Absent Friends puts on Rocky Horror spectacle

They’ve done the time warp again. Ottawa’s Absent Friends Shadow Cast performed for the seventh year in a row at the Mayfair Theatre’s Halloween screening of the 1975 film, The Rocky Horror Picture Show, to a sold-out crowd. Shadow casts, comprised of a group of actors, perform the movie live along with the film. Sam Kellerman, director and lead performer of the Absent Friends, said he was excited to have brought his own troupe to the Mayfair once again for the spooky season. “There’s been very little rehearsal process,” explained Kellerman, who played hyper-sexual scientist, Dr. Frank N. Furter. “Most of the actors have been playing with me from anywhere between two to six years. We all pretty much know […]

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Mayfair Theatre pulls The Red Pill

A screening of the documentary The Red Pill at the Mayfair Theatre on Dec. 4 was cancelled and relocated to Ottawa City Hall after pressure from the theatre’s sponsors. The film looks into men’s rights activism through the personal lens of Cassie Jaye, its filmmaker and a self-identified former feminist. Jaye has said she was inspired to make the film after discovering the movement while researching rape culture. In the film, she talks to men’s rights activists about male victims of sexual abuse and domestic violence, male suicide rates, and male education. The film screening was organized by the Ottawa branch of the national non-profit organization Canadian Association for Equality (CAFE). CAFE describes itself as engaging in “public education and public policy […]

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Being a cost-savvy student

School is expensive, there’s no avoiding that. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t be smart with the little money you have. One of a student’s biggest expenses after tuition and rent will be textbooks. Instead of shelling out a few hundred dollars at Carleton’s bookstore, buy some of your books used. They’re often just as good as new textbooks, and are a fraction of the price. To find them online, check out kijiji.ca, amazon.ca, or CUEX.ca (Carleton’s book trading website). If you’d rather hunt for deals on foot, try Haven Books at Seneca and Sunnyside, which is about a 10-minute walk from campus. You can also sell your books there at the end of the year for a little extra […]

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Editorial: Not too late for Sock ‘n’ Buskin

Canada’s oldest university-run theatre company Sock ‘n’ Buskin has been continuously facing financial problems, and this can be prevented. A company as culturally valuable as Sock ‘n’ Buskin should not be forced to permanently close the curtain when there are myriad ways of gaining support through social media advertising and marketing. Although it may sound complex, the process is really not. Recently, the Mayfair Theatre started an account with online fundraising platform Indiegogo, a method also known as “crowdfunding.” Donors were able to submit funds, and the Mayfair personally thanked donors for their support via Twitter. It is also not difficult to find a volunteer social media manager who can run a Twitter account and keep it active, interact with […]

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