Tuesday, December 31, 2019

On to new things in 2020

This will be my last blog post. I have had the A Lit Chick blog for twelve years. As we are on the cusp of a new decade I would like to branch out into new avenues ...  please stay tuned. It's been a fun ride. Thank you for reading it and your occasional comments. 
Peace and love ... 

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December Cultural Roundup

The Irishman (U.S., 2019)
Knives Out (U.S., 2019)
You can count on me (U.S., 2000)
A Marriage Story (U.S., 2019)
The Deer Hunter (U.S., 1978)
Emma (U.K., 1996)
White Christmas (U.S., 1954)
A Christmas Carol (U.K., 1951)
Sleepless in Seattle (U.S., 1993)
63 Up (U.K., 2019)
Queen and Slim (U.S., 2019)
Zodiac (U.S., 2007)

Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow
Drinking: A Love Story by Caroline Knapp
Maternity and Other Corsets by Siobhan Jamison
A Blind Man Can See I Love You by Amy Bloom

Literary Fairs:
City of Crafts at Theatre Centre, December 7th
Bound: Book Arts Fair at Arts & Letters Club, December 8th

Riverdale Share at Danforth Music Hall, December 8th

Saturday, November 30, 2019

November Cultural Roundup

The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney
Basic Black with Pearls by Helen Weinzweig
The Fever by Wallace Shawn

Thursday, October 31, 2019

October Cultural Roundup

Nosferatu (Germany, 1922)
Seven (U.S., 1995)

An American Marriage by Tayari Jones

Arbor Awards at the Carlu, October 10th

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

September Cultural Roundup

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The Glass Menagerie at the Shaw Festival 
The Glass Menagerie at Shaw Festival, September 8th

Vanity Fair (U.K., 2204)
The Goldfinch (U.S., 2019)
Judy (U.S., 2019)

The Portrait of a Lady by Henry James
Love and Ruin by Paula McLain

Saturday, August 31, 2019

August Cultural Roundup

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The Need by Helen Phillips

Once upon a time in Hollywood (U.S., 2019)
Luce (U.S., 2019)
This changes everything (U.S., 2019)
Brittany runs a marathon (U.S., 2019)

Wednesday, July 31, 2019

July Cultural Roundup

The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Strange Pilgrims by Gabriel Garcia Marquez
Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah

Yesterday (U.K, 2019)
The Farewell (U.S., 2019)
Booksmart (U.S., 2019)

Vija Clemins
Photographs 1920s- 1940s: Women in Focus, AGO, July 20th

The 4th Annual Love Poetry Festival honouring Milton Acorn and Gwen MacEwen at Queen Books featuring Michelle Alfano, Valentino Assenza, Allan Briesmaster, Luciano Iacobelli, Giovanna Ricco, Zalika Reid-Benta, Annie Wong and special guest George Elliott Clarke, July 27th.

Sunday, June 30, 2019

June Cultural Roundup

Little Edie Beale of Grey Gardens fame
Grey Gardens (1973)
Grey Gardens (2009)
Pride and Prejudice (U.K., 1940)

The Dead Celebrities Club by Susan Swan
Cherry by Nico Walker
I'm afraid of Men by Vivek Shraya

Tour of Dundurn Castle, June 20th

Art Gallery of Hamilton

Friday, May 31, 2019

May Cultural Roundup

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Freddy McConnell, a transman, in the documentary Seahorse
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)

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

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

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

April Cultural Roundup

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

Bottle Rocket Hearts by Zoe Whitall
Becoming by Michelle Obama

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

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

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)

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

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

Toronto Art Crawl at the Great Hall, February 10th