Art Scene Jan. 15

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A Graphic Novel Panel, featuring artists (Rebecca Kraatz and Mark Oakley), publishers (Andy Brown, Conundrum Press, and Mark Oakley, IBox Publishing), and a comic book store owner (Calum Johnston, Strange Adventures) is set for tomorrow.

Getting underway on Jan. 16 at 7 p.m., the event will explore panel members’ personal journeys in the multiverse of comics and how they’ve come to do what they do.

The panel promises some interesting overlaps given the four different careers and will explore the panelists current interests, changes in the field and gender over the last couple of decades or so, as well as changes in format, questions of design and the ever-shifting world of print, distribution and sales. In the final segment, panelists will have a conversation regarding the creation process and practice, publishing, sales and distribution.

The final half hour will be a question and answer period. There will be at least a few minutes for impromptu questions as well. The panel is a collaboration between the English department, the Vaughan Memorial Library, and Women’s and Gender Studies

February will bring a Spoken Word Event on Feb. 13 at 7 p.m and in March, a double poetry reading will be held on March 15 at 4 p.m.


Mountain flicks

Banff Mountain Film Festival is showing films in Wolfville on Jan. 22 at the Al Whittle Theatre

The evening will focus on short films about mountain culture, sports and environment.


Happy colours

Bright colours thread their way through an eclectic art show by Karen Phinney at Designer Cafe in Kentville. It will be up until Feb. 5.

While living in Fredericton, she went to the New Brunswick Craft School for drawing classes with Brigid Toole. Watercolour became her medium of choice.

In 1995, she relocated to Halifax, where she began showing her work in several successful shows.

She contributed art to auctions for Phoenix House and worked with the youth there for five years.

Phinney recently sent work to Uruguay, where she was part of an international show there that involved 14 artists. The show in Montevideo was supported by the Canadian and Uruguayan embassies.

It was exciting, she said, to be part of something Canadian in a far away city, and to connect with people there.

“Art is about connection,” she believes, involves a dialogue with the viewer. It is finding joy in the making of the art, and hoping that joy translates for the observer.

“It is when that happens, that I find the most satisfaction in making the art.”


Annual Regan concert

The Tom Regan Memorial Concert will be held Jan. 19 and feature Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends.

The annual showcase concert starts at 7:30 p.m.

It takes place in the Festival Theatre.

Tickets are $26/$20 and can be purchased through the Acadia box office.


Fun concert

Funtime Brigade is bringing its show to the Al Whittle stage for the first time on Jan. 19.

The Roommates will be opening the show for this hip-rock/folk-rap group. Tickets are $10 and the music starts at 8 p.m. They are available at Just Us Coffee.


Songs featured

Bob Bauer will be in concert Feb. 2 at 2 p.m.

The Re-routing the Flow concert will be held at the Irving Centre’s Garden Room. Bauer wrote a series of three songs for soprano Janice Jackson. Each song also includes one instrumentalist and electroacoustic sounds, both pre-recorded and live processed.


Fundy flicks

Fundy Film screens Under African Skies on Jan. 16.

Celebrating 25 years since the release of his Grammy-winning Graceland album, Paul Simon reunites with his South African collaborators, including Ladysmith Black Mambazo – who is appearing at University Hall in February, and revisits the international controversy that the album created in 1986. 

It will be shown at 7 p.m.

The Well Digger’s Daughter will be screened Jan. 20. A celebrated remake of a 1940s classic, the melodrama is set in Provence at the start of the First World War. A widowed well digger has six daughters, one of whom becomes entangled with a wealthy young pilot. It will be shown at 4 p.m. and 4 p.m.

Tickets are $8, 30 minutes before screening. or 542-5157.


Celebration Day

The Led Zeppelin concert movie Celebration Day,

the highly-praised concert film of Led Zepplin’s 2007 reunion, recorded in London’s O2 Arena, is being screened Jan. 18.

This was the main act of a tribute concert and had two million requests for tickets. Plant, Page and Jones are in top form, with Jason Bonham blowing everyone away on drums.

Advance tickets $12/10 at Box of Delights or TicketPro. Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville, on Jan. 18, 8 p.m. (doors open at 7:15 p.m.)


Barn dance

The Hupman Brothers and Scott Prudence are holding a barn dance on Jan. 19 as a double CD release party.

The Hupman’s new album is Back on the Mountain and the new Prudence recording is Radio Tower. Caleb Miles will be playing pedal steel guitar, Adam Bazinet on drums and Chris Robison on bass. Tickets are $15 at the Rolled Oat in Wolfville.

The music starts at 9 p.m.


To Robbie Burns

On Jan. 25, the 
Kings Chorale will host Toast a Classic Scot: A Musical Tribute to Robbie Burns at
7:30 p.m. in the Louis Milne Centre in New Minas.

The event is a musical celebration of the poetry of Robbie Burns on his birthday. Area residents can enjoy an evening of familiar Scottish poetry and music. Tickets are $10, available from members of Kings Chorale or at the door. 

Contact 902-825-4946


Ari in concert

Singer Ari Hest is giving a Wolfville concert on Jan. 26 at the Al Whittle Theatre. He will introduce his new CD The Fire Plays. Tickets are $18 and are available at the Box of Delights. It starts at 8 p.m.






Next at CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville presents Who’s In Bed With the Butler? by Michael Parker in January.

In this American farce, a California billionaire has bequeathed all of

Who’s in Bed With the Butler? Is directed by Linda and Wayne Marriott.

Who’s in Bed With the Butler? Plays on Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 16.  Showtime is 8 p.m.  Sunday matinees will run on Jan. 17 and Feb. 10.

Tickets $12 / $10.  Call 678-8040 for reservations.  For more information:


In Berwick

At the Open Mic Kitchen Party at the Union Street Café in Berwick, Dave Gunning will hit the Wick Pub stage on Jan. 19 and Scott Prudence will be joined by the Hupman Brothers on Jan. 26 for a release of his latest recording.


Deep Roots AGM

The Deep Roots AGM will take place on Jan. 27 as organizers plan for a 10th anniversary season.

The brief meeting, followed by a potluck and jam session, will be held at the Wolfville Farmers Market building from 2–6 p.m. All are welcome to attend and should feel free to bring an instrument.

Anyone who’d like to get involved can contact Lisa Hammett Vaughan at

In the galleries

-  Printmaker Kristiina Lehtonen has an exhibit on at Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville. The show runs until Feb. 3. Submissions are always welcome at Jack's Gallery. Complete a submission form at; , then email the form with photos of your work to

- The Acadia University Art Gallery has its university/community exhibition on view until Feb. 14.


Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Conundrum Press, Vaughan Memorial Library New Brunswick Craft School Phoenix House Acadia School of Music Festival Theatre Hupman Brothers Irving Centre Ladysmith Black Mambazo University Hall Louis Milne Centre CentreStage Theatre Mic Kitchen Party Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: California, Wolfville, Kentville Banff Mountain Fredericton Halifax Uruguay Montevideo Acadia Provence London New Minas

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