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Pizza With Flair: ZaZaZa

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

ZaZaZa offers gourmet pizza with an assortment of unusual toppings.

Yet another brainchild of local restaurateur Ion Aimers, ZaZaZa offers thin crust pizza made with fresh dough, fresh sauce, and an assortment of unusual toppings. Guests are first asked to choose a crust (cornmeal, honey oat, or gluten-free); they can then peruse the playbill menu, which boasts such flamboyant pizzas as the Bleekinator (mozzarella, tomatoes, bacon, and parmesan), Lover’s Leap (mozzarella, pepperoni, hot Italian sausage, tomatoes, and black olives), and the Scary Roommate (mozzarella, kraft dinner, hot dogs, cheddar, and parmesan).
•1079 Wellington St. W., 613-798-9292, and three other locations. zazazapizza.com

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Oct. 24 to 26

Alt-rock band The Trews hits Mavericks on Friday night.

Alt-rock band The Trews hits Mavericks on Friday night.

Friday, Oct. 24

Fries, piping hot gravy, and a generous heaping of cheese curds — what better way to cap off the work week than with a bit of comfort food? The fall edition of Poutine Fest is happening on Sparks Street this weekend, with nine restaurants and 17 street vendors peddling countless varieties of greasy goodness. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available to those with dietary restrictions. Admission is free.

Take a peek beyond the veil at the Billings Estate, where psychic Connie Adams leads a small group of paranormal enthusiasts through an Edwardian séance. Ghostly surprises are sure to abound in Ottawa’s oldest wood-frame house — so be sure to register before space fills up. Tickets are $30.

Hard rock band The Trews originated in Antigonish, Nova Scotia, and have been playing together for over 10 years. Their latest, self-titled album was released in April 2014. They play at Mavericks on Friday night. Tickets are $38.

Saturday, Oct. 25

Choreographers Amber Funk Barton and Josh Martin lead a dance masterclass at the National Arts Centre on Saturday morning. (Photo: Chris Randle)

Choreographers Amber Funk Barton and Josh Martin lead a dance masterclass at the National Arts Centre on Saturday morning. (Photo: Chris Randle)

Want to learn how to dance like a pro? On Saturday morning, Amber Funk Barton and Josh Martin, two young choreographers from western Canada, teach a dance masterclass at the National Arts Centre. Bonus: they’re performing three original routines from Oct. 23 to 25. Tickets for the class are $25; tickets to performances start at $31.

When summer festival season ends, Ottawa’s film community comes to life. This weekend, the Inside Out Film Festival is showing films by, for, and about the LGBT community. Saturday’s schedule includes Regarding Susan Sontag, Tribeca 2014’s choice for best documentary, and the multiple award-winning 52 Tuesdays. Venues vary. See website for details and ticket prices.

Winnipeg’s Royal Canoe has been moving audiences with their indie pop tunes for just four short years, but in that time, they’ve managed to snag themselves a Juno nomination for Alternative Album of the Year. They perform at Mavericks on Saturday. Tickets are $12.

Comedian Darrin Rose brings his stand-up show to the Ottawa Little Theatre on Sunday night.

Comedian Darrin Rose brings his stand-up show to the Ottawa Little Theatre on Sunday night.

Sunday, Oct. 26

Comedian Darrin Rose has made quite a name for himself, with appearances on the Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson, his role as Bill on Mr. D, and as host of Match Game. He brings his new show, My Dad’s Other Son, to the Ottawa Little Theatre. Tickets start at $17.

Ottawa’s soccer team plays its last home game of the season on Sunday night. Catch the Fury as they take on Indianapolis at TD Place in Lansdowne Park. Tickets start at $15.

Ottawa International Writers Festival: What to Do and Who to See

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

Award-winning author Sarah Waters gives a talk at the Ottawa International Writers Festival on Oct. 26. (Photo: Charlie Hopkinson)

At the Ottawa International Writers Festival biannual event, there’s no shortage of literary superstars worth seeing. In previous years, the festival has hosted some big names, such as Margaret Atwood and Annabel Lyon, and this edition looks to be no different. Ottawa’s own Frances Itani, author of Deafening and Tell, and Sarah Waters, who wrote Tipping the Velvet and The Little Stranger, will be here this year to talk about their craft.

Here are a few of this festival’s highlights:

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Little White Lies: The Importance of Being Earnest

Oscar Wilde's beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

Oscar Wilde’s beloved satirical comedy, The Importance of Being Earnest, is on at the National Arts Centre until Nov. 8.

All of us are dishonest every once in a while, but it can land us in hot water when we least expect it. That’s exactly what happens to best friends Algernon and Jack in Oscar Wilde’s satirical comedy masterpiece, The Importance of Being Earnest, as they try to woo their lady loves. By the third act, they’re scrambling to put things right in a world of false identities and strict social customs. —Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Creative Spark: Rose Cousins at the Black Sheep Inn

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

Rose Cousins performs at the Black Sheep Inn on Oct. 18 and 19. (Photo: Shervin Lainez)

In her 12-year career, Rose Cousins has garnered a lot of awards and accolades. She’s won two Canadian Folk Music Awards, six East Coast Music Awards, and the 2012 Juno for Best Solo Roots and Traditional Album of the Year. She even received a Polaris Prize long list nomination for her 2012 album, We Have Made a Spark. She’s known for her collaborative spirit, and her moody pop-folk songs have the power to evoke devastating emotions. Catch her live at the Black Sheep Inn. —Amy Allen
•The Black Sheep Inn, 753 Riverside Dr., Wakefield, 819-459-3228. theblacksheepinn.com
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Hockey Season in Ottawa

The Ottawa Senators kick off their first home game of the 2014-15 season against Colorado on Oct. 16. (Photo: Ottawa Tourism)

Sens fans have suffered some serious losses over the past two years — the first being long-time captain Daniel Alfredsson’s departure for Detroit in 2013, and, more recently, Jason Spezza’s trade to Dallas — but it isn’t all bad news. It just means that some rising stars will have their chance to shine when the Ottawa Senators hit the ice again this October. Watch them in their first home game against Colorado at the Canadian Tire Centre.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-3267. senators.nhl.com

The Snow Goose in Ottawa

The Snow Goose, located at the Sparks Street Mall since the '60s, offers fine Native and Inuit art and gifts.

The Snow Goose, located at the Sparks Street Mall since the ’60s, offers fine Native and Inuit art and gifts.

A staple at the Sparks Street Mall, The Snow Goose has been specializing in authentic Inuit and Native art since 1963. Its shelves house a colourful selection of prints, sculptures, handmade dolls, clothing, and assorted gifts, including moccasins, mukluks, baskets, and dinnerware. Don’t miss the hand-carved, hand-painted west coast masks — they’re a true feat of precision and artistry. —Amy Allen
•The Snow Goose, 83 Sparks St., 613-232-2213. snowgoose.ca
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Canadian Iconography: Disegno Jewellery in Ottawa

This Kayaking Bear is just one of many Canadian-inspired charms that can be found at Disegno Fine Jewellers.

This Kayaking Bear is just one of many Canadian-inspired charms that can be found at Disegno Fine Jewellers.

Fine jewellery gets a uniquely Canadian twist at Disegno Fine Jewellers, where gemologist Pamela Coulston has been selling her Canadian-designed, Canadian-made jewellery since 2007. Her Canada-Canada collection of jewellery — sculpted in sterling silver, 14-karat, and 18-karat gold — is replete with Canadian iconography, including the spirit bear, the fleur-de-lys, a whale tail, and a reproduction of the inukshuk that stands on Rideau Hall grounds. —Amy Allen
•Disegno Fine Jewellers, 100 Murray St., 613-482-1614. disegnojewellery.ca

Spatial Redefinition: Installation at the Carleton University Art Gallery

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

Samuel Roy-Bois challenges the conventional definition of space in Not a New World, Just an Old Trick. (Photo: Blaine Campbell)

 

Not a New World, Just a New Trick questions the conceptual and physical definition of space. The centrepiece — a large-scale wood model of an imaginary building — functions as both art and furniture, allowing visitors to climb inside of it. Within, artist Samuel Roy-Bois will install a number of works selected from the Carleton University Art Gallery’spermanent collection. On display from Sept. 29 to Dec. 14. —Amy Allen
•Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building, 1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120. cuag.carleton.ca
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Autumn Apparel: Trailhead Paddle Shack

The Lole Stratus Jacket at Trailhead Paddle Shack will keep you dry during autumn hikes.

The Lole Stratus Jacket at Trailhead Paddle Shack will keep you dry during autumn hikes.

Don’t let autumn rains put a damper on your plans. The Lole Stratus Jacket will keep you warm and dry on your hikes with its multiple layers of breathable, waterproof nylon twill. It features a front zip design with a removable belt, a two-way adjustable hood, two zippered hand pockets, and a special pocket for your passport. $200. —Amy Allen
•Trailhead Paddle Shack, 1960 Scott St., 613-722-4229. trailheadpaddleshack.ca

Modern Moves With Louise Lecavalier

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

Canadian dance icon Louise Lecavalier comes to Ottawa on Oct. 8 and 9. (Photo: Ursula Kaufmann)

One of Canada’s most beloved icons of contemporary dance, Louise Lecavalier takes to the stage to perform her first self-choreographed routine, So Blue. Set to music by Turkish composer Mercan Dede, Lecavalier performs a solo routine in the first half and is joined by her partner, Frédéric Tavernini, in the second. –Amy Allen
•National Arts Centre, Theatre, 53 Elgin St., 888-991-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Canadian Comedy: Russell Peters in Ottawa

Canada's own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Canada’s own Russell Peters comes to the Canadian Tire Centre for his Almost Famous World Tour.

Get ready to laugh, Ottawa! Toronto’s own record-breaking funnyman Russell Peters is bringing his brand of lightning-fast, improvisational comedy to Ottawa as part of his Almost Famous World Tour. He is joined by his official tour DJs, Toronto’s DJ Starting From Scratch and DJ Spinbad from New York. The show features all new material and is guaranteed to generate hilarious interactions with the audience. —Amy Allen
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 613-599-0100. canadiantirecentre.com