Arts & Culture
Jack Chesney loves Kitty Verdun and Charley loves Miss Amy Spettigue. They invite the ladies to meet Charley’s wealthy aunt from Brazil, “where the nuts come from.” Cancelling her visit at the last minute, the millionaire aunt sends the boys into cataclysmic confusion. What do they do now? They must have a chaperone, or the girls can’t visit.
The problem is solved by drafting their feckless Oxford undergrad pal into a black satin skirt, bloomers, and wig. As ‘Charley’s Aunt,’ this charming frump is introduced to the ladies, to Jack’s father, and to Stephen Spettigue, Amy’s guardian.
When the real aunt turns up, classic comic confusion ensues.
Remaining dates are Sept. 21, 22, 23 (matinee), 28, 29, 30 (matinee), and Oct. 5, 6, 12, 13.
Front of House opens at 6:45 p.m. for the evening performances and 1:15 p.m. for the matinees.
Tickets cost: $15 for adults; $12 for seniors/students; $5 for children age 12 and under. CentreStage takes cash or cheques only. Reservations are recommended and are held until 15 minutes before show time.
Call 902-678-8040 for reservations.
Go online: www.centrestagetheatre.ca
One man show coming to Al Whittle Theatre
Starring Geoff Ball and directed by Carole Ball, Vincent will take the stage at the Al Whittle Theatre, 450 Main St. in Wolfville, Oct. 5-6 at 7:30 p.m.
Doors open at 7 p.m.
Vincent Van Gogh was arguably one of the most talented and gifted artists of all time. He was also a very passionate and, at times tortured, soul.
Based on the play, Van Gogh, by Phillip Stevens, this work recounts the life and death of this brilliant, yet tormented, man as seen through the eyes of his brother, Theo. Leonard Nimoy uses excerpts from the more than 500 letters exchanged by Vincent and Theo and evokes Theo’s memories of his brother’s life, loves, and art.
Cost: $10. Tickets are available at the Box of Delights in Wolfville or at the door. There is no reserved seating. For more info, contact Carole Ball at 902582-7823 or by email at cball66@ gmail.com.
Clary Croft at Kings County Museum Sept. 28
Take part in an evening with famed folklorist, writer, and entertainer Clary Croft Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Kings County Museum in Kentville.
It promises to be a magical night of music in the historic upstairs courtroom as Croft brings his beautiful tenor voice, impeccable musicianship, and amazing knowledge of folklore and music to share.
Croft is well known for his continuing work with the collection of his late mentor, Dr. Helen Creighton. He will perform traditional songs from the Helen Creighton and Carrie Grover collections as well as songs from some of his favourite Maritime songwriters mixed with several of his own originals.
With a blend of story and song, Clary offers an intimate evening of music and lore — a celebration of life in the Maritimes.
The fundraiser event is presented by the Kings Historical Society and the Deep Roots Music Festival. Tickets are $20. Phone 902-678-6237 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northwest Passage focus of stories and song
Kings County Museum presents ‘The Northwest Passage in Story and Song’ with Inuit throat singers Siqiniup Qilautu (Sunsdrum) and David Newland on Sept. 29 at 2 p.m.
The Northwest Passage in Story and Song is a musical and spoken-word performance of original songs inspired by the sights and sounds of the Canadian Arctic, its history and its contemporary realities. Combining photography, storytelling, and live original songs, this workshop conveys the emotional and spiritual impact of Arctic travel, from the point of view of a Zodiac driver and musician who has made multiple trips to the Canadian Arctic, Labrador and Greenland.
The event is presented by the Kings Historical Society and the Deep Roots Music Festival. Tickets are $20. Phone 902-678-6237 or email email@example.com
‘Wood and Water’ exhibit at Hardware Gallery
The Hardware Gallery’s September exhibit, ‘Beyond The First Impressions of Wood and Water’ runs until Sept. 26 and features two local artists — fine art photographer Connie Publicover, and woodworker and furniture maker Michael DeLuca.
Coming in October: ‘Devour at The Hardware Gallery.’ Watch for more news shortly.
In addition to monthly rotating exhibits, The Hardware Gallery hosts workshops and talks, and offers an art rental program. The gallery, located at 36 Cornwallis Street in Kentville, is open to all media, traditional or otherwise. The Hardware Gallery is run by the volunteer Kentville Art Gallery Society (KAGS).
Round Hill Studio offers new exhibits
Round Hill Studio in Annapolis Royal hosts Violet Rosengarten’s ‘Some Enchanting Islands’ until Sept. 29. The magic of islands is the theme of Violet’s exhibit at Round Hill Studio.
Also at Round Hill Studio is Linda Hulme Leahy’s ‘Reclamation’ exhibit, which runs until Oct. 4.
Leahy’s recent works have been informed by literature and the Sacred Feminine. She reinterprets and then elevates sidelined and maligned female characters, with a particular focus on Shakespeare.
Round Hill Studio is at 280 StGeorge St., in Annapolis Royal.
Contact: 902-955-0365 or Go online: www.roundhillstudio.com.
Maud Lewis: A Life Collected is at Acadia
The exhibition Maud Lewis: A Life Collected, currently showing at Acadia University Art Gallery, presents a selection of artwork from private collections of Nova Scotia folk artist, Maud Lewis (1903-1970).
She grew up in Yarmouth, and later Digby, eventually moving to a small house in Marshalltown, when she married Everett Lewis. Maud Lewis began creating and selling paintings in this roadside house, which quickly became a stop for tourists, including those taking the ferry.
Some of those early collectors have kept her work, while the increasing interest in Maud Lewis led others to build a collection having never met her at her roadside studio.
The exhibition, curated by Dr. Laurie Dalton, is on view until Sept. 30. Admission is free. The gallery is closed Mondays but open Tuesdays to Sundays from noon until 4 p.m. or by appointment.
Info: 902-585-1373, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Exhibits at ARTsPLACE Gallery
ARTsPLACE in Annapolis Royal welcomes Leya Evelyn to Annapolis Royal with Let’s Talk. An Exhibition of large-scale paintings, each 10’ X 3’.
The primary focus in Leya Evelyn’s artwork is colour that provokes emotion and challenges perception. The paintings seek to evoke uncensored memories and states of mind: exploring possibilities, imagings, and openings. The texture, visual impact, and depth of many layers of materials and concepts capture the complexity of life and become a metaphor for the elusiveness of knowledge and experience.
The exhibition runs until Oct. 13. ARTsPLACE is located at 396 St. George St.
Open hours are Tuesday to Friday from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.; weekends from 1-4 p.m. (It’s operated by volunteers so call ahead.) Info: 902-532-7069.
Go Online: https://arcac-artsplace.weebly.com/