Arts scene Jan. 22

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CHOWDER TIME – Chef Craig Flinn was serving up fish chowder last month at the Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville. Fellow author Bruce Nunn was there too, along with illustrator Doretta Gronendyk, for a bustling afternoon.


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Annual fundraising

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is holding its annual fundraising event on Feb. 9 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

Entitled Arabian Nights, the evening gets underway at 6 p.m. and features fine food provided by Cocoa Pesto Catering, wine from Gaspereau Vineyards, live entertainment and an auction of art and activities from across Canada.

Funds raised at this annual event will support Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s 2013 season, including productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and a new adaptation of The Iliad, performed entirely around a fire.

Two Planks and a Passion theatre is best known for its award-winning series of outdoor theatre productions, known as Theatre Off The Grid, presented at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. Most recently, the company presented a new adaptation of Lysistrata, entitled Temptress of the South, in the summer of 2012.

Tickets for the evening are $75 and include a three- course meal and partial tax receipt. A table of eight is $550. Details are available at Tickets can be purchased by calling 582-3073.

For more information, contact


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.


To Robbie Burns

On Jan. 25, the Kings Chorale will 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. Tickets are $10 and are available from members of Kings Chorale or at the door 
Contact 902-825-4946


Dance time

The ORO! Orkestra, Nova Scotia's new folkdance party band, want local residents to experience the dance music of Bulgaria, Macedonia, Greece and Turkey.

ORO! is a 12-piece band made up of Acadia students and community members, and is directed by musician Ken Shorley and dancer Heidi Kalyani.

The group will host an evening of music and dance on Jan. 25, with a dance lesson at 7:30 p.m. and live music at 9 p.m. at the Wolfville Curling Club. Tickets are $10 at the door ($5 for students).

Shorley promises easy party dances with a dance lesson included. No previous experience is needed

and no partner is required.

The Orkestra includes the following players:
Joe Armstrong (violin),
Marc Blumberg (accordion, mandolin, flugelhorn),
Cailun Campbell (double bass),
Liam Elliot (accordion, hand drums),
Jason Grek Martin (guitar),
Jennifer Grek Martin (voice),
Heidi Kalyani (dance leader),
David Mangle (tuba, trombone),
Sarah McCabe (violin),
Lucas Oickle (soprano sax),
Ken Shorley (saz, cittern, davul, darabuka)
and Nicole Stanson (trumpet)


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.



Fundy flicks

Fundy Film screens Seven Psychopaths on Jan. 27.

A struggling screenwriter becomes entangled in the L.A. criminal underworld after his oddball friends kidnap an unstable gangster's beloved dog, Bonny. It stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and Tom Waits and screens Jan. 27 at 4 and 7 p.m.

The society will also screen Stories We Tell on Jan. 30. In an inspired, genre-twisting film, Sarah Polley discovers that the truth depends on who is telling it. Polley is both filmmaker and detective as she investigates the secrets behind her family story. It will be shown at 7 p.m.

Tickets ($8) are available 30 minutes before screening at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.




Live drawing

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts near Canning is holding bi-weekly life drawing sessions, starting Jan. 30.

An informal atmosphere and live music will accompany the drawing.

The centre would like to hear from would-be artists and interested musicians. The sessions will run from 6–8 p.m. and conclude April 24.

The weekly fee will be $5.



Songs featured

Bob Bauer is 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.

This concert is part of the Shattering the Silence New Music Festival at Acadia University’s School of Music, which runs from Jan. 30–Feb. 2.





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. It plays on Fridays and Saturdays until Feb. 16. Showtime is 8 p.m. 

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


In Berwick

At the Union Street Café in Berwick, Beer in the Headlights are performing on Jan. 25.

Scott Prudence will be joined by the Hupman Brothers on Jan. 26 for the 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 meeting will be held in the Wolfville Farmers Market building from 2–6 p.m.

There will be a brief meeting followed by a potluck and jam session. All are welcome to attend and please feel free to bring an instrument.

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


Celebrating Silverberg

Jacks Gallery, Wolfville is honoured to present a retrospective of the work of internationally recognized and admired artist and printmaker David Silverberg. 

Opening reception and film Feb. 2, 2-4 pm. Show runs until March 31.


Music theatre time

Edalene Theatre will present Jonathan Larson’s Tony award-winning musical Rent next month. Rent is a gritty rock re-telling of the Puccini opera La Boheme.

Directed by Kerri Leier, Rent is set in the impoverished streets of New York in the early ‘90s. The musical follows a group of struggling artists as they maneuver through a year coping with friendship, HIV, love, laughter, loss and finding oneself.

Musically directed by Melissa Vidito, this rock opera has powerful ballads and stunningly-choreographed anthems by Tracy Nasson Fritz. Prepare to be moved and uplifted by this powerful show that truly celebrates that there is no day but today.

Leier warns that due to strong language, content and subject matter, viewer discretion is advised.

The show will play at 7:30 p.m. from Feb. 6 -9  at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville, with an additional matinee performance at 2:30 p.m. on Feb. 9. Tickets are available by calling 697-2515 or emailing Children under 16 $10, adults $12 pre-ordered or $15 at the door, or a group rate of four for $45.


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.

- Until Feb. 5, Karen Phinney’s work is at the Designer Café in Kentville.



Organizations: Passion Theatre, Ross Creek Centre, Al Whittle Theatre Louis Milne Centre Wolfville Curling Club Irving Centre Acadia University School of Music CentreStage Theatre Hupman Brothers Edalene Theatre Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: California, Wolfville, Canada Banff Mountain New Minas Nova Scotia Bulgaria Macedonia Greece Turkey Kentville New York

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