© Wendy Elliott
Ariana Nasr and Andy Flinn are back in the Valley and performed recently at the Wolfville Farmers' Market. - Wendy Elliott, www.kingscountynews.ca
Cain’s art on the wall
CentreStage Theatre is presenting Wolfville artist Barbara Cain on the Artist Wall during the run of Jerry Finnegan’s Sister.
Cain paints in watercolours, oils and acrylics. Though her main focus was originally florals, she now paints seascapes and landscapes.
She started painting after she retired from nursing, taking a few courses through the ALL program at Acadia University. She has done several workshops and completed a course last fall with renowned artist Gary Jenkins in Sedona, Arizona.
Cain identifies as a self-taught artist and is very passionate about painting. Her style in florals is strongly influenced by the chiaroscuro method of the old Masters, a technique that utilizes strong contrasts between light and dark.
Jerry Finnegan’s Sister runs until Aug. 30.
Wolfville’s Pecha Kucha event has been selected as a "City Focus" with the worldwide association.
Kent Williams, who launched the concept at the Al Whittle Theatre, calls the weblink a great archive of what's happening in Wolfville.
Williams says the next date is Sept. 18 and the theme will be ‘spaces and places.’
PechaKucha now functions in over 760 cities.
Now at CentreStage
Although he is in his early 20s now, Brian Dowd can’t shake his feelings of self-doubt and social awkwardness whenever he’s anywhere near Jerry Finnegan’s sister, Beth. He’s felt this way since the age of seven, when her family moved in next door. Beth has no idea about his unrequited love and it’s do or die time for Brian when he learns that she is about to be married. Determined to declare himself at last, he’s resolved to meet his fears head-on. After all, what’s he got to lose – except the love of his life.
Written by Jack Neary, this acclaimed comedy will appeal to all audiences. It is directed by Mindy Vinqvist Tymchuk.
Cast members are Marc Hetu and Emily Lutz. Lutz’s sister, Danielle, will replace her on Aug. 30.
Jerry Finnegan’s Sister is on stage Aug. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 at 8 p.m. Matinees will be held at 2 p.m. on Aug. 10 and 24.
Tickets are $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations.
Summer theatres on this month
Valley Summer Theatre has its final play of the season Mass Appeal opening tonight.
Mass Appeal is the most produced play by prolific American playwright Bill C. Davis. Written in 1980, it quickly became a Broadway hit. The play is a two-character comedy-drama focusing on a complacent Roman Catholic pastor and an idealistic young deacon who is assigned to his affluent suburban parish.
Mass Appeal will run until Aug. 17 and features well-known Halifax actor Lee J. Campbell with direction by Pamela Halstead.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.
The Two Planks & a Passion Theatre summer season runs until Aug. 17 at Ross Creek, near Canning. Shows are outdoors at the Ross Creek Centre for the Arts and move indoors in case of rain.
The Miracle Man, a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard, is one of the shows Two Planks is performing. In this play, a group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves. Directed by Ken Schwartz, it starts at 6 p.m.
Dustbowl Joan by Fire, told by actors around a fire at sundown at 9:30 p.m., was created and directed by Ken Schwartz. It tells the story of Joan of Arc as if it were told by a company of 1930s migrants through song and story.
Both shows are not always on the same night.
Musique Royale on tour
On Aug. 5, 7.30 p.m., classical guitarist Sylvie Proulx and soprano Janice Jackson will perform in Manning Memorial Chapel, Wolfville
Salsa Barocca is a Spanish program that explores the Latin American folk genre along with Spanish and South American Baroque repertoire, with music from Spain, Bolivia, Peru and beyond. Selections feature voice and guitar arrangements ranging from chanonas to tangos and reflect the African indigenous and European influences that define Latin American music.
Love in Bloom
A late summer garden social, entitled Love in Bloom, will take place in the gardens of Prescott House Museum on Aug. 17 from 2-3:30 p.m.
The fete will include live theatre dramatic readings of Kings County love stories, music on the green and refreshments. Guests are encouraged to wear their own period attire as a prize will be awarded.
Ticket price is $12 per person and includes admission to the Prescott House Museum. Proceeds are in support of the Kings County Museum.
The Greenwood Players welcome all interested thespians or "would like to be's" to attend open auditions for the fall production of Miracle on 34th Street.
The play has roles for men and women from 18 and up and four children ages eight to 12.
Auditions are conducted in a group script reading format. Audition reading sessions will take place on the Greenwood Players stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre on Aug. 28, Sept. 4 and 11 from 7-9 p.m. and Aug. 31 and Sept. 7 from 1-4 p.m.
For further information, contact 765-0906. Please note: all participants in the Greenwood Players will need to have a valid Community Rec Pass or Club Card.
In the galleries
- Barry's World is on at the Acadia Art Gallery until August 24.This solo exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts.
- The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. Open daily, 11 a.m. – 6 p.m. featuring Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame; a cigar box guitar maker. Http://paintsandpots.tripod.com
- Earth Skins: Three Decades of Drawing by Susan Wood, Acadia Art Gallery until Aug. 11.
- At Ocean Spirit Studio in Canning are rug portraits by Margaret Forsey, jewelry by Michelle Faihe and paintings by Freda Nauss.
- Uncommon Common Art has kicked off its seventh season. 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.