Vile Passéist Theatre: We love you. Keep doing what you do, you crazy diamonds. Devoted to performing strictly early modern plays, this not-for-profit art society pushes audiences past Shakespeare and into worthwhile scripts by lesser-known playwrights from the Elizabethan and Jacobean eras. Coming up in November at the Bus Stop Theatre, John Lyly’s Gallathea, directed by Colleen MacIsaac. See vilepasseist.com for more details.
Phone, how I love thee. My world is lonely and with less blue glow when you are dead. In honour of this life-giving device’s 40th anniversary, photographer Laurel Rath prods gently at our incessant usage (I CAN STOP ANYTIME I WANT) with diptychs of heavy users contrasted with what we could see if we actually looked up once in a while. But, see, I was googling “russian crazy lightning dashcam” so I was kind of busy? Look Up! runs at Viewpoint Gallery until December 3.
Nova Scotia Music Week starts today, a short hour away in Truro. A festival with tons of local performers like Paper Beat Scissors, R$ $mooth and Like A Motorcycle, plus a conference and awards ceremony celebrating our scene, the week is a great place to musically mingle and schmooze. And while you’re in Truro, Blue Rodeo plays Nov. 9 at the Rath Eastlink Community Centre.
Moist plays the Casino Schooner Showroom at 8pm, and that’s a perfect time to confirm that David Usher can, indeed, still get it.
Give me your dorky, your nerdy, your cosplaying subcultures yearning to geek out. Hal-Con welcomes fans at the WTCC Nov. 7-9. “We came into existence to fill a need in the geek community and to help everyone embrace their inner geek,” says Joni Crocker, director of communications. Over four years Hal-Con has grown from 1,500 attendees to the whopping 6,000 who broke the ticket system last year. There’s a gaming floor, dance party and tons of opportunity to mingle with local fans and major stars (like Mark Sheppard, Michelle Forbes, Kristian Nairn). “There’s something for everyone, regardless of your level of ‘geek,’” says Crocker. “Don’t feel like you have to dress up as your favourite character to attend, but it’s an awful lot of fun to do it!” Tickets are selling like intergalactic hot cakes–visit hal-con.com for details. —JN
Maria Osende Flamenco celebrates 10 years of powerful, passionate dance with an extravaganza at the Maritime Museum. For more info: mariaosende.com.
Symphony Nova Scotia has the perfect opportunity to feel like you’re experiencing something special on Remembrance Day. An expanded orchestra and 80-voice chorus will play the heck out of Brahms’ Requiem in commemoration of the 100th and 75th anniversaries of World Wars I and II. Get there by 6:45pm to catch a free pre-concert chat in the Sculpture Court outside of the Rebecca Cohn auditorium. An added bonus, if you’re under 30, you can see the concert for $15 with a TD under-30 access pass, available at the Dal Arts Centre box office.
Dartmouth Players present Mid-Life! The Crisis Musical until Nov. 29. You’d better believe there will be some real talk/singing about getting old.
An interest in the vulnerability of thread leads textile artist Amanda McCavour to create intricate drawings and life-size installations using her sewing machine. Until December 21, Mary E. Black Gallery houses Home Away From Home, which recreates McCavour’s living room from a past apartment using hanging thread renderings. —AS
Constantines are back and, from all recent accounts, better than ever. Judge for yourself at the Marquee Ballroom tonight, 9pm. If you missed The Cons at Sappyfest, this is your chance to make up for it.
Events, shows, parties and prizes are what the CKDU Funding Drive is about—oh, and raising a mountain of moolah. “Every year we reach out to listeners to support the voices of our local community who volunteer weekly to broadcast local news and music,” says station coordinator Gianna Lalonde. Last year listeners pledged over $23,000 to this righteous cause. This fall you can support your favourite not-for-profit, campus and community radio station and have epic fun from Nov. 17-23. Tune in to the station at 88.1FM or ckdu.ca for more info. —JN
Former Haligonian Sarah McLachlan (she didn’t like it here after high school) returns to town to perform at the Metro Centre, 7:30pm.
Will Santa bring Ralphie Parker the Red Ryder BB gun he so desperately wants? We all know the answer, but will still attend Neptune Theatre’s take on the classic story/’80s film The Christmas Story, for a chance to see it all unravel on stage. The nostalgia-filled, family-friendly play runs to Jan. 4. —AS
Laugh away that late November chill with a week of local comedy. Monday kicks off with Megacomedy Mondays at Gus’ Pub, 8:30pm. The line-ups are stacked and it’s free, the sweetest news of all. Tuesdays roll on with Stand Up Comedy night at the Lower Deck in Clayton Park, 8pm, free. Wednesday hit the circuit at Laughterburner at Bearly’s House of Blues and Ribs, 8pm, also free, and Wednesday Night Comedy at the Grad House at 8pm, free. Try them all for a week and note your emotions in your diary for later.
Hair, get ready for the nervous twirling of a lifetime! Thrillema’s monthly horror, sci-fi and cult film screenings at the Museum of Natural History cap off November and its fall line up with Poltergeist, 8pm. As a happy result of a new partnership with Strange Adventures Comix & Curiosities, all Thrillema screenings are free. And (mostly) scary—enjoy that dark walk home.
Haven’t seen a pantomime yet this year? Theatre Arts Guild will fix that with Panto At the OK Corral, running to Dec. 13 at Pond Playhouse. In the play, Clint Westwood is torn between true love and being a white hat. You’ll be chuckling into December.