Art and Entertainment

There is nothing quite like seeing a band that owns the stage, that gets its audience jacked up. Here in Fernie, we’re lucky to have Shred Kelly, a homegrown band that does that in spades. As our local favourites go on the road to flog their latest release, Calgary band Go For the Eyes are more than ready to take the torch. The two bands shared the stage last March, and while each band delivers different sounds, each makes dancing an involuntary action.

In 2005 Christopher Nolan brought Batman back to the big screen. Nolan’s vision of the caped crusader’s universe was dark, gritty and positively Serpico-esque. He gave us a Gotham City that was drowning in corruption, where the Mob ran everything and sociopaths in face paint ran the mob.

“We have so many apparent differences: a dancer and a writer, a city person and a rural person – yet the mixed media of our presentation derives from the much more powerful, but perhaps less visible, similarities,” Jon Turk wrote to me on first discussing this feature. I was surprised to learn of his newest endeavour – Synchronicity and the Sacred Space.

Gold is a tremendously popular novel about three elite track cyclists. Easily, Gold was the most talked about novel of this summer’s Olympic Games. Eager to be a part of the conversation, I grabbed a copy, set aside my stacks of Canadian literature, and raced through this absolutely compelling story about three athletes who live and train in Manchester, England.

Cleave is a talented writer. He might be unmatched in his ability to manipulate a reader’s emotions. Gold is extraordinarily engaging: I don’t know anyone who has been able to put it down. However …

With the start of another school year comes the prospect of new beginnings, new binders, new pens and new friends. Every once in a while you meet someone and there is an immediate connection. Interviewing someone for an article is like that too. For my music column, I do most of the interviews over the phone. I’ve got about a minute to connect with someone I know only through research and someone who doesn’t know me from Eve. And then I have another 20 to get the information I need to write the story.

Spider Man, that most flawed, funny and sympathetic of all of Marvel’s superheroes, first appeared in Issue #15 of the Amazing Fantasy comic book series in August 1962. Spiderman was a groundbreaking comic book hero. He was the very first teenage super-powered vigilante who was not the protégé of a much older hero, and did not have vast financial or technological resources to fall back on. Peter Parker, Spider-man’s secret identity, is a solidly lower middleclass New Yorker.

Sumer, through your lens

Diamonds in my Backyard

Heather blooming by Mause Creek Tarns in the Tanglefoot area of the Steeples Range. A wonderful August backpacking weekend.

Photo by Jennifer Gross

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Tie-Dye Jedi

Cohen and Wes repurpose a couple of used-up bubble wands for a bit of friendly light-saber fencing between sets at Starbelly Jam.

Photo by Jamie Hide

Photos by Jennifer Gross and Jamie Hide, showcasing summer through their lens.

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Young kids don't often write songs, and although I’m sure they'd be interesting to say the least, I've learned that it takes a certain kind of experience and time to do so. I started in the fourth grade, and when I look back on these songs they reek of unoriginality. That said, unoriginality means that there was influence. While I may not have known a lot about music, I did know the Beatles, and that was all that mattered.

I fell in love with Swimming Studies on the first page. “Trying to define what swimming means to me is like looking at a shell sitting in a few feet of still water,” Shapton writes. “There it is, in sharp focus, but once I reach for it, breaking the surface, the ripples refract the shell. It becomes five shells, twenty-five shells, some smaller, some larger, and I blindly feel for what I saw perfectly before trying to grasp it.”

Born Ruffians spazzy pop, infused with a special blend of ‘60s surfer rock and ‘80s glitch, is the perfect antidote for the long year between the first Wapiti and Wapiti 2.0. The Toronto quartet is immensely danceable, and despite what “ruffians” implies, extremely likeable. After spending some six months recording its third full-length, Born Ruffians are also ready to break out and play hard.

Six months in and out of the studio may seem like a long time, but the band has relished being able to have the time to put together its best album yet.