Kings County arts scene: June 19

Wendy Elliott
Published on June 19, 2014

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Blue Lotus in concert

Blue Lotus will be performing a concert locally on June 19. 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 group is founded on a shared love of global musics: 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.

Thursday, June 19, 8 p.m. Manning Chapel, Acadia University, Wolfville

Tickets: $15/$10

Devour presents movie and dinner

June 20, Devour! The Food Film Fest is teaming up with Front and Central Chef Dave Smart for an exceptional evening.  Screening of Le Chef at 7 p.m. $10, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Following the screening, Smart will create a three-course meal inspired by the movie. Dinner is at 8 p.m., $50 by reservation only.


Art in the forest

The Uncommon Art project and the Berwick Young Naturalists Club are co-hosting a free workshop at the Ravine hiking trail, Kentville, June 21.

Art in the Forest will run from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Artist Jessica Winton will lead an exploration of textures found in the forest.

Register by emailing


Concert in Berwick

The Union Street Café, Berwick, is hosting Manitoba native Matt Epp June 21 at 8 p.m.


Dance time

The Bluesmobile band is holding a summer solstice dance at the Cornwallis Inn, Kentville June 21 at 9 p.m. Tickets are $20.


Opera recital

Wolfville singer Susan Dworkin is giving a recital in her Greyhaven series June 21. It will start at the Coldbrook manor house at 4 p.m.

Tickets are $35 and are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.


Piano recital

June 22, John and Barbara Hansen are going to have a year-end piano recital. Featuring many music festival winners, everyone is welcome.

The recital starts at 2 p.m. in Denton Hall, Wolfville. 


Free concert

The Nova String Band will be performing at the Wolfville Memorial Library patio June 22 at 2 p.m.

The band is comprised of 16 local musicians who enjoy the big band era.


My Invisible Friend

A play dealing with the issue of bullying is going to be presented by CentreStage Theatre, 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 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.


Film society offerings

Fundy Film will screen Words and Pictures on June 22. Art instructor Juliette Binoche, and English teacher Clive Owen form a rivalry, creating a competition at their prep school in which students decide whether words or pictures are more important. Screening is June 22 at 8 p.m. only. Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. This will be the last screening until September as Fundy Film then makes way for live summer theatre at the Al Whittle Theatre.


Sleuth starts

Not for the faint of heart, Sleuth, the ultimate game of cat and mouse, is played out in a cozy English country home owned by celebrated mystery writer, Andrew Wyke. Invited guest Milo Tindle, a young rival who shares not only Wyke’s love of the game but also his wife, has come to lay claim. This psychological thriller will capture your imagination and intrigue your mind as anticipation builds on where the next move might take you.

Sleuth is a Tony Award winning thriller by Anthony Shaffer and the 1972 movie version was nominated for four Oscars. CentreStage’s Sleuth is directed by Chérie Zinck.

Cast members are Bryen Stoddard and Mike Butler.

Sleuth opens in the newly renovated Main Stage Theatre in the Lower Performance Centre June 20, 21, 22 (matinee), 27, 28, 29 (matinee), July 4, 5, 6 (matinee), 11, 12; Showtime is 8 p.m.

Matinees will begin at 4 p.m. for this show.

This production is not recommended for children.

Tickets $15/$12. Call 678-8040 for reservations.

CentreStage Theatre is located at 61 River Street, Kentville.


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 Rd., North Grand Pré, from 2 to 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.

Folk art at Acadia

Barry's World opens at the Acadia Art Gallery on June 25 and it will run through to Aug. 24.

This solo exhibition presents the work of Nova Scotia folk artist Barry Colpitts. He began carving in 1989 and his work is in many private and public collections in Canada and abroad.

Currently he lives in Tangiers in a house that reflects his artistic pursuits. This exhibition explores two central themes of the artist’s work: the role of humour and the role of personal biography.

The exhibition presents a selection of the artists work, from earlier work such as ox yokes, used on his family’s oxen, to the standing women that were put on his house, to recent larger multi-piece works.

The opening reception will take place on June 25, at 7 p.m. Colpitts will be in attendance for the opening.


In the galleries


- The Paints and Pots Creative Artists at Captain Hall's Treasure Chest in Hall's Harbour. Open daily, 11 a.m.  to  6 p.m. featuring Darren Brown of Dragon's Den fame -  a cigar box guitar maker.

-  Ed Hollett of Centreville is the next artist on display at the Designer Cafe in Kentville. His work will be on display until July 27.