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WIDESCREEN: Downton Abbey stars ditch the finery

WIDESCREEN: Downton Abbey stars ditch the finery

Michelle Dockery and Dan Stevens are taking chances in their new television projects. Dockery, playing talented North Carolina con artist Letty Raines, gets to show more range in one episode of Good Behavior than she did in six seasons in Yorkshire.
New films explore extraordinary times, ordinary life

New films explore extraordinary times, ordinary life

While I Am Not Your Negro expresses the power of words as a force for external change, Paterson shows the inner power of writing to instil a sense of grounding and self-worth, even if those words are never shared beyond one's immediate circle.
Get ready to Rumble at the Seahorse Tavern

Get ready to Rumble at the Seahorse Tavern

Urban Surf Kings and friends pay tribute Saturday to the master of the snarling guitar, godfather of garage and punk Link Wray.
Women Making Waves draws filmmakers, fans to Halifax

Women Making Waves draws filmmakers, fans to Halifax

Cape Breton writer-director Ashley McKenzie, whose debut feature film Werewolf screened at the Berlin Film Festival last month, and Jordan Canning, whose film Suck It Up! played at Slamdance, are among the special guests for the three-day conference beginning Friday.
Good Charlotte brings Youth Authority Tour to Halifax April 22

Good Charlotte brings Youth Authority Tour to Halifax April 22

The pop-punk group, which formed in the mid-'90s, is back after a lengthy break with a new album, Youth Authority, released last year.
Young actors bring Mermaid to life at Neptune Studio Theatre

Young actors bring Mermaid to life at Neptune Studio Theatre

Students from ages 13 to 18 present the contemporary re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen classic from March 2 to 4.
Ben Caplan, Hannah Moscovitch team up for refugee love story

Ben Caplan, Hannah Moscovitch team up for refugee love story

Old Stock, to be produced by Halifax's 2b theatre May 4 to 14, takes the form of a humorously dark folk tale woven together with a high-energy concert. It is inspired by the experiences of Moscovitch's great-grandparents.
Smallwood tale stands tall on Neptune Theatre stage

Smallwood tale stands tall on Neptune Theatre stage

Artistic Fraud Theatre of Newfoundland brings Canadian history to life in a superb play based on Wayne Johnston's bestselling novel The Colony of Unrequited Dreams.
Photographer Holownia’s keen perspective on display in 40-year retrospective

Photographer Holownia’s keen perspective on display in 40-year retrospective

Photographer Thaddeus Holownia exhibits 40 years of Moments mainly in Atlantic Canada in a retrospective at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia in Halifax, featuring a new work in collaboration with poet Harry Thurston on the killing of migratory songbirds in New Brunswick. The Nature of Nature: The Photographs of Thaddeus Holownia, 1976-2016, is on view to May 28.
PET CORNER: Paws to Read program brings dog-eared listeners to help kids read

PET CORNER: Paws to Read program brings dog-eared listeners to help kids read

I'm a big fan of programs that bring youngsters and pets together. The upsides are huge and the impact can last a lifetime. One such program is Paws to Read, offered at various branches of the Halifax Public Libraries system.