Feature A & E Stories

New collection of short horror films to premiere at Globe Cinema

'ABCs of Death 2' to give fans another round of raucous killings

thumb 3ABCsofDeath2EDITFans who are expecting to see anything groundbreaking from the Calgary premiere of ABCs of Death 2 are in for a surprise. The film, a second collection of 26 short horror films that follows its 2012 predecessor, delivers on all fronts but originality. It follows the same blueprint and contains scenes that you would expect Drafthouse Films, who built the ABCS franchise on a foundation of shock and awe.

But being unique isn't entirely what makes a good horror film. It never was.

Horror, as a genre, should be something that takes society's taboos and manifests them into a visually compelling nightmare. If the effect should make you cringe, gasp, or even burst out into uncontrollable, morbid laughter, then the film has done what it was supposed to do.

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Calgary and the First World War

The Lougheed House to host event that features the family's history in 1914

thumb AE cawseyprovided lougheed ED2WEBEDITThe Lougheed House is turning back time to give Calgarians a look of what the city was like during the First World War. "A Family at War: the Lougheeds and the First World War" gives locals an intimate look at what life in Calgary was like during 1914.

The event takes place from Oct. 17 to Jan. 18 and provides Calgarians a chance to observe what the Lougheed family did during the war as well as what the culture of Calgary was like over 100 years ago.

"It's really an opportunity during the centenary of the start of World War I, which of course is 1914, to explore and bring a better awareness to the incredibly unique roles that the Lougheeds played during World War I," Kirstin Evenden, executive director of the Lougheed house said.

"We've got some wonderful unique photos and family treasures. So the house itself is a historic site as you know, we do have a collection here of family items and things that document their personal history" Evenden added.

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Hook, line and leather: Calgary designer Aleem Arif captures the attention of Western Canada

Tenacious designer of women’s line Bano eeMee crossed professions and borders in the pursuit of his dreams

thumb Aleem3WEBColourful tunics, created in Pakistan and carefully folded into a bag, became Aleem Arif's passport into the world of Calgary fashion.

Arif – the creative talent behind Bano eeMee – fearlessly carried his tunics onto a bus and headed to YYC's popular shopping districts like 17 Avenue and Kensington.

His mission: to sell his designs. He had just moved to Calgary, leaving his previous life working in the world of finance behind, and was determined to see his dreams come to life.

The first step in realizing his goal was to find a store that would carry his line.

"They would kick me out," says Arif with a laugh.

Until – what Arif says was around the tenth try – he walked into Kensington's Eleven Eleven Boutique, which is now closed. Then storeowner Lana Selbee saw Arif's potential and welcomed the unknown designer into Calgary's fashion community.

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Girls can play too – paving the way in the tattoo community

Alberta Bound Tattoo and Arts Festival featured artists of both genders 

Tattoo-thumbFrom tattoo virgins to bodies covered in ink – this year's Alberta Bound Tattoo and Arts Festival, held Oct. 17 to 19 at the BMO Centre, was packed with self-expression. 

However, with varying faces and creative interests, there seemed to be one demographic that fell slightly short – female tattoo artists.

The question buzzed over the colorful mass of body art– are women still breaking ground in Canada's tattoo industry? Although the tables were occupied by an evident equal amount of men and women, the pain stricken painting seemed to be done by a male dominated crowd.

Moving into her 18th year in the industry, Stephanie Corvus has been filling human canvases since 1996.

"When I first started tattooing, I only knew one other female artist – I didn't work with my first until 2005," she said.

Despite the sluggish catch-up, female artists are leveling out the playing field and letting the tattoo community know that girls can play too.

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