On Monday, October 30 at 9 p.m., CKLW-AM (800) will play trick-or-treat in a live broadcast of War of the Worlds, the H.G Wells science-fiction classic.
The original radio adaptation by Orson Welles in 1938 was presented as a news flash and sent shock waves throughout the United States. Scores of listeners panicked, thinking a Martian horde had actually invaded and were sucking people’s blood.
The CKLW production is the work of Windsor’s adventurous Sho Art, Spirit and Performance space on Monmouth Rd. It has been directed by Matt Maenpaa, and features several local theatre people, including Patty Handysides, Bob Steele, Jeff Bastien, and Peter Hrastovec.
For $100, you can view the performance at 628 Monmouth, then take in an after-party at Vermouth Lounge. Blood cocktails are strictly optional.
A nod from Variety
Windsor International Film Festival (Oct. 30-Nov. 5) has been recognized, if in a small way, by the world’s most important entertainment newspaper, Variety.
In a recent issue, Variety reported that WIFF will present a lifetime achievement award to Hollywood actress, Lois Smith, on Saturday, Nov. 4. This is the second such award handed out by WIFF – the first, in 2014, honoured Canadian-born director Norman Jewison.
Smith’s career spans more than six decades, starting with East of Eden in 1955. She later appeared in such major hits as Five Easy Pieces (1970), Twister (1996), and Minority Report (2002). Her latest is this year’s Marjorie Prime, which will be screened Nov. 4 along with the award presentation.
For a complete list of titles and times, go to windsorfilmfestival.com.
Mr. Chill’s gold standard
Kelly Hoppe, aka Mr. Chill, brings his harmonica to the Capitol Theatre stage, Oct. 28 and 29, in a performance of Canadian classic songs by guest artist Heather Bambrick and the Windsor Symphony at the second Toldo Pops concerts of 2017-2018.
Listen for Hoppe’s skills, accompanied by WSO’s Peter Wiebe on guitar, in a rendition of Neil Young’s Heart of Gold. Tickets at firstname.lastname@example.org , 519-973-1238.
Windsor Classic Chorale (windsorclassichorale.org) will perform Karl Jenkins’ The Armed Man mass at a pair of Remembrance Day concerts, Nov. 10 at All Saints’ Church in Windsor, and Nov. 11 at St. Andrew’s Church in Chatham.
Bruce Kotowich is the WCC conductor. The choir is celebrating its 40th anniversary this season.
The Dears return
For nearly six years, they were The Dears departed.
Now the Montreal indie band, slimmed down to a duo, has resurrected itself and will play Windsor’s Phog Lounge, Nov. 17. Tickets $15 advance, $20 at the door (phoglounge.com).
The Dears were among the first of several remarkably innovative independent acts to emerge from Montreal’s music scene in the 1990s. They helped lay the foundation for acts like Arcade Fire, Patrick Watson, The Stills, and Stars.
Despite releasing a promising debut, End of a Hollywood Bedtime Story, in 2000, it would take another three years to follow it up with No Cities Left. Three more years went by before Gang of Losers came out.
Finally, after a revolving-door of 17 members since 1995, husband-and-wife team, Murray Lightburn and Natalia Yanchak, bounced back in 2015 with Times Infinity, Volume One. They released Times Infinity, Volume Two, this year, and are returning to native soil in November after a tour of Europe and the U.K.