Auktacular

The Black Auks: Neil Rosenberg, Wallace Hammond, and Craig Squires Their mission is to have fun making noise. For more than 15 years, local improvisational group The Black Auks have been banging and clanging on instruments, junk, toys, the audience, and whatever they need to…

Bring the noise

From the third of July to the thirteenth, there will be more than sixty (!) events at over ten different locations for this year’s Sound Symposium. That’s a fair bit of ground to cover. Alex Pierson and Sarah Smellie offer up day by day rundowns…

Ennomos Subsignarius

(a.k.a. Elm spanworm) Occupation: Defoliator Bio: This nasty little bugger is native to the island, though the first recorded outbreak-grade infestation of its species was in 2000. A member of the Geometridae family of the order Lepidoptera, it begins life as an egg laid in…

Storefront

Ibrahim Shaik, store manager of Taste East Inc. Emilie Bourque solves the Snack Wagon mystery. This two year birthday of The Scope also marks my one year anniversary working on the paper, so I’d just like to say a quick thank you to the Scopemakers…

Turnip Green Pesto With Walnuts and Pumpkin Seeds

After this long winter, Andreae Prozesky is ready to eat almost anything local and green. So I’m walking up Parade Street, on my way to the Sobeys on Merrymeeting, thinking about local food and the growing and sharing thereof. Tra-la-la, I skip along, dreaming of…

Where do we draw the line?

St. John’s city council has voted to paint a new crosswalk in Airport Heights where a child was struck and killed by a vehicle last year. This goes against recommendations of the city’s engineering department that traffic levels there are below minimum standard requirements. Is…

Let’s make this a great show

Newfoundland’s biggest band Great Big Sea just released a new album and are celebrating their 15th year. Elling Lien met up with Bob Hallett and Alan Doyle, two-thirds of the band’s core, to talk about the album, how they started, and where they are now….

Field Notes

Kerri Breen wants her own musical cat. St. John’s electronic music boom? It seems a mess of new, local electronic music has emerged—possibly from the depths of Mom and Dad’s basement. At least five or six projects have popped up on Myspace in the last…

DIY: Ugly Stick

Jason Sellars extols the beauty of an ugly stick. Summer Time. The sun is here, the tourists are flocking, and it is time to make some noise. What if you are like me, and can’t fiddle, or whistle, or rock? We are a people known…

The Index

Population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador over first three months of 2008: 200 people Population growth in the second quarter: 171 people Population growth in Newfoundland and Labrador over first three months of 2007: -1,800 people Total population of Newfoundland and Labrador: 508,270 Number of…

News bites

Bottled water ban Big kudos to city council for  voting to ban bottled water from city hall. According to Ellsworth thousands of dollars were spent by the city on bottled water, and really, if city employees were unwilling to drink city tap water, what would…

Wha happen?

Colin Browne is still confused about what happened in The Happening, but do you really need to understand something to enjoy it? You’ve probably heard them all by now: The Not Much Happening, The What’s Happening? And, true, M. Night Shyamalan’s unmistakably slow-paced critique of…

Golden Pheasant Tea mural

110 Water Street Despite my best Googling efforts, I’m still not sure whether or not I can get a hot cup of Golden Pheasant Tea anymore. But every time I walk past Turner’s Tavern on Water Street, I want one. My cravings for Golden Pheasant—an…