Impress the ladies (figuratively—we're all about gender-free fun here) with your love of local culture by checking out the free exhibition openings at Anna Leonowens Gallery (5163 Duke Street, 494-8223), usually every Monday night starting at 5:30pm.
If you play your cheese right, you'll have enough time to catch a movie. The second Monday of every month at Park Lane (5657 Spring Garden Road, 423-4598), AFCOOP hosts their Monday Night Movie special—films that you're not going to see in Halifax until they hit the shelves of Video Difference. Kicking off this season on September 10 at 6pm (note the special time), is David Lynch's much-anticipated Inland Empire, followed by Guy Maddin's Brand Upon the Brain on October 15 at 7pm. Tickets are $9, or $7 for members. Plus there's cheap curried eats at Just Spring Roll (446-3536) right beside the theatre, or really, really cheap but slightly gummy candy next door at the Buck Or Two dollar store.
Seventy channels on that satellite radio of yours and you still can't find one darn show that appeals to your love of exotic bird calls? Why not learn how to program your own show at CKDU, Dalhousie's campus radio station. The fine folks at CKDU are always on the lookout for dedicated volunteers, so be sure to check ckdu.ca for the next training schedule.
Umm, is that what you're going to wear? Fall out of The Gap and into one of the many used and vintage clothing stores around town. The Coast's upcoming Shop Halifax City Guide (hitting the streets in October) will have complete listings, but for cheap-and-cheerful and hopefully stylish outfits, the Salvation Army Thrift Store (5280 Green Street, 425-7684) should be your first stop. Just remember that polyester doesn't breathe and sweat stains are gross.
Turn those savings into a roti and a side of hot sauce, next door at Ranis' Curry & Roti Shop (5280 Green Street, 404-3440).
Prince loves diamonds and pearls, but if you're looking for a cheaper way to get off or turn yourself or a partner on, every year Venus Envy (1598 Barrington Street, 422-0004) hosts a wonderful series of workshops that deal with all aspects of sexuality, regardless of whether your preference lies between the sheets, or the ropes. Most workshops are on Tuesday nights, and cost $20 ($10 for limited income), but can you put a price on healthy, fun sex? I think not.
Hipsters, tweemos and the likeminded might want to test their newfound prowess at Charlie's Club (5580 Cunard Street, 429-1401). Bring your ID and be prepared to sign in, but don't forget that all those same safe sex rules apply after cheap specials too.
On September 18, Neptune Theatre (1593 Argyle Street, 429-7300) kicks off its "pay-what-you-can" shows with The Miracle Worker. Be sure to check neptunetheatre.ca, as the very first Tuesday evening performance of each play is designated as PWYC.
And while you have your calendar out, book off the second Tuesday of every month for the Khyber Komix Jam (Khyber Club, 1588 Barrington Street, 492-3278). Only your art supplies and imagination are required to be part of this gargantuan comic project.
Maybe it's time to take it easy, stay home and nurse that draught hangover. It is Wednesday after all. To prepare for your time off, pick up some supplies. First, start off at the Mid-East Food Centre & Cafe (2595 Agricola Street, 492-0958) for the awesome two falafel for five bucks lunch special. Then head over to the public library—the branch of your choice—for the DVDs that you pre-ordered online at www.halifaxpubliclibraries.ca . Maybe you think that the library only carries fitness videos and NFB documentaries (which you should watch too!!), but they also carry recent releases like 300 and Disturbia, and TV box-sets, including Lost.
Smack in the middle of the city, The Common is a great place to get some exercise and clear the noggin. If you're like me and you cringe at the idea of getting dinged in the teeth by a line drive, there is usually a pick-up soccer or ultimate Frisbee game on the go. Then, take a trip into the north end for a big bowl of noodle soup at Robie Foods (3095 Robie Street, 454-7814).
Besides a fantastic line-up of exhibitions that usually open on Thursday nights, Dalhousie Art Gallery (6101 University Avenue, 494-2403) is hosting a free weekly lunchtime film series. Running from September 27 to December 12 at 12:30pm each week, the gallery is hosting all eight episodes of Robert Hughes' BBC production The Shock of The New, covering the rise of Modernism in art.
If that's not your cuppa, don't miss the gallery's Wednesday night Jim Jarmusch festival (full schedule at artgallery.dal.ca). Consider Tom Waits and Robery Benigni screaming for ice cream.
Every Thursday night there is an all-ages "Pass the Mic" spoken-word night at Just Us! (1678 Barrington Street, 422-565) where you can fill up with Fair Trade java and applause from the writers' circle.
Ah Friday. Sweet Friday. Keep a watch on The Coast's listings for live music; it's an exciting time for the local scene, and there are usually a bunch of shows happening. And unless it's a big show at the Metro Centre (1800 Argyle Street, 451-1221), cover charges tend to be on the low side, which leaves a few bucks left for the donair-sausage-pizza-cereal-pancake portion of your night.
But it's always a good idea to cushion the stomach before you head out too, and this October, the United Church has an amazing fundraiser: walk into any United Church in town between 4 to 6pm, and for $8, you will get a litre of baked beans and a loaf of brown bread. That's old-school goodness in your belly for sure.
Whether it's paradise by the dashboard light or a trip to the love shack, there are plenty of karaoke mics to go around too. The most popular nights to find summer lovin' are at the Lion's Head (5833 Sullivan Street, 455-0181) on Friday and Saturdays, and Bearly's (1269 Barrington Street, 423-2526) on Wednesdays.
Count your blessings, my friend, by volunteering at St. George's Soup Kitchen (2221 Maitland Street, contact Karenn Chan at firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer). Meals are served every Saturday; set up at 3pm, doors open at 4pm. If you're a ladle-klutz, you can still come by and chat with the guests.
If you want to hurry hard but are afraid of the commitment, the Halifax Curling Club (948 South Bland Street, 423-7857) offers a free beginner drop-in clinic every Saturday at 1pm. And the outfits are so darn cute. Speaking of awesome outfits, the YMCA (2269 Gottingen Street, 406-3280) hosts a modern Bollywood-style dance class every Saturday from 4 to 5pm that is ideal for beginners.
Every Sunday at 1pm, Food Not Bombs (Halifax North Memorial Library, 2285 Gottingen Street) provides a communal vegetarian feast and a positive message. Same goes on Wednesdays at 5pm, when the meal moves to the Spring Garden branch (5381 Spring Garden Road, 490-5700). Once you're full, take a trip to the sweet Anchor Archive Zine Library (5684 Roberts Street), where zines are free to browse. If you want to borrow your new favourite, you can pay $2 or volunteer three hours or donate a zine to the library. Hours are Sunday from 2 to 5pm and Tuesday 6 to 9pm.
By this point, you may be filled with so much good will, you have no choice but to dance. And dance you shall, as every Sunday from 4 to 5pm on the Halifax Common there is free African dance (406-3280), taught by trained instructors.
And now maybe it's time you actually did some schoolwork...
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