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It’s impossible to see everything during Nocturne, so plan wisely. Here’s a sample itinerary designed to cover a lot of ground—start at the pool and head to the water.

Wave Lengths
Centennial Pool, 1970 Gottingen st

Veronica Simmonds (radio maven and Coast contributor) and Katie McKay (photography wunderkind) create an "audiovisual ode to swimming," a three-minute looped audio slideshow documenting the intensely personal feelings surrounding swimming by Centennial Pool members. Projected on the side wall of the pool, it will seduce you to indulge in the watery calm of the adult lane swim. Just not right now, we've got art to see.

Outside In
The Living Room, 2353 Agricola street

Right now you may be feeling a little guilty that you've forgotten how to do the front crawl. And maybe you didn't take that early morning hike as you planned. Right that wrong with DaPoPo Theatre's performance exhibit Outside In. The talented folks at DaPoPo have turned The Living Room into a mossy glen, where woodland sprites charm you, disarm you and challenge you to question your place in the natural world. They ask: "What will be real for you? How does one truly bring the outside, in?" Hint: Probably does not involve a seasonal decorative gourd and acorn display on the dining room table. Get out from between two ferns and keep walking down to Maynard Street.

Commemorative Tattoo
The Coast, 2309 Maynard street

Nocturne is such a special time, and Halifax is such a special place, both deserve some permanent marker of love on your body, don't they? I defy you to come up with a better idea than to get a growler tattooed on your thigh by Slowpoke: Handpoked Tattoo's Krista Hull at 8pm on a Saturday. Plus it's at the Coast office so you can get your "I love The Coast, especially Stephanie, she's so great"* tattoo while looking at my desk, you weirdo. Head to Barrington Street to distract yourself from the pain.

Note: This flash art will not be offered.

State of Emergency
Barrington and Sackville streets

José Andrés Mora cares not that the sound of an alarm clock could cause you to have 'Nam level flashbacks of 6:30am wake-up calls, he's more interested in the sound (and the sound of other alarms like car alarms, ambulance and police sirens) as a signal. Gauge your level of Pavlovian response while walking down Barrington Street on your way to the ferry.

City in Stereo
TIBS Dartmouth, King's Wharf and Alderney Landing

Hopefully you are in a super good mood because you've seen either Heavy Meadows, Quaker Parents, Samba Nova, Willie Stratton, Maritime Centre for African Dance, Zulkamoon or Erin Costelo on the ferry on the way over as part of CKDU's roving ferry performances. Tap your toes up to City in Stereo. Secret Theatre's Nick Bottomley and Dustin Harvey collaborate with Graeme Campbell and Rob Tracey to create a stereoscopic show sourced from over 100 still archival photographs of Halifax and Dartmouth. Thanks to the wonder of motion parallax, vibrant city scenes are given even more life due to the .gif-like properties of depth perception. Make your own old-timey Halifax documentary with your own brain. Take that Ken Burns.

The Canadian Museum of Immigration at Pier 21, 1055 Marginal road

Head back across the water and cap off your night by the calm depths of the harbour with Michael Fernandes' Arrivals/Departures. Fittingly located at the Canadian Museum of Immigration, Fernandes' piece attempts to document the idea of travel, through the personal responses to general questions surrounding the subject. Watch blackboards full of data fill with Halifax's collective itinerary---both consequential and minute. --Stephanie Johns


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