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HAIL - Robert Joy, Aiden Flynn, Brad Hodder, Brian Marler

The stars will be shining at the stellar LSPU Hall in a couple of weeks. The Resource Centre for the Arts Theatre company presents Hail, the new play from Edward Riche. Riche is a celebrated novelist, screenwriter and playwright. Charlie Tomlinson directs the play which stars Aiden Flynn, Brad Hodder, Robert Joy and Brian Marler. Hail tells the story of four men, university pals turned accomplices, who worry when the past comes a’calling years later. Here’s a scene from the play.

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I couldn’t pass up the opportunity to chat briefly with Robert about his work and his life. Some of the public highlights include working with CODCO, playing alongside Madonna in Desperately Seeking Susan, working with Woody Allen and having a regular role on CSI:NY.

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Julie Wilson - Brick Books Poetry Performance Archive

Brick Books is one of the most successful publishers of poetry in Canada, and the only publisher that releases poetry exclusively. Created in 1975 by poets Stan Dragland and Don McKay, Brick has published some of our most celebrated writers and poems. Brick celebrates its thirty-fifth birthday by giving itself - and us - a present. An audio archive of poets reading their own work. Brick hired Julie Wilson of Book Madam & Associates to produce and publicize the project. Their podcast channel now houses over one hundred sixty recordings. You can find the poets and poems on the web at audioboo.fm, then search for Brick Books.

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Dean Burry - The Brothers Grimm 10th Anniversary

Ten years ago, Gander native Dean Burry wrote The Brothers Grimm. His then-brand new opera for children was hitting the road to tour schools throughout Ontario as a production of the prestigious Canadian Opera Company. So, a decade later, what’s Dean Burry up to? I contacted Dean in Toronto and asked him what The Brothers Grimm meant to him and his career. Dean Burry’s newest touring opera, Le Nay de la Sorciere, is touring Newfoundland right now with the MUN School of Music Opera road company. Be on the lookout for Dean’s new musical play Beacon of Light, onstage at Trinity with Rising Tide Theatre this summer before moving to Gander for the anniversary of 9/11.

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Omar Jaramillo - Urban Sketchers

Omar Jaramillo has been sighted at many locations around St. John’s in the last couple of weeks and everybody seems to know him. Omar constantly sketches the people and places around him. He’s become a mini-celebrity. Now you can hear him tell his own story. Omar continues sketching around the capital city. If you’d like to see some if his work, check his website. The address is omar-paint.blogspot.com. On that page, you will also find a link to the Urban Sketchers web presence.

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Weekend Am - The how and the where - May 14-15

Mack Furlong brings you the stories and the people involved in the arts, culture and heritage of our province. But the show is on so early! If you can’t join him from 6:00 to 9:30 on Saturday and Sunday - 5:30 to 9:00 in parts of Labrador - then collect the podcasts from cbc.ca/wam. Or chase CBCWam on Twitter. Or find Facebook’s CBC WAM for NL’s Galoot of a Culture. If you live outside the province, go to cbc.ca/nl and bink the Listen Live button. So many different ways to get your art. And you don’t want to miss Liner Notes this week - the radio is the only place you’ll hear The Domestics!

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Lawrence Jackson Writers' Award - Sara Tilley

The Lawrence Jackson Writers’ Award, honouring that writer’s memory, comes with a $500 cash prize. The award encourages and promotes original and creative thought in all genres of writing. It is supported by his mother, his wife and his children. This year, it encourages and promotes Sara Tilley. Sara is a St. John’s-based writer and theatre artist.

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Hey Rosetta! APP

The new world of communications includes ‘musts’ that people crave - iPhones, iPads, Facebook pages and Twitter followers in the thousands. Another ‘must’ these days is a ticket to see Hey Rosetta! perform, or at least a copy of their latest download or video. Now, you can put the two together - Hey Rosetta! has recently announced the Hey Rosetta! app for iphones. Phil Maloney plays drums with Hey Rosetta!

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WOOD - Craft Council

Melanie Hamilton designs and builds beautiful furniture. Pete Stanbridge creates amazing drums. John Paul Goodyear makes intriguing and mysterious sculptures. Aside from all the beauty, all three have one other thing in common. They all work with wood. Oh, and all three collaborate on a new exhibit at the Craft Council Gallery in St. John’s.

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WANL Book Awards - non-fiction

The Writers Alliance of Newfoundland and Labrador, in partnership with the Literary Arts Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador, is about to honour excellence in writing with their 2011 Book Awards. This year, the awards spotlight non-fiction and poetry. Last week on Weekend AM you heard the poets on the shortlist for prizes. This morning, we hear from the finalists for the Rogers Communications Award for Non-Fiction, Glen Deir, Greg Malone and Rhonda Pelley.

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Mary Barry plays Place des Arts Montreal

One week from today, Mary Barry will awake in Montreal having achieved one of her life-long dreams. With another night to go! Mary will sing Saturday night next in the Studio Theatre of the Place des Arts in Montreal, one of the highest profile performing spaces in the country.

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