RANDALL KING / MOVIES
At 2 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 21, the Winnipeg Aboriginal Film Festival screens the great New Zealand film Once Were Warriors (1994), a searing portrait of a damaged Maori family. It is always worth seeing, but WAFF programmer Jeremy Torrie has ulterior motives for screening the movie. He has acquired the rights to remake the film, which he says will be set in Winnipeg's North End with Adam Beach apparently eager to play the role of the violent patriarch played by Temuera Morrison in the original film.
BRAD OSWALD / TV
Sarah Silverman: Mirthful miracle?
Standup comedy, when it's done right, is an art form. And watching an artist at the top of his/her game can be a very satisfying -- not to mention amusing -- experience. The new HBO comedy special Sarah Silverman: We Are Miracles, which airs Saturday, Nov. 23, on HBO Canada (check listings for time), showcases a veteran comic doing her very best work. Edgy, provocative, profane and frequently flirting with the boundaries of taste, Silverman's performance -- taped in front of a small audience at a club in L.A. -- is a master class in what timing, pacing, confidence, the element of surprise and a complete command of the material can do for a comedy show.
MORLEY WALKER / BOOKS
What's next? Ann Coulter replacing Bill Maher?
A new edition of the late Carl Sagan's 1980 popular science masterpiece, Cosmos, is being released in December by the Random House imprint Ballantine Books. It is keyed to a new documentary series, Cosmos: A Space-Time Odyssey, debuting next March on Fox TV. But here's the universe's biggest mystery: a series inspired by the atheist Sagan on the ultra-conservative Fox? Bill O'Reilly will blow a head valve.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
For the past six years, locals Chic Gamine have been impressing crowds with their Motown-meets-French pop sound, winning a Juno Award and performing at the Olympics along the way. The group will be making a relatively rare local appearance, performing at Union Sound Hall, Winnipeg's newest live music venue in the heart of the Exchange District. Watch the intimate video the group shot for its song, All Night, as part of Manitoba Music's ongoing Loft Sessions series. The video is available at bit.ly/all_night. After its Winnipeg performance, Chic Gamine heads over to Europe for dates in the U.K., Germany, France and Ireland.