Sunday, May 26, 2013

Cultural Nite XX

Cultural Nite XX by Wanderfull1

Cultural Nite XX, a photo by Wanderfull1 on Flickr.
Every year the University of Calgary Filipino Students' Association do a variety show at the Boyce Theatre that showcases the Filipino culture. Comedy, song, and dance combine to make an entertaining evening.

East Village Vaudeville Spectacular

To celebrate the East Village community, members of the East Village Golden Age Club and The Kerby Centre got together to put on a vaudeville show. There was singing, stories, a little soft shoe, and a lot of fun. Afterwards chairs were rearranged for discussion on the diversity of a community.

Shows ran May 24 and 25 evenings at the Golden Age Club.  This was my favorite shot of the evening, simply because she seemed to glow with happiness.

March Against Monsanto - May 2013 - Monsanto kills

Someone on Facebook suggested that the world should hold a March Against Monsanto (for so many reasons) on Saturday May 25. Apparently over 30 cities did.  I know hundreds of concerned Calgarians responded.  I ran my little legs off following the protesters from City Hall, down 6th Avenue west to 1st Street SW, to 9th Avenue, and then back to City Hall.

Some, those who knew the issues, were there to honestly protest Monsanto. The Raging Grannies were there and you know when they show up it's serious business. : )

Still, I'm sure quite a few were only there to be part of a happening, like the young chain smoking girl carrying the skull placard, or the guy peace-signing me with a plastic Evian bottle in one hand.

Monsanto is a huge company involved in the making of fertilizer chemicals, seed production (particularly genetically modified alfalfa which Monsanto lawyers vehemently protect), and (according to some protest posters) chemical weapons.

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Saturday, May 11, 2013

protest against Taliban in Pakistan

Last Saturday, a small group of demonstrators near Olympic Plaza hoped to influence the leadership elections being held in Pakistan on May 11th. Apparently there are 129 registered political parties in Pakistan. Liberal parties such as the MQM (Muttahida Quami Movement) are under bomb attack from extremists and the Taliban. Many consider the MQM party the "last line of defense to make Pakistan a democratic and civilized society instead of another Afghanistan."  According to theBBC over 100 people have been killed in the run up to the election.  Military are positioned at polling booths in response to threats of Taliban suicide bombers interfering.

I discovered this group after work, on my way home. After two hours, some voices were a little raspy.

I can't say that I'm knowledgeable about the issues, but I felt compelled to take photos. At work someone asked me if I just take photos or do I also join the demonstrations. It's a bit of both, I guess. If I feel something or understand the issue (like Earth Day, Idle No More, and International Women's Day) then I will join. Otherwise, I'm just a photographer.

* Muttahida Qaumi Movement (Wikipedia)
* Muttahida Quami Movement organization site
* MQM Canada
BBC News

Wednesday, May 8, 2013

ladybug lift off

ladybug lift off by Wanderfull1

ladybug lift off, a photo by Wanderfull1 on Flickr.
A few weeks ago I joined a community garden group that is just getting set up in my neighbourhood. Nothing had been done with the land for two or three years. The yard was full of leaves, a perfect hiding places for ladybugs. Our garden has a ton of them. I easily counted 20 within one square foot. This afternoon, they entertained me during a weeding break.