BRAD OSWALD: TV
Nerd culture programs big laughs in the Valley
Everybody likes a brainy comedy, which is why the new HBO series Silicon Valley deserves to be a great big hit. The series, which premieres Sunday, April 6, on HBO Canada (check listings for time), is a brilliant skewering of the people and corporate culture in the modern-day high-tech gold rush known as Silicon Valley. The brain behind the cerebral comedy is Mike Judge (Beavis & Butthead, King of the Hill), who actually toiled as a Silicon Valley engineer before making it big as a TV producer.
RANDALL KING: MOVIES
Of the four movies opening in theatres Friday, three -- Afflicted, The Auction and Cas & Dylan -- are Canadian films, which makes for a rare and unusual release pattern for Winnipeg. Alas, the sole Hollywood entry will probably make more money in a single screening than a week-long run of all the other movies combined, and how ironic it is that the movie happens to be the Captain America sequel.
KEVIN PROKOSH: THEATRE
It doesn't suck to be them
Is Avenue Q, being revived this week by Winnipeg Studio Theatre, the road to stardom? Since the irreverent puppet musical was put on by an ambitious band of Winnipeg university graduates in 2012, two of its cast members are on tour in major American musicals. Nyk Bielak is the standby Elder Cunningham in The Book of Mormon, currently in a four-month sit-down in Los Angeles, while Stephanie Sy is part of the ensemble of We Will Rock You, the British musical built around the songs of Queen, currently in Detroit for a couple of weeks.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON: BOOKS
Mr. Hockey penning memoir
At 86 years of age and as one of the NHL's greatest hockey players of all time, Gordie Howe has a story or two to tell. As of Oct. 14, hockey fans will get to hear more of those stories from Mr. Hockey, as Penguin Canada has announced it will release Howe's memoir in October under its Viking imprint. Howe's autobiography will detail his illustrious hockey career -- he played pro for five decades, setting all sorts of records and even playing on the same team as his sons -- as well as providing rare insight into his personal life.