KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
The kid's got game
It's showtime for triple threat Sarah Luby. The Grade 11 soprano from Vincent Massey Collegiate won first place in the junior musical theatre category and a second in junior vocal at the Provincial Music and Arts Festival in Brandon over the weekend. Her play, Our Name, is a finalist at the two-day Scirocco Drama Manitoba High School Playwriting Contest kicking off at the RMTC Warehouse May 29. The 17-year-old will also be competing in the Manitoba Dance Festival on the same day. Luby appears destined for a career on stage; the only question is what she will be doing on it.
RANDALL KING Ñ MOVIES
Culture as culprit
Washington Post film critic Ann Hornaday got actor Seth Rogen hot under the collar with a Sunday think piece suggesting movies in the vein of Rogen's Neighbors inspired spree killer Elliot Rodger with an unrealistic depiction of a sex- and booze-filled college life that was, here in the real world, denied Rodger, resulting in his homicidal show of frustration. In the piece, Hornaday actually makes a valid point about a male-dominated film industry given to primarily reflecting male fantasy. On the other hand, the implication Rogen has blood on his hands is a tad excessive. In the end, there is a reason some acts of violence are described as "senseless."
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Margaret Atwood: brewmaster?
CanLit legend Margaret Atwood is venturing into the beer world. Atwood is partnering with Beau's All-Natural Brewing Co. to create a brew to benefit the Pelee Island Bird Observatory. The limited-edition beer, named Maddaddamites Noobroo, is a gruit ale -- meaning it uses an herbal mixture (rather than hops) to bring bitterness to the brew's flavour. The beer will be released at the Session Toronto Craft Beer Festival in mid-June -- no word on whether any will make its way to Manitoba.
BRAD OSWALD Ñ TV
His bald head and gray goatee don't immediately inspire visions of the high seas' most notorious pirate captain, but John Malkovich brings inspired levels of evil and ruthlessness to the role of Blackbeard in the new NBC drama Crossbones. The series, which premières Friday, May 30, at 9 p.m. on NBC and Global, follows the cutthroat captain's quest to secure possession of a newly developed navigational device that would allow its holder to rule the open ocean.
ANTHONY AUGUSTINE / MUSIC
Winnipeg psychedelic rockers Surprise Party may have an underlying fondness for the '60s, but the group also pulls from the slacker vibes of the '90s and the anything-goes ethos of punk. They'll be releasing a special cassette version of their upcoming full-length, Heart of Love, at Union Sound Hall on June 4 with Fountain and Human Music (featuring members of Haunter, Cannon Bros., Slow Dancers and Shotgun Jimmie) before heading out on tour. Tickets are $8 at the door. Watch the video for the first single, Cut Me, at bit.ly/surprise_party_vid.htd