Carolin Vesely

  • Local dance instructor redefining traditional roles

    Horace Luong was knee-deep in "solid-phase synthesized ion channels" in 2003 when he started stepping out in suede-bottomed shoes. His days then were spent bent over a microscope in a University of Victoria chemistry lab, but in the evenings and on weekends, the doctoral student became a dancing fool.
  • Self-defence course teaches women to overcome their need to be nice

    Contrary to popular belief, the best defence is not always a strong offence -- at least for women trying to protect themselves against violence. "Combat is the last resort," says Winnipeg martial arts instructor Peggy McRitchie. According to her ABCs of self-defence, "awareness" and "boundaries" come first.
  • Phat tats: Artists build bodies of work as ink is injected into the mainstream

    When Kelly McRae started inking folks back in 1996, Winnipeg had half a dozen tattoo studios. Today there are 37.
  • Winnipeg Folk Festival born out of political idealism

    A bearded, chain-smoking radical and an ascot-wearing British architect walk into Winnipeg city hall. It sounds like the setup for a joke, and in 1974 the idea of an urban Prairie oasis, located 800 kilometres from any other major city and with only a few outdoor concerts under its belt, becoming home to one of the most successful folk festivals in North America probably did seem pretty laughable.
  • Folk Fest strengthens community vibe with new meeting area, stages

    It takes a village to put on the Winnipeg Folk Festival, and now festival-goers actually have one of their own. Man (or woman) cannot live by music alone, you see. They also need food, shelter, handmade treasures, something cool to drink and a shaded picnic area.
  • Copycat crooners

    AT a stage of life when most people have finally figured out who they are, Larry Cariou and Julie Myers adopted alter egos and inadvertently launched mid-life careers. Cariou, 52, is a native Winnipegger who moved to Toronto at age 11. Myers, 50, grew up in Memphis and moved to Winkler two years ago to be with her new husband.
  • Party like it's 1939: Now that's a SENIOR prom

    With all the fancy gowns and updos, spray tans, tuxedo rentals and limousine rides, today's high school graduation can look more like a wedding than a teenage rite of passage. "Ours was really extravagant. It was at the Fort Garry Hotel and we had limos and everyone went to get their hair done," Brittany Silverstein, 20, recalled of her commencement from Winnipeg's Gray Academy a couple of years back.
  • Winnipeg brothers bonded while filming goofy crime caper

    Southern California had Starsky & Hutch. And Charlie's Angels. In 1970s Winnipeg, meanwhile, there's an elite trio of colourful, crime-fighting detectives fighting to expose their hometown's seedy underbelly and take back the mean streets.
  • Sweet on Swift

    She writes and sings her own songs, sells millions of albums -- which have earned seven Grammys -- and is rumoured to be the top choice to star in an upcoming Joni Mitchell biopic. Rolling Stone magazine called her "a songwriting savant."
  • Just for kicks: shoe swap hits town

    Is your footwear wish list more likely to include the names Michael Jordan and LeBron James than Jimmy Choo and Manolo Blahnik? Do you think nothing of spending hundreds, even thousands, of dollars on a pair -- make that multiple pairs -- of shoes that might not ever make it out of the box?
  • Sip, sup and stroll on new Exchange tour

    You've done the art walk. You've taken the architecture, the ghost, the Winnipeg General Strike, and the death and debauchery guided walking tours. Now it's time to put your money where your mouth is and Devour the District.
  • New drug aims to increase female desire by changing brain chemistry, not blood flow

    Half a century ago, the birth-control pill gave women the ability to switch off ovulation, to separate sex from reproduction. As we speak, researchers are working on a pill to give women the power to switch on lust, to free sexual desire from its various shackles -- including, perhaps, long-term monogamy.
  • Grub in the garbage: Dumpster divers eat discarded food and scoff at society's wasteful ways

    Quincy Brandt adjusts his headlamp as he prepares to climb into the dumpster. A moment later, his hand pokes out above the two-metre wall holding a single, unblemished yellow apple. "I think you're going to be shocked," says his companion, Riley McMurray, who's perched on the side of the bin, waiting to receive the cardboard box Brandt is about to hoist out of the nearby grocery store's trash.
  • Genealogical searches connect present to past

    And you thought cable TV was the go-to source for historical mysteries rife with drama and intrigue, and colourful characters with skeletons rattling around in their closets. Try giving your family tree a shake.
  • Cramping their style

    Most of us answer pretty promptly when nature calls. And we've all run the gut-wrenching race to the biffy during a bout of stomach flu, or after eating tainted food. But for some people, it's as if their bowel were an air-raid siren. And they never know when a bomb might be about to drop.
  • Beauty and the beast

    From the outside, it looks more cathedral than correctional facility. Indeed, when Winnipeg architect Walter Chesterton designed the Eastern Judicial District Gaol, he was determined to avoid the bleak, sombre designs of traditional prison architecture. So he styled his jail after churches of the Italian Renaissance.
  • Doc's memoir portrays ERs as frantic, funny, frightening ... but never dull

    Medical dramas like the classics St. Elsewhere and ER, and the more recent House and Nurse Jackie, have done a lot to de-romanticize the image of doctors as warmly pleasant, always calm and ever-composed miracle workers that was created in the 1960s by shows such as Marcus Welby, M.D. Yet in the process of humanizing the healers, these realistically gritty and gory programs also tend to portray emergency rooms as theatres of non-stop, life-or-death drama and heroism. Or at least every patient who enters through the sliding class doors seems to have something exotic or interesting wrong with them.
  • At this community art auction (volunteer) time really is money

    After purchasing a house last year, teacher Ben Shedden and his wife, Eden, a full-time student, didn't exactly have a stash of cash with which to adorn its "drab" bare walls. So the Winnipeg couple went to a silent art auction and successfully bid on two paintings by local artists.
  • Explore Desire seminars to 'push the boundaries'

    They wanted more. And the sexologist delivered. Six months after his women-only sexuality seminar drew a sold-out crowd to the Radisson Hotel, Winnipeg's Dr. Reece Malone is back with three new workshops aimed at helping both genders Explore Desire.
  • He works hard for the Monet

    It's been said that a journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. Stephen Borys's journey of 10,000 kilometres began in Newfoundland in the autumn of 2011 with a single oil painting. It was an art collector's dream road trip. And by the time it ended in Victoria 18 months later, Borys had visited 30 museums and galleries in 20 cities and arranged to bring 100 works of art home to Winnipeg.
  • Facebook a forum for students to share touching (and troubling) secrets

    'I like sneaking books into people's bags so that the alarm goes off on them when they leave the library," reads one confession. "I VW'd (voluntary withdrew) all my classes. My parents don't have a clue. I've been leaving the house during my said classes to go sleep in my car," says another.
  • Who's the CEO of this family?

    Kids say the darndest things, and one of the most timeless and universal -- and least likely to elicit an "aww" from any adult -- is the phrase, "You're not the boss of me." In terms of parental unpopularity, this declaration of defiance rates right up there with "No!" and "You can't make me!"
  • App will anonymously tell bullies, boors and blowhards the error of their ways

    Boring someone to death isn't a crime. Nor are answering your cellphone during dinner, chronic lateness, blaming others for your mistakes, swearing like a sailor, gossiping and burping in public. What these behaviours are, at least by polite-society standards, are ill-mannered, inconsiderate and annoying.
  • The reluctant bachelor

    To say that Harold "Hal" Spielman's life changed when his wife of 32 years died from cancer five years ago would be an understatement. "I was alone for the first time in my life. I felt lost. I didn't know where the chequebook was," Spielman, 85, recalls from his home in suburban New York.
  • Chemically altering emotions to prolong relationships

    This month marks the 15th anniversary of a heart drug that accidentally launched a sexual revolution. Since it was approved for sale in the United States, Viagra has helped more than 25 million men get and keep an erection, according to Pfizer's website.

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