Kings County Arts Scene Feb. 20

Wendy Elliott
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Kent Williams introduced the line up of local storytellers for Wolfville's first PechaKucha night Feb. 13 at the Al Whittle Theatre. It was a great success featuring three generations and was practically sold out. The next event in the series will take place in June and the theme is dreams. - Wendy Elliott, 

See and hear opera

The Royal Opera will present its film version of Puccini’s final opera Turandot on Feb. 28 at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

This dark Oriental fairytale features elaborate masks and costumes inspired by traditional Chinese theatre. Tickets are on sale at the Just Us Café in Wolfville.


Celebrate winter

March 9 will be a Winter Community Celebration at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts near Canning.

With exciting new art activities for all ages, explore the magic of fire and smoke as visiting writer and volunteer Jona Xhepa leads an exploration of the food and culture of her ancestral homeland of Albania. Meet new artists, learn the historical fashion, dance and stories of this ancient culture while seeing the work of contemporary artist Jessie Babin of New Brunswick.

The day runs from 2-5 p.m. with Albanian treats, hot chocolate and more.

Admission is pay what you can; book ahead at


Two camps at Mermaid

March Break at Mermaid Theatre will feature a puppetry camp and a rock music camp.

From March 10-12, workshop instructor Struan Robertson is offering a three-day puppetry workshop. It's open to young puppeteers from ages seven to 16 and will run from 9:30 a.m. -4 p.m. daily. 

Then, from March 13-15, Mermaid Theatre will host a group of Canadian artists who are not just the talented band Speed Control, they are also music educators who will present RAWK CAMP. There will be two workshops, one for novices with little to no music experience, and one for advanced students with some music lessons under their belts. The best part: the students' bands will perform on the MIPAC stage on Saturday night. Students can rock their own instruments, or have one supplied.



Acadia Art Gallery news

Project 35: Volume 2, an itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators, runs March 5–April 16.

In 2010, Independent Curators International launched Project 35, a program of single-channel videos selected by 35 international curators who each chose one work from an artist they think is important for audiences around the world to experience today. The resulting selection has been presented simultaneously in more than 30 venues, inspiring discourse in places as varied as Germany, South Africa, Nigeria, California, Macedonia, Taiwan, and Albania, assuring a place for videos to reach on a global scale.

Following the widespread popularity and success of Project 35, ICI is collaborating with 35 more international curators to produce Project 35: Vol. 2. 


Rachel’s new CD

Annapolis Valley singer-songwriter Rachel MacLean has recently released her first solo album, Beyond The Rain. 

After five years performing solo, she is hosting her first CD release concert on March 2 at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Kentville.

The Beyond The Rain CD release concert will feature Rachel’s long time guitarist James Logan and special guest pianist and percussionist Cathy Porter. 

Tickets ($10) for the March 2 concert are available at Kentville Save Easy, Occasions Gifts in Kentville, Absolutely Fabulous Bed, Bath & Home in New Minas, Casa Bella in Wolfville and at the St. Joseph’s Church office (678-3303). 


New musical

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

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.  

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.


Lucas Porter returns


The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Lucas Porter on March 1 at the Festival Theatre at Acadia University in Wolfville. The concert is a Jeunesses Musicales du Canada presentation.

The Wolfville concert, which starts at 7:30 p.m., will be recorded by CBC Radio.

A pianist from Port Williams, Porter is the youngest winner of the Glenn Gould School Concerto Competition. As a composer, he was the winner of the Notions Realize Music Challenge, an important international competition.

For 22 years of age, Porter already has an impressive track record. He won the Canadian Music Competition in both 2007 and 2010, as well as the Nova Scotia Youth Orchestra Concerto Competition in 2007. In 2013, he was accepted into the prestigious Sendai International Piano Competition, which took place in Japan.
He played for Condoleezza Rice at the Halifax 9/11 Ceremony in 2006.Two years later, he had the pleasure of playing Gershwin's Piano Concerto in F with Symphony Nova Scotia.
He also performed in the 2011 Canada Winter Games which were held in Halifax. In 2012, Porter performed at the Stratford Festival as part of their ‘Celebration of Glenn Gould’ series.

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  .



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, on Feb. 26, Fundy Film will screen The Venice Sunddroime 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.

Fundy Film will also screen Nebraska on March 2, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. After receiving a sweepstakes letter, a cantankerous father (current Oscar nomineee, Bruce Dern) thinks he's struck it rich, and wrangles his son (Will Forte) into taking a road trip to claim the fortune. At the intersection of impeccable direction and a brilliant script is a wisely observed and wryly funny drama. (Six Oscar nominations) 

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 through 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: Al Whittle Theatre, Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre, Royal Opera Mermaid Theatre Ross Creek Centre Catholic Church Acadia University Beyond The Rain CD Wolfville Baptist Church Festival Theatre CBC Radio Acadia University Box Office Canning United Baptist Church Gibson Woods Baptist Churches Hupman Brothers Old Orchard Inn Acadia Cinema Co

Geographic location: California, Wolfville, Albania Kentville New Brunswick Germany South Africa Nigeria Macedonia Taiwan Annapolis Valley Canada New Minas Casa Bella 106 Gerrish Street Port Williams Japan Halifax Venice Nebraska

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