Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Jeremy Webb named Neptune Theatre's new artistic director

Posted By on Wed, Aug 30, 2017 at 11:34 AM

Webb at the Neptune announcement. - ISABELLE CHEVRIER
  • Webb at the Neptune announcement.
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After a nationwide search, Jeremy Webb (Off the Leash Creative, WillPower Theatre) has been named Neptune Theatre's new artistic director, following George Pothitos' eight-year run.

Currently the artistic producer of Eastern Front Theatre, Webb has performed in over 20 Neptune productions, most recently as Cogsworth the Clock in the theatre’s production of Beauty & The Beast.

"Now I know what they mean when they say your social media exploded,” says Webb. “I thought having a birthday on Facebook was exciting enough, but this is crazy—my phone started buzzing in my pocket seconds after my name was mentioned at the announcement."

“The reaction has been humbling. I didn’t know the extent to which people would be excited by this. I’m in awe of the fact that Neptune chose to hire someone that lives here, who knows this community, who knows and trusts the people,” says Webb. “I want to see my colleagues working, creating and getting energized along with Neptune.”

No stranger to the organization, Webb says he began working with Neptune the day after he got off the plane from England 19 years ago. He’s looking forward to continuing his commitment to highlighting emerging and diverse voices.

“The work I’ve been doing at Eastern Front—we have a different mandate: Atlantic Canadian stories by Atlantic Canadians. I’m really into that. We focus on diverse stories, shows at Eastern Front don’t normally get to be on the main stage at Neptune, there's lots of emerging artists, that’s something I’m going to carry on whilst helming Neptune,” says Webb. “That’s not to say that you won’t see the big musicals—it’s those big shows that make the edgier, more financially risky shows viable. I also want to expand the support base for other theatre organizations, I know a lot of the community members here and I’m excited by what they do in the trenches.”

“There are ways that Neptune can put dollars and love behind those writers—and not just writers, the directors of tomorrow and the designers of tomorrow, be it light, sound, costume, whatever. There’s a great team of professionals at Neptune who want to see that happen too.”

Citing Eastern Front’s Stages Theatre Festival, which centres emerging playwrights and gives a chance for new plays to be workshopped and read for the first time, Webb acknowledges that one of the most important things he can do in his new role is continue his commitment to those fresh voices. “Let’s face it, there’s only so much freshness a 49-year-old white dude can bring,” he says. “But I do what I can and I listen to other artists. Eventually us older actors will disappear and become extinct. But we have to keep the next generation coming. I think change is possible.”

Webb's five-year term will begin January 1, 2018 and he will program his first complete season with Neptune beginning in the fall of 2018.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Discover tarot at Art Bar +Projects

It's in the cards.

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 12:12 PM

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Tarot: The Road To The Self
Thursday August 31, 7-8:30pm
Art Bar +Projects
1873 Granville Street

Jonathan Stewart says most people associate tarot cards with fortune telling, but there’s much more to learn about them.

“I still don’t actually know if I believe in fortune telling,” says Stewart, having first come across tarot as a teenager, “but I picked up a deck and I taught myself how to read tarot and then I sort of found out about this deeper history.”

Stewart—who’s currently based out of Montreal—is in Halifax for the summer and is bringing his "Tarot: The Road To The Self" workshop to town. The workshop starts of with a lecture, during which Stewart explains the history of tarot as well as symbolism and theories. He then goes through the different systems and uses for the cards.

“I can’t go into depth with each method or each use, but maybe this will spark an interest in people who come to the workshop,” says Stewart. “Then, they can explore deeper by themselves.”

Stewart will be presenting a wide range of perspectives on tarot, “from party trick to powerful and psychological spiritual tool,” he says.

Attendees who have a tarot deck are invited to bring it along, or to download a free tarot app here. The workshop is free, although folks are invited to donate to help cover the costs if they're able.

“I would say it’s for anybody who wants to know themselves better, and for anyone who’s looking for a toolbox to help them with—again—spirituality, creativity or psychological progress,” says Stewart. 

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Review: Centuries of Silence: The Discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal at the AGNS

Posted By on Wed, Aug 23, 2017 at 9:54 AM

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<i>Centuries of Silence: The Discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal</i>
Curator: Judith Dietz
Through October 29
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, 1723 Hollis Street

It’s not uncommon for art galleries and museums to be compared to churches, but the rooms filled with choir songs and religious portraits in Centuries of Silence: The discovery of the Salzinnes Antiphonal really do seem to transform the AGNS’ third floor into a religious space.

The focus of the exhibition is the Salzinnes Antiphonal, an enormous illuminated choir book from 16th century Belgium. The Antiphonal sits in the centre of a dark room lit by a spotlight, the pages of the giant book turned to a beautiful gilded illustration of the Three Magi. Visitors can peruse the entire book with the help of a tablet, and can even hear the songs as they would have originally been performed.
Recounting the history of the Antiphonal and its journey to Halifax, the exhibition is dense with information but the overall effect is very peaceful—a welcome and air-conditioned refuge on the last steamy days of summer.

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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Investigative journalist and author Amy Goodman to give talk in Halifax

Posted By on Tue, Aug 22, 2017 at 12:34 PM

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Amy Goodman in Halifax
Saturday, September 30, 8-10pm (doors open at 7pm)
Ondaatje Theatre, Dalhousie University

Adding to the list of much-loved journalists heading to Halifax this fall (Scaachi Koul and Peter Mansbridge among them), longtime Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman is slated to appear in town this September.

Democracy Now! is an independent global news program, broadcast daily on radio, satellite television and online. In addition to her work with the outlet, Goodman is the author of six books. Her latest work is Democracy Now!: 20 Years Covering the Movements Changing America, which she published alongside brother David Goodman and Democracy Now! co-founder Denis Moynihan.

Goodman’s talk, titled “Stories of Democracy, Resistance and Hope” will focus on her experiences as a reporter as well as a grassroots organizer.

Tickets are available online and physical tickets are available at CKDU Radio Society, Bookmark booksellers and Humani-T Cafe (Young Street).

A limited number of reduced price tickets are available for those who may find cost a barrier. Contact Fenwood Publishing at 902-857-1388 for availability.

In anticipation, you can check out Goodman's talk at The New School below.

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

FIN announces full film festival program

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 2:02 PM

click image Jeremie Saunders in Sickboy. - VIA FINFESTIVAL.CA
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FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival (formerly known as The Atlantic Film Festival) has announced its eight-day lineup for this year’s fest, featuring homegrown and international talent. 

“If you’ve never been to the Atlantic International Film Festival, this is the year to take the plunge,” says program director Jason Beaudry.

Things kick off at opening night with Long Time Running, a screening in conjunction with Movie Nights Across Canada. The film is a documentary telling the story of The Tragically Hip’s final tour as the band made its way across the country last year.

Locally-made films include Corey Bowles’ Black Cop, Jackie Torrens’ Free Reins, Seth A. Smith's horror movie The Crescent and Andrew MacCormack’s Sickboy: a documentary following Brian Stever, Taylor MacGillivary and Jeremie Saunders, the creators of the popular, Halifax-based podcast of the same name. This is the first time Sickboy will be screened publicly, two months before it is slated to air on CBC.

 “They kind of captivated the hearts of the city when they first began,” MacCormack says of the podcast hosts. The movie focuses on “getting behind the scenes and getting to the essence of why Jeremie’s doing what he’s doing, and how he goes about his life knowing that it’s gonna be a lot shorter than everyone else’s.”

FIN is screening of two films with accessibility specifically in mind. The Halifax Explosion: The Deaf Experience is told through Maritime Sign Language and English subtitles. A different documentary on the Halifax Explosion by Jennifer Adcock was created in consideration for audience members who are blind or have low vision. With the help of Autism Nova Scotia, there will also be a series of “relaxed screenings” providing adjusted sound, lighting and a designated quiet area.

Much-anticipated movies such as Breathe (starring Andrew Garfield), Angelina Jolie’s The Breadwinner and the first fully painted feature film, Loving Vincent, are also on the schedule. Call Me By Your Name, a romantic story set on on the Italian Riviera in 1983, will bring the festival to a close.

FIN runs from September 14-21. The online box office is now open and the walk-in box office at Cineplex Park Lane will open on September 5. All films are now listed at

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Review: Gina Stick's Ritual Objects of Everyday Life at Mary E. Black Gallery

Posted By on Wed, Aug 16, 2017 at 9:35 AM

Vase with Flower Medallion, Porcelain, Press-mould with original icon, Porcelain, 24k Roman Gold, 22k German gold, Chinese over-glaze enamels (gucai) - JOHN SHERLOCK
  • Vase with Flower Medallion, Porcelain, Press-mould with original icon, Porcelain, 24k Roman Gold, 22k German gold, Chinese over-glaze enamels (gucai)
  • John Sherlock

Gina Etra Stick, Ritual Objects of Everyday Life
Through August 27
Mary E. Black Gallery, 1061 Marginal Road

While many locals may steer away from the waterfront this time of year, there is one event that should pull them towards the boardwalk.

Mary E. Black Gallery, nestled between NSCAD’s port campus and Pier 21, boasts a stunning current exhibition of work by emerging artist Gina Etra Stick of hand-painted porcelain: Ritual Objects of Everyday Life. After a 40 year career as a designer and architect, Stick trained in Jingdezhen, the porcelain center of China and an area with more than a thousand years of porcelain production.
From 24k gilded lotus petals to carved celadon, Stick’s hand enameling is masterful and the resulting works are truly spectacular.

While Stick may employ some creative liberties, the works in Ritual Objects demonstrate a deep respect for and understanding of these continuing ancient traditions, reminding us that—when done right—craft has the potential to be a fruitful site for cultural exchange.

“Luminosity” Porcelain Vase, 17.5” x 7”, 24k Roman Gold, 22k German Gold, and Chinese media (overglaze enamel, painted on top of the fired glaze) - MARVIN MOORE
  • “Luminosity” Porcelain Vase, 17.5” x 7”, 24k Roman Gold, 22k German Gold, and Chinese media (overglaze enamel, painted on top of the fired glaze)
  • Marvin Moore

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Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Argyle Fine Art's Rainworks makes a splash

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 5:02 PM

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Say Something: Exploring art with Rainworks
Saturday, August 12, 2-4pm
Argyle Fine Art, 1559 Barrington Street

Paint the town red? Well, this group of local artists have painted the town in text—that's only viewable when it rains. Here, Argyle Fine Art helps you see the secret writing on the wall (and the sidewalk), equipping adventurers with a bucket of water and a map. Stop by the gallery between 2-4pm to get in on the exploring!


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Get steamy with Laura Kenins' Steam Clean

Posted By on Wed, Aug 9, 2017 at 4:52 PM

An image from Laura Kenins' Steam Clean
  • An image from Laura Kenins' Steam Clean

Steam Clean book launch and reading
Thursday, August 10 at 6-8pm
Strange Adventures, Halifax, 5110 Prince Street

Former Coast writer and comic artist extraordinaire Laura Kenins comes home to Hali to celebrate the launch of Steam Clean—just in time for the Dartmouth Comic Arts Festival! The comic follows a a group of friends and strangers at a women’s-only sauna night. As the steam heats up, stories come out—from dealing with dating apps and work woes to struggling with being nonbinary.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

Halifax's first ever exhibition of artwork by Caribbean born and descended NS artists happens Monday

Posted By on Fri, Aug 4, 2017 at 9:42 AM

"Maudrie" by Justin Augustine, oil, 2000 - SUBMITTED
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Caribbean Diaspora Cultural Festival
Monday, August 7, noon-9pm
Halifax Commons, Caribbean Diaspora Festival Tent

Halifax's first ever exhibition of art by Caribbean born and descended Nova Scotian artists, Kaiso, is on view for one day only this Monday, as part of the Caribbean Diaspora Cultural Festival.

“This new exhibition shows the diversity of Caribbean culture in Nova Scotia and brings attention to the contributions that Caribbean born peoples have made to the province in the visual arts,” says curator and Black Artists Network of Nova Scotia organizing founder David Woods, in a press release.

Paintings by Woods will be on display as well as work from Justin Augustine, Angel Gannon, Michelle Flemming, Laurel Francis, Habiba El-Sayed, Kaas Ghanie and selections from Black Artists Network members Heather Cromwell and Alex Thuku.

Expect paintings, quilts, installations, photography and ceramic sculpture reflecting "Caribbean images" as well as exploring "social issues and local African Nova Scotian history." The Caribbean Diaspora Cultural Festival also features dancing, singing, drumming, a domino tournament and more.

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Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Review: Arjun Lal’s Queer Gardens at the Khyber

Posted By on Tue, Aug 1, 2017 at 4:08 PM

Queer Gardens - ARJUN LAL
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  • Arjun Lal

Arjun Lal's Queer Gardens
July 8-August 15
Closing ceremony Tuesday, August 15, 6-8pm
The Khyber Centre for the Arts, 1880 Hollis Street

A rainbow filled window-front is nothing unusual this time of year, but the rainbows in one Hollis street window are not your standard Pride fare.

In Arjun Lal’s Queer Gardens, the current exhibition in the Khyber’s By the Sea Window Gallery, the gallery’s windowsill is lined with square terracotta pots, each painted with a pride rainbow and numbered 1 /30. Coinciding with 30 years of Pride in Halifax, Lal has created 30 planter boxes, which he will gift to 30 queer community members and organizations at the closing ceremony on August 15.

“Pride is divisive, it is beautiful, it is political, and it has the capacity to connect across communities, intersections, politics, and identities” writes Lal in the Queer Gardens press release.

By thinking outside of the official Pride celebrations, Lal hopes that the plants grown in these planters—this alternative community garden—help members cultivate their own sense of Pride and celebrate growth in queer communities.

Queer Gardens - CALEN SACK
  • Queer Gardens
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