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RANDALL KING / MOVIES

You're tearing me apart, Kevin!

 

The films in Kevin McDonald's annual Kevin Film Fest at Cinematheque emphasize movies that delivered the comedy goods despite the fact they were box-office failures. The exception is Fateful Findings, a comically incompetent thriller by Las Vegas architect Neil Breen about a novelist given psychic powers after a car accident that lead him to uncover a government conspiracy. It's said to be as entertainingly terrible as Tommy Wiseau's landmark bad movie The Room. It's at Cinematheque April 11 and 12 at 9 p.m., Sunday at 2 p.m. and Wednesday, April, 16 at 7 p.m.

 

BRAD OSWALD / TV

Mad Men begins its split-season run to the finish line

 

There was no end to the hype, excitement and post-finale analysis when AMC's Breaking Bad ended its five-season run last fall. Given the difference in mood, pacing and time period, it'll be interesting to see how much fuss and bother accompanies Mad Men as it moves toward its wrap-up episodes. The series -- which put AMC on the map as a creator of original series programming -- unveils its much anticipated seventh and final season (split into two seven-episode sets, with the finale set for next spring) on Sunday, April 13, on AMC. Martinis, anyone?

 

KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE

More drinks, more fun

 

The scene-stealers from Avenue Q, running through April 13 at the RMTC Warehouse, are a pair of adorable teddy bears named the Bad Idea Bears, played by Dorothy Carroll and Darren Martens. Despite their cuteness and high-pitched voices, the pair are bad to the bone, dispensing irresponsible but wickedly hilarious advice meant to tempt our hero Princeton to do what he knows better than to do.

 

BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / DRINKS

New Manitoba brewery on the way?

 

The number of made-in-Manitoba craft beers looks as if it may eventually creep higher with the announcement of a budding new brewery currently in the early stages of development. Winkler-area heritage grain farmers (and beer enthusiasts) Toban Dyck and Derek Trinke have joined forces to start Prodigal Sons Brewery. For more than a year, the pair have been pulling together a business plan (as well as some beer recipes), and have now launched a $20,000 Indiegogo campaign (http://wfp.to/Jq0) to house their brewing system and add to their existing brewing equipment.

 

ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC

Get turned on to Off!

 

Led by Keith Morris, the former frontman for the Circle Jerks and Black Flag, Off! is a hardcore supergroup that seems to be getting better and more aggressive with age. Formed in 2009 by Morris, Burning Brides frontman Dimitri Coats, Redd Kross bassist Steven Shane McDonald, and Rocket From the Crypt/Hot Snakes drummer Mario Rubalcaba, Off! has released a series of EPs and two full-length albums. Stream its latest, Wasted Years, at offofficial.com.

Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition April 10, 2014 C2

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