Go! goes to the LSPU Hall

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I like my rituals. Saturday morning is often bookended with swimming and piano lessons for the boy, with Dad enjoying lazy sips of coffee, the weekend papers and that pleasant shift into the weekend. One element is CBC Radio's Go!, Brent Bambury's hyper and often hilarious jump through music, comedy and the minutiae of daily life.

I have to admit I was excited when I heard Go! was coming to St. John's. I work at CBC, so seeing how shows get made (what's that phrase about legislation and sausages?) is far from a novelty. Nonetheless, I wanted to see how a live 90-minute show with multiple guests gets hauled together.

Provincial - I like my rituals. Saturday morning is often bookended with swimming and piano lessons for the boy, with Dad enjoying lazy sips of coffee, the weekend papers and that pleasant shift into the weekend. One element is CBC Radio's Go!, Brent Bambury's hyper and often hilarious jump through music, comedy and the minutiae of daily life.

I have to admit I was excited when I heard Go! was coming to St. John's. I work at CBC, so seeing how shows get made (what's that phrase about legislation and sausages?) is far from a novelty. Nonetheless, I wanted to see how a live 90-minute show with multiple guests gets hauled together.

The Go! crew were in our building all last week before heading down to the LSPU Hall for the live show, and I can say this: a lot of thought and planning goes into that burst of Saturday morning energy. (And, certainly not to my surprise, given how the show always sounds more scripted than improvised, a lot of writing.)

Go! in St. John's

www.cbc.ca/go/audio.html

The highlights of the show have now been posted to its audio page. In fact, almost all of the show is there for streaming, including the Dance Party of Newfoundland's Dave Sullivan's gonna-be-classic retakes on "The Empire Strikes Back" and "Casablanca," now with Newfoundland idioms. ("We'll always have Buchans," indeed.) You can download a fair bit to keep for yourself: two terrific songs by Chris Kirby and the Marquee, and a couple of the satiric ballads about Danny Williams.

Chris Kirby and the Marquee

www.myspace.com/chriskirbyandthemarquee

Norris Arm's Chris Kirby and his band were the house performers for Go! last week. The songs they played have not been released yet (Kirby's first record, "On Rum and Religion", came out almost two years ago), but you can sample the band's stuff on its MySpace page. Kirby said he described his new style as "rhythm and blues got back together," which works just fine.

Elsewhere this week

Web to PDF

www.htm2pdf.co.uk/

"Why would anyone want to convert a webpage to a PDF?" I thought when I learned about this online tool. A few seconds later, it dawned on me: you can create a record of what you've seen on the web, which is, by definition, dynamic and ever-changing. You can see something right now, and not be sure it'll still be there in a moment. I'm sure I'm not the only one who's made a screengrab of a webpage when I've seen a gromper error or needed to save something for a presentation, but there's a limit to what screengrabs can do. (If you're not sure how to do even that, it's easy-peasy: hit "print screen" and paste the result into a program like PhotoShop or even just Paint.)

Making a PDF, though, covers everything that is on that page, well below what the screen is showing, and the presentation here is in very high quality, to boot. It's added to my quiver of online tools. (My better half, meanwhile, reminds me that print functions can also be adapted to PDF-ready options.)

Wondermark

http://wondermark.com/

This is a comic strip with a twist: vintage look, very modern dialogue. Very. Monty Python's Terry Gilliam may have made his mark by getting laughs from the look of Victorian-era illustrations, but Wondermark's David Malki (who contributes the strip to The Onion) can do a lot dropping contemporary thoughts into images from the age of Sherlock Holmes. A hoot.

John Gushue is a news writer for CBCNews.ca in St. John's. E-mail: surf@thetelegram.com. Read past Surf's Up columns and daily updates at his blog: johngushue.typepad.com.

Surf's Up

Organizations: CBC Radio, Dance Party of Newfoundland, The Onion

Geographic location: St. John's, Newfoundland, Buchans Norris Arm

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