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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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Underbelly is a fictional take on the life and work of William S. Burroughs and the Beats

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Jayson McDonald in Underbelly. Photo by William Beddoe.Jayson McDonald in Underbelly. Photo by William Beddoe.

The 1950s were a time when it was easy to despair. To despair for the future, which seemed doomed to nuclear holocaust. The atrocities and horrors of WWII made it easy to despair about humanity. The McCarthy era trampled on hard-won liberties. That despair led some young people to unrest and dissatisfaction, which needed to be voiced. Those voices became the Beat Movement. Three personalities emerged to define the Beat Generation: Jack Kerouac (who coined the term), Allen Ginsberg and William S. Burroughs. Playwright and actor Jayson McDonald has chosen... | Continue reading article

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Trois: 3 Short Productions create comfortable ménage a trois

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Victoria Elizabeth Luloff (left) and Aaron Lajeunesse in "The Acceptable Appearance Theory" produced by Dead Unicorn Ink. Photo by On Stage photographer David Pasho.Victoria Elizabeth Luloff (left) and Aaron Lajeunesse in "The Acceptable Appearance Theory" produced by Dead Unicorn Ink. Photo by On Stage photographer David Pasho.

Arts Court is hosting a trio of theatre productions for the next two nights. “Trois (Three)” brings three 30min productions from fringe favourites MayCan theatre, Dead Unicorn Ink and GrimProv. To sweeten the deal the theatre lobby is set up nightclub-style complete with a well priced bar. Playing on the name there is even a 3-beers- for-10-bucks offer getting you a cold one for each production. The GrimProv trio MC the night creating a vibrant welcome despite forgetting the name of the MayCan’s “What about Horses?” on opening night. Cory... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

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So maybe the winter blahs have you down. Have no fear! Fun can be had despite the cold weather – or, if you’re headed to the Winter Village Meshkawadoon, fun will be had because of the cold. There’s something for everyone music-wise this weekend. Zaphod’s will feature The Jerry Cans and Saali, bringing the sounds of the north to Ottawa. Get some rock with Danko Jones, Say Yes, and The Red Rails down at Mavericks, and a mix of punk and indie math rock with Bonnie Doon, Notta Comet and... | Continue reading article

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Production of Enron recounts one of the most infamous cases of corporate greed (+ ticket giveaway)

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(L-R) Christine Brubaker, David Coomber, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Eliza-Jane Scott.  Photo by
Andrée Lanthier. (L-R) Christine Brubaker, David Coomber, Dmitry Chepovetsky, Eliza-Jane Scott. Photo by Andrée Lanthier.

We are giving away a pair of tickets for the evening performance of Enron on March 1 at the National Arts Centre.  To enter email apartment613@gmail.com by noon Tuesday, February 25, with the subject line “Enron Ticket Giveaway Contest”.  The winner will be notified on Tuesday afternoon. 2 hours 40 minutes (including one intermission) | Drama | PG To be clear: there are definitely things I like about this production.  I’ll start with Dmitry Chepovetsky.  As the brainy, arrogant, manipulative Jeffrey Skilling, Chepovetsky does a fine job of playing a villain.  He... | Continue reading article

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