Kings County Arts Scene Jan. 21

Send to a friend

Send this article to a friend.

Banff film night

The one-night Banff Mountain Film Fest takes place Jan. 21 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

The films, which feature mountain culture, sports and the environment, start at 7:30 p.m. Tickets cost $17.50 and are available at Box of Delights.


Dinner theatre date ahead

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is presenting Contempt of Court on April 11 and 12. It will be a typical night at Judge Judy’s peoples night court, but with a meal. Reservations can be made at 678-8040. If attending the present play, they can be obtained from Front of House at intermission.


Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Blue is the Warmest Colour on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m.

Based on Julie Maroh’s graphic novel, Abdellatif, Kechiche's latest film won the Palme d’Or at Cannes. Adèle is a young woman whose longings, ecstasies and losses are charted for several years. Emma is the woman who excites her desire and becomes the love of her life. An epic of emotional transformation, this is also a profoundly moving hymn to love and life.

Later in the month, Fundy Film will screen Gabrielle. This drama depicts the growing independence of a musically-gifted young woman with Williams syndrome, a genetic condition marked by developmental delays and strong social personalities. The film chronicles her life and her budding relationship with a young man at their day centre as their choir prepares for a big concert. It will hit the screen Jan. 26 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

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



Winter program at Ross Creek


Winter is not a quiet time at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts near Canning. The Weekend with Shakespeare, Jan. 25-26, is a chance to work with Schwartz in the work he has been doing at the Stratford Shakespeare festival with director Tim Carroll. While aimed at professional and emerging actors, O’Neill said this weekend will also be relevant to directors, teachers and actors at both the secondary and post-secondary levels. Hands-on and intensive, it is a chance to refine or learn new approaches. 

The workshop has limited space. The $150 fee includes food and accommodation. Ross Creek will also have a shuttle available from Halifax for $25. For all three workshops, the schedule is Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m.–4 p.m., with the option to arrive on Friday evening.



Community outreach

Celebrate dance at Ross Creek on Jan. 25. The centre has a full day designed to take off the chill. The event begins at 2 p.m. with a performance of works in progress by dance artists in residence Val Calam and Company Vice Versa.

O’Neill said the performance will be followed by skating on the outdoor pond (weather permitting), hot chocolate around a bonfire, different dance inspired visual art activities and dance on film.

For the first time in the winter, Ross Creek has plans to host a community potluck at 5 p.m. The public is invited bring a meal and break bread with the professional dancers from Toronto and musicians from across the pond and down the street. O’Neill says interested people can book in advance and pay a small amount to have the centre staff make a great meal.

An all-ages barn dance with live music and calling by the North Mountain Ceilidh Band will follow at 6 p.m. No experience is necessary. Register online at, or call 582-3842 to book.

Admission is pay what you can, with a suggested minimum of $5 per person, or $15 for a family of five. The community supper is $10 and the dance is $10 per adult and $5 for children 12 and under.



A one-woman show

The one-woman play, Heartwood, will be presented on Jan. 24 at 8 p.m. at the Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor.  

Heartwood is a self-revelatory theatre play written by Laura Burke, a 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, 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. on Jan. 24, special guest Ahmet Lüleci will offer a free guided listening session.

Based in Boston, Ken Shorley says, “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 and "fancy" dances in the afternoon. Then, Lüleci will also be the special guest for a Turkish-flavoured dance party in the evening.

Oro! Orkestra also has a new demo video, which includes several excerpts from a recent live concert. Weblink


Unique work

Ken Shorley will 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,” said Shorley.

“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 Shorley, Naoko Tsujita, Patrick Lynch and Paige Morrissey, and the piece will be conducted by Liam Elliot.



Winter art classes

A new round of art classes at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville begins the end of January. Art teacher Terry Drahos traveled to Italy recently and is back with inspiring new projects.  

The adult classes will focus on gestural and figure drawing, while the projects in the children's classes will center in patterning and mosaics. 

After Supper Art for grown ups runs Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., starting Jan. 28 and running until March 4.

After School Art for kids ages seven to 12 rungs on Wednesdays, 3:30-5 p.m., and runs from Jan. 29 until March 5.

Call, email or stop in Harvest Gallery to register. or call 542-7093




Dance event

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.


Evening with Steve Polz

Musician and songwriter Steve Polz is coming back to Wolfville for a concert on Jan. 30 at the Al Whittle Theatre, starting at 8 p.m.

Tickets for the concert are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Don’t Tell Mother

CentreStage Theatre in Kentville has a new play, Don’t Tell Mother, on stage.

On the evening that timid librarian Cinnamon Schmidt and her mother are to entertain her fiance Hobart and his mother at serene 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 the 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. And then the fun begins. The pace is rapid fire, the dialogue hilarious and the laughter non-stop.

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. 24, 25, 31, and Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14 and 15. Show times are 8 p.m., with 2 p.m. matinees on Jan. 26 and Feb. 9.

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





In the galleries

- Kay Lewis will be hanging her rug hooking, Painting With Yarn,up at the Designer Café in Kentville until Feb. 16.

- Harvest Gallery in Wolfville is featuring MacKenzie Pardy’s exhibit, Raw. The photos will be on display until Feb. 1.

- The 23rd annual Acadia Art Exhibition is open at the Acadia University Art Gallery. It runs until Feb. 15.

- Mahone Bay Printmakers, a variety of printmaking techniques, is on view until Feb. 2 at Jack's Gallery, Wolfville.



Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, CentreStage Theatre, Dinner theatre Ross Creek Centre Halifax Acadia University Val Calam and Company North Mountain Ceilidh Band Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre Oro Turkish Orchestra School Art Irving Centre Auditorium

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Ross Creek Banff Cannes Canning Toronto Boston Italy New York 5th Avenue

  • 1
  • 2
  • 3
  • 4
  • 5

Thanks for voting!

Top of page