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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 the one-woman show based on the life of the 19th century feminist reporter, best known for her 72-day solo journey around the world. Amanda Jefferson-Gillis, pictured here, plays Nellie and the play is written and directed by Gary L. Blackwood. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights.

Dance on screen

Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op is presenting their second Front Row Centre Event.

On March 1, at 8 p.m., Move To Move will screen at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Captured live in high definition from Nederlands Dans Theater is an evening of four contemporary dance masterpieces: "Left Right Left Right" (choreography by Alexander Ekman), "Silent Screen" (Sol Léon and Paul Lightfoot), "Secus" (Ohad Naharin), and the world premiere of "Shine A Light," a new work by Leon and Lightfoot.

Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students and seniors are available at Just Us in Wolfville or at the door.


See Press

Harvest Gallery in Wolfville has a new exhibit up, entitled Press, which is an exploration of the endless creative and technical possibilities in this traditional art form.

Survey a variety of printmaking techniques and delight in the work of Bonnie Baker, Alex Colville, Cecil Day, Bob Hainstock, Kristiina Lehtonen, Rion Microys, John Neville, Kath Kornelsen Rutherford, Robert Rutherford and Anna Syperek.

This is also the perfect opportunity to see all the new work and beautiful objects in the gallery.

The show runs through March 31 (with a brief closure from March 9-17).


Sunday Music Concert

The classical chamber music concert series, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, sponsored by the Acadia University Alumni Association, presents the first of three concerts in the second half of its 2012-13 season of free afternoon concerts on March 10 at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room of Acadia’s Irving Centre in Wolfville.

The artists for this concert will be two Nova Scotia favourites, Robert Uchida, violin, and Peter Allen, piano.

Uchida is concertmaster of Symphony Nova Scotia and teaches part time in Acadia’s School of Music, as well as maintaining a busy solo concert career. He is also director of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival, which begins on June 30 with a Garden Room concert consisting of three great string quartets played by the four string instructors of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival.

Allen is a well-known Halifax pianist, composer and teacher who has been invited to perform in the Garden Room series at least once almost every year since it began in 2004.

Their recital will include three sonatas for violin and piano, including a yet-to-be-chosen sonata by Mozart; Sonata in D Minor, opus 108, by Brahms; and the “Spring Sonata” by Beethoven.

The second concert this term will be on April 21 and the final concert of the season will be on June 30.


Evergreen concert

JP Hoe performs at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville on March 1 at 8 p.m.

JP is a singer-songwriter from Winnipeg. His fifth album, Mannequin, was released last May. The album has catchy melodies and clever lyrics, and Hoe tells funny stories throughout his shows.

He will celebrate the release with a cross-Canada tour, and the first single, "Nothing's Gonna Harm You" has been charting on CBC Radio 2 ever since.

Cost is $20.


In Windsor

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre is presenting the family-friendly comedic stylings of Al Simmons on March 2 at 7 p.m.  

A one-man, multi-prop, music-filled, off-the-wall comedian whose performances have brought audiences worldwide to collective giggles and all-out guffaws, his humour touches a responsive chord in people of every age. 

Into the tradition of the great comedy kings — Danny Kaye, Spike Jones and Jimmy Durante— Simmons is dedicated to the all-but-lost art of combining comedy with song, dance, magic and sight gags. The end result is a one-hour, one-man variety show of old-fashioned, good-natured fun.

This show is the fourth in MIPAC's 2012-13 Family Fare Series and is suitable for children ages five and up and their families.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for children and seniors. Tickets can be purchased online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.


On stage now

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is presenting The Dixie Swim Club. 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 three different camps running between March 11-15. The Ross Creek’s March Break Arts Camp for children and teens is aimed at ages five to 18. For more, visit

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



Arts in the Garden, at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, is being offered by artist and educator Terry Drahos.

Art in the Garden is a fun week of art and outdoor exploration and runs March 11 to 15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. daily, for children ages seven to 12.

Register online at or


Wolfville flicks

Fundy Film screens This is Not a Film on Feb. 27 at 7 p.m.

Shot partially on an iPhone, smuggled to France in a cake for Cannes, this documentary depicts the day-to-day life of acclaimed Iranian director Jafar Panahi during house arrest in his Tehran apartment. While appealing his six-year prison sentence and 20-year ban from filmmaking, Panahi reflects on his art. 

Then, on March 3, the society screens A Royal Affair. Set in 18th century Denmark, this period drama reveals the love triangle between an unstable king, a physician of the enlightenment and a young but strong queen. They are at the heart of a gripping historic time when brave idealism risked everything in the pursuit of freedom for the people of Denmark.

It will show at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Both films will be screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 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.


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 online votes in the final round of Canada Post young stamp design competition, which began this week. 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 wraps up Feb. 28. Shares are 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.


In the galleries

-      Until March 28, Valley artists paintings, featuring artist Pat McLean, is on display at Valley Regional Hospital’s Art Gallery, Kentville.

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

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




Organizations: Coffee Roasters Co-op, Nederlands Dans Theater, Evergreen Theatre Acadia University Alumni Association Irving Centre School of Music CentreStage Theatre Cross-Canada CBC Radio 2 Imperial Performing Arts Centre Family Fare Series Al Whittle Theatre Acadia University Dixie Swim Club National Geographic Magazine Acadia Cinema Co-op Board N.S. Department of Valley Regional Hospital

Geographic location: Wolfville, Acadia, Nova Scotia Kentville East Margaretsville Halifax Winnipeg Denmark Ross Creek Wonderland Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens France Cannes Tehran Greenwich Port Williams

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