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Rankin enjoys feeling of homecoming at this week’s Mabou Ceilidh Days

Rankin enjoys feeling of homecoming at this week’s Mabou Ceilidh Days

One of Nova Scotia's most successful songwriters headlines weekend concert as festival celebrates 50 years
Prepare to Fall in Love with The 39 Steps

Prepare to Fall in Love with The 39 Steps

The Chester Playhouse Summer Theatre Festival opens with a racing, ripping production of The 39 Steps, a wonderful theatrical circus for those who love theatre and those who don't. It runs through Saturday, 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. Saturday matinee.
Course of true love does a nimble soft shoe in Valley Summer Theatre’s  musical I Do! I Do!

Course of true love does a nimble soft shoe in Valley Summer Theatre’s musical I Do! I Do!

The classic musical comedy from The Fantasticks' team charts 50 years of marriage with wit and great chemistry from the leads.
Our Song project inspires Meaghan Smith to custom-write personal songs for fans

Our Song project inspires Meaghan Smith to custom-write personal songs for fans

After years of chasing pop music success, the Halifax songwriter has embarked on a new venture that communicates directly with listeners and their stories.
Gaelic songstress Sarah MacInnis emerges from ancestors’ shadow

Gaelic songstress Sarah MacInnis emerges from ancestors’ shadow

MacInnis is one of a new generation of Cape Bretoners contributing to a Gaelic revival sparked in part by her grandfather, the late Buddy MacMaster.
WIDESCREEN: The inescapable cost of being a Game of Thrones fan

WIDESCREEN: The inescapable cost of being a Game of Thrones fan

An HBO subscription isn't within everyone's budget. Luckily, there is an option for grand-scale escapism.
Growing Food With Greg: Growing tomatoes — direct seeding vs. transplants

Growing Food With Greg: Growing tomatoes — direct seeding vs. transplants

Tomatoes are the star of most people's vegetable gardens, including mine. This year, I decided to see what grew better — tomato transplants or plants that I seeded directly into the garden at the beginning of May.
Opera composer keen to explore Adele Hugo’s spiral into insanity

Opera composer keen to explore Adele Hugo’s spiral into insanity

An Amsterdam-based composer is seeking Adele Hugo's Halifax writings for a multi-media opera installation.
Symphony Nova Scotia embarks on debut summer season

Symphony Nova Scotia embarks on debut summer season

Concerts will be staged at the Halifax waterfront and the Garrison Grounds, as well as at several libraries.
Chef cooks up new look, menu for struggling Bedford restaurant

Chef cooks up new look, menu for struggling Bedford restaurant

Someday, someplace, Luis Clavel will open his Mexican restaurant. In the meantime, he's been busy as a consultant, including a rebranding project at Patrons.