April’s Musical of the Month: Ordinary Days

Julia Stanski, Editor

ordinary days.png

This little gem of a show is almost a one-act, clocking in at only 85 minutes. Written in 2008 by American composer Adam Gwon, Ordinary Days looks at four millennials dealing with life in New York City and the chance occurrences that cause their paths to intertwine. It’s a very contemporary-feeling show, with vivid and accessible characters and a charming score. Fresh and funny, its musical numbers are beautiful little portraits that could stand on their own, and include highlights like “Don’t Wanna Be Here” and “Saturday at the Met”. Its message about finding connection and beauty in everyday things is simple, but almost ridiculously relevant. Ordinary Days is definitely worth a listen if you’re in the mood for something smart, bittersweet and eminently relatable.

The Sound That Swings

The fifteenth official month celebrating the history and heritage of JazzJam Horizontal

Navneet Chand, Staff Writer2016-04-30

Get ready to tap your toes and swing to the smooth rhythm of the band, because it’s Jazz Appreciation Month! Known to many simply asJAM, this month was inaugurated by the world-renowned Smithsonian Museum to shine the spotlight on one of history’s greatest styles of music.

Since 2002, people everywhere having been dancing to the swaying sound of the horns as April marks this very special occasion for both jazzy souls and audiences of all ages. The birthplace of jazz is and always will be New Orleans, the soulful hub of everything from trumpets to tenors. It originated here from early African-American styles.

The Smithsonian plays an active role every JAM by assigning a different jazz legend to be featured on their official poster and represent the month for that year. This year, they have decided to celebrate the legacy of a true pioneer of swing, Benny Carter.

Carter seamlessly fits this year’s theme that describes jazz as a democratic voice which allows a universal communication between all people. Benny Carter is forever remembered as a man who broke down musical barriers for this genre and defined the role of the alto saxophone in history. With Carter’s image at the helm of this month’s poster, JAM is sure to be an absolute hit.

So shine up the brass, sing a “be-bop” note or two, take a music class, or maybe just visit the Smithsonian website where you can view and discover interactive and immersive activities to bring out the beat of the band in all of our hearts, making this year’s JAM a truly wonderful event to remember.

 

References:

  • Smithsonian: The National Museum of American History (Website)

 

Dramafest Update!

Julia Stanski, Editor

Hey Marauders! If you missed out on Dramafest last week, don’t worry; there’s another chance for you to catch some shows. Two shows from Mac, The Game and Half the World, were selected to advance to the city one-act festival, and will be performing Tuesday and Wednesday evening at 7 pm at the Walterdale Playhouse (10322 83 Ave NW) , along with one-acts from other high schools all over the city. Admission is free; come out and support these student artists, and see some great theatre!

April 2016 Schedule : Metro Cinema

Cassandra Pryer, Staff Writer

Located at the Garneau:  8712 – 109 Street

Friday April  1 

7pm – 2015 Cannes Lions Awards: The World’s Best Commercials

9:15pm – Hitchcock/ Truffaut (Documentary 2015 Dir. Kent Jones)

11:30pm – The Room (2003 Dir. Tommy Wiseau)

 

Saturday April 2 

2pm – Ponyo (2008 Dir. Hayao Miyazaki) – Reel Family Cinema

4:15pm – Cannes Lions Awards: The World’s Best Commercials

7:15pm – Hitchcock/ Truffaut

9pm – Psycho (1960 Dir. Alfred Hitchcock)

 

Sunday April  3

2pm – Hitchcock/Truffaut

3:30pm – Jules and Jim (1962 Dir. Francois Truffaut)

7pm – Paddle for the North (2015 Dir. Simon Lucas)

9:30pm – Cannes Lions Awards: The World’s Best Commercials  Continue reading

Your Guide to Dramafest 2016

Julia Stanski, Editor

1. What is Dramafest?
Dramafest is a festival of student-directed one-act plays, done by your talented classmates here in Mac’s drama room/blackbox theater. Over the past three months, eight shows have been rehearsing to perform for you, April 12-15.

2. How does it work?
During the second week of April, Tuesday-Friday, shows will be performed in PLTs, drama classes and evenings. Admission is by donation, so if you’re a broke student you’re still welcome. To see your friends perform, sign up for PLTs, come on Wednesday, Thursday and/or Friday evening or ask your teachers to bring your class to the matinees.

3. What are the shows?
This year our program consists of eight shows, five in-class productions and three extracurricular ones. Keep reading to see what they are. Continue reading

Book Review: Carry On

Roanne Andaya, Staff Writerdownload (1)

If you’ve ever been involved in a fandom, differentiating canon from fan-fiction is a familiar dilemma. Sometimes, the events in a story are too good to be canon, or real; other times fan-made ideas, or headcanons, are so well-written and formulated that they could very well be canon. Rainbow Rowell has portrayed this difference many times in her book Fangirl, which follows Cath, a Simon Snow fan as she tries to balance her college life with her fanatic thoughts about her favourite book. However, in Rainbow Rowell’s new book Carry On, the world of Simon Snow comes to life.

Carry On tells the story of hero Simon Snow, or as his roommate has dubbed him: ‘the worst Chosen One ever.’ He can’t accurately use a wand, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there’s a magic-eating monster known as the Insidious Humdrum that’s terrorizing the magical world who looks exactly like him. His roommate/arch-nemesis seems to be a pseudo-human (read: vampire) and his only salvation is ignoring him. As the antics of the Insidious Humdrum threaten to end the world of magic and Mages, Simon needs all the help he can get in order to defeat him, even if it means befriending his arch-nemesis/roommate. Continue reading