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Le Theatre de Boheme, fresh off its run of 1984, has already got its next production lined up: a re-staging of its 2004 production of Sartre’s No Exit at the Prague International Fringe Festival. Thirty-five companies will put on 180 performances in one week, beginning May 29. Seeing as how a last-minute trip to Toronto will set you back two months’ rent, we can only imagine the price tag for three people to get to the Czech Republic with a couple weeks’ notice.

With that in mind, Boheme will host a fundraiser on May 19 at The Seahorse. Eight bucks will get you sets from The Boudreaus, Rev Hank’s Twang Gang and Jesse Dangerously, and help take Halifax theatre worldwide. Actors David Connellan, Emily Tector and Christina Parker need at least three grand to make it to the fifth annual fest. There will also be a one-night-only performance of No Exit on May 26 (venue TBA), or make a donation by calling 425-6427.

Mint condition

Congrats go out to a handful of Halifax comic dudes, who nabbed some honours a few weeks ago at the Joe Shuster Awards, handed out at the Paradise Comic Convention in Toronto.

The late Owen McCarron received a hall of fame award, while Scott Pilgrim creator Bryan Lee O’Malley was named Outstanding Comic Book Cartoonist and Outstanding Comic Book Retailer was awarded to Strange Adventures.

This and that

The Royal Canadian Academy of Arts held its 126th annual meeting in Halifax last week, awarding its prestigious RCA medal—“outstanding contribution to the development of the visual arts in Canada”—to 30 people as part of the event. Among the recipients was the tireless Sue Gibson Garvey, director of the Dalhousie Art Gallery. … Aram Kouyoumdjian is the recipient of this year’s mack daddy $40K CBC/Nova Scotia Film Development Corporation Bridge Award. The two companies will produce his comedy The Lullaby of Mike Bossy, written by Jeff Wheaton, about a father’s dreams for his daughter—figure skating success—while she dreams of hockey stardom. … John Stamos will be filming in town soon, and will hopefully answer our questions about the forever unresolved Clone High cliffhanger. Stamos! …

Our bad

Last week in our item on the winning films of the Atlantic Filmmakers’ Co-operative’s annual members’ screening, we erroneously reported that Joanne Kerrigan’s short Mine was included in AFCOOP’s 30th anniversary documentary. It wasn’t. We apologize. May all lies stop here.

Send your arty boasts and brags to: tarat@thecoast.ca

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