At the Acadia gallery
Works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville until Sept. 29. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.
A social realist painter, Pope (1956-1992) is best known for his collection of paintings that explore his experience of healthcare and healing as a cancer patient. Pope graduated from Acadia University with a degree in mathematics and physics and went on to study art at NSCAD University in the fall of 1978.
His cancer diagnosis in 1982 caused him to recalibrate his artistic project in order to reflect on the very personal circumstances and anxieties he was facing as a result of his diagnosis and the subsequent treatments he underwent. His cancer series portrays his experiences as a patient and gives a voice and visual form to the experiences of suffering fellow patients. This exhibition celebrates the artist and his belief in the power of art as preventive medicine that generates hope, healing and inspiration.
Jeremy Webb and Susan Stackhouse are touring Dylan Thomas’ classic play, Under Milkwood, in August. Under the direction of Rhys Bevan-John, this production played in March at the Park Place Theatre in Point Pleasant Park. The reaction was so positive that the team is taking the show ‘on the road’ to Wolfville through Aug. 18.
The story follows the eclectic and colourful inhabitants of the imaginary Welsh town of LLaraggub through a simple day. All is not as it seems and we peek behind the lace curtains and wooden doors of the houses to see what is really bubbling under the lid of the sleepy community.
A second show from Off the Leash coming to the Al Whittle this summer as well. David Hughes' gentle physical comedy show, Stuff and Nonsense, is aimed at a family audience.
The 45-minute performance premiered in 1997 at the Fredericton Playhouse Theatre. It will hit the stage in Wolfville through Aug. 17, with shows at 11 a.m. each day.
Tickets for both Under Milkwood and Stuff and Nonsense are on sale at the Box of Delights in Wolfville.
At Ross Creek
Two Planks and a Passion Theatre near Canning has two plays on for the summer.
Shakespeare’s As You Like It is a romantic romp through the Forest of Arden and one of the most beloved and enduring comedies in any language. The Iliad by Fire is a new adaptation of Homer’s epic tale of gods, war and love, created by Artistic Director Ken Schwartz. This show will be performed later in the evening, with both actors and audience around a campfire. The Iliad by Fire will be performed at 9:30 p.m. and audiences can often see both shows in one evening.
As You Like It runs until Aug. 17, while The Iliad by Fire runs Tuesdays and Saturdays at 9:30 p.m. Seating is limited. Detailed information is available at www.twoplanks.ca
The Kings County SPCA is holding a benefit concert with Stan Carew from CBC Radio and John Campbelljohn on Aug. 15 at the Union Street Café in Berwick.
Stan is the popular host of CBC's Weekend Mornings as well as a singer, songwriter and John is an award winning musician. Come out and enjoy this evening of great music in support of a good cause.
Tickets are $25.
Regan in recital
Heather Pineo Regan will be giving a piano recital on Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. at the Irving Centre Garden Room, Acadia University, Wolfville.
The program features works by Fauré, Poulenc, Schoenberg and Ravel.
Regan began her formal musical training at the age of nine in Halifax. While studying piano at the Maritime Conservatory of Music, she appeared as a soloist with the Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, directed by Raffi Armenian. She won the Bachelor of Music gold medal from Brandon University and received her Master of Music degree from Western.
In the early 1990s, guided by acclaimed American pianist William Doppmann, she further developed her solo piano playing as a recitalist. Her first CD of Debussy selections was released in 2000 and was followed by a second with works by Schuman in 2002. Her newest CD, Frédéric Chopin, was released in 2010.
Teaching private piano lessons for over 25 years in London, Ontario, Ottawa, Kentville and Halifax, she is based in Port Williams.
Admission to the recital is by freewill offering at the door.
Musique Royale in Wolfville
Responsio, a work for solo bass clarinet and a vocal quartet, by Peter-Anthony Togni, will be presented at the Manning Memorial Chapel in Wolfville on Aug. 23. The work is a contemporary response to Guillaume de Machaut's medieval masterpiece from 1364, Messe de Nostre Dame.
The musicians include clarinetist Jeff Reilly, soprano Suzie LeBlanc, mezzo soprano Andrea Ludwig, tenor Charles Daniels and tenor John Potter.
Integrating newly-composed music into existing liturgical music was a medieval practice called troping. Machaud's work was itself created by adding his own material to chant melodies reaching back to the 9th century and Togni continued the practice - reflecting, commenting and embellishing Machaud's work, bringing a 14th century creation forward into the heart of the 21st century.
The concert is at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door: $20, students $10. Call 582-3933 for information.
Hear some singing
Support Nova Scotia's singers, young and old, will be performing this month at the Berwick United Church Campground.
Junior Choir Camp concert features over 100 singers, ages eight to 13, with guest conductor Diana Clark of B.C. They will perform on Aug. 17 at 1 p.m.
The Youth Camp Concert, featuring 60 singers aged 13-18, will be directed by guest conductor Bruce Cable of Alberta. They will perform on Aug. 17 at 2:30 p.m.
A special talk by adult choir camp guest conductor, Len Ratzlaff, reflecting on his life of singing, will be held Aug. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Pianist Edward Enman, will give a recital
Aug. 22, 7:30 p.m., at Berwick United Church, Commercial Street.
The Adult Choir Camp Concert, with 50 singers ages 18 and up and guest conductor Len Ratzlaff of Alberta will perform Aug. 24 at 2 p.m. in the Berwick United Church Campground pavilion.
Shirley Valentine in on stage in Kentville. She is a middle-aged Liverpool housewife, who finds herself talking to the wall while she prepares her husband's eggs ‘n chips, wondering what happened to her life. But when her best friend wins an all-expenses-paid vacation to Greece for two, Shirley begins to see the world, and herself, in a different light.
Shirley Valentine plays on Aug. 16-17, 23-25, 30 and 31. Showtime is 8 p.m., with a 2 p.m. matinee on Aug. 11 and 25. Tickets are $15/$12, call 678-8040 for reservations.
The Evergreen Theatre has a Fundy Folk Night on Aug. 24. Admission is $10 at the door or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org - and will feature lots of local talent.
In the galleries
- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour has a show entitled ‘Art Squared.’ It features an eclectic group of Canadian artists.
- Nistal Prem De Boer work is on display at, Charles McDonald House, Centreville