Kings arts scene: Feb. 4

Wendy Elliott
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Brand new musical

From Feb. 5–8 in Wolfville, Kerri Leier and Edalene Theatre will premiere her new musical, Lauren’s Vale.

Lauren’s Vale is set on the offshore Maritime island of Donovan, whose way of life is threatened when a developer sees a way to make some money by building a resort there. The fact that this will drastically change the world of all its inhabitants spurs some of them into action - and song and dance.

The issues involved include fishing rights, risks to local business, the closing of the island school and destruction of Lauren’s Vale, the island’s forest reserve, which is not only an ecological treasure, but the emotional centre of some of the characters’ lives.

The inhabitants of Donovan run the gamut of age and occupation. The younger crowd, in particular, seems to see the problems more clearly than some of their elders. This is definitely a show that will be enjoyed by all ages, with original music by Leier’s long-time collaborator, Melissa Vidito, and choreography by Alexa Ewert of Rhythm and Sole Dance Studio.

The cast includes Anya den Hartog, Tomas Hiseler and Mike Butler.

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



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.



Divas & Desserts

Divas and Desserts, an annual music event at Acadia University, is set for Feb. 9. School of Music talent will be performing and desserts will be offered. The evening will run from 7–9 p.m. at the McKeen Room of the Students Union Building.

Cost is $15 and they are available at the School of Music office or at the door.

Dance time

The Kicking Mule Blues Band will perform for a Blue Valentines Dance on Feb. 15. Music starts up at 9 p.m.

See young art

Young Scott’s Bay artist Ian Funke-McKay has new work going on display in Halifax on Feb. 10. The exhibition continues until Feb. 15 at the Anna Leonowens Gallery.

Shattering the Silence

Allan Gordon Bell from the University of Calgary will be Composer in Residence during this weekend’s Shattering the Silence Festival at Acadia. 

During this residency, Bell will lecture, lead workshops and coach student and professional musicians as they prepare and perform his music.

He has received commissions from the Canadian Band Directors Association, the Canada Council for Arts and the CBC. His music has been performed in Israel, Japan, the UK, and the USA.

He has taught theory and composition at the University of Calgary since 1983. In addition to the works listed below, Bell has written music for films and TV productions.

Organizer Derek Charke says there will be performances by Simon Docking, Norm Adams, Janice Jackson and 11 world premieres of works by Peter Togni, Anthony Genge, Jerome Blais, Allan Bell and Charke himself.

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

Ken Shorley will also present his work, Five Islands, with mezzo-soprano Paula Rockwell on Feb. 6 at Denton Hall, Wolfville.






Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen The Guilded Cage on Feb. 9 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. A Portuguese couple has lived and worked in Paris for 30 years, raising their Parisian-born kids. Both valued workers and neighbours, when news comes that they can inherit a family winery only if they return to Portugal, their adopted community works to keep them in Paris. A warm-hearted, cross-cultural comedy and sleeper box office hit in France.

Then, Fundy Film will screen Inequality for All on Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. Robert Reich, an economist, author and educator, teaches Wealth and Poverty at Berkeley. Outspoken on the issue of the growing divide between America's rich and poor, his book Aftershock presents his argument that this gulf is wiping out the middle class and if left unchecked will lead to an economic catastrophe. Filmmaker Jacob Kornbluth presents a powerful look at Reich and his theories.

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


A Spooky Sampling Show

Get in the mood for Valentine’s Day by hearing about some of the greatest love stories in the Valley. From the man who walked across the ice in the Minas Basin to visit his love to the woman whose wedding dress was saved in the great Windsor fire, you will hear stories of true love. However, not all love stories are happy tales - you’ll learn of Turkish harems, kidnappings and, of course, murder!

Join Valley Ghost Walks at the Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia on Feb. 13 at 7:30 p.m. for a collection of historical ghost stories. This is a part fundraiser for Randall House Museum.

Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at, at all Ticketpro locations (Box of Delights in Wolfville, Home Hardware in Windsor, Wilson's Pharmasave in Kentville & Berwick) and at the door.




True North on display

Photographer Nick Newbery and well-known musician Peter Anthony Togni are combining talents for a third season of True North concerts. They are coming to Denton Hall in Wolfville on Feb. 15.

Newbery spent three decades teaching in Nunavut and he took thousands of pictures.

For more than 20 years, Togni has been a broadcaster, musician and teacher. He's been teaching composition and musical culture part time at the Acadia School of Music. On Feb. 15, he will improvise on piano while Newbery’s photos are displayed.

The Denton Hall, Acadia University concert is set for 7:30 p.m.

Delight and Devour

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir’s annual musical café  

fundraiser, Sweets for the Sweet, will be held Feb.16, 2 p.m., at the Louis Millett Community Centre.

With a theme of Valentine’s Voices, guests will be treated to an afternoon of fine music and fancy cakes.

Entertainment will include the AVHC’s new 65-voice Junior  

Choir, comprised of students in grades 5-7 from all over the Valley’s east end.  As well, a variety of entertaining talents (musical and otherwise) will be showcased by the choristers!

Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. Tickets are available in advance from choir members, or the choir managers or Pharmasave locations in Kingston, Kentville and Wolfville.


Life Drawing continues

Open studio gestural figure drawing with a model on

Wednesdays, 7:30-9:30 p.m., from Feb. 5-26 and March 5-12 at Wolfville Library (upstairs). Cost is $10 each session, bring your own supplies (if you are messy, bring a drop cloth). Contact Terry at for more.


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 Feb. 7, 8, 14 and 15. Show times are 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. on 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 from Jan. 12 – Feb. 16.

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



Organizations: Acadia University, Kerri Leier and Edalene Theatre, Al Whittle Theatre University of Calgary Vaughan Memorial Library Gaspereau Press of Kentville Students Union Building Canadian Band Directors Association Canada Council for Arts CBC Acadia New Music Society Randall House Museum Pharmasave Acadia School of Music Louis Millett Community Centre Wolfville Library CentreStage Theatre

Geographic location: Wolfville, Maritime island, USA Kentville Paris Halifax Israel Japan UK Windsor Parisian Portugal France Minas Basin Nunavut Kingston

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