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Sep
26
Wed
Seeing Is Believing – Astronomy Lecture – Sept.26 @7pm @ Astor Theatre
Sep 26 @ 7:00 pm

Seeing is Believing: How the Telescope Changed Who We Are and What We Know

Professor Tony Schellinck will help you appreciate the significance of what you see in the night sky when you look through a small telescope. Weather permitting, we will venture out into the night sky after the talk and you will experience your own Galileo moments.

On a cool November evening in 1609 Galileo Galilei raised his newly constructed telescope to the sky and changed forever the way humankind views of the universe. The technology had been around for centuries, spectacles having been invented over three centuries earlier. However, looking through a small tube with a lens at either end changed humankind’s understanding of who we are and our place in the universe. From then on, each generation would have its own amazing Galileo moments as the technical capabilities for scanning the universe improved. Tony will describe the beginnings of this journey of discovery, both in terms of the telescope’s evolution over time and the impacts it has had on our understanding of the cosmos.

Tony is an amateur astronomer, a member of the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada and a frequent observer of the night sky. He has lectured about observing and astronomy around the province and loves taking people out to view the constellations and find deep sky objects at night. He is a popular presenter at the Halifax Planetarium.

 

$5.00 General Seating

Sep
27
Thu
BlackKklansman – Sept.27@1:30&7pm Sept.28@7pm Sept.30@7pm @ Astor Theatre
Sep 27 @ 7:00 pm

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Rated R
Runtime:2h15m

Sep
28
Fri
BlackKklansman – Sept.27@1:30&7pm Sept.28@7pm Sept.30@7pm @ Astor Theatre
Sep 28 @ 7:00 pm

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Rated R
Runtime:2h15m

Sep
29
Sat
Replay THE BEATLES @ Astor Theatre
Sep 29 @ 7:30 pm

REPLAY makes you feel like you have seen The Beatles. Since 2002, REPLAY has been Canada’s most popular and authentic Beatles Tribute! No other Beatles tribute makes you feel the aura and magic of The Beatles like REPLAY! With Liverpudlian accents, unscripted banter, authentic costumes and instruments, you will feel you are watching John, Paul, George and Ringo! Two sets & costumes. Relive the best of The Beatles’ greatest hits from albums like Please Please Me, Hard Day’s Night, HELP!, Rubber Soul & Revolver, Magical Mystery Tour, Sgt. Pepper, Abbey Road, Let It Be, Hey Jude. Feel the magic of Beatlemania!

 

Tickets $40.00

Sep
30
Sun
BlackKklansman – Sept.27@1:30&7pm Sept.28@7pm Sept.30@7pm @ Astor Theatre
Sep 30 @ 7:00 pm

From visionary filmmaker Spike Lee comes the incredible true story of an American hero. It’s the early 1970s, and Ron Stallworth (John David Washington) is the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth bravely sets out on a dangerous mission: infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan. The young detective soon recruits a more seasoned colleague, Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver), into the undercover investigation of a lifetime. Together, they team up to take down the extremist hate group as the organization aims to sanitize its violent rhetoric to appeal to the mainstream.

Rated R
Runtime:2h15m

Oct
5
Fri
The Happytime Murders – Oct.5,6,7 @ 7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 5 @ 7:00 pm

Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.

Rated R
Runtime:1h31m

Oct
6
Sat
The Happytime Murders – Oct.5,6,7 @ 7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 6 @ 7:00 pm

Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.

Rated R
Runtime:1h31m

Oct
7
Sun
The Happytime Murders – Oct.5,6,7 @ 7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 7 @ 7:00 pm

Detective Phil Philips is a down-on-his-luck puppet who used to work for the Los Angeles Police Department. When two puppets from an old TV show wind up dead, Phil suspects something is afoot and rejoins the LAPD as a consultant. Reunited with Connie Edwards, his former human partner, the bickering duo soon find themselves in a race against time to protect other former cast members before the killer strikes again.

Rated R
Runtime:1h31m

Oct
10
Wed
The Wife – Oct.10&11 @ 1:30&7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 10 @ 7:00 pm

Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man’s wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Rated R
Runtime:1h40m

Oct
11
Thu
The Wife – Oct.10&11 @ 1:30&7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 11 @ 7:00 pm

Joan and Joe remain complements after nearly 40 years of marriage. Where Joe is casual, Joan is elegant. Where Joe is vain, Joan is self-effacing. And where Joe enjoys his very public role as the great American novelist, Joan pours her considerable intellect, grace, charm and diplomacy into the private role of a great man’s wife. As Joe is about to be awarded the Nobel Prize for his acclaimed and prolific body of work, Joan starts to think about the shared compromises, secrets and betrayals.

Rated R
Runtime:1h40m

Oct
13
Sat
Momentary Lapse – A PINK FLOYD SHOW @ Astor Theatre
Oct 13 @ 7:30 pm

 

Nova Scotia’s ‘Momentary Lapse’ brings the audio and visual sensations of Pink Floyd to the stage, delivering favorite moments from classic Floyd albums: The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, The Wall, Momentary Lapse of Reason and the Division Bell. Momentary Lapse takes you on an authentic journey into the past of one of the world’s most timeless and iconic bands by recreating one of the most legendary live shows in rock history.

Oct
18
Thu
14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival @ Astor Theatre
Oct 18 all-day

You are cordially invited to join us in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, taking place October 18 – 21, 2018! Once again, we’ll welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.

Our four-day festival showcases outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. Previous participants from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany and many other countries, sing the praises of their experience in Liverpool.

While in Liverpool, you’ll delight in our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality! From our performances, Coffee Critiques, workshops, to our Festival Club, we offer a social and performance experience that is second to none. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Liverpool.

Join us in October as Liverpool opens its doors to the world!

Oct
19
Fri
14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival @ Astor Theatre
Oct 19 all-day

You are cordially invited to join us in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, taking place October 18 – 21, 2018! Once again, we’ll welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.

Our four-day festival showcases outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. Previous participants from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany and many other countries, sing the praises of their experience in Liverpool.

While in Liverpool, you’ll delight in our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality! From our performances, Coffee Critiques, workshops, to our Festival Club, we offer a social and performance experience that is second to none. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Liverpool.

Join us in October as Liverpool opens its doors to the world!

Oct
20
Sat
14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival @ Astor Theatre
Oct 20 all-day

You are cordially invited to join us in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, taking place October 18 – 21, 2018! Once again, we’ll welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.

Our four-day festival showcases outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. Previous participants from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany and many other countries, sing the praises of their experience in Liverpool.

While in Liverpool, you’ll delight in our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality! From our performances, Coffee Critiques, workshops, to our Festival Club, we offer a social and performance experience that is second to none. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Liverpool.

Join us in October as Liverpool opens its doors to the world!

Oct
21
Sun
14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival @ Astor Theatre
Oct 21 all-day

You are cordially invited to join us in Liverpool, Nova Scotia, for the 14th Biennial Liverpool International Theatre Festival, taking place October 18 – 21, 2018! Once again, we’ll welcome the world to the Astor Theatre stage and our Town Hall Arts and Culture Centre, with a lineup of one-act plays offering something for every theatrical appetite.

Our four-day festival showcases outstanding amateur theatre from across North America and around the world. Previous participants from Japan, Belgium, Ireland, Georgia, Italy, Russia, Denmark, Germany and many other countries, sing the praises of their experience in Liverpool.

While in Liverpool, you’ll delight in our world-renowned Nova Scotia hospitality! From our performances, Coffee Critiques, workshops, to our Festival Club, we offer a social and performance experience that is second to none. Autumn is a beautiful time to visit Liverpool.

Join us in October as Liverpool opens its doors to the world!

Oct
24
Wed
Richard’s Pick – Eighth Grade – Oct24 @ 1:30pm, Oct25 @ 1:30 & 7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 24 @ 1:30 pm


Richard’s Review:

Ever wonder what it must be like to come-of-age in an era of information overload, motivational YouTube videos and school-shooter drills? With “Eighth Grade,” a funny, blistering look at life in junior high, director Bo Burnham gives you a peak, morphing from creator/star of MTV’s “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” into the modern day John Hughes. “Eighth Grade” is an unvarnished, pimples and all, look at adolescence and the anxiety that comes with it. Kayla may not always be able to exactly articulate the way she’s feeling but the movie has no such problem. It’s a study in her innocence and awkwardness that uses carefully selected moments to highlight Kayla’s mindset.

 

Rated 14A

Runtime:1h34m

Oct
25
Thu
Richard’s Pick – Eighth Grade – Oct24 @ 1:30pm, Oct25 @ 1:30 & 7pm @ Astor Theatre
Oct 25 @ 1:30 pm


Richard’s Review:

Ever wonder what it must be like to come-of-age in an era of information overload, motivational YouTube videos and school-shooter drills? With “Eighth Grade,” a funny, blistering look at life in junior high, director Bo Burnham gives you a peak, morphing from creator/star of MTV’s “Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous” into the modern day John Hughes. “Eighth Grade” is an unvarnished, pimples and all, look at adolescence and the anxiety that comes with it. Kayla may not always be able to exactly articulate the way she’s feeling but the movie has no such problem. It’s a study in her innocence and awkwardness that uses carefully selected moments to highlight Kayla’s mindset.

 

Rated 14A

Runtime:1h34m

Oct
27
Sat
Ryan Cook as Hank Williams @ Astor Theatre
Oct 27 @ 7:30 pm

“Ryan Cook’s channeling of Hank Williams – his voice and heartache- is a moving experience. A terrific performance by this young artist and his band”- Harry Thurston, Gaspereau Press

Ryan Cook began performing as Hank Williams in 2009 when he performed consecutive sold-out weeks of the Maynard Collins play “The Show He Never Gave” in Sackville, New Brunswick.

Having performed on some of the same stages as Hank Williams including the Ryman Auditorium and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, TN, Ryan has also studied Hank Williams’ life through the biographical work of Colin Escott, Sneezy Waters, The Country Music Hall of Fame (TN), Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum (AL), and The Hank Williams Museum (Montgomery (AL).

Along with bandmates the Drifting Cowboys, this two-act feature performance includes 22 songs from the man hailed by many as the greatest country music singer and songwriter of all time.

Ryan Cook and company re-animate the sounds of Don Helms’ haunting steel guitar, Jerry Rivers’ fiddle arrangements, and the yodeling of the lovesick boy from Georgiana, Luke the Drifter himself: Hank Williams.

“I feel like I’m watching Hank in his prime on a stage that he was no stranger to… I flew to Nova Scotia to experience the magic for myself, and wasn’t disappointed!” – John Walker, Producer –Music City Roots

Nov
1
Thu
Lloyd Spiegel – Australian Blues Guitar Sensation @ Astor Theatre
Nov 1 @ 7:30 pm

“A revelation, the consummate performer, an Oz Blues & Roots icon.” – Rolling Stone.

Australian blues legend Lloyd Spiegel is a trailblazer in his field and one of his country’s most recognized guitarists, recently being named in Australian Guitar Magazine’s list of the 50 greatest Australian guitarists of all time. A touring artist since age 11, with a relentless tour schedule across the globe, the seven time Australian Blues Award winner has one of the most unique stories in music. Spiegel blends jaw-dropping guitar expertise with a commanding voice, powerful songwriting, comedy and storytelling that delivers a complete concert experience on the cutting edge of the modern blues genre.

Spiegel’s 8th release, ‘Backroads’ is a hard edged, personal and brutally honest account of his touring life and follows up from his previous albums, all of which debuted in the top 10 of the Australian independent music charts and holding the #1 spot on the Australian Blues Chart for several weeks.

“A guitarist almost without peer, Spiegel deconstructs how the blues guitar is supposed to operate, makes sweet love to it, then kicks it out the back door” – Australian Guitar Player Magazine.

Watch Lloyd Play:

https://youtu.be/J7UyX5-30gQ

https://youtu.be/SP4HJqKn-QE

 

Nov
16
Fri
Rock of Ages-The Hit Musical – Winds of Change @ Astor Theatre
Nov 16 @ 7:30 pm

It is 1987, and the fabled West Hollywood club the Bourbon Room is the seedy, sordid, vibrant heart of the Sunset Strip. The music venue has seen better days, but as run by chilled-out former rock impresario Dennis Dupree, and tended to by Dennis’s mischievous assistant Lonny, it is the essence of rock and roll. When bright-eyed young hopeful Sherrie Christian, a small-town girl who wants to make it as an actress, arrives in town, she bumps into Drew, a Bourbon Room busboy with dreams of rock and roll stardom. Love-struck Drew convinces Dennis to hire Sherrie, and the stage seems set for their romance. But when the Mayor of West Hollywood, persuaded by a couple of scheming German real estate developers, announces his intention to demolish the Bourbon Room and the entire gritty Sunset Strip, the stakes are raised. Dennis convinces rock god Stacee Jaxx, lead singer of megaband Arsenal, to play the band’s last show at the Bourbon Room, hopeful that the money raised will stop the building from being demolished. But Stacee, a man of massive charisma and massive ego, leaves destruction in his wake, sleeping with Sherrie and getting knocked out by his own band before the concert is over. In the midst of violent anti-demolition protests, Sherrie flees to a nearby strip club and Drew falls into the clutches of a boy band. Who can save the Bourbon Room, the young lovers, and the feuding Germans? Only Lonny, the “dramatic conjurer”, knows for sure. Rock of Ages is a big, brash, energetic tribute to classic rock, to over-the-top ballads and fierce guitar, to the gritty glamour and rough energy of the Sunset Strip. This jukebox musical features ‘80s hits such as “We Built this City”, “I Wanna Rock”, and “Don’t Stop Believin’”.