Food, music, theatre and more happening in London

Oxley Estates master taster Jody Goslin pours of a glass of Weather Rock cabernet franc at last year's London Food and Wine Show. Derek Ruttan/Postmedia News Derek Ruttan / Derek Ruttan/London Free Press

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If you didn’t have enough special food over the holidays, the Blizzard Edition of Londonlicious and the Wine and Food Show arrive to continue your culinary explorations. Dance it off at the German Canadian Club with classic rock and blues. Try to solve a murder mystery as the actors of Shut the Front Door improvise their way through a maze of clues. Look back and forward with Working, a musical exploration of the hopes and dreams of average Americans by South Collegiate.

Food

Londonlicious takes you around the city to try all those restaurants you’ve been meaning to check out, or return to a favourite. More than 30 restaurants participate in the fixed-menu festival. From the new Chef’s Table, Fanshawe College’s downtown spot, to food scene stalwarts such as Garlic’s of London, there is a menu for everyone. You can take a culinary trip around the world with Italian, Hungarian, British, American, Thai, Indian, Vietnamese — or go to the airport and try Katana Kafe & Grill.

What: Londonlicious Blizzard Edition
When: Jan. 11 – Feb. 3
Where: Restaurants around London
More info: londonlicious.ca

More food temptations than ever and they’re all under one roof. The London Wine and Food Show sets up at the Western Fair District Agriplex to offer samples, sips, seminars, stage presentations and entertainment. Imagine cheese, chocolate, pickles, mushrooms, meats and Mexican food. Names such as Muskoka Bliss, Belgian smores, Irish Red, and Dixon’s Wicked Licorice Gin will tempt you. Serina Haggarty, Stacey Kay, Connor Morand, Ben Heffernan and Full Petty Fever are some of the names on stage.

What: The London Wine and Food Show, presented by White Oaks Mall
When: Jan. 17, 5 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 18, 4 p.m. – 10:30 p.m.; Jan. 19, noon – 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Where: Metroland Media Agriplex, 845 Florence St.
More info: 519-438-7203 or westernfairdistrict.com

Dance

In the mood for some classic blues and rock? Head to the German Canadian Club to dance the night away with Driven. The band will cover tunes by the Rolling Stones, Tragically Hip, Bob Seger, Traffic, Janis Joplin, Melissa Etheridge and more.

What: Dance with Driven
When: Jan. 12, 8 p.m. – midnight, doors open at 7 p.m.
Where: German Canadian Club, 1 Cove Rd.
Tickets: $5, available in advance at the German Canadian Club, online at onstagedirect.com, or at the door.
More info: 519-433-2091

Theatre

Shut the Front Door is open for laughter — and murder — as they bring their improv style to the London Music Club. Try to figure out if the butler did it. Or maybe it was the maid? Or that suspicious-looking audience member in row K? The troupe unravels the details of the crime in support of charities. Last year’s proceeds helped children attend Stevenson Children’s Camp.

What: Countdown to Murder
When: Jan. 11, 8-10 p.m.
Where: London Music Club, 470 Colborne St.
Tickets: $17.50
More info: shutthefrontdoor.ca

Magisterra SoloistsPhoto Submitted Viara Mileva / LD

Music

The members of Magisterra Soloists focus on chamber works that were silenced by the Nazis during the Second World War. Recovered Voices showcases the music of Jewish composers who continued to create throughout the horrors of genocide. The program includes Paul Hindemith’s duo for cello and viola, a string trio by Hans Gál, a cello sonata by Mieczysław Weinberg, and string quartets by Victor Ullmann and Alexander von Zemlinsky.

What: Recovered Voices
When: Jan. 17, 7-9 p.m.
Where: Museum London
Tickets: $10 – $30
More info: museumlondon.ca or magisterra.com

The students at South Collegiate shine a light on the hopes and dreams of the average, working-class American in their production of Working: A Musical. The music was written by several composers, including Godspell and Pippin writer Stephen Schwartz and Nina Faso, songs by Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda and multi-Grammy winner James Taylor. The plot links together the stories of people interviewed about their jobs by Studs Terkel for his book Working: People Talk About What They Do All Day and How They Feel About What They Do. First written in 1974, staged in 1977 and revised several times, it’s a timely look at middle America, the teachers, wait staff, millworkers, truckers and firefighters, and their dreams.

What: Working
When: Jan. 16-19, 7:30-9 p.m.
Where: South Collegiate, 371 Tecumseh Ave. E.
Tickets: $10
More info: 519-452-2860

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