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BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV

Revolution gets double dose of local talent

Winnipeg-born actor Tracy Spiridakos enjoyed a breakout year in 2012-13 as star of the futuristic NBC drama Revolution (which also airs in Canada on Citytv). The series earned one of the Peacock's earliest renewals last year, and when it returns in its new Wednesday slot (Sept. 25), Spiridakos will have back-home backup in the cast -- fellow Manitoban Adam Beach will appear in several episodes as the action moves west to the great nation of Texas.

ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / WEB

Hear them roarA

In the works for a couple of years, AroarA is a fledgling project from Broken Social Scene/Apostle of Hustle member Andrew Whiteman and his wife, Ariel Engle. The duo's first EP, In the Pines, was released this spring. They will be performing at the Park Theatre on Sept. 22. Tickets are $12. See the video for the track #4 at bit.ly/aroara4.

MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS

He is thanking E L James as we speak

The prize for most inevitable title of the year goes to Fifty Shades of Black, the new collection of humour columns by former CBC Radio host Arthur Black. For more than 30 years, the B.C.-based writer has been releasing collections of his print columns and radio commentaries with titles that pun on his surname. Among the dozen or so to date have been That Old Black Magic, Black in the Saddle Again and Pitch Black. At 70 he is likely thrilled he has lived long enough to appropriate one with pornographic content.

KEVIN PROKOSH / STAGE

Time to shine

The 1996 movie Shine suggested Rachmaninoff's ferociously demanding Piano Concerto No. 3 drove Australian pianist David Helfgott mad, but plenty of pianists play it and stay sane. Andr© Laplante will take it on Sept. 20 and 21 to open the Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra's 2013-14 season. The 1909 work packs such a fearsome mystique that it remains a special occasion to witness the extreme pianistic power required to play it.

ANTHONY AUGSTINE / VIDEO GAMES

Grand Theft Auto 5

Wonder why your co-worker called in sick and you haven't seen your partner for a few days? After years of anticipation, speculation and rumour, Grand Theft Auto V finally hit the shelves this week, so you can bet productivity is down everywhere. There aren't many cultural moments like this anymore. GTA is not about the big reveal. You immerse yourself in the sprawling digital word and the online play only enhances the experience. It's easy to get sucked into the game as the story unfolds or as you explore the city; GTA's open design lets users decide where they want to go, what they want to do and how they want to do it.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 19, 2013 c2

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