Kings County arts scene: March 6

Wendy Elliott
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New play at CentreStage

Opening this weekend is a play called Separate Beds.
Ernie and Twink are in the autumn of their lives. In celebration of their thirtieth wedding anniversary, the couple’s children send them on a Caribbean cruise.

Free of chores and children, Ernie and Twink are wined, dined, and introduced to exciting people. When they meet the rich, seductive Blake and Beth, who still seem to have a perfect life together after ten years of marriage, Twink becomes infatuated with the glamour of the other couple’s lives and seeks to reignite the spark in her own marriage.

A Canadian dramedy written by award-winning playwright, M.J. Cruise and directed by Chérie Zinck, this play will appeal to adult as well as mature young adult audiences.
Cast Members (in order of appearance): Trina Long, Mike L’Oiseau, Ross Chapman and Liz Stern.

Separate Beds plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre on March 7-8, 14-15, 21-22, 28-29, April 4-5 with matiness on March 16 and 30. Showtime is 8 p.m. with 2 p.m. matinees on March 16 and 30.
Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students & seniors (65+). Call 678-8040 for reservations.
There are no accessible washrooms on this floor, but there is a chairlift that will be operational.
CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River St., Kentville.



War Horse at Whittle

The British National Theatre production of War Horse will be screening 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, capturing the imagination of four million people around the world. 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.

Dance the night away

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; in advance,- $15, $12 for students, at the Odd Book, 112 Front St., Wolfville, or online



Join a Contra Dance

Caller Shannon Lynch will be leading a contra dance in Wolfville 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 beginners 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.

$10 at the door.



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 and 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 and you can book ahead.




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

It is slated for 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 landmark exhibition, in-depth commentary about featured pieces in the exhibit and extra content.

Screening at Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.  Tickets: $15 adults, $13 Acadia University Art Gallery members, $10 children and students. Online at or in person at the Box of Delights.

Film society offerings

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

Fundy Film will also screen Finding Vivian Maier on March 12, 4 and 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. Through photos, films and interviews with dozens who thought they knew her, this intriguing documentary traces Maier's strange and riveting life, revealing her amazing art.Finally Fundy Film will screen The Invisible Woman: Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography, this period drama is about the secret 12-year affair between actress Ellen (Nelly) Ternan (Felicity Jones) and author Charles Dickens (Ralph Fiennes). As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, secrecy is the price, and for Nelly, a life of "invisibility." Sunday, Mar 16, 4 and 7 p.m.

All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets, $8, 30 minutes before screenings. Info: 542-5157


Wolfville singer’s new CD

Singer/songwriter Kimberly Matheson will present a CD release concert 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.

Atlantic Sinfonia here

Acadia Performing Arts Series is bringing the Atlantic Sinfonia to Wolfville 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.

Two camps at Mermaid

March Break at Mermaid Theatre will feature a puppetry camp and a rock music camp March Break . For details, visit the website

Unique music theatre

On March 18 and 19, Edalene Theatre presents Jonesin' For Joss, a night celebrating Joss Whedon with a live performance of two of his musical theatre creations: Once More With Feeling-Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog.

These two hilarious fan favorites are fun and feature many family local faces. If you love Whedon or Buffy or Dr. Horrible, you don't want to miss this.

Tickets can be purchased by calling 697-2515 or emailing

Performances will depend on the pre-sale of tickets, so order ahead.



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, March 5 – April 16An itinerant video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.

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

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Caribbean Kentville Acadia 61 River St. South Africa London Canning Albania New Brunswick Ontario Cannes Bay Area

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