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A look at up­com­ing arts and en­ter­tain­ment events in the An­nap­po­lis Val­ley:

Fundy Cin­ema film screen­ings

Fundy Cin­ema screens Med­i­ta­tion Park. Mina Shum di­rects an all-star cast — in­clud­ing Cheng Pei Pei and San­dra Oh — in a ten­der and charm­ing drama about a de­voted wife and mother who is forced to re­assess her rev­er­ence for her hus­band af­ter she finds an­other woman’s un­der­gar­ment in his laun­dry.

Med­i­ta­tion Park will be shown March 11 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. at Al Whit­tle The­atre, 450 Main St., Wolfville.

Fundy Cin­ema will also screen Spet­ta­colo, which is an en­gag­ing doc­u­men­tary about the tiny Tus­can vil­lage of Mon­tichiello and the re­mark­able way its pop­u­la­tion de­vised to con­front their is­sues, by cre­at­ing and per­form­ing an orig­i­nal piece of the­atre ev­ery year, which has kept their thei town to­gether since 1967 19 but is now threat­ened by an ag­ing pop­u­la­tion and more mod­ern leisure ac­tiv­i­ties.

Spet­ta­colo will be shown March 14 at 7 p.m. at the Al Whit­tle The­atre.

Tick­ets are $9 for each show and are avail­able 30 min­utes be­fore screen­ing.

Go To: fundycin­ema.ca

Go To: face­book.com/FundyCin­ema-1692183731024542

Con­tact 902-542-1050

King’s Film So­ci­ety screen­ing

King’s Film So­ci­ety screens The Post on March 16 at 7 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. at King’s The­atre in An­napo­lis Royal.

In this Academy Award nom­i­nee for Best Pic­ture, Steven Spiel­berg di­rects Meryl Streep and Tom Hanks in a thrilling drama about the un­likely part­ner­ship be­tween The Wash­ing­ton Post’s Katharine Gra­ham (Streep), the first fe­male pub­lisher of a ma­jor Amer­i­can news­pa­per, and edi­tor Ben Bradlee (Hanks), as they race to catch up with The New York Times to ex­pose a mas­sive cover-up of govern­ment se­crets that spanned three decades and four U.S. pres­i­dents.

Tick­ets: $10 for adults, $9 with a Film Buff card, $8 for youth. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion seat­ing. Doors open 45 min­utes be­fore show time.

Aca­dia Per­form­ing Arts se­ries presents In­side/Out

The Aca­dia Per­form­ing Arts Se­ries presents In­side/Out, a prison me­moir by Pa­trick Keat­ing at the Fes­ti­val The­atre in Wolfville on March 17 at 7:30 p.m. It’s a pro­duc­tion by Ne­world The­atre in as­so­ci­a­tion with Main Street The­atre and Ur­ban Crawl.

Keat­ing is kind, soft-spo­ken and sin­cere. In­side/Out is his real-life story of years spent in and out of Canada’s pen­i­ten­tiary sys­tem. And that’s the thing — you look at Keat­ing and think, ‘this guy robbed a bank?’ Keat­ing’s hon­est and en­gag­ing de­liv­ery of his funny, sad, and stir­ring true story helps dis­man­tle our ideas of what a ‘crim­i­nal’ looks like — and helps us bet­ter un­der­stand how lan­guage, race and class play a very real part in our lives as Cana­di­ans. It’s about a man’s search for com­mu­nity: the com­mu­nity of the street, the com­mu­nity of prison, and of the the­atre.

In­side/Out was writ­ten and per­formed by Keat­ing.

Tick­ets: $26 adults, $20 stu­dents. For more in­for­ma­tion or to buy tick­ets, visit the Aca­dia Univer­sity Box Of­fice in per­son, by phone at 902-542-5500 or 1-800-542TICK(8425), or on­line at http:// box­of­fice.aca­diau.ca

Apoc­a­lyp­tic Quar­tet at Aca­dia

Per­formed for the first time some 77 years ago in a pris­oner-of-war camp near Bres­lau, Ger­many, the quar­tet for vi­olin, clar­inet, cello, and pi­ano — the in­stru­ments and play­ers avail­able in the camp to French com­poser, and pris­oner, Olivier Mes­si­aen — Quar­tet for the End of Time — will be heard on the Aca­dia cam­pus on March 11, at 2 p.m. in the Gar­den Room of the K.C. Irv­ing En­vi­ron­men­tal Sci­ence Cen­tre.

This is the first pro­gram of 2018 in the Sun­day Mu­sic in the Gar­den Room se­ries, and is a rare op­por­tu­nity to ex­pe­ri­ence, live, Mes­si­aen’s over­pow­er­ing Quar­tet for the End of Time. It will be per­formed by Gil­lian Smith (vi­olin), Eileen Walsh (clar­inet), Ben­jamin Mar­men (cello), and Si­mon Dock­ing (pi­ano). The quar­tet has been de­scribed by Amer­i­can mu­sic critic Alex Ross as “the most ethe­re­ally beau­ti­ful mu­sic of the 20th cen­tury.”

Ad­mis­sion is free.

Go on­line: https://art­saca­dia. aca­diau. ca/ Sun­day_ Mu­sic_ in_ the_Gar­den_Room.html

At Jack’s Gallery

Aca­dia Univer­sity Stu­dio Art and Jack’s Gallery at 450 Main St., in Wolfville, presents Hay­don Ali: The Gar­den un­til April 29.

Ali is a fourth-year so­ci­ol­ogy stu­dent at Aca­dia Univer­sity who is mi­nor­ing in stu­dio art. This ex­hi­bi­tion rep­re­sents a cul­mi­na­tion of his par­tic­i­pa­tion in an in­de­pen­dent study course, with his pro­fes­sor Ju­dith Leidl.

The Gar­den was in­spired by flow­ers dis­cov­ered in the var­i­ous coun­tries Ali lived in grow­ing up. These flo­rals aim to con­vey a sense of the tex­tures, colours, and fra­grances from his mem­o­ries as an ex­pat youth over­seas.

Ru­mors at Cen­tre Stage

Cen­treS­tage The­atre takes the edge off the win­ter blahs with Neil Si­mon’s farce Ru­mors.

At a large, taste­fully ap­pointed Sne­den’s Land­ing town­house, the deputy mayor of New York City has shot him­self on the night of his 10th wed­ding an­niver­sary party. Though only a flesh wound, the four cou­ples in­vited ex­pe­ri­ence a se­vere at­tack of far­ci­cal ‘cover-up’.

Lawyer Ken and his wife Chris ar­rive to find the deputy mayor bleed­ing in an­other room and no sign of his wife. They must get the “story” straight be­fore the other guests ar­rive. As the con­fu­sions and mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tions mount, the evening spins off into hi­lar­ity... and that’s even be­fore the cops ar­rive!

Re­main­ing shows are March 9, 10, 16, 17, 23, and 24, with doors open­ing for the evening per­for­mances at 6:45 p.m. Mati­nees will be held March 11, 18 and 25, with doors open­ing at 1:15 p.m.

Tick­ets are: adults $15; se­niors/ stu­dents $12; chil­dren age 12 and un­der, $5. Cen­treS­tage takes cash or cheques only. Reser­va­tions are held un­til 15 min­utes be­fore show time.

Please note there is a coarse lan­guage ad­vi­sory for this show.

Call 902-678-8040 for reser­va­tions.

Go on­line: www.cen­trestageth­e­atre.ca

Shan­non Quinn at Kentville Ceilidh

Hal­i­fax fid­dler Shan­non Quinn per­forms at the St. Pa­trick’s Ceilidh Dance on March 16 at the Tir na nOg Ir­ish Dance Academy up­stairs from the school’s stu­dio in the ball­room of the newly re­fur­bished Corn­wal­lis Inn.

Quinn is known for her re­cent work with Nova Sco­tia leg­end Joel Plas­kett; as a soloist with Sym­phony Nova Sco­tia; and also for nu­mer­ous awards she has won and been nom­i­nated for through Mu­sic Nova Sco­tia and the Cana­dian Folk Awards.

Per­for­mances fur­ther afield in­clude shar­ing the stage with megas­tar acts such as Cirque de Soleil, The Chief­tains and even ac­claimed rock band, Down With Web­ster.

Tick­ets are on sale in ad­vance from Wil­son’s Phamasave in Kentville for $10. Kids aged five and un­der can go for free. Tick­ets at the door are $15.

Hills­burn at Mer­maid The­atre

East Coast Mu­sic Award-win­ning Hills­burn per­forms March 10 at 8 p.m. at Mer­maid The­atre, 106 Ger­rish St. in Wind­sor.

Hills­burn was formed in 2014 through a chance meet­ing of four mu­si­cian friends who hit it off when they first played to­gether. What be­gan as a string band now de­cid­edly is not. Synths and elec­tric gui­tar re­placed banjo and man­dolin, and the ad­di­tion of a full drum kit helped push things more in the di­rec­tion of pop and rock. Hills­burn has, in other words, come into its own.

Tick­ets are $23 ad­vance; $25 at the door. They are avail­able at Tick­et­pro.ca; by phone at 888-3119090 or in per­son at Wind­sor Home Hard­ware or at any other Tick­et­pro out­let.

Rachel Beck at Union Street March 16

East Coast songstress Rachel Beck, known for her work with sis­ter Amy in the Beck Sis­ters, de­buts her self-ti­tled first solo al­bum March 2 and is sup­port­ing its re­lease with a Mar­itime tour that in­cludes a stop at Union Street in Ber­wick on March 16.

The al­bum is de­scribed as ‘su­per beau­ti­ful’ and Beck’s voice as ‘in­cred­i­bly cap­ti­vat­ing.’ If you hit Union Street on March 16 note a trio of songs off the new al­bum — Reck­less Heart, Hearts on Fire, and Noth­ing In Be­tween.

Reck­less Heart en­tered CBC Ra­dio 2’s Top 20 count­down the first of Fe­bru­ary. The al­bum is pro­duced and recorded by Daniel Led­well (Jenn Grant, David Myles, For­tu­nate Ones).

Rachel Beck with Adyn Townes on March 16. Doors open at 6 p.m. and show starts at 8 p.m. Tick­ets at https://the­union­street.com

Rose Cousins at Ever­green

Rose Cousins is back, and on March 17 per­forms at Ever­green The­atre in East Mar­garetsville where they are thrilled to host the show which will fea­ture songs from her new al­bum Nat­u­ral Con­clu­sion. Phone: 902-825-6834

Go on­line: www.ev­er­greenthe­atre.ca

Quick As A Wink does Mouse­trap

Mike But­ler, the­atre-go-toguy, tells us that Quick as a Wink The­atre So­ci­ety, Wind­sor’s lo­cal the­atre com­pany, brings their pro­duc­tion of the world’s long­est run­ning play to the stage. Quick as a Wink presents Dame Agatha Christie’s clas­sic mur­der mys­tery, The Mouse­trap, a thriller which blends dark hu­mour, a ser­pen­tine plot and an end­ing which has been her­alded as the “big­gest se­cret in the­atre.”

Per­for­mances will take place at the Foun­tain Per­form­ing Arts Cen­tre of King’s-Edge­hill School in Wind­sor March 16, 17, 23 and 24, at 7 p.m. with spe­cial mati­nees March 17, 18 and 24 at 2 p.m. Tick­ets can be pur­chased on­line at QAAW.ca, at The Box of De­lights Book­shop in Wolfville, and at Mo­saic Mar­ket in Wind­sor.

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.

PAUL AARNTZEN

Mer­maid The­atre is wel­com­ing Hills­burn to the stage March 10.

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