There are a number of things going on downtown this weekend that deserve attention--first of all is Culture Days, a three day celebration of Art and Culture that is described on the official website as:
"a collaborative pan-Canadian volunteer movement to raise the awareness, accessibility, participation and engagement of all Canadians in the arts and cultural life of their communities..... The first annual Culture Days event was held in September 2010 in over 700 Canadian cities and towns and, by all accounts, was a great success. Canada-wide Culture Days events feature free, hands-on, interactive activities that invite the public to participate “behind the scenes,” to discover the world of artists, creators, historians, architects, curators, and designers at work in their community."
I spent a half an hour on their impossible to navigate website just trying to find a list of the events going on in London with no luck. I do know there are some cool workshops going on at the Grand Theatre on topics such as how to build a prop, be a backstage dresser and sing in a chorus. Various library branches have events going on and Museum London held a big kick off party tonight. Check the London Free Press for a list of events.
Next, there's Roller Derby! London's Thames Fatales and Luscious Lunch Ladies roller derby teams host a double header game on Saturday night at the Canada Building, Western Fair. The Lunch Ladies, known fondly as the "Fresh Meat" team, will play Guelph's Royal City Roller Girls at 6 pm, followed by The Thames Fatales vs Montreal's Filles du Roi at 8:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm, tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.
And finally, for all you vintage clothing lovers out there, the long awaited opening of "The Sentimentalist", Melinda Steffler's store that celebrates her love of all things vintage, primarily from the 1950's to 1970's. The store is located at 394 1/2 Richmond Street, near the Richmond Variety between Dundas and King Streets and is open Tuesday - Saturday 11 am - 6 pm. I dropped by today and had the pleasure of being her first customer. I'll be posting photos later this weekend, but for now, below is a rather sombre photo of yours truly in a gorgeous jacket I picked up today and wore to a friend's art show tonight: