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2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

2020 garden update: pond, pot and potatoes

Over the seven years that we’ve lived in our current home, we’ve transformed the backyard into a robust urban garden. We moved here in August 2013 and left things as they were for the first year. In 2015, we built a fence to enclose the 

Resuming life

Resuming life

I tried to write this post dozens of times over the last few months. The farthest I got was a couple of stream-of-consciousness notes on my phone, thumb-tapped out when the mood struck. Nothing complete ever came out of it. I’ve been doing a lot 

Cancelling life

Cancelling life

I’m sharing in the collective upwelling of grief in Edmonton this morning with the news that the 2020 Edmonton International Fringe Theatre Festival has been cancelled. The news was not surprising – after the Edinburgh Fringe announced its own cancellation, I knew our Fringe was 

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

My bubbly is red: Lambrusco wine story in Avenue

I remember the first time I tried bubbly red wine: I was super weirded out. It was a sparkling Australian Shiraz and while I can’t remember the producer (this was over 15 years ago), I recall it was quite sweet and extremely fruity. I didn’t 

Techno-dystopia: a review of Bustle & Beast’s Girl in the Machine

Techno-dystopia: a review of Bustle & Beast’s Girl in the Machine

Indie theatre company Bustle & Beast takes a deep dive into dystopian fiction, à la Black Mirror, in Girl in the Machine – now playing at the Zeidler Dome in the TELUS World of Science Centre. Actually, the script – written by Scottish playwright Stef 

Edmonton Theatre Listings – March 2020

Edmonton Theatre Listings – March 2020

Dystopian cyberpunk, eco-thrillers, human connection and loss: March is going to be a heavy month in Edmonton theatre. But, hey – these are perfect themes for these literally dystopic times.  As You Like It, Citadel Theatre, until Mar 15   Skirts Afire Festival, until Mar 8   Girl 

Farewell, Ghost Light

Farewell, Ghost Light

Effective immediately, I’m no longer doing the Ghost Light podcast. I will still do theatre coverage on my blog, mainly reviews, and perhaps the occasional preview or interview. I might also write about non-theatre subjects – probably wine (I started my writing career as a 

Getting happy with Plain Jane Theatre

Getting happy with Plain Jane Theatre

(This week’s interview features Kate Ryan, director of Plain Jane Theatre, talking about the company’s upcoming musical revue and 10-year anniversary celebration, Get Happy! Scroll down to listen to the show; the interview starts around 6:00.)   There was an interesting and somewhat troubling story 

Consumed by Wihtiko: a review of Pawâkan Macbeth

Consumed by Wihtiko: a review of Pawâkan Macbeth

Infusing Shakespeare with Cree cosmology is an intriguing theatrical exercise at play in Pawâkan Macbeth – A Cree Takeover, which just had a short run in the Chinook Series at Azimuth Theatre’s Expanse Festival. This is the first full production of the script by Reneltta 

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

No more chugging at intermission: the Citadel sippy cup

I had a story in Avenue Edmonton magazine recently that I’ve been meaning to share here: an inside look at the Citadel sippy! I took a break from seeing theatre for most of 2018 and early 2019 due to being pregnant/having a baby. When I