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Nocturne spotlight: Coast picks 

With over 100 art projects and gallery shows, midnight will come around before you know it.

Night Twitters
The Letterpress Gang, Dawson Printshop, 1895 Granville street, Zone 1
"It's an old technology that takes a long time to learn. We want to pass it on," says Katie Tower, representing The Letterpress Gang. Tower is talking about the printing equipment at the Dawson Printshop, a teaching printshop that's existed here for over 30 years---first at King's College, and now at NSCAD. And what better way to draw people into the old-time process, to see "all the crazy machinery and how much type we have" than by using a new-fangled technology like Twitter? The Letterpress Gang has been soliciting 140-character short stories on, and the top 10 of the lot will be handprinted onto posters, available at Nocturne. Tower and the rest of the gang are hoping that by opening up the shop they'll find some new volunteers interested in joining the group---no experience necessary, just a love of letters and type---which meets every Monday at 6pm. —SCF

Alone Now, With All of My Friends
Melanie Colosimo, 1559 Barrington, Zone 1
Ironically, all those dead, papered-up, shut-down windows on Barrington Street give birth to some of the best Nocturne projects (remember Scott Saunders' giant ocean wave?). Melanie Colosimo's four-channel animated video tells the story of a lonely old man who's taken all his belongings and moved into his bedroom closet. Each channel, or window, simultaneously depicts a scene from the man's life. Colisimo, who created the video when she moved away from the Maritimes to pursue her Masters degree in Ontario, gives this sad scenario melancholic charm, thanks to her lovely hand-drawn animations. —SCF

Ordinarium Drive-Thru
Ordinary Collective, Parking Lot, corner of Birmingham and Clyde streets, Zone 3
Don't expect a double-double from this joint. The Ordinary Collective, made up of talented multimedia artists Lis van Berkel, Leigh Ann Vardy and Joanne Kerrigan, turn the parking lot behind the Spring Garden Library into one of the most absurd "carnivalesque" drive-thrus around, by drawing attention to the absurdity of our need for convenience. Walk up and wait in line—no cars allowed. —SCF

FILM-E-OKE/Prime Time Life
CBC Radio Room, 1601 South Park street, Zone 3/Khyber ICA, 1588 Barrington street, Zone 1
If you've been looking for the opportunity to act out, the Atlantic Filmmakers' Co-op and artist and filmmaker Laura Dawe step in with two projects to satisfy you. AFCOOP's FILM-E-OKE is the karaoke of the film world, presenting visitors with excerpts from Hollywood movies, along with costumes, props and fellow actors. After a short rehearsal time, AFCOOP members will direct you onstage, performances projected in the windows. Dawe's project at the Khyber gives participants a "generic set, generic script, props and costumes." Five scripts will be available, encompassing comedy, romance, horror and possibly a newscast. Videos will be shown live on Barrington all night. Dawe says that the relationship to film and TV, "for a lot of people is one-sided. I'd like to transform The Viewer into The Viewed." —LK

Eryn Foster, Cardio Room, YMCA South Park street, 1565 South Park, Zone 3
Eryn Foster is well-known for her moving art: She's toured around PEI, hiked to Sackville, New Brunswick and took a group on a walk around Calgary. Although she's often alone on her journeys, Foster's walking pilgrimages are always a communal experience. This time, bring your workout gear and water, because she wants you to get physical. Foster recruited karaoke demi-god Laurie the Guy to host wannabe singers and workout artists on the cardio machines in the Y. Pick a song, sing solo or in a band, while moving on a treadmill or stationary bike. Foster's Kardio-Karaoke!!!, AFCOOP's FILM-E-OKE and Laura Dawe's Prime Time Life are all part of a great interactive trend this year. Art isn't just on the walls, it's in your lungs and feet, too. —SCF

Annik Gaudet, back of the Bus Stop Theatre, 2268 Maitland st., Zone 4
A "secret camping site" on Maitland Street, behind the Bus Stop, Annik Gaudet's project is based on her hitchhiking journeys, once finding herself needing a place to sleep in a busy urban environment. She's interested in the ideas of urban squatting and representing an "alternative travelling culture, from train-hopping to hitchhiking." She says, "I am definitely into showing the romantic side of travelling culture, but do not limit myself there." The installation comprises sound, video projection and a glowing tent; Gaudet will be "watching over the location for most of the night, but the interaction will be strictly between the viewer and the installation." A former tenant of the building, she found the "isolation and character of the backyard space to lend itself well to a squatting situation." —LK

Cultural Infrastructure
Chris Foster, Bus Stop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen street, Zone 4
While you're warming up from your camping adventure with Annik Gaudet, be sure to step inside the Bus Stop Theatre. Artist Chris Foster has produced an astonishing 5,000 litho-offset prints for the occasion, free for visitors to take home. The prints reference cultural institutions like the Khyber building, the old Marquee Club and the Bloomfield Centre, but Foster puts his own detailed but whimsical twist on the architecture: His fantastical buildings include mazes, tunnels and towers. In addition to the prints there will be two architectural models that take recognizable parts of local buildings and turn them into new Franksteined structures. Reuse, indeed. —SCF

Cover up
The Coast, 6657 Cunard street, Zone 4
For the first time, The Coast is joining in the Nocturne fun. Every week, dozens, sometimes hundreds, of photos are taken for the cover and inside features of The Coast. There are a lot of great photos in the rejects that never get to see the light of day, so we're bringing them out at night. Coast photographers Scott Blackburn, Julé Malet-Veale, Aaron McKenzie Fraser, Scott Munn, Riley Smith and Meghan Tansey Whitton have picked through the archives to find their favourites, which will be projected through The Coast's windows like a giant lightbox. —SCF

The Miscellaneous Marching Band/Mobile Pancake Vehicle
All around downtown
The Miscellaneous Marching Band has become one of our favourite additions to the city. Led by parade master and artist Zachary Gough, and inspired by street bands in India, you couldn't miss the musicians, marchers and their giant animal puppets at this summer's Pride parade, or at last year's Nocturne. Anyone can join: there's juggling and entertainment at Grand Parade between 6pm and 8pm, then the parade will continue on through downtown, led by Gough. Bring an instrument, noisemaker, sassy outfit and a sense of adventure. Be on the lookout for Noah Logan's Mobile Pancake Vehicle, where he'll be giving out pancakes in exchange for personal stories and artifacts. –SCF


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