Arts reporter Tara Thorne gives us her list of the top things to check out on the arts and entertainment scene in Halifax this weekend.
Hedda Gabler starts tonight and runs through Valentine's Day at the Bus Stop. Henrik Ibsen's play is set in the 1890s; this version is set in 2116. Twist! It stars a bunch of cool people, including Katie Dorian, Margaret Legere, Kim Parkhill and Jeff Schwager.
Marion Bridge by Daniel MacIvor (I love the film version), about a trio of sisters who go home to help their dying mother. Those sisters are a bunch of great actors: Keelin Jack, Stephanie MacDonald and Francine Deschepper. On at Neptune Studio until Feb. 21.
On the big screen
The excellent Oscar nominee 45 Years arrives to finally boot Brooklyn out of the Oxford Theatre. Zoolander 2 looks funny and for Valentine's it's How to Be Single. Carbon Arc has Laurie Anderson's Heart of a Dog on Friday, which did the festival circuit last fall.
A lot to get excited about on the music scene
The Music of Queen via Symphony Nova Scotia: I honestly can't think of a band better suited to be interpreted by the Symphony. I read a statistic once that Bohemian Rhapsody is 80 tracks and the only reason there aren't more is because the tape got so thin they thought it would break. Friday through Sunday at the Rebecca Cohn.
I'm doing a show on Saturday called Galentine's Day. The initial idea was just "ladies covering pop hits by ladies," but it's become inspired by Amy Poehler's character on Parks & Recreation who deemed Feb. 13 "Galentine's Day." Also, there will be waffles. In addition to me, Gianna Lauren, Dana Beeler, Norma MacDonald, Jessie Brown, Kim Harris and Leanne Hoffman are on the bill.
There's also a David Bowie tribute Saturday night. It was supposed to be at the Seahorse but sold out so fast they moved it to The Marquee Ballroom. The show features Moon, Mo Kenney, Catholic Gaydar, Scientists of Sound, Beauts, Tacktishon and local Bowie tribute band Suffragette City.
Ron Sexsmith is at the Union Street Cafe in Berwick on Saturday, which is a very intimate venue for someone of his notoriety (he's playing the Rebecca Cohn in Halifax on Monday).