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With lovable characters and impressive set Kim’s Convenience is a hit (+ ticket giveaway)

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Photo of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von TiedemannPhoto of Jean Yoon (Mrs. Kim) and Paul Sun-Hyung Lee (Mr. Kim) by Cylla von Tiedemann

We’re giving away a pair of tickets to the evening show of Kim’s Convenience on Saturday, February 1. To enter the contest email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Wednesday with the subject line “Kim’s Convenience – Contest.”  The winner will be notified on Wednesday afternoon. To quote playwright Michel Tremblay, “Why should we be surprised to see our people on our own stages?” Kim’s Convenience, which is playing at the National Arts Centre until February 8, is a short (85-minute) distillation of the inter-generational clashes that inevitably arise between first- and second-generation Canadians.... | Continue reading article

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War Horse: an emotional tale with amazing puppets

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Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.Photo by Brinkhoff/Mögenburg.

Post by Adria May and Sean Zio. It seems that a lot of people love the story of War Horse. It’s an emotional and touching tale about a boy named Albert and his horse, Joey, in wartime England in 1914. We saw it on opening night at the National Arts Centre on January 21 and the audience gave it a standing ovation. War Horse is based on Michael Morpurgo’s 1982 children’s novel of the same name. And in addition to being a Broadway play, Steven Spielberg adapted it to film in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa + Home Reno Show giveaway

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Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.Photo of Her Harbour by Jamie Kronick, courtesy Her Harbour's website.

So, it’s cold. You’ve probably already discussed this around the water cooler today – there’s nothing like weather to get people riled up. So change the conversation and talk about your weekend plans – the city is hopping this weekend! Chinatown Remixed, that summertime street festival, has joined up with the Museum of Nature this Friday for one of the Nature Nocturne events. They’ll have life-sized board games, bubble tea, live art and of course, karaoke with China Doll. They’ll also have the usual dance parties throughout the museum. It’s... | Continue reading article

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Venetian Carnival set to take over the NAC in stylish fundraiser for local choir

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Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)Photo by anja_johnson courtesy of Flickr (creative commons)

For more than 850 years, the Carnival of Venice has offered revellers an opportunity to immerse themselves in glamour.  With beautiful costumes and masks, this annual celebration is famous the world over. While this year’s festivities in Italy are scheduled from February 15 to March 4, residents of Ottawa-Gatineau can get a head start on their European friends thanks to  a special event this coming Saturday at the National Arts Centre. As a fundraiser for an upcoming European tour, the Ottawa Bach Choir will be hosting the Venetian Carnival.   The enchanted evening begins... | Continue reading article

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Catch Marty Kolls at an intimate (and free!) house concert this Friday

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Armed with a mellifluous voice, most oft accompanied by either ukulele or piano, London-based Marty Kolls soulfully embeds honest lyrics in heartfelt melodies. Having toured internationally in her youth, coupled with more recent stage-sharing alongside the likes of Dan Mangan, Sarah Harmer and Basia Bulat, Kolls’ has developed into a savvy and intimate performer. You can check her out this Friday by attending her FREE house show at 118 Glenview Ave. We probed into Marty’s mind via email and here’s what she had to say: Apartment613: If we were to... | Continue reading article

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Detroit is a rousing performance of the neighbourly get-together gone wrong

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David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.David Whiteley and David Benedict Brown. Photo Credit: Plosive Productions.

It happens a lot in our mobile society. New neighbours move in. Somebody invites them for drinks, or dinner, or brings a casserole, or flowers. Before you know it, kindred spirits find each other. Friendships form around common interests and activities. There’s usually some wine or beer or spirits involved. Some of these friendships last for years, decades even. But what happens when an economic recession tightens the screws? The real Detroit has lost 2/3rds of its population. Tens of thousands of buildings stand abandoned. What does this do to... | Continue reading article

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The artistic beauty (and technical brilliance) that lies at the heart of Swan Lake

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Photo by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of CanadaPhoto by Bruce Zinger courtesy of The National Ballet of Canada

Within the dance world, Swan Lake is recognised as one of the most famous – and interesting – classical ballets ever created. To begin with, this artistic masterpiece does not have a definitive narrative.  The traditional story recounts how the young Prince Siegfried falls in love with Odette, a princess who has been turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer.  Since its premiere almost 140 years ago, however, some ballet companies have played with the plot (one performance in recent years was loosely based on the breakdown of the marriage between Lady... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: Building Blocks

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Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.Photo by Maksim Apelfeld.

The Hidden Gems feature is back after a rejuvenating holiday break and some well-deserved winter hibernation!  For the first post of the new year, I’ve decided to go with a true Ottawa gem. A building that is one of the best examples of turn-of the-century architecture in the city. You can find it on the corner of Elgin and Sparks, right across the street from the NAC.  This 4-storey heritage building features many classical details including an intricate cornice and pediment roof. The use of colour in the façade is another thing that stands... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa’s open mic/open jam experience: The Rainbow

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The Three Amigos band grace the stage with some blistering Blues. All photos by Terry Steeves.The Three Amigos band grace the stage with some blistering Blues. All photos by Terry Steeves.

The open mic/open jam experience is a way for musicians to strut their stuff onstage solo or in a group effort with other artists.  It’s a way to network with fellow musicians, make new friends, and gain some exposure and stage experience.  It’s sometimes even how bands are formed and talent is discovered.  Or, you may want to simply kick back and be entertained by the wealth of local talent that exists in this city.  The age-old experience of coming together to share in a collective musical release has been... | Continue reading article

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New dance show to explore sound, movement and communications technology

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Photo of Alexis Andrew by Lorne FinlayPhoto of Alexis Andrew by Lorne Finlay

For more than a decade, Ottawa-based dance company collective (gulp) dance projects has been performing a wide range of innovative works. From the very clever TALK SHOW, which explored the world of celebrity culture, to errors in logic when faced with uncertainty, a piece that looked at probability theory, randomness and our faith in predictions, the local troupe has been pushing the boundaries of what is dance. Formed in 2002 by Alexis Andrew and Elizabeth MacKinnon, the group is now preparing to showcase two new works on January 24 and 25 at the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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