The days are slowly getting longer and Halifax's calendar of events is filling up with all kinds of must-see, must-do fun, from new plays showing at Neptune Theatre to free film screenings. Here's where to go and what to do to get your week off to a fun start.
Catch the African Heritage Month screening of Tango With Me on Monday, Feb 6
Bedford Public Library shows this Nigerian flick as part of its slate of 2023 African Heritage Month Programming. Nominated for five African Movie Academy Awards in 2011, it tells the story of a perfect couple’s wedding day—which veers off-course as a case of mistaken identity escalates. See it at 5:30pm.
See In Lieu of Flowers from Tuesday, Feb 7-Feb 19
It's a busy week at Neptune Theatre as two new plays open, including the onstage adaptation of Ann-Marie MacDonald's classic novel Fall On Your Knees. But let this be a reminder not to sleep on this Scotiabank Stage production: Directed by Ann-Marie Kerr (finalist for the 2022 Siminovitch Prize, the country’s largest theatre award), this dark-yet-funny play follows a woman's attempt to cope with the loss of her brother and the grief that follows. Showtimes are Tues-Fri at 7:30pm with weekend shows at 2pm an 7:30pm. Tickets and details are on Neptune's site.
See the exhibit I hope You Are Both Well from Wednesday, Feb 8-March 18
The Mary E Black gallery—which is open weekly Wed-Sun 11am-4pm—hosts this textile-based exhibition by Jessie Fraser. Fraser's exploration of how the presence informs the past draws inspiration from her influencers Helen Creighton (famed Dartmouth folklorist) and Mary E Black (famed Nova Scotian fine craftsperson and author). As the artist says in their statement: "Both authors were influencers of their time, shaping our collective memory of Nova Scotia’s past through the collection of stories, pedagogy and advocacy. I saw a connection between Mary and Helen, and I feel a familiarity with both. In this installation I’ve collaborated with their literature to create an exhibition that entangles the three of us together."