Category Archives: Current Events

JACKIE BROWN—TAKE ANOTHER LOOK!

Generally regarded as Quentin Tarantino’s gift to the ladies, Jackie Brown has been pegged as his lightest film.

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PARTIAL ECLIPSE AND THE ARTIST’S HEART

Two recent musical events bring front and center the disconcerting and provoking reality of remarkable creative powers attracting minuscule attention. Now, we’re all well-versed in the cliche that every contribution along these lines can be “personally” rewarding. But that truism … Continue reading

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WHAT DO RODIN AND ROCKABILLY HAVE IN COMMON?

Last month was notable for two performance events that, in their eccentricity, provided almost as much food for thought as masterworks would. We don’t usually get struck by musical and dramatic inspiration in a department store. But outside Macy’s in … Continue reading

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THE ARCHITECTURE OF FRANK LLOYD WRIGHT—DARING TO BE DIFFERENT!

In the late nineteenth century, Chicago was a vigorous urban centre with many fortunes in the making. But, notwithstanding pockets of audacity in matters of taste, it was, in many ways, still a Prairie town with a critical mass of … Continue reading

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LOOK OUT! CHICAGO’S CROWN FOUNTAIN

The Art Institute of Chicago has been a major world, as well as national, art museum for a long time now. Quite recently, however, it commissioned Spanish artist, Jaume Plensa, to produce a sculptural installation on the grounds of its … Continue reading

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WONDERMENT SLIPPING AWAY: TERRENCE MALICK”S TO THE WONDER

It’s quite a challenge giving a quick sketch of a film narrative that is even more complex and subtle than a Dostoyevsky novel. But I think it’s important to alert as many thoughtful readers and viewers as possible to Terrence … Continue reading

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THE PROS ARE GETTING YOUNGER AND YOUNGER: TORONTO’S OCADU GRAD SHOW

One of the graphic design participants at last weekend’s Ontario College of Art and Design University grad show (quite a mouthful, but also quite a handful) was a bright and charming young woman with whom we spent a while expressing … Continue reading

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ZEROING IN UPON LIGHT AND SOUND

This month, the Design Exchange in Toronto has dipped into its permanent collection to present a show stemming from an extraordinary focus, among Canadian designers, upon light and sound, in order to evoke compelling aspects of contemporary life. Our first … Continue reading

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HOME ON THE FREEWAY: ABBAS KIAROSTAMI’S LIKE SOMEONE IN LOVE

Shown here is one aspect of Tokyo today, the one, as it happens, which exiled Iranian filmmaker, Abbas Kiarostami, takes a remarkably close look at in his recent film, Like Someone in Love (2012). The Bar Rizzo is headquarters for … Continue reading

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LIVING WALLS

Architectural design is something city dwellers tend to be as addicted to as they are to the jolts from their coffee shops. A bemusing and most absorbing instance of this devotion is the proliferation of upgrading tired facades with scintillating … Continue reading

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