Programs + Events
Nihilist Spasm Band 50th Anniversary Concert with Joe McPhee
Friday, September 18, 7:00 pm
Cost: $12 advance, $15 door
The Nihilist Spasm Band (NSB) of London, Ontario was formed in 1965 while playing store-bought kazoos. Soon John Boyle, John Clement, Greg Curnoe, Bill Exley, Murray Favro, Archie Leitch, Hugh McIntyre and Art Pratten began to invent handmade instruments that extended their individual personalities. Their amplified anti-music is widely considered the birth of noise, a genre that has become increasingly vital and current in sound and art today. Marking fifty years of cacophony, today’s NSB, which includes John Boyle (drums, kazoo), John Clement (drums, bass, guitar), Bill Exley (voice), Murray Favro (guitar), Aya Onishi (drums, kazoo), and Art Pratten (Pratt-a-various, water pipe), reunites with guest recording artist Joe McPhee of Poughkeepsie, New York. McPhee first encountered the band during its 1999 swing through New York State. In October 2000, he visited London for several days, during which they recorded the No Borders double CD. This anniversary concert marks their first reunion since then.
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Culture Days at Museum London!
Sunday, September 27
Guided tours on the hour: 10:00, 11:00 and 12:00
Food for Thought with Growing Chefs! Ontario: 1:00 to 4:00 pm
Museum London shares its fall harvest and serves up palatable exhibitions related to the theme of food. Take a tour of historical displays such as Get Cooking and Let’s Eat, which present the region’s food production and manufacturing over the years. Then, visit contemporary exhibitions such as Food-Water-Life by Lucy & Jorge Orta, as well as the installation Indigestion by London artist Ron Benner.
If you have room for dessert, join Growing Chefs! Ontario at 1:00 pm for a drop-in workshop, Food for Thought on simple ways children can help grow and prepare food at home. Families will learn to use seasonal ingredients to plate a dessert inspired by artistic chef techniques. Growing Chefs! Ontario unites chefs, growers, educators and community members in children’s food education projects and knows first-hand how to nourish a child’s curiosity for cooking. Parents, you may not have to cook tonight!
All You Can Eat: A Symposium on Food
Sunday, October 18, 1:00 to 6:00 pm
Theatre and Community Gallery
In celebration of our thematic fall exhibitions, and World Food Day on October 16, Museum London presents a symposium on a topic essential to survival: food. Discussions will explore the food system and its sustainability, as well as how food communicates identity, values, culture, and ethnicity. We begin the afternoon with a keynote address and finish it off with a tour and performance. Registration will open soon and check the website in September for details.
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Two-Course Films on Food
Sunday’s at 1:00 and 3:00 pm
Cost: $5 per film at the door
The cool weather is coming but you can fill your belly on Sunday afternoons with a two-course meal of the best films dishing on food. We pull old and new flicks out of the cupboard, tossing documentaries and dramas together with a dash of comedy. There’s something to satiate all palettes, so help yourself to a second serving!
Sunday, November 1
Food, Inc. & Chef
Sunday, November 16
The Fruit Hunters & Fed Up
Sunday, November 22
Just Eat It & Haute Cuisine
Sunday, November 29
Deli Man & The Trip to Italy
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