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Ryan Cook: A Tribute to Hank Williams hits the stage at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Ryan Cook: A Tribute to Hank Williams hits the stage at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m. - Contributed

Following is a look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:

Ryan Cook’s Hank Williams tribute at King’s

Ryan Cook: A Tribute to Hank Williams hits the stage at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal Oct. 20 at 7:30 p.m.

Along with band mates the Drifting Cowboys, this two-act feature performance includes 22 songs from the greatest country music singer and songwriter of all time. Yarmouth-born Ryan Cook and company re-animate the sounds of Don Helms haunting steel guitar, Jerry Rivers fiddle arrangements, and the yodelling of the lovesick boy from Georgiana, Luke the Drifter himself: Hank Williams.

Ryan Cook began performing as Hank Williams in 2009 when he performed consecutive sold-out weeks of the Maynard Collins play “The Show He Never Gave” in Sackville, New Brunswick, Canada. Having performed at some of the same stages as Hank Williams including the Ryman Auditorium, and Ernest Tubb Midnight Jamboree in Nashville, Ryan has also studied Hank Williams life through the biographical work of Colin Escott, Sneezy Waters, The Country Music Hall of Fame, Hank Williams Boyhood Home & Museum, and the Hank Williams Museum.

Tickets on sale now: General $36; Member $32; Youth: $12.

Box Office: 902-532-7704

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Dean Brody in Wolfville Oct. 26

Dean Brody, joined by Jessica Mitchell, hits the Convocation Hall stage, in Wolfville for a song-filled concert extravaganza Oct. 26.

Brody is a two-time Juno, and 16-time CCMA award winning Canadian Country Music artist with a string of hits under his belt and a huge fan base. Brody starts his Dirt Road Stories Tour Oct. 20 in Truro but he’s stopping in both small towns and larger markets with this compelling, intimate acoustic tour that will showcase his depth as a songwriter, and unparalleled ability to bring storytelling to the forefront of country music.

On the East Coast dates, Brody will be joined by acclaimed singer-songwriter Jessica Mitchell, giving listeners a taste of her genre-bending sound with tracks on her recently released debut album, Heart of Glass.

They’re at Convocation Hall, Wolfville on Friday, Oct. 26. Tickets can be purchased through or the Acadia University Box Office.

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On the screen at Fundy Cinema

Fundy Cinema screens The Miseducation of Cameron Post Oct. 21 at 4 and 7 p.m.

Shipped off to an evangelical conversion therapy centre to be treated for "same-sex attraction" after she is caught with another girl on prom night, Cameron Post (Chloë Grace Moretz) is subjected to dubious "de-gaying" methods which make her question the centre's legitimacy and lead her to conclude she wants to decide for herself who she really is.

Tickets ($10) 30 mins before screening.

Shows are at Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets are $10 and available 30 minutes before screening.

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Phone: 902-542-1050

Screening at King’s Theatre

Small Foot shows Oct. 19 at 7 p.m. and Oct. 21 at 2 p.m. at King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal.

An animated adventure for all ages, with original music and an all-star cast, “Smallfoot” turns a myth upside down when a bright young yeti finds something he thought didn’t exist—a human.

News of this “smallfoot” throws the simple yeti community into an uproar over what else might be out there in the big world beyond their snowy village, in an all new story about friendship, courage and the joy of discovery.

Tickets are $11 adult, $10 with Film Buff card, and $8 youth. Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Box Office: 902-532-7704.

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Shrek: The Musical at Kings-Edgehill

Valley audiences have the chance to see a local version of a Tony-winning classic in all it’s colorful glory as Quick As A Wink theatre in Windsor brings Shrek: The Musical to Kings-Edgehill in October.

Shrek: The Musical is being performed at the Fountain Performing Arts Center at Kings-Edgehill, Windsor on Oct. 19, 20 at 7 p.m. with matinee performances on Oct. 20 at 2 p.m. Tickets are available now at the Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville, The Spoke & Note in Windsor, and online at “This is one show you don’t want to miss,” says director Mike Butler.

Let’s do the time warp again!

It’s almost time to put on your fishnets, little gold shorts or naughty maid's costume because Rocky Horror Picture Show (The Film) returns to King's Theatre on Saturday, Oct. 27.

“We’ll have a fantastic host to start the evening, a costume contest, and all of the interactive madness that makes this event a wild and crazy night,” said King’s Theatre GM Janet Larkman.

The movie starts at 9 p.m. but come early and party. The bar opens at 8 p.m.

There were some rockin’ costumes last year, so start planning your gender bending look and buy your tickets early.

Tickets: (902) 532-7704
All tickets $12. Reserve seating.

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Long Shore Tide rolls in at CentreStage

Long Shore Tide, by local playwright Allen Hume, looks at the life of a family of women who are trying to get their fishing business afloat amidst the bias of the system, particularly run by males. The family works hard and also experience the humour in the troubles they confront. At its core, the play is about deep family ties and the principles they follow in a difficult world.

The play is directed by Hume and the cast in order of appearance includes: Sherry Bishop, Candy O’Brien, Mike Butler, Tracy Churchill, Allen Hume, and Emily Lutz.

The dates are Oct. 26, 27, and Nov. 2, 3. Matinees are Oct. 28 and Nov. 4. All performances will be in the Upper Performance Centre.

Front of House opens at 6:45 pm for the evening performances and 1:15 p.m. for the matinee.

Tickets are: adults $15; seniors/students $12; children, age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time.

Phone: 902-678-8040 for reservations.

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Hardware Gallery celebrates Devour

Kentville’s The Hardware Gallery’s October exhibit, [g]astronomy celebrates Devour’s Sip and Savour event, which will be co-hosted by the gallery, Hill’s Grills, and the Town of Kentville on Oct. 23.

The month-long group exhibit runs to Oct. 31.

The exhibit will explore the various implications constellated by food in the lives of humans. A true multi-media show, visitors to [g]astronomy can expect painting, drawing, sculpture, video, pottery, crochet, and web art works.

The featured artists include; Ella Tetrault, Jack Bishop, Jody Rhodenizer, Kat Frick Miller, Koto Shimokuni Rumble; Laura MacDonald, Miyoshi Kondo, Ron Lightburn, Sasha Nelson, Scott Campbell, and Tyler Wallis.

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Round Hill Studio offers new exhibit

Round Hill Studio presents Sharon Cave’s “100 Dresses Project” until Oct. 31.

The pieces in this show are the beginnings for an ongoing project entitled "100 Dresses."

“In this solo project I will be creating 100 paintings and sketches of dresses that I have either purchased from thrift stores or have had donated to me. Every dress already has a story that needs to be told -- and every painting tells a unique story.”

Round Hill Studio is at 280 St-George St., in Annapolis Royal.

Contact: 902-955-0365.

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Exhibits at ARTsPLACE Gallery

ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal welcomes Leya Evelyn to Annapolis Royal with Let’s Talk. An Exhibition of large-scale paintings, each 10’ X 3’.

The primary focus in Leya Evelyn’s artwork is colour that provokes emotion and challenges perception. The paintings seek to evoke uncensored memories and states of mind: exploring possibilities, imagings, and openings. The texture, visual impact, and depth of many layers of materials and concepts capture the complexity of life and become a metaphor for the elusiveness of knowledge and experience.

The exhibition runs until Oct. 13.

ARTsPLACE is located at 396 St. George St.

Open hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends from 1-4 p.m. (It’s operated by volunteers so call ahead.)

Info: 902-532-7069.

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