Articles written by: Kristine Berey

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Count your musical blessings in April/May 2014

April is the cruelest month, said the great poet T.S. Eliot. But Montrealers should count their blessings, having so many wonderful musical ensembles in the city. Here is a sampling of what’s to come. April 23. As part of its special concert series, the Montreal Symphony Orchestra presents world-class pianist […]

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Jo-Anne McArthur’s We Animals reflects we humans

Looking at Jo-Anne McArthur’s portraits of animals is like looking into a mirror, the shock of recognition forever destroying—if ever there was any doubt—the notion that animals are not our fellow creatures. Activist and photographer McArthur created We Animals, a project documenting through photographs the fate of the animals we […]

“Our capacity to represent ourselves has improved,” Dan Philip says, but there is work still to do. (Debrah Gilmour)
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Dan Philip leads a chorus of voices for change

Longtime human-rights activist Dan Philip is well known to Montrealers who care about issues of social justice. Whenever instances of alleged racism surface in the media or on the street, it is often his opinion journalists seek. High-profile cases have included celebrity psychiatrist Pierre Mailloux, who made comments many thought […]

Some people consider euthanasia because they don’t want to become a burden. (Photo courtesy of stock.xchng)
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Euthanasia: End-of-life care hinges on recognizing and treating pain

If Bill 52, An Act Respecting End of Life Care, becomes law, euthanasia/medical aid to dying will be legal in Quebec. For social services minister Véronique Hivon, who introduced the bill, the act is humane, ensuring the terminally ill, as informed consenting adults, can make end-of life choices. She has no […]

Irwin Cotler hard at work. (Photo by Kristine Berey)
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A thank-you letter to Irwin Cotler

Dear Mr. Cotler, When our publisher, Barbara Moser, asked me if I wanted to write you a thank-you letter, my first thought was that, having met you in the capacity of writing for The Senior Times, I can no longer laugh at politician and lawyer jokes. You have shattered those stereotypes for […]

R.H. Thomson, Michel Perron, Tristan D. Lalla, 
Brett Watson, Daniel Lillford, Graham Cuthbertson 
in Glengarry Glen Ross at the Segal Centre. (Photo: Andrée Lanthier)
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Mamet’s Glengarry Glen Ross comes to Segal Centre

  The range of work produced by American playwright David Mamet is breathtaking. Besides having penned award-winning plays, he has written fiction, non-fiction and poetry as well as political essays and children’s books. He directed and wrote the screenplay for several feature films, and contributed to films directed by Sydney […]

Hudson Theatre presents Cole Porter revue
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Hudson Theatre presents Cole Porter revue

Cole Porter’s beautiful songs are unforgettable. Whether they are lyrical, such as Love for Sale, or infused with jumpy rhythms that make it impossible to stay still (some of his lyrics were just “too darn hot” to be played on the radio when they were first written), his contributions to […]

Alanis Obomsawin expresses hope in youth: “The future looks different.” (Photo: Linda Dawn Hammond)
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Aboriginal filmmaker is a witness to the future

There is something in the air, something new in the public consciousness regarding First Nations. Perhaps it’s the new awareness of Canada’s history raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or the headlines made by the Idle no More movement. One very likely reason for this softly rumbling sense of […]

Theatre previews: The Seagull, The Walnut Tree
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Theatre previews: The Seagull, The Walnut Tree

The Seagull Anton Chekov’s The Seagull is among the most influential plays in modern drama. Yet it had such a terrible reception on opening night that Chekov fled backstage to escape all the booing and jeering. “I shall never forget last evening,” he recalled the next day. “I shall never […]

Quincy Armorer, BTW’s artistic director. (Photo courtesy of Black Theatre Workshop)
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Theatre preview: The Meeting by Black Theatre Workshop

Within the framework of Black History Month, the Black Theatre Workshop will present Jeff Stetson’s acclaimed one-act play The Meeting at the Segal Centre February 22-March 1. Written in 1987, the play explores an imagined conversation between Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, two of the most charismatic […]