Arts Alive with Andrew MacGregor
February is African Heritage Month I and Amherst and area will be home to many activities again this year.
One of the highlights is a work that Darlene Strong has produced which is an exhibit entitled Our History – Their Heritage. The 10 original paintings chronicle the contributions of the African Nova Scotian community to Amherst from the early settlements of the late 18th century right up until the present day.
Our History – Their Heritage,” launched on Feb. 1 at Cumberland County Museum and Archives and will be there all month as well as also travelling to schools and other public venues.
Tonight, Bella’s Cafe presents R.A. Lautenschlager February and Duncan’s Pub hosts Eric Fresia at 4 to 6 p.m. and Dave Slaunwhite follows at 8 p.m.
Tomorrow at 10 a.m., the Four Fathers Memorial Library hosts a Social Media 101 and it runs until noon. Also at 10 a.m., the Soar With Your Dreams - an Inspired Life Vision Board Workshop is happening at 106 Victoria St. E, and it goes until 3 p.m.
On Saturday night, the VON Cumberland’s 7th Annual Beat the Winter Blues Dance is happening at Knights of Columbus Hall from 9 p.m. until 1a.m.
On Tuesday, Feb. 11, the Four Fathers Memorial Library hosts When I Paint My Masterpiece from 3 until 4 p.m. and then on Wednesday, Feb. 12 starting at 6:30 p.m., the Four Fathers Memorial Library hosts Twisted Stitchers.
In Sackville this weekend, the Windsor Theatre Out of the Box Presents Michael Frayn's Noises Off both tonight at tomorrow at 8 p.m. with the doors opening at 7 p.m. It takes place at Convocation Hall (through the side doors facing the Swan Pond).
Noises Off! has been delighting audiences for almost 25 years. It’s two parts classic farce and one part uncontrolled mayhem.
Doors open and close, characters just mis-discovering each other, romance turns into heartbreak which becomes raging jealousy, and everyone hopes for a happy ending. Tomorrow night the Mount Allison Performing Arts Series continues when they presents Diomira.
Pianist Dinuk Wijeratne, percussionist Nick Halley, and accordion player Joseph Petric present a program of original music that combines Western classical techniques with the improvisatory approaches of jazz, Middle Eastern, and Indian classical music.
Their globally-inspired program has been lauded with critical acclaim and recorded by the CBC. It takes place at Brunton Auditorium at 8 p.m.
There is lots of weekly arts and culture events in the area including Dick’s Jamboree hosting a night of music every Wednesday night at Heartz Hall at Trinity-St Stephen’ s United Church at 7 p.m.
On Thursdays it is open mic night at both the Old Warehouse Café and Duncans Pub.
On Fridays at 8 p.m. the Amherst Legion hosts “All Star Karaoke ” where there is no admission fee and all singers are welcome.
Sundays has Steve & the Boys are at the Amherst Legion from 3 until 7 p.m. and admission is by free will offering with everyone welcome.
So for musicians in Cumberland County there is no excuse not to get out there and get on stage, work on new songs or hone your craft.
The Sackville Art Association offers weekly art lessons on Thursdays from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the Middle Sackville Baptist Church, 14 Church St. at Silver Lake. The cost is $10 a session and beginners are welcome for more information.
Andrew MacGregor’s arts and culture column appears weekly in the Amherst News.