Long-running hobby night instills camaraderie
Walking into Cameron Farn's garage on a Tuesday night is like walking into something out of a sci-fi movie. Paintings of bloody alien-like creatures, life-like superhero figurines, and Victorian-era vests created for cosplay enthusiasts, fill Farn's heated garage in the southeast neighbourhood of Acadia.
This is hobby night for Farn, and eight other Calgarians.
- Published on Wednesday, 08 May 2013 16:07
- Written by BAJ Visser
Self-defence course aims to capitalize on undead craze to garner wider audience
No matter how fast you run, no matter how well you hide, you can’t escape zombies.
The current zombie craze, fuelled by major titles across all media, including the Walking Dead, Resident Evil, and World War Z franchises, has infected all sectors of society.
Even martial arts.
- Published on Saturday, 27 April 2013 22:25
- Written by DANNY LUONG, DANIEL BALL & MICHAEL CHAN
Calgary man becomes monk in quest for enlightenment
In a country where non-Christian religions represent only 1 per cent of the total population, Buddhism is often misunderstood.
But one Calgary man is finding understanding by all means necessary.
20-year-old Brandon is a self-described, "white monk" living among mostly Vietnamese monks at Bat Nha Buddhist temple – known by its patrons as Prajna Pagoda – in southeast Calgary.
- Published on Thursday, 25 April 2013 12:52
- Written by Vern McGill
Dale Yamada of Mad Jap Kustoms builds successful custom bike shop
Overwhelming smells of engine grease and gasoline fill the musty air of Mad Jap Kustoms, a motorcycle repair and build shop that specializes in handcrafted parts and custom built bikes.
Owner and mechanic Dale Yamada fills a very specific niche in the motorcycle industry and says that hand-crafted motorcycles are a lost form of art.
Valuing the importance of face-to-face communication, Yamada prefers to have clients visit the shop and to see with their own eyes, the quality and passion he puts into every bike he works on. Using his background as a mechanic, he repairs and builds custom motorcycles for a living and couldn't be happier.
From the outside, Mad Jap Kustoms looks nothing out of the ordinary. Located in the northeast at 28 Avenue and 23 Street, the unassuming shop is framed with a brick wall and a thick black banner with the company logo — a winged helmet. Although the sign says "Service and repair," stepping inside reveals that Mad Jap Kustoms is far more than that.
- Published on Sunday, 21 April 2013 17:38
- Written by JEREMY THOMPSON & MICHAEL COLES
End of lease could force wedge between home-brewing club and company
Every month the Cowtown Yeast Wranglers meet in the back of the Wild Rose Brewery.
The Wranglers, Calgary's largest home-brewing club, get together to discuss recipes, share beer and conversation, and sometimes hear lectures about brewing tips and techniques.
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