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November Arts Calendar: Variety Is the spice of life….

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Between Shadow and Stone

Richard England - A Photographic Retrospective Exhibition.

5 to 28 November at the Atrium,

St James Cavalier, Valletta

The collection of photographs presented in this exhibition is not intended to be a comprehensive dossier of Richard England’s work. These photographs were chosen by Richard England and the photographer following numerous meetings, site visits and editing sessions. This collection represents how the photographer saw and captured Richard England’s architecture during the years 2009-2010. The general public is invited to explore and enjoy this snapshot in time of this extraordinary architect’s work.

Contemporary Art

5 to 28 November at the

Exhibition Hall, Pjazza San Frangisk, Victoria, Gozo

A group of Gozitan artists exhibit researched works of art in various locations. Exhibition curated by Mario Cassar. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday: 8.30am – 1pm.

Earth: An Exhibition of Ceramics

Until 5th December at the Main Hall, St James Cavalier, Valletta

Ceramic artist Charlot Cassar presents a dynamic collection of wall-hanging ceramic works of art that explore the poetics of a transcendental landscape. In this fifth solo exhibition, the artist fuses visual and technical elements into a landscape that goes beyond a recognisable context, inviting the viewer to explore a new earth, sometimes barren and arid, sometimes lush and alluring, but always hauntingly beautiful. Fluid lines, texture and vibrant colours traverse the compositions, weaving patterns, creating spaces and intimate, secluded worlds.


Nessie: the Loch Ness Monster

2nd and 3rd November at Teatru Manoel, Valletta at 7.30pm

An innovative and entertaining show for children and their families presented by the international Purves Puppets Company from Scotland. The production combines humour, dance and traditional Scottish music to tell the story of a boy called Hughie McDhui, who meets a girl called Mairi Glengarry, who is running away from her wicked uncle –Naggie McCraggie.

The Collector

5, 6, 7 November at the Theatre, St James Cavalier at 8pm

Written by Mark Healy. Based on a novel by John Fowles. A Vermiglio Theatre Production directed by Albert Marshall starring Alan Fenech and Michelle Zerafa.

Frederick Clegg, a lonely, luckless young man, works as a clerk at City Hall and collects attractive butterflies in his spare time. He’s obsessed with a beautiful art student, Miranda, but unable to make contact with her. Fredrick’s luck is about to change while Miranda’s luck may be running out. After winning a fortune at the lottery Clegg (Alan Fenech) acquires a huge country estate and in a planned motivated scheme kidnaps Miranda (Michelle Zerafa). Miranda like his butterflies is only a collection to be preserved, pampered, indulged and imprisoned in a cellar. The play in itself is a pyschological battle between the two. Tickets: €13.


A Wickedly Dark Comedy

about Death and Dying

12 to 14 and 19 to 21 November at the MITP, St Christopher Street, Valletta

When Magnus Coffinkey met his fate after falling from a gargoyle-studded bell-tower, his life had effectively ended but, owing to a freak coincidence, his existence did not. But does he have time to accomplish in death what he was unable to achieve in life? And why does Death speak with a Russian accent? Presented as a seemingly innocent and stylised children’s tale, Revenance will keep you guessing as to how much of the story is mere fantasy and how much of it is an insight into a tortured soul.

Revenance is written by Malcolm Galea whose previous scripts include the international hit Porn – the Musical and last year’s pantomime Aladdin.

Tickets for the first weekend (12-14 November) are at €10, and tickets for the second weekend (19-21 November) are at €12. Booking will be open two weeks before the play debuts although reservations may be made from now by sending an email to [email protected]


13 November at St Agatha’s Auditorium, Rabat

Masquerade proudly presents 13 The Musical, a new and exciting musical featuring an all teenage cast and live band. Celebrated for its explosive rock score by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this is a hilarious grown up musical comedy about growing up. The musical is based on the book by Dan Elish. 13 tells the story of Evan, a Jewish kid from New York whose parents’ divorce moves him to Indiana. As the new kid, Evan has got to make friends, then determine if they are the right friends to have. The musical is directed by Anthony Bezzina and Daphne Said. Music direction is in the hands Kevin Abela and Roger Tirazona is responsible for vocal coaching. Choreography is by Claire Cassola. Set concept is by Pierre Portelli. For booking please contact Veronica.

T: 7979 3737 / 2124 6619

E: [email protected]



A One Night Stand with The Big Band Brothers

6 November at Republic Hall, Mediterranean Conference Centre, Valletta at 8pm

The Big Band Brothers are thinking BIG. This will be the band’s biggest show to date and will be bringing the big band sound to a whole new audience including popular tunes never previously performed by a big band ensemble. Yet as always it is the Big Band Brothers’ infectious energy and compelling exuberance which will be the main draw to the event. To buy your tickets visit the Box Office at the MCC, Triq l-Isptar,Valletta

T: 21243840/3


Soundtracks Alive

6 November at Astra Theatre, Republic Street, Victoria in Gozo at 7.30pm

Music from some of the most acclaimed movies with the participation of La Stella Youth Band.

Strummin’Home 9: All Time Favourites

26-27 November at Sir Temi Zammit Hall, University of Malta

at 8pm

‘Strummin’Home’ is a yearly project organised by all members of ŻĦN in order to help a local charity. This year the concert will raise funds for the Equal Partners who among other services, offer help to children with disabilities. The cast will present chart-topping songs from different musical eras, guaranteeing an entertaining show for an audience of all ages.


Book Fair 2010

10-14 November at the Sacra Infermeria, MCC, Valletta.

Presented by the Malta Book Fair Organising Committee – National Library. Opening hours : 10-11 November: 5 – 9pm, 12 November 5 – 10pm, 13 November 9am – 12.30pm and 4 to 10pm and 14th November from 9am to 9pm.

Traditional Food

and Festa Fair

13 November at St Helen’s Square, Birkirkara

During this event one will have the opportunity to cook traditional Maltese recipes alongside Malta’s finest chefs and listen to traditional Maltese music.


Smoking Pipes Exhibition

Until 12 December 2010 at Palazzo Falson from 10am to 4pm

Palazzo Falson Historic House Museum is putting on a temporary exhibition dedicated to smoking pipes. Following on from last year’s exhibition dedicated to Whistles, this year’s exhibition will once again visit a little known area of the decorative arts to explore the surprising variety and rich history of pipes. Over 160 pipes, mostly drawn from private collections will be on display. Ranging from the common briar wood pipe to the more esoteric opium pipes and pipes used in rituals, this exhibition will provide a colourful overview of pipes and pipe smoking from around the world.



Met Opera HD LIVE

Don Pasquale – Gaetano Donizetti

Cinema - Live transmission 13 November; encore 27 November

Doors open: 6.30pm, Start time: 7pm, St James Cavalier, Valletta

When Otto Schenk’s production premiered in 2006, the New York Times called it “brilliant” and “wonderful.” The old bachelor Don Pasquale wants to marry in order to punish his rebellious nephew, Ernesto, by providing himself with an heir and cutting the young man off without a penny. Dr. Malatesta, calling on Pasquale in his sunny morning room, suggests as a bride his own beautiful younger sister, whom he compares to an angel. Delighted, Pasquale tells him to arrange a meeting at once. Ernesto refuses to marry a woman of his uncle’s choice, saying he loves the widow Norina. The old man tells Ernesto he will have to leave the house. Pasquale then announces his own marriage plans to his astonished nephew. With no inheritance in the offing, Ernesto sees his dreams evaporating. To add insult to injury, he learns that his friend Malatesta has arranged the marriage of Pasquale, who gloats over Ernesto’s discouragement.

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