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elissa barnard

I wrote about arts and entertainment for 35 years for the Chronicle Herald and can't give it all up quite yet. My email is elissa.barnard@gmail.com

    Here We Are Here: dramatic, complex exploration of black history and identity

    Chantal Gibson, Souvenir, 2017, Multimedia installation with 2000 souvenir spoons (metal, silver, copper, pewter), black spray paint, in Here We Are Here: Black Canadian Contemporary Art, on view at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia.  (Image courtesy of Brian Boyle, Royal Ontario Museum) Sylvia D. Hamilton’s list of 3,000 names of Nova Scotia black settlers from the 1700s to 1812 gives its name to Here We Are Here: Black Canadian […]

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    Get Tickets to Short Film Face Off Tapings

    Short Film Face Off host Steve Patterson. Live tapings are in June in Halifax.  Tickets are available for live tapings of Short Film Face Off on June 11, 12, 13 and 14,  6:30 p.m., at CBC Halifax, 6940 Mumford Rd. Short Film Face Off is a four-part, one hour television series  showcasing emerging filmmakers from across Canada. The Nova Scotia producer of the series is Bill Niven of Idlewild Films. […]

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    Brundibár: light-hearted children’s opera framed in bleak history in HTYP show

    Talented local actors and musicians perform in Halifax Theatre for Young People’s production of Brundibár, at the Sir James Dunn Theatre tonight, 7 p.m., and Sunday, 2 p.m.  Context is everything. The half-hour children’s opera Brundibár, at the Sir James Dunn Theatre this weekend, is like an adorable school play. However, this delightful piece performed by talented young actors and local classical musicians, was written in 1938 and performed 55 […]

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    Theatrical virtuosity in award-winning Irish caper at Neptune studio

    Gordon Gammie and Francine Deschepper in Little Thing, Big Thing at the Neptune studio theatre until May 26. (Ashley Pettipas)  It’s a treat to see Little Thing, Big Thing, the entertaining, award-winning 2016 hit from  Festival Antigonish, restaged with the same team in the cozy Neptune studio theatre. This two-actor, Irish caper features remarkable performances by Francine Deschepper as a starchy “nun on the run” and Gordon Gammie as a […]

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    The Children: excellently-acted, traditional drama about hot topic

    Lee J. Campbell, Mauralea Austin and Martha Irving star in The Children, produced by Keep Good (Theatre) Company  at the Bus Stop Theatre through Sunday. (Stoo Metz) Three of Halifax’s top actors – Martha Irving, Mauralea Austin and Lee J. Campbell – dazzle in Keep Good (Theatre) Company’s high-quality production of Lucy Kirkwood’s unsettling play, The Children. This 2016 British play is traditional in style and highly contemporary in subject […]

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    KAZAN’s back with odd, funny, contemporary play at Park Place Theatre

    Christian Murray, Kathryn MacLellan, Gil Anderson and Matthew Lumley in KAZAN CO-OP’s The Realistic Joneses, to May 19, Tues. to Sat., 7:30 p.m.; Sun., 2 p.m., at Park Place Theatre, Point Pleasant Park. Tickets at http://www.tickethalifax.com. (Janet MacLellan) New York playwright Will Eno’s 90-minute play, The Realistic Joneses, is very funny and unsettling, weird but familiar, in a passionate, perceptive production  at Park Place Theatre in Halifax. Trust KAZAN theatre […]

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    Genny Killin’s sensuous, sacred relics of forgotten history in Rag and Bone

    Reliquary of the Carita: grounded on Money Point 1975-12-20, by Genny Killin, metal from a shipwreck, plaster, dye, velvet, in Rag and Bone, opening today, 5-7 p.m., at the Craig Gallery, Alderney Landing, Dartmouth, with a talk Saturday, 2 p.m. Shows ends May 26.  People visiting Genny Killin’s house are startled by a heaping basket of bones in her dining room. The Halifax artist, whose solo show Rag and Bone […]

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    Mind and Media: Sydney Blum and Alex Livingston at Studio 21

    Deer by Calm Water, by Alex Livingston, archival pigment ink print, 47 ” x 65.5,” at Studio 21 Fine Art, 5431 Doyle St., Halifax. Alex Livingston’s new digital paintings of deer in landscapes play with the mind. What is real and what isn’t? These beautiful, pastoral images created solely on a computer refer to traditional art forms of photography, printmaking and painting. The bodies of the deer appear to be […]

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    The Color Purple, fabulous tower of song and talent than enriches the soul

    Samantha Walkes as Nettie and Tara Jackson as Celie in Neptune Theatre’s production of The Color Purple,  on to June 2 (and selling fast). Stoo Metz. Neptune Theatre’s The Color Purple is a fantastic production that starts with a storm of music and emotion and never lets up. The characters are so engaging that the audience speaks back to them and cheers them on (or hates them) in an intense, […]

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    Colour pops in Rosengarten’s plein air paintings at Gallery 1919

    Violet Rosengarten exhibits her plein air, mixed media paintings at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen, 6025 Stanley St., Halifax, including Orange Dahlia on Blue (above).  It’s no secret that Dartmouth-based artist Violet Rosengarten loves colour. She is wearing a fuchsia sweater and a delicate scarf of pale pinks and oranges – colours that are echoed in her plein air paintings at Gallery Nineteen Nineteen. “I think of myself as a colourist,” she […]

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