Written by Jamie Maxwell
Our history as humans is filled with all kinds of mythologies and stories that we've always told each other. One of the most prevalent of these is the story of the rainbow, those colorful optical illusions made when the sun rays shine through water in the atmosphere. Beautiful to behold, the legends are full of people endlessly chasing down these hued arcs to find some rumored pot of gold that is said to reside at the end at the landing point of these rainbows. The irony in all of this is that there is no end of the rainbow. If you were to look at one from an airplane, you wouldn't see an arc with the ends touching down on the earth but a complete and never ending circle. Maybe the moral of this particular story is that we, as humankind, need to stop chasing that ever elusive happiness that always seems to be just out of reach and take a moment to look around us to see the joy that is all around us, right in front of our faces. With that being said, we'd like to take a moment to show you the wonderful things that are all around us at this beautiful moment in time.
Zara's Ungendered-TRF line
The lines of gender have become a little blurrier lately with the ideas surrounding socially acceptable gender-norms and expectations being continually expanded outside of the usual gender binary. Fashion, as a representation of culture is always shfting to match society's values and attitudes, so it was only a matter of time before clothing designers started to match this gradual foray into gender fluidity. Following suit from European department store Selfridge's unisex concept pop-up department, the aptly named Agender, Zara brings us a new unisex diffusion label called Ungendered-TRF filled with clothes that are designed with no particular sex in mind. Banishing the idea of women's jeans or boyfriend-cut jeans, they introduce a new way of thinking; just jeans. This matches a new attitude that seems to be sweeping through the fashion world, with even Jaden Smith recently appearing in an ad for Louis Vuitton's women's line. Next time you have a few moments to yourself and an internet connection, hop onto the Zara website and check out what all the fuss is about for yourself.
Glenbow Museum Free First Thursday
If you've been dying to get out of the house lately but your wallet is running on empty, we just have an idea that just might be of interest to you. Calgary is lucky enough to be home to The Glenbow Museum, which boasts impressive collections, both native to us and borrowed, and being the benevolent curators of culture that they are, they're willing to waive admission at the gate just for you. The first Thursday of every month is Free First Thursday and from 5pm to 9pm, you'll get that chance to glance at some amazing art or history without putting down a single cent. This month, lucky visitors will have a chance to experience the magic that is visionary Paul Hardy. You just may find that your next new favorite activity has been located under your nose this entire time.
Dandy Brewing Co.
Calgary is known for many things but craft beer is not usually one of them. With new regulations from the AGLC, the overlords controlling the rules around liquor sales and consumption in Alberta, new small batch microbrews are allowed to be smaller than ever before. Enter: Dandy Brewing Co., one of many new nano-breweries that have been popping up around town, with about 16 more slated for opening in the new future. Popping into their new taproom, you can sample any number of brews for any palate, including a joint effort with local brewers Tool Shed called 'Part Time Punks'. Craft beer has been quickly rising in popularity and is actually making a noticeable and even quantifiable dent in sales for some of the mainstream brewers. With quality ingredients and a versatile offering of flavors, it easily to see why beer drinkers are daring to drink on the wild side.