Art Scene April 9

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Talented musician Ian Sherwood took part in the recent Deep Roots Music Festival gala, which took place in the new New Minas civic centre. The event was held in advance of the festival's 10th anniversary. - Bruce Dienes photo

Sunday Music Concert

The classical chamber music concert series, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, presents a free piano and horn concert on April 21, at 2 p.m. in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre in Wolfville.

The concert will be performed by two Nova Scotian favourites: principal horn of Symphony Nova Scotia - and Wolfville native - David Parker and the accompanist at Acadia’s School of Music, Jennifer King.

Their concert, entitled Music from around the World, will include music by composers from Schubert, Handel and Mozart to Strauss, Gliere, Messien and the incomparable, legendary Canadian bandmaster/conductor/composer, the indefatigable 93-year-old Howard Cable.

The final concert of the season will be on June 30, when the series will co-host a concert of string quartets performed by the four string instructors of the Acadia Summer Strings Festival. The festival will follow for young string musicians during the following week at Acadia. The concert will occur, as usual, in the Garden Room at 2 p.m.



Honouring Al

In celebration of Al Whittle’s 60-year contribution to the cultural life of the Annapolis Valley, he is being honoured with a gala event of live performance and film on April 26.

The program will feature musicians like the Hupman Brothers and Andy & Ariana, musical theatre notables Edalene Theatre and Donna Holmes, sketch comedy artists The Dead Sheep Scrolls and chanteuse Suzanne Balcom, with Lisa St. Clair on piano.

“It will be a real variety showcase of the kinds of local groups who present at the theatre. We’ll also feature a showing of the 1953 hit musical Gentlemen Prefer Blondes with Marilyn Monroe, one of Al’s favourites,” said theatre manager Mary Harwell.

In addition, two locally/produced film shorts will premiere prior to the feature length movie. 

Renovated and reopened in 2004, the building is owned by two local cooperatives. The restored, 160-seat, state-of-the-art theatre was officially renamed the Al Whittle Theatre in honour of its long-time manager.

Whittle is still a fixture at events. He can often be found taking tickets for matinee screenings.

Tickets for the gala celebration are $15, or $12 for students, and on sale now at the Box of Delights 542-9511.


Art on display

Barbara Carter has a show on at the Designer Café in Kentville until May 2.

She grew up on the South Shore and currently lives in Lower Sackville. In the 1980s, she combined her drawing and quilting experience to create fabric artworks.

She has had solo and group shows in a number of galleries in Nova Scotia and participated in

group shows at Mount Saint Vincent and the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia. 


Concert on view

Hungarian Rhapsody: Queen Live in Budapest '86, will be shown on April 19, beginning at 8 p.m., in the

Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.


Reading coming up

Alfred Silver will be reading from his new novel, Runaway Horses, at the Windsor Regional Library on April 21 at 2:30 p.m. The event is free and open to the public. The Windsor Regional Library is

located at 195 Albert Street in Windsor. For further information, phone 902-798-5424 or visit


Staged in Prospect

Award-winning playwright and Wolfville resident, Cat Delaney, will soon hold the Nova Scotia premiere of her Samuel French award-winning play.

“Welfarewell” will be staged by the Prospect Players in three performances over the Mother’s Day weekend.

A timely social satire, Welfarewell is the story of 80-year-old retired actress, Esmerelda Quipp, as she fights to keep her fiscal head above water.

Performances will be staged at Our Lady of Mount Carmel Church Hall, in Prospect (near Halifax), and tickets will go on sale in April. E-mail for more information on tickets. There will be three shows only. Performances will be at 8 p.m. May 10-11 and on May 12 at 2 p.m.

The play has been staged 16 times to date, after winning the Samuel French Canadian Playwriting Award in December of 2009. It has been performed across Canada and the U.S.A., and in Vienna and Salzburg, Austria.


Next at CentreStage

Later this month, CentreStage Theatre in Kentville will present Wait Until Dark, a suspense-thriller by Frederick Knott.

Aided by her difficult 10-year-old neighbour, Gloria, housewife Susy Hendrix is learning to cope with recent blindness. She is terrorized in her own apartment by a group of criminals who believe she is hiding something that they want. This intense show features scenes of darkness and near darkness, requiring the lighting of some matches, and is best suited to adults and teens.

Wait Until Dark, stage managed by Nancy Henry, is directed by Peter Booth and George Henry, and is produced by Linda Levy Fisk. It features Sharon Churchill Roe, Stephen Abbass, Mike Bulter, Alex Trimper, Paul Abela, Aria MacDonald, Annelise Smith, Kaia Goss, Ryan Trimper and Ryan MacNab.

Wait Until Dark opens April 19 and runs weekends until May 25. Showtime is 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on May 5 and 19.


Book launch


Wolfville Memorial Library is hosting a


celebration of the release of a new novel by Leo McKay Jr. on April 14.

McKay is the author of Twenty-six and Like This. The event will run from 2-3:30 p.m.

Featuring readings from his new novel, live music by Scott Nicks and original artwork by Ben Brush, admission is free and all are welcome.



See Grease

Northeast Kings Education Centre is getting set to present the musical Grease and promise a great night of singing, dancing, acting and fun. 

The cast includes Anna Jamieson, Alanna Hutten,

Robyn Gale, Jonathan Hiseler, Sarah Potvin and

Rachel McNally.

Showtimes are April 11-14 at 7 p.m. There will be a matinee April 13 at 2 p.m.

Tickets are available in advance at the NKEC administration office. It’s recommended to purchase tickets in advance, as it usually fills up quickly. 


Entertaining times

At Union St. Café in Berwick on April 12,

there’s an Open Mic Kitchen Party with Tarnished Gold and Mark Roberts. On April 19, Speakeasy will entertain and on April 2,6 Zulkamoon are lined up.

The music starts at 8:30 p.m.


Fundy flicks

On April 10 at 7 p.m., Fundy Film screens Jiro Dreams of Sushi. This feature documentary presents 85-year-old Jiro Ono, considered by many to be the world’s greatest sushi chef. The film chronicles Jiro’s life as both an unparalleled success in the culinary world and as a loving, yet complicated father.

Fundy Film screens The Angel’s Share on April 14 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A ragtag group of Scottish friends naively enter into the whisky distillery business. The leader is Robbie who, after a near jail sentence, vows to his newborn that he will abandon a life of crime.

Glen Matthews' Room Service will precede the feature. A Parrsboro Film Fest winner, the four minute short premiered at the CBC Atlantic Shorts Gala (Atlantic Film Festival, 2012). Matthews, who wrote and directed, hopes to attend the screening and offer a Q & A after the feature film.

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


At CentreStage Theatre

CentreStage has a dinner theatre called The Altos planned this month. Written by David Landau and Nikki Stern, it will run two nights only, April 12–13. Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets are $40. Call 678-8040.




Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre will present the Maritime Marionettes’ production of Rumpelstiltskin on April 13 at 11 a.m.

Admission is $14 for adults and $12 for students, seniors and children. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.


In the galleries

• At Harvest Gallery from April 6–28 is an exhibition of work by painter Jeanne Aisthorpe-Smith of West Brooklyn.

• Jack’s Galleryhas a group exhibition of paintings, drawings and digital imagery by Valley women artists, ranging from the young emerging to older established artists. Featured is artwork by Isobel Leidl Wilson, Emily Clark, Eliza McGuire and Judith Leidl. Leidl Wilson is enrolled at Horton High, while Clark and McGuire are Acadia University students. The exhibition closes on April 28..

• The Coming Through the Fog exhibit of the art of Matthieu Brouillard and Donigan Cumming is on display at the Acadia Art Gallery, Wolfville.


Organizations: Irving Centre, School of Music, Al Whittle Theatre Hupman Brothers Edalene Theatre CentreStage Theatre Windsor Regional Library Northeast Kings Education Centre Mount Carmel Church Hall Wolfville Memorial Library Room Service Imperial Performing Arts Centre Acadia University Acadia Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Nova Scotia, Kentville Annapolis Valley Windsor South Shore Lower Sackville Budapest 195 Albert Street Canada Vienna Salzburg Austria George Henry Berwick West Brooklyn

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