Kings County Art Scene April 10

Wendy Elliott
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The Acadia Gamelan Ensemble and friends entertained with two well-attended concerts at Acadia University on April 6. The highlight was an original 'wayang kulit' shadow puppet show. The musicians were led by Ken Shorley and Heidi Kalyani created the puppets. - Wendy Elliott,

Award nominations

Last week, Wolfville writer Jan Coates was nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature for her novel, The Power of Harmony.

Diaries of the Acadian Deportations, No. 1: Jeremiah Bancroft at Fort Beauséjour and Grand-Pré,
by Jonathan Fowler and Earle Lockerby, was nominated for the Atlantic Book Award for Scholarly Writing. It was published by Gaspereau Press in Kentville.

The two books are among 27 nominated for the Atlantic Book Awards this year. The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards and Festival runs May 14-21.

Dance at the Whittle

The Royal Ballet version of The Sleeping Beauty will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville April 11.

First staged in St Petersburg in 1890, The Sleeping Beauty is the pinnacle of classical ballet: a perfect marriage of Petipa’s choreography and Tchaikovsky’s music and a challenge for every dancer on stage.

The screening starts at 7 p.m.


CBC competition

Wolfville musician Jeff Hennessy, who performs with Ian Janes April 8 in Wolfville, has entered the CBC Searchlight competition.

He says that the early rounds of the contest are based on votes.

“If you have the time and feel so inclined, please click on my CBC Artist page and hit “Vote for this Artist,” he said.



Choral afternoon

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir is holding a Spring Sing fundraiser on April 12 in Port Williams.

The event, which takes place in the community centre in the village, starts at 2 p.m.

Night Kitchen

Featuring the talents of Cuckoo Moon, Weather Advisory and the usual slate of awesome musicians, Night Kitchen Penultimate (it's ironic) is sure to be another great night at the Al Whittle Theatre. The event will be held April 12.


At the Union St. Cafe

The Kickin' Mule Blues Band is booked in Berwick April 12 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $10.

The Kickin’ Mule Blues Band was formed in 2010 and currently consists of Brian Chipman, Mark Bezanson, Jason Burns, and Richard Berithiaume. The original band emerged from an informal North Mountain Jam.

Their sound is spawned from the post-war electric blues era and features the music of the heroes of the day, such as Muddy Waters and Jimmy Rogers. Essentially, they are a dance band that likes to infuse their audience with the same good feeling that comes from playing this great music.


Guy Davis in concert

Guy Davis will entertain at the Evergreen Theatre

in East Margaretsville on April 12 at 8 p.m.

Davis is a musician, composer, actor, director and writer, but most of all, he is a bluesman. The blues permeates every corner of Davis' creativity. 

Throughout his career, he has dedicated himself to reviving the traditions of acoustic blues and bringing them to as many ears as possible through the material of the great blues masters, African American stories and his own original songs, stories and performance pieces. 

Cost is $20.



Show for kids

Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present The Studio by the Quebec theatre company Bouge de là on April 12 at 3 p.m. 

Four inventive dancers play with the tools they uncover in an overflowing art studio—frames, scarves, brooms—from which they create original multimedia pieces. Motion-capture technology projects their movements onto the stage as rainbows of colour, so that the dancers appear to move through space like a painter’s brushes on canvas. The one-hour performance offers young spectators and their families a unique introduction to the world of dance and an innovative visual spectacle.  

This family show is suitable for ages five and up. 

Admission is $14 for adults; $12 for students and seniors. Tickets are available online at, by phone at 1-888-311-9090, and in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all Ticketpro outlets. 



Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen The Lunchbox on April 13 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m.

In a nuanced portrait of contemporary Mumbai, a misdirected lunchbox brings together a neglected young housewife and a grumpy, older solitary widower. After Ila realizes that Saajan is receiving her indifferent husband’s meals, the two begin to pass letters through the lunchbox. What starts as an innocent exchange about Ila's cooking develops into something more.

The society also screens All is Lost on April 16 at 7 p.m. Robert Redford stars in an open-water thriller of a lone sailor forced to rely on his survival skills and ingenuity when his sailboat is damaged at sea.

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



Opera time April 18

The film version of the Royal Opera Company’s Don Giovanni is being screened at the Al Whittle Theatre on April 18.

Don Giovanni involves lust, murder and vengeance.

A staple of the standard operatic repertoire, Don Giovanni is currently tenth on the Operabase list of the most-performed operas worldwide. It has also proved a fruitful subject for writers and philosophers.

Tickets are $20 and they are available at the Box of Delights.



Next at CentreStage

Three to get Married by Kay Hill is a historic comedy set near Aylesford in the 1830s. It describes how a resourceful clergyman sets out to marry off his three daughters.

With the running of the first stagecoach in Nova Scotia, the government offered a subsidy of 25 pounds to any householder on the route who will open their home as an inn for the passengers. Horatio accepts the subsidy and lies in wait for eligible male passengers. Will it happen? Not if Aunt Lizzie has anything to say about it!

Three to Get Married is directed by Beth Irvine and will appeal to audiences from teens to older historic people.

Cast members include Darrell Doucette, Chantal Murphy, Hannah Gerrits, Emily Lutz, Nancy O’Halloran, Collyn Boon, Ryan Trimper, Kevin Irvine, Michael Bishop and Ryan MacNab.

Three to Get Married is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on April 25-26, May 2, 3, 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 30 and 31.

There are no wheelchair accessible washrooms on that level. The chairlift will be operational.

Tickets are $15 for adults or $12 students and seniors. 

Call 678-8040 for reservations.



Hupmans will play

The Hupman Brothers will be holding a CD release concert on April 26 at the Union Street Café in Berwick.

It starts at 8 p.m. and celebrates the release of The Hupman's newest CD Black River Blues.


Neil Diamond tribute

His voice may not be what it used to be, but Neil Diamond can still sell out concerts and provoke girlish screams from the audience.

Joey Purpura has lived and breathed Neil Diamond since 2004, travelling across the country and parts of the Caribbean with his tribute show Diamond in the Rough.

"I've always been able to do voices, as long as I could remember," said the 39-year-old.

"When I found out I could do a pretty good Neil Diamond, my friends encouraged me to go on stage."

The singer wasn't on Purpura's radar growing up, so he really started from the ground up.

In 2002, the Toronto-based impersonator began researching the singer's life, studying his every move, song and story behind the music. He even found a Las Vegas-based designer able to replicate Diamond's glittery costumes of the mid-70s.

"I wanted to research his life because I not only sing his songs, I tell a story and highlight his life just to make it more interesting," said Purpura.

The tribute show, with some proceeds going to the Legion, is April 26 at 8 p.m. at the Windsor Legion, 35 Empire St. Tickets are $20 advance or $25 at the door, (902) 798-2031. 




Grad benefit slated

Matt Balsor and friends will entertain in a concert to benefit the Horton High School Safe Grad Program.

Hosted by Balsor and featuring guest vocalists Graham Moorehead, Ruth Manning, Frank  

Dobbin, Jo-Ann Newman, Alan Butler, and Connie Munroe, it will take place April 27.

The 7 p.m. concert will take place at Horton High School in Greenwich. Tickets are $12, available at Valley Credit Union New Minas and Hantsport branches.



In the galleries

-      Acadia Art Gallery Project 35: Volume 2 will run until April 16. This itinerant video exhibition was selected by 35 international curators.

- The Designer Café in Kentville has a new artist on display until May 4. Brian Fraser, a resident of the Annapolis Valley uses bright colours and a unique style.

- Strandlines - new fabric work by Sanna Rahola – is on display at Harvest Gallery in Wolfville. Strandlines focuses on the lines that are created by receding tidal waters and the earth's gravitational forces. The show runs through April 27.




Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, CBC, Gaspereau Press Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Evergreen Theatre Imperial Performing Arts Centre Quebec theatre Royal Opera Company Hupman Brothers CD Black River Blues Windsor Legion Horton High School Valley Credit Union New Minas

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kentville, Berwick St Petersburg Port Williams East Margaretsville Mumbai Aylesford Nova Scotia Caribbean Greenwich Acadia Annapolis Valley

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