13 things you need to know Friday

The Muppet meal, a giant slide and more Halifax happenings.

Facebook post from the Dalhousie Dentistry School's "gentlemen" group, saying that a "penis is a tool used to wean and convert lesbians and virgins into useful, productive members of society." Names of the people posting in the group are reda
Dalhousie's report from the dentistry school's restorative justice process says the process "had to wrestle with how 'good' men could say these things—could 'like' these things."

Dalhousie’s report into the sexually violent Facebook page created by fourth-year dentistry students was released today. If somehow you missed the scandal, refresh yourself with our coverage on the Facebook posts, subsequent suspensions and Dal’s general public relations nightmare. All of the men involved in the group can now graduate, according to the report. Everyone says they’re sorry. Global also interviewed some of the dentistry students behind a tarp. A second report by an external task force investigating misogyny on campus is still to be released (likely in the next few weeks).

Casino Nova Scotia and Music Nova Scotia have paired up to mastermind a Nova Scotia Music Hall of Fame, opening in Halifax this fall. Inductees will be announced in June, and they're decided on by Music Nova Scotia so there's still time to send over fresh cookies with your humble play for the hallowed halls.

Crime is down in Halifax but violent crime is up. Yesterday Halifax Police released their first quarter stats for 2015 and we mapped out some of the data for you. There were major increases in assaults compared to the same period in 2014, while stats for drugs and theft decreased. As you can see, traffic violations represent the vast majority of crimes committed in Halifax. Needless ticketing or careless drivers? Maybe a bit of both on our roads.

Ever felt like getting elbow deep into arm's length arts funding? ArtsHalifax, the city of Halifax's newly appointed advisory committee, gives you a chance. They're currently looking for eight artistic minds to be appointed to the committee for up to three years to help decide on municipal arts and culture awards, research and generally being experts on the arts in Halifax. Read more here, application deadline is Friday, May 29 at 4:30pm. (PS: there is no advisory board honorarium for this position.)

We're in the thick of the OBEY Convention as we speak! There are plenty of amazing experimental, avant garde and generally out of the ordinary shows (some free and all ages, to boot) all over the city from now until Sunday, check out our OBEY Convention issue and see what looks good. (HINT: IT ALL DOES!)

To coincide with The Dart Gallery’s latest exhibit No Strings Attached—a colourful tribute to Jim Henson—pop-up restaurant Picnic is hosting a five-course meal inspired by the Muppet man himself. It’s Saturday night. It’s a theme menu. What are you doing?

As we’ve reported time and time again, the conditions inside the Burnside jail are hellish. Just ask “Phoenix,” the nom de plume for an inmate who’s been writing a series of “Dispatches from Burnside” for the Halifax Media Co-op. Like previous chapters, this week’s most recent “dispatch” doesn’t pull any punches:

I hear a lot of inmates say that jail preserves you. Considering the stress levels in here, it just goes to show how bad life must be for them on the streets. A lot of these peoples' crimes are far less severe than the stuff that Justin Bieber gets away with. People with money can buy their way out of problems. People without, end up in here. That's the only difference.

The OUTeast Queer Film Festival announced the 2015 lineup, the festival runs June 11-14 and is packing in an astonishing amount of great film that would not be screened in Halifax otherwise. This is a special thing, people!

SLIDE! Big giant slide! Water slide through the city! Three-hundred metre long public waterslide! Coming to Halifax later this summer! Mouth guards provided! #Summer #Slides

The Black Canadian Studies Association’s annual conference continues today and all this weekend in Halifax. On Friday’s agenda; “Movin’ on Up in the Age of Neoliberalism: Reflections on Black Middle-class Consciousness,” “The Question of Slavery in the Maritime Colonies” and “Examining African Canadian Feminist Activism in University Settings.” Seriously, these are all awesome and it goes on all weekend. Check it out! And be sure to read Isabelle Ofume’s talk with presenter Christopher Stuart Taylor about why diversity initiatives are popular but still failing.

This Saturday marks the new Halifax Forum Farmers’ Market’s fourth week in action, and we’re recommending three vendors you should pay a visit to. And by “pay a visit” we mean eat all of their food.

And A$AP Ferg is coming to town July 3 at the Cunard Centre! Tickets on sale May 28 at 10am through Ticket Atlantic. Read more about the show here.

A whole weekend’s worth of entertainment Sure Things.

If you want a taste of A$AP Ferg and summer on this dreary day, here’s a video for you. If you don’t have a high tolerance for swears, however, you probably shouldn’t actually watch the video, but you should totally remember it’s the thought that counts.

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