BRAD OSWALD / TV
Canuck comedy Working the Engels gets a stateside shot
It was one of the underappreciated arrivals of the past Canadian TV season, thanks largely to the fearless physical-comedy efforts of stage/screen veteran Andrea Martin, right. And now the homegrown comedy Working the Engels gets an opportunity to build a U.S. following as NBC begins airing it (Thursday, July 10, at 8:30 p.m.) as a summer fill-in series. Based on her SCTV following alone, Martin should attract quite a few American eyeballs to the screen.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
The 27th annual Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival opens Wednesday, July 16, and takes over downtown like never before with a record 178 indoor shows staged in 30 different venues. The 12-day theatre party invigorates the city as tens of thousands of fringe-goers fill the streets around Old Market Square from noon to midnight. Every theatrical taste is anticipated, with offerings as diverse as Shakespeare's As You Like It to Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, from Godspell to Big Fat Drag Queen. Come one, come all.
BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
Harry Potter all grown up in new Rowling tale
Author J.K. Rowling has brought bespectacled boy wizard Harry Potter back in a short story that sees her most famous protagonist nearing middle age. Dumbledore's Army Reunites at Quidditch World Cup Final is written as a tabloid-style newspaper article penned by Rita Skeeter for the (fictional) Daily Prophet. Skeeter notes Potter, now 34, still wears his signature round glasses, and "is sporting a nasty cut over his right cheekbone." Potter's pals Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, now married, are among other favourites mentioned in the tale, which Rowling wrote for the Pottermore website, the online home of all things Harry Potter.
KEVIN PROKOSH / DOCUMENTARIES
That familiar, detestable whine in your ear is not from some mosquito that has slipped into your house but the soundtrack of Buzz..., a short documentary about the summer pests now available on MTS Stories from Home (video-on-demand). Winnipeg filmmaker Angela Heck investigates our city's fixation with the common mosquito and wonders what our lives would be like without it. Narrated by comedian Al Rae and featuring former city entomologist Taz Stuart, Buzz... reveals how these bloodsuckers have gotten under our skins.