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RANDALL KING / MOVIES

Go big... or go to the Globe

"We never seem to get a break, do we?" So says Karen Allen's Marion Ravenwood to Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) after enduring multiple hardships in Steven Spielberg's landmark adventure Raiders of the Lost Ark. We know the feeling, given that the film has played in IMAX theatres across the continent in anticipation of the movie's Blu-ray release next week, but it only plays at the Globe here in Winnipeg. As much as we love the Globe for our art-house movies... well, let's just say we're feeling Marion's pain.

BRAD OSWALD / TV

Glee takes a bite of the Apple

TV's favourite show-choir celebration sets up dual residency as it returns for its fourth season (tonight at 8, Fox and Global) -- the premiere opens in New York City, where Rachel is struggling through her first few days at NYADA, suffering particular humiliation at the hands of an overbearing dance teacher (guest star Kate Hudson). Meanwhile, the kids back home at McKinley all have their sights set on taking her place as New Directions' resident diva -- or, as the episode's title suggests, The New Rachel.

MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS

Can he chew gum at the same time?

There's standup comedy and then there's standup-and-walk comedy. CBC-TV comedian Rick Mercer is a master of the latter. The 100 or so of his TV show rants, collected in his new book, A Nation Worth Ranting About, attest to this. Some are dated but others retain their zing.

ALISON MAYES / DANCE

Gotta dance

Young Lungs Dance Exchange kicks off the contemporary dance season this weekend with a show under the title Production Series. Choreographers Coral Maloney and Treasure Waddell present new works performed by Leigh Anne Parry, Tanja Woloshen, Ali Robson, Brenna Klaverkamp and Waddell, tonight through Saturday at 8 p.m., plus a Saturday matinee at 3 p.m., at the Gas Station Theatre. Tickets are $15 at the door, or reserve by emailing younglungs.wpg@gmail.com.

ROB WILLIAMS / MUSIC

Your favourite band sucks

Last month the L.A. Weekly posted a blog making fun of hipsters and the bands they love with a pointed list entitled The 20 Worst Hipster Bands, which earned the authors plenty of hate and loathing from passionate music fans who can't take a joke. If you missed it, read why Bon Iver is as exciting as watching concrete warm up in the sun here: blogs.laweekly.com/westcoastsound.

KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE

Raise the curtain

The 2012-13 theatre season opens on two fronts this week with the 10th annual Femfest, beginning Saturday at the Asper Centre for Theatre and Film followed Wednesday with the debut of the Dry Cold Productions musical Little Women at the Shaw Performing Arts Centre. The eight-day festival for female playwrights, includes the première of Empty, about food-bank users, as well as cabarets, playlets and touring shows such as Sonofabitch Stew: The Drunken Life of Calamity Jane. Little Women, which runs to Sept. 23, features Stephanie Sy in a starring role for the first time as Jo.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 13, 2012 ??65534

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