Timing after timing

Tara Thorne hooks you up with awesome free comic books.

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Halifax theatre troupe Foghorn, after a successful 2006 season that included productions of Mamet's The Shawl, Judith Thompson's White Biting Dog and a Robert Munsch-inspired Much Too Munsch, launches its first play of the year on May 9 with All in the Timing, five one-act plays by David Ives.

"Ever wish you could control time? Want to take something back you said to someone? Do you like the idea of reshaping reality to suit your needs? Well, these are the plays for you!" says the Foghorn website.

Starring Allison Amirault (who also directs), Shelley Burgoyne, Jonathan Sensmore, Nick Lachance and Caitlin MacIssac, All in the Timing runs May 9 to 12 at the BusStop Theatre (2203 Gottingen) at 8pm for $8 (or $15 for two). Call 453-9304 to book tix in advance, and visit foghorntheatre.org to find out more about the company's background.

Up and at them!

After all Monday holidays and Christmas, our favourite day of the year has got to be Free Comic Book Day. We like reading and we like free—everybody wins. And we mean everybody—there are free books to be had, while supplies last, every first weekend in May from the comic shops in town, including Monster Comic Lounge and The Last Gamestore.

And the event's gotten so huge that it's explanded beyond the walls of one local emporium, the venerable Strange Adventures, will move operations into St. David's Hall (Market at Blowers), where the Halifax Pop Explosion Zine Fair is held. Guests at the event, being held May 5, include local superstars Hope Larson, Bryan Lee O'Malley and our own Mike Holmes. Also appearing will be Toronto writer Darwyn Cooke, who reinvented Catwoman and is the author of the Superman Confidential series that debuted last fall, and Andy Runton, the Atlanta creator of the Owly series for kids, about the titular bird who is "a kind, yet lonely, little owl who knows what it means to be human."

At your own command

The Atlantic Fringe Festival, now in its 17th year, is accepting applications for this year's event, running August 30 to September 9. It's a first-come, first-served deal so be sure to get your show together well in advance of the July 7 deadline in order to ensure that it gets a slot in the schedule. Your application must be accompanied by a $50 entry fee, and will not be considered if it's not filled out in full. This is one of the most life-affirming application forms you'll ever sweat over, with lots of quotes and theatre-related support sprinkled throughout. Here's our favourite: "REMEMBER. You are the supreme commander—whatever you want to put on, goes on." Download your application now, supreme commander, at www.atlanticfringe.ca

View from the bank

The ViewFinders film festival wrapped up last weekend with the best part (for the filmmakers)—the awards!

For the Animation Challenge, first prize (a whopping $500!) went to It All Adds Up (Yashar Asheri, Ifari Fraser, Colyer Roil and Logan MacGillivray), which also won the $1,000 People's Choice Award; second prize was Babysitter Wanted (Halley D. Roache) and third prize went to Couch Blobs by Samuel Fresia, Logan Smith and Connor Leet. The bursary award went to Justin Tomchuk's Children Purple.

The Movie Challenge winners are: Golden State by Stefano Andriani, Horton Park by Gavin Keen and Break it Down by Daniel Boos. The people chose Roboter Gegen Roboter from Julien Wallot-Beale and Arthur Doyle, and Justin Tomchuk picked up another bursary award with another film, Canadian Bistro Division. (Seriously, who is this kid?)

The Green Screen Challenge for environmentally conscious films was won by Alex Boos's Seishen, with second prize going to It All Adds Up and third being spread amongst the grade three and four students of Grosvenor Wentworth Elementary School's project It's Not Easy Being Green: Or Is It?. The bursary award went to Michael Robson and Progress. These winning submissions will be entered into the Nordic Youth Film Festival's global film program in Norway later this year.

Who’s your favourite prize-winner? Email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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