Friday Night: Jonathan Goldstein host of CBC Radio’s Wiretap will be in town reading as part of the Writer’s Alliance’s “Come From Away” series. His CBC show has been described as “something between borscht-belt comedy and Frank Kafka.” Jonathan will be reading from his novels and new works on the third floor of Haymarket Square (223 Duckworth St.) at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday afternoon: "Release the Hounds! Er, I mean release the sea stars and sculpins." The Petty Harbour Mini-Aquarium is sending its animals back to the wild and families are invited to help out at 2 p.m. on St. Philip’s Beach. You could win a season pass for 2014. Free.

Saturday afternoon: Fred’s Records is hosting a free concert in store with the Halifax band Bloody Diamonds at 2 p.m. They’re a bluesy-heavy-spooky guitar-riff band with a killer female lead vocalist and they’re giving a rare "unplugged" show. Free. For a not-unplugged look at the band, here's the video of their song Monsters.

 

Saturday afternoon: Celebrate International Archaeology Day at The Rooms between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Meet archaeologists from the Provincial Archaeology Office, MUN Archaeology, the Archaeology Society of Newfoundland and Labrador and the Shipwreck Preservation Society. Try your hand at a mock dig! www.therooms.ca

Saturday: CBC Reads with One Book and One Child, between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Ryan Snoddon, Debbie Cooper and others from CBC Newfoundland and Labrador read their favourite children’s books at the Avalon Mall, near The Gap).  Donate some gently used or new children’s books and meet CBC characters like Super Why in the Artzooka Craft Zone.

Saturday night: Lady Cove presents Amazing Grace: Songs of glory, deliverance, & freedom. Lady Cove will be joined by Jeremiah Sparks, one of Canada’s premiere gospel singers, well known for his portrayal of Lanier Phillips in Oil and Water and Mufasa in Toronto’s production of the Lion King. The event is at Gower Street United Church at 8 p.m. Tickets: $24 general and  $20 for students and seniors available at the Holy Heart Theatre Box Office, 55 Bonaventure Ave., and online here or by email.

Next week

If your weekend extends into Tuesday (and beyond), the St. John’s International Women’s Film Festival opens Tuesday night with the Newfoundland and Labrador premiere of The Grand Seduction (sold out) and many, many more stellar docs, shorts, filmmaking sessions and parties.

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