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WEEKENDER: California drinking, lots of song and singing, and two great plays

TARA LUZ DANSE – LES BILES
Step into the fantastical world of Tara Luz Danse – Les Billes, a creation of choreographer Anik Bouvrette. Here, dancers incorporate objects into their movements: giant marbles, lit hoops, and Chinese lanterns that resemble planets. This lush performance of contemporary dance will sweep the audience up. Saturday, March 31, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. $17.50. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. www.shenkmanarts.ca

CALIFORNIA WINE FAIR
Taste the best wines California has to offer. The California Wine Fair is bringing outstanding wine from all of California’s growing regions to Ottawa this weekend. With almost 90 wineries participating, it is part of the largest tour of California wines in Canada. Friday, March 30, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. $70, $65 for wine club members. The Westin, 11 Colonel By Dr., www.calwine.ca

CLASSICAL JUNOS IN CONCERT (FREE!)
Celebrate Canada’s diverse musical talent at the Classical JUNOs in Concert. JUNO nominated performers, such as Susan Hoeppner and Christina Petrowska Quilico, break out an array of instruments to perform modern classical pieces by several nominated composers. Friday, March 30, 3:30 p.m.  National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., www.junoawards.ca

SYMPOSIUM ON SOCIAL HARMONY THROUGH MUSIC
Learn about the impact of music on learning and social development. Based on an international movement of using music education to help children with difficult backgrounds, the Symposium on Social Harmony Through Music explores how local communities can use music education to benefit children of all backgrounds. The event culminate with a performance by a string quartet and children’s orchestra. Saturday, March 30, 5:30 p.m. Free. Dominion-Chalmers United Church, 355 Cooper St., www.leadingnotefoundation.org

THE COMMUNICATION CORD
Come see a comedy based on the themes of a tragedy. From Brian Friel, Ireland’s most prominent playwright, The Communication Cord is a farce reminiscent of his earlier darker plays. The story revolves around a hilariously unfortunate romance, but also finds deeper meaning in the challenges characters have relating to each other. Wednesday, March 28 to April 14. $39,  $34 seniors, $23 students. The Gladstone, 910 Gladstone Ave., www.thegladstone.ca

THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS
The Rag and Bone Theatre brings a classic of children’s literature to life. Through the use of large puppets, hand puppets, masks, shadows, human actors, and even film, the beloved animals of the Wind in the Willows come to life onstage and translate the inspiration, the love of nature and the sheer joy of the original book. Sunday, April 1 and April 15, 11:30 and 1:30. $10, $32 for four tickets. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd. www.ragandbone.ca

 

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