A look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:
Climate change documentary at King’s Theatre Nov. 28
Annapolis Royal filmmaker Andrea Vandenboer brings her documentary ‘Climate Change & the Human Prospect’ to King’s Theatre Nov. 28 at 7:30 p.m. The Centre for Local Prosperity movie comes out of discussions on climate change held right here in Nova Scotia.
The film ‘Climate Change & the Human Prospect’ documents the vision created at the Climate Change and the Human Prospect: A Thinkers Retreat held at the Thinkers Lodge in Pugwash, Nova Scotia.
In the compelling setting of the Thinkers Lodge where scientists and scholars from all over the world have stayed and tackled the world’s most pressing issues through the power of dialogue, ‘Climate Change and the Human Prospect’ captures the thoughts, emotions and ideas of these thinkers – scientists, economists, municipal councillors, planners, artists, community activists, First Nations, and Eastern wisdom representatives and others – as they articulate global warming’s cascading impact on small, rural and coastal communities and focus on actionable, locally-oriented and forward-motion climate change plans.
The King’s Theatre screening also includes a dialogue on climate change solutions by Annapolis County Warden Timothy Habinski and municipal councillor Gregory Heming.
Admission is by donation.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ at King’s Nov. 23 & 25
King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal screen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody?’ Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 at 7:30 p.m. both nights.
‘Bohemian Rhapsody’ is a foot-stomping celebration of Queen, their music and their extraordinary lead singer Freddie Mercury who defied stereotypes and shattered convention to become one of the most beloved entertainers on the planet. The film traces the meteoric rise of the band through their iconic songs and revolutionary sound. They reach unparalleled success, but in an unexpected turn Freddie, surrounded by darker influences, shuns Queen in pursuit of his solo career. Having suffered greatly without the collaboration of Queen, Freddie manages to reunite with his bandmates just in time for Live Aid. While bravely facing a recent AIDS diagnosis, he leads the band in one of the greatest performances in the history of rock music. Queen cements a legacy that continues to inspire outsiders, dreamers and music lovers to this day.
Tickets: $11 Adult, $10 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.
Doors open 45 minutes before show time.
Go Online: www.kingstheatre.ca
The Game’s Afoot at CentreStage
The danger and hilarity are non-stop in this glittering, farcical mystery. Ken Ludwig's ‘The Game’s Afoot’ or ‘Holmes for the Holidays’ will be on stage at CentreStage Theatre in time for the holidays.
It is December 1936, and Broadway star William Gillette, admired the world over for his leading role in the play Sherlock Holmes, has invited his fellow cast members to his Connecticut mansion for a weekend of revelry. When one of the guests turns up dead, the festivities in this isolated house of hidden rooms and state-of-the art gadgets quickly turn dangerous.
The play is directed by Junie Hutchinson. The cast in order of appearance: John Smith, Mike Butler, Hannah Fisk, Linda Levy Fisk, Ethan Van Meekeren, Wendy Stewart, Devon Edmonds, Caroline Leverett. The featured artist is Karen Kerr.
Remaining dates are Nov. 23, 24,30, Dec. 1, 2m, 7, 8.
Front of House opens at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances and 1:15 p.m. for the matinees.
Tickets are: adults $15; seniors/students $12; children, age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time.
Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.
Go Online: www.centrestagetheatre.ca
On the screen at Fundy Cinema
Fundy Cinema screens ‘The Children Act’ on Nov. 25 at 4 and 7 p.m.
While her marriage to Jack (Stanley Tucci) is at breaking point, workaholic British High Court judge Fiona Maye (Emma Thompson) is asked to rule whether to make Adam (Fionn Whitehead), a 17-year-old Jehovah's Witness suffering from leukemia, undergo the blood transfusion that will save his life.
Fundy Cinema also screens ‘Sir’ on Nov. 28 at 7 p.m.
Indian director Rohena Gera's fiction feature debut is a socially observant, character-driven drama about a transgressive romance between a widowed domestic servant who dreams of becoming a tailor and her employer, the disillusioned son of a wealthy Mumbai family.
Shows are at Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville. Tickets are $10 and available 30 minutes before screening.
Go Online: fundycinema.ca
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Robar-Decoste exhibit at Round Hill Studio
Round Hill Studio’s Twila Robar-Decoste exhibit ‘Field and Forest’ continues until Nov. 30.
Robar-Decoste is a renowned, published illustrator and botanical artist. Her exhibit will be comprised of paintings in both watercolour and acrylic and include many native and introduced spices of plants, animals, and birds of Nova Scotia.
“The colours, forms and details of our natural landscape and its flora and fauna continually fascinate me” - Decoste
Round Hill Studio is at 280 St-George St., in Annapolis Royal.
Go Online: www.roundhillstudio.com.
‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ at Lower Denton
The world of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ mixes the criminally seedy with the pompously posh. Pratfalls, spit takes, puns, improvisation, slamming doors, audience participation, double-entendres and triple takes: ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ leaves no comic stone unturned.
That shouldn’t imply any lack of genuine wit in the broad farce and bawdy humor of ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ when the Acadia Theatre Company’s production is playing at Lower Denton Hall theatre at Acadia starting Nov. 16.
An ideal farce requires events to be unfolding mostly in a state of blind panic, but ‘One Man, Two Guvnors’ strikes an ingenious balance between meticulous planning and what plays like anarchic spontaneity.
This production owes no obedience to theatrical tropes, so there's no need to brush up on Commedia dell'Arte, Christmas Pantos, or Music Hall ditties to enjoy ‘One Man, Two Guvnors.’
Remaining shows are Nov. 21, 22, 23 at 7:30 p.m. with a 1 p.m. matinee on Nov. 24.
Tickets are $15 for regular admission and $10 for students and seniors. There is also a group rate of $7 (per ticket) for a group of eight people or more. The production will be held in Lower Denton theatre at Acadia University.
Beauty and the Beast by Greenwood Players
The Greenwood Players Theatre Group presents a pantomime ‘Beauty and the Beast’ Dec. 4 to 8 at 7 p.m. and Dec. 9 at 2 p.m. at 14 Wing Greenwood Morfee Centre on 24 School Road, Greenwood.
The pantomime is a wonderful love story, with beautiful songs and lots of laughs too, a must see treat for the entire family.
Tickets – cash only -- at the door.
Lauren Soloy ARCAC artist in residence
The Annapolis Region Community Arts Council has selected Lauren Soloy as its new artist in residence. The residency is supported by the Parker Mountain Wind Turbine Society, and will take place Nov. 20 to Dec. 20.
Lauren recently signed a two-book contract with Tundra Books (a division of Penguin Random House Canada) to write and illustrate two picture books, and will be using the residency to work on the final art for the first book.
As part of the residency, she will be offering open studio hours, hands-on activities, and story-times for families, and an artist talk on her path to representation and publication. To see more of Lauren’s work, you can visit her at: www.laurensoloy.com
Annapolis Region Community Arts Council is located at 396 St. George St. Annapolis Royal.
Open hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends from 1 to 4 p.m. (It’s operated by volunteers so call ahead.)
Go Online: https://arcac-artsplace.weebly.com/
Lizzy Hoyt Trio sings carols at King’s
It’s a Celtic Christmas at King’s Theatre with Winnipeg’s award-winning singer-songwriter Lizzy Hoyt and her Trio on Dec. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
This special seasonal show, called ‘Ancient Carols for a Winter’s Night,’ will deliver music with soaring melodies that are rooted in Celtic and folk traditions. Local audiences will be delighted to discover not only her gorgeous voice, but that she’s a master of the fiddle, guitar, and harp. And she step dances too.
Lizzy Hoyt is one of Canada’s most powerful Celtic-folk artists. Known for bringing Canadian history to life with music, her songs have garnered awards and nominations while also connecting strongly with audiences across the country.
For tickets to the Lizzy Hoyt Trio’s ‘Ancient Carols for a Winter’s Night’, call the King’s Theatre Box Office at 902-532-7704 or visit kingstheatre.ca.