WAM's wicked weekend picks: Let's launch the RPM Challenge

A full menu of live music, a Chekhov play, some chamber music and a full-bodied launch to the RPM Challenge are on Angela Antle's list of entertainment picks.
WAM host Angela Antle. (CBC)

RPM launch

Friday: 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Fixed Coffee, 183 Duckworth St. in St. John's. It's the RPM Challenge Kick-Off Party. Join Newfoundland and Labrador musicians who are taking the challenge to write, perform, record, mix and release an album of 10 songs (or 30 minutes length) during the month of February.

Many musicians have taken part in the RPM Challenge, to make an album in the month of February. (CBC )

Live music downtown

This weekend's live music shenanigans in downtown St. John's:

Friday, 10 p.m. The Fat Cat: Open jam

Friday, 11 p.m. Trapper Johns: The Steve Edwards Band

Friday, 10 p.m. Distortion: The Corroborators, The Suits & Liz Solo

Friday, 10:30 p.m. The Ship: The Connextions, KnoahKnoah, Allie Duff & The Happy Campers

Saturday, 10:30 p.m. The Fat Cat: Denis Parker 'plugged' -  A rare event, and a chance to see an all electric gig from bluesman Denis Parker with Mick Davis on bass, Elliot Dicks on drums and JC Clark on electric guitar and lap steel.

Saturday, 10 p.m. The Ship: Steve Poltz, one night only

Saturday, 10 p.m. The Levee: Bridges, Dodgeband & Jigger

Saturday, 9 p.m. The Levee: 9 O'Clock Rocks

Saturday, 9 p.m. The Rockhouse: Salsa Party


Friday, 8 p.m. A one-night-only performance of The Vagina Monologues will be staged at the LSPU Hall, Victoria Street, St. John's, to benefit the V-Day One Billion Rising Spotlight Campaign as well as Marguerite's Place and Newfoundland & Labrador Sexual Assault and Crisis Prevention Centre. Tickets: 753-4531.

Book drive

Saturday, 10 a.m. Clean out your bookshelf and help the Canadian Federation of University Women fund scholarships. The CFUW's Used Book Collection Blitz is happening in the parking lot of the Arts and Culture Centre in St. John's, as well as at the Wal-Mart parking lot in Mount Pearl. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Clay on display

Saturday, 2 p.m. Clay Art: Craft Council Gallery at Devon House, 59 Duckworth St. The opening of Legacy: New Work - Two Generations, featuring the work of clay artists Isabella St. John and her niece, Erin Callahan St. John.


Sunday, 3 p.m. Harpsichord concert. The Hot Earth Ensemble welcomes visiting harpsichordist Hank Knox who will perform solo and chamber music works in St. Andrew's Presbyterian Church, 76 Queens Road, St. John's.  

Celebrating E.J. Pratt 

Tuesday, 7 p.m.  E. J. Pratt's birthday will be marked at the Cox and Palmer Second Space at the LSPU Hall.  Memorial University's Faculty of Arts and Running The Goat Press are celebrating one of Newfoundland's — and Canada's — greatest poets. Mary Dalton, Tom Dawe, Mark Callanan and Don McKay will read some of Pratt's poems.

Film screening

Wednesday, 7 p.m. At the LSPU Hall, come see So Right, So Smart, a film about sustainable and innovative businesses. This is a fundraiser for the St. John's Famers' Market, presented by Cox & Palmer, The St. John's International Women's Film festival and the Newfoundland and Labrador Environmental Industries Association. 

A little Chekhov

See two plays at the Barbara Barrett Theatre at the Arts and Culture Centre. Afterplay, written by Irish playwright Brian Friel, is the story of two well-loved characters from Anton Chekhov's plays who meet up again, in a bar in Moscow. Directed by Charlie Tomlinson and featuring Brad Hodder and Monica Walsh.

Blue Is The Warmest Color will be screened at the MUN Cinema Series on Thursday. (CBC)
Also on the bill: Chekhov's one-act comedy A Reluctant Tragic Hero, directed by Brad Hodder, featuring Bryan Hennessey and George Robertson. Feb. 5, 6, 7, 8 at 7 p.m. and Feb. 9 at 2 pm. Tickets: $25, $20 for students and seniors.

MUN Cinema

Thursday, 7 p.m. Blue is the Warmest Color (La vie d'Adéle), winner of the Cannes Palme d'Or, will be screened as part of the MUN Cinema Series at the Cineplex Cinema at the Avalon Mall, St. John's. Get there early for the screening of a sexy and controversial three-hour film about sex, love, art, books and food.

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