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Read Me: Short Story in the Spring 2015 issue of Origami Journal

Read Me: Short Story in the Spring 2015 issue of Origami Journal • Check it out at the link SPRING 2015 - A short story of mine was included in the recent Spring 2015 issue of Origami Journal. The web-based magazine publishes short fiction, poetry and photography on a quarterly basis. My story, entitled 'Happy', was inspired by my first work experience - a part-time job working at a butcher/delicatessen kind of place. I don't mention it in the story but I will here: I couldn't eat meat for five years after six months on the job there. Enjoy! - Anya Wassenberg

April 28 & 30 at Hot Docs Toronto - They Will Have To Kill Us First:Malian Music In Exile

From a media release: They Will Have To Kill Us First: Malian Music In Exile Canadian Premiere at Hot Docs Remaining Hot Docs screenings are as follows: Hart House Theatre - Tuesday 28 April 3.30pm Hart House Theatre - Thursday 30 April 3.30pm • Tickets TORONTO - Together Films and Spring Films are proud to announce the Canadian Premiere of They Will Have To Kill Us First, the debut feature directed by Johanna Schwartz, produced by Sarah Mosses (Together Films), executive produced by Andre Singer (The Act of Killing), and with an original score by Nick Zinner (Yeah Yeah Yeahs), will take place at Hot Docs festival on Sunday 26 April 6.30pm at Scotiabank Theatre 4. Islamic extremists have banned music in Mali, but its world famous musicians won't give up without a fight. They Will Have To Kill Us First tells the story of Mali's musicians as they fight for their right to sing. With a specially commissioned soundtrack from some of Mali's most

Cavalia's Odysseo Extended to May 24 2015 in Toronto

MORE SHOWS ADDED! ODYSSEO RESPONDS TO ONGOING DEMAND IN GTA Performances Scheduled to May 24 2015! Check out my earlier review «There is grace, there is poetry, there is wit and there is wonder. » Toronto Star «Odysseo must be seen to be believed.» National Post « A Masterpiece » Toronto Sun « You will be mesmerized. It’s unbelievable.» City TV • Tickets WHAT : Odysseo by Cavalia continues to win over the Greater Toronto Area audiences. Three weeks after the tremendous success of its Opening Night in Toronto, twelve performances have been added to the limited engagement of show presented Under the White Big Top at the Port Lands. WHEN: Matinee and evening shows now scheduled through May 24. WHERE: Under the White Big Top, at the Port Lands -  383 Lakeshore Boulevard East - Toronto, M5A 1B6 TICKETS: Available at or by calling 1-866-999-8111 FREE. Tickets are priced from $34.50 to $264.50 + applicable taxes and fees. Special pricing and packages also avail

Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre Company present the Canadian premiere of DURANGO by Julia Cho May 16 to 31 2015

From a media release: Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre Company present the Canadian premiere of DURANGO by Julia Cho • Buy tickets In association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre May 16 to 31, 2015                                                       Toronto, ON – Theatre Smash and fu-GEN Theatre Company, in association with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, present DURANGO – a play by Julia Cho that follows a Korean American family’s impromptu road trip as it uncovers growing rifts between father and sons. Directed by Theatre Smash’s artistic director Ashlie Corcoran, and featuring Ardon Bess, Hiro Kanagawa, Philip Nozuka, Adrian Shepherd and fu-GEN’s artistic director, David Yee, DURANGO is on stage at Buddies in Bad Times Theatre (12 Alexander St.) from May 16 to 31. “I am thrilled to be staging Julia Cho’s beautiful play, one which is inspired by both traditional American naturalistic family dramas, and mesmerizing theatrical feats of magic realism,” said Corcoran. “What is most capt

Triple Release: Pianist Stephen Hough with Three New Recordings on Hyperion May & June 2015

From a media release: STEPHEN HOUGH HAS THREE NEW RECORDINGS ON HYPERION, TWO OF WHICH INCLUDE HIS OWN COMPOSITIONS, TO BE RELEASED IN MAY AND JUNE 2015 Grieg Lyric Pieces (May 5, 2015) Hyperion CDA68070 Stephen Hough, piano Mendelssohn, Grieg & Hough: Cello Sonatas (June 1, 2015) Hyperion CDA68079 Steven Isserlis (cello), Stephen Hough (piano) Vaughan Williams: Dona Nobis Pacem; Hough: Missa Mirabilis (May 5, 2015 Hyperion CDA68096 Colorado Symphony Chorus, Colorado Symphony, Andrew Litton (conductor) New York, April 23, 2015- -Stephen Hough, as a recitalist, chamber musician, and composer, adds three new releases to his extensive discography on the Hyperion label.  On May 5, Hyperion releases two recordings. The first devoted to Grieg’s Lyric Pieces, features Mr. Hough’s selections from the ten volumes of miniatures which encompass the Norwegian master’s best-loved solo piano music. The second release is Stephen Hough’s own “Missa Mirabilis” coupled with Ralph Vaughan Williams&

Handcrafted in Denmark - Ørgreen Sunglasses Spring/Summer 2015 Collection

From a media release: Handcrafted in Denmark - Ørgreen Sunglasses Spring/Summer 2015 COPENHAGEN - Enjoy this season’s inspiration of cult figures and cultural references, from tycoons, true detectives, and enemies of 007 to Hollywood sirens, drama queens, intellects and more. In an extensive collection where the past is very present, seen in acetate styles revamped with an ul-tra- modern, minimalistic twist. Look for lean and mean lines typical of Ørgreen in ultra-light titanium models, along with unusual colour combinations - as usual. All pieces are impeccably handcrafted with a Danish angle on design. Including supremely appealing sunglasses adding celebrity anonymity, designed to look unquestionably cool whether the weather is hot or not. PUSSY GALORE - Of all the Bond girls, Pussy Galore was the most difficult to seduce. In an effort to capture her aloof, “Golden Goddess“ good looks, our PUSSY GALORE frames bring high glamour to this voluminous cat eye design. Featuring high

Art Gallery of Mississauga Exhibitions Explore how the Modern World is seen through Photography April 30 to June 21 2015

From a media release: Art Gallery of Mississauga Exhibitions Explore how the Modern World is seen through Photography Three New Exhibitions Explore how the Modern World is seen through Photography Chih-Chien Wang | A Person Who Disappears The View from Here | Group Exhibition Susan Campbell | Tracing Ambiguity April 30 - June 21, 2015 (Mississauga) - The Art Gallery of Mississauga (AGM) presents three new exhibitions that examine how the contemporary world is influenced and interpreted through innovative photography. The AGM is proud to be the only venue in Mississauga exhibiting, not one, but two featured exhibitions with the Scotiabank CONTACT Photography Festival. In one featured exhibition, Montreal artist Chih-Chien Wang presents A Person Who Disappears, a new body of photo-based work exploring ideas of solitude, personal space, intimacy, and definition of the self, inspired by a news report of the mysterious disappearance of a woman and child. In the AGM's second featu

Circus Meets Cabaret Meets Burlesque: Tix on Sale April 13 2015 for Spiegelworld's EMPIRE Opening September 1 in Toronto

From a media release: SPIEGELWORLD presents EMPIRE Performances begin September 1 in TORONTO! • Tickets on sale Monday, April 13 at 10am Toronto, ON – April 12, 2015 – After unanimous rave reviews, sold out performances and standing ovations in New York and across Australia, Spiegelworld is proud to bring its all-new show EMPIRE to Toronto starting September 1, 2015. Ticket prices range from $69 - $129 and can be purchased online as of 10am on Monday, April 13. Produced by Spiegelworld and presented by evenko, EMPIRE smashes the boundaries of circus, cabaret, variety and burlesque, reinventing the genres for a 21st century audience. Making its debut in New York City as the first tented show in Times Square in 2012, the 700-seat antique Spiegeltent, complete with beveled mirrors, plus velvet-upholstered seating booths, speak-easy style bar and the most intimate stage in town will host the most jaw-dropping and outrageous night out of the year! EMPIRE will be making its first Canadian s

Yuna, Naomi Wolf, Macy Gray & More at Women of the World Festival June 11-14 2015 at the Apollo Theater Harlem

With material from a release: Women of the World Festival June 11-14, 2015 at the Apollo Theater, Harlem featuring Macy Gray, Yuna, Naomi Wolf & More Performances, conversation, activism • Ticket Info HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY - In this extraordinary, first-time collaboration, the Apollo and London’s Southbank Centre present a four-day WOW festival in New York, featuring performances, talks, mentoring sessions, music, film and debates that celebrate the talents of women and girls from all walks of life and all parts of the world. WOW was founded in 2011, at London’s Southbank Centre. The Festival’s mission is to celebrate the formidable power of women to make change happen; to remind us of our history; to draw attention to injustice; to enjoy the company of women; and to encourage men to add their support as we set out to achieve a fairer world. Please join us for this exciting, essential and empowering international gathering of women for four jam-packed days uptown in

Yo - Spirit of Asia Makes Toronto Debut at Small World Music April 17 2015 (Asian Music Series)

From a media release: SMALL WORLD MUSIC PRESENTS… YO – SPIRIT OF ASIA MAKES TORONTO DEBUT AT SMALL WORLD MUSIC APRIL 17, 2015 – AS PART OF THE 13TH ANNUAL ASIAN MUSIC SERIES – APRIL / MAY 2015 YO - SPIRIT OF ASIA (Japan / India) - Toronto Debut Friday, April 17 @ 8 pm / Doors 7:30 pm Small World Music Centre, 180 Shaw St.Yo • Tickets: $30 • Website TORONTO – From the heart of Japan and the soul of India, and making their Toronto debut, comes YO – Spirit of Asia, presented by Small World Music as part of The 13th Annual Asian Music Series running April through May. Weaving ancient traditional sounds from both Japan and India, this improvisational trio features world-renowned virtuoso musicians Yutaka Oyama on shamisen, Akihisa Kominato on shakuhachi (bamboo) flute, and Ty Burhoe on tabla. YO is a cutting edge world music experience of gorgeous melodies, sizzling rhythms and riffs and scintillating synergy. Door open at 7:30 pm and music starts at 8:00 pm on Friday, April 17th, at the

Taste the Neighbourhood at Harlem EatUp! May 14 to 17 2015

With material from a media release: Harlem EatUp! May 14 - 17, 2015 HARLEM, NEW YORK CITY - I don't often write about food - not often enough really because food is definitely a vital part of culture. I've been a visitor to Harlem for several years now and while gentrification is very much a mixed bag of issues, the growth of the restaurant business in the hood (largely owned by people who live in Harlem too) is definitely something to celebrate  I've sampled from places like Maison Harlem , Red Rooster , Chez Lucienne and others  - including the burgeoning African dining scene at places like Africa Kine in Little Senegal (something alas that they don't much talk about) - and have been universally impressed with the results. Harlem EatUp! is a four-day festival that invites you to see and taste all Harlem has to offer from the artists of the kitchen, the canvas, the stage and the streets. Come Dine In Harlem! for a one-night-only multi-room dinner party for the

Must See: Cavalia's Odysseo Returns to Toronto Opening April 8 2015 #Cavalia

Cavalia Presents Odysseo Opening Night: April 8, 2015 at the Portlands, Toronto for a Four Week Run (So Far...) • Get Your Tix With gorgeous, nimble dancers and acrobats - including a fully vulcanized troupe of acrobats from Guinea - the usual Cirque-ish attention to production values, live music and of course, horses and more horses, there's not much not to like about Odysseo, Cavalia's  spectacular production that returns to Toronto's portlands after a three year hiatus. Odysseo is essentially a fantasy, a meditation on various landscapes - rendered in a stunning panoramic set with a combination of superb video from three IMAX screens and a stage set that included a mountain the horses rode down from and - at the very end of course - a 300,000 liter pool that fills up at the bottom of the stage. With 70 horses, 45 performers and countless stage and technical hands (and they hire half their stage staff locally - another bonus,) this is the largest touring production

New Single from Calgary Hard Rock Duo The Unraveling - Revolt (April 25, 2015 - Independent)

New Single from Calgary Hard Rock Duo The Unraveling - Revolt (April 25, 2015 - Independent) • Check out the single & Name Your Own Price The Unraveling is Steve Moore on vocals and lyrics and Gustavo de Beauville on pretty much everything else, a Calgary-based hard rock duo whose latest single and upcoming CD you could say have truly been forged in fire. With a sound that happens somewhere where hard rock and industrial collide, the band first came to the media and public's attention in 2010 with the release of 13 Arcane Hymns, a full-length concept album that was listed in Suite 101's Top Heavy Metal Albums of 2010. Pitch Black Magazine called it "a 13-track emotional and industrial-infused metal masterpiece.” Move Forward Until You Are Dead, from the last CD: A diagnosis of cancer, that battle and recovery sidelined singer Steve Moore for a few years but his recovery has been marked by a return to music - and the recording studio for the band. During the

Banjo & the Avant-Garde: Paul Elwood - Nice Folks (January 27, 2015 - Innova Recordings)

With material from a media release: Banjo & the Avant-Garde: Paul Elwood - Nice Folks (January 27, 2015 - Innova Recordings) • Check it out/Buy it It's virtually impossible to do any justice to this latest release by the ever eclectic Paul Elwood in mere words. As a writer, I acknowledge that they can only hint at the kind of sounds a listener might expect from his sonically striking collaboration between banjo virtuoso Elwood and percussionist Famoudou Don Moye along with many others - The Invisible Ensemble, Kelsey Shiba, Pierre Fenichel, Raphael Imbert, Jean-Marc Montera, Thomas Weirich, Simon Sieger and finally The GRIM/Montevideo Choir - that took place in Marseille. Famoudou is the renowned percussionist with the legendary Art Ensemble of Chicago (AEC), a major innovative voice in the history of jazz. Elwood's recordings use the group's facility for improv and his compositions are intercut with short improvisational sections. The name of the album - Nice F

14 Hours of Nonstop Hot Jazz: The 3rd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival #NYHJF May 3 2015

From a media release: THE 3rd ANNUAL NEW YORK HOT JAZZ FESTIVAL #NYHJF Fourteen Hours of Nonstop Hot Jazz at The Players - 16 Gramercy Park South, Manhattan Sunday, May 3 2015 - 12:00pm to 2:00am Featuring WYCLIFFE GORDON & FRIENDS, BILL CHARLAP, AFTER MIDNIGHT ORCHESTRA with REBECCA KILGORE, BRIA SKONBERG AND HER JAZZ COMPATRIOTS, EVAN CHRISTOPHER'S CLARINET ROAD, NICKI PARROTT TRIO with WARREN VACHE, STEPHANE WREMBEL, THE HOT SARDINES - Plus another one and a half dozen acts and surprise special guests!   TICKETS ON SALE NOW EARLY BIRD - $30 for Half-Day Passes / $55 Full Day ADVANCE - $35 for Half-Day Passes / $65 Full Day AT DOOR - $45 for Half-Day Passes / $80 Full Day NEW YORK CITY - Following the success of the previous two festivals, the 3rd Annual New York Hot Jazz Festival -- produced by the impresario Michael "Misha" Katsobashvili, performer Bria Skonberg, and composer/producer Patrick Soluri (of Prohibition Productions and The Salon) -- returns to Th

Classical Music News: Artis-Naples to Launch Three-Year Residency with the Vienna Philharmonic

From a media release: ARTIS—NAPLES TO LAUNCH THREE-YEAR RESIDENCY WITH THE VIENNA PHILHARMONIC The Orchestra Makes Its Florida Debut in March 2016 With Two Concert Programs Conducted by Valery Gergiev Annual Spring Residency to Comprise Concerts and Outreach Initiatives Naples, FL — Artis—Naples CEO and President Kathleen van Bergen announced today a three-year residency with the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra, which will consist of six performances over the span of the residency as well as community partnerships and educational initiatives led by members of the orchestra beginning in the 2015-16 season. The residency will bring the venerated orchestra to Florida for the first time for performances at Artis—Naples, home of The Baker Museum and the Naples Philharmonic, on March 1 and 2, 2016. “Sharing the impeccable musicianship of this celebrated ensemble with our community is one of the greatest partnerships we’ve established for Artis—Naples,” Ms. van Bergen said. “It’s a rare and