Irish Real Life Festival Ceili Dance
8:00 p.m. - midnight, Saturday, March 12
Victoria Park Pavilion, 80 Schneider Avenue, Kitchener
The Irish Real Life Festival is holding a ceili (said "kayley") dance at the Victoria Park Pavilion on Saturday night in honour of St. Patrick's Day. If you have never been to a ceili, it's like going to a square dance with a caller who tells you what to do. The Grand River Ceili band will be playing, there'll be prizes and a cash bar. Kids under 12 are free.
2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Queen's Square Idea Exchange library, 1 North Square, Cambridge
I love this annual event, a showcase of the amazing art from Cambridge elementary school students. It's on for a month, but the opening is this Saturday. Plus, there's a Brictek Art Mural Block Party - which means that you can build things on the wall using the Brictek stackable building blocks.
Stratford Festival's The Taming of the Shrew on film
12:55 p.m., Saturday, March 12
Galaxy Cinemas Guelph, 485 Woodlawn Road West, Guelph
Galaxy Cinemas Waterloo, Conestoga Mall, 550 King Street North, Waterloo
SilverCity London, 1680 Richmond Street, London
This weekend, watch the Stratford Festival's The Taming of the Shrew in HD on the big screen, featuring Ben Carlson and Deborah Hay. The Stratford films have been widely hailed for their excellence – they capture the action of the plays with 10 cameras and 128 channels of sound from one live performance. If you miss Saturday's film, there's another screening on March 17.
The Human Rights at Starlight
Doors 7:00 p.m, Show 8:00 p.m, Friday, March 11
Starlight Social Club, 47 King Street North, Waterloo
This is a very cool night you need to check out. The Human Rights are doing a Reggae for Refugees Tour, to support the International Development and Relief Foundation. The IDRF is a Toronto-based charitable organization that is working on projects like improving health care access in rural Pakistan and providing emergency relief for Syrian refugees. Not only are you supporting a good cause, but you'll be hearing some good reggae too. The Baudelaires and DJ Friendlyness are special guests.
Dancin' Thru the Decades
8:00 p.m. Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12
2:30 p.m., Saturday, March 13
Centre in The Square, 101 Queen Street North, Kitchener
Tap your way through dance music history with the K-W Symphony, from swing tunes and big band classics from Glenn Miller, to Madonna's Vogue. Anita Hall will be singing, and drummer Stee Moretti will be adding some beats to this great event. Matt Catingub is the conductor for Dancin' Thru the Decades, part of the KWS' Pop Series.