Town removes rumble strips after complaints (con't)

In one place the strips were installed for the first time on Alma St. leading up to Howard Ave. on both the east and west sides.


This followed a traffic fatality there last September.


Yet, only one month later, on December 11, a delegation of people living near the strips complained to town council that the new or reinstalled strips were annoying because of the sound vehicles make when they roll over them.


Michelle Poberezny, who live near County Rd. 10 (Middle Side Road) and Concession 8 North, told council the strips “significantly impacted our quality of life” – including the rattling of dishes - and the sound “literally gets on your last nerve.”


Town councillor Diane Pouget said filling in (eliminating) the rumble strips made sense, especially since the cost, according to a town report, would be only $13,565.


She called the remediation a “win-win” because the town will install alternative measures instead to enhance safety.


At the Alma-Howard intersection, there are four sets of six strips on either side of the intersection.


In the report to the town’s April 9 council meeting, council was informed that the strips were installed without paying proper heed to nearby residents.


“Most policies and guidelines suggest that rumble strips should be avoided in residential areas due to the noise created by the rumble strips,” it said. 


“Some guidelines provided setback distances between 200-500 metres from a residential area or property.  If the minimum distance of 200 metres were applied to the recently installed rumble strips, the majority of the rumble strips would require removal.”
Meanwhile the report said the Howard-Alma intersection – the site of last fall’s fatality - was the “only one without an oversize stop sign.”


Council’s decision to eliminate the strips came a few days after a horrific traffic crash in rural Saskatchewan, where a transport truck t-boned a bus carrying members of a junior hockey team, killing 15.


There was national discussion in the aftermath of the accident that rumble strips may have been a way to alert motorists of the upcoming stop signs on the intersecting rural route that crossed the main highway on which the bus was travelling.


There was also speculation that accidents are more likely to occur on long, flat monotonous highways, like the county roads in flat Essex County.


Meanwhile, the town’s report noted that the transverse strips provide a “tactile and audible warning” in areas where motorists travel a “monotonous roadway environment at high running speeds.”


Instead of the Amherstburg rural route strips, the new alternative road warnings at the seven intersections will be oversized stop signs, flashing beacons, along with Stop Ahead pavement markings and Stop Ahead roadside signs.


But, warned the council report, “It should be noted that flashing beacons and larger signage may not provide warning of an upcoming stop when it comes to distracted driving as the driver is not looking at the road in those cases.”  
 
WindsorOntarioNews.com




Detroit punk scene DVD set now on sale

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Dope, Hookers and Pavement, The Real and Imagined History of Detroit Hardcore, is now out on video. This is a limited-edition of 1000 numbered copies. The package includes two Blu-ray and DVD discs, a numbered slipcover, an old school DIY-style hardboard folder, an extra 32 minutes of supplemental videos, and a 20-page full-colour book. Advance orders include a bonus copy of "The Eternal Present" DVD, the filmmaker's weirdo feature debut from 2005 (while supplies last). See www.detroithardcoremovie.com – 12/2/24


Folk dancers from around the world

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Here’s your chance to see folk dancing from around the world. The St. Nicholas Macedonian Orthodox Church is hosting a day long event Saturday Feb. 3 with doors opening at 2 pm. Folk dancers in traditional costumes will highlight Macedonian, Serbian, Antiochian, Irish, Ghanaian, Chinese, Slovak, Indian, Scottish, and Ukrainian cultures. Tickets are available at pre-sale prices: $25 (entrance + meal) or $10 (entrance only). Vegan fare will be available. For more information contact mkgerdan2023@gmail.com


'Glass' and 'Little Women' round out UP's 23-24 season

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The University Players round out their 65th season with two plays this winter – Tennessee Williams’s The Glass Menagerie and Marian de Forest’s Little Women based on the book by Louisa May Alcott. The Glass Menagerie is staged Jan 19-28 and Little Women March 15-24. The first is directed by Lee Wilson, an award-winning director who has worked in Canada and Ireland. The second is directed by Kerry Ann Doherty, a BC based director who has worked in Canada and the UK and first time directing for University Players. Performances are at Essex Hall Theater on the university campus. – 12/1/24


Booking online will cost you at Cineplex

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If you want to buy a movie ticket online – and provide yourself and presumably the theatre more convenience – it will cost you. Using Cineplex's website, Canada's largest theatre chain charges a $1.50 "online booking fee." Cineplex introduced the charge in 2022 "to further invest and evolve our digital infrastructure." But if you're a Scene loyalty card member, the charge is only $1. According to CBC, Cineplex ironically years ago eliminated a similar charge to encourage the audience to buy tickets in advance. – 5/1/24


AWE - capitalism, dystopian futures, colonialism on tap

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Analysis of capitalism, dystopian futures, feminist artistry and Western colonialism are featured in exhibits this fall at Art Windsor-Essex (formerly Art Gallery of Windsor). The seven exhibits bring together local and non-local artists. “From the pixelated decay of the digital realm to reinterpreting icons of Western colonialism each exhibition offers a captivating lens through which to reconsider our place in the world and engage in meaningful dialogue,” AWE says. Artist Sasha Opeiko’s “decaying household objects symbolize the impact of capitalism, challenging perceptions of reality and reminding viewers of the fractures within…” Well known Windsor artist Chris McNamara has created miniature city dioramas (photo) depicting the “complexities of city life.” – 12/12/23

Photo: AWE


Detroit's Music Hall undergoing a massive $122 M expansion

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Music Hall for the Performing Arts, an almost century old mainstay in downtown Detroit’s theatre district, will be undergoing a massive $122 million expansion which should be complete late in 2026. The design creates a seven-story 100,000 sq. ft. neighboring building with new concert and recital halls, recording and practice halls, leasable office space and a welcome center. There will also be an alleyway between the buildings which will host live performances. The expansion is being designed by New York-based Tod Williams Billie Tsien Architects, which designed the Obama Center in Chicago and David Geffen Hall at New York’s Lincoln Center. Over its history the 1700-seat art deco Music Hall has served as home for the Detroit Symphony and Michigan Opera Co. In recent years it has added the Jazz Café and Rooftop 3Fifty Terrace. – 28/11/23


Last chance for tickets for zany opera revue

The most offbeat opera you’ve probably ever seen is coming to Windsor’s Capitol Theatre this Friday Nov. 17. Ruckus on the Road puts opera through a whole new spin at once zany yet a great way to enjoy a classical art form you probably wouldn’t have otherwise gone to see. “From heart-wrenching tragedies to comedic, satirical parodies, this revue will take you on a journey through the diverse world of opera,” the troupe says. Combining classic arias, duets, and ensemble pieces, in an irreverently fun, and non-traditional way. – 13/11/23


Blight to beauty

AE SH - Detroit 200th City Walls mural

Detroit has now completed its 200th City Walls mural, part of Motown’s Blight to Beauty campaign now in its sixth year. Detroit artist Nicole Macdonald’s Show Love is at 14229 Jefferson Ave in the Jefferson-Chalmers neighbourhood. “The Jefferson-Chalmers neighborhood is a unique spot in the city, located on the river with canals and urban gardens,” Macdonald said. “I tried to capture some of this uniqueness while highlighting residents who are working hard to restore and reimagine this corner of the city. – 30/10/23


WIFF to announce its first Canadian film award

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The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is proving its mettle with each passing year. This year, for the first time, it will be awarding a $25,000 cash prize for the top Canadian film. The festival made the announcement at Toronto’s film festival last month. WIFF will screen 10 Canadian films during the festival Oct. 26 – Nov. 5. The films will be shown on opening weekend and the award, chosen by an “independent jury of industry professionals,” will be announced at a special ecent Sunday Oct. 29. – 13/10/23


Highland Games find permanent Kville home

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The local Highland Games have found a new home. The Canadian Transportation Museum & Heritage Village will begin hosting the games, on a permanent basis, on June 22 next year.  This comes after the once long time – and popular event – "disappeared" from the Town of Kingsville in the 1980s, the Village says. The Games were revived in 2019. Then the pandemic hit, and this year the Jack Miner bird sanctuary hosted them, attended by more than 3000. However, this space proved "too small to house the growth expected." The Games have also been renamed the Kingsville-Essex Highland Games. – 22/9/23


City to get back-to-back film festivals 

AE SH - Media City 2023


The Media City Film Festival, Windsor's internationally renowned experimental film festival moves to mid-autumn this year, almost immediately following, by comparison, the city's more mainstream film festival, the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF). The experimental festival, now in its 26th year, features filmmakers from around the world, many renowned in the genre of inventive and creative cinema. The festival runs Nov. 7 – 11 and more than 50 films and digital works will be screened. WIFF runs Oct. 26 – Nov. 5. Last year Media City was held earlier in the calendar year. Both festivals stake out the Capitol Theatre downtown as their home venues. – 7/9/23

Photo: Media City


Invitation to Detroit street art summit

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The National Street Art Summit ins coming to Detroit Sept. 8. The event, sponsored by the cities of Detroit and Philadelphia, and held in conjunction with the BLKOUT Walls mural festival, will be held at Wayne County Community College's downtown campus on West Fort St. Officials from around the US will take part in discussions on the "rising mural movement in America, what cities are doing to encourage mural art, what cities can learn from each other and what ideas can be exchanged to make life easier for the artists." There will be an entrepreneurial workshop for students and emerging artists the day before the summit. And a tour of Detroit street art will take place afterwards. – 24/8/23


Your name on Leamington Centre 

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The Leamington Arts Centre is offering naming rights as it reconfigures and expands its footprint. “Naming rights sponsorships are unique opportunities to support the Leamington arts and culture community while also raising the profile of one's own business, organization, or family name," the LAC’s director Chad Riley says. Business, organizations and individuals can have sections of the building named after them. The LAC is a 10,000 square foot facility of four exhibition spaces, a market place artist market, café and wine bar, an art supply store, an education studio and meeting rooms. For more info go to leamingtonartscentre.com – 11/8/23


Upcoming concerts at the Colosseum 

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Tickets are on sale now for: 

Incubus (August 5), RuPaul’s Drag Race (August 6), Theo Von (August 18),
Jann Arden (August 25), Diana Ross (September 8), Bush (September 14), The Australian
Pink Floyd Show (September 28), Eddie Izzard (October 1), and The Vampire Circus
(October 26)


Cineplex opens to moms and babies

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Cineplex is advertising Stars & Strollers, a new cinema-going experience especially designed for moms and their babies. “Parents - escape to watch new releases in a baby-friendly environment with soft lighting, reduced volume and other amenities,” the company’s website says. Cineplex's Devonshire Mall cinemas also advertises it. “New films are introduced weekly to this program at select Cineplex theatre locations so you can get back to the movie experience you love. Theatres feature reduced noise, soft lighting and even changing tables and bottle warmers. – 13/7/23


Media City fest teams up with art gallery

AE SH - Kevin Emerson filmmaker

Windsor’s experimental film festival, Media City, is teaming up with Art Windsor-Essex (formerly Art Gallery of Windsor) to present films of the US-based filmmaker Kevin Jerome Everson. Moonshine: The Celestial Films of Kevin Jerome runs through Oct. 1. Media City has a long history of working with Emerson (photo), showing a retrospective of his films more than a decade ago. Emerson’s films often depict working class and African American migration from the South to northern factories. His films have been shown around the world. – 29/6/23

Photo: Oona Mosma of Media City


Detroit's Four Tops ducked destruction

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Detroit’s famed Four Tops inadvertently lucked out when they missed a flight from London to the US in the late 1980s. They were booked to be on ill-fated Pan Am Flight 103, which was bombed out of the skies over Lockerbie Scotland by Libyan terrorists. The Tops had to change flights because their recording session ran late. Canadian actress Kim Cattrall also missed that flight because she wanted to go to Harrods to pick up a tea pot for her mom. – 15/6/23 - 15/6/23



Fireworks party returns to gallery

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Windsor’s main downtown art gallery resumes its annual fireworks night party, the first since 2019. Art Windsor Essex (formerly Art Gallery of Windsor) will host the event June 26. As per the glow of the 65th edition of the Ford Fireworks guests are encouraged to “to dress in their most extravagant attire, reflecting the theme of color, glitter, and light.” There will be live art and musical entertainment with appetizers from Thyme Kitchen and drinks from Maiden Lane Wine & Spirits Bar. Money raised goes support future exhibitions and education programs. Tickets $100 in advance for members, $125 for non-members; $150 at the door. – 1/6/23


Windsor's Cimolino heads up play panel

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U of Windsor graduate and Stratford artistic director Antoni Cimolino will helm a series of conversations based on this year’s Stratford Festival lineup. The theme? Duty vs. Desire. Audiences at the live events will also meet the directors “and learn what goes into envisioning and staging performances.” It’s all part of Stratford’s Meighen Forum, a series of talks throughout the season on various themes. The discussions take place July 3 – 9. Cimolino will host July 7 at the Tom Patterson Theatre. Tickets on sale now. – 18/5/23

Photo: Stratford Festival


Museum's new board members adhere to '50-30 Challenge' 

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Art Windsor-Essex (former Art Gallery of Windsor) has announced new board members in keeping with the federal government’s “50-30 Challenge” (50 per cent women or non-binary and 30 per cent of “other equity deserving groups” such as racialized or people with disabilities). They are Anthony Youssef, “a Lebanese Canadian art-based researcher whose work focuses on the intersection of politics and material culture.” Anastasia Adams works as a program coordinator at Welcome Centre Shelter for Women and Families providing access “to harm reduction supports,” education, and daily emergency housing for over 100 women and families. Zoja Holman is “a visionary leader” plugged into business strategies who can “create innovative, long term strategies to achieve optimal results.” There are 15 board members altogether.


Hundreds of nominees for this weekend's Detroit Music Awards

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Detroit sure has a lot of talent. We always knew that but the flow of musical artists just keeps continuing unabated. We counted more than 100 nominees in six categories alone – about one-third of all nominees – for this year’s Detroit Music Awards, happening Sunday. Categories include Rock, Blues, Electronic-Dance, Country, Classical, Gospel/Christian and R & B. The awards recognize Detroit musicians working locally, regionally and nationally. The first awards show was held in 1992. Besides the award ceremony itself the night is full of performances. These have included acts by such iconic names as Kid Rock, Martha Reeves, Smokey Robinson, Bob Seger, Glenn Frey, The Miracles, Grand Funk Railroad, George Clinton and Parliament, and Ted Nugent. – 20/4/23


Ricci and Danza making an appearance

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Christina Ricci and Tony Danza will be popping into the Motor City Comic Con next month in Novi, Michigan, the state’s longest running comic book and pop culture convention which began in 1989. Ricci most recently starred in and produced the Amazon series, Z: The Beginning of the Everything and is known for roles in The Addams Family and Casper. Danza, is best known for co-starring in the TV series Taxi and Who's The Boss? Comic Con takes place May 19-21 at Suburban Collection Showplace located at 46100 Grand River Ave. - 5/4/23


Two Windsorites in Cineplex’s Richard III

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Former Windsor resident and acclaimed Shakespearean and film actor Colm Feore is Richard III in the Stratford filmed production of the acclaimed play, on screen at Cineplex theatres April 16 & 17. The play is directed by another Windsorite, Antoni Cimolini, a University of Windsor graduate. Cimolini says the play “translates brilliantly to the big screen” with a “ruthless, cunning and charismatic protagonist.” The film will also give audiences nationwide a chance to experience the new and intimate Tom Patterson Theatre, described by The New York Times as “the best new theatre in years.” – 22/3/23

Photo: Stratford Festival


Theatre chain charging for those better seats

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Movie theatres are taking a page from what airlines have long been doing - charging different prices for how advantageous the seat is. The US-based AMC theatre chain, which has theatres in Canada, has begun testing “sightline” seats. These are the better seats in the house, but for an increased price. The pricing also works the other way - you'll get a discount for an inferior seat like in the neck-craning first row. AMC is also charging more on opening weekends for blockbuster films. - 8/3/23


Fireworks night shuttle returns

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Come late June and the annual Detroit River fireworks, Transit Windsor will once again provide free shuttle service. The shuttle ferried thousands – 12,567 in 2019 to be exact – from Devonshire Mall to downtown and back, saving them a car ride and parking on congested streets. Fireworks night is June 27th. Zehrs, just as it was pre-pandemic, will once again be the shuttle's sponsor. – 22/2/23


Film ‘Women Talking’ would be better on stage, critics say 

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While 'Women Talking' (now playing locally) by Canadian director Sarah Polley won the People’s Choice Award at the Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) it didn’t garner a great review from The Detroit News movie critic. Adam Graham lauded the “powerful actresses” including Rooney Mara and Frances McDormand but called the film a “stagey drama.” Graham said the characters “are made to feel like talking heads asked to represent various viewpoints and perspectives more than they feel like living, breathing characters.” And they “come across as overly articulate for a group that has never been formally educated.” Meanwhile London’s Daily Mail also called the acting “superb” but the film is “undermined by its own theatricality. For maximum impact, this story needs a stage, and a live audience,” a conclusion Graham also came to. - 10/2/23 


Noted golfer Alice Cooper live in person

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Detroit native and noted golfer Alice Cooper will be live in person at the Michigan Theatre in Ann Arbor Feb. 3 at 7 pm. The shock rocker, whose albums go back to 1969 and whose best-known hits are School’s Out, Eighteen, Only Women Bleed and No More Mr. Nice Guy, will be on stage to discuss his new film, also being shown, Super Duper Alice Cooper. There’ll also be a book signing with the discussion hosted by Gary Graff, former Detroit Free Press writer and author of Alice Cooper at 75, and WDET DJ Rob Reinhart. Cooper, by the way, is also known for his golf prowess. - 27/1/23


Teacher alert – Stratford interactive is here

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Stratford is, well, bringing Stratford into the classroom. The Ontario seasonal festival has lunched Classroom Connect that will allow students access to the festival’s vast library of digital content including new and classic plays. There’s filmed theatre productions, dance, podcasts, interviews and documentaries, accompanied by lesson plans and study guides. It also includes Illuminated Text which combines animation, calligraphy and street art to “reveal the intricacies of Shakespeare,” the festival says. The interactive experience, for example, allows students to explore text from  Hamlet (photo)  using the learning style of their choice – rhetoric, imagery or sound and rhythm. Cost for up to 150 users is $180 for five months. – 12/13/22


WIFF festival favourites return to the Capitol Theatre

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The Windsor International Film Festival (WIFF) is coming back to downtown, less than two months after the yearly 11-day event ended. It will be re-screening "festival favourites" such as French-thriller Black Box, A Year in the Forest, about a local Windsor old growth forest (it actually exists!), Walkerville's Willistead Manor: The Home That Shaped a Community, and Peace by Chocolate, about Syrian refugees in Nova Scotia. Screenings are at the Capitol Theatre Dec. 14, 15 & 16. Check out the WIFF website for more info. - 11/29/22


The Tea Party returning with symphony Feb. 3

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The Tea Party will perform for the first time in 20 years with a symphony orchestra when it returns to Windsor for a performance Feb. 3 at Caesars Windsor. The band, which has played the world and calls Windsor home, is known for its progressive rock with Middle Eastern influences dubbed “Morrocan roll.” The band, originally formed 30 years ago, has released eight albums and sold more than three million units. It has received 14 JUNO and 22 MuchMusic award nominations. Its return here will be a benefit for Transition to Betterness and “essential and frontline workers.” It will perform with the International Symphony Orchestra, a 55-member band bridging Sarnia and Port Huron. – 11/15/22