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Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Niuboi x Earth: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

“Queer alien space cabaret” is as apt a description as any for this zany little show featuring Niuboi (Julie Ferguson), a trans non-binary alien who has come from space “to save the world from a life of blasé mundanity.” This is the essence of Fringe […]

The Birthday Party: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

The Birthday Party: Edmonton Fringe 2019 review

Harold Pinter’s 1958 absurdist classic is a play that you should see at least once, if for no other reason than its seminal importance in the history of drama – not to mention in Pinter’s own Nobel Prize-winning career. And this marvelously acted Fringe production […]

Edmonton Fringe 2019: opening night and review of Eusha

Edmonton Fringe 2019: opening night and review of Eusha

This is my 12th year reviewing Fringe shows and I’ve got a well-rehearsed opening night routine. I head to the Fringe grounds (via ETS – seriously just don’t try to drive to the Fringe) a little earlier than the first performances. First stop is the […]

A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

A Fringe without stars (or reviews)

There was a brief period of time, right after I left Vue Weekly, when I thought maybe I wouldn’t review any more Fringe shows. That didn’t last long. I left Vue in July 2016; a few weeks later I ended up doing some reviews for […]

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

What does honey from a Flow Hive taste like?

I recently tasted some honey from a local Edmonton beekeeper using a Flow Hive. If you’re not familiar, the Flow Hive is a new type of beehive design that started making the rounds on social media about a year ago when the company launched its […]

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios comes to Edmonton

Cirque du Soleil’s Kurios comes to Edmonton

The first thing I saw after stepping into the blue-and-yellow-striped big top was a lizard man perched above the crowd, hissing and throwing popcorn at laughing audience members as they waited for the show to start. Needless to say, it’s a theatre experience I never […]

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Edmonton’s honey sommelier at your service

Last fall, I did a blind tasting of some honey samples from local Edmonton beehives. I was asked to do so by Dustin Bajer, one of Edmonton’s beekeeping experts and fellow Food Council member, on behalf of the YEG Bees Honey Co-Op: a collection of local beekeepers […]

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

Theatre review: The Preacher, the Princess and a Crow

How many times have you walked by someone on the street and tried to ignore their ranting and raving as you passed? Have you ever stopped to wonder why that person was yelling or ranting, or why they looked so disheveled, or what it was […]

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

Vinitaly 2017 Edmonton roadshow: Italy North to South

There’s a sea change happening in Italian wine: more and more producers are returning to the 500+ native grape varieties found in Italy alone. No other country can claim such a sheer diversity of grapes. Consider that 90 percent of French wine comes from only […]

Theatre review: Sense and Sensibility

Theatre review: Sense and Sensibility

Try as I might to conduct myself as an Elinor, I have to admit that many times I’m far more a Marianne. Not that you have to be one or the other. Jane Austen’s first novel has been accused of offering no more than a […]