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Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on November 1, 2012

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This is a great weekend if you’re Scottish, or if you”re curious about what’s behind the walls of the Croatian, Lithuanian, German or Spanish embassies. It’s also not a bad weekend if you’re into all things local, with Support Local month officially starting today.

Tonight we’ll be down at Raw Sugar for the Support Local launch party, where there will be local brews on tap, spins from Jose of Kitchen Party, and a few awesome giveaways. Friday night, it’s the Self-Propelled bike-inspired art show at Grey Area Gallery (down at Five Cents Tattoo at 430 Parkdale). Hop on your own bike on Saturday, with the Plaid Parade heading down through the Arboretum. It’s followed by fun at Tall Tree Cycles, Urban Craft and other shops, and there will be a wicked afterparty at Kichesippi Brewery.

On Sunday, the Great Crafting De-stash kicks off again at Flock Boutique – get some great new supplies for really cheap! And Blumen Studio is having a Christmas open house that afternoon, complete with German treats and lovely wreaths. Down at City Hall, you’ll find musical and foodie treats with Taste of CHUO. And Sunday night? It’s beer and bowling for the Ottawa Food Bank at the Hintonburg Public House, or you can catch town’s Sunday night special, featuring local ingredients and a bit of creativity.

Music-wise, Rose Cousins is at The Branch tonight with her folky tunes, and we’ve got UK visitors in for a dance and art party. If you’re young and dreaming of being a rockstar, check out Rock Camp (sorry guys, girls only) this weekend. The Tom Fun Orchestra from out east hits up Cafe Dekcuf on Friday, while Zaphods hosts Brad Sucks’ release party. The Tusks album launch party is also that night, with Winchester Warm down at Raw Sugar Cafe. Dance up a storm with Tropikalo, or catch Joe Grass Band at Irene’s. The Daily Grind is also hosting its first Partyy on Saturday evening, Zeus stops by Zaphods, and the Weber Brothers will rock the Elmdale that night.

Facial hair lovers: Movember kicks off today, and there will be a bit of mayhem courtesy the Ottawa Burlesque Playground.

In the fine arts, Susie Burpee is at the NAC this evening with Linnea Swan, presenting Road Trip. There’s also some Shakespeare, some Dracula, and a fairytale in the theatre world. Sarah Futterer’s Transformations exhibit opens this evening, and there’s a design showcase at the Museum of Nature as well. The silent film The Passion of Joan of Arc will be played with a live choral accompaniment, and the Free Thinking Film Festival starts tonight.

Lastly? Happy Media Democracy day tomorrow.

What else is on, Ottawa?