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Craigslist Cantata is clever and quirky exploration of humanity

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Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.Photo courtesy of the National Arts Centre.

For most people, Craiglist is the online version of a massive market.  Whether you are looking for a used couch, a mechanic to fix your car or a cheap apartment, this popular website is a one-stop destination for a wide range of goods and services. For CBC radio broadcaster and playwright Bill Richardson, on the other hand, Craiglist is a sociological goldmine that shines a light into our very souls. In his highly clever piece Do You Want What I Have Got? A Craigslist Cantata, Richardson assembles a collection of... | Continue reading article

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The battle between good vs evil takes centre stage at Kanata Theatre

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All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.All photos by Wendy Wagner, courtesy of Kanata Theatre.

It’s a tale as old as time, the battle and balance between good versus evil that pits temptation against weakness, and it takes center stage in Jeffrey Hatcher’s adaptation of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde at the Kanata Theatre. The play is a reworking of the 1886 novella, The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, widely known as a classic and, although you may not have read it yourself, you’ve likely come across some form of it in an episode of Looney Tunes or Arthur. In Hatcher’s version,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 5 novembre 2014 :: 25 ans après la chute du mur de Berlin > Les prémisses de la guerre froide à Ottawa? Suggestion théâtre “Deux” de Mani Soleymanlou au CNA! + Concerts et nouveautés musicales!

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Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.Crédits photo: Padraic Ryan Appartement où habitait Igor Gouzenko sur la rue Somerset à Ottawa.

Basement 819 proposera dorénavant une série de chroniques historiques afin de vous faire revivre d’importants moments de l’histoire de la grande région d’Ottawa et Gatineau. Cette semaine, nous commémorons les 25 ans de la chute du mur de Berlin. Éric s’est penché sur l’histoire d’Igor Gouzenko, ancien fonctionnaire à l’ambassade soviétique d’Ottawa entre 1943 et 1945.  Aujourd’hui appelé l’Affaire Gouzenko, cet événement aurait contribué à déclencher la guerre froide, une rivalité terrifiante entre deux visions du monde qui a duré presque 50 ans! Le musée canadien de la guerre froide... | Continue reading article

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Oscar Wilde’s Earnest a perfect pick-me-up

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Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.Alex McCooeye, Christopher Morris. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

There’s a reason why The Importance of Being Earnest has stood the test of time – it’s freakin’ hilarious and it doesn’t matter if it’s 1895 or 2014. Sure, Shakespeare’s plays are some 300 years older than this Oscar Wilde comedy which is part of the National Arts Centre’s English Theatre series. But let’s be honest, most of us would probably enjoy The Merchant of Venice or King Lear far more if we scanned Cole’s Notes or Wikipedia before taking our seats. Earnest, on the other hand, is accessible, clever,... | 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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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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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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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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Basement 819 du 8 octobre 2014 :: Entrevue avec l’artiste Laura Jean. Festival international du film d’Ottawa (OIFF). Théâtre — Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle. L’Acronyme improvise en direct.

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Cinq visages pour Camille Brunelle au Studio du CNA du 15 au 18 octobreCinq visages pour Camille Brunelle au Studio du CNA du 15 au 18 octobre

Basement 819 vous présente cette semaine un beau tableau de culture à consommer dans les prochains jours. Voici notre sélection de contenu de la 36e édition de l’émission. Entrevue :: Laura Jean, artiste multi disciplinaire! En plus d’être une excellente musicienne folk à la voix mélancolique et séduisante, Laura Jean s’est entre autres fait connaître grâce à la scène open mic à Ottawa. Elle s’adonne aussi à l’art visuel, c’est d’ailleurs elle qui a produit la murale nostalgique du Café Nostalgica. Elle s’apprête à quitter le pays pour l’Europe afin... | Continue reading article

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