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Thursday, October 19, 2017

Ten poppin' weekend picks

Halifax Pop Explosion turns 25, Diwali's all aglow and the fourth Atlantic Jewish Film Fest passes the popcorn.

Posted By on Thu, Oct 19, 2017 at 11:45 AM

Ryan Josey's Goodbye Brunch
See recently finished works by Josey at this brunch that wraps his time as the Khyber's artist-in-residence. Tea, coffee and light bites are on offer.

Mount Saint Vincent University's Haunted House
Get spooked at the Mount's annual hair-raising haunted house! Raising funds for Shelter Nova Scotia, the one-night-only scare fest claims to be the most horror-inducing way to get in the Halloween spirit.

The Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a sunshine-y show (see 2). - NXN PHOTO
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  • The Maritime Bhangra Group teams up with Symphony Nova Scotia for a sunshine-y show (see 2).

Diwali Carnival
Saturday // Sunday
India's festival of lights shines on at Exhibition Park with henna, food, fashion, live performance, fireworks and, of course, the lighting of traditional oil lamps.

Re-Jigged Festival: Four Pipes
The three-day fest celebrating Dartmouth’s Celtic music scene ends on a high note with this Christ Church Hall show: Four pipers take on a swath of styles, from Highland bagpipes to Galician pipes, while Ellen MacPhee hosts.

MacBeth: The Shadow King
Friday // Saturday // Sunday
Shakespeare By The Sea delivers a thrilling new adaptation of the Bard's famous tragedy that blends shadow puppets, projection and live action.

Lee Fields gives you sonic salvation at his stacked Pop Explosion show (see 1). - PHOTO VIA HALIFAXPOPEXPLOSION.COM
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  • Lee Fields gives you sonic salvation at his stacked Pop Explosion show (see 1).

Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Project light, not feelings, as a slew of artists turn downtown into a giant Lite Brite with //RESPONSIVE, the international light art festival.

Halifax Zine Fair
The Anchor Archive Zine Library and Halifax Pop Explosion pay tribute to the DIY spirit as the annual celebration of zine-makers, small press publishers, comic artists and print-makers returns to the North Memorial Library.

Atlantic Jewish Film Festival Kickoff
The annual celebration of Jewish film rings in year four with a Cineplex Park Lane screening of The Women’s Balcony, a tale of community, old traditions and the power of women.

Symphony Meets Bhangra
The sunshine-bringing internet sensation that is the Maritime Bhangra Group shares its infectious glow with Symphony Nova Scotia for a can't-stay-in-your-seat show at Pier 21. Pre-register for the fun at!

Lee Fields & The Expressions w/Tanika Charles, The Mattson2, Kirsten Olivia
Lee Fields, a funk and soul legend cut from the same harmony-driven cloth as Smokey Robinson and James Brown, will give you the sonic salvation you need. This Halifax Pop Explosion show features supports worth seeing in their own rights: The soulful Tanika Charles and Kirsten Olivia (our 2017 Jazz Fest Issue cover star)—meaning arriving early to the Forum is mandatory.

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