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Weekend roundup: Stuff to do in Ottawa!

By Karen Diepeveen on April 7, 2011

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Photo courtesy Daniel Romano's myspace page.

So, Hintonburgers, it looks like you might actually squeak by with the win – although there are still a few more voting hours to go! The Chinatowners might just bring it at the very last minute… Regardless, the rest of us might not spend our weekend on your streets – especially with Prom happening down in the Market – but we might stop by for a bite to eat. Oh, and also to compare how this sketch of your ‘hood holds up to reality.

For all you Tokyo Police Club fans out there, they’ll be at Capital Music Hall with Said the Whale on Friday night. Down around the corner you’ll find Mike Watt and the Missingmen at Mavericks, while way out in Chinatown Daniel Romano will be cranking out some tunes. Also at Raw Sugar, the Craig Pedersen Quartet can be found there on Thursday and Andrew Vincent will take the stage on Saturday. Timber Timbre is at First Baptist on Saturday, too, when the Spirit of Rasputin concert series continues at the Elmdale and the Mercury Lounge spends an evening celebrating Fela Kuti. If you’re itching to get a taste of our summer festivals, the Folk Fest’s Acoustic Waves series will feature Tara Holloway on Sunday afternoon – although you might already have plans to make your way out to the Black Sheep to see Woodpigeon and friends.
It’s hard to know where to start with all of the art openings this weekend! This being Thursday – and the weather not too chilly – it will be a good night to head out on the Wellington West gallery walk. While out there, you can check out Cube Gallery’s ‘Ottawa Alleyways’ show. ‘Porn is not art’ also opens at Patrick John Mills Gallery, and on Saturday, Wall Space Gallery opens an exhibition by Alison Fowler. Everyone’s favourite framing shop is throwing the launch of the Push/Pull magazine on Friday night, while Basement Artists take over Babylon on Saturday.
For you popcorn lovers needing somewhere to indulge, the ByTowne is the place to be. And it just so happens that tonight is Turkish movie night! The Best of the Planet in Focus Environmental Film Festival also continues, but wraps up Friday night.
Following on that enviro-theme, celebrations of Earth Day (April 22) are already ramping up. If you’re someone who needs a good dose of humour to deal with the impending doom of our climate, check out Eco-Jest-Us on Saturday. There’s an animal sanctuary fundraiser for Refuge RR at the Rainbow Bistro on Saturday. And, for those of you who love cute little critters of the imitation kind, walk on by Wabi Sabi and peer in the window – they’ve got a display made by Ottawans from all corners of the municipality. (See? Even though we’re forced to put each other down in Neighbourhood Wars, we can still come back together, united by felted and knitted itty bitty animals.)
There’s a fundraiser for the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives Friday night down at Shanghai. Also in that social justice stream of events, Ottawa will have its first ever SlutWalk on Sunday, to raise awareness around rape and sexual assault.
What else are you up to this weekend, O-town?
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