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WEEKENDER: NFB movies, a theatre fest, and the Titanic’s final meal to keep you busy this weekend

The National Ballet of Canada takes on "The Seagull." Photo credit: Cylla Von Tiedemann.

THE SEAGULL
The National Ballet of Canada brings John Nuemier’s dance adaptation of Anton Chekhov’s play, The Seagull, to the stage. One of Russia’s master storytellers, Chekhov’s tragic narrative is full of deeply developed characters with complex relationships, whose emotions translate well into the choreography of dance. Thursday, April 12, to Saturday, April 14, 8 p.m. $45 to $95. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St. www.nac-cna.ca

LAST MEAL ON THE TITANIC
The Casino du Lac-Leamy is recreating the last meal served aboard the Titanic to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ship’s sinking. The staff of Le Baccara is serving a seven-course gourmet meal inspired by the flavours of the early 1900s (let’s see if they hold up a century later). Each course offers recommended wine selections and the main features lamb with mint sauce and asparagus salad. Only one seating is available per night. Wednesday, April 11 to April 15. $95. Casino du Lac Leamy, 1 boul. du Casino. www.casinosduquebec.com

FRIDAY NIGHT AT THE MOVIES
Come see the best selections from 70 years of Canadian film. The National Film Board of Canada was established in 1939, and for Friday Night at the Movies its former executive producer picks his personal favourite short films to come out of the agency. Friday, April 13, 7 p.m. $8, students and seniors $5, family $10. Memorial Hall, 39 Dufferin St. www.crichtonccc.ca

GREAT BLOOMERS
Toronto-based indie band Great Bloomers comes to Ritual Nightclub this weekend. The band’s indie rock sound blends elements from country-pop to create a smooth, relaxed sound. They were recently signed to Dine Alone Records and will be releasing a full length album later this year, so check them out this weekend so you can say you saw them way back when. Saturday, April 14, 9 p.m. Ritual Nightclub, 137 Besserer St. www.spectrasonic.com

NEW COUNTRY REHAB
One of Canada’s most exciting new bands, New Country Rehab, is coming to the Blacksheep Inn. Their music is a complex combination of sounds, blending indie, bluegrass, and roots rock. Each member is an experienced musician with a long career and they utilize their varied expertise in their music — not to mention an array of instruments that include saw blades, a fiddle, and even cookie sheets. Saturday, April 14, 8:30 p.m, and April 15, 4 p.m. $12 tickets. The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield. www.theblacksheepinn.com

EASTERN ONTARIO DRAMA LEAGUE SPRING FESTIVAL
The Ottawa Little Theatre boasts a line-up of five full-length plays from companies across Eastern Ontario for this annual fest. The featured plays include Educating Rita by Willy Russell about an exuberant pupil who forms a fascinating relationship with her tutor, and The Mouse House by Robert Ainsworth about a struggling writer who overpowers an intruder who breaks into his family cottage and what happens next. Tuesday, April 10, to Saturday, April 14, all at 8 p.m. $20, festival pass $75. 400 King Edward Ave. www.ottawalittletheatre.com

OTTAWA ARTISANS GUILD (FREE!)
The Ottawa Artisans Guild, the city’s premier arts and crafts guild, is holding its spring event this weekend. Over 130 members will be there to showcase wares that include paintings, jewellery, gourmet food, woodworking, and more. The event offers free parking, door prizes, and is accepting donations of food or cash for the local food bank. Saturday, April 14, and Sunday, April 15, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lester B. Pearson High School, 2072 Jasmine Cres. www.ottawaartisansguild.ca

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