Sock ‘n’ Buskin puts on strong double bill

Sock ‘n’ Buskin has produced two more successful shows packaged as a double bill. Adult Entertainment and The Maids were captivating productions filled with sex, scandal, and fury. The Maids wasn’t a show that simply provided entertainment—it captured the audience by the throat, demanding our full attention. Hours after the show finished, I found myself working through the complicated plot, justifying and considering the actions of each character. It was dark, twisted, and at times, hard to watch. Despite its sinister themes, the cast did a great job at handling sensitive content, and the end result created a comfortable and familiar space within an otherwise risqué and provocative show. Solange (Katie McLean) was an intricate, believable character, performed naturally by […]

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Losing it: understanding virginity in the 21st century

While the beginning of a new school year usually sees university students attending new classes, buying textbooks, and reading course outlines, some may also be hatching a plan to ditch their V-card status. On the surface, virginity seems like a pretty straightforward concept. A person is a virgin if they haven’t had sex, and isn’t if they have. Among millennials, virginity can even be the quickest way to decide whether someone is a prude or a slut. However, in reality, the concept of virginity is vastly more complicated. In fact, according to Ummni Khan, an associate professor of legal studies at Carleton University, virginity is a deeply ideological construct. “[It’s] based on cis-normative and heterosexist understandings of sexual phases,” Khan who […]

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Food and drink blog: Growlers, a Lansdowne luxury

In case you are wondering, the best LCBO in Ottawa is at Lansdowne. It used to be the one at King Edward and Rideau—but with the new renovations at Lansdowne they managed to build beer-topia. First of all, the store is huge. Second of all, this LCBO has something I’ve never seen outside of bottle shops attached to breweries: they have a growler station. For those not aware, a growler is basically those giant bottles they often have in Bugs Bunny cartoons with “xxx” on them. The difference is that in the real world they are usually not in the hands of some cowboy character—well, not that I’ve seen. Growlers are 1.89 litres or a half-gallon in size, and are […]

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Letter: Institutions need to stop doubting sexual assault cases

“She must be doing it just for the attention or money.” This justification is uttered almost every time a rape case breaks in the news, and I’m sure it’s often whispered when a girl comes forward in her social circle. It’s even worse when someone comes forward accusing someone famous, as is painfully evident when presidential candidate Donald Trump claims that women accusing him are seeking “10 seconds of fame” during a national debate. Women and men who come forward about sexual assault are faced with such a barrage of doubt, it is no wonder that some don’t come forward. Imagine something terrible happens to you and no one believes you. If it was someone you know who did it, […]

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Food & Drink blog: Spooky beers for all your Halloween fears

As I have stated in previous blogs, fall is my favourite beer season. Once September hits, the shelves at the LCBO start to be covered in orange hues and many pumpkin puns (say that three times), and through the aisles you can see me leaping in slow motion with a smile. The doldrums of summer lagers are replaced with the rich taste of stouts and porters and yes, pumpkin. Perusing through my local LCBO this past weekend, I recognized some old faves and of course had to pick up something new. I gravitated towards Big Rig’s Tales from the Patch partly because the can art was very Tim Burton-esque. I walked by someone who was carrying three cans, which I […]

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