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Soulpeppers Spoon River returns to T.O. before its New York debut

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Soulpeppers Spoon River returns to T.O. before its New York debut

Spoon RiverWatch this if: You still haven’t been to Toronto’s favourite graveyard jamboree.Before its month-long stay in New York City this July, Soulpepper Theatre is bringing out its old favourites for Torontonians to catch one more time. After Kim’s Convenience and Of Human Bondage, the crowd-pleasing poetry reading-meets-folk concert-meets-musical eulogy Spoon River hits the stage…

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Raiders of the Lost Ark with live music strikes chord with audiences

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Raiders of the Lost Ark with live music strikes chord with audiences

Long before the shark appears in Steven Spielberg’s 1975 movie Jaws, the audience has become petrified thanks to the deep, low thrum that heralds its presence underwater.Is it the slow beating of its vicious, cold heart?Those cello and double bass strokes are the kind of “signature” that is American composer John Williams’ hallmark and why…

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds honoured at cheery Hollywood memorial service

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Carrie Fisher, Debbie Reynolds honoured at cheery Hollywood memorial service

Laughter, music and the tapping of dancing shoes reverberated throughout a public memorial to Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher, which loved ones say is just how the actresses would have wanted it.There were few tears throughout the two-hour ceremony Saturday, which honored the mother-daughter duo’s impact on film, culture and those who knew them with…

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Slip is something to keep savouring: review

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Slip is something to keep savouring: review

SlipWritten by Alec Toller, Mikaela Dyke, Daniel Pagett, Alex Paxton-Beesley, Paloma Nuñez and Anders Yates, directed by Toller. Until April 2 at Tarragon Workspace, 30 Bridgman Ave. Tarragontheatre.com or 416-531-1827.The enterprising and chimeric Circlesnake Productions create shows through collective brainstorming and improvisation, working from various initial stimuli such as an intriguing historical figure (the 16th-century…

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Friendly Twitter exchange may lead to romance for Mindy Kaling and Sen. Cory Booker

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Friendly Twitter exchange may lead to romance for Mindy Kaling and Sen. Cory Booker

On her popular romantic sitcom The Mindy Project, star Mindy Kaling’s character is perpetually toiling from heartbreak to heartbreak in search of “the one.” But Kaling may just have found herself swept into a real-life romance thanks to a Twitter exchange with New Jersey Sen. Cory Booker. It all started on a Project episode, when…

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New tunes for old instruments get played Sunday by Tafelmusik performers

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New tunes for old instruments get played Sunday by Tafelmusik performers

Eight young Canadian composers are going baroque.A program dedicated to giving exposure to emerging composers — with backgrounds in fields like jazz and classical music — while providing new repertoire for Canadian musicians is tackling the intricacies of baroque music.Opus: Testing, a joint program between Musica Reflecta and the Canadian Music Centre, has been matching…

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Stratford Festival records fourth consecutive surplus

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Stratford Festival records fourth consecutive surplus

The Stratford Festival broke the half-million mark in attendance in its 2016 season. It also posted its fourth consecutive annual surplus.The surplus was $687,000 on revenue of $62.4 million, with attendance of 512,016, the festival reported at its annual general meeting on SaturdayAccording to a news release, passing the 500,000 mark is significant because it’s…

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Web stars, it girls and authors but not overnight sensations

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Web stars, it girls and authors but not overnight sensations

The second essay in Alana Massey’s spectacular debut, All the Lives I Want, finds the literary ingénue in a Manhattan strip club in October of 2014. As she dances, she labours to maintain her “impossibly buoyant persona” and keep her soul locked away from the men “who demand so much more than what your title…

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Mad Men creator on tribute books and awesome next steps

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Mad Men creator on tribute books and awesome next steps

BEVERLY HILLS, CALIF.—Mad Men is a key part of TV’s modern golden age and a detailed reminder of why has arrived.A new two-volume, 1,000-page book set contains photos and portraits, script pages, interviews and Dead Sea Scrolls-like minutiae, including series creator and executive producer Matthew Weiner’s early scribbled notes outlining his vision for the AMC…

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Tabloids: Pregnancy, panic and the palace

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Tabloids: Pregnancy, panic and the palace

OK! Cover: Gwen and Blake are pregnant with a girl. In reality, somebody took a picture of Stefani after she ate a burger or something and now I gotta think about it. We ALSO gotta think about Blake Shelton saying “We had a lot of fun practising.” Thanks, Star. If loving The Bachelor is wrong:…

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