Arts & Culture

The hype behind the horror

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein.

With Halloween right around the corner, horror movies are more popular than ever, leading to the question: what it is about them that captivates its viewers? Is it because we are secretly masochists? Do we enjoy subjecting ourselves to things that terrify us?  After polling 20 Dalhousie University students on campus about watching horror movies,…

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Crazy Rich Light-Skin Asians

Poster for Crazy Rich Asians.

Crazy Rich Asians has undoubtedly been one of the biggest Hollywood hits of the year. The film, starring Constance Wu as an economics professor travelling to Singapore to meet her crazy rich boyfriend’s crazy rich family, has received immense critical and commercial success.   It’s been highly celebrated for its all-Asian team of actors, writers, and director–the first major Hollywood film to do this since 1993’s The…

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Halifax haunts

The Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.

Like most old towns, Halifax has accumulated its share of ghost stories over the years.  Just ask Andrew Aulenback – local librarian and ghost enthusiast – who’s running two ghost tours this month in the spirit of Halloween.   His first ghost tour is taking place on Oct. 30 at the Maritime Museum of the Atlantic.  “The…

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Where is the Halloween spirit?

Stock photo of a creepy house.

Nobody knows at what particular point in history, the tradition of feasting and commemorating dead people jumped to getting drunk at parties and wearing exotic if not scary costumes.   But the interesting thing is, the notion of “ghost festivals” exist in many different cultures. And they’re all related to commemoration of the dead. Halloween today…

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Haunted Halifax experiences

Haunted house at Alderney Landing.

With Halloween just around the corner, people are sure to be looking for some haunting holiday things to do in Halifax. Since Halifax is such a historic (and possibly very haunted) city, there’s lots of potential for haunted mansions and the like.   The Haunted Hollow, 1561 Hammonds Plains Road  Rather than your typical haunted house…

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A humourous revelation of Indigenous issues

In Anishinaabe stories, Nanabozho is a trickster, a spirit who can transform into any form, any gender. Nanabozho collapses boundaries between male and female, humour and seriousness, disciplined and free.   The exhibit Nanabozho’s Sisters – which runs from Oct. 12-25 at the Dalhousie Art Gallery – aims to highlight the spirit of Nanabozho and unite…

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Five Halifax Halloween costumes

Deciding on a Halloween costume is tough, especially when you’re a student.   “Oh, I have plenty of time to figure that out,” you say. But in the hustle and bustle of the start of the school year, you completely forget.   If this sounds familiar, worry not. Here is an array of clever, Halifax-centric ideas that…

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Triple A vs. Jubilee Junction

Corner shops are the backbone of any good neighbourhood. They embody the beauty of the local.   Halifax prides itself on local excellence – Triple A Convenience and Pizzeria, and Jubilee Junction Convenience Store being perfect examples. The rival shops are located at the corners of Preston Street and Jubilee Road.  Convenience is their biggest product: the corners of…

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Eat your veggies!

The delicate balancing act between school and a healthy lifestyle can be hard for some students.   I know it has been for me. Making time to meal plan, shop and cook is stressful at times. The good news is, the Dalhousie Student Union market is offering solutions to ease some of that stress! With the DSU bringing fresh food to campus, students can…

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Drawing of house ignites search for artist

When fourth-year University of King’s College student, Simon Gillies, and his four other roommates were shown a picture of a drawing of their home, they decided they needed to find the artist and pay them for their work.   They hope that once the artist is found they can pay for and frame the picture.   Gillies…

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