Lots of things to see and do downtown this weekend - tonight there are at least three art shows opening in the downtown area. The award for the best exhibit title goes to the Michael Gibson Gallery for the "Not Bad For London" show, featuring works by young artists Marc Bell, James Kirkpatrick, Amy Lockhart, Jason McLean, Jamie Q, Peter Thompson and Billy Bert Young. The exhibit opens tonight, from 8 pm - 10 pm at the Michael Gibson Gallery at 157 Carling Street, and runs until November 26th. There will be a screening of Amy Lockhart's animated films on Saturday, November 5th at 3:00 pm. For more info go to the Gallery's website.
Blacksmith Scott McKay is having a reception for his latest show at The Arts Project (203 Dundas Street) tonight, from 7 pm - 9 pm, with food, drinks and a Mariachi band (who doesn't like a Mariachi Band?). The exhibit is called "Forest in the Forest City" and features over 30 pieces of McKay's forest-inspired metal works. For more info, visit his website
Strand Fine Art Services, located at 1161 Florence Street (off of Eleanor Street) has an exhibit of new works by local artists Susan Day, Marcy Saddy, Brian Jesney and Bill Stelpstra opening tonight at 7 pm. The exhibit continues until November 26th and can be viewed Tuesday - Friday 10 am - 5 pm, and Saturdays 10 am - 1 pm.
And finally, for all you fans of strong, sassy women in hotpants and fishnets knocking each other down, there's the Thames Fatales/Luscious Lunch Ladies double header Roller Derby game on Saturday night. Doors open at 5 pm, and in a bit of a switcheroo, the Thames Fatales will be playing first, at 6 pm, followed by the Lunch Ladies at 8:30 pm. Not sure who the opposing teams are, but no matter, I'm sure London will beat 'em anyway. The game is at the Canada Building, Western Fairgrounds, tickets are $12 in advance and $15 at the door. It's the final home game of the 2011 season, so come on out and support the Forest City Derby Girls!