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“Top Secret” lost erotic masterpiece to screen at the Mayfair

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This coming Saturday the Mayfair Theatre at 1074 Bank Street is screening a special, top-secret film that is no longer in distribution. The movie is part of the Super Secret Saturday Night Sinema series, which takes place on the last weekend of each month. According to the Mayfair’s website, the film is “a DD-dose of dangerous, disreputable, not-in-distribution cinema from a true master of trash filmmaking — presented in glorious 35 mm!” So what can moviegoers expect to see at the show? “It’s not porn,” assures Lee Demarbre, programmer for the Mayfair. “It’s a... | Continue reading article

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Video of the week: Maru’s unorthodox promotion of art and artists

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Maru Presents: Whitney Lewis-Smith from Maru Brand on Vimeo. Maru. Translated from Japanese as “round” or “circle.” Maru is the circle brand. Maru is a special project brand. Wait, what?! What does that even mean? Well, unlike a typical brand which serves to have itself recognized and adored, Maru isn’t about Maru at all. It’s about showcasing other individuals. Maru is the pet project of engineer-by-day/skateboard-phenomenon-by-night Andrew Szeto. A pretty rad skater, Szeto’s also a semi-professional photographer (“semi” only because he works for the Feds full time, nothing to do with lack... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: How to stay warm edition

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Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.Photo of Sunfields courtesy their website.

Even though the temperatures are set to warm up ever so slightly this weekend, we know you might still feel the winter chill. So here are our top five ways to stay warm this weekend: 1. Go dancing! We all know it’s a great way to heat up the night – a little samba, a bit of funk and vintage reggae… Plus regular DJs at Zaphod’s, Babylon and the Mercury Lounge. Want some art mixed in with your beats? Head to Transmit on Friday. You can also kick up your heels with... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.Photo by Alexandre Mattar, courtesy the SoulJazz Orchestra website.

It’s back to being chilly, which has all of the skaters in the city crossing their fingers and hoping that the canal will open soon… For those of you needing a bit of extra warmth, while Winternude sounds like a very cold activity, it’s gonna be hot. Local band Good2Go will be at the Atomic Rooster tomorrow night, while down at Raw Sugar there’s a fundraiser/party for the Ottawa Rock Lottery, featuring Zoo Legacy, a screening of the ORL documentary, and a DJ dance party. Also in fundraisers, the Carleton... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps? If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.Photo of Jenna Tenn-Yuk in warmer days by Brian Cote, courtesy her website.

It’s the last few days of Support Local month, folks (and the annual facial hair growing marathon), so get out to catch the last few events. Tonight, some Dalhousie shops are hosting a festive night, and tomorrow? We’ve got a dance party, a mustache celebration, a supper club featuring fresh food mixed with live music, and a chance to learn how to make local treats for the holidays. Before we hit December, you’ve got the chance to see Old Man Luedecke and Grey Kingdom out at The Branch, or a little... | Continue reading article

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Getting your schlock on: 24 hours at Mayfair Theatre, Ottawa’s home of stuff you won’t see anywhere else

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Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.Photo by Amy Jane Lawes.

As part of their 80th birthday celebrations, the Mayfair Theatre ran a schlock cinema marathon last weekend – a 24 hour celebration of all that is sublimely bad in moviedom. These are films to be enjoyed, in our post-modern era, at a very high level.  Your faithful correspondent made it out alive and elated, but ever since strange and dream-like memories of the event are flashing back to me in a uniquely cinematic form… The following previews contain scenes not suitable for those of a nervous disposition, or an aversion to... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.Staring contest - Winchester Warm vs. Teddy Bear. Photo by Jarrett Bartlett.

It’s the last full weekend of Support Local month, friends, and there’s plenty to pack in. Tonight is the next edition of Apartment613 Talks, our lecture series, and tonight will focus on entrepreneurship and creativity in the city as we chat with three of Ottawa’s creative business folk. Tomorrow night, it’s ArtsNest at Magpie – there will be tacos, beer, bands and sparkly goods on display. Saturday, we’ve got Idle Hands craft show and the Hintonburg Artisan Craft Sale (not to be confused with the Artisan craft sale at the... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today. Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at... | Continue reading article

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Video(s) of the week: Shorts from the 2012 OIAF

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If you’ve watched our video of the week before, you may have noticed they tend to be music videos related somehow to this awesome city. So what have we got for you this week? Wait, where’d that video above come from?! There were no shots of Parliament or Raw Sugar Cafe. No mention of O-Town, and that accent doesn’t sound very Outaouais. We do often feature videos by local artists, but we also like to pay homage to the things happening in and around our neck of the woods. That... | Continue reading article

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