Young photographer MacKenzie Pardy of Port Williams, left, sold over $1,000 images for charity at her opening at Harvest Gallery. Friend Maddy MacDonald curated the exhibition of photos Pardy took in Ecuador last summer. – Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
Tom Regan Memorial Concert
The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents the Tom Regan Memorial Concert on Jan. 18, 7:30 p.m., at the Festival Theatre, Acadia University.
The concert is named for Acadia’s former Dean of Arts who was a great supporter of the Performing Arts Series. The concert showcases the wealth of talent at the Acadia School of Music through performances by School of Music students, faculty, alumni and friends.
The music will span the centuries from Mozart to Rossini to Philip Glass and will be performed by ensembles, duos and soloists. Featured ensembles include the Acadia Flute Ensemble, the Acadia Guitar Quartet and the Acadia Saxophone Quartet.
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 http://boxoffice.acadiau.ca .
A one-woman show
The one-woman play, Heartwood, by Laura Burke will be presented Jan. 24, 8 p.m., at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.
‘Heartwood’ is a self-revelatory theatre play written by Burke, drama-therapist, playwright, actress, poet, mental health service user and advocate. This autobiographical play illustrates a young woman's struggles with mental illness.
Please note that this play includes mature subject matter.
All tickets are $12 and are available online at Ticketpro.ca, by phone at 1-888-311-9090 and at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.
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. Jan. 24, special guest Ahmet Lüleci will offer a free guided listening session.
Oro is honoured to present the master dance teacher in Wolfville, says Ken Shorley. Based in Boston, “Ahmet is an award-winning choreographer, a musician, and a generous, warm and fun teacher of Turkish village-style dancing.”
The "Turkish Weekend" includes a day of workshops on Jan. 25, with party dances in the morning, "fancy" dances in the afternoon. Lüleci will also be the special guest for Oro’s Turkish-flavoured dance party that evening.
Oro has a new demo video, which includes several excerpts from a recent live concert.
Ken Shorley will also present his work, Five Islands, with mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell on Feb. 6 at Denton Hall, Wolfville.
“I composed and premiered Five Islands, a suite of "haiku and interludes" for mezzo-soprano and percussion quartet, in 2005. From the beginning, the piece was intended as a vehicle for the warm, expressive, soulful singing of Paula Rockwell,” Shorley said.
“I am delighted to be reviving this piece in concert, as part of Acadia University's ‘Shattering the Silence’ New Music Festival, again with Paula's beautiful voice as the centrepiece.”
The featured percussion quartet will include Ken Shorley, Naoko Tsujita, Patrick Lynch and Paige Morrissey, and the piece will be conducted by Liam Elliot.
At Jack’s Gallery
Mahone Bay Printmakers, a variety of printmaking techniques, are on view until Feb. 2 at Jack's Gallery
450 Main St, Wolfville. For more, email
Jewels, a dance screening, will take place at the Al Whittle Theatre on Jan. 24. The dance was inspired by New York’s 5th Avenue famous jewelry show.
This ballet was choreographed in 1967. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students.
Dr. Fiona Tolhurst, a visiting fellow at Acadia University, will give a reading on Jan. 23 at 7 p.m. from her book ‘Shakespeare as a (Not So) Great Playwright.’
It will take place at the Irving Centre Auditorium in Wolfville.
Quick As A Wink Theatre presents Oklahoma! Jan. 24 (7 p.m.), Jan. 25 (2 and 7 p.m.), Jan. 26 (2 p.m.), Jan. 31 (7 p.m.), Feb. 1 (2 and 7 p.m.) at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre, Kings-Edgehill School, Windsor.
Tickets: $12, $15 & $17.50 from Moe’s Music, or (902) 472-7229 to reserve.
Film society offerings
Fundy Film screens Philomena on Jan. 19. Stephen Frears 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 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screening at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.
Tribute to Nunavut
Fundy Film Society is presenting a special film in a Tribute to Nunavat, celebrating the territory’s 15th anniversary April 1.
On Jan. 18 the film society will screen The Legend of Sarila for 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 and adults $8, available 30 minutes before screening.
Mad Hatter event
On Jan. 18, Wolfville Baptist Church is hosting a Mad Hatter Tea Party featuring author Wanda Campbell reading from her novel, The Hat Girl. The Mad Hatter will make an appearance.