A look at upcoming arts and nd entertainment events in the Annapolis Valley:
On the screen at King’s Theatre
King’s Theatre presents Meditation Park on July 10 at 7:30 p.m.
In Meditation Park, Mina Shum returns to the themes that propelled her early work. The film opens with Maria (Cheng Pei Pei) hosting a birthday celebration for her workaholic accountant husband, Bing, (Tzi Ma). Maria reveres Bing and remains in awe of the sacrifices he has made for the family. But when she finds evidence that Bing may not be the perfect person she believes him to be, she’s forced to consider her world in a radically different light. Maria embarks on a journey of self-discovery by engaging with the world around her, something Bing has always discouraged.
She befriends a group of local eccentrics and a rather shady neighbour, Gabriel (Don McKellar). Maria soon realizes that people’s lives are much more complicated than Bing has led her to believe.
Starring Sandra Oh ( Grey’s Anatomy), Cheng Pei Pei (Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon) and Tzi Mah (Arrival).
Doors open 45 minutes before show time. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 with a film buff card, and $8 for youth. Bookclub will be shown on July 6 and 8.
Go online: www.kingstheatre. ca
Teaser: Bookclub will be shown on July 6 and 8.
Steven Page at King’s Theatre July 7
Steven Page, a founding member of Barenaked Ladies, with whom he toured the globe and sold millions of albums, is a legendary performer and he’s coming to King’s Theatre in Annapolis Royal July 7 for a 7:30 p.m. show.
Hi His distinctive and powerful tenor is one of pop music’s most recognizable voices. He’s a towering figure in the world of singersongwriting, and continues his artistic evolution with a diverse array of solo projects.
Page has composed six Stratford Festival scores, collaborated and toured with Toronto’s innovative Art of Time ensemble, is a member of the Trans-Canada Highway, and has journeyed across North America as host of TV’s The Illegal Eater — all the while continuing to write, release and perform his original music. He’s currently working on a Stratford-commissioned musical he’s writing with Governor General’s Award-winner Daniel MacIvor. A new album entitled Heal Thyself will be out later this year with tours planned in Canada, the U.S. and the U.K. and Ireland.
Appearing with Page is Kevin Fox, no stranger to King’s Theatre.
Tickets are $40, $36 for members, and $12 for youth.
Go online: www.kingstheatre.ca
Round Hill Studio offers new exhibit
Exhibit: Andrea Pottyondy, What the Tides Bring, runs from July 6 to 29 at Round Hill Studio, 280 St-George St., Annapolis Royal. There’s a reception July 6, 7-9 p.m.
The ocean is the inspiration for Pottyondy’s latest exhibit at Round Hill Studio. The theme for this exhibit is based on her travels and walks along beaches of Nova Scotia and the shorebirds and ocean ephemera that she finds there. A donation of 10 per cent of the proceeds of the sale of Pottyondy’s art from this exhibit will be going to the Clean Annapolis River Project (CARP).
Contact: 902-955-0365 Go online: www.roundhillstudio.com.
Suburban Standoff at CentreStage
A delightful summer comedy has come to CentreStage. Suburban Standoff, by Canadian playwright Michael Grant, is sure to delight audiences.
Ty is in need of some quick cash so he and his girlfriend, Candy, attempt their first home invasion. Unfortunately, they have picked the wrong house. Hank and Nancy, a retired couple, seem to know more about guns than Ty does. Who is really controlling this madcap evening and who will come out on top?
It is directed by Michelle Herx, and the cast, in order of appearance, include: LeRoy Heffernan, Lorraine Lazier, Chris Chaisson and Jennah Larkin.
The featured artists are Bill and Olee Tupper who will be exhibiting their hooked rugs and wall hangings.
Evening performances will be held July 6, 7, 13, 14, 20, 21, 27 and 28, starting at 7:30 p.m., with front of house opening at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances. Matinees will be held July 15 and 22, with doors opening at 1:15 p.m.
Tickets: adults, $15; seniors/ students, $12; children, age 12 and under, $5. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are recommended and held until 15 minutes before show time.
Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.
Go online: www.centrestagetheatre.ca
Bogs and Blooms at Jack’s Gallery
On exhibit at Jack’s Gallery in Wolfville is Bogs and Blooms, paintings by Simone Labuschagne and Leslie Fraser, until Sept. 16.
Jack’s Gallery, located at 450 Main St., is always looking for new work to display. For submission forms email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Student art exhibit
New Perspectives Student Art Exhibit opened at the Macdonald Museum in Middleton on May 24.
It features senior student art from Middleton Regional High School and Bridgetown Regional Community School, sharing the perspectives of the students on important issues and topics.
There is no admission fee to see this one-of-a-kind exhibit.
The exhibit runs until Aug. 31 at the museum, located at 21 School St.
Call for submissions at Jack’s Gallery
Jack’s Gallery Wolfville is calling for submissions of 2-D artwork for ‘ Fem- Fest: Freedom Then and Now’ a multidisciplinary arts festival celebrating the pioneering spirit of suffragettes.
‘Fem-Fest Freedom Then and Now’ examines and articulates the societal changes, advances, and present day challenges that define women’s lives.
The exhibition will run from Sept. 16 to Nov. 4, 2018.
For more information about ‘Fem Fest: Freedom Then and Now’ go to www.caravantheatre. ca
Please contact email@example.com to request a submission form.
Jacks Gallery is located at 450 Main St, Wolfville in the JustUs! Café.
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 and Dave, Curtis Matheson, and 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.
Christmas caroling in July
Join the Wilmot Baptist Christian Fellowship Centre for their annual Christmas in July afternoon of Christmas caroling. Each year, the centre hosts Christmas caroling for seniors and shut-ins. This year, the event is on July 11 from 1-4 p.m. The group will leave the centre, located at 208 Dodge Rd., in Wilmot at 1 p.m. Free. All welcome to participate. For info: 902-765-2386.
Shaun Majumder’s HATE Tour coming to Wolfville
Maritime favourite Shaun Majumder comes to Wolfville with his new full-throttle, noholds-barred stand-up comedy show that takes a powerful and hilarious look at the times we live in. Joined by friend Matt Wright, this will be the show that gets you laughing then keeps you talking afterwards.
The show, which runs from 7:30-9 p.m., will be at the Festival Theatre, 504 Main St. in Wolfville on July 8.
Majumder is a TV and film actor/ writer/ comedian, wellknown in the region for his work as co-host on CBC’s This Hour Has 22 Minutes as well as from his own TV show “Majumder Manor” on W network, and appearances in Matching, Hatching and Dispatching, and the Republic of Doyle.
Wright is an award-winning stand- up comedian who has performed at festivals and clubs across Canada and, like Shaun, grew up in Newfoundland.
Cost: $40 (before tax and fees); available through the Acadia University Box Office. Call 902-5425500 or 1-800-542-TICK (8425).
About the performers: www. shaunmajumder. com; www. mattwrightcomedy.com/
Dave Gunning in concert
Dave Gunning will be performing at Sea-Esta, 1454 Pereau Rd., in Canning (Delhaven), at 7 p.m. on July 12. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. Cost: $25. Info: www. davegunning.com.
Hantsport Music Festival coming soon
The annual Hantsport Music Fest, a registered not-for-profit community-run music festival that’s operated by local volunteers, is taking place July 21.
There is an eclectic line up of music, from blues to country, featuring all Maritime acts.
Signal Hill headlines this year’s festival.
Other performers include Heather Rankin, Ced, Marty and Dave, No Name Blues Band, Brooklyn Blackmore, the Parsons Brothers and Friends, and Matt Balsor and the Hill Top Show Band.
All proceeds raised are paid back to the volunteer groups that help run the fest. After four years, the festival has paid back more than $100,000 to various community groups.
There are vendors on site, as well as food and adult beverages for purchase.
The festival runs from 10 a.m. until 9:30 p.m. at Foundry Road Sports Field in Hantsport.
Tickets cost: $25 in advance and $30 at the gate. For a list of where tickets may be purchased, to learn more about the line-up, or book in camping, visit: www. hhmf.ca.
Disney’s Cocoa will be shown, for free, at the Bruce Spicer Park, in Canning, at 8 p.m. on July 20. Popcorn will be available to purchase.
Dr. Heather Price directs Wolfville’s new community choir, OurTunes, in the warm-up to its first concert in June. The 80 voices performed in the Festival Theatre for an enthusiastic audience.