Arts & Entertainment

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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Cabaret: song and dance lighten up Nazi-ruled Germany

Wilkomen, bienvenue, welcome! These opening words were never more sincerely spoken than at the Arts Undergraduate Theatre Society’s (AUTS) latest production, Cabaret. The show transports you straight to the Kit Kat Club, where inside all is fun and games while the outside world is crumbling.

POP RHETORIC: Tyra’s people

If I could do a case study on some of the alarming hypocrisy that characterizes media today, I would centre it on supermodel-turned-media mogul Tyra Banks. She truly embodies the modern rule of television: anyone willing to forego dignity, self-awareness, and all ironic detachments can potentially earn about $30 million a year.

What’s going on this week?

Trivia Night at Gerts

A general trivia night presented by P[h]assion with a secret prize for the winning team of five.

RSVP and buy tickets online.

Tuesday Nov. 30, 6 PM-9 PM

Gerts Bar (3480 Rue McTavish)

$10 per person

McGill Jazz Orchestra I Old, New, Borrowed, Blues

An assortment of blues and jazz music performed by McGill musicians. Tickets online or by phone (514-398-4547).

Wednesday Dec. 1 7:30 PM

Pollack Hall (555 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest)

$17 for students/seniors, $22 otherwise

Violet Hour (2LGBTQIA+ Book Fair)

A series of readings from various 2LGBTQIA+ authors. Part of a series of bilingual events organized by Fierté Littéraire. In-person and on YouTube.

Sunday Dec. 5, 4 PM

Théâtre La Comédie de Montréal (1113 Boul de Maisonneuve E)

Free

NERD OUT! (Open mic)

Otaku Comedy Show and Nerdstock present a nerd-themed open mic show featuring nerdy comedians. Tickets first-come-first-served (18+).

Monday Dec. 6, seating starts at 7:30 PM, and the show starts at 8 PM

Meltdown Bar (2035 Rue St. Denis)

Free