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Exposition | Figureworks Award Show

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Giacometti in my Bones, de Stephen Frew (2013).Giacometti in my Bones, de Stephen Frew (2013).

Par Cindy Savard, une moitié de Basement 819, émission de radio bientôt en onde sur CHUO et en balladodiffusion sur Apt613.ca.  Le vernissage du Figureworks Award Show avait lieu ce mardi soir. Fort en formes et luxures, il s’agit de la quatrième édition pour Figureworks, un organisme à but non lucratif voué à la promotion et la célébration de l’art visuel associé à la forme humaine. Derrière l’idée se trouve Hilde Lambrechts, la fondatrice qui a voulu redonner à l’art figuratif une place de choix dans la promotion de la sphère artistique.... | Continue reading article

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Support Local showcase: Book sale at the Ottawa Public Library on November 23

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The National Capital Region is overflowing with amazing literary talent.  To celebrate the great wordsmiths in our midst, Apartment613 has organised a book sale of local authors who write in English, French and/or Spanish.  The event takes place this coming Saturday, November 23, from 11 am to 4 pm, at the Main Branch of the Ottawa Public Library (120 Metcalfe) . Bookworms will be able to purchase books from, and have their copies signed by, 20 local writers and one comic book publisher.  This event is part of Support Local month, and is co-sponsored by the Ottawa Public... | Continue reading article

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The magical dance show that has been called “a love letter to art” (+ ticket giveaway)

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Imagine for a moment that a dance stage is a giant white canvas, and that the dancers moving on top of it are human brushstrokes.  If you were a choreographer what “painting” would you draw? This fascinating question is raised by Alejandro Cerrudo, resident choreographer of Hubbard Street Dance Chicago, which is performing two shows this Saturday, November 23, at the National Arts Centre.  For Cerrudo, creating a dance piece can be compared to an artist working on a painting. “There is this freedom that I have when something blank is... | Continue reading article

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Need a small hit of learning? The Westboro Brainery has got you covered.

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Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.Learn about the benefits of Equine Assisted Therapy. Photo by Tranquil Acres.

Have you ever felt the urge to learn something new? For me, it’s a hunger that can only be quelled by the consumption of knowledge—hearty, metaphorically consumable knowledge. Sometimes, it’s enough to just read a Wikipedia article, but more often I feel the need for something substantial. Now, I don’t have the time to commit to a college course, or even a weekend learning stint, so this need goes un-satiated more often than not. Which is why The Westboro Brainery so appeals to me. It’s a way to get a... | 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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Malorie Bertrand & EF Magazine put a spotlight on sustainable fashion

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Ottawa’s Malorie Bertrand has a passion for eco fashion. Her friends at Second Grace Vintage  describe her as “gracious, articulate and cute as a button.” These things are all true and she has been a tireless advocate in promoting environmentally friendly and sustainable fashion through her blog EF Magazine, and through her company with partner Stephanie Major August/May Sustainable Styling. They offer a variety of personal and commercial styling services with a focus on sourcing from sustainable labels. EF Magazine, started in 2011, promotes sustainable fashion and beauty that is... | Continue reading article

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Hidden Gems: From Mexico with love

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Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.Photo by Maxim Apelfeld.

I stumbled across this sculpture entirely by accident as I was walking towards the Market to check out some of the great art exhibits during this year’s Nuit Blanche. Located right off Elgin Street and steps away from the Rideau Centre, this little Gem is tucked into a small open space outside the National Art Centre. This gleaming sculpture of polished metal, entitled Musica, was crafted by Mexican artist Leonardo Nierman. It was donated to the NAC by the Embassy of Mexico in 2006 as a gesture of friendship. For... | Continue reading article

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Live chat with Mayor Jim Watson today at noon!

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Photo courtesy of Jim Watson Facebook page.Photo courtesy of Jim Watson Facebook page.

Every month, Mayor Jim Waston takes does an online Q&A with different journalists across the city. Today is Apt613′s chance to speak to him. The live, interactive chat takes place between 12-1pm on jimwatson.ca. We’ll be taking questions from Twitter, Facebook, emails and comments. If you want to know what Watson’s local brew is or what he thinks of the LRT expansion, this is your chance. Tweet/Facebook us your questions using hashtag #AskJim.

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Best-selling author Lauren Oliver is coming to Nepean as part of Teen Author Fest

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What do you do when you take the OC Transpo bus?  Do you read memos from work?  Come up with ideas for your hobby?  Compose music, write poems, draw pictures? Well, according to Lauren Oliver, the popular author of young adult novels, she wrote her first book Before I Fall on her Blackberry while travelling on the subway. “When I was writing Before I Fall, I had a full-time job, a part-time job, and I was also a full-time graduate student of creative writing,” she revealed in an interview published online.  ”The only... | Continue reading article

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