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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 […]

Côte St. Luc Men’s Club man of year – and socks
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Côte St. Luc Men’s Club man of year – and socks

by Sid Birns Bill Taylor became Man of the Year at a presentation at the Côte St. Luc Senior Men’s Club last month. Lawrence Bergman, MNA for D’Arcy McGee, thanked Taylor for his accomplishments and dedication to getting the best and most interesting speakers for the club. Bergman was that week’s […]

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Author Peter Beinart to outline views of Israel

Controversial author Peter Beinart is coming to Montreal to outline his views on the future of Israel, as described in his recent book the Crisis of Zionism. A Rhodes Scholar and former editor of The New Republic, Beinart argues that a democratic Israel must end the occupation of the West […]

Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson
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Jazz artist Ranee Lee inspired by Mahalia Jackson

by Kristine Berey The worlds of musical theatre and jazz will intersect on the Segal Studio stage this month as iconic singer Ranee Lee opens the fifth season of its Power Jazz Series. “I’m a big movie buff, and I’ve done plays, movies, drama and musicals,” Lee said. “This will […]

Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none
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Harry Belafonte lends his voice to those who have none

Harry Belafonte has a vision that has not changed since he walked alongside civil-rights leader Martin Luther King in the ’60s, or even before, when he decided to use the power of his enormous celebrity to create a better world. “Life has been more than generous in giving me this […]

Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting
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Jewish Renewal rabbi Sherrill Gilbert brings Sabbath joy to a simple setting

It’s a dark Friday evening in the Snowdon area and the lights are out at the YM-YWHA on Westbury Ave., in respect of the Jewish Sabbath. Only one door is unlocked. When I enter and tell a security guard I’ve come for the Jewish Renewal service, he points left and […]

Quebec voters fear a reignited sovereignty debate, Kathleen Weil says.
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Kathleen Weil gears up to fight for diversity and individual rights

The evening before the September 4 Quebec election, Kathleen Weil could be seen strolling along Monkland, enjoying a dish of ice cream and appearing confident of personal victory in N.D.G. Schmoozing in outdoor cafés, she and her constituents were concerned about a PQ return to power, as predicted in the […]

Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace
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Where are my keys? How to lose things with grace

The art of losing isn’t hard to master so many things seem filled with intent to be lost that their loss is no disaster ~Elizabeth Bishop by Barbara Moser I lost my credit card. This is a public announcement to all my creditors that my card is in limbo and I […]

Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink
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Michael’s crafts opens in Quebec with a snikt, swish, clink

It’s quite the thing when the craft world buzzes, what with the snikt of sharpened scissors, the swish of pulled ribbons, the clink of cookie cutters and a symphony of glue guns, paintbrushes and dreams. The buzz reached a crescendo last month when the Michael’s chain opened in seven Quebec […]