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I've written about theatre, film, TV, books, sports, travel and gear, for places like the Globe & Mail, Yahoo!,, Travel Alberta, Rosebud Theatre, The High Performance Rodeo, Calgary Arts Development, Postmedia, The Stage, the Los Angeles Times, the New York Post, and many others. Author of The White Guy: A Field Guide, a satirical look at white guys, and playwright/performer of The White Guy, published by Applause Books in Best American Short Plays 1997-98, and developed by Warner Bros. & Quincy Jones as a TV Pilot. Playwrighting instructor in the MFA Program in Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia since 2007. Aspiring travel writer, frustrated sports columnist, former copywriter, radio lover and slow walker. twitter@halfstep, instagram@halfstep86,

A Chitenge Story weaves a tale of gentle revenge

A review of A Chitenge Story, a solo show by Calgary actor and playwright Makambe K. Simamba.

Jan Derbyshire is certifiably funny

A review of Certified, the new solo show by Jan Derbyshire.

Zambia meets Lethbridge to create A Chitenge Story

Makambe K. Simamba's A Chitenge Story blends her life story in Zambia with her theatrical coming of age at the University of Lethbridge.

‘When we talk about our emotions, it’s always one feeling at a time.’

Playwright, standup comic and actor Jan Derbyshire talks about Certified, her new solo performance coming to Calgary March 15.

Old Trout journey to Jabberwocky took a few twists

The journey to Jabberwocky was long and arduous for The Old Trout Puppet Workshop, and included death, Denmark, Roman ruins, a Parisian hip-hop act and a terror attack in Nice.

Carving a Troutish vision out of Lewis Carroll’s Jabberwocky

The Old Trout Puppet Workshop are back in Calgary with two shows in February, Twelfth Night and Jabberwocky. The Trouts talk about their unique Trout-ish vision of life.

Why NAFTA needs to hum a new tune on bar bands

  NAFTA needs to hum a new tune on bar bands. I know, I know, I know - there are so many more important things to talk about than bar bands. Softwood lumber, automobile parts, newsprint, yada yada, craft beer,... Continue Reading →

Cariboo Magi still hits all the right notes

Rosebud Theatre's holiday production of Cariboo Magi is just as smart and funny now as it was when it first played Rosebud in 2002.

Two unforgettable art exhibitions

A review of two memorable art exhibits, Soul of A Nation: Art in the Age of Black Power, at the Tate Modern in London, and The Holocaust and Comics at the Shoah Memorial in Paris.

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