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May
27
Sat
OUR MAUD LEWIS at ARTsPLACE
May 27 @ 2:00 pm – 5:00 pm
OUR MAUD LEWIS at ARTsPLACE
OUR MAUD LEWIS  at ARTsPLACE, Saturday, May 27, 2 – 5 pm

On Saturday May 27, 2-5 pm, all are invited to at ARTsPLACE to share memories and stories about Maud Lewis. Bring paintings! Three films will be screened: ‘The Illuminated Life of Maud Lewis’ (featuring our own Ken Maher),  the NFB short ‘World Without Shadows’, and CBC archival footage. Shannon Parker, Curator of Collections for the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, will be on hand to share insights about the gallery’s Maud Lewis House. Hosted by Ern Dick.

​Saturday May 27 2-5pm ARTsPLACE
2:00 – 3:00 showing of “The World of Shadows” (10 minutes); memories of meeting Maud Lewis and buying her paintings, introduction of paintings or memorabilia by Maud Lewis or inspired by Maud Lewis
3:-00 – 3:30 tea and ginger snaps and inspection of Maud Lewis !4
3:30 – 4:20 showing of “The Illuminated life of Maud Lewis”
4:20 – 5:00 recounting our evolving understanding of Maud Lewis, including Ken Maher playing Everett, a reading from Lance Woolaver’s “Heart on the Door” and our reactions to “Maudie” that some of us saw the night before.


The event is part of a Maud Lewis Weekend which includes the King’s Film Society screening of MAUDIE on Friday May 26 at 7:00pm, Saturday May 27 at 7:00pm, and Sunday May 28 at 2:00pm and again at 7:00pm at King’s Theatre. Note that the MAUDIE screening will be General Admission seating; doors open 45 minutes before the show. Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 with Film Buff card and $8 for Youth. All prices include HST.

The event at ARTsPLACE will be by donation.

 

MAUDIE – Saturday night screening added
May 27 @ 7:00 pm
MAUDIE - Saturday night screening added

King’s Film Society Presentation

MAUDIE

SPECIAL ADDITION OF SCREENING ON SATURDAY NIGHT

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Nova Scotian Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

The FOUR screenings of Maudie are part of a weekend-long commemoration on the life and art of Maud Lewis. Click here for more info.

Spanning about 35 years, the film begins in the late 1930s in Nova Scotia as Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, seeks to break free of her overprotective family, taking a job as a live-in maid for the cantankerous loner Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), who sells fish around the community. At first, he doesn’t want her interfering with his insular, rural life, but soon a stubborn affection develops between them, leading to marriage as Maud begins to find her voice as a painter.

One day a summer resident comes calling. She’s a New Yorker, wears alluring clothing and talks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie’s paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie’s pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.
Nova Scotia-born cinematographer Guy Godfree fills Maudie with majestic images of maritime landscape and light, while Irish director Aisling Walsh focuses on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads.

 

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance

“Though set in the past, Maudie speaks to the present in many ways — this is, after all, a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.”                                           –TIFF

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

*** Doors will open ONE HOUR before showtime.***

Listen to CBC Interview with Screenwriter Sherry White.

Read the article in the Spectator.

 

 

 

May
28
Sun
MAUDIE
May 28 @ 2:00 pm
MAUDIE

King’s Film Society Presentation

MAUDIE

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Nova Scotian Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

The FOUR screenings of Maudie are part of a weekend-long commemoration on the life and art of Maud Lewis. Click here for more info.

Spanning about 35 years, the film begins in the late 1930s in Nova Scotia as Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, seeks to break free of her overprotective family, taking a job as a live-in maid for the cantankerous loner Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), who sells fish around the community. At first, he doesn’t want her interfering with his insular, rural life, but soon a stubborn affection develops between them, leading to marriage as Maud begins to find her voice as a painter.
One day a summer resident comes calling. She’s a New Yorker, wears alluring clothing and talks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie’s paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie’s pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.
Nova Scotia-born cinematographer Guy Godfree fills Maudie with majestic images of maritime landscape and light, while Irish director Aisling Walsh focuses on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads.

 

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance

“Though set in the past, Maudie speaks to the present in many ways — this is, after all, a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.”                                           –TIFF

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

*** Doors will open ONE HOUR before showtime.***

Listen to CBC Interview with Screenwriter Sherry White.

Read the article in the Spectator.

Special to Sunday’s screening:

All are invited to gather in the Lobby after the show for coffee and conversation about Everett and Maud.

 

 

MAUDIE – Sunday night screening added
May 28 @ 7:00 pm
MAUDIE - Sunday night screening added

King’s Film Society Presentation

MAUDIE

Academy Award nominees Sally Hawkins and Ethan Hawke star in the true story of Nova Scotian Maud Lewis, who overcame the physical challenge of juvenile rheumatoid arthritis to become one of Canada’s premier folk artists.

The FOUR screenings of Maudie are part of a weekend-long commemoration on the life and art of Maud Lewis. Click here for more info.

Spanning about 35 years, the film begins in the late 1930s in Nova Scotia as Maud Lewis (Sally Hawkins), who suffers from rheumatoid arthritis, seeks to break free of her overprotective family, taking a job as a live-in maid for the cantankerous loner Everett Lewis (Ethan Hawke), who sells fish around the community. At first, he doesn’t want her interfering with his insular, rural life, but soon a stubborn affection develops between them, leading to marriage as Maud begins to find her voice as a painter.
One day a summer resident comes calling. She’s a New Yorker, wears alluring clothing and talks like Katharine Hepburn. She sees something in Maudie’s paintings and commissions one. Suddenly Maudie’s pastime is recognized as having real value. People come from far and wide. Eventually her work will hang in the White House.
Nova Scotia-born cinematographer Guy Godfree fills Maudie with majestic images of maritime landscape and light, while Irish director Aisling Walsh focuses on character, drawing performances of emotional complexity and great physical detail from her leads.

 

PG-13 | | Biography, Drama, Romance

“Though set in the past, Maudie speaks to the present in many ways — this is, after all, a tale of a woman asserting herself as a generator of both art and commerce. But it is also a story of the power of creativity to transform a life and touch the soul.”                                           –TIFF

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

*** Doors will open ONE HOUR before showtime.***

Listen to CBC Interview with Screenwriter Sherry White.

Read the article in the Spectator.

Special to Sunday’s screening:

All are invited to gather in the Lobby after the show for coffee and conversation about Everett and Maud.

 

 

Jun
2
Fri
The BOSS BABY
Jun 2 @ 7:00 pm
The BOSS BABY

A new baby’s arrival impacts a family, told from the point of view of a delightfully unreliable narrator — a wildly imaginative 7-year-old named Tim. The most unusual Boss Baby (Alec Baldwin) arrives at Tim’s home in a taxi, wearing a suit and carrying a briefcase. The instant sibling rivalry must soon be put aside when Tim discovers that Boss Baby is actually a spy on a secret mission, and only he can help thwart a dastardly plot that involves an epic battle between puppies and babies.

Directors: Hendel Butoy, Tom McGrath

Writers: Michael McCullers, Marla Frazee (based on the book by)

Stars: Alec Baldwin, Steve Buscemi, Jimmy Kimmel

PG | | Animation, Comedy, Family

 

Jun
4
Sun
The SPINNEY BROTHERS
Jun 4 @ 2:00 pm

The SPINNEY BROTHERS

They’ve been touring the world and are back to King’s Theatre by popular demand.  The Annapolis Valley’s own Spinney Brothers are famous for their tight brother duet vocal style & blistering fret work to create some of the hottest bluegrass around.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound.

 

 

Artist Web Site

From the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia, Canada, the Spinney Brothers are comprised of Allan Spinney , Rick Spinney, Gary Dalrymple and Terry Poirier.

Brothers Allan and Rick debuted their band in 1992, showcasing a tight brother duet vocal style that was immediately recognized for it’s energetic and distinctive sound.

The cornerstone of the Spinney Brothers musical identity is the sound of traditional, southern-flavoured bluegrass music. The first generation bluegrass legends have been an important musical influence, yet their music is equally shaped by their personal lives and local heritage. By incorporating original material, which draws from various sources, the Spinney Brothers effortlessly intertwine the past with the present.

The Spinney Brothers believe in freshness and excitement of traditional bluegrass music. Brother duet singing, backed by supportive and complimentary instrumentation, is the foundation of their tasteful and recognizable sound. Give a listen, and you are sure to be entertained.


 

_MG_9621Allan Spinney guitar & vocals

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, his family moved back home to the Annapolis Valley of Nova Scotia. Allan now makes his home in Grand Pre, Nova Scotia with his wife Lynn & step daughters Lindsey(Jamie) & Jennie (grandson Ethan).  Raised in the midst of a musical family, it was country and bluegrass music that played the largest role in his musical up bringing. At a very early age, Allan demonstrated the desire to be a performer. Home recordings have documented his vocal abilities, as early as age six. Shortly after, he took a strong interest in the organ. It was in 1979 however, upon buying his first guitar, that he started down the road to performing on stage. He began studying the guitar works of Smiley Bates, as well as the sounds of Bill Monroe & Flatt & Scruggs. It was the vocal harmonies of the Stanley Brothers however, that really appealed to Allan. He strongly encouraged his brother Rick to explore the music as well.

In 1989, Allan co-founded his first bluegrass band with his brother Rick. The “Bluegrass Student Union” was comprised of Allan, Rick, and their good friend, Steve Jackson. This formation performed at various school functions, variety shows, and benefits. By 1991, Allan was ready to put together a full bluegrass Band. His dream was realized, in the creation of The Spinney Brothers Bluegrass Band. Through out various personal changes, four independent recordings, and years of live performances, Allan continues to craft the Spinney Brothers style of traditional bluegrass music.


 

 

_MG_9626Rick Spinney banjo & vocals

Born in Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, one year to the day of his brother Allan. As Rick likes to point out, “he was his brothers first birthday present”. Rick makes his home in Gaspereau, Nova Scotia, with his wife Machaela, son Kasey and his step-son Keegan. Compared to his brother, in his early school years, Rick did not spend as much time on music. Instead, Rick excelled in sports. First in soccer, and then in basketball. His dedication to team sports, found him on championship teams at numerous levels. It was with the persistence of his mother Wava, however, that Rick began examining his musical abilities.

In 1987, Rick obtained his first banjo. After some instruction from local musician Roy Thompson, and Canadian bluegrass great Vic Mullen, Rick was well on his way. Along with his brother, Rick began to study traditional bluegrass music. As a banjo player, the music of Earl Scruggs was very influential. Vocally, Rick and his brother worked on their own style of “brother duet” vocals. With the creation of the Spinney Brothers Bluegrass Band in 1991, Rick has continued to work tirelessly, in shaping the sound and image of the Spinney Bothers music. Rick is the main spokesman for the Band. As well, he handles bookings and promotions.


 

 

_MG_9616Gary Dalrymple mandolin

Gary Dalrymple was born in Halifax, the capital of Nova Scotia. Gary, like Allan and Rick, grew up in a musical family. Gary makes his home in Debert, Nova Scotia with his wife Jackie. His father, Carl was a local Country and Bluegrass musician. Gary was exposed at an early age to the recordings of Country and Bluegrass greats like, Buck Owens, Merle Haggard, Flatt and Scruggs, and Reno and Smiley to name a few. Gary began attending Bluegrass festivals with his family and soon had an uncontrollable urge to play an instrument. He thought that he would play the 5-string banjo, but intuition steered him toward the mandolin. He bought his first mandolin in March of 1984, it was a “Newfeld” mandolin.

He was encouraged by local musicians at festivals to keep it up, and with the early inspiration of the pioneers of Bluegrass music, he strived to develop his style of Traditional Bluegrass. It was the drones and double stops of Benny Martin and Paul Warren, whom all played with Flatt and Scruggs, that caught his attention. Their style of fiddle convinced Gary that this music was extra special, and Gary decided to take up playing the fiddle as well.

Gary played with several local bands until 1993, when he joined the Spinney Brothers. With his southern bow on the fiddle and lonesome tremolo on his Gilchrist mandolin, Gary adds the final ingredient necessary for Genuine Acoustic Bluegrass Music.


 

 

Terry on bassTerry Poirier upright bass

Originally from New Brunswick Canada, Terry is the youngest son of legendary Bluegrass music pioneer Eddy Poirier. He has been playing upright bass and singing in the Poirier Family band since the age of 5 and has appeared several times, as a youngster and pre-teen, on the Canadian ATV television series, “Up Home Tonight” show. Terry is an in-demand studio musician and is also known for his excellent skills as an audio engineer both in the studio and for live sound. Terry spent 5 years playing bass for the contemporary bluegrass band, Newtown and is also a  DJ, Webmaster and Station Music Librarian for WorldWideBluegrass.org.

 

 

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Jun
6
Tue
THE RIVER OF MY DREAMS: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent
Jun 6 @ 7:30 pm
THE RIVER OF MY DREAMS: A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent

King’s Film Society Presentation

THE RIVER OF MY DREAMS:

A Portrait of Gordon Pinsent

Director Brigitte Berman’s The River of My Dreams is a brilliant first-person portrait of one of Canada’s most beloved actors, Gordon Pinsent, whose formidable and thoughtful storytelling takes us from his childhood in Grand Falls, Newfoundland, through a body of work (the 1960s series Quentin Durgens, M.P., classics The Rowdyman and John and the Missus, acclaimed latter-day films Away from Her and Two Lovers and Bear) that is embedded in our national consciousness.

With an irrepressible spark, the natural raconteur relates how, as young man in 1948,he left the Rock to come to Toronto. Flat broke but driven by the dream of working in entertainment, he bounced from one job to the next in a picaresque series of hilarious missteps and joyous breakthroughs. He would later be joined on this adventure by the love of his life, grand dame of theatre Charmion King. Pinsent’s children also make appearances in the film, speaking candidly about growing up in close proximity to the entertainment world, and fellow artists and friends including Christopher Plummer, Norman Jewison, and Mary Walsh further define Pinsent’s personable appeal.

Now 86, the accomplished writer, painter, actor, and director looks back — and ahead— with the same fervent passion that has fed all facets of his life. In some of the most beautiful passages of River, Pinsent recites Keats, Shakespeare, and Lewis Carroll. That incredible and unmistakable voice of his gives us a sense of a life fully lived, and of a mischievous playfulness behind the serious sonority. Berman’s film is a charming trip through decades of Canadian culture, one that allows us to see how cultural legacies are built.

PG | | Documentary, Biography

 

 

Tickets: $10 Adult, $9 with Film Buff Card, $8 Youth.

All prices include HST.

General admission seating.

Doors open 45 minutes before showtime.

Jun
10
Sat
XARA CHORAL THEATRE – The Hours Turn to Nothing
Jun 10 @ 7:30 pm

XARA CHORAL THEATRE

The Hours Turn to Nothing

Canada’s Premier Choral Theatre Ensemble returns to King’s Theatre!

Named the top women’s choir in the country in 2013 by the National Choral Competition.

 

Nationally acclaimed women’s vocal ensemble Xara Choral Theatre and renowned author Ami McKay are joining forces in the creation of an inter-disciplinary performance called The Hours Turn to Nothing. The show will tell the stories of midwives and nurses in the aftermath of the 1917 Halifax Explosion.

The historic blast is being commemorated across Nova Scotia throughout this centenary year. It killed 2,000 people and seriously injured another 9,000. Amid the many stories of death, ruin, and injury, it is lesser know that most pregnant women living within range of the explosion went into spontaneous labour from the force of the explosion, regardless of the gestational age of their unborn children. Midwives from across Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and Northeastern USA boarded trains within hours of hearing the news knowing that their unique skills would be needed.

The Hours Turn to Nothing is now in production and is based on years of research undertaken by McKay when she wrote her award-winning novel, The Birth House. The show is set to premiere with three performances in Halifax on April 28-29 before touring the Maritime provinces. Featuring 24 singers, the work is shaped by seven ethereal choral pieces and several improvised soundscapes. It also includes text written by McKay and will be staged using expressive movement, costumes, and lighting. The choral repertoire includes two world premieres by Canadian composers Don Macdonald and Jenny Trites.

This ground-breaking artistic collaboration is being supported by the municipality of Halifax, Arts Nova Scotia, the Canada Council for the Arts, and the 150 Forward Fund.

 

Xara Choral Theatre Ensemble, Christina Murray, Co-artistic director and Conductor, Claire Leger, Choreographer, Ami McKay, Co-creator, Jenny Trites, Composer in Residence, Matthew Downey, Lighting Design, Jordyn Bochon, Costume Design

 

Artist Web Site

 

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Jun
16
Fri
KING’S SHORTS – Festival of 10-Minute Plays
Jun 16 @ 7:30 pm

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KING’S SHORTS

11th Annual Festival of Ten Minute Plays

Friday June 16 and Saturday June 17 at 7:30 pm and Sunday June 18 at 2:00 pm

The world is beginning to notice us with 93 submissions this year. Considering that kind of competition, it’s amazing that of the eight plays chosen for production, five are from Nova Scotia! The eight plays chosen this year for presentation are:

A Second Hand Love Story, written by Glenna Prime, New Minas, N.S.,
directed by Gloria Saesura

Flight of the Cows, written by Rex McGregor, Auckland, New Zealand,
directed by Shelley Vaughan

Funeral Sandwiches, written by Jim Prime, New Minas, N.S. and Ben Robicheau, Hamilton, Ontario,
directed by Freeman Butland

Installing a GPS, written by Margot Bishop, Wolfville, N.S.,
directed by Ron Wesman

OMG! Trump Won!, written by Charles Salmon, Halifax, N.S.,
directed by Miles Leahy

Salty and Sweet, written by Sue Higgs, Head Jeddore, N.S.,
directed by Kelley Pozzolo

Sticky, written by Jean Blaisar, Pasadena, California,
directed by Verilea Ellis

Workplace Wellness, written by Kate Jaimet, Ottawa, Ontario,
directed by John MacEachern

Of the eight plays to be performed, two will be selected by Theatre Nova Scotia as especially deserving and will be awarded first and second place prizes of $200 and $100, respectively. The coveted People’s Choice Award will be determined by those in attendance at all three performances. All awards will be presented following the Sunday performance.

Click here for more information about King’s Shorts.

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