Screen saviours

On movies and moves, Tara Thorne’s got the news.



ViewFinders attendees (and their parents), take note: this moviemaking business is a real, live career! Head to Park Lane at 6pm on April 20 for a screening of nine films by graduates of NSCAD’s film program.

They include documentaries by Grant Bagnell (DOA: Depiction of Addiction) and Courtney O’Hearn (House of Blues); dramas from Cailin O’Neil (Forgotten), Heather Stephens (Poor Natalie), Josh Pitter (William’s Flowers) and Jed Goldberg (The Believer); comedies from Freja Fjolkunnigr (Upstairs Downstairs) and Olin Quam (The Meek and the Dangerous) and sci-fi by Rich Carey (A Loose Connection).

Be sure to cash in on this bargain: Just $5 will get you in to see tomorrow’s stars, today.

In other one-day-only movie news, the National Film Board hosts a screening at 12pm on April 21 at the Spring Garden Road library in honour of Earth Day. Arctic Mission: Climate on the Edge is five documentaries looking at global warming from literally the top of the world, as leading experts discuss how melting ice caps could be the end of us all.

The good kind of pasty

Though the Halifax Burlesque Society folded last year, the spirit lives on in the city. This weekend sees a blow-out extravaganza by Pink Velvet Burlesque called Strip Strip Horray. A variety show featuring belly dancers, drag artists, comics and, of course, burlesque acts--of both the old school and new--including The Sweet Tarts, Divine Miss C, Oliver Hugh, Mistress Molotov, Kitty Le Coque, Mena Von Fleisc and more.

The show, hosted by Rouge Fatale, takes over Evolution Cabaret on Saturday, April 22 at 8pm. Tickets are $8 at Venus Envy or $10 at the door, if there are any left, and there usually aren’t for these things.

Ship’s taking shape

Though the week’s flurries may imply otherwise, summer is just around the bend, meaning it’s soon going to be time to hop in the car and drive to plays.

Ship’s Company in Parrsboro just announced its summer plays: the world premieres of The Mystery of Maddy Heisler by Daniel Lillford (June 28 to July 23), about a bad mystery writer trying to solve one in his own life, and Lillibet by Glenda Stirling (August 2 to September 3), which asks: What happens when the life you hoped for is not the life you are living? (Oh, if we only had a play for every universal debate.) Visit for showtimes and directions.

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