The short circuit

Tara Thorne shares her arts-smarts with you, lucky reader.

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Since all you local filmmakers are already madly finishing up your late entries to the Atlantic Film Festival, you might as well burn yourself an extra copy: the Manhattan Short Film Festival will hit NSCAD on September 22 and 23, and it’s looking for entries.

Now in its ninth year, the festival spans cities, provinces, countries and continents, with screenings scheduled at venues in Russia, Ireland, the US and in four Canadian provinces. It began on an NYC street, as the festival director screened shorts on a truck-mounted screen. It’s steadily gotten bigger since, with its flagship screening in Union Square Park.

Entry forms and pertinent details—no longer than 14 minutes, $35 entry fee—are available at msfilmfest.com and the submission deadline is July 31.

Those of you “working on a novel” better finish up

If, like us, you spend lots of time looking up bus schedules and road closure information on the city’s website, it’s possible you’ve tripped across the Office of the Mayor section, where you can see photos of mayor Kelly with children and read lists of his various out-of-town expenses.

A devoted and eagle-eyed reader recently pointed out to us that the mayor’s annual culture awards had all been given out in the Spring, save the nod for Cultural Achievement in Literature, which was slated to be awarded during the Atlantic Book Awards on April 28. Since scandal at City Hall is why you read “The Dope Show,” we’re deflated to inform you that the answer is about as provocative as the $739.79 it cost for the mayor to attend a conference in Ottawa this February.

It wasn’t handed out because nobody made the cut, an option that’s stated plainly on the website: “The prize will be awarded annually, except when the Selection Committee deems that there is no suitable recipient.” Sucks for the local writing community, but we find it kind of noble that the city isn’t throwing away $1,500 on material deemed sub par.

The BusStop in the Park

A pair of very different theatre experiences await you this week. Thursday July 13 through Saturday the 15th boasts a preview of 13 Ways of Looking at a Madman, the new DaPoPo Theatre project that heads to Berlin next week. (With Theatre de le Boheme’s Prague jaunt and Zuppa Circus’s Catskills shows, this marks a remarkably international summer for local theatre troupes.) The titular madman is Sandy Keith, nephew of Alexander. The 13 ways include interpretations by Dustin Harvey of secret show fame, Evan Brown of pie-in-Chretien’s-eye fame, DaPoPo’s Garry Williams and spoken word artist Steph Bernston, plus nine others. Admission is a $5 donation at the door or by calling 422-7786 and all shows go on at the BusStop Theatre, 2203 Gottingen.

Originally scheduled to be open by now, Shakespeare by the Sea has delayed the start of its second play of the season until July 20. The company’s collective adaptation of the classic The Wizard of Oz is called The Wizard of Uh-Oz! and stars Andrea Norwood as Dorothy, Rhys Bevan-John as Scarecrow, Zach Apostoleris as the Cowardly Lion, Mike McPhee as the Tin Man and Adam Bayne as the Wizard. Directed by Kevin MacPherson, it runs until August 27 daily in Point Pleasant Park except Mondays, weather permitting. Call 422-0295 or visit shakespearebythesea.ca for the complete schedule.

This and thatLast Sunday’s Dance in the Garden, produced by Kinetic Studio, was rained out. The new date is Sunday July 16 from 1 to 5pm. The event features dancers—including Cory Bowles, Margaret Spore, Mary Ellen MacLean and Sarah Cox—doing their thing with a backdrop of eight different gardens in the city. Tickets are $15 or two for $25 and can be reserved by calling Kinetic at 425-3725. … Because our brother “Scene and Heard” is resting up for Jazz Fest this week, it falls to us to give you some bad news (interesting timing, that): the August 12 Amy Millan show at Stage Nine has been postponed. There’s a weird vibe keeping people associated with Stars out of this city lately….

Set your weird vibe notifier to email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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