May 24, 2017

Acoustic Wednesdays

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
902-444-3060


Chill out to these singer-songwriter sets.
Gahan House1869 Upper Water Street, Halifax Waterfront (map)

After a Very Long Winter

Through June 7
902-446-4077


A group exhibition by gallery members celebrates the return of warmer weather with still life florals and blue sky scenes.
Art 1274 Hollis1274 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Ailleacht Nadurtha by Eric Boutilier-Brown

Through May 28
902-420-0854


Boutilier-Brown latest exhibit features soft, nude photographs taken among the ruins and landscapes of Ireland.
ViewPoint Gallery1272 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

ANCESTRA OBSCURA; going. gone.

Through May 24
902-425-9456


The first solo show of watercolors from artist Michelle SaintOnge focuses on animals and bugs on the brink of extinction, a choice SaintOnge makes because the medium’s inability to be undone once it dries mirrors the animal’s fate: Once gone, there’s no bringing them back.
Argyle Fine Art1559 Barrington Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

The Archive of Missing Things

Through May 27

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This Zuppa Theatre piece bends the rules of what a play can be, arming viewers with wifi and an iPad to solve a mystery in 90 minutes—using snippets of overheard dialogue heard through a headset. Nancy Drew, your time is now. Part of the Stages Theatre Festival. $25-$30
Dalhousie Killam Library6225 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Art

Through June 4
902-429-7070


When Marc realizes his friend’s large. all-white painting isn’t a joke, awkward conversations about what is (and isn’t!) art ensues. Neptune promises this play by Yasmina Reza (writer of God of Carnage) delivers “sophisticated laughs.”
Neptune Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Barry Colpitts With GUST-O

Through June 4
902-461-4698


Local folk artist Barry Colpitts brings his whimsical, whirligig art to the Craig Gallery to celebrate sunny days and “having art outside, moving with the wind almost like it’s alive.”
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Beth Biggs: Florilegia

Through July 9
902-492-2522


Bigg’s fine art jewellery weaves signs and symbols with gender politics to explore the tension between the intimate and the public.
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Blood Work

May 24-June 3
902-494-8223


Blurring the line between art and science, Kim Morgan presents this collection of magnified blood samples and cell cross-sections. The result? Plexiglass portraits that embody 16 subjects on a cellular level—literally.
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

Brenda Francis Pelkey: A Retrospective

Through July 9
902-457-6160


Longtime photographer Brenda Francis Pelkey crafted heavily-staged shots of landscapes and architecture across Canada for many decades before retiring from behind the lens. Here, she shows a retrospective of her best snaps.

CENTURIES OF SILENCE: THE DISCOVERY OF THE SALZINNES ANTIPHONAL

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


In 1550s Belgium, nuns scrawled hymns and scraps of daily life in choir books—but none as beautifully, perhaps, as the nameless writer who crafted the large-scale, vellum book known as the Salzinnes Antiphonal. Thought to have travelled to Halifax in the luggage of an Archbishop, the then-unidentified piece was discovered in dusty files at Saint Mary’s University library in 1998. Now, finally cleaned up and ready for its debut, the book arrives at the AGNS to show off it’s curly script and gilded trim.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Crit Night

Every third Wednesday, 6-8 p.m.


Artists in all stages of their careers are welcome to bring work (works in progress are encouraged!) to receive feedback at this open meeting. Here’s the details: CFAT will provide a screen, projector, speakers and laptop. Anything else required for viewing must be brought by the artist. All time-based works must be under 10 min. Get in on the action every the third Wednesday of each month!
Centre for Art Tapes2238 Maitland Street, Halifax North End (map)

Doomtown Reloaded Bi-Weekly Ranked Tournament

Every other Tuesday, Wednesday


Play Doomtown Reloaded every Tuesday night at The Last Game Store at 278 Lacewood Drive. The evening is a ranked battle for players with prizes awarded after monthly totals. free

Down Town Trivia w/Caesar

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
902-444-7008

Eighty – David Sorensen

Through June 7
902-420-1852


Sorensen’s abstract landscapes “gave voice to an inner reality.” See some of his best alternative universes at this show falling on what would have been the late artist’s 80th birthday.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown(map)
Eighty - David Sorensen

An Expression of Faith: Sacred Art of Centuries Past

Through Oct. 29
902-424-5280


Twenty Northern European works from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries explore an ancient, longstanding tie between artistic movements and religious iconography. Mostly carvings and etchings, the pieces come together to give the gallery the feeling of a small Gothic chapel.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

“The Fine Print” small print show

Through May 31
902-423-4694


A collection of petite prints on an array of themes crafted by local makers.
Corridor Gallery1113 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Form Filling Aid

Wednesdays, 9-11 a.m. & 1-3 p.m.
902-422-9622


ReachAbility in partnership with the YMCA and Pro Bono Students Dalhousie host a drop-in centre to assist individuals with filling out forms (such as Criminal Record Pardons, lease agreements, applications etc).
YMCA Gottingen2269 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Fruitvale Station Screening

Wed., May 24, 8 p.m.
902-494-2403


Michael B. Jordan plays Oscar Grant III in this 2013 true story about the death of the young, Black San Francisco Bay Area transit rider. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Ghost Walk of Historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.
494-0525

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(This tour operates May through October.) Meet Andy Smith at the town clock and have a look at the spookier side of city. Hear about Halifax’s darkest tales, eerie mysteries and town gossip. $15
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown (map)

Ghost walk of historic Halifax

Wednesdays, Fridays, Sundays, 7:30-9:30 p.m.


Andy Smith guides you on a goose bump inducing walk around downtown’s best haunts, all while sharing fun facts and local gossip.
Old Town ClockCitadel Hill, Halifax Downtown (map)

Heathers: The Musical

May 24-26, 8 p.m.


When the meanest, hottest girls in school get their scrunchie-wearing heads together to go up against misfit Veronica, a laugh-out-loud clique competition ensues. This sold-out show returns for Stages Fest!

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The Waiting Room6040 Almon Street, Halifax North End (map)

I LOVE THE 90’s TOUR: Salt N Pepa, All 4 One, Color Me Badd

Wed., May 24
902-451-1221


It’s all your ’90s music dreams come true: Salt N Pepa are headlining this arena-sized dance party with the likes of Rob Base, All 4 One and Color Me Band. Better dig out those hammer pants now. $45

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Scotiabank Centre5284 Duke Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

It’s a Grand Old World

Wed., May 24, 12 & 6 p.m.


A musical dinner theatre experience awaits at this play performed by the Spencer House actors! Watch comedy and kerfuffles unfold as a group of Halifax seniors mark on a two-week trek around Europe. The comedy is followed by a three-course meal. $14/$19

IWK Auxiliary Art Show & Sale

Through May 27


Over 100 artists with pieces in various mediums—from original watercolours to hand carved bowls to queen sized quilts—await at this sale benefiting the IWK Auxiliary.
Chase Exhibition Room6016 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Karaoke w/DJ Bear

Wednesdays, 10:30 p.m.-2 a.m.
902-446-6969

Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Karaoke Night

Wednesdays


Hosted by Dave Smith, this karaoke night is the perfect time to bust out your best Adele impression! From 8:30-12pm

Karaoke w/Mimi Cho

Wednesdays
902-423-2526


The giant stage, the ever-growing list of tunes and the sweetheart host who will help you out on a song when you’re too tipsy—or nervous—to stay on key: That’s why this is the best karaoke night in the city.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

The King of Beasts and the King of Planets

Wed., May 24, 7:15 & 8:45 p.m.


This Halifax Planetarium show will guide you through the night sky, focussing on the constellations of Leo the Lion and its bright star, Regulus, the Little King. After the 8:45pm show, you’ll put your knowledge to use with a star-gazing session (weather permitting). Register for the fun at astronomynovascotia.ca. $5

Last Chants

Through June 4
902-403-0030


Nine artists who work in a shared space form the loose collective behind this group show. The thread tying them together? The space above the Army Navy Surplus Store on Agricola Street, where they have splattered paint for almost a decade. Here, the relation to art and the space it is made in is explored: “What does it mean to ‘have space’? And how does that inflect a sense of ‘having place’?” the joint statement asks.
Hermes5682 North Street, Halifax North End(map)
Last Chants

Laughter Burner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.
902-423-2526


A pro-am, alt-comedy showcase featuring touring pros from across the country and hosted by Catherine Robertson.
Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs1269 Barrington Street, Halifax Barrington (map)

Wednesday Night Jazz W/Damien Moynihan, Silvio Pupo, Ronald Hynes

Wednesdays, 9 p.m.-12 a.m.


Jazzy tunes provided by local talent make the perfect backdrop to swill $8 martinis and celebrate surviving the first part of the work week.
The Local2037 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Liz Ingram: Site Collaborations

May 24-June 3
902-494-8223


Visiting artist Liz Ingram bedecks the gallery with her fine art screen prints of a snippet of Albertan boreal forest.
It’s an attempt to remind the viewers of their place within nature and of nature’s place within us.
Anna Leonowens GalleryGranville Square, 1891 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown(map)

The Long Time: 21st Century Art of Steele + Tomczak

Through July 16
902-494-2403


For over a decade, artists Lisa Steele and Kim Tomczak have studied the subjectivity of self, examining their identities as individuals. The result? Documented bits form a multi-screen art piece that also chronicles the digital revolution of video.
Catch the show, including their 12-years-in-the-making trilogy …before I wake and get lost in deep questions about the human experience. Free
Dalhousie Art Gallery6101 University Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia

Through May 28
902-424-5280


Thaddeus Holownia spent four decades exploring how we interact and respond to our environment from behind a camera lens, emerging as one of Canada’s biggest names in documentary and analogue photography. Here, 180 of his best snaps snag AGNS wall space.
Art Gallery of Nova Scotia1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

100% Real Humdinger by James Kirkpatrick

Through June 7
902-420-1852


Kirkpatrick showcases his latest sci-fi, bad graffiti and cult inspired pieces, splattered and sewn on old sails.
Studio 211273 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

NSCC Novafest 2017

Through May 25


A celebration of new music that skips across genres and venues, Novafest will help your hankering for the next hot sound.

Once

Through May 28
902-429-7070


The runaway Broadway hit comes to Halifax to recount a classic tale of guy-meets-girl: As a Dublin street musician falls for an enchanting woman, his music reaches new heights.
Neptune Theatre1593 Argyle Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Open House

Wednesdays, 6 p.m.
902-420-1118


Open house gathering with free introduction to meditation, social tea and discussion on Shambhala Buddhist philosophy and practice. Free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End (map)

Open meditation sessions

Mondays-Fridays, 7:30 a.m. & 5:30 p.m. and Sundays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
902-420-1118


Finding peace every week. free
Shambhala Centre1084 Tower Road, Halifax South End (map)

Open Mic Nights

Wednesdays, 6-9 p.m.
902-429-2326

Coburg Coffee House6085 Coburg Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Paint and Perception – Work by Carol Mahtab and Randy Engelberg

Through May 26
902-423-6644


Carol Mahtab’s minimalist works and Randy Engelberg’s colorful abstracts share the Secord Gallery floor in this exhibit.
Secord Gallery6301 Quinpool Road, Halifax Quinpool (map)

Pot Yoga

Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m.
902-420-0055


If the downward dogs don’t de-stress you, High Life has some other ideas that might. $5/$10
High Life Social Club5982 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Rachel Ryan: Holding Patterns

Through July 19
902-492-2522


Rachel Ryan’s fabric works blend painting and stitching, blurring the line between quilts and canvases. With a strong use of colour and mostly up cycled materials, the artist tackles conceptual issues like “the transient military population and the farm culture of Annapolis River.”
Mary E. Black Gallery1061 Marginal Road, Halifax Waterfront (map)

Richard & Gordon

May 24-27
902-492-4900

Richard & Gordon

Rickard’s Quiz Night

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.
902-832-9170

Finbar’s Irish PubSunnyside Mall, 1595 Bedford Highway, BedfordBedford/Lower Sackville/Tantallon (map)

Dodge Levatte

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
902-406-7640

Durty Nelly’s Authentic Irish Pub5221 Sackville Street (at Argyle), Halifax Downtown (map)

Ruth Marsh: Ideal Bounds

Through June 4
902-461-4698


Multi-disciplinary artist Ruth Marsh chronicles the bee population crisis through bee sculptures and animations.
Craig GalleryAlderney Landing, 2 Ochterloney Street, DartmouthDartmouth (map)

Screaming Queen Karaoke w/Rouge Fatale

Wednesdays, 10 p.m.
902-446-6969

Menz & Mollyz Bar2182 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

The Semi-Annual Group Show 2017

Through May 28
902-424-3087


A juried exhibition featuring over 70 new artworks from 55 local artists.
Teichert Gallery1723 Hollis Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

SPECTRA

Through May 27
902-423-7662


Nancy Stevens revisits classic ground, crafting seven traditional watercolour still life pieces. Electricity is added to the scenes, though, with impressionistic-esque use of colour and light.
Zwicker’s Gallery5415 Doyle Street, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Stages Theatre Fest 2017

Through May 27


What’s in a name? Well, when it comes to Stages fest, a whole lot. The two weeks of theatre happen at various stages in the city, with people in various stages of their theatre careers. Stay tuned as individual shows for this year’s lineup are announced!

Start Small: Placemaking and Cultural Economies

Wed., May 24, 6-7 p.m.


The Canadian ICOMOS conference, the only global, non-governmental conference about preserving heritage sites, hits Halifax this year. To celebrate, the conference kicks off with this open event that presents local “entrepreneurs, organizers and agitators shaping our communities social, cultural and economic landscapes.” free
Art Bar + Projects1873 Granville Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

tell me where to go

Through June 4
902-420-5445


A curated collection of works from the SMU gallery’s vaults, this show features works that “interrogate and interrupt implicit cultural codes that inform and dictate the way gendered, diasporic and queer bodies move through the world.”
Saint Mary’s University Art GalleryLoyola Building, 5865 Gorsebrook Avenue, Halifax South End (map)

Tragic Minds W/Sidewalk Talk

Wed., May 24
902-423-7786

Gus’ Pub & Grill2605 Agricola Street, Halifax North End (map)

Trivia w/Dennis

Wednesdays, 7-9 p.m.
902-445-5256, (Delivery Hotline 902-455-7000)

Trivia Night at Celtic Corner

Wednesdays, 8:30 p.m.
902-464-0764

Celtic Corner Public House69 Alderney Drive, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Trivia Night at Staggers

Wednesdays, 7 p.m.
902-406-3661

Staggers Pub & Grub26 Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)

Trivia Night at Dooly’s

Wednesdays, 7:30 p.m.


Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans serves as trivia night quiz-master with 60 questions, and an “adult” themed bonus round. Lots of prizes, lots of fun. free

Trivia Night at The Fickle Frog

Wednesdays, 8 p.m.
902-429-9999


Halifax Comedy Fest comedian Andrew Evans acts as quiz master at this new trivia night. free
The Fickle Frog Pub5675 Spring Garden Road, Halifax Spring Garden(map)

Tyler Key

May 24-25
902-423-8428


Guitar and vocals to round out your evening. free
Le Bistro by Liz1333 South Park Street, Halifax Spring Garden (map)

Tyler Key and Dion Macbeth

Wednesdays. Continues through Dec. 20
902-423-6113


Tyler and Dion bring cozy harmonies to the stage.
Halifax Alehouse1717 Brunswick Street, Halifax Downtown (map)

Weekly Wednesday Comedy & Improv Jam

Wednesdays, 5:30-9:30 p.m.
902-404-3050

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Second City grad Adrianne Gagnon facilitates a two hour improv workshop at 6pm that’s all about flexing your comedic muscles. Afterwords, participants show off their new silly skills in a one-hour show (at 8pm) that’s a perfect way to get your daily dose of humour. $10
The Company House2202 Gottingen Street, Halifax North End (map)

Wreckhouse

Through May 27
902-425-1501

Lower Deck, HalifaxHistoric Properties, 1887 Upper Water Street, HalifaxWaterfront (map)

The Year Of The Fire Rooster And other impossible feats of the Occult

Through May 31
902-404-7330


Lee Cripps explores the rooster figure, weaving elements of occult, superstitions and general theosophy into illustrating and painting methods.
The Dart Gallery127A Portland Street, Dartmouth Dartmouth (map)
The Year Of The Fire Rooster And other impossible feats of the Occult