Poet Ann Shin's Family China Smash-A-Thon

Friday - Bring your family china downtown for a smash-a-thon with Toronto poet and filmmaker Ann Shin. She'll read from her award-winning poetry collection, The Family China. Audience members will be invited to explore (and obliterate) their own family chains by smashing an heirloom of their own. St. John's-based writers Iain McCurdy and Sharon King-Campbell will also be breaking dishes. It all happens at Eastern Edge Gallery at 8 p.m.

All Weekend Oil and Water returns from a critically successful run at the Neptune Theatre in Halifax. Artistic Fraud's Oil and Water is based on the true story of Lanier Phillips, a young African American who in 1942 was one of 46 men who survived the wreck of the naval ship Truxtun off St. Lawrence.

Oil and Water

(Courtesy of Artistic Fraud Theatre)

It's an uplifting and musical production featuring an a capella blend of Newfoundland tunes and the harmonies of the American gospel tradition, devised by Toronto-based composer and multi-instrumentalist Andrew Craig, and directed by internationally celebrated Newfoundland choral conductor Kellie Walsh. ​Oil and Water is at The LSPU Hall with showtimes are 8 p.m. with a Sunday matinee at  2 p.m. The production run has been extended to March 22nd

The Downtown Music Scene:

Friday:

The Rose, Salty Dogs and the Moonshine Men, 8 p.m.

Distortion, Devastator, Winter Hearth, Dead Departed & Torn, 10 p.m.

Fat Cat, The Rogues, 10 p.m.

The Levee, Georgie & Jomo, Bridges, Make Mean Everything, Waterfront Fire. 10 p.m.

The Ship Pub, Green & Gold tour kick off, Fog Lake, Matthew J. Thompson, Kelly McMichael, 10:30 p.m.

The Rockhouse, The Shining Wizards Holy *&^% Paddy’s Day, 10 p.m.

Saturday:

The Fat Cat, Darryl Cooper, 11 p.m.

The Levee, Daisy Cutters & Heather Nolan (CD release) The River, Four Lords, 11 p.m.

A large number of other weekend events to take in as well:

Saturday, Bluegrass Brunch with Phil Goodland and the Day Boilers, The Sprout, 10:30 a.m.

Saturday, A Leprechaun Hunt for the kids in Manuels at the Interpretation Centre. 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.

Saturday, Ginger Appreciation Day, Meet Motherfumbler author Vicki Murphy (she's a 'ginger'), eat some gingersnaps and celebrate red heads. Gingersnap store on Water Street, from 2 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Saturday, Theatre St. John’s Players with The Good Doctor at the Barbara Barrett Theatre, 8 p.m.

Saturday, Art talk. A lecture about the meaning of place and history in art with Dr. Jonathan Bordo (Trent University) and curator Chris Clarke (University of Cork, Ireland). Short lectures will be followed by a walking tour through The Rooms art gallery spaces led by Manitoba photographer Colin Corneau. 2 p.m. start time.

Saturday, International Students Talent Show. Join the International Student Resource Center (ISC) for the 28th Annual Multicultural Show. The theme is 'Refuse to be Ordinary.' Tickets will be available at the MUNSU office, Attic office, GSU office and ISA office. Venue is the Field House main basketball court at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, 25 Flutes in Concert, Join the MUN Wind Ensemble for "Solace" featuring the music of Eric Whitacre, and cellist Nathan Cook. There's a pre-concert performance by over 25 flutists, and the Canadian premiere of a new work for band and electronics by Steven Bryant. D.F. Cook Recital Hall is the venue. Tickets are $20 and $15, and will be available at the door. Starts at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Local Short Films screening followed by a dance party. Featuring shorts from the talents of Deanne Foley, Sherri White and Ruth Lawrence. Eastern Edge Gallery on Harbour Drive at 8 p.m. 

Irish Week

Sunday, The Irish Newfoundland Association, readings by writers Kate Evans, Marjorie Doyle, Mary Dalton and James Langer. 2p.m. at the Holiday Inn.   

Monday, An Irish heritage walking tour that’s a tribute to Aly O'Brien. Michael Boyle will host a historical interactive walking tour of downtown St. John's. Bring your walking stick or ski pole in case of icy or snowy streets. The walk lasts about 80 minutes. Meet on the steps of the Basilica at 1 p.m.

Monday, Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with a dance hosted by The Irish Newfoundland Association. Entertainment by The Dardanelles, Fergus O’Byrne and Fergus Brown-O’Byrne, Ron and Robert Kelly. It takes place at the Holiday Inn, 8 p.m.