Give thanks for the long weekend with these Sure Things

From Trixie Mattel's Halifax arrival to Carbon Arc's latest flick, here's the can't-miss turkey weekend fun to add to your calendar.
Trixie Mattel—a drag queen possibly even bigger than RuPaul—arrives in Halifax this weekend. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Trixie Mattel—a drag queen possibly even bigger than RuPaul—arrives in Halifax this weekend.

Nonna's very own: A comedy showcase with Marc-Anthony Sinagoga

Up-and-coming comic Marc-Anthony Sinagoga makes you LOL hard enough to fuggetabout your worries at the Bus Stop Theatre. more deets

Trixie Mattel: Skinny Legend

The grand dame of drag—and winner of RuPaul's Drag Race All Stars' third season—arrives at the Spatz to take it from Thanksgiving to ThanksLIVING. In a year that included a documentary about the kween (spring’s Trixie Mattel: Moving Parts), it’s become clear this is one Barbie who cannot be stopped on her spike-heeled-climb to the top. As Mattel, who has two studio albums, a web series and a makeup line, told Fast Company in a May 4 article: “I just saw RuPual recently and he was like, ‘You’re doing things no one has ever done–not even me’.” more deets

Book launch: Crocuses Hatch from Snow

In our 2019 Fall Arts Preview (Sep 19-25 issue), Coast writer/certified bookworm Jade Nauss summed up Jaime Burnet’s debut novel: “Burnet introduces readers to a cast of characters that rivals an Atom Egoyan film: There’s a body-piercer, a grieving widower, a young woman in love, a grandmother suffering from Alzheimer’s and a Mi’kmaw survivor of the residential school system. These characters’ lives intersect in a story about history, obsession, and gentrification set in the north end of Halifax. If that’s not enough of a reason to go grab this book as soon as it’s released, how about this: One of the characters has an affair with a ghost.” Meet the writer at this reading-and-signing sesh at the Halifax North Memorial Library. more deets

The Art of Self Defence screening

Carbon Arc’s latest flick sees Jesse Eisenberg take a star turn as a jiu jitsu practitioner exploring toxic masculinity. In an August review of the flick, The Coast described the film as “a deeply weird black comedy that doesn’t follow many traditional story lines—in addition to its vague era, there’s little reflection amongst the characters, there’s no fallout for committing violent crimes, and the resolution is far from feel-good"—but sometimes that's just what you need. more deets

Retro-futuristic fun arrives at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. - TOM HAMMICK ARTWORK
Tom Hammick artwork
Retro-futuristic fun arrives at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery.

Age of Aquarius
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The Craft Nova Scotia Annual Member's Exhibition highlights works in a swath of mediums at the Mary E. Black Gallery. more deets

Tom Hammick: Lunar Voyage
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

In a series of woodcut prints, Tom Hammick explores an “existential road journey taken through space,” while playfully examining the “outsiderness of being an artist” and a sort of nostalgia for the mid-20th century’s space speculations. See them at the Saint Mary's University Art Gallery. more deets

Dartmouth Visual Arts Semi-Annual Show & Sale
Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

The perennially popular showcase returns to the Craig Gallery. more deets

Thursday, Friday, Saturday, Sunday

Emily Ross' starburst paper art will be familiar to anyone who remembers the days of Big Pony (which Ross co-ran with Lindsay Stewart) and the prints she displayed there—but Lost & Found hosts Ross' first-ever exhibition. In Bits, Ross has cut colourful, patterned, metallic paper into triangular shapes that create dynamic fireworks across the shop's walls. more deets

Jessica Rhaye delivers a live rendition of her deep dives into Dylan's catalogue. - SUBMITTED PHOTO
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Jessica Rhaye delivers a live rendition of her deep dives into Dylan's catalogue.

Don Brownrigg w/Dance Movie

Nominated for a whopping six Nova Scotia Music Awards, Brownrigg is bringing a bushel of earworms to The Seahorse for you to hear. more deets

Jessica Rhaye: Just Like A Woman, The Songs of Bob Dylan album release show

In a Stan-worthy move only the biggest Dylan diehard could pull, New Brunswick folk queen Rhaye has spliced, examined and re-assembled ol’ Bob’s songbook. The result? A collection of covers that attempts to emulate the legend’s Basement Tapes-era energy while seeing some of the best songs about women ever written showcased through a woman’s gaze. It all goes down at The Carleton. more deets

Rudy Pacé w/Ryan Rideout, Rachel Raditz, Matt Steele

With a new, nostalgic single about the small town he grew up in, Pacé brings a fresh, Americana vibe to The Carleton. more deets

Jom Comyn w/Nomadic Homes, Gianna Lauren
Jom Comyn brings his self-described “baritone prairie swamp rock” to The Seahorse to celebrate a new album, with can’t miss opening sets by the indie-soul of Nomadic Homes and, from Gianna Lauren (pictured), atmospheric lullabies with a twist. Chill vibes await. more deets

About The Author

Morgan Mullin

Morgan is the Arts & Entertainment Editor at The Coast, where she writes about everything from what to see and do around Halifax to profiles of the city’s creative class to larger cultural pieces. She’s been with The Coast since 2016.

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