Kings County Arts Scene Feb. 18

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Pianist Chantal Peng performed at the Wolfville Farmer’s Market recently. - John DeCoste,

New musical

Landmark East School presents it's first ever musical, an adaptation of the hit teen movie, "Ten Things I Hate About You."

Based on the screenplay by Karen McCullah Lutz and Kirsten Smith, Ten Things tells the "tragic" tale of beautiful and Bianca Stratford who isn't allowed to date until her older sister, Kat, does. When a potential suitor hatches a scheme to ensure Kat is wooed to free Bianca, hilarious hijinx ensue. Brought to life with popular tunes of the 1990s, Ten Things promises to be a rollicking reflection of high school teenage life.

The show runs Feb. 20-22, with performances at 7:30 p.m., with a 2:30 p.m. matinee on Feb. 22, at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Tickets are $10 for those under 16; $12 for adults if pre-ordered; $15 at the door; or four tickets for $45. Tickets can be ordered by calling 542-2237 or emailing


Songwriting Circle

On March 1 at 8 p.m., Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre will present an evening of award-winning Nova Scotian singer-songwriters. MIPAC's Songwriters' Circle is the next offering in the 2013-2014 entertainment series and features the home-grown talents of Ria Mae, Kim Wempe and Carmel Mikol.  

Mae won fans with her debut album, Under Your Skin, winner of the 2012 East Coast Music Award for Pop Recording of the Year. She was was a finalist for the International Mountain Stage NewSong Contest and regional winner and national runner-up for the 2012 Canada-wide Radio Star Contest. 

Wempe, a powerful performer with smoky vocals and an undeniable stage presence, has been stomping her way across the country for the past three years. On the heels of her 2010 ECMA win and 2011 ECMA nomination, her latest album, Coalition, has earned plaudits for a bold new sound. 

Mikol’s songwriting has garnered international attention for her impeccably-crafted lyrics with a literary edge. She’s a triple ECMA nominee, a grand prize winner in the John Lennon International Song Contest and has shared stages in Atlantic Canada and the U.S. with Garnet Rogers, David Francey, Connie Kaldor, Meghan Smith, Jimmy Rankin and Matt Andersen.

The performance is at 8 p.m. at MIPAC, 106 Gerrish Street, in Windsor. Tickets are $20 for adults, $18 for students and seniors. They are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.


In recital

Singer Susan-Dworkin Hachey will be in recital on Feb. 21 at Wolfville Baptist Church.

There will be something for every ear, every mood and every emotion.

Tickets are $20 each. Contact or 542-0649 for tickets.



Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens The Attack on Feb. 23 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. 

Adapted from an award-winning novel, this film is a mystery, a thriller and a love story. An Israeli-Arab doctor, devastated by his wife's death in a terrorist attack, learns from Israeli police that his beloved wife was responsible for the explosion. Convinced of her innocence, he enters the Palestinian territories in pursuit of the truth. 

Then, Fundy Film will screen The Venice Sunddroime on Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. Exploring the impact of the tourist industry and foreign ownership on the magical city of Venice, this documentary details how the invading forces of tourism are obliterating almost everything of value in the city. It is a requiem for a still grand city and an elegy to the remaining Venetians—their humour and their hearts.

Screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.




Gospel Time

Go Tell it in the Valley on Feb. 23 at Canning United Baptist Church. A tribute to Black spiritual and gospel music, it will feature Helen Gibson, Valerie Rafuse and Bobby and Darlene Smith with musicians Larry Woodman, Ken Bezanson, Linsay and Paul Rand and a combined choir from the Canning and Gibson Woods Baptist Churches. Performance time is 7 p.m.


Dance the Blues

The Hupman Brothers are holding barn dance at the Old Orchard Inn on March 1 at 9 p.m.

The Greenwich dance marks the release of their recent album Black River Blues.




In the galleries

-Artist Natalie Parsons will have her work at the Designer Café in Kentville until March 23.

- An exploration of printmaking is open at the Harvest Gallery in Wolfville.The show runs until March 7.

- Acadia University Arts has a group exhibit of art work on display at Jack’s Gallery at the Acadia Cinema Co-op/Just Us Coffee in Wolfville.The exhibit will conclude on March 23.


Organizations: Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Al Whittle Theatre, International Mountain Stage NewSong Contest Wolfville Baptist Church Canning United Baptist Church Gibson Woods Baptist Churches Hupman Brothers Old Orchard Inn Acadia University Arts Acadia Cinema Co

Geographic location: Wolfville, Atlantic Canada, U.S. 106 Gerrish Street Venice Kentville

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