Arts Scene Dec. 20

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By Wendy Elliott

Kings County Advertiser


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Ardyth and Jennifer

Ardyth Robinson and Jennifer Wyatt generally bring their harps to St. James Anglican Church in Kentville on Dec. 21. This year, they will again help celebrate the longest night of the year.

This quiet evening has also become a tradition that they look forward to every year, says Robinson, who is a Centreville resident.

“This year, Pam Mason, our incredible bass player, will once again join us,” Robinson said.

Rev. Lynn Uzans will tell stories as well.

Robinson and Wyatt have been playing together for over a decade after meetingat a traditional Nova Scotia kitchen party.

They have played at many premier folk festivals and concert venues. The duo produced CDs in 1998, 2000, 2002, 2004 and 2006. Ardyth & Jennifer regularly tour at Christmas time with their annual Winter Fire tour.

Their Kentville concert gets underway at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

In Berwick

January looks like it will be full of music at the Wick Pub in Berwick.

Bruce Clarke celebrates his latest recording on Jan. 5 with a CD Release Party and Rose Cousins returns Jan. 12 for a special performance.

Dave Gunning will hit the Wick Pub stage Jan. 19 and Scott Prudence will be joined by the Hupman Brothers Jan. 26 for the release of his latest recording.

An Open Mic Kitchen Party will be held every Friday night. Hosts are: Dec. 21, Andy and Ariana; Dec. 28, Billy Travis; Jan. 4, Jenny MacDonald;

Jan. 11, Mark Bezanson; Jan. 18, Mike Aube; and Jan. 25, Beer in the Headlights.


Next at CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville presents Who’s In Bed With the Butler? by Michael Parker in January.

In this American farce, a California billionaire has bequeathed all of his assets to his only daughter, Constance - except the $22 million yacht he wanted Josephine to have, a $25 million art collection left to Rene and some priceless antique automobiles willed to Marjorie. 

Constance arrives at her father’s mansion with her lawyer, determined to find out who these women are and to buy them off or contest the will. The butler seems to hold the key and she learns from him that the three sultry ladies were her father’s lovers. She also discovers that the yacht, the art and the cars have vanished, all having been sold to the Bimbo Corporation. Could the butler be behind the shenanigans – and is he carrying on with all of the ladies in question?

The show is best suited to older teens and adults.

Who’s in Bed With the Butler? Is directed by Linda and Wayne Marriott and features Nancy Henry, Brian Stoddard, Trina Long, Jacquelyn Berneau, Mike Kenny, Mike L’Oiseau, Colleen Hagen, Janet Westhaver, and Michelle Grandy.

The show plays on Fridays and Saturdays from Jan. 11 to Feb. 16. Showtime is 8 p.m. Sunday matinees will run on Jan. 17 and Feb. 10.

Tickets $12 / $10.  Call 678-8040 for reservations. 


Art instruction

After School Art for children in grades 2 to 6 with artist Terry Drahos will run on Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m. from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13 at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.

After-the-Bell Art for 13- to 16-year-olds will take place on Mondays, 4-6 p.m., from Jan. 14–Feb. 11. Drahos plans to build on skills developed in previous projects done in school and will explore observational drawing and acrylic painting. 

After Supper Art for grown ups is set for Tuesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., on Jan. 15 to Feb. 12. For five classes, Drahos says, participants will explore observational drawing, gel medium transfers and acrylic painting. Two pieces will be completed.

To register, contact Harvest Gallery 


Art exhibition planned

The Acadia University Art Gallery is closed for the month of December, but curator Laurie Dalton encourages local artists to take part in the 22nd annual celebration of creativity in the community. “This is a non-juried exhibition, we welcome submissions of all forms of visual art.”

Submission dates are Jan. 4-5, from 11 a.m.–4 p.m.

The exhibition will be on view Jan. 11–Feb. 14, with an opening reception on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m.

Guidelines on how to submit artwork can be found on the gallery website:



To Bethlehem With Kings

Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir, directed by Nick Halley, celebrates its third annual To Bethlehem With Kings concert with a Christmas performances.

A traditional evening of carols for Christmas, ancient and modern, will be performed by a choir of 12 boys (ages seven to 14) and 12 men.

The concert will also include hymns for audience participation, Paul Halley playing pipe organ and the Maritime Brass Quintet joining the ensemble for the final Halifax performance.

Capella Regalis Men and Boys Choir was founded in Halifax by Nick Halley in 2010 and is modeled on the great Anglican tradition of men and boys’ church choirs. While Canada was once rich with such choirs, Capella Regalis is one of only a handful of men and boys choirs in Canada today. It aims to help rejuvenate the tradition in Canada.

The concert will be held on Dec. 21, 7 p.m.,
at Christ Church, 543 King Street, Windsor. All tickets are $10.

Guitar Duo

The Amadeus Guitar Duo, featuring Canadian Dale Kavanagh and Germany’s Thomas Kirchhoff, will be making a stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 28.

The 3 p.m. performance in Wolfville will feature music from Europa and South America in “Contrasts – The Classical World and Images from the South.”

Kavanagh and Kirchhoff have been playing together since 1991. The duo will travel around the world as part of their touring season this year, including the stop at the Manning Memorial Chapel Dec. 28. Tickets are $20 at the door. Doors will open at 2:15 p.m. for the 3 p.m. performance. Call 542-9686 to reserve tickets.


Dance time

This year marks the Wolfville band TripALady's fifth New Year's celebration, and it kicks off at 9 p.m. at the Old Orchard Inn barn on Dec. 31.

Advance tickets are available for $20 from Box of Delights Bookshop in Wolfville, from Aspinall Pottery at the Wolfville Farmers' Market or call 697-2176 to arrange.


In the galleries

-     Printmaker Kristiina Lehtonen has an exhibit on at Jack’s Gallery in

Wolfville. The show runs until Feb. 3, 2013. Submissions are always welcome at Jack's Gallery. Complete a submission form at; , then email the form with photos of your work to

- Harvest Galley has its popular annual show of small works on display now at 462 Main St., Wolfville.

-  Six artists from Kings County will have work on display at the Designer Café in Kentville until Jan. 4.

The exhibit includes an eclectic mix of artwork.







Organizations: James Anglican Church, CD Release Party, Hupman Brothers Open Mic Kitchen Party CentreStage Theatre School Art Bell Art Acadia University Art Gallery Christ Church Old Orchard Inn

Geographic location: California, Kentville, Wolfville Berwick Centreville Nova Scotia Rene Canada Bethlehem Halifax 543 King Street Germany Europa South America Kings

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