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February 2012 Archives

War of 1812 Treasure Hunt.

Two local artists have come up with a neat way to celebrate the War of 1812 and, at the same time win $10,000.
Dennis White and Stephen Gibb's idea is called, "In Pursuit of the Golden Key.
That Golden Key will lead one lucky hunter to a ten thousand dollar prize.
There is a book authored by the artists as well as paintings hung in the Gibson Gallery in Amherstburg that provide the clues to the treasure.
The exhibition of their paintings opens tomorrow and the treasure hunt will go on until someone finds it...a similar hunt held in Britain years ago took about three years to solve.
Earlier today, I dropped by the Gibson Gallery to talk with artist Dennis White and began by asking him how he came up with the idea of a treasre hunt based on the War of 1812.
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Our Theatre Reviewer Mark Lefebvre will be by with his review of the Phantom Of The Opera by the Walkerville Centre for Creative Arts.

It's probably the most ambitious undertaking for any theatre group, let alone a high school theatre class.But students at the Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts are known for taking on difficult productions...both content wise and technically.
This time around it's Phantom Of the Opera.Not only is it one of the most challenging works vocally it also demands a falling chandelier, a gondola that sails thru the sewers and an opulent masquerade ball.Last weekend was the first of a two week run at the Capitol theatre.All those shows were sold out.This weekend the demand is so high that an extra show has been added to the schedule on Saturday afternoon.During the day the company is also performing for local students.Our theatre reviewer Mark Lefebvre took in one of the student performances....in fact he's just returned from this morning's show, and Mark joins me now with his thoughts on "Phantom Of the Opera".
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I'll chat with Jaclyn Miles. She was crowned Miss Canada last month and she's using that role to speak out against abuse.

When it comes to relationships, Jaclyn Miles has one message. ....Don't stay
in an abusive relationship Jaclyn Miles knows of what she speaks. She was involved in an abusive relationship a few years ago. And she believes her story of surviving and moving on from that relationship helped her win the national title of Miss Canada
last month. Jaclyn Miles is using her role as Miss Canada to talk to students about abusive relationships. She did that today when she spoke with students at Herman Secondary and General Amherst High School. Jaclyn Miles is from Amherstburg. She joins me in the studio.
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We'll meet one of the recipients being honoured with a community service award from Windsor's Black Community

The Windsor and District Black Coalition is wrapping up Black History Month with a big gala
tomorrow night. And part of that celebration will be recognizing people who've made a difference.One of those recipients is John Foot.He's being honoured with a Community Service Award.And it's pretty monumental because he is the first caucasian to ever receive an award from the coalition.
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A team of seamstresses create period costumes to mark the 200th anniversary of the War of 1812

Southwestern Ontario is fully embracing the 200th anniversary of the war of 1812.
Amherstburg plans to transform itself this summer. Their signature event is the "Roots to Boots Festival" in August. The plan is to have volunteers fill the streets, fully clad in period costume. The trouble is those garments don't exist anymore. Enter local seamstress Jennie Jackson. The town approached her to do all the research and then to gather a team of other seamstresses to put the costumes together.Our own Sara Elliott took a trip to the historic Gordon House where the sewers had gathered to put the finishing touches on the old-fashioned clothing using modern sewing machines.
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Walkerville's Centre for the Creative Arts takes on the Phantom of the Opera this weekend and next.

If you've seen the stage production of Phantom of the Opera, chances are it was a professional production. Production rights are not open to amateur groups, and it was only in the last couple of years that school groups got the green light to apply for permission to perform. Last year Windsor's Walkerville Centre for the Creative Arts successfully applied for the rights and royalties.And after months of preparation, this Friday is opening night. We sent our own Sara Elliott to get a sneak peak at a rehearsal.First, she met up with some cast members during their dinner break.
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If you've ever wanted to take part in a flash mob, there's a chance for you to do that.

Flash mobs are becoming all the rage. And if you haven't experienced one in person, you've likely seen them on TV or online.You know....where a group of people are in
a public setting, seemingly just milling about. When suddenly the group pulls together and
performs a choreographed dance. Well at the end of this month Windsor is going to host
a flash mob and CBC Windsor is part of it. And we're inviting you to be part of it as well.
Our own Sara Elliott is going to be dancing in the flash mob. She's here to tell us more.
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Windsor's community Museum is opening a new exhibit that explores what it was like living in the region in 1812.

What was it like living in Windsor 200 years ago? What were the effects of the War of 1812? What were the day to day lives of English, French, Native and Black settlers like? Well Windsor's Community Museum hopes to answer these questions and many more with a new exhibit being introduced Saturday called "Life on the Sandwich Frontier" Madelyn Della Valle is the curator of the Windsor Community Museum .
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A lot of people are talking about Freddie and Voltaire...the two peregrine falcons living under the Ambassador Bridge.

Two peregrine falcons who've made the Ambassador Bridge their home are getting a lot of attention this week. The falcons, nicknamed Fredie and Voltaire have been doing some amazing flight displays...all in the name of courtship. Dennis Patrick has been following these falcons since they first showed up a few years ago. He's the founder of the Windsor chapter of the Canadian Peregrine Foundation.
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Poet Laurie Smith and her book "The Truth About Roller Skating"

Laurie Smith is a Windsor author whose latest collection of poetry is titled The Truth About Roller Skating...it's published by Cranberry Tree Press.

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"What is love?" talking to an expert for the science behind the emotion

Ah love, it comes in many forms. We can't live without it, although some might wish to.
But if someone asked, what is love? how would you explain it?
A University of Windsor professor has spent a lot of time reseraching love....he might have the answer.
Dr. Ken Hart...yes hart! is a Professor of Positive Clinical Psychology at the University of Windsor.

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Walnut Stuffed Figs in Rum Sauce with Frozen Banana Cream Recipe

Ingredients:

Frozen Banana Cream:
1 ripen banana, frozen
1/2 teaspoon vanilla
1 Tablespoon Agave nectar
1/2 cup heavy cream, 35 %
Splash lemon juice
Splash cold water

Walnut Stuffed Figs:
5 dried Turkish figs, cut in half
10 Basil leaves
10 Walnut halves
2 Tablespoons butter
2 Tablespoons Agave nectar
Zest and juice of half a lemon
1 shot dark rum

Method

Frozen Banana Cream:
Place all ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth. If not using right away, place in the fridge.

Walnut Stuffed Figs:
Cut figs in half. Embed each fig half with walnut halves. In a sauce pan, melt butter on medium heat. Add Agave nectar. Place figs, walnut side up, in the sauce pan with the melted butter mixture. Cook on heat for 2 minutes. Add lemon juice and zest to the sauce. Add shot of dark rum. Using a long necked lighter, light the rum sauce and flambé. When the flame diminishes the figs are ready. Remove from heat.

Serving suggestions:

If you have wonton spoons, place a dollop of the banana cream on the spoon followed by a basil leaf. Then top with a walnut stuffed fig. Finish with a drizzle of rum sauce.

If plating, place a dollop of banana cream in the center of plate followed by a few basil leaves and walnut stuffed figs on top. Drizzle with sauce. Imagine a follow pattern when plating. This method can be used for serving more than one.

Valentine's Day Aphrodisiacs

Tomorrow is Valentine's day. And lots of people are planning something special for their
sweethearts. If a romantic dinner for two is on your list of things to do, Bridge Chefs Nav Sehmbi and Rita Horbatiuk are here to help.


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Madison Violet Interview

Juno nominated Roots duo Madison Violet take to the stage Friday night.
Madison Violet is made up of Brenley MacEachern and Lisa MacIsaac.
They're just back from a U.K. tour and they join me now from our Toronto studios.

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Windsorites will have the rare treat of seeing one of Canada's best songwriters perform at the Loop on Friday night...Ron Sexsmith

He is a multiple Juno Award winner.The writer of songs that make other great songwriters stop and listen.People like Elvis Costello, Sheryl Crow, Diana Krall, K.D. Lang, Rod Stewart and Sarah McLaughlan have all covered his songs.So the opportunity to hear Ron Sexsmith, one of Canada's great songwriters...and not a band performer in his own right, perform in Windsor in a very intimate setting is one not to be missed.
Ron Sexsmith appears Friday night at the Loop.
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The Windsor Canadian Music Festival is underway all this week.

If you'd like to be the first to hear some new symphonic music.....music never heard before....then you won't want to miss a concert happening this Friday at Assumption University Chapel. John Morris Russell is the Music director of the Windsor Symphony Orchestra. He joins me in the studio.

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Documenting Windsor's music scene over the past 60 years...that's the subject of a new documentary called 4 On The Floor.

Windsor has a rich musical history...so rich that much of it went on display in the exhibit "100 years of music" at Windsor's community museum.It celebrates music making in Windsor from the cross border pollination of musical styles between Windsor and Detroit to the heyday of supper clubs like the Top Hat, The Elmwood Casino and the Metropole.And then on through the club days when live bands played five and six nights a week at almost every bar and tavern.No one has documented that musical history on film until now.Svetlana Tolic Oppen and her husband J.D. Oppen are producing the documentary 4 on the Floor.
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Review of Emma by the University of Windsor Players.

Jane Austen's Emma is a classic.Published in 1815 it, like other books by Jane Austen, deals with the concerns and difficulties of gentile women living in 19th century England.
Emma, the title character, believes that she is a pretty good matchmaker.
Everything is rosy until Emma sets up her latest client with a Mr. Elton.
But, in the unpredictable machinations of love, Mr. Elton falls in love with Emma and not his intended.Emma is being staged by the University of Windsor Players.
It opened last weekend and it has another run this weekend.
We sent our theatre reviewer Mark LeFebvre to see it.
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A new documentary on the Underground Railroad is airing next Monday night.The William Still Story looks at the triumphant yet harrowing journey of runaway slaves coming to Canada.

Today marks the first day of Black History Month and this Monday - PBS is airing a new documentary about the escape of slaves to Canada.The Underground Railroad: The William Still Story.William Still is considered the father of the Underground Railroad...who was determined to get as many runaway slaves as he could across the border into Canada.Bryan Prince is a descendant of slaves who came to Canada before the outbreak of the Civil War.He still lives in Buxton which began as a fugitive slave settlement.He is also an actor, historian and graduate of both Ridgetown and St. Clair College.Bryan appears in the new documentary and is one of it's producers.
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