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The Rake’s Progress shows no sympathy for the devil

Opera McGill's production of Igor Stravinsky's The Rake's Progress, an opera based on a series of 18th century satirical etchings by William Hogarth, combined intricate costumes and sets with raw musical talent - and the result was enough to convert any doubting opera-goer into a full-fledged fan.
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POP RHETORIC: Fist-pumping iQs away

A phenomenon has appeared in the media, spreading from the shores of Seaside Heights, encroaching slowly upon our values, sneaking into our living rooms as we turn on the TV, and preparing to quietly kill us in our sleep. It is MTV's new hit reality series Jersey Shore.
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POP RHETORIC: The late wars

I've never liked Conan O'Brien. I always thought his jokes were mediocre and even though he made me smile on occasion, I thought his humour was more reliant on monkey-esque moves than on actual comedy. However, this past week I've been hurting myself laughing as his role as The Tonight Show host seems to be nearing its end.
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Bridges strikes sweet chords

Crazy Heart mixes country charm with a feel-good storyline that stands out from many of Jeff Bridges' other performances (yes, even in the Coen brothers' The Big Lebowski). As an unlikely and enchanting anti-hero, there is no doubt that Bridges is deserving of his recent Golden Globe win for Best Actor in a Motion Picture Drama.
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CD REVIEWS: Hawksley Workman: Meat

Hawksley Workman is a Toronto singer/songwriter and multi-instrumentalist who has released over 10 albums, not including his latest two projects, Meat and Milk. Meat was released January 19, while Milk will be digitally released over the next few months. After listening through the album in its entirety, I decided I wasn't a fan.
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Blood, sweat, and fact-checking

David Sherman has always been fascinated by newspapers, and with his latest play, The Daily Miracle - opening January 26 at Infinithéâtre - he's letting the rest of the world share his sense of awe. "It's a love story for newspapers and a tribute to all the people who work on the desk who are the unsung heroes of newspapers," says Sherman.
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CD REVIEWS: Los Campesinos!: Romance Is Boring

If We Are Beautiful, We Are Doomed was Los Campesinos! dimming the lights, then Romance Is Boring is them living in the dark. Billed by the band as "a record about the death and decay of the human body, sex, lost love, mental breakdown, football, and, ultimately, that there probably isn't a light at the end of the tunnel," RIB is not the Campesinos! of their Hold On Now, Youngster... debut.
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CD REVIEWS: Martha and the Muffins: Delicate

Delicate is Martha and the Muffins' first album after an 18-year dry spell. The band - considered a top dog in the Canadian New Wave scene during the 1980s - is known for their debut album's hit single "Echo Beach," which became an international chart-topper.
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CD REVIEWS: Vampire Weekend: Contra

With their new album, Contra, Vampire Weekend had big shoes to fill: their own. The huge popularity and cult following amongst university students has raised expectations to almost unmatchable heights. With their self-titled debut album, Vampire Weekend came out with a unique style of music that was upbeat, cheery, and appealing to virtually everyone under 30.
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Players’ Eurydice puts a modern twist on a classic myth

Eurydice, written by Sarah Ruhl and directed by Rachel Paul, modernizes Greek mythology by setting the story of Eurydice in contemporary times. As risky as it sounds, Paul manages to pull it off. According to Greek mythology, Orpheus (played by Marko Djurdjic) has a great musical gift and is known as the "chief among poets and musicians.
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