Answering the door to a new package via DHL almost feels like Christmas until you get the shipping bill or realize the product isn’t exactly what you had pictured. Whether it’s because the size, feel or colour of the item is different than expected or because the product is poorly manufactured, shopping online can be a disappointing experience. There are certain tips you can follow, however, to ensure you shop smart.
In her collection of poetry Where the Terror Lies, Chantel Lavoie explores the disconcerting roots of bedtime stories. Lavoie grew up on a grain farm outside of North Battleford, Sask., and is now an assistant professor in the English department at the Royal Military College in Kingston, Ont. where she lives with her two sons.
The third installment in the Men in Black series opened on May 25 and — just like the previous films in the series — MIB3 does not live up to its potential.
The Saskatchewan Playwrights Centre is hosting its annual 24-Hour Playwright Competition at the University of Saskatchewan May 25-26. The competition, which is split into an open category and a student category, draws a wide range of competitors. The winner in each category will receive a $500 cash prize and, out of these two plays, one will be given a spot in next year’s Fringe Festival.
As the school year draws to a close and students worry about exams, essays and final projects, graduating Bachelor of Fine Arts students are wrapping up their final art shows. Last week, the Sheaf featured many of this year’s graduating BFA shows that appeared in the Snelgrove Gallery throughout March. This week, the Sheaf features the final two BFA shows of the term: Adam Slusar’s Smoke and Mirrors and Gabriella Sieminska’s Katatonia.
Travelling to Cuba is a lot like going back to the 1960s. Time seems to have stalled in this era, as seen in the bright paint jobs and classic builds of the cars on the street. Even the prices seem from a previous decade. A 26-ounce bottle of white Havana Club Rum costs 3.80 Cuban pesos, roughly $4. People could drink the bottle — the entire bottle — and get behind the wheel, facing only a ticket for impaired driving and a slap on the wrist.
Pink Ribbons, Inc. emphasizes the realities behind corporate breast cancer awareness campaigns. Directed by Léa Pool and produced by the National Film Board of Canada, the documentary explores breast cancer culture and what happens to all the funds raised from pink-ribbon products. It focuses specifically on the marketing schemes big corporations use on a public frightened by the realities of the disease and eager to be comforted and reassured that if victims fight hard enough they will beat the odds. At the same time, they irresponsibly imply that those who die of cancer do not try hard enough.
I woke up in Lima, Peru on Christmas Eve and knew little more than five Spanish phrases — most of which were incomprehensible because of my shabby pronunciation. The following morning, however, I became a bit more optimistic. I downloaded a translation application for my iPhone and knew that this would help me become fluent over the next three weeks. My high spirits lasted until I reached the street and realized that traffic in Peru doesn't stop for pedestrians and the sun was intense enough that by mid-afternoon my skin had burnt to a crisp shade of pink.
With Christmas soon upon us, I have been trying to come up with some ideas to make the season more affordable while simultaneously developing strategies to avoid the mall. In order to save time, money and add a personal touch to gifting this year, here are some options for cost-effective gift and decoration ideas.
This season’s fall comedy line-up is heavy on female talent. For fans of (500) Days of Summer, like myself, Zooey Deschanel’s character Jess in New Girl isn’t unlike every other character she has ever played. On the other hand, with a mix of sardonic wit, attitude and pointed social commentary, Kat Dennings in 2 Broke Girls makes the audience laugh and sympathize with her.