Wednesday, June 30, 2010
Monday, June 28, 2010
Meanwhile in the Hall of Justice, there was a lot of hand-shaking going on and very little action.
Sunday, June 27, 2010
The Pride edition of Bitch Salad, the all-female comedy show at Buddies at Bad Times, is growing in size and hilarity. This one was a celebratory edition, with partial proceeds going to the AIDS Committee of Toronto and Buddies. Even Kristen Johnston sent in a video response for winning a trophy. Beside her, usual mainstays Dini Dimako, Dana Alexander, Sara Hennessey and Nikki Payne were hilarious as usual.
The vignettes with male guests (including Degrassi-famed Adamo Ruggiero) fell completely flat. The show’s lineup is usually male-free, which is the main differential and draw of the show, at least for me. Bitch Salad should only contain bitches.
But the highlight of the evening was theCheeto Girls (an unfortunate name for a talented troupe). Their performance was fresh, smart, entertaining and hilarious.
Monday, June 21, 2010
A new luxury 11-storey condo 12 degrees askew. Scheduled for 2012.
A park being built at the foot of Sherbourne Street with 200 trees, a pond, and access to the waterfront of Lake Ontario. To open this summer.
A graphic novel about the Toronto "bike recycler" Igor Kenk who amassed almost 3,000 allegedly stolen bikes and was arrested in 2008 -- and released this year. The book, a documentary adapted for the comic page by a journalist, follows Kenk's convoluted life both in Slovenia and Canada. Is he an environmental hero or a prophet of doom? Brilliant genius or the worst villain in western hemisphere? Kenk is multi-faceted and his rants make for entertaining reading.
The art is very effective with the distressed, photocopier-quality of video stills suiting the story perfectly. A good journalistic documentary in comic book format with an intriguing subject.
Sunday, June 13, 2010
This movie has to be seen to be believed. The story of Martin Strel, the Slovenian fish-man who swam the Amazon River and crossed into the fourth dimension. Director John Maringouin's style and faithfulness to his subject calls to mind a young Herzog. Winner of cinematography at Sundance last year.
John MacLean came to the Wrongbar this weekend with a set to promote his new DJ-Kicks mix comp. His live set was in the same vein of the beat-centric released CD, but it could have benefitted from more vocal tracks -- instead, he preferred to abuse the basslines and the explosive crescendos to send the crowd into little fits. A slinkier (and "housier") set was delivered by the Nacho Lovers earlier in the evening.
Talk about a concept album. Inspired by the movie Metropolis (also the title of her previous EP), Janelle created a James-Bond-in-space, multi-part sci-fi tale in the shape of an album that goes from classical to punk, r&b to country, experimental jazz-hop to straight funk, folk to unabashed pop. Sounds like it shouldn't work, but it does. And Janelle (who by the way is from Kansas City) apparently wants to have a video for each of the songs that together will make the story for a movie and a graphic novel. The future of music is multimedia. And female androids are all the rage these days.
Friday, June 11, 2010
While hundreds of species face extinction, some are adapting at a scary new pace. Crocodiles have surfed thousands of miles in open sea to colonize islands in the Pacific and Indian Seas. This migration allows these crocodiles, the only salt-water species in the region, to mingle and mix with crocodiles native from the islands. Soon, we'll have to worry about more than just sharks when going to the beach.
The methodical, magical and microdetailed mind of Jean-Pierre Jeunet brings us another surreal French tale, in line with his more famous movies. Micmacs is no Amélie, but it's weird, cute and crazy enough to qualify among his best.
Wednesday, June 2, 2010
Tuesday, June 1, 2010
After more than 50 years being a diva, she's everything you would expect and more. When she's on stage, you know you are in the presence of something special. She is all gracious smiles and friendly handshakes (apparently she softened with age) and her voice can still make you dance.
And then there were the costume changes.
She pulled gay boys from the audience on stage, sang "I Will Survive" and asked if we were too young for any of those songs, as if anyone is ever too young or too old for them. There were comments about her impersonal delivery and weak voice, but I couldn't disagree more. It has been said, Diana Ross still reigns supreme.