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Ingres and the Moderns

Ingres portraitist

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Photo: MNBAQ

My Valentine

My Valentine. Jewels, flowers, chocolates and kisses are the fare for St. Valentine's and I hope you have will have been endowed with a satisfying portion of them all. My Valentine, dedicated to my readers, consists of the same ingredients but in hypothetical form.

Ingres at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Quebec

Part I

For any one who is even slightly interested in French 19 century neo-classic art or in the work of Jean Auguste Dominique Ingres in particular, this exhibition is a chance of a life time.

Obama portrait a labour of love

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Photo: Scott French

In a building that once housed a women's undergarment manufacturer and a ball bearing factory, one can find artist Tom Cohen's studio. Drawing on the consumer products that populate our day-to-day lives -- flyers, paper, even Kleenex boxes -- Cohen is taking what is old, forgotten or thrown away and making something new again.

St. Pat’s set for mid-year concert

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Photo: Courtesy of David Parker

St. Patrick's High School will be turning it up for this year's mid-year concert, Wednesday, January 21. Bands from Secondary 1 through 5, including the school's music concentration program, dubbed the Nation of Concentration, will perform.

2009 at the Musée national des beaux-arts du Québec

During a press conference, yesterday morning at the Musée national des beaux arts du Quebec, its newly appointer director Esther Trépanier presented the most interesting 2009 program of exhibitions most of which will surely enrich the public's understanding of modernism.

Lepage resurrects Dragons' Trilogy with The Blue Dragon

The sequel to the critically acclaimed Dragons' Trilogy by playwright and director Robert Lepage makes its Canadian debut at the Théâtre du Trident.

QAC to stage Shaw production

Preparations are underway for the Quebec Art Company's spring production, Arms and the Man, written by the well known Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw. While better known now for such plays as Pygmalion (later adapted into the musical My Fair Lady), Shaw was a prolific playwright (more than 60 plays) and music and literary critic.

QAC to bring Shaw to the stage

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Preparations are underway for the Quebec Art Company’s spring production, Arms and the Man, written by the well known Irish playwright George Bernard Shaw.  While better known now for such plays as Pygmalion (later adapted into the musical My Fair Lady), Shaw was a prol

Les Rhapsodes bring Handel, English carols to QC stage

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Photo: Scott French

Shannon Author Captures Irish-Canadian Experience

My dad was Irish and my mom was French -- another one of those mixed marriages. But they appreciated the same things. Of course, my dad said, "It took me twenty years to learn."

QAC Pooka Party Over

Invisible rabbit takes final bow

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Photo: Quebec Art Company

Jewish exhibition opens in Nicolet

'Same Cloth, different thread; the Jews of Quebec City' opens at the Musée des Religions in Nicolet

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Photo: Simon Jacobs

QAC’s Harvey brings father and son together on stage

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Photo: Courtesy of the Quebec Art Company

SOON: SLC Band Fundraiser

St.Lawrence artists celebrate the legacy of the Beatles to raise funds for Amnesty International

When the legacy of the most important rock band of all time is used in order to raise awareness on international issues, the result promises to be everything but ordinary. On Friday, December 5th, Champlain-St.Lawrence's band, 'What The Heck,' will present a unique concert featuring the beloved music of The Beatles.

QAC brings an imaginary rabbit to the stage with Harvey

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Photo: courtesy of Quebec Art Company

Best Bets

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“The High Priests are calling all disciples back to the fold / because the kids don’t know how to dance to rock and roll.” So go the biting lyrics of Sam Roberts’ latest single, Them Kids.

Nihon Sushi Zen offers a taste of Japan in Quebec City

It is not without apprehen-sion that I open the doors to enter Nihon Sushi Zen. Some foods, such as pizza or chow mein are still pretty good when they’re bad. Bad sushi, on the other hand, is very, very bad.

Penny set to thrill with fourth whodunit in four years

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Photo: courtesy of McArthur & Company

OSQ violinist takes two Arts and Culture Awards

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Photo: courtesy of the OSQ

Darren Lowe’s 20-year music career was recognized with two trophies at the 22nd annual Arts and Culture Awards at City Hall yesterday. Two independent juries, the Fondation OSQ and the Institut Canadien de Québec, each honoured Lowe with an award.

QAC’s Harvey fuelled by Pooka Power

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Photo: Ladd Johnson

By Ladd Johnson

QAC fall production of Harvey underway

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Photo: Mark Lepitre

Preparations are continuing for the Quebec Art Company's production of Harvey, a comedy by Mary Chase. The story revolves around an eccentric man whose unusual friendship with a pooka causes confusion and consternation among those around him.

Family and love in Pinnock’s novel The Last Good Kiss

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Photo: courtesy of Strebor Books

We humans are pretty lucky.
We’re born into a family that keeps us around long past our infancy. Our parents and siblings recognize us as blood a long time beyond our weaning. We are nurtured by them well into our adulthood, and we can return home at any time, knowing we’re not going to be bitten.

Off the sofa, into Quebec

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Photo: www.3garssulsofa.com

Montreal band 3 Gars su’l Sofa enjoys George Washington, chamber music, and ginger ale. This is pretty much all the band has to say about themselves on their MySpace page. But apart from this important information, what else should a listener know about this rising band?

QC’s bright artistic future

The second in a two-part series

Now that Quebec City has proved its capacity to organize major artistic events and to build state-of-the-art infrastructures to support art of all kinds, the community is ready to enter the second phase of its cultural boom, which must be characterized by unity among local institutions.

Jack Lavoie & Friends prepare to play Le Pape-Georges

Quebec City singer-songwriter Jack Lavoie and his band, Johnbé and Bassman Dan, are gearing up for another cozy night of music at Le Pape-Georges on Saturday, November 8.

Jack Lavoie and Friends will deliver homegrown acoustic rock, complete with Jack on vocals and guitar, Johnbé on djembe and Dan on bass and ukulele. Settle in before the first set starts at 10 p.m.

Hot picks for cold nights in Quebec

Two amazing concerts coming up!

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Photo: Yoav, 2008

As the temperature is dropping fast in Quebec City, you might want to warm your heart by attending a concert or two.  The good news is that a variety of very promising shows will be presented within the next month.  I chose to provide you with some information about two artists who have offered amazing CDs in the past months and whose concerts in Quebec City are much anticipated.

85-year-old shoots 81, stuns older friends

Despite cool weather, Frank “Long Drive” Coveney shot an 81 at the Castor Golf Club on October 8, four strokes less than his age, his friend Jerry O’Brien reported.

Scary stuff to do

Halloween Lantern Tour on the Plains of Abraham

Spend Halloween or the following Day of the Dead scared out of your wits on the Plains! Tales of sorcery, murder, execution and mystery colour a tour led by Sir George Garneau, mayor of Quebec City in 1908, or his wife, Marie Alma.

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Parts 1 & 2

Culture and Society

The 400th anniversary as a tool of cultural development, Part I

Jean-Thomas Tremblay

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