Saturday, 20 September 2014, 3:53 am

Grateful Dead tour for grateful fans?

By JAKE CAMUS
Staff Writer
Grateful Dead fans across the globe are waiting with much anticipation for 2015.
The reason? A possible 50th anniversary reunion tour by the band they love most. Hype surrounding a potential 50th anniversary tour was sparked by comments made by guitarist Bob Weir, a founding member of the band.
During an interview with Rolling Stone Magazine, Weir said he feels obligated to put on some sort of “commemorative event” marking the half century since the band was founded.
Weir said he feels as if he “owes it to the fans” and won’t stand by without doing something special.
Heather Kilgore, 39, of Rossville, Ga., said she is excited at the prospect.
“I think it’d be beautiful,” Kilgore said.
“There’s a lot going on with the guys these days. Whatever they do or don’t do, I’ll always love them. They saved me from myself in more ways than I...

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Café brings open-mic to the local scene

By ALEX HENDRY
Staff Writer
Comedian David Green performs on-stage at the Mahtay Café Open Mic night. PHOTO BY ALEX HENDRYGaining an audience can be difficult, especially for performers looking to develop onstage experience.
Fortunately for student artists, in an effort to nurture local talent, a weekly open-mic night is available in downtown St. Catharines.
Poets, musicians, comedians and other performing artists have been gathering weekly on Thursdays at the Mahtay Café, which is establishing itself as St. Catharines’ artist hangout.
Across the street at the intersection of Carlisle Street and St. Paul Street, construction of the multi-purpose arts centre represents a growing sign of commitment to the arts in the Niagara region.  
Open-mic opportunities have been sparse in recent years following the losses of the House of Comedy, in Niagara Falls, and Strega Café, in downtown St. Catharines. Both venues once provided consistent open-mic nights, but now leave Mahtay Café as one of the remaining artist hubs.
Local talent no longer needs to travel elsewhere...

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The Comic War: DC or Marvel?

Ian Kjiersdam, 24, Andrew Dawson, 18, and Taylor Waringer, 19, all show their Marvel pride. PHOTO BY REBECCA AHEARNBy REBECCA AHEARN
Staff Writer
Since their creation during the Second World War, Marvel and DC Comics have been popular with people. These heroes have inspired generations of kids into adulthood, but which label is your favourite?
Both comic labels have given us characters that stand out among the hundreds of others, like DC’s Batman, Superman, Wonder Woman, The Flash and Green Lantern or Marvel’s Spider-Man, X-Men, The Fantastic Four and Avengers and everyone has a favourite. There is one hero that stands out to everyone.
“Iron Man is my favourite, he’s sarcastic, a smartass and he’s a genius and I love that in a man. He’s just like me,” said Kailyn Stokes, 21, of Bruno’s School of Hair Design in Hamilton.
Iron Man is one of the most popular heroes since Robert Downey Jr. portrayed Tony Stark in 2008.
“Iron Man’s my favourite. I kind of appreciate the brains instead of the brawn,...

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Caribbean festival captures Canadian hearts

By JOHNNY ASANTE
Staff writer
“I love Caribana no matter what, but I preferred when Scotiabank wasn’t running it,” said Jonathon Persaud, who has been a participant of the festival for four years.  
Caribana, which is now The Scotiabank Toronto Caribbean Carnival, is an exciting cultural explosion of Caribbean music, cuisine, and performing arts. It has become a major international event and the largest cultural festival of its kind in North America.
The majority of the festival took place on the first weekend of August at The Exhibition Place on Lakeshore Boulevard West.
Scotia Bank, since taking over last year, has introduced VIP seating in designated, controlled areas, which includes upgraded seating, tents, and a marketplace. You can’t enter these areas with the general admission ticket anymore.
Additional fencing has been put up around the event, much to the dismay of some attendees. “The parade was so packed I could barely...

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I’m not mad; it’s just my Bitchy Resting Face

By CAMILLE PASCO
Staff Writer
Bitchy Resting Face (BRF) is an angry alternative to the usual blank look most people have on their faces when they show no emotion. This condition affects the facial muscles and has stamped a viscous stigma over the faces of many women worldwide.
BRF has the tendency to make you appear as though you are hostile or constantly judging others while at rest.
This pop culture phenomenon featured on The Today Show and has gone viral across the web, earning its own Urban Dictionary entry and a popular video on YouTube dedicated to the stigma it has provoked.
Women often feel they can no longer make it through the week without somebody asking, “Are you OK?” or “What’s your problem?” In reality, that just might be their face. “Seriously, I’m fine!”
Society can be observant and judgemental, or can it? Maybe it’s just our faces; maybe that woman across...

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Large Turnout at second annual International TableTop Day

Even a complicated game with many cards and pieces like Talisman, by Fantasy Flight Games, can bring together a group of strangers on TableTop Day. PHOTO BY JAMIE  BURTONBy JAMIE BURTON
Staff Writer
The second Annual International TableTop Day rolled through The Toy Trove in St. Catharines, bringing a sense of community to the game store by encouraging board game group play.
The event, started by Wil Weaton and Felicia Day, encouraged followers of the Geek & Sundry YouTube channel to bring their friends out to local game stores and community centres on April 5 to play board games and card games.
Todd Graves, 30, owner of The Toy Trove, registered his store in downtown St. Catharines as a place for all interested parties to come in and have a blast playing games with friends and strangers alike. Between 30 and 40 people showed up over the course of the event to enjoy games such as Samurai Sword, Ticket to Ride, Fluxx, Talisman and Settlers of Catan.
“I didn’t expect to see such a wonderful turnout,” said Graves. “Last year I only...

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Muppets return with an instant classic

The Cast of the new Muppet movie. SUBMITTED PHOTO          By LUCA GUARDARI
Staff Writer
As the Muppets grace the silver screen once again they bring new laughs and songs that will definitely warm the heart. Muppets Most Wanted, the highly anticipated sequel to 2011’s The Muppets, is fun for the entire family and sure to delight older fans and gather new ones.
Kicking off right where its predecessor ended, the Muppets realize they have reached their highest level of stardom and want to move on towards the next big thing, everyone that is except Kermit the Frog.
Ricky Gervais plays Dominic Badguy, pronounced “bad-gee”, who suggests the Muppets go on a world tour with him as their tour manager. Posing as tour manager was just a small step in his devious plan, as he is only the henchman, and ‘number 2’ super villain in the world, his successor being Constantine, a Russian doppelganger of Kermit with the only differentiating characteristic being a...

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