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These guys party like it’s 1999 all the fucking time
London’s electro duo The Girls Can Hear Us to play Louis’
ISHMAEL N. DARO                                      Shakespeare it ain’t. But the music is so        their tunes away for free. Influential music       Girls Can Hear Us now has fans around the
Web Editor                                           unselfconscious about having a good time         blogs like Indie Shuffle and deathelectro.         world. On a recent trip to the Dominican
                                                     that you can’t help but be drawn in.             com have praised their music and several           Republic, they even shut down a shopping
   The Girls Can Hear Us are not shy about              A TGCHU song typically starts with            TGCHU songs have appeared on the                   mall and converted it into a two-floor club
partying. Their lyrics don’t allow them such         Edmond Huszar producing some catchy              “popular” page of Hype Machine, an online          for the night. A tour of France and Germany
modesty.                                             beats and sending them over to Steep, who        music aggregator.                                  is in the works as well.
   “I feel like doing some drugs tonight,”           then writes the appropriate party anthem to         “We give away three times as many                  The duo will stroll through Saskatoon
says vocalist Will Steep in one song, “I feel        go with it. In the song “Drugs, Dancin’,”        songs as we try to sell,” said Steep, adding       Sept. 18 to play Louis’ — as far west as
like doing it up tonight. I feel like taking         Steep implores us to “break your neck to         that touring and merchandise are bigger            Steep has ever been in Canada.
you out and I feel like laying you down, all         the beat!” while the title of another song is    money makers anyway. “Just the fact that              “I may have played a basketball
right?”                                              simply “Fuck to This.”                           people want to hear it, in a lot of cases, is      tournament in Sault Ste. Marie in high
   Sex and drugs are present but is it rock             You get the idea. These guys party hard       enough to make me happy.”                          school,” said Steep with a laugh. “That
’n’ roll? Perhaps in attitude but musically          and their music is best suited for a club or        Their debut album Every Day came                would probably be the furthest west I
TGCHU is a mix of bass-heavy electronica             party setting. Yet despite the confidence        out in April and Steep says the reception          have been, so I’m excited to get out to
with Steep’s lyrical debauchery layered              with which the duo presents itself, TGCHU        has been overwhelmingly positive, far              Saskatoon.”
overtop.                                             has only been around since 2009 when             exceeding his hopes.
   “I actually think promiscuity is a valid          Huszar and Steep attended the same                  “The feedback has been phenomenal,”
and moral lifestyle choice if you do it              school in London, Ont. One fateful bus           he said. “Given the fact that really all we             The Girls Can Hear Us will
honestly,” said Steep. “I’m not embarrassed          ride to campus allowed them to strike up a       did was tweet about it and throw it on                  play Louis’ Sept. 18. Tickets
that we’re having too much fun. I’m not              conversation and within weeks they were          our Facebook page, it’s been incredible. I
                                                                                                                                                                  are $15 at the door.
embarrassed that I’ve been promiscuous.”             making music together.                           figured we’d make a few hundred bucks
   This embrace of hedonism is what makes               Since then, TGCHU have grown their            and we’ve done much better than that.”
TGCHU so profoundly fun to listen to.                fanbase rather quickly, mostly by giving            Apparently, this strategy has worked. The



For the awkward people out there
MFA show is dedicated to alone-in-the-corner people
ALISON COOLEy                                          sometimes: I just want to leave.”                   rules and you learn how to make things
Arts Writer                                               Central to Papp’s exhibition is the concept of   according to these rules: there are rules about
                                                       “indulging in the idea of escaping and getting      how to hold your needles or how to get things
   The lights are dim in the Gordon Snelgrove          away from everything” and imagining what that       done. A lot of [the patterns in this exhibition] are                          GREGG
Gallery this week for Shanell Papp’s graduating        could look like.                                    of my own making. In a weird way, you learn to                               COCHLAN
MFA show, Loners. At the entrance, a walled-              In a variety of textile mediums, Papp creates    make something to a certain extent and then you                              Launching
off hallway opens on a large grey canvas wall          figures that embody this escape from society.       get tired of the rules and... you kind of want to                       World Peace, Really!
                                                                                                                                                                   UPCOMING




hanging and the surrounding gallery is filled          The figures are like giant dolls or playthings      rebel a little bit, so you end up stepping out and                      Tuesday, September 21,
with life-sized textile sculptures, the “loners”       but made slightly haunting and sad, with life-      making your own pattern. Even for yourself but                                 6:30 PM
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after which Papp titled her show.                      like glass taxidermy eyes. Sculptures sit and       also for [artwork like] this.
   Papp is interested in the idea of being alone,      stand in the gallery, meditative and sometimes         “So that’s part of the thinking of fringe-
                                                       disquieting.                                        dwellers and loners because they’re not really
                                                                                                                                                                                          GILES
either by choice or as an outcast from society.
   “I was thinking about people’s urges to be              Papp’s practice as a textile artist stands      following the pattern,” said Papp. “They’re sort
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in control and empowered in their own lives,”          alongside her interest in fringe-dwellers and       of making their own way of living with what
                                                                                                                                                                                     Crime Machine
Papp explained. “Sometimes when things                 misfits, people who live according to different     tools are given; in this show, sewing or crochet                        Thursday, September 23,
don’t go your way or people mess things up             sets of rules. She sees some of the escape from     — those are the tools. They become something                                    7:30 PM
for you, you think, ‘Maybe if I could just get         society’s structures in her own unconventional      else with what’s available to them. They sort of
away and move to Alaska, then things would be          use of domestic materials.                          create their own realities.”
                                                          “When making crafts,” Papp said, “there’s
better.’ There’s this part of you that thinks that
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Purrfect patterns make for Easy Livin’
Bold colours dominate art show at Hot Yoga on 20th
GREG REESE                                                                                                                                                                                                           other classes I was taking. It was good for
Copy Editor                                                                                                                                                                                                          my degree. I thought of my best ideas for
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     papers while I was working on printmaking.
   Bright colours, mesmerizing patterns                                                                                                                                                                              You have that time to sit and you’re not just
and fantastical shapes adorn the walls of                                                                                                                                                                            stressing or thinking about [your school
HeatRun Gallery in Saskatoon’s Hot Yoga on                                                                                                                                                                           work]. I think it will help you.”
20th. The combined show of married artists,                                                                                                                                                                             Readers of the Sheaf might recognize
Benjamin Hettinga and Lorenne Dykes, fills                                                                                                                                                                           Hettinga as the creator of last years’ serial
the spacious, sunny gallery, located at the                                                                                                                                                                          comic, Purrfect Strangers. Hettinga has taken
entrance to one of Saskatoon’s newest — not                                                                                                                                                                          a break from comics — mostly to complete
to mention, hottest (42 degrees) — exercise                                                                                                                                                                          the works for Easy Livin’— but expects to
and meditation centers.                                                                                                                                                                                              return to Purrfect Strangers in the near future.
   The show, entitled Easy Livin’, includes                                                                                                                                                                             “I went a month without updating the
numerous paper cuts, screen prints, paintings,                                                                                                                                                                       website and nobody noticed,” chuckled
wood cuts and one large installation piece of                                                                                                                                                                        Hettinga,” I will try to [make comics],
yarn and wood.                                                                                                                                                                                                       but with this show I didn’t want to show
   Contrary to the title of the show, the works                                                                                                                                                                      something I had already shown, something
in Easy Livin’ share complexity and detail;                                                                                                                                                                          anyone had seen before.”
time and effort are clear in their composition.                                                                                                                                                                         “This has hurt Purrfect Strangers,” Dykes
It seems that the title speaks more to the                                 Installation of God’s eyes by Lorenne Dykes.                                                                         photo by Pete Yee
                                                                                                                                                                                                                     agreed.
artists’ approach than to the time and effort                              Indian “God’s eyes” — most are not directly                                         together. The huge windows, bright blue                  Getting in to see Easy livin’ can be
spent creating the works.                                                  related to religion, or yoga, for that matter.                                      walls and golden-oak floors compliment                somewhat tricky, as the gallery is only open
   “We are both attracted to making art that                               There is playfulness in many of the pieces in                                       the colours in the works. Moreover, there is          for yoga and is often locked while yoga is
takes a long time — never being in a hurry,”                               Easy Livin’ not often found in religious art,                                       complexity and innocence in both the practice         in session. However, the HeatRun Gallery
explained Dykes.                                                           such as mandalas or yantras.                                                        of Hatha Yoga in the West and in the works            can be viewed by appointment by emailing
   “We work together all of the time,” added                                  “I think it works well in the space,” said                                       featured in Easy Livin’. Dykes acknowledged           hotyogaon20th@gmail.com or calling 955-
Hettinga. “I don’t know how I would say that                               Hettinga. “I don’t have a yoga philosophy                                           that making art, like yoga, can be therapeutic.       YOGA. A reception is scheduled at the
the works are visually similar, but they are.”                             about it. But I like new age music. I like                                              “I first took printmaking while doing my          gallery, upstairs at 117 20th Street West, on
   Though some of the works might contain                                  Deuter and Tangerine Dream. We try to make                                          English degree,” she said. “At first I took           Oct. 2, 8p.m. to 11p.m. All works are for sale,
echoes of religious pattern-art — the                                      work about good vibes, good times.”                                                 it for a class in which I didn’t have to write        and a price list is available in the gallery.
installation, for instance, uses American-                                    Indeed, the gallery and the works fit well                                       essays. But it made me more creative in the




The department of music can be proud of its alumni
U of S grad Tommy Davis discusses his move to the Bolougne-Billancourt Conservatory in Paris, France
HOLLy CULP                                                                   While the competition was fierce, the                                                                                                   for the department of music doing recital
Arts Editor                                                                quartet managed to pull through with a high                                                                                               assistance stuff and was the jazz band
                                                                           placing.                                                                                                                                  manager.
   Tommy Davis, along with the Ellipse                                        “Everyone is phenomenal. They’re                                                                                                          “As long as I get there with all my
Saxophone Quartet, kicked ass at the                                       all the best representatives from each                                                                                                    luggage and saxophones intact, it will be
National Music Festival this summer,                                       province,” said Davis.                                                                                                                    good,” added Davis.
where hoards of musicians from across the                                     Sadly, Davis’s days with his saxophone                                                                                                    While discussing the differences
country descended upon McGill University                                   quartet will have to be paused. He is                                                                                                     between studying music here at the U of
to compete against one another.                                            leaving the Paris of the Prairies for the real                                                                                            S in comparison to France, Davis noted
   The quartet placed second in their                                      thing.                                                                                                                                    the intense musical atmosphere of an
class (losing to The Red Strings from                                         Davis will be in France to study at the                                          Tommy Davis: vigilante saxophonist.                   international centre like Paris.
Toronto) and Tommy Davis, a recent U of S                                  Bolougne-Billancourt Conservatory of                                                                                  photo by Pete Yee      “It’s a bigger city,” said Davis. “It’s
graduate, also placed second in a solo class.                              Music in Paris for the next two years,                                              send your stuff to the consulate and apply            a very intensive place to study, most of
   The quartet, made up of Davis, Melissa                                  working toward a saxophone performance                                              for the student visa.”                                the composers that write and work in the
Latos, Gerard Webber and Jenelle                                           diploma. The process of getting in was a                                                Aside from the cost of living, Davis is           new repertoire live in France. They’re
Orcherton (who serves as a substitute                                      year-long debacle of interviews, recordings                                         very excited about moving to France for a             very forward-thinking and all study at the
teacher for the department of music) went                                  and meetings.                                                                       while.                                                conservatory from a very young age.”
through three rounds of competition in                                        “I feel lucky that I got in,” admitted                                               “The school is not that expensive, but               Davis’ retreat to a foreign land to further
order to make it to the National Music                                     Davis. “I had to send a recording over                                              it is expensive to live,” said Davis. “I              persue his musical aspirations is, in this
Festival in Montreal.                                                      there and then wait. You have to apply for                                          suppose it’s not expensive in comparison              reporter’s opinion, a feather in the hat of
   “The first was in Saskatoon,” said Davis.                               a visa with Campus France and then have                                             to university. I’ve been saving for a while,          department of music and the university as
“And then there is the Provincial round                                    an interview with them on Skype because I                                           teaching private lessons, clinics, recruiting,        a whole.
which was in P.A. this year. And then after                                was in Saskatoon and they were in Toronto.                                          going out to the schools and getting grade
that you go to Nationals.”                                                 Then after you do that you can actually                                             fives to try out instruments. I also worked



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Organic claims should be taken with a grain of salt
Investigating genetically modified food and the treatment of livestock
Ashleigh MAttern                                                                                                                       no official stance on organics, simply suggesting to eat a
editor-in-Chief                                                                                                                        wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables.
                                                                                                                                          But organic foods are also not all the proponents make
                                                                                                                                       them out to be. It’s not healthier or safer and if used
This is the second installment on a two-part series                                                                                    improperly, natural pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers
examining organic foods. Last week’s article investigated                                                                              are just as dangerous for the environment and humans as
price, nutrition, irradiation and pesticides, herbicides and                                                                           synthetic products.
fertilizers. To read the full article, visit thesheaf.com.                                                                                The process of bringing organic food to your table is
                                                                                                                                       every bit as complicated as it is for conventional foods. The
   The rejection of genetically modified foods seems to                                                                                best way to feel better about your food choices is to learn
stem from fear and misunderstanding.                                                                                                   about agriculture and how the food gets from the farm to
   “People have to understand that all the foods we have                                                                               your local grocery store, not by simply assuming organic
right now have undergone genetic modification; that’s                                                                                  food as the better choice.
where you take one cultivar and cross it with another                                                                                     “If you say, ‘I choose to eat organic foods,’ that’s fine,”
cultivar,” said Dr. Nicholas Low, a professor with the U                                                                               said Dr. Nicholas Low, “but if you say, ‘I eat organic foods
of S’s College of Agriculture and Bioresources. “We want                                                                               because it’s better for me,’ I have a problem with that.”
them to grow fast; we want the tomatoes to grow big. When                                                                                 Next time you’re trying to decide between an organic or
people talk to me about GM, I don’t think they understand                                                 graphic by Danni Siemens
                                                                                                                                       conventional food item, you might want to consider your
that everything we eat has been modified.”                                                                                             reasons behind the choice a little more carefully.
                                                                   For those in B.C., the B.C. SPCA also certifies farms for
   He says the difference between the old fashioned way of
                                                                their humane treatment, though they are the only provincial
crossing cultivars and genetically modifying it by moving
                                                                animal rights group to do so.
genes from one plant to another is that a very specific
                                                                   “The goal with this program and the other work we
modification is made.
                                                                do is to have the agricultural industry make changes,”
    In fact, Low says, “These genetically modified foods
                                                                said Alyssa Bell Stoneman, the SPCA-certified program
are safer because we know the genome of these plants.”
                                                                supervisor.
Basically, no changes happen by accident.
                                                                   One example in B.C. of the confinement housing the
   Since GM foods can gain genetic materials from other
                                                                SPCA and organic farmers disagree with is the chicken
plant species, some consumers and anti-GM groups worry
                                                                battery cage. Stoneman describes it as a wire mesh cage
this means allergens might end up in non-allergenic foods,
                                                                used for raising laying hens. There are often five or six
for example, genes from a nut used in grains. In fact, this
                                                                hens in each cage, which is a little bigger than an 8.5 by
has been tried: In 1996, the seed company Pioneer Hi-Bred
                                                                11-inch piece of paper. There’s a feed trough in front and
International attempted to use genes from the Brazil nut to
                                                                when the eggs are laid, they roll down and are taken away
make their soybeans hardier.
                                                                by a conveyor belt.
    Pioneer dropped the project when the testers pointed out
                                                                   “Laying hens have a drive to find a nest or find a spot,”
the folly of using a known allergen to enhance other foods.
                                                                Stoneman said. “There isn’t an area or space for nesting
   GM foods aren’t developed over night. They go through
                                                                and it’s crowded so she can’t stretch and move around.”
years of trials and testing guided by the Canadian Food
                                                                   To city folk, the idea of any animal being raised in
Inspection Agency. If it’s not fit to be consumed, it won’t
                                                                confinement can be disturbing but a B.C. SPCA fact sheet
be approved.
                                                                notes that while outdoor access sounds great, it can also
   That’s not to say there aren’t risks involved in the use
                                                                leave animals vulnerable to predation and disease.
of GM foods. Critics have legitimate concerns about the
                                                                   Stoneman also notes there are reasons the conventional
possibility of GM foods having an impact on biodiversity
                                                                system arose.
or the potential effects of horizontal gene transfer, where
                                                                   “When you think of the development of agriculture
genes from the modified crops would transfer into wild
                                                                and the changes that have happened, it’s become more
crops. So far, GM foods aren’t in wide enough use to know
                                                                industrialized because of the pressures on food safety or
if horizontal gene transfer can happen or to say if they
                                                                disease prevention. People expect a cheap, safe product and
have an effect on biodiversity (in fact, in an article on the
                                                                systems have evolved that have been mechanized.”
website Tomorrow’s Table, Kent J. Bradford, director of
                                                                   Trade-offs have been made: the hens won’t come into
the Seed Biotechnology Centre at UC Davis, writes that he
                                                                contact with their feces in a battery, making the final
believes GM crops might promote biodiversity). But we
                                                                product healthier for human consumption but it comes
have to ask ourselves if the potential risks outweigh the
                                                                at the cost of denying the chicken’s natural behavioural
known benefits.
                                                                tendencies.
   A complete rejection of genetically modified foods might
                                                                   Another debate often heard surrounding organic
be a mistake.
                                                                livestock is the conventional use of hormonal growth
   “GM foods have the potential to solve world hunger and
                                                                promoters. In Canada, six hormonal growth promoters
maltnutrition problems and protect the environment,” said
                                                                are approved for use in beef cattle but the synthetic
Low. “We could use our foods to help to prevent disease
                                                                recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST) is not approved
rather than having medicine as the middle man.”
                                                                due to concerns for animal health.
   Flat-out rejecting GM foods might mean rejecting better
                                                                   Some organic proponents will argue that growth
nutrition and feeding the world’s growing population.
                                                                hormones can cause cancer and other disease in humans but
Perhaps the better path is to continue investigating this
                                                                an article about hormonal growth promoters from Health
relatively new science, but tread carefully.
                                                                Canada says there’s no proof that “food products from
                                                                animals treated with these hormonal growth promoters pose
Livestock                                                       a threat to human health.”
   If you would like to know the animal you’re eating was
                                                                   As with the issue of taste, discussed in last week’s
treated well before it was killed, organic might be a good
                                                                article, choosing organic meat is subjective, depending on
choice for you.
                                                                your personal feelings about the treatment of animals.
   Animals raised for food or their food products on an
organic farm are required to have access to pasture, no
                                                                Fresher is better
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24 hours, among many other stipulations.
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One hell of a weekend in the city
The Sheaf goes to the Toronto International Film Festival
AREN BERGSTROM
Arts Writer

   When you’re sitting in the movie theatre and take a peek
to your right and see that Danny Boyle and James Franco are
sitting two rows away from you, you realize that you are not at
a normal film screening. This kind of thing can only happen at
the Toronto International Film Festival.
   Now going strong in its 35th year, TIFF remains one of the
most prestigious film festivals in the world. All you need is a
passing glance at the festival program to realize that there are
more films playing at the festival than one person can see in a
year, much less one weekend.
   I was lucky enough to attend the opening weekend at
TIFF. Although the red carpets and the celebrity sightings
were exhilarating and clearly not your everyday occurrences,
the real pleasures of TIFF came from the atmosphere, the
expectant buzz that fills a room prior to a world premiere. It’s
the opportunity to see films before the world sees them, to
share the experience with other cinephiles who pine for the
dark of the movie theatre and the collective dreaming of the
                                                                     These movie tickets are not actually from the Toronto International Film Festival. Sorry.                            photo by Mike Nowak
silver screen, that makes the festival really special.
    Sure, the festival is primarily a money-driven, industry         The King’s Speech                                                       Virtually free of dialogue, the film is beautifully drawn
event that focuses on selling movies, gauging reactions,                On Saturday I saw The King’s Speech, Tom Hooper’s (The           but will render the average filmgoer bored. Its TIFF audience
creating a market and building an awards campaign. But               Damned United) period piece about King George VI (Colin             seemed entranced by the film’s visuals and touching story but
beyond that, it’s about the feeling that you get from the person     Firth) and his struggle to overcome his stutter with the help       they were aware of the type of film they were approaching.
sitting next to you in the theatre, the feeling that what really     of unconventional Australian speech therapist, Lionel Logue            As the film’s producer mentioned prior to the screening, The
matters about the festival is not the celebrities or the industry    (Geoffrey Rush). Don’t be surprised if this film sweeps up          Illusionist is not catering to the same market at Shrek Forever
buzz but the films themselves.                                       some Oscars come awards time. Not only does it chronicle an         After. It’s a niche film and should be treated as such. It fulfilled
                                                                     obscure piece of recent history and contain great performances      my modest expectations of it, but it seemed a little too short on
                                                                     from both of its leads, it hits home with an odd visual style and   plot to warrant any further exploration.
I’m Still Here
   The weekend began with a Friday evening viewing of I’m            a wealth of humour. The audience at TIFF loved it, becoming
Still Here, Casey Affleck’s documentary on the breakdown of          completely engrossed in the film to the point of clapping at the    127 Hours
his brother-in-law, Joaquin Phoenix. Unfortunately, Affleck          characters’ successes or witty repartee between the leads. Colin       That evening, 127 Hours also had its world premiere. Danny
was not present to shed light on whether the whole breakdown         Firth and Geoffrey Rush’s appearances after the film only           Boyle’s (Slumdog Millionaire) film tells the true story of Aron
was real or fake.                                                    bolstered the audience’s immense enjoyment. Every woman             Ralston (James Franco), a rock-climber who made headlines in
   Cameron Bailey (the co-director of TIFF) opened the               swooned (for Firth, not Rush) and the entire audience was           2003 when he severed his own arm with a pocketknife to free
screening by reading a letter written by Affleck in which            brought to their feet in ovation.                                   himself from a boulder that trapped him for 127 hours.
Affleck apologized for not being able to make the beginning of          The King’s Speech proves that there is little that audiences       An engaging film on many levels, 127 Hours is a one-man
the screening and relayed his gladness at not being there for its    like more than a period drama with a rousing message and            show by Franco who spends the majority of the film in one
ending; rightly so because the perplexed audience that left the      powerful performances (and Colin Firth as a cursing King)           spot. It contains the most intense scene of the year thus far,
theatre wanted clarity and was a little angry that the film raised                                                                       with Franco’s Ralston struggling to cut off his own arm with
more questions than it answered.                                     Never Let Me Go                                                     a blunt knife. Sensitive stomachs beware, the scene forced
   I’m Still Here certainly is an oddity. It’s the chronicle of         Later Saturday, I attended the world premiere of Never Let       groans and gasps from the TIFF audience.
one man’s professional breakdown. Whether this breakdown             Me Go, Mark Romanek’s (One Hour Photo) adaptation of                   The film’s close was met with thundering ovation, especially
is fabricated or not becomes unimportant. The situations             Kazuo Ishugiro’s (Remains of the Day) speculative fiction           when an emotionally distraught Aron Ralston was brought onto
that the film portrays are genuinely awkward and often               novel of the same name. Being a melancholy film and an              the stage to react to it. Boyle and Franco proceeded to give an
depressing. There’s humour, something akin to Borat without          adaptation of a much-loved novel, Never Let Me Go was met           in-depth account of the challenges they had making the film
the deliberate satire, but that quickly fades in light of the        with a mixed reaction by the audience.                              and the absolute need for it to reflect the reality that Ralston
self-destruction on display. I’m Still Here is a troubling film,        While some applauded the film’s beautiful visuals or             experienced for five days. Expect awards talk regarding 127
but well worth seeking out, especially if you have an interest       complimented Carey Mulligan and Andrew Garfield’s strong            Hours, specifically for Franco who gives an intense, tour-de-
in Joaquin Phoenix, the actor. It proved to be an odd way            performances (both stars were in attendance), the majority of       force performance, easily the best of his career.
to start a festival weekend that consisted of more deliberate        questions were leveled at the visibly annoyed screenwriter,
Hollywood fare.                                                      Alex Garland (28 Days Later), who garnered criticism for the        Vanishing on 7th Street
                                                                     film’s departures from the novel. Although Ishugiro himself            The weekend closed with a midnight screening of Brad
                                                                     was at the screening to defend the film, fans of the novel          Anderson’s (The Machinist) Vanishing on 7th Street, an
                                                                                  insisted to view the novel and the film as separate    apocalyptic tale about four survivors of a mysterious darkness
                                                                                  pieces of art. Although I have yet to read the         that caused the majority of humanity to vanish. Playing like
                                                                                  novel, I found the film visually and intellectually    an episode of the Twilight Zone or an older film of M. Night
                                                                                  rewarding, and well worth a second watch.              Shyamalan’s (minus the twist), Vanishing on 7th Street seems
                                                                                                                                         an exercise in suspense.
                                                                                  The Illusionist                                           The audience lapped up the film’s dark mood and sizeable
                                                                                    On Sunday afternoon, The Illusionist was             tension, although more than a few individuals were unclear as
                                                                                  screened at the Elgin Theatre. An animated             to the meaning of it all. Anderson explained after the viewing
                                                                                  feature by Sylvain Chomet (The Triplets of             that he purposefully refused to give concrete explanations in
                                                                                  Belleville) based on an un-filmed script by            the film and wanted the audience to make up its own theories,
                                                                                  Jacques Tati (Mon Oncle), The Illusionist tells        a noble desire though one that infuriated some viewers. If
                                                                                  the story of an aging magician who befriends a         Vanishing on 7th Street ever gets a wide release, expect it to
                                                                                  Scottish village girl in the waning days of the        divide viewers, with some applauding the technical brilliance
                                                                                  music hall.                                            of the film and others decrying its futility, and insulting
                                                                                                                                         Hayden Christensen’s acting ability.
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Notoriously Verbose: MacPherson on books
Everyone has a masterpiece in them: Coming to terms with the authorship of To Kill a Mockingbird
ALEx MACPHERSON                                                                                         of essays published in various magazines, To        And then literature intervened.
Arts Writer                                                                                             Kill a Mockingbird was Lee’s sole foray into           Love for books and for writing arrested an
                                                                                                        serious writing.                                    inexorable slide. A basic restructuring of ideas
A weekly book review by the Sheaf’s long-time                                                              The case for Truman Capote as having             in the blackest recesses of my mind generated
volunteer and friend Alex MacPherson                                                                    written To Kill a Mockingbird is further            a sustained commitment to viewing human
                                                                                                        buttressed by the fact that he and Lee were old     nature through a different lens. Simply put,
    I grew up questioning the authorship of To                                                          friends. The pair grew up as neighbours and         we became ends and not means. I had learned
Kill a Mockingbird.                                                                                     subsequently developed an unlikely yet long-        the value of optimism; suspicion, I finally saw,
    I did not believe Harper Lee wrote it. I                                                            lasting friendship. Lee would subsequently          was an impecunious and invidious default
didn’t even think that she could have written                                                           join Capote in Holcombe, Kansas, to assist          position.
it. It was too good and too profound. The                                                               in researching the article that became In Cold         An overriding belief in the fundamental
astonishing sensitivity of the characters and                                                           Blood. She later ensured that Dill, the small       goodness of people engendered a willingness
the plangent, almost crippling honesty of the                                                           boy in To Kill a Mockingbird, bore startling        to accept peculiarities and eccentricities
text could only have come from the pen of                                                               resemblance to the young Truman Capote.             without cynicism or presupposition, whereas
an experienced writer. I firmly believed that                                                              Finally, Lee’s unapologetic reluctance to        passionate misanthropy limited credulity and
Truman Capote had penned a masterpiece and                                                              participate in public life seems to support the     ossified faith. I could believe that Harper Lee
then, for reasons unknown, disowned it, giving                                                          theory that she did not, in fact, write To Kill a   was honest. Consequently, I think that To Kill
credit to his childhood friend.                                                                         Mockingbird. She has for years maintained a         a Mockingbird, in addition to being a novel of
    The evidence supporting this thesis is                                                              commitment to reclusiveness and consistently        the highest quality and a paragon of American
plentiful and cogent. Capote was already an                                                             declines invitations for interviews and             literature, instantiates the idea that everyone,
established writer. His literary output was                                                             appearances. One cannot help but think that         from the luminous to the abject, has something
prolific and of unimpeachable quality. More                                                             a refusal to answer questions — or be lauded        to say.
saliently, he would later produce In Cold                                                               as a literary hero — implies some degree of            Harper Lee was a phoenix but that need not
Blood, a sensational examination of crime and                                                           falsification or duplicity.                         sully her reputation nor cast shadow on her
punishment in the American Midwest.                                                                        The evidence is convincing enough to             integrity. Sometimes a flash in the pan triggers
    Thematically, the works are very similar.                                                           precipitate probing questions and yet I have        an explosion of blinding incandescence. The
                                                                                            submitted
Both explore the fundamentally linked ideas                                                             changed my opinion. I no longer believe             stories are all there, replete with resonance
of justice and redemption and both display         glow — Harper Lee was all but unknown. Her           Truman Capote wrote To Kill a Mockingbird.          and brilliance. They lie dormant everywhere,
a pronounced emphasis on synthesizing              literary oeuvre comprised little more than a         In fact, I am passionately convinced that           awaiting discovery. Harper Lee, I think, simply
tenderness, remorse, violence and pity in an       handful of long stories; prior to completing         Harper Lee is the sole author of the work: I        had an idea and pursued it to completion. The
attempt to paint a credulous portrait of human     To Kill a Mockingbird, she did not retain an         doubt Capote even saw the manuscript.               result was — and is — exemplary. And while
nature. Ultimately, To Kill a Mockingbird and      agent. For an obscure and unpublished author            My acceptance of Lee’s authorship, I think,      not all of us can hope to accomplish a similar
In Cold Blood are different — yet equally          to produce a work of such startling vigour and       is directly related to a restoration of my own      feat with Lee’s startling grace and lustre, it is
effective — allegories for the growth and          resonance is an extremely rare occurrence.           faith in humanity. Manifold disappointments         enormously encouraging to think that, just as
development of a nation.                              Still more damning is the simple yet              reduced me to the meagre and pathetically           anyone can pick up a book and read, anyone
    In contrast to Capote’s literary eminence      inescapable fact that Lee never again wrote          ignorant positions of realism and fatalism. I       can pick up a pen and write.
— his star burned bright and cast a pleasing       anything of consequence. Other than a handful        leaned precipitously over the abyss of nihilism.

                                                                                                        Continued from B1
Review: The Ruby Suns
                                                                                                                                                            prepared for all these things. [Paradoxically],
                                                                                                        The other works mounted in the gallery (the         maybe that makes you calmer.”
                                                                                                        wall hanging and two video installations) are          The video pieces, “Disappearance (Part
Fight Softly an addictive achievment                                                                    a departure from her figurative sculpture and       One and Two),” present another breed of
                                                                                                                                                            escapism. “Part One is a person heading out
KATHERINE BENSON                                                                                        present another kind of emotional landscape.
                                                                                                                                                            into the landscape,” Papp described, “and
Arts Writer                                                                                             The hanging is a sort of drawing made with
                                                                                                        thousands of sewing pins. Cold and enticing,        when they’re coming back their footprints
                                                                                                                                                            and any trace of them being in that barren
   If you’re looking for a way to hold on to the                                                        it recalls the form of mountains, icebergs or
                                                                                                                                                            landscape has been erased — so it’s like they
lively, infectious feeling that comes and goes                                                          crystals: “something that can grow without
with the summer months, try listening to The                                                            human intervention.” The creation of the            never really existed in the first place.”
Ruby Suns.                                                                                              piece, Papp revealed, was based in her own             This seeming disappearance is re-thought
   Their 2010 album titled Fight Softly is an                                                           childhood.                                          in the second film.
undeniably addictive and sunny bit of music                                                                 “I always wanted to make a velvet painting.        “Disappearance Part Two is shot on super-
consisting of all the elements that make up a                                                           My grandmother owns a junk store in                 eight film... which has this quality of looking
go-to summer soundtrack.                                                                                Southern Alberta, so when I was growing up,         like a memory,” Papp said. “So it is kind of
   Having formed in 2004 in New Zealand, the                                                            there were tons of velvet paintings. I never        a record from that person’s point of view, of
three males known as The Ruby Suns know a                                                               really learned about art history until I got to     them going out into the landscape.”
thing or two about creating catchy psychedelic                                                          university, so my visual culture when I was            In Loners, the open gallery space and
                                                                                            submitted
pop. There is a healthy dose of synths and                                                                                                                  the unobtrusive presence of the sculptures
                                                   away with the beats, especially when it comes        younger was TV and the stuff in the junk
amped-up bass throughout, giving the whole                                                                                                                  may be a kind of refuge. Papp suggests,
                                                   to the energetic single “Cranberry.”                 store.”
album a true dance party vibe that brings             All in all, Fight Softly is an album packed           The piece, entitled “Anxiety,” presents an      “this show is for the people who go to art
to mind the likes of Animal Collective and         with songs as vibrant as the colourful cover art.    almost geographic record of worry.                  receptions because they really want to go and
Vampire Weekend.                                   If you are lucky enough to be in Montreal or             “Worrying is sometimes like people              to socialize, but they end up feeling awkward
   This is the third record from the group and     Toronto later this October, keep a look out for      preparing themselves.” Papp continued. “It          and standing in the corner. This isn’t a life-
the musicians’ experience really shines through.   live shows by The Ruby Suns, a band certainly        builds up, like the pins in the velvet piece.       of-the-party kind of show. This is for those
From start to finish, it’s hard not to get swept   worth adding to your music radar.                    By the time you’re older, it means you’re           [introverted] other people.”




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                                                                                                              hotroD hullaBalloo @ Buds on          Snelgrove gallery (runs until
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