Chorus sings of hero women following Halifax Explosion
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.