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So Much Theatre: Evolution Theatre’s Mary Magdalene and [boxhead] double-bill

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Photo by Andrew Alexander, courtesy of Evolution TheatrePhoto by Andrew Alexander, courtesy of Evolution Theatre

Evolution Theatre’s double-bill of two very different plays (Berni Stapleton’s Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety and [boxhead] by Darren O’Donnell) is challenging for both the performers and the audience. Whether or not you’re ready for the challenge will very much determine how much you enjoy both productions. In the single-performer Mary Magdalene and Adventures in Sobriety, Nancy Kenny is the famous former lover of Jesus Christ who stumbles into a modern-day Alcoholics Anonymous meeting after wandering the earth in a boozy wash for nearly 2,000 years. As she struggles... | Continue reading article

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Flash Mob! The Ottawa legal community celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the Charter

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Photo courtesy of Gloria Song.Photo courtesy of Gloria Song.

Tuesday was the 30th anniversary of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms.  Lawyers and other members of the legal community in Ottawa celebrated by organizing a flash mob at noon on the busy Sparks Street at Metcalfe, right in front of the Federal Court and a stone’s throw from Parliament Hill. In front of dozens of curious tourists, media cameras, and civil servants on lunch break, legal professionals donned bright green t-shirts instead of their usual suits and danced their hearts out for their favourite constitutional document to a... | Continue reading article

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So Much Theatre: Communion

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One of Canada’s foremost contemporary playwrights, the prolific Daniel MacIvor, has written yet another complex play where what takes place on stage is second in importance to what takes place in the audience member’s head. In Communion a mother, Leda (Jenny Munday) tries to come to terms with her strained relationship with her adult daughter Annie (Stephanie MacDonald) through therapy, while Annie tries to come to terms with her own identity and her relationship with her mother first through extreme faith, and then by seeking to understand her mother’s relationship... | Continue reading article

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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa

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With our Neighbourhood Wars just around the corner, we’re extra sensitive to any neighbourhood-specific activities going on. Want chickens in your backyard? Curious about how a neighbourhood, razed 50 years ago, is going to stage a comeback? You’ve got ‘hood options for this weekend, folks. And for the rest of the weekend, you can bust out your Scrabble board, actually Bust a Move, or experience Shakespeare’s Interactive Circus. If you like bustin’ a move, this is your weekend of endless dance parties. Start out with the Electric Ballroom at Zaphod’s... | Continue reading article

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A eulogy for Nicholas Hoare and the independent bookstore

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Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hoare.Photo courtesy of Nicholas Hoare.

Road signs are valuable instructional tools: they tell us what’s coming, what to expect. It’s fitting, then, that the propped up sign in front of the Nicholas Hoare bookstore a few days ago had this Robert Graves quote: “There’s no money in poetry, but there’s no poetry in money.” Now somewhat old news, Nicholas Hoare is closing up shop in both Ottawa and Montreal while keeping their store in Toronto. While newspapers everywhere have covered the story, from the Globe to the Post to the Citizen the story is the same:... | Continue reading article

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Fight! Resist! Dance! at this year’s PROMdemonium

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Photo Courtesy of the PROMdemonium committeePhoto Courtesy of the PROMdemonium committee

It is often said that youth is wasted on the young. If celebrating prom was wasted on your youth, you’ve got another chance to break out the tux/crinoline this weekend with the 5th annual PROMdemonium. PROMdemonium bills itself as “Ottawa’s radical, community-oriented, gender-bending, bike-loving, enviro-humping, queer-diggin, slow dancing, big dress wearing prom that you never had”. Our sources report that it’s also a really fun party. Basically, think about this as the prom that you wish you had. Ottawa’s PROMdemonium is inspired by the people’s prom in Vancouver, and carries the same commitment to... | Continue reading article

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A sneak peek at WestFest 2012

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Photo courtesy of Brian Goldschmied.Photo courtesy of Brian Goldschmied.

Maybe it was Elaina Martin’s humorous comments, her ability to stick to a timetable or her promise of beer tasting but, whatever it was, Westfest’s launch on Friday 13 April was a fab place to be. Martin is the founder, producer and director of the annual festival, now in its ninth year. Martin is larger than life and her enthusiasm, and obvious dedication to the festival, has made Westfest into Ottawa’s premier multi-disciplinary arts event. For three days from Friday, 8 June to Sunday 10 June, Westboro will turn into... | Continue reading article

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Darrelle London’s peach of an album at Centrepointe

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Darelle London's Eat a Peach

Gloria Song is a music writer for Apartment613. She also has her own band, Scary Bear Soundtrack. Darrelle London once faced a choice between law school and music. “When I was finishing undergrad,” she tells me over the phone, “I was interested in law as an academic subject, and I think I would like law school, if I didn’t have this crazy obsession with music. So I wrote the LSATs and got into my top choice schools. But when I found out, I wasn’t excited at all. That’s when I... | Continue reading article

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Neighbourhood Wars: The Final 8

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The story to date: Apartment613 launched the 2012 Neighbourhood Wars a few weeks ago, our yearly contest to determine which Ottawa hood is best. The preliminary round saw Ottawa neighbourhoods divided into four conferences – East, West, Centre and Boonies. The top two neighbourhoods in each conference were to advance to the finals. In the West, returning champion Hintonburg/ Mechanicsville smashed the nearest competitor by 100 votes. The contest for second place was much closer, with Chinatown beating out Westboro by only two votes! No one will be surprised that... | Continue reading article

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