Art and Entertainment
For me, photography is something that has just kind of happened. Sure, I used to flip through old National Geographic magazines and think how cool it would be to take the photos I saw, or wonder how I could get into Powder Magazine, but that was because I wanted to be a professional skier; I never really thought of being a professional photographer.
When I started thinking about this month’s column, I was a little concerned that I wouldn’t have enough content. The Fernie Mountain Film Festival and The Reel Canadian Film Festival have wowed and waved goodbye, the various film series are wrapping up;- IFF closes on Monday April 4 with Broken Embraces starring Penelope Cruz, Think Tank offers food for thought in the final film of the season No Impact Man on April 15.
It is easy to hear that the natural world inspires Andy Cotter. The evidence is in his music. He sings about the leaves changing colour in “Concentrate,” a track off his solo album. He even has a song called “Baby Tree.” It’s also easy to see; the photos on his MySpace page tell the story of a day in the woods, catching zees in the mists of a raging waterfall. He has a thing for the Rockies. He likes the fact that even in his hometown of Fredericton, New Brunswick, he’s never very far away from the forest.
“This photo was taken last summer when Koocanusa was at a really low water level. The other parts of the tractor date it back to the 1930's or 40's. To me, it was a significant reminder that our impacts today will be around for many generations to come, and that we can't just put our waste ‘out of sight, out of mind’.”
Photo by Kyle Hamilton
The old testament God (Jehovah, Yaweh, or whatever you wish to call him), was a psychopath. It was he who authorized the killing of the first-born in Egypt, turned Lot’s wife into a pillar of salt, and inflicted boils upon Job so that he might suffer horribly. Sometimes he would take an active role in his crimes against humanity, but most often God sent Angels to commit the atrocities.
I’m making a tradition of recommending poetry for The Fix’s Green Issue: Alison Calder’s Wolf Tree for 2008, Sheri Benning’s Earth After Rain for 2009, and now John Lent’s Cantilevered Songs for 2010.
John Lent lives and writes in the Okanagan, and has been publishing poetry, fiction, and nonfiction for thirty years. He’s no novice, and his poems carry a relaxed confidence that comes with experience. Lent’s poetry captures the profound in the simple, the extraordinary within the everyday.
It all began when a neighbour, Sean, asked if he could store his wire fed welder in my shop. He noticed I had a 220 Volt power required to run it and in return I could play around with it in my spare time.
It could not have been a more perfect day for this shot. I knew that I wanted to shoot towards Lost Boys Pass since the inversion looked perfect and that’s where the sun was shining. Local rippers Mikey Witlox and Connor Gliege had gone up the day before to build this great stepdown in anticipation of the inversion. Having the sun in the shot was perfect since every time the riders hit the jump a lot of snow was kicked up and the sun would shine right through. A beautiful day with great riders goes a long way.
Photo by Nick Nault
If you attended the Fernie Mountain Film Festival at the end of February, you will know that Fernie can definitely put on a show when it comes to film. No exception to this rule is the Reel Canadian Film Festival, March 26-28.
Even though Washington, DC isn’t Canada’s capitol, it’s pretty hard not to see politics as that city’s principal export. But if you dig a little deeper, DC has another important legacy: music. And we’re talking some serious street cred, here. Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye and Roberta Flack. Henry Rollins cut his teeth there before heading to California and Black Flag. Bad Brains, Fugazi and Dischord Records. Deep Dish, Thievery Corporation and ESL Music.
Meryl Streep has had a long and distinguished career in film. From playing a holocaust survivor in Sophie’s Choice to playing Julia Child in Julie and Julia, she has displayed a remarkable versatility that can be matched by few other actresses in Hollywood. She has played in great romances like Bridges of Madison County (opposite Clint Eastwood); and acted in powerful dramas like The Hours. It is quite odd, then, that such a famous and talented actor should have chosen a role in a film like It’s Complicated.
They picked the right colors for pools. Through the synthetic products used in over colonized suburbia to compensate for the lack of real, they managed to pick the magical shade of exotic.
The afternoon is filled with the distant sound of families’ normal summer life. Lawnmowers are humming on a regular tone. The high pitch celebration of cheerful young swimmers stands out like inexperienced sopranos in a choir.
Short stories are an under-appreciated art form. Agents encourage their writers to craft novels instead. Novels sell better.
Christina Penner’s Widows of Hamilton House is both a postmodern ghost story and a postmodern romance. Expect nothing typical. Penner’s beautifully rendered novel leads readers to re-examine their most staid notions of love, family, science, and spirituality. In fact, Widows of Hamilton House challenges our confidence in language itself. In Christina Penner, we find a writer who doesn’t trust words.