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Opera Atelier's Acis and Galatea

Opera Atelier's Acis and Galatea
Elgin Theatre, Toronto (full credits below)
continues to November 7

Love on her breast sits panting and swells with soft desire, no grace or charm is wanting to set the heart afire...

Opera Atelier's co-Artistic Director Marshall Pynkoski mentioned that the show that opens their 25th season is a simple production by Atelier standards - only one costume per singer/performer, and only one stage setting. Other than the dancers, the action on stage was fairly limited, with the lovers Acis and Galatea often simply entwined in each other's arms. Credit then the core strengths of the company - the music and performance - for delighting the audience with Handel's retelling of the Greek legend.

The story (in its abbreviated, simplified version - you know those Greek myths!) goes like this: the shepherds and shepherdesses of Arcadia live an idyllic existence in the woods, along with the water nymph Galatea. Galatea has fallen in love with one of the…

M. Nahadr & Ntozake Shange Live (and in Film) in NYC

From a media release:

M. Nahadr, "I Found God In Myself" in For Colored Girls

Tour Schedule- New York, NY

Monday, November 8
Featuring Ntozake Shange
Wednesday, November 10
Monday, November 15
Wednesday, November 17

All shows part of the Poetic Heritage Festival @ Nuyorican Poets Café
236 East 3rd Street
Tix: $12, All shows 7:00 pm

Sometimes in life we get lucky.  Our paths cross with someone who inexplicably changes us forever.  You could certainly say that when internationally acclaimed performance artist, M. Nahadr, and award winning playwright and poet, Ntozake Shange met, something just like that happened.

Improvised sound and free spirits.  New York-based performance artist, composer, and stunning vocalist M. Nahadr (also known as Mem Nahadr or just "M") and critically acclaimed poet/playwright Ntozake Shange channel both, with distinct, diverse voices that compound and confound notions of difference and identity.  From a silent meeting sprung a sonically rich friendsh…

Capri Vision's Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames DVD Release

Capri Vision presents
Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames
DIRECTED BY Adam Greydon Reid
EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Gabriella Martinelli
PRODUCERS: Robin Crumley, Adam Greydon Reid
CAMERA: John M. Tran
FEATURING: Marion Woodman, Andrew Harvey, Ross Woodman

Unfortunately, as of this posting, the New York City Premiere at Rubin Museum October 31 –  3:00 pm is all sold out, unless you're a member there (check at the link if so).
Worldwide DVD Release November 1 – available online at Dancing in the Flames and Amazon.

November 18 – available at selected bookstores across Canada and the U.S.

(Toronto – October 29, 2010)  Powerful, probing, and provocative, Marion Woodman: Dancing in the Flames is an insightful documentary that explores the inspiring life and many ‘deaths’ of one of the western world’s most important thinkers.

A sell-out audience recently at the Vancouver International Film Festival’s Canadian Theatrical Premiere, and this weekend’s upcoming screening in New York City will no doubt at…

Eve Plumb Opens in Miss Abigail's Guide to Dating, Mating & Marriage

From a variety of sources - I'm checking out this off-Broadway show in my next trip to the city - sounds like fun - and in the meantime, here's the important stuff first:

written by Ken Davenport and Sarah Saltzberg
starring Eve Plumb & Manuel Herrara

Tickets: 877-9-MISS-ABIGAIL (877-964-7722)
Or Visit Sofia's Downstairs Theater, 221 West 46th Street (between Broadway & 8th), NYC.

With the code DATING, any of my readers can get special discounted $45 tickets - for details and to order check here

During the summers that I was 17 and 18, I worked in a summer camp as a counselor. The camp was situated on the grounds of an old farm in the Caledon Hills north of Toronto, and the counsellors used one of the out buildings to hang out in. One day, we found a book, a dating guide from the 1950's, and it provided hours of humour as we'd dig up gems on how to conduct yourself as a lady circa 1950.

So, the very idea of M…

Sultans of String play Hugh's Room Toronto November 5

Sultans of String (2010 JUNO Nominees & CFMA/ISC winners)
ArtsCan Circle Cross-Canada Fundraising & Awareness Tour
Hugh's Room, 2261 Dundas St. W., Toronto
Friday, November 5, 8:30pm
$20 advance/ $ 25

Check them out here

[Toronto ON]  On Friday, November 5, raucous roots, genre bending string supergroup and this year's JUNO Nominees, Sultans of String, are serving up their spicy stew of Spanish Flamenco, French Manouche Gypsy Jazz, Middle Eastern Folk, and Cuban rhythms at Hugh's Room, as part of their cross-country fundraising & awareness tour for ArtsCan Circle!

Since their formation only 3 years ago, Sultans of String have been riding a wave of success, from their debut CD "Luna" and 2nd offering, "Yalla Yalla" both hitting # 1 on world/ international music charts in Canada, to their triple 2009 Canadian Folk Music Award nomination, winning Instrumental Group of the Year.

In the past few months alone, they've acquired a JUNO nomination for…

blackandblue dance projects at Harbourfront NextSteps Nov 4

From media releases:

blackandblue dance projects
Future Memory Heartbreak Junction Parts 1 & 2
Part of NextSteps 10/11
Thurs. Nov 4 thru Sat. Nov 6, 8pm - Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre (Toronto)

a fearlessly intimate and candid double-portrait of fatal love
choreographed and performed by Sasha Ivanochko, Artistic Director of blackandblue dance projects and one of Canada's most accomplished dancers

The outstanding talents of choreographer/performer Sasha Ivanochko and dancer Brendan Wyatt are featured in this fearlessly intimate and candid double-portrait of fatal love. Ivanochko's solo follows a torch singer living and reliving career triumphs and romantic heartbreak. Her duet with Wyatt explodes the myth, revealing the effects of time on memory and truth.

Sensual and cinematic, The future memory heartbreak junction's features a solo performed by Ivanochko and a new duet she created as a response to the solo, which she dances with Dora Award-winning Brendan Wyatt.


Afrocubism CD Release and (too short) North American Tour

With information compiled from a variety of sources:

North American CD Release November 2, 2010

On Tour:
* November 5, 2010 – 08:00 pm - Metropolis, Montreal, QC
* November 7, 2010 – 07:30 pm - Berklee Performance Center, Boston, MA
* November 9, 2010 – 08:00 pm - The Town Hall, New York, NY

Tickets for all three locations available here

In 1996, as the story goes, American guitarist Ry Cooder went to Havana to record a session that would include musicians from both Mali and Cuba. But as luck would have it, the Malians didn't receive travel visas in time, and so the session went ahead with an all-Cuban line up of musicians whose careers went back decades. The result was the stuff of legend, and came to be known as the Buena Vista Social Club, credited with sparking a renaissance and renewed interest in Latin music worldwide.

Still, the people at World Circuit Records, who'd arranged the original session, had their hearts set on a Mali-Cuba meeting, and eventually it came ab…

Copal CD Release November 4 in NYC

From a media release:

Electronic-Folk group Copal will be having a CD release show at Drom on Nov. 4 for a Neo Middle Eastern Fête. If you like Delhi 2 Dublin, Beats Antique, or even Bassnectar, Copal will be right up your musical alley.

Check them out here.

Ruffled Modernity Meets Old World Elegance: NYC's Copal Paints Vivid Dreamscapes with Into the Shadow Garden
CD Release November 4 - DROM NYC

Copal, Into the Shadow Garden (Self-Release), Where the dreams and memories of an old world elegance meet the rakish flair of a ruffled modernity, Copal invites us in to dream a forgotten land of the imagination. The music is a steam punk melding of styles and taste, inspiring visions of mystery pools and deep forested paths. Into the Shadow Garden is a journey from dusk to dawn, through the shadows and out the other side into the morning light.

Copal's debut album "Into the Shadow Garden," (Nov. 4, 2010), is a rich sonic tapestry of cultural influences and textural palettes.…

Hugo E. Slepoy Opening Oct 28 in Toronto

From a media release - if you're looking for an art fix this Thursday in Toronto:

Hugo E. Slepoy Opening at Queens Gallery
382 Queen Street East, Toronto
Opening reception:
Thursday October 28, 2010, 6:00-9:00 pm

Hugo E. Slepoy graduated from the University of Buenos Aires with a degree in Architecture in 1972 and in Urban and Regional Planning in 1980. Hugo is an accomplished designer, illustrator and imagineer: his work has been recognized by architectural and design firms across Toronto, his home for the past 29 years. From 1991 to 1998, he was a freelance artist for ‘The Globe & Mail’. Hugo has been a Graduate Associate  with the Ontario Association of Architects since 1981, and a member of  Visual Arts Ontario since 1990.

Hugo’s interest in art began at an early age and it developed into an artistic career by 1979. Various themes are the inspiration for Hugo’s artwork. These include unique interpretations of tropical nature scenes, urban and rural landscapes, landmarks, his…

A Windigo Tale - imagineNATIVE Closing Night

A Windigo Tale
Closing night screening at the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival 2010
October 24 - Bloor Cinema, Toronto

In Ojibway beliefs, a Windigo is an evil spirit, one who can possess and even inhabit living human beings, spreading their malevolence in the here and now. In A Windigo Tale, the directorial début of poet Armand Garnet Ruffo, that evil spirit exists on two planes; first as the demonic incarnation of an evil man whose funeral we see near the beginning of the film, and second as the dark shadow of the residential school system and its corrosive effects across the generations. Interesting that both the supernatural and all too earthbound versions of evil begin with the acts of man.

The set up of the story is simple. Harold, played by the always lovable Gary Farmer, gets the call from Lily (Andrea Ménard) to come and get Curtis, the family's black sheep (played by Elliot Simon). Living with Lily in the city, he's gotten caught up in gangs and violence. On th…

Love, Loss and What I Wore Closing October 30

From a media release - all good things must come to an end sometime...


Toronto, October  21, 2010 - Producers Michael Rubinoff and Daryl Roth today announced that their hit Toronto production of the award-winning Love, Loss, and What I Wore will end its hugely successful run on October 30 at the Panasonic Theatre.

The Toronto production began performances on July 16, 2010, winning both popular and critical acclaim and was extended twice.

"We've had a fantastic run of more than 3 months," said Rubinoff in announcing the closing date. "With 105 performances by the time we close, the Toronto run of Love, Loss, and What I Wore will be one of the longest running non-musicals in this city in the last decade," he continued. "I am gratified that it struck a chord with audiences and we look forward to sharing the show with new audiences across the country as we make plans to present it in other Canadian cities in …

Soulpepper Theatre Fundraiser October 27

From a media release - if you've got the cash, they're a top drawer company:

Soulpepper at Play features a Cabaret of Culinary and Artistic talent
Wednesday October 27, 2010 at 6:00pm at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts

Toronto, ON – October 13, 2010 – Albert Schultz, Founding Artistic Director of Soulpepper Theatre Company, today announced Soulpepper’s annual fundraiser Soulpepper at Play will take place on October 27, 2010 at the Young Centre for the Performing Arts. Soulpepper at Play provides a special sneak peak inside Soulpepper  - complete with a Gala Dinner, Silent and Live Auctions and original Soulpepper performances.

Hosted by Albert Schultz and chaired by Soulpepper Board Member Donna Slaight, Soulpepper at Play is an evening of culinary and theatrical delights beginning with a cocktail reception followed by a Gala Dinner, catered by Canadian Celebrity Chef Mark McEwan’s (Food Network’s The Heat) award-winning culinary team North 44. After the Gala dinner, gue…

Spotlight on Taiwan - Part of imagineNATIVE 2010

Spotlight on Taiwan
Part of the imagineNATIVE Film + Media Arts Festival
October 23, 2010

It's kind've ironic that I stopped watching the news, or TV in general, a few years ago, but find I'm much better informed about what really goes on in the world via the arts these days.  If I'd waited to hear about the indigenous people of Taiwan via the mainstream media, for instance, I'd be waiting till doomsday, I think.

As has happened within the indigenous peoples of North America, there's been a renaissance of sorts in the arts of the indigenous people of Taiwan in recent years, with a particular emphasis on film. This interesting programme presented the work of three filmmakers whose work talks about traditional culture  and its modern expressions in documentary form.

Tribal Heartbeats: Tsou Fish Story
Directed by Kao Chichang
Produced by Yang Kuangpyao (2010)
Shot in the Alishan Mountains where the filmmaker is from, the film talks about the lives of the Tsou people an…