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by Sandy Cohen, The Associated Press Posted Dec 6, 2017 12:45 pm PDT Last Updated Dec 6, 2017 at 8:00 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Isla Fisher arrives at The Hollywood Reporter’s Women in Entertainment Breakfast at Milk Studios on Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2017, in Los Angeles. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP) College student brings Hollywood stars to tears at breakfast LOS ANGELES, Calif. – It wasn’t Angelina Jolie or Jennifer Lawrence who got the most rousing applause at the Hollywood Reporter’s annual Women in Entertainment breakfast on Wednesday. It was a college freshman named Carla Arellano.The Loyola Marymount University student received a standing ovation and brought a room of Hollywood heavyweights to tears as she accepted a full-ride scholarship from “Wonder Woman” star Gal Gadot.“All I can think about right now are all the papers I have to write for my finals,” Arellano said, alternately laughing and crying.The 26th annual Women in Entertainment breakfast celebrating the trade publication’s yearly Power 100 ranking of women in the entertainment business included presentations of $1 million in college scholarships to girls from underrepresented communities in Los Angeles.Arellano was surprised by the gift. Gadot said the aspiring screenwriter would have had to quit her studies had she not received the $250,000 scholarship, which was funded by Warner Bros.Arellano thanked her parents and her mentors through tears before closing with a quote from Frida Kahlo, which she recited in Spanish and English.“Feet, what do I need you for, when I have wings to fly?” she said.Her emotional speech left Gadot and fellow presenter Justin Timberlake teary eyed, along with A-list guests including Shonda Rhimes, Emmy Rossum, Bryce Dallas Howard and Glenn Close.“This is maybe the most moving breakfast we’ve ever had,” said Sherry Lansing, who presented her namesake Leadership Award to Lawrence.Lansing highlighted Lawrence’s support for Planned Parenthood, her outspokenness on gender pay disparity and her recent $2 million donation to establish a cardiac intensive care unit for children in her hometown of Louisville, Kentucky.“I believe that because of Jennifer, young people will view philanthropy and giving back as just a natural part of their lives,” Lansing said.Lawrence spoke about the welfare of women worldwide, saying that women across the globe still make 77 cents to men’s dollar and that one third of all women experience violence or sexual violence in their lifetimes.The Oscar-winner commended the women who’ve spoken out against adversity in entertainment and other industries.“It’s not easy to speak out,” Lawrence said. “It’s not easy to face criticism on a global scale. But the fact is I’ve been given a platform, and I feel that if I don’t use it, I don’t deserve it.”The actress was characteristically unguarded as she gave her acceptance speech, at one point commenting on how she was holding her award incorrectly and later admitting that she wasn’t sure when to clap when speaking from the stage.Jolie, who gave the keynote address, also spoke about the plight of women around the world, imploring guests at the breakfast to appreciate what it means to be artists who can express themselves.“Art influences, it captures the imagination, it challenges orthodoxy,” Jolie said. “And societies where women are denied freedom of expression, those societies are being shaped without the voice and influence and wisdom of women. That is why I’m so grateful to be a part of this community.”Other speakers Wednesday included Rhimes, who served as guest editor for the Power 100 issue, and Sarah Silverman, who opened the program at Milk Studios.Sony executive Amy Pascal had been slated to receive the Equity in Entertainment Award presented by Meryl Streep, but street and freeway closures caused by Los Angeles wildfires prevented the two women from attending.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Sandy Cohen at www.twitter.com/APSandy .
LOS ANGELES, Calif. – He might have callously killed his father Han Solo, but like all well-written “bad guys,” Kylo Ren is the hero of his own Star Wars story.“He is someone who doesn’t think of himself as evil, but thinks of himself as right,” says Adam Driver, who reprises his role as the conflicted Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi.”“It’s definitely more exciting to play because I don’t think I know what pure evil is, nor does that seem to be something that sustains itself or is interesting to watch,” Driver says. “Watching people who feel kind of morally justified to behave the way they do is in a way more unpredictable and dangerous because there’s nothing that they won’t do to accomplish their mission because they feel empowered in being right.”Driver is more guarded than most about revealing anything about “The Last Jedi,” which hits theatres Friday, or even discussing what Kylo Ren was thinking when he killed Han, or when he battled Rey at the very end of the “The Force Awakens.”“I don’t think I can say what he saw (in Rey) but there is something familiar that he sees that hopefully he wrestles with in ‘The Last Jedi,’” Driver says. “There is something about thinking you’re on a singular journey and then kind of having your faith questioned by something new.”The 34-year-old actor, who had previously been best known for his role on HBO’s “Girls,” says his anonymity has mostly gone away since joining the Star Wars galaxy but that it’s ok.“Sometimes going places just requires more planning. But the scale of those movies, because they’re so multi-generational, or cross generational, the amount of people who come up to you and recognize you is kind of unpredictable,” he says. “But the kid part of it is for me the most fun: Seeing kids, or people bringing their kids or supplying their kids with lightsabers. I love that part. But they’re usually confused, like “Why is Kylo Ren wearing a jogging suit?”The kids who are especially taken with Kylo give him slight pause, though.“I worry about them,” Driver laughs. “Especially if they’re with their father.”___Follow AP Film Writer Lindsey Bahr on Twitter: www.twitter.com/ldbahr by Lindsey Bahr, The Associated Press Posted Dec 13, 2017 9:32 am PDT Last Updated Dec 13, 2017 at 10:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Driver says Kylo Ren isn’t evil, he just thinks he’s right FILE – This Dec. 14, 2016 file photo shows actor Adam Driver posing for a portrait in New York. Driver, 34, reprises his role as the conflicted Kylo Ren in “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” out Friday. (Photo by Victoria Will/Invision/AP, File)
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Mar 24, 2018 10:35 pm PDT Last Updated Mar 24, 2018 at 11:20 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email VANCOUVER – Gord Downie’s most recent album “Introduce Yerself” was often considered his final project, but his brothers insist there’s much more to come.“That wasn’t the end,” Patrick Downie told reporters after accepting two Juno Awards for the 2017 album alongside his brother Mike.“(Gord) did a lot of music in his final time.”The brothers stood alongside each other at the Junos gala dinner in the absence of the Tragically Hip frontman, who died last October of an incurable form of brain cancer.“Introduce Yerself” picked up the adult alternative album award while Downie shared a songwriter award with Kevin Drew for the project as well.The album consists of songs described as “love letters” to people who touched Downie’s life, from an ex-girlfriend to members of the Indigenous community.“There’s a lot of material that he was doing all along, a lot of material he created after he found out he was going to die,” Patrick added.“Songwriting was his vehicle. He just went to work. He was not going to leave this world until he had spoken his language.”The brothers didn’t say when Downie’s other projects would be released.Mike added that his brother’s “work ethic was unbeatable.”“Gord never stopped working. Two operations, chemo, he never stopped,” he said.“In the last two years he somehow had this idea of what he wanted to accomplish and he just went right down the list.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter. Gord Downie’s brothers say more projects are coming from the singer
by David Friend, The Canadian Press Posted Apr 16, 2018 10:34 am PDT Last Updated Apr 16, 2018 at 11:21 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email ‘An odd balance’: Seth Rogen pairs Alzheimer’s disease with his comedy special Seth Rogen attends the LA Premiere of “Blockers” at the Regency Village Theatre on Tuesday, April 3, 2018, in Los Angeles. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ AP-Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP TORONTO – Seth Rogen says it was difficult to find a happy medium between Alzheimer’s disease awareness and raunchy jokes on his new Netflix special “Hilarity for Charity.”While skits and bits are mostly his style, the Vancouver-raised comedian wasn’t simply hoping to crack up audiences, but also raise money for a crippling neurodegenerative disease that has affected his family.“I don’t pretend it’s not an odd balance to strike,” the actor says of filming the star-studded variety show, which debuted on the streaming service earlier this month.“But it’s the only one we know how to attempt to strike, really, because we’re comedians.”Rogen isn’t new to drumming up support to fight Alzheimer’s.He and his wife Lauren Miller Rogen launched the Hilarity for Charity fundraiser six years ago after her mother was diagnosed with the disease. The organization says it has raised more than US$7.5 million since it was founded.But the comedy showcase was never before recorded for broadcast, which meant bringing Netflix and its global audience into the loop would raise expectations.Rogen had to find a way to balance both sides of his personality — speaking about what matters to him, while also giving plenty of space to the stoner guy viewers have grown to love in movies like “Knocked Up” and “Pineapple Express.”“Hilarity for Charity” offers stage time for the cause. Rogen and his wife speak candidly about caring for her mother and their goal to help other families who are struggling to support their own relatives.But every sentimental moment is answered by joke, including plenty of weed humour which starts with an entire sketch dedicated to vape-smoking members of the male anatomy.There’s also a flurry of guests, including the Muppets as well as comedians Tiffany Haddish and Sarah Silverman who champion the cause before the night’s over.“Once me and Lauren dug an emotional hole we had to be able to find our way out of it as well,” Rogen said.“And that’s why you have Kermit the Frog around.”Rogen hopes all that star power puts Alzheimer’s in the pop culture sphere where he says it needs to be.“(We’re) hopefully making it a part of the conversation in the way it hasn’t been before, and maybe causing people to react towards it in a way they haven’t before,” he said.“Only if the culture is dictating that it is a problem that needs to be addressed will it become a problem that is addressed.”Early reaction on social media suggests his goals for this year’s “Hilarity for Charity” are being accomplished, he said.“I’ve seen an overwhelming amount of people reaching out saying they either knew nothing or now they do know something about it,” Rogen added.“Or they have it in their lives and they thought they were alone and they had no mechanism to share their experience with people. Now they felt maybe they do.”Follow @dfriend on Twitter.
by The Associated Press Posted Apr 19, 2018 11:39 am PDT Last Updated Apr 19, 2018 at 12:21 pm PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BERLIN – A far-right party has withdrawn its proposal to close down one of Berlin’s most famous techno clubs after the plan drew widespread ridicule in the laissez-faire German capital.Sibylle Schmidt, a district councillor for the Alternative for Germany party, had demanded that the Berghain club lose its license to operate over partygoers’ drug consumption and lascivious behaviour on the dance floor.Schmidt also complained about the club’s “unintelligent, ugly” bouncers and demanded “better lighting and staff to prevent sexual acts.”Berghain’s weekend-long raves are particularly popular with foreign tourists.Using the hashtag #berghain, Twitter users made fun of the proposal and compared Schmidt’s agenda to that of “hardcore Islamists.”The German news agency dpa reported Thursday that Schmidt’s party has distanced itself from her proposal. Far-right cancels bid to shut Berlin’s Berghain techno club FILE – In this Aug. 26, 2015 file photo guests attend the opening of the ‘Pop-Kultur’ festival in the Berghain club in Berlin. A local lawmaker in Berlin has reaped ridicule online for her proposal to close one of the city’s internationally renowned techno clubs because of the partygoers’ drug consumption, long opening hours and lascivious behavior on the dance floor. (Jeers Carstensen/dpa via AP, file)
German looted art restitution project shows 1st results by The Associated Press Posted May 2, 2018 6:11 am PDT Last Updated May 2, 2018 at 7:00 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email The marble sculpture Susanna by the artist Reinhold Begas, once belonged to Jewish-German newspaper publisher Rudolf Mosse, is displayed at the ‘Neue Nationalgalerie in Berlin, Wednesday, May 2, 2018. The sculpture is one of nine works which restituted from the collections and now are parts of Berlin’s state museums. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber) BERLIN – Several German cultural institutions and the American heirs of a German-Jewish family have presented the first results of their joint efforts to restitute a vast art collection stolen by the Nazis.Berlin’s state museums found among their collections nine artworks that the Nazis looted from Berlin newspaper publisher Rudolf Mosse, and returned them to Mosse’s heirs. Of those, three have been resold to the museums, including the marble sculpture “Susanna” by artist Reinhold Begas.Other German museums and research institutions are also involved in the huge restitution efforts, which involve over 1,000 pieces of art believed stolen from Mosse by the Nazis.A representative of Mosse’s heirs, Roger Strauch, told reporters in Berlin on Wednesday that the joint project was unique because of the co-operation of all institutions involved.
TORONTO – It comes with 10 gaming stations, six bedrooms, ping-pong and a pool table, not to mention big-screen TVs galore and a spacious deck complete with a barbecue and hot tub.But depending on your definition, there is more work than play in the well-appointed house that serves as home to the six members of the Raptors Uprising GC (Gaming Club), who carry the gaming colours of the Raptors in the NBA 2K League.Toronto’s Yusuf (Yusuf_Scarbz) Abdulla and American teammates Christopher (Detoxys) Doyle, Kenneth (Kenny) Hailey, Seanquai (KingQuai614) Harris, Trevion (All Hail Trey) Hendrix and Joshua (TsJosh) McKenna spend six to eight hours a day perfecting their craft in the high-tech basement.Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment opened the Raptors Uprising home/HQ for the first time to media Thursday.“I never really had roommates so it’s a different experience. Exciting. Big house. Love it,” said the 25-year-old Abdulla. “I love my teammates, they’re like my brothers. Amazing experience.”The NBA has gone all-in on the fledgling esports circuit, a partnership with Take-Two Interactive, which manufactures the hoops video game.“From the NBA standpoint, this is our fourth league,” NBA commissioner Adam Silver said prior to the NBA 2K League’s inaugural draft in early April, referencing the NBA, WNBA and G League.“This is the fourth league in our family and that’s exactly as we’re treating it — one more professional league,” Silver added.The Raptors are one of 17 NBA teams to take part in Year 1 of the esports league, commuting to New York on weekends to play virtual games in a studio before a live audience and those watching on the popular Twitch gaming channel. It’s five-versus-five with each gamer controlling his own player.The 102 gamers in the league were drawn from a pool of more than 72,000 who entered qualifying. They play a special build of the game that ensures each team uses virtual players with essentially the same skill sets.Raptors Uprising stands 15th with a 2-5 record going into this week’s game against seventh-place Wizards District Gaming (3-3). The Toronto gamers, however, insist their record, which includes three overtime losses against top teams, doesn’t tell the whole story.“I don’t want to get too far ahead of myself but I do feel like we have an opportunity to close out this season with a big run and climb back into playoff contention,” said Shane Talbot, esports manager for Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment.That would mean a top-eight finish in the 14-game regular season, which includes several mid-season tournaments. Blazers Gaming currently top the standings at 6-0.Talbot said MLSE looked long and hard for a suitable residence before settling on this house, a spacious rental tucked down a quiet residential street — its location on a need-to-know basis.In the basement, a long table is decked out with top-of-the-line gaming computers and chairs under a lighting system that can go from laboratory-white to nightclub-cool. A neon Raptors Uprising sign dominates one wall with an adjacent sitting area and TV used to review footage of rival teams.“As a lifelong gamer, this is my dream setup,” said Talbot.The gamers say their chemistry is good on and off the virtual court.“We have so much space so we don’t get in each other’s way,” said Hailey, a 28-year-old from Memphis who was the team’s top draft pick at No. 11 overall. “But at the same time, you are living with six guys. So it does feel like a college dorm experience.”Upstairs, the kitchen looks like it doesn’t get much use. Women, it appears, are not allowed.The residence, billed as the Bell Fibe House, is a triumph of sponsorship. There are Bell charging units and a Coors Light beer fridge. A giant NBA 2K18 poster occupies the wall near the pool table. The bathroom doors carry the logo for Axe body spray while Canadian Tire provided the deck furniture.And the gaming centre, with its Alienware computers, DXRacer gaming chairs and HyperX headphones, looks like someone went on a spending spree at Best Buy.No couch potatoes, the gamers also regularly work out at a gym that offers everything from acupuncture to massage therapy.They have taken different paths to get here.McKenna, a 22-year-old native of Decatur, Ga., was studying sports management at Georgia State. Doyle, a 20-year-old from Hampton Falls, N.H., was at the University of New Hampshire. Hendrix, 21, was working at steak house in Arkansas. Harris, a 24-year-old from Columbus, Ohio, was homeless for a while. Hailey was working for AT&T as a distribution co-ordinator until he quit his job to game professionally.All played for their high school basketball teams, with Doyle a top-rated New Hampshire prospect before suffering an injury. MLSE is paying them a salary as well as taking care of their room and board.Hailey and Doyle were all former members of an elite NBA 2K Pro-Am team called Still Trill that won the US$250,000 grand prize in last year’s NBA 2K17 all-star tournament.Hailey used his $50,000 prize money to pay off his 2012 Camaro while Doyle upgraded his PC gaming system.Follow @NeilMDavidson on TwitterNote to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version attributed a quote to Seanquai Harris instead of Kenneth Hailey. by Neil Davidson, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 21, 2018 12:35 pm PDT Last Updated Jun 22, 2018 at 10:20 am PDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Raptors Uprising GC Seanquai Harris, left to right, Joshua McKenna, Kenneth Hailey, Christopher Doyle, Trevion Hendrix, and Yusuf Abdulla pose for a photo at their Bell Fibe House in Toronto on Thursday, June 21, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin Raptors Uprising gamers show off their well-appointed high-tech home in Toronto
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Posted Dec 17, 2018 11:25 am PDT TORONTO — As director of Canada’s fledgling Indigenous Screen Office, Jesse Wente has spent much of the past year travelling around the country, doing consultations for an initiative that’s seen as a game-changer in the film industry and beyond.Now, he’s hoping to turn that dialogue into something tangible — including the creation of an actual office.“If 2018 was a year of discussions, 2019 will hopefully be a bit more of a year of action,” Wente said in a recent interview, “of actually being able to do things, leveraging partnerships, leveraging some of those conversations into actual supports and programs and different initiatives.”First announced by then-Heritage Minister Melanie Joly in June 2017, the ISO aims to support the development, production and marketing of Indigenous content.Since Wente started his position on Feb. 1, 2018, the Toronto-based Indigenous rights activist, broadcaster and cultural critic has been meeting with unions, funders and municipal organizations — and with as much of the Indigenous screen sector as possible — in order to figure out how the ISO should operate.That’s meant much time on the road, thousands of phone calls and thousands of emails — all with limited resources, no staff and no office.He anticipates that will change in the coming months, when a small increase in funding will allow him to start hiring staff, first an administrative co-ordinator and then possibly a writer-researcher.He also anticipates the ISO becoming incorporated, taking possession of a physical space and launching its website in 2019.“I think, quite frankly, the entire sector will be better for this,” said the former director of film programs at TIFF Bell Lightbox, who is Ojibwe from the Serpent River First Nation in Ontario.“Dollar for dollar, your investment will go farther investing in those that have been historically, systemically under-served, because they will deliver more.“Talent is not the issue. Stories ideas? So not the issue. There’s an abundance of those things. It’s opportunity and access, that’s the issue.”Based on similar Indigenous screen offices in countries including Australia, Canada’s ISO is a result of long-term advocacy on the part of the Indigenous screen sector.Financial contributions have come from the Canada Media Fund, Telefilm Canada, the National Film Board of Canada, the CBC, the Canadian Media Producers Association and the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.“I think a big opportunity for Canada on the global marketplace of cultural content is Indigenous peoples,” Wente said. “What is unique about this place? What are the unique stories about Canada? Do we really think the French and English is the most unique? Well, people speak French and English in a lot of other places than Canada.“People only speak Anishinaabe or Haida or Inuktitut here. These stories are only here with these people. If you want original IP (intellectual property), maybe it doesn’t come from the traditional colonial communities. They’ve expressed their IP for a very long time.”Wente said there are Indigenous productions on the horizon for 2019 and beyond “that will prove a little investment will yield significant results,” pointing to upcoming titles including Jeff Barnaby’s zombie film “Blood Quantum” and Loretta Todd’s “Monkey Beach,” an adaptation of Eden Robinson’s acclaimed novel.“All you have to do is look at music awards and literary awards in Canada to know that just a small industrial investment into Indigenous creators will yield artists of the highest level,” Wente said.Wente is on a two-year contract, which he imagines will comprise mostly of laying the foundation or “just digging the hole so that someone else can put the foundation in,” and also making the case for why the ISO should be further funded and permanent.He’s been reporting to an advisory circle of 10 industry leaders in Canada, including Alanis Obomsawin, Danis Goulet, Amos Scott, and Jennifer Podemski.Wente hopes the ISO will eventually have a staff base that’s geographically diverse, with about 12 to 14 employees in regional offices across the country.He’s also been speaking with the Indigenous Screen Office in Australia, in the hopes of learning from what they’ve done but also what they regret not doing in their 25-year history.“I’m really not looking to build what already exists in Canada,” Wente said.“We don’t need another Telefilm or another CMF. We just need those organizations maybe to interact or engage with Indigenous creators differently than they do now.”As in Australia, Wente would like to see Indigenous content more intertwined in Canada’s screen industry, with its filmmakers getting more investment so they can be known around the world, playing regularly at major festivals and winning global awards.Marginalized communities like First Nations, Metis and Inuit need to gain entry into a film industry they’ve largely been outside of, and they also need support to stay there, said Wente. Meanwhile, the system needs to change so that it’s more diverse and not appropriative.“The ISO can contribute to a budget,” Wente said, “which means that Indigenous creators aren’t systemically asked to take less, to do (more with less) — aren’t systemically asked to always prove themselves in order to get this when those systems don’t allow for the proving, even.”Wente said he hopes other organizations won’t use the ISO as an excuse to disinvest from Indigenous creators or divest from engagement in their projects, but rather see the office as something that exists alongside the larger industry so that everyone has a stake in Indigenous projects.But while the entire film community needs to be engaged in Indigenous cinema, Indigenous creators also need autonomy and narrative sovereignty on what stories get made, Wente said, noting Indigenous film should be defined by who’s making it and who’s owning it. And with the screen industry’s traditional business model breaking these days due to digital platforms, now is the perfect time to introduce new communities, new storytelling and new methods that the marketplace is looking for and the audience is craving, he added.Wente notes marginalized screen communities have rarely had access to traditional distribution channels like TV and movie theatres, so they already embrace newer platforms like streaming services and YouTube.Overall, the country needs to realize that if it wants to be a world leader, it should decolonize and embrace Indigenous creators like its filmmakers, “because this is the future,” said Wente.“The Indigenous voice of Canada is only going to grow stronger, so it’s best culturally that we begin to understand that and embrace that and invite that in,” he said, pointing to the recent success of a plethora Indigenous artists, including Polaris Prize-winning musician Jeremy Dutcher.“We might end up in a better place industrial-wise, culturally-wise, nationally, democratically, if we actually do this.”Victoria Ahearn, The Canadian Press Jesse Wente poised to turn dialogue into action at Indigenous Screen Office Jesse Wente, who runs Canada’s Indigenous Screen Office, poses for a photograph in Toronto on Monday, December 10, 2018. 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November 28, 2002 Harvest images fromthe garden. October workshoppers Jordan Stettner and Erin Jeffries.[Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] Garden volunteerKaren Petinelli and October workshopper Nancy Hackenmiller. [Photo:Ania Gorka & text: sa] The garden crewholds a farmer’s market on the lawn in front of the Ceramics Apse.[Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa] offers fresh picked organicproduce, fresh herbs and eggs from chickens all year around. [Photo:Ania Gorka & text: sa] The turkeys, raisedby our garden crew, have taken on enormous proportions. They seem tospend most of their time with their feathers all fluffed up, perhaps incompetition with the emus which have been their penmates. [Photo: AniaGorka & text: sa] Amazing faces thatremain nameless provide us with a food chain reality when the nationcelebrates the holiday. [Photo: Ania Gorka & text: sa]