Demi-chan wa Kataritai Ep.8 Review: Mediocre and Rote Slice of Life Fare

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Demi-chan wa Kataritai (Interviews with Monster Girlseschews the small amount of momentum it regained last week, and grinds almost entirely to an uninspired halt. 

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BalletBoyz’s ‘Life’ Preview for Vue Weekly

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This week I previewed a contemplative ballet called Life from  London-based company BalletBoyz. The preview just went live this morning on Vue Weekly.

The 10-member, all-male BalletBoyz company comes to entertain this weekend with physical questions about what it means to be alive.

The company’s 80-minute performance, Life, is split into two halves, separately choreographed by Swedish artist Pontus Lidberg and Venezuelan Javier de Frutos. Edmonton marks the last stop on the North American leg of its current international tour. Read more

The company is putting on two performances on Friday and Saturday at the Northern Jubilee Auditorium, organized by Alberta Ballet. You can snag tickets on their site.

‘La Cenerentola’ Opera Review for Vue Weekly

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I reviewed Edmonton Opera’s production of La Cenerentola for Vue Weekly earlier this month. I’ve never heard so many laughs in an opera house.

Edmonton Opera’s rendition of Cinderella is a funny, modernized take on Gioachino Rossini’s 1817 masterpiece La Cenerentola that’s as much a display of great theatre as it is a demonstration of the beautiful limits of the human voice.

Every acting performance in Cinderella is superb. Don Magnifico (Peter McGillivray) is great as a bumbling idiot who respects food and wine more than he respects people, and Tisbe (Sylvia Szadovski) and Clorinda (Caitlyn Wood) play their obnoxious sister roles perfectly. But it’s Dandini (Michael Nyby) who really steals the show. Read more

The La Cenerentola production already finished it’s run, but Edmonton Opera already announced its 2017-2018 line up. You can check it out on their website, featuring Les Feluettes, HMS Pinafore, and Don Giovanni.

Wildfire Teen Improv Festival Preview for Vue Weekly

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I missed this preview going live on Vue Weekly earlier in the month, but the Wildfire Teen Improv is still ongoing. The junior high division finals of the competitive festival are on Saturday with additional performances tonight and tomorrow.

“Wildfire Teen Improv Festival is very strange,” says 17-year-old Darby Gynane.

She’s heading into her fourth run at the festival alongside her teammates from Louis St. Laurent. The improv competition, running from Feb. 7 to 25 at the Citadel’s Ziedler Hall, pits teams of junior and senior high students from across Edmonton and Alberta against each other to see who’s the most spontaneously entertaining.

“You see people who are creating art in front of your eyes that they’re never going to do again and you’re never going to see again,” Gynane says. “It’s very much an in the moment kind of thing.” Read more

Rapid Fire Theatre is an absolute force in Western Canada, and their festival that develops youth is no exception. You can get tickets for the last three shows of the festival through Eventbrite. Each performance starts at 7pm in the Citadel’s Ziedler Hall.

Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid Ep.7 Review: Bikinis and The Meaning of Life

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In the self-proclaimed fan-service episode of Miss Kobayashi’s Dragon Maid (Kobayashi-san Chi no Maid Dragon), we get a helluva lot more than Lucoa and co. in skimpy swimsuits. Ideological considerations mesh with warm animation in another stellar step forward for the anime.
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High Level Lit Salon Preview for Vue Weekly

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I previewed a salon series for a non-fiction anthology coming this October from Edmonton writers. I talked to Edmonton’s youth poet laureate Nasra Adem about the events. You can read the full preview over on Vue Weekly.

Edmonton literati plan to celebrate Canada’s sesquicentennial with the means they know best— the printed word.

A non-fiction anthology titled High Level Lit: Musings on YEG for Canada’s 150th birthday—featuring a dozen authors reflecting on Edmonton’s place within Canada’s history—will be published in Eighteen Bridges Magazine this October during the Edmonton International Literary Festival. Read more

The first Mar. 1 salon is fully booked right now, but there’s a waiting list service in place until Feb. 28, and the dates of other salons will be announced throughout the year.

ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department Ep.7 Review: Royal Rumble

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The rising actions kicks off in ACCA: 13-Territory Inspection Department (ACCA: 13-ku Kansatsu-ka) this week as plain as can be. Revelations abound, built up within the episode by stellar pacing and call backs that substantiate the vagueness of episodes past.

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