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Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte is going on stage on Nov. 28 during the Acadia Performing  Arts Series. The opera will begin at 7:30 p.m. with the Jeunesses Musicales du Canada.

Joy and delight await the Festival Theatre audience in this fanciful and far-fetched story of two uncommon couples. Literally translated as “Thus do they all,” this late 18th century opera tells a tale of jealousy, trickery and mischief.

Sung in Italian with subtitles in English and French.

Tickets are available at the Acadia box office or phone 542-5500.


Jeunesses Musicales du Canada will perform Mozart’s Cosi Fan Tutte at Acadia on Nov. 28. From left are opera company members Charlotte Burrage, Aaron Sheppard, Philippe Bolduc, Julie Ludwig, Adrian Kramer and Vania Margani. - Submitted

By Wendy Elliott

Kings County Advertiser


Art workshops pending

A series of four workshops on Mondays, which began on Nov.19, is continuing. Making Art Mondays is presented by the Alliance of Kings Artists (AKA) with support from the Acadia University Art Gallery. Each session is focused on a specific project and is facilitated by an artist. The workshops are for adults and are structured as completely hands-on and interactive. Collaboration and idea exchange are encouraged.

The fee, which includes materials, is $15 for non-AKA members and $10 for members. The workshops run from 7-9 p.m. at the Acadia University Art Gallery art education room, Beveridge Arts Centre room 131.

Nov. 26: Mono-Printing - In this workshop, participants will be creating representational monotype prints from life. From an inked plate, artists will work by means of reduction; gradually removing ink from the plate to elicit tonality, line and texture. Facilitator Rachel Reeve holds an Interdisciplinary BFA from NSCAD and has been teaching art to all ages in the Annapolis Valley for six years. 

Dec. 3: Creating Mood in Landscape - In this workshop, participants will explore the qualities of watercolour painting that allows them to create moodiness and expression. Demonstrations and exercises will show participants how to create depth in a simple landscape painting.

Facilitator is Twila Robar-DeCoste, who paints in both watercolour, acrylic and oils. She has been teaching art since 1987 and is a juried and elected member of the Society of Canadian Artists (SCA) and an associate member of the Canadian Society of Painters in Watercolour (CSPWC). Her work may be seen at Windsong Studio and Gallery in Aylesford and online at

Dec. 10:  Clay Throwing and Building - This workshop is designed as an introductory experience to clay. There will be a demonstration on the potter’s wheel, followed by a short time for each participant to experience working or 'throwing' on the wheel. Some hand-building techniques, such as coil and slab, will also be demonstrated to keep participants busy in between.  

The facilitator, Denise Aspinall, has been a production potter in the Annapolis Valley for over 30 years. The Aspinall Pottery is a working studio located in Canning and is open to the public, specializing in functional porcelain cups, bowls and platters with her distinctive hand-painted 'loose leaf' design. Upon graduating from Acadia, she gained experience in clay at the Minas Potters Guild in Wolfville, followed by an apprenticeship at Meat Cove Pottery in Northern Cape Breton, then returning to the valley to open her own studio.

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Bravo Donna & Andy

Well-known Kentville musicians Donna Rhodenizer and Andy Duinker, along

with collaborator Gisele Caron, received the Music Nova Scotia

Francophone Recording of the Year for their CD, La vie pour moi.

The CD features 12 original songs by Rhodenizer adapted into French. The trio learned of the award over the weekend while waiting for the ferry to

come home after two weeks of performing in Newfoundland.


On screen

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. The film is a rare collaboration between two filmmakers. It will be shown on Nov. 21 at 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

Fundy Film will also screen Safety Not Guaranteed: Three cynical magazine employees dig into the story behind an unusual classified ad and discover a mysterious eccentric, a likeable but paranoid supermarket clerk who believes he can time travel. Together, they embark on a journey that reveals how far “believing” can take you.

The film will be shown at Nov. 25, 4 and 7 p.m., at the 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.

Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.  Refreshments are 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. Come and enjoy and help raise funds for 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, as well as 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.


Concert coming

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


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.

There will 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 Grades 2-6 on Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., on Nov. 21, 28, Dec. 5, 12 and 19.

Taught by local artist 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.


Acadia’s Marat/Sade

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

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 at 7:30 p.m. from Nov. 21-24. Tickets are $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.



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.

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 can be purchased at 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. 



Fezziwig frolics in December

The ever-popular family entertainment created by the Fezziwig Society will take place this year a little later. The show will go 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.



Christmas tale

St. Joseph’s community theatre group, the Stage Prophets, will present Michael MacLean’s beloved Christmas story of The Forgotten Carols on 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.

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.



With a Joyful Noise

About 100 young singers from the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, director Heather Fraser and accompanist Hannah Parks, and the Kings Chorale Children's Chorus, with director Shannon Young and Elizabeth Harwood on piano, will be in concert on Dec. 9 at 3 p.m. at Wolfville Baptist Church. They’ve called their joint concert With a Joyful Noise.


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. Theatre reservations: 678-8040.



Ross Creek workshops

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre will be running a special Audition Boot Camp Weekend Dec. 7-9 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

A number of two-hour art workshops for adults are happening as well 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. Space is limited, pre-registration required.

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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 three-time Vocal Group of the Year. In 2010, they were inducted into the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.

Tickets are $25 and are 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.

The play offers a 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. 

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

The play will hit the stage on 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, under the direction of Paul Halley, is coming to Wolfville next month.

They will be joined by special guests, including narrator Alexander MacLeod.

The date to remember is 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.


In the galleries

- 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.

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

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


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