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Community events in and around St. John's, Thursday, March 14 to Sunday, March 17

Growing The Voices: Festival 500 is holding an Instant Choir – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Saturday from 3-4 p.m. at the Atlantic Place atrium to sing an Irish ditty to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Everyone is welcome. No singing experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to be fabulous. Don't forget to wear something green. Underground parking is free. We are collecting $5 at the door.
Growing The Voices: Festival 500 is holding an Instant Choir – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Saturday from 3-4 p.m. at the Atlantic Place atrium to sing an Irish ditty to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Everyone is welcome. No singing experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to be fabulous. Don't forget to wear something green. Underground parking is free. We are collecting $5 at the door. - 123RF Stock Photo

Thursday, March 14

Books

8:30 p.m.

‘This Is Agatha Falling’

Author Heather Nolan's debut novel, “This Is Agatha Falling,” will be launched at a free event at The Ship Pub. Everyone welcome. Reading will begin at 9 p.m. Books will be available for sale by Broken Books.

Comedy

9 p.m.

Jokes at John's

Voted best comedy night in Newfoundland. Hosted by Jennifer Somerton and featuring a new headliner and lineup every Thursday at 9 p.m. No Cover at Trapper John's, 2 George St.

Groups

7 p.m.

TOPS Club

The Iris Bonnell Memorial Chapter of TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) NL meets every Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Paul Reynolds Community Centre in the Frances Lambe Room No. 2. Come learn about TOPS and what it has to offer you. What do you have to lose? Email kathypower123@hotmail.com. Only $46 per year and $3 per week weigh-in fee.

Theatre

7 p.m.

‘Context’

Echo Productions presents “Context,” a theatrical exploration of mental health March 14-16 at 7 p.m. at the St. John’s Arts and Culture Centre, 2nd floor MMAP Room. Admission $20. Tickets available at echoproductions.ca or at the door.

Live Music

6:30 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

7:30 p.m.

Colin Harris

Songwriters’ Stage with Colin Harris at Erin’s Pub.

11 p.m.

Glory Days

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Upcoming

Irish Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association is holding an Irish open-mike show on Sunday, March 17 at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is $5. Canteen service is available. Bring your friends and get your Irish on.

Public Lectures

2:30 p.m.

Coffee & Culture – Artist Talk with Pepa Chan

Hear from Pepa Chan in this Coffee & Culture – Artist Talk at The Rooms. Originally from Buenos Aires, Pepa Chan is an interdisciplinary artist, art educator and musician currently based in St. John's. Her art practice includes site-specific installation, sculpture, printmaking, performance and video to generate difficult questions about society, gender and violence. During her Elbow Room Residency, Chan produced a series of objects and images confronting a particularly traumatic period of her life that is remembered through the act of getting her hair brushed. This research and work has resulted in the solo exhibition “Brush,” on view through April 14. Find out more about this research and how a simple communal gesture of care and trust can enact incremental healing, in addition to a view of the artist’s earlier projects.

Social

Upcoming

Ballroom Latin Dance Club Formal

End the semester by showing off all you have learned in class at our dinner and dance, March 23 at the Pleasantville Legion, 930 The Boulevard. Tickets are available for purchase during class times and must be purchased this week. Costs are: $40 for those who are not a club member or a student; $30 for club members who are not students; and $25 for students (member or not).

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it has been performed, and we are delighted to welcome it to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Onstage at the LSPU Hall until Saturday. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

Friday, March 15

Film

7 p.m.

‘Firecrackers’

The St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival presents Newfoundland and Labrador premiere of critically acclaimed film “Firecrackers” by Jasmin Mozaffari at The Rooms as part of the festival’s Scene and Heard series. The much-buzzed-about debut feature pairs remarkable talents, Toronto International Film Festival Rising Star Michaela Kurimsky and award-winning music video director and actor Karena Evans, as two friends faced with a devastating threat to their relationship as well as their freedom. Created with an almost entirely female key crew, “Firecrackers” portrays a powerful, female-driven narrative about friendship, independence and resilience. Globe and Mail Current Canadian Screen Awards Best Director nominee Mozaffari will take part in a Q&A after the screening.

Groups

7 p.m.

Kirtan St. John’s

Kirtan St. John's is a weekly westernized kirtan group that meets on Friday evenings at the Shambhala Room, 120 LeMarchant Rd. If you are attending for the first time, message us on Facebook to confirm the location of kirtan, as we occasionally practice in other locations. For more information, message us on Facebook or email KirtanYYT@gmail.com.

Live Music

5 p.m.

Rob Cook

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8 p.m.

Damian Follett

Performing at Green Sleeves.

8:30 p.m.

Billy Sutton

Traditional session with Billy Sutton at Erin’s Pub.

Midnight

Derek Graham and John Ennis

Performing at Green Sleeves.

Social

6:30 p.m.

Celebrity Talent Show

Hosted by The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, Craigmiller Avenue and Cornwall Crescent, at 6:30 p.m. Lots of fun, food and foolishness, including beef and/or moose stew, entertainment by our own group, The Sweet For-Get-Me-Nots, followed by a dance to the music of Eastern Gate. Tickets $20 each from church office by calling 579-0039, Fred at 738-2830 or Everett at 364-2428.

Theatre

8 p.m.

‘Huff’ by Cliff Cardinal

Cliff Cardinal’s “Huff” has travelled the world and garnered rave reviews everywhere it has been performed, and we are delighted to welcome it to St. John’s. “Huff” is the wrenching, yet darkly comic tale of Wind and his brothers, caught in a torrent of solvent abuse and at high risk of suicide. Wind’s fantastic dream world bleeds into his haunting reality, as he’s preyed on by the Trickster through the hallways at school, the abandoned motel he loves more than home, and his own fragile psyche. Ancestral history combines with harsh reality and gas-induced hallucination in a tale of family, love, despair and the possibility of redemption. Presented by Artistic Fraud of Newfoundland. Onstage at the LSPU Hall until Saturday. For tickets, visit www.lspuhall.ca.

Saturday, March 16

Activities

9:30 a.m.

Aikido Open House

Come discover an effective martial art with an ethical foundation. Learn to defend yourself with fun, fellowship and fitness. We are a not-for-profit, inclusive dojo and offer very affordable monthly rates; no one turned away for financial reasons. We accept students from eight years old onwards. Live life to the fullest with confidence in your abilities to address any type of conflict that you might face. Open house Saturday until 4 p.m. at the Fudoshin School of Aikido at St. Theresa School, 100 Mundy Pond Rd. More information is available online at www.2017.fudoshinaikikai.ca.

Noon

Dance Workshops

Participate in dance workshops offered by Memorial University’s Ballroom Latin Dance Club. At noon, an introduction to salsa dancing. At 1 p.m., learn popular ballroom line dances (zorba and everybody salsa), and at 2 p.m. learn advanced ballroom line dances (dizzy and September). Workshop is held at the University Centre in The Landing (UC 3018). Cost is $5, pay at the door.

1:30 p.m.

Beginners’ Ukelele Practice Session

Ever thought about learning to play the ukulele? If so, come join a weekly practice session of people of all ages who are learning to play the ukulele. Held at St. James United Church. It's not too late to begin. If you don't have a ukulele, the A.C. Hunter Public Library's Musical Lending Library has some to borrow. If you're interested, this session is followed by lessons at Long and McQuade at 3 p.m. for $15. For more information, contact Susan at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjames.org.

3 p.m.

Instant Choir – St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Let's get together for an hour at the Atlantic Place atrium and sing an Irish ditty to celebrate St. Patrick's Day. Everyone is welcome. No singing experience is necessary. We will teach you everything you need to be fabulous. Don't forget to wear something green. Underground parking is free. We are collecting $5 at the door. Singing starts at 3 p.m. Watch the last Instant Choir we did in St. John's online at https://youtu.be/BZZGO2E2Fi4. Event organized by Growing The Voices: Festival 500.

6 p.m.

Games night and potluck

Enjoy playing board games? Then come participate in the fun of sharing a potluck meal and an evening playing games with others. Bring your family. Open to all ages, ethnic groups, faiths, sexual orientations, etc. The only request is to contribute food or beverages to the meal. Held at St. James United Church, an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance. For information or to indicate your interest, contact Susan Sheppard, DLM, youth ministry, at 722-1881, ext. 204 or susan@stjamesuc.org. Visit www.stjamesuc.org, or on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

Groups

11 a.m.

Overeaters Anonymous

Regular support group meeting every Saturday from 11 a.m. to noon at the Carnell Building, 13-15 Pippy Pl.

Information

10 a.m.

Tech Time

Have a technical question or problem? Need help with your computer, mobile device or software (such as the internet, Excel, graphic design, social media)? Here's your chance to get help during this informal session at St. James United Church. Open to all ages. Free. For information, call the church office at 722-1881, ext. 200, or email Sarah at srhnorman@gmail.com. Note: St. James is an accessible venue. Please use the side entrance.

Live Music

Various times

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

For full Green Sleeves entertainment lineup Saturday, visit greensleevespub.ca.

The Big Irish Bash

The Sundance and Club One present The Big Irish Bash. Two days, three venues and 24 performances featuring awesome acts such as Celtic Connection, Connemara, Siochana, Wabana and many more. The first 200 people on Saturday and Sunday get free brunch.

1 p.m.

Lo Siento

Fred’s Records presents Lo Siento, a new release celebration. All are welcome. A free show.

2:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Trinity Pub

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend at The Trinity Pub, beginning at 2:30 p.m. with the Celtic Fiddlers. Others performing throughout the day and evening include Evan Aucoin, Rowan Sherlock, Justin Fancey, Bishops Trio, and Rugged Shores.

8:30 p.m.

Matt Hornell

Performing at Erin’s Pub.

Visual Art

3 p.m.

Fantasy at The Leyton Gallery

Fantasy: the faculty or activity of imagining things, especially things that are impossible or improbable. The Leyton Gallery of Fine Art, 6 Clift's-Baird's Cove, presents a fantasy-themed exhibition. An exhibition of new works by Toby Rabinowitz, Nicholas Aiden, Kent Jones, Louise Sutton, Anastasia Tiller and Virginia Mak. Opening reception Saturday from 3-5 p.m. Exhibition runs until April 7.

Shopping

9 a.m.

St. John’s Farmers’ Market

Indoor/outdoor farmers' market with up to 70 plus vendors: fresh produce, prepared foods, hot food, crafts and more. Everything made, baked and grown locally. ATM and café on site. Weekly vendor lists, parking info and more at www.stjohnsfarmersmarket.ca.

Sunday, March 17

Live Music

Various times

St. Patrick’s Day celebrations

For full Green Sleeves entertainment lineup today visit greensleevespub.ca.

The Big Irish Bash

The Sundance and Club One present The Big Irish Bash. Two days, three venues and 24 performances featuring awesome acts such as Celtic Connection, Connemara, Siochana, Wabana and many more! The first 200 people on Saturday and Sunday get free brunch.

1 p.m.

Irish Open Mike

The St. John’s Retired Citizens Association is holding an Irish open mike show today at 10 Bennett Ave. The doors open at 1 p.m. and the show starts at 2 p.m. Admission is just $5. Canteen service is available. Bring your friends and get your Irish on.

12:30 p.m.

St. Patrick’s Day at The Trinity Pub

Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day all weekend at The Trinity Pub. Today’s live music begins at 12:30 p.m. with Adrian House. Others performing throughout the day and evening include Evan Aucoin, Rowan Sherlock, Justin Fancey, Bishops Trio, East Isle Wind, Ceiligh Band, and Jordan Harnum.

8:30 p.m.

Matthew Hornell

Performing at Erin’s Pub.

Radio

2 p.m.

VOWR Guest Interview

Barbara De Land speaks with George Murphy, former MHA, current manager of Jiffy Cabs, and weekly research-based reporter of local gasoline and oil conditions and prices. Murphy speaks about his interest, experience, and participation in these areas. Tune in on radio at AM 800, online at VOWR.org, or cable radio Rogers 945 or Bell Aliant 756.

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