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Reviews of theatre and art in Nova Scotia and beyond

JUDAS PRIEST LIVE IN HALI IN NOVEMBER

Whether your are a metal fan or not, it’s a good sign that Judas Priest is performing live in Halifax Nov. 2 at the Scotiabank Centre, with the opening act TBA. One of heavy metal’s all-time greats, Judas Priest celebrates its 50th anniversary this year with a North American tour, the 50 Heavy Metal Years Tour. The band’s recent and highest-charting album Firepower hit #5 on the Billboard 200. Tickets […]

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Flower Power in Argyle Fine Art’s Windows

Argyle Fine Art won’t let COVID-19 spoil the show. Owner Adriana Afford is exhibiting gorgeous and uplifting, flower paintings – in a first solo show by emerging Halifax artist Raquel Roth – in the gallery’s front windows. The acrylic paintings, visible during the day and magically lit at night, are a must for anyone who loves flowers – fluffy peonies like prom dresses; roses bursting out of a thin, stem-crowded […]

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Frequencies: looking out to the universe and into the human heart

In this odd time of no live theatre, the depths of winter and a spiritual hunger, Aaron Collier mines the cosmos to find meaning in life, love and loss. His 75-minute, multimedia performance Frequencies, streaming online through Sunday, is celestial and individual, philosophically expansive in ideas about time, love and grief but also a simply-told personal story. How this fusion of theatre, techno concert and digital scenography is told is […]

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At FAST the Show Must go on – Outdoors!

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre is moving outdoors with Robin Hood: The Great Escape in August at Keppoch Mountain. After cancelling all live productions in 2020 due to COVID-19, the 34-year-old repertory company, based in the Bauer Theatre, decided outdoor theatre was the only way to ensure live performance. “This summer, I want to make sure that we have the greatest chance possible of bringing live theatre back to our community,” […]

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Billy Bishop Goes to War a kaleidoscope of colour and emotion

Highland Arts Theatre turns the 40-year-old classic Billy Bishop Goes to War into a kaleidoscope of colour, passion and story in its 70-minute production, extended through Friday, 8 p.m., due to popular demand. Over the years Truro-born playwright John Gray and actor Eric Peterson have revisited their musical about the Owen Sound flying ace to combine boyish excitement and high spirits with an awareness of the horror and loss of […]

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Tooke celebrates land, life and love in West of Paradise

Susan Tooke celebrates nature and the rural life she shared with her late husband in the exhibit, West of Paradise, at Secord Gallery, 6301 Quinpool Rd., Halifax, to Nov. 27. “This work is really the whole idea of paradise, that we had come to this amazing place, this amazing property and it was everything we could ever dream of – everything was so beautiful and so inspirational,” says Tooke. In […]

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See hot, new movies and Atlantic shorts at HIFF

The 14th annual Halifax Independent Filmmakers Festival (HIFF) is free and online starting today and running to Nov. 15. Produced by the Atlantic Filmmakers Cooperative, it includes a 14-hour film shown in three parts, Atlantic Canadian shorts, a Centre for Art Tapes digital art tour and 10 Canadian and international feature films. (To view the full program and select tickets go to: https://watch.eventive.org.) United Kingdom director Mark Jenkin’s BAFTA-nominated film […]

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Whitney Pier House Perfect Set for Suspenseful Drama

Highland Arts Theatre invites people into a haunted house for Hannah Moscovitch’s psychological thriller Little One, just extended to Nov. 15 because it’s been selling out. A masked audience of 15 is guided through a Whitney Pier home under renovation to watch this intense and chilling 75-minute drama with striking performances by Tayves Fiddis (Mary’s Wedding) and Bhreagh MacNeil (Werewolf). Director Alison Crosby moves her actors through dingy rooms of […]

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Festival Antigonish pivots to lively, radio comedy

Festival Antigonish Summer Theatre has blasted through the restrictions of COVID-19 to make a locally-inspired radio drama that is tons of fun. Hector the Spectre Steals the Show is a six-part weekly series on radio and online about the Bauer Theatre’s legendary ghost Hector. The story, written by FAST artistic director Andrea Boyd and Antigonish artist/playwright Laura Teasdale, is theatre-about-theatre with lots of funny references to Festival Antigonish, Nova Scotia […]

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Psychic astrologer’s first novel is a tale for our times

Nova Scotia astrologer and spiritual counselor Deborah Young launches her first novel, Gabriel’s Great Perhaps, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 7 to 8 p.m., with a Facebook Live event. Nova Scotia-based astrologer, writer and spiritual counselor Deborah Young found writing a novel to be the bravest thing she’s ever done. This after travelling much of the world, experiencing the death of close family members as a child and working for over 29 […]

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