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A surprise gallery of art masks – many around turmoil, tragedy, and pain. Just a few here in our gallery… Masks used to hold heads steady during radiation therapy for Head and Neck Cancer (HNC), then transformed by artists and will be silent-auctioned September  12, 2012 to directly assist individuals and their families during treatments. …

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From The Monkey Cage and Joshua Tucker…

An hilarious all-around grafitti-style outbreak of humo[u]r on British Olympic Art Sensibilities. Or not. Anyway, it inspires me to regale you with my global festival memories.

I missed Expo 67 in my old hometown area ofMontreal, of no importance of all to anyone except for fact that it was a global event that was to exhibit architectural and artistic pieces of note and other than a zippy trip up and down the Space Needle in Seattle, my sole experience with these epic facilities.

So I was visiting my home town in 1968 right after high school and foisted off on relatives for a tour de Quebec, sort of. With Pierre, my co-worker at the Club Dorion, a private country club where I toiled (and polished off my share of Labatt’s Blue over that blurry summer) I headed over to the island site for thrills on a roller coaster thingie, checking out les femmes, finding some cold Blue.

All I can say is that Montreal has reportedly paid off the debt for Expo 67. The Habitat apartments are still going strong if a bit leaky. I vaguely remember the enthusiastic vision embodied in all the stylistic leaps in architecture and structure. Not much more.

I hope London’s squiggly tower and the Coke pavilion cohere in vision and not rust into shabby monuments to bureaucracy and too much brew.

Russ Imrie August 2012

Big Love by Charles Mee, at the Hub theater is bedlam, energy, talent and a vortex of choreography by cuisinenart.

The hub transforms something you read about in reviews into a graphic family problem, but with you seated at the kitchen table while a crazy family acts out one poignant or proposterous story or another for you, an appalled or rueful relative. You are one of the family at the intimate Hub stage.

Brides facing arranged marriages scheme, escape, and work it, well, out at the estate of an unsuspecting bon vivant where they flee.

This is an amazing production, an exhausting (and this just for the audience who are practically seated on the stage as we were) and gleeful exhibition of the prodigous talents of the cast.

The basic staging is just right. And here I list the production cadre. Well done!
Director: Kirsten Kelly
Assistant Director: Matt Bassett
Music Directors: Carla Gerdes & Michael Gerdes
Stage Manager: Daniel Mori
Scenic Design: Natsu Onoda Power
Lighting Design: Joel Moritz
Sound Design: Matthew Nielson
Costume Design: Deborah Sivigny
Choreography: Susan Shields
Fight Choreography: Casey Kaleba

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