BEN MACPHEE-SIGURDSON / BOOKS
First prose on Russian punks
With the 2014 Winter Olympics on the horizon and security concerns in Russia at an all-time high, Words Will Break Cement: The Passion of Pussy Riot (Riverhead Books, $18) is a timely tome. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen's book on the feminist punk band includes exclusive access to band members, three of whom were convicted of "criminal hooliganism" and sentenced to two years in prison following a February 2012 protest in Cathedral of Christ the Saviour in Moscow. The openly gay Gessen, who has written extensively on LGBT rights in Russia and called Vladimir Putin a dictator in her 2012 bio The Man Without a Face, does well in documenting and contextualizing the band members' struggle in a country with a history of repressing dissenting voices.
KEVIN PROKOSH / THEATRE
The Toronto stage hit Kim's Convenience is an entertainment triple threat. Not only is the Soulpepper Theatre Company production this week launching a cross-country tour in Ottawa before opening at the Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre March 13, but Ins Choi's comedy-drama is being developed into both a feature film and TV series. Since its modest beginning at the 2011 Toronto Fringe Festival, audiences have thronged to see how a fiery Korean-Canadian store owner deals with family conflict over questions of duty and self-determinism.
RANDALL KING / MOVIES
No story like home
Local filmmakers generally face two challenges for their work: scraping up budgets and finding an audience venue. MTS Stories From Home, a service of MTS TV, helps on both fronts: providing money for small documentaries and a broadcast berth on MTS TV, free for MTS subscribers. On Thursday, Jan. 23, Cinematheque presents three such docs: May We Grow, an affectionate ode to an endangered Wolseley elm; Cooking the Revolution, a portrait of storied folk fest fixture and gourmet cook Harry Paine; and Perogy, a doc devoted to that most fundamental Winnipeg foodstuff. Cinematheque promises this will be the first of four Stories From Home programs to screen annually. It starts at 7 p.m.
ALAN SMALL / MUSIC
Hope you enjoy listening to Kacey Musgraves
The Texas country singer is up for four Grammys, including Best New Artist, when the hardware is handed out Sunday, Jan. 26, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Musgraves' appearance on the awards show will be a sign of things to come for her growing legion of fans here in Winnipeg. She will support her hit album, Same Trailer Different Park, when she opens for Lady Antebellum at the MTS Centre on March 5. And Musgraves will likely perform for a different fan base -- at the same venue -- only a few months later, opening for Katy Perry at the MTS Centre on Aug. 26.