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January 17, 2008
  SU View: New Music on Film Series at That Empty Space!PDF files may take a moment to load

Sigur Ros are playing live in That Empty Space Tue. Jan. 22 at 3 p.m! Well, ok, the world-renowned Icelandic band won't be making it to Calgary any time soon, but we have the next best thing: Sigur Ros' new film Heima! The film follows the band as they embark on a free tour of their native Iceland playing venues as small as a coffee shop and as large as an outdoor canyon. The film captures a rare glimpse into the life and music of this hugely successful and often misunderstood group.

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January 17, 2008
  Of seeds and sovereigntyPDF files may take a moment to load

Early this week, British Columbia Marijuana Party leader, Cannabis Culture magazine editor and pot seed salesman Marc Emery accepted a plea bargain with American authorities to serve five years, mostly in Canadian jail, with no hope of early release. Marc Emery will serve a longer sentence than many violent crime offenders, but the alternative would be up to 20 years in American prisons, for not only him but also two of his closest friends (or "lieutenants," as one paper put it).

January 17, 2008
  The upcoming doctor dilemmaPDF files may take a moment to load

With the looming mass defection of baby-boomers from the whitewashed halls of hospitals to the white-sand beaches of retirement, a critical shortage of doctors is expected to hit a medical industry already scarily understaffed.

The planned solution to this problem is to "fast-track" medical school. There are two facets to this proposal, neither of which is sufficient. There is another solution, and one which would seemingly offer a viable way to mitigate the problem, but it is so far unarticulated.

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January 17, 2008
  Oddly enough, they're not Vain at allPDF files may take a moment to load

With the Calgary music scene packed-to-bursting with promising new groups, success can come quickly and unexpectedly to a band that shows obvious talent. Since Jane Vain and the Dark Matter's participation in the inaugural Sled Island festival last year--opening for frontwoman Jamie Fooks' idol Cat Power--the band is starting to hit the big time. The band is now scoring shows, becoming a staple in the Calgary indie music contingent and preparing for the release of their first album, Love Is Where The Smoke Is, slated for Tue., Jan.

January 17, 2008
  Denzel's Debaters is delightfulPDF files may take a moment to load

Over the last decade, even longer, the viewing public has been bombarded with the same formulaic, sometimes uplifting story. Little-known black kids in an under-funded college or high school are discovered by a passionate and inspiring teacher. That teacher provides those kids with a sense of belonging in a world mired by racial prejudice.

January 17, 2008
  The good, the bad and the GladiatorsPDF files may take a moment to load

As households throughout the land tidy up their holiday decorations for another year, members of the striking Writers Guild of America appear to be settling in for the long haul as their labour dispute with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers stretches well into its tenth week.

January 17, 2008
  A Consonant part of Calgary's scenePDF files may take a moment to load

It's 10 p.m. in a secluded hallway in the Epcor Centre. In an hour, the Consonant C will perform an epic collaborative set with local act the Summerlad under the stellar name The Concubines of the Cosmos. This performance, at the High Performance Rodeo Grandstand Concert, will feature the two bands wearing Christmas lights and painter's suits. The hipsters' minds will be blown.

January 17, 2008
  Tim Burton's latest is a bloody good timePDF files may take a moment to load

Musical films were once all the rage in Hollywood. The enthusiastic response to musical sequences in early features with sound quickly led to the growth of the genre, to the point where musicals were everywhere throughout the '30s and '40s. The musical fell into disuse for several decades, until a revival began in the late'90s. The side-effect of this revival is that, like most film trends, many tremendously awful musicals have been adapted. Thankfully, Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleet Street is anything but awful.

January 17, 2008
  Meet Calgary's Sundance kidPDF files may take a moment to load

The Sundance Film Festival typically does not impact the lives of Calgarians very much. Fans of the television show Entourage may vaguely recall seeing brief glimpses of the festival at one point, but the prototypical citizen remains blissfully unaware of the happenings in Park City, Utah for 10 days in Jan.

January 17, 2008
  Deer, prank calls and securityPDF files may take a moment to load

A disgruntled former-student continues his barrage of prank calls, the university loses two of its even-toed ungulates in a single evening and an assault casts an ominous cloud over strange times at Campus Security.

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