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By Wendy Elliott

Kings County Advertiser


Celebrating art


The seventh annual Creative Nova Scotia Awards, held Oct. 26 at the Brewery Market in Halifax, celebrated excellence in arts and culture across the province.


The 2012 award winners were: Portia White Prize – Thom Fitzgerald, $18,000; the Protégé Prize – Frindge Festival, $7,000; Lieutenant Governor of Nova Scotia Masterworks Arts Award – Kim Morgan, $25,000; Community Arts and Culture Recognition Award – Christmas Island, $10,000; Grand-Pré Prize – Germaine Comeau, $2,000; Established Artist Recognition Award – Ami McKay, Michael Melski, Otis Tomas, Sarah Maloney and Shimon Walt, $5,000 each.


Two pianists & two percussionists

On Nov. 7, there will be a rare opportunity to hear two powerful musical works as acclaimed pianists Simon Docking from Halifax and David Rogosin of Mt. Allison University take the stage with percussionists Mark Adam at Acadia University and Michel Deschenes of Université de Moncton. They will perform

Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion by Bela Bartok

Makrokosmos III: Music for a Summer Evening by George Crumb and Marimba Phase by Steve Reich.

Two of these works are considered principal repertoire of the 20th century and rarely performed on the same concert.

Performance begins at 7:30 p.m., Denton Auditorium, Acadia University. Tickets are the door are $15 adult and $10 student/senior.


Ross Creek Workshops

Ross Creek Centre for the Arts will hold a number of two-hour art workshops for adults over the next few months. Admission is $15. On Dec. 9, Rachel Shrum will give a session from 1-3 p.m. on portrait photography. Learn about lighting, posing, camera angles and techniques and much more. Bring your own camera and see how great a photographer you can be. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

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A little Nunsense

CentreStage Theatre Presents Nuncrackers: The Nunsense Christmas Musical by Dan Goggin.

In the Nunsense Christmas Musical, Nuncrackers, your favourite nuns, Father Virgil, and Mount Saint Helen’s most talented students, are taping their first TV special on the Cable Access Studio in their convent basement. This show delivers lots of laughs, toe-tapping Christmas songs and maybe even a tug on the heartstrings. The show is best suited to adults and older children.

The performance is directed by Davina Melanson and features Brian Cottam, Michelle Grandy, Linda Levy Fisk, Brenda Ley, Heather Rushton, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Samantha Vinqvist, Kelly Westhaver and the musical stylings of Masami Suzuki and Hiro Suzuki.

The musical plays Fridays and Saturdays from Nov. 2 to Dec. 8 at 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Nov. 25 and Dec. 2. There will also be special dinner theatre performances of the show Nov. 18 at CentreStage Theatre and Dec. 14 and 15 at Muir Murray Winery. Theatre reservations: 678-8040.



Fundy Film

On Nov. 7, Fundy Film will screen Al Weiwei: Never Sorry will be shown at 7 p.m. The film is the inside story of a dissident for the digital age, who inspires global audience and blurs the boundaries of art and politics.



Bodhran and beyond

On Nov. 10 in Wolfville, the drums will be out. Join Ken Shorley for a full day devoted to the Celtic frame drum known as "bodhran." At home in the pub, the kitchen party, the drumming circle or on stages around the world, this versatile instrument will be explored in three hands-on workshops featuring three dynamic instructors. All levels of drumming experience are welcome.

Celtic bodhran master Mark Currie and Montreal-based frame drum wizard Patrick Graham will help lead this all-day feast of drumming. From traditional to contemporary, from the East Coast to the Middle East, this exciting day of workshops also includes a special concert featuring the day's three instructors. The concert is set for Manning Memorial Chapel at 8 p.m. Admission is $10. Pre-registration is required for the workshop; all are welcomed to attend the concert.



Carpet showing

Drawing on the Textile Museum of Canada’s collection of carpets and rugs, the Acadia University Art Gallery’s show, Portable Mosques: The Sacred Space of the Prayer Rug, features prayer rugs created during the early-19th and 20th centuries.

In conjunction the exhibition, the gallery will also present a series of roundtable discussions, including (Mis)conceptions about Islam Nov. 13, 7 p.m. There will also be a hands-on art event for families Nov. 24 at 1 p.m. Group tours can also be booked.  The gallery is open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.



After-school art

An art program will be held at Harvest Gallery for kids in grade 2-6 on Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., on Nov. 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Taught by local artists Terry Drahos, participants will complete three canvases and emphasis will be on painting techniques, layering and the principals of design.

The program costs $125 and space is limited to 10 participants, call 542-7093.



The Acadia Theatre Company

Marat/Sade, written by Peter Weiss and directed by Robert Seale, will be performed by the Acadia Theatre Company in November.

With the after-effects of the 2008 financial meltdown, the Occupy and Arab Spring movements, the EU monetary crisis and Canadian/American political polarization, the streets are full of those questioning authority. Fifty years ago, Peter Weiss's Tony Award-winning play Marat/Sade echoed the political turmoil of the 1960s by harkening back to yet another tumultuous period in world history, the French Revolution.

The play confronts revolutionary change in the 1790s, 1960s or 2012: does true revolution come from changing society, or from changing oneself?

Performances are in Lower Denton Theatre on campus: 7:30 p.m. Nov. 15-17 and 21-24, with a 2 p.m. matinee Nov. 17. Tickets: $12, $10 for students and seniors, $7 for groups of eight or more.  Tickets may be purchased in advance at the Acadia Box Office or at the door.



Songstress coming to Mermaid

Jill Barber will perform at the Mermaid on Nov. 16, 8 p.m.

Formerly based in Halifax and now calling Vancouver home, Barber pays tribute to the golden age of music in her highly-regarded stage performances.

Inspired by the great ladies of music like Ella Fitzgerald and Edith Piaf, Barber’s latest album, Mischievous Moon, marks a turning point in her career, exploring the themes of love and romance.  Barber will be accompanied by a trio of musicians.

Tickets are $29 for adults, $27 for seniors and students, at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.



Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Greenwood Players are hard at work in rehearsals for their fall pantomime of Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. Enjoy this classic tale with a twist and discover the answers to many puzzling questions: who’s that man in the mirror, who’s that man in the dress and how wicked can one stepmother be?

Directed by Jane Brooks, Snow White is one of the most ambitious plays yet for the Greenwood Players, with one of the largest casts the club has ever produced. In addition, Jeffery Pocock’s set design and artwork is perhaps his biggest and most intricate to date.

The show will run from Nov. 21 to 25, with show times at 7 p.m. Wednesday to Saturday, and a 2 p.m. matinee Sunday.

The Greenwood Players’ stage is located in the A.V.M. Morfee Centre, Greenwood. Tickets: Valley Drug Mart, Middleton and Kingston.



On Stage

Cadance Academy presents its seventh annual production of The Nutcracker, a much-loved ballet classic and traditional Christmas favourite.  

Performances will be on Dec. 1, 7 p.m., and Dec. 2, 2 p.m. at Festival Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $17.25 for adults; $13.80 for students, seniors, and children and can be purchased at Acadia Arena Box Office or from Cadance Academy. 



Christmas with friends

Dan Hill and the Spinney Brothers join host and performer Rachel MacLean for Christmas with Friends Dec. 9, 7 p.m., at University Hall in Wolfville.

Hill, a Grammy winner best known for his classic hits, Sometimes When We Touch, Can’t We Try and Never Thought (That I could Love), has enjoyed a long career as a songwriter, penning songs for artists such as Celine Dion, Rod Stewart, Tina Turner and Reba McEntire.

Fresh off signing an American record deal and releasing a new CD in March, Spinney Brothers Rick and Allan bring a bluegrass sound home to Christmas With Friends.

Tickets: $25, on sale now at the Acadia Box Office, 542-5500 or 800-542-8425,  Atlantic Save Easy and Pharmasave stores from Windsor to Digby.


Guitar Duo

The Amadeus Guitar Duo, featuring Canadian Dale Kavanagh and Germany’s Thomas Kirchhoff, will be making a stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel  \Dec. 28.

The 3 p.m. performance in Wolfville will feature music from Europa and South America in “Contrasts – The Classical World and Images from the South.”

Kavanagh and Kirchhoff have been playing together since 1991. Many composers have dedicated works to the Amadeus Duo since then.

The duo often perform with orchestras playing concertos by Joaquin Rodrigo, Roland Dyens, Genzmer, Carlo Domeniconi, Jaime  Zenamon, Gerald Garcia,  Christian Jost and Martin Herchenröder. They have given more than 950 concerts in 40 European Countries, Asia and North and South America in the last 20 years and have published 16 CDs.

Kavanagh and Kirchhoff have established one of the largest and most prestigious guitar festivals in Europe, the International Guitar Symposium Iserlohn.

The duo will travel around the world as part of their touring season this year, including the stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel Dec. 28. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. fort he 3 p.m. performance. Call 542-9686 to reserve tickets.


Call for Playwrights

The King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal is now accepting scripts for its seventh annual Festival of 10-minute plays, scheduled for June 14-16, 2013.

All are welcome and invited to participate, whether novice or experienced playwright.

All scripts submitted will be reviewed by the Play Selection Committee and eight will be selected for production at the June Festival.

Of those eight, first and second place winners will be awarded $200 and $100, respectively.

The coveted People’s Choice Award goes to the best play as determined by the audiences at the three performances. 

Plays can be any genre (comedy, tragedy, etc.) and must be submitted postmarked no later than Jan. 11, 2013. 

For complete Playwright Guidelines, go to the theatre’s website at and from the main menu, click on “King’s Shorts.”  Please contact Michele Hall at if you have questions.  Requests by mail should be addressed to King’s Shorts, King’s Theatre, 209 St. George St., Annapolis Royal NS B0S 1A0.



Tickets available

The Acadia Performing Arts Series is selling single performance tickets already for February performance by Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

For more than 40 years, the voices of Ladysmith Black Mambazo have married the intricate rhythms and harmonies of their native South African musical traditions to the sounds and sentiments of Christian gospel music. 
In the mid-1980s, Paul Simon visited South Africa and incorporated Black Mambazo’s rich tenor/alto/bass harmonies into his Graceland album.

The show, their only Nova Scotian date, is Feb. 5, 7:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall in Wolfville. For tickets, call 1-800-542-8425 or 542-5500 or visit



In the galleries

- Featured artist at Centre Stage Theatre, Kentville is Betsey Harwood.


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