Burke be Frontin’

Tara Thorne has more arts news than you could shake a stick at.

Since Hans Boggild announced his departure earlier this year, Eastern Front Theatre has been on the hunt for a new artistic producer. The role was filled this week with a familiar face—Scott Burke, the writer-director best known for his work with Ship’s Company Theatre, where he was AP for six years.

“Eastern Front holds a special place in the cultural fabric of Nova Scotia and the east coast,” said Burke in a statement, “and in the next few years I hope to assist in deepening and expanding the operations and influence of the company regionally and nationally.”

Eastern Front’s 2006 season begins October 25 with the world premiere of Michael Melski’s Corvette Crossing.

All-North American rejects

Last week we told those passed over by the Atlantic Film Festival to hurry your asses up and apply for the Salon des Refuses, the sixth annual screening of AFF-rejected shorts. This week we’ve got the line-up for you. For a mere six bucks you can check out the following films from all over North America: Vanessa Loewen’s Morning Radio, Crystal’s An Open Door with Haligonian efforts including Micro Chen’s horror film The Birth of Serfs, Convivial Daze’s Carline: A Mother’s Convictions, a documentary about Carline VandenElsen, and the comedy My Name Is by The Coast’s own Megan Wennberg.

The screening begins at 7pm on September 13 at the Khyber Club, 1588 Barrington. Visit salonatlantique.org for more.

Short on fiction, long on talent?

Hey local writers (we know you’re out there)! Vagrant Press, the fiction arm of Nimbus Publishing, has announced a call for submission for its first anthology of short fiction, to be titled The Vagrant Revue of New Fiction. Its editors, Sandra McIntyre and Mary-Jo Anderson, are looking for “mind-blowingly good short fiction—short stories, graphic vignettes, novelettes, excerpts from works in progress—in any genre.” This previously unpublished work is ideally between 2,000 and 10,000 words and should be sent along with a brief bio and cover letter either to editorial@>nimbus.ns.ca or care of McIntyre at PO Box 9166, Halifax B3K 5M8. The deadline is December 1.

Girls on film

A super-cool program of films will be screened on September 13 at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. The Atlantic Filmmakers Co-Operative’s Focus on Female Directors features 10 shorts from names you may not know—Helen Stickler, Naomi Uman—and names you most certainly do, including Mary Harron (The Notorious Bettie Page), Sofia Coppola (Lost in Translation), Tamra Davis (Guncrazy) and our personal hero Miranda July (Me and You and Everyone We Know).

The program will be presented by AFCOOP’s visiting aritst, Andrea Richards from LA, co-author of the book Girl Director: A How-To Guide for the First-time, Flat-Broke Film and Video Maker. The screening starts at 7pm and admission is $5.

The play’s the thing

The Dalhousie Theatre Department has unveiled its hot new season, beginning October 17 with A History of the American Film. Wirtten by Dal fave Christopher Durang and directed by Rob McClure, American Film is a Coles notes version of Hollywood’s golden era from the ’20s through to the sexual revolution in the ’60s. June Havoc’s Marathon ’33 follows on November 28, a look at dance competitions of the 1930s. (Remember that Gilmore Girls episode with the 24-hour marathon where Lorelai’s shoe broke and Dean broke up with Rory? Like that.) On February 6, Zuppa Circus’s Alex McLean directs A Dream Play by August Strindberg, a drama about drugs and emotional growth and what one has to do with the other. The season wraps up on March 27 with Moliere’s The Bourgeois Gentilhomme. Helmed by Jure Gantar, this classical comedy entry involves class struggle, makeovers and, we hear, Paris Hilton.

Tickets are on sale now at the Dal box office (494-3890) and online at artscentre.dal.ca. A season pass is $42, single student tix are $6 and adults go for $12.

That’s the ticket. email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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