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Sunday, December 10, 2017

Indian grocery on south Albert St

We went for length drive today, hitting a few regular spots (such as the comic store where we ran into Ron and Karen doing some xmas shopping) and irregular places, such as the Aroma Grocery, which I'd never been to before. We picked up some frozen naan and then some warm samosa's from the counter which were really great. We ate them in the rain outside of the store. 

Saturday, December 9, 2017

Bow Ties

William loves bow ties. He's had a few over the years, all either clip on or fakaroo in one way or another. He got a real one a while back but can't tie it. We were at the craft sale at the Centennial Mall today and I bought him another tie with the condition that they teach us how to tie it. The instructions, especially the last step, is horribly difficult to visualize and follow but after trying a bunch of times, and with both of us talking through it and watching simultaneous YouTube videos, we started to get it. 

Friday, December 8, 2017

Kevin McKenzie exhibition

For reasons I am not aware of, nationally renowned Regina artist Kevin McKenzie is in the middle of finishing his BFA at the UofR after three decades away from it. This week he has an exhibition of new work at the student run gallery, the Fifth Parallel. We popped in near the beginning of the opening time and got to talk at great length about his work, the influence of pop art, and how he is making his own indigenous take on the pop movement. Afterwards we attended the Nouveau Gallery's winter show opening.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Art and more on 13th Avenue

The annual late night on 13th Avenue, which includes an increasing number of shops staying open very late and being very hospitable to the holiday customers, coincided with the opening of an exhibition of collaborative art works by Allen Dotson and Jana. The art was pastiche of their individual styles and addressed relational problems and differences but resisted linear explanations, even though the works had numbers instead of titles. The Paper Umbrella store has renovated and taken over the store next door and put in an incredible new (from Mysteria) counter. Great snacks and trickster conversations were to be had at Seed. 

35mm camera

After years of wanting a 35mm motion picture camera and a few months of humming and hawing over ebay ads, two weeks ago I ordered a World War II army surplus Eyemo Bell and Howell camera from a company in Florida. It arrived today. It includes an electric motor (but no battery, that is another story) and the motor is easily removable to allow one to wind up the camera with a key so it can run for about 30 seconds. It has a magazine which is also removable (cover plate is included). With everything in, the weight is large but if I pull the magazine and motor, it shouldn't be hard to shoot 100 foot rolls hand held.

Wednesday, December 6, 2017

St Nicholas day

William's shoes are getting quite big and St. Nicholas is having a harder and harder time filling them on the mornings of December 6. This year he brought William another set of story cubes. 

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Comic reading with Allan

Allan was over for supper and we finally carried through on the idea suggested years ago of cracking open some of the old comic boxes and looking at some of my old stuff. I was shocked to discover that I have parts two and three of a Cabinet of Dr. Caligari comic adaptation! We got talking about how Thor became a frog somehow and then found the issues it happened. in

Monday, December 4, 2017

CTV is getting closer?

I was out at CTV on Monday morning. This tv station was always way out of town, until now. It appears that Costco and a movie theatre will be going up across the street! The city has developed all around it. It's just weird to me. 

Sunday, December 3, 2017

William's "video game"

I helped build a project for William's grade 11 psych class. His experiment is about the affect of winning or losing on the enjoyment of a game. The "game" is really a dvd menu built to look like a game. However, each choice is not really a choice but two versions of the same result. Therefore, William would know before the game starts if the player will get them all right, all wrong, or a 50/50 split (there were only three versions). When you pick a loser, you face the roaring dragon but if you pick a winner, then "cha-ching", you get treasure.. Glitches in Adobe After Effects that I continuously encountered while creating the sequences led me to re-installing my whole O/S the other day but most of it is in place again.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Surrealism film festival in Moose Jaw

Gabriella Garcia-Luna invited us to a mini-film festival this weekend in Moose Jaw with a surrealism theme. It was more or less a test festival at a small venue and not open to the public. I had initially thought I'd just come up for one or two films but we ended up being there all day, seeing four features and eating two meals with the other participants. William was so engaged with film and conversation that we just couldn't leave. The event was held at the Grant Hotel which has a strange and beautiful 25 seat tiered theatre on the second floor with recliner seats. 

Friday, December 1, 2017

"Another Wolfcop" nails it

William Bessai-Saul and Lowell Dean
Lowell Dean's "Another Wolfcop", the first sequel in this series, was a highly enjoyable absurd comedy. The script was tight, wasting no time on exposition or unnecessary melodrama, as the story jumps quickly and fluidly from one odd occurrence to another. The low budget nature of the production was well navigated as Lowell shot the majority of the film in close ups to avoid the empty spaces and absence of crowds that haunt many Canadian films. Unlike the first Wolfcop film, this one solidly situates itself in Canada with the characters even making a short foray into Regina. The obsession with beer and the inclusion of 80s rocker Gowan evoked the Bob and Doug MacKenzie film "Strange Brew" which Lowell admitted to me was one of the inspirations for "Another Wolfcop". To his credit, Lowell succeeded where the SCTV masters failed; "Another Wolfcop" is the absurd Canadian parody we've always wanted.