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Par Alan Hustak le 12 décembre 2013
The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts has launched a million dollar fund-raising campaign to acquire the monumental Chihuly glass sculpture entitled The Sun, which enchanted thousands of people this summer when it was mounted on the steps of the museum’s Hornstein pavilion. The work has been moved inside to the atrium of the Jean-Noel Desmarais pavilion across the street. The dazzling sculpture is more than 4 metres in diameter, with 1,200 shimmering rays of yellow tendrils accented with elements of blue and red. The sculpture takes four days to assemble. It was the focal point of last summer’s Chihuly exhibition, Utterly Breathtaking.
Par Alan Hustak le 29 novembre 2013
Jean-Louis Roux was a distingushed actor who was hounded out office as Quebec’s lieutenant-governor by Quebec nationalists within six months after he admitted he once wore a swastika in his teens while taking part in an anti-conscription demonstration during the Second World War. One of the founders of Montreal’s Theatre du Nouveau Monde and former head of both the National Theatre School and The Canada Council for the Arts, Mr. Roux was also briefly a Canadian senator. “He was a great man of the theatre, an electrifying doyen,” recalled author Jan Martel.
Par Alan Hustak le 29 novembre 2013
As children, Jacob Richler and his siblings weren’t allowed into their famous father’s upstairs study when Mordecai Richler was pounding away at his typewriter writing his books or his satirical essays. So when Jacob dedicated the Mordecai Richler Reading Room at Concordia University last week the occasion brought back “happy memories of my father.”
The room on the sixth floor of the McConnell Building is not, as some have suggested a replica or a re-creation of Richler’s office in the family cottage at Lake Memphremagog.
Par Alan Hustak le 27 novembre 2013
A word or two before you head out to see the Segal Centre’s production of Othello running until Dec. 1. It is only the third time the Segal has done Shakespeare, so one wonders why it decided to tackle what is arguably the most difficult play in the canon. It is certainly a stretch to suggest, as artistic producer Paul Flicker does in the program that Othello is a work that might foster intercultural understanding. Nor does it have anything to do with the Charter of Quebec values. Othello is a sexual tragedy, a story of twisted relationships that encompasses inter-racial marriage, prejudice, jealousy, calumny, insecurity and murder.
Par Alan Hustak le 2 novembre 2013
Who would have thought a play about canola, corn, soybeans and wheat could be so, uhm, damned entertaining and thought provoking. Seeds, AnnabelSoutar's docudrama at the Centaur until Nov. 24 is all about the perceived evils of Monsanto Inc., the international bio-tech seed monopoly, and the meaning of life.
It is a complex, fast paced, three-hour experience which examines the “unintended consequences of genetically modified seeds.”
Par Alan Hustak le 15 octobre 2013
Visit Commemorates 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean engagement
A South Korean destroyer and an auxiliary naval vessel arrived in Montreal Sunday as part of ceremonies being held to commemorate the 60th anniversary of the end of the Korean engagement. The Roks Dae Jo Yeong and Roks Hwa Chen will be open to visitors in the Old Port until Wednesday, Oct. 16 The ships are on a round the world cruise and are visiting ports of call in 14 countries which sent troops to the Korean engagement.
Par Alan Hustak le 6 octobre 2013
Montreal’s English Language theatre season is off to a rousing start with two shows: The premiere of local playwright Steve Galluccio’s acerbic but stirring family drama, St Leonard Chronicles at the Centaur and a wonderfully entertaining revival of the Fats Waller cabaret musical revue, Ain’t Misbehavin’ at the Segal Centre. It takes a while for the joint to start jumping at the Segal, but when it really gets off the ground in the second act, it leaves you on a high wanting more. In addition to the title tune, the revue includes favorites like I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter, Tain’t Nobody’s Bizness if I Do, and lesser-known crowd pleasers like the silly but irresistible Your Feet’s Too Big.
Par Alan Hustak le 13 août 2013
Business discipline and artistic creativity produce unique marriage.
In business, the word “incubator” has become synonymous with investors taking a chance on hi-tech start-ups. The partnerships have worked so well they have been responsible for some of the most important technological advances. It’s rarely been tried in the art world. Now Montreal is home to one of these unique experiments.
Par Alan Hustak le 12 mai 2013
Jay Baruchel is the big drawing card in Sherlock Holmes at the Segal Centre until May 28, but the hometown Hollywood actor of The Trotsky fame is not the best thing about the production. Undeniably, Baruchel lends an enthusiastic presence. His charisma cannot disguise the fact that he is an undisciplined stage actor whose rapid-fire, nasal delivery seems at times to channel Groucho Marx through John Cleese. Certain allowances, however, must be made. With a nod to his celebrity and to his credit, Baruchel accepted a challenge, took the risk, and does not play safe. He certainly doesn’t embarrass himself, even though he does look a little too youthful to be sucking on a curved briar pipe.
Par Alan Hustak le 6 mai 2013
Anyone who regularly depends on public transit can’t help but revel in the antics of The Number 14, the extravagantly theatrical stage production running at the Centaur until May 26. Staged by Vancouver’s Axis Theatre company, a troupe of six masked Commedia dell’Arte performers, it is a bus ride like no other. Put together on the west coast 20 years ago by the Centaur’s artistic director Roy Surette (who originally directed) and Wayne Specht, the founding director of the Axis Theatre, (responsible for this version), The Number 14 basically illustrates the day in the life of a bus and its driver.
Par Alan Hustak le 26 avril 2013
Embrace the kitsch.
Almost 30 years after the wax museum at the corner of Queen Mary Road and Cote des Neiges closed its doors an interactive exhibition featuring wax celebrities has opened again, this time downtown in the Eaton Centre. More than 120 life-size figurines are arranged in lavish settings on the top floor of the The work of artisans with the celebrated Grévin studio in Paris, the exhibition is, for the most part, geared to a francophone Quebec audience.
Par Alan Hustak le 26 avril 2013
Will Baz Luhrman succeed where others have failed?
The Australian film-maker’s $150-million adaptation was to have been in theatres last Christmas but shooting down under was prolonged – not always a good sign in the industry of things to come. It is now scheduled to open the Cannes Film Festival in May and is expected to be in movie theatres this summer.
Par Alan Hustak le 22 mars 2013
Dance me to the end on/off love at the Centaur until April 14 is a lugubrious, downright macabre exploration of love and pain by Granhoj Dans, a contemporary dance troupe from Denmark. The North American premiere of the show is described as a poetic meditation, an attempt to make Cohen’s words become flesh.
From the moment director Palle Granhoj steps on stage and boldly edits one of Cohen’s poems, furiously scribbling to make the verse suit himself , he makes it clear that he is expropriating the poet’s work to make it conform to his image of himself - although anyone sitting beyond the fifth row may have had trouble reading his scrawl.
Par Alan Hustak le 21 mars 2013
I won’t throw bouquets or sigh and gaze too much, nor will I praise its charms too much. People might think I liked the Hudson Village Theatre’s revival of the Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma! And they would be right – I am head over heels in admiration of the intimacy and the ingenuity of the amateur production of this rousing musical, which was mounted on a stage no bigger than a postage stamp. (Complete with the ballet dream sequence.) Because the theatre in an old train station is so small the romantic atmosphere of the story was in fact, somehow subtly deepend.
Par Alan Hustak le 2 février 2013
The North American premiere of Waiting for the Barbarians at Segal Centre until Feb. 17 is a highly stylized, strikingly contrived South African production of a play based on J.M Coetzee’s allegorical novel of the same name. It explores the monstrous aspects of the human psyche, and centres on the abuse of imperial power. The play suggests that nothing really changes when one regime is replaced with another - a persecuted minority, once empowered, finds minorities of its own to tyrannize. Even in democratic and free countries can governments manipulate public opinion to marginalize opponents. Unless you are familiar with Coetzee’s book, the stage adaptation by Alexandre Marine, may be occasionally dense and not easily accessible.
Par Alan Hustak le 1 février 2013
Innocence Lost at the Centaur Theatre until Feb 21, tells how a web of mindless suspicion woven by decent, god-fearing folk in a rural Ontario ensnared and destroyed Stephen Truscott, the 14-year old who was convicted and sentenced to hang for the 1959 rape and murder of a 12-year old classmate, Lynne Harper, - a murder he did not commit. Under Roy Surette’s flawless, even- handed direction, the production of Beverley Cooper’s play quietly lays bare every painful emotion of that reprehensible chapter of Canadian judicial history. The cast of ten in multiple roles is inspired. Each and every actor brings to life the various respectable small-minded characters they play in a distinct theatrical creation.
Par Alan Hustak le 14 janvier 2013
Ignore the controversy over whether the Americans used torture in their hunt for Osama Bin Laden, Zero Dark 30 is a boots- on- the- ground suspense thriller about the raid on his compound in Abbottabad which left Bin Laden and three others dead. The movie is a draining, morally complex exercise that owes it success to director Kathryn Ann Bigelow and to Jessica Chastain, in the role of Maya, the CIA operative whose intuition about the Al Qaeda leader is ignored by her superiors, including the head of the CIA, (James Gandolfini) precisely because she is woman.
Par Alan Hustak le 26 décembre 2012
Les Misérables, the movie version of the durable stage play which has been running for 30 years, is an epic three-hour opera, with almost no spoken dialogue, and probably the best screen musical since West Side Story won 10 Oscars fifty years ago. Tom Hooper, who directed last year’s Oscar w inning, The King’s Speech gives us a production that creates 19th Century Paris on a grand scale, a film that is simultaneously intimate and spectacular, even if, from time to time is also tuneless, choppy and occasionally tedious.
Par Alan Hustak le 20 novembre 2012
Abraham Lincoln’s marble statue shuffles down from his monument in Washington D.C. dons a stove pipe hat and is deified on the screen in Steven Spielberg’s reverential historical drama Lincoln. The movie, now playing, covers the last three and a half months of the 16th U.S. president’s life.
As portrayed with a high pitched voice by Daniel Day Lewis, this is an embattled Lincoln, world weary, war weary, wily, but still stubborn and politically expedient.
Par Alan Hustak le 19 octobre 2012
Sex, guilt, music, Serbian-Croatian politics and the atrocities committed by the fascist Croatian Ustasha revolutionary movement during the Second World War figure prominently in Bluebeard’s Seventh Door, Andre Vecsei ‘s didactic novel which his wife has published posthumously. The title comes from one of the author’s favourite operas by Bartok in which pentatonic chords reminded him of “The antagonism between men and women.”
Vecsei is at his best describing the musicians sexploits, especially a licentiouis lecture tour in New York state. He returns to discover that his Schererazade, has run away with a colleague and learns the end of her story from a “a fat old fabulist” .
Par Alan Hustak le 19 octobre 2012
NostraCasa a new concept gallery opening in St. Henri Aug 30 represents a felicitous marriage of contemporary art, interior design and eco-luxurious furniture.
A dozen artists are represented at the gallery’s opening art exhibition
Creature Mythologies, a show that features fairy tale beings, astonishing animals, and esoteric creatures that dwell in an artist’s deep flight of fancy. It is an usual concept that combines the surreal with conceptual photography and sculpture.
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Par Alan Hustak le 23 août 2012
John Lynch-Staunton was the amicable Canadian senator who played a crucial role in the merger of the Canadian Alliance and Progressive-Conservative Parties and served as the Conservative Party’s first interim leader for four months until Stephen Harper won the leadership in 2004. Before Lynch-Staunton was named to The Senate by Prime Minister Brian Mulroney in 1990 he had been a Montreal city councillor and vice-chairman of the City of Montreal’s Executive committee when Jean Drapeau was Mayor.
Lynch-Staunton was 82 when he died August 17 of a heart attack while on vacation in the Alberta foothills.
Par Alan Hustak le 19 août 2012
Lucille Pacaud joins an exclusive club next Monday (Aug 27) when she celebrates her 105th birthday. Only about 100 women in Quebec have reached that age. Not many of them who have are as alert as the woman affectionately known to her friends as “Auntie Lou. “It’s a hell of a nuisance,” she said about her birthday as she thumbed through some letters that she wrote in 1926 which she hadn’t seen in years. “I am a little bit frightened and amazed that have outlived all the friends of my generation. There is so much to remember and so much to forget.” The secret to living so long she says, is to “walk, to keep walking everyday.” Pacaud retired from her job as a volunteer at the Montreal General Hospital six years ago shortly after she moved into Fulford House.
Par Alan Hustak le 14 août 2012
Three things you need to know about Killer Joe: the movie which opened Friday at the Scotia Cinema : it is directed by William Friedkin, who made The Exorcist so nerve wracking, it stars Matthew McConaughey, an actor of deadly charm as a West Dallas police officer who moonlights as a contract killer and it’s based on an offbeat Broadway play by a skewed Pulitzer prize winning playwright, Tracy Letts.
Par Alan Hustak le 8 août 2012
It’s hard to know what to make of Million Dollar Crocodile, the Chinese film chosen to open the Montreal World Film Festival this year. Is it high camp, art, a publicity stunt or simply pandering to the growing Chinese influence in Canada?
A Chinese delegation at the festival will take part in a week long forum on film distribution in China. “The Chinese cinema is one of the strongest in the world right now, and it can be compared to Hollywood in its variety and Its depth,” festival president Serge Losique explained.
Reverend Msgr. Barry Egan-Jones 1932-2012. “God’s publicist,” priest promoted Jewish Christian dialogue.
Par Alan Hustak le 30 juillet 2012
Barry Egan-Jones was English-language director of public relations for the Roman Catholic diocese of Montreal for 25 years before he was named administrator of St. Patrick’s basilica in 1996 where he was given the daunting task of completing the $2.5-million restoration of the historic downtown church. He started the Catholic Times diocesan newspaper, was on the CBC’s regional advisory council and was the commentator for the national broadcaster during Pope John Paul’s 1984 visit to Canada. Urbane and socially well-connected, Rev. Egan Jones also conducted part of his ministry writing pointed letters to the editor. He was 80 when he died of a heart attack on July 25.
Par Alan Hustak le 20 juillet 2012
The casket of firefighter Thierry Godfrind, 39, who died accidentally while fighting a fire on July 13 leaves Montreal City Hall Friday July 20 after lying in state.
Par Alan Hustak le 18 juillet 2012
Leo Leonard, affectionately known as Clawhammer Jack, was an authentic urban horseman who maintained a horse palace in the heart of Montreal’s Griffintown neighbourhood for almost five decades. A third generation Irishman, Leonard was a horse whisperer and a former caléche driver who lived in the same neighbourhood just below the Bell Centre for almost all of his 86 years. He held out almost to the end against developers who wanted his property for office and commercial space and for affordable and subsidized housing. He died on July 5 several months after finally moving out of Griffintown.
Par Alan Hustak le 24 juin 2012
Maria Marrelli was the community activist and local columnist before she was named a Citizenship Court Judge in 1977. Mrs. Marrelli, who was 97 when she died on June 21 was well known in Notre Dame de Grace, where she was heavily involved as a Liberal party organizer and as a warden of St. Raymond’s parish, and as an interpreter at the local caisse populaire.
”She was a leader. A force to be reckoned with. Not only was she able to express her views, she was able to rally people behind her so when she spoke, she spoke with a unified voice,” said Montreal’s Executive Committee Chairman, Michael Applebaum. Applebaum said the borough will see how best to honour her achievements in a permanent manner
Par Alan Hustak le 18 mai 2012
Madeleine Parent was a diminutive but fearless union organizer, labour leader and community activist who devoted her life to improving the cause of working women and to the creation of uniquely Canadian labour unions. Parent, who was 93 when she died March 12 helped to create the Candian Textile and Chemical Workers Union, organized women in Ontario, was active in the Féderation des femmes du Québec, fought for abortion on demand in the 1950s, and championed the rights of aboriginal women.
Par Alan Hustak le 18 mai 2012
The irreverent Jesuit who left the priesthood and went on to become the cornerstone of Montreal talk radio died Saturday morning at the age of 87. During his 14 years as a CJAD telephone talk show host in the 70’s and 80’s he brought a degree of civility to the charged political atmosphere in province after the election of the Parti Quebecois in 1976, and in the referendum that followed. In its heyday, his program, Exchange, attracted as many as 85,000 listeners or more than a quarter of the city’s English-speaking audience.
Par Alan Hustak le 28 mars 2012
Rev. Marc Gervais was a charismatic Jesuit priest, teacher and movie critic who rattled Vatican authorities in the late 1960s by championing Teorma, a homoerotic film by a Communist film maker Pierre Pasolini which celebrated the healing power of human sexuality. Rev. Gervais taught cinema and communication arts at Concordia University in Montreal for 25 years where he influenced the careers of students such as Clark Johnson, who plays in the HBO television series, The Wire, Oscar winning Quebec film maker, Denys Arcand , producer Kevin Tierney (Good Cop, Bad Cop) and the CBC television journalist Hannah Gartner. Admired as a leading authority on the films of Ingmar Bergman, whom he knew, Gervais died Sunday (march 25) at a retirement home in Pickering, Ont. He was 82 .
Par Alan Hustak le 12 mars 2012
It’s no joke, but there is a punch line: faithblender.com. The new inter-faith blog which went on line three weeks ago (Feb 14) features postings by Montreal broadcaster and Roman Catholic priest John Walsh, Orthodox Jewish Rabbi Chaim Steinmetz, and Imam Ziyad Delic of Ottawa, who is considered to be among the world’s 500 most influential Muslims.
Par Alan Hustak le 12 mars 2012
Knut Hammarskjöld was the Swedish diplomat who served in Montreal for 18 years as the second executive director of the International Air Transport Association, which regulates the interests of most of the world’s commercial airlines. Hammarskjöld was the nephew of the United Nations Secretary-General Dag Hammarskjöld, who was killed in a mysterious plane crash in Africa in 1961. Knut Hammerskjold, who died at his home in Lidingo on Jan. 3, two weeks shy of his 90th birthday, considered his distinguished uncle as a second father.
Par Alan Hustak le 12 mars 2012
Irving Layton wrote more than 50 books of poetry during his lifetime. When he died seven years ago Leonard Cohen eulogised him as “our greatest poet and our greatest champion of poetry.” Had Layton lived, he would be 100 on March 12. To mark the centennial of his birth in Tirgu Neamt, Romania there will be poetry readings from his work in 20 cities across Canada, including Montreal. “This is the first time that Canada will be connected through poetry,” said Elias Letelier, co-founder of the online magazine, Poetry Quebec, which is sponsoring the event.