If you despise Halloween, trash the sweaty plastic mask, and head out for some alternative entertainment. On Tuesday, October 30 at 7pm, bring in your pumpkins and head over to the CBC Radio Room at 5600 Sackville for Future Shorts, featuring wee works by international filmmakers, followed by a screening of Siloen Daley's short film, Olive Prepares. Tickets are $8, available at the door.
On Halloween night, avoid sullen teenagers in half-assed costumes by heading to Dalhousie Art Gallery, 6101 University, for a screening of the Jim Jarmusch classic Mystery Train at 8pm. The only movie that stars both Steve Buscemi and Joe Strummer—and it's free! Be sure to leave enough time to check out the exhibition Close to You, a fun mix of textiles and pop culture. Around the corner from Allyson Mitchell's gigantic fun-fur sasquatch goddess and beside Mark Newport's knitted superhero costumes, is a little game I unoriginally like to call "Name that song." Michele Provost embroidered song lyrics onto fabric and framed them like a collection of family portraits. Match the lyrical line to the songs, if you can.
After saving money on post-Halloween candy bargains, use the extra cash for a ticket to Eastern Front Theatre's In the Backseat (check out the feature on playwright Sam Fisher at thecoast.ca). Running until November 11 at Alderney Landing; tickets at 1-888-311-9090 or www.ticketpro.ca.
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