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Alvin "Creepy" Karpis (played by John Dartt) and Charles Manson (played by Alex Purdy) talk about more than music during their jailhouse music lessons.

Playwright Michael Melski debuts Creepy and Little Manson with Eastern Front Theatre

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Playwright and director Michael Melski  is back on the stage in Halifax this week with his latest work Creepy and Little Manson. The play explores the real-life relationship between Charles Manson and legendary gangster Alvin “Creepy” Karpis. The two formed a relationship over guitar lessons during Manson’s second stint in jail, before the crimes he’s best known for organizing.… Read More»

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Atlantic Film Festival recap: Atlantic Shorts 6

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At this year’s Atlantic Film Festival there were a total of 13 different shorts program, six of which fell into the Atlantic Shorts category and showcased Atlantic Canadia filmmakers. Atlantic Shorts 6 featured a variety of genres including stop-motion animation, documentary and drama. Transfer Christopher Spencer-Lowe’s short film, Transfer is the story of Ben, a transfer… Read More»

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Atlantic Film Festival recap: State of Mine

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Despite an engaging title and synopsis, Jennifer Hogg’s documentary State of Mine, left me wanting more. State of Mine is, in a way, a documentary within a documentary. It follows photographer Chris Geworsky as he photographs musicians for his newest portrait exhibition, which is also called State of Mine. The exhibition is an exploration of… Read More»

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Atlantic Film Festival recap: Lure

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“We are all monsters.” This pointed, yet brief line from the final moments of Jesse Harley’s Lure is one that that will resonate with its audience long after the credits have rolled. Lure, which premiered on September 12 at the Atlantic Film Festival, tells the story of Rebecca Markowitz (Andrea Norwood). She is a post-graduate… Read More»

Filmmaker Paul Kimball.

Paul Kimball returns to the Atlantic Film Festival

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For Halifax’s Paul Kimball, the 2014 Atlantic Film Festival is more than a place to showcase his recent work: it’s a return to the spotlight after a four year break. At the 2010 festival, Kimball premiered his first feature, Eternal Kiss. It’s the story of a filmmaker who sets out to make a documentary about… Read More»

Photo: Samson Learn/Samson Photography

Out at the movies—the OutEast Film Festival returns

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Just three years since its first screening, the Out East Queer Film Festival has become a force on Atlantic Canada’s cinema scene. The festival, which runs June 12 to 15 at Neptune Theatre’s Studio Stage, owes its success to its ability to attract a broad audience. “Out East is very accessible,” says Andria Wilson, festival… Read More»

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Hannah Mae Cruddas: A rising star returns home

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When Ballet Jörgen returns to Halifax for tonight’s performance of Romeo and Juliet at the Cohn, the lineup will include Dartmouth native Hannah Mae Cruddas, playing the role of Lady Capulet (Juliet’s “not-so-kind mother.”) For Cruddas, it’s an exciting homecoming. “I trained at the Maritime Conservatory, and it’s really wonderful to come back to Halifax,” she says. “I… Read More»

Maestro Bernhard Gueller. Photo: Aaron McKenzie Fraser / www.amfraser.com

Symphony Nova Scotia 2014/15 season preview

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Symphony Nova Scotia announced the details of its 2014/15 season yesterday, promising audiences a diverse lineup, as organizers walk that fine line of satisfying the classical diehards that comprise its season-ticket base, while also attracting new fans. “There is so much to hear in our 2014/15 season,” says music director Bernhard Gueller. “A special highlight… Read More»

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Good music for a good cause

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Tonight, Halifax’s music community is coming together to support Scott Jones. Gottingen Street for Scott Jones will take over the Marquee Ballroom, the Company House, the Bus Stop Theatre, Alteregos, Menz Bar and Plan B for a night of music and performance with artists including Rich Aucoin, Paper Lions, Erin Costelo, Rouge Fatale, Quake Matthews, Heather Green, Bill Wood… Read More»

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