Esti din Baia Mare daca…

… daca stii sa spui o poezie ca Dan “Rini” Craciun, vocalist la trupa Dirty Shirt.

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Three guitar giants visit Toronto in December 2014

Steve Hackett, of Genesis fame, and John Schofield visit Massey Hall == Adrian Belew will be swinging axe in a club

Steve Hackett, of Genesis fame, and John Schofield visit Massey Hall == Adrian Belew will be swinging axe in a club

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The world premiere of Roger Waters The Wall 2014

The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebok.

The official poster of the film. Source: Roger Waters wall on Facebook.

I went to see Roger Waters’ world premiere of “The Wall 2014″ last night at the beautiful Elgin Theatre on Yonge Street in Toronto, not far from where the guy in front of me bought this original vinyl in 1979:

I asked the lady who got this vinyl signed "How did you get close to Roger before the movie?" "Oh, I am a warrior of the backstages. In this case I flashed a boob and got in!"

I asked the 40-something lady who got Waters’ autograph (a friend of the vinyl’s owner): “How did you get close to Roger before the movie?” “Oh, sweetie, I am a backstage warrior. I flashed a boob and got in!”

Read below a few impressions and listen to the whole Q&A session with Roger Waters in Toronto, Saturday 06 September 2014:

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Despre increderea de sine – o poezie de Dora Lovejoy

Trebuie ca fac ceva bine, din moment ce oameni minunati ma incredinteaza cu munculita lor, desavirsita cu migala de sclav, si in care isi pun sufletul la bataie.

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Un prieten din Toronto mi-a trimis recent niste demo-uri cu trupa lui rock, bulversant de frumoase.

Altul, din Montreal, m-a rugat sa-i comentez primul film de lung metraj (un documentar), abia lansat.

Dora Lovejoy – o prietena draga, tot din Toronto (pe care o puteti asculta intr-o inregistrare din 2010 aici) – m-a luat ca din oala cind mi-a lasat recent in Inbox o poezie “proaspat scoasa de la presa”. N-am gustat placerea asta – de a fi aproape de un poet cind naste – de vreo 20 de ani.

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On Self Worth – a poem by Dora Lovejoy

Dora Lovejoy is a Toronto based poet.

You can listen her reciting one of her poems in September 2010, in  this edition of my podcast.

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“On Self Worth” was written in the summer of 2014.

Published with author’s permission.

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Review: Softwaring Hard – a film about the world of software, by Alex Pop

If you can still place any belief in the notion that we know everything about the things that impact our daily lives, let’s think again. We know less and less about the food we eat, about the cars we drive, or about the houses we live in.

And, as ubiquitous as it may be, we know practically nothing about software, the lifeblood of our ever expanding computing universe.

Cue in Alex Pop – a young film maker of Romanian origin from Montreal – and his debut feature SOFTWARING HARD (2014; 82 minutes; film’s website; film on IMDb).

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Audio heaven

When I want a piece of audio heaven, I click these links:

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New from The Staxx Brothers: ominous, blow-the-house-up funk! (with lyrics)

 The Staxx Brothers – the best brothers in entertainment since Blues Brothers – just launched (August 14, 2104 on YouTube) the first single of their next album. The single is titled “Black & Mild” and the album “Hot Chocolate”.

Of course, nowadays a new single is more than a single, it’s a story.

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One book at a time – my favorite recent ones

Child 44 – by Tom Rob Smith

Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there's no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who's suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer. Demoted and exiled from Moscow, Leo stumbles onto more evidence of the child killer. The evocation of the deadly cloud-cuckoo-land of Russia during Stalin's final days will remind many of Gorky Park and Darkness at Noon, but the novel remains Smith's alone, completely original and absolutely satisfying. Rights sold in more than 20 countries. (May)

Set in the Soviet Union in 1953, this stellar debut from British author Smith offers appealing characters, a strong plot and authentic period detail. When war hero Leo Stepanovich Demidov, a rising star in the MGB, the State Security force, is assigned to look into the death of a child, Leo is annoyed, first because this takes him away from a more important case, but, more importantly, because the parents insist the child was murdered. In Stalinist Russia, there’s no such thing as murder; the only criminals are those who are enemies of the state. After attempting to curb the violent excesses of his second-in-command, Leo is forced to investigate his own wife, the beautiful Raisa, who’s suspected of being an Anglo-American sympathizer.

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Nu beau, ca inca nu s-o ridicat mira

“Nu beau, ca inca nu s-o ridicat mira”, ii raspunsesem unei june care m-a imbiat cu o bere la exact 11:47. Mi-a raspuns cu o privire alba.

“Copiii trebuie educati”, am meditat, cu buza insetata.

Asa ca am facut o vizita de documentare in Cuba, loc unde este mira la kil si pentru toata lumea. Si-acu o dau tuturor educatorilor pasionati.

Mai adaug doar ca – precum in filmarea de mai jos – am intrat si io foarte brusc din mira in program, la 12:00 cu un Urquell.

 

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