Kings arts scene: Sept. 17

Wendy Elliott
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Vocalist Chris Palmer was among the performers at the ninth annual Mussel Shell Café concert Sept. 7 at Christ Church in Morden. The concert, billed as songs and stories by the sea, is sponsored by St. Mary's Anglican Church with proceeds to the children of St. Mary's Elementary School in Aylesford.  Other performers included Gina Potvin on keyboard, Andrea Turner on flute and keyboards, Keith Maram on guitar and storyteller Lynn Uzans.

Printmaking workshops

Artist Bob Hainstock is offering two six-week courses in introductory and intermediate printmaking at the Acadia Art Gallery. Sept. 11 to Oct. 16 from 7 to 9 p.m.

Later in the fall, Hainstock will teach an intermediate course entitled the Diversity of Collagraph Prints. Saturdays, 2-4 p.m., beginning Oct. 26

To register: in person at gallery or mail by Oct. 20.

At Harvest Gallery

From Sept. 14  to  Oct. 13 Lynda Shalagan is featured at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.  The exhibition, Seeing Red, was an idea that figured prominently during her recent trip to China in terms of a personal, visual statement. Red is a colour deeply imbued with symbolism in the Chinese culture.

“Although I used it purely intuitively,” she said, “these paintings express something about my experience of this ancient culture.” 

Figuratively, Shalagan said she was attracted to the graphic quality and flow of the pictograms and calligraphy. Leafless in early spring, even the branches of the twisted trees in the gardens seemed to be communicating in this exotic language.

Japanese visit

Sept. 19 Jan Tait will screen the film Reactor at 7 p.m. at  Studio Z in the Acadia Cinema Co-op. In April 2012, Yogi, Buddhist teacher and activist Michael Stone arrives on a pilgrimage to Japan in the wake of the tsunami and Fukushima meltdown to learn how the Japanese are responding to the crisis. Hear of Tait’s upcoming travels and vision for her work and share in a group conversation on health, spirituality, and activism.  Sept. 22, osteopath Tait will be returning to Ishinomaki, Japan, to share osteopathic treatment with her friends and community in the wake of the country's devastating earthquake and tsunami in 2011. This fundraiser will allow her to pay an administrative assistant in her Japanese community.

Hear Modern Grass

The band Modern Grass will perform during the Fall Wine Festival at Luckett Winery Sept. 20 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m.

Upcoming flicks

This month Fundy Film screens Much Ado About Nothing Sept. 22 at 4 and 7 p.m. Joss Whedon gives Shakespeare's classic comedy a contemporary spin. Shot in just 12 days using the original text, the story of sparring lovers Beatrice and Benedick offers a dark, sexy and occasionally absurd view of the intricate game that is love.

Sept. 25, at 7 p.m., Fundy Film screens Nostalgia for the Light: In Chile’s Atacama Desert, international astronomers gather atop its mountains for one of the earth’s clearest views of the universe. Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.

Tickets: $8, 30 minutes before screening.

Book signing

In 2005, a car struck author Wayne P. Gillis while he was riding his motorcycle, causing a number of serious injuries. In his new boo, Moving Forward: A Personal Story of Hope, Recovery & Determination, Gillis chronicles that event and those injuries and presents for readers the inspiring story of how he overcame them and began putting his life back together.

Sept. 21, from 1 to 3 pm Gillis will be at the Coles County Fair Mall, New Minas to sign books.

A former employee trainer for a national bank, Gillis built and sold a successful business in Florida before returning to Canada to go back to university. He now lives in Charlottetown with his wife and two sons. This is his first book. Moving Forward  is published by Balboa Press.

At Union Street

Sept. 13 Mark Bezanson

 Sept. 20 The Worry Birds

Sept. 27 A Class Act (Bob Federer & Mark Towers).

At Mermaid

Sept. 28, Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia's acclaimed production of The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites will begin a nine-month tour of North America at Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor. Come and see why this popular show has been traveling around the world for more than 15 years. 

Show is at 11 am. Tickets: $14 for adults; $12 for children and seniors.  Tickets  available at, 1-888-311-9090 or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.

Band camp

One of the most original and exciting young bands on the scene today, The 24th Street Wailers, are taking on a band program during the Deep Roots Festival

This is a new community outreach programs this year in association with Ross Creek Centre for the Arts. There will be a songwriting workshop headed by Keith Mullins and Heather Kelday at Horton High School – with a performance on Saturday afternoon at The Clock Park Tent.

Ross Creek Centre is also putting on a music camp for teens Sept. 27 to 29.

Deep Roots coming

Once again there’ll be a marvelous blend of up-and-coming and tried-and-true performers the last weekend of September at the Deep Roots Music Festival.

Folk musicians and composers Jay Ungar and Molly Mason will return to Wolfville for the opening Main Stage Sept. 27 to help Deep Roots celebrate its 10th anniversary. Jesse Winchester, a singer/songwriter with more than 40 years in the music business, will be on stage Saturday, Sept. 28.

Another festival kick-off event at The Al Whittle Theatre on Thursday night will be a showing of the movie Road To Baleya, which features Deep Roots performers Tannis Slimmon and her husband Lewis Melville. They will be on hand to answer any questions after the movie.     

Hosting the two Main Stage concerts at Festival Theatre Friday and Saturday evenings will be David Myles and Coco Love Alcorn, both beloved by Deep Roots audiences. Other Main Stage acts include Cuckoo Moon, Tannis Slimmon, Laura Smith, blues great Ray Bonneville, and Crabtree & Mills

Also returning to Deep Roots Main Stage is Celso Machado, a Brazilian musician/percussionist who engages audiences in creating rhythms and soundscapes. He will also give a free children’s performance during the festival. Musician Dave Carmichael, who returns for his third year as program coordinator, is excited to have put together the makings of a wonderful Cajun/Acadian collaboration.

Saturday night the focus is Blues at the Barn, with Ray Bonneville and one of the most original and exciting young bands on the scene today, The 24th Street Wailers. 

Sunday morning's Rise up Singing is a sing-along with festival artists in support of the Wolfville and Area Food Bank. Admission is by donation of cash or non-perishable food item.

Rick MacNab, Heather Kelday, The 24th Street Wailers, Beautiful Wild Animals and ORO! Orkestra will be part of the closing concert, Sept. 29. The Festival Finale also features the presentation of the Valley Arts Award.

Tickets are available through any TicketPro outlet, including Wolfville's Box of Delights Bookshop.

Book launch

Kings County writer Laura Best will be launching her new book Flying With a Broken Wing Sept. 29. The event will take place at 1:30 p.m. at the East Dalhousie Community Centre.

At CentreStage

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has Lord Arthur Savile's Crime on stage, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde.

This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile's who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first.

Shows Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. until Oct. 19. Matinees Sept. 29 and Oct. 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets: $15; $12 for students and seniors.

Reservations: 678-8040  

In the galleries

- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her current show is called Wheels and Water.

- Until Sept. 29, works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.

- Designer Café in Kentville presents Full Barn by Fab Leydecker until Sept. 26. She has always been fascinated by horses and her paintings reflect her love for them.


Organizations: Acadia Art Gallery, Diversity of Collagraph Prints, Acadia Cinema Co-op Ross Creek Centre Balboa Press Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Horton High School The Clock Park Tent Al Whittle Theatre Festival Theatre Area Food Bank East Dalhousie Community Centre CentreStage Theatre Halifax Acadia University Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Japan, China Ishinomaki Chile 24th Street Florida Canada North America Kentville Deep Roots Main Stage Kings

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