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Friday’s round-up: 10 things you need to know 

SNL's steal, IKEA's choice and more Halifax happenings.

click image Bellydancer Aziza in bellydance costume.
  • Fresh from Budapest, about to go to Greece, superstar bellydancer Aziza is in Halifax tonight.

Today on Extreme Garage Makeovers, slick climbing gym Seven Bays Bouldering makes its debut in the shell of the former Raceway Auto Centre on Gottingen Street. You and your spidey senses are invited to its soft opening this evening from 3-11pm.

There’s still time to catch the tail-end of #NSCraftBeerWeek this weekend, but before you raise your coffee mug (yeah, what?) of local brew to toast the inaugural event, consider that there might be a better glass for that.

On last Saturday’s show, Saturday Night Live stole (or aggressively borrowed?) a sketch from a January episode of This Hour Has 22 Minutes, involving a Win, Lose, or Draw game show scenario where a contestant balks at drawing the Muslim Prophet Muhammad. No matter where you stand on joke stealing debacle—flattered? Enraged?—it’s a pretty low down move. SNL is staying mum and 22 Minutes star Mark Critch said in an interview with CBC that lawyers are getting involved. Let’s think of better times and look back to our 20 years with 22 Minutes feature, why don’t we?

This week, the third in a series of six short documentaries on Nova Scotian superstar craftspeople was released. Catch up on what’s been released so far and look ahead to the next three here.

IKEA Canada is gearing up to expand to two new locations, both of which aren’t Halifax. The Swedish home furnishing store will be launching two new “Pick-Up-Points” in London, Ontario and Quebec City later this year. The smaller shops will mostly be used to pick-up IKEA orders, but will also have 99 items on hand for impulse purchasing. IKEA Canada now has 12 stores nationwide, with exactly none of them located in Nova Scotia. Getting to go to an IKEA is literally a thing people get excited about when they visit other provinces. Call us demanding, but with Urban Outfitters now finally unleashed on Barrington Street Halifax is one IKEA and a Whole Foods away from officially being #WorldClass.

Speaking of Urban Outfitters, give Alexa Cude and Hollie Uffindell a follow, would ya? They’re the local photograph and writer pair that our new UO hired to snap hundreds of photos, and write a Halifax guide—for free. Thanks to some digging from CBC, the store's agreed to pony up and pay.

“One hour of floating is the equivalent of four to six hours of deep sleep,” is what Lindsay MacPhee told us about sensory deprivation therapy back in January. Now, The Floatation Centre—Halifax’s first place to float—is officially open for business. Find out more before you face your claustrophobia head on.

Entertainment Sure Things to do tonight.
Aziza dances!
Gianna Lauren sings!
Ko Doraku does Japanese soul food!

This is why they call Aziza the bellydancer of the universe.

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