Arts Scene Jan. 31

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Jamie Junger and his seven-year-old daughter, Sadie, entertained families with catchy children songs from their CD Fishin’ for Pickles during a concert at the Mermaid Theatre in Windsor on Jan. 19. The CD was recently nominated for an East Coast Music Award in the Children’s Recording of the Year category. Pictured here is the New Ross duo performing a song entitled Dinosaurs. - Carole Morris-Underhill photo

Catch Night Kitchen

Wolfville’s monthly variety show, Night Kitchen, is Intrepid this month. The line up includes George Symonds, Tracey Clements and Andy Flinn. Last month, they were sold out a day or two before.

Food of Love

If Music Be The Food of Love, featuring the Acadia Vocal Ensemble and the Acadia Chamber Choir, will be held at Wolfville Baptist Church on Feb. 10.

Directed by Claire Martin, the show will begin at 3 p.m. Admission is $10 or $5 for students.



Enjoy a cabaret evening filled with your favorite songs sung by the voices of Acadia’s School of Music.   

Acadia’s Singing Theatre Production Ensemble hosts its annual event, Divas and Desserts, a family-friendly event featuring singing and desserts.

The event gets underway Feb. 9, 7 p.m., in the MacKeen Room of the Student’s Union Building.

Tickets $15 adults, $10 students ($50 for a table of four adults). To reserve seating, call 585-1512.


Fundy Film

Fundy Film will screen Chinese Take-Away, a  comedy that follows the relationship between a reclusive hardware store owner and a young Chinese immigrant thrown together by an absurd twist of fate — a heart-warming story of miscommunication, kindness and the unpredictability of life.

It will be shown on Feb. 10, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Anna Karenina is on screen Feb. 3. Keira Knightley stars in Tom Stoppard’s adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic novel. The script provides a powerful and stylistically daring version of this epic love story about defying conventions to follow desires of the heart.  

It screens Feb. 3 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Both shows are at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before the screening.

Share purchase

The Acadia Cinema Co-op Board is just past the halfway mark in paying for the new digital server. The annual Equity Tax Credit share sale terminates Feb. 28, so now is the time. Shares are also available in the lobby, where tickets are sold prior to each film.

The N.S. Department of Finance will send out Equity Tax Credit slips in early March. A $35 tax credit on 2012 Nova Scotia taxes is the return for every $100 share purchased.


Music in Berwick

The Union Street Cafe and the Wick Pub is getting ready for a great night of dancing to the blues with The Kickin' Mule Blues Band on Feb. 9. Tickets are $10.

Music listings for next month include Feb. 1 - Funtime Brigade; Feb. 8 - Caleb Miles; Feb. 15 -Darrell Skinner; and Feb. 22 - The Worry Birds.



Indoor Ghost Show

Take a history tour from the comfort of your seat in the first-ever Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show.

The sixth year of Valley Ghost Walks kicks off with the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at Manning Memorial Chapel on the Acadia University campus.

This is a creatively spooky, two-hour theatrical production of Wolfville's intriguing past. The show features favourite tales from the outdoor show, along with new Wolfville ghosts, special guest Alan Melanson of the Annapolis Royal's Candlelight Tours and musical guest Pete Adams.

Part of the proceeds from the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show will go towards the Randall House Museum in Wolfville.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students at Box of Delights in Wolfville.


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


Celebrating Silverberg

Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville, will present a retrospective of the work of internationally-recognized artist and printmaker David Silverberg. 

The opening reception and film is Feb. 2, 2-4 p.m. The 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.

Ladysmith Black Mombazo

The Acadia Performing Arts Series will present Ladysmith Black Mambazo on Feb. 5 at 7:30 p.m. at Convocation Hall, Wolfville. The Wolfville concert is Ladysmith’s only Nova Scotia date on this tour.

For over 40 years, the voices of this choir 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 – a landmark 1986 recording that was considered seminal in introducing world music to mainstream audiences. "Graceland" won many awards including the Grammy Award for Best Album of the Year.

For tickets, call the Acadia Box Office at 542-5500. To order online, go to:


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


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 e-mail 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: School of Music, Acadia Chamber Choir, Wolfville Baptist Church Al Whittle Theatre Singing Theatre Production Ensemble Union Building Acadia University Acadia Cinema Co-op Board N.S. Department of The Kickin Annapolis Royal Randall House Museum Passion Theatre Irving Centre CentreStage Theatre Edalene Theatre Ross Creek Centre Acadia Performing Arts Series Ladysmith Black Mambazo Acadia Box Office Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, California, Nova Scotia Kentville Berwick New York South Africa Canada

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