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Pictured are the 17 artists selected for the 2018 edition of Uncommon Common Art, a summer outdoor temporary exhibition located in Kings County. Look for their art across the county from June through October.
Pictured are the 17 artists selected for the 2018 edition of Uncommon Common Art, a summer outdoor temporary exhibition located in Kings County. Look for their art across the county from June through October. - Contributed

A look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley

Uncommon artists selected

Uncommon Common Art (UCA), a summer outdoor temporary exhibition located in Kings County has selected its artists for 2018. A jury of Nova Scotian art professionals selected 17 artists from the region.

“We received an overwhelming response to our call for expressions of interest and I am impressed by the talent of the artists” said Kate Ward, curator. “Exhibiting artists include nationally recognized established artists such as Ericka Walker and Kim Morgan, emerging conceptual artists Lorraine Albert, Jessica Winton, Carrie Allison, and traditional artists with popular gallery followings: Marla Benton, Miyoshi Kondo, Bonnie Baker, to name a few.”

Over the past 11 years of Uncommon Common Art, UCA director Terry Drahos and the participating artists have worked to change the cultural fabric of the towns and rural areas of Kings County.

The UCA art installations are presented to the visitors and residents free of charge making it completely accessible to everyone. A colour guidebook is produced which makes it easy to find out more about the individual artworks and where to find them in the region.

Along with the art installations exhibited June through October, UCA presents a full season of programming offering a series of four artist talks at Acadia University in July, two weeks of summer camp in July and August, four hands-on art workshops in September, and art education in the school in October. This year UCA will round off its programming with an art exhibit of past UCA art work at the Charles Macdonald Concrete Museum during the month of August.

Fundy Cinema film screenings

-- Fundy Cinema screens Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool: Annette Bening and Jamie Bell star in Paul McGuigan's beguiling adaptation of British actor Peter Turner's memoir recounting his romance with the legendary (and legendarily eccentric) Hollywood star Gloria Grahame during the last years of her life.

Film Stars Don’t Die in Liverpool will be shown Sunday, Feb. 25 at 4 and 7 p.m. at Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.

-- Fundy Cinema will also screen Faces Places: The now 88-year-old French master Agnès Varda collaborates with 33-year-old street artist JR in a wondrous and tender travelogue in which the duo travel through small villages in the French countryside and immortalize the faces of those they meet in immense public murals.

Faces Places will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. at Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.

Tickets are $9 for each show and are available 30 minutes before screening.

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Contact 902-542-1050

Author Reading at Box of Delights

Author David A. Wimsett will be reading from his novel, Beyond the Shallow Bank, on Sunday, March 3 at 7 p.m. at Box of Delights Bookshop on Main Street in Wolfville.

Beyond the Shallow Bank is the story of a fictional artist named Margaret Talbot who has fought harassment, low pay, and assault to enter the male dominated world of publishing in 1901. Margaret loses a child in stillbirth and nearly dies herself. Her husband, John, who had been affectionate and supportive of Margaret’s illustrations and painting, turns cold and withdraws all physical and emotional contact. He forbids Margaret to paint, saying she must work exclusively on the magazine illustrations. She defies him and paints in secret, but cannot express the idea she struggles to express and questions if she really is an artist.

The Talbot’s travel to a Nova Scotia fishing village to write an article where an older woman becomes a friend and confidant while another accuses Margaret of being a witch. With the influences of those and other villagers, and her own self-determination, Margaret strives to discover who she is and what she truly wants.

At the Gallery

We LOVE Odd Couples! Round Hill Studio in Annapolis Royal has mounted a fun exhibition with an odd couples theme, but it’s not about Oscar and Felix.

What can be better than animal companionship? Nothing. A melding of domestic and wild animal friendships are represented in bright, and bold paintings by acrylic artist Jaime Lee Lightle. “If these unlikely pairs can see past their differences, why can’t we?” she asks. Exhibit runs to March 1. Round Hill Studio is at 280 St. George Street, Annapolis Royal.

Call for Directors

Directors needed for eight new plays. Plays submitted for the 2018 King's Shorts Festival of Ten Minute Plays are now being reviewed by the reading committee and the finalists will be announced in March.

The eight plays to be selected will be performed at the Festival on June 15, 16 and 17 at King's Theatre, Annapolis Royal. Directors for the eight plays are now being sought. All those interested in participating as a director are encouraged to apply.
The eight directors selected will choose their cast members from among those auditioning on April 5 and 8, 2018.
To enter your name for consideration, please contact Verilea Ellis at 902-245-2309, or email her at

Weekly Music Night

It’s Friday night so that means it’s Music Night at Port Royal Legion in Annapolis Royal where they will host The Blue Grove Band Feb. 23 from 8 to 10 p.m. or later. Join in on some great music weekly with no cover charge. Open to the public and everyone is welcome.

Rumors at Centre Stage

CentreStage Theatre takes the edge off the winter blahs with Neil Simon's farce Rumors.

At a large, tastefully appointed Sneden's Landing townhouse, the deputy mayor of New York City has shot himself on the night of his 10th wedding anniversary party. Though only a flesh wound, the four couples invited experience a severe attack of farcical 'cover-up'.

Lawyer Ken and his wife Chris arrive to find the deputy mayor bleeding in another room and no sign of his wife. They must get the "story" straight before the other guests arrive. As the confusions and miscommunications mount, the evening spins off into hilarity...and that's even before the cops arrive!

The play is directed by Junie Hutchinson. The cast, in order of appearance, are Charley McBride, Brian Cottam, Linda Levy Fisk, Mike Butler, John Smith, Gwenyth Dwyn, Alan Tupper, Caroline Leverett, Mike Kenny, and Karen Court.

The featured artist is Kelly Michelmore.

Check out Rumors Feb. 23, 24, March 2, 3, 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24, with doors opening for the evening performances at 6:45 p.m. Matinees will be held March 11, 18 and 25, with doors opening at 1:15 p.m.

Tickets are: adults $15; seniors/students $12; children age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are held until 15 minutes before show time.

Please note there is a coarse language advisory for this show.

Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.

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Cinderella! Cinderella!

Cinderella! Cinderella! by Edith Weiss is the first family show of 2018 and it is the first show in the newly renovated Upper Performance Centre at Centre Stage Theatre in Kentville.

This unique and hilarious adaptation has a new twist to the classic story of Cinderella and it’s bringing in the crowds.

Remaining shows are Feb. 24, 25, and March 3, 4. All shows begin at 2 p.m. (door opens at 1:15 p.m.) and all tickets are $5. Please call 902-678-8040 for reservations.

Centre Stage Theatre is located at 61 River Street in Kentville.

Off to see the Wizard
West Kings Theatre presents The Wizard of Oz Feb. 21 to 24 at 7:30 p.m. and a matinee Feb 25 at 2 p.m. at West Kings High School, Auburn. Adults $15, Students $10. Contact 902-848-1159 or

For additional information contact 902-760-0380

Getting ready for Ghost Walks

Interested in being part of the 11th year of Valley Ghost Walks? If so, you can go to Studio Z in Wolfville's Al Whittle Theatre to learn more. They’ll provide one of their scripts to be read as they search for theatrical talent to bring these historical productions to life.

The 2018 season will run predominantly on Thursdays and Fridays between Apple Blossom in May and Halloween. Locations include: Wolfville, Kentville, Windsor, Halls Harbour, and Hantsport. Male and female roles are available, but nothing for children at present. Part proceeds of these family-friendly walks go toward each performer.

Casting Call:

Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Studio Z, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville

Contact 902-692-8546


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Rose Cousins at Evergreen

Rose Cousins is back and on March 17 performs at Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville where they are thrilled to host the show which will feature songs from her new album Natural Conclusion.

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Smokin’ Blues Fest

If you’re making your summer plans, here’s one that should make your list. The Smokin’ Blues Fest at the Hants County Exhibition Grounds in Windsor July 6 and 7 boasts a lineup of great blues and rockin’ blues talent including the Christine Campbell Band, John Campbelljohn, Beauwater, the Kendra Gale Band, the Dan Doiron Band, Ced, Martyy & Dave, Curtis Matheson, amd the Logan Richard Band – and that’s just for starters. More acts are being added.

The event, dubbed ‘A Beacon of East Coast Blues’ is open to all ages, includes and after-hours acoustic jam, has free parking, on-site camping, and food and artisan vendors. Kids 12 and under get in free.

Go to for day and weekend passes that start at $20.

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