Donna Carr’s Grade 4 class at New Minas Elementary had a special surprise on March 4. Children’s author Allison Maher and Margie Brown of the Rotary Club of New Minas Sunrise dropped in for a visit and to present the class with a set of 10 copies of Maher’s book, “Time Flies When You’re Chasing Spies.” The presentation was made possible through a donation from the Rotary Club, which is giving four local schools a set of books as part of a literacy project. – Kirk Starratt, www.kingscountynews.ca
A free screening of the movie Gasland is set for March 12 at the Edible Art Café in Greenwich.
It will start at 4 p.m. and will be followed by a community discussion. Space is limited.
Film society offerings
Fundy Film will screen Finding Vivian Maier on 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. 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.
Then, Fundy Film will screen The Invisible Woman on March 16 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Based on Claire Tomalin’s biography, this period drama is about the secret 12-year affair between actress Ellen (Nelly) Ternan and author Charles Dickens. As Nelly becomes the focus of Dickens' passion and his muse, secrecy is the price, and for Nelly, a life of "invisibility."
All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.
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.
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.
Sinfonia here March 16
The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Atlantic Sinfonia on March 16, 7:30 p.m., at the Festival Theatre at Acadia. The ensemble’s performance is titled Mozart and Friends and is based on the music of Catherine the Great.
While fostering the arts and education in Russia, she drew upon the ideas of writers, musicians and artists of the enlightenment in the ‘the west’, including many of the major composers of the day. The program will include works of the enlightenment that may have been heard in Catherine’s court.
The music presented is from the repertoire of the traditional wind octet with bass, also called a wind harmonie. Groups such as this were part of courts throughout Europe in the late 1700s and were even found in North America in the emerging colonies.
Atlantic Sinfonia, a unique hybrid orchestra with an audience-friendly approach to classical chamber music, brings together some of the best professional musicians from the Maritime region. Under the artistic direction of Richard Hornsby, the group performs in 18th-century style, standing and performing without a conductor.
Atlantic Sinfonia is dedicated to introducing attendees to the great repertoire for small orchestra. Traditional pieces and crowd favourites are always on the program, but many will find they enjoy being introduced to new works as well.
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 http://boxoffice.acadiau.ca .
At this concert, the Acadia Performing Arts Series will also be announcing its upcoming 2014-2015 season and subscriptions will be on sale.
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 from Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Dr. Horrible's Sing-A-Long Blog.
These two hilarious fan favourites are fun and feature many family local faces. If you love Whedon, Buffy or Dr. Horrible, you don't want to miss this.
Tickets can be purchased by calling 697-2515 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Performances will depend on the pre-sale of tickets, so order ahead.
Laugh with Panych
The Acadia Theatre Company is presenting the Morris Panych play, 7 Stories, March 19-22 and March 26-29.
The protagonist in 7 Stories is standing on the ledge on the seventh storey of a tall building, contemplating his death. He is interrupted by the colourful residents of the seventh storey, who are too caught up in their own lives to notice the man or question his presence on the ledge of the building. The play premiered in Vancouver in 1989.
This Panych comedy at Acadia University’s Lower Denton Theatre is being directed by drama prof Bob Seale. It starts at 7:30 p.m.
The Acadia Art Gallery has lined up an interesting evening for March 20 with a roundtable on video art getting underway at 7 p.m.
Join special guests for a lively discussion around the creation, production and distribution of video art in the Atlantic region. The exhibition was organized in collaboration with Centre for Art Tapes.
Frankie Valli tribute coming
Oh What a Night will bring a musical revue to Wolfville on March 21.
Packed full of hits such as Sherry, Big Girls Don’t Cry, Working My Way Back To You Girl and My Eyes Adored You, the cast of this travelling production offers a high energy, must-see theatrical show.
Staying true to the original recordings, this tribute to Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons is intended to honour the talent of an American legend.
The show takes place at Convocation Hall at 7 p.m. Tickets: Acadia Box Office 542-5500.
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 30th 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 10 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 include Trina Long, Mike L’Oiseau, Ross Chapman and Liz Stern.
Separate Beds plays in the Upstairs Performance Centre on March 14-15, 21-22, 28-29 and April 4-5, with 2 p.m. matiness on March 16 and 30. Showtime is 8 p.m.
Tickets are $15 adults/$12 students and seniors.
Good idea borrowed
The concept of a Night Kitchen series of musical showcase concerts is being transplanted to Belleville, Ontario.
An idea borrowed from the very successful Night Kitchen, which has been entertaining full houses in Wolfville for more than five years, three shows are set for The Pinnacle Playhouse in downtown Belleville. The first of the Night Kitchen Too series is March 15.
Gary Magwood suggested the idea after attending a few of these concerts while visiting Wolfville. The next Night Kitchen locally will be April 5.
In the galleries
-Artist Natalie Parsons will have her work at the Designer Café in Kentville until March 23.
- 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.