February 2012

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Band of the Week: The Victim Party

The Victim Party exists somewhere between homage and innovation, taking liberally from the punk rock canon and packaging it into a joyous fist-pump of danceable, sing-along anthems. The list of bands that current members have played for in the past reads like a downtown bathroom stall wall, coated in the stickers of some formidable GTA bands.

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Afternoon explainer: The leap-year media frenzy

Ever wondered why we have a leap year, who thought of it and whether you're working for free today? Clearly you have because it's the fifth most popular search term on Google right now and every news outlet is carrying the story. We grabbed a coffee and sampled the buzz around the net.

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Opening: Human Rights Watch at TIFF Bell Lightbox

Evil tyrants, cruel teens and human traffickers are among the bad guys in the unwelcome spotlight of TIFF's annual Human Rights Watch film series. The fest, which starts today and runs until March 8 at the Bell Lightbox, assembles nine documentaries from around the world that showcase humanity at its darkest. Here are four that caught our eye.

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On tonight: Miss Representation at the Revue Cinema

If you watched Sunday’s Academy Awards ceremony then you were witness to Hollywood's continuing shoddy treatment of women. From the lack of female director nominees to Angelina Jolie making headlines with her right leg, Tinseltown has a lot of ground to make up when it comes to its representation of women. Cue the aptly named documentary Miss Representation.

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Inside the Table Hockey League of Toronto

Deep in the heart of Corktown, a small group gathers once a week to celebrate a great Canadian pastime. Some in this group are lifelong devotees with quick reflexes and polished skills. Others come to rediscover a game they loved when they were young. A few are discovering it all for the first time. But they all come together to take part in a cultural tradition that is bigger than all of them — table hockey.

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Trending in Theatre This Week: The Neverending Story, War Horse, Paprika Festival, The Lost Sagas of Tjorvi the Flaccid, Can I Really Date a Guy Who Wears a Yarmulke

Children of the ’80s won’t ever forget the first time they watched the film adaptation of Michael Ende’s novel about a young boy named Bastian and his epic adventure in Fantastica (probably because that huge dragon-who-looks-like-a-dog scared the bejesus out of us.) This staged version  introduces the tale to a new generation. Young People’s Theatre, 165 Front Street E., 416-862-2222. To March 17.

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Meet a Comedy Troupe: MANTOWN

Alcohol and testosterone are the key fuel sources for all-guy comedy troupe MANTOWN. But they have some serious comedic chops, having appeared in fests across the country and performed with the likes of Hercules actor Kevin Sorbo. We chat with MANTOWN member (and Adam Levine lookalike) Adam Cawley about being comedy hunks, alcohol poisoning and why Ryan Gosling would make a great show guest.

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Scene: Ice carving at Bloor-Yorkville Icefest

Shards of ice fly as a sculptor gets to work at the Bloor-Yorkville ice fest on Saturday afternoon. The artist pictured was one of around a dozen taking part in the festival's ice-carving competition on Yorkville's Cumberland Street. A clear preference for animal shapes was in evidence among the carvers present, with squirrels, moose and eagles making appearances.

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Oscars for dummies: a guide to pretending you actually know something about this year’s Academy Awards

Sunday night is Oscars night. That means one thing: Oscar parties. The coolest kids will be the ones who know everything there is to know about this year’s best picture nominees. Haven’t had the time to see them all? Not a problem. Below, a crash course in the best Hollywood has to offer. 

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Five things you may want to know before heading out to Toronto’s Sexapalooza

Toronto’s Sexapalooza opens this afternoon, promising a “safe yet titillating” adult consumer show. Curious about whether you should head to this show? We don’t blame you. Here’s what you need to know.

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