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Aeneas as envisioned by painter Claude Lorrain in the 17th century.
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The Aeneid to play at La Chapelle Theatre

The Aeneid is the Greek classic poem by Virgil that tells the saga of Aeneas, his escape from Troy with his son and father and his search for a new home. It has been transposed into a modern setting of the Middle East in the French-language version by Quebec playwright […]

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 […]

Sit with your back to the windows, facing Cocktail Hawaii’s mural, to get the full in-the-tropics effect.
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Restaurant review: Cocktail Hawaii

With yet another polar vortex on the horizon, my thoughts turned to the tropics. But with a deadline looming, I suspected the reaction of our mild-mannered Senior Times publisher would be anything but mild-mannered if I hopped on a plane. Thus it was that I found myself at Cocktail Hawaii, surrounded by […]

Book review: Surviving Love
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Book review: Surviving Love

By guest columnist Irene Ogrizek. Sheryl Halpern’s collection of 19 short stories, Surviving Love, features characters who misplace their children, play desperate texting games and manage—with varying degrees of social deftness—eccentric cousins, troublesome parents and terrifying trips to the mall. Love does not conquer all in Halpern’s world, unless, she hints, […]

CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson
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CD reviews: David Ian, Mike Rud, Ben Peterson

David Ian, Valentine’s Day, Prescott Records The music of the great American Songbook, when given a personal touch, never ceases to charm and delight. Toronto-born pianist David Ian has arranged these 11 pieces—classics of the standard repertoire, except for the gospel tune Sweet By and By—into smooth, easy listening yet spirited and […]

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 […]

Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra
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Music reviews: Rafael & Energia Dominicana, Matthew Shipp, Altsys Jazz Orchestra

Rafael & Energia Dominicana Enamorarse en la playa Vivo Musique We can’t all go south in the winter, so the next best thing for those of us stuck in El Norte is to feel the warmth, energy and love that permeates this wonderful album of Latin music. It is a […]

Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal
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Review: Moonshine so good it oughta be illegal

Let’s get one thing straight right off the bat: You will get dirty. Your hands will be sticky. There will be barbecue sauce under your fingernails and at the corners of your mouth. I can’t speak to the state of your jeans. Welcome to the Moonshine BBQ. The menu at […]