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Prismatic Arts Festival 2018 

When: Sept. 12-16
The multicultural art fest that brings works in a host of mediums to spots around town returns to up your arts IQ.

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    Asheq: Ritual Music to Cure a Lover

    Wed., Sept. 12, 9 p.m. and Sept. 13-14, 8 p.m.
    Sir James Dunn Theatre 6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End

    Buy Tickets$22/$25

    Shahin Sayadi’s musical theatre piece—workshopped at least year's Prismatic Festival and returning in 2018 for its full debut—will make your lovesick heart skip as it shares the tale of two lovers in southern Iran: A disapproving family attempts to cure a would-be Romeo of his case of caught feels with a zar exorcism, a tradition brought to the region by escaped African slaves, before a shocking revelation comes to light. 902-494-3820

    Broken English Karaoke

    Sept. 12-16, 10 p.m.
    Art Bar + Projects 1873 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown

    "Returning to the Prismatic Arts Festival for its fifth year, Broken English Karaoke is a crowd favourite. Festival goers are invited to end the night with us either on the stage or in the audience of this interactive performance installation. All within the length of a song, each opportunity challenges the participant to navigate the boundaries between the familiar and unfamiliar," event organizers say.

    Mohsen and Habib

    Tue., Sept. 11, 7 p.m.

    Buy Tickets$32/$25

    While the location of this Prismatic Festival performance is still TBA, one thing that's for sure is that you will be up dancing on your feet as Mohsen Sharifian & Habib Meftabouchehri weave traditional Iranian music with modern electronic and world influences.

    Prismatic 2018 Opening Gala

    Wed., Sept. 12, 7 p.m.
    Halifax Central Library 5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden

    The multidisciplinary festival is kicking off its 10th anniversary with a big free celebration featuring performers Mahalia Smith and former poet laureate Rebecca Thomas. 902-490-5700

    Rencor Vivo: The Mariachi Ghost

    Sat., Sept. 15, 8:30 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 16, 7 p.m.
    The Bus Stop Theatre 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End

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    Winnipeg outfit The Mariachi Ghost—equally well-known for its Día de Los Muertos makeup and its nimble musicianship—brings its blend of Mexican folklore, theatrical flare and prog-rock embellishments to the stage for a performance of Rencor Vivo. The piece, which the Prismatic Festival bills as equal parts "musical theatre, storytelling (a ghost story), and cultural hypnosis" rewinds the clock to old world Mexico while walking the streets of a ghost town. 1-888-639-1169

    Santee Smith's The Mush Hole

    Fri., Sept. 14, 6 p.m.
    Spatz Theatre 1855 Trollope Street, Halifax Downtown

    Buy Tickets$22/$25

    Santee Smith returns to the Prismatic Arts Festival after 2017's ambitious, awe-inspiring dance Re-Quickening with a new work to debut, The Mush Hole. Says the festival: "The Mush Hole performance acknowledges the lives and spirits of Mohawk Institute residential school survivors. Keeping hope as the driving force, the performance offers and reflects truths and relives the experiences and devastating impacts on the students and parents without their children."

    Shauntay Grant's Africville book launch

    Thu., Sept. 13, 11 a.m.
    Africville Church Museum 5975 Africville Road, Halifax North End

    Grant celebrates her latest, an illustrated offering about a young girl learning Africville's history, at the community's memorial museum. 902.455.6558

    Sina Bathaie

    Sat., Sept. 15, 7 p.m.
    Art Gallery of Nova Scotia 1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown

    Buy Tickets$32/$25

    The celebrated composer and santur player takes over the AGNS's Gallery 5 for a performance of contemporary Persian music. 902-424-5280

    Tales of an Urban Indian

    Sat., Sept. 15, 4 p.m. and Sun., Sept. 16, 2 p.m.
    The Bus Stop Theatre 2203 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End

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    Departing on a city bus outside The Bus Stop Theatre, this immersive theatre piece attempts to discern between imagination and reality as it retells the story of Simon Douglas' childhood, which was split between a reserve and downtown Vancouver in the '70s. "Tales of an Urban Indian conjures up an array of characters that come in and out of Simon’s life as seen through his eyes—but are all played by one actor," Prismatic says of the work, which sees its East Coast debut at the festival. 1-888-639-1169

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Vol 26, No 12
August 16, 2018

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