Kings County art scene Aug. 12

Wendy Elliott
Published on August 12, 2014

Piano recital coming up

Heather Pineo Regan of Port Williams is giving two performances of the Copland Piano Sonata.

The program will begin with Bach's Partita in B-flat Major and ends with Chopin's Etude in C minor, Op. 25, No. 12. The main feature of the concert is a tribute to Aaron Copland and a rare opportunity to hear his piano sonata, according to Pineo Regan.

The first performance in Wolfville will be on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. at the Irving Centre’s Garden Room, Acadia University. Admission is by donation.



War songs in Wolfville

A sing-a-long evening of songs from the First World War, hosted by Tim McFarland, will take place at the Wolfville Legion on Aug. 15.

Gus Webb will be on piano and the singers will include Alan Slipp, Devon Edmunds, Donna Holmes and Anne Hope. Don Coates will present his own wartime song.

The singing will start at 7:30 p.m.


Rugs on display

The Charles Macdonald Concrete House Museum, located at 19 Saxon St., Centreville, is showing a series of hooked rugs by the late Kathleen Slipp of Wolfville.

Slipp initially took a class at the Kings Courthouse Museum in the early 1990s, hooking an oriental rug. Prolific at her hobby, she didn’t sell her rugs, but instead distributed them through family and friends.

A sampling of rugs will be on exhibit until Aug. 31 at the museum, which is open 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily.

It is also the outdoor site of the Uncommon Common Art Stop 13, an installation by Kevin West, titled My Six Degrees of Separation.



Cook to perform

On Aug. 16, Ryan Cook, a travelling songwriter, will perform at the Union Street Café in Berwick.

Having performed over 700 shows since 2007, Cook has shared the stage with Dwight Yoakam, Rosanne Cash, Sammy Kershaw, Steve Poltz, Brandi Carlile, and Joel Plaskett.

Well-known local singer/songwriter Don Osburn is on stage on Friday, August 15. Both shows start at 8 p.m.


Love in Bloom

A late summer garden social entitled Love in Bloom will take place the beautiful 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 light fare refreshment. Guests are encouraged to wear their own fancy, period attire as a prize will be awarded.

Ticket price is $12 a person and includes admission to the Prescott House Museum. Proceeds are in support of the Kings County Museum. 


Annie on stage

Edalene Theatre will present its summer theatre intensive camp production of Annie Aug. 21–22 in Wolfville. The production takes place at the Al Whittle Theatre at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. both days.



Live in Canning

Samantha Power will perform live at the Canning Picnic in the Park on Aug. 24. The Hi Lites will also entertain.



Wolfville focus

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 of 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.

Jerry Finnegan’s Sister is on stage August 8, 9, 10m, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29 and 30 at 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee Aug. 24.

Tickets $15/$12 (call 678-8040 for reservations).



 Summer theatres on this month

Valley Summer Theatre is currently performing its final play of the summer.

Mass Appeal 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 and Sean Robertson, 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 indoors in case of rain.

The Miracle Man is a new musical by Allen Cole and Michael O’Brien, based on the Canadian novel by Frank L. Packard. A group of small-time con artists set out to swindle a rural faith healer and his followers, only to experience miracles themselves. It is directed by Ken Schwartz and 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 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.




Auditions scheduled

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 for 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 Aug. 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:// 

- 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 its seventh season underway. 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.

- 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.