This past weekend was very thrifty and swappy for me, as I stopped by the Change of Clothes sustainable fashion event at the Mercer, and then swung by Variant Edition‘s clothing swap. I got rid of some stuff, and acquired some stuff, and thought harder about clothes, which is where we begin:
- Nicole Rowan has complete coverage of last weekend’s Change of Clothes event, including a Q&A about thrifting.
- And there’s Change of Clothes organizers Claire Theaker-Brown and Lindsey Locke on Shayne Woodsmith’s Faces of Edmonton.
- Adina J indulges her fond memories of stamp-collecting with a secondhand, philately-inspired skirt.
- Vickie Laliotis highlights six eco-friendly fashion brands.
Where we live
- Emil Tiedemann would love to see the Rossdale Power Plant turned into Edmonton’s equivalent of Seattle’s Pike Place Market.
- Erin Wallace introduces the Abundant Communities Initiative, which will be discussed at the Edmonton Resilience Festival this weekend.
- Our peculiar diagonal avenues — Kingsway and Princess Elizabeth — are the vestiges of a City Beautiful plan that was sadly abandoned, writes Jason Pfeifer.
- Michael Ross maps out how the city is zoned.
- Matthew Dance notes how colonial our place-naming has been in Edmonton, and calls for a deeper recognition of this place’s First Nations roots.
- Matthew Vavrek outlines what makes the dinosaur bonebeds of west-central Alberta different from the more familiar ones in the south.
- Megan delivers a teacher’s-eye view of a student whose needs are beyond what she can provide.
- David Climenhaga keeps a close watch on the fortunes of Athabasca University, and notes the Edmonton Public School Board’s call to end public funding of private and charter schools.
- Dave Cournoyer looks back at a moment where it was clear that the Tories were in trouble before last year’s historic provincial election.
- Ryan Batty quantifies exactly how bad the Oilers have been over the past decade. It’s not pretty.
- Jessica Holt has a theory on why seniors are so much more helpful than others when she’s struggling to usher her twins about.
- Sheri Landry is tired of seeing parents pitted against each other.
- “If you want to get somewhere, you have to keep going,” writes Donloree Hoffman. As someone whose seeds are growing more slowly than she has patience for, I appreciate this post.
Food and drink
- Karlynn Johnston has a recipe for homemade granola bars that are a little healthier and quite a bit cheaper than store-bought.
- Twyla Campbell reports back on her latest Northern Food Night, and recounts the events that led up such dishes as walrus masala.
- Both Cindy Nguyen and Sharon Yeo recap the Northern Chicken popup at Dovetail Delicatessen.
- Linda Hoang tries out Passion de France, a restaurant discovered via Twitter that turns out to be delicious.
- Allan Suddaby sings the praises of cold-pressed canola oil.
- Marcia Hamm is back from Italy with a new certification and a whole lot of knowledge about grapes.
Arts and culture
- Randall Talbot takes a closer look at the big statue of Big Miller.
- Jenna Marynowski previews Gordon, the latest play from Theatre Network at the Roxy on Gateway.
- Sable Chan has an interview with Pro Coro Canada conductor Michael Zaugg, accompanied by some lovely excerpts from Pro Coro’s repertoire.
- TJ Jans marks the end of Riel House, where UAlberta music grad students used to practice, with a visit with student Daniel Stadnicki and a drum kit.
- I’m a non-fiction kind of gal, so I appreciate Jay Runham’s suggestions for documentaries on Netflix.
- Laura Frey isn’t sure about this readathon business, but participates in one anyway.
- Rhonda Krause shares great photos of her visit to the Iwatayama Monkey Park in Kyoto, Japan.
- Mack Male posts his 200th Media Monday, his indispensable roundup of what’s going on in journalism in Edmonton.
- Gregg Beever is turning the lights back on at Inglorious Hipsters with the promise of new comics and a new podcast.
- Trent Wilkie gets quite a story out of a trip to the grocery store.
- Jen Salamandick lays out how to give useful feedback on design.
- Does Pinterest help or hamper wedding planning? Photographer Haley Shandro explores the question with past clients on yegwed.
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