BELL, BOOK, AND CANDLE
Remember Bewitched? Well, the Classic Theatre Festival in Perth is opening its season with the play that is said to have inspired the television series (and, ultimately, the 2005 remake with Will Ferrell and Nicole Kidman, for those of you who don’t remember!). First produced in 1951, the romantic comedy Bell, Book, and Candle by John van Druten continues to captivate audience with its mysterious female lead and witty quips. July 8 to 31. Wednesday to Saturday, 8 p.m.; Wednesday, Saturday, and Sunday 2 p.m. $30, youth under 30 $21. Mason Theatre, 13 Victoria St., Perth. www.classictheatre.ca.
Ottawa photographer Asif Rehman has photographed Canadian Muslims in ordinary and extraordinary acts in order to break down stereotypes held by both Muslims and non-Muslims about what it means to be a Canadian Muslim. By juxtaposing the various labels that any one person might take on — mother, athlete, scientist, artist, etc. — the exhibition illustrates that any label can only define a small part of a person’s identity. “I feel that by communicating the diversity and varied passions of Muslim individuals, we can learn how much we all have in common,” says Rehman, whose work has been shown in New York, Toronto, and Ottawa. June 30 to July 26, vernissage July 10, 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Gallery open 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Trinity Art Gallery, Salon A. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. www.asifrehman.com.
GRILLING FUNDAMENTALS AT THE URBAN ELEMENT
It’s BBQ season, and everyone is vying for a chance to prove their skills on the grill. Don’t be a snore and insist on using your grandfather’s old recipe; instead, get creative with Chef Charlotte Langley of The Whalesbone Oyster House. The hands-on class involves an examination of wings, with a few flavours on offer, as well as lamb chops with harissa, curried scallops with fingerlings and cheddar, and plenty more lip-smacking choices. Sunday, July 10. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $150 (includes instruction, a multi-course meal, and two glasses of wine). The Urban Element, 424 Parkdale Ave. www.theurbanelement.ca.
GLEBE ART IN OUR GARDENS AND STUDIO TOUR (FREE!)
After a three-year hiatus, this lovely summer event is back. Spend a day (or two) exploring the Glebe, where 14 artists will be displaying their work in nine different gardens. Some of the works on offer include Alice Hinther’s whimsical pieces from re-purposed everyday items, digital images by Jaan Krusberg, and lifelike scenes by Heather Bale. Saturday, July 9, and Sunday, July 10, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Various locations in the Glebe. http://web.me.com/jhauser/glebearttour/Home.html
In case you didn’t know, it’s the International Year of Chemistry, and the Canada Science and Technology Museum is celebrating. Discover the role that chemistry plays in everyday life while taking part in hands-on experiments, watching a magic show with a scientific twist, and even getting to taste liquid nitrogen ice cream (yum!). Special events include “Sweet Chemistry” on July 9 and 10 with cookbook author and scientist Christina Blais, as well as an outdoor screening on July 9 of David Cronenberg’s The Fly. Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 10. $9, seniors and students $6, children (four to 14) $4, children three and under free. Movie admission by donation to the Ottawa Food Bank. Canada Science and Technology Museum, 1867 St. Laurent Blvd. www.sciencetech.technomuses.ca.
MUSIC AND BEYOND
The second year of this classical music and multi-disciplinary arts festival brings in the big guns: orchestras, choirs, bands, wind ensembles, recitals, and small ensembles team up to offer classical music in its many variations. Even more interesting, the fest hosts a range of other arts and cultural disciplines ranging from poetry to yoga to food and wine. The opening weekend kicks off with “Breaking Ground: Music by Women Composers,” a children’s “Music Adventure” at Saunders Farm with 100 dancers and artists performing outdoors, and Trevor Pinnock conducting the National Arts Centre Orchestra in the complete orchestral suites of Bach. Thursday, July 7, to Sunday, July 17. Festival pass: adults $100, students $50. 3-day pass: adults $50, students $30. Various locations. www.musicandbeyond.ca