Just For Laughs 42: A Festival Preview
The planners behind Just For Laughs 42 sure do have a good sense of humour. For starters, the name is a little bit of a joke. Anyone thinking that the “42″ refers to the number of years the comedy festival has been in operation would be sorely mistaken—it actually denotes the number of events taking place during the ten days of the festival’s run.
This year’s JFL42 will feature three headline events: appearances by Sarah Silverman and Aziz Ansari, and a live reading of an episode of Family Guy—complete with cast members and a 40-piece orchestra. But there’s plenty more worth checking out. Our overview of this year’s festival is below.
The Manifesto Festival Celebrates Its Evolution
For their event’s seventh anniversary, the minds behind the Manifesto Festival of Community and Culture did some thinking on the theme of evolution.
“The number seven is a very sacred number, and really tied into the idea of regeneration,” says Manifesto chair Che Kothari. “Every seven years, every cell in the human body regenerates itself, and we’re kind of born again, and right now we’re kind of going through that as an organization.”
Darwin Fisher of Vancouver’s Supervised Injection Site in Toronto: Public Talk
Supervised injection sites are a hot topic now there’s talk of them making their way to Toronto. Here then is a talk with Darwin Fisher, a program manager at Insite, a supervised injection site in Vancouver. He’ll be speaking about how Insite’s services have changed lives and helped the community. Toronto Star columnist Joe Fiorito will moderate the event, which will be followed by a Q&A and coffee.
Tapestry Briefs is a series of new opera scenes developed by a number of talented people, including composers Jocelyn Morlock and Chris Thornborrow, playwrights Morris Panych and Julie Tepperman, and singers Carla Huhtanen and Krisztina Szabó.
Previously, the listing did not include the date and time for the performance on Friday, September 20. We have now included that date in the listing.
Rue Morgue is helping to fill the gap between TIFF and the Halloween season with CineMacabre, its monthly dose of horror-movie goodness. September’s spotlight is Vincenzo Natali’s Haunter, featuring Zombieland‘s Abigail Breslin. Trapped by dark forces in some sort of suburban purgatory, Breslin is forced to repeat the same day over and over. The catch: attempting to solve the mystery of her situation invites the wrath of a violent and sinister stranger. Natali will be on hand to introduce the film, along with members of the cast.