Posts Categorized: Culture

Review: The Madwoman of Chaillot

Colourful acting can’t compensate for grey script The audience stares at the red curtain for several long minutes waiting for the lights to rise, the sound to fade, and the actors to appear. There’s a low muttering from the other patrons, a nervous laugh at the awkward limbo between announcement and performance. Finally, the curtains… Read more »

Avatar: James Cameron’s Too-Long Odyssey

James Cameron’s Avatar was a technological accomplishment and became a worldwide box office legend, so you may think that more Avatar is a good thing. James Cameron thinks it is — the director has announced an astounding four sequels to the 2009 hit, set to be released in 2020, 2021, 2024 and 2025. When the second film… Read more »

Fer Gord: A celebration of Canada’s musician

On Oct. 18, Canada woke up to news that it long knew was coming but didn’t want to ever hear: the incomparable Gord Downie had passed away the previous day. Succumbing to brain cancer at the age of 53, Downie left behind a heart-broken but inspired nation. It wasn’t his incredible career with The Tragically… Read more »

Will, determination, and grace, too

Saying goodbye to Gord Downie I don’t profess to having any new insight or unique experience with Gord Downie or the Tragically Hip. I grew up in rural Ontario, with ready access to Fully Completely on CD and enough replay on rock radio stations to leave the Hip’s discography permanently etched into my memory. I’ve… Read more »

UVic Lampoon gives UVic something to laugh about

The UVic Lampoon, the University’s new comedy club, isn’t just giving students a night off to laugh; according to its co-founder Alistair Ogden, the club is filling a void. “Obviously we have a range of perspectives at UVic, and you can bring in speakers and do projects, but with comedy . . . the fact that things are funny… Read more »

The Malahat Review turns 50

UVic alum celebrated with journal’s 200th issue The Malahat Review, a literary journal that compiles the best in Canadian poetry, creative nonfiction, and fiction, is celebrating its 50th anniversary and 200th issue with a party at Munro’s Books on Nov. 8. The event, scheduled from 7:30–11 p.m., will honour Victoria’s literary artists — past and present — and mark… Read more »

Festival of Authors impresses for second year

There’s something enchanting about the beginning of fall in this city. People still wear the optimism of summer but are propelled by the need to take in something other than wet before the months of endless rain. It’s the last time to see colour before grey. There would be no better time for a festival… Read more »

Painting without profit

A profile of MFA student Leah McInnis Leah McInnis is good at finding art in unusual places. McInnis is a Victoria and Vancouver -based artist, working in the second year of the MFA program at UVic. Her multidisciplinary practice is interested in subverting the commodification of contemporary painting — or, as McInnis calls it, “keeping it real.”… Read more »

In memory of Tom Petty

Rock and roll legend Tom Petty passed away on the evening of Oct. 2 after suffering a heart attack while at home in Malibu, California. Confusion initially followed CBS’s premature report of Petty’s death, but the tragedy was sadly confirmed later that Monday evening by the Los Angeles Police Department. The cutthroat world of rock… Read more »

A biting ballet

Dracula takes centre stage The mounting cultural obsession with vampires and other mythical creatures in the past decade or so has given rise to many popular books like the Twilight Saga; TV shows such as the Vampire Diaries; and movies like Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. However, this Vampire Renaissance is not limited to popular media — it… Read more »