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November 16, 2006
  Magic and very loud singingPDF files may take a moment to load

The curtains sweep open, the overture plays and the story unfolds, a careful balancing act begins. Act I, Scene I, Calgary Opera's 2006-2007 season. As their production of Rossini's Cinderella waltzes into the Jubilee Auditorium, general director and chief executive Bob McPhee is already preparing for seasons to come and is able to look back at this season's offerings.

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November 16, 2006
  Dance Preview: Shiny Happy PeoplePDF files may take a moment to load

Finally, hip-hop, ballet and traditional highland dance can all come together in a setting that isn't a zany sitcom about differences making people special. Started in 1969, the University of Calgary dance department's Dance Montage is exactly what its name implies--an eclectic smattering of dance styles and influences all brought together by 10 choreographers and over 100 dancers. The result is one of the department's biggest productions of the year, and certainly its most spectacular.

November 16, 2006
  Spun: Madina LakePDF files may take a moment to load

As a warning to anyone looking for the next big step in the progressive journey towards new and exciting electronica-influenced pop-punk, Madina Lake is definitely not it, no matter what the hype might suggest. Every song on the debut EP from Chicago-based Madina Lake sounds suspiciously familiar, and it would be bordering on criminal to attribute that to anything 'timeless' about the music's quality.

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November 16, 2006
  Spun: Kasey ChambersPDF files may take a moment to load

Carnival is the latest from Kasey Chambers, and fortunately it's not about her childhood memories of freaky carnies and greasy corndogs. Country through and through, Chambers grew up in Australia's vast outback and cut her musical teeth learning acoustic guitar around the campfire from her mom and pop. Despite receiving props from both alt-country goddess Lucinda Williams and Steve Earle, Chambers has so far remained an unknown outside of Australia.

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November 16, 2006
  Spun: Badly Drawn BoyPDF files may take a moment to load

Born Damon Gough, Badly Drawn Boy emerged on the British music scene in the late '90s with a series of popular EPs. His debut full-length, The Hour of Bewilderbeast, was released in 2000 to much critical acclaim and was followed by the score for About A Boy in 2002. After two disappointing follow-ups, Badly Drawn Boy looks to return to the spotlight with Born in the U.K. Unfortunately, that's not very likely.

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November 16, 2006
  Home Run strikes outPDF files may take a moment to load

In life, there are very few certainties. Two of them are death and taxes. Paul Kropp's latest book, Home Run, reminds the reader of another certainty: guys think about sex a lot. Like, all the time.

November 16, 2006
  Both greeting and parting salutationsPDF files may take a moment to load

It might seem strange that a band can achieve national fame, securing a fan base hundreds of thousands strong, before ever releasing a full-length album. Thanks to the wonder of Myspace--that web-crack to scenesters and casual socialites alike­--Hellogoodbye were launched into the limelight long before their debut LP was cut. Formed in 2001, the band is presently comprised of vocalist/guitarist Forrest Kline, keyboardist Jesse Kurvink, bassist Marcus Cole and drummer Chris Profeta.

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November 16, 2006
  A movie about the other Kennedy... who diedPDF files may take a moment to load

It's easy to assume a movie titled Bobby would reveal something of Robert F. Kennedy, the 1968 Democratic candidate for president. Instead, director Emilio Estevez uses Kennedy to focus on a collection of staff and patrons who were at the Ambassador Hotel on the night Kennedy was shot, leaving the man himself a mystery. The film attempts to define Robert Kennedy by those who embodied the social issues he fought for.

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November 16, 2006
  Film Review: Bond is BackPDF files may take a moment to load

Four decades and twenty-one films in, the Bond series really only had two options: continue along the path of ever-more-desperate celebrity cameos, CGI effects and over the top villainy, or, you know, make something interesting. Wisely, the franchise opted for the latter.

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November 16, 2006
  Convocation gets new look for fall ceremonyPDF files may take a moment to load

The Jack Simpson Gymnasium was dressed to the nines for fall convocation, which featured a fresh design for this year's 40th anniversary, Tues., Nov. 4.

"Convocation is a momentous event," said Sheila O'Brien, special advisor to the president on student life. "It is a ceremony acknowledging years of hard work and dedication, and our students deserve to be celebrated in great style."

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