The Animal Project

Directed by Ingrid Veninger, who has been described as the “reigning queen of DIY cinema” in Toronto, this films sees a drama teacher in his mid-30s who is struggling at home to cope with the death of his wife and the challenge of being a single parent, propose a unique experiment for his students. One in which they dress up in mascot-style costumes and behave as “animals” in the real world.

The Animal Project screens Thursday Aug. 7 at 7 p.m., and Friday Aug. 8 at 9 p.m. at the RPL Theatre. Here’s the trailer:

Just For Cats

This is news to me, but if you go on the Internet apparently you’ll find a gazillion videos posted by proud cat servants showing their charges doing all sorts of cat stuff like looking cute and meowing and whatever else the creatures do to inspire such slavish devotion from their human underlings.

Anyway, on Aug. 9 there’s going to be a day-long celebration of the feline mystique. The day kicks off with a mini-festival in Holy Rosary Park (Garnet & 14th Ave. in the Cathedral neighbourhood) from 11 a.m.-4 p.m. that includes entertainment, children’s activities, food and a $10 cat microchip clinic. Then at 2 p.m. there’s a screening of some of the best of the aforementioned cat videos at the RPL Theatre.

Tickets for that screening are adults $15 and children 14 and under $5. At 7 p.m., there will be a second VIP screening and reception at the RPL Theatre. Tickets for that are $30. Then on Sunday afternoon at 2 p.m. there will be a third screening of the cat video compilation where tickets are $15 a pop for adults and $5 for kids 14 and under.

Proceeds from the Internet Cat Video Film Festival will go to support homeless animals in Regina. Advance tickets can be obtained by calling the Regina Humane Society at 306-543-6363 ext. 224.

Speaking Of World Snake Day

Don’t know what YOU people are doing tonight, but I’M going to a barbecue to celebrate this wonderful day. And I’ll be bringing friends. SLITHERY friends. There will be children at this barbecue, and I will be giving them snakes to pet and play with, because children are the future and I want the future to be snakey.


1.) If you haven’t read this issue’s Bonus Column, now is the time! Celebrity guest contributor Bronx Zoo’s Cobra wrote a column celebrating World Snake Day. It’s great:

Snakes have gotten a bad rap from the very beginning. Literally. Remember the Garden of Eden? A helpful snake simply suggests to Eve that an apple might be a nutritious snack, and boom: snakes are evil. This snake didn’t suggest some processed junk food with high fructose corn syrup. Apples are high in fiber, full of antioxidants, and paleo diet friendly. Celebs like Miley Cyrus and Jessica Biel swear by the paleo diet. Is Miley evil? Well, evil for suggesting an apple?

I don’t think so.

Read it!

2.) It wouldn’t be World Snake Day without a photo of my newest pet snake, Spooky P. Hiss. He’s actually heading into shed right now, so he’s not as photogenic as usual, but here’s a picture taken a couple of weeks ago. Spookers is pretty great and, like his name, REALLY hissy. Doesn’t bite though! Well, not yet.

Snakes (spooky)

I’ll probably tweet pictures from tonight’s “snake-ecue”, so look for those on here. If you have ophidiophobia you might want to avoid Prairie Dog corners of Internet this evening.

Day 5

Victoria Park (DucksV)Actually, I’m pretty sure these two mallards have been in Victoria Park for longer than five days. Tonight, they were in the southwest corner.

And here’s an update on the Art Shack I blogged about a few days ago that the Dunlop Art Gallery’s using for programming this summer. Construction has continued and you can see what it looks like after the jump.

Continue reading “Day 5”

Friday Evening Lions And Tigers And Bears

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From Jezebel:

Baloo, Shere Kahn, and Leo (collectively known as BLT and soon to release a bestselling album) all live on Noah’s Ark Sanctuary in Georgia and have no idea that they wouldn’t have ever met under any other circumstances. The trio were saved 13 years ago from horrid conditions at the home of a drug dealer and now live together in perfect harmny in their own enclosure. According to their keepers, they not only get along, they seek out each other’s affection and, if the photos are any indication they also swim and nap together all the time. I bet their slumber parties are amazing.

Have a great evening!

Dinosaurs Unearthed

Predator Trap-Stegosaurus juvenile, Allosaurus juvenile trapped in mudThe Saskatchewan Science Centre is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2014. There will be additional events down the road, including a special science blitz July 4-6 called “25 Hours of Science” that will involve science demos, guest-speakers, a barbecue and more. A science fair is also planned for Oct. 10-11, along with a gala banquet that same month.

Today, though, the Science Centre opens this touring exhibition which consists of life-size animatronic models of various dinosaur species  set in realistic Mesozoic era habitat. Apparently, when the Science Centre opened in 1989 one of the first exhibits it hosted was on dinosaurs. So this exhibit is an appropriate way to celebrate its silver anniversary.

No offense to Megamunch (which took up residence at the Royal Sask Museum in 1986) and other animatronic dinosaurs back then, but technology is much more sophisticated today so this promises to be a spectacular show. Not only is the technology different, paleontologists in the intervening 25 years have revised many of their theories around the appearance and behaviour of dinosaurs. So the show will be enlightening from that perspective as well.

Dinosaurs Unearthed opens today and runs until Sept. 30. Apparently, two of the dinosaurs, a Tyrannosaurus Rex and a Triceratops, will be on display outside the Science Centre for the entire summer. For more info, visit the Science Centre website.

Goblin Sharks: Sweet Mother Of Crap!

Goblin SharkYou can have your Sharknados or Piranha 3-Ds, Hollywood: real-life sea monsters kick your ass.

The other night I came across this story about a Florida shrimp fisher who pulled this freaky-as-shit beast up onto his boat in April.

Apparently (and appropriately) it’s called a goblin shark, and it’s “the last surviving member of the Mitsukurinidae family, which dates back some 125 million years! It also generally lives thousands of feet under the surface — to a maximum depth of just over 4200 feet! That explains why they’re almost never seen by humans.

The one caught in recently in Florida measured roughly 18 feet long.