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Weekend Roundup Ottawa: Best Bets for September 9 to 11

There are plenty of hands-on activities in "Children of Hangzhou." Photo credit: CMC.

Friday, Sept. 9
This is the last weekend for  Children of Hangzhou, on view at the Canadian Children’s Museum. In this exhibition, which combines tradition with contemporary life, your young ones will get a taste of what life is like in another culture. Explore a school, a city apartment, a traditional opera theatre, a library, and a farm, all against a backdrop of beautiful Chinese paintings. Visitors can also participate in everyday activities such as writing Chinese, cooking, playing computer games, planting rice, and even performing in a traditional Chinese opera. The exhibition closes Sept. 11.

Back for its third year, Portraits of Bluesfest raises funds for the Blues in the Schools program. More than a dozen visual artists have created paintings and photographs inspired by Bluesfest. This year’s artists include Darren Holmes, Andrew King, Jason Vaughan, Brandon McVittie, Whitney-Lewis Smith, Alison Fowler, Andrea Sutton, Claude Marquis, Dave Cooper, Andrew Farrell, Jennie Lynn MacDonald, Andrea Warren, Andrew Morrow, Kathy Roussel, Sandy Sharkey, Jamie Kronick, and Steve Gerecke. Blues in the Schools is a program that hires local musicians and takes them into public schools to work with students who otherwise might not get any music training. After the auction, local band Royal Ottawa will rock the joint with a set or two. The event takes place tonight from 7pm to 11pm at Patrick Gordon Framing Studio.

Saturday, Sept. 10
Treasure hunters, take note: every year on the first Saturday after Labour Day weekend, this community holds its annual Old Ottawa South Porch Sale. Over the years, this event has gained widespread popularity, drawing garage sale regulars, students looking to furnish their new apartments, and pretty much anyone else looking to score some sweet swag on the cheap. The sale runs today from 9am to 3pm.

Oh Susanna. Photo credit: Heather Pollock.

Dreamy, folk-country music awaits you when Oh Susanna takes the stage with her guitar. This singer-songwriter is known for creating imaginary worlds and characters with her lyrical storytelling, and in this concert she highlights songs from her sixth album Soon the Birds. Her latest venture features collaborations with plenty of familiar faces from the roots world, such as Jim Cuddy from Blue Rodeo, guitarist Kevin Breit (who’s worked with Norah Jones and Rosanne Cash), and Ruth Moody from The Wailin’ Jennys. Tonight she plays the Blacksheep Inn.

Opera Lyra is known for its elaborate productions of classic operas, and now it adds two more to its repertoire with a double bill production of Pagliacci with Cavalleria Rusticana. Pagliacci is the more well known of the two, following the story of a clown consumed by jealousy (interesting tidbit: the aria “Vesti La Giubba” has been used on TV shows ranging from Seinfeld to The Simpsons). The second opera, Cavalleria Rusticana, tells the story of a spurned soldier who uses a village girl as the instrument for revenge against his former lover. Dra-ma! The show debuts tonight and also plays Sept. 12, 14, and 17.

Sunday, Sept. 11
In honour of this historic day, the National Arts Centre offers Hope and Remembrance, an open-air concert to mark the 10th anniversary of the attacks on New York City, Washington, and the crash of Flight 93 in Pennsylvania. The concert will take place on the outdoor terrace at 8:46am, to coincide with the time the first plane crashed into the World Trade Center. This concert will honour all those affected on that day, as well as pay tribute to the military and civilian personnel who have displayed great courage over the past decade. The repertoire includes songs by Mozart and Brahms, as well as a performance by the Christ Church cathedral’s Choir of Men and Boys. No tickets required.

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