Kings County arts scene: March 4

Wendy Elliott
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Poet to lecture

The Acadia chapel will be the location of a lecture on March 5 by poet Mary Lou Soutar-Hynes at 4:30 p.m.

Her lecture is entitled Spiritual Traces from a Writer’s Journey. Her most recent books are The Fires of Naming and Dark Water Songs.


War Horse at Whittle

The British National Theatre production of War Horse will be screening on March 7 at 7 p.m. in the Al Whittle Theatre.

Since its first performance at the National Theatre in 2007, War Horse has become an international smash hit. At its heart are astonishing life-size puppets by South Africa’s Handspring Puppet Company, who bring breathing, galloping, charging horses to thrilling life on stage.

Tickets on sale now at the Box of Delights.



Wolfville singer’s new CD

Singer/songwriter Kimberly Matheson will present a CD release concert on March 15 at 8 p.m.

Her Just As I Am recording will be released at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville. Matheson will be joined on stage by the Hupman Brothers Band and Asa Brosius.




Well-known Ontario writer Diane Schoemperlen will give a reading on March 10 at Acadia University.

It is begin at 7 p.m. in the Irving Centre auditorium. Schoemperlen has published several collections of short fiction and three novels. Her 1990 collection, The Man of My Dreams, was shortlisted for both the Governor-General’s Award and the Trillium. Her collection, Forms of Devotion: Stories and Pictures, won the 1998 Governor-General’s Award for English Fiction. In 2008, she received the Marian Engel Award from the Writers’ Trust of Canada.

Screening Leonardo

The Acadia Art Gallery is presenting an art film on March 14, 7 p.m. Leonardo Live will give a behind the scenes tours of global exhibitions and artists.  Da Vinci’s historic exhibition was sold out in London and, due to the fragility of the paintings, the exhibition cannot tour. Captured live on the eve of the exhibition opening in London, Leonardo Live provides a high-definition walk-through of the exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces and extra content.

The screening will be held at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $15 for adults, $13 for Acadia University Art Gallery Members and $10 for children or students. Tickets are available through Ticketpro or at the Box of Delights.



Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens Dallas Buyers Club on March 5 at 7 p.m. Canadian Jean-Marc Vallée tells the true story of Ron Woodroof. In 1985, the Texas electrician and rodeo cowboy was blindsided by an H.I.V. diagnosis with a month to live. An outsider to the gay community, Ron, with unlikely ally, established a “buyers club" to give H.I.V patients access to unsanctioned alternatives.

The film society will screen Fruitvale Station on March 9 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. With a Grand Jury Prize and Audience Award at Sundance (2013), director Ryan Coogler’s distinctive drama follows the true story of Oscar Grant, a 22-year-old whose life and tragic death would shake the Bay Area and the U.S.A. to the core. 

Finding Vivian Maier will be on screen March 12 at 7 p.m. A mysterious nanny, Vivian Maier (1926–2009), shot over 100,000 photographs that were stored away in lockers. Discovered decades later, they have posthumously revealed her to be among the 20th century's great street photographers.

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


Dance the night away

On March 7, Oro Orkestra and Gypsophilia from Halifax are hosting a double-header dance party at the Old Orchard Barn near Wolfville.

The music will get underway at 8 p.m.

Tickets are available at the door ($20) but are cheaper in advance - $15 or $12 for students at the Odd Book or online through


Join a Contra Dance

Caller Shannon Lynch will be leading a contra dance in Wolfville on March 8.

Music will provided live by Andy Webster and Scott Henderson and organizers say no experience is necessary.

Contra dances are called step-by-step, so

no partner is necessary. A beginner’s lesson is slated for 7:30 p.m., while the dancing starts at 8 pm. in the L’Arche hall on Main Street.

Bring indoor low-heeled shoes and a water bottle.

Admission is $10 at the door.

For more information:




Atlantic Sinfonia here

Acadia Performing Arts Series is bringing the Atlantic Sinfonia to Wolfville on March 16 at the Festival Theatre. The program is entitled Mozart and Friends.

This performance is based on the music of Catherine the Great, who began her reign in Russia 250 years ago last year. The program includes works of the enlightenment that may have been heard in Catherine’s court. The concert is set for 7:30 p.m.


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, come explore the magic of fire and smoke. Visiting writer and volunteer Jona Xhepa will lead an exploration of the food and culture of her ancestral homeland of Albania.

Explore the grounds and the galleries and meet new artists, learn the historical fashion, dance and stories of this ancient culture while also 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




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.

- Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2 is on display until April 16. It is an itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.

Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, National Theatre, Acadia University Handspring Puppet Company Hupman Brothers Band Irving Centre The Man Trust of Canada Acadia Art Gallery Acadia University Art Gallery Members Dallas Buyers Club Fruitvale Station U.S.A. Performing Arts Series Festival Theatre Ross Creek Centre Acadia Cinema Co

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, South Africa London Ontario Texas Bay Area Canning Albania New Brunswick Kentville

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