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Ten totally-rocking weekend picks


The year's almost over, but there's still time for some fun: it's The Oval's opening weekend, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound honour Otis Redding and The Khyber celebrates a new doc, Black In Halifax.

Anchor City Rollers learn-to-skate session
If you've been dying to try roller derby since seeing Ellen Paige in Whip It, this is your chance. The Anchor City Rollers' fresh meat and greet session gives you the perfect introduction to the sport and even lets you sit in on a practice at the Spryfield Lions Rink.

At This Hour: The Deposition of Harbour Pilot Francis Mackey
Saturday // Sunday
With an unexpected location (the Provincial Court on Spring Garden Road), Zuppa Theatre's latest, billed as a “documentary theatre production,” tells the story of the Halifax Explosion through the words of a man who saw the whole thing. Using heated exchanges lifted directly from court transcripts, it aims to show the whole picture like never before.

Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound salute Otis Redding Friday night (see 2). - JESSICA CONRAD PHOTO
  • Jessica Conrad photo
  • Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound salute Otis Redding Friday night (see 2).

A Gay Ol' Christmas Comedy Show
This laugh-fest at The Seahorse features the funniest queer comics in town, hosted by Adam Myatt and Lindsay Dauphinee.

Black in Halifax screening
A documentary series showcasing the stories and experiences of Black people in Halifax, crafted by Khyber artist-in-residence Shaya Ishaq and Francesca Ekwuyasi, screens at the gallery as an end note to Ishaq's residency.

Bleep in the Dark
It's a night of experimental music with the lights out as AJAX, Feels, Weeping Orchid, Schnauzerwelt and DJ Marcie Ross take over the CKDU lobby for an immersive dance experience.

Symphony Nova Scotia's The Nutcracker tells a tale of love and courage (see 4). - CATHY MCKELVEY PHOTO
  • Cathy McKelvey photo
  • Symphony Nova Scotia's The Nutcracker tells a tale of love and courage (see 4).

Opening day at The Oval
Slide your newly sharpened skates across this Halifax landmark and enjoy all the merry-and-bright feels the season has to offer. No skates? No problem: The Oval rents gear for free (just provide some government-issued ID).

The Nutcracker
Thursday // Friday // Saturday
Symphony Nova Scotia’s holiday tradition sees Tchaikovsky's classic ballet get the full orchestral treatment at the Rebecca Cohn Auditorium. Dancers from Halifax Dance, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia and Canada’s Ballet Jörgen will sweep you up in a tale of love and courage.

Swingin' Around The Christmas Tree: The Modern Grass Band w/Old Man Luedecke
The jangling bard-balladeer Old Man Luedecke leaves his cabin in the woods for a big-city show with the bluegrass babes of The Modern Grass for a toe-tappin' time at Fort Massey United Church.

Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound presents a tribute to Otis Redding
Fifty years after the king of southern soul left us all far too soon, Roxy & The Underground Soul Sound pay tribute at The Carleton with special guests Charlie A’court, Jhamelia Smith-Dunn and Jacob Strang.

Code Blue Christmas with Pressa and Big Prada
The internet-famous Toronto rapper Pressa takes a break from the opener slot on Drake's tour to headline a Marquee show with Big Prada.

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