Quebec may choose to secede, interest rates may skyrocket, strife may befall previously untroubled parts of the world. But, despite the slings and arrows of fortune, creators will continue to create. Some of the cultural highlights coming up in 1995, selected by the Maclean's entertainment section:
•Oleanna David Mamet’s
controversial play continues to lay siege to the Canadian stage, with productions by Halifax’s Neptune Theatre (Jan. 10-15), the Grand Theatre in London, Ont., Gan. 10-28, starring recent Genie award winner Sandra Oh) and Ottawa’s National Arts Centre (Feb. 2-18).
• Poor Super Man Brad (iUnidentified Human Remains) Fraser’s new play, which won critical acclaim after its fourweek run in Cincinnati, plays at the Manitoba Theatre Centre in Winnipeg beginning on Jan. 4, moving to Toronto’s Canadian Stage Company on Feb. 2. •Bluebeard’s Castle/ Erwartung The Canadian Opera Company’s internationally celebrated double bill of dark-hued operas by Bartok and Schoenberg, directed by Robert Lepage, opens in Toronto on Jan. 11. •Hamlet Keanu Reeves substitutes soliloquies for Speed in his much-anticipated Shakespearean debut at the Manitoba Theatre Centre, opening on Jan. 12. •Peter Grimes Revered Canadian tenor Ben Heppner plays the title role in the Vancouver Opera’s production of the Benjamin Britten tragedy, beginning on Jan. 28.
•Tommy The Who’s enduring rock opera about “that deaf, dumb and blind kid” gets its Canadian première in Toronto on March 1.
•A Month in the Country
Karen Kain and the National Ballet in Toronto present
Sir Frederick Ashton’s 1976 ballet on May 3, in the first performance of the work by a company other than Britain’s Royal Ballet.
• New Art in China, 1989 to 1994 This glimpse of Chinese contemporary artists features 80 works and runs from April 12 to June 11 at the Vancouver Art Gallery. It will be accompanied by Here Not There, a show of works by mainland Chinese avant-garde artists who recently moved to British Columbia.
•Masterpieces in Motion:
A Century of Automobile Design The first exhibition focusing on the art and design of the car runs at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts from May 11 to Oct. 15.
•Sunset Boulevard Andrew Lloyd Webber’s latest, currently packing them in in New York City, debuts at Toronto’s Ford Centre for the Performing Arts on Oct. 15.
•Showboat The big show sails into Vancouver, where it will inau-
gurate the new Ford Centre for the Performing Arts, designed by Moishe Safdie, on Dec. 3.
•The Piano Man’s Daughter
(HarperCollins). Timothy Findley’s new novel draws on three generations of his mother’s family. A companion to 77íe Wars.
•The Road Ahead (Penguin). Microsoft billionaire Bill Gates predicts the future and lets everyone have a peek at his
new high-tech house through an accompanying CD.
•East, West (Random House). This collection of short stories is Salman Rushdie’s first major work of fiction since The Satanic Verses.
•The Diary of a Young Girl (Doubleday). A new edition of Anne Frank’s diary that contains material originally edited out by the famed Jewish girl’s father.
•Ladder of Years (Penguin). Anne Tyler’s keenly awaited novel about a woman who literally walks away from her life.
•Our Game (Penguin). An upto-the-minute thriller set in the Caucasus from spy master John le Carré.
•The Unconsoled (Knopf). Kazuo Ishiguro’s eagerly anticipated new novel, the first since The Remains of the Day in 1989.
•Victory 1945: The Birth of Modern Canada (HarperCollins); Days of Victory, Canadians Remember: 1939 to 1945
(Macmillan). Examinations of the watershed victory by historians Desmond Morton and J. L. Granatstein, and the father-son broadcasting team of Ted and Alex Barris.
•Closer to the Sun (McClelland & Stewart). Toronto impresario Garth Drabinsky, fresh from Broadway hits, tells—with the help of Marq de Villiers—the turbulent story of his life in the high-stakes entertainment world.
•Title to be announced (Doubleday). A memoir by former prime minister Kim Campbell about life in and out of politics.
•Microserfs (HarperCollins). Douglas Coupland’s novel logs on to the desperate lives of computer workers at Microsoft headquarters. •My Times (Doubleday). The reminiscences of veteran broadcaster and writer Pierre Berton include such little-known details as his stint as a war correspondent in Korea. •Various Positions: The Life of Leonard Cohen (Random House) Ira Nadel. Leonard Cohen calls it a “benignly tolerated biography,” the first full-length treatment.
•Beach Music (Doubleday). Novelist Pat Conroy (The Prince of Tides). An American in Rome who returns home to sort through the dark memories that haunt his family.
•The Education of a Woman: The Life and Times of Gloria Steinern (Doubleday). Scholar Carolyn Heilbrun (also a mystery writer under the pseudonym Amanda Cross) writes the first full-fledged biography of the American feminist.
•Title to be announced (McClelland & Stewart). Rohinton Mistry, author of the award-winning Such a Long Journey, sets his third novel in India.
•The Bride of Texas (Knopf). Czech-Canadian novelist Josef Skvorecky bases his new book on a regiment of Czech soldiers who fought in the American Civil War. •The Canadian Revolution: From Deference to Defiance (Penguin). Peter C. Newman examines how Canadians’ attitudes towards politicians and the political process changed radically between 1984 and 1994.
•Shooting the Hippo: Death by Deficit and Other Canadian Myths
(Penguin). Journalist and author Linda McQuaig tackles the biggest Canadian bugaboo and accuses the media of distortion.
•My Posse Don’t Do Homework (Disney). Michelle Pfeiffer plays a dedicated inner-city high-school teacher in a drama directed by Canada’s John N. Smith (The Boys of St. Vincent). •Jefferson in Paris (Disney). Nick Nolte is Thomas Jefferson in Merchant-Ivory’s first movie for Disney’s Touchstone Pictures.
•Apollo 13 (Universal). After Forrest Gump, Tom Hanks finds another untarnished American hero in the role of astronaut James Lovell.
•Get Shorty (MGM). After Pulp Fiction, John Travolta plays another cool-jerk hoodlum, this time in Elmore Leonard’s tale of a crook who becomes a Hollywood player.
• Waterworld (Universal). A$100-million epic starring Kevin Costner as a Mad Max renegade in a post-apocalyptic 26th century—the polar ice caps have melted, flooding the planet. •Rob Roy (MGM). Liam Neeson dons a kilt to play the 18thcentury Scottish swashbuckler; Jessica Lange is his lassie. •Braveheart (Paramount). Mel Gibson directs himself in the tale of another Scottish patriot, the 13th century’s Sir William Wallace.
•The American President (Columbia). Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas as a widowed U.S. president who falls for an environmental lobbyist (Annette Bening).
•Johnny Mnemonic (Tristar). Keanu Reeves plays a high-tech courier in a cyberpunk thriller by author William Gibson, shot in Toronto by director Robert Longo.
•Medusa Annie Lennox (BMG). The art-rock diva releases another collection of pop arias.
•Tower of Song Various artists (A&M). Performers including Bono, Willie Nelson and Sting pay tribute to Leonard Cohen.
•Unplugged Bob Dylan (Sony).
Everybody else is doing it, so why shouldn’t the chameleon of folk-rock revert to acoustic?
•Title to be announced Ashley Maclsaac (A&M). The Cape Breton fiddling sensation’s first studio album.
•Joe Cool’s Blues Wynton Marsalis (Sony).
The jazz superstar continues his love affair with the trumpet
•What Fresh Hell Is This? Art Bergmann (Sony). One of the original Vancouver punkers belts out searing new tunes with titles including Guns & Heroin and Demolished.
•Cover to Cover The Jeff Healey Band (BMG). Canada’s guitar sensation can be expected to come up with more sensational riffs.
•Title to be announced Tafelmusik (Sony). The Toronto period-instrument orchestra takes on the theatre music of 16th-century British composer Henry Purcell.
•Conversation Peace Stevie Wonder (A&M). A rhythm and blues deity releases his first studio record in eight years. •Title to be announced Fine Young Cannibals (MCA). Fans have been ravenous for their first album since The Raw and the Cooked in 1989.
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