A trip to the Salon

Tara Thorne knows the dopes and the shows.

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Film festival season is upon us as of this week, but the Atlantic Film Festival is not the only game in town. The Salon des Refuses, the annual one-night festival of AFF rejectees, has announced its selected-by-lottery line-up.

The all-Atlantic slate of films includes: Bread for the Journey, "a 30-year journey in the lives of a group of nuns revolving around a recipe as it travels through time" by Convival Daze; Phone Whores, a call centre comedy by Truro director Daniel Gaynor, whose hilarious Grindhouse contest entry Tetas de Muerte (yes, Tits of Death) will also screen; Between the Buried and Me, a horror feature from Eric Duncan about a weekend camping trip gone awry and How I Got Busted, by New Brunswick documentarian Connell Smith. We happened to see a rough cut in St. Andrews, NB in March, and it's a funny and heartbreaking account of four disparate North Americans who got nailed for pot possession and how the busts affected their lives.

The Salon begins at 7pm on September 15 at the Khyber Club (which, on an unrelated note, HRM, we would love to see go the route of the Marquee and re-open permanently). Tickets are $6.

May we suggest The Brothers Solomon?

Speaking of the AFF, there's a sign in the box office window on South Park street announcing that Michael Clayton, the Tony Gilroy drama starring George Clooney and Tilda Swinton, will no longer be appearing at the festival. It was supposed to be the closing gala. Eep. The fest is mum at this point on what will replace it but when we know something we'll post it over on thecoast.ca. In the good news department, the AFF will have its unofficial kickoff a week early, with its annual outdoor screening. This year it's Hayao Miyazaki's Oscar-winning Spirited Away on Citadel Hill's Garrison Grounds on Friday, September 7 at dusk. A mere $5 gets you in.

North lights

Film isn't the only thing we're excited about this week—we love being able to say "second annual" in reference to something so dope. Following last year's successful debut, the Go North! Studio and Gallery Tour is back again on Saturday, September 8. You'll be able to visit, via guided tour, 45 studios, galleries, spaces and businesses in north end Halifax, including: Eye Level Gallery, which officially opens in its new home, a couple blocks down from its old home, at 2063 Gottingen, ViewPoint Gallery, Propeller Brewing Co., Two Coloured Guys Silkscreening and the Bloomfield Centre. Tours leave from the BusStop Theatre (2203 Gottingen) at 1 and 3pm.

Also on the sked are Eye Level's opening party at 5pm, which is also a reception for a painting exhibition by Jennifer Dorner and Stephanie Aitken called Mount Analog/Sky Vessels; a comic exhibition at The Rock Garden (2344 Hunter) featuring Kyle Bridgett, Peter Diamond, Jesse Jacobs Laura Kenins, Chris Lockerbie, Haydon Mariner and our own Mike Holmes (look left) and at 10pm the Creighton Roxy backyard cinema screens Crumb at 2480 Creighton.

For more info and a downloadable Go North! map, hit gonorthart.blogspot.com.

Laugh your guts out

The annual Just for Laughs tour, hitting Halifax for two shows on October 28, has announced its line-up for the year. Last Comic Standing winner Alonzo Bodden, who also appears on The Tonight Show, will headline. Rounding out the line-up are Canadian funny peeps Andrew Grose and John Wing, Americans Kevin Brennan and Louis Ramey and Australian Fiona O'Loughlin.

Tickets are on sale as of September 10 and available at the Dalhousie Arts Centre for $39.50, 494-3820 or artscentre.dal.ca. Shows go up at the Cohn at 7pm and 9:30pm.

Shameless plug

Ok, back to film just for a second. We're headed up to the dot for our annual Toronto International Film Festival pilgrimage. Beginning Friday, September 7 and on until September 15, visit thecoast.ca to see what celebrities we've looked at but not spoken to, engrossing tales of being forced by publicists to book interview times with people we see on the street normally (Ellen Page, Chaz "no relation" Thorne), how Thorne's two features play up there, complaints about the weather, the paparazzi and lines, and of course all the great movies we hope to catch.

If you have celeb-sighting tips, email tarat@thecoast.ca.

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