Kings County arts scene: May 13

Wendy Elliott
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Mike Aube performs at TAN Café during one of the Kentville location’s weekly Thursday afternoon open mic secssions. 

Community group exhibition

A new group exhibition at the Acadia Art Gallery features the work of the artists who participated in the recent live painting event, Art Battle 125.

A selection of work from each artist has been selected, a pulse, on the artist’s current painting practice. Artists include Rose Adams, Emily Clark, Sarah Effenberger, Bob Hainstock, Jane Lutes, Rylee Oosterhuis, Alex Porter, Gerri Robertson and Paul Syme.

An artist afternoon, filled with tea, coffee and conversation with select artists from the exhibit, will take place on June 4 at 3 p.m. 

Author Coates to read

The Wolfville branch of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library is hosting a local author who is nominated for an Atlantic Book Award.

Wolfville writer Jan Coates will be reading at the Wolfville Memorial Library on May 14 at 6 p.m. 

Her novel, The Power of Harmony, is nominated for the Ann Connor Brimer Award for Children’s Literature. Set in Springhill, Nova Scotia, a young girl moves to a new area and school where the local bullies have a new victim. 

The 2014 Atlantic Book Awards Festival runs May 14–21 in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island.  

Choral favourites coming 

A unique Podium concert coming to Wolfville features Shallaway, formerly the Newfoundland Symphony Youth Choir, on May 14. They will perform with the Annapolis Valley Honour Choir at
7:30 p.m. at Wolfville Baptist Church.

On May 17, at 3:30 p.m., Laura Smith teams up with the Toronto-area Amadeus Choir, which is under the direction of Lydia Adams. Tickets are $15. The Amadeus Choir is also touring Nova Scotia in conjunction with their visit to Halifax Podium 2014. The concert will be held at Wolfville Baptist Church.

Then, on May 25, at 3 p.m. tenor Marcel d’Entremont will be in recital at the church with Heather Price, piano. Now studying at the University of Toronto, d’Entremont is in Wolfville for the month of May with the National Youth Choir. Suggested donation for admission is $15, with the afternoon partly being held in support of the scholar program at Wolfville Baptist Church.

Les Miserables on stage

Kentville’s Stage Prophets are presenting the full stage production of Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables, one of the most beloved and longest-running musicals of all time.

The production is set for the Festival Theatre in Wolfville from May 15–18 at 7 p.m. A Saturday matinee is scheduled for 1:30 p.m.

Tickets are $20 and are available at Box of Delights, the Acadia Box Office, Designer Café, M & M Meats, Alliance Dental or St. Joseph’s Church Office.

Poetry and Motion

Caravan Theatre of Wolfville is performing Poetry and Motion on May 17-18 at the Al Whittle Theatre.

Director Kathy France promises a journey into a magical world of puppets, poetry and mime. The production is aimed at children aged four to 12 and those who are young at heart.

According to France, the production has delighted countless children abroad. It starts at 2 p.m.

Film society offerings

Fundy Film screens The Great Beauty on May 18 at 8 p.m. 

This year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar film introduces journalist Jep. Charming and seducing his way through the lavish nightlife of Rome for decades, he’s been a permanent fixture in literary-social circles since the legendary success of his only novel. When his 65th birthday coincides with a shock from the past, Jep unexpectedly takes stock and finds Rome in all its glory: a timeless landscape of absurd, exquisite beauty. 

The Expedition to the End of the World will be screened on May 21 at 8 p.m. In the summer of 2011, a three-masted schooner set sail for Northeast Greenland, one of the most majestic and inhospitable places on the planet. Aboard was a Danish crew of adventurous scientists, artists and philosophers, travelling to a landscape that has not been walked by humankind since prehistoric times.

All films are screened at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $8.

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.

It is playing in the Upper Performance Centre at CentreStage on May 16-18, 23-24 and 30-31. A matinee will be held May 18.

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

Duo in concert

For the fourth year, the Deep Roots Music Co-op is collaborating with the Apple Blossom Festival to present a major concert.

On May 31, two of Eastern Canada's best-loved artists, Joel Plaskett and David Myles, will come together for a memorable double-bill.

Tickets are on sale now for the 8 p.m. concert at Convocation Hall, Acadia University, Wolfville.

Chase Ross and band

Kentville-born musician Chase Ross and his band, The Devil's Half Acre, has a new album coming out soon. The band is going to be hosting a show later this month at the St. Croix United Church to celebrate.

Die and Carry On is their third release.

“It was inspired by beginnings and endings and beginnings again,” Ross says. “Each song attempts to explore what it truly means to carry on. I wrote a lot about coming to terms with events beyond our own control, and of last wishes and words spoken while standing on the threshold of great change.”

The show is May 24 at 7 p.m. The cost is $8.

Port Williams musical showcase

Hear the highlights of the Valley Music Festival on May 25 at 7 p.m. at the Port Williams United Baptist Church.

If you would like to be a participant in a showcase of musical talent, contact Lana Churchill by May 22.

A freewill donation at the door will go towards the music festival and the church.

Time to audition

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

All detailed information about the choir, audition locations as well as online registration for auditions can be found on the AVHC website.

In the galleries

- Argyle Fine Art in Halifax is launching a new body of work by Aylesford artist Twila Robar-DeCoste in a show entitled Bloom. The show will continue until May 21 and it will be online once the show has launchedd 

 

 

 

Organizations: Annapolis Valley Honour Choir, Wolfville Baptist Church, Acadia Art Gallery Annapolis Valley Regional Library Wolfville Memorial Library Al Whittle Theatre University of Toronto Festival Theatre in Wolfville Acadia Box Office Alliance Dental Theatre of Wolfville Deep Roots Music Co-op Acadia University Croix United Church Port Williams United Baptist Church

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Nova Scotia Halifax Kentville Springhill Charlottetown Prince Edward Island Toronto Rome Aylesford Joseph Northeast Greenland Eastern Canada Half Acre Port Williams

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