Cho­rus sings of hero women fol­low­ing Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion

The Amherst News - - ARTS/PETS - An­drew Mac­Gre­gor

Col­lab­o­rat­ing with in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed au­thor Ami McKay ( e Birth House, e Vir­gin Cure), Xara Choral eatre Ensem­ble presents an orig­i­nal work of choral the­atre that ex­plores the role mid­wives, nurses, and women played in the af­ter­math of the Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion.

The Hal­i­fax Ex­plo­sion (De­cem­ber 6, 1917) killed 2,000 peo­ple and se­ri­ously in­jured an­other 9,000. e blast was the largest hu­man-made ex­plo­sion in his­tory un­til the introduction of the atom bomb. Amid the many sto­ries of death, ruin, and in­jury, it is lesser know that nearly all preg­nant women liv­ing within range of the ex­plo­sion went into spon­ta­neous labour from the force of the blast, re­gard­less of the ges­ta­tional age of their un­born chil­dren.

Mid­wives from across Nova Sco­tia, New Brunswick, and North­east­ern USA boarded trains within hours of hear­ing the news to as­sist in the af­ter­math. Fea­tur­ing dy­namic choral mu­sic, poignant stag­ing, and text and nar­ra­tive writ­ten by Ami McKay, this ex­cit­ing new work pre­miered in Hal­i­fax in April will be in Amherst at Trin­ity St. Stephens United Church on Septem­ber 10th at 3 p.m. For tick­ets or more in­for­ma­tion call 667-8483.

This evening Duncan’s Pub is fea­tur­ing mu­sic from Lise Blak­eney from 4:30 un­til 6:30 p.m. fol­lowed by Camp­fire Dave for 3 hours be­gin­ning at 7:30 p.m. For live en­ter­tain­ment at Bella’s Cafe tonight, their stage will be graced by Mike Blak­eney.

The 2nd An­nual Border­town Work­ing Truck Show and Shine is this Saturday and Sun­day at the Amherst Cen­ter (use the Cana­dian Tire en­trance) Reg­is­tra­tion starts at 10 a.m. on Saturday and the en­try fee is $20 for work­ing trunks with ad­mis­sion is by do­na­tion for pa­trons. ere will be prizes, a BBQ/break­fast on site as well as ven­dors and mu­sic with pro­ceeds go­ing to the very wor­thy cause of the Spe­cial Olympics. For more in­for­ma­tion, call Bill Dowe at 902664-6316.

Twisted Stitch­ers is back on at the Four Fa­thers Me­mo­rial Li­brary this Wed­nes­day from 6:30 un­til 8 p.m. e drop-in stitchery group in­vite you to bring your project to work on at this monthly in­for­mal get-to­gether. Knit­ting, cro­chet, em­broi­dery, quilt­ing and all other kinds of tex­tile crafts are wel­come as they meet on the 2nd Wed­nes­day of each month from Septem­ber to June. For more in­for­ma­tion call the li­brary at 667-2549.

In Parrs­boro Main & Sta­tion None­such is ea­gerly look­ing for­ward to the ar­rival of Brian D. Co­hen for a None­such Art Res­i­dency this Septem­ber. ey will be host­ing an artist talk with Co­hen on Wed­nes­day, Septem­ber 13th at 7:30 p.m.

Brian D. Co­hen is an ed­u­ca­tor, artist, and writer. In 1989 he founded Bridge Press to fur­ther the as­so­ci­a­tion and in­te­gra­tion of visual im­age, orig­i­nal text, and book struc­ture.

As a print­maker, Co­hen has shown in over forty in­di­vid­ual ex­hi­bi­tions, in­clud­ing a ret­ro­spec­tive at the Fresno Art Mu­seum, and has par­tic­i­pated in over 150 group shows.

His books and etch­ings are held by ma­jor pri­vate and pub­lic col­lec­tions through­out the United States, in­clud­ing Yale, Har­vard, Brown, and Stan­ford Uni­ver­si­ties, Mid­dle­bury, Smith, Welles­ley, Swarth­more, and Dart­mouth Col­leges Co­hen is also the il­lus­tra­tor of two pop­u­lar nat­u­ral sci­ence books, Read­ing the Forested Land­scape and e Gran­ite Land­scape, and is a fre­quent con­trib­u­tor of art­work to lit­er­ary re­views and other pub­li­ca­tions, in­clud­ing the Paris Re­view.

A book of his work, Brian D. Co­hen: Etch­ings & Books, was pub­lished in 2001. His writ­ing on prints, books, and arts education have ap­peared in the Huff­in­g­ton Post, Art in Print, Paren­the­sis, Ver­mont Views, and other print and on­line jour­nals and mag­a­zines.

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