Feature A & E Stories
- Published on Monday, 03 March 2014 14:19 03 March 2014
- Written by Donella Swan Donella Swan
Play seeks to help audience incorporate lessons of hope into their lives
Despite all her hardships, Anne Frank was a girl who never lost hope. Rosebud Theatre brings the story back to life, reliving her experience through World War II..
Spending over two years in hiding from the Nazis, Anne Frank's astonishingly honest story lives on past her existence and reminds us of one of the darkest times in human history.
Anne was a Jewish girl, who along with her family and another family, hid away from the Nazis in very close quarters in Amsterdam. Anne kept a diary of her situation during this time. Sadly, the two families were ousted and taken away to concentration camps. Only Anne's father Otto survived the atrocities of the camps, but he discovered his daughter's diary in which her tale lives on.
- Published on Monday, 03 March 2014 11:33 03 March 2014
- Written by JUSTIN WILSON JUSTIN WILSON
MRU to stage Bram Stoker's Dracula as its last production
The last breath of life from Mount Royal University's theatre program comes in the form of Bram Stoker's Dracula. The play runs March 27 to April 5, and is the final production from a program that's been at the school for a quarter century.
The theatre department was cut last year along with several other programs, including music. According to documents from the May 8, 2013 General Faculties Council special meeting, the university suffered a $14 million hit at the hands of the province's 2013-2014 budget.
No new theatre students were admitted this academic year, and the second-year students are ending their year with Dracula. A story about the tragic struggle of the walking undead fell into place easily, says theatre chair Doug Rathbun. He says it provides those involved with Mount Royal's theatre program the opportunity to address the situation — the cutting of the program — with just the right amount of tongue-in-cheek.
- Published on Thursday, 20 February 2014 22:41 20 February 2014
- Written by Tera Swanson Tera Swanson
How a well-known landscape photographer turns ideas into images
Curled in the back of my SUV in a sleeping bag, I attempted to catch some sleep at the base of Cascade Mountain near Banff, Alta. I was tired after spending several hours of the night driving the rural roads of Alberta's prairies and foothills with Banff-based landscape and adventure photographer Paul Zizka.
We hoped that we'd get a glimpse of the heavily speculated Aurora Borealis display, just waiting for a clearing in the cloud-blanketed night sky to set up our tripods in time for the show.
After accumulating more Tim Horton's receipts than photos, we succumbed to our last resort — heading back to the mountains to camp out, in chance of catching the lights.
I woke to a tap on my frosty rear window at 6 a.m., nearly 10 hours after we had first left Banff. "It's not happening tonight guys," Zizka said. "Go home and get some sleep. It's too bad but that's how it goes sometimes."
- Published on Wednesday, 12 February 2014 14:14 12 February 2014
- Written by Hannah Cawsey and Justin Wilson Hannah Cawsey and Justin Wilson
Calgary kink and BDSM community holds fundraiser for non-profit group this Valentine's Day long weekend
Crimson Events, a Calgary-based performance art group, is a staple in Calgary's thriving kink and BDSM community – BDSM being an erotic practice built around the practices of bondage and the interaction between the dominant and the submissive.
Over the years, the company, specializing in various forms of adult entertainment, has paired with a number of charitable organizations; the most recent being HIV Community Link who they've partnered with for their upcoming event.