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Isabel Johnston, left, and Georgia Moses are intent on their lines during a dress rehearsal of some Shakespearean drama by students at the New Booker School in Wolfville. Watching intently is Aria MacDonald. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca 

Singing Valentines

Two local choirs, the Dukes of Kent and the Valley Voices, plan to be out in quartets singing for Valentine’s Day.

You can hire singers to croon for your loved ones and have a quartet show up to a home, business or restaurant.

For details and to order a male singing Valentine, go to www.dukesofkent.ca or book the female Valley Voices by calling Valerie Boyce at 698-6977.

 

Art day

The Acadia Art Gallery in Wolfville will be holding a community art day on Feb. 8 starting at 1 p.m. Eye Spy activities will revolve around the annual Acadia Art exhibition.

A hands-on art project is also in the works during the two-hour event.

 

Annual fundraising

Two Planks and a Passion Theatre is holding its annual fundraising event on Feb. 9 at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts.

Entitled Arabian Nights, the evening gets underway at 6 p.m. and features fine food provided by Cocoa Pesto Catering, wine from Gaspereau Vineyards, live entertainment and an auction of art and activities from across Canada.

Funds raised at this annual event will support Two Planks and a Passion Theatre’s 2013 season, including productions of Shakespeare’s As You Like It and a new adaptation of The Iliad, performed entirely around a fire.

Tickets for the evening are $75 and include a three- course meal and partial tax receipt. A table of eight is $550. Details are available at www.twoplanks.ca. Tickets can be purchased by calling 582-3073.

For more information, contact artisticdirectors@twoplanks.ca

 

 

Fundy flicks

Fundy Film screens Chinese Take-away on Feb. 10. 

This comedy from Argentine director Sebastián Borensztein (The Secret in Their Eyes) follows the relationship between a reclusive hardware store owner and a young Chinese immigrant thrown together by an absurd twist of fate — a story of miscommunication, kindness and the unpredictability of life.

It screens Feb. 10 at 4 and 7 p.m.

The society will also screen Hyde Park on Hudson on Feb. 17. England's King and Queen pay an historic visit to President FDR's NY estate in 1939, just when the president has become especially close to his distant cousin Margaret “Daisy” Suckley. Bill Murray, Laura Linney, Olivia Williams star. Note: This is a schedule change. It screens Feb. 17 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

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

 

 

Music in Berwick

The Union Street Cafe and the Wick Pub is getting ready for a great night of dancing to the blues with The Kickin' Mule Blues Band on Feb. 9. Tickets are $10.

Music listings for next month include: Feb. 8 - Caleb Miles; Feb. 15 -Darrell Skinner; and Feb. 22 - The Worry Birds.

ECMA award-winner John Campbelljohn makes his debut performance on the Wick Pub stage on Feb. 23 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $20, call 538-7787.

 

 

 

Hear Divas

Enjoy a cabaret evening filled with your favourite songs sung by the voices of Acadia’s School of Music.  Acadia’s Singing Theatre Production Ensemble hosts its annual event, Divas and Desserts, a family-friendly event featuring singing and desserts.

The event gets underway Feb. 9, 7 p.m., in the MacKeen Room of the Student’s Union Building.

Tickets $15 adults, $10 students ($50 for a table of four adults). To reserve seating, call 585-1512.

 

 

Vocal stars

The Acadia Vocal Ensemble and the Acadia Chamber Choir, directed by Claire Mallin, will be in concert on Feb. 10.

They’ve entitled their performance, If Music be the Food of Love. The concert takes place at the Wolfville Baptist Church Feb. 10 at 3 p.m.

Admission is $10, students $5.

 

Authors @ Acadia

A Spoken Word Event with the Word Iz Bond Collective and guests is taking place Feb. 12, 7 p.m., in the Vaughan Library Quiet Reading Room at

Acadia University.

The event features Haligonians El Jones and Reed “IZrEAL” Jones, as well as guest Queenie, also known as Valerie Mason-John, visiting from B.C.

Queenie is keen to lead a word-shop in the hour directly before the show. Anyone interested in participating in Unlocking The Muse – which focuses on using meditative exercises to inspire writing –running from 6-7 p.m., should RSVP to andrea.schwenke.wyile@acadiau.ca by midnight on Feb. 8.

The event will be one of The Great Black North’s launches across Canada in February for Black History Month. The Great Black North is a contemporary remix of the story of Black Canada. Told through the intertwining tapestry of poetic forms found on the page and stage, The Great Black North presents some missing pieces of the jigsaw puzzle that help fit together a poetic picture of the Black Canadian experience.

Admission is free and all are welcome.

 

Indoor Ghost Show

Take a history tour from the comfort of your seat in the first-ever Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show.

The sixth year of Valley Ghost Walks kicks off with the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show on Feb. 13 at 8 p.m. at Manning Memorial Chapel on the Acadia University campus.

This is a creatively spooky, two-hour theatrical production of Wolfville's intriguing past. The show features favourite tales from the outdoor show, along with new Wolfville ghosts, special guest Alan Melanson of the Annapolis Royal's Candlelight Tours and musical guest Pete Adams.

Part of the proceeds from the Wolfville Indoor Ghost Show will go towards the Randall House Museum in Wolfville.

Tickets are $14 for adults and $9 for students at Box of Delights in Wolfville.

 

Break-a-leg

On Feb. 16 at the Al Whittle Theatre, Broken Leg Theatre will present DanceConxion, Dead Sheep Scrolls, Marilyn Manzer's Whistling Winds, Kathy France and Thea Burton, Jeremy Novak, Quick As a Wink Theatre and Andy Flinn.

Tickets will be available at Box of Delights in Wolfville.

 

 

 

Windsor concert

The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre will present an evening of bluegrass-inspired music featuring two of the region’s most promising bands, The Modern Grass with guests Grassmarket, on Feb. 16.

The show will get underway at 8 p.m.

The Modern Grass was born in early 2011 in Halifax. They have since released four albums and toured extensively. Their latest album, High on the Mountain, explores new territory in folk, roots and bluegrass music alike and received the awards for both Traditional/Roots Recording and Country/Bluegrass Recording at Nova Scotia Music Week in November.

Grassmarket has an Americana-pop sound. The trio combines warm songwriting, layered pop arrangements and instrumentation. Their second full-length effort, You are for the Ocean, released in November, is a collection of 12 intimate songs featuring the band’s trademark mix of old-time and electric instruments.

Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for seniors and students, and are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.

 

 

Benefit concert

Matt Balsor and The Glorylanders will be holding

a fundraising concert for Horton High School Safe  

Grad Program on Feb. 17.

The concert starts at 7 p.m. at Horton High School.

Admission is $8.

Weblink: www.mattbalsor.com

 

 

 

 

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

Who’s in Bed With the Butler? is directed by Linda and Wayne Marriott. It plays on Fridays and Saturdays until Feb. 16. Showtime is 8 p.m. 

Tickets $12 / $10.  Call 678-8040 for reservations. For more information, visit www.centrestagetheatre.ca

Fiddle orchestra

The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia will be performing in concert on Feb. 23, 7:30 p.m., at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.  



Their repertoire is best described as that of a traditional Scottish orchestra, but with frills added. Director Nelson Ferguson, is a Scot, who has played in and been associated with several Scottish orchestras. His music arrangements reflect the sound of the Scottish music as you can currently hear it in Scotland.

Nelson and Ron Ross, the MC and vocalist, make sure that audience hear some background anecdotes associated with the music.
The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra is comprised of 30 musicians (violins, flutes, accordions, bass, piano and drums). The members share a love of the music of Scotland and Ireland, pleasing audiences and being with each other, on and off the stage.
 


Join them on Feb. 23 for an evening of toe-tapping reels, jigs, polkas and haunting slow airs and vocal renditions of well-known favorites. Jimmy Sweeney, a well known local vocalist/musician, will be the orchestra’s special guest performer. 


All tickets are $15 each and they are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets. 
 

 

In the galleries

-      Until March 28, Valley artists paintings, featuring the work of artist Pat McLean, will be on display at the Valley Regional Hospital Art Gallery, Kentville.

-      Jack’s Gallery, Wolfville has a retrospective of artist and printmaker David Silverberg. Show runs until March 31.

The Acadia University Art Gallery has its university/community exhibition on view until Feb. 14. http://gallery.acadiau.ca

   

 

Organizations: Acadia Art Gallery, Passion Theatre, Ross Creek Centre Acadia University Al Whittle Theatre The Kickin School of Music Singing Theatre Production Ensemble Union Building Acadia Chamber Choir Wolfville Baptist Church Vaughan Library Quiet Reading Room Annapolis Royal Randall House Museum TheMermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centrewill Nova Scotia Music Week Horton High School Safe CentreStage Theatre Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra of Nova Scotia Scottish orchestra The Caledonian Fiddle Orchestra Valley Regional Hospital Art Gallery Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, California, Kent Canada Hyde Park England Berwick Great Black North Kentville Scotland Halifax Americana Ireland

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