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Real Life, Two Ways

October 30th, 2009 by Fiona Wren

When you first see Ron Mueck’s 800-pound sculpture of a baby girl, you might feel a mixture of things. First, you might be really thankful that the baby is a healthy pink colour – a much livelier shade than it appears in photographs. Then, if you look into her eyes, you’ll probably feel startled at how aware she seems.

Of course, around that time you might also feel as if someone else is watching you – that “someone else” is another sculpture, a gargantuan baby head that surveys the room with dark, innocent eyes. (more…)

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It Might Get Loud: A Movie About Three Guys Who Love Music

October 26th, 2009 by Fiona Wren

There’s something really captivating about rockumentaries if you’re a music fan. Take the inevitable guitar porn, for instance – slow pans over the face of a Stratocaster, close-ups of masters plucking out rock anthems with nimble fingers. Concert footage of shows you wish you’d seen live (or maybe have seen live).

I’m not what you’d call an audiophile, but I do live in close quarters with one, and I’ve developed an appreciation for the rock documentary. Which is why, when I heard It Might Get Loud was playing in Calgary, I rushed out to get tickets. We saw the late-night show at the Calgary International Film Festival (CIFF), convinced the “limited run” promised on the film’s Web site would mean it was our only chance to watch The Edge, Jimmy Page, and Jack White jam together and talk music. (more…)

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Food is Life

October 1st, 2009 by Fiona Wren

What’s not to love about food?

If the above statement expresses the way you feel about all things culinary, check out the Calgary Public Library’s latest informational series, Food Is Life. The free series is a veritable buffet of information for those who consider themselves true foodies or want to learn more about food, health, and nutrition. (more…)

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CIFF Preview: Fiona Wren

September 21st, 2009 by Fiona Wren

To celebrate the 10th Annual Calgary International Film Fest, the team at have decided to publish a series of articles showcasing the films you need to see. We’ll be posting the top four films from each of our writers throughout the week so check back each day. First up is Fiona Wren.

An Education

I have a thing for good British films, and this one, which tells the story of a young girl in 1960s England, looks like it fits the bill. Also, it has Peter Sarsgaard, and experience tells me you can rarely go wrong with Peter Sarsgaard. | More Information


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Calgary Shows off our Mad Skills at World Skills 2009

August 28th, 2009 by Fiona Wren

Mayor Dave Bronconnier, local musician Jay Crocker, and the World Skills Performance Troupe launched the World Skills Cultural Celebration today in Olympic Plaza. The celebration, which lasts from August 28 to September 5, is a showcase of performances, presentations and art downtown and in Stampede Park. (more…)

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Something to Munsch on at the Telus World of Science

August 12th, 2009 by Fiona Wren

If you have a kid who loves Robert Munsch books – and let’s face it, there aren’t many among us who don’t ­– the Telus World of Science has an interactive display you’ll love. More with Munsch is a tribute to the well-loved author, who has written over 40 children’s books, lets kids see how Munsch creates his stories and gives them a chance to tap into their creativity, too. (more…)

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