Marigold features lots of live music in February

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Marigold Cultural Centre, By Melanie Grant

Digital movie projector opens up fun, interesting opportunities

Brittney Murray (aka: Nittybird) lives in Tatamagouche. She is a self-taught artist who uses charcoal, acrylic, watercolor, paper, fabric and a range of other mediums throughout her work. Her business “Nittybird Circus Art Fashion” allows her to teach and perform Circus Arts as well as design and create “up-cycled” clothing, jewelry and accessories, functional art, sculptures, ornaments and unique or custom individual pieces. Nittybird competed in and won her first live painting competition at “Art Battle-Truro” in September 2013 and went on to make it through to the final round in “Art Battle-Halifax” in November 2013.

There’s always lots going on at the Marigold and February is no exception.

On our main stage, Old Man Luedecke is performing on Feb. 6 with Australian tour buddy Jordie Lane. Old Man Luedecke is from Chester, Nova Scotia and is a charming banjo-picking folk singer. He’s just released a three-song EP produced by Joel Plaskett and is taking it on the road on a cross-Canada tour. We’re thrilled he’s stopping here to charm us with his tales, humour and unique brand of old time folk music.

On Feb. 8, we have Shirley Jackson and Her Good Rockin’ Daddy’s on the Marigold Stage. A regular at the Dutch Mason Blues festival, Jackson is part of our Beat the Winter Blues Series. Also in the series are: Ross Neilsen and Joe Murphy on Mar. 14 and Guy Davis on Apr. 4.

Sons of Maxwell are also back on Feb. 21 to charm us with their pop-y style songs. Dave Carroll and the Sons of Maxwell received international attention when their ‘customer service protest song’ — United Breaks Guitars — became a YouTube sensation. They’ve also been called “the nicest guys in the business”. Having worked with Sons of Maxwell on at least three Marigold concerts, I can attest to the truth of that statement. This show is bound to sell out, so get your tickets soon.

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Recently, the Marigold acquired a digital movie projector. Having a digital projector opens up some fun and interesting opportunities for our Cultural Centre.

In January, we used it for the first time to show the film The Classical Ideal, the third installment of our Art History Film Series. We’re presenting this film series with Art Historian Dee Appleby, once a month. 

This month’s film is entitled The Early Renaissance, and it will be presented on Feb. 16 at 1 p.m. There are only four films left to show, so if you’re interested in Art History, come check them out!

On Mar. 2, we’re using our fancy new projector to watch the Academy Awards on the big screen. It’s the first ever Oscars at the Marigold! We’re planning a fun fundraising event with snacks from Masstown Market and prizes for picking the award winners, and while you’re here you can watch the Oscars at the same time — all for only $10! It’s going to be a great night. So bring your friends and join us on our red carpet! Call the box office today to reserve your tickets.

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The MacLellan Moffatt Financial Gallery at the Marigold is excited to present a new and unique artist for February. Winner of “Art Battle – Truro” in September of last year, Brittney Murray is an artist from Tatamagouche who’s work ranges from fashion to painting to the circus arts. We’re excited to see what she brings to our Gallery. The “Nittybird” show opening is Feb. 6 at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome.

So even though it’s cold outside, come out to the Marigold and fill your culture cups to the brim with live music, local art and big screen entertainment.

Melanie Grant is the fundraising coordinator and MacLellan and Moffatt Financial Art Gallery curator at the Marigold Cultural Centre. She lives in Truro. www.marigoldcentre.ca.

Organizations: Marigold Cultural Centre, Cross-Canada, Blues Series Art History Film Series MacLellan Moffatt Financial Gallery Moffatt Financial Art Gallery

Geographic location: Chester, Nova Scotia, Truro Tatamagouche

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