Help Kevin rebuild his life in High River.

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Friends, former classmates, strangers, neighbors and colleagues:

I know we’re all busy with our day-to-day lives but I’m inviting you to take the time to read the following message. For those of us who have not been directly affected by the Alberta floods, it’s hard to picture and understand the devastating consequences of the flood. But the reality is that some have lost everything, including their vehicle and all of their belongings.

Kevin, my good friend, former j-school buddy and the hardworking Editor-in-Chief of the High River Times is one of them.

On duty in High River,  Kevin saw the water levels rise at a rapid rate. He had to be rescued along with other residents who were still in the area at the time.

His car keys vanished in the overflowing river, his basement suite was completely submerged along with the High River Times office, home to Kevin and Kevin’s staff.

What’s really upsetting is that Kevin had literally just moved in his new place and had a house-warming just a couple weeks back. He had bought a brand new bed and new furniture and all his belongings, including his beloved books are now gone. He was able to save his camera and his laptop computer but that’s about all, folks.

Now, if this has happened to you, you understand how disheartening of a situation this can be. If you were not affected by the floods, I’d like you for a minute to put yourself in Kevin’s shoes: You’re starting out a new job, in a new town, and you have just settled in. And now, everything is gone.

Yes, it is only “stuff”, and what truly matters is that Kevin is OK.

However, I think it’d be amazing if we could come together and help Kevin out in this time of hardship.

I’m inviting every one of you to make cash donation – minimum of $10 plz – , or cheques to the name of Kevin Rushworth. Ikea gift cards and gift cards to the mall for new clothes welcomed too!

Kevin is one of the most hard-working and reliable person I know and I know he’d be the first one to be of helping hand if one of his friends were in a similar situation. Open your heart and help a friend in need. If you do not know Kevin in person but have been touched by his story (http://www.calgarysun.com/2013/06/24/reporters-life-washes-away-in-flood), do not hesitate!

Contact me via phone at 403 903 0898, via Twitter @Clairemig or via email claire.miglionico@gmail.com for more information on where to drop off donations.

Sincerely,

Claire M.

In love with Frances Ha

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Frances Ha 

Director: Noah Baumbach

Writers: Noah Baumbach & Greta Gerwig

Starring: Greta Gerwig, Mickey Sumner, Adam Driver

Viewed: at CUFF 2013

Frances Ha will change your life: Frances Ha is the story of a contemporary dancer who is working towards being part of a dance company on a full-time basis. She lives in New York with her best friend Sophie with whom she is extremely close. They sleep in the same bed, say I love you to each other a lot, and have these big dreams of living these full and exciting lives. As Frances puts it, they’re like a lesbian couple minus the sex. Then one day, Sophie moves out, leaving Frances unable to pay rent by herself, which forces Frances to find a new place to live. She moves in with rich art kids with differing values in a beautiful apartment she thinks she’ll be able to afford better once she gets a part in the winter production of her dance company. When she doesn’t, she is forced to find other living arrangements and ultimately ends up living in a dorm room at her old college. As most protagonists would have fallen hard at this point, Frances chooses to make the most of each day. It’s the story of a strong woman who stays true to herself, joyful and full of light and decides to ride the wave instead of being engulfed by it. Frances is not perfect which makes her completely relatable to. She makes reckless errors along the way – like her weekend trip to Paris which leaves her completely penniless – or her stubborn decision to not take the office job proposed by her dance teacher in the meantime of finding a dancing gig. But these errors all ultimately end up being blessings in the form of life experience which takes Frances closer to her dream.

The film itself is filled with hilarious dialogues and quirky humour and the choice of black and white fits the story paradoxically well.  It adds this sense of mystery and playfulness. The film wouldn’t be the same in color. Frances Ha is one of the funniest and smartest film I have seen in years. Plus, don’t you want to find out the story behind Frances’ very short last name?

-Claire Miglionico

The Wreckers: Nola and Corey

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Brought these two lovely friends to Wreck. Here they are, posing….I love their faces, I love that house, I love how they almost blend with that house.

Child-like smiles and faces, ready to take on the world of temporary-dom, braving through dark corners and sharp edges and sliding through that steep slide, of course.

I remember thinking the entrance to the slide was on the outside of the house. Yes, indeed, the illusion fooled me quite well, silly gullable girl that I am.

My favourite spot was sitting in the elevated green house…I spotted a camera inside the house, directly positioned to capture the action across, in that greenhouse. Slightly creepy? Yes. But I love the idea…the study of human interaction, human reaction to things, dirt, the view, the people, the installations….

I’m someone whose not really good with change. I’d like to think that I am, but I think I’m actually quite terrible. When I don’t have grasp of a situation, I tend to hold on for too long. I had that sweet bitterness in the pit of my stomach, thinking, wow, all these houses will be gone very very soon…how sad. There’s so much history on this Wreck City block. But then, it’s all about that change in perspective: it’s time for a new beginning…Wreck City made sure the new beginning started with a bang and provided closure to what used to be, now only a cherished memory.

Let it go, Letting go, gone…

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Joshua Fraser: The Vernal Equinox Observation

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I wrote a short blurb for Beatroute on this event but it did not make it in. I like the concept of this project so much that I want to share it with the rest of you. I hope to see others attending this event! I think it will be fantastic! Thanks to Joshua for getting back to me prompto by email back in February. Cheers!

On March 20, EMMEDIA is hosting The Vernal Equinox Observation by artist in residence Joshua Fraser. 

This neo-paganist interactive event invites guests to celebrate the forthcoming spring and will provide that sense of renewal and rebirth. 

Guests will be surrounded by an immersive space alongside “icons of spring” where musical meditations about the season will be held. These meditations will be guided by Beggars (Ian Maclean and Patrick Seager) and Citadel (Joshua Fraser). 

In an email, Fraser shares: “The event will incorporate elements of traditional European paganism – food to share, flowers, candlelight – and the additional practices that we have decided to honour the season by.” 

There will be a preliminary meditation which will segue into two musical tributes accompanied by video. 

“The intention of the preliminary meditation is to invite the audience

into the spirit of the celebration: to introduce the installed

environment and to guide a more personal, introspective meditation

through the surround-sound score,” he said.

Fraser is a multidisciplinary artist that strives to create situations which create empathetic responses in a sort of trance-like emotional state. 

He hopes people will leave the ceremony feeling energize after leaving demons of 2012 behind. 

“We will be celebrating and championing the lessons we’ve learned, and by doing so I hope that viewers will feel compelled to do the same.”

The event admission is by donation and starts at  7 pm and will run until late. 

– Claire Miglionico

Joshua Fraser is a multidisciplinary artist born and raised in Calgary. Fraser utilizes a broad array of methods towards his overarching goal: the facilitation of saturated emotional transference. This focus has emerged from an ever-increasing relationship with metaphysical and neo-pagan ideals and practices. Fraser’s work comes together as a determined pursuit striving to unite, reassure, and encourage viewers by championing the resilience of the human spirit. – emmedia.ca