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BRIGHT PAINTINGS - Wolfville painter Judith Leidl has her colourful paintings in Jack’s Gallery inWolfville’s just Us Cafe until Dec. 2. 


Wendy Elliott

By Wendy Elliott

Kings County Advertiser


Violinist and pianist pair up

Boson Mo, a prizewinner in such well-known musical events as the Canadian Music Educators Association and the Montreal Symphony Orchestra Competitions, will be joined by widely-acclaimed pianist Philip Chiu for a special Debut Atlantic concert tour of Nova Scotia and New Brunswick from Nov. 16-24.

Their concerts will feature a program that includes works by Ysaÿe, MacDonald, Franck and Bartók.

The second stop on their tour will be Wolfville, where they will perform in the classical chamber music series, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, on Nov. 18, at 2 p.m. Concerts in this 10-concert series are all free and take place on Sunday afternoons in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre on University Avenue.

Boson Mo has received numerous distinctions at national and international levels, including the Prix Joseph-Rouleau at the 2010 Montreal International Violin Competition.

An acclaimed accompanist-coach, Philip Chiu has been an invited professor-accompanist at the Conservatoire de musique de Montreal, is a staple at McGill University, and regularly accompanies at l’Université de Montreal. He also has an active solo career. This will be the third appearance for him in a Sunday Music program.

Sunday Music in the Garden Room will present one more concert this fall. The distinguished American pianist, Spencer Myer, will perform a solo recital on Dec. 2 at 2 p.m. in the series sponsored by Acadia alumni.


Doretta’s work

Show and sale of 22 original illustrations from a Bluenose Twelve Days of Christmas by author Bruce Nunn and illustrated by Doretta Groenendyk. These are the original paintings (acrylic on panel) that bring this delightful Christmas tale to life.

On Nov. 17, beginning at 11 a.m., Doretta will be moving back and forth between Harvest Gallery and the Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville signing books and meeting her fans. This is an opportunity to meet Doretta and purchase an original illustration from what is sure to be a Maritime Christmas classic.

Harvest Gallery, 462 Main St., Wolfville, 542-7093,


Dance party

Festive Dance Party with ORO! Orkestra:

Ken Shorley is excited to announce that on Nov. 16, his new "Turko-Balkan dance musik band," ORO! Orkestra, will be making its performance debut. What better place to launch an 11-piece folkdance party band than at a folkdance party?

While he is leading the band, his partner, Heidi Kalyani, will be on hand to lead the dances. She will be teaching several fun, easy party dances throughout the evening, starting at 7:30 p.m. to recorded music. Then, the dancing and cavorting will continue with live music when the ORO! Orkestra takes the stage at 9 p.m. No dance experience necessary.

All are welcome. $5 cover. Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., at Horton Community Centre, Hwy. 1, Grand Pré.


On screen

Fundy Film screens Cloudburst on Nov. 18. Foul-mouthed Stella (Olympia Dukakis) and Dot (Brenda Fricker), both in their 70s, have been together for 31 years. When Dot’s granddaughter decides to place her in a nursing home, Stella and Dot head to Canada, where same-sex marriage is legal. Written and directed by Thom Fitzgerald, with favourite Kings County vistas, this is a romantic road movie, both comedic and poignant.  Fitzgerald will introduce the 7 p.m. screening and offer a Q & A with co-producer Doug Pettigrew.

Showings are Nov. 18 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Then, Fundy Film will screen Five Broken Camera. A Palestinian farmer works with his Israeli co-director to capture the destruction of each of the farmer's cameras during nonviolent resistance in a West Bank village threatened by encroaching Israeli settlements. Screenings are on Nov. 21, 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. or 542-5157


Hear the Dukes

The Dukes of Kent and the quartet, Simplicity, will give a concert in Berwick United Church at 7 p.m. on Nov. 25.

Adults $10 and students $5. Refreshments provided. For advance tickets, call 538-8326 or 538-9251.

The Dukes of Kent have been in existence since 1964. They have gone to competitions and won their division many times. Their director for many years, Perry Jackson, has retired and their new conductor, Wayne Mendes, will be directing this concert.

The four men in Simplicity are all members of The Dukes of Kent. Funds raised will go to the church.


Cape Breton music

Cape Breton’s renowned fiddler, Natalie MacMaster, and members of her extended family will give a concert on Nov. 25 in Wolfville.

MacMaster will be joined by Dawn and Margie Beaton, Vernon MacDougall and Lisa Cameron and the band Company Road on stage at Convocation Hall.

Tickets for the 3 p.m. concert are $25. They can be purchased through the Acadia box office, 542-5500.


Harvest colours

Bright fall colours thread their way through an eclectic watercolour show by Linda Barkhouse at Designer Café until Dec. 4 in Kentville,

Barkhouse was raised in Kingsport and Kentville. She was first inspired to paint with watercolours in 1982 when she was travelling up the Alaska Highway. In the late 1980s, living in Ottawa, she studied the art of watercolurs

Barkhouse now lives in New Minas. She is an active member of Apple Bin Art Gallery and VANS. 


Open mic’s flourishing

There are several new open mics in Wolfville.

Saturday Evening at the Garden Room in the Irving Centre is the latest. There is also a French evening at the old Fairfield School on Highland Avenue that takes place on Saturdays.

An open mic started at the Naked Crepe on Wednesday recently; Mondays at Paddy’s Pub and Tuesdays with Mike and Donna at Tan Café have been popular for some time. Elsewhere in the county, Kentville has an open mic on Fridays at the Stone Room Pub, while the Union St. Café in Berwick also holds its open mic the same night.


Finding her prince

After the original prince hurt his back, things were looking grim for the Maritime Conservatory of Performing Arts’ production of Cinderella, being danced by Elsa Hodder.  

Hodder, a native of Wolfville, auditioned for the part of Cinderella after moving in August to Halifax to dance for her third year at the Conservatory in their Professional Dance Program.  

Not having a prince posed a big problem for the show, with so few male dancers right now in the Halifax area. Barb Dearborn, director of the dance program, contacted Bengt Jorgen who was presently on tour in the city for a few days. She asked him if it was possible to have one of their male dancers in Ballet Jorgen for Hodder to dance with in the performance.

Like the Fairy Godmother, Bengt agreed, and Kealan MacLaughlin, who was perfect for Hodder’s 5'9" height, came to the school to learn the part.

After two intense days of rehearsal, MacLaughlin returned to Toronto, but he will return to dance the prince’s role with Hodder on Nov. 17. Shows are planned for 1 and 4 p.m. at the Bella Rosa theatre.  

"I am thrilled to be working with the Conservatory and Elsa and I am excited to do a new role,” MacLaughlin said. “I haven't danced the part of Cinderella's prince before and it's a wonderful opportunity for everyone."

Hodder says she’s thrilled with the developments.

"What a privilege to dance with such an accomplished professional dancer...when I am only 14. I feel like the true Cinderella, being ‘swept off my feet' literally, right up into the air by a real prince charming named Kealan. I cannot believe how generous Ballet Jorgen and Kealan are being and I am grateful and humbled for this opportunity. My 'every dream and wish' really has come true," said Hodder.


See exhibition

Well-known Wolfville painter and instructor Judith Leidl has her paintings in Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville’s Just Us Cafe until Dec. 2. Acrylic works on canvas are her medium.


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.



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 - 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.


Hupmans in concert

The Hupman Brothers’ debut their new CD, Back on the Mountain, Nov. 24 at 8 p.m. The show at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville, will include music from the brothers’ fifth album and the contributions of Adam Bazinet and Chris Robison. Tickets: $15, at the Rolled Oat Café, Wolfville.


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 tale

St. Joseph’s community theatre group, the Stage Prophets will present Michael MacLean’s beloved Christmas story of The Forgotten Carols on Thursday Dec. 6 at 7 p.m. at Acadia’s University Hall. Start this season off with a beautiful story of the true meaning of Christmas. Come join us for a night of wonderful music and the spirit of the holidays. This Christmas story will be a full stage production with a cast and beautiful choir.

The Forgotten Carols tells the story of Constance, a rigid yet competent nurse, too practical to be bothered by Christmas. She is assigned to care for an aged gentleman with alleged senility issues over the holiday season. But this unlikely patient, John, is nothing like the senile “crazy” she expected. John with his warmth and genuine kindness eventually breaks through Constance’s iron-clad exterior as he walks her through the untold carols of the more “forgotten” characters in the Christmas story and guides the young nurse to the Christmas carol waiting to be sung inside her own heart.

Tickets are $15 and are available at the, Box of Delights in Wolfville, Designer Cafe in Kentville and St. Joseph’s Church office.


Fezziwig frolics in December

The ever popular family entertainment created by the Fezziwig Society will take place this year a little later going on stage in December.

Cast and crew are working hard on an original pantomime by Halifax’s own Jeremy Webb entitled Get Hooked. The production is a spoof on the classic tale Peter Pan.

Four shows will take place Dec. 6 -8 in Festival Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are already on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


A little Nunsense

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

The musical plays Fridays and Saturdays until 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.



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.

For more, email


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. Since debuting in 1992, they’ve released eight CDs and are recipients of many Eastern Canadian Bluegrass Awards: including 3-time Vocal Group of the Year. In 2010, they were inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame. The Spinney Brothers have performed all over North America making them Canada's International Bluegrass Band.

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.


Amish Christmas

An Amish Family Christmas, a heartwarming live stage production that has been performed in Pennsylvania for many years, is coming to Wolfville on Dec. 10. It is a charming and thoughtful glimpse into the world of the Amish – a world uncluttered by modern trappings, held together by the love of family. 

This celebration of Christmas unfolds with Rachel and Jacob expecting their first child and explores the many changes that will occur.  There are surprises in store, laughter to share and secrets to be revealed.

The show features the cast that appeared in the original production – a show that has received rave reviews wherever it has been performed.

Dec. 10, Festival Theatre, Acadia University, Wolfville at 7 p.m. Tickets:  542-5500


Coming Dec. 14

A King’s Christmas’ with King’s College Chapel Choir directed by Paul Halley, with special guests including narrator Alexander MacLeod. The date to remember is Saturday, Dec. 15 at Wolfville Baptist Church.


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 on 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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