Kings arts scene: Sept. 18

Wendy Elliott
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Halifax’s Mocean Dance will perform at the Festival Theatre, Wolfville, on Sept. 23. The company will perform two of its newest works, Canvase 5X5 and Threnodies

By Wendy Elliott


Hear Laura

Well-known singer Laura Smith will be in concert at the Union Street Café in Berwick on Sept. 22.

Her performance will start at 9 p.m.

Smith is a well-known singer songwriter, originally from Ontario, who is based in Nova Scotia. She has four CDs to her credit and also won two East Coast Music Awards in 1996 and a Gemini Award in 1997. A brilliant songwriter who is well known for her soulful lyrics, melodious voice and heartfelt performances,

Authors’ series

Authors @ Acadia 2012 will present poet Alice Burdick of Mahone Bay and writer Jamie Forsythe of Halifax on Sept. 19, 7 p.m., in the Vaughan Quiet Reading Room for a poetry reading and question and answer session.

On Sept. 24, 7 p.m., Doug Gibson will take the stage at the KCIC Auditorium for the 90-minute “Stories About Storytellers” stage show and question and answer period. This one-man show consists of Gibson, in traditional Publisher’s uniform of navy blazer and grey flannels, strolling about the stage telling stories about the authors he got to know well in the course of his amazing career as their Editor and Publisher. Prepare to meet Alice Munro, Pierre Trudeau, Robertson Davies, Alistair MacLeod, Mavis Gallant, Hugh MacLennan, Peter C. Newman, Brian Mulroney, Morley Callaghan, John Kenneth Galbraith, Paul Martin, James Houston, Peter Gzowski, W.O Mitchell and many more. Gibson was the publisher of McClelland & Stewart from 1988 to 2004.

Martin Hallett of Grand Pré is on Oct. 3, 7 p.m., at the KCIC Auditorium for the lecture, "Putting a Face (and other Body Parts) to the Name: Illustrating the Classic Fairy Tales." Questions will follow. Hallett, now retired, has taught children’s literature and fairy tales at Vanier College in Montreal and at Acadia University. He and Barbara Karasek have published the highly regarded and much used Broadview Press text, Folk and Fairy Tales, currently in its fourth edition.

Carmine Starnino will be at the Vaughan Quiet Reading Room at 4 p.m. on Oct. 19 for the book launch of Lazy Bastardism, essays on Canadian poetry from Gaspereau Press. Reading, question and answer period and book signing.

Starnino is a poet, essayist, critic and editor of Signal Editions and was nominated for the Governor General’s Award. Starnino has published four critically-acclaimed books of poetry.


On screen

Fundy Film screens Take This Waltz on Sept. 23 at 4 and 7 p.m. 

Margot (Michelle Williams) is happily married to Lou (Seth Rogen), a good-natured cookbook author. But when Margot meets Daniel (Luke Kirby), their mutual attraction is obviously immediate and is more complicated because he lives across the street. Sarah Polley's second film pulls romance apart and with it, all the assumptions surrounding mating, marriage and selfless love.

On Sept. 26, Queen of the Sun: What are the Bees Telling Us is on the screen. 

A gorgeous, big-screen nature film that is both engaging and ultimately uplifting, this documentary explores the inner world of the beehive and an ongoing concern for honeybees. The screening is 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

Tickets ($8), 30 minutes before screening. For information, visit or call 542-5157.

Join in

Annapolis Valley Decorative Artist’s meet at the Greenwich Fire Station. If you have a love of art, like to try something new. Come out and join us at 7 p.m. a painting education project and lots of laughs. This year the, annual Tea, Sale and Exhibit will be held on Saturday, Oct. 20 at the Greenwich Fire Hall from 9 am to 4 pm. Admission is $3. 


Mocean Dance

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents an evening of contemporary dance and music, featuring Halifax’s flagship dance company, Mocean Dance, on Sept. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Festival Theatre, Wolfville.

The company will perform two of its newest works: Canvas 5x5 by iconic choreographer Tedd Robinson, and Threnodies by Mocean Dance’s new artistic director, Susanne Chui.

Mocean will also be offering workshops open to the community through the Acadia Dance Collective Community.

On Sept. 22, various dance workshops, from beginner to advanced levels, will be held at the ADCC’s studio at the Athletic Complex. For more information or to register, e-mail .

This Sept. 23 performance marks the beginning of Mocean Dance’s tour of the Atlantic region. Tickets are $26 for adults, $20 for students and seniors. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office, by phone at 542-5500, 1- 800-542-TICK (8425) or online at .

Subscriptions for the eight-concert series are still available and offer a 26 per cent discount over single ticket prices.


Amero’s fourth CD

This fall, Don Amero is releasing his fourth album online in Winnipeg. He’ll be bringing the music to Wolfville on Sept. 24 at the

Al Whittle Theatre.

 “I feel like this album is different from my previous releases, and in some ways, a brand new start for me,” explains Amero. “While I’ve worked with some amazing producers in the past, I just felt it was time to put more of my voice into the recording.”

He spent much of summer in his own recording studio tucked away in the back of his community church, working diligently to complete the 11 songs and two bonus tracks featured on Heart On My Sleeve.

Tickets for the 7:30 p.m. concert are $10 advance/ $15 door.


Leidl show

Visual Voice Fine Art in Truro presents Colour Collage, a solo art exhibit of works by Judith Leidl of Wolfville. The artist, an Acadia University instructor and master printmaker, is internationally recognized for her innovation and use of exuberant colour, movement, pattern and texture.


Hooked rugs

The Apple Blossom group of rug hookers has an exhibition on display this month at the visitors’ centre at Grand Pré National Historic Site. The craftswomen come from Windsor to Berwick and meet in each other’s homes once a week. Some members that have been hooking for over 20 years and others are newcomers.

The display will run till Sept. 22.


In Windsor

The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC), in downtown Windsor, is pleased to unveil its fifth season of entertainment events, beginning in October.

MIPAC will again be hosting Joel Plaskett, this time with his intrepid band The Emergency, on Dec. 3.

On Nov. 16, songstress Jill Barber and swamp blues up-and-comer Kat Danser will be featured attractions, along with The Modern Grass, Halifax’s hottest bluegrass fusion outfit.

MIPAC will also present Halifax’s 2b theatre company’s production “When It Rains.” Rounding out the season will be a Battle of the Bands.

Building on the resounding success of the initial family fare series, six events will be offered this season, programmed specifically for cross-generational audiences. Zany comedy from Manitoba’s Al Simmons; fast-paced clowning of Quebec’s L’Aubergine Theatre on Nov. 3; music with six-year-old Sadie Junger and her dad Jamie; puppetry and storytelling from Windsor’s own Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia on Oct. 20 and Truro’s Maritime Marionettes will all be presented.

Tickets for all shows are on sale. New this season, all MIPAC performances are reserved seating, and tickets can be purchased online through; by calling their toll-free number, 1-888-311-9090; or in person at all Ticketpro outlets, including Windsor Home Hardware, which will serve as MIPAC’s home box office. 


At CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville features Said the Spider to the Spy by Fred Carmichael.

Set on the Florida coast in 1987, a librarian, house-sitting for a glamorous friend, borrows her identity as well. A mysterious young man finds a suspicious package on the beach. Other strangers appear. Could one of them be the kingpin, intent on stealing the package? Who is who? Which side are they on?

The show plays Sept. 14–Oct. 20.
Showtime is 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Oct. 14.
Tickets $12/$10. A
special performance Sept. 30 will feature a 2 p.m. matinee, followed by a pork barbeque; tickets $30.


New work

Wolfville-based painter Steven Rhude has been hard at work and is showing his efforts at the Argyle Fine Art Gallery on 1559 Barrington Street, Halifax.


CD release

Matt Balsor will be holding his duet CD release concert on Sept. 23 at the Old Orchard Inn in Greenwich.

The CD features 25 country singers, including Chet Brown. The music gets underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12.50.


In the galleries

- Captain Hall's Treasure Chest, Hall's Harbour-featured artists are potters Elspeth (Elbie) Mackenzie and Carmen Dalrymple. New pottery weekly; functional, one-of-a-kind, horsehair Raku; and sculptures. Open daily, 11 a.m,–6 p.m. 678-3855

- Nistal Prem de Boer has his work on the wall at the TAN Café in Kentville.

- The Art Gallery of Nova Scotia has a new ceramic exhibition. Roman Bartkiw (1935-2010) was one of the pioneers of the art ceramic movement in Canada and a familiar Wolfville character during the last years of his life. The exhibit runs to Dec. 9.

-       Artist Jody MacDonald has an exhibition entitled, Will the Real Slim Shady Please Stand Up? Running at the Acadia Art Gallery in Wolfville until – Sept. 30.

-       Alliance of Kings Artists (AKA) Members' Show at the Copper Fox upstairs gallery, Hall's Harbour, Monday to Sunday, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

-       Abstract Landscapes at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville features Barbara MacLean’s large abstracts and landscape paintings. It runs through Oct. 7.



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Organizations: Vanier College, Acadia University, Body Parts Broadview Press Gaspereau Press Acadia Dance Collective Community Al Whittle Theatre Greenwich Fire Station Acadia Performing Arts Series Festival Theatre Acadia University Box Office Apple Blossom Grand Pré National Historic Site Alliance of Kings Artists TheMermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre L’Aubergine Theatre Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia CentreStage Theatre Argyle Fine Art Gallery Old Orchard Inn Acadia Art Gallery

Geographic location: Berwick, Nova Scotia, Wolfville Ontario Mahone Bay Montreal Windsor Annapolis Valley Atlantic Winnipeg Kentville Manitoba Quebec Florida 1559 Barrington Street Greenwich Canada

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