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What's Cooking at Hot Docs 2010

COOKING UP DREAMS introduced me to foods I had never even dreamed of: sweets, savories, mysteries...This unique mix of Peruvian flavours come together in a socially conscious film that will leave you curious, and wanting more--of the food and the culture. The chefs in the film want Peruvian food to be seen on par with French and Italian cuisine. They are not just interested in opening restaurants, they are hoping the development of Peruvian gastronomy will aid in the development of the Peruvian economy by providing food-related jobs to Peruvian people.

I have a lot of favourite scenes in this documentary that focuses on Peruvian restaurants and home cooking around the world, but I have to say the trip along the Amazon and the foods from the jungle made me want to jump on an airplane. The Amazon offers the world so much, and I hope seeing this film will make everyone realize that this is a special place that feeds us oxygen as well as food.
Friday, April 30, 6:30pm, Cumberland Cinema

anitafrika! dub theatre's audre lorde festival Day 2

amanda parris, cassandra walker and kemba king answer questions at the end of Day 2 of antitafrika! dub theatre's audre lorde festival. April 28th - May 1st. 62 Fraser Avenue (2 blocks east of Dufferin, 1 block south of King). Doors: 7:30 pm; Performances: 8:00 pm. Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation of $10). All funds to support anitafrika! dub theatre. 647-454-2097

amanda parris in "every day's another chance to get it right this time"

kemba king in "where the stories are told"
Kemba's words: "Where the stories are told explores how storytelling as a healing process via women moves in both a linear and simultaneous manner through the spirit world."

cassandra walker in "i"

anitafrika! dub theatre's audre lorde festival (april 28th - may 1st)

Six artists in residence take the stage at anitafrika! dub theatre's audre lorde festival. The works are a combination of theatrical practices: biomyth and dub. Founder d'bi young (left) named the festival in honour of audre lorde who created biomythology and continues to incorporate ahdri zhina mandiela's creation of dub theatre into her works. Through mythologized personal narratives each artist weaves tales that are deeply intimate yet universal in their ability to connect with the audience. The festival runs April 28th to May 1st, with three performances per night.

"medusa: the truth they neglected to tell you" performed by kalmplex

julie tesolin searches for a "safe haven" in her performance piece

natasha morris "itty bitty"

Question and Answer period after the show.
April 28th - May 1st. 62 Fraser Avenue (2 blocks east of Dufferin, 1 block south of King). Doors: 7:30 pm; Performances: 8:00 pm. Pay-What-You-Can (suggested donation of $10). All…

Up Next at Théâtre Français de Toronto

IN HIS BRAND NEW PIECE, Fragments of Unnecessary Lies, Tremblay once again demonstrates his genius. He juxtaposes two eras, with his two protagonists mingling in parallel worlds — one in 1957 and the other in 2007. Two eras, two teens, Jean-Marc and Manu, living what they find to be an unbelievable experience. Both of them think they are the only one in their group like themselves, “and suddenly you were there to save me.” Tremblay paints a portrait of two boys who differ from society’s expectations, “little 15-year-old smart-alecks”. Nothing is taboo in the life and speech of these two boys. In turn, we witness their various romantic, dramatic, and enigmatic encounters and exchanges. Is “to love” a verb that conjugates in the imperative or the imperious?

A production by Théâtre français de Toronto
with Marie-Hélène FONTAINE · Christian LAURIN · Olivier L’ÉCUYER. Gisèle ROUSSEAU · Michel SÉGUIN and Jean-Simon TRAVERSY
direction Diana LEBLANC
Set Glen Charles LANDRY
Light Glenn DAVIDSON

Who Decided That Adults Didn't Need Pictures in Their Books?

Big thanks to Ellie Skrow, curator of the Peoples of the Comic Book sidebar at the Toronto Jewish Film Festival. Thanks to Ellie, I had the opportunity to learn about comics and their Jewish creators. Who knew that Clark Kent/Superman’s work place, the Daily Planet was named after the Toronto Daily Star (previous name of the Toronto Star)? Hard core comic book readers probably knew, but I am a new fan of comic books so I knew nothing. Adding to my educational knowledge of comics were Ben Katchor, Harvey Pekar, Paul Buhle and Henry Mietkiewicz. Thanks to these wonderful guests I acknowledged the centuries-old elitism of the literary world in separating illustrations from text in adult literature; agreed with Harvey Pekar that the average person is as important as superheroes; thirsted for more information about the Who Framed Roger Rabbit and its references to the Blacklisting of Jews and the rise of unions; and wished I could have been a fly on the wall for Henry’s interview with Supe…

Toronto Jewish Film Festival (April 17th - 25th) Mixes It Up!

The Toronto Jewish Film Festival has been around for 18 years, but I've only been attending for the past few years. When I first started going, I was surprised to see the variety of films offered--there were films with Black content! What a surprise that was to me, although, when I thought about it Black and Jewish cultures have been linked historically for centuries. I was also surprised at the international scope of the films. So, if you think there's nothing at this festival for you, think again. The Festival runs over two weeks at various venues with an extensive focus this year on Comic Book Creators (did you know many of them were Jewish?), FREE events and a variety of films to suit everyone's taste. I've screened a few films in advance, so if you don't know where to start have a read. I've ordered the films by screening date.

Each of us, at some point in our lives, has to deal with the issue of identity: who are we, and who are we in relation to those w…