Field Notes

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Sex, by the book

Lois Brown’s new play, Sex, the Rules of is about the result of going against social conventions associated with sex.

“When I say sex, the rules of, I meant that if you have sex with, you know, your married partner, there’s certain rules,” says Brown. “If you have sex outside that relationship it’s like you’ve broken a rule.”

The play, a dark comedy, deals with themes of intimacy and the tendency for family dynamics to rear their heads in romantic relationships.

“The family is the basis of all your intimate relationships,” Brown says.

It’s not Freudian, Brown says, explaining that the play has a stronger connection to ideas of French postmodernist theorist Michel Foucault.

It stars Aiden Flynn, Marthe Bernard, Ruth Lawrence, and Mark O’Brien; the actors each play several characters and Shannon Hawes is stage manager.

The play premiered at the Atlantic Fringe Festival in Halifax to favourable reviews.

“It went really well and it was interesting to open the play out of town instead of doing it first here,” Brown says.

The St. John’s debut of Sex, the Rules of, is happening at the Rabbittown Theatre from Sept. 11 to 13.

B-boys battle

Modestly enough, East Rock Crew started out as a bunch of guys watching YouTube and music videos to teach themselves the art of street dance.

The group has evolved significantly since 2005, and its performers now practice b-boying as well as promote street dance to children and communities as a means of artistic fulfillment and exercise.

And now, for the first time, ERC is hosting a dance competition. Supported by the Newfoundland and Labrador Arts Council, it’s called Hustle to get Here, and it means some talented dancers will win some sweet cashish.

The competition, held at MUN on Sept. 19 on, consists of a b-boying category in which 16 dancers from across eastern Canada will compete for $1000, and a commercial hip-hop dance category (a style similar to what you would see in a music video) with the best of five local dance groups winning $500.

“It’s not just an opportunity for the crowd to be wowed,” says Matt Power of ERC, but it’s an opportunity for Newfoundland b-boys and b-girls to compete for the first time ever.”

Competitors can also participate in professional development workshops.

Power credits b-boying’s growing local profile with the increased exposure to dance through shows like So You Think You Can Dance?

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On tour

Legend City Wrestling is leaving the city of legends behind, if only for a day. The young wrestling company is embarking its first mini tour, a four day, four show stint featuring local favourites and visiting talent.

The company, says promoter Steve Clarke, is expanding little by little. He hopes to have a ten day tour lined up for the spring.

“Each time we do a little trip we’re going to add an extra day and a new venue,” he says.

At the Bay Roberts show on Sept. 19, WWE alum and current Legend City Heavywight Champion Highlander Robbie McAllister will defend his title against former WWE developmental talent Turcan “Reza” Celik.

Then on Sept. 20, the crew heads back to town for a show at Club One, where a group called the Newf World Order will face off against a group of Middle Eastern oil tycoons led by shed-dwelling radio personality Big Tom.

If successful, NWO will get some time in the ring with Big Tom. Former WWE star Colt Cabana is up against the Highlander.

“We use about a 75 per cent local roster, but we do continue to bring in names as an extra added attraction,” Clarke says.

The tour will finish up on September 22, as LCW returns to the CLB Armory. Should the Highlander still be champion, he will then defend the title against Big Tom’s protege, Sheik Aziz.