RANDALL KING / MOVIES
Fargo goes west
The FX series Fargo, based on the Oscar-winning film by Joel and Ethan Coen, is heading to Calgary and not Winnipeg this winter, largely due to that city's direct flights to L.A. Ironically, during the shooting of the 1996 film, the Coens were forced from Minneapolis all the way up to Grand Forks, N.D. to get the necessary snow and cold during an unseasonably warm winter. Our climate and geography would have been the next logical northward step. Calgary? Not so much. One local film insider had two words of advice for the Coens, who are executive-producing the series: "Google Chinook."
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
With wit like this, who needs Stephen Harper?
Something called @stats_canada is apparently a "Twitter sensation," or so Penguin Canada tells us. Now the book version, subtitled "Satire on a National Scale," is a publishing sensation. Here are its authors on Manitoba: "It's hard to imagine Canada without Manitoba, although it would definitely shave a few hours off most road trips." Also this: "56 per cent of Manitobans are convinced they've travelled to the future when visiting other provinces."
BRAD OSWALD / TV
'Scuse me, while I watch this guy ... on PBS?
Nobody does show-business biographies quite like PBS's American Masters, so there's every reason to believe that the acclaimed series' latest profile, Jimi Hendrix: Hear My Train A-Comin', will earn a place on every music fan's must-see list. The film, which airs Tuesday, Nov. 5, at 8 p.m. on PBS, is part of a year-long effort to mark the legendary guitarist's 70th birthday and will include interviews with Hendrix's bandmates and previously unseen performance footage and home movies from the musician's extensive archive.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
Allison Brennan is a revelation as the vivacious Vanda in the frisky David Ives comedy Venus in Furs, now running at the RMTC Warehouse. The Toronto-based newcomer arrived in Winnipeg, like her auditioning character, with a skimpy resumé but she has more than justified director Christopher Brauer's faith that she could carry the demanding show. Brennan makes a sensational entrance and slips into her role as dominatrix as seductively as she does her thigh-high stiletto boots.