Alien attack hits province

Shirley Newhook
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Source Studio has announced the release of its first game, “ProtoGalaxy,” a game for up to four players who learn how to defend Earth from a mysterious and powerful alien race.

The Newfoundland company is owned by three graduates of Memorial University’s bachelor of engineering program — Alex Brown, Robert Rees, and Albert Chaulk — with the goal of “creating new and innovative games.” The game includes a built-in editor which allows players to easily create entirely new levels.

Screenshots and a video trailer for “ProtoGalaxy” is available for download from:

State of the art

On Wednesday morning, Education Minister Darin King was given a demonstration of the Marine Institute’s new state-of-the-art ocean mapping equipment. It took place during a tour of the Atlanticat at the  Southside Marine Base at Pier 25 in St. John’s Harbour. The minister was joined by the university president, Gary Kachanoski, and the institute’s executive director, Glenn Backwood.

Ocean week

The eighth annual Ocean Week in St. John’s will be celebrated from Oct. 17-23. The celebration is bigger and better than ever, with a fabulous lineup of conferences, workshops and special events, including the inaugural Ocean Film Night with the Newfoundland  premiere  of the award-winning film “Arctic Cliffhangers.”

For all the details:

‘Feast’ returns

Tickets are now on sale for the popular annual Feast of Cohen, scheduled for Dec. 27-30 at 8 p.m. at The Reid Theatre at MUN.  Among the lengthy list of performers: Vicky Hynes, Bryan Hennessey and Sean Panting.

Tickets available at the LSPU Hall Box Office. For information: 753-4531.

Special appearance

Two very different males are the focus of two book releases this week.  Susan Chalker Browne adds to the list of her popular “Freddy” series with “Freddy’s Hockey Hero.”  I liked the biographical description of illustrator HildaRose:

“Originally born as a fat fairy between the pages of an old sketchbook. One day, she crawled out from between those pages and now sits at her drawing table by the ocean in Prospect Bay, Nova Scotia.”

The second book: “The Many Cartoon Faces of Danny!” will be launched Saturday at Chapters on Kenmount Road from 2-4 p.m.  It employs the creative talents of The Telegram’s popular cartoonist Kevin Tobin and includes a special appearance by Premier Danny Williams.

Master guitarist

Alternate tunings, right and left hand ornamentation, stylistic elements of celtic instrumental music and rhythmic playing for jigs and reels. If all that is familiar to you, then you are a prime candidate for “A Master Class with Tony McManus.”

The gifted master guitarist will be giving a two-hour workshop at the MMAP Gallery (second floor of the Arts and Culture Centre) on Sunday from 7-9 p.m.

Guitarists at any level can attend, but some experience and knowledge of basic chords would be an asset. It’s an opportunity to learn from “one of the world’s greatest guitarists.”

He will also appear in concert at Gower Street United Church on Oct. 18 at 8 p.m. and on Oct. 19 in Freshwater, Carbonear.

For information contact, or 722-2863.

You’re invited …

There’s an opening reception for two new exhibits at the Duckworth Street Craft Council Gallery on Saturday from 2-4 p.m.

“Black and White: 20 years of Linocut Prints” by artist Christine Koch, and “Making Patterns of the Everyday” (a group exhibition) are featured. Refreshments will be served; everyone is welcome.

Happy birthday

Celebrating the 200th anniversary of Robert Schumann’s birth, pianist Stephen Runge presents his “Papillons” and the rarely heard “Humoreske.”

Also on the program: Mozart makes a guest appearance in George Tsontakis “Ghost Variations.” That’s at the Cook Recital Hall at Memorial University Saturday at 8 p.m.

The Hectic Pace returns next Friday.

Organizations: Marine Institute, Atlanticat, Southside Marine Base Ocean Week The Reid Theatre LSPU Hall Box Office Chapters Gower Street United Church Duckworth Street Craft Council Gallery

Geographic location: Newfoundland, Arctic, Prospect Bay Nova Scotia Kenmount Road Freshwater

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