On March 20 at 7 p.m., there will be a public discussion on video art at the Acadia Art Gallery. Special guests Jim McSwain, Becka Barker and others will explore issues around the production and distribution of video art in the Atlantic Region. This is an opportunity to come and hear about the status of contemporary video art and to ask questions, says gallery director Dr. Laurie Dalton.
The Acadia University Art Gallery, in collaboration with the Centre for Art Tapes, is presenting this special event. It is part of the programming in conjunction with Project 35: Volume 2, currently on exhibit at Acadia until April 16. Project 35 is a video exhibition selected by 35 international curators.
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 fan favourites feature many 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.
This comedy is being directed by drama prof Bob Seale. It will be on the stage at Acadia University’s Lower Denton Theatre at 7:30 p.m.
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.
Two Lenten music series
An upcoming Lenten series at Wolfville Baptist Church will start March 19 with Peter Togni of CBC fame playing the first concert.
It will be a combination of French and Italian pieces, with an improvised "organ symphony" on Lenten themes and chorales. Admission is by freewill donation.
The rest of the series, Wednesday Lunch and Lenten Recital series includes March 26: Acadia Vocal Ensemble; April 2: Melissa Wood (mezzo-soprano); and April 9: Rebecca Hutton (flute).
Freewill offering will go to the artists and to the Choral Scholars Program at the church. Lunch is served (soup and bread), from 11:30 a.m.-12:10 p.m. for the 12:15-1 p.m. concerts.
The Manning Memorial Chapel at Acadia University is also running a Lent Recital Series. On March 17, Michael Gnemmi and friends will be on the organ.
Then, on March 24, Mosher will play his violin, and finally, on March 31, Davina Sureswaran and Trenna Robbins will sing. The recitals take place Mondays at 12:15 p.m. Admission is freewill offering.
N.S. youth choir audition
The Nova Scotia Youth Choir, now in its 23rd year, will hold an audition in Wolfville on March 22.
The objective of the choir is to provide talented singers, aged 16 to 25, with a challenging opportunity to work, develop and perform choral music together.
Through auditions, approximately 40 singers will be chosen. Choristers will work with the two resident conductors, Eszter Horvath and Scott Jones, during three rehearsal weekends held between June and September. Final rehearsal sessions will be led by guest conductor Jakub Martinec and will culminate in performances in New Glasgow and Halifax on Sept. 27-28.
For details on the audition in Wolfville, check the web site.
Another special dance film
Moulin Rouge, presented by the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville on March 22.
The film starts at 7 p.m.
Hear gypsy music
On March 22 at 3 p.m., Swingology returns to Windsor for the first time in over a year to present a concert of gypsy jazz in Windsor United Church.
Proceeds from the concert will go towards the cost of a much-needed new sound system for the church.
Tickets will be $20 at the door the day of the concert, but advance tickets may be purchased for $15 at Windsor United Church office or Moe's Place Music Sales in Windsor.
Auditions for My Invisible Friend
Nora is…well, different. She doesn’t fit in and she doesn’t hang out, which makes her a perfect target. It’s hard to make friends when you are the bull’s-eye of every practical joke in school - other people avoid her, just out of self-preservation. Nora is so lonely she invents a friend named Indi. Everything changes, as life does when you have a real friend, and for the first time Nora is happy. Until Nora’s mother notices Nora talking to herself and sends her straight to the school counselor, Mr. Little.
This is an original play by one of CentreStage’s artistic directors for the summer youth camps. Auditions will be held on March 23, 1-4 p.m. and March 24, 6-8 p.m., in the Upper Performance Centre.
Actors 11-17 are needed and youth should come prepared to move, improve and cold read from the script. Also needed are two men and two women, in the 25-50 age range. Adults are asked to prepare a short personal story about their junior high experiences and singers should prepare a short a capella piece.
For further information, contact Cynthia at email@example.com. The play will run the last three weekends in June.
Film society offerings
Fundy Film will screen The Past on March 23.
From the director of A Separation, this cross-cultural family drama finds Ahmad back in Paris from Tehran to conclude a divorce. His estranged French wife, Marie, wants to marry her new boyfriend, Samir. Ahmad discovers tension between Marie and teen daughter Lucie. Efforts to improve things reveal a secret from their past.
Fundy Film also screens Muscle Shoals on March 26 at 7 p.m. With a magnificent soundtrack, this documentary showcases the production studio in a small town in segregationist Alabama that welcomed musicians of all stripes and was the source of some of the most important and resonant recordings of all time.
All screenings take place at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screenings.
A Spooky Sampling
Indoor Ghost Show A Collection of Ghosts from: Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor, & Halls Harbour on March 27, 7:30 p.m., at Acadia’s Manning Memorial Chapel.
Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and are available at Ticketpro.ca, all Ticketpro locations and at the door.
Shakespeare on film
On April 4, 7 p.m., actor Orlando Bloom and two-time Tony Award nominee Condola Rashad will turn up the heat this fall as Broadway’s hottest, rule-breaking, heart-aching couple.
The film version at the Al Whittle Theatre promises jealousy, prejudice, betrayal - and the chance that true love could actually conquer all. The greatest love story of all time, for the first time in over 36 years, played live on Broadway in a stunningly modern production
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.