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Return to the Garden Room

Return to the Garden Room By Thomas Clahane The first weekend of fall also brought with it the first concert of the season in the Sunday Garden Room series. One of the hallmarks of the Garden Room concerts in the past has been the diversity of classical genres that are presented, and this opening concert featured Art Song. It proved a perfect platform to feature the strong tenor voice of former Acadia music student Marcel d’Entrement and pianist Dakota Scott-Digout. Art Song is a short piece for solo voice, based on a literary text, supported by classical composition, and performed…
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Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell: Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman’s Honor

Three Shorts by Susan Glaspell:  Trifles, Suppressed Desires, and Woman’s Honor Written by Susan Glaspell Directed by Anna Migliarisi Dates: November 16-19 and 23-26; Time: 7:30pm; Location: Lower Denton Theatre, Acadia University; Tickets: available at Acadia Box Office (902-542-5500) or at the door; Cost: $15 regular, $10 seniors/students, $7 for groups of 8 or more Writer, theatre producer, actress, and feminist Susan Glaspell (1876-1948) is largely known for her 1916 one-act play “Trifles” which is based on an actual murder case she covered during her stint as a journalist. But Glaspell was also a principal player in the American avant-garde…
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Congratulations to Jim Morrow!

A huge congratulations goes to Jim Morrow, Artistic Director of Mermaid Theatre, who received the Order of Nova Scotia on October 12th. Established in 2001, the Order of Nova Scotia recognizes Nova Scotians for outstanding contributions or achievements and is the highest honour of the province. Jim studied puppetry at the Institut International de la Marionnette in France with the late Jim Henson. His twenty-one tours as a performer with the Mermaid Theatre of Nova Scotia have taken him around the globe, and he’s participated in a wide range of stage, dance and television projects with other companies.  Much in…
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Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl By Mike Butler

Who’s Who: Carole Ball: Calendar Girl Mike Butler Over the years, through the many theatre groups I perform with, I’ve met some of the most wonderful people. With theatre you develop strong bonds with your fellow actors, directors, and producers etc., and you begin to rely on them and enjoy their company long after the final curtain has come down. I saw Carole Ball for the first time in a production at CentreStage called “There Goes the Bride”, and was completely taken with her stage presence and acting ability. She had a feisty spirit and was able to make me…
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What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants

What’s Growing at the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens – Poisonous Plants By Melanie Priesnitz, Conservation Horticulturist   As the autumn leaves drop, the berries and fruit on shrubs and trees start to stand out and show their colours. A showy, yet deadly, berry that shines this time of the year can be found innocently hanging on the Daphne plant. The berries are enticing as they are scarlet red and glossy. They look good enough to eat, but are far from it. The Daphne plant contains two extremely active and deadly toxins: Mezerein, which is an acrid resin that causes a…
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Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts By Janet Kirkconnell

Wolfville, Acadia, and the Performing Arts Janet Kirkconnell It is doubtful that any other small town in Canada has as many venues for the performing arts as Wolfville has, chiefly because of the university. The Deep Roots Music Festival profits from this. While its opening concert is in University Hall, most of Deep Roots’ other major concerts are held in Festival Theatre, the old university rink transformed for the Atlantic Theatre Festival into a state-of-the-art theatre (praised this year for its phenomenal acoustics by the Afiara String Quartet). Still bearing the name Festival as a reminder of past glory, it…
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Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! By Scott Campbell

Dinner Out: Devour Food Film Festival is Coming Soon! Scott Campbell   Next to Christmas… and maybe Thanksgiving… my favourite holiday is The Devour Food Film Festival. This November the sights and smells of amazing movies and delicious dinners will fill the streets of Wolfville as The Devour Food and Film Festival hits the town.    Last Friday night I had the pleasure of participating in one of the first Devour Food Film Festival events of the season – a taste of things to come so to speak. A small group of Film Foodies gathered at Restaurant Le Caveau for…
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Uncommon Common Art Tour 2016

Uncommon Common Art Tour 2016 By Debbie Gudgeon Harris I have become a big fan of public art. I’ve had the privilege of visiting a few galleries over the years and that is always a wonderful experience. But there is something about finding art where you least expect it, or, like the Uncommon Common Art (UCA) project, searching for a specific installation in and around your own community that I really love. The annual UCA project not only gives you opportunities to experience new art every summer, but it also encourages you to get out and explore the area in…
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Save Cinematopia

Save Cinematopia By Megan Halliburton Six and a half years ago, a dream came true for me. On a frigid January day in 2010, I opened the doors of my very own video store, Cinematopia, in Wolfville. It had been a labour of love getting the place off the ground, with a lot of hard work and a whole lot of help from fellow movie-lovers and local movers and shakers. What had started as an attempt to save Light and Shadow, the grand old institution started by the inimitable Bob Brown in 1989, ended up as the beginning of a…
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Artist Profile: Robert Coane

By Emily Leeson Robert Coane can usually be found in one of two places: Paddy’s Pub in Wolfville, where, to take in the whole experience, Coane insists that “you have to sit at the bar”; or in his home on Main Street, likely lounging in a fireside chair with one, or two, or three, dogs close at hand. “Dogs are sacred, which is why I always capitalize the word” he explains. Coane is a draftsman and painter, best known for his provocative political art. However his current work is a departure from the conventional palette, more aimed at the era…
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