WEEKENDER: Five things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of May 15-17

By MATT HARRISON

The Last Unicorn, remastered, screens in Ottawa, with author Peter S. Beagle speaking and signing books

The Last Unicorn remastered screens in theatres in Ottawa as part of a tour featuring author Peter S. Beagle — May 15 & May 17

Last Unicorn Remastered
For some, it never got better than the 80s decade and, in particular, its strange fascination with unicorns: Legend, My Little Pony, She-ra, and, of course, The Last Unicorn — the latter a particularly special moment, perhaps up there with the death of Mr. Hooper and the advent of Super Nintendo. The 1982 animated fantasy film, featuring the all-star cast of voices — Alan Arkin, Jeff Bridges, and Mia Farrow — is a quest by the last unicorn to discover what happened to its kin. This timeless classic’s author, Peter S. Beagle, is currently on a screening tour. At select theatres, fans will be able to watch the newly remastered film and afterwards join the author for a Q&A session and book-signing. There will be two screenings/events in Ottawa: Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at Cineplex Cinemas, and on Saturday, May 17 at 4 p.m. at SilverCity Gloucester Cinemas. Price for event is same as admission to a regular film. Cineplex Cinemas is at 3090 Carling Ave., and SilverCity is at 2385 City Park Drive.

Stamp Thriller
Mauritius, the name of a West African island (and once home to the now-extinct Dodo bird), is perhaps an apt title — and metaphor — for a play about a naive young woman who, alone, desperately fights off three unscrupulous stamp collectors, as well as her own sister, from getting at her priceless collection. No man, er woman, is an island — but this funny, sharp, and beguiling play, by Theresa Rebeck (SmashLaw & OrderNYPD Blues) may prove that being an island is the best bet. This is the last weekend to catch Mauritius: — Thursday, May 14Friday, May 16, and Saturday, May 17 at 7: 30 p.m. at Ottawa Little Theatre. Tickets from $25. Ottawa Little Theatre is at 400 King Edward Ave.

Knight’s Tour
Lucy Moran: “Mr. Martell, Andy moved his knight without doing the little hook thing.”Deputy Andy Brennan: “You don’t have to do the little hook thing; that’s optional.”
Pete Martell: Andy, uh… the knight has to do the ‘little hook thing.’ ”
DAB: “Every time?”
PM: “It’s a privilege! No one else gets to make that move”
— and just as the Twin Peaks‘ sheriff department’s staff discovered, the knight’s little hook move in chess is indeed unique and a privilege; the same is true for hearing Wooden Horseman live. Taking his name from that particular chess piece, the Horseman, aka Steven Beddall, is a Toronto musician with roots in Ottawa who sounds a bit like Luke Doucet or even a young, less croony Neil Young, and who plays wonderful blues tinged, alt-country. He’ll be leading a cast of musicians for his live show at Pressed cafe this Saturday, May 17, along with Vancouver’s Real Ponchos, and Ottawa’s Jack Pine. $10. Pressed is at 750 Gladstone Ave.

Wooden Horseman plays at Pressed Cafe on Saturday, May 17

Wooden Horseman plays at Pressed Cafe on Saturday, May 17

Musical Frankenstein
As any scientist knows, experiments can go either way — maybe you get some surprisingly good results, or maybe you create a thing so hideous that the outcry against your abomination reaches the high heavens. Regardless, this weekend the annual Ottawa Rock Lottery aims to play God by randomly assembling 25 Ottawa musicians — from across genres — into five new bands. Each group will then have 24 hours to create a 20-30 minute set, which will be played at Babylon on Saturday, May 17. The sixth annual Rock Lottery will be hosted by CBC’s Amanda Putz; it costs $10, $9 with donation, doors open at 8 p.m. Babylon is at 317 Bank St.

Block Party (FREE!)
Summer festival season is nigh. In Ottawa, it began last weekend with Tulipfest — this weekend, Chinatown Remixed kicks off a month-long celebration of arts and culture in the Somerset West /Chinatown neighbourhood with a day-long vernissage on Saturday, May 17. Performances, art, and activities will be happening from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. throughout Somerset — the day’s events culminating in an evening party in the parking lots of Shanghai Restaurant and ZenKitchen, where music, food, and other performances will take place: former ZenKitchen chef, Caroline Ishi will hold a live food performance, and there will be music by The Girls Rock Band Camp, Loon Choir, and Brooklyn’s Smoota. Highjinx will also hold a night market that evening. The festival, which features more than 40 artists, workshops for kids, free concerts, and other eclectic activities, runs until June 17. 

 

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of May 8 to 10

By MATTHEW HARRISON

Pins & Stripes — a prohibition era-themed fashion event, featuring designers, boutiques, models, art, food, and entertainment — Saturday, May 10

Pins & Stripes — a prohibition era-themed fashion event — Saturday, May 10
(Photo, Freshh Anderson; Model, Amal; Clothing, Marcelle Bénédicte)

Palestinian traces (FREE!)
Visually stunning, evocative, heart-breaking, and most definitely thought-provoking — perhaps even controversial — Rehab Nazzal’s exhibit, Invisible, presents traces of video and audio recordings, found footage, and photography; all of which are fragments of her Palestinian homeland; a people and a place struggling to remain unforgotten amidst the ongoing conflict with Israel. In her exhibit, the smallest moment of captured memory becomes “precious.” A vernissage for the exhibit at the Karsh-Masson Gallery will be held on Thursday May 8 at 7:30 p.m. The exhibit runs until June 22. Karsh-Masson Gallery is at 110 Laurier Ave. (City Hall).

Shades of house
Chicago, Detroit, New York, glitch, ghetto, funk or deep — all of house music’s varying shades fall under one roof this Friday, May 9 at the Mercury Lounge with special guest, German-born, L.A.-based DJ, producer, and radio host Lars Behrenroth. Joining resident Lance Baptiste, Behrenroth brings the sounds from his Deeper Shades Recordings label to the Lounge for a unique night-out. $10 advance, doors open at 10 p.m. Mercury Lounge is at 56 Byward Market.

Gatsby, gangsters, garters
“I like large parties. They’re so intimate. At small parties, there isn’t any privacy” —Taking a cue from F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, but perhaps Boardwalk Empire also, the fourth Pins & Stripes fashion-event aims to delight, entertain, and “strengthen the local fashion community” with a prohibition era-themed (only with drinks!) soiree at Saint-Brigid’s Centre for the Arts on Saturday, May 10. The show, hosted by local fashion maven Marcelle Benedicte, includes art, entertainment, dancing, and snacks. Cost? A donation to Solidarité Jeunesse, an organization providing opportunities for volunteering abroad in the aim of promoting global peace and understanding. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. Brigid’s Centre for the Arts is at 10 Patrick St.

Electro-cleaning (FREE!)
Before tossing that computer stack being used as a side table in your home office; before swearing to the gods to finally rid yourself of that dot-matrix printer; and before taking a sledgehammer to that embarrassingly-large TV set — do the landfill and those with hearing problems a favour by dumping unwanted electronic gear off at the Canadian Hearing Society’s (CHS) Electronic Recycling Event this Saturday, May 10 at 2197 Riverside Drive, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Computers, TVs, telephones, stereos — all of it will be accepted, collected, and recycled, with valuable base metals being sold and proceeds donated to the CHS. Can’t make the May 10th event? — Drop off gear at CHS Ottawa on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the days leading up to event.

Search for Hidden Art (FREE!)
Secret staircases and hidden doors — it’s this kind of Hardy Boys/Nancy Drew trope that, on some small level, fuels this weekend’s mystery-art-adventure. On Saturday, May 10, the latest edition of Research In Art’s “Art In Odd Spaces” will guide art-seekers into attics, basements, lavatories, and up staircases in the search for hidden art. As a testament to the kind of Drew-like danger you’ll be facing, organizers are asking participants to sign waivers — that kind of risk alone makes this art-adventure tempting! Although free, participants must register in advance: researchinart.ria@gmail.com. Since the art is located in homes around the city, you’ll either need your own transportation or sign up for their shuttle service. Refreshments will served at the end of the trip, where participants will be able to get one last look at Never Forever, an exhibition up since April 6 that features works by seven artists — Gail Bourgeois, Karen Jordon, Deborah Margo, Christine Nobel, Susie Osler, Rene Price, and Bozica Radjenovic.

Wakefield Writes
Acclaimed Canadian novelists Frances Itani (Deafening, Requiem), Trevor Ferguson (City of Ice), Tim Wynne-Jones (Odd’s End) will be in Wakefield this weekend — they are the literary stars of the village’s annual Writer’s Fest, which is being held on Saturday, May 9 and Sunday, May 10. They, along with a host of superb local writers, will be leading a program that includes workshops, a CBC-led tête-à-tête, a brunch, and a literary pub-crawl, among other activities. Some of the events are free — the author’s brunch, the tête-à-tête, and the workshops vary in price. Events will be at various locations and at different times throughout the village. Wakefield’s about 30 minutes from Ottawa.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of May 2-4

BY MATT HARRISON

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Ottawa’s Peptides: New album and upcoming Ottawa show

In this edition of the Weekender: Corpus, Baths, Jane’s Walk, Peptides, Hervana, Farmer’s Markets

Holocaust Fiction
The atrocities of the Second World War — in particular the Holocaust — are, as of late, being subjected to Historical Revisionism — that is according to local playwright, Darrah Teitel. She believes this is happening due to the emergence of new, fictional narratives. The problem? “New narratives were emerging that favoured the perspectives of 
perpetrators over victims,” she explains (i.e. The Reader). This is the foundation for her award-winning play, Corpus, in which she examines both her attraction to Holocaust fiction, but also the dangers — and she does it, ironically, through fiction: the play looks at a imagined relationship between the wife of a Nazi officer and a Polish Jewish prisoner in Auschwitz. Directed by Bronwyn Steinberg and put on by Counterpoint Players, it will be showing from Thursday, May 1 (preview) to Saturday, May 10 at Arts Court Theatre. Times vary. Tickets from $15.

Corpus, an award-winning play by Darrah Teitel, opening in Ottawa this weekend

Corpus, an award-winning play by Darrah Teitel, opening in Ottawa this weekend at Arts Court Theatre

Chillwaves’ Baths
Bathe in twitchy beats, spritely, twinkling piano melodies, ambient soundscapes, Baleric-sounding samples, and Will Wiesenfeld’s vocals that are reminiscent of Blur/Gorilla’s Damon Albarn. Baths draws comparisons to other such chillwave/creepwave acts as Toro Y Moi and Shlohmo. He plays Ritual Nightclub on Friday, May 2, touring his third album Obsidian, which garnered huge marks from critics. Opening act is Young Fathers. Tickets are $14. Doors open at 9 p.m. Ritual is 137 Besserer St.

Jane’s Walk (FREE!)
What’s the significance of that old building? Just ask Jane. The little park that seems forgotten? Ask Jane. There was a swimming hole here once? Ask Jane. If you’re curious about the history of an Ottawa neighbourhood, Jane’s volunteers will be on hand this weekend to guide you around many of the city’s ‘hoods. Held across cities in North America since 2007 (originally to commemorate the death of Toronto’s Jane Jacob’s), this year’s Jane’s Walk features a weekend of tours — some in French, others in English — with the purpose of getting to know your city, meeting neighbours, and learning about the urban landscape. A few that piqued this writer’s curiosity are: Urban Foraging, Foodies Walk in Centretown, Places of Significance to Homeless People, and Untold Ottawa — but there are many others. Check out the full schedules on their website for locations, themes, and times. Walks take place on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4.

Peptides?
What is love? Perhaps a “pre-apocalyptic fete” featuring the wild, on-stage antics of Ottawa’s nine-member art-group, The Peptides, who will, no doubt, be lost in an aural orgy of celebration having just released their third album, Love Question Mark. In recognition of the album — which runs the gamut from electro-synth to emotive ballads — the band will be playing at show on Saturday, May 3 at St. Albans Church, 454 King Edward St. Tickets are $15 advance; doors open at 7:30 p.m.

Come As You Are
I usually don’t get worked up about cover bands (covers are one thing, but a whole set?) but this one caught my attention — it smelled, in fact, much like teen spirit. (I know, all apologies) Hervana is an all-female Nirvana cover band from Toronto and they’re playing at Pressed on Saturday, May 3. Maybe it’s the 20th anniversary of Kurt Cobain’s death, or St. Vincent’s tribute cover of Lithium with Dave and Krist in New York in April for the band’s induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that has me curious about Hervana’s take on an all-male band’s material, but I’d be senseless to miss this show. Hervana’s playing with Decathlete and Elgin Skye. Tickets are $8; doors open at 8 p.m. Pressed is at 750 Gladstone.

Mad for Markets
Yee-haw! It’s the end of winter and the start of market season. Sunday, May 4, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. marks the opening of Ottawa’s first Farmer’s Market at Brewer Park, with markets opening up in at various other locations across the city in subsequent weeks. This second season of the market at Brewer Park in Old Ottawa South (just across from Carleton University) is the largest in Ottawa — over 100 vendors, featuring locally-grown produce, meats, eggs, and a plethora of baked goods, preserves, and desserts. What’s in season: despite the late start, you may find asparagus, mushrooms, maple syrup, and beans. On Saturday, May 10, the market opens at Orlean’s Centrum Plaza. On Saturday, May 17, Westboro’s market opens at Bryon Park.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 25—27

By MATT HARRISON

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Ottawa weekender: The Planet Smashers play Mavericks on April 25 supporting their latest album Mixed Messages

In this edition of the Weekender: The Planet Smashers, Nature Nocturne, Ottawa Brewery Market, and three more things to do in Ottawa this weekend

Ska’s Smashers
Along with the many other 90s sub-genre music revivals recently, it was only a matter of time before ska saw a bit of a return. Enter Montreal’s The Planet Smashers. The band’s national and international success lasted well into the late 90s, until a series of events resulted in a break-up of sorts. Two core members remained, however, who brought on additional members, and toured and produced a number of albums, including the latest: Mixed Messages was released in early April. The new album has spawned a spate of shows, including a stop in Ottawa on Friday, April 25 at Mavericks. They’re playing with The Scally Cap Brats, The Cardboard Crowns, and Suits n’ Toques. Doors open at 8 p.m., $17. Mavericks is located at 221 Rideau St.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 18—21

By CINDY OLBERG

The Love, Handmade. wedding show is happening at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh on Saturday, April 19

The Love, Handmade. Wedding Show takes place at Memorial Hall in New Edinburgh on Saturday, April 19

In this edition of the Weekender: An undground hunt, swapping vinyl, forbidden love, and four more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Vinyl Swap (FREE!)
Do you have a lot of records in your collection that you don’t listen to anymore? This Friday, April 18, bring them to Record Swap Day (er, well, the event is in the evening) at Raw Sugar Café and trade them with other music lovers. After the exchanges are made, a bunch of local DJs (including DJ Adam Saikaley of the band Silkken Laumann and former producer of Tempo on CBC) will be spinning records of their own for your listening pleasure. The Swap takes place from 7 to 10 p.m. Raw Sugar Café is located at 692 Somerset W.

Easter Egg Hunts…
Spring has sprung at the Canada Agriculture and Food Museum. From Friday, April 18 to Monday, April 21 kids will be able to meet newborn animals, help make Easter bread, and take part in the Signs of Spring Easter Egg Hunts — farm activities are scheduled for various times throughout the day. The Canada Agriculture and Food Museum is located at 901 Prince of Whales Dr.

…Underground
If you’ll be in the west end on Saturday, April 19, try looking for eggs underground at the Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum — the hunt is from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Diefenbunker, Canada’s Cold War Museum is located at 3929 Carp Rd. in Carp.

Handmade Wedding
Bummed that the Wed by Hand wedding show isn’t happening this year? Well, Meaghan Brunetti, owner of The Handmade Bride, is organizing a brand new indie wedding show on Saturday, April 19 that’ll have just about everything you’ll need for your upcoming wedding. Shop for handmade, eco-friendly designs with a vintage feel, and take in one of the many workshops happening throughout the day. Love, Handmade. Wedding Show takes place at Memorial Hall (across the street from The Handmade Bride) from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. Memorial Hall is located at 39 Dufferin Rd.

On Stage Diary
The Diary of Anne Frank tells the true story about a 13- year-old who is forced to go into hiding with her family during the Nazi occupation of the Netherlands. Based on the book, the play has received countless acclaims since its first staging, including the 1956 Pulitzer Prize. Tim Picotte directs the performance at The Gladstone. The play will be running until Saturday, April 19. From $18. The Gladstone is located at 910 Gladstone Ave.

Madama Butterfly, the world-famous opera about love and tragedy will be at the NAC April 19-26 (photo: On Stage Ottawa)

Madama Butterfly, the world-famous opera about love and tragedy, will be at the National Arts Centre April 19-26 (Photo: On Stage Ottawa)

Love & Tragedy
Madama Butterfly, one of the most famous operas of all time, tells the story about a young Japanese woman, known as Madama Butterfly, who marries an American naval officer and is then shunned by her family for choosing to abandon her ancestral religion. The opera, playing at the National Arts Centre, is put on by Opera Lyra OttawaMadama Butterfly is on from April 19 until April 26 at the National Arts Centre. From $25. 53 Elgin St.

Beautiful Shapes
The Abstractionists, currently showing at Studio Sixty Six, showcases the first group of paintings in their New Painters series. In describing the four artists — Ali Kramers, Cindy Merksy, Darren Kooyman, and Karyn Watson — curators Carrie Colton and Manar Abotouk write: “Their subjects are the real beauty of the circle, square, and triangle, and the subtlety and plasticity of sheer colour and surface. Their work offers the freest play of creativity and imagination.” The show is on until May 8. Studio Sixty Six is located at 66 Muriel St., unit 202.

WEEKENDER: Six things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 10—13

The Orange Art Gallery has moved into the City Centre building.

Check out the Orange Art Gallery’s new space and celebrate their fourth anniversary this Thursday

Orange alert (FREE!)
The Orange Art Gallery has moved! Celebrating their new space — and their fourth anniversary — the gallery is hosting a reception on Thursday, April 10 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Check out new works by Orange’s own artists, and stick around for performances by Velvet Underground cover band, No Kinds of Love, and rap artist, The Joynt. Orange Art Gallery is now located at 290 City Centre Ave.

Touring Proof
The Toronto-based alt-country/folk band, Sunparlour Players, is playing The Black Sheep Inn armed with their brand new album The Living Proof (they’re playing two days after launching the record). This double-bill includes rock and roots quartet, Harlan Pepper, who hail from Hamilton. The show is on Thursday, April 10 at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $10 in advance. The Black Sheep Inn is at 753 Riverside Dr. in Wakefield. Beware potholes along that stretch!

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WEEKENDER: Eight things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of April 3—6

By CINDY OLBERG

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Complexe des genres is a gripping ballet production at the National Arts Centre from April 3 to 5 (Photo: Marie Philibert-Dubois)

In this edition of the Weekender: Hedwig and the Angry Inch, Complexe des genres, Fibre Fling 3, and five more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Rock Musical
Hedwig and the Angry Inch is an award-winning Off-Broadway musical that deals with themes of identity, individuality, and rock n’ roll. Follow rock goddess Hedwig Schmidt on her quest for the “Origin of Love” in this fun and unforgettable musical presented by Vanity Project Productions. The show runs from April 3 to 5 at The Gladstone. From $25. The Gladstone is located at 910 Gladstone Ave.

Vulnerability and Desire
Montreal choreographer Virginie Brunelle explores the strengths and shortcomings of the human experience in her ballet Complexe des genres. With a cast of six men and women, the performance covers themes of desire and vulnerability that so often go hand in hand with the search for love.The performance contains mature themes and nudity. Complexe des genres is on from April 3 to 5 at the National Arts Centre. From $30. The NAC is located at 53 Elgin St.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 27—30

By CINDY OLBERG

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A scene from Serra Pelada, one of the films that will be screening at the Latin Film Festival this weekend

In this issue of the Weekender: VERSeFest, Ottawa Theatre Challenge, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Dope poets
This year’s VERSeFest features quite the who’s who of local and international poets! There will be readings from Parliamentary Poet Laureate, Michel Pleau; Scotland’s national poet Liz Lochead; and 2 Dope Boys in a Cadillac, the duo who created the world’s first “psychedelic talk opera.” VERSeFest will be on until Sunday, March 30. Check their website for event times and locations. Tickets from $10.

Annual Rubber Chicken award
Catcall the competition, bribe the judges, and laugh until your sides hurt at this year’s Ottawa Theatre Challenge on Thursday, March 27. Theatre companies from all over Ottawa will be given 48 hours, three “items of inspiration,” and one chance to showcase their impromptu production as they vie for the coveted Rubber Chicken Award and the title of Best Theatre Company in Ottawa. Proceeds from this year’s event, which is hosted by A Company of Fools, will be donated to the Actor’s Fund of Canada. The Challenge takes place at the National Arts Centre’s Fourth Stage at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $20. The National Arts Centre is located at 53 Elgin St.

Big in Japan
There will be lots to see, taste, and admire at the Canadian Museum of Nature on Friday, March 28. Inspired by the Museum’s 30-year partnership with Ikebana International Ottawa, this month’s Nature Nocturne party will feature demonstrations of Ikebana, the ancient art of Japanese floral design, as well as a variety of Japanese music, and animation. If you get peckish on your way to the dance floor, stop by the Zen Lounge for some sushi. But don’t leave without trying one of the Japanese-inspired cocktails and taking a picture with one of the evening’s costumed characters — especially if you’re also in costume! The event is from 8 p.m. until midnight. The Canadian Museum of Nature is located at 240 McLeod St.

Decade old!
On Saturday, March 29, Guerilla will be hosting a night of live music, collage making, and burlesque at the new Gallery 101 space in Little Italy to launch their special 10-year print edition. Saturday’s event will be the last stop on GuerillaCRAWL, Guerilla’s 10-part series of community-centric events held on 10 consecutive nights, celebrating their 10th anniversary. Saturday’s event goes from 8 p.m. to midnight, with food and drink available at their cash bar. Tickets $10 at the door. Gallery 101 is located at 51-B Young St.

Latin celebration (FREE)
The Latin American Film Festival is an annual event that highlights the best of contemporary Latin American cinema — and this year, they’re offering food! As part of the film festival, ¡Fiesta Latina! will showcase  Latin American food, wine, and culture, featuring specialties made by local and embassy chefs. There will also be performances of Latin American music and dance, and a visual arts display. The ¡Fiesta Latina! takes place at Library and Archives Canada on Saturday, March 29 from 1 p.m. until 7 p.m. Admission is free. The Latin American Film Festival will be hosting screenings of films from countries throughout South America from March 27 to April 13. Admission for the film festival starts at $12. The Library and Archives Canada building is at 395 Wellington St.

Warehouse party
Still dazed from their sold-out debut album release show, Silkken Laumann will be throwing a bumpin’ dance party at the City Centre warehouse facility this Saturday, March 29. Download their album Not Forever Enough online (it’s technically free, but it would be kind of you to pay what you can) and check out the other acts: DJ Matt Tamblyn (of Open Air Social Club fame) and Cabaal from Montreal to get a taste of what’s to come. Doors open at 10:30 p.m. Advance tickets are $8. The event is licensed. Gabba Hey is located at 250 City Centre Ave. unit #202.

Where art thou?
Almost everyone has a soft spot for Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet — a tale of love and love lost. This Saturday, March 29 — for one night only — ballet choreographer, Bengt Jörgen brings his internationally toured adaptation of the timeless classic to Centrepointe Theatre. The ballet starts at 7:30 p.m. Tickets from $51. Centrepointe Theatre is located at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 21—23

By CINDY OLBERG

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Three and a half tons of rice will be used on stage in Songs of the Wanderers at the National Arts Centre this weekend (Photo: YU Hui-hung)

In this issue of the Weekender: Dancing with Rage, Ikebana at the Canadian Museum of Nature, and five other things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

East Coast Firebrand
One of Canada’s brightest comedic luminaries, Mary Walsh, is coming to the Great Canadian Theatre Company for the start of spring. In Dancing With Rage the East Coast firebrand travels across the country as Marg Delahunty, her alter ego, in a quest for truth, justice, and her Expo ’67 lovechild. Co-directed by Walsh and Andy Jones, the play is a bit political, a bit of a rant, but all-around hilarious! The show will be playing from March 18 to April 6. Single ticket prices will vary with demand. The Great Canadian Theatre Company is located at 1233 Wellington St. W.

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WEEKENDER: Seven things to do in Ottawa on the weekend of March 14—16

By CINDY OLBERG

Andrew Moncrief, sitting with some of the works featured in his show at La Petite Mort Gallery, DE/GENERATE

Andrew Moncrief sitting with some of the works featured in his show DE/GENERATE at La Petite Mort Gallery

In this edition of the Weekender: Andrew Moncrief, The Magician’s Nephew, Outaouais Film Festival, and four more things to do in Ottawa this weekend.

Scarface (FREE!)
Have you ever been told by someone that they can tell how you’re feeling because it’s written on your face? That connection between our faces and what lies beneath is what Montreal artist Andrew Moncrief explores in DE/GENERATE at La Petite Mort Gallery. The exhibit is a collection that takes on this idea by turning the process of painting itself into a violent act. Through the application of layers of paint — and ultimately the energies of Moncrief himself — the artist leaves marks and scars; wounds that come to define the figure. The exhibit runs until March 29. La Petite Mort Gallery is located at 306 Cumberland St.

Chronicles of Narnia
In this upcoming 9th Hour Theatre Company production, you’ll meet Jadis, the White Witch, and watch the creation of Narnia — all in the span of an hour. This dramatization of The Magician’s Nephewthe first of seven stories in The Chronicles of Narniawritten by C.S. Lewis and adapted by Aurand Harris, tells the story about Digory and his friend Polly who are tricked into going on magical adventures by Digory’s uncle, Andrew. The show is playing at Centrepointe Theatre, from Wednesday, March 12 to Sunday, March 16 (Wednesday at 7 p.m., Tuesday to Saturday at 2p.m. and 7p.m., and Sunday at 3p.m.). Tickets from $27.50. Centrepointe Theatre is at 101 Centrepointe Dr.

La lumière, la caméra, l’action!
Featuring screenings of more than 100 feature-length, short, and documentary films from around the world, the Outaouais Film Festival kicks off Friday, March 14. Opening night at the Canadian Museum of History will debut Albert Dupontel’s comedy Neuf mois fermes, which has been nominated for the Césars Awards. The seven-day festival, hosted by Denise Robert, will also include cinematography workshops and master classes, as well as a quick flick contest in partnership with the Ottawa International Short Film Festival. Tickets are $9 per film; $48 for six tickets. Visit the festival’s website for the full schedule.

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Ottawa’s neo-soul band The Split plays The Black Sheep Inn this Saturday, March 15 (Photo: Kris Chandroo)

On the Road Again (FREE!)
Do you remember the road trips you took with your parents when you were a kid? Do you ever wish you could go back? Sarah Anderson, a photography student from the School of Photographic Arts: Ottawa (SPAO) did just that. She drove down California’s Pacific Coast Highway where she’d gone with her parents 25 years earlier — by herself, this time — journaling her trip with photographs. Her solo exhibit, Return to the Pacific Coast Highway Photographs, will feature 50-plus colour prints and two short videos, all from her trip down memory lane. Anderson will be giving a talk at SPAO on Friday, March 14 at 3 p.m. The show runs until March 20. SPAO is located at 168 Dalhousie St.

Urban Craft (FREE!)
In the mood for a craft show? On Saturday, March 15, 50 vendors from across Eastern Canada will be offering a wide array of handcrafted clothes, soaps, jewellery, flowers, and homemade edibles at the Urban Craft Market. Sip on gourmet soda while you shop, and sample tasty treats at the St. Patrick’s Day-themed Auntie Loo’s Treats’ pop-up diner. Also, be sure to check out the new Mash Up Project: Morsel Artisan Caramels and Purple Urchin have teamed up to create a special new line of products inspired by each other’s companies, and rumour has it their creations are beer inspired! Urban Craft Market is being held at The Glebe Community Centre, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., which is located at 175 Third Ave.

Ottawa’s Got (New) Soul
Ottawa’s newest neo-soul band The Split has steadily grown their fanbase by way of their neo-soul sound that’s influenced by such artists as Prince and James Brown. The group grabbed an enviable spot at last year’s Ottawa Bluesfest festival, and now they’re ready to unleash their bumpin’, bass-driven debut EP Can’t Get Enough at The Black Sheep Inn on Saturday, March 15. Tickets are $10 in advance and doors open at 8:30 p.m. The Black Sheep Inn is located at 753 Riverside Drive, Wakefield.

Seed to Table
Looking to grow your own vegetables this season? Gatineau’s Seedy Sunday event on Sunday, March 16 will be a great place to learn all about organic food and pick up the seeds you’ll need to start your own organic garden. Marie Dulude, of the Unitarian Service Committee of Canada, will be around to talk about organic food and their international work. The event is at the Maison du citoyen, which is located at 25 rue Laurier in Gatineau, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 for adults and free for children under 16.