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Trench Patterns at Bain St. Michel: Good intentions clash with ideology
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Trench Patterns at Bain St. Michel: Good intentions clash with ideology

The audience walks into the intimate confines of Infinitheatre and sees her, the central figure in Trench Patterns, lying on a hospital bed. The backlit screen showing the cross on Mount Royal above a mound of trees and hospital sounds suggest it’s the Royal Vic. Scenes of combat fill the […]

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Author Peter Beinart critiques settlements, calls for boycott

It was one of the most electric moments in the years I spent as a student at McGill University. On January 31, 1961, Hillel House on Peel St. was packed with students and professors who were sitting on tables and stairs to hear controversial British historian Sir Arnold Toynbee debate […]

Slavoj Zizek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously: Wave of revolts predicted
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Slavoj Zizek’s Year of Dreaming Dangerously: Wave of revolts predicted

A year ago, North America was in the throes of the Occupy movement, Quebec’s student boycott was being mapped out, and the Arab Spring was reaching a crescendo. What to make of it all? One of the most perceptive analyses comes from the brilliant and voracious mind of Slovenian philosopher […]

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Review: Ishmael’s House had its genesis in Canada

by Irwin Block Sir Martin Gilbert is a most prolific historian with more than 50 books to his credit, an established and popular writer whose work is crafted for and marketed to the general reader. Ishmael’s House, A History of Jews in Muslim Lands (McLelland & Stewart, 424 p., $35) […]

White Light Festival to brighten New York till Nov. 19
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White Light Festival to brighten New York till Nov. 19

by Harry Rolnick The great Persian poet Hafiz was once told that life enters the human body with the help of music. He replied, “That isn’t quite true. Life itself is music.” This should be the essence of the most magical musical month in New York, the White Light Festival, […]

At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras
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At Montreal’s Gryphon d’Or, high tea comes with tiaras

by Barbara Moser Burnt orange walls and wooden tables and chairs give this cozy tearoom a warm and welcoming feeling. Paintings by Montreal artist Shirley Katz lined the walls when we visited Gryphon d’Or for lunch. We were invited to find a table and choose our lunch from the blackboard […]

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Trivia and quiz book is full of surprises

by Kristine Berey Do you know what alcoholic drink is associated with Mexico? What about the name and year of the first musical written by Rogers and Hammerstein? Do you care? If you flip through Questions, Quizzes and Quotations by Benny Beattie, who spent eight years compiling this huge range […]

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August: An Afternoon in the Country: Where rural squabbles play out

by Byron Toben After the opening of the well-acted and directed August, An Afternoon in the Country, I asked two theatre people what they thought. Without having talked to each other, they each said: “Tennessee Williams comes to Témiscamingue,” which was my reaction as well. This English premiere by an […]

Being a turncoat is tricky business
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Being a turncoat is tricky business

BY: IRWIN BLOCK Many of us are obsessed by the Second World War and the unprecedented devastation unleashed by the German killing machine until the great battles that turned the tide. But there is more to the stories of Stalingrad and Kursk, El-Alamein and D-Day than stamina, strategy and over-extended […]

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Harry Belafonte to be honoured at festival

Iconic performer Harry Belafonte, the king of Calypso, will be honoured by the 8th Montreal International Black Film Festival held September 19-30. The 85-year-old singer, songwriter, actor and social activist will be presented with the 2012 Humanitarian Award on September 19, at the Opening Ceremony and Tribute to Harry Belafonte, […]