Arts & Culture

Renovations at old Holy Angels Convent, Sydney NS. October 2018. (Spectator Photo)

A Peek Inside the New Dawn Arts Centre

October 17, 2018 at 1:52 pm

I have undertaken to erect in the Town of Sydney a building intended for a Convent Boarding School for the county of Cape Breton. The need of such an institution is an acknowledged one. On several occasions during the last fifteen years I have been urged by persons from variousRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

October 5, 2018 at 7:45 am

But seriously, where’s Cecil? Did it strike anyone else odd that the mayor wasn’t at that flood prevention press conference on Monday? Sydney-Whitney Pier MLA (and Energy Minister) Derek Mombourquette and Sydney-Victoria MP Mark Eyking both thought $2.5 million in additional federal disaster funding was worth coming to town andRead More

In the Next Generation episode "Darmok," Picard became stranded on a planet with a Tamarian captain named Dathon, whose species only spoke in metaphors, and attempted to learn his language. "Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra" was the crux of their communication. (Source: CBS)

The Ethicist: Darmok and Jalad at Tanagra

June 20, 2018 at 12:06 pm

As I write this column, I am struggling to make ethical sense of current events. How can politicians like Donald Trump shamelessly tell lie after lie, and still have a significant number of people willing to support them? How can men who make or act in sensitive and enlightened filmsRead...

The Hat: "Tribute to the Rotary Show"

Another Openin’: The HAT Salutes The Rotary Show

June 13, 2018 at 12:04 pm

The smiling faces on the sold-out crowd leaving the Highland Arts Theatre (HAT) last Friday night were proof positive they had been part of something truly wonderful. The HAT’s Tribute to The Rotary Show¬†was an energetic and enthusiastic look back at the Rotary productions that were musical staples in SydneyRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

June 8, 2018 at 9:16 am

Dining Out I’m tired of listening to my own cranky voice complaining about things, so I’m going to start today by talking about three things that have impressed me lately: specifically, meals I’ve had in three local restaurants. There was a time in my life when I dined out regularlyRead More

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

Landry’s Latest Gives Trauma Sufferers Their Say

May 23, 2018 at 12:04 pm

I don’t know if it’s really necessary to “disclose” that I attended journalism school with reporter and author Janice Landry but I am going to do so (and yes, I am well aware that there is a fine line between “disclosing” something¬† and “boasting about it;” I promise to walkRead More

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

May 11, 2018 at 11:50 am

Equalization Nation Estimates put turnout for an equalization protest in front of the Provincial Building in Sydney on Wednesday at upwards of 600. Protest organizers, members of the advocacy group Nova Scotians for Equalization Fairness, have to be happy with those numbers — their message is finally starting to resonateRead More

Isle of Story Festival: Marta Singh Has a Tale to Tell

Isle of Story Festival: Marta Singh Has a Tale to Tell

May 2, 2018 at 11:21 am

Ask Marta Singh, the guest storyteller at this year’s Isle of Story Festival, how she became a storyteller and you get — what else? — a story. “The real story,” she says with a laugh, although it’s “not romantic, I’m telling you!” It had been three years that I hadRead More

Graphic by Katie Campbell

Who Gets Credit for Public Arts Funding?

May 2, 2018 at 11:17 am

I happened to be walking merrily down the street in Halifax one sunny but cool spring day when a poster on a light pole caught my eye. It was a lovely poster, for an arts event, full of color and enthusiasm, but this was not what grabbed my attention. ItRead...

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

Fast & Curious: Short Takes on Random Things

April 27, 2018 at 10:51 am

Maker Faire When I spoke to Kim Desveaux this week about our impending makerspace, she mentioned something I didn’t have room for in my article but that I wanted to touch on today. A makerspace is exactly what it sounds like: a space, equipped with tools and materials, in whichRead More