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SUMMER READING

We’ve said goodbye to grey and rainy June 2008, and the lazy hazy days of summer are finally here. Whether you’re heading to the cottage or sunning yourself on a terasse, nothing goes better with summer than a cold beverage and a good book.

But which book should you choose? Here are four suggestions that will help take the guesswork out of summer reading.

Canada Day goes off with a bang

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Photo by: Jay Ouellet

A view from Lévis of the skies above Quebec City during the Canada Day fireworks celebrations on July 1. The display represents the second in a series of three fireworks shows put on in 11 days in the city, sandwiched between the St. Jean Baptiste fireworks show and the upcoming Plein la Rue show for Quebec City’s 400th anniversary on July 3.

Family Fun Day draws big crowds of little people

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Photo: Valérie Lebel

Old art meets the new world: Le Louvre à Québec exhibition

275 works on loan from the Louvre are now on display at the Musée

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Photo: Scott French

The Musée national des beaux arts du Québec is serving up a taste of the Louvre’s art feast in Paris.

The Musée has taken an eclectic sampling of the Louvre’s expansive collection and serves a delectable amuse bouche of 275 works spanning 5,000 years. The exhibition is fresh, light, and satisfying; it won’t leave visitors feeling over-stuffed and ready for bed.

Visionaries Garden illuminates

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Photo: Scott French

The spectacularly light Visionaries Garden at the Musée de Civilization is now open to the public.

Two solitudes working together in harmony

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Photo: Dan Parker

Discover city’s naval museum

The Quebec Naval Museum is reminding Quebec City that, even after 400 years, “ [the city] is her river’s daughter.” The 2008 museum program was released last Thursday with three new exhibitions opening to the public between May 28 and 29.

Ex Machina’s The Busker’s Opera to play in Quebec City this week

The Busker’s Opera is coming to town! After being performed around the world, the production is coming home for a final tour. The Ex Machina musical, adapted by Kevin McCoy and Robert Lepage, will play La Bordée from May 22 to 25 during this year’s Carrefour international de théâtre de Québec.

VEQ holds weekend of 400th celebrations

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The Voice of English-speaking Quebec and its partner organizations set out two years ago to make their version of the Quebec 400th celebration memorable, open and appealing to everyone in the English-speaking community. In that regard, all who attended the events this past weekend agree that it was a great success.

Swing and metal come to Quebec

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An amazing musician and his exceptional music are coming to town on May 27 at Le Théatre Du Petit Champlain, 78 Rue du Petit Champlain. His name? Yoav.

QAC’s production of Our Town an all—round success

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Photo: Frank Scardina

The Quebec Art Company’s production of Our Town, by Thornton Wilder, pleased the crowd.

Director Scott Emery’s vision enabled the company to experiment with theatre in the round – a formula that worked, thanks to narration courtesy of stage manager Cheryl Rimmer.

The Lost Fingers launch first album — Lost in the 80s

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Django Reinhardt would be proud to be honoured by Quebec City’s latest recording artists, The Lost Fingers. This trio’s name is a nod to the jazz guitarist who lost the use of two fingers after a fire and went on to develop his own fingering style.

A taste of Flamenco and then hop into summer

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Capturing Canadian Forces in action in Afghanistan

Pecota's technique meshes photo and painting seamlessly

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Photo: Silvia Pecota

The news is full of images and words about what’s happening in Afghanistan, but few have the same perspective as visual artist and photographer Silvia Pecota. She likes to capture the action up close.

Glasgow Rangers to coach at QHS

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Soccer players at Quebec High School are about to experience the Scotland Rangers difference. The Rangers, a pro soccer team, have partnered up with QHS to offer training to students and coaches.

QHS soccer coach William Hush has big dreams for his favourite sport in his adopted country.

Karen Young is coming

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Zinky Boys a hit at SLC

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Ten students from the Cegep Champlain-St. Lawrence Theatre Company (Alex Carter-Labbé, Jean-Philippe Chabot, Edenne Fournier, Rosalie Genois, Charles-Auguste Lehoux, Catherine Moisan, Marie-Christine Plante, Zoë Toupin, Jean-Thomas Tremblay and Stéphanie Turmel) presented the startling drama Zinky Boys to a full house for three nights running on April 1, 2 and 3.

Viva Arch Enemy and Cloak/Dagger

Spring is here bringing with it time for changes!

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Spring is here bringing with it time for changes!

Irish Choir to visit Quebec

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Discuss love poetry

Discuss love poetry with Meb Reisner at LHSQ Join Meb Reisner for a discussion on poems about love at the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec, 44 Chaussée des Écossais, from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. The sessions start on Tuesday April 15, and will continue for the following four Tuesdays. The cost is $28 for LHSQ members and students, and $38 for non-members. Call 694-9147 for information.

Café-Spectacles to present The Echo Hunters

The Café-Spectacles at Palais Montcalm will welcome two Canadian folk/roots groups on Friday, April 11 at 8 p.m. Montreal-based The Echo Hunters and Porkbelly Futures, some of whom hail from Toronto, will share the stage for the latter group’s first Quebec appearance.

Catch John Heward retrospective

Le Musée National Des Beaux Arts is presenting, from March 13 to August 24, an exposition in honour of painter, sculptor and performer John Heward. A career retrospective of one of the most acclaimed and respected modernist and abstract painters of our time. Heward has exhibited his art everywhere from Canada all the way to Beijing.

LHSQ unveils impressive Writers’ Series for 2008

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Photo: Mitch Krupp

Six Quebec and Canadian authors will grace the library of the Literary and Historical Society of Quebec this spring during the 2008 Writers’ Series.

hey’ll come from far and wide to present their work to a new audience. One of them, Charles Mountford, splits his time between Stratford, Ontario, and Quebec City. Others are known for their book club favourites.

New Virtual Art Gallery

From five-year-old dancers to 18-year-old musicians, student performers are preparing to take the stage at the Central Québec School Board’s fifth annual Arts Festival.

Ford dies at 90

When people in Portneuf first got television, Allan Ford was right there fixing them. “He married a nice French girl named Claire,” said Molly Richard, a longstanding Portneuf resident.  

Richard was one of many people who had their television repaired by Ford.

Jazz, classical and comedy in QC

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Sing-Along "Sound of Music"

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Mahler Concert of a Thousand Wows Thousands

I know the daily papers have covered this major event but I thought it would be nice for everyone to know there were many members of the English-speaking community participating in the Mahler Symphony #8, "Concert of a Thousand" at the Pepsi Colisée last Saturday night.

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