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Blithe Spirit – Borelians Community Theatre

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Charles Condomine is a successful author who is working on his current book, the main character of which is a psychic. He invites his neighbour, self-proclaimed psychic Madame Arcati, to dinner with his wife Ruth and friends, the Bradman’s, to have a séance in order to augment his research. The sceptical Charles is taken aback when Madame Arcati is actually successful in bringing forth a spirit…..Charles’ dead wife, Elvira! Nothing but trouble ensues as Charles scrambles to find a way to return Elvira to the afterlife and return to a peaceful life.

Director Joanne Norman brings a fabulous cast to this Borelian’s Community Theatre production of Noel Coward’s “Blithe Spirit”; veteran members of the group along with new recruits bring their combined talents to the stage at Town Hall 1873 Centre for the Performing Arts.

Opening night is tomorrow! Tickets are $20, with discounts for seniors and students.

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Occasional Articles — Snail Males (The Walrus, Mar. 2007)

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

A look at why women are becoming increasingly better educated than men.

Snail Males


Occasional Articles — The Conspiracy Against Africa (The Walrus, Nov. 2006)

Thursday, September 30, 2010

An article discussing the difficulties involved with both aid and investment in Africa.

The Conspiracy Against Africa


Who Review – Episodes 10-13 (Series 5)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Vincent and the Doctor

by Richard Curtis

Richard Curtis is a very funny writer. So I was prepared for a very funny DW episode. And it was funny, at times hilariously so. But Richard Curtis is also very good at making extremely palatable schmaltz (watch Love Actually if you need proof). But even knowing this, I wasn’t prepared for the sobfest that occurred.

Nu-Who has had a great track record when it comes to meeting historical figures: Charles Dickens, Shakespeare, Agatha Christie, to name a few. And now we can add Vincent van Gogh to this love-fest of famous artists (van Gogh pronounced with as much phlegm as you can muster – mustering phlegm…sounds disgusting). Apparently van Gogh (twice in a row is hard on your throat) is Scottish according to the TARDIS language translator, but nevermind, he looks the part, and Tony Curran plays him well, with humour and depth. I doubt this is what the real van Gogh (I’m gonna need to get a drink soon) was like, but at least the episode gives us a nice introduction into the mind of a figure who pretty much invented the idea of a tortured artist. There are also some beautiful recreations of the painter’s most famous works, which seems the obvious way to go if you were directing an episode about a visual artist, but it was still nice to see.

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Clubs Led — A Culturatti Original

Monday, September 27, 2010

A simple game of cards. One rabid dog. A night of revelations…

The Culturatti presents:

Clubs Led, a film by Adam Beal and Graeme Powellllewopp emearg

Occasional Painting — The Wine of St. Martin’s Day

Friday, September 24, 2010

Pieter Bruegel the Elder (c. 1525-1569)

Tempera on Linen

148cm x 270.5cm

Painted between 1565-1568

I love stories about people discovering unknown paintings by famous artists. Although to be fair, this painting wasn’t exactly unknown; it had been in the hands of a private collector, who, according to the Associated Press, acquired it from the  original family who brought it to Spain in the 17th century (the Duke of Medinaceli if you’re interested).

When the current owners went to sell it last year, Sotheby’s contacted Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid to identify the work. They brought in a group of Bruegel experts (no doubt such experts sit by the Bruegel-phone just waiting for the day it will go off), who unanimously agreed the work was by the famous Dutch painter. On Sept 6 the final proof was found as restorers uncovered his signature while cleaning the painting.

Bruegel is one of my favourite artists. I absolutely love his style – there’s something both so classic and modern about it. His paintings are full of life, full of humour and at times, full of horrific images.  Of course one of my most astute observations on Bruegel’s work came upon viewing one of his paintings at the AGO in Toronto.

Me: “Hm, it’s pretty small.”tniapcco llewopemearg

Who Review – Episodes 6-9 (Series 5)

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Vampires of Venice

by Toby Whithouse

Now, I know what you’re thinking. Vampires are popular. So here comes Doctor Who jumping onto the pasty-faced bandwagon with its very own take on the staurophobic (although I prefer the term crucifixaphobia), blood-sucking, garlic-hating, er, vampire-type people. Except anyone with any Who-knowledge will know that the Doctor has already had a run-in with vampires. And it happened waaaay back in the pre-Twilight/True Blood year of 1980. In fact, it is a well known piece of Gallifreyan lore that the Time Lords and the vampires fought a bloody war many, many eons ago. Well known to some people more than others I would imagine.

But Vampires of Venice doesn’t actually reference the classic tale in any way that I noticed. So is it just jumping on the vampire bandwagon? Probably.

But it’s a fun tale nonetheless, perhaps leaning a little toward the slapdashery side of things, especially toward the end. It’s penned by Toby Whithouse, who also wrote the series two tale,  School Reunion, a tale which much of fandom seems to love, but one that I didn’t (despite Sarah Jane, K-9, and Anthony Stewart-Head). But overall, this episode is an enjoyable romp, and the addition of Rory to the Tardis team should prove to be a great device for some some good comic banter. And I should give props for the hilarious pre-title sequence – now that’s the kind of bachelor party I would enjoy…

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