Friday, September 9, 2011

Reasons to Come Downtown This Weekend....

aside from wanting to avoid the crowds of Western and Fanshawe students who will be packing the malls.  The Michael Gibson Gallery on Carling Street has an exhibit by respected local sculptors Murray Favro and Ed Zelenak.  The opening reception will be on Saturday from 2 pm - 4 pm and Favro and Zelenak will be present.  You can find more information about the exhibit here.   Both artists are inspired by everyday objects and I have been a huge fan of Murray Favro's work since I first met him in the 1980's.  He's a quiet, unassuming man whose delightfully inventive sculptures and installations often incorporate slide and film projections, light effects and other technology.

Fans of classic Country, Alt Country or Rockabilly music should drop by the Richmond Tavern on Sunday afternoon, between 3 - 8 pm when local country band The Rizdales are hosting their annual Round Up show, which is a pay-what-you-can, with all proceeds going to the Canadian Cancer Society.  The Rizdales will be joined by Toronto band The Millwinders, Vancouver's Joe Fournier, and London's own The Woody Allens.  The Richmond Tavern is located at the corner of Richmond and King Streets downtown, and is not as scary as it looks.  I've been to quite a few Rizdales' shows there and the crowd is usually an amiable mix of ages and sensibilities, there to enjoy the music and quaff a beverage.

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