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Posts by Sarah Fletcher

Empire of Song

The crowd buzzes on the Lachine Canal as The National starts their set. Matt Berninger cradles the mike, one careless hand raised to the sky, and begins to sing. His words are made of alternately colorful and haunting images: lemonades, demons, spiders, oceans and long socks rain down on the audience. The music stumbles out into the open air in search of… what?

African Nights

I was short on cash and my fun-o-meter was running dangerously low, so I did what any resourceful writer would do: I called the Nuits D’Afrique…

Grin and Bear It

An Algerian teacher bandages the emotional wounds of traumatized elementary school students and faces his own demons.  Set in Montreal, Monsieur Lazhar is a decent two…

Danse Macabre

Perhaps I should have smoked a joint before this one. Alas, I exited this 3D experimental dance film clouded in sober confusion. What in hell was…

Feel Good, It Ain’t

A naked man wanders his apartment as a woman’s voice pleads with his answering machine. It’s Steve McQueen’s star sex addict, Brandon Sullivan, painfully indifferent and…

Obscenely Funny

At the fundraiser for Several Scenes Involving a Decomposing Corpse at Café Cleopatre, I found myself seated next to a decrepit, decaying mannequin in pearls, as…

An Enchanting Lack

Drive-By is an apt name for the exhibition of Stephen Lack’s paintings at Galerie Pangée. The viewer’s eye roams Lack’s surreal canvasses, discovering new elements unexpectedly,…