Thursday, 9 May 2013

I love Hot Docs!

I love at TIFF, docs at Bloor Cinema, and most recently, docs at Hot Docs.  The weather could not have been more brilliant for standing in line and chatting with fellow docophiles (hmm, did I just make up a word?)  My programme was well circled and high-lighted but, due to time constraints,  I had to curtail myself (a lot) while still managing to miraculously fit in three of my top choices.  Articles and trailers follow for Tiny, The Man Who Made Angels Fly, Everybody Street and Flo.

 For those of you that have heard me say I want to go off the grid and live in a trailer, this is what I'm talking about!!  BUT, I am more of a tiny-near-the-city as opposed to tiny-in-the-middle-of-nowhere kind o' gal.

Unbelievable art form.  His ability to recreate minute movement with stringed marionettes took your breath away.  Sadly could not stay for the q&a after, would have loved to have heard more.

I attached a long review but so many great clips and info about the photographers. Some of it's pretty raw.

FLO documentary trailer on Vimeo

This was my fav!  It was a short that played before Everybody Street.  Meet Flo, she's sheer inspiration:) I only looked briefly but if you can find the full length version (15 min??), it's so brilliant.


Tuesday, 9 April 2013

it's been a long, long time...

I know!  Since January already!  I really shut down and the couch was the champion in the battle to pass the darkness of winter.  Mad Men, Downton Abbey, Breaking Bad, Game of Thrones (5 books + video), Arrow, Person of Interest, Smash, Republic of Doyle, Big Bang, a few others I surfed from time to time, and of course, the Y&R all consumed and consoled me. On occasion, I managed to attend a blog worthy event.

Felt tree with sap detail

These photos were part of a textile exhibition.  Taken with my ipod touch, so they aren't fantastic for detail and that is what was so incredible about these pieces.
like a colourful paper rag rug

Side detail of frame with eye hooks on inside and string in a diamond grid pattern.  Magazine paper was accordion pleated, folded like a fan and inserted into grid.  I had to walk right up to it to realize it was paper.  Sadly, the large photo does not do it justice as it was much more colourful than it appears.

recycling at its best

Now I can feel spring in the air AND my roommate is cancelling the cable (which I applauded with a resounding yes, please!) so perhaps I can get caught up on keeping in touch.  Here's to sunshine and sandals:)

Wednesday, 30 January 2013

the pile on my desk....

What is that pile I keep making bigger but never seem to go through???  Notes on scraps of paper, newspaper clippings, ticket stubs, concert programmes, business cards and that's just the top half.

So glad I kept the programme from my first experience attending the Toronto Symphony Orchestra conducted by Rafael Fruhbeck de Burgos.  Beethoven's Symphony No. 8 in F Major, Op. 93 (for those of you in the know:))) was so beautiful.  The acoustics, uuufff! Centennial Hall it ain't.  The second half of the programme was La vida breve (an opera-in-concert) written in 1905.  So, imagine full orchestra on stage with The Toronto Mendelssohn Choir (120+members) in an upper balcony behind and then 9 singers and 1 dancer all in a row in front of the orchestra.  Talk about park and honk! Not exciting staging but how it was meant to be performed.

Synopsis, Granada, turn of the 20th century, a marriage promise is made to a beautiful gypsy girl, her intended arrives, a "rapturous duet" occurs and then he leaves.  She, her sister and grandmother discover another  promise has been made and a wedding to a wealthy socialite is to take place the next day, lots of anger and angst and scheming.

The jilted fiance appears at the wedding, misery. The groom sees her, nervous.  She offers to sing and dance for the guests, insert flamenco dancer here, jilted fiance denounces groom and falls dead at his feet.  The end.

Enjoyable even though I was in a very bad seat.  Will know better for next time.  The most memorable singer is in the clip below.  She is an extraordinary mezzosoprano who made all the other performers pale in comparison.  I couldn't find a clip of same opera but I liked this link the best because the set and costumes are kick-ass!!

Enjoy Christina Faus:)

Tuesday, 15 January 2013

shaken not stirred

Good of me to tell you of something else that is fabulous and then tell you it closes on January 20!!

 the only shots I could take.....these were out in the lobby

Designing 007:  Fifty Years of Bond Style at the TIFF Bell Lightbox was all you could have hoped for as a Bond fan.  It featured costumes, props, models, gadgets, storyboards and short film clips with some of the designers.

I have never been disappointed by any of the special exhibitions held at the Lightbox so maybe make plans for the next one.

the white suit is the original suit that Ursula wore and the orange suit is the up-dated version for Halle

the white trunks were worn by Sean and the blue were worn by Daniel

close-up of Ursula's suit, wardrobe came up with the idea the night before the scene was to be shot.  The top was actually her bra that they covered with white fabric and crossed their fingers it would work

Monday, 14 January 2013

Frida and Diego

The AGO curated an amazing collection for the Kahlo/Diego show which ends Jan 20.  So, all you last minute people, it's worth fitting it in.  

Really enjoyed seeing Diego's artistic breadth.  He could paint in the style of the Grand Masters as well as abstract and I've  been a fan of his murals forever.  The content of some of Frida's self-portraits tend to unsettle me but seeing the detail of her work up close, man, check out how she paints hair.  Fine tiny perfect brush stokes every time.

Being articulate today is proving quite strenuous, so I'm going to cut this short.  There was also a fabulous ofreta to acknowledge the Day of the Dead and some oversize skeletal Day of the Dead "puppets" of Diego and Kahlo which were a surprise after you left the gift shop.  Might I just say, it was the best gift shop I have ever seen.  Special bonus if you go now, I hear everything is 50% off!!!  

We finished off the show with a hot chocolate and a Kahlo cookie!

PS   check out Barbara Kingsolver's book, The Lacuna, to spend some more time with Diego and Frida.