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Don't be Scared of Poetry

I am going to start my reintroduction to poetry by reading Frank O'Hara. I started the March 22nd show with Billie Holiday singing "Strange Fruit" followed by a reading of O'Hara's "The Day Lady Died" by my guest, Professor Tim Conley. I got even more attached when I played the recording of O'Hara reading this:
"Poem," by Frank O'Hara:Lana Turner has collapsed!
I was trotting along and suddenly
it started raining and snowing
and you said it was hailing
but hailing hits you on the head
hard so it was really snowing and
raining and I was in such a hurry
to meet you but the traffic
was acting exactly like the sky
and suddenly I see a headline
there is no snow in Hollywood
there is no rain in California
I have been to lots of parties
and acted perfectly disgraceful

Presenting Triple Threats: The Art of Time Ensemble and Kaeja d'Dance

March 15th Guests Celebrate the Art of Dancing, Acting and Music...

Actress Cara Ricketts encouraged listeners to go out and enjoy the Art of Time Ensemble's production of Shakespeare: If Music Be... According to Cara, "how can you loose" when you will be treated to acting, dancing and music inspired by Shakespeare's words. Cara will be doing the lovers' scene from Romeo and Juliet as well as Ophelia's mad scene from Hamlet. Enwave Theatre, Harbourfront Centre, March 28th and 29th, 416-973-4000 Art of Time Ensemble:

Photo: Shira Leuchter

Photo: Allen Kaeja

Dancer Tim Spronk and actor Aaron Willis joined me via telephone from Vancouver, where Kaeja d'Dance's new work "Abattoir" will be making its west coast debut before moving to Harbourfront Centre's Premiere Dance Theatre in Toronto. "Abattoir" is based on Allen Kaeja's experience working in his father's abattoir soon after his bar mitzvah…

There's Something for Everyone in Canadian Films

Rent Canadian Next Time...

I love romantic movies and this one is one of my favourites. Set in Toronto (yes, Toronto plays Toronto not some generic city), the film stars ArsineeKhanjian as a 40 year old Muslim woman who falls in love with a non-Muslim. I enjoyed seeing Arsinee in something other than a heavy drama. Her portrayal of Sabah is very genuine, tender and funny. I especially loved the scene of Sabah's
tentative steps into the community swimming pool where she meets the steamy Steven (Shawn Doyle) .


A family with 5 boys! That's enough to inspire the title of this film. In French with English subtitles, C.R.A.Z.Y is a family drama about one boy trying to define his place in his home and in society. With great performances, a nostalgic soundtrack that follows the growth of the family, C.R.A.Z.Y is a wonderful film filled with humour, mysticism, and a touchingly realistic father-son dynamic.

A Simple Curve
Usually "coming of age" films deal wit…

All Female Guest Line Up for March 8th (IWD show)

March 8th ShowHope you enjoyed my International Women's Day broadcast featuring Kelsey Matheson of the First Weekend Club and Jannett Scott (a.k.a. Lady Luscious of Women Ah Run Tings) and her daughter Cleoni Crawford . In case you missed it, I featured music by Queen Latifah (Order in the Court), and Canadian musicians Rita di Ghent (The Birth of Sprawl), Eleana Cuevas (Vidas) and Jannett Scott (Mystery Woman).And speaking of Canadian, Kelsey and I talked about the importance of supporting Canadian film by going to see them on the first weekend that they hit the theatres. If a film does not do well on the Friday, Saturday, or Sunday screening it is pulled from the theatres. Think what this means to Canadian films that don't have the marketing millions of Hollywood films. So, if you hear about good Canadian film encourage your friends to see it that first weekend.
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Theatre Direct Presents...Binti's Journey

Check out Binti's Journey, Canada's first staged play for children about the impact of HIV/AIDS in Africa. This play is recommended for families with children ages 10 and up. Presented at the Tarragon Extra Space, 30 Bridgman Avenue. Tickets: $15 | Tarragon Box Office: 416-531-1827 Theatre Direct 416.537.4191 For more information please visit www.theatredirect.on.caDirector
ahdri zhina mandiela
Set and Costume Design
Melanie McNeill
Music and Movement
Mxolisi Welcome Ngozi
Stage Manager
Kristin McCollumCast
Lisa Codrington, Sefton Jackson, Jajube Mandiela, Dienye Waboso