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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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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