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The Broadway genius of Kander and Ebb arrives in Ottawa (+ ticket giveaway)

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We are giving away a pair of tickets to the Saturday, April 5, show of All That Jazz at the National Arts Centre.  To enter, email apartment613@gmail.com by 3 pm Tuesday, April 1, with the subject line “All That Jazz Contest”.  We will randomly pick a winner after the 3 pm deadline. Composer John Kander and lyricist Fred Ebb wrote some of the most memorable songs in Broadway history.  Their brilliant body of work includes such classic musicals as Chicago, the Kiss of the Spider Woman and Cabaret. This fantastic repertoire... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So this weekend is a weekend of choices – you’re going to have to make some tough ones, since the city is hopping. In the music world tonight, you’ve got your pick of indie darlings Basia Bulat and The Head and The Heart, or a bit of a pop punk party with Andrew W.K., We were Sharks, and Robots! Everywhere!!, or some wild trombone down at Zaphods. Just in case that wasn’t enough, Claude Munson and the Storm Outside will be down at the Mercury Lounge. Friday brings indie rockers... | Continue reading article

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Classic play Death of a Salesman opens in Hintonburg

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Chamber Theatre Hintonburg cast in rehearsal for Death of a Salesman. Photo by Jen Vawer.Chamber Theatre Hintonburg cast in rehearsal for Death of a Salesman. Photo by Jen Vawer.

Death of a Salesman, the classic play by legendary U.S. playwright Arthur Miller, is now playing in Ottawa thanks to Chamber Theatre Hintonburg. Local theatre lovers can see first-hand the famous story of travelling salesman Willy Loman, whose pursuit of the American Dream ends in tragedy. “You can learn so much from what this guy goes through,” says Donnie Laflamme, who plays Loman. “He has so many hopes and dreams and he just settles … [The play] can be seen as a way to avoid that.” The play will run at the... | Continue reading article

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Searching for Snails: A thrill of creative performances & happy trails with Ottawa Stilt Union

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Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.Ottawa Stilt Union members rehearse. Photo by Emma Zabloski.

Searching for Snails / À la recherche des escargots is a fable of co-existence, self-discovery and ecological respect. Luckily, this journey of predatory human nature versus planetary needs is also a cavalcade of darkly entertaining performances replete with ingenious puppetry, larger-than-life characters, comedy, dance, song and haunting stilt walking. The story is simple–business man Maximilien (author Guy Marsan) is sent by tenacious client Cecilia (Laura Astwood) to a rural village to appropriate the Great Northern Snail and produce a synthetic version of their treasured “slime”. As he embarks on his... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.Photo of Freelove Fenner courtesy their website.

Let’s pretend the weekend starts now, shall we? Or at least start planning what to do to avoid slipping further into the winter blues. Kick things off tonight with Kalya Scintilla’s musical transmissions at Ritual, or head to the Karsh-Masson Gallery for the blending of art and music in a new exhibit. If you want something a little more underground, put on your best ’20s threads and head to Babylon for the Ragin’ Cajun Speakeasy. Mill Street Brew Pub is raising funds for kids + wishes with The Breakfast Wish... | Continue reading article

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Yo ho ho and a bottle of fun!

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Richard Gélinas and Margo MacDonald. Photo by Pascal Huot.Richard Gélinas and Margo MacDonald. Photo by Pascal Huot.

Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates! is at The Gladstone until March 29. The fun starts as soon as you enter the theatre lobby. One of the jolly staff (everyone associated with this production seems to be having a grand old time) directs you to a table where you must find your very own pirate name. Perhaps you’ll be Swarthy Chumbucket. Or Creeper Pegleg. Or Ahoy Tuna Breath. Then it’s over to a selection of themes to vote for your favourites – what will the pirates talk about tonight? Last but... | Continue reading article

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Travel to the magical world of Narnia with the 9th Hour Theatre Company’s latest production

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Gabrielle Lazarovitz as Queen Jadis. Photo by Siamak Abrishami.Gabrielle Lazarovitz as Queen Jadis. Photo by Siamak Abrishami.

Last night a mostly pint-sized audience travelled to the whimsical, magical world of Narnia for the sold-out opening show of The Magician’s Nephew, presented by the 9th Hour Theatre Company. It’s the first show of their series “Into the Wardobe”, a set of four shows exploring the works of beloved author C.S. Lewis. Adapted from the novel of the same name, the story is a prequel to the other books in the Narnia series, it explains how Aslan the lion created the world and how evil came to exist in... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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Souljazz before winter came. Photo by Alexandre Mattar.Souljazz before winter came. Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Mid-March means the explosion of green – if not with melting snow, then at least in a pint glass. St. Paddy’s is still a few days away, but there are festivities all weekend long: Irish food, music and of course parties – including a burlesque brunch. For you theatre buffs: Down at Arts Court, Jerk It will get down into some hilarious and touching masturbation stories. Improv gets a sea-bound twist with Much Ado about Feckin’ Pirates, starting this weekend down at the Gladstone. There’s fun for the whole family... | Continue reading article

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Monty Python madness takes center stage at Centrepointe Theatre

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Photo by Valleywind Productions / Davis Pasho.Photo by Valleywind Productions / Davis Pasho.

It’s not every night that knights in shining armor perform a strip tease onstage. But then again, these aren’t your average knights. For the past three months, the cast and crew of Orpheus Musical Theatre Society’s latest production, Monty Python’s Spamalot, have been hard at work perfecting their jousting and jesting. Based on and “lovingly ripped off” the 1975 film Monty Python and the Holy Grail, the 2005 musical tells the story of King Arthur and his knights of the round table. Created by comedian Eric Idle, the show is... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Giveaway to NAC’s Casual Friday

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So it’s true: you have one less hour to have fun this weekend. But that’s really just an excuse to pack as many adventures into the rest of the time as you possibly can. Plus, throw your hat in the ring for four tickets to the NAC! Thursday night is heavy with vernissages: Ottawa School of Art has new work by Aganetha Dyck, while Norman Takeuchi’s work down at Cube Gallery explores the duality of being Japanese Canadian. Down at the Ottawa Art Gallery, the curator of their latest exhibit... | Continue reading article

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