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Recommendation: Check out Toronto art show The Course of an Empire


The Course of an Empire, by Danielle Cole

Opening reception: Sept. 14, 7 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Show runs Sept. 14 – Sept. 24
Unlovable Gallery (1415 Dundas St. W., Toronto)

Exhibition statement:

When we have no more oil for cars, we will drag them behind horses so we can keep on riding in them. Our love for cars is so all-encompassing that we cherish even the bad ones: the ones with wooden panels, the ones too small to hold our baggage and the ones with seatbelts so feeble they are merely decorative. We name them because we want to cheer them on as they deliver us from place to place: Ruby, Sylvie, Lulu, Mabel, and Rusty. This series is the natural extension of our unrelenting love of automobiles — sexy and sturdy, they are the stuff of fantasy.

About the artist:

Danielle Cole creates playful and intriguing collages through an assembly of original vintage graphics. If her work seems familiar, it may be because it can be found on Collective Arts Brewing’s most recent beer label. Danielle has also won the 2015 Art Here award and has been featured in Kolaj Magazine Issue #16 and in Collage Collective Co.’s book ANNUAL 2016. Following the success of her 2016 show, Clipped Wings, at Gravenfeather Gallery, several of her pieces have found homes in L.A. and San Francisco. Danielle has spent the last year traveling across the west coast of the U.S.A., as well as visiting Rome and Spain in search of materials and inspiration. Her most recent work, The Course of an Empire, has been four years in the making and benefited greatly from the colourful, lush old magazines found in her travels.

Bookclub-in-a-Box’s 2017 summer must-read list

Summer is here, and there are still plenty of days left to spend reading a book at the cottage, on the beach, or even in your own backyard. Bookclub-in-a-Box’s Marilyn Herbert has put together a list of recommendations for your summer reading list.

cover1Exit West (Mohsin Hamid)

In a country teetering on the brink of civil war, two young people meet—sensual, fiercely independent Nadia and gentle, restrained Saeed. They embark on a furtive love affair and are soon cloistered in a premature intimacy by the unrest roiling their city. When it explodes, turning familiar streets into a patchwork of checkpoints and bomb blasts, they begin to hear whispers about doors—doors that can whisk people far away, if perilously and for a price. As the violence escalates, Nadia and Saeed decide that they no longer have a choice. Leaving their homeland and their old lives behind, they find a door and step through. Exit West follows these characters as they emerge into an alien and uncertain future, struggling to hold on to each other, to their past, to the very sense of who they are. Profoundly intimate and powerfully inventive, it tells an unforgettable story of love, loyalty, and courage that is both completely of our time and for all time.


Last chance: Save 20% off tickets to The Jazz Singer

jazzBookclub-in-a-Box loves to support the Harold Green Jewish Theatre Company (HGJTC). We were involved with the production of Freud’s Last Session (April 23), and now Bookclub-in-a-Box founder Marilyn Herbert is doing one more talkback for The Jazz Singer on Thursday, June 8. We are offering 20% off tickets to that night’s showing of The Jazz Singer, a classic musical based on the 1925 Broadway play.

About the show: The classic show business story of a son’s struggle between his passion for a Broadway career, and his father’s plans to have him follow in his footsteps as a cantor. This dynamic production features musical numbers by legendary composers and such classic songs as “Let Me Sing and I’m Happy,” “Mammy,” “Sonny Boy,” and “You Made Me Love You.” Based on Samson Raphaelson’s 1925 Broadway play and adapted specifically for our audience, this classic story is brought to life in a toe-tapping experience you will never forget.


David Eisner, co-artistic director of the HGJTC, with Bookclub-in-a-Box’s Marilyn Herbert.

Talkback day: Thursday, June 8, show at 8 p.m.
Location: Toronto Centre of the Arts’ Greenwin Theatre (5040 Yonge St.)
Talkback topic: The Influence of Jewish Music on American Jazz

> Click here for PREMIUM tickets (first 10 rows).
> Click here for TIER 2 tickets (back 6 rows).

Harold Green subscribers can also get 15% off additional tickets for all non-talkback show dates by calling the theatre at 416-932-9995 ex. 224. Take your friends and family! And for all show dates, regular-priced tickets can be purchased at hgjewishtheatre.com, or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-855-985-2787.

Save 15% off the guide to Fifteen Dogs to celebrate its Canada Reads win

alexisCongratulations to author André Alexis, whose brilliant novel Fifteen Dogs just won the CBC’s annual Canada Reads competition! Five well-known Canadians debated which book was a must-read for the country, and Fifteen Dogs, defended by spoken word artist Humble the Poet, was the last one standing.

For the next 15 days, automatically receive 15% off the Fifteen Dogs book club discussion guide — no coupon code needed. (Original price: $6.98 > Now: $5.93 CAD.)

Fifteen Dogs guideThe Bookclub-in-a-Box PDF discussion guide (53 pages) for Alexis’s Giller Prize-winning novel Fifteen Dogs includes:

• Novel synopsis
• Author information
• Character analysis
• Focus points and themes
• Writing style and structure
• Important quotes from the novel
• Book club discussion questions

About the novel: A bet between the gods Hermes and Apollo leads them to grant human consciousness and language to a group of dogs overnighting at a Toronto vet­erinary clinic. Suddenly capable of more complex thought, the pack is torn between those who resist the new ways of thinking, preferring the old ‘dog’ ways, and those who embrace the change. Wily Benjy moves from home to home, Prince becomes a poet, and Majnoun forges a relationship with a kind couple that stops even the Fates in their tracks. André Alexis’s contemporary take on the apologue offers an utterly compelling and affecting look at the beauty and perils of human consciousness.