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WEEKENDER: Rock of Ages brings back the ’80s, the Travel and Vacation Show gives you wanderlust, and five more fun events to keep you busy this weekend

It's all about rousing numbers that will have you dancing in your seat at Rock of Ages. All Rock of Ages photos © Scott Suchman.

“Don’t Stop Believin’” in the power of love and ’80s rock and roll. Rock of Ages, the five-time Tony-nominated smash hit, comes to town with Broadway Across Canada. The story is this: a young girl comes to L.A. in search of stardom and gets swept up the in the fast-paced life of the big city, meeting a boy named Drew along the way who’s got his eyes set on fame. Meanwhile, a developer is trying to change the Sunset Strip and tear down the beloved club the Bourbon Room where all the dreamers come to play. And the ultimate bad boy, rock star Stacee Jaxx, has returned for his final concert with the band Arsenal. The show is edgy, sexy, and campy, and features popular songs by Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, White Snake, and so many more. From $38. On until Sunday, March 10. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

To raise funds aimed at ending violence against women and girls and in support of the Sexual Assault Support Centre of Ottawa, VDAY Ottawa presents their take on Eve Ensler’s iconic play. Be prepared to hear a range of stories that range from hilarious to heartbreaking. $25. Friday, March 8, and Saturday, March 9, 8 p.m. The Bronson Centre Theatre, 211 Bronson Ave.,

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WEEKENDER: From the Wild & Scenic Film Fest to the Oscars telecast, 10 events to entertain you this weekend

At the Wild & Scenic Film Festival, the film "Seasons" explores water in its frozen and expanded form. Photo by Mike Leeds.

In this one-day-only film festival, you get the chance to catch an eclectic mix of films tied to the theme of water protection and conservation. The Ottawa Riverkeeper hosts and all proceeds go to protecting the Ottawa River. The river won’t be the only thing winning: in addition to the compelling films being shown, there will be a silent auction and raffle. Thursday, February 21, $12, 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Library and Archives Canada, 395 Wellington St.,

The event’s name might be silly, but the cause is anything but. Come out to Lobby Nightclub for a fun evening benefitting the Ottawa Regional Cancer Foundation and “help save second base.” The evening kicks off with a VIP reception. 19+. Friday, February 22, 9 p.m. $30. Lobby Nightclub, 158 ½ Rideau St.,

Choreographer Ina Christel Johannessen brings Norway’s National Company of Contemporary Dance to Ottawa for the first time, directing 12 dancers in an event combining the visual arts, theatre, poetry, and movement. From $38. Friday, February 22, and Saturday, February 23, 7:30 p.m. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

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WEEKENDER: Love songs, pancake meals, a craft beer fest, and the Funatorium are all on the bill this Family Day weekend

Director Jillian Keiley makes waves with Mary Zimmerman’s take on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, a collection of myths involving transformation.  The play interprets 10 of those myths and sets them in and around a giant swimming pool, exploring the ideas of water, fluidity, and change. The Romans could be a little saucy, so this one’s recommended for audiences ages 16 and up. On until Saturday, February 16. From $22. National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St.,

Two families get together to discuss an incident involving their sons in God of Carnage. Photo by Richard Ellis.

Third Wall Theatre Company presents the outrageous tale of two sets of upper class parents who meet to discuss an incident that happened between their two sons. If you’ve seen Roman Polanski’s Carnage, this will sound familiar: his film is an adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s play. $35, seniors $27. On until Sunday, March 3. Irving Greenberg Theatre Centre (Great Canadian Theatre Building), 1233 Wellington St. W.,

Back by popular demand, the Canadian Film Institute presents the most recent incarnation of the Bright Nights film festival. Winterlude partners to bring Inuk, the hard-hitting Danish film and coming-of-age story that addresses the issues facing the Greenlandic Inuit, to Canadian audiences. Director Mike Magidson will be in attendance to introduce and discuss his film. See website for full list of films being screened and detailed festival dates. Friday, February 15, 9 p.m. $12, seniors/ students $8. Canadian Film Institute, 2 Daly Ave.,

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WEEKENDER: An indie wedding show, a design showcase, a fairytale-themed party, and six more spectacular events

Maria Gabriela Sanches, whose Tin House Courtyard installation involved placing reflective artefacts in a gathering space in Ottawa, will be one of the people showing her work at Design Lines. Photo by Sarah O’Neill.

Come meet and mingle with the design stars of tomorrow. Carleton University’s Master of Design Program celebrates and showcases the innovative design work for which its students are known with this exhibit that highlights projects and achievements as well as the career paths students followed after graduation. Friday, February 8, 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. MDES Space, 4th Floor Azerieli Pavilion, Carleton University, 1125 Colonel By Dr.,

Skål! The Royal Norwegian Embassy and the Ottawa Art Gallery celebrate winter with a fairytale themed party for adults, including gløgg (warm mulled wine), aquavit (a traditional flavoured spirit), Norwegian cheeses, smoked salmon, and other hors d’oeuvres. There’ll be music, stories, art, and (weather permitting) an outdoor lounge. $20. Friday, February 8, 7:30 p.m. Ottawa Art Gallery, 2 Daly Ave.,

Hot fashion trends warm up Winterlude as Fashion Week struts its way to its ninth season. Get ready to be inspired by a great mix of international designers and local favourites, including Jana and Emilia Fashion, Dare by Gwen Madiba, and Copious by Carissa McCaig, who are all returning from past seasons’ to show at OFW. $45, all three days $90. Friday, February 8, to Sunday, February 10, 6 p.m. to 11 p.m. Ottawa Convention Centre, 55 Colonel By Dr.,

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WEEKENDER: The NAC Orchestra takes on West Side Story — plus the Home Renos show, “BRRR-lesque,” and more!

A photo of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra performing live alongside West Side Story. The NAC Orchestra will take its turn with this classic film January 17 to 19. Photo © Todd Rosenberg Photography 2011.

Movies with 3D visuals are so yesterday. How about one with 3D sound instead? Jayce Ogren conducts the National Arts Centre Orchestra’s live accompaniment to the original vocals and dialogue of the digitally re-mastered film West Side Story, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the classic musical. Thursday, January 17, to Saturday, January 19. From $22. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St.,

Calling all film buffs: Ottawa’s homegrown talent in filmmaking will be showcased at the Arts Court Theatre this Friday thanks to SAW Video, a media arts community supporting local artists. The event features 10 short projects from a variety of genres, including documentary, experimental, animation, and comedy. Tickets available at The Manx Pub and SAW Video (613-238-7648). Friday, January 18, 7:30 p.m. $5. Arts Court Theatre (second floor), 2 Daly Ave.,

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WEEKENDER: Christmas Lights Across Canada, The Story of Holly & Ivy, and a couple non-holiday-themed outings

Christmas Lights Across Canada kicks off on Thursday, December 6. Photo courtesy of the National Capital Commission.

The holiday season is about to get a little bit brighter. Although we haven’t seen much snow yet, the National Capital Commission’s Christmas lights program is set to illuminate our city with an array of beautiful colours, starting this Thursday night. Head down to Parliament Hill for the illumination ceremony, which will feature Christmas carols, free hot chocolate, and BeaverTails. As a part of the nation-wide Christmas Lights Across Canada celebration – first launched in 1985 – more than 300,000 brilliant lights will be turned on nightly at over 60 locations, including Confederation Boulevard, Parliament Hill, and Jacques Cartier Park. You won’t be able to miss this spectacle, as it makes evening strolls a little bit more appealing on bitterly cold nights. Thursday, December 6, to Monday, January 7, 4:30 p.m. to 2:00 a.m. daily.

As Christmas nears, the NAC is chock-full of performances for the holiday season. One such festive event sees the Alberta Ballet – the second largest ballet company in Canada – bring the The Nutcracker to the capital. Choreographed by Edmund Stripe and performed to Tchaikovsky’s unforgettable score, this 19th century story (and holiday classic) is about a young soldier who’s changed into a nutcracker and helped by a young ballerina who falls in love with him. This tale has enchanted people since the first public performance in 1892 and continues to be one of the most extravagant shows ever put on by the Alberta Ballet. The costumes, songs, dance routines, and a pre-show Sugar Plum Party with crafts and treats will make for a dazzling family outing. Wednesday, December 5, to Sunday, December 9. See website for show times. $10-$95. National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St.,

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WEEKENDER: December kicks off with a screening of Home Alone outdoors, the Ottawa Tea Festival, and five other festive events

Twenty years ago, actor and philanthropist Tom Jackson brought artists together to spread awareness and garner support for those in need – and the Huron Carole was born. Join Jackson and friends when this nationwide tour – which raises funds for food banks – comes to Ottawa. The event is a project of the Christmas and Winter Relief Association and includes songs and stories of peace and optimism from popular Canadian artists such as Sarah Slean, Del Barber, and Susan Aglukark. Thursday, November 29, 9 p.m. $60, VIP $110. Shenkman Arts Centre, 245 Centrum Blvd.,

Close to 1,000 minerals, rocks, and gems, most from the museum’s collections, are displayed in the Canadian Museum of Nature’s newly expanded Vale Earth Gallery. Photo by Martin Lipman, Canadian Museum of Nature.

Geology nerds, take note! After three months of improvements, the Vale Earth Gallery at the Canadian Museum of Nature is opening to the public once again. The gallery serves up a fascinating experience for young and old, bringing visitors on a journey through the earth’s geological formation, its shaping over billions of years, and demonstrating how geology and mineralogy are important in our daily lives. Some activities on the bill include building a volcano, causing an earthquake, exploring a limestone cave with a dripping waterfall, and making different kinds of rock by simulating geological forces. Now that’s what we call a rock star (ha ha!). Friday, November 30. $12, seniors $10, kids $8, infants (under two) free. Canadian Museum of Nature, 240 McLeod St.,

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SOUND SEEKERS: Dave Norris uses the life of Canadian bank robber Ty Conn as inspiration for his second album

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Dave Norris & Local Ivan

Dave Norris uses the story of Canadian bank robber Ty Conn as a jumping off point on his second album called They Let You Paint Your Darker Dreams. Conn busted out of Kingston Penitentiary in 1999. He was running free for two weeks, until police found him in a Toronto apartment.

“Out of sheer desperation, facing the balance of a forty-seven-year prison sentence if re-incarcerated, Ty Conn shot himself fatally in the chest,” write CBC reporters Theresa Burke and Linden MacIntyre in their book, Who Killed Ty Conn.

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WEEKENDER: A princesses and dragons tea party, David Usher at Bronson Centre, and three events for holiday shopping

Inside Out is hosting the 6th annual LGBT Film Festival with 15 screenings over four days from all over the world. The 2012 lineup is particularly strong, featuring the award-winning film Cloudburst from Canadian director Tom Fitzgerald, as well as the highly anticipated regional premiere of Margarita from Canadian directors Dominique Cardona and Laurie Colbert. The ever-increasing popularity of this festival attracts thousands to see some of the year’s best LGBT films. A new addition to the 2012 festival is the inclusion of free programming for youth and families, encouraging people from all walks of life to join in the fun. Thursday, November 15, to Sunday, November 18. Prices vary. National Gallery of Canada, 360 Sussex Dr.,

David Usher rocks the Bronson Centre Friday, November 16. Photo by Sabrina Reeves.

As the former vocalist for the ‘90s multi-platinum Canadian band Moist, David Usher is no stranger to finding new ideas to explore in his music. He’s made a name for himself as a singer-songwriter with seven albums and four Juno awards. The Songs For The Last Day On Earth tour will consist of powerful new tunes that touch on a variety of subjects, and his thunderous vocals are sure to give audience members their money’s worth. Friday, November 16, 7 p.m. doors. $32.50 advance. Bronson Centre, 211 Bronson Ave.,

Since 1994, rob mclennan and the Small Press Action Network of Ottawa have brought together local writers, publishers, readers, and volunteers to support the small press industry at this book fair. What is small press, you ask? It’s the term given to independent publishers that only release a few books per year, usually less than 10. Surprisingly, these small press publishers make up half of the book publishing industry and largely support niche markets for poetry, genre fiction, limited edition books, and many more. The fair will have plenty of booths set up with all types of books, and is sure to have a little something for everyone. Some participants include Buschek Books, The Puritan Magazine, Arc Poetry Magazine, and The Ottawa Press Gang, to name just a few. Saturday, November 17, noon to 5 p.m. Jack Purcell Community Centre (Room 203), 320 Jack Purcell Ln.,

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WEB EXCLUSIVE: The VHS tape is alive and well at the hilarious Found Footage Festival, heading to Ottawa November 12

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher are the curators of the Found Footage Festival (stopping in Ottawa on November 12 at the Mayfair), which features a series of outdated and absurd VHS tape clips that can be considered the grandparents of modern-day fail videos. Joe and Nick started collecting “found” videotapes after stumbling upon a McDonald’s training video called Inside and Outside Custodial Duties, which was included as a clip in their recent appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live. In 2004, they quit their jobs and completed a documentary called Dirty Country. The festival is unique unto itself, featuring videos found in dumpsters and thrift stores all over North America and some commentary throughout the screenings by the hosts. Ottawa Magazine’s Matías Muñoz speaks with curator Nick Prueher about what attendees may be in for, the evolution of their performances, and whether bad videos are here to stay.

Joe Pickett and Nick Prueher (right) provide on-stage satire along with video screenings as part of the Found Footage Festival.

Tell us about what people can expect when they come to see you at the Mayfair. How should they prepare?
Well, this is the most unsettling show we’ve ever done and people should brace themselves. This footage we’ve found over the past year contains some pretty strange, cringe-worthy stuff. We’ve got everything from the Magical Rainbow Sponge [a how-to video about crafting with sponges] to a whole new batch of exercise videos. Most of all, it is footage that you can’t see anywhere else, so everyone is going to be in for a treat.

You guys are going to tour pretty extensively through next spring. How did you take this concept and adapt it to live audience?
It’s basically just a version of what we were doing in our living rooms to entertain our friends and ourselves. We grew up in a small town in Wisconsin and we’d have people over and screen videos we found in thrift stores and garage sales. We would make jokes along with them and sometimes do short films based on the videos we found to show to pals.

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