Hayden -- Bad As They Seem
Released in the mid-'90s, Hayden's debut album, Everything I Long For, and the single, Bad As They Seem, garnered the singer/songwriter a lot of attention and were a staple on MuchMusic. His slow-burning acoustic songs and incredible storytelling have made him one of the most respected Canadian artists of the past two decades. While he still pulls out his acoustic, his more recent material has a bit more of a rock edge. The Thornhill, Ont., native has a new album out on Arts & Crafts called Us Alone and is currently on tour across Canada. He performs at the West End Cultural Centre on March 30. Tickets are $25 plus fees and are available at Ticketmaster and the Winnipeg Folk Festival Music Store. Lou Canon is also on the bill. bit.ly/hayden_2013
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Jeremy Piven no longer going for the Gold
Few actors have made as much loud, neurotic, ego-crazed and emphatically profane noise on TV as Jeremy Piven did as Entourage's ruthlessly ambitious talent agent Ari Gold. Three Emmys later, how does he follow his own act? Piven, interestingly and perhaps shrewdly, has gone as far from HBO fare as possible, taking a starring role in the PBS period drama Mr. Selfridge (which premières Sunday, March 31, at 9 p.m.), which focuses on the efforts of the American founder of one of London's most storied department stores. F-bombs will not abound.
RANDALL KING Ñ COMEDY
Carrey-ing a tune
In movies, Jim Carrey seemed to have lost his edge as a comedian (Yes Man) but the guy shows he can still cut it in his Funny or Die video Cold Dead Hand. From his impersonation of dead, beloved NRA spokesman Charlton Heston to an incendiary (but catchy) attack on the gun lobby, this is pretty gutsy shtick. Bear in mind: The people Carrey is attacking have guns. Have a care, Jim. It's Funny or Die, not Funny and Die.
As long as there's no liver involved
A big event in American letters occurs March 29 with the television première of Philip Roth: Unmasked, a 90-minute PBS American Masters documentary about the great U.S. author of such novels as Portnoy's Complaint, American Pastoral and Sabbath's Theater. Roth, who turned 80 earlier this month and recently announced his retirement from writing fiction, reported discusses "intimate aspects of his life and art as he has never done before."
Hold on to your head
Theatrical thrill-seekers should buckle up and get aboard Ride the Cyclone, a loud and proud musical heading for greater stage glory. The Atomic Vaudeville production, on track to run at RMTC Warehouse until April 6, excites with a macabre storyline about a doomed choir and larger-than-life performances by a flawless cast backed by red-eyed rockin' rodents.