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Arts Feature

July 2008

A Mighty Wind

By David Wilson

One of the biggest jokes of all is pop folk music

Arts Feature

July 2008

Ratatouille

By Drew Halfnight

Animated comedy draws on tradition and technology in equal measures

Arts Feature

July 2008

Oprah and Eckhart

By Trisha Elliott

Old teachings inform 'A New Earth'

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Forgotten Woman

By Patricia Ingold

Oscar-nominated film focuses on the plight of widows in colonial India

Arts Feature

June 2008

The Infinite Border

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Central Americans' exodus into the U.S. and Canada is brought to light

Arts Feature

June 2008

Second Sight

By Patricia Clarke

Well-spun tales of Gaelic spectres unfold in new film

Arts Feature

June 2008

At the Death House Door

By Kevin Spurgaitis

A closer look at capital punishment in the U.S.

Arts Feature

June 2008

Triage: Dr. James Orbinski’s Humanitarian Dilemma

By David Wilson

New doc about former MSF president casts a passionate eye on the human condition

Arts Feature

May 2008

Toumani Diabaté

By Jocelyn Bell

Malian musician's songs remain sparkling and other-worldly

Arts Feature

May 2008

Andy Palacio

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Belizean singer-guitarist lifts spirits through African and indigenous music

Arts Feature

May 2008

Sonu Niigaam

By Alex Zivojinovic

Mumbai artist fuses Indian classical music and Western-style pop

Arts Feature

May 2008

Cesária Évora

By David Wilson

Cape Verdean vocalist reaches across cultural divide, sings of life’s sorrows and joys

Arts Feature

May 2008

Scorned on the silver screen

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Why does Hollywood hold Christianity in such contempt?

Arts Feature

April 2008

From Liverpool to eternity

By David Macfarlane

New generation embraces the Beatles

Arts Feature

April 2008

For the Bible Tells Me So

By David Wilson

Documentary explores sexuality and religion in America

Arts Feature

April 2008

Ghosts of Cité Soleil

By Patricia Ingold

Documentary focuses on two brothers caught in Haitian slum

Arts Feature

April 2008

The Refugees of the Blue Planet

By Jocelyn Bell

New documentary shows the plight of refugees

Arts Feature

April 2008

Protest with a new beat

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Once again, politically engaged musicians are singing for change. But this time it’s personal.

Arts Feature

April 2008

Route 66 (Box Set)

By Patricia Ingold

Classic drama explores the promise of the open road

Arts Feature

April 2008

Rescue Me (Box Set)

By Kevin Spurgaitis

Comedy series singles out heroes in personal crises

Arts Feature

April 2008

Weeds (Box Set)

By David Wilson

Irreverent series offers poignant observations about family and community

Arts Feature

April 2008

A twist of faith

By Various Writers

Books that will challenge and maybe change

Arts Feature

April 2008

Saving Grace (Box Set)

By Lee Simpson

TV drama shows the real demons of contemporary life

Arts Feature

April 2008

Prime time? Not with a 10-foot pole

By Karen Stiller

Pop culture can too easily become your family's culture

Arts Feature

April 2008

A little quibble with Little Mosque

By Amir Hussain

A review of TV's Little Mosque on the Prairie

Feature

December 2006

New Christmas fiction

By Doug Norris

"Gold I Bring"

Feature

July 2006

Summer books excerpt

By Trisha Elliott

Prophetic mirrors held passionately

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Video

ObserverDocs: My Year of Living Spiritually

by Observer Staff

Anne Bokma left the Dutch Reformed Church as a young adult and eventually became a member of the United Church and then the Unitarian Universalists. Having long explored the "spiritual but not religious" demographic as a writer, she decided to immerse herself in practices — like hiring a soul coach, secular choir-singing and forest bathing — for 12 months to find both enlightenment and entertainment.

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Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

Society

January 2018

The good death

by Pieta Woolley

Anglican professor Donald Grayston made dying in peace a lifetime project. His example is inspiring others to plan a meaningful exit.

Faith

January 2018

In the beginning

by Alanna Mitchell

The award-winning science writer travels to northern Australia to explore the world's oldest creation story

Faith

January 2018

Me, Dad and the Almighty

by Anne Bayin

A preacher’s kid pretended to be a devout daughter, but secretly she felt lost in a wilderness of doubt.

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