Pick of the Day: Colin James

So, a busy night on the music scene. There's not one, not two, but three relatively high-profile gigs happening tonight. First off, local funk-rock favourites the nancy ray-guns are playing O'Hanlon's Pub. They'll be backed up by the Winnipeg band The Perms.

Then at the Casino, you've got former '60s sensation Chubby Checker who popularized the dance craze known as The Twist with his cover of Hank Ballard's r & b hit of the same name. People sure were wacky back then, weren't they? "C'mon baby, let's do the twist." Still, Chubby Checker is 68, and he's still bringing it, despite his much documented apparently virtually life-long battle battle with the bulge.

Finally, we have Colin James at Conexus Arts Centre. Blues, rock, big band, the Regina-born James draws on a lot of different influences. And the CAC is the perfect venue for him. Here's video of him performing his 1988 hit "Voodoo Thing".

If your taste in art runs more to visual than auditory, the MacKenzie Art Gallery is hosting an opening and artist talk for Joan Scaglione's installation of of cedar boats Ribs of Sky, Ribs of Stone tonight at 7:30 p.m.

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