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Regarding Susan Sontag is this year’s Best Documentary Feature at InsideOut

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Susan Sontag. Photo from the InsideOut Film Festival website.Susan Sontag. Photo from the InsideOut Film Festival website.

Winner of this year’s Best Documentary Feature at the Tribeca Film Festival, Regarding Susan Sontag is a eulogy to one of American’s most famous and important thinkers of the twentieth century. She was a star during her lifetime; one of the most photographed women of her period; a woman that, amid the luxury of the Western world, celebrated her birthdays under the torrent of violence. She witnessed the Vietnam War. She put on a play while bombs fell over Sarajevo. Susan Sontag was a woman not estranged from the suffering... | Continue reading article

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Bouffon at the Gladstone

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Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.Josh Matthews, Matt Chapman, Sarah Petersiel in The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. Photo by Under the Table.

Comedy is difficult to do well. Bouffon is even more difficult. Bouffon is a style of theatre whose main focus is the art of mockery. According to Wikipedia, bouffon performance techniques include “burlesque, commedia dell’arte, farce, gallows humour, parody, satire and slapstick”. Any of these are tough to master; to master all of them requires enormous skill. Ottawa’s Black Sheep Theatre has brought in the 3-person Brooklyn/San Francisco troupe Under the Table to perform their production The Hunchbacks of Notre Dame. The concept behind this short (a little over an... | Continue reading article

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Big Wreck rocks the Capital

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Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.Ian Thornley of Big Wreck. All photos by Terry Steeves.

Ottawa’s Algonquin Commons Theatre was the site of Big Wreck’s electrifying performance Tuesday night. Built in 2012, the theatre offers state-of-the-art sound and lighting, amazing acoustics, and a seating capacity of 700. A block of the seating near the stage area was removed for the show, which allowed a portion of the audience to stand, and created an intimate setting between the crowd and performers. There wasn’t a bad seat in the house, and in fact, was the perfect sized venue for this event. Big Wreck has come a long... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: What to do + Introducing Les suggestions @Basement819

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Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.Mill Street in Almonte during the Puppets Up! festival. Photo by DesaPhotography.

Halloween is just around the corner and there’s plenty of fun to be had in preparation for next week’s festivities. We’ve got everything from Poutinefest to beatboxing burlesque to keep yourself entertained and warm this weekend, so let’s get started. Want to take in some art and culture this weekend? John Wenzel is Exhibiting all weekend in Westboro. The exhibit is in tandem with Julian Luckham’s photography book release as part of What If Weekends Exhibit. Support Local Month is still going strong and is working with Vivien Tytor for... | Continue reading article

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Got a craving for some EFT-up comedy?

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Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.Dani Alon, Kevin Mongeon, Joel Garrow and Chris Hannay for EFT-up at Pressed. Photo from their Facebook page.

Chris Hannay did. That’s why when he first moved to Ottawa with his EFT-up co-founding girlfriend Dani Alon, getting involved in the limited improv scene was a must. He quickly investigated and built relationships with other improv enthusiasts and groups like GRIMprov that has workshops for people wanting more exposure to improv; and Crush Improv that has a core group of individuals that performs shows and special events when they can. With a cross-over of artistic talents and acting support, the Experimental Farm Theatre group was born. Experimental Farm Theatre... | Continue reading article

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Toronto supergroup, Sheezer hits Zaphod’s on Thursday

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Sheezer, from left to right:  Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.Sheezer, from left to right: Laura Barrett, Alysha Pannell Haugen, Dana Snell and Robin Hatch. Photo by Serena McCarroll.

We often have the strongest attachments to music we listen to in our teens. Members of Sheezer, like many of their listeners, discovered the angsty alternative rock band Weezer at a formative time in their lives.  On October 23rd, Ottawans will have the opportunity to relive their own teen years when Sheezer plays at Zaphod’s. As their name suggests, Sheezer is a group of female musicians who play covers of Weezer songs. The band is something of a Toronto supergroup: members of the band also play or have played in... | Continue reading article

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Anita Majumdar shines in double-bill performance at GCTC

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Photo by Andrew Alexander.Photo by Andrew Alexander.

Canada is a special place. With a vast geography, relatively small population spread over a huge land, and a multicultural mix that makes this country one of the most ethnically diverse places in the world, Canada is able to produce an array of voices with multiple viewpoints. The magic of the Great Canadian Theatre Company is that it allows a wide spectrum of Canadian playwrights — each with their own unique story and style — to showcase their talents. Until November 2, local theatre lovers can enjoy the brilliance of... | Continue reading article

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Tru Love opens the upcoming InsideOut Film Fest

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This light romantic film is also a definite tearjerker if you’re sensitive or oblivious to foreshadowing. It’s the story of three women whose lives intersect serendipitously and intertwine to bring about credible character change. The heart does crack open through heartbreak; if you’ve never experienced this kind of loss, then you may not fully understand the profound change that characters go through in the end. Tru is a lesbian player who cannot commit to an intimate relationship or hold a job for longer than a few months. She helps out... | Continue reading article

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Write On Ottawa: Sylvie Hill launches poet-meets-artist collaboration on Kickstarter

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Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.Cover art for Russell Square Station: mine the trash. All images provided by Sylvie Hill and Juan Carlos Noria.

Questions linger in a world of online relationships formed tweet by tweet and like for like: Who is the person behind the avatar? What are they promising? Why are we engaging and where is this all going? Sylvie Hill, spoken word poet, lover of James Joyce, and in-your-face ex-Ottawa XPress Shotgun columnist can tell you a few things about online flirtations turned real world encounters. Meshing her tell-all, sexually explicit poems with full colour Juan Carlos Noria ‘dixon’ art, she’s banking on crowdfunding to launch this poet-meets-artist collaboration. “This is not... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 15 octobre :: Y a de quoi sortir de son cocon en fin de semaine :: Cinéma. Théâtre. Littérature. Concerts.

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American Descent -- OIFFAmerican Descent -- OIFF

Basement 819 cette semaine insiste sur deux événements très prestigieux. Lisez bien ce qui suit. Cinéma :: Festival international de films d’Ottawa (16-19 octobre) Nous n’avons pu nous retenir de vous inciter à nouveau à scruter la programmation du Festival international de films d’Ottawa. Un court-métrage inusité sera présenté le samedi 18 octobre à 19h, A Mile in These Hooves. Le synopsis : Tom et Mark entreprennent la mission de briser le record du monde de la plus longue distance parcourue dans un costume à deux-personnes (un peu à la... | Continue reading article

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