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Hounds around town!

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This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall.This lovely hound is Rogue Eclipse, a handsome boy who joined the Ottawa community with his humans after moving from the U.S. last fall.

When I say “greyhound”, what comes to mind? Long bus rides? Cramped leg space? A tiny bus terminal on Catherine Street? For many in Ottawa, “greyhound” means big soulful eyes, lots of mischief, belly rubs, ear scritches, treats and being part of an amazing community of people who love to talk about their dogs! Retired racing greyhounds are a growing subset of the animal rescue community in Ottawa. There are two groups offering adoption services to people interested in welcoming one of these elegant couch potatoes into their families, the Greyhound Supporters and Adopt-a-Greyhound. Full disclosure: I am a board member with the Greyhound Supporters and I find my volunteer work with them... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 26 novembre 2014 :: Paint Nite ou comment délivrer l’artiste qui sommeille en vous. Figureworks et l’art humain. La Belgique à l’honneur au CNA. Et tellement +

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FigureworksFigureworks "The Only Chair Left" par Roy Whiddon

Basement 819 ne vous laissera pas sans rien faire en fin de semaine. C’est novembre, il fait froid avant le temps, nous décrétons donc que le début du weekend commence le jeudi. C’est comme ça. Éric part le bal cette semaine avec une première chronique d’art visuel à son actif. Tel un poisson dans l’eau, il saura vous inspirer. Paint Nite — Pour réveiller le peintre qui dort Voici une belle occasion de développer votre côté artistique et qui sait, qui pourrait même faire de vous l’un des plus grands... | Continue reading article

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EU Film Festival must-see: Latvia’s Rocks in My Pockets

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Still from Rocks in My Pockets.Still from Rocks in My Pockets.

As the European Union film festival comes to a close, I highly recommend Thursday night’s animated feature, Rocks in My Pockets. The artist-director Signe Baumane says, “I sometimes call it ‘a funny film about depression’ but it is not always funny and not always about depression. It is a family’s history of mental breakdowns from 1903 in Latvia until New York in 2014.” The animated film, narrated in Latvian with English subtitles, is beautiful and striking. Baumane uses papier-mâché stop-motion and classic hand drawn animation in order for viewers to... | Continue reading article

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The Glass Menagerie: A classic memory play at The Gladstone

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Cory Thibert and Sarah Waiswisz in a scene from The Glass Menagerie
by Tennessee Williams. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Cory Thibert and Sarah Waiswisz in a scene from The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

The Glass Menagerie is Tennessee Williams’ most autobiographical play and, for my money, his best play. Warning:  For those of you who aren’t familiar with the plot, this review contains a spoiler. Those of you who are familiar with the plot will likely know it from one of its several film or TV versions, or perhaps even from a Broadway production (the most recent of which closed in February of this year).  It’s set in late 1930s in a dowdy apartment in St. Louis, Missouri.  The characters hew fairly closely... | Continue reading article

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Three up-and-coming ballet stars + Nutcracker ticket giveaway

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From left to right: Mikayla Shepertycki, Xander Sen and Adeline Campbell PrestFrom left to right: Mikayla Shepertycki, Xander Sen and Adeline Campbell Prest

We are giving away two pairs of tickets to the December 3 performance of the Nutcracker by the Alberta Ballet at the National Arts Centre.  To enter the contest send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with the subject line “Nutcracker Contest” by 3 pm Thursday, November 27.  The winners will be picked by random draw and contacted on Thursday evening. According to the legendary painter Pablo Picasso, every act of creation is first an act of destruction. This intriguing observation could be applied to local teenager Xander Sen, whose passion for... | Continue reading article

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How well do you know your city?

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Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.Still from the project trailer for The Tale of a Town.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer at The Great Canadian Theatre Company. Have you lived in Ottawa all your life? Did you come here for university and decide to stay and make the nation’s capital your home? No matter how long you’ve been here, I bet could you tell a visitor where to find the best cup of coffee, greasy breakfast, Italian restaurant, florist, tailor or cold pint. Or maybe you can rhyme off the top 10 attractions or show someone where to see some great theatre. In fact, many... | Continue reading article

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