ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / WEB
Where Have All The Wildlings Gone?
If you're a dedicated fan of HBO's epic fantasy drama Game of Thrones or just in the process of trying to figure out all the characters, houses, loyalties, allies and enemies on the TV show adapted from George R. R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, this new graphical web project should be a welcome resource. Game of Thrones is one of the most complex storylines currently on the air, but Where Have All The Wildlings Gone? should help you sort out Martin's plot, characters, family alliances and enemies. Go to www.wherehaveallthewildlingsgone.com.
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
Beaters beating beaters: what could be more fun?
For eight white-knuckle-inducing seasons, viewers of Canada's science-minded specialty network -- Discovery -- have watched as series producers careered through an annual search for Canada's Worst Driver. Not exactly the height of scientific research, but pretty decent car-crashing fun. This spring, the focus turns from inept motorists to appalling motorcars with the launch of Last Car Standing (Monday, April 22, at 9 p.m.), a series that pits the proud owners of crappy cars against each other in a series of wacky contests. Top prize, naturally, is a briefcase containing $10,000 in Canadian Tire money.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
So who is that tough tootsie in the leather jacket on the front of this month's Cinematheque program? She's Jessica Matten, the ass-kicking star of Elle-Maija Tailfeathers' 10-minute vigilante movie A Red Girl's Reasoning, one of a program of shorts from aboriginal filmmakers titled Dancing Cops and Red Girls, curated by Michelle Latimer and screening at Cinematheque Friday, April 19, at 7 p.m. The title of Tailfeathers' film is taken from a comparatively genteel 19th-century short story about a racial divide by Pauline Johnson, but the movie is more of a Cormanesque revenge fantasy with a generous dollop of social commentary.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
Getting to the bottom of things
U.S. pop science writer Mary Roach has been attracting attention with her latest book, Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal. This while Ontario-based veterinarian David Waltner-Toews burrows down further into the topic with The Origin of Feces: What Excrement Tells Us About Evolution, Ecology and a Sustainable Future. We vote for the Canadian as having the punnier title.
KEVIN PROKOSH / MUSIC
According to the ABCs of opera's greatest hits, A stands for Aida and also is the grade earned by the Manitoba Opera production, playing one last time April 19. It captures both the grandeur and the intimacy of Verdi's masterpiece and features stirring singing, led by Michele Capalbo in the title role. Her powerful voice sounded incredibly smooth and radiant in the upper register. Even the small dance troupe, which included Kimberley Rampersad and Josh Assor (fresh off of his Broadway run in Mary Poppins), added to the evening's pleasure.