Kings arts scene: May 19

Wendy Elliott
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Singer Don Amero will play the Kentville fire hall May 21 in a benefit for the Open Arms Resource Centre. Submitted


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Oliver the musical

Oliver, the musical version of Dicken’s story, runs May 19 to 22 at Festival Theatre in Wolfville.

St. Joseph’s community theatre group, the Stage Prophets, are getting ready to perform their ninth  production. Each year the cast grows; last year, it brought The Sound of Music to life.

Oliver’s costumes and sets have been crafted and rehearsals are in full swing for what promises to be an entertaining and moving experience.

Tickets are $15 at the Acadia box office, Box of Delights in Wolfville, M&M Meats in New Minas, Designer Café in Kentville and St. Joseph’s church office. The Stage Prophets invite guests to help fill a truck with food bank donations, so please bring an item of food.


ArtCan Gallery

New Work by Ron Hayes will be on display when the ArtCan Gallery in Canning reopens May 20. The gallery will be open that evening from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It opens for the 2011 summer season May 21. 582 7071.


Amero here

Singer Don Amero will play the Kentville fire hall May 21 in a benefit for the Open Arms Resource Centre.

Four years ago, Amero, a young, First Nations performer, was a hardwood floor installer from Winnipeg’s tough North End. Now, he is an award-winning musician. His second album, Deepening, earned him a Canadian Folk Music Award and male artist of the year award at the Canadian Aboriginal Music Awards in 2009. Amero’s latest album is The Long Road Home.


Dance to watch

May 21, Soaring Elegance, A Celebration of Youth Ballet, is presented by the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts Ballet Ensemble, with Coastal Dance Theatre, The Conservatory Ballet Ensemble, and Cadance Academy; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.  Tickets:  $10. Call 679-3616.


Brotherly concert

Valley music fans are waiting for May 22, when the award-winning Spinney Brothers are in concert with special guests, the reigning ECMA Blues Artists of the Year, the Hupman Brothers.  

“It will be a night of truly great, homegrown Annapolis Valley music, as bluegrass meets the blues,” promises Rick Spinney.

Tickets for the May 22 show are available at Long & McQuade Music in New Minas or Box of Delights in Wolfville at $15. Show time is 7 p.m., with doors opening 6 p.m.


Fundy Film

The film society screens Jouese (Queen to Play) May 22 at 8 p.m. Kevin Kline and the luminous Sandrine Bonnaire square off in this stylish and sophisticated “dramedy” of newfound passions and mid-life triumphs, set on the postcard-perfect island of Corsica.

May 25, 8 p.m., Fundy Film will screen Winds of Heaven: Emily Carr, Carvers & the Spirits of the Forest, an impressionistic exploration of the spirit that informed the solitary life of one of Canada’s most celebrated and irrepressible painters. Carr chronicled the extraordinary art and culture of native peoples, invisible to the dominant culture. Nova Scotia’s John Walker has just won the Robert Brooks Award for Documentary Cinematography for his extraordinary images and brilliant work in this film.

Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets ($8) 30 mins before screening or 542-5157.


In Brooklyn

West Hants Middle School presents Broadway Junior’s edition of The Music Man, live on the school’s stage May 26 to 28.

Tickets are $7 for adults, $5 for students and seniors and are available at West Hants Middle School on show nights or from cast members in advance. All performances start at 7 p.m. For information, call 757-4100.


Blossom Blues

This year’s Apple Blossom Festival will boast a fabulous Blues concert in Wolfville, thanks to the folks at the Deep Roots Music Cooperative.

The first Blossom Blues Concert May 28 will feature the remarkable Matt Andersen, the much-loved Hupman Brothers and Jens Jeppesen from New Brunswick. They will perform in Acadia University’s University Hall.


Carter Night

The Wilf Carter and Old Time Country Night, with a great line-up of performers, will take place May 28, at 7 p.m. at Northeast Kings Education Centre, Canning.

The concert features Ontario's yodelling Andy Bowes with Floyd Spicer and special guest Jo-Ann Newman, "Rough Edges" with Delbert Saulnier, Paul Moulaison, Mike Surrette and Don Doucet, Gordon Giles and Nathan Haley. MC is master storyteller Laurent d'Entremont.  Tickets are $10, at the door, and from Cochrane's Pharmacy in Canning and in Wolfville.  Doors open at 6 p.m. Information:  582-3320.

Proceeds for the Wilf Carter Room, Canning Library and Heritage Centre. The Wilf Carter Room at the museum on Main Street will be open the day of the show from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.


New exhibition

Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour is featuring an exhibition, Blooms with a View, until May 29. Some 20 Nova Scotia artists are celebrating their vision of spring.



Fundy Film screens Copie Conforme (Certified Copy) May 29, 8 p.m. Juliette Binoche gives one of her finest performances (Cannes Best Actress award) in Iranian director Abbas Kiarostami's first European feature.  A playful and provocative romance set against the lush, golden landscapes of Tuscany, it is the captivating story of a couple's apparent chance meeting and a masterful game of hide and seek exploring the nature of love, marriage and art.

Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets ($8) 30 mins before screening or 542-5157.


Anatomy of a Print                  

The Acadia Art Gallery has a new show on from May 30 to July 25, part of an ongoing project, the “Acadia Print Series,” which researches and presents highlights of the gallery's permanent collection.

There are over 1,700 works of art in the collection, with a particular strength in works on paper. This exhibition will introduce visitors to both the “anatomy” of a print by investigating a variety of printmaking techniques - etching, stonecut, serigraphy and woodblocks. A selection of artist printing plates will be on display, and the exhibition will present works from the collection, including works by Canadian artists Alex Colville and Mary Pratt as well as works by international artists such as Roy Lichtenstein, Renee Magritte and early prints by Richard Short and James Gillray.


Try auditioning

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is auditioning new choir members. 

Any interested singers who will be in Grades 7 through 12 during the next academic year are invited.

Regarded as one of the province’s best youth choirs, the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is comprised of students from throughout the Valley. Since its inception in 1988, it has been educating young singers to be better musicians, choristers and citizens of their communities.

Auditions are May 30 at Middleton Regional High School, June 1 at Horton High School and June 2 at New Minas Elementary School. Application forms are available through all school music teachers and on the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir website,  For information or to book an audition time, call 542-2739.


Little Women

Quick as a Wink Theatre and King’s-Edgehill School are presenting Little Women.

The musical is a heart-warming and joyful story about the March sisters, sure to delight audiences of all ages.

Location:  Fountain Performing Arts Centre at King’s-Edgehill School, Windsor, June 3, 4, 10, 11 at 7:30 p.m. and June 5 at 2 p.m. Admission:  adults - $15 seniors/ students/ QAAW members - $12; Sunday matinee – pay what you can. Group discount.


Fairy tale

CentreStage Theatre presents Beauty and the Beast, starting June 4.

This is a unique and hilarious adaption of the classic fairy tale. Beauty has sisters whose only goal is to find a rich husband, and a loving father who has lost his fortune.

Beauty and the Beast is directed by Collen Hagen, with accompaniment provided by Lorri Dunn. The cast includes Micaela Comeau, Melanie Seamone, Arthur Taggart, Geoff Ball, Katie Bray, Jennifer Weisner, Bronwyn Farcey, Lianne Thibodeau and Jana Hupman. Behind the scenes are Elva Kelly, Nicole Myra and Tim Hawkins.

Beauty and the Beast plays Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. from June 4 to 19. Reservations are strongly recommended: phone 678-8040.


Coming up

To May 19

Local elementary school art at Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville

Until May 22

Treeology, Harvest Gallery, Wolfville

To May 28

Sadie Flynn Comes to Big Oak, CentreStage Theatre, Kentville, 678-8040

Until June 8

Deborah Nicholson’s work, Designer Café, Kentville


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Organizations: Festival Theatre in Wolfville, Hupman Brothers, Open Arms Resource Centre First Nations West Hants Middle School Cadance Academy Spinney Brothers Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Deep Roots Music Cooperative Acadia University University Hall Canning Library Edgehill School CentreStage Theatre Acadia Art Gallery Print Series Minas Elementary School Wink Theatre Fountain Performing Arts Centre

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Canning Acadia New Minas Winnipeg North End Nova Scotia Annapolis Valley Island of Corsica Canada Brooklyn New Brunswick Northeast Kings Education Centre Ontario Tuscany Windsor Big Oak

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