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Alice Through the Looking-Glass is pure magic

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L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie.  Photo by Andree Lanthier.L-R: Christopher Morris, Ron Klappholz, Natasha Greenblatt, Andrew Moodie. Photo by Andree Lanthier.

Among his numerous accomplishments, the iconic science fiction writer Arthur C. Clarke was famous for his three laws.  The most popular “law” is arguably number three, in which he declared that, “any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.” After watching the fantastic performance of Alice Through the Looking Glass at the National Arts Centre, it occurred to me that there should be an artistic equivalent of Clarke’s third law.  For this show is so enjoyable, clever and appealing to all age groups, I flirted with the idea that I was... | Continue reading article

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The Gladstone’s Christmas tradition returns

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Microphone. Photo by  Mika Hiltunen
on Flickr.Microphone. Photo by Mika Hiltunen on Flickr.

An evening bookended by gifts. But first, a word of advice, O gentle reader, before you enter the theatre: The Gladstone bar is featuring eggnog, with or without Sailor Jerry rum. Order yours before the show for intermission. It’s very popular. The Radio Show has become a Christmas tradition at The Gladstone. As befits a tradition, much of the set, props and costumes haven’t changed from previous years. The standing microphones and lecterns for the voice actors. The mics and chairs for the a cappella trio, The Gladstone Sisters. The... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + Originals ticket giveaway

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Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.Sparks Street. Photo by My1k from the Apartment613 Flickr pool.

Ottawa, we really should have seen this coming after yesterday’s storm warning about the Dec 10th snowfall. Now, I know how tempting it is to shake down the nearest grocery store for all the egg nog they have in stock and take to the couch until it all goes away, but you would be missing out on incredible activities this weekend like Shopify’s Makers Market, Maxwell’s Bistro Strip Cheese III: Return of the Cheese Burlesque show, or the Berdy Elegance Networking Event for fashionable men. Let’s start with Friday. ‘Makers... | Continue reading article

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Apt613 Live for Dec. 3, 2014

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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.

Hey kids-and welcome to December! I don’t know about you but I’m very excited to flip that page on my calendar (yeah, I’m kickin’ it old-school with an actual paper calendar hanging on my wall).  We’ve arrived at that magical time of year when smiles seem easier, folks seem friendlier, and when gee whiz it’s okay to let loose your inner child. This week on Apt 613 LIVE we’re highlighting two very cool events taking place this weekend: Fryquency is celebrating its one-year anniversary over at Mugshots this Saturday November... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 3 décembre 2014 :: Des patinoires neuves. C’est maintenant la féérie des lumières. The Tale of a Town: des récits ottaviens! 80 albums à découvrir sous l’étiquette Poulet Neige.

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Basement 819 s’intéresse cette semaine aux activités hivernales et bien sûr, aux festivités qui s’en viennent dans le cadre de la grande célébration de Noël. On se rend compte que la région souligne ça de multiples facettes. En première partie d’émission, Éric s’y est intéressé et propose des activités réfrigérées. Des patinoires féériques & des centaines de milliers de lumières pas aveuglantes! Basement 819 |Chronique “Actualités hivernales” by Basement819 on Mixcloud The Tale of a Town arrive en ville! The Tale of a Town – Canada relève d’une idée vouée... | Continue reading article

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Shipwrecked! offers a wonderful (and clever) dose of silliness

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L-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew AlexanderL-R: Scott Florence (Pommes Frites) and Margo MacDonald ('Restes) - Photo by Andrew Alexander

Silliness often gets a bad rap.  For some lovers of culture, art is not really art unless it is exploring a serious theme.  ”Real actors don’t do slapstick,” I can hear these deep thinkers declare.  ”While ridiculous plot lines are signs of a weak imagination.” In response, one can imagine how Pomme Frites, the wonderful clown character created by local actor Scott Florence from Ottawa’s beloved A Company of Fools, would react.  I can see Pomme in my mind’s eye strut up to these artistic snobs, with a look of... | Continue reading article

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Telling the tales + ticket giveaway

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Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.Photo courtesy of FIXT POINT.

Post by Nicole Milne, Associate Producer for Tale of a Town. By now most of you have heard about The Tale of a Town, the unique (and uniquely Canadian) multi-media performance piece generated from real life stories told by local residents in cities all across the country. The Ottawa contingent is in full creation mode, and the producers, directors and artists are working around the clock to create the live theatre piece that will be presented at mystery locations all across the city, in 3 different neighbourhoods, from Dec 4... | 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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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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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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