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Saturday, January 17, 2021

When I was told that experimental theater piece “The Crumb Trail” was being performed at P.S. 122, I thought: Appropriate that a re-imagined telling of Hansel & Gretel would be staged in a New York City public school, probably giving the production a school-play atmospheric vibe.

But it turns out that the “P.S.” actually stands for Performance Space 122. So it’s a bona fide theatrical venue. Although the building was, in fact, formerly a public school, so the name has a bit of a wink-wink behind it.

Clever name for a play, clever name for a theater. How can I resist?

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/17/2009 06:28:37 PM
Category: Creative, New Yorkin', Pop Culture
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Everyone knows how hockey-crazy they are in la belle provence. Now they’re enshrining the mania on an academic level, with a theologian at Universite de Montreal branding the local NHL team as the center of a veritable religion.

The similarities prompted Olivier Bauer to launch a crusade - in the form of a university course - to explore the many ties between a team that hails its sweater as La Sainte Flanelle — or holy flannel — and spiritual devotion.

“It was a divine inspiration,” Bauer said of the idea for his new French-language class, the Religion of the Canadiens.

“It was clear that the Canadiens were a kind of religion. For me, it was amazing that in Montreal there was a hockey jersey that is holy.”

There’s even a Habs holy trinity:

To back his thesis, Bauer refers to nicknames of the Canadiens’ most notable “prayer leaders,” including Saint Patrick (Patrick Roy), Le Demon Blond - the Blond Demon (Guy Lafleur) - and the team’s current saviour, Jesus Price (Carey Price).

Feh. Nothing against Price, but this early in his career, there’s nothing to suggest that he’s going to go down in history as one of the all-time team greats. Seems premature to put him in the same breath as the other Montreal notables. (I do, however, like the idea of the resident on-ice enforcer/goon as an “avenging angel”.)

And yes, I recognize a typical junk college course when I see one; they’re so rife in the academic world now that they’re scarcely worthy of mention. However, in the particular case of le bleu, blanc, et rouge, I’d hope that the “Richard Riot” is at least mentioned:

The Montreal Forum is evacuated, and violence spills out onto the streets of Montreal. Rioters smash windows, loot stores, and clash with police. The riot of St. Patrick’s Day, March 17, 1955, is seen by many as a seminal moment in the evolution of Quebec’s modern nationalist movement.

To the extent that the Canadiens and their symbols are galvanizing instruments for Quebecios separatists, that would toss this topic into the political sphere, more than the spiritual. So maybe the religious studies will avoid the off-ice history lesson.

by Costa Tsiokos, Sat 01/17/2009 05:57:56 PM
Category: History, Hockey, Political, Society
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