Arts Scene Feb. 21

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Renee Hamer, front, one of the Women of Wolfville, is lead singer for the Curve Tones. The girl group is performing this week at the Festival Theatre in WolfVegas: The WOW Factor. - Wendy Elliott, 

Opening soon

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is dark this week, but next week, The Dixie Swim Club opens.

It is about five very different Southern women who met at college and continue to share long weekends together at the same beach house every August.  

Dixie Swim Club plays from March 1 to

April 6. Several matinees are scheduled. For more information, visit:


March break camps

There are two different camps running between March 11-15. The Ross Creek’s March Break Arts Camp for children and teens is aimed at ages 5-18.

CentreStage Theatre is also hosting a drama camp for youth. Campers will produce a non-musical show, Alice in Wonderland. Visit for more.




Music in Berwick

The Union Street Cafe and the Wick Pub will host

The Worry Birds on Feb. 22.

ECMA award-winner John Campbelljohn makes his debut performance on the Wick Pub stage on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, to reserve call 538-7787.




WolfVegas coming

The Women of Wolfville (WOW) present its 12th annual production - WolfVegas: The WOW Factor, from Feb. 21-23. This show is a departure for the group. It is a talent competition along the lines of Canadian Idol, hosted by the well-known and loved Reanne Seacoast.

There will be seven acts in competition before an esteemed panel of judges, Simone Scowl, Theresa Sogenerous and Ginger. However, the final decision will be left to the audience.

The cast promises is a bit of Vegas in Wolfville with glamorous showgirls, song, dance, comedy and the Le Cirque de WOW.

WOW works to raise awareness and funds for charities and initiatives that support women and children. To date the group has raised over $150,000.

Performances are at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville, Feb. 21-23 at 7:30 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for seniors and students and are available at the Box of Delights bookstore in Wolfville as well as at the door. For further information, please call Pat at 542-9788.



Fiddle time

The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia will be performing in concert on Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.  

Their repertoire is best described as that of a traditional Scottish orchestra, but with frills added. Director Nelson Ferguson, is a Scot, who has played in and been associated with several Scottish orchestras. His music arrangements reflect the sound of the Scottish music as you can currently hear it in Scotland.

Nelson and Ron Ross, the MC and vocalist, make sure that audience hear some background anecdotes associated with the music.
The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra is comprised of 30 musicians (violins, flutes, accordions, bass, piano and drums). The members share a love of the music of Scotland and Ireland, pleasing audiences and being with each other, on and off the stage.

Join them on Feb. 23 for an evening of toe-tapping reels, jigs, polkas and haunting slow airs and vocal renditions of well-known favorites. Jimmy Sweeney, a well known local vocalist/musician, will be the orchestra’s special guest performer. 

All tickets are $15 each and they are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets. 


A taste of Europe

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s annual fundraising café, Sweets for the Sweet will be held on Feb. 24, 2 p.m., at the Waterville and District Fire Hall. 

This year, guests will be treated to a European Café theme and an afternoon of delightful performances, delicious desserts and divine drinks. Entertainment will include songs the choir will be performing during their 2013 European tour, as well as a variety of tunes performed vocally and instrumentally by the talented choir members.


The choir is an instructional music program for students in Grades 7-12, conducted by Heather Fraser. It emphasizes musical and vocal training through choral music and enriches the artistic lives of its members, their families and communities.

Tickets for the fundraising café are $12 and are available at the door.


Fundy flicks

Pat has lost it all, is back with his parents after a stint in a state institution and is determined to rebuild, remain positive and reunite with his wife. He meets Tiffany, a mysterious girl with her own problems, who offers to help him reconnect with his wife - but only if he does something important for her in return. It will be screened at the Al Whittle Theatre on Feb. 24 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Tickets are $8, 30 minutes before screening.

Photo talk

Brian Skerry, a photographer and photojournalist from National Geographic Magazine, will be giving an illustrated talk on Feb. 28 in Wolfville.

The photography lecture will be held in room 10 of the Huggins Science Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville. It is open to the public and will get underway at 7:30 p.m.



New exhibition

Coming Through the Fog, an exhibit opening and artist talk about the work of Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming will be held at Acadia on March 1, 7 p.m.

The exhibition explores common currents running through the works of both artists and the manners in which similar impulses have been worked out on formal, emotional and conceptual levels through the medium of photography.

A workshop on photo books is set for March 2 from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m. The ideal workshop participant is someone with images that they want to share and a passion for photo books.

Acadia University Art Gallery, Wolfville, 585-1373


Night Kitchen

Night Kitchen Original, a local variety show, is set for March 2 at 8 p.m. Hosts are Andy and Ariana and the venue is the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.


Live music

The Dynamic Duos show is March 2 from 9 p.m.-1 a.m. at the Greenwich Fire Hall.

It features the talents of Valley musicians Margie Brown, James Gallant, Tim Vallillee, Matt Millet, Jean-Francois Turbide, Rob Hunt and Pat McMullin.

All the members of the show come from duo acts.

Tickets are $10/person, available at Averys in Greenwich.



Extraordinary woman

Two Hours in a Madhouse: An Evening with the Notorious Nellie Bly takes place March 9 in Wolfville.

In observance of International Women's Day, the Al Whittle Theatre presents an enlightening and entertaining one-woman show based on the life of 19th century feminist reporter Nellie Bly, best known for her 72-day solo journey around the world.

The play is written and directed by Gary L. Blackwood and features Amanda Jefferson-Gillis as Nellie.

Show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights.


In concert

Much-loved singer/songwriter Laura Smith will be giving a concert on March 9 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.

It will start at 8 p.m.


Stamp voting

Port Williams sisters Lucy and Sally Wilkie are hoping for on-line votes when the final round of Canada Post young stamp design competition gets underway. Voting startsl Feb. 18. Here is the link: 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 to get involved. Shares are also available in the lobby, where tickets are sold prior to each film.

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


In the galleries

-      Until March 28, Valley Artists paintings, featuring the work of artist Pat McLean, will be on display at the Valley Regional Hospital Art Gallery, Kentville.

-      Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville has a retrospective of artist and printmaker David Silverberg. Show runs until March 31.

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

- Kentville artist Patrick Bezanson has a show on at the Designer’ Café in Kentville until March 5.


Organizations: CentreStage Theatre, The Dixie Swim Club, Festival Theatre in Wolfville Al Whittle Theatre Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Scottish orchestra The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra Acadia University Waterville European Café National Geographic Magazine Evergreen Theatre Acadia Cinema Co-op Board Nova Scotia Department of Valley Regional Hospital Art Gallery Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Ross Creek Wonderland Berwick Scotland Vegas Ireland Europe Acadia Greenwich East Margaretsville Port Williams

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