My colleagues Patrick Pilarski and Jadon Rempel are starring in a Fringe play this year, and I highly recommend that you check it out. Here's the official skinny:
Basic Acid Theatre presents:
FINER NOBLE GASES
by Adam Rapp
Nordic Mechanical Services Stage 6
8529- 103 St. (Catalyst Theatre)
THURSDAY : August 17, 11:45 PM - 1:00 AM
FRIDAY : August 18, 3:45 PM - 5:00 PM
SUNDAY : August 20, 8:30 PM - 9:45 PM
TUESDAY : August 22, 6:45 PM - 8:00 PM
FRIDAY : August 25, 2:00 PM - 3:15 PM
SATURDAY : August 26, (night of) 12:15 AM - 1:30 AM
More information and show photos:
"Finer Noble Gases" by Adam Rapp (directed by Arone Le Bray and stage managed by Larissa O'Hare) takes you on an epic journey through the living room of the most brilliant failed rock band known to man. Join "Less", with band members:
Staples (Shane Turgeon), the burnt out and depressed low-key non-singing front man; Chase (Patrick M. Pilarski), the lead guitarist who is unable to properly hold a conversation, let alone a guitar; Lynch (Arone Le Bray), a bass player who would rather beat up invisible robots than play his bass; and Speed (Joel Bazin), the semi-comatose drummer waiting for winter to end. Together they wax philosophical, break appliances, sleep, and plot to steal their poor, unsuspecting, and unstable neighbour Gray's (Jadon Rempel) television set in the heart of the bitterest snowstorm to ever hit New York City.
So there you have it. If you're looking for a Fringe show to see, check this one out. It's sure to rock your face like a SNAKE ON A PLANE.
StreetRag ::: An Urban Notebook
StreetRag is an urban weblog and podcast about the city of Edmonton, which is located in the province of Alberta, Canada. It is authored by Edmonton-based writer, web advocate, and poet Michael Gravel and is updated frequently with written urban vignettes, amateurish photographs, deuteronomous audio material, barely coherent musings and rambling ecumenical treatises. StreetRag is a love letter to a lonely prairie burg struggling with its big city ambitions and small-town feel.
The city is Edmonton. It's a subject, not a passion. E-Town is almost universally derided by outsiders as an unlivable tundra wasteland populated by oil-hungry redneck conservatives who despise the arts. All of that is true. But it's not the whole story. There is beauty here. Dusty snowfalls. Brilliant summers. A stunning river valley. A diverse arts community that flourishes. It's a place that inspires a gray relationship - not all good, not all shitty. For that reason alone it is lovable, for what is life but a grayscale?