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Marriage of Figaro fun facts + ticket giveaway!

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Photo by Kenneth Ingram. Earlier this week we posted a preview about the upcoming Marriage of Figaro. Today, we bring you some fun facts. And a reminder to enter to win one of two pairs of tickets to see the show on opening night (Saturday, March 21, 2015). To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be chosen by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20. The show is a homecoming for Wallis Giunta (Cherubino) who grew up in Ottawa. Her incredible... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend? + subDevision ticket giveaway!

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The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.The Jerry Cans. Photo from folkawards.ca.

This weekend has an intense lineup of music for all ages and genres with vintage pop ups, trivia nights and film festivals to round out activities for everyone. Spring is in the air, and everyone is itching to pack up the layers and get out into the fresh, crisp air. Lets start with he events that are running all weekend. In Case of No Emergency: The Films of Ruben Ostend will be at the Canadian Film Institute until March 28th. Tickets are free for Carleton University students, and can otherwise... | Continue reading article

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The lively Marriage of Figaro takes the stage + ticket giveaway!

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Photo and videos by Kenneth Ingram. Apartment613 has two pairs of tickets for the Marriage of Figaro’s opening night performance on Saturday, March 21, 2015. To enter, send an email to apartment613@gmail.com with “Marriage” in the subject header. Winners will be selected by random draw at noon on Friday, March 20th. It’s a great time to toss aside everything you thought you knew about opera and take a trip to the theatre. Ottawa’s small but mighty Opera Lyra is bringing its lively take on Mozart’s The Marriage of Figaro to... | Continue reading article

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Happiness™ returns to Arts Court for one week only

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Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.Tony Adams and Cory Thibert of Happiness.

According to James Lemon and Peter Barrell, a couple of “Happiness Crusaders” for HPL, the worldwide self-help conglomerate at the centre of Happiness™, the driving question of the millennium is: “Can you really affect personal change from the outside in?” and the answer is a resounding “yup!” The performance uses both the Arts Court Studio and Theatre to great effect. The audience begins the Happiness™ experience in the Studio where a couple of chirpy, slightly wild-eyed acolytes lead guests on walking tours of the HPL line of products beginning “in exactly... | Continue reading article

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The Best Brothers is ingenious storytelling

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L-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew AlexanderL-R: Photo of Andy Massingham (Kyle) and John Ng (Hamilton) by GCTC Andrew Alexander

There are moments when all of us must reflect on the absurdity of life.  Sometimes we laugh, other times we cry, and then there are those instances when we simply throw up our hands in exasperation. The play The Best Brothers, currently playing at the Great Canadian Theatre Compay until March 29, offers a clever perspective on dealing with the absurd.  Written by Governor Generals Award winning Canadian playwright Daniel MacIvor, this fantastic work provides wisdom (and a lot of laughs) by telling a story that is based on a pretty... | Continue reading article

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Solo show is a journey of self-discovery

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Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.Photo of Tawiah M'Carthy by Jeremy Mimnagh.

The only way to deal with an unfree world is to become so absolutely free that your very existence is an act of rebellion. - Albert Camus I am not sure if I agree with the famous French existentialist writer Albert Camus, but the above thought did cross my mind while thinking about the one-man show Obaaberima, currently playing at the National Arts Centre until Saturday, March 14. Written by Tawiah Ben M’Carthy, a member of the 2014-15 NAC English theatre ensemble, this powerful show tells the story of Agyeman, a Ghanian-born... | Continue reading article

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Weekend Roundup: Quoi faire ce weekend?

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Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.Wilderness of Manitoba. Photo courtesy of Killbeat Music.

March has begun and with it the event season begins to rev back up. People will start to release albums in the coming months, there will be garage sales galore, and everyone’s mood improves. There’s plenty of comedy, art and music coming up this weekend to kick off some March madness! Start things off by listening to awesome people candidly talk about one of their biggest professional failures with this new monthly event, now in it’s 3rd edition: Fuck Up Nights Ottawa. On Friday, Saw Gallery has By Any Means:... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 4 mars 2015 :: Les tulipes ont vu leur ombre! Le printemps s’en vient! On épluche les programmations de Scène Ontario, Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival et du Festival DiverCiné.

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Image tirée du film "Meurtre à Pacot" de Raoul Peck - Film d'ouverture du Festival DiverCinéImage tirée du film "Meurtre à Pacot" de Raoul Peck - Film d'ouverture du Festival DiverCiné

Basement 819 se prépare déjà à accueillir les tulipes. On est optimistes. On est prêts à recevoir en pleine figure le temps doux! En attendant, on se projette vers l’été. Constatez par vous-mêmes! Ottawa Dragon Boat Festival  (du 25 au 28 juin) Chaque année, ce festival accueille la plus grande compétition de bateau dragon sur le continent! Cette course épique s’accompagne d’une série de concerts pas piquée des vers. La programmation complète a été annoncée; une belle série de bands canadiens illuminera votre été. Éric se fait une grande joie... | Continue reading article

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Bankrupt: A sexy comedy/musical mashup at the Gladstone

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Photo by David Whiteley.Photo by David Whiteley.

Bankrupt is a very enjoyable – and slightly smutty – comedy by Ottawa playwright Stéphanie Turple.  Her 2011 French play, Banqueroute, was translated into English and workshopped in 2013, and has now been brought to The Gladstone by Plosive Productions.  It’s a dandy bedroom farce/musical mashup with some great comic moments.  Judging from the laughter during the play and the comments in the lobby afterwards, the opening night audience really enjoyed themselves. I’m not sure if the original play featured songs written by Ottawa’s superb soul/funk/blues group, The PepTides, but their lyrics... | Continue reading article

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Marat and de Sade bring a mad revolution to Ottawa

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Photo by Marianne Duval.Photo by Marianne Duval.

Post by Eric Murphy. The title says it all: The Persecution and Assassination of Jean-Paul Marat as Performed by the Inmates of the Asylum of Charenton Under the Direction of the Marquis de Sade. If the name has your head spinning, let me explain. Marat/Sade is a play within a play. In it, University of Ottawa actors play inmates who are putting on their own performance. This apparently, is the way an “enlightened” insane asylum helps its residents let off steam. The lunatics’ subject is the death of Jean-Paul Marat,... | Continue reading article

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