The last word

Tara Thorne rides her BMX to the drive-in and you should, too.

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The Atlantic Book Festival is in its final chapter, with the awards ceremony dropping at Pier 21 on May 11. But before that there are a few events we'd like to direct your attention to.

Deanne Fitzpatrick talks about her East Coast Rug-Hooking Designs: New Patterns from an Old Tradition on May 10 at Mary E. Black Gallery's new location beside Pier 21 at 6pm. David Folster drops by Alderney Gate Library on the Dartmouth waterfront at 7pm to get your mouth watering with (word) selections from his Ganong: A Sweet History of Chocolate, while Elaine McCluskey visits our former home-burb Sack Vegas to read from The Watermelon Social at the Sackville Library (636 Sackville). Over at King's Alumni Hall (6350 Coburg), Ami McKay, Linden MacIntyre, Pete Sanger and Mary Dalton read at 7pm, and Natalie MacLean brings some wine to the Book Room (1546 Barrington) and reads from her Red, White and Drunk All Over: A Wine-Soaked Journey from Grape to Glass at 7pm.

Apply yourself

The Nova Scotia Community College and its sparkling new campus on the Dartmouth waterfront announced a couple of fresh programs this week. Starting this September, the school will offer a two-year diploma in music arts and a one-year certificate in music business, adding to its impressive applied-arts-and-media roster of recording, film, graphic design, photography, radio and TV disciplines.

"Being successful in the music business requires more than just musicianship," says Bruce Tawse, dean of Applied Arts and New Media. "It means knowing how to work with producers, promoters, agents, technicians, technology and other musicians to build a creative product, work as part of a team and perform their music. We feel these new programs will help this sector grow to become an even more dynamic part of our economy."

Chain gang

The new Ink Storm Screenprinting Collective, a group that aims to provide affordable screenprinting and workshops to build up the local screenprinting community, is holding a cool fundraiser this weekend in the form of a bicycle drive-in. Starting at 2pm on Sunday, May 13, they'll screen George Lucas's THX 1138 and The Invisible Man. Bring a radio to hear the movie—just like an old-school drive-in—and a blanket's also probably a good idea, then hit the parking lot at the corner of Gottingen and Cogswell.

Masters tournament

One of the handful of local funding opportunities for artists is looking for nominations. The Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia's Masterworks Arts Awards are looking for nods from the communities of visual arts, performance, design, writing/publishing and media and recording arts. Nominees must have public and professional peer recognition, meaning that the work must have been presented professionally to the public in the past five years.

This is the second year for the Masterwork Award: The inagural prize was given to the outdoor children's theatre Le Petit Cercle, which produced a project in Cheticamp.

"It is my hope that the Masterwork Award will spark a discussion among Nova Scotians about the importance of the arts in our culture, and in our economy," says lieutenant governor Mayann Francis. "Art needs our attention."

Word. Get nominating by hitting gov.ns.ca/dtc/lgawards. The deadline is June 20.

Oy with the rumours

The buzz that mourning Gilmore Girls fans in Halifax had a place to direct our ire right in our own backyard has proved false, sort of. David Sutcliffe, the Canadian actor who spent seven years as a target for unbridled rage and hurled drinks (ours included) as Christopher, Rory's father and Lorelai's life fucker-upper, is starring in the CTV MOW Sticks and Stones, "inspired by real-life events surrounding the Canadian pee wee hockey team that organized a Friendship Series tournament to make amends for the ill treatment an American team received during a visit to Canada at the beginning of the US invasion of Iraq." And Halifax is on that film's shooting schedule, or was—over a week ago. The Metro Centre was used for two days to simulate a 2003 Montreal Canadiens game that figures in the story. The production has now moved to Fredericton and Saint John. The series finale of Gilmore Girls airs Tuesday, May 15 at 8pm on Global.

Will you be there? Email: tarat@thecoast.ca

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