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Librarian in Residence: #YOWHumanLibrary returns this Saturday

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A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.A Metis Woman in conversation during a former Human Library experience in Ottawa.

Jessica Green is a book addict and library card holder since the age of 3. She’s a librarian at the Ottawa Public Library and currently the Apartment613 Librarian-in-Residence, sharing a compendium of literary thoughts and tips. On February 21st, you can participate in one of the most unique library events: the Human Library. The fourth edition of the popular event will happen in library branches all across the Ottawa Gatineau area as for the first time, the Bibliothèque municipale de Gatineau is joining in this event along with the Ottawa... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Punch Up needs to be punched up

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Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.Tim Walker (left) and Colin Munch in Punch Up. Photo by Zaiden.

Theatre Brouhaha from Toronto pitches their creations as “theatre for the HBO generation” and as “pitch black comedy”. This play by writer/director Kat Sandler won both Best of Fest at the 2014 Toronto Fringe Festival and Patron’s Pick.  So I was expecting to laugh a lot at Punch Up.  But I didn’t.  Neither did my theatre/life companion, who is known for having one of the loudest most infectious laughs in Ottawa.  But others in the audience did laugh a great deal, even at the jokes which were not supposed to... | Continue reading article

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Get down and dance for a local fundraiser!

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Photo courtesy of the Ottawa Dance DirectivePhoto courtesy of the Ottawa Dance Directive

Legendary soul singer James Brown knew how to put life in perspective.  ”The one thing that can solve most of our problems is dancing,” the father of funk once said. With this lovely thought in mind, let’s cue next week’s innovative fundraiser by the Ottawa Dance Directive that is scheduled for Saturday, February 21.  Taking place between 11 am to 5 pm, the charity event will consist of a day-long series of dance lessons. “You can buy a day pass for a flat fee of $45 and join any class during the day,... | Continue reading article

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Your child’s imagination will soar at NAC Family Day

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Photo courtesy of the NACPhoto courtesy of the NAC

For the fifth straight year, the National Arts Centre is putting on its annual NAC Family Day that will be filled with numerous children’s activities, games, special performances and baked treats. Taking place in the NAC lobby on Monday, February 16, the event will run from noon to 4 pm with the theme possible worlds – perspective and scale. “It’s all about playing with perspective and scale – twisted versions of reality,” says Judi Pearl, the Producer of NAC Family Day, when asked to explain the theme.  “We’re encouraging kids... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: The PepTides take Love + Hate to new heights

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Image courtesy of The Peptides.Image courtesy of The Peptides.

When remounting a Fringe show, most people just re-block the previous production to fit into a new space. Then they tweak a few weak lines in the script and wait for the tickets to sell. The PepTides ain’t most people. At last year’s Ottawa Fringe, cramming nine people onto the diminutive Mercury Lounge stage meant making some definite site-specific choices. When undercurrents offered them the opportunity to use the much bigger Arts Court Theatre, the PepTides asked themselves: “What can we do differently?” The answer was lots: costumes, hair styles,... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Far & Near & Here – a memorable journey

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Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride in Far & Near & Here. Photo by Andrew Alexander.

In 2005-06, during the worst hurricane season in recorded history, Julie Angus became the first woman to row across the Atlantic Ocean (yes, row) from mainland to mainland.  She was accompanied by her fiancé (now her husband), Colin Angus.  It took them 145 days.  Julie wrote a best-selling book about their experience, Rowboat in a Hurricane. The story of their adventure inspired Karen Balcome and Geoff McBride (THUNK!theatre) to create the short play, Far & Near & Here, which they are performing at the undercurrents theatre festival, at Arts Court.  It’s... | Continue reading article

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undercurrents festival: Air is inspirational cross-training for the soul

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Trevor Copp in Air. Photo by Jamie Hamilton.Trevor Copp in Air. Photo by Jamie Hamilton.

Air is a physical theatre piece created by Trevor Copp, founder of Burlington`s Tottering Biped Theatre and Richard Beaune. The performance I saw consisted of three short pieces, each introduced by Copp with a few words, which are the only ones you hear throughout the performance: The Stag Hunter, in which Copp portrays both the hunter and the Stag, Ascension (described by Copp as everything you always wanted to know about what happens after you die), and the Incredible Gigantism of Mr. Small, the story of a man who reaches... | Continue reading article

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Bright Nights Film Festival Premiere: The Hour of the Lynx

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Still from The Hour of the Lynx.Still from The Hour of the Lynx.

Danish film by acclaimed director, musician and song-writer Søren Kragh-Jacobsen, The Hour of the Lynx bears his signature. This dark and complex drama centers on teenager Drengen (Frederik Christian Johansen), who for no apparent reason savagely kills two seniors and stages their corpses in a perverse, yet aesthetically tender way. Institutionalized in a high-security facility, and following a suicide attempt which he says was instructed by God, his psychiatrist Lisbeth (Signe Egholm Olsen) seeks the help of female priest Helen (Sophie Gråbøl). What follows is an incredible story of cruelty,... | Continue reading article

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Basement 819 du 11 février 2015 :: Festival undercurrents – Much Ado About Feckin’ Pirates. Théâtre – Le projet bocal au CNA. La Maison de la Commune sort de l’ombre!

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La Maison de la Commune / House of CommonLa Maison de la Commune / House of Common

Basement 819 s’en est donné à coeur joie cette semaine. En plus de nos suggestions publiées dans le Weekend Roundup, nous vous présentons trois entrevues pour bien démontrer le caractère grouillant de la scène culturelle de la région. Un départ en force avec une première capsule pour souligner le festival undercurrents qui s’activera du 12 au 21 février. 5e édition du festival undercurrents Le Théâtre de la Cour des Arts accueille la 5e édition du festival undercurrents, une série de performances contemporaines mettant en valeur la création indépendante. Cette année,... | Continue reading article

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