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July 31, 2004
  Whoopi outwits Devil JazzPDF files may take a moment to load

Craig Forgrave's website claims Devil Jazz, his first novel, "unites for the first time anywhere: Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Paul, George and Ringo." The thing is, that same joke appeared in Sister Act. When you're using jokes from a decades old Whoopi Goldberg movie, it's a problem.

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July 29, 2004
  Preaching the merits of Scott MerrittPDF files may take a moment to load

"I think business and art are not ever very good bedfellows," says Guelph, Ontario songwriter Scott Merritt. "After a while, I think most of us find the business toxic, the business part of music making. There's a lot of stuff that doesn't have anything to do with music that is sort of disheartening a lot of the time. Well, that's not really the best word. Just toxic is a good word."

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July 29, 2004
  Pagan PridePDF files may take a moment to load

Broomsticks. Pointy hats. Vengeful spells. These are common stereotypes incorrectly associated with witches. What many people ignore is the spiritual depth and theological complexities of Paganism and witchcraft in all its forms. While the average person might be stunned to learn that he or she has at some point interacted with a witch, the likelihood is quite high.

July 29, 2004
  One Ring Zero gives me AtwoodPDF files may take a moment to load

Myla Goldberg is becoming the most unlikely of indie pop stars. The author of the bestselling novel Bee Season has all the skills to become a major player in the literary world, but the musical world? Even though she is a trained musician it seems unlikely, yet it's happening. Last year she was the subject of the Decemberists "Song for Myla Goldberg" and this year her lyrics, as well her skills with the flute, are featured on One Ring Zero's latest album As Smart As We Are.

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July 29, 2004
  Just a regular day at the Calgary Folk Fest...PDF files may take a moment to load

Get there at about 3. They have to call the media tent, because we don't have press passes. Apparently, we're supposed to have them before our arrival. They bring them to the gate and we are in. Al is worried we made a bad impression by arriving late, especially since Chris Tait, the photographer, got there early. Al can apparently perceive dirty looks so insignificant they don't even register to me. Enough of that, though, as our first order of business is setting up interviews.

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July 29, 2004
  Web science offers morePDF files may take a moment to load

The new scientific journal Cellscience launched with much less fanfare than it deserved on Tue., July 27. Describing itself as the "comprehensive International Medical A-Z directory covering all aspects of HIV and AIDS, Cancer, Cystic Fibrosis, Diabetes & Disorders of the Nervous System", the first issue is sur- prisingly accessible and contemporary in its writing. Currently, it features only review articles but anticipates publishing original work in 2005.

July 29, 2004
  A.C. Newman didn't play the Folk FestPDF files may take a moment to load

It's not every day you get to talk to a genius. Every once in a while though, by some strange confluence you get the opportunity to sit and talk to the vastly extraordinary about the very things that make them who they are.

This is exactly what I did with Carl Newman, front man from indie pop superstars the New Pornographers and presently working under the solo moniker of A.C. Newman.

July 29, 2004
  Be a DinoPDF files may take a moment to load

This fall, for the thousands of students unfamiliar to the University of Calgary many things will be different. Here they have a new home, new school, new city, new friends, more freedom and bigger genitals. What?

In any case, for an elite assemblage of students one specific challenge awaits: Competing in their favourite sport at a higher level. As the school year approaches most teams will be having recruitment camps to find rookies who over the next few years will bring the Dinos teams up a notch or two.

July 29, 2004
  Calgary urban scavenger hunt for the massesPDF files may take a moment to load

Has your summer consisted of work, sleep, eating and masturbation? If most of your time is consumed by three of the above then help has arrived.

Instead of looking forward to more school in the fall, get a life and add some excitement to your summer. 'Navigate The Streets' is coming to Calgary July 31 and you're cordially invited to join in on the good times.

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