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Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan
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Book review: A Land to Die For? by David Ranan

Throughout Israel’s embattled history, it has been a badge of honour to serve in the country’s armed forces. For obvious reasons, public expressions of conscientious objections, draft dodging or anti-war sentiments have been virtually non-existent. While objections to the draft remain relatively marginal, there has been a change among Israeli […]

Theatre preview: Lost & Found
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Theatre preview: Lost & Found

David Sherman – journalist, editor, playwright and singer-songwriter – is presenting his latest work, a musical titled Lost & Found, with fellow musician Nancy Lee. Its subtitle – a story of love, loss, life and lunacy – reflects Sherman’s travels of the mind and heart. It is directed by Guy […]

Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier
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Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier

In early March, publisher Barbara Moser and editor Hayley Juhl visited Jukebox Burgers in Marché de l’Ouest. These are their stories. Barbara Moser I love those “create your own hamburger restos” in L.A. and New York, the ones that include veggie burgers as choices, so it was with a deliberately […]

Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions
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Music review: North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions

North American Jazz Alliance; The Montreal Sessions (Challenge Records) The accordion never threatened the dominant place of the saxophone, trumpet or piano in jazz combos, but virtuoso Art Van Damme (1920-2010) was the instrument’s leading exponent. In the 1960s and 1970s, he created a unique group sound in combining his […]

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Book review: Dr. Ruth’s Guide for the Alzheimer’s Caregiver

Your mother scared the daylights out of you last week. She said she was going for a quick walk but when she didn’t return three hours later, you went looking for her. You were frantic, she was confused, you were embarrassed. She has early-stage Alzheimer’s and you’re trying to cope […]

Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir
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Persephone Productions portrays love in Lost: A Memoir

Persephone Productions’ Lost: A Memoir is a portrayal of love. Cathy Osterle’s book Lost: A Memoir has been called a lyrical mediation on loss, love and hope. In its adaptation to the stage, by the author and director Dennis Garnhum, it has been lauded by the Calgary Sun, which predicted […]

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Restaurant review: Restaurant Grille Select in Kirkland

Once the last bite of chocolate mousse left my plate, I was left with only one thought: there is nothing quite like Mediterranean comfort food. From traditional calamari and souvlaki to Persian-style filet mignon and grilled chicken burgers, it was hard to find anything wrong with my meal at Restaurant […]

Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality
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Steve Luxton’s In the Vision of Birds explores countryside without sentimentality

At February’s end, with daylight increasing excruciatingly slowly by a mere second or two each day, in many of us a familiar longing sets in—for colour, for warmth, for the simple joy of being outside, feeling the sun. We all love the earth, seeing the sky, looking at flowers, watching […]

Theatre preview: Oklahoma at Hudson Village Theatre
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Theatre preview: Oklahoma at Hudson Village Theatre

There are a lot of cowboy hats at the Village Theatre. That’s because, after entering the front doors, you’re not in Hudson any more. Welcome to Oklahoma! There are more than a dozen actors on the tiny stage, dancing without knocking into each other (mostly), a testament to Terry Girouard’s […]

Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood
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Amour, Quartet: Movies featuring over-50s gain foothold in Hollywood

We exist! At last, the commercial film industry is beginning to realize that we “over-50s”—the middle-age and senior demographic—are worthy subjects of major fictional movies. We are major acting talents, we are not addicted to electronic devices, we like to go to the movies, and we have the money to […]