Down to it

Photo by Justin Hall Elling Lien speaks with director Justin Simms about his eagerly-anticipated film (adapted from Joel Thomas Hynes’ novel of the same name) Down to the Dirt. What was it like working on something where you knew in advance it would attract a…

DIY: Radio

Sarah Smellie to Kristen Roos, do you read? “You can’t really close your ears,” points out Kristen Roos, whose upcoming installation at the Eastern Edge Gallery, called Micro Radio, has a few ears perked with interest. He is interested in the sonic montage we are…

Not one wooden

Ruins Colin Browne takes a peek at some of the films screening at the Nickel Film Festival. Ruins (Dir. Matthew Kelly / St. John’s / 6 min./ Drama) What do a leaky roof, one red-headed ex-grilfriend and an electronic lighthouse all have in common? Well,…

Just dig it

Matthew Atkinson Andreae Prozesky checks out the brand new Rabbittown Community Garden. In a dandelion-carpeted lot in Rabbittown, amid a diverse group of volunteers, deputy-mayor Ron Ellsworth is tossing around lawn-mowing ideas. Ward 4 councilor Debbie Hanlon is hauling cedar boards. Entertainer Terry Reilly is…

The index

Amount spent on air travel by federal MPs last year: $26 million Number of votes cast for Ron Ellsworth in the recent municipal byelection: 19,509 Number of votes cast Paul Sears (runner up for deputy-mayor): 7,558 Number of cod allowed to be caught per person…

Fourth Wall

Elling Lien looks both ways before crossing. You know the feeling you have when you’re walking down the middle of George Street at night, and there are hundreds of other people around you? (No, not the queasy tequila and streetmeat feeling.) Part of the carnival-esque…

Hot Summer Guide: Politics

Dave Sullivan Politicians don’t seem to want to work during the summer, so I’ve made up my own little political activity guide that you too can follow.

News bites

Down to the Dirt Joel Thomas Hynes’ coming-of-age story hits the big, local screen this Monday, June 23, as a Nickel Film Festival fundraiser. Directed by Justin Simms, the film was screened as part of Telefilm’s Perspective Canada series at Cannes in May. Tickets available…

Field Notes

Kerri Breen is eating paste. 709 Metalfest returns with Martyr Metalfest is not the kind of five year-old satisfied with merely eating paste and drinking bathwater. In fact, in its fifth year, the wildly popular mini-festival is offering up a bigger and better line-up of…

Storefront

Meng Zhu, co-owner of You You Shoes. Emilie Bourque knows business news matters. Hello fellow citizens! Are you having a good summer yet? “What summer?” you ask? Well, hopefully by the time you read this, jacket-weather will be over (again), and you’ll be frolicking in…

Free Will Astrology

Cancer (June 21 – July 22) How well are you capitalizing on this year’s unique opportunities, Cancerian? Now that we’re halfway through 2008, let’s take an inventory. I’m hoping that six months from now, you will look back and make the following declaration: “This year…

Video game review: Blackthorne

Blackthorne What a tour de force this masterpiece was at the time. 1994 saw the release of Blackthorne for the Super Nintendo and MS-DOS (remember DOS? Me neither). Since then, this game has trounced many others to find itself seated comfortably in gaming ‘top fives’…

Savage Love

I’m a 33-year-old man, married eight years and mostly happy. My problem seems common: My wife has lost interest in sex. We have sex once every two months, maybe once a month if I’m lucky. When we do have sex, it seems to be good…