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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 […]

Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go
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Editorial: And we anglos yell: Hell no, we won’t go

It’s been a long winter, brightened by the brilliant performance of our Canadian athletes at the Olympic Games in Sochi. But now that it’s over, we have to face the grim reality of our political winter. The prospect of a spring provincial election, with the Parti Québécois comfortably ahead in […]

Alanis Obomsawin expresses hope in youth: “The future looks different.” (Photo: Linda Dawn Hammond)
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Aboriginal filmmaker is a witness to the future

There is something in the air, something new in the public consciousness regarding First Nations. Perhaps it’s the new awareness of Canada’s history raised by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, or the headlines made by the Idle no More movement. One very likely reason for this softly rumbling sense of […]

Anthony Housefather and his team broke a record for freestyle mixed relay swimming in January. (Photo by Irwin Block)
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C.S.L Mayor Anthony Housefather takes the plunge into federal politics

If you live in Montreal’s West End, don’t be surprised if one day soon a young-looking man with a spring in his step knocks on your door to talk politics. Côte St. Luc Mayor Anthony Housefather, now seeking the nomination as Liberal candidate in the federal riding of Mount Royal, […]

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 […]

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