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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on December 6, 2012

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What’s on your agenda for this weekend, Ottawa? Perhaps some burlesque with your usual Sunday brunch? Or a holiday food market like no other?A bit of improv? Or a classical Christmas concert, perhaps?

If you’re looking to take in some art – or trying to find some for gifts – the Ottawa Art Gallery and Cube Gallery might have something for you, or Cyclelogik’s Holiday Sweat-ER in an art sale like no other (we’re talking food and DJing). Craft sales continue, too, with Craftalicious happening down in the Glebe on Saturday, and it’s the Chinatown Craft Walk Sunday afternoon down on Somerset.

Tonight, there’s a bit of alt-rock-blues happening down at The Burg, and a few French singers picking up that bluesy feel over at the NAC. Sunparlour Players are out at The Branch tonight, while a little closer to downtown, Kite Hill stop by Raw Sugar. Tomorrow way down at The Bassline you’ll find the collective Four Winds. Paco Dvoi and The Owl Eyes Project stop by the Avant Garde Bar for some acoustic rocking, and Diamond Rings will be at Ritual. Tropikalo continues at Pressed, where if you want in, you’ve gotta show up early. Music and readings will be combined at the A B Series’ Xmas party, and slam-poetry lovers can get their fill at the Mercury Lounge. Dryer is in from Toronto (it’s their holiday song video above) on the same bill as Rolf Klausener, the same night that Craig Cardiff is out at the Black Sheep (he’s there Sunday, too).

LearnHackYOW is combining creativity, curiosity and laptops at City Hall – figure out what to do with all of that budget data they’ve got floating around over there.

And if you can’t make his show in person, catch the Leonard Cohen tribute film night. In other film news, it’s the last Reel Thursday of the year, featuring shorts by local filmmakers and artists. On Monday, (International Human Rights Day), the Embassy of the Netherlands is hosting the film “Love Crimes in Kabul”, which follows three young Afghani women who refuse to accept the labels given them by their accusers.

What else is happening around town? Let us know below!