Art scene Oct. 24

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Canning area artist Ron Hayes had a new exhibition of work entitled Currency on display at the Art Can Gallery for Studio Rally. He has changed media after a series of landscape paintings. - Wendy Elliott, 

Wayzgoose weekend

Wayzgoose will begin on Oct. 26
, 10 a.m. with a Literary Salon at the Wickwire House B&B with writers Sue Goyette and Dana Mills.

Then, from
10 a.m. to noon, a Printshop Chicanery and Shop Talk will be held at Gaspereau Press with guest printers. An open house at the printshop with demonstrations will be held from 2-5 p.m.

At 7 p.m., A Wayzgoose Evening at Saint Paul & Saint Stephen United Church, Kentville, will be held with literary readings and The Lochhead memorial Lecture by Jason Dewinetz.

Don't miss the opportunity to visit behind the scenes at the little Valley's renowned artisan press. Come in! Have a chat, on get hands-on!

See Vermeer

On Oct. 25, the National Gallery, London, takes a fresh look at one of the most startling and fascinating artists of all time – Johannes Vermeer, painter of the famous Girl with a Pearl Earring.

The National Gallery has chosen to focus on Vermeer’s relationship with music, one of the most popular themes of Dutch painting. It reveals an enormous amount about the sitters and the society they lived in. New research, revealed for the first time at this exhibition, shows how Vermeer's technique and materials affected his works.

In the film, Tim Marlow goes beyond the exhibition to tell the entire story of Vermeer’s life – and, in doing so, shows in HD detail many other of the artist’s captivating works.

For those inspired by the 2003 film, Girl with a Pearl Earring, this new, cinematic exploration will take their enjoyment and fascination with Vermeer’s life and work to a new level.

The viewing, entitled Vermeer and Music, will take place starting at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.


Children’s musical on stage

How the Pea Came to Be plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre at CentreStage on Oct. 26 and 27 and Nov. 2 and 3, beginning at 2 p.m.

All tickets are $5.  Call 678-8040 for reservations. 

 Upcoming flicks

Fundy Film will screen Blue Jasmine Oct. 27 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. When the life of elegant New York socialite Jasmine (Cate Blanchett) falls to pieces, including her marriage to wealthy businessman Hal (Alec Baldwin), she moves into her sister Ginger’s (Sally Hawkins) modest San Francisco flat to try to pull herself back together. Written and directed by Woody Allen. 

The society will also screen Blancanieves or Snow White on Oct. 30 for Halloween. The once upon a time tale of a little girl who never knew her beautiful mother learned the art of bullfighting from her famous father, but an evil stepmother hated her. It will be shown at 7 p.m.

All films will be screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and are available 30 minutes before screening.


Balsor in concert

A gospel concert featuring Matt Balsor and the Glorylanders is set for Nov. 3 at 6 p.m., Kingsway Assembly, Kentville.

Another concert on Nov. 10 will feature Balsor alone. It is set for 7 p.m. at Centreville Baptist Church. Admission is by freewill offering for both events.



New concert season

Sunday Music in the Garden Room will offer two more concerts this fall.

Everett Hopfner, winner of the Eckhardt-Gramatté National Music Competition, will perform on Nov. 3; and on Nov. 17, Patricia Creighton, flutist, will be joined by Peter Allen on piano. The latter concert will feature the premiere of a new composition for flute and piano by Allen.

All concerts in this series, sponsored by the Associated Alumni of Acadia University, are free and are held in the Garden Room of the Irving Centre on University Ave. There will be five more free concerts in the New Year.


Jordan in concert 

Nicole Jordan and the Alchemy Ensemble will present In Vocation just prior to Halloween, when she arrives in Wolfville.

Halifax soprano Nicole Jordan, and her ensemble, Alchemy, will be coming to Nova Scotia from the Netherlands for concerts at the end of October. The program tells the story of a modern-day witch, using music from the 17th century.

In Vocation begins with Jordan as an herbal woman who, through music, helpfully answers questions about health and love. She gradually slips to the ‘dark side’ after suffering a broken heart.  With this descent, the music becomes more bad-tempered and witchy.

Much of the music has been edited and transcribed from original sources by Acadia University’s Gordon J Callon, Professor Emeritus of Music. 

They will perform Oct. 29, 7:30 p.m., at the Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville. Tickets at the door: $15/$10 students.




Mermaid fundraiser

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will hold its first-ever Puppet Cabaret Fundraiser on Nov. 2 from 7-10 p.m.  The event will be held at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre at 106 Gerrish Street in Windsor.  

Guests will be treated to a lively revue performed by some of the most prominent citizens and business people in Windsor and West Hants.  Bringing puppets to life on stage will be Mermaid's "community puppeteers," including Jennifer Daniels, Alex Jurgens, Laurie Murley, Jon Oulton, and Jeff Redden. Hosted on the MIPAC stage by Global TV’s Jill Chappell, this is definitely not Mermaid’s usual Theatre for Young Audiences fare.

The funds raised will support Mermaid's unique community outreach programs.
Tickets are $60 and a tax receipt will be issued for a portion of the ticket price. Tickets are available at Mermaid’s office, at Windsor Home Hardware, or at the Harvest Gallery on Main Street in Wolfville. 

Amstel Saxophone Quartet

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents the Amstel Saxophone Quartet on Nov. 9 at 7:30 p.m. in the Festival Theatre in Wolfville. Along with music by Bach, Brahms, Ravel and Mozart, the quartet will play contemporary pieces by several 20th-century composers, all arranged or written for this ensemble.

The Amstel Quartet’s résumé includes performances in beautiful halls such as the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, the Philharmonie in Luxemburg, Carnegie Hall in New York and extensive tours through Europe, Russia, the Middle East, China, Japan and the United States. 

Tickets are $26 for adults, $20 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office in person, by phone at 542-5500 or online at


Jimmy the Janitor

He’s been called The Dean of Dust, The Squire of the Squeegee, and the CEO of CLR, but mostly he’s been called upon to entertain audiences across Canada and the United States for the past 25 years.

Jimmy the Janitor brings his show to Kings County Nov. 15 at the Port Williams Community Centre. The show is good, clean comedy, rated PG, and starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25.





Old Love staged


Old Love can mean a chronological age or a remembrance of a time past – and sometimes it’s both! 

Although this play is romantic and clever, it’s definitely not sentimental. The story spans three decades and a handful of meetings. He was smitten from the first, and she was “less so.” The witty dialogue of this dramatic comedy keeps you chuckling and is laugh-out-loud-funny as each discovers what is important in life and in love.


Written by Canada’s preeminent comic playwright Norm Foster and directed by Candy O’Brien, this play will appeal to mature audiences. Due to language and subject matter, it is not recommended for children under 13.

Cast members include Peter Booth, Carole Ball, Ansonia Gray, Tracy Churchill, and Geoff Ball.

Old Love plays on Nov. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 24 (matinee), 29, 30, Dec. 6, 7, 8 (matinee), 13, 14. Showtime 8 p.m., with matinees at 2 p.m.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $12 for students or seniors. Call 678-8040 for reservations.



Organizations: National Gallery, Wickwire House BB, Printshop Chicanery and Shop Talk Gaspereau Press Saint Paul Saint Stephen United Church Al Whittle Theatre Acadia University Blue Jasmine Kingsway Assembly Centreville Baptist Church Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Associated Alumni Irving Centre University Ave Theatre of Nova Scotia Mermaid's Theatre for Young Audiences Acadia Performing Arts Series Festival Theatre in Wolfville Carnegie Hall Acadia University Box Office

Geographic location: Wolfville, New York, San Francisco Windsor Nova Scotia Netherlands United States Canada 106 Gerrish Street West Hants Amsterdam Luxemburg Europe Russia Middle East China Japan Kings Port Williams Community Centre

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