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Weekend roundup: Stephen Harper The Musical ticket giveaway

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Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.Idle Hands Craft Sale will feature the work of Diane Bond (pictured here) and other artists on Sunday.

Well, folks, we’ve just about made it to the end of Support Local month. More than 70 events and 150 artists, musicians, restaurants and shops filled November up with creative collaborations and events. There are still a few more, though, to pack in before the month winds up: tonight, 25One Community celebrates their first anniversary, while Goods, a shop-within-a-shop at Victoire’s West Wellington location, kicks off tonight. Tomorrow, mark Black Friday in style with two shop local versions – one at terra20, and at the shops along Dalhousie. That same... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do + ticket giveaway

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This weekend, we’ve got a musical shattering blonde stereotypes, a festival dedicated to all things steeped, and a night celebrating all things Africa. We’re also giving away tickets to a show at Raw Sugar – read on for more details! Support Local month continues, with the latest installment of Apt613 Talks tonight down at Shopify. Ever wondered when you’ll be able to start printing off replacement car parts or create a perfect replica of your pet? It might be sooner than you think – our panelists will discuss the future... | Continue reading article

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You Should Have Stayed Home – A G20 Romp

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Photo by Will O'Hare.Photo by Will O'Hare.

“I wasn’t an activist before G20, but G20 made me an activist…” You Should have Stayed Home covers the explosive events in the summer of 2010 when protestors and police clashed violently at Toronto’s G20. Based on a Facebook note detailing the arrest and detention of first time rally attendee Tommy Taylor, it’s the story of bystanders and observers caught up in the chaos as police and the government cross the line and Canadian civil rights are attacked. Apt613 spoke with Taylor as the Praxis Theatre production arrives in Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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One-man production of Hamlet fails to impress

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Photo of Raoul Bhaneja by Andrew Kenneth Martin.Photo of Raoul Bhaneja by Andrew Kenneth Martin.

There is no doubt in my mind that Raoul Bhaneja is a talented actor.  He’s been performing Hamlet (solo), his one-man version of Shakespeare’s masterpiece, for over a decade. The director, Robert Ross Parker, and Bhaneja are alumni of Canterbury High School, and both have impressive CVs from theatre, television and films.  Bhaneja plays 17 characters – male and female, major and minor – in a condensed version of the play (it runs just over 2:15 hours, with one intermission).  This being a one-man play, he’s constantly on stage,  having to shift personae rapidly,... | Continue reading article

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Something for everyone at the Extremely Short New Play Festival + ticket giveaway

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Eric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew AlexanderEric Craig (Gorilla) in Top Job and Colleen Sutton (Tammy) in Out of Gas. All photos by Andrew Alexander

Post by Barbara Popel and Brian Carroll The short play format dates back to the satyr plays of ancient Greece, with a modern resurrection in the “Polaroid playwriting” pioneered in 1977 by the Actors Theater of Louisville. John Koensgen, the Festival’s producer and director, along with playwrights Robert Marinier and actress Mary Ellis, selected the ten plays in the festival by emerging and established Ottawa authors, each of which runs for less time than your morning shower. Koensgen’s creative team was a strong one. The actors – Eric Craig, Maureen Smith, Brian K. Stewart and Colleen... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Let them eat cake!

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Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.Photo courtesy Auntie Loo's Treats website.

Today’s roundup is chock-a-block full of adventures, and also gives you the chance to win your very own delicious vegan cake. Read on to find out more. The second weekend of Support Local starts off tonight down at Flock Boutique, where Purple Urchin is setting up a pop-up apothecary. Just down the street at Twiss & Weber, you’ll find a trunk show featuring local designers, and Wunderkammer kicks off the holidays tonight in the Market. Friday night, A Curious Shop loves its customers back with fire spinning, treats and deals... | Continue reading article

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War of the Worlds production brings classic radio play to life on The Gladstone stage

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Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow.  Photo by David Whiteley.Michelle LeBlanc and David Gerow. Photo by David Whiteley.

It’s certainly possible to close your eyes and just listen to Plosive Productions stage adaptation of Orson Welles classic 1938 radio play War of the Worlds, which is playing at The Gladstone until Saturday. Director Teri Loretto-Valentik has made only small modifications to the script, so simply listening to this production with eyes closed is similar to the experience of listening to an audio recording of the original live broadcast.  But doing so, the audience would miss out on the visual adaptations that Loretto-Valentik has made to bring the script to life on the stage.... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Ticket giveaway for NAC’s Casual Friday

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Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.Photo of Lindy Vopnfjord by berkelyvop, courtesy Lindy's Facebook page.

We gain that extra hour back this weekend, giving us extra time to jam in all of the events taking place over the next few days. Support Local Month officially kicks off tomorrow, with two events happening – the free Scattered Clouds show, and a Dia de los Muertos party at the Atomic Rooster. The HiLoTrons show at the Black Sheep is a special one, too – they’ll have the Goodluck Assembly and Hydrothermal Vents on stage, too, with Hard Science providing visuals. Tickets for the bus from Ottawa to... | Continue reading article

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Freud’s Last Session is a thought provoking and stimulating play

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Photograph by Claude Hache.Photograph by Claude Hache.

Well, this was a pleasant surprise!  When asked by Apartment613 to review 9th Hour Theatre Company’s production of Freud’s Last Session, I had heard of neither the play nor the company.  Fortunately, I checked out the company’s website and decided to go. The 9th Hour Theatre Company is three years old, and its mandate is the exploration of issues of faith through the arts.  Freud’s Last Session was an excellent choice for the company.  Written by Mark St. Germain, it won the 2011 Off-Broadway Alliance Award for Best Play.  It’s a fictional meeting between... | Continue reading article

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Ottawa Little Theatre offers a thrilling evening of Deadly Murder

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Deadly Murder, a mystery by David Foley.  Photo by Maria Vartanova.Deadly Murder, a mystery by David Foley. Photo by Maria Vartanova.

A night of fast-paced double crosses, psychological twists and Manhattan murders are taking centre stage at  the Ottawa Little Theatre. Set in the luxury apartment of Camille, a Manhattan socialite of “a certain age” (played by Kim Strauss), Deadly Murder gets straight to business with Camille attempting to divest herself of one-night stand waiter Billy (Connor Marghetis) who, in turn, most ungallantly rejects this post-romp dismissal.  Attempted offers of “cab-fare” escalate to sex tape blackmail and the summoning of security guard Ted (Tim Finnigan). Revealing himself as an accomplished hustler, Billy... | Continue reading article

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