There are 30+ events in the next 3 days. Put the books down and practice “self-care” by checking out the arts, socials, or music events on this list! ‘Tis the season to be jolly.
#examszn. If you’re like us, you’re probably hunkered down in your bedroom, in the library, or in the new Mitchell Hall #starbys cramming for finals.
Everyone needs a study break every once in a while. What do you like to do to relax? Here are some self-care options in the arts this weekend:
- Intuitive Writing Workshop by Queen’s Creative Writing Club – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1pm in JDUC McLaughlin room (2nd floor), FREE or pay what you can
- Handel’s Messiah by Orchestra Kingston & Kingston Choral Society – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm in The Spire (Sydenham St. United Church), $20-$25
- Blue Winter Acrylic Painting Class – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10am-2pm in Open Studios Kingston (Montreal & Princess), $65
- If/Then: The Musical by Queen’s Musical Theatre – Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm & Saturday, Dec. 8 at 2pm & 8pm at Rotunda Theatre, Theological Hall, $15-$21
- “Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus” play – Friday, Dec. 7 at 7:30pm & Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm at Domino Theatre (near West campus), $10-$20
- Watercolour Holiday Card Class – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 12pm-2pm at Open Studios Kingston – Come create beautiful holiday art cards using watercolours and stencils
- “The Wishing Tree” – Saturday, Dec. 8 & Sunday, Dec. 9 at 2pm at H’art Centre – A storytelling concert inspired by the stories and legends of Prince Edward County, performed by artists from H’art School
- Cinematica Classic Movies: “Distant Voices, Still Lives” (1988) – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 7pm at The Screening Room, $8-$12 – “An evocative account of working-class life in Liverpool, England during the 1940s and 50s, loosely based on the director Terence Davies’ own family and upbringing.”
Maybe self-care for you is letting off some steam on a night out with friends. Here’s a look at the live music & social options available this weekend:
- cleopatrick + Ready the Prince + Enrights @ The Mansion (19+) – Friday, Dec. 7 at 9pm, $12 – cleopatrick is a heavy alt-rock duo from the tiny town of Cobourg, Ontario. Listen to cleopatrick on Spotify!
- Kings @ Musiikki Cafe (all ages+) – Friday, Dec. 7 at 8pm-11pm – Recently featured on CBC Radio 2’s Strombo Show and at Toronto’s legendary Horseshoe Tavern. Watch and listen to “Woodpile” by Kings.
- Jennifer Castle + Isla Craig @ The Grad Club (19+) – Friday, Dec. 7 at 9pm, $12-$15 – “a country and gospel-infused meditation on death and mourning that flickers between the broadly universal and the devastatingly personal.” — Pitchfork
- Lotus Shaker + The Straight Teeth @ The Mansion (19+) – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 9pm, $5 – Come and hear the sounds of deep, atmospheric vibes with rock and roll in the mix.
Finally, if you’re looking for ways to make the season bright or celebrate with your housemates before you head home for winter break, we recommend these festive events:
- Snow Much Fun @ Springer Market Square (all ages) – Friday, Dec. 7 at 5pm-9pm – free festive fun in the heart of the city! Caroling, storytelling, live music, crafts, Santa, skating in the square, and toasty warm fires.
- Lumina Borealis @ Fort Henry (all ages)– Friday, Dec. 7 at 5pm-9pm, Saturday, Dec. 8 at 5pm-9pm, Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:30pm-8:30pm –
Inspired by childhood dreams and memories, an exceptional, night walk experience awaits your arrival! Prime date idea! $18
- A Celtic Tenors Christmas @ Grand Theatre (all ages+) – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 7:30pm, $45 – They will perform songs such as “Danny Boy”, “You Raise Me Up”, “Nessum Dorma”, and other such favourites.
- Drag the Halls – Saturday, Dec. 8 at 6pm (all ages) & 8pm (19+), $10 – A Christmas themed drag show with a purpose. Proceeds to Rainbow Railroad, a charity that helps LGBTQI people as they seek safe haven from state-enabled violence, murder or persecution.
- Outdoor Holiday Party for the Animals – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 1pm, $5.50 – Spend some time enjoying the timeless solemnity and quiet of the wilderness at Little Cataraqui Creek Conservation Area (Division & 401).
- Singing Carols – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 5:45pm – The Next Church band and musical guests will be playing some of your favourite Christmas Carols/Hymns. FREE
- Holiday Farmers’ Market @ Memorial Centre – Sunday, Dec. 9 at 10am-2pm – Kingston’s only year-round farmers’ market — where the farmers you meet grow the food you eat! Featuring locally-made gifts!
- Pop-up Holiday Market @ Wellington & Brock St – Friday 5:30pm-8:30pm, Saturday 11am-5pm, Sunday 11am-3pm – featuring local, independent artists and artisans.
At Queen’s, we work hard and play hard – and exams are no exception. We hope you get the chance to go to at least 1 of the events above – you won’t regret it!
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