By Wendy Elliott
At the galleries
Jack's Gallery in Wolfville is showing paintings by Keshena Williams until mid-February. Jack's Gallery is a shared venture of Just Us! Cafe and the Acadia Cinema Coop. If interested in submitting work, download the submission form from the Just Us website.
Monika Wright's work Anticipating Spring will be on display until Jan. 31 at the Designer Cafe in Kentville.
Wright grew up in a creative environment and was encouraged to explore art, photography and design from a very young age. In 2005, Monika retired from her real estate career in Toronto and moved to Halifax. The Nova Scotia Art Bank selected her work In the Tequila Shadows for their 2010 collection. Wright exhibits regularly at ViewPoint Gallery, Rentals Gallery at the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia and has been shown in a variety of other galleries.
Artist on display
Jane Rovers' work Layered landscapes will be on display during the run of There Goes the Bride at CentreStage Theatre, Kentville.
Rovers "paints" with photos. "Each image is made up of several layers (often up to 25 layers). I use photos of people, places and things and layer them with textures, light and colour."
She graduated in graphic design at the Nova Scotia Community College and studied at Dalhousie University.
Any local artist who would like to display their artwork at the theatre can contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Annual Acadia art
The Acadia Art Gallery's non-juried art exhibition features the diverse work of gallery members and celebrates the visual creativity in the community.
The popular exhibition will run from Jan. 13 to Feb. 16. The opening reception takes place Jan. 13 at 7 p.m.
At the Whittle
Fundy Film screens Starbuck: A colourful dramedy that follows a middle-aged slacker who, via sperm donation, fathers 533 children-some who now want to meet the infamous "Starbuck". A slapstick set-up transitions to poignant drama when Starbuck begins to interact with his extremely diverse children, enabling him to also take a tender turn with his own father.
The movie shows Jan. 15 at 4 and 7 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8, available 30 minutes before screening. Info at www.fundyfilm.ca or 542-5157
Old Man Ludecke will be giving a concert at the Mermaid Imperial Theatre in Windsor Jan. 14. The roots singer-songwriter's performances are exciting and totally entertaining and his banjo style sparkles with originality and pure musicality. Tickets are $26 adults; $24 seniors and students. Tickets are on sale at Moe's Music, Windsor.
Annual Celtic concert
The seventh annual Celtic Concert will take place at the visitors' centre at Grand Pre National Historic Site Jan. 15.
It will run from 3 to 4:15 p.m. and is organized by Duncan and Maggie Keppie. A free will donation will go to the Covenanter Church
After the concert, guests are invited to stay for hot cider and ginger cookies and attend the unveiling of Doug Morse's Planters Section of the Horton Landing Elm Tree Sculpture.
The Acadia Performing Arts Series begins the second term with soprano Marie-Josée Lord. The concert will take place Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m. at the Festival Theatre, Wolfville.
Lord will deliver a gourmet recital where classical and popular music are gently entwined. Luc Plamondon, Verdi, Lama, Bizet, Ferland and many other composers make up this special program, whimsically titled Jambalaya because it's so flavourful that you will be asking for seconds!
Tickets are $26, $20 for students,and are available at the Acadia Box Office or by calling 1-800-542-8425 or 542-5500.
CentreStage Theatre will bring Andrew Kasprzak back Jan. 21 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. to teach an all day acting and improv workshop at CentreStage Theatre. Some of the elements that will be covered include: improvisation, character development and finding energy in the role . The cost will be $20 per person. There are 15 spaces available, and you must reserve your space in advance. Please contact Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, email@example.com, to reserve a spot.
Crescendo Gala with James Hill is set for Jan. 27. This gala promises to be a stellar concert of world-class talent, which also acts as one of the major fundraisers for the Wolfville School Band.
This year, world famous ukelele virtuoso James Hill stars with his musical partner, Anne Davison on cello. The concert is rounded out by various Acadia University School of music students and faculty and one of the Wolfville School musical groups.
There will be auctions and giveaways. Concert starts at 7:30 p.m., auction items can be viewed at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Box of Delights, Wolfville, and Phinney's, Kentville, for $20; $15 for students/seniors.
There Goes the Bride
Kentville's CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is staging the comedy There Goes the Bride. The show is geared towards teens and adults.
There Goes the Bride is directed by Wayne and Linda Marriot and stars Mike L'Oiseau, Mindy Vinqvist-Tymchuk, Heidi Price, Carole Ball, Geoff Ball, Brian Cottam, Sharon Burnett and Robert Racine.
The play runs each Friday and Saturday night at 8 p.m. until Feb. 11. There will be a 2 p.m. matinee Jan. 22 and Feb. 5. There is no longer a Thursday preview night. To make reservations, phone 678-8040.
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