TOM PETTY PARTY: Fans at the Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concert loved the time-travel effect! Inside the MTS Centre's bowl Thursday night, they were hugging, playing air guitar, jumping up and having "moments." (Good thing the grandkids weren't there.) Big lineups of young-again rockers hit the booths, enthusiastically buying T-shirts and other merch. Petty, now 63 himself, with his red-hot band, played almost two hours of hits and new material.
Overheard from 92 CITI FM's walking rock historian Howard Mandshein: "That was a master class in rock dynamics." So why was the room half-full? Steve Winwood's high-octane act preceded Petty, making this one of many great shows of summer 2014. Petty didn't seem to notice the empty seats. He said he was happy to be in Winnipeg "for a second time." Actually, it's three times, Tom. Not that Winnipeg is easy to forget!
ARTY ON! A "pre-tour" bash at the Forks last Wednesday promoted all the art studios of the fall WAVE Artists Studio Tour happening this weekend, with a quickie sampling of the 30-plus artists' work on-screen. The fun was augmented by wine, cheese and shmoozing with some of the artists involved, who came into the city for the evening. They work in funky rural studios in garages, barns and cottages across the Interlake and in beach towns on the west side of Lake Winnipeg.
"We Put the 'Art' in Party" is this fall's theme for the self-guided tour Saturday and Sunday (Aug. 30 and Aug. 31) from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Adventurers will find theme party atmospheres at most art studio stops from St. Andrews to north of Gimli. At Heidi Hunter's "Runs with Scissors" studio, guests wearing a Mardi Gras mask (see your nearest dollar store) will get special discounts. See Facebook WAVE Artists Studio Tour for more info.
Spotted at The Forks par-tay: WAVE founding member Helma Rogge Rehders greeting some guests, stone sculptor Warren Wenzel, who's having a "rock party," art couple Sandy Driscoll (colourful floor cloths) and Gordy Driscoll (watercolour artist) promoting their "Mad as Hatters Tea Party." Also making the scene: Alan Lacovetsky, a potter who uses an old-fashioned foot-powered kick wheel and a wood-burning kiln -- who's having a "pot party" (no, not THAT kind of pot!). For tour info: www.watchthewave.ca.
ON THE ROAD AGAIN: Manitoba country music icon Ray St. Germain is blasting off to Edmonton next week for the Canadian Country Music Awards (CCMA) show happening Sept. 5 to 7 at the Winspear Centre. "I'll be in the Legends Show Friday night, singing my own song, Proud I'm Métis, and doing a duet with Stacie Roper from Hey Romeo." They'll be singing Jackson ("We got married in a fever, hotter than a pepper sprout").
St. Germain, now 74 and in full voice, was inducted in 2010 to the CCMA Hall of Fame. The Legends show features past inductees Eddie Eastman, Brett Kissel, MacKenzie Porter, Bev Munro and Gary Fjellgaard. Stars singing at the big awards show Saturday night, emceed by CBC comedy star Rick Mercer and sassy singer Jann Arden, include George Canyon, Michelle Wright, Paul Brandt, Terri Clark and the Road Hammers. You can catch it live on CBC-TV on Sept. 7 at 8 p.m.
TICKET ALERT: The 100 Mile Dinner at Caboto Centre, famous for gourmet meals made by local celebrity chefs and food sources, happens Sept. 14 and always sells out. Last year the food was fabulous, but diners complained about slow service. This year the organizers from Boys and Girls Club of Winnipeg are guaranteeing timely service, using a group of experienced servers with volunteers for tops-ups, according to club guru Heather Black. Organizers have secured top culinary talent for the sumptuous dinner, including Barry Saunders from the Canadian Museum of Human Rights, Jessie Friesen from 295 York and Norman Pastorin, chef for both the Cornerstone and the Grove. Also on board: Ben Kramer from Diversity Foods & Elements Restaurant (just re-opened for fall), Scott Bagshaw from Enoteca and Deseo Bistro, Luc Jean from Red River College, plus Peasant Cookery's Tristan Foucault and Segovia's Adam Donnelly. Tickets are $125 at 204-975-0634.
Tired of fuddy-duddy speeches? The night's speaker is 12-year-old dynamo Mesgna Tzaeda Mesgna, who speaks more eloquently than most grown-ups. He came to Canada via Sudan and Eritrea, and arrived in Winnipeg at age three. When he got "hired' as a Community School Investigator junior volunteer this summer, he said: "I won't disappoint you. You will be happy with your decision to hire me as a volunteer." The CSI program is designed to combat summer learning loss by providing five free weeks of full-day quality summer programming in a safe and caring environment. Kids investigate activities they wouldn't otherwise experience, like making a movie. The 1,000 kids from 15 Winnipeg schools are mostly immigrant and aboriginal students.
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