April 9
Jane at 85: Reasons for Hope

With her landmark fieldwork, animal researcher and activist Jane Goodall forever changed the way we see our chimpanzee animal cousins. See her at the Dalhousie Arts Centre as she talks about her work, the escalating threats to chimpanzees and their habitat, and how she’s able to stay hopeful about the future. artscentre.dal.ca

April 9–June 2
Neptune Theatre

Neptune presents the inspiring family saga The Color Purple: the story of a woman who, through love, finds the strength to triumph over adversity and discover her unique voice in the world. Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker, this musical features a joyous score containing jazz, ragtime, gospel, and rhythm and blues. Starring Tara Jackson as Celie. neptunetheatre.com

April 16
Neko Case

Best known to Canadians as a member of cult favourites The New Pornographers, the indie-rock singer/songwriter makes a rare visit to the East Coast. See her at the Dalhousie Arts Centre, performing works from her new album Hell-On. artscentre.dal.ca

April 25–28
Halifax ComedyFest

Venues around the city host as this popular festival returns, showcasing stand-up comics from across the country and around the world. This year’s lineup includes Hoodo Hersi, Shaun Majumder, Sophie Buddle, Alonzo Bodden, Debra DiGiovanni, Mark Critch, Erica Sigurdson, and many more. halifaxcomedyfest.ca

April 26
Stars on Ice

Top figure-skating talents from across Canada strut their stuff at this popular annual performance at Scotiabank Centre. The roster includes Olympians Elvis Stojko, Kaetlyn Osmond, Patrick Chan, Meagan Duhamel, Eric Radford. See them at Scotiabank Centre. ticketatlantic.com

April 27–28
Symphony Nova Scotia

With Dvorák’s Eighth and Dinuk’s Farewell, the Symphony features a new work by longtime composer-in-residence Dinuk Wijeratne, who returns for a last hurrah after a recent move to Toronto. For more about Wijeratne and his work, see the March Halifax Magazine (halifaxmag.com) cover story “Home is where the heart is.” symphonynovascotia.ca

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