DeAnna Bennett: From Water Polo To Fighting

DeAnna Bennett

DeAnna Bennett

The biggest weekend in women’s mixed martial arts history kicks off tonight with the Invicta 11 card.

Sarah spoke to DeAnna Bennett, one of the marquee fighters on the card, about her weight cut and the rough, tough world of… water polo.

To read the story head over to Fightland by going here.

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How The DeFranco Family Affected Welland

The DeFranco Family

The DeFranco Family

What happens when the kids you know from next door become super-famous pop stars?

To start, your aunt steals their rulers from class.

At least that’s what happened with Sarah’s aunt when the improbable five-piece The DeFranco Family became pop royalty for a couple years in the early-1970s.

Sarah dug deep into how the band’s success — there was a point when only the Jacksons and Osmonds were bigger than them — affected a small town like Welland, Ontario.

To read the full story head over to Aux Out by going here.

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David Cronenberg And Julianne Moore’s Best Films

Julianne Moore

Julianne Moore

In the aftermath of the most recent Academy Awards the folks at Consequence Of Sound had themselves a couple big ol’ pile-ons discussing the relative greatness of director David Cronenberg and actor Julianne Moore.

Sarah got in on this action by writing about Cronenberg’s Eastern Promises and Moore’s The End Of The Affair and Cookie’s Fortune.

To read about David Cronenberg go here.

To read about Julianne Moore go here.

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20 Amazing Versions Of ‘Wayfaring Stranger’

Emmylou Harris

Emmylou Harris

I went down a deep YouTube rabbit hole recently and when I emerged what I had with me were 20 amazing versions of the traditional song “Wayfaring Stranger” recorded throughout the decades.

My favourites are probably the Neko Case and 16 Horsepower versions, but there are a number of other (sometimes surprisingly) great renditions amongst the 20 I highlighted in an article for The Bluegrass Situation.

To read the full list, go here.

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‘What We Do In The Shadows’ Shows The Other side Of Vampirism

What We Do In The Shadows

What We Do In The Shadows

One of the most peculiar vampire films in recent memory has got to be the dark comedy, What We Do In The Shadows.

Sarah interviewed two of the film’s key stars, Taika Waititi and Flight Of The Conchords‘ Jemaine Clement about their strange bloodsucking world for Consequence Of Sound.

To read the interview (and learn about their connection to Lord Of The Rings) go here.

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Talking Anti-Vaxxers On Minnesota Public Radio

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Sarah’s measles vs. autism story for Medium has clearly struck a chord because she was recently invited to talk about it on-air for Minnesota Public Radio.

The full audio of her interview can be found by going here.

Her story also received a citation in Rolling Stone today. That link can be found here.

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On Basquiat And Boxing

Basquiat's crown

Basquiat’s crown

Jean-Michel Basquiat fever has taken over Toronto lately with the painter’s exhibit currently running at the Art Gallery of Ontario.

It turns out that Bsaquiat used the sport of boxing as an artistic and careerist muse throughout his career.

Sarah wrote about this intersection of art and fisticuffs for Fightland.

To read the story go here.

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