January 16, 2004  
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50 years of fun, fun, fun
London Musical Theatre will be putting on The Mikado, a project celebrating their 50th consecutive Gilbert & Sullivan production. Directed by Elizabeth Van Doorne, The Mikado blends romance and comedy by following the life of the son of Mikado the Emperor of Japan. If your interests include popular comic opera, be sure to check out the production on campus at the Talbot Theatre. The Mikado will run until Saturday, Jan. 24. For tickets, call The Grand Theatre @ 672-8800.

make their History

Post-punk dance-rock is all the rage, and now it’s time for Canada’s entry into the fray. The fivesome who make up controller.controller have been building buzz in the past year with electric — and booty-shakin’ — live shows, including a notable set at last year’s North By Northeast music festival. Now they’ve signed with blossoming indie label Paper Bag Records (home of Montreal’s Stars, Hawaii and the Fembots) to release their debut record History, out Tuesday, Feb. 24.

And the scene keeps evolving
In related news, indie it-boy Matthew Barber, who released his loner-romantic hit Means & Ends on Paper Bag last year, has signed with Warner Music and will be releasing an EP as a precursor to his full-length, major-label debut. The Story of Your Life will contain six songs and will be released Tuesday, Feb. 17... Garage-rock champions Tangiers are set to release their sophomore record Never Bring You Pleasure in mid-April. The band will be joined by new drummer James Sayce who once provided the rhythms for alt-popsters Guided By Voices... Leslie Feist, who provided sublime vocals for breakout collective Broken Social Scene, will also release her solo disc in March on the Scene’s Arts & Crafts.

Britney, a hotel
and lots of screams

The poster-girl of quickie marriages will make two Canadian stops on her upcoming North American tour: Friday, Apr. 3 in Toronto and Saturday, Apr. 4 in la ville de Montréal. Tickets for the mysterious Onyx Hotel Tour go on sale tomorrow at 10 p.m., and reserving your seat at the T-dot’s Air Canada Centre show will set you back either $49.50, $79.50 or $99.50. Opening will be the tasty Kelis, whose “Milkshake” is the most delicious song out there right now.

Some Indie flavour
The NoFrequency Media Collective and the Forest City Gallery are uniting in an effort to shake up downtown London by adding some visual culture to the mix. Cinema Subterrain will provide free underground viewing of a variety of independent films, including some cult classics. If you’re interested, check out Indie Fists of Fury, this Saturday, Jan. 17, at 8 p.m., at L.A. Mood’s Underground, 350 Richmond St. For more information, visit www.nofrequency.org or call Skot Deeming @ 471-0920.

Celebs settle down
After glamorizing Ryan and Trista’s sickly extravagant wedding, real celebrities have begun to follow suit in an effort to get publicity, or perhaps to just grow up a little bit. The somewhat annoying girl-next door, Katie Holmes, will soon wrap up her engagement with Chris Klein (American Pie) after a four-year relationship. Since Natalie Imbruglia’s musical career got lost somewhere along the way, she latched onto some additional coverage when she said “I do” to Daniel Johns (Silverchair) on New Year’s Eve. Also, perhaps in an effort to spice up their somewhat dull relationship, Courteney Cox and David Arquette are expecting their first child.

Ani’s bringin’ it back
To follow-up her 2003 album Evolve, Ani DiFranco has polished her latest album, Educated Guess, which will be available in stores Tuesday, Jan. 20.

—Lori Mastronardi & Brian Wong



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