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Mark Towers entertained the Kentville Farmers’ Market crowd Aug. 28. The Wednesday market takes place in Centre Square from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m
Mermaid Imperial Performing Arts Centre (MIPAC) has announced its 2013-2014 Entertainment Series. The Very Hungry Caterpillar and Other Eric Carle Favourites, will launch the sixth season. On tour around the world for the past 15 years, local performances of this family treat always sell out quickly.
The centre will host The Irish Rovers Farewell to Nova Scotia tour with a not-to-be-missed matinee performance marking the Rovers’ final visit to the region before they retire.
In addition to its Family Fare Series, MIPAC will introduce the Nova Scotia Fare Series. With a focus on local talent, these concerts will showcase diverse Nova Scotian artists including country troubadour Ryan Cook, perennial favourite Stan Carew, blues artist John Campbelljohn, the vibrant drum group SQUID, Celtic-influenced Cassie and Maggie MacDonald, and a dynamic Songwriters’ Circle with rising stars Ria Mae, Carmel Mikol and Kim Wempe.
The coming season will also feature MIPAC’s first international artist. Based in North Carolina, Donna Washington, a mesmerizing African-American storyteller, spent her childhood travelling the world with her military family. Her exposure to diverse cultures and the richness of the oral tradition honed her love of stories.
By popular request, the Truro-based Maritime Marionettes will return to the Family Fare Series, and audiences of all ages will be treated to a performance by the celebrated Québec company Bouge de là, The award-winning dance and visual arts innovators will present The Studio during the only Nova Scotia stop on their first Maritime tour.
New for this season are special ticket package prices. Patrons can save $5 per person when purchasing tickets to all five Family Fare Series shows; and $9 per person with the purchase of tickets to all three Nova Scotia Fare shows.
Tickets for all shows are on sale now at Ticketpro.ca, 1-888-311-9090, or in person at Windsor Home Hardware and all other Ticketpro outlets.
Open auditions in Greenwood
The Greenwood Players welcomes all would be thespians to audition for its fall play Fruitcakes. The play requires a large and varied cast so come out and show us what you’ve got. Fruitcakes requires four men and four women, six boys and seven girls (all of varying ages), so there just might be a role for you!
Auditions will be held on stage at the A.V.M. Morfee Centre Aug. Sept. 5 starting at 7 p.m. as well as Sept. 8 starting at 1 p.m. The show will run the week of Nov. 18. Info: Gerald Cormier, 765-0327, or Chantal Murphy, 847-3197.
Minglewood @ Evergreen
Matt Minglewood will perform Sept. 6 at the Evergreen Theatre in East Margaretsville.
He has more than a dozen recordings under his belt and shows no signs of slowing down. Music starts at 8 p.m. Tickets: 825-6834.
At Union Street
The Funtime Brigade from Wolfville will perform in Berwick Sept. 6, starting at 8:30 p.m.
The following night the Kickin’ Mule Blues Band will play at 9 p.m.
Night Kitchen – new season
Night Kitchen Resplendent will launch another season in the Al Whittle Theatre in Wolfville Sept. 7. 8 p.m.
Tickets: $10, $5 for students.
Robin Hood in the Park
Broken Leg Theatre in Wolfville is presenting Robin Hood in Willow Park two more days: Sept. 7 and 8.
Donna Holmes promises a comic version of the Sherwood Forest tale. The script was written by Homes and Louise Williams.
Show times for the hour-long production are 3 and 6 p.m. Freewill donation.
Story Mob hits Wolfville
The Annapolis Valley Regional Library is thrilled to present its first StoryMob Green Eggs and Ham Sept. 7, somewhere in Wolfville.
Taking place between 10 a.m. and noon, the exact location and time will be released 24 hours in advance through social media, radio and the library website. A story mob is inspired by an exceptional children’s book and allows for participation in a variety of ways including costumes and props, simple choreography, musical instruments and reading from the book. StoryMobs are primarily aimed at families, but warmly welcome the involvement of book-lovers, flash mob-enthusiasts and fun folks of all ages.
Volunteer adult readers are needed. To sign up to read, or to find out more information about the event contact Angela Reynolds, email@example.com.
The upcoming story mob is sponsored by the Annapolis Valley Regional Library, Valley Family Fun and CentreStage Theatre.
An even dozen for Fundy Film
The Fundy Film Society is rolling out its 12th autumn season Sept. 8, with Before Midnight.
The third movie in Richard Linklater’s trilogy. Jesse and Celine meet in their twenties in Before Sunrise, 1995, reunite in their thirties in Before Sunset, 2004, and now face the past, present and future, family, romance and love in Greece “before midnight." Sept. 8 at 4 and 7 p.m., Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville. Tickets: $8, 30 minutes before the show.
This year’s series brings 23 great features and documentaries from a dozen different countries and four continents ot the Valley. Here are just a few highlights of the series: the first film ever shot in Saudi Arabia (Wadjda) which is also the first feature film made by a female Saudi Filmmaker; Watermark, a documentary about water, reuniting the duo (Baichwal and Burtynsky) who created Manufactured Landscapes; The Adventures of Prince Achmed, which is the oldest surviving animated feature film (1926) with an original score composed and performed live by Small World Project, an award-winning trio from Montréal; Ain’t In It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm and the introduction of an exciting new Fundy Film series called weird Wednesday (wW) beginning with two super screenings Oct. 30 and Dec. 11.
Fundy Film six-Packs, $36, and advance tickets for The Adventures of Prince Achmed
($20/$12 for students) will be sold Sept. 7, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Fundy Film table in the Al Whittle Theatre Lobby, and at all Fundy Film screenings from Sept. 8 to 15.
Sept. 9 marks the posthumous release of a collection of poems by Annapolis Valley resident, Stewart H. Fraser. Originally published in 1974, Early Works is a collection featuring a variety of themes.
This re-release is an entirely digital creation that uses the original text, combined with photographs of Fraser, who spent most of his life in Nova Scotia. He died in 1991 from colon cancer. Half of the proceeds from the collection will be donated to cancer research.
Read one book
For the second year in a row, Nova Scotians will be asked to “read the same book and share the same story” in a provincewide initiative called One Book Nova Scotia. The selected book will be announced at a launch event Sept. 10, in Dartmouth.
“Last year, 450 people attended author readings across the province and the book was borrowed more than 1,100 times during the seven-week campaign,” said Frances Newman, chair of the One Book Nova Scotia steering committee and head of the Annapolis Valley Regional Library.
“We want to build on the success from last year and continue to nurture a culture of reading in Nova Scotia.”
One Book Nova Scotia will run from Sept. 10 until Nov. 1. The author of the selected book will be doing readings at libraries and other venues across the province.
The book was selected by a committee of librarians and industry professionals in Nova Scotia.
“Once the book is announced, we hope that Nova Scotians will borrow, buy or listen to the book. If you can’t make it to a reading, there are other ways to particpate, such as by interacting with us through Twitter or Facebook or joining a book club discussion at a public library,” said Newman.
The One Book movement began in 1998 out of the Seattle Public Library. Since then, the concept has spread to other locations, including Calgary, Waterloo and PEI. More information about One Book Nova Scotia can be found at 1bns.ca
Jenn Grant in concert
Singer Jenn Grant will give a concert in Wolfville with Jim Bryson Sept. 12.
It will start at 7 p.m. at the Al Whittle Theatre.
Grant is set to hit the road this fall, bringing with her a batch of new material that she has written for her next album.
Bryson will kick off the evening as her special guest.
A Juno nominee, Grant has released four albums. Her most recent., The Beautiful Wild, won this year’s ECMA pop recording of the year award.
Tickets are available at the Box of Delights bookstore. Info: 542-9511.
Series starts with pianist
Michael Kaeshammer, a gifted songwriter and pianist, will perform for the Acadia Performing Arts Series Sept. 14.
The Saturday concert at the Festival Theatre starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at the Acadia University box office.
New metal fest
Sept. 14 marks the inaugural Maritime Metal and Hard Rock Festival at Fox Mountain Camping Park.
This event is the first of it's kind for the region and it's ready to take that region by thunderous storm, promises organizer Jay Chetwynd. Featuring a stellar lineup of Maritime metal and hard rock bands, he says, the event is a "celebration of East Coast loud" in more ways than one.
Among the bands performing are: Broken Ohms, Black Moor, Iron Giant, Fed Pennies, Death Valley Driver, Black City Avenger and Chaos Theory.
There will be acoustic jams after the show, so bring guitars. Fox Mountain Camping Park will have an early-bird camping special. Advance tickets and gate tickets are only $38.50, taxes included. Evening passes are available for $26 after 9 p.m. Camping is also available.
For details and booking: 847-3747.
Coming soon to CentreStage Theatre in Kentville is Lord Arthur Savile's Crime By Constance Cox, which is based on a story by Oscar Wilde.
This play is based on an 1890s story about Lord Arthur Savile's who is engaged to lovely Sybil Merton. Her pet chiromantist Podgers has read Lord Arthur's palm and foretold he would commit a murder. Lord Arthur desires a blissful married life and therefore feels duty bound to get the murder over with first.
Fridays and Saturdays beginning Sept. 13 at 8 p.m. Matinees Sept. 29 and Oct. 6
Tickets: $15/$12. Info: 678-8040.
In the galleries
- Copper Fox Gallery in Hall’s Harbour features an eclectic group of Canadian artists with a focus this month on Halifax artist Eva Toth. Her current show is called Wheels and Water.
- Until Sept. 29, works by Robert Pope will be on display at the Acadia University Art Gallery in Wolfville. A curatorial talk is set for Sept. 27 at 2 p.m. with curator Tom Smart.