A look at upcoming arts and entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:
Fundy Cinema film screenings
-- Fundy Cinema has a weekend screening of The Other Side of Hope: In a deeply humane and wryly humorous parable on the refugee crisis, Finnish master Aki Kaurismäki portrays the unlikely friendship between a Syrian refugee living illegally on the streets of Helsinki and a disillusioned middle-aged menswear salesman in the middle of a career change.
The Other Side of Hope will be shown Sunday, Feb. 11 at 4 and 7 p.m. at Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.
-- Fundy Cinema will also screen Dawson City: Frozen Time: Filmmaker Bill Morrison chronicles the history of a Canadian gold rush town and the First Nations culture it displaced by piecing together the bizarre life cycle of some 500 early 20th century film canisters and reels discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool in Dawson City in 1978.
Dawson City: Frozen Time will be shown Wednesday, Feb. 14 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.
Go To: fundycinema.ca
At the Gallery
We LOVE Odd Couples! Round Hill Studio in Annapolis Royal is mounting 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. See this exhibit starting Feb. 9 with and opening reception from 7 to 9 p.m. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Caleb Miles Band at Oakdene
The Caleb Mile Band performs at the Oakdene Centre in Bear River Feb. 10 at 8 p.m.
Miles is joined by Noah Scanlan and Mike Carroll.
The Oakdene Centre is located at 1913 Clementsvale Road, Bear River.
Tickets are $10 at the door. 19 and over only.
Tom Regan Memorial Concert
The Acadia Performing Arts Series presents Acadia School of Music students, faculty, alumni, and friends in the Tom Regan Memorial Concert at the Festival Theatre on Feb. 10. It’s the annual showcase of the diversity and depth of the musical talent at Acadia.
Ensembles featured include the 20-piece Acadia Jazz Band, the Chamber Music Workshop, and the Acadia Percussion Ensemble.
Expect solos from vocalists Christianne Rushton, Paula Rockwell, Ellen Torrie and Meagan Adams accompanied by Michael Caines and Mary Castello at the piano.
Pianist Jennifer King will be present a couple of selections from her new CD, O Mistress Moon. One of these compositions is by Acadia faculty member, Derek Charke.
Tickets are $26 for adults, $20 for students. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the Acadia University Box Office in person, by phone at 902-542-5500 or 1-800-542-TICK(8425), or online athttp://boxoffice.acadiau.ca
Centre Stage has Drinking Habits
Who says winter can be long and boring? Not the nuns at Sisters of Perpetual Sewing!
Drinking Habits by Tom Smith will make you forget the cold of winter with this laugh-out loud farce. Two nuns have been secretly making wine to keep the convent's doors open, but Paul and Sally, reporters and former fiancées, are hot on their trail. Can the convent be saved? Come to CentreStage and find out!
Remaining dates are Feb. 9 and 10. Front of House opens at 6:45 p.m.
Tickets are adults $15; seniors/students $12; children, age12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are hold until 15 minutes before show time.
Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.
Go To: www.centrestagetheatre.ca
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.
The play is on Feb.17, 18, 24, 25, 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.
Celebrating Mona Parsons
The Annapolis Valley Macdonald Museum in Middleton is hosting a celebration of Mona Parsons, 1901-1976 who has been selected as Nova Scotia’s 2018 Heritage Day Honouree. Mona was born in Middleton and as a child attended Macdonald Consolidated School that is now Macdonald Museum.
Andria Hill-Lehr, the author of Mona’s biography, will be giving a presentation. There will also be some items on display that were owned by Mona, plus a reception sponsored by Communities, Culture and Heritage.
The event will be held Heritage Day, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. (storm date Feb 24).
Rube & Rake in concert
On Feb. 8, at the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre, 6 Main St., from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m. Rube & Rake perform. They’re a folk/roots duo based out of St. John’s, NL, with a primary focus on creating sparse, stripped down songs. While many performers often look to expand their arrangements, the duo has found the opposite works best for them, allowing their harmonies and delivery of lyrics come to the forefront.
The two members, Josh Sandu (vocals/guitar/banjo) and Andrew Laite (vocals/guitar), have been honing their craft for the better part of four years, playing all across Canada. In the midst of releasing their debut album Back and Forth, the two are primed to have a busy year. They have recently appeared on CBC television as a feature artist on Absolutely Canadian, played multiple summer festivals in Newfoundland and Labrador, and are currently planning to tour their album across the country.
Cost: $15. Tickets available at the door or online at www.thehmcc.ca. For info: email@example.com.
Dukes of Kent Barbershop Chorus
On Feb. 10 at 7 p.m., a true class act is coming to Churchill House. The Dukes of Kent will be visiting the Hantsport Memorial Community Centre’s Churchill House for a concert. Doors open at 6 p.m.
A cash bar will be available, and refreshments will also be available at intermission. Ticket includes apple pie and ice cream.
Tickets are available by e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org or you can pick them up in person at Churchill House during Chase The Ace on Friday evenings.
Cost: $10. For info: email@example.com.
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.
Feb. 21 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Studio Z, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville
Feb. 27 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Studio Z, Al Whittle Theatre, Wolfville
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 www.smokinbluesfest.ca for day and weekend passes that start at $20.