not a boat around quite like this one. Shawn Pumphrey owns a duck boat. Rather, it’s a fishing boat. That looks like a duck. (Take a stroll down…

Field Notes

Kerri Breen longs for Shaggy’s return (…psych!) Backstreet’s back, alright First Dylan, then Cohen, and now…the Backstreet Boys? The tickets have gone on sale and the crowds have already camped out to see Brian Littrell (the cute one), Nick Carter (the other cute one), AJ…

Festival of New Dance lineup

Chiasmata: Toronto Dance Theatre’s Christopher House returns with something more personal and intimate after the formalism and relative coolness of his previous work, Timecode Break. Chiasmata is a humanistic response to the complexities of modern life. (June 17 & 18) Movement (R)evolution Africa: Nine African…

Why don’t we dance in couples any more?

[kml_flashembed movie=”http://www.youtube.com/v/GZxJajPEQQE” width=”400″ height=”335″ wmode=”transparent” /] As part of the 18th Annual Festival of New Dance, Montreal b-girls JoDee Allen and Helen Simard of Solid State take on this question. Their latest show Take it Back combines the music and moves of breakdancing and swing…

Cut & paste

Toronto Dance Theatre’s Chiasmata will be opening this year’s Festival of New Dance. Bryhanna Greenough got in touch with modern dance choreographer Christopher House to find out how Chiasmata was made. “We began with me dancing, as usual, but this time I was improvising: dancing…

The Index

St. John’s estimated expenditure on public transit for 2008 : $7,855,710 Canada’s gender gap ranking for women in government according to the World Economic Forum : 36th Sri Lanka’s ranking : 7th Percentage of female MPs in Canada : 20 Percentage of female MHAs in…

Storefront

Brent Smith, co-owner of the Newfoundland Chocolate Company at the Made Right Here fair. Emilie Bourque gives away all the local business news. Nothing to truffle with The Newfoundland Chocolate Company, a new local artisan chocolate company, was launched officially on May 30th at the…

Photo

leonard cohen may 25 2008 at holy heart of mary theatre. Photo by Rachel Jean Harding.

News bites

Yay, pathologists! As a direct result of the recently announced pay increase, we will soon have two—count ‘em—two shiny new pathologists working in the province. Which is good news for everybody. Amazing how far $700,000—the average salary, $350,000, times two— can go. (More at tinyurl.com/4ko758)…