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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Dec. 26-Jan. 1) – The London Free Press

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What’s happening in and around London this weekend and into next week.


Londoners Deborah Hay, as Marry Poppins, and Mark Uhre as Bert stars in the Grand Theatre’s production on until Dec. 29. (Derek Ruttan/The London Free Press)


What’s happening in and around London this weekend and into next week:

CLUBS

Call the Office: Xxxmas: A Christmas Tragedy with Euphoria, Mesa, Road to Elysium, Saturday, 8 p.m.; The Discarded and Back Breaker, Ditchbanger, Dave Rocket and The Jobbers, Ty Flies, Sunday, 8 p.m., $10, 19+; NYE No Scrubs Dance Party with DJ Wolf Pup, Tuesday, 10 p.m., $10, 19+; 216 York St.

Eastside Bar and Grill: Juice, Friday, 10 p.m.; Big Bang, Saturday, 10 p.m.; NYE with Zed, Tuesday (sold out); 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke Party hosted by Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit www.jimbospub.ca.

London Music Club: Pete Denomme and The Cosmic Cowboys, Emm Gryner, Keelan Purchase, Brent Jones, Dave Cowell, Saturday, 6:30 p.m.; NYE with The LMC All-Stars, Tuesday, 7:30 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Music Hall: The London Boys Reunited with Thymios Partalas and Friends, Friday, 9 p.m., $40, 19+; The Penthouse, Tuesday, 9 p.m., $25, 19+; 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

Norma Jean’s: No Heros, The Skraggs and Spinster Jones, Saturday, 9 p.m.; 1332 Huron St.; 519-455-7711 or visit www.normajeans.ca.

Rum Runners: The Weathered, The Black Box Review, Gracie Mae, Saturday, 10 p.m., $5, 19+; NYE 2020 The Party Continues with Saad Ayub, Alex Hawken, Basso, Joel Demoor, Richard K, Sanad, Tuesday, 9 p.m., $13, 19+; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: A Very Bluegrass Christmas VII with Kevin’s Bacon Train, Saturday, 9 p.m.; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162.

Wortley Roadhouse: Rumblefish, Friday and Saturday; Rev. Doug and The Old South Boys, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; NYE with Geoff Masse Band, Tuesday; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


DANCING

Come Dancing: Ballroom, Latin and swing dance with Robert and Patricia, Friday, 8 p.m. at Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; admission: $10, includes coffee, tea and snacks; everyone welcome; 519-421-7234.

Latin Dance Night: Come out and do the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata with JaviDj, Saturday, 10 p.m., free admission; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit www.jimbospub.ca.

New Year’s Eve Celebration: Dance to the music of Wolfeman DJ, Tuesday at German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd.; tickets: members $40, non-members $50, includes party favours, light buffet and midnight champagne toast, available at the club or online at onstagedirect.com; 519-433-2901.

New Year’s Eve Dance: Dance to the music of County Road Country Band, Tuesday, 8 p.m. at Victory Legion, 311 Oakland Ave.; tickets: $30, includes late lunch, available at the bar; 519-455-2331.

Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of CW Country, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free; New Year’s Eve Dance to the music of Mike Fagan, Tuesday, tickets $45, includes dinner; Levee Day, dance to the music of Country Versatiles, Wednesday, opens at noon with Colours marched on at 2 p.m., followed by music; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of T.L.A. Band, Saturday, 7:30 p.m., $10; NYE with County Road, Tuesday, 8 p.m. (downstairs, NYE with Sideline, 8 p.m. (upstairs); 311 Oakland Ave.

Singles Dance Party: Year-end dance to the music of Wolfeman DJ, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Polish Club, 554 Hill St.; admission: $7, all welcome; 519-433-2579.


ETC.

New Year’s Levee: Celebrate the New Year with a visit to Eldon House and enjoy musical entertainment in the elegant drawing room, exchange greetings and gather with friends for hot cider and treats in the Interpretive Centre, Wednesday, drop-in 1-4 p.m.; admission by donation; 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169.

Read. Learn. Live.: Celebrating its 60th anniversary this year, CODE has launched this photography exhibit by internationally renowned Canadian photojournalist, Peter Bregg, opens Tuesday, runs till Jan. 13 at Central Library, 251 Dundas St., 1st floor Library Commons; free admission.


Ornate rooms are on display in London’s oldest home, Eldon House, where they are celebrating a Victorian Christmas until Jan. 1. (Mike Hensen/The London Free Press)


GALLERIES AND MUSEUMS

Art With Panache: Featured artists for December include Tony Furlong, Paul Snoddy, Lyn Tremblay, Lynne Pinchin, Mary Lillyman, Kit Cutting, Lois Fuchs, Audrey Cooper, Margaret Crosby, Nic DeGroot and Andrew Gillet; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; 140 Fullarton St.; 519-870-7218.

Eldon House: London’s oldest residence contains family heirlooms, furnishings and priceless treasures of the Harris Family; hours: Wednesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m.; admission by donation; 481 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-5169 or visit www.eldonhouse.ca.

Elgin County Heritage Centre: Voices from the Engraver: Canadian stamps and bank notes – design to printing – features original art, printing plates, videos, interactives, stamps and money, runs till Jan. 11; hours: Tuesday to Thursday, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Friday, Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; 460 Sunset Dr., St. Thomas; 519-631-1460 ext. 193 or visit www.elgincounty.ca/museum.

Michael Gibson Gallery: The Hockey Show, hockey-themed exhibition features 20 Canadian artists, runs till Jan. 4; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit www.gibsongallery.com.

Museum London: Esmaa Mohamoud: To Play in the Face of Certain Defeat, Ways of Being: Yhonnie Scarce and Michael Belmore, both exhibits run till Jan. 5; London Lens: Ian MacEachern and Don Vincent, runs till Jan. 19; The Lost City: Ian MacEachern’s Photographs of Saint John, runs till Jan. 26; 421 Ridout St.; 519-661-0333.

St. Thomas-Elgin Public Art Centre: Contemporary Selections from the Permanent Collection: Celebrating 50 Years, in Gallery One and Two and White Walls and Substantial Forms: Small Sculpture from the Permanent Collection, in Gallery Three, both exhibits run till Feb. 15; hours: Tuesday, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Thursday, Friday, 10 a.m.-9 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m., Sunday, noon-3 p.m.; 301 Talbot St., St. Thomas; 519-631-4040.

Westland Gallery: The Big Little Christmas Show features small scale artwork by local artists, ends Sunday; hours: Tuesday to Friday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Sunday, noon-4 p.m.; 156 Wortley Rd.; 519-601-4420 or visit www.westlandgallery.ca.

Woodstock Art Gallery: Dancing on the Grave: Dil Hildebrand and Patrick Thibert and Life on the Back of a Turtle: Woodlands and Plains Indigenous Art, both exhibits run till Jan. 25; Walk On: the ongoing sculpture project of John McEwen, runs till June 27; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


OUTDOORS

Nature London: New Year’s Day Bird Walk along the Thames River, looking for birds along the river and in the adjacent parklands, Wednesday, 10 a.m.-noon; meet the leader in the parking lot for the Springbank Gardens Community Centre, 205 Wonderland Rd. S.; 519-472-48-64.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Sifton Bog Natural Area, meet at Hazelden park, 400 Hyde Park Rd., on the west side of Hyde Park Road, north of Riverside Drive; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit www.tvta.ca.


THEATRE

Mary Poppins: A Disney musical, ends Sunday on Spriet Stage, Grand Theatre, 471 Richmond St.; tickets $20 adult, $15 senior/student by calling 519-672-9030 or visit grandtheatre.com.

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Black Lives Matter street art installations coming to Dartmouth, Halifax – CBC.ca

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The Halifax Regional Municipality will be painting the words “Black Lives Matter” in Halifax and Dartmouth this weekend.

The municipality said it was doing it to show support for the movement.

“This public solidarity augments several measures being taken by the municipality corporately to help address anti-Black racism and continue to build [a] better relationship with the municipality’s communities of African descent,” the municipality said in a news release on Friday.

Work on the first installation at Alderney Drive in Dartmouth will begin at 7 p.m. on Saturday.

Work on the second installation at Brunswick Street in Halifax will begin at 7 p.m. on Sunday.

The municipality said sidewalks will be open and access to businesses will be maintained and that at least one lane of vehicle traffic in each direction will be maintained while work is underway.

The bicycle lane on Brunswick Street will be closed while work is happening and cyclists and vehicles will share one single file lane around the work area.

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Oxygen Art Centre launches new adult classes – Nelson Star

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After much planning Oxygen is excited to launch their fall lineup of adult education opportunities, combining a fine array of online and small in-person classes.

Oxygen conducted a student survey earlier in June to find out how people were feeling (with COVID in mind) in regards to participating in arts education this fall. The response was very positive and clear — students want to be creative! Oxygen then got to work with their talented team of instructors and volunteers to re-vision how the educational offerings could be delivered in an innovative and safe way.

“Oxygen will be offering seven online courses and three small in-person courses this fall,” says education co-ordinator Natasha Smith.

“Many of our instructors have specifically created classes that can be taught online, utilizing the many tools that we now have available to make this learning experience rewarding, interactive and convenient for our students. Another benefit of online programming is that we are removing the barrier of travel for students that live outside of Nelson.”

The three in-person classes include Resurrecting the Lost Art of Letter Writing with Rayya Liebich, Eco-Printing on Textiles with Seathra Bell, and Painting on Another Level with Natasha Smith. The class sizes will be limited to a maximum of five students and all COVID-19 safety protocols at the centre will be in place.

Oxygen is also offering two online professional development courses for creatives this fall. Starting with Art Shack with artist Ian Johnston.

“It’s a visual arts professional development free-for-all!” says Johnston. “Over four evenings of group conversation we will harness the hive mind and the experience of the participants to explore a self-identified group of professional development issues such as proposals, statements, audience, networks and researching opportunities.”

This is an opportunity to share, develop your skills, and meet other artists in a supportive, collaborative space. The second professional development course is How to Submit to Commercial Galleries with artist Kristy Gordon, who will unveil the practical steps you can take to develop a connection with a commercial gallery. The one-session course includes a lecture, discussions and individual feedback.

Deborah Thompson has designed an online drawing course: Drawing with the World in Mind. This course will run twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays for the month of October.

“The COVID-19 Global Pandemic has highlighted a long list of global problems; climate change, homelessness, opioid crisis, racism, classism and more. Leaning into a creative practice during these times is helpful in developing meaningful insights and in cultivating imaginative ways to give constructive shape to the future,” says Thompson.

Many students will be excited that Bessie Wapp is offering Singing the Blues Goes Virtual this Fall. In this seven-week course you will explore the rich swamp of the human voice in a relaxed and supportive environment through online group and one-on-one sessions. In November, Rayya Liebich will be offering an online Poetry Immersion course. From the comfort of your home immerse yourself in the language of poetry. Weekly online classes will focus on studying the craft of poetry (image, form, feeling) and allow time for a series of guided writing prompts to help hone your writing skills.

Also running in November and over five classes Natasha Smith will be offering Moving into Abstraction as an online course. Through a series of hands-on projects, students will explore various techniques and alternative ways to develop ideas and images that will encourage a more abstract way of working.

Interdisciplinary artist, prOphecy sun will be offering an innovative course this Fall: Sonic Imaginaries: An Introduction to Creating Electronic Compositions. This online beginner level studio course explores a wide range of methods and conceptual approaches to creating electronic sound. prOphecy explains: “Each week will explore how sound emerges and will survey conceptual and methodological techniques used in music, video, sound art, and other artistic production.”

Register today for online and in-person art classes taking place throughout October and November with Oxygen’s incredible artist instructors. Don’t wait — spaces are limited. Learn more about the upcoming classes below and on our website at https://oxygenartcentre.org/classes/adult/.

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Hot air balloons, drive-in concerts and highway art: What's on this weekend in Calgary – CBC.ca

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Organizations are continuing to come out with fresh and creative ways to entertain Calgarians, and this weekend is no different.

There’s good eats, concerts and multiple art shows that highlight local talent.

Ellis Choe from The Homestretch on CBC Radio has compiled some of those offerings, so check out the events below! 

Food

There’s a pop-up marketplace celebrating prairie food this weekend that also ensures gathering people safely.

The Prairie Grid Market will have over 50 local food and drink vendors at the Carter Cadillac car dealership on Heritage Drive in southeast Calgary.

Dan Clapsen, the organizer of the event, says a majority of the stalls are operated by local restaurant and bar owners.

 “There’s a really interesting build-your-own-cocktail kit booth setup by Cannibale, which is a popular cocktail bar in Bridgeland. Bridgette Bar has made a line of dried pastas,” he said.

On Saturday and Sunday, there will be music and art for patrons to enjoy.

It’s recommend you pre-book your visit online, given the limited capacity and physical distancing required.

Balloon Festival

The festival will feature 17 Canadian hot air balloons. ((CBC))

The 8th Heritage Inn International Balloon Festival is underway in High River, but due to COVID-19, only Canadian balloons are participating.

The festival was scheduled to take place from Wednesday through Sunday, although high winds have forced cancellations. As of 2 p.m. on Friday, it was unclear whether they’d be able to take off at 5 p.m. Friday. If not, there are three more chances depending on the weather: Saturday and Sunday at 7:30 a.m. and Saturday at 5 p.m. Check the festival’s Facebook feed to see if it’s a go.

The committee says that while no passengers or spectators will be allowed at the launch site, you can volunteer to be part of the field crew and get a front row seat. 

Karen Williamson, the committee vice-chair, says that while there’s no guarantee, the pilot may let you be a passenger on board as well.

And for those who don’t volunteer, head to the northwest corner of High River to see them launch. 

Arts

If you like road trips and art, you can catch the Most Beautiful Art Tour in Alberta, which is a part of Alberta Culture Days.

Along Highway 22 and Highway 2A, otherwise known as “Cowboy Trail,” there is a community of artists opening their studios and galleries to the public.

Catch artwork in Millarville, Turner Valley, Black Diamond and Okotoks to learn more about the diverse group of artists working outside of Calgary.

The open studio events will be on from Friday to Sunday, but each gallery has different operating hours.

And if you like your art paired with a movie, the Indefinite Arts Centre is holding an open house/movie night. 

You can check out the artwork of artists with disabilities, as well as the screening of Infinity — a documentary about the world-renowned Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama, famous for her polka dot installations.

The free event is on Saturday from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., but make sure to reserve a spot.

Music

From the comfort of your car, you get to enjoy six concerts over the weekend. (Antoine Saito)

And finally, some concerts in the Calgary area! Grab your social circle and attend the drive-in concert at Telus Spark.

“Rise Up Weekend” is brought to you by local organizations, including Calgary ReggaeFest, Folk Fest and Stampede.

Patti Pon, one of the organizers as well as president of Calgary Arts Development, says the event is all about the coming together of six organizations presenting six concerts.

“We wanted to find a way to create some amazing art experiences, albeit smaller settings with fewer people,” she said.

Tickets are $25 per car for up to four guests.

The first show is Friday at 6:15 p.m., when Calgary Folk Fest presents Sargeant X Comrade and the Blake Read Band.

For something more contemporary, the National Music Centre is continuing its hybrid live music and virtual concert series, RBC Live, from the King Eddy.

You can attend the free event in-person or stream from the comfort of your home.

The first show is Friday at 8:30 p.m. and features Lucette, an alt-pop artist from Edmonton.

And then for another virtual concert experience, you can stream Early Music Voices, a local group that presents music from the medieval, Renaissance and baroque periods.

The group is kicking off its season with a virtual concert featuring Calgary musician Benjamin Narvey, who plays the lute.

Enjoy the music this Sunday at 7:30 p.m., and listen to a pre-concert talk at 7 p.m.


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