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.

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.

Radio CKUT launches monthly showcase for McGill artists

Getting your band heard when you’re first starting out is rarely an easy feat, even in a musical city like Montreal. Getting your band heard by your peers at McGill can be even harder, which is why Radio CKUT is launching Thursdays (A)Live, a free showcase of McGill bands playing every third Thursday of the month at Gert’s.

Pop Rhetoric: NOT PRO-BONO

I don’t know what I’m more annoyed with: the fact that Bono’s recent op-ed column was even considered for publication in the New York Times; the fact that in said column, Bono advocates for a new age of paternalistic Internet service providers; or the fact that U2 hasn’t released a decent album since 1991.

Your January entertainment guide

Hollerado (January 16) December was a busy month for Canadian rockers Hollerado. After winning the $250,000 grand prize in Ottawa’s Live 88.5 “Big Money Shot,” the foursome went on tour in China. This month sees them playing the Gala at La Sala Benefit Concert for CMETrust, along with TONSTARTSSBANDHT, The Pop Winds, and Homosexual Cops.

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