Friday, May 31, 2019

May Cultural Roundup

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Freddy McConnell, a transman, in the documentary Seahorse
Films:
Shooting the Mafia (Ireland, 2019)
Seahorse (UK, 2019)
Una Primavera (Italy, 2019)
XY Chelsea (UK, 2019)
Growing up Female (U.S., 1971)
Sparkle (U.S., 2012)
I love you, now die (U.S., 2019)
Crazy Rich Asians (U.S., 2018)
Meeting Gorbachev (Germany, 2019)

Books
Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Literary:
John Madott Fine Arts Scholarship Fund Celebration, OCADU, May 11th

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April Cultural Roundup


Readings:
Echo Reading Series: A Celebration of Greek Poetry and Prose, Social Capital, April 7, 2019
Susan Swan's launch of The Dead Celebrities Club (Cormorant, 2019) at Queen Books, April 24th

Books:
Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whitall
Becoming by Michelle Obama

Film
Us (U.S., 2019)
nipawistamasowin: We Will Stand Up (Canada, 2019)
Killing Patient Zero (Canada, 2019)
Drag Kids (Canada, 2019)
Our Godfather (U.K/Russia, 2019)
Always in Season (U.S., 2019)

Sunday, March 31, 2019

March Cultural Roundup

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The Soul of Yellow Folks by Wesley Yang
Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Films:
Leaving Neverland (U.S., 2019)
My Brilliant Friend, episodes 3-6 (Italy, 2018)
Do the Right Thing (U.S., 1989)
Garry Winogrand: All things are photographable (U.S., 2019)

Thursday, February 28, 2019

February Cultural Roundup

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Art & Exhibits
Being Japanese Canadian exhibit at ROM, February 2nd

Films:
Breslin and Hamill: Deadline Artists (U.S., 2018)
The Favourite (U.K., 2018)
Everybody Knows (Iran, 2018)
Mapplethorpe (U.S., 2018)
Promise At Dawn (France, 2017)
The 5 Browns (U.S., 2018)
Every Act of Life (U.S., 2018)
Who Killed Lt. Van Dorn? (U.S., 2018)
Ghost Light (U.S., 2018)
The Hello Girls (U.S., 2018)
Scandal: The Trial of Mary Astor (U.S., 2018)
The Bill Murray Stories (U.S., 2018)
The Drummer and the Keeper (Ireland, 2017)

Books:
Neapolitan Chronicles by Anna Maria Ortese (edited by Ann Goldstein and Jenny McPhee)

Opera
The Metropolitan Opera's La Traviata at Scotiabank Theatre, February 9th

Art
Toronto Art Crawl at the Great Hall, February 10th

Thursday, January 31, 2019

January Cultural Roundup

Films:
Chicago (U.S., 2002)
Pretty in Pink (U.S., 1986)
Bird Box (U.S., 2018)
My Brilliant Friend, Episodes 1 & 2 (Italy, 2018)

Books
Educated by Tara Westover

Monday, December 31, 2018

December Cultural Roundup

Films:
White Christmas (U.S., 1954)
Miracle on 34th Street (U.S., 1994)
Fight Club (U.S., 1999)
It's a Wonderful Life (U.S., 1946)
A Star is Born (U.S., 2018)
Roma (Mexico, 2018)
My Man Godfrey (U.S., 1936)
The Last Picture Show (U.S., 1971)
Pick of the Litter (U.S., 2018)
Green Book (U.S., 2018)
La La Land (U.S., 2016)


Friday, November 30, 2018

November Cultural Roundup

Galas:
True Patriot Love Gala at Metro Convention Centre, November 8th

Art:
Gordon Park: Flavio's Story at Ryerson Image Centre

Books:
1984 by George Orwell

Wednesday, October 31, 2018

October Cultural Roundup

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M.I.A.
Films:
Matangi / Maya / MIA (UK/USA, 2018)

Books:
How Should a Person Be by Sheila Heti
A Collection of Critical Essays on "The Waste Land" ed. by Jay Martin
The Collected Poems by T.S. Eliot

Literary
Portraits of the Artists as Men at Queen Books featuring Trevor Abes, Arif Anwar, Valentino Assenza, Rocco de Giacomo, Paul S. Fowler, Luciaano Iacobelli, George Elliott Clarke and Michelle Alfano as emcee, October 14th

Draft Reading Series, 14.1 at St. Matthews Clubhouse, October 21st






Sunday, September 30, 2018

September Cultural Roundup

Films:
Fausto (Mexico, 2018)
The Wedding Guest (U.K., 2018)
American Dharma (U.S., 2018)
A Million Little Pieces (U.S., 2018) 
Her Smell (U.S., 2018)
Non-Fiction (France, 2018)
Vita and Virginia (U.K., 2018)
The hate u give (U.S., 2018)
Maria by Callas (France, 2017)
Asako I & II (Japan, 2018)
Searching for Ingmar Bergman (Germany/France, 2018)

Books:
99 Glimpses of Princess Margaret by Craig Brown

Literary
Word on the Street, September 23

Art
Queen West Art Crawl, September 23



Friday, September 21, 2018

Portraits of the artists as Men



Michelle Alfano (emcee) is the author of the personal memoir The Unfinished Dollhouse (Cormorant Books, 2017) which was selected as one of The Globe 100 Best Books of the Year in 2017. Her novella, Made up of Arias, was the 2010 winner of the F.G. Bressani Award for Short Fiction. Her short story “Opera”, on which the novella was based, was a finalist for a Journey Prize anthology.

Trevor Abes is an artist from Toronto with a fondness for writing essays and poetry. He was part of the winning ensemble at the 2015 SLAMtario Spoken Word Festival, and competed in both the National Poetry Slam and the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word as part of the Toronto Poetry Slam team. His work has appeared in Torontoist, (parenthetical), untethered magazine, Spacing MagazineDescant MagazineThe Rusty Toque, The Theatre ReaderMooney on Theatre, The Toronto Review of BooksHart House Review, and Sequential: Canadian Comics News & Culture, among others. Reach him on Instagram @TrevorAbes.

Arif Anwar was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh, just miles from the Bay of Bengal. He has previously worked for BRAC, one of the world’s largest nongovernmental organizations, on issues of poverty alleviation, and for UNICEF Myanmar on public health issues. Arif has a Ph.D. in education from the University of Toronto. He lives in Toronto, Canada, with his wife Si (Sandra) Lian. The Storm is his first novel.

Valentino Assenza has been a published poet and performing spoken word artist for  over the last two decades. He is the author of four chapbooks of poetry.  He is currently a co-host and a co- producer of Howl on CIUT 89.5FM.  He is due to release his first full length book of poetry Through Painted Eyes in the Fall 2018.

George Elliott Clarke has published 17 poetry titles--not only collections, but also verse-plays, libretti, verse-novels, and, currently, epic poetry. he's won a few prizes; been translated into several languages. He was Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-2015) and Parliamentary Poet Laureate (2016-2017). He co-founded, with Michelle Alfano, "The Love Poetry Festival In honour of Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen".

Rocco de Giacomo is a widely published poet whose work has appeared in literary journals in Canada, Australia, England, Hong Kong and the US. The author of numerous poetry chapbooks and full-length collections, his latest, Brace Yourselves – on the representation of the individual as it relates to the Zeitgeist – was published in January 2018, through Quattro Books. Rocco lives in Toronto with his wife, Lisa Keophila, a fabric artist, and his daughters, Ava and Matilda. 

Paul S. Fowler grew up in L'Anse Au Loup, Labrador and currently continues to grow up in Toronto. As of late, his creative output has largely been geared toward his band, Uncle Lavender, but he's always happy to finish a short story or two at the behest of Michelle Alfano.

Luciano Iacobelli is a Toronto Poet, publisher and visual artist. He is the author of numerous chapbooks and five full length books. His most recent book, The Examined Life was published in 2016 by Guernica Editions, and his latest book, Dolor Midnight, by Quattro books will be released in late January 2019.

Jason Paradiso is an editor/poet/writer/artist. He continues to work on his poetry project, Cut Lines & Pulled Quotes, created with rearranged clippings from dated magazines. They have appeared in a variety of publications.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

August Cultural Roundup

Films:
Sorry to bother you (U.S., 2018)
Crazy Rich Asians (U.S., 2018)
Eighth Grade (U.S., 2018)


Books:
Transit by Rachel Cusk
Hollywood Babylon by Kenneth Anger
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain


Tuesday, July 31, 2018

July Cultural Roundup

Films:
Hardcore Logo (Canada, 1996)
Three Identical Strangers (U.S., 2018)

Books: 
Goodbye to Berlin by Christopher Isherwood
Birthday Letters by Ted Hughes
The First Bad Man by Miranda July
I'll be Gone in the Dark by Michelle McNamara

Literary
The Third Annual Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen at Queen Books, July 28th featuring bill bissett, Dom Capilongo, George Elliott Clarke, James Deahl & Norma Linder West, Catherine Graham, Stdemond Pardy, Banoo Zan