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Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (Jan. 30-Feb. 5) – The London Free Press



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

Jon Bryant plays The Rosewood Room Thursday.

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

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Eastside Bar and Grill: The Manimals, Friday, 10 p.m.; Pink Leather Jackets, Saturday, 10 p.m.; Blues Jam, Sunday, 3 p.m.; Eastside Open Jam Night, Wednesday, 8 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

Jimbo’s Pub And Eatery: Karaoke Party hosted by Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

London Music Club: Madison Violet, Thursday, 7 p.m., Acoustic Open Mic, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Andy Chillman and The Chill Men, Saturday, 7 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele Jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

London Wine Bar: Live music with Simple Joy, Friday and Saturday, 8 p.m., no cover; 420 Talbot St.; call 519-913-3400 or e-mail for reservations; walk-ins welcome.

Mustang Sally’s: Mud Creek, Friday, 9:30 p.m.; Kracker Jax, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; Acoustic Jam with Alan Lynch, Bobby Keener, Jack Coveney, Don Oullette and Friends, Tuesdays, 10 p.m.; Lonnie Chicago, Wednesdays, 6:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Drive, 519-649-7688.

Richmond Tavern: Tom Dunphy’s Classic Country Music Show, Saturday, 4-7 p.m., pay-what-you-can event; Rock and Roll Rent Party #66 with The Mongrels, Sunday, 3:30-6:30 p.m.; 370 Richmond St.; 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: Catl, Hiroshima Hearts, Averages, Friday, 9:30 p.m., $10, all ages; System Saturday with Distinct Motive, Skully Dub, B2B, VLI, Spinnix, Tension, Saturday, 10 p.m., $7.50, 19+; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

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St. Regis Tavern: Musical Chairs with Crystal Kirk, Richard Miron and Courtney Robinson, Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.; 519-432-0162.

The Rosewood Room: Jon Bryant, Joshua Hyslop, Thursday, 8 p.m., $10, all ages; 182 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

Wortley Roadhouse: Blue Tonium, Friday; After Midnight, Saturday; Annual Super Bowl Party, Sunday, 4:30 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.


At The Hop: 60s Rock and Roll dance to the music of Dangerhouse and Wolfeman DJ, Saturday, 8 p.m. at Marconi Club, 120 Clarke Rd.; admission: $13, all welcome; 519-433-2579 or visit

Come Dancing: Ballroom, Latin and swing dancing with Robert and Patricia, Friday, 8 p.m. at Polish Hall, 554 Hill St.; admission: $10, complimentary cookies, cheese and crackers; everyone welcome; 519-421-7234.

Forest City Eagles: Celebrate our president’s birthday with live music, karaoke, chili dinner, prizes and more, Sunday, 1:30 p.m. at 500 First St.; admission: $7; 519 455 9270.

Latin Dance Night: Come out and do the Salsa, Merengue, Reggaeton and Bachata with JavaDj, Saturday, 9 p.m., no cover; Jimbo’s Pub, 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

Royal Canadian Legion – Lambeth: Dance to the music of Blackstone Band, Saturday, 2-5 p.m., free admission; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

Royal Canadian Legion – Sarnia: Dance to the music of Wanda and CountyLine, Friday, 8 p.m., everyone welcome; 286 Front St. N., Sarnia.

Royal Canadian Legion – Victory: Dance to the music of Sunrise, Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 at main floor door; Wednesday Night Opry with Nora and the Tearjerkers, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $5 at main floor door; 311 Oakland Ave.

Strathroy Jamboree: Play, dance, sing or listen, Thursday, 1-4 p.m. at 137 Frank St., Strathroy; lunch available for purchase from 11:30 a.m.-12:50 p.m.; everyone welcome; Harry and Elaine Hardy, 519-245-0906 or e-mail

Tuesday Tunes: Old time fiddle and traditional style country music, every Tuesday, 1-3:30 p.m. at Seaforth Community Centre, 122 Duke St., Seaforth; singers, musicians, dancers and listeners welcome, bring your own musical instruments; admission by donation; 519-357-1016.

Thursday Tunes and Dancing: Musicians, dancers and spectators welcome, every Thursday, 1-3:30 p.m. at Libro Hall, 239 Fleming Dr., Clinton; admission by donation; 519-476-5922 or e-mail


Anxiety as a Barrier to Learning: Dr. Colin King, Director of the Child and Youth Development Clinic at Western University’s Faculty of Education will share his team’s research as well as practical ways to support children experiencing social-emotional challenges, followed by Q&A, Thursday, 7 p.m. at Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; fre event; 519-661-4600.

First Friday Cultural Walkabout: Confluence and Inaabiwin exhibits, 6-9 p.m. at Judith and Norman Alix Art Gallery, art by Bill Walters, Lynne Brogden, Chantal Simon and Lynne Kenneith Brogden at Petite a la Carte, more than 15 pop-up vendors, 4-9 p.m. at Downtown Market, live music by Beer Store Money, 7-9 p.m. at Cheeky Monkey, live music by Demi Krall, 7-9 p.m. at One Tooth, live music with Dan Butts, 9 p.m. at Ups N’ Downs and more, Friday in downtown Sarnia.

Forest City Velodrome Challenge: Racing weekend features youth, junior, adult/master racing, Saturday, 2 p.m., Junior Nifty Fifty Challenge, 4 p.m., Pro Men 1001 Lap Challenge, 6 p.m.; Pro Women 1001 Lap Challenge, Sunday, noon;  2809 Roxburgh Rd.; spectators welcome, tickets at the door.

Meet and Greet: Come out and visit with one of the Liberal Leadership candidates, Michael Coteau, Monday, 7-9 p.m. at The Atrium, B-28 Princess Ave., St. Thomas; free event, with light refreshments, snacks.


Art Emporium: Work by regional artists and artisans working in many mediums and disciplines; featured artists for February are Deb Dicker, Ethel Mitrovic, Jacqueline Kinsey, Robin Baratta, Christa Oglan, Judy Ross and Michelle Boyer; winter hours: Saturday, Sunday, 11 a.m.-4 p.m. or by appointment; 177 Main St., Port Stanley; 226-658-1888 or visit

ArtVenture Art Studio: A combination of embroidery, textiles and text is the theme of the exhibit featuring artwork of local artist Cassie Morris, ends Friday; hours: Monday to Thursday, 4-8 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 1438 Aldersbrook Rd.; 519-471-4278 or visit

Art With Panache: Artists featured for January include Julia Armstrong, Audrey Cooper, Margaret Crosby, Kit Cutting, Nic DeGroot, Lois Fuchs, Tony Furlong, Andrew Gillett, Mary Lillyman, Lynne Pinchin, Paul Snoddy, Lyn Tremblay and Lisa Verbakel; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 519-870-7218.

Camino Peace is the title of this painting by London artist Albert Adili in a new exhibition of his work on at Art With Panache gallery.

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

Forest City Gallery: Through Clenched Teeth exhibition, runs till Feb. 7; 258 Richmond St.; visit

Gallery in the Grove: Connexions, exhibition celebrates artists who have shared in our 40-year evolution, runs till Feb. 22; 2618 Hamilton Rd. at Wildwood Park, Bright’s Grove; visit

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Altered States, photography by Werner Braun, ends Sunday; hours: Monday to Friday, 9 a.m.-2:30 p.m., Sunday, 1-4 p.m.; 125 Centennial Lane, Victoria Park, Ingersoll; 519-485-4691 or visit

Jet Aircraft Museum: Cold War era jet aircraft and historic displays honouring Canadian aviation heritage; hours: Thursday to Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.; admission by donation; 2465 Aviation Lane, Unit 2; 519-453-7000 or visit

McIntosh Gallery: Gerard Pas: Broken Body exhibition, runs till Feb. 22; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111, ext. 87576.

Michael Gibson Gallery: Chroma II: The Complexity of Colour, group exhibition featuring works by Mark Dicey, Jonathan Forrest, James Kirkpatrick, Ron Martin, William Perehudoff, Gordon Rayner, Jonathan Syme, David Urban and Hans Wendt, ends Saturday; hours: Wednesday to Saturday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 157 Carling St.; 519-439-0451 or visit

Museum London: Dean Carson, opens Saturday, runs till May 17; 100 Years of Nursing Education in London, opens Saturday, runs till May 24; Winter Exhibition opening reception, Sunday, 2-4 p.m.; Realisms: Canadian Art, 1850 to the Present, runs till May 3; hours: Tuesday to Sunday, noon-5 p.m., Thursdays till 9 p.m.; admission by donation; 421 Ridout St. N.; 519-661-0333 or visit

Nurses Learning at the Bedside, 1924, photograph, Collection of Museum London, Gift of the London Health Sciences Centre, 2004

Portside Gallery: Featured artists for February are Kit Cutting, Patricia Johnson and Gail Jongkind; 18 area artists displaying original paintings, photography, jewelry, hand-painted scarves and cards; hours: Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m.-5 p.m. (weather permitting); 187 1/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit

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.

TAP Centre For Creativity: Colores de Latinoamerica ’20, 14th annual visual art exhibition featuring Andrea Vela Alarcon (Peru), Ana Arias, aka Ansoara (Venezuela), Enrique Bravo (Venezuela), Jacquie Comrie (Panama), Cesar Morriss (Peru) and Michelle Peraza (Costa Rica and Cuba), ends Saturday; free admission; 203 Dundas St.; 519-642-2767 or visit

Westland Gallery: Winter Collection: London and more, featuring works by Dana Cowie, Geoff Farnsworth, Angie Quick, Maryann Hendriks, Curtis Doherty and Sam Chilvers, reception Saturday, 2-4 p.m., artist talk Sunday, 11 a.m., runs till Feb. 15; 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

Woodstock Art Gallery: Walk On: ongoing sculpture project of John McEwen, runs till June 27; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.


A Tribute to Burt Bacharach: Featuring Tak.e 3 & Company (Ron and Jenny Nauta and Theresa Wallis) along with a three-piece band, Saturday, 6:30 p.m. at Grand Bend Place, Centre For The Living Arts, 25 Main St., Grand Bend; tickets: $25 through; 519-238-5436.

Jazz By The Bog: A Couple of Crooners, featuring Rick Kish and Connor Boa, Friday, 8 p.m. at St Aidan’s Anglican Church, 1246 Oxford St. W.; tickets: $25 available at Long and McQuade, Tuckey Home Hardware, church office and at the door; 519-471-1430.

Los Aurora: Featuring dancer Pol Jimenez, flamenco singer Pere Martínez, pianist Max Villavecchia, bassist Javi Garrabella and drummer Juan Carles Mari, Friday, 8 p.m. at Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St.; tickets: $28 advance available at Centennial Hall, Long and McQuade, Village Idiot, by calling 519-672-7950 or online at

The Western University Jazz Ensemble: Enjoy an evening of traditional jazz and stage band music of Count Basie and Duke Ellington, Thursday, 7:30 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; free event.


Nature in the City: Pollinator Pathways will be the focus of an illustrated talk by Gabor Sass, a Western University professor and community activator, who will offer tips on providing natural travel corridors, habitat and nutrition for insects, birds and other animals that move pollen from plant to plant, Tuesday, 7 p.m. at Wolf Performance Hall, Central Library, 251 Dundas St., free admission; co-sponsored by Nature London and London Public Library.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through Springbank Park East, meet at Springbank Gardens, 205 Wonderland Rd. S., lower car park; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit


Art 4 Animals: Grand opening features interactive art, shopping, prizes, treats and see adoptable cats, Saturday, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at 38 Adelaide St. N., unit 3; free admission.

Art Gypsies Collective: Artists Annette Dutton, Barbara Alkemade, Lynne Pinchin and Cathy Burgoyne are available to discuss techniques and choice of medium as well as their sources of inspiration for acrylic, oil, coloured pencil and mixed media works, Friday to Sunday during LHBA Lifestyle Home Show at Western Fair Agriplex, 845 Florence St.; tickets: $12; e-mail

Art Show: Exhibition features acrylic, oil, and water colour paintings by London artist Richard Thompson, opening reception Saturday, 7-10 p.m. at Hillside London’s cafe space, 138 Thompson Rd., featuring music by Southern Ontario Ukule Players (S.O.U.P) and folk musician Sam Hornby, on display until April 1; free admission.

Art work by Richard Thompson

Freaktography: Join, Dave, the creator of, for photos, stories, entertainment, humour and intrigue, Saturday, 2-4 p.m. at Central Library, 251 Dundas St.; free event, everyone welcome.

Gerry Dee: Alone. On a stage. Canadian tour, Saturday at Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington St.; tickets: $59.50-$149.50 available online at or; 14+ event.


Grand Theatre: Every Brilliant Thing, runs till Feb. 8 on McManus Stage; 471 Richmond St.; 519-672-9030 or visit

King’s Player’s Theatre: Heathers The Musical, Thursday to Saturday, 8 p.m. at Joanne and Peter Kenny Theatre, King’s University College, 266 Epworth Ave.; tickets: general public $20, students/alumni/seniors $15 available at King’s Connection and online at; 519-433-3491.

London Community Players: Veritas by Lynda Martens, directed by Dale Hirlehey, Thursday (preview), Friday, Saturday, 8 p.m., Sunday, 2 p.m., Wednesday, 8 p.m., runs till Feb. 9; Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.; tickets: adults $28, seniors/students $26, youth $16 available at box office, by calling 519-432-1029 or online

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Diplo ‘Wins’ Art Basel Miami by Topping ATM’s Leaderboard



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Diplo has about $3 mil in the bank, FYI. The celebrity DJ who once streamed Sophie Turner’s wedding to Joe Jonas (remember that?) claimed to have “won” Miami Art Basel this year. One of the most talked-about pieces at the annual art fair is an ATM that posts your picture and bank balance if you use it. The ATM has a leaderboard, which Diplo topped on December 2. At the time he posted his “high score” on social media, Diplo had $3,004,913.06 in his account. So we know his cash assets, but do we know if he’s in on the joke? This piece is from Brooklyn art collective MSCHF, who are known for their trolly stunt art. “ATM Leaderboard is an extremely literal distillation of wealth-flaunting impulses,” MSCHF co-founder Daniel Greenberg said on NPR. “From its conception, we had mentally earmarked this work for a location like Miami Basel, a place where there is a dense concentration of people renting Lamborghinis and wearing Rolexes.” The piece is goofing on ostentatious displays of wealth, Diplo. Having the most ostentatious display isn’t the flex you think it is. The ATM was a collab between MSCHF and the gallery Perrotin. They had the banana duct taped to the wall, to give some more context on where everyone involved stands on the art vs. prank spectrum.

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Free Press celebrates launch of art exhibit



The Winnipeg Art Gallery has opened its doors to an exhibition focusing on the Winnipeg Free Press and its 150th anniversary.

Headlines: The Art of the News Cycle, which includes works from seven artists from across North America as well as archival material from the Free Press and the gallery’s permanent collection, looks at the many changes that have taken place in how the Free Press and other news organizations let their readers know what’s going on in the world around them.

The exhibit runs through to May 21, 2023 at the Winnipeg Art Gallery.

— with files from Alan Small

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