Top 10 ways to heat up your weekend

It's getting hot out there, and we have the sizzling concerts, film screenings and art to prove it. Yow!

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Nigerian musician Kunle brings his traditional tunes to Halifax (see number 4). - VANESSA DESTRA
  • Vanessa Destra
  • Nigerian musician Kunle brings his traditional tunes to Halifax (see number 4).

10. Visual Arts › Murder at the Dart. Until Jul 28. Painter and mixed-media artist Lee Cripps and ceramics artist Susan Paczek unveil their newest works at the Dart Gallery, all centred around a crow theme. The misunderstood creatures (called a murder when they're in a group) are actually said to be seen as multicoloured birds to other animals who have better vision than humans. See Cripps' and Paczek's colourful take on them until July 28.

9. Film Screening › Animated City screens The Lord Of The Rings. Friday, July 15, 8pm. Gather near dusk at Tall Ships Quay on the Halifax waterfront for a chance to see another vision of Tolkien's beloved universe. This 1978 animated version tells the story of the ring in a way you've never seen before! Part of the Animated City Outdoor Film Fest.

8. Health & Wellness › Party at The Pond for Feed NS. Saturday, July 16, 6-7:30pm. Get your groove on for a good cause at Sullivan's Pond. A blend of high and low intensity dance steps taught by an instructor, this workout promises to torch calories while you enjoy songs ranging Salsa to Top 40.
Bring your sneakers and a donation to FeedNS, who recently reported their pantry shelves to be critically bare.

7. Visual Arts › Summer Group Exhibition. To Sept 3. A rotating exhibition featuring works from many of the gallery's artists in dozens of mediums, this exhibit offers something for every art lover.
Highlights include a small selection of paintings by Belgian-born New Brunswick artist Francis Coutellier , who's back on the art scene after a four-year hiatus with this show.

6. On Stage › Queer Acts Festival. July 13-17. Come celebrate our queer community, artists and stories. Seven productions take place over five days during Halifax’s Pride Festival. Highlights include Theatre Outré’s drag rock opera Castrati and “Friend” “Like” #Me by comedian Gavin Crawford (of This Hour has 22 Minutes fame), as well as a variety of shows from emerging and established artists. —Kate Watson

Murder at the Dart brings a thoughtful eye to crows (see number 10). - LEE CRIPPS
  • Lee Cripps
  • Murder at the Dart brings a thoughtful eye to crows (see number 10).

5. Dance › Swing OUT! w/ Dalhousie University Dance Society. Friday, July 15, 8:30-11pm. Wish you were a better dancer? Envy the smooth moves of others on the dance floor? Well the Dal Swing Dance Society is here to help you up your game! Just in time for Pride Week, they're throwing an LGBTQ+ swing party. Learn new moves between 8:30 and 9:30pm, and show them off until 11pm. No partner required. Located at 1531 Grafton Street.

4. Live Music › Kunle. Sunday, July 17, 3-4:30pm.Nigerian singer/songwriter Kunle will be sharing African rhythms and stories at this free concert. The perfect way for world music lovers to add some texture to their afternoon!.

3. Halifax Jazz Festival › Verbal Warnin'. Friday, July 15, 11:15pm. Keep dancing till dawn with Halifax's own reggae-roots rockers Verbal Warnin'! This Jazz Fest event is an opportunity to catch the group (who rarely perform) in all it's spontaneous, dance-able glory, so snag some tickets while you can.

2. On Stage › As You Like It. To Sept 1. Shakespeare by the Sea takes on the 317-year-old classic, telling the upside-down story of Rosalind, Frederick and Orlando, love, exile and honesty. The show schedule alternates over the summer with SBTS's Pinocchio and King Lear, and Mondays are dark, so check the website before you go.

1. Halifax Jazz Festival › Thundercat w/River Tiber. Saturday, July 16, 8:30pm. Thudercat brings big sound—just as his name promises—with a mix of laid-back neo-soul and dance music elements. A Pitchfork magazine fave (and Kendrick Lamar collaborator!), catching his Jazz Fest performance gives you insane amounts of hipster cred—and the songs are so good, you can enjoy them un-ironically. Toronto producer/vocalist/multi-instrumentalist River Tiber opens the show with a blend of Justin Timberlake-style vocals and heavy beats.

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