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Well-known Cana­dian writer An­dre Alexis will be read­ing at the Irv­ing Cen­tre au­di­to­rium on Feb. 8.

Alexis was born in Trinidad and grew up in Canada. His nov­els, short sto­ries and plays have gar­nered ac­claim. His re­cent novel, Fif­teen Dogs, won the 2015 Sco­tia­bank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writ­ers’ Trust Fiction Prize.

His lat­est work, The Hid­den Keys, com­bines puz­zle, quest and crime. Park­dale’s Green Dol­phin is a bar of ill re­pute, and it is there that Tan­cred Palmieri, a thief with el­e­gant and eru­dite tastes, meets Wil­low Azar­ian, an ag­ing heroin ad­dict. She re­veals to Tan­cred that her very wealthy fa­ther has re­cently passed away, leav­ing each of his five chil­dren a mys­te­ri­ous ob­ject that pro­vides one clue to the where­abouts of a large in­her­i­tance. Wil­low en­lists Tan­cred to steal these ob­jects from her sib­lings and help her solve the puz­zle.

His read­ing will take place at 7 p.m.

On Feb. 9, the an­nual African Youth Ta­lent Night is start­ing at 6 p.m. at the Hor­ton High School Per­for­mance Cen­tre.

This fam­ily- friendly event show­cases the amaz­ing tal­ents of stu­dents in the An­napo­lis Val­ley Re­gional School Board’s Stu­dent Sup­port Worker and Na­tive Stu­dent Ad­vi­sor pro­grams. From singing to in­stru­men­tal mu­sic, dance to com­edy, it’s a great night of fun for ev­ery­one. All wel­come, ad­mis­sion by freewill of­fer­ing.

Ari­ana Nasr and Cur­tis Thorpe will be re­turn­ing to Nova Sco­tia in Fe­bru­ary for sev­eral shows.

On Feb. 10 they will give a jazz/blues/soul house con­cert in Wolfville. Tick­ets are $20. Re­serve by call­ing Mar­i­lyn at 902542-0558.

Then, on Feb. 12 in Port Wil­liams, Nasr will sing Édith Piaf at The Noo­dle Guy. This ticket in­cludes a meal. Call The Noo­dle Guy at (902) 697-3906 to re­serve. only). To re­serve tick­ets, con­tact beat­less­

The East Coast Mu­sic As­so­ci­a­tion, in part­ner­ship with the At­lantic Pre­sen­ters As­so­ci­a­tion and with sup­port from the Mer­maid Im­pe­rial Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre (MIPAC), are in Wind­sor on Feb. 10.

This new part­ner­ship fea­tures five SOCAN Song House work­shop’s par­tic­i­pants: Ian Sherwood (Nova Sco­tia), Jor­dan Musyc­syn ( Cape Bre­ton), Jon Pike (of New­found­land & Labrador), An­drew Waite (of An­drew Waite & the Firm, PEI) and Mike Big­gar (New Brunswick).

This tour ex­pands on the SOCAN Song House ex­pe­ri­ence by pro­vid­ing a tour­ing op­por­tu­nity for five of the artists where they will re-con­nect and cre­ate a per­for­mance that fo­cuses on col­lab­o­ra­tive cre­ation as well as in­di­vid­ual song­writ­ing, and fea­ture the new work de­vel­oped dur­ing the SOCAN Song House work­shop.

The artists will con­verge on the Mer­maid Im­pe­rial Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre in Wind­sor for a two-day res­i­dency to re-con­nect, ex­plore in­di­vid­ual songs and cre­ate col­lab­o­ra­tions.

Im­me­di­ately fol­low­ing the res­i­dency, the tour will launch at MIPAC with an 8 p.m. con­cert. For au­di­ences the per­for­mance will pro­vide a look in­side the song­writ­ing process and the chance to see unique col­lab­o­ra­tions from some of the re­gion’s best up-and-com­ing ta­lent.

Tick­ets are $23 ad­vance/$25 door. Get tick­ets on­line at Tick­et­, by phone at 1-888311-9090, or in per­son at Wind­sor Home Hard­ware and all other Tick­et­pro out­lets.

Aca­dia School of Mu­sic stu­dents, fac­ulty, alumni and friends will present their an­nual show­case of the diver­sity and depth of the mu­si­cal ta­lent at Aca­dia on Feb. 11.

The Aca­dia Per­form­ing Arts Se­ries Tom Re­gan Memo­rial Con­cert starts at 7:30 p.m. in Fes­ti­val The­atre.

The Dukes of Kent will present their an­nual A Singing Valen­tine on Feb. 14 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. be­tween Wind­sor and Mid­dle­ton. Two Love Songs And A Rose for $40. To book an ap­point­ment, call 902-698-2496.

A va­ri­ety show im­pacted by ear­lier weather this win­ter has been rescheduled to Feb. 12 at the For­ties Com­mu­nity Cen­tre.

The mu­sic will run from 1:30-4 p.m. Fea­tured mu­si­cians are Matt Lunn, Chet Brown, Carla and Ton, Coun­try Jam. Ad­mis­sion is $5. Thank goodness they are only act­ing!

Cen­treS­tage The­atre is pre­sent­ing the first fam­ily show of 2017, The Three Bully Goats Griff, by Pa­trick Rainville Dorn. With a tweak and a twist, The Three Bully Goats Griff takes on the is­sue of bul­ly­ing.

The two toll trolls who are bick­er­ing on a bridge have a ’fall­ing out’ af­ter Billy, the medium size goat, de­cides to be­come a bully goat. Sev­eral char­ac­ters want to cross the bridge to get to the green grass on the other side, but no, Billy, the Bully goat, stands her ground. Will there be a happy end­ing?

The de­light­ful cast of Sam Jor­gensen, Grace Oleske­vich, Char­lotte Crouch, Bran­don Tay­lor, Mike Jor­gensen, Eva Lipton, Sonya Pi­neo, Hana Hutchin­son and Rhi­anna Bai­ley will lead you on this ad­ven­ture across the troll – err, toll - bridge.

Come to the Up­per Per­for­mance Cen­tre Feb. 18,19,25,26, March 4 or 5 and find out. All shows be­gin at 2 p.m. All tick­ets are $7 for this per­for­mance. Call 902-678-8040 for reser­va­tions. The play lasts ap­prox­i­mately one hour.

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