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Theatre previews: The Seagull, The Walnut Tree
Reviews & Previews

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 […]

Diego, right, is happy in Los Angeles with his stepbrother, Geordie. (Photo: Todd Pritchett)
Columnists

When you love someone — like Diego — let him stay

I had every intention of bringing Diego, my Chihuahua pinscher, home from L.A., where he has been living since July. We adopted Diego three years ago and he has been one of the two loves of my life. We put a lot of love and training into him but alas […]

Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors
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Smart Shopping: A Valentine’s picnic … indoors

With icy, snowy freezing cold outside, perhaps a love picnic at home could be just perfect. No hassle about getting to a restaurant or rushing your meal because other diners are waiting for your table. Set up a romantic space with a video of a fireplace flickering on your computer […]

Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues
Editorials

Commentary: Stephen Harper hugs Israel, but avoids issues

Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s visit to Israel and Jordan last month in which he reinforced Canada’s already strong support for the Jewish state got a mixed reaction in major Israeli and Canadian media. Bernie Farber, former CEO of the now-defunct Canadian Jewish Congress, wrote that Harper’s “giant hug of the […]

Scholar Chantal Ringuet has immersed herself in Yiddish Montreal. (Photo by Irwin Block)
Features

Montreal’s rich Yiddish heritage has an unlikely champion

Yiddish, and the rich literary output of the last century in Montreal when the language thrived here, has a new and unlikely champion. Chantal Ringuet, raised in Quebec City’s Charlesbourg suburb, never heard a word of Yiddish in that almost exclusively French environment. At the Ursuline school and Collège St-Charles-Garnier, […]

Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences
Editorials

Editorial: Upgrade, enforce fire rules in seniors residences

The tragic seniors residence fire in idyllic L’Isle Verte that claimed the lives of 32 seniors was an avoidable tragedy. All of Quebec’s elderly—not just those with reduced mobility and autonomy—deserve protection and care in their declining years. The men and women who perished deserved better, and what is shocking […]

Quincy Armorer, BTW’s artistic director. (Photo courtesy of Black Theatre Workshop)
Reviews & Previews

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 […]

Nelson Mandela burns his passport in 1960. (Photo: Wikimeida Commons, photographer unknown)
Features

Black History Month takes on different dimension post-Mandela

  This year’s Black History celebrations acquire a particular poignancy with the recent death of Nelson Mandela. In homage to the great human rights leader, the Round Table on Black History Month will present A Long Walk to Freedom, an exhibit that encompasses history, visual arts and education. The first […]

Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent
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Unique Montreal book sale showcases talent

Imagine a gnarled willow tree “bursting into a million butterflies” and reappearing as origami. Think of “a shadow, so still—surrounded by teddy bears.” Have you ever felt “like an unread book,” or “like a cold day in Alaska”? Perhaps “like a star in space … lonely among many … small […]

Violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl met and fell in love in Argentina. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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Love and Music: 88 keys to keeping romance alive

Don’t postpone joy. That injunction is a guidepost for the partnership of violinist Luis Grinhauz and pianist Berta Rosenohl, in love and music and their life and work together. It is on the wall of their basement rehearsal space in their cozy Côte St. Luc townhouse, and it reflects the […]