Art Scene Oct. 22

Published on October 21, 2013

A celebration of Aboriginal art and literature during Mi`kmaq History Month was held at Acadia University recently. Here, Melissa Sue Labrador shows some of her work.  - Submitted

Upcoming flicks

Fundy Film will screen Switch, a documentary on the future of energy, on Oct. 22, followed by an energy fair and discussion as part of Acadia Sustainability Week. What will it really take to transition from oil and coal to the energies of tomorrow? 

On Oct. 23 at 8 p.m., The Adventures of Prince Achmed will be screened. Made in 1926, it is the oldest surviving animated feature, a silent which will be accompanied by live music by Montreal's Small World Project. A handsome prince rides a flying horse to far-away lands and embarks on magical adventures, which include befriending a witch, meeting Aladdin, battling demons and falling in love with a princess.

Then, the film society will screen Blue Jasmine Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. When the life of elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), she moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest San Francisco flat to try to pull herself back together. Written and directed by Woody Allen. 

Fundy Film will also screen Blancanieves or Snow White on Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. for Halloween. 

All films will be screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening.


Amstel Saxophone Quartet

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents the Amstel Saxophone Quartet on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Along with music by Bach, Brahms, Ravel and Mozart, the quartet will play contemporary pieces by several 20th-century composers, all arranged or written for this ensemble.

The Amstel Quartet’s résumé includes performances in beautiful halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Carnegie Hall in New York and extensive tours through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan and the United States. 

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


Legends of the Fundy Shore 

Pirates. Buried Treasure. Ghost Ships. Ship Wrecks. Turkish Ambassadors. Grand Hotels.

The Bay of Fundy has seen it all. What better setting than the mystical shores of Halls Harbour to learn about Fundy's intriguing past?

Join Valley Ghost Walks and let Jerome the GraveKeeper and his ghostly friends inform and entertain you as they tell you about the Legend and Lore of the Fundy Shore.

Told by the ghosts of many long-past local characters, these 90-minute outdoor walks are a creative way to receive a local history lesson. The show is family-friendly.

Meet at the Fundy View Hall in Halls Harbour (4120 Hwy. 359) for 7 p.m. walks on Oct. 27 and Nov. 3. Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior.

On Nov. 23 there will be an indoor show held at the Fundy View Hall in Halls Harbour at 7 p.m. for those who aren’t able brave the cold and the steep hills.

The walks happen rain, snow or moonshine, so dress appropriately and bring an umbrella, walking shoes, and a flashlight. The tour involves walking down and up a few steep hills and a wharf.

Ticket prices are $14 adults, $9 students and all walks are part fundraisers for local theatre organizations.

Space is limited. Pre-purchase via or at all TicketPro locations.



Balsor in concert

A gospel concert featuring Matt Balsor and the Glorylanders is set for Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., Kingsway Assembly, Kentville.

Another concert on Nov. 10 will feature Balsor alone. It is set for 7 p.m. at Centreville Baptist Church. Admission is by freewill offering for both events.



Poet reading

On Oct. 24, 7 p.m., Halifax prize-winning poet Sue Goyette will read from her new poetry collection Ocean in Vaughan Library Quiet Reading Room. The event will lead up to the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose Oct. 25-26.

Guests at the Gaspereau Press Wayzgoose on Oct. 26 will include printers Jason Dewinetz of

Greenboathouse Press (Vernon, BC), George Walker, Biting Dog Press (Toronto), Amos Paul Kennedy, Jr., and

Kennedy Prints (Alabama).

There will be a writers’ salon in the morning, printing demos in the shop all day, and readings and a lecture in the evening. The Douglas Lochhead Memorial Lecture will be delivered by Jason Dewinetz.

The press is hoping to officially launch Rod McDonald’s new typeface, ‘Goluska’, at the wayzgoose. Goluska is named in tribute to the late Canadian typographer Glenn Goluska, whose letterpress collection was acquired by Gaspereau Press in 2012.




Jordan in concert 

Nicole Jordan and the Alchemy Ensemble will present In Vocation just prior to Halloween, when she arrives in Wolfville.

Halifax soprano Nicole Jordan, and her ensemble, Alchemy, will be coming to Nova Scotia from the Netherlands for concerts at the end of October. The program tells the story of a modern-day witch, using music from the 17th century.

In Vocation begins with Jordan as an herbal woman who, through music, helpfully answers questions about health and love. She gradually slips to the ‘dark side’ after suffering a broken heart.  With this descent, the music becomes more bad-tempered and witchy.

Much of the music has been edited and transcribed from original sources by Acadia University’s Gordon J Callon, Professor Emeritus of Music. 

They will perform Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville. Tickets at the door: $15/$10 students.



Art on screen

The National Gallery in England is offering a fresh look at one of the most fascinating artists of all time – Johannes Vermeer. The unique film viewing, entitled Vermeer and Music, will take place Friday, Oct. 25 starting at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Joint concert

The Valley Voices choir and the Kings Community Concert Band will give a joint concert on Saturday, Nov. 2 at the Kings Presbyterian Church in New Minas.

Concert time is 7 p.m.

Children’s musical on stage

How the Pea Came to Be plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre at CentreStage on Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3, beginning at 2 p.m.

This new children’s musical will take the audience on a journey through that young pea’s path, during which he learns many things about himself, other vegetables and the importance of following his dreams, despite what others say. 

All tickets are $5.  Call 678-8040 for reservations.