Author: The Projector

(Lonely) humans of New York: ShanleyFest reviewed

A review of five plays from the 2018 Master Playwright Festival By Graeme Houssin After taking in four of the 11 stage productions from this year’s Master Playwright Festival, the recurring elements of honouree John Patrick Shanley’s plays become more and more apparent. Shanley’s plays are perhaps most famous for his characters. They are sharp, gritty, self-conscious and, perhaps most notably, lonely. The protagonist of each of these four plays is hungry for something or someone and won’t let anyone get in the way of their pursuit. He also rarely strays away from his hometown of New York City, particularly the Bronx. The city contributes as much to the story as the characters, giving them an edgy to highlight their rough exteriors. And Shanley is never afraid to end on a sour note. His last punchy line doesn’t always give the characters a clean resolution or an optimistic future, but neither do they always deserve one. The four plays reviewed here each contribute a piece to the puzzle of Shanley’s work. Together, they show a glimpse into Shanley’s New York: one that is as complex, restless and full of life as the people that inhabit it. DANNY AND THE DEEP BLUE SEA (The Keep Theatre) – 4 out of 5 stars “You’re gonna have to fight every motherfucking body in the Bronx, and even it probably won’t get you...

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The provincial gold rush

Checking in on seven medal-mining Manitobans in Pyeongchang By Declan Schroeder There’s gold in Manitoba – mostly up north in the Flin Flon and Lynn Lake areas – and people have been going after it for over 100 years. A select few, though, have opted to trek east to Pyeongchang in hopes of finding a little more. We have seven elite athletes representing our fair prairie province at the Pyeongchang 2018 Olympic Winter Games. Unfortunately, if you’re like me and have trouble staying up past 10:30 p.m. even at the tender age of 22, the Games can be hard to follow as most events take place during our late evenings or early mornings. This week, I’m setting aside my usual snark and sarcasm to check in on what our Manitobans have already done and what they’re hoping to do – grab some awesome ore, obviously. It’s not surprising, given our province’s penchant for occasionally being slightly chilly for short periods of time, that all seven are competing in ice-based sports, six on blades. They’ve embraced the frozen tundra, unlike me – I only embrace complaining at this time of year. That’s why they’re in South Korea and I’m not. That’s totally the only reason. One Manitoban already has a gold. St. Vital Curling Club’s Kaitlyn Lawes, along with John Morris, ran roughshod over their competitors in the quirky, brand...

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Boushie protests hit home

By Cody Zaporzan On Sunday, thousands of people across Canada participated in ‘Justice for Colten’ rallies following the acquittal of Gerald Stanley, a Saskatchewan farmer, charged with second-degree murder in the death of Colten Boushie, a 22-year-old First Nations man. In Winnipeg, several hundred people gathered at Oodena Celebration Circle at The Forks. The atmosphere was morose. People huddled around the circle trying to stay warm in the -24 weather. Grandma Gerry Shingoose, an Indigenous elder, started the gathering shortly after 2 p.m. with a smudging ceremony and tobacco offering. “While I say the prayer, I ask each one...

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Common student struggles

Bouncing back can be hard after break By Ryan Taylor It’s been nearly a month since studies resumed at Red River College, yet some students are still having trouble adjusting to student life since the holiday break. “This term has a lot more homework and studying, so it’s trying to find balance between work, school, sleep, and other fundamentals,” said Melissa Ghidoni, a first-year business administration student. “It’s been pretty stressful.” Ghidoni said that the biggest struggle is keeping a proper sleep schedule — between work, homework, and other daily activities, getting shuteye tends to lose out. “Life doesn’t...

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New RRC program connects start-ups with students

Students work on projects with entrepreneurs and cutting-edge technology By Teah Lytwyn Red River College has a new ace up its sleeve with a program that connects entrepreneurs and start-ups with students. The program, called ACE Project Space (Applied Computer Education) is keeping RRC innovative, suggests the department chair. “It’s really good to expose our students to this kind of cutting-edge technology,” Haider Al-Saidi, chair of the ACE department said. “Wherever I go, nationally and internationally, Red River College is becoming a major player and contributor to many of the technologies.” The program is responsible for more than 20 projects,  including scanning brainwaves in order to understand human emotions, and Ultrahaptics, a technology that creates the feeling of touching an object that’s not actually there. Al-Saidi said that many students end up getting jobs at the companies they work with, while other students end up becoming entrepreneurs themselves. One ACE Project Space project students helped with is the app Chekkit.  The app uses a login on the business’s free Wi-Fi to text discounts to customers, enticing them to return. “We can market people who walk into a restaurant, … utilizing the Wi-Fi we give business owners the ability to leverage that,” Daniel Fayle, one of the creators of Chekkit said. Fayle said he’s very grateful they’ve been able to work with Red River College on this project. “I think...

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