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By Corrie Glanville FILMS/THEATRE Man on a Tightrope (1953) The intrigue of a Czech circus is the center of this 1950s classic directed by Elia Kazan; in 1952 Czechoslovakia Karel Cernik (Frederic March)  struggles to keep together his beloved Cirkus Cernik, which belonged to his family before being nationalized by the Communist government. The government allows Cernik to manage the circus, but he struggles with deteriorating conditions, loss of his workers to the state and…

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By Alyssa Mulligan ROBERT LEPAGE Born:  December 12, 1957 Hometown:  Quebec City Career Highlights: In 1982 he joined Théâtre Repère In 1985 The Dragon’s Trilogy won him immediate international attention Artistic director of the National Arts Centre’s Théâtre français in Ottawa from 1989 to 1993 In 1994, Lepage founded the multidisciplinary production company, Ex Machina In 1994, he was made an Officer of the Order of Canada”for his particularly imaginative and innovative work” For Quebec City’s…

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By Magda Romanska Coffee, the sober drink, the mighty nourishment of the brain, which unlike other spirits, heightens purity and lucidity; coffee, which clears the clouds of the imagination and their gloomy weight; which illuminates the reality of things suddenly with the flash of truth. – Jules Michelet, French historian (1798-1874) Coffee’s roots reach to Yemen, in the Middle East, where it was used by the mystical Sufis to stave off sleep during their all-night…

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By Corrie Glanville Billed as a “Certified Lunatic and Master of the Impossible,” the unusual talents of Tomáš Kubínek are notoriously hard to resist; after his sold out run on Broadway, The New York Times pronounced Kubínek “absolutely expert and consistent charming!” His internationally celebrated solo performances often include but are not limited to acrobatics, improvisation, audience participation, ukulele playing and a specially built contraption that allows him to walk with six feet. He has…

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By Corrie Glanville FILMS Le Confessionnal (1995) In this early work written and directed by Robert Lepage, teenage Rachel, who finds herself alone and pregnant in 1950s’ Quebec, reveals her guilt to a young priest in confession. Her story is set against the backdrop of Alfred Hitchcock’s filming of his 1952 movie I Confess until it jumps ahead to 1989 when Pierre Lamontagne returns to Quebec for his father’s funeral and meets his adopted brother,…

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