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[24 Apr 2008|01:23am]

The Beat Hotel
(9 Rue Git-le-coeur)
Closed its doors in 1963

growing up on Brooklyn streets no problem
growing up in Tibet no problem
growing up in Chicano Texas no problem
bellydancing certainly no problem
figuring it all out no problem
giving it all up no problem
giving it all away no problem
devouring everything in sight no problem

- Diane DiPrima, from No Problem Party Poem
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What're You Doing On Saturday? [21 Feb 2007|10:13pm]
Well, the New Intimate Theatre Company hopes you'll be joining us for Dice!

Presented as part of the Centaur Theatre's Saturday Morning Children's Series, Dice tells the story of two brothers, Isaac and Charlie Dice, as they set off on a quest in a magical realm to find their long-lost sister, Jane.

This exciting piece of children's theatre (which is fun for grown-ups, too!) combines fantasy role-playing games and improv comedy, with director Nanette Soucy's real life adoption story.

Where? The Centaur Theatre (453 St Francois-Xavier in Old Montreal, Metro Place d'Armes)
When? Saturday, February 24th at 10:30am
How Much? $6 for grownups, $4 for kids (to book in advance on a credit card, please call 514-288-3161)

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[22 Jan 2007|07:08pm]
[ mood | lazy ]

Blog for Choice Day - January 22, 2007

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What's been going on. [09 Dec 2006|04:14pm]
[ mood | sad ]

I'm currently in London, ON. I'm confused, I'll admit. It feels wrong to be here, to wake up on the first morning here and it not be Christmas Eve. Not to be angling for an early departure for last minute Christmas shopping. I did wake up and for an instant feel that reassurance that every Christmas, at least, is exactly the same here. Same activities, in the same order. Same food.


It's December 9th.

I've just washed my hair, and when I finally get dressed today, it'll be to go to my grandfather's funeral.

Getting to twenty-four without losing a grandparent is astounding, I know. Having your grandfather live to ninety-two, equally so. Ever practical, he died of a heart attack, in the cardiologist's office on Tuesday morning.

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Five Things Feminism Has Done For Me [09 Oct 2006|01:45pm]
As a collective web-response to the attacks being levied at Status of Women Canada/Condition Feminine Canada, over at ProgressiveBloggers.ca, they've asked us bloggish types to post five things that feminism has done for us. All over the Canadian internet people have posted well-thought-out, reasoned, touching, empowering lists. The following may or may not be one of them. But that's because I hope to point out that feminism has as much impact on the quotidien as it does on the global.

Because of feminism...

1 - I wasn't shunned for not bringing a date to my high school prom
2 - I can build a career as a sex writer, and as a stage manager
3 - I don't feel obliged to shave my legs (or anything else for that matter)
4 - I can choose whether or not I want to have kids
5 - I'm taken seriously when I open my mouth to speak. Or if I'm not, it's because I'm an annoying, mouthy person, not because I'm a woman.

There has been tagging attached to this list: I'M TAGGING ABSOLUTELY EVERYONE. If you're reading this, consider yourself tagged. And if you do make a list, please drop me a comment (as I'd love to read it), 'cause I'm not great at keeping up with friends page reading


Status of Women Canada/Condition Feminine Canada, the federal agency responsible for funding women's groups in Canada, as well as conducting gender-based policy research, has just had its budget radically sliced up by the Conservative government. Its mandate has been altered so that it no longer includes the word "equality," and as recently as this week, groups who receive funding through Status of Women Canada/Condition Feminine Canada are now no longer able to use those funds to do government lobbying.

But guess what Stephen Harper, the feminists are coming, and they're pissed off.

If you'd like to learn more, or to get involved, please leave me a comment, or you can check out the fledgeling site: http://www.statusreport.ca
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[17 Sep 2006|02:00am]
Canadian playwright Rick Salutin writes about the Dawson shootings: http://www.rabble.ca/columnists_full.shtml?x=52347
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[16 Sep 2006|12:10am]
The married carpenter tries to seduce my next door neighbour.

I look across the alley; two guitars and a guy who's freestyling, and I remember. I remember and I wonder what it's like to be a CEGEP student right now.
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[13 Sep 2006|03:55pm]
Hey Ladies and Gents!

As some of you have probably noticed, I've been AWOL for the past week. That's because I've been working on...

by Joey Mercier
with Anthousa Harris

This loose comedic adaptation of Ovid's Metamorphoses is playing at the Cazalet Theatre at Concordia's Loyola campus (directions at the bottom) Wednesday the 13th - Saturday the 16th at 8pm, and Saturday the 16th and Sunday the 17th at 2pm. Tickets are 15$ General admission, 10$ for students. You can call to reserve at 514-875-7094. The capacity of the house is very small, so you will likely not be able to buy tickets at the door, so call and reserve in advance.

The show is fantastic, fast-paced, and performed in mask by a cast of seven.

Hope you'll all be able to make it out!


Bus Directions: take the metro to Vendome (orange line), take the 105 bus. Get off at Concordia (7141 Sherbrooke West). The bus will drop you in front of the main building. Walk back towards the shuttle bus stop, hang a left, and the enterance to the theatre is the first door on your left, underneath the chapel.

Driving Directions: the Loyola campus is West of Cavendish on Sherbrooke street. There is parking on campus, and street parking. Follow walking directions from the shuttle bus stop.
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One of those there anonymous things... [08 Aug 2006|12:57pm]
What people are afraid or embarassed to share about themselves changes over time with society. In an age that is, dare I say, post-modern, it is not even au courant to be embarassed about things. Neither, might I point out, is it au courant to italicise foreign words and phrases.

However, I ran across an online profile of a seemingly interesting, left-leaning, live-simply-so-that-others-may-simply-live, academic, homebody type; in answer to the prompting "The most private thing I'm willing to admit here is:" said "I care what people think."

To my mind, the phrase read more like "I know I'm not supposed to do this because I'm an independent thinker/po-mo techie/artist type person, but I care what people think." Now I don't know the man. I may be dead wrong. But the internet is for making snap judgements about people.

So today's question is "I know I'm not supposed to do this [if you want, "because I'm..."], but..."

Anonymous comments enabled and encouraged
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[18 Jul 2006|02:24pm]
Want to read Kat's views on pornography?


That is all.
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I needs laptop help! [15 Jul 2006|05:00pm]
Hey everyone!

So I'm having problems with the sound on my IBM laptop - it keeps cutting out, which I remedy by pushing down on the corners. I'm guessing that a) this is not the recommended way to fix this, and b) it's likely making the problem worse. Hypothesis is that the wiring's come loose.

So I'm putting this out to y'all - is there anyone comfortable enough with laptops that they could open it up and see what's wrong, not make it worse and/or fix it? No fly-by-night geek types, please! This is my baby we're talking about here.

Payment in cookies or pizza, your choice.
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[27 May 2006|10:15pm]
[ mood | you don't want to know ]

I haven't cried this much in three years.


Today's topic is regrets.
Anonymous comments enabled and encouraged.



ok, this ought to actually work now...

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[10 Apr 2006|09:14am]
[ mood | happy ]

Better to have found this late than never, I suppose - but we got press for the Loyola Theatre Festival!


This makes me happy.

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[29 Mar 2006|05:24pm]
[ mood | stressed ]

Persephone Productions presents...
by Nancy Huston
Adapted for the stage by Gabriel Garran

Directed by Gabrielle Soskin

A premature baby becomes a piano prodigy. Her mother saves her, only to discover that she might need some rescuing herself. Her grandmother, a piano virtuoso herself, watches as her household of three women and three pianos begins to unravel.
A touching story of the conflicts of motherhood and creativity, and music that brings them together.

Theatre Ste Catherine - 264 Ste Catherine East
Between Sanguinet and Ste Elizabeth
Two blocks west of Metro Berri-UQAM

Wednesday, March 29th - Saturday April 1st at 8pm
Wednesday April 5th - Saturday April 8th at 8pm
Sunday Matinees April 2nd and 9th at 2pm

Tickets $21 for adults, $16 for students, $15 for groups
**Special Evening Saturday April 1st all tickets are $15**
For ticket reservations (paying with VISA) 514-481-1327
Tickets may be available at the door, but to be sure, call and reserve!

The cast of Prodigy is: Karen Cromar, Amelia Sargisson, Nathalie Stechysin
Set and costume design by Lyne Paquette
Lighting design by Joshua Lamb
Sound design by Marcella Zorro and Bistra Ivanov
Stage Managed by Katharine Childs <--That's me!
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Everyone Loves Free Entertainment! [04 Mar 2006|03:43pm]
The Concordia Theatre Department Presents...

The Loyola Theatre Festival
2006: Beyond Blood & Bra Straps

March 9th-12th 2006
At the Cazalet Theatre/F.C. Smith Auditorium (Loyola Campus, Concordia University)
7141 Sherbrooke West (Underneath the Chapel)

Metro Vendome, 105 Bus
Presented in collaboration with Art Matters


Seven mainstage shows, performance art, music, and an Improv troupe
For full schedule and info about the productions and artists check out:

X-posted to concordia_u, montreal, my journal.
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It's a curious week... [29 Jan 2006|02:44pm]
[ mood | calm ]

so now I want to know:

when you were ten years old, what did you want to be when you grew up?

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[26 Jan 2006|04:04pm]
What is your most deep-seated belief about yourself?

anonymous comments encouraged.
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Ok ladies and gents and others, here it is... [20 Oct 2005|09:43am]
Henry IV part 1
by William Shakespeare
directed by Sarah Stanley
musical direction and original score by Nick Carpenter
assistant direction by Natalia Perez

October 20th, 21st, 22nd - 8pm
October 27th, 28th, 29th - 8pm
October 30th - 2pm

Cazalet Theatre - Concordia University
Loyola Campus - 7141 Sherbrooke Street West
Access through the FC Smith Auditorium, underneath the Loyola Chapel

For tickets, call and reserve at 514-848-2424 x 4742

The Company: Aimee-Rose Ambroziak, Vance de Waele, Adele Gigantes, Anthousa Harris, Eleanor Hewlings, Kristian Hodko, Ryan Hurl, Talar Kaladjian, Caitlyn Milot, Steve Nash, Emily Qualie, Kelly Rigole, Nanette Soucy, Kathleen Stavert

Design by Jasa Baka, Audrey-Anne Bouchard, Marie-Audree Desy, Azra King-Abadi

Stage Manager: Alexie Lalonde-Steedman
Assistant Stage Manager: Katharine Childs
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[25 Sep 2005|07:53pm]
well, i've had to make some friends list cuts... my schedule means less time for checking, and mostly it's people who don't post/respond much. i still love you guys, it's been wild. good luck in all the things you want to do.

so if this is one of the only entries of mine you can see, please take me off your friends list too.
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[06 Sep 2005|12:12am]
[ mood | angsty ]

Salient points of this entry are:

a) I want sex.
b) I want my best friend not to move to the UK and talk as though she's staying there.
c) I both do and don't want to start school tomorrow.
d) I wish you were queer 'cause I've been thinking about you all summer.
e) I hate my PCOS.
f) I have the capacity to be happy.
g) I have the capacity to write things.
h) I want my platypus tattoo!
i) I don't want to get up in six hours.

That is all - I figured since this would be a whole long rant, I'd condense it for you all.

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