A/V Blog: An evening with Greg Sestero

The Mayfair Theatre has showcased various movies and events since its’ inception in 1932: The Rocky Horror Picture Show, (which features a shadow cast of actors alongside the classic cult film), a morning filled with cartoons and cereal, and perhaps, one that they are more well known for: screening The Room, directed by Tommy Wiseau, for the last 99 months. In celebration of this landmark event, Greg Sestero made an appearance at the Mayfair, to discuss his experiences with the filming of the movie, his time with Dave and James Franco as they took his memoir The Disaster Artist and adapted it to film, and his latest collaboration with Wiseau. Written, directed and starring Sestero himself, Best F(r)iends, is the […]

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Swan Lake performance is breathtaking

Nov. 9 marked the beginning of the 2017-18 National Arts Centre Dance season; the performance of choice, Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, put on by the Dresden Semperoper Ballett. The classic ballet has been performed worldwide, with each performance taking its own interpretation of the story with the basic plot remaining the same. Now, I’m no expert in ballet. I went into this performance knowing very little about Swan Lake (the only bits and pieces of the plot that I knew was from Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan), but I still had high hopes for the performance. The Russian ballet is a well-known composition of love and hope. Right from the start, the performances were energetic and bold. The movements from each of […]

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A/V blog: Fall Netflix and TV picks to thrill and chill you

Leaves crunching, warm coffee brewing, and big blankets make a perfect setting for Netflix binging. Yes folks, it’s that time of year again. October brings some great films and television shows to watch, all the way through till Halloween. Here’s five television shows and five movies to check out this October. Television: Riverdale (Two Seasons, CW):  Season two of Riverdale premiered on Oct. 12. The murder-mystery show brings its viewer to the small town of Riverdale, with your friendly neighbourhood Archie characters. The first season followed the murder of Jason Blossom and left an awesome cliffhanger for season two, one that leaves the fate of a fan favourite unknown. Whether you’re a fan of the comics or just happen to […]

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Q+A: The New Pornographers

The New Pornographers are a power pop band from Vancouver that are known for their unique sound, courtesy of their many vocalists.. Since their beginning in 1997, the band has released seven studio albums, with Whiteout Conditions which was released in April. With a show in Ottawa on Oct. 12, The Charlatan caught up with vocalist and keyboardist for the band, Kathryn Calder. The Charlatan (TC): So, my first question is regarding musical influences for the band: is there a particular style of music you use for inspiration or anything else? Kathryn Calder (KC): It really depends on what everyone is into at the moment. Every record will have a different message depending on what we used to inspire that album; […]

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