BRAD OSWALD TV
Stewie Griffin hosts the Oscars! What the deuce?
OK, so it isn't exactly Family Guy's troublesome toddler who'll be handling the monologue and introducing presenters at the 85th Academgiy Awards (Sunday, Feb. 24, at 7:30 p.m. on ABC and CTV), but the fact it's the guy who created Stewie -- and his lard-headed dad, Peter, and wiseacre dog Brian, as well as crude-talking big-screen stuffed pal Ted -- hosting the show pretty much guarantees this year's Oscars will have an edge. Stewie's probable reaction: "Victory is mine!"
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Yeah Yeah Yeahs
New York's the Yeah Yeah Yeahs are back with a new album called Mosquito that arrives April 16 via Interscope Records. They'll be kicking things off on March 13 with a live performance at the sprawling South by Southwest festival, where the group will share a bill with Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds. Check out a video teaser at http://bit.ly/YYY_Teaser
RANDALL KING MOVIES
Abraham Lincoln, Argo Slayer?
Probably not. According to Vegas odds, Ben Affleck's Argo has the edge over Steven Spielberg's Lincoln to cop the best picture prize at this weekend's Oscar ceremonies, despite the fact Daniel Day-Lewis is more or less a shoo-in for best actor and Spielberg is likely to win best director. So why Argo? Let's just say a self-congratulatory movie about how Hollywood saved hostages is likely to score on the most self-congratulatory night in Hollywood's calendar.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Behind every great man...
A large cross-section of Winnipeg's female acting pool will be on stage in The Penelopiad, which opens Feb. 21 at RMTC Warehouse. Leading lady Jennifer Lyon is playing the title character, the original desperate housewife of the long-absent Odysseus. All the other parts in this modern twist on Homer's Odyssey are performed by 10 actresses. Some, like Sharon Bajer, Sarah Constible and Kimberley Rampersad, will be familiar to theatre regulars, while you might be seeing up-and-comers such as Erin McGrath, Paula Potosky, Stephanie Sy, Andrea del Campo, Alix Sobler, Jaclyn Ann Kurceba and Gwendolyn Collins for the first time.
JILL WILSON / MUSIC
Plug it in
The excellent latest album from British guitar guru Richard Thompson is aptly named Electric, as it finds the six-string slinger in loose, garage-rock mode on a collection of relatively raucous, hip-shaking tunes with plenty of dazzling solos and wailing organ parts. If you prefer Thompson's winsome folk stylings, there's the rueful Another Small Thing In Her Favour or the traditional-sounding Saving the Good Stuff for You to tide you over.