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What to See Ottawa

Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 24 to 26

Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon brings her moody folk-pop songs to Raw Sugar Cafe on Saturday night.

Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Papillon brings her moody folk-pop songs to Raw Sugar Cafe on Saturday night.

Friday, April 24

At PoutineFest, various food trucks from around the region bring unique and tasty takes on everyone’s favourite Quebecois comfort food. The toppings go beyond mere cheese curds and gravy — think bacon, mushrooms, pulled pork, and so much more. The festival runs until April 26 on Sparks Street. Admission is free, but you pay for what you eat.

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In the Spotlight: April Theatre

The story of Baby and Johnny, made famous by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the movie of the same name, comes to life on the stage. (Photo: David Scheinmann)

The story of Baby and Johnny, made famous by Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in the movie of the same name, comes to life on the stage. (Photo: David Scheinmann)

From comedies to dramas, to tragedies and Broadway musicals, we bet you’ll have the time of your life at one of Ottawa’s many stages. The National Arts Centre hosts two productions throughout the month of April, including the timeless classic Dirty Dancing, which follows the love story of Baby and Johnny at a resort in the Catskill Mountains. On from April 14 to 19. From $39.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for April 10 to 12

Synth-pop artist Valery Gore performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. (Photo: Valery Gore)

Synth-pop artist Valery Gore performs at the National Arts Centre on Saturday night. (Photo: Valery Gore)

Friday, April 10

Jane Urquhart is one of Canada’s most beloved writers, and her novels and poems touch on themes of love, loss, family attachments, art, and war. At the Writers Festival’s Literary Luncheon, Urquhart chats about her latest novel, The Night Stages, in which a woman reflects on her affair with a man obsessed by the disappearance of his brother. Tickets are $85, and includes lunch at the Metropolitain Brasserie and a signed copy of The Night Stages.

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Down the Rabbit Hole: Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland

The National Ballet of Canada brings Alice's Adventures in Wonderland to the capital. (Photo: Bruce Zinger)

The National Ballet of Canada brings Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland to the capital. (Photo: Bruce Zinger)

APRIL 9 TO 12 Using puppets, cinematic projection, and other optical illusions, the National Ballet of Canada breathes new life into Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. Part of the charm of the production is its breathtaking special effects — thanks to a team of dancers (made invisible by their black leotards), the Cheshire Cat can detach its limbs and head and put them back together again.
•National Arts Centre, Southam Hall, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787. nac-cna.ca
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Windows to Memory at La Petite Mort Gallery

The Windows From Prison Project portrays locations that hold meaning to U.S. federal inmates. (Photo: Mark Strandquist, Windows From Prison Project, Courtesy of La Petite Mort Gallery)

The Windows From Prison Project portrays locations that hold meaning to U.S. federal inmates. (Photo: Mark Strandquist, Windows From Prison Project, Courtesy of La Petite Mort Gallery)

In 2012, artist Mark Strandquist embarked on a project called Windows From Prison, with a goal of showing inmates in a more humane light. He asked them one simple question: “If you could have a window in your cell, what place from your past would it look out to?” Photographers then went out to capture those places, and the resulting images — both surprising and touching — ranged from supermarkets to hallways in childhood homes. On at La Petite Mort Gallery from April 3 to 26.
•La Petite Mort Gallery, 306 Cumberland St., 613-860-1555. lapetitemortgallery.com
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M.C. Escher Distorts Reality at the National Gallery of Canada

(Photo: M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC)

(Photo: M.C. Escher, Relativity, July 1953, lithograph on cream laid japan paper, 39.3 x 40.3 cm; image: 27.9 x 28.9 cm, Gift of George Escher, Mahone Bay, Nova Scotia, 1990, National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. M.C. Escher’s “Relativity” © 2014 The M.C. Escher Company-The Netherlands. All rights reserved. www.mcescher.com. Photo © NGC)

Dutch graphic artist M.C. Escher is one of the world’s most recognizable illustrators, and his portfolio has been influential on science, art, and pop culture. Many of his works turn perspective on its head and portray impossible realities; others play with the idea of 2-D and 3-D, sometimes combining the two into trompe l’oeil images. On at the National Gallery of Canada until May 3.
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Self-Portraiture at the Karsh-Masson Gallery

Three Ottawa-area artists explore self-portraiture.

In Selfie, three artists explore self-portraiture.

Selfies get a bad rap in today’s society, but self-portraiture has been a popular mode of expression for millennia. Frida Kahlo, Albrecht Dürer, and Vincent Van Gogh are just a few famous artists who frequently immortalized themselves in paint; if you go back further, to antiquity, you’ll even find a self-portrait by Bak, the pharaoh Akhenaten’s chief sculptor. In Selfie, three artists explore how the self-portrait has evolved over the years, and investigate how it figures into their own bodies of work. On at the Karsh-Masson Gallery from March 17 to April 19.
•Karsh-Masson Gallery, City Hall, 110 Laurier Ave. W., 613-850-2424 ext. 14167. ottawa.ca/arts
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Feel the Beat: Kodo Drummers

One of the most esteemed taiko troupes in Japan, the Kodo Drummers bring their Mystery tour to Ottawa. (Photo: Takashi Okamoto)

One of the most esteemed taiko troupes in Japan, the Kodo Drummers bring their Mystery tour to Ottawa. (Photo: Takashi Okamoto)

MARCH 9 Kodo is the Japanese word for “heartbeat” and “children of the drum”, so it’s only appropriate that the world’s most successful and influential taiko drumming troupe should carry the name. Created by famed Kabuki actor Tamasaburo Bando, Kodo One Earth Tour: Mystery explores percussion as the source of all rhythm and movement.
•National Arts Centre, 53 Elgin St., 866-850-2787, nac-cna.ca
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The Written Word: Akram Zaatari at the Carleton U Art Gallery

Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari explores the act of letter writing during the Lebanese Civil War.

Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari explores the act of letter writing during the Lebanese Civil War. (Photo: Akram Zaatari, Letters From Askalan (2007), C-print, courtesy of the artist and Sfeir-Semler Gallery)

Written correspondence may be a dying art in this day and age, but Lebanese artist Akram Zaatari brings it to the forefront in a new exhibition at the Carleton University Art Gallery. All Is Well explores themes of friendship, love, historical events, and political resistance in Lebanon from the early 1990s to the present, with a special focus on letters received by political detainee Nabih Awada during his time in an Israeli prison. On display until March 29.
•Carleton University Art Gallery, St. Patrick’s Building,1125 Colonel By Dr., 613-520-2120. cuag.carleton.ca
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Disney on Ice Brings Fantastic Worlds to Ottawa

Beloved characters skate to songs from four classic Disney tales.

Beloved characters skate to songs from four classic Disney tales.

FEB. 25 TO MARCH 1 This winter, four beloved tales from the Disney archives come to life on the rink with Disney on Ice: Worlds of Fantasy. Join Mickey and Minnie Mouse on a roadtrip, where they encounter characters from Cars, The Little Mermaid, Tinker Bell, and the Toy Story franchise. The show is the perfect combination of modern and classic Disney, and it’s great for the whole family.
•Canadian Tire Centre, 1000 Palladium Dr., 877-788-3267. canadiantirecentre.com

Shine a Light

Shine a Light features the best of the National Gallery of Canada's acquisitions over the past year, including this painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. (Photo: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun Red Man Watching White Man Trying to Fix Hole in the Sky, 1990 acrylic on canvas, 142.3 × 226.1 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC)

Shine a Light features the best of the National Gallery of Canada’s acquisitions over the past year, including this painting by Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun. (Photo: Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun, Red Man Watching White Man Trying to Fix Hole in the Sky, 1990 acrylic on canvas, 142.3 × 226.1 cm. National Gallery of Canada, Ottawa. Photo © NGC)

Canadian and Indigenous artists get their moment in the limelight in a new exhibit at the National Gallery of Canada. Shine a Light highlights best of the best of the gallery’s acquisitions over the past year, including works by artists such as David Armstrong Six, An Te Liu, Jutai Toonoo, Lawrence Paul Yuxweluptun (pictured), and others. On display until March 8. —Amy Allen
•National Gallery of Canada, 380 Sussex Dr., 613-990-1985. gallery.ca
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Ottawa Weekend Calendar for Feb. 6 to 8

Ottawa rockers Amos the Transparent plays the Black Sheep Inn on Friday night.

Ottawa rockers Amos the Transparent plays the Black Sheep Inn on Saturday night.

Friday, Feb. 6

The Bright Nights: Baltic-Nordic Film Festival is a celebration of cinematic contributions by Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Estonia, Latvia, Iceland, Lithuania, and Norway. On Friday night, catch Latvia’s The Lesson, a film about a teacher who goes a little too far to befriend her unruly students. On Saturday, see Norway’s I Am Yours, in which a Pakistani expatriate enters a relationship with a Swedish filmmaker, and on Sunday, catch Finland’s The Good Son, a film that chronicles the unsettling and unusual relationship between a teenager and his actress mother. See website for schedule and ticket prices.

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