As a 45-year-old woman said to me, “The style of the Fifties was maternity dresses.” I wanted to know what it’s like to be a woman of 40 now and trying on a new identity. How it feels to leave behind the character parts of Mum, chief cook and bottle-washer and go out into the world as a wageworker.By Myrna Kostash5 min
Outside the Shaw Festival theatre in Niagara-on-the-Lake I watch busloads of blue-haired ladies flock to their seats for the Wednesday matinee of Robertson Davies’ Leaven Of Malice, a smug, pretentious Canadian comedy which bombed on Broadway 18 years ago and bombs again.By Heather Robertson5 min
Every morning, Mrs. Caroline Johnson walks 30 times around the basement of her house on Avenue A in Saskatoon. This is not so remarkable until you consider that Mrs. Johnson is 88, and that when she started working out some months ago she could only manage five laps.By Matthew Hagan5 min
Good films extend the range of feeling and understanding in an audience. That’s the first problem with Robert Altman’s Nashville — there’s no stretch. The present version prepared for theatrical release runs two hours and 39 minutes and was edited down from 10 hours which Altman hopes to repackage as a series and sell to a television network.By John Hofsess5 min
She wore green fingernails. It was the first thing I noticed about her, though it was hardly the first thing to notice. Up on the bandstand, her skintight black ciré jump suit flashed in the spotlight like slickered-down leather, unzipped to the navel.By Marci McDonald5 min
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