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The art and politics of the world's most imaginative circus troupe

Cirque du Soleil presentation of OVO. Photo by  Ed Schipul
Cirque du Soleil presentation of OVO. Photo by Ed Schipul

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Firdaus Kharas: Animating public service and social justice

Firdaus Kharas' The Three Amigos was a series of 20 short PSAs that stressed the value of condoms in the battle against AIDS.

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Music Review: Carole Pope returns with new album

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Grande dame of the Canadian art rock scene Carole Pope returns with a new album.

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A set of sizzling films at 2014 Hot Docs

Photo credit: Ai Weiwei: The Fake Case

More than 190 documentaries from 43 countries will be featured in this year's Hot Docs Canadian international documentary festival with a slew of special events -- including appearances by hard rocker Alice Cooper for Super Duper Alice Cooper, Star Trek's George Takei at the screening of To Be Takei and The Measure of All Things Live Documentary in which Oscar-nominated director Sam Green will live-narrate his film about stories from the Guinness Book of World Records accompanied by a live soundtrack from New York band The Quavers.

Tania Ehret

Dinner with Goebbels: Come out to a new and original political theatre production

| April 9, 2014

An artist's view into the murkiness of Ukraine

Photo: Christiaan Triebert/flickr

The fine Canadian painter with a Ukrainian heritage, Natalka Husar (and an excellent name, too), dropped by the house Tuesday morning. We hadn't seen each other for a while so it could only mean one thing: she'd come to celebrate, or just mark, the Ukrainian victory in Kyiv over the weekend. (Temporary and provisional, she quickly qualified.) "I brought you a book," she said.


'Poor theatre' explores possibilities of art, lifts veil on humanness

Photo: Dave Wilson/flickr

Mario Biagini is a genial, 49-year-old Italian theatre worker who's one of two designated successors to theatre pioneer Jerzy Grotowski. He's in Toronto with a troupe of colleagues to perform and teach at U of T. I know theatre worker sounds mundane but the term "The Work" appears often as he talks; it's spoken with reverence, the way hockey players say "The Game."

Amira Elghawaby

Now playing in progressive film: 'City Lax: An Urban Lacrosse Story'

| February 14, 2014
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