Kings County Art Scene May 1

Wendy Elliott
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Shipwreck documentary

On May 2, at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville there will be a special screening of a documentary on an early local shipwreck.

The premiere of the video will take place this spring in Wolfville as a fundraiser for the Kings Historical Society. It will provide a glimpse into one of the most fascinating periods in the history of Kings County. The screening gets underway at 7:30 p.m., at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville.

Art Wars here

A number of local artists will be contestants in the Art Wars event May 10, 7 p.m., at the Acadia Art Gallery.

Twelve artists will paint spontaneously for 20 minutes, in two rounds. Then, four artists from the two rounds will compete in a final round.


Music fest happening

The Annapolis Valley Music Festival is running until May 2. The Stars of the Festival concerts are both set for May 4, with the first at Festival Theatre at 1:30 p.m. and the second in Denton Hall at 7 p.m.

Guitar adjudicator Shawn Pickup will be giving a concert on May 2. Song and Dance of the Guitar: from Europe's Royal Courts to the Streets of Brazil is the title of his recital on May 2 at 7 p.m. at the Manning Memorial Chapel, Acadia University. In this meeting of Old World and New, Pickup will present his audience with a colourful mixture of music from various eras from Europe to South America.


Support Country Music

On May 3, the 15th annual Country Music Special takes place at the Louis Millett Centre, New Minas. Showtime is 7:30 p.m., with doors opening at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.

The show will feature Rob Brown, Matt Balsor, Gordie Giles, Rob Jamison/Katrina Gillis, Chet Brown/Lois Lutz, Graham Moorehead, Jim Crowell, Carl Dalrymple, Wayne Hiltz, and Paul Moulaison.

Proceeds are for the Nova Scotia Country Music Hall of Fame.


At Union Street

Singer songwriter Catherine MacLellan will be giving a concert on May 3, while the Funtime Brigade is set for May 9.


Squid comes to Windsor

The Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre in Windsor will present Squid Precision Drumming with special guests Cassie and Maggie MacDonald on May 3 at 2 p.m. 

East coast Celtic group Squid have established themselves as one of the most dynamic musical experiences in the region. Featuring Celtic drum-line, bagpipes, fiddle, Chapman stick, guitar and loads of percussion, Squid mesmerizes with stunning choreography and instrument tricks.

Special guests Cassie and Maggie MacDonald will start off the show with their perfect balance between musical chops and sheer entertainment.

This show will appeal to spectators of all ages and is being offered as an afternoon matinee to make it easy for families to enjoy. Admission is $20 for adults, $18 for students, seniors and children.  

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 screens Cycling with Molière on May 4. 

From French director Philippe Le Guay comes a warm, funny and literate comedy in which two French actors portray two French actors, friends at odds with one another in every possible way, except for their love of Molière’s Le Misanthrope. The screening is at 8 p.m.

Then, Fundy Film will screen Her on May 11 at 8 p.m. In this original futuristic love story, director Spike Jonze introduces Theodore, a complex and soulful. Heartbroken from the end of a long relationship, he cannot seem to move on, something he discusses with long-time platonic friend, Amy. Then he installs a new, advanced operating system on his computer and life takes a turn: “Samantha,” is a bright, female voice.

Screenings are held at the Al Whittle Theatre. Tickets are $8. Check the website for film lists and links to full descriptions. Films in this list screen only once.



Girl Rising

Horton High School's Because I am a Girl club is hosting its second annual art auction and a screening on the film Girl Rising on May 7.

The doors open at 4 p.m. for the general public to view and bid on the art. The art is by students from Acadia University's art department, as well as various artists from Horton

Girl Rising is a global movement to unite those who believe every girl has the right to go to school and the right to reach her full potential. The movie was created to inspire individuals to take action and follows the stories of nine girls from nine different countries (Sierra Leone, Haiti, Ethiopia, Afghanistan, Peru, Egypt, Nepal, India and Cambodia).

Each girl had her story written by an author from her country and they are voiced by renowned actors, such as Anne Hathaway, Cate Blanchett, Meryl Streep and Alicia Keys. The film will begin at 6:30 p.m. in the Horton Performance Centre. 

The film is rated PG-13; however, there is no nudity, scenes of sexuality or violence shown in the film. The rating is based on its mature theme. Parents are welcome to bring their children as it gives an important message about the power of education to change the future for girls, families, communities and entire nations.

Watch King Lear

Britain’s National Theatre production of Shakespeare’s King Lear, directed by Sam Mendes, will be on screen at the Al Whittle Theatre May 9.

King Lear is a classic example of the Elizabethan Great Chain of Being - disorder in one individual’s mind playing out in the family, the state and the whole cosmos. Lear says, “I am bound upon a wheel of fire,” and everything and everyone is set ablaze right along with him and hurtling downhill fast.

The National Theatre staged this in its Olivier Theatre, the largest space in the complex with 1150 seats, but one in which the architecture is still able to allow for what has been called ‘concentrated intimacy’.

Mendes’ star is Simon Russell Beale, an actor perhaps not all that well known since he doesn’t do a lot of film. He has been called the greatest actor of his generation. Screen time in Wolfville is 7 p.m.



Hear the world

Join Kings Chorale as it presents Earth, Water, and Sky, a concert celebrating the world around us.

This program of contemporary music by living composers and arrangers will feature music written about our world. Selections will include composers such as John Rutter, Ola Gjeilo, and Eric William Barnum. There will be music by familiar singers/songwriters such as Connie Kaldor and Ian Tyson, arranged by people like Allister MacGillivray and Vancouver composer Larry Nickel. Internationally renowned Canadian composers such as Murray Schafer and Stephen Hatfield will be featured as well.

The concert takes place at the Louis Millet Civic Centre in New Minas on May 10 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets at $12 are available from choir members or at the door.


Swingology visits Berwick

The popular band Swingology will be giving a concert at the Union Street Café in Berwick on May 10 at 8 p.m.


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.

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

Three to Get Married is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on May 2-3, 9-11, 16-18, 23-24 and 30-31. Matinees will be held May 11 and May 18.

There are no wheelchair accessible washrooms on that level, but the chairlift will be operational.

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

Call 678-8040 for reservations. Weblink


Time to audition

The Annapolis Valley Honour Choir (AVHC) is holding auditions for new choir members for the next school year, beginning in September. Any student in Grade 5-12 during the 2014-2015 academic year is invited to attend.

Auditions for both Junior Choir (Grade 5-8) and Senior Choir (Grade 8-12) will be taking place on from June 2-6 at various locations.




In the galleries


-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.




Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Acadia University, Kings Historical Society Acadia Art Gallery Festival Theatre Royal Courts Louis Millett Centre Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre National Theatre Horton High School Horton Performance Centre Annapolis Valley Honour Choir Olivier Theatre Louis Millet Civic Centre

Geographic location: Wolfville, Annapolis Valley, Europe Kings New Minas Windsor Brazil South America Country Music Special Nova Scotia Country Sierra Leone Haiti Ethiopia Afghanistan Peru Egypt Nepal India Cambodia Berwick Britain Vancouver Aylesford Kentville

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