Field Notes

Kerri Breen wonders if Donnie Dumphy will battle Gazeebow Unit.

Donnie Dumphy live on George
The Motion Show’s Donnie Dumphy will soon be putting the rap expertise he’s been bragging about on YouTube to the test, and he wants to see your skillz too.

Dumphy, the overnight comedy phenom, is hosting a rap battle at the Rock House on Sept. 6.
Prizes include cash and Ballistic swag. But you may want to show up early—the Facebook event has over 600 attendees confirmed.

New EP from Maggie Meyer
Maggie Meyer, the soulful singer/songwriter who made The Scope’s 2007 Local Disc Guide, is releasing another EP.

Meyer says her father, Dave Panting, recorded the five-song CD, called On The Side, over two months of Saturdays.

She also got help from a cast of local musicians.

“I took the opportunity to work with various artists I admire,” she says. “And it was really was a pleasure to hear the songs as they appeared in my head.”

Her last album—also her first crack at recording—was mostly acoustic.

“This one is more fleshed out simply because I had more resources. I applied for a grant this year and got it. As a result I could plan for a project that was more in depth,” Meyer says.

Meyer will launch On The Side on Aug. 31 at the Ship Pub, where she will be playing with a full band known as Maggie Meyer and The Marsupials.

Margaret Atwood to deliver Massey lecture
Canadian writer Margaret Atwood is coming to St. John’s to talk about something she probably hasn’t experienced in a long time: Debt.

Our lovely little city will be the first stop on her CBC Massey Lecture series tour this fall.

But the lecture isn’t about how to manage your finances or become a rich, important author; it provides a more sociological, academic perspective on debt.

“These are not lectures about how to get out of debt; rather, they’re about the debtor/creditor twinship in the broadest sense—from human sacrifice to pawnshops to revenge,” she writes. “In this light, what we owe and how we pay is a feature of all human societies, and profoundly shapes our shared values and our cultures.”

The lecture is taking place at the Arts and Culture Centre on Oct. 12.

Drag queens face off for prizes
DJ Fabian Fitzpatrick says this year’s Drag Idol competition at Zone 216 could be a record year, with around ten competitors already confirmed—including two drag kings.

The six year-old event works much like the Idol TV shows, but there is much more audience interaction.

“Drag Idol is my baby and began in 2003 more as a spoof of the Idol TV shows of which I’m still a self-confessed addict,” says Fitzpatrick.

But unlike the other Idol shows, the panel of judges evaluating the contestants rotates throughout the evening.

“The judges on Drag Idol are a mixed bag of former drag queen winners, washed up drag queens who have never won anything, minor local media celebrities, and even a scattered member of the audience,” he says.

This year, as with every year, there will be a secret celebrity judge. Ultimately though, it’s the audience that has the power to vote for their favorite drag king or queen.

“Come out, sit back, [and] bring signs to support your favorite contestant,” says Fitzpatrick.

Drag Idol is happening at Zone 216 on Water Street on Aug. 31. The winner receives a prize pack from

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