Kings County arts scene: Dec. 10

Wendy Elliott
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More than 100 women gathered for an evening of laughter and fellowship Dec. 3 at the North Alton Baptist Church. There was a potluck supper, a gift exchange, readings and a humorous play about the North Pole going green

Frank Mills visits Dec. 17

Internationally known pianist Frank Mills returns to the Valley this month with his My Piano and Me – A Music Box Dancer Christmas. His 19-city tour wraps up in Wolfville on Dec. 17.   

The award-winning, million-selling composer is best known for Music Box Dancer, a recording released in the 1970s that became one of the most recognizable pieces of music ever played, reaching number one in 26 countries.  

Mills’ Christmas show takes audiences on an intimate musical journey of stories, memories and music. It showcases the magic of the season and tells the story of one song that almost never got released but would eventually skyrocket him onto the international stage.

Mills is the recipient of three Juno Awards, an international artist of the year award from Japan and the William Harold Moon Award. He has recorded 14 albums, has seven television specials to his name and is the author of the book, Frank Mills – My travels with Morley.

He will perform in Denton Hall at 7 p.m. Call 542-5500 for ticket information.

Exhibition coming up

The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition will be on display again next month in Wolfville. 

The Acadia University Art Gallery's annual non-juried exhibition celebrates the visual creativity 

of alumni, students, staff, faculty and the community. 

Submit work on Jan. 3 or 4 from 11 a.m.–4 p.m. 

The opening reception will take place on Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The exhibition will run until Feb. 15.

Christmas with guitars

Come hear guitar, banjo, bass and bouzouki in a show suitable for the whole family during the Christmas guitar recital on Dec. 14 at St. Joseph’s Church in Kentville.

Featuring special guest Eugene Cormier, guitar instructor at Acadia University, this event will also showcase the talented students of Webster's Guitar Academy, which is based in Canning.

Funds raised will go towards the Canning Area Music Education Fund, which helps subsidize the cost of private lessons for students so that more people can learn to play. The music starts at 10:30 a.m.


Sing for Supper

Join Donna Holmes, Alan Slipp, Tim McFarland and the Funtime Brigade for an evening of Christmas music and stories.

Singing for Our Supper is being held at Acadia University’s Manning Memorial Chapel on Dec. 20 at 7 p.m.


Fifty per cent of proceeds will go towards the Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner, which is held at the Lion's Hall for all community members on Christmas Day. The other half will go to the Canadian Red Cross in support of the typhoon victims in the Philippines.



Sampson returning

Entertainer Gordie Sampson will return to the Union Street Café in Berwick on Dec. 18. If you missed out on his sold out show in July, now's your chance. Tickets are $30 and the show begins at 8 p.m.  


Benefit concert

Singer Chris Palmer and friends will hold another concert to benefit food banks in western Kings County this month.

The second will take place at the Kingston Lions Hall on Dec. 15 and begins at 2 p.m.


An Evening of Christmas Fun

Bob and Bryen's Christmas Ho Ho Ho show will be held on Dec. 21 at 8 p.m. in the upper performance theatre at Centrestage Theatre in Kentville.

Performers include Cherie Zinck, her elf, Ernest, Teresa Patterson and some of the Sweet Peas from How the Pea Came to Be. Valley Voices will also be lending their musical notes to the joy of the evening.

Call 678-8040 to make reservations. Cost of the evening is $20 per person and will include finger foods.



Upcoming flicks

On Dec. 11 at 7 p.m., Fundy Film will screen In the Family.

Chip has only known life with Cody and Joey, his two dads. When Cody dies suddenly, Joey and Chip struggle to regain their footing. Then Cody's will reveals that his sister is Chip's guardian. It had never been updated since Cody's wife’s death. With infinite sympathy, this film simply reveals the life of a completely original character and the nature of what it means to be in a family.

Then, the film society will screen Wadjda, the first film shot entirely in Saudi Arabia and first feature by a female Saudi filmmaker, on Dec. 15 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Writer-director Haifaa Al Mansour's new film breaks barriers to tell the story of a feisty young girl determined to have the right to ride a bicycle in a society where doing so is considered a danger to a girl’s virtue.

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


New gallery

The grand opening of Your Own Art Gallery,

sponsored by the Evangeline Artists' Cooperative and

Valley Credit Union will take place on Dec. 13, from 2-4 p.m.

There will be refreshments and an opportunity to meet the artists at the Valley Credit Union in New Minas.  


Two choirs in concert

The Kings Chorale Children’s Chorus and the Annapolis Valley Honour Choirs will again be teaming up for their annual Christmas concert.

Join them for Shine! on Dec. 13, 7 p.m., at the Middleton Baptist Church for songs about peace, hope and the power a child’s voice has in the world. The singers will also be joined by cellist India Gailey.

Tickets are $10 adults/seniors and $5 students.  Purchase them ahead from the choristers or at the door.


Kings Chorale presents

Kings Chorale will celebrate Christmas in Canada on Dec. 15 by presenting a concert of music by contemporary Canadian composers.

Organist John Scott and pianist Evelyn Keddy join conductor William Perrot and the Kings Chorale for this event.

The concert will take place at St. James Anglican Church in Kentville at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 and are available from members of the choir or at the door.


Christmas Carol time

Jeremy Webb's A Christmas Carol celebrates its 10th anniversary with a return visit to Wolfville on Dec. 19 and 20.

Dickens’ A Christmas Carol is a very special holiday experience. Take a break from the holiday rush and settle in for this dramatic telling of this festive classic. Often hilarious, sometimes spooky, Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been recreated for the whole family.

Tried and tested, Webb’s Christmas Carol has met with fantastic critical and box office success over the past decade. Show time is 7:30 p.m.

Webb plays all 30 roles in the production, from the Ghost of Christmas Past to Tiny Tim.

Tickets are $20/$15 and are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Old Love staged

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

Old Love plays on Dec. 13 and 14. Showtime is at 8 p.m.

Tickets are $15/$12. Call 678-8040 for reservations.


Showcase time

On Dec. 12 at the Al Whittle Theatre, from 7-9:30 p.m., celebrate the arts during the Landmark East Fine Arts Showcase. Featuring the middle school and high school students, this fun evening is a chance to see what the students have been working on this year while helping to raise money for their trip to New York City in April.

Freewill donation at the door, with a suggested donation of $10.


Concert ahead

Wolfville Community Chorus and music students of Susan Dworkin-Hachey will present a recital Dec. 13 Wolfville Baptist church 6:30 p.m.

Freewill donations for the Wolfville and Area Food Bank.

In the galleries

- Holly Carr has a collection of selected new works inspired by her recent Acadia exhibition on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.

- A show and sale of the original artwork (13 pieces in all) is up for ‘Step Outside,’ the latest book by Doretta Groenendyk. Through the end of the year, Size Matters: the annual big show of small works by gallery artists, is on. Everything in the show is $200 or less. 

- Heather Alexis Porter and Jen White are the new artists who are showing their work at the Designer Café in Kentville. They call their exhibition When Two Hearts Collide.


Organizations: Music Box, Acadia University, Acadia University Art Gallery Church in Kentville Guitar Academy Canning Area Music Education Fund Wolfville Community Christmas Dinner Canadian Red Cross Al Whittle Theatre Valley Credit Union Centrestage Theatre Middleton Baptist Church James Anglican Church Ghost of Christmas Past Wolfville Community Chorus Wolfville Baptist church Area Food Bank

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Japan Kentville Denton Hallat 7 p.m. Joseph Canning Philippines Berwick Canada Saudi Arabia New Minas Kings Chorale Children New York City

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