August 31st, 2010
The fantasy of opening up one’s very own quaint bistro or cute café can all too often come crashing down when reality sets in.
Celebrity chef and restaurant consultant David Adjey comes to the rescue in his new show The Opener, debuting tonight on the Food Network.
Each episode sees the charming, and surprisingly calm, Adjey (pictured) working with rookie restaurateurs just days before their grand openings.
The result is a fascinating look into how much goes into opening a restaurant and how little some dreamers really know before jumping in.
We think we'll stick with making reservations.
Tuesdays at 9 p.m., Food Network Canada, www.foodnetwork.ca
January 13th, 2010
Much to their chagrin, the residents of Vulcan, Alberta did not host the Star Trek movie premiere last year, but to remedy some of the disappointment, tonight, the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra presents Star Trek: The Music.
With former Star Trek cast members John de Lancie (Q) and Robert Picardo (The Doctor) hosting, the CPO will perform musical highlights from the TV series and films. The lobby décor will be full-on Trekkie-approved with details from the sets, and costumes are welcome.
Live long and prosper, ladies.
Till Friday, January 15 at the Jack Singer Concert Hall. For tickets, call the CPO Box Office at 403-571-0849 or here.
September 16th, 2009
The actors are now fiftysomethings, but to baby boomers, the cast of the acclaimed ABC series will forever be thirtysomething.
Twenty-two years after it first aired, the hour-long drama about a group of tight-knit friends trying to come to terms with adulthood is finally released on DVD.
Thirtysomething: The Complete First Season is for some a shot of nostalgia, for others, a déjà vu trip back to their living rooms looking on as their parents were hypnotized by the show’s ode to reality.
See it as thirtysomething now, if not for the life lessons, at least for its true-to-form portrayal of '80s fashion including baggy shirts, mom jeans, scrunchies and slouch socks.
39.99 at Amazon.ca.
June 24th, 2009
The world has gone mad for the bloodsucking undead. And if you can’t splash holy water on them, you might as well join them.
But if the Edward and Bella Twilight saga is too much teen angst and not enough adult drama, try True Blood, the HBO series that will no doubt raise your blood pressure.
Created by Alan Ball, the mastermind behind Six Feet Under, the series is based on the Sookie Stackhouse novels by Charlaine Harris.
Anna Paquin, the adorable gap-toothed former child star, plays Sookie, a waitress in a small Louisiana town who is in love with, you guessed it, a vampire. Much less PG than Stephenie Meyer's series, True Blood is filled with sex, drugs and supernatural wonders.
The second season launched earlier this month on HBO but catch the first season just released on DVD ($50 for the box set).
But beware—not even a garlic necklace will protect you from the addictive powers of this fang gang.