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Review: Stargazer, by Von Allan

Looking at the stars in black and white

 

Once a mainstay of popular culture, truly family-friendly or all-ages entertainment has become a rarity in North American media nowadays (with the notable exception of animated films).

That sort of inclusive work seems particularly rare in what ought to be as all-ages-friendly a medium as animation, its close artistic relative, the humble comic-book. But in North America, for a variety of commercial-historical reasons, "comic" has become almost synonymous with "super-hero", with a small (and happily, a growing) sub-set of "alternative" books addressing a broader audience than teenagers who love fight scenes.

So it was a great pleasure to discover Von Allan's Stargazer, an adventure story meant to entertain anyone "from eight to eighty", in glorious black and white, no less.

Read my review at Edifice Rex Online.

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The Art of Von Allan at Ottawa's La Dolce Vita

Hey there,

I'm an Ottawa-based cartoonist and graphic novelist with an upcoming art show at La Dolce Vita beginning on May 19th. The show will feature a lot of my art as well as pages samples from the graphic novel that I've recently completed. I should add that the story is currently being serialized as a webcomic on GirlAMatic.com (a very cool non-misogynist collective).

La Dolce Vita is a really nifty restaurant in the heart of Ottawa's Little Italy. And, best of all, it features a gluten-free menu on top of gluten-based foods. So if you or someone you know has a gluten alergy or Celiac's disease, it's a great place to go and eat.

The event poster, designed by Chris Tompkins, is below. My wife and I will definitely be there on the evening of May 19th (yay for openings) and then periodically off and on over the next two weeks 'til the show wraps up. Oh, I created a Facebook group for the art show, too. Yes, geeky, I know.

Art of Von Allan poster

Youtube interview after the Cut!Collapse )
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Making Necrophiliac

The musical/comedy/cabaret/not-sure-what-genre-it-is "Making Necrophiliac" is doing a few things. 

Tomorrow (Wednesday, December 12th), an interview is at 3:30 pm, on CKCU, 93.1 FM.  Myself (actor in the play) and the director (Maureen), will be babbling inanely and doing excerpts from "Making Necrophiliac".  It should be highly amusing, and possibly disturbing.

Tomorrow night (Wednesday night), we'll be performing "Schpanked" and "Bad Actor Blues" from "Making Necrophiliac" at the following event:

..ism(e)x8: performance cabaret
December 12
8 PM doors open
SAW Gallery
67 Nicholas
Tickets by donation

It's pay what you can or a donation to the Food Bank!  A conglomeration of wacky cabaret and general performances.  Hope to see you there! 
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Local Ottawa Indie Theatre Production

MAKING NECROPHILIAC

A New Musical

by Maureen Chaume    Music by Guy Del Villano

"Making Necrophiliac"  is a new musical comedy with an old-style charm, and a bit of B horror for fun. A mismatched group of performers put on an avante-garde show tune, called Necrophiliac. With a plague of mishaps, a big storm brewing, and love gone awry ... how will the show ever go on?

And what about the corpse??

Come and enjoy a delightful night of slapstick, ribaldry, and music!

Wednesday, OCTOBER 10
Thursday, OCTOBER 11
Friday, OCTOBER 12

318 Lisgar at Bank (Upstairs)
Ottawa, ON

Curtain at 8:00 PM (Doors open 7:30 PM)

Tickets $20

For more information: http://web.ncf.ca/fm557/

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World Beats and Eats - May 4th 2007 - Benefit for Ottawa JAZZWORKS

World Beats and Eats
May 4th - 2007
Ottawa School of Art (**Special Location**)
30 George St.
$8 at the Door

-Benefit for - 
Ottawa JAZZSWORKS
-Eats by - B. Goods (a bakery), and Pure Gelato
-Beats - This Months Giveaways from World Music Network's, Rough Guides Series.
In house Beats by
Emily Jones
-Featuring work by - Robert Hyndman
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The Beneficiary: 

I was approached at the January WB&E event by a woman who was very passionate about what she had to tell me.  She proceeded to tell me all about JAZZWORKS, organizers of workshops and monthly jam sessions for those future musician of the world who want to immerse themselves in Jazz! 
"JAZZWORKS is an intensive learning opportunity for adult jazz musicians (all levels, beginner through professional) and advanced high school musicians....." www.jazzworkscanada.com

The Eats:

-B.Goods (a bakery)
(
b.goods@sympatico.ca) - These sweets, currently only available at Natural Food Pantry (126 York St.), are a decadent vegans dream.  Dairy and egg free cookies, just as chewy and rich as your *other* favorite cookie.  Made with whole grain flours, non-hydrogenated oils and organic ingredients, you could almost consider them healthy. 

-Pure Gelato
(350 Elgin St - 72 William St.- 613-237-3799) - Spring is hopefully coming and once again I hope we arent jumping the gun a bit with this 2nd donation from the local purveyor of fresh made gelatos.  The gelato will be cold and the May 4th WB&E will be hot!


The Beats:

This month the giveaways are provided by World Music Network's, Rough Guides Series (www.worldmusic.net). - If you have ever traveled to any destination that you needed a guide book for, you may have used one of their Rough Guides books, but you can also travel at home via their Rough Guides Music Series.  This month we have their "World Party" sampler..  

Always swanky in house beats.

** 7-8:30pm
beats w/ Emily Jones (emilyjones.ca, E18hteen, Social, Mercury)

Featuring work by:

Robert Hyndman: a distinguished painter and Ottawa School of Art teacher whose contribution to Canadian art has extended over many decades.  For more info : Click Here 

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May 4th- 2007 - 7-11pm
Ottawa School of Art (**Special Location**)
30 George St.

$8 at the Door
(includes FOOD and Limited MUSIC GIVEAWAYS)
613-882-0923

This is a MONTHLY event (first Friday of the month) so get your name on the mailing list by signing up at www.artengine.ca/worldbeatsandeats
You’ll get details early for each event.

Brad Campeau

 

Are you a Music Teacher in the nationa capital?

You are invited to participate in this research study conducted by a group of Communications students in a quantitative research methods class at the University of Ottawa. The purpose of this study is to understand the level of awareness about the Ottawa Youth Orchestra Academy (OYOA) in the local music community. If you wish to participate in this study, please comment below with your email address and I will send you the survey. We are just looking for a few last minute additions.

The survey only takes a few minutes.
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World Beats and Eats - April 6th - benefiting Crichton Cultural Community Centre

World Beats and Eats
April 6th - 2007
Mercury Lounge
56 Byward st. (sidedoor/upstairs)
$8 at the Door

-Benefit for - Crichton Cultural Community Centre organizers of
the Ottawa Lumière Festival
-Eats by - Luxe Bistro, Stella, Blue Cactus
-Beats - This months giveaways are mixtapes from the local event TIMEKODE. 
In house Beats by
Emily Jones
--w/ long awaited Special Guest Zattar
-Vernissage for - Eric Chan
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The Beneficiaries:

I had heard massive boasts of recognition for the Crichton Cultural Community Centre and the work they do.  I had seen posters all over town telling me about the Lumière Festival, a community event devoted to lanterns, performers and community art.  Only recently can I really say that I found out that the two were so closely tied.  This community centre and festival are bringing illumination to a part of our city and scene that needs their passion and exuberance.  The Crichton Cultural Community Centre is located at 200 Crichton - 2nd Floor (Avon Lane entrance), and the Lumière Festival is in New Edinburgh/Stanley Park, August 11th 2007.

The Eats:

-Luxe Bistro
(47 York Street - 613-241-8805 -
www.luxebistro.com) - My very first experience in this sharply styled bistro was with a friend who was satisfying her need for steak.  Being vegetarian, I did not taste it but her satisfaction and contentment lead me to believe that she was pleased with her meal.  The samples from Luxe Bistro will do more than please you April 6th at WB&E.

-Stella Osteria
(81 Clarence Street -
613-241-2200 - www.stellaosteria.com) - I attended a co-workers birthday dinner at Stella Osteria about 8 months ago.  It was my first time in the restaurant and also one of my first times dinning out in a long time.  The chef prepared a meal that suited my "special needs" with a flair that most vegetarians don't expect.  Expect great WB&E samplings on April 6th from Stella.

-Blue Cactus
(2 Byward Market Street- 613-241-7061 -
www.bluecactusbarandgrill.com) - Blue Cactus has some fresh fruit daiquiris that stun and amaze.  I know they have some amazing food too, but every time I walk by their big bay windows I only have eyes for all the long stemmed glasses filled with fresh fruit and booze.  We won't get fruity boozy samples at WB&E on April 6th because that's illegal, but I will finally see the great food from Blue Cactus

The Beats:

This month the musical giveaways are provided by the local event TIMEKODE (
www.timekode.com- mixtapes will be on hand and will go quickly.  

Always swanky in house beats.

** 7-8:30pm
beats w/ Emily Jones (emilyjones.ca, E18hteen, Social, Mercury)

** 8:30-10pm
Special Guest - Zattar

Vernissage for:

Eric Chan's work struck me all at once at a fundraising event for SAW gallery in the late part of last year.  Deep wells of blackness or whiteness made striking by the creatures of spreading and creeping color.  Come and see it!  

Raffle Items:

This month's Raffle items include the following: Zeke Artstuff shirts, beautiful paper lanterns, and 2 Flex Passes for the 06/07 Season of the Great Canadian Theatre Company
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April 6th - 2007 - 7-10pm
Mercury Lounge
56 Byward st. (sidedoor/upstairs)

$8 at the Door (includes FOOD and Limited MUSIC GIVEAWAYS)
613-882-0923

This is a MONTHLY event (first Friday of the month) so get your name on the mailing list by signing up at www.artengine.ca/worldbeatsandeats
You’ll get details early for each event.

Brad Campeau

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World Beats and Eats - March 2nd - benefiting Opera Lyra

World Beats and Eats
March 2nd - 2007
Mercury Lounge
56 Byward st. (sidedoor/upstairs)
$8 at the Door

-Benefit for - Opera Lyra
-Eats by - Infusion Bistro, Bento Sushi, The Roses Cafe
-Beats - In house Beats by Emily Jones
-Featuring work by: Erin English
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The Beneficiaries:

I have a friend whose father once (maybe twice) went on the most passionate rant about a production that he was involved in with a local Opera company.  He told about how he was going to be really getting into the role.  Growing a beard, living the part, getting really deep into the role.  Opera Lyra has a way of inspiring everyone involved, including extras.  Check out the upcoming March 2nd World Beats and Eats benefit as well as the Diva Auction, April 21st.

The Eats:

-Infusion Bistro
(825 Bank Street - 234-2412) - This cozy bistro sits on Bank St. in the Glebe amongst a selection of other restaurants quite similar in style and cuisine.  The defining characteristics of this locale though is the stellar staff and the creativity of the cuisine.  On March 2nd we will be sampled their cuisine, sadly though not their staff. 

-Bento Sushi
(606 Rideau St.- 613-562-2563) - With their second donation Bento Sushi will be sampling us a selection sushi that World Beats and Eats has long been waiting for.  Our first Sushi donation in 14 Months.

-The Roses Cafe
(1285 Wellington St.- 613-798-9191--523 Gladstone St. - 613-233-5574 -
www.rosescafe.com/) - I was at the Bluesfest two years ago, a bit tipsy, wandering the food tent when I out off to my left I heard the words "Butter Chicken".  Me being a vegetarian I cant ignore a combo like that.  I wandered toward the tent and although I could not gastronomically partake in the "Butter Chicken",  my olfactory sensations ranked this restaurant as a star flavor purveyor.  Samples will be available @ WB&E on March 2nd.

The Beats:

Always swanky in house beats.

** 7pm on
beats w/ Emily Jones (emilyjones.ca, E18hteen, Social, Mercury)

Featuring work by: Erin English (http://www.myspace.com/breakbot)

Raffle Items:

This months Raffle items include the following: Zeke Artstuff shirts, and 2 Flex Passes for the 06/07 Season of the Great Canadian Theatre Company
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March 2nd - 2007 - 7-10pm
Mercury Lounge
56 Byward st. (sidedoor/upstairs)

$8 at the Door (includes FOOD and Limitied MUSIC GIVEAWAYS)
613-882-0923

This is a MONTHLY event (first Friday of the month) so get your name on the mailing list by signing up at www.artengine.ca/worldbeatsandeats
You’ll get details early for each event.

Brad Campeau