-25- Reservations review

Yesterday evening, all of the first-year Creative Communications students went to see Reservations written by Steven Ratzlaff. It’s a two-part play presented by Theatre Projects Manitoba that focuses on indigenous themes, primarily reconciliation.

The first thing that stands out is the minimalist set. There is one backdrop and three 6 x 20 foot screens that projectors cast landscape imagery onto throughout the play. During the first part, the set consists of a round wooden table and four wooden chairs. Although the set is minimal, the script and the acting is not.

The first part of the play is about a generous farmer, named Pete, who wants to give his land to the Siksika Nation. His privileged daughter, Anna, objects because she wants to inherit the land after her father’s death. Through their discussion, the characters convey information about treaties and colonialism, and reveal their ignorance and enlightenment. But there is no real resolution. We don’t know if Pete gives his land away, which feels unsatisfying.

The second part of the play is about a couple, Jenny and Mike, who foster three aboriginal children. Jenny doesn’t like the kids visiting the reserve and is afraid they’ll be taken away by CFS. The couple visit with an indigenous social worker, Denise, who explains why visits to the reserve are necessary for the children. The acting is so good that I catch myself feeling anxious when Jenny is really worked up. We learn that the kids are taken away and Jenny is crushed.

The play ends with a lecture presented by Denise. She talks about German philosopher Martin Heidegger. I’m not familiar with his philosophy, it’s hot in the theater, so I lose interest and wonder when it will be over so I can get some fresh air. But there is a question and answer session that follows. It seems like Ratzlaff is tired and hard of hearing, he doesn’t offer a lot of insight. Again I lose interest.

Overall, I liked how the characters showed different perceptions and beliefs about aboriginal culture. It felt very real. But I would have liked to see some resolution instead of lots of back and forth fighting.

You can see Reservations at The Rachel Browne Theatre until March 20.

-24- The art of relaxation

I deal with a pretty big amount of stress and anxiety. Right now, on top of all my school responsibilities, I’m in the midst of trying to find a new place to live by the first of May. I’ve already moved twice since CreComm started last September, and I’m so incredibly exhausted of the whole process. I’m also trying to look for a summer job so I can pay off debt and get some work experience.

With all of these things up the air, along with being an introvert, it can be really hard for me to relax and recharge. But I still try. Here are some activities I do in attempt to calm myself.

Doing a guided meditation – At night, when I’m laying in bed and my head is spinning with all of the things I need to do, I will put on a guided meditation by Michael Sealy. He has an extremely soothing voice. He has videos with different themes: releasing negativity, detachment from overthinking, meeting your higher self, and many many more. Check out his channel here.

Taking a bath – There’s nothing that a warm bath won’t help, even just a little bit. I love lounging in the tub with epsom salts and turning off the lights. I guess it sort of resembles being in the womb and not having any worries or responsibilities.

Stretching out – Sitting at school all day and carrying around a backpack really strains the muscles in my body and can cause some pretty nasty knots. It feels great to stretch out and get back some flexibility and circulation in problem areas. Usually I watch a video on YouTube so I can follow along and not get distracted. Yogatic is one of my favorite channels.

Making fresh ginger tea – Brewing up some ginger tea and adding honey is one of my favorite acts of self-care. There are so many benefits of fresh ginger tea; it stimulates appetite, relieves tired muscles, and helps to sooth a sore stomach. Ginger root is available at many grocery stores, and the tea itself is very easy to make. Here’s a recipe.

These are just a few things I do to relax. What do you like to do to chill out? Comment and let me know!

-23- Infecter

This past Friday,  Cory Thomas of Ninjacat Productions hosted a benefit show for Manitoba Metalfest at The Park Theatre. It featured five local bands, and included the debut of his newest thrash metal band INFECTER. Members include Veronica Sears (vocals), David Jones (guitar), Lee Shodine (guitar & backup vocals), Jennifer Norris Wuckert (bass & backup vocals), and Thomas (drums).

Here’s a video and some photos from their set!

 

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INFECTER is playing their next show at The Windsor Hotel on March 19 for Zombie Assault’s CD release.

In addition, the 13th edition of Manitoba Metalfest is being held on April 15 and April 16 at The Park Theatre.