For Holocaust Education Week, check out this screening of the documentary The Heart of Auschwitz, which tells the story of Auschwitz prisoners who helped a fellow prisoner, Fania, celebrate her 20th birthday with a heart-shaped book. (The film made its premiere at the 2011 Toronto Jewish Film Festival.) A Q&A session with Jacqueline Celemencki, an educator in residence at the Montreal Holocaust Memorial Centre, will follow the screening. Be sure to register in advance.
Lovers of all things theatre and art direction, you’re in for a special treat. In Conversation With Belarus Free Theatre is a chance to meet with the co-founders and artistic directors of Belarus Free Theatre (visiting Canada for the very first time). They’ll be participating in a moderated discussion, followed by a Q&A session. As the only independent theatre company in Belarus, BFT stands for freedom of speech and expression (performances are often raided by police). Click here to learn more about the renowned company.
ARTATTACK! is an annual auction to benefit Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. Attendees can bid on artwork from up-and-coming artists, in both live and silent auctions. To spice things up, the night will be hosted by cabaret artist Shawn Hitchins, with appearances from Belle Jumelles, Johnny B Good, The Yes-Men, and many more.
Do you have a favourite Stephen King movie? Members of the Black Museum Debate Club certainly do. The Stephen King Movie Debate, moderated by Rue Morgue Podcast host Stuart Feedback Andrews, pits four teams of horror professionals against each other. Each team has prepared a compelling argument backed up by film clips and trivia. Participants will include the following: Tal Zimerman (writer, Rue Morgue Magazine), Steve Kostanski (director, Astron 6), Ghoulish Gary Pullin (artist), Monica S. Kuebler (Managing Editor, Rue Morgue), Less Lee Moore (Popshifter.com), Shaun Hatton (The Electric Playground), Alexandra West (writer and podcaster, Faculty of Horror), and J.M. McNab (Rewatchability podcast). Audience members are encouraged to bring their old Stephen King paperbacks and VHS tapes to trade with other fans.
If you’re looking for some sketch comedy to help you get to the end of the week, look no further than Mark & Kyle’s Thursday Plays, which promises new comedy shows (with plenty of music) every week for the month of November. Mark Little and Kyle Dooley are just coming off a pretty successful run at Just For Laughs and JFL42 (which we featured here), so you know it’ll be good.
Comedy isn’t always about being nice. For those who like their jokes raunchy and tasteless, there’s an annual event that specializes in all of that. The Dark Comedy Festival was started in 2011 by local comedian Rob Mailloux. This year, it will feature such notable purveyors of filth as Dave Attell and Gilbert Gottfried. But one of the biggest highlights will be a comedy roast of The Iron Sheik.
The Sheik, born Hossein Khosrow Ali Vaziri, was once a bodyguard for Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, Iran’s pre-revolution monarch. Vaziri used his experience in Olympic wrestling to become the notorious “heel” (or villain) to Hulk Hogan’s hero in the 1980s-era WWF. Nowadays, at the age of 73, the Sheik can often be found on Twitter telling you who’s “the real” or who’s a “jabroni” in between inspired bursts of profanity. Ahead of a tour of Canada that will also see him playfully skewered by comedians in Kingston, London, and Hamilton, we had the opportunity to chat with the man who commonly refers to himself as “Sheikie” and “the legend.”
He had some very mean things to say about Miley Cyrus, and some nice things to say about Twitter.
Another week, another edition of Laugh Sabbath. This week’s show, which is subtitled “Layin’ Down With Tim Gilbert!”, features a wide variety of stand-up guests including Mark DeBonis, Kathleen Phillips, and Marty Topps. The evening will be hosted by Tim Gilbert. Check out a preview of what you might be in for here.