Posts Tagged ‘Arts’

What Dal should read

Something not about North America: I’m suggesting this not because I think some experiences are universal and common to all fiction, but because experiences are not universal. If, as we explored a few weeks ago, a large segment of Dal’s population is international, why not strive to read something other than the Canadian and American…

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Dal Engineering’s folk soul

Luke Gallant (Press photo)

Luke Gallant, a 24 year-old singer-songwriter originally from PEI, has a sound that could turn a gathered room to stillness. His sound blends intoxicating honesty and sincerity. His soft guitar and vocals recall folk and blues, lending his music an essence that resembles a cross between Ben Harper and Ben Howard. An engineering student at…

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That three-letter word: Hormonal haze

By the time she was 21, my grandmother had had three kids. Then, she didn’t have another one for another 11 years. What changed? She gained access to the Pill. For many people, hormonal birth control is something of a saviour. Whether it’s preventing unwanted pregnancies, assuaging acne and painful cramps or making erratic periods…

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Catching air

Jiro dreams of airplanes. (Press image)

Spirited away, Ponyo,  and other kid-friendly releases from the beloved Studio Ghibli  must have lured me into a comfortable, safe world of fantasy and family foibles, because the latest film from animation icon Hayao Miyazaki is a harshly real sting of cold water in the face of such pleasantries. A highly fictionalized biography of engineer…

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Seeing the invisible

Liz Marshall: Canadian activist and filmmaker. (Press photo)

Award-winning Canadian filmmaker Liz Marshall spoke at a screening of her latest film, The Ghosts in Our Machine, last weekend in the McCain building. The World Society for the Protection of Animals’s (WSPA) Dalhousie branch organized the free event and facilitated an hour-long Q-and-A session with Marshall. Toronto-based Marshall has made 11 documentaries about various…

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They sang through the night

Oxfam president Ali Calladine came out strings swingin'. (Photo by Robyn Moore)

The lighting was dim thanks to a few unbroken bulbs from the chandeliers hanging overhead. It was enough to light up the stage and the faces on it, just enough to create an inviting and warm atmosphere that instantly made you comfortable. But the mood wasn’t sluggish. It was sharp and clever and empowering to…

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Final countdown

Singer-songwriter Ellie Goldney. (Photo by Kit Moran)

Six formidable musical opponents will face off during the final performance of the annual Dal’s Got Talent competition on Friday, Mar. 14 at the Grawood. We got to know five of these noble bards as they prepared for battle to win $1,000. By Emma Skagen, Mat Wilush and Rosalie Fralick Editor’s Note: Emily Ambrose, the…

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That three-letter word: Wrapping it up

No matter how specific your needs, this sexy city has you covered. (Photo by Joelline Girouard)

I was 14 years old the first time I encountered a condom. (Yes, it was as awkward as you imagine.) Picture a classroom full of teenagers, paired up and stationed in front of wooden penises. Nope, no bananas for us—we got as close to the real deal as was possibly appropriate. Out of a shoebox filled with prophylactics,…

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The rise and fall of Flappy Bird

A modern-day Icarus for the smartphone set. (Illustration by Amber Solberg)

We live in a post-Flappy Bird world. As Angry Birds changed mobile gaming forever, so too did Flappy Bird. Made by one man, Nguyen Ha Dong of Vietnam, in a three-day period, the little game that rocked the world took everyone by surprise. Tap the screen to make your bird flap its wings, and keep it…

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Why aren’t you playing: Guacamelee!

Is there anything cooler than a luchadore? No, there isn’t, and anyone who says otherwise doesn’t know what they’re talking about! However, for those who do not know of the wonder that is the luchadore, I shall explain. Simply put, luchadores are Mexican wrestlers. They’re known for larger than life personalities, excellent showmanship and, of…

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