Arts, culture, fun in London this weekend and beyond (March 12-18) – The London Free Press

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Whats happening in and around London this weekend and next week:

Chaucers Pub: Runa, Wednesday, doors open at 7 p.m.; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door; 122 Carling St.; 519-319-5847 or visit

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

Fox & Fiddle: Three Penny Piece, Thursday, 9 p.m.; Karaoke, Friday, 9 p.m.; 355 Wellington St., 519-679-4238.

Jimbos Pub And Eatery: Karaoke Party hosted by Maggie, Fridays, 10 p.m. and Tuesdays, 8 p.m.; Free Latin dance with host DJ Tavo, Saturday, 10 p.m.; 920 Commissioners Rd. E.; 519-204-7991 or visit

London Music Club: Acoustic Open Mic, 7:30 p.m., Mike Evin, 7:30 p.m., Friday; A.M.S. (Ask me Somethin), Saturday, 6 p.m.; SOUP Ukulele Jam, Wednesday, 6:45 p.m.; 470 Colborne St.; 519-640-6996.

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

Mustang Sallys: Askher, Friday, 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: Ball of Light, Fiends, Drug Rug, Dream Seer, Saturday, 9 p.m.; Karaoke Sundays, every Sunday, 9:30 p.m.; 370 Richmond St.; 519-679-9777.

Rum Runners: Onyx (Fredo Starr & Sticky Fingaz) with JD Era, Tef Zee, Rizzy Rio, Thursday, 8 p.m., $25; 178 Dundas St.; 519-432-1107.

St. Regis Tavern: Musical chairs with a St. Paddys-ish evening with Irish Stew, Saturday, 9 p.m., pay-what-you-will; 625 Dundas St.

Taproom: Popup Weekend, Friday, 5 p.m. and Saturday, 3 p.m.; Beerlab London, 420 Talbot St., 519-859-8853.

Wortley Roadhouse: Bluetonium, Friday; Journeymen of Soul, Saturay, HiLife, Sunday, 4-8 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.

Come Dancing: With Patricia and Robert, Friday dance from 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. to ballroom, Latin and swing music; free cookies cheese and crackers; still only $10 per person and all are welcome, call 519-421-7234; at the Polish Hall London, 554 Hill St.

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

Royal Canadian Legion Victory: Dance to the music of Guy Melanson & Band, Saturday, 8 p.m., $10 at main floor door; everyone welcome; The County Road Band, Wednesday, 7:30 p.m., $5 at main floor door; 311 Oakland Ave.; 519-455-2230.

Singles Dance Party: Saturday, 8 p.m. with DJ Wolfeman host; $13 per person, snacks on the tables, all welcome; 1738 Gore Rd., 519-433-2579.

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

Film screening: The Seekers of Truth, a film by Jean-Claude Lubtchansky documenting a life spent seeking and the philosophy of G.I. Gurdjieff, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; admission free with RSVP; Museum London, 421 Ridout St.

The Amazing Corbin: The Magic and Mysteries Show, Saturday, 1 p.m.; for kids of all ages, this will be a great event to end your March Break, children must be accompanied by an adult; to register, visit or call 519-661-5169; cost: $15 per person including children and adults; Interpretive Centre, Eldon House, 481 Ridout St.

Art Emporium: Featured artists for March are Deb Dicker, Ethel Mitrovic, Jacqueline Kinsey, Robin Baratta, Christa Oglan, Judy Ross, Michelle Boyer; hours: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., weekends only or by appointment, parking is free; 177 Main Street, Port Stanley, 226-658-1888.

Artlab Gallery: Together We Average As Zero- Take 1, extended to March 14 at John Labatt Visual Arts Centre at Western University; hours: Monday to Friday, noon-6 p.m., Thursdays till 8 p.m.; open to the public.

Art with Panache: Featured artists for March include Paul Snoddy and Robert Armstrong (until March 13) and Lynne Pinchin (March 16-27); the Gallery Artists also present The Alex Colville Challenge with their own interpretations on display; Talbot Centre, 140 Fullarton St.; 519-870-7218.

Aylmer-Malahide Museum: In Service Of, a look at the local service clubs, fraternal orders and community organizations and the impact they have on their communities, runs till May 29; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., evenings and weekends by appointment; 14 East St., Aylmer; 519-773-9723.

Eldon House: Londons 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

Excavo Fine Art: Carpe Diem Multiplos, runs till April 4; hours: Tuesday to Saturday, noon-5:30 p.m.; 711 Central Ave.; 519-719-3190 or visit

Gallery in the Grove: Faces, Places, and Spaces: A Canadian Perspective, juried exhibition, runs till April 25; Justine Goulets glass art on display in Gift Shop; 2618 Hamilton Rd. at Wildwood Park, Brights Grove; visit

Ingersoll Creative Arts Centre: Wings, mixed media images of birds by David Vancook, runs till March 29; 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

Jill Price, Landscape on Table at Westland Gallery.

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: Accountability: solo exhibition by Kelly Greene, runs till April 9; Listening to Trees by performance artist Johannes Zits, runs till April 9; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, noon-4 p.m.; Western University, 1151 Richmond St.; 519-661-2111 ext. 87576.

Museum London: Realisms: Canadian Art, 1850 to the Present, runs till May 3; Dean Carson, runs till May 17; 100 Years of Nursing Education in London, runs till May 24; 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

Portside Gallery: Miniature Show and Sale features more than 150 little treasures on display, runs through March; hours: daily, 11 a.m.-5 p.m.; 187 1/2 Main St., Port Stanley; 519-782-7066 or visit

Wallaceburg & District Museum: Giant Indoor Vendors sale, Saturday, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 505 King Street, Wallaceburg, for information call 519-627-8962.

Westland Gallery: Abstraction: new exhibition by Sharon Barr, Jill Price, Maggee Day and Bryan Jesney, runs till March 28; 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: Plates of Printers, runs till March 28; Given Her Due: Oxford County Women Artists 1880-1980, runs till June 27; Walk On: ongoing sculpture project of John McEwen, runs till June 27; 449 Dundas St., Woodstock; 519-539-6761.

Gardening in the City: Fruit Tree Maintenance, learn the basics of growing your own fruit in your garden, Thursday, 7-9 p.m.; London Public Library, 251 Dundas St., 519-661-4600.

Sarnia Horticultural Society: Monthly meeting, Wednesday, 7 to 9 p.m. with guest speakers David Hughes & Brian Corsault, Project Monarch, everyone welcome, free admission. 2020 memberships available to purchase, valid until Dec. 31, 2020; for more info, call Barb Toye 519-332-5837; Lochiel Kiwanis Centre, 180 College Avenue, Sarnia.

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Amy Helm: With special guests Altameda, Monday, 8 p.m.; tickets $30 advance, $35 at the doors; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., visit or call 519-672-7950.

El Sistem: Aeolian concert, Thursday, 6:30 p.m.; free admission, donations accepted; Aeolian Education Campus at Cronyn, 442 William Street, visit or call 519-672-7950.

Lenten Noon Recital: Claire Jones-Fright, violin and Lauren Thomson, piano, Friday, noon; lunch following $8 per person; freewill donation; First-St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Ave.

Lenten Organ Recital Series: Sandra Young-Tangjerd, Wednesday, noon; $10 per person includes soup, sandwich, dessert and coffee/tea; contact Dave Mathers at 519-631-3503 or; Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.

Matthew Good: Moving Walls Tour with Ellevator, Friday, 8 p.m., $39.50; London Music Hall, 185 Queens Ave.; 519-432-1107.

Opera Gala: Favourite Scenes, the annual opera gala includes scenes from opera and musical theatre, Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Paul Davenport Theatre, Talbot College, Western University, email or call 519-661-3767 or Grand Theatre Box Office at 519-672-8800.

Parkhill Carnegie Concert Series: Londons Grace Lou and her ensemble, will play traditional Chinese erhu music and will wear traditional costumes, Sunday, 2:30-4 p.m. at the Gallery, 233 Parkhill Main St.; tickets are $12 which are available at the door.

The Dreamboats: Friday, 8 p.m.; tickets $30 advance, $35 at the door; Aeolian Hall, 795 Dundas St., visit or call 519-672-7950.

Crinklaws Maple Products: Watch the maple sap being made, runs Thursday to Sunday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; 4570 Westminster Drive, 519-690-1086.

Fort Rose Maple Company: Saturday and Sunday, runs till April 5 and March Break Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.; 27382 Coldstream Road, Parkhill, 519-232-9041.

Jakemans 4-H Pancake House: Take a horse-drawn wagon ride, runs Saturday and Sunday, till April 5, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.; 454414 Trillium Line, Sweaburg, 519-539-1366.

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush. File photo

Kinsmen Fanshawe Sugar Bush: Get outside and enjoy the tapping of the trees, runs Saturday and Sunday and March Break, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., till April 5; Lakeside Drive, Thorndale, 519-461-1073.

McLachlan Syrup and Sugar Bush: Learn about how our family makes maple syrup; hours: daily 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., closed Mondays, runs till April 11, open all of March Break; 10279 Lamont Drive, Komoka, 519-666-1846.

Palmers Maple Syrup Shanty: Join us for a tour of the syrup shanty, learn about both modern and traditional methods of making maple syrup, runs till March 29; 34308 Lake Line, Port Stanley.

Saturday Morning Walks: Walk through The Coves, meet at Greenway Park, 50 Greenside Park, first car park on right; walks are approximately one hour; families with children are welcome, no dogs please; John Clark, 519-641-0442 or visit

Ska-Nah-Doht Village & Museum: March break fun, guided nature hike and tour the village, from March 16-20, 10 a.m. and 1 p.m., one hour in length, dress for the outdoors; Longwood Road Conservation Area, 8348 Longwoods Road (Mt. Brydges) just 6.5 km west of Delaware or 10 km east of Melbourne, 519-264-2420.

Springwater Maple Syrup Festival: Enjoy wagon rides through the Springwater Forest, weekends and March Break, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., runs till March 29; 8079 Springwater Road, Aylmer.

An Evening with Samra Zafar: Author of A Good Wife: Escaping the Life I Never Chose, Thursday, 5:30-8:30 p.m.; Western University, Faculty of Education, Auditorium room 1050; 1137 Western Road, 519-661-4040.

Book launch: When Poverty Mattered, Then and Now with author Paul Weinberg, Thursday, 7-8:30 p.m.; the event is free and copies of the book will be sold; Bread and Roses Books, 870 Dundas St., call 519-697-4132.

Art Show: Exhibition features acrylic, oil, and water colour paintings by London artist Richard Thompson, runs till April 1 at Hillside Londons cafe space, 138 Thompson Rd.; free admission.

Genesis An Exhibition of Quilts: Encounters Art Quilt group from Israel will display their work, opening reception Thursday, 7-8 p.m., runs till April 2; hours: Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.; London Jewish Community Centre, 536 Huron St., visit, 519-673-3310.

Jeff Dunham and Peanut

Jeff Dunham: Comedy show Seriously!?, Wednesday, 7-9 p.m.; tickets $69; Budweiser Gardens, 99 Dundas St., 519-667-5741.

*CANCELLED* Wearable Art Show and Sale: A show of original, unique pieces that can be worn, including garments, purses, hats, scarves, jewelry, and more, Friday, 5 to 9 p.m. with a reception from 7 to 9 p.m., Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Sunday, 12 to 3 p.m.; First-St. Andrews United Church, 350 Queens Ave. at the corner of Queens and Waterloo; all works are hand made by London area artisans, no admission charge, church is fully accessible, free on-street parking; more details at

Women in Business Fair & Variety Show: Keynote speaker Carole Eriksson, Saturday, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.; tickets $10; Goodwill Industries, 255 Horton St.

Grand Theatre: Room by Emma Donoghue, runs till March 28 on Spriet Stage; 471 Richmond St.; 519-672-9030 or visit

London Youth Theatre Education: Guys & Dolls, runs March 18-22, evenings 7 p.m., matinees 2 p.m.; Palace Theatre, 710 Dundas St.; tickets available at box office, by calling 519-432-1029 or online at

A.N.A.F. 393: St. Paddys Day Celebration with Derek, Frank & Jimmy Saturday, 4 to 7 p.m., dinner served at 6 p.m.; 649 Colbourne St. (Colbourne & Pall Mall), 519-434-5130.

Canadian Celtic Choir: An Irish Celtic Celebration with special guests Dan Stacey & Kyle Waymouth, Saturday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $25 advance, $30 at the door, available at Centennial Hall Box Office, Long & McQuade (725 Fanshawe Park Rd W), The Village Idiot (Wortley Village), Creation Bookstore (900 Oxford St E), and or; Royal View Church, 218 Clarke Rd.

Eastside Bar and Grill: Daves Not Here St. Paddys Day Bash, Saturday, 10 p.m.; 750 Hamilton Rd.; 519-457-7467.

Fox & Fiddle: St. Patricks Day Party, all day, entertainment by Three Penny Piece, special menu & prizes, Tuesday; 355 Wellington St., 519-679-4238.

The Irish Rovers, from left, Gerry OConnor, Morris Crum, Davey Walker, Fred Graham, Sean ODriscoll (front), Geoffrey Kelly (rear), George Millar and Ian Millar, bring their farewell Saints and Sinners tour to London March 12 and Chatham on St. Patricks Day. (Supplied)

Irish Rovers: Wasnt That a Party, Thursday, 7:30 p.m.; tickets $49; Centennial Hall, 550 Wellington St., visit or call 519-672-1967; Tuesday, 7:30 p.m., Capitol Theatre, Chatham-Kent, tickets available at

Mustang Sallys: St. Paddys Day Party, Saturday, 9:30 p.m.; 99 Belmont Drive, 519-649-7688.

Royal Canadian Legion Byron: Celebrate St. Patricks Day early, join us for Paddy-rama with celtic singer Tara Dunphy, Saturday, 1-6 p.m.; Corrigan School of Irish Dancing performing; 1276 Commissioners Rd. W., 519-472-3300.

Royal Canadian Legion Dorchester: St. Patricks Day party with Three Penny Piece, Saturday, 1-5 p.m. at 1227 Donnybrook Dr., Dorchester; free admission; 519-268-8538.

Royal Canadian Legion Lambeth: Jiggs Dinner to celebrate St. Patricks Day with corned beef and cabbage dinner, 6 p.m. followed by dancing with music by May & Company, Saturday, $20 per person; 7097 Kilbourne Rd.; 519-652-3412.

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St. Paddys Day Celebration: With Derek, Frank & Jimmy, Tuesday, 5 to 9 p.m.; Kelseys, 900 Oxford St. E. (Oxford & Gammage, across from the Superstore), 519-455-9464.

Calgorm, a group comprised of Mike Mulhern, Kate Emerson and Wayne Carroll. File photo

St. Patricks Concert: Wear your green and celebrate your Irish; Calgorm, a trio of musicians featuring Mike Mulhern, Kate Emerson and Wayne Carroll will get your toes tapping to traditional Irish music; Sunday, 2-4 p.m.; admission is $10 at the door; all proceeds to Inn out of the Cold, Centrals Music Fund & Veterans Poppy Fund; Central United Church, 135 Wellington Street, St. Thomas.

St. Patricks Day Dance: Kracker Jax Band, Saturday, 8 p.m.; $10 per person in advance available online at or $12 at the door; German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd., 519-433-2901.

St. Regis Tavern: St. Paddys Day Celebration with Irish Stew (Adair, Derek, Frank & Jimmy), Saturday from 9 p.m. to midnight; 625 Dundas St.

Wortley Roadhouse: Ken OThorne, Tuesday, 4-9 p.m.; 190 Wortley Rd.; 519-438-5141.

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