Vagina Monologues discuss tough issues

Carleton University’s Vaginas Against Violence (VAV) group held their annual production of The Vagina Monologues this weekend. The Vagina Monologues are a series of skits and poems that are meant to give voice to women’s issues related to the gendered violence and patriarchy that exists in the world today. The Monologues share personal experiences, promote self love and empowerment. The acts are very entertaining and humorous, as well as deeply personal and emotional. The show successfully created an accepting environment right off the bat by starting with a very comical skit. Three girls confidently discuss loving their vaginas and make fun of negative connotations associated with the word, referring to the vagina as “the temple of poon,” “Vag-mahal,” and the […]

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Versefest event brings poetry to Carleton

Versefest, an annual Ottawa poetry festival, held a reading March 22 at Carleton University. Featuring poets Kayla Czaga and Paisley Rekdal, the reading was organized by the festival in collaboration with Carleton’s Department of English. Czaga, a British Columbia native, has been nominated for the Governor General’s Award for her book For Your Safety Please Hold On. She read works from that book as well as from a manuscript currently in the works. Her poetry featured plenty of B.C. imagery, as well as tributes to her father and elementary school math exercises. Rekdal’s poetry covered topics including the loss of her grandmother, as well as the early Hollywood star Mae West. She read a series of sonnets about West, complete […]

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Mental Health art show to support housing for people living with mental illness

Carleton University faculty, students, and artists from all over Ottawa will soon be featured in the Society for Neuroscience’s Brain and Mental Health Art Show on April 6. Gareth Rurak, a member of the art show’s committee and the Society for Neuroscience, said via email that the main goal of the art show is to “raise awareness of mental health initiatives in Ottawa and break the stigma around mental illness, start conversations and get people engaged in dialogue about mental illness.” The art show will be a collection of artwork from people in the Ottawa community. Rurak said the event is a silent auction, and will be set up like an art gallery in the Lansdowne Horticulture Building. Rurak added […]

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Choral Society tackles Beethoven

St Joseph’s Parish Church on Laurier Avenue was filled with the music of Beethoven on a very snowy Friday night. The church was packed full as the Ottawa Choral Society hosted Immortal Beloved,  a celebration of Beethoven, on March 24. The choir was accompanied by the Ottawa Music Company Orchestra, led by conductor Jean-Sebastien Valée, as well as four soloists and a pianist. They performed three works by the world famous composer, and one piece composed by Carleton University professor James Wright, based on letters Beethoven wrote to a mystery lover. Wright spoke about the theories around who exactly the letters were meant for, and the fascination that many seem to have for Beethoven’s love life. The music began shortly […]

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Q+A: Vagina Monologues director Sophie Kourtsidis

The Vagina Monologues are an annual event put on by Vaginas Against Violence, or VAV, a Carleton University club for women and allies that aims to put a stop to gender-based violence. The Charlatan sat down with Sophie Kourtsidis, one of the directors of this year’s production, to talk about the upcoming show. The Charlatan (TC): How is the planning of the show coming along? Sophie Kourtsidis (SK): The planning is essentially done. We are in the final stages of acquiring funding from departments, picking up donations and promoting the show. But the actual planning of the show is all booked, everything else is up in the air. I also wanna say that it’s not just Marissa [Matthews, co-director] and […]

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