So the city is abuzz with talk of street food and victorious local sports teams. And for once, the weather seems to agree that it really is time get out and have a look at some some colour-coordinated tulips. These are truly the salad days, fellow Ottawans. Or maybe, more appropriately, these are the Belcher Burger days. Locally-brewed soda pop days? My point is, while many of you are getting out and enjoying your city already, there are so many cool things happening lately that you may need some guidance just to take it all in. Fear not, our weekend roundup is here to help!
It’s another huge weekend for the visual arts, and we’re kicking things off with a ticket giveaway. The Ottawa School of Art’s J’adart event is a fundraiser for their Children and Youth Outreach Program. This Roaring Twenties styled cocktail party is said to feature Koston Kreme of Capital Tease doing things in a vintage bathtub, but you’ll have to attend to find out just what. Did that get your attention? Apartment613 has teamed up with the OSA to give away two free tickets to the event, so if you’d like to go, just email us at firstname.lastname@example.org before 1pm today with the subject line J’adart, and we’ll pick the winner by random draw. The event happens tonight at 6:30pm at the Karsh Masson Gallery.
Ever wonder if that painting you grabbed for a fiver at the Great Glebe Garage sale is actually a priceless Picasso? Ok, it’s not likely I know. But if you were in that kind of situation, you’d be glad to hear that the Ottawa Art Gallery is holding an Antiques Roadshow styled event on Saturday to help separate the Renoirs from the rejects.
It’s Mr. Sign, that’s his name, that name again is… You know where this is going. Creative Mornings is offering a workshop on making signs with Montreal sign visionary Mr. Sign on Saturday afternoon at Wallack’s. You need to register in advance and there is something of a fee, but with a little bit of coaching and talent on your side, maybe you could single-handedly disrupt the local sign industry.
On Sunday, you could check out Charles Stankievech’s The Soniferous Æther of The Land Beyond The Land Beyond at the City Hall Art Gallery. The film and sound installation was recorded during his residency at the Canadian Forces Station Alert, the northernmost settlement on Earth. Sunday’s activities will include an exhibition tour with the curators, but the exhibition is on until June 2.
This weekend would be a good time for local artists to start thinking about and preparing for their Nuit Blanche submissions. While the event doesn’t happen until the fall, the deadline for submissions is May 27 so it’s time to get cracking. This year’s theme is Supernova! How about this for inspiration: at the bottom of a very deep mine in Sudbury, Ontario, I once had the chance to see a supernova detector up close. To the untrained eye it’s just a series of rods and tubes, but in action it can help detect the supernovas that happen about once each second in our universe. Mind = blown.
In other news related in some small way to particle physics, this weekend is another milestone for supergeeks. Comiccon will return to Ottawa for its second year, bringing with it a whole raft of sci-fi celebrities for Trekkies, Browncoats and cosplayers to gawk over. There’s plenty to do on Friday, but Saturday brings Gillian Anderson of X-Files and Nathan Fillion, famously known the world over for his role as Captain Hammer in Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Felicia Day will be there too.
If that’s not enough, on Saturday you can also head over the to Canada Aviation and Space Museum for the opening of the Star Wars Identities exhibition. This one runs until September, so you could be excused for spending your weekend at Comiccon instead.
On Friday and Saturday, you could check out the Glamour in the Glebe Jewelry Show at the Glebe Community Centre. In an interesting twist, EnviroCentre and Ottawa Velo Vogue are teaming up to bring a Cycling Photo Booth to the event on Saturday. If you bike to the event and buy jewelry, you can take part in an impromptu photo shoot with your bike and your new bling.
On Saturday, the Ottawa Public Library will be holding several events around the city in its series of Celebrating Cultures in our Community gatherings. If you’re downtown, in Elmvale Acres or North Gloucester, you can discover traditions, music and dance, listen to stories and create crafts from different cultures.
We’ll mention just one dance party this week, and that’s Saturday’s Electric Pow Wow at Babylon. Organizers A Tribe Called Red have been on a tear lately, just releasing their new album Nation II Nation this past week. And they’re about to leave Ottawa on a tour that will take them across the U.S. and Canada, as well as into the U.K. So make sure to give them a warm sendoff this weekend.
That’s all for this week, but I’m sure there’s more going on around town. Let us know what we might have missed in the comments.