Monthly Archives: December 2013

Thinking about snobs, with Baz Luhrmann and Jay Gatsby

I’m thinking about two competing narratives lately, as I alluded at the beginning of my review of Singing the Earth.  Is transcendent activism possible? Nelson Mandela seems to say yes.  Rob Ford would agree, although he sees himself as an … Continue reading

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Singing the Earth: The Old & The New

Today is a day of contrasts.  The morning paper brought more revelations about Toronto’s Mayor, while this afternoon’s social media story was the passing of Nelson Mandela.  While Mandela seems to embody the possibilities for heroic activism nothing suggests that  … Continue reading

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And after Rota

The concert was titled “The Unknown Chamber Music of Nino Rota”. How could I resist, being already a fan of Rota’s film compositions?  This is the man who gave us the iconic Godfather music.  My favourite is his score for … Continue reading

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The great Canadian opera

It’s such a funky headline, almost an oxymoron.  The book of Canadian operas is a slim volume indeed, but the list of great Canadian operas?  Hm, are there any? Even one? I have two names bouncing in my head right … Continue reading

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Act Your Age PAL-ACTRA Fundraiser

“Press releases and announcements” are presented verbatim without comment. ActYourAge proudly presents The 4th Annual AYA Holiday Show Waiting for CABARET An evening of music, comedy, & stories performed by talented & well-seasoned performers… a fund-raiser for the Performing Arts … Continue reading

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A messed-up pattern

I  used to think I was normal.  But when you see the same pattern over and over in several films you start to wonder.  Every comedy seems to be using the same template. I saw it in Bridesmaids.  I saw … Continue reading

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