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The New York skyline seen from New Jersey. (Photo: Hayley Juhl)
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Our Man in New York: Adventures with a real standup guy

I took the Big Leap last month. Not sky-diving, not bungee-jumping, not leaping in front of a New York subway. Instead, I stood up in front of a crowd of about 60 strangers, most of them half or one-third my age, and told a five-minute story. The technical name for […]

Theatre preview: Lost & Found
Reviews & Previews / What's Happening

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 […]

Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef
Columnists / Food

Flavour Guy: The hallmarks of a refrigerator chef

So, a man walks into a bar and says … (and at this point, dear reader, you can supply a favourite story). Actually, a man opens a refrigerator and says: “What can I make for dinner?” This is different from a woman opening the refrigerator and asking: “What are we […]

Controversial professor Norman Cornett sees his classroom as a laboratory
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Controversial professor Norman Cornett sees his classroom as a laboratory

A group of 25 adults gather around a table in a church hall on a Sunday afternoon to engage with a Montreal professor and his guest. Norman Cornett, 62, has convinced the usually private novelist Rawi Hage to attend a third session in what Cornett calls dialogic learning. It is […]

Blue Metropolis literary festival kicks off April 22
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Blue Metropolis literary festival kicks off April 22

Montreal’s Blue Metropolis literary festival is back for a 15th year, and it remains a great place to meet and hear local and international writers discuss their work. It’s also a great opportunity to take part in workshops and seminars. The nerve centre where most events are held is Hôtel […]

A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece
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A slow boat to Sifnos, Greece

We learned two lessons on our visit to the Greek island of Sifnos: always check your ticket before boarding a busy ferry, and it pays—big time—to explore the lesser-known island destinations. We boarded the ferry precisely at the right time, 1 pm sharp. Our tickets were snapped up. The voyage […]

Restaurant review: Jukebox Burgers & Bar Laitier
Reviews & Previews

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 […]

Israeli film fest: Taboos explored
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Israeli film fest: Taboos explored

Another week, another festival. This one presents 10 Israeli films at Guzzo Mega-Plex Speretech, 3500 Côte Vertu. Single tickets cost $14. April 20, 9 pm: Rock the Casbah, set in a Gaza refugee camp in 1989, reflects tensions among Israeli soldiers and the feelings of a Palestinian family caught in […]

Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning
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Chubby Checker in Montreal: The Twist ignited ’60s dance floors — that fire’s still burning

Since Chubby Checker’s performances of Hank Ballard’s The Twist ignited the dance floor in the early ’60s on American Bandstand, the artist, the song and the dance are still with us, compelling us to move. And no one can do The Twist without a big smile on their face, no […]

The wrong cheese for manicotti. No raisins for the bran muffins­—and did anyone add the bran? (Photo by Melani Litwack)
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Potboilers collective kitchen specializes in friendship

It’s 9:30 on a Wednesday morning and I’m standing, somewhat bleary-eyed, outside a big kitchen as five women prepare for a very busy morning. By noon there will be a huge pot of orange-carrot soup, pans of manicotti, containers of bran muffin batter and two huge apple crisps cooling on […]