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DaPoPo back with ‘living theatre’ festival

A small venue on Agricola Street will host a month-long theatre festival starting Sunday.

DaPoPo Theatre is set to present The Live-In, a relentless stream of play readings, performances and participatory workshops throughout October.

Workshops range in commitment from a one-night-only sweatfest (Physical Theater – Grotowski Inspired, Oct. 2) to a series of four sessions over brunch that look at songwriting (The Song is You, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27). Creating puppets and using digital projections on stage are among the other subjects. Most sessions run at $10 a pop.

There’s also an ambitious schedule of performances and readings. The festival, now in its fourth year, opens Sept. 30 with a cabaret and closes Oct. 31 with a reading (Shadows on Oak Island) and party. It all takes place at the cozy Living Room space at 2353 Agricola Street. It’s a tiny venue, so reserve or register a spot in advance to avoid tears.

Click here for the full schedule and to contact DaPoPo Theatre.

A slow stroll down the fast lane

Fifty-year-old new dad Glenn Fraser pushes daughter Lucy down Agricola during the inaugural Switch Open Street Sundays event today. Roads from Victoria Park to the corner of North and Agricola were closed to cars for the benefit of walkers, in-line skaters, skateboarders and cyclists.

Switch Open Street Sunday signs are up

Volunteers are now putting up signs in advance of today’s Switch event. This stretch of Agricola Street is among the roads that will close to car traffic from  9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Mural, music cap Northwood party

Young fans soak up the tunes at the Northwood Street Party.

And just like that, in the span of one day, volunteers painted a permanent street mural at the intersection of Northwood Terrace and Black Street.

Hot weather, sidewalk chalk and whole bunch of art-making helped make the Northwood Street Party a success on Saturday. For a full description of the pavement mural project visit the Facebook page set up by the organizers.

Sunset on Sarah Street

The sky looking north from Sarah Street.

Took this picture on Wednesday evening. I love the strange effect left by the crisscrossing power lines.

Pavement mural to transform Northwood intersection

An exciting side of the upcoming Northwood Street Party on July 14 will be the painting of a permanent street mural at the intersection of Northwood Terrace and Black Street. The project has the potential to make a regular city street corner feel like a public square.

Congratulations to the neighbours who turned up at several June meetings to create the mural’s design. People who want  to lend a hand painting the mural can do so at the street party. Plus there will be music, a bouncy castle, carnival games and food vendors. A section of Northwood Terrace will be closed to traffic.

For more details, click on the full event poster about the street party or visit the Facebook page that explains the mural project.

(Thanks to Eli Gordon for the information about this event.)

Three reasons the Crosstown Connector should stick to Agricola

A sandwich board in front of Agricola Street's only bicycle store.

HALIFAX – The Crosstown Connector bicycle corridor debate is boiling down to a choice between running the route along Agricola Street, or along some of the smaller streets between Agricola and Gottingen. Saving parking spots for cars is one rationale for not using Agricola Street.

The trouble with routing the connector on Maynard and Creighton is that serious bicycle commuters will continue to ignore the small streets, and use Agricola.

There are three reasons for this:

  1. There are lights at Agricola and North. This allows cyclists and cars to continue riding uninterrupted provided they catch the green. This is a big deal for cyclists, especially those travelling north at the end of the work day on a slight uphill gradient. One less reason to stop and put a foot down is helpful.
  2. Agricola lines up nicely with Ahern and Trollope streets. Using Maynard and Creighton would force planners to route cyclists through an awkward zig-zag and force riders through a series of awkward lane changes when they travel near the Citadel.
  3. What’s convenient for shoppers who use cars is also convenient for cyclists. Putting a bike route next to businesses makes it easier for cycling commuters to pop in for hummus, bread, keys, Black Forest ham – whatever you can buy on Agricola – as they ride home. Detouring to pedal up a side street that has comparatively little retail presence would require more energy and more inconvenience for riders with a dollar to spend. The result? The detour won’t be taken.

Some replacement parking spots, perhaps in the development coming to the liquor store site, may be able to address concerns some business owners have about the Crosstown Connector. But the city shouldn’t create a lesser bike route. Cyclists are already sweating enough to get home. To attract more serious bicycle commuters, more families, more older riders and more fair-weather commuters, keep the connector on Agricola Street.

For more on this issue see the recent stories in The Coast and the Chronicle Herald.

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