Friday, February 10, 2017

The new Discovery Centre opens Sunday (but here's a sneak peek)

Its five-year reboot just might be worth the wait.

Posted By on Fri, Feb 10, 2017 at 5:58 PM

This kid doesn't even realize he's learning something! Science (of Rock N' Roll) for the win. - SUPPLIED BY DISCOVERY CENTRE
  • This kid doesn't even realize he's learning something! Science (of Rock N' Roll) for the win.
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Just how awesome is the new Discovery Centre? We’re about to find out. After five years of planning, fundraising and building, the giant $20-plus million waterfront science showcase opens this Sunday, February 12. (Check the slideshow below.)

“We are delighted to finally open our doors to the public,” says Discovery Centre president/CEO Dov Bercovici via press release. Inside those doors you’ll find attractions like a dome theatre and four permanent exhibition galleries, along with a large space for temporary shows, the first of these being The Science of Rock N’ Roll, an immersive look at how science has influenced music.

All of which does indeed sound awesome. And mayor Mike Savage, also speaking by press release, concurs, saying “the Centre makes a statement to our community, and anyone who visits Halifax, that we are a smart, progressive city that invests in innovation, in young people and in our future.”

The real test, however, will come after the Centre opens for business. The Coast has assembled a crack team of interactive science enthusiasts who are going to get their hands on everything the Disco Centre has to offer, and report back to you. Watch for their review in next Thursday’s issue of The Coast.

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Thursday, January 14, 2016

Art Notes: Khyber Meeting and Show Openings

Posted By on Thu, Jan 14, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Hank Bull: Connexion - SMU ART GALLERY
  • Hank Bull: Connexion
  • SMU Art Gallery

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Curated by Joni Low and Pat Wendt, the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery (923 Robie Street) has a full art-weekend planned for you. You're invited to the following events: on Friday at 7pm, Vancouver-based artist Hank Bull speaks on his sculptural installation that aligns "artwork with communication technologies, costumes and documents," before the official opening at 8pm (free). On Saturday at 3pm (free), artist and NSCAD faculty Bruce Barber will give a talk before Hank and Arthur Bull perform "blues, roots, hokum and storytelling" at The Company House (2202 Gottingen Street) at 7pm (by donation). In our age of technology, this will illuminate.  

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Tonight (Thursday) at 7pm at Halifax North Memorial Library (2285 Gottingen Street), the Friends of the Khyber (FoK) will host a public meeting to present "a plan submitted to regional council for a revitalized Khyber Building. Over the past year, FoK and The Khyber Centre for the Arts have worked with respected and knowledgeable arts partners, architects, engineers and real estate specialists to develop a viable plan to save the Khyber Building at 1588 Barrington Street. Regional Council will consider the plan within the coming weeks." Managing friends of the Khyber in attendance: Joel Plaskett, Robin Metcalf and Emily Davidson. 

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On Friday at Hermes Gallery (5682 North Street) at 5:30pm, Halifax artists Ian Funke-McKay and Dave LeRue showdown with an exhibition that features their works in competition. Both "find common ground in fields of colour, sport and tournament-style decoration." On Sunday, they'll share a Team Talk at 2:30pm at the Gallery. Let's get ready to rumble!

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Extremely old Moon photo - SCOTT BLACKBURN
  • Extremely old Moon photo
  • Scott Blackburn


On Saturday night at The Khyber (1880 Hollis Street, 10pm, $8), there's a musical fundraiser — fun-raiser! — featuring Halifax's Moon, DJ Goldilocks (Cat Abreu), DJ Fancy Pants (Jess Ross), Horse Heaven (Evan Cardwell) and Nigel Chapman (Nap Eyes). All proceeds will go towards a new SUB-WOOFER for the music and art space because it needs one "like WOAH!" and all of those bands and artists totally fucking rock. It'll help the Khyber keep putting on shows!

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