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Souljazz before winter came. Photo by Alexandre Mattar.

Weekend roundup: What to do in Ottawa

By Karen Diepeveen on March 13, 2014

Mid-March means the explosion of green – if not with melting snow, then at least in a pint glass. St. Paddy’s is still a few days away, but there are festivities all weekend long: Irish food, music and of course parties – including a burlesque brunch.

For you theatre buffs: Down at Arts Court, Jerk It will get down into some hilarious and touching masturbation stories. Improv gets a sea-bound twist with Much Ado about Feckin’ Pirates, starting this weekend down at the Gladstone. There’s fun for the whole family with The Magician’s Nephew down at Centrepointe, complete with a giant lion puppet. It’s also your last chance to see the Game of Thrones tribute, A Game of Kings, also at the Gladstone.

Urban Craft is back on Saturday, bringing you handmade cheer to chase some of the winter blues away. With more than 30 vendors, there will be food, jewelry, bags, woodwork, and much more. Other delightful details can be found at Wunderkammer – they’re re-opening their doors to show off their newly renovated space.

Inlet Sound starts off the music this weekend, playing a show tonight down at Zaphod’s with The Musettes and Craig Mainprize, while Lindsay May launches her new folk album down at The Daily Grind. Pressed has a punk night with The Dirty Nil, Carraway, and Mnemonics on Friday. and it’s jazz night at Shanghai with Miguel de Armas and Stephanie Vezina. DJ Zattar joins the Souljazz Orchestra at Babylon on Saturday, to celebrate Souljazz’s latest album. It’s hardcore night at the Legion on Saturday, with six bands (including Arsonists Get All the Girls) stopping by for a wild time. That night will also find the alt-country sounds of Cuff the Duke at the NAC, and Bond Girls at Zaphod’s. Need more soul? Party with The Split as they launch their new album out at the Black Sheep.

The DiverCiné Film Festival continues, with films from Cambodia, New Brunswick, BelgiumQuebec, and more. The Outaouais Film Festival kicks off this weekend, with more than 100 screenings over the next week.

The art world brings us new work from cartoonist Betty Liang at Venus Envy, while the vernissage for Gillian King’s exhibit at La Petite Mort happens Friday evening.

And last but not least, who doesn’t want to combine striptease and gaming? Tassels and Tabletop bring their boardgames to the Clock Tower down in the Glebe on Friday night.

What else is happening this weekend, Ottawa? Let us know below!