VIU’s Art and Design students host annual sale, Dec. 5

This holiday season why not consider buying local art? On Wednesday, Dec. 5 the Art and Design department will be holding its annual Student Art Sale, a one-day-only event not to be missed. A range of artists with different styles and techniques can be found on our very own campus, with paintings, drawings, prints, ceramics, … Continued

Voices Through Time: Letters of The Great War

On Friday, Nov. 16, five days after honouring the memory of soldiers on Remembrance Day, VIU students, faculty, and members of the community filled the Malaspina Theatre to listen to History professor Dr. Stephen Davies’ lecture, “Voices Through Time: Letters of The Great War.” In the presentation, which was the third installment in the Fall … Continued

Art Bites: Holiday Craft Fairs

It’s that time of year again—support local artisans and find unique gifts to give this holiday season at upcoming craft fairs across the island. Attend one or attend them all, spanning from traditional in Errington to trendy in Victoria, originality is guaranteed at every event:  Parksville’s Winterfest & Craft Fair will take place Friday, Nov. … Continued

Wreck-it-Ralph: Interview with Director Rich Moore

“Why aren’t you guys studying? How do you have time to listen to some guy talk about cartoons when you’re in college?” Rich Moore, director of Disney Animation Studio’s newest release Wreck-it-Ralph, joked in a conference-call interview based off questions from student newspapers across North America, which was moderated by Disney Animations Communications Director Amy … Continued

Review: Cloud Atlas (4 stars)

4 stars “Remarkable,” “Convoluted,” “Entertaining,” “Sprawling,” “Masterful,” “Transcendant,” and “Guaranteed to divide,” are the words the critics have been using to describe Cloud Atlas. I prefer what was said by the film’s three directors, Tom Tykwer, Lana Wachoswki, and Andy Wachowski (creators of The Matrix and Run Lola Run), when they premiered the six-minute first … Continued

Review: The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs

Western Edge Theatre put on a production of Mike Daisey’s The Agony and the Ecstasy of Steve Jobs at Headliners theatre on Oct. 26–28. The title made me think this play was going to talk about Steve Jobs and tell the story of his life. That was not the case—not even close. The one-man play … Continued

Review: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

Leon Potter’s production of Tom Stoppard’s 1966 play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead (RGAD), which ran at the Malaspina Theatre from Nov. 1–10, keeps the audience questioning reality. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are originally minor characters from Hamlet that Stoppard has taken and successfully created a completely different style of play using many of the same … Continued

Ann Kipling: The Solitudes of Placement

There is a definite shift in atmosphere upon leaving the wet, rainy outdoors to enter the Nanaimo Art Gallery on the VIU campus. The gallery is always a quiet escape, but there is an additional sense of peace that resonates from this season’s exhibition, brought forward by artist Ann Kipling’s line drawings in “Ann Kipling: … Continued

Events for readers and writers

Nov. 17: New book launch VIU professor Marilyn Bowering and former-professor Kate Braid will be launching their newest books at 1 p.m. on Nov. 17 at the Nanaimo Museum. Journeywoman: Swinging a Hammer in a Man’s World is Kate Braid’s memoir of her time as a journeywoman carpenter. In 1977, Braid applied to be a … Continued

Burlesque to Broadway

Singer Quinn Lemley said she hoped to take her audience on a journey during her performance of Burlesque to Broadway at Nanaimo’s Port Theatre. Lemley says she encourages her audiences to dress up. She says women came dressed in sequins and boas at a past performance in a venue with an army base nearby. “There … Continued

The Smashing Pumpkins rock Vancou…uhh…Calgary!

In the wake of finding out that The Smashing Pumpkins Oct. 7 Rogers Arena show had been cancelled only a week before the event, I spent several days harbouring the feeling that I’d been kicked hard in the stomach. That was until I made the last minute decision to go see them in Calgary. I … Continued

Art Bites

Annual Urban Issues Film Festival The theme for the seventh annual Urban Issues Film Festival, which takes place on Friday Nov. 9, is “Nature of the City and Nature in the City.” Sponsored by the VIU Geography department and other local organizations, the event will include long films, such as We Are Not Ghosts, which … Continued

Voices through Time: Letters of the Great War

If you have ever wondered how major historical events affect individuals and those they love, you may want to join VIU History professor Dr. Stephen Davies for an eye-opening presentation on Friday, Nov. 16, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Malaspina Theatre on the Nanaimo campus. In this next presentation of the Arts and … Continued

Queer characters

Brokeback Mountain sucks. It wasn’t terrible. Much of it was really good. The performances were damn near perfect. But it sucks. Pun intended. I’ll try not to spoil too much if you haven’t seen the film, but the plot is essentially boy meets boy, boy loses boy, boy is beaten to death, boy mourns alone. … Continued

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