arts 09.20.04

Canadian Dossier

Vancouver investigative reporter Terry Gould details the 11-year hunt for gangster Steven Wong in his book Paper Fan (Thunder's Mouth Press) $16.95. Wong faked his own death to avoid trial and then disappeared into the ether. Wong tracks him down through six countries and various crime circles in this book that Quentin Tarantino would love: a wild, sometimes funny ride into the underworld.

Top Gun! The Musical, a huge hit at the Toronto Fringe Festival a couple of years ago, runs for a handful of performances at the NY Musical Theatre Festival, starting September 27th. Sound like a bad idea? Exactly. It's the (fictional) story of writer Billy Palmer, fresh from his "Apocalypse Wow!" disaster, trying to make this ill-advised musical adaptation of Maverick and Goose a mission accomplished. The Toronto Sun wrote that it "ranges from the sublime to the ridiculous, although it is, in the main, just sublimely ridiculous." Top Gun! plays at the Puerto Rican Travelling Theatre, 307 W. 47th 212.352.3101. Tickets are $15.

In 1970, the Festival Express was a cross-Canadian tour with The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, The Band, and Eric Andersen, among others. An awesome lineup, right? Not if you were Canadian in 1970: those whacky young Canadians rioted against the $14 ticket price. Footage of the tour makes up a rollicking, frequently intoxicated documentary (by the same name) of some amazing talents in their prime. It plays at Makor, 35 W. 67th [CPW/Col] 212.415.5500, 9/21 at 7 and 9pm, 9/22 at 7:30pm, and 9/23 at 7 and 9pm. Note that the 9/22 screening is $15 and a post-screening discussion will follow with Eric Andersen and journalist David Dalton, both of whom were on the touring train.

With echoes of The Cure, The Smiths, and maybe a little Death Cab for Cutie, The Stills from Montreal, pictured, have created a lot of buzz, especially for " in Love Song," the single from their "Logic Will Break Your Heart" CD. With rising popularity comes the they're-not-all-that debunkers, but we think they're all that. Decide for yourself at their Webster Hall gig, 125 E. 11th [3rd/4th] 212.353.1600, on October 9, 9pm. Tickets are $20 here.

One of our favorite places to relax is Sooke Harbour House on Vancouver Island. The inn and its surroundings are all peace and Zen. The restaurant uses local ingredients (and their own gardens have an endless array of lettuces and herbs)—the food's terrific and the setting, with views over the water, is endlessly restorative.

For more genuine Canadian goodness, click over to the Upper North Side, which chronicles Canadian doings in the city and which provided most of the ideas for today's article.
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White + Warren, 80 W. 40th [5th/6th] will have a sale of their knitwear, wraps and hats in cashmere and cottons, this Wednesday and Thursday from 8am-6pm…Han Feng, 333 W. 39th [8th/9th] 212.695.9509, up to 75% off Spring/Summer skirts, tops, and more. Today thru Wed 9-7, Th and Fr 9-5.

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