by Tara Thorne
Some major Trailer Park Boys rumours have come our way this week. Though neither Showcase nor Trailer Park Productions is in the business of confirming anything just yet, we hear the about-to-be-filmed seventh season of the comedy series will be its last. We also hear that Rush is scheduled to play the closing party of the Atlantic Film Festival—on September 23, along with the Stones, Kanye, Harmer, an NHL exhibition game and, we predict, what will come to be called the Halifax Implosion—which means the long-awaited TPB feature The Big Dirty is the likely closing film of the fest (which we predicted weeks ago).
Confirmations will be revealed as they become available.
Shake out your spare change, cause it’s the loudest time of year: Buskerfest! From August 10 to 20, you’ll be able to see close to 50 performers from all over the world as they juggle, dance, interact and eat things that should not be eaten. This year’s line-up includes American bucket drummer Peter Rabbit, Australians Alakazam (contortion) and Bike Boy (bike stunts), Dutch fire eater Pyromancer and local favourites Squid and ashphalt artist Chalkmaster Dave. Buskerfest runs from noon to 11pm on the Halifax waterfront.
An observant reader sends in another Alicia Silverstone sighting: “I saw her recently at the Wooden Monkey restaurant on Argyle. I overheard her speaking with the owner that she wanted to bring in a recipe for the kitchen staff to make although she may have been joking. I guess she likes the place because it is vegetarian friendly.”
We’d like to buy Silverstone’s co-star Annabeth Gish a drink in honour of her awesome new series Brotherhood (OK, and The X-Files), so if you see her out and about let us know.
The arts application corner
If you are a filmmaker: The National Screen Institute is looking for writing-producing teams to participate in its Features First program, which aims to help first- or second-time filmmakers develop their movie. Y
If you are a makeup artist: Lancôme is looking for entries for its annual Colour Designs Award for Makeup contest, to be held in Toronto in November. To apply, enter at ancomecolourdesigns.ca by August 31 and upload three photos “showcasing makeup artistry.” The prize includes five grand, a trip to Paris, some make-up and a trophy.
If you are a dancer: Halifax Dance is now taking applications for its young company. Your main deal should be modern, though they will accept jazz and ballet variations (contemporary, kids). There’s a handful of things needed for the application, due September 8, but the most AV-intensive is a video or DVD of the work you’d like to present/develop. Call 422-2006 for more info.
In the Wavy Navy
A new troupe takes the “on site” theatre production to an interesting place this month. The Wavy Navy Players are spending the summer performing aboard the HMCS Sackville. Recreating life on deck circa 1943 are actors Cy Ciacomin, David Cochrane, Craig Gillis and Alice Woodbury.
“The Sackville is Canada’s naval memorial museum,” says director Jacqui Good. “There were 100 or so built in Canada. This is it. This is very last one. They were built really quickly and out of cheap metal. The idea is to let people know what life was like during these convoys.”
Good’s team of actors offer a guided tour of the Sackville, involving particpants in the process in an effort to make education fun. “They each invented a character and we talked to a lot of veterans and incorporated it into what could be a really boring traditional tour,” Good says. “They get to move the four-inch gun and sometimes we blow up a cruise ship. We’ve blown up a lot of buildings in downtown Halifax.”
Catch The Wavy Navy Players Fridays through Sundays from 11am to 2pm aboard the HMCS Sackville until Labour Day.
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