BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Louie Anderson to make a big splash?
Chelsea Handler sidekick Chuy Bravo and retired NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar may be the long and short of it as far as the cast of ABC's diving reality show Splash is concerned, but it's plus-sized comic Louie Anderson who seems to be taking the biggest risk by stepping onto the springboard when the series premieres Tuesday, Mar.ch 19, at 7 p.m. on ABC. He's large, he's very unathletic, he turns 60 later this month, and gravity can be very, very unkind.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Doubling down on Eklund
It's not all that rare for a given actor to discover he is going up against himself at the box office. This weekend, that happens to actor Michael Eklund (last seen as a common hoodlum who gets truly nuts while trapped in a bomb shelter in the Winnipeg-lensed The Divide). He plays the serial killer tormenting Halle Berry in The Call and a bartender who has a past with an embattled actress in Ferocious. Not bad for a kid from Saskatoon.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
From Amsterdam with love (and cynicism)
Dutch writer Herman Koch has an international hit on his hands with his new novel, The Dinner, about two smug European couples whose meal at a fancy restaurant devolves into something much less appetizing. The narrator's contempt for everything and everyone around him is deliciously snide. But you just know he will get his just desserts.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Musical has legs
Daddy Long Legs, opening Thursday at Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre, will feature New York star Megan McGinnis, reprising her role as the orphan Jerusha, which she originated at California's Rubicon Theatre in 2009 and has played throughout the United States since. She has been praised for her pure voice in such Broadway roles as Eponine in a revival of Les Miserables, Belle in Beauty and the Beast and as the first Beth March in Little Women.
JILL WILSON / ARTS
MAWA's cup(cakes) runneth over
Mentoring Artists for Women's Art holds its annual Over the Top Auction and Cupcake Party on March 17 at 2 p.m. More than 100 artists, including the likes of Paul Robles, Wanda Koop and Shaun Morin, have donated work; bidding starts at $50. And if you don't have space on your walls for another picture, you can vie for one of the raffle prizes, or just gorge on the gorgeous cupcakes set throughout the space at 611 Main St. -- they're practically works of art themselves. Tickets are $10 at MAWA, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays.