Kings County Arts Scene Jan. 9

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Emma Barr and Alice Albarda, right, of the Whispering Winds of Wolfville played their recorders at the Wolfville Farmers' Market recently. - Wendy Elliott, 

Fundy Film

On Jan. 12, at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m., watch Rock, Paper, Scissors. In a drama of emotional force, the fates of Vincent (Roy Dupuis), a doctor stripped of his medical license, Lorenzo (Remo Girone), an old Italian immigrant on his last dime, and Boucane, a silent, Aboriginal youth (hip-hop star Samian) come together in Montréal during a lunar eclipse. 

On Jan. 18 the film society will screen The Legend of Sarila at 2 p.m. for youth. Arctic life becomes even more challenging when all the animals disappear. With the community on the brink of famine, the brave youth Markussi sets out with friends Putulik, Apik and lemming sidekick Kimi in search of the legendary land of Sarila, said to be rich in fish, game and fruit. In defiance of the jealous clan shaman Kiliq and confronted with numerous dangers, the intrepid trio must restore the natural balance of the environment in order to save their people. Tickets: under 19 $5, adults $8, available 30 minutes before screening.

Work on calendar

Canning-based fine woodworker Steven Kennard has his work featured this month in a 2014 calendar.

“I was very happy to find my work as the January feature, kicking off the year 2014 in the Fine Woodworking calendar,” he said.


Programs at Ross Creek

The Ross Creek Centre for the Arts has several programs going on this month. Among them a Shakespeare weekend with Ken Schwartz of Two Planks & a Passion Theatre.

It begins Jan. 24 at 6 p.m.


Exploring Turkish music

On the weekend of Jan. 24–25, the Oro Turkish Orchestra is exploring the world of Turkish music. At 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 24, special guest Ahmet Lüleci from Boston will offer a free guided listening session.


Evening with Steve Polz

Musician and songwriter Steve Polz is coming back to Wolfville later this month to give a concert on Jan. 30 at the Al Whittle Theatre.

Each Polz concert is a unique event. This one will start at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.



Exhibition coming up

The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition opens on Saturday at the Acadia University Art Gallery.

The annual non-juried exhibition celebrates the visual creativity of alumni, students, staff, faculty and the community. 

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




Children’s performance

Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia will present Leo Lionni’s Swimmy, Frederick & Inch by Inch for home-town audiences before the production heads off on a four-month tour of the United States and a visit to the Pittsburgh Children’s Festival. 

Lionni's collage works are ideally suited for Mermaid’s unique approach to stage adaptation. The three Caldecott Honour books Mermaid has chosen for its tribute are among Lionni’s most beloved works.

The hour-long performance features the innovative puppets and original music that have won international acclaim for Mermaid Theatre. Avonport resident Jim Morrow, Mermaid’s artistic director, directed the show and served as production designer. Steven Naylor, Mermaid’s artistic consultant for music and sound design, created the evocative soundscape. 

Company members include stage manager Christine Oakey and performers Kaitlin Morrow and Seann Murray.

The local performance will take place on Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor. Suggested age range is two to eight. 

Admission is $14 for adults or $12 for students, seniors and children. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets.



Don’t Tell Mother


CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has a new play opening this coming weekend.

On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at family dinner, Cinnamon comes home in shock because she has witnessed a bank robbery and is the only one who can identify the crook. She confides her terror to chum, Deedee Malone, not daring to tell her mother. Joe, a federal agent, arrives to check out a case of tax evasion and ends up checking out the case of a witness to a bank robbery.

Written by Monk Ferris, this play will appeal to all audiences. It is directed by Wayne and Linda Marriott.

Cast includes Mary Sponagle, Stephanie Pearce, Nina Johnsen, John Smith, Jacquelyn Burneau, Anna Gillcash, Bob Cook and Bob Racine.

Don’t Tell Mother plays Jan. 10, 11, 17, 18, 24, 25, 31, and Feb. 1 7, 8, 14, 15. Show time is 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9.

Tickets $15/$12 (call 678-8040 for reservations).


Windsor musical

Quick as a Wink Theatre in Windsor is producing the musical Oklahoma later this month with a large cast of all ages, professionally choreographed dance numbers, catchy tunes and a pit orchestra.

Oklahoma was Rodgers and Hammerstein’s first collaboration. Set in the west just after the turn of the 20th century, the high-spirited rivalry between the local farmers and cowboys provides the colourful backdrop against which Curly, a handsome cowboy, and Laurey, a winsome farm girl, play out their love story. Although the road to true love never runs smooth, with these two headstrong romantics holding the reins, love’s journey is as bumpy as a surrey ride down a country road.  

When: Jan. 24, 7:30 p.m., Jan. 25, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., Jan. 26, 2 p.m., Jan. 31, 7:30 p.m., Feb. 1, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Where: Fountain Performing Arts Centre, King’s-Edgehill School, Windsor

Tickets: $17.50/adult; $15/senior, student, QAAW member; $12/child under 12.  Tickets available at Moe’s Music Place, Windsor. Groups of 10 or more get reserved seating. Call 472-7229 for more information.


See Judy Dench

Fundy Film screens Philomena on Jan. 19. Stephen Frears (The Queen) directs Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in a true story of an unmarried Irish-Catholic woman who, decades after being forced to give up her son, sets out to find him with the aid of a BBC reporter. 

Screenings are 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8 and they go on sale 30 minutes before screening.



Mad Hatter event 

On Jan. 18, Wolfville Baptist Church is hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party featuring author Wanda Campbell, who will read from her novel, The Hat Girl. The Mad Hatter himself will make an appearance.


Regan concert

The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents the annual Tom Regan concert on Jan. 18. It will showcase musical talent from the Acadia campus.




In the galleries

Kay Lewis will be hanging her rug hooking, Painting With Yarn, at the Designer Café in Kentville from Jan. 12 – Feb. 16 and will be rug hooking in house Jan. 18 from 10:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.


Organizations: Ross Creek Centre, Passion Theatre, Oro Turkish Orchestra Al Whittle Theatre Acadia University Theatre of Nova Scotia Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre CentreStage Theatre Wink Theatre Edgehill School BBC Wolfville Baptist Church Mad Hatter Tea Party Acadia Performing Arts Series

Geographic location: Wolfville, Arctic, Kimi Acadia Ross Creek Windsor Boston Kentville United States Pittsburgh Oklahoma Judy Dench

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