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May 28 - June 3

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June 4 - 10

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ALL UPCOMING EVENTS

  • CINEMA
    The Zookeeper’s Wife
    Sunday May 28, 7:00p–9:04p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    “Adapted from Diane Ackerman’s book of the same name, Niki Caro’s latest film relays the remarkable true story of Antonina (Jessica Chastain, The Tree of Life, Take Shelter) and Jan Żabiński (Johan Heldenbergh, The Brand New Testament), the kind-hearted goyim who ran the Warsaw Zoo during the Nazi occupation and spared some love for every species of guest whom they invited onto their sprawling property.

    Antonina, a regal sort of woman who assumes a different, more domestic kind of heroism than we are used to seeing in films about the resistance, is depicted as being particularly protective of all God’s creatures. Blessed with a maternal streak as fierce as mother nature’s itself, Antonina lets a lion cub sleep beside her young son, Ryszard, she lets a skunk move in to her bedroom, and—in an incredible first act sequence that vividly establishes her empathetic spirit—she even helps revive a suffocating baby elephant.

    So when the calendar flips to 1939 and the Germans swarm into Poland, leveling much of the Warsaw Zoo in a surreal scene that sends camels and tigers wandering through the metropolitan streets, Mr. and Mrs. Żabiński immediately default to the defense of life. Together, with the help of a loyal groundskeeper (Michael McElhatton, Albert Nobbs), Jan and Antonina secretly begin transforming their shattered menagerie into a vital way station in the city’s underground railroad.

    Their system is as brilliant as it is simple: Jan drives his truck into the ghetto under the pretense of collecting garbage to feed the pigs he’s farming for the Nazis, and he drives his truck out of the ghetto with as many stowaways as he can fit under the heaps of trash in his cargo. Antonina takes over from there, funneling the fugitive children out of the city through the labyrinth of tunnels that slither beneath the house, and dyeing her female guests blonde so that she can pass them off in broad daylight. The Nazi soldiers stationed at the zoo are completely oblivious to what’s going on right below their noses—not even Lutz Heck (Daniel Brühl, Ladies in Lavender), the horny mad scientist who leverages his status as Hitler’s favorite zoologist to sexually threaten Antonina—has the slightest idea that his crush is cucking him with basic decency.

    And decency, in its raw, instinctive form, is ultimately what earns The Zookeeper’s Wife a place in the self-conflicted canon of Holocaust cinema. One of those lush, handsomely shot historical dramas where everyone speaks heavily accented English instead of the characters’ native tongue, Caro’s film may come to feel like an unlikely cross between We Bought a Zoo and Schindler’s List, but it vibes on a wavelength all its own because of how completely it shirks the matter of a moral awakening. Antonina isn’t some lecherous capitalist who needs to learn the value of human life, she’s just a human who finds herself living through some decidedly inhumane times—the Holocaust doesn’t change her, it just strengthens her resolve. A fundamental sense of empathy may not be especially cinematic, but that’s no reason to ignore it (and Chastain, who strikes a wonderful balance with Heldenbergh, is masterful at expressing stoicism without ever tipping into sanctimony). Compassion, Antonina’s experience remembers for us, is always heroic.” (David Ehrlich, IndieWire)

    “There’s something powerful to be read into every action, line, and image. Subtle yet striking, this is a film that is filled with the power of exquisitely executed storytelling.” (Chelsey Grasso, The Film Stage)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • LITERARY
    Stardrop, An Evening in Comics
    Tuesday May 30, 7:00p–8:30p
    Presented by Mark Oakley
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $2

    Tickets: Box of Delights Bookshop

    Celebrating 10 years of Stardrop!

    Join Cartoonist Mark Oakley for stories and artwork, in conversation with special guest, Calum Johnston of Strange Adventures Comics.

    Pick up a copy of the new Stardrop collected volume 3! An excellent book four years in the making. "This is one of my best books! I'm super proud of it, and I think folks, young and old, will really enjoy it!"

    Also...
    An original Stardrop art raffle - in support of L'Arche Solidarity - You may go home with an one-of-a-kind original comic strip!

    Contact: moak@iboxpublishing.com  |  902 542 9511

  • MUSIC
    Night Kitchen Luau
    Saturday June 3, 8:00p–10:00p
    Presented by The Dead Sheep Scrolls
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: Tickets $10 ($5 for students/unwaged)

    Tickets: Just Us Café in Wolfville.

    Kick off the summer with some hot tunes at Night Kitchen Luau! Featuring sultry, sizzling serenades from Sarah McInnis and Jamie Lee Patterson, plus the usual gang of musical beach bums and patio dwellers.

    Contact: nightkitchenwolfville@gmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Fences
    Sunday June 4, 7:00p–9:19p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Denzel Washington directs and stars in this powerful screen version of August Wilson’s 1983 play about an unhappy working-class African-American family in 1950s Pittsburgh.

    "Patriarch Troy Maxson (Washington, The Great Debaters) is a garbage collector who once had a shot at sports stardom in the Negro League. After that, he never got the right breaks because of segregation and ended up serving prison time for murder in self-defense. Concealing his deep rage behind a bombastic, boisterous, hard-drinking demeanor that keeps his friends bemused and wondering what he’ll do next, Troy has some dark secrets festering inside. Troy’s wife Rose (Viola Davis who received the Best Supporting Actress Oscar for her role; Doubt) has stood by him through the highs and lows of his disappointing life for 18 years of a marriage that is beginning to show cracks in the marble. Now, their teenage son Cory (Jovan Adepo) is in line for a football scholarship, which annoys Troy so much that it brings out the inner furies and regrets he’s been hiding through the years.

    Troy not only wants to prevent his son from becoming the same kind of failed athlete he once was, but he’s also keeping a secret from Rose—a mistress who is about to give birth to his illegitimate child. Tensions mount, personalities clash, and when the loyal, long-suffering Rose finally explodes, the screen trembles with her passion.

    In the best ensemble work of the year, other characters who roam in and out of the Maxson house are Lyons (Russell Hornsby), Troy’s 34-year-old son from a former relationship, a musician who badly needs financial help for his own family; Troy’s brain-damaged brother Gabe (Mykelti Williamson), a World War II veteran with a metal blade in his head; and Bono (Stephen McKinley Henderson, Manchester by the Sea), the loyal buddy who listens tirelessly to Troy’s jokes and tirades and seems to be a permanent fixture at Rose’s dinner table.

    The glue-all that keeps them together is the confident star, in one of the most demanding and triumphant roles of his career. The action centers on the house and backyard, where he bullies everyone around and spends his spare time building a fence to close off the outside world. The fence is a metaphor for all the fences that surround every character in August Wilson’s world. After years of procrastination, if the fence is ever completed, Wilson implies the other fences will mend themselves." (Rex Reed, New York Observer)

    "Denzel Washington delivers a leo­nine, devouringly powerful performance as one of American theater’s most imposing patriarchs in Fences, a classic of contemporary dramatic literature that has finally received a respectful, often stirring, adaptation for the screen." (Ann Hornaday, The Washington Post)

    "Though every performance is splendid, it's Washington and Davis who create a mesmerizing symphony of emotion, finding both love and tragedy in every look, every line." (Moira Macdonald, The Seattle Times)

    "Washington delivers not only one of the year's best performances, but one of the best self-directed performances in cinema history." (Mick LaSalle, San Francisco Chronicle)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • MUSIC
    Ian Janes 'Yes Man' Album Release Show
    Saturday June 10, 8:00p
    Presented by Ian Janes
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 advance
    $22 at the door

    Tickets: The Box of Delights Bookshop

    Buy Tickets Online

    Valley native Ian Janes finishes off his ‘Yes Man’ album release tour with a concert at the Whittle with his quartet.

    A confident, and soulful record, Yes Man creatively mixes Ian’s deepest influences and experiences. It is a combination of singularly written songs, as well as collaborations with other great writers from across North America. The album includes co-writes with Andy Stochansky (Goo Goo Dolls, Ani DiFranco, Shannon Noll), Jamie Hartman (Joss Stone, James Bay, Christina Aguilera) Lee Ann and Daryl Burgess (Irma Thomas, Colin James, Patty Loveless) and iconic Canadian songwriter, Joel Plaskett.

    Ian has also been keeping busy writing songs for other artists. In March his song 'Can’t Remember Never Loving You', co-written with Byron Hill (George Strait, Ray Charles, Alabama), was featured prominently in the mid-season finale of the popular TV show "Nashville" (see video link below).

    Ian Janes 'Yes Man' Album Release Show on YouTube

    Contact: ian@ianjanes.com  |  (902) 463-6292

  • CINEMA
    Neruda
    Sunday June 11, 7:00p–8:48p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    The eventful and unorthodox life of the Nobel Prize–winning poet, politician, committed communist, unapologetic hedonist and Chilean cultural icon Pablo Neruda provides plentiful territory for cinematic exploration. The poet's early-1950s exile in Procida previously inspired Michael Radford's Il Postino, a fictionalized story about Neruda's relationship with a local postman that left few cinemagoers dry-eyed. Now, Pablo Larraín (Jackie, No), Chile's most inventive and provocative contemporary filmmaker, takes a wholly unique approach to his famous countryman's life and work with Neruda, which is set during the poet's sojourn underground in the late 1940s.

    Following the Chilean president's outlawing of communism in 1948, Neruda (Luis Gnecco, No) and his artist wife Delia (Mercedes Morán, The Motorcycle Diaries) are forced into hiding. While the mundanity of life on the run holds little charm for the cultured pair, this also proves to be a time of prolific output for the poet, as Neruda's ideologically charged poems rouse the people and give voice to the voiceless.

    Providing counterpoint to Neruda, Larraín introduces a second protagonist: an invented character named Óscar Peluchonneau (Gael García Bernal, No, Rosewater), an ambitious police inspector hoping to make a name for himself by capturing the celebrity fugitive. Larraín uses the cat-and-mouse game between these two adversaries to reflect on notions of identity and character, as Peluchonneau strives to escape from his fictional origins by tracking down the "real" Neruda.

    Elegant and beguiling, Neruda offers a (fittingly) Nerudian vision of its eponymous protagonist. It is a metafictional fable that blends historical recreation with literary and cinematic fabrication. Pushing the limits of filmic biography, Larraín offers a stimulating and sometimes startling rumination on the split that can exist between the person and the persona, the man and the artist.

    "Surprises always come at the end of Pablo Larraín’s films, when everything suddenly comes together and the audience sits in the cinema feeling both illuminated and floored. Neruda is no different, representing the director at his stunning best with a work of such cleverness and beauty, alongside such power, that it’s hard to know how to parcel out praise." (Jay Weissberg, Variety)

    "A dexterous, mischievous, almost incomprehensibly intelligent film that has such invention packed into every frame that the only real danger is overload, Neruda works most thrillingly as an effusive love letter to the very concept of fiction and all the ways it can set you free, written in lyrical but staccato meter, perhaps with a rose between the teeth." (Jessica Kiang, The Playlist)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • MUSIC
    We Are Women
    Monday June 12, 7:30p–9:30p
    Presented by We Are Women
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 for Adults
    $15 for Students/Seniors

    WE ARE WOMEN is a show where three women bring us on a musical journey of the female experience through excerpts from the musical theatre repertoire of the past century. Their relationships as sisters, parents, children, friends and lovers carry us through questions and stories about love, marriage, envy, loss, passion for life, and womens’ desire for independence and recognition.
     
    Don’t miss this thrilling and poignant cabaret show with soprano Suzanne Rigden, mezzo-soprano Kristin Hoff and pianist Sarah Russell.

    All three artists live in Montreal, QC (although two are native maritimers) and have created this show to support local women's charities whilst connecting people and bringing awareness through song and community.

    Contact: info@suzannerigden.com  |  514-451-9748

  • THEATRE
    Peter Pan
    Friday June 16, 7:00p–9:30p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 - available at the door.

    All children, except one, grow up…

    When Peter Pan, leader of the Lost Boys, loses his shadow, headstrong Wendy helps him to reattach it. In return, she is invited to Neverland, where Tinker Bell, Tiger Lily and the vengeful Captain Hook await. A riot of magic, music and make-believe ensues.

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com  |  (902) 697-4231

  • MUSIC
    Irish Dance Show
    Saturday June 17, 1:30p–3:30p
    Presented by Tir na nOg Irish Dance Academy
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $15 cash on the door

    This show features Valley Irish Dancers from Tir na nOg Irish Dance Academy. Their high lifts and fancy footwork will keep you on the edge of your feet. The talent on the stage will ooze into the audience leaving your heart overflowed with joy!

    Contact: tnntiptoptoes@gmail.com  |  902.582.1786

  • MUSIC
    Hillsburn
    Saturday June 17, 8:00p
    Presented by Deep Roots Music Cooperative
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20

    Tickets: The Box of Delights Book Shop in Wolfville

    The Deep Roots Music Co-op is thrilled to announce that recent ECMA award winning Nova Scotia band Hillsburn will raise the roof off the Al Whittle Theatre on June 17th. Hillsburn was one of the most popular performers at last year's Festival. Think Arcade Fire meets Bon Iver at a Cold Play concert. In December of 2016 the band won a Canadian Folk Music Award for New Emerging Artist of the Year and in April their video for Run Down was awarded the Fans Choice Video of the Year at the ECMAs in Saint John. Hillsburn, Paul Aarntzen, Clayton Burrill, Rosanna Burrill, Jackson Fairfax-Perry and Clare MacDonald take their name from Aarntzen’s home town of Hillsburn, Nova Scotia. They will share music from their incredible first effort, In the Battle Years, along with a bunch of great new tunes from their planned new record. Sponsorship provided by The Town of Wolfville and Music Nova Scotia.

    Contact: office@deeprootsmusic.ca  |  (902) 542-7668

  • CINEMA
    Burn Your Maps
    Sunday June 18, 7:00p–8:42p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Based on a short story by Robyn Joy Leff, Burn Your Maps is an auspicious directorial debut for Jordan Roberts. It is a story filled with drama, humour, universal truths and Mongolian goats—lots of them.

    After suffering a terrible tragedy, married couple Alise (Vera Farmiga, The Boy in the Stripes Pajamas) and Connor (Marton Csokas) are trying very hard—and failing—to maintain family stability. When their eight-year-old son, Wes (Jacob Tremblay, Room), takes his school-project research on Mongolia very seriously, they are naturally supportive. But soon, Wes becomes convinced that he actually is a Mongolian goat herder and can even name the village where he belongs. Wes befriends Ismail (Suraj Sharma, Life of Pi), an Indian immigrant who accepts the child's assertion without question. The two of them decide that Wes must go to Mongolia and that Ismail will make a documentary about it.

    Disturbed by their son's obsession with his newly discovered identity, Alise and Connor are divided about how to respond. In a bid to heal herself by indulging her son, Alise agrees that the whole family will go to Mongolia in search of the village and Connor finally, reluctantly agrees. But getting to the steppes is just the first part of this family's unforgettable journey.

    Farmiga and Csokas bring all their considerable skills to this charming and moving adventure story. And Jacob Tremblay, who galvanized viewers in Room, is affecting and endearing as the young boy on a burning mission. Burn Your Maps is, appropriately enough, a story with many twists and turns, and it ventures into some still-uncharted territories of the heart.

    "Jacob Tremblay and Vera Farmiga (as his understanding mother) are irresistible in this strange tale of a young boy with goats on the brain." (Jordan Hoffman, The Guardian)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • MUSIC
    ASHK
    Friday June 23, 8:00p–10:00p
    Presented by ASHK
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 regular, $15 students/low-income

    Tickets: Box of Delights Bookshop

    Buy Tickets Online

    ASHK is the latest project from the Nasr sisters. The three sisters have devoted many years to studying and performing music in different parts of the world including India, Afghanistan, China, Europe and Brazil… The word ASHK, means “love” in Turkish and “tear” in Persian. As the band performs in multiple languages and styles, playing a variety of instruments, ASHK creates a show that reflects their travels, studies and musical passions.

    The sisters have teamed up with world percussionist Ken Shorley to take the audience on an international tour. Ariana brings us to France, Eastern Europe and beyond, hearing the sounds of Edith Piaf, the Roma, and the Balkans. Sahara explores the music of India and Persia, sharing Sufi poetry of Rumi in her own compositions. Kamila brings us to Portugal through Fado, to Brazil with hip hop and treats us to original Afghan-Celtic fusion. The versatile Ken Shorley will transport us to the Middle East, South Asia and Turkey as he flows effortlessly among instruments and styles.

    ASHK's performance is powerful as they sing most selections with three or four part harmonies and perform with an impressive array of both eastern and western instruments. This is a show not to miss.

    ASHK on YouTube

    Contact: ariana@ariananasr.com

  • THEATRE
    Broken Leg Theatre - Summer
    Saturday June 24, 7:00p–9:00p
    Presented by Donna Holmes
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $10

    Tickets: At the Door or by contacting Donna at donnaholmes712@gmail.com.

    Our June 24 show will feature DanceConXion, the Dead Sheep Scrolls, Rachel Bobbitt, Valley Ghost Walks, Caravan Theatre, and more! (stay tuned for poster & more info)

    Broken Leg Theatre is a variety show that we put on at the Al Whittle in Wolfville three times a year. Our shows include drama, comedy, musical theatre, dance... or maybe even something by YOU! If you'd like to be involved (on or behind the stage) please contact Donna Holmes at donnaholmes712@gmail.com, or check out our facebook page at https://facebook.com/brokenlegtheatre. ;O)

    Contact: donnaholmes712@gmail.com

  • CINEMA
    Tommy’s Honour
    Sunday June 25, 7:00p–8:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    As the widely acknowledged home of golf, Scotland holds a particular attraction for both professional and amateur players, who revere the region’s renowned courses and celebrate its pivotal place in the history of the sport. Central to that heritage are the names Tom Morris (known as Old Tom) and Tommy Morris (Young Tom), 19th century originators of the contemporary game’s most distinguishing features.

    Scottish director Jason Connery, himself an avid golfer, tells their story in this captivating and amusing period drama adapted from Kevin Cook’s 2007 book, Tommy's Honor: The Story of Old Tom Morris and Young Tom Morris, Golf's Founding Father and Son.

    Peter Mullan (Sunshine on Leith, Stone of Destiny) is perfectly cast as the ordered and loyal Old Tom Morris, the man who helped set up the Open Championship and went on to win it four times. He would become greenkeeper at the Royal and Ancient Club at St Andrews, where he established a club-making shop overlooking the 18th green, and where he hoped his son Tommy would follow in his respectful footsteps.

    However, Young Tommy (Jack Lowden, '71) has plans of his own. He sets out to become the "dashing young man of golf," challenging traditions, drawing spectators and becoming golf’s first touring pro. The conflicting views of Old Tom and Young Tom lead to an intense father-son rivalry both on the fairway and as a very public clash between tradition and innovation.

    "An engrossing and accessible celebration of the game’s modern origins, enhanced by striking locations and a standout cast, led by Scottish actors Peter Mullan and Jack Lowden. Outstanding production design, creative costuming and historically accurate locations enhance the overall authenticity of the film, which is buoyed throughout by Christian Henson’s lyrical score." (Justin Lowe, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "Although Tommy’s Honour has clearly been made by a golf obsessive who loves the links, it’s the rare sports biography that keeps its eye on the ball of character and milieu." (Ray Greene, TheWrap)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • CINEMA
    Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
    Sunday July 2, 7:00p–8:57p
    Presented by Fundy Cinema
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $9

    Israeli-American writer-director Joseph Cedar possesses an extraordinary gift for telling stories of men vying for prestige in cloistered worlds. Footnote, which was nominated for an Academy Award, drew intrigue and Kafkaesque humour from a scenario involving a father-son rivalry in the highly secluded realm of Talmudic scholarship. With Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer, Cedar's wry gaze migrates to New York's network of fixers, connectors, and middlemen. This absorbing character study stars Richard Gere (I'm Not There) as Norman Oppenheimer, a seasoned "macher": a man who knows the right people and gets things done. Like a gambler or a thief, Norman's position is more vocation than profession, a confidence game requiring luck and a kind of societal sleight of hand.

    When an Israeli dignitary, Eshel (Lior Ashkenazi, Footnote), visits New York, Norman decides to make an impression by buying him some extremely expensive shoes. A gold-star connection is made, but three years later Eshel winds up becoming Israel's prime minister and is suddenly hugely inaccessible. Norman's circle begins asking him to write cheques he can no longer cash—and the fallout could destroy the reputation Norman has spent his life building.

    Gorgeously photographed and infused with Cedar's trademark poetics, Norman is a heady comic drama. Its supporting cast of Michael Sheen (Far from the Madding Crowd, Midnight in Paris), Charlotte Gainsbourg, Dan Stevens, Steve Buscemi and Isaach De Bankolé (Calvary) all tread the boards in Cedar's theatre of charisma. But this is ultimately Gere's show. We watch him perform his magic and are also invited to peek behind the curtain. Gere is somehow simultaneously seductive, vulnerable, and enigmatic—a profoundly satisfying balancing act, in the role of a lifetime.

    "Cedar impressively creates a complex and intricately detailed portrait of the web of political, financial, social and religious affiliations that has everything to do with how the world works... Gere presides over it all with an impressively self-effacing portrait of a man who, while you wouldn’t want to experience him in real life, remains fascinating onscreen from beginning to end." (Todd McCarthy, The Hollywood Reporter)

    "What’s best about the film is how Cedar and Gere have dreamed up a character who’s equally desperate and preternaturally ingratiating." (Tim Grierson, Screen International)

    Contact: info@fundycinema.ca  |  (902) 542-1050

  • THEATRE
    Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead
    Friday July 7, 7:00p–9:30p
    Presented by Just Us! Coffee Roasters Co-op
    ▶ Show Details

    Cost: $20 - available at the door

    Daniel Radcliffe and David Haig star in the 50th anniversary of the play that made a young Tom Stoppard’s name overnight.
    Against the backdrop of Hamlet, two hapless minor characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, take centre stage.  As the young double act stumble their way in and out of the action of Shakespeare’s iconic drama, they become increasingly out of their depth as their version of the story unfolds. 
     

    Contact: kathy@justuscoffee.com  |  (902) 697-4231