Kings County Arts Scene March 13

Wendy Elliott
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Author Maria Mutch, who grew up in Kentville, got to see some old friends at her reading at the Box of Delights in Wolfville recently. She read from her unique memoir Know the Night. - Wendy Elliott, 

Two Lenten music series

An upcoming Lenten series at Wolfville Baptist Church will start March 19 with Peter Togni of CBC fame playing the first concert.

It will be a combination of French and Italian pieces, with an improvised "organ symphony" on Lenten themes and chorales. Admission is by freewill donation.

The rest of the series, Wednesday Lunch and Lenten Recital series includes March 26: Acadia Vocal Ensemble; April 2: Melissa Wood (mezzo-soprano); and April 9: Rebecca Hutton (flute).

Freewill offering will go to the artists and to the Choral Scholars Program at the church. Lunch is served (soup and bread), from 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. for the 12:15-1 p.m. concerts.

The Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia University  is also running a Lent Recital Series. On March 17, Michael Gnemmi and friends will be on the organ.

Then, on March 24, Mosher will play his violin, and finally, on March 31, Davina Sureswaran and Trenna Robbins will sing. The recitals take place Mondays at 12:15 p.m. Admission is freewill offering.


N.S. youth choir audition

The Nova Scotia Youth Choir, now in its 23rd year, will hold an audition in Wolfville on March 22.

The objective of the choir is to provide talented singers, aged 16 to 25, with a challenging opportunity to work, develop and perform choral music together.

Through auditions, approximately 40 singers will be chosen to work with a team of fine musicians including guest conductor, Jakub Martinec, who will head up the team, making this an exceptional learning opportunity.

Voice quality, presentation and total balance of choral sound are taken into consideration during participant selection. Choristers will work with the two resident conductors, Eszter Horvath and Scott Jones, during three rehearsal weekends held between June and September. Final rehearsal sessions will be led by the guest conductor and will culminate in performances in New Glasgow and Halifax on Sept. 27-28.

For details on the audition in Wolfville, check the web site.


Another special dance film

Moulin Rouge, presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on March 22.

The film starts at 7 p.m.


Hear gypsy music

On March 22 at 3 p.m., Swingology returns to Windsor for the first time in over a year to present a concert of gypsy jazz in Windsor United Church.

This beautiful church was built in 1899 after the Great Windsor Fire devastated the town and is one of the finest acoustic spaces anywhere, with high vaulted ceilings that shows clear signs of having been crafted by the area's shipbuilders. 

Proceeds from the concert will go towards the cost of a much-needed new sound system for the church.

Tickets will be $20 at the door the day of the concert, but advance tickets may be purchased for $15 at Windsor United Church office or Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor.


A Spooky Sampling

The indoor ghost show,
A Collection of Ghosts from Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor and Halls Harbour, will be on stage March 27, 7:30 p.m., at
Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia.

Jerome the GraveKeeper will share some of the greatest love stories in the Valley. From the man who walked across the Minas Basin ice for love to the woman whose wedding dress was saved in the Great Windsor Fire, you will hear stories of true love. However, not all love stories are happy tales; you’ll learn of Turkish Harems, tragedy and, of course, murder!

This is an indoor show and is a part fundraiser for the Randall House Museum. Because of weather issues, this show was originally scheduled for Feb 13.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at, all Ticketpro locations (Box of Delights in Wolfville, Home Hardware in Windsor, Wilson's Pharmasave in Kentville & Berwick) and at the door.



Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen The Invisible Woman on March 16 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography, this period drama is about the secret 12-year affair between actress Ellen (Nelly) Ternan and author Charles Dickens. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, secrecy is the price, and for Nelly, a life of "invisibility."

The film society will also screen The Past on March 23. From the director of A Separation, this cross-cultural family drama finds Ahmad back in Paris from Tehran to conclude a divorce. His estranged French wife, Marie, wants to marry her new boyfriend Samir. Ahmad discovers tension between Marie and teen daughter Lucie. Efforts to improve things reveal a secret from their past. 

All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.


Honor Diaries on screen

A powerful new documentary film will be shown at Acadia University in connection with International Women’s Day. It is being screened worldwide this year, says organizing student Kira McLean.

Honor Diaries is the first film to break the silence on ‘honour violence’ against women and girls, she said, as a courageous group of nine women’s rights activists with connections to Muslim-majority societies come together to speak out against the violence women face in Muslim-majority communities.

In Wolfville, there will be two screenings on March 16 -17 in the Irving Centre auditorium. The second event will be followed by a panel discussion.

The screenings will both begin at 7 p.m.

Screening Leonardo

The Acadia Art Gallery is presenting an art film on March 14, 7 p.m. Leonardo Live will give a behind the scenes tours of global exhibitions and artists.  Da Vinci’s historic exhibition was sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour. Captured live on the eve of the exhibition opening in London, Leonardo Live provides a high-definition walk-through of the exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces and extra content.

The screening will be held at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Acadia University Art Gallery Members and $10 for children or students. Tickets are available through Ticketpro or at the Box of Delights.



Wolfville singer’s new CD

Singer/songwriter Kimberly Matheson will present a CD release concert on March 15 at 8 p.m.

Her Just As I Am recording will be released at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Matheson will be joined on stage by the Hupman Brothers Band and Asa Brosius.


Sinfonia here March 16

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Atlantic Sinfonia on March 16, 7:30 p.m., at Acadia’s Festival in Wolfville. The ensemble’s performance is titled Mozart and Friends and is based on the music of Catherine the Great.


Tickets are $26 for adults, $20 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office in person, by phone at 542-5500 or online at  .


At this concert, the Acadia Performing Arts Series will be announcing its upcoming 2014-15 season and subscriptions will be on sale.


Unique music theatre

On March 18 and 19, Edalene Theatre presents ‘Jonesin' For Joss’, a night celebrating Joss Whedon, with a live performance of two of his musical theatre creations: Once More With Feeling from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog.

These two hilarious fan favourites are fun and feature many family local faces. If you love Whedon, Buffy or Dr. Horrible, you don't want to miss this.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 697-2515 or emailing

Performances will depend on the pre-sale of tickets, so order ahead.


Laugh with Panych

The Acadia Theatre Company is presenting the Morris Panych play, 7 Stories, March 19-22 and March 26-29.

The protagonist in 7 Stories is standing on the ledge on the seventh storey of a tall building, contemplating his death. He is interrupted by the colourful residents of the seventh storey, who are too caught up in their own lives to notice the man or question his presence on the ledge of the building. The play premiered in Vancouver in 1989.

This Panych comedy at Acadia University’s Lower Denton Theatre is being directed by drama prof Bob Seale. It starts at 7:30 p.m.


Video art

The Acadia Art Gallery has lined up an interesting evening for March 20 with a roundtable on video art getting underway at 7 p.m.

Join special guests for a lively discussion around the creation, production and distribution of video art in the Atlantic region. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Centre for Art Tapes.


Frankie Valli tribute coming

Oh What a Night will bring a musical revue to Wolfville on March 21.

Packed full of hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Working My Way Back To You Girl and My Eyes Adored You, the cast of this travelling production offers a high energy, must-see theatrical show.

Staying true to the original recordings, this tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is intended to honour the talent of an American legend.   

The show takes place at Convocation Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets: Acadia Box Office 542-5500.


New play at CentreStage

Opening this weekend is a play called Separate Beds.

Ernie and Twink are in the autumn of their lives. In celebration of their 30th wedding anniversary, the couple’s children send them on a Caribbean cruise.

Free of chores and children, Ernie and Twink are wined, dined and introduced to exciting people. When they meet the rich, seductive Blake and Beth, who still seem to have a perfect life together after 10 years of marriage, Twink becomes infatuated with the glamour of the other couple’s lives and seeks to reignite the spark in her own marriage.

A Canadian dramedy written by award-winning playwright, M.J. Cruise and directed by Chérie Zinck, this play will appeal to adult as well as mature young adult audiences.

Cast Members include Trina Long, Mike L’Oiseau, Ross Chapman and Liz Stern.

Separate Beds plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre on March 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and April 4-5, with 2 p.m. matiness on March 16 and 30. Showtime is 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students and seniors.



Good idea borrowed

The concept of a Night Kitchen series of musical showcase concerts is being transplanted to Belleville, Ontario.

An idea borrowed from the very successful Night Kitchen, which has been entertaining full houses in Wolfville for more than five years, three shows are set for The Pinnacle Playhouse in downtown Belleville. The first of the Night Kitchen Too series is March 15.

Gary Magwood suggested the idea after attending a few of these concerts while visiting Wolfville. The next Night Kitchen locally will be April 5.



In the galleries

-Artist Natalie Parsons will have her work at the Designer Café in Kentville until March 23.

- Acadia University Arts has a group exhibit of art work on display at Jack’s Gallery at the Acadia Cinema Co-op/Just Us Coffee in Wolfville.The exhibit will conclude on March 23.

- Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2, March 5 – April 16An itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.




Organizations: Acadia University, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville Baptist Church CBC Windsor United Church Nova Scotia Youth Choir Royal Winnipeg Ballet Place Music Sales Acadia Art Gallery Randall House Museum Pharmasave Acadia Performing Arts Series Irving Centre Acadia University Art Gallery Members Hupman Brothers Band Acadia University Box Office Edalene Theatre Acadia Theatre Company Lower Denton Theatre Four Seasons Box Office The Pinnacle Playhouse Acadia Cinema Co

Geographic location: Wolfville, Windsor, Acadia Kentville New Glasgow Halifax Halls Harbour Minas Basin London Paris Tehran Belleville Vancouver Caribbean Ontario

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