Kings County Art Scene Jan. 28

Wendy Elliott
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Quick As A Wink Theatre presents Oklahoma! Jan. 31 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the Fountain Performing Arts Centre, Kings-Edgehill School, Windsor. A number of Kings County actors are taking part. – Greg Palmer photo

Shattering the Silence

The Acadia New Music Society presents the seventh annual Shattering the Silence, a festival dedicated to the performance of new concert music, Feb. 1–8 on the campus of Acadia University.


The festival welcomes Allan Gordon Bell from the University of Calgary as Composer in Residence, sponsored by the SOCAN Foundation. During this residency Bell will lecture, lead workshops, and coach student and professional musicians as they prepare and perform his music. 


The idea of ensemble, of individual musicians collaborating as they perform, informs every concert in this festival. Performing ensembles this year include the NBG Ensemble (comprised of top freelance musicians from the Maritimes); subText Ensemble (featuring five of Atlantic Canada’s foremost improvising composer-performers); Fifth Wind Quintet; and eight other ensembles representing the Acadia University School of Music and the Annapolis Valley region.


World-class regional composers like Anthony Genge, Jerome Blais, Derek Charke, and Peter Togni will have works presented alongside emerging younger composers.  There will 11 world premieres of new works, performed by three professional ensembles and a host of student performers. 


For a complete listing of every concert, lecture, and event, visit


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.



Theatre on screen

On Jan. 31, National Theatre Live will broadcast the Donmar Warehouse’s production of Coriolanus, Shakespeare’s searing tragedy of political manipulation and revenge.

The screening at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville will feature Tom Hiddleston in the title role and Mark Gatiss as Menenius, directed by the Donmar's Artistic Director Josie Rourke.

When an old adversary threatens Rome, the city calls once more on her hero and defender: Coriolanus. But he has enemies at home, too. Famine threatens the city, the citizens’ hunger swells to an appetite for change, and on returning from the field, Coriolanus must confront the march of realpolitik and the voice of an angry people.

It will run from 7-10 p.m. Tickets are $20 and can be purchased at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Poetry reading

On Feb. 7, poet Sue Goyette will read from her new collection Ocean at Vaughan Memorial Library at Acadia University. It was published by Gaspereau Press of Kentville.

Goyette plunges in and swims well outside the buoys to craft a sort of alternate, apocryphal account of our relationship with the ocean. In these linked poems, Goyette’s offbeat cast of archetypes (fog merchants, lifeguards, poets, carpenters, mothers, daughters) pronounce absurd explanations to both common and uncommon occurrences in a tone that is part cautionary tale, part creation myth and part urban legend.

The Wolfville reading takes place at 8 p.m.



House concert circuit

The Deep Roots Co-op is interested in developing a house concert circuit in the Valley. House concerts are a way to support local talent and showcase out of town talent that area residents many not otherwise get a chance to enjoy.

All that’s needed is a love of music, a few extra chairs and space to fit 25 to 30 people. If Kings County residents are already hosting house concerts, they are asked to let the Deep Roots Co-Op know and they can help residents get in touch with out of town talent and fellow music lovers. For more information, contact Birdie Bezanson at

For more information about house concerts across Canada, check out:


Life Drawing continues

Open studio gestural figure drawing with a model will be held on Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., from Feb. 5-26 and March 5-12 in the Wolfville Library (upstairs). Cost is $10 each session. 

Bring your own supplies (if you are messy bring a drop cloth). For information, contact Terry at


Realism on display

Three Kings County realistic painters are in a new exhibit at the Dalhousie Art Gallery in Halifax. They include Alan Bateman of Woodside, Susan Gibson of Canning and Steven Rhude of Wolfville.

The show, which was created in association with Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia, is called Capture Nova Scotia. Capture 2014 began its life as a province-wide call for submissions that received 112 responses. Curator Tom Smart, in consultation with Peter Dykhuis of the Dalhousie Art Gallery, conducted 43 studio visits during the summer of 2013, which resulted in the selection of 28 artists from almost every region of the province.

The exhibition is on until March 9.

Original musical

Next month, Edalene Theatre presents a new original musical called Lauren’s Vale. When a big time businessman wants to put up a resort on the sleepy island of Donovan, everyone thinks it will be first. It soon becomes apparent that the hotel will threaten the school, the magical forest area called "Lauren's Vale" and the very way of life for the islanders. What will they do? How much would you be willing to give up in the name of progress?

With a wild cast of unique islanders, earnest children and lots of complicated interpersonal relationships, this shows offers phenomenal and catchy new music, lots of laughs, fantastic dancing and a whole lot of heart.

It was written and directed by Kerri Leier, with music, lyrics and musical direction by Melissa Vidito and choreography by Alexa Ewert.

The show runs Feb. 5-8 at the Al Whittle Theatre with shows at 7:30 p.m. the first two nights and 2:30 and 7:30 p.m. on Feb. 8.

Children under 16 $10, adult $12 pre-ordered or $15 at the door, groups of four $45. Tickets can be purchased by calling 697-2515 or emailing


Film society offering

Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom will be screened Feb. 2 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. This bio-pic is based on the autobiography of Nelson Mandela and spans Mandela’s journey from herd boy in rural Transkei to his inauguration as the first democratically elected President of South Africa. 

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

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.

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

Don’t Tell Mother plays Jan. 31, and Feb. 1, 7, 8, 14, 15. Show times are 8 p.m. with a 2 p.m. matinee on 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 on view until Feb. 2 at Jack's Gallery, Wolfville.


Organizations: Acadia University, Al Whittle Theatre, Acadia New Music Society University of Calgary SOCAN Foundation Acadia University School of Music Deep Roots Co-op National Theatre Live Dalhousie Art Gallery Vaughan Memorial Library Gaspereau Press of Kentville Wolfville Library Professional Living Artists of Nova Scotia Edalene Theatre CentreStage Theatre

Geographic location: Wolfville, Atlantic Canada, Annapolis Valley Rome Kings Halifax Kentville Island of Donovan South Africa

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