Kings County art scene June 12

Wendy Elliott
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The well-known rapper Classfied gave the audience a surprise on May 31 when he performed two songs with David Myles at Convocation Hall. The concert, which also featured Joel Plaskett, attracted an almost capacity audience and helped raise funds for the Deep Roots Festival in the fall. 

Devour presents movie and dinner

On June 20, Devour! The Food Film Fest is teaming up with Front and Central restaurant’s Chef Dave Smart for an exceptional evening. 

The evening includes a screening of Le Chef, which will be shown at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets are $10.

Jean Reno stars in a French comedy as a veteran chef of a Michelin three-star culinary empire, running short on inspiration and at risk of losing one of his stars and his restaurant, when a radical, young, self-taught molecular gastronomic chef enters the picture. 

Following the screening, Smart will create a three-course meal inspired by the movie. Dinner, $50, is by reservation only and will be served at 8 p.m.



Deep Roots is developing

The lineup for this year's Deep Roots Festival is starting to shape-up after a very successful benefit concert with David Myles and Joel Plaskett. 

The fall music festival is going to include Suzie Vinnick, James Keelaghan, Rose Cousins, Sherman Downey and the Ambiguous Case, Dave Gunning, Swingology, Little Miss Moffat and Teresa Doyle.

The early bird special, with a low price of $79 for a festival pass, is ongoing until June 28. 


Pecha Kucha returns

Pecha Kucha will be back for a second round of story telling on June 12. Community members will appear as storytellers with 20 slide images and 20 seconds per slide to share a narrative.

Cost is $6, or $4 for students and seniors.

It will start at 7 p.m. Tickets are on sale at the Box of Delights Bookstore in Wolfville.


WOW looks at evocative topics

Clothing and memory, two evocative topics, make up the theme of the 14th annual Women of Wolfville production June 13-14.

The collective creation, which is full of storytelling, song and dance, is titled, Women of Wolfville Unbuttoned and Out of the Closet.

The stories involve every aspect of garments from race shirts to clothes that talk.

WOW is a network of over 300 women, about 40 of whom have been preparing for this production in recent months. They range in age from four to 74.

The production will be staged three times at the Festival Theatre in Wolfville June 13–14 at 7:30 p.m. The Saturday matinee is at 2 p.m.

Through their annual theatrical adventures, WOW has raised over $160,000 for charity since 2001. This year’s show will help create a commemorative statue for Wolfville’s unacknowledged Second World War heroine Mona Parsons. The proceeds will also help pay for free dance classes for kids, equipment for the Breastquest Dragon Boat Program, goats for a village in Tanzania and education for a female Guatemalan farmer.

Tickets for this year's production are $12 for students and seniors and $15 for adults. They are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door.


Belly Dance Show

San Francisco’s Kami Liddle and belly dancers from all over the Atlantic provinces will be showcasing their talents in Wolfville on June 14.

Dancers include Elinor Crosby, Cabaret Serpentine, Angie Oriana Jenkins, Circle of Sisters and more.

The show will get underway at 8 p.m.


My Invisible Friend

A play dealing with the issue of bullying is going to be presented by CentreStage Theatre in Kentville. Cynthia Myers, an artistic director with the theatre, became concerned with this issue over the past year and wrote a play, My Invisible Friend, to help students, teachers and parents deal with it in a positive way.

Twelve young people and a few adults will be bringing this story to the stage on June 14, 15, 21, 22, 28 and 29 at 2 p.m. in the Upper Performance Centre. The show is suitable for upper elementary through high school. Call 678-8040 for reservations.


Laura Smith in concert

Well-known singer/songwriter Laura Smith will be at the Union Street Café in Berwick on June 14.

She will perform at 8 p.m. Tickets are $22.



Blue Lotus in concert

Blue Lotus will be performing two concerts locally in June.

Plan for an evening of world fusion music, inspired by Sufi poetry, Indian raga, Turkish rhythms and the direct language of the love song in its many manifestations.

Although Sahara Nasr (voice, sarangi, guitar, percussion) and Ken Shorley (tabla, darbuka, frame drums, saz, voice) have worked together casually over the past number of years, Blue Lotus is their first fully-realized musical collaboration.

The seeds for this world music ensemble were sown last summer when the two musicians co-taught an "Introduction to Indian Music" course at Acadia University. The third member of Blue Lotus is Heidi Kalyani, who provides what the band calls "sonic incense" in the form of drones on tamboura, shruti box and frame drum.

The group is founded on a shared love of global music, especially North and South Indian, Persian, Turkish, Afghan and Roma (Gypsy). At times romantic, playful and devotional, the sound of Blue Lotus is intimate, acoustic and international. They perform new arrangements of traditional and popular songs, as well as original material inspired by these powerful world traditions.

The June 14 show gets underway at 8 p.m. at the Evergreen Theatre, Margaretsville. Tickets are $20 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.

The June 19 show at Manning Chapel, Acadia, starts at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults, $10 for students and seniors.



Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen Siddharth on June 15 at 8 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville.

Director Richie Mehta (Amal) tells the multi-layered story of a child’s disappearance. After sending his young son, Siddharth, away to work, Mahendra, a poor Delhi worker, is relieved that the family’s monetary burden will be reduced. But when Siddharth fails to return home and may be a victim of child-traffickers, Mahendra travels across India in pursuit, hoping his child will be returned unharmed. 

Tickets, $8, are available 30 minutes before screening,



Sleuth coming


The ultimate game of cat and mouse will be played out on stage when Centre Stage Theatre in Kentville performs Sleuth.

Set in the cozy English country home of mystery writer Andrew Wyke, invited guest and rival Milo Tindle has come to lay claim to both Wyke’s wife and love of the game.

A psychological thriller that will capture the audience’s imagination and intrigue their minds as anticipation builds on what the next move might be, this play is not recommended for children.

Performances will be on June 20, 21, 27 and 28 and July 4, 5, 11 and 12 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held June 22, 29 and July 6 at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations.



Uncommon Common Art

There is gold in Kings County and a map to take art lovers right to it – and the best part is, no digging is required.

Uncommon Common Art will kick off its seventh season June 21. Until mid-October, there will be 18 installations set up at sites throughout Kings County.

Brochures/maps will be available at all Visitor Information Centres and area businesses.

The event will be launched June 21 at 477 West Long Island Road, North Grand Pré, from 2-5 p.m. At this celebration, participants will have the opportunity to view the first stop on the map and chat with the artists who bring the exhibits to life.



Join the Circle

The Artists’ Circle in Kingston is a non-profit group of approximately 30 members, and new members are welcomed to join. 

All painters work in a variety of media to capture a wide range of subject matter. Some artists sell their work on greeting cards, while others paint rocks.

The group was formed approximately 30 years ago with just 10 members and some are still with the circle.

The group meets at 2 p.m. on the third Monday of each month from October until May at the Anglican Church in Kingston. To inquire about membership, please call membership chair Judy Parks at 528-8507.  Workshops are offered throughout the year and non-members are welcome.

Between mid June and mid-September, from 10 a.m.-8 p.m., the group shows affordable art at The Shack in Margaretsville. 


Calling on artists

Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is looking for submissions. If you are interested in exhibiting, submission forms are available at 

For more information, contact



In the galleries

- 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.

- Grand Pré artist Jean Leung will have her artwork on display at the Designer Café in Kentville until June 15.





Organizations: Al Whittle Theatre, Box of Delights Bookstore, Festival Theatre in Wolfville CentreStage Theatre Acadia University Evergreen Theatre Centre Stage Theatre Anglican Church The Shack Acadia Art Gallery

Geographic location: Wolfville, Kings, Kentville Tanzania San Francisco Margaretsville Berwick South Indian India 477 West Long Island Road Kingston

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